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This post is a breakdown of the weapons and tools available to BDA agents, and some suggestions on what their Valor equivalents would be! Although BDA agents' loadouts are pretty standardized, these tools can be combined in a variety of unique ways, so I suggest that if you're not familiar with World Trigger's weapons and systems, you model your techniques in Valor first, and then afterwards look at what weapons and tools would be a good match.

Triggers and Trion Bodies: The Basics

Fundamentally, Triggers are weapons powered by Trion - a special energy people generate using an invisible gland located near their heart. If your Trion gland is robust, you'll be able to get more out of your Triggers. Fortunately, the more you use your Trion, the stronger this gland becomes...although it stops growing at around age 21, which is why the BDA starts recruiting so young; they want to give their agents as much time to develop as possible.

When you activate a Trigger, it swaps out your body with a Combat Body made of trion. Your regular squishy form is safely tucked away in a pocket dimension and your consciousness takes control of the Combat Body, which is impervious to conventional weapons and super strong. When you deactivate the Trigger, or if your Trion body is destroyed, you swap back.

Normally, these Combat Bodies just look like your regular body but in a uniform, but technically they can be anything you want, and some people do make cosmetic adjustments, like shorter hair. It's generally recommended that the Combat Body be fairly close in shape and size to your real body, though, since the last thing you want in the middle of combat is to be disoriented by a body you aren't used to. Any illness or disability the user has is not carried over to the combat body; if you see a BDA agent in glasses, they're just for show.

The Triggers themselves take the form of small chips, which you slot into a holder small enough to be held in your hand. Each chip corresponds to a tool or weapon. Standard BDA trigger holders can hold up to eight of these chips, four to a hand, and you can switch between them at will. Technically you can only use two triggers at a time, and they have to be assigned to different hands to do so, but...honestly I'm not going to bother keeping track. If you want to map out your character's full trigger sets then more power to you, but mechanically it's not going to mean anything.


When a trion body is destroyed, the user's real body gets unceremoniously dumped out on the spot where it was taken out. If that spot happens to be in the middle of a combat zone, the now squishy and vulnerable trigger user is liable to die for real. Fortunately, the BDA's engineers have found a solution to this problem, which they've named the Bailout system. When a BDA agent goes down, Bailout automatically activates, and uses the last of their Trion to send them jetting through the sky like a shooting star, back to BDA HQ, where they land safely on a prepared mattress, none the worse for wear. Agents can also manually activate this system, which will self-destruct their combat body and send them shooting away.

Bailout's incredibly useful, but it's not perfect. It takes a big chunk of the user's trion when equipped, and won't protect you from getting, say, captured unless you manually activate it. Still, it'll probably save your life at some point, so I wouldn't tamper with it if I were you.

Mechanical effect: When BDA-affiliated characters are brought below 0 HP, they are removed from the battlefield at the end of their next turn after one full round passes. They cannot be revived for this scene after this point.

Once your combat body's destroyed, it takes time to make a new one. The amount of time required depends on how much Trion you have, with lower-Trion people returning to the battlefield sooner.


Weapons are broken down into three basic categories: Attacker, Shooter/Gunner, and Sniper. Attacker weapons are melee weapons, Shooter/Gunner weapons fire bullets at midrange, and Sniper rifles fire bullets at long range. BDA agents are officially classified according to which type of weapon they've best mastered, with the title of All-Rounder going to those agents who are proficient in more than one kind.


Attackers are the guys who get right up in your face and apply pressure. Attacker triggers are blades of concentrated Trion which will slice right through shields and bodies alike. Agents with lower Trion values often become attackers, because they (hopefully) will only need to spend Trion on their weapon once, but it takes good reflexes and a lot of guts to close the distance and get right up in an enemy's face.

There are three Attacker triggers: The Kogetsu, the Scorpion, and the Raygust.

01. Kogetsu

Kogetsu is just a regular old sword. It doesn't have any particular special attributes (apart from the Whirlwind sub-trigger, but we'll get to that in a moment), and can't change shape or be put away once activated (unless you want to spend the trion to make a whole new one the next time you need one), but it's sturdy, reliable, and simple to use, which means it's the most popular of the three attacker triggers. As useful on offense as on defense, the Kogetsu is a strong all-around tool.

