Name: Halt Chrono
Occupation: Clock worker, makes and repairs anything made of clockwork materials
Appearance: Halt wears substandard clothes for the era. He prefers to wear a white cotton shirt all the time, and over that he wears a variety of vests that leave his arms open to work on clocks or other machinery that he works on for a job. In the various vests he owns he houses multiple pockets, each with a specific item for each. Inside the vests are multiple pockets big enough for Halt to carry his tools around in as well as any small portable piece he is working on at the moment. A sizable pocket on the right side of the vests on the inside holds a large rack of cigars for him to smoke when his anxiety gets too high. Under that pocket he holds a small pistol shaped lighter made of clock parts that use a piece of flint to light the cigars. In the front of each vest he keeps a pocket that holds his personally pocket watch that he made during his apprenticeship.
His hair is messy and black, with bits and flecks or copper often in it from when he works on larger machines. His eyes are a golden copper color that his parents and master joke about being the copper of clockwork in his veins. His skin is a little tan, but is still mostly pale from his time indoors perfecting his craft. He is thin, as most of his money goes into gears and copper for his clock work projects.
Personality: Halt is very eccentric, often going on rants about his or other designs in clockwork or steampunk technology. He is highly cheerful, always beaming a smile in his shop, which earns him a lot of satisfied costumers. He is also very energetic, and tends to move around a lot in his shop. He has a bit of a problem when it comes to his anxiety, and it causes his hands to shake uncontrollable. He smokes to calm himself down, and his personality loses its eccentric and energetic vibe and replaces it with a much calmer and less energetic personality. He prefers to spend time alone despite this, and will rather work on a clockwork piece. He has a heavy conscious, and will try to make the decisions that will weigh on him the least.
History: Halt was born in Europe in 1845, and was born into a fairly average family of a writing father and a steampunk building mother. They weren’t the richest, as the mother used the money for her projects while the father was forced to provide most of the money with his poems and writings. This got his parents into many conflicts, and Halt would hide himself away during such arguments, as his father got quite violent during these arguments. His father never actually attacked either one, but he often got so aggressive that he would punch holes in the walls, and even smash the steampunk gadgets that his wife made in rage. Halt was always terrified of these moments, and when he was five, asked to go into apprenticeship with the only clock worker in Europe, an old Japanese clock worker who was infamous for being a harsh master. His father agreed with joy, and sent Halt away with little money.
Halt began his apprenticeship, and the Japanese master was harsh. He started Halt off with learning how to make karakuri dolls out of wood, and then move up to bronze and copper gears. Halt took each task with gusto, but his master berated him every time he made a small mistake. Halt at first thought it was because his master hated him, but he soon learned that he was taking second looks at each piece and finding less and less mistakes. His master was using tough love as a method to teach Halt how to notice more about the machines and less about what he did. He taught Halt that if he focused on what he did and the problems in that, then he would miss the mistakes in the machine as a whole. When Halt turned ten, his master gave him the chance to make his own pocket watch. Halt loved the chance, and began working on the piece without a second hesitation. Halt worked on every piece for the watch, and spent two days and two nights just working on it. He fell asleep when he finished, and his master used some acid to engrave a crescent moon on the surface and the kanjin symbol for ‘moon’ in the middle of the actual clock. From that day forward, Halt and his master became closer, the master almost becoming a father figure. Also, Halt's master began to teach Halt a few steampunk designs and technics, but Halt didn't find it good and prefered his clockwork designs.
When Halt became 18, his master said with a heavy heart that his apprenticeship was done, and that he was being sent to America to run his master’s old clockwork shop. On the three month voyage, Halt became addicted to smoking, and this led him to steal a few cigars before they landed. Halt renovated the shop, and spent the last two years making and creating different clock work pieces, mostly automatic pocket watches.
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