Just last week, Rafael De Leon (born Rafael Gallardo), a former rising actor, writer and producer at NLM, had been approved to produce a full-length movie as his next project. And now he's a disgraced murderer who got to star in his final film, shot and broadcast live to the whole dome.
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We'll examine De Leon's grisly murders in order to answer three questions: What happened? Why did it happen? And who really was Rafael De Leon?
THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED
Channel 420 is the home of Korova Milk Madness, the 24/7 live feed of Korova Milk Bar. All eyes flocked to that channel to see a surprise appearance by Rex Gold and Jonus Alexander. But without warning, the predator De Leon interjected on center stage, shouting over pubSIC, "And now, for a very special viewing! How long is a movie, Rex?"
Rex Gold didn't even have a chance to respond. De Leon, with a deranged look in his eyes, proved he was beyond rational thought, and performed unspeakable acts of violence to the revered pair. As Rex Gold shouted for security, Assistant Executive Producer Lisette Dupuis burst into action to defend the innocent lives, slicing the savage De Leon open for the good of us all. The monster's capoeira was no match for Miss Dupuis's blade, sending him collapsing to the floor, dead.
After De Leon returned to his woven mortal coil, he was retrieved, interrogated, and Judged guilty of two counts of First Degree Murder by Judge Grimaldi, thus sentenced to clone death. His next sleeve behaved erratically, ranting delusionally and raving his way to the skywalk. And then he jumped.
But that wasn't the end of his life.
De Leon still had a movie deal to make good on, after all.
"This ungrateful pissant is very much alive, but he's going to wish he's dead, very shortly. All you miserable motherfuckers better get in front of a TV," declared Rex Gold, marcy stockpile at hand while two gorgeous lap pets accompanied his personal viewing-party, perfect-blend coffee being rushed to him the instant his chalice of caffeine ran low. "I am about to rain down an ungodly FUCKING FIRESTORM on this ungrateful fuck RDL. They're going to have to call the fucking United Nations to get a fucking binding resolution to keep me from killing you over and over and over."
It was less than 24 hours after said ungrateful fuck went off the rails. Every screen in the dome presented a direct-feed broadcast of the expansive and illustrious lobby of New Light Media. Assistant Executive Producer Lisette Dupuis stood before an audience of millions with Rafael De Leon in tow, restrained by Lieutenant Dethrow. "Tonight, Rex Gold is getting his payback," Miss Dupuis asserted, "Enjoy, Withmore, and watch along as his punishment is given."
Viewers were treated to a close-up of the traitorous man who scorned not only Rex Gold, but all of NLM and every fan of his catalogue. The lawless picaro spat fire over pubSIC, as any criminal mixer is wont to do, his bloodied Genetek 'canary yellows' exemplifying his value to the dome without NLM backing him.
As De Leon struggled, Lieutenant Dethrow explained how his transgressions were beyond restitution: "Mr. Gold made you everything you ever were," the Lieutenant sneered, "Without him, you would've never had a chance. You came to us as nothing but an unwarranted self-important nobody, and you'll leave the same way."
The feed cut to black.
As Rex Gold stated over pubSIC, "The whole world is about to see what happens when you fuck with Rex Gold."
A moment later, the scene of a derelict, tombstone-laden courtyard was cast onto viewer's screens, with Rafael in the iron grip of a man named Cosmo 'Harb' Thorsday, the Harbinger of the Darks.
What happened next is Rafael De Leon's final film, which now replays daily on Channel 4. For up-to-date showtimes, check the NLM Channel Guide, accessible from the 'Home' node on the Grid.
THE RIDDLE OF RDL
With his legacy tarnished, one question remained on everyone's mind: What could cause a man who had just released two successful NLM shows to spiral out of control so suddenly?
One coworker told the Globe, "He seemed frustrated with relatively minor issues that morning. For example, he grew irate at a fan who came out of the vats and asked him why she died. Plus, he had trouble deciding on the running time for his movie." Hardly a tantrum worth throwing away one's prized career for.
