Dec 11, 2019 5:28 PM
Sadde and Bell in Worm
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"Okay, so, if he's just baiting you, sending a copy loses us nothing and gains him nothing. If he isn't, he'll need to show you your parents, and he'll either bring them with him or, like, get you in communication, like via video or telephone or something."

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"Don't settle for a recording. Has to be real-time demonstrated somehow. I don't want to assume anyone's too dumb to record prisoners for a while before disposing of them."

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"Yeah. He needs to let you interact with them somehow, and preferably via video or in person."

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"Maybe we can get a location off the video feed, if it's a feed. I've been working on better teleport pathing for Dad, might be able to get him in there without too many false starts."

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"If it's a feed I can just conjure something through it that we'd be able to notice and they wouldn't, like a locator or something."

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"Okay but if it's in person he can just fry them right there the second he notices something's up."

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"Does he have enough reaction time to fry Dad popping in and out again? Dad can take two passengers at once unless your parents are jointly more than four hundred pounds."

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"I don't know. He might."

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"Supposing Lung brings your parents in person, it's probably better if you arrive, boop him away from them, boop them healed of any damage, and then let them be carried off by Transit, I think."

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"Rewind's touch-range and Dad's not. And Lung has complete control of where he spends the prior ten minutes."

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"She just needs to make him confused enough that she has time to heal them and Transit can get them. But what do you mean, he's not touch range?"

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"Dad has to be theoretically able to pick up whatever he's taking. He doesn't have to actually pick it up or actually touch it - he has to be very close, to the point where he often touches passengers just to make sure he's closed the distance, but technically he has a couple inches or I'd have had to make his armor thinner."

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"Oh. I didn't know that. That's really cool."

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"But anyway, with my new armor I can do it remotely. Thanks for that, by the way."

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"You're welcome."

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"Okay so, back up, what's the plan if Lung brings her parents in person, then? Just how fast is Transit?"

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"Pretty fast when he's got a path and doesn't have to calculate on the fly. But certain possible room features could make it hard or impossible for him to appear near her parents on the first try - and I suppose nothing says they have to be near each other."

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"Okay, so, in the scenario where the parents are present and separated, what do we do? Presumably we won't send Transit in until we know the situation exactly."

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"Good question. Can you copy him? He's got a set of my armor too, bot could run it. Actually, can you copy him without his target choice limitation, better yet."

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"Uh, I can't copy his actual power."

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"Inconvenient. Work on that. Hmm."

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They giggle.

"Hmm... It's kinda annoying that Velocity can't carry people while superfast."
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"Can't your dad just rescue one and then the other?"

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"Only if the pathing works out right, and we can't count on that. Can you do a speedster without that problem, Glam? Seems less complicated than doing a teleporter, I know you can do Brutes..."

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"I can't do Velocity-level speedsters but might be able to do someone fast enough to surprise Lung if need be."

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