By Aures Convicio
OOC: Anyone in the Kingdom of Scandinavia which they are none at the moment or NOVA can join
Smoke and fire surrounded young boy that had blue pajamas. His large wooden room seemed on the verge of destruction. As the fire came in to his room, the young boy did was he was told to keep his head down and let the smoke go over his head. As he tried to crawl his way out, the door was busted open. A tall person dressed in black pointed a gun to the young kid as he mentioned "With this act the world will never see a war again". The young boy scared closed his eyes, a second later he heard gun shots. After the shots the boy felt that he was alive and that a body just hit the floor. As he open his eyes he saw a young person wearing a uniform stand in front of him. The young guy open his hand and said "Come with me, I will take you to safety". The boy grabbed the young guys hand and they both left running his room.
As Alex opened his eyes he remembered that today was not a day of sadness but a day of happiness. He noticed that he was a TV station. They were bright lights pointing to his face. He was sitting on a nice chair and in front of him there was a young woman in her mid 20's brunette well dressed conducting the interview. Alex smiled as he though that he should act naturally, but there was nothing natural in this situation he was wearing base, his hair was fixed a certain way and he rehearsed this event a thousand times before this day. As he checked the situation again he heard a camera man saying "We are live in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1". At that moment the entire room went dark except for the lights poiting on his and the reporter. Alex through to himself "Thank God this is normal"
The reporter looked at the camera and said "Good evening ladies and gentleman! This is Erica Robert reporting live from your favorite show Politics Fame and Fortune. Tonight he have a special interview a person who was almost erased from political spectrum. Years ago his father died in a terrible fire in his mansion. The former Sir Victorioso was one of the most important political figured during a crucial times in the Kingdom of Scandinavia. His son a person believed to have died in the fire was kept in hiding for years. Now after all those years in hiding Sir Alex Victorioso has come to reclaim his role as a Knight. Ladies and Gentlemen I present you my close Friend Sir Alex Victorioso.
Alex heard the crowd clap. He smiled and waived his hand a little bit. He turned around and smiled again and mentioned to the reporter "Thank you, is a pleasure to be here. I would like to thank everyone for their warm welcome and their understanding of the situation".
Reporter : Sir Victorioso, do you mind if a call you Sir Alex?
Alex: Not at all
Reporter: How does it feel to be back in the Kingdom?
Alex : It feels good. I have been wanting to come here for a while. Is very good to be here and the people have been very good to me. I am glad that I have a opportunity to follow my father footsteps and to help the people more. I get ....a little nervous once in a while getting used to all of this attention, however is something that I have to deal with.
Reporter : Many people have criticized you for your disappearance and lack of battle talent. How can a knight not be a good warrior?
Alex : (Smiling) As for my lack of presence in the region, I can only apologize. I was in a process to develop my skills to be a useful citizen in the Kingdom of Scandinavia. As combat abilities, I am right now working really hard to improve my combat abilities. I am happy to announce that I have joined the military and shortly after this interview I plan to fly to their recruiting center. However, there is one point that I would like to point out, the ideals of the Kingdom is not really war is peace and neutrality. As a person that believe in those ideals I can't help to express that there are other way to deal with conflict rather than war. As a knight my job is to protect the kingdom and there are a lot of ways to protect the kingdom that does not include conflict.
Reporter : Any love interest, I bet the girls would like to know?
Alex: (Laughs) No, not at the moment, right now I am getting used to the fact that I am back in the Kingdom.
Reporter: Your brother is the one that has all the control of your father estate, how does it feel?
Alex: Not good, but not bad. There are a lot of problems in the world right now. Do I wish to have my family castle and title back...yes. Is it that important?...No. See I have a place to sleep and eat. They are people around the world that need those. Rumors of a war seems more important than who owns a castle. The things that I can do, do not depend on legalities it comes from your heart and mind. Regardless of your birth and tittle those are the thing that makes us who we are.
Reporter: What a great guy! Give a big applause to Alex Victorioso. This is the end of our five minute initial interview.
