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2nd Lieutenant Isra Swanson

Name Isra 'Hide' Swanson

Position Marine

Rank 2nd Lieutenant


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Cardassian
Age 27

Physical Appearance

Height 5' 10"
Weight 120 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Grey
Physical Description Hide looks born to do what he does - a darker shade of the typical Cardassian complexion and a lean frame lend themselves to vanishing in shadows and bracken as a sniper. Though maintaining a high level of physical fitness from daily training, he has always been underweight and it shows most in the bony protrusions of his ridges.

He has a decorative branding across his back in a vaguely tribal style that disguises the scars and burns he received in the building collapse that killed his biological parents.

Family

Spouse
Children
Father Edward Swanson – Adoptive
Mother Gayle Swanson – Adoptive
Brother(s)
Sister(s) Mary Swanson
Other Family

Personality & Traits

General Overview Though bearing a Cardassian forename and a Human surname, combining his blood and adoptive backgrounds, Isra is most at ease with the nickname he received in marine training for his thick skin and his aptitude for camouflage and concealment: 'Hide'. A primarily withdrawn individual, Hide comes off as methodical, stoic and taking pride in being good at his job. He sees the most successful missions as the ones where he wasn't noticed in his capacity as a marksman.

Spending many hours in solitude observing and stalking a target over his career so far has fed into his self-assigned image as a loner, though he does greatly relish the company of others. Anxiety keeps him on the edge of social gatherings, to his own frustration, but the friends he keeps are longstanding, respected and fiercely protected. Friends and comrades seem to him an extended family, something he is far more interested in than his own Cardassian heritage.

In this light he likes to volunteer himself where he could be helpful as his specific skills are rarely called for, and has spent much time working with security departments as well as medics and one botanist, for whom he once retrieved a rare flower from a high-altitude hide site. He is very patient, content to give his time to others, and acceptingly open-minded of most of what the universe has to offer.

Strengths & Weaknesses Hide's greatest strength is his skill with a high-precision rifle, Cardassian eyesight making up for targeting equipment where such things cannot be taken. In addition to marksmanship, he has also excelled at camouflage, field craft, infiltration, reconnaissance and observation techniques. Being a sniper is the only activity he ever found he was good at, and was trained to the highest level as such. He knows to squeeze the trigger straight back with the ball of his finger to avoid jerking the gun sideways, and to fire on empty lungs and between heartbeats to minimise barrel motion.

As good a sniper as he is, he is equally as bad at relaxing. Gambling and games are something of a mystery to him, he has never stuck at drinking long enough to set back his metabolism, and he has a hang-up about being productive. Hide works to live and lives to work, and seriously needs to learn how to have some fun.
Ambitions As an individual, Hide views himself as a tool to be used at the Federation’s discretion, and wishes only to fulfil his duties whatever and wherever they may be. In this light, he is not ambitious, though deep down he yearns to prove himself to those who rejected him for his species.
Hobbies & Interests Working out, reading, holodeck time and old Earth action films (with popcorn), though one of those he wouldn't readily admit to.

Languages Federation Standard, Cardassian

Personal History A civilian terrorist attack on the offices adjacent to his family home rendered Hide an orphan at eight years of age. Without family and thus any entitlement to help, the Federation took him into care and he was quickly adopted by the human Swanson family. Home schooled due to his new parents’ fears of him not being accepted in the local school, the Swansons were keen to keep him knowledgeable of his own culture though Hide resisted this, seeing the Cardassian Union as having abandoned him when he was orphaned.

An innate desire to be useful guided Hide into joining Starfleet Academy with an interest in security. When his natural talents leaned more towards covert attacks and surveillance than investigation and police work, he took the advice of his supervisors and joined the marines. A slow metabolism, superior Cardassian eyesight and a low heat signature coupled with natural skill lent him towards marksmanship as a specialism, and he spent years being periodically deployed from base as a sniper. It does not always sit well with him that this is the only thing he’s ever been good at. Long periods spent alone on missions and naturally isolating himself bred a shyness and social anxiety that he still struggles to overcome, presenting a gruff exterior in crowds as a mask to disguise a fear of making a bad impression and being poorly judged.
Service Record 2375 - 2379: Starfleet Academy
2379 - 2381: Starfleet Marine OTS
2381 - Present: Second Lieutenant, Marine Officer – Sniper specialism, undisclosed periodic dispatch as required.