Welcome to the New Normal
Alexander Knox Bayard
Strength 2, Stamina 3, Agility 4, Dexterity 4, Fighting 1, Intellect 5, Awareness 2, Presence 2
Benefit, Wealth 2 (indepently wealthy), Connected, Eidetic Memory, Inspire 2, Leadership, Ranged Attack 3, Teamwork
Acrobatics 4 (8), Deception 1 (7), Expertise (Sociology) 2 (10), Insight 3 (5), Persuasion 6 (+8)
Grab, +1 (DC Spec 12)
Throw, +7 (DC 17)
Unarmed, +1 (DC 17)
Relationship: Liz Cameron & Mallory Dillinger
Dodge 4, Parry 1, Fortitude 3, Toughness 3, Will 2
Abilities 46 + Powers 32 + Advantages 11 + Skills 16 (32 ranks) + Defenses 0 = 105
Alexander was an extremely lucky boy, not that he would have seen it that way. He was one of those kids that were handsome, physically and athletically gifted, and mentally quick. But when he was a child, he never felt like he fit in. He would do things with the “jocks” and they were not sharp enough or smart enough to keep up with him. He would spend time with the “brains,” and they would denigrate him for his physical prowess and ignore his ideas because he was one of the “jocks.” So Alexander never felt like he had a peer group with which he could relate.
His father was Dr. Henry Bayard (Kelsey Grammer), a world-class astronomer and optic scientist. Henry Bayard was the inventor of the Bayard equation, a mathematical formula for gathering the optimum amount of light from a single target without gathering too much light from closer or brighter sources. Some of his optic designs are incorporated in the Hubbard Space Telescope as well as other more secret satellites that the United States launched in the 90s and 2000s.
His mother was Lady Jane Stevenson (Michelle Dockery), a member of England’s minor nobility. However, when she expressed the desire to marry the brilliant, but poor, Henry Bayard, she was disowned by her family. She shrugged, married Henry and never looked back, even when her aunt died and left a fortune to Jane. That money was nice, and a great cushion to fall back on, but Henry and Jane never took it for granted and the accolades they received had nothing to do with that trust.
Once Jane and Henry had moved to Colorado, Jane found that she had a talent for drama and a flair for the dramatic. She quickly became a local poet and director for the artistic community of Colorado. That led to one thing after another and a few of her plays are still playing on Broadway. Today Jane is retired and she and Henry live in a mansion atop one of the taller peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Alexander started to distinguish himself in high school. He became the football team’s quarterback and was the pitcher for the baseball team. Along with that, came attention. Alexander really didn’t know what do with this attention. He had never received such accolades before, especially for things that Alexander just thought were easy. However, soon he was the big man on campus, at least in high school. His best friend was Ron Wayne (Will Demps), another football team member. He was dating Elizabeth “Liz” Cameron (Hayden Panettiere), the head cheerleader for the Stallions. Liz was gorgeous and sexy as hell, especially to Alexander who though he had matured slowly was caught in the entangling net that maturity brings all guys. And it was this, the sex and the promise of it, was what kept Alexander and Liz tighter despite the two having nothing in common on the mental level.
Alexander’s senior year started off as usual: tests, applications for schools, and all the things that a high school senior has to deal with but also the things that most students just don’t care about. Ron Wayne was been scouted by several semi-pro and pro teams (as had Alexander been, but he wasn’t interested in pro sports and his mother had made that clear to any that intruded into their home life) and Liz was thinking about college and planning to go wherever Alexander was going. Alexander had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and where he wanted to go. At the suggestion of Allie Fairfield, the school’s head guidance counselor, Alexander started to attend Special Studies, an after school and weekend curriculum designed to expose teenagers to a lot of the careers in the world that are not obvious. It was there that Alexander met Mallory Dillinger (Marsha Thomason). Alexander knew Mallory of course, the two had grown up together; they just ran in very different circles. Mallory was smart, she was quick, but like Alexander she found school boring. Unlike Alexander, who let things go and just played the cards he was dealt, Mallory acted out. She was in trouble nearly all the time, smoking in school, breaking into the cheerleaders’ lockers, painting inappropriate sayings on the side of school buses, the usual for a smart as a whip, bored, eager to live life, not experience life, teenager.
The two started to hang together, Mallory and Alexander, and despite some of the things that Mallory did, Alexander found himself drawn to the brunette a lot more than Liz. And Alexander offered a stabilizing influence for Mallory as well. Soon the two were sticking close to one another, for mutual support and well as just having fun. Needless to say, this drove Liz crazy and when Alexander refused to end his and Mallory’s friendship, Liz broke up with him. Of course, she waited until the day after the prom.
As fall turned into winter, Jane and Henry had a long talk with Alexander. They recommended that Alexander attend a local school, one who was more liberal arts than professional. Alexander agreed and that was how Alexander found himself applying for, and being accepted to go, to UCAF. It wasn’t too close to home but it wasn’t far enough that Alexander couldn’t escape if he wanted to. So in the fall of 2025, Alexander found himself moving to Alamy Falls. Due to the lateness of his application, Alexander missed getting a dorm room. However, he was able to find a small studio apartment just a few blocks from the university. The convenience of that apartment coupled with the fact that it was upstairs from the Cozy Coffee, a gathering place for many late night studying students, avant-garde artists, and those that desire good coffee; made Alexander’s new place a desirable place to hang out.
Now that Alexander is a sophomore, he feels more in control of his life than ever before. The freedoms of young adulthood are intoxicating. And while he is definitely no party animal, Alexander does like to have a good time. Mallory and Liz never resolved their differences, but currently Alexander is not dating anyone, though Liz would like to rekindle something. But it is just as obvious that Alexander is just not the guy for her. Liz has recently started dating Raymond Simmons (Matthew Davis), a law student. Alexander wouldn’t mind dating Mallory, but she is just not interested in settling right now, whatever that means for sophomores in college.
And Alexander has yet to find a direction to move in life. It’s just one more day after another…