Rex Deprovdechuk the foster son of Roberta and a resident of San Francisco. He is also a student at Galileo High School. This same school is the home of the members of the BoyCo gang as well as Kyle Souller who served as Principal.
Rex is frequently the target of the BoyCo gang, who has been tormenting Rex for the past two years. After a particularly rough day at school, Rex makes a beeline for home and in his distraught state of mind, forgets that the BoyCo gang members had demanded money from him. The gang soon corners Rex and he has his arm broken by the gang leader Alex Panos. Rex walks himself to St. Francis Memorial Hospital where his arm is placed in a cast and his foster mother Roberta angrily picks him up.
The day after breaking his arm, Rex didn’t want to go to school because he would be teased about his broken arm, so instead he headed for his place of refuge – Walton Square Park. On his way to the park, he remembered his dream from that evening that entailed him killing Alex Panos. He wished it was true and as he did he happened across a newspaper stand that had Alex’s murder as the headline. Rex proceeds to beat up a bum for change to purchase a newspaper and then continues his rage on a Good Samaritan that tries to stop Rex from attacking the bum. The emotions Rex feels from the fear he instills in the two men he attacks enthralls him and fills him with a new sense of power.
For the majority of the story The King is a mysterious entity in the world of Nocturnal. While there were several allusions and inferences that The King may be Rex, it remains under speculation until episode 14, when Sly calls Rex directly by this name. The Nocturnal creatures believe that The King will come forth and lead Marie's Children out of bondage. To this end, Sly and Pierre transport Rex from his room at Roberta Deprovdechuk’s house to his true home, with the Nocturnal creatures.
The character's full name is Rex Deprovdechuk. However, in the world of the Nocturnal creatures he is known as The King.
From the sparse details given of Rex’s appearance, the reader can glean that he is small and slow and sometimes stammers when he speaks.
Rex demonstrates a great deal of self-loathing and low self-esteem. In school, Rex tries to spend most of his day being invisible. He is embarrassed because he stammers when he speaks and despises his teachers for calling on him. He is described hating himself for being so small and slow, hating himself for crying, hating his foster mother for making him cry, hating Alex Panos and the BoyCo gang, and hating his life in general. He also expresses the desire to hurt or kill the BoyCo members.
When he needed an escape he went to his refuge at Walton Square Park where he sometimes read or drew or just let the day pass.
Fan Based Character
The character of Rex Deprovdechuk is not named after a junkie however the author did base the character on long time junkie and MastaPimp Robbie Trencheny, whose avatar is pictured at the left. This dedicated junkie can be found as an active member on the official Scott Sigler website forums under the user name of robbiet480.