Richard Faylen was a senior engineer at Krotze International; not a genius, mind you, but competent enough with juggling his skills and making his superiors happy that he could advance into upper management. Of course, his career came to a sudden halt when he was involved in a statutory rape incident on one fateful night. Fearing he'd go to prison, he confided with his boss in the matter.
This proved to be a fatal error.
You see, unknown to Faylen, Fritz Krotze was a traitor to his nation, selling the high tech weapon systems he developed for the government to various other world powers, including the Club, a mysterious terrorist organization. Lacking scruples, Krotze covered up this whole incident, but has held Faylen over a barrel ever since, forcing him to do his dirty work lest he have to tell the police what Richard did.
Fearing prison to the extreme, Faylen did everything Krotze asked. This included three particular missions that Krotze executed against Jenny Swensen, the daughter of one of his late engineers, a daughter that had stolen a piece of equipment he'd already promised to deliver to the Club. During the first one, Krotze employed another thug to fly the original M.A.X. suit (Jenny'd stolen the second one).
Though he had to be on the scene, then, Faylen didn't have to actually do anything, other than assist the thug's tactical data readings, though this thug ultimately got beaten up by Swensen. After this, Krotze sent Richard out with the Behemoth tank, a sort of remote controlled killing machine, which he steered into the New Hampshire wilds after Swensen, who was hiding out across the state border.
This mission also failed, as Jenny found out how the fiber-optic controlled thing worked, and disabled it. After she threw the tank over a cliff, a defeated Faylen returned to Krotze International. Once he'd completed brow-beating Faylen, Krotze had him help deal with Swensen once again, who'd broken into a Krotze International laboratory in order to find some incriminating data.
Faylen couldn't help much, however, as Krotze himself was operating the experimental laser system against Swensen, and Krotze's security goons were coating the area where Swensen was at with a hail of bullets. In the end, Swensen got away with the data she needed, and Krotze disappeared that night. Fearing the worst, and now knowing who Krotze really worked for, Faylen fled.
He'd made it as far as Albany, New York, when Krotze's kidnapper caught up to him. The evil Steel Hawk, agent of the Club and all-around lousy human being, killed poor Richard Faylen by putting a car bomb in his vehicle. The man didn't think to check his car out before it blew him to bits...