Most of these DOBs and names are based off of the ones I created in this thread: Merc Place/ Date of Births
Born in Bordeaux to a single mother and a father who left before she was born, Amelie Leblanc spent most of her time by herself while her mother worked long nights designing clothes. This led her to develop both an affinity for fashion design, as well as a severe sense of introversion. Most of this culminated in her studying her mother’s scrapped designs, and attempting to recreate the one’s she liked. While working with rusty and old sewing machines, her frustration led her to start taking up tinkering and engineering. She eventually managed to design minor flotation devices to hold up fabric in manageable positions. This caught the attention of her estranged father, who had been secretly monitoring her for some time, without her mother’s knowledge. Her father confronted Amelie, but didn’t tell her that he was her father. He offered her a chance to make some real money by helping develop tech for his criminal endeavors while she took a cut of his earnings. Amelie accepted this, longing to get back at her mother for never being around to appreciate her creations. Her father taught her to use guns, and she turned out to be a natural sharpshooter, and her comfortableness in loneliness made her an excellent sniper. During this time as a sniper/recon in her father’s organized crime business, she developed the Third Eye camera, and eventually the prototype SNITCH Device. However, Amelie’s time spent with her father was cut short when her mother found out that her former lover had returned and turned her daughter in to a fugitive and a killer. The confrontation between Amelie’s father and mother revealed to Amelie that the man she had been working with for the past few years was actually her father. When her father slapped her mother, Amelie was sent into a rage that led to her brutally stabbing her father to death. She apologized to her mother for everything, and left to Paris. She began working as a gun-for-hire, until she ended up getting the attention of Max Bashki. He hired her as his personal bodyguard, using her SNITCH Device and eye for details to aid him in keeping him safe as well as designing high-end fashion. All was perfect, until a certain British combat engineer ended up killing Bashki. Amelie was without a mentor again, and was tired of being left alone after becoming attached. She put herself into the MercServ system, and became a mercenary running around the irradiated London.
Born to a family of poor rice farmers Luoyang, China, Wen Gang Zhou spent all of his childhood working hard in the fields. Wen’s parents told him that people like them never move up in life, and must accept the fact that he will raise his own family the same way they raised him. But Wen longed to move on from these rice fields, and every time his parents crushed those dreams, he only got angrier. On his 18th birthday, Wen stole his father’s old and worn out car and ran away from his home, never to return. He eventually reached Beijing and enlisted in the Chinese Army. His anger finally had a true outlet, and the challenges of the army shaped him up. Wen eventually met a woman, whom he fell in love with. They began dating, and would eventually marry. All was well for Wen. He had proved his parents wrong, he had a loving wife, and a child on the way. However, these good times would be cut short with two things: the Dirty Bomb incident and an altercation between Arty and his higher-ups. Despite being a respected and accomplished soldier, his commanding officer informed him that the Dirty Bomb incident had created a sense of unease throughout the militaries of the world and that Wen would not be able to be promoted, out of fear of trust being lost with officers retiring. Arty understood, but latent angers had finally reached the boiling point. He never wanted to hear someone tell him that he won’t be able to succeed again. Wen made the decision to leave the Army with his wife, pregnant with his daughter, and his son, and move to the UK. There he enlisted in the MercServ databases, using his military connections and experiences as credibility to become a well-respected fire support. His brevity and strictness made him a perfect choice for most contractors, and became a go-to choice when a payer needed someone to kick the other more immature mercs in the ass. Arty didn’t need to move up anymore. He had already made it.
The only girl in a family of 5 children, Henrietta Temple was taught by her mother that while the boys spend their time trying to become sports stars and professional athletes, it was up to the girls to actually get things done for the world. So while her father and brothers spent their time outside playing football, basketball, and soccer, Henrietta stayed inside studying in her room. However, her mother made sure that she was no pushover. When she wasn’t studying, Henrietta’s mother made her run track and even race her brothers on weekends. Despite their athleticism, Henrietta’s brothers rarely ever beat her in their races. Eventually, Henrietta enrolled in the University of South Carolina for her nursing degree. 4 years later, Henrietta was sitting pretty with her bachelor’s degree, and she moved on to med school, using her brilliance and work ethic to get through. Her name had gained respect, and her no nonsense attitude made her a perfect candidate for an experimental BioTech company. However, an altercation with the CEO of the company left him dead and her name tainted. She didn’t kill him, and everyone knew that, but the board of directors still didn’t want her name on any of the research papers she’d written. They didn’t want to give any credit to someone involved with the death of the CEO. Without a job or credit to her name, and student loans piling up, Henrietta was running out of options. However, Henrietta wasn’t one to sit down quietly and let people walk all over her. Her mother had taught her better. So she took her healing technology to the streets of a newly irradiated London, and a new name to to gain respect for: Aura, Healer of the Ill, Shooter of the Healthy.
