Jason Whitehouse’s redneck roommate. Curtis isn’t a terribly complex individual, and is in many was the archetypical art student – interests include but are not limited to video games, anime, Star Trek, tabletop gaming and a broad spectrum of horror films. Curtis works part time at a porno theater on the North Side.
A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he zombied his way through art school and into the workforce, he never quite regained the paranoid zeal he once shared with his best friend Ornix. He spent the next five years pummelling his higher self into oblivion with drugs and alcohol – a method of “self medication” that ultimately failed spectacularly.
Thad has always had some measure of psionic ability, even prior to being “noticed” by the River Guardian. In the mid 1990s he and Ornix were the focus of Templar interest, as they fit many of the recruitment conditions stipulated in the Waking God Protocols.
Kevin lives across the hall from Jason. An audiophile with the only 5.1 system on the floor, Kevin frequently aids and abets Jason’s sonic mayhem. The two collaborate on a spring quarter finals week “wake-up call” in the opening scene of Dead City Radio.
“Pigtails” is the nickname given to the unnamed girl who pursues Jason through the first chapter of Dead City Radio. While she makes one hell of a first impression, things end on an awkward note and the two never speak again.
The Don of the local Mac Mafia, Sean has access to or knowledge about every single piece of Apple equipment and all Mac software in the school. He’s more than willing to share his expertise and resources if the price is right.
In late 1997 through 1999, “Ryan” and “Mike” were the most common male names in the art school and student apartments – there were so many of them that when a new one popped up he was immediately given a nickname to distinguish him from the others. Examples include Big Ryan, Little Ryan, Big Mike (6’6″, ~300lbs), Tall Mike (6’5″, ~200lbs), Spiky Mike, and Scary Mike.
In Dead City Radio, all Mikes and Ryans (except for Ryan) are Steves. All Steves are also Steves.
Stuck with the worst roommate in recorded history, Heinrich doesn’t much care for Pittsburgh. He doesn’t mind the company, though – Heinrich plays Dunegons & Dragons with Curtis and discusses the mod scene, electronic music, and console emulation with Whitehouse.
The king of social engineering, the crown prince of noise, and a self-described “Post-American Electro-Snob.” Jason has a deep interest in industrial, electronic, ambient, metal and gothic music, and a well-researched interest in radio and telecommunications. While school is in session, Jason runs an ultra-low-powered unlicensed radio station – dubbed Dead City Radio – out of his schools student apartments. He uses the station to inflict his musical taste on others, though he also broadcasts school news and the occasional request.