Amelia "Amy" Claire Dallon, Panacea, and later The Red Queen, is a parahuman with the ability to reconfigure biology with a touch. She is the biological daughter of Marquis and was adopted as a child by Carol Dallon and Mark Dallon under the team of New Wave.
Panacea felt a gnawing sense of guilt, as every second she took to herself was a second where she was not helping other people, while at the same time growing to resent her patients.
Like her absent biological father, she held herself to a strong code that governed her behavior and use of her power. She refused to kill using her power or interfere with human minds, even to heal them. Breaking these guiding tenets caused her considerable mental stress.
Amy has bad coping mechanisms and natural inclination of absolute black and white morality. Once her coping fails due to stressful events, like her time with the Slaughterhouse 9, she falls back hard on her black and white thinking and doesn't try to stop herself from doing so. Her line of thinking is rather backwards and rooted in a downright toxic faith, where instead of using logic to reach an appropriate conclusion, she will start from the endpoint she wants and conclusions she worked out in advance and work backwards from there. She is incredible stubborn-minded, and will throw up total unthinking, uncompromising and inflexible resistance when she comes across a flaw or obstacle in her thinking to reach her desired conclusion, instead of correcting her stance. If she believes you are a Villain, she will never change her mind. If she believes she is a Villain, she will decide she might as well be selfish and take what she "needs", before giving herself up and going where bad people go(i.e the Birdcage) to make amends.
Amy felt extremely lonely; her adoptive mother, Carol Dallon, never really wanted her and treated her coldly and suspiciously, while her adoptive father, Mark Dallon, suffered from clinical depression and found it difficult to look after her. The only person who consistently showed her affection was her sister, Victoria Dallon.
She also felt a strong attraction to Victoria. Although she kept this a secret, fearing that it would ruin their relationship, it caused her to feel extreme jealousy towards Victoria's boyfriend Gallant.
During her time in New Wave Amy was terrified of combat and avoided it completely.
As a result of these various sources of stress, Amy was "steadily crumbling" at the start of Worm.
Panacea is an admittedly powerful cape that has already drawn international attention. As such she was targeted by various nefarious organizations.
Amy loves her sister dearly, they grew up together after all. However in a moment of weakness, she changed Victoria's brain chemistry to reciprocate her romantic feelings. She was prevented from correcting her mistake due to her sister's understandable revulsion to the idea.
Her attempts to fix things only making things worse.
When she was placed in the Birdcage, Amy got her first tattoo in remembrance of her crime against Victoria.
She eventually was able to restore Victoria's body, but their relationship was irreparably damaged.
Amy continues being obsessed with Victoria, stating that nothing ever could compare.
Following the Battle at the Bank, she had a deep-seated dislike of Tattletale stemming from her attempts to manipulate her.
Amy did not like her at all, and considered her the sole cause of her life unraveling, to the exclusion of other factors.
It is unknown if they actually trusted each other. Amy ultimately appreciates the fact that Taylor attempted to help her during her breakdown, even if she didn't succeed.
Amy is described as "mousy" with frizzy brown curly hair and freckles from forehead to chin, packed densely enough that there was as much brown freckles as pink skin. Her similarity to the father is very obvious.
As Panacea, Amy wore a robe with a large hood and a scarf that covered the lower half of her face. The robe was alabaster white and had a medic’s red cross on the chest and the back.
Because of the Siberian's tests, she lost several joints of her fingers. She was able to restore them later through unknown means. During her time in the Birdcage, she would acquire several tattoos as mementos to her life before the birdcage. She also had a growth spurt, and Taylor described the result as not attractive, but not unattractive.
Abilities and Powers
Amy is a biokinetic with an innate understanding of, and the ability to modify, the biology of any living organism she touches. This is not limited to humans but encompasses all carbon-based life based on what is seen in the story. For much of her life, Amy primarily restricted her use of the power to healing. She was one of the greatest healers in the world.
