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Travis Moore
« on: October 13, 2012, 07:21:49 pm »
Full Name: Travis Moore
Species: Human
Age: 36
Type: Hacker
Function: Cybersecurity professional, stress tests new systems.

Quotes:
"You'll still die when I shoot you in the head."
"I don't think people really realize the thrill of a good cyber-hunt."
"Such a shame that I have to resort to improvised full-auto weapons and not buy a quality semi-auto."
"I'm a little nervous about this video game concept, what do you think?"
"Take them all you want Rayne! It doesn't change the fact that if your people had had a lot more guns among them, there'd be a lot more of them still around!"

How much experience do you have with role-playing? How much time have you spent on MUSHs/MUXs/etc.? Absolutely none whatsoever.

What is your character's personality? Travis Moore is a good-natured yet at the same time, cynical person. He will do whatever it takes to carry a gun around everywhere as he believes strongly in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution as well as the fact that his guns saved him from getting arrested by the AMIB. This has gotten him into a lot of trouble with security and a couple of shouting matches have ensued from such action. However, he still keeps making new guns to accompany him.

He can often be seen at a computer doing one of three things, playing an online multiplayer match, brushing up on his hacking skills, or working on any number of wild video game projects. He is very dedicated to his video game projects and will often bring them up with people and discuss certain mechanics, even if these people know nothing about the subject at hand, because he wants to get them "just right". He likes hardcore realism in video games, which has been of help to him during his adventures. He's also suffering from constant sexual frustration since whenever a Cyantian finds out about his childhood, they back off in a hurry.

He has Asperger's Syndrome, which contributes to his intelligence but also to his social ineptitude as well as his mental instability, which he keeps in check with a slew of psychoactive medications. He does have a rather twisted sense of humor as evidenced by the domestic fox he bought while hiding with Cyantian foxes before his defection to the wolves, as well as the stunner he has, which basically is a Pulsed Energy Projectile stuffed inside a shell of a phaser from Star Trek: The Original Series.

What things does s/he like? Video games, Aircraft, Guns, Hacking, Computers in general, the feel of fur.

Dislike? People who abuse their authority, People who try to take his guns, Script Kiddies in online multiplayer, Strafing Runs, Any mention of the "Bitch in Heat" incident.

What are the strong points of your character? He's very intelligent and good at problem-solving. He can be very focused when he needs to be.

Weak points? He's blunt, overly talkative, and generally uncharismatic. And god help anyone who interrupts him during a hacking session.

Name one thing your character would never do and why. Kill anyone who he even remotely suspects is an innocent party dragged into the fray by 'X-COM'. He doesn't want to be a murderer but anyone who is actually in X-COM is fair game to him.

How does s/he interact with others? He's generally good at interaction but the whole concept is foreign to him. He will sometimes go off on a tangent and ramble on until people lose interest. He tries to be nice but that will all go out the window when there's a crisis at hand.

MENTION if they carry some sort of weapon. He keeps an Avenger sub-machinegun hidden between the walls in his quarters and the only reason that he doesn't take it on campus is that security outlined to him plain and clear what would happen if they caught him with another one. He does, however, have a stun pistol on him and several reloads for it. He also keeps a force knife for utilitarian use.

Give an example description of your character. About 5'6", fair-skinned but very well tanned, very curly black hair, brown eyes covered by thin, square rim glasses, very thin build but still somewhat athletic.

What qualities or traits does your character have that would be useful to the Mars Academy currently, or in the future when it becomes a colony? This includes skills, and for those that would need to apply, qualifications. He provides valuable experience on the Terran military since he served in an Intelligence Analysis position for a couple of years. He also is well-known for his exploits during the Centralis-Teraplex War and is quite familiar with some of the staff.

What goals does your character have for the future? To finally be able to function as a normal person on Earth again.

What is your characters nature and thoughts on others of his/her species? He carries a certain amount of pride as a human but also keeps in perspective the fact that they are just one species in a universe of thousands.

