You are the voices in Scout Commander Scott Yellowman's head, and you are currently fighting for your life against a rampaging space dragon with the help of alchemists, pro-wrestlers, paladins, and aliens.Man, you never thought you'd have to say THAT again.Fighting in the famed Central City of Amestris, the timely arrival of Sylph's Shop has finished the job of demolishing the inter-dimensional gate that summoned the dragon here. As the dust around the shop and destroyed gate settles, the Quartz Dragon you had been fighting breaks free of the stone bonds laid upon it by the State Alchemists and soars up into the sky. Still holding onto it, Zangief gives a scream of either excited elation or abject horror as the beast drags him into the sky."This is getting ridiculous even for me," Yellowman mumbles, shifting the M56 Smartgun on his frame. He yelps and darts back as a gunshot blasts a small hole in the pavement in front of him. The Spectre and the black suited man on top of one of tall buildings nearby point at him."Last chance, Guardsman," the Spectre shouts down. "Back off and quit the race. I've killed for less than that wish.""Suck a psychic dick, you... you psychic dick!" Scott shouts back. Fat Fot Pot bobs in the air."Even I think that insult was kinda lame," the plant-self comments."Shut up!" Yellowman retorts. "See that shop? We've got reinforcements popping out any second now.""But we've still got to contend with the dragon, those racers on the building, and whatever else is gonna come here thanks to Conti's stupid deadman's switch!" Elyse says, gripping her sword tighter. "And I've only got one spell left! Do we have a plan?!"Do you?Last thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/26197135/Scotthttp://pastebin.com/80icAktCElysehttp://pastebin.com/Szz1ZEzXCharliehttp://pastebin.com/mvs87SkZFFPhttp://pastebin.com/EA0d1LdJSummary Cardhttp://pastebin.com/CMRBUjSB
>>26609235"Yes, we have a plan. Two birds, one shot... Well, okay, maybe not *one* shot.. Heheheh...."See that flying dragon, Yellowman? Take that Smartgun, time it just right, blow a wing or two off that dragon, and have the bastard land right on top of that dick-ass Spectre.Give them a harsh two-fold lesson on Inertia and Gravity.
>>26609235"Of course we have a plan! Maybe stupid, maybe reckless, but a plan!"Scott, leave the dragon to the people that can actually deal with it. Target the Spectre instead."Elyse stay ready for the Spectre to teleport and if he teleports close by, slash him. As for Charlie, go for suppressive fire using the Amestrian SMG on the Spectre and his friend."
>>26609235Dragon, meet gravity.Spectre?Meet dragon.
>>26609235Clip the dragon's wings with gunfire. Elyse should just hide.
Rolled 39, 17, 93, 85 = 234>>26610638>>26610161>>26609521"I'm not going to hide in the middle of a fight, what kind of crusader do you think I am?!" Elyse says, horrified at the suggestion. "At the very least, I'll do what you said before. If the Spectre teleports I'll slice him up!""Ah, suppressing fire. All the fun of shooting without any need to bother with aiming," Charlie chuckles as he raises the SMG and opens fire on the two on the building, emptying a full magazine at the pair and forcing them to scatter and take cover."Don't have to aim with this baby either," Scott says, targetting the Quartz Dragon with the smartgun as it begins to dive down for another pass. "I just hope the firepower is enough..."Please roll 1d100.
Rolled 62>>26610874Here's something!
Rolled 92>>26610874BUILD HYPE
>>26610874>>26610926Scott fires the smartgun, the rig automatically aiming it for him so that every last one of the forty rounds fired finds its mark.Unfortunately, it isn't enough.Though chips of crystal and bits of blue blood fall from the dragon at the attack, the damage sustained isn't enough to make it change course, and it slams into Rufus, knocking the far man into the air and out of sight with a startled wail. For Zangief's part, it is all he can do to hold on while Major Armstrong punches another iron-spike volley at the monster."Should've taken our deal, yellow!" the Spectre calls, peeking up and firing a hastily aimed burst from his gauss rifle that misses Scott. "Remember, don't hurt the pally.""I know the rules, you don't need to repeat them to me," the suited man growls. He suddenly vaults over the side of the building, rapidly climbing down with inhuman dexterity.An explosion suddenly blasts off a chunk of a nearby building, its source not immediately visible as the door to the Shop opens and a lovely woman in a dress walks out. She smiles as if not noticing the battle around her and waves to Yellowman."Ah, good! It took some doing, but I managed to find you, Commander Yellowman! Oh my, arriving in the middle of a dragon fight? That takes me back..." Sylph says, ducking just in time to avoid the mammoth beast swooping overhead. "Anyway, I'm here to take you home!""Your timing really, really needs work, Sylph!" Scott shouts back, keeping the smartgun trained on the dragon and continuing to unload. "Like, really, really, REALLY!"
>>26611419The caseless rounds of the smartgun are obviously not enough and we already used our SLUC. Scott, target that Spectre with the M56, Charlie and Elyse concentrate on his partner. FFP, try to poison and stun the dragon again; you can fly and keep up with it as well as avoid its attacks.
>>26611419If you're here, then can you get us some Knights Reductor from the Task Force?If not, can we buy some better firepower?Invoice TF38.
>>26611419Don't hurt the pally, eh?Sounds suspicious. Keep Elyse away from these guys! Scott, take out that Spectre while Charlie tries to suppress that suited guy. Elyse, if there's any convenient pieces of rubble or whatever lying around, use your enhanced strength to try and squish that suited guy flat. Do not let either close distance!Also, yes. Your timing needs so much work, Sylph. But we'll talk about that later. Got anything in there for dragonslaying? Kind of a rush order!
>>26611419"Hey, don't knock her timing; she disabled the gate that Conti's goons were using, didn't she?"Anyway, do this >>26611507And see if 17 gold coins, a Ring of Bliss, and a Flask of Girl are enough to buy reinforcements."
>>26611681SHIT.THROW THE FLASK OF GIRL AT THE DRAGON.
>>26611749That water needs to be drunk to work. Throwing it would have no effect.
Rolled 13, 37, 78, 77, 28, 65, 55 = 353>>26611507Please roll 3d100.>>26611556"What? I'd like to say otherwise, but I don't have connections THAT good!" Sylph says, her eyes widening a little. "I deal in weapons, not soldiers. But better firepower? Sure!">>26611580"I have just the thing!" Sylph says, turning around and rushing back inside her store."Don't close distance? But... but melee is what I do best!" Elyse protests."Elyse!" Scott says."All right... Plenty of rocks around. I can't believe I've gone from using an energy blade to throwing rocks..."
Rolled 80, 46, 81 = 207>>26612218Rolling
Rolled 24, 62, 72 = 158>>26612218
>>26612218>rocks"Hey, the Jedi had nothing against throwing rocks and starships around, and THEY use lightsabers too."
>>26612218Let this serve as a life lesson for you then! Swords are fine and dandy, but sometimes you need to stay away, and guns work wonderfully for that!Now see if you can crack that guy's head open or something!
>>26612218Sylph. Do you have any Ragnells?Elyse could really use a ranged sword about now.
>>26612303Sword = decentEnergy Sword = goodGun = betterGun x Sword = CQC, motherfucker!
>>26612235Scott keeps the smartgun tilted up and fires another forty rounds at the Spectre. The assisted aim bullets make a mockery of the cover the special operative was using, striking whatever small piece of body protruding from the lip of the roof. Under the continuous hail, the agent's high tech armor begins to crack in places, and a few bullets hit the chinks in the suit, passing through in a bloody spray. The Spectre vanishes from sight."You got him!" Elyse cheers. Scott lowers the gun."No I didn't. That wasn't quite enough to kill someone like a Spectre. He's just licking his wounds and probably circling around," Scott says. The roar of an Amestrian SMG interrupts Scott's thoughts as Charlie mag dumps on the Spectre's charging partner. A few rounds find their mark, but between the enemy's speed and well-trained evasive maneuvers, most of the bullets fly past him."Suppressive fire doesn't seem to be too hot against this guy, just sayin!" Charlie says, ejecting the spent magazine and fishing around for a spare."If you were real military, you'd know better than to mag-dump a target tha-""Shut up an' shoot him already!">>26612285"They also went around abducting little kids to be younglings for their Order!" Elyse counters, selecting a small boulder and pulling it over her head. "Wait, old or new order? New one's okay...""Focus, please!" Scott yells, twisting his head around in displeasure as his arms were too full of guns to gesture."Eh? Oh, right! Sorry!" Elyse shouts, hurling the boulder at the oncoming suit. The giant rock sails true, striking him directly on the head and making him bleed, but not fall. Elyse winces. "Maybe I needed a bigger rock.""All right, you want a piece of me?" Charlie says, one hand disappearing into his suit to re-emerge with brass knuckles. "You'll wish you- OW!"The suited man dives in low then springs up in a jumping uppercut that lifts the ex-bouncer clear off his feet and onto the pavement.(1/2)
>>26612603Charlie hits the ground hard and when he sits up, he wobbles from side to side, groaning slightly.>Charlie is at 3 Wounds and stunned for a turn.Fat Fot Pot darts to and fro on its hover-discs, avoiding all of the Quartz Dragon's thrashings as Pot ejects a cloud of sleep spores into the crystalline lizard's face. The dragon shakes its mighty head from side to side, its movements growing sluggish, though it does not sleep.Armstrong once again punches the ground and spears of stone erupt upward to pierce the Quartz Dragon. The monster gives off an ear-splitting shriek, then fires a beam of blinding light from its maw. Major Armstrong utters a surprised shout as the beam hits him dead on, dealing a nasty burn and causing him to clutch at his eyes."I'm blind! I can't see!" he says, fumbling around the street."Eyes are good, but eyes not muscle! Iron muscle is all you need for victory!" Zangief shouts, jumping up from his hold on the dragon's back to drive his elbow into the stony hide. Then with a feral grin he grabs one of the crystalline protrusions on the monster's back and pulls, straining his muscles to their limit as a sound like crumbling rocks splits the air. Zangief pitches back as he manages to rip a huge piece of crystal off the dragon's back with his bare hands. The monster shrieks again while Zangief laughs and holds up the sparkling trophy triumphantly.Then he pitches forward to the ground as the dragon is bowled over by a great impact and explosion to his left side."Wait a minute..." Yellowman says, grinning. "I know what that is. That's an Impact Cannon firing! Corporal Burton's here somewhere!">>26612362Sylph has already gone into the depths of her store to look for suitable weapons. Your words cannot reach her.
