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Auctoritas non veritas facit legem.

xxxxxWillowy, soft-spoken, and deferent, Hua Tian-shin seems an unlikely lawyer and an even less likely activist.


xxxxxHua Tian-shin was born and raised in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the middle child of a Chinese immigrant family. She spent her early years helping her parents run their bookshop and studying hard to make them proud. Her older sister was brilliant but wild, her younger brother obedient but academically mediocre. As such, she felt a great deal of pressure to achieve not only a high-paying profession, but one that would be of use to family and community.

xxxxxThe entire family was thrown into chaos when the eldest child was revealed to be both transgender and a mutant with the ability to manipulate colors, then ran away. It would be years before any of them see him again, calling himself 'Tag'. Tian-shin, in the meantime became the de facto eldest child with all the responsibilities that entails.

xxxxxWhen her father’s business associates offered to pay her way through law school in return for her services after graduation, she jumped at the opportunity. It was only by degrees that she came to understand that her future employers were members of a criminal syndicate called the Chung Yu Tong, under the leadership of a man named Chung Ling-yin.

xxxxxAfter passing the bar, Tian-shin joined Li and Associates, a small law firm that primarily serves Chinese clients affiliated with Boss Chung. Though competent and well-regarded, she was uncomfortable with her continued involvement with the tong. It took learning that their father kidnapped Tag with syndicate assistance to make her quit.

xxxxxThe aftermath found her brother free but unwilling to have much to do with the family. Their father went missing and is presumed dead. Tian-shin herself began freelancing, first out of the family's home above the bookshop, and later from the Commons after moving in with her brother. More recently, she has joined the faculty at Xavier's, teaching Mandarin Chinese and Law and Morality.


xxxxxTian-shin can sense the chemical composition of matter, but she cannot identify it innately; she must learn to match her sense of a substance with its name and chemical properties. The precision and detail of her matter sense diminishes with distance and the heterogeneity of the material.

xxxxxMore dramatically, she can bring about chemical reactions if she understands the underlying mechanism. Her power can stand in for a catalyst or supply activation energy, but not both at the same time, and she cannot induce a change of state, fission, or fusion (although these may occur as a result the of a reaction she produces). The degree to which she must concentrate on a reaction is proportional to the amount of material affected and its distance from her person, but the complexity of a reaction does not in itself influence her ability to produce it.

xxxxxIf she attempts to push her range or capacity, she gets sloppy--in quantity, location, or even type of reaction. If she persists, she can physically exhaust herself and lose consciousness. She is not immune to the harmful effects of the byproducts her reactions produce.



  • Hive - Has probably saved her brother's life more than just the once.
  • Melinda Chylds - Kind and meticulous; went far above and beyond the call of duty for both Tian-shin and Tag.


  • Hua Yong - Father. Missing. Presumed dead. Good riddance.


  • Hua Mei-lan - Mother, and a cautionary tale for deferring too much.
  • Chung Ling-yin - Leader of the Chung Yu Tong criminal syndicate and new stepfather.
  • Tag - Older brother (born Hua Tsai-hong), and a constant source of well-founded worry.
  • Hua Tian-yi - Younger brother, and a severe disappointment.

To be determined

  • Murphy Law - Saved her entire family from her father. Intriguing.

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Hua Tian-shin
Codename None
Birthdate 1989-01-05
Species Mutant
Affiliation None
Alignment Neutral Good
Powers Chemokinesis
Occupation Lawyer/Teacher
RP Hooks
Activist - Tian-shin volunteers what time she can to various progressive causes and maintains a blog ('Lex Ferenda') addressing social justice with a view toward jurisprudence.
Freelance - Having recently departed from a small but prosperous firm, she has established her own practice with an eye toward representing mutants.
Old Maid - Lamenting her lack of grandchildren, Tian-shin's mother is constantly trying to marry her off to a "successful man".
Kung-Fu Fighting - She harbors a semi-secret love for campy wu-xia books and films, which has inspired her to study wu-shu.
  • (2024-06-05)
Bike Lives in the Heart
  • (2024-04-29)
In which the bricks fall / we pick them up off the ground / to throw, or to build?
  • (2024-04-28)
Coffee for my Family
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In Which A Number Of Interviewees Are Approximately As Forthcoming As Could Be Expected
  • (2024-03-31)
In Which Some Mongrels Have a Very Productive Work Retreat
  • (2024-03-11)
In Which a Very Fancy Beach Is Invaded by Some Very Unfancy Dogs
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Deep Cut
  • (2024-02-24)
Meerkats vs. X-Men
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Business Prospects
  • (2023-12-31)
In Which You Have Made People Like the Fish of the Sea, Like Crawling Things That Have No Ruler.
  • (2023-10-09)
Extralegal Justice
  • (2022-04-11)
  • (2022-03-31)
Dispatches From Jail
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Wrong Question
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Backup Power
  • (2022-02-19)
Legal Aid
  • (2022-02-16)
Wise Counsel
  • (2021-06-17)
Good Parents
  • (2021-04-04)
Important Folk
  • (2021-02-26)
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Escort Mission
  • (2020-10-26)
A Moment's Rest
  • (2020-10-19)
Undesirable Elements
  • (2020-10-17)
Making Noise
  • (2020-10-16)
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.
  • (2020-10-12)
Of Parents and Performances (Or, Family Weekend)
  • (2020-09-07)
For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
  • (2020-08-27)
(Not) Freaking Out
  • (2020-04-26)
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Patient Zero
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On Course
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First Rule of Fight Club
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Lake Monsters
Archived Logs
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Splash Zone
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Better Angels
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Back To School
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Little Fanfare
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Family Time
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A Friend for Dinner
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Crank up the Volume
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Double Dragon
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Too Slow
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Borrowing Fire
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Justice Fail
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Right to Counsel
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Support Staff
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Outgunned, Outmanned
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Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall
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Parental Advisory
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Dogs of War
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Vignette - Olive Branch
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Good Chinese Girl
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Cold Comfort
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The Scouring of the City
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Emails - Speculative
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Welcome Mat
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Visiting Hours
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Also, Zombies
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Cat Tree
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In Which Cure Is Administered, But Not To Everyone
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Sick Party
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How to Halloween
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Secret Team
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Drawing Down the Moon
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Truth Bomb
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In Which There Is A Distinct Lack Of Stabbing
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  • (2015-07-31)
Round Up
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Server Fault
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