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Quote1 Majesty, Prince Bruce might be the cleverest boy in the kingdom. But he's also the most desperately in need of a hug, Quote2
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Bruce Wayne, aka the Bat-Prince, is the bastard son of Martha Wayne, the previous queen of the Lands of El. He has recently learned that his birth father was King Jor-El, making him the half-brother of Prince Kal-El and Princess Zala Jor-El.

Early Life

When the Els came to Earth, they landed in the domains of King Thomas and Queen Martha. They initially hid themselves from the world but were forced to reveal themselves to save the kingdom when the volcano Mount Kristoff erputed. Jor-El and Lara became the Wayne's closest advisors and good friends, but in a moment of weakness Jor-El and Martha spent a single night together, a mistake that they both instantly regretted and confessed to. This almost broke up both couples, particularly when Martha realised she was pregnant with Jor-El's child.

However when she gave birth to Bruce, Thomas, who could not father children, loved him as if he was his own son. The two families became closer than ever, and Bruce grew up with the El's children Kal-El and Zala Jor-El, unaware that he was their brother. Jor-El encouraged Thomas to pass Bruce off as his son, but honour demanded that he reveal that Bruce was bastard born and therefore ineligible for the throne. The identity of Bruce's true father was kept secret even from him. The only ones who knew the truth were the parents and the castle's Master-at-Arms Alfred.[3]

Thomas and Martha were murdered by the Green Man when Bruce was a child. This gave him an intense hatred of magic and a belief that anyone with abnormal abilities, except for the Els, was a monster.[4] Jor-El urged Bruce to take the crown but he refused, so Jor-El himself reluctantly became king. Bruce deliberately acted like a humble retainer before Jor-El and Lara and was respectful but brusque with Kal-El despite the Els attempts to treat him as an equal.[5]

Becoming the Bat-Prince

One day Bruce and his guards were attacked while riding through Hobb Forest. The attacker, an outlaw calling himself the King's Bane, killed Bruce's guards but then dropped to one knee and acknowledged Bruce as his king. Bane told Bruce that the Els were monsters and a Wayne should be king; he left, telling Bruce to come to the White Stag Inn when he was ready to take the throne, promising to teach him how to kill monsters.

That night, Bruce went to the inn and asked to learn how Bane planned to kill the Els. He spent months training with the King's Bane, who taught him to use stealth and surprise to kill people who were stronger than him. When Bruce had learned all Bane had to teach him, Bane confessed that he had been one of the guards the day that Thomas and Martha had been killed, and that the Green Man's attack had left him crippled and dependent on his magic mask to move. The next day, Bruce smuggled the King's Bane into the castle to murder the Els at breakfast, but just before he was about to, Bruce cut the tubes on his mask that fed magic into his body, rendering him helpless. Bruce swore his loyalty to the Els and threw the King's Bane into the dungeon.

When they were teenagers, Bruce and Kal-El left the palace in disguise with the El's jester Harley Quinn to attend the All Hallow's Eve festival in the city below the Castle. Bruce warned Kal that despite the apparent prosperity, lawlessness was on the rise and that dark times were coming. A group of orphan street urchins called the Robins pickpocketed them and scattered into the streets. Bruce chased down one of them, a boy named Richard, and was impressed by his acrobatic abilities. Richard stopped fleeing to save a boy from being run down by a carriage, allowing Bruce to catch him while Kal-El caught the others. The Robins told Bruce that they never hurt anyone, and only stole to feed themselves and from people who could afford it. Bruce recruited the Robins to steer them away from the criminal path they were on rather than imprison them.[6]

Death of a King

When Bruce became a man, he hunted down those with "magic" who could harm the Els, assisted by Alfred and the Robins.[5] As he grew into a warrior and leader of men some came to view him as the rightful king despite not being Thomas' natural son.[4] Bruce was successful in apprehending many outlaws and at some point encountered Ra's al Ghul and the League of Shades.[4] In his hunts he survived fights with far stronger men when he seemingly should have been killed, and began to fear he was cursed with dark magic himself.

After an encounter with a "banshee", where he withstood her scream with only minor injuries despite the building they were standing in being destroyed, he privately told Jor-El his suspicions, and asked to be exiled or imprisoned for the Els' safety. Jor-El revealed to Bruce that he was his son, and his resilience came from his Kryptonian blood, not magic. However, at that moment a magic arrow fired from a great distance struck Jor-El in the eye and killed him. Bruce cradled his father's body, his eyes glowing red.[5]

