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Sparx "MillenniumSparx" LarsaCurrent Occupation:
Indie Game DeveloperAppearance/Style Description:
Sparx looks like your average everyday young tech-geek. He’s thin, about 5’7, and has a head full of auburn-colored hair, which most of the time, looks like he just rolled out of bed. His hair is medium length and forms an M-shape as it parts from the middle of his forehead and frames the rest of his youthful face; The rest of his hair folds back into soft, horizontal auburn spikes. His eyes are naturally electric blue, though some people think their color is a result of him staring at computer screens for hours at a time. He isn’t very muscular, but he isn’t anorexic either. He has a lean body type, which he prides himself on. His worst nightmare has always been for him to turn into a pasty fat slob like most self-proclaimed game-lords. His skin maintains a natural light tan, giving him an almost clay-colored tone, but slightly lighter. He is usually seen with a quiet smile on his face or an excited grin when engaging in hardcore gaming, but he generally appears to be a nice and understanding guy.
Whenever not in school, you can usually find Sparx in his pajamas. Aside from school he rarely ever leaves the confines of his house, so there’s never any real reason to get dressed. On the other hand, Sparx does tend to make some virtual appearances in cyber-space whenever doing video blogs or reviewing games, and when he does, he goes ham. A black tank top under a blue-and-white dress jacket flows down neatly around his black skinny jeans, which tuck in to his blue and white sneakers. He also owns a few pairs of sweats for those cold rainy days, two business suits left over from his last employment venture, and some casual everyday wear most college students are known to own.
On any given occasion, Sparx would rather wear his Transition lenses instead of contacts. The arms of his glasses are rectangular, widening as they wrap around the top of his glasses. The frames are bottomless. The lenses of his Transitional glasses fluctuates in opacity depending on the level of light hitting them. When there is barely any light, the opacity is 0, however, as light increases, the tint also increases. Personality:
Sparx is a generally laid-back and solitary kind of guy. Though he is a pretty big introvert and would rather work on projects alone, he does force himself to put on a front when around others and socialize, even if he feels uncomfortable. “Fake it ‘till you make it” is an expression he lives by. He can, at times, feel somewhat out of place as his likes and hobbies are particularly different from your general soldier. Aside from spending hours at a time in front of a computer, Sparx loves anime and MMORPGs, so you’ll almost always find him playing computer games when he’s supposed to be working. He is shy, quiet, and solitary, but also trustworthy, excitable, and a very reliable friend. If you ask him a favor, you can expect that he’ll come through in a timely manner. He likes to play around and joke with people over cyberspace and wishes this side of himself could carry over to the real world, but it’s just one of the many things he has to work on.
Whenever a problem presents itself, Sparx can make a solution. He’s good with his hands and has a lot of Gamer Street Smarts, which actually can come in handy. At the same time, Sparx isn’t the strongest person physically and relies heavily on his ability to avoid physical confrontation. Sparx is also afraid of being separated from technology for too long. He’s grown up around technology and has always had a fancy for it. It gets him through every day. Sparx is almost never seen without his datapad handy. If he were to be away from tech for too long, or worse, if the battery on his data pad were to ever die, he would be completely lost.History:
Growing up, Sparx was always a solitary kind of person. He is the younger of two boys and has always been treated as such. His Father, Stark Larsa, is a retired military officer whose office shines like a starry galaxy from all the medals he’s earned during his service. He always pushed his two sons to follow in his footsteps and do great things for the world. However, Sparx’s elder brother, Lennox, was the only one who seemed interested in their father’s wishes, instantly making him daddy’s favorite. His mother, Leinore Larsa, attempted to shine some culture into the family. She was a famous pianist for many years and settled down after marrying Stark. She became a music instructor and, since Sparx seemed to have no interest in military affairs, decided to tutor him in the art of piano instead.
All Sparx really cared for was computers, however. And nobody ever seemed to understand. He would spend almost all his free time playing online games, Roleplaying on forums, and learning tricks of the trade when it came to programming. He aspired to become a world famous video-game designer, but it seemed his mother and father’s goals for him proved to be a constant obstacle.
Throughout High School, Sparx lead a very solitary life. He’d try to branch out and socialize, but it always seemed he’d do so with the wrong people and it would backfire. He began losing hope that he’d ever make real life friends, so he just stuck with the ones on cyber space. This was when he was first introduced to hacking. After being victimized over cyberspace, he desperately sought out ways to protect himself. He began programming and designing apps, plugins, and virus detectors, but eventually he realized the best way to beat a hacker, is to hack them first. It wasn't hard to pick up with his knowledge of coding and programming. He'd already redesigned and modified several premium anti-virus programs. Designing bugs against them was simple.
