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AMA Section / What side of the chess board do your characters prefer?
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:46:05 PM »
So, if you've played chess enough, chances are you prefer one side of the board over the other.  So, my question is "if your characters were chess players, which side would they prefer?"

For instance, Aurelia, Clara, and Toast would prefer white side; Aurelia is a very proactive person in general and would prefer the opportunity to set up her board before her opponent; Clara, in a similar sense, would look to cripple her opponent at the first opportunity; while Toast would simply want to make the first move, and would set up feints to manipulate the opponent.

Lucas and Smokey, on the other hand, would prefer black side; Smokey generally performs best when his opponent comes to him, and he'd set up very defensively; while Lucas is someone who wants to observe his opponent and make moves based on how his opponent plays.

Coincidentally, if all my characters played each other in a round robin tournament, the results would probably look like Lucas-->Toast-->Aurelia-->Clara-->Smokey

Beacon Academy / Re: An extra set of features[closed]
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:52:08 PM »
"Hmm," Clara taps her chin for a moment as she thinks, before letting a torrent of stream-of-consciousness thought loose upon the world.  "Well, the first thing I think of is adding fire and lightning dust.  If nothing else it'll add a bit more oomph to each individual punch, and it'll keep things from trying to grab you.  Then you could probably add kinetic or wind dust if you want to knock your opponents around, or even yourself if you want.  Then there's ice dust, which is generally useful, but, from my experience, it takes a little bit longer for it to take effect, so it might not be quite up your alley.  Maybe as a defensive measure?  No, earth dust would probably be better for that.  Ooh!  That actually might be an idea!  You could use earth dust to beef up your gauntlets to make them pseudo-shields, while at the same time giving your punches more power due to the weight!  It'll slow down your attacks, so it might be a bit situational, but that's what dust is for!  Ah!  You'll probably need some form of ranged attack, too.  Do you have any way to project the dust?  It'll open up your options a lot--"

Clara's rambling has sent her off to her own little world, completely oblivious to the world around her.  It's impressive how much she can talk about dust, and for each dust type she brings up, she takes out a relevant vial from her own belongings and sets it out on the workbench, quickly cluttering up the space. 

Beacon Academy / Re: Letting Loose [Closed]
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:23:20 PM »
Aurelia gives a deadpan stare in response to Chantou's lackadaisical greeting, thoroughly unimpressed with the younger student's casual demeanor.  What is it with this batch of first years?  Why do they insist on acting so blasť? she thinks to herself.

"Well, I'm happy to hear your studies are going well," she says in response, "and you're right, it is important to take time off.  However, there has got to be a better way to relax than to, as you put it, 'kill your lungs'."  She pauses for a bit to sniff the air, which apparently causes her face to scrunch up and her semblance to let out a snort.  She ultimately ends up pinching her nose. "Health concerns aside, do you not realize how terrible they smell?  You're making this beautiful day smell like a hobo's trash fire," she says flatly. 

Beacon Academy / Re: Stargazing [Open]
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:45:31 PM »
Once again, it has to be reiterated that Smokey is not particularly politically inclined.  He never really studied the Faunus Rights Revolution, and most of his opinions on Faunus in general had been built from personal experience.  And Smokey's personal experiences consist of fighting and avoiding people.  In short, Smokey does not have a strong opinion on the Faunus one way or the other.

So, the fact that Smokey sees a flaw in Cat's argument does not bode well for his position, though he's not quite sure how to go about pointing it out, especially since Calen and Prism jump on other more relevant issues.  But he can't keep his mouth shut on this one, for some reason, so he starts talking, "So, uh, let me speak from personal experience here.  When I'm fightin' somebody, I don't give a rat's ass about their 'feelings'.  My only goal is to put them down and make sure they don't get back up." he pauses for a bit, thinking about where he's going with his argument.

Eventually, he speaks up again. "If anyone tried to put me in chains, I'd blast 'em faster than you could say 'Beowolf Bait'," he says, his tone deep and serious.  Smokey's never been one for mincing words. 

Approved Characters / Re: Dawn Mae
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:02:31 PM »
A'ight, so everything looks good to me, +1

Unfortunately, I can't move profiles, so someone else will have to do that

The Vale Region / Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« on: April 16, 2019, 04:46:13 PM »
Smokey wanders around the exhibit, meandering from showcase to showcase absentmindedly.  There's a lot of advanced technology here, though he was mostly interested in the weapons research.  Unfortunately, so far he's been less than impressed with what he's seen.  Sure, the weapons here are a grade above the typical standard fare, but his dad was a one-man-show who designed and constructed weapons for Specialists.  Hell, his own gun The Good News was probably the most powerful weapon here, and it's technically considered a "light weapon".  Technically.

