Embrace: 1989 (born 1971)
Apparent Age: Late teens
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 1
Social: Charisma 2, Manipulation 1, Appearance 2
Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 5, Wits 4
Talents: Acting 2, Alertness 3, Subterfuge 4
Skills: Drive 2, Repair 5
Knowledges: Computer 5, Finance 1, Law 2, Politics 1, Science 4, Technology 5
Disciplines: Celerity 1, Obfuscate 2
Backgrounds: Contacts 3, Fame 1, Mentor 1, Resources 1
Virtues: Conscience 2, Self-Control 3, Courage 2
Marc Perleman wasn’t much of a social success until he discovered that he had an affinity and understanding of computers that went far beyond anything he could learn in school. He’d never been much good at Latin or French, but programming—well, that was a different matter! Soon he felt that he was one with the computer. This opened up anew world of lines and nets through which he discovered he could slip effortlessly.
He was particularly fascinated with the phone company, and began to explore the intricate systems. Before long Marc, who went by the handle “Zipper,” was at the “gates” of the Pentagon itself! His hacking activities went far beyond surfing the edges of cyberspace. A disciple of anarchy on all levels, he adopted the first commandment of hackers: “Information wants to be free.”
Rose’s entry into Zipper’s life changed him in more ways than one. Yes, Rose seduced him; yes, she took him across into the unlife; and yes, she brought him to Amethyst—but more important to him was that she listened to him. They talked for hours that night and many that followed, comparing their very disparate lives, and the terrible loneliness that they had both experienced. Zipper has fallen hard for Rose, though she is content to view him as something of a little brother. For now they are very close, but Zipper is beginning to feel the first tinges of jealousy.