Although the default shape for the Kogetsu is a slightly curved sword, there's no reason why it couldn't be a spear, an axe, or even a Bat'leth if you really wanted. The shape has to be set when the trigger chip is implanted in the holder, though, so you can't change shape on the fly.

Suggested Attributes: STR, AGI
Suggested Tech Modifiers: Whirlwind, Rush Attack

01b. Kogetsu: Whirlwind

Kogetsu doesn't have any special properties of its own, but if used in conjunction with another trigger, the Whirlwind, it gives attackers a ranged option. The whirlwind allows the user to spend trion in order to extend the blade, resulting in ranged slashes.

Here's the unnecessarily detailed nitty-gritty of how it works. When you activate Whirlwind, it spends trion to put a buff on your Kogetsu for a short period of time - usually 1.5 seconds. Any swings you make during this time period will be extended and turn into a ranged attack, with the range of the swing being inversely proportional to the buff duration. So if you set your Whirlwind to activate for 1.5 seconds you get a 15 meter slash, if you set it to a 0.5 second active period you get 45 meters...but in exchange it's harder to use, because the timing is more demanding.

Did you not read or follow that? Don't worry, it's not anything you actually need to know. Just know that the Whirlwind lets attackers spend trion to make ranged attacks. It'll never be as good as a proper mid-ranged combatant, but it can help close the gap.

Suggested Attributes: AGI, STR
Suggested Tech Modifiers: Ranged attack, Line Attack, Ranged AND line attack
Suggested Tech Limits: Immobile
pikabot: (one piece | superman)

The city of Vancouver, population 603,000. Four years ago, a gateway to another world opened here, and an unstoppable army came through from the other side. These invaders from another world, eventually dubbed "Neighbours", destroyed everything in the vicinity of the gate, and spread terror throughout the city.

Their technology was different from ours, and all of our weapons were useless against them. But just as hope seemed lost, a group of people appeared wielding stolen Neighbour technology against them, and drove the invaders off.

"Leave them to us," they said. "We've been preparing for this day for a long time."

Valor Trigger is an online tabletop campaign based on the weekly manga series World Trigger and run in Valor. Players will take on the role of agents of the Border Defense Agency, and defend the city of Vancouver from continuous invasions from other worlds, all the while dealing with school work and participating in mock battles with other BDA squads for rank.


This game will be run in Valor, which is a super customizable system dedicated to modelling the most anime fights possible, with some rebalancing house rules the system's creators have come up with(ie the unofficial errata), plus a couple more house rules to tweak the system. No experience with this system - or any other tabletop roleplay system! - is required, nor is knowledge of World Trigger. I'll be providing a PDF copy of the game's rules to any players who don't already own it. Play will be done over text in Roll20.

I'm looking for 3-4 players, whose characters will be a new squad starting off at the very bottom of the BDA totem pole, and climbing up to the top over the course of the campaign. This is an interest post for the future; I won't be able to actually run this campaign until a couple of the ones I'm in right now end, which will probably be a few months from now.


If you're familiar with World Trigger, take pretty much everything about its setting and transplant it to west-coast Canada. If you're not familiar, and want the full deets about it, click here to read my in-depth setting post. If that's way too much reading for you, here's a compressed version:

Other universes orbit around ours in a weird black inter-dimensional void. When they come close enough to send a ship across, the people ("neighbours") from these worlds send soldiers to ours to abduct people who can power the weapons they use. Four years ago, they invaded en masse for the first time, and caused massive panic until a group of earthlings calling themselves the Border Defense Agency, who had already been studying and using Neighbour technology, showed up and fought the invaders off.

Today, a massive BDA base stands at the site where the Neighbours first emerged, in what used to be the city's West End district, and a special device within the base draws all Neighbour gates to open in the area around it, where BDA agents can easily dispatch them before they hurt anybody. This has made the area around the base uninhabitable, and an awful lot of people needed to be relocated, but has meant that the rest of the city can more or less carry out its business like nothing ever happened. Four years later, despite being technically an ongoing war zone, the city of Vancouver is oddly peaceful...for now.

