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The Mafia Queen (OOC, Sign Ups Are OPEN!!!)

Postby Infected Mushroom » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:40 am

IC IS AT THIS LOCATION

The year is 2021. America is in a dark place. The United Mafia, a vast criminal empire has its far-reaching, sinister tentacles in everything: Congress, big business, the military, the police, the judiciary.

The leader of the United Mafia is a young, wicked, and ambitious Mafia Queen, Aurora Von Staffen. Having recently taken over the entire mob, Aurora will not hesitate to order the deaths of her enemies. The Mafia's word is law and anyone who opposes them disappears. In other words, the USA is quite literally ruled by an evil, all-powerful Disney princess.

Aurora is powerful. In addition to commanding a large army of gangsters and having access to literal mountains of mob money, she can also call on corrupt cops, dangerous assassins, and a large network of sleeper agents and terrorists. There are whispers that Aurora has a number of secret weapons in the making and that the Mafia seeks powerful magical objects.

However, the Mafia is not invincible. There is a resistance movement and this is where you come in. The Antiheroes are a group of vigilantes comprised of street level crime fighters, magic users, disillusioned ex cops and people with special gifts. They fight for the very soul and future of America itself.

The players will RP as members of the new Antihero Force and will take part in a decisive war against the entire United Mafia.

This is a collaborative RP where the players will be encouraged to work together to overcome the challenges created by the NPC Mafia faction. The RP will take on the genre conventions of a gritty antihero flick.

Only a limited number of players will be allowed to have magical powers (but everyone can have a certain amount of exceptional abilities). Hopefully we can get a team with different personalities and different strengths and weaknesses.

We are taking applications now!

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Application Format:
Name:
Age:
Appearance:
Skillset:
Personality:
Weaknesses/Fears:
Likes:
Dislikes:
Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:


Rules:
1. OP’s word is law
2. No God-modding or meta-gaming
3. Avoid controlling NPCs except in specially sanctioned cases, in many cases OP will resolve actions
4. Please respect fellow players
5. No over-powered characters


Please keep in mind that the tone of the RP story is intended to be dark, gritty, and serious.

CoraSpia/Greater Vakolicci Haven will act as Co-OP and will vet all applications.

Expect some NPC profiles to be up soon.

We accept applications now!
Last edited by Infected Mushroom on Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:05 am, edited 6 times in total.

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Postby CoraSpia » Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:50 am

Tag, ap incoming
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:09 am

CoraSpia wrote:Tag, ap incoming


Excellent!

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Postby Nagakawa » Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:34 pm

Taggity
.____________永 河 帝 國____________.
.____________自 他 共 栄____________.


Population: 89 million (2020)
Landmass: 328,036 km²
Capital: Inada
Most populous city: Rushima

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Emperor: Tomohito
Prime Minister: Hideyoshi Kaburagi (Republican)
Speaker: Yasuo Isogai
Chief Justice: Hideki Motobu

GDP (PPP): $4.917 trillion
Inequality index: 0.373 (medium)
HDI: 0.902 (very high)
IDI: 85.1 (very highly developed)

Currency: Nagakawan yen (¥)
Internet TLD: .nk
Country code: NGK
Driving side: left
Call code: +133

National flower: empress tree paulownia (Paulownia fortunei)
National bird: red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
National sport: judo

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Postby Purusapura » Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:03 am

The usual state mandated tag

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Postby Eclius » Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:42 am

Tag, looks interesting
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Postby Nagakawa » Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:38 am

Name
Joseph Adrian Langley
U.S. Representative from California's 39th Congressional District (D)

Age
66 (born 4 January 1954)

Appearance
Image
Height: 170cm / 5ft 5in
Weight: 92kg / 202lbs

Skillset
  • Politician privileges: As a congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Langley has many connections, and is privy to a large amount of information not available to the general public. However, as the vast majority of Congress is under the control of the United Mafia, his actual political influence is greatly limited.
  • Unarmed combat: Congressman Langley is a 2nd degree black belt in judo, and also has experience in boxing, taekwondo, and Wing Chun. He has a very comprehensive understanding of leverage and body mechanics, and has been known to fight with other congressmen on the House floor. His specialty technique is the valley drop / tani otoshi.
  • Peak-level pain tolerance: Rep. Langley has an extremely high level of pain and damage tolerance, and is known to be able to take direct punches to the face, dislocations, and even a bullet wound without flinching. This does not come without drawbacks, however (see under "Weaknesses")
  • Driving skills: Rep. Langley is a highly skilled driver, and can operate not just cars, but also trucks, forklifts, and even steamrollers.

Personality
A highly unusual individual, let alone legislator, Langley speaks with a throaty Cockney accent, swears like a Londoner, argues with anybody and everybody over every possible thing, and generally acts like a douchebag. He has a confrontational style of politics, and often personally insults political opponents and even occasionally his own constituents, resulting in his often fluctuating approval rating.

In reality, Langley’s boorish persona is something of a front, exaggerated specifically so that he could continue to survive in Washington politics without attracting the ire of the United Mafia. This approach appears to be thus far successful, as he is often made to become the butt of jokes as a result of his unstatesmanlike mannerisms, his British accent, and his rowdiness- he has risen to positions of power, thus, not through his charisma and his cooperative ability, but through back room machinations, subtle manipulation, and other unbecoming methods.

While not an outright psychopath, Langley nevertheless does have a sadistic streak, particularly against those who oppose him. He is said to enjoy beating up people, sometimes over the smallest of infractions.

Joe Langley also has an undeniable desire for power. Like many other politicians, he doesn’t speak publicly of his ambitions, but he does nevertheless have goals that he intends to achieve and seats that he intends to fill.

Weaknesses/Fears
  • Pain tolerance side effects: As a result of his disturbingly high level of pain tolerance, Langley does not have much of a sense of self-preservation. In his younger days, just as he would often break other people’s limbs in fights without qualms, he would also allow himself to be broken to gamble at a chance for victory, and often uses extremely dangerous techniques just to gain the upper hand in physical scuffles and altercations.

    Naturally, as a result of this, Langley has accumulated a lot of injuries over his life- he has suffered from nine concussions, fractured three of his ribs and one of his collarbones, dislocated both of his elbows and shoulders, and has permanently faulty depth perception after his repeated concussions and after sustaining damage to one of his eyes, and although he is still a better fighter than most, Langley is nevertheless handicapped and constrained by his old injuries.
  • Arachnophobia: Langley is terrified to death of spiders.
  • Confrontational personality: While Rep. Langley’s confrontational personality means that people often underestimate him as a politician, to his benefit, it also plays against him in many ways, as he has very few close friends and allies, and often alienates people unintentionally.

Likes
  • Fighting: see above
  • Craft beer: Nothing like a cold beer to soothe the nerves after a whole day of arguing with idiots.
  • Classical music and literature: Strangely, for someone of his temperament, Langley enjoys music, and often reads classic literature as well. His favourite piece is Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony, and his favourite book is the Japanese classic No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai.
  • Western movies: Langley loves to watch cowboy movies. His all-time favourite movie is The Magnificent Seven.

Dislikes
  • Dumb people: Rep. Langley doesn’t like people that he thinks are dumb, which is to say, most people that he meets. Ironically, he doesn’t consider himself to be a particularly intelligent person either (he is quite openly self-loathing).
  • Taking orders: Perhaps related to his disdain for people he does not like, Langley also does not like to take orders, as he believes most people are unworthy of leadership.

Motivation for joining Antihero team / Backstory
Goals in order of importance:
    [1]To become Speaker of the House of Representatives
    [2]To avenge the deaths of Senators Akabane and Redford
    [3]To give the Mafia the ass-whooping that they’ve had coming to them for a long time

Joseph Adrian Langley has had only one goal in mind since entering politics in 1997: becoming the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately for Langley, it turned out that with the United Mafia in control of almost every aspect of life in the United States, Washington itself included, doing anything at all was nigh impossible as an ordinary legislator unaffiliated with the Mafia.