Born in Denton, Texas, Clive Fitzmorgan learned to repair and tinker from a young age, working in his father’s auto repair shop. It didn’t take long before Clive surpassed his father’s technical and mechanical skills, and even ended up getting accepted into MIT. After graduating with a Master’s in Engineering in Manufacturing, Clive returned to Texas to teach Industrial Arts in a rough high school, preferring to use his tough demeanor to keep kids in shape where he felt he belonged. However, his teaching career was cut short after a student was severely injured during an experiment that Clive was overseeing. Yet, this setback wasn’t enough to keep Clive’s creativity down. He was already longing to expand his technological mastery past car engines and vacuum cleaners, and attempted to develop something a little bit more… aggressive. He began developing his signature automatic, anti-personnel turret. Prototypes varied from having four legs over its current tripod, two or even three barrels, and even a semi-mobile hovering system. Eventually, Clive decided that simplicity was his best bet in this situation. Tripod mounted, single-barreled, and auto-locking, Clive had finally finished his own auto-turret. But now he had another decision to make: Should he sell his invention to the military, or use it for his own endeavors? It didn’t take long, however, for Clive to make his decision. The Dirty Bomb incident had happened in London, and opportunity had reared it’s head, staring directly at Mr. Clive “T-Rat” Fitzmorgan. Clive knew what he had to do. He moved to the UK, signed up for the MercServ database, and took on the moniker he had gained from his first mission in the newly irradiated London: Bushwhacker, combat engineer.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Gaspar Akingbola started his to the top from the very bottom. His father was a poor petroleum worker, and his mother died of disease when he was an infant. The youngest of 8 other siblings, Gaspar was heavily protected by his father. He wanted Gaspar to move on and above this poverty that had plagued himself and his 7 other children. Yet, Gaspar’s father couldn’t afford to not have him working on the oil rig with his older brothers, and he was forced to begin working in a dangerous environment at a young age. However, Gaspar proved to be a natural when it comes to hard work in even harder environments. Unlike his brothers, Gaspar rarely got injured at the oil rig, and his father often commended him for his natural strength and intelligence. This encouragement eventually turned to ego inflation, turning Gaspar from a hard-working young man, to a narcissistic tycoon. He would have his chance to move up from the petroleum business when an explosion at his father’s oil rig led to the death of Gaspar’s six older brothers and father, leaving only his older sister and himself alive. His father’s earnings were split between the two, and this is when Gaspar decided to make his move from the petroleum industry to a business where his talents could really shine: Arms Manufacturing. Gaspar borrowed half of his sister’s earnings, telling her that he’d be able to make it back to her and more, and put it all into developing his own firearms. It wasn’t long before his analytical and business-centric mind brought him up the ranks of the arms dealing industry. The Fletcher Arms Co. was as successful as it could be, with Gaspar only getting more and more egotistical with each successful sale. He only cared about two things in this world: His older sister, and himself. However, Gaspar wasn’t comfortable with his position as a simple arms dealer. He knew that he could do more, and, more importantly, make more. And the Dirty Bomb incident was just the opportunity that Gaspar was waiting for. He made MercServ an offer: Put him in their database as a high level mercenary, and he’ll supply them with his firearms at a heavily discounted price. They accepted, and it wasn’t long before the Fletcher’s SMG the Crotzni was all over the streets of the irradiated London, firing at and alongside Fletcher himself.
Born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, Ryan Brown grew up with a pretty normal life. His father was a security guard at a local bank, and his mother was a baker. In high school, Ryan played football as a star tight end, almost single-handedly winning multiple games, according to his coaches. After high school, Ryan went straight into the Navy, where he gained ranks quickly and excelled particularly in urban operations. However, an injury resulting from IED caused to be honorably discharged from the military. But Ryan couldn’t accept leaving the militaristic lifestyle, even if he was covered by the military, financially. He decided the closest thing to being a soldier, was becoming one digitally. He became a motion capture performer for computer games, where his experience as an actual soldier made his movements and actions incredibly accurate. Still, Ryan longed for action, real action. He tried his hand as a masked vigilante for a time, calling himself “the Dazzler”, using makeshift flashbangs and his favorite device, fragmentation grenades, to control crime throughout Chicago, where he was residing. Luckily, Ryan ended up having a fallout with his private supplier, preventing him from continuing vigilante where he would inevitably arrested. Ryan would continue his mo-cap work, until the Dirty Bomb incident changed everything. He saw his chance to fire big, belt-fed guns, and throw around frag grenades, once again. He made his way to London, signed up for the MercServ database, and started his merc work. MercServ appreciated his use of simple and cheap(er) frag grenades over the more complicated and dangerous flashbangs and miniguns, and the contractors saw his experience in the military as a deciding factor when it came to looking for a frontline leader of operations. And, best for Ryan, he didn’t have to worry about discharged or arrested. All he wanted to do was fight, and if he got hurt while doing so, the only thing that can stop him now from coming back is his own body failing him.