You are a squad of fresh-faced young new recruits, most likely around 14-15 years old, new to the BDA and just finished with your training period. You will fight alien invaders, protect the people of the city, wrestle with the BDA's internal politics, and even compete with other squads for rank within the organization.

There's money and fame to be had for the top squads, but maybe that doesn't interest you. Maybe you lost a family member in the invasion, and want revenge. Maybe you're motivated by a genuine desire to protect people. Maybe you just like a fight, and this is the best place to find one. Or maybe, just maybe, you're secretly a Neighbour yourself. Whatever your reason, it's up to you to climb that ladder and keep the people of Vancouver safe.


If you're interested in playing, leave a comment on this post with the following information:

1. Your plurk, or other way of contacting you.
2. If you have some idea what your availability will be in 3-4 months, leave it here. If not, don't worry about it.
3. A character concept or two. Or three. Or four. Feel free to refer to the handy-dandy flavor guide I whipped up describing all the tools at a BDA agent's disposal!
4. Any questions you might have, or the word 'oddment' if you have none.
5. A picture you like which contains a gun.
pikabot: (homestuck | jade in snow)
Title: Just Fine
Fandom: World Trigger
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Nasu Rei, Narasaka Tohru, Shinoda Masafumi
Summary: Nasu's always been sickly, but in her trion body she's a powerful warrior. This is the story of the first time she got her hands on a trigger.
Word Count: 1050
Notes: Deals with chronic illness. This was written for the first challenge round of fandomweekly on Dreamwidth. The fact that Narasaka and Nasu are cousins hasn't been mentioned in the manga itself yet, but comes from one of the agent profiles in the volume extras.

Click here to read it on Ao3!
pikabot: (marvel comics | captain america)

FTL: Faster Than Light is a recently released space-simulator roguelike game from two independent developers. 'Roguelike' means that the game world and encounters within it are randomly generated, and that death means starting over fromt he beginning; there is no loading an old save. They also tend to be highly unforgiving with rapid deaths. Despite this, they're a lot of fun, with each playthrough (usually ending in disaster) presenting its own little story.

FTL is a ton of fun, so I thought I'd do a little diary of a playthrough for you guys. Sort of a mini-Let's Play. As it turns out, it wound up being my most successful attempt to date.

FTL is ten dollars, and can be purchased directly from the creators here. It works on WIndows, Mac, and Linux, and can be redeemed DRM free through Gog.com, or on Steam, at no extra cost.

It's been a long road getting from there to here )
pikabot: (one piece | superman)
I have a lot of Thoughts about the recent Support Group RP meme. Here I describe them in a 1800 word post.

hey, I did say a LOT of thoughts! )

Of course, that's all just my perspective. Other people may feel differently. My biggest hope is that the RP community will look at this meme and learn from it, because it clearly has a lot to teach us.
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So there's a DC Comics miniseries called Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In The 8th Grade". It's a continuity-free goofy little title for kids, and it is...pretty much exactly what it says on the label. It is adorable and really good in general. I heavily recommend it.

And because I love it so much, I've begun systematically iconning it from top to bottom. This batch covers the first issue and the first ten pages or so of the second.

DC Comics - 50 icons
Belinda Zee - 04
Lena Luthor - 01
Lex Luthor - 01
Supergirl - 42
Superman - 02



- the usual policies apply
- like what you see? Then watch this comm for future updates! Seriously whenever I see the number of watchers tick up it gives me warm fuzzies inside.
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Making Unsounded icons is like eating pringles. Once you start, it's difficult to stop.

