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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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Oh. I've got an obscure one that actually has proven to be pretty good to watch, although we're kind of treading heavily into sci-fi, but not that far off.

Space Above and Beyond, one of the shows that Fox killed after the first season but was pretty good. It's basically space Marine Aviators who can also pull some ground ops, like a good version of the main character in CoD Infinite Warfare. Still, it was a good watch.

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Never saw that one.

Oh. Speaking of NCIS, a big one in the house while I was growing up was JAG.

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Operations Planning / Equipment Fact File - Argentina
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:52:11 PM »
((Side Note: I tried to keep it short and sweet, I figure we all know how to look stuff up on the internet to get exact info, but this should at least help for a general idea. I stuck largely to what would be mainly relevant, the rest I figure could be looked up. - Cipher))

-Sidearms
Browning Hi-Power - Locally produced copies of this pre-WW2 9mm pistol are issued as the standard service pistol. 13 rounds, considered to be a refinement of the 1911 and well liked around the world.

Glock 17 - Issued to some officers. 17 rounds of 9mm, well known around the world as being nearly indestructible.

Heckler & Koch P9S - Issued to special forces teams. 9 rounds of 9mm, was once issued to SEALs, it is a small double-action pistol, though production was discontinued in the 1970s.

Bersa Thunder 9 - Locally built and designed handgun, not often seen in use but some have made their way into the hands of officers. 9mm with 17 rounds, bears some external similarities to the Walther P88, but has more in common with the Beretta M1951.

-Submachine Guns
FMK-3 - Locally built and designed SMG. Like the Uzi, this weapon is a compact sub-machine gun with the magazine inserted into the grip. Chambered in 9mm, with 25, 32, and 40 round magazines available for use.

Heckler & Koch MP5 - Well known 9mm SMG used by special forces units. (NOTE: Unable to determine which models are currently in use at this time).

Colt 9mm SMG - A submachine gun related to the M16 rifle, issued to special forces units. A compact weapon that is considered to be very accurate while also retaining the familiarity of the AR-15 family. 20 and 32 round magazines available for use.

Sterling - British made SMG from the Cold War, the standard Mk. 4 and the integrally suppressed L34A1 variants are in service with special forces units. A simple and straightforward weapon with few frills, it is chambered in 9mm and feeds from 34 round magazines.

-Shotguns
Ithaca 37 - American made shotgun, with a locally produced copy called the Bataan 71 also in service. 12 gauge pump action, the Ithaca 37 is unique in that it loads and ejects from the bottom of the reciever, but is otherwise a conventional shotgun.

Remington 870 - American made 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Straightforward and simple, it is considered the gold standard by which all other shotguns are measured by. Only in use with special forces units.

High Standard Model 10 - An American made bullpup semi-automatic shotgun, this design is considered unique but flawed, leading to the end of it's production in 1977. It has issues cycling, even with the correct shells, as well as an unpredictable trigger pull, the recoil damaging the integrated flashlight's batteries, and that it cannot be fired from the left shoulder due to the high force it ejected spent casings. Only in use with special forces units.

-Rifles
FM FAL - Locally produced copy of the FAL battle rifle, serving as the standard issue rifle. Issued variants include the standard FAL, the short barrel/folding stock FAL Para, and a heavy barrel variant called the FAP. Only the FAP has been known to suffer feed issues, the other rifles maintain the FAL's reputation of being a well made battle rifle. Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, feeding from 20 round magazines, with 30 round magazines and 50 round drums available.

Steyr AUG - Austrian-made 5.56 bullpup rifle, the current model in use is the AUG A1, which still uses the integrated optics. Issued to tank crews and special forces units. Uses 30 round magazines.

Colt M16A2 - Previous issue American 5.56 assault rifles in use with special forces and mountain infantry. Considered to be very accurate but mixed on the subject of reliability, the A2 series replaced full-auto fire mode with 3-round burst. Uses 30 round magazines.

Colt M4A1 - Carbine variant of the M16A2 with full-auto fire capability restored, issued to special forces. The shorter size accomodates use in close-quarters environments, such as urban and jungle terrain. Uses the same 30 round magazines as the M16.

