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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Grailknight in Usable as 2nd form of movement (6E)   
    Actually, a slot costing 4 points (for the Flight) and a slot costing probably 3 points (for the Teleport, with limitation "Only Along Wires" (-1/2 according to Champions Powers)), to be precise.  So a savings of 5 points, and you can make the Teleport as Megascale.  Or have two Teleport slots (one Megascale, one not), and still save 2 points over the Flight Usable as Teleportation.
     
    Personally, I'd spend the extra points on Fixed Locations scattered across the campaign city, so you don't have to guesstimate where you're going all the time and sometimes end up in an embarrassing or dangerous place.  (Hey, "Safe Blind Teleport" only keeps you from teleporting into something solid.  It doesn't stop you from accidentally teleporting into the women's bathroom at the grocery store or the mess hall in the local VIPER Nest.) 
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Hugh Neilson in You'll be Mesmerized!   
    I agree with Hugh.  At 5 points per d6, it seems awful cheap for the potential effect.  60 points for 6d6 gives an average roll of 21 - enough to mesmerize  your typical 10-15 BODY person for a while, if they have to roll 2-3d6 each Phase to get the effect down to 0 to break free.
     
    Out of curiosity, why have it go against BODY?  It seems different types of mesmerize could go against various characteristics:
    Charm or Placate against EGO Sleep against CON Confuse against INT Taunt against PRE Hold against STR Disorient against INT or DEX
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to archer in Usable as 2nd form of movement (6E)   
    Might be cleaner and more thematic to have the limitation "only places that are connected to the power grid".
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Starlord in In other news...   
    Read this statement in your head, but in the voice of Snagglepuss.... 
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    We didn't delay or cancel the elections when we were at war with Hitler,  we're not going to do it to give Twitler unearned time in office in response to crises he's largely responsible for.
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from bigbywolfe in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    I just say a quick prayer to Anoia (Goddess of Things That Get Stuck in Drawers).  Usually does the trick.  Though she has gotten busy since the Post Office reopened.
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Ragitsu in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Y'know...pork.
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Amorkca in Usable as 2nd form of movement (6E)   
    Actually, a slot costing 4 points (for the Flight) and a slot costing probably 3 points (for the Teleport, with limitation "Only Along Wires" (-1/2 according to Champions Powers)), to be precise.  So a savings of 5 points, and you can make the Teleport as Megascale.  Or have two Teleport slots (one Megascale, one not), and still save 2 points over the Flight Usable as Teleportation.
     
    Personally, I'd spend the extra points on Fixed Locations scattered across the campaign city, so you don't have to guesstimate where you're going all the time and sometimes end up in an embarrassing or dangerous place.  (Hey, "Safe Blind Teleport" only keeps you from teleporting into something solid.  It doesn't stop you from accidentally teleporting into the women's bathroom at the grocery store or the mess hall in the local VIPER Nest.) 
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Cancer in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    Well, if you get olive oil from pressing olives, castor bean oil from pressing castor beans, and baby oil from pressing babies, it stands to reason you get motor oil from pressing motors.
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Rails in Today's Dumb Criminal Story ...   
    *cough*  "I have coronavirus!"
    *punch*  "I have anger control issues."
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Hermit in The Adventures of "Fish Guy" (Superhero fiction)   
    Excellent work!  More great stuff.
     
    I'm wondering about Bramble's near-slip toward the beginning. 


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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Hermit in The Adventures of "Fish Guy" (Superhero fiction)   
    "So this is your battle form?" I said to Bramble.
    "Yeah, good enough term for it," She said, "I know I look weird but it does provide me some protection. Feels as natural as my own skin too, somehow the plant life sticks to me and constantly adapts. I don't even have to think about it." As if to demonstrate, each bark covered finger sprouted twigs, then hardened into what looked like wooden claws.
    "Cool," Hussar said.
     
    It certainly looked cool, I had to admit, but I wanted to know more, "Where do the plants come from in the first place? I mean, do you start out normal then suddenly plants appear from nowhere?"
     
    "I tend to draw plant material from nearby, only takes a little and it's soon it's a lot. Gr- Lady Obsidian said I had some kind of subconscious control over it on a cellular level," Bramble shrugged, "Honestly, I'm a city girl so it's not like I study a lot of plant life."
     
    "Love to get you in the redwoods sometime," Valerosa observed.
     
    "Oh sure, put me in even a city park and it's show time," Bramble grinned, "I can throw down with the best of them then. I once used an oak to stop a getaway car,  but it's not like I can carry it a forest with me."
     
    I wasn't so sure about that, "Have you experimented with say pollen, ragweed, poison oak?"
     
    "No," She answered, "You think that would work?"
     
    "If you can make an oak snag a car, then I'm willing to bet you have a lot more versatility than you think," I observed, "I'm going to get you some books on Botany."
     
    She made a face, "Homework, really? I'm a grown ass woman now."
     
