Flores

And here we are, finally catching up with Runaways. In episode 4, Fifteen, we meet the last (for now) new character introduced by the show. During a flashback, in fact, we learn that Nico Minoru tried to call an ambulance for her suicidal (?) sister Amy, but her mother Tina prevented her from doing it, and she called a police detective she knew to cover everything up. The detective in question is Flores, portrayed by Alex Fernandez, the same one who prevents Robert Minoru and Victor Stein to be arrested after trying to kidnap a hobo, and whose presence convinces Nico of the uselessness of asking help to the police. In the comics, Flores has more or less the same function, but his main ties with The Pride are not the Minorus. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about young Lieutenant Flores, not even his first name. Born in Los Angeles, he joined LAPD and became a police officer, but it’s more than likely that he was dirty from the beginning, and that he owed his career to the crimelords of the West Coast: Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder. The deal between them was simple: he covered their illicit operations up, while they used their remarkable power and influence to make him advance in the food chain within LAPD. The tasks the Wilders demanded of him were pretty simple, usually, and they mostly involved closing an eye if some runaway or prostitute disappeared without leaving trace, and Flores earned quite a lot of easy money just not doing anything. Then, of course, things became more complicated, as they always do. The Wilders contacted him to find someone, rather than to make them disappear, a group of kids that included also their son, Alex. The kids had run away from home, and their parents wanted them back at all costs. Problem was, Flores had no idea where to start his researches, as the kids seemed to have inherited their parents’ skills and connections, as they had apparently vanished. Believing he was doing the best interest of his employers, Flores contacted two heroes from the East Coast who were somewhat specialized in runaways and street kids: Cloak and Dagger, who arrived in L.A. in a matter of seconds, and joined Lt. Flores’ task force.

Hiring superheroes is not exactly a bright idea when you’re working for supervillains, and Catherine Wilder made that point clear when she shot Flores to the leg, destroying his kneecap: The Pride didn’t like to have vigilantes in their turf. This wound obviously took Flores away from the scenes for a while, recovering in a hospital. It was there that he received an anonymous call, that informed him of where the hideout of the Runaways was: a building sunk underneath the city they called The Hostel. Finally having a chance to redeem himself, Flores left the hospital, and personally led a SWAT team to The Hostel, where he had all the intentions of apprehending the kids for his employers. Unfortunately, he once again underestimated the kids’ resources, and one of them, Nico Minoru, destroyed the building by making the cave around it collapse. While all the cops in the SWAT unit were killed in the collapse, Lt. Flores barely escaped with his life, despite his plastered leg. Troubles weren’t over, however: he had to face his employer to report yet another failure. This time, he met Geoffrey Wilder, and when he pulled out a gun, he was sure he would have lost also the other kneecap. He was wrong. Tired of a resource that was becoming more and more a liability, Geoffrey quickly put an end to Flores’ life, unable to stand his failures anymore. So much for money and glory.

Lt. Flores is an overly ambitious and greedy man, who renounced to any form of honesty and integrity for money and career. Allegedly pretty smart when it comes to regular investigations, it turns out that most of his successes were a gift from The Pride, and that he actually isn’t as brilliant as he lets his colleagues believe him to be. An amateur like Flores, however, should be careful while playing with the grown-ups…

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Old Lace

Still trying to catch up with Runaways, we meet one of the most expected (and loved) characters in the comics, and probably in the series also. In episode 3, Destiny, we get our first proper look at the “monster in the basement” that terrifies Molly: the genetically-engineered dinosaur Old Lace. In the show, Old Lace has been created by Dale and Stacey Yorkes to be the family’s “guard dog”, in their plan to rebel to The Pride and escape. Apparently, she obeys to Gertrude…just like in the comics, albeit there this is not an “unexpected side effect”, but the dinosaur’s main purpose. Let’s see together.

