Gentlemen. I live.I plan on getting a twitter for things like the last few occasions where I had to cancel last minute.Let's run tanks. Archive here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=TW89==“Coilguns, son. Coilguns.”Underneath the camoflauge net unrolled over his Humvee, you look up at General Garrison, who's 'desk' (actually a folding card table) is littered with empty, crumpled paper coffee cups. The dossier in his hand is fresh from group of scientists and defense contractors at General Dynamics, who have been working round the clock dissecting the two 'hellhounds', brand new Soviet tanks with witch integration suites.“Coilguns, sir?”He nods. “Yep. I personally don't have the science for it, but the eggheads say that it's bad news no matter where you look. They're also saying that these things are can throw kinetic penetrators past forty-five hundred feet per second, and have the capability to soft-launch staged ATGMs. That's also on top of a pair of witch integration focii which allows it to throw up that directional shield, it's reactive armor, and a top speed rivaling that of the Abrams. And apparently there's more, some Saudi units reported at least four more running around the desert, working in pairs as hunter-killer teams. They're fucking up my armor advances just about everywhere. The only other one that's gone down has been to some brave son-of-a-bitch with a shotgun and a scimitar.”Garrison takes a drink from a quickly-depleting cup of coffee before dropping the dossier in front of the both of you. He leans back on his chair (Grenade crate) and rests his hands on his upper thighs, reminiscent of the classic samurai pose.1/2
>>236677542/2“So there's that, plus I've got to deal with your unit's losses. Two witches status unknown, two Abrams, one being a catastrophic kill, and four very experienced crewmen. I've heard that replacements are on the way, but there's also apparently a rumor that General Lindsay wants to pull 1 ARSOF out from under me for...something.”You cock an eyebrow. “What would General Lindsay want with us, sir?”He shakes his head. “Dunno, and like I said, it's just a rumor. Don't dwell on it, son, you've got much bigger things to worry about. I'd personally advise that you go make sure your tank's getting yanked back up to speed, but I also couldn't blame you if you wanted to beeline for the hospital.” “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.” “I'll make sure booze hound is good to go. Doc Holliday usually knows what they're doing.” Other.
>>23667761Jesus Christ it's alive> [x] “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”
>>23667761[x] “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”>brave son-of-a-bitch with a shotgun and a scimitarBrave doesn't even begin to describe it. We had 40 tons of steel between them and us and we were still scared shitless.
>>23667761> “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”Fucking coilguns!
>>23667761[x] “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”If worst comes to worst, we can always get a new tank. We can't exactly always get new witches.Also, how did Fatima's unit fare? I hope that one competent Saudi tanker is okay.
>>23667754>brave son-of-a-bitch with a shotgun and a scimitarSometimes you have to love the Saudi's.>>23667761>[x] “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”
A coilgun is a type of projectile accelerator consisting of one or more coils used as electromagnets in the configuration of a linear motor that accelerate a ferromagnetic or conducting projectile to high velocity. In almost all coilgun configurations, the coils and the gun barrel are arranged on a common axis. The name Gauss gun is sometimes used for such devices in reference to Carl Friedrich Gauss, who formulated mathematical descriptions of the magnetic effect used by magnetic accelerators.
OtherBoth. FIrst check in on our ride, then check the girls.
>>23667754>The only other one that's gone down has been to some brave son-of-a-bitch with a shotgun and a scimitar.”Somewhere out there, this brave soul is fighting for his country.
>>23667857I want one on our tank...now
>>23667891We already agreed that our future tank should have railguns.
>>23667891in space americas future my friend...
>>23667930I love how the vanguard looks like a Abrams
>>23668001A lot of sci-fi tanks end up looking like the Abrams in some way.
>>23667761> “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girlscaptchafoonk 943>no captcha fronk aint here
>[X] “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls
> “If 1 ARSOF has the time to spare, I'm headed to the hospital, sir. Gotta check on my girls.”“Actually sir, if you don't have anything for us, I reckon I'm gonna go pay Doc Holiday a visit. They've got electricity, right? Couldn't hurt to catch up on the news either.”The general nods his approval, summarily dismissing you and agreeing with your decision all at once. Your short walk to the MASH unit is punctuated by the screaming of low-flying jet engines overhead, no doubt a CAP from the RSAF. It wouldn't help if one of them pickled a munition right on your head, but you pull your armor tighter on your chest. At least your kevlar hadn't failed you yet.After trudging through the sun baked landscape for what is definitely way too damn long, you show up at the series of GP medium tents. A soldier wearing the distinctive maroon beret of the Airborne stops you for a split second until he reads your rank and unit, and waves you past. Good, motherfucker. I didn't want to have to bury Johnny Skysoldier, too.Inside one of the tents, the fact that this was a fighting hospital became positively evident. The stale smell of surgical sanitizer instantly assaults your nose, singing the hairs a bit. A dark haired Army nurse notices the bewildered captain muckin' about, and manages to pull your attention away from the foreign sights. Mom had always been big on sending you to the Hospital when you got bumped a bit too hard back in school, but dad always laughed and just told you to walk it off. Thus, you hadn't been in a hospital...almost ever.“Sir? Can I help you find something?”>well?
