Ronald Otterman is a character role-played by SilentSentry.
Prior to 2021, Ron was a down-on-his-luck Senior News Anchor for Weazel News. Forced to be out on the streets as a Field Reporter due to the mismanagement of the news station, he found opportunities around Los Santos to report for personal gain or for top TV views and rating. Often he tried to capture on camera illegal happenings, and has been shot multiple times for it. During August 2019, he started a bid for mayor of Los Santos, and he became interim mayor of Los Santos until he fell into a coma due to an attempt on his life after his illegal Canadian sting operation failed. He has a penchant for calling people different names such as a skewed variation of their real name.
In March, 2021, Ron pursue a life out of Weazel News, and obtained backing and funding to start his own broadcasting network, LSBN (Los Santos Broadcast Network) in May 2021.
Before his divorce, he used to live in a big house and owned a nice Red Coquette. After his divorce, he was forced to secretly stay at the Pink Cage in shame due to his tight financial situation caused by the divorce and the incompetence of several Weazel News staff.
He tends to not focus on his divorce, and his status as a single man has caused him to be interested in women he sees while out on the streets, although this might be a reason as to why he got divorced in the first place.
His expensive tastes have been pent up since his divorce, and he tries to only get the finest of foreskin make-up, crocodile leather shoes, and drugs. He misses his red sports car convertible the most.
He likes to take long vacation times away from Los Santos.
Once the casino opened in Los Santos, Ron showed a keen interest, and soon bacame a regular at the casino. Whilst his luck is not often with him, he used the money he won to pay the startup costs of LSBN.
Ron usually patrols the streets of Los Santos in a Weazel News van that gets constantly stolen, wrecked, and shot up. He hires local talent to outfit his field crew so he can pay them less than what an actual hired Weazel News employee would get paid. Usually, he looks for a boom mic operator, a camera person, and very rarely a reporter if he doesn't want to do the position. Previously contracted field news crew "interns" include Bogg Dan, Georgina "WindSong" Williams, Eddie Delish, and Gladys Berry.
At the Weazel News office, whenever he drops by, he usually runs into Nancy, one of the Weazel News receptionists who tends to spread gossip about Ron and takes too many smoke breaks.
His favorite incidences to report are gang related shootings and police misconduct while his least favorite are random store robberies and speeding drivers. He typically stretches the truth, very far out, when it comes to violent crimes and who the victims are. For example, he inserts fake victims, usually people with labels associated with diversity since those are the ones who get the Los Santos viewers' attentions.
His style of news reporting has gotten him into deep trouble with a lot of gangs and notorious individuals. He has issues with Lost MC, GSF, Bondi Boys MC, and every one else that he's caught filming. Ron has planted evidence to frame individuals for an interesting story, and he has also made blackmail attempts, a few of which were successful, to those that try to discredit/harm him. Because of his reputation for causing trouble, he has used Merryweather Security in order to ensure the safety of his face and his shoes.
One notable footage that he has captured is the shooting of Lt. Ripley by a gnome masked "Avon Barksdale" in Spring 2019 during a supposed mayoral race where Avon was running for election.
He has captured footage of the Vagos gang for a documentary about the gangs in the South Side, but it is still unreleased and mostly unedited. This documentary showed the firepower and marijuana operation of the Vagos.
Los Santos Broadcasting Network
The Los Santos Broadcasting Network (or LSBN), was started by Ron in 2021, and funded mainly by the Diamond Casino and Resort. Once LSBN had been registered, Ron hired, Dillon Dubbs, Ursula Leichenberg, Felix Volk, and Louie Panlin.
Ron also has a habit for going deep undercover in order to expose illegal activities in Los Santos. Despite his high production value aliases and flawless persona switches, none of his undercover operations have been successful to the degree he desired.
He investigated illegal prostitution at the Pink Cage as Rhonda, which revealed some members of the LSPD and other civilians partaking in the crime. The undercover op was set up like "To Catch a Predator," where "Rhonda" would invite potential clients off of the streets, and then his camera person would either bust in on the act or be hiding in the motel room.
He has tried to expose the underground streets racing scene as Nick Smith from Liberty City, which he created by listening to popular music that the "kids" listen to nowadays. He never actually got involved in any of the street races, but he did find out when/where they happened during the early period of the street racing community in 2019. He previously had an established connection with LSPD officer Scarlett Winters when he was trying to find out more about the illegal street races, but they haven't spoken with each other since she was demoted from a detective position.
Ron has on occasion busted several illegal activities throughout Los Santos. He has busted the Lost MC when they used to work at the Quick Fix.
He attempted to make a bust on several criminals in the city with information and evidence provided to him by Jacob Harth, but he was unable to synthesize any trails from the evidence provided.
Aside from busting the bad guys, performing undercover work, and reporting on the streets, he attempts to sell ad space to people for people's businesses, but he usually takes the money and never does the job.
His main news rival is James Tinklebottom, who claims doesn't work for Weazel News or represents them-merely an unpaid intern. Tuong Ru Kim is a minor news rival, but he has worked with him in the past, usually setting each other up for failure or mischief/misfortune to filmed. He has also clashed from time to time with Murphy Braun, who has wronged him on many occasions even shooting at him for footage that exposed Murphy's involvement in a crime.
Fake News? Real Stories
Unbeknownst to Ron, some law enforcement officers do not believe that the news he reports is actually happening, and they believe most, if not all, of his footage is staged by crisis actors in order for him to get ratings/views for Weazel News and con law enforcement out of money. Although some know Ron to exaggerate to a harmless degree due to his position as a news person, others find it quite coincidental that Ron happens to be at the right place at the right time in certain instances.
