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Weathering the Storm [Open]
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:13:20 PM »
In the hot mid-afternoon sun, Smokey had been laboring for the past thirty minutes on the outdoor practice range.  The coat he normally wears had been left draped on a nearby wall, along with his shirt.  Maybe it was because he had just gotten back from Atlas, but if felt especially hot today for whatever reason.  So, since Smokey was currently alone, he figured no one would care or even mind if he went shirtless for a bit.

Anyways, as much as Smokey would like to admire the way his muscles glisten in the sunlight, that’s not the reason he’s out here.  For the past thirty minutes, he’d been setting up custom target dummies.  At least, they look like target dummies.  Although, oddly-proportioned scarecrows might also be accurate.  Somehow, Smokey had managed to acquire seven bales of hay, which he has used as the bodies, and stuck a smaller foam target on top of it.  He had stuck sticks into the sides of the hay bale to make arms and legs in an attempt to make them appear humanoid, but they look like caricatures at best.

The strangest thing, though, were the additional pieces that set each “target” apart.  Each of the scarecrows save for one had been equipped (read “duct taped”) with, well, trash.  Anything from a round piece of wood, to a trash can lid, to a giant piece of cardboard that covered and extended beyond the height of the original scarecrow.

It also seemed this last target was giving Smokey a bit of grief, as the cardboard wall keeps shifting around as Smokey tries to set it in place.  After a few minutes of wrestling with it and applying copious amounts of duct tape, though, it was finally properly set.  Taking a quick breather, Smokey stepped back and examined his army of junk.  What could he possibly be doing?
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 10:16:08 PM »
Maybe it was something in her faunus heritage, with orchid mantis that lived deep in tropical jungles. Or maybe it was just from all those days spent in the sun during humid Mistralian summers working on her car, before finishing off the day with a cold beer. But after all those weeks in frigid Atlas for the Vytal Tournament, Chantou was pretty happy to return Vale discover a heatwave

The perfect sunny day was more than enough to motivate the usually-lax Chantou to do something, so the woman had grabbed her pistols - sans-sword - and wandered down towards the outside training range, planning on honing her skills while enjoying the weather. That was her plan, at least until she came across the ridiculous sight of some shirtless dude affixing a piece of cardboard to a straw dummy. In one of the world’s top combat schools, full of teacher available for private sparring lessons, high-tech training ranges, and with nearly every student’s weapon available for a fight at a moment’s notice, this dude had chosen to create handmade dummies - so what the hell could he be up to?

With the cocked eyebrow hidden behind her mirrored sunglasses, Chantou announces her presences with the universal signal of confusion: ”Uh, dude?”
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 12:03:13 AM »
Satisfied with his “creations,” Smokey was about to move to the next phase of endeavor when someone had very casually announced their presence.  Turning to look at the culprit, he saw the woman was staring right at him, and though she was wearing mirrored sunglasses, the rest of her expression said it all.

”What?  It’s hot out, whaddya want me to do, melt?  If you don’t like it, then buzz off,” he says as he moves to collect a tape measure and a marker.  He then goes to each piece of trash on the scarecrows and takes measurements, generally the radius for the more circular shaped objects, other measurements for the more elliptical or square shields.

And looking more closely, that seems to be what they were.  Well, rather, what they’re intended to mimic.  Each piece of trash that adorned the “targets” was specifically placed at the bales’ respective center of mass.  Whatever Smokey’s doing, he’s clearly taking it somewhat seriously.
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2018, 12:39:06 AM »
It was once again one of those days where Dawn decided to put away her scroll and do something practical again.
There were countless places where she could do this, but none of them seemed appealing at that moment. The only place that did, was the practice range just outside Beacon.
The heat shift from Atlas to Vale borthered the cold-resistant Jaguar Faunus relatively little, on the contrary, it was just too enjoyable to be wasted inside. Dawn pretty much had her complete equipmrnt with her. Dragons breath and Phonix Flame were both in their rightful place in their standby mode. That means on her belt and around her wrists.
Flying Leopard was there as well, even if she carried it attached to her belt instead of riding on it as was usual for a skateboard.

