- "Some say I'm a pest. I say right back atcha, mate!"
Right after Year 10, Max Goose applied to enter the Australian Defence Force Academy, later working in Combat & Security. He joined an infantry regiment that incorporated dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles in their reconnaissance operations. Goose excelled in land navigation and became the two-wheeler expert in raids, scouting, and convoy operations.
Following Operation Catalyst, he was handpicked to join the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), so long as he passed selection and refrained from talking back. His specialized off-road skillsets and quick thinking were highly prized, even though his driving style appeared reckless. He deployed to Operation Slipper and served until the operation's conclusion. He later received the National Emergency Medal for saving firefighters during the Esperance bushfires.
On their own, Specialist Max "Mozzie" Goose and Specialist Tori "Gridlock" Tallyo Fairous perform exceedingly well, but together, they pull off some amazing, even hare-brained stunts sure to make the sternest of commanders crack a smile… when they succeed, of course. Just like their operation at the Esperance bushfires.
These two specialists create this remarkable balance seldom seen between two operators. I'm curious to see if they would still help each other as opponents, or if duty will take precedence over their friendship.
He's a speed demon, not just on his bike, but how he processes information. By the time others are done parsing a problem, he has already considered the feasibility of a particular course of action, having weighed all the pros and cons, and he's already kick-started his bike. Those seconds he's saving are precious. All the while, he's smirking beneath that moustache, and there's this shine to his eyes that makes everyone uneasy. I believe he's a troublemaker in spirit, but a real showman at heart.
Goose grew up as the middle sibling in his family and I do believe he had to put extra effort to be heard or noticed, which explains the showman side of his personality. He jokes that his parents paid more attention to him the moment he engaged in extreme sports like freestyle mountain biking, dune buggy racing, and the occasional hang gliding. He told me that the moment he told his mum he did skydiving with dirt bikes, she completely lost it.
I've had the… "pleasure" of hearing the extent of his profanity, though like many behavioural psychologists, I've seen enough evidence to support the theory that swearing is good for you… that it's not maladaptive.
I've even seen Specialist Goose use humour to cover pain, though I wonder if he uses vulgarity to make up for his physical stature, likely to appear more intimidating. So far, all my observations indicate that he becomes quite furious when his height is made all the more obvious.
- Mozzie can only hack Attacker ground recon Drones (i.e. the gadgets specifically named Drones), including Twitch's Shock Drones. Echo's Yokai and Lion's EE-ONE-D are not such drones and do not interact with Pests.
- Mozzie can hack Attacker drones in two ways:
- Shooting a Pest directly on to a drone.
- Shooting a Pest onto a surface and creating an ambush. The Pest will stick on the surface, pounce on any drone that moves inside its ambush radius and hack it.
- A Pest requires line of sight to the target drone in order to hack it.
- The target drone does not have to be actively used for it to be hacked; even a drone that is being thrown on deployment can be hacked by a Pest.
- Attacker drones will receive a red triangular warning symbol should they wander dangerously close to a deployed Pest.
- Mozzie can pick up a deployed Pest to deploy it elsewhere.
- A deployed Pest can be destroyed by any source of damage.
- The hacking process takes 3 seconds to complete.
- Pests are electronic gadgets, and can thus be:
- Each Pest can hack one drone and add it to Mozzie's fleet. After hacking a drone, a Pest self-destructs and cannot be retrieved.
- A successful hack is indicated with a blue 3D pulse on Mozzie's screen, pulsing from the location of the hacked drone.
- Once a drone is hacked, Attackers lose control over the drone, and the drone is effectively destroyed to the Attacker who originally owned it. Mozzie can control the drone as if he were an Attacker.
- A hacked drone is indicated to Defenders with a unique symbol, a distance indicator, and a white outline. They also display blue lights instead of red lights when actively used.
- A hacked drone is unaffected by Barbed Wire, unlike normal Attacker drones.
- A hacked drone is unaffected by Mute's Signal Disruptors.
- A hacked drone is unaffected by electricity from Bandit's Shock Wires or Kaid's Electroclaws.
- Though other Defenders can view the camera feed from hacked drones, Mozzie is the only Defender that can control the hacked drones.
- If Mozzie hacks Twitch's Shock Drones, he is capable of using the taser to destroy Attacker gadgets and harass Attackers.
- Nobody can pick up hacked drones.
- If Mozzie drives a hacked drone outside for more than 3 seconds, he'll lose signal and the drone will be lost. The drone cannot be used by either side for the rest of the round unless pushed back inside by another drone, in which case Mozzie regains control of it.
- If Dokkaebi hacks a Defender's phone, Attackers will regain access to the camera feed of a hacked drone, but the drone will remain under Defender's control.
- If Mozzie hacks Twitch's Shock Drones, he can use them as bait and could potentially distract Attackers, providing enough time for the other Defenders to launch an assault.
- Mozzie can put a Pest Drone above a drone hole to launch a surprise attack.
- Mute can jam drones and render them immobile, allowing them to be easily hacked by Mozzie.
- IQ can use her RED to detect drones hijacked by Mozzie, as well as his Pests.
- Thatcher can use his EMP grenades to disable Pests as well as disable Mozzie's hacked drones for 10 seconds.
- Twitch's drone can still use a taser dart to destroy a Pest, as long as it is not in the range of being hacked by it. The darts can also be used to destroy hacked drones.
- Zero's Argus Camera lasers can destroy both Pests and hacked drones.
Pest Launcher x 3
- "Launches autonomous bots that latch onto nearby enemy drones, hijacking their controls."
— In-game description
Mozzie's launcher, Pests, are tiny 4-legged bots that can be used to target a single drone, or deployed into an area to prevent access by a drone. When launched, the Pest latches onto the nearest enemy drone and obscures its camera. It then initiates an override sequence to hack the drone and give control to Mozzie. Counter-intelligence is enabled with no risk of a counter hack. Single-use only, Pests self-destruct by dissolving into thin air once their target is in Mozzie's control.
Device: Pest Launcher
Operator: Specialist Max "Mozzie" Goose
Evaluation Lead: Specialist Grace "Dokkaebi" Nam
Of course I'd get asked to evaluate Mozzie's Pest. I'm the only one around with any hacking cred. So here's what I know: once the Pest is deployed, it's programmed to search a specific area, latching onto the nearest enemy drone and obscuring the camera. Then it initiates the override sequence. Their drone now belongs to him. It happens fast. Even faster is Mozzie shooting the Pest directly at a drone.
Unlike most devices, the Pest auto-destructs by dissolving into thin air. Single-use only means one less logistical problem to worry about. The Pest also doesn't run the risk of a counter hack. It achieves great military effectiveness by acquiring an enemy resource that's already on the field, and by leaving the enemy with no way to intercept once the Pest has depolymerized. The only way for the enemy to minimize the damage is by destroying their own drones. Very troublesome.
When Mozzie's device is successful, it can break the enemy's morale. Okay... it's actually genius, and I could improve its efficiency by widening the detection area and by optimizing his code, but why would I? He tricked others in the past. He won't trick the trickster.
- - Specialist Grace "Dokkaebi" Nam
- A mozzie is Australian slang for a 'mosquito.'
- In his concept art, he is shown to have a wife (named Lozza) and they are expecting twins.
- Mozzie's real name, Max Goose, is likely a reference to the characters Max Rockatansky and Jim Goose from the 1979 film Mad Max.
- Mozzie is officially the shortest male operator at 5'4 (1.62m), compared to both Oryx and Kaid, who both stand at 6'5 (1.95m).