[LNH][blather] Mutants mutants everywhere...

Saxon Brenton saxonbrenton at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 8 16:51:08 PST 2005

On Tues 8 Nov 2005 Tom Russell <milos_parker at yahoo.com> replied:

>I suppose that depends on one's definition of mutant.  I've always
> assumed that anyone who has some kind of power for which there is no
> explanation/origin would be classified as a mutant, or net.ahuman, or
> what-not.  So a great number of random LNHers might, in fact, be
>mutants of some sort.

Yes, this had occurred to me as well.  Nevertheless, unless I was taking
on that character for a major appearance or story arc I would prefer not
to make sweeping assumptions, no matter how plausible those sweeping
assumptions are.

>On the other hand, it also depends on your definition of powers; so
>many character in the LNH, naturally, have powers that are somewhat,
>well, slight.  Cheesecake Eater Lad, for example, has the ability, as
>we all know, to make any kind of cheesecake.  Does this really
>constitute as a power?  And does that make him a mutant?
>I'd like to think that any of the silly powers that one comes across in
>LNH stories count as powers, even if they seem rather suspect (like the
>ability of Sleeps-With-Anything-Alive-Girl/Lass to... well... sleep
>with anything alive).  In that case, Cheesecake Eater Lad does have
>powers and, unless I'm blanking on an origin story, he is a mutant.

Here is where I'll have to disagree.  I tend to think of origins like being 
mutant, or a mutate ("bitten by a radioactive Origin"), empowered by
gods (or being a god), being an alien, or a robot, or a magic-user as
being independent of power level or inherent ludicrousness of concept.
And some of those powers are so slight that while they may be powers,
they could also be well-honed skills.

All that said, in retrospect I think I was fishing to ask any other Writers
if their newer characters had origns as mutants.  But since then I've
found that Pulls-Paper-Out-Of-Hats Lad fits my intentions pretty well.

Saxon Brenton

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