Barry Brown

Basic Info:

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Barry Brown. Photo Taken June, 1954.
Player: SnakeoilSage

Position: Counterintelligence and Internal Affairs.

Demeanor: Barry embodies the paranoia and "need to know" attitude that characterized the Red Scare in the United States. Every action is questioned, every intention is suspect, everyone is a potential turncoat. Deep down Barry is bitter, lonely, and miserable. He has abandonment issues, and is hostile towards any attempts to garner his trust.

Nature: Suspicious

Description: Five foot, ten inches (178 centimeters) tall, weighing in around 180 lbs with the build of a lightweight boxer. (81.6 KG). Eyes blue, hair black. Caucasian of Germanic descent. He has to wear glasses (he's near-sighted).

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Basic Skills
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 5
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 4
  • Strength: 3
Pseudo-Specialty Skills
  • Melee: 2
  • Ranged: 2
  • Survival: 4
  • Sneak: 4
  • Engineering: 4
Specialty Skills:
  • Boffin: (4) Barry is schooled as an electronics and mechanical engineer, trained to build and repair radios and telephones. He's also self-taught at building small explosives (flashbangs and pipe bombs), lock-picking, security systems, and constructing, detecting and/or disarming traps using hardware store components.
  • Empty Your Pockets: (4) Barry habitually pockets items that could be valuable as tools. If called for he might possess loose change, food rations, paper clips, extra rounds of ammunition, and crafting materials (duct tape, scissors, string, needle and thread, etc.), but nothing bigger than a palm-sized object.
  • Lightweight Boxer: (4) Barry keeps fit by training as a lightweight-class boxer. Agility - that is, good footwork and accurate hits - are more important at his class than power or toughness.

Possessions:

List everything your character carries on their person here. Be reasonable.

  • Spectacles (Needed)
  • Trench Coat
  • Colt Official Police revolver (FBI Standard Issue)
  • Shotgun
  • "Foundation's Finest" cigarettes
  • Matches
  • Swiss Army Knife

And everything that they keep in their room at Site 19. Anything that's not listed here or in the section above will be difficult for the character to retrieve.

  • Electronics tools and scraps for repair work.
  • Survivalist pamphlets and "build your own" explosive and trap guides.
  • Conspiracy Theorist magazines
  • Military rations
  • Bug-Out Bag containing money, false ID, extra clothes, food, ammo.

Personal History:

Barry was born in 1921, and grew up idolizing his grandfather as a WWI war hero. When WWII loomed, Barry's father enlisted and became a hero as well in his eyes. But his father never came home. Listed officially as "MIA," everyone concluded that his father had simply died in action and been buried somewhere in Europe.

Barry never accepted this explanation. He believed his father was still alive, held by the Soviets or fighting some new war across the sea. His mother worked long hours to support them both, and Barry became an introverted young man. His world became full of strangers who had something to do with his father's disappearance.

Barry eventually got an apprenticeship at an electronics store, and came to see his employer, Hector Westbrook, as a surrogate father. Westbrook was himself a WWII vet who saw the impending Cold War and rise of Communism as a plague that demanded American intervention, and Barry both fed and was fed by Westbrook's paranoia.

During this time, Barry's mother contracted Polio and was crippled by it, losing almost all function in her arms and hands and relying on Barry more than ever. He was forced to reject Westbrook's offer of a scholarship at NYU to and instead took a lesser trade course in electronics and engineering at Rookwood Community College where he could be closer to his mother. He came to resent her for holding him back, and eventually gave in to Westbrook's suggestion to have her committed to a full-time care facility.

Also at Westbrook's urging, Barry applied for a position within the FBI as both men believed the FBI would be at the forefront of hunting down Communist infiltrators under Senator MacCarthy's leadership. While training at Quantico, Barry learned that his mother had died in the hospital. Despite their rocky relationship, Barry was devastated by his mother's passing and blamed Westbrook for pushing them apart, cutting ties with his long-time mentor.

Barry served as a counterintelligence agent with the FBI for less than two years before he was approached by the Foundation. Almost overwhelmed by the truth of the world he'd been living in, Barry became obsessed with learning as much as he could of this secretive "true world" lurking in the shadows and ensuring that the Foundation - and by his thinking, the United States and her Allies - would forever have the edge over the Soviet Union.

Miscellaneous:

Dossier(s)
"Alim:" Russian or satellite. Crippled hand (burn?)
Security Threat: High

"Artyom:" Russian. KGB definite (GRU-P possible?). Makarov/Tokarev (reliable supply of Russian munitions?). Close-quarters, possible assassin/wetwork. War vet possible. Anti-American.
Security Threat: High.

"Kit:" British Royal Corps, Sapper Team. Korea. Scarred. "Yes sir, no sir, I'll blow up that bridge, sir." Blackmailed to Foundation (Court Martial avoidance?).
Security Threat: Medium.

"Mickey:" Cook (Good). Seems to have entire site's cooperation and good word.
Security Threat: High.

"Ralph:" Albertan/Canadian. Friendly/patronizing. Hockey enthusiast.
Security Threat: Medium.

"Victor:Vincent:" Bisexual. Control issues.
Security Threat: Medium.

I caught 3 rats today.

XP:

None.

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