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Dunkelzahn's Six

James Delany
Born June 9, 2028 (age 29)
Spouse Jeane Olson
Children Robert Delany
Metahumanity Type Dwarf
Employment Illusionist
Brilliant Genesis Studios
Chicago, IL
Recent Productions

Angels of Saturn’s Rings (2055)
Unjustified (2054)
Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing (2054)
Corporate SIN: Indivisible (2054)
The Fifth Caballero (2053)
Chainsaw Reborn (2053)

Alright, here's the effortpost I promised on James Delany's sims with Brilliant Genesis.
Chainsaw Reborn is remembered for one thing: Jacqueline Starlight's incredible performance doing emotion capture for the titular reborn Chainsaw. Basic plot summary: Chainsaw, seemingly dead at the end of the first sim, is resurrected as a mind-wiped cyber-zombie, with an upgraded chainsaw hand; the corp uses him to take on street gangs, he eventually stumbles across his former girlfriend, she reminds him who he was, he goes back to the corp and chainsaws his way through security to the executive responsible for wiping his mind. What makes this work is Starlight's ability to take you through Chainsaw whole journey, which ends up being surprisingly poignant. Delaney did the gore-effects on set, and they're good, but nothing that would stand out in the genre.
So, I haven't experienced The Fifth Caballero, but apparently neither did anybody else. It's a horribly-reviewed comedy set in Aztlan back when it used to be called Mexico, during the Mexican Revolution, though the revolution in the sim apparently doesn't much match actually history, or apparently what Aztechnology wants remembered of history, leaving it banned in the only market that might care about it. Seems like a complete misfire. That said, I haven't read any complaints about Delany's work on the illusory sets they used to capture this in Chicago.
I get that Alan Moore's Swamp Thing is an obnoxious title given how little similarity it has to the original novel. But I haven't read that so ultimately I'm just judging it as a sim, preconceptions aside. And from that perspective, it's great. You've got Delaney's illusions and Starlight's emotions again, but this time for a body-tripping plant monster that can feel an entire swamp through some kind of plant network instead of just a beefy guy murdering people with a chainsaw. The whole story: his birth, him being hunted by the Floronic fertilizer company, the big fight scene at the end, is all freaky sensations and body horror and it's great. Writer/director Mary McQuillen never recovered from this one, but it's what made Delaney someone to watch.
Unjustified is a neo-western: a NaN peace officer hunts for his son's killer (though, spoiler, not really, he's still alive) in the farmland and wilderness outside the Denver Metroplex. Most of the attention for this went to Caron Brown's performance as Anna, the tracker companion to the main POV character. She's great, and brings the only warmth to what's otherwise a pretty cold sim. But Delaney's work on this sim is incredible, painting vast vistas entirely out of thin air, which didn't get much attention at the time as Brilliant Genesis didn't want to draw attention to the entirely artificial setting of a sim being praised for its realness. Incredible work, though, and what earned him the director's chair for his next sim.
So, Angels of Saturn’s Rings has a bad reputation, but I actually kinda like it. I get that the juxtaposition of the horror stuff with the spiders and the more erotic stuff with the aliens doesn't totally work, but when the execution of both those elements is so strong, I don't really mind the tonal whiplash. And the sci-fi writing for the first contact storyline is surprisingly good. And I think anyone can appreciate the incredible visuals of the nano-replicators building out in Saturn's rings. It's a sim that clearly needed another pass at the scriptwriting stage, but as a freshman effort of James Delaney in the director's chair, as well as doing the illusory setting, I think it shows a lot of promise.
