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Wall Maria / Re: Frozen hopes. [Erwin]
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:43:24 PM »
Three.

Three more names to add to the Survey Corps records.
 
Three more to add to the bodies already in the ground.

Three more deaths that could be difficult to explain. Not because of how they died, but what did they die for. Did all deaths have meaning in this conflagration of violence? Perhaps in his more grim equations, yes.

Erwin had a job to do, and he could not protect everyone, regardless of what he was capable of doing.

Erwin reached out for the tags putting them in the pocket of his uniform. At least the weather was cold enough where collecting the bodies would not prove to be problematic. Or draw attention of any animals that may be around. Notifications, even of squad members would have to wait.

Erwin took the notebook as well, but he felt it rather unnecessary to hold on to it. Squad leaders typically handled personal effects.

“Mark the area so that the bodies can be collected. We’ll have to make room on one of the wagons for them,” he said.

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Wall Maria / Re: Frozen hopes. [Erwin]
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:22:11 PM »
Abnormals were nothing new. They were still unpredictable in rate of occurrence, and particularly troublesome, but nothing new. This one, like many others, had sown panic through the ranks and formation, leaving the Survey Corps scattered before they reach the terminus of the first leg of the mission.

The second abnormal fell almost as quickly as it appeared; the first disappearing over the horizon as if it had not even noticed the remaining Survey Corps members along with a handful of his soldiers making sure it fled, or was dealt with if it did.

According to their previous expeditions, near the Survey Corps stood a ruined village, its sparse amount of standing structures hopefully still holding back some of the snow and cold. A storm was coming, and not that of a hoard of titans. This set back would cost them time, and the last thing he wanted to risk was being caught in the elements during a snow storm. A handful of his troops came to him seeking orders and directions, not all of them were squad leaders.

“Find usable shelters for now in the village nearby. I know the idea of spending the night here is not ideal, but the open terrain should prove as helpful as it is dangerous,” he said. “Relay the message immediately.”

Erwin turned his head as he heard a voice call out – it was Gunther Schultz. Turning his horse and taking a light trot, Erwin moved to meet him. “What is it?” He asked, as blunt as usual.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: December 20, 2018, 04:25:20 AM »
They moved briskly across the courtyard. Erwin was pressed for time. After placing the first of his files in the carriage, he turned to the cadet and took the portfolio.

“You have a bright future ahead of you. Do not forget what I asked of you.” As he stepped into the carriage, he waved over the nearest one of his soldiers.

“Take this cadet to see Eld Jinn or Petra Ral. Perhaps their squad will have something for him,” he said. “If I see another cadet scrubbing floors I will add extra shifts to cleaning out the stables for this weekend. Inform my officers to stay on top of this as best they can. I should be back late tomorrow.” And with that, Erwin stepped inside the carriage and the next leg of his journey began.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:12:07 PM »
“It is not a question of making the attempt, but waiting for the right opportunity to offer up such an idea,” Erwin said as he stepped outside. It was a bright, almost cloudless day. Some would say the weather was perfect to enjoy all things good about autumn. However, Erwin had little time for such things. They were now frivolous to him, especially at his age and being without children.

At this point other scouts were in earshot. “I suggest we end this conversation for now. Come along.” Erwin’s pace quickened. While enlightened cadets were hard to find, he had to go about his day.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: November 15, 2018, 01:58:39 AM »
“Such coordination is not impossible. Information is indeed shared; however, the challenge is overcoming years of prejudice and tradition.” Erwin paused, thinking about what to say next. “However, our current crisis has not yet created the needed change, because although tradition can be changed by circumstance, prejudice is often not.”

The cadet was not wrong; in fact he had a point. But to say such a thing when did not hold any official rank yet? It could get him in a significant amount of trouble.

“I would advise you to keep these thoughts to yourself for now. Or perhaps, at least not make them widely known,” , he said. “Such things coming from a cadet could create problems that some believe would require drastic solutions.”

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: November 08, 2018, 01:38:02 AM »
Erwin could not stay longer, even if he wanted to. But that would not stop him from answering questions. And at least this boy seemed to understand the boundaries set upon him by virtue of rank. Perhaps he could find a way to more appropriately occupy the cadet’s time after he left. The cadets more than likely did enough scrubbing floors already at the training camp.

The question though did resonate with Erwin. Joint exercises were virtually non-existent in the military. That was not for lack of a well formed command structure, but the roles of the units were completely exclusive of each other, at least from the perspective of several of Erwin’s predecessors. The Garrison never left the walls except for extreme situations, much like the Military Police. With the exception of the ranking members of the Garrison, more specifically Commander Pixis and occasionally his aides, Erwin saw very little of the Garrison beyond the day-to-day interactions between soldiers.

