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HellQ: Lord Steam


Who are you? Sum yourself up in one sentence.

The greatest detective in the Empire, Lord Steam!

Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, or nom de plume?

Lord Steam has been my nickname in this dimension. Lord Lucien Lockwood, my real name, does just as well.

What is your full birth name?

Lucien Livingstone Lockwood.

Where do you live?

Just on the outskirts of Freedom City, near the splendid Forest (Where I have invested in considerable grounds for nature preserves etcetera). It is an old mansion, full of character. And now, full of servants too.

How old are you? What year were you born (if applicable)?

I am thirty years old, born on the third of March 1981.

Physical Traits

Good old fashioned aristocratic stock, tall, athletic, handsome, good hair.

What is your gender? If not applicable, please explain.


How would you describe your heritage?

I was born into the Lockwood family. Lombard, my father, remains head of that noble line, although he is somewhat venerable now. A great family of the empire, very respected, and very wealthy.

How tall are you?

Six foot, one inch.

What is your body type?

Athletic, quick, and strong. Well, I may not be a world class athlete, but I stay in shape. Captain of the English under 15s Cricket squad for a few years.

Do you have any particular weaknesses, such as allergies or physical disabilities?

No, I am in tip top shape!

How do you carry yourself? Are you graceful, or heavy on your feet? Can you be stealthy, do you walk with confidence?

With grace and authority, of course. Born and bred to do so. I suppose I could sneak around if I had too, but not really my style.

Describe your skin, eye, and hair color.

A flushed saxon skin, with light brown hair and blue-green eyes.

How do you wear your hair, if applicable? Do you have facial hair?

Quite long, shoulder length, swept back, and well groomed. Never fancied facial hair myself, although a spiffy moustache would perhaps not go amiss one day.

Do you consider yourself attractive? Do others?

Of course (to both).

Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings, or birthmarks?

Got a nasty stab arresting my first real crook, the Hampstead Hatchet. Still got the scar on my belly from that one.

Do you resemble anyone famous?


Do you have a dominant hand?

Yes, my right.

What kind of clothing do you wear?

All sorts, but always expensive and well tailored. I usually wear an elegant Victorian style, which is, I gather, deemed somewhat eccentric in Freedom City.

Do you wear makeup?

No sir, I do not!

What is your vocal range? Is your voice distinctive in some way?

Quite loud, what with all that shouting in the cadets.

Do you have any distinctive habits, nervous tics, or mannerisms? Where did they come from, and what causes them? Do other people notice and remark on these habits? Do they annoy you or other people?



Where do you come from?

Most pertinently, I come from the dimension you term Earth Victoriana.

Have you made any major moves, or do you live in your hometown?

A very major one. Cross dimensional. Moved around back in my own dimension a bit, of course. Studied at Oxford, moved to London.

Do you feel loyal to your country of citizenship? Do you consider yourself patriotic? How do you feel about the government of your country?

Absolutely. God save the King!

How do you feel about the place you come from?

Splendid place, a bit stiff at times to be honest. When a man tires of London, he tires of life. Or comes to Freedom City.

Where is your home town? What was/is it like?

Growing up, were most of the people you knew similar to you, or were you somehow a minority? How did that affect you?

Is there something you've always been really good at or really bad at? How has that affected your life?

Sir, it is no exaggeration to say I am good at everything. As to what I am really excellent at, the answer would be “to whatever I put my mindâ€>. To date, my main interest is in the noble of art of detective work.

Were there any traumatic experiences in your early years (death of a family member, abandonment, orphaned at an early age)?


Briefly describe a defining moment in your childhood and how it influenced your life.

Reading the entirety of the Encylopedia Brittanica when I was six. Good read. The old man was rather proud,.

What stupid things did you do when you were younger?

Oh just the usual old Japes. Setting a few fires in the stables with some home made fireworks, smashing a few windows with my catapault, maybe a dalliance or two with a handsome maid.

Where did you go to school? How much school did you have, and did you enjoy it?

Eton, initially, until a went to Oxford University. Jolly good fun, character building stuff. Boarding school is good for you.

Do you have any mementos of your childhood? What are they, and why did you keep them? If you have none, why not?

My school reports, a few of my silly experiments, like the fireworks and catapault. Why not keep them? All good fun.

When did you decide to become a hero? Why? Did anyone influence you one way or another in the decision?

To keep my brain occupied, and to do my civil duty. Can’t have thugs wandering the streets of disorder.

Is the reason you give people for becoming a hero different than your real reason? If so, why?


