S A M U E L Z H E N G
29 | MALE | 6'1" | O-
Samuel Shirong ZhengPSEUDONYM:
Samuel has inherited traits from both his Chinese father and his American mother. His height comes from his mother's side, standing a few inches over any of the men on his father's side. His face, however, is almost an exact replica of his father's when he was Samuel's age. He has warm, olive skin and dark brown almost black hair, cut short and neat. He allows his facial hair to grow but only in a controlled way, keeping to his jawline and something of a budding goatee. His features are sharp and small. In terms of build, Samuel is slender, having never really done much strenuous exercise or gym work to build muscle but also keeping himself fit and healthy through his diet. When not at work, he favours comfort over style, often mismatching a baggy hoodie with comfy shorts when the weather allows and switching to jeans when the climate is less forgiving. Many would agree that Sam has essentially no fashion sense, instead just wearing whatever he wants rather than concerning himself with brands or appearances.OCCUPATION:
Before being recruited by Gage, Samuel was a veterinary surgeon with the Manhattan Veterinary Group in New York City. Due to working in a city Samuel primarily worked with domestic pets, although has been faced with a few odd cases before. His experience with various animals has equipped him to deal with a number of situations both in surgery lasting over 12 hours and emergency action of the utmost importance. He is knowledgeable, precise and cool under pressure, but he has never actually performed surgery on a human before.
Methodical | Emotional | Gregarious | Honest | Harsh | ComposedVIRTUE:
Samuel is a deeply caring and emotional person. He loves his family and forms strong attachments to people he likes, often too quickly. A desire to help others and make the world a better place for the people he cares about drives everything he does, and his work as a vet has given him the opportunity to help by saving cherished family pets. Now, he has a bigger opportunity. Samuel is affectionate and can often be overbearing thanks to his determination to be of assistance to others that can come across as needy or just plain annoying. He sees his caring nature as a gift rather than a curse; his compassion makes him understanding and pleasant, and although it can lead to him getting hurt or being manipulated, he believes the good he does outweighs any possible negatives.VICE:
Samuel was perfectly happy in his previous occupation and would have one day liked to save enough money to move out of New York and set up a clinic of his own somewhere in the countryside with his family. He still holds onto that dream, but since he was wrapped up in Gage's scheming it seems like a foolish fantasy. He is hoping one day he will be able to return to his normal life with his family, but hopes that through his own involvement when he does return to normality he will do so in a better world free from much of the evil and injustice that plagues it. Pyramid Microsystems is just step one.PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY:
Samuel does not see himself as any sort of hero, believing that it is his duty to help others. He is still confused and concerned by what he has found himself swept up in since his contact with Gage, unsure of his place in it all and if he should really be there, but is too far involved to back out now that he is partial to secret knowledge about the events that transpired in the Beacon. Attempting to make the best of his situation, Samuel is committed to doing right by the members of his team, lending support and help wherever possible. He is not motivated by anything more than his own curiosity surrounding the suspicious events and a desire to do good in a world where so much negativity and evil is rife. FEARS:►
Samuel is highly superstitious, stemming from his father's highly traditional Chinese family. Although not religious, he does believe in the soul and in luck, good and bad, although he is more sceptical on concepts like karma and fate. As a result of his upbringing Samuel clings to a plethora of trinkets that he believes bring him good luck and protect him from evil and misfortune.
Background Information ”If you're not making someone else's life better, you're wasting your time.”
Samuel was born in Allentown, a city in eastern Pennsylvania roughly halfway between Philadelphia and New York. Samuel’s father, Bojing Zheng, was a Chinese immigrant, having travelled to the USA as a boy with his mother, father and older brother in 1961. Samuel’s father grew up moving from town to town, taking any work he could to help settle his family in this new land. Eventually he met Samuel’s mother while working as a cleaner at a veterinary clinic, an established veterinary surgeon named Olivia, soon to be Olivia Zheng. The pair married in 1989 and on January 14th, 1990, Samuel Zheng was born and would be the pair’s only child.
Samuel’s upbringing was a very traditional one. From a young age his parents pushed him to excel, encouraging him to go above and beyond in his studies and using classic ploys like no tv until you’ve done your homework to keep young Samuel focussed on his studies. Having struggled his whole adult life to make ends meet and ultimately amounting to very little, Bojing wanted his only son to have a much more comfortable life than he did and to be a success. Inspired by his mother, who’s job had allowed them to settle down into a comfortable house, Samuel decided he would pursue a career in medicine, eventually deciding he wanted to be a vet like his mother.
