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Seamus Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett in Andromeda)

Seamus Harper


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Nothing is more fun than a cool engineer in a sci-fi series!

Background

  • Real Name: Seamus Zelasny Harper
  • Other Aliases: Annoying little man (Tyr’s nickname)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Brendan Lahey (cousin), Dr. Robert-Henry Harper (father, deceased), CmDr. Cassandra Harper (mother, M.I.A.), LtCmDr. Jonathan Harper (brother, deceased), Isaac (cousin, deceased), Declan (cousin, deceased), Siobhan (cousin, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: The New Commonwealth
  • Base Of Operations: Universal mobile
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 215 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown died blond Age: 30 years (in Season 3), 35 at the end of the series


Powers & Abilities

Seamus Harper, while having limited combat abilities with some surprise acrobatic moves and an immune system that sucks, is a true technological wizard and genius.

Most notably, he is a pioneering expert in the fields of quantum physics, android manufacturing, bomb technology, slipstream engineering, holography, nanotechnology, 4th degree equations and even temporal mechanics.

He has created amazing machines far beyond anyone else’s capacity, including a teleportation machine, an electromagnetic cloaking device, a chronal communicator, a dimensional portal, sentient slipfighters, a galactic bomb, a memory extractor, different types of nanobots and much more.

Harper apparently can repair external damage to the ship from the inside of it. All build bills, to Harper’s great delight, are sent to the New Commonwealth. Hailing from the Earth, he is also knowledgeable about the 21st century Earth culture and swing music (no doubt piping through his data port at times).

Rosie the galactic bomb

“Dylan, meet Roseanne. Let’s just say you don’t want her to fall, because, man, she’s heavy. Maybe that’s not so polite… sorry, Rosie. Let’s just call her pretty plus. Rosie may look sweet, but she’s got a temper near three Nova Bombs cubed and an angry Vedran after he catches me with his daughter. Timing is everything. Fly low and slow, drop it down the centre and then get as far away as you can fast, because when Rosie blows the UNIVERSE knows.”

Seamus Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett) working on a holographic interface

The galactic bomb, named Roseanne by Harper, is probably the most powerful bomb ever constructed. When Captain Hunt authorized the construction of a superweapon for utterly critical situations, Harper far extended the desired effect using unauthorized energy sources, technologies and ideas in its creation.

It was instrumental in blowing up a complete alien armada composed of thousands of warships, and also destroyed not only their dimensional rift, but also the military facilities and power generators on the other side of that rift, as this permanently ended the alien threat. Having built one, he probably could construct another, but that was never demonstrated.


History

Seamus Harper hails from good ol‘ Earth. A post-apocalyptic, post-Commonwealth Boston ruled by the (Drago-Kazov clan of) Nietzcheans and frequently attacked by the Magog. His parents and cousin Isaac were killed by the Nietzcheans while cousins Declan and Siobhan were infested by the Magog and killed by their family.

When 20 years old, Harper was hired to by a Bobby Jensen to transport computers, which really were missiles. When Jensen’s girlfriend Beka Valentine discovered the illegal activities she left him and hired Harper as her Chief Engineering onboard her ship the Eureka Maru.

Thus, after having lived as a freedom fighter, oppressed and in great poverty, Harper eventually left the planet with the Maru, with his only living relative, Lahey, his cousin, left behind.

After adventuring with the Maru and it’s mercenary crew (Beka Valentine & Trance Gemini) for several years – during which he managed to get wanted for grand theft spacecraft, interstellar flight to avoid prosecution, prison break and public rudeness – they eventually attempted to loot the Andromeda Ascendant which had been time-frozen at the event horizon of a black hole.

However, the then unstuck and only survivor of the Ascendant, Captain Dylan Hunt of the old, pre-fall Systems Commonwealth High Guard, instead hired them all, as well as the Nietzchean Tyr Anasazi, as his new crew mates, which was in the year 303 After the Fall of the Commonwealth.

Seamus Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett) in a Mexican stand-off with an alien

Harper quickly found his role as the Chief Engineer onboard the Andromeda, there having access to superb laboratories, technologies, findings and other matters such as the occasionally encountered space babe to his heart’s content.

He joined in the mission to restore the fallen Systems Commonwealth, aiding loyally mainly by providing important technologies and engineering services to the mission.

Harper faced his share of horrors and difficulties, including a traumatic Magog infestation that nearly killed him. While not particularly brave, his services were important enough to eventually award him a medal of bravery and, later, also a Tri-galaxy medal with spiral cluster for saving the greatest minds in the three galaxies.

He continues to serve the Commonwealth (and a possible ending, a perfect future, is presented in the Dylan Hunt profile).


Description

Harper looks like a slightly nerdy blond engineer trying too hard to be cool. He is clad in relaxed, vacation clothing and is often seen carrying a tool belt, some gadget and/or a small gun. He is sometimes surfing an air board in his leisure time.


