Full name: Wade John Lincoln
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair: Pink (Black IRL)
Wade will make mistakes, there's no doubt about that, but he always means well. He's frequently starstruck by many different popular Divers, with him always attempted to get an autograph or picture. He also had massive amounts of loyalty and respect for his now former team, UNIVERZ. That hasn't stopped him from making new friends though. No matter who or what you are, Wade Lincoln will always treat you with kindness.
Strengths and Weaknesses
At this point, Wade has played for a couple of years, but he still only has the skills of a rookie. After relying on others to pick up his stack, he may not be able to take out even normal enemies and may come across as cowardly. However, he's still got a knack for artillery and other long range weaponry. The Gunpla he's built have allowed him to become an opportunist against foes, giving him a shot to take many shots.
An African American teenager, Wade's avatar is similar to his real life persona, except for the recent addition of pink hair. He normally wears different types of jackets, with a replica of Banagher's being his favorite. He's shorter than the average diver, also mimicking the real world. The colors he picks are bright, but still somewhat warm.
Wade grew up watching Gundam series thanks to his father's love for the franchise. Looking around walls to watch series his dad said were "too dark", he was mesmerized by the way the mobile suits looked. This eventually made him take up building Gunpla, something his dad didn't really enjoy. He started with basic kits, but once he got ahold of the Gundam Origin Manga, Wade became obsessed with it, creating customs based around the remake or the original series. In fact, his first mobile suit was built for years before he finally was allowed to play GBN.
It was a dream come true for the kid. An interactive world featuring almost limitless Gundam players and missions? Wade was hooked, quickly being scooped up into a small team called UNIVERZ. Their leader, Chris, was an ace Diver, allowing the entire team a chance at large amounts of success. Wade did little to help this though, but soon the team made a name for itself, participating in the Lotus Challenge ver. Eldora and the third Coalition of Volunteers battle. These battle changed Wade, showing him that sometimes you had to fight, even when the odds are against you.
Something changed Chris as well, causing him to prioritize power and status over friendship. UNIVERZ got extremely large, and while they got more popular, some of the original members decided to leave. Wade stuck around, believing it was the right thing to do, but an accident ended up changing those plans. Now in charge of a brand new team, Wade knew someday that Fleurs De Noblesse would come face to face with the team he used to respect so much...
Full name: Apollo (real name unknown)
Faction: Zapp Inc.
Titles: The Golden Heart of Space; The Shooting Star Diver; The Shining Light From Beyond Jupiter
Weight: 160 lbs
Charismatic. Brave. Mysterious. Charming. Handsome. Heroic. These are but a few of the words often used to describe Apollo, mostly by Apollo himself. The man known as Apollo has crafted his GBN persona around the masked hero archetype and strives to adhere to the heroic image he has set up for himself to an often bombastic degree. Eager to help those in need, Apollo often volunteers as a navigator for new players. His somewhat over-the-top personality is often interpreted as an act by some of the more cynical divers in GBN, and they might just be on to something…
Strengths and weaknesses
Corporate Backing—As an employee of Zapp Inc., Apollo has access to thousands of free and rare parts and kits, as well as a team of highly skilled artisans to assist in building and customizing.
Hidden Secrets—Conversely, Apollo’s ties to Zapp inc. come at a great personal cost. There is much that remains unknown about the masked diver that, should the information be discovered and put into the wrong hands, might be the end of Apollo.
Skills to pay the bills—While at first shout Apollo may seem to be little more than a comedic corporate mascot, the diver has a wealth of skills and experience under his belt. Rumours abound that Apollo might be a famous professional diver and this is all some big PR stunt…
Stubborn and Self-Righteous—Like any good star, when the going gets rough, Apollo gets rougher. Apollo has a tendency to lose his cool when under extreme amounts of pressure and values his ideas and strategies over those of others.
Apollo’s iconic golden clown mask is the first thing people think of when they think of, well, him. The slim diver accentuates his look with a glossy black body suit and flowing red scarf, as well as a shoulder harness and seemingly pointless utility belt. In truth, his look was meticulously focus tested by a dedicated Zapp marketing team to evoke the sentai and kamen heroes of yore while also hinting that the man behind the mask could be anyone.
There is little concrete information about who the man known as Apollo was before he put on the mask. The two most compelling theories could not be any further from each other in terms of prestige. Some posit that Apollo is, in actuality, a pro diver hired by Zapp inc. to bolster their popularity. Others say that he is little more than a humble graphic artist whose skills were discovered by higher ups in the marketing department. But regardless of who Apollo actually is, it is universally agreed that he is the latest in a line of marketing schemes dreamed up by Zapp Inc. and that that scheme is working.
