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Plot Zone / Who would be interested in a Beacon thread?
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:03:20 AM »
At the moment my threads have been rather quiet and I would like to get to post a bit more than 2-3 times a month so figured it was time to find a new thread to join. I don't have any specific ideas in mind (its always been one of my weaknesses) but figured if there were some people interested we could brainstorm a bit over on discord, or it could just be another casual social thread to get to know the other characters on site (I like those but not sure if everyone else does).

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AMA Section / AMA for everyone: What goals do you have for a backstory?
« on: November 25, 2018, 12:00:05 PM »
All my threads have halted a bit (may need to join another one soon) and I had a question that has been jumping around in my brain since the recent voice chat. Whilst I don't like my characters to have a massively tragic backstory I do realize that I do want them to have something I can play off of to give them some personality flaws. For example, Diana is essentially afraid of her own semblance, which over time has given her a really poor view of herself. So rather than a tragic backstory, I try to have characters that have lived pretty well but have some personal emotional trauma.

So the question is: when you're writing a character's backstory what do you try to achieve with that story?

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WiP Characters / Jade Lescour
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:24:53 PM »
Been a while since I've made a character, and since I haven't made a darker character yet I would love some input on making sure her story is interesting rather than full edge cringe.

CHARACTER

Name: Jade Lescour

Age: 17 (3rd of Frost, 63 AC)

Species and Gender: Cat faunus, female

Symbol: Styalised design of her Dust wheel

Occupation: 1st Year Atlas Student

Appearance: A glance at Jade would show a young woman who is almost the perfect example of Atlesian high society. Whilst her height is fairly average (5í4Ē) she still stands tall, wearing heels most of the time and maintaining perfect posture. Her regular attire is heavily inspired by the uniforms of the atlas specialists, a long white coat with blue accents and tall boots. On her back there is a unique piece of jewelry, a silver disk with elegant engravings across the metal and different coloured gemstones embedded in a circle. She has bright blue eyes, some minor touches of makeup, and shoulder-length ashen hair usually kept in a braided bun.

She gets very close to the social ideal but unfortunately cannot achieve it due to two fairly large cat ears on the top of her head. The right of these ears has a large scar at its base, giving the impression that someone had tried to cut it off but stopped halfway.

History: Before the war Lescour developments was a fairly small realtor focusing on housing students, staff and graduates from the Alsius combat school. However as Alsius grew into what we now know as Atlas, Lescour developments was ideally situated to capitalize on the migration from Mantle to Atlas leading to significant growth. The company is now among the largest real estate agencies on Solitas. Like other traditional Atlesian companies the top level management was passed down through the family.

The current CEO is Duncan Lescour, a workaholic who had managed to maintain growth even after all these years. Though it was unlikely to happen for a while there was no doubt that the next CEO would be one of his three daughters. The firstborn was Laura, as she was five years older than the twins she was most likely to take over the company and she was trained for it nearly from birth. Duncan was a very private man when it came it his relationships so little is know about the woman was Laura's mother, other than that she left Atlas only a year after the birth.

The next love of Duncan would have been quite controversial had the story ever reached public ears, as it was one of the houses faunus maids, Stella. Again the details are sparse however for the few that knew of their relationship it was clear that Stella and Duncan had utterly fallen for each other despite their different backgrounds. Stella was also apparently gravely ill at the time and Duncan would end up spending a small fortune to give her the best treatment available. While she never got healthy her condition improved and she lived for almost another decade. During that time the two would end up having children, twin girls, that Stella got to spend 6 years with before her illness caught up with her.

The twin girls were Jasmine and Jade. Before she had passed their mother had told them that while there was nothing wrong with being a faunus, their lives might be easier if they were willing to hide their nature from time to time. This was easier for Jasmine as her trait was feline eyes, so she simply ended up wearing contacts every day. Jade had it rougher, she had inherited her mother's ears, to hide them she wore some awful hats or a rather painful tiara that kept her ears folded to down and covered with hair. For the twins it was simply a game of who could hide it the best and in return they got to live like princesses. Together with Laura, the twins had private lessons in dancing, etiquette, painting, among many other subjects that an heiress should know. Despite having different mothers the three sisters became inseparable.

However, as they continued to grow up Jade's ears became harder and harder to hide, and when she was 12 years old her father told her that It simply wouldnít be possible for her to attend the dinner parties he would hold for investors. While that would have been a blessing for most children her age it tore at Jadeís heart. Not that the dinners were all that fun mind you, but it had been drilled into them how important they were and besides the sisters would often perform some dance or play some music which Jade had loved. While Jasmine was a ball of energy Jade had always done whatever was required to be the perfect daughter, now would be no exception. A few weeks later when she was sure everyone was fast asleep, she brought a first aid kit and a knife to her bedroom. Just two quick cuts, some bandages and tomorrow she would be the perfect daughter again. It didnít work out like that. Her screams of pain woke everyone in the house before she fainted.

