T A Y L O R B L A C K M A R I E S H E P A R D ◄ 32 ▎FEMALE ▎ 5'7" ►
P R O F I L E
Marie is a stern and dead-set woman. She projects an atmosphere of utmost professionalism when on either of her jobs, and expects the same of others she works with. She is a new detective recruited by NSPD after her name appeared in the history of a recently deceased police officer, who she allegedly had history with. Marie doesn't disclose the details of this with anyone, but her skills are easily recognizable. As an independent private investigator, Marie has a reputation for being very capable, discreet, and resourceful. Marie keeps her personal life close to the chest, and no one can say for certain why she dodges the census, but she's clearly on board with the rest of NSPD, assuming the affiliation with officer Pilgrim counts for anything.
D A Y S - G O N E
The earliest turning point of Marie's life began with a gunshot. Ever since that day, she had officer Nathan Pilgrim to thank for helping her leave a terrible home behind. On her 18th birthday, she took whatever she could from home and left. Pilgrim helped her make sure she would be safe, and gave her his number in case she needed help. He was like a father to Marie, and when she considered detective work, he encouraged her fully. After spending a few years to build up a stable homelife, Marie eventually opened an office in New Seattle as a private investigator at the age of 23. Work was slow at first, but she steadily earned a reputation as a professional among law firms and some other private individuals. Everything was fine for roughly two years, until Marie vanished one day.
No one was entirely sure where she went. It was as if she simply stopped existing, not even Nathan Pilgrim could track her down, but she was an adult capable of looking after herself. She had a bad past, and maybe she just needed to make peace with that somehow now that she had stability. That was what Nathan thought, and he was somewhat correct. After she eventually returned at the age of 26, she did her best to avoid Old Man Pilgrim. She had done things that would have disappointed him, things that would ruin the life and career she had carved out for herself. But, she had peace. That was enough.
For the next six years, life was back to normal for her. She had cases to work, and even met a woman she turned out to be very happy with. Nathan had retired, but now lies dead at the hands of the Morse Code Killer. Marie attended his funeral, estranged as she was. It was during the end of his funeral where NSPD detectives approached her. They knew that Marie was an old friend of his, and that she had a professional career as an investigator. The case of this serial killer was personal to her, and that was enough of a reason for her to be recruited and handed a badge. The rest is history, and Marie wants it to stay that way.
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M E M O R I E S
Officer Nathan Pilgrim - A retired police officer, and one of the Morse Code Killer's most recent victims. After his death, investigators turned up evidence of someone named Marie Shepard having history with him. Marie had already heard of his death, and was planning to investigate herself. NSPD brought her onboard as an "official" detective in light of this. Marie never told them, but she owed Nathan Pilgrim her life. That man was very, very important to her and where she came from.
Natalie Wilkins - Marie's significant other. She tends to stay out of criminal investigations, but works as an anonymous journalist in the city. Sometimes they trade notes.
Carl Black - She has never heard that name before.
Anyone who knows Sloane knows she is headstrong. Despite initial appearances, Sloane is intelligent and determined, making it through FBI training and finding a prestigious placement among their profilers. Due to this, Sloane is able to read others easily, able to assess what another person is most likely thinking or feeling. This often leads Sloane to "diagnose" people and put them into boxes in her mind. Sloane can be sociable when she desires, using her skills in profiling to know what to say and how to say it. Despite this sociable nature, Sloane does not wear her heart on her sleeve and it would take real effort to get her to open up about herself or her past. As far as she is concerned, it is the here and now that matters the most.
D A Y S - G O N E
Sloane grew up in a broken home. Her father worked two jobs and hated both and her mother drank whenever she found a bottle. Her parents hated each other and argued nonstop, leading Sloane to get creative whenever the neighbors or teachers at school asked about it. What Sloane didn't expect was her father, the final straw breaking, to take a gun and shoot her mother. With the intention of killing her next, Sloane managed to escape. The authorities found her father and shot him as he charged after them. Sloane was taken in and put through the foster care system.
