In the mid 1870’s,TORQUE Laboratories was well on its way to being the world’s most in-demand company to do business with. Everything that TORQUE put on the market was gold in the eyes of the investors. He had patents ranging from top-secret military contraptions all the way down to delicious meat pie recipes. All was going well for Dr. Torque, until the Great Disaster of ’77.
A very close colleague and long time friend of the family stole one of his patents and sold the underdeveloped product to a rival company. Things went horribly wrong and the rival company blamed Torque for the catastrophe that followed. Dr. Torque still feels responsible for what happened to all of those innocent people. He felt so betrayed that he terminated the employment of all of his technicians at TORQUE Laboratories and moved all future research into a secret limestone mine.
Alone in the mine, he began building a mechanically driven workforce to staff his laboratory.
One member of this mechanical workforce is the Heavy Ambulatory Rider Operated Load Dispatching Equipment, or H.A.R.O.L.D.E. for short. H.A.R.O.L.D.E. was initially designed to help Torque with lifting heavy materials and reaching certain areas with greater ease. After a few upgrades, Torque found that H.A.R.O.L.D.E. proved helpful elsewhere than the lab, like on the front lines of war… against the supernatural.
We will be seeing more of H.A.R.O.L.D.E. in the near future. In the meantime enjoy these rough thumbnails and concepts that became H.A.R.O.L.D.E.