Arrived at her destination she saw that she wasn't the only one with this idea.
Two people, one of them shirtless, were already in the practice range, with the shirtless person probably trying to make the ugliest scarecrow in history. They were in Beacon, it would be inconceivable if they hadn't any dummies to spare.
Not bevelled, Dawn decided to walk up to the two first years. She stopped just in front of them, but didn't say anything, giving only a greeting gesture and continued to examine the dummies, ignoring the muscular body of the one who builds them.
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2018, 12:11:42 AM »
“Wait, ya’ seriously think that’s what’s botherin’ me?” Chantou says, a hint of amusement in her voice as she watches him laboriously draw especially-measured targets onto all of the straw dummies. It’s true - it’s not like Chantou’s dressed in much either, having stripped down to a crop top and a pair of short-shorts to deal with the weather. ”Dude, this is Beacon. There are waaay better ways to accomplish what you’re doing.”

Instead of remaining standing, Chantou takes the opportunity to wander over to the half wall that marked the edges of the outdoor range, plopping down on top. No point in staying standing for this conversation.
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2018, 12:58:11 AM »
Smokey doesn't take long with the measurements, mostly just writing a number or two and moving on.  He doesn't even notice Dawn's arrival until he finishes, when he turns around to respond to Chantou.

"Look, here--uh," Smokey pauses as he finally registers Dawn's presence.  What is this, some sort of sideshow?  "Umm, hi?  Can I help--you know what, doesn't matter.  Look, do you even know what I'm doing?  Or, better yet, why I'm doing it?  Believe me, if there was a better way of doing this, I'd be doing it," he says as he makes his way over to his coat.  Picking it up and moving it aside, Smokey reveals the massive revolver that he normally carries in a holster around his waist along with several oddly-colored shells.  He takes Matchstick and begins to load the shells into the gun
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2018, 01:35:57 PM »
After Dawn gave the home-made dummies the last look, she finally turned to Smokey. "Interesting weapon you got there, even if revolvers aren't even that rare. The size, however, is very impressive." she said as she took a step toward the boy and his gun "Oh? Those aren't the right shells for a revolver. Shotgun maybe? Hm, nice mix. Since you're about to try out your baby anyway- " She points to the dummies " You probably wouldn't mind me watching, now do you?"

She didn't really wait for an answer and went to the wall where another person, or rather Faunus, was already sitting. "Well?" She asked as she sat down beside the Faunus, holding out her arm for a handshake. "The name's Dawn Mea"
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 12:58:59 AM »
Chantou glances towards Dawn, giving her a nod of acknowledgement instead of reaching for her outstretched hand. “Chantou.” She answers, before turning her attention back to Smokey. “It might help if you explained like, what you’re doin’ here dude. Instead leavin’ us wonderin’ ‘bout a fuckton of strawmen.” She answers, the amusement still prevalent in her voice. She’s not going to voice it at least, but well - what he’s doing is frankly kinda ridiculous, and subsequently very amusing.

This was better than anything she thought she’d find in the training range.
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2018, 02:49:33 AM »
”Look, if  you must know, I’m doing independent research,” Smokey stated flatly as he locked the cylinder back in place.  As he does, a dark-gray aura surrounds him and solidifies, indicating that he has activated his semblance.

”I’m testing these here prototypes to see how much cover they offer from spread weapons.  The objective is to block the entire spread with the least amount of material,” he continues as the barrel of the revolver levels at the first dummy.

*Ka-Koom!*

The gun fires, and in the next instant, the target with no “shield” was blasted back and knocked over a good distance away.  Strangely, though, it was still intact, despite taking a direct hit from one of the hardest hitting weapons in Beacon.  It didn’t seem to bother Smokey, though, as six more shots ring out in succession, producing similar results.

From a distance, it’s hard to tell why the targets didn’t get blasted into smithereens as soon as Matchstick went off, but if anyone studied the contents of the peculiar ammunition Smokey loaded, they’d find that the shell contained paint, rather than shot.  The only reason the targets were blasted back in the first place is simply because the gun just carries that much energy.

After emptying the cylinder, Smokey made his way over to the targets and studied them for a bit before taking out his scroll and taking pictures of the results.   
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Re: Weathering the Storm [Open]
« Reply #9 on: Today at 03:30:32 AM »
Dawn supported her head with her hand as she watched Smokeys experiment. Why he did what he did was quite comprehensibly, as well as the way he did it, but already after the second target, her attention was drawn to the key element of the whole thing. The power and impact behind the revolver were amazing and would undoubtedly do a lot of harm in the right hands. From what she saw, these were more than just the right hands. The more so if one considers his semblance. With the force of the weapon came the recoil, but Smokey seemed to care relatively little about that, maybe a kind of shock absorbers or strong cushioning in general.

With a grin, Dawn crossed her arms and leaned forward as she started talking, not screaming, but loud enough for Smokey to hear from the distance. "Hey, handsome, impressive firepower you've got. Care to tell me how you've created this beauty?"

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