Character Concept #1: Backstory & Purpose

Backstory

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland to an American father and a Scottish mother. After his mother mysteriously died during childbirth, his father soon after relocated the family to live with Simons grandmother is Los Angeles. Growing up he was always a sheltered child, after having to helplessly watch his wife die whilst giving birth, his father forbade him to do anything of noteworthy “risk”. He spent his childhood being homeschooled by his father for the most part, thus garnering a more introverted personality.

At the age of 12, his father started to be more frequent with his out of town excursions. It was around this time that Simon received his skateboard that his grandfather gifted him for christmas. Hesitant to use it at first, he began practicing with the aid of his grandpa in their garden. The first initial tries, Simon would fall but rise straight backup with a grin on his face. Eventually on his first solo trial run, he ended up breaking his own nose after daring to pull off a trick he had seen others perform at the local skatepark. This left the distinguishing scar covering the entirety of the bridge on his nose. Also, this was relatively close to the time when he befriended his now best friend Dex. They met after Simon began calming the slightly younger Dex whilst his sister continued neglected him at the local skate park. Soon after they both struck up a great comradery with Simon teaching Dex how to Skateboard. Other than this, Simons childhood was overshadowed by the over sheltering influence of his father who objected to Simon using the Skateboard gifted to him by his grandfather. Nonetheless Simon continued to object to his father’s demands.

Around the time Simon was 16, he began to be more daring with the activities he began to partake in. It started with Rock Climbing and escalated very quickly into Skydiving. Attributed to with his fathers increasing frequency of out of town activities. After dropping out of school a year later, he began having the desire to skydive more. Growing obsessed with it, issuing the point that “When you’re falling with the Earth below you, the wind through your hair and with the slight chance of your parachute not working, that’s the biggest rush. And i don’t think i could leave that behind to work in front of a computer screen all my life”
Doing just that, Simon began seeking employment as an instructor. Much to his naive perspective on life, he thought he could easily walk into the job and make money, oh how wrong he was. After many setbacks and obstacles he finally got an apprenticeship, barely being able to observe client based work for months.

It wasn’t until he was around 20 years old that he finally became a semi-qualified instructor. Around this time his father ceased communication out of disgust for Simon putting his life at risk, and effectively vanished from his life. It wasn’t long before skateboarding to work one particular morning that he was pulled off of his board by a group of masked individuals and taken into an abandoned factory not far from his route to work. They questioned him for hours on the whereabouts of his father, threatening him with violence if said information wasn’t communicated. Not knowing where his father was or what he had done to deserve this type of audience, the confrontation turned violent. After hours of torture with no answer to give, a rush of adrenaline in Simons metabolic system sent a blast of psychic energy out, rendering the entire room unconscious. Escaping his bonds he quickly grabbed his skateboard and ran, eventually the assailants caught up to him. But before they could grab him, unknowingly Simon lifted the skateboard and himself into the air and continued obliviously whilst onlookers were astounded at the spectacle before them.
It wasn’t long before Simon realised he was essentially flying on his skateboard, making an abrupt crash landing near to his apartment, he bombarded the doors and began to decipher what had happened. Being a comic book fan, he initially realised that he had some form of Telekinetic Ability, testing said theory upon lifting a carton of Chinese food leftover from two nights ago. Plunging into his collection of comics to figure his next move out he knew he needed to find his father before a worser fate befitted him. Not wanting to jeopardize his identity further, he began constructing an identity to protect his friends and family. Fashioning a costume out of his spare skydiving suit, he donned the costume and set out to learn what he has become and to find answers.

Purpose
After gaining his abilities Simon’s purpose became solely driven towards finding his father. He isn’t what comic books would define as a ‘Hero’ as he doesn’t proactively fly around stopping crime. If he sees crime being committed in front of him he won’t hesitate to lend a hand but he’s more focused on finding his father and discovering why he has these powers in the first place. Whilst also maintaining his dual identities and keeping out of sight from the watchful eye of the Rhombus.

Over the course of his story after he finds his father in the kind of ‘state’ that he his in, then Simon’s reasoning shifts from wanting answers to primarily wanting the people responsible to answer for what they have done. Additionally, his voyage of self discovery will dock in uncharted territory with Simon discovering his Psionic origins that will reveal the secret that his father fled to protect.

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