You made an excellent point.
Your question makes him look like the Big Bad
or something. :D He has decency and morality that he follows too, though.
Let's see here...I don't think I can't completely say that without bringing up the backstory of The Hero
and the setting itself.
In my verse, Akashic Records
is where everything comes from and returns to. It's the component that makes up the reality itself. If you success in tapping into Akashic Records
practically allows whoever succeeds EVERYTHING, even such things as immortality, omniscience, and omnipotence.
Marcus isn't interested in divinity; he already lived more than two centuries anyway. What he wants to know is rather simple; what is the right cause to live for. He went through World Wars, crash of idealogies and religions, and watched so many people he cared about dying in, what he thinks are, stupid and senseless causes.
To make it worse, the Council, millenia old society of mages, hired him as a Mad Scientist
to experiment on people because the most common belief back then and now is that AR is only accessible through people's soul. He knew how shady things could be, but figured that it would be worth it and accepts the offer anyway.
As the project goes on, for half a century, his mind becomes more deranged and miserable because of rather inhumane experiments, some of which made him look/feel like Joseph Mengel who he abhored, with little results. After experimenting and killing the son of his late friend, he snaps, kills all the staff in the research department, and goes into hiding.
He hid in Africa, intending to live there until his immortality (something of Power Incontinence
) wears off, but when Matthew, eight years old, comes there with his parents as vacation. Then he gets attacked by a soul-reaping vampire, and pretty much unconsciously, Marcus saves him right before his soul could be assimilated to the vampire.
It's a bit complicated but because his soul was extracted, but not quite assimilated to anything else, it was temporarily sent back to the Akashic Records
, but the Anthropomorphic Personification
doesn't assimilate him into it because he isn't technically dead yet because his vessel is still capable of holding soul. AP, being rather bored
after few billions of years*
without any soul with complete sentience *
, it puts him into something of Lotus-Eater Machine
so he would stay.
Meanwhile back in the physical world, Matthew's parents begs/threaten Marcus to bring their son back to life. He knows that it's futile, but tries anyway. With part of his parents and sister's soul
as fuel, he performs the ritual that might
be able to reach soul beyond physical realm.
In the AR, the call actually reaches both its avatar and Matthew, who chooses to go back because he firmly believes that a child must obey his parents' desire. AP persuades and threatens him, but being a naive and stubborn child he was, he declines. AP gives up (it could've just made him, after all, it's God anyway, but it believes that it's against its own nature) and sends him off, but before sending him back, it engraves on his soul the Connection, a method through which he could tap into it in the utmost emergency situation and warns him to not to use it if possible.
When he returns, after about half a year long comma[hottip:*:the ritual itself was a week long, but the time it actually reached just took that much time...I guess?]], after much rejoicing, Marcus pretty much felt the connection between his soul and the Akashic Records
and decides to stick around him, telling the parents that he wants to see if there's any side effects so he could something about it if there is. Matthew doesn't remember it though.
As the series goes on, Marcus puts him into Training from Hell
and basically suicidal missions so he could abandon his emotion and make accessing AR more easier. Along the way, though, he realizes that he's doing what he hated the most, but still wants the access.
Urgh, never remember writing this much in this forum.
So...how is it now?