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Nicky Lavie

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Biography

Full name: Nicholas Stanley Lavie

Faction: Anti Earth Union Group

Rank: Ensign

Age: 25 years old

Sex: Male

Weight: 61kg

Height: 1,65m

Eyes: Amber

Hair: Honey brown, undyed

Skin: Fair skin

Handiness: Left-handed

Personality

Unlike what his delicate appearance would suggest, Nick Lavie's daily behavior is that of a waiter that has been taking orders in a packed restaurant for all of his life: he usually wakes up in the verge of hurling a wave of insults at thin air, ready for somebody to come in with his orders for the day (admittedly somewhat outrageous at times) to violently punch the cafeteria table, to the point only newcomers to the ship jump whenever this happens during breakfast and the commanding officer giving him the orders just ignores it. Stubborn and somewhat arrogant, he usually has trouble with colleagues of his that insist on using non-metric units at work, having grown up in a colony that chose the metric system, which can sometimes lead to mishaps on Suits he has worked or performed repairs on, with him usually blaming the “Fahrenturd Gang” instead, never the guiltier. But despite his pessimistic and snarky behavior, he seems to be accustomed to this way of life, and treats every friendly or new face with kindness, seeing them as his comrades on a long, pleasant journey to his own cold and empty corner of stellar hell.

Strengths and weaknesses
Nicky usually excels at working with mechanical objects, having dabbled in repairs and tinkering since he was a young kid, and working with small parts has also made him into a highly perceptive individual. However, while he isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty, which he does, his physical weakness makes him tend to simply hurt himself when trying to use his relatively small strength, in example to operate wrenches on adjusted cogs, or to lift heavy objects, which usually ends up with his left foot being slammed from above (it already being a running gag with the MS bay crew). He is also sensitive, both emotionally and physically, which means that while he has a better time perceiving the emotions of those around him and reacts far more dramatically to compliments, he's also the first one to crack while working under pressure, and he would certainly not be somebody the ship wants falling into hands capable of physically torturing him for information, even though he knows nothing valuable to begin with.

Appearance
As the crew’s bare eyes can tell, Nick is a somewhat short, lightly built boy with honey brown hair, somewhat collected from the way up but messily ending in a pair of upward-pointing fangs, probably a result of excessively wearing helmets that don't cover the lower part of his hair while not in a normal suit, which is necessary to avoid a possible death by hazard in his workplace. As others would put it, he also looks somewhat feminine, which combined with his nickname can lead new arrivals to think they're talking to a girl named Nicky. This allegedly does not sit well with him, with existing reports of occurrences in which he yells “It’s Nicholas, and Nicholas is a man's name!” and hurls wrenches at the offender in response. Despite all this fuzz, however, he has no intention of letting go of his prized hair, having brought himself to love it.

He usually wears a jade-colored zipper jacket, a pair of gray work trousers, black gloves and white rubber boots, all of them seemingly “appropiated” off a Federation worker's closet then stripped of EFSF badging, along with a purely cosmetic pair of transparent, round glasses with a silver frame. When around hazards, he dons a white, mildly chipped hard hat, and protective goggles. He also has claimed property over an orange and white pilot suit from the spacesuit cache, and he wears it when performing repairs on the outside of the ship or during battles.

History

Born on May the 13th of UC 0063, to a small and resource-strapped family that consisted of himself and his parents, living in one of the space colonies of Side 2, also known as Hatte, and working in a scrapyard, Nick always was curious, having a knack for disassembling things to examine their inner workings, which his peers compared to their Anatomy teacher's habit of vivisecting small animals. Still, they enjoyed his presence and had no trouble interacting with him, which meant he formed an average group of two frequent, best friends.

He usually helped out his dad, who salvaged things from the scrap to sell them at the Tinsel Market, until the age of sixteen, when his mother started taking him on her salvage trips to the outside of the space colony, to teach him the art of piloting the family's yellow mobile pod to fish out the remains of ships or outdated satellites. Once he had the hang of it, he would be left in charge of the task by his mother, who wanted to help in the scrapyard for a relaxing change.

However, in the same year, UC 0079, war broke out between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon, and Nick would be witness to the ruthlessness of the Principality when he saw Zeon Zaku IIs take one of the neighbouring colonies away for unknown purposes, leaving one cousin of his, who was visiting, effectively homeless. Both would later find out about the consequences of the failed Operation British, and would grow to despise Zeon for leveling Australia and gassing relatives and friends to death.

While many in the colony, including his best friends, attempted to join the Earth Federation, seeking refuge from Zeon or revenge for the absent Colony, Nick was wary of the instability of the region, and restrained himself from joining until it was obvious Zeon would lose and had no way of firing back at him. Then, in UC 0081, with the One Year War over, he left his underage cousin in charge of piloting the mobile pod for his parents to join the Federation's maintenance corps, mostly for a salary that would serve his family better and as a non-combatant, because even though he was no pacifist, he wanted to preserve himself alive. This job, ironically, would take him to Earth, where his life would be threatened during his first tour of duty in UC 0083, as Zeon remnants stormed Torrington Base in Australia by night, where he had been stationed as one of the new technicians for only three weeks, fixing up the aggressor units of the experimental team that tested new equipment. While he saved himself from being crushed by his own barracks and lived to help at Torrington after the attack, the events that transpired in space involving Torrington pilots and a Remnants ace would come back to haunt him when the EFF tried to cover up the existence of Anaheim Electronics’ Gundam Development Project. Having definitely caught a glimpse of the now nonexistant GP units the afternoon they arrived and during the attack, the EFF would place him on their watch list after ordering him never to speak of the incident. Said events would also light up a mild dislike for Zeon due to their actions, even though he secretly did agree with their initial ideology of procuring independence from the Earth Federation.

