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[OOC Information]
Name: Erica
Age: 23
AIM and/or Plurk / E-mail / LiveJournal: same as before
What characters do you play here already, if any? Terra, Kaldur'ahm
Where did you hear about Just A Game? You know who
Have you seen MST3K before? Yes

[IC Information]
Character Name: Maes Hughes
Series: Full Metal Alchemist
Gender: Male
Age: early-mid 30s

Species: Human

Appearance: Maes Hughes is a tall man with broad shoulders and an even broader smile. He has dark black hair that he keeps slicked back and out of his face except for one little antenna that sticks forward. He wears square glasses to correct his vision and has golden brown eyes. He keeps his face mostly unshaven, making him look rather rugged, and accenting his square jaw. He typically wears a blue military uniform from Amestris, with badges on it indicating the rank of Lt. Col.

Personality: Maes is a kind man with a big heart and is very loyal to those he calls friend. Maes would do and has done pretty much anything for them, especially Roy whom he trusts with his life. He’s a very friendly and outgoing person and his friendly nature often evolves into him being a bit of a jokester. He's been known to tease everyone from Roy Mustang to Winry Rockbell and the Elrics. He doesn’t care for frowns and likes to see people happy. That doesn’t mean he can’t be serious, he just won’t be that way for long. It can also be argued that this is also how he disguises his own worries because he doesn’t like to have others worrying about him. There are people with worse problems than him after all. It's a good cover too because people will underestimate him if he's a goofball.

That goofball exterior also hides a cunning mind. He is observant of his surroundings (having noticed that a homunculus was impersonating a colleague of his because they were missing a mole) and quick to figure out puzzles. He was the first to discover the plot involved in the military and the homunculus, but unfortunately that also cost him his life. Maes is certainly the curious sort though and will investigate a mystery until it is properly solved. He is an expert at gathering intel and assessing it. Maes is also quick on his feet in both the literal and figurative sense, able to quickly adapt to a situation and get out of it (most of the time).

One of Maes’ most prominent features is the fact that he is very much a family man. His wife and daughter are his pride and joy and he has a habit of bragging about them. His biggest and most obvious weakness is his family as well (and to an extent his really close friends). He loves them so much that he would do anything for them. This isn’t just his wife and daughter, but close friends like Roy, the Elrics, and even Winry. In the end it was because of his love for them that he died…he hesitated when Envy took the form of his wife and that is what cost him. Maes might also be considered overly protective because he hates seeing others in pain, whether it is physical or emotional. That being the case he is quick to help and sometimes quick to get in trouble for someone else.

History: Maes was born into a big family with all boys. Maes was a middle child and helped raise his younger brothers when he was not in school or helping around the house. He lived out in the country, a half a day’s journey from Central by cart, and his family owned a small farm to grow crops. Their mother had passed away when Maes was very young so it was up to him, his siblings, and their father to keep things running. He made friends with Roy Mustang when he was still in grade school. Theirs was a fast friendship and it was because of Roy that Maes decided to get into the Military in the first place. After all, he had no other big plans for his life and it wasn’t like he was going to inherit the farm.

It was not long after his enlistment that he and hundreds of other soldiers were taken to the war in Ishbal.

Promotions were quick on the field of slaughter, but Maes had one bright light, his newly acquired girlfriend, Gracia, whom he had met during training at a café. It was a summer romance at first but the letters they wrote to each other during the war kept them close (and Roy gagging). Maes even showed off her picture to all the other soldiers when he got the chance. He would argue later that the thought of Gracia back home was what kept him sane during that time.

After the war ended, he was placed in the Investigations Division at Central. He married his Gracia not long after and bought a house as soon as he was promoted. It wasn’t long after that that they began planning on children. Maes had grown up in a big family and had plans to have a large family of his own. Gracia would usually just shake her head in amusement and let him have his fantasies.

Of course, then Maes got involved with the Elrics, watching out for the brothers because they held promise for Roy, but it wasn’t long before Maes started to see them as sons (especially after they helped deliver his precious baby girl, Elysia). It did not take long for the Elrics to also use Maes as a resource of information since he seemed to have a talent for gathering it. They didn’t just use Maes though, Maes formed a close bond with the Elrics. He did not want them seeing the same horrors that Roy and himself had witnessed on the battlefield, even if he knew it was inevitable due to the boys’ quest.

