Rapid-Fire

Strength
7d
Agility
6c
Intellect
7d
Willpower
8c

Hand Size:
Edge:
5 (30)
3

Origin:

Like most GI Joes, Robbie is a normal human, lacking super-human abilities of any stripe. However, he was blessed with exceptional ability all-around, which he has used to excel in the military - and which he is likely to use in the pursuit of politics in the future!

Powers:

(none)

Hindrances / Augmentations:

(none)

Equipment:

Grenade (i): in the event that his submachine gun just isn't enough offense, Robbie carries a fragmentary grenade with him in the field. He can use this weapon to inflict intensity 10 physical damage to everything within near missile distance of where it detonates.

Helmet (s): this neon green helmet, complete with the GI Joe logo, is incredibly conspicuous - but still offers Robbie defense. It provides Robbie his Strength +2 protection from physical attacks that strike him in the head, although it may attract more attention than it's worth.

Kevlar Vest (s): Robbie also wears an impressively neon green vest made from bullet resistant materials. This vest provides protection similar to Robbie's helmet, that being his Strength +2 resistance, to physical attacks that strike him in the torso. And is also quite conspicuous.

Knife (s): kept in a sheath on his right hip when not in use, this tool is useful for cutting anything - or anyone - that gets in Robbie's way! Made from m.s. 12 metals, this blade can be used to cut through items of like m.s., or to inflict his Strength +2 damage in melee.

Submachine Gun (a): his primary armament in battle, this light weapon helps Robbie perform as a 'fast attack specialist'. It can be fired to inflict his Agility +4 damage in a single shot, +5 in a semi-auto spread. Robbie carries many, many magazines for this weapon.

Skills:

Aerial Combat (a): one requirement for entry into the fast attack maneuvers school is an Airborne qualification. As such, Robbie has learned how to use the air to his advantage in combat. Robbie may resolve airborne combat actions at a reduced difficulty.

Boxing (s): another facet of his Basic training, this skill describes Robbie's ability to hold his own while unarmed. It allows him to divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which will occur as a contingent action.

Languages (i): another requirement of the Army's fast attack maneuvers school is fluency in three different languages. Rising to the challenge, Robbie has indeed mastered two additional tongues to supplement his native English, though these specific languages have yet to be revealed.

Leadership (w): a by-product of his West Point education, Robbie has learned the ins and outs of leadership ability. While he's calling the shots on a team, it benefits from a +1 to all actions, but this transforms into a -1 penalty if his leadership vanishes.

Marksmanship (a): part of his Basic training, Robbie has been educated in the use of most conventional firearms. Whether using a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Robby may do so at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.

Military / United States (w): the source of all his many and varied talents, this skill serves as a fine 'origin' of sorts for Robbie. This skill grants Robbie an instinctual understanding of military protocols and procedures, along with the benefits of rank.

Contacts:

Though he's a West Point graduate, Robbie is nonetheless a member of the GI Joe team.

As such, Robbie can rely on the group for help in a pinch should he need it - even if he's not as well-liked as Captain Grid-Iron. Despite his schooling, you see, the team looks after their own, because they all know what they're up against in the fight with Cobra.

Calling:

Soldier: Robbie is a prime exemplar of this calling. He's unbelievably motivated to both improve himself and to do his duty. He excels at just about everything he does, because he insists on doing things right - there's no being lazy and doing things the easy way with him!

Costume:

When in action with the Joes, Robbie wears blue jeans, a black T-shirt beneath a neon green Kevlar vest, a neon green helmet with the GI Joe logo on it, black boots, orange knee pads, orange arm straps, blue wrist bands, a silver chain link belt, and a gray knife sheath.

Personality:

Robbie is the quintessential go-getter.

The man is continually working to improve himself and his performance, both physically and mentally. His ultimate goal for doing so is unknown, but Robbie burns with an internal fire rarely seen (or experienced!) by most people, and as a result they can't help but be impressed by him.

Real Name: Robbie London, Grade O-3
Occupation: fast attack specialist, saboteur
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none known
Group Affiliation: GI Joe

Height: 6' 1"
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
Weight: 195 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.

Story:

Robbie didn't get into West Point thanks to personal favor or political appointment - he got there the hard way, by enlisting in the Army right out of high school. His single-minded dedication to personal improvement got him into the Point, where he impressed everyone there.

For instance, he completed the exhausting ten week Cadet Summer Orientation in but five weeks, and went on to excel in every aspect of its curriculum. What exactly Robbie was up to after this is unknown, but whatever he did earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor.

This, in addition to his other aptitudes, earned Robbie a seat at the Army's new fast attack maneuvers school. This school's goal is to produce highly motivated individuals with advanced technical skills for light ordnance assault deep in enemy territory.

Naturally, Robbie graduated at the very top of this new school's first class.

His collection of skills and considerable natural ability subsequently highlighted Robbie as a candidate for the most exclusive 'club' in all the United States Armed Forces: the GI Joe team! Seeing this as a powerful stepping stone, Robbie gladly joined the Joes.

As is his time before entering the fast maneuvers school, Robbie's actions with the GI Joe team are something of a mystery. He mainly participated in highly classified 'special missions' for the team - but then that's what he was trained for since day one.

He remained with the GI Joe team until it was disbanded in 1994.

(Historical Divergence)

As the threat Cobra posed to the world was not as quashed as the Pentagon previously thought, the GI Joe team was reinstated a few short years later. However, Robbie was not on the initial team of 'senior' Joes intended to train a new generation of such in Cobra's tactics.

However, it's likely he's been continually improving himself since leaving GI Joe. After all, someone with his ability, qualifications and ambitions may wind up running things in the Pentagon in time. And if not, he may instead find himself a proper career in Presidential politics...!

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