The Veteran, on Sep 14 2002, 11:49 PM, said:
Another thing that I'd suggest is that even with the tiny amount of background that these guys do have it would be a waste to kill them immediately. These two should last a few missions, become chummy with the other soldiers and then suffer 'tragic' deaths rather than just dying with nametags.
It'll make the fic more believable.
I'd agree - anyone posted here is worth killing a few missions on (if flagged as such by the author). Red-shirted rookies can be written in as needed per episode. (Hack writers? Us? Naahh)
...leading the other characters to believe that your life expectancy is directly related to the length of your backstory. "My parents, my parents were named...I don't know. Aww crap."
Anyhow, allow me to introduce
Appearance: Cameron Diaz
. But with more hair. Strawberry blonde bob cut, say. Professionally dressed, favorite suit this year is fawn in colour.
As the administrator for personnel transfers, salaries, and training requirements, she's on a first name basis with everyone including the janitor and the commander. Cheery disposition and a genuine drive to cut the red tape and get things done. Everyone owes her favors, so a squaddie trying to get approval for Form X3711-G (Heavy Weapons Issue: Blaster Launcher; Purpose: Weapons Test; Test Area: Flat Top Hill) will find the impossible becomes possible - as she knows exactly who to ask, and how - but you'll owe her a favor.
Has a high security clearance and can visit all areas. If anyone knows the line between office gossip and security breaches, it's her, sensitized by past experience.
A people person - derives pleasure from knowing people and knowing she is part of their lives. In turn, few people know the overall mood of the base like she does.
She's never worked in a base with such a high casualty rate as we expect XCOM to be. She may take it badly and be in desperate need of emotional support.
Unlikely, but she did take fire extinguisher and first aid training courses
JG, others welcome