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Old 02-11-2019, 12:06 PM
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Try getting a Dragon.
But what if you got a frost dragon by mistake?
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:16 PM
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Dragons are color coded for your convenience.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:43 PM
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:36 PM
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Yeah but some of these dragon breeders spray paint dragons to jack up the price, as fire breathers fetch a higher price. It's a very disreputable market.
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I know we're getting close to the finish line, but I added one more component to my app to help expand on Rylee and The Talking Toaster’s respective identities.

On “Secret Identities”:
Rylee and the Talking Toaster’s respective positions with regards to “secret identities” is somewhat … complicated. To begin with, Rylee has never seen the real reason behind having a secret identity. Of course she’s aware of the standard explanations about protecting loved ones from vengeful villains, but she feels those arguments are kind of hollow.

”Yeh, I git it. Y’all are out there riskin’ yer necks ‘n’ pissin’ people off in the process, but it ain’t exactly like yer the only ones. Y’know who does just about the same thing every day? Cops. Military. First responders. Ya don’t see none them hidin’ behind masks, do ya? For that matter, what about politicians? They spend dang near most their time gettin’ half the population all riled up, an’ their I.D.s are just about as public as they can git.

“Naw, the way I figure, if y’all need to pretend you’re someone else just to do yer job, either ya got the kinda paranoid narcissism that makes ya think yer somehow more special than everyone else so more people are gonna wanna git ya, or else ya got some sorta nihilistic inferiority that makes ya believe ya ain’t good enough to do the job as yer regular self. Either way, that’s some good cause to go see yerself a headshrinker.”


While Rylee claimed that she did not see the point in secret identities, Toaster truly did not understand them. To him, the sole purpose of a name was to create a concise and simplified way of referencing an entity or idea, so that it could more efficiently be recalled in future code or communication. To refer to an entity by a name other than that which described it accurately seemed not only illogical but actually counterproductive. Eventually, Rylee explained it to him as best she could by comparing it to a form of data encryption. Toaster remained skeptical, but determined that further queries on the matter were unlikely to yield the desired results.

Given their respective opinions on the subject, neither Rylee nor the Talking Toaster were particularly interested in assuming secret identities. However, Paladin (being much more of a traditionalist) insisted that it was a fundamental part of the HCP. As such, when he filed for their admission, he chose the names “Quantum” – a reference to the fact that Rylee’s brain functions like a quantum computer – and “Cavalier” – a name having less to do with the android’s features and more with connecting to Paladin himself.

The feasibility of establishing secret identities for the pair was another issue due to the fact that they were recognizable from news accounts of both their escape from the agency’s custody and the subsequent destruction of Howard Taft High School.

Since her powers were entirely mental, there had been no observable manifestation of them during either incident, despite the presence of known supers at both events. Most assumed that all the commotion was due to the giant robot on the scene, and Rylee was nothing more than a civilian. Ultimately, Rylee’s notoriety ended up serving as an unexpected part of her cover. With the tarnish of being seen as a suspect in two separate incidents (even if she was cleared), few would ever believe she could be part of the HCP.

Paladin felt less confident that such an open cover story would work for Toaster, so he went the other direction. Since the android had neither a past life to maintain nor connections to anyone other than Rylee, he had Rylee replace some of Toaster’s exterior panels, gave him a fresh paint job, and simply claimed that “Cavalier” was an entirely different robot. Paladin was so satisfied with the ingenuity of his ruse, however, that he did not always keep the accompanying story consistent. Sometimes he claimed that the robot’s memory had been wiped and reprogrammed. At other times he stated that the “new” robot was reverse engineered from the “old” one. Yet another reason he offered up was that the robot responsible for all the chaos was just a failed prototype designed by the same people who went on to create this newer and obviously superior model.

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Yeah but some of these dragon breeders spray paint dragons to jack up the price, as fire breathers fetch a higher price. It's a very disreputable market.
****, yeah you're right... Okay, be sure to get your Dragon Breeders insurance.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:37 AM
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The premiums are where you really get burned.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:49 AM
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The worst part about trying to send back a wrong dragon is trying to stuff it into the return envelope.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:52 AM
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The premiums are where you really get burned.
And if you go Frost Dragon your Rates will be frozen for a year.
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And if you go Frost Dragon your Rates will be frozen for a year.
God help you if you get an aquatic one.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:55 AM
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God help you if you get an aquatic one.
Yeah, they might liquefy your portfolio. It's a risk.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:16 PM
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Do you think that's surprising? One time I ordered a rare Emerald Dragon Hatchling and what did I receive? A Jade Dragon Hatchling! The horror!
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Well today could be the day chaps. Best of luck.
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