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"The only way to beat the fear of the dark is to make the dark fear you."
-Haruka Koda, the First Pilot




H E R E B E D R A G O N S




The year is 5115.

100 years ago, the Shard appeared on the borders of Origin space, and began a bloody campaign to wipe out any and all life in the sector. A ragtag group of settlers, miners, and workers on the frontier banded together, turned their tools and ships into kit-bashed weaponry, and dubbed themselves the Red Line Coalition, dedicated to putting their lives on the line for their homes, their families, and the rest of those who inhabited Origin space. But it was not enough.

Origin heard the cries of the Red Line, and sent battleships, soldiers, and supplies to the front, to halt the alien menace's advance. But it was still not enough. The enemy moved on, almost unhindered, devouring whole worlds in their wake.

Finally, a breakthrough. Argo Interstellar, a weapons manufacturer, took samples of fallen aliens' flesh and blood, and began to work. They devised a way to use the enemy's own technology, their own bodies and weapons, against them. They took volunteers, and shaped them into bearers for this radical new weapon. The enemy's advance finally slowed... and then halted. All thanks to the Pilots, and the Dragons they controlled.

30 years has passed since the stalemate began. The Red Line is constantly alight with fire and fighting, as both sides struggle to force the other to give ground. Something must change, as each day, countless more give their lives on the frontier, in a vain hope of ending the war.

Enter Operation Checkmate. A trio of advanced carriers are given the assignment to pierce deep past the Red Line, and retake key strategic points in their territory, giving the people of Origin a foothold in their continued efforts to drive out the Shard, once and for all. The most powerful ships, the strongest weapons, and of course, the most skilled and capable Pilots have been called forth for this momentous undertaking- the first step on the path to peace.

You are one of these Pilots.

You're off the edge of the map now, explorers. Make us proud.




Welcome, one and all, to the official Here Be Dragons RP.

If you came here from the interest check, great! If you haven't, this is a mecha RP with horror themes, inspired by works such as Evangelion, complete with fucked-up relationships, killer aliens, body horror, and lots and lots of feelings you don't want to be having.

The players in this RP will, for the most part, be Pilots- bio-modded super soldiers who are bonded to mechanical creatures called Dragons; reverse-engineered from the metal flesh and plasmatic blood of the enemy of all Origin, the Shard, and the only effective weapon for halting their advance. All of you have been hand-selected to take part in Operation Checkmate, an endeavor meant to lay the groundwork for finally and decisively casting the Shard out of our sector, and will be stationed on the state-of-the-art supercarrier, the OAS Elysium.

Now, we shall need two volunteers for two very particular roles:

First, is The Veteran. The rarest commodity in the Red Line is a veteran Pilot. Against all odds, this character has survived countless engagements, aced themselves repeatedly, and generally just had a stubborn refusal to die in the face of overwhelming odds. A hard, battle-scarred operative such as this is the perfect candidate to lead the Virtue Squadron of Pilots that will be the key to Checkmate's success. That is, if all the stress of their constant state of almost-dying doesn't get to them first. Claimed!

Secondly, there is The Prototype. A rookie straight out of the Pilot program, there's something about this character that's special. Sheer force of will? Increased empathy with the AIONs that control the Dragons? Legitimate psychic powers? Regardless of the reason, this character has resonated with the most bleeding-edge Dragon, a powerful prototype codenamed the "Queen Unit." They are the secret weapon of Operation Checkmate- the most powerful one we have. Hope they can handle the pressure. Claimed!

Now, for the most important part. You can't have characters without character sheets. So:





Now, the Origin Sector is big- it's space, duh- so here are some of the "friendly" types you might encounter during your stay:



More information will follow in the following posts, but I think we're at a pretty good place to start! Welcome to the nightmare, ladies and gentlemen!
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Heeey, wonderful.

Question

How would one go for apping the Veteran. Not sure I wanna do it, but just curious.
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@Rune_Alchemist Just claim the slot, and make a character sheet. Simple. If you want, you can PM me a sheet or a concept first.
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Let me know if there are any problems.