“Why do you ask?”

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Training Corps Barracks & Grounds / Re: Camp Crashing
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:04:31 AM »
Erwin looked back at Gunther and nodded. “Agreed,” he said. “Cadets who cannot properly ride a horse are of no use to the Survey Corps. We’ll need to have a look at that as well.” Though when it came to training cadets to ride horses, the instructor would also be his concern – he wondered who Shadis had at his disposal for that task as well. Nevertheless, the cadets could ride in rain if it started to fall. But using 3DMG equipment in the rain could be a much more tricky, and dangerous endeavor.

“Lead on instructor,” Erwin said to their peculiar, and perhaps very skilled, guide. “We’ve no time to waste. Oh, and just to be clear, I’d appreciate if they are left in one piece aft the exercise you have in store for them.”

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: October 14, 2018, 01:39:20 PM »
At least the boy was curious, the question did not see much sign of stopping any time soon, but that was by no means an issue. It almost reminded Erwin of himself at that age.

“I have to meet with Darius Zackly and several other officers in the capital to discuss several important matters regarding recent events,” he said.

He turned his head over his left shoulder. “You however,” he began, “Will only be able to go as far as the carriage I will be taking.” The doors to the courtyard were growing nearer as they walked.

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Utopia District / Re: Team Seven: Survey Corps [Assault on Utopia]
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:33:09 AM »
An excellent assessment all-round, he thought. Perhaps he had indeed created an ideal cadre of officers after all.

"Good," Erwin said. "I've no doubt about the abilities of anyone we have in the city either, but the situation will be complicate on the ground, so keep your wits about you at all times and stay focused on the task at hand." He turned his head to face Levi. "Levi, take five squads of your choice and move to the inner gate. I want you to support the evacuation efforts as best as possible." He searched their faces. "You're dismissed. I will see you all in a moment." He looked out over the city for a moment, wondering what the future would hold as he ran his hands over his blades. He had all six.

He turned and saw Eld nearby. "Jinn, a moment please," he said. "There is something I'd like to address with you after that battle is finished." Walking to the edge of the wall, Erwin drew his swords and his final orders for the start of their mission.

"You have your orders, now, men and women of the Survey Corps...ADVANCE!" The roar of many voices followed him as he leapt forward from the wall.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: September 29, 2018, 01:32:18 AM »
Erwin’s eyebrow finally made its way back to its normal position. The boy certainly had heart. He returned the salute out of obligation, but quickly addressed the situation.

“In my experience, stoicism and humility, with the right amount of spoken words, go further than pure vitriol,” he said. “I have very little in common with my predecessor. You will find that the diversity among previous commanders is about equal to the diversity of those who serve in the Survey Corps.”

He paused a moment before continuing. “The only promises that matter right now are the ones you make to yourself. You dedication to fulfilling your goals are more than clear to me,” Erwin said to the cadet. “Those promises will take you farther than any promises you make to me, even with the Wings on your uniform.”.

Unfortunately, he had little time to wait to gauge his reaction. He had a schedule to keep. “Shall we proceed?” He asked.

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Training Corps Barracks & Grounds / Re: Camp Crashing
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:00:58 AM »
The training instructor was…different than most. He had quite the flamboyant dress and hair color, and Erwin had little doubt that Shadis probably gave him hell for it on a regular basis. Perhaps he was of noble upbringing? He certainly did not appear fit the ‘norm’ for what would be expected of the average member of the military. Nevertheless, he seemed willing enough to help start their visit.

Erwin replied to his statement. “Excellent. I hope you don’t plan on going easy on them; I’d like to actually see the potential they may have. Furthermore, I would like to keep our exact identities a secret from the cadets for the time being.” Erwin signaled for the others to dismount and keep their hoods up. No sense in causing too much of a stir. Erwin rather not let the cadets know who was watching them, if he could avoid it. Erwin handed off his horse to the guard at the gate and gave them a look that said that they better remind him where they took it.

As he turned away, he caught a brief glimpse of familiar red hair…then turned to the instructor once more. “I’d assume there will be other drills going on to review as well?”

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:28:32 PM »
Erwin raised an eyebrow at the young cadet. What was the issue? Most officers would lay into the boy, but obviously Erwin stirred the pot somehow.

“Your response sufficiently answered my question. I asked you why you wanted to join the Survey Corps, and you provided a clear, thorough response. You have a sense of duty that would make this arm of our military the appropriate choice for you.  Do you deem your answer insufficient?”

