Characters

Dakota Shaw (Lead Guitar)

Dakota is the main character of Fixer. Born from a Native American father and white mother, he grew up on classic rock. Influenced by the music, he picked up guitar from a very young age, becoming inspired by the legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is a popular kid in his high school and is know widely for his charismatic, energetic personality. To help expand his musical creativity, he helps to form the local punk rock non-phenomena “Vile Deeds” in 1996. He has a girlfriend named Melody Sheffield who he has currently been dating for a half year. However he feels trapped in the relationship as her feelings intensify for him, due to a deep secret he keeps from everyone except his close friend, Mamoru Kageyama. After Vile Deeds dissolves, he goes on to form Fixer with new friend, Damien Miller.

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Damien Miller (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)

Enthralled by the social commentaries of grunge rock, Damien is a misfit in high school. Despite coming from an upper-middle class household, he prefers a disheveled look and a “like me for who I am or fuck-off” personality, which leads him to be a social outcast. He is very close friends with Conner Dayton, a text book stereotype of a nerd suffering from Aspergers syndrome. He is very protective of his friend, which leads him to frequent fights, which he often loses. He has an interest in the rising nu metal scene as its forerunners such as Jonathan Davis of Korn and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine echo the rebellious ethics of grunge rock. This leads to his first conversation with Dakota Shaw. They build a friendship that will change their lives forever.

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Mamoru Kageyama (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals)

The first son of a record executive at a major Japanese label, Mamoru is a worldly cultured undiscovered musical prodigy. With his mother passing away at an early age, Mamoru’s father brought him and his younger brother to all of his extended international business trips in order to keep the family together. As a result, Mamoru garnered a wealth of knowledge about various cultures and the workings of the music industry. However, he never lost sight of his Japanese heritage and considers his personal hero to be the recently deceased Japanese rock legend, Hide [sic]. During an extended stay in America, he attends an open mic night and watches a mediocre punk band called Vile Deeds perform. Witnessing one stellar talent in the band, he approaches the band’s guitarist, Dakota, and asks “Why are you holding yourself back playing for a band like this?” A strong friendship is formed.

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Naomi Halevi (Drummer)

Strong willed tomboy Naomi is similar to many girls of her time. She has an affinity for pop and pop-rock, and idolizes the boy idols of the time, such as Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. She is not very outgoing, but has her own private circle of friends and can be seen partaking in various after school activities, such as the school choir and the yearly high school musical. She has been going to school with Dakota since kindergarten but they were never very close. She never talks about her past or home life, and often avoids the topics when brought up in conversation, lending further to her private nature. The strong sense of privacy cause many to feel distant from her, even her closest friends, as they know almost nothing of her past. This leads many to be shocked when she auditions to be the drummer for Fixer, a talent no one knew she had, further lending to her mysterious aura.

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Conner Dayton

At the lowest rung of the social totem pole, Conner leads a life of near solitude. Suffering from Asperger Syndrome, labeling him as socially awkward would be an understatement. Known for oddball mannerisms such as cupping his hands in-front of him and swinging his elbows when walking at fast speeds, picking his nose in class, and even sneezing in a peculiar way, he often inadvertently annoys those around him. He has a warm home life, with parents who are concerned for his welfare and often encourage him to allow them to switch him to a private school in an attempt to get him away from the hostile environment of public school. He refuses though, as it would take him away from Damien Miller, his best friend since the third grade.

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Melody Sheffield

Moving in from the Philadelphia suburbs at the onset of her freshman year, Melody quickly adapted to her new school setting and had a very successful run. Becoming the captain of her field hockey team, co-editor of the school paper, saxophonist in the school band, year book director, organizing school dances for charity and maintaining a 3.7 GPA, Melody was the school’s over-achiever. After playing with him for several years in the school band and developing an eye for him, she entered a relationship with Dakota Shaw towards the end of her junior year. Despite her busy schedule, she still made time to support Dakota in his various ventures with “Vile Deeds.” Currently, she is starting to feel the relationship is a bit one-sided as she finds herself going to visit him, call him, arrange dates and meet up with friends. She wonders if Dakota is still devoted to each other.

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Mitsumi Kego

The perfect counter-balance to Mamoru’s sleek and calm demeanor, Tokyo native Mitsumi is the warmest and friendliest individual many have ever met. With a very outwardly and cute personality, her friendliness can be slightly off putting to those not akin to her. Meeting Mamoru when they were both 16, they quickly developed a relationship based on their entertainment interests such as music, manga and TV. Their relationship has a sharp downside though, as Mamoru spends a good chunk of the year away from Japan with his family, leaving her behind in Japan. Mitsumi seems to handle it well, conducting her life as normal when he is gone and often e-mailing him to stay in contact. Now that they have both graduated, Mamoru promises to spend more time in Japan with her and take fewer trips abroad.

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