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|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 27 2006, 02:18 PM|
| Name: Rhodes (First or Last Unknown)
Appearance Age: Early 40's
Physical Age: Unknown
Occupation: Infiltration Specialist/Intelliengence
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Eyes: Bluish Lavendar
Birth place: West Virginia
Current Residence: Mid-East
Physical Description: Tall with an Athletic build. Hair is short cropped but not spikey. Rugged, chisled looks highlighted with a moustouche and goatee outlining his jawline. His complexion is slightly pale.
Marked with over 16 tattoos, he can stand out in a crowd, or blend into most scenes.
Rhodes was born a dirt poor son of a coal miner in the hills of West Virginia. His family was rather large at the time he reached 18 and began following in his fathers footsteps. Despite the poor economic conditions, his childhood was rather fruitful and happy.
One day, Rhodes was working a new section as the explosive engineer, when after a blast revealed a hidden cave chamber. Being as the EE has to check out the blast aftermath for safety, Rhodes was the first inside. This is the turning point of his life, and beginning of his "undead" journey. Rhodes has no memory after entering that chamber. Figuring he was overcome with gas, the doctor merely bedrest him for a day, despite the superficial wounds to his neck and arms.
A few years pass and Rhodes comes to understand the meaning to the term, Vampire. One day while looking for work several counties away from the homestead, he is approached (recognized) by a fellow Nosferatu. Getting the "crash" course on his "condition" Rhodes begins over the next decade to come to grips with his "gifts" and their curse.
Moving from city to city, decade after decade, he passed the time learning.
Acquiring several masters degree's in various backgrounds, (medical sciences, chemistry, mechanics and forensics) Rhodes life experiences lead him to the military. After retiring from the armed forces with many honors, Rhodes learns that despite his "condition", death is a possibility. During WWI, he was working as a sniper when he was shot in the chest. Lying in a pool of his own blood, in severe pain, his regenerative ability barely managed to heal him. As the field medic watched in awe, Rhodes' secret was revealed, and quickly covered up.
Eventually Rhodes took a position with the Central Intelligence Agency. Working as a very knowledgeable infiltrator, he was trained in the arts of espionage.
Speaking most languages, Rhodes can go just about anywhere and blend into nearly every society.
Today Rhodes keeps to himself, contacted only in the most dire emergency. Spending most of his time in seclusion, he wanders from his home state on occasion. Having a modest amount of financial security, Rhodes manages to keep a low profile due to his history.
Rhodes' expertise is his demolition/weapons background. Snipering is his preferred method of dispatching enemies. Secondly would be and up close personal spike to the cerebral cortex, all the while smiling from behind a clever disguise.
Rhodes currently is pursuing obtaining his pilots license, despite his somewhat silly fear of heights.
|Posted by: Jay Nov 27 2006, 08:27 PM|
|Just one question. Don't vampires lose all their hair after a certain period of time?|
|Posted by: Cyber78 Nov 27 2006, 11:49 PM|
|Nothing a bit of duct tape or cosmetic surgury won't fix.|
|Posted by: TheConman Nov 28 2006, 12:38 AM|
|lol duct tape lol|
|Posted by: Templar Nov 28 2006, 01:31 AM|
| It makes my life easier everyday, that duct tape.
Oh, and welcome to the forum Conman.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Nov 28 2006, 01:33 AM|
|And a big welcome to Rhodes, the only vampire that I haven't seen DF manage to disprove.|
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 28 2006, 03:07 AM|
| Thank you all... Cyber included.
Yeah, even the hardiest of us 'real' vamps cant take a cricket bat from the DF'meister. Guess that either makes me harder than nails, or dumb as a rock...... guess time will tell eh?
|Posted by: Templar Nov 28 2006, 03:13 AM|
|Famous last words.|
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 28 2006, 03:42 AM|
| Ok... sooo how should i go about jumping into the fray?
I read thru the manor posts..... very good i want to say.
Being a writer of sorts, I love the RP factors going on. Like watching a
nice movie script in the making.
I'm kind of torn at the moment where my preferences lie. With my background, I could almost be a double agent.... would be rather complicated. However, I am always open to suggestions.
|Posted by: Jay Nov 28 2006, 03:44 AM|
| I suggest working with the vampires on this one. Maybe a rogue vampire not affiliated with the Order of the Broken Cross (yet). I'm doing the human version of that, and it works well for me.
