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You look like a cut of fuckable meat. Are you?

Adam Smasher is a full-borg solo and rival of Morgan Blackhand. Smasher is employed by Arasaka and by 2077 he has risen to the position of head of security and the personal bodyguard of Yorinobu Arasaka.

Smasher is a towering cyborg, with little humanity left to be seen - not that he ever had much to begin with. He is the rival of Morgan Blackhand and dealt the killing blow to Johnny Silverhand. Adam was given a choice by Arasaka after being reduced to mush by RPG blast - either pull the plug or become a full body cyborg. With little to no options and a lack of care for his human side, he agreed and became more machine than man. Adam has no empathy for people or even his fellow employees, but Arasaka kept him alive, so he lives to repay their kind deeds to him by killing the enemies of the corporation.

Biography

2000s

Adam Smasher was a fairly typical punk, a worthless New York mook who moved into the Army when they wiped out his gang. After several years in uniform, he was discharged for bad conduct and took up being a contract gun-boy in New York.

It was a good life for Adam: His lack of squeamishness and sadistic thoroughness brought in enough jobs to keep him in guns, gear, drugs, and brutal one-night stands. But he finally went on that one job where everything fell apart. A couple of rockets turned him into meatloaf. His buddies backpacked what was left of him out of the zone and back to the Big Apple. A mysterious corporate benefactor took note and made him the classic offer he couldn't refuse: corporate service in a metal body, or death. As if thoughts of lost humanity would bother Adam.

2010s

Seven years later since then, the new Adam Smasher, cyborg, had made quite a name for himself along the eastern seaboard. He hired out for almost any mission presented to him, as long as it wasn't an obvious suicide or double-cross. He does have one stipulation: Collateral damage and civilian casualties are a must. During this he had developed a quiet rivalry with Morgan Blackhand along the way, seeing the classic Solo as a threat to his metal-is-better-than-meat worldview. Adam had repeatedly tried to challenge him to a face-off, but Morgan only ignored him at every possible confrontation. Naturally, this snubbing had simply stoked the cyborg's psychopathic rage higher.

Meanwhile, his secret benefactors had allowed him time for freelancing. That had changed with the war; now, Adam is somewhat fully employed by his patrons, who turn out to be a branch of Arasaka security. All this was fine with him, especially since he knew that Morgan was currently working for Militech.[1]

2020s - 2023

Sometime in the 2020s, Smasher was involved in a "wild fling" with Michiko Arasaka, topping off the culmination of a night out on her 18th birthday.

In 2022, Adam Smasher was recruited by Arasaka to fight in the Fourth Corporate War. During this time, on August 23rd, Smasher was present at what would become the Night City Holocaust at the top of Arasaka Towers. That night, as remarked by a former SpecOps operative who was present at the mission, Smasher and the rest of the Arasaka troops ambushed Johnny Silverhand and Morgan Blackhand's team. However, Silverhand distracted him, shouting and firing at him with his gun, getting injured by Smasher in the process, yet giving Shaitan an opportunity to hold Smasher back. Smasher later appeared at the top of the towers, preparing to fight Blackhand as the rest of the extraction team left on their aerodyne,[2] with Blackhand remarking about testing Smasher's philosophy for itself shortly before the nuclear bomb detonated.[3]

Adam was more than happy to fight for Arasaka because he knew Morgan Blackhand had been hired by Militech. Arasaka supplied him with everything he could ever want, including the DaiOni power armor conversion gear that turned Adam into a nearly unstoppable machine.

During the assault on the Arasaka Towers, Adam Smasher fought against Johnny Silverhand.[1] Adam injured Johnny badly, leaving him to be retrieved from Arasaka medical employees.

