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|Date of birth:||2258|
|Occupation:||Bare-knuckle boxer, Laborer,|
Born on The Eastern Shore to a family of successful fishermen and traders, Forrest Wesley left home at the age of seventeen following being caught with a small amount of Jet. Forrest became a drifter for some years. He spent some time as a bare-knuckle boxer in Vieux Carré, as a laborer in the work camp of Notrees.
Born in the small village of Benton on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Forrest had the good luck of being born in a family of successful traders and fishermen that sold their goods as far away as the Kingdom of Swing. His parents owned the only inn in town, The Last Place for Gas. Unlike most children of the wasteland that were forced from a young age to work in order to ensure that their family doesn't starve, Forrest was able to live a rather happy-go-lucky childhood due to his family's wealth.
Most of the other children his age were jealous of Forrest's upbringing and, despite Forrest's best attempts to make friends, he found himself unable to make many friends his age. Instead, Forrest began making friends with several of the travelers, mercenaries and others who stayed the night in his parents' inn. Many were impressed by the young Forrest's outgoing nature and, as such, ended up making acquaintances with the young boy.
At the age of fourteen, Forrest fell in with a group of boys his age that nicknamed themselves the Briar Patch Boys. Although at first the friendship and the group itself were relatively innocent, as the years progressed the group became more and more gang-like with Forrest becoming reluctantly involved as they began experimenting with alcohol and later chems such as Jet as well as committing a few minor crimes like stealing from caravans that passed by Benton on a rare occasion. Despite Forrest not necessarily wanting to do all of the activities that they did, he found himself pressured to do so due to the lack of friends his age.
When Forrest was fifteen, a former mercenary named Johnny Tophat settled down in Benton following his retirement from the mercenary life. One night at the inn while Forrest was working the bar, Johnny Tophat offered to teach Forrest a few things about defending himself. Forrest was curious about the offer and took Johnny up on it. The next day, Johnny Tophat began teaching Forrest boxing and wrestling in which Johnny both used to train in for several years. Although Forrest was initially a smaller and more slender teenager than most others his age due to the lack of physical labor, he had to do in his youth, in the following years, he quickly grew in muscle as Johnny took him underneath his wing and trained him.
When he was seventeen, Forrest was offered some Jet for the first time by one of his friends within the Briar Patch Boys. Forrest and his group of friends became semi-regular users for the next six months, secretly buying it off the caravans that would pass by Benton. Eventually, Forrest and his friends were caught by the town guard and, rather than face any sort of possible punishment for possessing chems inside of the settlement Forrest fled the next day after packing up a small amount of belongings.
Fleeing west, heading towards the Capital Wasteland, Forrest intended to make something of himself there. He had heard rumors and stories from the various mercenaries and merchants that stopped by his parents' inn that there was plenty of opportunities there. However, fate intervened in a strange way.
Forrest ran into a caravan heading south. Forrest, not knowing on where they were going, but assuming they were heading to the Capital Wasteland, signed on as a porter. The caravan traveled far and wide, making stops in a variety of different places across the Southern US before finally ending its journey at The Big Easy. He was informed that his service was no longer needed and he was let go from the caravan's employ. In a strange new town with little knowledge of the area or its people, Forrest found himself quickly cheated of his money and most of his belongings. Ending up homeless on the streets of Vieux Carré and unable to return home Forrest was forced to complete odd-jobs for money, and more than once was contracted by a local crime boss for assistance in hiding a body.
It was defending himself from a group of muggers that brought the work to Forrest. A group of three muggers, the only armed one in the group carrying a switchblade, attempted to rob Forrest for what few possessions he still had. Using the boxing and wrestling skills Johnny Tophat had taught him; he was able to quickly knock out one of the attackers cold and managed to wrestle another one to the ground before a group of passerby pulled Forrest off of him. The other mugger fled the scene.
After this impressive display of fighting ability, a local businessman named Alexander Stulz approached Forrest with an offer to fight as a bare-knuckle boxer for money. Hesitatingly agreeing to it, the eighteen-year-old Forrest began training again in Stulz's personal gym where he and two other fighters lived, sparred and worked out daily.
Forrest had a rough time transition to a bare-knuckle boxer. He lost several of his early fights, earning him the nickname in Vieux Carré as The No-Show Kid. Stulz, who assumed the position of his manager, threatened to kick him back out to the curb unless Forrest started winning some fights. Stulz offered to get Forrest some Buffout, which Forrest considered but ultimately refused. Rather, Forrest instead began training under an old fighter by the name of Gumbo Rothchild. Gumbo used to be a champion on the Vieux Carré bare-knuckle boxing circuit before he was forced to retire due to health complications. Forrest trained with Gumbo for several weeks before his next fight, living in a near hell as Gumbo would wake him up early in the morning and the two would train together practically all day with only a few breaks for meals.
It was Forrest's fifth fight that he finally managed to turn his losing streak around. Forrest dramatically knocked his opponent out in the third round, much to the surprise and the delight of the crowd. Several more wins quickly followed and his reputation as a terrible fighter quickly dissipated as become known as The Lumberjack, due to his ability to seemingly "chop down" opponents with several jabs before finishing them off with a powerful uppercut or hook. He stayed in Vieux Carré for several more years where he ended up compiling a record of 11-8-2 before he decided to quit bare-knuckle boxing at the age of twenty out of fear of permanent injury after watching a fellow boxer die in the ring. Forrest considered settling down in Vieux Carré to teach a new generation of boxers but eventually decided not too.
Forrest instead heard of an opportunity in Notrees for those willing to work hard and long hours. Figuring that he had little to lose and still had a lot of youth left in him, Forrest set out for the small work-camp in Texas.
After another few weeks journey filled with numerous stops and little danger, Forrest arrived at the small work-camp of Notrees. After telling one of the labor bosses that he wished to work, they quickly signed the strong Forrest up as a laborer. His easy-going personality allowed him to mesh easily with the other workers in the small camp, and a fresh face was a welcome sight for many of them.
Forrest would spend a total of three years in Notrees, and his time there was very dull and unexciting. Eventually, Forrest simply grew bored of tearing down scrap and the simple childish joy of breaking stuff down with sledgehammers and other tools simply wasn't there anymore once you've had to do it every day for the past three years. Forrest announced that he no longer wished to work there, collected the last of his pay, and set out on the wastes again.
Forrest regretted that decision. Having received bad directions to the nearest town, he spent the next two weeks stumbling around the wastes as he attempted to find said town. He quickly ran out of food and water, and Forrest assumed that was the end of the line for him. Collapsing one day while walking, Forrest closed his eyes and waited for death to overtake him.
By some stroke of dumb luck, a local farmer's hunting dog managed to find the barely-alive Forrest. The farmer, a certain Jay Benson, nursed Forrest back to health. Explaining to Forrest that he was a week away from Boss Town, Forrest stayed for nearly a month helping Jay out as a repayment for saving his life before setting off into the wastes again; this time with proper directions.
Arriving in Boss Town some time later, Forrest
Forrest was, for his entire life, a rather easy-going and sociable person. He had an outgoing nature about him and was known for his goofy sense of humor. Forrest also had an active imagination and would very easily get lost inside of his thoughts, occasionally during a conversation, leading to some very awkward and embarrassing moments when others noticed that he had spaced out half-way through.