Introducing: Dr Harold “Hal” Dane
On the surface, Dr. Harold Dane is dull, every inch the consummate bureaucrat. He is the Administrator of the Aerodrome’s Scientific Corps (commonly called Boffin Corps) and the primary science adviser for the CCA Founders Board. In person, Dr. Dane is a timid and retiring man. When forced into conversation he is most comfortable discussing scientific issues and bureaucratic minutia.
Behind the scenes, Dr. Dane is one of the Aerodrome’s major power brokers. He revels in his role as gate-keeper to the highest level of resources and support, but he is also capricious and ruthless to those who stand in his way. He rarely acts openly, preferring to cloak his true motives in storms of red tape. Many a venture has failed or succeeded based on the subtle influences of Dr. Dane.
He works tirelessly to advance the cause of science, and to that end, he is much more adept at wrangling the eccentric personalities that make up not only the Corps, but also the CCA Board than he publicly lets on. Although feigns ingornace, Dr. Dane secretly fosters many of the “mad” science experiments in the Aerodrome. His own studies are eclectic, focusing on diverse anthropological ventures, but also medicine and physiology. They often seem to cause more trouble than even his official powers can completely cover up.