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Meet Mass Effect's Ashley Williams

Posted by: Dan at 10/16/2007 12:52 PM
In a continuing effort to introduce the characters of Mass Effect, the team has released the bio of Ashley Madeline Williams, gunnery chief of the 2nd Frontier Division on Eden Prime. See the release from the Mass Effect Team and the complete Bio on Ashley Williams after the jump:


Hi,

We're nearly a month away from the Nov. 20 launch date for "Mass Effect," and we'd like to continue giving you a rundown of the main characters that you'll encounter in the game.

Meet Ashley Madeline Williams, gunnery chief of the 2nd Frontier Division on Eden Prime. During training, she certified proficient with the standard-issue M7 Lancer assault rifle and light and standard weight combat hardsuits. Among her notable characteristics are her steadfast endurance and aggressive instincts, which have made her into a reliable and dedicated non-commissioned officer. Every year since enlistment, she has used her mandatory week of leave to visit her family on Amaterasu. In 2181, she made an exceptional request for a week-long leave of absence from her posting at the Czarnobóg Fleet Depot, citing family issues. Additionally, her political opinions have proven problematic, given the focus on improving relations with the Citadel.

For additional information on "Mass Effect," please visit http://masseffect.bioware.com<http://masseffect.bioware.com/>. "Mass Effect" is rated M for Mature.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on the next character profile update in the near future.

Sincerely,
The "Mass Effect" team




NAME: Ashley Madeline Williams

RANK: Gunnery Chief

MILITARY VOCATIONAL CODE: B4

CURRENT POSTING: 2nd Frontier Division, Eden Prime



DATE OF BIRTH: April 14, 2158

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vercingetorix Outpost, Planet Sirona, 61 Ursae Majoris System

BLOOD TYPE: B-positive

GENETIC ENHANCEMENTS:

In-utero vision correction (maternal predisposition for nearsightedness)
Class-B Alliance Infantry Upgrade Package


DOSSIER:

Following family tradition, Chief Williams enlisted in the Alliance Marines directly out of high school and was assigned to the Recruit Training Depot in Macapá, Brazil.



During training, she certified proficient with the standard-issue M7 Lancer assault rifle and light and standard weight combat hardsuits. She completed certification in zero-gee combat aboard the Rakesh Sharma [c1] Orbital Platform in Earth geosynchronous orbit. For Hostile Environment Assault Training, she was assigned to Fort Charles Upham [c2] on Saturn’s moon Titan. She was awarded a commendation for her bold assault technique in a field exercise simulating an attack on turian point defense emplacements.



Drill Instructor Gunnery Chief Ellison noted her steadfast endurance and aggressive instincts, and promoted her to the role of squad leader. After observing her effective tutelage of the less skilled members of her training unit, he promoted her to platoon guide. She maintains a friendly correspondence with DI Ellison.



Chief Williams has served in a number of ground force garrisons on Alliance colony worlds and industrial outposts. She has repeatedly requested transfer to a shipboard posting, but each request has been denied without comment by her superiors.



Every year since enlistment, she has used her mandatory week of leave to visit her family on Amaterasu. In 2181, she made an exceptional request for a week-long leave of absence from her posting at the Czarnobóg Fleet Depot, citing family issues.



PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:

Chief Williams’ platoon has logged unanimous positive feedback on her leadership in the recent fitness review cycle. Private Nirali Bahtia praised her focus on team-building exercises and “tough but fair” discipline.



Williams is a reliable and dedicated noncommissioned officer, but her service in rear-area garrisons has prevented her from gaining actual combat experience. Her aggressive instincts and tendency to speak bluntly are suitable for a field unit, but might lead to complications if her duties require her to interact with civilians. Additionally, her political opinions may be problematic, given the focus on improving relations with the Citadel.


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[c1]The first Indian astronaut.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakesh_sharma

[c2]A New Zealand soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross twice in World War II.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Upham