|Background||Russian Federal Security Service, Alpha Group|
|Background||South African Special Forces Brigade (Recces), 5 Special Forces Regiment|
Marcie has good reflexes and trigger discipline. That, and her attitude of “if at first you don’t succeed, try again”, has earned her medals and promotions even before XCOM drafted her.
If not for her lone wolf tendencies, she would have made an excellent commanding officer.
It takes time for Marcie to adopt new equipment and tactics, but once mastered, they become an integral part of her bag of tricks.
Under the pressure of extreme odds, Marcie prefers not to take the risk, and retreat to live to fight another day.
Marcie was born into one of the wealthiest families of Cape Town. She grew up a perky young las, and was expected to have a great career in sports. However, one time her friends dared her to visit a shooting range, and once she got a taste for the smell of burnt gunpowder, there was no going back.
Marcie became obsessed with firearms, and started spending more time on the shooting range than training, and ultimately chose a military career.
Being accustomed to shooting for the stars, she set herself the goal of being accepted into the elite ranks of South African Special Forces.
It took Marcie several tries to qualify, and only thanks to her bull-headed determination and her background in high-level sports training she was able to finally succeed.
|Background||United States Army,
82nd Airborne Division
Anna is always ready to work hard to earn the recognition of people around her, and has zero tolerance towards strong abusing the weak. “Going ballistic” on everyone who even remotely looks like a bully is how she got her callsign.
When going gets tough, Anna becomes full of grim determination to survive. Few things can compare to hell she has already been through, and she has to survive to prove that it was not in vain.
Anna’s parents were anthropologists, and they spent a lot of time away on research trips, trying to make contact with isolated tribes of indigenous peoples of South America.
Anna spent most of her early childhood under the care of her grandmother, Kathryn, and missed her parents dearly, and whenever they were around, begged to take her with them.
They agreed when she turned six years old, and as the fate would have it, this was the trip when they finally were able to find an isolated tribe in Amazon rainforest.
That particular tribe was recently attacked and displaced by drug traffickers, and when they saw Anna’s parents, they killed them on sight, assuming they were affiliated.
Scared and crying lump of Anna curling on her mother’s body has made the tribesmen realize their mistake, but it was too late to do anything about it.
As their honor demanded it, the tribe took Anna under their care. Surrounded by weird and unfamiliar people who killed her parents before her very eyes, little Anna closed in and shut down.
Soon the harsh life of the displaced tribe became even harder: many of the tribesmen began falling ill, having contracted diseases from Anna to which they had no immunity.
The tribe took that as divine punishment for coming in contact with outsiders, many of the tribesmen began speaking in favor of killing Anna or at least getting rid of her, but the chief insisted that doing so would dishonor them, and ordered to accept the girl.
Some of the tribesmen obeyed, but the rest treated Anna with outright hostility, poking her with sticks and shooing her away while the chief wasn’t looking.
Banished from their ancestral grounds, sickly, dying and starving, torn apart by internal conflict, the tribe has been wandering the rainforest for three years when they were finally found by a band of mercenaries hired by Kathryn, Anna’s grandmother.
Mercenaries approached the tribe, and attacked at the first sign of aggression towards themselves, killing most of the tribe and driving off the few survivors into the jungle.
By the time Anna finally returned home, she was little more than a skeleton, weak, emotionally stunted and barely able to talk. Kathryn, was mortified to see her beloved granddaughter, once a giggly blond angel, reduced to such a condition.
Kathryn vowed to raise Anna no matter what, which seemed to be an insurmountable challenge: severe emotional trauma and years of living in harsh conditions have nearly made her autistic, and Kathryn had spent most of her money and health on raising funds to hire the search parties.
It took them many years, but eventually Anna made a nearly complete recovery, mostly thanks to Kathryn’s love and care. Occasional nightmare and violent hatred for rainforests and their inhabitants remained the seldom reminders of the atrocities she had to endure. Kathryn lived to see her vow fulfilled, dying shortly after Anna’s eighteenth birthday.
Anna had no more living relatives, no way to afford college education, and soon – not even a place to live. As she was trying to decide what to do with herself, Anna’s thoughts drifted to all the 4th of July parades she and Kathryn went on.
Anna remembered the reverence with which civilians treated veterans, and wanted the same for herself. After years of being mistreated by savages, followed by even more years of slowly and painfully learning to live again, Anna wanted to be a part of the society, to be respected, even feared.
Joining the Army seemed like a natural decision.
|Origin||United States, Wisconsin|
|Background||United States Army Rangers|
Jacob is a do-or-die fighter. His iron will and Ranger training put him well above his peers. He is light on his feet and has well-developed hunter instincts. Outmaneuvering the opponent and striking a lethal blow comes natural to him.
Jacob is the kind of person that will keep fighting until his dying breath, and even then he’ll probably haunt you.
Jacob is the sole survivor of a mission gone terribly wrong. The details of that deployment are classified. All we know is that his unit was sent to secure a hostile facility, and that one by one all members of Jacob’s squad were killed in action.
When he remained alone, he had an option to safely evacuate, but he chose to risk his life once again and completed the mission, single-handedly taking down a dangerous foe and securing the facility.
People broke down over less, but this grueling experience seemed to only reinforce Jacob’s conviction to do whatever it takes to serve his country.
Jacob is the living embodiment of US Army Rangers creed, and should it become necessary for his squad to fight in hell itself, he’ll be there to lead the way.
|Background||Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, Canadian Special Operations Regiment|
Being a fresh rookie in CSOR, Kiruka has the least combat experience among our recruits, but her personal merits in other areas outweigh that factor.
