>Alright,on a friend's computer.>Not sure how well this is going to work out.>Given the last couple of days, I honestly expect it to catch fire or something.>Previous threads here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=AC%20Quest
>>19562578Sweet, AC-Quest. Unless it caught fire.
Oh shit nigger, I love you.What happened last time on Armored Core Z?
YOU ARE ALEX RASTON.You see a crying Molly in front of you.Apparently Cass has been taken.[ ] Comfort Molly.[ ] Talk to _____.[ ] Search for clues.
>>19562746[x] Search for clues.No time to waste. The faster we find out where she's been taken, the greater the chance of successful rescue.
>>19562746[X] Search for clues.Delegate comforting to Elsie and/or Dave.
>>19562746Clues.Then we can give molly the dick afterwards.
>>19562746Comfort>>19562578Shitty times story tiem?
>So, I was going to do this yesterday, but after the last thread where the Q&A got cut short....>Shit has happened. Lots o Bad shit.>Yesterday my day involved getting up at 6am, running a full diagnostic on a D9 dozer, and then driving for 9 hours. Then my car breaks down, the tow-truck guy has two hookers in the back when he comes to grab me, and the only hotel in town stopped accepting cash, the same day my credit card expired.>Today, my car's transmission is FUCKED, and my friend (only one who can give me a ride) needed to go to a doctor (on base, where I routinely get pistol whipped by the MPs) and then drags me to an S&M convention, sense she needed to meet a friend there.>And now I run AC-Quest.
>>19562821>Also, would have posted apology/explanation yesterday, but my netbook's battery died, and I apparently forgot my charger 400 miles away.
>>19562821What the fuck, dude?You have got terrible luck.
>>19562860>>19562837>I think it's the whole 'road trip' thing. Weird shit happens to me on road trips.>Not always BAD, just fucking bizarre.
>>19562821Good lord man.
>>19562821I think you should have just stayed in bed that morning
Wasting no time, you decide to look around for clues.Dervish seems to have gone to the same conclusion, and starts to give the hangar a once over.>Give a d100, target 50.
>>19562974>Not an option. My sister's getting married, I needed to get my suit.>It's a nice suit.
rolled 77 = 77>>19562978Rollan for Clues
rolled 29 = 29>>19562978Come on, low rolls.
rolled 86 = 86>>19562978Ohboyherewego.gif
>>19562991>>19563006>>19563021Well damn. Ninjas are tricky ones.
Signs of a brief scuffle are apparent in the room. dervish says he thinks he's found their exit point, which leads to a set of scorched tire-marks where some manner of van clearly left in a hurry.>Give me another search roll, target 60.
rolled 95 = 95>>19563070Searching...
rolled 9 = 9>>19563070Damn, we just can't search.
rolled 27 = 27>>19563070Rollan
>Hand that Feeds comes on the Radio.>Day instantly better.
You spot a nearby traffic camera. Forwarding the info to Mooch, he gets to work on trying to crack it.You do a sweep of the lot, dervish goes back inside.>One more, target 40.
rolled 45 = 45>>19563199Gotta fuck something up before I go to bed.
>>19563219Well, it's not very spectacular, but good enough, I guess.I hate that you're running this on a wednesday night, 'cause I can't stick around. Gotta get up early tomorrow for the work outs.
rolled 96 = 96>>19563199This is going to be difficult.
>>19563239>Hopefully I can do it tomorrow too.
rolled 6 = 6>>19563199Well, it's physically impossible to get below 40 for an average at this point.
Nothing catches your eye, but you do have the one lead at least.Mooch says he's got a license plate number, and he's working on back-tracing it now.Dervish finds some casings for the dart guns, and starts scanning them with a small computer he pulls out.Meanwhile you....[ ] Comfort Molly.[ ] Speak to _____.
>>19563334go to molly. With your dick exposed
>>19563334[X] Speak to Dave.Get information, see if he knows if Molly has any enemies.
>>19563334Speak to DaveSee what he's been doing, if he's been comforting Molly, any leads, etc.
>>19563334[x] Speak to Dave and Molly, if they have any enemies who might have been after Cass.
You motion for Dave to come talk to you. Ari and Elsie step in to help the woman."You have anything for us to work with?""Not right now, but.... if you can get something like a name I know people who could help with the hunt.">Anything else?
