Gabriel is above average height at 6’2” and like most soldiers is in excellent shape. His build tends more towards the lean side since he’s not infantry. He has brown eyes and brown hair kept short and left as messy as he can get without earning a lecture from his CO. He has prominent cheek bones and a few scars earned during his years in service, most of which came during basic training.
As he’s not normally sent on ground missions, he forgoes armor and keeps his attire as casual as he is allowed. If sent on ground missions he wears lighter armor to retain as much mobility as possible.
Born in London, Gabriel was always around ships of one kind or another. Seeing the sleek ships gliding effortlessly through the skies brought out a passion in the young man unlike anything else and he knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. An unremarkable childhood led straight into him enlisting in the Alliance as soon as he could, and he soon proved himself more than capable of turning his passion for flying into skill.
He literally flew circles around the competition. He earned his call-sign “Merlin” for two different reasons during this time. The Merlin is a nocturnal bird-of-prey native to the North American continent, which suited the lightning-quick and deadly attacks he made. That’s the official story; the real origin is a frustrated comment from a squadmate after being thoroughly out-flown, leading him to say “He just disappears like a fucking wizard!”
After graduating from the academy at the top of his class, at least as far as actual flying was concerned, he swiftly proved himself in live combat. Gabriel can often be heard claiming that “if it can fly, I can pilot it, probably better than you”. This didn’t always go over well and more than a few of his transfers were due to fights with other pilots.(edited)
Merlin was too good at what he did to simply not use him, and he eventually “earned” some of the most dangerous missions. Either attacking heavily defended targets or hair-raising extractions for away teams, he did what was needed. As far as the marines were concerned, “Merlin” was welcome to work his magic if it meant pulling their ass out of a hot-zone.
Naturally drawn to whatever gives him the best chance to prove his superiority, he focused primarily on drop/recovery missions piloting UT-47 Kodiaks, Interceptors when air superiority was needed, and capital ships. Anything that let him control the actual flying himself was what he preferred, the more state-of-the-art the better.
When GUARDIAN was formed, the Alliance donated one of their newest Alamo-class cruisers, the Muramasa, to the movement. As a sort of package, Gabriel was ordered into the organization as well as an expert on Alliance ships. Alliance brass agreed that this would be doubly useful, earning credit for donating an expert on the craft as well as unloading a constant headache.
Gabriel was assigned to the CSV Muramasa. He is currently involved in the ship-wide event CSV Muramasa: Every Breath You Take.
Nearly all pilots are arrogant, and Gabriel does nothing to go against that stereotype. Often toeing the line of insubordination, he always stays just professional enough to avoid anything worse than a verbal reprimand. He is confident in his abilities as a pilot and has a wealth of stories for anyone willing to listen. As a pilot, Gabriel rarely has any face-to-face combat, preferring to avoid conflicts like that when he’s out of his element. He’ll let his tools do the fighting for him while he cloaks and escapes. He never fights fairly unless absolutely necessary; if faced with combat outside a cockpit he would have no issue using any dirty/unfair tactic to ensure victory. As far as combat while he’s in a cockpit, well, that’s not fair either since he’s a superior pilot. He’s proud of his call-sign and has no issue being referred to by it but can’t stand being called “Gabe”.In combat however he’s no nonsense, any mission involving him is usually dangerous enough that if he didn’t take it seriously he could end up getting others or even himself killed. If on a ground mission he’d be enough out of his element to lay low and actually try to avoid attention.