As with many children in the foster care system, it was luck if you managed to find a home that genuinely cared about you. Such was not the case with Sloane, who moved from home to home and met with mixed results. One family kept her in the basement with only a bed and end table. One had older sons who looked at her funny when she started developing. Other stories were too dark to tell. Despite this, Sloane found solace in school, hitting the books hard. She learned all she could, taking a special interest in psychology and the human mind.
Sloane eventually aged out and quickly applied to college, where she earned her degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She then applied to join the FBI, feeling the best fit for her. She trained hard and blew through Quantico, graduating and being placed in the profiling unit. There, she found a home.
But like most things in her life, that blew up too. The federal government was in shambles and she did not have a place anymore. When she heard word from the NSPD about a task force aimed at finding serial killers, especially the Morse Code Killer, she put in her desire to join the team. It was a way of getting her life back.
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Federal Bereau of Investigation
M E M O R I E S
Agent Ryan Grabowski: Essentially Sloane's partner it the FBI. The two of them worked on cases together. They had a friendship that could not be defined. Ryan is one of very few people Sloane trusts, but despite this, he does not know much about her past. He has a wife and three kids, all of whom Sloane met.
Lorelai McCarthy: The head of the FBI profiling unit. A bone-breaker who doesn't take shit from anybody. Despite not being in the field like the agents underneath her, she is a force to be reckoned with on the shooting range. She has a doctorate in forensic psychology and has been married four times.
Oliver Hart: Sloane's biological brother that she does not know exists. Older than her, he was put up for adoption before she was born and her parents never mentioned it. In an ironic twist of fate, he currently lives in New Seattle.
To the people that know Vergil know that he can be a reliable person that often times goes by the book. Hates loopholes and is an organized person. Especially when it comes to paperwork and knows how to follow a paper trail. While he does love his family, talking about them tends to be a sore spot for him. Hates alcoholics since it was one that caused the car accident that killed his father. Only sometimes does he drink, and even then is still careful not to get drunk. Despite years of being an accountant working for the IRS. Vergil is surprisingly well in his time with the NSPD. Able to notice details others would miss and knows how to follow a paper trail. Also has more street smarts than someone that used to be an accountant would have. Still, he is one about the rules and rarely breaks the rules. Either federal or personal, and has a certain hate for gangs. Though he never really says why and it was personal. Which talking about his family is something that he mainly shares with close friends and does not like talking about. When he does, it is mainly about his mother or father. Still, he tries his best to navigate what the world has become and make it out with his morals intact.
D A Y S - G O N E
Vergil had a set of extremes growing up. He had a good family atmosphere even though they were poor and lived in a bad neighborhood. For a time, it was good but tough, and the family avoided trouble. Then his father was killed in a car accident, and to survive. Vergil's mother had to on two jobs and was rarely home. So Vergil and his younger brother Trevor were forced to care for themselves and look out for each other.
While Vergil tried to look out for Trevor and keep him out of trouble. He ultimately failed in that regard, and Trevor ended up joining a gang. Which caused tensions to rise in the family, and Trevor started to give some of the money he got from the gang to support the family as an afterthought. Vergil tried his best to get Trevor out of the gang and would only drive him away. More so when Trevor became jealous of Vergil since he was their mother's favorite because she thought that Vergil had a future because of his keen mind and Trevor would just become another criminal. This caused a major split in the family, and one day, Trevor stopped coming home.
Losing Trevor was hard on Vergil and his mother, but they pushed on, and Vergil eventually, by a scholarship, went to college. Vergil decided on a safe and quiet profession and with his skill with math and organizing. He went on to become an accountant after getting his degree. Would be hired by the IRS, and it would be sometime later that he found out that his brother was arrested and put into prison.
For years Vergil spent like this in a boring but safe job and started to have second thoughts about his choice in life but tried not to think about it. Then the fall changed all of that. Suddenly he was out of the job and after living a life as an accountant. He did not know where to turn and once he heard that the NSPD was recruiting people and ended up joining to give his life some meaning. There he worked as a cop for some years before the NSPD started to set up a group to hunt down the 𝙼𝚘𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚍𝚎 𝙺𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚛. He jumped at the chance to do more good work and applied to join the group and take down the killer, and end their reign of terror.