Babylon 5 - 15 icons
Londo Mollari - 15

Unsounded - 85 icons
Duane Adelier - 03
Elka - 12
Ephsephin - 09
Matty - 12
Quigly - 03
Sette Frummagem - 46
Toma - 04



- the usual policies apply
- like what you see? Then watch this comm for future updates! Seriously whenever I see the number of watchers tick up it gives me warm fuzzies inside.
pikabot: (one piece | flag)
Title: Commands The Night Sky
Fandom: Soul Eater
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Blair
Summary: A Portrait Of The Nymphomanic Cat As A Young Kitten.
Word Count: 1301
Notes: This is technically manga-verse, but the only way you'd know the difference is one offhand reference that is utterly unimportant. Written for [livejournal.com profile] kuroshiro_neko as part of [livejournal.com profile] se_ladyfest

Warm. Warm. A dark figure envelops her, holding her and her sisters in place, a great black wall surrounding them. Not frightening. Reassuring. Warm. Safe. )
pikabot: (jojo's bizarre adventure | weather repor)
Title: No Witch
Fandom: Soul Eater
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Eruka Frog
Summary: Eruka gets her freedom, but finds the conditions of her release difficult to bear.
Word Count: 1068
Notes: Manga-verse, spoilers for the last few chapters. Was written for [livejournal.com profile] aztec as part of [livejournal.com profile] se_ladyfest.

The creak of rusted hinges roused Eruka Frog from a light and restless sleep. )
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Like I said in my previous post, I've just put up a post for icon requests. Everyone can have at it! The more the merrier!
pikabot: (dragonball | piccolo seatbelt)

pikabot: (darker than black | hei)
In celebration of my move to Dreamwidth, and while I wait for the import to work its way through the queue, I decided I would post all the icons I've made and never posted because I got lazy and lost track of what I had and hadn't posted! It took me damn near two and a half hours to put this post together...and for good reason: It's ginormous! Three hundred and thirty icons!

I'll update the Totals post once the import's gone through. I just realized I'm going to have to redo all the links in that post. Sob being fastidious with your organization is suffering.

However, the big news is that this post easily pushes me over one thousand icons made and posted in this journal!Now that's a milestone, and I'll put up requests after the new year.

So, uh...welcome to Excuse Me WTF R U Iconning, Dreamwidth Edition!

Ace Attorney - 12 icons
Trucy Wright - 12

Avatar: The Last Airbender - 04 icons
Aang - 02
Azula - 01
Katara - 01
Zuko - 02

Bleach - 12 icons
Yuzu Kurosaki - 12

Darker Than Black - 05 icons
Hei - 05

Double Arts - 15 icons
Lucci Zezu

Dragonball - 10 icons
Android 18 - 01
Son Gohan - 09

Eyeshield 21 - 05 icons
Anezaki Mamori - 02
Boar - 01
Mizumachi Kengo - 01
Monta - 01

Fairy Tail - 18 icons
Erza Scarlet - 06
Gerard Fernandez - 01
Wendy Marvell - 11

Firefly - 13 icons
Inara Serra - 01
Malcolm Reynolds - 05
Monty - 01
Zoƫ Alleyne - 08

Fullmetal Alchemist - 02 icons
Heinkel - 01
Mrs. Bradley - 01
Selim Bradley/Pride - 01
Zolf J. Kimblee - 01

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency - 07 icons
Lisa Lisa - 07

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean - 13 icons
Jolyne Kujo - 03
Weather Report - 07
Weather Report (Stand) - 03

Homestuck - 28 icons
Aradiabot - 03
Equius Zahhak - 13
Jade Harley - 15
Jadesprite - 04
Nepeta Leijon - 01

Kill Bill - 24 icons
Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride - 24

Marvel Comics - 29 icons
Captain America/Steve Rogers - 22
Ko-Rel of Hala - 07

Problem Sleuth - 15 icons
Problem Sleuth - 15

Puella Magi Madoka Magic - 10 icons
Kyouko Sakura - 10

The Sandman - 07 icons
Death - 02
Dream - 04
Lucifer - 01

Soul Eater - 09 icons
Angela - 01
Black Star - 01
Crona - 01
Kidd - 01
Maka Albarn - 01
Mifune - 01
Mosquito - 01
Soul Evans - 03

There Will Be Blood - 15 icons
Daniel Plainview - 15

Unsounded - 77 icons
Cara - 01
Duane Adelier - 52
Sette Frummagem - 32


Jesus Christ, the header alone is long enough that I should probably cut it

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pikabot: (psyren | van)
All my shit's imported now. I suppose this is my new home.
pikabot: (kamina skyshades)
Well I guess I'm finally upping sticks. I don't use my personal journal much at all anymore, but if you want in on any future content on my part you should add me on Dreamwidth. Meet the new journal name. Same as the old journal name. I'll also be moving my icon journal over once community imports become a thing for unpaid users in a few weeks.

