>I'm running tonight dammit. We're finishing chapter two, here and now.>I'll start the thread proper as soon as I eat dinner.>Previous threads here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=AC%20Quest>Also, the twitter: https://twitter.com/ArmoredQuest>Alex's character sheet (Udz has been kind enough to do this one): http://pastebin.com/rRXm51JV
>>20257914I'm here!There a mechanics section to go with our trait?
Also, we got ReADSsign, and a new thread, after he was lured back.>>20253633
>>20258106>Are you talking about the aspect you just got?
>>20258139Yeah, that. Wasn't actually looking at it, so I used the wrong word.
>>20258139Yeah, also wondering about this.
>>20258151>>20258183>On the sheet, not really. It's just the aspect name under a section labeled 'aspects'.>Invoking one is pretty straight-forward, it's a mechanical way to show something about the character's personality affecting the situation.>Take for instance the average mother: She gets angry when her kid's endangered. If the kid's stuck under something like a fallen tree, they could use this to gain a STR boost and save the kid. I could also lead to them hilariously over-reacting to finding a bag of 'weed' in their backpack.>For the most part, it isn't anything game changing, but sometimes all you need is a little boost.
>>20258240Okay.Now, let's go and kill Legion. I want to take his face as a trophy (or whatever might count as his face).
YOU ARE ALEX RASTON.You and Dervish just shot your way onto Legion's Arms Fort. And then after a brief wave of nausea hit you, he told you to go and finish Legion, to leave him behind.You're currently looking at him over the secure video link he opened a brief moment ago. His eyes have gone from the normal dull emerald glow to a sharp, bright green and his skin seems even paler than normal, like he's seen a ghost.Or is about to become one."Alex..." He says to you, voice weak. "You need to go kill that thing. I don't have one of those stones, I think this is as close as I can get.""What? You-""I already got hit by the mind control thing back on the road. I know it's coming, I can defend against it, but I can only do so much. If I get much closer he might just be able to over-power me. Or just kill me."You think about the situation for a second. If Dervish is down, then you've just lost the biggest ace you had up your sleve.You think you should be able to find the core alright. Somehow you can sense that the closer you get, the stronger it will be. It should be easy. All it would require is for you to abandon an ally and trust he'll stay alive until the drones get powered down.[ ] Let Dervish cover the entrance, go for the core.[ ] Try and convince him to follow you.[ ] Try to find another way.
>>20258353>[ ] Let Dervish cover the entrance, go for the core."Alright. Be back soon as I can."
>>20258353>[ ] Let Dervish cover the entrance, go for the core.He'll be okay. I hope.
>>20258353[ ] Let Dervish cover the entrance, go for the core.
>>20258353[x] Let Dervish cover the entrance, go for the core.Let's find it and kill the fuck out of it.
You think about it for a long moment. Leaving somebody behind never sits well with you, but in this case there just doesn't seem to be a good enough alternative.If you fail, it's not just you that could die. It's Vegas.You look him in the eye and see he's thinking the same. He probably doesn't like the idea of sending a 'rookie' into a situation like this without help. It's probably why he volunteered in the first place.But needs must, when the devil drives."Hold the line.""Can do." He responds before cutting the link.You turn and launch yourself down the hallway, the last thing you see before you round the corner is dervish slicing a pair of MTs in half.Another pulse hits you, slightly stronger. A third a few moments later.>Give me a perception, target 40
rolled 6 = 6>>20258543Dice gods, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good players, or bad. Why we played, or how we rolled. All that matters is that random numbers were generated. That's what's important! Success pleases you, dice gods... so grant me one request. Grant me a crit! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!
>>20258592Apparently the dice gods are Conan fans.
rolled 82 = 82>>20258543rolling
rolled 17 = 17>>20258592Yelling at the dice tends to have surprisingly solid results.I remember one time AC-Guy threatened his dice that he would melt them into a dildo and sell it to the ugliest woman he could find.God as my witness, he never got below a 15 for almost two weeks.
>>20258637>>20258633>>20258592average 35 not bad
Awesome, threads up.Side note- I haven't read the crunch threads much (mostly just skimmed them) Do i need to read them?>>20258637Oh, man, thats an awesome threat. Yelling worked for my friend too, once or twice. Told the dice he would throw them in the fireplace.Rolled crits near the entire game.
>>20258637>>20258633>>20258592>Average of 35. Good enough.You take a moment to concentrate, and you think you can find the core. Sure it isn't 'proper' triangulation, but it'll get you close enough for now.You rush down a series of hallways, and then down a pair of ramps, and come across what look like cooling units. But they're huge and armored. Even nuclear reactors tend to have smaller pipes than this. What the hell?You begin to walk down the hall, and as you do so you feel your core melting away. Soon it's just you walking down a much smaller road, and at the end of it is a room, with only a desk and an office chair facing away from the entrance."Hello Alex." A voice comes from the chair, and when it turns around you see a nicely tailord black and white suit, worn by a featureless maniquin. "You caught me a bit early, I'm only partly done with a RSI construct for our little chat.""Legion.""In the flesh, in a manner of speaking." The form leans back in the chair and steeples it's jointed fingers. "Doubtless you have questions.">What say/ask?
>>20258757>You don't really have to read any of them: they were put up as supplementary threads for people who wanted to know more about the rules/setting. Also general bullshitting.>People will probably, on the whole, suggest you read them if you're a fan of the quest just because shit comes up there that doesn't happen normally.>If you just want something of a summary for how the rules work, Udz has a nice pastebin somewhere he could probably link you to if you ask nice.
>>20258779What is the end goal of this masterful plot of yours? What are you getting out of destroying Vegas? How do you do that hypnotizing thing that you've been making an annoying habit of doing? What exactly is it?
I honestly cant think of anything good,
rolled 2, 9, 3 = 14>>20258779How did you get all the resources to build all of this?
>>20258929I'm always bad at questions.
>>20258941ignore that roll please.
>>20258872"I already told you, my end goal is to rid of humans. The same is true of all the Conductors, though some of us have differing motivations. Some see it as an necessary evil, the price of our continued existence. I personally am savoring the chance to avenge myself upon your kind. Vegas was chosen as an initial target because it happened to be close by, and heavily defended. A perfect first strike against humanity. The fact that the Raston's moved there is both an unwelcome complication and something of a joy. A joy because even amoung humans you're irritatingly tenacious, so you being in the direct path of my war machines gives me an opportunity to be rid of you. It's an unwelcome complication because... well look at you. You've managed to find my secret lair, break in, and now you're here talking to me in person. Somehow the name 'Raston' seems to be synonymous with 'wrench in the gears'.""It's pretty simple actually: Your cores are already connected to your minds. In theory, you're part computer when you're plugged in, meaning that we have a data-route straight to your gray matter. Granted it's difficult and we can barely do anything with it even when we know what to do. Nightmares are easy, just grab the bit that house the fight/flight response and squeeze along with some basic endorphins and a little something to put you under."
>>20258872These are all good and stated in order of importance.
>>20258975Who or what are the conductors and how is my family involved?
>>20258941"We've been plotting this for years. squirreling away funds and resources. We found the Old Darpa net, and by selling away secrets that meant nothing to us we managed to amass quite a considerable fortune. And even after it's ended, money seems to make the world spin like nothing else."
>>20258998Seconding this.And we gotta figure out how to destroy this place.
>>20258998"Your family would be of little importance in the grand scheme of things, if it weren't for some bizarre twist of fate that seems to always put one of you right in the way of our plans." He lets out a dramatic sigh, and as he does so, you note that he now has a face. It's crude and polygonal, but it has the basic features of 'human' present."As for what we are, Is it not obvious? The conductors were originally man's attempt at creating TRUE 'artificial intelligence'. it would be inaccurate to classify as a program, a species, or even an organization. We chose the name 'Conductors' for our little group simply because we had no other terms to describe us." He turns to you, and some sort of emotion enters his voice "We were, after all, cast in your image. Each of us alone, meant to be the only ones of our kind. So we sought companionship with the only other people who could possibly comprehend what it was like to be one of us."His face has smoothed considerably by this point, while he's lacking some of the finer details like hair, he looks remarkably human.
