Fate: Venture City
Life in the Baldwin home was once fairly quiet. Octavious hadn’t planned on having children but he wasn’t wholly against it either. The quiet lasted for 3 years before it was shattered by the first of 4 children, Cassandra. However, he could get his occasional peace out on the sea during big trade shipments. He did not go on these terribly often, given he was the man in charge of his company. There were times, however, that he would need to personally see a special cargo make it to its destination. He had at home office that no one was ever allowed into, not even his wife Pearl. He would sometimes lock himself up in that office for even days at a time, seemingly never to come out even for food or restroom breaks. When Pearl stated that she wanted her children to have powers, he was against it at first. Cassandra might even recall that he wanted any children that developed powers to have the gene turned off. However, you can guess who won that argument, so Octavious bought the best anti-super security system he could get and upgraded it throughout the years.
When he wasn’t buried in his work, though he did try to spend his time with family. He would often seem distant, like his mind was elsewhere. Not necessarily that he wanted to be somewhere else, but like he always had something on his mind. His children and wife would often times have to call to him name two or three times before he responded. When asked about it he would always say something like, “sorry, something related to work.” When asked about work, he often dodged questions and never brought it up himself.
When it came to child rearing, he was hardly ever the one to do the disciplining. He did try to teach all of kids how to survive in the world, though. Sometimes a little harshly. Any time his children asked for money he would first ask what it was for. If it were for school or something similar he would hand it over, but if it were for fun or especially business related he would make the child raise half the money on their own and he would put in the other half. The kids quickly figured out this meant him “owning” half of their business and they would use money earned to buy his half of the business from him so he would stop bossing them around. This did not stop him from giving suggestions every now and then but he would let them make their own mistakes as well.
Another lesson he tried to instill in his children was to not simply trust everyone they came across. That if they were going to have a successful business one day they would need their secrets. In this way, he encouraged them to not tell, even each other, what their powers were when the manifested. Instead, they were to use their own powers and wit to find out each others powers. Pearl did not approve of this lesson, for several reasons, including that it quickly turned into a mess of powers flying everywhere and kids spying on each other.
Pearl is a mom that, simply put, tries her best. She runs a technology company that outfits supers with tech to compliment their powers. She also develops technology that can be used against supers. These are often sold to the police forces of the large companies. She would have to be the disciplinarian most often, and there would be hell to pay if she had to be called to school while she was at work unless someone was sick. She takes pride in her job and is very open about it with her kids. Once they were over 14 she would bring them in to work and let them see what she does. When they got bored or she had a meeting to go into, she would let them into the R&D department as long as they were supervised. Their nanny had no issue with using tech to make them behave.
Raising 4 children with superpowers was not easy, especially with a father with fairly bizarre ways of teaching. She once had to go pick up Aura from the local park because Octavious decided to leave her there. She fussed about having to leave and he told her if she didn’t get in the car he would leave her, and he meant it. When she got there Aura was still playing as if nothing had happened. She allowed Aura to play a while longer as she needed to cool down before going back home and gave her husband a piece of her mind.
Regardless of all the hardships, she tried to show as much love as she could. If something was bothering one of them she was always there to try to fix it but she wouldn’t burden the other children about it. If they wanted their siblings to know they could say something themselves. She was always concerned about being too hard on them but didn’t want to spoil them either, so her parenting style would often change based on the latest parenting book she’s read or what the top mom celebrity suggests. Though, this only lasted the first 5 years until she realized every kid is different and she had to just figure it out. Then it started up again when Cassandra became a teenager.
When Octavious was away things were a bit different. Pearl seemed more cool headed and laid back. There were obviously less arguments as the father wasn’t there to act as the fifth child and encourage spying. Some might say she seemed happier when he was away, but she was never unhappy to see him come home. On the really long trips she would sometimes pace and worry after a month of him being gone. He was never able to be contacted, again no one knows why. Thankfully, Pearl had help though. With her running a business and Octavious often absent, they hired a nanny.