Original Concept by a friend known as ImportantNobody, from another site IC Thread Introduction Welcome to New Peaks Academy, known simply as Fight School! Normal classes do exist, but I can assume that's not the main reason you're here. No, you're likely interested in the many fights to be had; officially sanctioned or otherwise, 1 vs. 1, team battles, and even tournaments... all taking place within the same continuity. Friendships and rivalries will be formed. Great victories and bitter defeats experienced. For better of for worse, the memories of your adventures while attending New Peaks High for these four years will last a lifetime. They will mold you from an unknown fighter to a champion worthy of worldwide recognition. English is the official language of communication at New Peaks. The high school is located on a private island in the Pacific Ocean, and was started by a wealthy group of investors from the United States. While English is the most commonly spoken language at the school, translators are on staff for any student who is not fluent in the language. As it is technically an international academy, any and all forms of martial arts are welcomed, if not already represented among the student body and staff. This thread's IC will be used for both the fights and the normal character interaction. That being said, and Player-versus-Player fight posts should have a title at the top that states _______ vs. _______. --------------------------------------------------------------- The Challenge Board Fights between students, from 1 vs. 1 to a team battle of any number of students, can be done at any time as long as someone submits a form to the Challenge Board, all student involved signs their name, and a stamp of approval is placed on the form. This will be represented in this OOC by the challenger posting something like this: "I, (insert here the name of the student you will be using as well as any other allies), challenge (name of any opposing students listed here) to a battle at Arena (insert the number here of any arena not being used at the same time in the storyline)." … or something similar that signifies your challenge to another player. Everyone involved must make it clear in the OOC that they will be participating, and then I or any other GM I may appoint will approve it. Once approved, data on the fight will be added to this opening post. --------------------------------------------------------------- Tournaments There's a school-wide tournament taking place every year at midterms and finals. All students are required to attend. If you don't want to or are not able to, however, we can just assume your character fought an NPC off screen and lost. Otherwise I will talk with everyone, consider who they think they would each be a good match for or who they want to fight, and set up brackets based on that. Or, I could just have people roll dice to see who fights who or something. Special tournaments may be created through popular demand with specific attributes in mind. For example, MMA, kendo, and so on... so players can occasionally have different rule sets than normal. Not everyone has to attend these, but may submit their intention to do so. Tournaments will be announced ahead of time, giving players time to wrap up any personal plot or interesting developments that are occuring for them. During the tourney, non-tournament IC activity should be kept to a minimum --------------------------------------------------------------- Unsanctioned Fights This is always an option and you can ignore all the rules as long as everyone involved agrees on any deviations taking place. For example, you can agree on a fight to break out in the hallway, but if you want to pull a knife on them then make sure to ask for permission beforehand. However... unsanctioned fights will have consequences if they are not done properly or if a player gets caught by an instructor. These consequences vary in severity depending on the fight itself. If you are caught in an unsanctioned match that breaks very few rules, then they will be fairly trivial. If you're being a bully, you might get suspended. If you actively tried to kill a fellow student, you might just be expelled. --------------------------------------------------------------- Fighting System Player Vs. Player combat is decided by a roll of the dice, with the winner having the higher result. Click HERE for the dice mechanics and an example of how it works. That said, I don't want the person with the lower result to just half-ass it for the fight they get into. I WILL give rewards to people who can make a fight entertaining regardless of if they win or lose. Read if unfamiliar with Arena-Style combat (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Read if unfamiliar with Arena-Style combat (open) Read if unfamiliar with Arena-Style combat (close) Every post besides the beginning three are comprised of first a reaction and then an action. The first two are introducing the characters to the battle where they cannot take any action against each other, then the third post is what starts the battle off, skipping the reaction step and jumping straight to the action. Reaction is going off of what your opponent has written in their latest post. If they are swinging their fist at you, for example, then you may use this opportunity to respond to this attack in any manner that you feel fit as long as it can reasonably occur. A reaction could also be receiving the hit, more then likely because you didn't have any other reasonable options available to you... or perhaps you like a more cinematic fight where everyone gets a bit beaten up and the winner only emerges victorious by a small margin. This reaction portion of the post does not exist in the first post because there is nothing to react to. Posts should be made as detailed as possible to avoid confusion. If you say something overly vague such as "I run up and attack him" then your opponent may ask you to clarify. If you refuse to do so for some reason, they can interpret your post however they see fit, assuming your attack can be a head butt to their shin and react accordingly if that's what they wish. That being said, the more you elaborate the less wiggle room they have.. Judges/GMs watch over fights to make sure nobody is abusing the rules. If no disagreements are made or able to be resolved between the participants then the judges don't have to be brought up. However, if there is something that can't otherwise be resolved then up to 2 judges for normal matches and up to 4 for tournaments (not controlled by any participants) may take part officially and any disagreement between them can be brought to the attention of the head judge (me or anyone elected to substitute for me). Unofficial input can be given by any number of people within the OOC. Judges can end the fight if they believe too much serious damage is being done to the students. Read if familiar with Arena-Style combat (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Read if familiar with Arena-Style combat (open) Read if familiar with Arena-Style combat (close) Don't be a jackass, use your brain, and get banned if you godmod or metagame. --------------------------------------------------------------- Ranking Students are ranked between E to S after showing their abilities through various tests encompassing every facet of what makes a skilled fighter. It's still possible for a rank E to beat a rank S, but that would be highly unlikely. E rank is for the average joe or below who has yet to receive much or any proper training. Every increase in rank is generally though of as being able to beat two of the rank below you. So a D3 could take on two E3 characters and generally win without taking serious damage. NPC Students