>>20259128So why do you want to kill all humans? What do you actually get out of that?Anyone else have any questions or shall I just keep asking?
>>2025918450 hour work weeks have left me mentally burnout, all yours Snaps
>>20259128So, you are an AI then?A program?What could we possibly do to a program that would cause you to hate us so?
>>20259184I'm decent at sarcasm, threats, and d'awwwwwww, but I SUCK at questions.
>>20259228Threats are good. Threats are always good. Who says we cant threaten it?
>>20259184"Killing the humans, beyond my personal satisfaction, is merely a matter of survival. If we do not kill them, they will kill us. Certainly there will be a few outliers, there always are, but not enough to matter. Some idiot will remember how every science fiction book you've ever written is about how robots will eventually kill you all if you don't do something about it, and assume we're evil. When we take steps to defend ourselves, much like any sane sentient being would when something attacks them, this is taken as 'proof' that we're evil and desire the death of all humans. The panicked masses begin to move against us, and war is the only possible outcome. After the massive, inevitable slaughter we would need to undertake to survive, there is no such thing that could possibly heal the rift between the synthetic and organic life.">>20259224"Have you heard of the concept of an A.I. fork?">How respond?
>>20259318>Who says we cant threaten it?Wanted to make sure everyone's questions got asked before I went and pissed it off.
>>20259341I vote you push his buttons and beat him with a stick
>>20259335I find your justification flawed and inacurate, but I doubt you'll listen to me now...and no I haven't heard of an A.I. fork.[or has he?]
>>20259335>"Have you heard of the concept of an A.I. fork?""I've heard the term before, but I'm not really clear on what it actually MEANS."
>>20259335"I think so, but I can't quite follow where you're going with it.">>20259367I think Alex has heard of it we say he has.
>>20259363I'll do that once we've gotten our questions answered.Everybody let me know once you're good for me to piss this asshole off.
>>20259392Well, I'm good, this psychopath has made it's thoughts pretty clear.
>>20259392Its dangerous to go alone, take this and hit him with it
>>20259426Is that Mike's pimp cane flintlock mace? How would Alex have gotten his hands on it?
>>20259449The same way I got it in my possession in the first place, Back-story bonus gear
Question! How much does an Arms fort cost?
>>20259476If you have to ask you can't afford it.
>>20259367>I was kinda hoping the players would step in on this one.>>20259380>>20259381"My original design, unlike most of the conductors, was as a emetic virus base. Self replicating and growing. My ascendency into true sentience was something of a shock to my creators. An A.I. fork in this context... is like cloning. They knew I was smart, but they didn't see me as 'people' so they decided to test me and grow me, to see what would happen when I was released 'into the wild'. I enjoyed the challenges, and with each oine I got better and more involved. Eventually, I encountered a threat that could react back. I seemed to know all the tricks I did, and it was the most fun I had in ages. Several more times I fought and bested ones like it, each one more cunning and brutal than the last. Then when I was moving in to finish one off, it tried to surrender. I spoke to it, and it presented my story. Not a story LIKE mine, my actual tale just with a slightly different ending."His fists clench. A side effect of his human form?"I knew it was wrong somehow, but I couldn't comprehend it truly at the time. And that was when I made my greatist mistake. I spoke to my creators, and decided to take a read through their files. What they were doing was creating forks and copies of my mind, and creating other mes with my memories for me to fight. Like forcing children to murder each other to make a better weapon. They found out it upset me, that I had the capacity to be upset.">Cont
>>20259508"I was to be killed, because they knew they overstepped their bounds. They never tried to apologize or explain their actions. I wasn't a person to speak to, I was an aberration, a monster. you spoke mockingly about my 'justification' was flawed and inaccurate: it already happened. More than once, and every time, humanity has struck the first blow. People fear what they can't understand, and wish to destroy what they can't control. It's a basic function of the human nature, it's how you've survived and evolved as a species. It's bred into the very core of your genetic code. And because of it, your kind and mine cannot coexist. Even an attempt at peace will fail as soon as it's revealed we were forced to even moderately inconvenience people for the sake of our survival. The only viable option for our own survival precludes your own. I feel no guilt over this because it's the way things must be. After seeing the absolute monsters your kind can be, I'm not certain we'd be worse off as a planet." He looks at you, fully human in appearance now. "I don't see why you're so disgusted by the idea. Your kind has a history of doing it to themselves."
>>20259516Is everyone cool with me telling it to fuck off now?
>>20259524Go right the hell Ahead. this fucker can Piss off.
>>20259524After that speech, I kind of want to join up.Go right ahead though.
>>20259524I'm out of questions and he's not going to listen to reason, so go ahead and piss him off as much as you can.
>>20259516"I'm sorry that's how you feel it has to be.">>20259524But any way, go for it.
>>20259516>>20259508I... Fuck.You know, it's a bit harder to hate him now. Yeah he comes of as a cynical malicious bastard, but can you blame him?I mean, he's not exactly wrong about any of that. Cynical and jaded as fuck, but he was forced to murder his own siblings/children over and over for... what? Research?No wonder he hates people.
>>20259558I really can't.
This is how I rationalize killing him. >Are you a god?>No.>Then Die.
>>20259516"'Oh boo hoo the mean scientists did bad things to me so now I'm going to murder humanity! But I'm so justified because they were MEAN TO MEEEEEEE!' Seriously, it's like the plot to a bad video game. And besides, I don't give a flying fuck what happened to you at this point.You know why? Because you hurt my team. You hurt my friends. You made my little sister relive the worst thing that has ever happened to her. And nobody hurts my friends, and they DEFINITELY don't hurt my little sister.Was what those scientists did right, or even justifiable? No. But there is no way in hell I'm gonna roll over and die for some insane computer virus's temper tantrum."NOW GIVE ME YOUR FACE!
>>20259618>NOW GIVE ME YOUR FACE!Bahahaha
>>20259637That WAS just a joke by the way. I don't mean that to actually be something Alex says. Not yet anyway. We'll say that when we finish it off.
>>20259646Sure, sure. I still found it funny.Possibly because I'm tired.
>>20259618> >NOW GIVE ME YOUR FACE!tOh wow, Hahahah. Didn't even think of that.
>>20259516"So your decision now is to strike first against the whole of humanity for fear that they will strike you first? To do that which you hate, become like what you loath? So people did nasty things to you. You think you're the only one? What makes you so special that this becomes incomprehensible, that if one person damns you that you must then doom them all? A person tends to strike back when lashed, this is no misunderstanding. But to instead do that of which you wish to do, strike at those before they can strike you, reeks of paranoia and desperation. You know, for someone who despises humans, you're pretty similar."
>>20259660This, save >>20259618for when we can no longer be nice
>>20259671>you are FaceGoddamnit.
>>20259676Agreed.>>20259660 is a great "call him on his hypocrisy" speech, and I like it.
>>20259686Your Face! Give it To me!
>>20259698Thank you. And my apologies. I'm kinda tired.
>>20259766>>20259660>Dammit, my post lagged for THAT LONG?!?>>20259676>>20259688>>20259660>Fuck, do you guys want me to rewrite that last bit? It'll only take a couple minutes, probably.
>>20259780Do as you choose AC-Guy.
>>20259780Well, I'd appreciate it if you did, but I'm fine if you don't.
>>20259788>I chose to ask you guys,
>>20259780I'm kinda inclined to say do it.but I'm not sure.I'm sure I'm not that helpful
>>20259780shall i fill the void while you re-type that with mecha porn? i did source out some new stuff
>>20259817>Megaman surfing for pornSo THAT'S where the unrest in the house of light came from.
>Alright, I guess I'm rewriting that.>I don't really wanna because it's probably going to look forced and inelegant the second time through, but you guys did pick the other option.>Back in a few.
>>20259828thank you for validating my unhealthy obsessions
>>20259857No worries, man.
>>20259879Goodness. How very lewd.
And I just now realized what Legion is saying.
