Year 20XX. People around the world have taken to building and customizing their very own Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Models) as the world's #1 hobby. In Gunpla Battle Nexus Online, a Virtual Reality MMORPG which is often touted as ''the next-generation hobby attraction'', users from all around the world turn into Mobile Suit pilots (also known as Divers) by scanning their Gunpla and uploading their data to the game, allowing them to pilot their dream machine.
As if the content added by the game's administrators wasn't enough, they notice a wealth of very well made custom campaigns, individual missions and machines, made by experienced Divers with a knack for making their own original content. To acknowledge the newly formed modding community, they prepare Update 1.8, also known as the Community Update, where popular stages and campaigns can be submitted for the administrators' Endorsement, bestowing upon them the ability of giving clear rewards to the Divers who complete them, and where popular Gunpla builds can now be encountered as rare NPDs (Non-Player Divers), with either the personality of their Creator, or that of an existing Gundam character...
However, despite being nearly complete, Update 1.8 hasn't been actually released to the public, and is now on one of the final stages: playtesting and polishing. This is the story of a group of beta testers from all over the country, which team up to tackle one of the most ambitious campaigns bundled with the update...
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Cast and Posting Order
Replicator as Game Master, Lieutenant Aida, Re-Configurable NPD, NPDs
Roromi as Creed
FrostyFoster as Kyle, Char Aznaharo
ShirokuHakudo as Shin
I'mAnnoyingHer as Carter Lee
MM007 as Hikaru, Nana, Ellen
Rabiddy as Risu
(Sign-ups have closed for now. If the need arises, they shall open again. Contact Game Master via Discord when that happens.)
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To help everyone understand the machines each other made, and to establish what they can and cannot do, players MUST reply to this post with their own sheet to play. One sheet will be made per machine. For making sheets for new machines or upgrades to previous Gunpla, edit your original post and add the new sheet under that of your previous machine.
IMPORTANT: Players can give their Gunpla a secret system of any kind, but they must add "REDACTED" in all-caps under "Special Abilities/Features", and run their idea by the Game Master for approval.
[Diver]'s Gunpla Collection
#1 - [Unit Name]
[Images, if any]
Operator (Diver Name):
Detail the parts and modifications used by your mech by the following sections. Please remember that each perk will have a draw back for each bonus it offers. The examples given are merely examples and anything not listed may be added so long as it can be rationalized. If another player has already added a non-listed element you want to use, try to use that same rationalization for said element rather than making your own.
Structural Defense: i.e
Phase Shift Armor - exceptional resistance to physical damage, at the cost of power consumption per hit.
Gundanium Alloy - well balanced endurance, at the cost of weighing down the unit.
Nano Filament/Anti-Beam Coating - exceptional resistance to beam weaponry at the cost of being frail to physical damage.
Conventional Materials - offers lighter armor weight for greater mobility, with no added benefit.
Special System: i.e.
ZERO System - offers exceptional target acquisition at the cost of zoning out the rest of the battlefield.
Funnel System - offers a devastating attack system at the cost of being burdensome.
Trans-Am - offers exceptional mobility at the cost of high power consumption.
Melee Weapons: i.e.
Beam Saber - standard mobile suit weapon, offers exceptional cutting power at the cost of power consumption; small enough for multiple housings on the unit.
Anti-Ship Sword/GN Sword - a cumbersome and slow weapon with exceptional cutting power, likely only one on the unit.
Heat Rod - a whip-type weapon that heats up to deal damage, likely only one on the unit. Greater reach than most melee weapons, bordering on ranged, but less precise and damaging than heat sabers and hawks.
Projectile Weapons: i.e.
Beam Rifle - Can deal high energy damage at the cost of power consumption and rate of fire.
Machine Gun - can deal physical damage with limited ammo capacity but high rate of fire.
Bazooka - can deal high damage at the expense of very limited ammo.
Buster Rifle - high energy weapon with high power draw and limited shots; can deal massive damage.
Physical Shield - reliable and heavy.
Energy Shield - light weight but draws energy to function.
Missile Shield - weaponised shield with limited ammunition and low protective value.
Power System: i.e.
Battery Pack - offers a light weight power solution for greater mobility but limited supply.
