Name: Jason Stross
Personality: Jason has a strong sense of duty and camaraderie, some of the few traits he picked up from his father and the only one’s he’s proud of. Years of hard work in the mines have made him a hard worker. Jason, although naturally extroverted, has found safety in being alone. Without any true friends throughout his life, Jason has discovered how to cope with being alone and reasoning through life. As such, he has developed into more of a logical and less of an emotional man. He has his neglecting father and horrible family life to thank for this.
Jason enjoys some poetry about war or strife. Nicole, his cousin, helped develop his taste in literature. As such, he enjoys a good mystery novel when he has the chance. As for music, Nicole, Peter and some of his friends helped him develop a variety of classical music, singer-songwriter and hardrock.
Jason’s love languages are quality time and touch, both things he was greatly deprived of in his early childhood.
Jason was born on the metropolis of Korhal. His father, Nolin Stross, was an ex-military police officer and Confederate loyalist. His mother, Sandy Stross, worked as an accountant at a bank. Jason also had a younger brother whom was two years younger than him. His name was Peter Stross.
The Guild Wars started when Jason was seven. His father re-enlisted in the military to join the as a marine for the Confederates and came back four years later a scarred man. Despite having a family back home, Nolin refused to leave his comrades on the front lines. The family life became difficult for him and as such, Jason’s homelife became difficult too.
When the Rebellion of Korhal was made official and Martial Law instigated, the Stross family left Korhal because Nolin Stross was still very pro-Confederacy. He was blind to their faults and hated his homeland’s intolerance with the Confederacy. So, in 2489 after the Guild Wars ended, Nolin moved his family to Tarsonis, a seemingly much safer place for pro-confederates. Jason was eleven when they moved planets and it was particularly hard on him. Tarsonis was dirtier and more run-down than Korhal and it had negative effects on family life. Nolin and Sandy’s relationship continued to deteriorate over this time. (Sandy’s parents lived on Korhal and were anti-Confederate.)
After a year of difficulties at school and a neglecting father, Jason was picked on a lot. He learned to stand up for himself and the few friends he had. It was a trait he picked up from his father, probably the only positive trait within the man.
Jason’s parents filed for a divorce two years later. This was also hard on Jason and Peter. Soon, they realized they could only truly trust each other. A settlement on possession of the kids was never finalized. Sandy fled to Korhal in order to make arrangements with attorneys and lawyers while being with her parents. Jason stayed in Tarsonis with the kids and also looked for attorney’s and lawyers.
It all became irrelevant when Korhal was obliterated by apocalypse-class nukes by the Confederate’s hand that very same week. Nolin justified the Confederacy’s actions to his boys and was able to convince them that what they did was necessary. Still, all three members of the family mourned together. Nolin Stross sincerely mourned Sandy despite their troubled relationship.
To an extent, it was helpful to the boys to see that daddy still loved mommy even though she was gone. On the other hand, Nolin had by this point turned to drinking to bury his sorrows. A few old friends from the war had roped him into drinking almost every night, leaving Jason and Peter alone to cry themselves to sleep.
Luckily enough, this only lasted about six months before Nolin Stross re-enlisted with the Confederate Armed Forces with his buddies. They wanted a taste of the action against the no-good rebels and their terrorist attacks against the Confederacy. Nolin took his children to his brother Richard Stross on Mar Sara to raise his children while he was away.
Richard Stross took Jason and Peter under his wing. He had understood what Nolin had become. And though Richard was also blind to the Confederacy’s corruption, he wouldn’t think of leaving his wife, daughter, and now brother’s kids, to join the military. So, he stayed at home on Mar Sara and supported the family well as a miner.
Nicole Stross, Richard Stross’ only daughter, became less of a cousin and more like an older sister to Jason and Peter. When they first met, Nicole was sixteen, Jason was thirteen and Peter was eleven. Nicole often comforted the brothers at night and they would stay up late talking about Jason’s parents and the struggles of having parents and grandparents who constantly fought.
Tina Stross, Richard Stross’ wife, eventually accepted the role of whole-heartedly raising Jason and Peter as their own. They spent the next eight years of their life in a stable, loving environment. Nolin Stross was rarely ever heard of. Richard took steps to ensure Jason and Peter wouldn’t watch the news or see any hints of the ugly war-ravaged galaxy. They wanted Jason and Peter to see the beauty of non-rural areas and of a simple life without fear of war or rivaling families.
In 2495, Nicole had moved off to a large city in Tarsonis to get a masters degree in psychology. She was twenty. Jason was seventeen and Peter was fifteen. Jason loved Nicole more than anyone else and it was hard for him to let her go. Nicole also found it difficult to leave Jason and Peter. Still, he had Peter. The two had worked around town this whole time and developed strong relationships with their guardians.
In 2498, Jason was twenty. He left the shelter of his father’s brother and began working on his own in the mines on Mar Sara. Peter was still eighteen and not moved out. Nicole had maintained connection with the family and visited as often as she could. Still, her demanding job back on Tarsonis coupled with friends and studies prevented more than twenty visits per year. After all this time, Nolin Stross was still nowhere to be seen.
A year later, Mar Sara fell under attack by the zerg. The Stross family was rescued by the Sons of Korhal, an astonishing turn of events. Jason had mixed feelings for the organization, but couldn’t deny their heroics or his appreciation for their efforts to save colonists.
At this point, the remaining Stross family members fled to Moria, a decision long in the making. It was a nice escape from both the Sons of Korhal and the Confederacy. Now the remaining family members had completely mixed views and feelings towards both factions. Jason, however, had felt moved by the Sons of Korhal’s heroics. There had also been a growing a bitterness towards the Confederacy and their heavy taxes and rumors stirring around town. The fact that his unfaithful family tearing father was a confederacy loyalist didn’t help either.
With two new alien threats and the looming fear of seeing his father on the other side of the battle lines, Jason refrained from joining the Sons of Korhal. Instead, he joined his uncle, aunt and brother on Moria and they all got jobs as miners.
Immediately after news of the Sara systems got out, Nicole raced to contact her family. It was easy enough to track the refugees to Moria and unite with the family. It was a heartfelt, but short reunion. Nicole returned to Tarsonis and continued on her life.
Whether divine intervention or dumb luck, Jason would never know. But miraculously, Nicole was visiting the family once more in Moria when Tarsonis fell a few months later. Nicole then moved to Moria to live with her parents.
This marked the end of the Confederacy and the start of the Dominion. The new government seemed appealing and simple. Finally, it was time for Jason to pick up his courage and join the Dominion, defenders of humanity. Jason was twenty-two. Nicole was twenty-five and Peter was twenty.
Jason found that he was an average soldier. Not super skilled, not lacking in skill. His advantages were his reliability, his sense of duty and his camaraderie. Two of those traits were from his father, one of them from his uncle. All three together slowly grew a capable soldier.
The fires of war strengthened Jason. The Brood Wars hardened him. Since then, he has maintained small communications with his uncle, aunt, brother and sister.
Edited by Zarkun on 1/4/2014 9:35 PM PST