Pyegar's Association of Those bearing small Powers

This is the website for Pyegar's Association of Those bearing small Powers (ATsP tm). Would you like to participate?

What are small powers?

Think about how Superman's powers grew over the history of his comic. He started by being able to lift cars and jump over buildings. After a while, he could fly and had heat vision. Eventually he could destroy small planets by running into them. Now nearly all the comic heroes are superheros. I guess there are some who aren't- Batman is merely a highly motivated rich guy with cool tech. Daredevil is closer to what I am thinking of.

Small powers (TM)- still slightly beyond the actual human range- should make for an interesting premise. This course back to a concept I learned about in high school, in a course called "Meet the Monsters"- "preternatural." Truly preternatual powers are those which seem like plausible extensions of what humans can actually do.Being twice as strong as the winning Olympic bodybuilder is preternaural. Being able to turn into a bat is supernatural, by contrast.

The word "Paranormal" also gets at what I am thinking of, but it is critical that the powers not grow beyond relatively minor abilities.

So, I started by writing a taxonomy of small powers, and their limitations, and some other considerations. Let me know if you are interested, and I will plunk it in and send it along. Kinda fun to think about. Here's a bit of it -

"Smalls" - they call themselves this ,

  • do not wear supersuits
  • do not take new names or assumer alteregos
  • do not tend to have more or less welath than most other people. They actually have jobs they need to work at in order to pay their bills

Who are "Smalls" (Persons bearing small powers) ?

  • Smalls have all the usual vices, and their morality is no different than that of most people you know.. It varies all over the place
  • Smalls are not heros, nor are they antiheros. They are just people who find themselves to be bearing usual abilities, and decide to do something about it (or not). Not all Smalls opt to use their power
  • Smalls are not characters in some cosmic drama
  • Smalls are not "mutants" in the X-men sense

 

Smalls can, however,

  • usually recognize other Smalls
  • moderately increase or refine their single power through discipline and exercise, study
  • can (infrequently, unreliably) reverse or oppose their power

That's all I know, so far. As I find out more, I will let you know.

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Randy #5

February 24, 2009

Randy found all the talk of “special powers,” large or small, not only annoying but dangerous. Some of the follies involved were amusing, he supposed, but he wished that more folks would learn to humble themselves at the imits of the evidence.

He scanned the internet groups, and when he found pe…

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Skott (#4)

February 23, 2009

The sheer fact that it was possible – for him at least – to nudge strangers or their personal items into harm’s way, without having to touch them, didn’t seem all that surprising to Skott. What thrilled him, each time, was how good it felt.

Skott didn’t remember his first one, nor did he sp…

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Terry (#3)

February 23, 2009

Terry grew up as a city kid, and it seemed as if the boys had always been after her.  She was warm, and engaging, and as a teenager, she liked dating and kissing but she was never promiscuous. Indeed, even as an adult, sexual arousal came slowly to her, even in the few intimate relationships she ha…

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Stephan (#2)

February 23, 2009

Stephan had failed progressively downward in his choice of careers.

 

He had applied for medical school, but his scores and his grades were not even close to qualifying. He then started the EMT training, and was promptly booted out for insubordination. So here he was, instructing staff in an assis…

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Just Say No! to the Anxiety of Influence

January 29, 2009

A lot of folks, when crafting the instantiation of a new idea, get all wrapped around the wheel "proving" to themselves -- if to no one else --  that the idea in question was, in the words of Daffy Duck, "Mine, mine, all MINE!"

"I don't. " (In the words of "Doc" Holliday)

This little fictional proj…

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Small Powers #1: Bruce

January 4, 2009

Bruce
 
Bruce's longing to succeed as a freelance journalist hovered about him like a stink. His work at the PR agency paid the bills, usually, and his occasional celebrity grip-and-grin shot looked good on the wall, but . . .
 
"But what?" he thought. "You get up, you take your medicine, you get…

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Just Say No! to the Anxiety of Influence

A partial and incomplete catalog of powers (by Randy)

February 24, 2009

1.       Known Powers

a.       Stent

b.      Nudge

c.       Unsay

d.      Locate known items

e.      Guess

2.       Suspected Powers

a.       Dim

b.      Prompt/Blurt

c.       Simplify organic molecules

d.      Twinned: Heavier/Lighter

e. …

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Randy #5

February 24, 2009

Randy found all the talk of “special powers,” large or small, not only annoying but dangerous. Some of the follies involved were amusing, he supposed, but he wished that more folks would learn to humble themselves at the imits of the evidence.

He scanned the internet groups, and when he found pe…

Read more

Skott (#4)

February 23, 2009

The sheer fact that it was possible – for him at least – to nudge strangers or their personal items into harm’s way, without having to touch them, didn’t seem all that surprising to Skott. What thrilled him, each time, was how good it felt.

Skott didn’t remember his first one, nor did he sp…

Read more

Terry (#3)

February 23, 2009

Terry grew up as a city kid, and it seemed as if the boys had always been after her.  She was warm, and engaging, and as a teenager, she liked dating and kissing but she was never promiscuous. Indeed, even as an adult, sexual arousal came slowly to her, even in the few intimate relationships she ha…

Read more

Stephan (#2)

February 23, 2009

Stephan had failed progressively downward in his choice of careers.

 

He had applied for medical school, but his scores and his grades were not even close to qualifying. He then started the EMT training, and was promptly booted out for insubordination. So here he was, instructing staff in an assis…

Read more

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A partial and incomplete catalog of powers (by Randy)

February 24, 2009

1.       Known Powers

a.       Stent

b.      Nudge

c.       Unsay

d.      Locate known items

e.      Guess

2.       Suspected Powers

a.       Dim

b.      Prompt/Blurt

c.       Simplify organic molecules

d.      Twinned: Heavier/Lighter

e. …

Read more

Randy #5

February 24, 2009

Randy found all the talk of “special powers,” large or small, not only annoying but dangerous. Some of the follies involved were amusing, he supposed, but he wished that more folks would learn to humble themselves at the imits of the evidence.

He scanned the internet groups, and when he found pe…

Read more

Skott (#4)

February 23, 2009

The sheer fact that it was possible – for him at least – to nudge strangers or their personal items into harm’s way, without having to touch them, didn’t seem all that surprising to Skott. What thrilled him, each time, was how good it felt.

Skott didn’t remember his first one, nor did he sp…

Read more

Terry (#3)

February 23, 2009

Terry grew up as a city kid, and it seemed as if the boys had always been after her.  She was warm, and engaging, and as a teenager, she liked dating and kissing but she was never promiscuous. Indeed, even as an adult, sexual arousal came slowly to her, even in the few intimate relationships she ha…

Read more

Stephan (#2)

February 23, 2009

Stephan had failed progressively downward in his choice of careers.

 

He had applied for medical school, but his scores and his grades were not even close to qualifying. He then started the EMT training, and was promptly booted out for insubordination. So here he was, instructing staff in an assis…

Read more

Just Say No! to the Anxiety of Influence

January 29, 2009

A lot of folks, when crafting the instantiation of a new idea, get all wrapped around the wheel "proving" to themselves -- if to no one else --  that the idea in question was, in the words of Daffy Duck, "Mine, mine, all MINE!"

"I don't. " (In the words of "Doc" Holliday)

This little fictional proj…

Read more

Small Powers #1: Bruce

January 4, 2009

Bruce
 
Bruce's longing to succeed as a freelance journalist hovered about him like a stink. His work at the PR agency paid the bills, usually, and his occasional celebrity grip-and-grin shot looked good on the wall, but . . .
 
"But what?" he thought. "You get up, you take your medicine, you get…

Read more