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Stringers of Old New York

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One of the few <REDACTED> BISHOP is a surviving member of <REDACTED>. Having survived the massacre <REDACTED> he now works as muscle in Purgatory, keeping to a particular, self-defined code of honor


A brilliant bio-technician and medical doctor, BURBAGE brought tremendous insight into the workings of the Conspiracy when he joined the Ascension Game. BURBAGE has always been an experimenter, and continues to collaborate with CARDIFF. He is responsible for locating the technology that made <REDACTED> possible.


A brilliant hacker with a mean streak, CARBON was one of the original crew members of HILLTOP and NYX’ old crew. CARBON and NYX never really got along, and when NYX and HILLTOP had their falling out, CARBON exacerbated it. Arguably, NYX was not shooting to kill until CARBON attacked him. In the process, CARBON was severely wounded and almost died.


One of the world’s leading researchers in artificial intelligence and the human-digital interface before their revocation, CARDIFF has proven extremely valuable to their crew due to the breadth of their scientific expertise. They also possess an extremely advanced and experimental piece of cyberware that allows them to <REDACTED> This is CARDIFF’s second stint on a crew with FREEBIRD.


One of <REDACTED>, CARNEGIE was a successful con artist before entering the Ascension Game and continues to be extremely effective. CARNEGIE and <REDACTED> are known to <REDACTED>, but she does not <REDACTED>, presumably out of loyalty to the crew as a whole.


Ruthless but ostensibly loyal, this former corporate exec has been a member of four crews: two dissolved (relatively) peacefully, one died in an explosion while he was in the Bahamas, and now PARAMOUR’s crew. Focused on negotiations and procurement, he also has a knack for having things come up his way. <REDACTED>, but no one on the crew ever talks about it for fear of <REDACTED>.


The crew’s investigator and information gatherer, COPPER was a PI before she entered Purgatory, and the circumstances of her revocation seem to wear on her heavier than most Stringers. While extremely effective at what she does, COPPER has taken more and more to self-destructive behavior, and relies heavily on her crew to give her purpose.


A former military police officer and <REDACTED>, he found himself revoked after transporting a mysterious prisoner six years ago. He tracked down KENNEDY upon <REDACTED> and then served as the crew’s primary muscle up to the Vittorio incident. Age, wounds, and fatigue are beginning to take their toll on him.


Born into an old-money family, CRASSUS is one of the rare individuals who had money hidden in enough offshore accounts and private stores that his wealth survived revocation. He bankrolls his crew, but he also has a wide variety of skills picked up through his former life of luxury. CRASSUS is one of the more motivated Stringers in the Ascension Game, realizing there’s no way back to his old life, and determined to join the Conspiracy to regain what he once lost.


A hacker trained as a white hat, he was revoked and nearly killed about a year ago. Betrayed by his corporation, CULVER survived only because KENNEDY and the rest of the crew happened to be pulling a job and KENNEDY made the call to rescue him. While relatively new, he is both intensely loyal to his teammates and <REDACTED>.


A former corporate assassin who developed a conscience when she was assigned to kill <REDACTED>. After <REDACTED>, she entered Purgatory, joining NICKEL’s crew and was largely responsible for the crew’s survivor after its leader’s disappearance. She was later a key player in the <REDACTED>.


An Ivy League trained surgeon, DEUCE was once one of the top medical researchers in the country. This led to her revocation after he <REDACTED>. DEUCE and PHOENIX are two of the original crew members and were actually part of the job that <REDACTED>.


An extremely talented polymath who serves as the <HIS> crew’s primary hacker, he is one of <REDACTED>. Subject was accidentally drawn into the Ascension Game while working as a corporate wage drone: <REDACTED>, and he assisted in getting her to a street doc. This ended in his own revocation, and <REDACTED>.


A cryptologist raised in a Network 32 corporate enclave, they ran away at an early age and spent most of their teenage and young adult years on the edge of purgatory, not quite looking in. A run-in with KENNEDY’s crew caused their full revocation, and so KENNEDY and crew took them in.


