Big, dumb, loyal, and William Shaunnessy's best friend.
Meet Lt. Rocky “the Hamster” Bimboa. Until recently he was leading Alpha Platoon, X-Ray Company, 1st Raider Battalion (Crutch’s Cannibals), specializing in hit-and-run raids throughout District 268. The Cannibals were part of V:WPCIS LLP ("Violence: What Problem Can’t It Solve?), a prominent merc firm operating spinward of Imperial territory in the Marches.
Now? Now Ham, as his friends call him, is putting his talents to use on his homeworld of Glisten. He’s signed up with Nicky DEM Inc. (Deus Ex Machina), a consultancy providing rescue services to foolish clients who get in over their heads with criminal elements. Nicky apparently wanted to call his outfit “The Equalizer”, but that name was copywrited by an ancient Solomani entertainment company best known for low budget 2-D historical fiction.
Ham, or Rocky as his spice-addicted teenage mom called him before she left him in a dumpster behind the local 7/24 (IST), grew up on the mean streets of Glisten and quickly turned to a life of crime. By age 5 (ISY), he was biting the heads off chickens and smashing cats into walls by their tails. By age 18 (ISY), he was “known to Police” in every part of the Glisten system. Then he had an epiphany.
Like all gangsta’s, he had to get a tat, something that would really show The Man that he wasn’t to be trifled with. Given his significant physical size, he wanted a Swordie Hammer of Thor big enough to cover his entire back. Being temporarily fiscally challenged (having lost a week’s protection racket money gambling), he could only afford Ishkara’s Tattwo’s, run by a scruffy flea-ridden Vargr renowned for his inability to grasp Galanglic. Rocky instructed Ishkara to give him a hammer — what he got was a giant hamster.
Laughed out of the criminal underworld, Rocky turned his violent nature in the only direction he could: mercenary work. He signed up with V:WPCIS, the bad-assest killin’ machines on the rim. His talents for mayhem were quickly recognized and after basic training he was sent straight to Crutch’s Cannibals, the firm’s commando raider battalion.
In his very first action, a smash-and-grab to steal the plans for a new tea set from Mattel AG’s super-secret development centre, Barbie’s House of Kid’s Stuff, he saved the life of his sergeant, gaining an ally for life and a promotion to team leader.
Thrilled with his new life, Ham eagerly re-enlisted and spent a term blowing the crap out of people and places with an rpg launcher. He got bigger and stronger. And meaner. And possibly dumber. But, hey, everyone loved the guy with the space-hamster tat. In any event, these were just the qualities V:WPCIS needed and he was promoted to Sergeant and given his own section of Cannibals.
Of course he re-enlisted. After all, blowing people up is just about as much fun as a Glisten hillbilly can have! But by his third term his size and strength (and general lack of smarts) were causing a few problems: he tended to break his weapons. Usually over someone’s head. Mostly the enemy’s. So they sent him to engineering school to learn how to fix the weapons he broke. It helped. A bit.
But, his teenage gambling addiction caught up with him at last and he got in way over his head with the Battalion’s Quartermaster. One evening they were playing Go Fish and Ham got confused over Hearts vs. Diamonds (all that red) and was at risk of losing his entire life savings and then some. The gravity of the situation sinking in, Ham fell back on what he knew best and strangled the Quartermaster, solving his debt crisis. He was caught but nobody could believe that even Ham would be so stupid as to strangle someone over a game of Go Fish. The crime was listed as unsolved and Ham was promoted to Colour Sergeant and went to work for the platoon’s lieutenant.
The Cannibals got lucky when Ham was 30 and were hired to raid the pleasure yacht of a corporate tycoon named Berlustcroni who had pissed off his shareholders by spending the bulk of the company’s profits on blow and ho’s. The loot from that raid (mostly in blow and in ho’s sold into sex slavery) set the Cannibals up for life. Although V:WPCIS promoted Ham to lieutenant and offered him his own platoon, he decided to retire back to Glisten with his riches. Unfortunately the frackin’ Glisten customs took away his two TL15 FGMPs and most of his cash, forcing him to seek employment. It wasn’t long before Nicky DEM saw the value of an experienced Cannibal.
For his first assignment, Nicky sent him to work for InterSol™, the infamous band of trouble shooters/murders/terrorists/busybodies/dorks (depending on whose side you’re on), rescuing some InterSol™ agents and civilians from Ine Givar terrorists. After that highly successful mission, Ham banded together with the other mercs from that show to form The Expendables, the newest group of badassest mercenaries in the Imperium and surrounding space!
TL14 Gel Cloth, protection 9
TL8 Improved Flak jacket, protection 6 (half of which applies)
TL10 Diplo vest, protection 3 (half of which applies)
TL9 Light Infantry Helmet, with TL12 helmet reader, protection 5 (1/4 of which applies)
Total protection: 14.75, rounded down to 14.
Ham also has a suit of TL10 Reflec that he wears instead of the Diplo Vest if laser weapons are expected. This drops his protection to 13 but 23 vs lasers.
Total cost of armour (including helmet reader): Cr5,625
TL10 Heavy ACR, typically firing DSAP rounds (ignore 8 armour), equipped with a gyrostabilizer, a HUD, and Holographic sights.
Ham typically carries 10 spare magazines of DSAP ammo at Cr200/mag.
He also carries 5 HEAP RAM at Cr450 apiece.
Total cost for gun and ammo: Cr9350.
TL13 Navy Gauss pistol with HUD pickup. The pistol fires AP ammo, ignoring 3 pts of protection.
Ham typically carries 10 spare mags of AP ammo at Cr60/mag.
Total cost for gun and ammo: Cr1,650.
TL14 Arc-field Sword, which cannot be parried except by another arc-field device.
Total cost of sword: Cr1,050.
Ham’s Other Equipment:
TL12 Personal Mediscanner
TL9 Advanced Personal Commo
TL12 individual TRN module
Total cost of other equipment: Cr1,650
Ham’s Bank Account: