1.) Basically Britain; industrious, impatient humans with Druids as a special resource and stone henge based layline abilities and some kind of time magic using greenwich mean time. Also has knights templars who can exorcise deamons.
2.) Something similar to Macedonia/yugoslavia (alexander the great) and/or jewish w/ werewolf units fighting a militia war of independence. When in human form they are intellegent and cool but wretchedly underfunded, in werewolf mode they are berzerk shocktroopers. They mostly use skirmish fighting and can also talk to animals and learn things.
Also, this is how i'd make ww1 Germans good guys, if i was going to use them: - formost artisans of enchantments - all standard rifles are frost elemental enchanted as standard - dueling is legal and commonplace - all armour is enchanted to the soul of its user, the steel can heal like flesh when scored but the heart also becomes cold like steel (iron within, iron without) - use psionic powers such as astral projection / calling through ectoplasm from the weft and crafting it into somewhat weak crystals for use as weapons. Dont understand why? Look at this, now imagine he has a german accent and is a Baron. - also has knights templar units - also uses reformed witches sometimes
The BCIT Smartwatch is an outgrowth from another project. It has a carbon fibre casing packed with about as much technology as DARPA could cram into it. It is, at its basic, a phone, but also a GPS. It is capable of sending and receiving encrypted messages to BCIT HQ. Its encryption software can also decrypt files with any standard government encryption, a somewhat controversial facility that other agencies would flip their lid if they knew. It can also do a good job on decrypting PGP maybe 85% of the time.
Its GPS system is wired into not only google, but also the combination of airforce satellite and US SOCOM tactical map overplayed one on top of each other. This program comes straight out of the CIA's blackbox program and the IT team receives updates every week from CIA headquarters in Langly. Its used to identify things like minefields and resistance cell pockets. Both things that are not present in the US. However occasionally weird things will pop up on the map that have been missed in the CIA technician scrub. Tactical Team 7 once found a dead drop on a map and it also weirdly contains a half finished map of all the fibre optic cables in the US as well as sub station junction boxes, which are generally nameless. IT department is working on an app to include air traffic control plane flight paths in partnership with the Airforce, but its atleast a year away.
The Watch is waterproof to 200 meters, it looks like it has a hologram interface but its actually just a specialised projector that just makes it seem like that. It can take SD cards and micro SD and other SIM cards. It can quickly duplicate any info on any of these and send it back to base or back it up internally until a signal can be found. It cannot scan anything wirelessly, such as bank cards and key fobs as this is too great a threat to the closed net of the BCIT computers. It is powered by a USB 3.0 cable with a battery life of just 12.5 hours but its battery is computer optimised so you might get more than that. It does actually have a pay function similar to apple pay, with an emergency reserve of a $100 US. Though expect payroll to chase your ass if you ever use it. The payment is registered from a number of shifting front companies but most often the US postal service as an archaic thing called a Money Order.
Basically this watch can do anything plausible that a modern computer can do. Its just that good. However the GM is the only one that can tell you what it does and does not contain. It could contain some queer map information indeed, left over by the CIA after they missed it in a scrub before releasing the update. The watch is borrowed from another great viral/epidemic game franchise, Tom Clancy's The Division.
Now that i've told you what the Smartwatch is, now let me tell you what it is not. It is not alien nano technology. It does not contain a nuclear power source and cant even make satellite phone calls. Its reception is good, even better with local cell phone towers but can actually go dead inside a canyon or subway.
GM if you need to amend any of this then do so. It can be re-hashed and re-posted in the IC game. I'll be on dischord.
Bio: Kurtis Henry Chu was born in 1987, Chicago. His mother and father toiled away working in their Chinese restaurant Chu Food. His early life featured much poverty. He was also bullied at school with his only outlet being the Kickboxing training by a friendly sifu with which his father had made a deal. He trained in Kickboxing all his life and is extremely proficient, doing it he enters an altered mental state of calmness and focus.
Kurtis's family came to the US some time in the early 1800s, possibly as railroad workers. The crushing poverty would be the main reason for criminality to come to the fore, though none ever did. It was a common tale in the family that a great-great-great grandma had married a german priest which is why when they chose his english name they chose Kurt as a bit of a joke. However it turns out to have some validity, as a recent DNA test done by his sister showed that they do indeed actually have German DNA. Though there is no surviving record of who the priest was.
