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    From Thief to Teitoku. A story on how things got started.

    (Part 2 here, for ease of access) (Part 3 | Part 3.5 | Part 3.75) (Part 4 | Part 4.5 | Part 4.75) (Part 5 | Part 5.5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8 | Part 8.5)

    At the request of a curious Retro, I wrote this bit of my head-canon up.
    @Mr_Retro I'll post this here in case anyone else wants to read too. This is just gonna be super brief, and only covers how I "got started" as an Admiral in head-canon, because I suck ass at writing actual dialogue. If yu (or anyone else) gets curious, feel free to ask and I'll give more details regarding the question at hand.

    First, a bit of a backstory to the backstory. When picturing "me" in a fantastical kind of alter-ego, I've always used the design of my GW2 thief. Aside from obviously determining my appearance, it's also where I get my "life skills" from. Not trying to merge Tyria and future Earth since that wouldn't work in the slightest, and nothing supernatural about him like invisibility skills or anything. What "I" take from it is the acrobatic skills and hand-to-hand proficiency, weapon mastery for Daggers, Pistols, Bows, and "my" favored primary of Bo Staves, and a talent for strategy and tactics.

    "I" lived on the outskirts of a decent sized city. Only house in the area. Cliffside with a good view of the ocean. Calling in favors and contacts of former colleagues let me be self-sustaining without the need for an active job; windmills and water wheels provide electricity, hobby garden supplies fruits and veggies, and I can sell off excess produce and electricity to get money for meats and other goods.

    Initially I had no interest or stake in the Abyssal war, but it didn't feel the same. My first encounter with a KanMusu was meeting a lone I-19 taking a break on the beachhead at the bottom of the cliff face that I overlooked. I had my ways down there, but said beachhead wasn't readily accessible to the average person, except from the ocean itself. So seeing someone down there got my interest and I went down. Turns out she was unofficially on break because she was hungry, mid-mission rations only go so far, and nobody was looking. After greetings, I offered her food back home. We ate, and as thanks she told me who she was, what she was, and what she was doing there. There had been radar contacts in the area suggesting nearby Abyssal activity. When we finished, she took off and that was that for a few days.

    After a few days though, stuff happened. I get up in the middle of the night because I hear a bit of commotion in the city; moderate building destruction. I get the hell out there to take a look, and run into a distressed Nagato on the edge of the city's limits. At first she tries to shoo me away as just another civvie, but by being stubborn and refusing to leave without info, I get her to tell me that there was a battle in the seas off the city's coast, and one Abyssal (A Ri-class), survived the fight and got away. Turns out that those legs on Ri-class work as intended and it had gotten into the city. Its cannon had been disabled, and it was basically just running to survive. The destruction heard earlier was one of Nagato's team trying to shoot it, which is also why Nagato was so distressed; she quickly learned that firing big-ass warship guns in a city's limits was a very bad idea, and was at a loss as to what to do next since she's obviously not trained for urban combat. I offer my assistance since I know the city left and right, and can also traverse the various roofs to keep an eye out and direct traffic. The team can't shoot the Ri-class while in the city anymore after busting up a building, but the Ri-class doesn't need to know that. Working together with Nagato, I use my advantage of the city's layout knowledge to tell her where she should send her team members to "scare" and basically herd the Ri-class back out to sea. Eventually, that goal is accomplished, and as the Ri-class is leaving, it gets blown up by the very same submarine I spoke with the other day. Mission complete, the fleet groups up before heading back to base. I talk a bit with Nagato and Iku about what transpired (as well as some friendly conversation with the latter since we had met previously), and then they went back.

