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- The card "Prophetic Vision" features the first appearance of Iron Legacy.
- The villain on "Demoralization" is The Toy Master, one of the Dreamer's projections.
- Although hard to make out more than her hair to indicate who it is, "Mind Spike" shows Visionary defeating Citizen Dawn during the latter's failed invasion of Megalopolis. The flavor text on the card has Visionary calling out Dawn ard does reference Sunrise #11 which is the series for Dawn's invasion.
- The Dreamer is a young version of The Visionary from the present-day timeline.
- The Visionary's hero bio in the Enhanced Edition rulebook reveals that she was not the only subject of Project Cocoon to be subjected to the PSY-200 injection process. However, she was the only survivor.
- Any time someone time travels (to the past at least) they essentially create a new timeline. Visionary is one of the most powerful characters in SotM. When she time travels to the past, she enters a timeline in which the events that lead to her time traveling don't happen. On the trip to the past, a version of Visionary from a third timeline who is evil, but has been defeated in some way, latches on as an unwelcome passenger into the past. Visionary has to spend a considerable amount of energy keeping Dark Visionary in check. Gen Con 2016 Q&A
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- Visually, the Visonary is almost completely identical to Moondragon, a Marvel Comics female superhero.
- As a powerful psychic with a dangerous dark-side, the Visionary is very reminiscent of Marvel Comic's Jean Gray.
- The flavor text of "Wrest the Mind" is a reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
- The art on "Mind Spike" is reminiscent of the panel from X-Men #25, during the "Fatal Attractions" storyline, where Professor Xavier (a bald telepath) mind-wipes Magneto (who, like Citizen Dawn, can be described as a proponent of the superiority of powered people over normal people) - even down to the level of detail of the hand positions of the characters.
Questions Answered on The Letters Page
- Notes from Letters Page 31 - Visionary
- How does she show up in AA's "Rhapsody of Vigor" card (citing FFA #10) when her first appearance is listed as FFA #16? This is another error in the bio - her first appearance is in Freedom Five #422 followed by a limited series New Memories that went into her backstory.
- About when did the Dreamer event happen? Nightmare World happened pre-Vengeance. The apparitions start showing up well before that, but the Dreamer storyline was used to tie up loose ends.
- Does Nightmare World tie into the art on "Fixed Point"? Not really - the Dreamer event was the reveal about what was happening regarding the projections, but Fixed Point is tied to a Time Cataclysm story when the heroes find out a lot about timelines/realities and fixed points in general. The Time Cataclysm is represented as an Environment, but it's really more of an event that leads to weirdness being kind of generally present until OblivAeon.
- Where did she get the stuffed ape and what's the deal with the ape in FFA #4? They're the same ape even though they look different. One looks big because the Dreamer made him big. The Ape was a recurring villain from way back that was later revealed to be one of the more persistent projections. In the Silver Age stories it was just like "there's this ape that keeps showing up with a magic glowing crystal and we have to get it away from it" because, sure enough, if they took the crystal away it would disappear. This was kind of her "main" projection and it's just patterned on this stuffed toy she got from her parents - an ape with a green plastic gem in its chest (there's a whole line of these animal+colored gem toys). Every projection is based on something she's familiar with.
- How much does the ruptured blood vessel mentioned in her bio hold her back? Is that why she can't time travel again? It's not just the ruptured blood vessel, but fighting Dark Visionary that's holding her back (or Dark Visionary fighting her later on). We don't really see her at full power in the card game. Time travel was difficult enough the first time, however, that doing so again would probably kill her.
- Citizen Dawn seems interested in Visionary - we know that Visionary defeated her at one point, but was that a lucky shot or what? Why does she send Hammer and Anvil after her? It definitely helped that Visionary was taking her on in the middle of a large-scale fight and it wasn't one-on-one. Visionary is categorically more powerful than Dawn, but is operating with restrictions (mentioned previously) and so taking a big shot like this is dangerous for her. Visionary is probably their most powerful character if she wasn't being hobbled by circumstance. Hammer and Anvil were sent because they're her go-to henchmen and, if Visionary won't join the Citizens, she's not too put out if they were to kill her.
- Who is Major Flay and what's their connection? Mentioned previously, he was in Project Cocoon and then she killed him.
- What consequences/complications were there from Dark Visionary finally being banished from her mind? This wound up being a major set-piece of the Cosmic Conflict event. Argent Adept has to make personal sacrifices to accomplish it (and obviously Dark Mind wouldn't be a Scion without this event). There will be more on this stuff with regards to Visionary in the Future section.
- What kind of music does she like? Favorite artist/album? How does is feel to time travel? Time travel feels moist - like sitting in a sauna - with 17 hangovers. "The act of time travel is not fun." She gets super into modern music of our time that wouldn't have happened in her reality due to different cultural influences. More experimental stuff than pop, though. Plug for the Visionary song on the Lazer Ryderz soundtrack.
- What are the capabilities/limitations of her powers, she seems really overpowered? As mentioned, she's one of the most powerful humans in the setting (except for the actively dying thing - the self damage on stuff like "Brain Burn" is showing how exerting herself is bad). She's playing a large balancing act.
