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Somehow perceive the world while blind Your eyes detect light by absorbing it in ways that generate detectable signals your visual cortex then assembles into your view of the world. Being invisible means not absorbing ambient light, or interfering with it in any detectable way. So while invisible, your person is blind. If they're not blind, they're not ...


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Aside from just bending the light around a subject, bending light along other paths is also useful. 1) Bend light from one place to another to cover over something. This is sort of like the clone stamp in photo-shop or paint.net. Example: An invisible person standing in the grass, dirt, or water displaces the surface with a dent in the shape of their ...


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"it takes physical effort to gather water big enough for wave-like attacks" This I suppose makes a big problem. So for starters is the ratio 1:1 as in like literary carrying the water yourself or is it completely magical, like your mana decides it, or is something in between where mana + the actual weight of the water matter? Because if the required ...


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'Realistic'-wise this might require some rethinking. Take the example of the person driving a car. The talent can decide whether the car is invisible, the person inside it...what about their clothes? Do they have to specify for every single object in the car, and what counts as an object (is a bottle of water one object, or does it comprise bottle, bottle ...


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A Somebody Else's Problem Field. Being invisible is definitely really cool. You can go do anything you want, whenever you want, without anybody being able to mess with you. At least as long as you don't have invisible eyelids, that is; then you become your own problem. However, invisibility does have one problem: no matter how good it is, the Observer ...


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Light wavelengths double as they enter my eyes. Visible light becomes infrared, UVA becomes red, UVC becomes blue. What does the world look like to me? You won't be seeing that much. The transmission spectrum of our atmosphere has several hills and valleys. Our window of 380-740 nm will become for your eyes 190-370 nm. As you can see from the ...


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The only known way to send an electrical attack through the air in any controlled way is with an electro laser. Basically, this means you creature has hand organs that can create very brief but powerful laser at its victim to create an ion bridge to conduct the electricity through. For this to work, the ionization has to be more conductive than the ...


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Gibbs' free energy is the amount of reversible energy that an isobaric and isothermic system can perform through the exerting of work. Since such a processes would not be reversible, isobaric or isothermic, using Gibbs' free energy in this calculation would be meaningless. Gibbs' free energy is not restricted to just chemical reactions, for example it has ...


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Realistically speaking, the ability to influence the trajectory of individual photons would not yield the kind of results you are wanting, at least not consistently. Even worse, the exercise of trying to marry a power like this to reality is, practically speaking, almost impossible. Bending light around an object so that it was invisible would mean that ...


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Yes If you can control every insect within a two mile radius, and you add in arachnids into the equation, then you can make spider silk 'armor'. If the MC is a fashion designer by day, then they shouldn't even need to have the insects do anything so complex as to make 3D shapes - just the spider silk would be fine and then said designer could turn it into ...


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Look up "water jet cutting". You can cut steel, glass, rock, all kinds of stuff... with water! This is much more effective with abrasives added to the water (sand, garnets, etc). I read a superhero book a few years ago where one of the characters had almost complete control over his body. One of his techniques was basically a blood chainsaw/whip thing ...


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Your person's power can be broadly defined as hydrokinesis, given that its core action is to manipulate water. Now there are two questions here and I will strive to answer them in order: Required Secondary Powers Disclaimer: The link is to TV Tropes. Abandon time all ye who click there. Water Sense This might seem like an odd secondary power but ...


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Not sure why you'd want to go to that much trouble, but in theory yes, so long as you are able to specify the garment in great detail (spiders have little experience in the garment field). You'd end up with something similar to a Kevlar (or similar) vest you can buy of the internet, which is not exactly a superpower. You will definitely need ceramic plates ...


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Light manipulation and some level of mind control. Initially, the ability to bend light seemed enough. Just with that, you'd already be able to turn yourself and anything else invisible, potentially create a heat beam (concentrate a lot of infrared light on a single point), see better in the dark (force light to keep going back into your eyeballs, thus ...


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To directly answer the question, no you cannot use the Gibbs free energy equation to meaningfully do this calculation because it is not primarily a chemical reaction. Converting some super compressed form of matter into ordinary matter would involve some form of unknown physics that allowed the electromagnetic force and the strong nuclear force to be ...