She has demonstrated the ability to render parts of a person's body numb and threatened to give Skitter time-delayed obesity or to make everything she ate taste like bile for the remainder of her life.
Her power was too slow to be much use on Leviathan. It took her "some time" to modify tissues for transplant to avoid rejection, and she can't perform any changes without an appropriate supply of material to use; she can't "conjure material out of thin air". Any changes she makes are not immediate, requiring several minutes to do so and which can increase depending on how massive the change. She also cannot work directly with "dead" tissue, such as hair or fur, and presumably corpses.
Amy is capable of modifying brains. For a long time, she had a firm rule against it, fearing what may happen once she crosses this line. Changes she does make are deep and not easily corrected compared to other master effects. According to Amy, any attempt of neural diagnostics also puts her into the state of, at least, partial shared consciousness.
Weaver compared her in power to Contessa, Glaistig Uaine or Labyrinth. She had what Glaistig Uaine called the "shaper" faerie, which she claimed was on a par with her own and the Queen Administrator, and would "clean up after we are all done here, one way or another". Her shard was a bud from Marquis'. She was not related to Bonesaw.
She was capable of modifying life into entirely new organisms:
- Scramble and Relay bugs to interact with Skitter's power.
- A coffin-like "cocoon" filled with clear liquid for an injured Glory Girl.
- Pheromones that attracted stray dogs and cats.
- An airborne plague.
- A contagious parasite that counteracted Bonesaw's own parasite derived miasma-mist effect.
Amelia was born to a woman who had had a onetime tryst with the Marquis of Brockton Bay, her mother found out she was pregnant and raised her daughter from there. After her mother found out she had cancer she checked on the father; deeming him acceptable she sent Amelia to live with the father. She was raised in Brockton Bay from there.
During the Brockton Bay Brigade's battle against Marquis, the Brigade discovered his daughter hiding in the closet. Brandish and Flashbang adopted her to keep her safe from the media and those who would exploit her due to the high chance of her manifesting superpowers. This was requested by Marquis. Amy's first memory may well have been coming to an unfamiliar home with strangers.
Amy was a quiet, unassuming kid without any particular passions. Despite that, as a kid of known superheroes she was welcomed in the circle of elite students. She had not displayed interest to this either.
Panacea triggered two years before the story began, when Glory Girl was injured by a gang, called the Chorus, attacking a mall. She would visit hospitals for two or three hours at a time every evening, curing people. Sometimes she would visit again during the night because she couldn't sleep.
Her power meant she was granted an honorary medical license. She was not able to do as much as she could with her abilities due partially to rules governing the exploitation of minors.
She was called in to heal Lung after he was poisoned by an unidentified Parahuman and Armsmaster claimed credit.
Glory Girl called Panacea in to heal a suspect she had injured in a fight. The two argued about Victoria's use of excessive force, but she eventually acquiesced. She helped her sister interrogate the man.
Amy was present for the Battle at the Bank without her costume; she briefly incapacitated Skitter by interfering with the feedback she received from her bugs. At one point, Tattletale threatened to expose her secrets in front of Glory Girl.
Afterwards, she healed the Wards of any injuries they had and told them of her observations regarding Tattletale's power to help them in future fights.
When Leviathan came to Brockton Bay, she was presumably held back at the secure location such as the Hospital.
She healed a lot of injured parahumans in hospital following Leviathan's attack. One of them was Skitter, the girl who was part of the bank robbing team. Amy messed with her verbally while repairing her injuries and then left her alone despite the scared villains protestations, She was there when the villain turned out to been a "hero".
Weeks later Amy was chosen as Bonesaw's nominee for the Slaughterhouse Nine. She was forced to break a number of her rules, and in her distress, she modified her sister's mind to be attracted to her.
Panacea was hunted by the Siberian who bit off a joint of her finger for each time the beast women caught the healer. After Glory Girl was injured by Crawler, she encased her sister in a biological pod made from stray cats and dogs.