But at the end of the day, he's a talented, but not all that accomplished illusionist/director whose career was cut short by the intervention of bugs from another dimension, and it's not clear to me what a great dragon's interest is in that. I guess maybe he's a fan? But at least for me, I hope someone gets him out and he gets back to work. His horror chops could only be improved by being stuck in a city filled with insect monsters, right? :D
— SK
Dr. Edward Fenwick Oden
Born February 2, 2010 (age 47)
Spouse Dr. Gilbert I. Williams
Children none
Metahumanity Type Human
Employment Full Professor
Department of Thaumaturgy
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Recent Published Works A Meta-analysis of Spirit-Based Far-Metaplane Exploration (2055)
An Alternative Runic System for Astral Projection Monitoring Circles (2054)
Metaplane Permeability in the Saar-Lorraine-Luxembourg Special Administrative Zone (2053)
I don't think there's any question why Dunkelzahn wants this guy out. He's done research on metaplane travel and specifically how metaplane access is affected by a toxic zone. The Draco Foundation is going to take the credit for getting him rescued and then snap up everything he knows about metaplanes in Bug City.
— The Great Ape
Gregory Armtwister
Born September 13, 2028 (age 28)
Spouse none
Children none
Metahumanity Type Ork
Employment Security
The Big Rhino
Puyallup, SSAR
Matrix Rumors 1) He’s a major player in the Ork underground. Dunkelzahn wants him brought out to get back to that.
2) He’s a Shadowrunner who Dunkelzahn sent into the CZ but couldn’t get out, and he’s got something Dunkelzahn wants for his foundation.
3) He’s a high-level off-books Renraku operator who was sent into Chicago within an hour of the outbreak, before the wall went up. Dunkelzahn wants his foundation to find out why.
I'd met this guy a few times at The Big Rhino, which, if you don't know, is an "Orkish" bar/restaurant in Puyallup. During the day it's reasonably safe to visit, and you can get an interesting meal that's somewhere between paleolithic and deconstructionist. At night, it gets pretty rough, which is when Armtwister is more prominent. He was clearly skilled at keeping the atmosphere short of homicidal without impairing the energetic crowd the place is known for. Don't know him well enough to know what he was doing in Chicago, though.
— Archangel
Protacio Corcoran
Born September 13, 2023 (age 33)
Spouse none
Children none
Metahumanity Type Human
Employment Handyman
Chicago, IL
Matrix Rumors 1) He’s a Sky Shaman who possesses the Seal of the Blue Gloves, which the Dunkelzahn Foundation will need after giving away the green ones.
2) He’s secretly Basilisk, a Chicago-area holo-vandal of whom Dunkelzahn was a fan.
3) He’s a high-level off-books Ares operator who was activated within an hour of the outbreak, before the wall went up. Dunkelzahn wants his foundation to find out why.
This guy is known entirely through a handful of Matrix posts offering basic handyman work in association with a barebones Facebook account. He's either a Matrix ghost acting as cover for an operator or an actual boring handyman.
— Greely
Katherine Sitsu
Born March 5, 2033 (age 24)
Spouse none
Children none
Metahumanity Type Elf
Employment PhD Student
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Published Works Brain Abnormalities in Procyon Latri (Bandit Raccoons)
Some student might seem like a weird choice, but she's done anatomical research on awakened animals, so she's presumably somewhere in Bug City right now chopping up insect spirits. Obvious financial motivation for getting her out and grateful to Draco.
— The Great Ape
Sissel McCarthy
Born December 2, 2021 (age 35)
Spouse John Robles
Children Daisy McCarthy
Dianne Robles
Metahumanity Type Human
Employment Journalist
Chicago NewsNet-Sun-Tribune
Chicago, IL
CZ BBS Bulk Download Articles Bugs on Buses: Transportation in Crisis
A Fragile Peace in the Ghoul Enclave
Fast-Flesh Infested: Super Soldier Insects?
Last Month Was the Deadliest Yet from Faulty BTLs
Beside the Wall: Life on the Fringes
Sissel's the one person on Dunkelzahn's list where we almost know more about her activity after the wall went up than before. A junior journalist with a periodic byline beforehand, she seems to have forged an impressive career of investigative journalism within the Containment Zone. Her articles form some of the core of what we understand of life behind the wall.
— Wraith II

