Grew Up… with Johnny Rico, her high school sweetheart. They both lived in Buenos Aires, and shared some of their most cherished moments with each other. Carmen already knew before graduating that she wanted to join the Fleet, as she was the daughter of a Fleet Veteran. However, if she can’t even get over the slime of bug dissection in anatomy class, she doesn’t seem to stand a chance fighting a real blood-and-guts war.
Living… during the war against the Arachnid scum. These extraterrestrial creatures destroyed her home city of Buenos Aires, killing millions. This means war. Carmen had just joined the Fleet when she was thrust into battle. She might be in over her head. But she has the responsibility of piloting an enormous ship named the Rodger Young. It’s too late to turn back now.
Interests… her career, more than anything else. She chooses the Fleet over Johnny, her longtime boyfriend. She wants to make a real future for herself, and understands that serving her people is a great way to be a “citizen.”
Relationship Status… conflicted. She loves Johnny Rico, always has. But she’s thousands of miles away in outer space, and he’s just a foot soldier. It’s not that their love is entirely star-crossed, or that she doesn’t love him as much as she once did. It’s just that this is the wrong time to be thinking about themselves.
Challenge… invading Planet P and evading Arachnid anti-aircraft attacks. They’re trying to do a very dangerous thing: invade an Arachnid planet with the intent of killing every enemy on it. If Carmen doesn’t get down to business, she might not make it out alive. The lives of her crew are on the line as well.
Personality… career-oriented and intelligent. Carmen was a math whiz in high school, scoring very well on her placement exams. That’s why it was so easy for her to move up in the Fleet so quickly – that, and being the daughter of a Fleet veteran. Carmen can get squeamish, but when push comes to shove, she swallows her fear and fights the good fight.
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