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NPC Gloria Howell
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Gloria Howell#1114

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⛭ N.A.P.A. UI: Linguistics Mastery
Neural Augmentation Program Applications UI have created sophisticated wet drive software that assists the user in understanding a library of thousands of languages known throughout human space including hundreds of dead languages. This utility works subconsciously, giving the user natural understanding and ability to speak in various languages and dialects, though it is common to speak faster than the words can come to mind. The ability is only retained while the utility is installed.

[Requires a wet drive utility slot ⛭]
x 7,000 (100%)
Supratech Nini 1080 Wetdrive
This small implant is a neural augmentation computer that assists the brain. It can be discreet or obvious based on the interests of the user. Depending on the program disks installed it can perform a wide range of functions. This model has two general slots and one utility slot.

Program Slots: 2
Dedicated Utility Slots: 1
💀 [Do not mix manufactures in program slots or brain injury may occur.]
x 28,000 (100%)
Forculus HoloCard
For the odd individual with an appreciation of the simple things, or perhaps a sense of humor, the HoloCard will surprise your friends with 3D projected confetti, music, and a video recording from you! The card itself is only a few inches wide and celebrates the otherwise uninteresting Forculus system with an animated image of its only habitable city, Irrational Exuberance.
x 1 (20%)
Embroidered Sport Dress
Utility Slots: 1
This attire is a respectable fashion statement for imperial citizens in any circumstance. It provides low defense and medium style. It can be worn in conjunction with armor modifiers. It is popular among public officials and nobility.
x 402 (67%)
Holo-Me Extender
This equipment can be installed at your location to extend your Holo-Me interaction ability in CMDR rented locations outside of the Diamond Plaza Hub. It is also useful for interacting with certain characters securely, especially characters in shadow.

Use this item to make your communications more secure as Holo-Me operates on a quantum network. The only way a hacker can intercept your transmission is by using an Encryption Cracking Unit.
x 500 (100%)
Crystal Memory Bank
This high-tech device is capable of storing a Exabyte of encrypted data making it an ideal way to transport secure information outside of your ship. Missions requiring data delivery in person will require a memory storage device of some kind so it is a good idea to keep at least one on hand.

[Memory Banks are required for storing data packages which can be delivered to a mission provider. It can be exchanged with a Used Memory Bank if there is data on it that is worth selling or delivering.]
x 220 (44%)
HoloStream Recorder
This device is essential for those wanting to film for the highest quality streams of Aisling Media, specifically The People's Media. It can also be used to start your career as a reporter by getting direct access to the live stream while on location of the action.
Consider owning one of these if you are trying to sell a story to Alicia Mellor.
x 30 (30%)
Suppressed Pistol
Light Kinetic Weapon
+ Damage
This specialty sidearm is popular for discrete operations due to the effective sound and muzzle flash suppression system. It can fire almost silently and is easy to reload, though it does low damage.
x 3,000 (100%)
Arachnid Spawn Countermeasure
Based on the Rodent Population Regulator, this device emits high frequency sounds which will repel the Dheurapidus-Emskinn-Expandere Arachne 17, better known as Spawn Spider, to a distance of 5 meters. Without this device, the user is exposed to the horrors of the Arachnid Spawn Grenade, a certain death in seconds should the creatures penetrate your armor. This device is an experimental one developed by Life's Rift and funded by Overseer Allan Quatermain. Local supply of this device is limited to the production efforts of CMDRs in the Cubeo system.
x 1,000 (100%)
Camera Drone
No Weapons | Manual Control
No Damage | 500m Range | 8hr Battery
This device acts as a media capture unit. It is small enough to be carried by the user and is armed with a high powered recorder making it an ideal supporter for any private journalist. Coverage from the sky is perfect for any event and the footage can be highly desired if the owner knows how to make a sell. This drone can work for 8 hours at a time and reach 500 meters from the user.
x 1,000 (100%)
⧉ First Encounters: Charisma
+5 to Charisma
Intended to help you find that unique someone, First Encounters has created a wet drive program that will assist the user with charisma. This will increase your natural skill in speech-craft and will generally make you more attractive. It is only compatible with other First Encounter programs.

[Requires a wet drive slot be installed on the user]
x 5,000 (100%)
⧉ First Encounters: Luck
+5 to Luck
Intended to help you find that unique someone, First Encounters has created a wet drive program that will assist the user with getting lucky, because you will probably need it. This software will make you more confident about your odds among other things. It is only compatible with other First Encounter programs.