He had his reasons for disdaining the Mafia. Born to a family of British expats living in Southern California, Langley and his family were often extorted by various low-level branches of the Mafia operating in the area, being powerless to resist them due to law enforcement also being under the thumb of the United Mafia’s leaders. This, along with his complicated relationship with his abusive father (from whom his mother separated later) as well as constant bullying because of his British accent, made him a very angry man.

To cope, Joe Langley would often go into the streets and pick fights with random people for no reason, coming home with injuries very often, much to his mother’s perturbation. Displeased with his violent tendencies, she signed him up for judo class when he was 16 in an attempt to contain her son. He took a liking to the art, and after graduating from college, Langley became a full time fighter, going to Japan to earn his black belt, learning other fighting styles along the way, and competing in illegal fight rings. This did not stop him from fighting outside- he would in fact continue to seek out street urchins and gangsters to test his skills.

Langley would soon turn his sights to the United Mafia’s branches operating in and around his hometown. By this time, he had made something of a name for himself as a vigilante and freelance hitman, but deduced that to really cleanse his neighbourhood of the Mafia, he would have to run for some kind of office. The President was clearly little more than an elected puppet of the United Mafia, and the Supreme Court was just another rubber stamp at this point; concluding that the most powerful people in Washington were the party leaders in Congress, Langley ran for office in 1997 as a member of the Democratic Party, and was elected Representative for California’s 39th District in 1997, defeating several other candidates whom he suspects were Mafia plants.

Now an elected Representative in the House, Joe Langley found that life as a lawmaker in Washington was, in his own words, stifling as hell, in a large part due to the fact that at least half of both chambers of Congress were in one way or another under the thumbs of the United Mafia. Neither party affiliation nor policy positions mattered anymore- all the Mafia cared about was loyalty to the Mafia and to its benefit.

Undeterred, Rep. Langley began pushing back against the Mafia’s agenda in Congress, engaging in every possible tactic to stall them, be it filibustering, back room manipulation, or even stalling proceedings by starting fights in the House. His outspoken and boorish manner made him very hated by Mafia loyalists, many of whom had tried to expel him from Congress, but Langley was lucky in that he had, through his belligerent and rebellious brand of politics, made no small number of secret allies on Capitol Hill, including the Speaker (D-NY), the House Minority Whip (R-AL), and the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee (D-WA). This, along with his great popularity among the residents of his constituency, made it incredibly difficult for the United Mafia to gerrymander him out of office or to otherwise silence him without resorting to overly violent means.

Nevertheless, it was often said, Langley could not possibly pose much of a threat either ways, being a mere Representative- he was too vulgar and tactless to be elected President, too uneducated to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and should he rise through the ranks of Congress, it would not be too hard to contain him. It did seem, either way, that Rep. Langley had little interest beyond his neighbourhood, so granting him some semblance of respect couldn’t possibly make much of a difference.

The final straw for Joe Langley came, however, when two of his friends and fellow congressmen, the outspoken Senators Ryohei Akabane (D-HI) and Andrew Redford (R-AZ), had been killed in a mysterious car crash when both of their vehicles coincidentally smashed into each other. Deducing that the Mafia was sending a message to him and all the other congressmen thinking of opposing the authority of the Mafia, the incensed Representative Joseph Langley decided that he would not only have to do more, but that he had to go further. He had to find some way to wrest control of Congress and the government away from the Mafia.

First of all, he would have to seek external help.
Last edited by Nagakawa on Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:23 am, edited 4 times in total.
.____________永 河 帝 國____________.
.____________自 他 共 栄____________.


Population: 89 million (2020)
Landmass: 328,036 km²
Capital: Inada
Most populous city: Rushima

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Emperor: Tomohito
Prime Minister: Hideyoshi Kaburagi (Republican)
Speaker: Yasuo Isogai
Chief Justice: Hideki Motobu

GDP (PPP): $4.917 trillion
Inequality index: 0.373 (medium)
HDI: 0.902 (very high)
IDI: 85.1 (very highly developed)

Currency: Nagakawan yen (¥)
Internet TLD: .nk
Country code: NGK
Driving side: left
Call code: +133

National flower: empress tree paulownia (Paulownia fortunei)
National bird: red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
National sport: judo

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Postby CoraSpia » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:18 am

I love this character. Accepted if IM is okay with it.
GVH has a puppet. He uses it to post in regions and on the forums. The identity of this puppet will forever remain a mystery.

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:18 pm

Nagakawa wrote:
Name
Joseph Adrian Langley
U.S. Representative from California's 39th Congressional District (D)

Age
66 (born 4 January 1954)

Appearance
(Image)
Height: 170cm / 5ft 5in
Weight: 92kg / 202lbs

Skillset
  • Politician privileges: As a congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Langley has many connections, and is privy to a large amount of information not available to the general public. However, as the vast majority of Congress is under the control of the United Mafia, his actual political influence is greatly limited.
  • Unarmed combat: Congressman Langley is a 2nd degree black belt in judo, and also has experience in boxing, taekwondo, and Wing Chun. He has a very comprehensive understanding of leverage and body mechanics, and has been known to fight with other congressmen on the House floor. His specialty technique is the valley drop / tani otoshi.
  • Peak-level pain tolerance: Rep. Langley has an extremely high level of pain and damage tolerance, and is known to be able to take direct punches to the face, dislocations, and even a bullet wound without flinching. This does not come without drawbacks, however (see under "Weaknesses")
  • Driving skills: Rep. Langley is a highly skilled driver, and can operate not just cars, but also trucks, forklifts, and even steamrollers.

Personality
A highly unusual individual, let alone legislator, Langley speaks with a throaty Cockney accent, swears like a Londoner, argues with anybody and everybody over every possible thing, and generally acts like a douchebag. He has a confrontational style of politics, and often personally insults political opponents and even occasionally his own constituents, resulting in his often fluctuating approval rating.

In reality, Langley’s boorish persona is something of a front, exaggerated specifically so that he could continue to survive in Washington politics without attracting the ire of the United Mafia. This approach appears to be thus far successful, as he is often made to become the butt of jokes as a result of his unstatesmanlike mannerisms, his British accent, and his rowdiness- he has risen to positions of power, thus, not through his charisma and his cooperative ability, but through back room machinations, subtle manipulation, and other unbecoming methods.

While not an outright psychopath, Langley nevertheless does have a sadistic streak, particularly against those who oppose him. He is said to enjoy beating up people, sometimes over the smallest of infractions.

Joe Langley also has an undeniable desire for power. Like many other politicians, he doesn’t speak publicly of his ambitions, but he does nevertheless have goals that he intends to achieve and seats that he intends to fill.

Weaknesses/Fears
  • Pain tolerance side effects: As a result of his disturbingly high level of pain tolerance, Langley does not have much of a sense of self-preservation. In his younger days, just as he would often break other people’s limbs in fights without qualms, he would also allow himself to be broken to gamble at a chance for victory, and often uses extremely dangerous techniques just to gain the upper hand in physical scuffles and altercations.

    Naturally, as a result of this, Langley has accumulated a lot of injuries over his life- he has suffered from nine concussions, fractured three of his ribs and one of his collarbones, dislocated both of his elbows and shoulders, and has permanently faulty depth perception after his repeated concussions and after sustaining damage to one of his eyes, and although he is still a better fighter than most, Langley is nevertheless handicapped and constrained by his old injuries.
  • Arachnophobia: Langley is terrified to death of spiders.
  • Confrontational personality: While Rep. Langley’s confrontational personality means that people often underestimate him as a politician, to his benefit, it also plays against him in many ways, as he has very few close friends and allies, and often alienates people unintentionally.

Likes
  • Fighting: see above
  • Craft beer: Nothing like a cold beer to soothe the nerves after a whole day of arguing with idiots.
  • Classical music and literature: Strangely, for someone of his temperament, Langley enjoys music, and often reads classic literature as well. His favourite piece is Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony, and his favourite book is the Japanese classic No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai.
  • Western movies: Langley loves to watch cowboy movies. His all-time favourite movie is The Magnificent Seven.

