"There was no long-term, and trying to cling to one would only spoil it all."
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Victoria Dallon, known publicly Antares, is the lead character of Ward.
Victoria had her personality modified by her sister, making her love Amy uncontrollably. Although at first she sublimated this into anger at the violation, Victoria was eventually reduced to begging to be reunited with her, as well as derailing every conversation to her sister at later stages.
She was extremely worried that her family would stop visiting her in the Asylum.
She had two years after being mutilated by her sister to reexamine how she did things before, leading to her changing approach. She struggles with (ir)reality of her restored body. By Y1, she had abandoned her Glory Girl identity, and stated that the identity could stay dead. She has stated that she didn't believe in forgiving and forgetting. She is very self conscious.
She was willing to help a self-described supervillain figure out the PHO interface, describing herself as "unfortunately afflicted with desire to help people" and noting that "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".
She was understandably upset when she was rejected from university. She wrote a list of fourteen "unreasonable ... semi-possible" reasons she might have been rejected, although the rational part of her knew that it was likely because there simply were not enough places. She described herself as having "gotten good at effective brooding".
Her cousin by birth and one of her only surviving family members. They chat regularly on PHO, exchanging messages. Crystal goes by user name Glitzglam there. The pair were seemingly related.
Despite only encountering Tattletale once prior to her breakdown, Glory Girl had a strong dislike of her. When Tattletale taunted Amy about her secrets Victoria became angered, threatening to have both jailed in the Birdcage. During her later confrontation with Tattletale she makes it very clear that she blames Tattletale in part for what happened with Amy (though she does express remorse for her own role).
Victoria had a very mixed opinion of Skitter; she acknowledges Taylor's heroism but also condemns what she saw as Taylor's needless brutality (in particular her murder of Alexandria). Nevertheless she was disgusted by what Taylor went through, criticizing Madison Clements when the latter admitted her role in Taylor's descent into villainy. She did not remember Taylor's involvement in the battle against the Slaughterhouse Nine.
Victoria does not hold strong feelings against Foil for changing sides. But still wary of Rachel.
Victoria is a tall platinum blonde young woman. As Glory Girl, she wears a white one-piece dress that comes to mid-thigh with shorts underneath, an over-the shoulder cape, high boots and a golden tiara with spikes radiating from it.
Victoria had become a conglomeration of disparate body parts, including three heads, vaguely resembling Eden.
She was unable to speak because the connection between her lungs and mouths was too complicated. For two months her only methods of communication were her aura and painstakingly communicating through coded blinks. Eventually she regained enough control to type and make use of a text-to-speech synthesizer, but it was still a slow and painful task.
With Weld's help, Victoria crafted a new costume for herself, using designs she had long been working on. Two store-bought hoodies and some old armour of her father's were cannibalized to create it. The design was inspired by her old Glory Girl costume, her newly-reshaped forcefield, a desire to differentiate herself, and a practical need for increased armour because she was leaving her forcefield down more often, among other influences. It was intended to be weighty, but still form-fitting in the torso and arms.
The costume featured a hood and removable sleeves. The cloth was black with (eventually) white trim, repurposed from a hoodie. The hood had metal decoration at the edge, a metal ornament at the peak of the hood with rays forking upward.
The armour of the costume was described as gold or white-gold. It had a flat breastplate with decorative "rays" in the center, overlapping a second piece of armour that covered her collarbone and upper breast. The armour around her legs was similarly decorated. Spikes projected from the shoulder pads, four parallel "rays" and then a fifth shorter one slightly apart, curving toward the front and leading into similar decoration on the breastplate. When she posed with her hands on her hood they pointed backwards.
A protective mask hung from the belt for use in serious situations.
The gloves were fingerless and decorated with back-swept spikes that were sharp enough to be used to cut things.
Victoria has the classic Alexandria package of flight, invincibility, and superhuman strength. She also radiates an aura that makes her allies more inclined to respect and look up to her, while making her terrifying and intimidating to her enemies.
Victoria's invincibility and strength is the result of an invisible forcefield that extends a few millimeters over her skin and clothes. She or her passenger unconsciously controls whether others can make skin-to-skin contact with her, though she had gained enough control to suppress her forcefield at will.
