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Fictional character

Name: Robert LeFever

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian

Profession: Retired Professor/Inventor

Location: Rochester, NY

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics:
Knowledgeable, Multi-lingual, Sarcastic, Dependable, Friendly, Humorous, Attentive, Ignorant

Biography (ca. 1921):

As a child of the infamous Daniel Myron LeFever, the man responsible for the hammerless shotgun, it is easy to guess that in his early years young Robert did not fall far from the tree. A tinkerer and constant nuisance in his father's workshop from the time he began to walk, up until his departure for higher education. Robert was heralded as a master of his trade by the turn of the century. Finding early success during a short-lived research and development career at his father's business in the late 19th century, he went on to take personal contracts soon after an argument regarding investment in automaton technologies with his father. During this stretch of time he created machinations and machinery used heavily throughout both local and foreign conflict. Of note LeFever has the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion’s outcomes attributed to his name. A joke from the Pentagon reads, "If Teddy wields a big stick, then that stick is LeFever." However, with Roosevelt's departure from office, and the following shift in American Foreign Policy LeFever decided to opt for a less intensive position and took up a faculty position at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Following roughly ten years there, teaching and inspiring brilliant minds while being harassed by old contacts, Professor LeFever decided to retire at 58, despite having the capital to do so almost twenty years early.


Throughout his career he was praised for his genuine likability, his humorous antics in the workplace, and his attention to detail. Though many of LeFever’s opponents and rivals, both politically and in his field, find his behavior unprofessional and insulting. Many comment that his carefree attitude is dangerous. That he was often said to care little for the gravity of his work, never acknowledging the atrocities committed with his inventions is a understatement of the magnitude to which that is true. His successor within the government, and now friend, William Tenerly, commented that LeFever's personality should not detract from his genius. Tenerly even goes so far as to make regular visits to LeFever, seeking his expertise and advice for his own work.Though, Tenerly is only one of few allowed the privilege to talk to the aging inventor.

For the most part LeFever keeps to himself in his home, the LeFever Estate, and entertains few guests. Though his last mentee, an outcast and perceived anti-unionist, Brandon Westland, enjoys the same privlege as the infamous Tenerly, and makes just as many and possibly more visits than any other associate of LeFever's. A favored student early into his time at the institute LeFever was quick to take the boy under his wings, teaching him all manners of advance automation and engineering before his first semester even came to a close. And while many of his favored students moved out and onto fabulous things upon graduation, Westland has yet too, and instead has chosen not only a local situation, but an unemployed and almost wasteful one. LeFever continues to teach the young engineer, and provides contacts, suggestions, and guidance for him. Knowledgeable about his past, yet attempting to be ignorant of Westland's place in the world he has fallen into. LeFever continues to remain oblivious to the darker side of the world.