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#13604326 Jan 12, 2018 at 12:09 PM · Edited 3 months ago
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Dr. Cain here. I'd like to ask you all some questions about dreams. Your Protectors' dreams, in fact! I think it can be a fun exercise to explore what a character dreams about, if only to understand your own character more, and open up avenues for them to understand themselves.

At the very least, I'd be really interested to hear everyone's answers to the first question.

If you've got the time and inclination for the rest, that'd be great too! If you'd like to add your Progeny character's answers, feel free, but I'm really interested in the Protectors' for the time being.

MAIN QUESTION

In as many words as you see fit, please describe one or more of your character’s dreams. Are these recurring dreams? Are they nightmares? Are they lucid dreams? As a primer, here are some common things people see in their dreams and nightmares:

  • Falling
  • Teeth Falling Out
  • Being naked at work or school
  • Test taking, usually while unprepared
  • Dying
  • Meeting a celebrity
  • Being chased
  • Cheating spouse/partner
  • Being late to something
  • Flying
  • Pregnancy
  • Driving an out of control vehicle
  • Inability to find a toilet
  • Finding an unused room
  • Water

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EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS

1. How often is your character able to remember their dreams?

  • Almost every morning
  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • Less than once a month
  • Never

2. How intense are your character's dreams emotionally?

  • Not at all
  • Not very intense
  • Somewhat intense
  • Quite intense
  • Very intense

3. What is the emotional tone of your character's dreams, on average?

  • Very negative
  • Somewhat negative
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat positive
  • Very positive

4. How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
Definition: Nightmares are dreams with strong negative emotions that result in awakening from the dreams. The dream plot can be recalled very vividly upon awakening.

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

5. Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?

  • Yes - If so please explain
  • No

6. How often does your character experience so-called "lucid dreams"?
Definition: In a lucid dream, one is aware that one is dreaming during the dream. Thus it is possible to wake up deliberately, or to influence the action of the dream actively, or to observe the course of the dream passively.

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

7. How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?

  • None
  • Not much meaning
  • Some meaning
  • A great deal of meaning

8. How often does your character tell others of their dreams?

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

9. How often does your character record their dreams?

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

10. How often do dreams affect your character's mood during their day-to-day?

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

11. How often do your character's dreams give them creative ideas?

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

12. How often do your character's dreams help to identify and solve their problems?

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never

13. How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
Definition: During déjà vu one is convinced they are experiencing a situation they have already experienced. During déjà rêvé one is convinced they are experiencing an exact situation from a previous dream.

  • Several times a week
  • About once a week
  • Two or three times a month
  • About once a month
  • About two to four times a year
  • About once a year
  • Less than once a year
  • Never


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#13604391 Jan 12, 2018 at 01:20 PM · Edited 3 months ago
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As requested, I took the questionaire with my character Jinn in mind.
To address Black Ice really brief; He seldom (remembers his) dreams.


MAIN QUESTION

In as many words as you see fit, please describe one or more of your character’s dreams. Are these recurring dreams? Are they nightmares? Are they lucid dreams?

While I do not believe it has come up in RP before (Aron has yet to share a bed or tent with anyone on the team), Aron does suffer from rather vivid, recurring nightmares. He is already a restless sleeper to begin with, the kind that would twist and turn or sprawl himself out across the bed regardless of whether he was experiencing a nightmare.

Most of Aron's night terrors can be attributed to his time spend serving a supervillain and being commanded to do some incredibly messed up stuff; murder scenarios included. His dreams are typically déjà vu scenes where he relives his terrible crimes. Though he also has a recurring nightmare about his (former) master tracking him down to make him his puppet again. And one where it turns out he is not suitable hero material after all and is either kicked off the team or hunted down as a wanted criminal/feared supernatural being all over again.

Aron does also have good dreams every now and again. Apart from the sexual fantasies (oh yeah), there are the dreams where he has a loving family and was never left to be raised an orphan; these are the hardest to picture or recall clearly. Or dreams about being recognized as a valiant hero, without anyone remembering or knowing about his misdeeds.

When Aron wakes he tries not to dwell on the past and usually goes back to acting like his usual happy-go-lucky self fairly soon after. Alas, in the realm of dreams he does not always have such a level of choice as most of his (bad) dreams are not lucid (or only as a passive observer).

