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Professor Dannum Sohrab
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:48:44 PM »
If approved, other users are welcome to contact me for use of this character in their Shade threads. I will most likely be willing to play him in your thread if not simply allow you to play him.

CHARACTER

Name: Dannum Sohrab

Age: 53, born Arashi 1

Species and Gender: Male Red Panda Faunus

Symbol: A lightning bolt causing an explosion

Occupation: Huntsman (Shade graduate), general professor of practical combat at Shade

Appearance: Dannum stands at an imposing 205 cm, and not a gram of his 108 kg body seems wasted. The sheer mass of his sturdy body gives students the impression that he could crush them into mist at a moment's notice. This is strangely helped very little by his enormous grin and perfect white teeth, though he may benefit more from that if it weren't right under dark red close-set eyes that could burn a hole whatever they rest too long upon. He has a square face with a pronounced jawline and zero facial hair. His jet black hair is kept short in a military-style cut and, like the rest of his body, looks surprisingly healthy for his age.

Casual attire for Dannum is a faded green tank top, black denim trousers held up by a black belt, and beige combat boots. All articles of clothing are tightly pressed against Dannum's body with no room for wrinkles. Though this is classified as his "casual" attire, he often wears it in the field with students as he feels it projects a strong, trustworthy image to the students.

In more serious huntsmen missions, he actually puts on a bit of armor. This consists of a ballistic vest, desert camo that covers most of his body, and the same beige combat boots. He also wears a pair of sunglasses because they look stylish, more than anything.

For formal situations, he actually goes all out with the slick black tuxedo and corresponding pants, dress shoes, and even greases his hair to give it a stylish shiny look.

All clothes are of course modified to accomodate his fluffy red tail, which trails a good 45cm behind him.

History: Dannum was born to a rough lower-class family right in the heart of Vacuo as the middle child of three brothers. It was from these boys that Dannum gained his love of fighting, as the three would wrestle each other to the ground over the simplest of things, like an extra chunk of bread or a faulty call in the sport of the week. The three knew these were petty and stupid reasons to fight; they were really just excuses to get into a good-spirited quarrel and have a laugh afterwards. Their parents knew this as well and, frankly, loved that it gave the kids something to do. They would only administer punishments if somebody didn't desist when asked of them, though it was rare for anyone to ask in the first place.

At age 10, Dannum took the family values of hard work and community to heart. He joined his father in back-breaking labor in the farms. The work was good for his health, benefitted the community, and put a little extra money in the family's hands. He quickly became the favored son of the family without even realizing it, sparking some envious resentment in his older brother. Their roughhousing turned from fun and spontaneous to competitive and bitter as Dannum's brother regularly demanded they fight to assert his dominance. As a result of being regularly threatened and attacked by his brother, Dannum actually ended up being the first of the three to unlock his aura... ironically gaining him even more of his parents' favor.

When Dannum turned 13, he enrolled in Oasis academy. By now the fighting between him and his brother had gotten so bad that he actually looked forward to every day of classes, for it gave him a chance to be away from the family for a while. Not to mention it gave him a chance to focus on himself for a change, while at home he had been expected to give everything to the community. Here, he could learn to fight, build his own style, his own weapon, and finally get the hang of this aura thing that started glowing three years prior.

The same year as his enrollment at Oasis, Dannum started hearing talk of a Faunus uprising. Sure, there had been unrest before, but now it had a name: The Faunus Rights Revolution, or Faunus War. His interest piqued, Dannum started studying the history of the Faunus. He learned of how they fought in the Great War, of the continent of Menagerie, and of the human oppression of his people. Rather than sorrow or anger, Dannum felt excitement. He was inspired by the strength of his people to overcome all obstacles, and began actively cheering on the fighters in this new conflict. His family felt much of the same, and there was once again unity in their household.

Three years later, the conflict ended in a bittersweet victory; the humans' attempt to push all faunus into Menagerie had failed, but where did that leave them? The tensions of postwar politics hung in the air, building additional stress on top of the stress of preparing for Shade in Dannum's last year at Oasis. During this time, his performance suffered nearly to the point where he would not be accepted into Shade. Thankfully, the school at the time was understanding of the situation and at age 17, Dannum was accepted into Shade academy.

During Dannum's second year at Shade, he learned that his family had joined the newly-formed White Fang. This news came out of nowhere for him, having significantly reduced contact with his family upon moving into Shade. When he talked to his older brother (at the time a fourth year) about it, he said that he would be joining up too, as soon as he graduated. He said that Dannum should plan on joining too, if he had any pride in the Faunus.

Over the next three years, Dannum thought about the White Fang. He considered long and hard what it meant to be a Faunus, and by graduation he had his answer. To him, being a Faunus meant being strong in your own right, and showing through your strength of body and of character how valuable you were. He didn't need a label like the White Fang to rally behind; he would continue living independent for the rest of his life.