>>19563452Can we trust the people you're bringing in? How do you know them? Is this involved with the you not getting older thing that we still have to discuss?
>>19563478"Just names and info man. They're info brokers I met through a friend of a friend. I know better than to give out too much.""And about the age thing... I can't see how it's related. If it becomes relevant I'll let you know."Mooch gives you a holler. Apparently the Van's from a rental agency across town.[ ] Investigate, who knows how long the trail stay's fresh?[ ] See if Mooch digs up anything else. More info always good.
>>19563544[x] Investigate, who knows how long the trail stay's fresh?And have Mooch keep digging while we check out the lead.
>>19563544[X] Investigate, who knows how long the trail stay's fresh?Have Mooch keep in contact and update us if he finds more.
You head out, Along with Dave, Laurie andn Dervish. On the way out the door, Dervish calls his friends and asks them to come watch over the others while you're gone.You see your team's SUV parked nearby. Next to it is some sort of smaller car that Dervish starts to walk to.[ ] Ride with Dervish.[ ] Take the SUV.[ ] Split the party (How?)
>>19563665[X] Split the party (How?)Having more vehicles means that we can investigate multiple leads if more than one pops up.We'll ride with Dervish, Dave and Laurie will go together in the SUV.
>>19563676Seconding this.Also, when we're in the car with Dervish, I think we should bring up the fact that the assailants knew that we had asked Dervish to train us, and that's how they tricked us.
>>19563676You quickly climb into the car with Dervish."Buckle up.""What?""Buckle up.""Uh, kinda rushing.""This is a Evo Double X Black Custom. Buckle your goddamn seatbelt."A few moments later, the two of you are on the road.... out of town."What the hell?""Trust me." He then adjusts a couple of dials, and floors it on the outskirts, blasting over the low dunes in a close circle around the city."Hey. Those guys got me....""Because you thought they were me in disguise? You should have thought that one out more: I was in our base when we were talking on the vid-com. If the attack started while I was still there....""SHIT.""First step in deception is to keep them from thinking somebody is trying to trick them.""How'd they know about the call then? He mentioned the training thing specifically."Dervish shoots you a look while he shifts gears.
>>19563778"Your bases coms have been compromised. I'll look into it, meanwhile keep anything sensitive off the grid.""Alright...."Soon you're pulling into the lot, Dave and Laurie haven't arrived yet."How do you want to play this?"[ ] Distract them while Dervish steals the info.[ ] Attempt to charm them.[ ] Bluff them.[ ] (other)
>>19563778Shit. They've either physically tapped our lines, or they've got bugs throughout our hangar.
>>19563817[X] Distract them while Dervish steals the info.Let Dervish do his Ninja stuff, we'll be a loud, angry customer who demands a refund and keeps on escalating demands whenever they try to meet them.
"I'll distract them, pretend to be a customer?""Right then. I'll go as soon as it's clear."You walk into the office.>Give me a roll for bluffing.
rolled 38 = 38>>19563896Bluff!
rolled 5 = 5>>19563896is this a d20 roll?
rolled 56 = 56>>19563896Here's hoping for another low one.
rolled 87 = 87Rock and Rollan.
>>19563896Nice, Glad to see your back, 0___o maybe you should just settle down man
You walk in, and politely inquire as to where the FUCK the van you reserved is. You demand that the man follow you into the lot, and look with you, at the spot where your van should be.As you start to outline the description of the vehicle, complete with plate numbers he gets nervous, and agrees to accompany you outside.>Give me another roll.
rolled 16 = 16>>19564011Make sure to be annoying and loud, keep it to a level where they can't justify throwing us out or calling the police, but enough that they have to devote their whole attention to us.
rolled 14 = 14>>19564011Are the kidnappers going to just begin driving the van back into the lot? Because that would be hilarious.
rolled 92 = 92>>19564011
rolled 71 = 71>>19564011Come on Alex, have a poker face.
rolled 15 = 15>checking something...
>>19564042After a few more minutes of complaining and not giving a shit about where the vans are stored normally, you were TOLD that THIS van would be HERE, right NOW.You then get a message from Dervish."We've got a name."You throw up your hands in irritation at the lack of professionalism, and storm off back to the car.A minute later, you hear from Dave that Mooch found the van: torched out in a parking lot. He and Laurie were gonna go check it out.>What do?