A former military pilot mentored in Purgatory by AUTOMATIC ALICE and DRIFTER (two greats of the early Ascension game), she formed the crew with ESCHATON, MOAB and TURIN after ALICE and DRIFTER’s apparent deaths. Currently considered one of the top crew leaders in the Ascension Game, as her crew has enjoyed significant success. A large part of this is her ability to mentor new Stringers, much as she was mentored by ALICE and DRIFTER.


Few Stringers have lived in Purgatory as long as ESCHATON, and none have been as successful for as long. An associate of legends like AUTOMATIC ALICE and DRIFTER, ESCHATON helped DUPONT found this crew, and still acts as an advisor to her. ESCHATON has always been known for his strategic management skills, both in his past corporate life, and in the Ascension Game.


A “pharmacist” (read: drug dealer) who had to flee to Purgatory about 8 years ago when <REDACTED>. Has made a small fortune since revocation and threw in with MOON for protection. Functions as the group’s primary fixer.


One of the newest members in the Ascension Game, this man spent most of his life incarcerated due to <REDACTED>. Subsequent investigations into his <REDACTED> resulted in his revocation.


Short for FRANKENSTEIN, she joined the crew after <REDACTED>. A street fighter who managed to get her hands on some high-grade wires before getting revoked. The crew found her after the wires started glitching and paid for repairs. Younger than most in the crew, she is known for violence.


A survivor of an explosion that killed most of their previous crew (except for CARDIFF and CASSIO, who is currently part of another crew), FREEBIRD has assembled one of the more unusual crews in the Ascension Game. They remain focused on their welfare to an unusual degree within Purgatory, but except for ODESSA’s incident, they have not lost a crew member in three years.


A former Marine Corps officer and combat veteran, GALAVANT has become NYX’s close advisor and friend since she went AWOL and was revoked. Normally a level head, she is the member of the crew who is <REDACTED>. A tactician, she realizes <REDACTED>.


Former GenDet executive who quickly moved up the corp hierarchy as a high-level negotiator, GATES eventually got their hands on some very dangerous information. He quickly managed to locate MOON and talk his way onto the crew. An extremely effective face, he sometimes demonstrates incredibly mercenary tendencies, but have also proven his loyalty to the crew on several occasions.


While still relatively young, GAUGE is an experienced Stringer, having joined the crew eight years ago at the age of 12. Most of her skills were learned from other members of the crew, and she was probably the first to <REDACTED>.


A brilliant hacker who makes questionable choices, GEMINI entered the shadows with WHEELER and immediately landed them with PARAMOUR due to his amazing hacking skills. GEMINI has a tendency to make very fast decisions; usually these are very good, but occasionally very bad. He’s <REDACTED>, no one is entirely clear on this situation.


An extremely adept fighter and hacker who joined the crew after the Suffolk Job, HADALY recently <REDACTED>.


Crew leader, and a former associate of NYX. They escaped revocation together when they were both high-level execs at GenDet, and together they had a reputation as the premier crew in New York City for years (especially after AUTOMATIC ALICE’s crew broke up). HILLTOP had a severe falling out with NYX when the latter sided with an enemy in a firefight, and hasn’t forgiven his former partner for wounding CARBON.


The child of doomsday cultists and rescued from their compound as a young child, ISAIAH grew up extremely religious and continues to be to this day. Hacking is a spiritual activity for them, and they tend to use religious terms to describe their work. The rest of the crew tolerates their eccentricities due to their skill, and sometimes even welcomes the surity of their worldview.


Street fighter with some new wires, JOLIET is LONDON’s sibling. They were being groomed for the Ascension Game by their brother, but their extraction went sideways and caused <REDACTED>. Despite their difficult entry into Purgatory, JOLIET is quickly proving their value to the team.


