405th Infantry Division: build Your character

Sean Anwalt

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Thre 405th infantry division has a motto: Build YOUR character. This is a great opportunity to stretch creative muscle and really go nuts. So I've been thinking for the past week or so, why not have a place where we can write out who or character is?

Obviously many of us have duplicated real characters from the games, so there's not much to do there, but many of us have original characters, so why not take a chance and give them a personality and back story?

This thread is a place to leave your characters back story. Please don't spam it with a thousand double- posts, but please do feel free to work out who your character is!
 

Sean Anwalt

RCO
405th Regiment Officer
Name: Zack Tillik
Service Number: <Classified-undeployed>
Birthplace: New Denver, Earth.
DOB: July 3, 2535
Rank: Petty Officer 3rd Class
Armor: MJOLNIR MK V
Emblem: Broken Spartan helmet
Gender: Male
Weight: 230 lbs.
Height: 6'0" (6'3" in armor)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Haz
Preferred Weapon: whatever is handy.

Zack Tillik was born in New Denver on Earth in the mid 2530s to unknown parents. Living in the rough parts of town Zack was forced to learn to live independently very quickly, getting in trouble with the law on several occasions, resulting in his removal from foster care programs and being placed in an orphanage at the age of 6.

Zack's experience in the orphanage was not much better, often getting in fights with other children. It was during one of these fights, just after his 7th birthday, that Zack's life would change forever.

The orphanage was on an outing to visit a museum sponsored by the UNSC. Zack was in a fight, defending a fellow classmate from a mutual bully. Also at the museum was "Mr. Mendez" who watched the entire event transpire.

Mendez introduced Zack to a very tall, very muscular man named 'Mr. Ambrose', who spoke briefly to the orphanage staff before kneeling down to Zack's level and questioning him. Zack would later say he was frustrated with people percieving him as a trouble maker, but couldn't remember the questions he was asked, until 'Mr. Ambrose' told him "What people think of you should not become your destiny." 'Mr. Ambrose' then asked if Zack could obey and behave, if it meant finding his purpose in life. Zack said yes.

Later that night Zack was on a big "army pelican!" bound for a UNSC cruiser in orbit. This is how Zack became part of the Spartan-III program.

Compared to his years in the orphanage, Spartan training was physically demanding, but otherwise liberating. He excelled in the martial arts and weapons training programs, although he suffered in written tests.

His biggest challenge, however, came during augmentation. While his eyesight improved dramatically and his hearing was impeccable, when he emerged from the process his body shut down in an anaphlactic reaction to one of the hormones. While others of his teammates towered to nearly 7 feet, he stood at a comparatively dwarfish 5'11". His body was shutting down and his nerves were all on fire.

Over the course of the next three days, Zack was in and out of consciousness as medical personnel busied themselves with keeping him alive. It was at this time he reached his darkest hour. During one episode of consciousness, Mendez had stepped to his bedside and informed him he had failed augmentation and would be washed out of the program. With the burning nerves, aching bones and an intense, searing allergic reaction, all of which necessitated his being restrained to the bed with tubes of liquid flowing into his body from every imaginable angle, Zack would remember this statement of Failure as his most painful moment.

Over the next few years Zack would be on an intense medical regimen, using epinephrine injectors like candy and a physical exercise program that would leave his body burning and sore everyday.

Over time, however, the physical pains diminished and the tests became easier. More excitingly to Zack, however, his written test scores had never been higher. Adding to this, the manner of tests were much more difficult. As time went on Zack learned he was much, much stronger than most, very intelligent, and had reflexes he didn't know could be possible. If it wasn't for his diminished stature, and his lack of a team, he would feel like a Spartan again.

Zack had consistently been working with ONI representatives in various capacities of medical study and as an analyst for missions of Spartan II and his former Spartan III teammates. During this time he was implanted with the neural implant required for project Mjolnir and served as one of the Guinea pigs used to implement the upgrades that would elevate Mjolnir's MK V to MK VI and various later upgrades.

After several years of this service, as well as a tour as an ONI representative in an ODST unit, where he developed leadership skills under actual enemy fire, and after applying time and again for his own Mjolnir suit and change of assignment, Zack came upon the list of the next Mjolnir candidates. His name was on the list, along with names like Martinez, Gobal, Locke, and Kelly. A week later he received new orders, indicating his term with ONI analysis had ended and his career as a combat Spartan was about to begin.

Zack worked closely with the technicians of project Mjolnir to create his suit, basing it on the older, bulky MK V suit which he knew from his years as an analyst to have a higher damage threshold, due to the higher number of plating, but would also weigh more and had a lower power capacity. More power was added in a back- mounted "ability unit" model upgrade, but the MK V suit served Zack well to the last.

As tribute to the man who probably saved his life, Zack personalized his armor in the original olive green with Kurt's number, '051' proudly displayed on the front. This would later change, but Zack would always remember those early days as the best of his life.

