Build and Skin Color: Joe is thin, lanky and wiry. Although It would be easy to pass over him by these traits, Joe is actually quite blessed with a very compact musculature. He is fair of skin but not white as a ghost, like his schoolmates used to tease him about.
Eyes and Facial Features: He has a thin diamond shaped face, meaning his face tapers from his cranium to his jaw. His brown eyes have always been smaller than others and he is described as always squinting.
Hair Color and Style: Joe keeps his dark blonde hair in a military buzz cut and sports a fine pyramid moustache.
Distinguishing Features: Probably the most noticeable thing about Joe would be his fairly odd ears. They are larger than usual and slightly pointed, not Yamataian pointed, but surprisingly bat shaped. This along with his rather poor vision, which he corrects with highly comical “Coke bottle” goggles, has led many a doctor to wonder about a possible mutation in his lineage.
Personality: Joe is a very care free and fun loving guy. He has a very easy personality to get a long with and loves to spend time with others. Although odd in the looks department, Joe has always had an easy time with the ladies. He would often joke with his friends that it was because he was such a good listener, while gesturing to his ears.
As for his particular deformaties, they were targeted by his peers for a long time but that never bothered Joe. He lets those things slide off him because he is vrry comfortable with who he is.
The Larson family was a bit of a legacy family. Joe's Grandfather had carried a fairly mediocre yet life changing military career. This led to Joe's father entering the Marines and his Uncle, the Navy. Once again their time in service was nothing outstanding but the experience certainly helped shape their lives for the better.
As for Joe, he was quite lucky in life. His family were quite optimistic people. They were unique, almost annoyingly so, in their neighborhood for being those helpful cheerful neighbors. Even with Joe's subtle deformaties he was never left out of his family's thoughts. He was a bright student and had quite a few good friends as well as girlfriends growing up. He participated in many school activities and even went on to be “King” of the school before he graduated.
His future was open and he decided to carry on the legacy. The only decision was which branch, in the end however he chose the Marines. While he once again had to endure the scrutiny, teasing and comments over his appearance he won people over with his personality. It also helped that it soon became apparent that his sense of hearing was vastly superior, even compared to those with cybernetic ears.
He fell in lovevwith mechanized combat and tanks in particular. He devoted his training and expertise to ensuring himself a place on board one day. Luckily, that dream was realized as he was committed to the 309TH Division.
Joe is actually quite adept at radio operation and procedures and can make transmissions to and receive transmissions from others through headsets, ships, ground vehicles, power armor, and shuttles in both combat and non-combat conditions. He is fluent in Nepleslian. He can speak and write it correctly and efficiently and can write reports, fill forms, issue orders under fire, etc. Joe is highly skilled in field communications and is proficient in all rudimentary forms of communication (morse code, hand signals, flashing lights, etc). He is also a student of Cryptography, specializing in code breaking.
He knows how to survive in hostile environments. He can build shelters, hunt and forage for food, build a fire, etc. He can camouflage himself and has a passing familiarity with guerrilla warfare tactics.
Joe is capable of operating most Nepleslian standard computers and is proficient in entering and/or searching for information.
He is familiar with and able to fix most problems with vehicle components and to an extent, systems. He has a vast knowledge on the use, functions, maintenance and repair of varios audio, sensor and communication devices and systems
He received intensive hand-to-hand combat training and has followed up that knowledge with a rigorous training program. Weapons he is trained in include pistols of all types, knives, grenades and rifles of all kinds. In addition he was trained in the operation of various kinds of vehicular weaponry. Joe is in good physical shape and has a healthy endurance. The character is also able to pilot land-based power armors, but must rely on the suit’s A.I. to do anything advanced.
Joe is familiar with how to effectively pilot most ground vehicles, in particular however he is trained in Tanks and Cavalry training. While inside this vehicle, he can perform most combat maneuvers.
Joe can understand and give out tactical commands and work with his troop to follow those commands efficiently. He knows the importance of teamwork on the battlefield, has been intensively trained in discipline and morale, and is able to recognize the command structure even while under extreme pressure (combat, etc). He is able to recognize ambush points.
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Joe Larson is currently a in the Nepleslian Space Marine Corps.