Alexander Smith was not like regular boys. At an early age he was raised in a fundamentalist family who lived in a huge compound and he was abused throughout his life.
He was told that "Meta-humans were scum" and trained in the arts of gunfire and bombmaking, hiding away his powers. Fortunately; he escaped that hellhole by running away a few hours before ATF arrested the military group for terrorism.
He wandered the streets angry and when attacked by some thugs, he proceeded to beat them all to the point of death with a chain. He smiled when he saw the people who had taunted and hurt him lying broken in his wake.
He quickly joined a Meta-Supremacist movement and became a soldier for a cause he truly loved.
Heremod is very strong and can take a beating and keep on ticking.