The toughest of the Sprocket Junkies is Zachariah Gasket. The super-human strength of his robotic arms makes him a formidable opponent.
Zachariah was raised in a brutish military environment. He never knew kindness or affection. His father was abusive and cold; his mother was a battered and ruined shell.
When Zachariah was nine, his mother gave birth to a baby girl. He loved his sister deeply and felt fiercely protective of her. One evening, she had a tummy ache and could not be quieted. Enraged, his father threw her against the wall. She died an hour later in her brother’s arms. She was four days old. Overcome by grief and shock, his mother hanged herself. Zachariah was left to be raised by his tyrannical father.
As soon as he was old enough, Zachariah joined the military. Inexplicably he still longed to make his father proud. His career, however, was short-lived. He graduated basic training with the respect of his platoon and superiors alike. He was then deployed in one of the final waves of the Last War. Two weeks into combat, he was severely injured in an attempt to save a little girl from an explosion. She died and Zachariah lost both of his arms. He was discharged from the military. He returned home defeated and ashamed. His father disowned him, calling him a “worthless little bastard” and slamming the door in his face. Zachariah was left alone and crippled. He was 17 years old.
Sergeant Oliver Kilrow was one of the few people who knew Zachariah’s past. He felt a certain fondness for the boy and gave him a place to live. Six months later, Sgt. Kilrow presented his charge with a custom set of robotic arms the sergeant crafted himself. They gave Zachariah the strength of 20 men. Soon after, Zachariah learned of the death of his father.
The Sprocket Junkie competition gives Zachariah a reprieve from thoughts of his dark past. He hopes to regain the honor he lost in the war.