Jun 28, 2022 5:14 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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HOLYYY SHIIIIIT that place looks amazing???

How far is it on foot?

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A couple hours' walk, assuming she doesn't need to take breaks.

Along with her temporary ID and food vouchers she has a bus pass? Also, she can fly.

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She wants to see the city from a ground level! Also, her stupid alien extra mom won't let her fly yet. Says she needs more practice. She'll take the bus.

She heads out.

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It is a pretty long bus trip! The main surprising thing about alternate-universe-America compared to home-universe-Europe is that everywhere is very large and spread out and car-focused; there's lots of cars everywhere and lots of parking lots, though electric and hybrid cars seem to be much more popular here than they are at home.

Nothing is very overtly superheroic, though, aside from a few other science-fiction looking buildings, some of which glow or sound like running water, and two teenagers behind her arguing whether Octavian or the Survivor would win in a fight.

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Huh! She'd heard about The Way Americans Are With Cars, but it's very different to see it in person! She spends a lot of time looking out the window, trying not to gawk too hard at the sci-fi buildings, and doing emotional mindfulness meditations.

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The sci-fi buildings are a minority (mostly there's just a lot of tall ones), and the emotional mindfulness meditations pass the time.

Eventually she makes it to the most sci-fi of them all, which clearly had cathedrals somewhere in its ancestry along, with the Starship Enterprise. It is, of course, her destination.

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Musoka hops off the bus and stares up at the building in incredulous awe. This building was absolutely built by the Coolest Person In The World (Who! She Is!! Going To Meet With!!!). 

Hands twitching happily, she walks towards the most obvious entrance like she's supposed to be there. Which she is!

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She totally is! The inside fits about what you would expect from the outside! Appointment is on the sixth floor, room eight, turn left and it's on your left do you need an escort?

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She can follow instructions and remember directions without an escort! Up she goes! Sixth floor, room... room...

<...what room again?>

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<Eight. Turn left and it's on your left.>

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<Thanks!💙>  (Extra Alien Mom is a great friend and ally on this day)

She skips over to the room and knocks.

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"Come in," says Minerva.

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Musoka takes a deeeeeep breath, attempts to stop fidgeting, and walks into the room with a big smile on her face. (Tragically, this does not at all help her look any less like a teenage girl in way over her head)

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Nobody else is in the room! There's a spinny comfy chair with wheels and a desk and a lot of walls and the one of them across from the desk apparently has a screen built into it, because there on it is the face of a woman who is also a robot!

"Hello, Blue Lantern," she says. (The door automatically slides closed, though there's a very obvious green light about where the doorknob would be showing that it is not locked.)

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"Hi, Minerva! It's nice to meet you!" Smile, but not too much, everyone says her forced smiles are unnerving, like she's about to cause problems.

-Wait, was "nice to meet you" a weird thing to say? She'd already talked to Minerva on the phone, and this was basically just a phone call with video, and also Minerva is a robot army of clones, so this might not even be the same Minerva... Also gosh her costume is really cool. Is that what her robots actually look like, or just an avatar they use? Are there Minervas without bodies? If Musoka made herself into a robot army, she'd have some of her that just lived in computers all the time, and then they could look like whatever they wan- oh shoot she said "Blue Lantern", was I supposed to be in costume?

(She starts fidgeting, unconsciously.)

"-Wait, was I supposed to arrive in costume? I figured you probably got my info from the forms and so it didn't actually matter, and I wanted to ride the bus so I could see the city (which is REALLY COOL, by the way), but..." she trails off, suddenly distracted by the realization that she does not have her ADHD meds because she was kidnapped another entire dimension without any of her stuff and now she's having SERIOUS DEFICITS IN HER ATTENTION and didn't even notice this until she started embarrassing herself in front of the COOLEST PERSON! Oh no!! This is terrible!!!

(The smile is long gone from her face, having been replaced by a confused look which has now morphed into a melange of embarrassed panic)

She opens her mouth to apologize and explain, but gets distracted  again and what she actually says is "...do you have a flash drive?"

