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Beacon Academy / It's Vytal To Practise [CLOSED]
« Last post by Glow on July 16, 2018, 11:17:26 PM »
Another crack rang out from the long rifle in Samantha's hands, followed by the target at the end of the course getting yet another bullet hole through the metal sheet. The faunus gave a quiet curse, sighing as she flicked the safety toggle on Ashen Howl, letting the rifle rest for the moment as she went to take a swig of coffee from her flask. Her training was... it was going alright, if a bit slowly. She hadn't done intensive practise in quite a while now, and yet somehow Juno had roped her into giving the Vytal Tournament solos a go. She'd managed to avoid them last year, but, well, not so much luck this time around.

To be fair, it did look like a good way to see where she was, get a bit more practise than usual in without having to find excuses for herself to force herself to do some, and most importantly, a reason to get her team leader off her back for a while. The fact the battles should be quite fun was left unsaid; she needed a cool head for any kind of tournament battles, rather than the... enthusiasm that occasionally overtook her in more fierce fights, so best to focus on getting into that mindset now rather than struggling with it during.

Well, at least she had some vague goal; try to get far enough to get matched with Juno so she could annoy the everloving shit out of him in a fight. Pull out all of the cheap shots. She wasn't going to delude herself in thinking she was actually going to win, because not only was it unlikely considering the calibre of some of the people in the tournament, but it was far too much effort to deal with - including the publicity after. She'd had more than enough time in the press spotlight, thank you very much.

Either way, she was currently trying to get a hold on her relatively new weapon. Sam had realised she was somewhat lacking in ranged options - while her use of dust and her semblance helped a little, that was more all mid-ranged. She preferred to have options for all ranges, rather than focus too heavily on one, and she enjoyed the whole creation process. Ashen Howl had certainly turned out well; a fairly powerful anti-material rifle in its own right, augmented by her semblance with a nifty little chamber to avoid the vibrating bullet wearing away at the gun, letting her make the rounds pulse outwards on hit. Now, the issue was, that relied on her hitting her targets for maximum effect. The most experience she had with guns was basic firearms training with a hunting rifle when she was younger. The animal kind, not Grimm kind.

There was a big difference between a hunting rifle and this.

It wasn't a problem hitting stationary targets, or really even average-speed moving targets while she was still; but the whole issue was being still wasn't a good way to stay alive in her profession. She had good eyes for longer ranges, and a fairly steady hand, but she doubted there'd be that many opportunities to set up the bipod and have a nice lie down while her opponent let them take potshots at them. No, she had to get at least somewhat used to snap-shots, especially to allow her to change ranges quickly and swap through her weapons. She could certainly just fire off a few explosive rounds to cover her, but it was a fairly inefficient use of her new tool, even she could tell that.

Unfortunately, Samantha wasn't having much luck yet. Certainly, the fire-dust rounds augmented by her semblance really tore things apart, but what use was that when aura existed - a grazing shot was time and energy spent on better things in most situations. Her stronger rounds against armoured - or rather aurared targets - were things like lightning or wind dust, things that augmented the direct hit of the attack rather than a spread effect. She'd made a little progress, in that she could actually hit the wide target nine times out of ten now... while stationary, at least, but nowhere near the accuracy she'd need for such shots.

She should've gotten more sleep for this. And coffee. And food. And just not let Juno drag her into this in the first place.
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RPG Discussion / Week 2
« Last post by Dr. Gustave on July 16, 2018, 04:57:55 PM »
The prompt this week is a first line prompt, you can change around the tense or perspective or whatever but some form of the line has to appear as the opening line.

200+ word count (Just don't write a novel.)

At the start of the story indicate whether it is a Canon or What-If scenario. Canon means it happens within the canon of the site and you can only use your own characters for PoV, however, you can have NPCs or other characters of yours in the story as well though you need permission to use others' characters. What-If means it's basically an alternate universe or timeline, this allows for a stronger focus on writing because you aren't constrained by site rules or RWBY, you can have anyone or anything as the PoV but you still need permission to use others' characters. That said, What-If scenarios, while no being canon on site, can still say something about the character PoV it follows if the character itself is effectively unchanged from canon, it's just that the events never happened on site.

There won't be any winners for the first three weeks as we try out different kinds of prompts.

The main focus of all this should be on writing itself with character development as a beneficial side effect, we should be striving to write something that we can look back at and think, "Yeah, I'm actually proud of that." This is an excellent chance to improve your own writing as well as give criticism to or get criticism from others.

