Time of War
Operation: Blue Shield
In an alternate world that bears an uncanny resemblance to Earth, there exists two superpowers; the Osean Federation and the Union of Yuktobanian Republics. Both are struggling for global dominance, and as a result of political tension, both are locked in a war with one another. Few factions have been able to avoid being dragged into the war and many have seen it's resources depleted and it's lands ravaged because of the war.
New technology and revolutionary tactics are being introduced for the first time, such as the widespread use of armored vehicles and the mass production of semi-automatic rifles, but the concept of Airborne infantry has only been considered and never actually put to the test. The Yuktobanians have passed the idea off as too far-fetched and even the Osean military is skeptical about the practical use of paratroopers. This is exactly why the Osean Federation has decided to field such a unit.
Osean AirborneThe Osean Airborne is taking any volunteers crazy enough to join them, whether they be an experienced war veteran or a fresh soldier straight out of basic training. Foreign soldiers are also being introduced within the Airborne's ranks, for the success or failure of the Airborne will determine whether or not allied forces will be creating their own Airborne units.
Known foreign nations contributing recruits to the Airborne include..
1) Kingdom of Sapi
2) Democractic Federation of Wellows
3) Republic of Ustio
4) Republic of Emmeria
5) Republic of Recta
Technology used by the Americans and British during the Second World War are available to the Osean Airborne. The M1A1 Thompson submachine gun, the M1 Garand, and the Bren gun are just a few classic examples of the firearms you can use. In addition, light Tetrarch tanks, anti-gun emplacements and heavy weapons will be dropped via glider. Heavy weapons range from mortars, heavy machine guns and portable hand-held anti-tank weapons such as the bazooka.
Operation: Blue Shield will be the first operation the Osean Airborne will be conducting since it's formation. This is the basic background behind the operation; the Emmerian Republic, an ally of the Federation, is quickly loosing ground to Yuktobanian-aligned forces. The Osean Airborne will be dropping ahead of an amphibious assault that could take pressure off the Emmerians and buy them time to regroup. Objectives will include the capture of enemy-occupied towns and cities, the destruction of enemy gun batteries that could hit Osean ground forces on the beaches and securing numerous strategic roads and routes vital to the push inland. Opposition and enemy troops will not actually be Yuktobanian soldiers but instead, members of the Estovakian military, who are well known for fielding large amounts of poorly equipped infantry to exhaust an unit's capabilities before sending forth armored forces to crush their enemy.
Full name: [I don't really need to explain this, right?]
Rank: [All paratroopers are at least at the rank of Private First Class/Specialist. The highest rank I'll accept is Staff Sergeant]
Age: [The standard age of enlistment is eighteen. Papers can be forged, and paratroopers don't have to be new to the military]
Appearance: [Images optional]
Personality/Demeanor: [How do you describe your character? What's the first impression people get from your character?]
Mission Occupation Specialty: [Rifleman? Scout? Anti-tank guy?]
Service record: [Description of your character's military career thus far]
Background: [Description of your character's life as a civilian]
101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
CharactersFull name: Darien Wade
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Personality/Demeanor: Darien is a frontline commander who would love nothing more than to be in the thick of the fighting with his troopers. He prefers to do things his way and respects only those whose earn his respect, wary of fresh recruits and inexperienced officers. Having seen a good amount of friends die in the war, Darien keeps his distance from his men emotionally, and would rather see him as their leader than their friend. He maybe seen as cold or professional this way.
Mission Occupation Specialty: Platoon Sergeant
Service record: Darien Wade enlisted just months before the war began, before the Osean Federation's Armed Forces had seen any major action agains the Yuktobanian military and had fully mobilized. He would see action during the opening campaigns of the war with fresh troops being led by green officers, most of whose orders would cost precious lives and resources. It was during this time that the Osean Federation would suffer defeat after defeat to the Yuktobanians and was in the process of updating their strategy and tactics.