He was of course hot housed into mathematics like many Chinese kids, his parents expecting him to be a doctor or lawyer. However after high school he passed police cadets and joined CPD to be close to his family. He was ripe for promotion but avoided it, instead choosing to become a beat-cop on the hard streets, acting a bit like a social worker. He also became very good at government Bureaucracy. He received a few commendations aswell and got his picture in the papers, it was always clear that Kurt was meant for greater things. Everything was going fine until Kurts mother passed away from pneumonia.
Then Kurt joined SWAT.
Serving with distinction he used his complete knowledge of the area to act as a guide for the SWAT officers in the most dangerous buildings and backstreets. It turns out his martial arts speed was even more applicable to CQC room clearing and he fast became one of the most devastating shots in the team, due to his economy of movement. He trained on all the weapon systems, including the M4 carbine variant, Mp5 sub machine gun and all pistols. He saw his father and sister less often but still paid a visit now and then. Word around the department was that a promotion was coming down the line and there were only 3 candidates. When Kurt heard about his father passing away he pulled out of the race.
Instead putting in a transfer into another agency completely, eventually being selected for BCIT as tactical response team.
After it becoming instantly clear he was more qualified than expected he was given a desk and made a special agent, partner to Dr.Halie Moore but eventually reassigned to special agent Gene Spade. Notable for surviving Operation Whistlestop under the directions of Gene. They both share a mutual desire to catch the "Deamon Principal". During his career Kurt has now been all over the states and outside of it too.
In truth Kurt wants the simple life. He gets angry when people ruin it for others.
Special Ability: For whatever reason you were born with the gift of being able to react quickly to situations faster than others around you.
He also gets really annoyed when people racially stereotype him, like asking if he does Karate.
Name: Gene Samuel Spade Age: 28 Role: Cell Leader Appearance:
Personality: Skills: Marine Corps standard training, Desegnated Marksman training, Basic Reconnaissance Course under two different instructors, Criminology & Psychology, undercover operations, basic electronics (self-taught). Beretta M9 specialisation. AR15 platform specialisation. Weaponry: Beretta Wilson 92g brigadier tactical outfitted for +P+ wildcat ammunition.
-the wildcats degrade the barrel quicker, but maintenance and problem spotting of the locking block keep it safer. It definitely would experience a failure rate higher than 1 for every 19,090 rounds. Instead he swaps out the barrel and locking block after every 1000. As it is being used as a concealed carry sidearm, for a detective, it shouldn't need to fire for so long without maintenance, just sudden short sharp encounters instead. If you are going to wildcat your ammunition you'll probably want to start with the most reliable weapons system. Firing a 135grain bullet at 1800 fps. It will have a flatter trajectory, able to hit exactly at point of aim. It will also have increased damage and penetration. Due to the fact that the berretta is the only non browning system, its barrel does not swing upwards thus preserving sight picture if used with a suppressor. When using a suppressor he instead switches to subsonic rounds. The wildcats should NOT be fired underwater. Gene is also the most familiar with the battery of arms of the berretta model.
Special Ability (Genetic): Quality navigation skills. Gene is actually dyslexic, but an odd side effect is that sometimes dyslexics have excellent spatial perception. He sucked at every math class assignment, coming bottom in most tests. He thought he was retarded, but when it came to perimeter and areas he had a preternatural ability, he was faster than even the teachers. He had to work hard to get his maths even to average level. This is only made worse by the fact that his father had a Masters in Engineering. Hes always fealt like a failure, and this drives him to overachieve, which is why he made promotion to cell leader. (You are born, for whatever reason with an exceptional gift at remembering maps. You can visualize a map in your head and be able to graph it onto the streets and roads you see in a town.) +FAST Navigation -Advanced Mathematics
Special Skill: Making the best of a bad situation.
This is a skill hard to quantify. But throughout his life he has continued to have to work harder than everyone else to get to where he is. Able to patch up a less than ideal situation more than most he shows good improvisation and the enviable ability to take a situation and seemingly reverse the process that created in his mind, as though hitting rewind. Not phased by difficulty and loss as much as others, it takes more loss to shock him than usual. He is ofcourse innured to the sound of gunfire and explosives from his time in Marines.
