Victor Irving Ironcroft III
A stocky built man with long dark hair, Victor Irving Ironcroft III looks more like one of his machine shop workers than the owner of a moderately successful passenger and freight railway. Most days he can be found in canvas slacks with a tool belt around his waist rather than the suit and jacket you would expect a rail magnate to wear.
Having been raised by his father who built their family's company from the ground up, he's had lived his life in close proximity to the marvels of steam power and sheltered from the strife of the revolution and rise of the Technocracy. His father was always busy with the company, so most of his childhood consisted of his time at the Antiford Royal Academy and exploring the workshops of his family business. After school he had decided to forgo work in the family company, a decision his father barely seemed to notice, and instead enlisted with the military as a mechanic and was deployed north to a small fort near the the foothills of the Hoganmar Mountains. There he protected important targets such as mines and storehouses from the airship pirates who made their bases in the valleys of mountain range. Several years into his life in the rural countryside he received word that his father had fallen ill with consumption and leadership of the company had passed on to him.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge and returning to the company, he discovered what had kept his father so busy all those years. In order to stave off a buyout by a rival railway, his father had been laying the foundation for his company to expand into a new buissness, Flüss technology. With new wells and a refinery planned far into the north-northwestern Istoki Desert, a new fleet of Flüssel powered train engines, and enough tanker railcars to bring the new fuel to the people; everything was set in motion for Ironcroft Rail Industries to make a resurgence. And all this rested on the shoulders of a young man who never wanted to be a businessman. However, it was at his introduction speech to the company's workers that he changed his mind. Looking out into the crowd of faces, he realized they were relying on him to keep them employed, lest the company be bought out and everyone laid off. He had only ever wanted to help people with his knowledge of mechanical engineering, but this was a scope he had never imagined but couldn't say no to. The chance to help his employees and the country in general was too tempting. He would take on the mantle his father had given him and he would make sure Ironcroft became a name synonymous with success, power, and most importantly philanthropy.