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Link to my forums: https://www.fanfiction.net/myforums/CaptainPrice/1645918/
Name: (Look above) or what my friends call me, (Dave)
Height: 5' 8" (I may be small, but that doesn't mean I can't kick your ass.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Martial Art (s) I know: Kyuki-Do (Combination of Taekwondo, Judo and Hapkido)
Location: In the shadows of your house/ Hell (Hey, if I'm not in the first area, I'm obviously in the other.)
Likes: U.S. Army/UFC/Anime/Video Games/Drawing/Reading FanFiction/Listening to Music/My Friends/ Dogs/Paintball/Running (I'm a distance runner, so it became a bit of a hobby)/Baseball/College Basketball/College Football/Military History/History/ Rock/Hard Rock/Metal
Dislikes: I could go into specifics, but I'm too lazy to list them all.
Personal Hero: Major Richard Winters
Role Models: My dad (Smart fucking guy), Ronald Spiers (Band of Brothers), Gary Larson (Far Side), Clint Eastwood, George Carlin, Angus Young (AKA God of guitar), Chris Kyle (Navy Seal Sniper)
Race: Mixed, African American/Caucasian ( Although I look more dark so I just say African American)
Weapon(s) of choice: My Brain
Religion: Catholic (And no, I don't try to shove my religion down other's throats)
Hobbies: Reading/writing FanFiction, playing video games, working out (either lifting, crossfit, or running), playing guitar, spending time with friends and family, sleeping
Plans for the future:
1.) Graduate college with a Communications Degree in Media and Journalism or Interpersonal and Organizational: Achieved on August 25th, 2014
2.) Serve my eight years in the United States Army as an officer when I commission and retire with the rank of Captain or higher: Currently in progress as of August 2014
Goals for this site: Make fanfiction that many people will enjoy and spread my wild imagination around in my stories.
Favorite Acronym: HATERS: Having Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success
Favorite Music/Artists: AC/DC (Probably one of my top 3 favorites), Aranda, Shaman's Harvest, Black Stone Cherry, Volbeat, Bullet for My Valentine, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, Nickelback, Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust, Pantera, Skillet, Red, Motorhead, Black Label Society, a whole lot of others as well.
Favorite Anime/Manga: Bleach, Naruto, Hellsing, Eureka 7, Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, Full Metal Alchemist
Favorite TV shows: Supernatural, That '70s Show, Archer, MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge. That was one of the shows that made me laugh hard whenever I watched it.), Futurama, South Park, SNL, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Tosh.O, Robot Chicken, The League, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, 24, Whose Line is it Anyway?
Favorite Sports teams: Wisconsin Badgers (Football/Basketball/Hockey), Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers
This link here is one of my most favorite moments of the Wisconsin Badger's Football season of 2010,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Yljt5-uKM
Favorite Authors: Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Mitch Albom, Dan Brown, Pat Conroy, Brad Thor
Gamertag for Xbox Live: UnsaddledDread
"Screw you guys, I'm going home!" -Cartman
"Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by a 'orrible c*nt...me" -Brick Top/Snatch
"Now, you see? This is why. This is why we can't have nice things, (Insert Person's Name)."
"The day I willingly cradle your dusty old twig and berries and get whiff of your chronic halitosis while you turn your head and cough is the day you look for me up on the roof singing 'I Believe I Can Fly'."- Dr. Perry Cox
"There's only two ways this can end, and in both of them, you die!"-Duke Nukem
"Hate is such a small word to describe my feelings towards you."
