By Brian Appleton, (c) 1998
REAL NAME: Donald A. Poe
OCCUPATION: FBI special agent; Delta Green agent
EDUCATION: U.S. Army boot camp; FBI academy, Quantico
SPECIALTIES: Field operations, reconnaisance
BACKGROUND: Donald A. Poe was born in 1944 to a single mother, for his father was killed somewhere in France before his birth. He grew up in South Dakota where his mother made ends meet as best as she could, working as a seamstress. At the age of seventeen, Donald joined the U.S. Army to help support his mother. Due to his great size and strength and an uncanny ability to react to any tactical situation, he sped through the ranks of the Army’s non-commissioned officers and soon rose to staff sergeant. Poe served four tours of duty in Vietnam in the infantry.
During his tours in Vietnam, Poe became extremely disillusioned about America’s involvement in Asia and the seemingly ineffectual leadership of the Army’s higher command. Soon the only sources of enjoyment he had were dangerous scouting missions–for which he always volunteered–and the hauntingly bizarre poetry we wrote. He took such delight in his recon missions that he began making a grotesque necklace of severed pinky fingers which he cut from his slain enemies. He also took great pleasure in unleashing massive amounts of firepower at enemy forces, so much so that he was given the nickname of Wildfire by his men.
Then in 1969, Poe’s life was forever changed by a certain spook mission–Operation OBSIDIAN, the mission that led to the disbandment of Delta Green. It was a holocaust. Poe was one of a bare handful of soldiers to survive the mission; the other survivors included Reginald Fairfield and Adolph Lepus.
After the war, Poe spent several years abusing himself and his body with drugs, wanting only to bury the memories of Vietnam. In the late 1970s, he finally underwent drug-abuse treatment and straightened his life out. He enrolled in the FBI training courses at Quantico and soon became an agent.
But Poe’s brief encounter with Delta Green in Vietnam was not just a one-time occurrence. He was recruited in the mid-1980s, and has been a valuable asset ever since. One disturbing assignment brought him face-to-face with Adolph Lepus, whom Poe hadn’t seen since OBSIDIAN. The encounter was not pleasant, and Poe is determined to learn more about Lepus and whoever his masters may be.
CONTACT INFORMATION: TUO@aol.com
STATS FOR SIMULATION EXERCISES:
Donald A. Poe, age 54 in 1998
Education: U.S. Army boot camp; FBI academy, Quantico
Occupation: FBI special agent; Delta Green agent
STR 17 CON 16 SIZ 17 DEX 12
APP 8 INT 14 POW 9 EDU 14
HP 17 MP 9 SAN 52
Idea 70% Luck 45% Know 70%
Damage Bonus: +1D6
Skills: Chemistry 26%, Computer Use 20%, Conceal 40%, Climb 59%, Cthulhu Mythos 8%, Demolitions 10%, Dodge 34%, Drive Automobile 37%, First Aid 35%, Hide 61%, Jump 38%, Law 22%, Listen 77%, Navigate (Land) 50%, Occult 20%, Parachute 28%, Sneak 67%, Spot Hidden 69%, Swim 30%, Throw 50%, Track 48%
Languages: English (own) 70%, Vietnamese 20%
Attacks: Pistol 54%, Rifle 47%, SMG 64%, Knife 35%, Grapple 45%, Fist/Punch 63%
Appearance (as of 1998): Poe is a huge specimen of a man at 6’5″, 275 lbs. He is still strong and firmly muscled even at the age of 54. He has greying brown hair and stone-cold, icy-blue eyes. There is a nasty, jagged scar that runs down the left side of his face. He wears a black business suit when working but prefers to be more casual in private life, with a black T-shirt and jeans. Poe always carries a Colt Delta 10mm handgun in a shoulder holster but carries a H&K MP5 on the dangerous parts of missions.