While in school gene was part of the ACA. While his school was one of the best, it was in a run down area and the cadet branch there were often used as a sort of free boot-camp for parents to dump problem children in. None the less he absorbed as much as he could and developed quite allot of street smarts for a geeky kid. After school he decided to go straight into the Marine Corps. He passed basic, qualifying as a Rifleman and becoming a Lance Corporal, he spent one tour in Afghanistan, he hated/loved it. About two years into that tour, he wasnt sure when it started, maybe it was that time he lost his footing and slid down that scree while on foot patrol, there were always allot of bumps and cuts, but he thinks it was from the time he was on a working party and was carrying some heavy blocks in his backpack and about as many he could fit in his arms, and lost his footing and went down hard on one knee. Having heard stories and knowing the lay of the land he covered it up until he could see a private doctor. X-ray scans showed he'd lost some of the cartilage covering his left knee on the outside. The Doctor told him that over time of use the knick in the cartilage would smear over the entire surface making it painful and impossible to walk/run. With his life now fucked up beyond all belief he left the doctors office. Still coving it up with pain killers and knee pads, his pals started to know something was wrong. He looked for any way out he could get.
Eventually he was redeployed to the American Embassy in London as part of the Marine Security Guard Detail, still at terminal Lance. He absorbed much of the culture in London, it turns out he has a knack for culture. He studied Criminology at Imperial College London and came close to top of his class. During his service he'd taken the Basic Reconnaissance Course two times under different Instructors and qualified as a Designated Marksman, He'd also gained a working knowledge of electronics.
At the point he was ready he had himself honourably discharged from the Marines. Looking for the Right Alphabet Agency to join he applied to a few the only one to take him was B.C.I.T. Working as a special agent and Eager to prove himself in his new job he undertook dangerouse assignments.
"Operation Whistlestop" One task force was assembled as joint with the CDC to uncover the cause of an outbreak of kidney cancer in a town in Minnesota. First noticed by a humble government statistician; Daniel Drew-Baker, the area had an incidence of a rare type of cancer 22% higher than the national average. Baker decided to take a greyhound bus to the area to ask some of the family members and promptly disappeared off of the face of the earth. When his home was searched the place turned up nothing unusual. However an online email when hacked showed he'd saved a draft of an email to his boss detailing that the incidence of the cancer as well as the speed at which it had grown since the 1970s was "statistically above chance".
When the 10 person B.C.I.T team reached along with CDC doctors, 1 amebologist, 1 virologist, and 1 oncologist. The team was under Bill Tanley (Former FBI) who noticed that the towns entire water supply came from one singular water tower. Focussing the entire team on the water tower, first shutting down water supply to the town for safety reasons, Gene began to suspect that this was too easy. He was directed to collect reports from families caring for their cancer victims, but this didnt stop him from asking his own questions. His reports detailed that it was mostly the children that displayed the cancer, but he also started to notice a palled look in some of the other family members. However as a detective he knew that the timelines didnt make sense. During some R&R he asked the oncologist Dr.Winston Paxton what the tell tale signs of cancer symptoms were, it seemed that the family members were all coming down with cancer.
All functions in the town were rapidly ceasing and it was fast becoming a ghost town. He believed that this all started at the local high school and went to investigate. While at least one kid out of every class had contracted cancer the rest showed good health, however their response to questioning indicated a sort of vacant expression, they had too little emotion for kids, indeed any emotions atall were slight, as though a light breeze blew through town, but not much more. Gene used his intuition and asked one of the kids to give him his text book. He then threw it back and asked him to catch it. Which he did. He then asked him to go jump off a bridge. The Kid looked right up at him, about faced, and set off towards the door. Naturally they had to catch him and send him back to class. At this point nothing was going to stop Genes' investigation, his intuition again was telling him to check and clear the school basement.