For a solid ten years after his graduation, Dannum was riding high. Following those years, he rode even higher. Seeing his combat prowess in the field, Shade Academy offered him a teaching role, which he accepted. It took him a few years of blundering about to get the hang of it, but by 35 he was the man- and the teacher- he is today.

When Dannum was 48, the White Fang went radical. He's been hoping to hear from his family, get some notice that they're no longer associating with the organization, but so far he has gotten nothing.

Personality: Dannum is eccentric and eager to fight, to a degree that is outright frightening to many first and even second-year students. He brings this reckless fighting spirit to the classroom, speaking loudly and often taking his students into live combat scenarios, most of the time not expecting them to succeed without his help. He loves a good time and a good laugh, always telling  jokes and looking for the excitement in day-to-day life. His favorite pupils are the ones with the guts to look him in the eye and call him crazy.

Pride is Dannum's bread-and-butter: Pride in his skills, pride in his race, pride in his country, and so on. There is no end to his boasting of battles once fought, both those he participated in and those he did not. Sometimes, when he gets really into a story, one could be reasonably tricked into thinking he's actually a knowledgeable individual. However, his academic expertise doesn't actually extend much past history and Live Grimm Dissection, and even then his stories are often embellished with grand details in place of those he has forgotten.

Dannum views every student at Shade as a mighty warrior waiting to rise, and as such he will lend a helping hand to anyone he sees struggling. Totally oblivious to the fear people get from him, he has received many a stern talking-to from the higher-ups of the academy. To him, the students that are afraid of him are actually just afraid of the hard work they have ahead of them on the road to improvement.

The only time Dannum seems to break his jovial behavior is when thinking of his family. While he wants to be proud of them, he finds it hard to following the radicalization of the White Fang.

Aura and Semblance: Dannum's aura color is brick red.

His semblance involves the control of electric currents. More specifically, he can move charge around to polarize objects, or move charge between objects to cause them to become electically charged. By doing so, he can create an area of higher or lower electric potential, and by creating enough of a potential difference between two areas can cause lightning to arc between them. Just creating enough potential difference to do this isn't all that strenuous with the amount of practice he's had, though it becomes exponentially harder to move charge through an insulator, such as wood. He also cannot manipulate charge in anything protected by aura shielding, as his own aura cannot reach it. The range on this ability is a rather respectable 20 meters, give or take.

It is also possible to create a current by essentially turning one object into a "battery." In other words, by constantly moving charge through an object to maintain a potential difference at two ends, he can create a current through a conductive material. This is not particularly difficult to maintain at a potentially lethal level in his chain; the problem arises from him needed to keep concentrating on the "battery" the entire time that the current is flowing, which can add up in addition to leaving him defenseless.

Creating a potential difference for a noteworthy "zap" between two points is simple enough, causing him mild exhaustion after a solid 15 uses and rendering him pretty much useless after 25. Keeping up a constant current (to a level that would be lethal to someone with no aura) requires nonstop concentration and will tire him out mentally more than physically. That is to say, after a good 30 seconds of this, his reflexes will dull and he'll feel a bit groggy.

Combat Behavior: Dannum is vicious in a fight. His initial strategy is to rush forward, undaunted by even the most intimidating of foes. If someone's in danger, he will throw himself in front of them without a moment's thought. If someone else is fighting and fighting well... he'll challenge himself to bag more Grimm than the other huntsman. Point is, he has an active role in the fight because he loves to do it.

Being too aggressive can lead him to get hurt in some circumstances, though. Particularly fast opponents can get the upper hand on him, though they'd better be ready to put down some major damage when they do; the mountain of flesh that is Dannum isn't going to be put down easily.

Sometimes, when stabbing and electrocuting isn't enough, Dannum will step back and pull out the bazooka. He'll also do this when it's particularly entertaining. A herd of creeps doesn't get the chance to disintegrate themselves- the rocket blast will do it for them.

WEAPON

Name: Heartbreaker

Primary Form: A 2m spear that Dannum holds near the base, but not all the way down. It can be used for forward thrusting attacks but there is also a retractable blade at the very bottom that can be swung out for sweeping attacks if overwhelmed by close-range opponents.

Secondary Form: The tip of the spear splits into three parts which spread apart, taking on the shape of a three-pronged trident. This transformation only takes about a second and is required for firing lightning dust.

Tertiary Form: A 10m steel chain that Dannum is crazy enough to carry around with him can be attached at the bottom of the spear when the blade is retracted. An additional point of attachment is located halfway up the spear, and the ultimate purpose of this setup is to create a circuit upon which Dannum can form an electric current.

Dust Functions: Lightning dust can be expelled from a hidden dust chamber near the tip that reveals itself in trident mode. The visual effect makes it look like the lightning originates at the tip of each point and then arcs to the central point, shooting out from there.

