Light assault force
- Warden Kejora(src)
Recruitment and TrainingEdit
- Kejora on reaper training(src)
Reapers are drawn from individuals who are resistant to neural resocialization. This includes pirates, petty crooks, murderers, the occasional political dissident, and marines who remain unmanageable after being subjected to resoc. These tend to be the most hardened criminals. Of all recruits who enter the Icehouse, only 10-15% graduate as reapers, others succumbing to the dangerous training conditions, being killed by fellow recruits, or committing suicide.
Reaper training is harsh. It is without set sleep cycles. Early training includes track and field, sparring practice, and exposure to sim-cages. During this time recruits are provided with various nutrient batches that contain concoction of steroids, neutralizers, hormone retardants, and what boils down to poison. These meals can be lethal and lead to other symptoms such as paranoia. Inmates have to earn the right to medical treatment, and physical abuse is tolerated by the Corps' support staff. Reapers are chemically altered to make them even more aggressive before being subjected to brutal training in close-quarters combat and the use of jet packs. Said jet pack training use begins after three months of training, where recruits also train in the use of P-45 pistols and D-8 charges. Jet pack training begins first, and such is the difficult nature of controlling the thing, this can prove fatal to some recruits. Afterwards the recruits train in pistols on a target range. At first, only one is used, and recruits must achieve a 75% hit rate. Afterwards, they must dual-wield the weapons. Finally, D-8 charges are used in bomb prep and disposal exercises. Which, like the other exercises, can prove fatal. Conditions change rapidly in these exercises such as lighting and adjusting gravity.
Eventually, "Graduation Day" arrives. Here, predators and zerg-bots are released into the Icehouse. Support staff enter safe rooms and monitor the inmates, as they are given access to the base's armories. Recruits have to battle the assaulting robots and survive, or die trying.
At least up to a point in its service, reaper recruits were "bottom of the barrel," the dregs of humanity. After observing one recruit however, Warden Kejora sought to introduce a higher class of conscript, and considered taking the proposal to Emperor Arcturus Mengsk.
Reapers are obligated to serve two years before being discharged. In its five year history the Corps has failed to have a single recruit complete more than six months of service, though some reapers have been discharged due to reasons of injury or gone renegade. The reapers are widely sought after for frontline action and have served the Dominion well, recieving many accolades, all of which trickle back to the Icehouse. Many of these awards are classified and posthumous.
- Warden Kejora
These reapers "washed out" during training:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Reaper. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-08-10.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 O'Reilly, Michael and Brooks, Robert. "Icehouse." (March 14, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Icehouse Accessed 2013-03-14.
- ↑ Gerrold, David (w), Ruben de Vela (p), Dan Borgonos (i). "Fear the Reaper." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 4 (paperback binding), pp. 28-71. Tokyopop, October 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-81698-6.