"Did you tell him about the lizards?"

Fictional character

Name: Hector Rotceh ("Roat-Kay")
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, German
Profession: Unemployed (Homeless)
Location: RPTS Explosion Site

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics:

Mentally ill
Pretty skilled thief
Draws sympathy from others
Street knowledge
Urban Survivalist

Once a strong, confident man, Hector now is a shadow of his former self. His once lush black hair is now thin and graying. His face and skin are wrinkled and withered. His face seems stuck in a permanent scowl and his posture is always slumped. Hector has been wearing the same tattered and worn clothing for several years, some of which he found in the trash to being with. He is missing his right foot and uses a makeshift crutch fashioned from an old shovel to get around.

Biography (ca. 1921):

Hector was once a man who always had a smile on his face and a spring in his step. That all changed after a freak accident at the factory he worked at caused him to lose his right foot. From then on, Hector never smiled and his step tended to have more wobble than spring. As a result of his injury, Hector lost his job and subsequently lost his home. He has been living on the streets for over a decade, surviving off of what he could find in the trash, beg for, or steal. The stealing part was a bit tricky for him at first, but he quickly learned the power people like him have to go unnoticed in society.

Unfortunately, Hector's time living on the streets has had a severe impact on his mental health. He frequently tries to steal shoes, obsessively searching for the perfect fit for his nonexistent right foot. He also suffers from hallucinations where he is pursued by lizards who want to take other parts of his body away from him. The sight of Hector screaming as he frantically hobbles down the road fleeing from the lizards has become commonplace in more than a few parts of Rochester.

Recently, the site of the explosion that destroyed a section of the RPTS has been largely abandoned, leaving some fine real estate up for grabs. Hector, along with several other homeless, migrated to the explosion site to find the tunnel exposed and easily accessible. Since the portion of the tunnel had been sealed off, the empty tunnel was perfectly safe to enter and inhabit. With no evidence of construction beginning any time soon, the homeless quickly moved in and began building makeshift shelters, using scrap wood, metal, and debris from the explosion itself.

With the aid of some of his fellow street dwellers, Hector built a quaint hovel towards the back of the tunnel, near where it was sealed off. Sometimes when the RPTS is particularly active, the tunnel warms up a bit, making his home actually fairly comfortable. While even this hasn't brought a smile back to Hector's face, he can at least rest easy knowing that lizards can't enter tunnels.

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