To start this off let me break down some terms and the frame I use when I build super powers.
- Define Super Power: When I use these words I am referring to an ability that can be defined as extraordinary, supernatural, or unreal.
- The framework:
When I build thing I like to make a frame of reference to work within.
The frame I use in this is simple. What is the Positive of the ability, and what are the Negatives of the ability, or drawbacks.
There is also the Presentation of the ability. Which is how it is presented or used. (Like super strength. Is it in your arms or legs or is it your whole body? Is it only in a special circumstance, or all the time? Etc.)
- Why am I doing this? Well simply put, I believe that every super power, when written, should have a nice clean defined edge to it. It should have what it can do, and then the limitations. This allows the writer and character to work with those limitations to add a sense of reality to something so out of normality. I think it also adds a point of impact when a character defies the limitations and even they can’t understand how they did it. Now that I think about, none of that was simply put. How about I just say “Because I think it will make writing better.”
So we are looking at Teleportation today. I’ll define this with this definition.
Teleportation: (Also, Tele-Transportation) The ability to move your physical body, other physical objects, or entities to another location independent of space and/or time. Continue reading “Building Super Powers: Teleportation”