Jed gives the false image of a loving, helpful man. In reality, he is a cold, merciless, paranoid and mentally ill man who will kill anything to ensure his own safety. This is demonstrated when he shoots Alex Chen (but misses her) and drops her down a mineshaft, allows Gabe Chen to be killed, and tried to kill Ethan Lambert and Ryan Lucan to ensure that no one can reveal his secret to the public, which also comes to show that he is even willing to put his own son in danger to maintain his secret. After Alex uses her powers to deflect all the emotions and depression he has caused back on himself, he finally seems to feel one emotion, guilt. He hands himself into police custody, and was sentenced to jail for his crimes.
Jed is a older man with a neatly trimmed beard and mustache. Despite his age, he keeps himself in very good shape and is very confident. In a image from the Black Lantern, it shows him posing with an army team, and he does not have his beard. He normally wears a red plaid shirt and baggy blue jeans.
Twelve years before the events of the game, Jed had lead a team of miners into the mountains to expand. Despite the soil becoming too wet to hold up, Jed refused to relent, which proved to be a grave mistake. Soon after, a pipe burst, trapping seven of the men inside a rapidly flooding cave. Instead of trying to save them, Jed chose to abandon them and leave with the surviving men, leaving the trapped men to die, including Alex and Gabe's father, John. Wracked with the guilt born from his selfishness, he made a secret deal with a rogue mining company called Typhon to cover up the events and closed the mine to prevent anyone from learning the truth, as well as lying to the townsfolk that he had saved his men from the flood and was hailed as a hero.
Chapter 1: Side A
Alex and Gabe eventually meet Jed, who tells them about the upcoming Spring Festival before the two head for the Black Lantern.
Alex later meets Jed down in the bar. After giving Charlotte something to eat, Jed asks Alex if she can fill in for Gabe. She can agree or tell him that she has never served before. If she agrees to help, Jed instructs her to talk to Steph, Diane Jacobs and Reginald McAlister III (nicknamed Duckie), and to clean a table. Once all three tasks are done, Alex returns to Jed, who will tell her whether she did well or not so well.
While at the mines, Alex learns that the mine collapsed a long time ago, but Jed (who was the foreman) saved all the miners and Jed is hailed as a hero, but is unaware that this story is a lie.
Chapter 2: Lanterns
Jed is seen mourning Gabe's death alongside Ryan, Charlotte, Duckie, Alex, Steph, Pike, Mac, and Riley. A heated argument breaks out, eventually driving Jed into forcing everyone to leave.
While attempting to find Mac, Jed tells Alex that Mac may be at Lethe Flowers, but tells her that she may not get the answer she’s looking for. Jed gives her the key to the bar and advices her to go to the Silver Dragon to talk to Charlotte.
Jed is one of the people watching the sky lantern dedicated to Gabe.
Chapter 3: Monster or Mortal
Jed is seen sitting at a table where Alex has the option to talk to him.
Jed later takes part in the LARP playing as King Tabor and the final boss.
Chapter 4: Flicker
Alex will find Jed talking to people in the Spring Festival.
After Alex then returns to her apartment, she finds a note from Jed asking her to come find him. She then does so and heads downstairs. Once there, she sits down at the counter where Jed reveals that he found out about her arrest. She then tells him about Typhon's scheme and that Typhon is responsible for Gabe's murder. Jed reveals that he knows what Typhon is hiding and decides to show her instead of telling her.
Jed then takes Alex to a mine shaft out near the mines, which houses the secret that Typhon is trying to cover up. Jed then pulls out a gun, revealing that he and Typhon are working together. He had made a deal with Typhon to cover up this secret so to hide the truth of Jed's past, which he feels guilty for. Because he couldn't get Alex's mind off of it, he had no choice but to get rid of her to ensure that she cannot find out about the truth and reveal it to the public. Unable to talk Jed out of this, Alex takes a stand towards him, forcing him to pull the trigger, shooting Alex in the head and causing her to fall down the shaft. Unbeknownst to him, the gunshot actually missed Alex's head and hit her in the arm.
Chapter 5: Side B
Jed hosts a meeting at the Black Lantern along with Diane to vote for Typhon's support, but they are interrupted by Alex. Jed is shocked seeing that Alex had survived his attempt to kill her while Alex glares back at him. She then tells everyone the truth and what really happened at the mine. Jed and Diane try to defend themselves by dismissing her claims as nonsense. Alex eventually enters Nova where the entire room goes dark with only Jed being visible. Alex has a long, tearful talk with Jed, who will remain silent. She comes to see that Jed felt guilty for being forced to abandon the miners and had to lie to everyone to avoid getting in trouble with the public. Afterwards, she can either choose to forgive Jed for what he did or condemn him for his sins. No matter what is picked, Jed will sink to his knees in remorse and begin to cry.
A radio announcement later reveals that Jed has been arrested for his crimes. He's been placed in the San Miguel County Prison, in addition to being under 24-hour suicide watch in the fear that he might try to harm himself.
Although he does not physically appear, he sends Steph a champagne bottle to celebrate the New Year.
- "I'm sorry, kid."
- — Jed to Alex
- Ryan Lucan – (Son) - Although not much is known about their relationship, they may have cared for each other as a family. However, Ryan is completely unaware of his father's crimes until the end of Chapter 5. It is unknown how that affected their relationship, but since Jed was willing to put his own son in harm's way, it is presumed that Ryan may have severed ties with him.
- Ann Lucan – (Wife) – Jed is widowed. During a past Spring Festival, Jed proposed to Ann in front of a crowd, with Ann telling him he "just had to go and make a scene," though ultimately saying yes very happily. Throughout their marriage he used to call Ann "Babydoll". By the time their son, Ryan, was born in 1993 he and Ann were "so much older" than he thought they'd be.
- Jed's antagonism is similar to Mark Jefferson's, as they are both villains who at first pretend to be a nice person before revealing their true colors at the end of the fourth episode. Unlike Jefferson, Jed isn't a madman and will only resort to killing if he believes he has no other choice.
- It is unknown how Jed and Ryan's relationship was affected after Alex exposes the truth, but one can presume that their relationship was shattered after that.
True Colors Characters
|Alex Chen · Gabe Chen · Steph Gingrich · Ryan Lucan|
|John Chen · Wendy Chen|
|Charlotte Harmon · Ethan Lambert|
|Eleanor Lethe · Riley Lethe|
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|Ann Lucan · Diane Jacobs · Duckie · Mac Loudon · Jed Lucan · Jason Pike · Hector Gonzales · Jesse Whitaker · Josh Hopkins · Julia Crowe · Sonny and Angela Anderson|
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