Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Bonus: Possible jobs of 3rd class flight Powers

Eleanor Gatsby is a third class flight Power.

As a third class flight Power, she can completely reduce her weight at will, and can reduce her acceleration to 1 ft/s/s without trying. When she focuses her magic, she can control the speed at which she falls, and fly for 30 continuous minutes with a maximum speed of 20 mi/hr. She has to rest for a half hour afterward, but because she practices on a daily basis, she's built up a lot of endurance, and can get airborne 4 times before needing a longer break to recover.

Usually after the fourth trip, she needs a couple of hours to really catch her breath, although she can take a shorter flight after a half hour.

 So what does she do for a living?

She works with a telephone company, specializing in power line repair. Using special equipment, she corals live lines (staying well clear of them--by no coincidence, she's great with chopsticks) and flies them out of roadways and other areas that might endanger people. She also helps hang new power lines, her flight ability meaning she accomplishes the job quickly and never has to worry about falling. Flight Powers are in high demand with utility companies for these attributes, and are often part of first-response teams when storms knock down cables.

Her cousin Marcus Smythe is also a third class flight Power. Marcus works as a park ranger in a national park in the Midwest, adding aerial patrols to the rangers' regular ground patrols. He helps search for lost hikers, keeps an eye out for poachers and troublemakers, and helps monitor wildlife populations; however, his most important job is spotting forest fires before they get out of hand. Flying over slowly the park, he's spotted smoke from three wildfires before they spread, allowing the ranger team to contain them with minimal damage and redirect them to controlled burns when needed.

Their aunt, Deborah Evans, meanwhile, is a third class flight Power working with the fire department. Although the fire hose has too strong of a kick for a single fireperson to control, three flight Powers working together can hold it steady mid-air. Working together, they can also lift several of the lighter fully-suited firefighters, helping them down from upper floors when passageways become blocked. Most often, the flight team secures emergency ladders for trapped inhabitants to get to safety from higher levels, or check for toxic fumes in high-ceiling areas where other firefighters cannot reach. They also sometimes rescue cats from trees, although they do that more often off the clock than on.

LaKeisha Tanner was licensed at the same time as Deborah, but she chose a different route: she's an FBI agent. Although her first- and second-class colleagues must work for the government, many less powerful magic users also choose the position. LaKeisha's flight ability means she can approach suspects from the air, at an angle they usually don't expect; of course, there's less cover in the air, but a good sense of tactics has kept her safe so far. She can also reach locations other agents can't during stakeouts and other investigations. When her duties keep her on the ground, where she performs much as any other FBI agent, after hours she and her fellow agents keep in shape at their local headquarters' aerial obstacle course, sometimes with super soakers (when their lead officer isn't around).


Tone-deaf Kelly has long considered her inborn music magic to be useless. But after a disaster drowns the American South in magic, including her whole family except her twin brother, she discovers her “useless” magic lets her hear the voices of those lost. Now, with the help of her twin and her handsome, green-eyed neighbor Derik, she’ll face magic itself to save them–only the attempt may cost her everyone she has left.

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