<Oh no...>

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<Steady, Musoka. Deep breaths. We can find you some stimulants after this.>

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"Hello." Minerva's voice is calm and soothing, moving past the embarrassment as if it never happened to focus on practical matters.

(When she says "flash drive" a small drawer pops out of the desk with a flash drive in it.)

"It is not tremendously important, but I had assumed you would," she says. "It is useful to separate your identities; most supervillains research the heroes protecting cities they intend to rob in so they understand your weaknesses in advance of fighting you, and any public information on you is a vulnerability they can exploit."

She pauses. "I am not responsible for Chicago," slightly amused, "but I will thank you on behalf of the civilization that produced it."

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Musoka nods. "I do want to keep my identity secret, I just... don't have a physical costume, yet. I can create a temporary one using my powers, but doing that for long periods of time can be kinda stressful, as I learned yesterday."

She spots the flash drive, takes in a deep breath and closes her eyes, her blue glow surrounding her. "Oh, here, let me..." 

The flash drive levitates, a thin blue line connecting it to her left hand. For a moment, it spins, blue light strobing over its surface. When this finishes, it is gently deposited back into the drawer.

Musoka opens her eyes and grins sheepishly. "There. That's the entire contents of my homeworld's wikipedia, as well as a few other reference sites, and various online posts about the superheroes I was planning on helping out. Figured I should start by giving you that, so if you wanted to parallelize and start processing it while we talked, you could?"

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Unsurprisingly, Minerva is engaged in fairly heavy-duty analysis of this transfer while it is going on! She wants to know how Blue Lantern's powers work - there's a thin chance they're science, after all, instead of Science!

"Wholly understandable," she says while the flash drive is transferred. "My assumption had been that your construct costume was easy to produce, and that was flawed." She pauses. "The normal solution to the chicken-and-egg problem for non-tinkers is to handmake or store-buy a very bad generic costume, then wear it while you go to a specific trusted costume creator, who makes you something that fits your powers and aesthetics and provides some protection. I can get you an appointment with one."

"One moment," she says, and across the planet, dozens of Minerva-bodies switch to low-intensity processing. "Thank you very much. Would you be willing to plug it in there?" The Minerva on the screen switches to a full (robot) body, gesturing to a slot for it.

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These blue light constructs are absurdly smooth, even at the atomic level. It's unclear what they're made of. (It's unclear that "made of" is a real thing that makes sense?). The data transfer is happening by... writing electric charge to the individual FGMOSes in the flash drive, somehow?? The blue light flashes over the drive itself appear to be entirely cosmetic???

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A line of blue light levitates the flash drive into the slot, and then plugs it in. (Musoka's eyes stay open, this time, and she seems to... smile, a bit, as the power activates?)

Minerva now has access to an entire extra Wikipedia!

"It's... not hard to produce, exactly? ...I can go into more detail about how it works, if you'd like? And, uh, if it's secure here, but that seems, likely, given..." she trails off, gesturing at all the shiny stuff.

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Minerva neatly puts the ring into the category "laws-of-physics-defying superpower nonsense," but then Musoka plugs the disk in and her analysis (the analysis of many, many, many her - writing code, or reading, or watching satellite footage for new crises) ceases and she focuses on reading.

This is a world where heroes are rare.

This is a world where heroes are recent.

This is a world where...

The image of Minerva smiles, apparently unconsciously.

(Is she good for the world? Who can tell? But she now knows that that which made her was.)

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And, simultaneously:

"Yes, it's the second most secure place in Chicago. There are exactly two people who might spy on us if they have made exactly the right decisions and also outsmarted me," she says, "but that is true of anywhere on the planet. If you want to tell me about your powers, this is a good place to do it."

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She smiles, and takes off her glove, holding up her ring. "This is my Ring! It tells me it's a Blue Power Ring, and..."

<Heyyyyy actually do you want to explain yourself? You'll do a better job of it than I will!>

 

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<...If you're sure?>

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