Born on Antallos, Pete Firebrand was abandoned by his mother soon after he was born, his father being unknown. Living on the streets of the pirate state, Torch survived off his wits and bulk. He acquired his first mech at sixteen, having killed the pilot in a brawl. Joining one of the world’s numerous pirate bands, he managed to make his way off-planet, only to desert his fellows during their first raid. Form there, he eventually hooked up with the Blackguards.
Initially playing the role of a dumb thug, Torch’s smarter side began to show through after he took command of his lance following its commander’s death. This saw him promoted to commander of a lance within Major Weiss’ Alpha Company, and assigned a new mech. Furthermore, on occasion, he has acted as a bodyguard to the major herself, both in and out of his mech.
Pete Firebrand plays the part of a wall of dumb muscle, a ruthless leg-breaker who has no qualms about doing whatever is asked of him. This is actually a carefully maintained façade; Torch is actually quite clever and resourceful, as well as being a good tactician. He likes to let his opponents underestimate him and lull them into a false sense of security before striking.
Like many of the Blackguards, he is somewhat amoral and has no issue with following through any order given to him. When the chance presents itself, he enjoys inflicting pain on his enemies.
“Torch” is a large, heavily built man. His face is lined with numerous scars and dominated by a smashed nose. His small eyes and heavy features belie his cunning intelligence.