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EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS

1. How often is your character able to remember their dreams?

  • Several times a week

2. How intense are your character's dreams emotionally?

  • Quite intense

3. What is the emotional tone of your character's dreams, on average?

  • Very negative

4. How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
Definition: Nightmares are dreams with strong negative emotions that result in awakening from the dreams. The dream plot can be recalled very vividly upon awakening.

  • Two or three times a week

5. Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?

  • Yes (See Main Question above.)

6. How often does your character experience so-called "lucid dreams"?
Definition: In a lucid dream, one is aware that one is dreaming during the dream. Thus it is possible to wake up deliberately, or to influence the action of the dream actively, or to observe the course of the dream passively.

  • About once a week (Mostly in good dreams, only as a passive observer in nightmares.)

7. How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?

  • A great deal of meaning (Superstitious as f%&^.)

8. How often does your character tell others of their dreams?

  • Less than once a year (May share with a shrink?)

9. How often does your character record their dreams?

  • Never

10. How often do dreams affect your character's mood during their day-to-day?

  • Two or three times a week (Albeit fleetingly.)

11. How often do your character's dreams give them creative ideas?

  • Less than once a year

12. How often do your character's dreams help to identify and solve their problems?

  • Less than once a year

13. How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
Definition: During déjà vu one is convinced they are experiencing a situation they have already experienced. During déjà rêvé one is convinced they are experiencing an exact situation from a previous dream.

  • Two or three times a week (Moments of déjà vu during recurring dreams)
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#13604406 Jan 12, 2018 at 01:36 PM
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MAIN QUESTION

In as many words as you see fit, please describe one or more of your character’s dreams. Are these recurring dreams? Are they nightmares? Are they lucid dreams? As a primer, here are some common things people see in their dreams and nightmares:

Captain Adamant dreams often of running, usually in the desert, though not always. He also dreams of hunting, usually back home in Montana, though he rarely did it when he was home. Sometimes Ajax hunts with him - something they've never done together. These are some of the more pleasant - or at least neutral - dreams he has.

His most striking, and recurring dreams, are usually those that refer to his time in Kandahar, and the events that led to his injuries and the loss of men and women under his command. Sometimes he will have dreams of his dead soldiers in mundane situations, making coffee, cleaning their weapons, whilst still corpses and brandishing the wounds that killed them. Sometimes they will show up in dreams unrelated to Kandahar, usually before Carter wakes up.

In the last couple years, Carter has begun to have other dreams about his armor. In some cases, it traps Carter, and he's unable to get out. In other dreams, he wrestles with it for control, or it chases him through a forest or parking garage. In other dreams, Carter tries to lift things without the armor, even basic mundane objects, and he finds them to be too heavy. Sometimes Carter's armor appears in seemingly unrelated dreams, as a judgmental presence, an observer.


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EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS

1. How often is your character able to remember their dreams?

  • Several times a week

2. How intense are your character's dreams emotionally?

  • Quite intense

3. What is the emotional tone of your character's dreams, on average?

  • Neutral to Very Negative - Cap's dreams can be ambiguous, but are rarely uplifting in tone.

4. How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
Definition: Nightmares are dreams with strong negative emotions that result in awakening from the dreams. The dream plot can be recalled very vividly upon awakening.

  • About once a week

5. Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?

  • Yes - There are many variations, but in the end, most of Carter's nightmares involve either dream versions of what happened to him in Kandahar, or being trapped, chased, or otherwise haunted by his own armor.

6. How often does your character experience so-called "lucid dreams"?
Definition: In a lucid dream, one is aware that one is dreaming during the dream. Thus it is possible to wake up deliberately, or to influence the action of the dream actively, or to observe the course of the dream passively.

  • Never - Cap is not aware of a single time he has been aware he was dreaming, nor an instance where he could control a dream while within it.

7. How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?

  • Some meaning - Carter understands his dreams are likely the product of the stress of his job, as well as his past losses, but ultimately tries to push them aside as bad memories. He prefers to move forward in life, even though the dreams show no signs of abating.

8. How often does your character tell others of their dreams?

  • Two or three times a month - Carter downplays his bad dreams, even to his partner, Angel. Though, it's hard to ignore when you sleep right next to him, and there are times when Carter will talk about them with her, and his closest friends.

9. How often does your character record their dreams?

  • Never - Carter sees it as a waste of his time. Too much work to be done to sit around every morning writing the same thing down.

10. How often do dreams affect your character's mood during their day-to-day?

  • About once a month - Carter has learned to adjust and put aside the feelings of anxiety or fear that come from his dreams, but once in a while, he has a dream so striking or intense that it's hard for even his willpower to overcome.

