Let’s talk about Patrick some more!
It’s a tried, but true concept in superhero fiction. The Brick House, the orphanage where Patrick was raised, was administering drugs to the children. The drugs eventually caused the development of superpowers. Patrick was the only child lucky (or unlucky) enough to become a telepath, which is a rarity in this superhero world.
The other children will make appearances since Patrick still cares for most of them. I’ve been rolling random powersets using a variety of different lists so I can have a number of concepts to work with. I have a nice list of interesting concepts that I can pull from to design some of the kids. I figure Patrick looks out for about 5-7 children still, all in varying stages of super-development.
The destruction of the Brick House destroyed most of the records. Most of the staff and all the children were inside when the building burned. Not all the bodies were accounted for, but authorities declared all inhabitants dead.
As a result, Patrick is legally dead. That’s why he’s working under the table.
I figure he never tried to reclaim his identity because he knows that on some level what happened to him at the Brick House was bad, and he’d rather not be located by any of the orphanage’s sponsors. He was twelve when the orphanage burned, so he was old enough to remember much of his situation.
The reasons for the drug testing could be anything. Maybe the sponsors were trying to create a breed of super-soldiers (like Fringe, Cloak and Dagger, or Weapon X). Or maybe they were just an unethical pharmaceuticals group that used orphaned children as their test subjects. Whatever the case, Patrick knows several children developed powers before him, and several of those went mad or died.
So, Patrick’s got a lot of potential story arcs going for him. Brick House sponsors could resurface and learn who Patrick is. His kids, either at home or moved on, could get into trouble. Some might end up on the wrong side of the hero/villain scale. Patrick’s parents can emerge. They claimed financial inability to support a child and voluntarily gave up parental rights, then severed contact.
He also has a personal hero-figure. This character can be toyed with for story purposes. Once Patrick takes on a more real super-hero lifestyle, he may even get to meet his idol.
Also, when his avatar is summoned, his other telepathic powers are locked out. Moreover, when he reaches extreme emotional states, the avatars can spontaneously manifest and act on their own. Their actions are dictated by Patrick’s own instincts. It’s hard for me to explain. Essentially the avatar is still linked to Patrick’s mind, but it acts independently based on the emotion that it represents. Patrick has to track it down and re-absorb it into his psyche. This makes for a good short story arc.
Well, there’s not much more to add right now. My next plan is to draft a few rough sketches of Patrick. I need to do a few roughs of Osoron, too. So I’ll try to do that over the next week or so.
I’ll also make a few quick lists of other concepts that I’ll be working with later on in this development process.
I also need to archive the comic and make this blog information more prominent.
Anyway, looking forward to hearing your thoughts!