History: Named for the fact that he always stabs for the heart. Also because he was going through a phase when he went to Oasis... you know how teens are.

WEAPON 2

Name: The Big Guns

Primary Form: A bit of a misnomer, seeing as it's actually just one gun. If you can call a bazooka a gun. Because that's what it is.

Dust Functions: The Big Guns can load one type of shell at a time. Every type is propelled by gravity dust and contains another type of dust that triggers on impact.
-Fire dust causes a standard, but very large, explosion that can pretty much vaporize smaller Grimm. He carries two of these.
-Ice dust freezes a 2m radius upon hitting, including any creatures inside it. Dannum carries one of these.
-Earth dust causes violent vibration and tremors with the shot at the epicenter and lowering in strength from there until it becomes negligible at about 10m away. He only carries one of these.
-Lightning dust works a bit like an EMP. He carries NONE of these because they were SCRAPPED during development for not being as GARWAWESOME as his other lightning.

History: Made at age 42 when Dannum had a sudden epiphany: There are things more awesome than lightning, and they explode.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2016, 01:12:40 PM by Flooberoid »
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Hagane Inaba- Can melt steel beams. Leader of team HTDG
Mint Fresch- A chipper gale.
Persimmon Burhan- A douche.
Carnation Prescott- Get it, CAREa? Sorry.
Lissa Lime- Beacon's spinning top
Jacob Stillwater- Nailed it


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Patchouli Breschi- First year at Shade. Don't let her penetrate you.
Diamante Solar- Third Year at Beacon. Feel the Light of the Holy Noodle!
Dannum Sohrab- Professor of practical combat skills at Shade. Or at least that's his excuse to blow things up.
Crystal Evermore- Aura professor at Beacon Academy.


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Re: Professor Dannum Sohrab
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 01:01:09 PM »
The mods have approved of you creating a teacher so let's get this review started:

Appearance:
So...he's a little over 7 feet tall? If that is the case, then you will need to have some symptoms of Gigantism for him. Gigantism on the board starts at 7 feet, so if you don't want to have those symptoms, then you'll have to make him shorter than that.

Semblance:
Ahhhhhh...electricity...there's never enough electricity semblances out there. I do have one question: is there any strain or cooldown for his semblance? Even if he is a teacher, he should have some kind of strain or limit...even if it's REALLY small.

Weapon:
Okay, I'll have to draw a line at the chain. 30 meters of steel chain is going to be EXTREMELY long and EXTREMELY heavy. If we go with standard 1/2" grade stainless steel chain, then it'll weigh roughly 230lbs alone. Add that on top of everything else he will have with him, and...well you get my point right? Long story short: lessen the amount of chain he carries.

That's about it from me.
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Re: Professor Dannum Sohrab
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 01:18:09 PM »
Appearance: Yeah, I wrote it down wrong, actually. I've changed it to 205 cm now.

Semblance: A current by nature is hard to balance, especially since semblances no longer draw on aura reserves. I've developed a paragraph at the end of the semblance section detailing the exhaustion that comes with it, so hopefully that will work.

Weapon: You're probably starting to notice, but metric isn't my home system of measurements. xD I was thinking about 30 feet and wrote 30 meters. I've rounded 30 feet up to 10 meters for simplicity, but I do want to keep a decent amount of chain if at all possible.


Thanks for the review, JJ!
1st Year Beacon Students: ShowHide
Hagane Inaba- Can melt steel beams. Leader of team HTDG
Mint Fresch- A chipper gale.
Persimmon Burhan- A douche.
Carnation Prescott- Get it, CAREa? Sorry.
Lissa Lime- Beacon's spinning top
Jacob Stillwater- Nailed it


Literally everyone else: ShowHide
Patchouli Breschi- First year at Shade. Don't let her penetrate you.
Diamante Solar- Third Year at Beacon. Feel the Light of the Holy Noodle!
Dannum Sohrab- Professor of practical combat skills at Shade. Or at least that's his excuse to blow things up.
Crystal Evermore- Aura professor at Beacon Academy.


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Re: Professor Dannum Sohrab
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 01:29:47 PM »
Totally understandable. Everything looks good to me. Approved 1 of 2.
First Year Beacon Student: Rackley Winchester - The Hawkeye Sniper of Team CRSA (Crystal)

Second Year Beacon Student: Jett Davenport - The Playful Shadow Knight of Team MLDC (Melodic)

Third Year Beacon Student: Suntalia Lyn Ryker - The Voice of Thunder of Team PLSM (Plasma)

Fourth Year Beacon Student: Savas Carnelian - The Quiet Berserker Leader of Team SARK (Stark)

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Re: Professor Dannum Sohrab
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2016, 03:32:28 AM »
All good, approved.
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