I've been inspired by the STEAMFUNK anthology book, edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade, to make up my own steamfunk character. The basic idea is Cast Iron is a runaway slave who volunteered in the Union Army during the Civil War. As the Union loses the war they decide to try a desperate experiment to create the perfect soldier, by integrating a man with a steam machine. Of course they start with one black soldier and not only is he a success but he works too good. Cast Iron destroys entire Confederate regiments by himself. The US government thinks this maybe a bad idea and has Cast Iron de-commissioned and locked away in a mine. Years later, in the early 1900s, Cast Iron is revived during a race riot. In the story he helps some young people escape to a new town and learns what it is to be human again.