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Old August 21st, 2012, 04:03 AM
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I have finally found the time to join the RP and to rewrite my SU. As such here is a new revised SU:

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Name: John Harker

Age: 20

Height: 5 ft 10”

Weight: 66kg

Location: London, England

Appearance:

Atlantean Tattoo: John’s tattoo is on his right hand and arm. The loop is situated on the palm, the horizontal section stretches over the wrist and the vertical section stretches down the forearm ending at the elbow. The cross resembles a sword in that it ends in a stake-like spike and the top of the vertical line stretches to the centre of the loop as if it was a hilt with spiked pommel. The section akin to a cross guard ends in curved spikes pointing towards the end of the vertical line.

Physical: John is of average height and a lean, muscular build. His skin is pale with only slight tanning on his face and forearms. His hair is pitch black and is neatly cut so it falls only just over his ears. The colour of his hair is nearly matched by that of his eyes, which although not a true black the unnaturally dark brown is as near as makes no difference. John ensures he is always cleanly shaved and rarely does he forget to do this.

Everything about John’s face could be described as sharp. His jaw, chin, nose, eyes and everything else is stern looking and has a pointed appearance. The eyes are sunken slightly and as a result seem steeped in shadow when in low light.

Clothing: John’s clothes are plain and consist of slim, straight cut jeans in a dark wash which are complemented by fitted shirts with sleeves rolled to the elbow. The shirts have reserved colour schemes of either white or white with various patterns. His shoes are plain black. His only accessories to speak of is a metal, analogue watch adorning his left wrist and a balisong which, when safe from the view of U.K law enforcement, he will play with while thinking or bored. As can be told by his dress John prefers to keep things simple and functional and is loath to stand out in any way.

Personality: John is an introvert and prefers time alone to that of other people. This does not mean he is ill equipped for social situations but that he would rather avoid them if possible and prefers to fade into the background. This has led to him adopting an observational role in everyday life as he watches other people and judges them from a distance. Although a common phrase is not to judge a book by its cover John finds that this is completely practical and it has rarely proven misleading. John’s analytical attitude to other people has seeped into all aspects of life.

From his position in the background of life he will make sarcastic or jokey comments and observations as to the actions or traits of other people. These can be particularly cutting or just harmlessly witty but are rarely meant in a malicious way. This could be considered a defence mechanism and as a result of this and his fierce judgement of others he has avoided growing close to anyone for many years.

John’s motives and goals in life are not clear and he rarely reveals such things even to those few people he has ever called friends. He works hard towards these goals and does not rest until he achieves them.

History: John was born to an English father and a Romanian mother in a large hospital in Doncaster, Yorkshire. It was here he lived the first year of his life before moving to the south east. He has lived a very normal life despite his relative strangeness and the only real worry for his parents was that John would repeatedly choose to spent time with his pets over spending time with other children. When questioned the boy would state that, “But the animals won’t lie,” and other similar statements showing a dislike for people in general.

At the age of 15 John’s grandfather passed away. The man was considered a kindred spirit by John and the loss affected him deeply, leading to John retreating further into his own mind and beginning to refuse outright any interaction with others. His grandfather had left a pair of antique balisongs of intricate design to John. These knives (also known as butterfly knives) are illegal to carry in public in the U.K and so John practised in private using the knives as a way of linking to the memory of his grandfather.

After a year of grieving John began to open up once more and could even be said to have improved, becoming more open to social interaction. This was merely a show and in reality John was less open to other people but more aware of how his behaviour distressed others and held him back. As a result he had decided to work at appearing more social but never truly becoming attached to another human. This was particularly apparent when John entered into his first and only romantic relationship and subsequently devastated the girl in question as his façade of feeling was broken.

John was accepted into the Royal Veterinary College London at the age of 18 after receiving the appropriate A level results.

