Fortressa -- Corrigan Pierce bounced off the glass ceiling in her engineering major, and dropped out of college as a result. Her sturdy, muscular build and plain face mean that many people overlook her, but she cleans up nice. She wears her brown hair in a short, practical cut. Her eyes are green and her skin is olive. She has a history of horrible breakups with boyfriends and has sworn off love. Corrigan is a talented mechanic and super-gizmologist. She has a particular hatred of "boobplate" and "chainmail bikini" armor. She drives a jeep painted in gray camo. If she can convince people to work on a car together, they can talk through and solve almost any other problem in the process.
Origin: Corrigan's natural intelligence gradually built up, with Gizmology manifesting in high school and Super-Gizmology in college. Frustration with the sexism in her field led her to build a suit of Power-Armor and become Fortressa. Periodically she flies out to smash some college, corporation, or individual who has come to her attention due to sexist offenses. Fortressa is not terribly concerned about due process or collateral damage. Her BlackSheep handle is Tintagel_smith.
Uniform: Power-Armor, with a practical gray flightsuit under it.
Qualities: Good (+2) Battlesuit Pilot, Good (+2) Intelligence, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Working on the Car Together
Poor (-2) Unlucky in Love
Powers: Expert (+4) Super-Gizmology, Average (0) Minions
Minions: The Pit Group consists of seven women, all with different skills in science and/or mechanics. Together the Pit Group can repair (but not improve) Fortressa's power-armor. Their leader, Socket, is secretly in love with Fortressa.
Expert (+4) Power-Armor: Expert Invulnerability, Good Energy Beam, Good Flight, Average Sensors, Average Tools & Supplies. It has Hollaback on permanent scroll in the heads-up display.
Motivation: No one breaches my walls.
Socket (Kate Hedison) -- She is a high school graduate with an excellent trade school education as a mechanic. Fortressa enticed her out of a dead-end job at a lube joint to come lead the Pit Group maintaining Fortressa's power-armor. Socket is short and curvy with electric blue hair and gray eyes. She is a lesbian with a strong competence kink on mechanical matters, and she soon fell in love with Fortressa. Given that Fortressa has sworn off love, Socket remains silent about this, merely staying close at hand to do whatever Fortressa needs to make her happier. Her BlackSheep handle is Craftswoman1438.
Qualities: Master (+6) Gizmologist, Expert (+4) Boundary Awareness, Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Loyal, Good (+2) Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Crush on Fortressa
Primer (Rae Lyn Robertson) -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair to her shoulders. She often gets into trouble by overlooking danger signs. Her superpower allows her to stick things together or peel them apart.
Origin: Her father worked in a car factory using the paint sprayers. An accident with the new "washless" paint left him with dermal scars and DNA damage -- the latter of which he didn't realize until his daughter was born with superpowers.
Uniform: Street clothes. She likes bold color combinations such as black and blue.
Qualities: Good (+2) Gunplay, Good (+2) Painter, Good (+2) Persuasive, Good (+2) Sassy
Poor (-2) Risk Assessment
Powers: Average (0) Adhesion
Motivation: To color outside the lines.
A small metal cup that contains a tiny explosive charge that is sensitive to impact. A primer is placed in the base of a shell casing to ignite the powder of the completed cartridge. It is detonated by the striking of a firing pin in the firearm.
-- Gun Dictionary
The first coat of paint applied to a substrate, designed to provide adhesion and corrosion resistance.
-- Automotive Paint Dictionary
Actuator (Bree Miller) -- She has fair skin with extensive freckles, sherry-brown eyes, and straight auburn hair to her shoulders. She loves playing pranks and teasing people about things that go wrong. She is bisexual and has a lot of wild flings, but little interest in long-term relationships. Fortressa has to keep repeating, "Don't bring your one-night-stands back to a secret lair so you can bang them over the battlesuit."
Origin: She learned about engines from her grandfather and grew up working on cars with him. As a tween, an accident with a car battery activated her superpowers.
Uniform: Street clothes. She likes neutral colors.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Mischief, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Working with Engines
Poor (-2) Tempestuous Love Affairs
Powers: Average (0) Electrical Control
Motivation: To make the sparks fly.
