A squad of ten delta rangers, five green berets are en route to an undisclosed location high in the afghan mountains.

A squad of ten delta rangers, five green berets are en route to an undisclosed location high in the afghan mountains. Traveling by two apv and one 50. Cal mounted humvee their mission is to locate massive humanoid creatures reported sighted by flyover recon. The roads are narrow, no modern man creations found here. As they ascent slowly up a narrow duvet, a massive boulder appears high in the sky, hurtling towards them. It impacts the leading humvee, smashing the front engine and swerving the passengers inside into the rock pass beside them.

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Is this something plausible for my animated short? Secondly, if it is, how would the soldiers react and what would be the orders? I plan on making a sick short film about giants in the Middle East that the United States investigated during the Afghanistan conflict. If it sounds stupid that’s okay, but if it sounds inaccurate I wanna know. Figure PrepHole would know best.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A duvet is a comforter, like a big blanket. Other than that, it's sufficiently intriguing to make me want to know what happens next. I can't say what would be instructed next from a tactics perspective.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds cool. Reminds me of the rock ape stories that came out of Vietnam.

      But why not just UAV recon the area until you find whatever you are looking for?

      Thanks I want to make my own spoopie PrepHole type paranormal military series. Loosely is based on that copy pasta for this one but I’d want other ones about Antarctica, the Amazon, and in the US and etc. Basically an exploration into the plausibly real paranormal in a fictional way. Story ends with only a single guy at the end to find more underneath the mountains, cannibalistic, far below underground detection. Maybe it’d be good to have drone get taken out by a boulder as well haha. Either that or a few are trying to get back and are being hunted and eaten by one giant.

      Vietnam is better and the primates are/were actually real. Nam Jungle dwellers have always told stories about giant apes with colored eyes in the night, strong enough to kill tigers with it's bare hands. My pops and his village knew where their AO was but due to the war they had left their old village, so did the giant primates.

      I’ve never heard of this I will need to look into it sounds sick. Sounds even creepier imagining what that would be like as a draftee.

      They'd dismount, take position on a line, in an L, or a box, and assess the threat.

      What if no more boulders came forward? Would they proceed if seemingly no danger but one humvee totaled? Maybe the driver is killed by the rock. Maybe he almost gets smooshed but he lives - barely.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds cool. Reminds me of the rock ape stories that came out of Vietnam.

    But why not just UAV recon the area until you find whatever you are looking for?

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Vietnam is better and the primates are/were actually real. Nam Jungle dwellers have always told stories about giant apes with colored eyes in the night, strong enough to kill tigers with it's bare hands. My pops and his village knew where their AO was but due to the war they had left their old village, so did the giant primates.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They'd dismount, take position on a line, in an L, or a box, and assess the threat.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Delta rangers aren’t a thing, socom would take a helicopter, and any socom operation in the past 20 years has had air stacked three layers deep

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The fact it took until the sixth post for someone to mention "delta rangers" fills me with disgust.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Delta rangers aren’t a thing, socom would take a helicopter, and any socom operation in the past 20 years has had air stacked three layers deep

        What about delta force? Are these the same things or am I misunderstanding?

        As for air do you mean helicopter gun support or even ac130? They wouldn’t go with only drones?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Delta Force is an entirely different organization from 75th Rangers. When that anon means by "air" he means that 160th SOAR would be dropping them off in blackhawks, chinooks, or little birds and then picking them back up when they're done. Usually with some other air assets as well like UAVs for example. Maybe even an Apache idk, whatever the mission dictates.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Hmm I guess my night tomorrow will be sizeable research into what units may be on the mission in the first place. Is it uncommon for special forces to link up with marines on village duty?

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Is it uncommon for special forces to link up with marines on village duty?
              Maybe, who knows honestly? An actual SF dude will never say specifics. I would wager its common for them to work with their Navy and Marine counterparts. But take what I say with a grain of salt. I've honestly trained along side foreigners (Tunisians, Italians, and Slovenians to name the most recent) more often than guys from other branches

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well I’m content with my first one to be just marines or some Afghanistan army interpreter.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Given the above your better creative choice is for them to be PMCs.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I thought about having Soviet Russians find them instead but I don’t know many Slavic speakers. Could be cool to see Blackwater instead, though I prefer the United States involved.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >A squad of ten delta rangers, five green berets

    You should probably look up what these fuck people are and how they work together. Instead of trying to write military fiction when you've clearly neverserved or talked to anyone who has, you should something that you are familiar with.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well you sound a little crabby so I’ll let you off the hook. I just like paranormal stuff, but I’m not really informed on military details. Why not contribute clarification? What would make the mission realistic then?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I just like paranormal stuff, but I’m not really informed on military details. Why not contribute clarification? What would make the mission realistic then?

