|“||Well, I am a journalist. It is my duty to make omens.||”|
–Henri de Blowitz
Henri de Blowitz is a character in 80 Days. He is a major part of the Roving Reporter achievement.
De Blowitz is a journalist working as a foreign correspondent for The Times. He is travelling the globe in search of a story.
Passepartout first meets de Blowitz on the observation deck of the of the Orient Express between Paris and Vienna. If he helps de Blowitz with his bags and follows him to the dining car, they may eavesdrop on other passengers and start a discussion about the rising political tensions between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires.
Passepartout next finds de Blowitz in the souk in Cairo. Continuing his investigation, de Blowitz has discovered that the Ottomans are building a massive automaton to help them invade the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and asks Passepartout too keep an eye out for it during his travels.
A similar automaton can be located in Aswan, where Passepartout finds a gigantic unmanned statue of the goddess Aswan roaming the streets enforcing a curfew. Travelling to nearby Wadi Halfa, Passepartout can telegraph de Blowitz editor and land the story on the front page of The Times. During the player's next journey, the article can be read in the newspaper (credited as "roving reporter") and de Blowitz will send a £2000 reward. Alternatively, if Passepartout uses the telegraph in Manila, the story will still land on the front page of The Times, but de Blowitz will not send a reward.
However, the actual invasion weapon that De Blowitz was likely referring to was the Khodunki, a war-machine being built in Herat.
De Blowitz is a skilled journalist with a eye for a story and a wealth of secret sources. However, he is observed by Passepartout to be somewhat pedantic at times, with the majority of their first conversation consisting of him discussing his tailor in great detail. His moustache is extremely distinct and potentially intimidating or admirable.
- De Blowitz is based on a real life journalist of the same name. He was also fictionalised in a novella called "Flashman and the Tiger".