Do you have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt you?


Do you represent yourself as being different from who you really are? Why?


If you do have these secrets, what do you fear would happen if the truth became known? How far would you go to protect those secrets?

No secrets to hide, dear fellow! At least none I want to share!

Do you have any sort of criminal record? If so, is it public knowledge?

I may have bent the Law a few times as a young man. Drunk and disorderly, that kind of nonsense. Fortunately, my status, and my father’s wealth could buy me out of any criminal charges.


What are your biological parents' names?

My father is Lord Lombard Lockwood, and my mother was Lady Cressida Lockwood (Formally Brassfellow).

Were you raised by them? If not, please explain and describe who raised you.

Yes, alongside the house staff, particularly my nanny, a jolly robust lady called Meredith Willows. Of course, once I was boarded at Eton, they raised my too, in their own way.

What was their standing in the community? What did/do they do for a living?

They were gentlemen and ladies, Sir. It would not do for them to work for a living.

Where are your parents now?

My Mother died five years ago, bless her soul. Riding accident. Well, she was nearly 60 at the time. As for my father, he manages the estates back in my home dimension.

Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?

They were mainly based in Lockwood estates, but we did travel around quite a bit.

How did you get along with their parents? How do you get along with them now (if applicable).

Rather well. Fond of my mother, and my father. Have a few quarrels with the old man these days of course, I swear he gets more cantankerous with old age. See him now and again and we get on well enough, especially if we share a good pipe, meal, and bottle of port

How do your parents view you now, or how would they?

I think my father is proud of me, but he dosen’t show it directly. Just with the twinkle in his eye.

Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what are their names? Describe your relationship with them.

2 Sisters. The eldest, Lucy, is a respected Judge. Youngest woman ever in my dimension. I ask her for the odd bit of legal advice now and again. My younger sister, Helen, is a pianist. Very good one.

What was your birth order in the family?

I am the middle of the three.

Where are your siblings now (if applicable)? Do they have families of their own? What do they do?

Lucy is unmarried, devoted to her work in upholding the Law, and lecturing. Helen is dating a rather tepid but talented young artist. No children yet.

Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?

Yes, although being in a different dimension can be trying.

Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?

Well, I do suppose I have a soft spot for the old man.

Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?

Perhaps Lucy, as we both work with the courts. Maybe a little bit of competition now and again, and even a few quarrels.

Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)? If so, please explain.


Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor? If so, please explain, including how it has affected your life.

Admiral Bertrand Lockwood, hero of the British Empire Naval fleet, must be over a century ago now.

Do you have a partner and children currently? If so, please describe them.


If you do not have a partner or children, do you want them someday? How firm are you in your

opinion on this, and what might change your mind?

Seems a jolly good option in the fullness of time, and for the right woman.

What type of person would be your ideal mate?

Intelligent, handsome, a little bit mysterious. Perhaps a little French, maybe?


Do you have any close friends? If so, please describe them, and how you came to be close to them.

Not yet, at least in this dimension. My family are probably my closest friends back in Earth Victoriana.

Do you have a best friend? If so, how did they become your best friend? How close are you to your best friend?


If you were to go missing, who would worry about you?

My family, my staff. MI7, the intelligence agency from Earth Victoriana.

Have you lost any loves? If so, how did it happen, and what did you do?

Not as yet.

Do you have any bitter enemies? If so, please describe them and their history with you.


If you have enemies, how do you think they might attempt to work against you in the future?

Discredit me, ruin me, something like that. I doubt they would resort to violence.

What is the worst thing someone has done to you?

Where do your loyalties lie? In what order?

Gosh, a tricky one. I don’t know if I can put them in order. To myself, my family, to King and country, and to the Law. That’s the honest answer. I cant put them in order, old bean!

Who or what do you trust the most? Why?

People I know the most – my family, my staff, my friends. I have utmost faith in the rule of the Law, democracy, and society.

Who or what do you despise? Why?

Villains! Although I relish the challenge of apprehending them.

What qualities do you admire most in other people? Are these qualities you possess?

Intelligence, decency, manners. I would like to think I have these qualities.

What qualities do you hate most in other people? Do you have any of those qualities?

Rudeness, bad manners, the uncouth.

Do you have a secret identity? If so, who knows it? Do you hide it from people who are close to you? Why?


Do you work well on teams and in groups? Are you a leader or a follower?

Either, dear fellow. I can take a suggestion of course. Not the kind of chap who takes orders.

Are you on a super team? If so, how do you get along with your comrades? Do you trust them, or do you have secrets from them?


