Image of Archibald
Image of Archibald

Perspective character

Name: Archibald Regiblaster
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Causasian
Profession: Factory Owner / Wealthy Person
Home Location: Regiblaster Estate
Memberships/Factions: Aristocracy

Disposition:
Constantly working
Easily irritable

High concept:
A very rich and influential man who is enthralled by the advancement of prosthetic augmentation.

Special skills/abilities:
Manipulation/Persuasion +3
Crafting/Engineering +2
Perception/Awareness +2
Academics +1
Contacts/Connections +1
Deception/Lying/Bluffing +1

Notable flaws/weaknesses:
He is highly irritable. Being brought up surrounded by wealth, Archibald is used to getting what he desires. If something goes awry, he will most definitely become extremely irate about it and lash out at whoever is around him.

He also has questionable morals. While he generally is a decent person to those he knows well, he has been known to view his subordinates as expendable. They are a means to an end for him. The workers at his factory work long and hard hours in order to further his goals.

Basic appearance description (daily, avg):
Archibald is a rather tall fellow standing at an even six feet. His skin is white, but with a slight tan as he tends to travel outside of Rochester during the summer months and when he is home he enjoys the outside more so than the inside. His hair is long and brown and eyes a pleasant green. His beard is expertly groomed and highlighted with gray.

His clothes are always of the finest quality, fit well, and have elaborate designs. The accessories he dons always complement and in an effort to strut his technical knowhow, he crafted a cane to model the steampunk aesthetic of his tiger.

Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
Research prosthetics
and automatons
Maintain factory success
Revitalize his brother

Relationships


Damien and Marianne Regiblaster:
Archibald loves his parents and all they've done for him. Since retiring, they travel around the world while Archibald and his sister run the family factories.

Ambrosia Regiblaster:
Archibald is very close with his sister. She runs the clothing factory while he runs the prosthetic factory. When his brother fell into a coma, she was the only person he felt comfortable confiding in.

Gregory Regiblaster:
Before he fell into a coma, Gregory was Archibald's best friend. They were always together and shared the same passions. Since then, Archibald has been obsessed with finding ways to revive him.

Horus:
Horus is Archibald's first friend and mentor. Growing up, Archibald was always curious to how Horus operated so he often analyzed Horus's functionalities.

Theodore Meyer:
After Archibald opened his prosthetic factory, he and his sister hired Theodore to help run the day to day activities of the clothing factory. He is an aspiring aristocrat and Archibald enjoys his perserverance.

Workers (Emily Ballard, Joseph King, Nora Marshall):
Archibald does not care to know his workers personally. He is aware of their existence, but he rarely is seen talking to any of them solo.

Narrative


Background (family, education, important life events):
Archibald was born in 1883 to Damien and Marianne Regiblaster and was welcomed into the family with gracious arms. Until he was born, his older sister, Ambrosia, was the only child his parents had and his father embraced the thought of having an heir wholeheartedly. Growing up, Archibald was pampered with delicacies from all over the world as his father wanted him to be happy at all times. And it worked well. Archibald loved every gift, meal, and experience he had as a child. He became enamored by the lavish lifestyle.

He was never allowed to attend public schooling, as his parents did not want him to mingle with lower class children and Archibald didn’t mind. He would see other children when his family went into the city and he was disgusted by the conditions they were in. The kind of disgusted where he just didn’t want to be around them rather than the “we have to get these people out of here” kind. Instead, he was tutored by the family’s butler, Horus, an automaton that spends his time tending to the house when not tending to the children. The more time Archibald spent with Horus, the more he became fascinated with how Horus operated. Every gear and metal plating were so precisely designed and functioned together perfectly to create a supreme butler. He often probed Horus for information of his innerworkings and Horus would always oblige, whether he was programmed to or not.

When Archibald was 3, his parents had another son named Gregory. Archibald absolutely adored his younger brother. He was great friends with his sister, but he delighted in the idea of having a younger brother, a protege of sorts. They got along swimmingly and the three siblings were often seen together roaming the estate grounds. When visiting other wealthy families with their parents, Archibald and Gregory would be an inseparable duo.

