Age/18+?: Yes, player is 24.
Other Characters Played: None
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Name: Marie Kreutz
Canon: The Bourne Series (movies)
Canon Point: Beginning of "The Bourne Supremacy" - Goa.
Age: 26-28 (Stated as "26" in Identity, it is assumed that Supremacy takes place 2 years after.)
Type of Character: CRAU
The world of the Bourne films (at least during Marie's brief time within the series) is assumed to be very much the same as our world between the years of 2002-2004. The world is beginning to shift and most of the antagonists are focused on "security" and are willing to go as far as orchestrating deaths and setting up training facilities where recruits are subjected to torturous actions such as waterboarding in order to "break" them and . The CIA is also very obviously not above eliminating their own people if they deem them to be any sort of "risk" that something will be exposed that "shouldn't be". The program that Bourne ends up being a part of is something so "top secret" that only a select few even know of its existence and it appears that even some of the agency leaders know little or nothing at all concerning it and its operations. In these films, it is also shown on multiple occasions that it only takes a matter of minutes for these officials to pull up everything that could be on a person's record and even find a person who has been more or less living off of the grid.
In terms of daily life - there isn't much "normalcy" that we see any character experience. Everyone, with the exception of Marie, has knowledge or set skills that separate them from an average person. The most notable example would be Jason Bourne who is found floating in the Mediterranean Sea with two gunshot wounds in his back and a device with the number of a Swiss safe deposit box embedded in his hip. He has no memory of his name or anything concerning his past, though he can still do most basic tasks that any person can do. The box mentioned is filled with various passports, currencies (easily adding up to thousands or even millions of dollars), and a gun. He also has no idea why he would have any of those things and as more situations appear, he also begins to discover skills that most people would not have and is able to do things that most people may not even be able to do. He can tell just moments before something happens that something potentially will. He is able to out maneuver the authorities if behind the wheel of an old, ratty vehicle or even escaping an embassy while being pursued by Marines by using nothing but a swiped ear piece and his own two hands. He ends up having to recruit a young woman who he just moments before his escape from the US Embassy in Zurich who he sees is down on her luck and desperate for money to drive him to an address that appears on one of his many passports. By the time he reaches the address (an apartment rented out in his apparent name) both Marie and Jason are ambushed by another asset who had been activated and from there it becomes known that someone (the CIA) has it out for the both of them. After investigating, it becomes apparent that Jason Bourne is an assassin and after a showdown with Conklin and a number of other men - he decides to quit and gives them a warning to leave him alone which seemingly goes unheeded when a CIA mission goes awry at the beginning of Supremacy where a fingerprint of Bourne's is planted at the scene of an deal for a set of files.
Marie's life, even as the series "resident normal person" is shown to have a criminal record and only a few scattered bills from one place she had lived some time before the start of the films. She is a drifter who only stays in one place for a little while before having to move on. In canon we know of her current situation of being without an apartment or money, but also of her losing her money after going in on a shop with "friends" as a result of the person who gave them the lease scamming them. The other assets are also shown to be living double lives and only switch to their true purpose when activated. The viewer also sees that Jason's handler during his time in the CIA (and not rogue) is living a double life as a student within Paris. The viewer doesn't get much exposition about their lives as a whole, but there is enough to suggest that nothing is quite as it would appear to someone who is outside of the loop.
In terms of technology, we see characters using cell phones and beepers on occasion but these devices are very "primitive" compared to what we are currently using and what the characters within the most recent Bourne film are using. There isn't any commonly used or mentioned social media and the viewer also sees the titular character using a phone booth and phone book instead of a cell phone and google to inquire information from another party.
In terms of locations, there isn't a single location that doesn't exist in some capacity within our own world. Most of the series locations are in Europe (Paris, Zurich, later London) with a few locations existing within the US and Asia (Goa, Langley, later in the series New York City serves as a backdrop for the action).
"They don't make mistakes. They don't do random. There's always an objective, always a target."
- Nicky Parsons
Operation Blackbriar was the successor to Operation Treadstone. Blackbriar was conceived at the end of 2001/early 2002 after the announcement of the termination of Treadstone. Abbott brought forward his proposal for what he claimed to be a "Joint-D.O.D. Communications" program which he called "Blackbriar."
It appears or rather is claimed, based on Vosen's explanation of the program, to have been brought into existence to hunt down Jason Bourne.
Asset is a term for those working for the CIA who are hired and highly trained to kill human targets. A large number of antagonists within the series are assets working under the orders of the CIA in some capacity.
Assets under the Treadstone program and their status by the end of series include:
Blackbriar's assets include:
There were also other unnamed agents that were terminated under orders of Eric Beyer, during Bourne's exposure of the Blackbriar and Treadstone programs.
The Central Intelligence Agency is the foreign intelligence service of the United States. The agency was created after the National Security Act of 1947, and is based on a concept from 1944.
