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Lab Notebooks of Dr. Anna Calhoun
Volume 99PR—124
Our Powers Didn’t Appear to Be Working
Hypothesis: Owen was doing something to dampen our powers.
Hypothesis: Something in the room was able to dampen our powers.
Hypothesis: Someone else in the room was dampening our powers.
Action: Return to room, try powers out again. Will need to bring all novas present (Grid, myself, Cara, and Alice) as well as those not present.
Note: Cara was able to perform some healing on my leg. Could be a difference between potentially agressive power and non-threatening power? But Grid couldn’t talk to computers…

Teragen arrived through a portal
Hypothesis: could have been nova power that was unaffected b/c it was non-threatening, and whatever was affecting our powers was targeting threatening action.
Hypothesis: could have been nova power that was unaffected b/c the Teragen themselves were the ones dampening our powers.
Hypothesis: could have been nova power that was unaffected b/c the Teragen were in cooperation with who/whatever was dampening our powers.
Hypothesis: Was not a nova power, but some other technology

Owen broke into four Owens
Hypothesis: Owen’s a nova. Is consistent with behavior of quantum particles.

Owen’s dreams
Hypothesis: Standard psychotic hoo-ha, a jumble of half-remembered Revelation and millenial fears exacerbated by nova eruption.
Note: Owen is in the age range consistent with onset of schizophrenia.
Hypothesis:Owen’s dreams are harbingers of future doom. Feel as if I should say "mwahaha" after that sentence.
Note: Is hogwash.
Note: Novas (Alice, Nico, etc.) do show signs of advanced perception. Owen could be unconciously using nova perception powers to be noting naturally occuring signs (climate change, bird flight patterns, etc.), mixing that with Sunday school bullshit, and manifesting it as dreams.
Note: Is still hogwash.
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From: Dr. Anna Calhoun, PhD <ricochet@projecteden.com>
To: Knuckles <knuckles@projecteden.com>, Alice Anderson <psyche@projecteden.com>, Dr. Cara Whitmore, MD <cherub@projecteden.com>, Niko Kozlov <beguiler@projecteden.com>, Gang Xue <grid@projecteden.com>
Subject: Experimentation

Supression of other nova’s abilities is a heretofore unknown manifestation of nova powers. While there’s no reason to think it’s not possible, let’s make sure that every road is closed before we follow that one. To that end, could we meet later today at Four Seasons, in the room Alice, Grid, Cara, and I were held hostage? Would like to test our abilities in that room to ensure that nothing in the room or about the room was acting against us.

Yes, Knuckles, I will pay for lunch while we are there.

Dr.AC

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Memo from Dr. Anna Calhoun
To: Dr. Brian Willis, PhD.

See what you can find out about Owen Duchon and his mother, Clarice Duchon Do they live in the area? Does Owen have a police record, or was he a good kid? In college? Any recent hospitalizations, history of mental illness, etc? Eruption causes severe headaches…has he been treated for migraines or similar in past year? Where was he when Galatea blew? Seemed like he didn’t know anything about novas. Was he living under a rock?

Don’t mention to Dr. Whitmore or Rosie yet. Will handle that myself.
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Lab Notebooks of Dr. Anna Calhoun
Volume 99PR—125

Well. Rules some things out. All our powers worked perfectly well in the room. Remains possible that there was a contraption of some kind that was emitting – what, an EM field? or similar? that dampened our powers but has since been removed. Cops assure us that room has been treated as a crime scene and that anything coming out of room has been tagged as evidence and taken to the forensics dept. Falling on Occam’s Razor here and going with idea that Owen’s power – or there power of a so far unknown third party – somehow includes the ability to dampen others’.

Our Powers Didn’t Appear to Be Working
Hypothesis: Owen was doing something to dampen our powers.
Hypothesis: Someone else in the room was dampening our powers.
Note: Cara was able to perform some healing on my leg. Could be a difference between potentially agressive power and non-threatening power? But Grid couldn’t talk to computers…

Teragen arrived through a portal
Hypothesis: could have been nova power that was unaffected b/c it was non-threatening, and whatever was affecting our powers was targeting threatening action.
Hypothesis: could have been nova power that was unaffected b/c the Teragen were in cooperation with whoever was dampening our powers.
Note: Owen did not appear to be familiar with the Teragen, or with novas in general. Unlikely that he was faking…unless his powers include deception as well.
Hypothesis: Was not a nova power, but some other technology
Note: There is a nova power for creating portals of this or similar type.
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Lab Notebooks of Dr. Anna Calhoun
Volume 99PR—126

Running computer simulation of quantum entanglement. Results expected in 10-15min.

Still have not forgotten that Grid the Lightweight decided to serenade us w/Greatest Hits of Ace of Base last night. Am attempting to hack his system to play nothing but ABBA.

L = 1/ 4g^2 ƒ Tr F ^ F,

More I reflect on events at gala, angrier I get. Cara is despondent,understandably. Was an evening of several unpleasant shocks for her. She is focused on getting Owen back, but I wonder if that is even possible, much less advisable. Alice is upset that those two assholes were killed, but I can’t bring myself to care. As far as I’m concerned, they damn near deserved it. What were they thinking? I had him. I was talking him down, amazingly enough. Up until that point, no one had really gotten hurt but me. Suspect the two dead jokers were suffering from some acute testosterone poisoning brought on by a combination of having seen too many action movies and being faced with a real possibility that the situation could be resolved with minimal violence by three women. Clearly, this could not stand.

|<Ω,O(→x)O(→y)Ω|

to be honest, though – it’s not like killing those two guys was a point of no return. We all freaked out and then the Teragen showed up, but…one card left unplayed, you know? I keep thinking that maybe he felt like he had no choice but to go with the bad guys. Because he killed two people, and the good guys would lock him up. Should’ve just owned up to it. When I erupted, I killed somebody. Technically speaking. I mean, she came back, but still. Might have swayed him into coming with us if I’d tossed that out there.

Then again, turns out the person I "killed" is his mom, so. Maybe not. Still. Feel like it’s a . . . point of connection? Maybe I’m reaching.

|<Ω,O(→x)O(→y)Ω| ≤exp(−C|→x − →y|)

Am COMPUTER GENIUS! Am in Grid’s system and commencing "Dancing Queen." Heh.
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Sticky Note stuck to elevator entry doors of Anna’s penthouse:

"Ben – Going to fucking kill Grid. It’s everything – radio, computer, EVEN THE FUCKING BLENDER. @ Starbucks if need me."

From inside the penthouse: the sound of every electronic device playing "It’s A Small World"

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Make a note 3xp. Good times.

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