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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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May 2017

South Africa has put together a generous aid package, with help from the Commonwealth of Nations and United Nations, to help the failing Zimbabwe, with the hope that if it comes from South Africa, the powers that be in Hare will accept it. But the South African Parliament has tied a request; they want Zimbabwe to start taking steps to improving their human rights situation. They are not specifying how or when, just that something needs to go forward.

And the spark for the power keg is provided. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's dictator, has decried the terms as an effort by South Africa to impose the will of "imperialist powers" onto the people of Zimbabwe. As a good faith measure, South Africa authorized work on a railway line on the border to start improving the rails, footing the bill entirely. However, the work stopped within a few weeks, after armed personnel harassed work crews. There were disputes if they were armed militia or Zimbabwe military, but to be on the safe side, the South African Army was mobilized.

The 44th Parachute Regiment was moved to Musina, in the Musina Nature Reserve, but this only served to inflame issues. When work was resumed, the work crews were fired upon, with several civilians killed. 3rd Parachute Battalion scrambled troops to respond, and a skirmish broke out on the bridge spanning the Limpopo River. Unfortunately, this only served to muddle issues with the situation, with the Zimbabwean delegates going to the UN with reports of the South Africans starting the shooting.

However, while the media was tangled up with the blame game, especially with the issues facing President Jacob Zuma, a new angle appeared. A truck was stopped in a routine border check in Zambia, where it was found full of munitions bound for Zimbabwe. The driver committed suicide while in custody, but the weapons were seized regardless.

With this, President Zuma appealed to the Commonwealth of Nations for support to contain the situation. Military support has been considered, but conflicts in South America brewing, as well as several members being unwilling to resort to invasion. The South African delegation agreed to that much, but did accept that something had to be done, especially with growing concerns that the Zimbabwean government is not doing this on their own. Special Operations and Intelligence operations have been approved, and American involvement is being considered.

Current Areas of Operation / Sub-Operations

South Africa

Iron Serpent
     -Joint operation between a multinational task force to prevent further destabilization of the region and prevent all out war.
Attached Personnel: show


Team Name: USMC Marine Raider AFO "Grizzly"
Character List:
Team Leader: Major Edward Connolly (PC)
Team Member: Captain Carlos Gutierrez Jr. (NPC)
Team Member: Gunnery Sergeant Anthony O'Connell (NPC)
Team Member: Sergeant James Marshall (NPC)
Team Member: Sergeant Daniel Cho (NPC)

Additional Characters:
Colonel William Bishop (PC) - Command Staff, SOCAFRICA



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Recruitment Drives (Want Ads) / E.J.'s Most Wanted
« on: May 17, 2017, 10:56:40 PM »
Role(s) requested: I currently play team leaders of a CAG (1st SFOD-DELTA) element and a DevGru (SEAL Team 6) element. I also play a CIA SAD/SOG Paramilitary Operations Officer (super spook, lol) that need their teams filled by players. Below you can find a listing, in no particular order.

I've also included a brief overview of the leaders of each team, so you can understand who your character would be working with.

CAG: "C" Squadron - "A" Troop (Assault),  AFO Team "Crusader" is led by James "Redneck" Hendricks (played by Tom Hardy) - aka Sully (after his middle name of Sullivan). Quiet while he gets to know you, he is a boisterous (but not obnoxious) in social situations. He has a quick wit and an even quicker temper. His anger can cloud his judgement, but has never seriously impeded him while in a dire situation. He enjoys a good joke and likes to blow off steam, so is known to be a practical joker. If you get on his good side he's an intensely loyal friend, but it's best not to get on his bad side. He keeps his friends close, and his enemies within shooting distance.

Ryan "Vegas" Brown

Vegas is the team's JTAC (joint tactical air controller) and radio / comms specialist. He's an FNG, and is still fitting in with the team overall. A former US Army soldier with the 101st Airborne, Vegas often gets shit for only being Ranger tabbed, not having served in an official Ranger element (all in good fun, of course). He's the team's comic relief, and is a highly superstitious man.


Elias "Mother" Caruso
Elias serves as the medical specialist/field medic for the team. A former Special Forces shooter, Elias has been with the team as long as James has. He's a smart man, and his extensive medical and trauma expertise is an invaluable asset to the team. As the medic, he's often found making sure the rest of the team are taking care of themselves - thus his nickname of Mother.


