Katie Andrews, on the surface, had a very boring, ordinary childhood. She was raised by a middle-class family working for a medium-sized corp. A quiet, reserved girl, she never had more than a few friends, and tended to prefer reading a book or using the Matrix to interacting in person. Katie Emerged as a Technomancer at a very young age. Her parents were the permissive sort, always trying to encourage the seemingly timid Katie to open up and try new things, so they allowed her to use full VR very early.. just in time for the Crash.
After waking up in the hospital, slowly but surely, Katie’s powers began to develop. At first they caused her to retreat even further into herself, the constant stream of data barraging her senses making it difficult for her to interact with either world, but as she began to grow into her abilities and tune out the unnecessary noise, she began to become intrigued, spending more and more time exploring the newly rebuilt Matrix. Then, one day, while diving into some deep, hidden node, she discovered a being that changed her life- Idoru. The Paragon reached out to her, and in a moment of contact revealed her true nature, the real purpose behind her Awakening. She wasn’t just some middle-class corp-kid destined to be a housewife or desk jockey like all the rest. She was a scion of the Matrix, part of a new breed, the true inheritors of this new, better world. In meat space she may be Katie Andrews, but here, she was Andromeda. Here, she could be a Queen.
It didn’t take long, of course, for her parents to notice the change in their daughter, spending more and more time in full VR, until finally they caught on to her new powers, finally estranging her from them completely. Rather than complicate things, Katie moved out as soon as she was of age. She had work to do, after all, and would prefer to not involve them.
Since then, Andromeda has been steadily gaining influence and popularity amongst the up-and-comings of the Matrix’s social scenes, particularly the club and hacker/technomancer circles. She’s become something of a ‘Net Idol,’ known for her alluring, ever-changing Persona designs, her appearances at important VR club shows, her occasional virtual graveur photoshoots-- and her always implied (but never confirmable status) as a Shadowrunner and Technomancer. She has to make a living somehow, after all. Popularity hasn’t started to pay just yet, especially when she can’t reveal her meatspace identity.
Online, Andromeda is flirtatious and talkative, with a quick wit and occasionally fiery temper- worlds away from the quiet, timid Katie. Which, given the amount of time she spends in VR, begs the question: is Andromeda Katie’s alter ego, or is Katie Andromeda’s?