11. How often do your character's dreams give them creative ideas?

  • Never - Carter's dreams range from the mundane to the anxious and fearful. He finds no inspiration in them.

12. How often do your character's dreams help to identify and solve their problems?

  • About two to four times a year - Sometimes a dream will remind Carter of old friends, fellow veterans, or family he hasn't spoken to in a while. He usually corrects this afterwards.

13. How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
Definition: During déjà vu one is convinced they are experiencing a situation they have already experienced. During déjà rêvé one is convinced they are experiencing an exact situation from a previous dream.

  • Less than once a year - Carter seldom experiences this phenomena. Enough to understand what it is, but seldom does he dwell on it.


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#13604515 Jan 12, 2018 at 03:29 PM · Edited 3 months ago
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Craig dreams of Hell. He dreams of the ultimate cosmic impotence, pain, and fear grabbing him in a chokehold. He dreams of his lost dad, of his mom's face ravaged by cancer, of his dead teammates Inferno and Shadow, the former lost in Hell. He hears the laughter of Zorasto. He's a prisoner in Dr. Babylon's Insanity Pyramid, finding his dead teammates. He sees his girlfriend Ann, dead at his hands. He has three decades of tragedy and loss to torment him. Several times each week, he awakes screaming. Sometimes, a dreamcatcher provided to him by Ravenspeaker mitigates them, but he only uses it when he can't stand them anymore.

Now that he's died again, the nightmares have intensified.

"It's a Boo-Tiful Day" (Craig's Halloween fiction) is the story that most closely touches on this.

EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS

1. How often is your character able to remember their dreams?

Several times a week.

2. How intense are your character's dreams emotionally?

As intense as they get. The one telepath who went into them went catatonic.

3. What is the emotional tone of your character's dreams, on average?

How positive are dead teammates screaming and being tortured?

4. How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
Definition: Nightmares are dreams with strong negative emotions that result in awakening from the dreams. The dream plot can be recalled very vividly upon awakening.

About 5-10 times a week.

5. Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?

See above. He's the poster child for reoccurring nightmares.

6. How often does your character experience so-called "lucid dreams"?
Definition: In a lucid dream, one is aware that one is dreaming during the dream. Thus it is possible to wake up deliberately, or to influence the action of the dream actively, or to observe the course of the dream passively.

Frequently. It's the one thing keeping his sanity together.

7. How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?

Rarely. He views them as emotional scar tissue that occasionally act up.

8. How often does your character tell others of their dreams?

Rarely if ever. He's scared it'd seem like a cheap ploy for sympathy.

9. How often does your character record their dreams?

Never - though Aura and UNTIL shrinks have probably encouraged him to do so.

10. How often do dreams affect your character's mood during their day-to-day?

It's in the background, but he does his best to push it aside.

11. How often do your character's dreams give them creative ideas?

Never - Craig just tries to survive them, occasionally fighting them.

12. How often do your character's dreams help to identify and solve their problems?

Never, unless the Halloween episode was a dream and not an actual spirit visitation.

13. How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
Definition: During déjà vu one is convinced they are experiencing a situation they have already experienced. During déjà rêvé one is convinced they are experiencing an exact situation from a previous dream.

It happens fairly often. Craig attributes it to memories of the Living Thunder and generally ignores it.

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#13604877 Jan 12, 2018 at 10:32 PM
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Alright, lemme take a stab at this...

MAIN QUESTION

In as many words as you see fit, please describe one or more of your character’s dreams. Are these recurring dreams? Are they nightmares? Are they lucid dreams? As a primer, here are some common things people see in their dreams and nightmares:

Tesseract: Imani tends to have dreams that are a bit surreal and just... weird. Though I imagine once she gets back she'll have her fair share of nightmares. Being lost in the middle of nowhere (literally) can have that affect on a person! In a lot of these she's not lucid until like... things start to get really friggin weird.

Faith: Erin tends to have very vivid dreams, and tend to have a recurring theme to them. While I wouldn't say all of her dreams are nightmares, the ones she tends to remember are of that type.


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EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS

1. How often is your character able to remember their dreams?

Tesseract: Two or three times a month

Faith: About once a week... though that can change if she's under a great deal of stress


2. How intense are your character's dreams emotionally?

Tesseract: Not very intense. Unless you consider a conversation about the better points of SHA encryption with stuffed animals to be intense. In which case, yes. By and large, no.