Dislikes
  • Dumb people: Rep. Langley doesn’t like people that he thinks are dumb, which is to say, most people that he meets. Ironically, he doesn’t consider himself to be a particularly intelligent person either (he is quite openly self-loathing).
  • Taking orders: Perhaps related to his disdain for people he does not like, Langley also does not like to take orders, as he believes most people are unworthy of leadership.

Motivation for joining Antihero team / Backstory
Goals in order of importance:
    [1]To become Speaker of the House of Representatives
    [2]To avenge the deaths of Senators Akabane and Redford
    [3]To give the Mafia the ass-whooping that they’ve had coming to them for a long time

Joseph Adrian Langley has had only one goal in mind since entering politics in 1997: becoming the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately for Langley, it turned out that with the United Mafia in control of almost every aspect of life in the United States, Washington itself included, doing anything at all was nigh impossible as an ordinary legislator unaffiliated with the Mafia.

He had his reasons for disdaining the Mafia. Born to a family of British expats living in Southern California, Langley and his family were often extorted by various low-level branches of the Mafia operating in the area, being powerless to resist them due to law enforcement also being under the thumb of the United Mafia’s leaders. This, along with his complicated relationship with his abusive father (from whom his mother separated later) as well as constant bullying because of his British accent, made him a very angry man.

To cope, Joe Langley would often go into the streets and pick fights with random people for no reason, coming home with injuries very often, much to his mother’s perturbation. Displeased with his violent tendencies, she signed him up for judo class when he was 16 in an attempt to contain her son. He took a liking to the art, and after graduating from college, Langley became a full time fighter, going to Japan to earn his black belt, learning other fighting styles along the way, and competing in illegal fight rings. This did not stop him from fighting outside- he would in fact continue to seek out street urchins and gangsters to test his skills.

Langley would soon turn his sights to the United Mafia’s branches operating in and around his hometown. By this time, he had made something of a name for himself as a vigilante and freelance hitman, but deduced that to really cleanse his neighbourhood of the Mafia, he would have to run for some kind of office. The President was clearly little more than an elected puppet of the United Mafia, and the Supreme Court was just another rubber stamp at this point; concluding that the most powerful people in Washington were the party leaders in Congress, Langley ran for office in 1997 as a member of the Democratic Party, and was elected Representative for California’s 39th District in 1997, defeating several other candidates whom he suspects were Mafia plants.

Now an elected Representative in the House, Joe Langley found that life as a lawmaker in Washington was, in his own words, stifling as hell, in a large part due to the fact that at least half of both chambers of Congress were in one way or another under the thumbs of the United Mafia. Neither party affiliation nor policy positions mattered anymore- all the Mafia cared about was loyalty to the Mafia and to its benefit.

Undeterred, Rep. Langley began pushing back against the Mafia’s agenda in Congress, engaging in every possible tactic to stall them, be it filibustering, back room manipulation, or even stalling proceedings by starting fights in the House. His outspoken and boorish manner made him very hated by Mafia loyalists, many of whom had tried to expel him from Congress, but Langley was lucky in that he had, through his belligerent and rebellious brand of politics, made no small number of secret allies on Capitol Hill, including the Speaker (R-NY), the House Majority Whip (R-AL), and the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee (D-WA). This, along with his great popularity among the residents of his constituency, made it incredibly difficult for the United Mafia to gerrymander him out of office or to otherwise silence him without resorting to overly violent means.

Nevertheless, it was often said, Langley could not possibly pose much of a threat either ways, being a mere Representative- he was too vulgar and tactless to be elected President, too uneducated to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and should he rise through the ranks of Congress, it would not be too hard to contain him. It did seem, either way, that Rep. Langley had little interest beyond his neighbourhood, so granting him some semblance of respect couldn’t possibly make much of a difference.

The final straw for Joe Langley came, however, when two of his friends and fellow congressmen, the outspoken Senators Ryohei Akabane (D-HI) and Andrew Redford (R-AZ), had been killed in a mysterious car crash when both of their vehicles coincidentally smashed into each other. Deducing that the Mafia was sending a message to him and all the other congressmen thinking of opposing the authority of the Mafia, the incensed Representative Joseph Langley decided that he would not only have to do more, but that he had to go further. He had to find some way to wrest control of Congress and the government away from the Mafia.

First of all, he would have to seek external help.


I like this. Approved.

Welcome!

I like how your characters often have a link to Japan :) This is very detailed and I really hope the story will do him justice.

I was reading it at first and I was like “wait... is this for Land of the Free...? OH.” It will be very interesting to have a crimefighter legislator. Welcome.

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Postby Nagakawa » Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:28 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Nagakawa wrote:
Name
Joseph Adrian Langley
U.S. Representative from California's 39th Congressional District (D)

Age
66 (born 4 January 1954)

Appearance
(Image)
Height: 170cm / 5ft 5in
Weight: 92kg / 202lbs

Skillset
  • Politician privileges: As a congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Langley has many connections, and is privy to a large amount of information not available to the general public. However, as the vast majority of Congress is under the control of the United Mafia, his actual political influence is greatly limited.
  • Unarmed combat: Congressman Langley is a 2nd degree black belt in judo, and also has experience in boxing, taekwondo, and Wing Chun. He has a very comprehensive understanding of leverage and body mechanics, and has been known to fight with other congressmen on the House floor. His specialty technique is the valley drop / tani otoshi.
  • Peak-level pain tolerance: Rep. Langley has an extremely high level of pain and damage tolerance, and is known to be able to take direct punches to the face, dislocations, and even a bullet wound without flinching. This does not come without drawbacks, however (see under "Weaknesses")
  • Driving skills: Rep. Langley is a highly skilled driver, and can operate not just cars, but also trucks, forklifts, and even steamrollers.

Personality
A highly unusual individual, let alone legislator, Langley speaks with a throaty Cockney accent, swears like a Londoner, argues with anybody and everybody over every possible thing, and generally acts like a douchebag. He has a confrontational style of politics, and often personally insults political opponents and even occasionally his own constituents, resulting in his often fluctuating approval rating.

In reality, Langley’s boorish persona is something of a front, exaggerated specifically so that he could continue to survive in Washington politics without attracting the ire of the United Mafia. This approach appears to be thus far successful, as he is often made to become the butt of jokes as a result of his unstatesmanlike mannerisms, his British accent, and his rowdiness- he has risen to positions of power, thus, not through his charisma and his cooperative ability, but through back room machinations, subtle manipulation, and other unbecoming methods.

While not an outright psychopath, Langley nevertheless does have a sadistic streak, particularly against those who oppose him. He is said to enjoy beating up people, sometimes over the smallest of infractions.

Joe Langley also has an undeniable desire for power. Like many other politicians, he doesn’t speak publicly of his ambitions, but he does nevertheless have goals that he intends to achieve and seats that he intends to fill.

Weaknesses/Fears
  • Pain tolerance side effects: As a result of his disturbingly high level of pain tolerance, Langley does not have much of a sense of self-preservation. In his younger days, just as he would often break other people’s limbs in fights without qualms, he would also allow himself to be broken to gamble at a chance for victory, and often uses extremely dangerous techniques just to gain the upper hand in physical scuffles and altercations.

    Naturally, as a result of this, Langley has accumulated a lot of injuries over his life- he has suffered from nine concussions, fractured three of his ribs and one of his collarbones, dislocated both of his elbows and shoulders, and has permanently faulty depth perception after his repeated concussions and after sustaining damage to one of his eyes, and although he is still a better fighter than most, Langley is nevertheless handicapped and constrained by his old injuries.
  • Arachnophobia: Langley is terrified to death of spiders.
  • Confrontational personality: While Rep. Langley’s confrontational personality means that people often underestimate him as a politician, to his benefit, it also plays against him in many ways, as he has very few close friends and allies, and often alienates people unintentionally.

