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[tracker=/t139-richard-maxwell#516]
Name : Richard Maxwell
Epithet : Plague Rat
Age : 49
Height : 6'0" / 183 cm
Weight : 160 lbs. / 73 kg
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Supernova
Bounty : [bel=r] 243,000,000
Quality Score : S+
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -10%
Balance : [bel] 1,217,129,125
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This post has in-line assessment comments.Mon Jan 08, 2024 12:26 pm
Thankfully, the frightened rat wasn’t the only one suffering here. Some poor saps were currently going through blunt force trauma. Repeatedly. Meanwhile, another patient was sneezing up a storm. It gave him a desperately needed moment to catch his breath.

The crook started correcting his messy clothes. Needed something for his hands to do, see. “Is that so? Fancy that.” He grumbled to the ominous offer. His numb fingers struggled with the shirt buttons.

Nevertheless, the businessman tried to remain polite. Professional. “Look, friend, unless you can conjure new limbs out of thin air, then I fail to... see...” And that’s when his shaken head finally caught up to his chatty mouth.

Richard retreated into the library of his mind. Opening a tome titled ‘The Spider Miles Heist Incident’, he refreshed his memory. Leafed through some gilded recollections. His greed immediately snatched certain fleeting pictures from the pages.

It whispered awful, wonderful ideas in his ears.

There was probably some infection of irony the doctor was missing here... But he was too busy daydreaming to notice. If the aptly named Goldmonger was suggesting what he was guessing, then it might be worth hearing the man out...

Like an oft-worn mask, the entrepreneur donned his usual smile. “I mean... I’m open to ideas.” With a glint of gold in his eyes, he adjusted his tie. “How do you propose you might be able to help? And...” His eyes narrowed. The smile sharpened.

“What’s the catch?”

There was always a catch. A hook. Just the nature of the business.

Words: 256
Total: 17 878 / 13 500

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Wanted Dead or Alive: Richard 'Plague Rat' Maxwell
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
[tracker=/t1979-dax-morgan#10865]
Name : Dax Morgan
Epithet : Goldmonger
Age : 25
Height : 6'5"
Weight : 250
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Shichibukai (Future)
Crew : Gold | Works
Ship : Cleopatra
Devil Fruit : Goru Goru no Mi
Bounty : [ber=r] 27,900,000
Quality Score : S
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -25%
Balance : [bel] 117,500,000
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Posts : 208

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Tue Jan 09, 2024 8:20 pm
The Goldmonger knew the color of greed all too well not to recognize it in the rat's eye. Calling back to the time on Spider Miles, the doctor was more than willing to get his hands dirty for a payday.

A devilish grin stretched ear to ear, the golden maw reflecting the distorted image of the doctor at him. A jewelry-clad hand slowly caressed the rat's thigh until it reached the bandaged stump. Gently pulling away, and with a snap, the twinkling flakes all around him began to meld together.

Forming a bubbling, writhing mass of metal, "Hold still now." An ominous shift in his tone, the pirate snickered. The metal warped and slithered around the rat's leg, snaking its way around the stump, growing, moving, and shaping the form of a golden leg.

It was like the limb was never lost, ya know, aside from the fourteen-carat upgrade, but who's really gonna complain about that? Narrowing his own eyes and sharpened smile, "No catch, that's what friends do, ya~?"

WC 170/19,154/13,500
Maxwell
Maxwell
[Arc] [Rubeck Island Conquest][Part 2] Last Tango in Rubeck  - Page 2 Vk6odI4
[tracker=/t139-richard-maxwell#516]
Name : Richard Maxwell
Epithet : Plague Rat
Age : 49
Height : 6'0" / 183 cm
Weight : 160 lbs. / 73 kg
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Supernova
Bounty : [bel=r] 243,000,000
Quality Score : S+
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -10%
Balance : [bel] 1,217,129,125
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Posts : 298

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:16 am
By curiosity -and simple exhaustion- the rat resisted the innate urge to scamper away. If all rodents walked into traps so easily, exterminators would’ve been out of a job pretty quickly. Though, in his defense, this trap had the shiniest bait...

