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27 days ago
Current When I act like a selfish prick, I don't get what I want. When I actually care about something else other than myself and keep my selfishness to a minimum, I do get what I want as well as what I need.
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7 mos ago
Sometimes, it doesn't seem like there's a way out of the abyss. Then it turns out that said abyss is caused by my own bad RPing habits and that all one needs to do is change them. Or try to...
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9 mos ago
Yet more stumbling.
12 mos ago
Atonement. Redemption. Those require more than just being punished for what has been done. They require doing good, doing good to make up for the bad that have been done.
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1 yr ago
Actually, I should just accept this; the reason I can't attract players is the fact that I can be a drama king, not the 18+ tags I sometimes put. So I should just not blame 18+ tags.

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Ashton Andrews-Hyuga

“Thank you, Daiyu,” the young man said, even as he noticed the rising annoyance with him within the room - It was clear that his attempts to be liked were potentially leading him to ruin and not the reverse. I need to be cautious from now on. I revealed my cards too early and surrendered to my pride. A frown at that. Never again - I know what behaviors to avoid now.

The mask he metaphorically wore caused distrust. His boasting and arrogance just provoked irritation. He didn’t truly get it, didn’t really get why, but Ashton decided to step back his efforts anyway and just sigh and stay quiet. That didn’t mean he wasn’t going to try and listen in, though, especially as Daiyu had a way with compliments. In fact, he’d even believe she was manipulative, which she could be as everyone in power needed guile to survive if they were ambitious. Well, most everyone.

Perhaps he can get lessons from her in manipulation? Bad idea, Ashton, part of him thought. Manipulative folk don’t share their secrets well, especially trade secrets.

At Seohyung’s mini-speech, Ashton nodded, acknowledging that he heard said mini-speech, but said nothing further, sensing the Half-Korean's mood and not wanting to do anything to aggravate it. Nevertheless, in his private thoughts, he said to himself, It seems Kamenashi-san is not interested in anyone except perhaps Takashi. I should not say anything to him lest I anger him.

Further thoughts: It seems I have to pick and choose my companions carefully - I can't just interact with anyone and expect them to be Nakama/True Companions.

Then he turned towards everyone else in the room, shifting fully to Japanese as he did so. “Everyone, sorry for my earlier behavior. I let my ambition push me towards… Unprofessional behavior. But I have something new to talk about.”

Ashton inhaled, then exhaled. “Right now, one of our best combat operatives, Kazankova Bykov, is currently in an expedition to investigate… Someone with Takai Shusen, another ‘best combat operative’. But let’s focus on Kazankova-sama, shall we? Basically, it says on her available dossier that she lost her ability to feel positive emotions after her frontal lobe was burnt out in an incident before she came to Neo-Tokyo. This is relevant as I’ve been pondering the viability of growing a new frontal lobe for her using cloned tissue and fiber-optics.”

Remembering that Chris didn’t know Japanese, Ashton repeated what he said in English, before continuing his mini-speech in both of his languages.

“Takashi, Daiyu, and even Chelsea as she still has a bit of wealth, I will need your help in this regard. By doing this, we can and will foster goodwill and cooperation between us and improve our combat effectiveness. And I will pull my own weight as well,” He then pulls out another laserdisc, “This one contains all the research I’ve been able to legally acquire on the subject of artificial frontal lobes - And yes, it is legal - As well as some draft software I made for the cybernetic parts of the potential artificial brain.”

A pause, before he continued, “I hope this is a more worthwhile project than my previous… Babbling.”

@GrizzTheMauler@Landaus Five-One@MK2@silvermist1116@Smike
Decided not to run this game after all, not for a while, at least.
Foes and 'Foes'







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Allies


NCQuest: A Mecha RP - The Relief of Cape Town



The Lore Thread


The year is 2577, 500 years after a Nuclear War that ended the Age of the Nation-State. Now, the world is split between Independents; settlements and towns living a hardscrabble life in the wastelands, and the Ruling Corporations, eight large organizations that have seized large portions of the planet and its people for themselves. The majority of the Ruling Corporations' personnel are tyrannical and arbitrary, twisted by long isolation from the masses whose work supports their way of life. The average person in Corporate territory lives in fear, bowed down by heavy burdens in a soulless environment, before dying quickly and painfully.