>>26612864"FFP, get the TG communicator and try to get ahold of Burton to coordinate our attack. "Scott, shoot the suit to give Charlie breathing room and Elyse watch for that Spectre."
Rolled 57, 57, 94, 97, 82, 42 = 429>>26612991Roll 1d100, please.
Rolled 43>>26613423What failure awaits us now?
Rolled 37, 82, 67 = 186>>26613423FEHLER
>>26613423>>26613464The tiny aliens bob in acknowledgement and then dive for your trained mimic to retrieve the device.Scott whirls around with the smartgun and depresses the firing handle, unleashing another stream of forty auto-aimed bullets at the attacker. Whatever his suit is made of seems to stop a fair amount of the projectiles, but more cut through him than not, and blood begins to pour freely from multiple gunshot wounds."You and your goddamn aim-bot," the man hisses, rushing forward with a sudden burst of extra speed and latching onto the smartgun, attempting to rip it away from Scott. "Let's see how you fight without your cheater's toy!"Elyse moves to help Scott, then grimaces and stays where she is, visibly bristling at the order to keep watch for the Spectre rather than join the fight with an ally.A flurry of light beams dart from the Quartz Dragon's back to split into two separate volleys, one homing in on Zangief and one on Scott. Already struggling against the suited man, Scott is unable to avoid the projectiles and pain flares through his body as the burning missiles bore into his back.The dragon is thrown off balance by another explosion generated by what Scott claims must be Corporal Burton. The familiar discharge of the Ghost's strange energy rifle follows, striking the dragon dead in one of its eyes. The great beast begins to thrash and claw the air around it, managing a few more hits on Zangief as the only remaining melee fighter engaging the creature."I think it's getting weaker!" Pot squeaks."I've got a positive response on the communicator!" Fat says, holding one end of the Transpace Guard communicator to his ear. "Just have to figure out what channel he's using. Corporal Burton? Burton, come in!""That's... nice..." Scott wheezes, the suited man having slipped behind Scott. Grabbing the smartgun by either end, the martial artist now seeks to choke Scott by pulling the weapon against his throat.>Scott takes 1 Wound.
>>26613804"I've got it!" Sylph sings, re-emerging from the Shop with a beautiful looking sword with an ornate hilt. "Who am I giving this to? Ah, and that'll be 50,000 G."
>>26613892Crap. Can we afford that? Can we put it on the tab of the Guard if not?
>>26613892Give it to Elyse. And charge it to Taskforce 38. We already owe her for finding Scott. What's a bit more?
>>26613935"I can put it on the Task Force's tab since they've been such good customers, but you'll have to give me some down payment," Sylph says."I'm... currently... being... choked..." Scott wheezes. Sylph frowns."I guess my timing really IS bad."
>>26613892>>26614019Maybe the Ring of Bliss and the Flask of Girl?Either way, the Quartz Dragon is the least of our problems right now. Charlie should have shaken off that stun, so he can give the suit a facefull of point-blank 'Gertrude says Hello' burst; Scott just has to grab the suit's hands and keep him there.If the suit lets go to get away, Scott can shoot him again. If the suit doesn't let go of Scott, Scott should use one hand to grab Statler, aim down and back, and shoot the suit right in the groin.Elyse should grab the Dragon Slayer sword and slay that dragon.
>>26614019Scott, lift your leg up and try to kick back into this guy's knee. See if you can use those sturdy Guard-issue boots to make this guy's leg buckle. Breaking his knee would be divine right now.Charlie needs Gertrude. Hold onto this guy while he closes distance, then Charlie can stick his shotgun against this guy's head and blow it clean off.Elyse, change of plans! Go shank that dragon! Be wary of Spectres! FFP, watch her back and shout if you see the bastard!
Rolled 58, 11, 60, 72, 86, 16, 72 = 375>>26614034>>26614116Please roll 3d100.
Rolled 70, 88, 38 = 196>>26614392Rolling
Rolled 99, 64, 77 = 240>>26614392
>>26614399Elyse grabs the Flask of Girl and Ring of Bliss and hands them off to Sylph before taking the sword and rushing towards the massive dragon. The creature roars as it charges Zangief, driving the Russian into a nearby building where he groans and falls limp."I take nap now. Fight more later," he mumbles, half-aware before falling unconscious. The dragon looks like it's about to lunge forward and finish the job when another bolt of light and explosion slam into it, causing it to whirl around and fire a beam of light at a nearby roof.Scott lifts his leg up and kicks back as hard as he can. The suited man grunts in pain, but does not waver as he continues to hold Scott tight. Scott kicks again and again and the man's grip finally loosens just long enough for him to be able to worm his way out.Metal shrieks in protest as the suited man rips the smartgun free from the robotic arm and rig attached to Scott, the wily scout commander falling to his knees and rolling away before his opponent can re-initialize the grapple."Bada-bing, bada-BOOM!" Charlie says, leveling Gertrude at the suit and holding down the trigger. Six buckshot shells blow through the man, sparks beginning to fly from beneath his suit as blood soaks his clothing. Charlie whistles. "What are you, half super mute? You should be dead twice over by now, pal.""I'm... a stubborn... sonnuvabitch," the suited man says, breath heavy and slow as his movements no longer show the inhuman speed they once did. Still, he raises a fist and pounds it into the ground, glowing with power for a split second as the stone around Charlie and Scott explodes upward, knocking them off their feet and wounding them. Scott's armor protects him, but Charlie's does not. The bouncer takes on yet more injuries as Scott barely catches Fat's voice."We've made contact, sir! It IS Corporal Burton!">Smartgun's autoaim destroyed.>Charlie takes 1 Wound.
>>26614660Scott, drop this sonofabitch! Give him a burst from this close range!Charlie, try to catch him in a crossfire! Make sure you guys aren't in each other's lines of fire!FFP, tell Burton we got a friendly inbound on the dragon. See if he can get that thing out of the air. Go for the wings! If he's got anyone with him, get them the hell over here; and watch for a wounded Spectre. He's a hostile and should be taken out immediately!>mfw we have backup aroundTime to save the day, again!
>>26614752Sorry, should clarify which weapon...Statler *and* Waldorf! Give him both barrels!
Rolled 19, 91 = 110>>26614752>>26614824Please roll 3d100.
Rolled 16, 50, 10 = 76>>26614927Please, crit!
Rolled 67, 51, 33 = 151>>26614927THANKS FOR GIVING ME SO MUCH MORE WORK WHEN I GET BACK TO MY UNIT YOU CUMGUZZLING GUTTERSLUT.
>>26614968We are a GENTLEMAN! And Gentlemen do not speak to ladies in such a manner! Now apologize!
>>26614961>>26614927The Quartz Dragon looks about ready to rise into the air once more before an impact cannon blast mangles a wing. The beast sinks back to the ground with a shriek, turning around just in time to bat the charging Elyse away with a particularly well aimed claw. The newman paladin is bowled over by the blow, falling prone as another sniper blast barely misses the dragon.Charlie raises his gun to fire, but the suited man jumps for Scott, spoiling his aim."Too slow!" the suit says, grabbing Scott by the throat. Lightning plays around the hand and Scott lets out a gurgling cry as electricity is pumped through his body at the same time he is strangled. His move, not to his neck to try and break the hold, but to the pistols at his side. A burst of plasma and a gauss-accelerated slug punch through the suited man's torso, causing him to cry and stumble back, dropping to a knee. Scott drops to a knee as well, gasping for breath after the assault. A bullet whizzes over his head as the Spectre reappears nearby. The sniper now takes cover behind a window some stories below the roof of the building he was atop."Thesus, pull back. You're useless dead, and you're not managing to defeat anyone like that," the Spectre says."Can't... believe it..." the suit wheezes, fumbling for something in his suit. "So close... Congratulations, Guard. I'm out of the running. Emergency... Emergency recall."The suit hits something and vanishes in a burst of blue light."It's annoying to say that we've underestimated you, but there it is," the Spectre says. "But look at you. You're almost as bad off as my buddy. Just walk away from this.">Scott takes 1 Wound and is at 1 Wound.>Elyse takes 2 Wounds and is at 6.
>>26615220Take hard cover until you can get healed, leat Elyse handle this for now.
>>26615220No choice.. Switch Statler's ammo to the Seeker rounds. Once you do that, give yourself some cover while popping off a couple of shots at the Spectre. Can't have you dying here so close to the end of this, so once you get into cover start chugging potions!Charlie, see if you can toss a grenade up into that room! He either jumps and breaks something on the landing or sucks grenade. Find cover yourself, too!
Rolled 46, 41 = 87>>26615324>>26615354Please roll 3d100.
Rolled 60, 49, 97 = 206>>26615612Keep it together, Yellowman, the worst part of any patrol is the last stretch before getting back to base.
>>26615739With a smooth motion Scott ejects the current magazine from Statler and slams in the experimental Seeker rounds he acquired so long ago. Dashing behind a wrecked car, Scott peeks around the hood and fires off four rounds. Four tiny homing rockets burst from the shells and streak towards the sniping Spectre, unerringly striking him despite his vanishing behind cover. Four small detonations are heard as the missiles strike their target, and the loud cry of pain gives no doubt of their effectiveness. Charlie pulls a grenade from his belt, plucks out the pin and hurls it upward. The explosive detonates just shy of the window, peppering the Spectre with debris and dust and obscuring his vision, but little else. The Spectre vanishes into the dust cloud and no return fire comes for now.