Alex turned the TV off and looked at his aides. "What do you guys think?" said Alex. The aides looked at him and mentioned "very well played, your popularity with the peoples increased a couple of points". Alex crossed his hand and said "You guys are expert and that is all that you can say, and I though you guys where smart".
Alex waived at them to leave the room. As everyone left the room, Alex grabbed the military jacket and decided to wore it. For the moment he was in full uniform. As he looked at the mirror he said to himself "Who am I really?"...
Alex went to the hangar to see the new suits that arrived at the base.
Elevators doors opened in front of Alex showing the hangar of the base that he is currently living. The sounds of people yelling and wielding in the background compelled Alex at first, but he shortly got accustomed by it. Taking a sip of water from his water bottle Alex walked to the station that he was assigned to. He sat down in front of his computer and started to configure his OP to be more compatible with him.
As Alex was typing two engineers walked to his station. The two where somewhat nerdy looking with glasses, one of the engineers asked “Why is your compatibility rating is 70%? I though you were a competent pilot”. Alex for a second stop typing look at the two engineers and continued his work. He calmly told to the engineers “Is none of your business what are my capabilities of a pilot are. Your job is to make sure that I can get up in the air, other than that please refrain for any additional comments.”
All of the sudden one of the engineers gave a look that he recognized Alex. The engineers looked at him and said “Wait a second; you are the Knight that returned from the dead?” . Alex chuckled to himself “Is that what you think that I returned from the dead, if so please contact someone who cares about your childish notions”. The engineer scratch his head and said “Sorry we don’t have people like you here in the hangar, I know everything there is to know about you. Alex Victorioso, Knight of the Kingdom of Scandinavia, reported dead in the fire that destroyed the Victorioso fire. Morning all over the country, one of the last knights of the world dead”. Alex stop typing one against this time he looked at the person straight in the eyes and said “You don’t know anything about me, you only know what a book tells you. There is always more to a person that a book and a percentage. That is why the 70% compatibility does not bother me at all, it indicates that I have to outthink my opponents rather than rely on pure skill. That is the only opportunity that we are going to have if we pilot inferior suits, especially against coordinators. If you excuse me I have work to do, there are some new prototypes suits coming from Orb. I need to prepare to see them and give my full opinion to the king. If you don’t mind I rather stop the idle chatter.” With those work Alex continued his work at the hangar. Typing away and thinking about one thing “Why is he here?”
By Wing Zero
Four days had past since Rob's arrival to the base, Rob doing very little work within those days because he simply wasn't required, most of the time Rob would sleep in his room or just train to become more physically stonger.
It was one in the afternoon and Rob had just finished his lunch, he stood up and walked away from the vintage dining table. Rob headed towards his bedroom, wanting a nap. Rob opened the door and entered the dark and silent room, he walked towards his bed and was just about to sit down till a knock on the door came.
Rob signs and quitely says to himself in anger "God sake, can't you leave a soldier alone."
Rob Relentlessly walks towards the door and slowly pushes the handle down, he opens the door and sees an old high ranked militry officer, Robs face goes blank as to the surprise of a high ranked officer meeting him withought rob even knowing. Rob quickly salutes the officer and stands straight.
The officer starts to laugh and says "Looks like you seen a ghost, don't worry I'm only here to tell you that you have been assigned to go to the military headquarters of the Equatorial Union."
Rob gives an evil glance to his superior and quickly responds "Do I have to, I was just getting use to things here?" The officer gives Rob a serious look and firmly replies to Rob " Its an order, also it will be a wounderful experience for a young Pilot like yourself. Anyway you will go there with a few of our politicains to observe the Astray Diver, you will mostly find ORB delegations so don't start any fights and try making some friends."
The officer gave Rob a piece of paper that allowed him entry onto the ship but also a map for the base, the officer saluted and walked away. Rob left hanging there switched the bedroom lights on and kicked the door with frustration "Dam them, don't you worry old man I will be the one causing choas." Rob looked at his suit case and knew most of his possessions were still unpacked, Rob packed the suitcase to how it was when he arrived but there was one thing extra inside it and that was the white uniform he bought from the shop.
