Name: Dr. Ian Branston
Species: Anthro Thoroughbred
Faction: Scientist (Dragonstorm)
Knowledge: Facility layout, hacking, skilled at using the Pelvanida computer systems.
Powers/Cybernetic enhancement: N/A
Personality: Amoral, clever, sadistic sense of humor, charming and charismatic.
Appearance: A bay Thoroughbred with brown eyes. Thin build. Feet are actually hooves. He stands about 5'11" and weighs roughly 195 pounds.
Following the terrorist incident, Branston was promoted to control room assistant, over Dr. Robin Kyle, who was the scheduled replacement. (Survival of the Fittest) Branston used his position to aid Dragonstorm in taking over the base, regularly clearing Lab 101 and forbidding other scientists to run security checks. Riley and Dr. Fenton Bradley attempted to challenge him on this once, but he stone-walled them. (Darwin's Soldiers Drabbles)
Branston evacuated the base along with the rest of Dragonstorm following the successful invasion of James' team. He almost discovered Drs. Rudyard Shelton and Yuri Kerzach rewiring the fusion bomb back at Pelvanida. (Survival of the Fittest)
Before September 2009Edit
Dr. Branston was the DS Team Organizer, assigned missions, and conducted debriefings. He assigned Dolon to DS-1, and sent them to SORA Gas & Electric to investigate the whereabouts of DS-4. After that mission concluded, he sent them to try and find James' team in Culeston, Oregon. (Nietzsche's Soldiers 2
During James Zanasiu and his team's assault on Lab 101, Dr. Branston was captureed, but was rescued by DS teams 2, 3, and 5. He was later recaptured during the attempted convoy escape, and this time was fatally injured by a legshot from Aimee. After an unsuccessful interrogation by his enemies, Branston bled to death. (Disruptive Selection)
- Dr. Branston was the first Dragonstorm main character introduced into Darwin's Soldiers, and the second enemy main character, after Hans Donitz. Unlike Hans, however, Branston never defected to the protagonists.
- Branston is the second main character written by Serris who dies. The first was Paul Gamay from his story Fool's Gold.
- Survival of the Fittest (first appearance)
- Disruptive Selection (deceased)