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Barney Calhoun of Black Mesa security (Half Life Blue Shift)

Barney Calhoun and Otis


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This creature is from the original, 1998/99 HλLF-LIFE video game. For more context you can refer to those two articles :


Background

  • Real Name: Barney Calhoun.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Black Mesa.
  • Base Of Operations: Black Mesa Research Facility.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Barney is a high-level guard in the Black Mesa Research Facility. He has the security training and clearances to match.

Barney also has some skill in maintaining and repairing the various systems at Black Mesa. Since it is hard to find workers who pass the background checks and the guards often end up passing through most every section of Black Mesa anyway, most of them end up doing double duty as maintenance workers.

Barney’s pal Otis has similar skills, though he is not quite as talented as Barney.


History

Barney Calhoun’s life was fairly uneventful up until his hiring by Black Mesa Research Facility. He spent two years at Martinsen College taking general classes, but found himself bored.

He was recruited by Black Mesa during a job fair. Barney took to his new profession with great zeal. He also became good friends with another security guard named Otis. Barney’s skills quickly got him promoted to the highest level of security, guarding the hazardous materials lab.

Security post in the Black Mesa complex

The Anomalous Materials Lab security post before the incident. Click for a larger version.

When the Xen incursion wrecked Black Mesa, Barney worked with some of the scientists to escape the complex. Finally, with the aid of Drs. Rosenberg and Bennett, who had access to a prototype of the dimensional teleporter that was used to travel to Xen, Barney and his associates escaped Black Mesa.

Though he and Otis ended up being separated before Barney’s escape, Otis is fairly resourceful and might well have found his own way out and reunited with his partner.


Description

Barney is a clean-cut, fit young caucasian male of average height and build, looking a lot like a stereotypical extra for a TV cop show. His Black Mesa Security Uniform consisted of a light blue button-up shirt, navy blue pants and tie, and black shoes.

While on duty, he carries a Glock in a hip holster and wears a chrome safety helmet with black trim and a black tortoise shell ballistic vest with the Black Mesa emblem in yellow over the right breast and the words “Black Mesa Security” on the back, also in yellow. His ID badge is usually clipped to the left shoulder strap of his vest.

Otis

Otis is an older Caucasian male with balding salt-and-pepper hair and mustache. His love of donuts is reflected in his beefy build. His clothing is usually loosely fastened and slightly rumpled, fitting with his relaxed attitude.


Personality

Barney is all business while on-duty, but still fairly amiable. His ability to deal with the erratic and peevish scientists of Black Mesa was as highly valued as his other security skills.

Black Mesa (Half-Life remake) screenshot of a guard post

Despite his history of meandering through life, he has found himself inspired by his work at Black Mesa. He took pride in even the simplest tasks. Consequently, he took the attempts of the US military to wipe out all evidence of Black Mesa very personally. Barney thus inflicted some payback before escaping with some of the scientists.

Otis

Otis is a very laid back man who is quite content to stay in his current position, which he regards as an ideal compromise between privilege and responsibility.

Unlike most of the unfortunates trapped in Black Mesa during the Xen incursion, Otis seemed to be enjoying the opportunity for a good shoot-‘em-up with the aliens.


Quotes

Barney Calhoun, Black Mesa Security

“Let’s get the hell out of here !”

Otis, Black Mesa Security

As he shoots a Xen alien: “I can’t wait to put that one on my trophy wall !”


DC Universe History

Barney and Otis fit in well anywhere you want halfway decent security goons. Switching their Gadgetry Skills to Detective gives you a good cop duo, especially with the cliché “eager young rookie” and “relaxed grizzled veteran” dynamic.



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B. Calhoun

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Keeping his job
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Security Guard
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 05
Init: 15 HP: 035

Skills:
Charisma: 04, Gadgetry (Identify/Repair Gadget)*: 05, Thief (Stealth): 04, Weaponry (Firearms, Heavy)*: 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Black Mesa Research Facility), Government Credentials (BMRF Security — Low), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Sidekick (Otis).

Equipment:

  • TORTOISE SHELL BODY ARMOR + HELMET [/BODY/ 06, Partial Coverage (+2 OV), Cost: 9].
  • 9mm Glock [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 17+1, R#03. These pistols were standard issue to the Black Mesa Security Staff].

Barney’s Buddy, Otis

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Gettin’ through the day
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Security Guard
Inf: 02 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 04
Init: 08 HP: 015

Skills:
Charisma: 03, Charisma (Persuasion): 04, Gadgetry (Identify/Repair Gadget)*: 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Black Mesa Research Facility), Government Credentials (BMRF Security — Low), Iron Nerves, Luck.

Connections:
Barney Calhoun (High).

Drawbacks:
MIA (Donuts).

Equipment:

  • TORTOISE SHELL BODY ARMOR + HELMET [/BODY/ 06, Partial Coverage (+2 OV), Cost: 9].
  • 9mm Glock [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 17+1, R#03. These pistols were standard issue to the Black Mesa Security Staff].

By Roy Cowan.

Source of Character: Half-Life: Blue Shift (PC game).

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