Likes
  • Fighting: see above
  • Craft beer: Nothing like a cold beer to soothe the nerves after a whole day of arguing with idiots.
  • Classical music and literature: Strangely, for someone of his temperament, Langley enjoys music, and often reads classic literature as well. His favourite piece is Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony, and his favourite book is the Japanese classic No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai.
  • Western movies: Langley loves to watch cowboy movies. His all-time favourite movie is The Magnificent Seven.

Dislikes
  • Dumb people: Rep. Langley doesn’t like people that he thinks are dumb, which is to say, most people that he meets. Ironically, he doesn’t consider himself to be a particularly intelligent person either (he is quite openly self-loathing).
  • Taking orders: Perhaps related to his disdain for people he does not like, Langley also does not like to take orders, as he believes most people are unworthy of leadership.

Motivation for joining Antihero team / Backstory
Goals in order of importance:
    [1]To become Speaker of the House of Representatives
    [2]To avenge the deaths of Senators Akabane and Redford
    [3]To give the Mafia the ass-whooping that they’ve had coming to them for a long time

Joseph Adrian Langley has had only one goal in mind since entering politics in 1997: becoming the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately for Langley, it turned out that with the United Mafia in control of almost every aspect of life in the United States, Washington itself included, doing anything at all was nigh impossible as an ordinary legislator unaffiliated with the Mafia.

He had his reasons for disdaining the Mafia. Born to a family of British expats living in Southern California, Langley and his family were often extorted by various low-level branches of the Mafia operating in the area, being powerless to resist them due to law enforcement also being under the thumb of the United Mafia’s leaders. This, along with his complicated relationship with his abusive father (from whom his mother separated later) as well as constant bullying because of his British accent, made him a very angry man.

To cope, Joe Langley would often go into the streets and pick fights with random people for no reason, coming home with injuries very often, much to his mother’s perturbation. Displeased with his violent tendencies, she signed him up for judo class when he was 16 in an attempt to contain her son. He took a liking to the art, and after graduating from college, Langley became a full time fighter, going to Japan to earn his black belt, learning other fighting styles along the way, and competing in illegal fight rings. This did not stop him from fighting outside- he would in fact continue to seek out street urchins and gangsters to test his skills.

Langley would soon turn his sights to the United Mafia’s branches operating in and around his hometown. By this time, he had made something of a name for himself as a vigilante and freelance hitman, but deduced that to really cleanse his neighbourhood of the Mafia, he would have to run for some kind of office. The President was clearly little more than an elected puppet of the United Mafia, and the Supreme Court was just another rubber stamp at this point; concluding that the most powerful people in Washington were the party leaders in Congress, Langley ran for office in 1997 as a member of the Democratic Party, and was elected Representative for California’s 39th District in 1997, defeating several other candidates whom he suspects were Mafia plants.

Now an elected Representative in the House, Joe Langley found that life as a lawmaker in Washington was, in his own words, stifling as hell, in a large part due to the fact that at least half of both chambers of Congress were in one way or another under the thumbs of the United Mafia. Neither party affiliation nor policy positions mattered anymore- all the Mafia cared about was loyalty to the Mafia and to its benefit.

Undeterred, Rep. Langley began pushing back against the Mafia’s agenda in Congress, engaging in every possible tactic to stall them, be it filibustering, back room manipulation, or even stalling proceedings by starting fights in the House. His outspoken and boorish manner made him very hated by Mafia loyalists, many of whom had tried to expel him from Congress, but Langley was lucky in that he had, through his belligerent and rebellious brand of politics, made no small number of secret allies on Capitol Hill, including the Speaker (R-NY), the House Majority Whip (R-AL), and the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee (D-WA). This, along with his great popularity among the residents of his constituency, made it incredibly difficult for the United Mafia to gerrymander him out of office or to otherwise silence him without resorting to overly violent means.

Nevertheless, it was often said, Langley could not possibly pose much of a threat either ways, being a mere Representative- he was too vulgar and tactless to be elected President, too uneducated to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and should he rise through the ranks of Congress, it would not be too hard to contain him. It did seem, either way, that Rep. Langley had little interest beyond his neighbourhood, so granting him some semblance of respect couldn’t possibly make much of a difference.

The final straw for Joe Langley came, however, when two of his friends and fellow congressmen, the outspoken Senators Ryohei Akabane (D-HI) and Andrew Redford (R-AZ), had been killed in a mysterious car crash when both of their vehicles coincidentally smashed into each other. Deducing that the Mafia was sending a message to him and all the other congressmen thinking of opposing the authority of the Mafia, the incensed Representative Joseph Langley decided that he would not only have to do more, but that he had to go further. He had to find some way to wrest control of Congress and the government away from the Mafia.

First of all, he would have to seek external help.


I like this. Approved.

Welcome!

I like how your characters often have a link to Japan :) This is very detailed and I really hope the story will do him justice.

I was reading it at first and I was like “wait... is this for Land of the Free...? OH.” It will be very interesting to have a crimefighter legislator. Welcome.


Thanks :3

I’m actually trying to play a character who’s a little outside of my usual comfort zone for RPs, so I hope I’ll be able to accurately portray what I have in mind. I sort of based human off of my custom protagonist from Saints Row IV :p
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.____________自 他 共 栄____________.


Population: 89 million (2020)
Landmass: 328,036 km²
Capital: Inada
Most populous city: Rushima

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Emperor: Tomohito
Prime Minister: Hideyoshi Kaburagi (Republican)
Speaker: Yasuo Isogai
Chief Justice: Hideki Motobu

GDP (PPP): $4.917 trillion
Inequality index: 0.373 (medium)
HDI: 0.902 (very high)
IDI: 85.1 (very highly developed)

Currency: Nagakawan yen (¥)
Internet TLD: .nk
Country code: NGK
Driving side: left
Call code: +133

National flower: empress tree paulownia (Paulownia fortunei)
National bird: red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
National sport: judo

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Infected Mushroom wrote:
I like this. Approved.

Welcome!

I like how your characters often have a link to Japan :) This is very detailed and I really hope the story will do him justice.

I was reading it at first and I was like “wait... is this for Land of the Free...? OH.” It will be very interesting to have a crimefighter legislator. Welcome.


Thanks :3

I’m actually trying to play a character who’s a little outside of my usual comfort zone for RPs, so I hope I’ll be able to accurately portray what I have in mind. I sort of based human off of my custom protagonist from Saints Row IV :p


I like that a lot. The character fits the RP really well. I’m working on some NPCs for the Antihero Team to give the team more structure.

I look forward to Cora’s character :)

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Postby Kaledoria » Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:05 am

So, basically the weight-class for this is supposed to be featherweight super? (quote: (Only) a limited number of players will be allowed to have magical powers) In that case, here a character adapted from another one I made for a different RP, that seems to lack interest. No visibly magical power but very unlikely competent...



Name: Lorelei Martin
Age: 25
Appearance: Caucasian, 1,75m, 66kg, athletic build, medium-length black hair, dark grey/blue eyes. Piercing on left eyebrow (ears and navel, also). Tattoos on shoulders, upper arms and left thigh
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Skillset:
- Dark-Net-connections: In the dark net most interesting groups are invite-only. She's been around for 14 years now and has established herself as a known constant. She knows the right chatrooms, hidden boards, passwords and personas. While the various pathways of this society to cross over into the real world have become more dangerous thanks to the Mafia, the online networks themselves have a great resistance against infiltration. Still, through the right channels, she has access to weapons black-markets, drugs, credit-cart-numbers, botnets and (obviously) a wide selection of gross porn.
- Real-world connections: Loreley has a number of real world connections. She knows clubs and pubs (owners, bouncers, regulars) but also has connections to anarchists, eco-activists and gutter-punks.
- Computer systems (Hacking) savant: Lorelei is clearly one of the best Hackers on the net. She knows the security gaps of all common systems and can quickly analyze unknown environments and find the right exploits to seize unauthorized control.
- Applied Psychology: Lorelei's knowledge of the human mind puts FBI Profilers to shame. She knows psychoanalysis good enough that if she spend a year to visit the formal courses at university and make the necessary exams, she could probably do that for a living. It also makes her a great grifter. She's an expert at cold-reading, interrogation and even hypnosis techniques. (This does not allow her to put unwilling targets into trance or to make someone think he is a chicken in a post-hypnotic suggestion. Just normal hypnosis stuff not the fiction around it)
- Looks and Voice: When Lorelei picked a medieval German Siren as her new real-world Alias-Name, she had already realized, that she has a nice singing voice. Singing remained a hobby of hers and she became good enough to entertain the crowd at some local pubs for an evening. She is also quite nice to look at.
- Social chameleon: Being very skilled at disguises and impersonating other personalities, Lorelei can easily fit into any sub-culture.

