Name: Charles Vargas
Sexual Orientation: Hetero
Service Affiliation: Alliance
Powers: Flare, Biotic Charge, Pull, Throw, Biotic Punch, Shockwave, Nova
Equipment Loadout: Reckoner Knight Armor(Won in a bet with a friend stationed in Rhode Island), N7 Hurricane(Ultralight Materials, High Velocity Barrel) and N7 Crusader(Blade Attachment and High Caliber Barrel)
Skills: Unarmed Combat is his number one specialty, but he is also a highly intelligent tactician and strategist. He thrives where the chaos is at it's worst, rapidly adapting to changing conditions in the battlefield and resourcefully exploiting whatever resources the environment provides him. Off the battlefield he's a surprisingly good chef(making him very popular throughout his military career for his pheneomenal ability to make feild rations palatable), and plays an acoustic guitar for recreation.
History: Vargas came from a large and wealthy family in spain. In fact his family comes from an old bloodline that can be traced all the way back to Al Cid Campeador. Victor often found stories of Cid inspirational and aspired to be like him throughout his childhood. He commited himself to his academic studies throughout his youth, and always planned to join the Alliance military as soon as he was old enough. Discovering his biotic aptitude only sped that process along.
The commitment to excellence that had spurred him throughout his youth only intensified in the Alliance Biotics program. His agressive yet strategic characteristics made him a natural choice for Vanguard training. He took to it as if he were born for it, blending just the right combination of 'crazy' and 'brilliance' that seperates a good Vanguard from a dead Vanguard. Vargas made his reputation in the alliance during the Skyllian Blitz, where he almost single-handedly held Elysium long enough for the Alliance Navy to arrive and win the day. He was given a bit of downtime, and as soon as he returned to active duty he was ordered back to earth to join the N7 Program.
Over the course of his career he found that he loved the visceral rush of close-quarters combat. He began to focus his training on mastering multiple forms of unarmed combat, and started to develope his own personal and unique fighting style blending biotics and hand-to-hand combat. The first few times he used it in the field during the N6 phase of his training proved devastatingly effective, and caught the attention of all the right people, especially Admiral Hackett. He was already going to make N7 after the Blitz. Developing a brand new combat-proven fighting style just put him over the top.
There are many in the upper levels of Alliance brass who say if it hadn't been Sheperd, it would have been Vargas. It was a coin toss between the two at one point, but Sheperd's personal and professional relationship with Captain Anderson...who's opinion carried a great deal of weight since he was the last candidate for humanity's first Council Spectre...edged Vargas out. It didn't help that Vargas had breifly put his own field career on hold for a year when the Alliance asked him to teach his new fighting style to other N7 Vanguards. Much of what Vargas developed is now used in the training of N7 Slayers as well. With the emergence of the Reaper threat, Hackett personally pulled Vargas back out of the classroom and put him back in the field. Which suits Vargas just fine. He's itching to field-test a few new ideas he's had for improving the potence of his biotic strikes.
Personality: At his heart, Vargas is a good man. He generally tries to do the "right thing" as best as he can figure it, honor his commitments, and be diplomatic in his dealings with others...up to a point. Good traits in an officer who sometimes has to play a diplomatic role. But once the Biotics are flaring, the grenades are exploding, the fists are flying, and the guns are blazing he becomes a pure soldier, focused entirely on bringing a swift, decisive, and victorious conclusion to the conflict. And if he feels someone has used him, exploited him, played him, or otherwise taken advantage of him there's a good chance he'll biotically punch them through a bulkhead. As long as they don't outrank him.
Theme Song: "You Can't Take Me" - Wolf's Rain
The "Default" Sheperd uses the Sole Survivor origin if memory serves, so I figured that left the "Hero of Elysium" slot wide open. Hehe.