== Character Bio ==== Personal Information ==Legal Name:
Wildcards Techie== Physical Description / Clothing ==
Standing five feet nine inches tall and weighing eighty kilograms James (or Rhodey as he is referred to by his friends) is not the most muscular man in the room, especially when that room contains metahumans. Instead he possesses the wiry defined build of a runner or athlete. He has a long lean face, not exceptionally handsome but not ugly either, falling into a pleasant yet average medium. His black hair is cut short in a buzz cut and his jaw is clean shaven, and he takes care to be well presented whenever possible, as a form of discipline from his time in the United States Air Force rather than personal vanity. His brown eyes can sparkle with warmth or turn as hard as steel, occasionally seeming weary when he lets memories of things best forgotten get the better of him.Casual Attire
Having worked to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force James doesn't often get the chance to kick back and relax. Usually when he does get to relax he wears slacks and short-sleeved button-up shirts, or sweat pants and T-shirts similar to military PT uniform. Tactical Attire
Not surprisingly the most common gear that Rhodey wears in the field is the power armour that Tony Stark gifted to him and the US military modified for him, six and a half feet of black and silver metal, hyper-advanced electronics and devastating weaponry makes James Rhodes a true War Machine on the field of battle. For those occasions when the War Machine armour is unavailable or not suited for field operations James will often wear standard combat fatigues, webbing and field gear, and carry advanced conventional weaponry such as a high-quality assault rifle or sound-suppressed submachine gun.== Personality ==
James Rhodes has a businesslike and professional manner, focused on doing his job and doing it well. He works well with others, either as a leader or as a subordinate, and has little patience for selfish primadonnas (a fact which often caused tension with his friend Tony Stark). As a former combat pilot in the US Air Force and as an assistant to one of the founding members of the Avengers he has killed in battle, both on the ground and in the air. He can also be brutally pragmatic, willing to use lethal force in defence of what he sees as the greater good. Yet James takes no joy in killing and has a deep sense of empathy, believing that violence is only acceptable in defence of those who cannot defend themselves. In a number of cases he has put his own life at risk to save innocents, and the wanton killing of innocents enrages him. He also has a deep sense of compassion and responsibility, which led to him supporting Tony Stark through several of his battles with the bottle. Despite the differences between himself and Stark the two men share a number of qualities, including a demanding work ethic and a fascination with technology. == Key Skills ==Powers:
James Rhodes has no innate superhuman powers of his own, however the War Machine armour he wears lets him keep in combat with all but the most powerful superhumans.Armour Construction:
The War Machine armour is constructed from a carbon-composite compound with reinforced external armour, giving it durability slightly higher than that of the Iron Man armour.Sensor System:
Data is displayed on a HUD (Heads-Up Display) for the operator, showing targeting overlays, threat analysis, sensor data and suit status readouts. The optical readouts have infrared, light amplification and telescopic capability while the head data unit also includes a miniaturised short-range LPI radar array and sensor storage capacity.Electronics:
The War Machine suit's onboard communications array gives access to short-wave radio, cellular and wi-fi networks.Super-Strength:
In the War Machine armour James Rhodes' strength is increased to the point where he can lift approximately 30 tons.Flight:
Using non-focused repulsor systems in the feet the War Machine armour can fly at speeds of up to Mach 3, increasing this to a maximum of Mach 8 with the air of the palm-mounted repulsors and reshaping of the suit's flight surfaces.Life Support:
The War Machine armour is fully sealed and possesses its own onboard oxygen supply, making it capable of operating in vacuum and underwater environments and also protecting the wearer against external gases.Weapon Systems:
As the name suggests the War Machine armour is heavily armed with a variety of ordnance.Repulsors:
A particle beam weapon delivering impact damage and repelling physical or energy attacks, the repulsor is as iconic a piece of Stark technology as theIron Man armour. The War Machine armour mounts one of these weapons in the palm of each gauntlet.Unibeam:
Mounted in the centre of the War Machine suit's chestplate the unibeam is a much more powerful version of the repulsor, although with a slower rate of fire and more restricted arc of fire due to its fixed mounting.Modular Weapons Mounts:
