Dinah Alcott is the niece of Brockton Bay's mayor and a powerful precognitive.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Prior to triggering, she led a relatively normal life.[3] Without Coil's interference, she might have just stopped trying to use her power.[4]

Her personality was obscured by her forced drugging and was instead obsessed with her 'candy', her understanding of her addiction.[citation needed] Her relative complacency during the event could have been affected by the fact she knew she might get to come home someday.[5]

After her release, she became focused on humanity's survival in preparation for the End of the World, and was willing to do morally questionable things to increase the number of lives saved.[6]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Parents[edit | edit source]

Presumably healthy and was willing to return to them.

Coil[edit | edit source]

Her captor. Was completely fine with his death.

Taylor Hebert[edit | edit source]

She met her a few times but had only two possibly three conversations of note with her. She was protective towards her, both for being grateful for Taylor's assistance and her role in saving the world.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Dinah is described as a pre-adolescent girl with straight, dark-brown hair.[7] While in Coil's custody she was heavily drugged,[8] and visibly malnourished.[9]

Later, she cut her hair short.[6]

Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

Dinah has the ability to see the likelihood of something occurring in the future, which her power resolves into a percentage chance. She does this by perceiving trillions of possible universes and sorting them into groups based on a single event.

At Coil's insistence, Dinah also demonstrated the ability to pick out a single timeline and interpret it, which was used to see a future where Crawler did not kill her, Coil, and the Travelers. It allowed them to find a situation where they could escape and then employ it.

She can't help but use her power if someone asks her a question, and lying about the answer messes up her power for a while after[10], likely because actions relating to this answer affect the results.

Her power was not absolute,[11] it could be affected by "stoppers" likely Thinkers who have powers that can cause the actions of others to change.[12]

In years after being released her power had grown stronger, allowing for more questions per day.[13]

History[edit | edit source]

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Background[edit | edit source]

Triggered at school. She was not aware of this at the time. Complained of various kinds of headaches for weeks, before going home sick.[3]

Story Start[edit | edit source]

While the Undersiders raided a local Bank Dinah was kidnapped from her home.[3][14]

A newspaper article carried news of her kidnapping but there was no news of a ransom note or similar.[15]

Her existence was revealed to the Undersiders, possibly as a test of loyalty.[16]

Post-Leviathan[edit | edit source]

When looking over the data stolen from the PRT and learning that the Slaughterhouse Nine were in the area Dinah prophesied that Jack Slash would be the one that would trigger the world-ending event.

Was instrumental in saving the personnel at Coil's base when Crawler decided to pay a visit.[17]

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine[edit | edit source]

She set herself up as a rogue, selling answers both for funds and in order to steer the future so that the End of the World would kill fewer people.[6]

After Coil's endgame began she was given to Skitter to return but this turned out to be a ruse. When Coil was killed, she was freed.[18]

The Protectorate later sent along Assault to confirm that she was returned[19]

The Timeskip[edit | edit source]

Found herself in Faultline’s Crew, the exact circumstances are unknown.

Gold Morning[edit | edit source]

She was at the Cauldron meeting with her new team and provided valuable information about how things came about.

Despite willingly trying to assist Khepri, she was not allowed to participate in the Gold Morning. Instead, the goddess returned the note she'd kept, the one that said: "I'm sorry".

Post-Gold Morning[edit | edit source]

Was later brought to the Undersiders meeting, where she participated in a toast to absent comrades and was lied to.[20]

Ward[edit | edit source]

Still in the business and provided a valuable piece of advice for surviving humanity.[21] Was targeted by Teacher, according to him, she has links to anti-parahuman factions and Gary Nieves.[22]

She admittedly opposed Earth Cheit and Shin interventions and attempted to act against Teacher, but was countered by Christine Mathers.[13]

Post-Attack on Teacher[edit | edit source]

