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Todd 3465 (Kurt Russell in Soldier) with a minigun

Sergeant Todd 3465


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Soldier is a 1998 science fiction film, with lots of action and a cyberpunk vibe.

The central conceit is a special breed of super-soldiers who have been thoroughly dehumanized through conditioning.

Kurt Russell’s Todd 3465 is one such soldier.


Background

  • Real Name: Sgt. Todd 3465
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None, formerly American Forces
  • Base Of Operations: None, formerly mobile deployment
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs Age: 40
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Sgt. Todd 3465 has been trained from birth to be a soldier. His physical condition is among the best humanly possible and he has life-long training and experience in military equipment and procedures.

His discipline is phenomenal. He suffers injury without a word and shows no fear whatsoever in combat.


Video

Trailer for the movie, in 720p.


History

Soldier takes place on an alternate Earth. The North American continent is a government block with strong fascist overtones, and some areas of human technology have progressed at a more rapid rate than on our Earth. By 2036, Humanity has mastered interstellar transport to the point of routine. It is now an interplanetary society.

(The scriptwriter intended this story to be set in the same universe as the Blade Runner movie, and the tattoos detailing some of Todd’s combat engagements suggest that he fought in some of the same battles as Roy Batty.)

In 1996 the American Forces began the Adam Project. They selected subjects at birth and raised them in an intense indoctrination program where failure carried a death penalty. The result was a elite group of soldiers who fought without fear or pity.

They would march into fire without hesitation and, if necessary, shoot through civilians to hit enemy soldiers.

Sergeant Todd 3465 (Kurt Russell) reloads his pistol ; face closeup

The finest of the Adam Project soldiers was Sgt. Todd 3465. He served with distinction in many battles, including the Battle at the Tannhauser Gate and the Battle of the Argentine Moons.

Todd’s service would have continued for the rest of his life, except for the inception of a new phase of the Adam Project. New soldiers created through genetic engineering (instead of being selected at birth) were introduced into active duty.

During an impromptu training battle between 3 of the old soldiers, including Sgt. Todd, and one of the new breed, Caine 607, Todd was incapacitated and his two fellow soldiers were killed.

To the heap bin

Todd and the other two casualties were written off as training accidents. They were literally dumped on Arcadia 234, a waste disposal planet.

Todd was rescued by stranded colonists there and nursed back to health. Todd had never been around human beings leading a normal life, and was at a loss to comprehend them. He also began to suffer from PTSD , and had a violent outburst as a result of a traumatic flashback.

An attempt to teach a young child how to defend himself was misinterpreted as another violent episode, and Todd was asked to leave the settlement. The child’s father later realized what Todd was trying to do and went to bring him back.

Sergeant Todd 3465 (Kurt Russell) and fellow troopers

Please recycle

The two had barely met when a military vessel landed. It was the new genetically engineered soldiers on patrol. Since the settlement was unrecorded, the colonists could legally be classified as hostiles, allowing the soldiers to slaughter them and thus get some live-fire exercise.

In the ensuing battle, Todd slaughtered the new troops, which were physically superior but lacked any combat experience. He then reunited with his old squad (which had been demoted to civil engineering duty) and together they removed the crew of the transport and picked up the colonists.

Just as the planet-killer bomb set by the military destroyed Arcadia 234, the transport escaped into space and set course for the Trinity Moons (the Arcadian colonists’ original destination).


Description

Sgt. Todd is a 40-year-old Caucasian male with weathered skin and the taut physique common to highly-trained troops.

He has a scar running straight down the right side of his face from his forehead to just under the curve of his jaw, just a fraction of an inch from the outside corner of his right eye. The scar also has three stellate splays running to the right, parallel to his eye. Todd undoubtedly has numerous other scars on his body.

On his left cheek is tattooed:

  TODD   V
  O-POS  V
  3465   V 

The chevrons are his rank stripes. A list of the major engagements that Todd fought in is tattooed on his upper right arm.

Todd usually wears forest-camo military fatigues and black combat boots.

Like all of the Adam Project soldiers, Todd’s obvious air of merciless lethality had an unintended intimidating effect on normal people (unintended because even an personal interaction as simple as intimidation was beyond the Adam Project soldiers).


Personality

Todd was a very mechanical man before being abandoned on Arcadia 234. When not on duty he, like his fellow soldiers, simply sat at attention at their bunks. He wouldn’t even speak unless spoken to, in which case he would always answer as briefly as possible, and referred to everyone as “sir!”

His discipline was so strong that he would not even cry out when injured. His entire life was following orders and efficient lethality.

His time with the settlers on Arcadia 234 changed him profound ways. Todd began to experience normal human emotions, which troubled and confused him.

He had flashbacks to previous slaughters when the settlement was having a party, when he was hugged once he trembled uncontrollably, and he even wept when ejected from the colony, though he didn’t understand what his tears were.

He still has a very flat affect, but is slowly learning how to interact with normal people.


Quotes

Sandra: “But…one soldier against 17 ? What are you going to do ?”
Todd: “I’m going to kill them all, sir.”


DC Universe History

The Adam Project could be a secret Earthgov or Science Police operation in the Legion’s time.

It could also take place in the modern era, started by the U.S. Government right after WWII and staffed by imported Nazi scientists. Todd and his fellow soldiers could have been deployed in the many conflicts the U.S. has been involved in from 1965 on.


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Sergeant Todd 3465

Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 08 Wil: 10 Min: 10 Occupation: Ex-Soldier
Inf: 02 Aur: 03 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 0
Init: 022 HP: 035

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing)*: 08, Martial Artist*: 08, Medicine (First Aid): 04, Military Science: 09, Thief (Stealth)*: 08, Vehicles*: 08, Weaponry: 10

Advantages:
Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Paired Firearms), Sharp Eye

Connections:
First Generation Adam Project Soldiers (High)

Drawbacks:
Distinct Appearance (Intimidating Bearing), Innocent, Traumatic Flashbacks (Crowds and Loud Noises — a Christmas party triggered a flashback to an urban seek-and-destroy op, for example)

Equipment:
When he was with the American Forces, Todd had whatever equipment was appropriate to the mission. 

  • Standard issue for ground actions was :
    • A Machine Gun [BODY 06, Projectile weapon: 07, Ammo: 16, EV 04 (bayonet – 06 w/STR)R#2, Advantage : projectile weapon has Autofire]
    • BALLISTIC SUIT [/BODY/ 07]
  • Standard issue for operations where the atmosphere was unbreathable or non-existent included:

    • SMGs (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Ammo: 10, R#2, Advantage : Autofire]
    • ENVIRONMENT SUIT [/BODY/ 07, Sealed Systems: 14]
  • After his disposal, Todd relied on On-Site Procurement.

Previous Statistics

At the start of “Soldier” Todd only had an INFL of 01 and an Initiative of 21. He did not have the Traumatic Flashbacks disadvantage, but had Rank (Sergeant), CIA (Follow Orders) and the Motivation: Follow Orders.

By Roy Cowan

Source of Character: Soldier (movie)

Helper(s): Phil Dixon, Hartley C. Holmberg, The Angel

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