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Rotaretilbo
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(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 12-11-08 07:26 PM EDT (US)         
Alright, so I'm looking to do a small Roleplay here. Post modern military, probably focusing on counter-terrorism. Hopefully avoid some cliches in the process, but then, you can hardly RP without cliches. :P

The year is 2020. In 2012, Iraq and Afghanistan were both fully under their own control again, Iran had suffered a revolution in which the Ayatollah was overthrown, the Russian economy had stabilized without resorting to Communism, and contrary to all predictions, the world is at peace. The UN has turned its attention to Sudan and managed to defuse ethnic cleansing there, and the process of defusing rising situations in the Balkans is underway. However, many believe this is the calm before the storm, that terrorism can never be defeated, only delayed, and so in preparation for the possibility of a resurgence in terrorism, the UN formed a unit called Gray Fox in late 2019. This unit has pulled the best of the best from the special forces of countries within the UN, and brought them together for the sole purpose of keeping the peace. And while there have been small upsets, the peace has generally been maintained and Gray Fox has never been called upon, until now. Chechen forces are making a reappearance in Russia, and Gray Fox is being mobilized for the first time. The objective: recover a stolen British nuclear warhead.

I'm looking for about five people, though I'm ok with seven. Please post a character bio to sign up. Try to follow the format below.

Name: Your character's name.
Birth Place: Your character's birth place (include, city, state/province/region, and country).
Birth Date: Your character's date of birth.
Military Service: Any military history for your character.
Bio: A brief backstory for your character.
Primary Weapon: Your character's main weapon(s).
Secondary Weapon: Your character's sidearm.
Other Weapons: Other weapons your character carries.
Also Proficient With: Weapons your character may be familiar with, but not necessarily use in his/her designated role(s).
Specialty: The role(s) your character excels in.

This RP will be a mix of freeform and strict play. I will be creating scenarios, but I'm not going to dictate how the rest of you act. I will provide plot twists now and then, and may take control of hostile personnel, but generally, if you promise to all be realistic, you are allowed to do as you wish. We'll all be on the same team here. I want to warn against players who will try to overglorify or dramatize their characters. I want this to be realistic. This isn't a series of multiple lone wolf heroes, but rather a unit.

Scenarios will come in three parts. I will announce a scenario, and then we will all plan the operation. After planning is complete, we will execute the operation. And once we are done executing, I'll give a brief summary of the after-effects of the operation. Then, based on what we did, I'll announce the next scenario.

1. Rotaretilbo - Hank J Wimbleton II
2. buffa1oso1di3r - Jamal Britton
3. Azzt_Rhell - Johanssen Spitzberg
4. Friend of Old - Arnold Farrow
5. Gallowglass - Diarmaid MacAmadan Caimbeul
6. Arvedui - Alexander Grant
7. Sargon II - Cai Llewellyn
8.

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon

[This message has been edited by Rotaretilbo (edited 12-13-2008 @ 04:03 PM).]

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Rotaretilbo
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(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-12-09 04:40 PM EDT (US)     51 / 73       
"We know the path they are currently on. They are heading through Chechnya, and in the general direction in which they are headed, there is an old abandoned refinery that has been known as a Chechen outpost for some time now. We believe that is where the convoy is headed. However, the convoy will not pass through an urban centers on their way. Just snow, ice, and a raised dirt road all the way there. There are a few patchy conifer forests, and one or two farms, but other than that, nothing.

The convoy itself consists of six vehicles. The convoy is lead by a U-A-Z four sixty-nine jeep, followed by a B-M-P one infantry fighting vehicle, followed by a G-A-Z sixty-six flatbed truck, then a T-A-M one fifty covered truck, followed by a B-T-R fifty armored personnel carrier, followed by another U-A-Z four sixty-nine jeep. Both of the four sixty-nines are open-air and have P-K machine guns mounted on the back. The B-M-P has a seventy-three millimeter two A twenty-eight Grow cannon and a P-K-T machine gun. The B-T-R has a coaxial mounted S-G forty-three machine gun in the front. Both trucks are unarmed.