It needs to recharge for 1 to 2 seconds after it receives a heavy impact, or after a few seconds of sustained fire (such as a beam or jet of water.) Even a strong punch can be enough to trigger this effect, and it takes longer to recharge after holding off a sustained hit. Her own super-strong punches and kicks cause it to flicker off and revive. Dealing with sustained fire causes her shield to take longer to regenerate. It does not consider machine-gun fire to be a single sustained attack, but rather a series of individual blows.
While active, it can block even a direct hit from Scion. The field protects her from the cold and bugs of flying, but still allows her to feel the wind in her hair.
When Victoria first triggered, her forcefield did not protect her clothing. With time, it began to protect her Glory Girl costume as well, although the skirt was only inconsistently protected.
Following Gold Morning, it seemed that her forcefield adapted to her previous form before Amy corrected it, causing it to extend beyond the bounds of her body in the shape of her mutated form. She referred to this phantom-memory forcefield as the 'Wretch', since the extended and misaligned forcefield expressed a degree of independence. Victoria had to be mindful about it, so as not to wreck surroundings accidentally. However, in some situations, she was able to position it to protect other people.
Victoria can radiate an energy that makes anyone within her presence feel an emotional charge of awe and admiration. For those with a reason to be afraid of her, it is a feeling of raw intimidation instead. She has displayed the ability to ramp up this energy to increase its effects or tone it down in order to decrease it.
It is possible that she cannot entirely turn this power off, leaving it always subtly active. It is more effective at close range as it emanates from her rather then effecting a whole are equally.
This power is considered a Shaker ability, not a Master power. She gained this ability by triggering while she was near Gallant, and it made her difficult for him and some other emotion-based parahumans to read or influence her. Long term exposure is believed to have severe consequences.
After Gold Morning she started exploring the utility of her Aura, able to completely suppress it. Letting out full 'blasts' to startle and confuse people, the aura was still the same as it had been however and could not be directed to hit only one person.
Prior to gaining powers, Victoria wanted to be a superhero more than anything. This led her to play sports, an area she could finally shine, as well as to begin dating a hero. It was publicly known that she was dating Dean Stansfield. It was something of an open secret among the heroes that Dean was actually the secret identity of the hero Gallant.
Victoria triggered, at 14, when she was fouled in a basketball game. When she jumped to make a shot, another player slammed into her mid-air bruising her sternum, and she began flying.
At one point she met Madison Clements, Emma Barnes and Sophia Hess at a photoshoot. Despite initially being friendly she was put off when they made fun of a disabled girl (never quite getting along with Emma afterwards.)
Victoria was taking college courses as other parahumans did, though she did not cross paths with Aegis or Faultline.
After spotting a thug guilty of assault, Glory Girl whooped and landed in a practiced motion before she gave him a head start as he bolted. She caught up to him quickly, told him the name of his victim and said that she would catch him if he tried to run. When he denied doing anything, she used her power to intimidate him, grabbed him by the collar, and lifted him into the air, above a dumpster. She then threatened to break his arms and legs if he didn't tell her everything. He swore at her and she threw him.
Glory Girl worried that she had killed him before she spotted him moving. She asked if he was ready to talk only for him to try limping away. Angry, Glory Girl kicked the dumpster and sent it towards the man. After it hit him and the man didn't get up, she checked his pulse, found the street address, and then called her sister for help.
With her father hurt and her boyfriend Gallant dead, Victoria was left adrift, unable to gain emotional support from her sister who was dealing with her own issues.
After a brief feeling-out period, she joined the Wards as a probationary member.
Victoria was among the Protectorate heroes who battled Crawler and Mannequin in preparation for an airstrike, and was horrendously injured by Crawler's venom.
Confronted with an impossible amount of stress, Panacea suffered a breakdown and made Glory Girl reciprocate her love. She forgot how to put Glory Girl back together and, in trying to heal her, warped her into a mass of flesh made of the body parts Panacea found most appealing.
Glory Girl was placed in the Parahuman Asylum, where she was treated by Jessica Yamada and communicated through blinks. She eventually was able to painfully type out messages on a computer. Her family would sometimes visit her, but often skipped visits. She was able to make friends with Sveta however.
Glory Girl fought in the final engagements of Gold Morning, and was last seen in Worm reunited with her sister.
While Amy was able to correct Victoria's body, all the way to when Amy first 'misstepped', she decided to let Vicky decide if she was going to keep her memories, after first turning off all her emotions so Vicky could decide 'rationally'.
