- 1 Vitals
- 2 Background
Name: Paul Paschal
Stats  Ads  Disads [-50] Quirks [-1] Skills  = Total 
ST 14  DX 15  IQ 15  HT 14 
HP 14 Will 20 (Will includes +5 from 'Extra Will') Per 18 (Perception includes +3 from 'Extra Perception') FP 14
Basic Lift 39 Damage 1d/2d
Basic Speed 7.25 Basic Move 7
Ground Move 7 Water Move 1
TL: 9 
Combat Reflexes  Extra Perception (3) (Affects displayed Per score)  Extra Will (5) (Affects displayed Will score)  Gadgeteer (Quick)  High Pain Threshold  Patron (Company)  Very Fit  Zeroed 
English (Native)  German (Accented)  Japanese (Accented)  Morse Code (None/Native)  Sign (Native/None) 
Subvocal Communicator Implant 
Duty (Company) (15 or less (almost always)) (Extremely Hazardous) [-20] Secret (The Conspiracy) (Possible Death) [-30]
Academy Basic Training
Combat! (Basic Training) DX/WC - ATT+1  Intel! (Basic Training) IQ/WC - ATT+0  Science! (Basic Training) IQ/WC - ATT+0  Security! (Basic Training) IQ/WC - ATT+0  Tech! (Basic Training) IQ/WC - ATT+1 16 
Tech! II (Advanced Training) IQ/WC - ATT+1 
- Engineer/TL9 (Bombs) IQ/H - IQ+1 16  - Engineer/TL9 (Robotics) IQ/H - IQ+1 16  - Engineer/TL9 (Traps) IQ/H - IQ+1 16  - Mechanic/TL9 (Helicopter) IQ/A - IQ+1 16  - Mechanic/TL9 (Robotics) IQ/A - IQ+1 16  - Mechanic/TL9 (Automobile) IQ/A - IQ+1 16 
Computer Hacking/TL9 IQ/VH - IQ+6 21  Computer Programming/TL9 IQ/H - IQ+8 23  Driving/TL9 (Automobile) DX/A - DX+2 16  Driving/TL9 (Motorcycle) DX/A - DX+2 16  Driving/TL9 (Tracked) DX/A - DX+2 16  Electronics Operation/TL9 (Sensors) IQ/A - IQ+2 17  Engineer/TL9 (Electrical) IQ/H - IQ-2 14  Games (Chess) IQ/E - IQ+5 21  Guns/TL9 (Pistol) DX/E - DX+4 19  Guns/TL9 (Rifle) DX/E - DX+4 19  Public Speaking (Debate) IQ/E - IQ+2 18  Scrounging Per/E - Per+3 22  Swimming HT/E - HT+4 18  Tactics IQ/H - IQ+1 17  Writing IQ/A - IQ+2 18 
Video Interview, Company File #RA-JX04115
Subject Name: Paul Paschal
Subject enters interview room, which has a large steel table, a microphone, and a computer terminal via the interview questions are sent to.
Interviewer: Subject, please say your name and professional title into the microphone.
Subject: Uh, yeah, my name is Paul Paschal, I am an Information Systems Security Specialist.
Interviewer: Mister Paschal, please elaborate on your work experience as well as your skill set.
Subject, at this point, appears to be somewhat nervous. Subject is wearing a pinstripe tie and a white short-sleeved dress shirt, and black slacks. On the breast pocket of his shirt a badge is labeled "DARKLIGHT SECURITY SYSTEMS, LLC." Systems read that subject is clean of weaponry or other gadgets.
Paul: Right! Uh, yes. (clears throat) I am a contractor for Darklight Security Systems. I'm the guy companies call in when they are concerned about outside intrusion via the internet, in addition to drafting security procedures for that company. I probe their security framework, adjust it using a proprietary security suite I have developed in-house, and provide documentation and instruction to the company's IT staff.
Interviewer: In short, you are a white hat hacker.
Paul: Uh... (subject looks around, before readjusting the microphone) Yes. That is a slang term used to describe my profession.
Interviewer: Records indicate you are certified Ethical Hacker.
Paul: Yes; it wasn't an easy test to work through, but I'm glad I have the license. I carry it around with me wherever I go.
Interviewer: Please tell us about your work with CERN.
Paul: I'm sorry, I'm under a NDA which states that I cannot divulge any specific information about the companies I have worked with.
A moment passes, and a cellular phone is delivered into the room, which immediately begins ringing. Subject's superior at Darklight Security Systems informs him of the situation.
