Full Name: Angus Walter Marshal Celestial/True Name: N/A Nickname(s): Gus Gender: Male Species: Human House/Order & Faction: Babylon Police Department PB: Taylor Knox Character Age and DOB: 41 (42 this year) April 23rd, 1970 Appearance: Gus is a pretty big dude at 6'5", so his height and his muscular build are his most obvious features. He's gone a little soft around the middle thanks to a lot of personal life stress and driving a desk, but he still fits into his uniform and is generally good about working out - he just tends to hit the donuts too much at work, and the beer too much after hours. Aside from having rather generic brown hair and blue eyes, Gus has some gnarly facial scars that he sustained as a child.
Personality: Angus Marshal is a big man with a big heart, and a big personality to go with it. Gregarious and quick to joke, he's a likeable man who has great compassion for others and is always willing to step in and help out. While being a Detroit police officer has jaded him some over the years, he still believes that people are capable of being decent to each other, and does his best to be as fair as possible both on and off the job. While he has a good sense of humor and enjoys bringing it to work, he does know when to get serious. Lately, thanks to his divorce, some of his generally good-natured (and sometimes off-color) humor has taken a more cynical, bitter angle, but he tries not to let that get too out of hand. Nobody likes a snarky asshole, him especially, but it does slip out from time to time.
Because of his big heart and tendency to trust and forgive, Gus gets bulldozed when it comes to relationships. He's able to take one step back while at work, but friends and family are very important to him, almost to the point of not seeing flaws in people. It's bit him in the ass on a few occasions, and since the divorce, he's extremely wary of people's ulterior motives. He is also a bit depressed thanks to being so far from his kids and living like a bachelor at forty, a life he thought he'd left behind him when he'd married Francine. Gus self medicates with food and beer and doesn't let on that even two years later, the divorce still smarts.
Background: Angus was, at the time, a happy accident for his parents Clara and Frank. Clara was about ready to burst with Angus when she married Frank, and Gus was only an infant for the first few happy years, so he doesn't remember them. All he remembers are the beatings - those that his mother received, and when he was older, those that he received. His father had lost his job on a Ford assembly line on account of his drinking, and it wasn't long before he was a full-blown alcoholic. And Frank was a very mean drunk. It all came to a head when Gus was only six years old. He walked in on his father beating Clara, and Frank turned on his son, smashing a glass beer bottle on his face. While Gus doesn't entirely remember that day, Clara does with clarity, though she has only given her only child the barest of details. Watching Frank break the bottle on his face snapped something inside her, and she knocked Frank out with a chair and finally called the police. Gus was rushed to the emergency room, and while he'd come dangerously close to losing an eye, he hadn't escaped unscathed - even today he still has deep scars on his face from where the glass cut in. After Frank did his time, he skipped town and never tried to contact his broken family again.
Clara moved out into the Detroit metro area to raise her son, and while she did her best, Gus was something of a troubled youth. He fell in with the wrong crowd, he got into trouble, and did very poorly in school. The only things we were passionate about were cars and football, and his size had him perpetually on a school football team from a young age. Not even sports were enough to keep him out of mischief, however, and he was finally caught drinking and smoking out behind the high school during school hours. He was getting out of control, and Clara was at a loss, barely able to make ends meet, let alone control her unruly son. Gus was forced to drop out of school, and after about a year of getting worse, he realized that he was starting to act just like his father.
That snapped Gus out of it. He got his GED and the day he turned eighteen he joined up with the Marines. Gus flourished in the structured environment and even advancing to Corporal by the time he went overseas for Desert Storm. He knew he'd found his calling, but Gus still missed civilian life. After Desert Storm, he didn't renew his contract and decided to take a year off to catch up with the world. While living with his mother, Gus started hitting bars and clubs with his military buddies, and that's where he met Francine. It was one hundred percent a case of opposites attract. He was a rough looking marine who'd clawed his way past the poverty line by his fingernails, and she was a spoiled sorority girl slumming it to piss daddy off. They had a very steamy one night stand, and while Gus had hoped to see her again, he didn't think someone so out of his league would call him back.