Remington M24 - Bolt-action 7.62 sniper rifle, based on the American Model 700 rifle. Standard issue to Army and Navy snipers. A straightforward but well liked rifle. Feeds from an internal 5 round magazine.

Steyr SSG-69 - Austrian made bolt action 7.62 sniper rifle in use with special forces units. Considered extremely accurate and has been used in competitive shooting to great result. Feeds from a 5 round internal rotary magazine.

Barrett M95 - US made bullpup anti-materiel rifle, chambered in .50 BMG. A relative of the famous M82, the M95 is issued to special forces units. Despite the smaller size, it still is just as capable as other anti-materiel rifles, but better suited for confining environments. Feeds from a 5 round magazine.

Steyr HS.50 - An Austrian made .50 BMG anti-materiel rifle also issued to special operations units. It is a single shot bolt-action rifle, requiring that the rifle be reloaded after every shot.

-Machine Guns
FN MAG/M240 - Locally produced copies of a Belgian General Purpose Machine Gun that has been adopted all over the world. A very small number of American produced M240Bs were exported and in use with special forces teams, while the MAG is in widespread use, used by infantry, on vehicles and helicopters. Chambered in 7.62x51 NATO and feeds from disintegrating belt feeds.

Rheinmetall MG3 - German-made GPMG mounted on tanks, this weapon is a direct decendant of the famous MG42 from WW2. Features an impressively high rate of fire. Uses belts of 7.62x51 NATO.

MAS AA-52 - French-made GPMG mounted on armored vehicles. Does have a reputation of being on the edge of reliable since the action can shear casings in the chamber, and the solution is to grease the belt prior to use, attracting the possibility of fouling in return. Uses belts of 7.62x51 NATO.

Browning M2QCB/HB - Famous American heavy machine gun chambered in .50 BMG, mounted on vehicles. The current variant is the M2QCB (Quick Change Barrel), but was being replaced in service with the M2HB (Heavy Barrel). Feeds from belts of .50 BMG.

-Launchers
M203 - American-made single-shot pump-action grenade launcher, uses 40mm NATO grenade rounds. Mounted as an underbarrel attachment to FALs, M16s, and M4s.

Mk. 19 - American-made automatic grenade launcher mounted on Humvees in service. Feeds from belts of 40mm NATO grenade rounds

AT4 - Single shot rocket launcher produced by Sweden, currently in use with regular forces. Suitable for use against armored vehicles and fortifications, but does not have sufficent penetration to engage Main Battle Tanks.

MARA - Locally built rocket launcher, similiar to the M72 LAW. Issued to augment the AT4, useful for destroying armored vehicles and fortifications, but falls short against Main Battle Tanks.

Carl Gustav M3 - Swedish built 84mm Recoilless Rifle. Though long since considered ineffective against tanks, the M3 has since gained a reputation of being much better suited to destroying enemy fortifications instead.

BGM-71 TOW - US-made wire-guided anti-tank missile launcher. Though cumbersome in an infantry role (requiring a dedicated tripod mount and crew), it is also used on vehicles and helicopters, and is considered to be quite effective.

RBS-70 - Swedish made laser-guided surface-to-air missile launcher. Unlike other man-portable air defense systems, such as the Stinger or Igla, the RBS-70 does require a dedicated pedestal  mount to use properly, but the laser guidence system does help improve accuracy and work against countermeasures.