Victoria would regularly visit Earth Bet through the portal in the east of the City to search through abandoned buildings. She agreed to provide some of the materials she had found to a library in the City. At some point she set up a tarpaulin to try and prevent the old family home in Brockton Bay from being wrecked by rain, but suspected it was a lost cause.
She had applied to Nilles University and been turned down a year before Y1.
She had a job connected to a high school as an expert in parahumans. Students at the school had classes for half a day, and worked various jobs the other half, one of those jobs was adjacent to the school Patrol Block.
She applied to Nilles University again, but after some time waiting - despite excellent qualifications and references - she was rejected again.
Madison Clements contacted her seeking information about Taylor Hebert (and expressing regret for whatever role she may have had in Skitter's birth). Victoria admitted that she had deeply mixed feelings about Taylor; she acknowledged that Taylor had been a hero and while she didn't say it recognized that she had saved the multiverse from Scion. However, she also condemned many of Taylor's actions (in particular Taylor's murder of Alexandria). She also criticized Madison for her previous cruelty towards Taylor; in spite of this she gave Madison advice on how to try to be a better person (especially since Madison was planning to be a teacher), warning her that redemption was not about forgiveness but trying to do better.
Victoria was forced to publicly use her powers when a mercenary group attacked an event the patrol group was protecting, resulting in her dismissal.
She applied to almost every major superhero team, but they all turned her down for one reason or another. She participated in patrolling during the rioting, as well as assisting during the Broken Trigger that occurred.
Jessica Yamada eventually reached out to her to get help with a therapy group she had been working with. Seeing as they wanted to be a team Victoria decided to help them.
Victoria set her new team up against a group of B-list villains in the Cedar Point district.
Convinced the wardens to back the Mathers Compound Assault. She captured some bikers on the outskirts of the Fallen village and then led her team as search and rescue inside. The rescue efforts shortly devolved into series of skirmishes with incoming and local villains.
In aftermath she unsuccessfully pleaded Patrol Block leaders to pursue Fallen retreating into The City. Then, she and her team had a meeting with The Undersiders and together they deployed to New Boston to catch Fallen remains. Victoria was able to capture Vince Crowley. After short interrogation, combined team rushed to Fenway station and was able to secure it with the assistance of local Patrol.
Glory Girl appeared in an early draft of Worm titled "Myriad" where she assaulted Skitter during Skitter's first outing as a cape on the assumption that she was a villain. Glory Girl paid for this mistake, however.
Although her forcefield is similar to Manpower's, she does not have a Breaker rating like he does.
↑As a superteam that is also an extended family, New Wave has several junior members that gained powers of their own. These individuals are nineteen year old Laserdream and fifteen year old Shielder, the children of Manpower and Lady Photon, and seventeen year old Glory Girl, daughter of Brandish and Flashbang.- Edit by Wildbow Not in the list of retracted edits.
↑"I can't do that. I'm calling your bluff, and if I'm wrong, I'll face the consequences of whatever you say." "Very principled. Very self-involved too, that you think the secret and the consequences have to do with you and your overzealous nature. They don't. They have to do with her." - Agitation 3.12
↑ 5.05.15.2Glory Girl has demonstrated some anger management problems starting from Interlude 2. She is highly protective of her family. Her inability to be hurt coupled with her aura, which makes people inclined to like her respect her and look up to her has apparently made her somewhat arrogant or proud. Her sister (not related by blood), Panacea seems to have taken on the duties of keeping Victoria's ego in check. - Wiki edit by Wildbow
↑Unfortunately for me, Glory Girl saw it all unfold.
"Nobody fucks with my family!" she shouted, and her power cranked out full-bore. - Agitation 3.12
↑She's not really invincible. That's just an idea she likes to put in people's heads. She has a forcefield around her entire body, but it shorts out whenever she takes a good hit, comes back online a few seconds later. - Agitation 3.12
↑"Bullshit," Glory Girl said, "The brainpower you'd need to interpret and decode someone's unique neural patterns would need a head five times the usual size to contain it all. True psychics can't exist."
"Ooh, someone's taking Parahumans 101 at the university. Your parents pull some strings, got you into a university course before you were done high school?"
