Out of the Past
I have no time for this foolishness.
Born in Freiburg in 1390, Konrad had the innate knowledge of a master. He also had the great fortune of being raised by the preeminent clockmaking family in Germany. From birth Konrad was trained in the ways of clockmaking, working alongside his father on numerous clocks, both large cathedral clocks and small personal clocks.
Konrad had only his father, his mother died in childbirth and there were no other siblings. Gunther Uhrmachen, Konrad’s father, tried to be brother, mother, and father to his son, but in the end did more harm than good, insulating his son from others.
When Konrad was fifteen he was made journeyman of the guild, under the tutelage of his father, Master Gunther, and Grand Master of the order Verbergen. It was around that time that he discovered some old weapons brought from the east by Jakob his grandfather, these hand cannons were crude firearms, but Konrad saw a way to revolutionize them. He spoke of his idea with Gunther who forbade him from pursuing the matter in public, all activity was to be hidden from the guild.
When Konrad was twenty his father died, leaving unfinished a masterwork clock. Konrad finished the clock, presented it to the guild, and was officially named Master Uhrmachen. Answerable now only to himself, Konrad began selling clocks in Freiburg while also working on his “clockwork guns.”
At twenty eight, Konrad has shown no signs of giving up on his clocks, forswearing love and companionship in favour of perfecting his gun and other modes of timekeeping. He is certain that, when he reveals his invention to the public, the name Uhrmachen will become well known in every corner of Europe.
To that end he has tied to get to know Mayor Ehrgeiz better, and become, if not a friend, then a useful acquaintance to him.