[Requires a wet drive slot be installed on the user]
x 5,000 (100%)
Knife
Light Kinetic Weapon
+ Damage
Every pilot should consider keeping a knife on hand as a last resort. This weapon can cut through flight suits and some armors with ease.
x 50 (100%)
Kewell Elysium 3305
Class: Street
Engine: Electric
Fuel: Lane Power/Battery
Speed: 90 m/s
Self Driving: Yes
Seats: 2
Recognized for sleek and asymmetrically classy designs, Kewell gives you a comfortable experience when commuting through the city. Covas equipped and auto or semi-auto driving, this is one of the more popular street powered cars on the market.
x 36,500 (100%)
CryoMed Health Kit
This kit contains cutting edge medical technology for stabilizing critical injuries in the field. When used the injured person will be able to resume a mission so long as no further critical injuries are sustained.

[This item is used to heal critical injuries. Disposable items are consumed after a single use.]
x 100 (100%)
Holo-Me Decoy Projector
Activation:
Open [NOTES] for instructions on use.

Installed in a utility slot, this small device will create a burst of hologram clones in every direction with random orientations making it very difficult for foes to track the user. They last for several seconds and are accompanied with shimmering sounds as a distraction. The holograms are high quality and will cast accurate shadows in a majority of lighting conditions. It creates massive amounts of heat.
x 25,000 (100%)
  • Note
Auto Field Maintenance Unit
Activation:
Open [NOTES] for instructions on use.

Installed in a utility slot, this small device will repair malfunctioned gear, armor, accessories, and other utility modules at the cost of heavy heat buildup. It will prolong combat and exploratory missions. The device cannot repair itself and will further cannibalize itself with each sequential use. At least one is recommended during prolonged missions as armor integrated utility units are prone to regular malfunctions.
x 500 (100%)
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Inventory

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Chaff Launcher
Activation:
Open [NOTES] for instructions on use.

Installed in a utility slot, this small device will launch a shower of light weight tracking disruptors making the user nearly invulnerable to enemy drones, visual assistant systems, and sensors by wildly expanding the user's heat signature. It has enough ammo to last through most engagements. It creates very little heat.
x 100 (100%)
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Nisara Multitech Jacket
Utility Slots: 4
This high grade jacket from Nisara Multitech is an exemplary Imperial design serving as a defense unit for tactical operations providing high defense and medium style. It features 4 utility slots for defense improvements and can be worn in conjunction with armor modifiers. It is popular among mercenaries and explorers.

x 15,000 (100%)
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Bio

AGE: 31 (born October 19, 3276) ORIGIN: Howell Estate, north of Capital City, Cubeo HOME: Raven Tower, Capital City, Cubeo OCCUPATION: Independent Reporter, currently employed with the Branch of Vigor and Marina Yao at The People's Media; also leading the Howell Vineyards Capital City Wine Store in Raven Tower RELATIONS: Gabriel Howell (Father), Henrietta Howell (Mother), Gina Howell aka. "The Tulip" (Twin Sister, Deceased), Marina Yao (Fiancé) PERKS: Can always recover from being knocked down, hit by burst force, or anything in the narrative that would knock them off balance.

Gloria Howell was born into the Howell family in 3276. She is an identical twin, born just about fifteen minutes after her sister Gina. They grew up on the Howell Vineyards, a traditional family wine business about half an hour of a ride north of Capital City. Both sisters were expected to integrate into the wine business and take over the vineyards after their parents.

They had a great childhood until things suddenly changed in 3289. It was supposed to be a very special day for the twins as it was the first time their parents took them to space. The Howells went to Chelomey Orbital for a special business export arrangement. To allow them to experience the wonder of space and a space station they took their kids with them, giving them to a local childcare service during the business meeting. As the kids were playing with other children that had busy parents on the station, one of the caretakers took Gina away. Furious to find Gina gone when they wanted to pick the kids up again, Gloria's family immediately alerted station security and began a search. It was too late. The caretaker was found hiding and questioned until he confessed that he wanted to hold the girl hostage in an airlock for ransom. Something went wrong and the airlock opened before he even started his extortion. They were too late; Gina's corpse could not be found. They would never see her again. The caretaker was scheduled to be executed for his crime.

