Karjam P: I'm no expert but I can provide a suggestion assuming I understand your question.
Kind of a silly question, but just how new are these powers? Did they just get them yesterday or some very recent time constraint? That's a factor in how they use these powers. If someone can turn invisible, maybe they get so scared that their power activates and they seemingly poof into thin air.
Next, my question would be to think of what power each person has. Think of which power is most likely to suddenly activate at the drop of the hat in a time of distress.
For example, let's assume one of your characters has the power to manipulate electricity. After the back stabbing, you could have that character involuntarily fire off a jolt of electricity from the shock of the attack and manage to paralyze their opponent.
In summary: some powers can easily go off from the heat of the moment. You can then use that person's impulsive reaction and display of power to have other people jump in to the fray. Alternatively, if you want drama: add a dramatic pause where everyone's kind of stunned and no one really knows what to do. Then, when the enemy tries to attack again, someone's power goes off and everyone can jump in from there. Hope this helps.
While I'm here. I'd like to ask for some help myself if that's okay. Can anyone help me out determining if this is an abuse of "The Assimilator?" I have a character (one of the protagonists, not a villain) whose power is based on Shapeshifting and Power Assimilation, but certain items have to be acquired from the respective victim (blood and mana)before the power works. Additionally, assimilating someone gives this character no experience with the victim's powers. She will have to practice using the power herself in order to actually wield it properly. Furthermore, any assimilated power she uses has its strength cut in half when she doesn't transform into the person she's copying (some powers may not even work unless she's in that specific form). As a fourth limitation, she can't assimilate endlessly. Should she assimilate too many people, her body will undergo an overload of energy and kill her from the inside.
Basically, my question is if that's a decent amount of drawbacks (seeing as that power can be utterly ridiculous in an anime with magic and fighting) for what the power can do. If possible, I'd like to especially avoid sue territory since that power is the backbone of the character's entire backstory.
edited 17th Jun '13 6:28:28 PM by AlastorVessalius