May 21, 2022 2:36 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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"If you indirectly harm someone while making a good-faith effort to save their life, that is legally covered by Good Samaritan laws in the United States," she promises, "and the American Association of Superheroes provides legal support for all members. It's the sort of thing that might cause legal problems for hospitals you were assisting, though, if the consent forms the patients had signed hadn't covered the prospect and you hadn't warned them in advance. If you'd like I can alert Chicago hospitals that there's a new healer whose healing is sufficiently inspiring to count as a mind-affecting power, so they can make sure to have all the paperwork completed in advance of your arrival."

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"That would be really helpful! Thank you." Musoka smiles, then starts fidgeting, unsure what to say next.

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Her ring pipes up for her, bringing up an issue that slipped her mind.

"Ah, Minerva... Musoka was pulled into this dimension with only the possessions she had on her person, which means she doesn't have any way to access the medication she usually takes for her ADHD. Is there a simple or straightforward way to handle this?"

(Musoka fidgets awkwardly but does not contest any of this)

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Minerva alerts the hospitals that they have a healer who'll be stopping by soon with healing powers (precise caliber unknown, claims Radiant-level) and they'll need the mind-effecting-power forms. 

"If the medications are over-the-counter or have over-the-counter equivalents, I can send someone to pick them up immediately; if they require a prescription, you'll need to see a doctor who can prescribe them, but I can arrange that easily enough."

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"Help with setting up a doctor's appointment would be great, it requires a prescription at home", she quotes a dosage and a brand name that probably doesn't exist here, but is easily findable in Musoka's wikipedia dump. (It's one of the "meth in a pill" ADHD medications).

She shuffles a bit awkwardly, remembering that probably Minerva's time is VERY IMPORTANT. "Um, anything else you want to ask us? Or things we might not know yet but probably should?" 

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Then Minerva can do that! Appointment, check, local brand name, check, name of closest over-the-counter substitute (alas not very close), check...

"Yes. The obvious thing to raise is that, if you were concerned about financial difficulties, you should not be. You will, unfortunately, need to fill out extensive forms to register - though I can make an appointment at the American Association of Superheroes to have them assist with it - but the United States Government and every constituent state within it have programs for funding superheroes, as well as for covering for emergency costs and damages. If you do not visibly participate in superhero activities - and healing everyone in a hospital most certainly counts - there will be appointments."

She'll wait for a response to that before moving on to the NEXT important thing. (Musoka's ring has a calendar function, right? Hopefully?)

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"Oh, that'd be great! When's the soonest I can get an appointment with them?Should I show up in costume?"

(Mom 2 can do calendars just fine)

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Minerva has made a list of appointments for her very quickly for her approval! The first is the AAS one, because it'll be so much simpler to get the hospital not to object (for lawsuit-avoiding reasons) if she can assure them that it's safe. Then the hospital appointment, then a doctor's visit, and then (unless she starts objecting) various powers-testing!

"And, yes; you should try to separate your two identities by showing up in costume to anything where Blue Lantern is called for, and out of costume for anything where Musoka Azul is needed."

She pauses. And does, in fact, have another question.

"What defensive abilities do you have, and how reliable are they?"

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"Alright. I should probably pick up a cheap mask and maybe a hoodie for now, but I should be able to maintain a construct costume over it for most of the day.

She looks thoughtful for a bit. "Hmmm. It depends? My construct armor is pretty strong, and I can make thicker construct barriers if I'm aware of an attack, but like anything construct-based, I'm still working on reliability in live-fire situations?"

("I think I did pretty well yesterday, though." she adds in a bit of a mumble.)

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"That sounds very sensible," she says, and smiles. "And you did very well yesterday. But villains often have henchmen who carry guns, and if your defenses aren't automatically on, you might want an armored costume. The usual tradeoff is between heavier protection and greater maneuverability; if your powers are your main source of motion, armor may be less of an issue for you."

Minerva's PROTECT THE CHILD HERO instincts (developed, as it happens, when she was sixteen) are suggesting Musoka could get someone to give her invulnerability powers, and then she could be more confident in her own defenses. Minerva's BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS instincts (surprisingly late to develop) suggest that a Kevlar vest would be much more sensible.

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<Hey. Can I hover for a bit? Pleeeeaaaaee? I'll be safe!> 

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<...Well, alright.>

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<Yessssssssssssss!!! Thank you thank you thank you!>

She closes her eyes and hopes she can do this regularly, as she gets better, and a blue glow rapidly intensifies around her. Then she lifts about an inch off the ground and slides her body around, staring straight ahead at first, and then slowly twirling, her arms outstretched and her feet in what anyone with actual ballet experience would recognize as a deeply impossible twirling position. She laughs.

"This wouldn't be any harder in a suit of full platemail, I think!"

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"Excellent!" Minerva says. (She has no ballet experience.) "Then that will help a good deal. It's also possible to obtain personal powers if your powers are removable and from an external source, but it's much more difficult than armor."

And is there anything else Musoka wants to bring up?