What is his or her view on other species? He sees the Immigrant Cyantians as "brothers" due to their Terran heritage but has a lot of contempt for their methods of warfare. He also will chew out anyone who suggests that the Immigrants did not come from Earth and mutter about "creationist s***". He is fascinated by the Digni and the Aquatics and the "case study in convergent evolution" that they offer. He is a little uneasy with the more wild Cyantians knowing full well that they are going to be overrun by humans after First Contact is made.

Please answer the following in a couple paragraphs: What is your character's history? Who is or was your characters family? What were the important events of your characters past? What kind of life did they have before they arrived at the academy?

Travis Moore is the third and last child of a linguist who worked at the NSA until she had kids and a computer engineer who worked at NASA. He has Asperger's Syndrome which gives him a high amount of academic intelligence and a very good memory but also makes him immature and bad at social interaction. In addition, he needs a steady supply of psychoactive medication in order to function well in society. Due to his unique combination of high intellect and low self-restraint, he went to four different high schools over the course of five years. The second one had an educational program that he termed "abusive". He spent his last two months at the school staying in detention and refusing to say a word to the faculty. Through his mother's persistence, he was transferred to another school before his first year at the second school ended, but not before he had gained an interest in improvised weaponry, especially explosives. He lost interest after going to the third school but regained it in the fourth one when three of the other students attempted to rob him, two beat him up in the process, and one actually succeeded. He also gained an interest in martial arts. Ever since then, he's been a regular visitor of stealthiswiki.org and thehomegunsmith.com. Like his father, he is very adept with computers and enrolled in a top-line university as a Computer Science major. However, he was not entirely responsible in the past which has led to countless arguments between him and his father. Also, after his Sophomore year, when he got his first job as an intern at the NSA, he started pursuing his hobby of improvised weapons culminating in his Avenger. Travis dreamed of being an ethical hacker mainly because of his experiences in trying to work around his father's computer protections.

Travis's history with the Cyantians started during a slow day at the NSA. He got bored and started hacking into SIPRNET where he found every bit of information about the AMIB, more formally known as '90'. Shocked by the documents, he tried to leak them to the public over the internet but his transmission was intercepted by the AMIB, or as Travis calls them, X-COM, and blocked. The next day, AMIB agents posing as FBI agents came to arrest Travis but he opened fire with a civilian AK-47 and several pipe bombs catching them by surprise and killing all of them. This action landed him in the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. Travis spent the next couple of months on the run, contemplating suicide, until he found out from family in Louisiana of some urban legends of "Fox-men". He went to investigate, found damning evidence, and then used it to blackmail the humans protecting the Cyantian foxes there into letting him stay. Before this time, he thought that the aliens actually were a threat but learned about the more complicated situation in the swamp. He eventually defected to the wolves after they investigated the area for unrelated reasons. After settling in and taking a crash course in Cyantian computer systems, he set to work connecting the Cyantian and Terran internets.

Meanwhile, he briefed Syrys about the possibility of breaking out the experiments of the North American Project. After a couple of wargames, Syrys found out that there was no way to even breach the perimeter with the equipment he had available. Travis took this as an opportunity to gain contacts in the US Army, which he used to make a clean sweep of the area and plant spyware into X-COM's network. At the beginning of the Centralis-Teraplex War, the spyware source went dark leaving Travis blind but he was still able to figure out that X-COM was behind the arms deal to Rama. He offered his contacts to perform partisan operations against X-COM and the so-called "Tiballean Rebels" but his bellicose attitude did not endear him to superior officers. This changed when Centralis forces were slaughtered during the opening attack of the Siege of Centralis in a WWI style trench battle. His contacts were then allowed to perform partisan operations on the Rebels but not against X-COM. Travis took part in them initially but was soon recalled because he tended to freak out while under fire. As he put it, "No matter how realistic a video game is, there still isn't going to be an 'oh s***, I'm gonna die' factor". However, this was not before Travis infamously attempted to use "Bitch in Heat" smell purchased from Earth to set bait for a trap. He is rather ashamed of that incident. With advice from Travis and his contacts, the Centralis forces managed to force the Rebels out of Centralis inch-by-inch.