"Doc, relax, I'm not going to give it a cold. I'm just gonna go in there, step on its neck, and shoot it in the head. Because that's how I roll."-Church/ Red vs Blue
"It's called wounded, peanut. Injured is when you fall out of a tree or something." - Martin/ Band of Brothers
"Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?" - Mr. Blonde/Reservoir Dogs
"I feel I have the right to do whatever I please. But, if I do something you don't like, I think you have the right to kill me." -George Carlin
"I'm about to sell something special to me, because we're having another baby. And to do that, I have to believe that this child won't turn out a smartass!"-Red Forman
"Son, you don't have bad luck. The reason that bad things happen to you, is because you're a dumbass."-Red Forman
"He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
"Oh and, Sergeant... I'm not a quaker" -Dick Winters/Band of Brothers
"I'm the dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude"-Robert Downey Jr./Tropic Thunder
"My favorite part was the part where you died. Encore! Bravo!" -Sarge/RedvsBlue
"Doctor Sarge says take two bullets of this shotgun and call me when you're dead. Ring, ring. Hello, is it you? Yep, you're dead!" -Sarge/RedvsBlue
"Shut-up you little pot licker, I'll put you in a microwave." Reece Bobby/ Talladega Nights
"You know I'm a fucking ninja, right?"-Drewbie/The Grind
"Well, if you're going to a battle ground you'll want more people. Unless you like having your skull hollowed out to be used as a nut cup" -Macheath/The Grind
"If you're asking for a date... You can forget it. Because I make it appoint not to go out with women who shoot me in the head." Dante/ Devil May Cry 3
"Someday I'm gonna figure out how to kill people with my brain!"
"I was more scared than that when my grandmother asked me to pick her up a package of condoms."- Liuv/ The Grind
"This would've been a nice little house... if we didn't bomb the 'Holy Shit' out of it"
"Now they could have got someone intelligent for the position, but instead they pick the guy with the leadership qualities of a fucking gerbil!"
"I'm a fucking ghost dude, how far into negotiations do you think I can get? Hey, maybe they'll trip after they shit their pants and I can talk with them for a few seconds as they run away screaming!"
"Slap him, send him to school!"- Lenny/RocknRolla
"You're ten years old and you figured out how to scare the crap out of your dad? That's like finding kryptonite!"-Russell Peters
Favorite Speeches from Video Games/Movies
"This is for the record. History is written by the victor. History is filled with liars. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written-and ours is lost. Shepherd will be a hero. 'Cause all you need to change the world, is one good lie and a river of blood. He is about to complete the greatest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth, but only if he lives...and we die." -Captain Price (Modern Warfare 2).
"I was talking to Blackburn the other day, and he asked me, 'What changed why are we going home?' And I said nothin...That's not true you know, I think everything's changed...I know I've changed. You know, a friend of mine asked before I got here, just when we were all shipping out. He asked me, 'Why are you going to fight somebody else's war? What do ya'll think, that you're heroes?' I didn't know what to say at the time, but... If he asked me again though, I'd say no, I'd say there's no way in hell. Nobody has to be a hero... It just sometimes turns out that way... I'm gonna talk to your ma and pa when I get home, okay?"-Sergeant Eversman to his fallen friend (Black Hawk Down).
"Oh being a dick ain't so bad. You see there are three kinds of people. Dicks, pussies, and assholes. Pussies think everyone can get along and dicks just wanna fuck all the time without thinking it through. But then you got your assholes, Chuck. And all the assholes want is to shit all over everything. So pussies may get mad at dicks once in a while because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes, Chuck. And if they didn't fuck the assholes do you know what you'd get? You'd get your dick and your pussy all covered in shit."-Drunk Guy from Team America
Favorite Creed (s)
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.
And here's something concerning 'REVIEWS', which I copied from 'Heartless demon wolf'-
Writers- all of them, from famous authors to subtle FF writers- ALL depend on the feedback from our readers. Vision Dominican brought up an interesting albeit tragically true idea:
"Lack of reviews is the greatest killer of fan fic writers out there. We at the institute wish to let the public know of how they can pitch in to save our dying writers.
1) Drop a review every other chapter. It may not seem like much, but reviews are actually what many of us want to see. That, and hits. Hits do make us happy but we don't really know if people like our story or not.
2) Visit our author page. Those kind of hits really make us happy. It's where we showcase our entourage of friends, beta readers, and stories. Some of us even tidy up with set areas for upcoming story ideas and character bios.