Whether he came from within Zapp or from without, Apollo has proved immensely popular with the player base, at least for the time being, thanks in part to his flashy mobile suits, his abilities as a diver, and his general friendliness. Some remain sceptical however, and rumours abound that the diver’s willingness to help others is all an act.
Apollo is tight-lipped about his true goals and intentions and insists to those that ask that he is merely here to spread the “good will of justice” to GBN and to “cut through the simmering darkness that threatens the integrity of gunpla”.
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Full name: Unknown
Faction: Challengers of Diamond
Rank: Guy With The Leadership Stick
Age: Appears as a young adult ingame.
Height: Slightly tall
Eyes: Green, gold (in-game)
Hair: Brown, silver (in-game)
A self-described Universal Century snob, he tended to avoid Gundam material that was not as serious as Universal Century, and favored Mobile Suits from the RGM line or with a resemblance to it. However, his friends often rub off on him and add diversity to his designs, whether he realizes it or not. Knowledgeable but playful, he feels a guilty pleasure for acting, often muttering random military terminology through the radio to add to the atmosphere and getting into his "figure of authority" character. Fortunately, everyone at the 08th Thespian Mobile Suit Team has similar traits.
Strengths and weaknesses
Master Of The Airbrush - While no slouch at building either, Aida's pulse is unflinching and his sense of aesthetics is above average, which allows him to paint and detail Gunpla exquisitely. This has won him some awards, but is most useful at his line of work, where clients have the option of paying him to paint and detail their builds, and sets his builds apart.
Head With A Price - A past incident with powerful and well-known individuals in the GBN scene, including his former crew, have made Aida fearful that what he calls "the Gunpla Mafia" is sending virtual hitmen against him, and will one day send thugs to his shop in real life. This makes it difficult for people to gain his trust, but while his fears are somewhat grounded in reality, they're mostly irrational, given the scale of the incident.
Pragmatic - While he favors aerial warfare, being a frequent team player has taught him to choose the best way to balance his team. He is capable of performing decently in every role and terrain, making the best of what he's got and the people he works with.
Easily Antagonized - Aida is quick to add new grudges to his already vast collection of them. He isn't quick to forgive those he feels have wronged him if evidence against his case does not surface, and will often go out of his way to try to obtain retribution when he sees one of the objects of his resentment, among which there are even specific Mobile Suit models and color combinations.
Aida is usually seen in elegant dress uniforms and striking poses he thinks are cool. His avatar is a young Caucasian male with green eyes, messy silver curtained hair and reading glasses. His most recent attire is a ZAFT Red Coat uniform made by Zapp's fashion line, recolored blue and white, with added white gloves. Since the ZAFT patches can be replaced with patches for any faction, he modified the stock ones to read "Challengers of Diamond". However, he could not bring himself to remove the "Z", since it's his favorite letter.
One of the three owners of a major hobby shop, Aida's is peculiar in that it takes orders from customers to assemble kits and/or customize them, physically and visually according to the customer's specifications. He is in charge of painting and detailing not only Gunpla, but also plastic models of other categories, while his best friend Daniel is in charge of assembling the kits and modifying them, while the remaining owner works as the manager. Years ago, he was bored out of his mind despite the highly creative purposes of his job. His curiosity was definitely piqued when the number of orders for completely customized builds boomed as a result of the launch of a mysterious new attraction: Gunpla Duel. Quickly, he convinced the manager to get the shop infraestructure for the game, which proved to be a highly convenient move, as he could now assume the role of a test pilot to try out customers' machines in battle and ensure that they had the desired performance. When Gunpla Battle Nexus was released later, it was only natural for the shop to acquire cabinets for it, but the old Gunpla Duel tables were kept for old-school enthusiasts and the novelty factor.
He once managed to enter a competitive Diver Force focused on atmospherical Mobile Suits, known as Just Another Non Existent Team or JANET. While he climbed the ranks of the force to become one of its key pilots, he grew increasingly tired of the pressure of competitive play. After tensions escalated with his superiors, he deserted Janet for the 08th Thespian Mobile Suit Team, a peaceful Force that preferred to recreate events from all Gundam series inside Created Missions, with all members acting as typical generic pilots, or sometimes, main characters. After growing fond of this new group, he started offering discounts and tips to help his fellow actors buy machines in a state as impeccable as his from the hobby shop or building their own, thus becoming the second-in-command of the force and a favorite among them.
