3764/What Is Asteroid M

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What Is Asteroid M
Date of Scene: 10 October 2020
Location: Inner Sanctum
Synopsis: Power Girl makes her way to Asteroid M, to make sure that it is the utopia it could be.
Cast of Characters: Erik Lensherr, Karen Starr

Erik Lensherr has posed:
     Since the end of the Genosha incident, Magneto has not been seen much in the public eye. Establishing Asteroid M orbiting Earth, the colony of mutants working to further refine itself as the space station maintains a sense of order towards their common goal. The mutants on board have rejected Earthbound government and humans as a whole.

  Though not as grandiose as Genosha had been, Magneto's Inner Sanctum was highly technological, with a variety of computer stations displaying various information on the colony's status. Where Magneto himself can relay orders to any department on the asteroid.

Karen Starr has posed:
    Waiting was never really Karen's strong suit. Frankly, that she's given Magneto this much time is... Rare. However, what matters now is that she's on her way. There's no heralding; Power Girl doesn't try to contact the Asteroid before simply showing up. She figures there's probably a way, but would the man even answer? Too many questions, really, and it's important to make a showing. In person.

    Leaving the planet and finding the object in space is understandably the easy part. For others, it might have been like finding a needle in a haystack. For Power Girl, it's just a matter of taking some time. The hard part is going to be the discussion itself.

    One of the many mutants brought with Magneto on his departure heralds her approach, acting as a secretary even if Erik already has one. At the very least, he won't be entirely surprised that she's present, even though there's a mild insinuation made that Power Girl isn't likely to take No for an answer.

    As such, there she is, striding confidently into the Sanctum, slightly less diplomatic than her erstwhile cousin. She means well- but there is no version of Kara that ever /really/ gets over being just that sliver more brusque.

    "Erik." she greets. "I'd like to have a conversation with you. About this asteroid."

Erik Lensherr has posed:
     Sitting in his chair, fist resting on his chin, was Erik, Magneto, the former King of Genosha, and the founder, and leader of the Brotherhood. His helmet hovered above the chair, away from his head, through the chair back's hole, his signature silver hair could be seen. His helmet lowers and rests atop his head as he turns around. "Power Girl." He says, hands gripping the armrests as he stands. He was dressed in his full regalia, crimson and royal purple, and fully metallic. "To what do I owe this...pleasure." Pleasure, in verbal quotes. He didn't raise his fingers for it, the tone was more than adequate.

Karen Starr has posed:
    Power Girl cuts an imposing figure, but it makes sense that Magneto would be more annoyed than pleased at her presence. They're hardly anymore than tacitly aware of one another, and she's barged into his sanctum as if she has some kind of right. She is aware of this- but she values having the conversation over not, and it was significantly more likely that being more diplomatic would have resulted in a whole lot of nothing.

    "It's exactly as I said. We've all given you time, and I just want to find out what's going on up here. You took a thousand people with you. Maybe some more people should come up here, maybe there are people here that want to go back down. I understand what's been done, I -get- the why of it all, but now I want to know about the practicality of it. If this is going to be a sanctuary, a new home, as long as it's safe and friendly to its people, then I'm all for it. It's not what I would have done, but I'm not going to argue with results."

Erik Lensherr has posed:
     "You give me time. As if I am still subject to the laws of any nation." He spreads his arms, looking around. "This is not Earth, this is our home. We fled because of the ways of the people down there!" He points to the observation window, now passing over Australia. "You may ask any of my people. They are here of their own will. And any of my brothers and sisters left on that wretched planet as free to join us to build again. /Without/ the constraints put upon them by lesser beings who attempt to treat them as less."

  Magneto steps closer to Power Girl, with just as much bravado as he has. "Practicality doesn't factor in as much as we maintain a distance from Earth." Clearly her presence was not what he wanted. It was only the fact that she was who she was that he had allowed her to even set foot on this asteroid without a fight. "In answer to your first query, if any one of these people desire to leave for Earth, they can. Without repercussion from me or anyone else on this station." He turns back around, approaching a console, listing a crew manifest.

