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Post by Shard Loren on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:08 pm

Shard could not take his eyes of the fight. He saw that the wolf was circling Eddy. "That's it" Shard thought to himself "Look for an opening...Let him come to you" The Arctic Fox was so enthralled he found himself wishing he could take part in at least one. But he knew that fighting was not what he was signing up for. He could fight no doubt about it but as his father taught him, It's not about the fighting. It's about discipline.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Socks the Fox on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:34 pm

Socks took a step back from her draft board and observed her handiwork, before shrugging her shoulders. It wasn't going to win any artistic awards, but then again she wasn't here for artistic endeavors. She also knew it was going to have problems, but seeing as she had no way to prototype it to work out those kinks she didn't think it would knock too much off her rating.

Socks didn't think they'd be using these anytime soon anyway, they're more fit for the larger, more open spaces of the mainland, though they would at least kind of be useful here for general transport.

What she had was a rough draft for an improved version of a human design she'd seen on the Internet and fallen in love with, the airbike. Still couldn't get more than a foot and a half off the ground, but it didn't need to, it just had to stay above the rough terrain. Also, still not seaworthy, you'd get across a river or maybe a small calm pond. Her improvements used electric motors to make it quieter, though still not scout-craft quiet, and used the Overlord tech's more efficient graphene-based super-capacitors to keep it out and about for a day or so on a single charge.

Socks copied the design over to a new page, and got to work on making it pretty. Most importantly, making sure people could tell what it was in the first place.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Tigermark on Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:18 am

Tigermark couldn't help snickering at the banter between Razor and Angus.

"Well done, Recruit O' Brown. Well fought, Recruit Tiakis. Interesting tactics on both your parts. On less tough opponents, both would have worked. I'm also glad to see you didn't let my comment disrupt your concentration or make you angry. Anger in combat has its uses, but control and discipline go much further.  Recruits Nielson and Mahlonne, you're up, FIGHT!"


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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Merrihop on Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:36 am

Sunny couldn't help but grin, despite her slightly heavier breathing as she slipped comfortably through the trees of the jungle. The more time she spent in this new environment, the easier it became to climb and move from place to place. Jungle trees had their own temperament, their branches moved a little bit differently with the springy jungle wood than the sturdy stiff tree branches back home. She was enjoying the extra bounce it gave her when she needed it.

It would of course have been foolish just to enjoy the run and forget to stop and observe her surroundings. That handkerchief could be anywhere. The commander had given her a chance to redeem herself after the sparring match, and he had been so kind about it, she wanted to make a good impression even more. So she climbed close to a tree trunk and went up higher, crouching amongst the dense foliage where she was given a good view, her tiny size helping her hide among the leaves. Her little white head popped out of the cluster of bushy leaves so she could get a clear view. Nothing so far... so she climbed down a few branches and started over toward the next tree, pattering down a branch to hop across once she reached the end.

She had, however, not noticed that the branch she was heading out onto was dead. It looked lush and green from a thick layer of moss, but that was only an illusion. As her front foot landed on the thinning halfway point of the branch, a resounding crack filled Sunny's ears. Forward momentum took her another half pace's worth out into empty space as the branch fell away beneath her. She shrieked briefly in surprise as she realized what had happened, and immediately threw her arm back to reach for the broken end of the dead branch.

Strong brown fingertips gained just enough purchase to redirect the little body's momentum back toward the tree. Sunny grasped desperately at the dead branch and clambered back up onto the thicker, sturdier portion, looking down at the forest floor below. She breathed a heavy sigh and sat still for a few moments, digesting what had nearly happened, "Ok that was close..."

It wasn't her first near-fall, of course. She'd fallen out of plenty of trees in her life, but it never seemed to stop her stomach from flipping loops every time. She edged her way back to the tree trunk on her belly before climbing down to a lower, thicker branch. She paid more attention to ensure it was live and springy, before repeating her intended maneuver and scurrying out on it, hopping over to the next tree and continuing to search for that yellow fabric that was her target.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by tobi3B on Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:40 am

Angus stood straight in front of the commander and grinned "Thank you Sir."
He then stepped between the other recruits watching the upcoming fight.
" That should be interresting" he mumbled.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Secateur on Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:28 pm

After having managed to hit Keir, Eddie was pleased that his tactic had worked. He had just been hit by the shock pole himself, and knew how painful it was, even as the adrenaline coursed through your body. Therefore, he also winced slightly at the uncomfortable realization that he had effected the same pain onto Keir.

As the wolf withdrew, Eddie stopped into a defensive stance. He didn't trust his previous feint to work a second time, but couldn't think of any other attack either. When Keir starting circling him, he opted to the turn in place to face the wolf, while holding the pole in front of him, waiting for the attack.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by KeirStryker95 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:48 pm

Observing Eddie's movement patterns, Keir began looking for a way to get in past his guard. The bat was definitely skilled in defense, but he did not seem coordinated when in the air and attacking.