>well?Just checking in on my witches.
>>23668393"I'm here to see two of my subordinates, Patterson and Rockfield. Both witches."
>>23668536>>23668498This is pretty much it.
>>23668536does the job
“Any chance you'd happen to know where a pair of my witches are?” You ask, snapping out of your daydream.The sargeant blinks once, before replying. “Um. Well sir, your master sergeant was flown to Walter Reed just this morning. That corporal is here somewhere, though. If you can find lieutenant colonel Boggs, he knows where she's at. He should be in his office.” She hugs a clipboard close to her chest and points you in the right direction.You stop for a second, fully realizing what the nurse had just told you. Rockfield was hit so bad that she had to be flown back to the states. And they decided this without telling you, and in a single twelve hour span of doing what you hoped was their best. And it was your fault she was hurt that bad. Fuck.Dragging your way through the tent flap, you see the light colonel sitting at his desk. His real desk. Why did all officers above you get a real desk? This was some bullshit.He glances upward, reading your nametape, unit crest, and rank, before sending his eyes back down onto his paperwork.“I help you, captain? I'm incredibly busy trying to save soldier's lives.”>...?
>>23669035i can has update on mah witches??
>>23669035Fuuuuu"Looking for Corporal Patterson sir. I heard shes here somewhere."
>>23669035"Patterson. Corporal Patterson. I was told you know where she is?">Rockfield medevacc'dFuck.
>>23669035"Looking for my witch. Patterson."
>>23669035"Just looking for one soldiers, well witch, is all, sir."A Corporal Patterson."Point me the right way and I'll be out of your way."
>>23669035Damn, some serious strings must have been pulled if they found a way to ship Rockfield from Iraq to Walter Reed in less than 12 hours.
>>23669084I get the feeling shit might get worse.... and worse and worse.....I mean the general feel of luck has to be shitty if someone in a slightly buffed up but otherwise normal 1989 tank gets pitted against something that'd fit into COMMAND AND CONQUER.
>>23669126well she IS a witch.
>>23669149Doesn't help that the Soviets actually seem to be fighting SMART in Iraq, which is baffling considering their shit poor strategic planning in Europe and the Pacific.
>>23669194They like oil.
>>23669149We haven't got our mid-season upgrade yet.
>>23669221That's provided we even get one. Mouse has a generally more negative vibe compared to Ghost.Though even though things got bad, at least it wasn't a Total Party Kill
>>23669221Top in a wheelchair.
>>23669279We have goddamn Doctor Light on our tech team. I'm pretty sure we're getting some real nice upgrades when we check back in on Booze Hound.
>>23669307Those upgrades would have been great against normal tanks, not the tank version of a Zaku III running around in 0079.To take on such a thing, a whole new tank's going to be needed.
>>23669395Is it going to be called the Tarrasque?
>>23669395Again, there's no better opportunity for an upgrade than when your current ride gets trashed.
>>23669395Revenge is a bitch isn't it?
You decide to give the man the benefit of the doubt. Combat stress manifests in everyone differently, apparently this doctor gets incredibly grumpy. “Yessir. I was told by one of your staff that you've still got one of my witches here. Corporal Patterson? Just wondering where she's at.”He whips his arm around on the papers, signing a form in triplicate before capping his pen and locking eyes with you. “Captain, am I to understand that you're the one that got her and that master sergeant into the mess that they're in now?”Aw hell.“Reckon so, sir.”“Then I need you to understand three things. The first is that I have no heal witches here, and even if I did and for reasons I can't explain, your girls wouldn't take priority. The second is that there is no way that you'd be able to get miss Patterson back into combat anytime soon, and by that, you're looking at six or so months. Finally, while I understand the inherent dangers of combat and that it was not your choice to make those girls face it, if I ever see witches come in here because of something you did again, I will eat your career. We clear, captain?”Caught fully off guard by the impromptu dressing down, you find yourself in the position of attention, staring at a very dark spot on the tent's wall. “Clear, sir.”He glares at you for a moment before taking his pen to more forms. “Building three, bunk zero. Go away.”1/2
>>236695622/2You smartly about face before striding out of the smaller personal tent of Boggs'. How could he say things like that to you, it wasn't your fault...was it? That night had turned into a blur, punctuated by your company being decimated.The GP Medium named 'building three' is surprisingly easy to find, the massive 3 being stencil-painted on the side near the door being a dead giveaway. Inside, you find that the sleeping corporal Patterson has the whole tent to herself. A few clean bandages are wrapped around her arms, covering what, you're not sure. A purplish bruise forming on her left orbital makes it look like she's the victim of a barfight gone wrong... or a domestic abuse case. Maybe that's what that doctor meant?Papers, pictures litter the area around her bunk. The papers have quite a bit of scribbling on them, letters undoubtedly, and the pictures show Patterson at one of the academies with her friends.>Wake her up, see how she's doing>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!>Other!