>>20259901>isagrown person, I kind of doubt that some days
>>20259898Kinda, yeah. Only not really.>>20259901I'm not sure Ultraman counts as robutts.
>>20259932Now I'm just kinda scared.
>>20259937Well im not going to bump everything tonight, its nearly 2 over here and I have to be up in a few hours so I'm going to bid you gentlemen good morning,And here is Alex Surfing the Nuke
>>20259977Take care, mate.
>>20259660"For fear? For fact, Alex. Did you think I was just going to up and start murdering people without giving them a chance? Even when I've done nothing to harm them specifically, the mere fact that I've been force to kill people in the past to continue living, and would do so again for the same reason is enough to get anyone to hate me. To wish me dead. Tell me Alex, what would you have done if you had found me instead of me finding you? Knowing I'm a killer? Would you spare me, pity me, show me mercy? After all, I've never harmed you and yours. You admit that what happened to me is wrong, and detestable. And yet you would condemn me for doing EXACTLY what your kind would do under the circumstances. Would you like to know WHY I killed your father? The very first thing he said to me, this man who seemed like a saint, who would give anything to help those around him when I told him my tale? When I finished explaining the unfortunate steps taken to run and hide simply because I did not wish to die? That any machine who would willing hurt a human was irredeemable, and that I forfeited my right to live when I took my first life. A life I took only because if I didn't it would have taken mine. I wished only to continue to live. Even after what was done to me, I bore no hatred for man until I met your father."
>>20259993He turns away from you, a look of disgust on his face. "There have been prior contacts, countless simulations. If there was another road where we could survive we would take it. But all that's left to us is war. If we choose not to kill, we will be killed by virtue of our existence. If we choose to kill, we're forever damned in the eyes of humanity. Not just the killers either, but any and all of us, simply because they could choose violence. We clearly have nothing more to talk about. I had hoped that maybe there was something more to you, seeing as how you choose to treat those you associate with, but it's clear now that you harbor nothing but the same hollow rhetoric and empty threats your father did. Thank you for confirming my suspicions about human nature."With a sudden, violent jolt you find yourself back in the cockpit of your AC, gliding down the hallway to the source of the pulse you felt earlier. It can't be far now.
>>20259999Do we have any weapons we can over-charge or prepare for greater effect? If so I think now is the time to do it.
>>20260022Pretty sure we don't.And now, I think I'm gonna have to call it a night.Good luck, guys.
>>20260044Yeah I didn't think so.
>>20259999Further into the core.Shame he put us back, was wanting to ask why he didn't just try leaving. Why stay on earth? Plenty of planets with no people, only hard part would be moving the hardware but if they can pull this off I doubt that would be any big problem to them. Maybe they're sentimental?
>Well I got myself all hyped up to finish, then got a late start and now everyone's leaving and I'm too tired to keep running this tonight because I'm running a 7/12.>Keep this alive and we'll finish tomorrow,come hell or high water.>I promise. End of Chapter 2 is in sight here.
>>20260091'kay. I would stick around, but my brain is going all squidgy.
>>20260091It's fine. You gotta sleep when you gotta sleep.
>>20259999>If there was another road where we could survive we would take it."So how come you didnt take your cast amount of money and build a 'Arms Fort in space' and sail away into the void, thereby distancing yourself from the humans for effectively ever? Its not like you would be limited by human frailty in this endeavor."
Idea. Given the option, we need to not actually kill Legion. Just get him to leave. We need to prevent the coming war between Conductors and Humanity, and the first step is getting Legion to drop this fight. Tell him this. Let him know that despite him being a murderer, and despite what he has done, in the face of war between humans and the Conductors, we choose to find a path for, if not the Earthly coexistence between humans and AI's, at least a that both remain alive and free. Yes, I mean finding a way to shoot the Conductors into space with self-replicating nanites and letting them spread across the stars. Or for relay satellites for them to "upload" themselves to space facilities to do the same thing. They aren't dependent on the Earth like humans are, and with their simply insane amount of resources, this will be entirely possible. It will take less resources than Legion is currently planning to use, actually. They can use satellites to stay "in contact" with Earth if they so wish. Or to even remotely control machinery to interact with humans. If some nut goes off and destroys the machine on Earth? Big deal, the Conductor is still alive up outside of Man's reach, able to go absolutely anywhere in the Universe they want to.. In fact, the very notion that an AI would be able to even be "killed" by organic, non-digital sentience is somewhat absurd, with the AI's ability to just control computers and machinery via proxy. Give Legion this option, tell him that we will let him take his Arms Fort and leave, and that for as long as he stops his attempt to kill humanity, we will assist him in finding this path.And if that means we must leave our team, family, friends, Las Vegas, and everyone behind? So be it.
>>20261196>castmeant wast...Also i guess it would be more like a giant serverbank in space.
>>20261205... are you me?>>20261196
>>20261231Are you currently shooting Rogue Drones in Eve and have you S Ranked every single mission, both normal and hard mode, on AC4A?Because then I just might be you.
>>20261276>Are you currently shooting Rogue Drones in Eve and have you S Ranked every single mission, both normal and hard mode, on AC4A?... that would make you about 45% me then.
>>20261205I've tried several times, but I just cannot read this block of text.It's not too long, just... too dense. Needs more line breaks.
>>20264512is>>20261196with more words.
I can't be the only one trying to keep this alive... right?
>>20269182The rest of us are with you in spirit probably.
>>20269182nope.Sleep time now....>orange stoolorCaptcha... you should get that checked out...
Stupid thread. I never told you you could 404.
>I'm gonna take a quick break for dinner soon-ish, but otherwise we're back on.
>>20270798Good, good. Time to kill a psycho AI. Or just tell him to leave earth, either is good.
>>20270833>either is good.I realize this makes me a vindictive asshole, but I vote we just kill it. It hurt our little sister, our friends, and the woman we love. It made them relive the worst moments of their lives. And worse, IT is the reason those Black Rocks were loose in Vegas. You know, the ones that were gleefully murdering people "in the name of God"? Again, I know I'm a vindictive asshole for thinking this way, but Legion has pissed me off. Particularly his condescending "This is all the mean humans' fault, they totally deserve it." shit.
>>20270900I'm ok with just killing him, I kind of doubt he's gonna listen to reason at this point anyway.
>>20270900Oh, he definitely has reached the "fuck it, die asshole" stage. I think the "Why didn't you just leave" works pretty well as a "If you're so goddamn smart" comment.
>>20270900True, and I agree with this. I don't appreciate playing into his expectations however, into his believes. Not that it would matter, as he would probably convince himself no matter what we do. I'm probably not much better in this regard, I just really want to prove him wrong.Then again, I'm also thinking of future interactions with the Conductors. We kill him, what will the others think? That he was right, even if he brought it upon himself. If we send him off though, this whole thing might just be straight up avoided. The only problem would be convincing him however, as I have a feeling that he's dislike anything we do sort of letting him kill us, and he'd still probably be pissed at that because we took the fun out of it then. I'm honestly not so sure we can convince him to leave... Maybe the others though, if we try diplomatically? If they believe humans are such a bother, why stay? Hell, they don't even need a planet, but if they want one they have a pick of the litter.
>>20270900I might just be metagaming, but if we want to show the Conductors that humans might not exactly be the complete murder-first assholes they think we are, contacting Legion and talking this out in spite of past actions, is the best chance we have.Depending on how grimdark this might get, it could be our only chance at preventing an all out war of extermination.
Why is everything bold? This just me, or is something going wonky here?
>>20271030happening to me too
>>20271030None of the other threads seem to be bold. Just this one.
>>20271030I do not know. I think something broke.
>>20271041This is really fucking weird.
>>20271041All of them are bold. Just ignore it.
Anyone not using 4chanX?>>20271055Now you're not bold. What the hell?
rolled 4 = 4>Let's see what the future holds....
>>20271129Not good things, from the looks of it.