Complicating the picture are the Neural Combatants (NCs), giant humanoid machines left behind by the nations of the world before everything burned in nuclear fire. Using technology that binds together brain and machine, all NCs have Cores that cannot yet be duplicated by even the most advanced Corporation; these Cores, when attached to a body, allow the pilot to conduct feats of strength and speed that borders on the supernatural. In essence, Neural Combatants use technology that makes Mecha work; the impractical made practical. The more NC Cores a Corporation has, the better they are in the constant warfare that covers the planet today.

But now, that balance is changing. With the help of stolen research from the other Ruling Corporations, Tshwane Mining Inc., the rulers of Sub-Saharan Africa, have done the impossible: Rediscover how to create new NC Cores. This gives them the potential to manufacture legions of new Mechs, and thus disturb the finely held balance between the Ruling Corps.

Now, Cape Town in South Africa, where the initial research was done, is being besieged by the Denver-Vegas, Fairbanks, and Paragon Corporations; all three have invested in a gigantic army to conduct said siege, while Volkov, the very strongest Ruling Corp has pressured Tshwane's ally, Al-Amir Group of Companies, to stay in the Middle East lest it face destruction from the north.

So Tshwane's CEO, Katlego Kgosi, has resorted to desperate measures: He has called upon Haven, the collection of Independents that still rule Australia, to provide the help other Corporations would not provide; Haven, despite concluding a recent war against Red-Star, still has forces to spare for a relief expedition - particularly as Katlego has offered a tantalizing prize; a copy of the research on creating new NC Cores!

Consult the Lore Thread linked above if you want more info.

Rules

1.) No godmoding, metagaming, or mary sues.
2.) Be civil.
3.) Do not be an asshole.
4.) Post length is five sentences minimum, but longer posts are encouraged, of course. GMs are also bound by this rule.
5.) Antagonists (Paragon, Denver-Vegas, and Fairbanks) need special GM Permission to be allowed.
6.) Consult the Lore Thread (linked under the picture) if you want to know more about how NCs, Independents, and Corporations work.

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And yes, Inkarnate permitted this.

Here are the rules on characters and NC's: (last rules, I swear.)

You can have more than one character, with the limit being as many as you can take without stressing yourself out.

Character Sheet Template

[b]Pilot Character Sheet[/b]

[b]Name:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]

[b]Age:[/b]

[b]Personality:[/b]

[b]Backstory:[/b]

[b]Tactical Preferences and Skills:[/b]

[b]Notes:[/b]


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[b]NC Character Sheet[/b]

[b]Code-name:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]

[b]Body Type: (Bipedal, Hover, Tank-Tread, .etc)[/b]

[b]Type of NC: (General-Purpose, Interception, Assault, .etc)[/b]

[b]Equipment & Armaments:[/b]


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Character Types needed (Note that these are not set in stone; as long as all roles are filled, I am happy):

Field-Captain (Jack of all Trades - 1 Slot):

Long-ranged Specialist (Sniper/Light Artillery - 2 Slots):

Utility (Field Repair/Hacker/Medical and Scout Drones - 1 Slots):

Support (Anti-Aircraft/Machine Guns/Attack Drones 2 Slots):

Assault (Melee/Assault Rifles/Flamethrowers/Shotguns 2 Slots):

Heavy (Heavy Artillery/Heavy Melee and Armor 1 Slot):
Foes and 'Foes'







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Allies


NCQuest: A Mecha RP - The Relief of Cape Town



The Lore Thread


The year is 2577, 500 years after a Nuclear War that ended the Age of the Nation-State. Now, the world is split between Independents; settlements and towns living a hardscrabble life in the wastelands, and the Ruling Corporations, eight large organizations that have seized large portions of the planet and its people for themselves. The majority of the Ruling Corporations' personnel are tyrannical and arbitrary, twisted by long isolation from the masses whose work supports their way of life. The average person in Corporate territory lives in fear, bowed down by heavy burdens in a soulless environment, before dying quickly and painfully.