Personality: A jaded rebel and thrill-seeker. Probably bipolar, with enough self-reflection to notice it but not enough force of will to change it. As such, Lorelei is a hedonists, who needs her nights to be busy, singing, hacking, flirting, tresspassing, whatever. She wants to feel life at the fullest however at the same time, she does not want it to be to real, to get to personal.

Weaknesses/Fears: "the fear within me is beyond anything your soul can make. you cannot kill me in a way that matters"
Lorelei fears being manipulated and used, to be controlled/mentally influenced and to loose herself; insanity, dependency (and dependents) and fear itself. She has developed sophisticated mechanisms for those fears never to show and usually refers to herself as post-fear.
Likes: Aimlessly wandering and getting lost, singing, dancing, skate-boarding, the uncontrolled, anonymous flow of information, dressing up, Geek-shit
Dislikes: Capitalism, Animal-cruelty and inquisitive idiots (Taken directly from her dating site profile??? </irony>)
Motivation for joining Antihero team: Lorelei is well aware that she is a very gifted individual. So if not her, who will save the world? She is altruistic at heart, even if she would not admit it. When asked she would probably state that she likes the challenge. To hack the Mafia would be the best demonstration of her skills.

Backstory: Lorelei was born as Gisele Moore in Toronto, Canada. Daughter of an IT-Security expert and a Programmer, Lorelei was introduced to technology from the earliest childhood. At age 11, she started associating herself into Hacker Circles. She equipped her computer with illegal software and hacked into other computers that she would use as proxies. For years she only used her talent for internet-vandalism and building up connections and generally the thrill of the danger associated with the deep end of the net (You know, with pedophiles, drug-dealers, snuff-porn, hitmen etc. Very exiting for a 14-year old). A few years later, she started with credit card fraud and activism that spilled over to real-life started (leaking illegally acquired documents, doxxing dirty government and corporate power-players, arms and drug deals without the proper licenses).
At 17 she broke with her parents (not that her parents were bad people, they did not hurt or abuse her in any way, they were just mostly absent) to protect them, as she moved to the USA and joined more radical networks. She started using fake identities out of which Lorelei is her "true" one, that she uses with friends and trusted contracts.

After three years, her "circle of friends" had grown to something that the government classified as a terrorist organization. At the same time, there were internal tensions between the hedonist and the idealists, the eco-activists and the anarchists (Lorelei herself had a rather hedonist take on her hacking and shared some anarchist views but opposed both the extremists of those factions and the eco-terrorists in general) and the group decided to disband before the gov would find them.

Thus Lorelei turned solo grifter. With security systems becoming more and more save and money laundry after credit-card fraud becoming more and more risky, exploiting the factor human became important. Lorelei was fascinated by this area, as manipulating other people gave her a feeling of control she is missing in her life.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:32 am

Approved. Welcome to the party. I like the character very much. =)

This will work well.

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Antihero NPCs

Name: Thomas Christian Gabriels (“Tom”)

Age: 40

Appearance:
Tom has very dark hair, steely cold grey eyes and a tall nose. He is of medium build and height. Tom likes to dress formally, in black or grey suits with warm-coloured ties.

In the field of combat, he tends to go around dressed completely in grey or black. In battle, he hides his face with a simple black ski mask.

Skillset:
- Despite no longer being a member of the CIA, Tom has many contacts leftover from his CIA days who continue to owe him favours or who are willing to perform services in exchange for compensation. In effect, Tom provides a sizable network of sources on the ground across many countries to provide the Antihero team with intelligence and tips.
- Tom is a skilled negotiator, blackmailer, and high level manipulator
- Tom has extensive CIA training and field experience, he is well-versed in reconnaissance, intelligence, assassination and counter-intelligence
- Although Tom is trained in many types of hand-to-hand combat, explosives, and the use of firearms… his forte is long range sniping. When placed in combat situations, he is typically the mid-range to long-range sniper. He has placed amazing shots at very long distances.
- As part of his sniper training and deployment, Tom is trained in camouflage, to survive in harsh environments, and if need be, to remain in a sniping/recon position for very extended periods of time. These are skills that he has used in various theatres of combat.
- Despite being relatively young, Tom has international field experience in a long list of countries in Latin America. He was also deployed in the Middle East.
- Tom is a very skilled chess player, he was the chess champion at Princeton University. Before his CIA days, he was a very intelligent and academically strong student in Mathematics and a member of the college student council.
- Tom is the owner of a mid-sized company that supplies construction equipment; this is a family business that he inherited from his foster parents; he knows the industry in detail and is able to somehow manage the business and his vigilante plans all at the same time day-to-day (this suggests good time management)

Personality:
Tom is cold and calculated and has a win at all cost mentality. In his younger days, he was fearless and idealistic but after all the horror and foul play he has seen, he has grown hardened into a more cynical personality. Tom is a patriotic American who believes that the vision of the Founding Fathers for the democratic future of America has become corrupted by the United Mafia. He seeks to restore it. Politically, he’s a moderate/centrist right wing conservative on a number of issues.

Tom is a natural leader and shot caller of high intelligence and calculation, but he also has a very manipulative streak. Tom has a very strong ethic and will spend long periods reviewing and analysing intel, datas, and formulating strategies. He does a lot of work largely because he’s a workaholic but also because he sometimes doesn’t trust others to handle the details. He is a very skilled investigator with a keen eye for the needles in the haystack. Tom was able to deduce Antihero’s secret identity, track him down, and recruit him. He also saw the potential in Shiroi Kasamoto and recruited her.

Tom is clean and neat to the point of obsession. He lives a double life with an unsuspecting wife and a daughter who still believe he is with the Agency. In term of the domestic life, he is the husband and father who is rarely at home. When he is at home though, he is a romantic and plans great surprises for his family members. Tom is protective of his family but has sworn to keep them out of his personal crusades.

Weaknesses/Fears:
Although Tom is highly skilled and experienced in using sniper rifles, he is at best only competent when it comes to other weapons and other types of fighting. Hand to hand combat is a department where he is relatively weak in compared to other members of the team.

Likes:
- Classical music
- Fine dinners
- Neatness
- Coffee (he’s addicted)

Dislikes:
- Messiness
- Animals
- Bureaucracy

Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:
Tom was an orphan; he was adopted by a wealthy family in New Jersey. While growing up. Tom attended Princeton University where he studied Mathematics (his original ambition was to be a professor). He was recruited by the CIA because of his intelligence and skill in chess. Despite his young age and lack of seniority, Tom was able to talk and strong-arm his way past the bureaucracy and into front line fieldwork at a relatively young age. His first combat experience was when the military helicopter he was in was shot down by Nicaragua freedom fighters. To survive in the jungle, the American soldiers and field agents gave him a rifle. In the midst of the fighting he got his hands on a rifle with a scope and discovered a talent for long range shots. After debriefing, he was giving training by special forces inside the CIA and then assigned a larger number of missions that played to his strengths.

Tom is a professed idealist and believes in justice, but at the very heart of his personality is a desire to win at all cost and he views the United Mafia as the ultimate challenge. He joined the CIA out of a sense of idealism but when he realized he was a pawn to larger forces and that the CIA itself was a force of corruption, he faked his own death, created new identities, and went free lance and underground. Realizing that the United Mafia was too large and formidable enemy, Tom decided to recruit like-minded individuals to form a task force.