Nuclear Plant - offers unparalleled power at the cost of expense and environmental danger if damaged.
Solar Furnace - offers exceptional energy and propulsion (including Trans-Am) at the cost of being proprietary (limits backpack options) and expensive.
Special Abilities/Features: i.e. transformable, SD, secret, etc.
Full name: Hiyashi Hikaru, user name “Hikaru”
Height: 5' 5”/165 cm
Weight: 125 lbs/57kg (130 lbs/59 kg online)
Skin: Pale Japanese tone (slightly more healthy color online)
Hikaru is a somewhat withdrawn person outside of his small circle of friends and his step-sisters in real life, but hopes to break free of this through GBN Online. He remembers the sense of friendship and camaraderie he had when playing soccer and making Gunpla in his school's study hall in his youth, and hopes to recapture it. The idea of feeling whole again and ignoring his injuries in a fantasy world borne of Gundam, and perhaps sharing it with others, is a very attractive prospect.
That being said, he's not quite sure how to interact with others anymore and is a bit unsure of how to work in a team, and may at times default to an analytical mindset. This can show in combat as well as in his MS design. He also has a deep technical knowledge of Gundam while also able to explore and mix the lore to make backstories for his models.
Strengths and weaknesses
A builder first, Hikaru is not yet experienced with direct combat or teamwork when first signing onto GBN Online outside of training battles with his step-sisters. Even talking to people can be difficult, though the anonimity of the internet helps to mitigate this. The two gave him some lessons, but he still has to work on trusting strangers and finding his niche in combat. He does not yet know if he even favors long or short range weaponry, opting for a high versatility machine which could serve in either role and be amended over time.
In spite of these weaknesses, he is none the less capable of analyzing a battle, defining priorities, and building or amending his Gunpla to meet various criteria and try to give him the edge needed to survive in combat. He is capable of 3D printing Gunpla parts of his own design by recycling runners, even experimenting with plastic additives and even metal rods in certain cases to improve resiliancy and strength of parts. The Gunpla he builds are high quality to the point where he produces and sells builds to other players to suit their needs, even offering advice on how to improve the builds if desired. Machines built by him tend to be more durable and have tighter joints than basic builds, but he has no idea how this will translate into GBN Online.
Hiyashi is a teenage Japanese male with unruly brown hair and bright blue eyes. He likes the colors blue and white as personal colors and tends to work them into his clothing as much as his designs, but is not opposed to including other accent colors. He has some differences in his physical appearance when comparing his online self to his real life one. His real life self is pale from lack of sun and is a little underweight, being confined to a wheelchair that has a tray which can swing over the arm of the chair for eating from and constructing Gunpla on. The chair is also motorized. Outside of his school uniform, he favors comfortable clothes like white tennis shoes, blue jeans and a white shirt...offending his step-sister Ellen's fashion sensibilities. His GBN Online avatar is a little heavier and with slightly darker skin, being a healthier version of his real self if he wasn't injured, and wears his blue jeans and white shirt with the addition of a belt, black boots, and a dark blue bomber jacket. He also has a white pilot suit with blue accents, and often finds Ellen/Puru Eleven trying to push other outfits on him.
When Hikaru was young, he was a fairly average and happy child with a doting mother and a distant father who was an engineer. When he wasn't playing soccer and tending to school, he played with classmates and enjoyed the Gunpla craze which swept the world. Though he lived in an old house in the woods (which looks suspiciously like a certain home on Side 6), he was fairly sociable at the time if a little awkward. His grades were good, one of the few demands his family made of him outside of helping around the house, and he spent his time alternating between these activities.
This changed, however, when he was twelve. On returning from a soccer game in which Hikaru played, the car he and his mother were in was struck by a truck running a red light. The vehicle was knocked into a nearby storefront, and Hikaru's mother was killed instantly. In addition, Hikaru's own legs were crushed and he awoke in a hospital bed as a double amputee. His father was not an empathic man, the marriage to Hikaru's mother already strained, and did what he could for his son from a financial standpoint. Sadly, he couldn't tend to the child's emotional or daily needs. No longer could the crippled Hikaru be left alone, but the father couldn't stop working lest he be unable to pay for his son's medical care.