>>23669574>>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!
>>23669574>>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!Let's not rudely wake up the injured girl.And shit, Boggs is an ass. I'd like to see him spout off that bullshit when he's face to face with TWO Soviet supertanks.
>>23669574>>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!She's earned her rest.
>>23669574[x] Just sit in the chair beside the bed and do a virgil.
>>23669612Its MASH doctor bog standard, best not to get too upset over it.>>23669628>virgilI am tempted to scribble UR A FAGET on the doctors forms now.
>>23669574>Other!Try and find a nurse or something, get the extent of her injuries. Or, y'know, find a chart.
[x]let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!
alsowant this tonk about nao
>>23669574>[x] let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!
>>23669574>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!
>>23669574[x] Let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!Boggs doesn't know the circumstances, and he probably isn't cleared to be told. We're just gonna have to let it slide.
>>23669740We don't even know what he assumed yet. Are you the same fucker who suggested putting a round in the princess?
>>23669740We're not going to accomplish anything harassing a MASH officer.
>>23669740Are you an idiot?Do you really want to fuck with the CMO?
>>23669761Not that asshole but a Witch getting maimed is a sign of some sort of shit going down... and I doubt the doc knows of those super tanks.Though I do wonder where are the heal witches in this clusterfuck of a war.
>>23669858They're all in Europe and the Pacific, where the bulk of NATO forces are fighting.
In the future when someone asks 'did you get them into this mess?' the correct answer is 'no sir, that was the soviets'We are a professional officer but that does not mean we should just take shit when things beyond our control happen.
If Patterson is going to be out of action for months, why didn't she get taken back to Reed with Top?
>>23669906>>23669858Yeah. Iraq is actually a backwater theatre at the moment, and what healwitches there are are needed elsewhere, and are still swamped regardless.
>>23669997Because Rockfield's injuries were probably far more serious, necessitating an immediate transfer to a more qualified facility. Patterson's injuries are much lighter and more stable, but it'll just take a while to heal. She'd be lower priority to ship back, especially since emergency air travel is not cheap.
>>23670038Though the irony is that since presumably there are healwitches in the States, Rockfield could possibly be put back on duty before Patterson.
>>23669999yet still big enough to get Jake and Co. Yanked off of the european front to fight along with a bunch of other guys and as a result the european line's getting hammered.makes me glad WWIII never happened or else we'd have another war time debacle inbetween Nam and Iraq '03
Alright was this our fault? What is anon's afteraction take on the engagement with the supertanks?
>>23670087>yet still big enough to get Jake and Co. Yanked off of the european front to fight along with a bunch of other guys and as a result the european line's getting hammered.You're vastly overestimating the size of 1 ARSOF. It's an incredibly small unit: it only composes one platoon of tanks, one ODA, and five (well, three now) witches.NATO hasn't sent anything in force to Iraq yet.
>>23670087>yet still big enough to get Jake and Co. Yanked off of the european front to fight along with a bunch of other guys and as a result the european line's getting hammered.I doubt the loss of four Abrams and some withes would have seriously impacted the European theater on a strategic level.
>>23670149On the upside that other witch might finally get some characterization.What was her name again?
>>let her sleep, look into the pictures on the deck!Deciding that letting Mary get her rest is the wiser decision, you scoop a few of the pictures off the floor before taking a seat near the foot of her bed. Your intial glances were correct, most of the photos are of what you assume to be Patterson and her classmates having fun, hamming for the camera at various different places. The Louvre, Brandenburg gate, West Point's Thayer monument. Damn, and you thought that being a scholarship football player got you to travel.Two of the pictures, however, stand out in the handful. The first, a crumpled-at-the-edges picture of Patterson and her family, sitting to eat in a small deli. On the back, scrawled carefully in flowing cursive, 'Patterson Family, ca. 1988.” Mary had her mouth full of something, but still managed a smile. If you had been born a witch, you can't help but feel like this is what your family may have looked like. One sibling beside her with a goofy smile, the other undoubtedly taking the picture.The second has a much more personal tone to it. It's your youngest corporal, holding a boy's hands at her waist and kissing him lightly on the San Francisco bay, the golden gate bridge being visible in the background. In the same handwriting on the back of this one, 'Mary and Tom, together again after Mary's final 'class dismissed! (awwww!) Early 1989.' You look intently at the picture for a moment, making sure to remember, no, suffer every last detail. You'll be damned if you let something happen to your girls ever again.1/2
>>236701982/2If you had been born a witch, you can't help but feel like this is what your family may have looked like. One sibling beside her with a goofy smile, the other undoubtedly taking the picture.The second has a much more personal tone to it. It's your youngest corporal, holding a boy's hands at her waist and kissing him lightly on the San Francisco bay, the golden gate bridge being visible in the background. In the same handwriting on the back of this one, 'Mary and Tom, together again after Mary's final 'class dismissed! (awwww!) Early 1989.' You look intently at the picture for a moment, making sure to remember, no, suffer every last detail. You'll be damned if you let something happen to your girls ever again.“He's a Phantom pilot, sir. Off the Kitty Hawk. We're gonna get married once this is all over. I'm gonna cook food. Just...just cook.” Mary says, sitting up in her bed. Taking your eyes off the bruise on her face is chore enough, though it's not hard to hear her words being slurred.“Mary...” You trail off, not having the heart to tell her that she should probably pay attention to the news more often. >Lie! Holy shit lie your balls off!>She deserves to know the truth!>Change the subject!>other
>>23668152Looks more Merk than Abrams
Fuck! We're not even in that thread and still our failure haunts us.