At 15, Samuel and his family moved to New York after his mother was offered a high-paying consultancy job at a veterinary clinic in Manhattan. Samuel adapted well to the change of school and town, having had very few close friends in Allentown. In New York he fared much better, but the sudden input of a healthy social life caused Samuel’s focus to shift away from his studies. Samuel was much happier spending his time with friends; he joined a local soccer team to play at weekends, frequented gigs with school friends and became a regular at his local cinema. Samuel had his first love at 17 but it ended within the year after she cheated on him. He recovered quickly though, thanks to the supportive group of friends around him.
From the moment he had decided to become a vet, Samuel had his sights focused on attending the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His mother’s connections and money were sufficient to get him an interview, but Samuel’s grades dipped, and he missed the threshold for admission, forcing him to look elsewhere. Instead he attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in New England, moving away from home for an initial four year degree plus an additional one year extension to further his surgical training and become a fully qualified veterinary surgeon.
After graduating at the age of 23, Samuel returned to New York to live with his parents and began what would be a relatively successful career as a vet, initially taking up a role as a junior vet at the Symphony Veterinary Centre with his mother worked. After working there for a couple of years he saved enough money to rent an apartment across town and move out of his parents’ house, and just a year later got a job working as a veterinary surgeon with the Manhattan Veterinary Group.
Although it didn't seem the case at the time, the events of June 6th 2019 would drastically change the course of Samuel's life. At around half 3 Samuel was passing by the Beacon, travelling to the clinic ready for the late shift on emergency call. He had seen someone, a man or a woman he couldn't be sure, entering the building through a side door, and remarked to himself that it was bizarre they did not simply use the front doors. All of 15 minutes later, as he was arriving for work, the news broke that the Beacon was surrounded by almost every police officer and the city and a hostage situation was transpiring.
He thought back to the person he had seen, but they didn't look suspicious. There was no way that one person could gave caused all this chaos themselves and the odds that he had seen one of the terrorists who was holding businessmen had to be minimal. He tried his best to force it from his mind but his fixation on the situation, on the tv screens and the coverage, made it difficult. He even had the coverage on the radio during surgery, for days after the building was stormed. His fascination found him spending all his time tracking the case, and it was in a bar after finishing his shift on a Friday that Samuel encountered a bizarre man named Gage.
T H E M E D I CROLE DESCRIPTION:
Samuel is a trained medical professional and operates as such within Gage's team, using his knowledge and surgical skills for everything from friendly chats about why you have a headache to performing life-saving operations. Samuel has many traits that are reassuring for someone in his line of work; he is precise, methodical, logical, and thorough. However, there is one major issue with Samuel working as a medic in the group. He is a vet. Samuel has never worked in a medical setting with people before and it's safe to say that not everyone is so keen to fall under the knife when the guy holding it is used to saving puppies. It doesn't help that Samuel is far from reassuring due to his tendency to tell you in vivid detail just how bad your injury is. Nevertheless he is determined and diligent and won't stop doing what he is doing and trying to save others just because some don't think he can. Ultimately, he sees saving and helping people as his duty and it will take a lot more than a few people doubting him to stop him from doing it.POSSESSIONS: ►
Various lucky effects, such as mystic knots, lucky coins and symbolic keyrings like Baxia the turtle dragon. SKILLS:►
Samuel is calm and collected under pressure, used to performing life-or-death surgeries under high pressure circumstances. Over time he has become used to the feeling and is able to bury his feelings in the moment and operate without it making too noticeable a difference to his practice. This has translated to many areas of his life; Samuel hardly feels the heat anymore.►
As a trained and experience surgeon Samuel is precise and steady, often working with extremely little to no margin for error of any kind. In this line of work even a millimetre too far to the left could mean the difference between saving a life and ending it, and as such Samuel has developed incredible precision in his actions.FLAWS: ►
While not so bad a trait generally speaking, Samuel has a terrible habit of becoming personally attached to others far too easily. It makes things difficult as a failure, even if entirely unavoidable or against incredibly stacked odds, is often shouldered by Samuel as though he is personally responsible, and his deep emotional ties to those he could not save cause him a tremendous amount of pain.►
Sam will never sugarcoat it, even when he really, really should. Despite having only the best intentions and determination to save, he creates panic and worry by putting things as bluntly as he possibly can, and is blissfully unaware of his tendency to do so.►
Sam is not so stubborn in regards to being told what to do, but hates to be told he cannot do something. Even when the situation is hopeless or it is too far gone for him to do anything anymore, Sam clings to the hope that he can turn things around and will stubbornly continue working. The stubbornness stems from his attachment and his utter unwillingness to let go of those he cares about. ►
You're not even a real doctor!
Although as a vet Sam is technically qualified to perform surgery on both animals and humans, he has never actually done so or even worked in a medical setting with people. Everything he knows about human biology and surgery comes from classroom practical settings and textbooks, and his inexperience will no doubt leave many feeling somewhat sceptical of his ability.SECRET COUNT:
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