Ranger Five Posted August 16, 2016 Report Share Posted August 16, 2016 Hello Rangers! I still need to post the recap to my first challenge, but the new challenge went up faster than I expected, so I decided to put mine up sooner rather than later. This will be my second challenge with the Rangers. For those of you who didn't follow my first challenge, this challenge will be written a little differently than most. The majority of the posts in this challenge comprise a story, written in-character by Ranger Five. In character posts will be in green. These posts make up the story. I'll be writing about a zombie apocalypse setting, with a lot of inspiration from Zombies, Run! the app, but my own plotline. So don't worry about spoilers outside the first mission. If I've done my job, you won't be able to tell what's from the app and what's not unless you go through the app's story yourself. Most of what I use from Zombies, Run! will be characters and the basic premise, not the story itself. The story began in Chapter 1: Rebel Five Outruns Zombies, and this is the second chapter. However, the previous challenge has a lot of words in it, so for people who weren't following along with it, I've written the story so far for you. The Story So Far: Spoiler Eighteen months after a zombie apocalypse destroyed civilisation as we know it, Luke Matthews is a soldier from Mullins Military Base. He was sent on a supposedly routine expedition to the small settlement of Abel Township, to deliver supplies. However, things went wrong. A rocket launcher destroyed his chopper a few kilometers out from Abel Township. Luke was forced to flee for safety, chased by zoms (zombies) the whole way. Along the way, Janine Myers, the town's doctor, informed him that if he didn't collect some supplies from the nearby hospital, they might not let him in. Galvanised by this threat, Luke braved the hospital, collected an important file on the zombie outbreak, and ran for home. The residents of Abel named him Ranger Five, and instructed him that he'd have to run through the zombie wasteland to collect supplies for Abel Township, a duty almost all able-bodied members of Abel do. He elected to be a Ranger; a jack of all trades who focuses on multiple things. Ranger Five lifts weights and runs for supplies. For his other duties, he was assigned to work under Emily, Abel's head of IT. They aim to improve the base's RoffleNet, a rudimentary post-apocalyptic Internet. They've made little progress so far due to a lack of supplies. Ranger Five asked Runner Seven, the head of Runners at Abel Township, about Janine's threat. Seven wasn't happy with Janine, which caused a lot of friction between Janine and Five. Since Janine was the town's doctor and heavily entrenched into Abel's power structure, Five set out to make himself indispensable to Abel, in case Janine attempted to make a play to get rid of him. Five attempted to curry the favor of the leader of Abel Township, Major de Santa. He was largely unsuccessful in this regard. A routine run to the nearby settlement of Skoobs turned awfully wrong, when Skoobs was found burning and destroyed, most of it's residents turned to zombies. Ranger Five spotted a horrible creature; a zombie with blood red skin, that could run like a human and looked far more intelligent than a regular zombie. Fortunately, Ranger Five avoided it's sight, and returned to Abel. A week later, Ranger Five received a distress call when he was beginning a supply run. A survivor was fleeing from this red zombie, and was in dire peril. Ranger Five was able to meet the survivor halfway to Abel Township, and shot the creature dead, even though it took five shots to the head to bring it down for good. Ranger Five accepted his role in Abel Township fully, and left his previous life as Luke Matthews behind. The town began to celebrate, welcoming the new survivor Ranger Eight, and cheering the end of the red zombie threat. That's when Ranger Eight revealed that there were three of them that attacked Skoobs, not one. There were still two of them out there. The Major pointed out there was at least two; one mutation could be a freak accident, but three was not. For all Abel knows, there could be dozens of them. The origin of these creatures remains unknown. Our story begins here. Now that we know the narrative, let's look at the goals for this month: Goal 1: Lift weights at the gym up to thrice per week, using the Stronglifts program. Minimum: 6 workouts. Solid: 8 workouts. Great: 10 workouts. Excellent: 12 workouts. Goal 2: Run up to four times per week, according to my schedule. Minimum: 9 runs. Solid: 11 runs. Great: 13 runs. Excellent: 15 runs.Goal 3: Keep up with my uni schedule. Minimum and above: All assignments done on time, all marked assignments passed. Solid: All work caught up at the end of the challenge. Great: All work caught up on at the end of each week. Excellent: All work caught up on at the end of each day. (1 off day per week permitted) Minimum: 1 point. Solid: 2 points. Great: 3 points. Excellent: 4 points. 6 points (Solid average), all minimums met: Minor reward, worth up to $30.9 points (Great average), all minimums met: Major reward, worth up to $100. I also have some objectives, in terms of what I want to achieve physically during the challenge. These won't be graded, since I'm grading myself on process rather than results. But they will give me an idea of how well my training's increased my strength at the end of the month. 5x5 Squat goal: 57.5 kg -> 70 kg 5x5 Bench goal: 40 kg -> 50 kg 5x5 Row goal: 37.5 kg -> 45 kg 5x5 OHP goal: 32.5 kg -> 37.5 kg 1x5 Deadlift: 75 kg -> 90 kg Bodyweight: 63 kg -> 65 kg (+/- 0.5 kg) I'll be keeping my running goals for the month secret, since those goals will end up defining Ranger Five's mission at the end of the challenge. For those who weren't following along with my first challenge, at the end of each challenge, I assign a mission to Ranger Five. Last challenge, it was to rescue a survivor from the red zom. The catch is that success in this mission is tied to my real-world running performance. I set a goal for myself (26:00 5k last challenge) and Ranger Five only succeeds if I do. If I fail, so does Five, and the story goes in a different direction. I'd say that just about sums it up! Ranger Five's first story post should go up tomorrow. 7 Quote Surviving the zombie apocalypse, one day at a time. Current challenge: Ranger Five Leaves Abel! Previous challenges: Ranger Five Ch 1, Ch 2 . 5k: 25:01 Link to comment
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