what I understand, Gaelin didn't work with Rex during that
deal 7 years ago. I'm not sure what he did before he signed
on with Rex, or even what compelled him to do so. He sure
doesn't seem like the type who would believe in what Rex is
I have my suspicions he was once one of the bad guys - but come on, that's just TOO cheesey, right? The ol' "Reformed bad guy who hasn't quite shed his violent tendencies" teammate? More likely he's just another one of those "troubled bad boys" I dislike so much - some bad stuff happened to him a long time ago and he's never gotten over it. Right, and there's some gal from his past that he's always carried a torch for, and when she shows up again it's going to make him re-evaluate everything he's done since he last saw her. She's gotta be really pretty and kind, too. That's a staple of the "Bad Boy" character. Wouldn't it be something if he was just LIKE that? What if he just read a lot of books, and kept to himself, and was just anti-social? I could respect THAT, at least. There's an honesty to that kind of guy, even if he IS annoying.
Long story short, I don't know much about Gaelin. I don't even know what he does for a living. It's never come up, really, and he bugs me so much I'm just glad when he leaves the room. So I've never asked Rex about him much.
But I have found out a few things. He has some kind of history with Max. It seems like Max is one of the only people Gaelin doesn't enjoy tormenting with his bottomless cynicism and constant complaining. He hasn't lived in Mt. Haven all that long - only in the last 6 years or so. I would GUESS he came to live here because Rex wanted him to -but why Gaelin answers to Rex is anyone's guess.
Rex insists that I try not to jump to conclusions about Gaelin - but he also wants me to be nice to Gibson. That's Rex being a dad, I think. Be nice to people, even the ones who are jerks.
Aloof. Dreary. Cynical. Cold. Arrogant. To me, Gaelin has all the personality of a griping Boris Karloff. Knox seems to think he's pretty cool - he admires Gaelin's confidence and focus. But when I look at him I just see a snooty jerk who likes to annoy people.
whatever reason, Gaelin seems to begrudgingly
respect Rex's authority, though he doesn't hesitate to
his disapproval of Rex's tactics. He openly resents anyone
who he feels is his intellectual or physical inferior - I
suppose you COULD say he has an obsession with excellence
(that would be the part of his character Knox admires), but
the problem with that is no one meets his high standards.
So he disapproves of everything.
is particularly offended by Dick, the field commander of the
mercenaries. It can't be because they have some shared backstory,
since Dick didn't
even know who Gaelin was before Part
3. I use this as evidence to support my theory about Gaelin
and his "thing" for perfection. Gaelin probably
wouldn't mind him so much if Dick was really good at his job.
told Gaelin doesn't have any "paranormal abilities"
like me or Knox. He IS amazingly
agile, and an incredible
fighter, but he asserts that it's not due to any kind
of genetic or chemical mutation. According to him, and
Rex has backed up this statement, Gaelin is simply "The
World's Greatest Warrior." He claims he can turn
into a weapon (but really - is it THAT big of a stretch
to use a tire-iron
as a weapon?), and while he is not disciplined in
any particular martial art, he supposedly has yet to be
beaten in one-on-one, hand-to-hand combat. And that's
not because of others' lack of trying.
He describes his knack for fighting as "genius"; what Stephen Hawking is to quantum mechanics, he is to fist-fighting. But I sorta doubt it. I secretly wonder if he has some kind of ability like a sixth sense, or some kind of power to know just where to strike and when to block. I dunno. Maybe I'm being petty, and just looking for a reason to take him down a peg. Maybe his ability is the power to bring out the worst in people...
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