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  1. Mags nodded as they followed Starlight into the adjacent room. They had little to no knowledge of the kind of surveillance system that Vought Tower had, but they had saw no reason to doubt Starlight’s judgement. It wasn’t long after they entered the room that the media-friendly demeanor faded away, leaving a supe with very little time to entertain nonsense. “That first question, you said being part of the Seven helped you be a better hero. Would you be willing to elaborate on that?” Their request was direct and concise. There was no point in wasting time if Mags picked up on a subtext that wasn’t actually there. “I don’t know if you read my file or anything, but if you were trying say what I think you were trying to say…you and I may have had similar experiences on supe teams.” It was a coin toss. Mags didn’t want to go into what happened too much if they didn’t have to. They decided to hold back until Starlight responded. @MATT
  2. It was definitely a more diplomatic answer. Mags could understand the need to maintain a degree of impartiality, especially in a team like the Seven. Supe teams were often mired with internal politics and favoritism from the leadership. Mags’ old team certainly was, and they had no reason to believe the Seven was any different. “Well, Starlight. On behalf of the team I’d like to say thank you very much for meeting with us.” Mags said to Starlight before turning over to face their team. “Sit tight, everyone. We’ll be leaving in just a little bit.” Mags had questions of their own for Starlight, ones they though were better asked away from the team. Walking over to Starlight, Mags leaned in and quietly asked, “Is there a place here we can talk? There’s actually something I’d like to ask you myself, if you have the time.” They said with a heavily implied “where no one else can listen in” in their tone. Mags hoped that Starlight would be able to answer a question that they had wondered since before they were transferred out of Detroit. @MATT
  3. Mags nodded along, a fairly standard answer for a question like that. It reminded them of when they were interviewing for their old team. They were happy with the way the meeting had been going so far. Sure, Starlight’s answers were probably more for Vought’s benefit than their team’s, but she was at least being professional about it. Mags was thankful it had been Starlight the team met, having heard rumors of why The Deep had been transferred to a different state. “Alright, any other questions for Starlight? I think we have time for one more.” Mags said, glancing back over at the team. They watched as another team member raised their hand and began asking a question. “Which of the Seven do you think you work with the best?” They asked. It was an innocent enough question about Starlight’s professional relationships with her teammates. Little did any of the Super Pals know, the team dynamics of the Seven were anything but simple. The question had piqued Mags’ interest as well. They had always been curious of what it was like to work as a part of the Seven. Given the wording of Starlight’s answer to the first question she was asked that day, Mags wondered whether or not her answer to this question would carry the same potential subtext. @MATT
  4. Mags had never met Starlight. She had joined the Seven well after Mags had left mainstream supe life, and, even when they hadn’t, the two of them travelled in vastly different circles. So, it had been a little difficult for Mags to get a bead on what was genuine and what was for Vought. The first part of her answer was definitely for Vought’s benefit. They guessed it was probably written by the same guy who did Homelander’s “You’re the real heroes,” line. It was all part of the job. The second part of her answer did seem a bit…off script. Something about her wording when she said being part of a the team that “helps prepare” her to be a better hero, her tone too. Could she have read their file? Maybe their experiences haven’t been very different. “Well, this team definitely knows how being part of a team can make them better heroes…” Mags started, looking out at her team seeing the faces of people who were simply happy to be where they were before eventually returning to meet Starlight’s gaze. “myself included.” They nodded at Starlight in return. “Who else has a question for Starlight?” Mags asked their team. Another young supe eagerly raised a hand. “Can you tell us anything about what interviewing for the Seven was like?” Obviously a supe with hilariously big aspirations and a bit too unaware how unobtainable they were. Mags looked at Starlight with a somewhat worried look. They knew exactly how astronomical the odds were that anyone on their team would ever end up in the Seven, but they didn’t want any of them to be aware of it, not at their age at least. Mags didn’t want any of them to get their hopes up either. Mags’ hoped, if anything, their expression conveyed that to Starlight, a plea for her not to get the supe’s hopes up but not to crush their spirit either. A tall order, if there ever was one. @MATT
