Bane grew up in the horrendous and violent confines of a Santa Prisca prison, and was imprisoned since childhood for his father's crimes. His father was a revolutionary mercenary who opposed the Santa Priscan government, but was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison. The man died before his sentence was complete however, and left his next of kin to be imprisoned; Bane. Brutalized repeatedly by his fellow inmates, Bane, at the age of eight, committed his first murder with the use of a knife that he kept in his teddy bear, Osito, whom he viewed as his one true friend, when a fellow inmate tried to use him to find out information on the prison.
Despite his violent surroundings, Bane trained his body and mind to perfection, read any book that he could get his hands on, toned his body in the prison's gym, and even received a classical education from some of the prison inmates, including a Jesuit priest. Due to the cultural and geographical location of the prison, Bane learned a variety of languages, including English, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. Before long, Bane was able to have complete control over the prison population and become its self proclaimed ruler. However, Bane was plagued by intense nightmares that were centralized on a dark and shadowy creature that resembled a bat. Seeking to achieve his own sense of peace and conquer other territories and their population, Bane lusted to escape from the confines of the prison.
Specifically, Bane was told stories of Gotham City from the same Jesuit priest who served as his mentor, who informed the young man of the hopes that were tied to such a place by many Santa Prisca refugees. The priest revealed that those refugees had escaped to the city through the tunnel networks that they had constructed underneath it and helped to build Gotham into the metropolis that it was, in the hopes of living there in peace once it was completed.
The tale went that they were lied to and betrayed by that same city and were forced back to Santa Prisca, where those that survived were forced to continue living under their corrupt government. Ending the tale by stating that Bane's father had the same ambition of escaping to Gotham, Bane, unaware that the priest was conditioning him to attack the city because of his own personal beliefs, believed that it was his destiny to escape, conquer the city, rebuild it into his own paradise out of revenge for his country, and to satisfy his own greedy desires.
Bane's ambitions were set in motion when the prison owners and doctors sought to use him, recognized his position as the prison's leader among the inmate population, and to test out military experiments, that primarily dealt with the chemical compound known as 'Venom', which could increase an individual's muscle mass, stamina, invulnerability, and adrenaline a great deal.
Bane was then strapped to a storage unit that pumped the drug throughout his system and, much to the success of the experiment, the Venom was perfectly assimilated into his body. However, Bane used that to his advantage, violently slaughtered his captors, built up an army of mercenaries from within the prison, and escaped with his army in tow, which included Angel Vallelunga, Sergio Ortiz, and Diego Ortiz, who adopted the names of Bird, Trogg, and Zombie, respectively.
While he achieved his freedom at last, Bane was soon addicted to the chemical of Venom and constantly created more batches of the drug to feed his appetite and addiction for it. Before long, Bane began to despise his addiction, saw it as weakness and began to track down and slaughtered its manufacturers; despite that, Bane would never break completely free of his addiction. Seeking more challenges to prove his own strength and skill, Bane began to look for worthy adversaries and territories to conquer.
After his escape, Bane's actions led to him listed as a suspected terrorist, as well as a suspected subversive, suspected mass murderer, and suspected drug dealer, as well as placed on the person of interest watchlist alongside presumably other high-ranking warrants, and was also speculated to have suffered from medical psychosis. Bane also decided to try to kick his addiction to Venom by creating TN-1, although his tests all indicated that it would cause gradual memory loss, and planned to get willing volunteers as he perfected the formula to eliminate the side effects.
After he heard from his right-hand man, Bird, who had previously worked with the Gotham criminal underworld, that their were rumors of a Bat-like creature who protected the city, Bane believed that to be the same creature who plagued his nightmares and cemented his belief that it was fate to attack Gotham and he and that 'Bat' creature would meet. Gotham itself additionally intrigued Bane because, like his previous environment in the prison, Gotham was ruled by fear; fear of Batman. Bane then made it his mission to not only conquer Batman, but Gotham itself, and build up his own criminal empire to achieve the peace that he had longed for at last.
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