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Hero/villain lair secrecy.

I'm reading this article called 5 Reasons Why There Must Be Corpses Under The Batcave, which asks just how in the Hell Batman could have made the batcave without a ton of people knowing about it and ratting him out to the cops or to his enemies, or both. And it really makes you think.

It also made me think if the same kinds of concerns could be applied to Lyria and her fortress. But I thought about it, and no. I doubt it. She's a sorceress living on a huge freaking planet where magic users are basically the only people who can travel around the whole thing, and she also has the ability to travel to other planets, even other universes and dimensions. She could get her labor from literally anywhere, like having the place be built by a tribe of mute demons who communicate telepathically and whose telepathy doesn't work on normal humans. Or she could make an army of golems or something to build it.

Even assuming she used local human labor, she has the power to reach into people's minds and erase their memories. Oh, and she has a machine that can inload new data; she could alter their memories if she needed to.

Regardless of where she got her labor, if she thought they would talk, and their minds were resistant to her powers, she could kill them as fast as blinking, and wouldn't even have to bury the bodies. Hell, if their minds were resistant to her powers during life, she could kill them, reprogram their minds, and bring them back to life. But she likes to "cheat," IE to use her own personal power as little as possible, so she would take the route that was easiest, IE labor from a long way away, possibly another universe.

Also, it's not like she'd need a lot of secrecy with the bare bones of the fortress itself. The physical building itself only takes up about and acre or two of land. But she used magical knowledge given to her by a Fae friend, and so the fortress is alive, it's a knowe. And that means it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. The inside expands to suit the whims of the people it houses, and could potentially house, feed, and clothe a few million people before it couldn't stretch anymore. And she would have had to do a lot of other modifications herself anyway. There are aspects to the fortress, not even counting the expansion, that no human laborers, wherever you got them from, could do - things only a powerful sorceress can do.

So no, she wouldn't need to kill anyone.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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underlankers
Jan. 17th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
I should note that at least some of my supers with Hammerspace abilities use *that* as their lair. It enables them to use their powers much more effectively. Shadow-woman when playing at the solo hero even went to the trouble of a fake "Fortress of Solitude" so that if her enemies went to target it she'd know how to separate the dangerous ones from the idiots and eliminate the former first.
fayanora
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Sadly, as far as I know, dimensional expansions in Lyria's world need a physical thing to be bonded to. But she has all kinds of other surprises at her fortress, and I'm also sure she's got a few fallback positions.
underlankers
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Shadow-woman can ignore such basic things as the laws of physics by virtue of being an Eldritch Abomination. The other side of that is both Gods and Demons in the Omniverse would have limits on how far they can go or what precisely they can do with that kind of thing.

However Lyria is a very different character from the Batman and thus would have no needs particularly to fit *into* that kind of trope model (the one I'm *really* curious about is the Fortress of Solitude. You'd think a fortress in the Arctic would be notable, no?).

-Tamar Silverberg-
kengr
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Don't forget that there are major differences between the Batman (who needs to have this stuff be a *complete* secret) and Lyria (who merely needs to be relatively sure that her enemies don't know enough details about the inside to easily bypass defenses)

fayanora
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Exactly.
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