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Terrible Side-effects of Useful Powers


Nashan’Elin

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Inspired by the useless uses for useful powers thread, I decided to create this. The goal is to think of some horrible side effect of using a Cosmere power. For instance:

Burning tin right before someone rips a big fart. Ewwwwww

Or:

Tapping pewter and accidentally breaking out of your clothes (in public)

Try thinking of more!

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Why would you break out of your clothes when you burn pewter?

Stormlight intake: being scared by a movie and drawing some in, start glowing.

Fifth Heightening: No more Booze/Drugs (good or bad depending on your POV). Depending on what "toxins" means probably no more anesthesia either.

Elantrian: If you have bad handwriting you can't use magic.
Soother/Rioter: No one ever trusts you again.

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Why would you break out of your clothes when you burn pewter?

Stormlight intake: being scared by a movie and drawing some in, start glowing.

Fifth Heightening: No more Booze/Drugs (good or bad depending on your POV). Depending on what "toxins" means probably no more anesthesia either.

Elantrian: If you have bad handwriting you can't use magic.

Soother/Damper: No one ever trusts you again.

Tap pewter Feruchemically, not burn it Allomantically. I like your ideas!
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Storing Iron (weight): you are walking outside trying to have a conversation and the wind keeps blowing you like 10 feet away. (side thought, you can turn yourself into a Kite!!)

 

Tapping Speed: Try to play a prank on someone by moving them to a different spot, their organs are liquefied by accelerating and decelerating to quickly.

 

Copper: Same thing as smartphones. Everyone is super smart, but only if you are allowed to look it up first.

 

Storing breath: people think you are hyperventilating and try to help you, interrupting your storage.

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Flare pewter, fire a gun

Flare pewter, ring a church bell

Inhale stormlight while playing hide-and-seek

storing iron (feruchemy) on a very windy day

ironpulling a caltrop

ironpulling a flail

ironpulling anything heavy really

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Kaladins brands didn't heal, so maybe if you brand yourself.....

That's because Kaladin see's himself as a slave still.  Good point though, if I identify myself as a cool leather-jacket wearing, cigarette smoking, scar having type, then it won't heal.

 

That raises another question. If you are a long time smoker, and you are fully aware of the state of your lungs, and you all of a sudden get the ability to inhale stormlight, would your lungs heal?

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Kaladins brands didn't heal, so maybe if you brand yourself.....

 

As an aside, they only didn't heal because he considered them to be part of him, instead of a wound.

 

EDIT: Ninja'd

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As an aside, they only didn't heal because he considered them to be part of him, instead of a wound.

 

EDIT: Ninja'd

So stormlight turns you into what you consider yourself?

 

We must never let tumblr get stormlight.......

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No, the healing properties of stormlight are affected by how you see yourself, and how others view you too (but to a lesser extent). For example, Kaladin's brands didn't heal because he sees himself with them, he accepted them, to say. Renarin's vision healed because he began to see himself as a warrior, and warriors don't wear glasses. The others viewing you part comes in to stop you from 'healing' back into a jacked, 6ft 6 man, when you're actually just a skinny 10 year old. 

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That's because Kaladin see's himself as a slave still.  Good point though, if I identify myself as a cool leather-jacket wearing, cigarette smoking, scar having type, then it won't heal.

 

That raises another question. If you are a long time smoker, and you are fully aware of the state of your lungs, and you all of a sudden get the ability to inhale stormlight, would your lungs heal?

 

If you see yourself with ruined lungs, then no, they won't heal. Even worse, but befitting the theme of this thread, if you quit smoking, or get your lungs cleaned by some new medical procedure, magical healing will soil your lungs again.

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If you see yourself with ruined lungs, then no, they won't heal. Even worse, but befitting the theme of this thread, if you quit smoking, or get your lungs cleaned by some new medical procedure, magical healing will soil your lungs again.

That's actually less clear, magical healing might always need to 'heal' in some way, it won't heal things that you don't think are damaged but that doesn't mean it'll re-damage things that healed naturally, Kals mark doesn't start bleeding like it was freshly applied.

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Aluminum and atium.

Bad side effect: no more atium.

Ooh: tap a brassmind and cause your clothes to spontaneously combust.

Tap a compounded brassmind and cause the world to spontaneously combust. :P

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Become a Windrunner; discover you can now fly!; fly good two miles up; look down and discover you have a crippling fear of heights.

Become a Windrunner, discover you can fly, fly a good two miles up, look down and realize you've run out of Stormlight.

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