Falling Toward Apotheosis
A.E.G.I.S. Heavy weapons specialist
Name: Daniel Armstrong
Occupation: former college athlete, current A.E.G.I.S. heavy weapons specialist
Appearance: Tall, blond, blue-eyed and well-muscled, Daniel Armstrong looks exactly as one might expect a two-time Heisman winner to look, save for a livid scar over his right eye – a trophy from a bit of shrapnel in Afghanistan. On operations, wears a green football jersey over body armor, a field helmet retrofitted with a football mouthpiece, and carries grenades stuffed into hollowed-out footballs.
Biography: Born and raised in the Texas panhandle, Daniel Armstrong seemed to be living the small-town Texan dream: a championship-winning quarterback at his high school, followed by a full athletic scholarship to the University of Texas and a pair of Heisman Trophies. But things took a left turn when Armstrong badly tore a ligament in the last game of his junior year, ending any hopes of an NFL draft. Managing to finish out his college career anyway with a degree in mechanical engineering, Armstrong enlisted in the Army, where he served with distinction as an antitank specialist, qualifying with most heavy weapons. After being wounded by a grenade during an ambush outside Kandahar – where Armstrong had saved most of his unit by tearing the .50 caliber machine gun from its mounting on their destroyed Jeep and walking the gun into an enemy fortification, killing over a dozen insurgents in the process – he was tapped for a specialist position in the newly-created A.E.G.I.S. anti-terror unit.
Skills and interests: Even wounded, Armstrong is possessed of the physicality and skills expected for NFL contenders – strength, excellent reaction time, a sound tactical mind, and an almost inhuman degree of endurance – as well as being a trained mechanical engineer who has customized and improved many of his own field weapons. Off-duty, tends to favor rowdy, physically punishing activities despite his injury. Enjoys the outdoors and has used his military career to enhance his knowledge of camping, orienteering and wilderness survival.
Psych Profile: Although in most situations he tends to play it off as a joke, in truth one need look no further than his outfit and code-name to see that Armstrong is still deeply disappointed over the accident that cost him his prospective NFL career, although his highly traditional upbringing, as well as a dread of seeming disloyal to the US military and A.E.G.I.S., only rarely allow him to voice this sentiment. As his degree attests, Armstrong is intelligent but at some level seems uncomfortable with the fact, almost embarrassed; again, a likely artifact of a childhood spent in Lebanon, Texas. Similarly, although he clearly understands the importance of A.E.G.I.S.‘s diversity doctrine, he remains personally uncomfortable with many of his colleagues’ lifestyles and attitudes but is equally uncomfortable with being seen as a stereotypical Texan. This leads him to act in an overly formal manner around many female, gay, or foreign squadmates, followed by loud, boorish behavior when he allows himself to unwind. This has not yet affected his operational effectiveness, but further psychological work is nonetheless recommended.