Thursday, June 28, 2007

Steampunk Notables: Captain Nemo

Age: Between 40-50 years; 5'11, 160 lbs.; a striking man with a dark complexion, strong features, and straight black hair.

Prince Dakkar was the heir to a kingdom in India, but was educated in England and the Continent, mastering the languages and sciences of the West. However, in the Indian Mutiny, he attempted to lead his people in resisting British rule, failed, lost his wife and child, and had to flee. He used his wealth to construct a new vessel, the submarine Nautilus, in which he abandoned the land to take up life in the sea. He restored his personal fortunes with vast quantities of treasure salvaged from wrecked ships. His self-imposed exile made him lonely, and when he discovered that a man he had rescued was the famous French marine biologist, Professor Arronax, he attempted to befriend him, calling himself by the Latin pseudonym Nemo, (meaning "no one" and probably a reference to the famous seafarer Odyessus calling himself "Noman", when he spoke to the Cyclops). Ultimately, he allowed Arraonax and his two companions to escape to the land.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 51, SJG:Austin
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Perhaps one of the classic individuals of the Steampunk genre, Captain Nemo and 20,000 Leagues under the sea is one of the dramatic personages of Steampunk. If you wish to learn more about 20,000 Leagues under the sea, by Jules Verne, please follow the associated links...

Apparently he has a bar in Cornwall(lol!)...

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