Roland Kelly

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Name: Roland Thomas Kelly
Gender: Male
Age: 14 yr 2 mo
Grade: Freshman
School: P.J. Gilroy Academy
Homeroom: Mr. Hallam
Hobbies and Interests: Roland is a ranking member of the Young Republicans and is quite involved in the political process of things. Despite he and his father having contrasting ideologies, he has actually helped set up election day setups out of his neighbor's garage whenever they volunteer. He is also a member of Gilroy's soccer team.

Appearance: Roland looks like your typical preppie WASP, especially at school. Neatly brushed light-brown hair, deep blue eyes, some freckles here and there mixed in with the usual sparse acne. He has a slightly more-imposing-than-average figure, which helps make his presence on the soccer team seem slightly more threatening than normal, though it certainly isn't the only thing helping the Gilroyals win any championships this year. Although his uniform conceals it, he is also reasonably hairy, but not enough that people would think of him as a caveman.

His uniform, as expected from someone with his status in society, is prim and proper, though it does have its fair share of crinkles and creases which he claims is the mark of a good All-American work ethic.

Puberty has, however, NOT treated his voice well, and it often breaks during his speech, often reducing him to grumbling most of the time. One can find traces of a Noreaster accent in his voice.

Biography: Roland is the son of New Jersey State Senator Ian Kelly (D-NJ). Ian's wife is housewife and part-time campaign secretary Roberta Kelly. And as the son of a respectable politician (despite his relatively low position), Roland has had access to some of the finer schools in the country, public AND private. Of course, Ian didn't object when Roland decided to attend Gilroy Academy, sometimes joking that his son would turn out like the classic university liberal type. Roland's grades are not the highest but he definitely takes pride in that they are quite honest and have yet to require strings being pulled to change.

But what makes the Kelly family so interesting is that they are the antithesis of the famous conservative-father-begets-liberal-son-family archetype. Indeed, as a Democrat it is Ian Kelly's responsibility to respect any ideology that does not actively promote hate or harm toward other decent human beings. Which would explain why he seems to have no problem with Roland being conservative. Roland, in turn, respects his father, if only to keep his sparkling example of a family institution intact.

Roland personally does not take very kindly - at least mentally - to the politically liberal sort. He doesn't approve of same-sex relationships or abortion unless absolutely necessary. He is also a fierce opponent of gun control and despite not owning a gun himself has been to the gun range numerous times, as well as owning a good amount of gun memorabilia and books on their mechanics. The list goes on, but will not be discussed here for relevance purposes.

Most notably, he hates terrorists (Muslim, Neo-Fascist, etc.) with a passion. This seems to be the only issue that he and his father can definitely agree on, though how best to deal with them ironically make up one of their biggest ideological differences. Both Roland and his father have also been very vocal opponents of the first "season" of SOTF, as described by the media. Of course, Kelly doesn't have any intentions on joining any branch of the Armed Forces unless there's a draft, in which case he'd (begrudgingly) follow the rule.

Other than that, Rowland seems to be easy to get along with, although despite not being outwardly prejudiced he seems to get along best with other whites (though this may be due to the lack of minorities in the schools he has attended.) And like most rich WASPs, he also looks down on the lower class. He will certainly fight for what he believes in, but what extent that will be taken is in doubt as he has essentially lived in good ol' American surburbia with many sojourns to urbia for most of his life.

He is the least respected member of the Valenti Syndicate, sometimes even being the brunt of insults himself, most of which involve permutations of his name (be it given or surname first.). He doesn't exactly respect the objectifying lyrics of said name's associative genres, but then again he tries not to be racist about it. He also does not earn much respect in that he always seems to stand in the background when they pick on you-know-who. The fact that he is one of the few members with significant political connections remains the only reason that he's in the gang in the first place. Of course, his status hasn't improved as of recently, as he had to recently be hospitalized for nearly having his throat slashed by a vicious female student in a recent confrontation. The fact that he didn't exactly take the pain "like a man should" didn't help in the slightest either. His only solace seemed to be the fact that he outranked Marvin Hendrick in the Junior Republicans club on campus.

Nevertheless, Roland holds a begrudging respect for his superiors, hoping that their own connections will help fill his ticket to better things. Like the governorship. Or even Congress.

But it has been out of the disrespect toward him that he had "politely" declined Franco Sebberts' invitation to a recent function. He has also privately expressed a degree of sympathy toward the function's main "beneficiary" and had arranged to send material condolences upon hearing the news. These condolences were however, quickly rejected by their receiver.

