Saturday, March 28, 2015

87. Gloria de la Poer

Gloria de la Poer was born in the then-new Nytrondheim dome of Valles New-Shanghai. Her mother was one of the scientists in charge of early terraforming efforts, her father a security contractor who died before she was born. Her education was informal, run by educational software, with occasional ad-hoc lessons from her mother. She eventually became impatient with software, and began learning from her own experiments and research. By the time she had become an adult she was ready to work on terraforming with her mother, but she instead chose a long trip to Earth.

Pre-Fall Earth was not yet dead, but it was dying. Those sections of humanity not wracked by drought, famine and war were engaged in hundreds of projects hoped to buy the biosphere time. Gloria de la Poer began freelance work for these projects, spreading her talents and reputation widely across scientific networks. It was here that she created the first manna tree. Whether Earth could have been saved will forever be a mystery, as the TITANs brought a sudden conclusion to the struggles of the planet. When the evacuation of Earth began, she was considered a priority, and on one of the first ships out.

Evacuated to Luna, she made a fortune by selling biological samples and genetic material she brought with her from Earth, as well as by helping to design ecological systems for the new habitats and expansions necessitated by the diaspora. She was able to purchase a private habitat in Lunar orbit, complete with some of the best biological labs in the system. She now spends her time on her own research, emerging only to sell some of her results when necessary.

Gloria de la Poer is interested in immortality. Her personal immortality is assured: she has backups, medichines and a cortical stack like everyone else. She is interested in creations that will live beyond her, and has a fixation on children, literally and figuratively. Her progeny include her son, enhanced for speed and loyalty, who serves as her bodyguard, her two daughters, both enhanced for intelligence, and both now independent and working on their own projects, and a variety of smart animals spliced with sections of her DNA. She is currently attempting to create a morph that will periodically metamorphose, resetting its biological clock as well as altering itself as necessary.


Morph: Menton

Motivations: +Science, +Career, +Immortality

COG 30 COO 15 INT 20 REF 15 SAV 20 SOM 15 WIL 20
MOX - INIT 8 SPD 1 LUC 40 TT 8 IR 80 DUR 35 WT DR 53

Active Skills: Animal Handling 60, Interfacing 80, Investigation 50, Medicine: Biosculpting 75, Medicine: Gene Therapy 70, Medicine: Nanomedicine 70, Networking: Ecologists 50, Networking: Hypercorps 78, Networking: Media 40, Networking: Scientists 68, Perception 50, Persuasion 60, Protocol 80

Knowledge Skills: Academics: Biology 85, Academics: Economics 75, Academics: Genetics 75, Interest: Smart Animals, Language: French (native) 80, Profession: Biodesign 85, Profession: Lab Technician 75

Reputation: c-rep 150, r-rep 90

Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Eidetic Memory, Hyper Linguist, Math Boost, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Vision, Medichines, T-Ray Emitter, Clean Metabolism, Enhanced Pheromones, Endocrine Control


Inspired by the character Sri Hong-Owen from Paul McAuley's The Quiet War.


  1. I really enjoyed The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun, it was like reading the LotR for Eclipse Phase. That and the Takeshi Kovacs series. Good stuff!

    1. I haven't read Altered Carbon yet, but it's on my list!