She modified Glory Girl to the point she lost track of what she was supposed to look like. Glory Girl heavily implied that Amy sexually assaulted her while Amy was mutating her. The result was possibly inspired by something she saw during her trigger event.
She voluntarily goes to the Birdcage.
There she met her father and saw Lung again. She attended a meeting with the cell block leaders of the birdcage and shook hands with Glaistig Uaine.
Together, they figured out what was really going on with the Passengers.
During her stay there, she dated Paroxysm.
Panacea was one of the prisoners released from the Birdcage.
Amy made victory possible by modifying Taylor into Khepri. Khepri largely left her alone, although several people were sent to her for healing.
After these events, Amy was reunited with her sister.
Panacea was still assisting The Wardens by overseeing Riley's work, like the maintenance of Ashley's hands. She offered her services against theMachine Army, but was denied by thinkers.
She started meeting with Bianca, planning to leave for Earth Shin.
Amy tried to go to a family reunion that did not go well. When she tried to follow her sister she was almost attacked. In subsequent meeting with Jessica Yamada Amy declined any professional help, suggested that Victoria should be invited back into super-heroics, albeit with a better support, and warned Jessica about her impeding burnout in the most invasive way possible.
Following the advice to stay away from her sister, Amy ended up meeting a new friend.
According to Dot, Amy provided help for other survived goblins.
Amy continued making ill-advised friends, and brought some heat on the Breakthrough.
She was able to easily identify Chris Elman as Lab Rats successor. Chris convinced her to give him an opportunity to act.
Once Goddess was subjected to sudden, but inevitable betrayal, Amy usurped her army of villains and departed with them as the Red Queen of Shin.
Leaders of Earth Shin, while still being extremely wary of parahumans, allowed Red Queen to settle on the Alleghenian Ridge with strict conditions.
Amy used her powers to "fix" ex-villains that followed her to Earth Shin, as well as local warlords, and installed into them loyalty rules related to her and Shin rulers. After that she attempted to heal the victims of capes, which led to several slip-ups, including mutilation of a kid from the new Parahuman Asylum.
Using the situation resulted from power posturing of Shin rulers, Amy forced Victoria into private meeting.
She declined to cure Flashbang of his old brain-injury.
She argued to accept refugees from The City's evacuation, and allowed Chris to proceed with his plan.
Amy negotiated with the Wardens, demanding from them to let her super-weapon through The City. She was manipulated by Victoria Dallon to recall Gibborim Knight and change the method of attack on The Machine Army. Later she is forced by her Shin allies to attack heroes, that attempted to oversee her, but gets reasoned out of it by Victoria again.
Following the breaking of ice and Hunter's rampage Amy felt completely defeated and Flashbang successfully insisted on her returning under Warden's supervision.
Amy was placed in the old Cauldron prison and assigned to Wayne Darnall's care.
Victoria attempted to recruit Amy for disrupting The Cycle, but Amy was believing that nothing good could ever come from her power and confessed to destroying Victoria's clone skin-patch and deciding not to use her power ever again.
Amy was wounded during the fight with The Simurgh.
Amy accepted Victoria's plague from her adoptive parents, despite Marquis' disagreement. She broke her promise not to use power in the process.
Amy lived through winter of 2015-2016 on the outskirts of The City, willingly avoiding Victoria.
On Crystal's suggestion she moved to the European settlement of Gimel and returned to hospital work. With powerful players insuring that she stays there.
- Panacea was the name of the Greek goddess of universal remedy, from which the word and concept "panacea" is derived. The panacea was said to be a substance that cured all diseases and granted eternal life.
- "Red Queen" is reminiscent of an event in the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is referenced in turn by the Red Queen evolutionary hypothesis, which perceives the evolution as primarily competitive race as opposed to an event theory, that prioritizes catastrophism.
- Modern theory combines the two and this is just a scratching the surface.