Name: Vladislav Kalvin ("Antihero")

Age: 38

Appearance:

Vladislav has silver-blonde hair which he keeps in a short wavy form, a tall nose, and light blue eyes; his skin is very pale. Vladislav is short, wiry, and very fit. In his day to day life, he dresses very simple, typically choosing a monochrome T shirt with jeans.

In the past, Vladislav has done crime fighting under a variety of aliases and costumes. As “Antihero,” Vladislav wears a battle outfit and costume that consists of bright blue, red, and white. It consists of a paintball helmet and mask with mouth covering (that hides all parts of the face including the eyes), a military battle dress, a large bullet proof vest, joint paddings, gloves and boots.

He typically carries a silenced MP5 submachine gun for missions along with a standard Baretta handgun. In addition to these, he
is always equipped with a very large custom made battle knife and several smaller knives.

Skillset:

-Vladislav is very skilled in hand to hand combat and especially in the use of knives. He is also skilled in the use of firearms. He is very fast and very strong and has high pain tolerance. He has decades of street fighting experience (in both the UK and the USA).
-Vladislav is trained in the tactics and operational planning of the CIA by his friend Tom Gabriels
- Vladislav has a lot of practice stalking, observing, and killing targets. He is also experienced at corpse disposal.
-Vladislav has access to millions of dollars from trust funds and bank accounts which he generously utilizes for his vigilante crimefighting, he operates a large network of of warehouses containing weapons, supplies, and lodging which the Antihero Force can use.
-Vladislav has an undergrad degree in Oxford and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania; he has corporate experience in his
father's business, even though he disliked these experiences he has benefited from them in in a limited capacity
-Vladislav is a skilled actor. To the public he is one person, as a vigilante, he's someone else. He is skilled at changing his voice such that he sounds cold and metallic as Antihero, while cheerful and happy as Vladislav.
-Vladislav can speak and write fluent English, Russian, and German. Upon coming to America, he succeeded in Americanizing his speech
-Vladislav is a highly skilled, self-taught landscape and portrait painter

Personality:

As “Antihero” and his various other personas, Vladislav is intelligent, calculating, assertive and adventurous, with leadership personality traits. He is a ruthless cold-blooded killer who mostly doesn't hesitate to target and eliminate anyone who stands in the way. He is a deeply troubled individual who is addicted to adrenaline and violence and has issues with his family. However, in combat, he maintains a very calm demeanour, always seeking to eliminate his opponents quickly and efficiently.

In his regular day to day, he is a reclusive millionaire trust fund "man child." He stays in the mansion and plays around all day; he can easily spend large portions of the day painting or watching movies. His social skills have became warped because he mostly hangs around loyal household servants, fellow crime fighters, and other individuals who tolerate him because they want to benefit from his wealth. To keep up a public personality of being a millionaire playboy, Vladislav will host big public parties from time to time mostly involving the super rich... during such events he will show his face, make a few speeches, shake a few hands, but mostly view it as a performance.

Vladislav has two older brothers, Sergei and Nikolai. He is very close to his mother Sofia but does not get along with his father Alexander. Vladislav has a very conflicted relationship with his father. Alexander grew up poor in Communist Russia where he endured endless hardships. In the 90s, Alexander embraced capitalism and took advantage of the chaos following the USSR's dissolution to build himself a large business empire from nothing; he became a self-built billionaire through tenacity, intelligent decision-making, hard work, ruthlessness and sheer willpower (this is a story that he would repeat countless times to Vladislav). After moving to London, he expanded his business empire and was able to take over several large British firms, He established the international conglomerate, the Kalvin Group (he anglicized his own last name from Kukovsky to Kalvin) which owned many influential businesses across the world; expanding even into the United States.

Alexander spoiled his sons financially but emotionally he was very distant, cold, and demanding. He pushed them very hard in school and he expected them to become Successful Men, just as he did and to take the family empire further. Alexander wasn’t violent but if you failed or slighted him in any way, he would very literally ignore you for weeks while making pointed comments against you. Growing up, the oldest son Sergei was most like Alexander (having a keen skill in business and people skills while being good at school) and he became the Golden Boy of the family. Vladislav was envious of the attention that his older brother received; however, because Vladislav had narrow interests in painting, the arts, comic books, and movies (things that Alexander found to be "useless" and "impractical"), he was largely overlooked by his father.

In his teenage years, Vladislav started to live a double life where he would operate as a vigilante/serial killer in the streets of London. Because his focus was elsewhere, his grades continued to slide and he continued to “fall behind” his brothers. During the entirety of his teen years, Vladislav was able to deceive his family and convince them that he was a rebellious delinquent party-goer while really he was out on the streets stalking and murdering criminals under various aliases. The only time Vladislav’s cover came close to being blown was when he lost control and sent a gang of bullies into the hospital in his junior year. His father had to pay the school and the families of the bullies large sums of money to keep this all under wraps.

Because of his father’s connections (and not his grades), Vladislav was able to attend Oxford; he later travelled to the USA to get an MBA from Wharton. After graduating, Vladislav worked with his brothers in the family business on the US-side of the business. However, he was such a terrible fit for the corporate world that after two years he walked out. He continues to receive large amounts of money from his father but he’s since been unofficially “exiled” from the family. He stays in touch with his mother and maintains very limited contact with his brothers.

Weaknesses/Fears:

Vladislav suffers from a debilitating fear of rejection. He can also have a stubborn, overly confrontational and difficult personality when it comes to working with others. While he is intelligent, he has a learning disability where he cannot or will not put in much effort into things he “has no interest in.”

Likes:

- Painting
- Movies and comic books
- Fighting and killing, playing superhero
- Following the media coverage of his exploits and killings
- Fine food and red wine

Dislikes:

- The corporate world and the office
- His father
- Politics
- The overglorification of capitalism (whenever he hears about this, he is reminded of his father)
- Rainy weather

Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:

Vladislav claims to fight for justice and law and order. However, he mostly fights because it's what he enjoys doing. He gets
self-affirmation from wounding and killing others and this has been his escape from the mundanity of school, work, and the
expectations of his father ever since he was a young teen. He is addicted to the thrill of combat. Although most of it is not attributed to him, he follows his own exploits in the newspapers with unwholesome joy. As a major fan of comic books and superhero movies, Vladislav has always dreamed and pursued a life of adventure and glory and meaning. Vladislav began a life of vigilantism in his teen years, eventually refining and updating his methods to what they are now.

Vladislav was born in the UK. He eventually moved to the USA to further his education and help the brothers run the American side of the Kalvin Group. After his exile from the corporation, he became ever more obsessed with his vigilantism. Even though Vladislav has a crime fighting career dating back to high school, he carried out the killings using a variety of aliases… only donning on the Antihero suit in recent years. While in the UK, he experimented with various outfits and for much of his earlier days, he operated as a regular track-and-kill serial killer. At the beginning of the RP, he has been in the USA for about nine years but has only very recently established the Antihero persona. He has been working with Tom for a few years.





Name: Paul Lacrosse

Age: 40

Appearance:

Paul has brown curly hair and dark eyes, facial stubbles and slightly tanned skin. He is muscular but slightly overweight. He tends to wear simple long-sleeved shirts and cargo pants.

Skillset:

Paul went to a police academy and served in the NYPD for over a decade, he did much of work as a detective in the anti-narcotics division; as such, he is trained in the use of firearms, and has extensive past experience in police investigation and law enforcement.

Before he joined the police, Paul worked part time at an auto repairs shop, this and a general interest in machinery makes him a very handy person to have around

Paul is a bit of out of shape compared to his peak police days. His experience in combat and higher end firearms is considerably less than many other members on the Antihero Force because while he has participated in raids and arrests, the vast majority of police work is investigative, administrative and procedural.

Personality:

Paul is very idealistic and concerned with justice and law and order. He has a strong work ethic and is brave and loyal to his team mates. He is very protective of people.