That being said, it's probably a bit unfair to write this company off without checking out their main attraction.  This Shard company's primary product was prosthetics, both in the form of replacement limbs and, at least now, additional ones.  Those exhibits were pretty flashy, too; there was a guy walking around with heavy crates, some lady with a bunch of fancy robotic appendages.  Smokey doesn't really see the appeal though.  Sure, he can see the use in, say, industry or the medical field, but he's pretty sure there isn't anything those limbs could offer him in the field that he couldn't do himself already.  Besides, what happens when something goes awry?  Some of the limbs look heavy, and if the dust supporting them (or whatever supports them) malfunctions for whatever reason, whoever's wearing 'em has to either abandon all that tech or drag it around with them.

Still, the company seems pretty proud of them, so much so that they've even organized an exhibition match against a decked-out huntress.  Though Smokey remains unconvinced, he's still curious to see how they'd actually hold up in a fight, so he walks over to the booth labelled "Hunters" to see if he can sign himself up.

"So, uh, this where I sign up to fight?  Name's Smokey Emberstone," he says quietly.

The Vale Region / Re: Hunt across the Savannah
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:34:20 PM »
Aurelia cursed under her breath as Cerulean was knocked from her horse, but, on the bright side, she has her saddle back.  That being said, his instructions did not go over well with the knight.  What, and leave you on your own?  Not a chance! she thinks to herself.  That being said, she's in too much of a bind to actually be of much help at the moment. 

The Beringels start chucking whatever they can find at her steed, forcing Aurelia to focus her efforts on dodging.  Fortunately, Noble Steed is no slouch when it comes to agility, and it has the outright advantage in raw speed, so evading the debris is more than doable.  Unfortunately though, falling rocks and branches aren't the only thing she has to worry about, as two of the four remaining Beringels have climbed back into the trees and started swinging themselves from branch to branch in order to catch up with her and her steed, their powerful arms providing the locomotion necessary to catch up with the unicorn's raw speed. 

Thinking quickly, she sheathed her sword and pulled the trigger to convert Dusk into rifle form and flipped the switch to feed lightning dust into the rounds.  Trying to aim while simultaneously dodging debris is a bit of work, but if she can trip up one of the Beringels mid leap, it'll make her life considerably easier.  Taking aim at the beast to her left, she waits for it to make another jump to another branch before taking a shot.  It probably won't do very much damage, but that's not the point; Aurelia's hoping the force of the impact and the accompanying dust will throw the monster off balance and force it to crash to the ground, thus stopping it from continuing its barrage of debris and create an opening to escape once the other Beringel makes its move.

And make a move it does.  The Beringel leaps out at her, forcing her to bank left to dodge.  Hopefully, her plan works and the other Grimm is at least temporarily incapacitated, but if it isn't, she'll have to project an aura shield to protect her mount and keep from being knocked off herself.

Regardless, while she may be doing a good job of avoiding damage for the moment, she's not in a position to return any significant damage, and she won't be able to keep up this deadly game of dodge ball forever.  She needs a way to put these Grimm down fast without exposing herself to danger, but unless they stop moving, she's gonna have a hard time doing that.  She spares a quick glance in Cerulean's direction to check on his situation, only to see the other two monsters advancing on him slowly while pelting him with their own debris.

wait, slowly?

Aurelia spies an opportunity as Noble Steed's bank becomes a U-turn.  She pulls the second trigger on Dusk, causing the rifle to begin shifting into its lance form, and begins barreling back towards Cerulean, aiming to take out one--if not both--of the Grimm attacking him.  Honestly, she couldn't have setup a better opportunity if she tried, she just hopes she bought enough time from her own pursuers to get the lance-charge off.

Combat Data:
Aurelia: 85%
Noble Steed: 15%

Rifle Rounds: 9/10
Fire Dust: 15/20
Lightning Dust: 14/20
Ice Dust: 20/20

Attack Log:  1 Lightning Dust round at the Beringel on the left flank, preparing a lance charge.