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Internal Revenue Service
M E M O R I E S
Connor Mayers - A IRS investigator that Vergil work with a couple of times and became friends with. Currently working as a private investigator. They still keep in touch.
Trevor Thompson - Vergil's estranged younger brother, who Vergil has learned has been released from prison and as of yet. Neither of them has made an attempt to contact each other.
Kathleen Hunt - Vergil's first partner when he joined the NSPD and was the one that taught him how to be a cop and helped him a bunch when he was starting out.
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Px4 Subcompact(9mm) Notebook with Pens Cellphone Flashlight Pocket Knife Watch
Ask anybody in the NSPD to name the perfect cop and, 15 years prior, the name Hank Doyle would have been a strong candidate for that title. Nowadays, they only say his name as a cautionary tale of what this job can do to a man, and they would be right of course. Once the ace of the NSPD, Hank now spends his free time in the cheapest bar he can find, and the only reason that he still maintains his job, aside from the crucial need for willing officers in this world, is the fact that, under all the alcohol and resentfulness, lies one of the brightest minds the police has ever seen, capable of finding connections in the most minuscule of details, and a man who, in his 25 years of tenure, has seen the worst that humanity has to offer and decided a bottle of Whisky is all that he needs to face it.
D A Y S - G O N E
Coming from a middle-class home and son of two hardworking parents, Hank Doyle's childhood dream was always to be a police officer. Fighting crime and helping make the world a better place for the people was his calling. He studied hard, ate his vegetables, and exercised every day to make this happen. In high school, he met his sweetheart and at 21 years got accepted into the New Seattle police academy, where he graduated at the top of his class. One year later, he married his girlfriend, Sally, in a beautiful ceremony
Things were looking good for good ol Hank. It wasn't a perfect life by any means: the rather average salary made things difficult sometimes, and more often than not he had to finish some paperwork at his home, but then again, nobody had a perfect life, and Hank liked his. His marriage was good, he felt he was doing good by the city, and a promotion was, if the rumours were to be believed, soon at hand. In fact, officer Doyle's meteoric rise through the ranks of the NSPD is still talked about to this day.
And so, 10 years rapidly passed by, and Hank learned that, sometimes, there's no big event or tragedy that marks a new stage in life, but instead, it just slowly grinds away at you. Now a lieutenant, his workload had become a strain on his relationship, and the fact that his keen mind and sharp intuitions made him indispensable in homicides cases had backfired, as the constant need to face the crime scenes of some truly vile murders slowly sapped away at his mind and will, because no matter how many he cases he solved, there's always was more lunatics out there snuffing innocent lives. His way of coping became alcohol, and in no time at all transformed into a crutch he heavily relied upon.
It was a miracle his marriage lasted another 5 years, but one big fight and a punch in the wall in anger was enough to put the last nail in the coffin. The next month Hank Doyle was a divorced man, and his vice started to get in the way of his job. He still managed to apprehend criminals and close cases, but his constant insubordination and mood swings damaged his already dwindling reputation, and the fact that he was, in his youth, the golden boy of the NSPD was, besides the fact that in a city like New Seattle any officer counted, the only reason he only got demoted instead of fired.
Now with twenty-five years of service under his belt, and with cigarettes added to his alcoholism, Hank Doyle thought that his life had settled into a nice routine of working late, getting drunk, and sleeping on the couch, only to repeat it again, but the Chief of the NSPD had other plans to him. A new serial killer was on the loose, and this was spreading chaos and discord throughout the city. Doyle was, to the chief's despair, one of the only individuals he could trust with this case. Perhaps it was the still burning cinder of his pride, or the fact that he owed much to the Chief, but whatever the reason, Hank accepted becoming part of this so-called group tasked with finding the Morse Code Killer, perhaps even and old bastard like him could help the city.
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No Prior Service
M E M O R I E S
Chief MacCready: The Chief of the NSPD, and one of Hank's earliest mentors. Sally Peterson: Hank's ex-wife. They still maintain communication, but she moved on and settled with another man.
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A Glock 9mm A small notebook and some pens A flashlight A flask of low-quality Whisky A swiss army knife And old cellphone.