He helped in any way that he could. So, he mostly browsed through military records for the boys and listened for hints around the government. It was his investigations that led to the beginning of the end; he started to notice strange reports in the military’s records and things that should have been there were missing. By the time, Maes realized how deep the conspiracy went it was too late to pull back. The homunculus moved in to take care of Maes and their aim was to kill. Maes barely escaped and fled the scene. He tried to contact Roy about it, but he didn’t realize that Second Lieutenant Ross was actually Envy, a homunculus in disguise. Maes killed ‘her,’ or so he thought, but Envy got up and transformed into the likeness of his wife. Maes hesitated because there was no way he could shoot his wife. Envy made his move, shooting Maes instead, after all, family was his one weakness. He was buried and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General…of course being dead he didn’t know that. Maes’ death would forever haunt the Elrics and Roy Mustang, the later of whom would swear revenge on his murderer and kill them himself.

Extra notes: Not that I can think of.

Cambot post sample: [Blink blink. The cambot is close up on someone's face and is eventually held out at arm's reach as Maes stares at it with a look of confusion] What is this thing? I've never seen anything like it before...is it like a camera then? [He taps the lens] It does have a lens, but it doesn't seem to have any way of releasing the photograph or anything.

[He releases the cambot, letting it float away and up. Cambot continues to record him. Maes smiles slightly] Right. So, I expect a few answers about this place. I didn't think Heaven would be so...weird looking. [Frown as he remembers something, he shakes it off] It'd be great if you could just answer a few questions and help a guy out. I'm Maes Hughes by the way and I have to say this place certainly looks interesting.

Third-person log sample:
Gone. It was all gone. The only evidence was the tears drying on his face that the event had even happened. Maes sat on the floor of cold steel, his shirt lifted as he attempted to find any evidence of the wound. He knew it had been a fatal shot and he knew it was his own mistake. "Dammit," he cursed, pounding his fist against the wall he was leaning against, "Dammit. You should have been more cautious." He wiped the tears from his face, trying to forget the look on that monster's face...the monster that had taken the appearance of his wife. Maes was dead, he just knew it, but he didn't know how he was still...alive. There was no wound to speak of, though he could still remember the pain.

Maes took a deep breath. He need to calm down and assess the situation. He couldn't do that if he was freaking out. He rested his head against the wall and after a few more minutes to himself rose from the floor. "Okay, you're dead which probably means this is some kind of after life," Maes muttered to himself. Granted the metal panels and strange contraptions were not something he would have expected. What did it mean exactly? It was baffling to think about and he was sure if he thought about it too much he'd go spiraling out again.

Suddenly something flew by and Maes's head shot up to track it. It stopped at the end of the hall and turned back to him, floating in the air in an impossible way. It was round and had a lens like a camera he would use to take pictures of his daughter. Maes was a little surprised when it floated over to him. Again, this was not something he was expecting, but at least it was something to focus on. Maes reached up and grabbed it out of the air. The object actually seemed to struggle against his grip but he held tight, "Just hold on a second." He realized it was ridiculous to talk to it, but, well, everything seemed ridiculous now. He turned it around in his hand but he couldn't really determine much about it other than it seemed to have a camera-like function with this lens. Maes then realized something strange, there also seemed to be other people broadcasting from the strange spherical device. Stranger and stranger, and yet, Maes couldn't help but be intrigued by this. "All right, so how do you work exactly?"

Riff sample:
Irene signaled for a latte with one hand and fingered her long blonde hair with the other twisting it again and again until it spiraled like a golden staircase leading to the top of her head.

Maes: *sings* There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying the stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying the stairway to heaven.

When the pain started, she wept, expostulating "I don't know what I'll do without Henry. He was the center of the world."

"Even the center of the world has to die sometime." Margaret sat sideways in her chair, her breasts a pair of protruding Alps.

Maes: She had to sit sideways because otherwise her chest wouldn't fit between the table and her chair.

"He didn't seem like the kind of man who died," Irene said. "Sometimes, when were in bed, making love, at the very edge of the surf where the waves washed over us again and again,

Maes: Wait, why is there bed in the ocean? That's impractical.

I looked at his face and saw something there that not even all the forces of erosion could ever wash away. He was a determined man, and in his position he had to be: and I knew that, too, looking up at him wanting only for him to be there forever. He was old, you know: he was around in the seventies and everything. But there was an agelessness to him, a beautiful eternal foreverness that shone from him like the light from a lighthouse, or like the sunlight from the sun.

Maes: Or the redundancy from the redundancy.

He made me feel like a child again, and I wanted to stay in bed with him, feeling him warm my world, cooled by the waves that washed over us, until the stars went out. That what I expected anyway. That's what he promised. And now he's dead. His heart's stopped."

Maes: I'm surprised he didn't drown.
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What do you think, sirs? he tried to kill me with a forklift

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Character Name: Lt. Col. Maes Hughes
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