Travis put his full support into terraforming Mars and Venus, for whatever it was worth, but his bellicose attitude towards X-COM still gets on some nerves. His fight against X-COM has more to do with the constitutionality of their actions than with relations with aliens. The way he sees it, X-COM is an obstacle to rational human thought about First Contact.

If you're applying for a character that's been at the academy a while, what's happened to them at the academy? How have they spent their time here? Officially, Travis has been there to provide important Cyber-security testing. Unofficially, he's provided advice on how to approach the problem of First Contact, some of which has been listened to, some of which hasn't.


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« Last Edit: October 20, 2012, 12:22:46 pm by Eboreg »
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 11:51:14 am »
First I suppose I should point out that being a Terran human puts him in the restricted category, and while at the moment there's an open slot... hariman has already gone through the planning stage with Nevix and is a post in registration away from claiming it, just in case it closes on you, if you have any other character ideas in the works (3 more characters would open the next restricted slot  ;))


I really can't see security letting him casually walking the halls with a sub-machinegun.  Maybe a stun gun, or something smaller with frequent visits from security, and his bigger stuff would be kept in his room. (after all, it's supposed to be a school setting)

Heh... we usually want a summary of your history anyway. (Should probably at the very least link to the stories)  The thing is, if someone objects to a point in his history, or wants a slight alteration... it's easier to tweak a sentence in a paragraph or two about your character than altering a short story (especially if it's important to the plot of the story), or accepting that the story may no longer be 100% in line with your RPG character.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 02:32:38 pm »
I really can't see security letting him casually walking the halls with a sub-machinegun.

They don't, he's just good at hiding it. It's a very small sub-machinegun.

Maybe a stun gun, or something smaller with frequent visits from security, and his bigger stuff would be kept in his room.

Travis would consider carrying a stun gun if it were effective enough. I would like to know what the capabilities of Cyantian stun guns are.

(after all, it's supposed to be a school setting)

That doesn't mean s*** to Travis. To him, "gun free zone" is another word for "target rich environment".
« Last Edit: October 16, 2012, 02:37:28 pm by Eboreg »
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 04:35:15 pm »
Ok... then how about what ability does he have that's so unique that the second time they catch him with a weapon beyond those allowed on campus, they only confiscate the weapon rather than lock him up or ship him elsewhere?
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 04:59:09 pm »
Cyantians are good at finding things.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 05:19:14 pm »
@daemonschile: Point. I still want to know the capabilities of Cyantian stunners.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 05:24:05 pm »
they stun you?
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2012, 05:27:01 pm »
What about range? rate of fire? ammunition capacity? speed of reload? size?
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 05:36:54 pm »
Does this really matter? The flutternutter cannon KJ came up with coats you with thick, eatable stuff of the consistence of molten marshmallows and peanutbutter and the stungun I came up with shoots electrified balls about the size of pingpong balls that stick to you and shock you until removed.

Whatever serves the story.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 05:48:42 pm »
Gotcha Hex. Updated.

Oh, and before you ask, Travis's stunner is a Pulsed Energy Projectile weapon stuffed inside a toy Star Trek phaser Mark II modded to have iron sights and a trigger guard. He has a rather twisted sense of humor.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2012, 07:16:43 am »
The fluffernutter cannon was mine, Hex hon.  KJ did the grease gun concept, which hasn't yet seen the light of day.  And yes, it's a prank toy, but hell, it's silly, cute, and fast-hardens.  I figured that it was just the kind of useable prank two overly-zealous hyperactive fennecs would come up with, ESPECIALLY after hearing of the antics around them from groups like the Technomages.  There's likely a few more ideas sitting in the wings, but I'd have to check my old IRC logs to tell you about them.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2012, 10:45:35 am »
Well my bad.
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2012, 12:40:06 pm »
*hugs a Hex*

Never a problem, sweetheart!
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2012, 08:51:26 pm »
Ok... time to sharpen the ol' Pointy Stick...