The tragedy created a stir. News articles spoke about the "Howell Tragedy" at length and how a horrible crime like that could happen. The family was devastated and mourning for a long time. In a very bittersweet way, the incident and the people's compassion with the Howells gave the business more attention than ever before and increased sales of Howell wine significantly. After some time of coping with the situation, a special memorial for Gina was built into the eastern wall of the manor of the Howell Estate.

The Howell business continued and slowly left the public shadow of the Howell Tragedy over the next dozen years. When the politics in the bubble began to change and Aisling Duval started controlling Cubeo with a progressive and populist view, the vineyards were affected by the ban on Imperial Slavery. Of course, like pretty much every business of that kind, the Howell vineyards had also relied on labor from Imperial Slaves. The ban imposed several challenges to overcome and they adapted quickly - earning them a lot of positive press coverage. It was not possible to just turn all the slaves into fully paid employees. Cuts had to be made as the higher standards made it impossible to keep the same number of workers. Nevertheless, the Howells made sure every single worker from Imperial Slavery was freed of their debts. They either got a very reasonable formal and well-paid employment offer or were sponsored to find new opportunities elsewhere, mostly in Capital City. Since the Empire values manual human labor and frowns upon robot automation, there was the problem of keeping the vineyards running with fewer employees. To address this situation, they came up with the concept of Companion Drones. Every worker has a personal Companion Drone that assists with tasks that do not need the "human touch" to make Howell wine the best wine north of Capital City. It mixed the advantages of valued human employees with an acceptable level of automation from the helper drones. Again, the vineyards got some media attention that improved their reputation. As of today, the Howell Vineyards have around 1000 employees, spread across the vineyards with apartments near the main estate, additional housing across the fields, as well as some commuting from Capital City.

For Gloria, things were not always easy after she became a single child of the Howell family. As she grew older, she became somewhat sick of the prospect of continuing the vineyards. She wanted to get away from it, the pressure of being expected to take over, and the haunting memories of Gina. While she was still proud of her family's legacy, she discovered an interest in stories and reporting. The criminal incident with Gina might have awoken an interest in stories of heroes fighting crime. To her fortune, her parents supported her and allowed her to do whatever she wanted. The loss of Gina had changed their view - they just wanted their only remaining daughter to be happy. Around the age of 20, she moved to the city of Portstown and started her first job as an independent journalist. There were little of the exciting and dangerous stories she was hoping to tell, but she still enjoyed her work. After years of low-scale writing there, she got hungry for more and decided to move to Capital City itself.

Things changed again for Gloria when she met Lord Warden Mystler and Vice Warden Catherine Edmunds dating on Trapeze in 3306. She took the opportunity to offer her services and start press coverage for the Branch of Vigor, which would benefit from it a lot as it was rebuilding its reputation after the Vigor in Peril drama. The Lord Warden would later accept the offer and Gloria would start working on her "The Heroes of Reality" program, telling stories of members of the Branch of Vigor and the Overseers, raising awareness for the people that protect the citizens of Cubeo and beyond on a daily basis.

That was not all that changed though. Catherine recognized Gloria's appearance and after some questioning realized that Gloria is the twin sister of Gina. Gina was not killed in an accident back on Chelomey - the entire thing was staged by a criminal organization and Gina was, in fact, kidnapped alive. Her memories were wiped and she was raised under the codename of "The Tulip", indoctrinated to be an agent, infiltrator, and assassin of the organization called "The Order". The Order aimed to influence and rig the area of nearby systems to their own vision of what the Empire should be, all from the shadows of a hidden base. Catherine was abducted the same way as a child (her codename was "The Orchid"). Gina and Catherine were friends - as far as the Order allowed that - also trying to beat each other on a "scoreboard" of who is the better agent. After many years together in the Order, Catherine had a miraculous incident that made her slowly regain her memories and realize the terror she was part of. Catherine ended up destroying the Order and its base from within. In the process, she fought and killed Gina. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

Catherine decided to tell Gloria the truth, even if it hurt. Catherine saw an innocent and free version of her former "friend" and wanted to start a friendship with Gloria. Nevertheless, she underestimated the impact that telling Gloria would have on her. Gloria was filled with rage. She hated Catherine for telling her the truth after it had taken her so long to come to terms with the only old version that her family knew. She hated Catherine for not saving Gina when Catherine was able to save herself, denying that Catherine tried to emphasize that she saw no way to redeem Gina. She hated Catherine for having such a dark past yet being alive and happy in a Vice Warden position when Gloria had to deal with the fact that her sister was a dead murderer. The rage festered and turned into an obsession. Gloria picked up some martial arts and gun training to channel her rage. She also tried to get Overseer Allan Quatermain to arrest and punish Catherine, a plan that only failed because the High Overseer himself dropped the case.