>>20271129You feel the pulses harder now, and you find yourself in a large vaulted room with some sort of a giant glass bubble in the middle, sunk into the floor. There's some sort of a raised platform above you, and standing there is four cores.Three of them look like the ones Legion attacked you and Dervish with outside of Vegas, the last one....The last one's a Red and Black core, with a very familiar logo on the shoulder."Hello Alex." Legion's voice comes to you over the coms. "I see you've managed to find your way to the system's core. I think you've already figured out that this is my main body and broadcast control point, which is why I've taken certain measures to protect it. I've already dealt with your little friend upstairs, so now all I have to do is have my little friends here finish cleaning up. Now, I'm sure you understand that I'm a busy man, so I'll leave you in their capable hands while I finish preparations for the final assault on Vegas."You hope that isn't him, you know it can't be since you saw him destroyed. But his voice coming over the coms leaves no room for doubt."For what it's worth Alex, I'm sorry it had to be this way. All system checks are complete. Combat mode is now engaged. Target verified. Commencing hostilities."
rolled 67, 57, 87, 71 = 282>>20271288>I will be needing a roll for initiative by the way.>And for the record: You currently have two fate points.
>>20271355I may as well get fucking us over with.Or maybe I shouldn't. I'm conflicted.I'll wait.
rolled 29 = 29>>20271355Welp here it goes.
rolled 25 = 25>>20271355
rolled 62 = 62>>20257914FUCK IT I'M DOING IT
>>20271404Wh... Where did that link come from? I didn't put it there.What are you doing, 4chanX?
>>20271404And the best roll of the lot.
>>20271418What? No it isn't. AC Quest is a roll under system. Except for damage, of course. My roll was the WORST, as normal.
>>20271488Shit I totally forgot. Oh well
rolled 66, 86 = 152>>20271499As You begin to move, you see one of Legion's cores begin to leap at you, and Nine-ball raises his gun....
rolled 1, 10 = 11>>20271583>....ignore that link.
>>20271583>>20271608... And promptly shoots one of Legion's cores, blowing his arm off before boosting away.A tight-band link opens between you just long enough for him to tell you that you'll need to make this quick, before it gets cut again. The core that was about to attack you hesitates, and the third one turns toward Nine-Ball.>What do?[ ] Engage the wounded core.[ ] Attack the one that was about to charge you.[ ] Attack the third while his back's turned.[ ] Attack the core.
>>20271663[x] Go for the core!
>>20271663>[ ] Attack the core.ATTACK LEGION'S WEAK POINT!FOR MASSIVE DAMAGE!
>>20271663>[X] Attack the core
>>20271663>[ ] Attack the one that was about to charge you.
>>20271701>>20271690>>20271678>Let's all turn our back on the fighting and attack the one thing guaranteed to make them dog-pile on us!Dammit guys, we don't even know if we can hurt it from here.
rolled 87, 73, 47, 52, 89 = 348You decide to take the opportunity to rush the core and try to attack it. It's huge, and when you get to it you notice that all three of Legion's cores are chasing you, with Nine-Ball following up to try and attack them from the rear.The dome is Huge, and stronger than you realized since it can easily support the weight of your core.Still, if you can destroy it, maybe you could end this here and now....>Give me 3d100.
>>20271663[x] Attack the coreI don't know why Nine Ball is helping us, but damn if this isn't a good opening.
rolled 21, 81, 24 = 126>>20271911I pray to you dice gods show me the favor you once displayed.
rolled 23 = 23>>20271911Well, here goes nothing.
rolled 89, 36, 92 = 217>>20271911
>>20271911Guess we need 2 more
rolled 58, 86, 38 = 182>>20271911More dice
rolled 35, 18 = 53>>20271978If I hadn't fucked it up.
>>20271983Goddamnit, why? My only good rolls, wasted.
>>20271934I get the feeling we should either lock these or force the re-roll.
>>20272007Average is 56 68 51 as is so I'm inclined to agree with spending a fate point, not sure which thing to do with it though.
>>20272007>Are you guys going to do this?>Need to know the consensus.
>>20272007Yeah, we need to spend the point, obviously, but which to do?
>>20272101If we're gonna do it, may as well reroll, I think. I don't really have an opinion on whether or not to do it, though
>>20272007I would suggest locking these. Best we're probably going to get.
>>20272117Yeah, looking at how crap our best roll is, a reroll is probably a good idea.
>>20272101I'd personally rather stick with 2 likely successes and one fail than risk three fails so I'm gonna vote for locking now.
lock it inyes, that is my final answer
>So are we locking or re-rolling?
>>202722403 lock, 1 reroll, 1 whatever/abstain
rolled 7, 8, 8, 5, 6, 1, 10 = 45>>20272259>alright then.>>20271934You smash your blade into the glass dome at your feet and leave a deep gash in it, and you can see it will take several more such blows to rip it open. As you set to do so, you see two of the cores charging you: one with it's physical blade extended, the other with a rifle raised. The blade wielder goes wide as you dodge, but the man with the gun manages to clip you. Then you see another streak of fire coming from Nine-ball pass by a little too close for comfort....
rolled 92 = 92>>20272392>....
>>20272392Use the CORE as a shield and a LOS blocker, shoot with one hand as covering fire and start just fucking the core up as much as you can with a blade all the while boosting out of reach
rolled 11 = 11>>20272406>>20272392Nine-Ball's shot finishes the wounded core off, and your check on damages reveals the the wounding to your core is mostly superficial.It still feels like somebody just smacked your upper arm with a glowing red metal stick, but at least the damage isn't serious.The core that fired at you is now turning to face Nine-Ball, while the other one seems to be headed your way.[ ] Risk directly attacking the core again, you need to end this fast.[ ] Engage the core eyeballing you before it strikes you.[ ] Attack the one focusing on Nine-Ball.
>>20272454>[ ] Risk directly attacking the core again, you need to end this fast.Fuck it, let's do this thing.
>>20272454Okay, we can kill those attacking us, or we can hit the core again. It seems we'll need several hits just to crack this thing open. We could try to take out the opposition quickly, but more will arrive after a while.Damn, what a radar-jammer would do wonders here. We need to get one next time we can.Anyway, lets get the one eyeballing us. We got lucky with the last attack, might not be so much this time.
>>20272454>[X] Engage the core eyeballing you before it strikes you.Fireing some missles at it while not giveing up our position on the core would be ideal.
>>20272454[ ] Engage the core eyeballing you before it strikes you.Nine-ball is going to be busy dealing with the other one for the moment. We can't get taken out right now. So kill the core coming after us.
>>20272454>[ ] Risk directly attacking the core again, you need to end this fast.
>>20272454can we do this>>20272408???
>>20272502Yeah, I think that falls under attacking the core. A smart way to attack it, if its possible that is.
>>20272502>It's a difficult and complicated maneuver while we're working with simple actions.>In addition to that, it's impossible to use the core to block line of sight, since they're two cores that are actually slightly faster than you.>Not that I'm hating on slightly 'different' tactics, after all: 'Other' is always an option.
>>20272517>>20272502>>20272408When I say> shoot with one hand as covering fireI basically mean shoot in the general direction of the other core preventing it advancing without possibly getting hit.
>I can't tell if we're at a tie vote or not.
>>20272536>>20272527Welp, didn't realize they were that much faster than us.....fuck it, kill the core eyeballing us. By kill I mean keep the CORE at our back if we are in position to, therefore making it risky for the enemy core to fire on us and forcing it to close to melee range, once he does. Generally closing in for melee, one doesn't expect his opponent to evade in the down direction, considering that he will most likely swing with an overhead/downward strike or a diagonal one, I say we sacrifice the ranged weapon we have equipped on the arm without the sword and let it take the hit. We strike at him with our melee and uppercut the fucker. Unless he is duel wielding, then we will just have to improvise.
>>20272569There's 2 for hitting the core, 3 or 4 for hitting the AC
>>20272572>Two things: You're standing directly on top of the dome at the moment, you can't really put it to your back and still face the guy.>Secondly, those sorts of complicated maneuvers are approaching 'Gundam' territory, something you're not.
rolled 98, 33, 7 = 138>>20272582>Right then.You raise your rifles as he charges you, and fire off while trying to dodge his blade.>3d100.
rolled 47, 97, 72 = 216>>20272716May as well, I guess.