Erwin stopped again and turned far enough to face the cadet.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:54:18 PM »
The cadet’s explanation was certainly…more than sufficient. It was perhaps more detailed than he expected from any current cadet. After all, they were children.

Nevertheless, he had drive. He had dreams. That was someone he could use in the Survey Corps.

His response was simple. “Good. Do not let your training instructors beat that sense of duty out of you.” Erwin turned around and continued walking to the exit.

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Stohess District / Re: The Welcoming Committee [Erwin & Laria]
« on: August 19, 2018, 02:48:29 AM »
“I have a question. When’ll we be assigned to our squads?”

Erwin paused for a moment. The commander was not in a talking mood, so he had not bothered to ask him. Fresh recruits were typically assigned to their own squads with a senior officer, though there had been just as many times where they were either broken off into their own squads or mixed in with existing ones. The latter two options were the least popular as they tended to cause the most disruption - either by getting people killed or disrupting the sometimes delicate nature of squad relationships - and were frowned upon. Regardless of how, it really depended on the commander's personal schedule or desire to delegate the task. For all he knew Shadis may wind up doing it again. All of that was neither here nor there. After all, cadet's question was when not how.

"Squad assignments are typically given out within the first two weeks of arrival," Erwin said plainly. "I've never seen it take longer personally, but on rare occasions, it can happen. Erwin turned and beckoned him to follow him down the corridor to his left, past the several storerooms for the kitchen then up a flight of stairs at the end to the second floor, where the majority of the quarters were for the members of the Survey Corps. Along the way, they did pass a few soldiers going about their daily tasks. At least I'm not peeling potatoes, Erwin thought. He caught a few glances and some whispers from them as he led the group through. He was not the only one who picked up on how young the recruits were.

The corridor they arrived in was itself rather bland. On one side, there were simply a series of windows overlooking the massive center courtyard, on the other four doors at placed almost equidistant to one another going down to the intersection of the hallways. Erwin stopped by the first one, and knocked. When he was sure it was empty, he opened it, revealing ten sets of bunks, each with a pair of footlockers. There were several more rooms like this on the same floor, and again on the floor above. As expected, their uniforms had yet to arrive, but they could at least settle in. Well okay, some of them.

Erwin took a deep breath, "As you can see, our sleeping arrangements are not exactly private for the majority of the survey corps, however, for now you will be separated out by gender like you training barracks." He walked to the end of the room as he spoke. "With seniority will come privilege, of that I can assure you all, however, we do not live in the same standards of luxury as the military police, despite being quartered in the same city." He quickly realized how crowded the room was getting. "The gentlemen will stay here, he said. "The ladies will follow me to the next room." As he left the male recruits to settle in, he noticed that he had twenty-one remaining people to find beds for.  Of course, he realized this after they filtered into the room – and left the red headed recruit standing in the hall. He could not just send her back to the other room, but at the same time he did not have the authority to simply force her to sleep on the floor either.  Well, I can’t get in any more trouble today.

Make yourselves at home, he hollered, "I will be back to collect you in half an hour." He looked to the short cadet. "Come with me," he said. And he walked to the next room, and knocked again. This time the door opened, and a brunette Survey Corps member stuck her head out the door, with a broom stick in hand. She emerged fully once she saw it was Erwin. He rather quickly explained his situation to her.

I don't see why we couldn't help, we have an open bed. Just let me have Ava move her stuff off it. Besides, if this is the red head that Nanaba's always raving about, I don't see how we could say no!

Erwin gestured to the door. "I'll be back to collect you and the others shortly,". Now he had to go and make sure her uniform got delivered to the right room and that there would be no issues with it.

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IC / Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:32:53 AM »
The two walked down the corridor. Erwin almost expected complete silence from the cadet. He seemed the easily startled type as well. Though he did not turn around, his pace slowed slightly at the cadet's question

"Do you prefer being addressed as 'Commander' or 'Commander Smith'?"

"Commander is fine," he answered. "If you make it through your training and join the Survey Corps, you'll notice that most officers address me with both title and my first name."

As they drew to the entrance, Erwin paused. He felt as if he owed the cadet something for his time - and for pulling him off of cleaning duties. Perhaps he should send him to work on 3DMG training? Or perhaps he should allow the cadet to make his case for joining the Survey Corps.

Erwin chose the latter. Turning to face the cadet, he asked him a simple, yet very broad question.

"Tell me," he began, "Why do you wish to join the Survey Corps?"

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