Species: Human [Terran] (frontal and temporal lobes intact), Bionic Chassis.
Residence: Mars, UAC Research Complex.
Relationship Status: Hmph.
Chairman of the UAC
Monarch Solutions Chief Chronon Research Officer
- Height: 10'0"/3m
- Weight: 457 lbs, unarmed.
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Speed
- Plasmatronic Processing Core
-a "biochemical brain" that has replaced his parietal and occipital lobes
TranStar CEO. Always welcome.
Very thin ice.
Monarch Solutions CEO. Trusted.
Asset. Actually the worst.
Stole arm. Small. Crushable.
Samuel was born into a wealthy Terran family on the East coast of North America in 2015, at the start of the 21st century. He had a sheltered and spoiled childhood as most young men of his station tend to, but his eyes always turned towards the stars when he was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. He excelled in school and graduated to move straight on to his undergraduate studies, in which he was awarded a BS in Geophysics and a BS in Aerospace Engineering, with honors.
He went on to attend Oxford University and get his Masters in Theoretical Physics. It was at this point that he finally felt prepared to reach for the stars, but to do so, he needed to gain the attention of the Union Aerospace Corporation, the brave men and women working to colonize Venus, the moon, and Mars. Using the ruins of the Nazi bases on these planets and their technology for weaponry and space travel, the facilities were nearly complete by this time. Hayden took a break from his studies to found the Samuel Hayden Foundation, which sponsored scientific talents in young minds and funded programs in schools and higher education campuses alike.
Often described as having a daunting intellect and minimal time for social interaction, Hayden lived a relatively friendless existence through his doctoral work. Midway through his dissertation, he was approached by the UAC with an offer he could not turn down. His defense date was pushed aside, and he left the planet for Mars.
Hayden was appointed General Director of the UAC'S Global Science Council, where he oversaw the general experimentation on the planet. He found himself growing bored, unsure of whether he had made the right choice in accepting the job offer. Every time he expressed interest in returning to Earth to finish his PhD and possibly continue with some postdoctoral work, he was granted a raise, nicer quarters, or a choice project. They simply did not want to let him go.
Shortly after yet another promotion, the Argent Fracture was discovered on Mars. Hayden assumed control immediately, and claimed the construction of the Argent Tower itself to be his greatest success. With the ability to tap into the raw energies of hell and extract, convert, and ship it to Earth to solve the growing energy crisis there, it seemed he was irreplaceable. He had never felt so sure of his path. As the weeks passed, however, he began to deal with throbbing headaches, hair loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, and dulled senses. His eyesight began to worsen, which was the final straw. He went to see a doctor for the first time in years.
The brain tumor was already so advanced and all-encompassing no surgery martian or earthside could save him. Dr. Hayden was diagnosed with a terminal case of brain cancer and given six months to live. The source, unknown to him at the time, was uranium poisoning via his food. He had been assassinated.
Hayden knew only one thing- he wasn't ready to die yet.
He feverishly made other plans, spending his last few months in his office and laboratory, drawing up a radical solution to his mortality...via complete cybernetic transference.
Upon reaching his final month and realizing he could not last much longer, Samuel went into surgery in the hands of his most trusted men. He was hardly sure he would ever wake up again. His temporal and frontal lobes were severed from the rest of his brain, kept alive through a macabre system while his personality and memories were transferred into a computer bank for posterity should the project fail. The parietal and occipital lobes were bypassed entirely. Instead, the salvaged pieces were networked into the plasmatronic core of his new body, serving as a type of biomechanical brain. Once complete, the frankensteined structure was secured in the head of his new chassis.
Activation was a ground-breaking event and a complete success. He retained his memories, personality, comprehension, and reasoning, though his calculation and perception had become supercharged thanks to the pure Argent his new system depended on. Back and bigger, stronger, and more formidable than ever, his massive frame inspires fear and admiration from those around him.
Shortly after this, Hayden rose to take complete control of the UAC with a sweeping night of terror that saw most of the Blind Council murdered. It's only fitting he got revenge against those who tried to end his life. There is no time for forgiveness in a business like his. He was "posthumously" awarded his PhD, though he never defended his dissertation.
When his choice of such a massive frame was later questioned by the earthside press, his response was simple:
"Dictating the future of mankind is dangerous work. You never known when we may need a hero."
Due to both neural conditioning and stem cells, his brain is constantly being rejuvinated, allowing him to have thus far lived seventy years past his surgery. It is presumed that his lifespan will be indefinite. His body has long since passed, but his soul will live on forever.
His work with Argent energy has destroyed the boundaries of humanity's understanding of physics, which led to Monarch Solutions knocking on his door. He graciously accepted the offer and allied himself and his newborn UAC with them. Shortly after, the Yu family and their TranStar corporation reached a similar deal with him.
Dr. Hayden has become a crusader, saving lives through radical technological solutions. No disease or injury is too great for him to be willing to explore potential options to solve, though what he comes up with may very well be too painful to bear. One such example was Olivia Pierce, his former academic protege and romantic interst. Her scoliosis left her wheelchair bound. His exoskelleton let her walk again, but every motion was agony. She refused pain medication, fearing it would cloud her mind and inhibit her research. This later played a role in driving her to accept the deal of a hell lord, causing the third invasion on Mars that wiped out most of the UAC personnel in the main research complex. To this day, Hayden feels incredibly guilty about his role in her demise.