>>26615930>97Jumping up to a standing position, Elyse raises her newly acquired sword before charging the Quartz Dragon. The dragon fires one of its blinding beams from its jagged maw, but the paladin ducks just underneath it, speeding up her charge as she leaps over another sweeping claw and lands on the back of the dragon's neck. The monster roars and shakes from side to side, attempting to dislodge its unwanted passenger. Elyse grabs onto a crystalline horn with one hand and holds tight, solidifying her footing and handhold before driving the blade into the Quartz Dragon's neck. The monster tries to take off, but flight is now impossible with its wings mangled from the continued assault of everyone present. It gets a foot off the ground, then crashes back down, Elyse doggedly maintaining her balance and thrusting the sword into the foe again and again and again. The dragon seems to be in greater and greater pain, rolling over in an attempt to crush the paladin, throwing itself against buildings trying to scrape her off. Throughout it all, Elyse keeps her grip and keeps stabbing until finally the dragon lets out a final pained sigh and explodes into a million shards of crystal. Elyse lets out a startled yelp as he suddenly falls to the ground, looking around and blinking while dusting herself off. Finally it dawns on her."I... I did it!" she says, eyes widening. "I... I'm a DRAGONSLAYER! I'M A DRAGONSLAYER!!!"Elyse lets out a proud cheer as she jumps up and down, and only the dour voice of Scott Yellowman snaps her back to reality."That's nice Elyse, but shadowy psychic assassin still trying to kill us. Not you for some reason, but us," Scott says from behind the car as a sudden gunshot punctuates his words, shattering the windows of the vehicle."Oh! Right! Sorry!" Elyse says, turning and running back towards the other battle.
>>26615930Stay in cover, get healed, he's likely falling back to put an ambush if you attempt to close.
>>26615940Regrouping by the car, everyone pops a healing potion to undo some of the wounds suffered in the battle. There is no movement from the Spectre.>Everyone gains a Wound.>Lose 3 Healing Potions.
>>26616062Well I guess that's about it for tonight. Will pick up tomorrow with erratic updates before 8 and solid thereafter.Hopefully more timely than tonight, sorry about all those long pauses.
>>26616062Scott is at 2 Wounds, so he should drink another Potion to be safe.Also, have FFP use the TG Comm to get Burton to come over here to regroup.Scott, switch to the M41A Pulse Rifle; without the autoaim waldo, the M56 is too unwieldy.
>>26617098We should also get the Motion Tracker turned on; the Spectre's teleporting might show up as a blip on the tracker, and since the Tracker uses ultrasonic waves, it might get through the Spectre's cloak.There's also seeing if there's anything in our inventory we can trade to Sylphe to have her fix the Predator Gear and Broken Plasma Caster; attaching those to Scott's armor would give him a distinct advantage.
>>26617098Scott drinks another potion and frowns as the trained mimic stomps over and opens itself to him."Still no movement from the Spectre? What's his game..." Scott says, pulling the Pulse Rifle from the mimic's interior."Corporal Burton is on his way here," Fat says, lowering the comm. "He'll be here any minute now.""Hey Sylph!" Scott calls. "What do I have to pay you to fix up a Plasma Caster and Yautja Speargun?""Yautja gear? Oooooh, I can't repair that, but I'll buy it off you. Those are hard to come by!" Sylph says, leaning against the door of her shop, completely unconcerned with the lurking assassin.>Lose 1 potion.>Scott is at 3 Wounds.
>>26615220>Emergency RecallSo what Meta-Faction are these guys from?They obviously know about, and have dim opinions of, the Guard, and the Crusade.
>>26621616Hard to say if we should try to fix it ourselves, or if we should sell it to Sylph. The combistick is a pretty good melee weapon, probably better than the sword that Scott has, so I'd prefer to keep it.The Predator Gear itself isn't broken, so we just need to take the time to integrate it into the suit.The Speargun is also functional.The Plasma Caster is the problem, because it's the most valuable and hardest to repair. Scott, think you and FFP can fix the Plasma Caster?
>>26621938"Yes. And by yes, I mean 'no, not in a million years.' I have no clue how that stuff works, and Fat is an expert at comm systems, not weapons."
>>26622024I'm with >>26620484. Get that Motion Tracker action going. This guy is probably trying to heal himself or lining up a good shot on us. Keep an eye on the high points around you. Charlie, might wanna make sure Gertrude's got a full load of shells while there's a momentary lull.Elyse, good work on slaying your first dragon. Now, who's nearby? Armstrong's blinded, so he's not going to be too much help.. Is Mustang still about? I think we might need some alchemical demolition going on in a hurry and he's pretty damn good at it. If Mustang's in earshot, see if we can get some support. This Spectre needs to go down hard.
>>26622196Mustang is not in the immediate area, but there are plenty of State Military wandering around now that the dragon is dead and the gate is down. You might try asking one of them to get him down here."Motion Tracker's got nothing, but remember its range is really limited when things get in the way. It just means he's not on open ground or he's in a building and 20 meters or more distant," Scott reports, checking the device. "I should be able to pick him up when he tries to close to fighting range again, though. Assuming I can pick him out from all the other moving things around here."
>>26623153Scott, what about your Card? Any other Racers around, or did Ghost Girl also leave?FFP, can your Sap heal Armstrong's eyes?We're staying around until the Elric's finish figuring out how to open the Gate to the finish line, may as well get Mustang more indebted to us.
Rolled 70>>26623592"Good idea..." Scott says, touching the card and concentrating. "Hmmm. Ghost must be somewhere around still, maybe the Spectre too, though he's keeping distant.""It'll be tricky, but I can probably manage if his eyes aren't too badly hurt. If they are, he'll need magic or something," Fat says, flying over to the hulking Alchemist and dribbling a little sap in his eyes before flying back. Uncertain as to what happened, Armstrong rubs at his eyes and mumbles something. He pauses."MY SIGHT RETURNS!" he booms, flexing his muscles in triumph. "And the dragon slain? Glorious! Who performed such a mighty deed?""Uh... I did?" Elyse says, timidly raising her hand. She is immediately scooped up in a crushing embrace by the Major."Fantastic work! I commend you with all my very soul! Allow me to show my respect and lift your fatigue with an embrace of praise and honor!" the muscled man says."You're... crushing... me..." Elyse says, struggling in the hold."That's just the Armstrong style of hug, passed down generation after generation!"Through the smoke and dust of the ruined gate, a weary figure in body armor approaches, a massive gun slung over his back. Dark ringed eyes look up from under an armored helmet as he nods to Scott."Commander," he says in monotone."Burton," Scott says in the same deadpan fashion. "How'd it go?""I can't complain.""That's a bald faced lie. Complaining is what you're best at," Scott says. Burton smiles a little."Had to make sure it was you. Who're your friends?" the fellow Transpace Guardsman asks."Long story, I'll fill you in once the area's secure," Scott says. "Any sign of that Ghost?""You met her too, huh? Not too friendly, but she seems to have taken offense at the concept of a 'death' race. I've caught her pulling other racers out of jams more than once, though half of them seem to have been wasted effort," Burton says. "She's around somewhere, I think."Please roll 1d100.
Rolled 75>>26624281What are we rolling for? What's going to blow up and who's going to lose an arm?
>>26624333Hopefully not Edward. He just got that arm back.
>>26624333A searing pain explodes in Scott's head as blood drips down from his nose. Gritting his teeth and closing his eyes, the scout commander feels a foreign presence invading his mind. Like a great hand pressing down on his head, the foreign presence seeks to overwhelm and crush Scott's own mind. Marshalling reserves of will he didn't know he had, Scott manages to push the invading presence OUT before more damage can be done. With a startled gasp Scott's eyes fly open once more and the psychic attack fades."Uh... Scott? You OK, bud?" Burton asks."Sorta..." he says.>Scott loses 1 Wound, but suffers no further effects.
>>26624650I think our Spectre buddy is attempting to hide and attack from afar using psionics while he recovers.
>>26624650Good thing Scott has that +10 against mind effects.We've got to find that Spectre before he can wear us down with psionic attacks. Scott, see if you can recover those Sentry Guns and the M56; put them back in the Luggage for now.Also, if we're going to finish this race, might want to ask Sylph to make a copy of the Fireman Flashdrive and get a copy back to Task Force 38. Maybe she'll even have a laptop to view the contents.
>>26624650Spectre's going Psi-Ops on us. That probably means he's got line-of-sight. Warn everyone. Armstrong, is it safe to take out some of these buildings? If the Spectre's using psychic attacks none of us have true defenses against it, so he's gotta go down fast. I'd rather a few empty buildings get demolished than Scott's head exploding.FFP, get on that frequency the Ghost gave us back in AvP World and see if we can get some counter-sniper action going on... Or if she can at least point us in the right direction to start taking shit out.At the very least perhaps Armstrong can give us some chest-high walls or something to further break any line-of-sight he may have on us. No reason to make it easy on him.He's getting desperate, folks. Just a bit more to go...
>>26624650Psychic attack!The Spectre is hidden and trying to kill us with mind bullets.
>>26624797We already checked via the Racer Cards if the Spectre was nearby, and he's not. Destroying the buildings would only let the Spectre do his attack from farther away and with more places to attack from by eliminating buildings that block line of sight from further away buildings.
>>26624650Get the State Military folks to start searching the buildings for the Spectre. Scott, you know the Spectre is distant; can you tell the direction?Try walking around to see if he gets farther or closer when you walk in a certain direction.
>>26625735>walking out in the open>trained psychic sniper on the loose and hungry for bloodBelay this one, thank you. We don't need Scott getting a headshot taken on him. Get another of those potions and let's try and outheal this bastard. We've got more resources than he does.
>>26626064>>26625735>>26624797>>26624786Scott drinks another potion, the stock of which is dwindling fast. He motions to Armstrong."Major! There's a sniper left in one of the buildings! Can you get your troops to start sweeping the area?" Scott calls from cover."Of course! You men, come with me! You over there, organize into three squads and start checking the buildings on that side!" the Major says, letting Elyse go of his embrace at last. The crusader almost collapses, woozy after the overzealous show of respect."If that's what he does to his friends, I'd hate to see his enemies," Elyse says."Sylph, when you've got a moment I've got a flash-drive I need you to get back to the Task Force!" Scott calls. "Fat, get that Ghost on the horn!""I'm on it! What do you want to ask her?" Fat says, activating the commlink again."Get her hunting that Spectre if you can!" Scott says."All right... Yeah, I've got her. Hey miss Ghost, just so you know, that Spectre i- oh, you know? Oh, all right. Do you know where he is? No? Darn," Fat says, putting the commlink down for a moment. "Commander, the Ghost says she's already tracking the Spectre but hasn't found her yet. Anything else to ask?">Scott is back up to 3 Wounds.>3 potions left.