3) Send an email. While normally I'd prefer a review, emails are just as good. Really, it warms my heart to communicate with another reader or writer."
What you call being "too lazy to review" is what we call "a flame to the pages" as the writers. That one minute or two that you felt "too lazy" to review is another minute of creeping discouragement that all writers feel as they begin to think...
"Why am I even here…?"
"What's even the point of continuing?"
"My skills must be terrible…no one cares for my story…"
"I'll never be a good writer...I quit."
These are only a few thoughts that go through every writer's head- that go through MY head- when we put out a chapter / story with all our heart and soul within, and we sit there…and sit…and wait…and not a single person says even a word.
If you're not a writer, you have NO IDEA how much that hurts…
If you ARE a writer, then I'm sure you know just how great it feels when someone is kind enough to leave a heartwarming and encouraging review, and you read it, smiling while thinking…"Wow…fuck...I did it…"
So, why not give fellow writers the same luxury here?
Too many times I've seen epic and utterly beautiful works of literary art fall to pieces before finally being abandoned due to the terrible discouragement that the lack of reviews can cause.
Sometimes, it is so severe that the very writer himself decides to quit, denying the world his skills of writing that I'm sure it would have deeply enjoyed.
Just one minute, that's all it takes. Just a few gentle taps of the fingers on your keyboard, a few seconds or so of your time, and your words can SAVE a writer from a dark demise.
Do me a favor: Go find a story, ANY story, anywhere here on Fanfic,net, and see if you can help it. If it has very little / no reviews at all, just check it out, and say whatever comes to mind.
And enjoy the thought in mind that you could have just SAVED that story, with just a few taps of the keyboard…
If you agree with what I have said then please copy and paste any part of this story you wish onto your profile. Modify it in any way you see fit; there is no need to use my exact words. You make it say what you want it to say.
Rise of the Hybrids OC Form (Take a look at mine at the end here to see what I'm lookin for.)
Name: First and last (Do not use your penname, I've had that happen last time with this. Do not use cliche names like Raven and what not.)
Age: Can be from 16-50
Region/Hometown: (Can be any of the main Pokemon regions or the United States or whatever country you want.)
Appearance: (Be descriptive)
Personality: (Do not give a list of adjectives. Doing so is an automatic disqualification. I need a feel for your character so give me a paragraph or so on how they act as a person and to those around them.)
History: (Be realistic with this. No putting your guy into major canon bits from the games or anime. IE stopping a major crisis, like Team Galactic and Mt. Coronet or whatever)
How the bond with their Pokémon partner was made:
Career: can be a trainer or have an everyday job/career
Pokemon: (You only get one since it'll be your partner and it has to be the same type as your character, so choose wisely. I'm aware that there are dual types and the way this will go is that the dual type Pokemon has to have the same type as your character as a primary. It cannot be a shiny and it cannot be a legendary.)
Skillls: (Something that benefits your character type, so abilities.)
Flaws: (These should be detrimental to your character and those around them)
Weapons: Type powers or something else (be realistic with this. No swords/flamethrowers/etc)
Faction: Good guy or bad guy
Romance: Yes/No (If yes, tell me who you'd like your character to be paired with as the story goes on. It also has to be within faction. So if you're a good guy, you can only fall in love with another good guy. None of that fall in love with enemy crap, who the hell would fall in love with someone trying to kill them?)
Name: Dameon Blackburn
Age: 24 as of debut in prologue, 26 as of chapter three onward
Region/Hometown: Moore, Oklahoma, U.S.A
Appearance: Dameon stands at 6' 2" tall. He has messy black hair, somewhat tanned skin, blue eyes, and a lean muscle build. He has various scars from his tours in the military. He also has a tattoo of the DELTA Force motto "De Oppresso Libre" on his upper back.
