Character:Helmund Frank

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Name: Helmund Catalyst Wunder Concept: Renegade Ubermensch Beholden Artificer Player Foundation Artificer Axioms : Apokalypsi 2, Automata 0, Katastrofi 2

Attributes Mental Physical Social Intelligence 4 Strength 2 Presence 1 Wits 3 Dexterity 2 Manipulation 1 Resolve 2 Stamina 2 Composure 3

Skills 11 7 4 3 specialities Mental Physical Social Academics 1 Athletics 1 Animal Ken 0 Computer 2 Brawl 1 Empathy 1 Crafts 1 Drive 0 Expression 1 Investigation 0 Firearms 1 Intimidation 0 Medicine 2 Larceny 1 Persuasion 0 Occult 1 Stealth 1 Socialize 1 Politics 0 Survival 1 Streetwise 0 Science 2 Weaponry 1 Subterfuge 1 Linguistics 2 Obligation : 7 Virtues; Resources 1 Assembly line 1 Beholden 1 (prisoner freed during fight with Gunderson) Dumpster Diver 1 Laboratory 2 (Size 2), +1 Apokalypsi 5 Natural Linguist Flaws;

Enemy 3, Curiousity 2, Overconfident 1
 Helmund was raised in a remote Nazi jungle refuge somewhere (he doesn't know where) in South America.  Unlike most of the children there he was raised to be fairly open to new viewpoints, in fact he was raised to be so openminded the wind could blow through.  Henrich Gunderson, an Ubermensch genius, had ordered the community to raise more potential Beholden,who need to be accepting of strange data.  In Helmund he had an ideal one, nothing seemed to phase him in the least.  At age 14 Helmund started work in the lab.
 Initially Helmund worked well at the lab and absorbed a lot.  He began to experience strange effects, knowing things before being told, things being conviently where he needed them to be, repairing complex components with little difficulty and being able to anticipate what Gunderson wanted from an understanding of his theory far advanced from what it should be.  After 4 years however they hit a hitch.  Gunderson's attempts to build a detector for humans of superior genetics kept coming up with natives, blacks and even at one point, a Jew.  On a hunch Helmund set the genetic detector to trace the relatives of the people detected, figuring they might have a common Ayrian ancestor.  Instead he found that their genetics led back to David Smith an 18th century Jewish explorer, scientist, lecher and probable Genius.   If it had been anyone else in the settlement they would have denied their own results, but Helmund had been scientifically raised to accept strange ideas.
 Then he had his own, what if human development wasn't racial, but caused by a small group of highly genetically superior males that traveled widely, spreading their excellent seed through whole continents?  This group he called the 'Magadhi'* rejected the security of the herd, surviving mostly alone until they could find a group, impregnate as many of it's females as possible and move on.  To test out this theory Helmund made a modified genetic detector out of parts Gunderson thought too low quality to use.  This led him to a dungeon cell with an asiatic prisoner, Tsu Ming.  After questioning him about his ancestry to make sure he wasn't related to David Smith Helmund made a decision.  If Gunderson was wrong then everything they were doing wasn't advancing human potential, indeed was acting against it by forbidding the Magadhi from breeding as widely as possible.  Giving the prisoner a bunch of spare parts and seeing if he could escape with them was a simple test.  If he didn't Helmund could always just take the parts back and never mention it.  
Tsu immediately constructed a Katastrofi device and blasted out of his cell.  Helmund ran to tell Gunderson of his theory and it's (in his mind) irrefutable confirmation.  He anticipated that Gunderson would react with wonder and admiration and immediately abandon his racist theories, just like Helmund did.  Gunderson instead went for the plasma gun.  If Helmund hadn't taken the precaution of wearing a belt forceshield (in case Tsu something up while he was on the other side) he'd have been dead.  Instead there was a battle through the complex with whatever weapons anyone could pick up.  Mostly it was fought amoung barrels of reAcid, plasma capacitors and other things you shouldn't point weapons at.  When it was over Tsu's friends had found the beacon he had constructed from Helmund's spare parts (and the obvious smoke column) and picked them both up.  Helmund has been eager to learn of the outside world and is a quick study.  His racial beliefs disappeared instantly, as that's how his mind was trained to work, something's wrong, reject it.  

  • Hindi for "tribe of magicians' it took him weeks to find a foreign dictionary with a name he thought was cool.