>>23670201Didn't some of the Phantoms make it?Didn't they?[x] Change the subject
>>23670201>Lie! Holy shit lie your balls off!Oh man, she will fucking kill us because of association, stave off her finding out until we are long gone!
>>23670140We went in with ZERO intel about these new Soviet sparkle-tanks! What happened is not Jakepants' fault, though he probably blames himself somewhat for this. He did the best he could against a super-powerful enemy that he had no forewarning about.In war, bad intel gets good people killed.
>>23670201[X]She deserves to know the truth!Phantoms were in the air anyway, there's a chance he survived. Hopefully.
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!... It is probably best she gets it from us. Who knows how else she might learn--probably at the worst possible time.
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!False hope is worse than knowing what has happened.
>>23670201>Change the subject!Shit,shit,shit>He's a Phantom pilot>Kitty Hawk....fuck a duck. I mean, if I remenber some of the Hornets from the Hawk were in one piece last we saw...
>>23670316Honestly unlike the Kitty Hawk, There's no clear blame and a true case of shit happening.>Mary's boyfriend being on the Kitty Hawk.SUNOVABITCH! I wonder if Jake's going to get something from Wittman detailing that fiasco, considering on some level, she's right.
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!as much as i hate to do it. false hope is not good
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!
>>23670201Why do you do this thing Mouse? >She deserves to know the truth!Typing that sentence hurt my soul. Break the news gently Mouse. More gently than you broke my heart.
>>23670201>>She deserves to know the truth!That poor girl.
Phantoms have good ejection seats right guys?Right?Guys?
Well. It's not so easy now, is it? It's not so easy when you've got a human face to the people you decided were expendable.
>She deserves to know the truth!Best to get this out of the way then. In before she stops valuing her own life and the suicidal risks begin.
[X]Ask her what his full name is then explain that the Hawk suffered pretty bad damage in a recent battle and we will find out how he is doing.
>>23670201[x] She deserves to know the truth!
>>23670201>GODDAMN IT!![X] Change the subject!>>23670342Again, bad intel: 2 Soviet-captured Martian dreadnaughts were escorting the carrier...that Spellcaster Squadron had ZERO intel about! Not their fault again. If you grimderps have to blame somebody, blame the intel spooks or maybe the GODDAMN RUSSIANS who started this war to begin with...
>>23670201>change the subjectWe only know that the carrier was sunk, not if all if the Phantoms crashed. We should look into it, but don't tell her what could be false ( that Tom is dead) or give her false hope.
>>23670389To be fair we didn't know the Kitty Hawk was in immediate danger.On the other hand we basically told to Phantom pilots to get fucked with magical tracers.
>>23670433to be fair the kitty hawk was too close to the fucking battle!
>>23670426>Again, bad intel: 2 Soviet-captured Martian dreadnaughts were escorting the carrier...that Spellcaster Squadron had ZERO intel about!Here's the thing: If you get bad intel about a mission, you FUCKING CHANGE THE MISSION PLAN WHEN THAT BECOMES EVIDENT. You can not just say "Bad Intel! Bad Intel!" like it excuses anything if you never did anything to counteract it.
>>23670450ya why was a god damn carrier on the front line? who gave the order to send it in to the fight?
>>23670389Grimderp chucklefuck detected
>>23670433It didn't help that instead of adjusting and reducing hte escort, it was full glory seeking/vidya logic ahead.In contrast Jake and Co. did what they thought was the right thing and got themseves engaged, making retreat nigh-impossible
>>23670489>>23670450Has it occurred to you that the battle found the carrier rather than the other way around? That the Soviet air fleet came in closer than they were expecting, and that they were trying to fall back the whole time?
>>23670201I was not prepared for this
Y'know Mouse, if you decide to go full WAR IS BAD on us I'm probably just gonna stop reading. I'm here for the characters, and to have fun, not to be told something I already know.
