by Chris Crawshaw
Native Language: English
Psychological Profile: Cruelty – Some, Sanity – High, Passion – Some, Loyalty – High, Selfishness – Some, Piety – None
Advantages: Internal Compass, Light Sleeper, Observation
Disadvantages: Claustrophobia (2), Dependants (2), Traumatic Flashbacks
Skills: Basic Firearms (0), Basic Melee (0), Basic Science (0), Boxing (0), Driving/Automobile (1), First Aid (0), Hand Grenade (0), Knife (0), Lockpicking (0), Navigation (0), Photography (1), Pilot – Helicopter (2), Pistol (2), Radio Operator (1), Rifle (1), Survival – Jungle (1)
Background: Charlie Cross is happily married with a daughter in medical school. Charlie’s early life was uneventful, being brought up on a farm in Arkansas. At the start of the Vietnam war, Charlie dropped out of college (against his parents wishes) to enlist in the air force and fight for his country. He trained as a helicopter pilot and was sent straight out into the field to work under Capt. Mitchell Walker. He had 2 successful tours but on his last tour he was shot down and spent the last six months of the war in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. The experience left him with a severe dislike of enclosed spaces. The end of the war found Charlie recuperating in a veterans hospital outside San Francisco. It was here that he met his wife, Patricia. After three months in the hospital, Charlie was declared fit for duty, but he decided to leave the air force to settle down in San Francisco. He used his modest savings and a substantial bank loan to set up his own chartered air service. In the late nineties the business started to struggle a little and Charlie decided to swallow his pride and sell up. Fortunately for him, John Walker had just moved into the area to set up the Orion San Francisco Regional Office. The two got talking and soon became good friends, especially in light of Charlie’s connection to John’s father, and John bought into Charlie’s company as a full partner.