Name: Vellios Malkai
Age: 45 Earth years
Homeworld: Palaven (off the planet in a shuttle around obit)
Like most Turian, his carapace is dark in color. It’s almost a midnight dark because the surface greedily absorbs all light that touches it, diminishing any glossy shine. His stature is rather thin when compared to healthier specimens of his race. He suffered through malnutrition in his youth and favored speed rather than muscle building, retaining that reedy appearance. Those who believe he’s able to be snapped easily will find themselves sorely mistaken since he enjoys close combat.
His height is at 6’2“ enabling him to stand eye to eye with other turian males. His ice blue irises give off an aura of sharpness and chill, especially when he is in a darker mood. Along the outside are various scars. They break the perfection with their shades of greys, the older ones being lighter in color. A heavy one nearly severed his mandible when he took a close-range shot from a handgun. It has long since healed over the years.
The turian’s face has the traditional Palaven markings, consisting of a single stroke across the nose and cheeks, the tail on the cheeks followed partway to the mandible. Its ink is the same shade as his eyes, enabling it to be distinguished on the darker carapace. Its pristine shapes are also marred by minor facial scars. Around his neck area are numerous scar tissue where it appears something was inserted into his skin around the neck.
Vellios has a way with words, using them to disarm or provoke individuals he meets. From their interactions, he can understand them a bit better. Usually, he will take the road with least resistance and get along with others. The main reason is that he has learned that surviving alone is very difficult and understand he can’t always do what he wants to. Not without making his life harder. Often he’s found with a cocky smile or subject to share with those willing to interact with him. He’s willing to roll with the sarcastic quips or insults, even teasing back.
With the fairer gender, he tends to flirt and tease. If anyone shows interest, he’s got no issues with one night stands and no strings attached. When he does cross a boundary, he will make a point never to cross it again. Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn. A lesson he’s learned a few times.
Patience is a quality he has trained himself to master. It has helped him to remain calm and safe in dire times of his life, striking when it’s best. He doesn’t have unlimited patience, but it’s still better than most.
Vellios is attracted to danger and violence, it’s something he finds familiarity in. In times of calm, he finds himself restless and sometimes on edge. His mind sometimes trying to lock him inside. During these times, he will seek out any distractions to avoid it. It's a big motivation to become rather social with others.
By nature, Vellios’ motivations are self-centered. Interesting enough, it usually brings more positive aftermath than negative. When he helps someone, it’s because there’s something he gains from it. Either an ally, knowledge or purely to see them smile. Usually, when he breaks the rules, it’s because he doesn’t give a shit about the fallout.
When he forges a bond with an individual, he can be overprotective. With so much loss in his history, he fears losing those he becomes close to. He will never admit it and even after the loss, he will heal from it. However, it usually takes alcohol to numb it first.
Since his time with mercs, he has learned a few could have some sticky fingers. In order to be able to retrieve his stuff and discourage theft, he has set up some precautions. He has deep knowledge of each gun, from how it feels in his talons to its settings at a glance. A small pattern is scratched into the bottom of the handles that could be found through touch. This is all of his stuff, but it will not always be on his person.
- Shotgun- Scimitar (Elkoss Combine)
- Pistol- Karpov (Rosenkov Materials)
- Assault Rifle- M8 Avenger (Elkoss Combine)
- Sniper Rifle- Volkov (Rosenkov Materials)
Omni Tool: Logic Arrest Tool produced by Ariake Technologies
- Repairing items
- Dispensing medi-gel
- Programming and hacking- (he knows how to apply them but Serena often has to instruct his sorry ass.)
- Video, audio, and holographic communication
- Downloading and playing video games
- Converting items into omni-gel
- Manufacturing objects in real time
- Smoke Grenades- has about 4 currently on him, and about 7 in storage.
- Light Armor- Survivor Armor produced by Delvon Industries (military issued and paid for by service)
- Heavy Armor- Colossus Armor produced by Kassa Fabrication (saved up for 2-3 years)
- 2 Short range knives for melee combat
- Military training: Ability to delay shock from wounds with adrenaline, keep calm in extreme conditions, increased reflexes and speed dominate, etc.