Richard watched carefully, as the gleaming mass took form. It was a rare occasion to study one of the cursed fruits up close. While he still considered the entire concept highly unscientific, the naive, young researcher in his soul never really went away. It just... grew old and cynical, over the years.

The doctor appraised the golden prosthetic with a keen eye. Not quite as bright and vibrant as pure gold... Eighteen or fourteen karats, if he were to guess. It seemed like the leg of a mannequin, a replica crafted to masterfully mimic the real thing. Yet, it didn’t move like one.

That was going to be a problem.

Keeping the pleasant facade, the crook scratched his chin. “Ah, but of course. Just what friends do.” In another life, the gold-enthusiast would’ve made for a great poker player. Feeding people bullshit and calling it a sandwich without a hint of hesitation...

Lifting the leg, the entrepreneur turned it idly. “Impressive craftsmanship, I must admit... It’s almost like the real thing...” He placed an odd emphasis on the word.

Richard cast a knowing look at the Goldmonger. “Really, it’s only lacking a knee joint. A hinge, if you will.” Wagging the stiff leg weakly, he dangled the hint in front of the man’s nose. “Of course, if that happens to be beyond your skills, well...” He trailed off, leaving the thinly-veiled challenge lingering in the expectant silence.

Words: 277
Total: 18 155 / 13 500

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Wanted Dead or Alive: Richard 'Plague Rat' Maxwell
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
[tracker=/t1979-dax-morgan#10865]
Name : Dax Morgan
Epithet : Goldmonger
Age : 25
Height : 6'5"
Weight : 250
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Shichibukai (Future)
Crew : Gold | Works
Ship : Cleopatra
Devil Fruit : Goru Goru no Mi
Bounty : [ber=r] 27,900,000
Quality Score : S
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -25%
Balance : [bel] 117,500,000
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Posts : 208

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:28 pm
He snarled as the obvious hook dangled before him, like a shark sizing up its prey until the right moment.

"The fuck you mean.."

Wham, and there it was. His golden maw clamping so hard on the hook that even the most novice of anglers would notice.

"Beyond my skills...? The fuck do I look like to you doc..??" He asked as hands adorned with gold arrogantly flicked the pink feathered boa that hung from his neck.

With a snap, the gold reformed itself into a hinge to act as a knee for the maimed rat. The range of motion was limited and control of the hinge would take years of practice to fully master. But like all cornered rats, the Goldmonger had the utmost confidence the good doctor would adapt quickly.

"Like, holy shit man, that's like, pretty badass." The mink's lips smacked as he rolled the tobacco around in his mouth. "Like, fuck man, you got a gold fuckin leg. That's fuckin dope as fuck, man. Fuck..."

"Who the fuck is thi-... ahh...Ahhhh... AHHCHOO!"

"Dude, like, what the fuck is your problem, man? Cause like, that's gross man..." The irony of the mink's own habitual spitting, leaving large wads of soggy tobacco leaves wherever he went, was lost on him.

"My problem?!" Dax snarled back, "You are the one wearing some kind of colo-...ooo...AHCHOOO!!... FUCK! Ahhh, fuck, god, just... get back, just get the fuck away from me!" Waving his arms in an effort to scare away the allergen-inducing beast.

"Sorry about that!" Hina shouted with an innocent smile, no trace of the demon that inhabited her just moments ago. "My brother and his friends just can't seem to stay out of trouble."

"Isn't that right, Kazu?"

"Y-yea... right" Sweat dripped from Kazu's brow throwing both his hands up nervously, something his newfound monkey troupe mimicked. With the beasts now sharing their leader's fear of his sister.

The rest of the Wharf Rats tended to their wounds while Kazu and Hina met with the pirates.

"So, who's this scrawny fellow..?" Hina asked, pointing at the soggy rat on the ground.

