Myra Janssen

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Portrait of Myra Janssen

Profession: Interviewer; Special Agent, Department of Internal Affairs

Demeanour: Myra has a gentle smile and a soft voice, but eyes that are always focused. She's pleasant to be around and generally makes those around her comfortable, but look carefully and you'll notice she's always looking for something. Sometimes she tries to put on an air of professionalism, but she's fairly awkward, and occasionally even silly, outside of an interview setting.

Nature: Myra doesn't believe the Foundation is objectively right; nor does she believe enemies to the Foundation to be objectively wrong. What she does recognize is that the Foundation's goals and its enemies' goals aren't always aligned, and something's gotta give.

Description: In her 40s, white, with collarbone-length brown hair parted neatly in the middle. Brown eyes with very visible crow's feet. Deeply-carved laugh lines in her face. Always wearing a suit; never wearing a tie. Large birthmark up and down her neck, slightly darker than the rest of her skin.

Stats

Health

  • Physical Health: 12
  • Mental Health: 15

Attributes

  • Physical Defence: 3
  • Mental Defence: 5
  • Strength: 0
  • Agility: 2
  • Perception: 6

Skills

  • Melee: 2
  • Ranged: 3
  • Stealth: 2
  • Academics: 4
  • Science: 0
  • Medical: 2
  • Engineering: 0
  • Social: 4

Specialities

  • Good Journalists Take Notes: 4 Her journalism background hasn't left her; she keeps a voice recorder and a notepad on her at all times, and for good reason. +4 to perception when reviewing written notes, audio recordings, or video footage of an event or conversation.
  • Soothing Voice: 3 There's the slightest grain of cigarette smoke and age in her voice, and a softness and slowness that could even put a wild animal at ease. She knows how to use that voice to ask the right questions. +3 to social when calming agitated persons or gaining their trust in an interview setting.
  • Never Forgets a Name: 3 She's got a filing cabinet somewhere in her head. In her room too, of course. +3 to academics on recognizing details associated with a given name, i.e. associated organization, record, and prior notes she may have taken on that person.

Gear

Onsite
  • Voice recorder
  • Notepad and pens
  • Flip phone
  • Generic Foundation ID (visible on lanyard)
  • Department of Internal Affairs Badge (in wallet)
  • P228 pistol on gun belt
  • Handcuffs (kept in jacket, not visible)
  • Wristwatch
Offsite
  • Voice recorder
  • Notepad and pens
  • Flip phone
  • Radio
  • Forged FBI Badge (in wallet)
  • Department of Internal Affairs Badge (inner jacket pocket)
  • P228 pistol on gun belt
  • Bullet-proof vest under suit
  • Handcuffs (kept in jacket, not visible)
  • Wristwatch

Personal Belongings

  • A worn and heavily annotated copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Various antique silver earrings, inherited from her mother
  • A record player and several records (mostly disco, jazz, and 80s/90s rock)
  • Several landscape photographs of New York in infrared
  • Various suits for different occasions. You'll almost always see her in a dress shirt.
  • Plenty of packs of instant ramen, her favorite dish to eat when going through recordings.

Background History

The first time Myra Janssen discovered a Foundation cover-up, she was amnesticized. The second time, she was hired.

On January 5th, 1961, Myra Janssen was born in New York to a Polish mother and a Dutch-Jewish father. For some fifteen years of her life, she was a quiet and well-behaved child; then, as she entered high school, she learned the power of her voice in a theater class. From her high school onward, she became the sort of person who could hold a conversation for hours. She graduated from New York University with two degrees; a Bachelor's in Journalism and a Bachelor's in Theater.

In 1988, Janssen was an up-and-coming investigative journalist working for the Washington Post. Upon hearing of a couple treasurers working for the federal government who held inconsistent memories on where funds went during their tenures, she began investigating the U.S. Department of the Treasury and came remarkably close to discovering a covert source of Foundation funding before being intercepted and amnesticized. Less than two years later, she was back on the Foundation's tail for a cover-up in the Department of Defense involving anomalous weapons manufacturing. This time, instead of repeating a pattern and wiping her again, they decided to hire her for her investigative abilities as an expert interviewer.

In the late 90s, after having spent a fair amount of time as a remarkable interviewer, the Department of Internal Affairs decided to tap her for her abilities. After a few years of mandatory training and of shadowing other agents, she finally got assigned a site to report on: Site-212. It's only a probationary period; she can't directly arrest most people for example, certainly not without going through her higher-ups. Chances are, she was assigned to Site-212 to make sure nobody was violating dress code.

But if there's anything her past has taught her, it's that there's always a good story.

Misc. Details

Languages
  • English.
  • Rudimentary understanding of Hebrew, Polish, Dutch.
Facts
  • Is a trans woman; came out and began transitioning in 1996, at the age of 35.
  • Tattoo of a sword on her left thigh.
  • Tattoo of a barren tree on most of her back.
  • Dangly silver earrings.
Music/Artwork
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