He was shaving as the television aired the BBC coverage of the revelation of the Atlanteans. The TV flickered in the mirror as he ran the shaver along the skin of his neck. Out of the corner of his eye he saw the tattoo slowly form on his inner forearm, the deep black seeming to snake along his skin leaving the lines of the ankh in its wake. This came as such a shock that John jumped and dropped his shaver, leaving a deep gash along his neck. Crimson mixed with the water in the sink and as John brought his right arm up, past the sink, the blood seemed to jump as if drawn to his body. He continued to play with the blood in the sink, moving it around and even making it float in the air and form specific shapes at will.

Ability: Haemokinesis – John has the ability to control his blood. Due to his requirement of his own blood to use his powers his replacement of blood is more rapid than others taking hours opposed to weeks. His manipulation of blood is harnessed in various ways. These include firing blood at high pressure as if a bullet, shaping and clotting the blood to form various functions (although in the current state these shapes can prove too brittle for practical use)

As his ability can require him to let his blood for its use John runs the risk of passing out or even death when losing large quantities in a short period of time.

The potential of this ability is great and with development could allow him the control of other humans or animals blood and developing his current list of skills (such as more durable clotted blood). There may be other functions unprecedented by John but at this early stage he finds them difficult to contemplate.

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Rickard Mayce stood at the helm of the Shadow Swan, a triple decked war galley boasting three sails and 300 oars. The figurehead was not the traditional mermaid but rather a woman with wings spread as if to catch the winds and glide to shore. The sails were a brilliant white and the banner which hung from the tallest mast sported an ebony swan soaring over a sea of crimson, its neck entwined around a sword of silver. Rickard himself was clad in dark, salt stained leathers and a cloak of black feathers fastened at the shoulder with a clasp in the shape of the swan. His only metal armour was a dull and scratched steel plate over his right breast which bore the same sigil as that which adorned the ships banner. He strode across the ship to the edge of gang plank as he heard the monk’s summons. Glaring down at the group below he grimaced and descended to the wooden jetty his ship had been moored to.

As he descended the steep plank he took his first true look about the island. A barren land with little scenery of interest bar the docks and the tower. The tower stretched high into the heavens, the top obscured from view by the clouds which swirled about it as though drawn by some force.

“I am no Lord, eunuch. My lord father saw to that, just as the man who cut you saw to your own fate; nor am I any knight…I’m here for the promise of gold…nothing more and nothing less,” as he spoke this he met the gaze of each person in turn. He raised his voice as he began to address the entire group, “I was led to believe I would be aiding men and women of skill and reputation. I did not expect to be dragging around this mummers farce,” his stare settled on Ser Roland Grey and his eyes screamed disgust at the foppish man before him. After a short pause Rickard cleared his throat and began to speak once more, “You have been informed that this ship is indeed the Shadow Swan, the flagship of my trading fleet. There is enough room on board for a horse per person and enough cots for those who wish to bring a squire. You will be bunking with the crew and are expected to work while aboard. Does anyone have any questions or objections?” He stood awaiting their answers.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Awesome Arctos, welcome aboard!
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Old August 21st, 2012, 03:06 PM
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HE'S A BLOOD BENDER!!!!!!1!!1!11!!

Nice SU, Arctos. Welcome aboard!
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Old August 21st, 2012, 07:56 PM
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Deadman Wonderland! John's power seems very familiar to it; I couldn't help but guess that as the inspiration.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Oh AUP + Librarian people; I haven't posted because I'm going to wait on Silver Rogue. So, TornZero, you are welcome to converse with Helena. d:
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 07:03 AM
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HE'S A BLOOD BENDER!!!!!!1!!1!11!!

