Dakota Unit 1762 Ferrence
Dakota Unit 1762 Ferrence
General Physical Condition
Dakota is an American M26 Pershing tank with a primarily olive green paint job, but with earthy brown accents. Along with an optical replacement and a few irreparable scuffs here and there, he looks like a quite average tank under the huge amount of equipment he's always lugging around.
Some of the most notable features of this tank are probably his paint job and optical coloration, with his his paint being a primarily olive green color with accents of a mute, earthy brown in some places. His optics are a fairly uncommon shade of blue, being a vivid royal blue with the exception of his left dominant optic, which due to injury in the war, had to be replaced and is now a pale mint green. He also has an oddly large pair of antennae, but this isn't without good reason. During his humble beginnings in the American west as a rancher, the region he lived in was still extremely rural- not that it still isn't now, but internet connection was terrible. So what better way to get reception than bigger antennae? Exactly. Along with all these more noticeable characteristics, he also sports the same branding mark used on his horses on each side of his turret, simply standing for "Dakota Ferrence"
He has a bit of an RBF if you'd call it that, and most of the time looks like he's concerned or irritated about something when he's actually perfectly fine. It seems to put a lot of people who aren't familiar with him on edge, but he doesn't do it intentionally.
Apparel & Accessories
This is a tank that would rather be caught dead than unprepared, always wearing a pair of utility arms, and carrying around whatever he needs for a day out at his stables, be it grooming supplies, or an extra blanket for that one horse that likes tearing theirs up. He even regularly totes around a case of water bottles- not for him, obviously, but for his human coworkers and employees.
Just as all American and European MAI like him, Dakota was activated in a warehouse on the cold night of December 31st, 1979, and just like all MAI, he fought through the remaining years of the Third World War. Though he didn't achieve anything remarkable during this time, he has the kill tallies to show that he did his job. These though, are naturally something he takes no interest in, rather, during his deployment in the East, he developed an innate fondness for the livestock, especially the horses, and after returning to the united states, he sought out a way to bring some home with him. Around 1996, he was able to purchase a respectably sized group of pure blood lusitanos, and these are the horses that are the original descendants of his current horses almost 62 years later. Along with the lusitano horses, he also started a steer ranch in the late 2020s and began growing his own crops to supply for them.
Really, all Dakota wishes to do is be content with his horses and be remembered through them after he's gone, and with the amount of media they've been featured in, it seems the latter is already set to be achieved.
On the average day, he starts out clean and progressively gets filthy, it's kinda hard to stay tidy when you work on... a ranch. He used to actually try and keep himself presentable 24/7, but over time came to the conclusion that it just wasn't worth it, and this means for most of the day, he's caked with about an inch of dried mud and other random debris he'd accumulated just from doing his job. Of course, he cleans up when he's getting ready to call it a night, but its pretty rare to catch him 100% clean.
Primarily atheist, but finds comfort in the concept of a higher power and the afterlife.
He isn't one to go out of his way to talk to/interact with people, but doesn't at all object if someone else starts the conversation. There's an air or social awkwardness with small talk, but you can easily put him into a two hour long speech kind of mood once you get into a topic he's interested in.
Being raised in the American west, as his speech patterns developed, he gained the regional accent along with it. If he ever so pleased, he could drop it like he never had it, but like most LAI, he just prefers to keep it for preference's sake and sticking to his roots.
Wealth & Financial state
Though he rakes in well over half a million dollars a year with his horses, he barely uses any of the money for himself, and either puts it back into the stable or the community, being an avid donator to charities, hospitals and other similar organizations.
- Lawful Good
- Livastian MAI
- Tanks, TDs and SPGs
- 1979 - 2375 (Died 396 years old)
- Circumstances of Birth
- Activated to fight in the third world war
- Current Residence
- Sussex, Wyoming
- Primarily biromantic
- Gender Identity
- Heavily male leaning behavior-wise, but could care less about what he's seen as.
- A vivid royal blue, but his one replaced eye is a pale mint green.
- 46 short tons
- Quotes & Catchphrases
- On the topic of why he picked lusitanos above any other breed of horse, "It's quite simple, really. I just feel.. a connection with them. After all, we were both made for war. It wasn't an existence any of us asked for, but were forced into anyway, and it feels right to live alongside them in a life where we don't have to fight anymore."
- Known Languages
- English, Spanish, Portuguese, German
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