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So at the end of Calamity, David's dad says the steel transfersion powers were a lot more usable than David thought. Any thoughts how?

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So at the end of Calamity, David's dad says the steel transfersion powers were a lot more usable than David thought. Any thoughts how?

Make cover, make items/elements your opponent was using unusable by transforming them, keep structures from collapsing by by exploiting the part of the power that makes things grow together when covering them, help people with drowning by turning the water into a boat (assuming training can reach that much control). Lots of stuff you can get creative with, really.

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So at the end of Calamity, David's dad says the steel transfersion powers were a lot more usable than David thought. Any thoughts how?

 

With Brandon Sanderson writing the powers?  Sky's the limit.

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Make cover, make items/elements your opponent was using unusable by transforming them, keep structures from collapsing by by exploiting the part of the power that makes things grow together when covering them, help people with drowning by turning the water into a boat (assuming training can reach that much control). Lots of stuff you can get creative with, really.

It'd honestly be about as useful for impromptu plans as Prof's tensor shockwaves.

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You could theoretically make just about anything a weapon (not that a super hero would want to do that necessarily) but take for example a sheet of paper. Turn it to steel, and now with your increased strength, you can throw that thing like a blade of death. 

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Well, I feel the main reason Blain knows more uses for it than we as readers would is because Blain was hero!Steelheart, while David only knew of it being used by evil!Steelheart. Evil!Steelheart doesn't really need the power for cover, to disable mechanical devices like guns, or for weaponry; he has energy blasts and is literally invincible. After transmuting the city and underground he was probably done for the most part.

Steel transmutation is more useful if you're working with other people and aren't a self-centered jerk. So David's dad has had ample opportunity to experiment. It's actually pretty useful as we've already concluded by now, but not so much for the epic himself.

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You could theoretically make just about anything a weapon (not that a super hero would want to do that necessarily) but take for example a sheet of paper. Turn it to steel, and now with your increased strength, you can throw that thing like a blade of death. 

 

Flying death frisbee!

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It'd honestly be about as useful for impromptu plans as Prof's tensor shockwaves.

 

Really it's the opposite of Prof's power, and that's significant because Prof starts off using the tensor power in small and tactical ways but in Calamity is using it in the same way that Steelheart used his steel power - enormous blasts. Reverse that and the steel power is also something that can be used in small and clever ways if the Epic is so inclined.

 

I imagine it would be very useful in plans that require specific items, since you could make them or components of them out of any soft material and then transform it into steel.

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Really it's the opposite of Prof's power, and that's significant because Prof starts off using the tensor power in small and tactical ways but in Calamity is using it in the same way that Steelheart used his steel power - enormous blasts. Reverse that and the steel power is also something that can be used in small and clever ways if the Epic is so inclined.

 

I imagine it would be very useful in plans that require specific items, since you could make them or components of them out of any soft material and then transform it into steel.

 

Sufficient control and you might be able to transfuse air into Steel.

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Also, steel is perfect in combination with tensors. Need to come through a wall out of rubber (there must be epics who can create those), or, let's say, a dome of swirling water? Turn it into steel and let Prof/ Tavi drill. 

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On April 14, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Pathfinder said:

You could theoretically make just about anything a weapon (not that a super hero would want to do that necessarily) but take for example a sheet of paper. Turn it to steel, and now with your increased strength, you can throw that thing like a blade of death. 

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "paper cut"

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