By the time she was starting to wake up at the hospital her ear had already been sewn back on since she had gotten treatment so quick there wasnít going to be any permanent damage, other than a scar. As she opened her eyes she was greeted to the sight of her sisters and her father. Still a bit dazed she didnít catch everything they were saying however the gist was her father was telling her that if she wanted her hair cut then she just had to say so. Whilst he had stayed for a few hours her father eventually had to get back to work, but her sisters stayed all day. Within the week she was back at the manor.

While things quickly went back to normal for Jasmine and Duncan, both Jade and Laura were acting differently. Jade seemed to be in a good mood when she was out and about but she hid in her room quite often, and Laura had started to ignore some of her classes and always had a solemn expression when around Jade, she clearly had something on her mind but she just couldnít find the right time to bring it up. The time would end up being after she noticed some minor cuts on Jadeís arm that she didnít have a satisfactory explanation for. That night Laura went to Jadeís room to talk with her and she wouldnít accept no for an answer, and while Jade was initially quite resistant she did slowly start to open up. Laura told her that she was the one to get to her first and she knew what she had tried to do, but had told the others that it seemed like a haircutting accident. They talked about her recent behavior, hiding away, her mood, the cuts, and for the first time in years they talked about her being a faunus. That currently in Atlas she would have fewer options, but that her ears were a part of her, they were beautiful and a reminder of their mother.

Jade had struggled with the fact that the life she had raised to for wasnít going to happen. While she could certainly still live a life of luxury with the family, only one of them was going to take over after all, however she wanted to be of use to the family. So for the next couple of months she did something she hadnít really done before, she tried to see how other faunus lived in Atlas, in order to find a respectable role she could still fulfill. Eventually the answer came to her, an Atlas Specialist. They seemed to be universally respected and she had seen a few faunus among them. While her father was initially reluctant to have her follow such a dangerous career path he would eventually relent. He hired the best trainers he could find to come to train her and stocked up on weapons of all kinds. It quickly became clear that she was a natural with Dust, and once her semblance backed that up she decided to forgo conventional weapons in order to stand out.

Personality: A lot of children who grow up with negligent or distant parents end up rebelling against them, Jade however reacted differently. With her mother passed on and her faunus nature preventing her from being close to her father she ended up doubling down on obedience. Going out of her way to do anything and everything to help him, even it if meant hiding from most of the guests to their home. Whilst she would claim that her relationship with her father is as good as possible given her nature, there's no denying that it does put a strain on her and it has, at least in part, led to some depressive periods.

As most dinner guests were unlikely to visit the library it was one of the few places Jade could hide without much concern as such she is fairly well read which when combined with her newfound ambition has allowed her to do quite well in both her practical and theoretical subjects. As an individual Jade is incredibly determined, always a thought on her goal of becoming a specialist. While she can be stubborn and is certainly strong-willed she can often default to a meek obedience, though that's not to be confused with her being shy. If she feels a trust or loyalty to the people on her team she will put their needs above her own.

Aura and Semblance: Her aura is, unsurprisingly, a Jade colour.

A Dust control semblance: She can pull Dust from the pack on her back, activate it and launch it towards an enemy. While she can attack from a fair range using this technique there is an important detail to make clear, she only has control of the Dust while it's inside her aura, once fired out it moves as a projectile depending on how she launched it. Meaning her attacks won't follow opponents and she canít use other peoples Dust against themselves. Through careful control of how she launches the Dust, she can create some very simple structures, pillars, walls, a bridge for example. While she can create a simple weapon it's considerably more difficult as she needs to get the proper proportions and balance on a small scale so it takes a good 5-10 seconds, and it ties up one of her hands to maintain it so it limits her ranged effectiveness.

Combat Behavior: WiP
She carries no weapons and makes all her attacks using the Dust stored on her back which she carries a plentiful amount of and her semblance that has little fatigue drain. In order to deliver Dust at range in a more complex pattern to create simple shapes, she has utilized her background in dance. Unless she has taken the time to prepare a melee weapon she struggles as enemies get close, however even without it she is not defenseless in melee combat but she then runs the risk of damaging herself whilst attacking an opponent. She brings extreme elemental versatility to a fight, but any opponents that could stop her Dust or knock it off course could make her useless for the fight. As she uses raw dust rather than launching it from a fire arm her attacks do have a bit of travel time and as such she will struggle with very agile opponents at range, though there is always the option of simply adding more dust to the attack for a bigger boom.

