Masters arise from trigger events involving isolation, alienation, exile or betrayal. It should be noted that the loss of a loved one can be considered a Master trigger, one with a singular, focused sense of loss and isolation.
Masters don't often have secondary powers, instead expressing them through their minions instead.
One exception is the Master-Stranger combination: Master powers based around controlling or influencing others are often extremely useful for infiltration, while a more niche Master-Stranger can use self-duplicates as a distraction.
Tinkers can often build drones or breed creatures, falling under the Master classification.
↑ 2.02.12.22.220.127.116.11.72.82.9Has the ability to control others. Can include degrees of control (swaying attitudes or emotions) and a wealth of controlled entities (individuals, animals, objects, created beings).
Numbers assumed to be equal, masters take second highest priority and are targeted first. Threat level 2+: Team is notified as to master classification. Master prioritized as target, with likely location regularly communicated to team and oversight, to allow expedient removal. Threat level 5+: Assuming nonhuman, non-sapient minions, full lethal munitions are authorized against any massed forces. In case of controlled humans, all standard ‘eyes-on’ protocols are in effect (see Changer and Stranger). Passwords in effect. Threat level 9+: Inter-city missiles and other large-scale munitions may be authorized, depending on the situation. - PRT Master Reference - Classifications - Master
↑ 3.03.13.2Master - Creates minions or has a means of compelling others to take certain actions.
Masters come about from isolation, alienation, exile, or betrayal. - WD Rulebook: Character Creation - Trigger Capes: Classifications
↑ 4.04.1Bane #A0601 The subject produces projections, entering a trance state wherein their body is on autopilot and their consciousness is focused on selecting from dream-like images that appear and disappear. The selection of images allows them to customize a greater creation, which they can then command. The set of options the summoner chooses from is random but predictable, allowing them to choose size, function, and special qualities - the lesser minions are similar in being somewhat varied and yet predictable. They are especially fragile and sensitive to the subject’s mental state and reflect it in an extreme, frequently causing a great deal of chaos, being mischievous, hungry, aggressive, or something in that vein. The case for what brings the lesser minions into being is varied and will oftentimes have to be discovered (may be when primary minions is damaged, if it isn’t damaged enough, done over time, etc). Each time the subject is harmed, there is a chance of creations fading out of existence. - Detail Generator - Vials, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑ 5.05.1Monster - Create a very large, very powerful mutant with various changer mutations. Monster is static in form. It follows orders absolutely and takes no initiative on its own. Master remains vulnerable. - Detail Generator - LIST, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑Duplicate - Can spawn off duplicates of oneself. Varies in execution - Detail Generator - LIST, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑Projection - Project another individual that is a rather powerful cape. Can swap control, but not control simultaneously. Self is vulnerable, and projection's range is limited. Advancement of one's powers tend to affect range and refreshing of projection. - Detail Generator - LIST, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑Losing Annette is a master trigger, one with a singular, focused sense of loss/isolation. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑Nine - Vector. Minions or other vehicles for trump effects. Trigger: Powers impinged/altered/distorted interpersonal relationship(s). - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑Throne #A0202 Master power creates a singular minion, powerful, drawn from the subject's ideal self, exaggerated and made monstrous (very frequently humanoid, but sometimes feral), often with a minor power. The minion, however, is not autonomous, and either operates remotely, using the Master's senses from the Master's perspective, or the Master must concentrate and leave their body vulnerable while piloting their minion creation. - Detail Generator - Vials, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑Stranger triggers tend to go hand in hand with unwanted attention. This can be singular or from the world as a collective. There is obviously a great deal of overlap between these powers and others, as a result. Masters and Changers in particular tend to find parallels with Strangers. - STRANGERS, document by Wildbow.
↑Powers in a Master-Stranger combination are often based around controlling or influencing others, though a niche may have self-duplication utilizing the duplications as distractions. Emotion control, body puppeteering, and the ability to inflict prosopagnosia on enemies and sow dissension in the ranks would fall in this category. - STRANGERS, document by Wildbow.
↑The Controller is a tinker who creates drones as their primary field of specialty. Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from the miniscule to the massive. They vary in the form they take, and can range from insectile to humanoid, or even to gigantic creations. - TINKERS, document by Wildbow.
