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The Tomb of Ishtar


Dear Sir/Madam,

First of all, well done! If you've decoded this letter then you're clearly the person we're after! Sorry for the cloak and dagger games, but we had to be sure those Nazi swine couldn't intercept the message.

I've been instructed by Her Majesty's Government to put together a team for a top secret mission behind enemy lines. You'll find all the necessary travel papers and expenses enclosed with this letter, as well as a full pardon for your crimes should you need it.

I'd be very grateful if you'd all join me for drinks and nibbles at my mansion in Oxford. The mission briefing will be at 2000hrs on June 16th.

The mission is codenamed Operation Ishtar, and it's sure to be a jolly difficult yarn. But Her Majesty's Government has promised you all a very substantial reward for the risks you'll be undertaking.

If you're interested, I'll have a glass of sherry waiting for you!

Oh, and be a good chap and destroy this letter once you're done reading it!

Yours sincerely,

Professor Randolph Stern,
Blexford Manor, Oxford, England

The Story So Far...

1. Professor Randolph Stern, an Oxford academic, has invited a number of mercenaries, convicts, freelancers and explorers to his mansion in England. He is recruiting them for a top secret expedition... something concerning the legendary Tomb of Ishtar...
Please submit 2 characters.

The first is your hero who will embark on the adventure. They can be a mercenary, an ex-convict, a scholar, an explorer - anyone with a special skill that the Professor might need.

The second is a villain who will be working against the expedition. They can either be rival thieves, Nazi officers, enemy cultists, Japanese soldiers, Gestapo agents - whatever you can think of.

NAME: (Plus rank, if any)
APPEARANCE: (Image preferred)
PERSONALITY: (In 5 words or less)
EQUIPMENT: (Keep to WW2 time period)
SKILLS: (No more than 3 main talents)
INTEREST: (Why they want to find, destroy or hide the Tomb of Ishtar)
NAME: Roger Darcy
PERSONALITY: Panicky, inexperienced, pompous but educated
EQUIPMENT: He carries a map, the academic books and a small science kit.
SKILLS: Darcy is useless, but he has memorised all the Professor's research and knows a few academic things about science, geology and languages.
INTEREST: Darcy has been ordered by the Professor to join the expedition and take field notes.

NAME: Colonel Ludvik Seiler
PERSONALITY: Brutal, sadistic, terrifying and unquestioned.
EQUIPMENT: He carries a Luger sidearm, a leather coat and gloves, plus a selection of torture-blades.
SKILLS: Seiler knows how to inflict every kind of pain. He kills without remorse. He is also ruthlessly fit, a fast and wily predator on any battlefield.
INTEREST: Seiler has been ordered by the Fuhrer to claim the Tomb of Ishtar before the Allies do.
NAME: Thompson Marion
OCCUPATION: Intelligence Operative
PERSONALITY: Exciting and Devious
EQUIPMENT: On Field he is allowed to carry a Colt M1911, small rations, two clips of extra ammo, and a thin steel wire.
SKILLS: He is good at judging the underlying meaning of words and is a pretty good shot with his pistol. He also works in string assassination if he does not have a weapon on hand.
INTEREST: It his Thompson's job to investigate the Tomb of Ishtar to see if it has any use for the Allies or a possible under cover Axis base.

NAME: Abas Vechino
OCCUPATION: Blackshirt Sniper
PERSONALITY: Cold, spiteful, caring to his family
EQUIPMENT: Carco Rifle, M1935, one extra clip for the pistol and ten extra rounds for the rifle, and a black and white picture of his family he defends.
SKILLS: He is an excellent long shot but is a bit rugged on the short range. He's well practiced in dodging and hiding for sniper camping and relocation.
INTEREST: He believes that this tomb could hold some kind of advantage for him and the country of Italy. He hopes that this will be his final mission.

Let me know if anything needs to be changed.
NAME: Colonel Mishenka Tolenka,
PERSONALITY: vengeful, hotheaded, loyal, likes laughing.
EQUIPMENT: flask of vodka, PPSH 41 sub machine gun, rations, ciggerettes and a Tula Tokerov pistol
SKILLS: brawling, stealth and Explosives
INTEREST: It is Mishenka's mission to ensure that the other allied powers do not exclude the Soviet Union. his orders come from Stalin himself, and Mishenka will follow these orders to the death if need be

NAME: Oberstfuhrer Richtor Von Trippenhoff
OCCUPATION: Waffen SS Officer
PERSONALITY: (arrogant, apathetic towards non arayans
EQUIPMENT: Walther P38
SKILLS: firearms and hunting fugitives/spies
INTEREST:Himmler has given Richtor orders that he is to support Oberstfuhrer Seiler, but where Seilers interest is in the tomb, Richtor has been tasked with capturing the enemy operatives
NAME: Beallara "Lara" Calatheas
OCCUPATION: Evolutionary-oriented biologist
PERSONALITY: Curious, but mild-tempered and logical.
EQUIPMENT: Suitcase filled with beakers, testing supplies, and chemicals.
A wide knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as common themes to evolutionary processes.
An immense compilation knowledge of chemicals and their uses and interactions.

INTEREST: Lara was sent along to analyze any living creatures discovered in the tombs, as well as fossils. With her storehouse of information related to chemicals and life processes, she can also act as a medic to the team.

