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WiP Characters / Re: Grün Backus
« Last post by Moth on Today at 02:02:15 AM »
Heya, Goldfish! Glad to see you’ve got another character up and live on the board! I read through his profile, and I really like the concept you’ve got going on, especially as a convenience-based support character. We don’t have enough of those going around. There’s just a few more factors to consider and tweak, before you move him over to character creation for mod review:

Everything looks fine through appearance, but there’s a weird quirk with his history towards the very end, about having a connection with black-hat hackers, despite working as a white-hat. How would he have managed to build this connection? Why would black-hat hackers trust him if they know he works for a tech corporation helping with security? Is there any sort of advantage to that relationship, like if he sells inside information in order to retain their service/trust? It just might be something good to flesh out, since it’s hard to justify characters having connections to a form of criminal underworld when they’re supposedly a good guy.

Secondly, Gygas Academy isn’t any of the pre-combat academy schools mentioned in-canon or used onsite as far as I know. If I’m misinformed though, please feel free to correct me.

Thirdly, hammerspace is technically a banned semblance on-sight, but I’m aware that you sorted something out with Gus, so that shouldn’t be a problem. It might be worth mentioning how long it takes to acclimate and store the information of an object however, since it shouldn’t be an immediate thing - that’d let him flat-up dissolve an enemy combatant’s weapons in combat, and nobody likes that. And I doubt that his semblance extends to living things and Grimm as well, but that might be worth clarifying as well.

The only other problem I can spot is in weapons, where you mention Malware bypassing a person’s aura - that’s actually not possible, unless their aura is down, or their aura level is low enough to be broken by the dagger attack. They’ll still definitely get damaged though, and the weapon acting as a short-range taser is certainly useful in incapacitating enemies. Regardless, that’s probably something that you’ll wanna clear up.

That’s all I have to say! I’m looking forwards to seeing Grun in action.
Everywhere Else / Re: Being a Responsible Adult [CLOSED]
« Last post by NotSurprised on December 15, 2018, 11:10:48 PM »
Hunter shows a soft smile at Prism’s response. How could he not? In front of him was someone that had shared a part of his struggles. In front of him was a survivor. However, Hunter’s smile turns into a frown as he starts to comprehend the information Prism has shared. Fostercare is a shithole for orphans, especially if you were a faunus. Afterall, it was safer to trust yourself instead of relying on others to survive… Now that he thought about it, how did she survive? Maybe it was a sponsor? Hunter decides to voice the thoughts that will inevitably lead to poor decision making.

”How did you survive kiddo? I’m assuming you had to have a sponsor of sorts.”

Hunter was totally not asking this because he wanted to also sponsor her. Prim would definitely not be too happy with his hasty decision, but he has some prime excuses ready to go for that one! Numero uno, Prism was a strong kid and had the willpower to back it up. Numero dos, he can teach the kid a few things, so might as well sponsor her!

”Along the same line of thought… I can also sponsor you if you wish.”

It was totally not because it would fun to mentor Prism. Nope. Not at all.
WiP Characters / Grün Backus
« Last post by Golden Koi on December 15, 2018, 09:19:21 PM »

Name: Grün Backus

Age: 17

Species and Gender: Male, Human

Symbol: A green 1 and 0 entwined together by an infinity sign, and contained in a blue square

Occupation: Beacon Student, White Hat Hacker

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 135 pounds

Appearance: Despite being male, Grün looks very feminine.

He has paleish clear skin that seems to shine naturally, and sky blue eyes that glimmer in the light. He has a heart-shaped face, with a button nose, and lips that are on the fence for thin, and full, usually in a straight line. He still has a bit of baby fat in his cheeks, so it seems soft and a bit cuddly, and he has long, wavy blonde hair that runs down his waist. He prefers it this way, not wanting a haircut after it took him this long to grow it out.

His wears a baggy dark grey hoodie, and sweatpants as casual clothing in sneakers, or fur slippers, choosing to hide much of his body as he works. When going to his job, he wears a crisp suit that signifies his professionalism, taking his work as a no-nonsense matter. His combat uniform is a dark green hoodie with pockets over a black t-shirt, and dark green trousers with pockets, one of which he keeps his knife in. He wears sneakers, and often uses the color to hide in trees. On formal occasions, he wears a pure white toga, to honor his mother's Mistralian heritage.

He has slender arms from having very little physical activity done, and when his does work out, often concentrates on his legs and torso, resulting in barely-visible abs and a full set of thiighs, and a perky butt. He occasionally lifts weights, so there's a little arm strength in him. A little.

History: Born and raised in Atlas, Grün was surrounded by machines from the very start. His father being an Atlesian professor on digital software, and his mother an inventor, he was taught everything on machines and coding, and that reflects in his lifestyle and personality. He became known for his vast mechanical knowledge, and his ingrained analytic personality, and many came to him for advice on mechanical problems. In the future, he grew up noticably looking more and more feminine-looking, and physically weak, and was made fun of and ridiculed for both traits, to the point where he has a complex about his weakness, and hates being reminded of it. As he grew up, he grew more and more fascinated with the world of the Hunters, and sought to join a Hunting Academy.

