Name: Roman "Rome" Beneke
Position/ Rank: Smartgunner / Lance Corporal
Aside from informing everyone he meets that he earned his Class 2 civilian cargo handling license when he was 17 and that with just 2 more months of training he'll be officially qualified to operate the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader, Rome doesn't talk about his past with anyone unless it's one of his infamous 'sexual conquests of Rome' stories. As far as anyone who doesn't have access to his personnel file knows, he has no family, no friends, and no life before the Corps.
Rome enlisted in the United States Colonial Marines at the age of 18 in an attempt to evade authorities after killing three men who made the unfortunate mistake of trying to separate Rome from his cash. He already had a few strikes on his record for aggravated assault and destruction of property but getting pinched for murder would result in either life in prison or execution, neither of which were options he was ready to accept. The Corps was the only logical conclusion he could come to.
He loved every second of basic training and excelled in specialized training, scoring top marks in unarmed combat and heavy weapons training. The Corps nurtured his rage and his primal instincts, molding him into a ruthless, fearless, efficient killing machine.
Nearly a year after enlisting in the Corps, Rome graduated from his MOS school as a smartgunner. His initial Permanent Duty Station (PDS) was to the 2nd Colonial Marine Brigade based at Titleman Station, L-1 Lucien-Avril system on Lacaille 8760 IV. Rome remained at this post for 2 1/2 years, earning promotions along the way.
As a fresh E-5 (Sergeant) of his own squad, Rome was expecting to finally get away from the bullshit guard duty and uneventful patrols. He wanted to see some action. However, when he realized it was just more of the same except with more responsibilities, he became increasingly restless and agitated. During training maneuvers, Rome compromised his leadership role by taking marines under his command off mission to an off-limits zone, scaring some of the local colonists and raising a little USCM hell in a local bar. He was charged with dereliction of duty, sentenced to 90 days in the brig and demoted to E-4 (Corporal.)
After he was released from the brig, he was reassigned to the 3rd Colonial Marine Division based at Kuat ASFB, Surier 430 in the Delta Pavonis IV system. He remained at this station for nearly a year. Once again, the lack of action, both militarily and personally, drove him to make some poor decisions. He was later accused of having sex with an 18 year old recruit who also happened to be the daughter of a Sgt. Maj. in his Regiment. Rome was charged with sodomy, conduct unbecoming, and unauthorized absence. He was busted to Pfc and sentenced 120 days in the brig. Upon his release he was reassigned to a front-line force, 5th Regiment, Charlie Company, Kilo Platoon, 1st Squad headquartered at Chinook 91 Geo-Synchronous Orbital (GSO) Station, Georgia 525 in the 70 Ophiuchi A V system. Since this last reassignment, he's been in the thick of one piece of action after another keeping him busy and out of trouble for the past 18 months. Shortly before departure on his current mission, Rome was promoted to Lance Corporal.
He is a loud mouthed, wide-eyed, and maniacal badass marine in combat. He follows orders without question or hesitation and he always gets the job done, regardless of the obstacles. His methods and behavior can be quite unorthodox most of the time, but he adapts and overcomes and he always gets the job done.
When the chips are on the table, Rome is all business but he takes every opportunity, even during a lull on hot missions, to stir things up a bit. His sarcastic sense of humor can often times creates tension among those unfamiliar with him, though among his squad mates his sarcasm is generally ignored, or they return his fire. Off duty, Rome is a prankster, always up to some sort of mischief. While he is fiercely loyal to his friends, with the exception of his fellow squad mates there are few he deems "friend." One of his mottoes is "The mission before the man," the other being "No one left behind.” On his last mission to LV-1875, people were left behind, which has had an effect Rome. He has a harder time controlling his rather more frequent outbursts of rage, and he has nightmares about fallen Kilo members who were left behind. Gizmo, Reaper, Widow; they were all dead, their bodies irretrievable. Rome had never left a man behind… until now.
Marine command ordered their silence on the events of LV-1875, but just to be safe have deployed Kilo to the far reaches of colonized space to ensure their secret remains intact.
Stats Before Equipment
Primary Weapon: M56 Smartgun
- Effect: +5 Ranged attack + 3 Accuracy, +1 Perception
Cost:5Continuous Cycling Barrel
- Effect: +1 Ranged Attack, -1 Stealth
Cost:1Magnetic Velocity Enhancer
- Effect: -2 to Enemy Defense stat
Cost:3 Radioactive Ammo
- Effect: +3 Ranged Attack, -1 Luck
Armor:M12 Pattern Advanced Personnel Armor
- Effect:+ 1 Health +3 Defense,
-Defense stat is immune to Acid based attacks.
Cost:2Polymer Chest Plate
- Effect: +2 Defense, -1 Agility
Cost:1M111 Combat Helmet
- Effect: +1 Defense, +1 Intelligence
Kit:Rear View Mirror
- Effect: +1 Perception
Cost:1E5 Targeting Lens
- Effect: +1 Accuracy, +1 Perception
Cost:2Side Mounted Helmet Camera
- Effect: +1 Perception, +1 Intelligence when deciding the outcome of a major event.
Stats After Equipment
Ranged Attack: 9 (-2 to Enemy Defense stat)
Intelligence: 6 (+2 when deciding the outcome of a major event)
Defense: 10 (Defense stat is immune to acid attacks)
Edit: Swapped out the motion tracker for the rear view mirror and adjusted the stats accordingly. Also reallocated stat points before equipment.