Everywhere Else / Re: The Medusa Precedent [CLOSED]
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:34:20 PM »
When Lucas received a message on his message on his scroll, his first reaction was to sigh.  "'If you have nothing to lose'?  Give me a break," he mutters to himself as he heads off to pack for a mission.  He knows the type of people that sign up for missions like that, and they're the type of people that won't know they have until it's gone.  They're the type that give their lives for a cause with no second thought to the consequences.  Lucas isn't about to let that happen.

And thus, the Hermit makes his way to the old safe house where he was told to meet, his hood up and a spectral lantern lazily swinging above him, lighting his path.  Knocking on the door, he patiently awaits a response.  He honestly doesn't care about the mission, his only goal is to make sure everyone involved comes back alive.

Beacon Academy / Re: An extra set of features[closed]
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:00:02 PM »
"Well, it's true," Clara responds to the comment on toasters.  She tilts her head as Akel adjusts her headset, but says nothing of it.  She's admittedly curious about it, but the interest is mostly passing in nature.

"Oh, I pretty much grew up around it.  I mean, I pretty much only use dust in combat anyways," she says.  "I'd be happy to help!  What are you planning on adding?  I'm personally more inclined to making things explode, but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea," she continues, examining the various and asundry parts laid out in front of the other girl.

Beacon Academy / Re: An extra set of features[closed]
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:55:57 PM »
"Too much dust?!" Clara shouts incredulously, slamming her hands on the table and leaning in close to Akel.  "You can never have too much dust!  It's Mankind's greatest weapon against the Grimm!  It's what powers our airships, our cities, our toasters!"  By this point, Clara is stomping around the room, hands high above her head, as she continues ranting about the benefits dust, only remembering where she is and who she's with when she makes a full circuit and sees Akel's face once again.

"Eheh, sorry, I tend to go off on tirades occasionally," she apologizes sheepishly, scratching the back of her head.  "I'm Clara, by the way.  Clara Meridiem.  It's a pleasure to meet you!" she says, reaching her hand out.

AMA Section / Re: What types of symbolism do your characters have?
« on: April 09, 2019, 02:26:56 PM »
Oh boy, symbolism!  You know, I hated talking about this in high school.

So, Smokey probably has the most heavy-handed symbolism of all my characters:  he's literally a volcano.  Everything from his kit to his color scheme was designed to emphasize that.  Even aspects of his personality were designed with that theme in mind, most notably his anger-management issues.  However, there are other aspects, too.  To make another comparison, volcanic soil is some of the most fertile in the world, and as long as the volcano doesn't erupt again, life can thrive near it.  Similarly, if Smokey can learn to keep his temper  completely in check, he'd find that people might actually consider him a valuable member of the community.  In a world filled with giant monsters hell-bent on driving humanity to extinction, having the biggest gun on Remnant at your back would be considered quite the boon, no?

Moving on to his kit, his semblance makes him like a mountain-- immovable and unshakable.  It provides the base for him to fire his weapons, which act as the force of the eruption.  His kit allows him to hit way above his weight class, thus he's able to easily take down Grimm that others would struggle with.  This comes at several costs, though.  Like a mountain, Smokey's not exactly mobile.  He's at his strongest when enemies come to him, since he bring the full force of both his weapon and his powerful, semblance-enhanced grab.  Furthermore, his gun, like the flow of lava, is indiscriminate with its damage.  For instance, if an ally is engaged in melee with an enemy, and Smokey tries to shoot the enemy, the spread of Matchstick would probably hit his ally, as well (unless Smokey got up close and personal first, of course).

And that's just Smokey, I have four other characters, but I'mma leave it here for now, I'll come back later, eventually.

The Vale Region / Re: Hunt across the Savannah
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:37:53 AM »
Aurelia wasn't planning on Cerulean staying on her horse, considering it would only follow her commands, but she does see him as she mentally commands her mount to turn around and charge the first Beringel.  Since she knows when the attack is coming, she easily dodges out of the way of the stumbling monster as it crashes forward from the impact.  It looks heavily wounded, but it's still kicking.

Unfortunately for it, that wouldn't be the case for much longer.  As the Beringel reaches out to try and pin the hunters down, Aurelia shouts a quick warning to Cerulean to hold on before Noble Steed rears up.  Beringels may be big, but the unicorn is bigger, and the hooves come crashing down on the Grimm's skull, hopefully putting it down for good.