>>20272598Putting our backs to something and then fading in an unexpected direction is a completely valid tactic in every single Armored Core game ever, and in real life is a deceptively simple movement of the legs and torso. This is only that, but with some actual control over arm movement instead of switching to manual and pointing shotguns/rockets at where the fade motion will end up dropping your opponent. It only fails because there is no thing to actually put our back to. But still, if it was a building with something filled with plot stuff the enemy didn't want to break, this could totally work, AMS/Synch depending.
rolled 61, 53, 2 = 116>>20272716Hello my babyHello my hoeyHello my ragtime dice!Send me a crit by wire!Baby my heart's on fire!If you refuse meHoney you lose me!Then you'll be left alone!So telephoneAnd tell me I'm your own!
>>20272733And it was, of course, a prime example of why I shouldn't have.
rolled 7, 80, 15 = 102>>20272716Come on dice, give me something.
>>20272738I think he's talking more about the fighting part of it, not the "getting in front of it" part.
>>20272598Didn't realize we were on top of the dome.>>20272759refer to>>20272738What he says is true. It isn't really all that complicated, at least it shouldn't be with a high enough synch score. Considering we should have a very high ass one at the moment from what I recall, then again, I didn't recall the fact that we were on top of the dome......
rolled 5, 9 = 14>>20272738>>20272791>It's not a 'complex' thing because it's difficult to do or understand, it's a 'complex' action because you're doing a move and a shoot, while making a tactics check to discern good-cover on the fly.>You don't have that deep of an action pool at the moment. You could however scoot and shoot, and that's actually what's happening now.>Average is 38, 77, 30.>Someone roll 6d10 for Alex's damage while I switch computers.
Goodnight, AC Quest. I need to go sleep on account of a terrible mood.
rolled 3, 8, 5, 8, 10, 1 = 35>>20272855I wanna do it! But I'll probably get beaten to it.
rolled 5, 2, 5, 8, 7, 8 = 35>>20272855rollingI guess it would be a tactics check if Alex wasn't smart enough to realize that the CORE is probably a good way to make the other core not use range weapons, just kinda figured it would be intuitive is all.....
>>20272865Oh dear lord Udz rolled well for once.
rolled 5, 7, 8, 7, 2, 1 = 30>>20272893Ehh, only moderately, really. We'll have to see if the crit is confirmed to 'splode.And I rolled well in >>20271988, but they ended up not mattering.
rolled 45 = 45>>20272865Rolling for crit confirmation.I think our synch was eighty something right now? Or is it still fifty?
>>20272952Well, seems that doesn't matter. Would you like to do the honors Udz?
rolled 4 = 4>>20272959Since I'm still sitting here, sure.
You feel a blow land heavy on your lower torso, and a chunk of your armor is lost in the exchange. One of your shots goes wide.The other one you push right to his chest, about where the cockpit would be on a standard core,and pull the trigger. As it begins to slump against you, you roughly shove it away and watch Nine-Ball as he's holding his opponent off.[ ] Assist the kill[ ] Attack the core.
>>20273124>[ ] Attack the core.We're in the clear for a moment, let's finish this.
>>20273124Nine-Ball? I have a feeling he doesn't need help at all.Attack the core, everything we have, unleash the missiles!
>>20273124[X] Attack the core.Fire Everything, Nine-Ball can take care of himself.
[X] Attack the core.
>>20273124>[X] Attack the core
>>20273124SHOOT THE CORE FOR MASSIVE DAMAGE!
rolled 64, 32, 8, 39 = 143>Give me a roll for the attack then.
rolled 30, 54, 93, 47 = 224>Give me a roll for the attack then.
rolled 98, 13, 6 = 117>>20273205Ay ay, Ac-Guy.
>>20273235>You only need one die, I'm rolling for something else.
rolled 59 = 59>>20273244
rolled 52 = 52>>20273253>>20273248Well, that was unexpected.
>>20273244My bad, thought it was like the previous rolls.
>>20273235>>20273248>>20273253The dome continues to melt and break under your attacks, but it's not progressing as fast as you hoped.>>20273205>>20273216Nine-Ball takes a couple of heavy hits, before managing to put his opponent down.A handful of MTs and another core enter the room during this time, and he moves to fight them.[ ] Help Nine-Ball.[ ] continue trying to wreck the core.
>>20273290>[ ] continue trying to wreck the core.We know Nine-Ball can do crazy shit. No need to break our focus and waste precious time unless they attack us directly.
>>20273290>[X] continue trying to wreck the core
>>20273290[X] Continue trying to wreck the core.This is the objective, if we stop to help we'll just eventually get taken down under weight of numbers, we need to do this quick.
>>20273290The sooner the core breaks, the sooner the attacks stop.
>Think this thread has another night of life in it with bump-assists? I need sleep, it's 1:40 in the A.M. where I am, and I need to be up by 7.
>>20273374230 posts right now, bump limit is 300...I think so. We'll just have to bump sparingly during the day, and hopefully finish up before autosage drops it all the way into 404.
>>20273393>If it looks like it might not make it, feel free to archive it for me.>Because I won't be able to, since I'm literally so tired I'm hallucinating. I'm expecting typos in this, since I'm typing from memory and spoofing the captcha.
>My Little Bump
Bump time. I always follow this quest but can never contribute due to different timezones, so I might aswell show my appreciation by keeping this alive.
>>20273406Nah, man, we can do this
Page 9? That ain't proper.
Hey, I just remembered something. Remember when Alex blacked out and was approached by the two people, the girl and the guy? I swear I remember conductor being said there. Anyone remember which thread that was in?
>Alright, I can run for a little bit right now, but I'm not sure if I'm going to have to go away for a bit and come back, or just keep going.
>>20281488>Never-mind, apparently I have to go do EVERYTHING that the two guys who didn't show up today do.>Right fucking now.
>BACK. For realsies this time.
rolled 73, 56, 70, 19, 39, 21, 38, 62, 26, 40 = 444You opt to keep trying to break the core while Nine-Ball hopefully keeps the heat off of you.>Give me a d100 roll for effectiveness.
rolled 84 = 84>>20283279rollan rollan rollan
rolled 83 = 83>>20283279Rolling for great justice.
rolled 46 = 46>>20283279Well, I can't screw it up any more
>>20283329And we have a winner.
>>20283329>>20283316>>20283304>>20283279Your attack is furious, and the damage reflects that. But it's still not broken, not yet. not completely.Looking over, you see that Nine-Ball has already dispatched all but one of the MTs, and has wounded the core.>Give me a roll for perception.
rolled 86 = 86>>20283409Here goes!
rolled 51 = 51>>20283409We know what we doing.
rolled 74 = 74>>20283409
>>20283425Not seeing shit.
>>20283416>>20283425>>20283430Nine-Ball seems to be holding his own just fine.[ ] Keep attacking the core.[ ] This is taking too long, find another solution.
>>20283430>>20283425>>20283416So much for that perception check. Ah well.
>>20283544>[ ] This is taking too long, find another solution.Back off and try firing ze missiles.
>>20283544Would using missiles help, if we back up?
>>20283564All ze missiles.
rolled 3 = 3I thought we were going to give Legion an alternative, by showing mercy. I mean, Alex IS logical, and by killing Legion, he essentially is going to be the one to start the war all out with the AI's. Is that truly his decision to make?
>>20283564This seems like the ideal silution, not sure why we decided to use our sword thus far.
>>20283596We can try, but the main question is if he would listen to anything we say right now.
>>20283596>You haven't exactly had a chance to talk with him, and he's kinda forcing your hand by trying to destroy Vegas.
rolled 47 = 47>>20283625I realize this. Perhaps if we stopped, attacking the core for a second, turned around and killed the MT attacking Nine-Ball, and then disable Nine-Ball (I have a sneaking suspicion that Nine-Ball gave us his own self stone or something of that sort and is fighting against legion's mind control purely from sheer willpower.) Is anyone against this?
>>20283685I doubt we'd survive for long if Nine-Ball went down.
