The first chapter of The School for Supervillains went live on Friday. Woop! So, what next? Chapter two, obviously – but with an interactive story, each chapter exists as a number of possible story routes until the votes come in and the final path’s decided.
Over the weekend, I’ve been planning three potential storylines for the next chapter – as chapter one ended with three options. To stop my brain from exploding with the quantum instability of it all, I decided to google “Mandrake” – the name of the story’s hero (or possibly villain). Names are simple. Names don’t splinter into multiple timelines.
However, they do have layers. When I chose the name Mandrake, it was because I liked the sound – evil and creepy, reminding me of poisonous and witchcrafty mandrake root. But, I think the name also crept in there riding on an ancient earworm.
There was a cartoon in the 80s (based on various comics before that) called Defenders of the Earth. Remember it? This pic is from a comic, but, same lineup.
Anyway, the TV show had a weirdly catchy theme song. The lyrics were catchy, at least – I’m not sure there was, strictly speaking, a tune. One of the characters was called Mandrake. His name was embedded in the catchiest bit of the whole song:
Master of magic spells and illusion
Enemies crumble in fear and confusion….MANDRAKE!