Membership: Phoenix Five
Apparent Age: 70+
Archetype: Cybered Gunslinger Adept: Circle Unknown (Run just run)
Preferred Weapon: .75 Calibre Hell Storm/Stormrider Jamestown Classic Revolver (Highly Modified)
Bio: Okay my readers we have come to the end of the quest, we have discovered the fifth and final member of the Phoenix Five and he is a serious threat and terror to all within the Southwest Trinity. His name is Lesley Howard and they call him the Man O’ War, and before I get the comments of there has to be more than five seeing the Outlaws Five have more than five members; and to that I agree and will address the issue later on regarding future discoveries about the Phoenix Five.
Now where to start with Dr. Howard well this British/American has been here in the states for some time and holds dual citizenship and has been reaping the benefits of both nations while he resides within the Sovereign State of Phoenix Arizona. This man was born in Munster England and was raised within York during the late 1890’s the exact year is illegible upon his US War Department documents and good luck gaining access to any records from the United Kingdom. He was born into wealth and would himself become a British Noble seeing he was born into the aristocracy, Dr. Howard is the Fifth Earl of Munster and the brother of the dreaded Avalon of the Order of the Pale Moon.
Dr. Howard would be handed all the perks of nobility including top notch education, a large estate and a chosen bride to continue his families legacy. I personally feel that Dr. Howard is far older than we have records to verify as he was already an adult during the Edwardian Age within England and was the overseer of the English Village of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire or York for short. His manor home and estate was located in Stamford Bridge and he had already sired three children by the time England went to war with Germany on August 4th 1914 and he would volunteer for active duty and be granted the rank of Colonel and sent to the trenches to become one of the faceless ‘Dough Boys” showing his patriotism and dedication to King and Country.
It wold be during the First World War that would thrust the Man O’ War onto us here in the states, he would last the entire four years of brutal trench warfare and leave the war a very decorated hero of the people of England yet he would as well leave the European Trenches injected and forced into the Federal Immortality Project of 1850 do to being severely injured numerous times including being shot through the hand, stabbed, gassed, and simply shot and thought dead during the Battle of the Somme 1916; though he would survive and crawl back to the line with another critically injured soldier. Dr. Howard would show bravery and heroism in the face of grave danger during his time in the First World War, though this wouldn’t last and he would eventually become no better than the rest of the FIP bastards in the not so distant future.
The US War Department would take possession of Dr. Howard come the end of the war and even through direct objection and legal action that would eventually free the Man O’ War from his contract, the damage had already been done and he would decide to stay in America and ride west to be with many other survivors of the FIP program and join forces with Dr. Kennith and others. Dr. Howard would be one of the few FIP that would not be thrust into the meat grinder once within America and he would be placed inside the US Navy seeing he had experience within the Royal Navy and his nightmare journey would commence once again on December 7th 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour where he was stationed. Then Captain Howard would feel the stings of war once again and as his ship the USS Nevada would be hit with multiple bombs and one torpedo and begin to sink, Captain Howard would survive through quick thinking and sheer luck as the battleship would begin to capsize. His actions would save thousands of sailors and officers though the direct attack would leave 60 of his men dead, the USS Nevada would end up beached and for the angry Brit he would get his revenge as the USS Nevada would be repaired and once again sent to war come 1942
This naval captain would see multiple conflicts through his career within the US Navy and it wouldn’t be till 2012 when he would end up retired from the Navy. Though for this FIP he would actually retire and not have the typical treatment of the FIP thrust onto him, his case against the US War Department would go in his favour after multiple appeals come August 7th 1983 nearly a century after he was forced to serve within the US Navy. Dr. Howard by this point was already accepting of his fate and would gladly stick with the US Navy and earn his moniker of Man of War eventually shortened to Man O’ War or MOW. This man would be a force to be reckoned with as he would be one of the only ship commanders to undergo the brutal Navy Seal training by choice and as well be trained in Undersea Combat and Command when he would leave the Battle ships for the Submarines and join the “Death from Below” division.
Though throughout multiple wars, conflicts and deployments this Captain would never see a promotion till his case came to a conclusion when than President Ronald Reagan and the US Senate would approve his promotion to Rear Admiral Lower Half and be given command of an Aircraft Carrier the prize jewel of any Naval Officer he would take the helm of the newest carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt come 1982 on it’s maiden voyage and command that ship till 1992 when he would be given command of the USS Harry Truman yet another newly commissioned ship and this would come along with what would be his final promotion to Vice Admiral earning his third star before his full retirement from command in 2012.
As a naval officer he was beloved and feared for his tactical knowledge, his bravery and his dedication to the mission, his men also knew their Commanding Officer was not simply a stuffed shirt and man of privilege as his uniform was loaded with medals, and hash marks for decades of service, he would as well were the markings of the FIP and Navy Seals and not to mention the Naval Aviator wings and Top Gun patch. Dr. Howard wore his uniform with pride and honour and was never without his trusty sidearm and trench knife that he carried ever since his days in the trenches of Europe.