As the two grew older, their passion for machinery intensified. Years of studying how Horus worked engendered a curiosity that was insatiable. They spent numerous hours, day and night, experimenting with machinery. They were primarily self-taught, but they occasionally travelled into town to see what other tinkerers were up to.

When Archibald turned 26, his father thought it was proper time for his children to take over the family business. He asked him and his siblings to meet him at the Regiblaster Clothing Works. Archibald and Gregory were on their way from their estate when their vehicle was struck by an out of control pie truck. The truck struck the side of the car Gregory was on and sent them careening into a building. Archibald survived the crash with major bruising and a broken arm, but gregory was put into critical condition. The two were rushed to the Park Avenue Hospital where Archibald made a full recovery. His brother, on the other hand, fell into a coma and remained so for a year.

After the crash, Archibald became distraught. He rarely worked on machinery and instead visited his brother in the hospital. One year after being admitted into the hospital, Gregory was taken back to the Regiblaster Estate under his parents orders. He remains there under the care of private doctors. Once Gregory was back in the family home, Archibald and Ambrosia took over running the clothing factory for their father. With his creativity and her intellect, the factory found a new level of success. Archibald began to experiment with prosthetics again and the profits gained from the clothing factory allowed him to open another factory that focused on making metal parts for prosthetic attachments.

Only a few years after its grand opening did Archibald’s Prosthetics become the leading provider of prosthetic pieces to the Rochester community.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Archibald’s main priority is the success of his prosthetic factory. It is his brainchild and he plans to keep it successful for as long as he can. When he is not in his factory, he can be seen on the balcony of his estate tinkering with machines. He continually pursues research towards new prosthetic enhancement. Whenever he thinks of a new idea, he prototypes it on either his butler or his tiger.

His brother is still comatose within the estate. Rumors constantly spread throughout his factory that the reason he is obsessed with prosthetics is because he attempting to use them to revive his brother’s consciousness. He neither accepts nor denies these claims, but his extreme pursuit of prosthetic advancement is clearly evident.

Epilogue:
April 16th, 1921 was an eventful day for Archibald. The Protean Machine was a moderate success in reviving his brother, Gregory. His personality was intact, but some early memories were missing. In addition to that, the disgruntled ex-employee, Theodore Meyer, exacted his revenge on Archibald by bombing his prosthetics factory, which was completely obliterated. The success of Gregory’s revival sent Archibald in the limelight amongst engineers. The combination of protean tech with augmentation research exceeded expectations and broke grounds in the field of automatonics. Archibald published his research after the Great Steam Fair, but receded from the public eye for a time afterwards.

Ambrosia was able to eventually work out the Regiblaster Clothing Works’ financial issues with healthy success. While the family did not see the same level of wealth they had when two factories were operational, they were still able to maintain their place in aristocracy.

Archibald never rebuilt his prosthetics factory. Instead, after the untimely death of Nathan Garner he established a small workshop by the Regiblaster Estate in his honor for helping restore Gregory. He continued furthering his research alongside his brother, although as time passed, Gregory became more distant and restless. Archibald and Ambrosia aged normally with time, but Gregory’s augmented protean tech seemed to slow down the aging process. In addition with his lack of memory, he became more irritable at the world around him. After lashing out at Archibald in the their workshop, he left without telling Archibald or Ambrosia where he was headed.

After Gregory ran off, Archibald spiraled into bouts of depression. He spent many nights in a drunken stupor at his estate and stopped visiting his workshop. During an uncharacteristically sober night, Archibald decided to leave Rochester and search for Gregory. In a letter to Ambrosia, he left his side of the inheritance to her and her newly established family. He continued to write to Ambrosia, but as time went on his letters became few and far between.

His age began affecting him and his search. As America’s involvement with the second world war came about, Archibald began to hear whispers of a soldier overseas that matched Gregory’s description. He contacted his sister one last time and told her he was leaving the country to follow the leads he gathered and was last seen boarding a ship travelling to England.

The name Archibald Regiblaster quickly faded from talk in Rochester. His sister had taken the surname of her husband and moved out of the Regiblaster estate. The mansion was eventually sold to the state and the property was divided for more affordable housing.



Image Credit: Victorian Goth II by Theunis Viljoen LRPS