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A Survivor is Born, Redux: Rurik enters the Dark Zone


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"A famous explorer once said that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are. I'd finally set out to make my mark, to find adventure, but instead adventure found me. In our darkest moments, when life flashes before us, we find something. Something that keeps us going. Something that pushes us.  When all seemed lost, I found a truth... and I knew what I must become.” ~ Tomb Raider, 2013.

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Starting weight baseline:  190 lbs.

Maximum pullups:  12 strict.  Next goal:  15.

Double-unders Combo:  24.

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917d96ebac59e4dde3455f1214f5b862.jpg SURVIVAL ALCHEMY:  Health bar featuring Eat To Perform tracking & new recipes.

dbd43ad7d9a5fa0f55ca4a49eb82b0da.jpgHARDENED COMBATANT:  Experience meter for weekly activity.  See below for current focus and priorities.

24cabef66a042f17d6fb88b4fbfd9a29.jpg  SELF-IMPROVEMENT JUNKIE:  Stick to the plan!  To-Do list & schedule, debt payment (no further debt accrued).

CHALLENGE INSPIRATION:  Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Division, and Jason Bourne; to become an unstoppable bad-ass, a methodical operative, and a relentless adventurer.  Attempting to reiterate all of the run-away success of my earlier Tomb Raider challenge, I seek to apply my current foolproof challenge format and spicing it up with some life-or-death survivalism for added drama, excitement, and adventure!

Until now my challenges have focused on infusing my life with a barbaric theme of self-sufficiently and wildness.  That is all well and good, and will always remain my preferred thematic element, but lives are meant to be lived and enjoyed in the here and now… not in a bygone era only extant in old books and video games.  Now I am applying the attitude of Conan the Barbarian and everything I have learned from my dalliances into his world with modern life and real world challenges.

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Grab your Go-Bag and put boots on the ground.  Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to go to work.  ;)

 

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 [ Level ?? ]    Havoc, the Cyberpunk Outrider. 

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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A Survivor Reborn, the Missions...

100% Challenge completion reward:  TBD

Mission 1:  “Non-Permissive Environment Specialist.” Urban E&E.  Rewards: [Tactical Flashlight] & [Paracord].

Requires two (2) Counter-Operatives (PvP challengers).

Mission 2:  “An Urban Ranger, Wild.”  Wilderness microadventure.  Reward: [Fire Kit].

Requires two (2) Rival Adventurers (PvP challengers).

I need two challengers immediately for Week Zero (Test Week, only one feat and goal each), and four more (two feats and goals) for the remaining weeks of the challenge.  The rules are explained in the Google document, but briefly put you will select your character (from the vast realms of fictional spies, operatives, villains, and adventurers) and goals within two chosen Feats (similar to the Ranger mini-challenge) to square off against me in a weekly showdown of iron willpower and intestinal fortitude.  To the victor goes the mission, the spoils, and the glory!

 

Sign up for my PvP Head-to-Head here:  A Survivor is Born Sign-up

 

Experience Bar activities...

List of activities generating 10 XP:

·          Accessory work (bodyweight movements, flexibility, recovery, etc).

·          Primal movement and balancing.

·          Heavy Metal meditation.

Activities generating 20 XP:

·          Rewilding routines.

·          Double-unders.

·          Rucking.

·          Survival techniques.

Bonus Adventures generating 30 XP:

·          Mission completion &  Microadventures.

·          Krav Maga.

·          Yoga.

 

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 [ Level ?? ]    Havoc, the Cyberpunk Outrider. 

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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Good to see you returning to Tomb Raider, it's worked miracles for you. Would love to be your rival spy, but right now the only thing I could challenge anyone on is nutrition, so seeing the Feats, I'll pass. Good luck on your challenge!

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1 hour ago, doctorake said:

I shall follow the whole thing this time and not get lost along the way.

I am going to try...hopefully they don't decide to 'upgrade' the boards on us half-way through again! 

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RES...and I want to live days worth dying for...

Current: RES: CUTE 2021 - is consistent

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Growth happens when you care more about the well being of your future self than the comfort of your present self!

"Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is." -Yoda

 

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Signed up for rival adventurer two.

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Current Challenge Original 1,2,3, R 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51

52,53

"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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I'm here!  I'd never miss a Rurik challenge!  

 

For the PVP stuff, are you going to have your own set of side goals, or are you going to match the Rival Operative?  I promise to enter the ring and come up with good goals if you'll actually match me on the goals!

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Level 30? who the hell knows anymore? Direwolf Assassin/Ranger - current challenge

 ACL rehab thread      2016 parkour

My tutorials:

handbalancing: crow, flying crow, side crow, crow->headstand->crow  Bo staff: strikes 1 2 3, spins 1 2

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Hell yeah!! Looks like I won't be the only one tearing up the Dark Zone! This is gonna be a great redux challenge for you brother, I'm excited.

