Anonymous asked: I just read Daughters of Cain (really liked it btw) and was wondering a couple things, though who knows, my questions might be answered in the future anyway! Are Cass and Tim dating? How did they meet? If Cass was bred to be a good martial artist, does she actually know any? And since Steph wasn't, how did she do under training? A lot of Cain's children died or went wrong.
Cass and Tim are in a somewhat odd friends with non-sexual benefits relationship. They do kind of couple-ly things, and they’re really close, but they’re not actually sure how to describe their relationships. They meet in a modified, less violent version of Robin and Spoiler’s first meeting.
Cass doesn’t know much martial arts, besides what Tim, and to a lesser extent, Huntress and Catwoman, have taught her. But she’s naturally athletic and really good at climbing things. Plus she does have experience from childhood fights - she can throw a mean punch.
Steph struggled as a child, but more from Cain’s issues about losing his preferred subject. Prodigies are - to a large extent - made, not born. And Lamarck was not right, so Cain was operating off a flawed hypothesis to start with. Steph’s good. Not as good as canon!Cass at certain things, but better at others. She’s really good at communicating nonverbally, not just understanding nonverbal stuff.