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Offline capt. salem

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it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« on: March 22, 2020, 01:31:15 PM »
| | | YOU'RE A VILLAINOUS THING
AND WE CAN'T HAVE YOU LIVING A LIE
It take him a bit to get around here, didn't it? Well, it didn't matter; he'd been busy. Seizing power in a group and then laying the groundwork to hold that power was time-consuming.

Not that the timeframe really mattered; he doubted Bluestem Prairie of all places was itching for a visit from the local boogieman. He knew they were technically enemies, but he didn't remember why; maybe it was another group Cat villainized because they could, or maybe there were deeper issues.

But none of that mattered now. Bluestem was set neatly between the Badlands and Flintlock, so he couldn't keep ignoring them if he wanted to set up trade routes with Flintlock. So here the new Top Dog of the Badlands was, perched neatly on the back of a fluffy mare who was taking her sweet time moving in the humid spring air.

He was approaching a town, and checked his map. Graveyard, this was the place; but instead of riding into the middle of town like a moron, he stopped a half-mile from the town's borders and waited. It was a bit difficult to find Bluestem's true borders anyways, so he figured this would have to be polite enough.
Waste no worry for the world, &
Let it be a tragedy of love and glory, &
While they wait by gates of pearl, &
We'll be building palaces in purgatory, &
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Re: it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 03:19:06 PM »

rome figured any visitors nowadays weren’t on bluestem’s side. raiding and chasing out nearby groups… sure, they were getting more powerful just about every day. there was something in that which was cause for wonder and awe. there was something about it that gave more reason for people to fear them. hate them.

the second-in-command couldn’t blame any of them, though. eyes wandered towards a figure outside of town, sitting there atop a fluffy mare. apparently ro was going to learn to stop being so uneasy around animals of the equestrian family. blank eyes glanced around, to the side and over his shoulder, before he turned back and began to walk towards the newcomer.

“hey. welcome to bluestem.” he gestured absently towards the man. “what can we do for you?” he was sure his plain greeting would soon be greatly overshadowed by brock. it was fun while it lasted, at least.
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Re: it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 08:50:22 PM »
| | | YOU'RE A VILLAINOUS THING
AND WE CAN'T HAVE YOU LIVING A LIE
The person who greeted him was- rather unassuming, to be frank. Salem had expected a bunch of cowboys perhaps, or a kingpin sitting pretty atop his group of deathly loyal farmers.

He had not expected just- a person, just a regular person. Almost disappointing, given Salem's nature was to seek out or create unusualness wherever he went. Still, he offered them a large grin since the greeting wasn't unfriendly and he'd been mildly worried about getting jumped as he rode in.

"Looking for whoever leads this place- unless you people lead by committee?" Salem explained, petting his mare's neck to have something to do with his hands; the mare herself had begun munching on the grass below them, and he wasn't sure if her unfocused nature was a boon or not at this point.

He decided to not state his full purpose or his identity yet; it hadn't been asked, and he again didn't want to get jumped. He'd... Heard things about Bluestem, not much of course; he figured their skirmishes with the other local groups were likely exaggerated, Bluestem was a group of ranchers after all. But still, it was good to be careful when he was alone.
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Let it be a tragedy of love and glory, &
While they wait by gates of pearl, &
We'll be building palaces in purgatory, &
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Re: it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 12:27:14 PM »
❝ What a fine mare you have there. How are you doin’ today, Sir? ❞ It was no sooner than after the newcomer’s explanation before Brock approached, arms out openly with palms facing the sky whilst a wicked grin sat comfortably on his lips. The exact ostentatious arrival that Roman had so expected with a man as ornate and extravagant as Brock Van Den Bergh. He knew that an amicable greeting and a charming smile could go a long way; it could even allow for people to second-guess Brock’s ill intentions. Even he could sometimes fool himself.

❝ I believe that you are searching for the leader of this… coterie. Brock Van Den Bergh; and you are? ❞ He paused momentarily, brows raising with intrigue before he nodded his head towards the horse. ❝ Why don’t you hop off your beautiful steed? We can get her some water and I can get you a drink of some other kind. ❞ He raised a hand to rest on Roman’s shoulder - he knew that the Deputy would despise the touch, but Brock did whatever he pleased, didn't he?

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basics.
♘ brock van den bergh // no known nicknames
♘ male // he/him
♘ forty eight // ages real time // born third january
♘ member of bluestem prairie // formerly traveled with family and confidants
♘ led a gang with his closest confidants and colleagues before his wife died
♘ group unraveled during his grief, so he and his son soon left for BP
♘ joined BP april 2039
♘ took over as leader sept 2039

appearance.
faceclaim - jeffrey dean morgan
voice claim - jeffrey dean morgan [tw. violence]
♘ 6'0ft // strong, well-built frame
♘ dark chocolate brown eyes and salt and pepper hair
♘ physical health - 100% // current injuries: none
♘ mental health - 100% // N/A

