Javier Reyes, 32 y/o, 155lb, 5'10", born in Metlatónoc, Mexico
Tony Reyes,28 y/o, 165lb, 5'9", born in Metlatónoc, Mexico
Drivers of the American Mark VII El Jefe
The quality of life within Mexico had always been considerably low in comparison to its neighboring countries. People often struggled throughout their entire lives trying to leave their homeland with the promise of better living conditions and opportunities in the north. The Reyes family, who lived in a very poor town named Metlatónoc, was not any exception to the unspoken rules laid down before them. Two parents struggled to put food into the mouths of their many children, but most of the time it was rare to get more than a miniscule piece of bread for the night. Working so hard that they developed debilitating medical problems early in life, the two and only sons born to a large family had no other choice but to provide for their family members. The boys would often travel miles in search of some form of income to help their family survive through the hardship. After years of searching for odd jobs and working in the fields, whispers of a trip to the United States reached the ears of the family. It was soon decided that the eldest child would travel with family friends to seek out an opportunity, gain citizenship, and eventually bring the entire family into the country. Javier Reyes was only nineteen at the time of his departure.
The adjustment of losing the eldest son was difficult for the entire family but particularly on his younger brother, Antonio. It wasn’t until Javier was gone that the teen realized just how much responsibility the other had shouldered and without him, the full weight of caring for their infirm parents lay on him. The first few months were a struggle to say the least for the fourteen year old— he traveled to neighboring towns and cities, looking for the same jobs he and his brother had done, taking on the work load for two on himself to try and keep things running as smoothly as they had when Javier was there. Just when it seemed like he had exhausted all of his options and had pushed himself to the limit, a letter from his brother had arrived and in it was not just news of the new life Javier was making for himself, but more than enough money to take care of them for the month. Every month the letter would arrive including a brief update to the goings on in his brother’s life, along with the monthly income that would go to purchasing food and supplies, as well as a small allowance for the youngest Reyes, with strict instructions from his brother that it was to be for him and him alone. The instructions were always ignored- there was always something else that the money could be put towards to improve the quality of life for his mother and father. If there was one thing that his brother had taught him, in words and in his actions, was ‘primera familia’: family first.
Life in the United States was a completely different ball game for Javier, who had no real family to encourage or guide him through making the hard choices. Following the family friends who agreed to accompany him on the trip, opportunities for fieldwork were always in the cards. Working in the Arizona heat for very little pay was beyond insulting, but it provided for a large family who made much less in their hometown. Eventually, things did manage to get better. More work experience under the belt made it easier to obtain the higher paying jobs and slowly bring his family over to the country. However, it was on one of these jobs that an air force recruiter approached him and ultimately swayed his views on joining the military. Putting food into the mouths of his blood relatives from miles away with security seemed to be the agreement to seal the deal. With the original Kaiju threat eliminated, the world was slowly attempting to rebuild and recover from years of terror. Able-bodied men and women were still needed to join the military, as the world’s problems still progressed with the threats of war between countries. It didn’t take long before a peaceful agreement would falter and everyone knew that. During his air force training, the young man displayed the ability to adapt to situations and learn to operate machinery at an alarming pace. This made him very attractive in the eyes of military officials, which made it more than easy to move up in the ranks. Once the second breach opened up, all plans seemed to fall through for the United States Air Force, as all funds were placed back into Herc Hansen’s revival of the Jaeger program. Javier was hand selected out of a pool of possible pilots to transfer over to PPDC and pilot a United States issued Mark VII Jaeger. In an attempt to take down several of the newly juiced Kaiju surfacing through the breach, his partner chased the rabbit mid-battle, resulting in his untimely death. Without a partner that was drift compatible with himself, the ranger could only think of one person to fill his shoes. His little brother, Antonio.
When Javier arrived back home after 8 years of being away, Antonio was sure that he had finally come back to take him and his parents to the new life that they had been looking forward to for the better part of the decade. It surprised him to see his brother in the clean cut military uniform and surprised him further when he told him that he was a Jaeger pilot. His brother had become one of the heroes that he had grown up with- something that felt very fitting in the back of his mind. Javier told them about the second breach, something they had only heard whispers of in their small corner of the world, and about how his partner had died, leaving him lacking that department. It was then that the question of Antonio leaving to join him at the PPDC to train to be a pilot came up and of course, the young man jumped at the chance—he would have been crazy not to, right? But when it came out that only he would be leaving with his brother, it was like everything came to a grinding halt. Who would care for their parents once they both were gone? The mantra of ‘family first’ was so deeply ingrained in his mind that at first he refused to leave without them. But at Javier’s coaxing and his parent’s urgings, the brothers left the small village in Mexico. They never went back.
Most of the officials at PPDC were incredibly skeptical about letting one of their star rangers pilot alongside someone as completely inexperienced as the rookie Antonio. The last thing they needed was to lose another man to another “accident”, but unfortunately, it was growing increasingly hard to find drift a strong set of drift compatible pilots in such a limited time frame. The Kaiju surfacing through the new breach were coming through at alarming speeds, and destroying anything they touched. So, they reluctantly agreed to allow the younger man to being his training with his eldest brother overseeing and participating in every waking moment. Once it came time for the Reyes’ first drift, the neural handshake was shockingly smooth for the men who doubted the compatibility of the two. The two had survived certain hardships, worked and fought together throughout their entire lives. There were certain things they knew about each other that some would never have the pleasure of truly knowing. With the Mark VII Jaeger fully recovered from its previous accident, the brothers’ first battle against a sizeable and airborne Kaiju went by with ease. Everything after that fell into place just as effortlessly. Javier and Antonio Reyes quickly made a name for themselves alongside the Coopers, O’Malleys and Karofskys.
- With Spanish being their first language, the Reyes boys often have trouble communicating with the other crew members. Javier, having worked in the United States for nearly ten years, speaks better English than Tony. Regardless awkward misinterpretations are bound to happen. One of the things that also sets them apart from the other Jaeger pilot crews is their hot temper. Fighting with other rangers, officials, and fanatics shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone.
- Tony, who operates the right side, is the risk taker of the two. He is known to be more subjective and intuitive, whereas Javier operates from a more logical perspective. Together, the two balance each other out rather nicely, like two halves of a brain, and there is rarely conflict between them.
- A large chunk of the money they make through interviews and general pay goes directly to their family back in Mexico. Their fame has certainly benefited a poverty stricken family who previously lived in a hut-like building. Now they’ve been relocated to a bigger city, where they are cared for night and day.
- Because they were still connected during the time Javier’s partner died, the man has been forced to undergo psychological evaluation from time to time. During the accident, flying debris injured his right leg. While it has fully recovered, there is a constant reminder coming in the form of a slight limp.
- Aside from being a pilot, Tony has always very interested in learning more about the mechanical side to the jaegers, a curiosity he had since childhood. He has been learning about the inner workings to the jaegers and worked alongside the engineers for the last few years, becoming fairly comfortable with the machines.