Illuminati Catherine "Princess" Lin

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WIP
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  • Name:
    Catherine Lin
    In-Game Name:
    Princess
    Nicknames:
    Cate (preferred name)
    Relationship Status:
    In a relationship
    Twitter:
    @mscatelin (https://twitter.com/mscatelin)
    Age:
    21
    Height:
    5'2" (157 cm)
    Weight:
    100 lbs (45 kg)
    Hair Color:
    Black
    Eye Color:
    Brown
    Birthplace:
    Hong Kong
    Appearance:
    Appearance

    Given that she's a mere 5'2" (157 cm), Cate doesn't really stand out, figuratively or literally. She generally sticks to t-shirts, jeans, and canvas sneakers—nothing too flashy or expensive-looking. Her trademark pixie cut requires little day-to-day maintenance. And her makeup—if she even bothers with it at all—is minimal and comprised of muted natural shades.

    When she wears slightly more revealing outfits, it becomes clear that she takes good care of herself. Her body is slim and athletic, not unlike that of a runner or a dancer, with well-defined muscle tone throughout.

    She's almost always seen with a smartwatch on her wrist and a smartphone in her hand.
    Personality:
    Personality

    Cate is careful to use inviting and welcoming body language. Her face and gestures are highly expressive and animated, making her extremely easy to read and encouraging fast familiarity. She's also quick to share a smile, generous with compliments, easy with laughter, and constantly sharp-witted. As much as possible, she listens intently, taking a genuine interest in what others have to say. It's no wonder she's considered the life of the party, or at the very least, a prominent presence.

    However, despite an easy affability that strongly suggests extroversion, she can sometimes revert to the introversion of her childhood and adolescent years. When necessary, for the sake of mental health and/or safety, she can close herself off completely. It can be a jarring transition to a witness caught unaware.

    Certain topics of conversation or external stimuli will trigger this status shift immediately. Most of these triggers are common to others, but some of them are unique to her. For example, she's extremely reluctant to discuss details of her childhood and early education. Most mentions of her family are met with indifference or outright hostility. Discussions of money and/or gratuitous displays of wealth tend to elicit annoyance and derision.
    General:
    Miscellaneous Odds and Ends

    • Her position within the Illuminati? Classified. Division? Classified. Handler? Classified. Service history? You guessed it, classified. Don't bother asking either, even if you're Team Blue. Even the higher-ups need special authorization to access this information, Kirsten Geary included.
    • Most characters aren't going to ICly know most of the things written here, especially about her special abilities. Even her closest friends are privy to 10% of this information at most, and that's how she prefers it.
    • She doesn't have a fixed call sign. It changes with every mission.
    • Like most Illuminati agents, she possesses a company credit card. However, hers is a prestigious black card, whereas other agents of similar rank and seniority are typically issued platinum cards or below. This tends to raise eyebrows.
    • She has no tracking implant (grafted to her spine or otherwise). It was removed for a deep-cover assignment and never replaced. However, she is actively monitored by other means at all times.
    • English is the only language she speaks fluently. However, she knows a few key words and phrases in Spanish and French.
    • Her sexuality may be accurately described as bisexual or pansexual. More often than not, she identifies herself simply as "out and proud queer".
    • Her FC is the lovely Jessica Lu.
  • History:
    Early History

    Catherine Lin is the youngest child of Harold and Joan Lin, according to available records. Immigration records indicate that Harold Lin settled in the United States in December 1996, followed by the remainder of the family in August 1999. They established themselves in the town of West Nyack, NY, approximately 31 miles north of New York City.

    The present whereabouts of Mr. and Mrs. Lin are unknown, and no reliable and/or detailed information exists regarding either of their backgrounds. It is possible that their names are merely aliases. Repeated interrogation of Ms. Lin has yielded little useful information about them. Her recollections tend to be traumatic to the point of incapacitating, suggesting a profoundly troubled childhood.

    She has one sibling, an older sister named Elizabeth Lin Mendelsohn. Dr. Mendelsohn is a robotics and artificial intelligence researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Lin maintains a friendly, albeit distant relationship with her sister.

    Academic records indicate that Ms. Lin was "bright, with extraordinary potential" but also "acted out frequently" and habitually showed up to class late or not at all. At best, she met minimum standards of academic performance, but just barely—except in computers, where she excelled. She had a 2.1 GPA when she left high school; she never received a diploma, something that she openly boasts about.

