Dock City used to be great. It grew from one of the first frontier towns into a centre for trans-Pacific trade. It built a fleet of battleships that helped win the Second World War. But an elaborate ring of organised crime grew alongside the legal commerce, and as the shipbuilding industry moved overseas, taking thousand of jobs with it, the mob bosses took over. The city officials who couldn’t be bribed or corrupted were blackmailed or assassinated. Dock City became a war zone. Now it is one of the most divided cities in America, home to some of its richest and some of its poorest citizens.
But in the city’s darkest hour, some flickering candle-flames of hope appeared. Heroes started to stand up and fight back against the crime and corruption in the city. It has not gone unnoticed. Those with wealth and power do not easily let go of either, and now these new heroes will have to join together, to fight those who seek to oppress and exploit the weak and vulnerable, and take back the streets of Dock City.
Tascha Stroviek will be one of these heroes, but she doesn’t know that yet. She grew up in a poor but loving family of second-generation Russian immigrants. She thought that was the most remarkable thing about them until her brother, Yury, had a nightmare at the age of 13. He produced a powerful electrical charge and blew every fuse in the building. Tascha woke up in time to see small ribbons of blue electricity moving across the metal frame of their bunk bed.
Her parents begrudgingly admitted that there was more to their family history than being Russian. They belonged to a secretive race known as Nasledniki, or Inheritors. Although they had no powers themselves, they casually described how Tascha and Yury’s grandfather could control magnetic fields, and how their grandmother had been able to lift up to 50 tonnes. When Yury asked why they had left their people, why they never used their fantastic abilities and why they had never told them any of this before, his mother simply said ‘We hoped God would spare you.’ They would say no more on the subject.
For years Tascha dreamed about what her power would be, but none ever manifested. Her family insisted she focus on school, while Yury put his talents to use working as an electrician. She did as they wanted, and enrolled at Dock City U with a major in journalism, perhaps to spite them, hoping to find out what other secrets the world had hidden from her.
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