lumeria ([personal profile] lumeria) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-04-07 10:23 pm
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a sci-fi au meme

50 years ago, or 75 years ago,or 20 - it's hard to recall such precise numbers in the haze and hardship - the world almost ended. While the timing itself is remembered by few, the event serves as a sharp divide of before the Fall and after. The Fall, in all its terrible and explosive splendor, sent societies spinning on their heads, no matter if its intimate nature are unclear. Once again, humanity has had to claw its way out of the primordial pit, all its achievements sent to ruin in the face of a nuclear flare. What little governmental structure remain amongst the survivors is tyrannical, but astute. When those in charge noticed that offspring of those who hadn't been killed by the Fall were beginning to be born with unique abilities, they chose not to persecute this "new generation." Instead, they jumped at the chance to have a homegrown army to protect the fragile rebirth of man, learning little from the old mistakes.

These gifted individuals fall into two categories: those with psionic powers and abilities used for offense and those who have healing and rejuvenating properties. Apart, these are interesting parlor tricks, with psionics, called Powereds, being about to move items with their minds for a few inches or pick up heavier ones they shouldn't be able to or healers, called Sources, fixing up superficial wounds. The true potential lies in when a Powered and Source are brought together, however. Each Powered has a Source that is their match and vice versa, the lock to their key, right down to the very genetics. When the right pairing made, a Powered can move mountains or create energy weapons beyond compare, a Source can provide near infinite energy to their Powered or even bring living beings back from the brink of death. To belong to either of these groups is a high honor. So high, in fact, that as soon as a child shows promise, they are whisked away by higher authorities to be matched with their lifetime Powered or Sourced and begin their training, where, despite the risks, they will find better living conditions and more resources than they could have ever dreamed of out in the desolate, dying world.

This pair grows up together, becoming dependent on each other. Even if their personalities clash, the pull in their very nature evens things out; it is, after all, a psychic bond that connects Powered and Sourced. Without the presence of their Source, a Powered might find themselves enraged or worried or unsettled. On the other hand, a lonely Source may become listless or despaired. As two is where they find complete harmony, and their unity shows in the combat or espionage skills.

On record, romance between matched pairs is strictly forbidden. Off the books, though, it happens more times than not, with two people growing up together virtually since childhood who are programmed to be co-dependent, and it is highly encouraged by those higher up due to abilities being strengthened through both emotional connection and physical contact. There's no risk in it, in their eyes, only gain as they can terminate a pair quite easily. A Powered is useless without a Source, so the ultimate weapon has a kill-switch...and a useful weakness for blackmail purposes There are always whispers in barracks of someone who's doing a task because their Powered's or Source's life is at stake.

Once battle training is complete, each pair is assigned to an eight-man cell, comprised of four matched pairs like themselves. What these teams do depends upon their skill sets and training levels, with anything from peacekeeping to public relations to assassination being on the dossier. Yet the imperative is for those on front line is clear: protect your Powered or Sourced at all costs, even on the backs of the others on your team.

Without them, you are useless. Without them, there is no place for you in this world.

tl;dr sparknotes this because we want to get to the meme: Sentinels and guides had a baby with YA dystopian lit. After a near extinction level cataclysm, people began to develop abilities that fall into two categories: Powered (sentinel/warrior) and Source (guide/healer). Their true powers are only revealed when they find their one genetically compatible match. A shadow government kidnaps these individuals, puts them into lifebonds, trains them for combat, then sends them out in teams to do all the dirty work. Codependency, mind-bonding, unhealthy love, and bloody murder probably ensue.