So when word of an Airborne unit looking for volunteers hit Darien, it wasn't the concept of jumping out of planes and landing behind enemy lines that appealed to him. The portrayal of the paratroopers as an elite fighting force, one that could hold it's own in a fight, was the concept that would shape Darien's decision to volunteer for the Airborne.
Background: Before enlisting in the military, Darien had lived the simple life. He was just like anyone else; he went to school, he graduated with acceptable grades and he got hitched to his high school sweetheart soon after graduation. He joined the workforce only weeks after being married, taking up a job offer from a high school friend of his as a construction worker, though his friend neglected to tell him about the long, hard hours he would be working. He had kids, he paid his taxes and he went to bars and got drunk with friends. In an essence, Darien lived a routine live up until his decision to enlist.
Full name: Jackson Steel
Appearance: 5' 11" tall and weighs 190 Lbs. Sergeant Steel has short brown hair and steel blue eyes. He has fair complexion and may be in need of a shave if in the "field" for extended periods of time. Sergeant Steel is in decent shape, but unlike his DC counterpart, unable to jump buildings in a single bound or outrun a speeding bullet. [See Avatar for appearance]
Personality/Demeanor: Sergeant Steel is a professional soldier. He rarely smiles or jokes around with the men of his squad. he is all business and does things by the book. He isn't afraid to think outside the box and expects subordinates to do what they are told. Sergeant Steel has an affinity toward Cuban cigars.
Mission Occupation Specialty (MOS): 11B20 - Rifle Squad Leader
Service record: Jackson Steel was a member of his state's Army National Guard. When war started, his unit was activated for the war. He saw about three months of combat with his NG unit early in the war until he received a bullet wound to the shoulder. While recuperating in the hospital, Jackson heard about the Army looking for soldiers to jump out of an airplane to go into combat. Although, the act of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane was foreign to him, he was attracted to the extra $55 per month for jump pay. If nothing else, he could use the extra cash.
Shortly after discharge from the hospital, then Corporal Steel submitted an application to Airborne school and subsequent entry into the Osean Airborne Corps which initially consisted of both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. He was accepted and conducted training with the same unit he would later serve with in combat. A week before their first jump, Jackson Steel was promoted to Sergeant and given command of his own rifle squad.
Background: Jackson was a Police Officer in his home town while simultaneously a member of the local Army National Guard unit. In School Jackson was a fairly decent student getting mostly a B average on academics, but excelling on the sports field. He played Football in the fall as a Defensive back and baseball in the spring as a 3rd baseman.
His father died of a heart attack when he was 16 and the young Jackson took it hard. He may have done better in school without the stress of dealing with the death of a parent. Although, the stress of his father's death only served to push him on the sports fields.
Full name: John Rothenberg
Personality/Demeanor: John is a hard-working soldier, and shows genuine interest and care for the members of his unit. He is willing to put himself in the line of fire to protect his allies, and although he much prefers to use his weapon to clear a moment of safety for somebody to reach a downed comrade, if he sees no other way he will rashly throw himself into enemy fire, guns blazing, to do whatever he can to save his teammates. He is also good at coming to reasonable compromise should any of his squad members have an argument.
Mission Occupation Specialty: Automatic Rifleman (BAR gunner)
Service record: John has served in combat for several years as an infantryman, recently qualifying as an expert with the BAR while his former unit was on rotation in less-active combat zones. He'd been told of the experimental airborne unit by his CO, who recommended he check it out, as John had always been the type of man to pull crazy stunts such as jump out of a plane behind enemy lines.
Before being rotated to his most recent location prior to joining the Airborne unit, John and his unit fought on the front lines of the war, suffering heavy casualties. His platoon lost nearly 40% of its soldiers in their first few months of fighting, and Command struggled to replace the fallen men. Early in his career, John himself was Wounded In Action saving the lives of one of these men, who had to have his arm amputated due to infection. Since that battle, he has made sure to protect his comrades as best he can, in whatever way he can.