Paul: Oh, I see. Yes, yes. Alright. We still on for dinner? Yeah, right. Cool. Later.
Interviewer: Please tell us about your work with CERN.
Paul: Right, well, I was the outside contractor responsibile for network security at the Large Hadron Collider. I was working together with a team of several other outside contractors on an extended contract for the ATLAS experiment.
Interviewer: When you were working with CERN, did you observe anything that was out of the ordinary?
Paul: I'm not sure how you mean, but I was present for a large portion of the ATLAS supercollider testing.
Interviewer: Please tell us more about your experiences during the testing period.
Paul: Uh, yes. (clears throat) There was a lot of commotion going on in the early testing period, because there were a lot of adjustments to be made to the detectors. Not really my kind of thing, but the physicists never left except to attend meetings for quite some time. I remember at one point they were testing the LHC at successively higher energy outputs.
Interviewer: Records here show that the contract was annulled during this period.
Paul: Ah, right. We never quite figured that one out. We came in, and we were about to finish our end of the network security infrastructure - several layers of firewalls, software and hardware protection, like a large onion. It is, basically, impossible to break through the protection mechanism we have devised unless you are on-site and you have one of the engineers helping you out.
Paul: Anyway, we were told that due to the increased testing load, we had completed our jobs and for our safety, our contracts were considered fulfilled and we were to be returned to our respective offices. DSS - that's my company - has a policy to remotely monitor our portion of the security system in order to ensure that it is working well.
(There is a pause while the subject gets some water.)
Paul: Uh, I can't really articulate it very well, but, in simple terms, the system had stopped working. That is, it was rejecting access credentials that had been specified at the onset of the contract. We assume that it must have been due to the inside technicians working there, but we don't have any proof.
Interviewer: We understand you resorted to more forceful intrusion measures.
Paul: Oh, well, uh...Yeah. Off the record, I did manage to get access back into the ATLAS experiment network. I left a spare key, I guess you can say. It's kind of a pain to do properly, but, uh -- yeah. Anyway.
Interviewer: Tell us about what you discovered when you broke back into the ATLAS experiment network.
Paul: Well, I assume you guys already know, since you are asking me about that and it wasn't something I had brought up...There were a lot of things that were different inside of the ATLAS network.
Interviewer: Can you describe some of the things you saw inside of the ATLAS experiment network?
Paul: Well, I mean, it was normal stuff - there were log files where the computers recorded the data from the earlier tests. However, all log files and network security services stopped the day we had left the LHC.
Interviewer: Please explain in more detail about that.
Paul: We have a script that runs that in the event of catastrophic failure the system will write to a shadow partition the records of what it believes is going on. It is sort of an adaptive artificial intelligence, I guess you can say - kind of like an Early Warning System that you use when you're detecting tsunamis and hurricanes and such. Anyway, I went to go and access that partition and check just what happened, since it would provide the clearest picture as to why everything suddenly stopped the day I - we - left.
Paul: The system was very different than what we had originally designed it to be. Like, everything that we had done was basically a shell surrounding some kind of protection schema that I had never seen before. In my personal opinion, I think it is beyond the level of technology we had access to while we were at the LHC. The algorithm had written a massive amount of messages to the system basically as soon as we had turned in our badges and had our security licenses revoked - like, it was trying to tell us that something really bad was happening. It kept repeating the same error codes for several thousand lines, before the file ended with an error code I had never seen before.
Interviewer: What were these error codes in question?
Paul: Right, well - the first error code was kind of a joke error code that we left in, because me and the other network guys liked playing a game called DEFCON in our off-time. The error code is 88-666 - 88 being the ultimate number of bad luck in the Chinese numerical system, and 666 being the Mark of the Beast from Christian scripture. Kind of a small in-joke - it wasn't supposed to be used. It stood for "We are preparing to go to war." I'm not entirely sure why it would repeat that for several thousand lines.
Interviewer: And the second error code?
Paul: Yeah. It was, uh, not really an error code, just a message. It was a quote from J. Robert Oppenheimer, uh...You know, it was the really famous one. "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Kind of ominous sounding, for what was effectively the last breath of our security system.
Interviewer: Were you able to locate any other information past this?
Paul: Unfortunately, no. I had managed to copy it by hand to another computer not connected to the 'net before my state of the art system suddenly stopped working. I think it might have been a security protocol from whatever that new system was - it was in a language I didn't understand. I managed to kind of write out some of the things I saw when before my computer went offline, and I took it to a linguistics expert. He said that the scripture was very similar to Aramaic, which I guess is one of those dead languages that only ivory tower types know of and use.