We believe the rebels to be armed with a mix of older Kalashnikov models and other older Soviet-era weapons."

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon

[This message has been edited by Rotaretilbo (edited 01-12-2009 @ 04:41 PM).]

Azzt_Rhell
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posted 01-12-09 05:52 PM EDT (US)     52 / 73       
Spitzberg nodded his head. "Okay. I don't think that waiting until the convoy hits the refinery is a good idea, because we have no idea what kind of defenses they may have, and we're not exactly a couple platoons here. If we want to stop the convoy, we'll probably want to find a more forested spot, block the road in front of them, probably with a couple blocks of explosive dug in the road and detonated under the first jeep, then hit the back of the convoy and trap it. Once they're trapped they should be easy pickings."
buffa1oso1di3r
Member
posted 01-13-09 05:14 PM EDT (US)     53 / 73       
"Well, by the time we get there, they're going to be in the refinery anyway. Are there any underground entrances, possibly sewage systems?"
Rotaretilbo
Member
(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-13-09 07:37 PM EDT (US)     54 / 73       
"The convoy is due to reach the refinery in seven or eight hours. The refinery is directly over a sewer outlet. We may be able to gain access to the refinery from there."

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
Gallowglass
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posted 01-18-09 11:45 AM EDT (US)     55 / 73       
"Then the sewer outlet would be perfect. But we should also send those more skilled in combat than reconnaisance in another way, as a distraction, before we strike."

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Rotaretilbo
Member
(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-22-09 11:52 PM EDT (US)     56 / 73       
Now would be a great time for activity.

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
Friend of Old
Resident Madman
posted 01-23-09 03:26 PM EDT (US)     57 / 73       
"That would be my area of expertise. Simply tell me where I can cause the most damage and noise as fast as possible. Preferably with easy access in and out. I'll give them the runaround until you fellows disarm the bomb.

"However, I have a question. Who'll be our ranking officer in the field?"

Doctor FoO
Sargon II
Member
posted 01-23-09 05:41 PM EDT (US)     58 / 73       
Not back yet, but I guess I owe you at least a BIT of story.

Cai lounged in his chair, giving the impression that he was barely awake, but was actually wide awake. He had got some sleep on the plane, a Hawker Hunter that the RAF had evidently had just lying around. He was mightily impressed. Hunters were lovely aircraft, his favourite. He remembered sitting on the hill on which his house had sat in North Wales, watching as the swooping Hunters dived below the crest of a mountain, appeared, turned, sun glinting from its wingtips, before disappearing again, leaving behind it only a roar which shattered the beautiful whisper of the Welsh countryside. Even then, they were just trainers, retired from front-line service many years before, but they just looked right.

He listened. It was another skill he had got from his upbringing in the countryside: you could fill silence with noise, but sometimes the valleys and dales needed to be heard. He waited, weighing everything that was said in his mind, until it got to the point of conversation where he thought he could add something. Normally, back with the PWRR, he was almost constantly giving suggestions and asking questions. Here, though, he knew he wasn't excellent anymore: the playing field was level. He found a gap in the conversation, right after a rather rugged-looking Englishman had made a comment and asked a question which Cai hadn't quite caught.

"My apologies," he said quietly in his musical, lilting Welsh voice, with a small reassuring smile that some could have taken as condescending had he not carried it off with considerable aplomb. "for interrupting, but could I just have a quick show of hands on who considers themselves to be close-range specialists?"

A forest of hands went up.

"Mm." he mused. Not such a great spread, then. Well, it was assured they'd be fantastic marksmen, and trickery and deceit was sure to get them within their preferred range. Still, they'd better have the sense to stay out of the way of a machine-gun. Good as all these operatives were, one oft-missed attribute was common-sense.

Veni, Vidi, Castratavi Illegitimos.
Azzt_Rhell
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posted 01-24-09 10:38 AM EDT (US)     59 / 73       
Spitzberg nodded slowly. "Sniper takes out the men in the control tower, then a team comes in from ground level and starts wrecking things while another team comes from the sewers and secures the bomb." He used his knife to slide one of the maps on the table over in front of him, pulled a pencil from behind his ear, and started sketching lines on the map.