Something far more troubling was brewing behind the scenes.
Sources close to De Leon all confirmed that he had fallen for Miss Dupuis, hard. His adoration festered into obsession, and with his privileged position, he attempted to leverage a poorly-planned coup for her -- one that the Assistant Executive Producer had no foreknowledge of, and vehemently denounces.
This wasn't the first time Miss Dupuis had to defend her livelihood against a predator. In November of 2104, the Globe covered the horrific attack by a former exec on the EGO creative genius, where the attacker succumbed to her self-defense lessons. So when De Leon snapped, Miss Dupuis was prepared to act immediately, and saved innocent lives in the process.
LIES, TRIDS, AND A SEXLESS LIFE
As more sources came pouring in to reveal disconcerting events in De Leon's presence, a pattern started to emerge: De Leon was insecure to the core, wrapping himself in a comforting blanket of lies.
The sex icon, it turns out, spent most of his time in bed alone. Often, De Leon grew irate at the lack of lovers lining his hallway. He reportedly made whiny calls to NSEC, which resulted in Corpsec Agents wasting their valuable time explaining to De Leon that they were not a hotline to order sexual escort services.
One Agent explained that the starved star once wore only a towel in her presence, and attempted to pose lewdly, as if expecting the Agent would just magically grow heart-shaped pupils and shirk corpsec duties in favor of catering to the clueless.
In another instance, De Leon and a coworker were having a casual chat, when suddenly De Leon started posing lewdly again. He then spent over 7,500c to have a service mixer deliver them a pair of margaritas in an attempt to romance the coworker. The coworker was unimpressed and departed.
De Leon's abnormal propositions extended beyond sexual escapades and into desires to kick people. In the Globe article, "RDL Subdues Bank Robber, Defends Honor," Nov. 9, 2104, a compromising photo of De Leon was presented to KMB by career criminal Jason Stettam. De Leon challenged the charismatic Stettam to a duel, in which Stettam gracefully took a dive after facing some of the most clumsy capoeira of his life. Soon after the event, calls came in to NSEC, with a gleeful De Leon asking if they could find him additional Stettams to kick. The request was denied.
His desire to be loved for doing nothing remotely special traces back to his time spent in the mix, where he thrived off attention to anyone who would give it to him, often visiting the apartment of banished and permed menace Naviel MacDonald. It was only fitting that he return to the land of do-nothings.
When De Leon's final clone exited the vats, the madman spoke of angel cats and delusions of being a secret agent, suggesting he and a partner went around attacking Red Sector with Ebola in May 2104. Firsthand accounts from The Black Drome in May 2104 pinpoint the outbreak as starting in the club's bathroom, not at the hands of rogue corporate agents as De Leon fantasized about.
ViriiSoma Pharmaceuticals has released the following official statement regarding Rafael De Leon's outlandish claims:
"ViriiSoma Pharmaceuticals unequivocally condemns the crazed actions of Rafael Gallardo, also known as Rafael de Leon, on the 17th of June 2105. Though Mr. Gallardo was once an employee of ours, those ties are long severed, and even if they were not we have no hesitation in thanking the Withmore Justice Force for their swift judgement in stopping this madman. Rest assured that any claims of, alongside other former employees, being involved in an epidemic are patently false- ViriiSoma Pharmaceuticals does not conduct operations to endanger public health. Nobody should heed the words of an unhinged man whose ego far outstretched his ability, desperate for any last shred of attention he could garner."
DEATH OF THE AUTHOR
For fans who are new to coping with the separation of the creator from the content, worry not, for NLM's contracts make it very easy:
RDL--the brand of content--is owned by NLM in perpetuity.
Rafael De Leon--the murderer, liar, and fake philanderer--is extinct.
Don't forget to tune in to Channel 4 to view Rex Gold's triumph!