Advantages: Like Zed Foreman, he is well-versed in the workings of most light firearms and could probably adapt well to heavier ones (though maybe not in the case of BFGs like the m249). UNlike Zed, while no pro marksman he still makes a formidable shot when properly equipped. His resentment for a lot of different kinds of people, particularly the upper echelon members of the Valenti Syndicate, could be his driving force though it might also make him of enemies.

Disadvantages: That gash on his neck (suffered from the pre-game encounter with Kristey Burrowell) hasn't quite healed up, making him severely vulnerable in the area. He is far from adaptable when it comes to wielding a melee weapon, let alone working it. And speaking of adaptable, being raised in a rather secure urban/sub-urban environment will definitely play into the trauma of being loosed in something quite the opposite.

Number: Male Student no. 57

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Designated Weapon: Staff
Conclusions: Politics won't help him here on the island, unless he can talk himself out of a bullet to the head. They're supposed to be good liars and all that. Perhaps he'll get to return the favor to G46...in a more permanent fashion.

The above biography is as written by LaZardo. No edits or alterations to the author's original work have been made.

Contents

Evaluations

Kills: Alice Nichols, Mihiro Duli, Dan Cosyn

Killed by: Damien Carter-Madison

Collected Weapons: Flashbang Grenades (4 from Tanesha Lexx' pack, only 1 left), Taser (from Dan Cosyn)

Allies: None

Enemies: Damien Carter-Madison

Mid-game Evaluation: Roland Thomas Kelly woke up on the island inside a confession booth, sealed off from a very tense confrontation in the main church hall. He was able to talk his way out of the confrontation and escape, but Kasumi White's death left him traumatized and helpless, causing him to wander aimlessly until he reached the industrial district where he broke down and pleaded to God for a sign - which was delivered in the form of Alice Nichols' frisbee.

Moved more by curiosity than faith, Roland entered the literal slaughterhouse where Nichols assaulted him. Interestingly enough, Roland believed he was already dead, and that Nichols was actually a manifestation of Damien Carter-Madison, coming to torture him for eternity. Ironically, Roland was able to turn the tables on Nichols and dispatch her with his scepter. This came mere moments before the district became a danger zone, but Kelly was able to escape right before his collar was detonated albeit at the cost of leaving all of his supplies save for his weapon behind. As he left he was convinced that he was not only dead, but currently in a sort of "purgatory" (styled after SotF) where he needed to purify himself before reaching heaven.

Kelly ended up at the Pagoda where he managed to find Tanesha Lexx' corpse - and thankfully, her still-full supply bag. He didn't have much time to enjoy it before Mihiro Duli entered the area. In a twist of fate, Roland believed that she was another manifestation of Damien, but purged of the rage that came from Roland's and ReneƩ Valenti's torture. It took Danya's announcement that Damien had been active and killing to rectify that Damien was still alive, and Roland quickly turned on Michiro. She was able to disfigure him with her vial of sulfuric acid (Damien's "venom" in Kelly's mind) before he subdued her, and killed her with a flashbang directed to discharge inside her mouth.

As Roland left the pagoda he was now certain that in order to reach Heaven he would have to put down all of Damien's "forms" for good, knowing full well where he would end up if he failed.

His confrontation with Dan Cosyn at the hospital was even more intense than either Alice or Mihiro, as his opponent was tough enough to withstand two flashbang grenades and a jab to his side with a hockey stick. Cosyn was also strong enough to break Kelly's arm below the elbow with a swift kick. However, possibly thorough either or both of divine grace or animal rage, Kelly overcame Cosyn with help from a dropped syringe and Cosyn's own Taser. Kelly left the hospital in a virtually crippled state, running on the hope that he would persevere and attain his eternal reward.

His pursuit of Damien would have him catching the cold trail of the same pursuit that killed Oliver Dodd, and in a "test of faith" that caused him to discard his staff, he backtracked and ended up in the garden, where he decided to rest. It turned out that someone else decided to share the bench with him...none other than Damien himself.

Roland apologized for everything he and ReneƩ's gang did to Damien, but Damien was still intent on killing him. Roland's quest ended when he received a bullet through the eyes.

End-game Evaluation: It's a good thing he thought he was already dead, this way he won't be scared of where he's going after he dies.

Memorable Quotes: "God dammit." - muttered after he barely managed to escape having his collar detonated, after he then gave thanks to God, and right after he realized he'd left his supplies within a danger zone.

Other/Trivia

  • Roland Kelly's name is a double entendre of two R&B stars - R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland. It was due to the latter that his handler decided to strike the extra w from his first name...and to have Roland utter a racial epithet as he woke up on the island.

Threads

The various threads that contained Roland. In order from first to finish.

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