I'm curious--regarding Oswald's parents, were they abusive to him at all in your canon, or were they the well-intentioned, but ill-equipped kind of parents?
parents loved him, but they were wealthy and somewhat detached. Not faults of
their own, mind, they had more “important” things to do with their time than
handle the nitty gritty of parenting. So yeah, they loved Oswald, but it wasn’t
the soft, caring love one would hope for a parent.
was no real emotional damage done to Oswald until after his father, William
Cobblepot, was gunned down in London during a labour dispute. Uta suffered
something of a breakdown at this, and Oswald immediately volunteered as the “Man
of the House”. Despite being only nine, Oswald had responsibilities heaped upon
him from “Mother Dear” – but responsibility brought him mother’s love, so he
gladly bore it.
protective nature came to light when he and his Mother were robbed at knife
point – turning the knife from Oswald to Uta was the thief’s biggest mistake.
When police found the offender, his hand had been bitten off at the wrist
(Oswald didn’t EAT his hand, he just gnawed through the wrist).
that point on, nobody would threaten Uta Cobblepot – fewer still would dare insult
her (save for a certain, headstrong Mayor of Gotham City). When Oswald returned
from school, the Cobblepot family moved to Gotham City, expanding their
industry (and influence).
I just want to say sorry to Reaves. He came to a new team hoping to make new friends/family with the penguins and they do this. I can only begin to imagine he terrible he feels. And yes, I know the team is probably welcoming him with open arms but for him knowing that his management team cares more about tradition then basic human rights for PoC is a most likely a terrible feeling for him. This goes for all PoC in the NHL not just him. As a PoC who is a huge fan /supporter of the Penguins, I am very VERY disappointed by them and this decision. Words can’t even describe disappointed I am.