Arctic Gear (s): when on the job in the cold, Mark always wears an insulated, fur-lined winter coat (complete with a multi-layered hood), some sort of face protection (goggles and/or a frost-free face mask), insulated boots (with crampons for ice gription), insulated trousers, thick winter gloves, and a handy pair of snowshoes.
Grenade (i): pinned onto his front left shoulder for easy access should he need to blow something up in a jiffy, Mark always carries this one grenade on him while in action. He can use this fragmentary grenade to inflict intensity 10 physical damage to his target and any other uncovered targets within striking (near missile) range of its blast.
Knife (s): handy since you never know when your other weapons will fail you, this blade serves as a handy tool and implement of pain for Mark. Made from m.s. 12 materials, Mark can use this blade to cut through items of like m.s., or to inflict his Strength +2 damage in melee combat.
Machine Gun (a): his standard armament while on the job, this weapon allows Mark to dish out a large amount of damage relatively fast. He can fire this high-caliber rifle to inflict his Agility +5 damage in a short burst of ammunition, or his Agility +6 damage in a fully automatic hail of leaden pain.
Artillery (a): the ability he requires to perform his secondary military specialty, this skill allows Mark to easily utilize 'line of sight' weaponry such as mortars, light anti-tank RPGs, and high-caliber cannons. When wielding such implements of destruction, Mark may do so at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Boxing (s): one of the primary components of his Army basic training, this skill allows him to fight even should he find himself completely unarmed. Whenever he attempts an unarmed melee strike, whether it's a punch, kick, or even a head butt, Mark may divide his pre-card play action score between two attacks - the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Marksmanship (a): another portion of Mark's Army basic training, this skill describes Mark's ability to utilize most modern firearms with competency. Whether he's wielding a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even a a laser pistol, Mark may do so at one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Military / United States (w): originally a member of the United States Army, Mark gained this skill before all his other capabilities, making it a good 'origin' of sorts. His Army training has given Mark an inherent understanding of military policies and procedures, as well as the considerable benefit of rank.
Survival (w): helping him fulfill the role of his primary military specialty, this skill describes Mark's ability to survive in most any hostile climate. Whether he's trapped in an arid desert, tropical jungle, or (most likely) an arctic wasteland, he can scrounge up enough food, water and shelter to get by.
Soldier, with a secondary calling of Animal Nature: seemingly dichotomous callings, these represent the desire Mark feels towards working to help his country while at the same time balancing his inherent meanness and bile. Sure, the man loves being angry all the time, and seeks opportunities to rage at others.
At the same time, however, there is a distinct chain of command in the military, and there's only so far you can go before you cross the line and find yourself the subject of a court martial. This generally leaves Mark to expose his fellows to as much bile as he can reasonably get away with, and save the rest for the likes of Cobra.
Mark's second GI Joe field uniform is similar to his first, although it differs in its color scheme. It consists of an dark blue insulated jacket with white trim, dark blue insulated trousers, dark blue waterproof boots with white trim, a white belt, white straps and pouches for various gear, and white insulated gloves.
Mark is an incredibly surly young officer. He hates being exposed to cold weather, which seems to bring out a single-minded rage in him that is simply unheard of in the western world. So why did he become a cold weather specialist, then? Well, that's the simple part - Mark just enjoys being mean all the time!
Real Name: Mark Habershaw, Grade O-2
Occupation: winter operations specialist, field artillery
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Height: 5' 10"
Hair: unrevealed (likely brown)
Weight: 175 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Mark looks angry. Constantly.
Mark is a mean guy. That's basically the whole impetus for his life up to this point. He's a mean guy, he likes being mean, and he is consistently seeking out means with which to inflict his meanness on other people. As it turns out, there aren't too many job openings like this for someone outside of pro wrestling.
Enter the Army. Having seen enough movies of drill sergeants dressing down raw recruits as loudly and obnoxiously as possible, Mark assumed this would be a good place to vent his inner rage. Of course this involved being on the receiving end of a whole lot of attitude for awhile, which only served to make Mark angrier.
But that's okay, because he likes being angry. He's weird that way. This is also why, after getting his officer's commission, he volunteered to become a cold weather specialist. He hates the cold, you see, and being exposed to the bitter chill of arctic wind only serves to produce an untold level of rage within Mark.
Rage the likes of which the world has rarely known. Incredibly angry and mean to a fault, Mark has motivated himself to become an expert in arctic operations. This allows himself the feeling of a job well done at the end of the day, in addition to the bizarre endorphin rush he gets from being angry almost twenty four hours a day.
Though rather unpleasant to be around, Mark went on to teach at the Army Northern Warfare Training center in Fort Greeley, Alaska, and also worked as a consultant to the Cold Regions Test Center there. He was also a part of 'Operation Chill' in Europe, training troops there in cold weather combat operations tactics.
Being pretty good at what he does, this tended to get Mark noticed by the powers that be, who ultimately recommended him for the GI Joe team (if only to get him out of their hair). Though the Joes already had a handful of cold weather combat specialists at this point, it seems that Cobra is always up to something at one of the two poles.
Getting through the Joe entrance 'exam' through sheer rage, Mark went on to become a GI Joe operative in 1990. He was a member of that group for four years, during which time he served in the small but effective Arctic Commandos team. Of course, most of Mark's missions with the Joes have been highly classified affairs.
The details of these so-called 'Special Missions' have yet to be revealed to the general public, much less the majority of his fellow Joes. However, Mark served with distinction despite his inherently crappy attitude up until the Joes were disbanded in 1994. It is unknown what Mark did with himself after this time.
It's possible that he retired to a small cabin in the Arctic Circle so he could be angry all the time - if all by himself. Though it's more likely he returned to Fort Greeley in order to inflict his own brand of emotional abuse on the next generation of cold weather operatives the Army is producing. Makes you feel sorry for them...!
However, with the GI Joe team re-forming in the midst of another surge in Cobra activity, Mark has been more than ready to lend his assistance to the team when it puts out a call for 'everyone' to show up for missions, such as it did during the second Cobra Island Civil War and, of course, World War III.
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