↑“Focus,” Prefab said. “We know who these three are. We’ve got a
Mover-shaker six, a blaster-shaker four, and a master-stranger three.” - Excerpt from Drone 23.2
↑If the Prince was the master-stranger hybrid, and Bambina the mover-shaker, then that left the blaster power to Starlet. - Excerpt from Drone 23.2
↑If there's intent behind the action, you can't do it any more than if you were shoving him into an open fire. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑“You’re making it sound more complicated than it is,” Assault said. “I’m talking a quick, hard hitting strike against one of their territories. One of the master-classifications would be a good bet. I’d suggest Regent, but Shatterbird is too big a complication. Better to take out Hellhound or Skitter. Doing either would cut their tactical options down by a third, and it could gain us a hostage to leverage against the others.” - Excerpt from Interlude 15
↑ 26.026.1Bitch, Rachel Lindt (Also Hellhound) – Controls the fringes of Brockton Bay, and the yet-to-be-repaired areas. Bitch can empower dogs with vastly increased size (in the order of three thousand or more pounds), enhanced strength, durability and agility and an asymmetrical covering of bony plates and spikes, exposed muscle, and calcified flesh. Aggressive and antisocial, she favors the company of her dogs over people. With no secret identity, the line between Rachel and Bitch is blurry. In either case, she retains holdovers of her early adolescence as a homeless person. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Blasto, Real Name Unknown Classification: Tinker 6 (sub: master 5, blaster 2, shifter 2, brute 2); plants. Disposition: Villain (B) Last Known Location: Boston (Allston area, east). - Excerpt from Interlude 19 (Donation Bonus #1)
↑Power: Blastocyst - Produces plant hybrid minions. Minions cannot communicate (this includes clones and humanoids), are lumpy/misshapen, and have social scores of 0. They suffer one additional wound of the same type (without any attached effects) every time they take fire damage. Creations are loyal. They follow simple instructions, 20 words or less, and obey a pheromone-laden Blasto so long as he is in earshot. - Playtest Capes, document by Wildbow.
↑ 29.029.1◈ BLISTER; Louis Villarreal Classification: Master/Stranger Forms subtle bulges of warped space; bulges ‘pop’ on approach, revealing duplicates of Blister. - WD Helena, document by Wildbow.
↑“Prisoner 601, codename Canary. PRT powers designation Master 8. Recommended protocols were properly carried out, with provided restraints and no human personnel being brought within three hundred yards of said individual’s position. Hi Canary.” - Excerpt from Interlude 6
↑Canary,Paige Mcabee – A ‘rogue’, or a cape without affiliation to either the heroes or villains, Canary worked as a singer, steadily growing in popularity. Her abilities made her particularly good at singing and rendered listeners suggestible. Following an accidental use of her power, Canary was charged with aggravated sexual assault with a parahuman ability and sentenced to a life imprisonment in the Birdcage. - Cast (In Depth)
↑CASK; Lawrence Batson (“L.B.”) Classification: Tinker 5 (Sub: Blaster 1, Brute 2*, Master 1, Trump 2) Medicine and performance enhancing admixtures. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑Produces chemical batches that enhance strength, flexibility, resistance to toxins, resistance to the elements, resistance to harm, reflexes, or focus. Produces chemical batches that quickly restore damaged tissues and prompt rapid cellular growth. One dose is a minimum of 1.33 liters, administered orally, limiting the speed consumption, emergency application and the number of successive doses that can be given. Potentially shortens patrol runs or prompts somewhat frequent pit stops. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑ 34.034.134.2‘Mover’, therefore, covers anyone that can cross great distances at a time. Flight, teleportation, superspeed (Armsmaster uses this designation in 8.2). ‘Master’ refers to the ability to control others or (in the case of specialized cases of other powers, like Tinkers) to create minons… Taylor, Parian, Crusader, Heartbreaker and Nilbog all fit this classification. Bitch is kind of an outlying case in this category because she doesn’t have absolute control or loyalty from those she creates. She has to train them – of the sixteen or so dogs she had at the one shelter, she only considered eight well trained enough to obey her and come with her in this chapter, and even then she was relying on Brutus and Judas to sort of herd them and keep them in line. - Extermination 8.5, comment by Wildbow.
↑“And this second group, The Pure, is the second offshoot of that Aryan group, I take it?”
“Small but powerful. Their leader, Purity, is a Blaster 8 and Mover 4.”
