As are most of his of his fellow Joes, Sideswipe is but an ordinary human, a man who lacks ascendant powers of any stripe. No, all he has to get him through a GI Joe mission is a fully stocked first aid kit, his medical skills, and of course, his considerable strength.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Comm Suite: Sideswipe carries a communications suite with him on missions, so he can call in medical evacuations of wounded personnel. These systems, usually consisting of a backpack with a helmet-mounted mouthpiece, work with Good (10) power (25 mile range).
Dagger: Sideswipe carries two of these utilitarian blades with him while on the job. These blades were manufactured from Incredible (40) m.s. metals, and can cut through objects of like m.s., given enough time. Sideswipe can also use these to inflict Edged Attack damage in melee.
First-Aid Kit: his stock in trade, Sideswipe always carries a first aid kit with him. His kit consists of various medicines, antibiotics, drugs, sterilized medical tools, and even a small oxygen tank. Sideswipe also carries extra first aid gear in various pouches and such.
Flare Gun: while it can conceivably be used offensively, Sideswipe's flare gun isn't really meant to inflict damage. It can fire a burning projectile about ten areas up into the air, signaling his location to others or to send specific, pre-arranged message.
Flashlight: Sideswipe carries one of these with him in the field, usually mounted on his sled. He can use this oversized lamp to produce Excellent (20) illumination in a given area, allowing him to pierce the night and find wounded soldiers and innocents with ease.
Gravity Sled: this odd device is useful for delivering wounded personnel from the field of fire in a jiffy. Sure, Sideswipe is strong enough to carry the wounded all by himself, but this maximizes his effectiveness. This odd sled has the following vehicular characteristics:
* Flight: Sideswipe's gravity sled is basically a small hover platform. He can ride it standing up, or in a prone position for extra speed. The thing can glide over most any terrain at Feeble (2) air speed (30 MPH) safely, or fly at up to Poor (4) speeds (60 MPH) in an emergency.
Sidearm: Sideswipe always carries a standard-issue firearm with him on GI Joe missions. When necessary, he can discharge a single round from this weapon to inflict Typical (6) Shooting damage, or a three-round burst to inflict Good (10) Shooting damage.
First Aid: Sideswipe has been a paramedic for years. When treating a dying person, he can halt their loss of Endurance ranks. If they've slipped to Shift 0 Endurance within the last five turns, he can still stabilize them, and he can help folks recover one lost Endurance rank immediately.
Guns: one of two skills he has gained as a result of enlisting, Sideswipe is now competent with most firearms. Whether it be a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even esoteric weapons like shotguns, Sideswipe can fire them at his Agility score +1 CS.
Martial Arts type B: another skill he picked up in Army basic training is the ability to defend himself while unarmed. In unarmed melee, Sideswipe can attempt to punch, bite, kick, knee smash, head butt, or even elbow drop an opponent as though his Fighting score was +1 CS in rank.
Military / United States: though he didn't begin his adult career with the military in mind, Sideswipe eventually joined up to do his duty. As such, he knows military protocols and procedures like the back of his hand, and has several additional military contacts.
As a member of the GI Joe team who has saved the lives of his fellows, Sideswipe can definitely rely upon his teammates for assistance should he need it, as the Joes take care of their own. Sideswipe also has quite a few additional contacts with a medical and military background.
In the field, Sideswipe wears a dark gray trousers, brown leather boots with black ankle guards, a red turtleneck sweater under a light gray jacket, black gloves, a black leather belt, and black web gear, pouches, holsters, and sheathes to hold various emergency and combat gear.
Andrew always wanted to be a medical practitioner, and worked hard to get his wish. He wants nothing other than to help others, particularly those brave soldiers that risk their lives daily in the fight for freedom. Of course, he doesn't mind mixing it up with the enemy himself, either.
Real Name: Andrew Frankel, grade E-5a
Occupation: medical specialist
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: 6' 1"
Hair: light brown
Weight: 185 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Sideswipe was a bright young kid who always wanted to be a doctor, or at least work in the medical field in some capacity. When he was a kid, he always pretended to be the medic during those classic neighborhood 'block wars', helping his fallen comrades get to safety and such.
While the realm of offices and clinics didn't appeal to him, he never believed he would be reliving those childhood games as an adult - if in a much more realistic capacity. But he did enlist to take advantage of the GI Bill, and became a field medic in the service of his nation.
Having worked out intensely since he was young, Sideswipe is so strong that he can even carry two wounded soldiers to safety simultaneously when needed! His keen medical skills, as well as his great strength and willingness to fight tooth and nail, definitely got Sideswipe noticed.
Before he knew it, he was scooped up by the GI Joe team. After he passed the fiercely difficult qualification exams, Sideswipe became a member of the world's greatest fighting force, and began to see more weekly action than most soldiers do in a lifetime... and he loved every minute of it!
Sideswipe's not an action junkie, but does feel he has a very important job as one of GI Joe's medics. As such, whenever he's in the field and helping someone who's down, he often breaks out new emergency medical techniques that he's dug up from who-knows-where - but they work.
And that's what makes the guy such a great Joe!
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