- "Where's Calamity?"
- —Cyril Noiret after missing Paul
Paul "Calamity" Lebrun, callsign Calamity. A young ace hailing from a town on the northern coast of Erusea. He was part of a new generation of pilots who believed that advanced technology was the key of winning battles. He became interested in computers and technology from a very young age, but decided to choose a career behind the controls of a fighter and not in front of a computer monitor. He often clashed with the more traditionalist pilots who believed that in aerial combat it was the man behind the controls who was much more important than the technology edge his aircraft gave him. Ironically, Paul would often prove the point of those pilots, as his first operational flights were using a Su-35S Flanker-E, a plane less technologically than the Osean's 5th gen aircrafts like the F-22A Raptor or the F-35C Lightning II, racking up an almost flawless combat record during his first deployment during Operation Shotgunner. It was during this battle where his squadron leader was shot down, forcing Paul to assume command of the squadron, where he showed a natural talent as a leader
His success got the eye of the Erusean command. and he was offered a place in Sigurd squadron, one of the elite Erusean squadrons that received some of the newest and technologically advanced production fighters and weaponry as an attempt by Erusea to stay competitive against the Osean forces. This squadron got its first major victory when they engaged Osean forces over the Hatties Desert on August 15, in what the Oseans called Operation Gunfighter. Flying the Su-57 stealth fighter, Paul and his wingmen inflicted heavy casualties on Osean squadrons. Sigurd squadron was one of the many squadrons sent to Artiglio port to try and prevent the capture of the Submersible Aviation Carrier Alicorn over Artiglio port on September 4, one of the largest aerial battles in the entire war. Paul was supposed to lead the squadron in the operation, but a malfunction with his plane's fuel system led to an engine flameout and the engine could not be restarted in flight, requiring him to turn back and return to his airfield. The rest of Sigurd Squadron went on without him. None of the pilots returned to base.
The attrition forced Paul's squadron to stay in the bench, as they had to wait for replacement pilots and new planes. The date for his comeback was changed when the Erusean Air Force was thrown into chaos by the loss of communications satellites. Paul sided with the Radical faction, which went along with his ideals that only technological superiority could save Erusea from defeat, and that there was a fighting chance against Osea as long as drone fighters could be mass produced. He participated in several solo strikes against Osea and Conservative-aligned forces near Gunther Bay and some raids elsewhere, taking advantage of his plane's stealth capabilities and the confusion to engage in what some would call guerrilla tactics on the Oseans.
By October 31, the Osean-Erusean coalition had gathered near the International Space Elevator in an attempt to bring down the final Arsenal Bird and end the war, while the Radicals made their last stand against them and Paul joined the latter. With advanced fighters at their disposal, swarms of drones in slave mode acting as their wingmen and the Arsenal Bird providing fire support, Paul was optimistic about the chances of victory. However, when he learned that the pilot who single-handedly shot down and killed all of Sigurd Squadron members over Artiglio port was flying on the coalition that opposed him, he began hesitating. Rather than engaging directly, he maintained his distance, hoping that the leader of Strider Squadron, "Three Strikes", would be damaged or get tired out by the batle, allowing Paul to take advantage and finally shoot down the enemy ace. He was surprised when the ace instead chased after him to engage. The engagement was as quick and decisive as Paul had feared. He attempted to eject from his damaged plane, but the plane exploded right immediately after. Paul's parachute was severely damaged by the blast, rendering it useless. The fall into ocean was unfortunately not survivable from that altitude. His remains were found by rescue team and transported back to his home town to be interred on a local cemetary at the request of his family.