Is another cop okay? I was basing the character on someone who has been surviving the zombie outbreak already for a week or two, but if you wanted to set the timing of the story to earlier in the outbreak I can make some edits.
Having recently got into playing the Dayz mod for ARMA II I think a more rural setting could be interesting, with the group of survivors being on the road and moving from place to place (small town America) scavenging, adding members to their group and seeking a good defensible location.
Anyway, happy to change Claire around as needed. Name:
Claire Louise AndersonAge:
Claire is an honest woman and a good cop. She is/was a deputy of Tremaine County, a rural area of the state well out in the boonies. Her life has always been one of wanting to be a cop, and then, when she made the grade, being the best cop she could be. She is quiet and unassuming; placid and caring for the elderly and confused; firm and fair to the lawless. She is, however a straight thinking, straight talking logical woman with an analytical mind and boundaries set firmly within what is possible by physics and allowed by the law. She is therefore somewhat out of her depth in these hazardous and confusing times. Bio:
As a young girl growing up in a small rural community Claire was always taught to obey the Lawman. Fortunately for her, childhood happened in the still-golden years of the late 70s and early 80s when lawmen really were good and fair and helpful members of their community, looked up to by all and feared by the bad guy. Incorruptible and tough, the lawman always had a smile for the lost child and a supportive attitude to those unfortunate enough to face their official side. Young Claire doted on deputy Lawrence Simms who was the best cop she ever knew. When he retired she detected (at the age of seventeen) a change in the wind, a new style of policing was coming in with cops more distant from the community and more likely to shoot rather than ask. Claire determined to do her best to make this change as slow as she could.
Claire graduated from the police academy third in her class aged 21 and the next ten years saw her endure the system that was still chronically misogynist but she bore her slow career development with good grace and refused to sink to the level of the fat bad cops above her who abused their power.
You cannot keep a good girl down and when a post as Deputy Marshal came up in Tremaine County, where Claire was born, she jumped at the chance. Her bosses, embarrassed by the smiling efficient politically-clean woman, were only too happy to farm her out of their sight from the city to a place they could forget about her. In the rural communities of Tremaine County Claire blossomed and found her place, working diligently to restore what she knew cops should be to the people they served.Skills:
Claire is capable with a gun but no marksman. She is trained in their use but rarely uses one. Her driving though is excellent and she has taken three advanced driving courses with the police specifically covering off-roading skills, adverse weather and "high speed and safe." Clair is a fair cook and seamstress but her hunter-gatherer skills extend no further than the freezer cabinets of Walmart.Belongings: 4x4 Police Cruiser
, snub nosed .38 police-issue revolver and two cartons of bullets (48 rounds). Her cruiser's tank is half empty (good for 300 miles) and she hauls an ex-army single axle trailer
that carries a self-sealing military fuel bladder with currently another 30 gallons of fuel in it. There is a hose and hand-pump filler nozzle she has used to draw gas from underground tanks at deserted gas stations.
She has some basic tools such as a wrench (for opening said gas station tank access caps) as well as a basic car repair and servicing kit with jack, etc (standard police issue). She's gathered a few cooking utensils and a couple of pans as well as a gas bottle and basic stove but mostly lets others she meets do the cooking – her side of the sharing of any group she bumps into is the transport. Her food supply consists of plenty of canned goods, such as soups, stews, curries and the like, and a few bags of rice and noodles, a few candy bars and some bags of potato chips.
She has a couple of gas cigarette lighters picked up from various half-looted stores.
She also found at a roadside hardware store a nail gun and she has a box of four inch nails for it. She's lashed together a basic shoulder stock for the thing out of scrap timber and can shoot it with tolerable accuracy at a head-sized target at around 10 yards. If she encounters zombies, Claire prefers to simply move on and not fight them, but if she has to, she prefers the nail gun to the .38 as she thinks ammunition for it will be easier to come by.