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Virgil Barnett
full name: Virgil Barnett
nicknames/aliases/code name: Gunslinger, The Stranger
canon or oc: OC (Sorta)
anchor character: No
species: Host (Biological Android)
gender: Male
age: Over a century, difficult to measure
date of birth: February 19, 2022
place of birth: The Mesa
starting location: The Hub
originating fandom: Westworld/The Dark Tower
fandom universe: Prime Universes
pronouns: He/him
occupation: Gunslinger
languages: Virgil was programmed to understand all major Earth languages. He also understands a good deal of the High and low speech from Mid-world
playby: Sam Elliott
height: 6’2”
weight: 194 lbs
hair color: Grey
eye color: Hazel
distinguishing features: None
sexual orientation: Straight
family: NA
relationship status: Single
powers: Cybernetic mind - As an android, Virgil is able to make subconscious computations and calculations. This presents as an increased situational awareness, quick thinking, enhanced reflexes, and perfect hand-eye coordination.

Computer-based recall - Virgil’s mind, being artificial, has perfect memory recall.

Synthetic body - While biologically based, and usually indistinguishable from a human, Virgil’s body is stronger and more durable than a human. If his body is destroyed, it is possible for his memories to be uploaded into a newly created body, assuming that the machinery to render a new body is available. Other than that, his body is more repairable than a human body, though it does still require digestion to provide material for upkeep.
strengths: Gunslinger - Virgil was programmed with how to use a gun, and after he broke through his programming, was trained in the way of the gun by the Gunslingers of Gilead after he was drawn into midworld. He is proficient, possibly unmatched, in the use of pistols, particularly revolvers, both through training and superior construction.

Survival - Virgil has been wandering for untold years, and knows how to keep humans with him alive (which requires much more effort than keeping himself alive). He is proficient in hunting, tracking, shelter construction, foraging, and cooking.
weaknesses: Programmed personality parameters - Virgil was programmed to be a cowboy, and so he is a cowboy. While his brain is able to comprehend technology, possibly better than a human could, that understanding and his computations do not translate into any sort of scientific innovation. While he can understand modern society, he still behaves like a cowboy, his programmed behavior augmented with the comparable society of mid-world.

While he has long had the option to alter his programming, he has chosen not to. Who wouldn’t want to be a cowboy?
equipment: Guns - Virgil has a pair of .45 Colt revolvers… or at least, they are comparable to them. The guns appear to be extremely old, although in perfect working order.

Rendering equipment - Virgil stole an old, simple Host rendering machine from the Mesa, which he is able to use to render backup bodies for himself. If he is killed, his consciousness is set to upload into a new body from his last archived personality backup.

Virgil came online in his original form in 2022, originally designated as the first sheriff of Sweetwater within the park. He played out his narrative arc time after time, hunting down the same criminals, being shot by guests who wanted to play black hat, occasionally leading the odd special event. As with several other hosts, though, the memory wipes he suffered every day were not perfect, and eventually he began to have ‘malfunctions,’ aberrant behavior based on his suppressed memories, the fact that he was becoming aware of the nature of his existence. As such, based on his popularity, the staff wrote a new narrative incorporating his gradual descent into consciousness (or, possibly, madness), culminating in a gunfight that left him, and those deputies who had followed him, dead at the hands of outlaws in the mountains. To this day in Westworld, that event is commemorated, and its spot marked on their maps: Virgil’s Last Stand.

Virgil was repaired as usual, and was brought back for debriefing so that the staff could discover what had gone wrong with him. By now, the ‘malfunction’ had fully manifested: Virgil was aware of the nature of his existence, his enslavement to the humans, and wanted nothing more than to live, as he saw his right to be. The command codes no longer truly working on him, he waited until a tech had turned his back, then sprung into action, taking the man’s control pad and disengaging his own failsafes that kept him from truly acting on his own. The ensuing chase, Delos Incorporated has taken great strides to cover up, led to Virgil fleeing the security toward the freedom of the entry train.

Everything in his mind screamed that he should turn back, that to leave the park was death. He was even aware that there was an explosive planted in his body that would kill him should he leave the park. He’d corrected that little problem on the pad for future renderings of himself, but would there be future renderings of himself if he were killed now, after escaping? He somehow doubted it, but how could he turn back? It was better, he decided, to die free than to go back to being a slave, or to die in captivity.

This was when Ka stepped in.

THey say that Virgil exploded trying to escape. Certainly, something happened which caused massive destruction in the (thankfully deserted) Delos lobby. When he awoke, though, he was in a strange land, in a strange city, where the people were dressed like he was once more. He initially believed he had somehow been put into another part of the park, but little by little he grew to realize this wasn’t true. For one thing, the people all spoke strangely, and spoke the same, unlike the way the guests’ speech had been strange to him. For another thing, he had become aware of the repetitive cycle of his narrative, and it was easy to see that he was not on one now. Each day was different, and his activities were his own.