    "So am I, and I still study on the nature of my powers," Valerosa informed her in a tone of no nonsense, just a hint of that drill sergeant thing she had going earlier, "You're not in the minors anymore, Bramble unless you choose to keep yourself there. If Eel's right, you could be the most powerful of us all if you learn how to use what you've got to the max. But yes, you're going to have to work for it and that includes your brain."
    The one-two conversational punch of 'suck it up, buttercup' and 'You could be the best' caught Bramble off guard and she clearly was conflicted on which part to respond to. To her credit, she didn't look too riled by the former, and had the sense to be cautious about the latter, "You think so?"
     
    "Only one way to find out," I told her, "I think maybe a utility belt or something carrying seeds and the like might just work wonders for you." I liked the term 'utility belt' because it's really old school, and also sounded cooler than 'seed pouch'.
     
    Hussar huffed nearby, "Utility Belt? Seriously? How lame is that?"
     
    I felt like someone had just caught me watching Adam West on TV and mocked me for it. Which is, in my view, UnAmerican and Uncool. My brow raised but I let it slide. Hopefully Bramble wouldn't let his negativity discourage her.
     
    "It does sound kind of lame," Bramble admitted looking self conscious.
     
    "Cal it whatever you like," Valerosa said with a brief glance at Hussar, then back to Bramble, "But it might help you take down a bad guy one day, or more importantly, save lives. It's worth looking into."
     
    "I think it's a classic," Aspirant said, his support causing me wanting to grant ten points for House Canuck, "But you've got bark over the skin, why not over the belt and then it opens when you need it if you really don't like it?"
    "Huh, yeah," Bramble  considered and slowly nodded, "I think I could."
     
    "I think a nice belt might compliment if it looked nice," Trailblazer commented.
     
    "I'll get a fern and we'll get a demonstration of your powers, Bramble" I said. The base had plenty of 'green touches' here and there, and one fern could give itself up for science.
     
    It was an impressive demonstration. One moment, there was a simple fern in a pot, then Bramble demonstrated her ability to expand it's mass in outreaching forms and shapes so the green of it easy went five meters and was almost as strong as low grade steel. I know, because  she hooked my arm and  had it pull!
    Braced as I was, I didn't budge.
     
    "Damn, you're hard to move," Bramble declared. her brows knit.
     
    "Waves don't know me over lightly either, but you should see Valerosa when she's hit her density dial on max so to speak," I gave credit where it is due, "But this is a good pull, at least as strong as weightlifter I'd guess. You could throw your average bad guy across the room or tie him up."
     
    "Hey, you could wrap Eel up," Hussar suggested, 'Besides just the arm, I mean."
     
    "Are you trying to get me in trouble?" Bramble said to him.
     
    "It's okay, go ahead." I said "If you can keep a foe from utilizing their strength, keep him or her from getting leverage, it'll be that much more effective so go ahead." 
     
    Part of me wondered if I was going to end up on the floor bound and gagged in a fern vines, my ego taking a beating all in the name of super powered training? Oh well, so be it.  This was too useful for non lethal crowd control for me to not encourage it.
     
    Sure enough the fern vines wrapped around and around me, and Bramble took my advice to heart, wrapping it around joints  and the like so I'd have a harder time. What really amazed me is how much the plant had to be stretching to be going around me again and again. I could see why Lady Obsidian believed there was a telekinetic component to this. Bramble's control was precise now that she was focusing on it. Each cord hardened.
     
    "I can't use it to tie you up any more, I mean... it's done" She explained, "So that's as tight as it's possibly going to-"
    I exhaled.
    "-get." She said.
    I inhaled, my chest swelling, and the cord like vines, strong as oak or not, snapped in sequence off my chest and I shed the entrapment like someone might push through rice paper. 
     
    The reactions threw me off a bit.
    Bramble looked crestfallen. 
    Hussar looked disappointed. Then he snickered.
    Aspirant went "Wow."
    Trailblazer blushed for some reason.
    And I swore for a moment Valerosa eyes warmed.
     
    "What?" I asked. I was missing something.
     
    "Nothing," Bramble said, crossing her arms defensively and while I didn't understand the reactions of some others, I got hers. She had given her best effort, and I had snapped out of it with apparent ease. I'd just shown her up in front of her new peers.This was a problem. I remembered my early school days under a horrible teacher named Mrs. Knells. She would call students up, encourage them to their best, then seem to take an almost perverse sense of delight in showing how wrong they were and rubbing into their faces 'how easy it was'. 
     
    I had made Bramble feel like an idiot, and while that was not my intent, as her teacher, it was my problem and I needed to course correct fast.
     
    "That was amazing!" I declared with enthusiasm.
     
    "Brah, you snapped right out of it," Hussar said, "You made it look easy."
     
    "It wasn't," I stated before Hussar, who I began to suspect was the negative nancy of the group, could bring things down further, "Chest expansion is one of the  tricks I've learned in the trade," I focused on Bramble again, "You did everything right, tried to hinder my ability to use my full strength, did it quickly and efficiently. Remember I mentioned the pulling we did earlier like being a weightlifter tugging? Well, if you had done that to a non powered weight lifter, and I'm talking Olympic level, there's no way that guy could get free without help."
     