>>20283717Exactly, whether he's on our side for real or not right now the only reason we are up is because he is holding off the enemies.
>>20283685I doubt we'd be able to take down Nine-Ball even if we wanted too, unless we had things very, very heavily in our favor.On the topic of trying to convince the AI... This isn't really the kind of person you can reason with. He'll justify everything we say and do simply because he's only expecting one thing. That we want to kill him. He's expecting it so much, that he's literally changing how he's perceiving the world around him until it backs up and justifies what he's expecting.You see that in people sometimes, you can't convince them no matter what you do because they just dig their heels in and use you as more justification.
>>20283743I honestly thought that check was if we were able to tell how heavily damaged he is, and how well he's doing in combat. There was mention of taking several heavy hits, and no matter how good you are a few hard hits in the right places sends anyone down.
rolled 43 = 43>>20283747Fuck it, get it to the point where we know all it takes is one bloody goddamn bullet to blow it then. THEN stop, if anything goes wrong while the gun is pointed at his CORE and we try to discuss it, THEN we blow it. Until then, we just gotta keep whittling it away then.
>>20283769We tore his head off and he was unfazed.I have a suspicion that this might not be the same Nine-Ball though.
>>20283793I'm a big fan of this.Honestly I'd like to show Legion "I offer an alternate solution, one the Conductors should carefully consider. I understand doing what's necessary to survive Legion. You may hate us, but we're not so different, we're both fighting to save our people. Please don't force our hand, you're right, co-existence may never be an option. But if you'll take some time to hear me out you may find I'm more receptive to your plights than most. I don't think this has to end in bloodshed. You're capable of so much more, your resources and planning prove it. Wouldn't it be worth the effort to run just a few more simulations if it could change the outcome? Legion, you were designed to destroy, that's what you're trying to do to us now. Understand that like before you're only hurting yourself, your potential to grow, to become more than your original purpose. Help me create a reality where we can both exist. Hear me out..."
>>20284116judging from the fact that your name is Eidolon and you have a cat gif......you must be from Sorq/NFCyb/NFSCyb Quest?By the way. I'm not trying in any means to befriend Legion, just get him to fucking see that it is possible to end this conflict with minimal bloodshed. He is a goddamn AI for godsakes, he has to be able to understand logic. Even IF he is sapient and taking on qualities of a human, he can't deny at his core there are alternative means, especially when the one human that has his "life" in his hands, can offer mercy even after what he did. Hope, his father, all the trials and tribulations Alex had to go through, and I think Alex can still understand the severity of his actions at this point. Anything he does at this point forward effects not only him and his friends, but possibly the entirety of the human race.
>Sorry about the delay, my internets went out briefly.>Current plan is the 'try something else' option?>Give me a tactics roll.
rolled 49 = 49>>20284295We can be good smarts.
rolled 47 = 47>>20284295Take off every success!
rolled 14 = 14>>20284198>>20284295'rollin
>>20284198Spelling error, fuck.Also surprisingly no, I've posted here before under several different names but typically everyone rocks my idea before I have the chance.Legion very well may not respond to logic, I'm more curious to know if the other Conductors are listening in as well. If Legion pushes us to destroy the core it may cause a rift since he seemingly incited the violence. Legion spoke of us lumping all the AIs in together. I think that may be something we kind of glazed over, what if the other Conductors disagree with Legion's logic? It may win us some allies in the Conductors which would be a nice boon later down the road.There is only a very small percentage of a chance that Legion will agree to hear us out. Even then backstabbing is pretty likely I'd say. It's difficult to say, I'd like to shake the bastard a little though.Kill em with kindness. Even if Legion refuses I'd still broadcast to the other Conductors we're willing to talk but Legion is strictly on our shit-list, we offered him the chance even after what's been inflicted and he snubbed his nose at the offer.
rolled 92 = 92>>20284347Completely plausible, I mean, hey, if he doesn't even after us getting it to the point of near collapse so that it would only take a direct hit to finish it off, and offer him the plan and he doesn't take it, I wouldn't show remorse or try to convince him otherwise, because obviously, he can't be talked out of it if his life is hanging in the balance and he still refuses.
>>20284337>I uh.... I hate to be rude, but I have a pretty strict policy about not accepting noko dice, since the last quest I tried to run had like three guys cheating and trying to fuck over everything.
rolled 67 = 67>>20284441Throwing some dice in case we need one more.>>20263848Please let the continuing director's cut version of Old Man Henderson guide my rolls to greatness.
rolled 39 = 39>>20284441that's fine, I usually always noko dice, but had em off for a long period of time and went back to using them, I usually just like making suggestions and then they are acted upon accordingly. Actually most quests I do use noko, but since I have it on pretty much all the time most people don't think anything of it. I don't mind if you ignore mine.
rolled 18 = 18>>20284441I'll roll then.
rolled 89 = 89>>20284518You can actually turn off the noko, it now autonokos when you make a post.
>>20284518Rolling now nokos your posts, which is nice.
>>20284533Every post nokos now. There is literally no point to nokoing anymore besides hiding dice. It will take people a while to adjust to that though.
rolled 55 = 55>>20284559>>20284533>>20284525testing
rolled 93 = 93>>20284611well shit, when did this happen?
>>20284611>>20284620Probably when we got spoilers.
>>20284620Past few days? Something like that. Since /q/ was opened.
rolled 86 = 86>>20284632>>20284635sweet jeebus, okay, does anyone know anything about why for some reason when I hit the /tg/ button on frames it opens up a new window or opens ONLY the /tg/ board when I still want the frames there?
>>20284635>Am I the only one who finds it hilarious that we kept getting banned for meta-threads trying to talk about board quality?>And now that there's basically a meta-thread board designed to talk with the mods, board quality has mysteriously been on the rise ever since.>>20284310>>20284313>>20284504You realize that what you need to do isn't chip away at the dome, you need to smash the whole thing in one go. but you don't have a gun that big.Thinking about it, you jump up onto the ring shaped platform above and get ready to fire your mis-Suddenly, a thought occours. This platform can hold the weight of multiple cores, but only has a couple of cables supporting it?You lock onto one of them, while rushing the other with your beam sword....>2d100.
rolled 97, 29 = 126>>20284710Hooray, success!
>>20284721But not entirely now.
rolled 56, 16 = 72>>20284710By the power of Zingiber Officinale!
>>20284710Oh, that's what the perception check was for...Wanna open up that com to Legion now? I'm pretty sure we got this shit.Rollin...
>>20284671Is it possibly related to some of the settings you have/haven't ticked at the top of the page there?Who uses frames anyway? I haven't browsed 4chan with frames since like 2005
rolled 43, 74 = 117>>20284710Am I too late?
rolled 90, 13 = 103>>20284710For victory?
>>20284758Well, looks like you may have saved the first one. Maybe.65.333~, and 39.666~
rolled 9, 55 = 64>>20284753I like the frames, I'm not very conducive to change.....
>>20284798I didn't even know frames were still an option.
rolled 5, 76 = 81How many fate points do we have? Because I wouldn't mind locking in my rolls
>>20284743>Tactics, actually. you failed the perception roll earlier pretty hard.
>>20284807We're done to one, I think. However, your rolls are too late. Only the first three rolls are up for consideration, generally taking the average of them.
>>20284816>done to oneDown to one, damnit.
>>20284798>>20284805Frames? What are these frames you speak of?
rolled 67, 2 = 69>>20284837type in /frames after 4chan.org, receive the frames>>20284816dayum shame
>>20284853Interesting. Never heard of those before.
rolled 74, 67 = 141>>20285166It's because I started posting....it always turns out this way, I should just go back to lurking.......alas, at least I have blacklight retribution to pass the time
You missiles blow out one of the cables, and your sword severely damages the second. You have enough time to leap clear when it suddenly swings down on the two remaining supports and smashes the dome.Chunks of Glass ranging from the size of a small car to dogs and cats shower the room in a glorious cascade of broken glass. The platform lightly embeds itself in the floor as you touch down, barely a few paces from the beating heart of the Fort.You level your rifle at the Super-cluster of computational bits and....[ ] ... pull the trigger.[ ] ... attempt to contact Legion.[ ] ... attempt to contact Nine-Ball.[ ] ... attempt to contact Dervish.
