Troll in the Playground
Re: Vistas of a New World
The Office of Liason to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (OLAIOC)
Roshan Shahriar Bahman
A major stockholder in Anglo-Indian Oil, Roshan is charismatic, greedy, and ambitious. In addition to the companies investment, Roshan has invested significant portions of his own finances into the venture. Eager to ensure his investment bears fruit, the company was more than willing for him to oversee the venture personally.
Major Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh is an american-born US military man. Born in 1917, his father fought and died in WWI, while his mother stayed at home. As a geologist there wasn't much call for her work during the war, but after she was always busy, joining expeditions abroad to all manner of countries.
Peter would always go with her, and spent nearly the first two decades of his life travelling around the world. Though not interested in geology, he developed a keen interest in foreign cultures, history and art. When he reached adulthood he began travelling on his own, exploring the corners of the earth, and earning his living as an artist.
When the United states entered the Second World War, Peter was conscripted. Though initially hesitant to fight, he quickly developed a remarkable conviction. His years of exploration had given him keen love of the world, that now translated into a strong desire to protect it, and the people within.
Peter saw his first combat in the battle of Buna-Gona. Overconfident, and eager to push the Japanese out of New Guinea, the US forces charged head-long into the Japanese defences, suffering a serious of devastating losses. A member of the 32nd infantry division, Peter's company was one of the only to penetrate any significant distance past the enemy lines, which unfortunately meant becoming trapped when the US retreated.
Cut off without supplies, riddled with disease, and with dozens of fresh barely trained troops, the situation seemed dire. Unable to deal with the situation, the acting captain broke-down. With no source of orders, and determined to get back to safety, Peter assumed command. Though inexperienced, his conviction affected the men, propelling them forward.
The fighting was dire, but within a few days, the company pushed back to the US lines, almost entirely intact. Peter was praised for his work, and promoted to Captain.
Over the next nine years, Peter's success continued; by the end of World War II he was a lieutenant colonel. By the fourth offensive of the Korean war, he was a brigadier, commanding a couple thousand men as part of the US Eighth Army. On March 14th as part of Operation Ripper, the eighth army, along with the rest of the UN forces, attacked Seoul. Facing superior odds, the communist forces retreated, seeming to abandon the city entirely.
Expecting no resistance, Peter was commanded to secure the two north-most districts of the city. To his surprise, resistance was encountered. A barricade of hastily built-fortifications blocked their capture of the city, the forces behind them firing on the US troops when they approached. Unsure what to do, Peter acted on initiative, attacking the fortifications with overwhelming force.
The enemy were soundly defeated, dying in the thousands, with practically no casualties among Peter's men. It was only afterwards that what had just occurred became apparent. The communist forces had abandoned the city entirely. Peter had just slaughtered civilians; men, women and children alike. Fearing their city would be devastated, as it was attacked for the fourth time in under a year, the populace were just trying to protect themselves.
Where the US had meet the same resistance in other areas to the city, the populace had been convinced to stand-down peacefully. Peter was the only to respond with force. Within a day it was featured in the international news. Portrayed as a brutal slaughter of innocents, the United Nations condemned Peter's actions, blaming him, and the United States for the incident.
Only Peter's record prevented court-martial. Demoted to Major, and removed from active combat, he spent the rest of the war guarding the back lines. When the Korean War he seriously considering leaving the military, but decided against it. Leaving would have been an insult to those he killed. Staying gave him the chance to fight on their behalf, to do good in their name.
Determined to put his all into the fight, he never really got the opportunity. No matter how hard he worked no-one wanted to give him any responsibility, for fear of what he would do.
Three years later, the Special Logistics Department began searching for candidates to serve in their departments. Peter's skill and determination made him a prime candidate, though his reputation was a serious issue. Eventually a compromise was found; the AIID needed a military man, but was a civilian unit, calming concerns of another catastrophe. Peter accepted, unsure of what he was getting himself into, but grateful to be given some measure of trust.
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