One of the founders of the crew with KENNEDY and TINKER, JUMPER has always played the crew’s therapist. Provided a counterpoint to KENNEDY in their younger days, and supports her as she recovers from losing several people during the Vittorio massacre.


Almost as much of a science experiment as <REDACTED>, KARLOFF may have more cyberware jammed in him than any other living human being. KARLOFF was part of a military weapons program and suffered significant psychological trauma, and is considered one of the most dangerous individuals in New York City.


KENNEDY entered Purgatory at a young age while chasing conspiracies as a sophomore in college. She started the crew with JUMPER and TINKER shortly afterwards. Three years ago, half of her crew was killed by the Vittorio crime family, and the other half was rescued by her sister, MORRIGAN. The survivors of that incident are extremely close.


The crew leader, who joined the Ascension Game with his partner, <REDACTED>. Both were cops together before revocation, and LEAR basically followed her into Purgatory. She disappeared a few years later, leaving LEAR behind. Since then he put together his own crew, and became known for taking in charity cases.


A longtime associate of NYX, and brother of JOLIET. Brought JOLIET into the Ascension game, springing them from prison, along with <REDACTED>. Likely knew the truth about <REDACTED> from the beginning. An excellent second-story man and security expert.


One of the four founding members of the crew, MOAB was born independently wealthy and was known to work in the art world some time ago. Unfortunately, he witnessed Conspiracy activity and found himself revoked. After early success with the crew, MOAB’s reputation and skills seem to have stagnated; it seems likely he has developed alcohol-related issues in recent years.


Born into a life for privilege, MOON suffered from a <REDACTED> after the implantation of reflex-enhancing wires. Ultimately, she orchestrated her own extraction. After the previous leader died, she became the crew leader. MOON has been in charge for half a decade now and, while the crew’s been very successful, <REDACTED>.


KENNEDY’s sister, and a former special forces operator who left behind her family when she learned her sister was still alive and in trouble. Responsible for killing seven members of the Vittorio family in rescuing the remaining crew, she has been in Purgatory ever since. An extremely effective killer, MORRIGAN grapples with <REDACTED>.


One of the most adept disguise and con artists in the Ascension Game. Very little is know about her past, as she completely changes identities every few years. No one knows if she worked with <REDACTED> in a prior identity, or not, or if she’ll change personas again.


A former mob enforcer and one-time muscle for NYX’s crew, she was revoked after her former employer was killed by Stringers. After <REDACTED> and JOLIET joined, she bonded with them, and was <REDACTED> when <REDACTED>. She has been <REDACTED>, and has had <REDACTED>.


A <REDACTED> who is also the crew’s <REDACTED>; NEWTON gets <REDACTED> if <REDACTED> all the tinfoil-hat fantasies she makes up. While her inability to <REDACTED> is a source of embarrassment for the crew, they keep her around because <REDACTED>.


An OPTICSEC Spec, who has been with PARAMOUR for some time. NICE keeps quiet about her past, but it’s generally assumed she worked on the computer systems behind the panopticon for a time.


The latest of <REDACTED>, NULL is a former pickpocket who officially never existed. He was rescued from the police by DUPONT personally and is probably <REDACTED> of any member of the crew. NULL maintains numerous connections amongst the proles, as he was never revoked - he never really existed in the system at all.


Crew leader and former associate of HILLTOP. NYX and HILLTOP were partners, and were both high level executives in <REDACTED> together before revocation. Together, they pulled off some of the most successful missions in the history of the New York City Ascension game. However, during the Gold Street Job three years ago, HILLTOP opened fire on <REDACTED> that NYX believed were actually <REDACTED>. NYX returned fire on his partner, and injured CARBON. Bad blood has existed ever since.




A trained commando and one of the more efficient killers in Purgatory, OWL has been with FREEBIRD his entire time in Purgatory. He met his wife, ODESSA, several years ago when the latter joined the crew, and has always been a voice of reason. When ODESSA died six months ago, OWL suffered severe depression: <REDACTED>.


