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#1 Marcus Impudite

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:27 PM

In honor of today's astrological event...


What would your character be doing during the 2017 Eclipse?

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:06 PM

Street Angel - Just another night of crime fighting.

Kid Avenger - 5 more years of government service.

Blindside - How can we use this against the Secret Empire.



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#3 Nothere


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:55 PM

Scardey Cat Going to a group watching, and making notes about the people and their thoughts on this historic event while watching it.


Mr. X Making sure no  one uses the convergance for evil.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:43 PM

Robobushi would go about his normal business but would likely hook into a few observatory feeds and satellites by wifi.


Big Girl might get confused and try to smash it. She sees further into the UV; I'm not sure if that would make it more or less dark (and eclipses really aren't THAT dark because your eyes adjust).

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:27 AM

Stormwalker: Flies along the path of the eclipse, clearing away clouds so everyone has a good view.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:54 AM

Sunburn: Since his light powers are solar powered, he might get an increse in power during the eclipse (increase UV light to absorb). Since he is 'retiered' and employed by SNN/SNN Sidekick, he would had a busy day getting the superhero side of the eclipse for the network. And...he can watch it with his nakid eyes without burning them.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 12:09 PM

Old Jeb would fly into the ground at mach 5 hoping that 'dying during a solar eclipse' is a kill condition on his regeneration w/ resurrection.


When he came to he'd get a drink and go back to busting up drug cartels and human traffickers.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

Darkstar, with his powers of easily being sunburned, will be dancing around happily for about 30 secs. Then "Ouch. ouch, ouch! Where's my sun hat and mumu?"

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:11 PM

Eclipses are prime time for Evil Magical Rituals.


Unfortunately, none of my characters are much use at dealing with them, beyond the "punch the cultists, rescue the sacrifice" level.

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#10 mrinku


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 10:56 PM

Sunburn: Since his light powers are solar powered, he might get an increse in power during the eclipse (increase UV light to absorb).


Nope. There's a big drop in UV and every other wavelength emitted by the sun. Any solar powered hero is basically operating under night time conditions for a short while. Where you *might* see a difference with UV would be that a character who relied on that might be a little less in the dark than one with normal sight because of UV coming from non-solar sources such as stars that the moon isn't blocking, same as at night (which is what I was thinking in relation to Big Girl). But those are constant. The sun being in the sky doesn't prevent starlight from arriving at the earth's surface - it just outshines them so much that your eyes adjust for the light levels and can't see them.


However, eclipses simply aren't as dark as a regular night anyway because most of the daytime hemisphere is still lit up (save that small circle of shadow that's around 100km in diameter) and you get a lot of light scattering in from the side, for a twilight effect.


As I'm sure many of our North American correspondents experienced yesterday.

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