This genetically-engineered Deinonychus (though at first she was mistaken for a Velociraptor) was created in the 87th Century in a secret, most likely illegal lab, commissioned by the time-traveling criminals Dale and Stacey Yorkes. The dinosaur was implanted with some specific characteristics, such as the instinct to protect (and obviously never harm) any member of the Yorkes family, and an empathic, quasi-telepathic bond with Gertrude, the Yorkes’ daughter. The Deinonychus, in fact, was designed to be Gert’s bodyguard after her parents died, and she was brought back to the 21st Century with the 4-D Time Portico, and hidden in the Yorkes’ basement, where she was nurtured up to maturity. She was supposed to be given to Gert only when she reached 18 years old, but the girl found the dinosaur while she was looking in her parents’ basement for the body of a girl she had seen her parents murder. Understandably scared by the dinosaur, Gert and her friends left her in the basement and ran away, but the Deinonychus followed them to the Steins‘ home, and right on time, as she saved her mistress by the members of The Pride who were about to kill her. Finally understanding the bond she had with the dinosaur, Gert named her Old Lace (being a couple with her own nick, “Arsenic“), and she decided to keep her. From that moment, Old Lace accompanied Gert and the Runaways in all their adventures.

Old Lace’s bond with Arsenic grew with time, and the dinosaur only obeyed Gert, with her actions depending on her mistress’ emotions (she attacked when Gert was scared or angry, she felt pain when Gert did, and so on). Albeit she came to like also the other Runaways, Old Lace didn’t listen to their commands, with only one exception: during the final battle between the Runaways and the Pride, in the Marine Vivarium, Arsenic was knocked out by Alice Hayes, but before passing out she ordered Old Lace to follow Alex Wilder‘s orders. This didn’t prove to be a good idea, actually, as Alex turned out to be a mole working with The Pride. As the Gibborim arrived to claim their prize, however, Gert came back to her senses, took control of Old Lace again, and escaped with her before the gods destroyed the Vivarium, killing Alex and The Pride. As soon as they escaped, the Runaways were found and stopped by Captain America, who put them in foster care: Old Lace was entrusted to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and separated from Gert. Depressed and alone, the dinosaur resumed all her usual vitality when her mistress came to “save” her, and they resumed their life together. They shared many adventures again, and Old Lace was even transformed into a small dog (“Old Yeller“) by Nico Minoru to disguise her during a mission with Cloak. Everything changed for the dinosaur when a younger version of Geoffrey Wilder stabbed Gertrude to the chest, killing her: Arsenic successfully transferred her telepathic link with OL to Chase Stein, but the dinosaur felt all her pain and her fear while she was dying. Bonding with Chase, Old Lace found her own grief and anger mirrored by the boy’s ones: they would have made quite a couple together…

Old Lace is a loyal, brave and determined she-dinosaur, a genetically-engineered Deinonychus who’d give her life for her mistress (or master, later). As all Deinonychus, she’s extremely strong, durable, fast and agile, and she possesses sharp fangs and claws; she also possesses a telepathic link with Gert, first, and Chase, after, that allows her to feel all the emotions of her fellow human. Despite being theoretically compelled to follow her master’s orders, Old Lace has got quite a character, and also acts on her own (she attacked the vampire Topher despite being told not to, and refused to attack Karolina and Nico when ordered to). Despite being just a huge lizard, Old Lace is definitely a big part of the Runaways’ family, a friend who literally shared feelings and emotions with many of them.

Destiny Gonzales

Back to Runaways, we can finally start to examine the series episode per episode. In the first one, Reunion, we meet Destiny Gonzalez, portrayed by Nicole Wolf. She is a runaway girl found by the Church of Gibborim on the streets, and taken in as a new member of the cult. Destiny is cleaned and “saved” by Leslie Dean, but the woman acts with quite a creepy second end, as she’s supposed to be the last sacrifice in a mysterious ceremony. She’s allegedly killed just before she left the Church to join her baby girl back home…unfortunately, Victor Stein‘s teleporting pod doesn’t work: the girl doesn’t disappear, and Victor is forced to kill her in person, later dumping her body into the sea. In the comics, Destiny surely is just as short-lived, but her story is a little bit different, as well as her end. Let’s see together.

We don’t know much about Destiny Gonzales (with a final “s”, not a “z” like her live action counterpart), but her story mirrors the one of many other girls her age. We don’t know pretty much anything of her original family, apart from the fact that she didn’t like them much, and that there were many tensions regarding her lifestyle. Eventually, Destiny decided to run away from home, looking for freedom and for a better place to live in…but this wasn’t exactly what she found. She crossed the country up and down, and she ended up in Los Angeles, California, but there weren’t many things to do for a girl her age with no connections nor will to be found. Eventually, she became a prostitute, and she lived on the streets with what her clients paid her. Her life became a neverending succession of nights and days that looked all the same, until one night, when she was approached by someone looking quite different from her usual clients. They were Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, two clearly rich people, and apparently her pimp knew them pretty well, as he sent her to them without questioning. Destiny was brought by the pair to a huge mansion in Malibu: whatever was there, it couldn’t be worse than the life she had been living up to that point. She was wrong.

