Jan 28, 2020 6:39 AM
Lorica falls on the Young Avengers
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"Right," says Jet, breaking off from her argument with Magneto to zip over. "Is going into Doom's castle to poke around without a solid plan and backup plan really what we're doing, because it does not sound like anyone here has a plan other than 'hope we don't get mobbed.'" She sounds annoyed. "Or, like, looping random robot girl in slightly more? All offense, Wiccan, you suck at explaining things."

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"More explanation wouldn't hurt but I figured whatever was going on having more hardware in my sphere could only be good. Are you good at explaining things?"

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"I'm usually better than Wiccan, though I have more trouble talking at all. Still, I can drop into acceleration to put my thoughts together and get some space if I need it."

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"Well, I'd like to know more if you've got more."

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"Yeah. This is all stuff that happened before I was born, but I've put a lot of it together since." She briefly blurs, then:

"So - the Scarlet Witch was for a long time mostly really famous as a member of the Avengers, who're a big superhero team in the US. Her powers aren't really public knowledge, but usually get summed up as 'changing things.' A while ago, she had kids."

"They died."

She blurs again.

"She I guess grieved privately - no one outside of her team actually knew about the kids - for years, until something pushed her over the edge. She trapped everyone on the planet in an altered reality, where things were peaceful, and where her kids were alive. Only a handful of people remembered the previous world, and they rebelled against her. No one would tell me what happened next - but she was supposed to have died. The story circulated is that she killed herself, and undid her altered reality when she did. Before she died, she used her power one last time, to erase mutants, the type of powered person she was, from the world. It didn't catch everyone, but almost all mutants were depowered, and a lot died."

"Wiccan's pretty sure she's still alive - she claims to have seen her once - and that the Scarlet Witch can undo what she did then."

"The - irregularity here is that Wiccan and I exactly resemble the Scarlet Witch's dead children, and we have the same powers as those two did in the simulated world. Magneto's the Scarlet Witch's estranged dad, and he's sure we're somehow connected to his grandchildren, so he wants to help her and us out. The Avengers are trying to stop us from finding her first - at least one of the Avengers wants to kill her, though I think they're fighting among themselves about that. Her sister's trying to stop anyone from finding her at all. Still, we don't think she'll react well to her old team."

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"Mutations are not how powers work where I'm from.

Uh, do you have - separate not-the-Scarlet-Witch families?"

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"Yeah. On paper we're not actually related - different families. Wiccan's swears up and down she's not adopted, and I'm not in contact with my birth family. Though memory editing stuff's pretty common so that's not proof of a lot."

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"Yeesh. Why's Scarlet Witch's sister trying to stop anyone from finding her, d'you know?"

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"Didn't stop to explain, even while we were both in acceleration - Scarlet Witch's sister is Quicksilver, who's the fastest known speedster. She probably thinks it won't end well, I guess."

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"Not an unreasonable assumption, I guess, it all sounds messy."

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"Yeah. Situation's probably not going to get any better even if left un-poked, though."

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"What's your plan for if you find her?"

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"Talking to her. Hopefully getting her to undo the depowering thing. She knows Loki - who's older than she looks, and who was one of the Scarlet Witch's students briefly. And Wiccan's good at talking to people. The Scarlet Witch hasn't done anything, too, in the fifteen years she's been off the scene - so we'd want to figure out why, and use that."

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"- huh. Is the world actually a worse place with fewer powers - what's the villain to hero ratio like among mutants - or is this mostly about expecting her to be able to put back the ones who died -"

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"Ones who died. And most mutants aren't heroes or villains? Powers tend to be pretty minor, though a lot are a bit useful, and it's - a big cultural identity thing. Mutants are discriminated against in a lot of places, so there's mutant neighborhoods and mutant schools and - subculture stuff - so a lot of people viewed it like if someone magically changed a ton of people's orientations or whatever. Extremely powerful mutants are I think disproportionately some kind of pro-social, or at least the - big name ones are all? And the - most notable villainous mutant was probably Magneto, who went clean and talked a bunch of the others into being more pro-social, too. Of course the best thing'd be if the Scarlet Witch can make it opt in, since some powers outright suck, but we don't actually know what her limits are."

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"Huh. I think the villain to hero ratio is something like two to one at home. Those are legal categories, there's also rogues who are neither, but way fewer."

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"They're not legal categories here, more social stuff, and pretty recent social stuff, too - as far as I know, first guy formally getting called a hero was Captain America, back in World War Two. Lots of people also move around in category kind of just depending on who's talking."

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"I know less about how it works outside my United States, some places are way less formal."

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"Figures. Here a lot of people don't even like the heroes, of course."

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"We have full time PR people and people don't always like us either."

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She nods. "Yeah. Uh. Questions?"

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"What's your plan B if you can't find her or can't convince her?"

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"I'm hoping I can get to where I'm at her level eventually, so kind of just keeping on practicing and training?" Wiccan calls over. "It took her decades to get that powerful, though."

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"Your powers respond to practice?"

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"Yeah? Most do. Even super type soldier stuff where you just - have it, you need to practice to use it right."

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