are often rank E to D in their first year, D to C in their second year, C to B in their third year, and B or A in their forth year. Player Characters will likely scale higher than this, of course... they're player characters, after all. S-Rank are the exceptionally skilled, people who received additional training after graduation, and/or are instructors... so most NPC students never reach this rank. There's an additional 1 to 3 ranking after the letter for even more precise ranking, so a D1 would be close to C in rank while a C3 would be among the weakest of the C ranks. To increase in rank you must pass a test in a ceremony specifically designed to allow this. (that is to say, if you think your character can achieve a higher rank, PM me and we can talk about it) Even if you are as good as a C rank, for example, you'll stay a D1 until you pass. There's a ceremony every semester that you may take part in. --------------------------------------------------------------- Grades This is just for fun, but may help explain why students fight more than just the giggles. They get 60 out of 100 points from their normal classes and 40 points put into the fighting portion. If they score a 70 in total... they pass, but if they want to fight as little as possible, that will require near perfect scores going into the 60 possible points out of 100 for the academic portion and at LEAST 10 points for fighting, ending them with a max of 10 if they had fought and scored 0 points in the tournaments. For every fight you participate in, you receive 1 point toward your final GPA. This ensures that everyone fights at least a couple dozen times throughout the year to ensure their grades are good. However, you can only earn a maximum of 50 points through fighting. This ensures that prolific fighters cannot neglect their studies. If your character ends up failing then they can make it up in a summer school training program. The lower your score is the more hard work you suffer through. --------------------------------------------------------------- Magic, Powers, and Martial Arts Characters will be of similar power to what can be seen from many fighting games such as Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Tekken, etc. There can be magical abilities of varying nature as long as it isn't powerful enough to give you a definitive advantage over fighters without magic. For example, Blanka from Street Fighter can shoot electricity out of his skin, but he's still able to be defeated by someone without any such magical powers. His electricity cannot instantly fry their heart, it's not always on, not so fast nobody can see it coming and not able to avoid it, etc. There must be considerable disadvantages either to the magic or other qualities of the fighter to balance things out. Magic should also follow a theme, so no "I can do everything" magic. As for non-magical fighting, it will involve some suspension of disbelief. The fighters will be able to act around peak human and not blatantly break the laws of physics, although may have some highly unlikely fighting ability being demonstrated. You can be knocked back dramatically and slam into walls and still keep fighting, do flip kicks, run along walls for brief moments, etc. Obviously, for someone without magic, they'd probably be better at this sort of fighting in exchange. Vital Spirit is the energy of the soul that every living creature has. This can be used to hand wave certain normally lethal damage as only incapacitating then to help avoid accidentally killing each other too often. Of course people can still die, it's just harder to do so if they have plot armor given to them by this excuse. The energy that provides for magic is called chi/ki/aura, and is the detectible energy felt resonating from a person, especially more powerful individuals. Examples being if a D-Rank character angers an S-Rank character, they will be able to “feel” the strength and power of that person to some extent. Martial Arts can be chosen from any of the hundreds of various styles that exist in the world today, made up (if described well enough), or hybridized styles like MMA or Kajukenbo. For a nice assortment of basic styles to choose from, click HERE. --------------------------------------------------------------- The Campus New Peaks Academy is a sprawling campus, with several buildings that house the various classrooms. In addition, off of the school grounds there are same-sex dorms where the students live. Sorry... no Co-Ed stuff here. The staff knows you're all a bunch of hormone-ridden teens. Other than the dorms, there are several restaurants that the students and faculty can stop at to eat, shops to get books and games and trinkets, a couple parks to relax in (complete with those charcoal grills you see in some parks, if you feel like having a cookout!), and a grocery store where you can buy foodstuffs to take back to your dorm. To this end, students are given a stipend of $200 USD per month to spend as they see fit. This means if you blow it all on that game console you wanted... you better have some way to get food for yourself. Students CAN take part-time jobs if they choose to. Click HERE for a map of the campus. Dorm Room Layouts Male Dorms 1: Single-Floor Building, spacious studio-style dorms. Click HERE for floor plan. Male Dorms 2: Used mainly for students attending on Scholarship or Outreach Programs. Two-Story building, Studio-style dorms. Click HERE for floor plan. Male Dorms 3: Single-Floor Building, Luxurious Studio-Style Dorms w/ small deck. Click HERE for floor plan. =================================================================================== Female Dorms 1: Single-Floor Building, Studio-style dorms. Click HERE for floor plan. Female Dorms 2: Used mainly for students attending on Scholarship or Outreach Programs. Two-Story Building, Studio-style dorms. Click HERE for floor plan. Female Dorms 3: Single Floor building, Luxurious Studio-style Dorms w/ small ground-level deck Click HERE for floor plan. --------------------------------------------------------------- Factions As with many schools, there are students who get together in like-minded groups. These are called "factions" at New Peaks Academy. There are four main factions, as well as a fifth sub-faction. They are as follows. #1: Imperius Gloria (Move your mouse to reveal the content) #1: Imperius Gloria (open) #1: Imperius Gloria (close) Founded during the inaugural year of New Peaks Academy, Imperius Gloria is all about personal growth and development. Faction members only have a loose affiliation with one another, and are often found doing whatever they can to one-up members of other factions. This behavior extends to members of their own faction as well, but to a lesser extent. Many a member of Imperius Gloria has been reprimanded for rulebreaking on at least one occasion. It is known the faction undertakes less than fair methods of ensuring they attain only the highest honors at New Peaks, including bounties, bullying, and even serious physical harm, but thus far no solid evidence has been procured against the group as a whole. Faction mascot: A Gladiator. Current Faction Head: Shotaro Yanmei #2: The Janissaries (Move your mouse to reveal the content) #2: The Janissaries (open) #2: The Janissaries (close) This faction arose shortly after Imperius Gloria rose to power, in a full-hearted attempt to usurp their iron grip on Twin Peaks' inner-school society. Their innate values are of polar opposite to the Imperius; group success and growth is far more important to the members of this group than solitary progress. To the people who call themselves Janissaries, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. While the Janissaries failed in their attempt to bring a more permanent