-Armored Vehicles
TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano) - Argentina's main battle tank, the TAM was developed jointly between West Germany and Argentina to replace their aging fleet of WW2 vintage Shermans. Built on the hull of the Marder I infantry fighting vehicle and fitted with a modified turret from a Leopard 1, the TAM is a high speed, low profile tank. It's main armament is a locally produced copy of the Royal Ordanence L7 105mm rifled gun, and is fitted with 2 additional MAG 7.62 machine guns. The TAM serves as the basis for other vehicles, including the VCA 155 self propelled howitzer, the VCTP Infantry Fighting Vehicle (armed with a 20mm autocannon), VCTM Mortar Carrier (120mm Mortar), VCPC Command Carrier (MAG 7.62 MG), VCLC Mobile Rocket Launcher (160mm or 350mm Rockets), VCA Ambulance and VCRT recovery vehicle (MAG 7.62 MG). The TAM's speed and low profile give it good ambush opportunities, as well as being able to operate in some of the unforgiving terrain found around Argentina, while the main gun is still considered around the world to be suitable in tank engagements (with appropriate ammunition). However, in a one-on-one match, the TAM would not survive against a direct hit from any currently used Main Battle Tank.

SK-105 Kurassier - An Austrian-made light tank, the SK-105 shares a good deal in common with the AMX-13, which still sees some use in Argentina as well. Both tanks use an oscillating turret, which allows the use for a semi-automatic revolving magazine autoloader. With the SK-105, this is a 105mm rifled gun, feeding from two magazines of 6 rounds, with a total of 42 rounds in storage. After the rounds are discharged, the crew has to replace the magazines. The SK-105 has good fire control and speed, but the armor is very thin, since the vehicle had to be light enough to air transport on C-130 cargo planes. The combination of speed and an autoloader gun means that the SK-105 has excellent ambush capabilities, able to dart out, fire on targets rapidly, and then withdraw swiftly, but the poor armor means that the SK-105 is vulnerable to most anti-tank weapons used to date.

AMX-13 - A French-made light tank developed after World War Two, the AMX-13 uses an oscillating turret and an autoloading system, and was used mainly in the Middle East during the Cold War. The current model in Argentine service is the AMX-13/105 Modele 58, an upgrade to the base model by fitting a 105mm gun to replace the 75 and 90mm guns previously used in the AMX-13. The tank is known to be agile and versitile, with numerous variants built by France, but it is also known to be too thinly armored (the Israelis discovered this during the Six Day War, selling off their entire fleet afterwards). It is well suited to hit and run and ambush tactics, but considering the tank was considered under armored in 1967, that situation has only worsened, despite the sale of applique armor packages over the years.

M113 - An armored personnel carrier originating from the United States, the M113 is an extremely simple but adaptable vehicle that has spawned a wide range of successful combat vehicles. Able to carry 11 troops into combat, it is armored against small arms fire but anything heavier stands a good chance of getting through the thin armor and knocking it out. Currently, the M113A2 APC, M548A1 cargo carrier, and M557A1 Command Vehicle variants are the only types in service with the Argentine Army. That being said, the M113's adaptability has, in the past, led it to being upgraded into an anti-aircraft platform, anti-tank missile carrier and mortar carrier. The base models are typically armed with either a 7.62 MG or .50cal HMG.

AMX-13 VCPC - An armored personnel carrier based on the French AMX-13, the VCPC is capable of carrying 10 troops into combat. Like the M113, the VCPC is adaptable, but has only been observed to be in the APC role in the Argentine Army, and largely shares the same performance as the AMX-13 light tank it is based on.

ZBL-08 VN-1 - A new family of 8x8 combat vehicles built by China, the ZBL-08 is similiar in many regards to other contemporary wheeled combat vehicles, such as the MOWAG Pirhana or American Stryker, being adaptable to a wide range of roles, though the Argentine Army was only interested in the export IFV model. It is armed with a 30mm autocannon in a turret, with provisions for mounting a 7.62mm MG and an updated Chinese copy of the Soviet 9M14/AT-3 anti-tank missile (though the Argentine Army does not use the missile). It is armored against small-arms fire, but without armor upgrade packages, cannot withstand fire from dedicated anti-tank weapons.


-Aircraft
Lockheed Martin A-4AR Fightinghawk - An American made ground attack fighter, the A-4AR is a modernization package to the A-4M Skyhawk, updating the aircraft's avionics with those found in the F-16 Falcon. The A-4 has been known as a sturdy and agile aircraft that was well loved by it's aircrews and maintenence teams around the world. Not only has it seen combat over Vietnam, Israel, and even the Falklands, but it was also used for aggressor training until 2003 and even by the Blue Angels until they converted to the F/A-18 Hornet. Due to political and economic issues, the Argentine Air Force's only hope for modernization was the A-4AR, though the modernization is quite extensive. Though the A-4 is nimble, it is not capable of supersonic speeds, and is still ideally suited for ground attack missions.

