The Adherent

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Currently

The Adherent

Known As

Addie Heller
Addie Jansen
Adelaide “Addie” DeWitt

on MUX as

The Adherent

Has Been

Concert Crew Chief
Tenochtitlan Refinery Chief
US Marshall

Apparent Age

40

Played By

PJ Harvey
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The Killers - The Man

I'm the man, come round
Nothing can break, nothing can break me down
I'm the man, come round and
Nothing can break, you can't break me down

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Every story has a dominant paradigm, and you follow it. The world is the world, the system is the system, and the rules are the rules. Without that structure nothing makes sense or has meaning.

That means, when things get scary, we follow the fucking plan that was already put in place for when things get scary. It means if we all do our jobs, we all get to go home.

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Every story has a dominant paradigm, and you follow it. The world is the world, the system is the system, and the rules are the rules. Without that structure nothing makes sense or has meaning.



In the Facility

Memento Mori

Isle of Dread

Follow the rules and we all live. That was Addie's plan. And that worked... For Addie, at least. She listened, she followed rules, and in the end, it was Addie Heller that "negotiated" with the US Army. It wasn't glamorous, but getting frog marched onto a beach, stripped and thoroughly inspected was better than getting nuked.

And so, after signing a very extensive non-disclosure agreement (with the consequences of breaching being life in prison), Addie was sent back out into the world, free to live her life.

It's probably time to retire.

Alien Mutation

No memento mori from this story yet.

Prosperity's Price

No memento mori from this story yet.


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Vinnie Smith (Isle of Dread)

Assistant Crew Chief
"Uh, some guy stopped by? He wanted something. I expressed to him the value of self-sufficiency."

Vinnie Smith is the worlds most unlikely assistant. Who would give a lazy, back-talking, work-hating woman this much power? Addie Heller would. Anyone who gets to know Heller and her operation will quickly find Vinnie's job is to run interference and keep people away. There's a process in place, there's a means to contact the Crew Chief. There's an issue tracker on the website and there's an e-mail to be use. There's even an app for the event! So, anyone that comes to find Heller without an appointment? They get Vinnie.

Probably Heller has a life insurance policy on Vinnie. Someone's going to choke her to death eventually.

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Cheryl Welch (Isle of Dread)

Sound Tech
"This is, like, the opportunity of a lifetime! Can you believe it? We are going to kick ass. Wait, what do you mean I'm not assistant crew chief? What do you mean Vanessa is? She didn't even finish art school, you know that, right?"

Cheryl is good at electronics. She's good at mixing. She's good at citing literature. She's not so good at shutting up, appreciating people, or accepting that she's not God's gift. She works for Addie Heller doing sound for the concert. She's a brown-noser and a whiner.

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Wayne Torres (Isle of Dread)

Roadie
"Just saying... I ain't afraid of going back to jail. You know. If you need someone to talk to him..."

Making it as a musician is hard. Addie Heller couldn't do it, not really. That's why she used everything she learned and turned it to a productive career. But for some people, that's also hard. For some people, being a full-time roadie is all there ever is. And that's all Wayne managed to do with his life. Now, he's moving boxes and lifting heavy equipment. What else is an ex-felon going to do?

Of course, the fact that his forehead tattoos make people decidedly uncomfortable and his lack of fear of consequences is entirely real helps Heller keep things in check.

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Vinnie Taylor (Alien Mutation)

Asst. Crew Chief
How to make a Vinnie:

One part reward for decades of good work.
One part investment in a very profitable facility.
One part odd sense of humor of the Synthetic's "owner".
One part quiet threat that high-salary workers could be replaced.

Vinnie Taylor was purchased by Penumbra Corp three years ago and assigned to work in the Refinery, as Addie Jansen's assistant. Why is she a gorgeous woman? Well, why not, says Addie. And why does she have such a strange personality? It just sort of happened. Vinnie herself will be happy to explain her personality, if anyone asks. But be ready for eye-rolling and several long, long groans. That's what humans do, right?

Anyways, Vinnie is a big investment, and just the same, it's a test to see if someone like Addie Jansen (and her high salary) could be replaced. Addie knows damn well she can't, so she's not too worried. But maybe the others at the Refinery should be? Retirement is too far off...

