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Noble Arms - The ASEAN War

In the twilight of World War II, magic became real, yet scarce. This source of this magic, the Noble Arm, was the rare ability to conjure up a supernatural weapon that can defy the laws of physics, a weapon bound to the user's mind and soul that is summoned by their will into reality. For reasons that are still unexplainable despite years of research, Noble Arms mostly take the form of weapons from before the First World War (later weapons are allowed if they are widely known as obsolete), but although they look like antiques, the power they bear to the battlefield is unlike anything modern technology has been able to produce.

  • The ability to manipulate the elements to the user's will.
  • Forces that can reduce matter down to atoms in seconds.
  • The strength to withstand the explosion of a nuclear missile.


These powers, plus more wondrous and terrifying abilities, come with Noble Arms. Thus, the ones who bear them, the Arms Masters, are sought after by many countries. The strength of a country used to be decided by the firepower of its Army, but now it is judged by the number and force of its Arms Masters.

But this state of affairs has produced sadness and strife; the world was just not prepared for the possibility of superhumans, people who, by existing, challenge the notion of equality between men. And so Arms Masters and Normal Humans lived in an uneasy state of coexistence, with radicals on both sides wishing to shatter the peace and dominate one another.

Then, in the early decades of the 21st Century, from the years 2019 to 2022, the status quo shattered again, with three groups of beings, only one of them claiming to be part of Humanity as it is now, manifesting the ability to give Noble Arms to those who once lacked them, albeit under conditions which appeal only to the desperate. These factions, known as "The Big Three", are:



Their machinations have swept the old divisions out of the water, destroying the fragile order of the world as apocalyptic warfare breaks out all over it. China, once held at bay by the ASEAN countries, has rearmed and mustered an army of Arms Masters through vile procedures and is preparing to overrun Southeast Asia. The Philippines, once a bulwark against Chinese expansion, even elected a Pro-Chinese President, who used a loophole in the Constitution banning a second term as President but not Vice President to run for the latter position, then assassinate the person who did become President, only to have his nefarious actions found out and lead to his overthrow and replacement by a 'Government of National Salvation'.

However, the 'Assassin President's' loyalists, disregarding his illegal actions, established a rival Government and invited China's armies and fleets in, alarming the other nations in the region. One thing led to another and the region was now engulfed in war.

We all live in interesting times...

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All right; I've tried running Noble Arms, TheHangedMan's RP idea, several times now, and tried to add my own spin on it once before. Now, I am trying again with my darkest RP yet.

This is a game where you play ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) or ASEAN-allied folk (US and European Volunteers) as OCs and China is the enemy. These OCs/PCs will be part of one group, Task Force Obsidian, whose goals are to act as one unit to engage in operations against China's People's Liberation Army and its assets while defending ASEAN's own.

There will be both adult and child soldiers as Noble Arms are not selective and the situation is just that desperate. You are not limited to Arms Masters; people who use their own skills and technology are permitted as well.

Addendum: This is a 'soft reboot' of a previous thread that ran out of steam due to most players getting distracted by IRL matters. In that thread, it was hard to maintain the desired difficulty due to the PCs/OCs being too powerful and enforcement of some rules becoming too lax, so we made a few retcons to the setting and previous continuity and made it so that the stronger you are at the start, the less room to grow you have.

And now, the meat of the lore.















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@Dark Light, we moved to a new thread.

@Chiro, @Amidatelion, @Digmata, we're moving here.

Edit: Note that we will start a new IC thread/tab once we get more players with complete character sheets.
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Noting for the benefit of newcomers, I'm reposting an existing approved PC into the new character tab and not just dropping a new sheet there willy nilly as my submission. There will be a few other sheets likely posted in such a manner as other "legacy" characters that were active before the need to create a new thread arose. XD
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Throwing my interest in on this.
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Throwing my interest in on this.


Can't wait; do join the OOC Discussion Discord to make things easier, by the way.
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Taking a break for a few days; less than a week.
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There will be an IC post shortly, but @Wayward's OC will be given a way to be involved in the PC/OC team's efforts despite the IC continuing/restarting in just a little while...
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@Deide, Approval One will be given, but there is one spelling error in your bio.

After calling the authorities and explaining the incident, Ernesto was brought to a recruiter who,after explaining what happened, asked him if he wanted to help the world against people like the Downward descend.


This one.

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@Deide, Approval One will be given, but there is one spelling error in your bio.

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This one.


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@Deide remember to use a hider for better visibility in the IC tab, other than that you have approval two from me.
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This RP will soon reach 17 months of age - Good work, players and fellow GMs!
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This RP is now 17 months old.
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Our IC Thread/Tab has reached three pages; something to celebrate.
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We still need more players!
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Deide has left due to IRL stuff, so we have room for one more player.
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The RP is moving again, but we're always open...
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APPLICATION:

Name: Robert "Berto" Williams

Age: In his fifties, approximately.

Nationality: American.

Noble Arm Name & Appearance: Archie's Lever; appears as a variety of old, battered hand tools.

Noble Arm Rank: TBD.

Noble Arm Type, Element, and Range: Melee/Ranged, close-to-mid range, depending on form. Archie's Lever is serviceable as a weapon, but its real power lies in its use as a near-universal multitool.

Noble Arm Abilities:

Multi-Tool: Berto can use Archie's Lever as pretty much any small hand tool whose form and function he understands.

Kintsugi: Any physical object that Berto repairs with Archie's Lever-- including people and animals he offers first aid-- is more resilient than it was before it was damage. This effect is only temporary when applied to living beings.

Misc Abilities: Berto has picked up a lot of odd skills from his years on the fringes of society. Notably, he possesses a solid, if unpolished, grasp of the Occult Programming Language.

Personality: There's something a little unnerving, perhaps a little unnatural, about Berto's easygoing demeanor; his kindness and patience are seemingly endless, but anyone who spends time with him gets the impression that he's constantly doing everything in his power to keep from screaming. Berto loves using the powers of Archie's Lever to help people in little ways even more than trying to change the world.

*Likes: Solving problems, wandering in the city, homecooked meals.

*Dislikes: Authority, cruelty, senseless destruction.

Bio: Robert-- probably not his real name-- was enrolled by his parents in an illegal Spartan Training Program in his early teens. The program was particularly brutal, but more effective than most; nevertheless, Robert was an abject failure and by the time the program was shut down, his psyche was believed to be irreparably broken. With his parents in prison, Robert was made a ward of the state until he was eighteen years old, and spent the next couple of decades bouncing in and out of homeless shelters, jails, and hospitals.

A few years ago, Robert discovered Archie's Lever while in "therapeutic isolation". Unconsciously and unintentionally, he used it to fix his mind, a feat that appears to be beyond his current powers. A few months after that, he was declared competent to stand trial, convicted of a laundry list of petty misdemeanors, and sentenced to time served. A few months after that, he disappeared without a trace, and the first sightings of a "Robert Williams" using a Noble Arm to repair bombed-out houses and set broken bones were reported.

*Current Goal: Identify the problem. Understand the problem. Fix the problem.

Military or Civilian Rank: Is in the country illegally on an expired tourist visa.


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@DammitVictor, Approval one given.
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