The original version of the War Machine armour built by Tony Stark carried additional fixed weaponry in forearm and shoulder mounts. After a number of adventures in the armour James Rhodes modified it by replacing the fixed mounts with modular systems, enabling the weapons to be swapped out for other weapons or systems to improve mission flexibility. The default loadout is listed below- Twin-barreled 5.7mm Assault Carbine (Right Arm):
Based on the FN P90 personal defence weapon this system fires armour-piercing rounds at nine hundred rounds per minute. The design of the 5.7mm round limits overpenetration and therefore reduces the risk of collateral damage, but still ensures penetration of a standard Kevlar vest at a range of 200 metres. - Flamethrower (Left Arm):
This device can project a stream of burning incendiary gel roughly twenty metres. Due to it's extremely short range it is used more for intimidation or for use against specific superhuman opponents.- M-134 Gatling Gun (Right Shoulder):
A six-barrelled 7.62mm electrically-powered Gatling gun, the M-134 is capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute. The M-134 mounted on the War Machine armour fires armour-piercing ammunition and can be activated in an autonomous point-defence mode to shoot down incoming missiles.- Micro-Missile Launcher:
This pod-mounted launcher holds up to eight micro-missiles, each of which can mount a warhead of such diverse types as standard high-explosive, armour-piercing shaped-charge, smoke, tear gas and incendiary.Extra Modular Capabilities:
Several weapons modules have been developed for the modular weapons mounts in more specialised roles. These include:
* Plasma blade (arm mounted) - a melee weapon consisting of a high-energy plasma field contained within a magnetic bottle, which can cut through any material weaker than adamantium
* Sonic cannon (arm or shoulder mounted) - a weapon capable of projecting sonic blasts capable of disorienting or stunning most targets without auditory protection. If the War Machine armour's onboard computer can calculate an object's resonant frequency then the sonic cannon can be used to shatter the object (provided the sonic cannon can produce sufficient output). The cannon can fire at individual targets or in a cone-shaped arc. Data files provided by Nick Fury with the weapon blueprints include the acoustic frequency ranges to which Klyntar (symbiotes such as Venom and Carnage) are most vulnerable, according to SHIELD's files.Skills:Expert Pilot:
James Rhodes is a highly skilled pilot of small aircraft such as jet fighters, light transports such as executive jets and SHIELD Quinjets, and power armours such as the War Machine armour and the various Iron Man suits.Expert Marksman:
James is familiar with numerous air combat weapon systems such as those used on combat aircraft and the Iron Man and War Machine power armour. As part of his SERE training with the Air Force as well as a number of missions assisting Iron Man he is also highly skilled with modern small arms.Expert Engineer:
He has always had an interest in technology and engineering as well as a knack for it, and earned a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering at MIT before attending the Air Force Academy. His studies into technology and engineering continued during his role liaising with various defence contractors and DARPA, and only intensified when he began working with Tony Stark, first as a liaison with Stark Industries as a defence contractor and then working alongside Iron Man as an unofficial sidekick. Rhodey is highly intelligent and skilled with most modern technology, especially electronics and aerospace technology. While his intellect and technical knowledge is not on the same level as Tony Stark prolonged operation and maintenance of various Iron man suits make him familiar enough to maintain and modify most power armour, including the War Machine suit he now operates.Expert Hacker:
With the prevalence of cyberwarfare and hacking in the modern world it is no surprise that James has encountered computer hacking targeting the Air Force, defence contractors and Iron man himself. As a result he has studied and taught himself extensively about computer programming and cyberwarfare, from both the offensive and defensive sides.Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant:
In addition to the hand-to-hand combat training he received in the Air Force James Rhodes made a point of undertaking additional training with colleagues he met in the military. He is qualified in MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), the US Marine Corps combat style nicknamed 'Semper Fu', and in addition has received training from several of the Avengers during his time with that team.Weaknesses:
As a normal human James is relatively vulnerable to injury outside of the War Machine armour.