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Cheryl Stone (Alien Mutation)

Custodian
Tech wiz. Genius. Prodigy. These are some words that were used to describe Cheryl Stone. Were used. That was before something that can only be described as a mental breakdown. Maybe it was being so deep in space, so isolated. Maybe it was all the pressure she put on herself to perform. Maybe it was just one too many people telling her she was being too difficult. Whatever the case was, Cheryl snapped, and after breaking a few very expensive parts and spending a few nights in lock up, her life had changed completely.

Now, without anywhere to go, without any money, she's decided to keep working at the refinery. The crew chief took some pity on her and instead of bouncing her entirely simply demoted her... to custodian. She cleans, she sweeps, and every so often, Addie will let her take a look at a computer.

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Wayne Adams (Alien Mutation)

Refinery Laborer
After two run-ins with Penumbra Corp, Wayne Adams was short on options. Really, there were only the three. Run to somewhere Penumbra Corp has no influence (where?!), go to jail, to agree to a work program to repay the damages done to corporation property. Life without society wasn't appealing. Jail slightly less appealing. But working, well, so long as he was out of shackles, he could always take option 1, if work failed, right?

So here Wayne is, keeping his head down and staying out of trouble. Few more years and his debts would be considered paid and he'd be free once more. Until then? It's hard, sweaty work.

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Vinnie O'Shea (Prosperity's Price)

Deputy US Marshall
Vinnie O'shea was on a path. Young, pretty, freshly brought into a brothel. It all seemed like a great choice, until reality set in. No, no. Not the nature of the work. There was no abuse. Not like that. No, Vinnie learned that her life was soon not her own to command. She had to work, she had to be awake, she couldn't run off, she suddenly owed people things... What a nightmare.

US Marshall Addie DeWitt found her during a particularly gruesome scene. A fugitive had attempted to hide in the brothel, a gun fight followed, blood was everywhere. Vinnie herself almost died. And perhaps it was all the adrenaline in her system, but she opted to ask for help. To have a way out. So Addie gave her one.

And now Vinnie O'Shea is one of the most ill-suited Deputy Marshall's this side of the Mississippi. Simply put, the girl can't shoot. She isn't scary. She isn't strong. But what she can do is talk... and every so often, a pretty face talking beats a hundred ugly faces shooting.

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Addie Heller (Isle of Dread)

You come from a family of musicians, and while you can play a few instruments fairly well, being a technician (roadie) pays a lot more consistently than being a struggling musician does. You've toured with small-time punk and metal bands to big-time pop and rock acts, and you've seen most of the world at one point or another. When the Wellson siblings hired you, you took the job because they knew nothing about running a concert or festival, which meant you'd have full control to do things your way. The right way. They also offered a ton of money, which is nice.

Now you're on this utterly unsettled island with no infrastructure at all, trying to put together the Next Big Event, and it's a clusterfuck. You have what you need, but you're having to put everything together from scratch, and the opening day is looming large. Plus it's hot, everything is pre-fab structures or worse, and the local islanders on your crew are spooked about even being there to begin with. You'd quit right now, but it's too late. Your name is on the line, and your rep in the industry. Time to put your head down and lean in.

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Addie Jansen (Alien Mutation)

Fusion generators. Mining ore boilers. Gas refineries. You grew up with this stuff. Your family is full of engineers and technicians, and you followed in their footsteps. Unlike them, however, you like being out on the fringes of explored space, on the frontier. There's something peaceful and soothing about deep space. You feel so small and insignificant, one with the emptiness around you. No responsibilities, no duties, just you and the stars.

At work, though, you do things by the book. The book exists for a reason - lots of fuckups occurred to make those rules, each rule representing some poor bastard blowing themself half to hell. You run a safe, secure refinery. It's a well-oiled machine and you're the big cog.

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Adelaide “Addie” DeWitt (Prosperity's Price)

Eldest child and only daughter of Edmund Dewitt, Addie was raised in her father's image, much as she could be. She's the rule-follower and rule-enforcer, with a mind for justice and doing what's right. She's pursued that life to one of the logical conclusions: Law enforcement. She's a US Marshall, serving the court system in a way that's a little bit more suited to her personality (always did like to shoot, didn't care terribly for sitting and reading).


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