Mass Effect Biography: Ashley Williams

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BioWare has sent out another detailed bio for a character in their upcoming Xbox 360 game, Mass Effect. A quick glance over it shows that she’s essentially been training with the military since high school and shown exceptional prowess, but hasn’t really gained any actual combat experience. Still, it’s nice to see that they’ve put this much thought into the characters’ backstories, even if a lot of it probably won’t be revealed in the game itself. One thing stood out for me though on Ashley’s bio, below “Genetic Enhancements,” where it says “In-utero vision correction.” That means “in the womb,” people (thank you, Nirvana album cover); she had her nearsightedness corrected before she was even born. As someone who wears glasses/contacts, I just think that’s pretty cool. Ah, to be born in 2158.

Full bio after the break:

NAME: Ashley Madeline Williams
RANK: Gunnery Chief
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
In-utero vision correction (maternal predisposition for nearsightedness)
Class-B Alliance Infantry Upgrade Package

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 Orbital Platform in Earth geosynchronous orbit. For Hostile Environment Assault Training, she was assigned to Fort Charles Upham 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.

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.

Via Press Release

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