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Nikolai Tesla
High Concept: Red Court Infected Inventor Blinded By SCIENCE!

Nikolai Tesla is a Serbian-born and later naturalized American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies
to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop a power system using alternating current. Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.

Tesla’s achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world-famous. Although he made a great deal of money from his patents, he spent a lot on numerous experiments. He lived for most of his life in a series of New York hotels although the end of his patent income and eventual bankruptcy led him to live in diminished circumstances. Tesla still continued to invite the press to parties he held on his birthday to announce new inventions he was working and make (sometimes unusual) statements. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal “mad scientist”. He ‘died’ on 7 January 1943, when he became the victim of Morbius Frost, a Red Court Vampire. Frost was slain, in turn, by the Vampire Hunter, Abraham Whistler, who had been tracking the creature. With the defeat of Frost, Whistler took the injured Tesla and provided him with a serum which would allow him to stave off his Hunger and Blood thirst.

Serum in hand, Tesla bid farewell to Whistler, and shortly thereafter discovered some of the benefits of his new condition, including his ‘immortality’ and new Youthful Appearance. He quickly learned however, that his old fame would haunt him, and is quickly recruited into the US Army’s Scientific Strategic Reserve, where he was instrumental in various accomplishments, ranging from the development of the Erskine Formulas to the Manhattan Project.

After World War II, the SRS was dissolved, and Tesla found himself quickly recruited by the OSI (soon to become the CIA) where he was promised facilities to continue his inventions freely. Since then, he has worked for the CIA, specifically in The Shop, under the name Dr. Ian Lesko.

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