>>26626836Just going to sit tight for a while?
>>26628026I suppose.We'll hear an alert from the Alchemists if they find anything.
>>26628026>>26626836>3 potions left.We should have 7 Potions left, not 3.Also, recover those Sentry Guns and the M56 Smartgun.Ask who Burton has met with during the Race; last we saw of him, Red Spy had taken his face.
Rolled 16, 100, 8, 35 = 159>>26628107Everyone hunkers down while they wait for word from the military. Please roll another 1d100.>>26628189Did someone update the pastebin while this session was running then? Because last I checked we had 8. Well no matter.Recovering the guns requires you to leave cover. Proceed?"So Burton who'd you meet with during the race?" Scott asks. The soldier rolls his eyes."Pretty much everyone you have, I think. Fat told me a little of what happened on the short walk here," he says. "At this point we've pretty much met all the 'contestants.""What about Ed?" Scott asks."What about her?" Burton says. "I ran into her once or twice, she's waaaay more capable than she looks. She's been in the lead for a while."
Rolled 7>>26629280Yes, I update the pastebin after each battle, sometimes after every turn when possible. I try to make it as up to date as I can. 8 Potions was after the fight was over but before the psionic attack. Wait till the Spectre has been engaged by the Ghost or found by the Amestrian soldiers to recover the sentries.
Rolled 73>>26629410Looks like one person did great, and everyone else fumbled.
>>26629410That explains it then.>>26629280At the very edge of the battlefield gunfire and explosions begin to fill the air once more."Ooooh! The Ghost says she found him! She's driving him towards the advancing soldiers!" Fat speaks up."Good time to recover our stuff then. Come on, double time!" Scott says, getting up and running to the discarded and damaged smartgun. Charlie and Elyse dash to the sentries, their ammunition long since depleted during the fighting, and begin to haul them back to the trained mimic. The sounds of fighting persist, then grow more intense before stopping altogether."Miss Ghost says he's fleeing, heavily wounded," Fat says, looking up from the comm. "He managed to knock out most of the soldiers and killed a few, but Armstrong and herself managed to seal the deal.""One less thing to worry about," Scott says. "I guess that wraps it up for this battle.""Thank the Light for that," Elyse sighs, leaning on a building."Yeah, I could really go for a smoke," Charlie says, searching his pockets."If you find two, I get one," Scott says.
>>26629720Scott. If you ask an Alchemist nicely, they might be able to make you a couple.
>>26629720You guys want smokes? Grab a soldier and ask him where the closest convenience store is located. This is a world with cigarettes and you've got a good amount of the local currency. Otherwise, stay in cover, and wait for the State Military to finish securing the area. Do we know if this is the last world? If it isn't then we might want to keep the plasma caster in case it can be repaired in the next world. Otherwise, we should try to barter with Sylph.
>>26629720You guys might want to go see if you can get some rest, or those wounds treated quickly. While it's imperative that you guys try to finish the race, I'm going to guess that opening the gate won't be an easy procedure to withstand or to overcome.
>>26629889>>26629944"That's a goddamn good idea. HEY YOU! I'LL PAY TRIPLE COST FOR A SMOKE!"A few minutes later, Scott and Charlie have their faces stuffed with cigarettes, with goofy smiles on their faces."You two look like idiots," Elyse and Burton say in unison."HAPPY idiots," Scott says, his words muffled by the ten cigarettes in his mouth.>>26629953It's another half hour before the military declares the area secure. Mustang himself arrives to survey the damage. As soldiers secure the rubble, debris, and fallen, the now veteran soldier sighs."I suppose that could've gone a lot worse from what I've heard. Just sorry I couldn't be here in person," he says."Yeah, what was the hold up? We really could've used your flame alchemy," Scott asks. Mustang waves him off."Never you mind. More importantly what do you plan to do now? Apparently I've got to keep an eye on all of you racers while you're in my city or... well, things like this happen.""I was thinking rest, maybe a meal," Scott says. "Not much to do while waiting for our little problem to be fixed.""I'll provide rooms and food free of charge at a nice hotel on one condition," Mustang says, stooping to pick up a destroyed chunk of gun."What?""DON'T LEAVE THEM!"
>>26630423We will gladly eat food and rest. We'll need to if we want to open our gates.
>>26630423"If that Spectre comes back at us, we can't guarantee anything, of course."Other than him, and the two meatheads that seem to have struck up a friendship based upon muscle with Armstrong, there should only be the Ghost, who won't kill you if you don't get in her way, Six-Slash Sam, and Ed."You're actually in a good position concerning Ed. You don't have technology advanced enough for her to manipulate."
>>26630565I support this post followed by >>26630502
>>26630423Sounds like a plan. Sylph needs to scoot to the Taskforce with that flash drive; and don't forget to send a note along with a tl;dr version of our current events. See if she's got some sort of tracking beacon we can keep with us in case they need to send something back to us. Also, sign off on her invoice for the rest of the payment for that sword.Now, food, rest, and everyone can coordinate what needs to be coordinated. Maybe get an Alchemist to see if they can repair the Smartgun? If it wouldn't give them too many ideas, that is. Canon stability and all.>>26630565I agree that we should make it clear that if the Spectre pops up we'd most likely have to act. We'll do our very best to give a heads-up if that happens... Can't let nearby innocent lives be risked if we can help it. That's not how the Guard or the Crusade operate.
>>26630673>Sylph needs to scoot to the Taskforce with that flash driveShe also needs to take along the Narrator's Tome, considering how powerful an artifact it appears to be.
>>26630777Yeah. We'll just drop it in a wormhole or something. Need to get it back to base.
>>26630874>>26630777I wonder if Sylph can translate parts of it.
>>26630423Sylph, do you have any Guard long-range comms gear?We need to get in contact with HQ.If not, can get grab some armor and weapons on retainer?
>>26630565"I'll keep all of that in mind," Mustang says, turning and waving to a small group of troops. "These men will escort you when you are ready to leave.">>26630673Sylph winces. "No, no beacon. Ah... I should say this too. I'm not certain if I can return here once I leave. I only made it here using a series of very experimental machines on loan to me for testing from... well, that's not important. Ah, you may not be aware of this. Wherever we are, it's far beyond the current area patrolled by your Guard. If you proceed here... I can't guarantee any sort of support."Sylph pauses. "Also... ah, there have been some developments you might want to know about since you've gone missing. Well, wait. How much do you remember?">>26630777"I can do that much at least, certainly. My courier fee is most reasonable.">>26631222"Nothing that will reach the Guard from here. This entire area seems to be cut off from the worlds the Guard patrols, either by distance or... well, something else. Oh, but if you need weapons or armor, I can sell things to you. Your tab was more or less taken up by the Dragon Slayer sword, so anything more will have to be a trade of cash or goods."
>>26631592"All the way up to the final battle against the New Chaos Gods, the Chaos Gods' avatars, and Azalin when he tried to make an end run for the Device. That's about it."We can possibly trade some of the Predator Gear for stuff, as well as the Sentry Guns since they're out of ammo. Though we could probably fill one up with M41A Pulse Rifle ammo, since they use the same caliber.
>>26631592We were there when Taskforce 38 got to the Reality Changer.Battle with Chaos Gods? Azalin being a dick?You know, standard stuff. We have a few extra Tarot Cards. Can she see what she can do with them?
>>26631665"Ah, good," Sylph smiles. "Most of us who were present at the battle remember the original timeline, but the reality machine... re-organized most of the timeline. Most of the changes were good, but there were unexpected consequences."Sylph frowns. "The Transpace Guard's maps... and even my own network of contacts and the TSAB's navigational charts have been rendered useless. Time-space seems to have been shuffled around, with much of what was mapped now unknown again. Ah, this hasn't proven catastrophic, mind. Most of the worlds with outposts had communications arrays able to communicate beyond the barrier between worlds, and it's just a matter of re-organizing everything. However, some places seem to have just vanished, with no one ever having being assigned there in the first place, and no one having discovered it either! Due to the works of Eclipse Phase for example, we know it's out there somewhere, but no one has coordinates for it anymore."Sylph grimaces. "...also Task Force 38 is due to be disbanded. With all threats currently contained, it's been decided to divide up the veteran troops and commanders and assign them elsewhere to help train and command the new generation of soldiers.""Well..." Scott says, a little slack-jawed at the massive drop of information. "That... that's pretty bad."
>>26631689Sylph examines the cards closely."They all have some sort of extremely powerful enchantment on them, but I can't tell what it is. If you want to sell some, I'll buy them at a high price!"
>>26632049Can we get the Sylph clothing, or is that outside the price range for those cards?
>>26632142"I can't get you a full set of my clothing, but I can design something just a little less potent for, say, two of the cards."
>>26632049>>26632142If it's not enough for Sylph Clothes, maybe we should look into getting more healing potions, some Phoenix Downs, or some Energy Tanks to recharge Scott's shields and Waldorf.
>>26632019(Wait, I thought we managed to make the case for the Katamari to stay together?)>>26632049What else do you easily have available for purchase?Power armor, GRASERs, meltas, railguns?
>>26632199>>26632220I thought it was reasonable. I vote for the healing potions, a couple of PD, some energy tanks, and a couple of mana potions for Elyse. How does a Lightsaber compare with Elyse's current sword? Negligible weight obviously, but in terms of damage and whether or not she would break the first rule of a Jedi with it.Also, really sad 38 is gone.
>>26632199Can we get a short range version of the Starcraft Psi-disruptor that is attuned to Spectres?
