As It Seems: A Chill Semester
Producer for the San Kaissa Oracle
Age: 30 (September 10, 1986)
Concept: Crusading Producer
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Initiative Modifier: 3
Academics (Research) ● ● ● ●
Computer (Internet) ● ●
Investigation (Artifacts) ● ● ●
Occult ● ● ●
Athletics (Running) ●
Persuasion ● ● ●
Socialize ● ●
Striking Looks ● ●
Fleet of Foot ● ●
Iron Stamina ● ●
Language (Spanish) ●
- iPad and Stylus
- Macbook Pro
- Jogging Clothes
Barbara (Barb to her colleagues, Barbie to her friends) was born an only child, daughter of a Silicon Valley software tycoon and his 20-years-his-junior trophy wife. A precocious child, the dissolution of her parents’ marriage hit her particularly hard. It hit her father even harder in the pocketbook, and he lost most of his fortune at divorce court. Barb nevertheless attempted to maintain a close relationship with her dad, even after being packed off to boarding school in San Francisco.
The weekend before she was due to start her senior year , she took Cal-Trans to her father’s bachelor apartment at Hill Manor in San Kaissa for a visit. It was during that visit that her life took a dramatic turn.
Always gifted with a steel trap of a memory, Barb awoke one morning to find herself missing time. A lot of time.
Her father was dead, along with a handful of other residents and staff of the apartment building. Being a mere teenager, few would do more than offer condolences even as she begged anyone who would listen for answers. There were none forthcoming. No criminal charges were filed in the death of her father or of the others. She was awarded some money from a civil suit, but this did nothing to salve her grief, or her frustration over her missing time.
The only person who could provide any answers was her first boyfriend, a man she didn’t even remember meeting: Thomas Booth. The tale he spun was even more unbelievable than anything Barb could have imagined, yet, desperate for any sort of explanation, she believed him.
Eager to be close to the place of her father’s demise, and to Thomas, Barb attended CSUSK (Cal State San Kaissa), graduating with a degree in journalism. By that time, her relationship with Thomas was over; his eye never stopped wandering, and she was far too young anyway. Just as well. She really couldn’t move on with her life until she had found out more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s death.
To her great surprise, after a couple years of jobbing around San Kaissa, she spotted a want ad on Craigslist for a researcher at a local website start-up—a ghost-hunting site, of all things. Even more remarkable, the office was located at a very familiar address…
Barb parlayed her entry-level job into a career as a producer for the The Oracle . She and Basil Carruthers made a name for themselves with their podcast series on the Adrian Scoresby case. (To this day, Barb insists “Serial ripped us off!”)
Having turned 30 this year, Barb finds herself at a crossroads. Since her breakup with Thomas, she’s dated a bit but has yet to find that someone special—and she wonders if she even wants that at this point. Her career provides sufficient distraction, and the means of perhaps finally finding out exactly what happened at her father’s apartment all those years ago…
Favorite Food: Indian
Favorite Music: 90s hip-hop (esp. Biggie and Tribe)
Favorite Vacation Destination: Las Vegas
Drug of Choice: Weed
Astrological Sign: Scorpio (and serious about it)