To: Deadspace Command
From: Col. William Innes, NAIS Rehabilitative Unit
Subject: Evaluation of Returning POWs
I am writing to inform you that we have completed psychological evaluations on your two mechwarriors, Joey Winters and Vladmir Olshansky.
By all accounts, Mr. Winters did relatively well during his month in captivity and is remarkably unfazed considering what some of the other prisoners you rescued have been through – he escaped torture, and wasn’t in the camp long enough to have born the full brunt of the starvation diet the other prisoners endured. That said, Mr. Winters was somewhat evasive with my questions to him, though his charm hid it well. I think it likely that he used this same skill to avoid the worst treatment, though I cannot say for certain, and debriefing of the other POWs is inconclusive.
(Joey Winters gains 1 point of Edge.)
In contrast to Mr. Winters, Mr. Olshansky had a much rougher time. By his own and other accounts he was extremely defiant of his captors, and was beaten and tortured for it. Medical reports indicate evidence of electroshock torture, and Mr. Olshansky described to me, and shows evidence of, severe sleep deprivation and other psychological torture. While Mr. Olshansky has borne the physical stress of his ordeal quite well, and is quite eager to return to combat against the Blakists for some “payback,” I fear that he may yet bear some sort of PTSD.
Then again, after the events here on New Avalon, who among us does not?
(Vladimir Olshansky may ignore the first pilot hit he suffers during combat)
At the request of Colonel Davion-Bath, I am also sending you Sergeant Ethan Jackson, formerly of the 2nd NAIS Cadre, who has requested transfer to, and I quote, “the only unit really kicking some Robe ass around here.”
Unlike your soldiers, Sgt. Jackson has spent considerably longer in captivity – he was captured during the initial fighting in December of ’67 and has been a POW since then. All of the prisoners I talked to told me that he was a true leader during imprisonment, acting as a mentor and spokesman for many of the younger POWs, though he suffered a great deal of physical and mental torture for it from his captors. Prior to his capture, Sgt. Jackson was an instructor in the 2nd NAIS Cadre, and also served during the later years of the FedCom Civil War, where he earned a Silver Sunburst medal during the fighting on Talon in 3066.
Professionally, I would say Sgt. Jackson is everything you could ask for in a soldier – tough, brave, loyal, a leader and inspiration to his troops. His combat record is exemplary. Mentally, however, I worry. Sgt. Jackson harbors an unsuppressed rage against his captors, and during simulator evaluations he showed a tendency toward single-mindedly attacking Blakist targets, both to the detriment of his ‘mech’s heat sinks as well as his own safety. We’ll need men like him in the coming fight, but I’m afraid his rage may cause him or his soldiers trouble.
(Sgt. Ethan Jackson has 3 gunnery, 4 piloting, and the Hot Dog ability (ATOW 223, +1 bonus to checks to avoid overheating effects). When fighting known Word of Blake troops, roll 2d6 at the beginning of Sgt. Jackson’s movement. On a 2 or 12, Jackson enters a berserker rage and must move directly towards the nearest Word of Blake unit (into physical combat range if possible), and must fire all of his weapons at their maximum firing rates, and/or make physical attacks if possible during the appropriate phases at a +1 bonus to any attack rolls. At the beginning of each subsequent movement phase, roll 2d6. On a 2, 3, 11, or 12 Jackson breaks free of his rage)
You’ll need to approve Sgt. Jackson’s transfer to your unit if you want him, otherwise he was previously slated for a transfer to the 1st Davion Guards. Let me know what you want to do. Mr. Winters and Mr. Olshansky will be accompanying this letter.
Colonel William Innes
Chief of Psychology,
NAIS Rehabilitative Unit