Personality

Harper is a classical earthling and Bostonian with a mercenary streak who always cares for a quick buck. While a smart guy he has poor people skills. He is rather cowardly and likes to nag, but if stressed out enough he may rise to the occasion. Further, he always introduces himself as a super-genius (which he actually is).

He is a true technophile, loving technological and scientific tasks. An extremely effective mechanic people often as him how he had time to do that and even that. He sometimes has even made upgrades to people’s stuff and the ship itself without anyone knowing about it – surprise aces in the hole!

In combat he prefers small guns and, while not a very good fighter, he involves some acrobatics in his moves. He will kill in self-defense only. His poor performance is saved by the fact that he does work very well under pressure, in both combat and non-combat situations, and has saved the day on more than one occasion to everyone’s surprise, not least of all to his own.

Good ol‘ Earth is very important to him and he feels a great sadness about its current state as a post-apocalyptic wasteland and how low humanity itself has fallen. He listens to old swing music and regularly wears old Earth vacation shirts – his way of being a part of the human culture, although he does not long back to the old wastelands.

He really loves exotic space babes, although they generally don’t like him too much. They get to taste his cheesy one-liners, which don’t improve his love life at all. He can, in fact, get pretty irrational around such lovely space beauties, a fact often mocked and enjoyed by his fellow crew mates.

Things improved slightly after he received a medal of bravery, which he always proudly displays on his shirt, as well as the later Tri-galaxy medal with spiral cluster for saving the greatest minds in the three galaxies and some euphemistic title. His pursuit of exotic women has more than once led to new adventures for the entire crew.

He actually had a brief romance with Satrina Leander, who was an Abyss agent, and eventually outsmarted her, saving the life of himself and others in the matter as well.

He trusts his new boss, Captain Hunt, to do what’s right and their relationship is solid. Harper gets to impress the captain by building impossible machines, is willing to risk his life for him, and also complains about Hunt’s greater luck with the ladies.

Beka Valentine, his former boss, is like Harper’s older sister. They have experienced a lot of crazy stuff together and care deeply for one another. The epitome of his creations, Rommie, is not only an advanced android but a romantic interest of his, and he will help her any way he can.

While Harper knows all the nooks and crannies of her interior design, he fails to get positive responses with his flirting. As to Rev Bem, the Magog always made Harper uneasy as he had bad experiences with that race — eventually, Harper would see that Rev was very different, but they remained pretty neutral through it all.

Harper has never, rightfully, trusted Nietzcheans and that goes double for Tyr Anasazi, the mercenary strongman and weapons expert onboard. Over time, however, the two of them found a strong friendship for each other, despite their many differences, a testimony to the relationships humans and Nietzcheans could have.

They have both risked their lives for the sake of the other, and although Tyr will not show feelings of camaraderie, they are true friends – Harper’s antics make Tyr laugh on the inside. The second Nietzchean, Telemachus Rhade, was also viewed with suspicion and over time the two would enjoy friendly bantering, to eventually turn into friends as well.

His best friend, however, is Trance Gemini. They often work together and their common light-heartedness and joking mood lifts up the crew. Harper will get very aggressive and even self-sacrificing if Trance is threatened. When Trance changed into her future self, their relationship at first became strained, but they later found each other again.


Quotes

“We are going to find that machine. We are going to make sure nobody else dies because of it. And nothing is gonna stop us, not even the laws of temporal mechanics, comprende ?”

“Why, I must be the engineer because I’m the short guy with a sense of humor ? The dry wit, huh ? And because I’m so freakin’ amiable with a careless demeanor ? Is that it, huh ?” [he’s obviously just wearing a tool belt]

“The one where the plasma bursts are richocheted off a nearby ship creating energy signature echos that fake out the enemy into thinking that they are a bunch of cloaked ships ? No, it’s strictly theoretical, that was an exercise.” [then does it anyway and saves the day]

[Encountering an alien woman holding his Captain hostage] “Oh, my God, you’re hot !! Harper, Seamus Harper !” [puts away his gun and advances towards her until Beka instead saves the day]

[Trying to impress the ladies] “Harper. Seamus Harper. Lieutenant Seamus Harper. Sometimes I double as the engineer.” [points to his chest] “It’s a medal for bravery.”

“All right. Eat some food. Bask in whatever adoration is going around. Marvel the masses with wickedly witted Harperisms. Even take on the Magog… mentally… from a distance. This I can do ! But homocidal brain thieves ? No, no, no, I’m way out of my element. This is Dylan’s job. This is Dylan’s turf. He’s the one that should be doing this. Where the hell is he ?!”

“So how about we lighten the mood, huh ? You look like you could use a joke. How do you get a one-armed Magog out of a tree ? Wave ! How can you tell a Nietzschean is lying ? His lips are moving ! What did the one Perseid [the blue aliens] say to the other ? Why the long face ? The other said back: I’m feeling a little blue… I’ll be back, don’t worry, I’ve got a million of ’em.”

