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Alea Iacta Est is a Worm fanfic by the author of Security! (Worm). In this verse, the recipients of the Navigator and QA shards are swapped, with Taylor gaining a pre-cog power that works through dice and other random number generators instead of pumping the answers into her brain, and Dinah triggers with the ability to, once she sets a goal, she can assess people in relation to that goal and figure out how to integrate them into a team optimized to suiting that goal. When they join forces, the Bay will never be the same...

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Can be found on FF.Net and Spacebattles.


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  • Adaptational Badass: Navigator!Taylor has all of the strengths of Canon Dinah with none of her weaknesses (the only drawback being the need to have dice in order to use her Thinker powers). QA!Dinah, on the other hand, is basically Khepri Lite.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed- QA!Dinah lacks the bug control of canon Skitter or Weaver but still has a softer variation of canon Khepri's powers.
  • Adult Fear: Kaiser is not above threatening to use his fortune and large legal staff to seize custody of his children from their mothers in order to blackmail the mothers into coming back to him.
  • Asshole Victim: After learning that Max Anders was Kaiser, no one really feels sorry for his death, at least among the heroes.
  • The Baby Trap: A gender inverted example, Max Anders/Kaiser sabotaged Andrea's birth control so he could get her pregnant, but Allfather's disapproval of the relationship means that he never knew where she and Annette were until now.
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  • Cannot Tell a Lie: If Taylor tries to make a roll and lie about the results, her arm painfully cramps up for a little while before she can even try, her equivalent of a Thinker headache. Even Panacea can't relieve that pain more than momentarily.
  • Chain of Deals: Referenced when the duo realizes that they're going have to recruit more heavy hitters to deal with Coil, so they can then recruit Lisa, so they can recruit Amy.
  • Control Freak: Max Anders/Kaiser. Part of the reason Dinah and Taylor's recruitment offer to Purity pans through is that she liked how they were willing to listen to her and give her the space she needed.
  • Dice: What Taylor tends to use her power through, even using dice with letters on them to get answers to questions like what a person's name is.
  • Enemy Civil War: After Kaiser's death, the Empire starts to fragment apart, Hookwolf, Stormtiger and Alabaster setting off on their own after Hookwolf tries to have Cricket assassinate Purity, who Hookwolf blames for Kaiser's death.
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  • Ethical Slut: Andrea, who tells people ahead of time she's not looking for a serious long term relationship. Not that Max Anders got the message...
  • For Want of a Nail: The major divergence is Taylor triggering before the locker incident with a precog power from the Navigator, allowing her to avoid it altogether, and Dinah triggering with a Thinker power from the Queen Administrator.
  • Friends with Benefits: Andrea offers this to Danny, at least for a while.
  • Handicapped Badass: Janet is missing a hand, but is still an incredibly powerful Shaker.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: A side-effect of Taylor's dice-based precog powers is the ability to basically make dice she throws do whatever she wants, like getting five dice to stack on top of each other without even looking.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Kaiser is struck by lightning and fried.
    • Purity kills Hookwolf in self defense.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Andrea is normally careful with birth control, but slipped up when she had her daughter Annette. Later events confirm her suspicions that Max/Kaiser sabotaged her.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Taylor's power working through dice and other objects means that while she can avoid Thinker headaches like Dinah in canon, she's powerless without them.
    • Turns out metal attracts lightning. Too bad for Kaiser!
    • Oni Lee needs line-of-sight to teleport, so to capture him the gang simply directs a cloud of pepper spray into his face, then have Amy knock him out while he's incapacitated.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Annette turns out to be Max Anders/Kaiser's daughter, making Theo and Aster her half-siblings.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident:
    • Janet did this to Kaiser at Contessa's prompting.
    • Coil did this in the past to the people who built his secret escape tunnel.
  • Meaningful Name: The fic itself. The title means 'The Die Is Cast' (as uttered by Julius Caesar) and Taylor's powers revolve around dice.
  • Minion Master: Dinah's ability is a Thinker power with minor Master leanings, allowing her to know how to integrate people into a team optimized for suiting a goal, but not actually control them.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Bakuda's full name is Alice Takawara.
  • Necessary Drawback: Taylor's precog power has some limitations, namely on asking things (not percentages) she would have trouble learning without using her power (causing cramps); to reiterate, if she's trying to find out something she wouldn't have discovered if she didn't have her power, she can't find it out using her power. An omake shows how broken the power would be otherwise.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: When Kaiser told Allfather that he wanted to marry Andrea, he flipped, and after sending Andrea away, set him up with Theo's mother.
  • Secret Test of Character: The PRT put Shadow Stalker through one after she attempts to shove Taylor into the locker, to see if she's salvageable or is going to juvie. She fails.
  • Squishy Wizard: Both Dinah and Taylor are powerful Thinkers, but they have no direct combat powers. This is the reason they try and recruit Purity.
  • Superpower Lottery:
    • Taylor's possibly a more powerful precog than even canon Dinah, given that her using dice and the like means that she can avoid Thinker headaches altogether and can even ask questions outside of probabilities.
    • Janet triggered with a powerful Weather Manipulation Shaker power.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Dinah can sense if a person is a cape with her power if she's looking for capes with it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Really Kaiser, going up on a roof and using your Extra-ore-dinary powers during a thunderstorm?
    • To add to the stupidity, he was only using a single blade, which made an effective lightning rod, with Amy noting that he would have been insulated from the shock if he had used his full armor.
  • Weather Manipulation: Janet triggered with this power focusing on rain, which Contessa gets her to use to take out Kaiser before he can kill Purity.

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