>>19564097Get the name from Dervish, send it to Dave and have him send it to his buds. Get to the parking lot before Laurie and Dave and case the joint before getting close.
>>19564097Well. Damn. At least they're not getting their deposit back.Let's ask mooch, Dave and Dervish what leads we have left.
"Mr Arcmed? Ever hear of this guy?" You ask Dervish, getting into the car."Nope. I'll pass it onto Dave."The two of you get to the site of the burned car only moments after they arrived. After thoroughly searching the area, you draw the conclusion that the site's useless to you. Whoever did the disposal job was a pro, no cameras with a clear line of site or anything. No physical evidence spared the fire.Then Dave's contact calls him back. "Apparently, 'Mr Arcmed' is a known alias of a hacker calling himself 'Archimedes'. Apparently somebody using the handle 'Dr Faust' contacted him for...." He then gets quiet, looking at Dervish's expression. "You know something about this?""This 'Faust' is a bastard I know well. His real name is Dr Konrad Braun. He's a geneticist and psychologist. Though what his connection to this is.....""Dr Braun?" Dave asks "That sick fuck my Dad hired when I...."[ ] When you what?[ ] Do we even know he's connected to this?[ ] Focus. We need to find Cass first, all else can wait.
[ ] Focus. We need to find Cass first, all else can wait.
>>19564422 [X] Focus. We need to find Cass first, all else can wait.
>>19564422[X] Focus. We need to find Cass first, all else can wait.I do what to hear about this Faust business, but we need to prioritize Cass.
>>19564422[ ] Focus. We need to find Cass first, all else can wait.
>>19564448Damit Faust how dare you betray me, All that time in Citiesville, the Truck flipping did none of it mean anything to you!?!?!
"Guys? Focus. We need to find Cass first, we can go poking at conspiratorial shadows later.""Agreed." Dervish says. "He's a concern, but not the most pressing one. What do we have to work with?""Well, apparently this Faust guy wanted to 'help' somebody, and needed Archimedes to get some sort of asset for him in order to do so.""Shit." You comment. "So we need to find some sort of-""If he's meeting somebody for an exchange, it's going to be in a location where he feels reasonably secure, is off the radar, and gives him plenty of ability to determine the goods. Assuming the 'goods' is Cass, that means hospital. More specifically: Abandoned hospital, decent shape, possibly undergoing renovation.""There's one just like that." Laurie comments. "St. Mary's? They were rebuilding it. They were planning to transfer Kate over there in a couple of weeks, prior to her recovery."[ ] Let's go.[ ] Let's prepare (how?)[ ] Gear check.
>>19564555[X] Let's prepare (how?)Look up the building, get blue prints, get a view of the cameras on it, try to find what we're up against, preform recon, bring an AC to a gunfight.
>>19564555[x] Gear check.
>>19564555 [X] Gear check.Gotta see what we're packing.>>19564544Clericman, I swear I've never met the guy. I think.
>>19564570I am in favor of overkill
"What do you guys have on you, in terms of weapons?" You ask, one hand checking the pistol on your shoulder."I've got my knife." Laurie says."Just my hands." Dave adds.".... On my person? Or in my car too?" Dervish asks.[ ] Good enough.[ ] .... clarify, please.
>>19564612[X] .... clarify, please.
>>19564612 [X] Good enough
>>19564612[ ] .... clarify, please.
>>19564612[x] .... clarify, please.Is the trunk full of nothing but guns, grenades, and knives?
"....Clarify, please.""Well, I've got my two pistols on my, a 1911 in my shoulder harness and a silenced PPK in my boot. I've also got three knives and my belt.""Your belt?""Hidden glass blade, simple electric charge locks it straight, quick switch makes it an almost undetectable rapier. Then there's my kit in the car."You look at his kit. Two different assault rifles, a pump action shotgun, a rifle with a score that's AT LEAST a .50, a pair of identical SMGs, and enough ammo to supply all of them in a pitched battle."You gonna share?" Dave asks. When Dervish shakes his head in response, he presses "Don't trust us?""Gene locked. I am the only person who could fire these."[ ] Hit the hospital.[ ] Other (what?)
>>19564697Get someone into an AC, preferably someone already at base. There is nothing scarier and more likely to make you cooperate than a giant robot. Then get to the Hospital.