A few members of law enforcement have tried investigating Ron, but no evidence/credible witnesses have been gathered that contradicts Ron's side of the story enough to warrant more suspicion.
Ramee and the Albino Crocodile Leather Shoes
Ron lost his genuine one of a kind albino crocodile leather shoes to Ramee El-Rahman. The lost of his $30,000 shoes sparked a series of disagreements and unstable relationship with him. For sometimes, Ron wore purple shoes. For days, Ron learned about Ramee and his connections to Chang Gang and the art gallery before making his first move to get his shoes back.
In his first attempt to recover his shoes, Ron contracted Dundee and Benji to kidnap Ramee at the art gallery in order to force him to give him back his shoes. However, the kidnapping fell a part as Ramee knew the identity of one the kidnappers (Benji) and forced Benji to release him, along with Ron--who at the time was in on the kidnapping but feigned ignorance. Astounded by the kidnapping attempt and extortion, Ramee called back Benji and Dundee to re-kidnap him, so he could meet the master mind behind the kidnapping. Before Ramee and Ron got re-kidnapped, Ramee gave Ron his back-up gun in case things went south. When Benji and Dunde re-kidnapped Ramee and Ron and brought them to the vineyard, Ron revealed himself to be the man behind the plan, but he was unsuccessful in getting the shoes back from Ramee as Dundee and Benji turned on Ron. Ramee stole Ron's purple shoes and went with Dundee and Benji to leave Ron behind. Fortunately, for Ron, Ramee's back-up gun was still in his possession. Sometime later, Ron acquires flip-flops to wear in place of both his lost shoes.
In early March, Ron runs into John Archer when he was out in the rural parts of Los Santos, and Ron is informed that a police officer is missing. Archer and Ron searched for a mine shift in order to find the missing officer, but later they are directed to Grape Seed. Unfortunately, Ron suffered a major headache and had to leave, but the next day, he learns that the police didn't find any solid evidence about who took Ripley. Remembering that he had Ramee's gun, he went back to the scene of the crime to plant the evidence. Unbeknownst to Ron, Chang Gang was the perpetrator behind the kidnapping of Ripley. Ron attempted to contact Ramee about the situation, but Ramee was not present. He later contacts Mr. K due to his connection to Ramee and explains that the police will soon find evidence that points to Chang Gang. Mr. K negotiates with Ron to be left out of the trail of evidence, but the other members are left to fend for themselves. Ron called on Divine to investigate the scene of the crime once more, and Divine soon called for reinforcements to secure the area. Afterwards, Ron was forced to leave by order of Divine, and he is left in the dark on the progress of the case with the addition of the planted gun.
The next day, Mr. K contacts Ron about the details of the day before. Ron meets up with Ramee and Mr. K later to bargain for shoes in exchange for information related to what happened in the past two days. Against their better judgement, Mr. K and Ramee allow Ron to get his shoes back with the exchange of information and Mr. K's promise to owe Ron a favor. Ron warns them that the police will soon start investigating Chang Gang based on the gun, which ties back to them. The day after, Ron figures out that warrants are now out for a few members of Chang Gang-whether or not the warrants are related to the gun and the kidnapping of Ripley is currently a mystery to Ron and to Chang Gang.
Mayoral Election 2019 & 2021
On 8/29/2019 Ron because Los Santos' first Interim Mayor and was directly appointed by the Judges to that office until the finalization of the official votes.
His campaign and his goal focuses on bettering the people of Los Santos. He has stated that he wants to adjust the justice system by allowing criminals to pay a fine and/or do the time based on a scale of either paying out more for less time or doing more time and paying less of a fine. Ron is for rounding up illegal Canadian immigrants, which is also one of his running point, in order to keep jobs in Los Santos. The furthest he has went with capturing illegal Canadians was a posing as famous Canadian singer Celine Dion and staging a free concert. He advocates for loans with a tier system for civilians in order for them to start their own business or make payments toward a car or house due to their good standing with the law.
Ron has considered running for mayor due to the collapse of Los Santos' economy during early February--only after the failure of Andi Jones.
- "This is 100% pure foreskin (make-up)."
- "Damnit, Boog!"
- "Be queffing on that beef, homie word." as Nick Smith
- "Spulch that nut." as Nick Smith
- "Like what you see?" as Rhonda
- "If you're Pro-Payne, you got nothing to gain." To a crowd during the 2019 Mayoral election against Matthew Payne
- "You're damn right I'm watching it." starting at Brittany Angel's ass before she gets hit by a van after closing out a police scene
- Ronald Otterman was/is originally a voice persona that SilentSentry uses when commentating on his teammates and the enemies' gameplay during a Rainbow Six Siege match, in that version of Ron, he is an anchor for the SilentSentry Gaming League, known as the SSGL.
- Ron used to wear a wire on him at all times, but SilentSentry dropped the wire habit due to it being close powergaming in roleplay situations, although he did drop audio hints such as a tape-rewind sound or a static noise when Ron was wearing one.
- The amount of times news the van gets broken down has been an unintentional run-on gag and has costed Ron thousands of dollars, and most of his sanity, in repairs at Benny's and Player-Own Mechanic shops.
- Nancy, the Weazel News receptionist, is an imaginary NPC, but she still takes too many smoke breaks.
|Played By: SilentSentry|
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