Yang-chen Davis

Yang-chen
User: Sean
Race:
Gender: Male
Class: Doctor
Background:
I was born into a family of wealth, if not of privilege. The Davis clan is fairly well-off due to their shipping business, but has never sought to move into the aristocracy on Persephone; most of the family sees no point in ‘putting on airs’, and would rather be about the serious business of moving goods from one place to another.

Named Yang-chen after an ancestor on my mother’s side of the family, I was the middle child of five; three boys and two girls. Most of the children of my generation have gone into the family business in one way or another. Miao-yin is the owner/captain of a mid-bulk transport (the Marco Polo) who generally takes on speculative routes to open up new business for Davis Shipping; she’s the eldest. Sheng-tsu, my older brother, works in the offices, arranging deals and shipping schedules on the Cortex. Lu-tsin served a stint in the Alliance military during the Unification War, but I don’t think he saw any action; he’s in charge of security these days. Maya, the youngest of us all, oversees the warehouses on Persephone, although she has a thriving sideline as a fashion designer for some of the younger aristocracy.

From a fairly early age, I knew that shipping wasn’t for me. I wanted to be a doctor, and the family supported my ambition. I studied hard, and was able to secure an invitation to study at the prestigious Medical Academy on Ariel. It was during this time that the Unification War happened; it didn’t make much of a ripple on Ariel, although we did get some interesting case studies out of the experience. While I may not have graduated top of my class – or even in the top 5% - I still graduated well enough that I was offered my choice of positions back on Persephone.

It was while I was an attending resident on Persephone that I first started to become discontented. Oh, not with my lot in life – I was doing what I loved to do, and being paid a good wage for it – but rather with the way that the servant classes were treated (or, in the case of many of them, not treated for medical conditions). I resolved to set up a clinic to assist them in getting the medical treatment they needed at reasonable prices, rather than the usurious rates charged by private doctors and the hospital network. I knew this would take a lot of money, so I set about trying to solicit donations.

For the first time I can remember, my family refused to support me financially. None of the other doctors or medical personnel I approached would help either, and the aristos couldn’t be bothered to think of servants as human, much less in need of medical treatment. Finally, I turned to one source I hadn’t wanted to approach – the crime-Lords of the Eavesdown Docks. They were happy to provide me with the equipment and funding I needed to make the clinic operational; I assumed that I would be treating their bully-boys for free as my payment for their assistance, but I was wrong.

They wanted drugs. Narcotics, preferably, but they were willing to haggle. I finally talked them into accepting a designer party drug; a milder version of a euphoric tranquilizer I’d developed to treat anxiety mixed with a moderate dose of an energizing compound, with none of the side-effects of most party drugs (or so I thought). This arrangement lasted for several years, until the long-term effect of the drug began to become apparent: anterograde amnesia. Naturally, I stopped supplying the drug immediately. However, the Alliance was already busy tracking down the source, which is how I wound up in custody.
Details:
Intake questionnaire

1. Your name is?
a. Yang-chen Davis. Doctor Yang-chen Davis.

2. What do you look like?
a. I am of mixed Asian and Caucasian descent; I usually have puffy bags under my eyes from late nights working in the clinic. 32 years old, but I still often get asked for ID when I order a drink.

3. What is your style and attitude?
a. I usually dress well if not on the cutting edge of fashion, but I’m just as comfortable in a workout gi or scrubs. I’ve been mistaken for gentry before by my speech, but that’s just the price you pay for trying to blend in at the Medical Academy.

4. Do you have any quirks we should know about?
a. Quirks? What quirks? What are you getting at? I don’t drink that much… You’re trying to have me committed, aren’t you?

5. What kind of impression do you think you first make?
a. Depends upon if you meet me in the sparring ring, on the street, or in the clinic…

6. Where do you hail from?
a. I was born on Persephone and was raised there; my family was in the shipping business. I knew from an early age that it wasn’t for me, and since I wanted to help people I decided to become a doctor. I studied hard and got a place at the Medical Academy on Ariel; I may not have been top of my class but I got decent grades, and was commended several times during my internship for initiative and ability to diagnose difficult maladies. My family was proud of me, even if they had to sacrifice some comforts to put me through school.