- Amy and Victoria were considered early on as protagonists for a story called 'Guts and Glory'. The story would have alternated between each of their perspectives on a chapter by chapter basis and covered many of the same events that were covered in Worm.
- She was named Annie in early drafts of Worm, but was changed to Amy prior to the publication of Interlude 2.
- In early drafts of Worm, Amy triggered when Glory Girl was injured by the Slaughterhouse Nine.
- There is a common misconception in the fandom that long-term exposure to Glory Girl's aura influenced Amy into becoming attracted to her sister, based on one of Wildbow's answers in a comment thread. This comment was later edited to clarify any ambiguity regarding the situation, making it clear that Glory Girl was not the one at fault for Amy's incestuous attraction.
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- ↑ “What’s holding you back? You’re capable of so much, of changing the world, of destroying it, but you’re so very small, Amelia Claire Lavere.”
His voice was almost mocking as he said her name.
“That’s not my name.”
“It’s the name you were born with." - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Amy bent down and touched her sister. Glory Girl stirred and sat up. With Amy’s help she stood.
“You’re lying to yourself,” Tattletale said. “And you’re making things worse.”
“Just- I’m just keeping her complacent. I’m okay with it if she doesn’t forgive me for it. Don’t deserve it anyways. I do this, and then I’ll go somewhere I can be useful. Only reason I haven’t made more of myself and my power is because of the rules and regulations about exploiting minors with powers. Either go into government or don’t work at all, and didn’t want to go into government because they would have made me a weapon. And because I needed to be with my family.”
She smiled, but it wasn’t a happy expression. “Burned that bridge. But I’m sixteen now, I can get a job somewhere, start making a real difference with my power.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.6
- ↑ Marquis frowned. “My daughter, she would be… what year is it? 2010?”
“2011,” Lung replied.
“She would be seventeen. - Excerpt from
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 I could only think of one powerful individual who was on a par with the others she’d named. Contessa and Glaistig Uaine were easily twelves or higher on the power-ratings scale, and I could look to others with powers in that neighborhood to figure out who she was referring to. Panacea, Labyrinth… - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Amy took hold of the hand. Elizabeth Bagley’s biology, top to bottom, even vague brain structure, cell life, the cultures in her gut, all flooded into Amy’s awareness. - Excerpt from From Within 16.z
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Interlude 3
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Star
"Upright: Hope, spirituality, renewal, serenity
Reversed: Lack of faith, despair, discouragement"
Panacea is hope, but for others, not herself. She is renewal, spirituality, and serenity when she finally does find herself, reinventing herself within the Birdcage. Her crisis is one of a lack of faith/uncertainty in her abilities, falling into the depths of despair, and hopelessness. - Major Arcana, bolded addition by Wildbow.
- ↑ “You’re your father’s daughter. Both of you are bound up in rules you’ve imposed on yourselves. His rules defined his demeanor, the boundaries he worked within, the goals he sought to achieve and how he achieved them. They were his armor as much as his power was. I would guess your rules are your weakness. Rather than focus you, they leave you in free fall, nothing to grasp on to except your sister there, and we both know how that has turned out.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ Wildbow comment, Archived on Spacebattles
- ↑ Wildbow on RPG.net
- ↑ Amy perhaps most of all. She’d never been a fighter. She’d hated the idea of appearing on the battlefield. - Excerpt from Sundown 17.8
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Wildbow on Spacebattles
- ↑ “But I got them anyways, and I got international attention over it. The healer. The girl who could cure cancer with a touch, make someone ten years younger, regrow lost limbs. - Excerpt from Interlude 3
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 “I can find someone else to fix it. Or maybe, at the very least, I can show some fucking self-control and realize it’s my sister I’m having those feelings about.”
“You can’t. I- Oh fuck. You’re underestimating what I did. Please. If you never ever give me anything else, if you never talk to me or look at me again, just let me fix this.” - Interlude 11h
- ↑ Amy gets a tattoo so she has a reminder of Victoria and the crime Amy committed against her, without having to dwell so heavily on it. - Comment by Wildbow regarding Story Arc
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 I watched the individual members of the swarm touch ground. The girl with healing powers had been placed deliberately next to a living pool of flesh with multiple heads of golden hair. The healer’s hands were covering her face, but she didn’t step away.
