When Steel Heart was very young, not yet in his double digits, he went by Sterling. He went to school every day, ate the same lunch everyday, and played the same video game everyday. Sterling did not have many friends since he was small and nerdy and quiet. His best friend was his father, a professor of history at Newcago Communal College, who dedicated his life to learning about World War 2. His father taught Sterling everything he knew and would always tell him, “Son, the men in these stories I tell you were some of the most inventive the world has every seen. We need more GOOD men with leadership qualities like Adolf Hitler.”
As Sterling got older, into his teen years, more and more kids began to pick on him. They would exclude him from everything, trip him in the hallways, and shove him into the lockers. When he would tell his dad what happened, he would tell him, ” Stand up for yourself, son. Use some of those leadership qualities I have taught you so much about.” So he would go to school the next day and spread rumors about those who had wronged him. Sometimes, the rumor would grow so much that it would completely trash that persons reputation and Sterling would just smile and revel in his accomplishments.
When he reached the age of 17, his father passed away. He was flying to Germany for a World War 2 tour but his plane unexpectedly crashed. Sterling was so sad and angry that he vowed to always used the things that his father had taught him. He would be the bully instead of the bullied. The kids in school learned to fear him and the teachers would say, ” Watch out for Sterling. His fathers passing has turned his heart to steel.”
One day, in Sterling’s early 20’s, a new star appeared in the sky. When he went to get in the car to go to work, he ripped the door clean off. He experimented with his powers, finding that he was impervious to bullets and he could blast people with power from his palms. He knew what he would do with this new found power. He would become the greatest leader the world had ever seen, just for his dad. He would be even greater than Adolf Hitler, who he had idolized his whole life, thanks to stories from his dad. Little did he know, his father had left him a journal. In the journal it said, “I don’t want my son to grow up to be a bad man. Adolf Hitler was one of the worst in history but he knew how to lead a people. I want my son to take away the leadership qualities but leave the bad qualities where he can never reach them.” Its too bad that the newly named Steel Heart never found his fathers journal…