However, he is also very angry and bitter about the past and he can be insensitive in his dealings with others, especially his own family.

Weaknesses/Fears:

Paul is a heavy drinker and smoker. When his mood gets bad or when he’s in the wrong time of the year, his problem drinking tendencies go up. When drunk, he will shout at his wife and son although he has avoided turning violent.

Paul has made commitments on many occasions to quit drinking and smoking, but he inevitably returns.

Paul is trapped in the past and has repeated nightmares and PTSD flashbacks to his days in prison; the treatment he received there given that he was once a cop was horrendous and extremely traumatic.

Likes:

-Booze
-Smoking
-Cars
-Fast food
-Watching all sports

Dislikes:

-Booze
-Smoking
-Rock and Roll
-Video Games

Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:

Paul was born and raised in a suburb just outside New York City and comes from a working class background. As a kid, both he and his siblings were beaten, shouted at, and abused by the drunken father. His mother committed suicide. Paul ran away from home many times. As an adult, he has cut off all connections with his family.

During high school, Paul had to work many jobs (fast food, auto repairs, selling newspapers) to avoid dropping out and finding the money to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer. He proposed and married his high school sweetheart and they had a son Nathan.

Paul was able to attend a police academy and eventually work his way into the rank of detective. During his time in the police force, Paul was aware of that many of his superiors and colleagues were corrupt but he vowed to stick to his principles. He participated in a number of high profile arrests and was eventually assigned to a special anti-narcotics division. Soon after, he decided to go after an alleged Mafia high ranker. Despite his superiors doing a great deal to discourage him from pursing this, he went ahead on his own initiative and eventually built up a very strong case. The Mafia offered him 2 million dollars to drop the investigation but he refused and pressed ahead. Soon after, he found himself framed for possession of drugs and very swiftly convicted and imprisoned.

His life changed forever and he spent nearly an entire decade behind bars, only getting out due to generous and sympathetic parole officers. During the court process, the conviction, and subsequent imprisonment his reputation was completely destroyed and nearly everyone turned their backs on him. However, through it all, his wife remained loyal to him.

Now released, Paul is very bitter and angry about the derailment of his career as a police officer and his subsequent stint in prison; he believes these injustices should never have happened and that he was in the right. Above all, he seeks to defeat the United Mafia, expose all the corruption in the system, and in this way vindicate his own wrongful conviction.

When approached by Tom and Antihero, he knew it had to be done.





Reserved and Upcoming... the woman who lost her whole family to the mob and is now driven by pure hatred





Paul's very young son Nathan Lacrosse will also play a fairly important role in the plot (at least early on). However, since he's not an original Antihero Force member (and depending on how the story goes, might never be), he won't have a profile yet.

I don't know if I'll edit in pictures later because I may opt to leave things to the imagination of the eye.

...

This week is slow because my boss has unreasonably demanded that I work 6 days a week with questionable compensation of half days (which I end up spending in bed because I'm exhausted). This is the schedule for hell for 3 continuous weeks until things go back to normal.

Feel free to comment on NPCs (power levels, backstory, motivations etc) because anything and everything can still be changed. I'm probably least happy about the Paul Lacrosse character so I may make edits to make him a bit more interesting later; however, he is intended to be sort of an "average guy" on the team because I don't want all NPCs to be so dominant.
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Postby Danceria » Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:36 am

Tag, not sure whether or not to be a scrappy young boi, or a rather...controversial motorbike rider.
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Postby CoraSpia » Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:31 am

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Name: k-0032 (goes by 'kevin')
Age: 3 (appears 16)
Appearance: Kevin is a painfully thin boy who constantly appears on the edge of starvation. He is completely bald, and his face is a patchwork of scars; one eye is almost completely closed by a long knife wound. When he speaks, his voice is fast, jittery and high pitched.
Skillset:
Aggression: Kevin is a ball of pure aggression, the normal moral limits that limit human actions seeming to have been burned away by the genetic modification process the mafia subjected him to.
Enhanced strength and speed (around peak human)
Accelerated healing
Personality: Kevin is highly unpredictable, sadistic and has a worrying vindictive streak. Never known to laugh, his life is a series of schemes and fights which he doesn't always win. In practice he is generally a tool being used by others although he doesn't know it yet: underneath the naked aggression he is highly immature and very easily led.
Weaknesses/Fears:
Untrained: despite his skills he has never been taught to use them and so is not as lethal in combat situations as he could otherwise be.
Unintelligent: Kevin never attended what you'd consider normal education and it shows, things therefore have to be explained to him and there are gaps in his knowledge that may seem surprising.
Kevin is also prone to childish and violent outbursts.
Likes: wip
Dislikes: wip
Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:
There comes a point in which it is clear an organisation has become too ambitious. For the United Mafia, it was when it attempted to make a production line of artificially aged, genetically engineered soldiers that it could produce at speed. The attempt yielded only one living result: Kevin.
K-0001 to k-0031 were released from the vats dead; the methods and formulas were changed and finally a living subject was created. The day that the mafia's leaders and scientists had waited for had finally arrived as it appeared that the project was finally moving. At least that's what we assumed the scientists thought: none of them are alive to tell us.
Around 6 months later the compound in which Kevin had been raised and spent all his life encountered a 'critical power failure' as its generators and fuel supplies went up in a ball of flames. The only person to survive this explosion was of course the person who started it: Kevin.
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Postby Bolslania » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:13 am

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Name: Joseph Brooke
Age: 32
Appearance: Image
Skillset:
*Telepathic. Probably the most notable of Joseph's abilities is his ability to access and influence, and in some cases even control, the minds of others. However it has not graced Joseph without several side effects, which will be detailed in the weaknesses section.

*Basic combat training. As a former member of the mafia, Joseph was taught how to fight. However he isn't exactly an expert in fighting, opting to stick to the sides and influence the minds of enemy combatants.

* Ruthless. Joseph has become increasingly ruthless over the years, from his time in the mafia and the psychological damages of his supernatural capabilities. He doesn't stop to consider the damages he inflicts on others.

Personality: Cold and distant, Joseph has been scarred by his early inability to control his power. When he first manifested at the age of 10, he was always in other people's heads, and the barrage of pain, misery, and other's thoughts permanently damaged his psychological state, rendering him cold and detached from human suffering. This isn't necessarily to say that Joseph is a sociopath, he gains no pleasure from killing and has no feelings of dislike or hatred of other people. He is just very....impersonal.
Weaknesses/Fears:
* As said, Joseph's early inability to control his power blasted his young mind with a barrage of emotions and thoughts, rendering his brain permanently damaged. Because of this, Joseph rarely has an emotional response, due to his own thoughts and emotions being crushed beneath a avalanche of others at a young age.

* Joseph's ruthlessness has had many negative impacts on him as well. He gained a reputation within mafia circles for brutality, and was often used as a tool of manipulation and intimidation by the mafia to control innocent people. Because of this most people who might have heard of him will be unwilling to cooperate with him, which often forces him to use his powers on them or someone else has to negotiate with the person.

* Joseph is exceptionally afraid of someone manipulating him. He has shown himself what it can do to other people, and he doesn't want someone to do it to him

Likes: Joseph is a fairly isolated person, he has spent enough time in people's head to want to spend the time he's not picking through someone's brain by himself. Otherwise he doesn't enjoy anything else especially. He'll occasionally watch TV or read a book if he's bored.
Dislikes: Large social events. From a professional standpoint he finds it much more difficult to access someone's brain in a crowded environment. He isn't partial to people who are very talkative or chirpy, preferring a quieter environment.
Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory:

Born in the Bronx, New York, Joseph grew up in an area of poverty and crime. The United Mafia had a large base of influence in the Bronx, and everyone lived under their boot. Joseph's parents were heavily indebted to the mafia, and were soon to reach the end of the Mafia's patience. Joseph was 10 when his telepathy first manifested. It came in the early hours of the morning, when suddenly Joseph awoke screaming with the misery and suffering of thousands of people. He would spend almost the next 2 days in mental agony. When he recovered he was starving and dehydrated, lying on the floor of his family's apartment. His fit had attracted the attention of the Mafia, and one of their men came around. He silently observed Joseph, and Joseph realized he could hear what the man was thinking. Joseph had done his first access. He was in the process of contemplating this when he saw the man sharpen his gaze on Joseph and walk over to him.

