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#2. Lodestar

November 2, 2009


All her life, more than anything, Rebecca Anders had wanted to be a normal person.  But that is easier said than done, when your father is a world-renowned scientist, and your mother is a warrior princess from an alien world.  From her mother, Rebecca inherited a host of incredible powers – superhuman strength, speed and durability, the power of flight, and the ability to manipulate light, either through projecting it into blasts of energy or internalising it and turning herself into a dazzlingly bright beacon.  From her father, Rebecca inherited decency, humility, compassion, and all the traits that embody the very best of humanity.

From birth, Rebecca had the potential to be the greatest hero Earth had ever known.  But she didn’t want that.  She loved her mother, dearly, but her alien lineage frightened her.  She never used her natural powers, partly for fear of their public discovery leading to the world learning her mother’s secret, and partly out of denial of who she really was.  All Rebecca wanted was to be human.  As a teenager, Rebecca began taking medication to suppress these powers.  She enrolled in law school, graduated with flying colors, and soon established herself as a defence attorney.  She fell in love with a co-worker, Aaron Chard, and the two married.  She had a perfect life, and she was happy… but it was not to last.

One night, when leaving work, she was assaulted in the car park by a gang of three men.  Robbed at knife-point, with the threat of worse to come, Rebecca was unable to defend herself, the medication she had been taking for so long rendering her superhuman abilities all but non-existent.  It was her husband who intervened and saved her, fighting the gang off, but not before one of them fatally stabbed him.  As the gang fled, Aaron bled to death in his wife’s arms.  Rebecca never took that medication again.  Her denial of her natural gifts had forced the love of her life to be a hero on her behalf, and now he was dead.  Never again would she allow others to fight her battles.  The world had become a grim place, and too many good people had died trying to make it better.  She saw now what her true calling was, to use the gifts she had been born with to fight injustice and protect the helpless.

Still concerned with protecting her mother’s secret, Rebecca Chard (for she had taken her late husband’s name) took on a masked persona.  Hearing of the “lodestar method” in her time at law school, Rebecca had learned that lodestar was a term used to describe a guide, an inspiration, an example to follow.  And so that became her name, and San Diego’s premiere superhero, Lodestar, was born.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2009 1:10 pm

    She’s all ready to jump into the Marvel universe, huh?
    Good idea. And a great name!

  2. johnlees permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:02 pm

    Yeah, I was pretty happy with the name. It’s probably been taken before, though. EVERYTHING has. Thanks for the feedback!

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