And with that.

A boy who has lost all fondness for youth walks the dividing line between apathy and desperation.

The path he is about to walk marks the first step taken on stage, where he and the people he relentlessly pushes away will be swept into a long journey, the magnitude of which they do not yet know and cannot prepare for.

Over and over, he will be faced with adversity he alone must overcome. If not for himself, then for everyone else he holds dear.

He will be tried in a tale built around his choices. A tale that has been told and retold, again and again, since the dawn of time — variations on the same theme.

It is here that the protagonist of our final retelling will enter the spotlight, at curtain's call.