>Vote by linking to the post you're voting on, with the letter of your vote. >FREE ACTIONs are 'fill in the blanks' actions, where you define what you want to do/say.In some cases, more than one of these actions will be chosen. >Vote cap has been reset to 7, or "whenever I get tired of waiting". >This is a crossover between DC and Marvel, where the universes have always been one and the same. Expect departures from canon.===Your name is William, and you are a metahuman.A few days ago, you signed up for Titans Academy, in the hopes of getting your mystically-gifted powers of precognitive danger sense and enhanced intuition under control. So far, you've managed a little bit of that. Tonight, you're hoping to do a lot more.Your teammate-slash-roomie, Jinx, isn't in her bedroom. That hasn't slowed you down much. Instead, you've just opted to go across the hallway. A knock, a quick request from the other students that share the housing pod, and now you're knocking on Raven's bedroom door."She's not the most social. Fair warning." Kon-el calls to you over his shoulder before going back to his movie marathon. Eh, it should be fine. After all, she seemed pretty->DANGERThe door snaps open, and she glares at you through a quartet of glowing red eyes. "WHAT?!">A: "Sorrywrongdoor!" *FLEE*>B: "Wait, those are actual closed eyes? I thought you just had some seriously bushy eyebrows.">C: "HI!" >D: "...I was hoping you had a few minutes?"
>>35029388>D: "...I was hoping you had a few minutes?"
>>35029388>"I need help with order magic things...but you seem to be busy."
>>35029388>D. "...I was hoping you had a few minutes?"Try hard not to look as panicked as we are.
>>35029388Majority vote is for >D. Keep writing and updating and more people will show.
You try not to show fear. Fear is the little death that brings angry sorceress decapitation. Fear is the enemy. You will know no fear. You will okay maybe you'll know fear but you won't let her see that you're about to piss yourself."A few minutes." Raven snaps, her voice still - not echoing per se, but there's still some reverb there. The four eyes close, the bottom two opening slowly. Her normal eyes. "...This time, I'll allow it. From now on, if my door is closed... just leave it closed." She certainly doesn't sound happy, but at least she's not snapping your head off."Got it. What were you doing?" "Don't ask if you don't really want the answer." Her room is much like the rest of the student rooms in the tower; she's painted the walls a dark gray, and there's more shelving, all of which is crammed with books. It looks more like a small library than a student room. "Er... fair enough.""So what do you need help with?" You hand her the binder. "Jinx got me set up with a partial decoded copy of Hoyle's Book of Games-""-which is a good introduction to magic in general.""Right. But she specializes in chaos magic, and I work with order magic.""...okay?""And I was hoping you could help me get a handle on things." She gives you a slightly incredulous look, but then nods."I suppose so. Before we get started, we have to have a goal in mind. What do you want to do first?">A: Try to refine my danger sense.>B: Better control over my intuition.>C: Better understanding of how my powers work.
>>35029965>C: Better understanding of how my powers work.Getting the broad picture now will make things easier in the future.
>>35029965"Fuck you over the table."
>>35029965>"I just want to not have a small panic attack whenever there's some strange meta walking down the same street I am..."
>>35029965>C: Better understanding of how my powers work.Would help us be able to branch out into other powers perhaps.
>>35029965>A.>B.I think these two are related. Better definition of what danger is.>>35030048Not this, please. Just because the quest is slow doesn't mean you can end it prematurely.
>>35030048Fuck yes, this.
>>35030145>>35030161>>35030048>>35030083>>35030113There is not a Free Action available. Even if there was, you are entirely too unnerved to get it up. So no.
>>35030201Right. A/B then, with a focus on B
>>35029965>C: Better understanding of how my powers work.
>>35030201Can we use Chaos Magic to get it up?
>>35030299Considering neither of them know Chaos Magic, probably not.
>>35030335Darn. We'll have to ask Jinx to do it for us next time we see her then.We could call it our "Rod of Wonder."
>>35029965>C. Better understanding of how my powers work.Always start with the basics
>>35030402Jinx... getting something to work? Enjoy your erectile dysfunction.
>>35030201Thank you OP.
