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  • Chapter 1.2: "FOR YOU, THIS IS AN EPIC AND DESPERATE BATTLE. FOR DIRE, THIS IS TUESDAY."
  • Chapter 2.1: In an impressive display of Chess Master skills, Dire prepares the Undersiders for the future, a month or two in advance.
    "When the ABB is eliminated, there's going to be a bit of a power vacuum. Seen this many times before... The players remaining will jostle for new boundaries, a few new players will rise up, and interests from outside will intrude, looking for weakness. You're small-scale now, but this next stage... Well, it usually goes on for a few months. The time may come when you look to expanding your operations. Getting minions. Running the show, instead of doing jobs for a bigger player."
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  • Chapter 2.2: Dire taunts Kaiser just enough that he ruins her metal chair with his power. A few minutes later, Dire carefully retrieves "the sensor hub that I'd hidden in the middle of it." Next battle, she has a hard counter to his power.
  • Chapter 2.3: "Wires. They'd hooked up their EMP device to power drawn through WIRES. Fools."
  • Chapters 2.4 and 2.5: Half the Protectorate versus Doctor Dire. Dire wins.
    • They were brave, they used their powers well, they showed teamwork, and though their leader was arrogant beyond belief, he was a decent fighter. Against most villains, they'd do fine.
      But tonight, well, the poor bastards were up against ME.
    • "DO YOU WANT THE MONOLOGUE BEFORE OR AFTER DIRE WINS?"
      "You don't look like you're winning."
      "CHECKMATE IN FIVE MOVES."
    • I activated the jets, and hovered into the air. "AMATEUR."
      What I could see of [Armsmaster's] face was twisted with rage and pain. I grabbed a pic for posterity's sake. That was one for the wall of shame!
      And then I rocketed off into the night.
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  • Chapters 3.3 through 3.5: Saint attacks Dire and Dragon. Dire's response? Beat Saint in a fight, defuse his Dead Man's Switch, hack into his lair and steal everything that's not nailed down, and leave him in a position where he can annoy Dragon, but not truly harm her anymore.
  • Chapter 4.5: Dire's Awesomeness by Analysis is about to uncover too much about the Case 53 Tattoos. So...
    After another tense minute, the report came back. Someone had ditched a car ahead of the convoy, temporarily blocking the way before fleeing down an alley. The only description was a slight figure in a black suit.
  • Chapter 5.5, ending. Dire doesn't offer Taylor We Can Rule Together. No, she offers to set Taylor up as the benevolent ruler of the setting.
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  • Chapter 7.5, through Exact Words, Awesomeness by Analysis, and Refuge in Audacity, Dire escapes Pact's gang and rescues Timetripper to boot.
    "Timetripper, did you light the candles in Sora's Lament?"
    His eyes widened. Hope bloomed in them. And as his mouth whispered, "No," I thrust my gun through the armor and shot him in the face.
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