Name: Carl (Alexander Maria Friedrich) von Freyberg
Born: 21.9. 1853, Freiburg (Breisgau) - age 47
Home: Karlsruhe, Baden (German Empire)
Position: Engineer / Research
Main Role: Engineer (Internal Combustion, Power Trains, Focus: Rotary Dynamics)
Secondary Role: Inventor (Everything that rotates, including railguns
, experience with liquid and powdered explosives, general chemistry, good general overview of electrical engineering AC and DC systems)
Interests: Rogue, Duelist (Boxing, Fencing, Single Fire Pistols), Butcher (beginner's knowledge of anatomy, experience with torture)
Description (first draft):
The unexpected 6th (and youngest) son of a noble family of Badian/Swiss origin, growing up in the shadow of his overbearing father (a local administrator of some fame, patron of the arts and publicly admired humanitarian, all while being a cruel dictator at home who had tons of affairs that destroyed his wife’s standing with her peers) and weak (alcoholic) mother. Was severely beaten as a child (for every perceived instance of “disobedience”) and humiliated by both his father and eldest brother (a cavalry officer of some renown). Prone to slapping “underlings” himself.
Worked with Karl Benz when he was still a teenager, got into huge fight ("lack of vision”), joined “skunk works” division of University of Karlsruhe instead. His Obsession is to develop Interal-combustion-engine-powered DaVinci-Like flying machine with blades instead of airscrew. Frustrated with slow progress of the colleagues in material science.
Lives for the single-minded pursuit of his passion - machinery. The quintessential "obsessed man” with a chip on his shoulder. His engineering type is clearly the lone “Bastler” (Tinkerer), not the academic teamplayer and sharer. He is more Tesla than Edison, more MacGyver than Max Planck, more Hardy-Krueger-in-Flight-of-the-Phoenix than Wernher von Braunh.
Freyberg is a decent “inventor”, but much better “improver / rethinker" of existing solutions, as well as a “combiner”, not a “discoverer".
Has an easy time assembling larger machines, but is below average with precision work. When doing anything below the scale of a Hand-crank-generator, he needs help with the details (he has an occasional slight tremor in his left hand and poor 3-D vision), but has hard time admitting to it.
Physically, he is rather unattractive, even intimidating to most people: Slightly above average height (178 cm), wide frame, very strong, brutish features with large cheekbones and a pronounced brow bone, a perpetually inflamed “Schmiss” (fencing scar) on the left side of his face, vertically crossing his orbital bone, eye and upper cheek, greyish hair that also rather generously grows out of his ears, salt and pepper beard, large jugular vein protruding from his thick neck.
poor vision in left eye, otherwise very good senses, especially smell, able to identify many chemical compounds, especially fuels and by smell alone)
Has acquired a leader / chief scientist position at the University (and in the mission?), but iss a poor leader.
Prefers to think out solutions by himself, does not know when to delegate, yet gets very impatient with “underlings”.
Has been known to experiment on animals small and large (interest in “biological engineering systems”) in his spare time, often experienced as distasteful or cruel by others. He developed an interest in this in his early teen years when observing / helping in a distant cousins butcher shop on a “country vacation”.
Disciplined when faced with difficult circumstances, highly stress-resistant, but tends to lose focus when things are going well.
Mysoginist, feels judged by women, resents them. Frequents prostitutes. Easily distracted and annoyed by women who are as smart as he is (or smarter). Tends to deny their accomplishments, especially in the fields of the humanities, since they are “not science”.
Admirer of Nikola Tesla.
He also looks down on men with either lower intelligence OR lower physical fitness than himself, which tends to be almost everyone.
Will cower if confronted with greater authority/strength and seek revenge later on his own playing field.
Loves engines, does not love people.
Dreams of a future dominated by technology
Ideas for involvement with the mission:
Double Agent - hired by German Empire, bought by the British? (he is apolitical, so he does not care either way. The way to his heart would be with a machinery lab). Chosen for the mission for exceptional analytical skill with all kinds of machines and early breakthrough with research into helicopters. Doubts persisted in mission control, because his antisocial tendencies were discovered early.
Personality is the exact opposite of Mattie Barclay. They will probably hate each other, but have a chance to grow into grading respect… or not