Following the Teacher's defeat by The Wardens, terror-attack on mayor Wynn and call to evacuate The City, Nieves brought Dinah to Wardens.[23] Dinah argued that Contessa is untrustworthy.[24] She reported her previous manipulations to The Wardens, but denied examinations by Thinkers and threatened with Palanquin involvement if she was detained. She prophesied several almost imminent catastrophes with mass civilian casualties, all with Contessa overseeing them.[13]

She joined The Wardens' thinker pool,[25] and was present in the Wardens' situation room during the Second Shin Crisis.[26]

The Ice Breaks[edit | edit source]

Dinah continued assisting The Wardens, and was present at the anti-Simurgh rally.[27]

The thinker group she was part of was targeted by The Simurgh during her assault on Wardens Complex, and suffered continuous attacks from compromised individuals.[28] Eventually, some of the thinkers succumbed to Simurgh's song and took Dinah hostage. She was freed by Victoria Dallon and helped her to disable The Mathers Giant.[29][30]

Chapter Appearances[edit | edit source]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Shell 4.1 Mentioned
2. Shell 4.2 Absent
3. Shell 4.3 Absent
4. Shell 4.4 Absent
5. Shell 4.5 Absent
6. Shell 4.6 Absent
x. Interlude 3.5 (Bonus) Absent
7. Shell 4.7 Absent
8. Shell 4.8 Absent
9. Shell 4.9 Absent
10. Shell 4.10 Absent
11. Shell 4.11 Absent
x. Interlude 4 Absent
1. Buzz 7.1 Absent
2. Buzz 7.2 Absent
3. Buzz 7.3 Absent
4. Buzz 7.4 Absent
5. Buzz 7.5 Absent
6. Buzz 7.6 Absent
7. Buzz 7.7 Absent
8. Buzz 7.8 Absent
9. Buzz 7.9 Absent
10. Buzz 7.10 Absent
11. Buzz 7.11 Debut
12. Buzz 7.12 Mentioned
x. Interlude 7 Absent
1. Extermination 8.1 Absent
2. Extermination 8.2 Absent
y. Interlude 8.y Absent
3. Extermination 8.3 Absent
4. Extermination 8.4 Absent
5. Extermination 8.5 Absent
6. Extermination 8.6 Mentioned
7. Extermination 8.7 Absent
8. Extermination 8.8 Mentioned
z. Interlude 8.z Appears
1. Parasite 10.1 Absent
2. Parasite 10.2 Mentioned
3. Parasite 10.3 Absent
4. Parasite 10.4 Absent
5. Parasite 10.5 Absent
6. Parasite 10.6 Appears
x. Interlude 10 Absent
x. Interlude 10.5 Absent
1. Infestation 11.1 Fantasy
2. Infestation 11.2 Absent
3. Infestation 11.3 Absent
4. Infestation 11.4 Absent
5. Infestation 11.5 Absent
6. Infestation 11.6 Absent
7. Infestation 11.7 Absent
8. Infestation 11.8 Absent
a. Interlude 11a Absent
b. Interlude 11b Absent
c. Interlude 11c Absent
d. Interlude 11d Absent
e. Interlude 11e Absent
f. Interlude 11f Appears
g. Interlude 11g Absent
h. Interlude 11h Absent
1. Plague 12.1 Mentioned
2. Plague 12.2 Mentioned
3. Plague 12.3 Mentioned
4. Plague 12.4 Absent
5. Plague 12.5 Mentioned
6. Plague 12.6 Absent
7. Plague 12.7 Absent
8. Plague 12.8 Mentioned
x. Interlude 12 Absent
y. Interlude 12.5 Absent
1. Snare 13.1 Mentioned
2. Snare 13.2 Absent
x. Interlude 13.5 (Donation Bonus) Absent
3. Snare 13.3 Mentioned
4. Snare 13.4 Mentioned
5. Snare 13.5 Absent
6. Snare 13.6 Mentioned
7. Snare 13.7 Absent
8. Snare 13.8 Absent
9. Snare 13.9 Absent
10. Snare 13.10 Mentioned
y. Interlude 13 Absent
1. Prey 14.1 Mentioned
2. Prey 14.2 Absent
3. Prey 14.3 Mentioned
4. Prey 14.4 Absent
5. Prey 14.5 Absent
6. Prey 14.6 Absent
7. Prey 14.7 Absent
8. Prey 14.8 Absent
9. Prey 14.9 Absent
10. Prey 14.10 Absent
11. Prey 14.11 Mentioned
x. Interlude 14.x Absent
y. Interlude 14.y Absent
1. Colony 15.1 Mentioned
x. Interlude 15.x Absent
2. Colony 15.2 Mentioned
3. Colony 15.3 Absent
y. Interlude 15.y Mentioned
4. Colony 15.4 Mentioned
5. Colony 15.5 Mentioned
6. Colony 15.6 Absent
7. Colony 15.7 Absent
z. Interlude 15.z Absent
8. Colony 15.8 Mentioned
9. Colony 15.9 Absent
10. Colony 15.10 Mentioned
i. Interlude 15 Absent