"I think you already know the answer, I'm just not buying that you read my mind to get it." - Agitation 3.11
↑Were it my old self, without the two-year long reality check, I wouldn’t have been able to just stop after being on that verbal offensive. I would have pressed. - Excerpt from Shadow 5.4
↑I floundered for a moment, then said, “I guess, just as an example, I remember taking a shower and having a moment where it really woke me up and I felt grounded in reality again. There were a few days of painfully cold and hot showers, trying to wake up and stay fixed in the present.”
Sveta reached over to touch my arm.
There had been other moments, too. Scrubbing myself until my skin broke, among other things. Too personal and raw to really share. - Excerpt from Pitch 6.7
↑“Just, you know, I should be careful about giving or getting transplants. There’s a chance it wouldn’t be compatible with humans. Understand?”
[...] “My maybe-not-one-hundred-percent-human self is going to fight like hell..." - Excerpt from Torch 7.2
↑“I don’t want to be Glory Girl,” I said. “Someone remarked yesterday that they’d thought she died and… good. She can stay dead.” - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.8
↑ 19.019.119.219.319.419.5*Who's Victoria Dating, Gallant or Dean? I imagine it'd have to be one or the other in public or else his identity would have come out by now.*
Dean, but it's sort of open knowledge among the heroes that Gallant is Dean, and Tattletale succeeded in connecting the dots. The Wards and New Wave don't necessarily cross paths all that much. Jurisdictions.
Aegis is 17, very nearly 18, old for his grade level, he's already graduated high school and is taking prelim college courses (not the same courses as Faultline & Glory Girl). He triggered at 15. - Answer by Wildbow
↑“Because she didn’t want to get carried away, she wanted to get me as close to normal as she could get me and stop herself there. Then she said- she’d ask if I wanted more fixes, and I couldn’t talk so I shook my head no. She asked if I wanted my memories of things erased and I couldn’t let myself have that because there’s nobody left in the world I trust enough to protect me from her, except me. So I told her no, and I told her never to show her face in front of me again.- Excerpt from Torch 7.2
↑“I knew I didn’t have a chance with him. He was way older, he was rich, handsome. He was dating Glory Girl, or they were just getting over a breakup, or he was starting to patch things up with her for the millionth time. There was never a good time to talk to him one on one, unless we were out on patrol together, and I dunno what I would have said if there had been a chance.” - Excerpt from Sentinel 9.3
↑"When I was at the lowest point in my life, when the boy I thought I might marry someday was dead, were you secretly elated? Were you happy Gallant died?" - Interlude 11h
↑Rachel Lindt was not my favorite person, but Vista raised a hand in a wave, and Rachel returned it, her expression dour. I could let this particular sleeping dog lie, if Rachel was willing to do the same.- Excerpt from Pitch 6.1
↑Funny how parallels appear. Almost as if Panacea had been recreating something from something she saw in a trigger event. - Comment on Speck 30.5
↑ 32.032.1I wanted to say something, protest, and I didn’t have a voice. The computer was in arm’s reach, but it was a herculean effort to get a message out. [...] I reached for the laptop, started to type out my message for the text-to-speech speaker, using keys that were oversized and spaced out, with screwholes in the middle of each key for knobs and joysticks to be screwed in for when other patients had their turn. It was supposed to double as physical therapy for me, coordinating myself, making the effort to reach and reposition.
The staff member had apologized, then turned to go notify other patients, closing the door behind her. I’d tried to vocalize and of course I’d failed. It was too long and byzantine a way from lung to mouth. - Daybreak 1.6
↑My phone was buzzing with texts. I pulled it from my skirt pocket and looked while I walked. - Daybreak 1.1
↑I wore a white dress with a black hood built into it, the Brockton Bay skyline printed in what looked like black and grey watercolors across the breast, the city’s name below and to the side. There was a scribbling of more watercolor and lettering at the hem. The white fabric was a thin sweatshirt-like material, so the hood hadn’t been much use against the rain. - excerpt from Flare 2.5
↑Short black hair with a long swoop at the front, dangly jewelry, more piercings in one ear, and one of the memorial shirts, much like how the dress I was wearing served as a way for me to represent and remember Brockton Bay. She was from New York, it seemed, or she wanted to represent it. - excerpt from Flare 2.7
↑I want the costume to have weight, while still being form-fitting at the torso and arms. - excerpt from Shadow 5.6
↑ 39.039.139.239.339.4“Hood, layered long sleeves I can remove as needed for weather. Fingerless gloves with decoration. Metal decoration at the front and edges of the hood… like this image here. Spikes, like my old tiara, but at the shoulder, decorating edges of the hood, and at the breastplate… which would be structured on a basic level, just like this image.”
