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CHARACTER CREATION: PATRICK DONOVAN

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When I designed one of the main characters of my series, Patrick Donovan, I based him on the positive aspects of my personality. In addition, I gave him the powers that I would want to have if I was a superhero, which included fire-based powers. Also, he has insecurities and doubts about his potential as a superhero. He is haunted by the murder of his younger sister, which gives him a strong dislike of all that is evil. Patrick starts out as an average teenager who is a social outcast and trying to live a normal life. However, when he becomes superhuman, Patrick has a psychological struggle with his own power, which is linked with his anger and hatred. He does not feel comfortable with the idea that he is considered the team leader, but nevertheless, is eager to join his teammates in their crusade against evil.

SUPERPOWER: DRAGON FIRE MANIPULATION

One of my favorite superpowers has always been pyrokinesis or fire manipulation because of the powerful ferocity it can give the user.  When I was designing one of the main characters of The Young Guardians Saga, Patrick Donovan, I wanted to give him a power that stood apart from ordinary fire manipulation.  To that end, I turned my attention to my favorite of all mythological beasts: dragons.  I wish to give Patrick features of a dragon while maintaining his human form, so I decided to give him the ability to generate and control the very flames that dragons breathe.  Apart from wielding dragon fire, I wanted this power to have a psychological effect on Patrick whenever he uses it to the extreme, which would result in giving Patrick the ferocious mindset of a dragon.