After a few days of carefully planning out my character, I have finally come to a point where I am happy with the way his profile currently sits. I have broken the profile down into his early life, his personality and traits, and his physical description.
John was born unplanned into a working class family who gained a secret wealth over the years through thieving items from the factories they were employed in. His parents would sell on most of the goods for a profit but the ones they could not pass on would end up stored away for future use.
When he was of age, John begun working in a major production factory cleaning machines in poor conditions with bad treatment. This is where he first witnessed the power business owners had over the lower classes who they employed. This caused a stir in John's determination and sparked a desire to grow to be respected and wealthy and to be seen as a figure of power. He soon stumbled upon his parent’s scheme where he saw the potential to grow something small into something greater. Years later, his father fell ill with influenza which was contracted by his mother shortly after. He segregated himself from his family as to stay away from the disease as the likelihood of death became apparent. John waited for his parents to pass and soon after gained access to their secret fortune and begun to set himself on a new path towards success.
Over the coming months, he attempted to kick-start small business ventures to work towards his goal of becoming a respected businessman but unfortunately each resulted in failure due to his incapability and uncoordinated methods, being shunned by the upper classes who simply saw him as filth who was below them. The events which occurred motivated John to continue to find new ways to reach his goal. In the end, the idea of success came down to a key decision in John's mind as he realised that legitimately earning money and respect were a way off due to his heritage and existing reputation. It became clear that both of his objectives were not achievable together and that one would have to be sacrificed for another. John had to decide whether he wanted to be well respected or to be wealthy. He came to the conclusion that with wealth came power, and with power respect could be bought, therefore making his decision.. Realising that he was alone and that nobody cared to help him achieve his personal goals honestly, he became content with devoting his life towards selfish gain with little worry about morality.
John begun to study the methods of many salesmen in an attempt to learn the ways of triumphant business but quickly found out that deception and trickery was the secret behind success. He picked up the tricks of the trade and planned his own business concept before putting it in action. Beginning with the renovation of a carriage he had stolen, John invested his parents’ money on creating a show and developing the separate persona of Dr Alabaster Alberstine to aid in the success of his new found business. He spent a lot of time creating his own items combining wild ideas the inspiration of the new age technologies to create the left over items from his parents stash to create unique and striking products. With another theft of horses, and the employment of two cheap desperate homeless men, John set off for new lands to begin his new life as the mysterious and intriguing Dr Alabaster Alberstine.
Alberstine is a scheming salesman who is deceiving and dishonest. He is entirely self-centered and has no regard for others unless they are giving him what he wants. Alberstine is an extremely charismatic showman who is charming, suave and smooth talking and can captivate the attention of audiences within a matter of moments. He is remorseless and has a complete lack of morals. He is also slightly sadistic as he enjoys seeing both his assistants’ misfortunes. Deep down Alberstine is still uncoordinated, unlucky, and ill tempered.
Alberstine bears a mysterious but elegant appearance. He is a tall, lean man who sports a thin moustache and dresses in unique finery. He has hazel eyes, a pointed face, defined cheek bones, and an eerie but charming smile. He has long bony fingers, long thin legs, and has a good posture. Alberstine wears a top hat with a band of purple fabric wrapped around the crown, with a crow’s feather tucked inside. Under his hat, Alberstine has black hair which is combed over to the right and wears a black tailcoat lined with dark maroon fabric over a silvery vest and white shirt. Around his neck he wears a patterned maroon ascot and he keeps his pocket watch chain on show. His trousers are tight and fitted and he displays slightly off colour white spat boots on his feet. He handles an elegant dark cane headed with a crafted silver crow which he uses as a tool during his performances. He has been known to be one of the most flamboyant salesmen due to his decorative carriage and impressive style.