Robert "Castle" Lincoln
Castle is the team's special operations engineer. He specializes in both field demolitions as well as field construction. His father was a builder by trade, so Castle learned how to construct from an early age. Robert is a relatively simple character as far as plots go, but he's a major part of the team in terms of what he brings to the table.


CIA SAD: The SAD field team is led by Henry Thompson (played by Josh Brolin) - Hank is quiet, often found in the corner of the room observing and analyzing. When he speaks, he has a point and he gets to it. He is intelligent, but not overly so. He has a dry sense of humor, and often times jokes with sarcasm. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty, or do bad things for a good cause.



Kathleen "Kate" LeDoux
Kate is from New Orleans, her family having lived in that area for generations. She spent most of her childhood, though, in the French countryside with her grandmother. A former FBI field agent specializing in forensics, she acts as Hank's right hand in the field and provides him with valuable insights based upon her previous experience. I currently need her for a plot involving illegal arms deals and human trafficking.
        


DevGru: Red Squadron, Fireteam Bravo / AFO "Barracuda" is led by Jack "Dingo" Stephens (played by Chris Pratt) - A bit of a joker with a heart of gold. He's a practical joker, heart breaker, and intense friend. Jack tends to play it casual when he's getting to know someone, cautiously assessing if they meet his criteria for friendship. Under pressure, he tends to be laser focused and can sometimes become obsessive over details. A planner and a thinker, he can often be found jotting things down in a notebook for future reference.


Buckley "Buck" Jamison

Buck is part of the assault team and the team's breaching expert. He's from the south (I will leave the exact location up to you, I had played him as a Texan) and a bit of a hot head. He's fiercely loyal, but tends to be a bit of an outsider with the current team. Big plot points here for anyone looking to play a good ol' boy who loves to shoot shit. heh.


William "Bull" McKenzie

Bull is also on the assault team and is the team's medical expert. He's quiet, almost zen, and only speaks when he has a point to say. He's the team's conscience, voice of wisdom, and often times counselor. He and Jack sometimes conflict due to Jack's nature of being a bit less pragmatic.

Daniel "Deuce" Foster
Deuce and Jack came through BUD/S together, but have just recently been assigned to the same DevGru element. Deuce is a driven man, and often times can be found pushing his team to excel. He's the team's heavy gunner, and is fond of his role using the M60E4, lovingly referred to as 'the pig'. Personality wise, he's got problems with authority outside of his respected circle. 

Charles "Viper" Denehy
Charles is easily the most important role on this list for DevGru, as he acts as Jack's assistant team leader. An older man than Jack, Viper has been in the SEALs for most of his career. A legacy hold over from earlier times, he's highly experienced and a Senior Special Operations Chief. He's sort of the team's battlefield mentor, and Jack relies on Viper heavily for advice and guidance.

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    NEWS BREAK
    The news from South America is not good. Our sources within the country tell us that the Red Command, backed by numerous other cartel leaders in the region have taken full control of the Argentine military and police.

    To complicate matters, Venezuela is selling arms and weapons they recently received from Russia to the narcostate. The US and her NATO allies have declared the region a clear and present danger, and the US President is meeting congress today to request authorization for a full scale military invasion of Argentina, the first such action by American forces in the region since Panama.



    May 2017

    Over a month ago, a coup took place in Argentina. The destabilization of the country led to a power vacuum that was filled by the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, from neighboring Brazil. While the President and his cabinet were able to escape, the Red Command has declared Argentina their territory and set up operations.

    The US, UK, and other NATO allies had hoped using special operations would soften the regime and allow for normalcy to occur. This has not happened. With the revelation of how large the scale of this web of narcoterror is, the US has no option other than to invade and restore stability by force.

    Current Areas of Operation / Sub-Operations

    Venezuela

    Rapid Justice
         -Joint operation between a multinational task force to stop Venezuela from selling their Russian arms.
    Attached Personnel: show



    SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia)
    Captain Larissa Koralova,- Field Agent
    Captain Tomas Martel, Venezuelan Special Forces (SVR Recruited Asset)[/li][/list]

    FSB - Vympel Group AFO "Grach"
    •Major Mikhail Sokolov
    •Captain Viktor Pavlichenko - NPC
    •Senior Lieutenant Georgi Ershov - NPC
    •Senior Sergeant Valentin Lobanov- NPC






    Argentina

    Whirlwind Phase II
         Large scale invasion of Argentina. Force on force engagements.
    Attached Personnel: show





