Meet the cast of characters from Rebirth. Some have made the jump from The Judas Syndrome, and some are new.
|Sara | Earl | Leif | Caroline | Kevin | Sonny | Seth | Sidney
Freddy | Blank Man | Joel | Sgt. Jones | Bethany | Jenny | Carol | Sally
18 years old. Lean muscular build, 6' tall. Dirty blonde hair frames his handsome face as though worked into place.
His style mirrors a favorite band, unkempt, with clean lines. Outwardly his mood reflects that of his deceased father,
But this calm he recognizes as little more than a mirage, his mother’s anxious nature prevalent in the back of
his mind. A quiet intelligence radiates from him, he wins friends easily with little effort, a skill or trait not learned but rather something he’d been born with. He couldn’t recall a time where he made the first gesture of friendship. It went that way
with girls as well.
He finds himself the center of attention in many situations, not the least of which is making choices for his friends.
He’d rather be the one making the decisions than following someone else’s anyways, and if his decisions and opinions
could be projected onto his friends favorably, what’s the harm.
Joel is a compassionate person, focusing mainly on those who seemingly cannot help themselves. He feels a
responsibility toward them, to help them, protect them, and is likely one of the reasons people are drawn to him.
Anxiety occasionally overwhelms him, the physical stress of it at times paralyzing him. It comes without warning,
his pulse quickens, pins and needles attacking his extremities, a numbness in his face and finally the frightening
certainty that death lurks around the corner. Though undiagnosed he is very aware of this flaw, and
manages it as best he can, alone, controlling the outbursts by self medicating with drugs and alcohol. Careful not to
become dependent on the lifestyle, he practices deep breathing and daydreaming to calm the symptom as well.
Regardless of the loss of his father and his anxiety disorder, Joel is a remarkably active and vibrant person, enjoying
life as it comes and where it lulls, making something from nothing. He has never allowed his dark side to completely overwhelm his life, his motto, ‘shit happens, when you get a lemon, make lemonade’ has served him well.
After the Apocalypse, Joel is voted in as the leader of their small group. He is honored, but also troubled by the pressures this has introduced to an already stressful environment. He is visited by a spirit that asks that he guide his friends to some pre-determined destiny. The thought that destiny could have any place in a post-Apocalyptic world seemed absurd to Joel and he fights the vision for more information where none is forth-coming.
Joel later turns on himself, and in Rebirth we find Joel has attempted something none of his friends thought him capable.