POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Atlantis|
|Date of Death:||1852|
|Cause of Death:||Yellow jack|
Peter Torrance was a cavalry lieutenant in the Atlantean Army in the mid-19th Century. He hailed from the state of Croydon. In 1852, he and his unit were carrying a shipment of muskets to the city of New Marseille when three of his men developed the symptoms of yellow jack. Rather than let the city face an epidemic, he and his unit detoured to the plantation of Henry Barford. While Barford initially resisted Torrance's plan to bivouac, he relented when Torrance made it clear they would stay by force if necessary.
In time the infection spread to others on the plantation, including Barford's wife Clotilde. Torrance himself also developed symptoms. By chance, Torrance had words with Frederick Radcliff, a Negro slave. Radcliff informed Torrance that he, Radcliff, was the grandson of Victor Radcliff. Torrance was inclined to believe Frederick's claim. He informed Frederick that slavery wasn't allowed in Croydon, and suggested that just because people wanted Frederick to remain a slave didn't mean Frederick had stay a slave. This conversation prompted Radcliff's plans to steal the guns. Torrance never knew this; the yellow jack killed him not long after. This spared Radcliff the unpleasant task of having to kill Torrance to maintain secrecy.