Are you a member of any church, fraternal organization, club, committee, political party, or other group? How much time do you spend on that?

Member of MI7, the extraordinary intelligence service of the British Empire in Earth Victoriana.

Personality & Beliefs

Who are your heroes?

Good old fashioned, boys ‘own Englishmen. The adventurers, the pioneers, the leaders…

Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols? If so, why and what were the circumstances?

Never, sir. Never!. Upstanding Englishmen, the lot of them!

Do you like being a hero? If so, what is the most rewarding part? If not, what makes you keep doing it?

The challenge, the hunt, the unmasking of the villain!

Is there anything that would make you give up hero work, or even switch sides?

Quite possibly, if I found something as suitably stimulating.

What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)?

Set up a robust headquarters on Freedom City, get to know the city and the dimension, and capture a few crooks!

What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)?

Don’t plan that far ahead, old fruit! But quite possibly, the same. I want to be successful, stimulated and wealthy!

What is your greatest fear? Why? What do you do when something triggers this fear?

Ridicule, bankruptcy, loosing my reputation. If these become a possibility, then – why – I would dig my heels in and not stand for it! No Sir! I would not!

Is there anything you would give you life for?

My country, for the greater good. In some heroic enterprise.

How do you feel about money and material wealth? Do you desire it or disdain it? Are you miserly with what you have, or do you like to share? Is it a mark of success, or a means to an end?

Very useful stuff, money. I love it! I am generous with it, but of course I have a lot to be generous with.

How do you generally treat others?

Fairly but firmly.

Are you a trusting person? Has your trust ever been abused?

Yes I am. And I take the abuse of my trust most poorly. In general however, I find that trust given is not often abused.

Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)? Do you have a lot of self-confidence?

Extroverted, Sir! Extroverted! Nothing wrong with my self confidence!

How do you act around attractive, available members of your preferred sex?

With good manners, and charm.

What are your most annoying habits?

My dogged curiousness, I would suppose. I can’t let a mystery slide. I simply must have the answer. Of course, some folk in this new dimension of yours do find my attitudes and behaviour a little peculiar so I am told.

Do you feel contempt for any general category of people? Who are they, and why?


What is your favorite food? Do you prefer any particular type of food? Do you take the time to enjoy your food, or do you eat as fast as you can?

A good roast dinner. I am a food lover of the world, always eating in the finest restaurants. Not that I eat to excess or gorge myself. Quality, not quantity.

What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?

Port probably, although I have a soft spot for the standard British Beer sold in its many Taverns and Public Houses.

What is your favorite treat (dessert)?

Crème Brule. The finest thing to come from France. Simple, elegant, and subtle all at once.

Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat?


What is your favorite color? Are there any colors you dislike?

I don’t suppose I have one. Maybe the blue of the British Policeman.

What sort of music do you like? Is there any that you hate?

Classical music is my favourite. The finest artists of the centuries will always trump the finest artists of the present.

If you have a favorite scent, what is it?


Do you have a favorite animal?

Good trusty hunting dog will always serve you well, Sir. As will a hearty steed.

What is your most treasured possession? Why?

My 18th birthday present, a family heirloom. A priceless silver Swiss pocket watch.

Do you enjoy "roughing it", or do you prefer your creature comforts?

I have done both, and to a degree enjoy both. I would prefer the latter however.

Is there a job or a task you would absolutely refuse to do?

Menial, boring, or repetitive tasks.

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If so, how do your beliefs affect your life?How important is it to you?

Not particularly, although I am interested in all aspects of the human psyche.

Could you kill? Have you killed?

Shot a man dead in Afghanistan a few years back, nasty business with some local bandits. I don’t relish the event, and would rather not take a life again, now matter how beastly the soul was. But I could, if the situation demanded it.

What circumstances led to you forming that conviction, or taking that action?

Reflecting on what happened, and retaining my convictions on the need for Justice and Law.

Are there circumstances under which you believe it is permissible to kill? What are they?

It is. In a war. If its you or him, then best to choose him. Killing without cause, or choosing to Kill, is called something else. Its called murder.

How would you react to watching someone kill another person? Would your reaction be different if the killer was a friend or an enemy of yours?

Shocked. There should not be any need for killing. I’d keep my cool and try and prevent any further bloodshed occurring. It would certainly put a most powerful strain on any friendship.

How would you react if something important was stolen from you?

I would be most vexed, and immediately start to look for clues as to the culprit!

How would you react to public humiliation?