        Because informing neverserves about the military so they can write books and movies isn't my job. There are people who get paid to do, and you should seek their services.

        The military isn't as simple as CoD games make it out to be. I honestly don't care to explain because as someone who is in the military your story sounds like garbage. Like the other guy said, make your story about a PMC. If you make it about actual real life military units then people who know will pick apart your story for the details.

        You have four options: write something else, pay a consultant, or do your own research,

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Well I think you’re approaching this from a Blue Line, or Union type of perspective. In reality you’re on PrepHole and you don’t need to participate. Saying never serves is silly when I’ve never said I’ve served in the first place. It sounds like money and honor and prestige is your mo, none of this is my concern nor is profiting off of helpful anons my MO. You seem rather jaded, but I make no intention of running ads or any of that dumb shit and I’m not some studio I’m just another anon who likes plinking now and then. The goal is merely to tell cool, decently plausible paranormal stories.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >The goal is merely to tell cool, decently plausible paranormal stories.

            And in my opinion your story will be none of those things if you get the details wrong. Nothing about your plot sounds like it requires them to be in the military. The reason I'm being so abrasive is because I know that no matter how much research you do, you're gonna fuck it up on the first page.

            The people who write great military fiction do at least one of the following things. They serve in the military, they have an autistic passion about the military, pay a consultant, or set the story in space about a fictional military where details can't be easily criticized . If none of that applies then you should consider changing the story. I'm just saying you're opening yourself to a level a criticism that can be entirely avoided by just making the characters mercenaries, with military backgrounds rather than currently serving.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Well I appreciate your honesty, I do get it. My counter would be that I intend to follow through, but not just one and done discard PrepHole anons “wow I’m a YouTuber now”, that stuff is gay. Though I am a sperg. My goal is to make a neat short horror and have it be iterated with draft process by PrepHole input about the acuities. I’ll dig deep into as much as I can myself during, but like stated, I’d be happy if PrepHole contributed to script contribution or scenario revision.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    "Massive humanoids" would not be a priority for special forces. Giants are not valuable to the military. Nor would a ground team be sent in unless and until extensive air surveillance confirmed their existence.
    At that point, it'd likely be a civilian research team that bothered to go out there, if the military ever declassified the footage (not because of the content, but because the intel gathering methods are valuable as secrets.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      So you’re saying the United States would never attempt to capture or experiment on gigantic nephilim? Seems a little implausible. Maybe it could be a marine convoy ambushed while cutting through the mountains while traveling to a nearby village during height of afghan invasion.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What would the US armed forces want to play grabass with giants for anyway? There's not a huge military value in beasts of burden any more, and if the giants are intelligent they're presumably the State Department's problem (or someone, fuck only knows).
        An ambushed convoy will pour absolute hellfire onto anything throwing rocks at them, and unless you suspect a French trebuchet could win against modern day Marines, the giants will not fare better.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Hmm not bad points I will take note of state department. I’d like the giants to be really intelligent but in a more bird type of way, like a crow. Maybe smarter than humans but the equivalent of cromagnon or Neanderthal technologies. If marines are going to just eviscerate anything that moves my new question to you would be, can the giant win? A couple boulders from top down, takes damage from gun fire, retreats, vehicles not in good shape, marines freaking out. Is there any way a radio could go dead due to mountain interference? If a giant skin was pretty thick, like an elephants, could 5.56 or .50 do enough damage?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Vehicle badly damaged
            Better be a BIG rock.
            >Marines panic
            Not really, no. They're braced for being hit by enemy fire, and weirdly I think a relatively quiet rock impact would freak them out less than a VBIED or conventional ambush.
            >Radio goes dead from terrain effects
            No. This is not going to be news to the convoy. They will have more than one radio, they will have planned for the terrain, and Star Trek anti-technology rocks do not exist on Earth.
            >Can a gun kill an elephant?
            LOL, poachers take out elephants with AK74s all the time. The M2 will kill anything organic on the ground absolutely no problem, assuming the target can be hit. This is why something like the critters from Aliens are an actual problem: they're hard to see and hit. A giant is the opposite of that.
            Plus, if an actual giant is stupid enough to cross the Marines' RoE they will probably react with absolutely overwhelming force on general principles. Fire, handhelds, shoulder fired weapons, machineguns, all that shit and anything else they got. There's a reasonable chance they'll bug out (in a bounding withdrawal) call the giant in as enemy armour and request fire support or air. Good luck winning that fight with rocks.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Hmm really needed question: considering typical air support how far would a cave underneath have to be to not become spaghetti? I will also type up a modified plot based on some recs you made. Momentarily.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Deep enough that the creatures coming to the surface to encounter the convoy would be unlikely.
                Also, why would the creatures retreat in that manner? I suppose "the marines shooting at them" would be a good reason, but semi-intelligent giants would have no conception of planes at all, and no reason to hide from them. Thus, it's likely the first contact with the giants would be via a drone checking the convoy route, not the convoy itself. Giants would logically show up like beacons on FLIR.