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Well, she wants to know who she should talk to about armor? And she's got a million other random questions she is going to be a good interdimensional visitor and not waste too much more of Minerva's time. She seems really busy! Also she's forgotten most of them by now anyways

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That would be the superhero costume person, also on her appointments schedule!

... If she has a million other random questions, Minerva's totally looking at her like she wants Musoka to ask them. It's not like Minerva can only do one thing at a time.

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Oh, okay, if she's supposed to ask questions, she will!!

She wants to know how superheroes work, and what she should do if she runs into a supervillain, and also how rare mass healing is relative to her other powers and whether or not she should be focusing on healing specifically accordingly. 

She will also awkwardly remember something else that might be a problem! "So... I'm not quite 16 yet, and... don't have a legal guardian, here, since Mom 2 isn't in the system and also is... arguably younger than me... Is that likely to cause problems? "

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"Superheroes," she says calmly, "are emergency responders. Rather like SWAT teams, but on the next level. If you stop a mugging, that's good; if you stop a bank robbery, that's excellent, but if we don't stop Mechanos, Mechanos won't be stopped."

"If you run into a supervillain, and you think you can win without more innocent casualties than if you didn't intervene, you attempt to subdue the supervillain nonlethally unless the supervillain is actively threatening the lives of others, in which case lethal force is acceptable but non-preferable. If you do not think you can win, you call for backup - Octavian if you're still in Chicago - and try to prevent civilian casualties."

"If an alien invasion occurs and the sun is blotted out by fleets of conquering spaceships, as is unlikely but not impossible, stay very very far away from the walking statue made out of rotting darkness, because he kills superheroes about as easily as he kills anyone else, and focus on healing and evacuation. If any of the other Nightmares arrive, I'd like you to have a communicator so you can stay in touch with me; appropriate reactions will vary."

"Healing is rare, mass healing is astonishingly rare, and if you can heal thirty people in fifteen seconds you are a potential candidate for the most powerful healer in the world."

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"And the question of your legal status is... complicated," Minerva says. "You are appearing with no mentors or support staff other than 'Mom 2', who does not presently have citizenship (though we should make sure to get you that," she adds to the ring AI), "and I want to provide you with as much assistance as you need - I assure you, Musoka, this is both something you deserve because of your already extremely-positive impact on the world and expected return on investment, it is not a waste of my time - but Veritas and I did not come up with any plan in advance for what would happen if teenage superheroes appeared from alternate dimensions when we had more Congressional support than I do now, and we do not really have a plan set up, other than either leaning on the foster care system to put you somewhere, or very rapidly getting 'Mom 2' citizenship and declared an adult, or having you legally considered an emancipated minor as quickly as possible." But SHE IS NOT GOING TO LET A HEALER JUST DISAPPEAR LIKE THAT.

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Musoka nods along at the talk of being an emergency responder, looks frightened but nods more seriously at the mention of an alien invasion and Nightmares, and preens a bit at "most powerful healer in the world". She cringes a bit at Minerva apparently reading her body language well enough to notice she was worried about being a waste of time, and then looks thoughtful when presented with the list of options.

"Legally emancipated minor sounds good to me, if it's feasible? ...I don't want to go into the foster system, having to manage having a secret identity while living with a foster parent sounds really stressful."

<I dunno, how interested in you in being my guardian?>

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<While I admit that it seems potentially humorous, I don't have a preference here. I want to help you develop as a person and as a lantern; we'll do whatever ends up being best for that.> 

"Hmmm, I admit that I hadn't considered the possibility of citizenship. I didn't have it back home, and it didn't really matter; Musoka and I both know I'm a person. Would it be an arduous process?"

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"It would be," Minerva agrees. "I think it is quite feasible." There will, however, be more forms and more appointments required.

And to the Ring AI:

"No more than it was for Musoka. AI rights are quite firmly established, at this point. And the primary purpose would be to legally foil attempts by governments or other organizations to confiscate you for study or reassignment, as well as to make recovering you, if someone attempts to steal you, a matter of kidnapping instead of just theft. This first is very unlikely, but not impossible; the second is unlikely but less so, since the Titanium Tyrant in Novapest or the Druzhina Group in Russia have both been known to do worse."

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Paperwork and forms are indeed formidable foes for a teenager with ADHD, but Mom 2 can help with that!

She hums. "I definitely wouldn't be okay with being reassigned or confiscated to study, and it would be good to have legal support in case someone manages to steal me."

<What do you think, Musoka?>

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(Musoka makes such a face at "confiscate for study or reassignment". She didn't even know that was something she needed to worry about!!!)

<I want you to have rights and I want us to have appropriate legal support if someone steals you, but it does seem like this might make it harder to follow Mirror's advice? About pretending that the powers I get from you are innate, and not granted by the ring?>

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<We can see what Minerva thinks.> 

"Hmmm. Musoka had received advice from Mirror that she should hide my existence and pretend the powers I grant are innate, as a safety precaution. Doctor Dimensional already knows that this isn't entirely true, but as far as we know, you're the only person on this planet besides Musoka who's seen what I look like. How secure / secret would we be able to keep the citizenship application process, and do you think trying to maintain some secrecy about me is feasible and worthwhile?"

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