Like most members of the GI Joe team, Cloudburst has no special powers to speak of. While he is nigh-fearless in the face of danger, Cloudburst has no super-human abilities, fighting terrorist fruitcakes with naught but his skills and conventional military gear to back him up.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Air Commandos Glider (i): this glider, of Cloudburst's very own design, allows him to slip silently into enemy territory when necessary. Built for silent running yet armed for emergencies, the Air Commandos glider is described more fully in its own vehicular entry.
Grenades (i): Cloudburst always has two grenades strapped to his web gear, which lets him devastate opponents from above. These fragmentary grenades inflict intensity 10 damage to all uncovered targets within near missile range of where they detonate.
Helmet (s): since falling from great heights is a regular job hazard, Cloudburst always wears a helmet in the field. His orange steel helmet provides his cranium intensity 8, or +2, protection from physical attack, while his blue visor gives him like Screened Senses for his vision.
Knife (s): another item Cloudburst carries on his web gear, this blade gets used regularly by him in the field. It is made from m.s. 13 materials, and can be used to either cut through items of like m.s., or to inflict +2 damage in melee.
Machine Gun (a): his primary weapon outside of his glider, Cloudburst can discharge one round with it to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a short burst of such to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
Sidearm (a): the third item he keeps on his web gear, this piece is a backup in case Cloudburst's main weapon fails him. It can discharge one round to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, or a three-round burst to inflict his Agility +5 in damage.
Aerial Combat (a): in addition to having the ability to design gliders and other aircraft, Cloudburst can fight while flying in them, too! He should receive a reduced difficulty on combat maneuvers attempted while in the air, whether offensive or defensive in nature.
Boxing (s): a skill that everyone learns in their basic military training, Cloudburst can easily defend himself even if stripped of all his fancy hardware. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed attacks, the last of which will occur as a contingent action.
Engineering (i): Cloudburst has had a passion for gliders all of his life. He has designed them and other aircraft for years before he was formally educated by the military. When designing, building, or repairing aircraft, Cloudburst should do so at a reduced difficulty.
Guns (a): while Cloudburst's main job is glider construction and combat, he can nonetheless fight effectively with a firearm as well. Whenever he's wielding a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Cloudburst may do so at a reduced difficulty.
Military / United States (w): Cloudburst wasn't necessarily aiming for a career in the Army; it just happened that the military was the ideal means of advancing his skill in glider construction. They also trained him how to fight effectively alongside other soldiers as well, of course.
As the GI Joe team's resident glider expert, Cloudburst can rely upon them for assistance should the need arise; the Joes usually tend to look after each other. Cloudburst has other, additional contacts in military and avionics circles.
Soldier: Cloudburst works hard to achieve perfection, a trait that makes him a perfect soldier. He never settles for anything but the 'top score' in anything he does, no matter what he's doing, which means he's the kind of fighting man that fits in perfectly with an organized combat force.
Cloudburst's costume is conspicuous. It consists of a black collared vest over an orange long-sleeved shirt and under orange web gear, white trousers with pink pockets, white and orange boots, white leather gloves, an orange belt, and an orange steel helmet with a blue visor.
Chuck's got the sort of one-track mind that tends to find itself a happy home on the GI Joe team. He's not the kind of guy to settle for second best, and his almost obsessive attention to fine detail helps him to do his job better than almost anyone else on earth.
Real Name: Chuck Ram, Grade E-4
Occupation: aeronautics, infantry
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe, Air Commandos (GI Joe sub-group)
Weight: 155 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Cloudburst has always enjoyed flying hang gliders. He engaged in the sport whenever he found the time as a child, and by the time he was a teenager, Cloudburst was designing his very own prototype gliders in San Diego. His work on gliders continued even after enlisting in the Army.
Upon joining the military, Cloudburst was vital in the development of ultra-light, ultra-stealthy gliders for military reconnaissance and special troop insertions. His designs for this kind of glider is what got him a job on the incredibly secretive GI Joe team.
They liked the gear he was designing for the military, and wanted a man who was comfortable not only building and designing gliders, but flying them into hostile territory when necessary. With his intimate knowledge of how they worked, Cloudburst was more than happy to go the distance.
He knows that they're only used when all other sensible means of personnel insertion are impractical, but is more than happy to stay on staff because the GI Joe team often runs into situations where the practical - and the rational - are conveniences that the team simply doesn't have.
He worked with the team, either alone or with fellow Air Commandos Skymate and Spirit, continuing to do so until the team was disbanded (the first time) back in '94. When they were forced to reassemble a few short years later, Cloudburst wasn't one of the first Joes to return.
It is unknown just what Cloudburst got up too since his time as an active Joe, but he's always more than happy to lend the team a hand when Cobra shenanigans result in a need for someone with his unique skills to back the Joes up. And he's done so on more than one occasion.
Like during that time when Cobra actually conquered the world for a short period during World War III? Cloudburst was there, fighting the good fight against Cobra Commander and his seemingly endless legion of amusingly garbed terrorist hoodlums.
And if they need him again, he'll definitely answer the call!
the Air Assault Glider (i): a modified Cobra device, this powered glider is armed to the teeth. It has a Gatling cannon as well as several missiles, along with a jet boost if Cloudburst needs an extra bit of speed. The Air Assault glider is described in its own vehicular entry.
Cloudburst's second field uniform is comprised of a black collared vest over a long-sleeved orange shirt, white trousers, white fingerless gloves, an orange belt and web gear, orange knee pads, white and orange boots, and an orange steel helmet with a blue visor.
GI Joe directories featuring a version of Cloudburst:
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