>>23670459We shot our missiles at the bad guys dude. Problem was we only had two of them.Also lel@ 'WHY WAS BOAT THERE WHY DIDNT IT OUTRUN THE AIRCRAFT????'
>>23670201>Lie! Holy shit lie your balls off!
>>23669964>>23669990No. You don't go shifting blame for this shit. We made the decision to engage. We made the best decision we could with the available information, because there was no way we could have known the Sovs had a shiny new tank with dual Witch foci. But we still made the call to engage.
>People still bitching about Kitty Hawk.Oh god not this shit again.
>>23670201CHANGE. SUBJECT.Not now, dammit! Sit her down later, but not right now! Give the poor girl a chance to heal!
>>23670201>Change the subject!Why.
It's time to go get drunk and weep.
>>23670577ya I am sick of it and I am done with this quest due to it
>>23670588Think he means Rosalez.
>>23670193Rockfield? Sushi? That spec-ops witch?
>>23670577It won't stop because it's a major fuck up that's going to linger for some reason or another. Let's see Frank has a batshit insane clone witch in love with him over it. Jake just found that it cost Mary (Patterson) her boyfriend.That's what happens with fuck ups in war: they linger.>>23670588Dunno but she's been getting Goose'd as of late.>>23670609Oh yeah... she's basically TW89's Goose.
>>23670572What should we have done then goofus?If we hadn't there'd still be another pair of Russian supertanks out there killing god knows how many Saudis. There was only one call to make, that does not make the casualties our fault.
>>23670609Yeah that one
>>23670542>>23670450>>23670489Also:When you're at sea, being 100 feet in the air lets you see 20 miles unimpeded. The higher up you go, the farther you can see.The dreadnoughts were at least 10,000 feet. The Kitty Hawk could have been 50, 60, 70 miles away. It didn't make a difference, because the Martian guns were hitscan masers that crossed the distance nigh-instantly.
>>23670201Tell her, tell her now. If we don't it'll bite us later.
>>23670640As far as we knew, we were the best equipped armour unit in the theatre.If it had gone through the House Guards, the unit would probably not exist anymore... We had to attack it and kill it.
>>23670639Hell, pretty much all the witches (with the possible exception of Rockfield, who is now in the States) are getting Goosed as of late. I'd say that this little piece is long overdue.Now if only it didn't hurt so much in the feels.
>>23670201[x] ASK ABOUT HIS NAME ALSOWe need to do searching for her while she recovers.
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!It'll be hard, but we're not gonna lie to her.>>23670640>What should we have done then goofus?Accept that it was our call, own up to it like a man rather than weaseling out of any responsiblity like a child, and get on with it. With the information we had, it was a CORRECT call, but it's still the reason our Witches got hurt.
attacking the super tanks was a gamble and we payed the price but we got intel and saved untold numbers of house guard forces.
>>23670694This quest does have pretty impressive cast turnover.
>>23670717Not now. She needs hope to recover.We have to deny her that info until she gets out of bed.
>>23670717>Accept that it was our call, own up to it like a man rather than weaseling out of any responsiblity like a child, and get on with it.This.So fucking much.
>>23670201>>She deserves to know the truth!Preparing for epic feels in 3...2...1...
>>23670201>Change the subject!Also ask about his name.We need to see if hes alive.
>>23670694well the German witches was natural with the whole scene change. I'm surprised Mouse hasn't done so 2-3 more times already.>>23670717While bad I can't say it was a real fuck up as Jake did his best and he looked out for his allies the best he could.He didn't do something really stupid like disregard his allies for glory/mission success.
>>23670201>She deserves to know the truth!Remember, we have to stress that we don't know the full extent of the casualties, so there's a still a chance he might be alive.We can at least leave her with SOME hope. For all we know he might be stuck in Japan with Fronk or transferred to the Sara.
>>23670774>I can't say it was a real fuck upIt wasn't. As I said, it was a CORRECT call, based on what intel we had. In hindsight, calling it in and steering clear may have been MORE correct, but hindsight's 20/20, and it's not worth wasting time on "what-ifs" and "maybes" like that.
Wait, confused here.The witch was set up to marry a pilot, which in the other '89 quest, our choices got killed? Well that sucks from the reader's perspective, but our tank driver isn't personally responsible for the fuck-up of a pilot.
>>23670816No, but a there's a lot of meta overlap so it's "our" fault.
>>23670812>In hindsight, calling it in and steering clear may have been MORE correct, but hindsight's 20/20, and it's not worth wasting time on "what-ifs" and "maybes" like that.This. So much fucking this. Also applies to the Kitty Hawk as well. It's been discussed to death and bringing it up literally adds nothing to the thread.
>>23670789>he might be stuck in Japan with Fronk or transferred to the Sara.Well yeah, he was a Phantom pilot, so he was probably up in the air when the Kitty went under.
