A long while back, a guy (not me) had an idea about a world where people suddenly started developing superhuman abilities. This was before Heroes and before 4400… way before. He created an online magazine and started writing the stories himself. These super-powered individuals were called the “Sovereign,” and for some reason that I can’t remember (or never found out) all of the stories were set in the 1980’s. Soon he was looking for other folks to contribute their stories set in his fictional world. I forget if I found him or he found me, probably the former, but I liked the set-up and wanted to play. I took one of my old ideas, dusted it off, polished it up, and wedged it into the rigid rules of his fictional world… and there were a LOT of rules. Once we agreed on what was possible and what wasn’t, I started writing.

My story was called “Wraith.” It was told as a series, with one short chapter coming out every month or so. Unfortunately, the project shut down before the end of the story was ever published.

I honestly don’t know if I ever published the entire story on my own site(s) since then. I can’t even remember how much of the story was published before it was shut down. But it’s all here now. This may, in fact, be the first time anyone other than me and the magazine editor has ever seen the ending. All of the other stories (written by that other guy) have long since vanished from the web. I can’t even remember the website address or the editor’s name, so even the wayback machine may not be able to help with this one. I do remember some details about the how’s and why’s of superhumans appearing on earth, but honestly the stories weren’t about the how’s and why’s. They were about the people and what happened to them… that’s what made them good. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same about “Wraith”.


  1. nate, September 24, 2007:

    15 chapters of unread material. Looks like a long week at work this week, I just hope I can still meet my deadline.

  2. WeREwOLf, November 15, 2007:

    I really like this story. Seriously. The only issue I have with it is that it feels more like an introduction to something much, much larger – which, at the time, it no doubt was intended to be – than just one self-contained story… though it IS very entertaining on its own.

    Any chance you’ll expand on this setting, and the two main characters introduced here, further? Or would you require permission from the-guy-you-can’t-find-now to write more Sovereign stories?

  3. DarkIcon, November 15, 2007:

    At the time of publication, it was intended to be both an into and a self contained story. If the fans liked it, I would continue the adventures of the “ghostly” doctor in a series much like Crusade.

    I would require permission to write more in its current setting, and even if he gave it I’d be reluctant to do so. There were a lot of things about the setting and its resulting limitations that I didn’t like (being forced to have a story set in the 1980’s was a big one). But I didn’t create this idea specifically FOR this project. I borrowed it from my Pile Of Ideas, so it can easily be re-created in a setting of my own creation. Not that I have plans to do that; I just could if I wanted to. I would most likely have to change the names of the characters, etc., and there’s been so many other good ideas since then I don’t see a need to re-visit this one.

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