"What will we have in the way of recon data from aircraft or sats?"

{{TINPC}}Azzt_Rhell
Friend of Old
Resident Madman
posted 01-24-09 01:43 PM EDT (US)     60 / 73       
"Sniper?" Arnold said confused, "Who said anything about a sniper? When I offered to cause chaos I meant it. Forgive me those of you who prefer to pick off your foe from afar, but there is no substitute for a shotgun and C4 when making a diversion. Like I said, get me a way in and I'll draw them away from the bomb."

Arnold glanced sideways at the Welshman who'd asked about close-quarters fighters. "However, you do have a point" he said nodding in the man's direction, "long range specialists are going to be pretty useless in the sewers, and like I said, if we're going to make a proper distraction we want flashes and bangs rather than silent killers."

Arnold opened his mouth to continue, then closed it again. This was an oppertune moment to get to know how his colleuges thought, "Anyone have any solutions to this dilemma?" he asked the room in general.

Doctor FoO
Sargon II
Member
posted 01-28-09 03:28 PM EDT (US)     61 / 73       
Cai tilted his head.

"Yes. Me and... I'm sorry, I don't think-"

"Arnold." he interrupted with a wave of his hand. "Please continue."

"Thank you. Arnold and I will take the sewers. He'll take the C4, and we'll need some assault weapons. Personally, I'd recommend XM25s, especially if we can work out the exact distance between the sewage outlet and the convoy. We go in, he plants C4, we wait until the time is right, then blow the C4, pop up and blow up anything that looks like trouble. That's the hook, and a simple surgical push at ground level should be the sinker. We can allow as much flexibility as we need. As soon as we've finished blowing up stuff, we'll escape through the sewers whilst the rest give us cover." Cai raised his eyebrows slightly. "Thoughts?"

Veni, Vidi, Castratavi Illegitimos.
Rotaretilbo
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(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-28-09 04:44 PM EDT (US)     62 / 73       
Hank spoke up, "We have very little intelligence on the factory. We know basic layout of the building, we have a way in and out, but we don't even know where they would be keeping the explosive. I think we have a better chance if we hit the convoy. If we can take out the heavier vehicles first with rocket propelled grenades, the rest should be no problem. While most of you may specialize at close-range combat, we're all special operators here, and I'm sure no one will have a problem with picking a guy off from one hundred meters with an assault rifle. If I snipe the lead jeep and then someone else takes out the I-F-V, we can pick them off in the ensuing chaos, and then go in and retrieve the bomb. It just feels like a safer bet to me."

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
Sargon II
Member
posted 01-29-09 03:20 AM EDT (US)     63 / 73       
"Hang on. First of all, we're going to be lugging RPGs around? I say RPG, of course, even though it does not mean rocket propelled grenade, but the point still stands. We're going to carry these launchers around into deep Chechnya, and be travelling light? Moreover, taking out the heavier vehicles is a sound idea, until you realise that we're not actually really doing that much damage to the actual men around it. Sure, snipe the guy in the leading vehicle and then take out the IFV, but they'lll still have plenty of cover. All we'd be doing is containing them, and they'd put up a stiff resistance as soon as we got near. They know the price of stealing a warhead: they'd defend it with their lives. The only way we're going to disarm it without severe casualties is by deception and trickery. We'd just end up slugging away at them in a shootout which they would eventually have to lose, but they'd go down fighting and take a damn lot of us with them."

Veni, Vidi, Castratavi Illegitimos.
Azzt_Rhell
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posted 01-29-09 03:12 PM EDT (US)     64 / 73       
"I agree that hitting the convoy gives us a much better chance of retrieving it. However, if we were to leave right now, would we have enough time to intercept the convoy before it reached the refinery?"
Rotaretilbo
Member
(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-29-09 06:39 PM EDT (US)     65 / 73       
Check post 54, Azzt.

