Starshina (Sergeant Major) Boris Salenko

Indomitable Veteran NCO



Seasoned (35 XP)


Pace – 4
Parry -5
Sanity – 6
Toughness – 8
Charisma – 0
Languages – Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German


  • Command – Command is the ability to give clear instructions to surrounding allies and enforce your hero’s will upon them. This makes your character’s compatriots more willing to fight on despite their wounds, and so adds +1 to their Spirit rolls to recover from being Shaken.
  • Hard to Kill – Your hero has more lives than a truckload of cats. When forced to make Vigor rolls due to Incapacitation, he may ignore his wound modifiers.
  • Soviet Fatalism – Many “Ivans” seemed resigned to inevitable suffering, whether in the trenches, in captivity, or back at the collective farm. Yet they struggles on, even while waiting for the British and Americans to re-ignite the Western Front. Soviet characters with this Edge are somewhat numb to their fate and ignore one level of wound modifier.
  • Rank (NCO) – NCOs are the backbone of their units, and must be tougher, stronger, and more resilient than those they lead. Noncoms with the Rank (NCO) Edge ass +2 to their base Toughness to reflect their hard-bitten nature.


  • Bloodthirsty (Major) – Your hero never takes prisoners, unless under the direct supervision of a superior.
  • Lame (Major) – A past wound nearly crippled your hero. His basic Pace is reduced by 2 and he rolls only a D4 for running rolls.
  • Cautious (Minor) – Some folks gather too much intelligence. This character personifies over-cautiousness. He never makes rash decisions and likes to plot things out in detail long before any action is taken.

Stubborn (Minor) – Your hero always wants his way and never admits he’s wrong. Even when it’s painfully obvious he’s made a mistake, he tries to justify it with half-truths and rationalizations.


Fighting – D6
Intimidation – D6
Knowledge (Battle) – D6
Notice – D6
Shooting – D8
Stealth – D4
Streetwise – D8
Survival – D6
Throwing – D6


  • PPSh-1941 (7.62) – 2D6; 12/24/48; RoF 3; 71 Rounds; Full-Auto or Single Shot
  • Tokarev TT-33 (7.62) – 2D6; 10/20/40; RoF 1; 8 Rounds; Single Shot
  • Grenade (x2) F-1 Fragmentation – 3D6; 5/10/20; Medium Burst Template
  • Knife – Str + D4
  • Steel Helmet – +2 Armor to Head; 50% chance to protect vs. Head Shot


  • C-Rations (x3)
  • Haversack
  • Ammo Pouch (x2)
  • Canteen
  • Entrenching Tool
  • Lighter
  • Mess Kit
  • Pistol Holster
  • Web Belt
  • Uniform (Shirt, Trousers, Foot Wraps, Boots, Forage Cap)
  • Greatcoat

A Ukranian iron worker from Kiev, Boris Salenko has seen his share of violence and war, but nothing quite like the battle at Stalingrad. A veteran of the Great War, Russian Civil War, and the Winter War, Salenko has been on the front lines so long, combat is second nature to him.

Having survived being attached to the 91st Rifle Division’s penal company, the soldiers under Salenko’s command think of him as a sort of lucky charm, especially when he rankles the likes of superior officers and Commisars alike. Although technically a Party Member, the longer he leads men to their deaths in the meat-grinder that is Stalingrad, the more disillusioned he becomes with the ideals of the Revolution.

Starshina (Sergeant Major) Boris Salenko

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