>>23670816Who is also our brother.I'm actually tempted to punch him next time we see him.
>>23670816The 'fuckup' pilot is our tank driver's brother.Not that we know for a fact if Tom is dead or not or if Fronk could have saved him if he is.
>>23670816Maybe not, but his brother might have been, considering how his seemingly cold blooded focus on the target got a certain witch all hot and bothered.One that wants to take Frank home... to Russia.
>>23670842Honestly, the last thing fronk needs.Despite what he says, hes obviously feeling it.
>>23670842do you want miss crazy to go after our brother!?
>>23670816>Well that sucks from the reader's perspective, but our tank driver isn't personally responsible for the fuck-up of a pilot.Please don't spout shit like that if you haven't read the other quest. Seriously.
>She deserves to know the truth!/Change the Subject! (Tie at the time of writing)She holds her hands out, wanting her pictures. “I don't mind you looking through them, Captain. I just gotta have 'em back.” She says, forcing a weak smile.You neatly organize the pictures, handing the stack back to her. “Mary, you should probably uh...you should probably grab a newspaper sometime. Let's not get into that. They're saying you're out for six months, what's up with that?”She shakes her head and winces. “They're afraid of head trauma. I told them to not worry, I got bumped a lot harder than this at lacrosse and volleyball, but they're still not gonna clear me. Other than that it's just a bunch of sand burns and a sprained back. Top got it way worse.”Instantly, you're wracked with worry. “What was wrong with her, Patterson?”“Dunno, they didn't tell me. I think they put her under for her flight. I saw them wheeling her out in a wheelchair, and I heard a helicopter. Other than that...I don't know. Did we do wrong, sir?”You sigh, letting out the apprehensive breath you'd been holding in. “No, corporal, we did right. What would've happened if those hellhounds ran into the house guards? Hot knife through butter.”“Tom always says things like that. He always uses metaphors.”“Mary, I need you to focus for a while. Are you sure that you didn't hear anything about Rockfield?” She nods. “Positive sir.”Well, shit.“Alright, now listen. You get better. They're probably gonna fly you out, because you can't fight with us for a while, so says doc. You concentrate on getting better, and then you'll be back in it. We'll get 'em back for you, Mary. I swear it. I'll send the rest of the unit when we have time. Promise. Now go back to sleep.”You stand up, being careful to not step on any of her letters.“Captain!” Mary calls out from behind you. You spin, acknowledging her.1/2
>>23670816>our choices got killedActually, all we know was he was phlying a Phabulous Phantom off of the Kitty. And the Kitty's Phantoms were all up in the air. So unless he got shot down, there's a good chance he made it out alive.
>>236708982/2“I know you're busy...but if you get the chance, when you're writing to your squid brother..can you tell him to keep an eye on every phantom pilot he sees?”>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”>”If I remember, you bet.”>”I'm sure he already does, corporal. I'll have your mail back to you soon, alright?”>other==Stupid post limit...
>>23670866All the better.We need to pound the lesson into his thick head.
>>23670904>”I'm sure he already does, corporal. I'll have your mail back to you soon, alright?”"Whats your love's name, btw?"
>>23670904mumble a reply and flee before we start visibly shaking
>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”I think Frank can check better on his end than not. As it is I don't think Frank knows who to look for.
>>23670904>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”>>23670932>"Whats your love's name, btw?"Tom. It was on the back of the picture, and she mentioned him by name just now.
>>23670891I hardly think its stupid shit at all. The characters are two totally separate individuals.
>>23670904[x] Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”
>>23670904>”I'm sure he already does, corporal. I'll have your mail back to you soon, alright?”2 bros2 continentsboth problems because1 ship with1 lad
>>23670950>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”Need the full name, lotta guys out there with the name.
>>23670950Full name.You want to look for "Tom" on the Kitty Hawk casualty list?
>>23670904>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”
>>23670904>>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”It's the least we can do.>>23670944Can't blame him. It's not like the brothers have been in much direct contact lately.
>>23670904[X] Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”
>>23670904>Man the fuck up and tell her about the Kitty Hawk
>>23670975Tom is also an officer and a pilot, which narrows the search considerably.
>>23670954I'm more calling him out on writing off Fronk as a fuckup when it's pretty clear he hasn't read SW89.
>>23670904>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary. By the way whats Tom's full name?"
>>23670954It's a family thing and the fact the Kitty Hawk fiasco can look like it happened due to Frank Gloryhounding.Such a thing has to weigh on his mind, more so due to his interactions with Wittman.
>>23670904”I'm sure he already does, corporal. I'll have your mail back to you soon, alright?”
>>23671000Casualty list do not usually show the occupation and position of the deceased, injured. Just rank, name, posting.
>>23671029I don't even know if anybody knows the full details of the battle, so it would be pretty meta for us to be aware of Frank's actions.