    Atlantic Ocean

    Neptune's Net
         Rescue of the cruiseliner Carnivale from cartel terror team.
    Attached Personnel: show


    USN DevGru AFO Barracuda
    •Jack "Dingo" Stephens
    •Charles "Viper" Denehy - NPC
    •Daniel "Deuce" Foster - NPC
    •Michelle "Gambler" Hanley
    •Buckley "Buck" Jamison - NPC
    •William "Bull" McKenzie - NPC

    Team Name KSM / Troop A / Bär Eins (Bear One)

    • Team Leader - Hauptbootsmann Nikolaus Heutz - NPC
    • Demolitions - Oberbootsmann Lukas Schoenert
    • Communications - Maat Kai Auert - NPC
    • Medical - Obermaat Josef Bruecker - NPC



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    Personnel Files / Stephens, Jackson Blaine
    « on: May 01, 2017, 02:13:15 AM »
    Played By: E.J.

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    [BASIC STATS]

        Full Name: Stephens, Jackson Blaine

        Age/ Birthday: 37, March 1st, 1979

       Nationality:  American

        Rank, Title or Position: Lieutenant, US Navy, NSW DevGru
        Height: 6'2"

       Build: Athletic

        Related Skills:
       ►Former Marine Special Operations
       ►Ranger qualified
       ►Rifle Qualification (Expert), Pistol Qualification (Sharpshooter)
       ►Languages (Spoken): English (fluent), Pashto (fluent), French (Proficient)
       ►Languages (Written): English (fluent), Pashto (fluent), French (Proficient)
       ►Former state ranked swimmer
       
       Unrelated Skills:
       ►Chess enthusiast
       ►Surfer
       

       Credentials:
       ►UDT Instructor
       ►Graduate, Annapolis Naval College
       ►Secret Level Security Clearance

    [DETAILED STATS]

     Appearance:
     Jack is tall, at 6'2, and easily towers over most he encounters. He's solidly built, but a bit lanky - a swimmer's build. His sandy blonde hair is kept tousled, and he often sports either a beard or stubble.

     Personality:
     A bit of a joker with a heart of gold. He's a practical joker, heart breaker, and intense friend. Jack tends to play it casual when he's getting to know someone, cautiously assessing if they meet his criteria for friendship. Under pressure, he tends to be laser focused and can sometimes become obsessive over details. A planner and a thinker, he can often be found jotting things down in a notebook for future reference.

     Hobbies/Interests:
     Enjoys swimming, surfing, and hiking. Avid chess player.

     Field Experience:
       
     ◄1997► Graduates high school and is accepted to US Naval College - Annapolis, Maryland.
     ◄2001► Completes USNA, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, US Marine Corps. Assigned 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
     ◄2003-2004► Participates in US invasion of Iraq as part of RCT-1.
     ◄2005-2006► Attends Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) at the Naval War College.
     ◄2007► Transferred to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.
     ◄2007-2008► First deployment with MSOB to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of NATO operations in the area.
     ◄2009-2010► Redeploys to Helmand Province as part of SOTF.
     ◄2011► Requests entry, accepted to BUD/S. Passes course.
     ◄2012► Assigned to SEAL Team 2.
     ◄2014► Participates in raid/recapture of MV Morning Glory from Libyan terrorists.
     ◄2015► Deploys to Iraq to advise/assist Peshmerga forces, works with DevGru in country.
     ◄2016► Offered selection opportunity, DevGru. Passes selection.
     ◄2017► Current year.
     
       
     Personal History:
     Jack was born and spent ten years of his life in Australia, where he, his mother, father, and brother spent many happy years before his mother divorced his father over an affair. She took the children and relocated to her parent's home in San Diego, California. An avid student, Jack always had a bright future. A state-ranked swimmer and diver, he had always loved the water and spent most of his time on the beach when not studying. His grandfather, a Naval veteran, also instilled in young Jack a desire to be a part of something bigger.

     This led him to attend the Naval College. It was a hard sell to his mother, who wanted her son at UC Berkely, her alma mater, but Jack had his sights set on the military. Upon learning that he would be commissioned into the Navy as a petty officer, he petitioned to be transferred to the Marines after 9/11. He felt more at home there, much to the chagrin of his grandfather.     
     Relationships:
     The following are publically known relationships.