WEAPON

Name: Sample Text

Primary Form: Dust wheel
Designed to ensure that it is extremely unlikely that any attack could activate the Dust while stored even if her aura drops
Something like the images below
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8a/e9/b9/8ae9b947e7eba4bfae5be7db8a59f7ab.png
https://orig00.deviantart.net/6289/f/2018/212/f/c/new_Dust_index_by_capricornguy-dcit2n9.png

Dust Functions: The pack itself is nothing more than a storage container she uses via her semblance

History: Sample Text

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Beacon Academy / A Lunch Side Chat [DGTL]
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:33:01 PM »
Typically the student sparring matches at Beacon are run as one vs one, sometimes with the option to tag in other teammates. The one on one format is done as it's easier to instruct two combatants over eight and it takes less space so they're run indoors. However for the huntsmen and huntresses in training it is essential to practice team coordination, so there are occasional four on four matches held outdoors. After one such event several of the first year students at Beacon could be seen in the grounds slowly making their way back to indoors for lunch. 

One of the first to arrive in the hall was Diana. Duels between student always made her uncomfortable so she had left as soon as their fight was over, whilst most everyone else stayed to watch the other teams fight. That uncomfort was still nothing to the uncertainty she felt about being made a leader for their team, although they hadn't known each other long having seen them all in action she couldnít shake the feeling that anyone of them would have been a better choice.

Walking with a slight limp she examined the food laid out on the buffet, piles of bacon, toast, doughnuts, even whole cream pies. However not one with much appetite she simply grabbed an apple and headed over to a table, figuring the others would join her when they got in.

The fight against team Brandy (BRND) had been rough. It started off well enough, the others were all kicking ass. But she struggled with the balance of fighting like she was used to and acting like a leader, this uncertainty had left her too distracted to notice that Nyx girl pop out of nowhere, it earned her a sprained ankle and it may have been a lot worse had Janna not saved her.

Sitting cross-legged in her chair and absentmindedly rubbing her sore ankle she stopped the play-by-play of the fight in her mind and looked around the hall to see if any of the others had made it in yet.

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Teams / First year beacon team in need of a replacement [rip HTDG]
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:11:39 PM »
Hey as Floop has, unfortunately, said his goodbyes to the site it's about time for HTDG to live again without their H, so time to look for a replacement.

The team at the moment consists of
Janna Tarmac - Walter
Diana Farran - Vision
Brock Greenwood - Nathan67003

Once the team has been setup again we're hoping to do a thread to let them get to know each other, have no idea what it would be about but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

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    Introduction
    So it's over a year since I posted my original stats thread and a lot of improvements have been made since then so figured it was about time to update you all. I did consider just updating that thread but may end up using some of that stuff again later (though probably not)

    For those of you not familiar with me or my work, I started a spreadsheet cataloging all the characters last summer as we didn't really have any resource like that (and I needed something to keep my mind busy). What started off as a checklist of simple things has evolved into something pretty massive, that has only been possible thanks to the brilliant help I've gotten from MonsterManic, Kaliot, and Moth (Please give them a thumbsup next time you see them, I may still have done the most but it means the world to me that others have cared enough to help out).

    Spreadsheet stats

    I will summarize the main points here but if you ever want a look at the raw data, or just to browse out of interest the spreadsheet is open for anyone to take a look at (Always a link to it in my sig).

    Let's start simple with the number of approved characters, an additional 79 characters since last year. Making up 23% of our total 339 at this moment.

    Gender: ShowHide

    The male to female ratio is pretty much perfect, 170 female to 168 male, whilst there is only one character that is specifically nonbinary (this number is down from last year as transgendered characters were originally placed here, it was changed as I feel it is more appropriate to place them with the gender they identify as, they sure aren't non binary.)


    Species: ShowHide

    We have no idea what proportion of characters in the world of RWBY are Faunus so hard to say if our proportion is appropriate or not. Currently there are 120 Faunus characters, 35% of the total.

    While that may be reasonable the one place we are very statistically unbalanced is in the gender distribution of the Faunus. There are only 45 male Faunus compared to 75 female, as the amount of each gender are basically equal that means that female characters have a lot high percentage as Faunus (27% of all male characters and 44% of all female characters).



     
    Nothing all too interesting or new in regards to the age of our characters, 17 currently makes up exactly 1/3 of all characters (113) while 18 is in second place at 25% (85) and there are 46 characters that are over 25 years old, 14%. The average age is 21 which is slightly above last year which was 20.5, again showing that we are moving towards more diverse characters.




    Height: ShowHide



    This is one section that has improved vastly from last year as the graph then was presented just like the one above, and while somewhat useful there is so much variation of height between the genders that I wanted that shown, so that data was recollected by gender. The average male height is just above 5'8" while female is just above 5'5" (or 177cm and 168cm respectively if you come from a civilized country). There are also 27 characters that just don't have any height registered.