With his powers seemingly unleashed by his anger, Bruce leapt from the castle walls and rode hard to Hobb Forest, where he tracked down the archer and attacked him, leaping into the treetops and severing his arm with a swing of his sword. He took the assassin back to the Castle and threw him in the dungeon. At a council to decide their next move General Waller advised that they should declare war on the neighbouring Kingdom of the Storms, believing that the El's enemy King Jefferson Pierce had hired the assassins, but Lara and Kal-El refused to go to war without first getting proof that Pierce was responsible. Kal-El refused to let Bruce speak, saying that this was a matter for the House of El to decide for themselves and Bruce was not one of them. Bruce blamed himself for failing to save Jor-El and did not reveal that he was his son. Harley worried that Jor-El's death may provoke Lara and Kal-El into violent action and asked Bruce to help her prevent them making a mistake, but he refused to listen and called her a traitor.[7]

The Fallen Star

The next day Master Olsen, the El's astronomer, saw a star fall to Earth and land in the neighboring Lands of Magnus. Bruce and Alfred rode out to investigate, and along the way found a field of ash, littered with the dismembered corpses of the Metal Men. They discovered a small green crystal at the centre of the crater, which poisoned Bruce but left Alfred unaffected. Bruce believed the crystal affected him but not Alfred because he was half-Kryptonian and tried to tell Alfred who he was, but Alfred revealed that he already knew.[8] Alfred told Bruce the full story about the Waynes and the Els, including that Martha's last thoughts were of him and that she had wanted him to take the crown when the people were ready to accept him. He told Bruce to stop feeling unworthy of being Thomas and Martha's son, and that they needed to avert the war brewing between the Els and the Kingdom of Storms. Alfred acknowledged Bruce as his king and they rode back to the castle.[3]

When they returned home, Bruce went to meet privately with what he believed to be Kal-El, taking the crystal encased in a sheet of lead with him. He told "Kal-El" that he believed the falling star came from Krypton and revealed that Jor-El had told him he was Bruce's father moments before he died. Without warning, "Kal-El" stabbed Bruce in the chest with the crystal, then flew him into the upper atmosphere and hurled him at the ground, telling him that the world belonged to his people and there could be no challengers to them.[1]

The Titans

Jonathan and Martha Kent found him barely alive on the side of the road and pulled the crystal from his chest. Bruce told them not to take him back to the castle and passed out so they took him to their farm, a refuge for people hiding from Jor-El's anti-magic persecution.[1] A small fragment of the rock remained in the wound and continued to poison him, making him feverish and delusional, and would eventually kill him if not removed.

Four children with powers known as the Titans were also on the farm, ironically hiding from him. One of them, a witch named Raven, was able to determine that he was dying and the Titans reluctantly decided to save his life. Raven removed the fragment and Bruce quickly recovered. When he woke up, the Titans confronted him and told him they considered letting him die for his crimes against their kind, especially since they now knew he had powers himself. After the Titans stormed out, Martha Kent told him that he needed to let go of his childhood fear of magic and learn that not everyone who was different from the norm was evil.

Richard tracked Bruce to the farm, believing he was being held captive, and was caught by Kory, one of the Titans. When Bruce heard Richard call the Titans "demons" he realised that he had been ungrateful and cruel to the Titans and attempted to apologise, but before he could say much the farm was attacked by Ra's al Ghul, who was hunting the Titans. Bruce, the Titans, Richard and the Kents drove off Ra's and his undead assassins, with Bruce using his Kryptonian powers to defeat Ra's alter-ego the demon Etrigan. As the League of Shades retreated, Talia told him he could not protect the children while fighting a war, and Richard revealed that King Jefferson was dead and the Kingdom of the Storms and their Amazon allies had declared war on the Lands of El. Richard told Bruce they needed to return to the palace immediately but Bruce refused, saying he did not belong there. However, Jonathan Kent told Bruce that he may be the only one who could prevent the war, and he needed to go back to the castle.[4]

War for the Three Kingdoms

Bruce flew back to the Castle of El, riding on Beast Boy, a member of the Titans with the power to change into a dragon. When he arrived he found the Kingdom of Storms and the Amazons charging at the El's disorganised army. Beast Boy breathed a sheet of fire down onto the land between the armies to stall the charge. Bruce ordered both sides to stop, but when he saw Kal-El on the ground below he abandoned his mission and leaped down to confront him. However, Kal-El was confused when Bruce accused him of trying to kill him and addressed him as "brother".

Suddenly Lara, who was flying over the battlefield, was tackled down to Earth by her exact doppleganger. The battle paused as the three armies stopped fighting and for a moment stared in silent shock at the two Lara's, when Alfred suddenly yelled to use fire against her. One of the Lara's was shot in the chest with a flaming crossbow bolt and burst into flames. She transformed into a white-skinned monster and flew away.

