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For real-world person, see Wikipedia:Montague Druitt.

Montague John Druitt is a powerful abnormal and one of the most important people in Helen Magnus' life.

Thanks to the Source Blood, he possesses the gift of Teleportation, but this attracted an energy being that led to insanity, temporarily turning him into a brutal killer. In 19th century England, he became known as "Jack the Ripper".

He was previously involved with Magnus and is the biological father of her daughter Ashley.

Biography

Druitt met Magnus as well as three other students (Nigel Griffin, Nikola Tesla and James Watson) at the University of Oxford with whom he would soon become close friends. His friendship with Magnus evolved into something more. Together they became collectively known as The Five who often used unconventional means to preform research with the goal to expand their knowledge of the physical world; delving into the hidden existence of Abnormals.

Druitt supporting Magnus as she became the first of The Five to inject the Source Blood serum during the Spring of 1886.

Things in their lives took a mixed turn when Magnus was able to acquire a sample of pure, untainted Vampire Blood that was collected before the species was eradicated by the Church. The group's curiosity to learn what humanity had the potential to evolve into led them to each take an injection of a serum Magnus derived from the Blood. Such a thing had never been done before. Each member survived the injection and acquired their own unique powers from exposure to the Blood.

Sometime after Druitt injected the Source Blood in the Spring of 1886, he became ill on the verge of dying. Magnus created a temporary treatment from her own blood to artificially extend his life; this granted him the gift of Magnus' longevity. The two were lovers for some time and became engaged to be married.

Unfortunately, while the other four members were able to master and adapt to their new powers, Druitt's ability was thought to have awakened a psychotic nature in him, causing him to go on a murderous rampage that eventually became known as the Jack the Ripper killings. For some time he was able to hide his condition from his friends and fiancée who were oblivious to the fact that their respectable friend and the monster that roamed the London streets were one and the same person.

Druitt doesn't like Magnus accusing him of new similar looking murders in 1898.

Eventually in late 1888 however, Magnus, noticing the change in his character and the way the Ripper's profile matched with his Abnormal abilities, confronted him and discovered the awful truth; she still held on to some small hope that the old Druitt could be restored. That belief was eventually shattered when he almost killed her when she confronted him again in 1898 for similar murders, forcing her to defend herself and leading him to disappear from his friends lives for a long time.[5]

Due to the coincidental timing of when Druitt initially becomes filled with rage after the injection of the Source Blood, Magnus became convinced that it was the result of her injecting her own blood treatment into him that caused his madness. This caused her to bare an enormous amount of guilt and regret for more than a century about not being able to fix his condition.

At some point near the end of their relationship in the late 1880's before their engagement was broken, Magnus became pregnant with their daughter Ashley. Due to Druitt's unstable nature of being Jack the Ripper, she chose to cryogenically freeze the embryo for almost 100 years before bringing her to term when she felt safe that Druitt would never be a part of their child's life.[6]

Druitt's relationship with the other members of The Five was severely damaged when the truth became known. Griffin apparently turned his back on him, as did Watson, who had been a dear friend at the time and confided and consulted with Druitt during the investigation. He still held a grudge against Druitt up until shortly before his death when they finally made peace. Tesla, who in the past was merely a rival for Magnus' affection, became more hostile, especially when it was implied Druitt tried to pin some of his actions on the young scientist when he was still coming to grips with his newly emerged vampirism. The early 2000s allowed the pair to mellow back into being friendly rivals, as they were both able to fight side-by-side together in the battle against the Super Abnormals.[7]

Web Series

Episode 0x01 - "Webisode 1"

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Episode 0x02 - "Webisode 2"

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Episode 0x03 - "Webisode 3"

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Episode 0x04 - "Webisode 4"

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Season 1

Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary for All, Part I"

In the early 21st Century, Druitt begins to die again. Knowing the curative properties of Magnus's blood, he teleports into Old City in early 2008 looking for her. Arriving behind a warehouse in Circle Square, Druitt comes across a working girl. From her, he's told the general location ("down by the water") and the street name (Grayson Street) of Magnus's facility and then stabs her to death. When he arrives at the large property, he finds that it's protected by an EM Shield, knocking him backwards on the ground.

Episode 1x02 - "Sanctuary for All, Part II"

Druitt injecting himself with Magnus' tainted blood sample.