FMA IA-58 Pucara - A locally designed and produced counter-insurgency aircraft, the Pucara is a twin-prop engine aircraft that is intended for ground attack missions. These aircraft served in the Falklands War, where they earned a reputation of being capable of withstanding a fair bit of ground fire, but being more or less helpless against enemy aircraft. For the role it was designed for, the Pucara is well suited for the task, being well armed and protected while having respectable speed and agility, but without proper coverage or when engaging prepared enemies, the Pucara falls short in the face of surface-to-air missiles and enemy air action.

FAdeA IA-63 Pampa - A locally designed and produced training aircraft, the Pampa is much like other contemporary advanced trainers, such as the Hawk or Alpha Jet, where it can be put into action in a strike role if required. As it is a trainer, it is designed to be responsive but not overly fast, clocking in at Mach 0.81. It does have some combat capabilities, both for training new combat pilots with munitions, and for a limited strike capability, though it is well under what contemporary strike trainers can carry. (650kg vs 2500kg on the Alpha Jet). Noteworthy is that the Alpha Jet was a strong influence on the Pampa's design, though with some differences in wing design and only being single engine powered.

Dassault Mirage 5/IAI Finger - The Mirage 5 is a French-made multi-role fighter, developed as part of their Mirage-series of delta-wing aircraft, while the IAI Finger is an Israeli made copy that was built in response to France's arms embargo on Israel. For the sake of brevity, both are grouped together since they're by and large the same aircraft. The Mirage 5 originally was intended as a simplified ground attack variant of the Mirage III at the request of the Israelis, but the design has evolved into a multi-role capacity. The Mirage 5 is a delta-wing aircraft with a respectable top speed and good weapons capability, making it suitable for either ground attack or air superiority missions.

Dassault Mirage III - A French-design, the Mirage III is a very successful second generation fighter aircraft, proven numerous times in conflicts all over the world. A supersonic delta-wing fighter originally intended as an interceptor, the design evolved over the years, and the current version in Argentina is the multi-role Mirage IIIE. Overall, it has proven to be a fast and agile aircraft with a respectable payload, with very few drawbacks to the overall design, though the avionics are severely dated (the Mirage IIIE first appeared in 1964), blunting the performance in the face of more modern aircraft.

Dassault Super Etendard - Developled by France to serve as a carrier based strike fighter, the Argentine Naval Air Force continues to operate this aircraft from land bases after the retirement of their aircraft carrier. The Super Etendard is a swept-wing subsonic aircraft intended to strike land and sea targets, though the payload capacity is severely limited (a Super Etendard can only carry one Exocet anti-ship missile at a time, for example). Overall, it is well suited to its role.

Bell UH-1H Huey - An extremely prolific American helicopter, the Huey is well regarded and used the world over since first appearing in the 1960s. Though intended for the "utility" role, transporting cargo and personnel, there have been cases of the Huey converted into an ad-hoc gunship. This has not yet been documented in Argentine service, however, who have so far used them for transport and SAR roles.

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:27:47 PM »
Given what I believe the ISA does, I dont see why not.

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:47:41 AM »
Field agent types mainly, but SAD operator types wouldnt be amiss either.

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: May 06, 2017, 11:47:24 PM »
Right on. We'll need some NATO spooks on the ground then, but we should be getting closer to things.

If anyone has any plot ideas in or out of the 2 rough drafts I tossed up, I'm all ears.

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Two of my favorites that are unknowns to most are actually a couple of French movies, Special Forces and Sky Fighters. They're both pretty good and the French military was heavily involved with both, which just adds to the whole experience.

