Vieno Takala

Basic Info:

Player: TheSpookanist

Position: Security and Interrogation Specialist

Demeanor: Vieno's rarely seen without a smile, very informal and, while not the most energetic, certainly a lively person; she's almost excessively friendly toward most people. While this casualness seems unprofessional with her tendency to snark back at orders, she follows them without hesitation if they seem sound and reasonable.

Nature: The friendliness is often genuine, even if Vieno's actions are colder than her words. There are, in fact, people she cares about, but she lacks a basic sense of remorse for her actions regardless of their outcome.

Description: The head atop Vieno's six foot, heavily-built body has straight, dark hair down to the shoulders and clear brown eyes against very pale skin. After nearly two decades being in and out of battle, she's accumulated a good few scars: there are small burns on her hands and a few elsewhere, cuts along her forearms and a significant one over her left cheek, and various ageing bullet holes.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 5
  • Mental Defense: 2
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 3
  • Strength: 5
Skills
  • Intimidation: 3
  • Melee: 4 (2+2)
  • Ranged: 6
  • Sneak: 5
  • Academics: 1
Specialties
  • Motitus: 3. History shows that surrounding an opponent is deadly, but it takes practice and skill to do so with less than their number. Fortunately, Vieno has such training, and gains a +3 bonus to Ranged when to the side of or behind (90° angle or greater) a target compared to other allies in combat.
  • No One to Hear You: 3. Soviet agents are hard to crack, but enough practice makes for perfect technique. +3 bonus to Intimidation when the target is sufficiently constrained (wrists bound or more).
  • Silent Sissi: 4. Ambush is the name of the game, and no one beats the Sissit. +4 bonus to Sneak when given time (one to two minutes) to settle into a position; this bonus is lost when moving more than a few feet from this spot.
  • Ski Infantry: 2. Despite knowing little of it herself, Vieno picked up some tricks for navigation in snowy places from her team. When she’s in snowy forest or mountain environments, she gains a +2 bonus to Survival.

Gear:

  • Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun, four spare 20-round box magazines, two spare 50-round box magazines
  • Sako L57 scoped rifle, sixteen loose Winchester .308 rounds
  • Colt M1911A1 pistol, two spare 7-round box magazines
  • Puukko
  • Bandolier and belt pouches to hold ammunition
  • Military pack in forest camouflage
  • Three incendiary grenades (+1 fire damage)
  • Bayonet fitted for the L57
  • Gas mask
  • 30 meters of rope
  • Plain steel lighter with 13 tally marks etched into the side
  • Canteen
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
Equipment:

Possessions:

  • AVS-36 automatic rifle, one spare 15-round box magazine
  • Skis and various skiing equipment
  • An old unworn Finnish army uniform for a corporal
  • A few pictures of Osasto Kuismanen during the Continuation War, with one masked face circled in red on each
  • A box of spent casings, no two identical
  • Two Soviet officer patches (a sergeant and sergeant major), two Indochinese officer patches (one sergeant and one lieutenant), one Nazi and one Egyptian sergeant patch

Personal History:

Born in Joensuu, Finland, in 1920, Vieno Takala spent the early years of her life eagerly picking fights with her weaker peers - not necessarily out of any strict malice, but because, like many others, she experiences a strong sense of schadenfreude. As years went on and such things like physical violence became unacceptable, rather than continue with the consequences be damned, Vieno took on a more subtle way to make others uncomfortable; Finnish culture has a heavy emphasis on solitude and personal space, with many Finns being quiet and reserved. Vieno instead grew to smile and be very friendly toward others, sit closer than they would like, just little things that she knew could make the right individual squirm. She still longed for more exciting methods, and shortly after exiting high school her chance arrived.

When she was nineteen, the Winter War began against the Soviets - yet despite a good deal of gender equality in Finland, women were not yet allowed to fight as soldiers in its Army. Rather than give up hope, Vieno simply wore a scarf over her face against the cold and became more laconic. She swiftly improved over the course of her training, using her ambiguous name and a few changed details on her paperwork, and before anyone had learned of the deception she had already been through the Soviet assault and, in the Continuation War, selected as part of Erillinen Pataljoona 4 for her outstanding service. The titular captain of Osasto Kuismanen, rather than send her home, was impressed by the disguise and thought it could be a useful skill considering the operations of the battalion often took them behind Soviet lines.

Regardless of her gender, Vieno was above the level of most of her squad, bringing talent and notable apathy to their training and skill. She never hesitated to execute an order, and her interrogation of enemy spies was largely successful. Over the course of the wars she was promoted up to corporal; whether or not she could have gone higher, drawing more attention to her status might blow her cover among higher-ranking officers.

After her country had given the Soviets an impressive challenge and driven out the Nazis, Vieno had little left to do. She took whatever work she could find that excited her, including revolutions in some Soviet states, post-war Asian conflicts, and even reported presence in certain African rebellions against European empires, though she denies the latter - anywhere she was accepted for her skills rather than her gender, which didn't include her home country's military. She left quite a trail that the Foundation picked up on in 1957, when she had returned to her home in southern Finland.

Languages

  • Finnish
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • English
  • Bits of Danish, Norwegian, and Icelandic extracted from Swedish

Miscellaneous:

Birthday on the 22nd of February. On file has a diagnosis of sociopathic personality disturbance (which, by the 50s definition, means anything from serial killer to lesbian).

XP: 0

Name of Source/Purchase XP Change Date
Titanic Joke +2 12/21/16
Osaka Castle Oni Assault +3 12/28/16
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