A Demonic Object is a mysterious...well...demonic object. He arrived at the Antioch Forums several months ago and spammed to unholy Hell before taming and becoming a grudgingly accepted regular in the Forums and even more so in #AuspexStudios. But ADO has mysteriously vanished in recent times...
Ryan Styles is an Admiral of the UED Fleet who arrived at the Antioch Forums during the dark times of Campaign Creations. Since then, he has joined the Combine, a force that strives towards improving the community. He still has good connections over at Campaign Creations, but his time there has been decreasing as his time in Antioch has been rising rapidly. His pleasant demeanor and friendly debating methods seem at odds with his reputation as a strict, no-nonsense commander.
Aqueous Lamp is a ball of fire contained within a fluid sac. Yes, really. He came to Antioch a few months ago and proceeded to demonstrate his incredible talent with graphics, not to mention his fiery (and quite explosive...literally) nature. Generally well-liked for creating signature pictures and portraits for many forumers, though Lucid Iguana isn’t too happy about having his artist monopoly threatened.
Opar is a forumer who was very active in the original forum, but after Tech-Base went down he disappeared. He has since returned, but posts only sparingly. He wields a big-ass gun that is capable of putting large holes in whoever his enemies happen to be, which is usually the worshipers of pie or the mysterious creatures known only as arns.
The man that created Antioch. Auspex started The Antioch Chronicles and the community that formed around it. Not as much of a people person as his now-right-hand-man Zeus Legion, Auspex is nonetheless almost worshipped by TAC fans. He is not nearly as frequent a visitor to the community as he used to be, and his visits now usually result in a great amount of hoopla over the “Auspex sightings.” His absence is speculated to be because of his new girlfriend and his continuing work on the last installment of The Antioch Chronicles: Thoughts In Chaos, better known simply as A3.
The speculation is at least half right.
“Admiral” Stoker arrived on the Antioch scene early in its history and immediately challenged Auspex Turmalis to a Starcraft duel. Outraged, several fans (mostly those in the then-young WASTE) labeled Stoker as a lamer and howled for him to leave. When Stoker made it clear he had no intention of doing so, Seawolf volunteered to take Auspex’s place...and was defeated. Seawolf and many others have despised Stoker ever since, and he has in turn despised them for so blindly following the likes of WASTE and Seawolf especially.
Shortly thereafter, Stoker formed the Protectorate, a group chiefly dedicated to warring with WASTE. The early members were defeated or defected, and Stoker then started anew with the likes of Phalanx, BlitZ Zero, Maelstrom, and others, putting on a more friendly face but still going after Seawolf and WASTE with a growing number of troops and “Disco Boys.” After realizing who they were working for, most all senior members left the organization, leaving Stoker even more bitter...and destructive.
Still, Stoker has more qualms with WASTE and other specific people than the Antioch community on the whole. Several times, the Protectorate has stood in direct opposition to threats to Antioch, though most forum-goers tend to forget that when the crisis is over.
Not to be confused with Optimus Prime, AvatarPrime was one of the most prominent members of TAC’s Blue Team, which was responsible for the cinematics in A3. Since the rest of the Blue Team members besides FistOfGod left, Avatar has been devoting his time to working on the A3 unit patch. His sanity is said to be suffering as a result.
BlitZ Zero is a one-time member of the Protectorate who left in disgust with its leader, Austin Stoker, and created his own group, the Combine. Gruff and no-nonsense at times, but has a good nature around those he trusts and respects...or who pay him well. A fully trained Ghost, stealthy and deadly, BlitZ is truly a force to be reckoned with...or an ally to be coveted. Has problems with goodie-two-shoes types.
According to many, Codebreaker was the original TAC forumer. Regardless of whether or not this is true, he’s been around Antioch for a long time, as has his group, the Vancouver Street Posse. CB and his fellow VSPer Lambda Corps are probably the only two people outside of the TAC staff who have the ear of Auspex Turmalis. Codebreaker is also greatly respected by most everyone in Antioch and other communities like Campaign Creations.