Despite his parent's protests, he began to train himself, studying various fighting styles, and pushing himself to do each and every one to find what fit him best. Seeing his relentless determination and perseverance, his parents relented after 3 years and finally sent him to Gygas Academy, where he trained in the basics, noticeably absorbing information like a sponge. In his third year of Gygas, he built DDoS for combat trials and Grimm extermination, not weighing in his physical weakness and low stamina. When he was soundly defeated a few times, he built Blue Screen as a backup for when long-range or stealth tactics were necessary. While it worked for a while, eventually, people would begin to find him, and eventually he needed a surprise weapon, a final resort, and built Malware, using it as a dirty trick to incapacitate enemies as an absolutely last resort. Now armed for most situations, he gradually built up a decent combat record, before applying for, and being accepted to Beacon.

When arriving in Vale, he set up a small business by posting flyers offering to fix mechanical problems for Lien, and quickly built a reputation for his physical work, and ability to fix code and computer errors that no one could figure out. He was eventually scouted out by a tech corporation to become a white hat hacker, being paid to hack their security system and find errors and places to bypass that they would fix when he reported them. He currently retains his job as a white hat hacker, and often goes to hacking conventions to challenge his skills when he can. He has built many a connection, impossibly, with black hat hackers there, essentially gaining a small information network in the cyber underworld.

Personality: Grün is an analytical person, who spends time going over data sheets or reading for people's nervous tics to calm down as a hobby. He prefers working with machines instead of people, and is socially inept, having not spent much time with people. He is blunt and brutally honest, and comes off as emotionless, though the rare few people who manage to worm their way into his personal circle of friends see a more subdued, emotional side of him, one he doesn't show to the public. Basically, he's a kuudere.

Aura and Semblance: Grün's aura is lime green, and is above average, capable of healing moderate to slightly severe wounds, with a tiny bit of help keeping the wounds closed, and acting as a semi-strong barrier against oncoming attacks.

His Semblance is Data Conversion. By making skin contact with any object, he can learn everything about the object, which manifests as files being stored away in a hammerspace filled with labelled filing cabinets. He can access this hammerspace, and read each file on the objects he has touched, including the material, density, remaining durability, and more. Each filing cabinet is dedicated to a specific object. For example, should he touch two rocks, each rock gains it's own filing cabinet. The more data he 'converts' and gathers, the more his hammerspace will expand. However, using his Semblance gives him a headache, from his brain rapidly 'processing' the information, and it takes more time to process information on more complex objects. The same applies if it had more information to store. If he were to touch a USB drive with files in it, he would gain a list of what files were in the USB drive, and what those files said, as opposed to converting data on an empty USB drive. Also, the processed information is limited by his own knowledge. He will not learn on a book if it is in a language he does not understand, or how to fight with a or build specific weapon if he does not know someone who can fight with said weapon, or does not know someone who can create it. However, by default, he will learn basic information, like the density, materials, etc.

Combat Behavior: Grün is a support-type fighter, relatively weak physically, and preferring to be in the back, aiding his teammates with combat. While he can hold his own in a fight, he has little stamina and physical strength, and easily tires. He often acts as a scout or recon before combat, and fights dirty, using gathered data and cheap tactics to technically win. He will fight with mid to long-range weapons if he is forced to, and shies away from close combat, but will do so as an absolute last resort.


Name: DDoS

Primary Form: A pair of titanium kama with black leather hilts, used as Grün's primary close combat weapon. He usually relies on these when he's forced to fight.

Secondary Form: A pair of handguns that fire both normal and Fire Dust bullets. The blade folds in and acts as a guard for both hand, going from the barrel to the grip

Dust Functions: Outside of firing Fire Dust handgun rounds, it has no Dust functions whatsoever

History: One of the three weapons Grün made for himself, DDoS is his primary weapon in a fight, created during his third year in Gygas Hunting Academy before Beacon. It has been upgraded as time went on, Grün working out the various issues that arose until it was perfected.


Name: Blue Screen

Primary Form: An azure-colored sniper rifle That fires normal sniper round and Ice Dust rounds. His long-range weapon, when he avoids the battlefield, and concentrates on support.

Secondary Form: A compact 'lunchbox' form. Easier to carry, but doesn't actually carry food.

Dust Functions: Besides firing Ice Dust bullets, Blue Screen  has no Dust functions whatsoever

History: One of the three weapons Grün built in his third year in Gygas Academy, before Beacon. It is a secondary weapon he uses for long-range fighting, when he is assigned to support his team. Also works to pick off any far-away Grimm.


Name: Malware

Primary Form: A small dagger in his pocket with a rubber hilt, it houses a Lightning Dust crystal in the handle. He uses it to shank unaware foes, possibly bypassing their Aura and wounding them grievously. If that doesn't work, he activates the Lightning Dust to tase them.

Secondary Form: A taser. The blade folds in to reveal two prongs where the electricity runs

Dust Functions: Besides using Lightning Dust to fuel the taser, and act as a surprise to catch foes unaware, there are no other Dust functions.

