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From the Shadows is a military/spy themed sandbox RP that focuses on the special operations and intelligence communities. Drawing thematic inspiration from real world sources and realistic military fiction (Tom Clancy, Dalton Fury, et al) it is designed to provide an immersive and authentic feeling world and story. Our goal is to be entertaining and engaging while still honoring and respecting the real-life operators and agents who inspire the story.

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Urgent Mercy A coalition force of special operations comes into contact with the cartel and corrupt Argentine Special Forces while trying to rescue a downed friendly pilot.

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Africa / Re: Operation Iron Serpent - Phase I (Arrival & Briefing)
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:43:27 AM »
Pope Field/Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, USA
April 2017

 
Andrew adjusted the shoulder straps to his duffle bag, the thing was damn heavy, for a reason of course. He’d packed enough socks and underwear to last him at least three weeks without reusing a pair… It was excessive yes, but having clean chonies and socks was a luxury, one he could afford in the field.
 
Looking over his shoulder, Andrew watched as the four other members of his EOD response team, Team 28-13 known by their nickname and callsign ‘Checkmate’. Each soldier went about their last minute equipment checks and inventories. He watched each member of the team for a few seconds, studying them as they went about their preop rituals: Sergeant First Class Alex Reynolds, Staff Sergeant Cameron Lenz, Sergeant John Scarbro and Specialist Graham Terrell.
 
Sergeant First Class Sergeant Alex Reynolds, Alaskan born and raised he was the senior Tech of the team and the team leader. Also by and far one of the best Tech’s, not only in the 28th EOD Company, but the EOD community as a whole - despite his short time as a Tech. At least the Army side of the wheel house, he’d come up as a Combat Engineer and tabbed Sapper before getting bored and taking a demotion to enter the Ranger Regiment, after a number of tours with the Regiment he again opted for a second demotion to move to EOD. Reynolds holds the unofficial and non existent record for “Oldest Graduate” and “Highest Ranking Candidate” to graduate from the EOD pipeline. Reynolds would deploy with 759th Ordnance Company (EOD) before selection and acceptance to the 28th EOD as a Platoon/Section Sergeant. 
 
Staff Sergeant Cameron Lenz, born in Detroit, Michigan and somehow escaped to Phoenix, Arizona before tripping and ending up in the hell of South Central LA. Lenz attended UC Davis where he earned his pre-law degree before attended UC Berkeley for his JD. After graduating and a fruitless year of searching for a law job of any kind, Lenz enlisted and attended basic as a 25 year old Specialist - he had to pay off his $100,000+ of student loan debt, somehow. Lenz would end up as a Military Intelligence, Human Intelligence Collector aka “Interrogator”. Seeing two deployments and a training rotation at the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence before he decided he needed a career change, fast forward to present day and he is a tenured member of the EOD community and the 28th EOD Company. Lenz is also a civilian registered EMT-P, which he obtained by taking night classes while stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
 
Sergeant John Scarbro, born in Houston, Texas - a true and diehard Texan, Scarbro could have gone to college on a full ride Football scholarship, instead he enlisted in the USMC out of high school. Scarbro did six years in the Corps (2 combat tours) as an 0317 before ETS-ing and going to school at Caltech (who knew he was that smart), leaving Caltech with two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science (Programming/Coding) and Information/Communication Technology.  He could have easily landed a cushy job at any number of tech companies in Silicon Valley, instead he re-enlisted, this time in the US Army. He missed the adrenaline rush - so he says.  His recruiters pushed for him to go Cyber or Signal Corps, he refused and pushed for EOD; with Sergeant’s stripes he attended EOD AIT and is the newest member of EOD Response Team 13 and most junior Tech of the team.
 
Specialist Graham Terrell, a transplant from Dublin, Ireland to the United States. He grew up in Dublin but after his parents split (Mother was an American, Dad was Irish) he moved to the states with his mother, residing in Tampa, Florida. He enlisted at 17 and claimed full American citizenship, discarding his dual citizenship and therefore any attachments to his father. Terrell was the only member of the team to have started in the EOD community from his enlistment. It started as a running joke during training that the only reason he was so proficient at disarming ordnance, was because he’d been putting IED’s together since birth. He was Irish after all. Second only to the team’s Senior Sergeant, Terrell has seen the most deployments out of his team. He is not only the resident know it all of useless facts and information for Team 13 he is also a respected, brass balled EOD tech and skilled warfighter despite his small stature and soft looks.
 
It wasn’t necessary, as they’d PCC’d and PCI’d all of it before they’d left Bragg at least three times. They didn’t know much, but what they did know about their comming hop across the pond into AFRICOM’s area of responsibility was that it wasn’t going to be a normal (not that there ever was) EOD response mission. They were hopping into South Africa, not the sandbox of the Middle East, so there wasn’t a humvee to carry their bot, suit and other specialized equipment. This time it was all what they could hump in and hump out, which was both a blessing and a curse. As South Africa which wasn’t a hot spot for land mines, but had been a large producer and exporter there of during the mid to late 20th century; but UXO and IED’s were to be expected especially if South Africa and Zimbabwe were ramping up for a fight of some kind. All indicators pointed in the direction of a really nasty one too.
 