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My two cents is that it's a nice touch, but I also know that the more complicated you get, the less accurate most translation sites get. I've learned that trying to get my point across to our Japanese Technical Advisers at work, you have to keep it simple or Google loses it in translation.

From a reader's perspective, the only problem I have is that as Thad did it, I'd have to scroll all the way down to read the translation, and then all the way back up to continue, and that breaks the flow for me. It's like when back in school how you'd have to keep glancing back down and up during old works, particularly anything by Shakespeare, at the notes. I'd prefer the translation somewhere closer, but that's iffy too because that can just as easily break the flow.

I don't mind it now and then, tossing in a few untranslated words or phrases for emphasis, but I also feel that as a writer, I'm kind of insulting my audience's intelligence by assuming they don't know that a character isn't necessarily speaking English at that time, you just can't have subtitles in writing like you would in movies where they're speaking their native language with subtitles.

So as much as I like it, I also think that this is a slippery slope because the last time I tried it, a speaker of that language basically called me an idiot and that all I did was copy and paste giberish. If it's just something you guys want to do, then by all means, but I don't think it should be policy for any non-English speaking dialogue to only be in that language with a translation elsewhere.

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lol....oh Frank...

Frank: "Pierce, you're disgusting!"
Hawkeye: "That's right, Frank, I've been discussing you, we've all discussed you're disgusting."

The Last Ship is on Hulu, it's actually pretty solid so far. Mankind is getting wiped out by a mystery virus, the last hope for a cure are two doctors on a USN Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer. They worked pretty closely with the Navy so they do a good job keeping accurate so far.

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Personnel Files / Sokolov, Mikhail Andreivich
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:14:04 PM »
Played By: Cipherhornet18

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[BASIC STATS]

    Full Name: Mikhail Andreivich Sokolov

    Age/ Birthday: 34 - 08/16/1983

   Nationality: Russian

    Rank, Title or Position: Major, "Grach" Team Lead, Vympel Group, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (Federal'naya sluzhba bezopasnosti Rossiyskoy Federatsii/FSB)

    Height: 6' 1"

   Build: Lean, Muscular

    Related Skills: Free-Fall Parachute (HALO), Intelligence Gathering/Recon, Clandestine Sabotage, Counter-Terrorism Tactics (Emphasis on nuclear safety enforcement), Underwater Combat Diving, Systema Martial Arts, Fluent in English, Spanish, Chechen

   Unrelated Skills: Amatuer Rock Climber, Fishing, Hunting

   Credentials: FSB Spetznaz Training Graduate, Russian Naval Infantry Training Graduate, St. Petersburg Naval Institute Naval Officer Program "Peter the Great Naval Corps" Graduate (BA - Military Science)



[DETAILED STATS]

 Appearance:
 Mikhail is fairly muscular and fit, and keeps his hair closely cropped. He does not sport any facial hair any longer than he has to, and has no major distinctive marks.   

 Personality:
 Mikhail believes in professionalism and commitment, he doesn't do anything halfway. He is very driven, which can put off those who want to err on the side of caution. He can show a sense of humor from time to time, but he consistently exudes an air of calm, seeing no point in getting worked up or panicking. 

 Hobbies/Interests:
When not on duty, Mikhail likes to remain active, often traveling to Central Asia to go rock climbing or going on extending camping trips in the forests of Russia. When possible, he also enjoys fishing and hunting, living outdoors.

 Field/Work Experience:
  • 2002 - Enrolled, St. Petersburg Naval Institute (Peter the Great Naval Corps)
  • 2006 - Graduated, St. Petersburg Naval Institute. Comissioned, Junior Lieutenant, Russian Navy. Completes Naval Infantry Training. Assigned, 888th Reconnaissance Battalion, 810th Marine Regiment, Black Sea Fleet
  • 2008 - Deployed, Russo-Georgian War (888th Reconnaissance Battalion, 810th Marine Regiment, Black Sea Fleet)
  • 2015 - Deployed, Russian Intervention in Syria (888th Reconnaissance Battalion, 810th Marine Brigade, Black Sea Fleet)
  • 2016 - Recruited, FSB Vympel
  • 2017 - Present
   

   
 Personal History:
Born in Moscow in the waning years of the Soviet Union, Mikhail had a difficult time growing up, trying to raise his younger siblings in spite of his dispondent mother and abusive father. One of his teachers, a retired naval officer, took notice and began to entice Mikhail with the prospect of a better life in the Russian Navy. With his siblings either turning to crime or running away, Mikhail applied himself to gaining a slot in the Naval Corps at the St. Petersburg Naval Institute. As soon as he was accepted, he broke all ties with his family.

Mikhail became an officer within the Black Sea Fleet's Naval Infantry arm, serving with their reconnaissance battalion. Shortly after joining, he was deployed in Russia's conflict with Georgia, getting a small taste of combat. He opted not to volunteer for operations outside of guarding his home base during the Ukranian Civil War, but was deployed to Syria in 2015. His skill and courage under fire in various battles across Syria gained him the notice of the Federal Security Service's elite Vympel Group, gaining him an invitation to join their ranks. He accepted the opportunity and has since been activated as a commando in FSB.   

 Relationships:
"Grach" Team - Mikhail's Squad - Good Relationship
Svetlana Sorkina - Ex-Girlfriend - Strained Relationship

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Personnel Files / Koralova, Larissa Fydorvena
« on: May 04, 2017, 04:33:27 PM »
Played By: Cipherhornet18

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[BASIC STATS]

    Full Name: Larissa Fydorvena Koralova

    Age/ Birthday: 29 - 03/03/1988

   Nationality: Russian

    Rank, Title or Position: Captain, Directorate S, Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation (Sluzhba vneshney razvedki/SVR)

    Height: 5' 9"

   Build: Lean

    Related Skills: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Gathering and Counter-Intelligence, Recruitment of foreign nationals, Deep-cover tactics, Terror and Sabotage, Urban Warfare, Assassination, SERE, Fluent in English (can adjust accent as needed), Spanish (no accent), Proficent in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Aggressive Driving, Systema Martial Arts (form does not have any stated "rank" structure)

   Unrelated Skills: Musician (Violin), Motorcycle Maintenence and Riding

   Credentials: SVR Field Operations Training, BA Psychology - Lomonosov Moscow State University (Education provided by SVR)



[DETAILED STATS]

 Appearance:
Larissa's stature is often mistaken as being weak or mousey, but that is far from the case and is exactly part of how she wants to be seen. Her small and lean build belies her physical endurance and strength, while her brown hair and brown eyes makes her very difficult to pick out of a crowd. A habit of her attire, however, is that she tends to favor a black leather jacket whenever possible.

 Personality:
In the field, Larissa's personality matches the role she needs to undertake, her deep cover training allowing her to act out her part with great accuracy. When not on operation, she keeps people at arm's length, remaining polite but not getting into much detail about herself. This is due in part to that the last time she formed an emotional attachment, it went over badly and she still feels the proverbial burn from it.

In regards to her mentality, she is a patriot, but a realist. She believes in doing what she has to in order to keep Russia safe and strong, but feels that lingering Cold War mentality makes her job that much harder. In all honesty, she harbors no real hatred towards any nationality, though she does distrust the motiviations of other agents, military personnel, and nearly every politician, with only Vladimir Putin the exception to that rule.   

 Hobbies/Interests:
As she has few friends, Larissa tends to pursue more intellectual hobbies and interests. One of her favorite parts about being a foreign agent is that when possible, she will try to take at least a day to find the local art museum and take in their works (despite the fact she admits to having to no artistic talent of her own). She is a fan of classical music, and does play the violin, while also taking the time to visit concert halls across the world. Past that, her other passion is motorcycles, with one of her few possessions in Moscow being a BMW street bike that was siezed.