"How they work?""Yeah. I mean, I know it's basically some kind of not-gypsy curse, but I don't know what triggers them, or...""No, no, I get you." A moment passes. "Except for the not-gypsy part.""Oh. Yeah, the fortuneteller probably wasn't Romani. I think she was Scotch-Irish." "...oh... kay." "Red hair and freckles and all.""Not really relevant.""Gotcha.""Take a seat." She places herself on the ground, cross-legged; you follow suit. "Close your eyes. Find your center... and breathe into it."Raven't soft, raspy voice guides you onward. You don't register what she says for the next few minutes. When you open your eyes again (You think it was at her command?) you're a bit surprised to see a web of arcane sigils floating above your skin."What... what is-""It's a visual representation of the enchantment." You relax again."So it's not the spell... but it's showing us what the spell... er... functions like?""More or less." You squint at the figures. None of them look familiar - some of them look a little like Sumerian writing, but you've seen that a grand total of once in a museum. "What do they say?""I'm working on it. This is old magic... it's not a spell as much as it is a partial archetypal overlay.""I had you up through 'old'.""It's... it's basically an effect designed to give you the characteristics of a legendary figure." "Um - okay? I don't know of any legends about people flipping out over hacky-sacks lobbed at their head." To your shock, that actually gets a little grin out of her. "Well - from a cursory inspection, it's all related to that. The danger sense... that's the complicated part, but it's tied in to the intuition." "I figured.""So it's going to fire off from time to time when something that isn't actually dangerous happens - because it's going to lead to something that is." Shit. Now you're second-guessing the hacky-sack flare up.(CONTINUED)
>>35030456Well, the good news is that Jinx's compute message didn't activate our danger sense, so that whole thing possibly won't come back to bite us.
>>35030456"The intuition's closer to the surface, but all I can see for a trigger is if you need to know more about something...""Then it tells me everything, and everything about everything that's related to it. Yeah, I know that much.""You should be able to will it off, though.""...really? Normally it doesn't cut off until I run out of information I can extrapolate.""Really. You just have to will it off. Convince your power that you have all the information you need." You can't help but wince as the glyphs fade from sight. "Easier said than done.""I... never promised easy. As a matter of fact, I never promised anything.""I know, I know. It's just that... the last time I got locked in to the intuition power, I spent eighteen hours in front of a Python console, whispering that I was one with the infinite.""I was with you until you said 'Python'." She deadpans. "Look - you just have to practice,""I'll give it a shot.""Good. Meanwhile, I need to decipher the rest of the glyphs... maybe I'll be able to figure out who it is that you're channeling.""Hey... thanks.""Don't mention it. And close the door on your way out."Well. That was productive!You have a bit of time left before you'd normally hit the hay - what do you want to do?>A: Raid the fridge for some ice cream.>B: Study up for tomorrow's classes.>C: Check the news for details on the bombing.>D: Practice breaking out of an intuition loop.
>>35030629>B.We still have a couple of chapters of law to read, don't we?
>>35030629>B: Study up for tomorrow's classes.
>>35030629>A: Raid the fridge for some ice cream.After talking down the Juggernaut, hell yeah I want some ice cream.
>>35030629>D. Practice breaking out of an infinity loop.But let someone know we're about to try something potentially stupid and we'd appreciate in they stopped by in twenty minutes to knock us out of it if we're completely zoned out.
>>35030629>>B: Study up for tomorrow's classes.>>35030666Knowing law it's probably just the one chapter... that's 280-350 pages long.
Amazingly, the chapter isn't too long. You spend a while reading up on the Good Samaritan laws that allow superheroes to practice in most countries, and similar threads between them. Basically, in every country you'e allowed to help with disaster relief. In most countries, you're allowed to interrupt crimes in progress with nonlethal, non-destructive force - North Vietnam and China are the exceptions to that rule. In a few countries - the UK, North Ireland, and France - you're allowed to get smashy if there's clearly a crime in progress AND the perp is armed and dangerous. Not that you can personally get smashy, but your colleagues could. It looks like the next chapter is getting into the Metahuman Registration Act... that should be pretty contentious. If not leading to outright shouting in class. You actually get to sleep at a decent hour, and snap awake two minutes before your alarm goes off. Time for some morning web surfing.>FREE ACTION: One JarvOS enhanced web search>This is for the purposes of exposition and filling in any blanks about the world in general. Search for what may be relevant, or just what you're curious about.>PREVIOUS SEARCHES: >Power Girl Nudes (contemplated, and decided against)>Stark-Wayne Co-Op>Doctor Strange and Fate.
>>35030942Recontemplate peej nudesshe is the ultimate cheesecake hero after all
>>35030942>Doctor Strange and Fate.
