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Chicago's RPIT chief who came to the Windy City in 1996. It is known that the city brought him tragedy when he came here, his wife being killed and his daughter being left paralyzed in a gang-related drive-by shooting. He seems to be a charming, outgoing sort, but as has been demonstrated he can also go deadly serious. He spent 18 years in the U.S. Army, 15 of which with the U.S. Army Special Forces, but beyond that almost no information is known on what he actually did. A crack shot.
The man who stands before you does so with an air of insurmountable confidence. His movements, his gestures, all bely the firm belief that he can handle whatever situation comes his way, that his skills will allow him to conquer whatever life throws his way.
Physically speaking, he appears to be a man in in his early to late forties, with short brown hair. He has a chiseled face, one that always seems to be alight with a healthy smattering of rough stubble, despite his shaving efforts. His eyes are cold and hard, jade green, tough and unyielding.
He is dressed in just everyday wear. A greyish white Reebok all condition shirt (kind of like a jersey, you can wear it rafting, as an undershirt for snowboarding, etc…), a pair of worn blue denim jeans, and a black leather jacket. He wears black leather tennis shoes on his feet. The jacket is slightly bulky.
Jason Corbin Karoda was born on March 23rd, 1956. He was born to a military family in Denver, Colorado. His father was stationed permanently at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, situated at Monaco and 2nd Avenue in Denver. His father was a desk jockey there, a clerk. He always joked that he had protected Denver from the Vietnamese. They lived a relatively happy life.
Jason was always a quite child, through middle and high school, but despite being quiet, he was quite shrewd. He was good at discerning people's motives and reasoning, and predicting what they would do. After a while, his father quit playing Chess with him.
In High School the only classes he enjoyed were JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corp) and Speech. He joined speech at his father's insistence, hoping it would bring out a more social nature in the reserved Jason. It didn't, but it did teach him how to spot flaws in other people's arguments, and encouraged his thinking skills. When it came time to go to college, he applied to and was accepted at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied Military Science. Since he took the army's buck to go to college (through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at CU), he immediately enlisted in the army (after passing his security test Junior year, he was technically in the military), choosing the Military intelligence branch for his service.
During his time at CU, he met Elizabeth St. Claire, and fell deeply in love. They got married when he graduated, and their daughter Lizzie was born three years later.
Karoda quickly proved himself to be an able soldier. Over the course of his career, lasting from the time he graduated CU until he turned 40 (18 years), he was promoted to the rank of Major, passed the grueling training and became a Green Beret, was certified as an Airborne Ranger, and fought in Desert Storm.
At the age of 40, he retired from the military, taking his uniform, beret, medals and skills (along with wife and child), and moved to Chicago where he joined the Chicago Police Department.
Elizabeth and Lizzie were walking along when they were caught in the middle of a drive by shooting between two local gangs. Elizabeth died instantly, but Lizzie didn't die. She was paralyzed below the waist, a paraplegic. Several days later, Jason and his partner headed up a Sting operation, getting the leaders of the two gangs together in the same warehouse. The sting went down, the gangs were caught. It should have satisfied him, but for some reason it didn't.
The death of his family effected him deeply, and still does, even though three years have gone by. He still mourns for them, but their deaths redoubled his commitment to what he was doing in Chicago. He threw himself in to his work, determined to protect every Elizabeth and Lizzie in the city he could. He made changes in his life to adapt to Lizzie's changed needs.
"I spent two decades of my life defending citizens of this country abroad by defending the Nation's interests. I was shot, stabbed and burnt too damn many times to care about some petty distinction. The United States Government tells me werewolves and vampires are citizens, so it is my duty to protect them. And you know what, what you HF freaks do in the name of god goes against everything I stand for, so I'd help em anyway. Now get out of my office before I have you thrown out."
Jason Karoda to a Humans First intern sent to determine his feelings on Preternaturals
"So your a punk kid with a .45 cal, and you think your not only going to outdraw but outshoot a man who spent 18 years of his life in the green berets killing terrorists back before it was fashionable?"
Jason Karoda, second year as a detective, during a shootout