EDIT: I just noticed you are a sniper. Got any weapons lined up?
|Posted by: Templar Nov 28 2006, 05:27 AM|
| Indeed, there are far too many damn agents running about on this site and only about two active vampires.
JOIN THE DARKSIDE... You know you want to...
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 28 2006, 04:05 PM|
| LOL... darkside.... funny !! Love it... any reason why i shouldnt join the vampires?
Except for the numbers basically.
Weapons... well.. i was leaning toward the 8mm mauser... however..
more modern technology would be nicer to have... say the standard 300 winchester... advanced optics, etc etc...w/ all bells n whistles.
But to answer your question... no i havent put much thought into the weapon specifically.
Ok... i had a lil while to kill at work between reports.... i've had my eye on this particular weapon for some time... i guess when/if my big bonus comes in... i'll be trying to order me this for my private collection... the M200
The CheyTac .408 cal long range sniper rifle... outfitted with a long range optic, IR site and/or nitevision binoc combo... makes this a lean mean killing machine !!
Perfect for taking out those pesky 'soft' targets.
Yeah thats what im talkin about !!!
|Posted by: Jay Nov 28 2006, 07:58 PM|
Oh, dear God, yes... you have great taste in weapons.
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 28 2006, 08:03 PM|
| Thank you... i was leaning more towards a russian make.... buuuuuuut just had to go with good ol'USA. That and the neat carry handle.... GREAT for the hiker/adventurer. The case is absolutely wonderful. (fit right on a backpack rig).
I think it will fit in nicely with my characters taste and style of weaponry.
|Posted by: Alaska Nov 30 2006, 02:38 AM|
With, or without, cosmetics, there's no way in Hell you would appear that way, 133 years would age a Vampire like crazy. Get real, man. I'd go to Pecos on this, you realize, and he'd agree. >>
|Posted by: Cyber78 Nov 30 2006, 02:46 AM|
|Like I said, duct tape and cosmetics. Just like how Templar did it.|
|Posted by: Templar Nov 30 2006, 03:01 AM|
| "It doesn't look like dolls hair, does it?"
"Nah, I was thinking about getting some myself."
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 30 2006, 03:26 AM|
| Man dont you guys watch Nip/Tuck.?!!? Plastic surgery boyz.. lil tuck here... lil implant there....
Good as new !!!!
Fresh as a spring daisy !!!! covered in stool, drool, and Blood !!!
|Posted by: Alaska Nov 30 2006, 07:55 PM|
| You know what about this pisses me off? All of it. "Well... I want to be cool. So I'll be a vampire. But wait, to make me seem even cooler, and wiser, I'll be really old, but I'll look young... With... Cosmetics! Yeah! Then I can ignore the aging part of vampires and just be a Cliché-as-fuck Immortal Vampire like that bullshit show Buffy! I rock..."
No, no fucking way. Screw the fucking cosmetics, if you want to be a Vampire and look young, then actually be young. And besides, you'd of had to have become more and more active over the years Alive, and you'd have become one during the beginnings of the FVZA. I'd bet more than a reasonable amount of money that that couldn't happen, again, so it becomes both Physically not possible to look Thirty, let alone for you to remain alive. Stop the bullshit and fucking play legit, because I don't give a shit about your age. What Alaska would see is a decrepit old Vampire able to be dropped with a single punch, let alone a shot to the stomach. You can revise it or I'll go to Pecos. Until then frankly I can see nothing but Bullshit.
|Posted by: Templar Nov 30 2006, 08:05 PM|
|Hmm... for some reason I think that Pecos doesn't really hold that much power within this particular forum per se, so your idle threats really mean nothing.|
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 30 2006, 08:24 PM|
| well well well... looks like i've raised the dander up on someone... all within less than 20 posts.. *brushes sleeves*. gotta be a new record.
Anyway... sorry alaska if my character seems to bother you.
But i DO recall inquiring as to the nature of 'vampires' and 'age-effects' before i even contemplated casting a character.
But if it'll make you happier... i could re-write my character completely to be human, around 35 yrs old.. and is of asian decent. Put him (or her even would be funnier) with a historical background of all martial arts training from the age of 3. That way SHE could take something as simple as a sewing needle and fling it into your eye, to kill you....all the while not even messing up her sweet hairdoo.
