It was an abnormally dark night in the sky as the moonlight barely touched the Lincoln household. One of the rooms caught the slight light peeking through the curtains, pointing down at a broken plastic figure. It was the Local Type, irreparably damaged from its battle with the wall. It completely missed its right arm, along with having no V-Fin, looking rather miserable laying on the desk near a newly opened box.
Wade didn’t know why they’d bought it for him for his birthday. They normally weren’t too fond of him playing GBN all the time and the playing at home would only make that worse, but people’s opinions change all the time. After all, he thought he’d lost interest in the game after the last mission, but addiction can take control of you easily. The brand new headset and hardware for GBN was already set up, the expensive equipment how connected to his computer, just waiting to be used. The teen laid wide awake in bed, staring at nothing on the ceiling. “I just wanna sleep.” He thought, now reminded of how tiring school was this day.
He knew it was another school day tomorrow. He knew he had to get some rest. He knew that he couldn’t spend all of his time playing a virtual game without feeling the consequences to his body and mind. He knew that he didn’t care.
Wade practically jumped out of his bed, his blanket flying forward as it hit the floor. This dumb decision worried Wade, hoping he didn’t wake his parents. “You know what? I’m fifteen. I can play whenever I want!” This act of rebellion was met with the soon to be Diver grabbing his broken Gunpla and placing it on the scanning pad.
The Local type barely stood on the device, one of its leg joints warped. There was another model completely encased in darkness, but even the sleep deprived teen knew he couldn’t use it yet. Wade slid the new visor over his head as the Local Type stared at him through its own visor. The trip into the game was surprisingly quick for a home device, allowing Wade to get right to business.
The Diver hadn’t talked with the others since his abrupt exit. He hadn’t even been to the oil rig, but he still wanted to hide himself. He wore a white Earth Federation normal suit along with the same mask Vidar had used. It wasn’t nice looking, but it kept him conspicuous during this last few forays into GBN. Wade mostly just walked around inside of his current location, one of the space colony biomes, only leaving to do various missions pertaining to the main game world, like fetch quests.
He swore against doing story or any type of missions that would take him to a place where he’d hurt NPDs, knowing he wasn’t ready or that yet. Wade waltzed to a nearby bench as he sat to watch other Divers, a common hobby for him now. He noticed people had gotten quite creative with the anthropomorphic animal divers, seeing what looked to be an octopus man. He was interested in changing the look of his avatar, but part of him wondered if it was for the best to leave Fleurs behind and start anew, not realizing that he’d done the same thing by creating the Diver Force.
His train of thought immediately turned to the hooded Diver now sitting next to him. “Geez. Talk about edgy.” Wade was able to stare through the mask without anyone noticing. He could barely make out a face under the black hood as he slouched forward. The other Diver immediately turned to look directly at the Fleurs leader. “Uh oh.” Strangely, only his mouth could now be seen, with a deep black shadow hiding whatever was above it. Freaked out, the teen stood up and began to walk away, but stopped in his tracks once the other Diver spoke.
“Wade Lincoln.” Hearing that name caused the masked Diver to shudder. “He… knows my last name.” The cloaked figure arose, terrifying Wade as he began to get closer to him. “Wade Lincoln… Fleurs De Noblesse is in shambles…” A pale white hand fell through the robes, reaching up to grab the mask Wade felt was necessary. The Diver pulled back, but lost his footing as his rear hit the ground. He watched as Vidar’s mask dropped next to him, the hand returning to its hiding spot. “Wade Lincoln. Leader of Fleurs De Noblesse. Battle me!”
The two Gunpla sped around in space near the colony, a battle which was far from close. The real damage on top of the virtual damage made the Local Type look like a garbled mess as it fired the Wing Zero’s beam rifle. Completely missing the red and black mobile suit, the cloaked figure slashed down through the machine’s remaining arm, giving Wade no way to fight back, due to the bent gatling guns.
“Fucanglong pities you.” Wade’s opponent pressed the tip of the orange blade against the neck of the Local Type, signaling the end of the battle. Wade didn’t move an inch as he saw the defeat screen, still thinking about the mysterious man knowing his identity. The two machines floated, barely moving as the Fucanglong’s pilot began to speak.
“Some leader you are… If you’re no challenge, then I should’ve went for your friend a long time ago.” Wade’s eyes widened, realizing this guy was not just an edgelord. “He’s going after Aker?” From Icarus’ reaction, the Diver knew his winning enemy was too late, but he still didn’t want to reveal that. The pain came out with his voice. “Whoever you are, you won’t be able to hurt him. I got something much better than this!”
The Fucanglong’s pilot smirked, pulling his joysticks away from the Local Type. “Prove it.” The red Gunpla flew away as Wade noticed an invitation. Opening it, the Diver’s mood immediately changed. “This… is our opportunity.” There was still a sense of dread from the Diver. If Aker was truly gone, then it’d likely be much more difficult, but the rewards for Fleurs was extravagant. “Wait! Tomorrow?!”
