In 2111, the UN initiated a program to locate and train the best mecha pilots on Earth. They produced a virtual reality cockpit arcade game, that was mass produced and put in video arcades all over Europe and America where anyone could try their hand for a handful of quarters. The top performers are located and subjected to a further battery of physical, psychological and intellectual aptitude tests to determine their worth as soldiers and as pilots. The very best of the best are sent to the United Nations Mecha Corps Piloting Academy.
Everyone else goes to UNMC Reserve Academy.
"Welcome to your new home, maggots.
I'm here because I'm only second best, so I got stuck training you rejects. I need to look good. If you don't make me look good, you will be put out of sight until I can get the authorization to discharge you. If you don't understand, you better start hiding now, because that's all you're gonna do once we get started." ~~ Colonel Tripp
"Reserve School just as good as Pilot's school. In fact, is better! Russian winter make you strong! Grows your beards long!" General Baskov
This is only a semi-serious RP, there will be gags and jokes and stupid adventures, all crammed into a mech piloting school. You will be playing the rejects and castoff from the UN's pilot training program. Basically, you scored high as a pilot, but were rejected from the primary program due to your scores on the physical, intellectual or psychological tests.
America: Still one of the greatest military powers in the world, rivaled only by China(who's so secretive, it's difficult to tell for sure). In a characteristic bid for power, the United States has offered to host the UNMC Piloting Academy. They were the obvious choice, having all the military equipment and space needed for it.
Russia: In an attempt to remain politically relevant, Russia mimicked the United States' generous offer of land and equipment for the UN's cause. Lucky you.
Germany: Germany's excellent engineering give them one of the greatest tank and mecha based militaries in the world. They are a big customer of China, who has access to the raw materials that they need.
China: The Chinese government's attempts to lower their population have been quite successful. Unfortunately, this has led to fewer workers for their notorious sweatshops. Goods produced in China have raised in price, and are usually not considered worth buying, especially in America.
United Kingdom: A short civil war fifteen years ago between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland unified the two, losing some of the UK's land and causing an influx of immigrants who were still loyal to the Queen.
Republic of Ireland: The pound of Northern Ireland has been exchanged for the Euro with an unusually generous exchange rate, leaving the Northern Irish just a bit richer at the expense of the tax payers, and creating a certain amount of animosity between the North and the South.
North and South Korea don't exist anymore. We don't talk about that.
The UNMC Pilot Academy is sitting pretty in a brand new UN base in Arizona.
The Reserve Academy is not so lucky, they are dumped in the middle of the Siberian wasteland, thanks very fucking much to the generosity of Mother Russia. The recruits are housed in an ancient Soviet bunker, equipped with nothing but the bare necessities. The only new building on the base is the mech hanger.
The students are drilled and instructed primarily by retired US Army Colonel Thomas Tripp, under the administration of General Boris Baskov.
Basic Bio: Doesn't have to be long, give us an idea of where you came from and what sort of person you are. Be sure to mention why you were rejected from the Primary Academy.
I don't require personality sections, because I find that personalities truly form when the RP starts.
A note about characters: Remember that you were among those rejected from the primary pilot's academy, due to lower scores on one or more of the tests mentioned above. This means that there will be no one with prior military experience, because any such person would have passed those tests.
I know for a fact that a lot of people are going to want their characters to have been rejected due to their psych screening. That is fine, as long as they aren't violent psychotics(which I know is a very popular character archetype for some reason).
1) There is no posting order in particular, but please allow for two other people to post before posting again.
2) Basic literacy is a must.
3) This is not a competition. You need to get over yourself and let your character lose sometimes. It is not the same as you losing, and even if it was, don't be so sore about it.
4) Pay attention to other people's posts. I don't want to see your character stumbling into a conversation that's taking place in a locked room.
Name: Victoria Lancaster Age: 23 Home Country: Britain Appearance: http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/20...ges_lemons.jpg Basic Bio:
Born from a relatively poor background in London, a mechanic and a nurse, she had the luck to be an excellent student although this also came with poor social skills and the development of a generally arrogant attitude toward the uneducated. This of course did not go well with her family which had a general poor opinion of the highly educated looking down on common folks like them. When she was of age, Victoria went to Oxford with only the clothes on her back and government subsidies to finance her studies, only going back to her family sporadically for Christmas and other celebration. Soon enough, she finished her studies, gaining a Master’s in Zoology, Valedictorian of her program.