“Yeah, there’s a Breaker 9, a Shifter 8 with Stranger 3 and a Master 6 in that group? I buy that they’re powerful.” - Excerpt from Sentinel 9.1
↑Crusader, Justin – Can create ghostly replicas of himself that can float and can pass through body armor and walls. These replicas can lift him into the air, giving him a limited form of flight. - Cast (In Depth)
↑“Tentative ratings, based on what we know, we have her down as a brute eight, a changer two and a combination of striker and master with a rating of ten.” - Excerpt from Queen 18.4
↑“Chevalier, take your team, follow after my Wards. If she can detect capes, we’ll need to assign her a thinker classification, and we’ll need to assume that any isolated groups are at risk. Undersiders? Take Myrddin’s Wards and pursue Flechette and Parian. Ensure they aren’t intercepted. The rest of us will track down Noelle. Any indications about her location from the video?” - Excerpt from Queen 18.5
Oliver would be a low-level shifter. - Cell 22.6, comment by Wildbow.
↑“I’ll be just as bad as the Simurgh. In a different way. I touch someone, and then I spit out copies. Uglier, stronger… meaner. I can’t control them. If I got my hands on one of the major heroes? Someone like that Myrddin guy?” - Excerpt from Migration 17.8
↑“Three. Nothing notable. Edict and Licit, a low-rated master and a low-rated shaker. We also have one villainess who occasionally tries to make it in one of the big cities and then retreats back home when she can’t cut it. Calls herself Damsel of Distress.”
He reconnected his spear as they passed through the door. “I know her. Mover and shaker. Storms of unevenly altered gravity, time and space. Edict and Licit keep her in check?” - Excerpt from Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus #2)
↑Edict, who has a personality and an unreliable master power that, together, don't lend themselves well to gangbusting and patrols. She can give one-word orders and if those orders are disobeyed, her target suffers random mental consequences ranging from a few hours of hiccups to (in specific circumstances) death. She tried her hand at a proper career as a hero and after killing someone, decided it wasn't worth it - even though she knows how to avoid the consequence, it left its mark on her. She's since rebranded, with a new costume and name, she's a single mom and coordinates with the staff member to visit schools, travel to neighboring cities/regions now and again, and if a specific crisis lends itself well to her power, if a situation calls for all hands on deck, or if a PRT director wants to throw something new into the mix to throw some villains off their game, she'll join in. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑◈ FEINT; Q.J. Irvine Classification: Master/Shaker 2 Projects moving-object illusions based on nearby objects or persons. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑Feint can generate ‘hard light’ shells around objects and individuals, then mobilize these shells for a duration before they expire. Images can be made to follow a set path, turning corners, and move in whatever manner Feint sees fit. Images break after five to ten seconds or when subjected to an impact or obstacle that would block their continued movement. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑ 45.045.1“Felix Swoop, tier three member of the group,” Jouster said. “Master-blaster hybrid. Controls birds, but not as much control as you seem to have. Thing is, he applies fire immunity and pyrokinesis to the birds, programs them with movements. You said he’s distracted?” - Excerpt from Drone 23.1
↑The power booster, to give myself more control, and to enhance the song. To enhance the reality warper and everyone else I’d chosen.
The girl who made her dreams into projections.
The boy, her ex-friend, who could turn anything into a bullet. - Excerpt from Speck 30.6
I pulled the changers back, and I moved to the location of some masters instead.
