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Characters: Jenny Thomas, Anna Wallace, Gina Lutz, Kaida Takadai, Jackson Street, Melody Guthrie and Kitty Pryde

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Writing strengths? Quick responses with meat (so not just a few words). Digging into characters motivations a bit.

What are you working on as a writer? Making my posts longer, using different words and really trying to find ways of digging in further to the characters psyche.

What were the biggest influences to your writing? Heinlein, Lucas, Herbert, JMS, Whedon.

Favorite X-men storyline/comic/artist/series? Storyline: Reaching way way back is probably the inital Brood one or the original Dark Phoenix. Single issue comic: Uncanny X-Men 303; it was the first one that I ever picked up. Artists: Oh god, The Kurbert brothers (Andy and Adam); Silvestri; Madureira; Cockrim; Byrne; Lee (I keep telling you all I have problems choosing!). Series: Original New Mutants and Generation X. Uncanny comes in third just because it's the original.

What drew you to BMF? KEL! We had a game together that died and I told her I missed gaming with her so she sent me this site.

What is your favorite aspect of BMF? The community. The fact that people work together to create plots and interconnected characters. That ideas aren't just 'no' but willing to be worked with. And the unique application.

Where would you like to see BMF go in the future? Anywhere it can. More plots. More posts. To grow and get bigger and take over the world...



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 Stacatto Forte, Feb 24 | Tag Joelle
Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Jan 19 2017, 07:40 PM
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Save innocents? Really? Lame. Well, Joelle supposed that she could do that if she had to. Granted, what most people would consider innocent, Joelle would consider up for debate, so they’d just have to see how that would go. The way to stop a bad guy was to be a good guy with a bigger gun, so maybe this was a ‘best defense was a strong offense’ thing? Joelle didn’t know if anyone had a stronger offense than her, after all. Her defense was pretty weak, after all, it was pretty self-centered.

SO what would they do now? That… was a really good question. She wasn’t the big bad X-Man, how was she supposed to know how to take out a zombie horde? Actually… how would they know how to take out a zombie horde? Zombie hordes weren’t real. So… how do you take out hordes of zombies? You hit them with a really big gun, that’s how. “We go that way,” she said, sounding a little cocky as she picked a street. Why did she pick that street? Because of the smar tcar that was sitting right there at the corner. Kinetic fire began to course around Joelle as she charged her blast field, and she charged the car, bracing for impact. “Brad Pitt, eat your heart out,” she muttered as she felt the blast field impact the tiny car and explode into it. That movie had been lame anyway.

The car was blown off the ground, rocketing down the street. Shambling, decomposing bodies burst apart as they were impacted by 1,808 pounds of plastic and metal accelerating through the air much faster than its test specs said it could on ground. Yes, it was a tiny car, but it made a good wrecking ball, and it cleared them a path to work with. “That look like a good start to you?” Joelle asked, trying to act cool, but unable to not notice the shamblers coming closer to them on the side. “Let’s… ah… move.” Her blast field charged again as she started hurrying down the street, focusing her blast field down to its narrowest arc and blasting away a wave of zombies that were immediately in front of them, giving them a good twelve feet of breathing room. There was something satisfying about how the rotting flesh gave way under the force of her blasts up close, sending a fine spray of gore into the air that coated everything down-blast of it. Maybe there was something to say for zombie simulations.
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 Posted: Jan 22 2017, 07:26 PM
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Oh, yes. She expected a big bathtub full of praise from Jax after this simulation. Not only was she taking on Joelle's attitude (one she totally understood), but she wasn't being bitchy AND she was having Joelle flex her powers. Yes, positive reinforcement for Cassi, please.... And Cassi was such a physical person....

Which is why, of course, the first "innocent" would have to look like Jax. Man! She should know better than to day dream of her Bae during a test run set at lethal. This was a test run she'd never won on the ground; you won by going up - but she wasn't going to tell Joelle that. Joelle was leading, and Cassi was following. Thinking on your feet was easier, anyway. Thinking for thinking led to too much thoughts.

