former computer science major, borderline genius with social anxiety and questionable dietary health
first impressions with seymour are rarely good; he's exceptionally anti-social, abrasive and sarcastic. although he's a complete tech genius, humans are not his strong point.
ABOUT Once an infamous cyber-criminal with near-unmatched technical and surveillance skills, Birkhoff was brought on as Division's head technician. His growing uneasiness about the organization's shadier dealings ultimately results in him leaving Division and defecting to Nikita's side, after which he becomes a steadfast (if snarky) ally to her cause.
Seymour's online anarchy was cut short when Division 'saved' him from a prison sentence regarding Pentagon hacking. For years, Birkhoff was the genius behind most of Division's tech side of things, hacking and programming most missions for his assigned work. It gave Birkhoff a front seat pass to the hazards of crossing Division, and seeing all the things they were responsible for. Over time he grew disenchanted, and turned more and more towards Nikita's cause.
When Michael showed his own hand, joining Nikita, and after believing she'd been killed, Seymour decrypted Percy's secrets, let Michael escape and then left himself. Although reluctant at first, Birkhoff joined Nikita's cause and aided in the eventual shut down of Division and the end of Percy and Amanda.
The Debater - The ENTP personality type is the ultimate devil’s advocate, thriving on the process of shredding arguments and beliefs and letting the ribbons drift in the wind for all to see. Unlike their more determined Judging (J) counterparts, ENTPs don’t do this because they are trying to achieve some deeper purpose or strategic goal, but for the simple reason that it’s fun. No one loves the process of mental sparring more than ENTPs, as it gives them a chance to exercise their effortlessly quick wit, broad accumulated knowledge base, and capacity for connecting disparate ideas to prove their points.
80% QUICK THINKER
jerk with a heart of gold; at first glance, birkhoff is just a jerk -quick to insult, sarcastic, self-centered and occasionally over confident to the point of annoying. he speaks his mind and doesn't hold back on calling out dumb decisions. it also doesn't stop him supporting said dumb decision for the right kind of people. he's not great at showing concern or care by and large, but it's not because he doesn't care at all.
genius intellect; from a young age, birkhoff knew he was smarter than a lot of people, he tended to be the smartest person in the room most of the time, but it tended to come off abrasive when he pointed this out. his intelligence was stream lined into computers, and through the focus and determination, he pioneered computer hacking, designing his own software that broke through most government channels of protection. birkhoff is somewhat of a legend in certain hacking circles and he knows this.
mission control; birkhoff isn't exactly the 'brains' of any operation, but he is a problem solver. give him an outcome you want and he'll find all the pieces to move around and make it happen, even if it includes turning out the lights in a small country for a while, he's prepared to do it. unfortunately it does also lead to a curiosity that might, someday, get him killed.
HEIGHT 5'08" BUILD Slim, potentially underweight, lean HAIR Brown EYES Blue
slacker chic is the best way to describe it; slouch gear, loose clothes and things that no one will notice if you live in them for days on end.
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NAME Lionel Peller ALIAS Seymour Birkhoff NICKNAMES Birkhoff, B, Nerd DOB (AGE) 5.7.87 (30) ORIENTATION Hetrosexual OCCUPATION Freelance computer specialist, Agency IT
FAMILY TREE MOTHER Rosemary Peller FATHER Ronald Peller
SISTER Lily Peller BROTHER Lyle Peller
ROADMAP BIRTHPLACE San Diego, CA COLLEGE New York, NY CURRENTLY IN Orange County, CA
Lionel Peller is the youngest of three kids born to a career driven father and a housewife mother. Rosemary was very 'Martha Stewart' about her home; everything was immaculate, she had elaborate home made meals, craft projects almost constantly and the busy home proud image. Ronald was a little different. He was a very dedicated workaholic, specialising in selling security systems to software companies, his work was almost international and overshadowed everything.
Lily and Lyle, Lionel's older siblings, seemed to have accepted this. Lionel was a little less able to do so. Lionel had always been fairly brilliant, he hacked into the FBI data servers before he was fifteen, using just his father's laptop, solved complex algorithms in his head and was skilled a complex problem solving. His teachers found it difficult to keep up with him, so he spent a lot of his school time bored having already completed most of his work or able to sail through the course work with relative ease.
What Lionel had in brains he lacked in social skills however; he was awkward with most human interaction, made references that occasionally left people stumped and uncomfortable, relied far too heavily on sarcasm, dry humour and scathing wit to get by. He also happened to be classed as a nerd and dork at school, due largely to his pop-culture interests and his computer skills. In a prank to get back at his classmates, Lionel once hacked every smart phone in the school to alter the language settings and forward awkward emails to family and friends, including personal photos from students to each other.
This naturally didn't go down well with anyone and Lionel was put through the wringer with his father -it didn't do well to boast software security when your son was a system hacker. Of course, when the only attention Lionel got from his father was negative it just pushed him further. Lionel's hacks got more and more intrusive, going back to the FBI system to hack through their top secret level files, sending sensitive information to several newspaper outlets, bringing light to numerous cover-ups within the last ten years.
This time his father went through the roof, Lionel was set to be sent to military school, in a bid to 'straighten him out'. Lionel was less than thrilled about this idea.
In what his siblings would call 'true Lionel fashion', he hatched a very over the top, complicated plan to fake his own death in a car accident, hacking the system in his car to drive it off a bridge and into the river below. Lionel moved states, setting up in New York, and changed his name to Seymour Birkhoff.
A year passed, with Seymour working on coding, hacking and generally creating a life and a pretty cosy nest for himself. A few withdrawals from numerous accounts that wouldn't miss it and Seymour enrolled himself in college. It was in college that Seymour started his online empire. First was in creating the system ShadowNet; a program capable of hacking, surveillance and corrupting even the most secure of servers. It was with ShadowNet that he exposed more political and economical bigwigs of their dirty dealings -extra marital affairs for the mayoral candidate with a heavy conservative pitch, Cayman accounts for big money CEO's swindling the economy, police records that got suppressed for the rich and famous. Seymour made quite the name for himself as Shadow Walker, an online anarchist spreading truth, corruption and open-source information.
Human interaction didn't get any easier for Seymour, his caustic and blunt personality tending to be much less than endearing, but he tended to largely deal with that by delving deeper into the dark net to work and exploit, building up a fairly complex network of contacts, engineering some of the biggest hacks on US soil and being a general nuisance.
Friends tended to be faceless user handles, and while Birkhoff knew he could easily dig up anything he needed to find out on people with some work, he did prefer to keep things anonymous on both ends of things baring a few exceptions of very repeat customers.
Following a very intrusive invasion onto the CIA servers to dig a little deeper into those lost and damaged reports of torture to gain information on still unfound weapons of mass destruction, Birkhoff narrowly missed escaping a task force that had been dogging his online presence for a while. Deciding he needed a change of scenery -and maybe some distance from New York- Birkhoff shipped himself and his entire operation to the West coast.