    Schools: ShowHide

    Not the easiest to make into a graph with how few students the other schools have so here I've included a cutout of the spreadsheet, main improvement here has been to track graduates as well as the current students. I can also say that last year we had 23 characters from schools other than beacon and now we have 48, an increase of 108%, really great to see the other schools grow!



    Parents: ShowHide

    Ahh one of my favorites, and one of the original topics for the first iteration of the checklist. We have updated this one a bit by emphasizing how many parents a character has, rather than how many have died. This was to make it easier to categorize characters that were raised by one parent with no mention of the other. That being said we do make a note of characters that specifically have murdered parents and can say with certainty that it's more common for both parents to get killed than just one.



    Weapons and semblance: ShowHide

    These ones can't exactly be shown as graphs due to the sheer amount of variation going on, however we have put a ton of work into these sections to make them far better organized and a lot more pleasant to look at. So I highly recommend you check out these sections of the spreadsheet. Monster gets pretty much all of the credit for how great the weapons section has turned out. On behalf of him, I have a quick comment for everyone making characters with swords.
    [spoiler=From Monster for sword characters]

    [/spoiler]
    Faunus: ShowHide

    Oh boy, much like this spreadsheet in general this was one section that spiraled a bit into crazy town. Trying to figure out a good way to display the species that showed which were similar to each other (basically to group lions and cats closer than lions and penguins) left me with only one option, complete taxonomy. I've included an image in the spoiler as it is pretty damn gorgeous.

    In terms of stats there are 51 unique species, with Fox and Cat being tied for most common at 12 each. Just like last year, the most common traits were ears followed by tail, the third most common was profiles that claimed to be Faunus with no written Faunus traits.
    [spoiler=taxonomy]

    [/spoiler]

    Survey stats

    The survey was started to address a lot of questions I was asked to look into where the info simply could not be found in the profiles. As people's attention span for this sorta thing is generally minimal the only way to get a reasonable sample size was to keep it short and a lot of pestering people to do it (Sorry about that). But it paid off, with 177 responses out of 339 profiles we have managed to get over the 50% marker (which for a survey is pretty damn impressive if I can say so myself). So here are the highlights from this dataset, please keep in mind that everything below does not represent all characters but just over half of them (52.2% to be precise)

    Hair color: ShowHide



    Eye color: ShowHide



    Aura color: ShowHide



    Racism: ShowHide

    The show has made it perfectly clear that Remnant isn't always the most tolerant of the Faunus, and while we do try to have our characters live in the same world the problem is that people probably don't like playing racist characters. That's at least what the data shows, with only a handful of characters categorized into oppose and no extremists. With so few data points there isn't much point in making more graphs but I did find a few points of interest. Firstly all the oppose characters are either from Vale (Simply due to most characters coming from Vale) or from Atlas (which fits the lore nicely). In regards to the breakdown over the species, there were 3 humans in the extremist support group and a couple of Faunus in the neutral one though they were mostly under support.

    Sexuality: ShowHide

    While it would be possible to determine some or most of the colors from the profiles it would have taken a bunch of work and a fair amount would still not even have it listed, so those were included in part out of practicality. The sexuality of the characters is not like that as only a few profiles would make any passing mention of it, but thanks to the survey we now have some insight into it. However, this is also an area we see a pretty large discrepancy between the genders in the stats, specifically male characters are more likely to be heterosexual (in fact almost 2/3 of straight characters are male) while female characters are a lot more likely to be homosexual or bisexual (Second graph). 



    Combat: ShowHide

    Since the combat stuff is hardly sensitive information that stuff can all be found in the spreadsheet if you want to take a look at it yourself, but ill give the highlights here as usual. Not too much for me to comment on here so I'll let the graphs do the talking. Only thing I want to clarify is the terms I'm using: Combat Style refers to preference between melee and ranged combat, whilst Combat Role refers to the specific example roles we have made (the definitions of those are in the spoiler below) and these aren't mutually exclusive as most characters fulfill multiple roles.
    [spoiler=Combat roles definitions]

    Breakdown of Combat styles: ShowHide

    Breakdown of Combat roles: ShowHide

    Combat roles by combat style: ShowHide

    [/spoiler]
    Link to the survey and how to check if you have answered it: ShowHide

    Link to the survey!
    Not sure if I'll be updating much other than the combat stuff which can be found on the spreadsheet.
    It's been a while since the survey was started to totally understand if you can't remember if you have done it. To that end I've made it incredibly easy to check.
    1. Head to the spreadsheet
    2. Click the "User" tab
    3. Find your username
    4. If the character name has a colored background then a response has been submitted, if the background is white then please submit to the survey!
    If you have any issues with this please just hit me up on discord, lets at least get it to 50%


    To do

    • Find out why the /list thing keeps adding itself.
    • Finish and add the survey results
    • The team list is out of date with changes since I was gone so need to go through and update it
    • Determine student nationality, thereby determine the number of exchange students.
    • Proper tracking of the number of transgendered characters.
    If you have any suggestions please comment with them.[/list][/list]

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    Hey guys, long time no looking at the text that you have all written.