Are you in my head? The man had thought, Joseph replied. I think so The man had contemplated him for a moment before turning to his parents. The man had offered them a deal. Debt repaid if he could take Joseph. After discussing, the parents agreed. From that day forward Joseph was mentored by the man who had taken him, Severino Salone. For the next 2 years Joseph was trained to rapidly connect and disconnect the link, learned how to force a person's mind open instead of just seeing their surface thoughts. He even learned how to fake his projections as someone's one thoughts. He worked for the mafia as an interrogator, hacking people's minds to determine who was a leak, or who knew who. Doing this Joseph gained a reputation for ruthlessness, several people leaving his interrogation chamber mentally scarred. Joseph had been working for the Mafia for nearly 20 years when one day, the mafia asked him to interrogate his mentor. Severino Salone. Joseph refused, instead he turned his power on the guards, letting himself and Salone out, then having them delete camera footage and shoot themselves. Joseph abandoned the mafia, and he and Salone ran into Ohio. They hid from the mafia for the better part of a year, but eventually they were found again. Men came in the night and attacked Joseph and Salone, Joseph managed to kill all the hitmen, or rather have them kill each other, but not before Salone had taken a bullet to the torso. Salone bled out in Joseph's arms, and Joseph swore vengeance on the United Mafia. He was going to make them pay.
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Postby CoraSpia » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:26 am

I'm liking all the characters so far. Joseph and Kevin will be friends
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:09 pm

All approved. I like it. Welcome.
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Postby Nagakawa » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:30 pm

How many more people are we looking for?
.____________永 河 帝 國____________.
.____________自 他 共 栄____________.


Population: 89 million (2020)
Landmass: 328,036 km²
Capital: Inada
Most populous city: Rushima

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Emperor: Tomohito
Prime Minister: Hideyoshi Kaburagi (Republican)
Speaker: Yasuo Isogai
Chief Justice: Hideki Motobu

GDP (PPP): $4.917 trillion
Inequality index: 0.373 (medium)
HDI: 0.902 (very high)
IDI: 85.1 (very highly developed)

Currency: Nagakawan yen (¥)
Internet TLD: .nk
Country code: NGK
Driving side: left
Call code: +133

National flower: empress tree paulownia (Paulownia fortunei)
National bird: red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
National sport: judo

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:20 pm

Nagakawa wrote:How many more people are we looking for?


I think Cora mentioned that he wants to make a few more apps for the game

I'm not sure about player total
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Postby Nagakawa » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:26 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Nagakawa wrote:How many more people are we looking for?


I think Cora mentioned that he wants to make a few more apps for the game

I'm not sure about player total


I’m thinking of making another character too, incidentally
.____________永 河 帝 國____________.
.____________自 他 共 栄____________.


Population: 89 million (2020)
Landmass: 328,036 km²
Capital: Inada
Most populous city: Rushima

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Emperor: Tomohito
Prime Minister: Hideyoshi Kaburagi (Republican)
Speaker: Yasuo Isogai
Chief Justice: Hideki Motobu

GDP (PPP): $4.917 trillion
Inequality index: 0.373 (medium)
HDI: 0.902 (very high)
IDI: 85.1 (very highly developed)

Currency: Nagakawan yen (¥)
Internet TLD: .nk
Country code: NGK
Driving side: left
Call code: +133

National flower: empress tree paulownia (Paulownia fortunei)
National bird: red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
National sport: judo

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:32 pm

Nagakawa wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:
I think Cora mentioned that he wants to make a few more apps for the game

I'm not sure about player total


I’m thinking of making another character too, incidentally


Go ahead. I think that's fine. =)

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Postby Kaledoria » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:53 pm

CoraSpia wrote:I'm liking all the characters so far. Joseph and Kevin will be friends

:D I think Joseph and Lorelei are going to kill each other since they are both psychologically damaged manipulators with a fear of being manipulated themselves. :D

Application Format:
Name: Jason Wu, aka Ninja
Age: 22
Appearance:
Image

Skillset:
- Stealth: Jason is very stealthy. A mix of grace, body control and good spartial recognition he can move silently and hide efficiently.
- Ninjitsu: Jason is an expert fighter both unarmed and with weapons (Knife, expandable baton, throwing knifes, garotte, etc.). His personal style is build on Judo, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Savate (Kickboxing) influences.
- Peak senses: It's rare to have one sense at peak human level, Jason has all of them. His close and far vision, night vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch are all exceptional.
- Danger sense: Jason can rely on his gut feeling for a situation more then the average guy.
- Supernatural sense: Besides his normal senses, Jason has an entirely new one, where he recons sources of "magic" or otherwise highly supernatural things. When supernaturally gifted people or mystic artifacts are nearby, Jason can feel it. By concentrating he can narrow down the direction and distance and ultimately by touch he can identify them.
- Techie: Jason knows his way around with tools and gadgets. He can pass as a decent mechanic, electronics engineer and IT-guy.
- Decent shot: While preferring close quarter weapons, Jason has some training with pistols and rifles.
- Ambidexterity: Jason can use both hands equally well
- Athletic: Jason is great at track and field, running, jumping, climbing, parkour, swimming and cycling.
- Resources: Jason has inherited a good deal of money from his guardian. While not super rich, it allows him to ignore the need for a job to finance his apartment and costs of living.

Personality: Jason is friendly and open. A bit immature, he still clings to romantic ideas about gentlemen-thiefs and honorable vigilantism. Somewhat snarky.
Weaknesses/Fears: Jason is rather impulsive and direct. He is curious and slightly naive. He seeks validation in others, thus disappointing his "friends" (especially potential new father-figures) is his fear.
Likes: Sports (basically all of them, both watching and doing), clubs
Dislikes: Cellphones (he has one but often leaves it at home to be unavailable), alcohol and drugs (X)

Motivation for joining Antihero team/backstory: Jason's talent as a little cat-burglar and thief was discovered early in his life be the Chinese Triad "Copper Dragons". Growing up in China Town, San Francisco, the Triads basically owned his father's business and provided him with an "uncle" who would oversee Jason's development and initiate him once he would be old enough. But it came different. When the Mafia united, the Triads had the choice to fall in line or resist. The Copper Dragons chose to resist but failed and were wiped out. Jason's parents (despite not being gang members) were killed during the time, as collateral damage.
Jason was found by the lone wolf vigilante Ruben Adams. Ruben was the first to realize Jason's supernatural senses and planed to use the grief over his dead parent to turn Jason into a weapon against the Mafia. Ruben trained his ward in the use of various gadgets (grapple gun, surveillance gear, Low-altitude parachutes, ...)
Ultimately, Reuben's life as a vigilante got him killed, too. Jason was once again alone. He wanted to continue the fight, as his Mentor had drilled into him, however they never got to the planing part of fighting organized crime and besides all recklessness, Jason understood that walking through the front-door of the next best Mafia hangout, guns blazing, was a surefire way to get yourself killed. So for a while he spend his nights dressing up and going on neighborhood watch, beating up low-life thugs without Mafia-connection. He made sure to tell the victims he saved to spread word, that "Ninja" was watching the streets. (A hero-name, that he had first chosen out of sarcasm over the fact, that the average American couldn't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese culture but that had somehow grown on him) This got him the attention of Anti-Hero, who found him and invited him to the new Anti-Hero force.
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Postby CoraSpia » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:00 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Nagakawa wrote:
I’m thinking of making another character too, incidentally


Go ahead. I think that's fine. =)

Yeah, the only thing that limits your number of characters is how many you think you can handle at once. I have a great character idea I'll be making today.
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