He began his studies by mastering lead, bending bars with a simple gesture and draining car batteries with a nod of his head.
He moved onto gold, extracting great swathes of it from the sea, amassing a fortune that rivalled any man in the country.
Next came iron–he held entire armies in his thrall, tearing tanks apart like so many twists of tin foil.
Xenon was a bore. Carbon showed greater promise. Silicon gave him the thrill of becoming a living computer virus.
Eventually his studies brought him to hydrogen.
That was when things started to get really interesting…
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