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(Monster asked to be skipped)

Splitting the clams into three even groups Calen offered each to one of his team mates along with one each of his throwing knives, engraved Aldon, Halath and Thran respectively.'It might not be up to snuff I'm afraid, there is a reason why you probably haven't eaten fresh water clams but hopefully the fire and spices have crisped them up enough it's not too embarrassing.' Calen remarked in a good mood despite his exhaustion. As Calen made his way back from Anna the gaunt boy thought out loud. 'Apologies if you have thought about this before Miss Fall but if you are relying on sound is there a reason to be up here rather than by the fire?' Calen asked genuinely.

Settling by Teddy Calen kept pushing the fish around and spliting the fire into two, keeping one raging hot while the other died down to coals to ensure the fish cooked evenly. 'Find anything interesting Master Teddy Bear in town? Seems a nice enough place, maybe we can find something useful in the morning.' Calen teased good naturedly, or as good naturedly as Calen gets, as he looks around at the ruined buildings. The dancing fire and full moon light up their surroundings strangely, making everything seem a little more than it actually was. Satisfied with fish for the moment Calen then went about splitting up the forest greens in four even plates ready for the final touches.

It wasn't long before dinner was completely ready and once again the plates went around, although this time Calen was clearly partaking. Despite all their spices the clams weren't up to Calen's normal quality the fish had a natural sublet sweet flavour easily making them the star of the rather bland meal. Calen only nibbled slowly on his fist, savouring each taste, but otherwise content to let the meal pass in mostly silence. Behind them the woods seemed to quite down although if this was simply everyone going to sleep or something darker stalked the wilderness wasn't clear.
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AMA Section / Re: Designing Characters
« Last post by Walter on Today at 07:12:47 AM »
With RWBY characters, PCs and NPCs, I usually start with one of three things - a personality trait, a semblance or a theme song. For Razzy, it was mostly the first: I wanted my first character to possibly stand out with a constant smile of excitement on his face, someone who'd face any adversity with joy and hope and all that. I made Rufus similarly, a character who is defined by his stubborness as well as the whole 'only speaking through rap' thing - I believe Janus tossed that idea out in chat and I grabbed it.

I mostly based Reginald and Coconut on songs, though. For Reginald, I had two things I wanted to include - I'm So Humble and a pressure-manipulating semblance. I spent some time on that site that picks random RWBY name suggestions based on color, and stopped at 'Reggie' for 'regalia'. From there, I added onto the character, first his appearance, then personality, then history - with a name like 'Reginald', the snotty personality came to me on its own.

Meanwhile Coconut was even more straightforward - after listening to Plus Danshi a couple of times, I figured I should make a character based on the song, the fact that the character would be a pervert being obvious. I was drawing a blank on a semblance for him, and eventually decided I could just not give him a combat semblance at all, forcing him to improve strictly his own physical capabilities. After that, I based his appearance on Len Kagamine in Plus Danshi and Gigantic O.T.N., and built on from there.

Anza and Silica were also mostly based on personality traits at first - Anza is an anxious young girl constantly having to change the way she acts just to fit in, while Silica is there to keep Reginald in line by constantly reminding him that the way things stand, she is his superior until his father says otherwise. She's also kind of salty. Finally, Janna was me making a walking tank - no more, no less, and her personality came afterwards.
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AMA Section / Re: Designing Characters
« Last post by Kingnoname1 on Today at 06:50:30 AM »
Most of my characters are first a theme or personality traits and I build off from there. For example my first character Calen has a pretty consistent theme of a Shrike, a small bird probably best known impaling their prey on spikes. The white-black colour scheme is common in most sub species which Calen mirrors. Although not specifically 'territorial' the same sort of tenacity which has driven pairs of Shrikes to defend their territory against entire migrating flocks carries through Calen with a lot of what he does. Calen's favourite hobbies cooking and dancing are both implimented by the tiny birds although cooking perhaps needs pretty big quotation marks. The birds small statue but impressive speed is where I got Calen's general appearance as well as semblance. Then I tend to fill in the gaps with aspects of my own personality making Calen a 'in the mirror darkly' version of myself.

The only exception to this is Amarant, the Atlas headmaster, as we needed him for a thread.
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Everywhere Else / Re: Preparing for the Coming Storm, Team Three
« Last post by Kingnoname1 on Today at 05:37:56 AM »
As Topaz walked into the room with the droid bay installed the thick purple sluge beneath her feet squelched loudly but otherwise was no real inconvenience. The droids were definitively in some kind of sleep mode with the console lighting up as the huntress-in-training approached. This did draw attention the Atlas student's attention to the holding mechanisms, it quickly became apparent this wasn't what the Atlesian Knight-130 series are normally hooked up to, it didn't even look like Atlas tech. Far more bulky and imposing compared the the normally sleek, utilitarian Altas designs. A nearby screen had a command prompt to release droids or take one for repair.

