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Author Topic: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]  (Read 1359 times)

Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:32:22 AM »
[ open to up to 6 cadets, June 846 - ODM Aptitude Test ]

CURRENT TEAM and posting order
Nack | Kieran | Ymir | Leo | Evony | 6

NOTE: this group will plan to steal sashes of the other teams, which could cause them to lose points, or have other such consequences.

Yellow squad. The test seemed pretty simple, collect some sashes, deal with Titan dummies as they came across them, nothing major. It couldn't be that hard to accomplish, given that they were in decent sized teams, which meant that points were probably going to be best on teamwork and showing efficiency with their gear. Nack didn't think that would be so hard, but he also knew this was his last shot at getting enough points to join the Military Police. It would be great bragging rights, and he'd be far away from home - but he didn't advertise that aspiration all the time, since there was still a chance he could fail. A good chance. Major even. He could get some sympathy for that later.

Stretching his arms out, the brunet boy threw a smirk over at his teammates. "Can't be too hard, right? Just normal training with some more competition," he remarked, waving a hand dismissively. Sure, some of the teams he'd spotted seemed pretty tight together, smart people, head-thinkers. Others... eh, they could take them. Hell, his made-up little sister could take them. Gertie? Gretel? Something like that, sure. As long as they were just as quick, and at least a bit organised, then they had a decent chance.

Brown gaze skated the trunks of the giant trees, debating their vast size and wondering how high up they'd have to go in order to find each of the four sashes. A smarter cadet might have evaluated ahead for a good hooking position, or worked out that they likely had enough gas to get the sashes and get to the finish. Nack, however, quickly found distraction in brushing back his hair and flexing a bicep.

"So, what's the plan?" he asked of his squadmates. « Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 10:18:50 AM by Nack Tierce »

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 12:47:16 AM »
Leaning nonchalantly against the trunk of a tree, arms crossed over his chest, Kieran eyed his teammates, getting a feel for what he had to work with. No longer strangers, he knew the names of those who the instructors had placed him with.

Kieran was a troublesome thorn that bit into the skin of the instructors, its bite digging deep, stubbornly holding on when attempted to be plucked, and he was sure they were ready to toss him to the next group and wipe their hands clean of him. Hell, it wouldn't surprise Kieran that he had intentionally been placed with this group to give the other cadets - those with a sure future in the military - the chance to shine.

Nack was of the same mind as Kieran, and that he could appreciate. Speaking more so to himself than to anyone of teammates, Kieran replied, a hint of laughter trailing his words. " It should be as easy as pickin' the pockets of a fat man too busy stuffin’ his mouth with cakes to notice his coin has gone missin’.”  This kind of people reminded him of prey - of chickens all plump, clucking away, utterly clueless of the purpose of their existence. The rich of Quinta were the chicken just right for the pickin’.

Pushing off the tree trunk, Kieran glanced at the yellow band, which rested snugly on his upper arm, his mind thinking of a plan. He had done plenty of plannin' back in the day,   with his gang of streetrats, taking advantage of those who had become too comfortable wandering around the marketplace to keep their coin secure from grubby little hands of hungry boys and girls. He had watched the homes of the more fortunate, figuring out schedules, so that later they could take what they wanted. 

 He could care less what team he had been placed in, as he did not care about scores, but if the instructors were going to try to keep him from creatin' trouble than he was obligated to do just that.  Soon the Garrison and the drunks that accompanied it would be his home; soon he'd be able to properly look for Rosto. To be honest. Kieran didn’t mind the team he had been placed with. He saw them a better company than some of the more - righteous - cadets. Still, it was the principle of the matter.

"Sure we can collect our yellow sashes,” he said looking up from the armband and to his teammates, boredom obvious in his voice.  “but wouldn't be smart of us to take the sashes of the other groups as well? If they don’t collect four, they can’t win.”   A smirk spread on Kieran's lips as he thought about the fun to be had if his teammates agreed to play along.