>>35030942>metahuman registration act
>>35030942>Metahuman Registration ActMay as well get ready for the fireworks.
>>35031039You already searched for that in thread 3.
>>35030942>Archetypical hereos/the origin of hero myths
>>35031019She's also your gym teacher. And she has access, in theory, to your search history. And she can THROW YOU INTO THE SUN.Maybe sometime when you're in town. On someone else's internet connection.>>35031085>>35031099The MRA was passed three years ago, a decision that was hotly contested in all levels of government. Opponents of the bill stated that it was effectively a nonvoluntary draft for metas - and in early versions of the bill, it really was. The current version of the law requires people with 'potentially directly destructive' powers to register so that emergency services can keep track of them in any situation where it might be relevant, whether or not they intend to use them or not. This includes enhanced strength (anything above class-3), any kind of energy projection, internal weaponry, and a few other categories of power. Your own abilities wouldn't count - you might be able to extrapolate how to make a bomb out of household items, but it's not the power that's causing the destruction. However, if you actually used your power that way and were convicted for it, you'd still be registered for the rest of your life... You stop reading about there, and check your schedule. Which... is... Just gym? In the afternoon, nonetheless? It's a Wednesday. Surely there should be class today! Clicking up your email, there's a message from the Professor.>Hey guys. I've been called in to assist in the Chinatown case. Beetle and Booster are aiding as well. The next few days are going to be self-study. Assignments will be in your inbox, along with your patrol schedule. >Hopefully this won't take long to clear up.How about that? You actually have a free morning! The only question is, how are you going to spend it?>A: Maybe the Professor needs a hand on the case? You WERE a witness, after all.>B: Breakfast. Because you can't plan a day without waffle in your belly.>C: SLEEP! GLORIOUS SLEEP!>D: Find someone to practice the intuition break with.
>>35031103>Dr. Fate was Sorcerer Supreme over Dr. StrangebullshitI call bullshit
>>35031519>D: Find someone to practice the intuition break with.Does it need to be someone we haven't already... uh... "scanned" or can it be anyone?Molly might be a good point of reference we know her deal. I'd avoid... Raven for example that could get... messy.
>>35031519>C: SLEEP! GLORIOUS SLEEP!
>>35031519Go up to cyborg, have him show off the guts of his gear. We'll try and NOT figure out what it does until we have a handle on it.
>>35031519>B: Breakfast. Because you can't plan a day without waffle in your belly.Can't train on an empty stomach
>>35031519>B. For Breakfast! (and bacon!)
>>35031519>D: Find someone to practice the intuition break with.
>>35031519>B: Breakfast. Because you can't plan a day without waffle in your belly.
Your stomach growls. Yeah, breakfast sounds like a plan.==What in the name of Emperor Norton...?You've never seen everyone in the lounge at once before. The room does, in fact, hold everyone with plenty of room to spare - there are a few small tables that fold out of the wall that you never noticed before - but it's still noisy. Twenty students and a teacher all sitting around, socializing and eating will do that. You sidle up to the counter; that sketchy-looking little floating robot from day one is cooking, it seems. It gives you a quick scan. "GOOD morning, William! One plate of waffles and bacon, or are you going kosher today?""Bacon's fine with me." It must have gotten your name from the ID card in your pocket. "Delightful!" A waffle is flipped into the air, and a second one. The ugly-assed little droid slaps the plate together in no time. It's almost impressive. Almost. You mutter a 'thanks', and look around for somewhere to sit. >A: There's a spot by Gar, with Jinx and Jubilee.>B: Or there's an open seat next to Molly, with Peegee and Virgil at the same table. >C: And then there's an open seat on the sofa, between Virgil and short blonde guy.
>>35031924>C: And then there's an open seat on the sofa, between Virgil and short blonde guy.
>>35031924>B: Or there's an open seat next to Molly, with Peegee and Virgil at the same table.
>>35031924>A: There's a spot by Gar, with Jinx and Jubilee.
>>35031924>BAsk peej if she checks for searches of nudie pics of herself in student search historynot that we're interested, we're just curious*wink*
>>35031924>B. Next to Molly.
>>35031519SLEEP! Everyone knows oracles need to dream a lot.