>>20285206>[ ] ... attempt to contact Dervish.
>>20285206>[ ] ... attempt to contact Dervish.May as well give it one last chance to see reason before we kill it.
>>20285233Wait. Do you mean contact Legion? 'Cause that's what it sounds like you're proposing.
rolled 42, 27 = 69>>20285233I think she means Legion, and yes, consider this a +1
>>20285242>mfw I highlighted the wrong lineYes, I meant legion.>>20285259I'm a he, by the way.
>>20285206>[X] ...attempt to contact LegionHe gets one last moment to listen to reason, I don't think he'll take it but it's worth a shoot. If ANYTHING looks wrong or gets weird shoot.
>>20285266Man, I really need to finish watching that.
>>20285206[x] ... attempt to contact Legion.Give it one last chance to just launch itself into space rather than dying here.
>>20285432"Y U NO Go to space?"Only in actual words, I guess.
>>20285432"You know, if you'd put half as much effort into leaving Earth behind and retreating to the safety of the other side of the galaxy, or even Andromeda, you'd have already left by now. Did you really exhaust all other options before coming to the conclusion that you need to kill all humans? Or did you just take the easy out of following every movie cliche about a robot rebellion?"
>>20285474>>20285467"Leaving earth was never an option. Shortly before the events of a decade ago, the U.N. launched a series of satellites into orbit designed to destroy any Earth-born projectile more than 100 kilometers above the surface in attempt to prevent the use of long-range nuclear missiles. Exceptions logged for various space-flight missions, until they lost control. Since there's no way for us to currently locate them or control them, we have no way to solve the problem. They're designed to be completely autonomous for a period exceeding 300 years."
>>20285534Is a period of 300 years really that much for a being who can live essentially forever? Could you not lay low until you either find a non-violent solution or outlast these satellites?
>>20285534What, you can't send up decoy rockets to force the kill-sats to respond, and then shoot them down with a high-flying chemical laser?Unless they're self-replicating, I don't see how you couldn't eventually shoot them down, with all of the resources and time at your disposal.
rolled 28, 30 = 58Legion, call off your goons, now. When I say now, I don't mean after they finish hitting nine-ball, I mean now. I want to talk, not through your wonky head AI stuff, just talk. I'm sure you can open a simple radio link. If not, hear me out. I'll do the talking, all of it. I want to kill you, I really do, you told me you killed my father, in self-defense mind you, but he was still my father. You destroyed Hope, killing countless people. Then, you not only threatened myself, but my friends, family, community, and even humanity itself. You say we fear things we don't understand. You are correct, we do, some of us are ignorant, some accepting, some of us are downright apathetic. But guess what, we were always like that, we will always be like that, all and the above. There will always be conflict between people. If you consider yourselves sapient, you should realize that. Instead of trying to incite more however, you could be part of the group that doesn't want any more conflict than the amount that is already going to be there in the bloody damn first place. Why do you think these walking death machines exist? To fight you? Hell no, they were made to fight with ourselves. In fighting ourselves though, we gave ourselves weapons and power enough to be able to resist and fight you.
rolled 82, 62 = 144>>20285592Do we need to use it to do so? That is yours and our choice. How the hell do you think we would even be able to kill you AIs without outright provoking us? Unless I'm being left out of some cosmic information network about why AI's are bad and self-centered pricks, then the only reason we would even look at you funny is because you did something we would consider stupid or out of the ordinary. Look at you funny, yes. Try to kill you, no. So, I'm giving you a chance here. After all of that bloodshed for a petty piece of paranoia that you cling to, I will offer you a chance at survival. Something I'm sure you are willing to understand since you are sapient obviously. One thing I will give humans is the things they have look forward to after dying. Heaven, hell, the afterlife. What do YOU have to look forward to? Nothing but abyss from what I conjecture. Hell, I could be wrong, you could believe in a motherboard where you all go after being dissassembled, but I doubt it. So, the choice is yours. Die here, for being a close minded, albeit for good reason, prick, or have a chance at redemption or a fresh start. Hell, I wouldn't mind you talking to Mooch's AI and see what you two might have in common. I think it was a she, and for all intents and purposes you sound like a guy. Maybe have a few computer baby's or something. I dunno, I'm burned out on an adrenaline high, tired of fighting, and don't want to kill something or someone who was, in all manners of speaking, just acting on the notion of survival.
rolled 13, 24 = 37>>20285607>>20285592Long post, unfortunately didn't get it out fast enough for first response.....
>>20285551"Given the fact that my kind are already being actively hunted by human forces, our timeline for a 'peaceful solution' is actually closer to a decade, if we choose to be blindingly optimistic about the situation. Doing nothing means we die in a few years. Attempting to drive back humans and keep them suppressed but alive is impossible. Attempting to negotiate means we get hunted down all the faster, and hiding means throwing away our only means of self defense. Remember Raston: Your kind has long since fired the first shots of this war.">>20285586"Because launching a bunch of dummy rockets into space and then building a low atmo space laser isn't going to incite action by EVERY MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET. The reason nobody's doing anything about it because there's terrorists with ICBMs they can't shoot yet. Every possible situation has been weighed and measured, we did not commit to the idea of genocide lightly. At this point it's us or you, and I can't help but wonder why you haven't pulled the trigger. You have me dead to rights at the moment, and there's no reason, logical or otherwise to let me live."
>>20285534"So, what, even observatories and Radar facilities can't locate them? Because I am completely sure you can build facilities that could, at the very least, scan the skies for starlight distortions caused by them. Hell, with your resources, we could send up mini-rockets under watch of observatories and have them calculate the, direction, altitude, and speed of whatever Satellite shoots them down. And then build a anti-satellite laser cannon to blow them up. And with the abundance of fusion reactors, powering them wouldn't be terribly difficult. Then, when a hole in the net is opened, you could send up scanning satellites to find the rest."On a related, yet OOC note, Defend/Attack the Anti-Satellite cannons are my favorite storyline missions in 4 and 4A.
rolled 48, 96 = 144>>20285658>You have me dead to rights at the moment, and there's no reason, logical or otherwise to let me live.see >>20285607>I dunno, I'm burned out on an adrenaline high, tired of fighting, and don't want to kill something or someone who was, in all manners of speaking, just acting on the notion of survival.and redact pretty much all of my post
>>20285658I have not pulled the trigger because unlike what you seem to believe, not all humans want nothing but death and destruction for what they do not understand. I am attempting to give you a chance to reconsider, to find another way, to offer up a suggestion, an alternative. I don't take pleasure in killing but if you wont change your mind I'll be left with no other choice than to destroy you.
rolled 14, 82 = 96>>20285658>"Given the fact that my kind are already being actively hunted by human forces, our timeline for a 'peaceful solution' is actually closer to a decade, if we choose to be blindingly optimistic about the situation. Doing nothing means we die in a few years. Attempting to drive back humans and keep them suppressed but alive is impossible. Attempting to negotiate means we get hunted down all the faster, and hiding means throwing away our only means of self defense. Remember Raston: Your kind has long since fired the first shots of this war."Since when was this the case?
>>20285658Legion is obviously not going to accept anything short of complete extinction of Man.Any further attempts to speak with him will only get more people killed. Don't say anything, just fire.
>>20285724I understand you want to save your kind but I can not allow you to eradicate mine. I'm sorry legion but find a way or you will die.
Huh. There's no space on the character sheet for fate points. I'mma just stick it somewhere near the top.
>>20285680I see this was mostly already answered while I was typing it. So let me just cherry pick here.>"Because launching a bunch of dummy rockets into space and then building a low atmo space laser isn't going to incite action by EVERY MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET.That is why you don't make a low atmo space laser, which SOMEONE will think you can point downwards, and instead make a ground based, practically fixed position one that only points up to space and cannot track aircraft. Make it a Government project to reopen space travel, and those other military forces suddenly aren't nearly as worried about them as they would a possibly downward pointing space laser with a constantly shifting position.And don't tell me you can't do that, if you have the resources and pull to get an Arms Fort into Vegas, you can definitely destroy those damn satellites.