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Deadman Wonderland! John's power seems very familiar to it; I couldn't help but guess that as the inspiration.
Thanks for the welcome Guys! I have to be honest here I have never heard of Deadman Wonderland (although looking into it now it seems like I'll add it to my ever-growing list of anime and manga!) and I'm assuming blood bending is something from Avatar? Again I've never watched any Avatar but some friends have raved about it xD. The ability had some slight inspiration after watching an old episode of Darker than Black but ability itself is completely different from that shown in the episode (other than the use of blood) xD
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Thanks for the welcome Guys! I have to be honest here I have never heard of Deadman Wonderland (although looking into it now it seems like I'll add it to my ever-growing list of anime and manga!) and I'm assuming blood bending is something from Avatar? Again I've never watched any Avatar but some friends have raved about it xD. The ability had some slight inspiration after watching an old episode of Darker than Black but ability itself is completely different from that shown in the episode (other than the use of blood) xD
Darker than Black, you have good taste in anime, I think I know which episode you are talking about. Welcome to Atlantis
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Old August 25th, 2012, 04:26 AM
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Name: Neil Richard Stevens

Age: 21

Height: 5'6"/1.68metres

Weight: 70 kg/11stone

Location: Egyptian Desert

Appearance:
Atlantean Tattoo: A bronze scorpion covering the entirety of his back

Physical: Neil has naturally pale skin but spends a lot of time in the sun so he has developed a strong perma-tan that fades quickly if he is out of the heat for two many days in a row. He has grown a short brown beard, the same colour as his hair, that while not unkempt he is not particularly attentive too. His eyes are the same rich green as his younger brother Archie however while on Archie they have an uncanny quality on Neil they are not in contrast but in keeping with his appearance. He is well muscled and in good shape due to hard work under the sun.

Clothing: He has a liking for desert khaki’s and while he is in the desert will wear shorts in this style with a white sleaveless vest and a heavy rucksack filled mostly with water. He is never as at home in the city where he dons airy blue jeans and atleast goes to the effort of pulling on a denim jacket over his vest. He is never without his heavy, leather walking boots which he has variously claimed are made of camel, snake or lion leather depending on how drunk he was at the time. They are well broken in so that he can walk and practically live in them for days on end. He glosses them in brown regularly, replaces the laces at the first sign of damage and has added steel toecaps just in case. Anyone who says they are imitation leather faces his wrath.

Personality: Neil is very clever but some people have some choice words about him. Lazy, waster or bum are common polite ones. These people think he wastes his talents and intellect which he does but he is by no means lazy. He prefers to do manual or field work and thinks as he does it. He can sit in his office for days boredly staring at the ceiling and not achieve as much in the realms of contemplation as a good days hard work would do.

He is perhaps something of a bum though. He gets a cheap kick out of sleeping in run down hotels, roadside cafes, airports or gutters when he is on fieldwork. This is perhaps a show of rebellion against his structured upbringing. He also likes to act deep and tranquil as though his travels have brought him some revelation about the nature of the universe and life.

History: Neil is Archie’s older brother and grew up in the same rigidly structured household at a stage when the structure was still taking shape. This meant that despite the consistency aimed for it was inconsistent, one week he would be allowed out to play and the next he would be forced to stay in and study. This gave him a tantalising glance into ‘ordinary life’.

He finished school having skipped a few years and studied geology at Cambridge. During this time he started doing fieldwork in deserts and fell in love with the experience. Before he started masters’ studies he took a gap year in America where he went to Vegas but rather than spend time in the casinos he trekked across the Nevada desert and during his masters studies he decided on a dissertation on the geology of deserts. As such he is currently in Egypt doing lone fieldwork and has been out of touch with the news for long enough to not understand the significance of his emerging powers, yet.

Ability: Silikinesis
He can manipulate and control silicon and silica. Naturally occurring silicon is very rare on earth but if he had some he would have the utmost control over its shape. As it is the only place pure silicon occurs is in computer chips and there it is not enough to use although he can rip it out of the circuitry to make a computer utterly unusable.

Silica or as it is also known silicon dioxide on the other hand is far more common. It is a major component of sand and he can as such move sand, and with concentration shape it. Sand and clay as well as decaying organic matter are the main components of soil so where there is a grainy or dry soil he can extract enough sand to be useful. He has not yet come up with other ways to use his powers.

