Pavel Aleksei McMannus

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In every war in which Scottish soldiers have fought, there has always been a McMannus. Pavel McMannus, son of Arthur McMannus and his partner Alyona Nenasheva, was bound for no different a fate. His father, a burly and sanguine Caledonian, served with some distinction in the Forty-Fivers, the 45th Highlander Rifles. His mother, a Cossack orphan, was equally dangerous. She was serving with the Ariadna Scouts when she and Arthur first met in joint operations during the Contraband Wars. Theirs was a tumultuous love affair, each pulled in different directions by the needs of their units and thrown back together by the close nature of the Contraband Wars. Their intention was to jointly apply for leave and marry, and Pavel was conceived shortly before Alyona’s unit was rotated from the frontline. Arthur however, was killed on duty a week later.

Alyona carried the child while on leave from her unit, and was given special dispensation to travel to Caledonia to meet Arthur’s family. Mourning as they were, this was a family used to the young deaths of their progeny. They were proud to embrace Alyona as one of their own, and Pavel was born in the highlands of Caledonia.

After eighteen months of protracted leave the Scouts were calling on Alyona to return so she left the infant Pavel in the care of his extended family and moved back to barracks in Rodina. In her third tour of duty with the Ariadna Scouts she was killed in action. Alyona’s hard-won Ojotnik rifle, a symbol of achievement and excellence, was carefully packed and sent to her infant son.

Pavel McMannus was left without a mother or father, but he never lacked for parents. The familial structure of Caledonian society provided him with a large extended family, and the McMannuses were a military family. Pavel was raised in an environment of martial discipline, with the expectation that he would be courageous, loyal, and highly capable, and, surrounded by soldiers, he also learned to drink and swear at what many would consider an early age.

Pavel spent his late childhood and early teens training and on patrol with the soldiers of his family or roughing it in the wilds of his homeland. As he approached manhood, he was already a combat-tested and ferocious warrior, capable in close combat with his favoured single-handed throwing axe and at a distance with his mother’s famous Ojotnik rifle.

All those who have inherited an Ojotnik have the right, in Ariadnan society, to enrol in the test to become a Scout. Gruelling and harsh are words often used to describe life on Ariadna, and the testing for the Scouts was extreme, pushing Pavel to his limits. He nearly gave in again and again, but with the memory of his parents —a glowing reminiscence of people he had never really known but who had always regarded as heroes —inspiring him, Pavel exercised the iron will of the McMannus clan and found new strength he hadn’t known he possessed.

Accepted for training, Pavel was moved straight to the Dacha, the Kazak Spetsnaz Shkola. This was a new plateau of punishment that made the testing seem trivial. Subjected to a punishing training regime that included fitness, endurance, field skills, weapons drills, and unrelenting physical and psychological abuse, Pavel barely made it through the first month, nearly breaking a dozen times. With the pride of a Caledonian and the memory of his parents burning in him, somehow, he endured. His father’s Caledonian heritage (despite his mother’s birthright) meant that he was treated as a pariah by his instructors and fellow trainees. From the beginning, he was on his own, forced every day to fight not only to make it through training, but to prove he had the right to be there. His instructors paid special attention that he did not let down the Kazak spirit, and this meant he was expected to do better than merely good.

Two months into training Pavel hit his stride and managed to turn his bare passes into resounding successes. The harder he was pushed, the harder Pavel pushed himself. Graduating at the end of his eight months of training with distinction, he was presented, again, with his mother’s handmade Ojotnik rifle, now truly his, earned and paid for with blood, sweat, and tears. Pavel spent several blurred nights in the graduation celebration of Spetsnaz Day, allowed a brief leave to visit his family, and then put on a ship to Paradiso. Due to his mixed skill set, Pavel was never assigned to the Scouts, instead he was allocated to the Spetsgruppa C, a special military intelligence unit of the Stavka. A year of bloody service as a part of his final training for the Spetsgruppa C on Paradiso saw Pavel decorated for bravery, his record drawing the attention of O-12’s Bureau Aegis. Hand-picked from dozens of candidates, Pavel underwent another four months of training with the Bureau aboard the O-12S Indomitable Spirit before being reassigned as one of the bodyguards for the Ariadnan ambassador to O-12…


Pavel was an original character from the Infinity Roleplaying Game that preceded the miniatures game.



ISC: Pavel Aleksei Mcmannus, Spetsgruppa G Character Skirmisher
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: No Cube
4-4 23 12 13 13 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Martial Arts L2, Surprise Attack(-3), Camouflage, Courage, Forward Deployment(+8"), Berserk(+3), Natural Born Warrior, Mimetism(-3), Terrain(Total), Specialist Operative, Stealth, Frenzy
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
1 Ohotnik, Chain-colt, Shock Mines, D-Charges Pistol, T2 CC Weapon 32 0


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