Her hands slowly lowered, and she laid her eyes on the monster, which was actively, ineffectually reaching out for her. - Excerpt from Speck 30.7
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Interlude 16.y II
- ↑ “You sound like Tattletale. That’s not a compliment.”
“My ability to read people is learned, not given, I assure you.
I suspect you’ve never been around someone who actually paid attention to you.”
“Tattletale did. And Skitter.”
I startled at that.
“I meant on a long-term basis, but let’s talk about that. I imagine they were telling you ‘No, you aren’t. You can be good.'”
“Yeah.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ Cockroaches 28.3
- ↑ She saw a face that had looked in through a window earlier. Freckles from forehead to chin, densely packed to the point there was as much brown as pink. Hair in brown curls with less frizz than Hunter - Excerpt from Radiation 18.z
- ↑ ...it was Marquis, and I saw how similar he was to Amy. In hair type and even the way the hair fell across their shoulders, in face shape, and the cast of eye and nose. - Excerpt from Breaking 14.6
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Interlude 2
- ↑ “No, I’m not okay.” Her head trembled a little as she turned to glance at the others. She returned her attention to me. “She bit off my fingers.”
"My fingers,” she moaned, as she looked at her hand. “I ran as fast as I could, but it wasn’t fast enough. She kept catching me.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.3
- ↑ Tattooed hands, with two fingers left untatooed, replacements for what she’d apparently lost in her fight against the Slaughterhouse Nine.
I wondered if there was a meaning there. She’d tattooed blood onto her hands, either consciously or not, but that little addition was like a ‘but not here, not with this excuse’. - Excerpt from Breaking 14.6
- ↑ I can’t do anything for the people with more serious brain lesions unless I attend to them directly. There’s other healers out there, I know they’re not as good, but maybe they can do something to fix that. - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ Comment on Extermination 8.4
- ↑ She can regrow missing body parts. She can't conjure material out of thin air, however. Even donor material is tricky because the body is liable to reject it unless she invests the time to alter it on a deep level. This is time she wasn't able or willing to spare when Armsmaster was in custody.
Atlas was made from an abundance of raw material. One key hurdle that they didn't have to cross. - Wildbow on RPG.net
- ↑ “Can you grow us wings?” Trickster asked, in a wry tone.
“I can’t generate flesh from nothing, and it’s slow to convert something into a part your body won’t reject.” - Prey 14.3
- ↑ Her power didn’t work past hair, fur, and body hair. - Excerpt from Interlude 16.y II
- ↑ “You don’t understand. I can’t cure brain damage.”
My heart fell.
“I- my- the last time I did it, the last time I broke my rules, everything fell apart. You’re asking me to do the exact same thing Jack was. To break my rules again.”
"They’re just rules.” Where was Jack?
“They’re the only thing holding me together.”
He’s getting away. This stupid girl. “You were willing to die if he took you hostage. I’m asking you to sacrifice yourself in a lesser way. Fall apart if you have to. But undo what Bonesaw’s started.”
“This is worse than dying,” she said, her voice quiet. - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ “I checked you. I got a read of your system. Um. That includes the neural connections- [...] I get it now,” she said. “How you’re disgusted by me, how you feel betrayed, the hate, the pain. Crystal clear now. I felt it, realized what it was and that it was all real, and I pulled my hand away like it was a hot stove. I did use my power, but it was like pulling my hand off a hot stove.” - Excerpt from Breaking 14.9
- ↑ "There are others who stand shoulder to shoulder with us, but queen is the wrong word, Administrator. The champion, the high priest, the observer, the shaper, the demesnes-keeper
The shaper and demesnes-keeper clean up after we are all done here, one way or another. So it goes." - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Wildbow: Amy's power is related to Marquis'
Wildbow: Just broader
Wildbow: Minus the limitations that were put on the Shaper shard - Wildbow on IRC, archived on Spacebattles
- ↑ "Is Panacea's shard a bud shard from Marquis or is she a first generation cape?"