With a stiff upper lip, on the outside. Inside, I would be mortified, and swear revenge!

How would you react if a good friend or relative were purposely or accidentally killed? Has it happened to you?

I would keep as good cheer as possible. Inside, the fires would drive me to apprehend those responsible. As yet, it has not happened.

What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why?

Murder. The taking of a life must be the most grave of offences.

If your life were to end in 24 hours, what five things would you do in those remaining hours?

I would go to a jolly good party and try to forget about it. Enoy myself as much as possible in good company.

Career & Training

Do you have any special training in your hero skills? If so, where and how did you get it?

I have all sort of experience in training. I mainly taught myself, as a hobby, but MI7 and other people have aided me at times. Most of my skills are in detective work and related applications. I am also learning Baritsu at its London School, and have a fair proficiency at the art.

Who taught you the most about your heroing abilities? What was your relationship with that person?


Do you have any particularly unusual skills? How did you acquire them?

No, unless you include my natural photographic memory.

Do you do something besides hero work for a living? Have you ever done anything else, or do you plan to?

No sir, I am a gentleman. And gentlemen do not work.

What is your preferred combat style?

Baritsu, if required. However, there is no substitute for surprise, tactics, and the use of ones brain in any situation – combat, or otherwise.

Have you ever received any awards or honours?

The order of the Lesser Garter, for arresting the Hampstead Hatchet.

What skill areas would you like most to improve in? Is there anything you can't do that you wish desperately you could?

Everything! Most eager to learn. My major ambition is to become the greatest detective in the multiverse!

How do you act around people who are more skilled than you in areas you'd like to improve? Are you jealous, or do you try and learn?


Lifestyle & Hobbies

What is a normal day for you? How do you feel when something interrupts this routine?

I would arise at a gentleman’s hour. That is, after midday. I have few commitments so I would amuse myself as I see fit, with the evening usually set aside for the more frivolous of activities.

Do you have any hobbies, or interests outside hero work? What are they, and where did you pick them up?

I am an avid reader of everything – politics, philosophy, literature. It helps one keep a perspective on things. I am setting up a few business ventures on this dimension, which are a pleasant distraction.

What do you do for fun?

On my own, I might read, take a walk or some other exercise. However, I like to socialise, play the wit, go to the theatre, opera, or music hall. Any good adventure or experience.

Do you have a costume? What does it look like?


How do you normally dress when not in costume?

Elegant victorian style, usually with a walking cane, and my silver pocket watch.

What do you wear to bed most nights?

Fine silk pyjamas, maybe a dressing gown.

Do you wear any special jewelry? What is it, and what does it look like?

A gold ring bearing the Lockwood coat of arms.

Do you have a special place where you keep your valuables?

My safe at my home.

What's your preferred means of local travel? How about long distance?

Walking, or automobile. Long distance, I would probably use a Zepplin or other aeronautical vehicle.


Have you ever made a will, or tried to make arrangements for your death? What provisions did you make?

I have, it is much encouraged amongst the nobility. My inheritance would go to my sisters, with a modest amount to legal charities.

If your features were to be destroyed beyond recognition, is there any other way of identifying your body?

Goodness man, how macabre! I wouldn’t think so, but what a ghastly image!

What would you like to be remembered for after your death?

A hero, a genius, a great detective.

Do you believe you pose a threat to the public? Why or why not?

Not in the slightest.

What do you perceive as your greatest strength?

My wit.

What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

Well, it’s a new dimension, I’m still getting used to its… peculiarities.

As a player, if you could, what advice would you give your character? Speak as if he/she were sitting right here in front of you. Use proper tone so they might heed your advice...

I must plead with his Lordship to exercise all due caution and restraint on his noble venture. Whilst his prestigious intellect and vast talent cannot be denied, I must also humbly remind him that he is venturing into a new dimension, with a new horizon of danger and peril. Many men with godlike strength move in this world, and I would beseech his Lordship to be wary and accept what few limitations he may possess… if any. Thanking you most kindly, Sir.

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Lord Steam

The trans-dimensional immigration authority, Freedom City.

Lord Lucien Lockwood sat down in the bland and windowless interview room. At the opposite end of the table, Special Agent Duncan Webb shuffled through his papers. He was part spy, part paper shuffler, and could never decide what exactly he wanted to be. So, he had ended up processing security checks on extraordinary residents.

In other words, residents in this dimension, how came from other dimensions.

He sighed, at least it wasn’t Ani-Earth this time.

With the formalities and handshakes over, he started through the standard procedure.