Him, his partner Kurt Chu (former Chicago SWAT), and Dr.Janet Armstrong (CDC) investigated the basement. Gene surreptitiously walked up to the old varnished door and slipped through and began down the stairs. Almost as soon as the door had closed behind them the radios lit up, the team at the water tower was under heavy fire, some of which seemed to be coming from their own operatives. Knowing this was a diversion Gene knew there was nothing left to do but to press on. Down into the quiet hellhole of the basement the flickering LED lights of the boilers winking in the dark. They came to a set of gated security doors with key fob access. A shadow passed reflected by a dim blue LED behind them. The team froze. Gene worked silently in the dark and after rewiring the door there was a flush of air from the room beyond as the lock disengaged and the door unsealed. They quietly pushed open the door and entered. Within they found cages of test subjects, most of which were skeletal, inside one was the emaciated face of Daniel Drew-Baker, he was babbling to no one in particular about something that had happened to him, but from the sound of it he was 4 or 5 years old at the time. There was also a set of vats and a distillery that looked as if it was modified from a pasteurization machine, there were bottles of school milk scattered all around. Random shotgun blasts echoed out from above in the school. Having only had time to break Drew-Baker out they then rushed upstairs to confront the force. Children were running scared all over the place, with no instructions they were acting on instinct. A man in a tan trench coat a Dr.Brice Connley, a local paediatrician wielding a shotgun. A few shots put him down. It turned out that no other hostiles were in the area and infact no one was wounded. Getting close to Connley they found he was wearing earplugs. As his vital fluids drained away he was whispering very faintly "i...i didnt... g-grey... hair", he passed away. Upon finding the school intercom and telling all of the kids to remain calm, which they did, they tried to contact the water tower team. The Air was dead. Calling in backup from BCIT tactical teams the tower was cleared and several local men with automatic weapons and ancient heirlooms were killed or captured. All wearing earplugs.
Further testing revealed that as the water tower supply was cut off, the locals had simply bought more milk, sometimes supplied by the children from the school. The milk was contaminated by some strange foreign protein alien to normal cows milk and thought to be deliberately designed. The protein causes a form of prion disease, more commonly understood as Mad Cow disease or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. There is no cure. The protein causes a lesion in the part of the brain to do with switching between emotions and thought and results in a certain amount of suggestibility which is not understood. It is a degenerative disease causing worsening dementia and Alzheimer's, which is not understood. Whoever was responsible for this obvious attempt at mind control on the town was never caught. The Paediatrician Dr.Connley was intended as an obvious fallguy and while the official BCIT case files show that he was absolved of all charges, to the chagrin of all involved, the official government position recorded it as a school shooting. The family of Dr.Connley were devastated. Upon investigating the locked principals office they found a secret door leading to the basement, and a grey wig discarded on a table. Leaving their last lead, dead. A grey van was spotted driving away north from the town by a sick girl. The operation has since become a legend amongst the agents, known as the "Deamon Principal".
For this reason and through continued competence Gene was promoted to cell leader. Not for stopping the outbreak, but for survival, rescuing Drew-Baker and stopping the school shooting. After this incident he also engaged in a cross pollination scheme for professional development with the FBI focussing on investigations and under cover operations. He picked up some basic electronics skills and also forensic evidence gathering (bagging and tagging) at BCIT.
Gear: BCIT Smart watch BCIT makes use of a smart watch that acts as a phone and short range projector. It can send and receive as well as decrypt encrypted communication.
Knee brace Due to his degenerating knee condition he wears a knee brace to lessen the effects of impacts on it. BCIT is aware of the injury and consider him a functional but disabled special agent, as they are a civilian agency this is permitted. -Sometimes his knee acts up, making running difficult.
Smoke Grenades Gene prefers the use of smoke grenades in tactical operations that require quick deployment. They are legal for him to carry and can be used to full effect when he wants to "Get spooky". He has a large pack of these back at the base inside his file drawr. But he generally carries two with him when going out.
Sony sport headphones Often taken to long periods of quiet and reflection, gene is often seen listing to music on his headphones. Sometimes in transit in the back of a ford crown Victoria, sometimes when on stakeout. It may look like he is undisciplined and lax he is infact using it to block out outside distractions while he solves a case.
Usually inside a duffle bag in the back of his agency car is his rifle. tbd
I still feel all dirty though. I'll Take Daimler-Benz AG, but i'd be more comfortable with something based else where. If i cant be allies then can i atleast be someone like either Norway under occupation, or fascist Italy before it had its crisis of conscience. (as improbable as it may be that they had a competent military industrial system.) I can take either Beretta or Fiat. I wanna be a bouncy Italian man with a moustache!
I understand that none of us here are nazis, we're just history and military buffs.