Under his leadership, the VSP fended off many of Antioch’s earliest threats until their allies in WASTE rose to take up the challenge. Now the Posse, and Codebreaker, have taken on a much less active role in the community and a much more passive attitude about threats from the outside.
Dark_T_Zeratul is the leader of WASTE, a forum group dedicated to eradicating lamers. He gets a special pleasure out of slaying lamers and anyone else who threatens the stability of Antioch, and as one of the very first members of the Antioch community, he has had plenty of experience defending it. In recent times he has also branched out to online comic communities, especially Online Life.
His main weapon is a set of twin Warp Blades, with his DarkScythe as a secondary weapon. He also has the Thanatos, a souped-up Corsair that is equipped with a cloaking device and Neutron Missiles.
Dekar has been around Antioch for a long time, and yet hardly anyone seems to really know exactly who he is. Even his behavior is a bit of an enigma: he goes through phases where he spams like an ADO-wannabe and then settles down and behaves like an older and wiser Seawolf. But most everyone likes him, in part because he doesn’t seem to really ever offend anyone. He also seems to know a good deal about just about everything, though his actual understanding of some situations is...questionable.
Educational “E” Mouse is just that: a mouse that likes to educate. When discussions come up in Antioch, he has a tendency to say in a quote or a couple of lines what it takes others several paragraphs to say. He and Qjuad have had a positive influence on each other and help keep everyone laughing while keeping each other from getting too crazy. The unlikely pair of small yellow mouse and bloated overlord have become good friends.
E Mouse is also a fierce warrior, despite his size. He is lightning quick and can take on much larger and stronger opponents with his wits and dagger-size sword.
Not to be confused with the Starcraft hero of the same name, Fenix is the webmaster of the GamingWorld, an RPGMaker site that also houses the most powerful airship in the world...of the same name. Though it has not been flown since the evil Peer captured it momentarily and attempted to take over the net a couple of years ago, Fenix still maintains the site.
Heal has been around Antioch for a good long while. Originally a passive, almost meek lurker, the elf has since transformed into one of the toughest members of WASTE to date. His magical skills have benefited WASTE both in battle and, perhaps more importantly, in the medical bay afterwards. Heal is now WASTE’s chief and oftentimes only medic, using his talents to keep WASTE and their allies on their feet.
Heal is also a master thief and user of bladed weapons, and according to rumor he can steal someone’s pants without their noticing and quite literally chop a man to pieces in ten seconds flat.
The famous villain straight from Final Fantasy 6. He’s pompous, arrogant, evil, and quite psychotic. According to WASTE Intel, he also currently seems to be working with or for Austin Stoker for unknown reasons. “Uweeheehee!”
Kronos’s past is a clouded one. He’s appeared and disappeared in Antioch, Online Life, and other parts of the web for a while now. He’ll be around for some time and then disappear for parts unknown. WASTE Intel has found out that he’s an on-again, off-again member of a group called the Lylat Alliance and owner of a “legitimate” casino, but mostly just a gun-toting, money-seeking, mouth-offing mercenary trying to make his way in the galaxy. As if there weren’t enough of those already.
Friend of Spoony Bard and Online Life’s local violence enthusiast. Lun is always carrying around and boasting about his huge guns and weaponry. He prefers to solve a situation by blasting whatever he happens to think is causing it, and if that fails...well, it’s time to blast it again. He is also a master of typos and bad grammar...common examples would be “here ya got” or “engoud.”
Lunaris was the first victim of Peer’s attack on Online Life, thinking he had blasted Peer to smithereens only to then be disconnected. He managed to come back with his brother’s connection and help defeat Peer, standing toe-to-toe with the evil user through sheer brute force.