One day, while the group's activities were in recess to help a member practice for the finals of a major tournament, Aida received an e-mail from the leader of the Force, who had gotten permission from a friend at the GBN administration to play Update 1.8's closed beta, but wouldn't be using the privilege due to becoming a father for the first time that week. Instead, he told the administrator to transfer the Closed Beta Ticket to Aida's account, asking him to check the new features out on behalf of the club, reporting any problems to their friendly administrator along the way. Now, Aida logs into his account by night while doing ''extra hours'', to deck himself in an impressive new set of clothes, and get the inside scoop on every new feature...
A basic Gunpla made jointly by Aida and his friend Daniel, it stands as a testament of their combined craftsmanship for users of GBN to behold. Based on various Federation and AEUG Mobile Suits, it is quite basic, but can be easily modified to suit different kinds of Mobile Suit warfare, which changes its name to Cosmotel, Airbatel, Aquatel or Terratel when tailored to space, aerial, maritime or terrestrial warfare respectively. It features a pair of elven-looking antennae that augment the operating perimeter of the radio transmitter and receiver, and hidden slots for accessories that feature Zapp plugs, which have now been adopted as the official standard for option parts. Interestingly, Zeonic influences and even parts from other universes have been finding their way into some of its setups, despite starting out as a UC lore-friendly kit.
- Gunpla Battle Nexus 1.8: Community Update [In Progress]
Wade had fallen to the ground of his cockpit, still seeing a flurry of white on each of his screens. The Diver had done missions, but nothing like this. The blast of chilly wind engulfed his little SD as more snow began to pile on top of the Gunpla. “I’d rather not get buried…” Wade thought, getting up the grasp the controls. The brown machine pushed itself forward with its hands, struggling to stay balanced while taking a barrage of bad weather. “Aker, Icarus!” He yelled out through his comms, wiping ice off the large eye section of the mobile suit. He'd lost the white ReZEL, but the Diver could very faintly still see Astray. That is until the blizzard quickly gave him no sense of direction, losing the unit in the process.
At this level, he could see hills of snowbanks all around him. “There’s gotta be some sort of base or mobile suit around here.” The Diver stated to the others while pulling his LMG out of the snow. Thankfully, the Diver's communications still worked, no matter what climate it was. “Do either of you have any recon or like, tracking devices or something?” Pulling up his menu, Wade put a generic compass on his left screen, minimizing it. The small model kit started walking in a direction that felt the least troublesome, an incline that led south. “I'm walking south, but who knows if that'll lead me to the mission." The Gunpla started shivering, holding its tiny arms together. "I’m up for any ideas honestly…” Wade wondered if this was a huge mistake after all.
Gabriel was nervous, he wasn’t exactly wanting to return to the civilized part of GBN much less the public lobby. But his Zapp contact had insisted the boy return to the public areas to test out the digital identity mask they had created. It wasn’t a mask in the sense of the black mask he was wearing now, but rather a mask that hid his normal user ID which was under some heat by the administration at that moment. To anyone who looked up his digital ID he would (in theory) appear as “AkerHero13”. He scrunched his face as he looked at the name in his heads up display“is that supposed to be some sort of play on Graham Aker and Akihrio?” he mused aloud as he stood in the middle of the GBN lobby. That Zapp bastard had a sick sense of humor.
He looked at his display and soon found himself browsing the missions available. He couldn’t help himself. Of course the missions had a whole new meaning to him now but he just felt compelled to look. One mission caught his eye and he clicked to read the description “three musketeers…” he mumbled under his breath. His attention was cut short as a new Diver logged in right next to him. It occurred to him that he was still in the loading area and he moved out of the way reflexively. “Whoa sorry!” He said as the newcomer logged on. Because of his proximity his heads up display automatically scanned the Diver and he could see that they were a newbie.
The man standing next to him was pale skinned with blonde hair put into a ponytail, they seemed to be wearing a Seed Earth Alliance special forces space suit of some type, a fact that made Gabe cringe for a second for fear of being recognized himself. The outfit clashed with the black poncho and mask that he wore himself. Gabriel awkwardly rubbed the back of his neck and smiled sheepishly, “hey there! Welcome to GBN! First time playing?” He asked cautiously. It just occurred to him that his new identity would likely display him as a new player as well.