While Hikaru's depression mounted and he found himself unable to visit or play soccer with his sympathetic but drifting apart friends, his father finally found aid. Outside of his job a few months later, the nurse of the driver who had accidentally killed his wife was waiting. Prostrating herself onto the ground and apologizing in tears, the woman revealed that the man she was responsible for watching had escaped and fled in the truck that caused the crash during a psychotic break. After learning that the woman had lost everything and was on the verge of homelessness, and hearing that she would be willing to do anything to atone, a decision was unilaterally made. She was hired on as a maid to assist in Hikaru's care, and she and her twin six-year-old daughters would live in the house in the woods with him.
Hikaru was not a fan of this arrangement in the least. He protested, but his complaints fell of deaf ears. His father felt that the woman needed a chance to atone, and they needed the care the licensed nurse would provide. His father felt free to work and fulfill what he felt were his obligations, leaving the child in the care of the stranger. The woman's six-year-old twin daughters, Nana and Ellen, weren't sure what to make of Hikaru and neither could he relate to them. He was envious of Nana's penchant for playing soccer, seeing her kick his old soccer ball around out in the yard and woods from his window, and Ellen's ability to go where she wished for her shopping trips. Being reminded of his handicapped nature and having no one to discuss it with made him yet more irritated, making him retreat into Gunpla and the internet.
Noting Hikaru's depression reaching dangerous levels, but knowing full-well that she was not one he wanted to trust or talk to, their live-in maid asked her daughters to approach him with one of his interests. As part of a last-ditch plan, Nana and Ellen brought three 1/144 HG RB-79 Ball model kits to Hikaru's room and asked him to show them how to make the Gunpla. Hikaru was more than a bit surprised, but aquiesced. His skills had grown immensely since his injury and he was able to convey not only the basic skills, but also more advanced ones as well as the lore behind the RB-79 Ball. Of course, he emphasized that the point was to have fun with it. By the end, they had a pristine looking Ball in stock colors, Nana's Ball painted to look like a blue and white soccer ball, and Ellen's pink Ball perched atop a removable humanoid shape made of runners cobbled together with super glue.
The girls spent more time with Hikaru as time went on, watching the assorted anime and making their own Gunpla with his assistance and tutelage. They also picked up runners and broken models from local shops at his request, as he'd been given an idea by Ellen's design. Obtaining a 3D Printer by asking his father, Hikaru started to learn how to use the system to bring out his ideas. He started out by re-melting the runner plastic into stands and custom parts for on-demand replacements. Eventually, he would make his own 3D Printed Gunpla conversions and scratch-build Gunpla. While these Gunpla were sometimes fragile until he refined the process, he eventually managed a system which would allow equal or even sometimes greater strength compared to original models. Learning how to make structurally sound prints also helped him in general when it came to design and he even started to include metal elements in key places.
By the time he was sixteen and the girls were ten, he had more or less accepted the maid who had since become his new step-mother, happily accepted his new step-sisters, and he was making custom Gunpla and conversion kits on commission. This had spiked with the Gunpla Battle Nexus Online and he elected to join. He did so in part at the behest of the twins, who had been found to have an uncanny similarity in appearance and voice to the assorted Purus and thus played as Puru Seven and Puru Eleven and done some events in real life as well with those identities. Not knowing what to expect, he made a custom Gunpla with hardpoints that he could make new armaments for later as he learned more about the setting. When he first logged in, he was stunned to be able to walk for the first time in four years. From then on, he was hooked. Eventually, his wheelchair was modified to double as an access interface to the service thanks to his father's connections.
Hikaru has created and uses...
RX-179 Beta Gundam
The Beta Gundam is a Refined Barzam with additional Gundam Mk-II elements and other upgrades. Its story is that it was built from Refined Barzam parts after the Gryps conflict as a modular platform to test assorted hardware and weapon configurations. The machine is built with four hardpoints on its hips and arms, allowing it to carry hip, arm, and shield-mounted weaponry and equipment. It also carries full compatibility with the Gundam Mk-II's G-Defenser. The G-Defenser can mount a spare shield to serve as a fuselage and serves as a crude flight-capable Mobile Armor form, and can also detach and be remotely operated for tandem attacks.
