Sunday, 9 October 2016

Major Project: Updated Bios

With a more confirmed script I went back and updated the character bios I have written


Hundred and ten year old company
Formed from merger of two companies - Wessex Biowonders and Smithston Frontiers.

Wessex Biowonders is a subsidiary company specialising in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Its stake on the planet is the creation of various biotechnical products from local plant and wildlife that can be used to enhance terraforming efforts on the planet. While it is a company with a strong public image, even appearing enthusiastic about establishing mankind in deep space, Smithston-Wessex is a public company whose board of directors are dedicated to the bottom line and appeasing their shareholders. This puts them at odds with their science staff as the board's demands can be unreasonable at times.

Despite a popular public image, Smithston-Wessex's board are aware of several rising deep-space companies that could surpass them. Some of its board are deeply worried that if things start becoming problematic, the terraforming project could potentially remove Smithston-Wessex from the top spot of the deep space development industry.

The base itself was developed by Smithston Frontiers subsidiary Grayston Frontier Engineering, who specialise in constructing offworld habitats. Grayston also run the base's engineering department. During the story, Grayston take an interest in the material of Four's cocoon. Its lightweight but rigid composition make it a material of interest for construction, body armour and vehicle assembly. Grayston engineers would be fascinated in analysing the creature and how it produces this compound for hibernation.

David Easton

Name: David
Age: mid-fifties
Occupation: Lead biotechnician, Outpost Wessex-Choris
Marital status: Married, but relation estranged

A senior biotechnician working for Wessex Biowonders, David Stensson is the lead biotechnician for Smithston-Wessex's efforts to exploit the features of the planet for terraforming. David has worked with Wessex since being offered an apprenticeship after graduating from university. Initially a talented researcher who developed a number of organic petrochemical compounds.

In his later years however his career has fallen into stagnancy. Five years prior to the events of the story, David was working late when his child passed away in hospital. David had been kept at work throughout the period his child was in hospital and after they passed away he took up an opening for a senior position at Wessex's Ceti-821 outpost on the far-off planet. He felt that he was not suitable for caring for a child due to company pressure and decided to fully dedicate himself to company efforts.

Although he was a man passionate about the possibilities nature provides for new technologies when he graduated with his doctorate, David has become more jaded as the excitement of his earlier projects become a more distant memory and his reality is of projects he might never gain recognition for. He is wholly professional in his behaviour. He is cold, focused and indifferent to the problems of people around him, but approaches his efforts with a cold enthusiasm. Never smiling until his paternal instincts are awakened in his care and excitement for Four.

Amelia Easton

Name: Amelia
Age: late forties
Occupation: Professor, Tharsis University
Marital status: Married, but relation estranged

The wife of David, Amelia is a professor of exoplanetary studies at the Tharsis University on Mars. She met David at a conference on the use of micro-scale technologies for exploring and colonising outer space.

Amelia raised a child with David when she was in her thirties. When the child fell ill, she attended it in hospital, comforting it while David was working on a project for Wessex. She has felt mild resentment for David abandoning his responsibilities as a husband and father by moving to the outpost. By the time of the story she has contemplated a divorce, falling for a colleague at the university but still tries to keep in contact with David.

Unlike her husband, Amelia has a more positive outlook on life. She still enjoys her career but feels uneasy talking to her increasingly distant husband. By the time of the story, she is considering a divorce, something she feels uncomfortable doing as it is as she is well aware of the pain it could cause, but hides these feelings aside as David's distance from her eases the pain.


A native to the planet outpost Ceti-821 is established on, Four is raised within the base's biological studies department overseen by David. As a creature growing up in an alien environment, Four resents her confinement, becoming bitter at the staff until David starts being kinder to her.

As a creature growing up in an alien environment, Four is highly observant of her surroundings, and becomes known for staring at new things and people to understand them. While still a beast, Four is intelligent, good at solving puzzles as the researchers discover, but always longing for the chance to explore the outside.

Although David comes to refer to the creature as 'her', the alien physiology potentially blurs as to whether she really is female or if the affectation of 'her' is something David used subconsciously to recall his lost child.

Wessex Representative

Name: [Pending]
Age: Late twenties
Occupation: Liaison-Officer for Wessex-Chlorin colony

A rising star in Smithston Wessex's executive boardrooms. This representative assumed the responsibility of chief liaison opfficer for Wessex's Chlorin colony, which includes overseeing the activities of Ceti post 821. A smooth and charismatic conversationalist, he found himself in regular contact with Dr. Easton due to the latter's reputation as a loyal and dedicated scientist.

His life isn't all parties and coffee chats however. As a senior liaison, he has a direct connection to the Board of Directors. And it is his job to relay policies and and requests from the board to stations and branches in the region. When David's affections for Four start jeopardizing the work done on Ceti 821, this representative is the first to hear what the board has to say about it. As charismatic as he is, attempts at resisting the board because of the erratic behaviour of one man is a danger to his promising career.

1 comment:

  1. 10/10/2016

    By Friday!

    1) Send VO emails!
    2) Create detailed inventory of each environment BUT remembering that the camera is king.
    3) Sign off on simple forms / slug / big slug / cocoon