                Hmm I guess my night tomorrow will be sizeable research into what units may be on the mission in the first place. Is it uncommon for special forces to link up with marines on village duty?

                Generally, they have Special stuff to do, and do not need to hang around some regular patrol.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                There probably isn't a way to make the giant survive without going full Hollywood. If the giant was as smart as you'd like it to be, wouldn't it avoid conflict at all cost? A dumb, aggressive giant would just get picked up on thermals and die from one of twenty ways.

                This is an issue, I was thinking that this is the giants home, so it’s guarding. But since he’s intelligent or she’s intelligent I was thinking that the giant had eaten humans before. Something scary to me is a predator with the same intelligence as you using ways to Ty and eat you in some kind of complete sadism. If you’ve mostly eaten small goats and other small game, but then get the taste of human farmers or etc, this could become almost like a serial killer scenario, just with a huge giant lol. Setting this issue aside for now, is it too implausible a drone would miss them on planning a route? Just ba me circumstances?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >is it too implausible a drone would miss them on planning a route?
                I'd have real trouble explaining it to myself, yeah. Observation is pretty cheap and easy compared to fire missions, and the giants have no reason to fear the sky.

                You know, I actually think the best way of approaching this would be with actual Afghans dealign with the creature, and the Americans (who easily COULD deal with it) telling them to fuck off. If all you have is a FAL and untreated eyesight issues, suddenly a giant is a good deal scarier.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                This could work. ANA doing support to villages is too implausible? Other way I could see it is if a barrage from US Air killed the giants wife, and the giant becomes a really mean revenge type of situation and just takes it out on the first people he sees. Though if the civilian population knows there are already giants in the hills, would taliban go near it? I’m going to make note of ANA convoy as well, no air support leads to situations like this. Originally I was thinking of soviets getting jumped.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I'm not sure what - if anything - the ANA did with its time. Could even just be local boys doing their best for their neighbours.
                In general, people don't go near something they know to be dangerous.
                However, you should note that even the ground weaponry will definitely fuck up a giant if the boys get clear line of sight. The giant basically has to sneak around and then terrorise them so they can't shoot it, and that will be very hard at 20m tall.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                10-15 meters sounds crazy, but more scary than 20 and bigger then. I would like the US military involved for voice scarcity reasons and just cause Murica, but if drones will find them I don’t really see how a giant could sneak on them.

                I guess my only last line of defense would be, if the convoy went at night, could the giant have the element of surprise?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >I guess my only last line of defense would be, if the convoy went at night, could the giant have the element of surprise?
                GOD no. America owns the night. Night Ops only take place if you have the sensors for it. Night vision, thermals, flares, floodlamps, etc etc. If they have to move at night then the marines will have much MORE sensory awareness, and better than any known/theorised animals. A giant will be VERY visible to thermals and will be completely exposed from the air unless under significant hard cover (read: in a deep cave).

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well this is unfortunate to read. You are bumming me out lol. Then I’m assuming rain won’t do much either. I’ve settled on a few outcomes:
                >Soviets
                >ANA
                >premeditated attack

                With premeditated attack I don’t know how hawkish drone operators are. If you’re saying convoys are accompanied by recon then the giant would have to know about human technology. Seems implausible so I’ll think about it more.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >so I’ll think about it more.

