|𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘺 (memetic) wrote,|
@ 2030-12-17 12:12:00
the basics real name alexandra shen
current alias bellamy sun
born on 28 october 2630 (27)
born in eden, babylon
job spuzzfeed "reporter"
living in gasworks terminus
family carolina shen 94. widow. cold-blooded and driven by spite, she refuses to step down from shen pharmaceuticals as she believes there is no one alive who could uphold the reputation of the company. she personally believes that her own son, zephir, would run the company into the ground.
zephir shen 68. cfo of shen pharmaceuticals. was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and had very little work-ethic, but has a lot of charm and sway with the board. comes off as an amicable idiot, some of which is true, but years under his mother's thumb has made him a little more cunning. absolutely spoiled the shit out of his daughters.
regina dreyfus-shen 55. a socialite in her own right and heiress of a well known cosmetics company. regina had the potential of incredible business acumen but settled down with zephir and had their first child at the age of 21. spent time in her twenties and early thirties modeling for her own family company, and since retiring is known to throw some of the best benefits in eden. she is also a published poet and has always taken credit for alexandra's interest in the arts and writing.
oriole shen 34. was at one point a devoted daddy's girl who expressed interest in the family business, and went on to study medicine so that she could apply that expertise to the company one day. to her credit, after what happened with her sister, she has become increasingly disillusioned with the company and her own family, but is too afraid of the consequences if she failed to toe the line at this point.
jasika bankole 35. oriole's wife & myles bankole-shen 3. oriole's son, born via ivf.
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two generations before alexandra was even born, shen pharmaceuticals had been established and known for their top quality care and innovative treatments in the medicinal field. the company was ruled with an iron fist by carolina shen, the then 70-something matriarch of the family. many whispered that she held on due to spite, to avoid passing the company onto her son, zephir. regardless of whatever drama secretly plagued the family, zephir, his wife, regina, and their two daughters, oriole and alexandra, lived a life of comfortable luxury in eden.
alexandra was unsurprisingly offered the best education and opportunities as she grew, with none of the pressure one might expect. whether it was because she was the youngest, or because stars knew the company first had to be wrested from carolina before they could ever imagine another heir, or simply because she had no interest in medicine or business, alexandra was free to pursue her own interests. she discovered at a young age a gift for writing and an innate curiosity, and by the time she attended the university of babylon, she had a clear path ahead of her to study journalism. upon graduation, the shen name carried her to the award-winning newsfeed, the babylonian times, not as a coffee-fetching assistant but as a junior reporter herself. still, her lack of experience meant that alexandra's first few years at the times involved softball stories - human interest, the occasional non-violent crime.
desperate to prove herself, alexandra chased any half-decent story she could find. most led to dead ends, but that was eventually how she was reached by aia corporate infiltrator spark. spark had information about the thousands of impoverished people in the outer-colonies who had paid the price of shen pharmaceutical's innovation - the disposable test subjects who often suffered incredibly debilitating disease and death. although alexandra hesitated to run the story, she ultimately decided that it would benefit the world to know, and perhaps her father as well - now in her nineties, but still sharp as a tack, surely this would be enough to unseat carolina? but the company had battled bigger cases from stronger sources, and set about discrediting the story and alexandra herself. unsurprisingly, at the first hint of lawsuit, the times distanced itself from her as well and were all too willing to throw her under the corporate-driven bus. for her lack of loyalty, alexandra was cut off from her trustfund and the rest of the shens turned their back on her with what seemed like very little reluctance.
given how spectacularly she had blown up her comfortable life, alexandra was happy to leave babylonian society behind and learn to live how the rest of the world did - a challenge as she was more out of touch than she realized and had little to her name. when she arrived on terminus as bellamy sun, an alias she adopted to fully lean into the fresh start, she was able to find work in the offices of spuzzfeed. she still had the opportunity to write, albeit giving her a significantly less prestigious journalism career than she had hoped for. sure, she spends all day making pop culture listicals, stealing people's comedic tightbeam updates, generating meaningless personality quizzes, and losing one IQ point a day, but ..... well. when she finds a bright side to the situation, she'll write about it.