This man has no fear and fully trusted his men and his ship, he knew what she could do, what she could handle and what she could withstand and he would always push the envelope thus making him a favourite of the brass back in DC and the politicians that would use Admiral Lesley Howard as the poster child for the US Navy as a recruitment tool. Many Hollywood blockbusters would be made about this brave Admiral and his countless exploits, though even though he got to see the world and had far more freedom than your average FIP Dr. Howard was growing tired of continued service, the pain he lived in from his FIP war injuries and missing his wife and children back home in now Norfolk Virginia; and come July 4th 2012 he would announce his retirement from the US Navy and for Dr. Howard he would hope to enter the private sector, take a simple job in education and be nothing more than a husband/father and grandfather but for this FIP his call of duty would not end after his retirement party and celebration within the Rose Garden of the White House.
Dr. Howard would be called to service once again this time within the political arena when he would be appointed to be the Secretary of the Navy and his nomination would be approved by a vote of 94 to 6 within the US Senate. He would remain in the War Department within DC till 2043 with his nominations being continued by multiple other Presidents and even through the government change. Lesley would oversee the US Navy with honour and give council to many senators and presidents throughout his tenure within Washington but again he would simply feel that he needed to step down and be with his family. His wife was ailing and fighting cancer, his eldest son had been killed in the early days in the War in Iraq, and his grandson was suffering Leukaemia not mention Dr. Howard was as well caring for his baby grand daughter he was down syndrome and autistic.
He would choose his family over serving the UCAS and this wouldn’t sit well with those in power, they wanted to own Dr. Howard and even though he shrugged off the bribery attempts, buy offs and directly getting involved in politics directly during his career….including trying to stick it to US Military Industrial Complex by refusing to accept donations and never hiring any of the private contractors to work within the Pentagon. Those in power would create a monster they wished they had simply left sleeping and laying dormant, according to records found within the STAGE 5 dump the US War Department would strike Admiral Howard’s home and family within a false flag mission to reignite this man’s dedication and patriotism in hopes to send Lesley back into the War Department and back into the uniform.
Well this would backfire on the US Government when the Man O’ War would return home early from running errands and find his Virginia home being assaulted by what appeared to be a terrorist agency……(remember how I said he would always carry his trusty sidearm and trench knife, well this continued into his civilian life) Dr. Howard would prove that you don’t screw with a retired Navy Seal as he would spring into action and recall all of his training and rain hell down upon those storming his estate. Dr. Howard would end up being wounded gravely during the encounter but he would end up saving his grand daughter from a most certain death as she was being sexually abused by one of the supposed terrorists. Dr. Howard would tear the man off his disabled grand daughter who was only 5 years old at this point snap the neck of the rapist, he than would sink his trench knife into the skull of another who was waiting his turn before taking a bullet from the third that intended to stomp the skull of the child. The Man O’ War would go down but not out as he would quick draw his pistol and with a single shot bring the terrorist to his brutal end, Dr. Howard would pull the face covering off the man he snapped the neck of and discover that he not only knew the man, he trained him and sick pervert had once served under Admiral Howard.
This would prompt a direct response from the Man O’ War and while bleeding he would bring down the entire team of now US Special Forces that was disguised as Islamic Terrorists. Once he had secured his estate he would learn that his wife and other children had been brutally killed and sexually abused before and after death, he tried reaching out to his other adult children and when the lines came up dead he feared the worst for them, though he also knew that he needed to get medical attention for his Suzy Q thats what he called her……real name is Susan Howard, not mention for himself. Howard would reach out to his dear friends Arthur Swanson, Kingsley Quinn, and Nero Caprio, they would offer what aid they could and Kingsley would arrive in due haste seeing he was already within Norfolk Virginia on business.
With a few quick phone calls Kingsley would secure the aid needed to get the two wounded medical attention at one of Woodrow McDaniels private underground clinics and while the two where off being patched up Kingsley would pack up the estate with the aid of contacts and await the arrival of Wesley Burns aka Burn Notice to investigate and clean up the scene. Burns would as well discover that this was a government hit job and yet be powerless to do anything about it, it would become clear through the work of Arthur Swanson that the remainder of Howard’s family had suffered the same fate. Arthur would leak the information to the media that would never see the light of day till Swanson would dump the information directly into the MATRIX himself for all to read.
Though for Lesley Howard a domestic terrorist had been born and revenge is what he sought, and revenge is what he would get when he would become welcomed within Santa Fe and eventually Phoenix Arizona. Lesley at this point was no longer seeking a quite life of seclusion and one of action, the militarises plan had worked, though not the way they had planned. He was about to become a rebel and one on a mission to fight the world and watch all those deemed guilty burn. His rage and fury would not go unnoticed by Dr. Kennith of the Phoenix Five and as the Man O’War was laying waste to those within the hierarchy of the government he would receive an invention to move to Phoenix and thats where this story truly begins.