  • In the subject line, place your character name, canon, preferences, and whether your character will be a Powered, Source, or either.
  • Reply to others!
  • What will your character be doing? Being a late bloomer and only now meeting their partner? Training? On a mission? Enjoying some rare down time? Comforting their partner? Aftercare after the battle? Getting blackmailed? Climbing to the top of the ladder and infiltrating the government? Realizing their partner's getting a little too bloodthirsty? Falling in love with someone else's Powered or Source - absolute anathema. Facing certain death? It's up to you.
  • Thread.

twelve_not_fourteen: (Episode 4 - Badass)

[ Han Solo ] [ Star Wars ]

[personal profile] twelve_not_fourteen 2017-04-08 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
[ He's a prototypical source ]
morally_cryptic: (Default)

Anakin Skywalker | Star Wars

[personal profile] morally_cryptic 2017-04-08 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
[Almost definitely a Powered but it'd be interesting to see how he might manage being a Source.]
beallandendall: (Your very presence is insulting me)

Peter Pan | OUAT

[personal profile] beallandendall 2017-04-08 01:26 pm (UTC)(link)
[Voice testing. Likely to be Powered.]
shadowkink: (pic#11230020)

Lenny | Legion FX

[personal profile] shadowkink 2017-04-08 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Either, slight preference for Powered. OTA, check journal for warnings & abilities! All up for bloody murder, melting people into floors, disintegrating skulls, condensing skeletons, what have ya. ]
sanfranshiro: ([94])

Hiro Hamada | Big Hero 6

[personal profile] sanfranshiro 2017-04-09 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
[powered, likely, but I can flip to source if needed]
cutepoison: (Default)

Michael Scofield | Prison Break | OTA

[personal profile] cutepoison 2017-04-10 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[More likely to be a Source, but could be powered, I'm open to whatever!]
allforfamily: (concern)

As discussed, more or less

[personal profile] allforfamily 2017-04-11 12:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Lincoln wakes with a start, falling back with a groan, hand on his forehead. He's one of the Powered, but unlike the other members in the barracks he'd been kept deliberately away from his Source. His brother.

As long as he did what he was told the Company would spare his brother's life.

Then his brother went and found him anyway and they were on the run. They couldn't stop the Company from triggering a massive catastrophe, even though they'd tried. But even with their combined powers, it hadn't been enough.

So they run, they hide and do their best to keep their status hidden away.
cutepoison: (Two)

[personal profile] cutepoison 2017-04-11 01:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Despite his efforts, his planning, his blood, sweat and tears through the fight, he and Linc couldn't stop the Company from unleashing their master plan to gain power. Every hitch they threw into the works was just a bump in the road and no matter how hard they tried, it only bought them time. And when all hell broke loose they were caught in the crossfire, left to run and stand on the sidelines to watch as the world destroyed itself and fell into chaos. He and Linc were eventually captured and in a month's time developed powers. They were intended to be trained, brainwashed and used as weapons, but Michael and Linc were stubborn and strong. So they did the one thing they could do to use them.

Kept them apart and threatened the lives of their counterpart to make them comply and remain submissive.

But, Michael, being Michael, wouldn't stand for it. It took him longer than he liked but he figured out a way to escape and took his brother and ran. Lj was out there somewhere, they needed to find him before the Company did. They had to do it all while staying under the radar and not being caught or killed themselves. They had to try and harness their powers and learn to use them and their new bond. If they could do all of this, maybe then they could try to do something to end the war and end the Company for good. To try and save the world.

He and Linc had just barely escaped a horde of Company soldiers by the skin of their teeth and were now hiding, trying to regroup and heal before moving on. They'd found a place to lie low, both sitting, dirty, bloody and tired, listening intently to be sure they wouldn't be found. Michael's grip on Lincoln's hand was white knuckled as he used his powers to heal Linc from the damage he'd taken. But there was a flaw in Michael's abilities. He couldn't heal himself, only Lincoln. For Lincoln he was a power source alone. So while his brother could keep going like a juggernaut, Michael ran on limited resources. Even as a human battery his power would eventually run out, it was a very deep well of energy but if he were tired, sick or wounded, there was only so much Linc could tap into. There was rumor he could even bring someone back from the brink of death, but he hadn't tried it. Hadn't had a chance to. If he could save lives, even at the risk of tapping himself dangerously low to the point he might die in the process, he would save as many lives as he could.