“The target, which is linked directly to the electro-magnetic structure of Andromeda’s full body. It should effectively mask the ship, when it’s ready. Theoretically. However, if I haven’t calibrated the circuit safety oh so correctly, it could open a gigantic hole in the fabric of space-time depositing us in said hole bit by itsy freakin’ shredded bit by an installment method, which is why I said it’s not ready.”

[Observing a vast dimensional tunnel] “It would need to harvest all the energy from all the suns in the galaxy. Speaking as an experienced genius, people, that is some pretty advanced technology. It would have taken them more than ten thousand years to build something like that.”

“Ladies, take notes because the Harper has outdone himself yet again. What you’re about to see on this screen is the Protein Reader. Now, a Protein Reader interprets the emotional content biochemically encrypted on protein betaine. Normally we’d have to sift through a never-ending stream of tics and foibles to get to the good stuff, which you’ll see activate on this screen. I took Dylan’s DNA and and used it to build a synthetic version of his betaine, which through this machine jumps straight to the scenario that triggered the most emotionally intense response… and boom ! Brilliant hypothetical result ! Allow me to demonstrate a non-hypothetical result.” [takes a sample of his own DNA, injects it into the machine and his gruesome experiences with being eaten by the Magog show, and Harper jumps in fear watching it][faintly but happily] “It’s working.”


Firefly History

In another universe, Harper took a break from mere engineering and doubled as a pilot, calling himself Wash, on a ship named the Serenity, a Firefly Class transport ship!


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Seamus Harper

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Chief Engineer
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 014 HP: 040

Skills:
Acrobatics: 03, Gadgetry: 16, Martial Artist: 03, Military Science (ECM): 08, Scientist: 12, Scientist (Computers): 08, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 04

Advantages
Expertise (Computers, Genetic Engineering), Familiarity (Gambling), Rank (Lieutenant), Scholar (Bomb technology, Spatial Physics, Temporal Physics), Stroke of Genius (Artificial Intelligence, Bomb Technology, Space-time Physics)

Connections:
Beka Valentine (High), Captain Dylan Hunt (High), Perseid Chief Technical Advisor Hahn of the Sinti (Low, up to S02E12 only), Rommie (Low), Trance Gemini (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA (Space babes)

Equipment:

  • Blaster [BODY 04, AV 05, Laser beam: 07, Ammo 14, Notes: It’s possible for the target to completely negate the autoaim function (i.e. the AV) by carrying a disruptor device w/ Military Science (ECM); if disrupted the Blaster-user has to aim using his/her own Weaponry skill instead. If attempting to shoot with an empty ammo clip the blaster will speak out aloud ’Your weapon is empty.‘]
  • DATA PORT [BODY 02, Interface: 02, Thief (Locks & Safes): 08, Radio Communications (touch only): 20, Limitation: Thief works only with electronic locks (-1), Notes: The dataport can be connected to any computerized system via a cable, thus allowing for extremely speedy data transfer, or even jumping into a virtual reality setting; the same connection also allows Harper to crack electronic locks and the like, R#0]
  • Miniature Language Emulator device (x7) [BODY 01, INT 01, Cling: 00, Comprehend language: 10, Miniaturization: 12, R#2, Notes: The device has to be programmed with the lexicon, morphology and phonology of a target language before use. The device is then placed behind the user’s ear and will translate the programmed target language into the language of the user and whisper it in the user’s ear making the target language completely understood. The user somehow can then also talk the target language. Harper has many such devices and can provide the full crew with one each]
  • NOVA BOMBS (x4) [BODY 06, Bomb: 40, Note: The bomb, the Commonwealth’s most powerful authorized weapon, is voltarium isotope-based; these are kept in the Andromeda Ascendant‘s missile silos. They are very expensive to construct, and are hence rare, and commonly only used for planetary or stellar bombardment, R#2]
  • ROSIE THE GALACTIC BOMB [BODY 07, Bomb 55, R#0] (see below!)
  • Harper-Handy Ultra-Multi [BODY 02, Shrinking: 08, Radio Communications: 09, Notes: This is a multi-purpose and wireless, radio communication and blocking utility carrying eight different types of nanobots inside. It constitutes all the required tools used for construction work and Gadget building, R#2]
  • Mounted Omni-Gadget [BODY 04, AC-Omniability 10 APs, Note: He usually upgrades either whole ships or on-board equipment without others knowing about it. These omni-gadgets simulate such surprise upgrades, which can be revealed at any time in an adventure.]
  • 55 APs Laboratory onboard the Andromeda

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Andromeda TV-series, character played by Gordon Michael Woolvett

Helper(s): Adam Fuqua, Azrael

Writeup completed on the 22nd of March, 2014.

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