A crew’s leader who has repeatedly seen both success and failure in the Ascension Game. While he and NICE are the only survivors of a run gone bad a couple of years ago, he’s been able to build up a very adept crew very quickly.


A recent addition to HILLTOP’s team, PHOEBUS is an expert hacker with significant combat wires. He is very quiet about his past, which is believed to have corporate ties of some sort. <REDACTED.


One of two surviving founders of the crew and the only one, aside from DEUCE, who wasn’t directly recruited by MOON. PHOENIX is a former razor boy who entered the Ascension game over a decade ago to find out what happened to a murdered family member. A recent facial injury has forced him to accept an external ocular prosthetic, and he is under financial strain to maintain expensive upgrades to his wires.


PRIEST was once the hacker on a legendary crew that included well-known Stringers such as AUTOMATIC ALICE, DRIFTER, and ESCHATON. When that crew broke up, she was heavily recruited by HILLTOP and NYX when they both still worked together. PRIEST is one of the most cunning veteran’s of the Ascension game, and serves as what is best described as a “consultant.”


The crew’s OPTISEC specialist, a former MTA supervisor who helped maintain surveillance systems for the subway. He ultimately helped cover up one too many incidents, found himself revoked, and was saved by the crew.


An information monger and face, who has always been extremely secretive. One of the last individuals to join HILLTOP and NYX when the two were together, SEEKER has become more and more withdrawn ever since the <REDACTED>. She acts as if she saw something there that unnerved her, but does not discuss what.


An <REDACTED> who was rescued from incarceration after HILLTOP decided she needed more muscle after her break from NYX. SHRIKE has been extremely successful since she entered Purgatory, and is one of HILLTOP’s top earners.


An OPTISEC specialist who was the first individual to join the team after the Vittorio massacre. It took a year before the team was ready to replenish their numbers, and SIENA was instrumental in getting the team functional again. A former cop, she not only knows the panopticon and its procedures, but can keep the team ahead of law enforcement.


An old friend of NYX and HILLTOP, who was with them since the beginning of their careers. A fixer by trade, and expert in the black market, SOCRATES ability to negotiate and smooth over situations is largely the reason the two crews haven’t killed each other. Since HILLTOP and NYX haven’t spoken in years, it falls to SOCRATES to communicate between them.


A former hacker who taught himself about the panopticon post-revocation, SYRACUSE joined the crew about two years ago as the OPTISEC specialist. In a past life, he was a corporate type with <REDACTED>, and is rumored to have connections to the <REDACTED>.


An information monger and former corporate spook with a mean streak, Tinker entered Purgatory relatively late in life, and spent an unknown amount of time in hiding prior to starting the crew with JUMPER and KENNEDY. One of the survivors of the Vittorio massacre, he’s warmed up to DOTMATRIX since the incident.


An OPTISEC specialist, TURIN was brought into his crew by DUPONT and ESCHATON to handle the panopticon. In his previous life, TURIN was a hacker who did primarily contracts. However, in Purgatory, he focuses primarily on security. One of the older OPTISEC specialists still working, he is considered one of the best.


An OPTISEC specialist who is relatively new to the crew, and who joined after <REDACTED>. VENICE maintains a high degree of professionalism, an important trait on a crew that includes numerous individuals who didn’t exactly choose to be part of the Ascension Game.


The crew’s getaway driver and the only truly level head in the group, WHEELER was hauled into the Ascension Game by her best friend GEMINI. While her skills focus on driving (she was an illegal drag racer before revocation), WHEELER also has demonstrated both planning abilities and considerable people skills.


One of the more violent individuals in the Ascension Game, and not surprisingly, one of the most effective. WINTER has always been something of a mercenary, but is an “honest criminal” (once paid off, she stays loyal) and PARAMOUR pays her well.


A former spook who knew too much, XENO is close to KARLOFF:: the two entered the Ascension Game together when <REDACTED>.


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