Heart of Steel

By Denigoddess2001

All the characters appearing in Gargoyles and Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles are copyright Buena Vista Television/The Walt Disney Company. No infringement of these copyrights is intended, and is not authorized by the copyright holder. All original characters are the property of Denigoddess2001

David Xanatos hadn't always been a good man. He had once been a rabble-rousing terror, an arrogant sod that took what he wanted without thought to whom it hurt or demolished. He was a billionaire, a man-about-town. He believed he was God's blessing to the planet and was forever caught in his life of egomania, fast cars and thirst for power. His amorality only emphasized his roguish charm and devil-may-care persona and he reveled in the spotlight, the paparazzi and the media frenzy. However, what David wanted most was money and to be the alpha male who left his inferior competitors lying broken in the dust at his feet.

He never expected the one thing that changed him from philanderer into philanthropist: his love for his wife, Fox, and their son, Alex.

His life changed so completely that when he looked in the mirror, he nearly didn't recognize the man staring back at him. David Xanatos remained an arrogant sod with a clandestine agenda who expected for the world to present itself in loving sacrifice for his ever-growing ambitions. He enjoyed the billionaire's life and all the thrills money bought, but somewhere along the the way, he found his lost humanity and, somehow, regained his soul.

"Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into Hell."

He had paid the price by nearly losing his wife and son to one close call to many and it gave him cause for contemplation. The Gargoyles had saved his home and family after New York had nearly been laid waste by Demona's maniacal plan involving pathogens and magic. It was simple to rethink his life and rebrand Xanatos Industries. With this new philosophy, David developed a new premise. He had nothing against personal gain, but he wanted the world also to benefit from the innovations that his companies offered. He wanted to make his city and the world a better place for people to live better lives. Betterment for all, but insuring that any threat to that better world was efficiently neutralized Xanatos style.

No longer did his scientific innovations serve his personal agenda: Xanatos Industries became a world leader in improving the quality of life. . . while still making a profit. Instead of considering the world his playground and the Gargoyles his personal nuisance, he donned the cybernetic armor of the Steel Clan with newfound purpose to protect his family, his allies, his city and the world.

Now, when he awoke each morning, David Xanatos was a sentinel of something greater; no longer a slave to his ambition.

Let a billionaire learn about love and he will develop a heart of steel.