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Subj: Re: as long as the power farthing doesn't destroy a chunk of their concept I don't care...
Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 11:01:12 pm EST (Viewed 118 times)
Reply Subj: as long as the power farthing doesn't destroy a chunk of their concept I don't care...
Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 10:25:26 pm EST (Viewed 121 times)


    ...I absolutely hate it when a character is given a tool, like, say, a magical hammer or a cosmic surfboard, only to learn it's in no way useful or necessary for the character to bother having them. You would kinda wonder whats the point of seeing Surfer always ridding his surf board if it only has cosmetic values (or close to it). Same for Thor whose hammer, going by some posters, is a redundancy of who he is.

As far as I know neither of those tools are redundant.  Surfer is one of the few if not the only heralds of Galactus that cannot fly under his own power.  About the only way he could is the way Jack of Hearts did, but the surf boards is far more efficient.  Thor is similar.  I have no problem with him having some storm control on his own like in Blood Oath.  But I think his more powerful abilities or other powers should come from it.  Things like non-lightning energy blasts, energy manipulation, flight, dimensional travel, etc.  About the only exception might be dimensional travel between Earth and Asgard.  Anything else should require the hammer.

    Also, when a character, divine or not, has a thematic concept, I expect it to matter. The god of war having the power to grow vegetables or to charm person might be a bit lame. The powers given should respect the portfolio at least minimally. Otherwise, why bother calling him a "god" of something. Just say a "god" period.

So, minor powers that come out of nowhere would not really bother you like say a god walking among mortals hidden from view.  Its when their powers start to noticeable transgress into another area that it bothers you.  Ares capable of summoning weapons out of thin air and even having some control over the weapons of others (like cursing a normal sword impossible to lift) would be alright.  But if he started healing people of anything but the most minor injuries if at all or started growing plants that would be going too far? 

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