Jisoo Song’s father was rarely around to care for her in her home of Seoul, Korea. A traveling inventor, Jisoo’s father spent most of his time in other countries, attempting to sell his inventions to private militaries around the world. To aid in raising her, Jisoo’s mother asked her own mother to move to Seoul to raise the young Jisoo. During this time, Jisoo grew up as a pretty normal child. She went to school, excelled in sports and mathematics, and had plenty of friends. According to her, her friends considered her the “funny one” in her cliques, and as such decided to try her hand at standup comedy. However, her career never took off, and she decided to fall back into the military. She trained to become a combat medic, and excelled in her endeavors. Her bravery caught the attention of the 707th SMB counter-terrorism unit. But before they could make her the offer of joining the prestigious White Tigers, Jisoo’s father returned with amazing news. Even though they had not seen each other for years, his return made Jisoo all ears to whatever offer he had for her. He told her that he had managed to sell his X-14 AA Defense Drone and X-23 Defibrillator System to a company called Pirin, who specialized in private military medical technology. The only stipulation from the company was requiring someone to test these technologies on the field. Concurrently, Jisoo’s father returned to Seoul, asking her to join Pirin and test his technology on the field. She accepted, using her combat experience, frontline bravery, and quick wit to keep her teammates calm in stressful situations, especially ones that aren’t exactly legal. The Dirty Bomb incident created a new opportunity for Pirin to test their technologies. Along with the REVIVR Gun being tested unauthorized by a mercenary, Pirin felt it was time to show the MercServ database what other technologies they had ready to be used on the streets of the irradiated London. They sent Jisoo into the danger zone, Sky Shield and Bionic Pulse at the ready, along with the newly designed Incoming Detection System. Failed comedian, combat medic, and now a mercenary. Just another notch in the belt for Jisoo Song.
Born in Allakaket, Alaska, Thomas Kallyhocus Jr grew up without a mother, who was killed by a bear only a few months after Thomas Jr was born. Instead of falling into an alcoholic depression over the death of his wife, Thomas Sr found strength in caring for his son. He taught Jr to hunt, feed, and clothe himself at a young age so he would never die the way his mother did. The two grew up together, father and son, teacher and student, and eventually as partners in hunting. Unfortunately, the good times would be cut short, when Thomas Sr found out his father had cancer, just a few days after Jr’s 18th birthday. To support his father, Thomas Jr enlisted in the US Army, sending money to Alaska from whatever military base he was deployed to. His aim with a crossbow was able to naturally adapt to firearms, making him an excellent sniper. Jr would be deployed in Operation Desert Storm, where he was forced to kill an unarmed man by his commanding officer. This would be the beginning of a growing hatred for following orders, especially if they were inhumane. This would culminate and fester for the next decade until Jr would be deployed in Iraq after 9/11. Despite being ordered to leave an injured squad mate during an ambush operation behind, Thomas refused and went back for him. During the rescue, Thomas’s arm was severely injured. Nevertheless, Thomas managed to rescue the injured squad mate, and return him to safety. Thomas’s arm was injured beyond repair and required amputation, and an eventual honorable discharge. Upon returning home, he was greeted by his father who had beaten his cancer a few years earlier, who had began engineering and tinkering in his free time. Seeing his son with a missing arm inspired Thomas Sr to begin developing a prosthetic one that could function like a normal, and maybe even more. A few prototypes and failed attempts later, and Thomas Jr had a cybernetic prosthetic arm on his hands… or shoulder, per se. Unfortunately, Thomas Jr’s last attachment to humanity would be severed when his father’s cancer reemerged and eventually took his life. Thomas Jr was now truly alone for the first time, and he had nothing but anger within himself. He needed an outlet, and decided to return to hunting, sharpening his aim with his new crossbow arm. A few years later, he began expanding his horizon to the highest member of the food chain: man, stepping into the mercenary/hitman market. The Dirty Bomb incident did not phase Thomas until a bounty set upon a particularly sneaky mercenary fell into his hands. Thomas decided it was once again time to venture out of Alaska to a foreign country. But this time he wasn’t doing it to serve his country or support his father… it was to make some cold, hard, cash.