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Identified by the author as the third most powerful precognitive in the Worm setting.[4]
  • Her verbose and formal word choice when addressing others, along with her mature behavior for her age, has led to speculation that Dinah may have some form of High Functioning Autism.syndrome.[citation needed]
  • It was actualy Imp who came up with the name "kid Cassandra",[31] though Tattletale probably deserves credit for popularizing it.[1]

Fanart Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 She went by Kid Cassandra while doing contract work, the Heartbroken said Tattletale coined the name to annoy her. Then she wanted to change it because she’s barely a kid anymore. - Excerpt from From Within 16.2
  2. Cast Page[1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 “Dinah Alcott,” Weld spoke. All eyes turned to the metal-skinned boy.

    “Beg pardon?” Coil asked.

    “Thursday, April fourteenth of this year, Dinah Alcott was kidnapped from her home and has not been seen since. Dinah had missed several weeks of classes with crippling headaches in the months before her disappearance. Investigation found no clear medical causes. Police interviewed her friends. She had confided to them that she thought she could see the future, but doing so hurt her.” - Excerpt from Plague 12.2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Not so much that precogs are rare, but that they’re limited. The future is awfully big.

    Look at Dinah – her ability crippled her early on, and if Coil hadn’t kidnapped her, she might have abandoned it, avoided using it, because it was that hard. As it stands, she has to search the myriad futures to prune away realities until she finds the answers to very specific questions. AND she’s the third most powerful precog in the setting.

    As Coil notes in his interlude (Interlude 8), there’s two major classifications of serial murderer. The controlled one that sticks to rituals and routines, and the unpredictable ones that are hard to catch because you don’t know where they’re going to strike next. The Nine are the latter.

    Add the fact that you can’t exactly stick a police tail on them, and any attempt to get in their way is liable to end up badly, and it can be hard to keep track of them. Figure they’ll retire for weeks at a time (see Aisha’s interlude where they’re kicking back in the apartment) and only really cut loose in areas where there’s chaos, and visibility might be low as well. - Comment by Wildbow on Prey 14.1
  5. Interlude 11f
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Excerpt from Cell 22.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "22.1" defined multiple times with different content
  7. Excerpt from Queen 18.1
  8. - Excerpt from Interlude 11f
  9. “And as for you, little miss, you seem undernourished.”

    “I haven’t had much of an appetite for a while.” (Medical examination describing her condition after being released from Coil's confinement) - Excerpt from Queen 18.1
  10. “Headaches,” Dinah answered, pressing her hands to her head, “It breaks my power. It takes days, sometimes weeks before everything is sorted out and working again. Headaches the entire time, until everything is sorted out, worse headaches if I try to get numbers in the meantime. Have to be careful, can’t muddle things up. Can’t lie about the numbers, can’t look at what happens, or it just becomes chaos. Safer to keep a distance, to make and follow rules. Safer to just ask the questions and let things fall into place.” - Excerpt from Interlude 11f
  11. don’t know. There’s too many capes and too many capes with powers that make it fuzzy, because some powers make it harder and a bunch of those powers together make it impossible. I don’t know what happens to start all of it and I don’t know much of what happens during, but billions are dead afterward.” - Queen 18.1
  12. The other three-quarters of that board were almost entirely clear, but for one index card in the upper-right:

    limits to Dinah ability: can’t see accurately points of interaction with power immune capes, precogs, situ change Thinkers. Limited sight past points of interaction. these are ‘stoppers’

