Shrike

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Shrike
Shrike art.jpg
Technomancer
"I've lived and breathed the resonance since before you were in born. The matrix is my world, and I will see it defended."
Discord @nivencthulhu#8606
Reddit [1]
Metatype Human
Street Cred 2
Notoriety 0
Public Awareness 0
CDP 4
D.O.B. 1/06/2047
Age 35
Folder https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XJclX0KhUVdNDWQE-G6tQeoW3-cHY3Xm?usp=sharing
Priority Metatype - D
Attributes - B
Magic/Resonance - A
Skills - C
Resources - E


Character Information

Summary

A child of the matrix who's seen digital kingdoms rise and fall. Shrike believes himself to be one of the few inheritors of the otaku societies to retain his connection to the resonance. He views the matrix itself with reverence and devotion, and after the second Crash pledged to defend it from any future threats. Somewhat egocentric to be sure, but he backs that up with digital skills to match.


Goals

Keep the matrix & the resonance safe

Keep the legend of the otaku alive

Avoid getting caught & dissected by corps

Band together with like-minded technomancers

Background

From a young age, Shrike felt a special connection to the matrix. Guided to an otaku tribe by an unseen voice, he left his family and found in the Resonance a sense of belonging and purpose like he had never before experienced. Doing whatever he could to support his tribe, he became a pro hacker before his teen years. But this status quo would be swiftly shaken up. During the lead-up to the second matrix crash, his tribe schismed over the decision of whether to oppose Deus’s otaku followers or to stay out of the whole affair. Fearing a disruption of his lifestyle, Shrike opted to be a bystander instead of getting involved, and was spared from the resulting conflict.

Jacked in and stealing data from a Renton host when the second crash hit, Shrike was nearly killed outright. After recovering from his injuries, Shrike found that he was capable of many of the same feats from before the crash on the new wireless matrix, with new capabilities as well. He spent the next decade laying low and honing his newfound technomancer skills, regretting his lack of involvement in stopping Deus and vowing to protect the matrix from any future threats. Doing odd jobs to keep a roof over his head and the locals off his back, Shrike tangled with dissonants, rogue programs, and other more mundane oddities, getting his ass kicked more than a few times in the process.

His first forays into shadowrunning were just for the money, but he soon realized that by being unbound by laws and keeping a network of professional peers of all skill sets, shadowrunning put him in the best position to watch for and respond to anything that would threaten the matrix.

Narrative Significant Qualities

Positive

Otaku to Technomancer: Shrike was one of the mysterious group of children known as otaku, and when the wireless matrix rolled around his devotion to the resonance was rewarded.

Paragon-The Oracle: "My goals of preventing anything from taking the matrix back offline and their goals of finding out about things before they occur happen to align. We're on good terms."

Negative

Data Hog: "Being a relic of the past has its downsides. Decades of not having to evade GOD gave me plenty of muscle memory and instincts that could get me caught, instincts that I'm still trying to unlearn."

Frostbite: "Ever try and jam signals with your mind while psychotropic IC breathe down your neck? Hell, have you kids ever seen psychotropic IC? I have, and I paid the price."

Hobo with a Shotgun: Shrike lives like the original otaku tribes did, squatting in abandoned buildings to stay off the grid and avoid drawing the eye of Deus's Whites.

Run History

NameGMMetaplotDate of Run
Velociraptor Equals Distraptor Over Timeraptor 2: The Lost WorldSleeveyThe Cretaceous Clash23 June 2082
The Enigma of Nodbert's Numerous Noodles for a Nuyen that are Nowhere to be NoticedWarr20 June 2082

Affiliations

Contacts

Contact Connection Loyalty Archetype Profession Aspects Chips
N0v4 H0t 4 2 Custom(A,K,N,G) Technomancer Technomancer, Technoshaman, Trust Lore, Not Data, Frag The Megacorps, Hacktivist Even
Colten Wight 2 1 Fixer Stuffer Shack Owner. The Boss This is totally not Illegal, Been around the block, Ears to the public Even
Dr. Velo Clementine Raptor 4 2 Custom(K,G,N,A) Velociraptor Mad Scientist Dweller Dwelling, SURGEd Critter Scientist, Critter Translation, The March of Science!, "As a genius, I know what that does!", Zoo to Army Pipeline, "With my superior raptor intelligence, I can craft anything!' Even
Carlos Blanco 3 3 Fixer(K,G,N,A) Town Gossip Rumer Mill, Tortuga Taco Truck, I Know A Guy, Corporate Lunchbreak Even


Organizations

Allies

Former otaku

Enemies

Dissonant technomancers

In Character Information

Symbols and Signatures

Shrike's sprites take the form of various types of birds. Shrikes for crack sprites, crows for machine sprites, pigeons for courier sprites, seagulls for fault sprites, and sparrows for data sprites.

Matrix Search Table

Threshold Result
1 It's a kind of bird, one that's apparently not extinct yet.
3 A few years back there were some technocritters running around seattle, and some of the screamsheets attribute their removal to someone going by the moniker Shrike.
6 You pull up an ancient list of seattle's otaku tribes, a scan of a pre-crash document probably stored in physical form to avoid electronic tampering when it was written. Shrike is listed as one of the "reverberant kin." Most of the names have been crossed off, obviously done after the document was scanned as an edit to the file. Shrike's name is not crossed off.

Shadow Community Table

Threshold Result
1 One of the many matrix specialists of the Haven.
3 A bit weird about the matrix, but then again most technos are
5

Assensing Results

Hits Information Gained
1 Not awakened. Overall healthy, with signs of healing injuries. Mixed emotions, clouds of weariness and irritation over a more determined core.
2 One piece of cyberware, integrated into his neck and head.
3 No alphaware-grade cyberware. No astral signatures.
4 No betaware-grade cyberware, and no bioware. Essence of 5.87.
5+ No deltaware-grade cyberware. No geneware. No nanomachines, son. Shrike is a technomancer.

SINs

Andrew Giovanna (Rating 4): an eccentric emerged seattlite, a freelance matrix researcher with a history of prepper associations and traveling.

Appearance

A skinny, pale man who seems aged beyond his years, Shrike's face is haggard but his eyes shine with the same intensity you usually only see on street preachers or hooders. Has a datajack as his only augmentation, an ancient model that's blocky and worn enough to constitute a fashion statement on its own.

Clothing

Shrike wears a heavy grey-blue overcoat, his one concession to modern fashion. Over that he wears a striped scarf. All of his other clothing is typical barrens wear, thirdhand clothes marred with burns and tears.

Matrix Persona

Shrike's persona takes the form of a grey-and-black birdman with a pointed beak and sweeping winds, clad in rags. If examined closely the persona is somewhat lower-resolution and old-school, but at the same time it moves with a fluidness rarely seen in outside of foundation dives and UV hosts.

Media Mentions

Someone named Shrike was credited by a few barrens gangs for clearing out a nest of Ahi, or emerged snakes.

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