Private First Class M. Veroni was a trooper of GFMC Task Force Herakles, and was assigned to Force Two, which was stationed to guard and repair their warship, the G.F.S. Tyr. Veroni was very concerned as to the deteriorating mental condition of fellow trooper G. Haley. He discussed Haley's condition with a male doctor (either PFC X. Dominguez or LCDR T. Huxley, the medical officer), but was told there was nothing to be done. It is unknown whether Veroni's fears ever came to light or not.
Unlike many of the other marines, Veroni was killed accidentally when a tunnel collapsed (in an area identified in the map as Collapsed Tunnel), releasing hundreds of pounds of boulders on him. It seemed most damage was received in his legs, as most of the rest of Veroni's body was free. It is possible that he bled to death due to lack of immediate medical attention.
It is unknown why exactly the tunnel had collapsed upon Veroni, although it is a decent possibility that the rocks had become compromised by local burrowers such as the Splinters.
Veroni's name is likely a reference to Michael Veroni, a video game artist who has worked with other Retro Studios developers. However, he did not work on Echoes or the other Prime series games himself.
Trooper Logs entry
PFC M. Veroni
I think Haley's losing it. He talks to himself all the time, and he won't sleep. He almost shot me on watch the other night. I think he thought I was one of those things. I talked to the doc about taking him off the line, and he told me we need all the help we can get. That's true, but if he goes berserk and kills a bunch of us, that won't be very helpful.
|GFMC Task Force Herakles|
|Officers||CAPT A.C. Exeter • CDR K. Starling • 1LT W. Smythe • LCDR T. Huxley|
GSGT C. Benet • SGT E. Monz • LCPL R. Vonda • LCPL J. Brode
|Privates||PFC X. Dominguez • PFC P. Wills • PFC O. Grippe • PFC G. Haley • PFC L. Brouda|
|Specialists||SPC D. Senge • SPC B. Reevs • SPC F. Triplette • SPC M. Angseth|
|Episode of Aether||Klaus Schneider • Miguel Luis Garcia • Lily Thran • Jeff McCloud|