    I've tried to come back twice before now and failed both times, but hey third times the charm right. First off I truly want to apologize for the way I just left things without any proper warning. I'm generally a very private person but considering how I kinda abandoned this I do want to give some detail about what happened. The short version is that insomnia and depression got really out of control, I've been taking 3 different types of sleeping pills trying to find the best solution (all of which drastically reduced my "functional hours" of the day) not to mention antidepressants. So yeah loads of fun pharmacological stuff. Anyhoo finally off them all and starting to feel a bit like myself again so time to dust off the spreadsheet again (Heck guess i never gave you all any results from the survey).

    Can't promise I'll ever be as active as I once was but hopefully no more dropping off the face of the earth.

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    Hey guys sorry for the quite extreme departure out of nowhere, I am incredibly sorry it got as long as it did (and cant make any real promise that I'm back proper).

    It's not something I particularly like talking about but suffice to say I've been quite sick (Nothing too serious mind you, but have been placed on some varying medications all with their own fun set of side effects). Anyhoo while I don't think I'll be back to the level of activity I was I do want to start again (and finish my stats projects).

    Sorry for abandoning the threads like that (Although I have on multiple occasions said to skip me or drop me so perhaps not that bad), and hopefully back(ish)((tm))


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    Approved Characters / Bastet Nin
    « on: November 06, 2017, 03:03:50 PM »
    CHARACTER

    Name: Bastet Nin, usually Bas for short

    Age: 17 (12th of Hitahita, 63 AC)

    Species and Gender: Cat faunus, female

    Symbol:

    Occupation: Huntress in training, first year Haven

    Appearance: Although she stands a bit shorter than the average guy at 5'7" Bastet still manages to be a commanding figure on the battlefield. Her form is certainly feminine yet all of her visible dark skin is clearly toned by significant muscle. She has sharp facial features and whilst her pupils are human their color is an intensely feline yellow. Her jet black hair is trimmed to a short bob cut with a pair of fuzzy cat ears crowning it.

    Fashion in Vacuo tends to favor comfort and practicality over looks so her general attire used to be a simple black tank top with whatever jeans she could find that seemed the cleanest. However upon arriving in such a fashionable place as Mistral she started to feel a bit underdressed, as such she has taken to wearing a rather fashionable cropped jacket with her symbol embroidered on the back. Her only accessory of note is a simple bulky metallic bracer on her right arm that can expand into a round shield.


    History:
    A decade before Bas would be born, her father Amaz had left Menagerie working as a deckhand on whatever cargo ship would take him. Although hardly a prestigious position, it afforded him enough experience and contacts that he would slowly but steadily climb the corporate ladder. Travelling to every corner of the world he would eventually meet the love of his life, Mei, an accomplished painter in Vacuo. Leaving the sailors life behind, Amaz started to manage the handling of cargo to and from the ships and their warehouses, a new job that would let him stay on land with his soon-to-be wife.

    Together they had a single child, Bastet. Rather than her father's wolf tail, infant Bas's head was adorned by kitten ears and a dark complexion that matched her mother's. Whilst their family was doing quite well for itself, Vacuo is still a chaotic place by nature, and the stress of combining a life of Grimm attacks at sea with experiencing Faunus discrimination first hand had left her father a bit concerned in general. This was one of the reasons why he pressured Bas to get combat training. When the time came she enrolled and gladly went to Oasis, in part because she thought it would be exciting but also as it would still leave her with reasonable free time to get on with her art. She may have been born a Faunus like her dad, but her personality was certainly leaning toward her mother's side instead. She had grown up with her mother's painting and had adored watching her create art, seeing how each layer would add to the next. However with time she started getting an empty feeling from the art; as she had grown her mother's art had stayed exactly the same. It was certainly an impressive feat to succeed as an artist but yet Bas couldn't shake the feeling that she had seen it all before.

    Amaz had originally pictured that once her training at Oasis was done she could pursue a different career but still have her combat training ready to protect herself. Bas however was hooked. Although she wasn't someone with an intense need to fight Grimm, she had become proud of just how well she could do it. Seeing an opportunity to travel the world like her dad and expand her artistic horizons, she set her sights on Haven Academy in Mistral.