>>19564697[ ] Hit the hospital.Alright lets do this before i have to turn in for the night
>>19564697(Famous last words.) [X] Hit the hospital.
>>19564697[x] OtherGet Laurie in his AC, have Dave grab a gun while at the hangar, and have them meet us at the hospital.
Bring an AC in whatever we normally use to transport them (Mac truck?)
You arrive at the hospital, and after forcing your way into the front you see clear signs of people passing through.Following it back, enter a wide lobby where a man with an immaculately groomed beard is waiting at a rail overlooking your position."I was HOPING...." He begins with a slight drawl "That I could have a little more time with the girl before I left. Oh well, I suppose I have what I need."He gestures with his cane towards a hallway on your left. "She's in a room down that way. Quite unharmed, and I removed the memory of the rather minor procedure from her mind, so she wouldn't be overly bothered by the experience."[ ] You mean Cass?[ ] What? Procedure?[ ] Who the fuck are you?
>>19564810[X] What? Procedure?We know who he's talking about, and we know who he is.
>>19564810 [X] What? Procedure?
"What? Procedure?""Yes. All I needed was a few samples. Just some blood and a small piece of bone marrow. I would liked to have examined her more closely. I rarely get to see one of my experiments lost and strayed as long as this.Unfortunately, left with the choice of either a closer examination, or leaving myself to the tender ministrations of the Nowhere Man," He comments, shooting Dervish a look "I'll have to go and live to science another day."[ ] Go get Cass.[ ] Question him further.
>>19564863Send Dave and the others to get Cass, Alex and Dervish stay and question/murdalate
>>19564863[X] Question him further.Send one or two people to get Cass, stay and question him, with Dervish staying with us to keep him from doing anything like leave.
r>>19564863 [X] Go get Cass."Dervish, handle him. I've got damsels to rescue."
You give Laurie and Dave a nod, and they go down the hall to try and find Cass.>You've got questions, go ahead and ask.
>>19564912Why did you call Dervish "Nowhere Man"?What experiments did you perform on Cass?
>>19564931"You don't even know who your supposed friends are? The man at your side has a reputation far darker than mine.""Cass? Is that what her name is now? In any case, I didn't perform experiments on her, she IS the experiment. Doing quite a bit better than I thought to be honest."
>>19564931"What the hell is all this about? What's the end goal here?"
>>19564950What separates Cass from normal human? Vat-grown or something like that?What was her original name?How did you expect her to be doing?How did she end up in Molly's care?What is your goal from all this?
rolled 1 = 1>>19564950"Are you the one who's been behind the attacks on me and my team?"
>>19564982fuck, ignore that dice, forgot to take it off.
>>19564952>>19564968"End goal? I don't have an 'end' goal. To a scientist there's never an end to the work, to the experiments, only looking into what's next. As for what I wanted from the girl... I needed a bit of her blood to make a cure for a specific ill.""I never bothered to give her a name. Most of her batch ended up dieing in their cribs from one problem or another. In her I managed to find the proper combination for my work that would also survive. It's fortunate she lived this long, apparently the maturation helped make my intended result far more potent than anticipated. It bodes well for some of my other work.""She was stolen from me, several years ago. I expect it was this 'Molly' who took her.">>19564982"...Attacks? I contracted a team to retrieve the girl for me. My involvement begins and ends there."You hear a distant whooping noise, and realize a helicopter is approaching the roof. "I'm afraid I must take my leave now. I hope you won't be terribly offended when I say that I hope to never see you again." And with that he heads up the stairs.Dave, meanwhile, has reported that there are a lot of rooms over where he pointed, and he could use some help searching them before the chemical bomb goes off.>Wat do?
>>19565042There's a chemical bomb? Well, we should probably get Cass and get out of here pronto.
>>19565042>chemical bomb in the building wat do?your kidding right, please tell me that was some kind of i'll timed sick joke Dave
>I need a d20 roll please.
rolled 19 = 19>>19565122
>>19565126A moment's frantic search yields Cass, Clad in only a hospital gown and unconscious. as you leave the building,you see Dervish trying to sight in on the retreating chopper and cursing. "First time in six years I'm close enough to taste him, and the motherfucker slips by me AGAIN." He sighs. "Is the girl alright then?"After you confirm her safety, he says something about following up on this, while your crew heads home.>To be continued.
>>19565202Night AC-Bro hope to see you tomorrow