Pulse and Bolt

The Sleeping Army

June 14th, 2018, 2:56 am
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Lightfoot June 14th, 2018, 2:56 am
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dracone June 14th, 2018, 3:56 am
They're probably not used to this sort of situation, seeing as they had no established protocol for what to do in this sort of situation.
Lightfoot June 14th, 2018, 5:41 am
@dracone: I think they'd usually just send out the strongest person available. They also might not usually talk things over as a group. Nigel tried to solve this himself twice already, and this is his third attempt.
dracone June 14th, 2018, 5:51 am
@Lightfoot: Also the lack of confirmed dedicated systems and individuals with the ability to effectively track "Ghosts" and anybody that has been mind woogied isn't helping the situation. If they had any telepaths and/or empaths, which hasn't been confirmed or even really referenced, it would be possible for them to at least confirm who among their numbers is a 'Sleeper Agent', sorry bad pun but I felt it was appropriate.

Also, it is confirmed they're called "ghosts" because of the fact they can only teleport short distances, usually along their line of sight, but it doesn't seem like anyone other than the really paranoid residents have developed safeguards to keep teleporters out.

If they had some way of disabling superpowers without anyone getting close it would probably be really helpful.
Lightfoot June 16th, 2018, 11:49 am
@dracone: That's true. It's possible certain powers are more likely to lead to someone being a super-villain, and others less likely? Maybe they've targeted defense against certain powers and not worried about others before.

Ghosts are only good at transporting or being thieves. They'd never be able to challenge a powered person directly. And they'd be able to handle just a ghost more easily than a ghost, a mimic, and the sleepwalker problem at once.

Nigel did mention might readers being used on the petrified people. Also Annie said her mother's family had psychic powers of some kind.

Mind-readers might not work at a distance, and they might have trouble guessing if someone is just asleep, or being controlled unless they are so close you could anyone could tell. Also the other problem is there might be no way to detect who is a sleeper agent, but not activated.

They do have a very conventional way to possibly track ghosts. It's coming up, and it's not something very special.

A person or thing that could disable any powers around them might be too much of a threat. Like turning off someone's powers in mid-flight, a ghost when they're mid-teleporting, or a battery who is full of a charge (and that charge might not go away, just they'd lose their ability for it to not hurt them).
dracone June 16th, 2018, 1:36 pm
@Lightfoot: All viable points, you would think for an organization that claims to have a handle on individuals with superpowers they would at least have contingencies for every documented power on the off chance it was used against them in some way.