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Okay, putting aside the inevitability of a human steak, here we go: The concept: To heat her up rapidly, she could burn oil stores in her body the transfer energy into her blood. Oil has the benefit of being made from biological materials, and with the advent of biodiesel and specialized bacteria, the oil could conceivably be created within her body in a ...


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Mass creation and manipulation, as well as some degree of light manipulation. The saddest (or best for the victim) part about this cool concept is that shadows have no mass. Shadows, as well as penumbra, are simply the effect of reduced or absent light. In this case, the Control of the shadows is nothing but an intricate game of mass manipulation and light ...


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You don't define exactly what's happening at Mach 50. Let's say that his maximum running speed is Mach 50, and see where that gets us. That gives him a maximum speed of 50 * 340 = about 17,000 metres per second. A really good sprinter can do 100 metres in 10 seconds, or 10 metres per second. So he's going about 1,700 times faster than a normal human, at a ...


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TL;DR It's a superpower; you decide! Poisons are a general term for a range of substances that are harmful to living creatures. Every poison can attack the body in different ways; but I think, for the sake of your plot, you should differentiate between things that harm through specific chemical pathways, disrupting the body's processes (i.e. a classic ...


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Handy sunshade, so you will never get sunburn. Also, total protection from lasers and other light-based weaponry. By turning shadows on and off you can create a strobe effect, which can be useful as a weapon. Control of darkness implies an ability to derail , jam or spoof any fiber-optical communication system. It can also be used to trigger or jam ...


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Useful side powers Something that allowed them to stay aware of their surroundings. Sonar? Perhaps they can see some part of the spectrum normal people can't, or can shift light into the visible spectrum from other wavelengths. X ray vision. Insulation might be handy. Without all the ambient heat save convection, they might get cold after a while. ...


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Frickin' lasers! (Sharks not included.) You need a light source. With selective bending of light, your range sets the radius in which you can capture all the sunlight available, focussing it into a collimated source. If you can block light, you may also be able to intensify light. This will give you an optical amplifier. Even without that though, you ...


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Chemical Vapour Deposition To use your power to its maximum potential is only a relevant question if accompanied by a goal. Using your power for maximum destruction, maximum personal benefit or maximum benefit for mankind lead to totally different applications. Thus I assume the modern world and modern ambitions for most people. Roughly defined as being ...


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Its not as dramatic as a tornado but you could suffocate anyone that needs to breathe by pulling all the air out of their lungs and surrounding area, it could actually be pretty cool use of the power and quite a sadistic thing to do as you watch your opponent slowly suffocate. Other than that it could be similar to telekinesis or gravity manipulation by ...


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Manipulating wind is a great power - there are countless applications In fact, it could be argued there is nothing you couldn't do - as manipulating wind allows access to so many systems, like sound, weather, motion, climate, atmosphere, the sun, planets and even nebulas and space. So you could: push a sailing ship by pushing wind onto the sails create a ...


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Not quite sure if this is what you are looking for, but, in theory, you could increase the characters “maximum rate of temporal information processing in the visual system.” You can look at this website here - https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/166694-small-animals-see-the-world-in-slow-motion-or-why-your-puppy-is-so-hyperactive Just replace "small ...


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Yes, or - not really. Yes, since hey, that's your story. You don't even need to explain it too much. For example in the Safehold series, the main character is almost in the position you describe, and they has "governors" embedded in their body so that it can mimic normal human reflexes. What these governors are, or how they might work (do they queue pseudo-...


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The ability to bend light could make you invisible to the casual observer, but anyone who really wanted to detect you could do so without too much trouble. You see, when you bend light around an obstacle, that bent path is longer than the original straight-line path (a 3-foot radius bubble around you would add almost 3.5 feet to the distance). This means ...


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trying to creatively limit ourselves to the benefits and neat tricks made possible by controlling the shadows/darkness, and focusing on that instead of on controlling matter itself (which would make your character a God thus limitless and... slightly boring for a fiction hero who needs obstacles...) - I would say start thinking about all the things that ...


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That's a tough one. Assuming you still want her to be something resembling biology and her entire body needs to get above 3000 degrees, I think your best bet is to have her be made of 2D or 1D organic structures. Her skin could be something like graphene(made purely of carbon, with a melting point of over 3500 degrees), bones could be made of diamond and ...


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