originally, a long time ago, before the prospect of my Alternate history was really going to be a video game, i often imagined it being an RPG, and during that time i thought up of all sorts of characters. mostly companions you'd meet all over the world.
this one such character. his name is Heinrich Scholz, you'll meet him in some old abandoned trenches rumored to be haunted, deep in an eerie wood. there you'll have to battle his undead former comrades. you'll notice he's different because he's the only one who doesn't seem to be attacking you.
by talking ot him you'll find out that they've become undead due to some unforseen sideeffects from some experimental combat tonics. he assumes that he has maintained his metal reasoning (unlike most of his comrades) because he was an avid user of mind enhancing tonics. he'll choose to join your party if you help him look for his iron cross and diary somewhere deep in the dugouts.
he's a mainly melee oriented follower using his hands and shovel, he can throw grenades from time to time as a ranged attack, and as a special ability he can command swarms of rats to attack enemies.