Jul 12

A View From the Bottom [Darr-Rann]

Category: News

 Ah yes, Darr-Rann, aka Demonic. He’s been here for three years, and has been apart of all three divisions of the Vast Empire. I wouldn’t say he’s at the bottom of the VE, but hey, we’ll keep the series intact. Enjoy, I know I did.

Sic: Darr, you’re a member of both the Army and the Navy. Is it difficult keeping up with both? Do you have a favorite of the two?

Darr-Rann: Hm. That’s an interesting question. I’ve actually retired from the Navy before, because it became to much – I only came back recently, to start up a privateering idea I got. I cant really say I have a favorite, because they really are two different beasts. I’ve probably been more dedicated to the army, considering I’ve been there longer, but I did create my army account first.

Sic: Now, you also do work for the VEEC, care to elaborate on exactly what it is you do?

Darr-Rann: Ah, yes, the R&D department. Well, for a while, Riqimo and I have been planning on restarting the “Pure Engineering” part of the engineering corps. He’s currently on an extended leave of absense, but we’ve been placed as “Chief Engineers” in the new Research and Development department. Basically, we’ll be doing coding projects for the VE. To join, you’ll have to talk to me – A reasonable knowledge of programming or graphics/art is required.  We’ll eventually have an apprenticeship program for people who want to learn, but that’s further down the road

Sic: You’ve managed to work your way up to Ensign in the Navy, First Sargeant in the Army. How much effort and time did you have to put in to attain these ranksing, and how proud of you of them?

Darr-Rann: heh. Well, I’ve been here over three years. I just kept at it. The Navy one came rather quickly, when I look at it. I’ve been double promoted at least a couple of times. There was the Elite Squadron competition (Where I won Top Pilot), and taking on Captaincy of the Tiamut, so my navy carrier has been kind of high-velocity. With the army, I just stuck around, doing work here and there. If you keep at it long enough, people notice. I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I know there are plenty people above me. I’m not emporer of the VE yet 😛

Sic: Haha. You started the so-called “Elite” Reaper division. Tell us, where did the idea spring from, and our you at all a little disappointed in the lack of posts?

Darr-Rann: Well, I was thinking about the navy, and how I wanted to get back into it. Personally, I like Demonic as a character better then Darr-Rann. Better developed. I was thinking about the Tiamut, and what to do with it, and suddenly the idea of Piracy came to me. Well, privateering, to be precise. I talked to some people about it, and Jegora decided to take on getting the project set up with the brass.  He came up with the idea of adding Reaper, an elite squadron, to the mix. I thought it’d be pretty fun. Reaper’s recent performance has been dissapointing, but when I start up the new story I expect that to change – It’s an elite squadron, and membership is a privilege. Still, we’ve got a pretty good bunch of guys, so I dont imagine it should be a problem when we get the ball rolling

Sic: Ok, you’ve been here for 3 years so far, and have checked in over 1800 posts. What is your fondest memory about your time here? And regarding the VE, what is your favorite, as well as least favorite part?

Darr-Rann: Hm…That’s a very good question. Fondest Memory… I dunno – Making Friends here, I guess.  It’s the people that really make the VE what it is. My favorite part is probably sitting around, chatting with everyone. My least favorite part… when the VE goes through tough times. When recruits are slow, and the squads are struggling.

Sic: Do you have any upcoming plans, relating to story writing, or progressing even higher up the chain of command?

Darr-Rann: Heh. Well, there’s the Privateering story and Phantom when the army is doing a bit better, and I work out a good roster for it. If opportunities arise higher up the chain of command, I’ll give it a shot, but I dont know of any at the moment 😛 and I’m not hoping for someone to leave so I can get a promotion

Sic: Phantom? The Army equivalent to Reaper? So, would you say you’re carefully ambitious?

Darr-Rann: I’m also planning for a new Chardev. Phantom is kind of the equivilent, but to be fair, Phantom was around first 😛 Phantom is kind of like the VE’s version of Splinter Cell. Stealth based On-Field intel and assassinations. I’m kind of like the Lambert – I guide the troops through their missions and give them orders. Though you cant chose to shoot me in the fourth story 😛

Sic: haha. Very intriguing stuff, makes me want to get Celota up to work a bit more (my Army Char.) So elaborate on this new CharDev you have planned for us.

Darr-Rann: heh. Well, it’ll be about Demonic, my navy character. Darr-Rann’s storyline has kind of been dealt with in Losses of Vandetta, so I want to go into exploring Demonic’s past He’s an Orphan, has no clue what world he’s even from, much less who his parents are.. It’s gonna raise alot of questions about his origin, and I think people who read it will find a few surprises along the way

Sic: Yet again, you intrigue. Do you plan on making Demonic a larger part in the Navy post-wise? Or is this just for yourself?

Darr-Rann: hm… Well, technically, Demonic isnt even in the navy right now, story wise. He left a while ago to find himself. He recently made a deal with the VEI/Navy. They’re supplying him with fighters, supplies, pilots, and intel and in exchange, he’s taking up privateering missions for them. Hitting certain targets, getting intel for them. Giving them a cut of the profits. This will really expand Demonic as a character. It’ll have an impact on him navy-wise, but it’ll be alot more towards the personal aspects

Sic: Do you prefer Personal Stories as opposed to Squad stories?

Darr-Rann: hm… They’re different kind of things. Squad stories you get to hang out with a group, do group stuff. But with a personal story, you have alot more control of the plot and character development.  Though it’s alot of fun if you have a friend along for the ride too. I’d say I probably prefer Personal Stories, but I love the squad stories too

Sic: Speaking of, have you collaborated on a personal story with anyone? Do you plan to?

Darr-Rann: Well, Losses of Vandetta with Ae (Though she was Hellra/Evani at the time) As for the future… stay tuned 😛

Sic: Hah, thanks for leaving us hanging, I get a whole lot of that. How is it being a ComNet Marshall? What are your main responsibilities and how much time do they take from your day?

Darr-Rann: Oh, in the VERPG?

Sic: Yes, sir

Darr-Rann: my job is really just to keep out topics that dont belong and regulate random RPGs people spring up without getting approval. Just a reminder to people, if you want to start an RPG here, you need to come see me first. Otherwise, I’m deleting that post 😛

Sic: When did I give you permission to talk to people? ;P Alright Darr, we’ll begin to wrap things up here. Tell us about your involvement in the FES’ Shadow Army

Darr-Rann: oh, that. I joined on a whim, never really did anything 😛 lol. I really have no involvement.. It appears they linked up the accounts nicely though…

Sic: haha, nice. Favorite band?

Darr-Rann: Favorite band…. Oh, god, I have no clue :P. I’m really lame in that I like to listen to music from video games and stuff like that. I guess you could say my favorite “artist” is Nobuo Uematsu. I dunno, I’m lame like that 😛

Sic: haha, good enough. Well, that’ll be all Darr. Thanks so much for the time

Darr-Rann: No problem.

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