peace amongst the factions, they are not one to give up, and continue pushing a way of peace with few listeners. They will often go out of their way to make new students feel welcome, assist those in need of tutoring, and organize and run many of the school's public events. Faction Mascot: A Beagle. Current Faction Head: Weiss LeBlanc #3: The Khuzos (Move your mouse to reveal the content) #3: The Khuzos (open) #3: The Khuzos (close) For a few years, New Peaks maintained a two-faction system, the Imperius Gloria holding power, and the Janissaries futilely trying to stop them. One year, a young man by the name of Josef Sokolov asked a question that is still repeated by many a confused first-year student: "Why must we fight outside the battlefield?" Sokolov saw every battle as a new work of art, a new reason to keep living, for another story was about to be written as the competitors stared each other in the eyes before combat. Known for being a very artistic, poetic person, Sokolov seceded from the Janissaries with many like-minded individuals, forming the Khuzos. The Khuzos are far less competitive than the other factions, and prefer to only fight when absolutely necessary or instructed. They are best known for their grace, aptitude, and poise while performing in a fight, taking extra care that each and every one of their moves is exactly how it should be. A fight is not just a way to injure another, it is a way to bring beauty into the world, they say. Faction Mascot: A Water Strider. #4 Hijos de la Sabiduría (Move your mouse to reveal the content) #4 Hijos de la Sabiduría (open) #4 Hijos de la Sabiduría (close) Founded only two years ago, Hijos de la Sabiduría does not generally concern itself with fighting. The average member fights as little as possible, often only participating in the bare minimum number of bouts and the exam tournament that takes place at the end of each semester.The reasoning for this is that they believe a sharp mind leads to a sharp body as well. As such, the Imperius Gloria particularly enjoy making examples of this faction with every opportunity they receive. Members of this faction are incredibly bright, and some are capable of quickly analyzing their opponents for errors or weaknesses. However, the lesser degree of focus on the physical aspect of fighting leads many of them to be unable to capitalize on what they figure out. Regardless, the group has grown significantly since being founded. Collaboration with the Khuzos is not unheard of for this faction, as the two seem to get along better than any other pairing. Faction Mascot: Horned Owl #5 Mendicants (Move your mouse to reveal the content) #5 Mendicants (open) #5 Mendicants (close) Not so much a real faction as a catch-all for students attending New Peaks via the school's numerous outreach and low-income scholarship programs, Mendicants are only called such as an insult by the more financially-sound students of the school. Still, in recent years the lower-income students have begun to band together under this name and seem to wear it as a badge of honor, shoving it in the faces of their wealthy peers. Despite this recent mobilization, New Peaks has yet to officially recognize this group of less-fortunates as a true faction, a weapon Imperius Gloria holds over their heads daily. Mendicants can be members of the other four factions, though a Mendicant being accepted into Imperius Gloria is incredibly rare. --------------------------------------------------------------- Alternative Lifeforms Due to magical influences... or on rare occasions, genetic experiments, it's possible that some people have developed nonhuman features such as horns, tails, scales, etc. The term "Parahuman" is the politically correct one, but they can also be called things like half breeds, subhumans, beast folk, etc. Cases of alternative lifeforms are uncommon, but they are generally treated unfairly. Especially in "civilized" parts of the world. Just make sure they didn't get their abilities through drinking the blood of innocents, experimenting on unwilling test subjects, etc. and it should be fine. Well, legally fine, but you still might be treated poorly by other students. Some animals are given intelligence and humanoid qualities this way, but due to how silly it might make things if kung-fu ducks start appearing, I'm going to have to disallow stuff like this in most cases. --------------------------------------------------------------- Rules I may or may not add more rules to this list as it comes to my attention. I may have forgotten some things. 1. No weapons are allowed in standard battles with the exception of magically created/summoned weapons. You may bring out any sort of weapons in unofficial battles, but prepare yourself for the consequences when you are caught. There are a few special tournaments that allow certain qualified weapons, such as shinai for the kendo tournament, so if there are multiple characters who make use of the same weapon, ask me about it and I may organize a tournament or special event for them. The weapon cannot be overly lethal such as steel-blades swords, heavy maces, spears, etc. Such weapons will be blunted, wooden, etc. 2. New Peaks Academy follows the rules of the country it was started by, this being the USA. As such, no student may consume alcohol or smoke tobacco. Staff members may do so, and can purchase such things at the stores on the island. Any STUDENT who is caught with this sort of contraband will be punished accordingly. There are also no drugs permitted on the island, and severe punishments are handed down to any student caught with narcotics or paraphernelia. This is in addition to the investigation that will commence to find out HOW they got it. 3. No killing or severely damaging your opponents. This includes rupturing organs, splintering bones, snapping necks, severe burns, freezing, etc. If you carry out an attack with such a capability and have no intention of stopping, Any judge present can stop them without fail, no matter what. As a result, your character may suffer realistic punishments. If it was an accident and only something that would wound and not kill them then it will be pretty lenient, but if your character is intentionally trying to kill their fellow students then don't expect them to be around very long unless they're really good at covering this up. They can still take part in unofficial battles though. There will be a very talented school nurse on site who can pretty much magically heal wounds most people can't, but is not able to heal everything. Get kicked in the chest and crack your sternum, it's still going to take at least a few days to heal... magic or not. 4. No other official rules exist in battle besides the first two rules and stopping when the judges say to. Granted, rule number 2 does encompass quite a bit of things that would be illegal. Other mid-fight rules are to be decided between the players who are fighting. 5. Don't keep your opponent waiting on a post for more than three days unless you give proper warning beforehand. If not then your opponent can deal moderate damage to them, but not enough to incapacitate them. If three more days pass and they still haven't posted, you may then incapacitate them. 6. Winning the battle can be stopping your foe from being able to fight, getting them to surrender, withholding what would have been a fatal blow but making it evident that you could have done so, or knocking them out. Unlike real life, suspension of disbelief allows people to be knocked unconscious for extended periods without suffering traumatic brain injury (unless that is your desired outcome). Therefore, knockouts are treated as perfectly normal, valid methods of winning. 