It reached the boiling point when she decided to take up an invitation by Catherine. After some conversation, Gloria wanted to serve "justice" and "retribution" herself and pulled a gun on Catherine. She was close to pulling the trigger, turning herself into a murderer as well. However, Catherine managed to talk her out of it and offer her the ear and the help Gloria needed to process her inner turmoil. The two decided to start over and try becoming friends. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

Their friendship grew rapidly after that as the two women reinforced each other in different aspects of their lives. For Catherine, it was having a real friend, better than the Tulip before. Gloria on the other hand started to admire Catherine for her strength in everything she has been through. Gloria would eventually end up Catherine's best friend, also serving as maid of honor at Catherine's wedding.

Shortly before the wedding, Gloria also met Marina Yao for the first time. Marina was a new CMDR that quickly gained a lot of reputation as an independent reporter. She reached out to Marina to jump on the train and use her to get more attention, offering a partnership of independent reporters. Gloria got much more than she expected as Marina turned out to be a great and generous friend, offering her a new space right next to her in Raven Tower. Marina also got both of them into an affiliated position with Rupey Bear at The People's Media.

In the following weeks, Gloria and Marina got closer and closer. They shared their traumas of lost sisters (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser), had a dangerous deep sea adventure (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser), and even had to cope with the two of them accidentally killing a manned ship together. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

They went through a lot together, in just a short amount of time, all the while reinforcing each other and making each other happy like never before. Just like Marina, Gloria began to realize that she had deeper feelings for Marina. Both of them had to discover their feelings on their own at first until, with a little bit of help from Catherine, they finally talked about it, kissed, and started a relationship. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

In the following months, their relationship deepened and even held throughout a period of separation when Marina went into the dangerous valley of Evermore to learn about the locals for a short while. There, she witnessed the destruction of an entire city, requiring Gloria to help her deal with the trauma after she returned.

Gloria's family was then challenged as the Dawes Group Holdings megacorporation from Achenar attempted to buy their vineyards for commercialized mass-production as part of their beverage empire. The Howells resisted that takeover despite the enormous sum that was offered, trying to protect their identity and principles. Dawes followed by acquiring the competing Ortega vineyards instead and running a smear campaign against the Howells. They also bought all Howell stock in an attempt to make it unavailable for consumers, favoring Ortega wine instead. Luckily, the Howell Vineyards got a lot of support, most notably by the Bear family and Lady Rupey Bears position in the People's Media. Howell wine started to become more of a special rare commodity for connoisseurs while Ortega wine proceeded to take over the cheap market.

Alongside Marina, Gloria started to rethink what she wants from life. She started to feel more responsible and interested in her family's business. However, since running the vineyards still wasn't something that she considered herself capable and qualified for, she instead decided to take initiative in opening and running a new Howell Vineyards Capital City Wine Store in Raven Tower. It would become her main project alongside being a reporter for "The Heroes of Reality".

With help from Marina, who contributed trading licenses, and the success of the new store in Capital City, the Howell Vineyards' market stabilized, their reputation grew, and they signed a lot of export deals to make Howell wine more accessible outside Cubeo, in other areas of the Empire as well as the Prismatic Imperium's Adamantine Union region.

A very emotional time came when Marina wanted to do something special for Gloria: acquiring her sister's body. Marina had reached out to Catherine before but received a denial. However, after Gloria and Marina happened to meet a former victim that was manipulated by the Tulip and Gloria even saw a picture of her sister, Catherine realized Gloria's deep connection to her sister. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser) She trusted Marina with the location and Marina went on a dangerous expedition to recover Gina's body. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser) Following that, Gloria was confronted with sadness but also with closure that her sister's body was finally returned. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser) Together with Marina and Catherine, they went to the Howell Vineyards and held a small funeral, welcoming her back home. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

When, a while later and after a series of other events, Marina got kidnapped by the Diamond Market in an attack on Raven Tower, Gloria was devastated. Thankfully, Marina returned safely after having been through a deadly game for the entertainment of the market sponsors. The first thing Marina did when seeing Gloria was to propose and the two got engaged. (Open in Discord Desktop App | Browser)

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