>>26632269"But Task Force 38 was so effective... Why disband it?" Scott asks."They can always re-form it if there's a need. No one's leaving that wasn't going to leave already, though a great deal of your heaviest hitters were essentially only signed on until the end of the crisis," Sylph says. "I think it somewhat strange myself, but I can at least see the thinking. Until another threat arises, it's more productive to have your old commanders teaching the next generation to be just as effective as they were.Though... I will add that another unforeseen consequence of the device was that things are almost TOO perfect. There's an attitude that nothing can wrong with some of your officers I've noticed. Then again, maybe I'm just a little too used to seeing the worst happen.""I guess," Scott frowns. "What about me?""Don't worry, I checked your file. They still want you on field duty.""...goddammit.">Sylph has a wide variety of things for sale. Requesting any item for purchase will prompt me to roll a die to see if she has it in stock, though she is far more likely to have things below a certain level of power, and more likely to have things appearing in Capcom games.>>26632288Elyse's sword is comparable to a lightsaber, though an enchanted one. A lightsaber is considerably lighter, though.
>>26632490Roll a d100, and roll a d100 for all further requests.
Rolled 80>>26632642Rolling for Psi-disruptor
>>26632630Sylph, do you have an Elysium Chemrail with ammunition and a battery unit, a standard lasgun with 6 charge packs?As for armor, what do you have in terms of non-neural interface power armor?
>>26632656"Ah, not exactly, but I have something that's an equivalent," Sylph says. "It's a metal sphere about as big as a watermelon. It disrupts psionic powers out to a radius of fifteen feet."
Rolled 14>>26632711Rolling for these.
>>26633013"I think I've got a lasgun I pried from the cold dead hands of a guardsman, but no, I don't have those others," Sylph says.
Rolled 49>>26633039Really, no power armor at all?I find that hard to believe, Sylph, I mean, you bought MAMMOTH TANKS.
Rolled 83>>26633039Rolling for Energy Tanks, Mana Potions, Phoenix Downs, and Healing Potions.
>>26633039"Oh, the armor!" Sylph says, snapping her fingers. "I have a suit of T-45d power armor in the back... but nothing else that doesn't require a lot of training. Well... Do you know how to use an A.L.I.C.E. exo-suit?""How long does it take to learn?" Scott asks."I have no idea," Sylph says, shrugging.
>>26633075"I only have access to what's in my store right now. If I could make return trips with any certainty of success, I could offer you a lot more. Please forgive this oversight," Sylph says, offering Scott a short bow.>>26633098"Oh, I have all of those. But what use would E-Tanks be to you? None of your group is robotic that I can tell," Sylph asks.
>>26633198So E-tanks can't be converted to weapon recharger. Good to know.I'm voting for the healing items, the psi-disruptor, and a lightsaber if nobody protests/we have enough for them.
>>26633272"What are you putting up for trade?"
>>26633526Two cards (Tower and Chariot), Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted scopes and laser sights, and one of the submachineguns.Does anyone think we can lose other bits of inventory?
>>26633526>>26633670Oh, we should probably sell most of the predator equipment.
>>26633686>>26633670"For the Yautja gear, I'll sell you the psi-disruptor. For the guns, fur, coins, and attachments, I'll sell you 3 Healing Potions, 3 Mana Potions, and 1 Phoenix Down. If you make both trades, I'll throw in a lightsaber. You can try to trade for something a bit more precious with the cards or I will buy them with a crate of potions and downs."
>>26633198>>26633272We have the Energy Converter, whose sole purpose is to be an interface to allow Guard equipment to pull energy from other energy sources.Has everyone forgotten what we actually have?
>>26633907I'm voting neg on the psi-disruptor, it's too small an area-effect to work effectively.Yellowman, what power armor are you trained for?
>>26634023Sylph doesn't know you have that. Assuming you bring it up..."Oh! Well, instead of the lightsaber, I can offer you three E-Tanks if you take both deals."
>>26633907Instead of a Psi-Disruptor, do you have any of the Psi Armor Modules from the University of Planet scientists that the Task Force had recruited?Or one of their many Advanced Bio-Stabilizer Masks?
>>26634023>>26634033Forgot that. Trade the disruptor for the saber? Or like >>26634069 said with the mask.
>>26634033"Most light to medium armors that don't require direct neural interfacing or implants. I can wear that T-45d just fine, but if you plopped a suit of Termie armor in front of me, I wouldn't know where to begin."
>>26634054>Sylph doesn't know you have that. Assuming you bring it up...I'm not talking about Sylph; of course she doesn't know.I'm talking about my fellow player's blind acceptance of something without even checking if it's true, because we have an item in our inventory whose sole purpose is for this role.
>>26634054The problem with the lightsaber is that it does require a lot of specialized training to use properly in combat, because of its properties. We should take the E-Tanks over the lightsaber if it comes up.Though we should ask for a quick charge for all of our equipment not matter what trade we make.
Rolled 63>>26634069Right, forgot I need to roll for this.Rolling for Psi Armor Module.
Rolled 71>>26634069>>26634155And for the Advanced Bio-Stabilization Masks.
>>26634081Alright, can you grab that T-45 if you think it'd be a better investment than the ALICE armor (Assuming you can pilot it)As well, you might want to see about some exotic grenades.What about weapons, can you think of any good kinetics you want?
>>26634142"If you buy enough, I'll refill your energy free of charge!" Sylph offers with a smile."Hey babe, how much to recharge MY energy?" Charlie asks with a wink."All the caps and chips in Vegas might be enough," Sylph replies without missing a beat. "...but probably not.""What a cold cat," Charlie says, sighing as he walks away.>>26634069Please roll for these two items.
>>26634161>>26634155"I have a single suit of psionic armor and a single mask. I will trade both for one of your cards.">>26634169"The ALICE suit, if memory serves, is a far better investment, I'm just not sure I can learn to pilot it fast enough," Scott says. "If Sylph doesn't mind, maybe I can fool around with it and see how hard it is to get moving. But I get the feeling if I end up breaking it, it'll cost us."
Rolled 24>>26634180Do you have any DUST 514 dropsuits or their weapons?I don't think they have any DNI requirements.
>>26634220Take a look at it, at least see if it's anything you're familiar with beforehand.
>>26634169Scott is already wearing armor that has shields built-in, though it's been so long since they had a charge that you could be forgiven for forgetting about them.Charlie would be a better choice to getting the T-45d. But even then, we have to consider what else we end up not being able to buy.>>26634220Scott, remember that your suit has Ablative Armor; ask if it and Charlie's armor can be repaired in exchange for one of the Sentry Guns (no ammo).
>>26634287yes, but the T-45 is powered armor, Scott's appears to be plating and shield emitters.Power armor makes you go faster longer.
>>26634244>24"Eh... sorry, no," Sylph says with another short bow.>>26634253"Sylph, do you mind if I have a look at that ALICE suit?" Scott asks."Certainly. If you end up getting it, I'll require a payment of one card, and a later payment of up to 10,000G," Sylph says, motioning to the store. "This way."Inside the store, in a small room in the back, is a large exoskeleton armed to the teeth."That'd be her!" Sylph says.
>>26634337>>26634301The T-45d and the ALICE have on-board computers, right?And radio's too, right?And one of the remaining Racers is Radical Edward.I don't see this going well for us.
>>26634383"ALICE does, but I don't think the T-45d has a radio or true on board computing," Scott says.
Rolled 6>>26634383Good point.Plus, ALICE doesn't look too fast.Sylph, do you have any Mass Effect hardsuits?More specifically, if you have special inventory, do you have TF38 modified ones?
>>26634447"HAD some..." Sylph says. "They... ah... sold out on the last stop I had. Sorry."
Rolled 45>>26634462Of course.How about a Dubstep Gun or the MURRICA GUN?Or have those even come on the market yet?
>>26634503"The... what?" Sylph asks, blinking. "I don't think I've even heard of those."
Rolled 81, 60, 54 = 195>>26634462Speaking of TF38 overstock, how about a couple pairs of their ART Specs, their enchanted Gauss Caster Rifle, or their enchanted MP5? With ammo, of course.
Rolled 3I guess a couple vials of RED-2-GENERIC would be too much to ask for.Alright, the ALICE suit is out because it can get hacked.And as nice as those ART Specs are, we do have to worry about Ed. Though at least they can just be taken off if she hacks into them, and they do come with an Autistic Mode that shuts down their communication suite.Let's start getting a price list together of the items so far offered so we can decide on what to get.
>>26634527"Ah, yes, I've got one or two pairs of ART specs. I don't believe I have the exact make as they did, but I DO have an enchanted Gauss rifle and a submachine somewhere in stock."
>>26634634The ART specs are definite, I can't remember what the other two have enchanted though.How'd you even get those, anyways?
>>26634634Sylph's SHOP:Lesser Sylph's Clothes - 2 Racer CardsPsi-Disruptor - Predator Gear, Plasma CasterHealing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian SubmachinegunCrate of Potions and Phoenix Downs - 2 Racer CardsLightsaber/ 3 E-Tanks - must make 2 purchasesPsi Armor and Advanced Bio-Stabilizer Mask - 1 Racer CardT-45d - ALICE Exo-Suit (can be hacked by Ed) - Imperial Guard Lasgun (unknown number of Power Packs) - 2 pairs of ART Specs - Enchanted Gauss Caster Rifle - Enchanted Caster MP5SD - We also need to know how many and what kind of Caster Bullets will be coming with the Caster Guns. We've already said that they need to come with their regular ammo, but we also need to know how many Fireball, Slow, Gravity, and Anti-Magic Shells we'll get with them.
>>26634692"I didn't say they were from your task force," Sylph says, wrapping her arms around her sides. "There are a few companies out there who like to experiment with combining this with that, and sometimes they run a little low on money. Then I show up.""So what's it enchanted with?" Scott asks."The gauss rifle just has basic enchantments on it to have it hit harder and aim easier. Oh, and unlimited ammunition," Sylph says. "The submachine gun fires tiny bolts of electricity instead of bullets. That's pretty magical, huh?"
Rolled 97>>26634634hmm... Odd question, but Sylph, do you have any actual Tachikomas?Running in autistic mode they won't be able to be hacked, so that might be a good idea.
