Dr. Francis Goddard
Born: March 20, 1845
Born to John and Flora Goddard, Francis spent his childhood playing in and amongst the machines of his father's textile factory. His brother Edward who is 10 years older than Francis did not find him to be a suitable playmate. His sister Willamina, being 8 years older, found him best used as a living doll and Francis found himself with no lack of homemade clothing. Since his siblings did not see fit to entertain the young Francis, he instead grew up playing with the various workers in the factory. He got to know the workers very well and frequently got upset as they fell ill or got injured. As he neared adulthood his father, having grown quite rich, offered him the chance to attend university at Oxford. It was John's wish for his son to gain an education worthy of the Noble and Gentry classes. He then planned to help invest as Francis began his own business ventures. Francis was thrilled and eagerly accepted the chance to study at university. However, while he found he did well at classical studies, he found them ultimately unfulfilling. He remembered the workers he had grown up with, and wanted to find a way to help them. I was only too happy to discover that Oxford had recently re-opened it's medical school. After graduating from Oxford, Francis found his way to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. It was while working at St. Bart's that Francis met Mary Selby a nurse and midwife trained at St. Thomas Hospital. Initially, her family approved of the match as the Goddard's were known to be well-to-do, but once they found that Francis was not going into the family business, their sweet dispositions soured. In fact, only her sister Emma, who had married for advantage and visited her sister frequently, had any warmth for Francis. By this time, John Goddard had expressed his disappointment in the direction of Francis's studies, though he heartily approved of Mary.
Upon Francis's graduation from St. Bartholomew's he opened his own clinic in Whitechapel with Mary acting as his Nurse. They were married later that same year. Over the next 6 years Francis's clinic became a fixture in Whitechapel. He realized his dream of helping the poor and working class. He found his clinic visited by the workers with whom he grew up, and their children as well. His knowledge and skill earned him a reputation that caused wealthier individuals to seek his care, at times. His wife, became an activist and organized events for her various causes, mostly surrounding women's rights. Her loving husband, supported her, but did not attend her get-togethers. Francis had found success in almost all his endeavors. Unfortunately, his house was still empty. Tried though they might, He and Mary were still childless. Then, in 1875, a miracle occurred. Mary, was pregnant. During the next 8 months, Francis reconnected with his family. His brother, now running the factory, had two boys of his own. His sister, married to a wool merchant, had moved to Leeds and had two girls and a son of her own. Just 3 months after giving her the news, he received his first shipment of baby clothes.
In 1876 while, Francis was away on an emergency house call, Mary went into labor. It lasted only 3 hours, but she and her daughter died. He did not react well and for several months, his clinic remained closed. It was not until Elizabeth Cooper, Mary's best friend from her days at St. Thomas, and fellow midwife, came round and reopened his clinic that he began to come round. Elizabeth, who had never married, did not hesitate to quit her job and move to Whitechapel, where she took Mary's place in the clinic. Francis began going to political rallies and events for women's rights in his wife's memory. It took a couple years, but he began to see how life continues.
In 1878 whilst enduring another birthday Francis had an awakening that would change his life forever. He inscribed his name upon the watchtower and emerged a mage. This experience completed the healing from his loss. He knew it was okay to be sad for Mary's loss, but now he could rejoice for all the new life around him as well.
- Virtue: Charitable: Regain Willpower when he aids another at significant danger or detriment to himself.
- Vice: Boorish: Regain Willpower when my ill manners cause problems.
- to be determined
- Rescue Edward
- Reluctantly become The Doctor in London.
Walking the Thames
It's not something you plan. It's not something you intend. Hells, it's even something you tell yourself, over and over, that you're going to never do again.
And yet, on some night, there you find yourself, walking the shores of the Thames, squelching through the mud and stepping over the gin-soaked, passed out poor (at least, you hope they're only passed out).
There is something uncanny and strange that calls to you. It doesn't always do this, mind - in fact, most of the time when you find yourself out on its shores, you're not following that call. You're looking for it. Because when you do hear it, that call overwhelms you with its beauty and power. You begin to understand a little about it already; you're sure it has something to do with why, since before Romans landed in Britain, folk have founded settlement after settlement along its shores.
History aside, you long to hear that call again.
For You To Do
- Decide what state of mind or other situation leads you to being out walking the lengths of the Thames at night.
Francis needs to feel life. For all that the river banks seem squalid, they are teaming with life both human and animal alike. Francis finds himself walking the river bank, helping those in need and rejoicing in the vitality of it all. He works to increase the health of humanity, of course, but he recognizes that people are almost an intrusion here. This place belongs to the rats, the birds, the worms in the ground. This place is a wilderness in the heart of London.
- Take one dot in Contacts (River Folk). These are the people you've come to know, here and there, as you walk up and down the shore night after night. They call to you now when they see you, offer to share a sip of their rotgut and the warmth of their fires. From the way they talk, you think perhaps they hear the call sometimes too.
- Take the Fixated Condition. Its effects are not constant, however - it only comes into play when whatever it is that triggers your desire to hear the call again occurs. On nights when you do hear it, however, take the Inspired Condition.
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Friends and Family
- Money: Middle Class
- Clothing & Jewelry: x
- Food: x
- Hobbies & Distractions: x
- Housing: Dr. Goddard's Surgery
- Days: x
- Evenings: x
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