    "Yeah?" Bramble raised a slightly thorny brow.
    "Yeah," I stated, "And villains come in all types. Some aren't super strong, and need to see to use their powers, wrap them  up like that, and you've taken them out of the fight. You've got a great potential crowd controller here. I kind of envy it."
     
    Now Bramble looked dubious, "Oh come on."
     
    "He's not kidding, " Valerosa said, "It's a non lethal way to trap a foe up, maybe foes if you can do that more than one at a time ,walk away and move onto the next. Invaluable when you're facing multiple non powered enemies at once."
     
    Bramble thought about it, "Huh. Thanks" She brightened, "You still snapped out fast though."
     
    "Well, let's not mislead," I told her, "I am pretty damn amazing, but strength is quite literally my strength. It's like being surprised I breathe water."
     
    Bramble nodded, "So I should go after the non strong guys with that move... let Hussar or the like handle the big guys?"
     
    "Well, sometimes it's a change up, but you're thinking tactically," I nodded, "You're all learning what works. That's why it's better to find out here than in the field."
    "I already know what I do," Hussar said with a shrug, "Bet I could do what you did. With the vines I mean."
    "We'll find out later," I said, "But it is your turn to be tested."
    Hussar grinned, "Bring it on. I'll try to go easy on you, old man."
    "I'm in my twenties," I told him with a lift of my brow.
    "Yeah, well," he shrugged, "Still, I'm the next gen improvement to strong guys right?"
    Given he was the clone of an old superhero, I was tempted to say something really snarky. Instead, I gestured "Get into the center of the room, Junior."
    "All right," Hussar said eagerly, "Let's see what you got, Fish Guy."
     
    I'd been told I had a mean streak when my temper rose up, frankly I didn't see it, but I must confess I did have a brief mental image of tearing off his wings and beating him with them. Nothing I'd ever actually do, of course, just one of those little day dreams of extreme violence on some jerk we all get. We all do get those right?
     
    While I pondered if maybe a therapist might not be a bad idea, I was surprised as Valerosa put a hand on my shoulder "Allow me," and then  as I turned ,she kissed me he on the cheek, and whispered, "You were very hot snapping out of the strands like that. Best Pecs forward and all that."
     
    It was my turn to blush a bit, both at the realization I might have done an 'oops I'm sexy' in front of three women, and also at the curious notion of just what the heck women these days were into if snapping free did that for them? I could ask Aspirant I suppose him being telepathic.
    No. No. I could NOT ask Aspirant, I decided. He might tell me.
     
    "Wait," Said Hussar, who realized he was not going to face me, but rather Valerosa, "I wanted to take on the best fighter."
     
    You know, it's debatable , I get that, but I found it easy to answer "And that's who you're getting."
     
    "Huh? I thought you were the strongest one of the Samaritans?" That was Bramble.
     
    "I might be the strongest," I said, stressing the word 'might' "But Valerosa's our best fighter."
     
    And Ariana was pleased by that, very pleased. Her eyes made a promise, and then moved on.
     
    I heard Trailblazer whisper something to Bramble, and both girls chuckled softly, borderline giggling. 
     
    "I gotta warn you, Captain," Hussar said "I like the ladies, but in a fight I will kick a girl's ass if I have to."
     
    I could almost feel Valerosa gaining weight, mass and density through the flooring as she stepped up and took a fighting stance with Hussar, "You will try."
     
    Oh yes, a lesson was about to commence, and Aspirant muttered, "Anyone else getting an urge for popcorn?"
     
    I had to admit, visualizing what was to come, I got a craving for some fluffy poppy buttery goodness myself.
     
     

     
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to death tribble in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
    Pawro investigates The Murder of Roger Duckroyd
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to pinecone in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    I'd really like to see what "violent grafiti "looks like....
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Starlord in A Little Good News   
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from tkdguy in Coronavirus   
    Rotate your masks?  What, wear them sideways and upside down? 
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Logan.1179 in Jokes   
    My wife called me at work and asked, "Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone's got a voodoo doll of you and they're stabbing it?"
     
    Sounding concerned, I replied, "No..."
     
    She responded, "How about now?"
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from ScottishFox in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Ask the bear.
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Ternaugh in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Ask the bear.
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Old Man in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Ask the bear.
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Cygnia in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Michael Hopcroft in In other news...   
    I can't remember which comedian it was, but someone once said, "Californians are so lucky - I'll bet when the "big one" hits, instead of California sliding into the sea, it will be the rest of the country sinking, and Californians will be like 'Cool, another beach!' "
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    BoloOfEarth reacted to Pattern Ghost in Coronavirus   
    So, what you're saying is you'd rather be hanging with your gnomies?
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from tkdguy in In other news...   
    I can't remember which comedian it was, but someone once said, "Californians are so lucky - I'll bet when the "big one" hits, instead of California sliding into the sea, it will be the rest of the country sinking, and Californians will be like 'Cool, another beach!' "
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    BoloOfEarth got a reaction from Pariah in In other news...   
    I can't remember which comedian it was, but someone once said, "Californians are so lucky - I'll bet when the "big one" hits, instead of California sliding into the sea, it will be the rest of the country sinking, and Californians will be like 'Cool, another beach!' "
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