Eventually, after realizing he could actually hack bank accounts and personal identities, pandora's box opened up before his eyes. He started small; only stealing enough to obtain little trinkets here and there. The scale slowly rose to bigger and bigger prizes so that he could pimp out his cyber-gear. For a short while, he became infamous as a small-time hacker and even had a news report done on the MilleniumBug he programmed, which was found in a local bank close by where he lived. Tying the name back to Sparx's Internet Persona, his elder brother caught on. Instead of reporting the teen however, his sibling imparted some wisdom the young hacker took to heart. "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should."
After hearing those words, Sparx decided to quit while he was ahead and fall back into gaming, as was his earlier passion.
With a background in programming and ample experience in gaming, Sparx spent his first year in college doing video game reviews, testing Indie games, and also designing his own projects; most of which proved too ambitious for his limited funds and lifestyle. Sparx thought he caught a break when a budding company hired him as a part of a team to work on their latest game. As much as he hated mobile apps and pop culture, he agreed to work on the project in order to pay for the rest of his schooling. After finishing, and the product launched it was a hit. A disgusting sellout that left the young programmer questioning his morals. What made matters worse was how the company stiffed him on his half of the royalties claiming that his "heart wasn't into the design process" and he "never truly connected with the team". After a huge blow to his ego and his wallet, Sparx has lost most of his muse for game design and fell back on one of his darker past-times. Hacking. Current Situation:
With both rent payments and next semester tuition looming over the horizon, Sparx has become increasingly anxious about money. His father has made it perfectly clear that he will provide no financial support unless Sparx changes his major to Military Science. Now, Sparx is desperately seeking a way to make off with a large amounts of funds as discretely as possible. He knows he has the ability, but he's never pulled off anything with a payout larger than a couple hundred dollars. Hesitant, but with his back against the wall, this young hacker has realized it's either go big, or go to military school.Primary Job:
Equipment/Weapon's SpecialistGear: Special Skill:
Total System Override: This ability allows Sparx to completely take over a target computer system through use of his MilleniumBug. The Systems Override can be maintained for up to 10 seconds before becoming detectable by anti-viruses. Maintaining the override after this point increases the chances of the Bug being traced back to Sparx. If the target system's is advanced enough to detect the bug within the initial 10 seconds, a kill command will completely shut down the target system for that duration instead.Strengths:
Sparx, overall, is pretty masterful with his hands. He can type at lightning speed without missing a keystroke, spend hours in his Gamer Mode typing hotkeys and mouse-clicking, and he’s pretty good at building things as well. He’s learned a lot over online forums about how to make your own inventions and has a lot of self-learned mechanical skills. Though he is much better at programming and software, he isn’t a stranger to building his own hardware, as well as makeshift tools and utilities. He designed many of his own instruments including his headset, which has his prescription sunglasses attached to them, and a pretty sweet skateboard.Weaknesses: Zero Close-Quarters Combat Skill
- Pretty Self-explanatory. Water
- Sparx is particularly weak around water. Usually because he has some sort of electronic device equipped, he tends to avoid rain and large bodies of water as much as possible. Some of his mobile equipment have been outfitted with splash-proof cases because let's face it: Shit happens, but even with these precautions, he still attempts to avoid water as much as possible. Ironically, he loves swimming.Fear of Heights
- Sparx is terrified of heights. At 10 feet off the ground his knees weaken and his stomach turn. At 20 feet panic begins to set in and it becomes harder for him to breathe. Any higher and his vision begins to blur and, if not getting closer to the ground, he will either puke, faint, or both. The effects of this phobia even carry on to video games at a lesser extent. He does his best to avoid flight simulators and has a hard time on levels that feature mountain peaks or other high places.Elevators
- Not to be mistaken for claustrophobia, Sparx has a hidden fear of elevators. He doesn't like the feeling he gets in his stomach when they move, he doesn't like the steady ascension, and he definitely doesn't like the idea of being suspended in the air within a metal box held by a few cables. His biggest fear is getting trapped in an elevator within a tall building and then falling. He would much rather take the stairs. He'd even stomach escalators, even though he hates them as well.