Joint (Joan Summerlin) -- She has fair skin, green eyes, and short brown hair often covered with a bandana. Her parents sent her to college in a premed program, but she always had more interest in mechanical hobbies. T-American colleges often offer premed majors and minors that can be customized to suit many different careers such as paramedic, nurse, or veterinarian; although the minors and 2-year programs are more aimed at basic jobs, while the majors and 4-year programs are intended for more advanced professions. Joint didn't stay in college long enough to decide more than "I fucking hate this" and dropped out when Fortressa offered her a job as a mechanic. Since Joint is the only person in the Pit Group with real medical training, however, she still gets stuck as the meat mechanic too.
Origin: Her power grew in slowly during her late teens.
Uniform: Street clothes. She favors earth tones.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) First Aid, Good (+2) Household Skills, Good (+2) Mechanic
Poor (-2) Disappointment to Her Family
Powers: Average (0) Healing
Motivation: To do as much mechanical work as possible, and as little medical work as possible.
Toggle Key (Dedra Helm-Lucas) -- She has sepia skin, black eyes, and short nappy black hair. She is short and muscular. Both ears are pierced, and she usually wears small silver studs. She does not get keloid scars, but is prone to hyperpigmentation. Dedra is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with a departing rank of Senior Airman (E-4). There she became an excellent computer programmer.
After she developed superpowers, the military pressured her to do things that made her uncomfortable, such as testing experimental aircraft, and to extend her term of service. She quit and tried to find work on the civilian side. However, none of the big companies wanted a computer wizard without a college degree, and all her training came through the military. The small ones just wanted to take advantage of her, and Dedra resented being treated as a vending machine. When she met Fortressa at a trade show, another opportunity opened up. Dedra decided that society could go fuck itself, so she joined the Pit Group and became a supervillain. She learned hacking, street fighting, other useful skills. Her cape name Toggle Key, or Tog for short, reflects the dual nature of her abilities: she has a physical combat mode and a computer programming mode.
Origin: During a tour of duty in Iraq, insurgents hit Dedra's unit with a zetetic weapon. Most of the other soldiers were incapacitated for weeks; Dedra developed superpowers.
Uniform: She wears practical clothes, often in camouflage patterns. She likes soft neutrals, muted colors, and earth tones.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Computer Whiz, Good (+2) Air Force Veteran, Good (+2) Gamer, Good (+2) Martial Arts
Poor (-2) I'm Not a Goddamn Vending Machine!
Powers: Good (+2) Super-Intellect, Good (+2) Super-Toughness
Motivation: Equal pay for equal work.
Example: "The Caps Lock toggle key capitalizes letters typed on a keyboard."
A toggle key is used to alternate the input mode of a group of keys on a keyboard. Some examples include Caps Lock, Insert, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock. Caps Lock is the most commonly used toggle key, and capitalizes all letter input when turned on. The Insert key toggles the text entry mode between insert (which inserts characters) and overtype (which overwrites characters). Num Lock makes sure numbers are input from the numeric keypad and Scroll Lock allows the arrow keys to scroll through the contents of a window.
All keyboards include the Caps Lock key and most keyboards include Num Lock. The Insert and Scroll Lock keys are found on many keyboards as well, but they are rarely used an not supported by all operating systems.
Penelope "Penny" Snyder -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long straight red hair. She has a long scar on her left forearm from an accident with scissors. She attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Eastbord, New York with a major in Fashion Design and a minor in Economics. Her BlackSheep handle is Penny_in_stitches.
Origin: Youthful experiments with newly released zetetic fashion dyes involved a watergun fight with several friends. The other girls got sick. Penny got superpowers.
Uniform: When dressed down, she favors dark neutrals and earth tones in urban grunge styles. When dressed up, she likes lighter neutrals and bright or pastel colors, often in patterns, and garments with more feminine flair. After the Infamous Pocket Incident, she always wears something with pockets.
Qualities: Good (+2) Concentration, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Fashion Design Student, Good (+2) Feminist, Good (+2) Outspoken
Poor (-2) Going with the Flow
Powers: Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Motivation: To fix the goddamn problems with women's clothing.
Visual-spatial intelligence is one of the nine intelligences and apt for fashion design.
1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York (top 1% of schools considered)
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944. A member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, FIT is home to more than 9,000 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools. They include the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Art and Design offers a number of fashion programs for aspiring designers of all kinds.
New in 2018, FIT was awarded accreditation of it’s business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and programs. Less than 50% of US higher education institutions with business schools are accredited. Within FIT’s Baker School of Business and technology, programs in Marketing Communications, Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing, Fashion Business Management, Home Products Development, International Trade and Marketing for Fashion Industries, Production Management: Fashion & Related Industries, and Textile Development & Marketing all received accreditation.
