Don’t let the shine fool you
Locke is the new star of the Chronian Wildcard team. One time lead techno-engineer, he used to create many of the robots and upgrades the Chronos royals used in battle. He dreamed of playing Wildcard himself, however, and even created his own special ability, Chronowarp, in case the occasion ever arose.
Locke finally got his chance when King Valla announced “open tryouts” – any citizen of Chronos could compete against Prince Boone for a spot on the Wildcard team. The open tryouts were designed in bad faith. Valla merely wanted to appear egalitarian, assuming that no other Chronians would stand a chance against his son. Imagine his surprise when a masked man showed up, dressed in a flowing techno-cloak, using the never-before-seen Chronowarp power, and easily defeated his son–match, after match, after match.
“Take off your mask!” Valla said through gritted teeth, “Show us who you are, hero.” The helmet came off, revealing Locke, the lowly engineer and the new champion of the people. By Valla’s own rules, Locke was promoted to the Chronos Wildcard team, ousting Boone from the majors. The whole royal family was embarrassed, and Boone irate…