personality.
♘ has anarchistic worldview // wants a world free from rules and regulations
♘ very well educated and therefore eloquent in his ways
♘ pro-individualist idealism forms charisma that attracts following of deviants
♘ has a kind, caring and playful disposition // very encouraging
♘ confident and sees himself as a sort of mentor
♘ shows a genuine compassion for allies // full of compliments
♘ his fearlessness often overlaps into recklessness
♘ very driven by vengeance and his own ego
♘ scarily charming and charismatic
♘ behavior has grown more aggressive, violent, and erratic recently
♘ often gaslights people to have things his way
♘ gets under people's skin using his charm to control them
♘ acts like the group's father and mentor // it's merely manipulation
♘ there is no ❝ real ❞ brock // he changes based on who he's with
♘ hypocritical // every ideal he preaches, he ends up breaking in some way
♘ he cares for himself over everyone else // driven by his own ego
♘ distances himself from conflict unless he knows he's well guarded
♘ every decision of him is for self-preservation first and foremost
♘ terribly selfish // he only genuinely cares when it's convenient
♘ he would martyr anyone for his cause and has no shame in it
♘ takes in those in need of it, but not without his own ulterior motives
♘ only helps people as he knows these people will ❝ owe ❞ him after
♘ carries himself with the vigor of a much better, and mentally stronger, man
♘ picks pretty words and weaves them together, but is shallow all the same
♘ fashioned himself into something of a robin hood-like figure in the past
♘ he still thinks of himself in this manner // a vigilante

relationships.
♘ horatio van den bergh x tanya van den bergh // both deceased
♘ two sisters, one older and one younger
♘ heterosexual, heteromantic
♘ widowed when his wife, alexandra, was shot and killed
♘ father of dane van den bergh
♘ owns a horse named prospector // adores him

interaction.
bio // playlist // pinterest
♘ physically: very hard // mentally: hard
♘ very insensitive and brutal when it comes to harming others
♘ he'd even harm/omit to help his own allies if it does not benefit him
TAKES HIS CLEAVER , CUTS YOUR THROAT
A COLD-HEARTED KILLER IN A DARK BLACK COAT .

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Re: it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2020, 11:59:53 AM »

he wanted to talk to brock. rome opened his mouth, about to tell him he could go and grab the leader real quick-- though brock’s warm greeting had him quick to shut his mouth. was it possible for someone so stoic to look even more unimpressed in that moment?

eyes wandered over the man. and he didn’t know what it was, but something told him that these two would get along almost too well. he for one didn’t want to stick around to see it come together. if there was a way for him to subtly back out of the conversation, he was looking for it. and he would gladly take it.

brock placed a hand on his shoulder, and ro felt like he could momentarily short-circuit. the other man knew how much he despised touch. he tried to be subtle as he stepped away from the man’s touch, shooting a look he only wished could kill. “there’s a pasture she could graze,” he suggested, blank blues turning back towards the other man. that was his chance out of this conversation, he figured. might as well try and take it while he had the chance.

“i’m roman, by the way.”

I REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO FEEL
it was beautiful .

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Re: it's not that complicated --- visitor from bl, open
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2020, 07:26:40 PM »
| | | YOU'RE A VILLAINOUS THING
AND WE CAN'T HAVE YOU LIVING A LIE
Unlike the relatively neutral greeter, the next man to arrive was definitely more of Salem's kind of person. So polite, and just the person he was looking for; Salem couldn't fight the genuine smile that twisted his lips as he hailed a greeting.

"Ah, she's very sweet, as well. And I'm doin' well, thank you for asking," Salem said. "Nice to meet you, Brock, I'm Salem," He introduced himself- it was only right, as he'd gotten their names- but he made no move to dismount even with the urging of the other two men.

He was welcoming their hospitality, but he didn't want to send his quick getaway to some random place he didn't know. Still, he saw no good way for him to maneuver his way into keeping his mare close without seeming too defensive, so he eventually slid off the saddle and held her reins in one hand. He leaned against her side, ever so slightly, his legs a bit wobbly after riding for so long and his bad leg didn't want to hold his weight at the moment.

 "I'd take water myself, if you've got a surplus" He commented, deciding he did want to hydrate but getting drunk in enemy territory was probably stupid.

He noticed the look Roman shot at Brock after he stepped away. Ah, they weren't friendly, were they? Well they put on a decent enough front; and compared to the rivalries of people in the Badlands, it wasn't nearly toxic enough for him to give it more than a passing thought. Jeez, his rivalry with Cat had resulted in a beating and public coup; a few death glares felt like the norm for acquaintances.

"Pleasure to meet you, Roman. Mind bringing McCracy to that pasture you mentioned?" He didn't like being outnumbered, and he had business with Brock. He offered the reins to his mare to Roman once he felt like he'd be able to stand and walk without needing to lean on the mare.
Waste no worry for the world, &
Let it be a tragedy of love and glory, &
While they wait by gates of pearl, &
We'll be building palaces in purgatory, &
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2020, 04:05:38 PM »

the sight of salem’s genuine smile at brock’s greeting made ro want to shake his head. jesus. these two people were meant to cross paths. he was glad that he didn’t have to stick around and watch the two interact anymore than he had to.

perhaps he could’ve stuck around, tried to listen to the business of it all. he was second in command, after all. he deserved to know just as much as anyone else, right? besides, perhaps it would be interesting to see how brock negotiated or spoke business. did he stay so carefree and joyous as ever? was there a certain darkness in those eyes?

guess he wouldn’t stick around to find out.

with salem asking him to bring mccracy to the aforementioned pasture, roman was quick to nod and step forward. taking the reins, he eyed the horse before beginning to walk her towards the pasture. “mccracy, huh?” he uttered once they were out of ear shot, almost in amusement at it all. as much as he disliked horses - not a fear of the species, but an overall dislike for them - he had to say it was hard to be scared of a horse named “mccracy.”

I REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO FEEL
it was beautiful .