>>26634802Yeah, if they run in autistic mode, they'll be safe from Edward (unless she actually gets close to them somehow and engages a hard link to one of their maintenance ports, which while unlikely, is the kind of thing she could do).Also, if it's one of Section 9's that developed sapience, it might be considered a Follower and therefore count against our Party Limit, rather than being considered autonomous equipment like the Luggage.Something to keep in mind.
>>26634783>Crate of Potions and Phoenix Downs - 2 Racer CardsThat should be 1 Racer card, she means she'll pay a crate for each.ALICE is 2 Cards.The T-45 is 1 Card.Sylph will include the ART Specs with purchase of the lasgun or the MP5 for 1 Card.The Gauss Rifle is 1 Card.
>>26634802>97."Actually, against all odds, I do have a pair of them. They're pricey, though. 2 Cards.">You can select a sapient Tachikoma that will count as a Party member, or a non-sapient one that will be less skilled, but not count against the limit.
>>26634834How many power packs does the lasgun come with?
>>26634798Gauss, Bio-Stabilizer, Crate, (not sure which 2/3 though) and Healing Pack are my choices. I don't want the disruptor anymore due to low range.
Rolled 89>>26634834hmm....The lasgun can hit like a .50 and recharge off of any electricity or even sunlight.Is the MP5 unlimited ammo as well?Since we're getting AR specs, Sylphie, do you have any Shadowrun 4 smartguns?Specifically an FN SCAR-H3 with an integral suppressor, electronic firing, Smargtun system with all camera upgrades, a selection of ammo, as well as a bipod and sling?Along with handline connections and a cryptosense module.
>>26634834>>26634855Oh, the unlimited ammo gauss rifle combined with ART Specs would make for a godly combination, but a Tachikoma would be really handy with their ability to be a vehicle to ride on, their onboard cannon, and their ability to scale walls.This is a really hard choice.Though buying the Healing Pack for our lesser guns is an obvious purchase I think we can all agree on.
>>26634834Sylph's SHOP:Lesser Sylph's Clothes - 2 Racer CardsPsi-Disruptor - Predator Gear, Plasma CasterHealing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian SubmachinegunCrate of Potions and Phoenix Downs - 1 Racer CardsLightsaber/ 3 E-Tanks - must make 2 purchasesPsi Armor and Advanced Bio-Stabilizer Mask - 1 Racer CardT-45d - 1 CardALICE Exo-Suit (can be hacked by Ed) - 2 CardsImperial Guard Lasgun (unknown number of Power Packs) - 1 Card2 pairs of ART Specs - included with purchase of Lasgun or MP5Enchanted Gauss Caster Rifle - 1 CardEnchanted Caster MP5SD - 1 Card1 Tachikoma (Sapient or Non-Sapient) - 2 Cards
>>26634865"Six.">>26634884No, the MP5 has a forty round magazine. And yes, I have several smartgun modules. I can attached them to most guns with a little work. I- oh. Yes, I've got one of those. Same price as the lasgun."
>>26635142What ammo types do you have for the SCAR?No point in getting it just for regular ammo and HE nades.
>>26635168"Just about every type you can name! Ammo is one thing I make sure never to be short on."
>>26635142>the MP5 has a forty round magazineI wonder if we should get the Lasgun instead of the MP5.Charlie is better suited for the MP5, since he said he's no good with energy weapons.The MP5 would also be easier for Elyse to use as well.But running out of ammo is something I'm worried about.
>>26635210So, 6 WP, 6 HE, 12 Frag, 6 smoke, 6 flashbang minigrenades, 60 round magazines, 240 APDS, 240 Subsonic, 120 SticknShock rounds, and 180 EX-Explosive rounds in 13 magazines of 60. What's that run?What do you have in terms of hand grenades, Sylph?
>>26635311Oh, and the SCAR's grenade launcher needs an Ammo Skip System and an Airburst Link. Forgot about that.
>>26635237We could get the Shadowrun weapons, even without a smartlink they're pretty boss with mods and special ammo.And the good ones have fun toys like integrated grenade launchers and airburst links and sometimes Multiple Round Simultaeneous Impact software.
>>26635311"I'd have to figure out how to include it with something. The two Cards you have are worth a fair amount, but you seem to have nothing to... well, 'make change' with," Sylph says. "I've got a full set of grenades I bought from X-COM a while ago. Explosive, Stun, Incendiary, and Smoke, twelve each. And all sorts of rifled grenades for under-barrel launchers."
>>26635627How about an Ares Thunderstruck Gauss Rifle with multiple mags of slugs and a satchel battery and several battery clips, with a full smartgun system?
>>26635745"If I have one, that'd be a Card.">Roll above an 80 and she has it.>Will pick up tomorrow, please have all purchases ready by 5 PM.
>>26635779It actually isn't that good, but it's stupidly long range, and it's intimidating as fuck.It's only advantage over a VAC is that the VAC is SS and needs to waste precious mod space for SA while the Thunderstruck comes with SA.We could also go for non-SR weapons, but those are the ones I can easily think of for good MP weapons, unless we want to get an Autistic only Huitzil that takes oral instructions only armed with a Gonryu and MP-LMG.
>>26635844A Set of Scrolls of Summon Construct or a brooch or something with a permanent Summon Construct enchantment? That way we can CALL KIRYU!
>>26635767 Vote Healing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian SubmachinegunGauss OR Lasgun & Bio Stabilizer Mast - 1 card, Predator Gear, Plasma Caster?Crate of Potions and Phoenix Down - 1 cardAssortment of grenades to make change with?
>>26635767Is this a valid trade? If so, voting for this:Enchanted Gauss Caster Rifle - 1 CardHealing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian Submachinegun3 E-Tanks - must make 2 purchasesFN SCAR-H3 with all the trimmings - 1 Racer CardART Specs - haggle Sylph into including them since we bought the Gauss Rifle and the SCAR-H3Armor Repairs and Healing - 2 Sentry GunsPsi Armor and Bio-Stabilizer Mask - Predator Gear, Broken Plasma Caster (We're keeping the Speargun since it's not broken and the combistick which is a really good melee weapon)
>>26640346It's not an Enchanted Gauss Caster Rifle, but an Enchanted Gauss Rifle. If it could fire caster shells AND have unlimited ammunition... well you'd have to produce another mountain of diamonds to pay it off. Or just bypass the middle man and buy a "I Win the Game Automatically" ticket from Sylph.>Those don't actually exist.That being said, a gauss rifle enchanted to be even stronger, with regenerating ammunition is still something to be reckoned with.You can haggle Sylph into including the Specs with the SCAR and Gauss, so that part's fine.
>>26640916Right, right. What about the Sentry Guns for the armor repairs, and trading the Predator Gear and Broken Plasma Caster for the Psi Armor and Bio-Stabilizer Mask?Sylph's SHOP:Lesser Sylph's Clothes - 2 Racer CardsPsi-Disruptor - Predator Gear, Plasma CasterHealing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian SubmachinegunCrate of Potions and Phoenix Downs - 1 Racer CardsLightsaber or 3 E-Tanks - must make 2 purchasesPsi Armor and Advanced Bio-Stabilizer Mask - 1 Racer CardT-45d - 1 CardALICE Exo-Suit (can be hacked by Ed) - 2 CardsImperial Guard Lasgun (6 Power Packs) - 1 Card2 pairs of ART Specs - included with purchase of Lasgun or MP5Enchanted Gauss Rifle - 1 CardEnchanted MP5 - 1 Card1 Tachikoma (Sapient or Non-Sapient) - 2 CardsFN SCAR-H3 with all the trimmings - 1 Card
>>26641034If you're not including the speargun or combistick, you'll have to choose either the Psi Armor or Mask.The Sentry Guns are worth more than armor repairs, so depending on the rest of your purchases, she would select something to discount or just make free.
>>26640346I'd prefer getting a sapient Tachikoma. They're useful as fuck, can get inside buildings, and have a Cloaking Device. Trade the Yautja gear + Combistick or Speargun for the Psi Armor and Mask and trade the Sentry Guns for the Gauss Rifle if we can. `
>>26641257>she would select something to discount or just make free.Would she be willing to trade the Psi Armor for all 3 Sentry Guns? Maybe if we also throw in the broken M56 Smartgun?
>>26641971One or two have been left behind in Alienworld though
>>26642035No. We took all three Sentry Guns with us when we left. Check back and you'll see that we didn't use any of them during that world.
>>26641257From here >>26640346Enchanted Gauss Rifle - 1 CardHealing Pack (3 Potions, 3 Mana Potions, 1 Phoenix Down) - 2 shotguns, 3 pistols, assorted tactical attachments, Bear Fur, 15 gold coins, Amestrian Submachinegun3 E-Tanks - must make 2 purchasesFN SCAR-H3 with all the trimmings - 1 Racer CardART Specs Armor Repairs and Healing - 2 Sentry GunsPsi Armor - Predator Gear, Broken Plasma CasterGet the Advanced Bio-Stabilizer Mask if the Sentry Guns will cover it.
>>26642156She'll trade the Armor for Sentry Guns, but the Mask will need the Caster and Gear, as it's a tad more valuable.
>>26642117> 3x VA-571C Robot Sentry Gun (x1500 rounds) *set up, current status unknown>>26642156The Stabilizer Mask is far more valuable. than the armor. It prevents any compulsions at all
>>26642186>3x VA-571C Robot Sentry Gun (x1500 rounds) *set up, current status unknownAll three were set up against Conti's gate, and the 'current status unknown' was for if they survived and how much ammo was left.We brought all three here, and were able to recover all three at the end of the fight here >>26629720
>>26642186The Mask prevents compulsions but can't do jack-shit against actual attacks. The Psi Armor works against both.The advantage that the Mask has is that it also works against mundane toxins.
We could invite her along as a follower.Then we could hitch a ride home, and win the race.
>>26642156This is the last list made. Is this what you are going with?
>>26643815Looks good to me.
>>26643917Why are we buying both guns? The gauss is understandable because Infinite Ammo, but why the other one?
