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What if you were human?

Post by Lord of Nothing » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:30 pm

A simple thread. Your character exists in a world without metahumans or human characters of "unrealistic" capabilities. Where would your character be if not for their powers?

If your character isn't human, then what would be the closest a human being could come to being like them? What would they lose? What would they gain?

If your character is already human, does their role in the world change? If you write a cape killer, a detective, vigilante or someone who is best friends with a meta, where would their place be in the world? Or is it more or less the same?

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Re: What if you were human?

Post by Reyn » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:51 pm

CM was a human in some expos set in the 1300s. Obviously, if he remained human, he would be long since dead by the time the current continuity begins, possibly as a result of the plague. He might have written some texts that would be studied in philosophy courses, but that could be giving him too much credit.

If he was a human in the current setting, he would be a miserable middle-aged philosophy professor who takes very few breaks in his busy schedule of crushing students' enthusiasm to write book after book of unbearably dry observations. Also... making clocks.

Jean would be the same, but without the sauce and probably the weird healing factor. He would just be a creepy gross murder man, and he would probably have died from his illness by now. Good.

Alvis would probably offer counselling sessions to people who are deaf or hard of hearing since he can't talk and knows a few sign languages.

Vanity would've died in the 20s after saying "WHAT ARE YA GONNA DO, EXECUTE ME?" on the electric chair and they wouldn't be given a second chance at an undead life to realise that maybe trying to taunt the guy at the lever wasn't the smartest of plans.

Surrogate would've died in the 1800s and would probably just exist as an urban legend.

Adrian is also dead.

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Re: What if you were human?

Post by Lord of Nothing » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am

Vampire special

Voracious: Having been born a carpenter and having ascended a gladiator, Septimus would have still found himself ill suited for battle. Rather than serving as a vampirific warrior under Bashanipal, he would have put his carpentry to use as a Roman Legionarre, and built fortified structures in the military. He would have had a much more refined hobby of carving wooden sculptures if he survived until retirement and likely would have died with his wife with a single child.

Bashanipal: Being born during roughly the dawn of civilized society, Bashanipal would have put his intellect to fairly good use. Originally being something of a scholar and general intellectual. His duties would include the development of language, the sciences, being both a record-keeper and a historian.

Belle: Septimus would not be alive to turn her. Being that metahumans and superheroes were the ones that caused the shootout which killed her parents, she likely would still be alive today rather than shot dead. She would likely be living on a farm, and would have lived out most of her days on the farm or perhaps would have found some way to escape her parents and go to college.

Vas: Being a "lieutenant" to Pablo Escabar's Colombian drug cartel, Vas would be a rich, wealthy and loyal supervisor for some time. He was close to his leader and admired him greatly. So he would have died along with Escabar during the "Search Bloc" raid 1993 at the ripe old age of 25.
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Re: What if you were human?

Post by illirica » Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:27 am

Teja without special powers would still be with the army. She wouldn't have linked in with Society or any of the cape stuff, she'd just be a soldier, doing whatever was necessary. She'd probably have some low level command by now, but definitely wouldn't wield as much power as she does as a metahuman.

Kelly would be... actually very similar. She would have different friends, but she'd still have friends - or who knows, maybe she'd be completely unpowered and still hang out with all the supers, because you can take away her rainbow sparkles but you can't take away the Power of Friendship.

Kate would be a lot happier. She wouldn't have had quite such a rough time growing up, she'd feel a lot more attached to her family, and feel more like she's got a place in things. Without feeling like she's never quite good enough, she might have even tried for a full M.D. rather than a CNA - which would probably mean she'd still be in medical school. That's probably better than being in prison.

Laine... ah. She'd never have gotten picked up by the Foundation, and as soon as she turned 18 she'd have gotten kicked out on the streets. That's not a good place for a naive young woman, especially not one who's neuroatypical. She'd be a victim. The only question is: of what?

Harry doesn't have powers as is. He'd... actually be totally the same. Good job, Harry.

Aisling was born in the 1800s, and orphaned at a young age. She'd probably have ended up doing drudge work until she died, probably young, probably of disease. Lovely time, the 1800s.

Eternal Flame would have died the first time she was killed. Unlucky for you, eh?
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Re: What if you were human?

Post by The Sun » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:20 am

Leon... honestly he just wouldn't exist. Without monsters or magic, the Weidmann wouldn't exist and the long chain of events leading to Leon's birth wouldn't have ever started. If we set that aside though, he'd probably be a pretty normal kid who spends most of his time going on "adventures" and fighting imaginary dragons with sticks. He'd probably live primarily with his father and see his mother every so often when she had time off as a career military woman.

Arin would be much better off without superpowers, while he may have still been put into the foster care system he would never have ended up with the Shipyard or as a Driver for the ARMADA. As an extremely adept learner, he would most likely excel in school and be pushed by councilors to graduate early and pursue an engineering degree. He'd be spared from the trauma he's endured on the Sandbox and live a much normaler life.

Sun dies some > 2000 years ago. He might have been able to rise to the position of king without his godly nature, yet it's extremely unlikely. Either way, he'd be completely forgotten.

Colin is tricky. Like Leon he's pretty tied to magic, but only because it's hard to guess what would happen to him without his curses. For one, he gets to think and live for himself. And it would save him with his trouble with women, at least his supernatural ones. He would probably be some sort of waiter or chef, just doing his best to enjoy life as it comes. His optimism would likely be far more genuine than it is now as well.

Faker. Dead.

Successor... huh... I don't know. His life outside of his mission doesn't exist. So in all honestly even if superheroes didn't exist, if Pax was still as bad as it is now. The same thing might have still happened. It would just be far less fancy. He'd just be a young guy with a ski mask, gun, and knife who hunts down criminals. At least until he eventually gets arrested or bleeds out in an alley,
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Re: What if you were human?

Post by Aether » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:32 am

If Hector were human, he'd probably be happy.
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Re: What if you were human?

Post by Flint » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:52 am

Arno is the product of living in a superhuman world, all the way back to his childhood. It's genuinely impossible for me to say what he'd be like in a world without supers. No generic answers like "soldier" or "cop" suffice, because his attitudes and aptitudes developed from constant exposure to metahumans and their impacts.

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Re: What if you were human?

Post by Niku » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:04 am

Niku would probably be studying under his father in their dojo at some random village in Japan and would take over as the master of the style after his father passed away, giving continuity to the dojo and the family's name. He'd probably be a homeless boy adopted at an early age because he made a lot of mischief and his father adopted him to use all that energy for something productive while taking a kid out of the street.
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Re: What if you were human?

Post by The Original » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:44 am

Jacob would've already died of Drug Overdose. He was dying in a hospital before being bitten. /shrug

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