Aos

Age: 24AOS

Physical appearance: Slim, with a body that has known exercise without currently being highly toned. She has no special training but takes care that her body is sufficiently well prepared to handle the environment she is currently in. Blonde haired and with a tendency to move slowly, she nevertheless is more than capable of pushing herself physically if she feels it necessary. Aos has in the past focused on outward appearance but in her current iteration she tends to dress practically in response to the situations she finds herself in.

Profile: Aos is an anomaly – a population outlier with no clear explanation for her origin. She never fully integrated with her Adjunct and this left her on the outside of society. Unlike The Subject this was not a place she particularly wanted to be and has at times felt intense loneliness and despair. Despite trying a variety of Adjuncts none of them ever allowed her to fully mesh with the city around her. Her response to this was to allow the software of each Adjunct to trigger a change in her outlook, adopting a cyclical model of thought. As she encounters new technology she continually changes her mind set and outlook in response to her circumstances –  a survival strategy to avoid the pain of trying to integrate in to a world she can never join. The personalities linked to the cycles do not retain many memories of previous incarnations (a product of the interference from her implant), although some sense of who she was remains, and any skills learnt remain accessible. She sees herself as an outsider but has at times been able to maintain friendships and relationships. Control is important to her, as succumbing to the volatility of her condition is to her the worst kind of failure. Time passes strangely for her due to her dissociation but the conflict between the Subject and Codec is sufficiently disruptive that it anchors her to the present. She is forced to be more focused to survive and this results in her wishing to take a more active role in shaping her environment than usual. As such she actively seeks to understand both Codec and The Subject, and seeks to influence the outcome in the way that favours her. She finds herself doing far more than that and ends up in control of the most powerful resource in existence. Having rejected both Codec and the Subject she then encounters IXE, and has a chance to influence who he becomes, and by extension what will happen to the nascent post-Adjunct society.

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