Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Bonus: Jobs for heat Powers

Heat Powers in the Broken Powers world have magic that prevents them from getting cold. You can find the full list of their abilities here. While the strongest heat Powers can start fires, most have more limited capabilities. Here are some jobs a heat Power might have.

Susanne Moggletop is a fifth class heat Power in Montana. She works in a factory, producing electricity by creating convection currents that spin turbines, with the help of no fewer than six other heat Powers. The factory, which produces plastics, gains more use from her limited magic this way than if she were to try melting the plastic directly, mostly because she wouldn't be able to do so on a practical scale, or even with all the plastics the company produces. Because the job tends to be tedious, she unwinds by 4-wheeling with her husband and kids on the weekends. As with many people in monotonous jobs requiring continuing use of magic, she has developed exceptional endurance with her magic, which comes in handy when she decides to go one of her many winter camping trips.

Darvene "Stone" Hamilton is a fourth class heat Power in Alaska. He mans search and rescue teams, helping his teammates keep their core body temperatures high and, when necessary, treating  hypothermia by slowly and safely raising the temperature of rescue subjects. On his time off, he volunteers in schools, teaching kids and newcomers basic winter survival skills. He's always welcome company, with keeping people warm being a cheap party trick, and so weekends find him the life of the party. Like most Powered, he doesn't drink; but a good designated driver is always in demand, and so his truck almost never goes without a free oil change or new tires, and if he never seems to make it to the grocery store, he also never seems to have an empty pantry, either.

Alyson Sarrano is a third class heat Power from Tuscon, Az. Although the Arizona weather wouldn't seem particularly pleasant to a heat Power, as it stops her from getting cold but not hot, the optics industry is booming, and any cheap, sustainable source of electricity that cuts down on pollution while avoiding steep fuel import costs can't help but be popular. Alyson generates convection currents for a factory, doing herself what it takes six to eight fifth-class Powers to do together. She's also a hobby herpetologist, keeping about a dozen snakes (not venomous) of various sizes as pets. Since the snakes enjoy the heat she emanates, it's a fairly happy family; but since she doesn't like to scare the neighbors, she's very careful about whom she invites over.

George Hammelstein is a second class heat Power headquartering in the Northeast. Working for the FBI, he tracks murderers trying to flee the country (or simply crossing state lines). His magic allows him to operate even in winters that send most other people hunkering down. Those counting on snow to cover their tracks don't last long against the man who never stops hunting.

Eline Devos is a first class heat Power. Career Navy, she doesn't call any town home, preferring to think of the sea as home. While the specific heat of water makes the Pacific too cold for even most heat Powers to be comfortable for long, as a first class she can dive for up to three hours wetsuit-free in near-ice without discomfort, so long as she doesn't go too deep. As such, she specializes in salvage and rescue missions, which occasionally benefit from the higher dexterity of bare hands. The dangers of the ocean go far beyond the cold (her magic doesn't give her gills, or protect her from jellyfish), so she focuses on her job most of the time. When she does relax, it's the tune of watching black-and-white monster movies with her friends.

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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