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2 weeks 1 day ago #66532 by Nagrij
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cprime wrote: 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.


Well, the actual uses do sort of jump out at one, don't they? Inducing mutation in a controlled or directed manner might save many lives. And removing the ability removes the chance for resistance. However, I do disagree a bit... the jump from detection to mutation is much bigger than it seems.

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2 weeks 22 hours ago #66534 by Mister D
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It would be interesting to see how this integrates with the MGC Diagnostic spells that Baloo introduced in Gen1.

Granted that we haven't seen how the full societal side-effects have played out in Gen1 yet, and, that the spell itself requires a unspecified amount of essence to cast, an unspecified level of skill in magic to cast, and, an unspecified level of knowledge of genetics to use the results effectively, which means that the ability to make full use of the spell would be a relatively rare skill-set.

One work-around would be an institute-level organisation set up to use it, but that role could possibly be taken up by Arc.

Barring some form of that work-around, the use of that spell would be relatively uncommon, so a Devise/Gadget-based solution, would be more usable/more "easily effective".

As for the jump from detection of the MGC, to controlled manifestation of the MGC, it would depend upon how incomplete the MGC is for each individual, for the MGC to be able to manifest safely.

Chewy and interesting reading. :D

Looking forward to the next episode. :D


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2 weeks 22 hours ago #66535 by Mister D
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It is also interesting to read what's happening from the pov of someone who is neurotypical.

The combination of Diedricks on top of an existing(?) mental condition, is always going to be messy.

Nice take on the inside of the head of someone who is suffering from Diedricks. :D


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2 weeks 20 hours ago #66537 by Nagrij
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Mister D wrote: It is also interesting to read what's happening from the pov of someone who is neurotypical.

The combination of Diedricks on top of an existing(?) mental condition, is always going to be messy.

Nice take on the inside of the head of someone who is suffering from Diedricks. :D


Thanks. That part took awhile to get 'right', as you well know.

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2 weeks 19 hours ago #66538 by null0trooper
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Nagrij wrote: Well, the actual uses do sort of jump out at one, don't they? Inducing mutation in a controlled or directed manner might save many lives. And removing the ability removes the chance for resistance. However, I do disagree a bit... the jump from detection to mutation is much bigger than it seems.


Removing the ability to manifest might save the lives of those with mutated MGCs and those who inherit any anti-manifestation alterations. It also might be critical in treating victims of transgenic diseases.

Depending on how much positive pressure there is on the MGC, there would eventually be uses for detecting those who lack a copy of it.

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2 weeks 19 hours ago #66539 by marie7342231
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Nagrij wrote: Malady... this isnt diedricks. Jamie is not sane. At least, not entirely.


I had a working theory that Sharon, Pete, and Irma were imaginary until the encounter with Molten. I listen on text2speech app during my commute so can't always catch all the details.

But darn, I was a bit sad to have that bubble burst.

Thanks for the out-of-the-box backstory. I'd love to read more but don't really enjoy spending time in Jamie's head.
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2 weeks 15 hours ago #66540 by Mister D
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marie7342231 wrote:

Nagrij wrote: Malady... this isnt diedricks. Jamie is not sane. At least, not entirely.


I had a working theory that Sharon, Pete, and Irma were imaginary until the encounter with Molten. I listen on text2speech app during my commute so can't always catch all the details.

But darn, I was a bit sad to have that bubble burst.

Thanks for the out-of-the-box backstory. I'd love to read more but don't really enjoy spending time in Jamie's head.


Nice take.

I hadn't even thought of that. :D


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2 weeks 15 hours ago #66541 by Nagrij
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marie7342231 wrote:

Nagrij wrote: Malady... this isnt diedricks. Jamie is not sane. At least, not entirely.


I had a working theory that Sharon, Pete, and Irma were imaginary until the encounter with Molten. I listen on text2speech app during my commute so can't always catch all the details.

But darn, I was a bit sad to have that bubble burst.

Thanks for the out-of-the-box backstory. I'd love to read more but don't really enjoy spending time in Jamie's head.


Jamie's head is an interesting place, but not a fun one.

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1 week 6 days ago #66545 by Ametros
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Excellent to finally get a peek at the thoughts behind Jamie's actions, especially in regards to the Luke/Tia dichotomy. I almost feel sorry for the girl, being railroaded as she is.

Seriously, thank you for your time and effort. It is appreciated.

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1 week 5 days ago #66548 by Katssun
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I do feel sorry for her too. It's a tragedy for both Jamie and Tia.

She knows, deep down, that it is all her fault. She set her favorite person in the world on fire. It really was an accident, it shouldn't have burned anything, including herself which she disturbingly didn't notice at all. It was supposed to be a temporary condition, although that might have been pure delusion on her part. She wanted to help him immediately after coming out of her bout of mania.

@FlynnDanger: Love the analysis! We know her condition existed well before she manifested to add Diedricks on top of it, so Luke being her sole source of stability make sense too.

Jamie needs the amalgamation of Tia and Amy to take all the blame or she will drown herself in her own guilt. So I think there is a strong hint of Depression (with a capital D) lurking there too. Depression manifests in just as many ways as mutation does.

What I found truly horrifying is she's not even eating, to "keep up" with the Exemplars even as she loathes them, and the people who are using her are manipulating her further away from sanity. It didn't dawn on me until the end with Sharon, but they're reinforcing her alienation/isolation and ramping up her mania to exploit it for their own end. She's constantly "in danger" that they need to guard her from. Sure, some of the threat is probably real, but she doesn't need bodyguards every time she's outside her room. No worse than Tia's. Public opinion was equally split. Evolution Rocks was presented as siding with Jamie, not Tia, but suddenly they're all against her? Very suspicious.

She desperately needs real help. Hopefully someone can break through to make her realize it and finally get her over that hurdle. Tia was equally hurt and traumatized by the "betrayal" and even something like a projection or disguise back to being Luke for a minute or so is way too risky.
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