Cassi let loose a TK blast that pushed back the horde on the left of them. She knew it was only a matter of time until the horde over took them. She's been eaten by zombies. She really didn't want to again, but you learn by doing, right? She deliberately just used force; no objects. Why? Practice. Sure, she could use a car and sweep the road, but she wanted to practice just the TK blast.

Glancing back, Cassi had to give the danger room credit. They were closed off from behind as another horde turned down the street. There was a horde in front - which Joelle was blasting through nicely - and then there was the horde that was heading towards their first innocent - Jax.

"Well, she's not pulling punches..." Another few zombies were exploded into a wall. "Guy over there. Jax. Telepath. Empath. CAn't do shit against zombies. If you let him die, I'll be really, really put out. I'll put a shield up to give you a few moments...."

She could see Joelle needed to clear him a path, and keep the path clear until he joined the bubble. Would SHE figure that out, thought?
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Jan 28 2017, 02:57 PM
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“Oh come on, putting people we know in a zombie apocalypse?” Joelle asked, looking where she was indicated. Lame. Really freaking lame. Emotional blackmail was always lame, but Cassi was her teacher, so she supposed she had to do what the girl wanted, and that meant saving her virtual boyfriend. Whatever.

“Fine,” Joelle said, in the same tone someone might say ‘lame.’ “Can’t you, like, pick him up, carry him over here?” Sure, the point might be to make Joelle do the work, but she could at least point out the holes in the plot, right? All right, so this was going to be a rescue mission. Fine, whatever, she could pretend to take it seriously. Walking toward the edge of the shield, she rolled her shoulders, cracking her neck as she got ready. “All right. Eat it, you fucking ghouls,” she muttered. She got a running start, her blast field shimmering into being around her, the energy gathering in front of her as she passed through the field. She had thirty seconds to cover as much ground as she could, she knew from experience using the field to protect herself, but what would happen when she actually used it to deflect zombies. Did it matter that they were bigger than volleyballs?

As it turned out, no, it really didn’t. The first Zombie she hit was blasted back only a few feet, but that didn’t quite matter when the rotted tissue holding it together took on more force than it could withstand. For thirty seconds, Joelle was visible for the cloud of gore and body parts being kicked up as she rushed down the street. Her path veered to the side as she darted toward an alley, wanting to have some sort of cover to re-form the shield. She grabbed a bar off the ground, smacking a straggler over the head as it wandered into the alley after her, taking a deep breath as she gathered her power again, focusing a blast into a wide cone as she came to the mouth of the alley to give herself some room to work, then charging forward again, blast field glowing as she made her way toward the apparently helpless X-Man. “Hey. Loverboy. Your girl’s waiting back there to… Ngh!” She paused the speech to blast back a few zombies, “Suck face with you while I do the hard work or something.” And that, she saw, was the problem… The zombies were coming back through the path she’d cleared, and she didn’t want to think about what it would be like to try to hold them off of her and him. The streets were packed, and… and that was it. The streets were packed. They were being corralled in by the buildings, which were all boarded up…

“Look alive,” she said, and blasted the door off the nearest building. She dragged the ‘damsel’ into the building, then started blasting walls out, sending splinters of wood and nails scattering in their paths as she started making her own path through the buildings back to Cassi.
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The voice Cassi replied in was a tad bit tighter than the voice she was using before she saw Jax. She knew the appearance of Jax and Jay in the sims were the room's way of setting her off her game. After all, SEEING Jax, and not being able to feel him? It was...weird. Too weird. The first time it had happened had cost her the sim. And when she had to pick Ryan to free over Jay? She'd had a nightmare that night and apologized to Jay over and over again. Yes, yes, it was a side effect of the deep emotional damage she had, but it was a weakness, and the room knew it, and the room would use it against the other woman. "The room does things like that. It's...unsettling." Yep. That's what she was going to call it. Unsettling to see one of the people she loved tortured or killed. Unsettling.

