The GI Joe operative known as Tollbooth is in reality Chuck X. Goren, an incredibly talented engineer who lends his skills to the team. He lacks super-human powers of any variety, but has astounding smarts as well as a bunch of government-issue gear with which to fight evil!
Hindrances / Augmentations:
the Bridge Layer (i): Tollbooth's signature gear, the Bridge Layer is a handy vehicle to have around when you need to move through rough terrain. Able to drop a bridge that spans a considerable length, it's vital when traversing undeveloped ground, and has its own vehicular entry.
Construction Helmet (s): handy for when he's in the process of putting something together - or blowing it apart - this protective headgear helps to save Tollbooth from a variety of injuries. It provides him intensity 8 (+2) protection from damage inflicted to the top of his head.
Sidearm (a): in the event that he finds himself under fire while doing his job, Tollbooth usually carries a sidearm holstered on his right hip. He can fire this weapon to inflict his Agility +4 damage in a single shot, or his Agility +5 in a semi-automatic spread.
Sledge Hammer (s): both a tool and a weapon of preference, Tollbooth can use this heavy hammer when building things up and when smashing them down. He can wield it to inflict his Strength +4 damage, and break through items of up to like m.s. 12 with ease.
Boxing (s): a skill adopted in the crucible of Basic training, Tollbooth has learned how to effectively fight should he find himself without weaponry. He can divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed attacks, the last occurring as a contingent action.
Engineering 2 (i): Tollbooth has been building things since he was able to walk - and has only refined his capabilities over the years. He may resolve actions to build things at a reduced difficulty, trumping with either Intellect or Willpower when doing so.
Guns (a): another skill he picked up during his Basic training, Tollbooth has been taught the finer points of wielding firearms in battle. Whether he's carrying a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Tollbooth may fire it at a reduced difficulty.
Military / United States (w): after finding a lack of challenges in the civilian field, Tollbooth decided to enlist to discover real engineering trickiness. As such, he has been indoctrinated in the Army Way, and has several (as of yet) unstated contacts in the military.
As a member of the GI Joe team that is constantly using his skills to help his fellows on missions, Tollbooth can naturally rely upon them for assistance in a pinch. He also has several additional, as of yet unstated contacts in both engineering and military circles.
Explorer, with a secondary calling of Soldier: Tollbooth loves to push his skills as far as possible, proving again and again that he can solve any challenge of engineering, no matter how difficult. He doesn't do this for money, instead craving the satisfaction of it all.
While he's working with GI Joe, Tollbooth's uniform consists of a grass green, collared T-shirt beneath a black leather vest, brown trousers, brown leather boots, brown belts and holsters for his gear, black leather gloves, and a fluorescent orange construction helmet.
More than anything else, Tollbooth enjoys a good challenge. Having the urge to create in his blood, he likes to build things to make his friends' lives easier, preferably under the harshest conditions possible. And you wonder why he likes being one of the Joes so much?
Real Name: Chuck X. Goren, Grade SP-5
Occupation: combat engineer, transportation expert
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Weight: 205 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.
Tollbooth has always had a love for building things. This began to express itself on his sixth birthday party, when his parents gave him a construction set as a present. He worked the thing so hard that he wore it out, giving his parents ideas for further birthday presents.
Each year, the sets got bigger and bigger, but Tollbooth would continually wear them out, having way too much fun pushing them far past their limits in the process. Seeing he had a natural gift for construction, they put him through college, which Tollbooth eased through in no time.
After earning his engineering Masters at MIT, Tollbooth hit a wall. Though he could build anything, he just didn't feel like the civilian world held much challenge for him. Doing the only sensible thing, he enlisted in the Army, hoping they would offer him the mental exercise he craved.
And they did! Proving himself time and time again as a combat engineer, Tollbooth moved up in the world, and eventually earned a position on the GI Joe team. There, he was assigned the use of the one and only Bridge Layer, which he uses to help his teammates fight evil.
Not that he always uses it first. Sometimes he has to build the team a road before they can get to where he can deploy the bridge on his Bridge Layer. This often involves anything from chopping his way through a forest or blowing his way through a mountain side.
No matter how tricky the problem before him, though, Tollbooth is always up for a challenge - the messier the better! He served the team with distinction, even if most of his work has gone unrecognized, until the team was finally disbanded late in 1994.
When Cobra activities eventually forced GI Joe to reunite once more, Tollbooth eventually rejoined the team, though he wasn't one of the initial Joes chosen to reassemble the group. Nonetheless, he's presumably still with GI Joe, helping to combat terrorism to this very day!
Pickaxe (s): an addition to all the other tools Tollbooth carries around with him on the job, he can use this implement to burrow through most any rock. It is of m.s. 12, and can be used to inflict Tollbooth's Strength +3 in piercing damage with each strike.
Tollbooth's second GI Joe field uniform is like his first, including a grass green, collared T-shirt beneath black web gear, brown trousers, brown leather boots, brown belts and holsters for his gear, black leather gloves, and a fluorescent orange construction helmet.
GI Joe directories featuring a version of Tollbooth:
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