     ♂Ryan Henry Stephens, father, living - distant relationship
     ♀Mary Charlene Edwards, mother, living - strained relationship
     ♂Henry Bartholomew Stephens, older brother, living - alright relationship
     ♂Charles "Viper" Denehy, fellow DevGru operator, living - friend
     ♂Nathan Blake, USMC Raider, living - friend
     ♂James "Redneck" Hendricks, CAG operator, living - friend
     ♂Daniel "Deuce" Foster, fellow DevGru operator, living - friend
     ♂Buckley "Buck" Jamison, fellow DevGru operator, living - friend
     ♀Alexis Masterson, living - girlfriend
     

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    Current Operations / Operation Whirlwind
    « on: April 28, 2017, 02:31:48 PM »


    NEWS BREAK
    We are getting word now out of Argentina that a violent coup has taken place. Military vehicles have been seen in and around the presidential palace Casa Rosada where earlier gunfire was heard. 

    This situation is developing, but our sources within the Department of Defense tell us that the President is considering military intervention.



    April 2017

    Three weeks ago, a coup took place in Argentina. The destabilization of the country led to a power vacuum that was filled by the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, from neighboring Brazil. They have taken the president hostage and executed any military leaders that resisted.

    The cartel had long been paying off Argentinian military leaders for border security and to protect assets in Argentina loyal to the Red Command. At this time, the Red Command has issued a manifesto, dictating that all Western forces and personnel be withdrawn from the country immediately.

    They have already begun using their military connections to harass British, German, and American shipping in the area. At this juncture, the United States and her allies are considering all options, but the current proposal is for special operations units to infiltrate the country and begin building an insurgency to combat the Red Command in the preparation for a large-scale invasion.

    To be clear, Argentina is now the world's first narcostate. The UK, backed by Australia, New Zealand, and with German support have been conducting bombing runs and ship interdictions to prevent Red Command from moving weapons, particularly missiles, out of the country.

    Beligerents

    Joint Task Force - Argentina
    United States
    Australia
    Canada
    United Kingdom
    Argentinian Resistance

    OPFOR (Enemy)
    Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic
    Comando Vermelho (Red Command) Drug Cartel


    Operational Phases
    Operation Whirlwind - Phase I
    Urgent Mercy - Rescue of downed RAAF Pilot Cate MacGregor

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    South America / Urgent Mercy (Operation Whirlwind Phase I)
    « on: April 27, 2017, 11:33:06 PM »
    APRIL 2017, Operation Day 1 / NEAR THE BRAZIL/ARGENTINE BOARDER / 0630 LOCAL

    Operational Assets: show


    United Kingdom SBS
    Alastair Lansbury

    United States Joint Special Operations Command
    James Henrdicks, US Army CAG/DELTA
    Jason Freese, US Army 75th Ranger Recce Element

    Canadian JTF2

    USAF 187th US Air National Guard Wing
    Cate MacGregor



    Area of Operations: Argentina, forested/hilly terrain. Jungle.
    Current Weather: 23.0° C (73.4° F), Rain
    Rules of Engagement: Armed cartel and Argentine military considered hostile.
    Operational Goal Rescue of RAAF Squadron leader Cate MacGregor. Destroy any intel.
    Operational Limits No entry into Brazil.


    The following is part of Operation Whirlwind, the invasion of Argentina.

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    Personnel Files / James Sullivan Hendricks
    « on: April 27, 2017, 01:53:35 AM »
    Played By: E.J.


    [BASIC STATS]

        Full Name: Hendricks, James Sullivan

        Age/ Birthday: 39 / 11 January, 1977

       Nationality:  American

        Rank, Title or Position: E-8, Team Sergeant, US Army Combat Applications Group (1st SFOD-D)

        Height: 5'9"

        Build: Muscular

        Related Skills:
       
          ►Airborne Tab
          ►Ranger Tab
          ►Combat Diver
          ►Combat Life Saver
          ►Weapons Qualifications: Rifle (Sharpshooter), Carbine (Sharpshooter), Auto-Rifle (Sharpshooter), Pistol (Marksman), Machine Gun (Marksman)
          ►SERE School Graduate
          ►Combat and Evasive Driving Qualified
          ►Languages (Spoken): English (fluent), German (fluent), Russian (Proficient), Pashto (limited), Arabic (limited)
          ►Languages (Written): English (fluent), German (fluent), Russian (Proficient), Pashto (limited), Arabic (limited)
       
       Unrelated Skills:
          ►Musician (Guitar)
          ►Homebrew (Moonshine)
          ►Woodworking

       Credentials:
          ►SERE Instructor
          ►CAG Selection Cadre Instructior
          ►MOS: 18B
          ►Secret Level Security Clearance

    [DETAILED STATS]

    Appearance:
     James is soldily built and while he is shorter than some, it's barely noticable. His frame is finely toned, but not needlessly so. He values function over form, and therefore is proportionately built. He usually keeps his hair medium length and slicked back, but is known to vary it with a buzz cut or longer length from time to time. His skin is weathered, tanned, and belies the amount of time he spends outdoors. His face is covered in an ample beard that he keeps well groomed.   