In the meantime, though, the other Beringels have moved to surround the three, some of which had armed themselves with weapons in the forms of branches and boulders.  They needed to get out of there. Thinking quickly, she hopped on to Noble Steed's stirrup, landing on Cerulean's foot, and wrapped an arm around the horn of the saddle.  "We're breaking the encirclement!" she shouts at her partner as Noble Steed's muscles tense.  The next instant, the Beringels begin their charge, and Aurelia forces her semblance to respond in kind.  But before they clash, the unicorn leaps into the air, up and over the monstrous Grimm.  With her shield at the ready, Aurelia braces for impact from the branches, holding on to her semblance for all she's worth, doing her best to keep her mount from dissolving itself. 

Unfortunately, she can only block one side, and the other branch smacks into Noble Steed's head, doing significant damage.  It's face is now cracked, and gold light peeks through the scar on the armor, demonstrating the barding is simply for show and nothing more.  Still, it's still standing for the moment, and while the attack did damage, it did little to deter its course, and as the construct landed its hooves races across the forest floor to put a bit of distance between them and the snarling beasts.  "Any ideas?  it'd be one thing if we only had to deal with one at a time, but I've never seen them en mass like this before," she asked Cerulean.

Beacon Academy / Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« on: April 08, 2019, 04:02:35 PM »
Smokey frowns slightly and squints at Dawn.  "I did do research, though.  There's just nothin' like a field test to see the results for yourself.  And I can guarantee you the Internet doesn't have anything on my gun, since there ain't another one like it out there!" he says, slightly insulted.  Why does everyone have to question the way he does things?  Sure, it's less than conventional, but isn't that the point of research?  To break the status quo?

Smokey sighs as Dawn goes into a diatribe on how to optimize the shield.  It seems he's completely lost her to her own little world.  Instead, he turns to his other audience member.  "Uh, sort of?  It's not like it's gonna make me any faster, just giving me an option to avoid getting completely pinned down.  Hell, get two snipers on either side of me and I'm still fucked, shield or not," he responds.  "Though, it'll definitely help the next time I'm at the Vytal Festival and the damn spinner wants to give me ZERO FUCKING COVER against a friggin' sniper."  No, he's not still salty about that, what are you talking about?

Beacon Academy / Re: An extra set of features[closed]
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:20:09 PM »
Clara was quietly humming to herself as she made her way to the Academy workshop with her latest haul of dust.  She had quite the variety with her today, two brief cases filled with various, multi-colored vials of powder.  She wasn't quite sure what she would do with them, yet, but she's sure inspiration will hit her eventually. 

As she entered the workshop, she saw another girl already there working on her own project.  From what she could tell, it looked like the other girl was working on a pair of gauntlets, though the thing that caught Clara's eye in particular was the purple glow on the cylinder.  Curious, she walked to the station next to her and began to set up her own equipment.

"Whatcha workin' on?" she asked, trying to start a conversation.

Beacon Academy / Re: [BSSM's] Bountiful Breakfast Buffet (Closed)
« on: April 05, 2019, 01:36:59 AM »
As he walked out of the restaurant, Smokey found a small pebble near the curb and kicked it into the street in a small effort to vent his frustrations.  He's still fuming, though most of it is because he only managed to scarf down about half of his meal before the team was--let's say asked to take their business elsewhere.  He's trying not to take it out on his team, mostly because the only person he'd punch is Mikado, and he technically didn't do anything wrong (though Smokey will never admit this).  Honestly, the only thing he wants to do right now is hit something, so the sooner they get back to Beacon, the better.

He starts making his way towards the academy as Billy begins apologizing, though she really didn't need to.  He'd honestly forgotten all about the altercation already.  He just accepted the apology with a grunt and continued walking along while Billy screamed into her bag--

Wait, what?

Smokey stops dead in his tracks as his mind processes what Billy just shouted.  It may have been muffled by her bag, but it was still loud enough for him to hear every word.  Wait, it was muffled, right?  He must've misunderstood her, that's it!  Yeah!  There's no way she said what he thought she said!  Right?

It's a good thing he's facing away from the group, because Smokey's face contorts as he tries to process all the emotions and thoughts running through his mind. Between the anger of getting kicked out of the restaurant, his hunger, and some buried feelings of frustration from the Vytal Festival, he's already close to a boiling point.  These new confusing feelings might just push him over the edge, and that's something that should absolutely not happen.

Wordlessly, Smokey resumes his march back towards campus, though his pace is considerably quicker now...

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