Miracle City Marvels
MegaVolt / Diego
13-year-old metahuman with energy based abilities
Alternate Form (Electricity) 5
Element Control (Electricity) 5
Power Use (Elemental Control)
Still getting used to my powers
Identity : Adopted hispanic son of a multi-millionaire
Connections : Still has friends in old town
“Trained” in the _theory _of superhero tactics
Weakness : Peanut Allergy
“Father” is secretly a supervillian
Abandoned at birth, 13-year-old Diego considers himself very lucky. After spending the first eight years of his life at the orphanage on whose front step he was found, Diego had all but given up any hope of being adopted. Then, the incredible happened, he was adopted. Not just by a random couple wanting a kid, but by Rafael Valdez, one of the richest men in the city! It was like something out of a TV movie of the week. This sort of thing didn’t happen in real life and at first Diego was wary, suspecting the man of ulterior motives.
However, Diego’s suspicions soon proved to be unfounded. Rafael never told Diego why he had adopted him, and Diego never asked, but he treated the boy as if he was his own flesh and blood. Within a few short months, Diego began to call the man father, even changing his surname from Gomez to Valdez. As the years passed, Rafael employed a series of tutors to homeschool his adopted son in a wide variety of educational areas and took the time out from his busy schedule to ensure that he had a proper moral upbringing, instilling in Diego a strong sense of right and wrong. He encouraged Diego to pursue a variety of hobbies and interests whilst remaining firm but fair in his attempts to prevent Diego from becoming spoiled.
Shortly after Diego’s 13th birthday (about six months ago), Diego’s powers slowly began to manifest. At first, just a few minor things, but they quickly grew in magnitude. He successfully (or so he thinks) managed to conceal these powers from his friends and his father. He didn’t know why he did this, but a little voice told him to keep quiet and tell no one.
As the weeks passed and his powers grew, the desire to do something with them also grew and the first opportunity game purely by chance. He was heading home after spending the day hanging out with his friends in Kennedy. Diego had chosen to use his bike that day instead of using one of his father’s drivers (turning up in the old neighbourhood in an expensive car always made him feel uncomfortable) and had stopped off at a convenience store to get something to drink. Just as he was about to open the door, he spotted a man at the counter holding the cashier at gunpoint. Diego didn’t really stop to think and immediately morphed into his electrical form (a trick that he had just mastered) and ‘ported into the store behind the robber, emerging from one of the overhead lights (another recently mastered trick). Diego quickly subdued the robber. As sirens heralded the rapid approach of police, the cashier asked him who he was. Diego, in a moment of panic, glanced around and the first thing he saw was a rack of soda cans. “Jolt … er Volt. Yeah, MegaVolt. My name is MegaVolt.” With that, he ‘ported out, shifted back to human form and collected his bike.
Rafael Valdez is not who he says he is. To the public, he is an independently wealthy, multi-millionaire, who got rich playing the stock market. He gives significant sums of money every year to charities and good causes. He is a devoted father to his adopted son and is considered to be “one of the good guys”. The criminal underworld know him as Talon (although they are unaware of the link between Talon and Valdez) who ten years ago came out of nowhere and rapidly established himself as a major player in the criminal community, seizing control of several gangs and organisations, rising to the upper echelons of the power ladder.
But even this is a lie. His real name is Diego Gomez. And he is from the future. Not that far, just a few decades. In that future he is known as a vicious supervillain who grew up in Miracle City and became involved in low level crime at a young age. By the time he grew into his powers at age 13, he was already in juvenile detention for his part in an armed robbery. His first major use of his powers to start a riot, kill a rival gang member and break out of prison. Over the next twenty years, he carved his way through the South West, becoming one of the preeminent villains of his time.
But, things began to change. After a lifetime of crime, he experienced something he never expected, regret. Looking back on his life, he began to wish that he’d made different choices, done things differently. The blood of hundreds, if not thousands was on his hands, and even though it had given him power and wealth, he still felt remorse. Then, one day, his orders led to something so terrible, so gut wrenching that he couldn’t even look in the mirror anymore. He began to believe that if someone had just given him a chance as a kid, instead of discarding him and resigning him to a young life of institutional care, then things would’ve been different. Over the next few years, this feeling became so strong that he decided to act on it.
Somehow, he found a way to create a portal through time, either by stealing a magic artefact or by coercing a scientist to create a device. It was to be a one-way trip with no coming back but he didn’t care. Armed with mountains of data on the last thirty years, he went back to a point in time two years before he was born. He spent the next ten years using the data he had brought with him to establish his public persona as a wealthy philanthropist called Rafael Valdez whilst at the same time creating a small criminal empire under the identity of Talon. When he was ready, he waited until his younger self was eight and approached the orphanage where he was staying. In three weeks, his younger self would be approached by two of the older boys and pressured into acting as a look out as the dealt drugs on a nearby street corner for one of the local gangs. Rafael had identified this as the pivotal moment to change. By “adopting” his younger self at this point he could prevent his younger self being ensnared into a life of crime.
Bribing the administrator in charge of the orphanage, Rafael all but bought Diego and took him home. Over the next few years he attempted to raise Diego “properly”, trying his best to instill a proper set of values. All the time knowing that in just five years, his powers would begin to show. The education he received, the martial arts he was subtlety encouraged to take up, all were done in an attempt to train and prepare him without Diego realising what his “father” was doing. Preparing him to be a superhero.
Once Diego’s powers manifested, Rafael used his Talon identity to begin arranging “incidents” to test his younger self’s abilities and resolve.