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Paige Mcabee is a Rogue and a singer. Her stage name and parahuman name is Canary.

PersonalityEdit

Paige is a lover of music. She showed no desire to harm others, only wishing to use her power to enhance her singing career.

AppearanceEdit

Paige is a young woman with bright yellow feathers growing among her hair. For PR reasons she dressed in bright colors to enhance her "canary" image and reduce any potential similarities between her and the marble-white Simurgh, who also happens to be a well-known Master with feathers.

During Golden Morning, she wore yellow body armor with a helmet.[3]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Canary's power makes her a superlatively-good singer, but it also makes anyone who hears her song susceptible to suggestions. This Master aspect of her power is capable of affecting anyone that hears her singing and is powerful enough for the PRT to issue her a threat rating of Master 8.[2] An issue with her powers is that it doesn't come packaged with any kind of instinctive ability to tell when someone is under the influence of her Master ability, which can accidentally cause words that were intended to be part of an ongoing conversation to turn into a power-enforced command. This caused an unfortunate incident when she inadvertently told someone who she was unaware was currently under the influence of her power to "Go fuck yourself!".

Her power does not only make those who hear it susceptible to her suggestions. Anyone can give suggestions. These suggestions have a wide range of applications. From physical reactions such as being told to nod ones head to involuntary actions. Being told to calm down will calm an affected subject even if the situation is immediately dangerous to the individual.

The suggestions tend to be taken extremely literally. The above incident for example. Another example is one subject being told to hold still results in the subject attempting to hold his breath until the suggestion was amended with additional commands allowing breathing. Whether he would have suffocated or passed out from oxygen deprivation or taken in a breath at the last possible moment is left unclear.

HistoryEdit

Background Edit

Paige purchased a vial from Cauldron, asking them to give her a power that would help her build a career as a stage musician.

She became a moderately successful singer. Her songs included Vulgarishous, Ur-sound and Lineless.[3]

Story Start Edit

Paige accidentally compelled her ex-boyfriend to maim himself after an argument. He claimed that he encouraged her to perform on stage and was therefore responsible for her success, and that because of this he deserved half of her earnings, conveniently ignoring the fact that he then cheated on her and left her while telling her she would never make it for real. Her retaliatory insult when heard by her power-influenced ex was interpreted literally.[2]

Despite Dragon's personal support and the fact that it was objectively an accident, she was treated like a super-villain no better than Heartbreaker during the trial, issued a PRT threat rating so high that she was physically restrained to a degree where she was completely unable to communicate with anyone. Most notably, she was not allowed to appoint her own lawyer, instead having one appointed for her. This lawyer had an absolutely dismal track record in court and Canary was not even allowed to meet him. the court eventually sentenced her to life imprisonment in the Birdcage. On her way there, she encountered Bakuda and Lung.[2]

Post-EchidnaEdit

Upon the death of Alexandria being announced Canary performed a funeral dirge heard by everyone in the Birdcage.[4]

Golden Morning Edit

Canary was eventually freed to help in the fight on Golden Morning. She joined with Weaver and the remaining Undersiders to help deal with major threats, although her powers and personality made her of minimal use as an offensive damage-dealer. Nevertheless she was outfitted with a suit that belonged to the Dragonslayers by Saint as a gesture of goodwill.

Canary's power ended up being absolutely critical to achieving victory during the Golden Morning. In addition to allowing Khepri to calm down the parahumans making up her swarm, who had started dying to stress-induced aneurysms, it was the key that allowed Khepri to keep coordinating the capes even after Doormaker's shard running out of power caused her to lose direct control over almost every single parahuman in the swarm.[5] Khepri's own encroaching insanity had made it impossible for her to understand or use anything resembling language, and she had no way of extending the radius of her power and restore direct control over the parahuman swarm without Doormaker. However, Canary was still within her range of influence and Khepri's plans and ideas were communicated to the swarm of capes via Canary's singing, and most importantly the Master influence that accompanied the singing made those capes use their own initiative to work together and thus successfully implement Khepri's plan of attack.[6]

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