    Personality: Bastet is an incredibly creative and resourceful person, but only if she thinks it's worth it. She does have a bad habit that once she has decided on a design or otherwise found the solution to a problem then she loses interest quickly, afraid to stagnate like she feels her mother did. Though she enjoys being a good fighter, it's not something she finds creatively stimulating, so once she developed a style she was competent with she didn't feel the need to develop it further. Similarly, she doesn't care too much about the more theoretical subjects she was taught, causing her to be a bit below average academically.

    Aura and Semblance: Her aura has taken a golden color.

    Not one to overcomplicate things, she typically refers to her semblance as her 'weapon bond'. As long as her spire is within 40 feet of her, she is able to blink to it. Though simple in its nature, it has become essential in her fighting style. The blink is essentially instantaneous, though not a true teleport; if a wall is in between her and her weapon, she will faceplant into the wall.

    Combat Behavior: In battle, Bastet is best described as a skirmishing brawler. Her semblances provides her with incredible mobility, and while most commonly used to engage the opponents back line, she also uses her semblance and collapsible shield to fall back and protect her more fragile teammates. One of her favorite moves is to toss her weapon straight up and blink to it in order to get a quick birds eye view before launching it (and thereby herself) towards the enemy. In melee, she favors holding her glaive in both hands, but can quickly adopt a more defensive form with her shield and use the glaive as a spear. Though strong and versatile in melee, Bas is often a predictable opponent, with no Dust weapons to mix in some elemental flavor. Though her mobility is high with her semblance, anyone who keeps track of where her glaive is thrown will know precisely where she will blink too. She used to carry a simple store-bought handgun as a way to increase her ranged combat prowess, however she was such a terrible shot that she just started throwing her glaive instead.

    WEAPON

    Name: Spire

    Primary Form: Glaive
    Although a glaive is essentially just a short blade on the end of a stick there are some complexities to the design of Bas' Spire. The majority of these revolve around optimising it for throwing, due to how well this synergises with her semblance. The major changes were to add weights so that the centre of mass was lower and to trim back the curved blade so it had a point and go stick where it would be thrown.

    Secondary Form: Storage / Short Sword
    The only other significant design on the Spire was to give it a telescoping handle. This does let it become a curved short sword however Bas rarely if ever uses it as such, the point of the design was to have a pracitcal way to store a polearm on a belt.

    Dust Functions: N/A

    History: Though simple in its design a lot of work went into designing a glaive that could also be thrown as a spear, however once she had figured that out Bas hasn't really changed the desing since.

    WEAPON

    Name: N/A

    Primary Form: Collapsed bracer
    On her arm this is nothing more than a bulky bracer, it could be used to block blows but it's incredibly impractical as its smaller than a buckler shield and strapped to her arm.

    Secondary Form: Shield
    Upon activation the metal folds out in two directions which in turn spiral out to form a round shield.



    Dust Functions: N/A

    History: Bas' shield was initially the product of boredom. Her spire essentially only has a single form as a telescoping handle is hardly a complicated mechanism and a store-bought gun doesn't exactly need much tweaking to work. Do during their workshop time at Oasis she just didn't have much to do. What could have just been a slab of metal forged into a circle became an over-engineered collapsing structure, just in order to fill time.

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    AMA Section / Whats your characters Halloween costume?
    « on: October 31, 2017, 06:53:28 AM »
    'Tis the season for costumes and candies, even confirmed for Remnant via rwby Chibi so figured we could have a simple silly thread.

    What would your character dress up as? As we don't really have many examples of Remnant culture you can use anything from our world as well.

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    WiP Characters / Bastet Nin
    « on: September 24, 2017, 05:40:59 PM »
    CHARACTER

    Name: Bastet Nin, usually Bas for short

    Age: 17 (12th of Hitahita, 63 AC)

    Species and Gender: Cat faunus, female

    Symbol:

    Occupation: Huntress in training, first year Haven

    Appearance: Although she stands a bit shorter than the average guy at 5'7" Bastet still manages to be a commanding figure on the battlefield. Her form is certainly feminine yet all of her visible dark skin is clearly toned by significant muscle. She has sharp facial features and whilst her pupils are human their colour is of an intensely feline yellow. Her jet black hair is trimmed to a short bob cut with a pair of fuzzy cat ears crowning it.

    Fashion in Vacuo tends to favour comfort and practicality over looks so her general attire used to be a simple black tank top with whatever jeans she could find that seemed the cleanest. However upon arriving in such a fashionable place as Mistral she started to feel a bit underdressed, as such she has taken to wearing a rather fashionable cropped jacket with her symbol embroidered on the back. Her only accessory of note is a simple bulky metallic bracer on her right arm that can expand into a round shield.