Now how silly do you feel about trashing on my vamp character? Since you just got pwned by a girl martial arts master character?
If the general consensus is for Rhodes to be a 'younger', more youthful looking vamp with the basic falliaces as the old one has.... (and yet to show in a mission)... I'll be more than compliant to acquiesce to the reconscript of his history and background.
|Posted by: Jay Nov 30 2006, 08:44 PM|
Maybe for you. I did it to two people with just three (see Raike and Itachi Shinoba topics).
But that's beside the point. I've tried to stay out of this argument, and I think there are valid points on BOTH sides.
Vampires do age. Cosmetic surgery would slow the visible process down. Vampires appear to age SLOWER than humans, so after 133 years, I'm guessing that you'd look about 50-60ish. Plastic surgery would probably make you look around late 30s, early 40s. But Alaska is right in that nothing short of a complete body restructure would make you look right. You would have already begun to display vampirical signs of ageing, such as the curved spine etc. So, all in all, this particular Rhodes would probably look like he has a face made of plastic and Botox, and has a hunched back. Maybe making him a bit younger (I don't know, maybe 80, instead of 133) would also help.
It's up to you. These are just my opinions.
|Posted by: Templar Nov 30 2006, 08:50 PM|
| Good points Jay. Vincent is indeed guilty of the whole "immortal vamp" deal, but he is only about 60 years old, 32 of those being a vampire. Rhodes might want to change his age a bit, now that Jay has pretty much opened my eyes to that detail, but I don't feel that anything else is a matter.
Woot. That is all.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Nov 30 2006, 08:55 PM|
| Don't worry about it Rhodes, unless there's been a massive overhaul of the FVZA's vampire biology page within the last week I'd say you're perfectly clear so long as cosmetic's are involved. Although for balance purposes let's all just remember that cosmetic's aren't perfect, and don't hold up 100% of the time during rought situations.
Like it or not, old people do the same thing all the time. And keep in mind that for one to survive the FVZA from back in the day you'd have to be a pretty smart and pretty adaptable vampire.
I'll allow it so long as it doesn't conflict with reality and doesn't destroy the story. So far I've seen no evidence suggesting it conflicts with the reality established by fvza.org. And my past expirience (well mainly DF's, I just watched) with Rhodes tells me that he's either extremely good at fiction and always has his facts straight, or he's actually a psi-vamp who always has his facts straight. Either one of those is more than I've seen from the majority of the other member's on any RPG or forum I've been to so I'm going to put my trust in Rhodes to keep it balanced.
I'm curious as to where you're getting this from. That may apply to human biology, but the vampire biology of the FVZA says otherwise. From my understanding vampires don't age like humans do, their appearance does change over time, but they do not become weaker like humans. No known vampire has ever died of old age, most older vampires are injured severely and die just like the younger one's do.
As it stands both the moderators/the admin of this site don't mind the profile. And if you try imagining Rhodes as a feeble old vampire that can be dropped with a single punch then be my guest. You can go charge into battle expecting an easy victory, but be warned that anyone who's stupid enough to charge into battle that way is quite susceptible to a PK.
Go for it. I'm honestly curious as to what he has to say about what goes on this site. But personally I don't think he honestly care's enough to come on and correct every single little thing. You can go to him if you'd like, I'll change what needs to be changed according to his word, but I doubt he's going to say much.
|Posted by: Rhodes Nov 30 2006, 08:56 PM|
| Hey.. whats 53 yrs? pfft.
80 yrs of life experience would be just as good.
The 133 incidentally came from the time he was turned... so technically he was in his 30's when changed... add the current time... so 80+33=113years old.
Meh, whatever. i can work around it.
I mean its not like im running around with an invincible character.
I have no problem modifying it... in fact... i'll do that just now.... so's not to pee in the pool.... being a newcomer and all.
|Posted by: Alaska Dec 1 2006, 03:42 AM|
| Ugh. Rhodes, I haven't been trying to make you feel bad, although I think I've done a helluva good job doing so, but frankly, the old RP died to many factors, and this carries under some of those factors.
Hold on, though, for a moment.
Naturally, Cyber, I have to counter each of your arguments.
Your argument They'd have to be smart and adaptable,
I'll cover it in the Life-stuff
First few lines- Age-appearance
Your Argument- Okay so long as it doesn't conflict with reality, basically any cosmetic argument, aging shit, etc, is set off by this photo. On an instant.