WC 352/19,506/13,500
Maxwell
Maxwell
[Arc] [Rubeck Island Conquest][Part 2] Last Tango in Rubeck  - Page 2 Vk6odI4
[tracker=/t139-richard-maxwell#516]
Name : Richard Maxwell
Epithet : Plague Rat
Age : 49
Height : 6'0" / 183 cm
Weight : 160 lbs. / 73 kg
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Supernova
Bounty : [bel=r] 243,000,000
Quality Score : S+
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -10%
Balance : [bel] 1,217,129,125
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[[identitytheft]][[identitytheft]][[improviseadaptovercome]]
Posts : 298

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Thu Jan 18, 2024 12:46 pm
Hook, line and sinker. In another life, the crook could’ve made for a decent fisherman. Suppressing a smug grin, he let the fish devour the bait. He kept his mouth shut and let the metal maestro work.

Unscientific or not, these fruits certainly something... With a literal snap of fingers, the golden leg went from a mannequin piece to a functional prosthetic. The hinge filled in where the ruined knee failed. No amount of surgery could’ve saved it. Better to replace it.

Richard raised the leg, feeling how the hinge responded to the weight. Sure, it was heavy and unwieldy compared to the real thing, but... “Impressive. Thank you, friend.” It was still preferable hobbling around with sticks, for one.

While the ‘Monger and the Mink got acquainted, the rat went back to fixing his clothing. A wasted effort, really. Much too soggy and shredded... But appearances were important. No matter the mask he wore, he wanted to look his best. Er, well, the best he could, under the circumstances.

And on the topic of masks...

The sharp-dressed pirate’s polite demeanor didn’t even waver. “Well, nice to meet you too, young lady.” It only took a hint of sarcasm. “I am Brook, someone who doesn’t judge others based on appearances.” He lied as naturally as he breathed. Granted, the former was proving easier than the latter, at the moment.

However, Hina didn’t seem all that convinced. She squinted at the man. “Uh huh... Sure thing, ‘Brook’...” After a suspicious pause, she turned to her reckless friend. “Why is this guy even here?” She ignored the pointed stare she got from ‘this guy’.

Kazu seemed to snap out of his fearful stupor. Recent events rolled back into his mind. “What, him? He was here for the barber battle, ‘cuz I need to beat Jiro to get his help for...” A little more. There it was, the spark of realization.

“Oh, shit! Moletown!”

The new boss passed a glance at his freshly recruited posse. “Right, we gotta fuckin’ fight!” His fervor quickly got the monkeys agreeing. They didn’t even know who they were fighting or what for, but they were ready to raise hell all the same.

Richard, meanwhile, chuckled at the entire conga line of misguided words. ...It hurt to laugh.

Hina marched over to the soggy man and prodded him with her foot. “What’s so funny, rat-face?”

“Oh, so we’re moving to insults now. Classy.”

Her stare narrowed. “Answer the question.”

The doctor scoffed. “First, there is no ‘we’.” Digging into his pocket, he produced a brown bottle without a label. I am going to get out of here, see. Lay low until the heat dies down.”

Carefully, he popped the cork open and dropped two pale pills into his waiting palm. His gaze lingered on them. “Assuming I don’t bite it first...” After brief hesitation, he added a third, before downing all in one painfully dry gulp.

They scraped his throat, as they tumbled down.

He coughed.

“Se-cough-ond... There won’t be a fight.” He cast a cold look at the kids. “There’ll be a massacre.” Twenty years ago, he might have felt something. Pity, probably.

Now, he felt nothing.

Richard slowly pushed himself onto his feet. The golden leg slipped against the wet stone. “You fine folks can throw your lives away if you’d like. Don’t let me stop you.” He brushed his clothing out of habit, before realizing how pointless it was to even try.

Kazu, however, wasn’t having it. Not after coming this far. “Hey, fuck you! We’re not just leaving the boss to face all those shits alone!”

The rat raised a brow. “Boss...?” Who on earth would be dumb enough to...? Oh. He got hit by a memory from two decades ago. A very shaky, rattly memory. How could he ever forget?

Richard’s polite mask soured. The fake smile fell to a slant. “Ah yes, the bear... In an ideal world, he might stand a chance against the Queen.” Naturally, there was a ‘but’ coming. “But this is not an ideal world. She’s got an army at her beck and call.” He knew the people. Knew the rules...