    About a week later, I get a knock at the door while I'm lazing about. At the door is once again the busty Submarine. Except this time she's here for me. Turns out that after the city operation happened, someone higher up was interested in my tactical ability, and ability to command while on the field. She sort of towed me to the nearby naval district by pulling a rope attached to a single-man rowboat of all things. From there, I took a proper boat to Naval HQ, escorted by Iku. After meeting with the higher-ups, I decided to go along with things, and got assigned to the nearby District that I had sailed from as a "combat advisor". Basically, I go out on missions with the fleets and serve as an intermediary field commander; giving combat orders on the fly as situations develop. I never overwrite whatever the primary mission orders are, but I tell the girls things that help them out in the actual fights, and other combat tactics.

    Eventually, I prove myself enough to be assigned my own Naval District, and with an actual six member fleet due to me being deemed a worthwhile investment. So I start my life in charge with an assortment of lighter ships, and one bigger ship. Under my command from the beginning are: Inazuma, Shimakaze, Naka, Furutaka, Kongou (I had good graces with one higher up), and none other than Iku (upon her request).

    As an aside, Inazuma very quickly drilled proper resource management into my head as I tried to make a Carrier for my first construction. Thus securing her lifelong position as boss of the funds.


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    An enjoyable read Emerald, Thank you for sharing, i hope to see more in the future



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    Quote Originally Posted by Emerald Acid View Post
    As an aside, Inazuma very quickly drilled proper resource management into my head as I tried to make a Carrier for my first construction. Thus securing her lifelong position as boss of the funds.
    Don't take it as me being dismissive of everything else you wrote but this line about Plasma-chan was the best finisher.


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    @Emerald Acid I liked it. :D
    So~ Perhaps the obvious question, when and how do you meet RJ? Is the first line you hear her "oshigoto, oshigoto!" line? (I like the line, and the picture of her sitting in a lawn chair saying it to the land-based aircraft is just really funny.)



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    @DLRevan Personally I don't subscribe to the Plasma-chan alter ego, but I had to include that bit at the end instead of saving it for a potential later entry. Admiral Koharu and Admiral Reiji's Inazuma really had an influence on me as a character.

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    @Mr_Retro That's actually an entry for a later day. It's more than just a chance meeting, meeting her and building to the relationship we have now is a story arc all in its' own right.

    Any questions pertaining to this bit though? It's actually a lot easier fleshing out bits and getting details out there when prompted more than just on the spot.


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    In My Heart, The Age of Battleships will never end.
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    Very interesting story.
    For mine,based on a true story, I am an ordinary teenager who live an ordinary life, and decided to do something special, after seeing images of Kongou, ended up joining the Navy. Went through hardships, become dedicated to fighting the Abyssal.


    Nothing much happening right now, isn't it?

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    @Lord Harrab Exactly.

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    @Laisy I tried to put a bit of true story in mine as well. I was hoping that the fact that the first ever KanMusu I encountered was Iku would come across as a reference to the fact that Iku was the girl that got me into and interested in KanColle in the first place, and was the original planned waifu before head-canon took over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Emerald Acid View Post
    @Mr_Retro That's actually an entry for a later day. It's more than just a chance meeting, meeting her and building to the relationship we have now is a story arc all in its' own right.

    Any questions pertaining to this bit though? It's actually a lot easier fleshing out bits and getting details out there when prompted more than just on the spot.
    Well, I look forward to it. Hm~ Questions, huh? I guess, how did you become a skilled thief?



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    @Mr_Retro That... is something I actually haven't thought about. I never looked into making a backstory to the origin story. How does a character get to being skilled in their arts in an MMO when created? Never thought about that, really.

    As the basest of explanations, I've always pictured it almost like an RPG scenario as-is. The martial and physical training started as more of a time killing hobby-type thing, and eventually turned into a full blown skillset from this big adventure with other people with different skillsets. Those people were the ones I thought about when talking about "old favors and colleagues" in the story itself, but I never actually put thought into what transpired back then, since for all intents and purposes that's an entirely different story setting. Most of my head-canon is just stuff my overactive imagination thinks up as I attempt to sleep at night.

    Heading to bed now, actually. Feel free to keep asking questions if curious, and that goes for anybody. Will gladly answer when I get back up. I've always wanted to share my head-canons with people who like the same subject material.


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