This mission they were doing what the 28th EOD did best, support US and ally special operations forces with SOF capable EOD techs.
 
Satisfied, Andrew turned back to his own gear and for the sake of it and to kill a little more time he dropped his duffle bag to the tarmac and pulled the zipper tab. Inside was not only his excessive collection of underwear and socks, but the rest of his kit. His armor and load bearing equipment was a dark coyote brown while his uniform which was the standard SOF uniform (the now famous Crye combat uniform) but instead of Multicam it was the old school ERDL camo. They were requested by the South African National Defense Force, however the South Africans really didn’t want to advertise the fact that they were utilizing outside help. Particularly from the United States. So their uniforms were bare, where on his normal ‘duty’ uniform would be skill badges and tabs there was bare velcro. But that’s what sterile meant, no outwardly identifiable markers.
 
An Air Force Staff Sergeant jogged out of the hanger they were standing in front of, slowing before he reached Andrew the Staff Sergeant flashed the universal ‘5-minutes’ hand signal. “Sir your ride is 5 minutes out, I need you and your team, along with your gear.” He said motioning to a cluster of pallets that were going with them, destined for not only Checkmate’s use but also their SANDF allies.
 
“Got it, thank you Staff Sergeant.” Andrew replied before looking back to his team, each of them were now staring at the Air Force NCO and their Lieutenant, with a sideways jerk of his head, in a come here movement Andrew summoned his team.
 
They were about to begin the first 4,990 mile leg of their almost 10,000 mile jaunt.
 
Air Force Base Makhado
Louis Trichardt, Limpopo Province, South Africa

 
The USSOCOM C-27J Spartan set down hard on the runway at the SANDF Air Force Base Makhado, the crew chief was already standing at the ramp. Manipulating the controls to lower the cargo door, the dark cargo bay was cut in half by the bright noonday sunlight that knifed through the door. That light caught Andrew square in the face, eliciting a groan and a curse..
 
“Fuck!... I’m up, i’m up…” He grumbled to himself, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. He sat up groaning, the seats in the 27J were only slightly less worse than the old strap seats on the C-130’s - they didn’t exactly make for a comfortable sleep surface. Glancing around the cargo bay he watch his team ready themselves to disembark. The all swayed to one side as the C-27J turned quickly off the flight line and headed towards a line of other aircraft parked along the runway. Getting his thoughts together, he grabbed his duffle and a-bag pulling them towards him as the C-27J came to a halt.
 
The cargo door hit the tarmac and a team of US and SANDF troops swarmed into the bay, assisting the EOD team and aircrew with the palletized gear in the cargo bay. Andrew was singled out by a South African Flight Sergeant, who presented a quick salute. Returning the salute Andrew hefted his gear, “You won’t be needing those Sir, Colonel Bishop is waiting for you in the CP, I’ll have one of my men grab your gear! Follow me.”

Shrugging Andrew tossed his bags on top of one of the pallets and followed the Flight Sergeant into the CP, stepping into the room Andrew was clearly the last team leader to arrive. He found the Colonel and reporting in, “Sir, Lieutenant Cannon and EOD Response Team 28-13 reporting as ordered.”

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Setting and Rules Information / Re: Active Mission Teams
« on: June 17, 2017, 09:40:13 AM »
US Army 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD)

28th Ordnance Co. (EOD) (ABN), 192nd Ordnance Btn. (EOD) - EOD Response Team 28-13 "Checkmate"

Team OIC - 2nd Lieutenant (P) L. Andrew Cannon - Radio Callsign: Checkmate-Blue-Six
Team NCOIC/Lead Tech - Sergeant First Class Alex Reynolds - Radio Callsign: Checkmate-Blue-Seven
Team Member/"Medic" - Staff Sergeant Cameron Lenz - Radio Callsign: Checkmate-Blue-Three-One
Team Member/"Designated Marksmen" - Sergeant John Scarbro - Radio Callsign: Checkmate-Blue-Three-Two
Team Member/Secondary Tech - Specialist Graham Terrell - Radio Callsign: Checkmate-Blue-Three-Three


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Operation Name: Iron Serpent
Team Name: US Army 28th EOD Company (EOD)(ABN) - EOD Response Team 28-13
Character List:
  • OIC: 2nd Lieutenant L. Andrew Cannon (PC)
  • NCOIC/Primary Tech: Sergeant First Class Alex Reynolds (NPC)
  • Team Member/Medic: Staff Sergeant Cameron Lenz (NPC)
  • Team Member/DM: Sergeant John Scarbro (NPC)
  • Team Member/Secondary Tech: Specialist Graham Terrell (NPC)

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Character Applications / Cannon, Logan Andrew [WIP]
« on: May 24, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
Played By: YogiDaBearJew
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Brian J. Smith
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Full Name: Cannon, Logan Andrew

Age/ Birthday: 23 - November 2nd, 1993

Nationality: American

Rank, Title or Position: 2nd Lieutenant [P] (89E) - Platoon Leader, 2nd Platoon (EOD Response Teams 10-14), 28th Ordnance Company (EOD)(ABN) - Attached to USASOC/SOCAFRICA

Height: 5’11”

Build: Muscular - toned

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