Faith: Quite intense


3. What is the emotional tone of your character's dreams, on average?

Tesseract: Somewhat positive

Faith: Somewhat negative


4. How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
Definition: Nightmares are dreams with strong negative emotions that result in awakening from the dreams. The dream plot can be recalled very vividly upon awakening.

Tesseract: About once a month. Before disappearing into time and space, Imani was pretty good at keeping regular appointments with Aura. I want to say that probably helps her to deal with the more intense experiences she's had (getting a villain killed, being trapped for months in limbo, etc), and thus probably helps some with the frequency of her nightmares.

Faith: Two or three times a month... again, however, it really depends on her stress level and if she's been exposed to things that would trigger stronger emotional responses. After being caught on a sinking boat (thank ya Hound :D ), she likely had far more nightmares than on average, due to her fear of the water. After Pittsburgh and being in the medics tent helping with a great deal of dead and injured (again, thank ya Hound!), she had nightmares more frequently but she didn't always remember them.


5. Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?

Tesseract: Yeaaaaah. I'd say being trapped in the middle of literally nothing, with no sight, sound, smell, etc would probably crop up more than once.

Faith: Most all of Erin's recurring nightmares revolve around the ocean and trying to run away from it... and failing to do so.


6. How often does your character experience so-called "lucid dreams"?
Definition: In a lucid dream, one is aware that one is dreaming during the dream. Thus it is possible to wake up deliberately, or to influence the action of the dream actively, or to observe the course of the dream passively.

Tesseract: About once a month. AGain, this tends to happen with her weirder dreams. xD

Faith: About once a month. Erin's dreams tend to be very vivid, and very emotionally intense. While there are occasions where she realizes that it's just a dream, more often than not she's pretty caught up in whatever's happening, and thus isn't able to take control


7. How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?

Tesseract: None. Really, seriously, what meaning is there behind teaching Ajax how to bypass a firewall... and having the dog talk back in the conversation.

Faith: Some meaning. I only say some because she's been taught that dreams are the subconscious's way of handling what you've been through, and a lot of the times her subconscious is an asshole that likes to make her relive one of hte most terrifying things in her life. I imagine that the dreams she has that have nothing to do with the tsunami of 2004 probably have newer lessons to teach. At least in her mind.


8. How often does your character tell others of their dreams?

Tesseract: Two or three times a month. Mostly because I'm sure they come up at Aura sessions, but beyond that,
she's not about to share the weird that is most of her dreams.

Faith: About once a week. Sid's staying at her place far more often than at the Boom Cave or Arcade, so the topic of dreams - especially nightmares - is bound to come up fairly often. Beyond Sid or the Monsignor, however, Erin likely wouldn't bring them up. She's a pretty private person in general, and she's not really that fond of explaining why a wave chasing her scares the shit out of her.


9. How often does your character record their dreams?

Tesseract: About once a week, give or take. She already keeps a journal, something Aura had encouraged ages ago, so I could see her jotting down dreams she remembers. Probably with a note like - WTF, why am I dreaming this??

Faith: Never. She tends to keep reflections on her dreams in her head, not on paper.


10. How often do dreams affect your character's mood during their day-to-day?

Tesseract: Never.

Faith: About once a month. By and large, Erin's pretty good at coping with her issues. But sometimes, you just get a dream that's THAT bad, and it can really tail spin her entire day.


11. How often do your character's dreams give them creative ideas?

Tesseract: Two or three times a month. You'd be surprised how some of those little nuggets of weirdness can trigger an idea of how to better fine tune that cracking program for your personal... I mean PROFESSIONAL use. >_>

Faith: About once a month. I'd say that'd be one of the times one of her more mundane dreams happens to give her some inspiration.


12. How often do your character's dreams help to identify and solve their problems?

Tesseract: Two or three times a month. Cause see 11. That would apply to personal issues as well.

Faith: About once a month, for same reason listed as 11.


13. How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
Definition: During déjà vu one is convinced they are experiencing a situation they have already experienced. During déjà rêvé one is convinced they are experiencing an exact situation from a previous dream.

Tesseract: About once a month. Again, Imani just has some really surreal dreams, but now and again she has a dream that gives her that sense.

Faith: About two to four times a year. I say that because the recurring dreams she has are mostly recurring themes, with the cast of characters involved changing out, as well as the circumstance and setting. I'd say it is rare that she has a dream that really gives her that full on sense of deja vu.