“Even that old monster can’t hope to take on all of them at once.”

Kazu folded his arms with a firm nod. “Right. You’re saying that if we wanna even the odds... We gotta cut off the head of the sink.”

“Snake.” Hina helped.

“Yeah, that.” The boy agreed.

Finally, the polite mask cracked. From beneath it peeked a blank stare of disbelief. “What? No. I am saying that-” He cut himself off there. First, why did he even care?

Second, the reckless youth were already discussing their suicidal strategy. There was no stopping them. That much was obvious.

“...I feel like you’re not listening.” He muttered bitterly.

Words: 801
Total: 18 916 / 13 500

________________________________________________________
Wanted Dead or Alive: Richard 'Plague Rat' Maxwell
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
Goldmonger
[tracker=/t1979-dax-morgan#10865]
Name : Dax Morgan
Epithet : Goldmonger
Age : 25
Height : 6'5"
Weight : 250
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Shichibukai (Future)
Crew : Gold | Works
Ship : Cleopatra
Devil Fruit : Goru Goru no Mi
Bounty : [ber=r] 27,900,000
Quality Score : S
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -25%
Balance : [bel] 117,500,000
[[hardboiled]][[berryprinter]]
[[ancientzoan]]x2[[logia]][[firstaidkit]]
Posts : 208

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:04 am
Dax snickered at the good Doctor's attempt at subterfuge, the man doing his best to play the part of 'Brook'. And aside from hiding his amusement kept quiet for once, taking in all that was said around him.

The Goldmonger watched as the pompadour delinquent rallied his newfound monkey army. Hooting and hollering, they bought into what the Wharf Rat leader was selling. His passionate words and hard-boiled pompadour ensured their unwavering loyalty in the matter.

While Hina and 'Brook' managed to find a mutual dislike of one another. The doctor's words were harsh and cold, spoken like a man who had been in this situation before. Having learned firsthand all those years the trouble such ambition bred.

Something clicked at the mention of the boss and the face Hina made. Oh~? A devious smile crept onto the pirate's face, the hamster picking up pace on his golden wheel as ideas flooded his mind.

"Listening?!" Hina shouted as she grabbed the rat by the collar, showing off her inhuman strength once again. "You're the one not listening, 'Brook'!!" She shouted, holding back the tears.

"A useless, weak piece of trash like you could never understand, so don't you ever talk about my dad again. Got it?!" Rage mixed with dread, her fears bubbled to the surface. Her father had always been invincible in everyone's eyes, even Moletown's. It's what kept them at bay for so long, it's what held twenty years of tenuous peace together.

"If you aren't going to help, and let's be real, what kind of help would a weak shit like you even provide?! THEN. GET. THE. FUCK. OUT!"

"H-Hina..." Ichiro spoke up, doing his best not to earn her wrath himself. He pulled out a crumbled piece of paper from his pocket, his hands shaking as he handed it to her.

"What is thi...." Her words trailed off and her grip loosened on the rat's collar. Her eyes shook as they darted back and forth from the paper to the rat.

"Hmmm~?" Dax mumbled as he leaned over the girl's shoulder. "Well I'll fuckin be, 'Brook', buddy, this piece of paper here sure looks an awful lot like you..." His golden maw formed a devilish smile as he locked eyes with the good doctor.

"Holy fuck..." Kazu mumbled as he leaned in after the Goldmonger, staggering back before falling to the ground. "He's worth over...Two.... TWO HUNDRED MILLION BELI?!?!?!"

WC 403/19,909/13,5000
Maxwell
Maxwell
[Arc] [Rubeck Island Conquest][Part 2] Last Tango in Rubeck  - Page 2 Vk6odI4
[tracker=/t139-richard-maxwell#516]
Name : Richard Maxwell
Epithet : Plague Rat
Age : 49
Height : 6'0" / 183 cm
Weight : 160 lbs. / 73 kg
Species : Human
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Supernova
Bounty : [bel=r] 243,000,000
Quality Score : S+
Income Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Shop Discount : -10%
Balance : [bel] 1,217,129,125
[[bookworm]][[firstaidkit]][[berryprinter]]
[[identitytheft]][[identitytheft]][[improviseadaptovercome]]
Posts : 298

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This post has in-line assessment comments.Thu Jan 25, 2024 12:34 pm
In a heartbeat, the criminal was grabbed and rattled by a painfully vivid déjà vu. Like father, like daughter, apparently... Clearly, she had inherited more than just the man’s temper.