7. Put “First Rule of Fight School, don't fail Fight School” somewhere on your CS so that I know you read these rules. 8. You may have up to two characters. If you want one to be an instructor/teacher, PM me and we can discuss it. 9. You may have a student transfer to the school at any time or just pretend they were always there. It's a big school, so maybe your guy/girl just didn't get noticed too much before you made them into a Player Character. The RP will START on the first day of school for the year, but any characters brought in later are subject to this rule. 10. Being a Private School, tuition at New Peaks is not cheap. Please note if your character is from a wealthy family, or at New Peaks on a Scholarship of some sort. 11. Players don't have to post every day, but I expect at least one post per week per player in order to keep things moving at a steady pace. 12. Cooperative posts are encouraged. If you do not know how to do a co-post or what a co-post even is, Just ask. 13. This is not a place for those who make short posts. Posts will be two paragraphs or longer unless there is almost nothing for you to respond to. Violating this rule once will result in a warning. Repeat violations may result in removal from the RP. 14. Players are free to come up with names for the various stores or restaurants on the island, as well as what KIND of stores they are. This is to be kept reasonable, of course. I am able to overturn the creation of any buildings that are too odd or don't fit the setting. Similarly, players may also make and control lesser NPCs to make their posts seem more interactive and realistic for a busy school setting. Major NPCs such as Teachers may not be made or controlled without prior GM permission. --------------------------------------------------------------- Fight School Fight Song --------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Contests!!! Every week I will hold a contest between active players. The theme will vary, but will usually involve adding something to your character in some way. This is to encourage development and interaction, while keeping things fun and entertaining. Week 1 Contest: Character Theme Songs. Week 1 Winner: Greased Smitening. Week 2 Contest: Character Guilty Pleasure. Week 2 Winner: Greased Smitening Week 3 Contest: Character's Childhood Hero. Week 3 Winner: AudVis Week 4 Contest: Character Catchphrase. Week 4 Winner: Cheselth Week 5 Contest: Character Pet Peeves. Week 5 Winner: Asuras Week 6 Contest: Character's Strange Talent. Week 6 Winner: CFavano Week 7 and 8 Contest: Arena Creation. Week 7-8 Winner: AudVis --------------------------------------------------------------- School I.D. Cards and Background Checks The following I.D. is for students Name: I.D. Number: (Come up with a random 8 digit number) Rank: (E3 to C1, please. NO 1st-Year student may start higher than C-Rank) Year: (I would like people to make 1st-year students, but if you PM me with a cool concept, I may allow 2nd or possibly 3rd year students) Nationality: Age: (Keep it high school range, 13-16 area, although some young prodigies or people who had to retake years can get a slightly wider age range then normal... but no ten year olds or full-on adults) Sex/Gender: Appearance: (Picture preferred, but descriptions are fine) Fighting Style: (Students may have one martial arts style if they specialize in it, and be up to Black-Belt Level, or two styles if they want to have a broader skill-set, but may not be black-belt in either one) Powers: (Low-Tier neat powers. Nothing like “I can hurl fireballs that consume my foes” or “I can see attacks before they even happen, and react as fast as lightning”.) Personality:(At least one paragraph of detail, please. “Shy and timid” means “please send this character home to their family”) Background: (At least three paragraphs here, please.) --------------------------------------------------------------- You may also submit an I.D. for judges/instructors. Rather then "Grade", type in "Occupation", exclude Rank and I.D. number, and up their age limit to whatever. These guys and gals obviously don't fight under most circumstances. The instructors can be used for training students, to further plots between players, etc. --------------------------------------------------------------- Student Roster I will hyperlink everyone's accepted characters here. Accepted Students Vincento Sarconni de Palermo, played by Beta Junkiro Iwazuma, played by Greased Smitening Gerald Berry, played by LStorm Hikaru Tsukuda, played by ImportantNobody Kiyami Xiang Yi, played by RisingPhoenix Cyst Voltromvskey, played by Daws Combine Kairi Hisane, played by Detective Zero Troy F. Duncan, played by UnderstandableAtrocity Shotaro Yanmei, played by Beta Accepted Staff/Faculty Jacob Henderson, created by KiroAkira Weiss LeBlanc, NPC created by Beta Established Student NPCs Elias Palamara (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Elias Palamara (open) Elias Palamara (close) Elias is a third-year student of B-1 Rank, a mid-ranking member of the Hijos de la Sabuduria faction, a veritable genius when it comes to computers, and has strong ties to the Imperius Gloria faction. Originally hailing from Greece, his family later moved to Thailand when he was only six years old after his father's business moved their headquarters there. Elias is a practitioner of Muay Lert Rit, and holds a Black Band in the style. Personality: Elias is a bit of a "snake-in-the-grass" kind of guy. He's polite enough in most circumstances, but there is always an ulterior motive behind it. Why? Simple. He loves to manipulate people and see how they respond. Power: Smokescreen - Elias can convert his aura/energy/chi into an opaque field similar to fog or smoke. This effect can fill an area as large as 2000 cubic feet (an area somewhat larger than there is within the back of a large U-Haul truck) at most before it thins drastically and is not as effective. He usually uses smaller and more concentrated bursts of smoke to directly obscure the vision of his foes by thrusting the smoke in their faces. Csenge Hajos (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Csenge Hajos (open) Csenge Hajos (close) NPC Created by LStorm Csenge Hajós is a second-year student of B-2 rank, blue-orange cord in Capoeira and more recently, a sore spot for the Imperius Gloria. She is slowly turning into a force of influence that might end up upsetting the social order of New Peaks. While her first year has been reasonably quiet save for some flashy victories on her side, she has been involved in many rash happenings as of late. She and her circle of friends have been stirring up trouble by standing up for bullied students, especially Mendicants and non-human individuals, often engaging the bullies in unsanctioned fights. During these, she always claims that she is fighting for equality. Because of her upbringing, she can speak both English and Hungarian fluently, but she does not come from a wealthy family. She is a scholarship student, having caught the eye of New Peaks by winning a well-known tournament at the age of 14. Personality: Somehow managing to be reasonably polite but brash and challenging at the same time, those who earn Csenge's ire will quickly find themselves the targets of harsh, degrading insults that flow like finely-made poetry. She may use polite terms to refer to people, but she will not hesitate to challenge you if she thinks that your head is up your own ass, which happens more frequently than it should. She is never one to back off from a fight, even if she does not have a chance, which had earned her some begrudging respect from many factions. Her sense of camaderie is also very strong; she places a lot of trust in her friends and those who support her cause, not to mention that she speaks far more