Describe Open Blue here.Sure, gimme a sec to regain my bearings....Right, then.Title of a (possible series of) novel(s) by Master Of The Phoenix (doesArchive Binge here, but doesn't consider himself a regular troper, leaving the entry to be made by moi and his faithful comrade Ellie), currently under construction, if he could just find the time out of his busy college schedule.Based on a series of Play-by-Post Games, each set in an Alternate Continuity of varying difference from the others. The Verse itself is somewhat vaguely defined, though it generally seems to be an Alternate History of earth set in 1773, in the new world, with naval superpowers vying for control, with pirates thrown in the middle. It's supposed to be about Pirates, anyway.These nations include:
Het Hertogdom van Remus - Fantasy Counterpart Culture to the Netherlands, France, and some Slavic countries. Normally controls strategic locations on trade routes in the new world. Neutral to the Avelion-Seran war and third most likely nation to survive a Continuity Reboot. Rely on fast ships and imported weapons from all over the place to survive. Functions as Switzerland, hosting an annual conference where Avelion and Seran debate over who gets Reman economic support. Wear white.
Pirates - Self Explanatory. Rape, pillage, plunder, and... stuff. Divided amongst various Pirate Lords (and Ladies), the most powerful of whom is Roberto the Pirate King. Wear whatever the heck they want.
Captain Leo "Burning Boot" Drummond (Ellie) - Lovable Rogue. A pirate who loves to kill things with fire. He's never really the same thing twice. Sure, the name sticks around, but a reboot can make him anything from a master of the natural sciences to a pirate with amazing luck at finding third-rate legendary weapons to a man who failed his mission in life.
Commodore Robillard Karriden. (Stewie) The Hunter... of Pirates. Feared by pirates across the seas, this guy comes from either Avelion or Remus, depending on the continuity. Either case, somehow becomes Joe's friendly rival of sorts, in both romance and Flynning. Made of Win.
Captain Edwin Van Cleef (LTK)- BrutalPirateWithout A Cause. Quoting his profile, "No one knows what he really wants. Not even him." Van Cleef typically goes around taking what he wants, killing people he doesn't like, and... well, inspiring fear in whoever hears about him. Makes his point with a BFG in one hand, BFS in the other.
Angelique Soriano is another Spartan, who uses a Whip Sword. Also serves as Vice Almirante Royche's Morality Pet.
Battle Couple - The relationship between KapitÃ¤n Weir and her marine commander, Ronald Paccone, is at the very least, rumored to be this.
Joe and Jessica are definitely this, when one of them isn't being a Bash Brother/Sister to Elsa.
Big Brother Mentor - Enrique Costas, Elsa's bunkmate and best friend during her time in training. Set a record in stripping and reassembling a rifle that she could never seem to beat. Was killed during a live fire exercise.
Bling of War - Everybody who can afford/is assigned to wear it, justified by the time period...
Color-Coded for Your Convenience - Avelion and its bluejackets, is typically presented in a positive, or at least sympathetic light, despite its flaws (greed, corruption, etc). An exception to this are the agents of ONI, who dress in intimidating grey coats and are usually up to no good.
Seran and its redcoats are either presented as 'wind-up toy soldiers', militaristic all-consuming war machine, or proud and honorable men and women protecting their country, depending on the character. Reichsintelligenz, whose agents wear black coats, is always up to something sinister.
Remus and its whiteshirts are depicted as either neutral impotent merchants, or the Only Sane Nation in the world.
Cool Ship - There have been quite a few, including, but not limited to, fire-breathing
Custom Uniform - Officers of all four State Sec organizations have these to make them stand out from their nations' various Red Shirt Army grunts. ONI officers wear gray, OCI officers wear navy blue and red, Reichsintelligenz officers, suitably enough, wear outfits evoking the SS, and Reichskolpo personnel look just like the Gestapo.
Dramatic Wind - The Powers That Be seem to oblige to this whenever the timing is right for any character wearing something that can billow.
Foreign Sounding Gibberish - Ronald Paccone and Aya Seran don't sound anywhere close to German. In fact, Aya is Japanese. Giuseppe Hawkins sounds closer to a mix of Italian and English than Spanish. Todeskind probably isn't a real German surname, but meanssomething. Even if it were a real German surname, it doesn't explain why somebody from a Spain equivalent has it.
Gratuitous Foreign Language - At least one character uses Gratuitous Russian, while most other characters sometimes speak gratuitously in the tropes below:
Improbable Age - Katrina Seran became Fuhrer at the age of 20, owing to the mysterious assassination of her father, Kaiser Alfons (which was probably one of her machinations). Before that, she graduated from the academy at the age of 15 with the rank of KapitÃ¤n, and attained the highest rank in the navy in five years. Obviously an evil Teen Genius. Elysia Schneider, one of her more normal classmates, reached the rank of Konteradmiral (a two star naval rank) at the age of 24, thanks to pure dumb luck.
The original Joe was a Captain at age 16, and was promoted to Commodore a few months later.
Improbable Weapon User - Leo has, among other things, used a flamethrower sword, white phosphorus-mounted giant metal sea critters, and burning shoes. One Captain Beatrix Engel carries a razor-sharp halo for medium-range fights.
Kangaroo Court - Jessica is forced to defend Joe in the most ludicrous court marshal in the history of the Empire, which comes to a most bizarre resolution. Doesn't stop it from becoming a Crowning Moment Of Awesome to her credit, though.
Mad Bomber - Anita Tekker, Rhianna's First Officer, specializes in explosives. She might not actually be mad, but is at least a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, using plastic explosive as a substitute for modeling clay.
His less-competent counterpart from Seran, Vizeadmiral Hrodwulf, got his rank by having his family pull favors, and cares more about buying a new Nice Hat than an international conference that he is supposed to attend.
Ephraim Archer, a wealthy Reman heir, pretends to be a Jerk AssUpperclass Twit, hiding a calculating intellect which he uses to assess prospective trading partners. It helps that he's Born Lucky.
Officer and a Gentleman - Almirante-General Hood, Commodore Karriden, Almirante Harper (albeit somewhat eccentric), Flotteadmiral Nimitz, Hogeadmiral Ryatur, generally anybody with the rank of Admiral and up. Vice Admirals, on the other hand...
Proud Warrior Race - Seran, where every able-bodied citizen aged 18 and above is part of the Reserves, and every able-bodied citizen between 13 and 18 is enrolled at one of its multiple military academies. The Yamanis in the Back Story, and Jormuna.
Schizo Tech - In some continuities, Seran is a few years away from developing Gatling Guns, and in at least two, uses revolvers and repeating rifles. Avelion has perfected the technology to coat its weapons with diamond (albeit accessible only to high-ranking officers).
Spot of Tea - Quite a few characters enjoy it, actually.
State Sec - Avelion's Office of Naval Intelligence, which in turn is kept in check by the Office of Counter Intelligence. Reichsintelligenz functions as this for Seran, with its branch Reichskolpo (a dead ringer for the Gestapo) serving to control their colonial populations.
You Know The One - Iron Nautili, They Who Must Not Be Named, banned by the administration for being such... odd... Game Breakers. One of the rules explicitly states that they should not be named while in-character (or out of it, for the matter). This is parodied in-universe by turning their name into a Scottish Trope.