- How does she control matter itself (like in "Twist the Ether")? It's part of her telekinetic or reality-altering powers.
- What's it like when she's controlling your mind? She could black your mind out and puppet the body, but generally the victim is completely aware of what's going on and can fight it since that's easier.
- How did Project Cocoon function? Did all the subjects know one another (did she know Truth and Dare)? Could they go outside? In her timeline, Project Cocoon kids were mostly kept together, but could frequently be isolated from one another. There were versions of Truth and Dare there, but they were different. This was a pretty large organization. They could go outside, but that became much less frequent as things fell apart.
- Why did she only run into one other version of herself - are there other versions of her out there with like 20 copies in her head? It was exceptionally odd that it happened at all - it just so happened that the Dark version was killed at the same "time" that she was reality hopping already and could take advantage of it. Even with the Multiverse there's not going to be a 20-mind version.
- When is the card art showing Dark Visionary vs. Visionary (example: we know that "Suggestion" shows Dark Visionary messing with Bugbear, but the clothes still look like the normal version)? A lot of stuff is Dark Visionary popping out from being controlled briefly until Vanessa can get her under control again. Clarification on costume: the normal blue outfit is cloth, the black Dark outfit is latex (not leather). Even if Dark Visionary can exert control briefly before taking over, there is also a time after she's taken over that she still appears in the original outfit.
- After the Voss battle she sees a bunch of visions of alternate futures ("Precognition") does this happen after every victory? It's not tied to victories, she's constantly having to deal with these visions of the future (thus her hero name).
- Does she have any advice for getting rid of evil copies of yourself? She's not a good person to ask as her plan to deal with it kind of failed spectacularly. Argent Adept would be a better person to get advice from.
- Her nemesis is the Dreamer, but that's a one-time event, right? The Dreamer event is a one-off, but it's the culmination of a long string of Projection encounters.
- Who does she fight in her normal solo book? The Chinese government? The Chinese government doesn't know anything about her that would make them care given that she's from an alternate reality. There's mostly stuff covered in the overview section - Project Cocoon, Bugbear, stuff happening on the fringes of other books' stories, etc.
- Does Citizen Dawn hate Expatriette or Visionary more? Expat - that's a personal failing. Visionary just happens to be somebody who got the upper hand on her once.
- If Dark Vis was able to banish Gloomweaver so easily, why isn't that level of power represented in the card game? For one thing, she's generally hiding her power. For another, that was a burst of power as she gained control before she started actively suppressing Visionary and concentrating on not dying.
- Could Visionary develop the same Projection powers that the Dreamer has? Maybe (see the "Decoy Projection" as an example of something like that), but it's mostly a primary power of the canon reality's Vanessa Long rather than the telekinesis/telepathy/prophetic visions thing that Visionary has going on. More on Dreamer/Vanessa in the Future section.
- Where does the Dreamer get the Nightmare energy for her projections (and is there a way for the Cult of Gloom to get their hands on some)? They kind of already have access to it since Gloomweaver, the Nightmare Walker, already draws power from nightmares. This same kind of power is what fueled the Dreamer's power to manifest her dreams.
- She comes from a future that's farther down the line than OblivAeon, but after OblivAeon time travel is shut down; does this mean that there are realities where OblivAeon didn't attack and is therefore not de-shattered afterwards? No reality is destined to have OblivAeon happen sometime in the future. Until he decides enough is enough and attacks every reality. The times of realities don't neatly line up - it's not necessarily the case that Visionary actually moved "back in time" but could easily be just that she moved laterally into a reality that happened to be running several years behind her own. Time is weird/non-linear anyway and that's before the whole Shattering thing.
- If she's from another reality, why didn't she get sent back there after OblivAeon like the heroes that came through Nightmist's gate? Who said that the alternate-reality heroes went back to their own realities?
- "Psychic Maelstrom" and several other cards show her with malevolent grin or otherwise looking/acting pretty shady, is that to foreshadow Dark Visionary, is she already Dark Visionary, or is she normally a little bit of an anti-hero? It's either after Dark Vis takes over or, if earlier, moments when she's able to assert a little control briefly.
- Are there other Visionaries who have traveled between realities? Nope (or at least not ones that we see - infinite realities and all of that).
- Does her gaining powers as a Fixed Point mean that she'll eventually be more powerful than, say, OblivAeon? No - it's not like there's one Vanessa Long and that powers up as each reality gets to the Fixed Point - it's just that each reality has a unique iteration of her, but all of them will gain powers.
- Why is she bald? Project Cocoon - the Dreamer has hair because she was rescued from it.
- Is there something hidden in Visionary that Cocoon did that will come back later? There's no latent programming or anything that would come back later.
- Any other notable successes from Project Cocoon besides Visionary, Truth, and Dare? Major Flay, young Vanessa Long kind of, not much else in terms of characters we've seen. She probably came across more of them in her adventures, but the success rate was lower in the canon reality than in her own (lack of funding/official status). More in the Future section, though. Speaking of which...