From the first moment she arrived in the villa, Destiny knew something was very wrong: she stepped into a huge room, entering from a secret passage behind a bookcase. There was a dozen of people, some dressed in fancy costumes, who promised nothing good. Before she could ask for explanations, two of them (Gene and Alice Hayes) blocked her by simply looking at her, while another one (Victor Stein) activated a weird machine and another one yet (Robert Minoru) started reading incomprehensible words from an old book. While she was still blocked in mid-air, Geoffrey came close to her, and thanked her for her sacrifice, that would have built a better future for the group’s children…then stabbed her in the chest with a huge ceremonial knife. Albeit dead, the horror wasn’t over for the poor girl: her soul was trapped in a “jar”, actually the machine activated by Victor Stein, and was kept locked, waiting to be consumed by ancient deities the world had blissfully forgotten. In the meanwhile, the children of Destiny’s killers had witnessed her murder, and that was the breaking point that led them to rebel to their parents…unfortunately, they were framed by Geoffrey Wilder for Destiny’s murder, becoming fugitives. From inside her mystic-technological prison, Destiny could do nothing but to wait for an end much more definitive than the first one.

Destiny Gonzales is a girl who experienced much more than her age would suggest, and who bit on something much bigger than she could chew in her life. Lost in a freedom she cannot manage, she’s a desperate runaway who lives by the day, trapped in a life that cannot lead her anywhere good. What she doesn’t know, however, is how bad her future will become.

Leslie Dean

We finally arrived at the last member of The Pride (since the two mutant ones have been killed off-screen, thanks Fox), a character that apparently will be pivotal in future developments of Runaways. In the very first episode we meet Leslie Dean, portrayed by Annie Wesching: Leslie is the head of the mysterious cult known as the Church of Gibborim, a curious mix of Scientology and a Satanist sect. It looks like the Church’s main goal is to keep alive Leslie’s father, the allegedly deceased David Ellerh, with human sacrifices taken from the Church’s pious and faithful believers, but this remains to be confirmed. In the comics, Leslie’s origins are much more spectacular, and her goals even shadier: let’s see together.

Not much is known about Leslie Dean, actually not even her true name, since “Leslie Dean” is just an alias she adopted on Earth. She was born on a remote planet, Majesdane, a wealthy world hidden by a white dwarf star, and there she became quite a renowned individual because of the illicit activities she ran with her husband. Both of them, in fact, were arms dealers, and worst of all they sold weapons to the Skrulls, who had been attempting to conquer Majesdane for centuries. Caught and arrested, the couple was exiled from the planet, and they ended up on Earth, where they landed near Los Angeles. They took their new names from a James Dean memorial, and decided to call themselves Leslie and Frank Dean. They used a special metal to suppress their powers, so that their translucent body looked like a human one, but they bought a house on an isolated hill, so that they could move freely without their restricting bracelets without anyone seeing them. Leslie soon found out that Earth’s people were easily fooled by appearance, and she suggested to her husband that, due to their remarkable looks on Earth, they became actors. The idea proved to be successful, as they became the stars of General Hospital, a popular tv series. In a matter of a few years, they had everything they could possibly want: rich and popular, considered eccentric vegans and solitude-lovers by their fans, they had achieved quite a good position on the new world…but they wanted more. And more they were offered when they were abruptly teleported to a lost city by some Elder Gods, the Gibborim, who wanted to come to Earth but needed help to break the dimensional barrier separating them from it. In exchange of an annual human sacrifice, the Gibborim offered to six couples, Deans included, wealth and power beyond imagination, and six places in the new world they would have created. Leslie and her husband accepted without thinking of it twice.

