Like the vast majority of his fellows on the GI Joe team, Armadillo is naught but a normal human, lacking special powers of any stripe. He's a demon behind the wheel, however, and operates rather advanced military hardware in the never-ending war against terrorism.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Helmet (s): the way he drives, Armadillo would be a fool not to wear a helmet at all times. Made from m.s. 8 materials, Armadillo's headgear provides him like, or +2, protection against physical attacks which strike him in the cranium (but not the rest of his head).
Rolling Thunder (i): Armadillo's pride and joy, this heavily armed and armored 8WD engine of destruction is one of the GI Joe team's most devastating weapons. Virtually a mobile arsenal, the Rolling Thunder is described more fully in its own vehicular entry.
Sidearm (a): a handy weapon to have in the event that he's caught outside his Rolling Thunder, Armadillo carries this at all times on the job. This hand cannon inflicts his Agility +4 in damage when firing a single shot, or +5 in damage when firing a semi-automatic burst.
Boxing (s): an ability that everyone learns in their basic training, Armadillo can easily defend himself should he find himself without weapons. 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): though he prefers to use the guns in his Rolling Thunder, Armadillo can wield them 'all alone' as well if necessary. Whether he's handling a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Armadillo may do so at a reduced difficulty.
Marksman (s): in addition to his standard training with firearms, Armadillo has been educated in the art of heavier caliber weaponry. He may operate any weapon with a 'line of sight' rating (mortars, rockets, etc.) at one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Military / United States (w): serving as an origin of sorts for Armadillo, this talent is the source of almost all his other skills. It describes how he knows the SOP like the back of his hand, and how he can effortlessly function in a military environment.
Vehicular Combat (a): while Armadillo was a pretty good (if dangerous) driver before enlisting, the Army has made him a truly spectacular vehicular combatant. When engaged in battle while behind the wheel, Armadillo may reduce the difficulty of applicable actions by one level.
Soldier, with a secondary calling of Thrill-seeker: while he's personable enough when you catch him outside of a vehicle, Armadillo is all business once he gets inside one. He takes his job very seriously, both as a matter of pride and due to personal responsibility.
Armadillo's GI Joe field uniform is a curious one. It consists of a yellow tank top, red denim trousers under similarly colored leather chaps, green leather boots, beige wrist guards, a red belt with a silver belt buckle, and his green helmet with flaps on the side to keep his ears warm.
Armadillo takes his job very seriously. When you put him behind the wheel he loses his sense of humor and is consumed with one thing: getting where he needs to go. While he's a reliable driver, and his passengers almost never suffer casualties, they're often shaken by the ride!
Real Name: Philo R. Makepeace, Grade E-7
Occupation: armored vehicle driver, advanced reconnaissance
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: 190 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.
Born at Fort Huachuca, one could say that Armadillo was almost fated to have a military career. He didn't begin in the Army however; no, Armadillo got his start hauling huge loads over the road. He always made great time driving a big rig, but then he always drove very fast.
It wasn't that Armadillo was a reckless driver; he went insanely fast, but the man knew exactly what he was doing. After a litany of complaints by other people on the road, Armadillo decided that maybe he needed a change of venue, and enlisted to become a military driver.
His same, bull-headed driving techniques got him behind the wheels of a multitude of armored vehicles, and he demonstrated a proven track record of getting his ride where it needed to be as fast as possible - without causing any undue injuries all the while.
His performance record got him an opportunity to join the elite GI Joe team, where he would be placed in charge of often experimental armored vehicles. Thinking this a worthwhile opportunity, Armadillo went for it and made his way through the team's grueling entrance exam.
Surviving this through sheer tenacity, Armadillo was placed on the team. Considering his unique skills and disposition, Armadillo was placed in charge of the team's (at the time) largest ground assault vehicle: the Rolling Thunder - a rolling implement of mass destruction!
Incredibly heavily armed and armored, the Rolling Thunder allows Armadillo the ultimate outlet for his driving tendencies, as nobody's about to complain about the way he muscles through ranks of Cobra goons - except maybe the terrorists with tire treads on their helmets.
Armadillo has done well by the GI Joe, smashing his way through one mission after another until it was deactivated for a time in '94. Armadillo continued to serve in the military during the team's 'off time', and even for a while after it was recommissioned.
Of course, when the team has need of him and his particular skills, ol' Armadillo is more than happy to suit up and hop in a heavy ride for his old pals. Where else can he engage in the brutal driving that has both his allies and enemies quaking in fear?
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