Reza, Zoë's ex-boyfriend
|Voiced by||Michael FitzGerald|
riḍā: Arab. 'to please God'; temīz: Arab. 'discernment between right and wrong', also, Turkish 'clean'
"I'll be here when you come back." - Reza
Zoe Castillo's ex-boyfriend and close friend, Reza Temiz is a well-known and respected investigative journalist for The Hand That Bites, and is also known by his codename, "Jericho". He started investigating the Static, a topic that led him to JIVA, Venice and to WATI headquarters in WATI City. His work brought him into contact with Rio Kuroki and Damien Cavanaugh, who wanted his help exposing WATI's subterfuge concerning Project Alchera. Like Zoe, Reza owns a Watilla - his is a female model named Lucia. He is also very conscientious about his work, backing it up to a notepad hidden in his safe.
Reza disappeared after Rio came to visit him, bringing a prototype Dreamer Console - Zoe later found Rio dead in Reza's apartment, and is subsequently arrested by the EYE. When Zoe followed Reza's trail to Venice, Newport, she met Charlie who eventually guided her to the the Victory Hotel. While there, Zoe found a bloody handprint, and a blood trail with Reza's antique lighter at the end of it. Presumably the blood is Reza's, and no more evidence of him is found, though Zoe continues looking using the information Olivia DeMarco decrypts from his notepad.
When Zoe meets Alvin Peats, he mockingly describes Reza's dreams to her, indicating that at some point, Reza was hooked to a Dreamer Console - it is unlikely that he did so voluntarily, given what he was told by Rio and Damien. Peats then tells Zoe that Reza is dead, gloating over it - "He went slowly, shrieking, bleeding, crying your name" - but she refuses to believe him.
In the final scene of Dreamfall, Reza enters Zoe's hospital room, very much alive and whole, and asks her father, who greets him warmly, how she's doing. However, standing unseen and unheard nearby, Zoe warns her father to be careful, "that is not him". It is possible that Reza has been brainwashed by being hooked to a Dreamer console, and that this is what Zoe is referring to, because Alvin Peats told her earlier that he "ate" Reza's dreams.
Reza, like Zoe, has an English accent and an optimistic attitude. When it comes to his work, however, Reza is very serious, carefully protecting his sources and securing his material, and as such has an excellent journalistic reputation. He is also clearly very fond of Zoe. Given the fact that both Helena Chang and Alvin Peats claim he is dead, and from Zoe's comments at the end, Reza's true fate is unknown.