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2 weeks 2 days ago #66512 by DanZilla
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A New story in Gen 2 from Nagrij... Please comment below.
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2 weeks 2 days ago #66516 by Malady
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Very interesting path that Calibrate was given, to get out of jail.

Do we have any of the info to make good guesses about M??

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Lols if Bergamot is the way out from her "friend's" thumb. Because at least their deal is more even than the one she's got right now?

I forget how much authors share groups, so I'm thinking about Advent and others, instead of the primary Vanguard guys...

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Good that she's tiptoe-ing around the idea of things being her fault, instead of not getting it.

If Tia meets her during the logical Diedricks comedown period, Jamie might be more receptive to a better path and clearer thinking??

I really can't remember ever seeing the comedown that the Wiki says should happen... Which came from an Author post, so hmm...
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2 weeks 2 days ago #66518 by Nagrij
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Malady... this isnt diedricks. Jamie is not sane. At least, not entirely.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #66519 by Dreamer
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2 weeks 2 days ago #66520 by Malady
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Nagrij wrote: Malady... this isnt diedricks. Jamie is not sane. At least, not entirely.


I thought she dricks and has an inferiority complex / shizo...
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2 weeks 2 days ago #66521 by Nagrij
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Malady, you aren't wrong. but aside from the dricks, her mental state is complicated. There is more to it.

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2 weeks 2 days ago #66523 by Schol-R-LEA
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/me palms Epileptic Tree seed and pokes it into the ground
It almost sounds as if all of this - including Luke/Tia's transformation, or at least Jamie attacking Luke - was a setup from word one.

The whole story of how she just happened to get brought on to the DNA project so quickly, as a high school freshman and an unproven devisor, is sounding pretty suspicious (TBH, it already did, and I seem to recall that Luke even said so), especially if she was basing the 'faulty' BIT imposition ray primarily on data she was given by the ones in the development group, rather than other outside sources.

But that would be a lot of work to put a single devisor in your pocket... especially since it sounds as if the 'attack' was set up in a way so as to kill Luke, and leave Jamie in even deeper trouble/debt... if this isn't just me spinning paranoid ideas, then someone must have already been anticipating that either Jamie or Tia (or both) would be incredibly valuable assets after all this work was put into them, for some reason. Or else M or someone he's working with is a precog who is using them as pawns in some long-term gambit.

My money is on this WAG being entirely off the mark, but it is fun to theorize, innit?

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2 weeks 2 days ago #66524 by Nagrij
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theories are indeed fun.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #66530 by FlynnDanger
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This was a very interesting story Nagrij, thank you.

Jamie's main mental illness appears to be Narcissistic Personality Disorder potentially combined with Psychopathy.
1. She lacks empathy for others. They are useful at best and evil incarnate at worst.
2. She is flippant with rules and authority. If she can get away with it, she'll do what she wants.
3. She believes she is the smartest, kindest, just generally best human on the earth. And she can't fathom why others don't like her. To her, semi-threatening people is her way of warning them about Tia.
-3a. To her, everyone else is too pathetic, stupid, etc to live without her. The fact that she felt the study group immediately began mourning her absence is an example of this.
4. She wants to win at all costs, even if the victory means nothing except to her. If someone slights her, she "has" to get even. Otherwise, to her, the bad guys win.
5. Nothing can EVER be her fault. Its always someone else's fault or *they* wanted her to fail, etc.

The exception to any of these was Luke. Luke was her rock. He helped Jamie feel normal, especially after she manifested (which may or may not have worsened her condition). With him around, she felt like a better person. Because, secretly, she knows she isn't well. She knows that she isn't a *good* person. That's why she has to constantly put on the "wholesome good girl" act. But to ask for help would mean admitting that she isn't perfect and she can't bring herself to do it.

As a side note, I think the scene with her telling the police to ask her devise why it hurt Luke was more due to her being in shock then anything else. Well, that combined with her Narcissistic Psychopathy. She watched her creation almost kill her boyfriend as well as suffer burns of her own. It probably didn't help that she was also just coming down from a Diedricks episode, which meant she lost all that adrenaline she was running on. Even being caught red-handed, she still can't admit it was her fault, so she just said something to shift the blame. And the only thing left was the devise.
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2 weeks 1 day ago #66531 by cprime
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One passing thought is that the mysterious 'M' might be the enigmatic Hugo Butler from Laura and the Village (among others). Having a Devi[cs]e that can quickly identify a person with an active MGC would be the dream of the MCO, Gen 1's triangle, or Gen 2's Adventists. For the MCO, imagine the ability to perform a mass scanning of all passengers at an airport to detect all mutants (and detain those who are attempting to sneak past the checkpoint without being properly screened). For the triangle, a similar mass screening could be put to their own ends as demonstrated in Shenanigans - particularly if the scanner can identify what powers any given mutant has . In the case of the Adventists, the motives would be a bit more sinister. As Jamie demonstrated, it's only a small jump from a devise that can scan someone's DNA to a devise that can mutate it. And as Dr. Speers explained in Quantum Suicides, they would have an incentive to induce mutations in a controlled (or uncontrolled) manner.

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