Like most members of the GI Joe team, Gears lacks super-human powers of any stripe. He does lean on a large amount of high tech hardware in the fight against Cobra out in space, however, which means he can be considered a high tech hero.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Laser Pistol (a): his primary sidearm while in space, this directed energy weapon has proven to be Gears' friend time and time again. He can fire this device to inflict his Agility +4 in Armor Piercing energy damage with each deadly blast - and it has no kickback, like most guns!
Power Fighter (i): a suit of his own design, the Power Fighter is an extension of the armor technology pioneered by Robo-Joe. This powerful exoskeleton is heavily armed, letting Gears easily dominate a battle in space, and is described in its own vehicular entry.
Space Suit (s): when he has to 'step out' into space, Gears will usually be seen in his space suit; he typically wears it while on the job anyway (just in case), but it's not always totally sealed up unless he's on a walk. Gears' space suit has these capabilities:
* Environmental Independence (s): Gears' helmet has a built in oxygen rebreather installed within, which helps to recycle his air - so that he need not carry about a bulky supply of pressurized, breathable atmosphere. This device works at intensity 2 for air (two day supply).
* Helmet (s): in addition to helping him to function in space, Gears' space suit also protects his head from injury. It offers him intensity 8, or +2, protection against physical attacks as long as they hit him in the head (even in his face).
* Resistance to Cold and Pressure Variance (s): a self-sealing, pressurized suit, Gears' uniform offers him intensity 20, or +5, protection against these damage forms, a necessity when working in the cold, hard vacuum of space (if you want to last a while, at least).
Boxing (s): while he prefers to work with his high tech toys, Gears has been well trained in the fine art of unarmed combat by the military. He can divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed attacks, the second of which he may attempt as a contingent action.
Electronics (i): supplementing his engineering skills, Gears has mastered the fine art of electronics as well. Whenever he needs to design, build or repair anything electrical, Gears may attempt applicable Intellect actions at one difficulty level lower than is normally necessary.
Guns (a): an essential portion of his military training, Gears has been taught how to wield most conventional firearms. Whether he's holding a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even a shotgun, Gears may do so at a reduced difficulty.
Engineering 3 (i): Gears is a mechanical genius, and has developed powerful combat armor above and beyond anything else used on earth (even better than Robo-Joe's). A world-class engineer, Gears gains the benefit of an autotrump when designing or building things.
Military / United States (w): Gears has joined the military to learn how to build things - and has gotten a lot more than he bargained for! In addition to his understanding of the SOP, Gears also has the ability to work well with combat groups of any variety.
As a member of the GI Joe team's Star Brigade, Gears has seen a whole lot of action - both on earth and beyond! He can rely upon his teammates (both on earth and in space) for help should he need it, and has additional contacts in engineering and military circles.
Explorer: Gears loves to expand his knowledge, and is always working on some high tech gizmo or another. It's the real reason he joined the military in the first place. Though there's the whole 'line of fire' thing, the Army's got some of the best engineers around!
Gears' GI Joe uniform is a functional space suit! It consists of a gray suit beneath blue padding on the chest, upper arms, thighs, and torso. It has blue boots and gloves, as well as a blue belt to hold accessories, and a silver helmet with a green visor.
Joseph loves all things high tech. From directed energy weapons to powered armor, bleeding edge technology really gets him going. Famed for his radical creations, Gears enjoys nothing more than to invent new gizmos, but the man isn't all that good in relating to people.
Real Name: Joseph A. Morrone, Grade O-3
Occupation: military engineer, research and development
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe, Star Brigade (GI Joe sub-group)
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none.
Gears has always had an affinity for the artificial, especially where building them is concerned. He's the kind of guy that would wear out Legos, or require regular replacement for engineering kits. He's always cooking up new toys in his mind, and then trying to make them a reality.
Wanting to do this for a living instead of just as a hobby, Gears enlisted in the military to get the training he needed for such. His true genius impressed his superiors, though, and they offered him one revolutionary project after another to keep him interested in the Army.
Growing a reputation for being a whiz kid, Gears is one of the people GI Joe turned to when they needed to save the life of their chief armor architect, Greg Scott. Mortally wounded by Destro when that villain stole some of his combat armor plans, Greg was fading fast.
The reason the Joes brought him to Gears was that they thought perhaps, using the man's armor tech, they could save Greg. Using the prototype space combat armor suit Greg developed, along with a plethora of technological and biological improvisation, Gears was successful!
Reborn as Robo-Joe, Greg proceeded to lay waste to various Cobra operations in space, whether in orbit or beyond! Encouraged by this, the Joes brought Gears on as a full-time member, and once he could pass the grueling entrance exams, they put him back to work ASAP!
Working hard to improve on the already impressive gear that ol' Robo-Joe had built for the team, Gears had invented a prototype combat armor suit that was even more versatile and heavily armed - if slightly less armored - than the standard Star Brigade battle suits.
Before the suits could go into production, though, they had to be proven in the field. So Gears joined the Star Brigade proper, and engaged in a variety of missions with the team to prove his gear is as good as it seems to be. And while it was, it was never produced.
This is because the GI Joe team was deactivated for several years, leaving Gears to return to the workbench instead of outer space - a drastic change, to be sure. When the Joes were reactivated a few years later, Gears didn't leap back into action with the rest of the Joes.
However, he's more than ready to help develop ever-newer technology for the group, to keep up with Cobra's shenanigans. Mind you, when the Joes need 'everyone' to deal with one of Cobra's more drastic schemes, Gears is happy to pick up his laser cannon and get busy!
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