Blinking, Cassi nodded, drawing her eyes away from Jax. "Yeah, but remember - you're in charge. So..if you're telling to do that, I'll do it. You call the shots. It's a good thought." She was impressed. Of course, as she did that, Joelle would have to keep zombies off of her....even all of Cassi's vaunted raw power could get overwhelmed.

She turned as Joelle charged up, and she looked...impressed by how much carnage Joelle managed. She even gave her an appreciative "Nice!" before hurrying to do what Joelle told her to. Bring Fake Jax (who REALLY wigged her out) over to her.

Of course, then Joelle was changing tactics.

Cassi shielded herself, and used that shield like a bowling bowl. As she came up to zombies, her shield repelled them away at high velocity. The zombies were knocked back, but no where near as gory or as much carnage as when Joelle went through. THAT was pretty sweet - but Cassi was making her way towards Joelle and Jax. The zombies pressed around her; yes, this was on lethal mode, but she wasn't going to let Joelle feel THAT if she didn't need it...besides, blowing up buildings would be fun....so she had to win.

Cassi ducked into an open wall, making sure the shrapnel didn't hit her. She looked at Jax, again - that emptiness of him not being there creepy to the young woman. "That was sweep...blowing up all the zombies....now what?" They were in the building, zombies surrounding them. Cassi put up two force walls to keep the zombies out while Joelle came up with the next step. They'd saved the citizen, who was currently commenting on how useless he was against people with no minds. Now they just had to get out, or defeat the horde...which really, THAT wasn't going to happen.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Feb 16 2017, 06:15 PM
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So she’d saved the ‘damsel’ in distress. Woo. That left them with an extra, apparently useless, person to keep track of while they were pinned in by zombies. That didn’t exactly sound like a great thing, now, did it? But that was what the teacher wanted her to do, so she supposed that was what she was going to do now. Why? Because there wasn’t really anything else to do here, was there? When Cassi asked her what next, she gave her a ‘seriously?’ look. “I don’t fuckin’ know. What’s the point of this, anyway? I thought we were just supposed to blast things until we couldn’t blast anymore, does this have objectives or something?”

Granted, she found herself moving toward the building’s staircase, so she guessed she did have some instinct on the matter. “I don’t know, are we supposed to get out of town? It’s not like these things have brains, they’re not hunting us or anything, they’re just… swarming. They probably don’t remember we’re here now that they don’t see us.” She started climbing up to the roof, figuring that since Cassi was all ‘oh, you’re in charge,’ she’d follow instead of staying behind. She could smash the shit out of zombies, but there were too many for that to really make a difference. Was the computer generating a finite number of them, or was there a number that actually registered as ‘all of them’? She didn’t know, and honestly? She didn’t give a shit enough to find out.

“Let’s just get the fuck out of town, then,” Joelle said. She stood back from the door to the roof, blasting it hard enough to send the securely locked door flying off the frame, then walked up there. There were a few stray zombies that were milling around up there, poor saps that had probably starved to death up there when the zombie plague happened, if there was an actual story to this scene. “They don’t have guns, they aren’t smart enough to really follow things… let’s just get the fuck out of here. You can fly us out of here, right? Do it. Just fly us until we don’t have a zombie swarm under us that can see us, then we’re good, right?” She charged up, blasting the two zombies, sending gore spraying over the edge of the roof, hoping that Cassi obeyed sooner than later. Joelle might be good at wrecking zombies, but her power wasn’t exactly subtle.
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This scenario was one Cassi used when she was really and truly pissed off. It wasn't one that you could win unless you ran off. The zombies were infinite, and they swarmed. Oh, God, they swarmed. Every once in a while, the DR would throw a damsel in to make Cassi pay attention to someone besides herself. If it was feeling particularly sadistic, it was some one Cassi loved. She usually stood at the top and pounded the shit out of zombies until she felt better....but she'd wanted to see what Joelle would do.

