Jeff (cast)

Jeff

Full Name: Jeff
Gender: Male
Race: Altered Animal
Height: 26″ (withers)
Weight: 85lbs
Eyes: light blue (was normal brown before nanites)
Hair: Mostly tan with black saddlery
Age: 4
Build: lightly muscular

Complete Physical Description: He has a domed forehead, a long square-cut muzzle with strong jaws and a black nose. His eyes were brown but are slowly becoming blue. The ears are large and stand erect, open at the front and parallel. He has a long neck, which is raised when excited and lowered when moving at a fast pace. The tail is bushy

Place of Birth:
Cold Steel

Date of Birth:
October 30, 515 AC (after collapse)

Relatives: Jeff was raised in Cold Steel along with his siblings. He has about 30 canine relatives in total in Cold Steel. There are a lot more canines in general, this is just his direct bloodline.

Twitches, quirks, fears, or bonuses: Honest, light sleeper, easy to read, duty to Cold Steel, is color blind, curious and has a code of honor.

HISTORY

Jeff was born in Cold Steel and raised by Leo. He spent the first three years of his life going on normal recon missions with his master, learning the skills required of a canine recon companion. Last year however he came across Anya who infected him with nanites that are slowly changing him. Seeming to make him smarter and more sentient (for lack of a better word). 

He is loyal to Leo and will do anything his master asks, even though now he seems to have a little sarcasm or judgment afterwards. He has just started speaking simple words.

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Leo Baker (cast)

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Full Name: Leo Baker
Gender: Male
Race: Human (white)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190lbs
Eyes: light blue
Hair: black
Age: 33
Build: lightly muscular

Complete Physical Description: He tends to were typical Cold Steel fatigues and shirts. He wears boots and equipment he’s been given as part of his position as a recon scout. He favors a wool sweater when it’s cold with a wool cap.

Place of Birth:
Cold Steel

Date of Birth:
October 30, 485 AC (after collapse)

Relatives: Parents. He has both parents still living. His father was in service with his mother when they mustered out and took to farming sheep. He has four older brothers and two younger sisters.

He has a healthy relationship with his family. His folks are sad for him because they worry he will never have love and a family.

Twitches, quirks, fears, or bonuses: Honest, light sleeper, easy to read, duty to Cold Steel, has a dog named Jeff, is color blind, curious and has a code of honor.

HISTORY

Leo was born and raised in Cold Steel. He grew up the way everyone did. When he was a 16 he was sent to training like everyone. You had to put you your four years, and then you could muster out and be on reserve. Once in reserve status, you only had to go on training a few times a year and fill in if you were called upon to fulfill your duty. That almost never happened though.

He never had anything to muster out for. Instead, he decided to stay in, and worked as a recon/scout and perimeter guard. He spent ten years in various positions in the guard doing just that.

When he hit his tenth anniversary, he started doing longer and longer recon jobs. He liked them. Cold Steel where his people, but he had never quite felt like he belonged.

It was a small town, and options for a man like him romantically were very limited. 1000 to 2000 people didn’t really leave a lot of room for men that preferred the company of other men. He wasn’t opposed to women, but his first relationships were with men, and the town had decided he was gay.

They were supportive enough, but that means he got a lot of sad responses because there were so few gay men there. Additionally, after you dated everyone in your age range at least once, that left a lot to be desired for choice.

So he turned to other pursuits. Cold Steel was very insular, and almost xenophobic. They were truly human, which was a rarity now. There were almost no mutations at all due to their geographic position. They had a higher technological grasp than most folks in the Outlands, and even had some history from before everything went to shit hundreds of years ago. It wasn’t exactly encouraged to seek life outside the valley.

He focused instead on his career. He trained some of the best guard and working dogs in Cold Steel. If someone needed someone to ride out and do recon, he was one of the best.

By the time he was in his mid-thirties, he was the guy to go to when a ranger was needed to go check on things. He had found lost children, checked stealthily on smokey fires of those passing through, and chased down merchants that had tried to wrong the community.

He didn’t mind if it was just him and Jeff, his German Shepard. Jeff was his most recent trainee, at two years old, and one of Leo’s best. He’d taught the dog a range of commands, and was always working on more. The dog had a temperament to please, and was a great addition to his recon missions.

Leo had friends, mostly those in service, but he always wondered what life was like outside the valley.

Cold Steel (location)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Cold Steel
Old World Name: it involved three towns in Iron County Utah, USA consisting of Cedar City, Enoch and Hamiltons Fort.
Other Names: Home of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
GM Coordinates: 37°38’24.6″N 113°14’34.1″W (37.640157, -113.242818) 
Pre-war Country: USA

LOCATION MAKEUP
Leader: Mayor (Lt. Col. Sandra McCarthy
Size: 2,700 people
Racial Makeup: 97% Human (multi-ethnic), 3% Mutant (Human)
Affiliation: Self (old USA)
Languages: English, Spanish, Common Speak
Religions: 55% Christian, 38% Unaffiliated, 7% various smaller religions
Government: Mayor and Council (military)
Location Condition: mostly untouched by the war. Believed iron in the ground in the county is what keeps out monsters and mutations.

Appearances: The Journey Begins (10/13/18)

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BACKGROUND

Cold steel originally several smaller towns and one small city in Iron County, Utah USA. Long ago in its history it was operated as one of the few iron mines in the old USA, that was later stopped when better mines opened. Almost a hundred years later the government knew in the coming storm that they would lose resource capable areas so they ordered the mines reopened.

The area was secured by US military personnel during the first stages of the Final War. The 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division was assigned this location to wait for orders. They were not allowed to participate in the fighting and the unit lost communication with their command very early into the war, so they obeyed their orders, bunkered down and wondered what happened outside.

That was almost 100+ years ago. The population of the city and towns had fled or joined with the marine units. The combined area now tends to avoid the actual city of Cedar City due to an outbreak in the town, but they maintained the remaining small towns around it.

The area has now been renamed the town of Cold Steel (named after the nickname of the Marine unit), still using the iron mines to build up resources. The town lives on subsistence farming, hunting and a small bit of trade with the iron mine output. As far as the rest of the world it is a sleepy little town eeking out an existence.

The area is fortunate in its location. The radiation, nanite and bioweapons have not had fallout over the area due to the mountains, wind pattern and some believe because of the location of the iron ore itself. Mutations are extremely low occurrence, and most outside forces have not noticed this location.

The reality of the situation is that the town still considers itself part of the Old US military. All townsfolk are expected to serve four years “active duty” before mustering out (they can choose to stay in if they prefer). All of this is done out of the light of outsiders.