Section 2 - Aftermath
Spirit of Silicon Valley
Mad Guardian of a Shattered City
- Name: Unknown
- Nationality: Unknown, presumed United States
- Political Affiliation: None
- Education: Unknown
- DOB: Unknown
- DOD: -
- Known Parahuman Abilities: The Spirit of Silicon Valley has the power to control all electronics, broken or otherwise, within the geographical limits of “Silicon Valley” as if they were fully functioning. He inhabits the city like a ghost in its many machines, and appears to have access to all knowledge and information contained in every computer system in the valley at the time of Yama’s Apocalypse and afterwards.
When San Francisco was destroyed by nuclear weapons during Yama’s Apocalypse, the EMP pulse destroyed most of the electronics and computer systems in neighboring San Jose bringing a sudden end to the technology-dominance of California’s “Silicon Valley.” The radioactive fallout, carried by winds, forced the population to flee.
Subsequent cleanup of the area by Dr. Silverman and others made the valley habitable once more. As people moved back into their homes, however, they noticed odd events, almost “hauntings,” that would accompany criminal acts, notably violence against women. Nearby electronics, even those burned out by the EMP, would come to life, often violently, to discourage such behavior. This gave rapid rise to the urban legend of the “Spirit of Silicon Valley,” a vengeful ghost of a dead computer geek who takes it upon himself to guard San Jose.
The prevailing theory is that the Spirit is a Mad Talent who manifested his ability during Yama’s Apocalypse. He is capable of communication via computer interfaces but rarely does so unless he has a reason. He has not interfered with resettlement of the Valley, but rebuilding has been slow as many people are hesitant to move into a city with an invisible, all-powerful moral arbiter.