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New Poll - Source of Superpowers

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7:08 pm, May 29 2021
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This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. His prompt initially gave the example of different iterations Spider-Man and how each version gives its own explanation to the source of his powers. What's your preference? The 3 sources were sourced from this Wikipedia article.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Opinion on starting you in the middle of an event and then rewinding to show what led up to it?
I don't like it - votes: 862 (32%)
No opinion - votes: 1085 (40.3%)
I like it - votes: 744 (27.6%)
There were 2691 total votes.
The poll ended: May 29th 2021 e

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7:50 pm, May 29 2021
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I choose Magic? Technology power is awesome, and "character's own nature" (mutant, like the one in Jungle Juice?) is also interesting..

But somehow magic is more mysterious, unlike technology-related power. Every fantasy story has different systems of magic. The magic system in Witch's Hat Atelier, The Ancient Magus Bride, Cardcaptor Sakura, or Magi for example--all of them are different to one another, on how the power works and the limitations it has. I think if I got the superpower, I would like to have magic.. Elemental magic, space and time magic, or contract magic with spirits or fae, healing magic, dream magic (like the one in xxxHoLic?), etc would be interesting to be learnt, isn't it?

I like the magic in Ancient Magus Bride since its magic power is tied to the culture of the land, as Elias said. The chant was poetic, and a magi can make contract with a fae to be familiar. Not to mention the existence of various immortals.. It reminds me to The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel novel series by Michael Scott and of course Spiderwick Chronicles.

Would love it if I got magic with the system a mix between the three them: Aura power manifested to either pure power, magic, alchemy, or necromancy. Surrounded by fae and immortals, magic power that was tied to the land's culture and history, contract magic with fae as an option to channel magical energy, elemental magic including the space and time element, etc.

Besides, the thoughts of being able to fly in the air without any help from the machine or being a mutant seems fascinating. 😄

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8:21 pm, May 29 2021
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No opinion. If it's entertaining reading then it doesn't matter.

[Edited after further review of the poll question and reading the poll details on top of this page. Sorry, you missed out on my tangent]

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8:33 pm, May 29 2021
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Nothing is more exciting than magic and its various manifestations. Technology is also cool, especially for combat purposes. But I like the nature of magic and the system of how they work.

I've always liked friendly types like the spells in Harry Potter, so I like the kind of Witch Hat Atelier. Although there are still many examples in other fantasy manga, and doesn't have to have one that uses incantation.

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8:41 pm, May 29 2021
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I went with Character's own nature because I figured that would also include supers who got to where they are through hard work.

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6:43 am, May 30 2021
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Went with mutation, because honestly, I'm much more curious what to do with one ability, what is possible.
A whole system of magic - which you have to learn and which everyone can do - or technology that can break - just doesn't sound as interesting to me personally.

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12:40 pm, May 30 2021
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I chose Character's own nature, since I feel like it's the most interesting.

With technology, it's too limiting. Plus, there's too much that has to be explained about the tech, and I don't need all of that exposition.

With magic, it's the opposite, in that there aren't any limitations. Characters can do essentially whatever they like without limits, and it feels like oftentimes characters can just become overpowered with these type of power systems.

Character's own nature feels like a good middle-ground. Each character is limited by their ability, and it makes for a better struggle in fights. There's also more individuality to character powers, with each character having their own ability instead of everyone relying on the same magic, or the same technology. I find this usually makes for a much more diverse and interesting cast of characters.

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12:48 pm, May 30 2021
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I feel like character's own nature is more convenient, you just have it mmm...

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1:33 pm, May 30 2021
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Character's own nature as that gives insight into that character. A wizard did it is a handwave for everything and anything so even tech is prefered.

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12:28 pm, May 31 2021
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Character's Own Nature
It is much more interesting imo. Has much more Potential than others at the very least.
Magic would be second though. I always loved surreal stuff over some reality based stuff. What is the point of a fictional series to be real.
Tech seems just boring next to the others.

That being said the one I hate most is game mechanics, doesn't matter they use magic or tech or some hacks. I don't like it. Makes me feel further from,both characters and actions.

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8:47 pm, Jun 1 2021
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Technology is not a superpower. I've said it and I will die on this ridiculous hill.

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