Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Being One In A Million

...means there's nearly seven thousand people just like you.

Lactokenesis? I'd have to agree with Kelly: "That's got to be the shittiest superpower."

When everybody is special, nobody is. And in the end, it all really comes down to power and manipulation of it.

Trying to get the most power is like trying to get to the front of traffic or the end of the universe: by the time you get there, you discover it's moved on already. It's not just the power though, it's how you use it, how you wield it (if anybody says "That's what she said," I will hit you).

I'd love to use a reference here, but I don't have enough experience with the source, though not for lack of trying. I'm a big George R.R. Martin fan, but his writing experience stretches beyond the Song of Ice and Fire. Getting ahold of the Wild Card books isn't easy (I only own number three and have only ready portions of other), but in this world, a virus has killed ninety percent of the population and given the rest a special power. For a ranking system, they use playing cards. For once, they really mean it when Jokers are wild.

Sure, the royalty is going to be the most powerful, but even they can be tricked and overwhelmed by lower ranks. Remember: never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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