Revised 2013.03.18 @ 13:41 ·
BMC Long Term Care patient 6656, Annathena Val (hence Val) is a Cognitive Empath, born with an incredibly rare neurological disorder that arises only under a "perfect storm" of genetic abnormalities - a condition afflicting roughly one out of every ten billion humans. In simple terms, Val's brain is a "receiver" that tunes in to the strongest signal in relative range - though in this case the signal isn't a radio tower, it's the human mind - and the "range" seems to have more to do with the strength of the transmission than its proximity.
Annathena Val is just like you.
Revised 2012.08.29 @ 13:19 ·
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.
Heinrich Von Lutz
Revised 2012.08.29 @ 13:17 ·
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.
Revised 2013.03.18 @ 13:18 ·
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.
Revised 2012.08.31 @ 03:55 ·
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.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:16 ·
Matt (aka DJ Imperium) is a member of The Night Shift, the DJ crew that runs Ceremony. Matt has a personal preference for New Wave and Black Metal - while the tracks that fill the dancefloor are far from his favorites, he's an excellent DJ and quite popular with the regulars.
Matt and Jason share a common interest in SPK, Test Department, Echo & the Bunnymen and Cabaret Voltaire.
Revised 2012.09.06 @ 03:14 ·
Ornix doesn't let trivial things like ethics and morality get in the way of his loyalties or sense of reality. A longtime friend of Thad and a fellow "victim" of the Templar Waking God Protocols, Ornix has a long-standing hatred of the regenerating Templar field agent Beef Knuckleback and an even longer-standing mental link with Thad.
While generally less impulsive than Thad, Ornix strongly prefers to solve his problems with violence whenever possible. In his mind, the Templar are the "Them," a vast hidden covert organization on a par with the CIA or the Mafia.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:26 ·
"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.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:18 ·
Punk Steve is an art student and a friend of Jason Whitehouse. Hobbies include video games and general mischief-making with Jason and his roommate Ryan.
Punk Steve enjoys punk music.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:20 ·
Ryan is Punk Steve's roommate. Handy with a blowtorch, he enjoys setting things on fire and playing fighting games with Jason and Steve.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:06 ·
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.
Revised 2013.03.18 @ 13:17 ·
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.
Revised 2012.08.30 @ 18:25 ·
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.
Willenford Billius Hashfender III
Revised 2012.08.29 @ 02:00 ·
A discrete purveyor of things that fit in business-sized envelopes.