'You're not even thinking of running away? Are you bait I wonder or just that stupid. Do you even think about your purpose?' The raider remarked pointing at Gray, waxing on philosophically in her strange sing-song tone. Too soon did the small pause of conflict shatter and the raider was back on the move, still trying to box Gray in although this time a blue liquid started being injected into her gauntlets. Her arms up in a boxers stance the raider approached slowly but carefully unsure of what to make of this unfolding fight.
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Beacon Academy / Re: Stargazing [Open]
« Last post by Kingnoname1 on Today at 04:35:26 AM »
'My memory is one of my few positive traits.' Calen joked giving an exaggerated bow before nodding in understanding. 'I'll endeavour not to take it personally then but I'm sure we all have interesting team mates. I must say I was quite dismayed when I learned of the practice but it has grown on me some what...like a mould.' Calen continues smiling as he pockets the unwanted hankerchief.

Turning back towards Billy Calen gestured to the rope. 'Honda knot right? Had a bit of a cowboy phase when I was younger but lack the coordination for it. But it's not that complex a knot but....' Calen began before turning around looking in vain for Amane to ask a few questions about the rope, elasticity, friction, weight, blah. 'It might not be a 100% cross over given the rope isn't 100% your rope but it's better than nothing. Do you need a hand tying the honda knot? If your semblance always does it might to be quick to come to mind.' Calen offered hand outstretched.
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Beacon Academy / Re: Consequences [Private]
« Last post by Rush on Today at 02:27:58 AM »
”What do you think?” he asked, lifting his head from its shelter behind his arms, his head turned to her, looking her dead in the eye. ”I just accidentally crippled a student durinf a training exercise, and now one of the higher ups thinks I shouldn’t have Phi. That I’m not responsible enough to work with her or some shit.” he spat, only to break into a mild coughing fit at the end.

Gods, was his throat sore. Hunger was a problem, too, but as he was right now, he was a tad too concerned about keeping anything down to have an appetite.

”I’m sorry.” he started, curling back up into his ball of sadness as Phi started playing with his hair. All was silent for a few moments, save for the ambient sounds of the school around them. Eventually, however, Juno deemed the silence unbearable, and his sore throat enough of an annoyance to warrant speaking up. “Could you pass me a bottle of water? We should have a few in the fridge.”
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The Vale Region / Re: Frostbite [Closed]
« Last post by jjb2158 on May 20, 2018, 09:19:49 PM »
Watching Nicolas fly away from him with amazing speed, Savas had only a brief moment to be surprised before two icicles came flying straight at him. Unable to dodge, he raised his sword to help block one of the icicles, but was hit hard by the second one in his abdomen, causing him to grunt and take a step back from the impact. "Ngggrh...not bad" he muttered, reassessing his options. Seeing that Nicolas was keeping a far distance from him, Savas could only assume that he would continue to do so in hopes of having the advantage.

Changing his plan of attack, Savas proceeded to running perpendicular to Nicolas. Pulling Metatron off his back, he slammed Sandalphon into it, causing the two to become one. Wield Halvanhelev with one hand, he continued his long strides as he pulled a dust cylinder and loaded it. "Lets do this!" he roared, rotating the cylinder so that an air crystal was the first to be used. Swinging Halvanhelev with a brute force, it created a horizontal slash of highly pressurized air that went straight towards Nicolas. Hopefully that'll stun him slightly he thought as he rotated the cylinder to a lightning crystal. Pivoting on his left leg, he sprinted as fast as he could towards Nicolas, hoping to close the distance enough so that he could use the crystal to stun him.

  • Semblance: Activated. 30 seconds remaining.
  • Aura: 90%
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Character Creation / Re: Joshua Schwarz (Ready for Approval)
« Last post by jjb2158 on May 20, 2018, 09:08:10 PM »
I'm not seeing any of the changes you indicated. I also see that the last changes you made to your character was back on May 11th. Did it not save when you did it last?
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Beacon Academy / Re: Stargazing [Open]
« Last post by L-Money on May 20, 2018, 07:30:47 PM »
Billy started to feel very stupid.

"I actually didn't try running while I used my semblance yet... I've been trying to pull myself while standing in one spot with my semblance."

Billy started to laugh at her self. Man, she really was going at this the wrong way.

"And now I think I'm all out of juice for my semblance..."

She picked up the rope and weighed it in her hand.

"You know I don't think I've ever tried using a rope like this before. Yall know how to do it?" She asked letting her Vaccuo accent slip out.
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AMA Section / Designing Characters
« Last post by Moth on May 20, 2018, 07:28:30 PM »
How do you design your characters? What comes to mind first, and how do you build off of it? Everyone's process is different, so I'm curious how people approach them and what could be learned.

Mine either start with a physical image, or a single idea, and just build themselves off it. Azre's cocky personality happened first and Erza followed as a counterbalance, Jima was the question of what happened when a hunter was fascinated by Grimm instead of desiring to kill them, and Prism was the concept of a tragic but determined survivor.
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