The Plague Doctor is a brilliant physician and alchemist, educated at the renowned medical school of the Imperial City. But in spite of his great potential things turned out so that upon finishing his training he returned to Heron, the provincial town he originated from. There he opened a practice, got married and settled down. Unfortunately, seven years before present day the Doctor was robbed of his family in an outbreak of plague that decimated the town’s population. Scarred by the tragedy, he buried himself in his work.
The Doctor struggles to contain every new outbreak of plague, at the same time conducting extensive medical and alchemical research. An old manor house, settled not far from the town, serves as the base of his operations. The Doctor's medical studies are aimed at finding the cure for the plague, starting from questioning the general opinion about what is causing it. His alchemical research is turned towards the creation of homunculi and the search for panacea, rather than towards trasformation of metals. He is also experimenting with dead things and electricity. For obvious reasons, he keeps most of this from the public- especially the dead things bit. He is not a favourite among the townsfolk as it is, with his surly, unwelcoming personality and inclination towards making sarcastic remarks. However, the Doctor takes his vocation very seriously and will always take care of a patient to the best of his abilities.
Another thing worth mentioning about this man is that he is a skilled pistol duellist (the beginning of his duelling career dates back to his time in medical school), and tends to experiment with psychoactive substances.
|The Plague Doctor.|
The Assistant is the Plague Doctor’s childhood friend; quite a physically strong man with a friendly disposition. Unlike the Doctor, he spent his entire life in Heron, where he now has a large family. He owns a shop, but nowadays his wife and eldest sons tend to the business while the Assistant spends most of his time in the old manor house. In the Doctor's employment he helps out with the experiments, trains hounds and does a bit of body snatching at the Heron cemetery when the need arises. He and the Nurse are among the few people the Doctor gets along with.
The Nurse is a tall, bony elderly lady. She is the widow of a country doctor, who died of old age not long after the War had begun. The Nurse remained very devoted to her husband even after his death; when she left her home to join the Plague Doctor's staff she took with her his polished skull. The way she often has one-way conversations with the skull makes most people wonder about her sanity. She is quite stern, but not unkind.
|Orderlies, one wielding a blunderbuss and the other a poison gas thrower.|
The Plague Doctor also keeps a number od Orderlies in his crew. They help out with his projects and carry out mundane tasks.
|Flesh Abominations and the Morbid Homunculus.|
Flesh Abominations are hulking monstrosities. Starting as a fresh human corpse, each of the Abominations was reanimated and blown to immense size through a series of surgical and alchemical procedures. Their brains suffered considerable damage during death, so the creatures have very low intellect. They are not violent by nature, but are very protective of their master. These flesh constructs help the Doctor in his missions with their immense physical strength.
Deformed and crippled; violent and just plain nasty: the Homunculus is an alchemical creature grown by the Doctor from a single human tooth. It may be of diminutive size and a bit lacking in the arm department (they never developed properly, they're just a couple of little stumps), but it can bite and it can headbutt. The Homunculus shows cruelty towards all living things and possesses near human intelligence.
The Doctor employs a pack of reanimated canines as guard dogs and for extracting mandrake roots. These oversized hounds and wolves are partially embalmed and reanimated with an electrical surge, and then injected with a cocktail of medications allowing them to "live" beyond death. Embalming fluids keep their bodies from rotting, but their flesh will eventually deteriorate in spite of the embalmer's efforts.