DW: Please state, as precisely as possible, your dimension and location of origin

LS: Certainly my dear chap. I believe you fellows over here call it Earth Victoriana. Good a name as any, rather regal. Based in and around London Town.


DW: Please state your reason for dimensional residence. Business or Pleasure?

LS: Business. Formal ambassador from the British Empire to this dimension. Aim to have a bit of fun whilst I’m here though. Lovely little dimension you have.


DW: Could you comment on your physical health, and any special quarantine measures that need to be taken?

LS: I’m in good shape. Take regular exercise, no health problems. Six foot one, all my own teeth.I don't think you need any special quarantine measures. I have nothing to declare but my genius!


DW: Could you please comment on your mental health, including any previous analysis or profiling that you have undergone.

LS: I am in full possession of my faculties. Never seen a shrink fellow, although I have studied a bit of psychology. My intelligence rating is off the scale, when it was tested. Or so I was told.


DW: I see. And on that note, please describe your greatest fear.

LS: Same as any man’s, I should hope! Failure! Of course, bounce right back up and learn from ones mistakes, but its fear of failure that drives a man to success!


DW: And, to complete our profile, what is your greatest ambition?

LS: I would like to master the art of detection, and go down in history as one of the finest, if not the finest, of all detectives!


DW: Have you any history of violence or criminal records?

LS: No criminal records man! Well, I got into a few Japes at Eton and Oxford, but nothing serious of course. Police called a few times, always got them to see sense. I have had a few fights and brawls in my time with ruffians, riff raff, and crooks, but never unprovoked, Sir!


DW: Please state all organisations to which you are affiliated, and to whom you have sworn loyalty.

LS: Earth Victoriana, the Ministry of Intelligence – and the government there as a whole. After all, I am an official ambassador – did you not see my papers, man?


DW: I did. Now, looking through your family history, could you confirm your immediate first degree relatives.

LS: Lord Lombard Lockwood, my father. Lady Cressida Lockwood, my mother, died five years ago in a Riding Accident. Judge Lucy Lockwood, sister. Lady Helen Lockwood, sister – and world class pianist.


DW: And please state, in a few sentences, your current relationship to your parent or parents, as well as your relationship during your formative years.

LS: It’s pretty good. I have a few arguments with my father, particularly as he had become more old and irritable, but he is still a good man. Good taste in port and pipes. I was always rather fond of both my parents, they let me be me, encouraged me. Gave me a sense of duty and morals. The occasional belt to my rear when I had been an exceptional rapscallion.


DW: I am looking through your psychology file now. Very interesting. Would you care to comment on any particular prejudices or hatred towards any persons or person?

LS: Just the crooks and bent of the world. Oh, and rude people. Yes, can’t abide a lack of manners.


DW: I see. And, in contrast to my previous question, do you have any particular loyalties to any persons or person?

LS: To my family, of course, as one would expect. Rather fond of Helen in particular. I have several aristocratic friends I am loyal too, of course. Some university pals. Always try to support the boffins at the Royal Society for Metaphysical Engineering.


DW: How would Sir describe his a) sexual orientation and B) relationship status?

LS: Er. Well, I understand you fellows here call it “Heterosexual†hmmm? Yes, put that down. And I am fantastically single at the moment.


DW: Very well. How would Sir’s family and friends describe him?

LS: Jolly decent chap, very bright, good sense of humour. Might say I was a bit reckless and driven, even obsessive.


DW: And how would you describe yourself?

LS: Lets be honest, I would probably describe myself in just the same terms. Maybe emphasising my intelligence a little more and my obsessiveness a little less.


DW: Does Sir follow any religious tradition, or is Sir part of any church or other religious institution?

LS: Church of England. That’s Earth Victoriana England. Non-practicing, as they say.


DW: How does Sir view the multi-cultural nature of Earth Prime, referencing its magical, meta human, and non-human residents.

LS: Sounds terribly exciting, I say. Can’t wait to meet all these splendid people. As long as a man’s got a keen mind, a sense of morals, and a good bowling arm, he’s fine by me!


DW: And what are Sir’s political and social views?

LS: I never bothered that much with that. I’m all for science and the progression of both technology and the arts. I suppose I am conservative otherwise.


DW: How does Sir view the upcoming stay, or residence, on Earth Prime?

LS: With great excitement! I have heard such wonderful stories! The Freedom Phalanx, the Crime Syndicate… yes, I intend to make the most of my residence here!


DW: Have you, or a member of your family, ever been a member of the Terminus invasion?

LS: Errr. No.

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