Origin of The Quantum Mechanic
It was always expected that civil engineer and philanthropist Errol Sprague’s first born son would be successful in whatever intellectual field he chose to apply himself. The Sprague pedigree had fostered genes well suited to the various academic pursuits, with the family tree possessing branches bearing more doctors, lawyers and architects than any other in history. Errol’s engineering company had done so well during the boom period of the 1920’s that when the Great Depression came along, he could afford to exercise his charitable nature to the full, employing many more men than the company actually needed in order to ease the financial woes of many in support of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’. Sentinel City’s architectural landscape was completely transformed during this period thanks to Sprague & Son’s many construction projects.
No one however, could have predicted that Errol’s son William would become the youngest person to accept a degree at Harvard University. Aged just 14, the younger Sprague had become a legitimate phenomenon, leaving the prestigious college with a degree in physics under his belt. Later in the young scientists career, William would go on to scoop a Nobel Peace Prize after developing a new quantum theory on other dimensions and bringing a revolutionary new irrigation technology to parts of Africa, for his father’s company. Hailed as the ‘New Einstein’, William was heralded as an almost god-like figure by those his inventions and technology helped around the world.
But no such individual could journey through life without engendering jealous reactions from some of his contemporaries. Dr. Eugene Xander, the young geneticist whose poineering research the filed of DNA was beaten to the Nobel prize by Dr. Sprague and consequently, began a long career of rivalry and downright animosity towards the quantum genius. This animosity led Xander to steal some of his rival’s research material on other dimensions. Experimenting with this research, Dr. Xander created a device that widened a hole in space-time, connecting our dimension to a dimension that would become later known as The Cascade. Filled with a mysterious energy that proved to be the source of super-powers in this dimension, Xander too was affected by this energy and became a super-human. Dr Eugen X (as he became known after this point) would plague the actions of William Sprague thereafter.