Wait, how is Virgil in two places at once? You thought that he had the ability to mess with electricity, not - And the Virgil at the sofa is now Power Girl. Great, you've got a shapeshifter around. You pull up a seat next to your gym teacher, who is presently tucking into her second (possibly third?) waffle in a stack. Virgil looks like he hasn't slept, and Molly is presently wearing a different beanie - this time it's a furry brown bear hat. "Morning, William." "Morning, shorty. Finally got your collection back?""Well, I got PART of it...""The rest is still in quarantine." Peegee puts in. "They're being a little overcautious.""A little?" Virgil throws back something that looks like bacon, but clearly isn't. "How many months has it been?""Yeah, well, you know the lab boys.""No I don't.""What about Gear?""Even he wouldn't be that wound up about it.""Nanites. That's all I'm saying." Peegee gives him a crooked little smile."So, uh... is there a reason we're going to be doing gym in the afternoon?""Of course there is. It'll take me a few hours to set up the field.""...field?""Stankball." Molly and Virgil say it at the same time, both in a severely overdramatic tone, as if they're expecting their voices to echo. "And... just so I'm clear here... what exactly IS...?""No one can be told what Stankball is. You have to see it for yourself." "Well - I mean, you CAN, but that'd ruin the fun of it.""...Is it a contact sport?""Kind of?" Molly shrugs."Am I going to end up a greasy stain on the grass?""Of course not! C'mon, I love playing it.""You have superhuman strength." "And I don't use it during the game. Promise."(CONTINUED)
>>35032324"I'll have to trust you on this one." You guess that Professor Parker wouldn't allow a game that would let a bunch of his students die on him. Wait, why did that thought give you a case of the ominous heebie jeebies...?In either case, the waffles are delicious, and the company isn't bad.>FREE ACTION: Meal discussion. What do you talk about?
>>35032431"So...who's the shapeshifter? Unless there's a second one of you running around which, as one of the least physically fit people here, leaves me terrified."
>>35032324I have to say, OP, you should really mention who's saying what more frequently. Gets confusing.>>35032431Ask >>35032016...or, uh, just ask about the shapeshifter.
>>35032431Nanites? And who is Gear?
>>35032548sidekick of static shock
>>35032431Ask if anybody's heard anything about the Chinatown case recently
>>35032601I was saying have Will ask that since I don't think we know that in character yet
>>35030942>North VietnamWe should look up some stuff on the Vietnam war.
>>35032524>>35032483Peegee cranes his head. "Morph. He can only keep up a shape for a few minutes at a time right now, so he mostly uses it for bad jokes and impersonations." "Isn't he one of the guys who used to go to Xavier's?" Virgil rubs his temples as he looks over at the kid - who is now in what may be his natural state, hairless and almost featureless, with dull paper-white skin. "Yeah. Something about the politics there. He wasn't too open about why he wanted to transfer.">>35032498"It's an inside joke." Virgil rolls his eyes."Whenever the lab takes too long with analyzing anything, the excuse I get is that they're checking for nanite contamination." Power Girl spears a bit of bacon with her waffle, munching it eagerly. "...even when there's no chance of it.">>35032548"Richie. He's my best buddy - blonde, kind of skinny, super-genius?""He also makes awesome things with Lego." Molly grins ear to ear."Yeah. Word to the wise, don't step in his room barefoot. He's eating in his room today... something about making a breakthrough on a project of his.">>35032619Peegee's joking grin disappears. "Yeah. Yeah, we did. It's looking pretty bad." "How bad is bad?" Virgil raises an eyebrow."Ever hear of a guy named Deadshot?""Nope.""Well, he was the one that blew the building up. And if he's involved, things are probably a little above our pay grade.""...we're going to get dragged in, aren't we?""Only if he goes after us. And for all his faults, that guy doesn't look for random carnage."It's about then that Raven walks by, tossing you a slip of paper. She says nothing, just heading for a spot in the corner where she can float and down a goddamn GIANT stack of waffles by herself. >A: FREE ACTION, continue discussion.>B: Excuse yourself and check out the note.>C: Check the note at the table.
>>35033000>C: Check the note at the table.She blatantly gave it to us so it shouldn't be personal right?
>>35033000>B: Excuse yourself and check out the note.
>>35033073Knowing Raven, she's very particular about what knowledge of hers is made available to the general public.
>>35033000>BFor Better safe than sorry because I don't want to die just yet
Ahh hs hit I'm hella late
>>35033000>>B: Excuse yourself and check out the note.