"Perhaps he had never done something like this? Or maybe he hasn't really used these tactics before," Keir thought. Nonetheless, he didn't want to give up his defense to leave an opening for attack. He continued to circle Eddie, moving slowly and carefully, deliberately. Keeping the shock pole armed and ready in case of an attack, he feigned a step towards Eddie to watch his reaction and to finish planning out his strategy.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Admin on Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:34 pm

Darius had been following her through the jungle at a more leisurely pace. He could run when needed but he avoided it unless it was an emergency. When she slipped and nearly fell he immediately dropped his cane and began running full tilt to her tree pausing there halfway when he saw she'd recovered herself. He smiled and cursed a bit under his breath as pain shot up through his leg. He steadied himself and looked back to where he'd dropped his cane. He could do without it for now, going back to get it meant he might loose sight of her.

He continued on, just a bit slower than before and did his best to keep his eyes on her. The handkercheif was hanging on the branch of a tree several hundred yards ahead of her. It was in a precarious position but the light that filtered through the trees hit it just right so that it dazzled once someone was able to catch sight of it.

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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Merrihop on Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:48 pm

Sunny took a tiny bit more time on the next few trees, not wanting to repeat her near-disaster. There was no guarantee she'd be so lucky next time. It was worth making a mental note to herself that she should spend some time learning the look and feel of the trees better so she could make those sorts of judgements on the fly in future.

As she paused on another high branch, looking around, something caught her attention. A flash of color above. The marten pushed a cluster of leaves and vines clear of her face to get a better view, then perked up and beamed, spotting the tiny gold flag the handkerchief resembled hanging from the branch.

Sunny made an almost chittering sound of glee on spotting her target, scampering through the foliage and climbing down to a better crossing point before beginning her ascent anew. Easily clambering up to the height of the fabric, brown toes aiding her grip as she edged out onto the branch, Sunny snatched the handkerchief and grinned, fur puffed up proudly.

She peered to the ground below, looking for the commander in the undergrowth until she spied the purple-clad shoulders and blonde hair. The marten climbed down a few branches and rested lightly in a crouch on the balls of her feet, waving the handkerchief at the officer and shouting happily, "I found it!"
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Rotors91 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:00 am

Razor didn't at all feel he done that great of a job, but he thanked Commander Tigermark for his words and took a place in line next to Angus to watch the match. This fight was well on its way with the two opponents, Eddie and the other recruit he didn't know, feeling each other out. Both were able to get a hit on the other, but over all, the fight seemed rather...timid? Both didn't look that eager to attack, waiting to see what the other would do and the shark was hoping it'd pick up soon.

There was a splash of white in his vision as an arctic fox...the one he'd seen cut the recruitment line the other day, stepped up to watch the fight. The fox's eyes were locked on the two combatants, with a hint of longing in them as if he hoped he could get in on the fighting action. Well, if he was going to be part of the military and the like, he'd get his chance.

Razor elbowed Angus in the side, "Who you wager'll win?"
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Tigermark on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:50 am

Tigermark watched the two now making slow circles around each other. Their initial attacks had been fast and bold, but now they'd both become one-trick ponies, acting as if that was the only attack they knew. He decided to let them continue for another minute or so, but if neither one made a move, he'd have to goad them a bit. The lances were made for mostly defensive use, but as members of the military, they'd be expected to carry a fight to the enemy if it was called for.

As the pair still circled, Tigermark did his best mock-growl.

"Step it up, you two! This isn't a middle-school dance!"
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by KeirStryker95 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:07 am

Upon hearing Tigermak's comment, Keir continued staring at Eddie and growled back: "Aye. But I never went to a dance before!"

He laughed at this, never breaking his concentration. Finally, he made his move. Keir dropped the shock pole to his side just as he began charging at Eddie. He reached out and grabbed his opponent's armed forearm and raised above his head before bringing his foot around behind the bat's and pulling his left leg out from beneath him. All the while, Keir held the shock at bay until just before Eddie fell, bringing it up to his neck and then keeping it there as the bat hit the ground. Breathing heavily, Keir watched to see what his opponent's reaction would be.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by tobi3B on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:49 am

"right now I would bet on Keir" he pointed to the wolf as he answered Razor.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Secateur on Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:46 pm

Eddie grinned hearing Tigermark's comment, but kept his eyes at Keir. He was planning to react when the wolf made his move, but when it happened, it happened quickly. Also, he didn't lead with this shock pole as Eddie had expected, momentarily making him lose sight of what was the immediate threat. As Keir grabbed his arm, and struck at his feet, he almost let go of the shock pole with his free arm, but caught his near mistake, and let go of the shock pole in his grabbed hand instead, so he could use the arm to stabilize himself. He managed to use his free arm to break the fall somewhat, and he still had his shock pole free, but had ended up pinned with a shock pole across his neck.