  5. Mags watched Starlight as she entered the room and said what they could only assume was something someone at Vought had written for her to say for occasions like this. Having seen supes do press work on several occasions, Starlight seemed familiar in that it was definitely a bit forced. Then again, it was hard for Mags to hear anyone spout out obvious Vought rhetoric without it seeming insincere. Although, there was something different about her than most of the other supes they had seen. Maybe Starlight really was genuinely interested in meeting with the team. Mags would have to pay closer attention. Mags grinned as Starlight turned to face them. “It’s great to meet you too Starlight. We’re all honored.” They said equally committed to their team enjoying the day as much as they could. “I’m Wild Thing, team leader, and my team definitely has some questions for you.” They said looking out at their team. Mags looked at one of their team members and nodded. “Aside from fighting crime and saving people, what do you like most about being in the Seven?” One of the team members asked. It was a good question, and, while Mags had definitely heard rumors of what it was like with the Seven, but they had never really spoken with a member long enough to really ask a question like that and get a good answer. @MATT
  6. Mags was glad this was the first time something like this had happened instead of when they first started with the Super Pals. To have even been seen by a member of The Seven while in close proximity to such a team, let alone being recognized as one of the team’s leaders, would have embarrassed them to no end. However, after becoming more attached to the team, Mags’ worries were quite the opposite. They looked around the room in Vought Tower where the group had been told to wait. Mags noted the stand that held the pull-down green screen for pictures with a few backdrop samples next to it and a table stocked with pens for autographs. It looked like it was more for private events where civilians could meet The Seven rather than a room that hosted actual meetings between licensed supes, not that anyone on the team other Mags and their co-leader were licensed. Mags looked at the rest of the team and saw a group of excited faces on people with suits that looked more like costumes. The group of them looked more like fans at a convention rather than supes, and, in truth, they were probably the closest someone could actually get to being a civilian while still having powers, and, like civilians, they had no idea what a lot of supes were like when the cameras were turned off. Mags wanted more than anything for things to stay that way. There had been a Vought employee at the door of the room, seemingly waiting for an update that Starlight was on her way. A telltale hand moving up to the employee’s earpiece and the employee walked out of the door. Mags looked over at their team. “Okay, don’t everyone swarm her at once. She’ll be here plenty of time to meet each of you.” They said standing up and waiting for Starlight to enter, hoping that Starlight wasn’t there kind of supe who had disappeared to far in her own ego or at least that they had caught her on a good day. @MATT
  7. Intro Vought: Super Pals is just like any other supe team in that it’s a group of supes who live and go on missions together, but that’s really where the similarities end. Most of the supes on this team have powers with little to no practical crime-fighting applications, and the “missions” they go on amount to little more than neighborhood patrols looking for cats to save from trees and litter to pick up or graffiti to clean and go home to their “HQ,” which is actually a remodeled group home in Staten Island, far enough to be away from all of the action that takes place in Manhattan or Brooklyn and just close enough to see it all happen. While the official reason teams like this exist is to help young supes who haven’t quite “figured out” how their powers can be useful, they really exist as a place where Vought can put supes on other teams when they misbehave. Co-Leader (25-27) This supe had been a co-leader of the Super Pals for a few years before Mags got there, starting as a co-leader herself before her former co-leader was transferred and replaced with Mags. She’s a basic level supe with emotion-based powers, reading, manipulating, even transferring the emotions of one person to another. Her old co-leader hand-picked her to help him with some of the neurodivergent members on the team. It didn’t take her long to get a sense for where those team members were at and build a rapport with them. Much like Mags, she also looks at the team as her younger siblings and wants them to stay unaware of the side of a lot of supes people don’t usually see in the media. This character is also meant to be a love interest for Mags with a fair bit of romantic tension between the two. I was thinking someone like Shannon Purser for the fc, but I am open to suggestion. Team members So, I don’t have any ideas for actual full characters when it comes to team members, but I have some general ideas that can be used if anyone wants to make a character. Character ideas: Supes who’ve been with the team a long time and still has a chip on their shoulder about being sent to the team. Supe who know why they’re there and are just happy to part of the team. Supes Vought doesn’t believe are easy to market (not conventionally attractive, neurodivergent, disabled, etc.) Suggested supe powers: Slime mimicry/generation Flexible skeleton/organs Anatomical liberation Stench generation Astral projection Intangibility Burrowing Gliding Holographic projection Flat body Garbage mimicry Spring form You can also do more conventional powers can be used but difficult to control or subverted in ways that make them less effective in crime fighting. For example, someone having super speed in terms of their physical ability but being mentally unable to perceive things clearly when traveling at high speeds. Don’t be afraid to get creative! PM me here or talk to me on Discord if you’re interested.
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