Marine Captain Toro Kaneda - 'King'
The aging Achuran Kaneda leads the elite squad of Caldari Light Marines that comprises Kat's personal bodyguard, so called "Alpha Squad". Katrina Oniseki's longest serving and most experienced team of combat marines. King has seen his share of squadmates fall in battle, and has experienced enough close calls of his own. Nevertheless, the quiet and reserved man exhibits unyielding loyalty to the younger woman he has protected since childhood. If there is anybody in Alpha Squad who understands Katrina and her flaws, it is King... and Alpha Squad is honed and ready to fill in for those flaws at a moment's notice.
Toro Kaneda joined the Corporate Police Force at the age of sixteen, as is typical for Hyasyoda born young boys without academic aptitude. After a fairly standard career, he was transferred to garrison duty at the comfortable CPF-Hyasyoda Tube Child complex, where he was assigned to TAC (Teach-and-Command) to a group of young girls, of which a certain Katrina Oniseki was by far the most extroverted and promising. It was there he earned the child-given moniker of 'King', after his tendency to indulge them in children's games of King and Queen, playing the King. After all, he was their idol... everybody wanted to grow up and marry the King.
After Katrina's graduation and acceptance into the War Academy, Kaneda volunteered to follow her as a corporate oversight to Katrina's continuing education. 'Asset Oniseki' was by far one of Hyasyoda's most valuable human resources, a budding Capsuleer in the making. From there on out, Katrina Oniseki never went anywhere without her guardian close behind.
1st Marine Leiutenant Kara Velen
Kara Velen is a fiery second in command, easily the polar opposite of Kaneda's gentle and well mannered nature. Tending to be gruff and curt with most people, she leaves no room for guessing when she speaks. Most of her attitude comes from both misanthropy and arrogance. Despite those character flaws, her arrogance is not misplaced.
Born and raised in Mordu's Legion, Kara Velen is one of the finest marines on the squad, Zero earned her name through the simple record of 'zero losses' in almost any competitive endeavor she decides to try her hand at. Wrestling, cards, marksmanship, racing, and even drinking. Zero is known as a top notch example of the Legion's excellent training.
Kara found herself in Katrina's employ solely through the Capsuleer's habit of searching for survivors in recent shipwrecks. After a Mordus ship was destroyed during a fight with the Guristas, Kara was little more than an assumed casualty running out of time. without CONCORD nearby, her death was almost inevitable... until a certain Merlin decided to stop by the wreck and loot & rescue. Zero has never paid back that debt in her eyes.
Marine Sergeant Kaiko Ovoken
Elder sister of Ano Ovoken, Kaiko tends to be both protective and highly critical of her younger brother. While she never allows any outsider to slight her brother, she makes sure he gets his earful of 'constructive' criticism. She signed on the same year as her sibling to the Caldari Marine Expeditionary Force, quickly passing into the Shock-Drop program. As such, she had a remarkably short life expectancy, considering she was literally dropped into the planet's atmosphere from low orbit wearing little more than re-entry shielding and gear designed to slow her descent over her combat gear.
Serving multiple tours of duty in Black Rise, pushing out the Guristas that held the planets, she established a fairly distinguished record. Xinny serves as the squads expert on planetary warfare and survival, as well as orbital insertion. She and her brother mustered out of the Force after the Luminaire Blitz, finally having had enough of Heth's policies. They placed mercenary contracts up, and were soon after hired by Katrina.
Her callsign is a bit of a mystery, except to her brother who will not share the secret. Rumor has it she earned the nickname in CMEF Boot Camp, but the two siblings merely smirk at that, never confirming nor denying.
Marine Corporal Piertalen Osmen
Corporal Osmen is the squad's scout-sniper, which should explain his callsign. Despite his job, he tends to be one of the loudest talking and jittery of the bunch, typically skittish and introverted. He could best be described as socially awkward. His big blue eyes probably don't help the whole callsign thing, but he doesn't seem to mind. Eyes is also the only team member to openly state his attraction to Katrina, which, again, lends to the callsign.. 'Piert only has Eyes for the skipper.'
His work history is sketchy, but both Katrina and King swear by his background, and the squad swears by his skill. Eyes has on multiple occasions demonstrated a violently short-fused resentment toward Capsuleers, with Katrina being a notable exception. Even so, there is no question where his loyalties are. Fairly religious for a Caldari, he is often heard praying (quickly) to his Ancestors over various mundane things .
Marine Corporal Ano Ovoken
Younger and far less out-spoken than his sister, Ano is not exactly the black sheep. A master of urban warfare, Ano lead his own fireteam back in the CMEF, and was responsible for both atrocities and heroics in Black Rise. He may not be very socially adept, and especially not with women, but his exceptional skill in close quarters combat offers him his share of respect.