« Last Edit: February 19, 2018, 12:57:26 AM by Kieran Ashmiller »

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 08:44:23 AM »
Ymir examined the forest before them, with hulking great trees that stretched high into the sky, yet were still not the most monstrous trunks she'd ever laid eyes on. However deep within the forest the sashes lurked, finding them would not be with total ease. With enough teams to cover all of that ground, the sashes must be split into groups, so not all flashes of colour would note where their own were. Casting a glance at the yellow fabric encasing her bicep, she considered her team.

They were essentially misfits. Of course they had their friends, their own places they fit, but together... it was hardly a team. More of a fusion of outsiders. A union of oddballs. Yet she was glad. Even more glad of Krista not being weighed down by them. If there was a shot for her to easily lose a few points, this would be it.

Such a thought grew in size as she heard the arrogance of their words. "Hmm... do you believe it will be easy or are you putting on a show?" she asked, head tilted as she considered two of her teammates. A finger tapped against her chin, she drew a breath and shrugged the thought off, as if it were no longer important. To rile them up too much would be beneficial to herself, but would be too obvious. Besides, she didn't want to let them completely destroy their chances of success.

So when Kieran came up with the idea of stealing other coloured sashes, the tall brunette perked up. It was both selfish and further work, allowing them the excuse of doing 'extra' while stopping other teams from getting ahead of them. Selfish enough to be docked points, smart enough to almost balance out, perhaps. It depended on the instructors, though she was willing to give it a shot. Even better if she took an active part in this meddling, to ensure her points dropped. Her eyes shone gold as she looked back towards Kieran, appreciating him not as her teammate, but for her excuse to perform decently yet self-serving.

"Ah, why not? It would show our superior skill, wouldn't it?" she remarked, a touch of sarcasm laced into her words.

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2018, 01:31:12 PM »
Finally some kind of challenge presented itself. Bored wasn’t strong enough to describe how Leo felt during other practical lessons. Not everyone can train with 3DMG gear before enlisting, but still the instructors were to slow. At least for Leo who forgot how long it took him initially to learn to use the gear. Right now he checked once again the gear given to him at their first ODM lesson. It wasn’t one produces by his family’s factory and the quality was disgustingly low. Even he did better before he had to leave the Industrial City and he was still a child.

Unsatisfied he looked at his teammates for this task. They had enlisted a year before Leo, shortly after the incident with Wall Maria. Hopefully their skills are better than of the guys in his year. Leo was already sure it will be a piece of cake to graduate first place and join the Military Police. Maybe he got into trouble like…every second day, but skill based he was the best with a large margin. That should be enough to be number one.

When the others started to talk about ‘plans’ Leo only listened halfhearted. It’s a grand area where the sashes were divided, but getting all off them won’t be the only criteria the instructors will use to judge them. His attention snapped back to his teammates when they started to discuss a plan he didn’t expected. Stealing the sashes of the other teams? Leo smirked, his motivation rising by the second.

“I like the sound of this plan”, Leo agreed to this plan without much thought. Hindering the other teams to complete their task? Sounds like fun. The possibility of losing point didn’t matter as long as for once he wasn’t bored to hell. “The instructors should give us bonus points for coming up with such an amazing plan.” Leo’s smirk got wider when he imagined the desperate team searching for their missing sashes that they will never find.

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 02:23:34 AM »
For the hundredth time, Evony adjusted the yellow band on her arm. She had been nervous about this all week, and now her nerves were clearly showing. In class, she had been comfortably average in her ODM skills. She was not a standout favorite, nor was she a failure. In fact, she had spent many of her classes tending to the concussions of those who managed to crash or wreck themselves during ODM training. Perhaps if her need to help had not been so great she might have learned to be more confident in the air, but as things were she was simply middle of the class.

She took her time as she followed her team to the starting point and when they stopped to discuss the plan she held back watching them. They were all confident, not just in their abilities, but also in themselves. They spoke clearly, directly to each other, even walked boldly. They were charismatic and in its own way it inspired her. She would do as they instructed and learn from them. Maybe with time, she could even learn to be like them.

