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Weiss
Title Homicidal Scientist
Gender Male
Race Human
Faction Atlas/Vault Hunters
Location Pandora
Game Borderlands 2
Appearances Borderlands 2 DLC Character

Background

An extremely intelligent scientist with a heavy German accent, Weiss (pronounced Vise) has resided on Pandora since the days of The Destroyer, working for General Knoxx and the Atlas corporation. He worked behind the scenes to help create a lot of the tech that made Atlas the most powerful armament manufacturer on Pandora, and also was one of the originators for the design of the Devastator suits. After General Knoxx's defeat at the hands of the Vault Hunters, Atlas was broken down and losing power, but Weiss, along with many other scientists, stayed with the company in an attempt to build it up. It wasn't until the opening of the vault, and the slaying of The Destroyer that Weiss's life turned completely around. Hyperion took over, and Atlas was finally gone for good, everything Weiss had created, everything he worked so hard for was taken by Mr. Blake, under the order of Handsome Jack.

Leaving the now defunct company, Weiss set out to create something unheard of. After the discovery of E-Tech, he finally learned his true calling, and aspired to create his own manufacturing plant, Weisstech, which would consist of armaments and shields based soley on powerful Eridium. He opened the plant with his life-long friend, and ex-Crimson Lance soldier, Logan, and together they created many new and unheard of items. His company was quickly shut down before it could even get off the ground, due to legal issues involving the use of E-Tech, a cover-up to take the minds off of Handsome Jack's controversial Slag experimentations. To his surprise, after the slaughter of his entire warehouse team by countless loaders and engineers, Mr. Blake once again appeared from the wreckage, and told Weiss and Logan to leave the place, his eyes fixated upon the suit, and never return. Weiss was thankful, yet stricken, and had no idea where to go from here, that is until he heard a broadcast from Handsome Jack, stating he would open another Vault and save the planet. Weiss knew what he wanted to do now, and with the expiremental suit in his possession, the only thing he could salvage from his company that was ripped apart by Hyperion, he headed back to Pandora, in an attempt to open the Vault before Jack, and secure the wonderful technology inside for himself.

Whether Weiss's intentions after gaining what the Vault has to offer are good or evil is unknown. His only dream is for his weaponry and inventions to be known worldwide.

Appearance

Weiss is a tall, slender man. With his default appearance, he has dirty blonde hair, and a pair of glasses sit in front of his eyes, which have light brown irises with hints of purple. His outfit is all black, and consists of a long trench coat, spandex shirt, half-formal jeans, knee boots, a German visor cap, and leather gloves. He sports the Atlas logo across the top of his gloves, and the back of his trenchcoat, which also has Knoxx's Armory symbol (red lance inside a circle) on the right shoulder. His visor cap has the Weisstech logo on the front (two E-Tech assault rifles shooting double beam lasers that form a 'W'.) The shadow projected from his visor cap darkens the top half of his face, making his eyes very difficult to see. This makes his emotions difficult to read at times. The only thing most people see before their demise is the white glare off of his glasses before he closes in for the kill.

Skills

Weiss's Action Skill gives him the ability to use a destructive experimental E-Tech suit he created. His trees will focus on increasing the lethality of weapons and technology, but mainly E-Tech based.

Devastation

Action Skill: When used, Weiss secures himself into a poweful E-Tech battlesuit, an aura surrounds his currently equipped weapon, increasing its damage by 50%, while he also gains access to a powerful shoulder mounted machine gun (L2) and rocket launcher (R2). When in Devastation, Weiss's max health is increased by 25%, and shields by 50%. Minigun's and Rocket Launcher's damage scale with level.

Cooldown: 45 Seconds

Quickdraw (WIP)

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Bullet Aficionado 1 5 Increase magazine size for all weapons. (+5% per level.)
Fast Fire 1 5 Increase rate of fire and reload speed for all weapon types. (+2% per level)
Gunslinger 2 5 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech handguns. (-10% fuse time for Spikers,  +3% damage of bullet for each ricochet for Darts per level.)
E-Tech Reservoir 2 5 Further increase the magazine size of all E-Tech weapons. (+20% per level.)
Rat-a-tat! 3 5 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech SMGs. (+5% energy ball speed per level.)
Surprisingly Merciful 3 1 Shooting an enemy causes them to let out an aura that heals you for 10% health for every second that enemy is alive if you stay inside the aura. Only two enemies can be under the effects of Surprisingly Merciful at one time.
Lust for Battle 3 5 Decrease Action Skill Cooldown time. (-3 seconds per level.)
E-Tech Scouter 4 1 All weapon loot sources in the game have a +5 increased chance to drop E-Tech weapons.
Lobotomizer 4 5 Kill Skill: Killing an enemy with a critical hit causes your critical hit damage to increase for a limited time. (+50% critical hit damage per level for 4 seconds.)
Caring Killer 5 1 If an enemy under the effects of Surprisingly Merciful takes no damage for 5 seconds, their health and shields are fully regenerated, but you also gain full shields and health, regardless if you're in the aura or not. If a boss-type enemy is not damaged for 5 seconds, their health and shields will instead slowly regenerate, as well as yours.
Lord of War 6 1 While in Devastation, Weiss gains an increased 25% primary gun damage, 25% max health, and 25% shields. He also increases his weapon accuracy by 50%, movement speed by 45%, and reload speed by 100%. Action Skill Cooldown is increased by 5 seconds.

