Special Agent Thomas Weston

Special Agent Thomas Weston
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, 701st Military Police Group, Field Investigation Unit

Background

November 4, 1979: Thomas Weston is born to Rosemary and Bill Weston, the fourth of seven boys. Bill was unable attend his son's birth as he was in Jubail, Saudia Arabia at that time, working as a welder for the Bechtel Corporation. Concurrently, the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line were invading the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

March 17, 1985: Thomas Weston, youngest of four sons, savagely beats Ezzat Batebi, son of an Iranian dentist who had fled in the 1979 diaspora, at the urging of his brothers. Jeremy is hospitalized for two weeks. When questioned by a Social Services worker why he did so, Thomas responded, "Bill Jr. told me to. He was one of them fuckin' ragheads." Elsewhere, the National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 166 was adopted, indicating a strong change in US policy in which victory in Afghanistan was considered attainable.

August 31, 1991: Thomas Weston undergoes baptism at the Bible Baptist Church of Anderson, SC. Although not previously a regular attendee of any church outside of major holidays, he is introduced to the church following his mother Rosemary's conversion six months previous. He will continue to regularly attend service at the Bible Baptist Church until he graduates from Anderson High School in 1997. Bill Weston will never attend services with his son, and moves into an apartment in Greenville, SC two years later. Across the globe, the Supreme Soviet of Uzbekistan declared the republic independent of the USSR following the coup against Gorbachev.

June 26, 1997: Thomas Weston receives a letter of acceptance from University of South Carolina three weeks after graduation from Anderson High School, a ceremony that his father would not attend. Weston would major in Criminology with a minor in Religious Studies and would also enroll in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) following four years in Junior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). Meanwhile, President Rahmonov of Tajikistan, United Tajik Opposition leader Sayid Abdulloh Nuri and Russian President Boris Yeltsin met in the Kremlin to finish negotiating a peace agreement which would end the five year civil war.

February 16, 1999: While listening to a debate on God's unwillingness to end human suffering in "Introduction to Reason and Faith" Thomas Weston comes to the conclusion that there is no God. Two days previous he was informed that his father, Bill Weston, had fallen to his death while working in Jubail after nearly twenty years spent building the industrial city. Thomas would not attend his funeral. Soon thereafter Weston, who had already been involved with the College Republicans, began reading The Real Majority by Ben Wattenberg and Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea by Irving Kristol along with Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged at the urging of his then-girlfriend and strongly identified with those works. While he never publicly admitted to being an atheist or an objectivist, and continues to attend weekly services, he came to view religion as a convenient tool to push the propagation of free market capitalism and democratic systems of government. That same day, Uzbek President Islam Karimov narrowly avoids assassination by Muslim extremists when several bombs are set off in Tashkent.

May 28, 2002: Having graduated from the University of South Carolina, Thomas Weston is shipped to Fort Benning, Georgia to undergo basic training. Following that, he will attend Basic Officers Training Course I & II, followed by Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course III before joining the 40th Military Police Detachment as a Military Police Lieutenant. In New York, the recovery effort at the World Trade Center is officially ended with a ceremony attended by hundreds of rescue and recovery workers, family members of victims, and (of course) politicians.

February 3, 2004: After a long series of interviews and background checks, Thomas Weston is admitted to the Army Criminal Investigation Command and is assigned to ship out to Mosul with the 75th Military Police Detachment, following the completion of his training. He fails to catch the news that day, which reports the CIA's admission that there was no immediate threat of weapons of mass destruction from Iraq in the lead-up to the war. When he is informed a few days later, this bothers him not at all.

October 9, 2004: During the lead-up to the Battle of Mosul Thomas Weston murders a fellow human being for the first time while returning fire from an RPG attack by a local Sunni insurgent displeased by the CIA's alliance with the Kurds. It would only be three years later, while extremely drunk, that he would explain to his best friend both the horror and freedom he experienced in that act. 33 days later he would kill two more people while retreating from an Iraqi police station that was being overrun by insurgents. At the same time he pulled the trigger Afghanis were experiencing their first direct election for president.

December 24, 2007: [REDACTED DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS] Elsewhere in the region, Islam Karimov is reelected president of Uzbekistan in what is widely considered to be a rigged contest, earning 88.1% of the vote.

January 20, 2009: Thomas Weston finishes training to become a special agent in the Field Investigative Unit (FIU) for the 701st Military Police Group. That same day Barack Obama is sworn in as president of the United States. For the first time in ten years Weston prays to God, appealing for him to set the country straight once more.

Personality

Thomas Weston is a career-oriented no-nonsense officer who has come to view the world through a very narrow lens that emphasizes the cultural and military superiority of the United States. His views are informed primarily by neoconservative doctrine, objectivism, and (to a lesser extent) the Southern Baptist Convention. While he no longer believes in God, Weston is still a staunch social conservative, believing that traditional Christian values must be upheld and propagated throughout the rest of the world. The resulting disdain for other cultures has led him to have almost no interest in learning about the people of the places where he is stationed, as he would rather spend the majority of his time within the comfortable bubble of base life: working out, watching American television and playing violent video games.

Being a deeply private man, Weston maintains friendly if superficial relations with the other members of his unit, many of whom would be surprised if they were informed of his strong political opinions. He prefers to compartmentalize the various aspects of his life and can seem somewhat distant to those around him, although he is extremely courteous and quick to volunteer time to any group that he is a part of. This compartmentalization has soured the few relationships he has undertaken, along with his fixation with recreating the explicit sexual violence so lovingly portrayed in Ayn Rand's novels. Late at night, he occasionally wonders if the excitement he felt in the act of murder is tied to this in any way. He has come to view sex as an exercise of little consequence, a duty to be performed with prostitutes when the opportunity arises.

Questions

What's the worst thing he ever did?

The beating of Ezzat Batebi. He has thought of the attack only rarely over the last few years and no longer feels any guilt for his actions.

What is his Dark Secret?

His desire to kill again. While Weston will not actively seek out the opportunity to do so, he is fascinated by the strong feeling the experience evoked, and is hoping for the chance to relive it.

Who is someone important to them? A hero? A friend? A mentor? A fictional character?

Ronald Reagan.

Who (or what?) is their ideal love interest?

Dagny Taggart

How are they connected to one (or more) of the other characters?

Although he has yet to meet the rest of the team, Weston has had the opportunity to review their case files and is privately disgusted by the lot of them. Suspicious of liberals, contemptuous of intellectuals, and disdainful towards expatriates, he considers them to be a danger to his operation and fools who must be humored only for political reasons.

What's their attitude to the supernatural? Have they ever been exposed to it?

[REDACTED DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS]

Describe a local NPC that he trusts, and a local NPC that he doesn't.

He doesn't trust any of them.

How do they like Central Asian food?

He's never tried it, nor would he be interested in doing so.

If, for some reason, he was part of an underfunded anti-supernatural conspiracy, would he be a Cowboy, Crusader, Crackpot or Careerist?

Crusader.

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