After an eventful 36 year career, Zack was listed MIA after a particularly dangerous mission during which he walked into an enemy bunker amid heavy fire to help extract an ODST team from certain death. After the bunker self-destructed, an ONI satellite watched the surviving ODSTs regroup and put up a feeble defense against insurmountable odds and Spartan Zack, whose armor had been shredded and whose transponder no longer worked, walk calmly to where a battle-damaged pelican was landing under fire to rescue them. The last view of the obviously injured Spartan is a reconnaissance drone's video feed showing him returning fire at a large group of the enemy and walking over a hillside toward an enemy machine gun nest, into a barrage of enemy fire and out of view of the camera. He was 59 years old.
 
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PerniciousDuke

RXO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Great idea Sean!

We use to have a unofficial service record log that Wander kept. We're no longer able to issue numbers outside of deployment, but the back story element should still be kept alive. I'll transfer mine here:

B-128: Zan (Pernicious Duke) || Spartan-III || Beta Company: Shield Team || Petty Officer Third Class || Washington

Name: Thorak, Zan
Service Number: B-128
Birthplace: Draco III
DOB: December 28, 2530
Rank: Petty Officer 3rd Class
Armor: MJOLNIR variants White/Orange
Emblem: Saw and Shield
Gender: Male
Weight: 218 lbs.
Height: 5' 9" (6' 1" in armor)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Preferred Weapon: M45 Tactical Shotgun

Brief Bio:

Taken by the Spartan III Program in 2537 as part of Beta Company at the age of 7. First deployed by Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez on 27 June 2045 to the human colony Verent along with 3 other Spartans of Beta Company designated as Shield Team. All Spartans were outfitted with MJOLNIR and sent as a "non-combat" team to aid the people of this outlying colony. Their true purpose, only later discovered and sadly never utilized, was to set up an extraction point for Beta Company should Operation: TORPEDO need it. Shield Team was heavily equipped with defensive armor and gear.

During their weeks on Verent, Shield Team received numerous reports of Covenant invasions all throughout human-controlled space and were not happy to be waiting around as a relief effort. Shortly after Operation: TORPEDO was deemed a success, Shield Team learned that there were no Beta Company survivors and no one would be coming to Verent. Now hotheaded, the team's leader Zan learned that his home world, Draco III, was currently under Covenant control. They abandoned their post and joined up with the Spartan-IIs on Draco III in the retaliation attack. With no human civilian survivors and no Covenant forcing remaining, the mission was again considered a "success." Tired of the UNSC's ideas of "acceptable loss," Shield Team decided to take more preemptive measures. After going AWOL, their last known destination was into Covenant-controlled space.

Spartan B-128's last known whereabouts are still unconfirmed and his armor, along with the rest of Shield Team have never been recovered.

(If you're curious about the service log or want to check out Wanderer's great advice on how to figure out the stats you can check it out here)
 

RandomRanger

Armory Assistant
Community Staff
CLASSIFICATION: GREY
UNIT: SPARTAN S-063
TIME: MAY 3, 2562. 05:00 EARTH GMT

MISSION SUMMARY:
SPECIAL TARGET ELIMINATION. LOCATE AND ELIMINATE LEK-GOLO LEADER, CODENAMED BIGWORM REPONSIBLE FOR ORCHESTRATING ATTACKS AGAINST SURVIVING OUTER COLONIES.


MISSION DETAILS:

THE LEK-GOLO LEADER NAMED BIGWORM WAS ELIMINATED AS PER THE MISSION PARAMETERS. ON THE INNER REACHES OF COVANENT SPACE, COMMAND UNITS APPEAR TO GROW ARROGANT IN THE SECURITY OF THEIR STRONGHOLDS. A SERIES OF SIMPLE WELL-PLACED SNIPER ROUNDS WAS ALL THAT WAS REQUIRED. IT WAS CLEAR TO SEE HOW BIGWORM GOT HIS NAME: RATHER THAN SPLIT HIS COLONY INTO TWO COOPERATIVE UNITS. HIS COLONY MASS WAS SUCH THAT, EVEN IF HE HAD SPLIT INTO THE USUAL BROTHER-PAIRS, BIGWORM WOULD’VE STILL DWARFED THE OTHER HUNTERS BY COMPARISON. FORTUNATELY, IT’S EASY TO FIND A GOOD SHOT WHEN THE TARGET LEAVES THEIR GUARD DOWN, COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR PHYSICAL STRENGTH.