The breastplate was flat, with only a slight curve to deflect blows. A matching, briefer plate rested against the collarbone and upper breast, the bottom part overlapping and sticking up slightly. - excerpt from Shadow 5.6
↑ 40.040.140.240.340.4I wore my costume. The white decorative trim on the black fabric was missing, and I planned more ornamentation for my gloves, but the rest was intact. Spires of gold like my old tiara stood up at my shoulders, the middle-center of my breastplate, and decorated the armor around my legs and on my gloves. The decoration at my forehead was a weight that kept my hood down, and my hair draped out over my right shoulder. A protective mask hung from my belt, the curved surface resting around the curve of my thigh. I’d don it if there was danger, and if I didn’t need to speak. - excerpt from Shadow 5.6
↑ I’d bought black and white versions of the same hooded top, picked for the slanted cut around the collar, shoulders, and the more sleeves. I could cut one up and use it to apply trim to the other and know the cut would match. Then I’d apply the additional elements that would make it a costume. - excerpt from Shadow 5.6
↑ 42.042.1I turned my body so the white gold color of my breastplate would catch the light coming in through the window. I put my hood up, and the ornament at the peak of the hood with rays forking up slapped my forehead. - excerpt from Shadow 5.7
↑Capricorn approached and stood next to me, his armored shoulder touching the spikes at mine. - excerpt from Shadow 5.10
↑ I settled into my pose, both hands on my hood, the parallel spikes that extended up from my shoulder now pointing back. - excerpt from Shadow 5.7
↑ stepped into the bus, put the box down, and used one of the back-swept spikes of metal on my glove to cut the twine. - excerpt from Shadow 5.7
↑Glory Girl – Member of New Wave, a teenager with blonde hair and a white costume with gold trim. She has super strength, flight, and invulnerability, as well as the ability to generate an aura of awe around her, encouraging allies and intimidating foes. - Cast (spoiler free)
↑ 47.047.1Glory Girl, Victoria Dallon (Incarcerated; Asylum) – Possessed of flight, invincibility, and capable of deadlifting over a ton. She radiates an energy that makes her allies more inclined to like, respect and look up to her, while making her terrifying and intimidating to her enemies. Following the conclusion of the Slaughterhouse Nine arc, Glory Girl was altered by her sister, in both mind and body, and was placed in an asylum for parahumans, where she currently remains. - Cast Page (In-Depth)
↑ 48.048.1Victoria Dallon - Glory Girl -Emotion affecting aura focused on awe/intimidation, flight, enhanced strength, and personal forcefield that blocks one hit before taking 1-2 seconds to recharge - New Wave - Wildbow's Parahuman List, bolded edit by Wildbow.
↑ 49.049.1Wildbow: Victoria's powers resemble Manpower and Brandish on a level. Wildbow: And because Manpower's shard fissioned off, it was pretty exclusively Photon Mom's power that went to Shielder and Laserdream. - Wildbow archived on SpaceBattles
↑Q.Is Glory Girl's shard a bud shard from Brandish, or is she a first generation cape that happened to trigger in the Dallon household? A. Yes. - Wildbow on Spacebattles
↑Brandish was living more of a life, she had her existence as a lawyer. So Glory Girl was more of a 'push' of a second gen. Less 'let's copy this person who isn't as active right now' and more 'let's mix it up'. - Wildbow on Reddit
↑Re: Glory Girl, I’ll just say that her super strength and invincibility are linked. Hard to distinguish hitting something and being hit. There’s still that big impact, so Glory Girl’s invincibility does shut down briefly after she whacks something hard enough. Wearing armor that requires super strength to lift could be problematic if her strength comes and goes. - comment by WildBow on Interlude 15.x
↑Being in the bus stop with my mom. Weird, because it had once been a happy memory. She’d been stitching up a cut on my forehead while I suppressed my forcefield. - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.6
↑ 54.054.154.2Strong enough to tank a shot from Scion. Would hold up to a few seconds of sustained fire (as in, actually sustained; fire hose or beam, but not machine gun patter), but collapse immediately, with recharge suffering considerably for having to take the sustained hit. A punch/kick probably wouldn't bust it, unless it was delivered well enough to KO, augmented by brass knuckles, etc. But that's about the tier it's at where it starts breaking, and at that point it reacts in almost exactly the same way as it would to a blast from Scion... down for a couple of seconds, then popping right back up. Delivering a strong punch, kicking a dumpster or landing hard has the same effect, causing it to flicker off, then revive. - Wildbow on Reddit
↑Glory Girl could take a direct hit from one of Scion's lasers.
