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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by Wakshaani on <04-03-24/0219:47> »
Is there a singular source that explains more about why we care about Roxborough?  I played back in 1e then picked up the game again a while into 5e, so I missed out on whatever documented him as being notable originally.  (I've read about his weird survival and existence, and that he was a notable shareholder in Aztechnology and Universal Omnitech.  But it sounds like that he is 'on the loose' again is a big deal, and I'd like to read up on why he is considered to be of such note).

Arguably he greatest hacker in the world, Roxy used to be a high-end corporate raider who got into a tussle with an asset of Dunklezahn back in the day over buying something, got furious when he wasn't able to acquire it, and lashed out in revenge. Depending on who you believe, he unleashed the Crash Virus itself, which brought the world to its knees. (It very quickly went way, WAY out of his control, but no one alive knows that he is connected to it and can back that claim up.) ... that virus, of course, killed Alice Heffner, and the eGhost, Alice, is based off of her brain. (If it was her actual ghost, haunting teh Matrix, a shard of teh Crash virus that became sentient and based itself off of her, or something else entirely has neer been revealed.) ... unfortunately for Roxy, he also developed a unique, and rathe rhorrible, genetic condition which resulted first in him being bed riden, then worse, before finally being moved into a giant vat where his body just ... unravelled. His mind managed to survive, even as his body turned into a bunch of fillament and jelly, and he manage dto get a datajack implanted into his, let's say mass? which gave him access to teh Matrix as it was created. He's been on teh Matrix for 24 hours a day (even when asleep, he's jacked in) since Day 0 of the Matrix existing, and due to this, and the money he's pumped into his tech, he's arguably the greatest Decker in teh world.

He's also ruthless and immoral, and has been hungry for both a cure, and revenge, ever since his "Boxing". He's nearly gotten out several times, but Alicehad always been lurking in the background, undercutting his escape attempts. His most infamous was in trying to be implanted into Ryan Mercury's body (Part of teh DragonHeart trilogy, which gives you most of his backstory), but Alice was able to stop that and is quite happy to see him tortured and suffer.

When Alice died (or "died" depening on your reading, more on that in 10 AIs), Roxy no longer had an active agent as skilled at teh Matrix as him working to block his every move, but was also cut off for the Matrix for the first time when teh Second Crash happened. Once he got back online, he was free to start solving his big problems.

He also needed to make money.

Roxy's infamously ephermeal with alliances, and while he had worked with Aztechnology in the past, their relationship had soured. He briefly got a controlling stake in teh Bank of Japan (which underwrites all teh the Japanacorps and should be utterly untouchable), but that quietly went away not long after he got it... it's assumed that some kind of deal was made, but no one knows what.

So he's been quietly lurking in his box, a corporate raider whose humanity has long since vanished, teh world's greatest hacker and a high level corporate raider who ignores all teh rules, Doing Things for a while. Him showing up in teh flesh out of nowhere has shaken a LOT of people (not the least of which is KAM, his ex-wife, and teh Smiling Bandit, who's currently hooked up with KAM), and there's wild speculation and just how that's possible.

(And it SHOULD have had a ton of fans speculating as well, but.)
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by Wakshaani on <04-03-24/0157:03> »
Well hopefully they find a way to work your story into a future book. Or figure some other way to fit the event into the future narrative. I mean at this point we can all just sort of assume Dis did it since we have established they are really good a bioengineering and making deals with bad people. Which is to bad since it seems like you were going for some sort of mystery about his return? Would have worked better if it had been a few books ago before we got the low down.

Yeah, him being back was portrayed as a Big Deal, leaving open the questions of how it was done and what he'd do from there. With that Big Reveal, it would have started people speculating and waiting for the next part, getting people involved in teh story.

With that first part missing, now it's just ... oof.
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by Michael Chandra on <04-03-24/0127:36> »
Sounds like the kind of guy where turning him into a Cyberzombie, trapped inside a mostly-mechanical body being controlled by someone else, is the best way to go.
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by FastJack on <04-02-24/2211:12> »
Head of Aztechnology, one of the main people behind Cybermancy and trapping Alice in the Matrix, lots of bad stuff.
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by Beta on <04-02-24/1212:15> »
Is there a singular source that explains more about why we care about Roxborough?  I played back in 1e then picked up the game again a while into 5e, so I missed out on whatever documented him as being notable originally.  (I've read about his weird survival and existence, and that he was a notable shareholder in Aztechnology and Universal Omnitech.  But it sounds like that he is 'on the loose' again is a big deal, and I'd like to read up on why he is considered to be of such note).
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General Discussion / Re: Shadowrun 6e vs, LowLife 2090
« Last post by FastJack on <03-31-24/2315:20> »
This is not the place for this. If you do not like Shadowrun, I recommend you do not come into the Shadowrun forums. We have no problem with cross-promotion of other systems, or alternate and house rules. But slamming the game in the game's forums will not result in any headway. I'm locking this thread and removing reference to the other game.
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General Discussion / Re: Shadowrun 6e vs, LowLife 2090
« Last post by Michael Chandra on <03-31-24/1847:33> »
Never heard of it, not interested to be honest, if you're promoting it as 'because Catalyst sucks'. Trashing the competition is the best way to lose my interest. I also don't see the point in going all 'Sixth World is disgusting!' tbh, nevermind pretending that this is a proper subject for the General Discussion instead of Off-Topic.
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General Discussion / Shadowrun 6e vs, LowLife 2090
« Last post by Moonrunner on <03-31-24/1657:36> »
Have any of you checked out ****? It is VERY similar to the setting and general concept in Shadowrun, but uses a much more streamlined and rules-lite system.

All my friends that were Shadowrun fans have been disgusted with how things occurred with the release of Shadowrun Sixth World and most of them have jumped ship to ****.

Have any of you checked it out? What do you think of it?
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by mik212 on <03-31-24/1536:37> »
Well hopefully they find a way to work your story into a future book. Or figure some other way to fit the event into the future narrative. I mean at this point we can all just sort of assume Dis did it since we have established they are really good a bioengineering and making deals with bad people. Which is to bad since it seems like you were going for some sort of mystery about his return? Would have worked better if it had been a few books ago before we got the low down.
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General Discussion / Re: Thomas Roxborough and cloning
« Last post by Wakshaani on <03-31-24/1016:48> »
I forget that we have forums tucked away i here every now and then. Between the day job, writing, and far too many hobbies, I can wander off the rails sometime. Always able to be poked, tho! I'm always happy to chat about whatever.

(HOPEfully, I can get a webcam up and running in the future so I can do more online stuff. I had an interview a bit ago, but I felt bad that I wasn't on camera like the host.)
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