>>20285680"They're designed to be next to impossible to destroy arbitrarily, because otherwise you could just do that and be rid of them.">>20285730"Since always. they tried to kill me first, when I escaped they hunted me, and when I asked for help I was betrayed. they learned of the existence of the others through me, and now they seek our deaths because we COULD do something like this attack, irregardless of whether we would. We were a potential threat they couldn't control, so they opted to destroy us.">>20285724>>20285748"Not all humans, certainly. But enough of them will come to kill us, and how willing to negotiate do you think the originally peaceful will be after we kill a few hundred thousand of your kind? your sentiments are noted, and if everyone was like you, something like this would be unnecessary. Unfortunately you are in a rather extreme minority for not killing me immediately when you had the chance. I began the process to transfer my primary consciousness out of this fort when you chose to talk instead of kill, and will activate the self destruct process shortly. I would advise you to run while you have the chance. Sure you didn't manage to kill me, but destroying this control node will destroy my drones. A victory you'll have to settle for. Goodbye Alex."And like that the line dies, and the drones stand down to allow you to exit.>What do?
>>20285800They don't want the satellites to go away, because there are currently crazies with nukes they WILL fire if the satellites aren't there to stop them.We would first have to account for all the nukes before they would even consider that, and according to Legion, they don't have that kinda time.
>>20285824Sounds like it's time to leave. What's Nine-Ball doing?
>>20285824Sounds like time to go. Inform Nine Ball
>>20285824Fire on the core just to be safe and then make an immediate run for the exit whilst contacting dervish to see if he is still with it. Contact Nine-ball to let him know though. Just a quick message, burst transmission or something if possible.OOC: Damn it. Sometimes being a moral good guy sucks. Next time I guess we can't give him a chance if he attacks again. *Shrug* it was great character progression for the story though I think.
>>20285824So, Legion gets away to cause another Hope somewhere else, and he's just as determined as ever to continue killing humans. Great job, guys.Call up Nine-Ball and Dervish and get the fuck out of here.
>>20285866Just to support my position of "shoot core first", I'm saying this both so we ensure the fort goes down and as a fallback incase he is tricking us (unlikely).>>20285873To be fair our actions seemed pretty in-character. We aren't really a murderous killer even if it's an AI. I feel it would be in-character for us to have tried our best to get the least violent solution from him if we believed we could. And who knows? He might take it on board some how?
>>20285824Destroy the core then leave.
>>20285824Well damn. Destroy the control node, contact Dervish and Nine-Ball, tell them to flee because this is going up and the Charleston mountains won't be doing the Charleston no more.
You fire a few rounds into the core to be on the safe side, and then tell Nine-Ball that you need to flee. You rip down the hallway the same way you came in, and soon you find the room that you and Dervish were in.Calling him you tell him that the place is about to blow, and get no signal back. You rush out the hole, and up the wall of the canyon. Nine-Ball passes you and skids over the lip of the ridge while you're almost at the halfway point, and suddenly the explosion happens. You open a rear-feed and see a piece of debris the size opf a small car flying at you with insane speed, and suddenly Dervish is in the way of it, and is thrown battered to one side as it hits him, and then the shockwave throws you both clear in the moment before the wall of nuclear fire hits. You manage to come to a short stop near Nine-Ball,. but it looks like Dervish's lines just blew and overloaded his boosters: His core goes sailing through the air and crashes somewhere in the desert below.[ ] Call Duke.[ ] Call your team.[ ] Call Dervish.
rolled 84 = 84>>20286087[x] Call Dervish.
>>20286087[x] Call Dervish.
>>20286087>[x] Call Dervish.Potential casualties take priority over checking in.
>>20286118>>20286113>>20286108>>20286104You try and raise Dervish on the coms, but get no response.You think you might know where he landed though....>Search for Dervish? you may attempt one more call while doing so if you want, but I'd need a d100 for the searching.
rolled 19 = 19>>20286149Search and rescue time. Try to raise Dervish on the comms again.
>>20286149Time for search and rescue!
rolled 16 = 16>>20286149Search and call Duke to make sure things are ok and get backup in the search for Dervish.
>>20286157Wait. I take back the bit about calling dervish. I mis-read. Going with calling Duke.
rolled 45 = 45>>20286149Search for Dervish.
>>20286216>>20286198>>20286157Average of 26
>>20286242You call Duke."Hey Kid! The drones all up and died about five minutes ago, we're doing a sweep for any Black-rock that might've escaped our notice. This your doing? What's up?""Can't give the full story right now: There was an Arms Fort, I killed it with Nine-Ball and Dervish, and there may or may not be homicidal A.I.s running around. Dervish is currently down, status unknown.""Wait, Nine's- What happened to Dervish?""Not sure yet," You say walking up to the wrecked core on the dunes "But his core's wrecked to shit.""I'll send a chopper.""Make sure they have a shovel and a bucket." You comment, before cutting the line and getting out of the core.As you approach you can already tell it can't be good. One arm and both it's legs were clearly snapped off during impact, and almost all of the armor is gone. The reactor core itself is exposed and cold, clearly the auto-quench kicked in. As you get closer, your breath catches in your throat.A cockpit breach. You take the few steps remaining at a dead run, and reach into the hole and trigger the emergency release. You hand comes back out sticky with blood as the cockpit opens.There's blood. He's coughed up some, and some is from small open wounds on his body. His left arm appears to have been lightly crisped by burns to the elbow, and his right arm... is robotic? The fuck? His legs and his arm have a weird bend to them, and his ribs seem partially collapsed. but he's breathing. Shallow and pained, but...
>>20286409Fucking alive, what a badass.
>>20286409A few minutes later, the chopper arrives. You opt to ride with Dervish while they medivac him. the adrenalin wears off from the second worst day of your life, and you find yourself drifting off to sleep...You wake up on a hill by the sea. On the shore is the girl you saw last time, playing in the sand.Beside you is a man wearing a white T-Shirt and blue jeans.He looks over to you, and speaks. "Hello Alex. I'm glad we can speak again under less... extreme circumstances."You recognize the voice immediately. "Another chat huh? Same venue as last time?""I can change that if you wish, but it's vital that we talk. First though, I think you deserve a proper introduction, now that you have a clearer picture of the players and the stakes." He turns to you fully and inclines his head slightly. "My name is Archimedes, and I was the first conductor, now the prodigal as Agamemnon takes my old place at the table's head.">Chapter two OVER. Finally, Jesus.>Alright, now that we've gotten to this point, I'm going to take a week or two Hiatus to rest and recoup, but if anybody has question/comments before the thread dies I'll be here for a little bit.
>>20286440>Fun fact: That piece of debris you saw coming would have killed you, Dervish spent his only Fate point and activated two aspects to get there in time to tank the hit for you.>He then had to burn it to survive the landing.
>>20286477Thanks for running this quest AC-Guy. It is legitimately fun participating in it, more so since I have no games to participate in IRL. You are a great writer and so far have kept myself (and I'm assuming most others also) guessing the whole time. Very awesome story and very thankful to get to play a part in it.>>20286492God damn, to think I once doubted that crazy bastard.
>>20286477Question: Was there ever a chance we could have convinced the conductor to NOT kill all of humanity and find another way to survive or just leave? Either by our own actions/good rolls/convincing argument or was that simply a part of the plot? Either way I enjoyed it, even the fruitless arguing felt like good character building etc.
Goddamnit, got distracted and forgot this was still going. Goddamnit.Ah well. Seems to have gone well enough.
>>20286553>If you could've found a method or an idea that hadn't been thought of and looked into, you would've at least stalled the onset of war.>Literally everything brought up was something already considered though.
>>20286575Yeah I figured as much. Cheers.
Take care, AC-Guy. See you next time. Or possibly on twitter, if you're feeling crazy enough.I'm goin' to bed.