hi, any ideas on an hacker/information broker with a questionable morality and how he can manipulate people? non-dialogue scenarios if possible?
He has information others are interested in. That alone gives him the power of manipulation. If you have what someone wants, and if they want it badly enough, you can get them to do almost anything. And questionable morality means you are more likely to be willing to do what it takes to use that information to your full advantage. But, you wanted scenarios, not a lecture, so I digress.
A hacker/information broker can manipulate people by choosing who to sell information to, who to give incorrect or incomplete information to, and who to cut deals with. If you have ever watched the anime or read the manga Durarara, Izaya Orihara (an information broker) does this quite a bit.
I would say it depends on who your character is trying to manipulate and what they want. The above works well for getting groups or people out of your way.
For instance, give group A info on group B about group B’s whereabouts, weaknesses, etc and anything that could agitate group A and give group A a reason to start a fight. Withhold information that may settle group A down or deter them from confrontation. Furthermore, he can weaken group B by giving them false information and even information that would lead them into a trap. As long as he’s good at what he does and A wipes out B, group B can’t retaliate against him for his actions and he doesn’t have to be bothered by that group anymore.
There is also blackmail, threats, and intimidation. Simply having information others are interested in gives him the power to manipulate
He could threaten to release information that would cripple the other person or the other persons business unless the person does what he wants.
Since his morality is questionable, he may release said information even if it could be damaging to other people or society. For instance, information that could cause mass panic. Generally, government officials, leaders, etc have secrets that are better not leaked to the public because people would likely freak out. But hey, if he has no qualms with that, he wouldn’t be afraid to use the governments research project on supposedly eradicated deadly diseases against them.
Without knowing more about who he’s going after/what he wants/etc, I don’t know if I can give much more, but I hope this helps a little. If it’s not what you wanted, send me another ask and I’ll try again :) Like if you wanted more specific, I can try, but I wasn’t entirely sure so I kept it more general.