"...hey, I'll see you guys at the game.""Make sure you bring comfortable shoes. And shorts, if you've got `em." Peegee finishes up her last waffle as you leave, heading out to the hallway. The note is fairly short, but it gets the information across quickly. Or it would, if you had an easier time reading Raven's scribbly handwriting.>Insight of Cassandra>I have an acquaintance that's interested in you. >He's in town. We can meet him this afternoon if we blow off the game or later this evening.>He will be drunk by 4, though.>Throw this note aside after reading the next line:>I prepared exploding runes toda>DANGERYou jerk back and toss it in the air quickly; the note detonates with a sharp crack. Well. That's a thing. You'll have to decide whether it's worthwhile to blow off a game of... whatever Stankball might be... to meet this guy before he's got some alcohol in him. Assuming you decide to go.>A: You can't pass up Stankball - the punishment for missing will probably be worse.>B: You can find a reason to miss.>C: You don't know if meeting this guy at all is a good idea - who is he?
>>35033593>B: You can find a reason to miss.
>>35033593>B: You can find a reason to miss.Shit this important
>>35033593>B. Our danger sense is warning us away from the game!
>>35033593Well then... Good thing we didn't open that at the table..>BStankball isn't exactly on our list of priorities.
>>35033593>A: You can't pass up Stankball - the punishment for missing will probably be worse.I am just curious as to what this is
>>35033593Huh... I'm actually not sure what to choose.>A: You can't pass up Stankball - the punishment for missing will probably be worse.>>35033645No... that was the exploding paper.
>>35033593>You can find a reason to miss"Listen, all my DANGER senses go off at once whenever someone says Stankball...soo....
>>35033593>A: You can't pass up Stankball - the punishment for missing will probably be worse.
>>35033593>B: You can find a reason to miss."Better understanding my powers" is more than a legitimate reason.
This is your powers. This is serious. Gym class be damned! ==And that's our cliffhanger for the evening. Join us next time for disreputable characters, at least one explosion, and the introduction of someone who has no business being in any incarnation of the Teen Titans. Or around any minors. Ever.
>>35034072Ahh mang so we looking at a morning or afternoon run time? Also that guy is either Strange or Fate I really hope so at least
>>35034072Are we ever going to find out what Stankball is?
>>35034072Oh shit, deadpool?
>>35034306No the joker
>>35034306No. What would Deadpool want with a mystic?Also, as a parting shot, my twitter is @NotHumble, and I'll announce all further threads there before they happen.
>>35034359What does deadpool want with anything?
>>35034072Oh shit, it's the Adam West batman. Quick, protect the Bat Diamond!
>>35034359Oh shit guys I got it! ITS FUCKING WOTAN THE GENDER BENDER!
>>35034497Also might be this chucklefuck
>>35034391Mexican food, and to not be confused for Ninja Spider-Man. Alright, better question - why would Raven WANT to take you to see Deadpool? Answer: She would not.
>>35034555So that when deadpool wanted magic to happen he wouldn't bother her?
Next thread can we search for legends with intuition?
>>35036365Raven said Insight of CassandraCassandra was an oracle that could see the future but no one would ever believe her. Also I think she only ever saw bad things she could never prevent
>>35033664>No... that was the exploding paper.Noooo, I'm pretty sure it was Stankball.nudge. hint.
>>35034555>Answer: She would not.The interactions between then might be funny, if only for a little bit.
>>35036365Dude, it's Insight of Cassandra.For those who don't know Cassandra, she was an oracle during the Trojan War, who lived within Illium. Apollo cursed her with the ability to see the future, but never be believed. She was plagued by visions of of everyone dying, foresaw that a wooden horse would be the ruin of Illium, and that Achilles would be a fucking badass against everything they could marshal. She knew danger was coming...but the madness left by these visions made her so incoherent, noone believed a word she said.She told the truth, hoping to change what was to come, but noone would listen.
>>35041348So our friends will laugh off our danger sense and whatever?
>>35041613Depends on if we're cursed, as well. It says Insight of Cassandra, not Curse of Cassandra. The deal was she bangs Apollo and he gives her the gift of prophecy. Well, he gave her the gift first, and then she didn't put out. "Oh, but he struggled to win me, breathing ardent love for me....I consented to Loxias (Apollo) but broke my word....Ever since that fault I could persuade no one of anything."It seems to me that since we didn't have any deal to hold up, we have no curse associated with it. Yet.
>>35042225So no promises we can't hold, got it.
>>35042241Not towards any Gods/powerful mages, at least. Particularly Apollo.