2023 - 2076

After turning much of himself into a cyborg, Smasher was tasked of taking care of Silverhand's possessions. Many were tossed, but he decided to keep some - including Silverhand's Porsche and his signature gun the Malorian Arms 3516. He also knew where Johnny was buried.[4]

During the next decades, Smasher would come and go from Night City. He also teamed up with Rogue Amendiares at some point.[5]

Some time after 2050, Adam was assigned as Yorinobu Arasaka's bodyguard and was placed in charge of carrying out Arasaka's dirtiest work, gaining a reputation for expert management of loose ends.[6] During time, Adam made the Ebunike Docks in Watson his base of operations. Grayson, one of his most loyal people, became his right-hand and for a job well done, Smasher gifted him Silverhand's unique pistol.[4]

Smasher resurfaced again a few years before 2077 while doing some jobs for Arasaka.[6]

2077

By 2077 Adam was still assigned as Yorinobu's bodyguard. He usually accompanied him to the Konpeki Plaza penthouse. One time he scared Evelyn Parker who was visiting Yorinobu.[7]

Some weeks after, while the mercs V and Jackie Welles conducted a heist for the Relic in the penthouse, Smasher accompanied Yorinobu as his father Saburo arrived. Smasher and Saburo's bodyguard, Goro Takemura, left shortly before Yorinobu snapped and strangled his father. Smasher attempted to stop the witnesses, V and Jackie Welles, but they manage to escape before he could pursue them.[8]

Yorinobu then became CEO of Arasaka, promoting Smasher to Head of Security. Sandayu Oda later warned Smasher that the memorial parade for Saburo will be sabotaged in an effort to harm Yorinobu's sister, Hanako Arasaka. Smasher brushed off Oda's warnings, accusing Oda of disobeying Yorinobu as Oda persisted in questioning Smasher's actions. Oda was ultimately correct - with V's help, Takemura gained access to Hanako's float in order to kidnap her. Smasher afterwards led an Arasaka strike team, personally rescuing Hanako and ordered for her kidnappers to be killed.[9][10]

In each ending, V fights against Adam Smasher in order to accomplish their goal. In certain endings V will fight along side Goro Takemura, Crispin Weyland, or Panam Palmer. In some cases V will fight Adam alone. Depending on the chosen path, Smasher will either kill Rogue Amendiares or Saul Bright. After V defeats the cyborg, he can either be spared as he is heard telling V that they haven't seen the last of him, or be killed, which it will be the last Night City will ever hear of him.[6]

Database Entry (2077)

What with a full-body conversion, not much is left of Adam Smasher the man. Well... his humanity was always questionable. Smasher's in charge of taking out Arasaka's dirty laundry, but he likes to do things his own way. Way back in 2023, he killed Johnny Silverhand during the attack on Arasaka Tower, after which Silverhand's personality was digitized by the Soulkiller program. If Smasher finds out that Johnny's back, he'll probably want to finish what he started. Smasher doesn't leave loose ends.

Outfit

RPG
Type Products
Cyberware Full cyborg body heavily modified Samson frame, two sets of interface plugs, chip slot, pain editors, link set (smartgun, vehicle, data), optics suite (low-lite, thermograph, Times Square Plus, targeting scope, anti-dazzle), cyberaudio (radio, tight-beam radio, and cellular links with scrambler, scanner, enhanced range, amplified hearing, sound editor, level damper), wolvers in both arms, quickchange mounts, radiation shielding, biopod. Adam Smasher typically wears SP 20 armored coveralls when he's on the job (giving him a total SP of 42).[1]
Armaments Tsunami Arms Helix

Notes

  • If V and Jackie do not leave after [Yorinobu, Takemura, and Smasher evacuate the suite during The Heist, Smasher will return and compliment V for their bravery but insult them for their stupidity. He then severely wounds V with the bullets from his arm gun and finishes them off by stomping on V's head while Jackie panics.
  • If V has a certain mod in their Kiroshi optics they can see that Smasher detects them and Jackie when he enters Yorinobu's suite, and a scan shows Smasher is 96% cyberware by 2077.
  • If V has the proper level and quickhacks, upon Adam Smasher returning to the penthouse in Konpeki Plaza, V is able to defeat him - but the game doesn't recognize this outcome.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ACKERMAN GREY, D. Firestorm Shockwave. 1st ed. Berkeley CA; R.Talsorian Games Inc, 1997. (pg.22)
  2. Cyberpunk Red Corebook p.441
  3. Cyberpunk Red Corebook p.121
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Cool Metal Fire
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cyberpunk 2077
  7. The Information
  8. The Heist
  9. Play It Safe
  10. Search and Destroy
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