Slowly she crept closer, watching and listening closely. They had planned to steal the other team's sashes. it was a simple plan, devious and ingenious at the same time. It could guarantee a win and showed strong problem-solving abilities when dealing with a competitive objective. On the other hand, it was an inherently deceptive tactic that defied the original purpose of the test.

The bigger question though was if the other teams had come up with the same idea. If that were the case then this would turn into a giant game of hunter vs hunter. Perhaps the instructors meant for this outcome. What better way to prove who was the best with the ODM gear than to actually track and run each other down. Evony made a quick mental note to make sure she didn't carry any sashes for fear of being outpaced.

"What if... I mean.. Let's hope the other teams don't... well... have the same idea." She spoke softly as she came to stand beside Ymir, looking up at her teamates.

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 12:31:40 PM »
A grin spread across his face as he heard Kieran speak, glancing at him. What a metaphor. This was going to be great - overconfidence wasn't so great, people said, but they had a good line-up. Other than maybe Ymir, who acted as though they were just trying to show off. Sure, he'd been looking for some approval, but so what.

His eyes lit up at Kieran's plan. Stopping others from getting ahead would ensure they got a higher spot, which could pull up any points they lose if it's against the rules. Though it wasn't explicitly stated that they weren't allowed to do that. "Let's do it," he said, glancing to the others. "Bonus points would make it all the better," Nack nodded to Leo. If they were all on board, nothing could stop them. Teamwork was meant to be an integral part of this, surely, if they had to do it in a squad. Sure, independent factors counted too, but how could an instructor argue with them working together to achieve an extra goal?

Looking to Evony, he paused, then gave a snort. "Have you seen some of the lineups? Nah, maybe one or two might, but they shouldn't mess with us. Look at our squad," he shrugged, letting overconfidence spill. Would any team really want to trifle with them? He supposed they weren't all outwardly seen as people not to mess with them, but they'd soon learn. Somehow he imagined they'd find a way to show anybody who dared how wrong they were.

"We should probably get going, get in ahead of the others and steal as many as we can early, it'll look even better if we have a strong start," he pointed out, readying his gear all the same. Really though, he was just echoing what he expected one of them to say, trying to find a way to sound assertive enough to be part of the planning side, while stating the fairly obvious. He was looking forward to this, to be in one of the strongest squads with a plan already sorted out. A ragtag bunch of rogues they might be, but he liked it. Looking to Kieran for leadership - after all, he'd come up with the plan - he waited.

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 06:47:50 AM »
For a moment, Kieran thought Ymir was going to crush the plan and ruining any enjoyment he could get out of this stupid test. His blue eyes narrowed as he watched her suspiciously, waiting to see if she would move against or align with him. She agreed. Good. A devious smirk pulled at his lips when Ymir looked back at Kieran with her golden eyes. He was glad she was proving to be the person he thought she was.

To be honest, he had not expected such a warm reception when he first suggested the idea. It had been a spur of the moment idea that he decided sounded rather entertaining. One by one his teammates spoke up in agreement with his idea. All of them were on board, albeit for different reasons, but still on board.

There was one who he did not expect to be on board, and that was the tiny little blonde named Evony. Kieran couldn't figure out why the instructors placed her with them, but her willingness to go along was a welcomed bonus. Quirking a brow at Evony, he studied her for a moment before snapping his attention back to Nack.

Nack had a way with words that even Kieran could appreciate. He was the type of guy would have been a perfect addition to their pack back in Quinta. Not very many were gifted in the art of using words as Nack was. Letting out a short, sharp laugh Kieran stepped towards Nack and patted him on the shoulder. "Nack is right. The other team will be focusin' on collectin' their four sashes. They ain't goin' to realize that there is another - better - way to tackle this challenge. But as Nack said, the only way this plan is goin' to work is if we have a strong start." He paused realizing that he had not thought about an actual plan. His eyes studied his teammates for a brief moment, thinking of how they could pull this off without giving away their plan. 