P R O F I L E Alan Williams is a corrupt and cunning individual, known for his manipulative tactics and questionable methods. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, and is often quick to anger if mocked. He has cultivated connections with characters who are willing to repay him for favours done in the past, because he lauds sensitive information over them, or simply for money. Despite his questionable morals, Alan has a reputation as a skilled detective for being able to solve cases that have stumped others, those who know him for any amount of time know that it's not skill that gets him to close a case. In his personal life, he is distant and cold towards his wife, and their marriage has suffered as they have grown apart over the years.
D A Y S - G O N E Detective Alan Williams had always been a slippery character, even from a young age. Growing up in the rough streets of Seattle, he learned quickly how to talk his way out of trouble and into the good graces of those in power. As he got older, he began to use his charm and wit to manipulate those around him, often engaging in schemes that were less than legal- once embezzling money from his former employer, a small business owner who trusted Alan to handle the finances.
Despite his questionable morals, Alan managed to work his way into the police force in his early 20s. However, he quickly realized that he couldn't rely on his charm alone to get ahead in the department. Instead, he turned to underhanded tactics such as blackmail, bribery, and even faking evidence to further his career. He also cultivated connections with shady individuals who were willing to do his bidding for the right price.
As the years went on, Alan's personality became colder and harder. He became resistant to change and didn't care about being inconspicuous with his coworkers over his less-than-legal actions. Despite his questionable methods, Alan was able to close cases that had stumped others, earning him a reputation as a skilled detective. However, those who worked with Alan knew the truth. They knew that he was not a skilled detective but a manipulative and corrupt individual, a weasel who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. Despite this, Alan was able to keep his actions hidden for many years from prying eyes and higher-ups in power, using his connections and influence to cover his tracks.
In his private life, Alan's marriage began to suffer, it never was a strong marriage to begin with. Now he and his wife became distant and rarely interacted, instead went about their own separate lives. They had grown apart over the years, with little in common left to keep them together. Despite this, they remained married, possibly out of a sense of obligation or the fear of being alone.
Now at the age of 71, Alan is still working as a detective in the Seattle police department, much to the chagrin of his fellow officers; not looking to retire from the castle he built himself and lose its rewards just yet. Though his colleagues show contempt for him, they also know that they must keep a close eye on the old snake, not knowing what underhanded tactics he might use next. In his personal life, Alan's marriage has become nothing more than a formality, with the couple living separate lives under the same roof. It seems that they have given up on trying to fix their relationship, and have instead resigned themselves to a life of unhappiness.
With the rise of the Morse Code Killer emerging in the city, with his apparent stellar arrest record on file, Alan was asked by his seniors if he could like to be put on the team tasked with hunting him down. He accepted. Rather than being motivated by a desire to bring the killer to justice, Alan is more focused on the potential fame and glory that catching the killer would bring. With little chance of being further promoted, in fact, he'd be more likely requested to retire soon enough. Alan sees this as an opportunity to further his own reputation and career outside the normal channels that have little wish for him to do so. For Alan, it doesn't matter how this ends, only that it's closed for good- even if it means resorting to his usual questionable methods to get the job done.
2045 - CENSUS (Sort Of?) Known Fellon
M E M O R I E S
Captain Sarah Johnson - Captain Johnson is Alan's direct superior and has worked with him for many years, in the dark about his criminal activities.
Detective Rachel Jones - Detective Jones was a member of Alan's former team and has seen firsthand the questionable methods he uses to close cases.
Officer Tyler Williams - Officer Williams has worked with Alan on various cases and believes him to be a skilled detective, unaware of his corruption and manipulation.
Charlotte Williams - Charlotte is Alan's wife and has been with him for many years, though their marriage has suffered due to Alan's distant and cold demeanour.
Max Williams - Max is Alan's son and has always struggled with his father, who's apathy towards their family put much in the way of them creating a bond. Despite this, he maintains a strained relationship with Alan, unaware of his corruption.
Attorney Michael Roberts - Attorney Roberts has worked with and against Alan on several cases and has likely heard many things about him from those she defends. Whatever he's heard or believes, he remains civil but never anything more than that.
