- "John, John, I need you to take a deep breath and find your balls. And when you find them - finish the fucking job!"
- — Paul Rhodes
Paul Rhodes is a former member of the Last Man Battalion (LMB) and an engineer currently working with the Joint Task Force (JTF). He is in charge of the Technical Wing and works to keep the power, supply lines, and communications network intact for Manhattan.
Rhodes was born and raised in Central Jersey. Due to his disdain of the U.S. government, he joined a private military company instead of the U.S. Armed Forces. His work brought him to Iraq and served the role of an engineer. He left Iraq and the PMC after a roadside ambush claimed the lives of his teammates except for Rhodes’. He retired to live in Manhattan.
After the outbreak, Rhodes joined the JTF and became an engineer for the faction. He went missing during a mission in the Subway Morgue to grant the Base of Operations extra power. He finished the job and was rescued from the Cleaners with help from a Second Wave Division agent (player). He returned to the Base of Operations to maintain the JTF's Tech Wing and provided assistance to both the JTF and the Division.
For as twitchy and cynical as he may be, Rhodes is, by all accounts, incredibly smart. Put simply, he’s a doer. Part technical genius, expert weapons engineer, and recently failed entrepreneur, Rhodes prides himself on sticking to his guns, even when the going gets tough.
His peers know him for his highly attuned "bullshit sensor"; his critics know him for his disdain for authority. His allegiance, meanwhile, goes to competence and, though he’d never admit it, willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done right.
Born and raised in central Jersey, Rhodes has always lived a mobile life. Having attended Rutgers and bounced between various tech shops, Rhodes never had a good reason to stay anywhere. In 2003, his wayfaring eventually brought him to Iraq, where he served as a contractor with a Private Military Company (PMC). During his time there, he was the sole, he found himself grappling from the enormous burden of survivor’s guilt.
Combined with the loss of his wife in 9/11, Rhodes has since stayed away from all intimate relationships, benign or adverse. However, Rhodes always does his best, even in the worst of situations.
He also tends to have a low opinion of the government and the Division.