The brief flashback relating to the MC’s mother was quite interesting. It was saddening to read how she gradually deteriorated over time before finally dying. I can’t help but wonder whether she was a native or a foreigner caught in the crossfire of war or on the absence of the father. But I suppose the root origin of the MC isn’t especially significant compared to how they were shaped through their subsequent experiences as a child soldier.
Did the mother’s death weigh heavily on the MC? I think witnessing the demise of his/her sole source of a maternal bond was instrumental in their early age, a catalyst that might have made them easily accustomed to accepting how everyone could cease to be. Seems almost fitting given how they became an agent of death.
I’m fascinated by the MC’s pragmatic perspective, their tactical mindset is quite impressively authentic, really selling to the reader the idea of them being a trained child soldier. They’re a killer and evidently possess a prodigious talent for it given their current age.
Children are typically seen as innocent or weak but here its almost a dark testament to the human potential towards honing violence to the highest degree for personal use. What’s terrifying is imagining how nigh on unstoppable they would have grown up to become had they continued singularly pursuing their former line of work.
Most games have an MC learning to take a level in badass as a necessity to combat obstacles to their goal, this one flips the table and maxes out abilities that ironically turn out to be a hindrance in a modern first-world environment.
I get a feeling of of tragic absurdity regarding the MC’s predicament, they could potentially take on the world with their ‘power’ yet find themselves in a situation where doing so holds no purpose and they have gone from being borderline super in their functioning and slid towards defective. Its almost comical having them deal with the relative superficiality of an American school for troubled teens when the MC has experienced war and the primal evils it can arouse.
In another era or less stable environment the MC’s strong survival instincts and predilection for violence would have made them a warrior or an invaluable asset as a professional killer. But when moved to the developed world they are a menace that needs to be either terminated or controlled. The culmination of their life experience shapes them into a an efficiently functioning child soldier, they will grow up differently from normal children and the new world might have no place for them.
But there might be hope yet, if they learnt to channel or redirect their skills into constructive alternatives from killing. For example I imagine they could grow up to be a successful Wall Street executive or a police officer or maybe even work for the CIA.