Alfred said that he was sorry and hadn't known that "they" were on Earth. When Bruce asked him what he was talking about, he changed into a green skinned creature and revealed that he was from another world.[9] Diana, the Queen of the Amazons, tried to attack Alfred, believing he was responsible for what had happened; but Bruce and Beast Boy defended him, with Bruce having learned that not everyone different was a monster. Kal-El gave her a magic rope which forced Alfred to tell the truth and he assured them that he meant them no harm. He also revealed that he loved Bruce like a son, to his shock.

In a conference with the queens of the three kingdoms, Alfred revealed that his true name was J'onn J'onzz from the planet Mars, and the monster they had seen was a White Martian, the enemy of his people, the Greens. He told them that the White Martians wanted to take Earth after the war between their peoples had devastated Mars, and the queens realised that everything had been a plot by the Whites to get the potential threats of the Amazons, Kryptonians and Pierces to destroy each other and leave the way open to conquer Earth. They decided to join forces to oppose the invaders.[10]

The Winds of War

As the queens still did not fully trust "Alfred", he was imprisoned in a tower of the castle. Bruce felt conflicted at the revelation of "Alfred's" true nature, although Kal-El assured him that J'onn was the same man they had always known, and still his friend. They met outside Alfred's cell to talk, and Bruce confirmed that they were brothers. He told Kal-El he was sorry he had found out this way and it must be difficult to hear, but Kal-El walked up and embraced him, saying he had always thought of him as a brother and couldn't be happier to know it was true. Kal-El asked him how the shapeshifter impersonating him had managed to stab Bruce if he was half-Kryptonian, and Bruce told him about the crystal from the sky they had found. He warned Kal-El that he believed the invaders had the rest of the meteor.

Suddenly, Kal-El heard Alfred's voice in his head calling for help. They burst into his cell and found Protex, the White Martian leader, about to kill him. Despite his conflicted feelings, Bruce was terrified for Alfred's life and determined to save him. He yelled at Kal-El that they needed to use fire and they set Protex alight with their heat vision, forcing him to flee. Bruce hurried over to Alfred to make sure he was okay.

At Alfred's instruction, the queens set up multiple fire-based protections to keep the Whites at bay. He told them that the cowardly Whites would not dare to face such formidable defences, but that they could not keep the fires burning forever and would eventually have to stand and fight. Bruce appealed to the queens and they gave him permission to free Alfred, as they now trusted him. Alfred apologised to Bruce for deceiving him but Bruce allowed him to read his mind and see that, while he was hurt by the lies, he still loved him. Bruce told Alfred he understood that he felt like he needed to hide as Bruce would have seen him as a monster and apologised for making him feel that way. He said that he had learned the error of his ways and would no longer judge people for their appearance or unusual abilities. With Lara's permission, Bruce and Kal-El went to the dungeons and released the people Bruce had imprisoned for possessing magic. Bruce apologised to the people he had harmed and promised they would be compensated.[11]

Scorched Earth

The next day Harley, the Amazon spymaster Lois and the Pierce's advisor Constantine came up with a plan to defeat the White Martians once and for all by luring them to Mount Kristoff and triggering an eruption; where Bruce, Kal-El, Diana and Zala would battle them when they had been severely weakened by the flaming lava. That night, the Martians somehow brought down the bonfires surrounding the castle, but the Amazon defenders were ready for them and kept them pinned down. A messenger rode to the castle to tell them the Martians were attacking and so Bruce and the others headed out to face them. Before they left Bruce promised Alfred, who could not follow as the lava would harm him too, that he would avenge his people and family.

The four dove into the middle of the battle and challenged Protex to face them. They flew to Mount Kristoff, with Kal-El carrying Bruce. The full force of Martians chased after them, and when they had surrounded the mountain King Jefferson's daughters Queen Anissa and Princess Jennifer used their powers to trigger the volcano to erupt. The Martians were doused in lava and severely injured or killed, but Bruce and the others were unharmed, protected by their powers. They doused themselves in pitch and set it alight, making them even more deadly to the Martians. Bruce fought Protex personally and punched him out, telling him that Alfred sent his regards. Lara banished the defeated Martians to a Realm of Phantoms.

However, when it seemed like total victory had been achieved, Bruce heard Alfred call for help in his mind. Feeling his friend's anguish and pain, Bruce flew for the first time, flying as fast as he could back to the castle. He arrived to find Alfred wreathed in flames, but was too late to save him as Alfred burned to ash in front of him. General Waller claimed that Captain Deadshot, one of her officers, had killed Alfred and had been in league with the invaders, and killed him on the spot for trechary.

A week later, the three kingdoms decided to unite into a League. Lara asked Bruce to sign the treaty on behalf of the Kingdom of El and said that he should rule as both a Wayne and an El now that he knew the truth. However, Bruce refused and told her and Kal-El that he planned to leave and explore the world to discover who he really was, as Alfred had spent his last years hiding his true self.[2]

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