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Joakim Soong
« on: August 04, 2018, 04:27:21 PM »
Joakim "Jo" Soong

Age:  29
Gender:  Male

Primary Occupation:  Tech specialist
Equipment:  Laptop
Modified cortex pad
Electronic lock-cracking device
Small toolkit for fiddling with electronics
Assorted tech junk
Some old family photos
.45 ACP pistol

Appearance:  Standing at 5'8", Joakim is pretty average in size and build alike, with an unassuming air about him. He's not somebody you'd pick out in a crowd, and that's the way he likes it. He dresses in plain, nondescript clothes, mostly t-shirts, jeans and the like, no flashy fashion statements. He has messy black hair and a kind, boyish face that struggles to grow facial hair.
Faceclaim:  Steven Yeun

Initial Personality:  Upon first meeting Jo comes across as a mild-mannered young man, somewhat reserved in a way that suggests shyness rather than deliberate secretiveness. He avoids conflict and direct confrontation with strangers and frequently uses humor to maneuver within tense social situations, to varying success. He has strong anti-Alliance views which he doesn't flaunt as haphazardly as some bleeding-heart browncoats do, but they do usually come up sooner rather than later.
Underlying Personality:  When Jo gets more comfortable around somebody, he reveals himself to be a sincere, even charming individual. He may be guarded with strangers, but he's quite upfront with his friends and crewmates; he's one of those people who are genuinely honest for the sake of openness instead of using it as an excuse to be rude. He's very intelligent and takes pride in his technological expertise, but sometimes feels self-conscious over the fact that he has so little (=zero) combat experience compared to the merry band of miscreants he finds himself in. While he's generally even-tempered, he can get pretty intense and overbearing about certain subjects he feels passionately about, namely the Alliance and their crimes. He means well but has a self-righteous streak.

Known History:  Joakim Eustace Soong was born on January 8th, 2489, on Beaumonde. He is the only child of factory workers Scott and Arra Soong.

In 2515, his parents were killed in a factory accident along with seven other workers. The deaths were determined to be caused by the employees' failure to follow safety regulations, and the factory owners were absolved of all responsibility.

Later, data suggesting the factory's safety precautions had been grossly out of date surfaced, but nothing major came out of it.

Joakim enrolled in school for computer engineering in 2513. He dropped out two years into his studies without receiving his degree. He has no military record.

He is wanted for questioning by the Interpol for suspected ties to cybercrime activity.
Other History:  Joakim's parents always wanted a big family. Unfortunately, his birth was a difficult one and left his mother unable to have any more children, and so the Soongs settled for smothering their only son with as much love and attention as possible. You could even say they spoiled him, if they'd had enough expendable income to spoil him with.

The Soongs did begin socking away money from their meager income early on in order to ensure that Joakim would be able to get an education and follow his dreams, which revolved around working with technology in some capacity. Of course, Joakim also did his own part by taking whatever jobs were available, including working at a scrap yard. He was eventually able to enroll in school for engineering -- it wasn't a very prestigious school by any means, but a degree was a degree, an opportunity to climb a step or two higher on the social ladder. He did well in his studies and even entered into a serious relationship. His life seemed to be on the right track.

Then his parents were killed in an accident at the factory, and Joakim went on a downward spiral. He didn't believe the official story about the workers neglecting safety regulations for one second. He tried to persuade the Interpol to investigate the matter, but they were unmoved by his lack of concrete evidence of any shady ongoings -- and so he took matters into his own hands. What began as dogging the company representatives like an intrepid reporter soon escalated into hacking into their classified records and correspondence. Uncovering the truth about the accident became a full-blown obsession for Joakim. Unable to focus on his studies, let alone pay for them, he dropped out of school. His girlfriend wasn't too happy about it, and took off soon after.

Joakim remained resilient and eventually discovered that it was the company that had cut corners, creating an unsafe work environment which ultimately led to the accident. The higher-ups were covering their own asses by making the victims into scapegoats. Joakim leaked the information in hopes of drawing the feds' attention and bringing forth some kind of change. All that happened was that a handful of the victims' family members got up in arms, but didn't have the strength or resources to see it through and were soon silenced. The feds, on the other hand, were corrupt and didn't care to waste their time on something as minor as a handful of low-class citizens kicking the bucket while greasing the wheels of capitalism.

Joakim's family had sided with the Alliance during the war because they'd believed their influence would provide stability and a safety net for their citizens. Now he was faced with a bitter reality: their administration valued the reputation of the rich over the lives of the poor. As a last-ditch effort to do something to right the wrong, Jo stole money from the company's accounts and redistributed it to the victims' families. Then he got the hell out of Beaumonde before the feds put two and two together and came knocking on his door.

Joakim has been increasingly against the Alliance and their way of running things ever since. When the Miranda broadcast hit the waves, he had no trouble believing it to be true.

Skills and Strengths:  Knows technology inside and out; can hack his way around cortex security measures as well as modify gadgets to suit his own purposes
Theoretical understanding of how a ship's engine works, some limited experience poking around one from his scrapyard days
Basic first aid skills (he figured they might come in handy, hasn't had much practice in the field)
Patient and resilient when learning new skills
Weaknesses:  No combat experience, not with weapons nor with fists
Not a pilot
No medical knowledge beyond the aforementioned basic first aid skills
Mild social anxiety and agoraphobia; he starts getting paranoid if he has to spend prolonged periods of time in a public place
Prone to (metaphoric) tunnel vision

« Last Edit: August 27, 2018, 06:37:50 AM by Scout »


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