Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Captain Massimo De Luca "Advocate"
Unit Lawyer and Chief Contract Negotiator - Unit S-1 (Personnel)
Captain Massimo “Advocate” has waving collar length black hair and blue eyes. When not in his MechWarrior uniform, he is always dressed in a perfectly pressed, tailored suit with matching shirt and shoes. Advocate loves the game of poker and will find a game wherever available, though not very good his skills seem to improve every time he plays. Every once in a while, he talks about an ancient technology called “Porche” or “Carrera” that he wouldn’t mind getting his hands on.
Captain Massimo “Advocate” is a Veteran Mech Pilot, but also a Veteran Lawyer and Logistics Administrator. He pilots a FLS-8K Flashman. He has taken on an apprentice, Junior Tech Sadiya Najeeb, a local girl from Dunkelheim that works to keep his office organized and maintain personnel files. He has also hired a personal assistant, Trooper Valerie Irons “Barb Wire” to look after his own business interests. His personal MechTech is Tech Lorelai Vansen “Rory”, who leads her team in maintaining Advocate’s Flashman.
Gunnery/ Mech: 5
Piloting/ Mech: 4
Protocol/ Free World: 3
Career/ Soldier: 3
Martial Arts: 3
Small Arms: 2
Piloting/Air Vehicle 2
Sensor Operations 2
Art/Music (guitar) 1
Melee Weapons 0
Weapon Spec (Energy)
Advocate was born on the planet Dieudonne, in 2992 at the city of New Bastogne. His father, Benedict De Luca, was a well-respected officer within the Free World League Military assigned to the command center for all operations in the Terran region. Advocate’s Mother pampered him and his father did not want that, so he decided that Military School would harden him up. Even though Advocate was not from a noble family he was allowed to attend Princefield Academy because of his father’s connection with the Marik Militia.
At Princefield, Advocate excelled in many of the courses and was allowed to train as a MechWarrior. After Princefield, Advocate realized that a MechWarrior was not something he wanted to do as a career. Pushed by his father to enlist in the military Advocate enrolled knowing that if he wanted to he could pursue a career as a lawyer as long as he completed one tour of duty. Enlisting in the Free World League Military, Advocate got his University degree in Law at the prestigious Marik Law School. After which he served with the Free World League Military, working closely with the Director of Intelligence, negotiating contracts with individual MechWarriors, mercenary warriors, military manufacturer, and some classified “interviews”.
When his tour of duty was finished, he was recruited by Irian Technologies to negotiation contracts with the Free World League Military. During this time Advocate’s father mysteriously disappeared and he receive a message saying “Your father was a threat to our cause so he has been eliminated. You will be next.” Fearing for his life the Advocate quickly packed his things and paid for passage as far away from his current location as possible. This action damaged Advocate’s reputation within the Marik Commonweath as he was in some fierce negotiations with the Marik Militia for to manufacture and delivery of more Union-Class DropShips. Most of his money ran out and he ended up on Claybrooke working as an administrator for the recently revitalized Deadwood Munitions Company. Hearing rumors of the revolution and wanting to get further out of Free World space Advocate took a Copper SecurityMech and headed towards New Town, on his way he met up with a revolutionary named Baroness.
Advocate earned his call sign for his swift negotiations at the Pilpala Prison with Assistant Warden Carrigan for the safe return of the 13th Provisional personnel that were held there. His actions involving reorganization of personnel files and the work he has done well in this department since, have given him control as the Iron Dingoes Unit S-1 (Personnel) officer, and a position at their command staff meetings.
During the waning days of his stay on Dunkleheim, Advocate had a near death experience at Depot 519, which has changed his thinking on a few things drastically. He now seems to look over his shoulder constantly like (he thinks) someone is following him. Also he spends less time dressed up in a suit and more time in fatigues. In his spare time he spends less time chasing a poker game and more time training with the infantry, building up his body and strength.
Advocate is currently in charge of the Unit S-1 (Personnel) and he uses this position to make sure that is heard by Major Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin”. Sometimes he will drop everything he is doing and seek out the Colonel to give him his opinion. He finds the Personnel Unit very taxing as there are many of administrative duties that consumes much of his free time outside of the Mech.
Advocate has become the official Legal Counsel for * “The Iron Dingoes” and takes care of many of the legal matters including creating contracts for Mercenaries and negotiate contracts with potential employers. He is assisted in his duties by a recently hired tech from System – Dunkelheim, Junior Tech Sadiya Najeeb, who has allowed him more time with his lover and but still little time with his Mech (in that order). He has also been the motivating factor behind the hire of Tech Rima Fakih, to assist the Colonel in his administrative efforts.
In Advocate’s spare time he plays cards with whoever is willing to play, including the Colonel. His closest friend in the Iron Dingoes currently is Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” because of the time spent fighting beside Wraith and their shared accommodations. Advocate is also getting closer to the ego-maniac Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” because after their famous argument that was heard throughout the Dingoes Den during the “Sunburst Incident” he was forced to work a great deal with Pitbull in negotiations and interrogations for the Iron Dingoes. Recently, Advocate has been exploring wines, preferably reds, that are aged to perfection just like his women. Advocate has spent his off time during the first six months in Garrison building and spending time at The Lucky Lady, which as now been sold and Advocate is looking for a new personal project.
Advocate pilots a FLS-8K Flashman, which is serviced by Tech Lorelai Vansen “Rory” and her crew of AsTechs. Commander Kristina Schmidt and Advocate broke up shortly after Advocate met Dominique “Domino” Harvey. He was smitten by Dominique “Domino” Harvey, almost to an obsession. He is presently striving to figure out their particularly complicated relationship.
In late-3023, Advocate was promoted to full Captain, given his length of service and position as one of the unit’s Command Council.