Leslie’s natural alien powers received quite a boost, and so did her popularity as an actress. Everything was simply perfect, until the other members of The Pride, following an unexpected pregnancy, decided they would have had a child each to leave the promised kingdom to. Leslie wasn’t happy at all, as she didn’t want any heir, but she ultimately realized that the presence of a baby would have increased even more her popularity, so she convinced Frank promising him an appearance on People‘s cover. Leslie gave birth to a daughter, Karolina, but she decided to keep her true heritage hidden from her. Since she was born, she put to her wrist a bracelet made from the same metal that negated her own powers, and when the baby was old enough, she told her it was a sign of her allergy to penicillin, and that she was forbidden to ever take it away, unless she wanted to die. This way, Karolina grew up believing she was a normal human, oblivious to her alien nature, and Leslie could manipulate her as she wanted, turning her into her and Frank’s ticket to an even greater celebrity, introducing also her daughter to the show biz since she was little. Of course, Leslie and Frank also did their best to hide their true nature, both biological and moral, from their daughter, but being professional actors it took little effort to them to pretend to be good people. Away from highlights, they participated every year to the Rite of Blood, killing along with the other members of The Pride some runaway nobody would have ever looked for. Leslie also helped Frank repel a Skrull invasion of Earth, since it would have messed with her plans, and they managed to buy Prince De’zean‘s surrender with the coordinates of Majesdane and the hand of Karolina, promised in marriage to the Prince’s son. In the meanwhile, Leslie and Frank had also made an alliance with the mutant members of The Pride, Gene and Alice Hayes, planning with them to kill all the others to win the promised utopia with them and the respective daughters. The day of the Gibborim’s arrival was approaching fast…

Leslie Dean is a cruel and brutal woman, a fierce criminal who has no consideration whatsoever for other people’s lives, barely caring for her own daughter. As a Majesdanian, she can absorb solar energy, using it to augment her own strength and durability, to fly, to shoot powerful energy blasts, to create force fields and much more. Deceiving and manipulative, Leslie is a wolf disguised as a sheep, a ruthless murderer who’s ready to sacrifice an entire universe to her own ambition.

Frank Dean

Back to Runaways, we meet another member of The Pride: Frank Dean, portrayed by Kip Pardue. In the show, Frank is a former teen star, an actor who’s now on the descendant side of the parable of his success. Interestingly enough, he seems to be oblivious to everything going on with his wife and The Pride, while in the comics he certainly isn’t. Looking for a way to keep himself afloat, he’s now trying to join the inner circle of his wife’s Church of Gibborim, but where this will lead him remains to be seen… In the comics, Frank’s motivations go far beyond simple vanity, that’s a feeling far too human for someone like him…who’s not human at all. Let’s see together.

Frank Dean wasn’t born in Los Angeles, not even on Earth, and “Frank Dean” wasn’t even his real name: he was born on a distant planet called Majesdane, where a race of translucent beings able to absorb solar energy lived. It was on the planet that he met and married his partner in crime, the one that on Earth would have been known as Leslie. The couple became famous on Majesdane for making business with the Skrulls, Majesdanians‘ enemies, dealing in weapons with them. As they were discovered, the two were exiled, and eventually they arrived on Earth. Once on the new planet, they adopted human names: Frank and Leslie, while they chose they surname taking inspiration from a Jimmy Dean memorial close to where they landed. Extremely beautiful for human standards, the two Majdesdanians easily won Los Angeles’ heart, and they became the stars of a famous tv series, General Hospital. They hid their alien appearance thanks to a special device made of a unknown metal, that could negate their abilities, making them look just like humans. They posed as a vegan, green and progressive couple, hiding their true nature from their fans. One day, however, everything changed: while on the set of General Hospital, they were teleported away by an unknown force, and they found themselves in a submerged lost city, with other five couples, facing the Gibborim, Elder Gods from another dimension who had a deal to propose to them. They would have increased their powers and wealth, in exchange of their service, and they would have granted six seats for them in the new world they would have created destroying the old one. The Deans accepted without thinking it twice.

Frank saw immediate benefits coming from the deal, as his powers received quite a boost, as well as his fame. The only thing he had to do in return was to sacrifice along with the others one human per year, to strengthen the Gibborim. Everything was simply perfect, until Janet Stein got pregnant: the other members of The Pride decided to have a child each, to have them inherit the new world in their place, but Frank and Leslie didn’t want any child at all. It was Leslie who convinced Frank to have one, believing a baby would have boosted their popularity even more. The two had a daughter, and they named her Karolina. Soon after, a group of Skrulls led by Prince De’zean arrived on Earth, meaning to conquer it. Frank faced them, and managed to stop the prince by giving him the coordinates of Majesdane, hidden behind a star; to guarantee the truth of the information, Frank promised to De’zean he would have given his daughter’s hand to his son, Xavin, believing that the Skrulls would have all died in the war with Majesdane, and that there wouldn’t have been need to keep his promise. In the meanwhile, both he and Leslie devised another plan with Gene and Alice Hayes: similar to the mutant couple in the disdain for the other human families, the Deans agreed with them that they would have eventually killed the other four couples of The Pride, so that the promised land would have belonged to the Deans, the Hayes’ and their daughters Karolina and Molly. Not that Frank truly cared if Karolina or anybody else but Leslie survived with him to the approaching apocalypse…