 Field/Work Experience:   
  • 2006 - Recruited, SVR. Underwent field operations training and enrolled at State University of Moscow
  • 2010 - Graduated, State University of Moscow. Assigned, Directorate S, Latin America. Posted at Russian Embassy, Caracas, Venezeula
  • 2013 - Reassigned, Russian Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2014 - Reassigned, Russian Embassy, Havana, Cuba
  • 2017 - Present
   
 Personal History:
 Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Larissa was abandoned by her parents at only a year old. She was quickly taken in by a new family, her adoptive mother was a theater arts director at the local university and her adoptive father was a mid-level officer in the KGB who was later forced out after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite the hardship of growing up in Russia during the transition from the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation, Larissa's adoptive family did all they could for her. But it did create a strange situation where she was learning acting and cultural arts from her mother and picking up her father's still fanatical devotion to the state.

Larissa soon began to seek out something to meet both of those needs, and her father's remaining contacts in the agencies that supersceded the KGB led her to the newly formed SVR. They soon found her to be an ideal candidate for being a field agent, training her and even sending her to the State University of Moscow for a degree in Psychology. After graduation, Larissa was assigned to operations in South America, mainly keeping tabs in Venezuela with recent deals made between Moscow and Caracas.

After the death of Hugo Chavez and the downturn of Venezuela's economy, Larissa was recalled to Russia and reassigned to the Russian embassy in Canada. It was there she began a relationship with one of the press attaches, but broke it off after discovering he was a plant by Canadian intelligence. The feeling of betrayal by one of the few people she's had ties to emotionally has had last effects, and she quickly requested a change of posting, ending up in Cuba, where she's remained until recieving new orders.

 Relationships:
Colonel Sergei Yushenko, SVR - Mentor, Section Chief - Good Relationship
Boris Lytanin - Adoptive Father - Good Relationship
Lyudmilla Lytanina - Adoptive Mother - Good Relationship

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:45:55 PM »
I'd like to start up a sign up for this, see what kind of interest we have. I'll figure out how best to break it down once we've got people.

Larissa Koralova - Captain, SVR (Field Operative)
Mikhail Sokolov - Major, FSB, Vympel Group (AFO Team Lead) (I can run the team myself and fill it out later with additional players like other teams have been)

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I actually got to meet Richard Dean Anderson at Phoenix ComicCon. Great guy.

But my addled brain cant come up with favorite individuals. Now, groups, 2 came to mind.

The crew of the USS Nathan James on The Last Ship, and of course, the good ol 4077th MASH. Id say Stargate stuff more, but I wanted to be diverse. More to come when Im not brain dead.

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Greetings, Introductions, and Welcomes / Hello!
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:59:02 AM »
Figure I'll do this too. Some of you already know me, some don't.

So.

I'm Spencer, 28, living currently in Fallon, NV. Its a rural town that only exists because of NAS Fallon in northern Nevada, about 60mi east of Reno. I work some odd hours, so Im likely to be asleep when most of you are on. No kids, no gf.

I've been reading Tom Clancy since I was 14, and I'm into quite a bit of sci-fi, but not fantasy, the closest I get is Skyrim. Past that, love history, guns, combat aircraft and been getting into tanks too.

So, glad to be here.

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:50:39 PM »
So a couple of angles I thought of at work.

1 - The source: While there are plenty of soldiers and airmen in the Venezuelan Military simply looking to take bribes to feed their families or move them out of the country, the bigger issue is the top brass who simply want to live the good life. Some may genuinely care about their troops, reluctantly taking the Cartel's money because with plata o pluma, the only other option is that the Cartel slaughters their family, slowly. But others, the Cartel's money spends as good as anyone else's, and they'll keep every penny for themselves to prop up living the good life while their countrymen starve. Both are a threat. For the reluctant ones, threats won't work, so finding out a way to spare them the Cartel's wrath while keeping their equipment in Venezuela will be a challenge. The latter ones, stopping them and ensuring the deal never goes through is more direct.

2 - The border: Obviously, the Brazilian government isn't going to just open their borders. They're already on edge for militant factions or refugees daring to make the attempt to cross over from Venezuela. But the Cartel is willing to grease the wheels in the government and border guards to ensure that their merchandise makes it in and out of the country without NATO interference. Corruption will play a part, as will those intimidated into playing along.

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