Grenades (i): Joseph always carries two grenades with him in the field, both pinned to his belt. These explosives can be thrown to detonate for intensity 10 damage, which affects everyone within near missile range of where they detonate.
Knife (s): in the event that he needs to cut something in the field, Joseph always carries a blade with him. Made from m.s. 12 materials, this knife can be used to cut through items of up to like m.s., or instead to inflict Joseph's Strength +2 damage in melee.
Machine Gun (a): nothing says victory like a fully automatic machine gun. Joseph may fire this weapon to inflict his Agility +5 damage in a short, controlled burst, or raise his damage to his Agility +6 damage when he opens this thing up 'rock 'n roll'.
Semi-automatic Pistol (a): a back-up for his hog should he lose it, Joseph can use this old-style Colt .45 to dangerous effect. He may fire this weapon to inflict his Agility +4 damage in a single shot, or his Agility +5 damage in a semi-automatic hail of lead.
Artillery (s): in addition to being good with guns, Joseph has been trained in the use of heavier weaponry as well. Whenever wielding weapons that typically have a 'line of sight' range, like mortars, rocket launchers, and even tank cannons, Joseph does so at a reduced difficulty.
Boxing (s): a skill he picked up in basic training a long, long time ago, Joseph has learned how to bring a 'kung-fu grip' to bear when unarmed. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Leadership (w): supplementing his military training, Joseph is a natural leader. An expert in tactics and group maneuvers, Joseph adds a +1 to actions people undertake while following a plan of his devising - as long as they do not deviate from it.
Marksmanship (a): having seen literally decades of action with the military, Joseph knows how to use guns... and how! Whether he's handling a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Joseph may do so at one difficulty level lower than is normally required.
Military / United States (w): Joseph is one of the highest ranking members of the United States Army, being a four star General... but then, he's been in and out of the Army since the 1960s. As such, he knows the military life like the back of his hand.
Survival (w): a part of Joseph's Green Beret training involved learning how to live off the land, doing so without external support at all when necessary. He can survive indefinitely just about anywhere on earth, given minimal opportunities for food, water and shelter.
Soldier, with a secondary calling of Adventurer: Joseph Colton, the original GI Joe, is naturally a soldier at heart, loving his country and defending it to the end. However, even he needs a break sometime, and he likes to go adventuring now and then.
While on the Job with GI Joe, Joseph wears a simple, but effective uniform. It includes loose fitting Army green trousers, a long sleeved Army green shirt over a camouflaged T-shirt, brown leather boots, a brown leather belt, a black holster for his hand gun, and a green beret.
Joseph is a legend among men, military or otherwise, due to his sheer force of presence. The man has seen it all and done it all, and this can be both inspiring and intimidating. He's tough but fair, experienced but flexible, and loves what his country represents.
Real Name: Joseph B. Colton, Grade O-2 (later O-10)
Occupation: GI Joe executive officer
Legal Status: American citizen with no known criminal record
Marital Status: married
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: GI Joe
Height: 5' 11"
Hair: brown, with gray temples
Weight: 165 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: while he didn't to start with, Joseph began wearing a full beard and moustache in his later years.
Joseph's story is a long one. It began back in 1960, when the man graduated from West Point with the highest possible honors. He was quickly recruited for the special forces, and became not only a Green Beret but an expert in almost all modern military weaponry.
After several tours in Vietnam, the last of which saw most of his men dying in action, Joseph was summoned back to the States for a special mission by President Kennedy himself. He was tasked with the creation and leadership of a unique fighting force the likes of which the world had never seen.
This group, code-named GI Joe, would feature the best of the best that the American military could produce. Though skeptical at first, Joseph indeed led this unit - feeling particularly responsible for its success when Kennedy was assassinated but a few days later.
Doing his very best, Joseph did indeed assemble the GI Joe team, and the incredibly dangerous missions this team of his conducted have been classified to this very day. It was during this time that he gained the name GI Joe - his men honored him with it.
Eventually growing weary of unending combat, Joseph retired from the Army for a time, walking the earth. Going on several adventures, he eventually fell in with the so-called Adventure Team, which he also wound up leading. He journeyed with these folks for several years.
When this fell through in the late 1970s, Joseph returned to government work, this time as a security consultant for an advanced project. This project, headed by Gi Jane, was the creation of a highly advanced beam weapon system the government could use to hit anything in the hemisphere.
He worked there for years, eventually marrying his old teammate Gi Jane, and on one particularly harrowing day got to meet the all-new GI Joe team. This was because a large force of Cobra Vipers tried to make off with the weapon technology in his facility in the Chrysler building.
Though Joseph was content to simply continue his work with Gi Jane for the rest of his career, he was tapped to run the Joe team when its current leader, Hawk, was incapacitated by a gunshot to the back. Reluctantly accepting, he took charge of the GI Joe team once again.
Though they weren't 'his' Joes, Joseph did his best to work with the team - at least until the government replaced him temporarily with a General Rey. When this failed, the Joes were reassembled anew, with him in charge of a small unit of the Joes' most dangerous operatives.
He ran this unit until things spiraled out of control in the world, during which time Cobra tried to take over the entire planet during World War III itself. Thanks to Joseph and his highly trained GI Joe team, this plot for global conquest ultimately failed.
Joseph remains in command of the GI Joe team to this very day presumably, leading the Joes on a hunt for those Cobra operatives who evaded capture when their greatest plot went belly-up. And there were a lot of Cobras that managed to get away, so he may be busy for a while...
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