7. What is your best quality as a person?
a. Compassion is my best quality. It’s also my worst.

8. Describe your personality in only two words.
a. Cautiously optimistic.

9. Describe your favorite things and your least favorite things.
a. My favorite things: a healthy patient, a decent meal, a congenial drink with friends. My least favorite things: a stubborn patient, bullies, and pointless repetition.

10. Who is your “nemesis” and who are your allies?
a. Nemesis? Seriously, I don’t think we need to go all Jungian here. I’d like to think I have no enemies, but then, wouldn’t most people? I’ve probably stepped on a few toes down at the Docks, though. As for allies, well, they wouldn’t like it if I spread their names around. I’m sure you understand.

11. What is your romantic life like?
a. Heterosexual, no serious partners but plenty of casual ones. I’ve never been smitten by the ‘love bug’; it seems to be a disease to which I am immune.

12. What do you fear?
a. You’re one of them, aren’t you?

13. Who do you look up to?
a. Figures out of Earth-that-was, mostly: Hippocrates. Vivien Thomas and Alfred Blalock. Florence Nightingale. Clara Barton. Countless unsung medical heroes who never made the history books.

14. What offer would be irresistible enough for you to betray your friends or crewmates?
a. I don’t think there’s anything I could be offered that I would consider betraying friends over.

15. What principle matters to you most?
a. “I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.” Most doctors never take that part seriously.

16. What is your most treasured possession? Why?
a. A set of prayer beads my grandfather gave me on his death-bed. They’ve been in my family since we left Earth-that-was.

17. Who do you value most in all the ‘Verse?
a. Like most people, I value myself the most out of all the ‘Verse. (Not that many of them will tell you that outright, of course.)

18. What are your ambitions?
a. To be the best physician I can be, although I would have liked to be the director of a Medical Academy someday.

19. Where do you picture yourself 20 years from now?
a. Is this a trick question? I’m guessing a penal moon, since you’ve got me in custody.

20. What other kind of work have you done to pay the bills?
a. You should know… I’m in here for supplying designer drugs to various ganglords on the Eavesdown Docks. I needed the money to set up the free clinic and buy supplies.

21. What are your political and religious beliefs?
a. I never really understood the fuss over Unification. Providing better goods and services to the Rim planets is a good thing, right? Naturally, it will take some time for things to shake out. As for religion, my family is Buddhist, and so am I, although I don’t follow the proscription against shedding blood since I am a surgeon and physician.

22. What were you doing during the Unification War?
a. I was attending the Medical Academy on Ariel during the Unification War. It didn’t make a lot of difference, although we did get some interesting case-studies out of it. My younger brother Chao joined the Alliance troopers, but I think he was stationed somewhere without any fighting for the whole thing.

23. Do you have any hobbies?
a. I like to cook – it’s like chemistry with food. Other than that I mostly try to improve upon existing techniques for synthesis of medications; some of the things we do haven’t changed in centuries, and are woefully inefficient.

24. What event in your life that you did are you most proud of? Most shameful of?
a. Setting up the free clinic to help out the lower classes of Persephone was my proudest moment. The shame came later when I was informed that I could pay back the loans with drugs – no, make that ‘was ordered to pay back the loans with drugs’. It’s not that they were hard to synthesize, but that’s not something a doctor should be doing.

25. What have you been doing the last few months?
a. Running the clinic, paying back my creditors – that’s why I’m here – and trying to figure out some way out of the bad situation in which I found myself.

26. If you the player could give your character a piece of advice, what would it be?
a. ((Okay, there’s no way to answer this one in character since it requires the player to do the talking. I guess my advice to Yang would be, “Don’t accept a pig in a poke.” That’s what got him into the mess; he accepted help in setting up the clinic from a less-than-reputable source.))