Normal: dark blue t-shirt, faded denim jeans, brown mid hiker boots, grey flannel shirt over the t-shirt (sleeves are rolled up and the shirt is open), black AC/DC beanie or olive brown baseball hat with american flag patch sewn on the front
Winter: Same thing basically, just wears a black military jacket over his shirts and a pair of gloves
Summer: brown cargo shorts that go past his knees, blue t-shirt, green converse button t-shirt, brown mid hiker boots, black AC/DC beanie
Personality: Dameon is a confident man that is not afraid to take on a task that needs to be done. He is a calm and cool collected person, he is also quite intelligent. He cares deeply for his friends and his Pokemon and would sacrifice himself if it meant to protect them. He has the skills of a strong leader and he utilizes those skills to train himself and his partner as well as keeping his companions alive. Dameon has an earthy sense of humor and likes to get in on doing a prank or joke. He also has a serious side which keeps him alert of his surroundings and situations that may present themselves to him. He is introverted about personal and dark matters in his life that he would never consider sharing with anybody unless he is sure he can trust them. He is very task oriented and never seems to settle down to relax unless his agenda has been completed. Dameon also does not tolerate insubordination and will not hesitate to take disciplinary measures on those that need it.
History: Dameon was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was raised in the heartland by his dad since his mother died after giving birth to him. As he was growing up, Dameon had encounters with Pokemon and also helped his father out with his business as a mechanic. When he was 18, Dameon joined the United States Army after finishing high school in 2010 and has been there ever since. Dameon went to basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and met his best friend and future comrade, David Montes. After graduating basic training and AIT, Dameon went to serve in Iraq with his infantry unit and finished his first tour in late 2011 and then came back home and went to Ranger School after being selected along with David. Dameon and David both completed Ranger School on their first try and were sent back to Iraq once again in 2012. After finishing their second tour in 2013, Dameon and David were selected for special forces training to join Delta Force. Dameon passed the selection on his first try along with David and began their training to become tier one Delta Force Operators. By 2014, Dameon was a member of Delta Force and was put in his team including himself, David and two more, Dean Hartsock and Langdon Gardner. He currently resides in Oklahoma with his girlfriend Chelsea and is waiting for his service to end so he can go home and start a family and spend the rest of his days as a father and mechanic.
How the bond with Pokémon partner was made: Dameon was slashed in the chest by Garchomp with a Dragon Claw attack. The A-Gene was stimulated and the connection was made, but his powers did not fully awaken until two years after the incident when he was sent into a berserk state courtesy of Bill Harding.
Career: Delta Force Operator (this will change within the next two chapters to a mechanic)
Likes: Fixing things, strategizing, playing chess, optimistic people, baseball, Rock n Roll/Metal/Heavy Metal music
Dislikes: Pessimists, arrogant people, traitors, rap/hip-hop, people who cannot follow orders
Hobbies: watching baseball/Pokemon Battles, restoring cars, spending time with his friends and family, meditating, playing chess, strategizing
Skillls: Super strength, capable of taking strong hits,
Flaws: Has a drinking problem, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you'll see this later), a bit of a control freak
Weapons: Only uses his dragon powers and his Ka-bar. He knows how to use guns and other weapons as well as hand to hand combat from his time in the Army.
Faction: Good guy
Romance: Yes, we'll have to see who's interested in him first
Goals: Conquer his drinking problem and protect other people who have unlocked the A-Gene until they eliminate the threat that's hunting them down.
Name (First and Last): Derek Fiers
Appearance: Derek stands at 6' 2" and has a lean muscle build. He has short straight brown hair, caucasian complexion, green eyes, a horizontal scar that runs across the bridge of his nose and connects to both cheeks.
Age (13-18): 18
Personality: Derek is a calm and cool laid back guy. He treats everyone he meets with kindness and respect unless the person he meets is being a complete jerk, otherwise he ignores them and doesn't let them get under his skin. He is easy to approach and has an earthy sense of humor. Derek's also got a lot of confidence and strong leadership qualities, which has led to his Pokemon being strong and cooperative as a team. He also likes to flirt with ladies, but doesn't go overboard with it (usually just gives nicknames and flirtatious comments). He usually keeps to himself unless he deems it necessary to speak or if someone addresses him. The only time he'll communicate a lot is if he deems the people he's with are friends or friendly to talk to, otherwise he's normally an introvert. First impressions are essential to Derek so if someone makes a poor impression, he won't think highly of them unless they can redeem themselves through other matters.