    At the age of 17, she left home and moved to New York City with Katherine Macmillan, her girlfriend at that time and the daughter of deceased agent Jonathan Macmillan. In order to make ends meet, the two resorted to petty theft and cons. They enjoyed great initial success and notoriety. Though they crossed paths with law enforcement on a number of occasions, the two of them were not formally charged with any crimes, and they were usually released within 24 hours of arrest. However, in the wake of the Macmillan deaths, Ms. Lin's fortunes waned. She became the prime suspect in an ATM card skimming case, and with a warrant issued for her arrest, she went into hiding and switched her focus from street crime to internet crime.

    She came to the Illuminati's attention following an investigation into repeated network breaches directed against Labyrinth systems. The agents investigating the breaches were reportedly impressed by her abilities and pushed for recruitment over punitive action, as long as she had not already pledged loyalty to another faction. Furthermore, it was decided that her criminal record would be expunged, with the understanding that it could be restored if she ever acted against the organization.

    Following the investigation, and having successfully located Ms. Lin, recruiters were dispatched to offer her a position. She formally joined the Illuminati in June 2014.
  • Abilities:
    Proficiencies

    As a Gaia-gifted individual (otherwise known as a "bee"), Cate possesses rapid healing, emergency dematerialization/rematerialization, and the ability to channel anima. However, due to unknown factors, the effects are diminished in her case. Therefore, compared to her peers, it can take up to twice as long to recover from illness, injuries, and chemically-induced effects (such as drugs and poisons).

    She possesses a sharply honed mind, and most of her proficiencies stem from that. She often falls in the genius range on intelligence tests (150 on the Stanford–Binet scale, for example), but typically downplays this. In addition to her aforementioned persuasive abilities, she's widely regarded as a tech expert, highly skilled with computers and numerous other types of electronic devices. Though extremely knowledgeable in the field of information security and skilled at system intrusion, she tends to eschew the "hacker" label, as she's not fond of the negative connotations attached to it. If asked, she tends to refer to herself simply as a consultant or an enthusiast.

    Thanks to a stint as a master thief, she's also capable of quiet movement, free running, scouting, forced entry techniques (such as lock picking), pickpocketing, detection evasion, and silent takedowns (both lethal and non-lethal). She has internalized these abilities to the extent that even her normal everyday walk goes undetected by all but the most alert. She also maintains a high level of situational awareness at all times.

    Last but not least, she employs anima-assisted mental compartmentalization. She actively enforces strict divisions within her mind—for example, between her work and personal lives. Particularly tragic and/or uncomfortable memories are pushed to the far recesses of her subconscious mind and sealed off, minimizing short-term emotional trauma. However, from time to time, these barriers have been known to falter. This generally results in an incapacitating nervous breakdown that lasts for several days.

    Her compartmentalization technique confers an intriguing side benefit—near-immunity to mind-reading and psionic attacks. Her robust mental defenses can injure or even kill an individual who insists on pressing too far.

    Weapons and Combat Technique

    Due to her lack of physical strength and robustness relative to her peers, she prefers to evade and flank her opponents, and she attempts to catch them unaware whenever possible. As part of this overall strategy, she has mastered a technique known as "blinking", a sudden burst of speed that moves her almost instantly between one point and another up to five yards away. This may confuse and disorient some opponents, as it grants the illusion of teleportation without the use of magic.

    Whenever possible, she avoids the use of deadly weapons. If pressed, she's a decent shot with her suppressed Glock 19 pistol, though accuracy begins to drop at 25 yards and plummets significantly at distances exceeding 50 yards. Performance with higher-caliber sidearms, SMGs, and rifles is mixed at best due to her inability to compensate for high recoil.

    She has dabbled with other weapon types and combat methods. Most notably, she trained in elemental magic for a time, though largely abandoned it due to its incompatibility with her preferred stealth approach. Nevertheless, on occasion, she's been known to toss a fireball or two. She's also received patchwork hand-to-hand combat training from a number of instructors, rarely progressing beyond the basics in any given school. The result is a fighting style that's uniquely hers, a greatest-hits mix of techniques from various martial arts.
  • RP Hooks:
    You might know Cate if...

    • You grew up with her in West Nyack, NY. Note that if you go this route, she may be especially hesitant to interact with you initially.
    • You worked in The Labyrinth, especially the information security department, at any time between June 2014 to January 2016.
    • You're currently or formerly part of the "Network" (a.k.a. The Host), a decentralized group of Illuminati agents.
    • You're a student at the Bourough of Manhattan Community College.
    • You attend various music shows that cater to secret worlders.
    • You follow her on Twitter.

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