Inga Hunstad was never considered an athlete. Born in Fredrikstad, Norway to two fishers, Inga spent most of her youth sitting in a boat waiting for something to tug on her father’s fishing line. Her parents had high hopes for her, but never really had the time nor the funds to push her past this fishing life. So, the overweight and unathletic Inga spent little time trying to push herself to greatness, and preferred to just sit around and read. That is, until, an experience with a bully at school sent her to the library in tears. Angry, upset, and in need of empowerment, she checked out a book about the brave Valkyries of old. The stories inspired Inga to make herself better, stronger, and tougher. She put her books down and picked up the weights. It wasn’t long before she had slimmed down, bulked up, and was putting some of the guys around town to shame. She even confronted the bully who put her into tears, and thanked him for helping change her lifestyle (then promptly broke his nose). Her love for the more traditional ways of life led her to become a participant in the Olympics in the javelin and shot put events. During her training, she even impressed her coaches so much that she gained the nickname “Kastespyd” (Javelin in Norwegian). Meanwhile, the experimental military technology company Ghostclip based in Scandinavia was looking for participants to test their new equipment, and Inga Hunstad was on the top of their list. Upon returning from the 2016 Olympics with a silver medal in javelin toss [I don’t care who actually won it, ok?], Ghostclip was prepared to make Inga an offer: Work for them and they will take care of her parents financially for life. Ready to take on the next challenge in life, Inga obliged. The Dirty Bomb incident was Ghostclip’s first real time to shine, with plenty of mercenaries in need of ammo in their clips. All they needed was someone to be willing to plant their boots on the streets of London, and Inga Hunstad was once again on the top of their list. It wasn’t long before Inga, re-nicknamed “Javelin” to make it easier to spell, was stomping around London ready to test the M72 LAW Rocket Launcher and the Smart Ammunition Dispensing Armor, and Ghostclip couldn’t be happier.
Hailing from Shikoku, Japan, Kira Yamamoto was always outside of the social norms. While other schoolgirls would spend their time talking about boys and cringing at school work, Kira spent most of her time reading and watching anime. She wasn’t introverted or shy, in fact she was very outspoken and had no quams against going outside with her cliques. However, her intelligence made her a bit abrasive and arrogant, often alienating potential friends. Kira didn’t care, though. She knew of her negative traits, but saw them as her being simply above most people’s emotions, and surrounded herself with friends who she knew could take her strong personality. After graduating high school 2 years early, she went straight to Tokyo University on a full ride, majoring in World History. She took a particular interest in the history of the Cold War, and the technology that went into space between the two world superpowers. Conveniently, the Dirty Bomb incident gave Kira a new opportunity to do some… “research”. After some, legally questionable, work, Kira made her way to London after hearing about an experimental weapon that gave her knowledge of frequency-agile aerospace telemetry a run for its money. Unfortunately for her, it wouldn’t be as simple as asking someone for directions to the nearby orbital laser designator farm, and she had to squirm her way into the MercServ database without any prior combat training or experience, really only banking on the fact that she is probably the smartest person to ever step on the irradiated London soil. Nonetheless, it didn’t take long for Kira to be on a mission that would lead her to the orbital designator. After obtaining the designator (and field testing it on the spot), she had finally completed her mission and was ready to return home to Japan. However, a good number of mercenaries now had their sights on Kira and her giant space laser, and Kira knew that she would not be much safer by herself in Japan. So she decided the only way to take on mercenaries in London was with other mercenaries in London, and now Kira is spending time in the hotzone making ties with mercenaries she trusts and smiting down the ones she doesn’t.
A Munich native, Nadine Schönbein grew up with a normal life. Her parents were both teachers, but she never really had an intention of going into education. In fact, she never really had any idea of what she wanted to do with her life. She always knew she wanted to do something challenging, but rewarding. She decided to go into the German Army, spending her time as a frontliner and vanguard [I don’t know military stuff, ok?]. She excelled in her work, and she enjoyed every second of it… until she met Hilda. Nadine fell in love with her and realized spent every second away from her thinking about her. Hilda loved her to death as well, but couldn’t stand thinking about her being in constant danger, or worse. Hilda gave Nadine an ultimatum: Leave the army, or they will never be together. Nadine left the army in a heartbeat, quickly marrying Hilda and moving to London to study law. Nadine was happy. She was in love. She was successful. Everything was perfect for her… then the Dirty Bomb incident happened. Luckily, Hilda and Nadine were well outside of the blast zone, but Nadine couldn’t help but long to make ways into the epicenter. She saw opportunity, not for her law firm, but for herself. Sure it was selfish, but it was all Nadine wanted in life. Challenge and reward. It was all right there, waiting for her. It was hard explaining to Hilda that she was about to leave comfortability and happiness with her to go into a radiation infested city full of criminals and mercenaries, but Nadine knew she had to do it. Hilda was the love of her life, but Nadine could only see the little girl she used to be staring wide-eyed at a mushroom cloud, waiting to go into it. Adopting the moniker “Nader”, she left Hilda behind and signed up for the MercServ database, Grenade Launcher in hand and gruff personality at heart. Will Hilda accept her back when all is said and done? Probably not. But, just like leaving the army, Nadine knows that when she wants something, there is nothing in the world that could stop her from getting it… not even love.