So… madamecuratrix and I have been discussing exactly what medical conditions and birth defects could have led to the creation of ol’ Erik, going by a combination of Leroux and Kay descriptions. It’s a long and complicated list, but the short story is that Erik basically lost the genetic lottery in every way conceivable, short of dying.
Though, considering his life, an early death probably might have been winning.
I decided to draw out this aging chart because I’m a masochist that way. Bask in the painstakingly researched facial anatomy. Got to love old textbooks.
No, he doesn’t have a hole as his nose as a baby because (insert complicated scientific explanation here). Trust me, I researched it. Newborns with Erik’s face hole just don’t happen. He gets the skull nose later due to horrible, horrible circumstances.
Because this is Erik, and he can’t have nice circumstances.