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Feb 16, 2019 6:20 PM
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Well, she can't see into the infrared and ultraviolet yet; she didn't make the new head hot-swappable with the old one because the old one has her processors in it and the new one just has batteries and sensory apparatus. But she can definitely go to history class! How did Theme Heroes affect World War II, that sounds fascinating.

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Pretty significantly, apparently! Powerful mutants can easily turn the tide of battle if unopposed, and the Allies had several very potent heroes on their side, including the original Champion and the Mystic Six. The Axis had their own supers, but they tended to operate from behind the scenes, with the exception of a few like Kamikaze or Lebensraum. (The professor digresses to explain that while these names do indeed sound very stupid, at the time so did "Champion", and everybody was pretty much playing Calvinball.) The "hero advantage" was a major factor in the European theater, frequently leading to fewer casualties on both sides than would be expected from conventional warfare.

The professor announces before the bell that tomorrow's discussion will focus on the activities of the Axis' major supervillains, such as Weißfrau and The Necromancer.

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Yay learning! Pity "the Necromancer" was an Axis supervillain instead of, you know, someone with the ability to bring back the dead. What's her next class today?

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Her next class is Intro to Robotic Anatomy! In Intro to Robotic Anatomy, the professor shakes her head when she sees Margaret. "Despite the theme of this class, personal robotic assistants are not allowed without specific affordances on your IEP. Whose is this?"

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Margaret laughs; it's a little staticky. "Oh, I'm not with anybody else; I'm a student. Margaret Perry, codename Upload."

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She startles. "Oh! I'm so sorry, Ms. Perry. This is exactly why I keep saying they should include pictures with the attendance sheets. Are you operating a remotely piloted drone, or- well, I suppose you'd probably be an upload, given the name. Fascinating! And I can certainly see why you'd be taking this class!" She chuckles.

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"No worries. Yeah, I'm an upload, and I'm really excited for this class! I expect it'll be good for my health." She's sitting in the front row and fidgeting with a bolt on her knee.

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"Indeed!"

The class begins shortly after. Being the first day, it is another overview of what will be covered. As with Sensei Tolman, there's a certain emphasis on the fact that robots, while they can suffer from some disadvantages when compared to a human, are also not subject to the same limitations. There's also a lot of basics, like "when should you go for a ball-and-socket joint over hinged" (spoiler: it's when you want a wider range of motion and don't anticipate a lot of strain on the joint).

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Margaret takes copious notes. Her joints are going to be very hard to damage, and capable of bending in ways humans can't. She isn't sure what the main use cases are for being able to turn her head 360 degrees or make her elbows go both directions (besides being extremely cool), but if she ever needs those features she will have them. Also possibly digitigrade legs; that might be worth trying both ways and seeing which works best.

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The professor does not mention any potential pitfalls with these features on the first day!

After Robotic Anatomy she has World Lit, in which the class is assigned two chapters of the Tale of Genji to read. Then she's free to do whatever she'd like!

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She'd like to go back to the workshop, if that's allowed!

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Unsupervised workshop access isn't allowed until she's at least a junior with a good track record!

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Two more years? How bothersome. In that case, how about the library?

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Library's open!

It's very large, for a school library. Which is always nice.

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So nice! Did any of her classes assign first-day homework besides lit? Because if so this looks like a pleasant place to do it.

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Precalc has some practice problems, Intro to Powers and Mutants in World History have some reading, Fabrication Techniques has some online research she's supposed to do on die-casting. The Robotic Anatomy professor apparently doesn't go in for homework; nor, for obvious reasons, does Sensei Tolman.

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What fun! She'll start with Tale of Genji because that's the least interesting, then the precalc, then the more exciting readings. She's always been a pretty speedy homework-doer.

At some point it occurs to her to check if campus maintenance has gotten back to her about that job yet.

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They have! She can drop in Saturday afternoon at their headquarters and she can go on a test run.

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Awesome! If she can get through all her homework before the end of reasonable dinnertime hours, she'll head to the cafeteria to socialize some more. Are any of Ethan, Elijah, Max, or Lucy around?

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Lucy's here, sitting with a girl who looks no older than 10 and a horned woman who looks no younger than 70.

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That's a nice mix of new and familiar people. She'll go sit with them. "Hello!"

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Lucy's eyes turn up in a smile. "Hello, Margaret! This is Isabel, Alchemical, and Reba, Wicked. I met Isabel in Workshop because I made the mistake of complaining about them asking me to turn flesh into gold, and Reba's... her friend?" She looks to Isabel, the younger one, for confirmation.

"I'm everybody's friend," Reba, the older one, says with a dismissive wave of her hand.

Isabel shrugs. "She kind of is. Oh, by the way, I'm 18 and so's Reba, we've got GSD. Case you were wondering."

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"Pleased to meet you both! I'm Margaret like she said, Upload. Being everybody's friend sounds awesome. Are you both Devisors?"

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Reba shakes her head. "I'm a psychic. Isabel's a Devisor, though."

Isabel nods. "I do alchemy."

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"That's cool. I'm a gadgeteer, as if you hadn't guessed. What sort of thing do psychics do? I haven't got that far in Powers Theory yet."

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