This re-cap is going to be kind of all over the place.
For starters, this one was kind of long. In fact, it was a little more than twice as long as Robin's. And, it could have been much, much longer. Reason being, Bobby is my me
character. Usually, when I write stuff with original characters, I base one off of myself. And, GL being my favorite superhero, why not base the younger version on myself?
Also, I had the Green lantern Academy thought up way
before Capes Optional. Mind you, I never got farther than the planning stages on paper, but I developed a lot in my mind. I used practically the same character, with a different name. His name then, and in a Teen Titans story arch I tried writing, was Damien Drave. Now, it's a much more loveable Bobby McKay.
Like I said, I could have put in so much more, all about his time at the Academy, and life as a Cadet, but I chose not to, as it would have been dronefuly long, and full of information irrelevant to Capes Optional. That, and I may restart the whole GLA project sometime in the near or distant future.
Now, onto recapping bits from the backstory itself:
One thing some might wonder is, "why Scottish ancestry?" For one, every character needs.. well, character
. Also, I have Scottish roots, myself. But, I think the biggest was.. I want to, at some point, write him in a kilt.
I wrote his father as a "policeman with no taste for superheroes" because, in some furture writing, it'll add for conflict. You always need conflict. Somewhere. Why not in the family? Him having an older sibling (sister, actually) is pretty irrelevant to everything, honestly. I had an idea for a side story later on that either won't be wrote, or won't be posted publicly if it is, due to.. moral issues, I think is the way to put it.
The whole candidacy for Cadetship thing has seen some changes prior to being written out. At first, I had gone with choosing him for the sticking up for his friend bit. But, the way I wrote it the first time around seemed.. odd. Like it was just thrown onto the screen, and it had no deapth to it. So, I thought I'd make the choosing random. But, that would lead to more lanterns like Sinestro, I'd imagine. So, I went back to the merit, and to the helping-a-friend piece. I rewrote it to sound better, and enjoyed the outcome.
As for the ring. Well, these rings do have all of the same powers as regualar Lantern rings. The only thing I've come up with so far is that with them, the Cadets can't fly as fast as regular Lanterns. That would be why he(Bobby) and John flew at "near light speed" to Earth. Because real Lanterns can exceed light speed. Also, there is no uniform shape for every ring. Each can look different, according to the taste, or conditions of the Cadet. Some don't have fingers, and need special forms of the tool. Bobby's looks like this.
And I know what you're thinking. "You just pulled that off the internet, liked the style, and used it for Bobby's." Wrong. Before I ever found that image, that's exactly how I pictured his personal ring. Mind you, a little smaller, maybe, but that design, for sure. I plan on buying that ring in the future.
Let's see. What else?
Trilian. Ah, Trilian. I came up with him on the spot, honestly. But, I have an image of him in my brain. I won't go into it now. Maybe some other time, at someone's request, as he's not important to the story. Now, anyway.
Yes, John saying he wouldn't want to "ruffle those feathers" is
a reference to his relationship with Shyera/Hawkgirl from the Justice League series, even if I was more of a John/Vixen shipper.
I had Bobby say he'd see John in a few years. That was just something that he blurted out. He has no idea when he'll see the Lantern next. In fact, he'll see him sometime in the story, when the story is very Bobby-focused, and the world is in peril, yadda yadda yadda.
Anyway, that covers it, I think. I kind of want to hold an open Q&A for anything related to Capes Optional, either on Gizmo, or on YIM. If you'd like to ask something, or just want to talk, add me on either: frankyness of Gizmo, and eugaetnedia on YIM.
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