Cassi was very much on the defensive, and finding having someone else call the shots was...interesting. In this case? She didn't mind it. With others? yeah..it became a problem. Watching the door, watching Jax, she shot back at Joelle, "Object is to rescue the damsel in distress - Sorry FauxJax - and stay alive....We can blast things, if you want...but we have to stay alive...." She shot Joelle a almost sympathetic look and said, "Yeah. I know. Sucks...but I figured you'd find this more entertaining than more practice with dummies..." Of course, the problem with Joelle and Cassi is that too much of their power was the same....so volleyball was useful, but not that much fun.

She did follow Joelle, and gave her an enthusiastic "Nice!" when she blasted the door open. Okay...Cassi didn't trust this. The DR liked throwing her a curve ball - especially Cassi. It was like it knew her, or something, and that always was...somewhere she didn't hang out and think about much. After all, the idea of a computer program knowing you THAT well? Yeah...scary as fuck let's not go there.

At least it wasn't the AD&D thing. THAT was weird.

Nodding, Cassi said honestly, "Yeah...usually I blast and blast until I get bored. I'm pretty sure there is no end to zombies. Great job figuring high ground...took me a few times to get to that...and then it didn't seem like a challenge. Fly above...blast the shit out of things. And then the DR put in a damsel...so, in theory, we've finished the main objective - and flying should pull us..."

Cassi stopped talking as she heard a voice from nearby. It was not a voice she ever ever wanted to hear again. She muttered under her breath, "Fuck you and the horse you road on...." And yes,it was obvious that she was talking to the computer. In response? The zombies seemed to swarm louder and FauxJax held the door shut, shouting something about time to leave and what the hell was Cassi waiting for.

Staring at the building with which the cries from help were coming from, Cassi explained, "And here is the DR's curve ball. That voice is the biggest....she'd not very pleasant...and apparently we have to get her. From that building across." Yeah, she was going to make sure the fucking DR didn't have Cordelia Frost programmed as a damsel in distress ever again, because if that wasn't Joelle - a student, her boyfriend's little sister, Cassi would eat popcorn, watching her ripped limb from limb.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Mar 5 2017, 02:59 PM
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And now there were more people to rescue. Apparently, they had to rescue unpleasant people, too, which was just fuckin’ great. Joelle would have just said that they should just fly out of here with Cassi’s boy toy, but apparently the girl was determined to do this right, so no dice there. Lame. All right, so how were they going to do this?

The obvious answer was for Cassi to just retrieve the girl through the window, but that was Cassi doing something, not her, so obviously that wasn’t a good use of training time, which meant that probably wasn’t the right solution. All right, so they were faced with possibly a bunch of people they had to rescue (lame), and a bunch of zombies that were about to push through the door onto the roof (lame), and Joelle had effectively trapped them up here (super lame). Yeah, there was probably a fire escape, but how often did those work? Well, she could see the solution to one of the problems, at least. They needed a safe place to stay, so they needed this rooftop to be safe. All right, she’d just have to make it safe. Joelle walked over to the entrance to the stairway, giving Not-Jax an impatient look. “Move it, Loverboy,” she said, cracking her knuckles as she stared down the door. Two blasts, that was what this was going to take. She could do that.

She let the door burst open, then blasted through it, clearing the wave of zombies that had been making its way up to them. Then, aiming lower, she blasted at the stairs themselves, sending the cement falling down into the stairwell and leaving a gap and a steep drop in front of the doorway, cutting off the flow of zombies.

“There,” she said, pushing the door shut again. “You,” she said, pointing to Jax, “Stay here. Read a book or something.” She walked around the perimeter of the roof, checking for any fire escape stairs that might still be in one piece and, finding none, she returned to where Cassi was. “All right. Fly us over there. Let’s save the bitch and get everyone out of here. If she’s too fucking obnoxious we’ll just use her as a distraction while the rest of us get away.” She remembered one of the more… eccentric girls in her class, one of those role playing geeks, saying Joelle was ‘chaotic neutral,’ whatever that meant. This was the sort of decision that Joelle had been talking about when she’d said it, so she supposed it applied here, too.
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