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Personnel notes: Mr. Tenenbaum
« on: October 25, 2016, 08:55:29 AM »
Subject review #22495.
Name: Mr. Tenenbaum
Known alias: Tenenbaum, "The Help" (greatly discouraged)
Reviewed by: Operative Tam Jenkins

Subject is to be considered safe and to be permitted free access to any level of the facility to which he expresses an interest.  Areas of security clearance reserved for staff in a command role should remain off limits unless requested directly by the relevant authority.  To date, Tenenbaum has expressed no interest in exploring the facility yet has reviewed the publically available site plans in great detail in order to "better get the lay of the land".

Subject has, thus far, remained cooperative in all requests made of him.  Demeanour is polite, if a little stiff.

Mr. Tenenbaum is an enigma, even to those who know him well.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and insofar as he experiences emotion at all (yet to be ascertained), he shows no signs of hiding his intentions from anybody.  Despite this, previous clients have reported significant difficulties with getting the measure of him.

Tenenbaum (always Tenenbaum or Mr. Tenenbaum, never addressed informally) is a classic gentleman's gentleman.  He is well trained to remain in the background, being the grease behind the wheels of men larger and more consequential than himself.  He is unused to receiving praise or recognition for his efforts for when his job has been done well, it is scarcely possible to tell that he has even been involved.

Nothing is known of his personal life.  He does not admit to hobbies or interests, preferring "to maintain a strictly professional relationship, please".  Until quite recently, his professional life has been a series of contractual obligations to tend to the lives and manage the staff of all manner of people, from Spanish nobility to British military tacticians.  A skill with languages has been observed.  Anybody who can afford his services can enjoy his expertise, he does not pick and choose his clients (he claims to have worked in the employ of dictators, diplomats and martyrs.  He does not judge), but his fees are quite extraordinary.

After all, as a super-powered valet he is thought of as a hot commodity.

Tenenbaum does not openly manifest his powers in public, he simply makes it clear to his employers that he does, indeed, possess abilities above and beyond that of your average person.  He makes sure to only advertise himself in specifically chosen publications, those who are sympathetic to his unique condition and who will not endanger nor exploit him.  Should he ever suspect that his powers are being used for anything outside of the terms of his carefully worded contracts, he will leave with a curt apology and simply terminate the business relationship with a minimum of fuss.  His employer will find themselves unable to contact him a second time.  A contract was necessary for his involvement within the New Sentinels (his insistence) and a copy is available on request.  It is a significant tome and largely beyond the comprehension of anybody without a significant grounding in legalese.

His powers are, primarily, increased speed and intelligence with some minor inclination toward telepathy.  A gentleman's gentleman should ideally be able to perceive his employer's needs, to be at hand at all times of day almost immediately and to recall messages, appointments and tidbits of useful diplomatic and cultural wisdom to aid in the flow of conversation.  He does not disappoint.  However he has a knack for picking up knowledge as he works.  He displays a knowledge of history which suggests, at times, that he was present for events he could not possibly have been alive for and often knows a client's needs before they themselves have realised them.  A small number of his prior engagements have been ended by clients who became unnerved at how constantly present and aware, within a moment's notice, the man was.

Tenenbaum is always well presented with slicked-down blond hair, parted neatly to the right, and a pencil moustache.  He speaks with an upper-class South British accent.  He appears to be in his late 50s, trim and athletic.  Official age has been provided as 61 but some clients have expressed doubts and suspect he may be far older.  The only deviation from the classic valet image of a black suit and white gloves are his shoes, quite obvious reinforced.  He has made every effort to have them tailored into classic dress shoes but apologetically claims that standard footwear simply cannot take the strain.  Should replacements be required, a specific supplier in Oxford, UK has been named in his contract.  Replacement suits, made to very exacting specifications, may also be procured from this supplier.

His only possessions appear to be 5 matching suits (dry cleaning instructions attached) and 5 matching pairs of shoes.  Tenenbaum travels light and travels often.

He admitted himself to this organisation a number of months ago, unusually not contacted by a field scout.  He had been in the employ of a fellow super, "Bert Petal", who approached us recently and Tenenbaum followed 3 days afterwards.  His opinions about his current employer are not known but his tone is rather more clipped around them.  A supporting role in combat appears to be the best suited to his personality, he is highly lacking in combat-viable skills and powers, so he can often be found towards the back offering encouragement.  His skill is in being in the right place at the right time to avert catastrophe or just to offer hot and cold refreshments at times of social conflict.  He insists that his suit will be a perfectly reasonable "costume" and has waved away any idea of having a codename of any kind.

He is simply Tenenbaum, a man devoid of agenda or intent.  That is both his name and his vocation.  He lives to serve.
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Re: Personnel notes: Mr. Tenenbaum
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2017, 05:00:10 PM »
I've only just realised something.  Tenenbaum's demeanour and appearance started out by being based on Jeeves.  He was initially brought into the campaign under the employ of Bert Petal.

"Jeeves" came in hired by Bertie.  And that's either terrible or wonderful.

Tenenbaum's real name isn't Jeeves, just for the record.  That'd be a bit on the nose.
Look, mate, you know who has a lot of feelings?  Blokes what bludgeon their wife to death with a golf trophy. Professionals have standards.  Be polite.  Be efficient.  Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

-Sniper