↑Around the time that they were a group, they were simply 'the Protectorate' or 'the guys at the top'. You could say, perhaps, that the loss of Hero splintered the team. They didn't hate each other or resent each other, but it was about time, and served as the catalyst to the group each going to their own individual cities - New York, LA, & Houston. -
Wildbow on Reddit
↑Parahumans IRC said:<Wildbow> So there are theories and sentiments and overall people will hear of trigger events as a concept, but it gets muddled intentionally by some outside parties, especially gov't forces who are eager to keep people from doing horrible things to themselves and each other to create triggers.
<Wildbow> So it depends where you are geographically, but by and large, the running, underlying idea is that it ties into you reaching your 'limit', and the strongest powers have resulted from athletes, great minds, etc, who broke past a wall.
<Wildbow> The Triumvirate lying about their trigger events did a lot to sell this
<Wildbow> Trigger events get mucked up and included as a tertiary thing. The narrative being that some people go through bad things and get troublesome or broken powers.
<Wildbow> But that's like, background, it's theory, and you wouldn't want to aim for that when you could strive for better.
Parahumans IRC said: <Wildbow> I think Hero was a genuinely good guy. He was genuinely interested in doing good and addressing problems, and his particular stance and focus could have put Cauldron on a different tilt, more focused on improving things than on surviving.
<Wildbow> He was angry when we see him because he was starting to plant his feet and get ready to push for better things. Not happy with the direction things were taking, and savvy enough to see hints of the problems in Cauldron's approach. -
Wildbow, archived on Spacebattles
↑One of the three big theories is that powers manifest in moments of extreme emotion or pivotal moments. Sometimes these are negative emotions, but sometimes they're positive. Positive emotions and moments of triumph and excellence lead to stronger, better powers with less drawbacks. Moments of negativity lead to flawed powers with complicating factors. Legend, Alexandria and those guys? They must have done something major. -
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