>>23671041No, but you can ask around. Somebody is bound to know something.
>>23671050Jake's reactions say he knows enough to tell what a fiasco it is and how close it hit to home.
>>23671050im with this guy
>>23671092Again, all Jake knows is that the Kitty Hawk got sunk and Frank was present at the battle, since that's pretty much all the newspaper said. Plus the media sure as shit isn't going to know what was going through Frank's head during the battle.
>>23671092Yeah but we don't know about Franks actions. Last thing we saw was the time he got shot down.
>>23671123>media sure as shit isn't going to know what was going through Frank's head during the battle.The media doesn't know what goes on anyone's head in war and they always take it the route that will get them the most views.
>>23671062Someone not here in the theatre.That means getting on the phone to harrass an already harried clerk dealing with loads of such request.Its better to send in with all the information we have.
>Godfuckingdamnit. “You got it, Mary.”You clench your fists subconsciously. “You got it, Mary. I'll see what I can do to have Frank keep an eye peeled.”She smiles again. Tiredly, weakly. “Thank you, Captain.” She rolls over and brings the sheet up over her shoulder.Outside, you take a moment to collect yourself. Sure, you don't know all the details, and the Kitty wasn't lost with all hands...just most of them. At least, that's how it was reported. Either way, chances of a pilot getting out of there are probably pretty damn slim.You take a deep breath, and fit your beret to your head. Off to the staging area we go.There, outside of the booze hound, the company technicians are busy cranking the Abrams' turret around, trying to get it ready for transport. “Computers are all dead. All of 'em. They think it was some sort of new round, not a penetrator, because there's incredibly light damage on our turret face. I personally think that they smoke rocks, and we got stupid lucky. Sir.” Nicky says, appearing at your side, hands in his pockets. “What's the news with the girls?”“They're out for six or so months, at the very least. End quote.” you reply, watching the techs struggle with the manual turning handle.1/2
>>236713282/2“Damned shame.” Anderson replies, forcing a set of papers and a bottle of water into your chest. He hangs the sling of the super shorty shotgun he handed you around your neck, before answering your next question almost telepathically. “Personal effects and orders. Runner from Predator just dropped the latter half before you got back. Didn't read you guys' half, but ours say be packed and ready for movement in sixty mikes.”You stuff the water in a pocket, re-settle the shotgun, and unfold your orders. Succintly, they state that the entirety of 1ARSOF is relieved of it's combat duty until further notice, and that you're being pulled into the Aberdeen proving grounds for reasons 'to be disclosed upon arrival.' Sharing this with Nicky, he shakes his head.“They give us all this gear, all this fighting power, all this hate, and they never let us use it. What the fuck, man.” He snorts. “Fuckin' army, man.”>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”>”Unoffically, I agree. Hold off on getting packed, I'm going to stop this shit.”> other
>>23671345>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”We're not stopping this, but we should tell Garrison.
>>23671345>>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”
>>23671345>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”Hows the rest of the company taking this?
>>23671345>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”So many frequent flyer miles.
>”That's enough, Nicky. I agree unofficially, but orders are orders, no matter how stupid they are. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”
>>23671345>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”This is happening, I am sure there is a good reason. Army brass may be stupid as hell but the people in charge of Special Forces in wartime are the exception.If we are lucky and act like a good little boy, maybe Garrison will tell us what that reason is.
>>23671345>”Unoffically, I agree. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”
>>23671494I agree with this actually. I'm >>23671378
If Aberdeen doesn't have a hovertank with a railgun for us to drive or some kind of marstech space glove with which to slap our stupid pilot brother in his stupid navy face I am going to be severely disappointed.
>>23671345>being pulled into the Aberdeen proving grounds for reasons 'to be disclosed upon arrival.Mid Season Upgrade time?
>>23671345>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”
>>23671550again VERY bad idea
>>23671558One would hope as the alternatives may be much worse.
>>23671558Personally, I'd prefer something that can reliably fuck up supertanks. The Easy Eight was sexy, but the Firefly's 17-pounder could fuck up a Tiger.
>>23671642I'd settle for reliably not getting fucked up by supertanks.Shield-piercing munitions are probably not something to be a big fan of.
>>23671550BAD idea metagamer
They are sending us back to the states.We'll see Top faster and we'll be able to put Mary into better care.That outweighs all wants to go into combat.
>>23671345[x] ”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”So, did the supertanks have witches in them, or just the foci?
>>23671345”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”Let's at least find out what's going on. I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade. The best weapon against a Soviet sparkle-tank: American sparkle-tanks!
>>23671642Or better yet Super Shermans
>>23671704You need both together to work.Unless a man can work a foci.
>>23671704...You can't use foci without witches.
>>23671704I don't see how you could power a foci without a witch.
>>23671713Magi-Mammoths as in THE Mammoths from C&C.