Complicating the picture are the Neural Combatants (NCs), giant humanoid machines left behind by the nations of the world before everything burned in nuclear fire. Using technology that binds together brain and machine, all NCs have Cores that cannot yet be duplicated by even the most advanced Corporation; these Cores, when attached to a body, allow the pilot to conduct feats of strength and speed that borders on the supernatural. In essence, Neural Combatants use technology that makes Mecha work; the impractical made practical. The more NC Cores a Corporation has, the better they are in the constant warfare that covers the planet today.

But now, that balance is changing. With the help of stolen research from the other Ruling Corporations, Tshwane Mining Inc., the rulers of Sub-Saharan Africa, have done the impossible: Rediscover how to create new NC Cores. This gives them the potential to manufacture legions of new Mechs, and thus disturb the finely held balance between the Ruling Corps.

Now, Cape Town in South Africa, where the initial research was done, is being besieged by the Denver-Vegas, Fairbanks, and Paragon Corporations; all three have invested in a gigantic army to conduct said siege, while Volkov, the very strongest Ruling Corp has pressured Tshwane's ally, Al-Amir Group of Companies, to stay in the Middle East lest it face total destruction from the north.

So Tshwane's CEO, Katlego Kgosi, has resorted to desperate measures: He has called upon Haven, the collection of Independents that still rule Australia, to provide the help other Corporations would not provide; Haven, despite concluding a recent war against Red-Star, still has forces to spare for a relief expedition - particularly as Katlego has offered a tantalizing prize; a copy of the research on creating new NC Cores!

Consult the Lore Thread linked above if you want more info.

Rules

1.) No godmoding, metagaming, or mary sues.
2.) Be civil.
3.) Do not be an asshole.
4.) Post length is five sentences minimum, but longer posts are encouraged, of course. GMs are also bound by this rule.
5.) Antagonists (Paragon, Denver-Vegas, and Fairbanks) need special GM Permission to be allowed.
6.) Consult the Lore Thread (linked under the picture) if you want to know more about how NCs, Independents, and Corporations work.

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And yes, Inkarnate permitted this.

Here are the rules on characters and NC's: (last rules, I swear.)

You can have more than one character, with the limit being as many as you can take without stressing yourself out.

Character Sheet Template

[b]Pilot Character Sheet[/b]

[b]Name:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]

[b]Age:[/b]

[b]Personality:[/b]

[b]Backstory:[/b]

[b]Tactical Preferences and Skills:[/b]

[b]Notes:[/b]


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[b]NC Character Sheet[/b]

[b]Code-name:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]

[b]Body Type: (Bipedal, Hover, Tank-Tread, .etc)[/b]

[b]Type of NC: (General-Purpose, Interception, Assault, .etc)[/b]

[b]Equipment & Armaments:[/b]


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Character Types needed (Note that these are not set in stone; as long as all roles are filled, I am happy):

Field-Captain (Jack of all Trades - 1 Slot):

Long-ranged Specialist (Sniper/Light Artillery - 2 Slots):

Utility (Field Repair/Hacker/Medical and Scout Drones - 1 Slots):

Support (Anti-Aircraft/Machine Guns/Attack Drones 2 Slots):

Assault (Melee/Assault Rifles/Flamethrowers/Shotguns 2 Slots):

Heavy (Heavy Artillery/Heavy Melee and Armor 1 Slot):
Ashton Andrews-Hyuga

“Thanks for the flattery, Ms. Li,” Ashton said, not entirely taken by said flattery, but knowing that confronting her too soon about that would be… Dangerous. So instead, he changed the subject, “I’ll make a lot of boys very happy too, if I ever get the chance.”

A smile, “Mind if I ask what your tastes in men are? Or other women, if you are so inclined? And yes, I am a hormone addled teenager - I just know that fact, am comfortable with it, and I play it up to my advantage. Of course, revealing that begs the question: How much is my judgement actually affected by pretty faces and how much am I using it as a mask? I hope no one tries to find out.”

