Hmm… Fun, delightfully horrifying idea, but it seems unlikely unless she’s able to manipulate the brain-like functionality of the gems, which seems a bit too subtle for Shatterbird. After all, the bodies of the Gems consist of hard light, not whatever their gem is made of. (Incidentally, I don’t think Shatterbird would be able to […]

…so remember when I was discussing the Crystal Gems versus the Undersiders a while back?

Well, what about the Crystal Gems versus the Slaughterhouse Nine? Or, well… just Shatterbird, honestly.

Amethyst is dead. Just fuckin’ dead, immediately. Shatterbird’s power works on her gem, which is made of the same material as glass, silicon dioxide.

The same goes for Jasper if she’s involved, and it might affect Peridot, Lapis (if she’s involved – I left her out last time) and/or Garnet (but not her components) depending on how purely silicon the materials need to be.

Connie and Steven may have their phones in their pockets, which could cause severe injuries.

Pearl might be able to counter Shatterbird’s sand control somewhat, though I doubt it. Pearl’s sand control seems to be significantly weaker.

But sand isn’t the Gems’ biggest problem (though it absolutely is one for Steven and Connie, who have actual flesh to tear at). It’s that they generally seem to be particularly weak to piercing and slashing damage, and there’s almost nothing Shatterbird does better than piercing damage. Garnet’s future vision would help her dodge, but there’s only so much that can help when you’re a big target.

The Gems’ best bet, unless she’s not involved or has been shattered from the get-go, is Lapis. It’s worth noting that her composition is the most complicated one, as lapis lazuli isn’t a crystal, so if more non-silicon elements being involved reduces the efficiency of Shatterbird’s power, she’s less likely to be shattered than Peridot or Garnet (and Garnet is a special case since we don’t know whether her composition is that of garnet or those of a ruby and a sapphire).

But there are reasons I left Lapis out last time. She’s not a Crystal Gem, just affiliated with them, and she’s hella overpowered as long as she’s in her element. Lapis is on par with Leviathan, maybe even stronger. She’s capable of draining the ocean and making a tower to space out of its water. If she’s involved, survives the initial Shattering, and there’s water around, she can easily sweep away Shatterbird and all her glass.

Basically, what I’m saying is that you don’t even need the rest of the Slaughterhouse Nine here. Unless they have Lapis on board, the Gems are almost certainly fucked.

Hell, Shatterbird could probably take on a whole Homeworld army, since they’re primarily made of Quartzes like Amethyst and Jasper. She’d still have the Rubies to deal with, but that’s not that difficult, especially with the shards of the Quartzes lying around to be weaponized.

Yeah, I’d say Opal>Menja>Mt Lady>Ginormica. Opal has extra powers and limbs as well as experience, Menja is experienced, can shift her size and has extra protection from her power, Mt Lady can size shift and has training as a hero. Ginormica is clearly at a disadvantage here, she has less options tactically since she’s stuck in giant form and she’s basically a civilian with barely any combat experience.

Yeah, this sounds about right.

It’s also worth noting that Menja’s size shifting is more versatile than Mt. Lady’s, since according to the MHA wiki, Mt. Lady only has two sizes she can be: 1.62 m or 20.62 m. Menja can adjust her size gradually, which might come in handy. On the other hand, maybe this means Mt. Lady’s growth/shrinking is much faster, which could be used to hide and then suddenly grow to catch the enemy off-guard.

I’m not sure how much you really touched on the reveal that Taylor fully intends to rebel against Coil once it becomes clear that he’s going back on the deal?

I didn’t really mention it because it didn’t feel like a reveal. We already knew she strongly dislikes him and has been contemplating the idea of saving Dinah by force. All this really does is make it clear that she believes she’s desperate enough to actually try if her current approach doesn’t work.

At this point, after Taylor has gone two Arcs spending every waking hour doing her best to save Dinah, that doesn’t really surprise me.

The biggest problem with it is that going against Coil means potentially breaking up what’s left of “the Undersiders”, since far from all of them are okay with the idea of such a rebellion. Which puts Taylor in a position where she’ll have to make another hard choice: Friends, or Dinah?

As it stands right now, I’m honestly not sure what she’d pick. If she picked Dinah, I think the Undersiders (possibly minus Bitch) would eventually come back together somehow, even if not together together as a team, but that’s a sidenote to the decision itself.

“A bug flew in my eye and got trapped in my eyelid while I was nowhere near any kind of restroom to deal with it
I’m a little traumatised”
From someone’s tumblr post while I was scrolling through your response to asks.

Taaaayloooorrrr!

The Wheel of Time does not have a character named Rose, but the last queen of Manetheren was called Ellisande (Rose of the Sun) by her people.

Nice. It’s a little iffy as far as counting towards the Rose bouquet goes, but it works.

I suppose Rose is just too real a name for the setting. It’s not like you’re likely to run into people named Bob or Peter in the Westlands. Then again, we do have Mat(rim) Cauthon.

“Random 4 AM prediction: At some point there will be a character (if there isn’t one already) whose civilian name is Rose.” Check out Annette Rose Hebert.

(Apparently there were a lot of asks about this.)

Ooh, nice. That totally counts!

“(I’m “Member of the Midnight Crew” in this screenshot.)” – I think you accidentally a word. I’m pretty sure there’s supposed to be an “a” after “I’m” and before “Member”.

Heh. 😛

Well, not when “Member of the Midnight Crew” is a proper noun, a nickname.

But hey, I’m a night owl and a wise bird too. I suppose birds aren’t known for their grammar skills.