Here’s a contest entry. Landor is a scientist obsessed with mastering life. His experiments involve reviving the dead and he has succeeded, though none have sentience. When trying to subdue his first creation, a young pair intervened and his lab caught fire. The creature perished and Landor was badly burned. A biologist, Dr. Sina Zurat was interested in his work and the two fell in love. His next creation, a female, killed his fiancee and Landor was grief stricken. He did not even put up a fight when he got captured. Since then, he has escaped and continued his experiments with an even greater desire, so he can revive his beloved Sina.