softly to them. It should also be noted that she always seems to respect authority, with the keyword being 'seems'. Power: Extraordinary balance. Hard to sweep her feet from under her, hardly gets dizzy or disoriented. Other: She wears fake cat ears firmly attached to her head as a sign of her protest against New Peaks' subtle forms of discrimination and refuses to take them off even during fights. Rumours say that she does not take them off at all, not even in the shower. Siu Zhenzhen Lei Fong (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Siu Zhenzhen Lei Fong (open) Siu Zhenzhen Lei Fong (close) NPC Created by Cfavano Siu is a Second-year Student of Rank B-2, and a mid-ranking member of Imperius Gloria. She is a natural at the martial arts, trained since age five by People's Republic of China after her parents put her up for adoption. Already having one child, they had no choice but to do so according to local law. Shortly thereafter, Siu was 'adopted' and trained by government officials. She was tested daily in the physical and mental arts, and taught only to accept the best from herself. Years later she was sent off to New Peaks to show the Glory of the People's Republic. She is a practitioner of Nanshequan (Southern Snake) and is 2nd Dan Black Belt. Personality: Siu was mentally conditioned to love the Party and to take nothing less than victory. To that end, she will do all in her power to win, no matter the cost or the consequences. Noticeably, she lacks a self-preservation instinct, and has been sent to the infirmary many times, and usually wins fights through sheer ferocity. She is cunning and calculating, willing to exploit any weakness, stoop to any level to win. That is all there is in her mind, nothing else matters. Win, and bring glory to the Party. Anything less is failure, and failure is not acceptable. Power: Steel Keratin - Her hair and nails, while maintaining their lightness and flexibility, have taken on the durability of high-carbon steel, to the point where she needs to use power tools to cut her hair and nails. These, she uses as weapons. She keeps her nails sharp as a rule, but before sanctioned fights, she has them honed to a scalpel-sharp edge. She has also found a way to use her hair as a weapon, making many little whip-like braids that she can injure her opponent with. Because of this mutation, her fingers, toes, and their nailbeds have also strengthened, to prevent/reduce accidental injury. Dan Williams (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Dan Williams (open) Dan Williams (close) Powerfully built and quicker than he appears, Dan Williams is a Second-Year C3-Rank student at New Peaks Academy who is not affiliated with any of the factions. Son of a wealthy land-owner in Texas, Dan was given everything a boy could want. But while his dad wanted him to go into football, Dan just couldn't keep out of fights in elementary school... so he started taking lessons in American Kickboxing. By the time he got into middle school, Dan's grades were on the rise again and he was on the fast track to stardom... until he heard about New Peaks Academy and pestered his dad to send him there for High School. Personality: Dan is as American as apple pie and as subtle as an Abrams tank. even his clothes show off how patriotic he is. Sure, there's no way he could have been in the armed forces... but that doesn't stop him from wearing a bomber jacket and decking it out with a bunch of fake medals... AND having his name stitched into it. Mess with Dan, and you mess with AMERICA. Power: None Miranda Walsh (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Miranda Walsh (open) Miranda Walsh (close) Miranda Walsh is a fifteen year old 1st Year student at New Peaks Academy, Brown-Belt practitioner of Kajukenbo, and holds a rank of C3. An odd case, Miranda is a skilled young martial artist who was injured in a car accident last year and stuck in a coma. Her father was told she would likely never wake up. Not content to let his only daughter die, Mr. Walsh (owner of several profitable casinos in Las Vegas) paid for a highly experimental procedure with only a small chance of success. The procedure would replace over 75% of Miranda's body with robotic components. The procedure was a success, and Miranda came out of the coma shortly after it was finished. Only her head and upper torso remained from her original body. As a result, she has slightly enhanced strength, speed, and durability. While some might say it grants her an unfair advantage, her reaction times and range of motion are still very human. She also is not an artificial intelligence, as her mind is the same as before the accident. Personality: Miranda now believes she can survive anything. After enduring a terrible car wreck, a coma, and a series of experimental surgeries... why wouldn't she? Now that she can run faster, jump higher, and fight harder than before, Miranda has all the confidence in the world. However, this only applies to athletic endeavors. Socially, she feels like a freak. She doesn't think any boys will like her (because she can't do things other girls can), she thinks everyone stares at her, and she refuses to join any factions for fear of being singled out or picked on. Power: Cybernetic Body (Enhanced Strength, Speed, and Durability) DRAWBACKS: Needs connected to a 220v Power Supply for a minimum of 4hrs per day, receive nutrition intravenously, and undergo dialysis three times a week. Matt and Brett Elspeth (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Matt and Brett Elspeth (open) Matt and Brett Elspeth (close) Matt Brett Matt is ranked at D1, Brett Elspeth is ranked at C2. Brett is one year Matt's senior, but waited to join New Peaks with his brother so that they could learn and develop together. After their mother died in Matt's childbirth, their father became the sole caretaker of the brothers. Unable to cope with her death, he began drinking heavily by the time Brett had turned six. As a result, much of their childhood was spent doing chores, being abused by a drunk father, and often caring for themselves when their dad went out drinking or passed out in a stupor. On Brett's thirteenth birthday, their father was admitted to the hospital after drinking far too much at his birthday party. He died of alcohol poisoning not six hours later. Left to fend for themselves on the streets for two years, Matt and Brett would often find themselves in seedy restaurants and bars to find their food and drink. One night, the two of them watched a kickboxing championship on grainy, low-definition television in a dive bar. Though the definition was low, their interest was high, and soon they returned every Saturday to watch the fights. Brett never got over the kickboxing championship, and soon went to the library every other day to watch videos and train himself in the art. Matt, however, couldn't really decide on a fighting style; in the end, he partially copied his brother and visited the library with him, though there are hints of boxing and karate thrown in his fighting style as well. The brothers got their chance in the spotlight when a New Peaks recruiter, already having completed his visit to London to interview a potential prodigy, spotted the brothers fighting off some rowdy hobos in an alley, sending them flying further than boys their age honestly should. Intrigued, he took the boys aside, offering them a chance to improve their lives at New Peaks if they could impress the instructors as they had impressed him. Leaping at the opportunity, the Elspeth brothers flew to New Peaks, showcasing their unique strengths to the judges. However, when asked to perform individually, both refused: They had decided two years ago that they would never fight alone, and they weren't