NOTE: In James Cameron’s AVATAR™: THE GAME, you have the option of choosing your character’s sex and physical appearance. For the purposes of this description, we have randomly assigned Ryder’s gender as male, but you may choose otherwise.
As a young man growing up in sprawling Southern California, Ryder was exposed to the vagaries of life among the myriad nameless, faceless denizens of a modern megacity. Like many inhabitants of the rapidly degenerating planet Earth, Ryder grew up in relative poverty.
Though his parents lacked the resources to provide him with an escape route from the crumbling society on Earth, his aptitude for mathematics and a talent for pattern recognition offered a faint glimmer of hope. Like many of the Earth’s poor, salvation could be had by enlisting in the military, and Ryder’s gifts proved to be coveted assets.
Consequently, he became a Signal Specialist and began training in the ways of codebreaking and cryptography. Unsurprisingly, these skills were worth quite a bit to the Military, which found itself in a constant battle to defend Earth’s titanic megacorporations from environmental terrorists bent on hindering any effort to harvest what little was left of Earth’s once great bounty.
For a few years, Ryder worked with the Resources Development Administration, deciphering the coded communications of eco-terrorists attempting to disrupt the RDA’s mining efforts in the Marianas Trench.
Although Ryder’s work helped safeguard the RDA’s operations in the Pacific Ocean, an accident during tectonic subduction exercises in the Trench induced a tremendous tsunami that engulfed a large section of the Pacific coast.
Succumbing to crushing feelings of guilt, Ryder left his post at the RDA and returned to the military to live out the rest of his days working a cryptology job that came with as little responsibility as possible. He was tormented by his role in a disaster that had taken the lives of so many, despite the fact that it led to the discovery of vast tracts of new mining resources which the RDA claimed offset any collateral damages.
And so it went for a few years, and Ryder kept his head down and his mouth shut while he collected his paycheck without ever having to worry about things like being invested in his work or caring about… well, anything, really. Until, however, he was approached with a way off the decaying rock that was Earth. In the far-flung reaches of outer space, big things were going on.
Alien worlds were being discovered and new technologies were springing up as a result, and somebody wanted Ryder’s help with it all. It was the chance of a lifetime, so of course it came with its share of strings. The RDA had re-entered Ryder’s life for a second time, and they wanted to enroll him in their Avatar Program, a scientific curiosity that fused human DNA with that of an alien species. He signed up almost immediately.
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