    History:
    A decade before Bas would be born, her father Amaz had left Menagerie working as a deck hand on whatever cargo ship would take him. Although hardly a prestigious position, it afforded him enough experience and contacts that he would slowly but steadily climb the corporate ladder. Travelling to every corner of the world he would eventually meet the love of his life, Mei, an accomplished painter in Vacuo. Leaving the sailors life behind, Amaz started to manage the handling of cargo to and from the ships and their warehouses, a new job that would let him stay on land with his soon-to-be wife.

    Together they had a single child, Bastet. Rather than her father's wolf tail, infant Bas's head was adorned by kitten ears and a dark complexion that matched her mother's. Whilst their family was doing quite well for itself, Vacuo is still a chaotic place by nature, and the stress of combining a life of Grimm attacks at sea with experiencing Faunus discrimination first hand had left her father a bit concerned in general. This was one of the reasons why he pressured Bas to get combat training. When the time came she enrolled and gladly went to Oasis, in part because she thought it would be exciting but also as it would still leave her with reasonable free time to get on with her art. She may have been born a Faunus like her dad, but her personality was certainly leaning toward her mother's side instead. She had grown up with her mother's painting and had adored watching her create art, seeing how each layer would add to the next. However with time she started getting a more empty feeling from the art; as she had grown her mother's art had stayed exactly the same. It was certainly an impressive feat to succeed as an artist but yet Bas couldn't shake the feeling that she had seen it all before.

    Amaz had originally pictured that once her training at Oasis was done she could pursue a different career but still have her combat training ready to protect herself. Bas however was hooked. Although she wasn't someone with an intense need to fight Grimm, she had become proud of just how well she could do it. Seeing an opportunity to travel the world like her dad and expand her artistic horizons, she set her sights on Haven Academy in Mistral.

    Personality: Bastet is an incredibly creative and resourceful person, but only if she thinks it's worth it. She does have a bad habit that once she has decided on a design or otherwise found the solution to a problem then she loses interest quickly, afraid to stagnate like she feels her mother did. Though she enjoys being a good fighter, it's not something she finds creatively stimulating, so once she developed a style she was competent with she didn't feel the need to develop it further. Similarly, she doesn't care too much about the more theoretical subjects she was taught, causing her to be a bit below average academically.

    Aura and Semblance: Her aura has taken a golden color.

    Not one to overcomplicate things, she typically refers to her semblance as her 'weapon bond'. As long as her spire is within 40 feet of her, she is able to blink to it. Though simple in its nature, it has become essential in her fighting style. The blink is essentially instantaneous, though not a true teleport; if a wall is in between her and her weapon, she will faceplant into the wall.

    Combat Behavior: In battle, Bastet is best described as a skirmishing brawler. Her semblances provides her with incredible mobility, and while most commonly used to engage the opponents back line, she also uses her semblance and collapsible shield to fall back and protect her more fragile teammates. One of her favourite moves is to toss her weapon straight up and blink to it in order to get a quick birds eye view before launching it (and thereby herself) towards the enemy. In melee, she favours holding her glaive in both hands, but can quickly adapt a more defensive form with her shield and using the glaive as a spear. Though strong and versatile in melee, Bas is often a predictable opponent, with no Dust weapons to mix in some elemental flavour. Though her mobility is high with her semblance, anyone who keeps track of where her glaive is thrown will know precisely where she will blink to. She used to carry a simple store-bought handgun as a way to increase her ranged combat prowess, however she was such a terrible shot that she just started throwing her glaive instead.

    WEAPON

    Name: Spire

    Primary Form: Glaive

    Dust Functions: N/A

    History: Though simple in its single form design a lot of work went into designing a glaive that could also be thrown as a spear.

    WEAPON

    Name: N/A

    Primary Form: Collapsed bracer

    Secondary Form: Shield

    Dust Functions: N/A

    History: Bas' shield was initially the product of boredom. Her spire only has the single form and a store-bought gun doesn't exactly need much tweaking to work, so in their workshop time at Oasis she didn't have much to do. What could have just been a slab of metal forged into a circle became an over-engineered collapsing structure, just in order to fill time.

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    AMA Section / Free for all AMA: Help us see your characters
    « on: September 04, 2017, 05:12:41 PM »
    I'm currently getting an art commission of my character done and have been loving seeing a visual representation of the character, so in the vein of the other free for all AMAs I'd love to see your characters!

    To be clear this isn't meant to be specific for those who are artists or have commissioned art, though those will stand out everyone is free to come with a few reference images (This can be as simple as saying same hair style as this image or using a faceclaim) or use an online avatar creator.

    A bit more of a niche topic, though I'd still love to see what comes out of it!

    EDIT: Feel free to include any art for their symbols as well ^^

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    AMA Section / Huntsmen and huntresses, what's your landing strategy?
    « on: August 06, 2017, 05:49:04 PM »
    I've posted a few of these in the past but for those who haven't seen them this is an AMA thread where the question is specific to the thread, so we can see how different people respond to the same question.