Despite her excellent grades, fact was that there were not a whole lot of jobs in her field and she was all out of cash to pay her student loan. Rather than doing like everybody else and get a minimum wage job, not even saying she could have found one with all the Irish immigrants coming after the civil war, she decided to have a more honorable work and joined the Army, the UNs Mecha Corps to be more precise. It was her intention to steamroll over the tests and training to then be made an officer but her ambitions were quickly halted when after she aced the intellectual tests and in general had a good control of her mecha in simulations, failed her physicals quite miserably. With that, she was sent straight to the reserve. Finding this very insulting, Victoria almost considered quitting, but her debts kept her here. Truth is, she was almost thrown out of the Army altogether due to notes on her psychological report: Arrogance, incapacity to take orders, commanding and in general anti-social with people, in short, not having the attitude of a soldier.
Sadly, Kaoru lost her parents when they came to the land of freedom, America, from their homeland of Japan. She was eventually adopted into a family where being in the military was the same as having black hair; you just did it. So that's what she did, end of story, no buts ifs or ands. She was, however, considered a genius when it came to the technical gimmicks. They say she has hands that can handle any machine that goes her way; including the very video game that got her into this.
But of course, she's at the Reserve rather then the Piloting.
It seems she failed for multiple reasons; firstly because, well, she hits on anything that's male. Apparently she has a 'thing' for older men, and while a little youth isn't normally a problem, it, uh, creates a big distraction. Secondly her intellectual scores were...pitiful, to say the least, and lastly she seems a little empty upstairs, if you catch my drift. Kinda like the lights are on but no one's home?
Basic Bio: Bosco is the Fourth son of a world champion boxer, Hammel Railly, as well as brother to the famed wrestler Gregor Railly, renowned martial artist Diesel Railly, and the new champion boxer Hammel "Junior" Railly. If that wasn't enough his mother and younger sister are professionals in the Judo circuits, leaving him with what they claim is 'the most important task', The Punching Bag. While this left Bosco with a lot of bruises, it kept him on his toes and in peak physical condition.
It was in a casino that Bosco's life changed, a new game caught his eye and after getting a hang of the controls he managed a high score. Soon after he was introduced to the UNMC and felt compelled to be apart of it, showing a drive unlike he had before. He knew then that he was bound to become an Ace Mecha Pilot and all seemed well when he passed the physical testing with flying colors. That was until he flunked his Intellect and Psych tests, likely a side effect from daily knocks to the head.
Name: Patrick Wells
Home Country: The United Kingdom
Basic Bio: Comes from a Northern Irish family, the war happened when he was five years old and he had neither a choice nor full comprehension of the events when his parents decided to move to London rather than stay in the newly unified Irish Republic.
Patrick grew up poor, just a bit malnourished, and with a particular love of what little video games he could manage to play. Thanks to his near obsessive visiting of the local video arcade, he was one of the first to play the UN's mech simulator when it was installed. And thanks to his skill at sims in general, he scored rather well.
Unfortunately, though he's quite tall, he barely weighs a hundred pounds. They sent his frail, underfed butt right to Reserve Academy.
So how are our Character sheets? I am eager for feedback.
Basic Bio: Allan comes from a proud family in Oxford with a history under the military of Britain dating all the way back to Cromwell’s era. He is the second youngest son with an older brother who currently serves in a separate Mecha unit keeping an eye on the situation in Ireland. His younger brother is currently just an excited young boy hooked on old Gundam animes believing them to be an example of what a mecha pilot’s life would be like.
Despite his own personal literary ambitions, Allan was sent off by his father to join the UN Mecha Corps under request of his father after graduating high school. His father said himself that it was Allan’s chance to participate in something believed to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although for the most part he was able to handle a mech just fine, he was unable to pass the physical examination set by the military's standards.
Having missed the mark on this particular test, Allan was unable to meet with the requirements necessary to join the forces. His father was displeased to hear about this and is only left with the hope that Allan will one day surpass his limitations. Being sent to the Academy, he will have to do everything possible to meet with the physical requirements. Now being sent to the Reserves base, he hopes that at least he will have some kind of chance to meet up with the new expectations.
Myviewing: First of all, the writing is pretty clunky and annoying to read.
Second of all, and more importantly, you completely ignored the Academy's method of entry. Nobody in the Reserve Academy has ever piloted a real live mech before, only a video arcade simulation. And only people who were actually capable of doing that were allowed into the Reserve Academy. As a matter of fact, for most of the recruits that's their only redeeming quality.