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS AN UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCE. UNTIL NOW THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THIS AREA OF SPACE. WHILE MONITORING BIGWORM AND SURVEYING THE TERRITORY, A HUMAN CORRESPONDANCE WITH THE LEK-GOLO WAS UNCOVERED. TO THE BEST OF WHAT COULD BE SEEN THROUGH THE SCOPE, A FIT MALE IN HIS MID 30S WAS FOUND REPEATEDLY CONVERSING WITH BIGWORM. WHILE THIS MAN BORE ARMED GUARDS WITH HIM, THEY APPEARED LOOSE AND FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRITORY. ALL OF THEM BORE A UNIFORM OF SIMILAR IDENTITY, BUT I WAS UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE ITS ORIGIN. IT WAS NOT UNSC. SEPARATED FROM CONTACT WITH THE UNSC, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO REQUEST THE APPROPRIATE COURSE OF ACTION AND IMPROVISATIONS HAD TO BE MADE. OUR LARGEST FEAR WAS THAT THIS MAN REPRESENTED A HIGH-RANKING OFFICER OF AN INSURECTIONIST SPLINTER CELL, WHICH WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DISSIPATED AFTER THE HUMAN-COVANENT WAR. IF THIS WERE THE CASE, THEN WE STUMBLED UPON AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SNUFF OUT TWO MAJOR THREATS IN ONE MISSION. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION, MY TEAM AND I DETEREMINED THAT IT THIS WERE AN INSURRECTIONIST IT WOULD BE BEST TO CUT A HEAD OFF THE SNAKE NOW, AND ALERT THEM THE UNSC IS AWARE OF THEIR PRESENCE, THAN TO SPEND MILITARY RESOURCES COLLECTING INTEL AND TRYING TO RECREATE THIS SCENARIO. AS A RESULT, BOTH BIGWORM AND THE UNIDENTIFIED INDIVIDUAL WERE ELIMINATED. HOWEVER, THE INDIVIDUALS ENTOURAGE WAS ABLE TO FIND COVER AND ESCAPE THE RANGE OF OUR RIFLES. RECCOMENDED ACTION IS TO INVESTIGATE ILILICIT HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THE AREA.
 

xXDashIVXx

Sr Member
CLASSIFICATION: GREY
UNIT: SPARTAN S-063
TIME: MAY 3, 2562. 05:00 EARTH GMT

MISSION SUMMARY:
SPECIAL TARGET ELIMINATION. LOCATE AND ELIMINATE LEK-GOLO LEADER, CODENAMED BIGWORM REPONSIBLE FOR ORCHESTRATING ATTACKS AGAINST SURVIVING OUTER COLONIES.


MISSION DETAILS:

THE LEK-GOLO LEADER NAMED BIGWORM WAS ELIMINATED AS PER THE MISSION PARAMETERS. ON THE INNER REACHES OF COVANENT SPACE, COMMAND UNITS APPEAR TO GROW ARROGANT IN THE SECURITY OF THEIR STRONGHOLDS. A SERIES OF SIMPLE WELL-PLACED SNIPER ROUNDS WAS ALL THAT WAS REQUIRED. IT WAS CLEAR TO SEE HOW BIGWORM GOT HIS NAME: RATHER THAN SPLIT HIS COLONY INTO TWO COOPERATIVE UNITS. HIS COLONY MASS WAS SUCH THAT, EVEN IF HE HAD SPLIT INTO THE USUAL BROTHER-PAIRS, BIGWORM WOULD’VE STILL DWARFED THE OTHER HUNTERS BY COMPARISON. FORTUNATELY, IT’S EASY TO FIND A GOOD SHOT WHEN THE TARGET LEAVES THEIR GUARD DOWN, COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR PHYSICAL STRENGTH.


UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS AN UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCE. UNTIL NOW THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THIS AREA OF SPACE. WHILE MONITORING BIGWORM AND SURVEYING THE TERRITORY, A HUMAN CORRESPONDANCE WITH THE LEK-GOLO WAS UNCOVERED. TO THE BEST OF WHAT COULD BE SEEN THROUGH THE SCOPE, A FIT MALE IN HIS MID 30S WAS FOUND REPEATEDLY CONVERSING WITH BIGWORM. WHILE THIS MAN BORE ARMED GUARDS WITH HIM, THEY APPEARED LOOSE AND FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRITORY. ALL OF THEM BORE A UNIFORM OF SIMILAR IDENTITY, BUT I WAS UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE ITS ORIGIN. IT WAS NOT UNSC. SEPARATED FROM CONTACT WITH THE UNSC, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO REQUEST THE APPROPRIATE COURSE OF ACTION AND IMPROVISATIONS HAD TO BE MADE. OUR LARGEST FEAR WAS THAT THIS MAN REPRESENTED A HIGH-RANKING OFFICER OF AN INSURECTIONIST SPLINTER CELL, WHICH WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DISSIPATED AFTER THE HUMAN-COVANENT WAR. IF THIS WERE THE CASE, THEN WE STUMBLED UPON AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SNUFF OUT TWO MAJOR THREATS IN ONE MISSION. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION, MY TEAM AND I DETEREMINED THAT IT THIS WERE AN INSURRECTIONIST IT WOULD BE BEST TO CUT A HEAD OFF THE SNAKE NOW, AND ALERT THEM THE UNSC IS AWARE OF THEIR PRESENCE, THAN TO SPEND MILITARY RESOURCES COLLECTING INTEL AND TRYING TO RECREATE THIS SCENARIO. AS A RESULT, BOTH BIGWORM AND THE UNIDENTIFIED INDIVIDUAL WERE ELIMINATED. HOWEVER, THE INDIVIDUALS ENTOURAGE WAS ABLE TO FIND COVER AND ESCAPE THE RANGE OF OUR RIFLES. RECCOMENDED ACTION IS TO INVESTIGATE ILILICIT HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THE AREA.
Those must have been some seriously powerful sniper rounds to destroy almost two colonies worth of worms xD
 
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