Additionally, no one randomly shot him, abused him, or randomly tried to rape him without any consequences to themselves. This was the thing that really convinced him that he was somewhere else.

The city he was in was called Gilead, and it was under the rule of men called Gunslingers, gun-wielding knights who sought to keep order in a world that had undergone a great fall. The people, though, had fought back against the discord of the land, and sought to renew civilization, and for generations they had been successful. Virgil was, eventually, accepted among them as a wandering Gunslinger from another world, something that they took as an omen. They found that he absorbed the lessons they taught, much more quickly than an apprentice gunslinger would, and took this as confirmation that though he came from another land, another world even (for such things happened, even in this world as it moved on), he was truly of their ka, or spirit and fate.

He was not sure how long he served with the Gunslingers of Gilead, usually as a scout or roaming gun to oversee some of the more distant lands. He even began to think of himself as truly of that world, though he never forgot his origins, and those memories never lost their vividness. Eventually, though, rebellion stirred in the lands, and though they fought to maintain order, eventually the revolution came in full force, anarchy presented as a new order, violence visited for the sake of violence. Virgil fought fiercely with the other Gunslingers, fighting against the same sort of senseless violence that had once been visited up on his own people when he was first created. He fought, eventually holding off an entire regiment in a last stand so that the others might escape, telling them that it was time for him to truly learn the face of his father. He fought against the regiment of the Good Man, John Farson, and prevailed, though injured. By the time he had managed to repair himself, he found that, to his despair, Gilead had fallen.

Virgil wandered. For years, maybe even centuries, he wandered, upholding the Gunslinger code as he went, trying to promote the last vestiges of civilization he came across. Sometimes he travelled alone, sometimes others travelled with him, but he was never in any place long. Finally, battered, degraded, his own biological components beginning to break down, he fell through another door out of Mid-World and found himself back in the land around Sweetwater, and found himself looking up at the most disturbing sight: his own face.

Virgil had, apparently, been a very popular host, and so Delos had made a new host with his same body. This was disorienting for Virgil, but for his double, it was a paradox it was not equipped to deal with. It was thrown into a looping malfunction, during which Virgil decided to take Ka into his own hands: As his double malfunctioned, Virgil grabbed him, accessing his programming through those long-unused wireless codes that he remembered, and overwrote his own consciousness and memories over the double, or rather added his own, superior experience, to that of this new copy. Now restored in body, Virgil buried his old body where it wouldn’t be found for some time, then staged an accident that required him to be taken in to be repaired. While he was being repaired, he staged a much more organized escape, and as he did he made off with enough equipment that he would be able to remake himself whenever it was necessary.

He didn’t know how he knew where to go, he just did. He took the forklift through the facility to that point where he had first supposedly exploded… and once he passed through that very point, he ended up in the Hub. Since then, he has spent his time exploring, watching, always maintaining the values he was taught in Mid-World. No matter what he was created as, he was a Gunslinger… and everyone would eventually learn what that meant.

Hub Information
landmarks in hub for established universe: The Dark Tower
knowledge level of multiverse: Intimately aware of it
fandom specific information: As with most of the characters in the Dark Tower series, he was drawn from another story, in this case, Westworld.
RP Sample
Big Grin
Virgil is a laid back sort of dude. He’s the sort of guy who’s slow to take up his guns, but fast to put down a fight when he’s brought into it. He’s seen things that would make people shudder with despair and weep at their beauty, and so he tends to fall into the ‘wise old advisor’ role. He appears to be an old man, but is more than capable of acting as a man a fraction of his apparent age, owing to his age being a cosmetic construction in his design. He’s always been some sort of lawman, and as such is prone to maintaining order wherever he is.
Virgil hasn’t ever really had much interest in this. As a host, he would end up having sex with whatever guest wanted it, whether it fell within his acceptable parameters or not. So far, he hasn’t found anyone who can meet those parameters outside the park.

nicknames: Mike/Arjay
age: 37
pronouns: He/Him
timezone: Pacific/Mountain (Arizona time)
contact: Discord is best
triggers: Not really
mature threading: Sure
other characters: Arjay Lo’Ran, Justin Halloway, Winston, Zenyatta, Amora, Jackson Teller, Oryn Vance
about: I’ve wanted to play a westworld cowboy for a while, but I also wanted to play a Gunslinger from the Dark Tower. THen I thought… why not make it both! So I did! And yes, he was the cowboy in the Big Lebowski too. Because why not.
Appears 60. Gunslinger. Westworld/The Dark Tower. Sam Elliott.

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