Every day Attire (Clothes): Dark brown work boots, blue faded denim jeans, various rock band t-shirts, a grey/white flannel button up shirt (sleeves are rolled up and the shirt is unbuttoned on top of the t-shirt), black AC/DC beanie, and a black M65 field jacket
Formal Clothes: Black Tuxedo (What specifically calls the monkey suit)/Dress Blues
Swim wear: Black Board Shorts
Pajamas: Boxers and a t-shirt
Accomplishments: Indigo League: (Top 32) 27th, Johto League: (Top 16) 15th, Hoenn League: (Top 16) 12th, Sinnoh League: (Top 4) 2nd.
Family (optional): Greg Fiers (Father), Jennifer Fiers (Mom), Alexa Fiers (Sister), Connor Fiers (Brother)
History: Derek grew up in Pallet Town and is the eldest of three children to Greg and Jennifer Fiers. Greg is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Kanto National Army and Jennifer is a stay at home mom with a part time job as a nurse at Viridian City's Pokémon Center. Derek started his journey when he was 10 years old picking his first pokemon from Professor Oak, being Bulbasaur. Derek would go to each regional league to compete before taking a year off to relax. He got his drive to be a Pokemon Trainer after his father Greg and hopes to surpass him in skill someday. He's competed in his fair share of leagues and side tournaments to build up his skills as a battler so he could one day battle his dad toe to toe since Greg is Champion level in skill. This goal has led him to building a lot confidence during his travels as well as collect a unique amount of pokemon that have the ability to grant him a perfectly balanced team no matter how he makes it. During his earlier years as a trainer, Derek was rash, bold and ignorant of a lot of things which hindered him to succeeding in his earlier leagues. During his travels in Hoenn he had a near death experience where he almost drowned after a boat he was on sank and it still haunts him to this day where he is almost petrified to go near large bodies of water.
Ultimate Goal(s): Surpass his father as a Pokemon Trainer
Romance: Yes. We'll see if anyone's interested
Pokemon: (So include your Pokemon: Species, Nickname (if it has one), accessories, moveset can have up to 9 moves. No legendries or shiny pokemon) (Can have six pokemon in your party and six in reserve) :
Which Pokemon stays out of the Pokeball (Optional): Pikachu (Chief)
Swampert (Skipper) Gender: Male
Moves: Thunderbolt, Electro Ball, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle, Quick Attack, Mega Punch, Agility, Dig, Brick Break
Battle Cry: "(Pokemon name), let's rock!"
What you say when you win: "I'm getting stronger. I can feel it!"
What you say when you lose: "Well, you can't win all the time."
Battling Style (How you battle): Derek's battling style is very strategic and he likes to have a balance of offensive and defensive power. He uses the field to his advantage and always tries to find a way to counter attack, even if he's at a type disadvantage. Derek is calm and collected and very focused when he's battling. He gets very aggressive if he's about to lose or if he's trying to encourage one of his Pokemon to continue to fight.