Death Incarnate (WIP)

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Gun Whisperer 1 5 Increase gun damage. (+2% per level)
Blast Master 1 5 Increases grenade damage and radius (+5% damage and +500 per level.)
Deadeye 2 5 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech Snipers. (5% bullet speed for Railers, increased piercing for Hybridifications, and increase ricochet amount for Moloks per level.)
Doctor Death 2 5 Further increase damage of all E-Tech based weapons (+2% per level.)
Nuke 3 5 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech Rocket Launchers. (+1 bullet drop capacity for PRAZMA CANNONs, +1 bullet spread for PBFGs, +5% bullet speed for Launchers, and +3% radius for Topneas per level.)
Granate 3  1 Melee Override Skill: Weiss throws out an expiremental grenade created by extracts from a Stinging Cactus, Firemelon, and Necrophage that, when explodes, lets out a shockwave that causes fire damage, leaving an aura that inflicts constant shock damage, and releases homing corrosive darts. 30 second cooldown.
Tactical Nuke 3 5 Action Skill Modifier: Increase the blast radius of explosives from your primary rockets and shoulder-mounted rocket launcher. (+1000 per level.)
Mag Master 4 1 Decrease the ammo consumption of all E-Tech weapons by 1 bullet per shot.
Doctor Boom 4 5 Killing an enemy with explosive damage decreases the cooldown time of your action skill. (-0.4 seconds per kill per level.)
Apocalyptic Destroyer 5 5 Action Skill Modifier: Upon entering Devastation, Weiss expels large, heavy damage explosives from his suit for a limited duration. (+20000 explosive damage for +1 second, action skill cooldown +2 seconds per level.)
Nuclear Reaction 6 1 While action skill is active, every enemy killed lets out an explosion that deals massive damage to everything around them. Increases action skill cooldown time by 5 seconds.

Born Leader (WIP)

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Mystic Commando 1 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech Assault Rifles. (+4% damage for Dahl, +3% damage per ricochet for Vladof, +10% magazine size for Bandit.)
Armored 1 Increases shield capacity. (+7% per level.)
Buckshot Legend 2 5 Increase the effectiveness of E-Tech Shotguns. (+1 extra projectile for Splatguns, +3% radius for Splasher Blashters per level.)
E-Tech Hawkeye  2  5 Accuracy, weapons swap speed, and iron sight speed of all E-Tech weapons are increased. (+5% per level.)
One with E-Tech 3 5 While an E-Tech weapon is equipped, you gain ammo regeneration for that weapon class. (+0.4% ammo regeneration per level.)
A Research in Death 3 1 Game Changer: Whenever you consecutively kill an enemy of the same type (Bandit, Bullymong, Loader, etc.) Gain a stack of A Research in Death, increasing your gun and melee damage, all stacks reset to 0 when you kill an enemy of another type. (+1% Damage per stack, 250 max stacks.)
E-Tech Prowess 5 Killing an enemy with an E-Tech weapon reduces action skill cooldown. (-0.4 seconds per kill per level.)
Share the Slaughter 4 1 Action Skill Modifier: When Weiss initiates Devastation, an aura is expelled around him, any allies caught in the aura will recieve a 25% increase to their gun damage, 15% increase to health, 35% increase to shield capacity, and 35% decrease to recharge rate.
Explosive Science 4 5 If you kill an enemy of another type while you have stacks of A Research in Death, your next bullet will deal heavy explosive damage based off how many stacks were lost. (+20 explosive damage per stack per level)
Scientific Killer 5 1 Kill Skill: Killing an enemy causes your weapons to not consume ammo for a limited amount of time. (No ammo consumption for 3 seconds.)
Army of Three 6 1 Action Skill Modifier: Upon entering Devastation, Weiss digistructs two experimental E-Tech robots that resemble the Devastator suit, one outfitted with two E-Tech Miniguns and the other with two E-Tech Rocket Launchers that scale to his, to fight alongside him. Increases Action Skill Cooldown by 30 seconds.

Quotes

Being Slagged

  • "Pfui! This is worse than falling in a toilet!"

Encountering a Badass

  • "Gefahr!"
  • "Schlechtarsch!"

Killing a Badass

  • "I was expecting a much more impressive fight!"
  • "Armselig..."

General Combat

  • Getting multiple kills: "I spit in your faces, you weaklings!"

