May 21, 2022 2:46 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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"I think that Mirror is extremely sensible," says Minerva immediately, "and that this produces a tradeoff. Doctor Dimensional is unlikely to be taken seriously - tinker powers are literally powered by incorrect beliefs, and Doctor Dimensional lacks the prestige that might make other supervillains consider him credible anyway - but 

"Keeping the citizenship application process secret from the world at large is possible. Keeping it secret from the Titanium Tyrant is, bluntly, not. The application process doesn't need to say you're a ring, or that you're extradimensional, or that you grant superpowers, or that you're in Musoka's keeping; all it will say is that you are an artificial intelligence that exists and is capable of filling out a form, but it is highly unwise to ever underestimate the Tyrant and his son can control any electronic system with his brain. He might fail to connect the dots, or he might not, and most of the specific people who I am most worried about coming up with difficult-to-foil theft plots also have unusually good access to information."

Such as An Individual She Is Not Presently Discussing, thank you very much. Or Druzhina, they're much easier to mentally discuss.

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"If they can acquire data that easily, Musoka's activities are likely to garner some amount of attention sooner or later."

"Perhaps we could wait, and do it a few weeks from now? It might make it a bit harder to connect me to her appearance, at least temporally." 

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"The essential limitations on the Tyrant's abilities are time, attention, and willingness to start wars. He is unlikely to interfere with a new American superhero, but if there is a significant chance to obtain significantly valuable resources - and extremely powerful healing would count - without needing to manage a capable and hostile hostage, he may well take it." Fortunately, he's busy; unfortunately, he's the Tyrant. "Whether by him or anyone else, a tinker artifact will be believed much more stealable than a powerful superhero is kidnappable."

"And - certainly." Minerva's image nodded firmly. "That could work quite well."

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Musoka nods seriously. "Are there practical things I should be doing to try and keep a lower profile, especially while I'm improving my combat / self defense skills?"

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"Yes," says Minerva, "but the full list would take a book to explain. If you want recommendations I can send you a reading list; the very short form is to try to keep your appearance, speech style and personal style in your mundane and superpowered identities as distinct as possible - some people find an accent in one but not the other helps, but you need to be good at accents for that, since having your attention drawn to the fact that you are hiding something can damage security by anonymity. Your greatest strength is your enemies not knowing they should be interested in you; your greatest vulnerability is having your face on the news."

She pauses. "If you mean 'as a superhero', the best way to keep a low profile as a superhero is to not be one. If you heal everyone in a hospital - and I agree that you should, if you can - it will make headlines across America. How you handle it is a choice; that it happens is an inevitability."

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