Frank Dean is a brutal and warmongering criminal, a deceiving monster who hides his true nature behind a facade of progressive and caring philanthropist actor. As a Majesdanian, he can absorb solar energy and focus it in powerful energy blasts and impenetrable force fields, he can fly and survive in the void of space, and he possesses superhuman strength and durability. One of the most dangerous members of The Pride, Frank Dean is wicked enough to fake love even for his daughter, and there’s no living being apart from his wife he’d have any problem killing.

Stacey Yorkes

With the first three episodes of Runaways out, we’re going to speak about the last remaining characters alternating them with all the others. It’ll be long, but we’ll make it eventually. We’re still counting the members of The Pride, and today it’s the turn of Stacey Yorkes, portrayed by Brigid Brannagh. She’s portrayed as the archetype of the absent-minded genius, a bioengineer with messy hair and Birkenstocks always at her feet. We already met her husband, so you know what secret those eyeglasses hide. Let’s see together.

Stacey Yorkes, maiden name unknown, was born somewhere in the United States of the 87th Century. As a young woman, she met a man she fell in love with, Dale Yorkes, who soon became her husband. We don’t know exactly what they did in their time, but it’s quite sure they were criminals, as they eventually stole a highly advanced 4-D Time Portico, a time machine that allowed them to go wherever (whenever) in history. Together, the two thieves went pretty much everywhere and everywhen, witnessing some major historical events (including, apparently, a nervous breakdown of the High Evolutionary that caused cataclysmic consequences in the middle 2000s), and using their futuristic tech, disguised as 19th Century gear, to found criminal empires and kingdoms in every era. Their “work”, however, was made hard by superheroes, a constant in every time, messing with their plans. What they didn’t expect was that, in 1907 New York City, where the Yorkes were building a criminal empire maneuvering the villainous Sinners in a street war against the heroic Upward Path, the heroes facing them would have been kids from the future…kids who claimed they knew their future daughter, Gertrude. Unfortunately, the kids brought bad news: in 2006, Gertrude would have been killed. Mad with grief, Stacey and her husband decided to change the past to affect the future, and they set a bomb to destroy all New York. One of the Runaways, however, was a powerful witch named Nico Minoru: she casted a spell on them, that sounded “The Show Must Go On“. From that moment, the Yorkes started living their lives as if on rails, destined to repeat all the actions that had led to their daughter’s birth and death, despite remembering every information about the future they had.

From that moment on, everything followed a written script: the Yorkes left 1907 and tried other enterprises, until some technical difficulties forced them to stop in 1985. In here, they were teleported to a lost city, home of the primeval giant deities who called themselves the Gibborim. The Elder Gods offered the six couples they had summoned a deal: wealth and power in exchange of one soul per year sacrificed to them, so that they could become strong enough to cross the dimensional barriers; their servants would have also been rewarded with six seats in the new world. As if someone else was talking, Stacey heard herself agreeing to the pact. The couples formed The Pride, and they each had immediate benefits from their deal. They didn’t exactly get along with each other, and Stacey and Dale had particular difficulties in liking the others; they took a special grudge with Robert and Tina Minoru, remembering what their daughter did (would have done) to them. When one of them, Janet Stein, got pregnant, The Pride members decided to have children, who would have been the heirs of their promised places in the post-apocalyptic world. Stacey had a daughter, Gertrude, just as she knew she would have, and despite desiring to spend all the little time she knew she had with her at the best, she found herself being the hateful and uncaring mother she had been in a future/past she was forced to repeat. She even caused Gert’s greatest childhood pain, as she disposed of Orwell, the girl’s pet potbelly pig, that both Stacey and Dale hated. Everything proceeded according to the script until that fateful night during which the kids spied on their parents performing the Rite of Blood and killing a girl, Destiny Gonzales. Following that, Gertrude and the other ran away from home, starting what Stacey knew were the last acts of a play she had been playing in for far too long.