"Stealth is the only way this plan is going to work. Stay within eyesight of one another, and don't go shoutin' whenever you see a titan or sash.  We don't need any groups gettin' a heads up or anything. See a sash, grab it. See a titan, take it out. No one person should have all the sashes, so make sure to divvy them up as we go." Stopping he turned to Evony. "Shortie, handoff any sashes you find to one of us. If we come across another team, you will be our secret weapon".

« Last Edit: March 19, 2018, 06:51:44 AM by Kieran Ashmiller »

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2018, 01:54:04 PM »
Bonus points? Ymir scoffed at the idea, though did not comment, her eyes lingering on the smirking blond boy. That was the opposite of what she was hoping to draw from this. And the instructors would be stupid to reward their selfishness in cheating and making the other squads work harder. With limited gas, some of the other teams could end up losing out or getting lost in the forest at worst. Though given that they would likely be watched from some distance, nothing should befall them. Then again, training was meant to be difficult. How many times could they potentially die?

A voice came from next to her, so soft that she glanced to the side and then did a double-take. "The mouse squeaks," she gasped, mocking Evony with a smirk. The others seemed as doubtful as she did that others would have the same plan. Waiting for them to finish, she leaned in to the smaller girl. "We're the big bad wolves here," she whispered, "and you're our little pet."

She listened to Kieran speak as he formed a steady plan. Stealth, the better option given how they would need to approach this. Their teamwork would come through their sash-stealing and spreading it out rather than tackling the challenges of Titan dummies together. Perhaps that would drop some more of their points. "Excellent idea," she said, seeming sincere, though it was uncharacteristically high praise from the sharp-tongued girl.

"We all have our strengths," she commented. "Not that I care what the are," she added, with a pointed look to the youngest boy. He was younger, and though she had a vague recollection of seeing him during the changing of classes, she couldn't pin anything solid on him. If he was confident enough in himself, she was sure he'd be happy to point it out. "We should use them. Other cadets will expect us individually to act in a certain way. You," she glanced to the mouse, "are the weakest link in our chain. Hardly a 'secret weapon'," she emphasised it with a roll of her eyes. "But you're innocent enough to lure in other teams. Using you as bait, we can steal from other teams."

Though not typically the most talkative of people, Ymir was almost eager to find a way to ensure that they presented as successful, even if their methods broke as many rules as possible. Everything had to fall in line. "Once we've collected enough sashes, we can leave them spread out as they appear to us, and take them to a place with more cover. While we hide, the mouse can appear innocently to look for our own sash. We wait for one or two cadets from another squad to come in, split from their teammates, and deal with them. It renders one other squad unable to progress further without rescuing them." Her fingers played with the hand grips at her hips, tilting her head thoughtfully. "By that point, we'll have moved on."

Re: Ragtag Rogues. [ODM Aptitude Test]
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2018, 12:13:10 AM »
Nack got a further burst of confidence as Kieran declared him to be right. Of course he was, but it was good to have that recognised. That the other boy valued his additions to the plan so made him feel good, and he couldn't help the smug grin that spread over his face. They were going to rock this test.

Cracking his knuckles, he waited as they continued talking, taking in the words but not wanting to press more on them. They couldn't waste time. The quicker they went, the better. Ymir was wasting her time chatting away with the smallest of their team, and he was just itching to get out of there.

"We're wasting time," he pointed out, readying his gear with a final check of the straps. Secured? Check. "If we're heading out, Kieran should lead." He passed a nod to the other boy. "Whoever's quickest should prioritise sashes when there are teams nearby." His eyes drifted to Ymir, then looked away quickly. "I'll head up closer to the back, and back up anybody who needs help especially. We'll all grab stuff, 'course, but that'll give us an advantage, right?"

Truthfully, he wasn't much of a strategist. But he knew enough. Quicker you were, the better to beat somebody in a race. If he was at the back, they wouldn't be keeping an eye on him and wouldn't see his adequate ODM skills. It worked out best for him. And Kieran just seemed more like a leader. Ymir was on the opposite spectrum of leadership. To him, it felt like she'd abuse her power some more.


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