How does your character train/treat their Pokemon?:
Character Skills: (Can have up to three)
- Strong Leader
- Has military training/tactical thinking from his father
- Strong Battler
Character Fears: (Three only)
- Wild Ghost Pokemon
- Drowning (almost drowned when he was on one of his journeys)
- Getting one of his pokemon killed (this relates to his drowning because one of his died saving him)
Character Flaws: (Need three)
- Control Freak
- Doubts himself when he fails something crucial be it a battle or personal matters
- Trust issues (He doesn't trust anybody unless he deems them worthy of being a friend)
Big Ten League OC Cast
Travel companion 1 (Male): Taken (Daxter Huffington)(Meteorthunder3)
Travel companion 2 (Female): Taken (Emily Garcia)(jg13145)
Rival 1 (Male): Take (Takatora Kureshima)(Tendou Souji)
Rival 2 (Female): Taken (Molly Taylor)(An Anon Fellow)
Fire-type Gym Leader: Taken (Nelson Riley)(gallontmon7196)
Flying-type Gym Leader: Taken (Jethro Williamson)(Unknown-nin345)
Bug-type Gym Leader: Taken (Jacqueline Charlotte)(Leopon12)
Dark-type Gym Leader: Taken (Rosalina Redd)(ShadowCatRose)
Ice-type Gym Leader: Taken (Jason Butler)(Ryu the Dragon Sage)
Water-type Gym Leader: Taken (Madelyn Dunn)(TheLoner2)
Ground-type Gym Leader: Taken (Rhianne Barrestein)(TissueMonster)
Ghost-type Gym Leader: Taken (Jamie Martinez)(philly cheese dude)
Name: Colin Campo
Year in College: Junior
Appearance: Colin stands at 5' 8" and has body of lean muscle that matches his proportion. His eyes are a dark brown in color that hold kindness, but at the same time hold confidence and determination. His hair is short, dark brown in a fade style. Colin is of mixed ethnicity, but his skin is more dark than light. Colin has scars on his left knee from two ACL surgeries. He has to shave every two days to be free from stubble, unless he's trying to grow it out.
Normal clothes: Colin's wardrobe normally consists of the following. He is wearing one of two hats (One is grey with a big red W on the front and the other is a BDU color with Bucky Badger on the front), he wears dark blue jeans, a t-shirt (either of color or one of the any rock bands he listens to), a grey flannel shirt which is unbuttoned with the sleeves rolled up over the t-shirt, grey sneakers
Formal clothes: Colin wears a pair of khakis, a white shirt, a black suit jacket and a red tie
Pajamas: Boxers and a t-shirt
Swimwear: Black board shorts
How does your character view Colin?: N/A
Personality: Colin is a nice guy that is not afraid to meet new people and make friends. His parents raised him to be a person who lived for others and not just himself. When he was a kid, Colin was shy and often the target of bullies when he was growing up because of his small size and lack of confidence. He has a great relationship with his family, but he is obsessed with being a success in his father's eyes. He feels as though his father is never pleased with anything he accomplishes and hates it when his father questions him with what he wants to do with his life. Colin likes to talk and flirt with girls, but has never had an official girlfriend because he has yet to find a girl that wants to be with him for his personality. He is a fairly confident individual, but when something doesn't work out in his favor, his confidence can get easily shattered and it may take him a while to break out of his down mood. In his free time, Colin likes to listen to music, play video games, exercise, hang out with his friends and family, train his Pokémon and ride his motorcycle
History: Colin grew up in the country between Madison and Monroe, Wisconsin. He is the eldest child to his parents, Gary and Heather, who are both graduates of UW Madison. Colin used to have trouble interacting with kids when he was younger because he didn't feel as though he belonged in any of the cliques that existed in the school. Eventually he gained a small circle of friends before middle school that he managed to maintain up into college. When he was in high school, Colin decided to try football out in hopes of impressing his father and managed to join the team his freshman year as a wide receiver. He was a fairly good student through school and managed to score a 29 on his ACT which got him into UW Madison. When he was playing football his senior year of high school, a scout from UW Madison saw his talent and offered him a scholarship to play for the Wisconsin Badgers which Colin took without hesitation. He played for the Badgers up to the start of his junior year when he blew out his ACL for a second time. As of now, Colin is still studying to become a civil engineer and preparing to participate in the Big Ten League as a Pokémon trainer.
State: Wisconsin. Affiliated with the Wisconsin Badgers
Goal: To participate in and hopefully win the Big Ten League and graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering from Madison
Pokémon: Charmander, Pikachu
-Can repair cars/motorcycles
-Photographic memory which allows him to retain a lot of things he sees and reads once
-Blowing out his ACL again
-Obsessed with pleasing/impressing his father which prevents him from doing what he truly wants
-Not too experienced with Pokémon or battling yet
-Will often dwell on his failures when he fails something