The Den Mother
The Sorcerer sat in his seat in the middle of the atrium section of his Vault speaking to his loyal subject,
"I grow impatient but soon, soon, we can begin."
"As do I master, the hunger is becoming unbearable."
"Yes well, soon you can feed, my pet -" Just then the alarm sounded the Vault door was being opened again. "It seems we will be able begin earlier than expected we are now only waiting on one more contestant, but for now begone I need to speak with our latest guest."
"Very well." The mutant hissed as he disappeared with his stealth field. Just then the door to the atrium drew open. The soldiers boots clicked against the ground as she approached the Sorcerer.
"Lieutenant Blade reporting in. I'm here to compete in your tournament."
"Well, that is unexpected." The Sorcerer said with a slight grin "You sure your tough enough to play with the boys?"
"I've heard that one before. Some of ranger vets being brought in from California tried saying the same thing." Her eyes grew more narrow and she crossed her arms.
"So you are NCR? Hmmm. So then, what did happen to those rangers?"
"Lets just say they are no longer fit for duty. Now if your done talking about my gender, I'm going to get ready for the tournament." The Sorcerer did not reply instead just smirked. Miss Blade proceeded down the steel corridor toward a seemingly empty kitchen. She took a seat at the lone table, removed her breastplate and fixed her ponytail to keep her hair out of her eyes. The automated door opened and a stunned Johnny stepped in, upon viewing the woman his jaw dropped. The lieutenant noticed his staring and sarcastically said,
"See something you like?"
"Hey babe the names Johnny you've probably heard of me. I am pretty much a household name." The ****y performer spoke.
"I don't care who you are, If you don't want the bones in your face broken you will leave."
"Playing hard to get? Can't we just talk for a second?" Johnny asked with a wide smile. The smile was immediately wiped off his face by the underside of a boot.
"I warned you." She said picking up the piece of armor she left on the table. Johnny scrambled to his feet, wiped the bit of blood of his lip and said to himself,
"Seriously, is everyone here crazy?" Lt. Blade continued to another room, one that was truly empty. Even though a chair was present she chose to stand leaning against the cold metal Vault wall as she clutched a set of dogtags in her hand. A lone tear descended down her cheek but the sadness she felt was quickly replaced by anger and hatred. Blade's parents were both enrolled in NCR military, her mother had passed shortly after her birth due to complications involved with her birth. Given the first name of her mother, Sonya Blade was enrolled in special training by her father since she was a child. Her father had earned his black ranger armor during his career, but a disabling injury kept him from fighting he has since then been appointed as a high level tactician and drill Sergeant. Although Sonya was regarded as one of the most beautiful women serving in the NCR she never developed any romantic relationships. The person she grew the closest to besides her father was a young man that was enrolled in the same courses his name was Major Jack Briggs. Sonya and Briggs worked as partners and went on countless missions together but one mission in particular would change her. It was a high risk mission to exterminate a high profile Great Khan. A squad of Rangers attacked the main entrance of the Great Khan encampment as Lt. Blade and Major Briggs slipped into the back. Briggs kicked the wooden door down and along with Sonya infiltrated the house. The Khan target stood alone inside and victory seemed ensured but the Khan named Kain would not be taken down so easily. He wore a gas mask and let out a great laugh as a toxic gas flooded the room. Major Briggs was equipped with a helmet with a filtration system and engaged Kain as Sonya lost consciousness. When she finally came to, Sonya was viewing the world through thermal vision and when she removed the helmet things became much more clear. There next to her lay the body of her partner he was bruised and battered, but the cause of his death not the trauma and Lieutenant Blade picked up the helmet she was wearing earlier and recognized it as her partner's. With the last bit of his energy after being defeated by Kain he removed the helmet he wore and instead placed it on the head of his partner sacrificing himself. She took his dog tags and vowed to get revenge for her partner, her friend. Sonya made her way through the camp that was now abandoned, bodies of the ranger squad and the Khans littered the camp and Sonya made her way to the nearest NCR outpost. She reported the outcome of her mission and even though the mission was a failure she was regarded as a hero for the NCR. After she recovered she spent the next years leading an elite ranger squad dubbed "The Blade Pack" earning her the codename "The Den Mother". She never forgot the vow she made and when she received intel on the Khan's whereabouts and the tournament he would be taking place in she knew the only way to reach him was through this tournament.