Druitt decides to stage his way into the Old City Sanctuary to get around its EM Shield in order to see Magnus. He goes about this plan by following Ashley to an Eastside Warehouse and taunts her into capturing him. Once inside the Sanctuary, he endangers Ashley's life in hopes of obtaining another treatment of Magnus's blood. Magnus eventually agrees and hands Druitt a syringe filled supposedly with a pure centrifuged sample of her blood. A few seconds after Druitt injects himself, he becomes mortally harmed by something in Magnus's blood. Because Druitt went rogue from The Five all those years ago, he was unaware of Griffin's death, that Tesla had gone underground after WWII, and that Watson worked with Magnus in running the Sanctuary Network. This is evident by him threatening Magnus before he then proceeds to teleport out of the Sanctuary that the rest of The Five would come looking for Magnus because of her actions. Seeking immediate help, Druitt goes in search for Tesla.

Episode 1x07 - "The Five"

Druitt shows Ashley evidence of the electroshock damage Tesla inflicted on him.

While at death's door, Tesla is able to find and revive Druitt after he succumbs to Magnus' sabotage and then tells Druitt of his plans to create a vampire army; not only to revive his species, but also as a way to combat the threat of the Cabal's power. Druitt disagrees with Tesla's plans and refuses to aid him. Enraged by this, Tesla attacks the still-weakened Druitt, blasting him in the chest with electricity from his hand. The electrical blast appears to inadvertently correct the imbalance in Druitt's mind, returning him to sanity. Due to Druitt deciding not to help, Tesla then leaves to seek out Magnus in hopes that she could help him in making his new vampires more intelligent. With Tesla's show of instability at being denied, Druitt fears for Magnus' life and begins to seek out Ashley again, this time in order to know her mother's current location.

Ashley and Druitt searching for Magnus somewhere down in the Roman Catacombs.

Druitt goes about getting close to Ashley by duping her into leaving the Sanctuary by having her believe that she was meeting up with Squid, one of the Sanctuary's Abnormal contacts. Druitt then darts her unconscious and proceeds to kidnap her (again), teleporting the both of them to a storage room at an unknown location. In order to get Ashley to trust him, he explains the circumstances in which his powers were derived (as well as the brief CliffsNotes history of The Five) and gives her the necessary clues to realize that he is in fact her father. Ashley is able to put the pieces together and ultimately guides Druitt to where Magnus was giving a lecture in Rome and through the city's nearby underground catacombs, following the trail Magnus made out of spent bullet casings from her gun. When Druitt and Ashley finally meet up with Magnus, she's out of bullets and standing face-to-face with Tesla with some of his newborn vampires an arm's length away, primed and ready to kill Magnus in the blink of an eye. Druitt then decides to teleport right behind Tesla, putting his fist though his abdomen in the process, before teleporting Magnus and Ashley away to safety; leaving them on an upper floor of an unknown building located somewhere still in Rome.

Episode 1x12 - "Revelations, Part I"

Druitt holding the BS3 bio-hazard container of dispersal fragments he collected at Mt. Logan.

The next time Druitt is seen is when he unexpectedly shows up at the Old City Sanctuary's doorstep with a large black rectangular bag to help the team with their current issue of abnormal-on-normal violence stemming from Mt. Logan. Once allowed inside by Bigfoot and taken to Magnus, she leads him down to the Sanctuary's Medical Science Research Lab despite being skeptical of his current state of helpfulness based on his known history of altruism being just behind that of a scorpion's. Druitt reveals that inside the black bag is a clear rectangular BS3 bio-hazard case containing dispersal fragments from a bio-weapon deployed by the Cabal; Druitt heard news of the outbreak and traced it back to its origins at Mt. Logan, getting frostbite on his fingers during the process of picking up the pieces bare-handed. Ashley, who's also standing in the room alongside Henry and Will, questions Druitt's motives, to which he voices his disdain for the Cabal, citing that he will not stand idly by while they impose their chaos. Due to Druitt being exposed to the pathogen and the threat of possible delayed effects exposing all of the Abnormals within the Sanctuary, Magnus decides to move Druitt into isolation, asking Henry to prepare a Level 3 Residential Cell for the introduction of a possible bio-hazard. With Henry not believing that Druitt will honor his word to stay in the room, that he will simply teleport out, Magnus backs up those assurances by turning the EM Shield on, deliberately stating bluntly: You teleport, you die.

Magnus, Watson, and Druitt reveal to Will that some Source Blood serum still exists and can be used as a method to counteract the Lazarus virus.

