Pauline Wisniewski

Basic Info:

Player: Bunton

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Demeanor: Confused, insecure, anxious and fidgety. Tends to shout a lot due to being slightly deaf in her right ear, and gets very giddy around complex machines. She tends to ask a lot of questions, which can very swiftly turn into rambling, waffling or being annoying.

Nature: Pauline is desperately neurotic, and simultaneously terrified of and fascinated by the unknown: when presented with a problem, she will often jump to the most direct means of testing it in order to better understand it. She's extremely comfortable with her sex and gender, but is absolutely not okay with how 1950s American society places her gender.

She is devoutly Catholic, but she's not a conservative, going by the decisions of priests as to how to interpret the bible; she doesn't usually place a lot of faith in authority figures, but makes an exception for priests. This can conflict with her worldview regarding women, and this inherent doubt on the ruling of the Church in regards to sex and sexuality means she has some doubt about its ruling on homosexuals. Outwardly, though, she disapproves of homosexuality.

Pauline is also a voice of reason, maintaining a sensible outlook in most situations.

Description: Short, with a barely noticeable burn mark on the right side of her head where her hair has thinned out a bit.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Basic Skills
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 6
  • Perception: 3
  • Agility: 4
  • Strength: 1
  • Intimidation: 4
    • Technobabble 1
Pseudo-Specialty Skills
  • Ranged: 4
  • Science: 6
  • Engineering: 6
Specialty Skills:

You have twelve points to distribute among as many or as few specialty skills as you see fit (but at least three is almost always warranted). Remember to explain what each specialty entails.

  • Learning Experience: (3) Pauline is has developed a slight resistance to electrocution, explosions and burns.
  • Self-Taught: (3) For most of Pauline's education, she's had no teacher or tutor to explain things to her in understandable terms, and has had to rely on her own ability to interpret information from textbooks or practice. This proved especially difficult when it came to the often bizarre and confusing tomes obtained through the Hand. As such, Pauline has become more able than most at extrapolating obscure, hidden or cryptic information.
  • Qualified Engineer: (6) Pauline is familiar with the more particular subjects of mechatronics, electronics, statics, dynamics, thermo-science and other sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering. (Used in place of engineering when applicable)

Possessions:

List everything your character carries on their person here. Be reasonable.

  • A somewhat damaged Rolex women's wristwatch, cheap.
  • A wallet with small change.
  • A hairpin
  • A set of basic tools (wrench, wire cutters, pliers, etc.)
  • An SW Model 29 revolver.
  • A first aid kit
  • A notebook and pen

And everything that they keep in their room at Site 19. Anything that's not listed here will be difficult for them to get a hold of.

  • Change of clothes
  • A locked, heavily-reinforced briefcase containing all of her design notes.
  • A toolkit and basic parts
  • A signed postcard from Marie Curie, c. 1915
  • Various books, including the works of Narcyza Żmichowska.
  • A copy of Sedna V. Ataciara the Qaqulluk.
  • A pet male brown rat called Narcyza. Narcyza is a vehemently anti-human pro-socialist.

Personal History:

Pauline was born in America in 1911, to parents who emigrated from Poland shortly before World War I. She grew up in an industrial district, which encouraged a fascination with machines and gadgets, accelerated even further by the technology craze of the era. From adolescence she would often find devices (radios, televisions, cars, etc.) which she would attempt to repair if they weren't working, or disassemble if they were. By 15, she was a gifted mechanic, and was a slightly experienced sneak in her youth due to her tendency to break into the local scrap-yard for parts.

Pauline soon earned a master's degree, if in a not very reputable university — meaning that she had to be mostly self-taught. It was at university that she first came into contact with the then-dwindling Serpent's Hand, and after graduation, she became a registered member of the Serpent's Hand Women's Advocacy, the local branch of which consisted of her and 6 other people. Using the resources made available to her by her colleagues, Pauline managed to design a number of inventions, including Scotch tape, the main credit for which was taken by her collaborator. Over the years, various experiments gone awry left Pauline slightly deaf in one ear and intimately familiar with the use of a first-aid kit.

She lost touch with the Hand in the mid-1940s, when she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps working on designing and producing explosives, and was eventually brought on to the Manhattan project in a minor position as a technical engineer. During this time, she was presented with a mechanical problem that she attempted to solve using one of her anomalous patents. The solution worked, but was physically inexplicable; although it was not after the confusion of the war that this issue was given any thought.

This information was transferred to the Foundation, which proceeded to investigate Ms. Wisniewski, at the end of which she was brought on-board.

Miscellaneous:

  • Pauline speaks Polish and English
  • She suffers from random migraines, often leaving her exhausted and grumpy.
  • She tends to wear dresses, feeling uncomfortable in trousers or suits.
  • She has extreme financial competence and is an exceptional driver.

Character Notes (for Bunton's benefit!):

  • Pauline's extremely comfortable with her sexuality and gender. She prefers dresses to trousers. He grows her hair long(ish. She works with a lot of heavy machinery, so shoulder-length at most) with a bobby pin, and she wears make-up for formal events — at the same time. She has no problem with the fact that she's a woman. Her problem, which she's fully conscious of, is with how women are treated in American society circa 1950.
  • Pauline was mainly home-schooled, and outside of that, most of her education came from self-teaching and use of second-hand textbooks mainly written for boys; because of this, she escaped most of the girl-orientated education that was commonplace in America up until recently.
  • She enjoys the works of H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Miller and (secretly) DC Comics. She also obsessively watches horror flicks.
  • Pauline is not and has never been married.
  • When she doesn't have a sudden headache, Pauline is usually quite sociable, although she still responds with some disapproval to sexism. When in a grumpy, tired or otherwise irritable state, however, she can get quite angry at open shows of misogyny, something she takes a queer sort of pride in: after 40 years of seeing how women are treated in her culture, she still hasn't given up and taken a defeatist attitude, and can still get outraged at the stupid things people do.
    • When in a positive mood, however, she has learned to be more forgiving of her first impressions of people, at least as far as misogyny is concerned.
  • Pauline is confident unless faced with the frightening or the unknown.
  • Pauline is usually perplexed by or uncomfortable around children, preferring the rational, easily understandable ones.
  • Pauline is firmly Catholic, though not a crusader for her beliefs — she passively, quietly, but devoutly, believes in God, and holds traditional (well, modern-traditional) Catholic beliefs in the same manner.
  • Pauline is a massive hypochondriac.
  • Pauline believes that crime and murder is wrong, but strongly believes can repent and be forgiven in the eyes of God.
  • Pauline is firmly against experimentation on humans unless they consent.
  • Her birthday is September 22.
  • Pauline is currently contracted to aid with the construction of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.

Relationships:

XP: 2

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Ms. Wisniewski at work, c. 1949
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