Projection capes. Only a few. But it helped. I had the girl who made dreams into projections, and a clone-hybrid of two of the killers, capable of making poisonous, noxious illusions out of the landscape. - Excerpt from Speck 30.6
↑Genesis, Jess (Returned home) – Has the ability to create and project solid images, essentially creating a single creature or person she can control from a remote distance. These images can have minor powers of their own. - Cast (In Depth)
↑“No. I got it. Chronologically, you’re older, and by those measures, your youth is only a mask you wear. By other measures, you’re still a child. You triggered at a very young age, you were no doubt isolated, as masters tend to be. No doubt surviving purely by your own methods. Somewhere along the way, something happened. You stole the wrong power, you fought someone and lost, or you found yourself in a bad situation. In the course of that event or in the wake of it, you unlocked stronger powers, and they eclipsed you as a person. Am I too far off track, here?” - Excerpt from Teneral e.1
↑I could only think of one powerful individual who was on a par with the others she’d named. Contessa and Glaistig Uaine were easily twelves or higher on the power-ratings scale, and I could look to others with powers in that neighborhood to figure out who she was referring to. Panacea, Labyrinth… - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
↑Glaistig Uaine – A cape that seems much younger than she is, Glaistig Uaine styles herself as a Faerie Queen, and claims that she collects the lesser faerie that grant other parahumans their powers. Whatever the true nature of her abilities, she can draw in the essence of recently dead parahumans she has come in contact with – or kill wounded or dying parahumans – and store it within herself. At any one time, she can have two or three of the parahumans she has ‘claimed’ manifest as ghostly spectres, complete with the ability to physically affect the world and use their powers. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 53.053.153.2An attack from two directions. She wasn’t immune, only resistant. I felt myself assert control. I understood her power, even if I didn’t understand a thing about her. A personal, point-blank trump power, allowing her to tune abilities and defenses much like Scion did. A powerful long-ranged telekinesis, a compulsion power like Canary’s, presence-based rather than voice based, and a personal power battery that let her be stronger, for limited times. - Excerpt from Speck 30.4
↑“Prisoner 601, codename Canary. PRT powers designation Master 8. Recommended protocols were properly carried out, with provided restraints and no human personnel being brought within three hundred yards of said individual’s position. Hi Canary.” - Excerpt from Interlude 6
↑Heartbreaker was what you got when someone had a power like Gallant, the ability to manipulate emotions, and absolutely no compunctions about using it selfishly. Unlike Gallant, Heartbreaker didn’t need to shoot you with any blasts of energy to affect you. He just needed to be near you, and the effects were long term or permanent. - Excerpt from Buzz 7.1
↑ 56.056.1➥ KAEING THA (Hidden Hand); Real name unknown Disposition: Villain (B) Last known location: Anchorage Subordinate within the Anchorage faction of Gold Coin. Has an established criminal history involving drug trafficking, violence, and murder. Can adopt another form, described (incorrectly) as two dimensional. Envelops others and exerts external force to control their actions and assume limited control of their powers. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑Alec shrugged, “So yeah. I worked for him for three or four years. We did jobs, I learned the family trade. Called myself Hijack at first. He started to get on my case. I think maybe he was having trouble affecting me the same way he did before my powers kicked in, so he compensated for that by riding me. Pushed my limits, made me do stuff that was dangerous, stuff that was hard on my conscience. Wanted me to break, beg him to stop, so he’d have leverage to get me to do what he wanted.” - Excerpt from Buzz 7.1
↑ 58.058.158.258.3Gold Coin. Cape refugees turned criminal. Guns, more drugs. You can see why Walsh is your second in command, with experience in narcotics. He might have insights into operations or effective countermeasures. All master-class, or with some master ability. Tactically, your first impression is that it's less about controlling people, and more about controlling entire areas. Keep people out of one area, use people in another, leverage, control a situation, and so on. They're less likely to be as disciplined as the Bratva, but they were capes before they came over from Thailand. They had experience in fights. They may well be coordinated. - PRT: Department Sixty Four [Worm Quest] - Page 14
↑ 59.059.1Khun Sa/Prince Prosperous Breaker transformation into immovable onject with nervous control over animals, people and some electronics in the area - parahumanList, bolded edit by Wildbow.
↑ 60.060.1➥ MINAKHM (March); Real name unknown Disposition: Villain (B) Last known location: Anchorage Subordinate within the Anchorage faction of Gold Coin. Has an established criminal history involving drug trafficking and violence. Touch impels individuals to move in a set distance and attack anything that comes within their range. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑“Be advised,” I reported, my hand to my ear, “They’re attempting retreat in vehicles. Original plan may hit a snag. Topsy’s got a newbie supervillain working for him. Mockshow. If I’m remembering right, she’s a master-slash-shaker six.” - Excerpt from Scarab 25.3
↑I noted Mock, but I couldn’t see much of what she was doing. Her power, though, put her in the same general category as Rachel. She empowered
minions. They even fit into the same general weight class as Rachel’s dogs. The difference, though, was that they were inanimate. Loose,
telekinetically animated servants, typically with the size, clout and general strategy of a grown rhino. Charge things, hit them hard,
repeat. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.3
↑ 63.063.1◈ UNICORN IV / MONOKEROS; Kathlee Rosenthal Classification:Master/Trump Power connects to single target, applies immunity, psychometry, clairvoyance and domination. - WD Helena, document by Wildbow.