If you have any questions, do not post here, talk to me on the discord server. Only writing can be posted here, anything else will be deleted.

"The sound of the alarm was the first thing I heard in the morning, it was the first thing I heard every morning."
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Teams / Re: 1st years in need of a replacement teammate.
« Last post by arcus_gray on July 16, 2018, 12:52:36 PM »
I don't think it'll be super hard. It'll just mean when we start a thread I'll message and figure out where we are in terms of events.
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The Vale Region / Re: Burn Unto Cinereous Ash [CLOSED][Team CNRS-Initiation]
« Last post by DEXES on July 16, 2018, 12:17:30 PM »
With the steelcases around his wrists and the scroll in hand, Nami read through the message he received again. At first glance the mission looked quite simple. Eject bait and wait for the prey to take it, then capture them and bring them back. No, the only thing that concerns him was the implementation. Four people who have never met before and a teacher against eight pirates, about whom they had little, almost non information.
A yawn escaped his mouth as he made his way past the Bullheads to the left platform. He already saw the bullhead assigned to the mission from afar and now he could also identify their companion, Professor Ferus.
He seemed to be the first to arrive, since besides him and the professor, which he greeted with a "good evening" and a nod, no one was there yet.
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Teams / Re: 1st years in need of a replacement teammate.
« Last post by Moth on July 16, 2018, 11:42:46 AM »
I think itd be a shame for Gray to lose any of the characterization hes already had, so Id suggest keeping him as-in. In regards to the timeline problems, we can always just handwave it all by saying in the past, though it depends on the severity of the consequences you want for each event and how theyd heal in time.

On another note, I'm leaning towards Logger, but will see what MM has to say.
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The Vale Region / Burn Unto Cinereous Ash [CLOSED][Team CNRS-Initiation]
« Last post by MonsterManic on July 16, 2018, 04:03:53 AM »
INITIATION BRIEFING:

Recently, reports have surfaced from several aerial shipping companies of a new mercenary band calling themselves the "Immortal Lancers" repeatedly harassing cargo Bullheads transporting shipments of seemingly random materials. The manner in which they carry out the 'heist' is, according to each report sent in, identical; a group of 8 pirates grapple the targeted ship before breaching and boarding, a similar tactic used by Grimm Lancers to bring a ship down. However, instead of sinking the Bullhead, they merely strip the ship of all cargo and load it onto their own ship before vanishing off the radar. Eyewitnesses have determined and confirmed that this is not the infamous "Red Corsair" and as such have deemed this a safe case for a Beacon Initiation.

Team CNRS, overseen by Professor Ferus, is to undertake the following mission/initiation. The team will board a cargo Bullhead which is identical to the previous targets struck by the pirate group and act as bait to lure the "Immortal Lancers" out. Once the pirates have boarded the ship, the team is to capture the 8 pirates and bring them back to Vale. The pirate ship has been confirmed to be on autopilot during each 'heist' so reinforcements are not expected. Each of the 8 pirates have also been confirmed to have some degree of Aura training, and every report makes strange mention of some very lucky incidents for the pirates. Team CNRS is advised to exercise caution while engaging.

Objectives:
 - Capture the "Immortal Lancers"
 - Do not let any pirates escape


As the sun started to fall from the sky, casting dark grey shadows over the expansive ground of the Beacon landing pads, one lone cargo Bullhead stood on the far left platform, with its only visible accompaniment being one lone, tall Hunter. With the more rough, defined angles of the cargo ship easily separating it from the more sleek, polished passenger Bullheads, it was hard to mistake--yet even if one paid close attention, there was little to distinguish it from any of its other 'brethren'--just a old, standard grade cargo ship.

Professor Ferus was alone on the platform, standing solitary vigil and clad in full combat attire for his next upcoming mission. Though his blank face showed little emotion, time was somewhat of the essence--it was essential that the ship be in the air and on one of the regular flight paths at the right time. There he stood, patiently awaiting his new charges' arrival. They should have received the message to sortie a while ago...
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Teams / Re: 1st years in need of a replacement teammate.
« Last post by arcus_gray on July 16, 2018, 03:44:28 AM »
Ok so a thought occurred to me about forming a new team using Gray that I reckon I should at least run by you guys. A lot of plot involving him happened independant of a team (toxic relationship with Orabel and the explosive breakdown of that relationship. Getting shot by Nathan. the bombing.) Opinions on whether these events should still have occurred and need to judge timelines for any threads we do together or should I just reset everything for Gray to be a part of this team?
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Everywhere Else / Re: [Mistral] Summer Shopping (PM for invite)
« Last post by Inexhaustive on July 16, 2018, 03:43:17 AM »
Amane looks at Prism. Then looks back to the merchant. Taking a quick moment to look him up and down, she then asks "You want to smoke some molta?"