                Anon, whatever idea you have the military has a counter for it. If it were that easy to beat us then Afghanistan would have done it much sooner. Instead of making the giants aggressive, make them peaceful creatures who the military goads into attacking them through some misunderstanding.

                You're trying to write a "cool" story instead of something that anyone wants to read. You need to play on people's emotions and sense of morality. Anybody can do action scenes, not everyone can write a plot.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Hmm I think that’s the overarching lesson here then. I really want it to be first and foremost creepy. Really scary, even if it’s animated it’s doable. Perhaps got a bit too caught up in immediate action. What I’ll do is research deeply into Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and missions they did in the countries. From there I’ll study Air Force routines on YouTube, and finally try to figure out how to build up to an angry giant murking or trying to kill a convoy.

                I was also thinking the giant could just ignore all idea of knowing drones and just sprint out in the open with a sneak assault, jumping onto a humvee and creating absolute pandemonium. Giant kills a lot of guys but they do get him. Fighting ends in twenty seconds after eerie buildup to payoff. Of course it could be way more action packed if ANA or Soviets. :p

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Just have them discover the Giant cave by accident while on a routine mission. You're trying to make the Giant the villain, instead of making the giants just a creature living it's own life. Evil isn't scary when just evil for evil's sake. The destructive potential of this creature needs to be essential to it's very nature, or at least its survival. The giant shouldn't kill the soldiers because it wants to kill them, it kills because it has to.

                I have haven't heard anything that makes this story compelling. Does this need to be a good vs evil story, is the giant sentient, why does it attack? You seem to think that being attacked by the Giant is the scary part of your story, but what is actually scary is knowing that the Giant some other forces beyond our understanding have compelled the Giant to attack. You need to read more book and watch more good televisions/movies to understand what get audiences hooked.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Well I will stand firm that I can pull it off most of the way but you are right, there will need to be some nuance I likely lack in certain areas. Largely this seems to be a text issue. When the first iteration comes out I am all open to changing almost everything, merely cause I’m fast at it and changing stuff isn’t a big deal.

                But is it plausible for a marine convoy to be going up to the mountains in the first place? I will preempt and assume they set up some kind of fob there and a couple of marines found a somewhat hidden cave system. Would the military send in a group in the first place?.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >But is it plausible for a marine convoy to be going up to the mountains in the first place? I will preempt and assume they set up some kind of fob there and a couple of marines found a somewhat hidden cave system. Would the military send in a group in the first place?

                Yea that's fine. Locals could warn them not to go, but they go anyway. This is the part where them being Green Berets or whatever could be essential to the plot. Green Berets entire job is to blend into native populations and start insurgencies. The GBs could be trying to set up a headquarters for their militia, or just staying finding a place in the mountains to stage operations when they come across an unknown cave. The locals tell them not to go in, but they do anyway. Here's where you create your creepy atmosphere as they descend into the cave. From here the giant can either be peaceful, or it can attack because it's scared. You also have a better chance at creating drama because GPS systems can plausibly fail in caves, and just about anything that depends on connectivity and air recon will be useless or less useful the deeper into the cave you go. It will also be challenging to support the GBs and resupply them inside if they get lost.

                Having the Giant go outside to attack the military unprovoked just sounds stupid. No more ideas from though. I'm still the anon who was ripping you to shreds and telling you to change the story to PMCs btw

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I really appreciate you contributing. I am adamant I can make good stuff, but I get that this is the internet. But the fact that you think green berets is plausible sounds great! I’d like to think the green berets kill a giant female out of fear of being killed cause she attacks them because she’s scared, so it was an unfortunate situation, which provokes the male giant to chase them and try to hunt them, which it’s started to pour outside with rain. Regardless, I will seriously think and research this before concrete decisions on the initial draft based on the threads info. I feel like if I come with a solid first leap anons will immediately notice the inaccuracies and help balance it towards a more realistic and plausible encounter.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >I’d like to think the green berets kill a giant female out of fear of being killed cause she attacks them because she’s scared, so it was an unfortunate situation, which provokes the male giant to chase them and try to hunt them

                That's a good premise. You can do a lot with just that.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I’ll make a few drafts with different scenarios, see what sticks.