going to change that rule just for the judges. This concerned them; after a controversial meeting, it was decided they would receive a 'young prodigy' scholarship to New Peaks. However, it is not a full scholarship; the boys are often pressed for money, and work shifts in the market area as often as possible to cover the remaining costs. Personalities: Brett's your typical jock. Overconfident in his own abilities, loves meat and working out. He's got a soft spot for classical music and has a love for anything deep-fried. Matt's a coward without Brett around. Tends to look to him for all his advice. Has a thing for Mexican food, and is a distance runner. He's arrogant when he has his brother for backup. Power: Brotherly Bond: When the Elspeths are within 2-3 meters of each other, their strength is increased a moderate amount. When separated, it decreases until they are close again. Marlene Torres (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Marlene Torres (open) Marlene Torres (close) Marlene Torres She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic along with two other older siblings. Her parents founded and own an expensive business called Azure Waters Beachfront Resort, making them one of the wealthiest families in the country that sees many rich and famous individuals drop by while on a Caribbean vacation. They have plenty of connections, so plenty of advertisements to entice people from around the world. Her father, named Emmanuel Torres, was actually a champion heavyweight boxer, and her mother had been a martial arts superstar... a wrestler, in fact. La Tiburona, who always got crazy new ways to "dispatch" her opponents. With her wealth, partially thanks to a large sum of inheritance from her actress mother, the two built a resort that started out small but grew into the massive success it is today. As a child, Marlene enjoyed watching sports and emulating them, wanting to be the best there was who could crush all others beneath her heel like her mom and pop. Her father got an old boxing buddy named Lucas King to personally visit her and test out what she'd be good at so that she could find her true calling and take part in her dream. He noticed a strange wind pattern flowing around her legs when she kicked, if only ever so slightly, so tested her kick out more and more, advising her to become a kick boxer to take advantage of this possible magical power, however weak it was. It intrigued her that she could be so gifted and special so it helped motivate her even more, spending large portions of her down time kicking the air to try and bring out her powers, focusing on how the air felt around her skin and feet. Hearing about a school called New Peaks, she decided that this would be her final stepping stone on her path to further greatness. Perhaps they could even teach her how to properly harness her magical talent and hone all of her abilities to the max. She just had to say the word to her father and she was enrolled lickity-split as a first year student. Unfortunately, and surprisingly for her, she was given the rank of E3, barely passing the examinations. At first she thought this was a mistake and complained, but this didn't turn out well for her as they didn't budge on this issue, unlike how people would normally behave around her. She decided that the only way to fix their mistake was to prove them wrong and become the best warrior at the school, one of the legendary S rank. Personality: She has a loud, cocksure attitude, willing to jump in to dangerous situations without the slightest hesitation in order to prove herself to others that she has what it takes and that her low rank is a fluke. She believes herself to be a much harder worker than she truly is, wanting to get better without all of the actual hard work. She loves attention, being praised, and being the best. When she's proven to not be she can get flustered easily, lashing out and turning defensive and tsundere. Her losses are never her fault and there's always an excuse for any mishap, on the battlefield or off. Despite all of this she's still a decent person, just unaccustomed to the hardships of life and too spoiled for her own good, the root of most of her problems. Perhaps some sense could be beaten into her eventually. Power: She can generate wind around her feet that spirals up her legs if she concentrates enough. Just standing there the wind is strong enough to blow dirt and similarly light things around, even struggling to lift paper but you can see it fluttering a bit on the ground. With kicks she can direct this wind outward with enough force to knock over an empty can from around five feet away, the extent of her powers, which a normal human can brush off as an average breeze. Despite how weak it is she still calls herself "Marlene of the Tornado Kick". Coming from under the soles of her feet, she can increase her running speed by one mile an hour. Other Characteristics: She's only five feet tall. Her ponytail reaches mid back. She wears different clothing a lot but prefers exposed midriff shirts as a staple to her uniforms. Kensley Hagebak (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Kensley Hagebak (open) Kensley Hagebak (close) A First-Year student of D1-Ranking, Kensley is the son of a wealthy Danish stock-broker. Losing his father at a young age, his mother's high-paying career ensured the fact they wouldn't struggle despite the loss. As a son to a wealthy family, Kensley always got the best education, food, and toys that money could buy. Like many young children, he developed an interest in the martial arts after seeing it on television. Knowing that learning a martial art would help her son develop a healthy lifestyle, Kensley's mother paid for a master of Hwa Rang Do to be flown in from Korea to live on-site and train her son in the art. With frequent lessons and a strong interest in the art, Kensley reached "Cho-Dan" rank at the age of 14. It was then that he heard of New Peaks Academy. Knowing he wanted to learn even more about martial arts, he pestered his mother until she relented and agreed to send him to the prestigious school. To his amazement, many of the students were just as skilled or MORE skilled than he was. That cemented it in his mind... New Peaks was where he belonged. Now all that was left was to show everyone what he could do. Personality: Kensley is rather arrogant despite his relatively average ranking. While he knows he isn't the toughest or strongest, he always brushes off his failures and claims some circumstance had hindered the outcome. In addition to the fact he brushes off failures like a child, he has been known to resort to unfair tactics on occasion. His favorite is acting like he is more hurt than he really is to take his foes off-guard... then deliver a punishing kick or punch. Power: None Kyle Valouri (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Kyle Valouri (open) Kyle Valouri (close) An eighteen year old Senior Student at New Peaks Academy, Kyle holds the advanced ranking of A1. Though asked to join several clubs at New Peaks, Kyle has always stayed independent. He has harnessed his gift and worked his way to be one of the top fighters in the school. Son of investment bankers of English and Filipino descent (father and mother, respectively), Kyle has slightly tanned skin which some describe as 'alluring' or 'dreamy'. Kyle is well aware of this fact, but does his best not to take advantage of it. But how did he come to be at New Peaks? Kyle would tell you it was destiny. It was by chance that he happened to stumble upon the information. He has always been a fighter even at a young age and when news of a school training fighters and being dedicated to fighting how could he not join? His parents didn't object, they