The merchant looks at her, unsure if he heard right but with a hint of excitement on his previously-gruff face. "Eh? Molta?"

"Si, si. Molta." Amane reaches into her bag and pulls out a cylindrical semi-transparent container filled with nugs . There was a rectangular label on it that simply read 'Genius' in bold black letters.

"Let's go!" The man excitedly opens the backdrop leading to the resting area of the booth, gesturing them in.

"Oh I don't think she wants any. Amane turns to Prism. "Just stay put here for a bit and play with that or something." She gestures to the rifle. "I'll be right back." She disappears behind the backdrop.

From behind, their voices could somewhat be heard. "Here take a hit... Alright... Keep going, keep going... Aww you gotta clear it boet! There you go, you gucc?"

"Oooh this is very good molta..."

"I know right? Here, take an eighth."

"Really?"

"Si, mi amigo. There's your eighth."

"Thank you!"

"Shall we get back to business now?"

Amane walks back out followed by the man, who looked a bit dopey. Standing back at the booth, she says, "I'd like a box of two hundred please."

"Here, I can give you fifty percent off!" says the merchant.

"Really? That's Awesome my boet. Thanks!" Amane fist-bumps him and then transfers the crypto as the man sets an ammo box on the table. Amane opens it and gives it a quick look before closing it and handing it to Prism. "There you go. Alright bye! Enjoy your eighth!" Amane waves to the merchant and looks to see what Prism wants to do.
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Everywhere Else / Re: The Things We Do For Love [VCVS]
« Last post by Glow on July 15, 2018, 09:04:23 PM »
"Verdant. Verdant, I can't hear- I can't hear shit." Sam stated, confused and still fairly in shock. Everything was... it was- she couldn't decide whether the silence she'd not known for years was blissful or terrifying, the chains behind her still raised up and wavering dangerously. She blinked a few times, as if trying to get the sleep out of her eyes, before looking up at him in confusion, tilting her head as she saw his lips moving. "I- I can't hear you, Verdant. The fuck's- what's going on?"

For a good few moments, she seemed to be working herself up more and more into confusion, with a faint undercurrent of fright, a rattling sound ringing out from the extra limbs as they poised before all going limp to the ground at once, a long breath being released by the fox faunus, one chain sliding across the floor before gently latching on to Verdant's arm. She closed her eyes for a moment, before opening them again, a blank expression on her face. "Still can't hear you." She stated, not sure if he'd actually said anything for obvious reasons but saying the words nonetheless. "Just lead the way."

Despite how peaceful the quiet was, it was just the same as feeling blind - sure, maybe it hurts a little less on the eyes, but that's because they're not working at all. Not exactly the most pleasant feeling, especially when she knew they were in a dangerous spot. Of course, that feeling had started rising up like sick in the back of her throat, so- well, she just gave in to her instinctual reaction. Just don't think about anything in particular, go numb. Only way to ensure she wasn't suddenly going to lash out around her in this state. Wasn't like she was any stranger to blanking out, anyway.

Gonna be a bitch to deal with the emotional backlash later, though.
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Everywhere Else / Re: Ways of the World [Ordelis] (CLOSED)
« Last post by Ordelis on July 15, 2018, 08:32:53 PM »
Solar calmed herself down to listen to Sean's explanation, she wanted to interrupt with more questions every time he explained something. If it's rare and valuable how can it be fake? How can something even be fake? Why do rich people want to impress each other? but it was Sean's last comment that truly caught her attention.

"Stuff your not supposed to buy? why can't I buy them? What kind of stuff is it? Is it dangerous? Where can we find this stuff? Let's go look for it!" If there was anything Solar wanted it was anything considered 'Off-limits'. After being lied to about everything outside her village, she made it a point to go out of her way to disobey anything that denied her. However a growl from her stomach interrupted her excitement.
"Aaaafter we get that food, sooo which way do we go?" she said looking around waiting for Sean to show her the way.
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