>>26644006The other is auto-aiming. Also has vision mag, enhancement, low light, ultrasound, thermals.And nearly completely silent on single shot mode.And a grenade launcher.
Wait. We know where a couple people died. Lets go look for a couple more cards there before we lock in our choices.We might be able to get the Tachkoma too.
>>26644236Where are you looking?
>>26644368Place where the Spectre died, and where Conti and his goon died. Ask Mustang if they picked up the cards from those two, as well. Not sure if they're burnable since magic.
Rolled 36>>26644473"I thought they said they forced the Spectre to retreat after horribly injuring him?" Fat pipes up.You relay the request to Mustang and he has someone check the recovered items for any cards.
Rolled 59>>26644655A soldier informs you no such item was found.
>>26642156All right this is being locked in if there's no other suggestions in 10 minutes.
>>26644114Yeah but it's not better then a counter hacking mini-tank with gecko grips and a cloaking device.
>>26645179You make the purchases and Sylph gratefully accepts your payment.With the area clear, the soldiers escort you to a four story building, well furnished in the style of the times. Each of your group gets a room connected by the side doors most hotels have. Mustang's order is clear. Do not leave the hotel while you wait for word from the Elric brothers.That might be a long time in coming.In the hotel, Scott and his group have a chance to rest up and eat, and possibly plan. There is also the matter of distributing hte new gear you have bought. With the repaired comm-link, you can stay in touch with Sylph for the duration of her stay here as well.>Did you want Sylph to do anything else before she leaves?
>>26645465If you're picking stuff up, pay attention, there's a very dangerous local phemonema called Truth, which I assume you're familiar with.
>>26645465Actually, if she could show us what's on the Firemen Flashdrive and make a copy, that'd be great.There was also the matter of how much to Express Priority deliver the Flashdrive and the Narrator's Tome to the Guard.The Guard itself sounds like it needs a Bay of Pigs disaster to get its head out of its ass; taking the worst of aspects of the CIA and Mossad, and needing some cooler heads from MI6 and FSB.
>>26645813It sounds like everyone who isn't TF38 was affected by the rewrite, but they're at least not dumb enough to not let us stay ready to reform the Katamari.
>>26645465That was a waste of money. We should have ditched the SCAR and gotten the Tachikoma. Yellowman doesn't need ANOTHER goddamn Gun. He's got his pistols and the normal Gauss Rifle with a ton of bullets.
Would people be willing to accept a small alteration.We return the SCAR and the Dragonslayer and aquire a Tachikoma (sentient) instead?
>>26646193Only if we grab a lightsaber for Elyse. She needs an upgrade too.
>>26646324NO LIGHTSABER.Elyse does not have the precognitive abilities required to use one to it's full potential.
>>26646324THIS IS A BAD IDEA.DO YOU WANT AN AMPUTEE?
>>26646063Tachikoma cost 2 Racer Cards.Gauss Rifle costs 1 Racer Card.We only have 2 Racer Cards to sell.Buying a Tachikoma would mean not getting anything else. >>26646324The Energy Sword she uses is already as good as a Lightsaber, and getting one means not getting the E-Tanks which can recharge Yellowman's shields and Waldorf.In other words, it's a bad idea.
>>26646193So we send Burton home? We can only get one more Party Member right now.
>>26646519Depends on how highly the dragonslayer is valued at.We may be able to trade it in and make everyone happy. And get the Tachikoma with an On switch to change it to sentient later?
>>26646465>>26646491You do realize that like 90% of PSO's Swords aren't solid or solid backed right? They have no Guide Bar, they're just solid energy beams. And they give this shit to rookies. So every single PSO Rookie has the ability to effectively use a Lightsaber. Learn your canon, please. >>26646519>The Energy Sword she uses is already as good as a Lightsaber,This is a good reason though.
>>26646569Ha, watch; if we do trade in the Dragon Slayer, the next world is going to be full of dragons and half-dragons, from wyrmling to ancient wyrms.
>>26645813Sylph reports that the encryption on the drive is too advanced for her to decrypt. She can make a copy, though.All this arguing over what to buy... ah the fond memories of requisitions fights.Over the course of the rest of the day, military troops shepherd in the rest of the racers at one point or another. Namely Zangief, Rufus, and the Ghost. Each takes up residence in one of the hotel's rooms, though Zangief and Rufus remain at the hotel's restaurant eating massive amounts of food. The Ghost sequesters herself in her room.
>>26646744>Hides Dragonlance Campaign Setting book.Why, whatever do you mean?
>>26646820Let's go hang out with Rufus and Zangief.
>>26646820Did we warn Mustang that Six-Slash Sam has a portable tank cannon? We should warn him that Sam has a portable tank cannon.Yes, the Panther Assault Cannon is not a portable tank cannon, but it's close enough and we don't have to explain the differences between an assault cannon and a tank cannon this way.Also, no Ed? She's probably having the time of her life doing whatever, just itching to hack into our computers.Or she's already hacked Sam's cyberware again and using him as a puppet.
>>26646850You realize if you let us go anywhere near that, we're going to leave the race with an army of bribed Kender.Do you really want to unleash that on your universe?
>>26646820We'll take the copy of the Flashdrive, then.I suppose we may as well ask Zangief and Rufus what they want from the wish. Ghost chick is being antisocial, as always. >>26646887I'd much rather initiate the Kender Genocide.Fucking Kender.
>>26645813>The Guard itself sounds like it needs a Bay of Pigs disaster to get its head out of its ass; taking the worst of aspects of the CIA and Mossad, and needing some cooler heads from MI6 and FSB.What did I miss this time?
>>26647047Eh, they're breaking up Taskforce 38 because they're sure another problem like what happened will never happen again. Or in less politically correct terms. They're afraid we'll become another Crusade.
>>26647117No, we're being shuffled to train while still keeping our kit, and able to recalled to TF38 at a moment, but we're apparently having to re-equip our re-canon'd personnel on the sly and do a lot of shit unofficially.
>>26646947With not too much to do, and a burning hunger in your stomach, you descend the stairs down to the restaurant to see a large table piled high with dirty plates on one side, and untouched plates full of food on the other. Zangief and Rufus are in the middle, chowing down."Comrades!" Zangief says, standing. "You fight well against dragon! Come! Sit! We talk about many things when our mouths tire of food and drink, yes?"
>>26647231Don't worry, TF38's G-Force unit is being kept together. We'll be taking care of the Kaiju/Toku/Mecha canons during Peacetime, but if you ever need a couple of Mecha Kaiju and Stupidly Powerful Ships, we'll be ready.
>>26647271And Vitun, Aeshma, Gondegal and the Abjurers are all together as well. (with a certain artifact that teaches all D&D spells).Those guys will be obscenely wealthy iwhen we go get them again.
>>26647257Indeed.Also, we should see if Sylph is willing to do a quick trade on some of our kit, unless Charlie wants to use the Gauss rifle.
>>26647257Sure. May as well get some food and see what they're going to wish for.
>>26647551"All right. What's good on the menu?" Scott asks, taking a seat. Rufus chuckles, talking through a mouth full of roast beef."Everything! This place is AWESOME, man!" the fat fighter says."I guess I'll have some of what they're having," Scott says, motioning to a waiter. "So... what are you guys gonna wish for if you win?""I will use wish for glory of Mother Russia!" Zangief says, pounding the table for emphasis. "I wish for all the world to know we are best, most powerful country in world! For all children to be proud of their rich heritage! For all citizens to stand tall and strong!""I'm gonna wish that Ken Masters goes broke and then steps on a nail," Rufus says, laughing."If you win wish," Zangief says. "We agreed to fight it out. Whoever wins, gets wish. Best two of three knock outs."
>>26647763"Sort of the same deal that we've got going, except we're going to play a game of poker for it."Though I have to say, on a couple of different worlds, President Putin seems to be doing an okay job of bringing back pride in the Motherland. At the very least, he brought back the Victory Day Parades."It's kind of sounding tempting to simply drop out now and head back to Guard territory; most of the remaining Racers have wishes that won't have any lasting negative effects on the Meta.
>>26647915"There's another President Putin out there who you might want to try a fight with, only that she's a young girl...."
>>26647915"Bah! Poker game for liars and cheats!" Zangief says, pounding his chest with both fists. "Fighting is true way to see who is worthy of victory!"
>>26647915Most of the other racers that probably did have lasting effects are probably dead. Except that Ghost and that Specter and probably Burton.
>>26648062"Card games is what's fair for my group, at least. Eh, maybe if I had one of those TF38 Lazarus nanite booster treatments, I'd take you on."So, you've fought Six-Slash Sam yet? Or know who that Spectre is working for? His partner in the suit had some kind of emergency recall device, so they probably work for someone with a bit of pull."
>>26648302"What spectre? I see no ghosts racing for prize," Zangief says, taking a long, long drink from a cold steel mug. "Which man in suit? Oh, you mean the one that didn't die. And the one that didn't follow you, yes? He and his partner are very strange.""Yeah, I can't figure them out," Rufus says, scratching his chin. "They tripped us up pretty nice with some of that mind mumbo jumbo, but they coul- I made it look like they could've killed us as part of a brilliant ploy. They didn't take it though.""But I've seen them ruthlessly kill many minions of that slime Conti, and try to kill him as well," Zangief says, waving a turkey leg around. "They also kill big man with big gun, and earlier on, they almost kill invisible alien. He got away, though."
>>26648399"Ah, Conti. I think everyone can agree he was a slimeball. Too bad one of the locals, Roy Mustang, already beat everyone to the punch for that. Though Conti still seems to have had the last laugh by activating some kind of spoil-sport option."Big man with a big gun, huh? Wonder if that was Sam. Oh well."
>>26648518I hope not. Even if Sam was "Evil" he was still decent.
>>26648518"We didn't know name," Zangief says. "Had good laugh to see someone blew Conti's arm off, though. Too bad no one got the other.""Yeah..." Scott says with a chuckle as his food arrives.>If you are finished interacting with the other racers, I can move it to the next scene.
