Christoph "Chris" Holaday

Basic Info:

Player: GentlemanRaptor

Position: CQB Specialist

Demeanor: Generally friendly and outgoing, and rarely has anything bad to say about anyone else. He'll happily talk your ear off about the merits of the Thompson gun, M14, or generally any American shoulder-fired weapon - grinning while he describes the gruesome effects that large-caliber firearms have at close range. Has a tendency to hum and whistle popular music, even while in combat.

Nature: Chris is pretty much as he appears to be - a kind, talkative man who just enjoys life. He keeps in touch with family (as much as the military, and now Foundation, allow) and always tries to stay positive. As a result of his openness, though, he's a pretty terrible liar. He has a massive soft spot for dogs, especially Labradors.

Description: Not exactly tall, but not too short either, clocking in at 5'7". Chris has dark green eyes, close-cropped brown hair, pale white skin, and a wiry build. He tends to wear his old fatigues around just out of habit, but when forced he'll dig up an old grey suit coat and tie for more formal attire.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 3
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 3
  • Strength: 3
Skills
  • Persuasion: 4
  • Melee: 4
  • Ranged: 5
  • Engineering: 3
  • Medical: 3
Specialties
  • Breach! Breach! Breach!: 4. Thanks to his time in Korea, Chris knows how to make the most out of the chaos involved in clearing a room. He can move fast and shoot straight while those inside are still recovering from the shock. (When entering a room with surprise on his side, i.e. kicking in the door or breaching by way of an explosive charge, Chris gains +4 to ranged with an appropriate close-quarters weapon such as a shotgun or submachine gun on the first roll of combat.)
  • That Others May Live: 4. While not always the best at field medicine, Chris finds that the adrenaline rush from being shot at clears his head wonderfully and helps him focus. (When under fire, gain +4 to basic Medical checks such as bandaging wounds.)
  • Fire In The Hole!: 4. While his knowledge of more complex explosives is limited, Chris knows which wires go where on a chunk of plastique. Perhaps more importantly, he knows where to put it on a door (or wall) to blow it off its hinges (or frame). (Gain +4 to planting explosives with the express purpose of gaining entry to a room.)

Gear:

  • Thompson submachine gun
  • M1911 handgun
  • .45 ACP magazines (8 round for M1911, 30 round box for Thompson)
  • Canteen
  • Zippo lighter
  • Pack of cigarettes
  • Flashlight
  • AN/PRC-6 handheld radio
  • Composition C-3 plastic explosive, with detonators/blasting caps
  • Combat knife
  • Basic medical supplies
Equipment:

Possessions:

  • Family photo, taken circa 1943
  • Souvenir shotgun, taken from a dead North Korean infiltrator. Nonfunctional.
  • Fairly large collection of science fiction books
  • Dinged-up Air Force Pararescue badge

Personal History:

Chris was born in 1923 to a German-American family in a small Pennsylvania town just north of the Mason-Dixon line. Growing up, he spent many hours in the backwoods with his father, hunting deer and small game. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in '41, he was eager to sign up for the Army and take the fight to the Axis - but he would receive a stateside posting, which bitterly disappointed him. Later, in 1944, he heard about a new school opening up - a para-rescue school, where the Army Air Forces would actually pay him to learn basic medicine and how to jump out of planes! He signed on as fast as his CO would let him, and wound up in what would become the Air Rescue Service. He stuck it out in the postwar years, as he had made good friends in the service (and wanted those sweet, sweet retirement benefits).

The Korean War proved to be the defining event in Chris' life. At the war's outbreak, he and his fellow airmen were swiftly deployed to the peninsula, and Chris took to the war like a duck to water. With his squad, he regularly went behind enemy lines to rescue stranded troops and downed pilots - sometimes from enemy captivity. Here he developed his fondness for close-quarters combat, becoming very skilled with using his Thompson in enclosed spaces.

Following the war, he bounced from base to base, eventually winding up hanging around the Pentagon as an enlisted advisor. This didn't sit particularly well with him - he belonged in the field, where the action was! Foundation assets in the Pentagon noticed this, took a look at his personnel jacket, and made the call. Chris got a letter, promising field work and good pay, and that was all he really needed to hear.

Languages

  • English

Miscellaneous:

XP: 0

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