>> Warning <<
This page contains lots of spoilers about Chrys' background.
Do not proceed if you want to discover the truth for yourself in-character.
|So what the heck is Chrys?
Why is it that Chrys never seems to actually get really drunk? Why do certain things seem to go zooming over Chrys' head? Why the rather uptight and self-righteous attitudes about anyone bossing anyone else around? Well, quite simply, Chrys is "an artificial person," a synthetic. (I suspect a fair number of people have already figured this one out.) Unlike a Blade Runner replicant, Chrys is mostly synthetic - the skin is built up from a protein base, the skeleton is ceramic-composites, and the brain is pure silicon. As such, one might says that Chrys Has Issues. The primary one is that, legally, Chrys is property. This is an uncomfortable situation for a self-aware person who has escaped their owner. Beyond the larger existential questions, Chrys is trying to make some sort of contribution with those skills that were programmed into him/her by the construction team that built him/her. The problem is what those skills actually are...
|No, I mean what is Chrys? A girl, a guy,
Yes, the ambiguity in the profile and the pronoun trouble are intentional. Chrys (as far as he/she can remember) is a pleasure android, built for an owner with rather jaded tastes. Physically, Chrys can be either male or female, but after the escape, settled on a sort of halfway, androgynous look to blend in a bit better. If interacting with someone who has firm expectations about Chrys' gender, he/she will adapt to those expectations, due to prior programming. As far as Chrys' "medical training" goes, the programmers tried to build in as complete a knowledge of anatomy, circulation, pressure points, massage technique, and so forth as possible, for fairly obvious reasons. Chrys was one of five such androids, property of the head of a certain space station project; the sort of "work" they had to do is one reason Chrys is so uncomfortable with any overtly sexual situation now, especially ones with dom-sub overtones. As far as Chrys knows, the other four were all destroyed in a fairly violent escape attempt. Chrys, unable to override the non-violence against humans programming blocks, took a different escape route - seducing the officer investigating the incident.
|So what's up with these mysterious side-trips
and "business" outside the bar?
That is my way of not having a non-Star's-End plotline still be part of the background of the character. Chrys is scrounging and buying and stealing parts to build powered hardsuits; the hardsuits will be used to pacify rogue combat androids (who, of course, give other androids a bad name and impede progress towards getting android rights recognized...) The hardsuit plot is a result of the other side to Chrys...
|Chrys' "universe of origin" is that
of the Bubblegum Crisis anime series. (The rest of this explanation
might not make much sense if you're not familiar with the storylines and
situations, which is why it is sequestered off in its own section.)
Chrys is a 36-S model boomer. The 36-S takes advantage of the 33-S nanotech regeneration system, and takes it one step further, applying it to body-restructuring. The process is both very limited and very slow, but it does mean that Chrys is capable of emulating either sex, given a few hours lead time.
Chrys' first real memories are of waking up in a Genaros Station production lab, and being "assigned" to Kaufman, as part of the Sylvie-Meg-Anri-Lou group. But when the time came for The Big Escape, Chrys couldn't break the programming blocks required to fight his/her way out with the others. Instead, when Daley Wong was sent to investigate the Genaros smuggling case, Chrys turned on the charm (and a little red-eyed persuasion) and got the detective to do a little smuggling of his own...
|So what's Chrys up to? Well,
there are a few things that just aren't quite adding up. For one thing,
Chrys has discovered a bit more analytic capability onboard than might be
expected in a 33-S class android. The big clue came in a conversation
with a couple European K-12 pilots - Chrys discovered buried in memory the
ability to analyze mech designs, and he/she had a few ideas...
Chrys is in the process of trying to construct some highly-mobile hardsuits, a definite improvement on the K-12, but can't quite figure out where all the knowledge is coming from; it's just there, in the back of his/her head... Once the suits are built, then perhaps a team can be assembled, like those Mega-Tokyo mercs, but to put the brakes on rogue boomers (and hopefully recover and reprogram them), not to blow them up...
|Possible Plot Stuff (or, what Chrys
doesn't know...) So why does Chrys have hardsuit data stored
in his/her head? And why (although Chrys doesn't know it) is Chrys
almost a 50-50 meld of Sylia Stingray and Leon MacNichol, lookswise?
One possible explanation might be: Brian J. Mason, everyone's favorite corporate slimeball, always had at least three handy escape routes/backup plans. Kaufman's team, around the time of BGC #2, had noted Mason's interest in both "backup body" technology and in the ADP detective and the lingerie-shop owner. So they took it on themselves to make a prototype - Chrys. Mason secretly DLed his collected hardsuit data and plans into the "spare body," prepping it for eventual use, but then when he got control of the hyperboomer project, he didn't need the outdated 36-S. Kaufman appropriated the body for his own uses, having it programmed for other duties - and Mason's death seemed to assure that no-one would ever find out the truth. Thus, when Largo/Mason covertly engineered the events of BGC #5, one of his aims was to have the "Chrys" body killed in the escape.
This failed to happen because Chrys took an unexpected escape route - Daley. Chrys kept his/her head well down; that, plus Largo having slightly larger problems to deal with at the time, meant Chrys avoided termination. For now. But how would Chrys react, if he/she was to learn the true background story, the true purpose for which he/she was created? How would Largo/Mason react, knowing this "spare body" was still floating around loose?
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