First off, got around to reading your stories... and I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to write a history for your character rather than link to your stories.  In the RPG we try to stick close to the canon... your stories feature very heavily on scenarios and characters from the X-COM video game, so much so they are almost more an X-COM story than a Cyantian one.  While that's fine for just writing a story, X-COM and the scenarios you describe just don't exist in the Cyantian universe.  If you want a Terran organization to oppose you, that's the MIB, or the AMIB (American branch)... which wouldn't have the all-out warfare you had in your stories simply because a)the Cyantians are trying to avoid conflict because they want first contact to be a positive experience and b) the MIB doesn't want anyone to know they or aliens exist

Basically, he's going to need a more Cyantian-compatible history.

A little bit about Travis, I have big plans for him:

Travis Moore is the third and last child of a linguist who worked at the NSA until she had kids and a computer engineer who worked at NASA. He has Asperger's Syndrome which gives him a high amount of academic intelligence and a very good memory but also makes him immature and bad at social interaction. In addition, he needs a steady supply of psychoactive medication in order to function well in society. Due to his unique combination of high intellect and low self-restraint, he went to four different high schools over the course of five years. The second one had an educational program that he termed "abusive". He spent his last two months at the school staying in detention and refusing to say a word to the faculty. Through his mother's persistence, he was transferred to another school before his first year at the second school ended, but not before he had gained an interest in improvised weaponry, especially explosives. He lost interest after going to the third school but regained it in the fourth one when three of the other students attempted to rob him, two beat him up in the process, and one actually succeeded. He also gained an interest in martial arts. Ever since then, he's been a regular visitor of stealthiswiki.org and thehomegunsmith.com. Like his father, he is very adept with computers and enrolled in a top-line university as a Computer Science major. However, he was not entirely responsible in the past which has led to countless arguments between him and his father. Also, after his Sophomore year, when he got his first job as an intern at the NSA, he started pursuing his hobby of improvised weapons culminating in his Avenger. Travis dreamed of being an ethical hacker mainly because of his experiences in trying to work around his father's computer protections. He likes to spend his free time playing and writing computer games. He has a tendency to drone on about any subject of interest to him and ask people their opinions even if they don't know a thing. He also likes to overuse big words ironically. He sees his hobby as patriotic because the Declaration of Independence outlined a right to revolt against corrupt governments and because the best protection against tyranny is a well-armed public. However, he mostly is a nice, quirky, and somewhat absent-minded guy who tends to creep people out when his disturbing knowledge base comes up. In fact, most of his former friends were surprised that he got on the Ten Most Wanted list.

Also, your going to need to have some learning time in Cyantian computer languages before he can do any hacking... after all, Cyantian computers don't run on Windows.  You mention computer skills learned before meeting Cyantians, but he's going to need some time learning at some Academy (probably back on Cyantia, or he's going to be a student now rather than already skilled at them)  Also keep in mind if you follow the hacking route that they have heavy security on the Cyantian computers, so unauthorized hacking attempts will be noticed and dealt with.

Medical can also probably cure that issue needing a steady stream of medication... if not, how's he going to react if he doesn't get it?

Your character is going to need a little more development personality wise.  As his profile currently goes, his skills involve computers and guns, he likes computers and guns, dislikes losing his guns and some people in computer games, his weakness is being violent when interrupted in a video game...

His never do involves X-COM, which as stated before doesn't exist, so he never will...

His big goal is to live a normal life on Earth... good news!  Cyantians have the ability to wipe his recent memories and return him to Earth, and the MIB will leave him alone if they do.  His goal could be accomplished by dinner time.

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He also is well-known for his exploits during the Centralis-Teraplex War and is quite familiar with some of the staff.
  That is going to require a LOT of detailed explanation.  Namely how he got there, since travel wasn't exactly common-place at the time, what he did, and his level of familiarity. (generally discouraged without extremely good reason for him to know them)
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Re: Travis Moore
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2012, 03:05:36 pm »
Medical can also probably cure that issue needing a steady stream of medication... if not, how's he going to react if he doesn't get it?

If Travis doesn't get his medicine, he becomes unfocused, mentally unstable, and violent.

His big goal is to live a normal life on Earth... good news!  Cyantians have the ability to wipe his recent memories and return him to Earth, and the MIB will leave him alone if they do.  His goal could be accomplished by dinner time.

In case you haven't noticed, Travis killed some people and ended up on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. That can't exactly be reversed by a simple memory wipe.
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