History: One of the three weapons Grün created during his third year at Gygas Academy. It is his final resort, and the only weapon he keeps hidden on him.

((As per Monty Oum's color rule, Grün is German for green. RIP, Monty Oum.))

Approved Characters / Re: Catalina Glenn
« Last post by Kingnoname1 on December 15, 2018, 08:25:50 PM »
Edits approved.
Teams / Re: Looking for a 1st year Beacon team
« Last post by nathan67003 on December 15, 2018, 07:42:14 PM »
GASS sounds right great for me. Mustard colour.
Everywhere Else / Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Last post by ReaperJoe on December 15, 2018, 03:57:36 PM »
”Amazing how that works, innit?” Lucas chuckles in response to Serin’s joke.  He thought it was funny at least.  He listens to Serin explain how the team found its way to his doorstep, and his face contorts in mock shock.  ”What?  He didn’t invite you over himself?!  Why, that’s almost enough to make me think he’s embarrassed of me!” he says with obviously fake over-dramatization, before his expression returns to that goofy smile.  ”’Preciate you lookin’ out for him, though.  I know he’s smart enough to take care of himself, but trouble always seems to find him whether he wants it or not,” he says.

When the conversation topic turns towards the guns, Mr. Emberstone’s face lights up with pride.  ”Of course!  Everything in here was designed and manufactured by yours truly!  Why, I’d wager you won’t find a better gunsmith in all of Atlas!” hey says with the bravado of any self-respecting merchant.  When Billy points out the sniper rifle, a twinkle appears in the smith’s eyes and he responds, ”Ah, you’ve got a good eye, there, young lady!  That’s a relatively new one!” 

He walks over to the gun and undoes the wiring holding the display piece in place and brings it back behind the counter.  ”Lever-action rifle, 3-15X40 scope, and capable of mixing and matching pretty much any kind of dust to make any combination bullet you can think of!” he starts his pitch, showing off the features as he describes them.  ”But that’s not all, check this out!” he continues as he points the rifle up towards the far wall and flicks a switch.  A razor-sharp bayonet swings out from the side, carrying enough speed that there is an audible whistle as the air is sliced through.  ”It comes with a bayonet attachment, in case something gets too close for your liking, or if you just feel like getting up close and personal,” Lucas continues with a wide grin, ”but that’s not all, this baby’s got a few more tricks up her sleeve.”  Lucas presses another button, and the rifle extends out, rapidly shifting into a proper spear, with a reach of about eight or so feet.  Mr. Emberstone winks, ”She can fire while like this too, so if you wanted a proper combo…”

The weapon shifts back into rifle form, and Lucas makes like he’s going to shoot with it.  ”First, say something’s chargin’ at you.  Take a shot with some lightning dust, make it think a little bit,” he pretends to fire a round, ”Then, get the bayonet out and stick it real good,” the bayonet flies out once more, and Mr. Emberstone makes a stabbing motion, ”Then, when you got a good stick in it, press this here button while switching to kinetic dust rounds, like so,” the rifle extends again, this time accompanied by the spinning dust wheel, signifying a shift in effect.  Mr. Emberstone makes another firing motion, and then says ”And that should be enough to get any nasty beasty off of ya’, and you can switch back to just plain old shooting, if it suits ya, or you can continue the charge with your newly found reach.  A pretty effective combo, wouldn’t you say?” he says, his face practically beaming with pride.

”Anyways, I’ve got why you’re here in Mantle, he changes subjects, ”But why are you all in Atlas?  Shouldn’t you four be in Beacon still?  There ain’t no breaks for a while, right?”  He appears genuinely confused.  Could it be he doesn’t realize what’s happening in a couple of weeks?
Beacon Academy / Re: The INKKredible room fiesta [INKK]
« Last post by Golden Koi on December 15, 2018, 11:23:33 AM »
((I feel like I scared everyone away from this with my last comment))
Beacon Academy / Re: Starting a rebellion [RBLS]
« Last post by Walter on December 15, 2018, 09:26:08 AM »
Reginald was about to respond to Akel, but decided against gracing her with one. In reality, he couldn't think of one. Instead he stood up slightly, his arms still crossed and glanced around. Shiroe appeared to preparing four cups rather than three, so he was counting on him to join them. Even if he detested the other two, he remained on good terms with their new leader.

"Yes, Earl Grey is quite fine," he answered and glanced towards Lilla. Then back towards Shiroe. "Us Royales aren't quite tea drinkers or coffee drinkers. Different beverages fit different situations, be it coffee, tea, champagne or wine. None pair particularly well with... cookies."

It almost seemed like he spat out the last part - did this snot bubble really see himself as above eating cookies?
Approved Characters / Re: Catalina Glenn
« Last post by Siuwa on December 15, 2018, 07:27:59 AM »
Now the semblance volume is only reduced by creation of constructs.
Approved Characters / Re: Catalina Glenn
« Last post by Kingnoname1 on December 15, 2018, 05:34:10 AM »
I'm still a little worried about you not having enough semblance to make an actual impact. What about removing the cost of maintaining the construct?
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