Students may choose from multiple degree levels including the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS. In addition, FIT offers one- and two-year options for AAS students and credit and non-credit Certificates. An international option in Florence is on the menu for fashion design students pursuing an AAS degree, and an option in Milan/New York is available for knitwear and sportswear students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree. AAS degree programs for aspiring fashion designers include Accessories Design, Fashion Design, Illustration – Fashion and General Illustration options, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Textile Development and Marketing, and Textile/Surface Design. Baccalaureate (BFA and BS) degree programs include Accessories Design, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design (Children’s Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion, and Sportswear, and Knitwear options), Technical Design, Textile Development and Marketing, and Textile/Surface Design.
Graduate programs for aspiring fashion designers include an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice and credit Certificate programs include CAD for Fashion Design - Art, Draping, Gemology, Haute Couture, Ladies Tailoring, Leather Apparel, Millinery, Patternmaking, and Performance Athletic Footwear. Minors are available in Ethics and Sustainability, and Fashion Studies, and Non-credit Certificates include Computer Essentials for Fashion Design, Fashion Styling, Wardrobe Technician and Costume Design Specialist, and Certified Technical Designer. All FIT Fashion Design students have the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, London, Milan, Nottingham, England, Melbourne, Australia, or Hong Kong. Students also have the opportunity to intern at local, national, or international companies, and all students may participate in the Annual FIT Fashion Show.
FIT offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs in Fashion Design. See eligibility requirementsbefore you apply.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
The AAS curriculum provides training in the techniques of fashion art and apparel design. FIT also offers a two-year International AAS program with one year of study in New York and the other in Florence.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Students can continue their studies and earn a BFA degree. The fifth semester in common is a blended curriculum, which assists you in pursuing and registering for a concentration, based on availability. They are:
• Children's Wear
• Intimate Apparel
• Special Occasion
FIT also offers an International BFA program with one year of study in New York and the other in Milan.
Fashion Design Program
For many people around the world, fashion education means just one thing: FIT. Our Fashion Design program—one of FIT's original degree programs—has been preparing students for success at every level, from haute couture to ready-to-wear to mass market, for 65 years.
The program keeps evolving along with fashion itself, but some FIT traditions are forever: First, our close ties to the industry let us immerse you in what's happening now in this fast-changing field. And our own brand of fashion education nurtures your creativity while providing a rigorous grounding in the practical and technical skills needed for career success, exposing you to the real demands and practices of the fashion world.
You'll learn the fundamentals of professional draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques. You'll master computer-aided design (CAD), and learn how to take a design from concept to finished garment. This singular program guides you to become not only a designer with your own creative vision, but a professional prepared to take your place in this challenging industry.
• Located on New York's Seventh Avenue—also known as Fashion Avenue—FIT has been a part of the fashion industry since 1944.
• Faculty members are seasoned professionals with current experience, opening doors to the industry.
• Top designers serve as critics, helping students create an outfit to present in an on-campus exhibition (AAS) or the annual student runway show, the Future of Fashion (BFA). Critics have included Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, Gemma Kahng, Calvin Klein, and Bob Mackie.
• The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Cotton Incorporated, and Lululemon Athletica are among many sponsors of student competitions that provide opportunity and experience.
• An internship at a leading fashion house gives you experience and valuable connections. Internship sites have included Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, among many others.
In this program, you will:
• connect with industry leaders at guest lectures and industry events, and build a network of valuable contacts.
• find inspiration at The Museum at FIT, where you will study its world-class collection of couture, designer, and historical garments close up.
• have the opportunity to study abroad. Programs include the unique International Fashion Design degree that allows first-year students to begin their studies in Italy.
The Economics minor enables students to acquire a useful understanding of economic concepts and analyses and improves students analytical skills. The minor complements our degree programs in Business and Technology and provides graduates with a competitive edge in the job market. The Economics minor reflects students analytical abilities as well as their commitment to a challenging academic program.
SS 141 Macroeconomics
SS 242 Microeconomics
Choose three courses:
SS 100 Economics for Fashion Creators
SS 201 Contemporary Issues in Economics
SS 345 Fundamentals of Finance for Fashion Industries
SS 394 Global Financial Markets (Honors)
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