In canon most of the CIA could be seen as antagonists, with the exception of Nicky Parsons and Pamela Landy who and only after they became aware of the truth of the situation became Bourne's only allies besides Marie. Their goal is seemingly to bring Bourne down (kill him), but as the films go on - the viewer becomes more and more aware of the individuals behind the organization and programs having their own agendas and that this clouds their judgment and makes the goal "hazy" at best.
According to the files in question, Yuri Gretkov is party responsible for the theft the money along Ward Abbott. It is also suggested in these files that Alexander Conklin could have been involved as well, due to the CIA discovering a large amount of money in his bank account after his death at the end of "The Bourne Identity" where he was ordered to be killed. The theft involved Conklin (though it is unknown if he was unknowingly under Abbott's orders or knowingly involved in the scheme) to assign Jason Bourne for a first (and extremely unofficial) mission to kill Vladimir Neski.
"Look, I'm... you're acting like I'm trying to burn you here. I'm just trying to do the right thing. "
"Nobody does the right thing..."
- Jason Bourne and Marie Kreutz
Ability to speak multiple languages and learn languages - most notably German, English, and French (though she claims that her French sucks during "The Bourne Identity")
Ability to drive vehicles (notably cars) and with enough precision to navigate rough roads at high speeds.
x1 set of clothing – sleeveless/strapless top with flower pattern/design, long rust colored/red flowing pants, sandals, underwear/undergarments.
x1 folding knife for self defense (hidden under her shirt, specifically within her bra -given to her and carried out of habit/as a keepsake)
x1 blue bracelet on her left wrist
x1 battered, orange hobo bag (only has a few dollars in various currencies inside of it)
x1 - burner mobile phone
Soul Gem: www.alaskajewelry.com/images/001-202-
Third Person: tushanshu-ooc.dreamwidth.org/478243.html (The Test Drive Meme)
Uh, let's see where to start, where to start... (A few moments of silence pass before she just sighs and she looks down slightly. If anyone is looking closely enough she might be a very slight shade of pink. She finds herself tucking a strand of long curly blonde hair behind her ear and she glances back up.)
Well, I guess now's the time where I'm supposed to say something like "It's been a while" or " Hey! It's me, Marie" but neither of them seem to feel all that right to use right now.
(Marie pauses again.) Oh, right. So, I guess it's easy to tell that I've been here before. It wasn't for very long, but....
(She gives no reasons as for "why", she appears to be trying to think about it but either turns up nothing in particular to mention or nothing that she feels won't bore anyone listening into a stupor, so instead she settles to shrug and try to chuckle, though it comes out a bit nervously.)
So, um, I guess what I'm trying to say is "Sorry" ... I'll try to do better this time around.
(She cautiously switches over to "private, text" to her old housemates and says,) So, is there still room for one more?
Additional Information - CRAU Characters:
Game Origin: Boomtown (boomtown.dreamwidth.org/) , has spent some time in tushanshu (tushanshu.dreamwidth.org/)
She had one moment been shopping in a marketplace and the next minute she had been surrounded by the scene of a town under a dome that seemed to rival the ones in the western films that she had seen bits and pieces of growing up. She had been wary of those who helped her and only seemed receptive (though mostly thankful and relieved) when she saw Jason who seemed stunned to see her there. She had been given bits and pieces of information about where she was by him and others and eventually it had been decided where she was going to stay and her job. Marie had found herself both enjoying and frustrated by her life in New Dodge. It was more "normal" or allowed for more normalcy than her past world, but at the same time the weirdness that it presented was a constant struggle. Marie had come from a world where the cell phone was a novel thing and yet this place had advanced levels of technology that included teleporters. She had met people who varied from possible superheroes to even time travelers. If anything Marie probably was the most "normal" or among the the most "normal" there, but she never seemed to give it any real thought.
In this town, she was "reunited" (at least he would see it as such) with Jason Bourne who seemed to be older and carried memories she did not. She had eventually learned that she had been killed by mistake in the world where he had come from (though she considers it to be her world as well) by someone who had been chasing them and looking to kill him. She had also had to come to terms with learning that her death had also created a series of bloody events which ended with the source of all of their being taken care of once and for all. Though, she still carries guilt from knowing that it was what happened to her that caused so much to happen and caused him so much pain. In some sense, she struggles on and off with blaming herself for both things despite her cheery demeanor towards him. She simply just wanted to help and she had thought the best way was to create something new out of the "second chance" they were both given. Of course, Though, she had never allowed herself to initially explore her feelings or to think much about the truth, she had shoved it deep down inside and instead chose to try to smile through all of her uncertainty as she had been trying to do when she was in Goa. Of course, she would later grow to develop doubts and even some fears about her life choices and she could be arguably more depressed than in canon. It also did not help that she begun to think that she might be a reminder of "bad things" to Jason and not the good like she had known herself to be. But even so she did everything she could to hide it from him, but towards the end she did allow some of her uncertainty to show around others she believed to have some sort of similar background or who showed her some care.
