Staff Lieutenant Serena MartinRace:
Special ForcesAppearance: http://www.deviantart.com/download/244803092/the_commander_by_tansy9-d41qz9w.jpgPersonality
Serena Martin upholds many of the qualities demanded of Alliance soldiers as though they were law. She believes in doing the 'right thing and saving lives, if possible. She prefers to avoid harming civilians, and if in command, plans to do so fervently. Yet still, she follows her orders diligently and never turns away from doing the harsh work necessary to complete her mission, although she prefers not to test 'whatever the cost', she understands it iss a necessary part of military operations, that not everything can go as planned.
She is driven and focused, and her determination is absolute. She does not believe in giving up until she is dead or the mission is complete, but she cares for those under her command, and believes the only way she can be a good leader is if their lives mean as much to her as her own, or the success of her mission. She has never handled loosing her soldiers well, though she doesn't break down and show emotion, she carries each fallen comrade as a reminder of her failures, true or otherwise. In combat, she is cool and tactical, preferring to overcome desperate odds with smart, if gutsy action and strategy. She adheres to Alliance military doctrine particularly well, preferring fast and violent strikes at enemy weaknesses to stand-up, large battles if possible.
Off duty, Serena is friendly and inviting, but far from outgoing. She has never had any particular skill at socializing, she is a master tactician and soldier, but not a diplomat. She likes to listen to jokes, though rarely tells them, and prefers to listen rather than talk, though she isn't shy or awkward, she isn't interesting in being all that friendly. Although this doesn't mean she isn't interested in other people, or races. Serena has never had a reason to have a strong connection to anyone outside of her own unit, though she develops a sense of familiarity with her soldiers as much as she can, she also keeps her relationships strictly professional. She cares, about a lot of people, and not just humans. She is not a racist by any means, she has fought with aliens in both joint operations and as a liaison officer for complicated military operations to many races, turians and asari included. History:
Serena Martin was born on the human colony of Shanxi 27 years ago. She is the second of 3 children, an older brother and a younger sister, and both her parents are still alive, though she has a small extended family. From a young age Serena showed a particular interest in space travel and intergalactic politics, and particularly in the military of the Systems Alliance and the Citadel Council, the former more than the latter. Nobody in her family was any kind of soldier, though her father was an accomplished outdoors man, her mother was the exact opposite, a complete city girl with no love for the uncivilized areas except for the nice view.
As a child, Serena was notedly intelligent and quick to learn, but unfocused. She preferred entertaining herself, running around and playing sports, instead of attending to her studies. Smart she is, but not enough to coast through. But as she aged she quickly developed self control and with a little guidance, proved herself capable of grasping new concepts and learning new things remarkably fast, though she was never particularly good at understanding mathematics. Serena also learned a small degree of survival in the outdoors, though the temperate climate of Shanxi lacked any extreme conditions to truly develop any kind of survival skills.
Serena joined the Alliance military at the age of 17, as early as she could, and excelled through her training. She was quickly picked for a potential leadership position in the Alliance military intelligence, though first she needed to prove herself in battle. At the ripe age of 21 and a newly graduated 2nd Lieutenant, Serena was placed in command of a small platoon in the 291st Frontier Marines, stationed on the Citadel. The first year of her command was a dull, seemingly unending series of deployments from station on the Citadel to patrolling with Alliance vessels, nothing ever happened on the patrols except boredom and the odd fight, fraternization scandal and even a shield failure, of which, Serena did nothing but overhear.
Her second year, however, proved much more exciting. After a small group of pirates attempted but ultimately failed to attack a small Alliance colony near the Terminus Systems, Serena's battalion was sent to put an end to those pirates before they proved successful. The pirates were tracked to a small moon in a nearby, and an attack was launched. Serena proved herself a capable soldier, and a good leader and battle tactician, when her superior officer was killed early in the fighting, and Serena led the remainder of her platoon of 70 successfully against the pirates, suffering very few casualties and completely annihilating the pirate group. As a result of this, Serena was promoted and given a larger command. Now a 1st Lieutenant, Serena was placed in command of a battalion sized force based on Arcturus Station, though normally deployed aboard various Second Fleet ships scattered about Alliance space on patrol. By the age of 23, she had acquired a relatively small but positive service record with almost a dozen small skirmishes and one large confrontation with a Batarian slaver group, and developed a small level of renown for being both effective in combat and as a confident and smart combat leader. It was around then that she was selected for special forces training, the arduous and infamous N-class program.
Despite having several years of combat experience and her fair share of battle wounds, the intensity of the special forces selection program pushed Serena to a breaking point she thought she'd been rid of. The intense physical activity, lack of sleep and almost overwhelmingly applied pressure, mostly psychological, almost pushed the young officer to wash out and return to standard duty. But the deep pools of perseverance she never knew she had, helped push her through and allowed her to graduate the N7 course near the top of her class. She was further promoted to Staff Lieutenant, and has never looked back.Biotic Powers:
M-8 Avenger, M-3 Predator, ML-77 Missile LauncherSexual Orientation:
- Do you have any idea how many days it took me to find a damn picture that looked Mass Effect-ish, soldier-like and wasn't OBVIOUSLY Shepard? :X