From the fragments provided by Druitt, Henry is able to find a non-detonated dispersal capsule holding a pure sample of the agent. Testing reveals that it's a man-made pathogen similar to prion disease in Mad Cow. With Druitt not seeming to show any sign or symptoms of being affected by the pathogen, Magnus releases him from isolation, believing that the Source Blood is the key to providing immunity factors to the disease. Magnus ends up taking blood samples from Druitt, Watson (who arrived not long ago from London to also help out), Ashley, and herself; failing every single time she tries to create a synthesized anti-toxin from one of them, forcing her to resort to gathering the rest of The Five together (Clara Griffin in Nigel Griffin's stead) to retrieve the hidden away vile of the left over portion of unused Source Blood from Bhalasaam in the Indian Himalayas. Due to the imminent threat of another bio-weapon going off, Magnus agrees to let Ashley and Henry travel to a Cabal weapons lab just outside of New City to retrieve missile kill codes concurrently with their trip to India.

Episode 1x13 - "Revelations, Part II"

Druitt and Watson having collected their respective keys.

Druitt, Magnus, Griffin, Watson, and Will all teleport to Bhalasaam. After they find a way inside the ruins, traveling down to the underground labyrinth of tunnels, they stumble upon Tesla who got inside by using another secret passageway. Tesla, being familiar with the place, leads them to a central room where Magnus is able to unlock one of her father's puzzles revealing a map of each of The Five's key locations. Druitt ending up being paired with Watson, becomes a little upset with Magnus getting paired with Tesla. After Magnus reassures him, everyone departs to travel off in their respective directions to their individual test. Druitt and Watson end up performing a Latin phrase test to determine behind which wall lies a key. They choose successfully, which ultimately reveals both keys and they then return to the central hub as the tunnels start to collapse around them due to Clara almost completely failing her test. Once all the keys are retrieved and the Source blood is recovered, Watson's suit gives way and he dies, rapidly aging him in front of his friends.

Magnus and Druitt realize that Ashley is the culprit behind stealing the Source Blood.

Once the group returns from India, Druitt ends up having to retrieve Ashley and Henry from the Cabal weapons lab using a traced cell phone signal to guide him. Inexplicably, after reuniting with her mother, Ashley falls backwards unconscious into Druitt's arms; Magnus telling him to take her to the Sanctuary's infirmary. Magnus isn't able to quickly determine why Ashley is unconscious, needing to run more tests. This visibly upsets Druitt, knowing that the Cabal have done something to his daughter. Druitt then asks Magnus if he could stick around for a while so he can keep tabs on Ashley's condition, to which she agrees, allowing Druitt to walk off to wait patiently in one of the reading chairs located in the corner of Magnus' office. After a short period of time, Magnus and Tesla are working in the lab when a flash appears and the vial of Source blood is stolen. Magnus, with gun drawn, storms to her office in anger to accuse Druitt of stealing the vial. It isn't until a few seconds after Druitt growls back that he's been there the entire time that both parents realize the horror that it was actually Ashley who stole the vial; that her dormant genes have been activated.

Season 2

Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I"

Druitt and Magnus have a personal moment in-between searching for leads to find their daughter.

They realize too late that everything that they have done to combat the Lazarus Virus has ultimately been a ploy by the Cabal to get their hands on the Source Blood. For the next six weeks, Druitt and Magnus globe trot to find any and all news that they can on what the Cabal are doing with their daughter. It isn't until Ashley steals from a data farm in Montreal that they get any solid lead as to the Cabal's plans. With the help of Kate, Druitt, Magnus, Tesla, and Will are lead to a warehouse where they find a physically altered Super Abnormal Ashley waiting for them. With the four of them being unable to either overpower her or stop her in the slightest, Druitt teleports everyone back to the Old City Sanctuary for their safety as he believes that Ashley would have killed all of them had they stayed any longer.

Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II"

Over the course of the next several days, Druitt helps Magnus and the rest of the team try to fight and defend the Sanctuary Network from Ashley and her gang of other Super Abnormals; a large reason behind this is his regret of passing on his gift (and supposed bloodlust) to Ashley through genetic inheritance.

Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy"

Druitt standing opposite Magnus (out of frame); not being able to find closure just yet.

After Ashley sacrifices herself to stop the last Super Abnormal and to stop the Cabal from using her again, Druitt begins targeting the heads of the Cabal and killing them one by one. While still quite sane, a confrontation with Magnus reveals he is doing this out of anger for what the Cabal did to Ashley (mostly turning her into the same kind of monster he used to be before Tesla stunned him) and he is frustrated that Magnus has not even mourned Ashley's passing yet. When Magnus does come to terms with Ashley's death, Druitt says he is glad. When Magnus asks him if he will stop hunting the Cabal he says no: while she may have found closure he hasn't just yet. Later at the end of the episode he is seen stalking Dana Whitcomb of the Cabal while wielding his old rapier weapon from his Jack the Ripper days.

Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus"

In the Alternate Timeline created by the Guardian, Druitt commits suicide two weeks after Magnus is killed in an air strike in Buenos Aires: he takes a tactical nuclear warhead and teleports into the middle of the infected in Boston, obliterating himself, the infected, and half the city.

Episode 2x11 - "Haunted"

Druitt realizes that he is now free of being host to a homicidal electrical Abnormal.

It was later revealed that Druitt's homicidal behavior was the result of a previously unknown Energy Abnormal that came to live in him as a parasite. Magnus postulated that since Druitt becomes energy himself when he teleports, it was possible that this being was at a location he arrived at and became integrated with him. Its violent actions upon being released from Druitt when he was fatally stunned and then revived by Magnus suggest that it was the source of his psychosis. Unfortunately, to protect his friends and the people of the surrounding city from this creature's murderous rampage, Druitt was forced to reabsorb the being back into himself where it was more comfortable and somewhat restrained by him. Druitt then teleported blindly, stating to Magnus that he had "no particular place in mind".

Season 3

Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country"

Magnus sleeps next to Druitt during his drug detox blackout; dreaming about her memory of Druitt in 1908 making an attempt to mend their relationship.

Some time later, Magnus learned that Druitt had made contact with Tesla and was hiding in the slums of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She eventually found him, heavily drugged, and helped him recover. They returned to the Sanctuary, where Druitt revealed that he saved the life of Adam Worth after the latter leapt off a cliff to escape Magnus in 1908. Worth told him about a network of safehouses he had created, and asked him to let him go. Believing him to be as good as dead, Druitt did just that, and used the safehouses to avoid capture for decades. When it is discovered that Magnus suffers from the same radiation poisoning as Worth, Druitt and the others decide to go find a way into Hollow Earth.

Episode 3x11 - "Pax Romana"

Once in Hollow Earth, Druitt was captured by Worth, who had escaped and returned to his hideout beneath the surface. He was eventually able to escape, and made it appear as though he had killed Worth.

Episode 3x17 - "Normandy"

Druitt's involvement in D-Day on the 5th and 6th of June 1944 is revealed. During World War II, Druitt went undercover as a Nazi in his personal effort to try to dismantle the Reich in his own way, piece by piece. The Nazis caught on to him, and studied his power; trapping him in a bunker made of lodestone. Druitt was then shot and carried off, eventually freeing himself and disappeared.

Episode 3x18 - "Carentan"

Druitt's bloodstain was still viably present on the stone floor of the bunker underneath the Mayor's office in Carentan, France ~170 years later (66 normal years + over 100 years Dome Time).

Episode 3x19 - "Out of the Blue"

In the dream world created by Magnus' exposure to a Psych Worm's venom, Druitt is high-profile well-respected Lawyer who is "tough on crime" working supposedly for the Old City District of Attorney's office. He and Helen (who took his last name) are married without children. After at least 2 decades of being married together, they end up separating on the verge of divorce resulting from him spending too much time at the office and being consumed with working on the Ripper Case that he finally just finished (after an undisclosed amount of time) rather than with his wife who's been currently struggling with anxiety issues for at least the past year. Druitt returns to Helen with a plan to leave the DA's office to join a small firm on a part-time basis with flexible hours so he can mend his relationship with her. She, however, expresses her wish for divorce, to which he refuses. When Helen eventually tries to drive off in a car with Will in an effort to escape the dream world, Druitt tries to force her to stay, ultimately making a giant outburst, yelling "OPEN THE BLOODY DOOR". He is last seen being left standing with Abby Corrigan at the end of the driveway at Will's house.

Episode 3x20 - "Into the Black"

Druitt siphons energy away from Worth's protective rift field to grant Magnus physical access to travel through Worth's time portal leading back to the year 1898.

Druitt reveals that instead of killing Worth, he had made another deal with him: Worth explained that he wanted to use a device he stole from Praxis to travel back in time and save the life of his daughter, who died over a hundred years ago. Druitt agreed to help him in exchange for the chance to also go back in time and prevent the Five from injecting themselves with the Source Blood, so that he and Magnus could have a happy, yet mortal life without all the hardships that have happened to them. Worth copied the specifications for the device, but then told him he would not go to a point preceding his daughter's birth in fear of removing her from the timeline entirely; Druitt became angry, and Worth vanished, leaving him with no other choice than to seek Magnus' help once again. They made their way back into Hollow Earth, and found the great city of Praxis destroyed. Once they found Worth, Druitt grabbed several power circuits from Worth's machine, allowing the noncorporeal Abnormal inside him to feast on the energy while making it possible for Magnus to pass Worth's protective rift field and follow him through his time portal. Almost immediately after the portal's closure, a gigantic energy blast rips through the tunnels of Hollow Earth, blowing open three dormant Caldera sites around the globe to allow Abnormal armies to storm the surface. It is unknown if Druitt was affected by the blast and or if he had survived.

