The sequel to this thread. To recapitulate the premise: Pallas Athena has decided that the the major metropolis you live in is a wretched hive of villainy in need of a superhero, and she’s chosen you for the job. Your powers include Captain America-level physical skills; movie!Mysteique level shapeshfting, allowing you to impersonate any human being of your approximate size; teleportation within a 30-mile radius; and clairvoyance of events up to 24 hours into the future, so long as they are happening within your teleport range.
As our tale begins, it’s sunset on a chilly Monday. After a busy weekend of do-gooding via derring-do, you have decided to take the night off. But just as you’re setting in to watch the last several Doctor Who episodes, you get not one but two precognitive flashes of crap you’ll need to.
Flash one is a lynching of a dirty cop: not merely on the take with the mob, but in the sense ofalso given to using excessive force on persons of the wrong skin color at any excuse. Several months ago this cop flat-out murdered a middle-schooler for for the heinous crime of not being white: you’re absolutely certain of that, as you witnessed the crime clairvoyantly but were a half-second too late to save the kid. You couldn’t testify in his trial–your visions are not admissable as testimony–and he was acquitted a week ago. Much of the crap you spent the last several days dealing with was a result of white and black citizens fighting over the issue. Now a group of citizens have decided to string the fucker up. If you port to his side right now, you’ll have barely enough time to save him.
Flash two is of a kidnapping. Fir some months now, a sadistic homophobic bitch has been abducting boy-whores in a nearby city, taking them to various hideaways, and torturing them for hours before releasing them, leaving them traumatized and emasculated but breathing ; in fact, she goes out of her way to keep them alive, on account of dead people not suffering any more. You’ve been foillowing the story in the news but have been unable to intervene because all the assaults have taken place outside your teleport/ESP radius, so you never get any advance warning. But for the first time, the SHB has ventured inside your territory. The abduction has already happened; the SHBhas tazed her victim and is driving away with. At this moment they’re at the very edge of your T/E range. If you let them get any further away you’ll be unable to track them.
There’s no time for you to stop both crimes or even anyone for help. Do you save the streetwalker from torment or stop the lynching?