The Hero is the child who takes over parent role at a very young age, becoming responsible and self-sufficient. Because the parents look to this child for reassurance that they are good parents, the hero’s confounding variable is directly proportionate to compulsion to rescue. See also LOST CHILD.
The Hero scans the beyond for scapegoats and lost children and will leave the safety of the pale to collect these siblings. The Lost Child's ability to function beyond make her oddly immune to recognition. Scapegoats, however, often stand within view of Hero, hoping to be "rescued" and punished for leaving the pale. See also: Failed attempts at leaving the pale. Labyrinths.
Notes from The Hero's Journal:
from How to Survive in the Woods by Bradford Angier