- "In time like this i would consult a man of science"
Always calm, almost cold, Richard James is a teacher at the Fallcreek University, having used to deal with herds of rowdy teenagers. Besides being the faculty biology teacher is the mentor of the ΔΘГ Brotherhood and proves himself as an intuitive man and skilled in various subjects.
Rarely seen to lose control, he can tackle any thing with analytical interest and cold logic; although he doesn't feel easily immersed in the action, preferring to work the brain more than the physical.
The invasion of Mortifilia in the city doesn't seem particularly surprise him and, more than scare him, seems to awaken his interest; accompanied the group of survivors by providing them with special syringes that allow them to take blood samples from the heart of the downed monsters, in addition to increasing the charge of the battery of which the guys use to power their electrical weapons.
Richard is bald, uses glases and has a grey five o'clock beard. He is caucasican and his eyes are brown.
He uses a striped black dress shirt with a blue tie, he has a blue jean with grey dress shoes.
However the prof. Richard James is not only a mild professor but an honorary member of ΔΘГ Brotherhood and scientist at their ranks very interested in the work of experimental botany of the Friedman and characterized by twins' research and science in priority even compared to human life. More than a traitor, he can be considered a cold profiteer that supports survivors guys without ever exposing himself too far when their interests match, then make them being catch all of his colleagues in order to examine the effects of contamination of the Mortifilia on them. His loyalty is completely placed in ΔΘГ which, in addition to a student fraternity, proves to be a kind of secret society obsessed with benefit that the Mortifilia can do to the humankind.
It is likely that his multiple talents (such as deep knowledge of biology and medicine, and its skills in electrical engineering and electronics) have earned him a place of honor in the ranks of the brotherhood. Among the examinable documents in the brotherhood church there is a letter to Friedman twins signed by William James, his grandfather.
As mentor of ΔΘГ, the prof. Richard James had an office within the brotherhood headquarters where he spends much of his time studying old tomes.
ΔΘГ's last PartyEdit
On the evening of November 30th of 2005, during the party of brotherhood, this is precisely were he remained in his intent reading, before being reached by Amy Brookes and Kenny Matthews, two students that escaped the nightmare that begin due to the blossoming of some blacks flowers, that have recently appeared on various locations of the city, which have released black spores that cause the monstrous mutations.
Before Richard could be informed of the massive outbreak, the group is attacked by two Runners. Survived the battle, the three take refuge in an underground building where Richard, very interested in the matter, dissects the corpse of one of the creatures trying to shed light on their nature. Shortly thereafter they are achieved by Corey Wilde and his girlfriend Mei Wang, who came late to the party and escaped contamination.
It's there discover that the mutations were caused by the students themselves, who have used the Mortifilia flowers as a soft drug thus facilitating the contamination, and then expand it through sexual intercourse. The boys therefore speculate that the resistance to the mutation of one person to change and that the effects on them may have been thwarted by the recruitment of an energy based on caffeine (This is unconfirmed)
So the group decided to escape from the place, Kenny and Corey, are able to reach an exit. Richard, however, remains to examine the body and contact his partners, however, they needed time to organize. So the teacher decides to go to the hospital, where he calls Corey and they decide to meet on the ground floor.
He is first achieved by Corey and Amy, who fled from great release of the Mortifilia's spores following the mutation of Kenny, and finally by Sven Hansen and Mei, that came from the campus dormitory after trying, in vain, to rescue her sister, Jun Wang. Following the survivors' arrival, Richard improves the battery that the group uses to operate their electrical weapons, taking a hospital battery. Sven ask him how he do it, and he responds that he learn it from the internet.
He suggests to the boys to manufacture a homemade explosive to reach the hospital's warehouse where they could get to the parking lot to retrieve an ambulance to escape, but, once they arrive on site, they are all attacked by the now Monster Kenny, devoid of all humanity. Richard is stunned by a blow of his powerful arms, he would later injure Corey and kill Mei before being stopped by the intervention of Shannon Matthews and Stanley Jones.
Along with survivors, Richard flees the hospital aboard of Stan's van, but its crash of the road due to an Amorphous and the group regains consciousness near the Fallcreek's Dam. The professor is among the first to wake up and, after Shannon and Stan clear the way, he began to inspect the place. He meets up with the two, and decides to search for an alternative route to save Amy, if they can't find a welder to repare the dam's controls
A little later he saves the group from another of Monster Kenny's attack, opening a door to leave and, together with Stan, Amy and Sven escapes to Turtle Stone Island by boat; on the way, though, Amy and Sven are lost, after being separated by the fog. Richard arrives on the island and, along with Stan, awaits the arrival of Corey and Shannon, that stayed in the dam to face Kenny; once met the group decides to go look for Sven and Amy. The group separetes again, and he and Corey go to search for another boat.
The Friedman's legacyEdit
After gain access to the cellar where the maniac was torturing their friend, the group watch Sven's death, while the executioner (Who turns out to be Jedidiah Friedman, son of Leonard Friedman and Elisabeth Wickson) flees through a mining conducted promptly chased by Stan and Shannon.
Richard, Amy and Corey search for another route, that leads them throught the sewers to exit in a manhole, and join the others in the Leafmore High School, now in ruins. Here Amy is affectd by strong contractions, due to the recent rape suffered by Kenny. Richard is particularly amazed by this and, while Corey and Stan are directed to the basement to deal Jedidiah, he contact a rescue team by giving back their position. The aid, therefore, wasn't slow to arrive, but for the group's suprise, turns out to be the ΔΘГ Brotherhood that, under the facade of a school fraternity, proves to be a secret society obsessed with Mortifilia and which Richard is an honorary member of.
Captured Shannon and Amy (who, by carrying the offspring of Kenny, was a huge resource of study), the brotherhood men await the return of Corey and Stan, to capturing them also, but after they are back, Richard talks to them and learns that the cause of the spread of Mortifilia's flowers was a still alive Leonard Friedman, who had extended its roots throughout Fallcreek City.
All the way to Lincoln StadiumEdit
Loaded the boys in the ambulances, Richard and his colleagues make their way to the extraction point, but one of the two ambulances is hit by a black and overturned spores, allowing Shannon and Stan to escape. After losing even Corey, Richard contact Socrates 3 to change the landzone to evacuate with Amy: the fixed meeting point is the Lincoln Stadium.
Just as Socrates 3 lands the helicopter, Richard notices that Corey enter the stadium, but also at the distance a newly mutated Monster Kenny, who throws away Richard and his 2 companions, trying to get Amy and his son, but its faced by Corey. During the battle, Kenny infects Corey, and to not be his equal, he kills himself, just as Stan and Shannon got there.
After the battle, the professor and a ΔΘГ member recovers the sense and manages to escape taking the girl with him on board the helicopter. But, inside the aircraft, the girl gives birth prematurely filling the cabin of Mortifilia spores which destroy the helicopter, it's unknown if he managed to jump out in time or if he died due to the explosion.