↑Not a second trigger. I was well aware of that. When I’d first had my forcefield, it hadn’t protected my costume. I had two theories as to why.
The first theory was that I’d grown, and the boundaries that the forcefield used to define ‘me’ had changed. I’d breathe out, breathe in, gain a pound here, lose a pound there, and it would adjust for the maximum bounds. It didn’t explain how my skirt was often protected, but I’d mused on that too, that my legs moved, my hair had been long at one point, I’d been shorter…
I’d been that, the forcefield had adjusted, and that was the new upper bound of what I was, forever with me.
It felt thin, as theories went.
The second theory was that it was the Manton effect, that broad-as-bells term for the built in protections and limitations of the power. The theory was that the built-in protections of the power only protected what I saw as a part of me, and it had taken some time before the costume was that much a part of my identity.
↑ 61.061.1She threw him. Since she could bench press a cement mixer, though it was hard to balance something so large and unwieldy, even a casual toss on her part could get some good distance. He flew a good twenty five or thirty yards down the back road before hitting the asphalt, and rolled for another ten. - Interlude 2
↑Then she kicked the dumpster below her hard enough to send it flying down the little road. It rotated lazily through the air as it arced towards the retreating figure, the trajectory and rotation barely changing as it knocked him flat. It skidded to a halt three to five yards beyond him, the metal sides of the dumpster squealing and sparking as it scraped against the asphalt. - Interlude 2
↑First of all, she’s invincible. Second, again, bad idea to irritate someone who can swing a schoolbus like a baseball bat. - Agitation 3.11
↑“I’m strong enough to lift a SUV over my head,” Victoria muttered, “It’s hard to hold back all the time.” - Interlude 2
↑There were very few things, in Victoria Dallon’s estimation, that were cooler than flying. The invisible forcefield that extended a few millimeters over her skin and clothes just made it better. The field kept the worst of the chill from touching her, but still let her feel the wind on her skin and in her hair. Bugs didn’t splat against her face like they did against car windshields, even when she was pushing eighty miles an hour. - Excerpt from Interlude 2
↑Glory Girl was flying over the stampeding dogs, a cell phone pressed to her ear, in Bitch's general direction. Ink and Bruno leaped to the side of a building and then leaped from that point toward Glory Girl. She struck Socks across the head, sending him flying to the ground, and Bruno slammed into her, knocking the phone from her grip. She brought her knee up into the dog's side and pushed herself away before he could drive her down into the ground.
The heroine went for Bitch, who had only Angelica at her side. Angelica positioned herself between enemy and master, and Glory Girl hit the dog broadside. Angelica barely reacted, turning instead to snap at Glory Girl. Her teeth rebounded off the heroine's outstretched arm, and Glory Girl darted backward, to hover in the air. Catching her breath? - Excerpt from Interlude 11a
↑I flew straight up, through the ceiling. I felt my forcefield go down, bracing myself in case I brushed up against any wiring. - excerpt from Daybreak 1.5
↑She can shut this off, but the effect is described as being fairly subtle, and it is implied she usually has it on to at least some small degree. - Wiki edit by Wildbow
↑ 69.069.1I stopped only a few feet short, hitting him with my aura instead of my fist. Full-strength, point-blank, a hit to the emotional rather than the physical.
The reaction was much the same as if I’d punched him. Forward movement stopped, reversed, an off-balance stumble backward.
“Holy fuck,” I could hear Tristan. [...] As with Chris, I used my emotion aura.
As had been the case with Chris, the effect was immediate and profound. She stumbled back much as if I’d flown into her and given her a strong shove, her eyes wide. [...] I used my aura, which was more effective when people were close, and she was wrapped around my head. [...] I left her to limp toward the wall while I flew to Tristan’s side. I landed beside Kenzie, hard, pushing out with my aura.
