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Clark Kent / Sυperмαɴ / Kal-El ([personal profile] andaway) wrote in [community profile] maskormenace2016-09-03 12:02 am

video; UN: Superman

[Superman looks honestly just....

Tired. He reaches to rub the bridge of his nose before he speaks, wondering how to even put it into words. Oh, he knows what he wants to say, knows what he wants to do. But it would be unfair to out someone without giving them a chance to work things out in this place, to become a better person.

Except, last time he tried that it ended up with him kidnapped in Crane’s basement.]


If someone from your world appeared here, someone who you knew was capable of really awful things… would you warn people?

Or would you give them a chance to be different in this place?
superposition: (So what difference does it make?)

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[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-03 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
[Qubit knew Superman was back. The guy's sort of hard to miss. But... he was not expecting a question like this. It is relevant in so many ways it hurts. Considering who he believes Superman to be, though, it's a question he's already answered to himself a long time ago. Inaction was just as much a decision as action.

Though he's going for "relaxed" here, his voice is even and measured, his expression neutral and on a short leash. Truth is, he's still not certain how to act around Superman. Intuition is telling him then don't act, he wouldn't fall for it anyway, but somehow it seems to happen without him trying.]


Well. That all depends on a number of things. Is this person likely to reoffend? How bad would it be if he does? Does the potential for a better outcome outweigh the risk of a bad one?

[Answers: 1) I don't know yet. 2) Apocalyptic. 3) Maybe, but the cost is unacceptably high if I'm wrong. But there's a fourth question, saturated with emotion, which always seems to overwhelm all his calculations and logic and risk-assessment.]

... Does he deserve it?
superposition: (But now you know the truth about me)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-03 07:03 am (UTC)(link)
[Qubit takes a long breath, a second to sort his thoughts. A couple of years ago, he could have heard that from Tony and it would have been enough to change his mind. He'd made idealism feasible. But that was then.

There's a few counterexamples he could use here, but only one that they both have ample context for. The question is, Qubit, do you really want to encourage Superman to be less forgiving? - Ah, but you say that as if he's not a grown man capable of making his own moral decisions. And that's just it, you don't know how he'll react.

So let's find out.

Qubit leans toward the camera, loosely folding his hands on the desk. His voice is a little lower asking this.]


Did Jonathan Crane deserve a second chance?
superposition: ((what are we talking about?))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-05 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
[It's an interesting reaction. There's that change in his expression - the example was intensely personal, Qubit knew that. But there's no open vindictiveness, no obvious hatred. It feels genuine. (But then, Tony had always felt genuine.)

Still, Qubit relaxes slightly, and sits back, tenting his fingers.]


Of course not. Obviously, taking no action is no solution at all. Whether or not he intends to behave himself - which, as you've said, you don't see as likely - you'll want to have a contingency in place for when he doesn't. "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst."
superposition: ((crossed arms))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-08 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Me?

[A pause; he seems a little surprised to be asked.]

Depends on the person. I can think of a few for whom I might be able to ... disincentivize a life of crime. [Read: "threaten into behaving." Most of his personal rogues' gallery falls into this category.] For others, I might say nothing, but still watch them like a hawk. [That's you.] And there's one person I would both warn everyone about, and devote all my efforts to capturing preemptively, because I know letting him out of my sight would be disastrous. [That's Modeus. And technically he already did let the guy out of his sight, but that was the Porter's fault, okay...]
superposition: (But no more apologies)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-09 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[Qubit's expression hardens.] He's done plenty. Giving him the chance to repeat his actions here would be tantamount to negligent homicide. [Or suicide, considering he'd be a primary target himself.]

[- but he does realize this sounds hypocritical, a bit. Telling Superman "maybe consider giving him a chance," while at the same time not extending that offer to Modeus. So, to preempt that line of questioning...]

Trust me. Without going into the grisly details - I've seen what's in this man's head. He is the closest thing to categorically evil I've ever witnessed, and that's saying a lot. He has no capacity for remorse whatsoever - he doesn't even care whether or not he gets away with it. The best you can do with a man like that is to put him away, someplace he can't do any more harm.

[i.e. in Qubit's brain. Added bonus: Qubit gets to be a double genius. And that's the only way Modeus can possibly do anything good, as far as he's concerned, by relinquishing his vast brainpower to someone who will use it right. Having said this, though, he softens somewhat.]

Granted, I don't know if the fellow you're talking about is that bad. I rather doubt it. But I'm telling you this to illustrate that... rarely, very rarely, extreme measures are the only ones that work.
superposition: ((walk))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-20 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Right. Qubit lets out a long breath that he almost hadn't noticed he was holding. It had taken all of two seconds for him to start mentally kicking himself, uncertain whether he'd said too much. After all, this is pretty much the first time he's mentioned Modeus to anyone since he got here. Lay too many pieces on the table, and sooner or later someone will start putting them together.

So. yes. let's talk about Lex instead. He's much more comfortable with other people's demons.]


All right. Then warn them.
superposition: ((william hartnell eat your heart out))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-09-27 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[Aww, Supes. It's not that Qubit doesn't like you, it's just...]

You're welcome. Glad I could help.

[He moves like he's going to end the conversation there, but then stops. Afterthought...]

Who is it, incidentally?