Lucas Ryan was a Caucasian male with rugged good looks. He kept his sandy brown hair cut short and had gray eyes. He stood six feet tall and possessed a powerful build. As Grenadier he wore city camouflage fatigues, sturdy combat boots and a helmet with a blurred, feature-obscuring face plate.
An image of Grenadier can be found here.
Lucas was in excellent physical shape, maintained by regular exercise and a (mostly) healthy diet.
Skills: A trained Army soldier, Lucas possessed basic hand-to-hand fighting skills and was able to employ a wide variety of ranged weapons, from pistols, to rifles, to machine guns, to grenade launchers. Lucas had also been trained to operate basic Army vehicles and he was a skilled motorcycle rider from his time before joining the Army.
Lucas was a talented armorer, he also possessed some basic skill in automotive and motorcycle repair.
Lucas was fluent in Arabic and Spanish.
Equipment: Lucas employed a high performance motorcycle to get around town on. He wore a costume consisting of duraweave and teflex, advanced bullet and shrapnel resistant materials. His helmet was made of kevlar and was equipped with an advanced communications suite that coud be put on display to his fogged face plate. The plate gave him anti-glare protection as well as low light, infra red and telescopic abilities and he often wore a portable gas mask beneath it. Around his throat was a voice distorting device to give him a more menacing growl.
Lucas employed a six barrel grenade launcher. He avoided using lethal grenades so he could stay on the good side of the police, so his conventional grenades were solid slug stun charges, tear gas, smoke. Still, he kept on hand a few offensive and defensive fragmentary grenades, just in case things got hairy. He was also armed with a 15 round .45 caliber pistol.
Lucas was often outfitted with a variety of basic and easily accessible equipment (i.e. wire cutters, zip ties, etc.).
ORIGIN: Lucas had been a bit of a jock in high school, but he had not been good enough to earn a football scholarship. His best option was to join the Army and learn a trade. There he discovered that he had a talent for handling and taking care of firearms. He served his time and upon leaving the Army he had set up a plan to open up a gun store and shooting range with a friend. He had secured a loan from the bank, had the store purchased and things seemed to be going well.
And then one night when he was at a bar with friends a shoot out happened. The bar was sprayed with bullets and Lucas was almost shot in the head. His friend Ryan was not so lucky; he had taken two slugs in the chest and lay dead. The shooter got away and the police had no leads. Lucas decided to do something about it. His connections with the military allowed him to acquire some less than legal gear and he set about tracking down the shooter. He found the man and discovered why he had shot up the bar; it seemed he had been targeting one of the patrons and Lucas and is friend Ronald had simply been in the line of fire. Lucas had wanted to kill the man, to spill his brains all over the street. But he had seen a little too much of that sort of thing in the Afghanistan and he didn’t want to bring the war home with him. Instead he left the man at police headquarters with a note explaining his connection to the shooting, and he let the man know what might happen to him if he did not confess.
The incident left Lucas still feeling a little jaded. The police weren’t perfect and despite Science City being a great place to live there was a dirty underside no one really talked about, a place where crime thrived. Lucas decided maybe there was another war to fight and he decided to become the Grenadier part time.
Lucas had a successful career as a vigilante; he racked up many wins due to the tactical approach he took to fighting crime. But injuries had begun to catch up to him and even the most advanced medical science could not stave off approaching middle age. Finally one night Lucas was out-matched and he died on his way to the hosptial.
A modest memorial was erected on the street corner where died, a bronze plaque set in the sidewalk with the words “Grenadier, Lucas Ryan, a good man who loved his city”.