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Message no. 1
From: "David J. Altman" <khanx@******.COM>
Subject: Character
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1993 14:40:18 -0800
NightShade is a male, caucasian, elf. Ice blue eyes, jet black hair. 2 meters
high, 75 kg. Usually wearing form fitting black bodysuit and black gloves.

NightShade (real name Terrence Tellarien) was a senior Paladin in the service
of a Prince. His mistake was that he fell in love with a daughter of a Prince
who was an enemy of the Prince he served. An enemy of NightShade's, a minor
noble revealed the relationship, and convinced NightShade's Prince that he
was betraying him. With that Terrence became a branded traitor and outcast
of the Tir, barely escaping with his life. His skills dictated his profession -
he became a shadowrunner and assassin. In the years since his escape NightShade
has grown in both skills and wisdom. Although many years have passed NightShade
is still a slightly bitter person. He is always secretive, and enjoys a
reputation as a brooding loner. This is not true - he has a small group of
select friends (mostly influential).
NightShade's trademark are his use of Walther MPK-50z's SMGs in each hand in a
firefight. But he is also known for his stealth and his use of a monogarrote
to decaptitate targets of his assassinations.

NightShade was a Senior
Message no. 2
From: "Robert A. Hayden" <hayden@*******.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU>
Subject: Character
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1993 23:08:01 -0600
Fearless Leader
Located deep in the bowels of major universities around the world is a
secret cult. This cult goes by many names, some not very pretty: nerds,
bitheads, eggheads, etc. One thing is sure, though, they are all geeks.
There is no formal geek organization, but it is well documented that they
have established an intricate real-time communications system, which
usually backbones itself on the resources of universities.

Usually politically left, often radical as well, geeks can be labled as
the cyber-anarchists of the mid-21st century. They are universally
against government control of private lives and will go out of their way
to make that known. Of course, since the geek organization is all
unofficial and many geeks don't even know each other, it is impossible to
quantify their numbers. But scour the networks in the early AM hours and
you will most likely be able to find a geek or two.

Fearless Leader is the unoffical head of this unoffical group. Actually,
nobody know who he is. Most rumors actually say that it is a position
held by one person and then handed off to a new leader one a few years later
when the first graduates. Historical records point to the first Fearless
Leader coming into existance in the early 1990's. That leader, located
in southern Minnesota in the old USA, disappeared soon after his
graduation. Over time, each new generation became more and more removed
until by this time nobody even knows who he or she is.

Rumors do abound, though, that the current fearless leader is actually an
AI that blends the personalities of ALL the previous holders of that

The duties of Fearless Leader are also equally mysterious. Periodically
he will post to various political, technological, or science fiction
forums, rendering an opinion on one issue or another, but beyond that he
appears to be some dark shadow lurking in the corners of the matrix,
influencing his geeky followers and pushing for world change.

____ Robert A. Hayden <=> hayden@*******
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Message no. 3
From: Steve Mancini <phi@****.CC.PURDUE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 1994 20:30:43 EST
Archtype: Male Human Snake Shamanic Adept
Nex is a full blooded Cheyenne indian. Although he lives in the
heart of Seattle, he has refused to abandon his heritage. He dresses
in the same clothes as his ancestors (real old ancestors) and wears
shamanic garb.
Nex came to Seattle as the result of a vision quest. He was found
by a city shaman named Slinky who thought he was a "Cute kid." Slinky
protected Nex for several months as he slowly learned the ways of the
street. He was later initiated into a thief-based initiate group. While
none of the members knew it, he was a thief of secrets. Slowly, Nex
turned more toward the healing aspect of Snake and eventually withdrew
from the initiate group to join a snake shaman initiate group. Even though
he has become quite familiar with the streets, Nex maintains a naieve
front. Following his initiation into the Snake group, Nex created IT, a
force three ally bound to an Iron Cobra body. Nex is waiting for Snake
to give him a propoer name for his ally and until then they refer to
it merely as IT. Unfortunately for Nex, and IT, Snake doesn't give a
Rat's ass about the ally and will never name IT.
Steven Mancini <phi@****>
Message no. 4
From: The Powerhouse <P.C.Steele@*********.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 1994 13:22:05 +0000
Matrix Prowlers
The matrix prowlers are actually three people. They are part of the most
deadly force the matrix has seen, the turing police. They and their small
group of team mates patrol the matrix looking for virus's, A.I.'s rogue IC
and deckers who have gone insane and now destroy and set loose viral sequences
for the shear thrill.

Each one knows one another intimately, the cyberware they have installed and
links them together see's to that. Each one is a superb decker in his or her
own right but working as a team they are lethal.

The Matrix prowlers have been on the job now for the last 5 years, plucked from
top Universities around the world and given intensive training. This particular
group though enjoys it's fun, the ease with which they can glean the secrets
from any system has given them power, but it is power they don't use for
themselves or for their govt. No, the matrix prowlers believe in the freedom
of the individual and so regularly help out deckers in distress or in need of
vital information. Of course wether the deckers realise they have been helped
by the Matrix Prowlers is another thing, for their persona changes according
to what configuration they are currently running.

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