"So what you are saying, Cai, is that on a road slightly lifted off the dirt with light forests along the edge, there is more cover provided by a few vehicles than by an urban environment, and that we would inflict higher damage and take fewer casualties in an urban environment than in an open environment? We're going up against Russian weaponry. More than likely, the enemy will be employing the classic Kalashnikov. The Kalashnikov excels at close and medium range combat, packing power but lacking accuracy. And if we do set off C4 from the sewers, do you honestly believe that these men will devote all resources to that one area? They aren't brain dead, Cai. And no one said anything about multiple launchers. A single launcher would do the job just fine. I just don't see how an ambush, engaging from medium to long range in open combat would result in higher casualties than engaging in close to medium range combat in an urban environment. And, again, we don't even know where in the building the warhead will be. Let's assume that your plan works and they devote full attention to the diversion. What if they keep it near where you and the others blow through, and you thus inadvertently attracted full attention to the warhead? What then? We know where the warhead is now and we have an isolated group to deal with. Why deal with them at full combat when they've been so kind as to split their force?"

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
Azzt_Rhell
Member
posted 01-29-09 07:21 PM EDT (US)     66 / 73       
It's not that I didn't see that, it's that I don't know how long it would take to get to wherever it is the refinery is, and if we would be able to get there in a reasonable amount of time.

Spitzberg nodded. "Fighting more people than necessary is inadvisable at best and suicidal at worst. I can handle an assault rifle with considerable competence if it saves me from getting shot at."
Sargon II
Member
posted 01-30-09 03:28 AM EDT (US)     67 / 73       
Cai stretched his limbs laconically.

"Yes, I am. If you hadn't noticed, these guys LIVE there. We're fighting in terrain that we have trained in, but not necessarily fought in. Not only that, but they could even be locals. As you yourself said, they're not brain-dead. They'll have done their homework. Its a big deal, stealing a nuke. I really don't understand why you're complaining about Arnold and I going in at close range. If we fail, if we die, well, so be it. We weren't good enough. But we were the ones who volunteered for it. If we die, you can go straight in with your plan. I can see you're fond of what iffing. All right then: what if we miss with the launcher? What if they have a sniper? What if they see a launcher being set up and open up at full range with, let me remind you, mounted machine-guns? They're not only using Kalashnikovs, here."

Veni, Vidi, Castratavi Illegitimos.
Rotaretilbo
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(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-30-09 06:03 PM EDT (US)     68 / 73       
Both scenarios offered are plausible, so yes, we would have time to make it to the convoy before they got to the refinery.

"The whole point of an ambush is that they won't see it coming. We'll have plenty of cover, and at that range, I'd be disappointed if one of us would miss with a launcher. My point, Cai, is that your plan has a low rate of success and a high chance of casualties. We don't know where they'll be storing the warhead, what there numbers will be, what weapons they'll have employed, nothing. With the convoy, we know exactly how many vehicles there are, have a pretty good idea how many soft targets there are, know exactly where the warhead is, and while we can't employ diversionary tactics fully, we can use the element of surprise well. For example, what if we were to block the road, say with a fallen tree? The convoy stops, and there's your diversion. Then, we hit the I-F-V. The people in the back are most likely to see where the explosion came from, so I'll take out the rear jeeps gunner. From there, it will be pretty chaotic. Half the men won't know where the fire is coming from, and because of how the road is situated, they'll be boxed in, like fish in a barrel. As long as we maintain cover until the firefight has died down, we should be fine. And remember that any and all equipment and weapons in the convoy will be at the refinery, so it isn't like waiting for them to get to the refinery is going to make those go away. We'll still have to deal with the I-F-V and jeeps if we do an above surface attack to retrieve the weapon.

And Cai, if you die, we can't just go back and use my plan, because they will have already arrived at the refinery. If you two die, then you're dead and we've likely failed in our mission."

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
Sargon II
Member
posted 01-31-09 04:57 PM EDT (US)     69 / 73       
"Personally, I reckon my plan has a much higher chance of success than otherwise." said Cai, raising an eyebrow. "And if it has a higher chance of casualties, so be it. There's no knowing what they could do with a warhead, even one so old. The threat of a nuclear strike on a small nation, squeezing them for money? When we move in with force, they fire it and wipe out a chunk of Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe? I'd be happy to die to prevent that." he paused for consideration.