knew their son wanted to learn from the best of the best, and they hoped this school would provide the best of the best. His dad feels very proud of his son and couldn't be happier about his success at school, but wishes that he wasn't quite so impulsive sometimes. After all, fines for the various times Kyle has been caught breaking school rules are not cheap. His mother is simply glad that her son is doing what makes him happiest in life, and has nothing but praise for her child. Personality: Kyle is an accepting individual who loves to have fun. Not one for rules, he loves going against the grain of social norms. His motto is "Fuck being normal". He has dated both females and males, and can be humble at times... despite the fact his parents are so wealthy they could buy a small country. Out of all the seniors at New Peaks, Kyle is the more approachable one as well as one of the most liked and well known. However, Kyle can be jealous around whomever he is in a relationship with, once breaking another student's nose for talking to his previous boyfriend. Power: None Sasha Nowak (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Sasha Nowak (open) Sasha Nowak (close) An 18 year old Senior with a rank of S3, Sasha is a force to be reckoned with at New Peaks Academy. She is a 4th-Dan Black Belt in Byakuren Kaikan Karate, and one of the more upstanding members of the Janissaries at New Peaks. Born to a Turkish mother and Polish father, both highly devout Christians living in Czestochowa, Poland. As a result of her parents' strong faith, Sasha had to endure quite a sheltered upbringing. However, when her father was caught smuggling opium and her mother pegged as an accomplice, Sasha was sent to the United States to live with her aunt and uncle (both of whom are savvy stock traders) in New York City. From this point on, Sasha was given much more freedom. She was even allowed to attend public schools! At the age of 11, Sasha started to learn Byakuren Kaikan karate from a martial arts academy near her home. Why? Initially because she wanted to be like the Power Rangers, and keep her aunt and uncle safe from 'bad guys'. However, she soon learned that the martial arts were not for kicking ass, but for building oneself up physically, mentally, and spiritually. Since then, she has become an incredibly kind and benevolent young woman whose good manners and kindness are only rivaled by her martial prowess. At the age of 14, Sasha achieved her 1st-Dan Black Belt. That same week, she won a Junior City-Wide Kumite against 25 other teenage martial artists... and subsequently caught the eye of a New Peaks recruiter. Adamant about attending such an awesome school, Sasha pleaded with her aunt and uncle to let her go. They knew it would be beneficial for the young girl, so they gladly wrote the recruiter a check to cover her first year of tuition that very same day. The rest, as they say, is history. Personality: Sasha is a kind and forgiving young woman with a penchant for picking flowers in one of the two parks on the island. She will often spend time with New Peaks' less wealthy students, getting to know them and even buying things for them on occasion. When not in class or spending time with the Mendicants, Sasha enjoys listening to classical music and learning how to play it. She also takes part in tabletop gaming every weekend with a small circle of friends. Power: Chill Touch - Sasha can cool the air within a few centimeters of her body, and use it to accentuate her strikes. The coldest recorded temperature she has achieved is measured at -60 degrees centigrade, enough to cause frostbite very quickly to unprotected skin. However, this chilled air seems to have no effect on Sasha herself, who says she feels no cold from it at all. Other: Since turning 18, Sasha has picked up smoking. As it is not illegal for someone 18 years of age, she is allowed to do so while outdoors on campus. Established Staff/Faculty NPCs Anna Jacobson (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Anna Jacobson (open) Anna Jacobson (close) Anna is a former New Peaks Academy Student and the current World History teacher. Before her graduation from New Peaks, she was the first of only six students in the school's twenty year history to reach the rank of S1. She was also one of the founding members of Imperius Gloria. Her father investing a large sum toward building Imperius Hall. Upon graduating with a teaching degree from San Diego State University, she returned to New Peaks and was hired into her current position. In addition to her teaching degree, she is ranked at 7th Degree Black Belt in Ba Ji Quan and licensed to teach the style to others. Personality: On the rare occasion she can be convinced to fight, Anna is a dangerous foe. While she was a student, no less than 40 fights were stopped by a judge due to her attempting to inflict severe damage to her opponent. Outside of combat, she is as tame as a nursing kitten. It is assumed she has a very deeply ingrained psychological problem that makes her behave differently under intense stress. Since graduation, she has been using medication to control her emotions, and it has worked wonders. However... she is still a force to be reckoned with if riled. As a teacher, she does not abide by goofing around. Many students have been fined or otherwise penalized for not paying attention or otherwise behaving improperly in her class. Power: Blood Control - Anna can control her blood as easily as she can breathe, generally forming claws and a thin armor over her hands and arms. This blood is then solidified and becomes as hard as the iron contained in her red blood cells. When severely pressed, she has been seen to redirect the blood from these claws into a very thin sheen of armor over her entire body, tinting her skin a faint red in the process. Layla Stritch (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Layla Stritch (open) Layla Stritch (close) One of the staff members of New Peaks not to have graduated from the school herself. After having discovered at a young age that merely her touch could help with healing even the most injured, Layla was immediately placed into nurse training at a young age. She showed fantastic affinity for the subject, entering the University of Washington at the young age of 16 and easily passing all her medical courses. Upon graduation, she went out in search of work, finding that an offshore fighting school was in search of talented nurses for their constantly injured fighters. She decided to give them a try, and wowed her recruiters with her unique power. Now, she serves as the head of the New Peaks medical ward, serving her students as best she can. Personality: Layla is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She has a shy air about her, though she has no issues with talking to strangers. She takes personal enjoyment in seeing students heal and recover, which makes her job truly satisfying to her. Though she received little formal training, watching the students and teachers closely over the years here at New Peaks has taught her many things about martial arts, enough to earn her a purple belt in Taekwondo. However, she despises fighting herself despite enjoying watching it, and will avoid it at all costs if possible. Power: Clinical Hands Layla can channel her energy into her hands, causing them to glow with a faint blue aura. When touching another person, her energy seeks out injuries and illnesses in the body, and stimulates the appropriate cells to speed up their recovery process. Healing is not instantaneous, but will take considerably less time; a broken bone may take only a few days to heal under her power, as opposed to weeks otherwise. This sped up healing continues until the injury or sickness in question