With a wife and 2 children, you wouldn't guess judge Parker's one of the most adulterine persons on earth.
Parker is a succesfull judge and has gained his nickname and notoriety for his eagerness of handing down punishment by sentencing convicted persons to death by hanging. But the womanizer puts himself more than often in sticky situations. Don't let his sultry talk get to you!
Miss Chesterfield is a many psychiater's dreamed perfect case study. She suffers from what is called "a dramatic cluster of personality disorders, including a dangerous cocktail of Erotomania, Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) and Anterograde Amnesia". The erotomanic delusions cause her to believe she has a number of high placed secret admirers, while the HPD characterizes by a pattern of attention-seeking, flirtatious and seductive behavior towards these persons. When these feelings are not mutual, she becomes stalkery, extremely jealous, enraged and violent, often leading to physical assaults and even causing the death of her "partner". Her Anterograde Amnesia inables her to recall these events ever happened, and in so: creating a (self)-destructive spiral. Her condition can only be kept at bay by high, almost lethal to others, doses of Laudanum.
She was already sentenced to the death penalty by means of hanging for the murder of her lovers , but the verdict was overturned on appeal, in light of a false testimony by one of the expert psychiatric witnesses.
Proprietor of the Flemish branch of the "Brunel Transatlantic Airship Company ltd": famous for it's worldwide transports, infamous for it's black-market-smuggling.
More than once been pointed the finger that half of it's "unofficial" cargo went missing (into his own pocket, to fund his more than lavish lifestyle) Needless to say the charges never went on the record.
Since his knowledge of architecture and engineering are practically non-existent, many wonder how he even manages to build those airships? Rumors are that he pried the blueprints out of the cold dead fingers of rival Chapman & Villiers' chief engineer . Who's to say?
Jack Peterson is the self-centered, megalomaniac president of a weapon factory. This man is one corrupt lying bastard. He doesn't care about belongings and feelings of other.
Just making sure he is filling his own pockets.
The fact that he's thrifty as hell means he skimps on his gun components which result more than often in malfunctioning, misfiring weapons. He has a strict no-refund-policy.
Appointed by and confidant to King Leopold II, he witnessed Leopold II's assassination by Gennar Rubino on september 2nd, 1885.Leopold's sister, the mentally unstable princess Charlotte, took this opportunity to claim the throne. Smithers always suspected and openly accused Queen Charlotte for having a hand in the murder of the late King.To shut him up, she sent him on a mission to the Congo to tame the ongoing crisis by force.After years of being M.I.A. Smithers came back from the Congo with half his face missing. Was it because of a bad case of malaria, a failed attempt on his life, a vicious animal attack, a native uprising,…? We can only guess since he tenaciously avoids the subject being brought up.
Belgium 1888 - an insight into the world of Valkyre
The middle of the 19th century saw The Great Exhibition of 1851, the first World's Fair, and showcased the greatest innovations of the century Among these innovations was Charles Babbage's coaldriven steampowered engine, which resulted in an immense industrial progress.
Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy.The French-Prussian war of 1870 has an unexpected outcome as Queen Victoria meddles into battle, introducing giant aeronauts called Zeppelins, eventually leading her to victory and
colonialising both regions to expand the British Empire.
Velocipedes (Steam-driven, one-man vehicles) and steamcoaches are the newest means of transportation.
City sweepers roam the streets at night (automated steam powered street cleaners) with eight thick mechanical legs and twenty-four thin arms on its belly snatching up rubbish and throwing it through the machine's maw into the furnace within, belching black smoke into the air.
Unfortunately there were social and environmental costs that were not in immediate evidence. Burning coal puts a great deal of ash into the air along with oxides of sulphur, The burning of so much coal led to the infamous London Fogs, as well as making everything feel gritty. Coal ash got into and on everything. Also, many of the great buildings were made of limestone or marble, both of which suffered degradation in the murky polluted air.Everyone was ambitious. Everyone was greedy. No one cared about the poor, not even the poor themselves. Everyone was out to acquire as much as he or she could, no matter what it took.
Belgium's king Leopold II was financing huge expeditions to the Congo with the plan of coloniating the region and to claim its resources (mainly ivory and rubber) by means of so-called Harvesters: gigantic automated
machines that stood fifteen feet high at the shoulder and fed everything in its way through a grinding machine, killing and mutilating millions of Congolese natives in the process.
He was assassinated by Genarro Rubino on september 2nd, 1885.
Rubino was tried for high treason at the Old Bailey but acquitted due to insanity: he kept on ranting about a spring-heeled character.
Leopld's sister, the mentally unstable princess Charlotte, empress of Mexico, saw her husband Emperor Maximilian captured and executed by Republican forces. She flees back to Belgium, manifesting symptoms of paranoia claiming that the spirit of her late husband got trapped in a doll she possesses and calls Chuck.
The death of her brother Leopold II sees her chance to claim the throne. She marries the usurper, lord Vigo the Carpatian, and by doing so unites the Belgian colonies and regions with the Carpathians to form an formidable empire, starting an arms race for global domination against the British Queen Victoria.
In this world, we encounter our protagonists: the members of Valkyre.
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