The truth is out there

Pictured above “news van”

As one would anticipate from an international trading hub, Madripoor has newspapers from all over the world reprinted in many different languages, as well as a multiplicity of local newspapers.  The competition between these news outlets is often fierce, and like almost everything in Madripoor, sometimes crosses the line into criminal violence.  They range from the publications celebrated and respected across the world to glorified scandal sheets, half of each issue consisting of very poorly printed pornography.  Below all of them in terms of respect is the sporadic and confusing newsletter put out by Dan Hui sang.

Dan Hui sang aka News Dan of the News Dan News Van aka the Dan Man with the Dan Plan roams the city in his armored “news van” seemingly endlessly, day and night, like a shark always in motion – a shark that eats news.  Dan Hui promises to deliver news without “government propaganda or corporate spin” but largely presents news that no one would pay money for, which is why his newsletter is distributed for free out of the back of his van – and stuffed into doors of annoyed households at random when he has extras.   Which is always.

Dan Hui likes to focus on the NBH and “super” community for his news, which he feels is an area underreported by traditional news sources.  He weaves increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories about the underlying meaning of any action taken by superpowered individuals and their connections to what he sees as global shadow government controlled by corporate interests.  He reports on stories that he claims are “news that can’t be found anywhere else!”

If anyone bothered to check or pay attention, they would discover that once in a while, Dan Hui actually does scoop official sources, particularly when it comes to being first on the scene at some kind of super-powered incident.   Dan Hui has no fear when it comes to hurtling into dangerous situations to provide a first-hand account.  The two main reasons he has survived this reckless behavior (so far) are his tank-like armored vehicle and his intern/driver/bodyguard Xu Yiyang. 

Yiyang is able to elevate her adrenaline levels to give her superhuman strength, stamina, and agility for short periods of time.  This comes at the cost of exhausting herself and the probable eventuality of suffering total catastrophic organ failure.  The origin of these power and why someone with this ability would be serving as the assistant to a man who has significantly less credibility than The National Enquirer are both unknown.  

Despite his reputation and flamboyance, Dan Hui truly is a skilled reporter and works hard to pry the truth out from wherever it might be hiding.  He employs a network of informants to gather information for him that is staggering in its scope. He is fanatically devoted to what he does, believing that governments and corporations are all corrupt and represented by propaganda masters that fill the news with lies. His passion is exposing the truth, and he will go to great lengths to get it out there.

He is, predictably, quite paranoid. He believes that he “knows too much” and that the “secret masters” will take him out as soon as they get the chance, so as to stop him from exposing the truth.  In his more lucid and retrospective moments, Dan Hui wonders which truth would be worse – that there is a massive worldwide secret conspiracy trying to kill him, or that no one knows or cares what he’s doing.  


  1. Lately I’ve lost a lot of my interest in these Wednesday background posts. I wonder if that’s because I’m not playing in an REAL game currently. RPGs make me want to do lots of world building. Should I go dark on Wednesdays for a while?

    I hardly ever post pictures except art people make for me. There’s a couple reasons for that. One is that I don’t know how anything works. A few years ago there was a big thing about properly crediting pictures online. I didn’t pay it much attention. That image may be subject to copyright. But I don’t make any money off this so does that matter? WordPress does I guess. I got it off wikipedia – does that count?

    Some blogs I read have 10 paragraphs at the end about a picture they used. Many have nothing. Intellectual property rights aren’t my thing. Sorry to whomever. I’ll do better if you don’t sue me.

    If you do sue me I will burn down the entire internet.

  2. Wikipedia is fair game, if I use someone’s art (usually I have to trace it back from where it shows up on my search engine result) I like to leave a link to the creator in the caption.

    I don’t know of that’s legally what I’m supposed to do, but it’s respectful and it’s close to what I would do if I was referencing for research paper, so if they don’t like it, lol, sue me.

  3. HEY!
    You wanna write some backstory? Whats up with space? I mean, moon landing, space race, sputnik, Armstrong, all of this is kind of thrown sideways without a unified USA and USSR vying for power, and neither of them have the underlying rocketry experience that came from German development in a WW2 that didn’t happen. Did we make it to the moon? We have nuclear rocket powered battle suits, but do we have the manhattan project even?

    Hell, the USA doesn’t even own Cape Canaveral or Area 51, where does anything happen?

    1. That’s a good question. As you say a lot of impetus for the space race is gone, but on the other hand aliens visit earth often enough that the major governments made a an alien-murder pact so maybe that would provide motivation. Although personally I would be a lot less interested in space travel if aliens showed up from two galaxies over by folding space, makes a 7 month trip to Mars seem pretty lame.

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