A star of Online Life, Macc has known Spoony and the OL gang for quite some time. The Reploid is also the star of his own Fairly Aimless RPG Talk Show, better known simply as FARTS, and is the most senior member of RPGClassics (he’s the only original member left on the staff) and runs his own HQ at the site, so he’s quite well-known in the RPG community.
Macc’s faced down many enemies along with the OL guys, including Peer. But he’s a bit of a pacifist when it comes to fighting, usually relying on his incredibly corny sense of humor to get him out of situations. It seems to have worked quite well so far.
A longtime member of the VSP, Mack has more zeal for battle than most of the rest of the Posse combined. He has fought many enemies of Antioch alongside his fellow VSPers and his close friends in WASTE. Though not one of the leaders of the Posse, he is an excellent leader nonetheless and has roused Antiochers to their own defense several times in the past, and would certainly do it again should the need arise.
Known for his sharp reflexes in the sky and in ground battle, Magnum is Antioch’s resident flyboy hotshot. He can pilot just about anything, but his real specialty is in small fighters like the CF/A-18 Wraith. He’s a crack shot (and a bit of a braggart) with his magnum pistols as well. These two things make him one of the more respected warriors in Antioch, though he has yet to really side consistently with anyone.
Mason T. Wheeler is a long-time veteran of Antioch...and a long-time debater. Probably only Seawolf and Stoker have gotten into more arguments than Mason has, and his reputation with some is less than flattering. But few are more dedicated to the community than he is. Mason has countless times put himself in the way of the enemies of Antioch, and has more WASTEs than most WASTErs. And he does have friends where it counts, like most of the VSP and WASTE, the latter of which he was recently inducted into at the urging of Seawolf.
Only when Mason recently announced his upcoming departure from the community for a mission’s trip did his support increase...though there are still plenty that think of him as little more than a holier-than-thou fanatic.
X knew Spoony from his early days at RPGMaker.net, and once it closed he stumbled across him in Mysidia. A master of insults and lame techniques (though he claims he only uses lame techniques on lamers themselves), X is always mad about one thing or another. A pest, but there is probably a method to his madness (maybe). Claims to wield the “Ragnarok Buster,” whatever that is. He used to hold a grudge against Spoony, but forgot why he did, so now he just spends his time destroying lamers and assisting Spoony and co. in their quests...including the destruction of Peer.
Antioch’s local new-idea-a-minute guy, Mike Lemmer has come up with more activities for the TAC community than even forum leader Seawolf...it’s just that many have never gotten very far off the ground. He’s started Starcraft campaigns, forum stories, mIRC games...even gladiator-like tournaments with the forumers. Probably the two that have brought him most fame (likely because they’re the only two that really made it past the initial phases) are the new Paranoia sessions on mIRC and the Zealots of the Hexagonal Cube forum story that eventually became its own mini-universe inside Antioch. The upkeep of the former means that he spends less time in the Forums and more in #AuspexStudios these days.
When he is around the Forums, it’s typically in his SCV, though he’s recently decided to try out a mech he designed...another one of his own ideas.
Odin is a member of both WASTE and the VSP. He’s quite intelligent, but he knows that what he does best (for WASTE, especially) is possess an impressive amount of bulk. He can tackle what many men would never dream of and barely break a sweat.
Several months ago he left society to go live in the forest alone, though he is still one of the better-known veterans of the Antioch community and still feels strongly about protecting it from any potential threats. His weapons are the Asgardian sword Zantetsuken, a pair of dirks, and the famous “mighty” spear Gungnir. He also commands the steed Sleipner, an 8-legged horse who can run around the world in 8 seconds. Or something.
Phal’s past is an interesting one, to say the least. He, like BlitZ Zero, was once part of the Protectorate, but there are notable differences. Phalanx had apparently known Austin Stoker for some time and was made his second-in-command, a position in which Phal stayed faithful even after the rest of the Protectorate had abandoned Stoker. Though he eventually left to join the Combine at BlitZ’s insistence, he still has a bit of a soft spot for the “Admiral” and it is rumored that he still does odd jobs for the man sometimes. Yet at the same time there is no doubt of his loyalty to the Combine, and he has grown quite close to his teammates.