While he is known for being strong-willed and stubborn Rhodey's willpower is not in the superhuman range, leaving him relatively vulnerable to psionic attacks and intrusion.== Character Background ==
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, James Rhodes was always fascinated by technology. Earning a scholarship to MIT he graduated with a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering but did not start up his own business as he originally intended. While attending MIT he joined the college's Air Force ROTC cadre and enlisted in the Air Force upon graduation, intending to go into the technical services. However his drive to succeed made him push himself to his limits, and he graduated from the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs as a fighter pilot, one of the Air Force's elite. His first taste of combat was during the initial invasion of Afghanistan, flying a F-15E Strike Eagle in support of ground troops. On one mission a Taliban surface-to-air missile brought his plane down, forced Rhodes to eject and embark on a gruelling two-day long trek, carrying his injured WSO (Weapon System Officer) with him and avoiding Taliban patrols until a rescue helicopter could bring them home.
While recovering from the injuries he had sustained from his ejection and escape Rhodes was transferred to a liaison position with several defence contractors to help oversee a new research project. His technical knowledge, stubborn nature and commitment to getting the job done right quickly gained him respect as well as assignment to further liaison roles. It was through this that he met a young weapons designer named Tony Stark, whose sheer intellect redefined the word 'genius'. Unfortunately Stark's erratic and hedonistic behaviour redefined the word 'maverick' , often driving Rhodes to distraction. However the two men managed to work well together and a friendship grew, to the point where Rhodes was assigned to work with or oversee any project which Stark presented to the Air Force as the inventor's unofficial minder.
The Jericho missile project was a turning point for the two men. The test-firing of the missile in Afghanistan went perfectly, but Stark was kidnapped and his escorts killed by a terrorist group dubbed the Ten Rings. Spurred by the memories of his own escape Rhodes coordinated the search effort and led the team which eventually found his missing friend. After returning to the United States Stark continued the development of the power armour he had scratch-built to escape the Ten Rings, eventually debuting as Iron Man.
By the time Stark helped found the Avengers James Rhodes was well aware of his secret identity, and used his contacts within the American military to help keep his friend's identity secret until he publicly revealed it to the world. At times Rhodey assumed the identity of Iron Man and wore the various suits of armour when Tony Stark was unavailable or on a couple of occasions when he had decided to give up the Iron Man identity for a prolonged period of time for personal reasons. In his time as Iron Man James served as a member of the Avengers as well as a fiunding member of the West Coast Avegers.
It was after an incident when Tony's Iron man armour was electronically hijacked that he decided James Rhodes deserved a power armour of his own rather than a hand-me-down Iron man suit – not just because the world needed more heroes but because it needed one who could bring down a rogue Iron Man. The War Machine armour was built specifically for James Rhodes to use in combat, and he used it well as an officer of the USAF and as an Avenger.
At least until the original Avengers began disappearing.
It was the death of Steve Rogers that set James Rhodes on the path to joining the Wildcards. Tony Stark took Rogers' death quite hard and tried to drown his feelings of guilt with a non-stop alcoholic binge. Rhodey took administrative leave to support Stark (and deal with his own grief at Captain America's death) and make sure that his friend didn't do something rash and self-destructive. After a few weeks Rhodes received a summons from Nick Fury, who offered him a place on a team whose role would be to find out who was responsible for the missing or dead Avengers. The new team would need technical support which could keep up with them in battle, but Fury wanted him for something more. The leader of the new team was a former soldier who had bonded with the alien symbiote known as Venom, and while the current host was reliable Fury wanted a backup option to take down Venom in case the symbiote went out of control. He presented Rhodes with the blueprints for a sonic cannon which could be mounted on the War Machine armour and pointed out the danger that a rogue alien symbiote could cause. While the idea of possibly being forced to take down one of his new teammates didn't sit well with Rhodes the opportunity to join the Wildcards was too tempting, and so he accepted Fury's offer.== Character Extras ==== Face Claim: ==
Don CheadleTheme Song: Citizen Soldier by Three Doors Down
Battle ThemeI Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin