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Professor Haywire was an early Tinker of some consequence to the Worlds.
Professor Haywire was a Tinker specializing in "interdimensional tech". Besides the general tinker-tech creations of power suits and laser rifles that he would outfit himself and his minions with whenever he needed to secure the funds and materials needed for his experiments. Haywire also created things like 'tag' ammunition that temporarily shunted the victim into another reality, along with ammunition that could sink into one reality to get around a obstacle and surface in the datum reality to strike it's target.Some of his enduring creations were viewing lenses to see what was occurring in other realities, and multidimensional portals that could be used to travel between realities.
Because of his powers he was in constant communication with two other versions of himself on alternate earths, this presumably helped him to set up much of his inter-dimensional tech in the first place. His behavior was further influenced by his Passenger, forcing him to take risks and induce conflict where he may have been content to stay in a lab.
Professor Haywire tore a hole between realities sometime before 1988. He was stopped from completing his plans. His actions revealed the existence of several alternate earths to the public and some classified by the authorities.
He died well over two years before the story started.
The hole between realities that Professor Haywire created led Earth-Bet to discover Earth-Aleph. It also almost sparked a war. Thankfully several agreements between the govermental entities of the earths prevented this.
However the Hole was largely restricted to allowing the transmission of data through radio waves. The hole itself has filled in with concrete creating guarded facilities that stopped anyone from going in or out. The only concession was communication devices feed through the concrete which allowed the exchange of knowledge.Besides research, media was one of the few things that could be traded back and forth through the hole - leading to the trade of books, movies and DVDs of TV shows.
In December 2009, the Endbringer known as The Simurgh accessed a vault containing Professor Haywire's technology using it to create a functional large-scale version of his inter-dimensional door. The Simurgh used this technology to create two gateways - one between Earth-Aleph and Earth-Bet and one between a part of Cauldron's research facility and Earth-Bet. The portal dumped the buildings, soil, plant life and the residents from both locations into Madison, Wisconsin.
This set up a series of events that would impact the world for years to come.
The Simurgh may have used his technologies again to access Earth Shin and bring the Capes there into Paris to fight the assembled Capes who were intent on fighting the Endbringer.
↑Interdimensional tech. Multidimensional projectiles, guns that fired 'tags' that shunted people into other realities for a time, created doors between realities, a lens that could be tuned (like a radio station) to peer into different realities. He could also build basic tinker stuff (power armor, ray guns) - All of this came with costs - the inter-reality stuff was expensive to build, and all the while, he had to endure multiple personalities. Not so much one head with different personalities taking turns, but three conjoined (in a manner of speaking - they were connected between realities, not physically) heads with constant communication between. A little crazed as a consequence. - Wildbow on Reddit
↑Keep in mind, also, that the shards aren't inclined to let people sit around and spend months of time working on side projects without getting any dose of conflict. What happens is you get Spheres and Professor Haywires and Leets. - Wildbow on Reddit
↑ 4.04.1Having tired ourselves out, we’d all collapsed on the couches and watched some of Alec’s movies from Earth-Aleph, the alternate Earth that our Earth had been communicating with since Professor Haywire tore a hole between realities. Media was one of the few things that could be traded back and forth through the hole. Long story short, you could get books, movies and DVDs of TV shows from the other world, if you were willing to accept the price tag. The benefit? I got to spend the afternoon seeing how the other universe had handled episodes one and two of the Star Wars films.
↑ 6.06.1A vault holding the equipment of now-deceased supervillain ‘Professor Haywire’ was accessed by the Simurgh. - Excerpt from Migration 17.6
↑Explanation isn’t in story, but I’ve given it before. Bet’s and Aleph’s residents almost came to war, over fear of what would happen if one earth tried to prey on the other for resources. Bet had more firepower. Major players in Bet (some who’ve been named already) offered concessions, and taking the name ‘bet’ was one of several symbolic measures. - Comment by Wildbow on Migration 17.3
↑“There’s sanctions, treaties, truces. If you open this hole to Earth Aleph, it could mean a war between universes.” - Excerpt from Scourge 19.7
↑Mostly radio waves, but there’s also an exchange of media and regular transmissions of news and data (mainly but not wholly) for research which is how Alec was able to get his hands on DvDs from the other world. Comment by Wildbow on Migration 17.3
↑Only information can get through because they set it up that way - massive facilities and a lot of concrete on either side, only cables feeding through, and no apparent way for people to get from one side to the other. - Post by Wildbow on Reddit
↑"We have family over. Your Uncle Felix came all the way from California. I think they might want to spend some time with you this Christmas.”. -
Excerpt from Migration 17.1
↑Paris, December 19th, 2012 // Simurgh Notes: Victory by Scion. Target/Consequence: see file The Woman in Blue. See file United Capes. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.6