Alternatively if you have a plurk you'll likely have more success catching me there.
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I just haven't been checking my personal LJ, like, at all for the past eight months or so. Just sporadically when I need to log in to do some [livejournal.com profile] queenofheartsrp modwork.

So, um. What is everybody up to? If there are any posts of yours you were hoping I'd see link them here I guess.

Oh and um if you have a Plurk you should probably add me since that is the best way to keep in touch with me at this time.
pikabot: (notcrying)
This morning, my Japanese professor was an hour late for class.

The reason is pretty easy to figure out: the time changed over the weekend. Obviously she forgot to set her clock.

So she walks in and the TA (gently) points out first that she is late, and then when she didn't figure it out, that it is actually 10:30, not 9:30. Her hand flew to her mouth, embarrassed, and we all had a few chuckles over her totally mundane and understandable mistake. She was laughing too...but then she started crying. She'd seemed fine when she walked in, but I guess the embarrassment tipped her over.

Thankfully, all her friends and family are safe (at least, I'm pretty sure all her friends are safe; it got a little hard to follow at that point), although one friend had to leave with her family, as they lived inside the evacuation zone for the ongoing nuclear accident.

There are tens of thousands of people affected by the Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan, and countless others who, although geographically distant from the disaster itself, are still close to it by virtue of friends, family, and other loved ones. If you can spare any money at all, please consider donating it through any one of these means. If you can't, please consider donating time and talent to fundraising efforts such as [livejournal.com profile] help_japan.

Unfortunately, this came at a time when I am overburdened with other commitments and am in a cash crunch, so I'm unable to do either. I understand if you can't either. But if you are able to: every little bit helps.

Oh, I'm sure nobody reading this does this, but to those putting down or demeaning the way in which someone chooses to help people affected by a disaster like this? Fuck you sideways. This is more important than your need to make your charity penis look bigger.


Dec. 16th, 2010 10:34 pm
pikabot: (maka fancy)
Title: Approaching Breakthrough
Rating: PG. Little bit of cursing and...you know. Blair being Blair.
Fandom: Soul Eater
Characters/Pairings: Angela, Blair, Lisa and Alisa
Summary: Blair stumbles across a young witch in the streets of Death City, and decides to bring her back to the Club, where she gets some lessons on how to better work her magic.
Notes: Lisa and Alisa's characterization is made up almost whole cloth, for obvious reasons. I wrote this on the assumption that the way we normally see them behave is their 'stage persona' ie how they act for customers. Anime canon, but with minor non-conflicting elements from manga canon tossed in. Was written for [livejournal.com profile] shotwatermelon as part of [livejournal.com profile] se_ladyfest. Works as a companion piece to my previous fic on the subject of Angela, but can also stand alone.

The dumpster was large and filled almost to capacity with the leavings of the seafood restaurant it sat behind. Blair picked through it gleefully, her paws shoving coffee grounds, eggshell, potato peelings, and other miscellany aside in search of the perfect meal.  )
pikabot: (gar!simon)
Title: Off The Air
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] demoerin, for [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest
Beta'ed by: [livejournal.com profile] tobu_ishi
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Bradley/King Bradley as important backdrop
Summary: Mrs. Bradley takes to the airwaves of Radio Central to discuss her life, her work, and her marriage to a King.
Notes: Since Mrs. Bradley has no canonical first name, I consulted a list of German queens and arbitrarily decided on Emma for her. Written for [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest an age ago.

Baby loves the radio )
pikabot: (chopper!luffy)
OK so if you want in, it'll be at 8:30 PM EST on Friday night. We'll probably burn through the first four episodes or so.

Channel is here.
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