"We need to rest here if we can. Then move again." in this instance they'd managed to grab a backpack full of supplies, but it wouldn't last them more than a few days. They had to keep moving.
allforfamily: (Default)

[personal profile] allforfamily 2017-04-11 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mike," he rests a hand on his brother's wrist. "I'm okay. You gotta stop, you gotta rest." He's still aching and in pain after another Powered had tried to throw him through a wall, but most of the damage has been taken care of by now. Pain Linc can deal with. He can't deal with losing or being separated from his brother. Not again. They'd barely escaped with their lives against the last team, a Powered who tried to throw Linc through walls in order to get him to submit.

Like he ever would. No, Linc simply kept fighting, kept pushing back until he summoned the strength to drop a car on the bastard.

Let his Source try and heal him from that.

But it bought them time to escape and time for Michael to heal him and for them both to catch their breath. Linc takes a moment to sift through the bag they'd managed to grab and fill with scavenged supplies. "This'll last us a little while." A protein bar is pushed into Michael's hand. "Eat, then you sleep. I can keep watch for a while.
cutepoison: (Five)

[personal profile] cutepoison 2017-04-11 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
The same powered had thrown Linc and when Michael tried to attack him, he'd been tossed aside and pinned. He'd suffered a few bumps, bruises and scuffs, but was otherwise okay. He aches all over and is tired as hell, but he'll keep pushing himself till he crashes, and Linc knows that. So when that hand rests on his wrist, Michael will only give his brother a pleading look. He casts his eyes down to where their hands are interlocked and sigh.

"Just a little while longer. I won't be able to sleep till you're back to 100%, then I'll rest. We need you working at full capacity." Just incase they get attacked again. That and it just feels like this is the first time in a long time they weren't running every five minutes. Where he could just sit with his brother and try to rest. To relax. To enjoy being in his presance. It'd been so long since they could just be together in silence. They'd been kept apart for the better part of a month. He just wants to spend time with Lincoln while he's awake, alert, and not running for his life.

He takes the power bar and tears the packaging with his teeth, folding it down with his thumb so he can take a bite. It's not easy one-handed but he refuses to let up or let go of his brother.
allforfamily: (Default)

[personal profile] allforfamily 2017-04-12 01:54 pm (UTC)(link)
And damnit if Linc doesn't cave instantly at that pleading look from his brother. "Okay, but not one second longer." With him restored, they could afford to take the time Michael would need after. He could watch over his brother as he slept, he could shelter him for a little while.

Linc had almost forgotten how good it felt to simply be in the presence of his brother, his Source. Every time they were pulled apart it turned him into a jittery, angry wreck. Michael was his touchstone, what he needed to stay centered and calm. He'd be so lost without him.

Once he's restored, Linc can put an arm around Michael and continue to keep him close. He's missed this so much, missed the moments when it was just the two of them and nothing else mattered. Not the Company, not their plans and not the powers they'd suddenly developed.
cutepoison: (Seven)

[personal profile] cutepoison 2017-04-12 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Michael licks his lower lip, tasting copper as the split breaks open again. He's got a bruise over his cheek and around his eye from where he'd been struck. It's nothing awful, but it stung and was starting to purple and swell a little. He didn't seem to notice it though, too focused on healing his brother to worry about his own aches. It's only once he relinquishes his grip to allow Lincoln to wrap an arm around his shoulders does he hiss softly at how the slightest touch aggravates a bruise. He'll curl in close regardless, resting his cheek on Linc's broad and solid shoulder with a sigh. His eyes grow heavy despite himself and he'll close them, evening out his breathing to rest against his brother.

"A few more days..." he murmurs. "just a few more days.." Until they should be able to get clear of the border. From there it's still a long journey ahead of them, but once they're out of the territory they'll be able to lay low a little easier. This area is controlled by the enemy, it's hard to find refuge.
Edited 2017-04-12 21:23 (UTC)
allforfamily: (smile!)

[personal profile] allforfamily 2017-04-12 10:08 pm (UTC)(link)
It takes all of Linc's resolve not to run his thumb gently across his lip, to kiss away the hurt. But he doesn't, he simply cradles his brother close and run a hand gently along the curve of his spine. "I gotcha Mike. I'm here. I'm right here." They can't afford any distractions when they're running. If they can make it to the border they can find safety. Other Powered and Sources who have escaped. A rebel stronghold, a place where maybe they can make a stand.

"Go to sleep. I've got you."