Stacey Yorkes is a brilliant and resourceful woman, but also an obnoxious, hateful and self-righteous person, who despises everyone since she sees them as mere primitives from a less-advanced time than hers. As a time traveler, she has access to a technology and knowledge that are hard even to conceive for most people, and she disguises an arsenal of futuristic weapons as 18th Century garments. All her meanness, however, cannot protect her from a pain that she always brings with herself, the curse of knowing future events she can’t avoid.

Dale Yorkes

Runaways is debuting tonight, and we still have several members of The Pride to meet (as usual, we’ll alternate them with all the others). Next in line is Dale Yorkes, portrayed by Kevin Weisman. He’s described as a genius with an incredibly science-oriented mind, a caring dad who however struggles to find the right words to say to his daughter in the most delicate situations. As likable as he seems to be, Dale hides some dark secrets behind his facade of normality, just as all his friends. Let’s see together.

We don’t have many details about Dale Yorkes’ early life, albeit it must be quite an interesting one. He was born somewhere in the United States, but in the 87th Century. He fell in love with and married a woman from his time, Stacey, and somehow they managed to steal a 4-D Time Portico, a device that allowed them to travel in time. Smart and ambitious, the couple crossed all history, and they allegedly founded kingdoms in several times and eras (much like Kang the Conqueror, but on a smaller scale). In every time they went, however, they crossed paths with the current superheroes, who eventually always managed to foil their plans. Dale’s and Stacey’s life changed when they arrived in 1907, and they settled in New York City. Here, they organized the Sinners, a super-powered street gang that reunited all the existing ones, gathering all the supervillains they could find against the city’s protectors, the Upward Path. One day, one of Dale’s subordinates, the leader of the Street Arabs known as The Swell, introduced him to some youngsters he wanted to recruit in the alliance…the time-displaced Runaways. Dale and Stacey soon realized they were meeting fellow time travelers, but what shocked them the most was to learn that they were friends of their future daughter, Gertrude. Questioning their motives and presence, Dale learnt from one of them, Chase Stein, that Gert had died in the 21st Century. This was more than enough to have him lose control: using his futuristic tech, he attacked the Runaways, until he realized he could still save his daughter: he would have destroyed New York in 1907, so that he could prevent Gertrude’s death in 2006. Stacey totally agreed with the plan.

The Sinners didn’t know they were about to be sacrificed, and followed their leaders in the new plan…but one of the Runaways, a magic user named Nico Minoru, used her Staff of One to cast a complex spell: unable to erase the couple’s memory of what they learnt (she had already used that spell on a time displaced Geoffrey Wilder), she said “The Show Must Go On“, thus forcing the Yorkes’ to do everything they were destined to, albeit they remembered everything and thus knew what was going to happen. From that moment, Dale’s and Stacey’s life became a living hell. The eventually left 1907, and while trying to reach another destination they got stranded in 1985, much to Dale’s annoyance (he particularly hated that decade). While they were still in the Eighties, the two were suddenly summoned in an ancient lost city by some Elder Gods, together with other five couples. The extradimensional entities, known as the Gibborim, offered them a deal: they would have empowered them with souls to gain enough strength to break the barrier and arrive on Earth, starting a new era, and in exchange they would have been granted wealth and power, as well as six places in the new world. Dale and Stacey were pretty sure that the future the Gibborim promised would have been much better than the one they had already seen, filled with superheroes always ready to mess with their projects, so they agreed. As they knew it would have happened, the six couples, who named themselves The Pride, had one child each, and the Yorkes’ had a daughter, Gertrude. In order to keep her safe as much as they could, the Yorkes’ commissioned a genetically engineered dinosaur, a Deinonychus “bodyguard”, programmed to psychically bond with Gert. Dale and Stacey also took care of the Pride’s business in past and future, but they could do nothing to prevent major events they knew would have happened, starting from the escape of Gertrude and the other kids…

Dale Yorkes is a brilliant yet arrogant man, a time traveler who firmly believes in the superiority of his age, and treats with blatant disdain the ones from more “primitive” centuries. He is a time traveler, with access to a variety of advanced futuristic tech: what appears to be an antiquate gear is actually a collection of extremely advanced suits and weapons, with gloves able to shoot fire and create force fields, arquebus that are actually highly destructive energy guns, and so on. Quite a hateful guy, Dale hides behind his hardness an unspeakable pain, as he’s forced by destiny to do and say things he already knows will lead to a disastrous path for both him and his entire family.