Though you wouldn't know it from talking to him, Hard Drive isn't some sort of super-human, genius-level technician. No, while he's a master of several disciplines and unbelievably smart, the man is naught but a normal human, who fights evil with government-issue hardware!
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Wrist Computer (i): Hard Drive has a handy computer mounted on his left wrist at all times. This allows him to call up a truly impressive amount of data while in the field - technical references, enemy dossiers, mission intelligence, or even his Twitter account when necessary.
Machine Gun (a): his primary weapon in the field, Hard Drive's machine gun can disharge a single round to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, a short burst of such to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, or a fully automagic spread to inflict his Agility +6 in damage.
But that's not all. It also features a built-in, underslung grenade launcher as well. Hard Drive can fire this secondary weapon to lob a grenade within far missile distance, which will explode to fill the space within near missile distance with intensity 10 fragmentary damage.
Radio Unit (i): Hard Drive carries his own communications rig in the field. This backpack allows him to transmit voice or data with intensity 5 range (25 miles), and it features intensity 10 signal encryption for his transmissions.
Sidearm (a): Hard Drive carries this backup piece on a left hip holster when it's not in use. He can discharge one round with this hand cannon to inflict his Agility +4 in damage, or a semi-automatic burst of lead to inflict his Agility +5 in damage, instead.
Tool Kit (i): Hard Drive usually has a large number of tools and devices carried about his person, in pouches and such, that he can use to repair things in the field. These range from soldering irons and volt meters to screw drivers and hammers to bandages and antibiotics!
Boxing (s): though not usually a direct combatant, Hard Drive has learned how to defend himself like every other military recruit. He may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which he may attempt as a contingent action.
Computers 2 (i): Hard Drive is a born hacker, and may attempt any card play required when programming, operating, repairing, or even cracking a computer at one difficulty level lower than usual, benefiting from either his Intellect or Willpower when doing so.
Electronics (i): in addition to knowing his way around the programming inside most modern electronics, Hard Drive is well-versed in how the hardware itself works. He should receive a reduced difficulty when building, repairing, designing, or just operating electronic devices.
First Aid (i): as an interest in the so-called 'modern combat unit', Hard Drive has learned first aid techniques to keep its 'meat' functioning. He cannot reliably perform surgery, but can restore a lost card of health to recently fallen folks with an average difficulty action.
Guns (a): Hard Drive is a competent gunman, having studied firearms extensively upon entering the military. He may wield any standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even something like a shotgun, at one difficulty level lower than is usually necessary.
Military / United States (w): while he could've literally made himself a millionaire with all his advanced skills, Hard Drive enlisted to use them for the good of all mankind. He can fight in almost any professional combat unit, and knows the SOP like the back of his hand.
Wrestling (s): in addition to his basic combat training, Hard Drive is an accomplished wrestler. Upon a successful, average difficulty Strength (strength) action, Hard Drive can keep inflicting like damage for every additional exchange in which he can repeat this action.
Hard Drive is a member of the GI Joe team, and can readily rely upon that military organization for assistance should he but ask - this is especially true of its 'high tech' operatives. He has numerous additional contacts in computer hacking and academic circles, as well.
Explorer, with a secondary calling of Soldier: Hard Drive gets his kicks in the discovery of how something works, whether it be a Colt M1911A1 .45 or the latest gadgets off the assembly line. Furthermore, he loves performing such work in the service of his country.
Hard Drive's GI Joe field uniform is a simple but effective one. It includes a black leather jacket over a white T-shirt, green trousers, tan leather boots, gray leather gloves, tan holsters and webbing to hold his gear, and a green cap that showcases his rank.
Martin is smart... very smart. He's a whiz at math, breezes through most games, and has a dangerous Mountain Dew ™ habit. Of course, he likes to apply his intellect toward the betterment of mankind, and uses all his smarts against the forces of Cobra's terrorist evil!
Real Name: Martin A. Pidel, Grade E-4
Occupation: combat computer technology 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: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Martin 'Hard Drive' Pidel grew up around electronic devices, and took to the things in an uncanny manner. Curious how they worked, Martin began a very early nosedive into mathematics texts, and by the time he was seven the little guy was doing linear equations in his head!
He quickly discovered video games, and just as quickly devoured every title he could get his hands on. Growing bored with this, he then began to program computers, and his skills allowed him to hack into the Defense Ministry computers of a major foreign power before he turned ten!
Sensing he was a true prodigy, his parents only encouraged his advanced behavior, and saw that he was put through incredibly advanced course work. In fact, he was accepted into MIT at a seriously early age, a school which he'd graduated by the time he was eighteen years old.
He did so with twenty-seven patents under his belt. As you can guess, military recruiters were falling all over themselves to get Martin into the Army - and thanks to his desire to use his great intellect and extensive skills to help his fellow man, they were successful.
Of course, Martin likes to keep his body as fit as his mind is, and he engaged in a variety of sports while in school. This earned him two regional wrestling championships, and made sure that he didn't fall apart upon entering Basic Training with all the other recruits.
In the Army, Martin discovered a whole new set of skills that he felt the need to master. He saw the modern infantryman as something of a unit, made up of meat, weaponry, and electronics - and aimed to be able to keep all three going while out in the field.
To this end he worked hard to be a qualified small arms armorer, not to mention gaining fully competent first aid training. This complemented his existing mastery of all things electronic, whether talking about the hardware or the software that directs it.
Seeing a great future for him, the military put Martin up for membership in the GI Joe team, and wanting to work with people like himself, the 'best of the best', Martin readily agreed. He just had to get through the horrific GI Joe entrance exam first.
Despite all his many skills, this was the one test that Martin was wholly unprepared for. However, he managed to succeed thanks to sheer gumption, and once he made it in Martin was given the code name of Hard Drive, for more reasons than just the simple, technical reference.
With the recent death of the GI Joe team's resident mad scientist, Mainframe, it fell onto several of the group's new masterminds to pick up the slack. Along with Sgt. Hacker and Hi-Tech, Hard Drive has more than rose to the challenge, picking up right where Mainframe left off.
He's been a major boon to the GI Joe team since he joined, helping to keep all of their electronics, whether personal or field-ready, working at their maximum potential. And even though Cobra has been supposedly defeated once and for all, he remains on staff just in case.
They've come back from certain defeat before, after all!
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