|Songbird Sourcerer, Egotistical E-vigilante|
|"I've lived and breathed the resonance since before you were in born. The matrix is my world, and I will see it defended."|
|Priority||Metatype - D |
Attributes - B
Magic/Resonance - A
Skills - C
Resources - E
A child of the old matrix, Shrike is 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. His self imposed mission led him into shadowrunning to hone his skills and develop the network needed to fight back against AIs and dissonance. In his single-minded quest, Shrike views other authorities as suggestions at best, and has found kinship in the more anti-authoritarian elements of Shadowhaven. Of late Shrike has realized that his current connection to the Resonance is not as strong as he thought, and that quick thinking can accomplish far more than brute force.
- Keep the matrix & the resonance safe
- Keep the legend of the otaku alive
- Band together with like-minded technomancers
- (NEW) Research the Boston Strain of CFD, and defeat a Boston Strain Rager in solo matrix combat
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
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."
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.
|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|
|Night Claws(Contact)||4||1||Custom (A,N,K,G)||Technomancer/Teacher||I trust you chummer!, Gate to the Resonance, Connected to the World, Helping Hand, Send in the Reinfocements!, In Data lies Truth., The Power of a King||Even|
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
|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. However, there is no verification of this claim.|
|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
|1||One of the many matrix specialists of the Haven.|
|3||A bit weird about the matrix, but then again most technos are a bit eccentric in some way.|
|5||An otaku from before the second Crash whose powers stuck around.|
|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.|
Andrew Giovanna (Rating 4): an eccentric emerged seattlite, a freelance matrix researcher with a history of prepper associations and traveling.
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.
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.
Shrike's persona takes the form of a grey-and-black birdman with a pointed beak and sweeping winds, clad in rags. His threading and spikes can take the shape of hails of feathers or thorns.
Someone named Shrike was credited by a few barrens gangs for clearing out a nest of Ahi, or emerged snakes.