Gear is stuff a person uses to complete a task. This is not limited to, but does include, agents.
There are many supplies which agents going into a badfic may find useful.
Note that, with only a few exceptions (mostly Sufficiently Advanced Technology), it is highly preferable that any supplies taken into a continuum should be available in that continuum. (Sorry, no flamethrowers in Middle-earth... usually.)
- A sturdy backpack.
- Bleeprin or its derivatives, to handle the inevitable trauma.
- Food and water.
- Rope, zip ties, duct tape, or tranquilizer darts/hypospray/etc. to restrain struggling Sues or insane partners.
- A camera, if one is a shutterbug and/or idolizes Jay.
- A music player with a set of earphones. Helps to pass the time and drown out Sue singing.
- A deck of cards.
- Your towel.
A great many useful devices can help an agent on their mission. The most common include:
- A CAD.
- A remote activator.
- A D.O.R.K.S., if the agent deems it necessary to change disguises without returning to their response center.
- A crash dummy, if going into a first- or second-person fic.
- A neuralyzer and a good pair of sunglasses.
Considerations when choosing a weapon include:
- The weapon's status as canonical for the world to be visited.
- The agent's skill with the weapon. Most have favorites.
- Assassins dealing with Warrior!Sues may wish to choose a ranged weapon, so as not to come within arm's reach of the Sue and her unrealistic fighting ability.
- Ideally, a weapon should blend in with the agent's disguise.
- The agent's department. Protecting yourself from lust-crazed possessed bad slash couples is, after all, quite a different thing from the strategy involved in killing a Sue sniper-style while your partner distracts her with a charge list.
Agents who expect to have to exorcise a Sue-wraith should bring their exorcism kit. It includes the three traditional components of "bell, book, and candle." Agents who forget their exorcism kits have been known to improvise.
- The bell is any object that makes a loud noise. It can be a literal bell, a foghorn, a trumpet, or even the agent's voice.
- The book is most important. It consists of the appropriate piece of canon that is being violated by the Sue-wraith. It need not be printed; it can be something like a DVD or a stereo playing an appropriate song.
- The candle creates light. It can be a literal candle, a flashlight, a lighter, or some other light source. It is an optional component of the ritual, but is thought to make it more effective.
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