I do believe I've just pulled the Your-ass-is-now-mine card.
That's a 125-Year old Vamp, now tell me, as Vampires feast on blood, how the fuck cosmetics are going to make anything at all resembling that disappear. Tell me that.
Basically that picture says it all, what the Cosmetics can cover is the Face, maybe. The back, you're life is fucked. No way in hell the stomach, feeble in general, sure, fierce as hell, sure, strong enough to stay incognito for say, 100-years? No! I've already E-Mailed Pecos, and when he responds I'm more than ready to be directed RIGHT BACK TO THAT PHOTO. Sure, I'm being hella bitchy, sure, I'm being an all-around jackass. But no, this kind of thing simply can't happen. With cosmetics, even. And about Templar, more open, it's more reasonable, because he's younger and has been a Vampire for a shorter time, but it couldn't happen. I can't see it happening, the site can't see it happening, with evidence, and I'm sure as Hell Pecos can't see it happening either. So I ask you, Rhodes, with the least amount of asshole-ivity possible, WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH BEING THIRTY.
Oh, and Cyber, I'd take the guy if I wasn't the type who hates PKing.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Dec 1 2006, 04:26 AM|
| Well I must say that I at least admire that you're backing up your arguements quite well, even if I do disagree.
First off, you're absolutely on your conclusion that the face can be fixed, and that the whole body is pretty much beyond repair. However my conclusion is that the vampire in that particular has either not exercised in very long, is suffering from malnutrition, or is just flat out deceptive in appearance. First I shall quote the biology of vampires;
Thus it is reasonable to assume that a very old vampire could indeed disguise their facial appearance. However I'll agree that it'd be difficult to cover up a vampire's overall appearance. Yet at the same time due to this and sensitivity to sunlight it is logical to assume that a vampire would indeed wear clothes that fully cover the body once their appearance has begun to change.
Therefore any vampire with enough money could easily cover their faces. It wouldn't even need to be cosmetic suguery, just a wig and some skill with makeup can easily do the trick as many female's can prove.
Now as my next point I'll demonstrate the Dr. Peco's will not agree with you, at least not without contradicting himself on the story of Nephilis;
Considering that the man killed an agent and then leapt on to a moving subway train I'd say he was in pretty good shape back in 1971. And since he was born in 1688 that means that he was 283 years old and still very capable.
Now I understand where you're coming from on this on how a lot of stuff killed the RPG. However Rhodes is the succesor of Darkfox for the throne of moderator of the vampire forum over on the FVZA's main forum. It just so happens that he's a very intelligent guy who I'm willing to trust with advanced age. If somebody we can't trust comes along and wants to be Dracula or something then we'll definatley force some edits. But Rhodes is probably the only person I've ever had the privledge of talking to that knows anywhere close to as much about vampires as Dr. Pecos or Darkfox knew. So ultimatley I'm leaving it up to Rhodes as to whether or not he wants to be old or younger.
|Posted by: Alaska Dec 1 2006, 07:29 AM|
|Damn good point, Cyber. Damn good point. Ugh, you've got me there. But my only problem was the appearance thing, Cyber, alright. Not about capabilities, please remember that.|
|Posted by: Rhodes Dec 1 2006, 12:29 PM|
| As much as i love a good heated debate... in my 'old' 33 yr crotchety age, i'd sooner get down to brass tacks.
Perhaps Rhodes has a mutant strand of dna in him that keeps his youthful appearance or he eats healthy, exercises...govt shot him full of somekinda goo...who knows... who really cares... doesnt matter... history has been rewritten.
Thank you fellas for all the wonderful words of encouragement and praise. I'm simply glad to be able to join in the fun!!
Don't worry alaska there's literally nothing short of a baby getting run over by a truck that'll make me feel bad. Your words, however asshol-ishly you want to put them... is nothing more than your opinion and that's how i'll see and take them.
The 'Your-ass-is-mine-card'.... LOL.. i like that one... you got spunk kid.
Just don't feel bad tho when you feel a sharp pain in your rather large 6'6 kneecap
when the snipers bullet tears thru the ligament and cartlidge. Cuz at 6'6..thats a BIG ol'target.