The Rochus Braun Report (August 4, 2057)

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Personal Details
Full Name Rochus Orwell Braun III
Nickname(s) none
SIN 000001-38bf44-fb5087-eb6086-6b5ac7-9318b2
Born March 6, 2012 (age 45)
Renton, SSAR
Spouse(s) Margaret Alanis Rosaire (married 2038)
Children Rochus Orwell Braun IV (born 2040)
John Francis Braun (born 2042)
Mary Margaret Braun (born 2044)
Parents Rochus Orwell Braun II (born 1991)
Maggie Noelle McKenzie (born 1992)
Education Renraku Educational Primary (Renton, SSAR)
Renraku Educational Secondary (Renton, SSAR)
B.A. in Management, Northwest University (Bellevue, SSAR)
Lone Star Academy (Austin, TX)
Parents both come from serious money. Their personal matrix chat with the other kids, all mid-level Renraku execs, is brutal. Roch is just some bigot cop to them. They’ve got no serious contact, they say he’s all in on Lone Star and his church.
— RaverD
Physical Characteristics
Height 1.65 m (5’5”)
Weight 86 kg (190 pounds)
Metahumanity Type Human
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Dark Brown
Blood Type AB-
Lone Star physical requirements aren’t much at his rank, and he takes advantage of it.
— RaverD
Employment
Employer Lone Star Security Services
Title Captain, Crime Suppression Division
Hired June 03, 2037
Salary $337,000 (~87,000¥)
60,000 LSS (~8,000¥)
He’s got a clean record, though he might have come in with enough profile to keep it that way no matter what. Lone Star knows their system leaks.
— RaverD
Residence
Address 1015 North 31st St
Renton, SSAR 98056
Geo-coordinates 47.519031, -122.204926
This is a two-story house in a low-crime middle-class neighborhood. Looks like he mostly walks places, except to work, and church once a week in Bellevue.
— RaverD
Contact Info
Phone 1-206-727-2143
Email robraun@lonestar.ucas
Again, no access to internal Lone Star communications.
— RaverD
Financial
Visa 4018 1694 4999 4528
CVV4 5726
Expires 4/2060
Chase Ares $502,450.08 (~135,000¥)
Lone Star Scrip ~45,908 (~6,000¥)
I think he’s got another ~200,000¥ hidden in the CAS, but haven’t been able to confirm. I can take another run at that for another 1k¥.
— RaverD
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Vehicle
Make & Model Buick Park Avenue
Year 2054
Color Pearl White
Registration SSAR
Plate 1738 SGJD
Rarely uses this, GRID only when he does.
— RaverD

The Bull Report (July 6, 2057)

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Personal Details
Full Name Irene Allen Turnbull
Nickname(s) The Bull
SIN 4174fa-9d3571-c51d5a-fd8b9f-1e4f97
Born December 6, 2022 (age 34)
Puyallup, SSAR
Spouse(s) Daniel Y. Vanmeter (2046-2048)
Children None
Parents George Turnbull (2001-2039)
Terry Allen (2004-2039)
Education McAlister Elementary (Puyallup, SSAR)
Knight High (Puyallup, SSAR)
Lone Star Academy (Austin, TX)
Her parents both died the Night of Rage during one of the riots. Couldn't find anything on just how they were involved, bystanders, instigators, or what. The ex works at Sea-Tac, ground crew.
— RaverD
Physical Characteristics
Height 1.73 m (5'8")
Weight 84.1 kg (185.5 pounds)
Metahumanity Type Human
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Blood Type A+
She's a seven-day-a-week weightlifter, either a facility in the basement of her apartment building, or Lone Star's staff gym.
— RaverD
Employment
Employer Lone Star Security Services
Title Lieutenant, Crime Suppression Division
Hired June 5, 2041
Salary $232,000 (~60,000¥)
37,500 LSS (~5,000¥)
She spent five years patrolling Puyallup. A few citizen complaints, excessive violence, but nothing that stuck. Then a few of years in anti-terrorism before being recruited into CSD as a lieutenant, where she's been for the last seven.
— RaverD
Residence
Address 938 110th Ave NE Apt. 312
Bellevue, SSAR 98004
Geo-coordinates 47.618867, -122.193417
Buncha other Star in this building. Looks like the owner discounts their rent.
— RaverD
Contact Info
Phone 1-296-772-5542
Email iturnbull@lonestar.ucas
She's gonna also have internal corp text/voice/video comms, but you'd need to break heavy ice to use them anyways.
— RaverD
Financial
Visa 4929 3458 0114 2984
CVV4 0118
Expires 6/2059
Chase Ares $30,447.04 (~7,600¥)
Lone Star Scrip ~4,174 (~550¥)
Up-to-date scrip amounts are tough to pull from corp servers. And I think I would have found any covert accounts, but you can never be sure.
— RaverD
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Vehicle
Make & Model Land Rover Model 2067
Year 2056
Color Midnight Black
Registration SSAR
Plate 7798 ADRX
Her car's got a bit of custom up-armoring she bought with Star scrip. Shouldn't be any mounted weapons, though.
— RaverD
Lone Star Application Psych Summary May 14, 2041
A tendency to binary social identification – leading to openness to in-groups and distrust of out-groups – may make for an excellent recruit if loyalties can be directed to Lone Star and against extra-agency threats. Skill with rapid situational assessment and quick decision-making should prove valuable both in field work and in potential direct-command roles. However, an inherent impulsiveness limits aptitude with long-term planning, such that any rank advancement should retain subordination beneath a more strategic leader to set goals.
Proud of this pull. Found a leak of these from the early 40s on ShadowNet.
— RaverD