Phalanx also has...uh...an odd fascination with his phallus and claims it can only be measured in nautical miles. Most forumers just nod politely and excuse themselves to visit the commode.
Phigment is much like Dekar in many ways: he’s been around forever, spreading sagely advice, and yet no one really knows him. He claims that “THEY” are after him, though no one knows what the heck he means. “Phiggy” doesn’t have any problems with anyone in the community, at least not publicly. He used to frequent Antioch a lot more than he does now, but he’s still quite well-known and popular in the community. And unlike Dekar, Phigment really seems to know everything about everything.
Affectionately known as the “fiery bird of laziness,” Phoenix seems to rarely do much but chat...until Antioch is threatened. Then he produces several weapons and proceeds to blast and hack apart the threat before returning to his mild-mannered self. He has stood up to some of Antioch’s greatest threats and lived to tell about it, though being a phoenix and all, he’s not too concerned about death since he would come back to life is killed. Still, he’s not too keen on the idea.
PMA is a rather recent addition to Antioch, still shying away from the forum much of the time and preferring to chat on mIRC, especially in #AuspexStudios. Not many really know him besides Mike Lemmer, whom he spends a lot of time with running Paranoia sessions. A bit eccentric, he is also quite smart and apparently a whiz with tweaking computers and other electronics...including the inner workings of mIRC.
A veteran TAC forumer that used to be just one more face in a community of many, Razzy set himself apart by founding RazTech, a maker of various high-tech armor and gadgets and highly explosive weaponry, and then setting up shop right in the heart of the Forums. He sells many unique items that have sent Antiochers scrambling over themselves on several occasions to buy, buy, buy. Razzy inadvertently led to the founding of other similar shops by Seawolf, Tarun, Mason Wheeler, and others.
Razzy doesn’t just sell hardware...he loves to use it. Often found packing enough armor and weaponry to level a moderate-sized city, he trots around the Forums looking for deserving targets when he’s not selling his wares.
Dark_T_Zeratul’s right-hand man since the founding of WASTE and the Second-In-Command of the group ever since. His zeal for WASTEing lamers surpasses even Zeratul’s sometimes, and more lamers have fallen to his famed Gauss Rifle and mighty battlecruiser Hyperion than have fallen to any other single person, and in several communities. There’s probably no one else that you want on your side more, because once the “Wolf Man” cares about something, he won’t give an inch when it’s threatened. Closely related to that, he tends to get in over his head.
Seawolf has risen in status since his early arrival in the Antioch community and was elected “Leader of the Forum,” which means nothing except that people respect and generally like him. He, in return, does all he can to protect and better the community, as well as work on various projects for the forumers.
Sectoid Hunter burst onto the Antioch scene one day in pursuit of—what else?—a group of sectoids (small greenish-gray aliens generally referred to as “little green men”) that had somehow found their way there. Not surprisingly, WASTE immediately took a liking to him and him to them. He stuck around for a bit, then disappeared, seemingly for good. But it didn’t take long before he strolled back onto the scene, having cut back his service to his sectoid-hunting group X-Com and brought his equipment to Antioch to watch for more “alien scum.” He found plenty of that in the form of Zerg and the occasional sectoid, and also began to grow fond of blasting apart other threats, like lamers. While quite a warrior against such foes, he is unfortunately quite accident-prone and sometimes does more damage to himself than the enemy. Nonetheless, he was eventually inducted fully into WASTE and now stands tall against all sorts of threats. Whether this is a help or a threat in and of itself is sometimes debatable.