Getting a Critical Kill

  • "That was satisfying!"
  • "That one's for Logan..."

Activating Action Skill

  • "Achtung! Surrender or I end your life now!"
  • "I will enjoy watching you fall!"

Revive from Kill

  • "Combo breaker!"

Reviving a Teammate

  • "Don't just sit there, FIGHT!"
  • "It's just a flesh wound, walk it off!"

Being Revived by a Teammate

  • "Danke! You're a true ally!"

Finding a Legendary Weapon

  • "This weapon is... Beeindruckend!"

With Handsome Jack Voice Mod

  • Acquiring Voice Mod: "This is what it sounds like to be a tyrant? Schrecklich! Is it too late to turn back?"

Background Echos

Echo #1

Crimson Lancer Soldier: "Shut down, I can't believe it, what do we do now?"

Weiss: "Don't worry, Logan. We'll find something, there has to be a way. This E-Tech has so much undiscovered potential."

Logan: "Yes, but how are we going to figure anything out about the stuff with Jack breathing down our necks every moment?"

Weiss: "That is the difficult part. He's afraid, he knows this E-Tech is much more powerful than his Slag. We have the upper hand, we just need to utilize this technology."

Logan: "It's easy to say we can do something, Weiss, but acting upon it, that's a whole different story. With no warehouse, no equipment, what can we do?"

Weiss: "Well, we do have a start. Not EVERYTHING was destroyed back in the warehouse."

Logan: "What are you talking about?"

Weiss: "We still do have the suit, Logan."

Echo #2

Logan: "The suit? You mean the one you've been working on for god knows how long?"

Weiss: "Yes." Typing is heard on his digistruct console, as the sound of it creating an object is heard. "As you can see, it's still a prototype, sadly, but it's powered by E-Tech, I think if we can get the kinks worked out, we may have something here, and it might just be what we need to show Jack the true power of Eridium."

Logan: "We still have no place to work, though-" Logan is cut off as they hear a whistle, and something crash to the ground.

Badass Loader: "HOSTILE ORGANISMS DETECTED. TARGET MUST BE TERMINATED."

Logan: "What the hell?!"

Weiss: "Stand back Logan, I'll take care of this one!" The air is filled with minigun fire and rockets wizzing back and forth, until a final explosion. The sound of the digistruct module is heard, as Weiss deactivates the suit.

Logan: "That was... Impressive."

Weiss: "Thank you, Logan. There's just something so beautiful about deadly science. Maybe it's the fusion of technology and life, but it's so wonderful."

Logan: "Agreed."

Echo #3

Logan: "The Loader dropped an ECHO, I wonder what it could be?" Footsteps can be heard crunching the snow.

Weiss: "There's only one way to find out." Logan hits the button on the ECHO Recorder.

ECHO: "Attention citizens of Pandora, this is your extremely powerful, and devilishly handsome, ruler, Jack. The drills have been installed, so if you start to feel the ground shaking, no it's not an earthquake. It's our progress to finding this vault getting even closer. So no need to clench on to your tiny little trinkets, but instead praise me, for once it's discovered, your ruler and savior will finally rid this horrid planet of all its disgusting waste... Living or not."

Logan: "A vault? Don't you think he's a little late?"

Weiss: "I don't think we're talking about the first one here. He must have found a new one."

Logan: "Another vault? Wow..."

Weiss: "Do you know what this means?"

Echo #4

Logan: "Bigger monsters? Another crazed ruler?"

Weiss: "TECHNOLOGY!!"

Logan: "Something better than Eridium?"

Weiss: "Much better, who knows what it could be, but can you imagine the possibilities?"

Logan: "More weapons, more creations."

Weiss: "More power. Weisstech could rise from the ashes, Logan. We could be not only the most advanced manufacturer on the planet, but also the most powerful! We could even match, if not outweigh Hyperion! We could be the next..."

Logan: "...Atlas?"

Weiss: "Exactly! We need to find that vault! Are you with me, brother?"

Logan: "When am I not?" Another squeal is heard, as three explosions happen right in front of them. "More! What is going on here?!"

Badass Loaders: In unison "HAULT, GO NO FURTHER!"

Weiss: "I don't think... What the hell?"

Logan: "What's wrong?"

Weiss: "My digistruct! It's not working!"

Logan: "He must have a jammer, or something... That means-" A gunshot is heard.

Weiss: "LOGAAANN!!!!"

Logan: "Agh! That... Weiss! Get out of here!"

Weiss: "I'm not leaving you!"

Logan: "Just... Go. There's nothing you can do here. Get to the vault, and get that technology! I'll be fine."

Weiss: "You better, I'm holding you to that!"

Logan: "Of course..." He laughs quietly. "Now GO!"

Notes

  • Weiss's melee weapon is a  wrench that became infused with E-Tech during a small explosion from a machine he was doing maintanence on back when his warehouse still stood.

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  • Anything may be a little too offensive (I hope not...)

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