- Adrenaline Rush
- Ballistic Blades (with Explosion function optional)
- Concussion Shot
- Defense Matrix (Given and programmed by Serena)
- Cain Trip Mines
Liana Malkai, a former military soldier, left her homeworld. Vellios was born on a turian frigate going from a colony planet to Palaven. During much of his life, all he could remember is being a nomad. Their daily lives hopped from one ship to the next, following his mother’s freelancing career. Most of her jobs connected to the Hierarchy because they paid the best.
In his youth, he grew up on his mother’s tales about his father. The turian was an idol in Vellios’ childish eyes. These ideas would be short-lived when he learned the truth.
It was a month before his 11th birthday when the ship they were on came under siege by pirates. His mother and several crewmates were taken prisoner while he stowed away. After an hour or two, his concern for his mother caused him to go against his best judgment. When he found them, they were held at gunpoint and his mother being first on the execution list. Like many strong headed children his age, common sense flew out the window when Vellios attempted to interfere.
In a recruitment trial, the turian pirate captain, Syberus, ordered him to kill his mother. When he refused, his mother impaled herself on his blade and ended her life in order to spare him. It left Vellios shaken as Syberus ordered him taken onboard the Haides.
For four years, Haides showed him a world where only the strong survived. Those who failed to become cold, kill without guilt or be quick on their feet often found themselves becoming victims of older crew members. Usually dying shortly afterward. The captain seemed to single him out for lessons on how to progress in the ship’s rank.
One event stuck with him for a long time. He connected with a younger, fragile Batarian boy about two years aboard the ship. He had stopped the Batarian’s near death by tossing himself into an aggressor then leading the short-fused Turian away. When Vellios’ actions were discovered, they were both tossed into the brig for punishment. They would be given food on the condition one of them killed the other. His friend was the weaker of the pair, forcing Vellios to end his friend’s life.
“The weak have no place in the world save for reminding us of our strength.” The Captain’s words echoed in his head when Vellios’ punishment was finally over.
After being stuck in the lifestyle for four years, Vellios began to absorb it into his attitude and personality. Fueled by the desire to kill the Captain, he gradually rose up the ranks. He killed numerous times on the ships they plundered. He developed a taste for blood, but he still held his own morals. His reputation grew despite this even when he fought against larger foes.
It was only a matter of time before someone caught up to the pirates.
One night they left port and sailed into space, a lazy drift. In the silence, a mercenary ship descended on them. Fire, blood, and chaos erupted on the decks when the first gunshot was fired. Vellios rushed through the mayhem in his search for a way out, only to stumble onto Syberus wounded during a gunfight. Vellios couldn't help but take advantage of the situation. With Syberus’ dying breath, he revealed a horrible truth.
As the words rattled in his brain, Vellios fled to one part of the ship he knew well. There was a small shuttle inside that he only learned the basics on, but gave him a chance to survive. As he ducked into the pilot’s seat, his eyes glimpsed a familiar Krogan rush into the hallway leading to the Captain Quarters.
Hours passed into days when his shuttle ran out of power and food, leaving Vellios to conserve his energy with sleep. A scavenger ship ended up finding the stranded shuttle. They hauled him in, examined him and returned to Palaven for better medical attention. He was placed into therapy then the orphanage shortly afterward.
He was 18 when he joined the military after his therapist cleared him for service. Vellios adjusted well to the harsh training, putting his lessons from Haides to better use. When his training ended, he was assigned to the 6th Legion and became involved in the Relay 314 Incident. They were forced to retreat when the Second Alliance Fleet arrived.
Over the next 14 years, he ended up building a career within the military. He met his wife through the communications department and eventually they were engaged and married at 21. A few years later his children, Tiberian and Kilia, were born about a year apart from each other. They all settled on Gothis, a turian colony.
He was on military leave for his son’s 7th birthday when his past came knocking. A bloody message was printed on the wall: You killed Syberus. He rushed up the housing unit’s stairs to find his family dead, murdered in a single room. A part of him shattered that night.