Then a chuckle. “You’re an inspiration to those of us with even the smallest traces of foriegn blood, Ms. Li. It is my hope to emulate your success one day, as a cybersecurity specialist and seller of security software. In the meantime, though...” He trailed off, “There is a foe to be defeated. A foe whose Freudian Excuses and underlying grievances do not justify their methods and end goals. I hope to build my future success on their ruins.”

Pride and arrogance were in Ashton’s words, but also an undertone of resolution. His idealism and his hatred of the Jinrai were both real, after all.

A smile at Chris, then. “That’s all right. You don’t sound so bad now that I’ve met you. By the way, want me to upgrade your personal cyber-security for free? I need to do something to foster goodwill among this group, after all.

“Actually...” He says this as he looks around the gathered guests, “Which of you guys wants a free upgrade to your personal cybersecurity, for your internet usage that does not relate to your job? I’m offering to do it right now...” Ashton holds up his smartphone, which was still linked to his personal computer lab, “In order to show you guys how capable I can be. Consider this a free sample designed to whet your appetites.”

Then he turned to Daiyu, “Note that as you probably spend billions on your own cybersecurity and obviously won’t trust a kid whom you’ve just met, I’ll offer you something else.”

He takes out a small old-fashioned-looking laserdisc. “This is a new Antivirus program I developed. If it’s even half as good as your professional staff’s software, do think well of me in your dreams!”

It was, by the way, exactly half as good as Daiyu’s professional staff’s software, with the implication that if given an even better laboratory and training, Ashton can do more.

@GrizzTheMauler@Landaus Five-One@MK2@silvermist1116@Smike
Note that I might be giving this RP to someone else, in order to free up more time and energy for other endaevors.
Ashton Andrews-Hyuga

Ashton seemed to be on a roll. Not only did he get apple pie and sweet tea out of this deal, but he had the attention of Daiyu and everyone else. Now to find a way to leverage that into information, friendships, and good impressions in general. And yes, he liked the attention - He had to admit that.

Carefully eating his apple and sweet tea, he observed the etiquette, waiting for the others to talk first… Only for the fast pace and wide variety of individual conversations to catch him off-guard - So many people were talking about so many things! Chelsea did greet him, though, and Ashton courteously replied, this time in English, “Happy to meet you for the first time, Ms. Chelsea. I’m glad that this group can meet in such… Serene surroundings.”

That was true enough. Now to be a mischievous boy and discreetly ogle Seo despite his injuries, as his listening skills were not good enough to allow him to parse what people were talking about. Also, to gush at Takashi’s fashion sense - He wasn’t a fashion enthusiast, but he liked beautiful things, clothing included.

He breathed in and out as he looked for a chance to socialize, but found himself gravitating towards Chris despite his best efforts to get interested in someone else. And so the first words he blurted out were, “So, Chris Bell, was it? Happy to meet you, my name is Ashton Andrews-Hyuga, Japanese-American Cyber-security specialist - I’m good with computers and drones.” A slight smirk, this time directed at most everyone else, “I even hacked this place once in my attempt to get hired - I thought that if I demonstrated the flaws in their cyber-security, they’d hire me. And they did.”

Then back to Chris alone, “So, what was up with the reported incidents a while ago? I want to know your side of the story.”

And to everyone else, “What do you think of the Administrator - Ochisuta-sama, I mean? I tried to get to his office, but his secretary saw through my attempt to place myself on his schedule and told me to go away. Shows that the Administrator is competent enough to pay attention to the human side of his security, I’d say.”

Why did that topic come out? I sound egotistical now! And I might get in trouble. Oh, well, it’s too late to get out of this hole anyway.

“And yes, I am… Fascinated with our Administrator. I read his dossier and what info I am qualified for several times now and there are still omissions that point to more stuff I want to know,” Ashton continued musing. “He’s a literal mystery, after all!”

A smile, “And of course, it goes without saying that I am a fan of the current Prime Minister and his policies!”

@GrizzTheMauler@Landaus Five-One@MK2@silvermist1116
@13org, We are, there's an open slot.
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