"I yield.", he said. He soon started smiling again, and stretched his arm up to Keir as an invite to being pulled up. "I guess I'm less likely to be rushed if I'm flying, huh?" He looked around to find Tigermark to leave the shock pole to him, or whoever was due to use it next. "Sir?"
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by KeirStryker95 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:14 pm

Still wary of an impending attack, Keir kept his shock pole at Eddie's neck but grabbed his arm to help pull him up. When he was standing, Keir watched him intently.

"Well, I guess it would have been harder to do anything like that," Keir replied as the bat began looking around for who to give the shock pole too. He never broke eye contact with his opponent as he called to Commander Tigermark.

"Opinions Commander?" he asked, the weapon still tensed in his hand, ready to swing in case Eddie was bluffing. He knew that some fighters would act like they were defeated, but would come back and kill you given the chance. However, Keir doubted that he would be killed here, much less that Eddie seemed like the kind of person who do that. Nonetheless, Keir wouldn't let his guard down until the fight was called.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Rotors91 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:42 pm

Razor found himself covering his mouth in order to hold back a loud, unflattering snort of laughter.  He’d thought Commander Tigermark to be more of the serious type, but his jabs during the fight were nothing short of humorous. It wouldn’t surprise him if the white tiger became one of his favorite superiors at some point.

“Hey, whenever you ask me out, we should totally invite Keir and Eddie. Make a double date of it, ya’ feel me??” He turned to Angus with a snarky, sharp toothed  grin, “Maybe I’ll wear that pink bow ya’ like so much”.

Turning his attention back to the fight, he was a little disappointed that the bat had yielded, as he’d been quietly rooting for the guy the whole time. Yeah, the situation he’d been put in was a rather hopeless one, but maybe he could have done SOMETHING. Then again, Razor was the type that didn’t know how to quit, even if the odds weren’t exactly in his favor. Maybe he needed to learn to yield every once in a while…but he always associated such an action with weakness, even though he knew such a thing wasn’t true.

However, Razor was impressed with the move the wolf had pulled, effectively taking control of his opponent and the match. He glanced over at Commander Tigermark, interested to hear what he had to say about the fight.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by tobi3B on Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:04 am

Angus chuckled " sure thing Razor Make it a double date then. That was impressive quick and painless. I think I will like it here "and here he dropped his voice to a wispher "and it looks that the commander is also a nice guy."
He slaps Razor on his back.
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by Tigermark on Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:55 am

Tigermark smiled.

"Hold, interesting combat. Two different styles. Go ahead and put the lances on the rack for now, until more recruits check in for the military. Recruit Nielson, your aerial attack at first would have been very effective had you been on target. You need to practice your control in flight. We will address that later, as I am commander of the Overlord's aerial forces, and you'll be training specifically with me after a bit. Recruit Mahlonne, you did well at countering most of the attacks, and your final move was well executed. Remember that in a real fight, it may or may not only take one hit with a full-strength lance to subdue your opponent. Well done not letting your guard down. You both did well at this for your first time. In a real combat situation, you will most likely not have time to circle an opponent waiting for a chance. Feint and move, feint and move, make something happen."

He notices Recruit Loren looking on.

"Recruit Loren, did you want something, or have you decided to go Military instead of Ops?"
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Re: Training Begins -Day 2 (Thread Closed)

Post by KeirStryker95 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:26 am

"Thank You, Sir," Keir replied to Tigermark. "I'll make sure to keep that in mind." He turned to Eddie after replacing the weapon on the rack. "Good fight mate. It was good to see some different tactics rather than the standard 'on the ground and run'," Keir smiled and offered a hand out to the bat. "What do you say- Drinks on me?"

With this, he saluted the Commander and stepped out of the ring having noticed a small Arctic fox watching intensely. "Well hello there! Mind if I get your name friend? I saw you out of the corner of my eye and let me tell you. You were certainly interested!" Keir laughed. "The names Keir Mahlonne."
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Post by Admin on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:16 pm

Darius took a deep breath. "Excellent..." He was leaning against a tree and looking up at her. "Well done now bring it to me and I'll think of something else to help you train." He turned away for a moment to flinch. Running on his leg had jolted it a bit and he was sore, he decided to stay put untill she could get down and then pick up his cane on the way back.

