- This article is about the Lineage from Promethean: The Created. For other uses, see Frankenstein (disambiguation).
|Nicknames:||Wretched, Karloffs (or Elsas), Thunderstruck, Patchwork Men|
|Progenitor:||Adam, Frankenstein's Monster, possibly Mr Verney|
|Bestowments:||Unholy Strength, Spare Parts|
Frankenstein is the name of a Promethean Lineage, also known as the Wretched. Members of the Lineage are shambling creatures whose limbs and organs were culled from multiple bodies. They were given life by the element of fire in the form of lightning, and they suffer from an excess of choleric humour.
The Progenitor of the Frankenstein was Dr. Victor Frankenstein's famous monster, sometimes known as Adam. A Frankenstein by the name of Mr Verney claims to be the Monster, though whether this is the truth or merely delusion is currently unknown.
If the Lineages can be compared to experiments, then the other four Lineages were successful - they provided the results their founding demiurges sought. Not so for the Frankensteins. Dr. Frankenstein sought to create life, to create the perfect man. His creation, however, was an aberration, a freakish abortion.
The Frankenstein creation rite requires that body parts from several corpses be put together to form a human body, the various parts attached by whatever means the creator has to hand. Then, an arc of electricity - lightning from the sky, electricity from the grid, or whatever other means the creator can find - jolts the new Promethean into life.
Being passionate creatures who usually come to rely on rage and brute force more often than not, the Wretched seem to resonate with the Stannum Refinement; learning to use Torment constructively has gotten many Frankensteins out of difficult situations. As their natures tend to drive others away, many Wretched are also known to practice Cuprum. Of the rare Refinements, Aes tends to appeal to many Frankenstein, who crave the companionship it gives them that they are normally denied.
Frankensteins are constantly and painfully aware of the gulf that separates them from mortals. Many have short-fuses and are easily driven to acts of violence as an immediate solution for the problems at hand, though they usually end up regretting acting in such a rash manner. However, they are also capable of acting with a zeal and resolve that puts the other Lineages to shame; a Wretched will rarely give up on a goal they think of as important.
Thanks to their Bestowments, Frankensteins are usually possessed of great physical prowess. In addition, some can further improve their physical form in a patchwork nature similar to the conditions they were created under.
In the Frankensteins' human guise, observers get a feeling there is something physically deformed about them, though no deformity may be visible. Eyes may be odd colors, two limbs may be of differing sizes, or their features don't match in general, reflecting their method of creation. When using Pyros or healing themselves with electricity, their disfigurements show the horrible patchwork nature of their bodies: mismatched skin tones, needlework or scars at the joins, and the electrical terminals which are the conduit for the animating electrical current.
- PTC: Promethean: The Created Rulebook: p. 55, 67, 99-102
- PTC: Magnum Opus: p. 58
- PTC: Web spoiler, June 5, 2006
- PTC: Web spoiler, June 6, 2006
- PTC: Web spoiler, June 7, 2006
- PTC: Promethean Promo (PDF download), released June 29, 2006