Wealthy, British, self-made, industrialist playboy
Ability at which he is great:
Exchequer [Spades] (Rich. Big time.)
Four abilities at which he is good:
Athletics [Clubs] (Skiing, tennis, rugby, you name it he’s played it or done it)
Fencing [Clubs] (Dallies in the professional circuit)
Charisma [Hearts] (It wasn’t his engineering, but his charm that made him rich)
Connections [Spades] (If its any one of note, he knows him/her)
Ability at which he is poor:
Physician [Diamonds] (Doesn’t like the sight of blood)
Industrialist / Socialite
Current Fortune Hand: empty, KH, JS, KS
Henry Gordon-Smythe was the eldest son of Sir William Gordon-Smythe, owner of Wellington Steel and Fabrication. Unbeknowst to most, Sir William disowned Henry, simultaneously closing down his trusts and cutting him off from all family and corporate assets.
Some might call Henry Gordon-Smythe brilliant, or a ‘genius’ of the industrial age, but that isn’t an apt description. Those that know him better might describe him more as smart and savvy. He may not come up with a brilliant invention on his own, but he is certainly knowledgeable enough to recognize a good idea when he sees it. He quickly formed a corporation and sought venture capital. His partner, Nikola Tesla, had the most fascinating ideas concerning electricity and its uses. Together, they put their inventions to practical use taking electricity, its use and storage, to new levels both for industry and the masses. Henry retained the intellectual property rights to many of their most innovative creations.
Unfortunately, Tesla regretted signing away his rights and believed he was due a far greater share of the profits. He sued both Henry and his various companies. With the millions he had already made, however, Henry hired the best legal minds in both England and America and dragged the matters out until Tesla ran out of funds. He settled with Henry for a pittance.
With his dozen companies, mostly held by his main corporation, Archer Holdings and Investments, Ltd., he never has to work another day in his life. His father has, to date, managed to avoid all contact with the young man – presumably to avoid having his son rub it in his face.
Since then Henry has dedicated much of his time to his fencing, in which he has enjoyed some success, as well as other sports and adventures.
Virtues and Vices
Henry Gordon-Smythe likes a challenge, no matter how big or impossible it may seem. His first seemingly impossible challenge was to create a financial empire the equal of his father’s without any family aid. Now that he has done it, he feels he can accomplish anything.
Now he is seeking the next great scientific advancement and is willing to travel the world to find it.
He enjoys wine, women, and sports, in reverse order. He is fond of ‘Feats of Strength’ where a friend might say, “I think I can swim the length of Loch Lomond faster than any of you,” the lot of them would be on a steam engine within the next hour to see who is right.
Enmities and Alliances
Nikolai Tesla has moved to the United States and is now working with Thomas Alva Edison. In truth, he had not been cheated by Henry, but was simply the victim of poor negotiating on his behalf. Regardless, he has vowed revenge on the young industrialist.
Henry, however, gives little thought to his old business partner. His ire is entirely focused on his father. Henry doesn’t want his father dead, however, but wants him socially embarrassed and, if possible, rendered destitute.
Given his vast business ventures, Henry enjoys the company of many like minded business people and has contacts throughout the world. Despite the huge rift with his family, he and his only brother James are close.
1) Embarrass and/or ruin his father.
2) Find the next great invention for the benefit of mankind.
3) Any other worthwhile goal that most of humanity would deem impossible.
He will never admit it, but he regrets bringing his mother into the feud with his father. He longs to see her again and apologize, but both have too much pride to make the first move.