AVACs (Air-Viper, Advanced Class)
The Air-Viper, Advanced Class, or AVAC, has no special powers to speak of, whether derived from freakish accidents of science, horrendous genetic mutations, or even diabolical occult studies. Of course, when seeing them in action, it may be difficult to remember that.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Body Armor: supplementing their helmets, AVACs have armor plating on the front of their legs, their upper arms, and over their chest. This translates, in aggregate, to rank value 6 body armor against physical assaults that don't strike them in the head.
the Firebat: those Air-Vipers who earn the ability to call themselves AVACs are granted the privilege of flying Cobra's Firebats. These so-called 'Pocket Rockets' are incredibly challenging aircraft to fly, and are described in their own vehicular entry.
Helmet: in addition to distinguishing AVACs from other pilots working for Cobra, these chrome, bullet-shaped helmets provide them some protection from injury. While wearing their helmets, AVACs benefit from rank value 10 protection against physical attacks to the head.
Knife: serving mostly as a tool to cut parachute lines, AVACs always carry a blade with them. They can use these implements, of m.v. 40, to cut through items of up to like m.v., or to inflict Slashing damage should they otherwise find themselves disarmed.
Sidearm: most Cobras carry at least one backup piece, and AVACs are no exception to this rule. They can discharge a single round from these weapons to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage, or a semi-automatic burst of such to inflict rank value 10 Piercing damage.
Aerial Combat: one does not become an AVAC without being an effective fighter pilot, whether they brought that skill with them to Cobra or picked it up on the job. As such, they may attempt combat ACTION rolls while flying any aircraft at a +1 RS.
Guns: all Cobra operatives have the ability to wield firearms in combat, and AVCs are no exception to this rule. They may discharge any standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol as if their Coordination was +1 RS higher than is listed above.
Martial Arts style A or B: furthermore, AVACs are well-versed in the art of self-defense. They either wield style a, allowing them to Pound or Concuss foes regardless of their comparative Brawn or Fortitude, or b, granting them a +1 RS to hit in unarmed combat.
Mathematics: to operate a Firebat, a pilot must be capable of performing advanced equations in their head, for the vehicle has no onboard computers or fancy readouts. AVACs have this skill, which allows them a +1 RS to math-related Intellect ACTION rolls.
Military: Cobra pilots cannot earn the rank of AVAC without mastering this skill, even if they got their start as civilian pilots. It allows them to function effectively within a combat unit, and gives them insight into Cobra's byzantine organizational structure.
Piloting: the skill which Cobra recruited them for, AVACs are all highly competent pilots, and more than a few of them are thrill-seekers bordering on the unhinged. They may attempt actions to Handle aircraft while in the air at a +1 RS to their normal rank value.
AVACs are virtually fearless Cobra pilots who have proven their effectiveness to the organization on multiple occasions, both in and out of combat. As such, they are more likely to receive assistance from it in the course of their duties, at least compared to standard Air-Vipers.
The original AVAC uniform is built around the base of a red flight suit, one adorned with chrome trim in various places. This is complemented by a chrome chest plate, black leather boots and gloves with chrome plates, a black leather belt, and a distinctive chrome, bullet-shaped helmet.
AVACs are elite pilots in the Cobra ranks, because not that many of its operatives can qualify to fly the Firebat. Sure, Air-Vipers are champing at the bit to get their hands on the Pocket Rocket, but few of them have the requisite skills required to pilot the things.
After proving themselves capable of operating Cobra's single-most user-unfriendly aircraft, AVACs can generally write their own ticket, readily capable of transferring into the squads of any other flying weapon platform the organization is currently supporting.
After all, the commanders of Cobra's flight crews are always looking for more highly skilled, relatively fearless (if not necessarily reckless) pilots to operate their latest and greatest aircraft. And AVACs, by and large, are the best of the bunch!
the BTR Firebat: almost twenty years after it first put the originals to use, Cobra fielded a BRT variant on the Firebat. It can be configured to launch vertically from a static platform, or to achieve flight via a conventional runway, and is also described in its own entry.
The second uniform AVACs utilized is also based upon a bright red flight suit. It is accented with a black and chrome breastplate, chromed plates on their upper arms and the front of their legs, red and black leather boots and gloves, and their signature, bullet-shaped chrome helmet.
the Scythe: derived from detailed intelligence on the GI Joe Skystriker, Cobra's Scythes are similarly based on the F-14 Tomcat. As such, it takes a pilot well-versed in less forgiving aircraft, like the AVACs, to pilot them! Cobra's Scythes are expanded upon in their own entry.
Submachine Guns: if their Scythes are shot down, AVACs can fire these secondary weapons to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage with a single shot, rank value 10 Piercing damage with a short burst, or rank value 20 Piercing damage with a continuous burst of ammunition.
The third AVAC uniform is built upon the base of a jet black flight suit. Upon these, AVACs wear chromed armor plates on their upper legs and arms, black leather boots and gloves, a black leather belt, and as always, their signature, bullet-shaped chrome helmets.
Cobra directories featuring a version of AVACs:
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