FYI: I couldnt view the image...came up as an X user posted image.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Dec 1 2006, 10:31 PM|
|With appearance I just figure it'd be possible to cover the face with commonly availbile cosmetic items, but I completely agree that if say his shirt were ripped off it'd be obvious he was a vampire. Or just yank off his wig.|
|Posted by: Templar Dec 3 2006, 02:32 AM|
| Well, I dunno, maybe the fangs would to the trick too. They tell me vampire's teeth are quite interesting to look at. But then again, by the time you notice that the vampire had large fangs, it would already most likey be too late... and then again there are always those Goth types that want to be walking vampires.
Remember, real Goths would rather be sacking Rome.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Dec 3 2006, 05:03 AM|
|Or just don't smile much which is what I did for a while after I was told I'd need braces a few years back.|
|Posted by: Templar Dec 3 2006, 05:17 AM|
|They don't call me "Smiling Jack" for nothing. That is like telling a rat to stop being a sewer dwelling, trashing eating bottom feeder.|
|Posted by: Judder Dec 3 2006, 05:23 AM|
That is also like telling a person who has owned guns all thier life
That it is illegal and to hand them over
|Posted by: Alaska Dec 3 2006, 03:17 PM|
|Meh. Alaska would be a big target, anyway. Strength training to become hella strong [And the possibility does exist to become strong enough to overpower Vampires] In the Marines alone, and he's a Sniper, anyway. And I'm not worried about a jittery old man with a Sniper, thanks.|
|Posted by: Judder Dec 3 2006, 05:26 PM|
I would be, Those guys are the best. I've seen a 70 year old man, use an ironsighted .308 and out shoot round for round a twenty year old sniper who used an M40
|Posted by: Alaska Dec 3 2006, 08:36 PM|
|Let me correct myself. A jittery old sniper who hasn't had the best military backing in the world. (Marines+ Special Forces= Amazing Rifling) And you wouldn't be seeing a Vampire using a Sniper in the first place, close-quarter fighters. And there usually is never an opportunity to use Snipers with vampires, anyway. As it is typically close-combat.|
|Posted by: Templar Dec 3 2006, 08:55 PM|
| Jittery old man with a sniper you say? That reminds me of "The End" from Medal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. He was "over a hundred years old", had a photosynthetic body, color changing leaf camoflauge, spotter birds and a trank shooting Mosin-Nagant rifle.
Let me tell you, he was a hard fight. There are ways to cheat him and avoid the battle, but I did it the hard way and found out why old guys with rifles are a force not to be underestimated.
|Posted by: Jay Dec 4 2006, 03:18 AM|
Don't even mention The End. Bad memories all around. It took me ages to come up with a strategy to kill the bastard (scope glints, heavy breather etc.). This is one fight I do not wish to repeat in a hurry, and I think it does drive home the point that experience rather than youth counts when it comes to firearms.
|Posted by: Cyber78 Dec 4 2006, 03:25 AM|
| Yeah, I once heard a story of an old woman that I belive I heard from my grandfather.
You see there were these younger gentlemen who decided they'd go and skeet shoot with some nice shotgun and fire from the hip. Didn't hit anything. Then came the old woman with her shotgun. She appeared as though she were ninety years old but she was a superb shot and took the recoil as though she'd known it for longer than the younger guys had been alive.
|Posted by: Rhodes Dec 4 2006, 05:13 PM|
| Well, theres more truth to experience than just plain raw talent.
My ol grandpap took a single shot .30-30 and blew a groundhog in half
at 75 yards open sight.... when i had been missing all afternoon with a .22 and a 40x scope. he took one shot.. I couldnt hardly see the damn critter let alone hit him open sight...(at the time i was like 15).
Now as far as snipers and vampires go... why the hell not?! Vampires dont have a heartbeat..(or at least a slowed one)... excellent reflexes and eyesight.... aim small miss small (mel gibson in the patriot)...
I wouldnt care if you were a bugbear... snipers can make all the difference in a battle.... old or young... thats one more piece of flying lead you have to worry about.... in the hands of a teen or old crotchety booger...
Who the hell wrote the book on vampires=close quarter fighters?
Thats just plain ignorance/close minded.
But hey.. whadda i know.. i only been rpg'ing since i was 10... back when it was cowboys and indians, THEN DnD... (not ADnD).
|Posted by: Cyber78 Dec 5 2006, 02:48 AM|
|I'll have to agree with Rhodes. Just because vampires may be superior at close quarters over humans does not mean they can't snipe. Just means they don't have too.|