Lightfoot

Melee
RV 10
Coordination
RV 10
Brawn
RV 6
Fortitude
RV 10
Intellect
RV 20
Awareness
RV 20
Willpower
RV 10
Lifestyle
RV 10
Repute
RV 0

Health:
Fortune:
36
50

Origin:

As are most GI Joes, Lightfoot is but a normal human, lacking ascendant powers of any stripe. While he has no special abilities, he nonetheless wields a wide array of advanced equipment with which to fight terrorists and other evildoers, so he could be considered a high tech hero.

Known Powers:

(none)

Limitations / Enhancements:

(none)

Equipment:

Explosives: his claim to fame, Lightfoot knows about blowing things up. He carries a wide variety of explosives in the field, as well as all the gear necessary to arm (or disarm) them. His explosives can be detonated to inflict rank value 40 Slashing (fragmentary) damage.

Grenades: if he needs to blow something up without preparation, Lightfoot can chuck one of his many grenades when necessary. He can fling these up to a sector away from his person, and they detonate to inflict rank value 30 Slashing (fragmentary) damage.

Helmet: Lightfoot wears a high tech helmet while in the field. It is made from m.v. 10 materials, and offers his head like protection from physical attacks. Furthermore, this helmet is tied into the sensors provided by his mine detector, and he can see everything it can.

Mine Detector: Lightfoot wields an advanced mine sensor that he can control by remote. This automated device moves on small treads and can be driven around to seek out mines and other explosives, finding them with rank value 30 skill thanks to chemical and other sensors.

Sidearm: aside from his large amount of grenades and explosives, this is Lightfoot's primary weapon. He can discharge a single round from this firearm to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage, or a three-round burst to inflict rank value 10 Piercing damage.

Quirks:

(none)

Skills:

Demolitions 2: his stock in trade, Lightfoot is a true expert in the fine art of blowing things up. Knowing almost everything there is to know about explosives, he receives a +2 RS on ACTs intended to either destroy something with a bomb or disarm such devices wherever he finds them.

Guns: though his primary specialty involves the use of high explosives, Lightfoot has also been trained to wield most modern firearms. Whether he's holding a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Lightfoot may resolve Piercing attacks at his Coordination +1 RS.

Martial Arts style B: something everyone learns in their basic training, Lightfoot knows how to defend himself even without a weapon in hand. Whenever he's punching, kicking, or even headbutting an opponent, Lightfoot may attempt to do so as if his Melee was +1 RS in value.

Military / United States: the source of all his talents and advanced equipment, this skill easily serves as an origin of sorts for Lightfoot. It describes his instinctive understanding of the Standard Operating Procedure, as well as his ability to function in a combat unit.

Contacts:

Lightfoot is a member of the GI Joe team in good standing, and can easily rely upon his fellows for assistance in most matters, should he but ask. He has further contacts in the military, both from his basic training and his extensive experience in demolitions, as well.

Costume:

Lightfoot's GI Joe field uniform is... loud. It consists of a long sleeved yellow shirt beneath a green and black padded vest, yellow trousers with black pads on the sides, black leather boots and gloves, a black leather belt, and a large blue helmet with red lenses over the eye pieces.

Personality:

Calling Lightfoot 'fussy' would be an understatement. After working with explosives for so long, the man has elevated caution to an almost Zen degree, and is constantly checking the environment around himself for even the slightest hint of danger, no matter how seemingly innocuous.

Real Name: Cory R. Owens, Grade E-4
Occupation: demolitions 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, Night Force (GI Joe sub-group)

Height: 5' 10"
Hair: red-brown
Eyes: blue
Weight: 170 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none

Story:

Cory acquired the nickname of 'Lightfoot' long before he was a member of the GI Joe team. He'd served for a while as a demolitionist for the Army, working either to prevent nefarious explosives from detonating or to alternately destroy objects of interest controlled by enemy forces.

Thanks to his intense fear of being blown up on the job, Lightfoot has memorized just about all the science behind his skill, not needing to bother with reference works at all. Whether working on domestic or foreign explosives, Lightfoot can easily arm (or disarm) these destructive devices.

Having gained the notice of the powers that be, Lightfoot was recommended to the GI Joe team by their mysterious recruiters. He worked his way through the grueling GI Joe entrance exam, and made it to the 'final exam', this being an actual live mission - waged in Trucial Abysmia.

Led by Dusty and Outback, this job united Lightfoot with fellow finalist Mangler on a simple mission to destroy a US weapons cache before the new government there could find it. This job didn't go as planned, however, and the Joes were captured while setting the necessary explosives.

The leader of Trucial Abysmia's local contingent then interrogated the Joes, and Lightfoot broke under brutal torture. Mangler gave him sass over this, but when the Joes escaped captivity, it was Lightfoot that insisted on completing the mission, despite his condition.

Making a second attempt on the cache, Lightfoot handily demolished the depot with improvised materials. This alerted the Abysmians to their continued presence and activities, and the Joes tried to make their escape - only to suffer a mechanical failure on their stolen ride.

Having been put in his place by Dusty, Mangler decided to make things right, and bought his fellow Joes time to escape. He did so at the cost of his life, and Lightfoot and the others managed to escape. Though successful, the truth was that Lightfoot was severely injured by his torturers.

Laid up for a good long time, Lightfoot had to go through the GI Joe entrance exam a second time, making him the only member of the team to pass the program twice. This time, during his final exam, Lightfoot was on a team that included fellow finalists Budo and Repeater.

This exam involved preventing a group of Cobra goons from looting the Piccatinny weapons arsenal. Led by Grand Slam, this trio of aspiring GI Joes not only stopped the terrorists from making off with all these weapons, but unmasked them as Iron Grenadier operatives in disguise!

With this mission a success, Lightfoot was finally admitted into GI Joe as a fully fledged member. He then participated in numerous Special Missions for the team, most of which were on American soil, against Cobra and other assorted terrorist goons who reared their ugly heads.

(Historical Divergence)

He continued as a Joe until the team's deactivation in 1994. When they reunited several years later, Lightfoot wasn't among the first Joes to return to the fold, but he readily made his way back when he was asked by the team, most often to help them on major operations.

After Cobra triggered World War III however, Lightfoot rejoined GI Joe full time. Cobra itself has been defeated, and its Commander jailed in an undersea prison - which just left those followers of his who'd escaped justice. And Lightfoot is happy to help rectify that situation!

1989 Variations

Costume:

Lightfoot's Night Force uniform is a variation on his first. It includes a long sleeved brown shirt under a black padded vest, brown trousers with black pads on the sides, black leather boots and gloves, a black leather belt, and a large black helmet with red lenses over the eye pieces.

Extra Goodies:

Lightfoot 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of Lightfoot:

  1988 1989  

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