Oktober Guard Diving Specialist
by Tomas Wheeler
File Name: Gorodny, Viktor I.
Primary Military Specialty: Underwater Combat
Secondary Military Specialty: Infiltration
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, USSR
MERMANSK was a Cobra Eel for a time, having failed in
his initial attempt to become a diver in the Soviet Navy due to an illness.
Cobra's $kind=archive;requirements in that part of the world were not as strict as elsewhere,
and Mermansk was admitted and trained as an Eel. But he soon came to the
realization that he would ultimately be fighting his own people to serve
a terrorist organization, and he defected. He brought with him his Cobra
Eel uniform, which was actually more advanced than the best diving suits
the Soviet Navy was producing at the time. The colors and insignia were
altered, and Mermansk, taking a name which admittedly was a terrible pun
on the English word "merman", the male form of "mermaid", was welcomed
into the Oktober Guard as their underwater combat specialist.
From Col. Brekhov's Files: "Mermansk has a lot of inner
angst and turmoil eating at him, due to his early mistake in joining Cobra.
Normally this would probably make a person ineffective in combat. In his
case, though, it only makes him more determined to be the best underwater
soldier the Soviet Armed Forces have ever seen. He combines the brutal
training regimen Cobra gave him with the additional training he received
from the Soviet Navy to become an impressive warrior. He will wage combat
in any watery environment, from polluted rivers to half-frozen ice floes.
He also knows that Cobra likely has a price out on his head. That makes
him even more determined."
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