A day had passed with Wade logging into GBN once again. This time, he was decked out with the Fleurs formal gear, hat and cape flowing through the fake wind. He’d arrived early to the main lobby, hoping to contact his teammates in time. “Please be there Aker. I don’t care how, just… please…” He thought as he sent the message of the location and event to the two, emphasizing that they needed to wear their full gear for this event.
It was an annoying wait on the catapult for the Fleurs leader. A Genoace had gotten stuck on the foot clamps, Haro Loader’s rolling around the unit to pry it off. Wade took the time to look through his cockpit, a dead ringer for his Gunpla’s and much better than the Local Type’s. “I can see everything.” He uttered while staring. While he wasn’t too sure who they’d actually be up against, the fact that this mobile suit was so different give him hope he could take out anything in his way. Eventually, the catapult was fixed, Wade calling out his mobile suit’s name.
NU GUNDAM ORIGIN, LAUNCHING!!!
The Gunpla burst through the sky at a breakneck pace, mostly due to its “secret” build far different from previous models Wade used. Nevertheless, he easily saw what he was looking for. A few battleships floated above a massive battling area. About half of it was filled with mostly intact gray buildings, while the other half was forestry, with tree standing tall just waiting to be knocked down by a stray beam.
The Nu Gundam touched down near the audience, surprising housing a few hundred people in the seats. “Wow!” Wade exclaimed in awe. While he’d seen much larger, having that many people, along with whoever was in those ships, amazed the Fleurs leader. The Gunpla took a knee as Wade got out of the machine, noticing a doppelganger of Stalker approaching him. “You must be the leader of Fleurs! I’m Sneaker.” Wade realized this man would be announcing their fight as he shook his hand. “You’re the first one here!” Wade was shocked to hear that, assuming the other teams would be there before him. Nevertheless, he awaited his comrades, if they even showed up.
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, Isla, Daniel, NPDs
Roromi as Creed, Gabriel Winter
FrostyFoster as Kyle, Wade Lincoln, Charo
ShirokuHakudo as Shin
I'mAnnoyingHer as Carter Lee
MM007 as Hikaru, Nana, Ellen
Rabiddy as Risu
Judge as Apollo, Raymond Hermes, Million
(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.
Gabriel Winter sat in the lounge of his space base. He reclined into his seat and rubbed his face with his good hand, his lame arm strapped across his chest with a harness. For perhaps the hundredth time he questioned what he was doing, but he decided it was worth his curiosity to try. He brought up his menu and selected the NPD rental section. Gabriel paused as he hovered over the option to rent and decided to go ahead. Within a few moments a red headed girl materialized in his lounge.
Lunamaria smiled and announced cheerily, “Lunamaria Hawke reporting for duty!” She saluted almost exactly like the last time her saw her and he winced as he studied her. “I can’t wait to work with you!” She said as she walked over to the seated Gabriel. Standing up he offered his hand to the NPD, his limb shook from fear, and she responded by taking up the handshake. “Do you… do you recognize me?” He asked through a strained voice. She cocked her head at the question seeming lost in thought, and Gabriel held his breath.
Aker stood on the oil platform by the rails overlooking the sea. The wind blew into his fair features the saltiness of the sea. It was both chilling and invigorating. He found that he liked that particular perch, with the wind rushing at him he could loose himself entirely in its intensity. The wind reminded him that there were greater forces at play, always. It humbled him to merely exists against the gusts. His contemplation was interrupted by the chime of a new message. He brought up his menu to investigate.
Even with the wind in his face he found himself squinting at the message from his Zapp friend. “You want me to do what?” He asked more to himself as he thought about how to respond. The mysterious Zapp agent was perhaps the only person who knew exactly who Aker, or rather Gabriel Winter, really was. It was the same person who gifted him with the space nest and a small fortune which Aker had been keeping secret from his friends in Fleurs De Noblesse. This particular message was a plea for what? Humanity? Curiosity? For, as kind as the Zapp figure had been to Aker, the man had been a riddle of emotions that Aker still couldn’t sift through at times.
The request was asking Aker to hack into an active campaign to do some dirty work it seemed. Curious, Aker promptly responded back with a simple, “do I have to do this alone? I have a team I can work with.” As expected there was a delay and finally the response came back. “Look for an active mission offer. Will be similar to your last jobs. The more the merrier.” Aker scoffed at the reply but nodded his approval. He decided he’d float things with his teammates to see what they thought. He contemplated telling them the truth for perhaps the hundredth time but thought against it. As far as he knew they were there just for a game, the flavor of the mission shouldn’t matter as much. He sent a notice to the other members of Fleurs De Noblesse and waited to see when they would show up to his call for an “exciting mission”.
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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((Thanks FrostyFoster for the image))
List the Coliseum battles that your character participated in.