In Crossbell, Speaker Hartmann represented the Crossbell government alongside Mayor Henry MacDowell in the form of a joint representation. Whereas Speaker MacDowell maintained politically neutral, Hartmann led the pro-Imperialistic movement within the government. He was also responsible for declining Mayor MacDowell's reform proposals.
While serving in this position, he also supported Revache and was involved in their smuggling and money laundering.
After the Cult Incident was resolved, Hartmann lost his position as a politician and became a political refugee seeking asylum in Erebonia. His access was denied, however, and he sought shelter in the former Altair Lodge near Altair City. The madness of his partner-in-crime, Ernest Reis, scared him more than the prospect of getting arrested.
They found that during his stays in Paradise, Hartmann had been taking drugs that rendered him unable to judge normally. He insisted that he was the real victim, but the Crossbell Police Department could not overlook the visits to Paradise out of his own accord.
In the end, Hartmann surrendered to his crimes and was taken into custody in the Knox Prison. He ended up as a cowardice person who had lost both his social standing and the wealth he had built up.
- Hartmann is German and translates to "hard man".