Shadowrun - MW
Smokey (Jason Burns)
Jason Burns was born on April 28th 2032 (25 years old in 2057) to Mother Nieve and Father Chuck at Lowell General Hospital. Chuck was of Caucasian descent and worked as a unionized bus driver. Nieve was of Hispanic descent and was a stay at home mother to Jason’s older brother Ambrose (Born November 23rd 2028, 29 years old in 2057).
In 2036 the United Canadian and American States was formed and initiated the national citizen’s registry (Jason age 4, Ambrose age 8). All bus union workers were given probationary citizenship. The bus union negotiated SINs for 90% of their workers, to be assigned by the union. Jason’s parents applied for SINs for Jason and Ambrose, these applications are put on hold pending the unions SIN roll-out plan.
In the early morning of February 9th 2037, (Jason age 3, Ambrose age 7) Chuck’s lost control of his bus when he was cut off by a sport car driving recklessly then hit a patch of black ice. There were no passengers on the bus. The driver of the sports car was never identified. Chuck suffered a concussion and nerve damage which put him on disability and union waiting list for a spinal implant that would allow him to work again. Nieve got a job at a local drive through coffee shop to supplement their income. The following year Chuck was informed that he was in the 10% not getting SINs, his other family member’s applications were rejected on the basis that Chuck and Nieve’s employment status made them undesirable.
In the years that followed, while California seceded, riots and terrorist acts against metahumans raged, new nations were sprang up, Dunkelzahn started “Wyrm Talk”, and cyberware was allowed in football, Chuck spent most of his time drinking at Keno bars talking about how everything will turn around when he finally gets his implant, and Nieve had to pick up extra shifts at the coffee shop to cover growing expenses and shrinking wages for employees without SINs. Ambrose became a ruffian, often including his little brother Jason.
The divide between probationary citizens and people with SINs grows. Public services for probationary citizens decreases. On January first 2047 (Jason 14, Ambrose 18) Chuck is kicked out of union and taken off the wait list for surgery. Ambrose and Jason are kicked out of public school. All students being removed from school are given the option to test out of their current year. For Ambrose this would mean high school diploma, but he doesn’t take the test. Instead he moves to Boston to find work. Jason takes the test, completing his meaningless 8th grade year. Later that year, at 15, Jason’s Magic talents awaken.
Jason falls in with the local SINless ruffians of Lowell; his “gang’s” activities are limited to petty crimes. Without training he unable to throw spells, but is often helped by spirits. He gets a local street reputation for being a lucky, sneaky thief.
Ambrose visits a few times a year. After three years, Jason catches on that Ambrose has also failed to find a job and joined a Boston gang. Jason looks up to his brother as a “real” ganger. Jason convinces Ambrose to come with him on a burglary to show him how real gangers work. The target is a closed pawn shop. After forcing their way in and setting off all the alarms, Jason and Ambrose get away clean because they are concealed by a city spirit. Ambrose, who is not highly regarded by his gang, sees having a magical younger brother as a way to get status, and convinces Jason (age 18) to come to Boston with him.
At first everything goes according to Ambrose’s plan. Jason and Ambrose are given more attention because Jason is magic. The gang almost immediately tries to seduce Jason away from his older brother, but Jason, shocked by the brutality of real gangers, and relies on his brother to cope. In his first year Jason only goes on jobs with Ambrose.
Jason’s Magic potential is noticed by Aseel, a Rooster shaman who runs a local watering hole, The Gaff, featuring cock fighting as entertainment. Aseel takes a liking to Jason and teaches him spell casting. Jason rapidly outpaces his brother in criminal aptitude, and as his confidence grows he doesn’t need his brother as much. Aseel puts Jason in touch with a fixer named Macbeth, and Jason starts doing Shadowruns on the side.
After a successful run Jason meets Rowena at a club. He is celebrating with some fellow runners in a place slightly more upscale than he is used to, and she is slumming it with some fellow Yale undergrads. Jason ends up spending a lot of his free time in New Haven, CT.
Jason becomes a competent caster but doesn’t manifest as Rooster. Aseel teaches Jason how to go on a spirit quest, hoping he will find The Way of the Rooster. In Jason’s spirit quest he meets Rooster. Rooster is jumped and eaten by Raccoon, who gives Jason a “look” before going back into the shadows. Jason doesn’t give the details to Aseel, other than his totem is Raccoon. Aseel is disappointed but not openly resentful. The two stay in touch but the relationship is formal. Jason continues to work with Macbeth and Raccoon in the Shadows.
Macbeth informs Jason that someone is doing legwork on him. The next run goes oddly wrong, everyone gets away clean, but no one gets what they want. His team starts pointing fingers. In 2056, at age 24, Jason changes his street name and moves to Seattle, a place his girlfriend told him about. The only person he keeps in contact with is Rowena.
Rooster Totem is not defined in Shadowrun. I just thought it would be cool to have a Rooster shaman that ran cock fights.
Here is my personality for Rooster: Rooster shamans are almost always men. A pecking order is very important to the Rooster. They challenge their betters when they can in order to move up the social order, and pick on their underlings to keep them in their place. They like being flashy in order to attract multiple lovers, who are a status symbol and sometimes treated as property. Rooster’s like to greet the sun, and will fight fiercely to protect and/or keep anyone who has submitted to their authority.