I left the sibling vague, and without a resolution in case anyone wants to play his sibling(bio says brother, but could be a sister).
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@EnterTheHero

Hmm, alright. Will do! I'll go ahead and claim it. Anything I should know specifically for the spot?
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I left the sibling vague, and without a resolution in case anyone wants to play his sibling(bio says brother, but could be a sister).


I like collaborating. I may be said sibling.
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@EnterTheHeroDo we have a date when you want all/enough CSes to begin?
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@Gisk

Wow. That was fast.

I like his motive and his Dragon. I see no reason to deny it, so Thomas is approved.

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Just remember that they’ve been a Pilot for years at this point. They should know better than almost anyone else in the squadron what they’re getting into.

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I don’t have a specific date yet. I want you guys to take your time with your CSs and make them the best you think they can be. No pressure. I’m working on my own CS at the moment, so maybe I’ll set a date after I’m done with that.
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@Lucky cool, you can PM me if you want to discuss it in detail. Otherwise, just make the character and let me know if you decided to do it after all.

I left it vague on purpose, the only constraints you'd have is they have to be pretty young, and would have to be relatively new to being a pilot(though possibly with more experience than Thomas, as he is brand new).
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I came for the mecha, I'm staying for the horror.

Question regarding these Dragons, what do they look like? Like, how tall are they generally? Are they more humanoid like the EVA's, or stocky like Battletech? I also assume that they are bio-mechanical, like the aforementioned EVA's since you mention they are based off of the alien's flesh and blood. And what exactly is it that makes these Dragons better over say, normal tanks?

And where does technology stand in terms of weaponry? Plasma, lasers, gauss?
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@Cleverbird Dragons have an organic aesthetic- like literal flesh-and-blood creatures, only made of metal and plasma. Their appearance varies just as wildly as the Shard Patriarchs do, with some looking more humanoid, some looking more animalistic, and all having some kind of reptilian/draconic features to them. Think of this:



...and you’re in the right ballpark.

A Dragon is better than a normal tank because of three things- power, speed, and flexibility. Power, because their weapons are strong, their bodies durable. Speed, because despite being anywhere from 20 to 90 meters, they move with such speed, grace, and reflex as to be impossible by armor or artillery of comparable size, and flexibility because they can be used in any theater of combat, and, being living creatures, can learn from their mistakes and victories along with their Pilot.

Technology is to the point where personal plasma weaponry is relatively commonplace, and the Dragons themselves can do weird, pseudo-magical bullshit like ferrokinesis or Roboteching their lasers, depending on the particular frame.
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Do the dragons regenerate their own wounds over time or are they repaired? How long does it take to get one back into action. This is not a critical question to answer.
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@Cultural Titan Dragons regenerate over time. Depending on the injury, it can take a few days or even weeks for a Dragon to fully recover under normal circumstances. However, your Pilots will all have the advantage of traveling with the Dragon known as “Sakura Blossom,” whose presence greatly increases regeneration of any Dragons in range. Injuries will heal in a matter of hours, instead.
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Heeey all, posted the Vet for you guys to see. She'll go easy on the freshblood, promise~
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Made a mech. Feel free to take it if you like. I'll try to get a character and stuff done before the weekend.


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Definitely interested. I've been watching the interest check and I got excited when I saw this. It brings to mind WW1 somewhat, and more closely the book Starship Troopers.

Anyways, I'd like to take The Prototype role if no one else has. I'd assume you'll need to tell me about the role and the Queen Unit specifics?

Also, will we not have a discord? Not necessary of course, but I'm used to there being one so I might as well ask.
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@Jolteon I considered Prototype but I'm 1000% okay with conceding that role to you.
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What exactly would an esoteric Joker classification of a dragon be like? @EnterTheHero
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I mainly took it because I thought no one else wanted it, but I do have some ideas for the role, so if you're sure about it then thanks @Lucky.
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