Deadlands Reloaded: The Weird West
Doctor Darius Hellstromme
Mad Scientist Industrialist
Rank: Legendary XP: Unknown
Agility: d8 Smarts: d12+2 Spirit: d12 Strength: d6 Vigor: d6
Pace: 6 Parry: 5 Toughness: 5 Charisma: 0
Curious (Major), Greedy (Minor), Overconfident (used as Minor)
Arcane Background: Mad Science, Connections: Hellstromme Industries, Eureka!, Filthy Rich, Gadgeteer, Jack-of-All-Trades, Improved Level Headed, McGyver, Mr. Fix-It, New Power, Scholar, Strong Willed
Driving d8, Fighting d6, Guts d12, Healing d4, Intimidation d10+2, Knowledge: Occult d12, Knowledge: Science d12+2, Mad Science d12+2, Notice d8, Persuasion d8, Piloting d8, Repair d12+2, Riding d4, Shooting d10, Taunt d6+2, Stealth d6, Swimming d4
Personal Gear: Carried: 8 Max Weight: 30
Latest Hellstromme Industries Personal Weapon, Micro-Tool Kit, Monocle
Darius Hellstromme, Ph.D, is an avatar of science untrammeled by conscience or any emotion; a cold and destructive man who thinks of nothing but his goals… and his tragedy.
Darius Hellstromme was born in 1824 to poor London laborers. He went to work in his uncle’s factory and discovered his knack for ‘improving’ machinery there, and that uncle sent him to Sandhurst Military Academy. It was while Darius was at Sandhurst that he met his future wife, Vanessa. His uncle purchased him a commission in Her Majesty’s Royal Engineers and he was sent to the colony of India, where his life took the turn that would shape the history of Deadlands. Vanessa was mortally wounded by rebellious Sikhs. He promised to stay by her side, but while she slept fitfully he went into the next room to work on an invention for his revenge. She awoke alone and committed suicide, believing Darius had abandoned her for his machines.
The next few years saw Hellstromme removed from his post in the Royal Engineers and wandering the world, searching for a purpose. He found a small quantity of ghost rock in Africa and experimented upon it, but after the Great Quake revealed vast deposits in the Weird West he traveled there, eventually choosing Salt Lake City as a base of operations for his eventual goal… to retrieve his wife’s soul from the afterlife.
Hellstromme Industries and the Wasatch Railroad were created to fund his researches, and by 1880 he had reached two major goals: near success in the so-called Rail Wars and the invention of finding peace with the lost of Vanessa.