Havildar Rahana Saddiq, Sindh Rangers on secondment to USA led expeditionPlayer ID:
Sergeant equivalent, Pakistani rank is "Havildar"Height:
No genetic modifications, enforced by Pakistani, religious and international law (see below). Drug release packages in her hands: she can release painkillers, adrenaline, sleeping drugs or sugar in to her bloodstream - one in each finger of her left hand, released by pressing it together with her right thumb.Distinguishing marks:
Name, regiment, blood type and military medical reference tattooed on her right bicep.Age:
Rahana is one of those limited number of people with no genetic weaknesses (at least as far as the current state of medical knowledge can find.) No risk factors for genetic conditions, no identifiable risk factors for obesity, depression or addiction, no congenital organ weaknesses, nothing. Under both the International Convention on Baseline Humanity and Pakistan's own Preservation of Humanity act, it's illegal for her to have genetic implants - the logic being that given the relative newness of genetic manipulation of humans, a baseline must be kept in case long term problems emerge. Rahana is essentially breeding stock kept aside against the possibility of genetic degradation of humanity. Pakistani religious law also forbids genetic manipulation, although that particular restriction is largely ignored.Military Training:
The Indian/Pakistani border is not a soft option and certainly not a sinecure. High grades in basic training are required to be posted there and troops are kept in a constant state of combat readiness. Purely being there makes her amongst the best trained in the Pakistani army and staying there with only one minor demerit two years ago has only honed that. She's a good shot, follows orders quickly, uses her own initiative when needed and maintains a high level of physical fitness.Linguist:
Growing up in FATA meant she learnt several tribal languages in addition to Sindhi, Urdu, Arabic and English. In the army she added Hindi and Kashmiri to that total. She doesn't speak any of the alien tongue, but Psych reports suggest she would be able to pick up the basics should the mission require it.Weaknesses:
Since mandatory genetic testing at thirteen she's known she is potentially the future of the human race. Since posting to the border at 19 she's known she's part of the first line of defence of her country. Her life has conspired to make her think she's important and valuable and it's not surprising she does so. She's not rebellious or mutinous-there's no way she could have survived in the army if she was-but she is, and knows she is, more important than you. By objective measures.Vain:
For many years now she's regularly seen clones of her eighteen year old self. That was fine when she was nineteen. Not so bad when she was twenty five. But now thirty isn't too far over the horizon it's starting to get to her a little. Gravity is affecting boobs a bit and her skin is starting to lose a little elasticity. A bitter pill for anyone, really, but made worse by constant reminders of her in her youth. She pushes herself hard in PT, is careful about what she eats, moisturises several times a day and everything else she can do to stave off aging and the increasingly unfavourable comparisons it brings.Hypochondria:
These two factors have combined to make her a regular visitor to sick bay. If she twinges her leg on the treadmill, she gets it checked out. Coughs in the morning, gets a chest scan. Nicks her leg shaving, asks for it to be sterilised and antibiotics prescribed. Likes:
Brussels Sprouts - She eats well and healthily, making sure to get her five fruit and veg (at least three different colours, no more than two fruit) per day.
Cricket - She's a keen cricket fan, as a spectator not a player, and has vids of several important matches which she watches and re-watches for relaxation.
Being warm - She's an absolute sun worshipper and gets cold easily. Whenever she's allowed control of the thermostat, people start sweating. Fortunately it's rare.Dislikes:
Chocolate - She doesn't drink, smoke, take drugs, eat simple carbohydrates, etc etc etc
Simmering arguments - A life amongst the barracks has made her keenly aware of how minor resentments can fester. She dislikes people talking about others behind their back or not sorting out a disagreement immediately. Not to say everyone has to be friends with everyone, but harming squad unity is a terrible thing.
Sleeping "alone" - Not necessarily "sleeping with" someone, but she's used to dormitories and finds it hard to get to sleep in a single room without the night time serenade of farts, mutters and creaks.Personality:
She keenly feels the honour both for her and for her homeland of being on this mission. She's absolutely committed to it, beyond the importance of the mission itself, which gives her a certain intolerance for on duty frivolity, particularly unhealthy on duty frivolity. Off duty is different, everyone needs relaxation time, but when she's on her shift she's focused and expects everyone else to be. Off duty she seeks out places where her clones aren't to relax and watch cricket.
She's culturally Muslim but doesn't practice.
Rahana is used to the tight camaraderie of her squad and tends towards a little standoffishness with new people. However, she's an enthusiastic team player and will quickly join in with any "organised" activities - be that official teambuilding exercises or something as simple as a card game in the mess. Whether she enjoys the activity itself or not, the goal here is to get to know the people she's working with. She's just bad at it without a structure, bad at approaching people and saying "hi".
Once she does know people a little better she, like most people, tends to gravitate to those with similar interests. Fitness or cricket, predominantly, about which she'll cheerfully hold long conversations. She does her best with those who aren't special friends - again, squad unity is important - but does tend to shy away from those who make frequent references to sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.
She's used to barracks and communal showers and, while not a nudist or exhibitionist, she's quite unabashed around females.History:
For as long as Pakistan has existed her family has been in the Pakistani military and there was never any doubt in her mind that she would be too. She was born, youngest of three girls, on a military base in FATA and subject to her father's stern military discipline from day one.
A brief spanner was thrown in this following her genetic testing at the onset of puberty when her "perfect" results made it unclear whether she would be risked in the military. As part of the first cohort to be tested, it wasn't at all clear how many like her there were and so how precious she was but as the testing regime rolled out. However, as time passed and it became clear that it wasn't so uncommon as to make military service impossible, her application to join the army was accepted.
Being prepared for it all her life, she passed basic training with flying colours - frankly it was easier than the training and disciple regime her father had inflicted on her. She was fit, smart, knew her military history and quick to follow orders. A natural, in fact, for the high-prestige border with India.
During her time there she continued to excel. Clones weren't allowed on that border so except for periodic visits to Lahore to have genetic samples taken it didn't overly affect her life that there were so many duplicates of her running around. Certainly didn't affect her making Havildar almost eighteen months ahead of "schedule" or having an exemplary service record.
While there hasn't been outright "war" with India for over a century the militarised border kept her in a state of combat readiness and dealing with issues in the Kashmir gave her valuable live combat experience (it was there she earned her stripes).
The border itself wasn't attacked during the alien invasion. While heavily militarised by both nations that militarisation is spread over a large geographic area and not, apparently, heavily concentrated enough to attract their attention. Even though both nations were attacked, neither abandoned it forces from the border as both felt the other would use this as an opportunity to attack and both saw the defence of the border as a matter for prestige. She was rotated away from the border briefly in the wake of the attacks when the army was brought in to maintain order in some cities but didn't see any combat there. Sheer visibility was enough to calm problems and the fact that Pakistan avoided riots like the ones that devastated Calcutta is a matter of some pride.
Behind the scenes, many strings were being pulled to get her on this mission. It was felt by many that despite being an ostensibly international mission it would be composed almost entirely of Americans, or possibly Europeans and Americans if they were feeling generous, and many major groups were seeking to remedy that. Chinese pressure was brought to bear, Russian, Arabic, South East Asian and many other ethnic and cultural blocks. Over the course of the nominations, these solidified in to larger groupings and Pakistan threw its lot in with the Muslim world in an attempt to get a representative on the mission. This effectively removed India's chances as even the massive sub-continent found itself outnumbered and they focused on Dr Sakkir from Egypt and on her as potential candidates. She was, eventually, chosen by the panel that decided on the make up of the team over Egyptian howls of protest and ordered to go - wile she would have volunteered, she's not a volunteer.Link to player Ons / Offs page