NAME: Delariel Majoram
OCCUPATION: Demolitian Scientist

PERSONALITY: Cruel, efficient, and falsely warm.
EQUIPMENT: Colt M1911, a kit of materials to improvise an explosive.
SKILLS: An almost encyclopedic knowledge of explosives and their chemical interactions.
By being lovely and feigning kindness, Delariel can often win people over with charm.
INTEREST: Fearing that the tomb might hold knowledge of weapons or something yet to be thought of, her government ordered her to investigate, collect samples, and if all else fails, destroy the tomb.
Asmupuu :) I'm going to take a HUGE risk with that first character, so don't kill me xD I can't help it :D

&& I might need some help with the guns~

NAME: Amelia McCallister "Amy"
OCCUPATION: (Early)College Student
PERSONALITY: Spunky, Courageous & Determined. Bad temper
EQUIPMENT: A notebook and writing materials, an old fashioned camera, a simple handgun, and a pocketknife.
SKILLS: Photographic Memory, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Can Lip-read
INTEREST: Living with Uncle Stern was the last thing Amelia looked forward to with college, but that was before she overheard him about Operation Ishtar. Cunningly outwitting her uncle's security, she managed get her hands on a copy of the letters he had sent out; able to decode it over a short period of time~ she wasn't going to college early for nothing. She now plans on convincing her uncle to let her join the team or sneaking into the adventure if he refuses.

NAME: Natalie Dupont
OCCUPATION: Espionage Agent [France]
PERSONALITY: sneaky, clever, apathetic.
EQUIPMENT: A handgun, a Vial of Poison, & some espionage supplies (powder for discovering fingerprints, hidden camera set up supplies, a voice recorder.)
SKILLS: Stealth, Socially Adept, Quick-thinker
INTEREST: Agent Dupont was sent by the French government to compile intelligence to aid the French investigation of Operation: Ishtar.
ALIAS: Astrid

OCCUPATION: Professional Art Thief

AGE: 23

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PERSONALITY: Good humored, precise, quick thinking, fiesty

EQUIPMENT: Several different types of cigarettes, lock picks, various knives, homemade smoke bombs, flask with unknown contents, Tokarev TT-30, a carefully maintained pocket watch

SKILLS: Extremely flexible and agile, Astrid is able to move about quickly and stealthily, a skill most prized for thievery and espionage. She is also adept at picking locks and finding passages of the secret and impromptu nature. Finally, due to the nature of her work, and her past, Astrid is adept at hand to hand combat. Though not formerly trained, Astrid tends to exploit her agility, biting, kicking, basic joint locks, and striking the vital points on her opponents body-all in all, a dirty fighter.

INTEREST: Previously one of France's most wanted art thieves; the French government has offered Astrid a full pardon of her crimes, in exchange for serving as a thief and spy against the German army.


OCCUPATION: Hired Assassin

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PERSONALITY: Silent, detached, methodical, merciless, manipulative

EQUIPMENT: Garrote, various poisons, syringes

SKILLS: Kaspar possesses a vast knowledge of various drugs and poisons, and believes she can make a human being do whatever she wants, given the right doses. She has a way with getting into her victim's minds, and seems to know exactly what makes them tick.

INTEREST: Kaspar is to kill anyone who tries to take anything from the Tomb of Ishtar. Not much else is known about Kaspar, and her employers are a total mystery, even to her. All that is known that Kaspar enjoys her work, and once hired, will carry out any mission to the end.

NAME: Eugene Brisbee (Eugy by his friends)
OCCUPATION: Big Game hunter/Mercenary/amateur archeologist

PERSONALITY: Jolly, braggart, competitive, driven, addict
EQUIPMENT: Elephant gun, Ivory dagger, hand gun, machete, bed roll, survival gear, opium supply and pipe.
SKILLS: Hunting, Marksmanship, Middle East History and Mythology
INTEREST: Traveling back from Africa, Eugene heard of this Tomb of Ishtar from a friend, and realizing that there might be more adventure hunting ancient legends then anything Britain could offer, Eugene offered his services as a translator and guide in some of the area the expedition will be visiting. As both his parents were archeoligists with wide interests in the Middle East, Eugene was raised in that knowledge...simply found he enjoyed hunting and shooting better...hence his squandering of family inheritance for safaris around the world.

NAME: Malik (Maleek) Hassan
OCCUPATION: Leader of Al Kamir

PERSONALITY: Passionate calculating religious merciless, excitable
EQUIPMENT: Al Kamir mostly battles with scimitars, knives, poison, and other traditional weaponary...after Lawrence of Arabia however, their group now possesses firearms consistent with the time period. Malik currently owns a rifle and a pistol, preferring his blade and knives to machinery
SKILLS: Leadership, Weapon mastery, Desert survival
INTEREST: Al Kamir has hidden the tomb of Ishtar for centuries. Knowing the power within that place, the group has remained vigilant through the years keeping a strict hold on membership and maintaining absolute secrecy. The very purpose they exist is to keep the tomb of Ishtar closed...they will fight to a man to keep it that way.
Just putting this out there. >_>

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*stands waiting with the exposition script*

Anyone gonna interact?
Should I edit my post & do something stupid for other people to react to ? :D
Sorry guys for not posting either. If you wanna give it another shot, I promise I'll also do something interesting/stupid with Sakura to get things moving again. ^^;;