General Charles "Mercury" Barrowsmith - Chaz to his friends - is the highest ranked enlisted man in the EU armed forces. Born into poverty in the working-class London district of Hackney, Barrowsmith grew up hard, his natural smarts, fast temper and anti-authoritarian bent drawing the attention of the law long before puberty.
Having acquired his first ASBO by age nine and his first formal juvenile detention by twelve it comes as little surprise to find sixteen year old Chaz at the head of a gang of like-minded street toughs, masterminding ambitious robberies and anti-police pranks in equal measure. When the law caught up, a perceptive judge saw Barrowsmith's potential and offered a choice of the army or jail time. Military pursuits proved to be a perfect focus for his anger and sharp intelligence, with Chaz rapidly rising through the ranks of the elite EU Rapid Assault Corps, the specialist group he leads to this day.
A drill sergeant by nature, "Mercury Red" is aggressive, smart, and has no patience for fools. He is also, as they say, the best in the business.