As are all the members of Battle Force 2000, Avalanche is a normal human - at least, in a strictly physical sense. He's in particularly good shape, however, and in addition to being a highly trained combatant, has access to very advanced, experimental military gear.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
the Dominator Snow Tank (i): this advanced assault vehicle is more than meets the eye. It is a small, wheeled vehicle with a massive turret on top, all housed within a secondary armored body with skis. The Dominator is described in much greater detail in its own vehicular entry.
Fast Assault Laser Rifle (a): the Joes have been working on practical laser weaponry for years, and one product of this work is Avalanche's main weapon. Avalanche can fire this cannon to inflict his Agility +5 in Armor Piercing energy damage with each and every deadly blast.
Helmet (s): Avalanche always wears this headgear on the job. It provides him intensity 8, or +2, protection against attacks striking him in the cranium, and has a communications headset with intensity 1 range, just enough to sync up with the comm gear in his Dominator.
Knife (s): no matter where he goes, Avalanche always carries a blade. He can use these implements, most often constructed from m.s. 13 metals, to cut through items of up to like m.s. given enough time, or to instead inflict his Strength +2 in slashing damage in melee combat.
Advanced Guns (a): though he hadn't dreamed of wielding ray guns when joining the Army, Avalanche began to do so upon being assigned to Battle Force 2000. After getting the hang of them, he has mastered the ability to wield all directed-energy weapons at a reduced difficulty.
Boxing (s): Avalanche can easily defend himself should he find himself without weapons - it sort of comes from growing up in a criminally minded family. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Guns (a): a skill he had mastered well before he even enlisted, Avalanche can easily operate most conventional firearms. Whether he's handling a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Avalanche may do so at one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Military / United States (w): unlike many who enlist, Avalanche didn't get most of his skills in the military - but he managed to pick up a few. This describes how he knows the SOP like the back of his hand, and how he can, with effort, function in a military environment.
Survival (w): having grown up in the wilds of Maine, his family spending weeks at a time in the wilderness away from all other humans, Avalanche has learned to live off of the land. He knows how to scrounge up enough food, water, and shelter to persist indefinitely in the wild.
Vehicular Combat: (a) one talent he did adopt in the Army, this skill describes how well Avalanche can fight while behind the wheel of some vehicle or another, his Dominator in particular. When fighting in a vehicle, Avalanche does so at a reduced difficulty.
As a member of the GI Joe team, its elite Battle Force 2000 team in particular, Avalanche can readily rely upon his fellows for assistance should he but ask. Avalanche also has numerous additional contacts in criminal circles, as he grew up in a particularly shady extended family.
Soldier: Avalanche enlisted because he wanted to live a better life than the rest of his family. Sure, he could've kept on with his criminal relatives, as the pay was definitely better, but Avalanche at least wanted to do something worthwhile with his particular skills.
Avalanche's GI Joe uniform is appropriate to his normal work environment. It consists of a white helmet, gloves, jacket, and trousers, all of which have a light brown, digital camouflage pattern printed on, steel boots, a steel left shoulder pad, and silver belts and holsters for his gear.
Unlike most of his relatives, Avalanche has a sense of duty, which is why he didn't join the family business. He's stubborn and self-sufficient in the extreme, but has a problem with authority in general, though he's managed to put a lid on this somewhat while working for Uncle Sam.
Real Name: Ian M. Costello, Grade E-5
Occupation: vehicular combatant, cold weather survival instructor
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with a likely criminal record, legally deceased
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe, Battle Force 2000 (GI Joe sub-group)
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.
Avalanche is a natural survivalist.
The 'family business' involved a lot of poaching, smuggling, and bootlegging, activities which typically saw them out in the wilderness for weeks at a time. Though not as criminal-minded as his relatives, Avalanche nonetheless picked up various useful skills from them.
Opting to do the right thing, as opposed to flirting with prison time, Avalanche enlisted. His can-do attitude and unique skill set made him right at home in the military, though the whole 'discipline' thing threw him for a loop, and continued to do so throughout his time in the Army.
He's proven himself time and time again, particularly in cold climates, having shown just how good he is in the wilds, even with nothing but a knife and a compass. His particular profile saw Avalanche added to a list of elite candidates for membership in the GI Joe team.
Once he worked his way into the group, Avalanche was placed in a special GI Joe unit: Battle Force 2000. There, he was put in charge of an advanced, cold weather vehicle known as the Dominator - a strange 'snow tank' that also served as the foundation of the Future Fortress!
Avalanche spent most of his initial time with the Battle Force getting to know his teammates, and helping them to work on their gear. Of course, most of this consisted of grunt work, since the man isn't remotely technically inclined. He is always ready to prove his worth, however.
He had his first chance to do so while Battle Force 2000 was working in Freusenland, when Cobra first activated the 'terror' function of their Terror Dromes. Thanks to Avalanche and his cohorts, the other Joes were able to defeat this scheme and free the country of Cobra at the same time.
Avalanche continued to serve with the Joes afterwards, engaging in multiple battles against Cobra, including the first Cobra Island Civil War and a harrowing skirmish or two with the Dreadnoks. All good things come to an end, though, and Avalanche met his in the deserts of Benzheen.
While covertly moving through a Benzheeni oil field, the Force was sold out by the country's Emir, who revealed their location to Cobra in a greedy attempt to buy his oil's safety. Not impressed, Cobra Commander shelled the whole area, and the resulting blast was catastrophic.
Like most of the Battle Force 2000 unit, Avalanche was wiped out in this explosion. Only Dodger went on to mourn the loss of his team, though he visits Avalanche's grave, along with the graves of the rest of Battle Force 2000, in the Arlington National Cemetery whenever he can.
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