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LAST UPDATED: 02.04.2018Dr. Jake Kilmore was a nuclear physicist previously involved in a secret government (US) program that even he couldn’t see either end of.
His life on Earth was a long string of code words, science of destruction, and top secrecy; his work-life was a never-ending train of receiving written orders from above only to find that the instructions on How-To are classified. The facts are this: none. The suspicions and likelihoods are this: that secret nuclear project may have been a little less than “above-board.”
Faced with jail time, Kilmore was persuaded to work on behalf of government ethics departments in incriminating his friends & colleagues. And since nobody likes a rat, he was then unceremoniously shipped off to [REDACTED] as an unseemly loose end.
Dr. Kilmore is your average workplace annoyance: goofy, very talkative, open-minded in an offensively touristy way, a cool buddy but a bad friend. He’s very smart but is also guileless
, and while he can apparently wear a wire and play the puppet in plots & manipulations, he ain’t so hot at laying them out himself (or seeing them coming). He’s talented but, idk, do you really want him researching unimpeded here?
Dr. Kilmore is a good buddy, but be wary about him as a confidant. What's good for hanging out with, shootin' the shit, chewin' the fat, dissing the exes, etc. isn't necessarily good for... well... anything else. He's a pal but he's not your friend, and in fact if you're wondering about that you should maybe ask his other friends how they're doing--oh that's right! They disappeared following his yellow-bellied testimony against them. Kilmore's fun, don't get me wrong, and he makes for a good Friday night, for an enjoyable time, for wild & kooky experience trying new "exotic" foods or strange new games but-- he is, in many ways, a petulant boy who's still healthily afraid of so many darknesses. That said, if all you're looking for is a clown to past the time with, come on down! Just... careful about looking any deeper, OK? There are some horrors in there.
He’s had a few. Kilmore is bisexual but his romantic history is about 80% heterosexual, probably because of a lingering nostalgia for his first serious love, an older married woman--it didn’t work out. A few years after that affair crumbled, he tried to recapture his affections by marrying his own woman--that didn’t work out either. While he’s been engaged primarily with women, it is probably worthwhile to note that his couple of entanglements with men were largely healthier, fuller, more intimate relationships than others (but also had a ring of tourism to them). His navigation of genders and sexes suggests he believes in a chasm of understanding between two primary experiences, male & female (#patriarchy). He treats women well, and is especially respectful to women scientists, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that (a) we thought he might be trying to recapture an object of his past too frequently and (b) any boy reverts hurtfully to boyhood in weaker moments. Also! He’s very monogamous and he hardly ever thinks of anyone even a little bit younger than him with anything but, I don’t know, what’s the feeling most associated with a pat on the head? Condescension, I think?
Very doable. Look at this man. You may not think of it to see his yoga act or to watch his Hawaiian-print ways (alt: to watch him enthuse about certain brands of bubble bath over others, or to hear him oooh and aaaah over the culinary sophistication of Darden chain restaurants), but there is a whole labyrinth of political atrocity likely curling in his wake. He's not the most malicious character I own, but he's the most destructive, not in small part due to field and career. He lacks a conscience, and too much of what he does requires that. He can stumble into enemies too as he's completely unable to see traps and ploys. Additionally, he's not above petty acts of spite (#childish) and will openly brag about taking his wife's name in their divorce and keeping it just to be difficult. Think of a boy. You're dealing with a very tall, very frustrated boy. He's been in a few unserious fistfights in his life (some of them here on [REDACTED]) and often just uses his size (big, tall, and partly metal) to protect him. Have at it.
subplotsRESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT:
- You don't have a choice in the matter: R&D is chock full
of themed work days
now, and even if you don't participate (like most) you're getting too many memos about it. For sure. (Note: he buys lunch for people who DO participate, so maybe you want to keep that bowler handy for Hat Day)
- I picked Kilmore up primarily to do ~science~ in a way my other characters just can’t so I’m super open to science team-ups and projects. I'm talking about the good and the bad, from radiation leaks to powering [REDACTED].
- Kilmore self-experiments and volunteers to be the guinea pig for experiments quite frequently. Too frequently.
What's the REAL reason he has no kids?
- Kilmore's caused a radiation leak on [REDACTED] before, so keep an eye on him! If you see anything hazardous you might want to think about reporting it to @Debbie
- Regularly teams up on SCIENCE! with biomechanic @Juno Guerrera
and genetic engineer @Dr Poppy Moreau Ph.D.
but we hear electrical engineer @Samira Mahajan
hates his guts, among others...
- Is more than a little peeved about having to humor lab assistant @Fatima Kahurah
, despite the fact that she's probably saved his life at least once, maybe twice...
- Idolizes and damn-near worships @Alva Fairchild
, his long time germ-warfare hero. Sends her too much fan-mail and will volunteer his time to assist her in her experiments.
- That damn cat of his gets out all the time
and may in fact be meddling with some of your guys' lab results and research! Don't touch her, she's probably irradiated.DOWNTIME:
- Ruh-roh! You've got a cybernetic
domino effect on your hands now! Kilmore's been outfitted with a cyberarm (request) and leg (horrific accident)! What will he replace next?
- Visits his
old AI buddy/cyberdesigner @Ozzy de la Rocha
on a semi-regular basis to complete software/hardware updates, etc.
- Kilmore is terrible
. He accidentally tramples over them all the time--he doesn't even know they're there! You can bet I want to replay some of his vital mistakes so if you need a plot to go downhill, call us. Kilmore will walk right through the shot.
- I really like pumping Kilmore full of allusions to US conspiracy theories
, so anything that would bring that culture out I'm pretty game for.
- He loves food
and food-like items so if there's something gross you need taste-tested or just need to get rid of before it spoils, call Kilmore. He's like a black hole.
- Other things he likes: yoga, bubble baths & other luxuries, costumes, new age & tarot, afternoon beers, board games, "exotic" food & experiences, attention (all eyes on the little brother!), Roswell aliens, SCIENCE, cigarettes, lots
- He actually doesn't
like too many geeky things and, in fact, sort of loathes sci-fi (because I think that's funny) so please feel free to annoy him with your fandoms.
- Do you have a violin? He can play, but he didn't bring his, and you can't imagine how important a violin is to someone who aspires to be as annoying as he does. He'll trade you for it?
- @Bud Anderson
gave him some cat
that was supposed to be, like, IDK, part of some secret plan or some such but the cat doesn't seem to do anything and Bud's never mentioned the cat again.