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#13607397 Jan 14, 2018 at 11:01 PM
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Razira’s most common dreams that she remembers (which isn’t often) are those heavily influenced by her wolven side. They generally involve her running as a full on wolf (which is something that she can do, but is never seen by anyone outside of her werewolf pack) through some kind of forest. The trees and the landscape itself are somewhat of those around Millennium City, but not always. The time of year and what’s going on around her changes, too. Sometimes she’s running through fresh snow, sometimes it’s a gentle rain, during the day, night, whatever.

These dreams are more than likely related to the fact that she is a werewolf, and how on the night of the full moon, she tends to get together with her pack and do just that. Although one might think the dream comes up just before the full moon, but in reality, it happens whenever. At least that she remembers.

The next common dream is like the above, but it either involves being with or knowing that there’s other wolves around her, or it has to do with her chasing some large animal down and consuming it like the wild beast that she is during those times.

All in all, these dreams could very well be things that happen while she’s a wolf, and she’s somehow remembering them in her dreams (as she doesn’t remember anything that happens in full on wolf form short of very vague images or emotions). They aren’t lucid in any way, and she doesn’t consider them nightmares.


1) How often is your character able to remember their dreams?
- About two or three times a month. For Razira, her nightly sleep is a quiet one and is rarely disturbed by her dreaming, at least that she can remember.

2) How intense are your character’s dreams emotionally?
- Varies between not at all and somewhat intense. If she’s just running, it’s just that – her running. She’s in no hurry, she’s not running from or to anything, she’s not excited to do so, she just is. If she’s chomping down on creatures, that’s kinda emotional to her as her animalistic side goes all out and enjoys it.

3) What is the emotional tone of your character’s dreams, on average?
- Neutral. There’s either nothing at all, to just emotions of dinner to be had. They aren’t positive or negative.

4) How often has your character experienced nightmares in the past several months?
- About two to four times a year. She encounters two types of nightmares – the first and more common involves her unable to stop someone from getting hurt in something (usually battle), and they do so badly. She watches this happen in a kind of a ‘slow motion’ experience, in which she can’t look away for whatever reason.

The second and less common is of her being sealed away in some place small and dark, or of her being buried alive (or some combination of both). This kind of dream always causes her to pop awake at some point, gasping for air and trying desperately to forget that it happened (although odds are she’s not getting any more sleep that night).

5) Does your character experience recurring nightmares that relate to a situation they have experienced in their waking life?
- The buried alive scenario had happened to her more than once during her hero life, so no doubt the two are connected. They were horrid happenstances that she hopes will never happen again to her. Might be why she’s mildly claustrophobic.

6) How often does your character experience so-called lucid dreams?
- Never. She’s never had control over her dreams that she remembers.

7) How much meaning does your character attribute to their dreams?
- None. Dreams are just that – dreams. To her, it’s just a part of the brain’s normal activity while sleeping.

8) How often does your character tell others of their dreams?
- Never. The only time her significant other even knows she’s dreaming is when she wakes up suddenly from a nightmare, and when asked, she says, “Just a dream,” and she never mentions more of it.

9) How often does your character record their dreams?
- Never. It was just a dream. It doesn’t mean anything.

10) How often do dreams affect your character’s mood during their day-to-day?
- Never. Again, it was just a dream. She thinks next to nothing about them.

11) How often do your character’s dreams give them creative ideas?
- Never. Her dreams are boring things and never about what she was thinking about the night before.

12) How often do your character’s dreams help to identify and solve their problems?
- Never. They aren’t useful for anything to her.

13) How often does your character experience déjà vu or déjà rêvé?
- About two to four times a year. She doesn’t know how or why, but she’s definitely experienced the former. It always gives her pause whenever it happens.
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#13608614 Jan 15, 2018 at 04:35 PM
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OK, I'll bite for Atomac.

*Ralph dreams of various scenarios where he has shrunk to the size of an ant, but without the rest of his powers (no flight, no super strength... no way to grow back to "normal"). Sometimes, it ends up in a chase sequence where someone he knows is about to step on him-- which is when he wakes up.
*Similarly, Atomac also has dreams where he's standing in the middle of Millennium City's downtown at a colossal size bigger than what he's capable of, but he feels rather stuck and unable to do anything because he will destroy the city if he moves. He is an out-of-body observer in this dream.

*In a more rare occurrence, Atomac has a dream calling back to his days as a Silver Age Sentinel, where he is standing over a robot modelled after Defender lying on an examination table. Its chest plating is removed, and inside is a slowly beating human heart with wires connected to it. There's an overall melancholy mood to the whole thing.
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