Hunter: Citizens for New Woodcreek
Experienced urban explorer with a passion for photoblogs
Relationship: I wish Zoe and I were friends again
Int: 2 / Wis: 3 / Res: 2
Str: 2 / Dex: 3 / Sta: 3
Pre: 2 / Man: 2 / Com: 3
Investigation: (architecture) 2
Athletics: (getaways) 2
Stealth: (evading guards/cameras) 2
Expression: (photography) 1
Favoured Weapon (2), Resources (1), Fleet of Foot (2), Safehouse (traps, 1), Professional Training (1), Status Network Zero (1)
Morality: 5 (Suspicion)
Initiative Mod: 6
Weapon: Crowbar (2B)
From his earliest years, Ben was easily identifiable as one of those follower, never-a-leader types. Indifferent towards most academic subjects – and with only a passing interest in photography, thanks to an old hand-me-down Polaroid from a long deceased grandfather – he meandered through life with little indication that he would ever accomplish anything. After dropping out of a photography course at a popular university at the age of 20, Ben vowed to make something of himself.
This got off to a bad start when he, jobless and homeless, was forced to move back in with his mother in Woodcreek. Disheartened, he spent much of his time online, rarely interacting with the real world in any way other than through an old, beat up CRT computer monitor. It was here that he first discovered Urban Exploration. For what felt like the first time, a flame of inspiration burned within Ben, who set out with his old Polaroid and a crowbar to document the vast amounts of run-down, derelict buildings in the Woodcreek area and upload them to a photoblog for the whole internet to see.
The years that followed saw Ben develop as a person through his passion for urban exploration. He became more streetwise, more knowledgeable of the dark underside of Woodcreek, and more capable of using his weaknesses to his advantage. He joined Citizens for New Woodcreek a year ago at the age of 24, with a desire to help the underprivileged he often found sheltered inside the crumbling buildings he broke in to.
In one of Citizen for New Woodcreek’s first encounters with the supernatural, Ben Gray promised to murder a stranger in return for help and information from a pale, putrid-smelling, purple-robed man living in an abandoned church. Ben dismissed the promise as one he would never keep, believing the unpleasant man – self-titled “The Duke” – to be nothing more than a crazy, harmless hobo.
Six months later, Ben was involved in the murder of an unknown programmer following several sleepless nights and frightening nightmares in which he dreamt he were the programmer, being attacked in his home by a masked man wielding a crowbar. After identifying the dreamt crowbar as his own, Ben realised that promise he made to The Duke was very real, and, driven half-to-madness by lack of sleep and fear for his own life, he killed the man as the dreams instructed. Now he seeks to rectify his wrongs and take revenge upon The Duke, as well as try to win back the friendship of his co-worker, Zoe Jayneson.
Presently Ben lives alone in a small flat, having moved out from his mother’s basement following his induction into Network Zero six months ago. Tall, skinny, sporting short-cropped brown hair and average, blend-into-the-crowd features, he is never to be found without his camera and trusty crowbar, the latter of which is hidden underneath an old, oversized duffel coat he wears most of the time. The phenomenons Citizen for New Wood Creek have dealt with over the past few months have taken its toll on Ben, making him a little less sociable, a little more wary of his surroundings, but his desire to help the helpless and right wrongs still burns within him as bright as ever.