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Plotting out a story. The superheroine is going to hear something wise about superpowers.

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An interesting element of trying to randomly generate personalities and powers so there is no correlation. . .

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Randomly generating character traits and powers is one thing.
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There's a superhero world where I've worked on stories, where the powers acquired, for good reason, tend to reflect the personality of the person. Cheerful, sunny people get light powers; dark, moody people get shadow powers; sneaky people get invisibility or passing through walls; etc.

Now there's another, in which people get powers at random.

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I know where the story begins.

At the point at which she gets her powers.
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There's a heroine who has to have a power, and it has to be the ability to drain life. . . .

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Was thinking about various lawyerly discussions about the problems with superheroes testifying in secret identity. . .those would go double if the superhero was a vigilante, unauthorized by the authorities.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Zoning, of course, would be interesting in trying to deal with any super in a city not designed for supers.

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Was contemplating it after Team-ups and Crossovers, where one super world has child superheroes, and one doesn't (though, some states let you do some limited stuff at sixteen).

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
A new fledged superhero, the classic flying brick with flight, supersenses, invulnerability and strength, and I was meandering along and -- put him in a fight.
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marycatelli: (Dawn)
Was researching birds and patron saints and pondering. . . .

Who would be the patron saint of superheroes?

well, besides the patrons of those in dangerous occupations, and whatever occupation the superhero finds himself in. (Law enforcement, or firefighting, or some of the plausible but never used one.) Just for powers. . . one would have to pick a suitable one. Or invent one. . . .
marycatelli: (Gibson Girl)
Here comes the circus.  Here comes the cops.  To harass them of course. . . though, in this universe, where superheroes are just getting started, they have more than usual reason.

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So a hero's got his origin and his superpowers.  The bad guys' fault, and he breaks out. . .

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What would superpowers do to technological progress?   Assuming, of course, that the Mad Scientists can't make their gizmos reliably or in mass quantities, where it's obvious what the impact would be. Works like magic in a reasonable world

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looking at The Grimnoir Chronicles -- and superhero world-building.

Ah, an explanation of why superpowers appeared when they did! A combination sort of fantasy/superhero/SF sort of reason. I note that this reason was not only integral to the plot, it was the driving force behind it. The complications of world-building is that sometimes it has to drive the story.

Also liked the very realistic treatment of people's reactions. On one hand, the fear of the powers, on the other hand the freedom of the Actives. . . though no one pointed out that if they can control people who can throw around tanks and the like, what can they do to Normals?
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Step one was create a superhero.

Step two was make him a fugitive from the law.

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Was philosophically contemplating How Superpowered People Would Change the World again and thought -- hmm -- the Assassins are indeed dangerous -- but --
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