Five minutes of walking and Rob had arived where the ship was, before entering Rob looked back at his base woundering if he would come back or not. Rob had zero knowlege about ships so he had no clue what type it was. Rob saw a handful of people walking towards the seats that they would be sitting in, Rob quickly found a seat and made himself comfortable init. The engine started to roar and the ship was ready for takeoff. Rob annoyed about evreything felt he needed some sleep to take his mind off of evreything.
[OCC: This will continue at the Equatorial Union]
The staff have been discussing about restricting faction sizes. Realistically, the EA should have the most number of characters, followed by PLANT, then us. For practicality, however, it has been said that a ratio of 2:2:1 (EA/PLANT/ORB) will most likely be implemented in the near future.
Some of you may notice the staggering amount of PLANT characters, and the staggering lack of EA characters. While those are not direct concerns of ours, it does mean that, once the ratio kicks in, Orb will be forced to close itself to allow the EA not just to catch up to us, but to overtake us.
Our concern is this: how should we manage our faction membership in order to comply by whatever the final ratio will be?
I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts and suggestions on the matter, but here are some of the methods I have brainstormed:
1) Setting an Inactive status period for members who have not logged in or RPed lately. After this period, they will be suspended for a certain period. (I am not certain an OOC suspension would be allowed, much less imposed, but an IC 'suspension' could be made.)
2) Setting a much longer Inactive status period for members who have not logged in or RPed lately. After this period, they will be dropped from the roster of Orb completely. (An RP reason will be made.)
3) Setting future membership to Orb as "By Invitation Only". (Not sure how this would go: we'd look elitist, but considering how we'll have our numbers restricted, we may be justified if we do.)
Most of the text in the FREE Forces page, especially the descriptions of the various Command Divisions, were written by your truly, and subsequently approved by both Qrioser and Valiant.
If you have any questions that have not been brought up and cannot be answered by the FREE Forces page or by the Advent-pedia entry, please feel free to ask them here.
"Out of curiosity, how does one move up in rank? I mean, I know that a nomination is needed from someone of a rank equal to or higher than the one your character might be promoted to, but what qualifies a character for nomination?"
To be precise, "nominations by someone of equal rank or higher to rank being promoted to" applies only for promotions to, and within, Command Divisions higher than Junior. This is because such promotions require not only the deliberation of Faction Leaders, but also in-character testing.
For Junior Command Division promotions, any officer of Second Lieutenant rank or higher may promote any soldier with a rank lower than Sergeant Major, and ask for consent. If consent is given, that officer may immediately role-play that soldier's promotion to the next higher rank, without testing. Note that this method is simpler because it also applies for demotions. Also, at this Command Division, promotions of more than one step are allowed, but such cases are the exception rather than the rule, requiring deliberations instead of just consent.
As for factors of promotion, we are being intentionally ambiguous because a character's promotion is not based solely on their in-character performance. In fact, the member him- or herself is reviewed as well. To quote the FREE Forces page:
"Ranks will be given out based on the quality of the application, and several other factors such as adherence to the rules and regulations of Advent Destiny, and even behavior on the forums, to name a few."
Other factors taken into consideration include, but are not limited to: quality of role-plays (not limited to the RP Quality counter), actual role-play participation, initiative in assisting site staff and members with various duties (ex. reviewing character profiles), and contribution to the site and RP as a whole.
The weight of these factors are left to the discretion of the one making the promotion. This is the main reason why all promotions must be reviewed by at least one Faction Leader, and why the rank of Second Lieutenant is intentionally very difficult to attain, both at character application and through standard promotion. Only those judged to be the most deserving will be granted the privilege of judging others.
For example, we won't mind if we end up with only two non-Faction Leader Second Lieutenants and umpteen Sergeant Majors, because we will be certain that those two officers truly deserve their higher rank, as much as the multitude of Sergeant Majors deserve theirs.
Despite this focus on the military, we at Orb want all of our members to be not only the best role-players, but also the best members of Advent Destiny itself.
