Jul 06, 2022 9:34 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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...A lot of this advice will be more useful when they're not living in a hotel. For now, she'll suggest a crowded public bathroom that doesn't have cameras; they can ask the local IAS if they have better local recommendations. 

Musoka is going to need to learn to fly. She is going to need to figure out a good training routine for that. Maybe one of those indoor skydiving places... something to ask the IAS about, maybe? 

 

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Crowded public bathroom sounds good to her! She uses some of the leftover  fabric to make a very basic facemask. It has eye and nose holes to breathe through, but no mouth opening: the voice people are hearing isn't actually coming through her mouth, after all.

Then she packs it and her cloak up into her backpack, puts it on backwards, and pulls her oversized hoodie back on. A mirror inspection reveals that she looks like a rumply shy goth, perhaps of the egg variety. (she sighs again at the sight. Secret identities are such a drag!)

She heads out again, looking for large public bathrooms in crowded areas that don't seem to have cameras inside em. 

 

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Not hard to find!

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Excellent! She'll pop into a stall, change outfits, wait about 10 minutes, and then confidently stride out in her brand new (homemade, shitty) costume.

She heads for the IAS meeting. 

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There are some curious looks a couple people with cell phones snapping pictures of her, but nobody bothers her directly.

It isn't long before she arrives at the office of the American Association of Superheroes (a branch of the International Association of Superheroes), which is really just an office. There are pictures of Mirror (giving a thumbs-up), someone who a plaque identifies as the Gentleman (every aspect of his appearance hidden behind a bandit mask, cap, and goggles), and an "Octavian Jones" (black, scowling, no mask whatsoever).

"Hello!" says the man at the desk. "Blue Lantern, right?"

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Through it takes a lot of effort, she doesn't acknowledge or react to the people taking photos of her.

(Eeee it's a picture of Mirror!) 

"That is me, yes", she says to the man at the desk. (Her voice sounds like a 40 year old Chinese American woman; Mom 2 talked her down from the Australian grandfather accent.)

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"Great! It's always good to have more heroes in the city. Can you do a quick safe demonstration of your powers to prove you aren't an imposter?"

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She nods, then raises both arms, glowing blue. She floats off the ground, then makes a blue octohedron of solid light around her, making it rotate with a lazy wave of her right hand. 

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"Thank you!" That sure looks like a superhero who is blue and glows! Here, have some paperwork, superhero who is blue and glows!

(The paperwork is as complicated as expected; fields include normal things like superhero name, real name, gender, address/phone/email/other contact methods, citizenship status, height, weight, blood type, allergies, emergency contact person and backup emergency contact person, along with weirder things like past super identities, has she committed crimes in the US before, and are there any known persons who want to harm her, as well as an extremely elaborate section on her powers if she's gotten testing at any point, asking how she fits into several different categorization schema most of which are incomprehensible but includes opportunities for short descriptions of what she can do.)

Fortunately, all of them except her superhero name have options for 'I prefer not to state', 'not applicable', and 'skip this question'. They also want to know for every question except her superhero name if she wants it published on their official webpage.)

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Theyyyyy can have her gender and an email address. (Hmmm. Maybe she should put Minerva as an emergency contact?) "Is this easy to update later?"

She hasn't committed any crimes in the US (yet!). She doesn't know anyone who wants to hurt her (yet!). She hasn't had any power testing (yet!), but she'd like to. How does one go about doing that?

She can generate energy constructs, fly, move things, and heal people. (She can and often incidentally will inspire hope and optimism in nearby people to a small extent; the effect is more pronounced on people being healed).

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"Yes!"

You get tested at a powers-testing facility. They have a small one in the basement and it looks like she has an appointment tomorrow here?

The guy writes that down as she says it. Technically it's "construct creation, flight, telekinesis, and healing" as four separate powers in a list. And, pencil raised -

"Is the moving things extreme enough to lift people and less extreme than nuclear weapons, and do you cause sonic booms when you fly?"

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Oh, right, yep! She sure does have that appointment.

"I can lift a person. It is... not anything like a nuclear weapon? I do not cause sonic booms when I fly." (it's trivial for mom 2 to redirect air such that none forms, no matter how fast she's going).

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He's putting them all down on the short description as C-ranked but with question-marks attached, then.

(He has more questions, because you don't sign up for the AAS if you don't think superheroes are really cool, but she has a separate appointment for that so he isn't asking them.)

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Then he will get his answers tomorrow!

Is there anything else she needs to do before getting approved to do healing? 

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Technically he needs to file it! She can assume it will be filed within five minutes.

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Cool! She thanks him for his time.

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Happy to help! Superheroes are cool!

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They sure are!

<...Hey, you know what would be a good idea? Flying practice. Can I ask if they have an area we can do that?>

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<...Seems like a good idea, go ahead.>

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So she asks! (Some kind of training area, or in particular a room with padded floors?)

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Sure, they've got one in the basement she can use!

It's not a very large room, but there's more than enough space to hover. Padded floors, padded walls, padded ceiling, padded door.

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Then she'll do some flying practice! This is going to be great!

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Some Time Later titlecard

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THIS IS SO AWFUL

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...Flying with a blue power ring isn't actually difficult; it's incredibly natural. However, like the rest of the ring's functions, to keep flying, the user must be feeling some amount of hope, and so while flying isn't hard, it can definitely be dangerous. (And, of course, it's difficult to master your emotions and feel Hope when you are falling out of the sky)

Mom 2's initial solution to this was to just ban Musoka from flying, at least until she was older more practiced at wielding the blue light. Ladybug and Chat Noir didn't seem to need flight for their heroing, so it wasn't a big deal. But she can tell, clearly, that approach won't fly (heh) here, so she's instead giving Musoka a crash course in finding hope in stressful situations

It's not easy, but she's pleased with her wielder's progress. <Keep up the good work! You're doing great!>

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