Full name: REAL NAME- Sorey Hakuru, DIVER NAME: Shin Hakuren
Age: late 20's
Hair: His hair is a deep crimson with scarlet highlights
Handiness: he is a South paw (left handed) and suffers for it
When you meet Shin his outward demeanor is calm, collected, and stoic. His attitude to most things is nonchalant, and can sometimes come across as brash or rude. While Shin can often agree that he is rude he does his best to never tell a lie always keeping in mind the truth is also subjective.
Shins personality when it comes to gunpla is different, it's cold and the look he gives gunpla is that of someone that hates it. He sees gunpla and gunpla battle as an enemy. He might play and fight in GBN but it’s not hard to tell that he despises everything gundam.
When fighting Shin is like an animal, he pushes his gunpla and himself to their limit. Often breaking the machine to do as he wants. Shin is a heavy melee fighter using swords and beam sabers most. That isn't to say he won't use a gun but it rare that he chooses to.
Strengths and weaknesses
-Shin Is a great gunpla builder, seeing as he has been doing it since he was a little kid. He always makes sure the gunpla he builds are made with high quality and often custom ordered or made materials to enhance their performance
-Shin is highly intelligent and an excellent strategist. Having spent his whole life with Gunpla and Gundam he has absorbed a lot of battle knowledge. Shin often puts what he has learned to the test and strives to be better.
-“Strong Willed” a blessing and a curse however in this case we will call it a curse at least for his gunpla. Shins strong will does not allow him to give up. He always has to stand tall no matter the obstacle in his way, or distance he must go. This means in battle he will always push it him and his machine to there ultimate limit.
-Shin being a soft paw has more often than not come as a hindrance to him in battle. While fighting he telegraphs what move he is about to make. He can often make up for this with pure fighting power or determination but a pilot as skilled or better than him will be able to make use of his left handedness in battle and use it to their advantage
Shins diver is tall standing at 6’2 with a pretty athletic build. The fiery crimson hair telling all he is ready for a fight. Tan skin and bright gold eyes that show contempt for Gunpla. He wears a black shirt with a fur trim to show how he fights like a beast. All in all he created his diver to give the look of one that's only there to fight not to make friends.
When standing Shin is often leaning against something with his arms crossed, closing himself off to the world around him. His eyes shut or only half open, as if he doesn't want to see the world either.
Brothers in Gunpla
Sorey was born to the Hakuru family who had one other son, Shin. The two were inseparable, always playing together and having a wonderful time. One day their father bought them modeling kits a Zaku 2 and a Zeta Gundam. Sorey was given the Zaku and Shin the Zeta. while they both had fun building the models Sorey didn't like his. It looked fine but something about it felt off. When he looked at his brothers it was as if it shined perfect in its glory and with Shin smiling back at Sorey he knew he wanted to build a gunpla just like his brothers.
As time went on both kept making gunpla and even doing GBDuel with some of them. Shin loved it the Gunpla battles and the Gunpla but Sorey felt off… as time went on he had started to have less and less fun with gunpla. He only kept going so him and his brother had something to do together.
Solo for the first time
It was a rainy day and the sound of shattered glass could be heard from all over the house. Everyone scrambled to find the source of the sound and when they all made it to the kitchen they found Shin laying on the ground. Once at the hospital they were told the young man didn't have long to live. Sorey was devastated at hearing this news but Shin just smiled and told him that it would be alright. He handed Sorey a notebook and told him not to open it till after he was gone. Sorey couldn't help it and in the book found concepts for a gunpla… even dying he thought about gunpla. It was all he ever thought about.
When his brother was gone, Sorey was alone… with anger in his eyes he took many of the gunpla him and his brother had made to a GBDuel center and fought…. And fought, and fought some more. He fought till all the gunpla had been wrecked and his hands bled. He still found no joy in Gunpla, so why, why did his brother love it so much.
A Rising Beast
As the years went on Sorey continued to make technically great machines but in each one there was malice and anger, each broke in combat under the strain of Soreys style of fighting. But long had they days of repairing them gone, with GBN he never had to break the models, just the data.Over the years Sorey had started to hate gunpla gunpla battles he only kept going because he wanted to understand… to know why his brother loved this stupid game so much. In GBN he took the Diver name Shin hoping that it might allow him to understand his brother more, but even that failed him. Sorey who now went by Shin always fought alone and slowly but surely he gained a name for himself “The Raging Beast of GBN” he climbed the latter reaching into the leaderboards of GBN as a solo player.
