Mild mannered scholar who wants only the truth,
Edouard Kelp was born in Baltimore, MD to two scholars teaching history at universities in the area. With is sister, Ingrid, he had a normal, if bookish, childhood. He grew up attuned to the Truth, intent on finding it, and glorying in discovering that it differed from the accepted norms. dark brown hair, blue eyes, and white skin.
Kelp has had adventures in his search for truth, but he has some personal mysteries. One involves. e Sword. When he was nineteen, he became aware that he owned a sword, a superior Spanish blade of Thth Century manufacture. It was presented to him by relatives as a family heirloom, a legacy. But the details of the explanation never satisfied him. So far, he has not traced the real story of the Sword to his satisfaction, although he took fencing lessons for a month or so before he concluded that he had little talent for fighting.
When Edmound was 21, things got scary. Ed was injured by thugs, who attacked him during a street demonstration he was observing .and spent some time in hospital; This is where Dr Rivet inserted the aluminum plate in his skull. After leaving the hospital, he hid out ‘off the grid’ for some months, afraid that the goons who attacked him would return/
Amanda Hoskins. is the most important woman in his life. She is a postdoc who works with Kelp her at Princeton. They have been both lovers and colleagues ever since they met as grad students. She works as office manager for Kelp. She is also a colleague of Winnona Smith; she intervenes as much as possible on Kelp’s behalf.
3 As a grad student, Ed was in a situation where he involved Winona Smith, 26, in one of his investigations. Winnie was indiscreet in her inquiries, and her research into a controversial topic became known. Kelp could have jeopardized his degree by supporting her, but he flaked, letting her ‘hold the bag’. Ms Smith has never forgiven Kelp, and in spite of the bad mark on her resume, she graduated and has attained something of a powerful position in the academic world. She uses her influence to sabotage kelp’s activities (and his career) at any opportunity.
One of the many dark spots in Kelp’s academic world is Professor Joan Fogg, chair of the Princeton history department, whom Kelp has made his views about her steadfastly conservative views on history and current events. She in turn has no use for, or respect for, Kelp. She is one of the influences which keep Kelp at the rank of Adjunct Professor in the department.
4 Kelp wrote a superlative doctoral thesis which attained minor success as a book. This is the basis fir his having any sort of academic employment, even as a lowly adjunct.
Officials in the Union Carbide division of Dow Chemical have decided that Ke;p’s continued muckraking about the Bopal tragedy and other embarrassing events is intolerable. They are planning what they call ‘active mearurees’ to discourage him. An executive committee including three vice presidents named in Kelp’s articles meets irregularly to keep tabs on their ’person of interest’. Enthusiastic underlings periodically arrange to make his life difficult.