Yes. - Wildbow on Spacebattles
- ↑ *Marquis got the power that fit best at the time of his trigger. Panacea was more of a slow play in the midst of a promising situation. - Wildbow on Reddit
- ↑ I’ve mentioned that I went through a lot of drafts before settling on Taylor’s story. One of the drafts was ‘Guts and Glory’, and that’s the same point in time I came up with the Slaughterhouse Nine and Bonesaw (by a different name, same concept). There was involvement between ‘Bonesaw’ and Panacea, and I’m thinking that’s something I’ll want to touch on at some point. - Comment on Interlude 10.5
- ↑ Agitation 3.11
- ↑ Agitation 3.12
- ↑ Prey 14.3
- ↑ Cockroaches 28.3
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 41.2 Prey 14.10
- ↑ “I used pheromones to lure stray cats, dogs and rats to us, then I knit them together. Victoria didn’t have enough body fat to stay warm, and she was wearing out faster than I could get her nutrition.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ “I’ve been turning every microbe that touches my skin into an airborne plague, Jack,” Panacea spoke, her voice low. “You should be dead now.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
- ↑ Marquis[...] hooked up with a groupie that had freckles, then they parted ways. A while before canon, said groupie finds out she has cancer, goes to Brockton Bay to find Marquis, and after verifying that he's not an utter monster and he has resources to take care of her kid, gives him custody. Panacea was not born in Brockton Bay. - Wildbow on reddit
- ↑ 45.0 45.1 Interlude 15.x
- ↑ Amy had been the odd one in more than I had. Purely average in appearance, quiet, she hadn’t been passionate about hobbies or about anything in particular. She’d liked movies from Aleph and when she was twelve she’d break her usual reserved, quiet composure to get way too excited if she checked the change slot of a vending machine or pay phone and found a quarter. And yet when we got to high school, she was automatically included in the group of popular students. - Gleaming 9.2
- ↑ Do you understand what it means, to cure some of these people? I feel like every second I take to myself is a second I’ve failed somehow. For two years, it’s been this… pressure. - Interlude 3
- ↑ Interlude 2
- ↑ Interlude 10.5
- ↑ Extermination 8.6
- ↑ Like a flame at the end of a long fuse, leading to a stick of dynamite, her power traveled from the side of Victoria’s neck to her brain. It was barely a conscious action on Amy’s part.
“Anything stupid. Like what? What did you do?”
Amy’s voice was a croak as she replied, “…make it so you would reciprocate my feelings.” - Excerpt from Interlude 11h
- ↑ “I mean, it’s obvious that that kind of side of me is going to be bigger and more pronounced in comparison. You took all the parts of me you liked and mashed it all together into a big pile of lovey-dovey ‘Vicky’ you could cuddle with, kiss, use-”
She shook her head, violent. - Excerpt from Breaking 14.9
- ↑ Funny how parallels appear. Almost as if Panacea had been recreating something from something she saw in a trigger event. - Comment on Speck 30.5
- ↑ Wildbow on RPG.net
- ↑ Extinction 27.3
- ↑ Others… who was I leaving behind?
