Adrian Zhan
late 20s
210 lbs
signature color
blank white
screen name
The ambitious yet indifferent Adrian Zhan he/him moved to North Mural to begin an abrupt career as a journalist. His unassuming disposition and calculated life seem at odds with the showiness of his conspicuous cheek tattoos, which - much like his former military experience - he refuses to talk about. Default's sudden presence in his life rouses his connection to the half-diety, FM, as well as a world that some might know as "the Fade" - but what greater plans did it interrupt?
steady, systematic, incalculable
memorization, athleticism, keeping his cool
maxing out stats in video games
weapon of choice
modern condominium
fav. food
protein bar
fav. drink
protein drink
post-rock, avant-garde
90° angles, 60°F showers, most stones
car sounds, unexpected ingredients in meals
fun fact
knows the latin names for 4,201 animals
likes a range of body and personality types
feelings towards others
I don't get why Default is so hung up on this guy...
We've only met once or twice.
I'm helping him out for a little while. I'm not going to let him get hurt.
why does she seem so familiar?
I feel like I can trust him.
She's annoying.
sleep setup
memory-foam valefornia king mattress on a minimalist white bedframe
class background
upper-middle class
income level
enough to not worry about accidentally running out
preferred underwear
navy blue or grey boxer-briefs
physical insecurity
unsatisfying beard
fav. animal
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans)
animal they'd be
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
fav. movie
Stalker (1979)
fav. school subject
gym, yearbook committee
dream job
being in charge of museum inventory
the interface is all in simplified Chinese, but it's pretty boring otherwise
strains encountered
As a blank, Adrian does not encounter strangers.
He's back. (Was he gone? It feels like he's been somewhere else for a long time.)
Mission Achieved – "We Did It"
With all overseas attempts at liberation now declared "totally accomplished" ...
Either way, he's here now. And, as for how he gets involved in this whole world... even though it's not like he knows the rest of them all that well, he's always been around, just at the edges. Being a blank still isn't standard, after all. And he's not, like, a bad guy or anything.
Because a blank's thoughtform is larger than what is normally thought of as the typical space of a person's, and a stranger cannot intersect a thoughtform, he cannot get close to strangers; they either destabilize, become highly intangible, or dissipate in his presence. Due to this influence on the area around him, Adrian has little in common with the sensitives, but is not an unknown or unfamiliar figure within the larger non-standard social scene.
As in, even a sensitive can't see them, you know?
description: abstract image denoting the collision event.
The Collision
At the moment of the bomb's explosion, the outer dimension of the Fade draws nearer to the structure of Space Madness. The collision between the two worlds exiles the gosdragon, FM, into city of North Mural. Lacking a physical body, the demigod's nurenform tethers itself to the thoughtform of Adrian Zhan, a blank.
It's not that he's lost.
But, that time feels like it belonged to another world. Like it wasn't him.
And it's not that he doesn't know who he is, or where he came from. It's more like this is all a dream... or, like he's been waiting, but didn't know it.
photography... it's great, but it's not the "real thing".
there's something you can't ever capture.
whoa, are you working out? like that??? okay IF...
you might get better results if you do it... letter-by-letter! that's how the greeks did it, or genghis khan, impressive to you is this secret, working out muscle by muscle, from the abductor digiti minimi to the zygomaticus!!!
You're that blank guy, right?
Yeah. And you're a psychic.
He's not sure why he does it.
So, you can come back with me.
(After a long pause, a hopeful smile.)
Yeah- alright. I'd like that.
the Psychic and the Blank
During the course of their relationship, Adrian and Default experience a number of hyper-real, dreamlike events. These incidents hinge upon their natures as a blank and a psychic, respectively. Because a psychic has a "split" thoughtform, and an "empty" has a halo-shaped thoughtform, they can act almost like a "tuning rod" for certain dimensional phenomena. One half of Default's thoughtform can be on either side of Adrian's, giving them a kind of polarity that is magnetic to each other, and either magnetic, or repelling in force.
This very active and reactive resonance is responsible for the phenomena that they encounter during their part of the story; 'echoes' and 'rips' that only they can see.
Though, it's not easy for him to adjust to another person.
there's a way to make it better
so, there's someone new in your apartment.
and he's got a body, a human body with its own problems.
pet bed for human, put person in other room, now today $$$ SAVE
can't decide on a movie? you want to watch the story... and your partner's always...!
so horny but!!!? long movies with minimal story, three hour music videos, russian or other foreign, no dialogue, no scandinavian subtitles, concentrate and still multitask ¿½ »
wait, we weren't finished
do you want to make your weekend perfect?
what about the animal museum? © © © now, with less zebras !!!
this is no distraction, it's here to help
a million years... a million years is a long time.
do you think it'll finish... in a million years? YOUR DOWNLOAD. YOUR DOWNLOAD IS TAKING A MILLION YEARS.
working out your hallucis muscles much?
working out the Adductor Hallucis? or the Flexor Hallucis Brevis? what about your... hallucination muscles? are you seeing hallucinations that are impacting your ability to connect with your loved ones, or your CORE MUSCLE GROUPS?
But, the flash of the lighthouse is the glow of the bomb from the other side. FM is pulled out of the Fade, and exiled backwards in time to the start of Space Madness, where his nurenform entangles with the thoughtform of the blank, Adrian Zhan.