Saturday, November 27, 2010

Androv Markovich Virgilovski

Rayadovoy Androv Markovich Virgilovskiis Rick's Character in our East Front Campaign. Virgilovski is a survivor - he is the only charcter still around from the first game. Well... there's Serzhant Zaitzoff... but he's only showed up for a couple games - and Androv has certainly been present for far more than he's missed! Below is the background Rick wrote for his character.

Rayadovoy Androv Markovich Virgilovski - Wild Card - Rick
Ag d8, Sm d4, Sp d6, St d6, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 6 (7), Toughness 7
Skills: Fighting d8, Shooting d10, Notice d6, Stealth d4, Driving d4, Throwing d4, Survival d4, Tracking d4
Edges: Brawny, Improved Nerves of Steel, Dodge, Combat Reflexes, Marksman
Gear: Mosin-Nagant Rifle (Range: 24/48/96, ROF1, Damage: 2d8, AP: 2), Bayonet (Str+d4, Parry+1)

Androv Virgilovski comes from a line of frontiersmen that can't be traced back very far, but is known to originate from North America. Although incompletely recorded in the history books, Virgilovski's great grandfather was the famous Western lawman Virgil Earp (brother of Wyatt); born in Kentucky in July 8, 1843, died October 19, 1905. While just 16, Virgil eloped in Iowa with the first of his several wives, who was Dutch immigrant Magdalena C. "Ellen" Rysdam; born November 25, 1842 in Utrecht, Netherlands, died May 3, 1910 in Cornelius, Oregon. Virgil left for the Civil War when his only child with Ellen (Nellie Jane Earp - January 7, 1862-June 17, 1930) was just two weeks old. In 1863, Ellen was incorrectly told that Virgil was killed in the war, and left to find her fortune in the Oregon Territory. Upon returning at the end of the war, Virgil found that Ellen had left, and decided to head west to join his brothers. Ellen had remarried twice by the time that Virgil (since remarried himself) found her in Oregon 37 years after he had last seen Ellen and his daughter Nellie.

Androv's father Virgil Jr. (son of Androv's grandmother Nellie) was born in the Oregon Territory in 1892, and, upon reaching the age of 17, and finding no further wilderness to the west, signed onto a merchant ship in Portland, Oregon and spent several years earning his living at sea. After having an altercation with the 1st mate while steaming off the coast of Russia in 1912, Virgil Jr. was forcibly put to shore in a small eastern Russian port. Having picked up Russian from shipmates, Virgil worked his way west as a labourer on the Trans-Siberian Railway, moving from small town to town and (reportedly) managing to avoid the Great War. It was during this period that he changed his name to Markov Virgilovski and took a wife Ilya, who bore his only child Androv on October 19, 1919 (14 years to the day following his famous great grandfather's death), while his father Markov was off on a fall hunting trip.

Androv grew up to be a brawny farm labourer and hunter, and the latter trained him to be a fairly good shot. Living a frontier lifestyle was rough at times, and Androv had a number of close calls while off on hunting trips. He bore a large scar on his left cheek, which he claimed was from fighting off a bear that he had wounded. It was something that he didn't like to talk about. Based on the timing relative to a number of mysterious livestock deaths at the time, superstitious local villagers were convinced that the scar was from an attack by a werewolf, which had long been rumoured to be lurking in this part of Siberia. Whatever the cause, Androv had obviously seen some disturbing sights in his travels, and possibly because of this, was known to have a steely composition not easily shaken by strange sights or injury.

Due to the uneasy relationship he had with the locals, Androv did not protest loudly when he was drafted and sent to the Western Front to guard the border with German occupied territory. When the Germans attacked during Operation Barbarossa, Androv's squad was rapidly cut off from the main Soviet forces and he and a few comrades gradually fought their way to the outskirts of Moscow, where he was recruited into the BPO. Given his history, Androv was none too keen to be fighting in the vicinity of purported supernatural forces - but he did as he was told. Based on stories passed down to him by his father, he longed to "return" to North America's Wild West. He even told some of his comrades that he had heard rumours that other descendants of the Earp family were reportedly involved in secret advance sorties not too far from Moscow.

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