Usage of the Skill Janus has been using her natural ability for quite a long time. Not only does it have a passive component, but it has active one as well. Janus has been using this power to manipulate and gather information since she hit the main stage. She has used it to hold entire conversations with the other person not speaking. Janus has used it to dodge attacks, reduce damage, and even find things for other people. Not only that but she has even failed at using it, and even opened it wide enough to affect the probabilities of the future.Janus has not really stopped using her ability, even going so far to open the entire set of probabilities to Alain Merrick and Raphael Laurent, even though it hammered at her mind and tried to shatter it.
Janus' mastery of this skill allows her to actively use her power to change which direction the future is headed. She can find even greater small chances and luck that make her look like the most lucky person anywhere. Janus can walk through fire, and even make it look like everyone is just unlucky but her. She's a probability mage, a diviner with the ability to see the future.
Mechanic As a Master of her power, Janus can roll a dice to avoid imminent damage, much like Child of Destiny. On a Roll of 6, She follows a timeline where she is unharmed.
Before we get into this, I'm struggling a bit to understand what you even mean by her master rank abilities. She can "speed train herself"? What does that even mean? What does that have to do with seeing the future? You already have a master effect listed in your application thread in which the only benefit is her being able to see further into the future. Is this speed training (whatever that means) in addition to being able to see further, or is it a replacement? Also, what does "set a point that she wants to go" mean as well? I thought she could only see the future, not influence it.
Post by Janus DiNapoli on Jan 10, 2018 16:56:59 GMT -5
Speed training. Think Naruto. You send out 1500 clones to do 1 task over and over. She just does it with future models of herself. Runs parallel to path walking. Which is searching for something specific by sending multiple futures out in different directions and looking for the future that matters. Instead of twenty hours something might take her three or four to learn.
Point she wants to go. Human Rube Goldberg Machine. Janus sees a future where she walks through a security door. So she follows the future to that specific point. She wants to get into a locked door. So Janus flicks a marble. The marble gets slipped on by guy walking towards the door as another guy scans his key. The marble shoots out and bounces off the second guy who's coming to help the first guy who just fell over. That causes the security to look away at the man who had fallen as the marble stops the door from closing and Janus walks in without them noticing.
Post by Genki Ogawa on Jan 10, 2018 18:05:22 GMT -5
I understand and follow your example and I don't want to get into the finer points just yet. First, what I'd like to ask you, and you'll please have to forgive me for the wording here but I've been trying to think of a better way to ask this for twenty minutes and I just can't.
Is there a way you could see this 'Rube Goldberg' style example applying in a thread against another in any way that would not be considered godmoding? I am not imagining one.
Post by Janus DiNapoli on Jan 10, 2018 19:00:37 GMT -5
I will ignore a rather simple comeback to this statement. However, the Rube Goldberg Machine isn't meant to be used in combat, its meant for fluff and writing purposes. That was in the original write up too.
Post by Genki Ogawa on Jan 10, 2018 19:13:39 GMT -5
I am not okay with a player interpreting their first power Mastery as "I control the future now", regardless of combat or non-combat applications. I'll take your declination to answer my question directly as acceptance of my point.
Post by Genki Ogawa on Jan 26, 2018 12:12:38 GMT -5
Since your power "does other things", even if they are passive, I am going to need you roll in a drawback to your effect. A worthy example would be that your power must check at Equivalent or better, but you can certainly offer alternatives that might be palatable. I am otherwise fine with your interpretation of basically converting your power mechanically into that effect of Child of Destiny. Having said that, let's move onto the meat...
I'll cut through the suspense and state right away that this Mastery is Approved, but I have some comments and some cautions for you for the betterment of your future. This is a habit of Rick's and maybe you were just taking your cues from him in JANUS SMASH and that's why it's so apparent to me now, but you truncate a lot of your thoughts down in a way that really does you a disservice.
She simply put her palm flat to the side and one inch punched the wall with all her strength, throwing her body behind her soul. The idea was the whole small point, and the idea came from a combination of Wing Chun and JkD. Though Janus could do a plethora of martial arts they were pretty useless in just about every spiritual situation. This was simply combining them with her soul toss. Janus went quiet for a second as nothing happened and then watched the wall split slowly from the point of impact, the cracks spreading quickly. Janus was ecstatic and actually jumped as she watched it crack apart having already seen it in the future.
I'd wager that the majority of folks have maybe heard the term Wing Chun, and only 2 or 3 in 10 could actually tell you what it is or give an example of who used it. And I'd put money that 1 in 10 at best would actually know that "JkD" means Jit Kun Do, let alone what that might look like or where it comes from. So when you take your actual, especially in your big breakthrough post, and just boil it down to "she was inspired by martial arts" you really sap the payoff here.
While I am reticent to do an "If I were you", how I would suggest helping a passage like this is to put yourself into a short flashback thought where Janus recalls the training that is the basis for comment. Offer a moment's pause to consider your sifu or wherever you got the technique, and how maybe it's been useful in the past, or something you saw in particular that triggers the memory. Janus's power is about seeing the most likely way so you can bring it into reality; it is not about having that way given to you by chance. What the character knows is the entire basis for determining the future, so you have to take special care to put us in place to empathize with your ability to reach.
Please feel free to ask me any more direct questions via PM or DM.