Deadlands - What We Leave Behind
DuBois, Prof. Solomon Francis
Antiquarian & Museum Curator (Discovery)
- Age: 52 (Born in 1824)
- Height: 5’3 (with a slight hunch)
- Weight: 105 lbs.
- Hair: Greying
- Eyes: Hazel
- General Appearance:
- The Professor cuts an interesting figure – wildly intelligent, yet also somewhat aloof in his physical appearance. While he commonly dresses in tailored three-piece suits, it is often clear they’ve been re-worn for days due to the many creases and small tea stains which adorn them. When traveling out of the office or home, Sol would never be caught dead without his ‘Lucky Hat’ – a badly beaten-up brown Stetson knockoff. Despite these eccentricities, when he speaks, he is quite charismatic. His own sense of wonder at the scope of history can be almost infectious, making him instantly likable to most normal folks.
- Solomon is a short, wiry man, who carries a slight hunch on his left side when he walks (he explains this is a result of his years of hard manual labor mining for gold in California during the Rush of ’49). Though his hair is often slightly longer than fashionable and unkempt, the Professor maintains a constantly clean-shaven face.
Professor DuBois has a dream – to bring education and culture to the “wild” west of North America. Born into a rich French-Canadian lineage, DuBois had the best of everything in his childhood, including the best private educators money could buy. He excelled at most of his classwork, but took a particular interest in world history and social studies – an interest that would follow him throughout his lifetime.-
When Sol was fifteen, his parents died. The sole heir to their fortune, he lived well for some time. He did, however, begin using his newly-inherited wealth to further his education and exploration of history, often investing vast amounts of money on safaris and other adventures which eventually proved relatively fruitless. After one particularly bad investment, Sol found he had squandered over 90% of his family fortune with little success. With little left beyond that which he would need to maintain ownership of the family home, the 25-year-old did the only thing he could do – he decided to work for a living.
Specifically, DuBois left his family home in Canada, traveling southwest chasing the rumors of Gold which had been steadily increasing over the last year, in hope that he, too, would strike it rich, allowing him to continue with his research. Though he did manage to stake a decent claim, Sol never did strike it rich like he’d dreamed about. Instead, he eked out enough to get by in the harsh California environs. Though he tried to meet new friends, he quickly found himself frustrated by most folks lack of both his level of intelligence and his level of “civilized behavior”. It only took a little over a year into his foray into mining before DuBois finally admitted defeat, and headed back East.
The Professor spent a short time in Salt Lake City on the road Back East, but the smog and religious pressures were too much for him. It was only once he reached Denver in the spring of 1851 that he settled in, starting over once again with very limited capital. Despite the tales he’d heard, Sol found to his disgust that even in the “Most Civil City in the West”, the people were cold, violent, and uneducated, for the most part. Still, they were better than his neighbors in California, and Sol had managed to find decent employment, so he remained there to determine the proper path.
It was here, in Denver, in 1853, that Solomon met Denise Marchand, his future wife. Though it took almost two full years of courting on DuBois’ part, the two were married on July 13th, 1855. In only a few months, Denise was pregnant, and their daughter Jeanne-Louise was born in August of the following year. Due to complications during childbirth, however, Denise did not survive.