Interviewer: Thank you, Mr. Paschal. Please expect contact from us in the next few days.
Paul: What, that was it? What a gyp--
The video log ends here.
PERSONNEL FILE CA-208-755-MX-83 FINAL TRANSCRIPT CADET NAME: PASCHAL, PAUL
- Basic Science Pass
- Notes: Cadet tested out of basic physics.
- Parascience Pass
- Technology – Computers Exceptional
- Cadet is predictably able to handle computers with a high level of proficiency. Cadet tested out of a majority of the Computer courses, and volunteered to assist teachers in putting together lesson plans. Cadet also volunteered for tutoring.
- Technology – Vehicles Pass
- Technology – Weaponry Pass
- Cadet shows high natural talent in assembling, disassembling, and operating small arms.
- Cadet's statements, during an interview at the end of Year One: "Well, I mean, it all makes sense how everything is supposed to go together. There are no extra parts - so, when you look at it like that, guns are like puzzles."
- Cadet opted for extra instruction in Rifle and Pistol courses.
- Technology – Engineering & Mathematics Pass
- Cadet tested out of advanced mathematics.
- Philosophy and Logic Pass
- Cadet showed a high degree of understanding regarding Logic and Rhetoric. However, when presented with other, more abstract philosophies, subject did not perform as well, opting to listen rather than participate in discussions.
- Social Sciences Pass
- History Pass
- Languages Pass
- Literature & Arts Pass
- Stamina Acceptable
- Severe Exposure Acceptable
- Mental Strain Exceptional
- Cadet is able to handle mental stress extremely well when placed under adversity. Comparatively speaking, many of the cadet's classmates viewed him as a counselor. Does not get angry or irritable easily; profiling results suggest that the cadet is not easily shaken in a non-hostile situation.
- Instructor Note: "We'll see how he holds up when he reaches Year Four. The sturdier they are, the harder they come down when they are put to the wire."
- Mental Contests Exceptional
- Cadet demonstrated an unremarkable standing during the preliminary rounds of the chess tournament, then proceeded to summarily challenge and defeat seeded contestants until he made it to the top ten, where he was said to have resigned, citing a bad headache.
- Cadet's notes: "Chess is cool and all, but I would rather play something a little more engaging. I mean, it's a good game, but there are a lot of other games out there that are worth playing, too. You learn something from every new game you play."
- Preliminary ranking: 55 / 113
- Final tournament standing: 7 / 113
- Physical Contests Pass
- Notes: Cadet elected to specialize in swimming.
- Cadet was, generally speaking, unremarkable in the physical contests, performing at an average level of proficiency.
- Preliminary ranking: 79 / 155
- Final tournament standing: 51 / 148
- The Draft N/A
- Departments selected: Technology, Science, Intel
- Department selected by: Technology
- Cadet's comments: "Well, I mean, why else would I be here? Right? Guys?"
- Manhandling Pass
- Skullcracking Pass
- Stabbing and Shooting Pass
- Blowing Things Up Pass
- Overall Year Four Grade Pass
- Cadet's social skills seem to be well-developed and integrated into society fairly well under a variety of roles. Cadet represented a decided middle-ground of acting capabilities; does not particularly excel at taking cover roles, however is able to adapt and blend in effectively when placed with other people of identical social class as the cover identity. Recommendation that if Cadet were to take a public identity, it would have to be one that involved interacting with similar people a heavy amount. Cadet seemed most comfortable in positions which garnered middle or high income (respective to the community.
- Instructor's Note: Cadet seems to be somewhat altruistic, opting to 'take one for the team' if a situation presents itself that involves some measure of self-sacrifice (taking the blame for someone else to avoid cover being blown, etc.); Cadet seems to think of the entire process of interacting with the outside world as some kind of game. Whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing remains yet to be seen.
- General's Ball
- Cadet was assigned the role of double-agent helping renegades escape from the ball. Subject was ultimately exposed at the end of the Ball, where a PsiOp picked up on Cadet's habits and mannerisms. Cadet maintained a believable facade at all times except at the end, where he was shown to have laughed and claimed "You got me."
- Addendum: Cadet later pointed out certain renegades he had helped; however, he did not reveal all of them, even going so far as to frame other people as renegades. During the debriefing, Cadet explained that it was part of an agenda given to him by an instructor, though he would not say which instructor.
- The Six Day Maze Pass
- The Sacrifice Pass
- The Log Pass
- Hell’s Kitchen Pass