Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"

This poem came out of the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "texture" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] erulisse, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Fortressa thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

"Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"

[Monday, November 30, 2015]

Fortressa loved her new suit.
It was not quite a battlesuit,
but rather a bodysuit made of
dexflan and krevel that could
turn into light armor at need.

The texture felt terrific -- flexible
where her body needed to bend,
sturdy where she needed support,
and comfortable to wear throughout.
Even the computer was articulated.

"What do you think?" Penny asked.

"I love this thing! It's almost like magic!"
Fortressa said, twirling in place.

"That suit actually has magic
in it," Penny pointed out.

"What? Where?"
Fortressa said,
trying to find it.

"Well, where did you
think the extra matter
came from for the armor?"
Penny said. "The mass transfer
is done entirely with magic."

"No wonder I couldn't make
heads or tails of your notes,"
Fortressa said, shaking her head.

"You don't need to," Penny said.
"All the magic does is hold the mass
in a pocket dimension until you need it.
Then it works just like technology:
you pull the switch and it deploys."

"Oh, okay," Fortressa said.
"I can handle that."

"How does it fit?"
asked Viveka, a friend
of Fortressa's who was
visiting to check out
the new bodysuit.

"It feels fantastic,"
Fortressa said. "I think
it could be modified
to fit your shape."

Viveka's body had
red wolf traits -- a muzzle,
ears, tail, and digitigrade feet --
although her hands were human.
She had a hard time finding
anything that would fit her.

"How did you make this work,
anyway?" Viveka asked.

"Well, it started out with us
critiquing a terrible battlesuit,"
Fortressa said. "Then I invited
Penny to help refine my battlesuit,
and the next thing I knew she was
yakking on BlackSheep with people.
One morning a prototype was just
waiting for me in the garage."

"It really wasn't hard," Penny said.
"All I did was design the bodysuit
and make sure it could accommodate
the magical and technological inserts."

"I'm still amazed," Viveka said, reaching out
to admire the texture. "So can you customize
the design to work around ... all of this?"
She waved at her wolfish body.

"For customization in fashion,
you must get the mix right between
quality, convenience and tech experience,"
Penny said. "Well need to take a lot of
measurements, but I believe we can do it."

"What will it cost?" Viveka said. "I make
good money as a mercenary, but
probably not super-gizmology good."

"Well," Penny said, "have you
ever wanted to be a model?"

* * *


Viveka Björk -- She has tawny skin, amber eyes, and long straight blonde hair. She is part red wolf with a short muzzle, furry ears, a tail, and digitigrade feet. A short coat of reddish fur covers her arms and legs, but part of her face and her upper chest remain mostly bare. She has human hands. Viveka lives in Texas and works as a mercenary. She is not picky about cape politics. Enthusiastic and observant, she is popular as a guard. She works well with a team. Her main challenge is finding clothes or equipment to fit her unusual body.
Origin: Viveka got separated from her Activity Scout troop and holed up in a den to avoid harsh weather. She survived, but after that she began developing red wolf traits.
Uniform: Whatever she can find that will more-or-less stay on her body. She favors dark neutrals or desert colors, especially camouflage.
Qualities: Good (+2) Enthusiastic, Good (+2) Mercenary, Good (+2) Observant, Good (+2) Teamwork, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Nothing Fits
Powers: Good (+2) Red Wolf Traits
She can hear and smell at super level.
Motivation: To do a good job.

See the red wolf habitat range.

* * *

"For customization you must get the mix right between quality, convenience and tech experience."
-- @aubriepagano of @bowanddrape
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