Firefly: A Fistful of Credits
Annabelle 'Nan' Healy
Life Points: 37
Drama Points max: 20
Armour: 3 (Body Armour)
Str 3* (-1 temporarily due to illness)
Gettin’ Personal 5
Influence -1 (+1 vs intim/persuasion from story)
Nerves of Steel
Hard to Kill (5)
Annabelle ‘Nan’ Healy was born and raised on Londinium, in a family with a long history of producing academics and politicians. Diagnosed at an early age with mild AS most of her formative years were spent undergoing intensive behavioural and speech therapies to manage her condition.
She developed an interest in medicine, with particular interest in immunology and endocrinology- her own experiences with chemical behavioural modification leaving her with a pronounced fascination for the subject.
Towards the end of her studies, after publishing a number of papers (including “Cortical norepinephrine release during attention paradigms can increase the alteration detection rate in multiple-cue probability learning during tasks involving giving predictive cues (such as auditory or visual), and thereby enhance subsequent learning”) she was recruited to an Alliance R&D department under the auspices of The Academy.
The work was mainly classified and high-level, and focused on using chemical and behavioural/environmental stimuli to enhance and alter the sympathetic nervous system in ground troops and officers- i.e. the targeted production and effect of specific neurotransmitters and stress hormones related to the ‘fight or flight’ response to increase aggression, sensory perception and processing and enhance learning and decision-making under stress. Build a better soldier- and the analogue of this work, subduing and making docile hostile combatants/populations.
Her team were given access to classified and highly censored documents on previous Alliance research in this area, including information on a previously developed drug named G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate which had, they had theorised, airborne-dispersal applications in subduing populations.
To field test the work and observe for possible side effects Nan was attached to a succession of ops teams as a medic, after having undergone advanced field training to better oberve results in situ.
Results were initially highly promising, with the number of associated cardiac, renal and psychiatric (most commonly depression and schizophrenia) complications being deemed minimal and acceptable.
Testing continued and refined, with focus moving on to effects on higher level operatives and officers functioning under higher stress, and for higher stakes. Nan was assigned to a black ops team where she was to study the effects on a number of the soldiers and the CO, Michael Young. In comparison with his previous psych profiles she noticed elevated aggression both interpersonally and tactically, along with an increasing disregard for collateral damage.
This eventually, she believes, led to or at least contributed to the decision that resulted in Young coming to blows with one of his subordinates, Henrik Nordvelt.
During the inquest after Young’s death and Henrik’s desertion she refused to lay the blame at the feet of the pilot, entering into the record her belief that it was ultimately their testing that had led to the situation. With the nature of the research being classified- and, it emerged, the testing non-consensual- records of the inquest were sealed and Healy was dishonourably discharged.
(She has since learned that this was not an isolated incident- a number of suicides and cases of marines being involved in atrocities, previously cited as being related to PTSD, can be linked back to her research)