She twisted around, gun in hand, and I caught the gun, snatching it out of her hand. - Excerpt from Glare 3.3
↑As someone with the ability to control emotions, I was supposed to be harder to read and affect. It was why I’d deflected Crystalclear earlier.
It was why Dean and I had gotten along. Even why we’d been possible. - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.5
↑Where it touched me, my heart jumped, my mind stumbled, and feelings welled.
All of the doubts, fears, and hesitations inside me magnified, multiplied. It paralyzed me for the moment.
This, at least, was something I’d been trying to get a handle on. Here, my resistance applied. - Daybreak 1.6
↑Mrmdubois: Right, so the power kicked in when Glory Girl and Panacea where hitting or had just hit puberty. Panacea is introverted and would have spent most of her hangout time with Glory Girl anyways meaning she’d be getting blasted with this power…pretty often going by the way Glory Girl used it on her with no compunction during the assault/repair on the skinhead. Chuck in the changes in biology from growing up and awakening sexuality and it seems pretty likely to me that this was going to go weird places right off the bat [...] Wildbow: I wondered if anyone would pay any attention to that.- Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 21.y
↑Wildbow: @ the topic - Glory Girl wanted to be a hero more than anything, she couldn't, she was frustrated, joined a sports team where she could give her all and actually shine, and connected with another hero in a romantic sense, out of that deep-seated need. Wildbow: Which isn't to say she didn't care about him, mind you. Wildbow: Took a bad hit, pent up frustration came to the fore, bam - Wildbow on IRC
↑Unsportsmanlike conduct between players. She jumped to make a shot, someone else slammed into her in mid-air, and she didn’t fall to the ground until she stopped flying. - Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 18.y
↑“My entire life leading up to that basketball game, I wanted so horribly badly to be a hero, you know? It felt like I thought about it every ten minutes. My parents were heroes, my cousin was, my aunt and uncle were, and everything revolved around it. I wanted it all so badly it hurt, and I didn’t have it for years. Then that basketball game, and I wanted to have something where I was the hero, where I got to stand out. Because sometimes it felt like my parents didn’t see me.”
“That’s been a recurring idea. You talked about their missed visits.”
“They came a lot,” I said. “I know that. My dad more than my mom. But every missed visit was a horrible thing, and the little things mattered so much when I had nothing else. Um. And this basketball game, I know I’ve talked about this before. But this one girl kicked my freaking ass. In my face, knocking me over, intercepting every pass, blocking every shot. She didn’t have any powers or anything, she was just… good. Better.”
“A lot of things came into focus in that moment.”
“Every time she or one of her teammates beat me, I could see the look of disappointment on my parent’s faces. In the other moments, they looked so bored. And it was boring, you know. No parent wants to go sit through amateurs doing badly at a high school sport.”
“Anyway, she hit me hard, she said something about me being overrated, and it was the last straw. Realizing I stood so far from family, that I didn’t want to be there, but I had no other choice, my sternum was hurting where she’d driven her elbow into me. I got my powers.”
“Years of wanting, leading up to that.”
She’d caught the thread I’d wanted to lay out. It helped. “And then just under three years as Victoria-slash-Glory-Girl. And then… hospital.” - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.8
↑“Yes. During the Boston Games,” Ashley said, as Mrs. Yamada stood and went to get the water.
“I was a little too young. I followed along back at home, where we made the dining room into a kind of headquarters, putting up a few bulletin boards. I colored in the maps and moved pins as the territories changed hands while doing homework and stuff. - Excerpt from Flare 2.5
↑ 83.083.1New Wave may be disbanding. My mom suggested that if I wanted to keep being a hero, I should consider joining the Wards. So I’m here, checking things out. [...] They’re willing, if I agree to some extra rules and stipulations. They’d be putting me on probationary membership, like they did with Shadow Stalker. I came by to get a sense of things, see if it’d be worth going through the hassle instead of going solo- excerpt from Sentinel 9.3
↑When you had nothing, you groped for anything, even if it was the person who’d brought you to that point.
