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Private Wozniak is one of the members of the BeiTech occupation force on Kerenza IV, and a friend of Rhys Lindstrom.


Private Wozniak constantly refers to himself in the third person as "The Duke". He is cocky and seems to care for his friends, but also brave and unwavering in battle. He believes himself to be a hero, and that it isn't his time to die yet. In addition, he is a relatively supportive friend, comforting his friend Rhys when he can't sleep, and sharing his own experiences with battle and how he dealt with it to make Rhys feel better. He also emphasizes that he has eyes and ears everywhere, knowing about Asha and Rhys's interactions before Rhys has even told him.


Duke's death is caused by Bruno Way, a friend of Asha Grant's and member of the rebellion. He is killed after Bruno sets off some stolen Thermex explosives inside the old school (which was being used for holding BeiTech troops at the time), dying whilst Rhys Lindstrom is away with Asha at the hospital. Rhys witnesses Duke's death from a distance, having been on the radio with him at the time and seeing the explosion. The loss of his friend to a resistance member motivates him to turn in Asha (also a resistance member) to BeiTech's clutches.

His death is exploited later by Asha and Rhys. Rhys takes Duke's dogtags and throws them at Asha, who appears devastated as she lets Lieutenant Jake Christie take her away. This allows Rhys to get to Asha easily when the battle begins.


  • Femme Injury Incident - Duke tells Rhys and Oshiro the story of a time he was getting in the mood with a girl, who apparently enjoyed feet. He was kicked by her in a panic after her parents approached the room, and his tongue was cut off almost completely. He hid in a closet for 4 hours whilst the girl got her parents to leave, and by the time he got to a hospital, it was too late to re-attach the tongue.
  • Duke constantly wears his tactical armor bodysuit, even brushing his teeth in it; toothpaste frying his suit's circuits is the suspected cause of its malfunctioning.