>>23671718>>23671729>>23671741Warlock. Also, flying battleship.Though that's SW and not SWQ so I dunno.
>>23671718A witch can use magic without foci.It's just that its vastly more efficient with the foci.
Also this is a good opportunity for Jake to have a turn to meet the parents.
>>23671693I agree, it's just we get upgrades then sent to Saudi, run into two Witch tanks with coilguns, and then are down two tanks and witches, then sent home for more upgrades. Fuckin blows.
>>23671713Well yeah, but the Super Sherman wasn't a mid-season upgrade like the Easy Eight or the Firefly.
>>23671790And rage about Jess joining the MUREEHNS.
“Stow it, Nick. Go get everyone ready, tell 'em we're going to Maryland for a while. I'm gonna go talk to Garrison, see if I can find out what's what.”He sighs, and turns to go carry out his orders. You spin on your heel, Anderson following quickly behind. “Christ sir. You people get yanked around more than we do.”You crack a smile. “Think of all the frequent flier miles you're getting! Shit, we should be able to go first class on this one!”He chuckles. “Yeah, sure. USAF first class, now with loadmasters who have showered in the past forty-eight hours!”Stepping underneath the camo net once again, you find Garrison arguing into a radio. You don't want to pry, so you don't try to listen too hard. Sounds like, however, the Saudis aren't pushing as hard as he'd like them to. You couldn't act surprised if you had an Oscar.Minutes later, he wings the handpiece into his humvee and glares at you. “Didn't I just see you?”“Uh, yes sir. Any chance you'd know about us going to Aberdeen?”His glare is unbreaking. “Captain, you'd best be fucking joking. And if you are, it needs to get a lot funnier. I suggest involving either Jews, Clowns, or Nazis. Possibly all three.”You gulp and hand him the papers. “Orders just came through your runners, sir.”1/2
>>23671805sounds like a modern war: mainly death and terrible decisions.
>>236718492/2He reads them for a moment, before sighing and pinching the bridge of his nose. “Motherfuckers are going to pull the only American combat element out from under me while I'm invading a country with an unknown bloc presence. Stupid assholes are going to get us all killed, I swear to god. Captain, they didn't tell me jack about this, and that runner wasn't from my office. I have no idea where he was from. I do, however, know that this is General Lindsay's personal signature. Looks like the rumors were true. Have fun back in the states, I guess. I have to go completely rework how this invasion is going to go. Motherfucker!”He turns around, shouting about how he can't find his radio hand set before an aide reminds him that he fastballed it into the humvee. A glare, and a promise to fastball an aide into a humvee finds the handset being handed to the General on the bounce.You turn to look at Anderson, who makes the 'dont ask' face you're coming to recognize from all special forces types. You both turn and walk out from under the 'office'.“Well, at least we're going home? All hail the conquering heroes, right sir?”“Yeah, something like that.”
>>23671814But Dad is a Marine too. His little girl going into the Corps probably has him happier than a pig in shit.
>>23671924..Jesus fucking Christ man, you're waaaaaaay late to the party.
>>23671864Alrighty, gentlemen, that's it for the night. Hopefully, when I run next week, It'll be a bit longer, but I can't make any guarantees. I'll have ghost post if I remember to tell him when I'm running, but here's the twitter account to pay attention to!https://twitter.com/JakePenetrator
>>23671951Damnit Mouse it's only 10 o clock!But thanks for running and hope to see you next week.
>>23671872But we're not Dad now are we?
>>23671951Damn, thats early.Oh well.Thanks for running mouse.
>>23671951Good run tonight even if it's barely Ten, hopefully see you next week.
>>23671941There's good reason why people like to think back to WW2: it was the last war with any sort of glory.
>>23671864>“Well, at least we're going home? All hail the conquering heroes, right sir?”Man, while Frank is off in the Pacific where the US and Japan are kicking Soviet ass left and right, Jake comes off the stalemate in Europe and gets mired in Spec Ops: The Line levels of bullshit.Being Jake is suffering.
>>23671345>>”That's enough, Nicky. Get the company ready. I gotta go talk to Garrison about this.”Lets try and get back in the game. Getting pulled and going home with our tail between our legs is going to be a damn bitter pill to swallow.
>>23672094You're only 13 minutes late, bro.
>>23672083>Spec Ops: The Line levels of bullshit.Not even close. Not yet. Now if we started doing like >>23669964 >>23669990 suggested, THEN we'd be at the Spec Ops: The Line level. The level where you start looking for other people to blame, rather than owning up to shit.
>>23672083That's Mouse for you, on the negative side. Though SW89 could use the more responsible voters here.
>>23672118Yes, so I have seen.
>>23669279Personally, I like that in TW89, war isn't portrayed as if it's a arcade game where you get new and better equipment as the difficulty curve goes up and nothing ever goes really wrong unless you fuck up somehow.Mouse, don't listen to these idiots, keep doing exactly what you're doing.