Place of birth: Vladivostok, Promorsky Krai, Russia
Ivan keeps the details of his biography to himself, sometimes joking that his family name is too well-known to mention. This has caused a lot of speculation. However, even analysts at Practical Robotics know only that from time to time Ivan visits the last resting place of a group of operatives who worked for one private military company. They all died in a fierce firefight more than five years ago, but it is not even confirmed that Ivan was present at the battle, and if so, which side he was on. All data on the details and goals of that conflict were apparently destroyed by the interested parties. And it seems very unlikely that Ivan will ever speak of it.
Ivan is well-known among the eastern European PMC operatives and their coordinators. Not as a person—no one can boast friendship with him—but as the owner of a unique and very memorable (if one lives through the encounter) exoskeleton. Ivan holds a degree in engineering, and he spent the money from his first mercenary contracts on creating his unique armor. It is specially fitted to his combat style and his favored tactics and strategies. The design of this exoskeleton is of utmost interest to several military hardware manufacturers. However, Ivan steadfastly refuses to reveal his secrets, and no one has ever managed to capture him or his suit in combat.
Four years ago, Ivan moved to the United States and quit his mercenary career for reasons unknown. It is only from this moment forward that information on the “Armored Russian” can be considered factually reliable.
He traded his merc lifestyle for an attempt to enter the world of music. Together with his nephew, Ivan created a punk band, and its first videos quickly attracted the attention of both content aggregator bots and human users. However, appallingly improper lyrics unfortunately thwarted all commercial prospects for the band and scared away large promoter agencies. Social media did not bring much popularity to the band either—automatic censorship systems blocked the provocative content to protect users. Ivan attempted to find ways to reach a wider audience with the help of old-style live performances, but the band kept accumulating debts.
In the end, Ivan was forced to resume his mercenary career—the only way he could raise the money for his music project and break the tether imposed by producers. The Armored Russian was back in the field, and the demand for his services soared. Although major PMCs did not want to risk dealing with such an infamous individual, Practical Robotics was never hampered by bias.
n combat, Ivan displays a unique mix of abilities that leads him to victory. On the one hand, his unpredictability helps him prevail over the programming of enemy robots and drones. On the other hand, his adamant resolve and clever use of intimidation tactics are guaranteed to break the morale of enemy pilots and operators. The Armored Russian has no equal among either men or machines.
Interceptor Drone—overrides control protocols of enemy vehicles