Stuart Ulysses Mckechnie was born in 1626 in Hamar, Norway under the name Erik Von Hamer. Being the son of a humble cobbler, not much was expected of the young man other than to cobble and to not complain about all the cobbling. But Stuart was destined for greater things. "Greater things" being not cobbling. By 1648, Stuart had relocated to Leiden, where he found his master in Rembrandt. It was there, in his 23rd year, that Stuart met "She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth". He would then wander the globe for the next 400 years. Being near every major historical event, however not actually seeing or taking part in any. In the 1940s he decided to put his limited skill-set to use in the Creative Warfare Department of the Marine Corps Psi-Ops Division. His most notable achievements during his short tenure were designs for something called "The Mindcopter" and a squadron of giant, flying metal lions which, when reconfigured and joined together via electrical current, formed a giant, flying metal man. Neither project was ever put into production and, upon learning that he had plagiarized the latter, the Marine Corps discharged Stuart summarily but honourably.