Kiruka is hard working and goal-oriented by nature, and we expect her to adapt to her new position in XCOM and improve quickly.
Kiruka is a people person, and enjoys having a hearty meal or just spending time in a bar in good company.
She’s happy to pull her weight, even if it means helping out with manual labor.
Kiruka’s callsign, “Nighthawk”, she chose as tribute to a fatigued nighthawk she found on the ground one night while strolling, and later left with a wild animal shelter.
|Background||Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Riot And Tactics Squad (RATS)|
Fierce and ruthless, values personal strength, and despises weakness, often using it as an explanation for all the bad things that happen to people.
Runa is loud, intense and quick to anger. Often threats physical violence, and doesn’t shy to carry out her threats. She does not play well with others, and stops at nothing to prove she is the best.
Runa grew up as a homeless orphan on the streets of Tokyo, where she quickly learned that being strong and ruthless is the only way to survive. Even much older kids became afraid to cross her, and eventually she got noticed by a high ranking yakuza – a member of Japanese organized crime syndicate named Nishizaki.
Nishizaki liked how fierce Runa was, and took her under his wing. His plan was to keep their relationship secret, and groom Runa to become his personal double agent in Tokyo Police.
Due to her negative past experiences with street cops, becoming a police officer was the last thing Runa wanted to do, but when Nishizaki promised to officially adopt her, she agreed to follow his plan.
Nishizaki used his connections to secure a spot for Runa in police school. After graduating, she was accepted into Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, where she quickly rose through the ranks thanks to her combination of street smarts, natural intelligence and determination bordering on obsession.
Everything was going according to plan, but it all fell apart when Nishizaki was killed in a trivial dispute with a rival yakuza family.
Runa’s conclusion was that Nishizaki was weak, and blamed him for allowing himself to be killed. Overcome with mixed feelings of pain and resentment, and having lost her only anchor in life, Runa reinforced her conviction to be strong, so that she will never has to suffer the same fate.
She enrolled into an advanced tactical training program, and went through it like hot knife through butter, and joined Riot And Tactics Squad – one of the best counter-terrorism units in Japan.
Through her relationship with Nishizaki, Runa knew a lot about the inner workings of criminal world, and feeling like she owes them no loyalty, she began hunting violent criminals as if it was some kind of grim sport.
|Name||Lee Braun, Alexandra|
|Background||Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Emergency Response Team|
Very intelligent and has high attention to detail. She is thrifty, efficient, and has a knack for taking into account all the subtleties about any given situation or a piece of equipment, and adapt to her personal expertise and limitations.
Has highly developed predatory instincts and stealth skills, but less effective in direct combat.
Alexandra wanted to be a police officer since she was a child, and enrolled into service immediately after graduating from the Police Foundations program.
Initially a typical “protect and serve” idealist, she eventually evolved a more grim outlook on things. Experience made her realize that the police system is corrupt, and that there are many dangerous people that abuse their political connections and financial wealth to avoid prosecution.
Disenchanted with the service, she was about to quit, but was invited to participate in an intensive tactical training course, with the promise of future employment into the elite Emergency Response Team.
Alexandra took that opportunity thinking that this was her chance to finally make a difference, and did not regret her decision.
|Background||Italian Special Forces, 9th Paratroopers Assault Regiment “Col Moschin”|
A results-driven perfectionist. Good at achieving set goals, especially with some momentum. Plays well in a team setting, but not at the cost to his own performance. Good at planning ahead.
Has been known to lose mental composure in situations where his squadmates were wounded or killed.
As a side effect to his perfectionism, Matteo tends to blame himself for everything bad happening around him, and not notice the good that results from his actions, causing low self-esteem. Attempts to cope through self-deprecating humor.
Despite these vices, he’s loyal to his friends and has a strong moral compass.
|Background||Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, Joint Task Force 2, Sniper|
Brave, attempts to seize initiative when possible and accomplish mission objectives even when it means taking personal risks that could have been avoided otherwise.
Goes to great lengths to ensure the survival and well-being of her squadmates. Sacrificing someone so that others may survive is not an option she’s ever willing to take. She’ll get everyone home or die trying.
Has trouble using new and experimental equipment, prefers relying on tried and true.
Despite being friendly and expressive, Sophia is extremely reserved when it comes to talking. Prefers communicating through writing notes or typing whenever possible.
She claims that listening rather than talking makes her perception sharper and more open to outside world, and lets her pick up on signs that remain unseen by others, like a sixth sense of some kind.
In combat situations her communication remains extremely short and to the point, so tactical effectiveness is not impacted by her personal preference in this matter.
|Background||Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, Joint Task Force 2|
Learns from mistakes, and goes to great lengths to make sure they do not happen again.
Believes that actions speak louder than words and that results mean more than promises. Does not hesitate to use said results to convince others of his point of view, including his superiors.
Remains effective under pressure of life-threatening situations.
Claims to possess extrasensory perception (ESP) abilities in the form of being able to experience multiple timelines at the same time, and see all of the potential outcomes of each situation, but with no ability to choose the preferred timeline.
Claim dismissed by officials as unfalsifiable, as the basic form of predicting the future based on past experiences is native for all humans.
|Background||Argentinian special forces, Special Operations Forces Grouping (AFOE)|
Courageous. Can ascertain a tactical situation at a glance and act in a way that will benefit his squad as a whole. Flexible, quickly adapts to new equipment, and uses it when appropriate.
Likes to keep an eye on the current tactical situation, so has a tendency to lean out of cover too far, exposing himself to danger unnecessarily.
Has a family in Mendoza. Father of Reina Morales, who later becomes known as “Denmother”.