↑Monokeros can, at whim, with only a brief period between each selection, apply her power to a nearby individual she is aware of. While under the effect of her power, the individual is attacked with an overwhelming wave of emotion, typically admiration for Monokeros. Though this can be resisted for a time, Monokeros also remains immune to anything and everything that individual does, has clairvoyance through their eyes, and can psychometrically observe their history/memories, though apparently not to an overwhelming degree of accuracy. - WD Helena, document by Wildbow.
↑ 65.065.1Moord Nag Master pet 'scavenger' gains permanent increase in size and power by consuming the dead - parahumanList, bolded edit by Wildbow
↑Nilbog – A crazed lunatic, Nilbog gained the power to create life, collecting raw biological material and using it to fashion minions. With this power, he has settled in a small town and depopulated it to repopulate it with his own creations. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 67.067.1“Parian,” Kid Win replied. “A parian doll was a kind of doll about a hundred and fifty years ago. Though Parian’s costume is actually closer to a more classical Victorian style porcelain doll, from the same era.”
“Oh.” That was random. What kind of guy knew that much about dolls?
He went on, “She’s a rogue. Fashion student with the costume and stuffed animals as a gimmick to help her build for a professional reputation and stand out. Tentative rating of Master-6, but we haven’t really seen her fight, outside of the Leviathan encounter.” - Excerpt from Sentinel 9.2
↑Parian, Sabah – Controls the northern end of the city. Not an official member of the group, but tied to their alliance. Once a ‘rogue’, Parian saw many of her friends, family and classmates die when the Slaughterhouse Nine attacked the territory she was protecting. In the hopes of protecting and supporting others, and perhaps giving the Undersiders a more moral voice, she has joined their alliance and taken control of a territory of her own. Parian’s powers allow her fine manipulation of smaller and lighter objects, and can ‘fill’ larger vessels to render them effectively heavy, dense and heavy-hitting. She has used this to fashion cloth dolls she animates. Wears a frock as a costume, with a porcelain doll’s face for a mask, and a wig of golden curls. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 69.069.1➥ PRIN HUNLIKA (Princess Scarecrow); Real name unknown Disposition: Villain (A) Last known location: Anchorage Second in command of the Anchorage faction of Gold Coin. Wife of group leader Khun Sa. Has an established criminal history involving drug trafficking. Prin Hunlika generates an aversion field affecting all individuals within roughly 500 feet (or 1.66 city blocks). Her presence in the field necessitates long ranged warfare. Individuals who were close to her when her power was activated may experience a higher-intensity effect and harm themselves as they attempt to leave the area. Tends to clear areas for jobs or transactions and/or drives individuals into the range of her partner & group leader. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑➥ KHUN SA (Prince Prosperous); Real name unknown Disposition: Villain (A) Last known location: Anchorage Leader of the Anchorage faction of Gold Coin. Has an established criminal history involving drug trafficking. Khun Sa can metamorphose himself into a solid fixture that grants nervous system control over humans and animals in the area, as well as limited control of electronics. In this state, he cannot move or be moved, and is assumed to be invulnerable. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑Prism – A member of Legend’s Protectorate team in New York, Prism can split herself into three copies, and return those copies to herself for a burst in speed and strength. - Cast
↑“Psychosoma,” I reported. “Stranger four, master seven. First squad, get guns trained on him, everyone else, scan the area. Master protocols. Confirm everything.” - Excerpt from Sting 26.5
↑Golem was panting as he rested on the ground. Psychosoma’s monsters emerged from the smoke, one using the same ledges he’d created to
descend, the other crawling on the outside of the building. Homeless, to look at them, twisted into monstrous shapes. False shapes. He could deal enough damage and break the effect, and they’d be human again, unhurt. - Excerpt from Interlude 26a
↑One of the other boys spoke, “For any interaction with any flagged shifter or,” the boy paused, “master. Oh.”
“So,” Weld said, “Keeping in mind that Regent is the highest rated Master in the city, I’d like for you to give us this week’s password.” - Excerpt from Parasite 10.2
↑Regent, Alec (Also Jean-Paul Vasil) – Controls the southeast end of Brockton Bay, a shantytown area which suffered badly from the attack. Sixteen, Alec is fairly amoral, stemming from a childhood spent growing up under the shadow of the emotion controlling supervillain Heartbreaker. His powers allow him to provoke uncontrolled movements or spasms of particular body parts, but his true abilities come to bear when he can gain long-term access to a victim, decoding their nervous system and gaining complete and total control over their body. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Romp Alternate name for Mockshow, above - parahumanList, bolded edit by Wildbow.
↑ 78.078.1“I’ll explain for those of you who lack access to the PRT records or the time to peruse them. Siberian is not a brute-class cape. Siberian is a ‘master’, and the striped woman is a projection. I caught a glimpse of the man who is creating the projection before they retreated.” - Excerpt from Interlude 14.5 (Bonus Interlude)
↑The Siberian (Deceased) – A recurring nemesis of the Triumvirate, the Siberian’s skin is striped with black and white, leaving her nationality uncertain. Her powers make her unstoppable and untouchable, with no armor protecting against her blows, no object barring her way, no weapon touching her, and no power affecting her. - Cast (In Depth)
↑“She’s a villain,” the PRT uniform cut me off, touching his way through some blackberry device with his free hand. “Designation Master-5, specifically arthropodovoyance, arthropodokinesis. No super strength.” - Excerpt from Extermination 8.5
↑“Prescience. Interesting,” the Director called out, as I ducked low and used the cubicles to hide. “We assigned you a thinker-one classification, but perhaps we fell short.” - Excerpt from Monarch 16.2
↑“Arthropodokinesis, arthropodovoyance,” the Deputy Director said. “She’s on record as a master eight, thinker one. The thinker classification is key here: ex-Director Piggot noted Skitter can see through her bugs’ eyes.” - Excerpt from Cell 22.1
↑Taylor Hebert, Skitter – A 16 year old native of Brockton Bay, Taylor gained the power to control arthropods and other simple lifeforms, sensing what they sense to varying degrees. With a wide range (spanning nine to fifteen hundred feet around her) and the power to individually control each insect, she relies on versatility and strategic thinking to seize the advantage in battle.Her powers manifested in January 2011, triggered by a bullying campaign by her former best friend and two other girls. She found a measure of escape with her dream of becoming a superhero, but things didn’t quite work out that way. She’s now one of the controlling powers in Brockton Bay, a villain warlord in charge of the Boardwalk, with a small contingent of followers working under her, and leader of the Undersiders. - Cast (In Depth)
↑After a brief career as ‘Tongue-Tie’, Edict decided she didn’t have it in her to be a committed heroine, especially with her unreliable master power. Now a Protectorate hero in a three-cape town, she keeps an eye on things, ready to deliver a warning word. - Playtest Capes, document by Wildbow.
↑ 85.085.1➥ Unknown; Jed Tylor Disposition: Unknown Last known location: Anchorage A local politician reached out to the PRT about her son, a reclusive and socially anxious master class cape. Jed’s socially anxious nature has led to him cutting off negotiations with the PRT for the time being. Apparently able to create functioning humanoid minions from each person within an area, at those people’s locations. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑She liked the wings, though. The wings were good. The rest would take getting used to, after thirty years as the childlike Faerie Queen, but the wings were a natural fit from the start.
“You’ve formed a new Triumvirate,” a cape in the crowd said.
It might have sounded accusatory.
“Valkyrie will be starting on the bottom,” Legend said. “She’ll earn her way to whatever rank is most fitting.” - Excerpt from Teneral e.1
↑ 87.087.1Stranger-type capes were classified that way due to their capabilities in stealth and subterfuge. Valefor was more the latter. He wasn’t stealthy, exactly, but his ability to perpetrate subterfuge was devastating.
One look, and his target was stunned, rendered eminently suggestible. A hypnotic gaze, so to speak.
He’d played up the telepathy angle before people caught on, and the costume that echoed the Simurgh was a token to that. The fact that he could leave suggestions that only triggered under certain conditions was another part of it. ‘Attack so-and-so next week’. ‘Set fire to your workplace the next time your boss pisses you off’. - Excerpt from Imago 21.3
↑“I would have,” Forrest said. “I know Skitter. Taylor. Weaver. Whatever you call her. We’ve talked, talked a lot. I’ve heard her side of things, and I know you’re off base.” - Excerpt from Interlude 22