- Rebecca Howard is a human in the Sector Seven ARG portion of the live-action movie continuity family.
Dr. Rebecca Howard is a scientist with expertise in a variety of fields, including bio-medical engineering, thermodynamics, and theoretical astrophysics. She worked for Sector Seven in the area of weapons design, before several clashes with her superiors (specifically, her ex-boyfriend Alexander Powers) that nearly resulted in her imprisonment in the organization's notorious secret prison facility, Section N44E.
After escaping from custody with the help of the mysterious Agent X, she became a member of the Stop Sector Seven movement (using the internet screen name sciencehottie35) and is believed to have later assumed the mantle of Agent X herself.
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On February 2, 2007, Dr. Howard sent an e-mail to Powers expressing her continued reservations about a directive to resume research on Project Maximum Shunt. Reminding him of the disastrous AX9-8946-09SU-1 experiment, which resulted in the death of researcher James Farr, she insisted that they were pushing too fast and urged caution.
February 4, she reported to Powers via video link on the development of her latest weapon design, the XK-Plasma-1. Powers was disappointed that she had only presented the schematics for a single new weapon, insisting that they would need at least ten if they were to stand a chance against a possible N.B.E. invasion. Howard protested that she needed more resources, while Powers insisted that she had everything Sector Seven could spare. Howard countered that if the organization went public, it would be possible to get additional funding from other countries such as China, Russia, and Japan. Powers dismissed the possibility, stating that going public would only serve to cause a panic.
When Howard questioned how long Powers thought they could keep a lid on things, and in doing so addressed him as "Alex," he curtly corrected her to refer to him as Agent Powers, and gave her a week to produce ten new weapon designs or tender her resignation. When he subsequently tried to inquire casually as to how she'd been, she angrily terminated the transmission.
In an e-mail sent on February 26, Dr. Howard reported that after breaking through a firewall into a new section of the Megaman's "central non-volatile storage device," her Tiger Team had managed to decode and translate two audio files appearing to include the voice of another "ferrous-based life form." Believing this being, designated N.B.E. Two, to be an enemy of the Megaman, she suggested attempting to initiate contact with it and to enlist its help in the defense of Earth. Howard stated that she had prepared a message to this effect to be transmitted through SETI's Arecibo Radio Telescope.
Powers responded to this e-mail with an order to cease and desist all efforts at contacting N.B.E. Two immediately, insisting that even if such an entity actually existed, it most likely wanted to conquer the planet, just the same as the rest of its species. Howard replied in turn, imploring him to listen to a further translation of N.B.E Two's voice. Insisting that the alien sounded "reasonable, even munificent," she stated that she felt sure that N.B.E. Two would help them and that she would broadcast her message within the hour if she didn't hear back from him.
Agent Powers's e-mail reply to this was...somewhat less than professional.
Ordering her not to transit her message, Powers scolded Howard, insisting that Sector Seven "doesn't run on feelings." He then went on a bit of a rant, accusing her of cheating on her IQ test, telling her that she was just a "hired gun" and as such had no role in setting S7 policy, insisting that no one was interested in her theories about how to protect the planet and that she should just stick to her own job, bluntly reminding her that he was her superior officer and that their former personal relationship was "dead and gone," and expressing regret that he had ever "given in" to her "aggressive advances" in the first place. He closed with an order to return to the weapon design work he had ordered her to do and a reminder that he could have her replaced with a single phone call.
On March 5, Dr. Howard and Agent Powers spoke over a video link again. Powers first scolded Howard for having gone over his head, presumably with her plan for attempting contact with N.B.E. Two. She appeared not to have been successful in convincing his superiors either. After Powers questioned whether she got some sort of thrill from undermining his authority, a testy exchange followed in which Howard pointed out that intelligence reports on invasion scenarios gave them little chance against the N.B.E.'s ("That's why we need weapons" "That's why we need allies."), and Powers insisted that Howard focus all of her resources on weapon design, unless she wanted to "get busted all the way down to assistant toilet scrubber."
Powers then shared some new data Sector Seven had received, which appeared to show that an N.B.E. had arrived on Earth and was engaged in recon activity, searching for something. Worried about the alien's unknown target, Howard asked "Do you think it could be...?" to which Powers soberly replied, "Let's hope not."
Despite knowing that she was being monitored by Sector Seven security, on March 26, Dr. Howard transmitted her message asking N.B.E. Two for help. The transmission was shut down, and Dr. Howard was detained.
On April 1, Dr. Howard was interrogated by Agent Powers while handcuffed to a chair. He demanded to know who she was working for, and disbelieved her when she told him she had acted alone. He accused her of betraying her country, her planet, and him. She initially struck a defiant tone in response, until Powers informed his ex-girlfriend that he was having her sent to Section N44E, "forever."
Clearly frightened by the prospect, Howard insisted she was just trying to do what she thought was right, and tried to convince Powers to change his mind by reminding him of their history together. Powers was unmoved, insisting that he had the safety of the entire planet to worry and couldn't let personal feelings get in the way. However, he did offer her a way out: tell him the identity of the mysterious Agent X, who had been hacking into Sector Seven's systems for weeks. Howard replied that she didn't know. Powers was then abruptly, and conveniently, called out of the room.
After he was gone, and Dr. Howard left alone, the camera started to flicker, and a heavily distorted voice started speaking to her. This was Agent X, who told Dr. Howard that he'd been studying her, and in addition her impressive scientific credentials, he knew she had the guts to do what was right even when it meant disobeying orders. He told of her of his mission, to expose the secrets of Sector Seven to a world that deserved to know the truth, and gave her the choice of joining him or wasting away in Sector Seven's secret prison. Telling her that S7 was about to trace his signal, he began a melodramatic "you have five seconds" countdown. After she agreed, at the last moment of course, the lights dimmed and the sound of handcuffs being unlocked was heard. When the lights came back up, she was gone.
On April 12, a post was made to the Stop Sector Seven Buzznet group by Dr. Howard, under the username "sciencehottie35." It revealed the latest in a series of passwords allowing the public access via a remote client to Sector Seven's top secret network, this one the rather personalized "BYEBYEPOWERS."
That same day, she contacted Agent Powers via video link with the man believed to be Agent X at her side, only his hand visible in the frame.
- Rebecca Howard's Sector Seven service number
- According to sciencehottie35's Buzznet user profile, she is 30 years old, and her astrological sign is Cancer.