FRichard Garnier.jpgictional character

Name: Richard Garnier

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian / French immigrant

Profession: Prostheses Engineer

Location: Garnier's Workshop; C1

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Talented steam artisan, kind, altruistic, highly regarded in most circles of Rochester

Appearance: Richard Garnier is a wide-set but fit man of average height. He has green eyes, a balding head of brown hair, a well-trimmed mustache, and no especially unique distinguishing features. He does not bother often with fancy dress, usually opting for a simple look, but is certainly capable of dressing up well when called to social events.

Biography (ca. 1921): Richard Garnier immigrated to Rochester from Bordeaux, France when he was 20 in 1895. He started working as an apprentice in an engineer's workshop, where he quickly rose in ability. In 1899, he married Sarah Finn, and two years later they had a daughter, Gabrielle. His prowess in the workshop where he worked became well known, such that when his master moved away from Rochester in 1903, the workshop was left to Garnier. In 1904, Garnier lost Sarah to pneumonia, leaving him to raise Gabrielle and manage his workshop. As a result, his daughter spent a significant amount of time with him in his workshop, and when she was old enough, he taught her his trade, despite the disapproval of many of his colleagues. During the Great War, Garnier was one of the first artisans in America to dedicate himself to prosthetic work, fueled by his desire to help others. He'd mastered the craft by the end of the war, and shifted the primary focus of his workshop from general mechanics to prostheses. His crafts were of such high quality that they became immensely valued by higher class clients who required artificial limbs. Because of this, Garnier was able to charge his richer clients slightly more than normal with little resistance. The extra profits were used to reduce the price of his cheaper works for injured workers, and sometimes even to give away simple limbs to those who were in need but had no money. Due to his altruistic use of his profits, Garnier and his daughter live only a little above middle class. He is held in high regard in more aristocratic circles for his skill, and his charity makes him popular among the laborers. Garnier is a prominent member of Rochester's Independent Artisans Guild.