"A fallen tree? Across the whole road? And they won't smell a rat, or indeed just take another route? Please, it is easy to see where a tree has been recently felled, not to mention making a hell of a lot of noise. You could hear and feel a tree being felled three valleys away from where I lived. Personally, I think your plan relies a lot on the enemy playing into your hands. You want them to stop, you want them to panic, you want them to be at exactly the right place in exactly the right time. That takes the initiative right out of our hands and plonks it in the lap of the enemy. History tells us a lot of things, and one of them is that initiative wins battles. Moreover, if I and Arnold die and they were in the refinery, we'd have at least set off the C4 and taken a lot of them with us. Nothing short of close air support is going to give us a better diversion, and chance, than that."

Veni, Vidi, Castratavi Illegitimos.
Friend of Old
Resident Madman
posted 01-31-09 05:21 PM EDT (US)     70 / 73       
"How far ahead of the convoy can we get?" Arnold chipped in, looking around at the assembled group. "And how far back in the convoy is the warhead? Because Cai is right, a fallen tree will be a bad idea, not only will it give us away but I can almost guarantee they'll have a backup route planned so it won't stop them for long. I'm all for shock and awe tactics, but not when the enemy's back is up. I'd suggest, if the warhead is far back enough, we mine the road. That way, should the launcher screw up, it won't be disasterous and they'll never see the trap until they're in it. The first lead vehicles blow, they get in a tizzle and we jump them.

The other thing about facing mines, is you can't tell how big the minefield is, so we won't need many to deter their progress, only a madman would drive a nuke through a likely minefield."

Doctor FoO
Rotaretilbo
Member
(id: Brandon Rebuga)
posted 01-31-09 06:07 PM EDT (US)     71 / 73       
"Cai, out in the middle of no where, Russia, there aren't alternative paths. There are single roads raised slightly off the ground in depressions. To take a different road, they'd likely have to go tens of miles back just to find a place where the road splits. Plus the tree would only need to span two small lanes, and they wouldn't have to stop for long. Frankly, I could take out the lead driver without them stopping, but having them stopped makes hitting the I-F-V with the launcher much easier. And your plan relies on initiative too. Your plan relies on them devoting all resources to the diversion, and it also relies on the hope that the warhead isn't near where you detonate the C4. You have yet to respond to the problem of not knowing where the warhead is, yet, either. You claim my plan has a high chance of casualties, and is thus not viable, but your own plan has a much higher chance of casualties, and it is somehow more viable? If ambush isn't a viable option, then why has it been so effective for hundreds of years?

Arnold, we can get a ways ahead of the convoy, since we'll be dropping in via plane. Mines could work, or we could dig a trench and then cover the opening, or we could plant some C4 and detonate it as the first car goes over, or even when the I-F-V goes over. Just something to take their eyes off the forest line for when we start shooting. Even if they don't panic, they will have a hard time figuring out where we are shooting from, a hard time shooting back, and will mostly be using weapons designed for short range. As the sniper, I can guarantee that anyone that tries to use the mounted machine guns will be dead before they can bring those to bare, so that won't be a problem.

I just don't see the problem. They've split their force, the convoy can't deter from the road because of the terrain, they aren't bunkered down in a building, we'll have the element of surprise and plenty of cover, we know exactly where the warhead is, I couldn't have asked for better circumstances."

"Also, I'm no clearer on what WIFOM is really, although I gather it's something to do with Thymole being gay..." -Sassenach
"I don't lie in my claims and I don't intend to." -WeeMicky
"OH MY GOD A DINOSAUR" -Peter Fallon
buffa1oso1di3r
Member
posted 02-03-09 08:10 PM EDT (US)     72 / 73       
"Alright then, are we doing a HALO to get ahead of the convoy?"
Azzt_Rhell
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posted 02-25-09 09:20 PM EDT (US)     73 / 73       
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