Righto, as promised, a character description for George:
George is one of the few heroes who uses his surname as his operating alias; he was a public figure in both his lives once being the mayor of his small town after retiring from the Iron Guard to marry his long-time love, Tabitha. As the premiere superhero of his world, George Seymour-Donovan was born into a normal suburban family and brought up a staunch Christian. In his late 20’s he began teaching at Sunday School, while holding a normal job as a town planner and architect with his own practice. His alter-ego, “Anaheim,” became a full-time Superhero when he partnered with his venture up with Donald McLain, of V&L Architects International. Donald had for a long time been a fan of Anaheim, and secretly suspected that George was the man behind the mask. When presented with the merger proposal, Donald called for a private meeting of both company owners and told George “simply to do what needed to be done,” and to “leave the rest to him.”
What followed was a mutual understanding and life-long friendship between both men; since childhood, Donald and George had been close and though the latter had a good nose for business, the former often wondered just why it was exactly that George hadn’t expanded his enterprise more aggressively. Donald had never asked and George never told; both were of the same mind and understood each other intimately; perhaps even more than brothers, they were true kindred spirits.
In fact it was through Donald that George met the woman who would one day become his wife and the mother of his children, though at the time he wasn’t aware that Tabitha was also in secret the causality-controlling heroine calling herself ‘Kindred.’ At the time, Donald was himself a married family man who had a passion for old artifacts, his hobby being amateur archaeology. By the time the partnership occurred, Donald had already published several papers on the subject, though none of them met any wide critical acclaim.
George started out early as a hero, with his first adventures beginning when he was 18. Early in his career as “Anaheim,” he started out the same as most heroes; making a grand debut in what would become his signature red leather costume, with armour plate protecting his neck and chest. Opting for a similarly red cape, his costume was in part designed by Joanne Dellinger, his high school sweetheart who had turned ballistics analyst in her mid-twenties. In his first battle, he fought and narrowly defeated the villain who would become his arch-nemesis: the self-proclaimed King Chaos, a dictatorial despot who ruled his own private nation and had almost unlimited scientific, underground and monetary resources. Their feud spanned most of Anaheim’s career, with King Chaos finally being unmasked as the foreign student who once schooled with George; where George was the good-natured, intellectual lad who held his own in sports, Abdullah Bhakir, a well-built and handsome young man of Arabic-American descent and next in line to the throne, excelled in sports and was spoiled rotten. In their epic battle, King Chaos was seemingly killed, but in realms outside the Void Lands, there are whispers that Bhakir may have survived the destruction of his own ‘Verse.
In the decade that followed after his debut, George continued to develop his powers but more importantly, took an interest in philosophy which saw him begin to study the fundamental likenesses between good and evil, beginning to strive to understand them instead of simply placing a label on either then sticking to his guns. In his eighth year as a full-time hero he founded the Iron Guard, a group of crusaders against the “negative and potentially detrimental elements that would willingly cause harm to the planet‘s populace,” in his own words. Operating at first as an Earth-based team, the Iron Guard’s exploits soon took them off-world and earned them respect as well as recognition in the interstellar scheme of things; they were instrumental in diffusing potentially explosive interplanetary feuds as well as taking part in operations to counter multiple-cosmos level threats. In assembling his team, George sought out individuals who had not only proven themselves in terms of power and skill, but also in terms of ideals and matters of conscience. He did not want a band of mercenaries or hardline idealists; the world had enough of those. Instead, he brought together people of level minds and more importantly, open minds. He ended up with nine companions who shared the better part of his adventures, and finally ten when Kindred joined them. As a group, the Iron Guard earned for itself even greater acclaim in not only its own ‘Verse, but also in neighbouring dimensions and timelines.
In its twenty-seventh year, with its members closing in on their mid-forties, the Iron Guard’s members declared personal retirement and the group disbanded leaving behind its protégés, a band of young heroes who had been independently chosen to succeed each member of the old team. Calling themselves the New Guard, they continued in Anaheim’s footsteps and ideas for the next eleven years. Many new heroes joined them, many new teams were formed, and the Platinum Age came thanks to great advancements in science and technology.
During this time George and Tabitha married, finally realising the dream they each held for just over a decade. For another five years, they lived in bliss with the hope of children. George went back to his practice, and was welcomed back by Donald. Declining a Director’s seat, he again took to the more interesting work in the field and formed a new establishment within V&L that dealt with landscaping as well as earth-moving equipment. At this time he also met and conversed with many current philosophers studying the works of the Greats, deepening his own views on light and dark. He earned an Honorary Doctorate for the paper he co-published with Donald, that analysed the nature of “good” and “evil” throughout the history of mankind as perceived by man in various stages of development. The paper met limited acclaim before it was eclipsed several months later by another paper with an anonymous author. George returned to teaching in Sunday School, and became active in the local community before successfully running for Mayor. In the process of taking office, he sold his shares in V&L back to Donald for a sum that would allow both him and Tabitha to retire comfortably. It was the perfect ending to a life of serving the public, keeping them safe from any and all threat.