Like the man himself, Shade’s arrival to Antioch was sudden and explosive, jumping into discussions and arguments like he’d been around from the beginning. His work as a sniper is similar, at least for his victims. Shade is said to be able to take targets out from over a mile away with pinpoint accuracy, and so far, no one has witnessed anything that would disprove it. Well, no one still alive, anyway.
Shade is the most experienced sniper in Rent-A-Sniper Inc., and many an Antioch forumer have contracted his services. Shade doesn’t come cheap, but he always earns his pay.
Antioch’s first female regular, Spooky is liked by all. ^^; Her unique emoticons sometimes get on people’s nerves a bit, but there is no one that would say they don’t enjoy her cheeriness and what it adds to the sometimes drab forums. She’s also taken up medicine since befriending the medic Jenni during the Great VSP/WASTE Saga, and has added more happiness to the community by healing up her “boyos” after they inevitably hurt themselves. ^_^
But behind that cute and innocent exterior lies a tough girl who can kick some serious butt. 6_- Many lamers have discovered this through her harsh words or, when the situation has called for it, by ending up on the wrong side of her canister rifle. O_O
He goes by the name Spoony Bard, though he has nothing to do with Edward from FF4. Shouting “You Spoony Bard” at him only pisses him off, as X has discovered several times.
Spoony is the creator of the RPGMaker 2000 game Final Fallacy. He has since cancelled it to dedicate more time to his webcomic Online Life. Like Fenix, he also has had an encounter with the evil Peer, in which he and several other OL regulars destroyed him entirely, foiling his plans to take over the net. Or so they thought...
Probably one of the greatest enigmas in Antioch, Typhoon has different sides depending on when you catch him. Most of the time he is a wise-cracking, gut-splitting jokester with a penchant for defusing tense situations. Sometimes he is a serious individual with a sharp tongue and an even sharper katana. He’s a goof-off and a mouth-off and a show-off all at the same time, wrapped in a neat ninja rat package. Yes, ninja rat. No, we don’t know quite why either. But don’t mess with him, or he’ll call a tornado down on you and slice you up while making a joke about your mother. And maybe hit you with a rock for good measure.
Yaradovich “Yar” Kramer is a Neo-Samurai and likes ice cream. He is junctioned to Ice for no readily apparent reason. Somewhat humorous. Doesn’t make very many friends, besides fellow Neo-Samurai Gary Oak and Tina Bradford. He has also warmed up to several folks at Online Life’s forums, including most of the OL big wigs like Spoony, Zero, and X. He knows little about Peer, as he was not around OL back then, but he knows how to fight. Sometimes. Depending on who you talk to. *cough* There are also a number of characters who hang around him a lot. Amongst them are the girl Mackenzie and the Reploid Drune.
One of the most frequent stars of Online Life, Zero has known Spoony Bard for a long time, and they usually work together to solve a problem. Not quite the violence maniac Lunaris and X are, but still loves a good fight, though he uses more style than brute power. But when style fails, brute force is a good second choice.
Zero was instrumental in Peer’s last defeat, using his powerful DSL connection to rush in at the last minute, save Spoony, and reduce Peer to a small blob that disappeared with a “pip.” Yes, a “pip.” They were using the Bob and George sound guy, you see.
Anyways, Zero is quite brave and has more than once rushed in to save the day...though perhaps never quite as dramatically as with Peer.
After moving in to co-head the effort to create The Antioch Chronicles, the second episode of the campaign, A2, was as much Zeus’ baby as it was TAC’s creator, Auspex Turmalis. This became apparent to the fans, who began to look up to him as much as Auspex. Zeus began to respond to this as Auspex never quite had, mingling with the fans and becoming a regular in the forums. He quickly became known as the fun-loving but gruff-when-necessary moderator of Antioch, battling and banning lamers until they were seemingly eradicated. The fans remember this, as well as his attempts to please them with insider info and pet projects, and he has risen in popularity even as Auspex’s has begun to decline a bit.
Last modified on December 22, 2009.