While the beast in girl’s clothing howled, the rat dipped a hand into his pocket. Gently, he brushed against his options. Soaked bills, cracked vials... Ah, there. His fingers coiled around a small and icy piece of metal. It felt like the handshake of an old friend.

Again, some sensible part of him chimed up in the furthest depths of his mind. With a weak, wavering voice it asked if he really was going to stab an upset and frightened girl. Hardened criminals were one thing... But this was just a child worried for her father. Right...?

...His grip on the shiv tightened.

However, before the coward could do something that someone would regret, things promptly went from bad to worse. His eyes were drawn to the flutter of an awfully familiar piece of paper. Emphasis on awful.

Richard recoiled, as the offending hand suddenly released its iron grip. Wheezing for air, he adjusted the collar. “T-that could be anyone.” He lied, out of reflex and mostly to himself.

Hina’s shaky stare swept the words beneath the photo. “Terrorism... Arson... Mass murder...?” She read slowly, fighting back the wave of sheer disbelief. Glancing up from the paper and seeing the sorry rat-faced mess only made the whiplash worse. There was no way...

“...Explain, Plague Rat.

Richard cringed at the epithet. “Well, I didn’t pick it myself, if that’s what you’re asking.” He averted his gaze, glancing down at the hefty suitcase. “You work as a doctor for twenty years and nobody remembers, but you accidentally cause ONE plague...” Life was unfair, see.

The girl blinked at the grumbling man. “What? No, I meant-” She showed the poster, tapping an insistent finger against the hefty bounty. “-this! Is any of this actually true?!” Her patience had run out three arguments ago.

Squirming beneath the fierce questioning, the doctor tried to find the words. And a better smile than the painfully fake one sitting awkwardly on his face. “Er, well, y-you see... It’s all a big misunderstanding, really... I am merely a humble entrepreneur trying to make a living...” His trembling legs tried to carry him away, one shaky step at a time. The golden one struggled to find traction.

And he just..

Could not...

Shut up.

“People put too much faith in those numbers, see. It’s not really a reliable measure of power or threat level. I mean, just look at me. Do I really look like the kind of guy who is even capable of anything heinous? Furthermore-”

Hina listened to the rat’s rambling for a moment, before turning her attention back onto the poster. “So, it’s all true then.” She decided bluntly. Someone here was spouting blatant lies and it wasn’t the silent piece of paper.

Richard snapped out of his poorly improvised excuses. “Hey! Don’t just leap to the opposite conclusion!” He was frankly wounded that someone would so readily label him a crook. Wounded!

Limping past the insulting implication, the definitely-not-a-crook tried another approach. “And didn’t you just shout my ears off about how I’m weak and useless?”

The warrior girl measured the disheveled man before her with her gaze. Something about him had been giving her the creeps this entire time. “Just because something is weak doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous. My father told me so. I thought he was talking about wounded animals...” A chill of warning ran down her spine...

“But I think I finally get what he actually meant.”

“I feel like that’s another jab directed at me...”

The gorilla disguised as a girl was not swayed by the rat’s whining. She stomped closer and poked the crook in the chest. “You are going to help.” Her tone didn’t leave any room to argue.

...But Richard hadn’t let that stop him before. “And what makes you think I will help you?”

Hina’s glare narrowed. There was a storm brewing behind those eyes. “Because if you don’t...” The poking finger swung to point off the nearest cliff. “I’m throwing you down the mountain.” It wasn’t as much a threat as it was a promise.

The crook tried to swallow the fear that was forming a clump in his throat. “...Y-you wouldn’t survive the a-attempt.” Now that was meant as a threat. It would’ve been more menacing if he could’ve managed more than just a squeak.

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