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Literature / Inheritors (Reboot)

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A superhero/horror Web Serial Novel written by Ian Everett. The series focuses on Gabe Wayland, the clone of Megajoule, the world's greatest superhero.

Follow Gabe as he struggles to survive a world where emotions grant fantastic powers and create cosmic horrors. When he stumbles on a senseless massacre, he sets out to clear his name and help the one survivor - the young Mateo - in finding justice.

This is actually the reboot of an earlier series also written by Everett. It premiered on September 28, 2020 and can be viewed here.

Inheritors contains examples of;

  • Adaptational Badass: Gabe initially had to rely on special equipment to use his powers at all in the original series. In this continuity, Gabe starts out much more powerful. He can already absorb ambient heat and achieve limited flight by bouncing off buildings.
  • Background Magic Field: The Affect is a cosmic energy field powered by emotions which in turn has mutated most of humanity in various ways.
  • Berserk Button: Slavery is a major sore spot for Gabe.
  • Beware the Superman: Foundation is run by Affected called "capes." Most of them just pose as superheroes while oppressing the populace.
  • Broken Ace: Gabe has a ton of power and a ton of issues. His insecurity and cynicism about the world make his internal emotional state not line up with his ability to change things.
  • Byronic Hero: Gabe is a sullen, yet powerful and magnetic person. He can be personally hard to like but he's also full of passion and ideal. He also views the word and interacts with it in a violent way.
  • Cape Punk: Inheritors deals with a world where 98% of people have superpowers of some kind, although with varying degrees of usefulness from not at all to world-changing.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Gabe wants to be a hero just like Megajoule, but is plagued by an overwhelming inferiority complex.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Gabe to the max. Turns out being a Big Damn Hero runs in the DNA. He knows it isn't smart - he just can't help it.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The Affect is just as likely to turn people into cosmic horrors as it is to turn them into superhumans.
  • Energy Absorption: Megajoule's power, and by extension, Gabe's as well. Megajoule could absorb, redirect, and convert any kind of energy he wished. However, Gabe learned that he can only absorb, redirect, and convert kinetic and thermal energy. This is a significant nerf from Megajoule's powers, but on the other end of the coin, Gabe's use of thermal energy is so instinctual that he is shown to be immune to all temperature conditions, something Megajoule had to actively manage.
  • Continuity Reboot: Of the original Inheritors.
  • Differently Powered Individual: People with powers are referred to as "Affected."
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Affect turns certain people into this, trapping them in a physical embodiment of their worst emotions. Foundation calls these "Affect Entities" and classifies them outside of the human scale of Affect power.
  • Gender Flip: In the original series, Gabe's ward is a girl named Maisa. Here, it's a boy named Mateo.
  • Hard Light: Mateo can produce and manipulate hard light discs.
  • Jerkass: The Megajoule memory construct is nasty piece of work. All he really does is try to make Gabe feel worthless.
  • La RĂ©sistance: The Houston Egalitarian Front is an anarchist gang whose goal is the abolition of capes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Gabe can launch himself through the air, absorb the energy of bullets, and hits hard enough to burst the windows of the buildings around him at one point. However, he needs to absorb enough energy to do this, and as a result, his power tends to scale based on who he's fighting; if he's fighting common thugs they don't give him enough energy to go nova, but when he fights super strong humans, he can unleash a lot more damage.
  • Living Memory: A part of Megajoule was actually preserved in Gabe's mind as a "memory construct." This mental duplicate does nothing but complain and spout snarky commentary, which makes him more annoying than helpful.
  • Power Levels: Foundation made an Affect ranking system based on their ability to impact society.
    • Featherweight: Non-Affected.
    • Lightweight: Affected with useless mutations and no powers. They make up most of the world populace
    • Welterweight: Affected with very specific powers of limited use.
    • Cruiserweight: Affected with powers of considerable strength and versatility.
    • Heavyweight: Affected with vast, potentially god-like power. Very rare.
  • Rising Empire: What's left of the United States has been taken over by a totalitarian regime called Foundation.
  • Spider-Sense: Gabe has a "kinetic-thermal sense" that gives him an omnidirectional awareness of his surroundings similar to Daredevil's radar sense.
  • Spy Satellites: Foundation has an extensive network of drones that patrol the streets.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The series' first antagonist, Pandahead, runs an Affect trafficking ring.