I’d reached out back then, too. I’d turned to the Wards, because my mom had been the only person doing anything to keep New Wave in motion, the team had been falling apart, and I’d needed something. Because the tests and briefings made me feel closer to Dean, reminded me of the study sessions. Because the first time I saw her after the Endbringer attack, Vista had hugged me, because Dean, and it meant something to me that there was someone else properly upset for him. - Daybreak 1.6
↑“Are you ex-Protectorate?” he asked. “I might have missed that if it was in your application.”
↑My visitors, my family, had decided that because they didn’t know how long the lockdown would be, they would come another day. It was a long trip. [...]
The message had been left unfinished on my screen, only a few words of what I’d wanted to say. Even completed, the statement wouldn’t have meant anything to the staff member, and they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. All I’d wanted to express was that my family had missed the last two visiting days as well. - Daybreak 1.6
↑“I used to admire that side of you. It was a good thing when you were doing the physio, and when you were watching those videos of university classes. Which were incredibly boring, I’m sorry.”
“They were the highlight of my day.”
“They were so boring. I don’t know how you make powers boring, but they managed. But you had the mental fortitude to push through it.”
↑It made me think of the hospital. Of a time shortly before she’d left with Weld. A couple of weeks before, maybe. Physiotherapy, working on my manual dexterity, they’d given us video games and controls we could use. Sveta had done a lot of it, and picked up more of it for the social aspect, so she’d joined me to egg me on. [...] It was a bittersweet memory, which was about as good as things had gotten, then. Two or so weeks later, Weld had gone to see her. I could remember her anticipation leading up to the meeting. She’d been so upset over the Case fifty-threes defecting en-masse from the Protectorate and Wards, and Weld’s visit had turned that around.
It hadn’t gone well. I wasn’t sure exactly what had happened. Then Weld had come to see me. He’d treated me with more human decency than I’d had out of anyone but my therapists, patient advocate, or the other patients for months. He’d been patient, ignored my ramblings, he’d been gentle, asked what he could do for me. It couldn’t have been easy. I’d been a mess.
I’d convinced him to go back to her, with a renewed perspective. Later on, I’d given them my blessings. She’d walked away from the hospital with her hero and freedom. Weld had gotten my only real friend and one of my only unabashed, unpaid-for allies. - Excerpt from Shadow 5.4
↑I watched the individual members of the swarm touch ground. The girl with healing powers had been placed deliberately next to a living pool of flesh with multiple heads of golden hair. The healer’s hands were covering her face, but she didn’t step away.
Her hands slowly lowered, and she laid her eyes on the monster, which was actively, ineffectually reaching out for her. - Excerpt from Speck 30.7
↑“Gave me a body again. Um. She made me seventeen again. Walked back the clock, as if it… I don’t know. So she didn’t take two years of my life from me in body, like she did in everything else. I’m physically nineteen now, apparently.”
“You said body, mind and spirit. She fixed one of the three. Did she undo the effect on your emotions?”
I drew in a breath, sighed heavily. I nodded. “She actually- she turned off my emotions. Suppressed them. Then she asked me what I wanted.”
“What did you want?”
“I remember thinking, you know, it was really possible she wanted me to say that I wanted to go back to liking her. And if she did think that, then it was unconscionable. Divorced from all emotion, I thought it was unconscionable.”
“And divorced from all emotion, I thought I’d be fair. That I’d give her the benefit of a doubt. That I’d assume that wasn’t what she meant or wanted. I told her I wanted to remember.”
“Those two years,” I said, my voice hollow. I drew in another deep breath. - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.8
↑Point_Me_@_The_Sky: Might go for long trip before h.school semester starts + I get busy with work. Visit home. - Glow-worm P.5
↑“Only one was actually posting any openings, a corporate team, Auzure. Foresight and the Attendant were open to interviewing me. There are two other big teams; one gave me a hard no, and the other is folding into the Attendant and won’t exist soon, they didn’t give me a response yet, and with how the talk with the Attendant went, I don’t think it’d work out.” [...] I was pretty sure Advance Guard had turned me down because of my background, the two year gap prior to Gold Morning. Others had their reasons for rejecting me. - Excerpt from Flare 2.2
↑Amy and Victoria were considered early on as protagonists for a story set in this universe, called 'Guts and Glory'. The story would have alternated between each perspective on a chapter by chapter basis and covered many of the same events that have already occurred. - Edit by Wildbow, not on the list of retracted edits.