Background: John was the sun of a tavern owner and his wife, taught from a young age how to handle unruly people like the drunkards who so often visited the tavern and caused a scene. His father, Jeremiah, was known for his diplomatic skills, as he had worked for the Federal government as secretary to one of their chief diplomats prior to John's birth. Unremarkable in nearly every other way, Jeremiah simply taught his son how to lead a decent life, and how to be relatively successful. Fame, glory and fortune were never a goal for the Rothenbergs. Honor, however, was an important virtue.
When war broke out, John and his father agreed that he should enlist to fight, and perhaps save some poor soul from being drafted. They understood that in a small, special way, every last soldier did count, even if it took more than one man to win a war.
Full Name: Felicia Washington
Appearance: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj...t7n1o1_500.jpg the closest one
Personality/demeanor:* playful though serious in situations that require it. In combat she usually keeps a calm demeanor enabling her to look at situations and make a plan with a clear head.
Military occupation specialty: Calvary Scout
Service record: she has served in the army since she came of age to enlist. Since her promotion to Corporal she took part in training new recruits as a cadre. Teaching them valuable tactics skills as a scout, ambush techniques and flanking being just a couple. She is a superb rifle user and prefers the M1garand to any other weapon. When the chance came to take part in the airborne she took it
Bio: Before her enlistment she was your typical highschool teenager. She was a cheerleader for the football team, but when she graduated she wanted something more. She wanted to help the world be part of something important. Her parents were very against her joining, but the recruiter she had consoled and managed to talk her parents into giving their blessing. She joined the military as a cavalry scout.
Full name: Kevin Hawke
Rank: Private First Class (PFC)
Personality/Demeanor: Hawke, for the most part, is seen as a rather boring or dull soldier. No one could ever say much more about him as how he acts usually depends upon the situation.
Mission Occupation Specialty: Rifleman or Support Gunner
Service record: Hawke has only served in combat for a few months, dealing with front line skirmishes for the most part. He has only taken part in one large scale battle, the battle of Talon Valley. This is where his unit helped hold off a Union advance and simultaneously took back control of a large town. Unfortunately, the area was taken away a month later.
It was during one of the few times his unit wasn't on patrol or in combat that Hawke heard of the new airborne unit that was being put together from his CO. Without thinking about for very long, Hawke signed up.
Background: Hawke grew up in a rather uninteresting town in a rather quiet region. Seriously, his mom was a waitress and his father a policeman who didn't see much crime. The most entertaining experience for Hawke was when his father took him out hunting. When the war broke out, his parents were reluctant to let him join during the first couple of years, finally giving up trying to stop him after his many attempts of signing up. He followed many other people from the town to the sign-ups and later the training camps.
Full name : Sandra Kroshaw
Rank : Private First Class
Age : 20
Gender : Female
Personality/Demeanor : Sandra cares for those around her, and will help them in any was possible, even if they are far from being saved. She can also be hard-headed at times. People around her find it that she is a person you can talk to if your having bad day, or seconds thoughts on something, or what ever is bringing them down. She never gossips what she's heard, she keeps things confidential.
Mission Occupation Specialty : Assistant Gunner
Service record : Sandra had served in her towns Resistance when the Yuktobanian forces overtook it. She served as a rifleman in the resistance. She can use a rifle with excellence. She could normally found being the one yelling at new resistance recruits when they were training with rifles. Recruits would often times complain about her, but they were told what she's doing will save them. The resistance didn't have much of a command, and where it did, it was weak.
Only when Osean soldiers finally came to the town and managed to liberate it did Sandra get drafted from the Resistance to the Osean military, and eventually put into 506th. She has yet to have any combat experience under a official military force, but that will change soon enough.
Background : Before the Yuktobanian occupation of her home town, Sandra owned a small business. She would sell things like side dishes for lunch and dinner as well as bake small treats. It was a nice business, it made enough money for her to live comfortably. She would visit her family occasionally. She didn't hate her family, but with a business to run, sometimes its hard to find time for family. She never thought about marrying and having a family of her own, she was always thinking her two brothers would continue the family line. But then everything went to hell when the Yuktobanian forces occupied the town.