Season 4

Outside of Episode 4x01 - "Tempus" (set entirely in the past) and a quick namedrop in Episode 4x02 - "Uprising", Druitt is not seen nor mentioned afterwards during the entirety of Season 4. [Note: Details of 4x01 has been placed within the events of Season 1 to keep chronological order.]

Relationships

Dr. Helen Magnus
Love of his life and mother to his child.
Ashley Magnus
Once Druitt discovered that Ashley was his own flesh and blood, he began to seek her out, but without telling her the truth. He was aware that she had inherited a lust for violence from him, and tried to counsel her about it. Once Ashley realized who he was, they had an even more complicated relationship, which was tragically cut short when she was turned into a Super Abnormal and eventually killed herself by teleporting through an EM Shield. Stricken with grief and rage, Druitt hunted down and killed the leaders of the Cabal one by one for what they did to his child.
Dr. James Watson
Druitt and Watson were very close during their original time with The Five. When the "Jack the Ripper" murders rocked England, Watson tried to find and capture the elusive criminal, and often discussed the case with Druitt, unaware that he was the one he was looking for. Once the truth was revealed, Watson was deeply hurt by his friend's betrayal; Druitt was more affected by the loss of this friendship than he was willing to admit. Shortly before Watson's death in early-2009, they finally reconciled.
Nikola Tesla
Druitt and Tesla are frequently butting heads with each other, especially while both are in the presence of Magnus (Druitt is not very fond of Magnus being left alone with him). Magnus tends to referee their squabbles to her great annoyance, eventually getting both men to settle down and focus on their current task(s). She is the key factor in getting the two men to cooperate with each other as both are willing to do whatever it takes for her, especially when her life is at risk.

Notes

  • Druitt is played by Christopher Heyerdahl, the same actor who plays Bigfoot. Whenever the two appear together on screen, Heyerdahl is actually talking to himself, in a way.
  • The real Montague John Druitt was originally considered by the law enforcement of the period to be Jack the Ripper. Inspector Frederick Abberline, however, dismissed Druitt as a serious suspect due to the fact that he lived in Kent, far away from the Whitechapel locations of the murders.[8]
  • Through Magnus and Druitt's long personal tumultuous history together, Druitt has left an indelible mark on Magnus' subconscious.
    • Even while awake, Magnus tends to reminiscently daydream / recall past memories with him, as seen in the Web Series, remade into Episode 1x01 - "Sanctuary for All, Part I" and Episode 1x02 - "Sanctuary for All, Part II".
    • In Episode 1x05 - "Kush" Magnus' mind creates a protective entity out of her memories of Druitt to wake her up on three separate occasions when she dangerously drifts off to sleep with a murderous Migoi still on the loose.
    • In Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy", with little to no sleep for almost a week, Magnus hallucinates a Victorian era Druitt presenting an alive and well Ashley to her in her office.
    • In Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country" Magnus recollects their troubled past, when sleeping next to him after treating his overdose on a concoction of several unknown drugs.
    • In Episode 3x19 - "Out of the Blue" Magnus is attacked by a psych worm that creates a perfect dream world where she and Druitt lived a life in which they were married without children for at least two decades, yet currently separated with Magnus seeking divorce. In this world, Druitt is a respectable district attorney / politician who is leaving his current position at the D.A.'s office to go into the private sector (several law firms have already solicited him with employment offers); allowing him to hopefully spend more time away from the office and instead with his wife to help reconcile their issues.
  • In Episode 1x07 - "The Five", an episode that chronologically takes place in-universe in 2008 sometime before Ashley's 24th birthday in late-June, Druitt mistakenly believes that Magnus is 158-years-old and is corrected by Ashley informing him that her mother is still 157. This shows that Druitt either doesn't know Magnus' birthday or forgot when it actually occurs (possibly misremembering), only accurately remembering that she was born in the year 1850, not the specific month and or also day.
  • Name: This character's primary name variations are: Mr. Druitt, John, John Druitt, Montague John Druitt, Druitt, and Johnny.

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References

  1. Episode 0x03 - "Webisode 3"
  2. Wikipedia:Montague Druitt
  3. As of August 15th, 2010
  4. Gained from Magnus's Blood Treatment to cure his deadly disease.
  5. Episode 4x01 - "Tempus"
  6. Episode 1x02 - "Sanctuary for All, Part II"
  7. Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II"
  8. Detailed article about John Druitt and the Ripper case on Wikipedia
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