There was a group still in the settlement. They hadn’t all moved through the portal. I reached for their names. Right. Tattletale. Rachel. Imp. Panacea. I’d taken the others, collected the wounded. - Excerpt fromSpeck 30.5
- ↑ Eclipse x.4
- ↑ - Excerpt from Daybreak 1.7
- ↑ Interlude 3 II
- ↑ “My Red Queen has fixed a few of my kind. Big ones, weird ones. She could fix you. She can make you just as wonderful in shape and strong enough you don’t need the body.” - Excerpt from Gleaming 9.8
- ↑ Interlude 10.y II
- ↑ “I am,” Seir said. “Shin set their own rules and imperatives, remember? You struck your deal with them, you gave us the rules they dictated. We can do whatever’s necessary to protect Shin. Including if we think a mass murdering little shit like him might pull something.” - Excerpt from Sundown 17.8
- ↑ Amy shook her head.”We’ve taken one hundred and fifty dangerous parahumans who, believe me, could have gone to the Birdcage, and we rehabilitated them. Addictions removed, impulses tweaked, emotional balances adjusted.”
“I checked over all of the prisoners from the prison on your Earth and the leftover parahuman warlords from here. Put things in place, mental checks, emotional controls, whatever they needed. Chris handled information gathering, interviews, collected a handful he thought would be useful to keep around as…”
“Lieutenants?” I asked.
I saw Chris shrug.
After I was done with the capes I started on other people. Victims of capes. People like, um, like the people at the Parahuman Asylum. There’s a facility in your Earth’s Europe. Not really like the Asylum, more like a big farm, where they do their best to get everyone set up to contribute to society and give them therapy, medical care, and anything else they need. For some it’s just somewhere warm and clean with animals to cuddle.
“Her- oh,” she said. “Hunter.” - Excerpt from Breaking 14.6
- ↑ Breaking 14.9
- ↑ From Within 16.12
- ↑ Sundown 17.5
- ↑ Sundown 17.8
- ↑ Radiation 18.1
- ↑ Infrared 19.10
- ↑ Last 20.10
- ↑ Last 20.e6
- ↑ “No. Amy Dallon is gone, for good. [...] Off to a hospital on the other side of the ocean. It’s not a quick trip, either. She won’t be coming back. She didn’t have anything here. Even her goblin was fed up with her.”
Tattletale’s voice was quiet. “She’s not coming back because there are people who don’t want to let her. Shin just dealt with their Giant Goddess problem, they wanted assurances from your leadership that they didn’t have to worry about her. I helped secure the guarantee. The Wardens got the cooperation from the hospital and the heroes over there.” - Excerpt from Last 20.end
- ↑ Some names have changed since. I recall that Amy would have been Annie if I hadn’t changed my mind a few minutes before Interlude 2 went live, in Worm. The nature of the story would have involved a stronger relationship between Amy/Annie and Brett/Gallant, her finding her way, and ultimately led up to her incarceration. It was too dark, though, and there wasn’t anything to salvage it. All those people who talked about what would happen if Amy had gone to the wrong prison? The other drafts (which are unfortunately handwritten) went into that, and it was ugly, with her basically going full-on Class-S threat. - Wildbow in Snippets: Before Worm
- ↑ Mrmdubois: Right, so the power kicked in when Glory Girl and Panacea where hitting or had just hit puberty. Panacea is introverted and would have spent most of her hangout time with Glory Girl anyways meaning she’d be getting blasted with this power…pretty often going by the way Glory Girl used it on her with no compunction during the assault/repair on the skinhead. Chuck in the changes in biology from growing up and awakening sexuality and it seems pretty likely to me that this was going to go weird places right off the bat
Wildbow: I wondered if anyone would pay any attention to that.- Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 21.y
- ↑ Edited to clarify: But no, none.
It was never my intention to have this comment read as a confirmation of the theory. It’s probably my most regrettable comment, made in the adrenaline rush after writing a rather difficult chapter I’d looked forward to releasing, after 7 straight days of releasing chapters in my most intensive writing binge to date (as of then). I was pleased that someone was actively considering power interactions and I made this comment I thought (and frankly still feel) was vague. In the years since, many, many people have taken it as rock solid confirmation that Victoria was at fault for what happened. I wouldn’t give that kind of confirmation to begin with and put off clarifying the inverse for the same reason, but it remains pretty clear that it’s having a pretty damaging effect on the fandom so I’ve edited it to better reflect my original mindset. - Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 21.y