Progress Cadre

The first and best-organized group of metahumans was the North Vietnamese “Progress Cadre.” Nguyet Cam hand-picked its members and exposed them to her powers, giving them each into Tier Three powers. Thanks to her careful selection and her psychological manipulation, Cam’s eight offspring develop powers useful to her crusade against South Vietnam, the US, and (eventually) to the defense of Progressive Harmony.

In theory, any supergenius could similarly mold power-offspring, either by choosing personalities carefully or by using equal care with brainwashing. (Cam does both.) In practice, her willingness to treat people as objects makes this much easier for her than it would be for (say) Jason Weeks. Moreover, she does face the considerable inconvenience of not using her powers on people until she has found someone she wants to bestow dark energy upon.

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