Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Bonus: Sample Jobs for Telekinesis Powers

Some Powers have obvious jobs, such as regeneration Powers, who become doctors and medics. Others, such as telekinesis Powers, have a less obvious career path, and find themselves useful in disparate fields.

Jerald Mayers, a third class telekinesis Power, works in an army warehouse, where he stores and retrieves crates via magic, and occasionally rescues falling things from landing on peoples' heads. With magic, he can shift around crates and loose items that are inconvenient to reach, saving time when crates in the back or on the bottoms of stacks take damage.

Lucinda Wong works at a steel factory as a fourth-class telekinesis Power. She works with the machinery that handles hot steel, from checking the grip of mechanical arms to replacing parts in the machinery, even moving small cameras over the machinery for trouble shooting. With her magic, she minimizes the time spent waiting for metal to cool before problem-solving, and helps ensure no person has to approach the metal while it remains at burning temperatures.

David Goldsmith works construction as a fifth-class telekinesis Power. His magic can't lift much weight from a great distance, but he can operate some equipment remotely, although for safety reasons he only operates push-button items that require no steering or supervision. This eliminates activating cranes, which might swing wild or strike objects he couldn't see, but includes pressing elevator switches or opening doors when everyone has hands full. With his ability to "see" obstructions behind himself, he can walk backwards without fear of falling or running into things--nice with two-person hauling jobs. His magic also allows him to "handle" dangerous objects, such as live wires that escape hands, by pinning them down until they can be safely retrieved; and delicate jobs, such as setting wires in hard-to-reach areas.

Stacey Martins, a first-class telekinesis Power, works in the military on an explosive ordinance disposal task force. Diffusing explosives might be terrifying work, but when robots cannot provide a careful enough touch, with a good camera image, she can work with dexterity at 40 feet, employing up to ten "hands." When not on emergency diffusing, her unit works full-time in demining. Her unit is often called on to clear areas near civilian locations, or areas where people would like to settle but that have been historical war sites. Once mines are located, she can remove them from the ground at a safe distance, keeping all personnel out of the potential blast zones, or if necessary remotely detonate them. 

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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