Nov 27, 2022 4:43 AM
gazette in survivorverse
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"I am pleased to meet you both," she says. Her helmet has some sort of voice-changer that Kybele may or may not be able to notice through the universal translator, that makes her voice sound mechanical and slightly inhuman. She's doing more scanning of the building; she hasn't found any bombs, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

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"I can see about giving you a better briefing in a minute, but first things first - did the Titanium Tyrant threaten to set off any kind of superweapon, or appear to have any weapons of mass destruction that you saw?"

(The translator renders superweapon as extremely-deadly-device and weapons of mass destruction as weapons-for-wiping-out-cities.)

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"- no, he did not. He seemed reasonably friendly, especially for someone we'd just popped into existence in front of unexpectedly."

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"Popped into existence in front of?"

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(The Smith is switching to reassuring everyone else that it looks like the Tyrant is gone and there is probably no immediate threat.)

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"Yeah, we were just sitting - he was doing my portrait for me and then suddenly -" She snaps her fingers.

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"Interesting. And then you were next to the Tyrant?" The obvious assumption is that he pulled them there... they shouldn't relax, even if Veritas is watching -

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"Kind of across from him, but yeah. He seemed really surprised and then called someone else in to bring the translator."

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"Fascinating."

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"You don't need to worry, by the way," the Smith says. "There's lots of superheroes around and I bet we can find you a way to get home."

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The Survivor is NOT TREMENDOUSLY INTERESTED in people from other worlds because this sort of nonsense happens every Tuesday, and is here because the last time the Smith went to check out his nemesis trying something alone he got kidnapped, and so now the rest of the Atlantic Six goes with him.

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"What kind of illustrati can do that?"

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"Huh? It's not a superpower, it's just perfectly ordinary engineering. You got here, didn't you?"

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"Yes, but we don't know how it happened. I think your engineering is better than ours and your illustrati might be better too but I'm curious what domain that would be."

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"Domain?"

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"...of the illustrati? I guess maybe those are more different than I'm expecting too."

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"I don't have any powers, I'm just good at engineering. Minerva and the Tyrant are the same."

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"So you're not illustrati at all?"

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"Device isn't sure that translates. I am a superhero, I have no superpowers; the Survivor is a superhero, he has superpowers; the Tyrant is a supervillain, he has no superpowers; the Gorgon Queen is a supervillain, she has superpowers. Did that come out right?"

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"I mean, maybe it did but it does imply that you have something different going on here than illustrati I'm used to."

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"Probably." Hard to tell, but he's smiling behind the mask. "You should tell me all about your world, just as soon as we know the Tyrant's -"

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The phone rings, and the Survivor picks it up.

His expression, never joyful, gets even less happy.

"It's for you, Smith," he says. "Him."

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"Speak of the devil! One moment, Curator." (and, in an aside to Minerva, "Probably safe, but if I go down, cover me.")

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She does not know what that device does but she will watch attentively to see if she can figure it out!

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Iskander finds this whole interaction stressful and would rather look at bird photos!

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