i just shared the acc with a discord server im on so revamped summaries since i got a better grasp on the characters! soon ill try to give each character a post of their own but for now here they are!!
the main characters are:
rhys (he/him, 16) - resident alien, science man, tries so hard to keep relationships professional, (in the words of my friend who created him) distinguished-passing but really only barely functional
parker (she/her, 14) - ball of energy, confidently a dumbass, simultaneously team leader and comic relief, windy powers
sylvie (she/her, 13) - mom friend despite being the youngest?, so incredibly stressed, people pleaser, water/healing powers
erin (they/them, 14) - constant identity crisis, kinda lonely, legally blind, water/ice powers
gene (they/them, 16) - fear of vulnerability, strong, would probably be the team leader if not for being too distant to fill the role effectively, earth powers
wells (they/them, 15) - arsonist and resident criminal, intense pursuit of knowledge ftw babey, please do not give them a gun, fire/explosion powers
percy (they/them, 15) - observant as fuck, distinguished emo, moral absolutist, fire/smoke powers
azrael (he/she, 14) - anger issues, minor vandal, talks a big game but is actually babey, fire/lightning powers
hopefully soon ill do a side characters one! since theres a lot of side characters and i want to intro you guys to them! damn i really feel like i got an Audience now (even tho its like. 4 new ppl)
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olive it's been two minutes and I'm already cackling at your updates, I'm so excited for you to read the whole thing!! But also yes I got so disturbed about the ages of the characters, like I read soc when I was 17 myself and was like. there's no way in hell I am older than Inej Ghafa,,, they're all 21+ in my mind.
they’re so babie!!!!! but i feel like that’s a problem with a majority of ya literature - the characters are aged to be the same as the expected audience and yet they have the minds/skills of someone in their mid-twenties. i get that it’s supposed to connect the reader more to the story, but i feel like that’s a cheap excuse.
it also gets more problematic when you throw love interests into the mix because sometimes they can be older the main character, and even if the book tries to explain it away, that is still a relationship between a minor and an adult, and that doesn’t sit well with me. especially when you add in the pg-13 s*x scenes,,,,,, (which is more of a problem with the movie adaptations, but you can almost always find something that alludes to it in the books, too),,,,,,,,
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Is this character growth or just taking a chill pill?
tl;dr I used to despise stage magic, but now I’m kinda starting to see why people enjoy it. I don’t have to agree to understand that they’re having fun.
Somebody came into work to train us for our next project. And it turns out he’s a bit of a hobbyist magician. You know, the sleight-of-hand type. And the way he talked about it made me think. He said he likes making people smile with his tricks.
Is that what it’s about? Making people smile?
That was something I never understood, for years. What was the appeal of stage magic? It’s all fake anyways. It’s deceitful. It’s just some clever coordination and misdirection, anyone can learn how to do it sufficiently. What was so special about making a coin disappear by hiding it in your palm?
Well, basically Raven’s reaction to Mumbo. Disdainful, unimpressed. “You pulled that out of your sleeve.” “Must you always overanalyze?” Yes, yes I must.
I especially hated stage magic because people conflate the trickery of the stage with the very real forces I know. Like, I’m a practicing witch, an empath, a spiritualist, lots of weird shit goes on in my life for which “magic” is the only explanation. I’m not about to get into it here, but I begrudged stage magic for ~making a mockery~ of something that fulfilled half my life.
I couldn’t tell you exactly when that changed. Around age 20, maybe? I couldn’t tell you why, either. But gradually, over the years, certainly with help from my girlfriend’s admiration I’m sure, I came to see it not as an affront to Real Magic, but just... an entertainment venue. That’s all it is, really. It’s not telling people “I can actually turn this rose into a bird”, it’s telling people “I can delight you by tricking you into thinking that’s what you’re seeing.” And that trickery is fully consensual! People go into these shows WANTING to be dazzled and baffled and bemused! Can’t relate, but I can accept that they’re allowed to do what they want with their own time and money. I can understand that somebody might be awed by something that just makes me roll my eyes. As long as they’re not dragging me along, I’m glad they’re having fun with it.
After the shit I’ve seen, the shit I’ve experienced, a rose becoming a bird just absolutely pales in comparison. It’s not “magical” for me. It’s not a delight. Now the crowd’s wonder, the crowd’s delight, their anticipation, if I can just close my eyes and wallow in that for a little while, I can sort of “borrow” their experience! I enjoy the atmosphere, at least. I just can’t have that same reaction myself.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not great for other people, and I understand that now. I no longer begrudge those people for, like... having fun.
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