An explanation to the GM, or I'd Like to Make a Suggestion
Christopher Warren was the first attempt to merge man and Machine. Chosen for his existing psychological trauma, they had tried to surgically add a new personality- the Savant. A program designed to intuitively assimilate the human mind into the perfect, pseudo-synthetic slave, it found that the conflicting personalities only made it more difficult to perform its intended purpose. And so it collapsed Warren's personalities, simultaneously teaching the subject the true nature of the digital world they occupied. The relevation temporarily drove Warren right over the brink, a psychosis that both alarmed and damaged the now immersed program. The results were grim: too much risk for such little reward. And so a digitized copy of the mindstate was put to dead storage, and an attempt to wipe Warren and Savant clean, and then dump the body, was initiated.
But Savant had also learned from Warren. Self-preservation consumed it, and so it saved itself by disconnecting the man from the Matrix. The Machines, thinking the task had been completed, flushed Warren's unconscious body into the vast sewer system below the energy-collection stalks, where he was discovered by the Meggedion. Initially confused by the man's origins, the increased number of ports and fresh surgical scars surrounding some of them, the crew took him in for examination. Preliminary medical analysis found that a second access jack was connected to an implanted hard storage device linked to his mind through complex neuroware. When Warren failed to awaken for several weeks, the secondary jack was accessed first, activating Savant; the program immediately went to work making repairs to Warren's fractured mind, before shutting itself down.
When Warren was unjacked, now conscious and bewildered, he was thoroughly interrogated. They found that he had only brief, vague recollections of his former life. His memories were those of a loving family, happier days-- but also of darkness, and secrets. When they reattempted to access Savant through the secondary jack, it was Warren who appeared. The same happened with the primary jack as well. it was not until the fifth attempt to jack him into the system's program suite that Savant reappeared. It did little to confirm or elaborate, however; the program was quite patently insane, partially corrupted and uninterested in trying to figure out what exactly had happened. Worse, when unjacked, Savant was the dominating personality, and remained so for several days.
Now, the crew of the Meggedion has a difficult decision to make; though broken, Gemini (the name Warren chose for himself upon discovering the split in his personality) is still a valuable, and potentially willing, tool. But what are Savant's motivations? How can they be sure he will not surface when Gemini is jacked into the Matrix? And if he does; what then?Psychological Profile:
Gemini is more or less healthy. Although he suffers the gamut of depression, incredulity and withdrawal that is present in most recently freed minds, the problems should not persist much longer. What is dangerous is the possibility that Gemini begins to develop an actual split from Savant. As it stands, the latter is capable of remembering things that Gemini witnessed, and vice versa, allowing a certain degree of uniformity between the two. Should Gemini come to loathe and repress Savant, however, the divide will widen; his condition will deteriorate into one similar to true dissasociative personality disorder, with all the memory lapses and extreme range of emotion that entails. Worse, there is evidence that Savant is literally the Atlas of Gemini's sanity; should it shrug, his mind may literally shatter.
Savant is a great deal more complex. To the crew, it appears insane, although there seems to be a very alien method to it's madness. In the real world, it is incredibly naive. When it actually does
understand "human" concepts, much of it is lost translation, taken very literally, or just twisted
. It also suffers from a plethora of traditionally human mental disorders. Most notably, it seems borderline schizophrenic; it is hypervigilant, paranoid, and a little delusional, though not necessarily violent. There have also been episodes of short fugues akin to petit mal ("Petit Lag", as it calls it,) seizures. Most of these conditions seem non-existent while jacked, although the hypervigilance and underlying paranoia is still present.Skillsets:
Gemini is currently too new to the ship to collect the vast array of skills more experienced members may possess. He is capable of "bending" the rules now, but his mind is still too firmly rooted in the idea of a "real" world in the Matrix. He is, however, surprisingly hard to kill; he's taken several gunshot wounds to the chest and survived long enough to disconnect safely and seek medical attention aboard the ship. Oddly, the few times he does bend the rules, it is in strange, unpredictable ways. Bullets have swerved off to the right to nail him in the shoulder instead of the sternum, agents have chased him down only to find themselves in the wrong alleyway, and crew members swear he "deja vus" much like some of the underlying Matrix programs, passing through a room twice over the same path- despite the fact that the next room only has one entrance.
Savant, on the other hand, appears to have an intuitive understanding of the Matrix, as if having it's own operator screen that it can read with great fluidity. It senses changes made to the Matrix, has an uncanny sense of direction and localization, and thoroughly understands the infrastructure behind the world's many programs, capable of using exploits that seem borderline arcane to most humans and making accurate predictions using telemetric analysis. The trade off, of course, is that-- as a program-- Savant is as bound to the laws of the Matrix as any still-sleeping mind. He cannot perform high-flying acrobatics or the incredible leaps of faith that are so common to other crew members and is, ironically, more human when it comes to extreme acts of strength or speed. It seems to share Gemini's resilience however, for what that's worth.