Character Profiles – Fireteam Black Bear

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Major Henry Tesla (CAP)

Age: 32

Commanding officer of Fireteam Black Bear.  Tesla has been working in the field for the CAP since he was twenty two and he has barely put a foot wrong since then.  Marked out for leadership at an early age, Tesla has a calm disposition and an uncommon affinity for strategic thinking.

Tesla comes from a privileged background and was destined to become a banker when he shocked his entire family by choosing military college over business school.  He has remained close to his parents, though, and uses any leave he has to visit them on his home world.

Whilst his team work more as an organic collective, eschewing conventional chains of command when in the field, they all look to him for guidance.  No one under Major Tesla’s command has ever failed to follow his orders.

 

Lieutenant Susan Casey (CAP)

Age:  29

Resident sniper for Fireteam Black Bear.  Casey has a kill count that remains classified at the highest level.  Often taciturn and used to spending days and weeks alone in the field, Casey initially struggled to fit with the team, but she has since become an indispensable asset.

A Vorstaat incursion on her home planet killed her entire family when she was ten years old and her refugee status almost pushed her into a life of criminality, but a proactive recruitment programme for the SCF gave her a clear direction to focus on and a new family.

Casey’s skills extend beyond weapon accuracy to include tracking and advanced tactics amongst a raft of essential special operations abilities.

 

Lieutenant Claire Foster (CAP)

Age: 27

Foster spent the first five years of her military career behind a desk after graduating from the Rhode Island Institute on Farrelly Orbital.  A congenital heart condition had apparently committed Foster to an analyst position for the rest of her career, but she was so determined to get into the field that she underwent invasive surgery to gain A1 certification.

She was on active duty within one year and was awarded the Duma Cross for uncommon valour the following year.  Four years later she was recruited into the CAP.

Her analytical and technical skills have ensured that Foster is the first choice for any insertion ops.  Her skills have rescued her team from almost certain death or capture on numerous occasions, making her an indispensable asset.

 

Lieutenant Isaac Bohler (CAP)

Age: 34

Bohler is one of a small percentage of earth born Coalition citizens on active military service.  Early in the war residents of Holland were exposed to veiled persecution and baseless suspicion because of their imagined relationship with the Vorstaat.  This was almost entirely founded on racial stereotyping and was responsible for numerous riots in the first years of the war.

Bohler’s parents spent their lives facing prejudice and fighting to preserve their only son’s rights as a citizen of Earth and the Coalition.  As a result, Bohler is a staunch supporter of the Coalition cause and channels his convictions into his work.

A weapons and demolitions expert, he has had to face repeated accusations by less well educated members of the military that he learned his abilities as a terrorist working for the Vorstaat.  Luckily his sheer bulk and outstanding hand to hand combat skills have ensured that these rumours were effectively quashed.

 

Sergeant Donald Sinclair (CAP)

Age: 42

Sinclair is probably the least likely fit for Fireteam Black Bear whilst being the most suitable candidate.  He is the team’s safety valve as he values the mission above all other objectives, even his team mates.  No matter what happens in the field, Sinclair will get the job done.

Despite a long and colourful career in special operations, Sinclair has failed to gain consistent promotions due to repeated acts of insubordination, having been demoted more than once for assaulting superior officers.  His skills and loyalty, though, have never been in question and this has earned him a respected position in the CAP.

Sinclair is the only team member, apart from Bohler, to have strong ties with Earth.  His native home of Scotland was destroyed by a meteor strike in 2163 and his people became dispossessed, but despite the generational separation from a land that no longer exists he has maintained his cultural identity and will fight absolutely anyone that challenges its validity.

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