Alistair Fang

Name Alistair Fang

Position Investigator

Second Position Secondary Character

General Information

Aliases Fang Sūn-Shen (birth name given by Shaolin Monks, Hong Kong)

Fang (name he goes by)

Alistair Fang (name he took after death of his adopted father, Baron Justin Alistair).
Gender Male
Birthdate May 18, 1823
Age 52
Marital Status Single
Residence - Temporary Residence -
Bell-St. Regis Hotel
Kalispell, Montana Territory

Fang has rooms at the Bell-Regis that adjoin his employer's.

- Primary Residence -
San Francisco, California

Fang considers the Haight-Ashbury townhouse his primary home, but he maintains an elegant apartment not far away for personal use.

- Birthplace -
Hong Kong, China

Physical Appearance

Height 6'
Build Medium
Hair Color Black

Fang's hair is kept short. It is thick and straight, often likened to the pelt of a seal. In recent years, traces of gray have started showing, lending an even more distinguished air.
Eye Color Black


Employment H.G. Mercer & Associates
Position: Mentor, Bodyguard, Troubleshooter, Investigator
Professional Skills - Highly Educated
- Fluent in several languages
- Martial Arts (Master)


Self Defense - Hand-to-Hand -
Fang is a black belt and master of several martial arts. He rarely resorts to using weapons.

- Weapons -
Fang is an expert swordsman and with the use of knives and staffs. He dislikes using guns but is a good shot when the need arises.
Hobbies & Interests - World History
- Languages
- Military History
- Martial Arts (history and styles)

Personality & Traits

Character Traits - Loyal
- Brave
- Quiet
- Intelligent
- Calm


Friends & Foes

Personal History

- May 18, 1823 -
-- Fang left at a Shaolin temple near Hong Kong.

- 1824 to 1834 (a. 1 - 11) -
-- Educated by the monks and began martial arts training.

- 1835 to 1845 (a. 12 - 22) -
-- 1836 (a. 13): Aids a young British officer during a skirmish.
-- 1837 (a. 14): Adopted by Major Justin Alastair; begins formal English education.
-- 1839 (a. 16): Baron Justin Alistair declares Fang the heir to his estates.
-- 1841 (a. 18): Meets Franklin Mercer in London; becomes friends.
-- 1843 (a. 20): Journeys to New Orleans to bail Mercer out of trouble; decides to remain.

- 1845 to 1855 (a. 22 - 32) -
-- 1845 (a. 22): Frank Mercer takes custody of his daughter after mother's death.

Fang's perception of his friend, Frank Mercer, changes drastically after Frank's wife, Winnifred, dies and Frank learns she had made her own will leaving everything in trust to their daughter, Harriet. Frank's casual cruelty toward Harriet, the way he would speak to her, diminished him in Fang's eyes. He soon stepped in as the child's primary caregiver, caring for Harriet as if she were his own daughter. Legally, he could do little more.

- 1857 (a. 34) -
-- Fang returns to Savannah with Harriet.

Shortly after Harriet's 16th birthday, Fang put his foot down and informed Frank that she needed to be in a normal school, preferably one for young ladies. Frank, seeing his opportunity to be rid of the child as she was of little use to him, agrees and goes one step further. He goes with Fang to the law firm that administers Harriet's trust and signs custody over to him.

- 1856 to 1875 (a. 33 - 52) -
-- 1858 (a. 35): Frank Mercer dies in duel.

As Harriet grew to adulthood, eventually taking on the care of her younger half-sister, Fang was a constant presence in her life. He loves H.G. as much as he would a daughter of his own and is quite proud of her accomplishments. In 1858, he received a telegram begging him to come to New Orleans to once again help Frank who was in trouble. He arrives too late to stop the duel. As it was a fair fight, if over questionable reasons, Fang returns to Georgia to give Harriet the news.

Fang carries a secret with him when he returns to Georgia. On his deathbed, Frank confessed to killing his wife, Winnifred. He excused by saying she was going to die anyway. Winnifred Mercer had been struck by a freight wagon and seriously injured. Frank had used a pillow and leaned on the injured areas, exasperating her injuries and causing her death. Fang was disgusted and left before Frank expired. From things Frank Mercer said as he was dying, Fang suspects he had been poisoning her gradually during his brief visits back to Boston. However, there was no definitive evidence to support his suspicions.

Fang serves as H.G.'s most trusted business associate, mentor, and sometime bodyguard.

Character Notes

General Notes - Education -
Fang is highly educated, having attended Oxford where he studied linguistics and history.

- Languages -
Fang speaks several languages fluently including English which he speaks better than many people who claim it as their native first language.
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