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Utopia District / 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.”

Utopia District / 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?”

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.”

Utopia District / 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.

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.

Utopia District / 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.

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?”

Utopia District / 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.

Utopia District / 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.

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.

Utopia District / 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?"

Training Corps Barracks & Grounds / Re: Camp Crashing
« on: July 20, 2018, 02:45:48 AM »
Erwin's group rapid approached the training grounds as the sky turned as gloomy as his mood... a big storm was coming. He still was not sure what to make of the situation. How good one trainee, or a small group of them, rally so many?

Shadis, without doubt, must have put the fear of whatever higher power he followed in them. But if anything it would shake their desire to join.

They drew nearer the gate as a light rain began to fall and Erwin slowed his horse to a slow walk. The first guard walked towards him, and Erwin dismounted - and cut straight to the point.

"I've received word that a large number of cadets are interested in joining the Survey Corps," he began. "I and my cohorts would like to observe today's training. I know Commander Shadis may be unavailable, but there should be someone available to escort us and brief me on the situation?"

Stohess District / Re: Clean Sweep
« on: July 08, 2018, 07:07:58 PM »
"Today was test," Erwin began. "While Mike and I are the only two who know that you were actually hired to kill me, rumors move fast through this unit." Leaning back, he brought his hands up, interlacing his fingers with his elbows still on the arms of his chair. "I wanted to gauge their reaction - I think its safe to say people in this unit will follow your lead out of respect and not just fear." He expected Levi's reaction to his thoughts to be as deadpan as always.

"This brings me to my next point, and the real reason I wanted to speak with you" he said. Retrieving a stack of papers from his desk drawer, he continued. "I want you to create a squad that meets your standards for dealing with threats - titan and otherwise." He slid the stack towards the edge of his desk. "I've taken the liberty of collecting records some records of Survey Corps members you may wish to consider. I think Petra Ral and Eld Jinn may be a good place to start." Erwin stood from his chair. There would be one crucial piece to this squad's design.

"I want to make myself abundantly clear Levi - this squad shall be known as the Special Operations Squad and will be granted complete and total autonomy in case of my death until such time as my successor takes command, attempts remove me as commander of this unit without proper means of ensuring continuity of command are made, or if any attempts to dissolve the Survey Corps are made." He paused. Levi was familiar with 'wet work' as it was called, and Erwin knew that he needed to assemble a group of individuals will to work with Levi and take on the most sensitive and dire of missions. Their skills and talents would be needed in the near future - he was certain of it. "Your missions will be your sole, primary objective when I issue them." He then asked Levi one final question. "Do you understand what I am asking of you Levi?"

Stohess District / Re: Clean Sweep
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:42:58 PM »

Erwin did the best to hide the amusement on his face. After all, he did more or less plan this, So he did have to keep the scheme going for a little while. As he walked over however, he chose to skip the obvious questions. He expected Levi to be a thorn in their side, but he exceeded hsi expectations.

"Levi," he said,"I'll take things from here. Perhaps it's best that you speak with me after you finish here."

He then turned to the MPs. "Gentlemen, if you'll follow me." Erwin then escorted them out, letting them bluster all the way. It was a torrent of words he was used to - especially when one considered that they always found something to complain about. As they reached their carriage, they add something new.

"Commander Dok will hear about this," one shouted as they rode off. However seriosu they may be, he doubted Nile would do anything. Erwin certainly respected him as a man, but still questioned how he got a Commander position.

---Two Hours Later---

Erwin busied himself with completing the day's reports when Levi appeared in his doorway. Erwin put down his pen. "The door may be open, but I still expect you to knock - squad leader." He waited to gauge Levi's reaction. "Close the door, it's time we spoke about setting a plan in motion.

Stohess District / Re: The Welcoming Committee [Erwin & Laria]
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:34:24 PM »
Erwin was still getting used to the idea of being saluted. While he certainly had ambitions of moving up the ranks of the Survey Corps, being saluted by forty cadets was something entirely new to him. He rarely was saluted by anyone in the Survey Corps, and was next in line to become a squad leader. The shortest of the cadets had an odd smirk on her face and it was clear to Erwin that his boots had not gone unnoticed. It was not as if he would have had time to clean them – the commander was going out of his way to make an example out of him.

At least that’s what it felt like.

He took a deep breath in through his nose. "As you can probably judge by my appearance, the titan killers are as human – and unique – as every one of you," he began. "However, I’m sure that the commander has delivered his full arsenal of speeches upon your ears today already, so let’s begin." He skipped actually asking them to follow him and simply turned towards the barracks and beckoned for the group to follow. If they made it through training, there was no need for him to herd them like cattle.

“This, as you can already tell, this is the main courtyard. You will be expected to assemble here for the daily roll call immediately after breakfast. However, calisthenics and similar training will not be done on a unit wide level; squad leaders are responsible for their own training regimens.” Though he assumed that the cadets would follow him, he did look over his shoulder to double check. The last thing he needed was someone wandering off. Surprisingly enough, the red-haired cadet that caught his boots earlier was still there – and leading the line. Turning back, he let a small smile crease his lips as they entered the main building, but it disappeared as the doors opened and he turned to face them yet again. The cadets all barely fit in the corridor. “Now,” he said, “Behind us, on the far side of the courtyard are the stables, which are arrayed around the courtyard.” He paused. He gestured to his left then said, “Down this corridor are the kitchens, armory, and above that, the mess hall. To my right are the officers’ quarters. I would advise against wandering down there.” He surveyed his audience, “Questions so far?”

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