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Old 08-18-2019, 08:21 PM   #11
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2 things. First, and this isn't related to what you asked, but Truthfulness is a weird fit for someone with a secret identity.
I know, right? She's gonna be earning those points. :)
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:27 PM   #12
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On the Skills tab, click on Piloting, then click on Edit.
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Yeah, removing the skill and putting it back up fixed the issue.
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:29 PM   #13
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Piloting defaults to IQ-6, which gives her 11, equal to her DX. Her skill level of DX+1 should be costing her [2] not [3].

Did you change DX or IQ after you'd started buying skills? When you do that, GCA retains the number of points in skills, not the skill levels.
You and Carl called it: I had bumped DX after I bought Piloting, so when I deleted the skill and put it back in it defaulted to IQ-6, or 11. 2 points knocked it back up to 12.
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:43 PM   #14
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On the flip side of the coin, DC embraces the secret identity at all levels. In fact, at one point it was actually illegal to unmask a super's secret identity, even for medical reasons (including autopsies).
Yeah, I more or less conceptualized this one as per pg 139 of Supers; with legal recognition of super identities she can honestly fight crime as 'Professor Planck' while keeping 'Mary Pham' out of it, because who wants to be trending on social media? She can't be a vigilante, of course. And if there's a government registration system in her world, she signed up for it at the first opportunity.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:42 PM   #15
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It is illegal to operate under a Secret Identity though because, in all of the other cases, you have to give authorities your legal name when confronted by police, going to court, etc. A character with Secret Identity cannot give the authorities their legal name without basically losing the Secret Identity. Now, a super could register as an approved super, basically gaining Legal Enforcement Powers, and gain a legal Alternate Identity, in which they could be honest and truthful without difficulty.
It's illegal to give false information to the police, and there's certainly things Spider-Man can't legally do that Peter Parker can (vote, collect social security, etc), but just having a Secret Identity isn't illegal. You would just need to avoid the police and not go to court.

The bigger issue is vigilantism - this super would need a setting where costumed heroes are legal.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:43 PM   #16
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A couple of relevant posts from "Law and the Multiverse". (For those that aren't familiar with it, it's a long-running blog from an actual lawyer who's also a comic book nerd, so he likes to examine questions just like this from a (US) legal point of view.)

Superheroes and Alter Egos
Costumes and the Confrontation Clause

(The short form: it's not entirely clear -- of course not, it's law -- as courts can and have made exceptions to publically identifying witnesses. Such exceptions are rare, though. But one big loophole is that this is all only relevant if the super is giving testimonial evidence -- that is, they personally are testifying to criminal actions they observed from the supervillain, or whatever. Merely, say, capturing a bad guy and leaving him hanging an a web with an affadavit pinned to his chest for the police to pick up doesn't require testimony. And for witnesses that are testifying, you can only ask relevant questions. "What is your real name, Superman", might not be considered as relevant. But then, there's the exception to the exception -- the defense might want to establish identity for purposes of impeaching the super-witness, if they could show some personal bias or whatever.)
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