It seems that nowadays the hero (usually) or villain has no residual effect on what they have done or what has happened to them. If they do, in most cases, it isn’t long lasting and hardly has any effect on the story in the long run. That I don’t get. I understand that the heroes I’m talking about are larger than life and in that can deal with anything and everything thrown at them. I get it, but I don’t like it. It’s not enough. To me, if there is an emotional tie, it makes the character that much more interesting.
My two favorite comic book character are without doubt Magneto and Batman. I know, I know, everybody likes Batman: Playboy billionaire by day, masked vigilante by night. No powers, but can beat Supes (strongest character in that universe) in a fight using nothing but his will and intelligence. What’s not to like? I like Batman and Mags (I going to refer to Magneto as that from here on in.) however, because they were molded into those larger than life beings by the TRAUMA they went through. Young Bruce saw his parents murdered whist helpless to do anything about it, as Mags (Erik Lehnsherr) who not only survived the attempted genocide of the Jewish faith (the Holocaust), but also the bigotry of mutant persecution which caused the death of his wife and love of his life Magda. Seriously, who wouldn’t be able to at worst SYMPATHIZE with Mags and why he is the way he is. These traumas in their lives are what give them the will to fight whatever fight they have. In that they are so much more interesting than most character s in comic books today.
I wanted my protagonist to not know where the line is and in sometimes cross it. The events that happen in his life have profoundly affected him in a way where he is so focused on what he believes is the right thing to do, he misses whether he should do it or not. The reason of the immaturity in his actions are a result of that trauma happening early on in his life and only having sporadic moments of guidance. In short, he has to figure things out by himself as he goes on, not making the wisest decisions because of that fact.
In the end, Sons of Fate could be called a morality tale. There are consequences, and those consequences not only play out to those involved, but also have a long lasting and far-reaching effect. There are lessons to learn. I wouldn’t call it a morality tale however. To me it is just a life in the lives of many. A situation we all face (although not a grand and far reaching. To me, it is life. An ordinary story wrapped in a Western Samurai Epic.