    Personality:
     Quiet while he gets to know you, he is a boisterous (but not obnoxious) in social situations. He has a quick wit and an even quicker temper. His anger can cloud his judgement, but has never seriously impeded him while in a dire situation. He enjoys a good joke and likes to blow off steam, so is known to be a practical joker. If you get on his good side he's an intensely loyal friend, but it's best not to get on his bad side. He keeps his friends close, and his enemies within shooting distance.     

    Hobbies/Interests:
     Enjoys woodworking, especially furinture making. Plays guitar in a local thrash bluegrass band called the Pale Riders. When he's got down time, he enjoys spending time on his father's land near Hazard, Kentucky where he's building a cabin. Enjoys homebrewing moonshine and other liquors.

     Field Experience:
       
    ◄1995► Graduates high school and enlists in the US Army, assigned to 82nd Airborne.
    ◄1997► Participates in non-combat jump as part of CENTRAZBAT '97, Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan.
    ◄1999► Participates in combat jump into Kosovo in support of Operation Rapid Guardian.
    ◄2000► Requests entry to Ranger Indoctrination Program, accepted.
    ◄2001► Transferred to 75th Ranger Regiment.
    ◄2002-2003► First deployment to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Sword (Taskforce 11). Participates as QRF in support of Operation Anaconda in Takur Ghar. Later participates in Operation Mountain Sweep.
    ◄2003► Returns home. Requests entry into Special Forces Qualification Course, accepted. Passes Assesment and Selection.
    ◄2004► Finishes SFQC, assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
    ◄2004-2005► Deploys with 3rd SFG, assigned as ODA 056. Participates in hunt for Taliban leaders and personnel in region.
    ◄2006► Requests entry into CAG Selection Cadre. Accepted. Does not pass selection. Returns to 3rd SFG.
    ◄2006-2007► Assigned to SERE Cadre.
    ◄2008► Given second attempt at CAG Selection. Passes selection. Assigned to C Squadron.
    ◄2009► Deployed to Somalia in joint DEVGRU/KSK/SAS task force targeting piracy and kidnappings in country.
    ◄2010-2011► Deployed to Chechnya in partnership with Spetznaz GRU forces hunting Al Qaeda recruiting camps.
    ◄2012► Works in Libya in support of operations there, part of a secondary response team sent in the days following Benghazi attack to exfiltrate personnel.
    ◄2013-2015► Assigned to CAG Selection Cadre and assault training course.
    ◄2016► Deploys to Syria in support of US-backed forces there.
    ◄2017► Current year.
       
     Personal History:
     James (who often goes by the nickname "Sully") was born and raised in the coal country of Hazard, Kentucky. His father, a Vietnam veteran, was strict but fair. His mother, a nurse, was killed when James was 5 in a drunk driving accident.


    At an early age he was fascinated with the outdoors and often spent more time there than in school. In his early teens, James took up playing football, but didn't find it to be anything he'd ever excel at, but it did give him his first interaction with a team environment. Never a scholar, James often struggled with school work, but was able to graduate high school.

     Before he left for basic James, stereotypically, married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth. His marriage was often impacted by his long deployments and desire to make the Army his career.  In 2013, he and Elizabeth divorced. They have no children together, which simplified the situation, but didn't remove the sting entirely.

     Relationships:
     The following are publicly known relationships.

     ♂Michael Andrew Hendricks, father, living - close relationship
     ♀Elena Anne Hendricks, mother, deceased - no relationship
     ♀Elizabeth Marie Hendricks (nee Carter), ex-wife, living - strained but friendly relationship
     ♂Elias "Doc" Caruso, fellow CAG operator, living - friend
     ♂Hector "Speedy" Rodriquez, fellow CAG operator, living - friend
     ♂Paul "Voodoo" Harris, fellow CAG operator, living - friend
     ♂Jack "Dingo" Stephens, DevGru operator, living - friend
     
     

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