Boy was he wrong. As it turned out, Francine was from a very, very conservative family, and the phone call he'd been hoping for changed his life completely. She was pregnant, and an abortion was completely out of the question, something that was forced pretty hard down his throat when he offered to pay for it. Not only was she having the baby they'd made in a drunk stupor, there was serious pressure to marry her. Gus, feeling very much like history was repeating itself, agreed. Maybe he'd made a mistake, but he was going to be a better man - and a better father - than his own father had ever been.
Francine was a very well off young woman. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother was the epitome of the Stepford wife, and Gus wasn't especially welcomed in the family. He was stuffed into uncomfortable suits, talked down to, and generally made to feel about two inches tall, but he and Francine got along well. Some of it, he realized later, was because it pissed her parents off for them to be happy together, but Gus didn't care. Determined to be a good father, he used his military credentials to get work as a police officer, and things seemed to steady out. There was still stress from her family, mainly that they kept insisting on giving lavish gifts. Gus wanted to provide for his new son and his wife, but instead they lived in a house he could never afford the mortgage on, and they owned an Escalade that he'd never even consider purchasing on his salary. But Gus, being who he was, kept quiet. And it wasn't like it was terrible, having a high standard of living, it just stung his pride.
Like in the military, Gus advanced through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department. Life seemed great. He loved his job, he had two beautiful, healthy kids, and he was finally getting to the point where he could contribute more to finances. All was not well, however. Francine started acting distant. He didn't think anything of it. His partner started acting strange, and he didn't even humor the idea of the two being connected. It all came crashing down when Gus came home early one night and found them together - his partner had called in sick to fuck his wife on their own bed. It was a scandal, and the fallout was ugly. Gus had no chance against a woman who's father was a wealthy, powerful lawyer, and once she'd wrested full custody of the kids and insisted he leave, he was faced with how he was going to handle work. As it happened, the city of Babylon in Iowa was in dire need of police officers that were a bit more experienced than their small town variety.
It absolutely killed Gus to do it, but he was heartbroken and suddenly out a good chunk of his paycheck and homeless, so he felt like he didn't have much of a choice. He transferred to Iowa, driving himself there in his only notable possession, a '61 Dodge Charger he restored himself, and after a year, ran for Sheriff when the town had it's elections. The big-city cop with the big smile won by a landslide, and he's settled into small town life better than expected. What he didn't expect, however, was how many big-city problems the quiet little farming community had. Gus has transitoned into a whole new city with a whole new social group remarkably well, in large part thanks to his naturally friendly nature, but he hasn't been dealing with his divorce well. He misses his kids terribly, and is a regular at the local watering hole - off duty, of course. Gus doesn't want to end up a mean, worthless, unemployed drunk like his father, but with nobody from his old life to remind him of the past, it gets easier and easier to have just one more beer before going home.
Strength(s): Gus's large size makes him a bit more physically imposing and capable than your average human. He's also an excellent police officer, an attentive father, and an all-around decent guy. Weakness(es): Aside from being a squishy human, Gus cannot resist the siren song of sugary carbs and beer, and his waistline is starting to pay the price. Because of his divorce, he's very wary of getting too close to people, and not just in a romantic sense. He keeps even friends at a distance, and while he's not cold, he doesn't have any close acquaintenance in Babylon. All his close friends are back in Detroit, leaving him a bit isolated and lonely. Abilities Due to Species: Can die from pretty much anything. Talents and Hobbies: Gus has a fondness for old muscle cars and is a fair mechanic, having been slowly restoring his '61 Dodge Charger for the better part of 10 years. It was one of the few things he was able to keep in the divorce, and it is his pride and joy. Apart from his kids, anyway. Gus is mechanically minded, and because of his enthusiasm for restoring Daisy (his Charger), he is pretty good at assessing and repairing motor vehicles. His car enthusiasm has made him a very good driver, and he can do a few mild stunts if he's in the mood to show off. Family and Friends: Mother, Clara Marshal (64). Father, Frank Marshal (estranged, 68). Ex-Wife, Francine Cobb (nee Marshal, 44). Son Eddie Marshal (20). Daughter Kimberly Marshal (16). Residence: Rental home in Lake Ridge. How long has your character been in Babylon?: About 2 years. Job/Career/School: Babylon's Sheriff.