As are the vast, vast majority of his fellow GI Joes, Long Range is, while exceptional in skill and ability, only human. He lacks special powers of any variety, though he does have access to a whole lot of advanced government hardware, so he could be considered a high tech hero.
Helmet: Long Range usually wears this sturdy head gear while at work - safety is everyone's job, after all! It provides Long Range Good (10) protection against head-based physical attacks - at least, those that don't actually strike him in the face.
the Joe-Com: this is a new device given to all Joes since the group's reactivation. This high-tech wristband functions as an audio/video transceiver with various other goodies built in to help a soldier on the go, and is described in greater detail in its own equipment entry.
Semi-automatic Pistol: a handy back-up should his main weapon fail him, Long Range carries this small hand cannon on him at all times. Long Range can fire this weapon to inflict Typical (6) Shooting damage in a single shot, or Good (10) Shooting damage in a semi-automatic burst.
the Thunderclap: Long Range's pride and joy, the Thunderclap is one mean ride. It consists of a main cannon component, which is hauled around by both a tractor and a trailer. It's heavy but worth the hassle for the sheer damage it can do. It's described in its own vehicle entry.
Guns: though he prefers to wield larger weaponry, Long Range is rather adept in the use of modern firearms. Whether he's wielding a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, he may do so as if his Agy was +1 CS higher than is listed above.
Marksman 2: an offensive application of his advanced mathematical skills, Long Range has the ability to effectively wield all line of sight weaponry. He may ignore range penalties when wielding such items, and may target with them as if his Agy was +2 CS in rank.
Martial Arts type B: an essential skill everyone picks up in the military, Long Range has the ability to defend himself at any time. Whether he's punching, kicking, or even biting an opponent, he may engage in unarmed melee as if his Ftg was +1 CS in rank.
Mathematics: while he's always had problems with basic arithmetic, Long Range excels in advanced mathematics. The man should receive a +1 CS to any attempt to solve a math problem - a bonus which he can apply to his marksman training (which is already impressive).
Military / United States: the source of all his marketable skills, this talent serves as an origin of sorts for Long Range. It denotes his inherent knowledge of the Army's Standard Operating Procedure, as well as his ability to function effectively in almost any fighting unit.
Long Range is a member of the GI Joe team, and can easily rely upon his fellows for assistance in any reasonable request - and even some less than reasonable matters. He particularly gets on well with his fellow 'math geeks' on the Joe team, like Downtown.
Long Range's GI Joe field uniform consists of a white vest worn atop a collared, long sleeved green shirt, brown trousers, long white leather boots, white leather gloves, green belts for his trousers and to hold his firearm holster, and a white helmet with a singular eye piece.
Karl has always had a head for math. It's one of those things that has steered his entire life, causing him no end of grief in school - but offering him the opportunity to blow stuff up real good in the 'real world'. And make no mistake, Karl loves to blow things to bits...!
Real Name: Karl W. Fritz, Grade E-7
Occupation: Thunderclap driver, artillery
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: The Knock Out Man
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Weight: 185 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Karl wears a full beard and moustache at all times.
Long Range was somewhat like Einstein, in that he was a genius mathematician as a child - even though basic arithmetic escaped him for the longest time. A master of complex trigonometric and calculus, Long Range joined the Army and, in particular, its Artillery Corps.
Here, he learned how to apply his natural understanding of complex maths towards the plotting of artillery shell trajectories, the further out the better. I fact, he'd amassed the highest percentage rate of on-target knock outs the Corps had ever seen - ever.
This is how Long Range earned the nickname of 'The Knock Out Man'. He's so good that, given an accurate topological map and up to the minute wind and barometer readings, he can drop an artillery round onto a dinner plate at a range of up to 15 miles... on the first try!
With his almost supernatural skill in ballistics, Long Range was eventually offered a place on the GI Joe team. You see, that elite military organization had recently developed an all new artillery piece, the Thunderclap, and they needed someone to handle its massive power properly.
Once he'd worked his way through the grueling GI Joe entrance exam, Long Range was put to work operating this incredible piece of hardware. And it is rather impressive, being a huge cannon base, hauled about by a large tractor and a separate trailer - it's that big!
On his first mission, Long Range got to use his Thunderclap once it was hauled into position by a train which traveled near the border between Sierra Gordo and Punta Del Mucosa. The idea was to demonstrate the cannon to Mucosa's President, but the Thunderclap had more practical uses at hand.
It was in fact used to cover a team of Joes retreating from Sierra Gordo, which was under attack by the Iron Grenadiers at the time (the Joes are always getting into trouble down there). Just one shot of the Thunderclap by Long Range was enough to ward off the Grenadiers.
And it didn't even hit - the fear was caused by the massive crater it burrowed into the forest before them! After this, Long Range served in several major operations with his fellow Joes, including the ill-fated Battle of Benzheen, which saw several Joes killed in action.
He continued to serve with distinction, at least until the GI Joe team was temporarily deactivated at the end of 1994. After this time, Long Range presumably returned to conventional military service, though he'd aid the GI Joe team upon its reactivation on major missions.
He did this whenever asked, at least until the GI Joe team was reactivated fully upon the seeming defeat of Cobra at the end of World War III, a conflict that terrorist organization instigated in its last-ditch effort to conquer the entire planet in one fell swoop!
With the Joes once again at full strength, Long Range is there to lend his skills towards the effort of rounding up all of Cobra's remaining fugitives at large!
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