Karen Starr has posed:
    Power Girl sighs. There is some degree of frustration evident, as Karen's hand comes up to pinch at the bridge of her nose. One arm folds over, but the timing of the sigh and pinch makes it difficult to tell what has her rustled.

    "Yeah. I get that." she remarks, opening her eyes back up. "And I'm with you, sure. Trust me, what was happening was horrible- IS horrible. It's essentially inexcusable. That said, I'm not sure I like the tone- I've heard that kind of talk a lot, and it never precedes good things."

    There is a lot to be said about the rumors of Kryptonian might. Kal, her Kal at least, though this universe's version isn't very different- Didn't like the idea of using the concept of what they can do to open doors in this way. Karen learned this sort of thing from someone else, from a different city in a home that doesn't exist.

    "Thank you," she acknowledges, after that statement. "That's important. I'm not here to make, or receive, threats. I'm here to find out if this is something that I can help- or if it's something that I -need- to help. I've seen the ruthlessness, the prejudice. I want it to end. If this can be the means- the -peaceful- means to putting an end to that, then I'm all for it. I'll even fly anyone who wants to live here myself."

Erik Lensherr has posed:
     Erik hands over a printout on a tablet for Karen to use. Though his features start to soften a little. "If what you say is true. Then we have gained an ally. I made a vow to my people, to protect them from those on the surface. Especially those who seek the highest power in government. Robert Kelley for example."

  "As it stands, we have the means to stay in orbit as long as we need. Air, food, and water is sustained, and sustainable. Our lives are...comfortable enough, given we are in space. Complete autonomy is what I aimed for whilst staring out of Brainiac's bottle for months, and that is the goal we met."

Karen Starr has posed:
    Karen reaches out, taking the offered printout and then almost immediately handing it back. The pages- if there are multiple pages- ruffle slightly as she does so. By the time she's even been properly handed the thing, she's read it. Quite unfairly, she has also memorized it.

    "Yeah, you have us there. There will always be people who are... Demonstrably less. It's our job as a people to make sure- as best we can, that those people don't get to make the world in their image. Right now, we're not doing a great job of it."

    Her hands find themselves on her hips. She's not sure if she can, or should, trust Magneto- but he isn't the worst person she's ever trusted, and definitely not the first that could use a second chance, after a fashion. "Well, the important thing is that these people are safe. I don't know what plans anyone else has. Regardless of how much it affects them, grandiose gestures like this tend to make people react, even if there wasn't much reason to in the first place."

Erik Lensherr has posed:
     "You are perhaps correct, but as I saw it, there is no other way to go about it. My compatriots have demonstrated and proselytized about co-existence for years, and nothing has been accomplished. Right here, right now, my people have not had to worry about what goes on down there. Above all else, I desire this for them."

  Magneto takes back the tablet, and places it back on the console. "Being who we are, we have the means to defend ourselves if necessary. Though my own presence is a powerful deterrent. Along with where we are. A scant few people can reach this place, and fewer still who could cause us harm." Said with all the bravado of a protector, not a despot.

Karen Starr has posed:
    There is a momentarily pensive look on Power Girl's face. It's hard to tell if she's operating at normal speed, or if this sociopolitical problem is such that even at Kryptonian speed, it still isn't particularly fixable. "As I said before, I don't know that this is what I would have done, but I won't argue with results. It's just important that these results are gotten the right way. If you want to separate, you separate. No politics, no striking first. The idea is to be better, and I fully expect, I truly hope, that that's the case. I can't argue at all that this doesn't have great potential."

    There is a recognition of tone, there. Power Girl relaxes, some. There is still enough of Erik's history to consider, but again- her history is that of preaching, and delivering, hope. She's one of the first that'll believe in it if offered.

    "I hope that's the case, but I won't underestimate the aggressive whims of the violent- and how inventive that sort of person can be. I'll be watching out- and I already know you're doing the same."