She gotten it in her head that she had wanted to start a new life in New Dodge, one where they wouldn't have to run anymore and she had even become bold enough to ask him if he had wanted to start over too. Marie had also struggled some with making friends, at least letting herself get to the point with them she could call those people her friends and could easily rely on them when she was stuck. She liked speaking to people and she had found herself growing fond of a handful of them, even allowing them to help her when she had hit a low point or two. She found herself relying on another person who fluxed in like herself named Gabriel Gray at her lowest point, but she also tended to like speaking to Gene Khan, Tony Stark, and Lara Croft, along with a few others during those periods where she felt alone or stressed. Marie seemed to be especially fond of her friend Gene and they both often spent hours snarking at each other and talking or venting about their boyfriends. She also often invited him out to go drinking with her. She found him to be interesting and even a bit funny. She had managed to grow fond of those people and even tried to reach out to befriend others or at the least she tried to be helpful and kind towards them. (boomtown.dreamwidth.org/547445.html)
She had wanted to try to return the favor (seen when she had discussed making baked goods for people who tried to help her cope with the news of her supposed death in her world) at least once time. Something she saw as a "thank you", but no one seemed to fully take her up on. However, it was the small things like being free to cut and dye her own hair in any way that she wanted and being able to run a shop of her own again, that she liked best. She also had found herself trying to create a routine and trying to do things with others such as going to the Saloon for drinks and even baking - things she had thought she would have to give up for good in her world. She also found some comfort in the few moments alone she had with her boyfriend and felt most at ease then. (boomtown.dreamwidth.org/517827.html ,boomtown.dreamwidth.org/537979.html, boomtown.dreamwidth.org/554781.html )
Her role within the town was running the town's consignment shop and she often spent a lot of time there because as stated, it was something that she liked doing. She had been shown in her canon to always liked running shops from her scooter rental shop to the shop she and her friends all put their money into which turned out to be a scam. She also had begun to see her shop as a place she felt "safe" and "comfortable" compared to the yurt where she was staying with Jason.
(boomtown.dreamwidth.org/547445.html and boomtown.dreamwidth.org/554781.html)
Of course with her feelings being as they were, towards the end, she spent more time than not locked away within her shop and thinking everything she had learned and experienced over. She had realized that pushing herself had begun to take it's toll on her. It should have been easy acclimate to a life Eventually, she had fluxed out and the only traces of her presence in the town were the letters she had written for the people she had grown fond of and what few possessions she had managed to gather during that time. A short time later - she suddenly returns, just a very short time away from her demise in her world, because she realized that she missed things as they were. That she missed Jason most of all. That she had actually seen more of him and in some ways seen him in a "better state" than she had in her original world at that time. She also had a rare moment of feeling "sorry" for acting so impulsively and for not communicating better. They both end up promising that neither will go anywhere without the other from that moment on.
Upon her return, Marie was also comforted by various people she had spoken to or become friends with, and reassured that it was okay that she ran away or they acted as if she had taken a long trip somewhere. No one judged her and no one rejected her for becoming "scared" and if anything it seemed as if Marie had been drawn closer in some ways because she learned that she was actually missed and that it was okay to be afraid and to find being there difficult.
Of course, in the end, she left the settlement again but this time Jason was in tow.
Overall, her time within New Dodge has made her much more aware of just how much she has changed. She started off as a woman with no sense of direction who just drifted along with whatever opportunity presented itself and acted on it without putting any serious thought into what the consequences could be or if it was even possible for her to go through with it to someone shouldering a lot of responsibility and who was forced to grow up later and more rapidly than most people and in a shorter amount of time. Marie had also learned what she was afraid of and what she wants. She had begun to realize that she wanted somewhere to belong and by the time she left she realized that it wasn't particular place but a person instead. She also learned that she wanted to be able to do things as she wanted - she had missed being able to not have to constantly watch over her shoulder but instead keep her eyes forward. She had also realized that she had never really "lived normally" and that she did best when living as she had before her "death".
Marie at some unspecified point of time arrives within the city of Keeliai and quickly realizes that she had arrived (and initially believed) where weren't any familiar faces for her to turn to - unlike her experience in New Dodge, however, she would later turn out to be entirely wrong on the latter.
During her very short stay on the turtle, she manages to meet different versions of her friends (Gene and Tony) from New Dodge and even is invited to live with them and another friend of theirs (Pepper). She also manages to obtain and keep employment at a cat cafe where she is seen playing with the various cats and bakes some of the treats that they were selling. She generally kept to herself and explored, but was open enough to venture out and be among her housemates when something was going on within the house.
However, she seems to "pop" back into her universe before she could let those relationships develop and find her own place within society.
Marie will be returning to the turtle with all of her memories intact.