Writing Sample: Duncan was doing the same thing he did whenever he got lost, head off in a completely different direction to the one from whence he came. It was simple really. The path he had just been down had got him lost, following it again would get him loster. Besides people never found him from that direction so it followed that the people who were found were down a different path. All Duncan had to do now was get from lost to found and this did not strike him as difficult, finding a lost person when lost made them both found. He couldn't understand why people fussed so much.

(Hope this is acceptable, remember I'm away Sunday while Sunday so take your time)

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Old August 25th, 2012, 05:31 AM
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Looks like a great SU but a note on the glass flow aspect of your power. Glass does not in fact flow (well okay its a supercooled liquid so may on occasion do this but it is so minimal that even the oldest glass samples do not show any sign of it happening!) Its an old myth to do with the thickness of the glass in older buildings (thicker on the bottom) which was actually due to the process of making the window panes at that time and the custom of the builders who installed the windows. Some older buildings have the thicker area on the top or any other orientation.

Im not saying dont include that as part of your power but perhaps reword it (Its a fantasy world so no reason it cant happen xD). Obviously I'm not a GM on this RP so my opinion doesn't really matter and you dont have to listen to me at all xD

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Old August 25th, 2012, 06:36 AM
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Shush trying to sneak it past. Nah I'm just joking lol I'll go edit.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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Sorry for the nitpick xD Looks like an interesting character!
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Old August 25th, 2012, 01:20 PM
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If chimpanze's have taught us anything it's that civilisation is founded on nitpicking. Actually no if chimpanze's have taught us anything it's that Michael Jackson had awesome taste in pets
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Old August 27th, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Okay guys, new post is up. If you have any prearranged fights with people, now is the time to begin them. Figure out a way to conflict with each other and let the fighting begin. The AUP should be there soon enough.

In essence, sh*ts about to get real.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 05:36 PM
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Ugh, finally! I've been waiting to kick a certain someone's a$$ for months...
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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:12 PM
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Okay, just so it's clear: October/Leon vs. Christian/Antonia, Jericho/Archie vs. Kieran.

Garrett and Delta are being helped by Erika while John takes on Zac.

The fighting is due to get more intense.

EDIT: Also, if you had prearranged fights with people, feel free to go ahead and do those, otherwise really you can take shots at Zac to try and take him down or fight with an NPC or other RPer.

@Lt. Col. Fantastic/Retro Bug: Feel free to fight anyone, your alliance will be made after the fight.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 10:37 PM
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And meanwhile, I'm sitting at a café, just staring at **** going down xD
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Old August 28th, 2012, 10:51 PM
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*goes into grumpy morning mode* And meanwhile, I don't get to do anything. I doubt I can push more angst and inner thoughts out of Helena to fill up a post, before things sound repetitive. Glad TornZero came along.

*has morning coffee* Ah, Cira and Helena chatting? Awesome! Is the AUP plane going to New Atlantis or where the others are now, I wonder~
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:15 AM
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Guys, bug Maddy, your in her group now......
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Old August 29th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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I wanted silver rogue to post but it looks like he's INACTIVE. I'll try and get a post up before I go back to recording today.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Out of interest who is planning to engage Zach? Dont want to put off posting John's next post too long but also dont want to post too rapidly and cut in before a posting order can form.

At the moment I believe it is just John and Blayze fighting Zach but correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 05:36 PM
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River, Blazye and Antonia (all NPCs) are fighting Zac, but hold off writing until Maddy's AUP arrive.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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Ah! Makes sense. Didn't want my posts to get in the way so thought I better ask.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I left my post "open-ended" incase anyone wanted to engage Delta in a fight (please do!).
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 10:03 PM
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*Continues to sit at the café and sipping coffee while watching the fighting*
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Old September 4th, 2012, 02:05 AM
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): I'm sorry. I'm waiting on Red and Silver Rogue and if I did post, I would not have much to say. WHY DON'T WE WRITE A JOINT POST? :D
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