Frank Marino - Frank is a small-time mobster and a contact of Alan's who is willing to pull off hits or pass along any info he might know, as long as Alan does the same in return.
Maria Rodriguez - Maria is a skilled forger, often the one to provide Alan with fake documents he needs to close a case.
Steve Barrington - Once a street kid always a street kid. Steve is a notorious thief and one of Alan's newest criminal contact for hire after covering up a past crime scene in good faith, Alan is looking to return the favour somehow.
Dr. Rachel Kim - Dr. Kim is a forensic specialist who has dug her own hole, after giving into Alan's corruption and being paid to fabricate evidence for him, while still relatively green at this she's continued to work alongside him- as long as her crimes aren't at risk of being exposed.
P E T E R W E N D E L L 'W E N D Y' H O L L I O D A Y ◄ 30 ▎ MALE ▎ 5'6" ►
P R O F I L E
Most would describe Wendy as 'off'. His eyes rarely linger anywhere, shifting to anything and anything within eye sight. He puts on a professional guise but most can see through the smoke a mirrors and tell that's not how he would naturally act. His more natural mannerisms are a mystery to most given, despite his seemingly friendly demeanour, he is quick to trust but slow to bond with. He rarely breaks 'character' and is always seems to be high-strung but affable.
D A Y S - G O N E
A good chunky of Wendy's life was spent in isolation. He wasn't the most sociable kid growing up but wasn't bullied for it either; his peers left him alone for the most part. Wendy would try to put himself out there more as he moved onto high school and eventually college but he wasn't able to find any close friends or social hobbies that he could stick with. His long standing isolation would come to an end when he was handed out a leaflet while on campus one day; an ad for a pastor giving a sermon on campus later that week.
Wendy had tried religion before but, like most things he tried, he would give up on it after attending the church a couple times. This time was different though; the pastor's words were speaking to Wendy and whether it was some religious awakening or the speaker's natural social magnetism, Wendy found himself hooked. Finally finding a community he felt comfortable with, Wendy threw himself into the organization by volunteering for events, studying scripture and bonding with his new brothers and sisters.
Things were going well for Wendy until his new community started getting some scrutiny from outsiders. In response, the faith's leader held a fund-raising event with members to buy a plot of land for the group. Needless to say the zealots raised the money and the group moved off the grid, Wendy included. Over the coming months the group would become more and more self-sufficent as well as more isolated. Wendy learned many a new skills while tolling away on the property and further cemented his identity as a member of the group.
Nothing good lasts forever though.
Wendy was sent on a rare trip to the outside world for supplies, only to return to an empty lot. Seemingly the whole community had vanished; cars were still around, tasks left half completed and the occasional set of footprints ending where more should continue. He stayed in the building for some time, waiting and hoping for the others return that would never come. In the coming months Wendy would move on, getting a job and spending every ounce of his free time looking into finding his missing brothers and sisters. He would eventually be approached by NSPD about the supposed 'cult' that he was a part of; at the time he didn't see it that way but the longer he was cut off, the more he realized what he had been mixed up in. Wendy couldn't provide much more info on the group that the police didn't already know but this encounter planted the seed in Wendy's head on joining law enforcement. While at most times he may not have a chance of joining their ranks, with the advent of the Morse Code Killer a person of Wendy's veiwpoint may be of some help.
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M E M O R I E S
Charlie "Brother Grim" Rami - A former member of the unnamed cult, Brother Grim is recluse and was a high ranking member of the community before leaving for seemingly no reason. He rarely likes to talk about himself but will go on about the cult's ideology and other beliefs from a more academic standpoint.
Susan "Sister Suzy" Wren - Not really a member of the cult, Suzy was a person of 'questionable morals' who sold harder to get items to the community. Suzy and Wendy didn't speak much prior to the others' disappearances but the two struck up a friendship after the two met up in the abandoned plot of land.
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- Book Bag - Old Cellphone - 9mm Beretta - A binder filled with notes taken down of given from Brother Grim on known cults, beliefs and some more supernatural 'facts'.