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Forbus was the scientist who invented pylene-50 as a muscle relaxant. Servalan, in her identity as Commissioner Sleer, discovered that a dose a hundred times normal would turn people into slaves. Forbus refused to manufacture it for her, so she poisoned him with pyrellic, which would cripple and slowly kill him. Daily doses of an antidote would halt the degeneration and Forbus was forced to manufacture pylene-50 for Servalan, who controlled his supply.

By the time he was holed up in his laboratory on Helotrix, Forbus was confined to a wheelchair and scarred. He managed to place 700 kilos of nitroglycerin beneath his laboratory, rigged to a detonator. He planned to detonate it when Servalan was there, killing her with him. He met Tarrant and Dayna when they broke into the laboratory, remembering them as crewmembers of the destroyed Liberator. He explained the situation to them and also his desire to kill "Sleer" and Leitz, tipping them off to the fact Leitz was luring the local resistance into a trap. Forbus provided them with both samples of a vaccine that would protect people from pylene-50 and the chemical to make more.

After the vaccine allowed the resistance to launch a successful attack, Servalan accused Forbus of sabotaging the pylene-50 used and threatened to withhold the cure for three days. Forbus reached for the detonator, claiming it was details of the dose, but she knocked him away from it. She declared she would teach him to obey her, then promptly killed him. (D: Traitor)

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