Having begun the Initial Training of Project Alpha I can't help but be impressed by those who have distinguished themselves. While most of the crew who joined the brawl were less than impressive, those who persevered have truly surpassed even my greatest of expectations. In fact, of the 15 currently in training there are already 8 of which who have shown extraordinary skill above the others.
Ilarian – Wielded only a spear in the arena, immediately distinguished himself in combat when using his greater reach to pummel his enemies. Has a rivalry with Hildr and Skend.
Flaws: Possibly too reliant on favoured weapon, will have to see his capability in training.
Deviancy: Arrogant, with reason to be but cannot stand having a broken pride when he can't follow through. Will require reconditioning
Hildr - Wielded only a sword and shield in the arena, distinguished herself with an incredibly impressive defense, wearing her opponents down before felling them with a single precise strike. Has a rivalry with Ilarian and Skend.
Flaws: Relies too much on defense. Would she be as capable in a tactical assault team? Possibly also as reliant on her shield as Ilarian is with his spear. Will have to keep track of her ability in training.
Deviancy: Stubborness, a good quality in a soldier if tempered, but like Ilarian gains a wounded pride if felled. Will require reconditioning
Skend: Wielded only a knife in the arena, even forewent the shield to gain more maneuverability. Won fights by avoiding hits and landing precise blows in weak areas. In the fight between him, Hildr and Ilarian he won by striking them while their focus was on eachother.
Flaws: While effective at pinpointing weaknesses in the flesh is apparently flawed when judging the strength of armour, given how frequently he attempted to slash through armoured ankles despite it being the only armoured part of the body. Will also need to observe how the fight with weapons other than their favoured knife, as with the others mentioned thus far.
Deviancy: Aloofness, knows they are skilled and feels no need to prove it, seems to bear no ill will over Hildr or Ilarian. Such an attitude is good to find in a soldier, but in excess is a hindrance to allies. Will require reconditioning.
Faddey: Wielded primarily a sword during fights but I saw him try other weapons as well. Faddey was an interesting one, while lacking martial skill like the others he seemed to show incredibly versatile tactics when to pull through despite appearing to be at a clear disadvantage. Even when unarmed was still able to use his environment and his own armour as a means of felling the opponent.
Flaws: While tactically sound they clearly require more physical and martial training. Given how close his fights were he may also have a problem in endurance fights.
Deviancy: As eccentric as his fighting style, such unpredictability may be useful in confusing the enemy but is irritating for his commander and crew. Will require reconditioning
Rose: Possibly the physically strongest of the 15, attempted to wield a sword in the first fight but switched to gauntlets out of frustration and became much more effective. Won her fights by overpowering and pummeling her opponents.
Flaws: Must ensure that her training improves her tactical insight and martial skill to match her brute strength. Also her frustration found in using weapons will hopefully not include firearms.
Deviancy: Anger issues, useful in fight and often in social situations too but must be directed properly. Will require reconditioning.
Renaud: Possibly has the greatest martial skill of any other subject. Forewent the use of any weapons, including gauntlets, in his fights. Won by striking pressure points and tiring his enemies, though found difficulty doing so against Rose. Defeated her with a surprisingly quick flurry,though it seemed to exhaust him after.
Flaws: Given his tactic he likely has difficulty fighting against heavily armoured opponents.
Deviancy: There are no outright quirks in his personality, though this is likely because he does not speak much and defers to commanding officers too often. Such an attitude is not befitting a soldier who should be assertive and vocal. Will require reconditioning.
Rachel: Wielded primarily a sword in fights. Compared to the others she did not seem to demonstrate any signature style or fighting stance, though she was still effective enough to make it to the final 14. While her combat was mediocre compared to the others I have noticed another quality in her during training. She's likable. While this is usually something I ignore among soldiers (and frown upon on Icarus' Ship) she at the very least conveys some level of respect from her peers rather than lust, though something may well be going over my head in this regard. In any case, once training and reconditioning is done I hope the others will look up to her as a commander.
Flaws: Will require more basic training than the others. Given the role I hope for her I will also be more stringent on tactical training in particular.
Deviancy: Particularly loud and vocal, often speaks over others. A good quality in a soldier and commander but only if done so for the right reasons. Will require reconditioning.
Zethendi: While not the strongest, skilled or tactically brilliant of the team, Zethendi is the member I am most impressed by, and that is without mentioning his special talent. No I am impressed by Zethendi because despite receiving no training (formal or personal) and having no military experience he can still keep up with the most distinguished among Icarus' crew.
Flaw: Requires more training than the others given his lack of experience. Will also require a closer eye on him given his "quirk"
Deviancy: A lifetime of running and being hunted has left him with a quiet, emotionless voice. Will require reconditioning
These subjects are the most likely to be used once I form the Alpha Squad, though this may change if the others distinguish themselves during training.
Further reconditioning my be required once the blood and drug tests come back.