is defeated, even if she is not touching the person. Once the healing process is complete, the body's cells return to a normal state. Cameron Ballard (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Cameron Ballard (open) Cameron Ballard (close) Cameron Ballard grew up in Washington D.C. and was a common sight at an assisted living center when he was younger. His grandfather was a resident, and between school and savate lessons, Cameron spent most of his free time there assisting his grandpa and other residents. After his grandfather passed away, Cameron began attending New Peaks Academy. His final rank at graduation was A-3, and he went on to pursue a teaching degree and return to New Peaks. While he was obtaining his teaching degree, he met his wife, Mia Sandoval; and the two married three years ago in a ceremony held at New Peaks Academy's "Bokator Beach". Cameron is a highly skilled practitioner of Savate and a holder of the rank of Professeur (Gold Gloves), as well as a licensed instructor of the art. He is currently a Chemistry Teacher at the Academy. Personality: Always worrying about others before worrying about himself, Cameron is a model teacher and role model. When he is not teaching or tending to his administrative duties, he can often be found tutoring students who are struggling; both academically as well as those who are struggling to win fights. Power: None Mia Ballard-Sandoval (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Mia Ballard-Sandoval (open) Mia Ballard-Sandoval (close) Mia Ballard-Sandoval is a former New Peaks Academy student originally hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lost her right eye in a hunting accident when she was a child. Her rifle kicked back when she fired at a deer, causing the scope to hit her and dealing irreparable damage to the eye on impact. This did not affect her outlook on life, however. In fact, she showed that she was every bit as capable as anyone else. She obtained her Kadua (1st-Dan Black Belt) in Pencak Silat shortly after she began attending school at New Peaks Academy, reached the rank of A-2 before graduation, and has since returned after obtaining her teaching degree in advanced mathematics. In the process, she met her husband and fellow New Peaks Instructor; Cameron Ballard. Her skill in Silat also increased and she is now a Katalungan (4th-Dan Black Belt) in the art. She is currently the Calculus Teacher at New Peaks Academy. Personality: While Mia shares her husband's desire to help others, she is of the opinion that people should first show they can help themselves at least to SOME degree before they are worth the help of others. Her demeanor is described by some as cold, but by others as kind and motherly. This is likely because she simply refuses to help students who refuse to try resolving issues themselves and prefer to rely on others, but is more than happy to help those who have given their best effort and just need a helping hand. Power: None Timur "Tim" Leovich Zakharin (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Timur "Tim" Leovich Zakharin (open) Timur "Tim" Leovich Zakharin (close) Name spelled as "Тимур Левич Захарьин" in Russian At 61 years old, many would think Timur to be insane for working as Head of Security at a huge Combat School. However, he is tough as nails and as serious as they come. In addition, he is an incredibly skilled practitioner of Systema, and a licensed instructor of the style. Born to a Military family, Timur followed his father's footsteps by becoming a soldier. After fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war, he became a hand-to-hand instructor for the Soviet Army. Some say he earned the position by engaging six hostiles in melee combat simultaneously... and winning. Regardless... as the Cold War raged, Timur grew more and more frustrated by the lack of decisive action. When the standoff ended, he was as relieved as he was frustrated. To make matters worse... the Soviet Union had collapsed and he was soon out of a job. Angered by this, he did something extreme... he sold his combat expertise to the Americans. For a few years, he was in the same position as he was in the USSR. A hand-to-hand instructor in the military. A few years after Operation Desert Storm, he was honorably discharged and approached by New Peaks Academy. He quickly agreed to work as their head of security, and has been in that position since 1999. Personality: No nonsense and uncompromising, Timur is an ideal man to head up the security at New Peaks Academy. The rules and regulations are treated as military doctrine to him, and anyone breaking it under his watch is likely going to spend time in the Detention Hall. Thankfully, he is often very busy coordinating security details and is rarely out on campus. He does not afford himself many pleasures, save singing the Russian National Anthem every morning, in honor of the country he still loves... despite it having let him down years ago. Timur speaks fluent Russian and English. Power: None Marie Giovinezza (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Marie Giovinezza (open) Marie Giovinezza (close) The 33-year old manager of the high end Sicilian Restaurant called "Siciliano Plaza", Marie attended and graduated New Peaks for her entire high school career, having been put there by her rich franchise-owning parents as part of their deal opening their restaurant on campus. Marie worked there for her entire time in New Peaks, and once she graduated and her brothers took over the chain, she stayed there as the manager of this particular branch. She was never very good with fighting, attaining a maximum ranking of B3 and only earning her 2nd Dan after she had graduated from New Peaks. Her style of choice is Kun Gek Do. She has been managing the restaurant for a very long time, now, and has established a rather good standing with the other staff, as well as a wonderful reputation with the students. Despite being a little on the expensive side, her restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in New Peaks, both with staff and students alike. Marie herself is known as one of the best service providers on the island, and is personal friends with much of the student body, as well as many of the staff members. However, she is particularly infamous for her rather explosive temper and her willingness to fight even other staff members over her restaurants honor, despite having a poor track record with physical combat. While few complaints make it to her (mostly for this reason), she is known to handle problems very seriously, often doing anything she can in order to make a single customer happy. She trains her staff as well as she can and prides herself in how well they do, no matter who they may be. Personality: Marie is a very kind and understanding individual, seeking only to please her customers as best she is able. She takes immense pride in her (rather successful) restaurant, and considers the other staff something close to family. While having her 2nd Dan in Kun Gek Do, she does not like to fight and actively discourages it while in her restaurant, though she does not mind it occurring outside. She will fight to defend her staff and her restaurant with her life, if necessary. Power: Empathy - Marie has a psychic understanding of peoples emotions and their feelings, allowing her to read both her opponents and customers. She is able to understand a piece of what makes her targets emotions what they currently are, and is also able to find out how to influence them. This manipulation is not air tight, however, and can backfire occasionally. However, it does not happen often, as Marie is very adept at psychological warfare, be it pleasing her customers or throwing her opponents off balance.