Despite this skill, he tends to be very clumsy, and it is listed in his State Records that he was globally banned from any museums on at least two different worlds. Dishes is reluctant to talk about the incident referred to in his record, but it's clear enough that he must have smashed some artifact of great historical importance, likely by accident.
Like his sister, he mustered out of CMEF after the Luminaire Blitz, displeased with the new Provist agenda. Again like his sister, he signed on with Katrina as soon as their contracts were picked up.
Marine Private Furas Tarumo
The hulk of a Civire known as Furas Tarumo is hard to hide, but hard to take down. Unlike the rest of the team, Duke never served in any official military work, instead working as a mercenary and bodyguard from the get-go. Though quiet and generally dim-witted in social situations, Duke has nevertheless displayed an extraordinary aptitude in combat that gives him his place on the team.
His work history is what you'd expect from his line of work. Plenty of unsavory employers and locales, most of them protected successfully by Duke, and not-so-successfully after his departure. Duke could best be described as a living tank. Small arms can take him down like any other man, but he has a habit of bullying through wounds that might cripple a lesser man.
As a support weapons and demolitions expert, he tends to also be the pack mule. He seems comfortable with this arrangement though, as Duke already relies on his lighter and faster squadmates to cover him even without any extra weight. In any combat situation, Duke is typically the 'anchor' for the squad, and his advance into hostile territory acts like an immovable object of firepower. Letting Duke get closer to your position means losing your position that much sooner.
Marine Private Tarak Okano
Tarak Okano is a rarity from the State, a mixed race Brutor-Civire man. Bear sports the blonde hair of a Civire, but the dark skin of a Brutor, and many wouldn't guess he has any Caldari in him at all, leading to many costly underestimations of his ability. Despite his Brutor blood, Bear tends to be very polite and expertly versed in the customs and traditions of the Caldari. So much so that even Katrina herself has gone to him for advice and introspection. Raised in a SuVee household, he also exhibits the famous SuVee tenacity and shrewd wit when dealing with others.
Tarak Okano served as a mercenary for hire much like Duke, though he only took jobs from State Megacorporations. Often serving as third party security for hire on outlying stations, his work record is clean as a whistle, without a single infarction or negative comment. While not quite as large as Duke, Bear is a heavy-set man. Most of that weight is evenly distributed, and backed up by more than enough muscle to move it. With trunk like arms and a booming voice, his callsign's inspiration, Bear is no easy man to dance with in close quarters.
Marine Private Akira Yakimi
Akira Yakimi is a gifted electronics technician from the Science and Trade Institute, making him the only member of the team that has a degree from one of the 'big three' Caldari colleges. There are few computer systems Rabbit cannot hack, slice, splice, or otherwise undermine in some manner. He is the squad's expert in what they like to call 'gentle entry', a euphemistic innuendo and counterpart to 'forced entry' situations.
Young and small by team standards, the Achuran man isn't at much need for physical strength, as his job requirements rarely lead him into direct confrontation, instead allowing for Alpha Squad to dictate the engagement's situation. Akira graduated from the Institute's program for Explosive Ordinance Development and Disarming (EODD), and he often works alongside Duke to provide technical assistance to sensitive demolitions and bomb disposal.
Marine Private Anken Velen
Jukebox, so named because he tends to sing in combat, is your typical Deteis marine. New to the squad, Anken is a smooth and suave womanizer and gambler. It should be noted that he is a fairly poor gambler, thanks to his apparent inability to not sing-song when he has a good hand.
He served as a shipboard marine in the CMEF, and has plenty of ship-to-ship boarding experience under his belt to know what he's doing. This offers him an unusually extensive familiarity with the interior layouts of foreign vessels for a baseliner. Mustering out after the end of his third tour, he answered an ad for Katrina's recruiters, joining her marine units and eventually getting accepted to Alpha Squad.
In combat, he is usually tasked with recon, extraction, and the infamous rear-guard... one of the notoriously dangerous positions on the team. His predecessor fell in combat, and it was only four or so months ago that he almost did too. Despite these drawbacks, Jukebox is easily one of the most hot-headed and courageous men on the team, often never hesitating to cover a friend from live fire or stay behind to assure extraction from the zone.
Marine Private Saska Uita
The newest member of Alpha Squad, the Tube Child Saska Uita is a strikingly beautiful Civire blonde, yet also strikingly dangerous. A close quarters combat expert and former 'Tactical Elimination' operative for Kaalakiota, Saska is the only true assassin in Katrina's employ. This is a fact not so well regarded by the rest of the team, who consider her former line of work to be little more than paid murder.
Regardless nobody questions her loyalty to the team and Katrina. Trained from birth to kill, Saska is a product of State abuse with the Tube Child program. Once Haatakan Oiritsuu was ousted, Saksa quickly found herself on the run from Provist hunters. This is a fact that only King and Katrina know, and is the strongest reason why Saska is kept both low-profile and close.