                Unless you're trying to make it silly or something to post on PrepHole itself, you're unironically better off asking a reddit sub dedicated to cryptids like nephilims and/or subreddits for veterans. There's a way better chance you'll get feedback from your actual target audience and probably have a better chance of finding people who know what they are talking about, sometimes even willing to post sources.

                Well I don’t go on Reddit much, usually only use it to solve problems I run into and google it. I’m sure PrepHole isn’t just smoke, but I’ll take note and spread out when researching. Drafts will probably be PrepHole only though, since this is where I posted it to begin with.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Marine convoy two humvees one logistics truck have been ordered through mountainous terrain to reach new contact with village elders who are likely to contribute assistance to the US and not the Taliban. The convoy makes its way upwards, the roads are narrow and there are no man made structures here. Complete nature. Dusk is coming in quietly when a rapping thuck sound is heard on the leading humvees passenger side. “What was that?” The convoy doesn’t stop, and continues a mile inward. Again, thunk! This time the squad leader looks out to his right and just barely notices a shifting mass slink down. Too far away to confirm, while too dark still to see anything clear. “I think something’s out there.” Front humvee radios back humvee, “you guys see anything?” Humvee 2 radios back “yeah looks like a small rock hit ya.” Convoy decides to continue but in humvee 2 a grunt is concerned. “That shit was thrown sir, someone threw that shit.” He is ignored. Convoy continues for a few hundred meters, when suddenly a massive boulder near size the humvee up front hurls towards the lead vehicle. “Holy shit” cries out the gunner of the first humvee, the driver serves, the boulder crashes down on the gunner, smooshing his top half into paste, his bottom ripped clean off and flung into the back of the vehicle from the inside. The first humvee swerved into the rock wall, though can still drive. The boulder careens into the second humvees front, the driver who was preoccupied with the rambling grunt getting crushed in the process. The passenger to his right is okay. Immediate dismount from the first humvee, they take supporting positions but see nothing. Logistics backs up a few dozen meters, troops, interpreter ANA and medic dismount to support positions.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You "write" like a teenager does on fanfiction.com

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                It’s not the writing that will appear, it’s just to provide context. Pull the banana out of your vagina lmao.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              What is the giant is armed too and the rock was a warning shot?

              A few 15 foot tall dudes with .76 caliber rifles firing from around giant boulders and cliffs could get dicey.

              The big two person belt fed could be a 30mm autocannon equivalent. The mortars they have are 155mm.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Sounds really cool, is it ok if I notepad that? Probably have to be some kind of separate story, I was thinking these giants are absolutely gigantic, 15-20 meters tall.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Who the fuck is selling them ammunition?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >it's another thread about an anon that has another idea for a story that will go nowhere
    I miss when Tumblr and DeviantArt kept you gays contained.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If in two weeks you get to see the making of this become a reality will you contribute? Profit or views or any of that dumb shit means nothing to me. I’ve gotten somewhat decent at animation so I’m interested in putting it to use.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Best way, I can put it is, you'll need to post something that shows you've got the incentive or initiative to follow through, I won't put much faith in it.
        You wouldn't show up to Shark Tank with just a rough idea, would you? If you are serious about it and have some work to show, stay away from PrepHole or any advice from it. You'll just be getting advice that pleases the basement dwelling neets, which will kill any broader appeal. PrepHole will give you shit advice that everyone else will think only an autistic, sperglord would care about. Unless you want brownie points with PrepHole, look elsewhere for advice.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I like PrepHole even with its pretentiousness at times. A lot of good anons here so I figure I’d get the input. The information already posted has been really useful, the only way I think a giant appearing could work is if it’s provoked like its mate being killed, or if it’s just some sadistic predator. Real creepy stuff. I intend to post the current story draft that I posted here as full animated, so that way you guys can judge what does make it in after cause reiteration isn’t that difficult. Was thinking anons could voice act to contribute.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Unless you're trying to make it silly or something to post on PrepHole itself, you're unironically better off asking a reddit sub dedicated to cryptids like nephilims and/or subreddits for veterans. There's a way better chance you'll get feedback from your actual target audience and probably have a better chance of finding people who know what they are talking about, sometimes even willing to post sources.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There probably isn't a way to make the giant survive without going full Hollywood. If the giant was as smart as you'd like it to be, wouldn't it avoid conflict at all cost? A dumb, aggressive giant would just get picked up on thermals and die from one of twenty ways.

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