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Rob Laird

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Created on 2012-08-09 15:29:42 (#1701263), last updated 2012-08-09 (258 weeks ago)

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Name:Rob Laird
Birthdate:May 30
Location:Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
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6' tall | Blond short hair | Green eyes | Southern accent

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NAME: Specialist Robert Clinton Laird
SPECIALITY: Artillery Tactics
UNIT: 313 Field Artillery Regiment
BASE: Fort Sill, Oklahoma
HOME TOWN: Little Rock, Arkansas

Rob Laird is a soldier with the US Army, and works as a Tactical Specialist with a recent, lengthy posting to the war in Iraq. He had to leave his wife, Ellie, in Little Rock, Arkansas upon being stationed abroad. Ellie apparently received a phone call inviting her and her husband to join The Race, an illegal and coverted cross-country car race, and signs them both up. She said it's a way for them to get closer and him to relax away from the pressure of being shot at all the time. Rob, who was returning to the US after his unit was sent home, agreed to join The Race as a way to have some fun after the stressful and frightening months abroad. He also thought his military experience and skills could be used to help them win. Believing to have been on leave from the service due to his unit leaving Iraq, Rob returned to the United States to join his wife in the car race, using his beloved white 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. It soon came to light, however, that Rob's unit was shipped back to Iraq and his wife intentionally intercepted phone calls and letters so he wouldn't have to go back overseas. Instead of being on leave, Rob is, in fact, AWOL from the service and at risk of court-martialling.

It wasn't until he saw a news report on the Iraq War whilst in the midst of The Race that he started to think something might be wrong. He finally found a landline telephone to call his commanding officer, who told him of his AWOL status, and that if he did come back he'd face court-martial and charges. Rob is furious at what his wife has done to him and confronted her, angrily telling her that a maximum penalty for going AWOL from the Army could be execution. His loyalty to the service sees him turning himself in to face what he did, though Ellie callously tells him that if he does that, it's over between them. Rob doesn't see there is a choice and returns to face the court-martial, effectively ending his marriage. It soon came to light, however, that Ellie had been cheating on Rob for some time with one of the organisers of The Race and planned to use Rob's knowledge and tactical skills to win (hence why she didn't want him to go back to Iraq), then subsequently leave him to split the money with her lover. Rob was unaware of this when he turned himself over, but with his many military contacts, it's not long after that he found out, being left to face the fact that not only is his marriage over, but his wife had been cheating on him, the job he loves was in jeopardy, and he could be thrown in prison... or worse.


personality

Rob is a Tactical Specialist for the US Army and has been stationed for many months in Iraq. He has a very analytical mind which can sometimes cause him to come across as serious and arrogant, but he does what he needs to do to succeed both in his job and out of it. He is actually a pretty laid-back guy with a cheeky sense of humour, wishing his home life to just be a relaxing place for him to return to after the strain of being at the front line of the war in Iraq. Rob is loyal and has a deep pride in the service for his country. On the face of it, he is just your typical soldier doing what needs to be done to serve and serve well. He misses home, but his patriotic loyalty to his service will always take priority.

ooc information

Rob comes from the Fox TV series, Drive. Unfortunately, Fox cancelled the series after only four episodes were shown. Since then, two more episodes have been shown online. Rob's canon encompasses all six episodes, and his muse form may also include info from further information released by the producers of the show in THIS ARTICLE The producers released this information on what they had planned for the character should the show have continued. Some of it is poignant to Rob, chances are I will explore it in prompts. Rob's background above is also drawn from all six episodes. Six episodes was enough to create some wonderful characters and I'm looking forward to have a place to explore Rob as a character via muse writing and RP.

être libre verse

Rob entered [community profile] etrelibre and on the island following Drive episode 1x06. This episode was only aired online but is important to his canon. He arrived after he turned himself in for going AWOL from the Army. He has now been on the island for three years. Rob arrived in his camos with his dog tags on and his five items waiting for him on the island are:

- His Firebird car (which arrives about two months after he does)
- His army pack with bed roll
- His grandfather's army journal and dog tags
- A framed photo of him with his parents
- A daggy old baseball glove his father gave him when he was a kid

disclaimer

Muse & Mun both certainly over 18 years. This is an roleplaying journal for character Rob Laird of Drive, the TV series. I do not own the character of Rob Laird and I am making no profit from this journal. The character of Rob Laird is owned by Fox. No harm or copywrite infringement is intended. Rob is portrayed by actor, Riley Smith, and this is in no way affiliated to Riley Smith.

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