As are the rest of the Oktober Guard, Shrage is naught but a normal human - at least, in the dictionary sense. He lacks super-powers of any stripe, but the man is a highly skilled combatant, and probably the best infantryman East Germany has ever produced.
Limitations / Enhancements:
AK-47s: Shrage usually has two of these with him in the field. Either can be fired to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage when firing a single shot, rank value 6 Piercing damage when firing a short burst, or rank value 20 Piercing damage when fired continuously.
One of these has a removable stock and fixed bayonet installed, allowing Shrage to use the weapon to inflict Slashing damage in melee. The other lacks a stock but includes an underslung GP-30 grenade launcher with a three sector range (damage per grenades, below).
Grenade: Shrage always carries at least one of these devices with him in the field. It can be flung up to a sector distant, and will explode to inflict rank value 30 Slashing (fragmentary) damage to every uncovered target within its detonation sector.
Knife: a must for any serious infantryman, Shrage carries a blade at all times. His knife is made from m.v. 30 materials, and can be used to either cut through items of up to the same m.v., given enough time, or to inflict Slashing damage in melee.
Makarov PM Pistol: in the event that his other weaponry is impractical or unavailable, Shrage keeps this firearm in a handy hip holster. It can inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage when firing a single shot, raised to rank value 10 Piercing damage when firing a short burst of lead.
Unpleasant Habits: Shrage is a compulsive (some would say chain) smoker, and it's rare to see the man without a large cigarette dangling out of his mouth. This tends to put some folks off (those who dislike smoke), and such individuals react to him as if his Repute was -2 RS in value.
Guns: naturally, Shrage knows his way around most firearms, whether built by a Warsaw Pact nation or anyone else. When firing a standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Shrage may do so as though his Coordination trait was +1 RS in rank value.
Languages / English, German and Russian: though a native of East Germany, Shrage has mastered English and Russian in addition to his original tongue. He may fluently read, write, and speak in any of these languages - a skill that has served him well as an Oktober Guardsman.
Martial Arts style B: though he's an expert marksman, Shrage can easily defend himself without weapons - he can fight anywhere, any time. Whether punching, kicking, or even biting an opponent, he should do so at his Melee rank value +1 RS.
Military / East Germany: the source of all his marketable skills, Shrage can thank the East German army for his incredible aptitudes. He can easily fight in most modern combat units, and knows the ins and outs of Warsaw Pact nation command structures and their procedures well.
An original member of the Oktober Guard, Shrage is on very good terms with the other five members of his unit - even Colonel Brekhov. The man isn't much of a conversationalist but his direct-action style has saved the team's borscht on more occasions than they can count.
Shrage's uniform is simple and utilitarian. It consists of a long-sleeved, collared tan shirt over a black T-shirt, tan trousers, black leather boots, a black leather belt, gray leather gloves, a tan infantryman's cap, and brown web gear and ammunition belts to hold his supplies.
Shrage doesn't talk much, but one can hardly accuse him of being the quiet type. Sure, he's famous for his monosyllabic sentences and replies to queries, as well as his protracted silences - but when it's time for him to fight, the man is an explosive cacophony of carnage!
Real Name: unrevealed
Legal Status: citizen of East Germany with no known criminal record, legally deceased
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Schrage (his name is spelled both ways)
Group Affiliation: the Oktober Guard
Height: 6' 1"
Hair: platinum blonde
Weight: 155 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Shrage is rarely seen without a cigarette dogend in his mouth.
Shrage's origins are a mystery for the most part. He hails from East Germany, and received all of his military training there. Of course, unlike most such individuals, this infantryman was a highly motivated soul, and excelled above and beyond his peers by a wide margin.
His high skill and motivation got Shrage noticed by the powers that be, and when the Kremlin was assembling an anti-terrorist group representing Warsaw Pact nations as a counterpart to the Americans' GI Joe team, Shrage was tapped to be that group's East German representative.
Working with a variety of different Soviet Bloc nations' soldiers greatly broadened Shrage's horizons, as well as his raw skill; fighting a wide assortment of the world's dregs and terrorist mass murderers successfully for year after year will do that to a body.
While he doesn't possess highly specialized skills like many of the other Oktober Guard he works with, Shrage is nonetheless valued as a solid combatant by his teammates, who know he'll go above and beyond to get the job done - he's loyal to a fault and takes great pride in his work.
Right up to the end, Shrage exemplified all the credit his fellow Guardsmen gave him. He met his untimely end in Sierra Gordo, sacrificing himself to save (what he thought, at least) was a train full of revolutionaries - along with most of the original Oktober Guard.
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