    Hartford: No known stoppers in area.
    Enfield: No known stoppers in area.
    Chicopee: No known stoppers in area.
    Southbridge: No known stoppers in area.
    Boston, Charlestown Area: Yes stoppers, no direct interaction b/w any stoppers and Nine. call to dble check with Still. no interaction
    Toybox: No known stoppers.

    It made a lot of sense. Tracking Jack’s trail of destruction from the point he’d left the city, finding the point where Dinah couldn’t or shouldn’t be able to see, using them to narrow down possibilities. - Excerpt from Imago 21.7
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 From Within 16.3
  14. Never!

    She was having bad headaches and was home from school. Newscaster error. Wildbow comment on RPG.net
  15. We hadn’t made the front page for any of the major papers, the first bit of good news. We made page three of the Bulletin, coming behind a one and a half page story on an Amber Alert and a General Motors advertisement. Part of the reason we hadn’t attracted all that much attention was probably because the bank was hedging about the amount taken. While we had escaped with more than forty thousand dollars, the paper was reporting losses of only twelve. All in all, the story had been more focused on the property damage, most of which was caused by Glory Girl and the Wards, and the fact that the darkness we’d used to cover our escape had stopped all traffic downtown for an hour. I’d been quietly elated by all of that. Anything that downplayed the magnitude of the crime I’d helped commit was a good point in my book. - Excerpt from Shell 4.1
  16. “You’d know if you watched the news,” I told Regent, “If you read the paper. I hate that I have to explain this, when I don’t even want to think about it. She’s the missing kid. Remember our bank robbery? How we were weren’t even front page news because an amber alert took priority? That was her. Dinah Alcott.” - Excerpt from Buzz 7.11
  17. Interlude 11f
  18. Her voice was barely above a whisper as she stared down at the ground between us, “I’ve been waiting for this for so very long.”

    It didn’t sound like an accusation. More the words of someone who had been forced to watch the clock for days, weeks, months. Anticipating a possible moment that might never come.

    “I’m sorry,” I said. “I’m sorry it took so long.” - Excerpt from Monarch 16.13
  19. “You have Coil’s precog in your custody?” Miss Militia asked. “Dinah Alcott?”

    “I took her home,” I said. “Her powers are currently disabled, so resist the urge to go to her and ask her for help with this situation. Everything she’s been through, she deserves some peace.”

    “Assault,” Miss Militia said, “Let’s get some confirmation that at least some of what they said is the truth. Get in touch with the Alcotts.” - Excerpt from Queen 18.3
  20. Interlude: End
  21. The humans who have come through the end of the world with hate in their hearts are taking marching orders from the same young precognitive who predicted the end of the world two years in advance. Well, one order with some advice. We don’t know her aim yet, but she’ll be high up on our list. I want a Contessa of my own. - Excerpt from Interlude 8.y II
  22. “Alcott? She’s been in the anti-parahuman orbit.”

    “We looked in on her. She’s upset. She’s meeting Gary Nieves shortly.” - Excerpt from Interlude 15.z II
  23. From Within 16.1
  24. From Within 16.2
  25. Sundown 17.3
  26. Sundown 17.4
  27. Infrared 19.z
  28. “Be careful going there,” Chastity told Sveta. “Half these guys we caught were heading there like they were given orders. We’ve been holding them off but…” - Excerpt from Last 20.4
  29. Last 20.5
  30. Last 20.6
  31. Imp said. “Weird, but fitting. I’m wondering why you invited the twit, though?”

    “Which twit?”

    “Our kid Cassandra,” Imp said.

    Tattletale blinked once or twice. “Where the fuck are you getting these references from?”

    Imp only allowed herself the smallest giggle, exceedingly pleased with herself. - Excerpt from Interlude: End

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