As Valiant has read this, I see it now fit to show you what I've come up with regards to the FREE Forces. I will post this publicly in RP Discussion only after Valiant's approval, but I would also like to get some feedback from Orb members before I do so. You may recognize parts of it from my earlier posting in the Notice: Orb Foudation Week thread: this is the expanded version.
FREE Forces: the People's Soldiers
What is the FREE Forces?
The Federation of Royal Emirates Elite Forces, more commonly referred to as the FREE Forces, is the military arm of the Orb Union. It came into existence after the original armed forces was restructured in the wake of the end of the Bloody Valentine Wars, and of the nation's decision to drop its traditionally neutral stance. Its mandate is to prevent a repeat of Orb's tragedies during the wars, as well as to actively promote the ideals of peace and harmony for all of mankind.
Though Orb's military is known to be the most strict of all known armed forces, its insistence on proper decorum and etiquette makes it more of a well-organized sector of society rather than a heavily-armed group. 'Civilized military' would best describe it, as every soldier is trained and expected to act as a diplomat as well as a combatant.
What has changed?
Due to its mandate and its pro-active leanings, the FREE Forces has become leagues more rigid and militaristic as compared to its predecessor. In order to keep in line with the ideals of Orb, however, FREE Forces soldiers are trained to be humanistic above all else. This does not mean that they are pacifists, by any stretch of the imagination; rather, this means that they resort to violence only when all other peaceful means of resolution have been exhausted, or if there is a clear-and-present danger that cannot be met without the use of force. As humanitarians, every FREE Forces soldier is duty-bound to assist whenever a local crisis occurs, regardless of whether the soldier is on- or off-duty, and even if the soldier is outside of Orb jurisdiction.
What are the principles of the FREE Forces?
The very basic principle of the FREE Forces is: "Every soldier is Orb." This ingrains the thinking that all enlisted personnel, from the Admirals down to the Privates, must think twice or even thrice before speaking and/or acting, lest their words and/or actions reflect poorly on the nation - especially when interacting with foreigners.
On the other hand, the strict training regimen also ingrains the principle: "Run the course," meaning that once Orb soldiers have made a decision or have been given an order, they are expected to follow it to completion until the situation dictates, or they are told, otherwise.
Although FREE Forces soldiers are quite willing to lay down their lives for the nation, they are trained not to do so unless absolutely necessary, as all are quite aware that their numbers are nowhere near those of the two other major armed forces. For them, surviving to ensure that Orb continues to stand day after day is heroism enough.
What is the image of the People's Soldiers?
Soldiers of the FREE Forces are are touted to be the epitome of what it means to be a citizen and defender of Orb. As such, the FREE Forces are the only military of a democratic nation that has the complete and unfaltering support of its citizens. Its humanitarian leanings have also earned it some support from various sectors of mankind's population.
What are the FREE Forces most widely known for?
The unofficial title of 'the People's Soldiers' first surfaced in the late 70's, after Copernicus News Network used this term to describe the detachments of FREE Forces soldiers that were instrumental in the success of relief and rebuilding efforts after a natural calamity befell the lands inside the Pacific Ring of Fire. Since then, the FREE Forces have been present in every major humanitarian effort, making them nearly synonymous with the words 'hope' and 'rescue'.
Specifics: FREE Forces in the Open
It is legal for an enlisted FREE Forces soldier to walk around Orb territory while carrying a shotgun, a submachine-gun or other personal-defense military weaponry - but only if they are garbed in their complete formal uniform with their name and insignias clearly visible. However, as their training includes being sensitive to the views of civilians, most tend to only carry a handgun or two - concealed as much as possible - when more powerful weapons are not needed in the fulfillment of their duty.
In any case, all soldiers are required to check all weapons larger than a handgun with a nearby member of law enforcement or security before entering any civilian establishment - even if not asked - unless doing so will make them disobey official orders. Lastly, during peacetime, full combat-ready gear is generally worn only by military police, who are always considered to be on high alert, and are authorized to carry heavier weaponry such as automatic rifles.