In UC 0087, after spending years working for the Federation on Earth to help his family become middle class, having taken basic MS piloting lessons and with the Gryps Conflict rolling, Nick would be transferred to outer space again, intended to arrive to Gryps 2 to work for the Titans, and the Salamis Kai he travelled in would take him back to Hatte, where the ship would be undergoing repairs after being damaged during ascent by a malfunctioning booster. Seeing a chance to see friends and family again, Nick took some leave and departed for his home colony to visit friends, unaware of the presence of an AEUG cell that tried to infiltrate the cruiser with unidentified inside help, intent on stealing the cruiser’s Mobile Suits. As the GM hijacking was stopped and the responsible men were apprehended or shot, one of Nick’s best friends was discovered to be one of the dead assailants, and Nick was subsequently suspected of being their inside man. With more than half their men dead and needing all the help they could get on their escape from, the AEUG cell successfully recruited him into their ranks by warning him of the impending arrival of a Federation party that wanted to arrest him and offering him and his family refuge from them. On the run and with no other choice to protect his loved ones from the wrath of the Titans, Nick effectively joined the Anti Earth Union Group.

His break would come on the days preceding Operation Maelstrom. With the Titans struggling to keep the Colony Laser from falling into the AEUG’s hands and asteroid Axis from accelerating towards the Gate of Zedan, the small AEUG cell would find themselves free to make their move after months of hiding, boarding a small space launch that would take them to an allied ship, the Salamis Kai-class Fandance, commanded by Captain Norman Jones and home to a three-member Rick Dias squadron, Team Libot, named after the Side 6 colony they all hailed from, led by One Year War veteran Ada Weiss. As the Gryps Conflict was approaching a close, the ship would travel towards the battlefield where the AEUG clashed with the Titans and Axis Zeon. However, the Fandance proved not speedy enough to arrive on time and provide support, and it would arrive to an empty battlefield, full of floating debris, destroyed ships and Mobile Suits of all kinds, as junk collectors feasted on the leftovers of the skirmish, ready to flood the markets with loads of fresh debris, inadvertently lowering the price of all junk.

After circling around the Colony Laser’s remains, dodging broken energy pillars, the Fandance would follow orders to retreat to the AEUG's headquarters in Von Braun after a disastrous survivor search-and-recovery mission, its departure adorned by a massive choir of automated distress signals that didn't link to living people anymore. The ship would then be marked for scrapping on arrival, being as the AEUG lacked the resources and crew to resupply and man it, and that what little crew, parts and supplies the ship had were better used somewhere else. Therefore, all hands would be reassigned to other posts, most of them being moved to the defense of the base and local industry, to help the AEUG recover from a war so it could immediately walk into another for the sake of Earth. However, Nick would be the exception. Due to a lack of MS pilots not assigned to guarding Von Braun, Nick would be summoned two nights after arrival to an apartment block for the details of a new, mysterious assignment, while only being warned to train beforehand by using MS simulators. While he knows that his new assignment will probably involve piloting Mobile Suits in battle and will therefore be dangerous, Nick has no way of denying his services, being indebted to the AEUG after they protected him and his family from the Titans during the Gryps Conflict, which means that he'll have to carry out his orders however served… to his death if necessary.


Possessions

Amongst various trinkets of varying importance, Nick owns:

Zapptronics E-Journal: A small blue e-diary that can record audio files and save, then sort out text logs by date.

Second-Hand Handgun: A hand-me-down projectile sidearm with an unusually polished slide (Nick's doing while hiding from the Titans) and a taped-together grip.

MSA-003T Trainer Nemo: An activation key for a Nemo, unit number #445, taken out of Von Braun's Mobile Suit surplus and currently stationed in a rusty ship Nick hasn't yet visited. Originally intended as a training unit, this Nemo can nonetheless perform exactly like its normal counterpart with no difference other than the yellow accents painted on the suit's limbs and head.

Kills
None

Roleplays
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeta Destiny [In Progress]

Coliseum battles
- Finding Nemos [Versus Roromi, lost]

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Comments

Character picture: I was originally going to use Michel Ninorich from The 08th MS Team as his appearance, but i was afraid that using UC characters wasn't allowed, so I looked for a similar character instead, and I found this guy from a web series called Voltron. I simply couldn't bring myself to not use him after I had seen those beautiful pointy things at the sides of his hair.

To Imperial System Users: Don't ever get mad at me for whatever this guy says. He's just a character that doesn't represent my political views, just like the Neo Zeon players probably don't endorse genocidal, fascist military dictatorships in real life. Probably...

Newfound Experience: I gave him at least a bit of basic MS experience in Earth. Because, let's face it. A Mobile Pod probably behaves nothing like military Mobile Suits, like the Nemo or the GM. Plus, his previous training would have made it all the much easier for you to kill him. You know who you are.

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Well-researched background and good character building.

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