[6 Days to launch] An introduction to Chad Hawke

Just 6 days to go now until the release of NINA AQUILA: LEGAL EAGLE, SEASON ONE, and we have a profile of Nina’s courtroom rival, Chad Hawke!

Born in Maine, New England, Chad Hawke is one of Fledge City’s most prolific prosecutors, and the personal protégé of the city’s District Attorney and leader of the prosecutor’s office, Taryn Kestrel.

Taryn’s faith was rewarded around a year before NALE’s story began, when Chad played a key role in a series of cases that broke up a major counterfeiting ring. This was front-page news in the city, and Chad is still occasionally “recognised” in the street for this. This is helped, in part, by the obvious blue scar on his left cheek.

Chad is intelligent, complex and confident. He is highly regimented as a person, with a strong sense of self-discipline. These habits have earned him a great deal of respect, where he has seen many cases through on technicalities, and made use of obscure, but relevant statutes.

Taryn, in her turn, had something of a rivalry with Anya Miller in years gone by; an observer might suggest that Chad/Nina’s current rivalry is a continuation of this rift.

In quiet moments, Chad is a cat person, enjoys political debates on television, and loves triathlon and similar endurance sports. He’s also a keen cyclist, preferring this to driving. His pet hate is courtroom drama movies and courtroom fiction as a whole; their lack of adherence to proper procedure irritates him, to the point where he struggles to even watch them.

Chad may have an acerbic wit, but he’s a “just” person at heart. His desire to see cases lead to prosecution comes not out of some kind of misguided personal pride, but a sincere need to see justice done, and he holds a particular ire for those who oppose that; in those scenarios, he has been known to be somewhat vicious, even if that comes from a well-meaning place. Therefore, he is calculating and driven, but not taken to callous cruelty.

In a sense, Nina and Chad’s courtroom interplay is like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. His inflexible nature clashes with Nina’s more improvisational methods, and though it pains him to admit it, he respects her abilities, and Nina knows never to take him lightly.

Chad’s utterances in-game are provided by Ben Meredith; Ben is best known for his work as Elias Bouchard in The Magnus Archives. He also provides voices for Rusty Quill Gaming and Stellar Firma. You can learn more about NALE’s VA’s here: https://nina-aquila.com/#characters

Thanks for reading this!

NINA AQUILA: LEGAL EAGLE, SEASON ONE will be released on Steam on July 9th!

We’re inviting players to WISHLIST the game now; just click here and hit the “Add to my Wishlist” button!

We’re marking the run-up to launch with a range of daily blogposts about many different topics relating to NALE, such as how we achieved certain things in the editor, character bios and even a giveaway, which you can enter now over on Twitter!

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We’re gonna have posts every day in the run-up to launch, so come back tomorrow for another!

And we hope to see you on July 9th over on Steam!

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