Command Sergeant Major Elena Moraro experienced the brutality of Shangri-LA's AI network up close.

A former Shangrilese militia officer, CSM Moraro was one of the few militia commanders with the forewarning, courage, and luck to escape the biological purge in Shangri-LA.

Fleeing eastward with a motley convoy consisting of militia and civilian forces, CSM Moraro personally commanded the defense of the convoy as it raced over 220 km to the safety of neighboring Fleshstadt.

During her convoy's dart across the Mojave repeated attacks by Shangrilese Centaurs and Stymphalian Discs incurred massive casualties resulting in less than 80% of the convoy reaching Fleshstadt.
 

Months later, Colonel Moraro is the commander of the Gaia First!, a Pact-aligned resistance force tasked with reclaiming Shangri-LA from the clutches of the AI network which turned a nation once lauded for its advancements in the sciences and humanities into a dead, desolate nation of machines.

Colonel Elena Moraro

Colonel Moraro uses aggressive hit-and run tactics on the battlefield, relying on the speed of her Devil Ray platoon to strike targets with maximum force before quickly relocating to avoid counter-attacks. 

Moraro has vowed to never allow Shangri-LA's machines a chance to terrorize her like they did on that deadly dash through the desert. The unrelenting attacks on her convoy proved that the only viable strategy against her AI opponents was precise, concentrated fire. There was no such thing as a wounded Centaur, if the machines still possessed power they posed a threat to life. 

Over the intervening months, and dozens of sorties into Shangrilese territory, Colonel Moraro refines her tactics. The commander obsessively researches after-action reports involving any Shangrilese force encountered by the Pact. Her knowledge of Shangrilese strategy and battle tactics is unsurpassed in the Pact's officer corps.