He turned 33 when he tossed himself back into the military in order to distract himself from the pain. Vellios’ accomplishments drew his superior’s attention who placed him into the Spectre program. He was one among numerous candidates from other Legions, Fleets and Marine Divisions.
After the few initiation tests, Vellios was assigned to a Spectre, Trominus Yinso, for observation during a mission. While the actual events are classified, it was clear he had the potential to become a Spectre. However, there were issues when it came to putting his personal agenda aside. This flaw disqualified him instantly.
After that mission, Vellios felt his nightmares edge away. He was unsure if he was healing or simply moving on. His failure at the Spectre program pushed him to withdraw from the military and find a more suitable career.
For the next three years, he spent his time as a mercenary where he met and became a protective figure towards Selena Mathews. She was the closest he had to family. They later joined the Borealis, a rag-tag group of merc in a broken down disaster of a ship. Three good years passed before Vellios got a holovid informing him of a friend in trouble and a threat to his new family.
That’s when he simply vanished off the radar.
It took him years to dug up the courage to connect with Serena again. It was after he discovered that the Borealis crew had disbanded and scattered to their own devices. The reunion resulted in her smacking him a few times then relieved he was alive. She went home to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to help her community. He couldn't follow her. They parted on good terms. He knew she wanted to fix him, but Vellios knew he was broken too long to ever be fully fixed.
For the remaining years, he freelanced doing odd jobs around Omega. This place felt more like home than any place he had been in. Maybe it was because of the violence and criminals roaming on it or it reminded him of better times.
Close-Combat: Vellios thrives on getting up close and personal with his targets using his speed to limit the taken damage. Unless you use a gun or have similar talent in combat, it can be difficult to keep up with him.
Adapting to a situation- Vellios’ life has been filled with the need to adapt. From fixing himself up to following instructions over how to fix the engine, he is able to learn a wide range of basic skills to help him to survive. This also means while he’s a Jack of Trades, he is a limited master of those he focuses on.
Determined- Vellios will do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal he’s set for himself or given to him. Even if it means risking his life.
Charismatic- He’s known to be both persuasive and intimating, but either way he’s very social. Some don’t realize he suffers from mental scars as he hides them well. At least until he trusts the others wouldn’t leave him to out dry. When he feels it’s necessary, he can talk himself out of a rough spot most the time.
Understanding dark things- Vellios isn’t a saint. He doesn’t even pretend to be one when it comes to his past, a fact he will be blunt about it when he is asked. This allows him to understand others with similar issues and he uses it to prove there are bigger monsters out there than them. It doesn’t always work.
Strength- Vellios isn’t the strongest around. He prefers speed and stamina, so don’t expect him to try to outmuscle the classic brick wall known as a Krogan. It’s just not happening. Instead, he will use less fair means to outwit his opponent.
Traumatic Past- Vellios’ history is filled with loss and pain, leaving scars that never fully heal. While he has learned to coop better, there are situations where his trauma could bring his survival instincts into the surface. Most wonder why he would still choose a life of violence and pain, but it's something he finds comfort in. It's all he knows will never change.
Alcohol- Vellios has an addiction to drinking. He gets a bit moody when he's been off the stuff for a long time, like weeks at a time.
Risk Taker- It’s pretty obvious from those that have encountered him that Vellios doesn’t value his own safety. If there’s a risky job short of guarantee suicide, he’ll be among the first to volunteer for it. This is likely to feed his adrenaline needs.
Vellios keeps a chess piece, with a combat VI for his suit, as a memento from Selena. It is mostly cosmetic with her voice replacing the original VI's, including one feature designed to shut him down should his PSTD become out of control. If he ever finds anyone that is able to play chess, he will end up dragging them into a game whenever he gets a chance.
Vellios’ things hold a moving picture of his family as a memory of his loss. In the past, he used to believe anything he became attached to would wither and die. Selena’s connection has proven to him otherwise.
He does not like living and breathing Varren, purely due to the fact the first mate bred war Varren then let them run rampant throughout the ship. Ever since Vellios becomes tense around them with his blade on hand. It's best not to leave a cherished Varren alone with him.
Dialogue Color: RosyBrown