His achievements spoke for themselves when he got invited to partake in the 1.8 beta test. Shin originally declined but once he was told that it was a chance to challenge himself and GBN he thought it might be a good way for him to push past the limits of his own hatred. He looked at the notebook with the gunpla design in it, he took them and after years he made the Gunpla that his brother left to him the Astral AGE...
(To be added as the RP goes on)
-Astral AGE Gundam
-A Large Gunpla Collection
-Shin’s Gunpla Concept Book
Full name: Marco Creed
Faction: Zapp Inc.
Rank: Licensed Operator
Weight: 200 lbs
Marco is a family man with a passion for Gunpla. He enjoys getting into character with his mecha and generally had fun when diving. He’s task oriented and is willing to make the tough decisions to win.
Strengths and weaknesses
Corporate backing - Marco has the backing of the prestigious Zapp Inc. and has his sponsor supplying his Gunpla needs. This allows him to pursue his hobby more effortlessly than others.
Experienced - he’s more experienced than the average diver and has been pursuing his hobby for the better part of three decades.
Overconfident - his experience is double sided. Because he’s been playing for so long he doubts he can run into many challenges. He’s typically pleasantly surprised when a true challenge does surface.
Careless - because of his sponsor he’s more carefree about his gunpla and tends to be reckless, willing to give a good show rather than conservative in his approach.
Brown hair with a matching beard. Marco dresses casually and acts accordingly. He’s quick to warm up to people and cares about the effort others put in. He doesn’t get caught up in making a flashy avatar for the system and instead focuses on the mecha.
Since a young age Marco has been fascinating with Gundam. As soon as he learned that he could make Gunpla he was captivated by the hobby. His passion grew with his age and as he got older he got more talented in his craft. By the time he was in his thirties he was catching the eye of the community and was even offered sponsorship.
For the last couple of years he’s been the poster boy for Zapp Incorporated. It’s because of his sponsorship that he was invited to the closed beta. He’s excited for the unique opportunity as well as meeting other people.
Zero Savior Gundam
Full name: Kyle O'Connor
Weight: 150 lbs
Skin: Very fair
A light-hearted individual, Kyle like to meet new people and go on missions with them. He understands that this is a game people wish to enjoy, so he tries to make sure no one doesn't feel included. He's confident in his abilities as a player, attempting to pilot and use tactics his favorite characters use, borderline obsessing over them. The results of these strategies may vary.
Strengths and Weaknesses
As a mid-level Gunpla builder and fighter, his long range skills are marvelous as a result from the constant practice he's had to try to be more like Lockon. While his close combat skills aren't terrible, he understands that more practice will be needed. He's more of a team player than a leader too. His last team didn't have an official leader, so he's been used to making his own decisions. However, he knows that plans should be made in order to succeed in missions.
A combination of his two favorite characters, Lockon and Char, Kyle has the face of Lockon (with Char's scar) and Gundam Meister clothing in red and gold. Much like Quattro, the sleeves have also been removed, along with sometimes wearing his sunglasses too. While not a perfect match to the characters, he's tried to create something new using what he likes.
Kyle and his wife work as freelance Graphic Designers at home, so he's constantly been tempted to play GBN. For a while, he was apart of a somewhat successful team, but they've since parted on good terms. He's done many of the quests that directly tie in with the anime and has tried to make a name for himself. Most records made by him have been target practice missions, which don't get much attention from other players to begin with. He's gotten bored of the lone player life, so he's decided to find some new people as teammates.
GNS-300RE Trinames Repair
An incomplete version of the Trinames, Kyle has taken parts from the Dynames and some of Char's mobile suits, along with their colors. Kyle says that it's three times faster than a normal Dynames, explaining it's namesake, but that's extremely debatable. Included with it is a beam smartgun, two beam pistols, and one Sazabi Tomahawk. Its Trans-Am System is unstable, so he prefers not to use it currently.