    Other question specific threads:
    How do your characters spend their free time?-by me
    Have you ever considered a different career path?-by me
    How do you think about your weapon(s)?-by Siuwa


    For this thread:
    Huntsmen and huntresses, what's your landing strategy?

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    Beacon Academy / A Lunch Side Chat [HTDG]
    « on: August 04, 2017, 05:52:57 PM »
    Typically the student sparring matches at Beacon are run as one vs one, sometimes with the option to tag in other team mates. The one on one format is done as it's easier to instruct two combatants over eight and it takes less space so they're run indoors. However for the huntsmen and huntresses in training it is essential to practice team coordination, so there are occasional four on four matches held outdoors. After one such event several of the first year students at Beacon could be seen in the grounds slowly making their way back to indoors for lunch. 

    One of the first to arrive in the hall was Diana. Duels between student always made her a bit uncomfortable so she had left as soon as their fight was over, whilst most everyone else stayed to watch the other teams fight. Walking with a slight limp she examined the food laid out on the table, piles of bacon, toast, doughnuts, even whole cream pies. However not one with much appetite she simply grabbed an apple and headed over to a table, figuring the others would join her when they got in.

    The fight against team Brandy (BRND) had been rough. It started off well enough, the boys were kicking all kinds of ass and she had been able to block off their ranged opponents with some ice. But it left her too distracted to notice that Nyx girl pop out of nowhere, it earned Diana a sprained ankle and it would have been a lot worse had Janna not saved her.

    Sitting cross-legged in her chair and absentmindedly rubbing her sore ankle she stoped the play-by-play of the fight in her mind and looked around the hall to see if any of the others had made it in yet

    First off if anyone would like to change the setup, by all means, let me know and ill do it. Haven't really setup a thread for a team before, and since it's just for the team to chat I don't think we need to bring in any NPCs.

    Also Didn't mean for this to be Diana centric just telling the setup from her perspective, if we want to discuss some strategy it might be good for each of you to include how they perceived the fight.

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    RPG Discussion / Time for some stats
    « on: June 16, 2017, 10:22:13 AM »
    So most of you have probably heard about this in the Discord but if not I've taken it upon myself to get some data about all the characters we have approved so far. It's mostly basic stuff but I think its still nice to have it collected, and from now on new profiles can simply be added. This also means that if we want to collect stats on other aspects, then at least the basic stuff is covered so we need only look at specifics.
     
    Anyhoo I've tried to collect the more interesting stuff here (following the template cause why the hell not) with the full spreadsheet at the bottom. Also wanted to thank Kali for helping out with a few profiles towards the end :D

    (Would have liked to make the graphs a bit better but turns out google sheets is horrrrible at it)

    Age:
    Unsurprisingly the most common age is 17 with the average being 20.5.


    Species and Gender:
    The ratio of women to men is pretty much even (133 female, 128 male). In regards to species women have a more even split, with 44% of female characters being faunus, whilst only 29% of male characters are faunus. (Non-binary are 100% faunus, however that's just a sample size of 3).


    Faunus:
    I've yet to come up with a way to present this graphically as its so varied, so for now I'll post some highlights here (feel free to check the spreadsheet for details). The most common species is fox, however with grouping the Felidae were more popular than the Canidae (24 vs 22).

    In total there are currently 41 different species.

    The most common traits were ears followed by tail, the third most common was profiles that claimed to be faunus with no written faunus traits.

    School:
    Couldn't really make a graph that contained the range of values here so a table will have to do.


    Height:
    I would love to give you guys the average height, however as it's not in metric I wont It's 5'8". The plot of the heights does make a decent bell curve. (There are 4 characters not included here as they were above 7'0", with the max at a whooping 8'4)


    Parents:
    155 parents have died for our tragic backstories (and 13 tows/villages).


    Semblance:
    The semblance stuff changed a bit over the recording so this isn't finished atm.
    However based on what I have I can say that the most common semblances are in order; Shield, Enhanced senses, Speed, self movement manipulation, fire, electricity, none.
    This will be revisited next time I have time (Or if someone else is up for it).

    Weapon:
    Far too much to organise graphically, so take a look at the spreadsheet.

    Link to the full spreadsheet (The Faunus species, and weapon sheets are probably the most interesting as they weren't graphed).
    At the moment only me and Kali have editing permission, whilst I'll try to keep track myself any staff involved in character approval are welcome to contact me for editing rights.

    EDIT: There are also bound to be a few errors in here, even when trying to do as quickly as possible this still took a few days work. If you see anything particular feel free to let me know here or on discord and I'll fix it. 

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