 

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Wild Wolf- LEVEL 2 (but probably more like lvl 50 if I didn't respawn so much)

Class: Howler/ Height: 6'2 / Weight: 192#

Stats: MIGHT: 12 / CONSTITUTION: 9 / DEXTERITY: 11 / PERCEPTION: 10 / INTELLECT: 9 / RESOLVE: 13

Instagram: @ryanwolfbell / Facebook: Ryan Wolf Bell / Bible App (YouVersion) Ryan Wolf Bell

Current Challenge: Omnis Vir Lupus

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Last Challenge(s): 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16

Unchained Predator Saga: 1

Epic Challenges: Welcome to the Fireteam & Wolfpool 

 

Know, O prince, that once the sun burns out and the earth's core becomes solid and cold, there will come a man to provide the endless energy needed to sustain life and for the planets to keep moving. He is the source of light and the warmth of hope back into the hearts of humanity...." - Dark_Raider

 

A wolf rises in my heart; against my darkness; against my demons; against my despair. I DECLARE WAR!

 

Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.

 

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*pulls up a comfy chair* I'm here! This is going to be good, I can tell.

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Current: Assassins / Instagram

  Previous: 1, 234, 5, 678910, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

2020 Races: 
CANCELLED! Spartan Trifecta: Beast: 18-APR / Super :11-JUL / Sprint: 12-JUL

Summer Nuts: 5/6-SEPT / Nuclear Blast: 12-SEPT / Nuclear team race: 04-OCT 

"You have the heart of a Rebel"

"I'll take that as a compliment"

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Yup. Here he is.

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Raptron, alot assassin

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Nice nice NICE. This looks awesome. 

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Gargoyle Ranger | Level 46

2021 challenges:  46 (current)

2015-2020 challenges: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 |15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 || 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 || 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 || 43 | 44 | 45

 

My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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fun! following.

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Is poor Rurik Harrgarth still stranded in the woods with a mystery wood elf ?

"On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place."

Yes this! The world needs to know!

Sent by TARDIS delivery service. Apologies for typos caused by interactions with the time vortex.

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10 hours ago, skinNbones said:

'Intestinal' , is that a word ?

 

It certainly is, at least according to my copy of Microsoft Word.  ;)

 

9 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Good to see you returning to Tomb Raider, it's worked miracles for you. Would love to be your rival spy, but right now the only thing I could challenge anyone on is nutrition, so seeing the Feats, I'll pass. Good luck on your challenge!

 

"Worked miracles..."  Couldn't have put it better, my friend.  That challenge really was my best to date and I'm really hoping the combination of rehashing an old favorite, sparking up my interest in the theme by playing through a new video game, and digging deep to tackle some exciting feats this challenge will come together as the perfect combination of activity, gamification, and accountability.

 

Feel free to sign up as a counter-operative if you want.  You pick goals within the feats, and I pick my own goals within the feats of the character slot you've chosen.  Neither of us have to tackle the others' goals.  I stole the concept from my Ranger mini-challenge and applied to a PvP format for squeezing in more activity this challenge.  ;)

 

7 hours ago, doctorake said:

I shall follow the whole thing this time and not get lost along the way.

 

And I couldn't be more pleased to have you along for the ride, sir.  Still need to check in on your back-to-back AAR.  Spoke to GoRuck overnight and they're honoring the combination of my past military service and current semi-LEO status for the 25% MIL discount.

 

Definitely pulling the trigger on my Rucker and rucking plate this week now.  :)

 

4 hours ago, Marauder said:

Following.  I volunteer as tribute so long as the "work" can be scaled to fit.  Otherwise, I will wait around and see what badasses step up to the bar.

 

Pick your character slot, determine your personal goals, and we'll meet on the battlefield!

 

4 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Signed up for rival adventurer two.

 

Wunderbar!

 

4 hours ago, Nymeria said:

I'm here!  I'd never miss a Rurik challenge!  

 

For the PVP stuff, are you going to have your own set of side goals, or are you going to match the Rival Operative?  I promise to enter the ring and come up with good goals if you'll actually match me on the goals!

 

Both the rival and myself will declare our own personal / separate goals for the Feats of that character slot / week, but in your case... I'll try my very best to match my goals closely to yours.  In the interest of friendly rivalry and all.  ;)

 

3 hours ago, Wild Wolf said:

Hell yeah!! Looks like I won't be the only one tearing up the Dark Zone! This is gonna be a great redux challenge for you brother, I'm excited.

 

Week Zero excitement, gooooooo!

 

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2 hours ago, RuthixCube said:

Oh man, I want to be a part of this so bad, but I don't think I could be :( In any case, I can't wait to see how this goes.

 

I've still got one slot left, but I might re-examine my format to see if I can squeeze more folks in.  Didn't expect so much support and enthusiasm for this!  :P

 

1 hour ago, skinNbones said:

Is poor Rurik Harrgarth still stranded in the woods with a mystery wood elf ?

 

Temporarily.  I think he's enjoying himself just fine though.  ;)

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 [ Level ?? ]    Havoc, the Cyberpunk Outrider. 

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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7 minutes ago, doctorake said:

You see the discounts I posted in your last thread? Even more than 25% off.

 

Sure did, but I had it stuck in my head that I could stack the Spring Cleaning sale with my MIL discount, which I'm pretty sure isn't the case.  Still pulling the trigger anyways.

 

Bring on all of the delicious rucking goodness! 

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 [ Level ?? ]    Havoc, the Cyberpunk Outrider. 

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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