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Post by Merrihop on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:29 pm

Sunny grinned and nodded, beginning her climb through the branches to bring the fabric to Darius. She moved at a quick clip, clambering vertically from branch to branch on her way down. What she forgot to account for were the vines. These weren't a feature of her trees back home, so she didn't take them into account in the usual way. Because of this, a wrong move caused her foot to snag and threw the marten off balance.

A yelp of surprise, a brief drop, and a jerk on her right foot, and Sunny found herself dangling upside down a few feet overhead of the commander, the fabric still clutched firmly in her chocolate brown fingers. She looked startled for a long couple of moments, looking around and trying to figure out what had happened, until she finally registered the pressure on her foot and looked up, "Uh... oops..."

She glanced down at the commander, smiling sheepishly, "Jungle trees... right... I'm ok."

She tucked the handkerchief into the collar of her uniform to free up both of her hands, then reached into a hip pouch she had added to the uniform ensemble from her personal belongings. Inside she found her small Swiss Army style camping knife. She breathed a sigh and swung her arm to give her a little momentum in doubling her slinky body back over itself to she could reach her tangled foot, a display more awkward than impressive. But she managed to steady herself grabbing the leg that was caught, and sawed through the vine with the little knife.

Once the vine snapped clear, gravity did the rest. Sunny dropped to the ground, releasing her knife in surprise and falling into the underbrush at the commander's feet with a loud "oof!" and a rustle of leaves. After a moment she groaned and pushed herself up slowly, smeared with earth from the jungle floor and a little mussed, but otherwise unharmed. She glanced up at Commander Steele and smiled a bit dazedly, "That wasn't quite the landing I had in mind."

She glanced around and spotted her little knife in the foliage and picked it up, returning it to its place. Pushing herself to her feet carefully, she dusted some of the leaf litter from her uniform before reaching into the collar of her uniform and pulling the handkerchief back out, offering it to the commander with another smile.
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Post by Rotors91 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:27 pm

Razor laughed, nodding in agreement, "He does seem like a pretty cool guy, once you get passed the fact he's kind of in charge of you. Still wouldn't want to get on his bad side though, I'm sure he can put on the serious". He didn't want to get too lax when it came to the white tiger, that'd get him in some trouble for sure.

"Don't want to overstep my boundaries an' all that" he whispered back, watching Keir speak to the arctic fox. He turn his eyes to the bear with a grin before hailing the bat over, "Yo' Eddie, nice job man! Flyin' high an' takin' names!". He'd be sure to congratulate the wolf on his win later, didn't want to get in the way of him and the fox during their conversation.
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Post by Solitair on Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:24 am

The Ceslatos brothers took a moment to flex their wrists, working out the cramps that had come from such rapid sketching and writing. The first sheets of paper they had used were half black, the area covered with rough sketches and conversations between the three cramming every available space. Three different voices were represented by different handwriting: Lukas with his cursive, Niko with his crude chicken scratches, and Alec's modest and tidy sans sarif. Their eyes pored over the results of their handiwork and smiled.

"Alright, I think we have something," Lukas said, sharing his brothers' smiles. He alone worked on the final draft, one last sheet of paper, this time making a careful sketch of the device they'd envisioned. After that, he carefully wrote the condensed notes, with all of the arguing and debating and redundancy cut out.

As he worked, Niko and Alec looked around the tent, with Niko spotting Socks in another corner, hard at work on her own sketch. "Hey!" Niko said with the casual air befitting his concept of 'cool'. "What kind of idea did you get?"
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Post by Secateur on Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:16 pm

Eddie smiled and took Keir's hand. "Sure, sure, I'm up for some drinks. Won't say no to that." He stretched a bit while the wolf walked into the audience. He thought about what Tigermark had said, and tried to visualize where to adjust his flight path for later sparring, while approaching the audience. Recognizing Razor, he smiled and said "Thanks, man. Could be better, but that's what training is for." Speaking to both Razor and Angus, he grinned widely, and asked, "So, what are you up to?"
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Post by Socks the Fox on Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:46 pm

Socks looked over in the direction of the hail, and saw Niko and his brothers. "Hey! I was sitting trying to think of something neat and useful, and remembered this really cool human invention I saw videos of while I was at the university. It looked neat and all, but I thought it still needed some refinement, so I used our tech to make it better. They call it an 'airbike' which I guess is kind of fitting; it relies on the ground effect to stay in the air, but can't get too far off it as a result so I guess it's not exactly an aircraft either," she explained as she worked on cleaning up the design.

"I don't know how much use they'd get around here, from what I see we either have paved roads in which case wheeled vehicles work fine or more dense jungle which they can't really maneuver through. Of course, I grew up on the spring islands so I may be misremembering what I learned about the summers. Then again, I don't recall hearing the word 'practical' in our instructions..." Socks said with a smile.
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