Equipment: Note pad, small pouch of tools and $20 cash
Victor Sixsmith grew up as the only son of a cotton mill owner in Lancashire, England. Always an admirer of the theatrical arts, Victor would spend any time not in school at the local theater known as The Firefly. In return for being allowed to hang around all the time, Victor would help out behind the scenes, working rigging or making minor repairs.
As he grew into a teenager, Victor spent more and more time at the Firefly, to the chagrin of his father Otto who wanted him to take over the family buisness. After a big argument with Victor over his future, Otto decided that he would rid his son of such distractions once and for all. Otto would hire a local ne-er do well to commit late night arson at the Firefly. Unfortunately Victor, who was asleep under the stage with a lady friend and a bottle of whiskey, never heard the fire or smelled the smoke. When the blaze was finally extinguished in the wee hours of the morning, Victor was found to still be alive, the sole survivor, though horribly burned.
After a long recovery, Victor realized that his dreams of being an actor were over, as his face was a wreck. Meanwhile the former owner of the Firefly took his saved money and new found insurance and decided to put together a production company in London. Seeing a wealth of talent in Victor (and maybe a little pity) he invited him to come along and design and build his sets. Victor pounced on the opportunity. Realizing that this was probably his one chance to remain in the business, Victor buried himself in the details of his work. The shows wound up getting great reviews, but almost completely based on the incredibly realistic backdrops and elaborate rigging effects that Victor employed. As time went on, Victor took on bigger and bigger productions as his reputation began to spread. Today, he is one of the (if not The) premier set designers in London. Remembering his roots though, he occasionally volunteers at low budget theaters, typically in secret.
Victor was once an exuberant and outgoing youth who haphazardly threw himself at any challenge or experience. Since his accident, much has changed. Victor is now much more withdrawn and quiet then he once was. This has as much to do with his near death experience as it does with the source of his talent.. Victor has been having strange dreams since he was caught in the fire. Bits of alien landscape and strange machinery with odd angles litter his mind every time he wakes. This has been the inspiration behind the creativity and innovation that has propelled him into the upper echelon of his field. The success has come at a price though. The dreams are disturbing and are occurring with greater frequency. Sometimes they even bleed over, after Victor has been awake for several minutes.