>>26648871I think we're good, unless we want to ask Burton more about how he progressed through the race.
>>26648871I'd like to talk with Burton a little, ask more in detail how Ed got into the lead.Also if any other Racers get caught by the Amestrian Military.
>>26648871Let's ask Burton a question or two, like how he survived The Spy.
>>26649035When Scott returns to the room, he approaches Burton."Heya Burt.""God, you know I hate that. Burton or nothing, I'm not a cloth puppet.""Sorry. Anyway, can I ask you a few questions?""You're the commanding officer, not me.""Good point," Scott says, sitting down on one of the beds. "Any other Racers get caught by the Military?""Only the ones I've seen since I got here with you," Burton replies. "The membership's really declined since this all began.""I guess it has. How'd Ed get into the lead?""She doesn't fuck around. Well, she does, actually, I mean she dances from place to place or sings songs like she doesn't give a fuck. What I mean is that she tends to go straight from the entry point to the exit for each stage, and she's scarily intelligent on managing to find just the right path to take. Not to mention she managed to hack into that one cyborg for a while and basically use him to take all the heat off her while she dashed ahead. Mainly she just seems to be focused on racing. Everyone else is so worried about taking each other out to thin the competition and bothering with schemes and traps, the only one not bothering with that stuff is beating them all. It's sort of funny.""What about you, aren't you racing?" Scott asks. Burton shrugs."I honestly don't care. I joined the race because I figured I wasn't doing anything else. I never really expected to win, just thought I should probably give it a try."
>>26649592"The Spy? That's easy. His knife hit an armor plate in my vest. I pretended to scream and collapse, and the confident fuck just waltzed off without even bothering to check if I was dead."
>>26649685>>26649703How'd you make your way through the Oglaf-verse and the AvP-verse? It seemed like Conti and the Yaujta racer were intent on making everyone's lives a living hell during those runs. Have you seen any sign of the other racers aside from us and the others that were forced to retreat during the Crystal Dragon battle? There should be at least two other racers who seemed fairly indestructible, seeing as how they survived bumping into the TF2 crew and a zepplin crash.
>>26649685>>26649703"Oh hey, did you see Excel and Hayate? Those two are nearly indestructible. What about the OTHER Star Wars bounty hunter? The one that was partnered with an assassin droid till the Sorceress in the Oglaf Canon turned it into dust."
>>26649703That's believable---Wait. The Spy's disguise only works with backstabs!
>>26650174"Where do you think the plate was?">>26650095"Saw them? Yeah. I shot them with my Impact Cannon and they just fly back in the air about a few hundred feet, completely blackened. Saw 'em a few hours later they were fine. They stayed away after I shot them the first time, though. Couldn't have been pleasant. Had a fight with the bounty hunter. Couldn't land a shot on him with my cannon while he was buzzing around on his damn repulsors, but when he landed to steady a shot I managed to nail him in the chest then run. Didn't see the droid.">>26650004"Very carefully. Conti stayed clear of me, but he set up more than a few traps I had to slug through. Yautja boy almost had me, but then the Spectre showed up and he switched targets pretty fast. I booked it outta there."
>>26650298"Yeah, the bounty hunter in the flying power armor? Elyse fried him with a souvenir we picked up from the Sorceress' castle. Too bad it flew away, though. Would have been mighty useful to keep."Did you ever see what happened to that Ultramarine? And I think there was another Racer, another guy in power armor."Anyway, you learn any more about these ComTrader guys? They've got enough weapons, logistics, and tech to be their own Meta-Faction."I think we need to determine if we keep Barton, or we tell him to hitch a ride with Sylph to get back to the Guard, so that at least one of us reports what's going on here.
>>26650560Voting for hitching a ride. That is, unless we know his wish.
>>26650560"The Sister of Butthole and Ultramarine never made it out of the alien hive as far I can tell," Burton says. "As for ComTrader, I haven't been able to poke around much given the race and all. From what I could gather during the party at the start they have an amazing amount of wealth which they've gained through careful management of inter-planar trading around here, which they have a monopoly on in some parts. A lot of things needed by one world might be common on another. Firearms and medicine are relatively easy to buy on say, Shadowrun-era Seattle. Ship them to a medieval kingdom and you can trade them for a lot more gold than you could cash. Post apocalyptic civilization struggling to survive? Supply them with loaned basic necessities, and when they're thriving again, notify them of their bill. That last example seems to prove they've been around a far time, and play a long game." Burton frowns. "It could be worse, though. They seem to operate by their own mercantile code of conduct as far as I can tell. Sort of like the Melnorme."
>>26650717"Hey Burton, what was your wish gonna be?" Scott asks. Burton blinks."Uh... I never really thought about it, to be honest. I guess I'd like my own planet, full of servants and limitless riches where I can spend the rest of my days in decadence, or at least until I purchase life-extension treatments.""Well you sure think small," Scott dryly says.
>>26650787>>26650747Eh, he could have asked for an arm of a galaxy, you know. The Transpace Guard's retirement package isn't bad, but you have to admit that it's not exactly the best, either. And that kind of wish doesn't seem too bad since it would be limited to a single planet. From what Sylph was saying, it doesn't sound like ComTrader has much dealings with the TSAB or other Meta-Factions we're familiar with, though they might still have some local branches under different names in IDPKB and Parallel Worlds territory.
>>26650747Given we weren't aware of them, we'll still need to get a task force out here to investigate possible meta contamination anyways, since we've never heard of these guys.
>>26650787Alright, I think that's all of the questions for now. Though we should consider what Ed might be doing right now to try to get ahead in the race.
>>26651422She needs an alchemist in order to open the gate. Someone of extreme talent. Our resident sewer creeper? Maybe see Izumi if she's somehow in town. Mustang's got a 50/50 chance of having told us whether or not she's been to see him.Alternatively, and more worryingly, there is the possibility that she's trying to learn Alchemy herself. Edward and Alphonse learned alchemy mostly on their own until they met Izumi, and we know that Ed is smart enough that she could conceivably learn enough to attempt the transmutation herself.
>>26651422The rest of the day passes all swiftly as everyone eats and sleeps, a rare opportunity to do so in comfort.>Someone heals 1 Wound due to the bedroll.The next day, Mustang sends troops to fetch all the assembled racers to the First Laboratory, where a room has been prepared for them. Edward and Alphonse stand with Mustang and Armstrong around a large and complex transmutation circle at the center of an otherwise bare brick room."Well as it turns out, it wasn't as difficult as we thought," Edward says with a big grin on his face. "It turned out to be fairly easy to figure out how to use the Cards to open your 'gates.""Obviously we haven't tested it yet, though," Alphone says, looking over the group with worry. "Are you SURE about this?""They're sure," Mustang says, arms crossed. "You'll pardon my lack of manners, but after the mess you've already caused, I'm a little anxious to see you on your way.""We could be sending them to their deaths you know," Alphonse says, a reproachful look directed at the Brigadier General. Mustang scoffs."I doubt it. For people like these, things always seem to work out somehow. To some degree at least," he says. "I guess the only question left is who goes first?""We must all go!" Zangief says, pushing his way forward. "If one person goes first alone, they get unfair advantage. All go at once, the race continues fairly!""Boldly said, my friend," Armstrong nods. "As expected of a man blessed with exceptional and powerful muscles like my own.""But if we do that and the circle doesn't work, we're all dead!" Elyse pipes up. "Or worse...""Hey if you guys wanna stay behind and let us have a bit of a lead, that's fine by me," Rufus says, walking up beside Zangief. "Whenever you guys are ready! Let's rev this baby UP!"The Ghost wordlessly walks up to join the two street fighters."Guess that's our cue," Burton says, looking over to Scott. "Go big or go home, cap'n?">Let the others go first.>Go together.
>>26652724Go together.We can't risk time dilation shenanigans since we don't know what the fuck is happening with Ed.
>>26652724I'll wrap up this thread tomorrow when I get up. Was going to try and press on a bit, but anything I write now is going to suck.
>>26652724Go together.Also, Scott should use the Magic Bedroll because he's got the lowest HP out of everyone.
>>26653100Someone wanted to try to haggle Sylph into taking the SCAR-H3 and the Dragon Slayer Sword for a Tachikoma (non-sapient or sapient).Is that deal possible, has that ship already set sail, or is the Tachikoma simply too expensive?
>>26656397A little bit of both, especially since you haven't fully paid for the Dragon Slayer yet. You put a down payment on it and then invoiced the rest to the Guard.>>26654327>>26653023"We'll all go together," Scott says, stepping forward. "We'll all split up, and the truce wont' stop until we're all safely away from each other. That fair?"The others slowly nod."All right then," Scott says, everyone taking positions in the circle. "Let's do this."Alphone claps his hands and kneels, slamming them against the circle's edge as it flares with light and a single horrific eye begins to open down the center of the circle. Scott hears a metallic clang and barely glimpses someone jumping down from a ceiling vent before everything goes white.The next moment, Scott, Elyse, Fat-Fot-Pot, Charlie, and Burton are in an endless expanse of white, standing before a great black metal door carved with a great mural of some sort. Sitting before that mural is a being that looks more like an outline of a man with a horrible, toothy smile."Hello," he says in a voice that sounds like many speaking at once.
>>26658638Ed probably was the one that jumped down the vent. Or the Spectre.Scott, is that Wrath? No, Truth?
>>26658798"Hey, who are you?" Scott asks, stepping forward."Oh, I'm glad you asked that," the humanoid says, grinning wider. "I am what you call the world. Or perhaps the universe, or perhaps God, or perhaps all, or perhaps one, yet I am also..."The figure points at the assembled racers. "...not you. Interesting. Welcome, you fools, to a place beyond you."
>>26659102"Well, this is another fine mess we're in. The others are nowhere to be found, and where's the big sign for the exit that we were expecting?"Now, Truth, is that Gate yours or ours? Because we came here with our own. Or at least, should have."Something's wrong; where are the others? Zangief, Rufus, the Ghost, and whoever joined at the last minute?
>>26659300"Oh, it's all yours, I assure you," Truth says. "Do you wish to pass? Go right ahead if you want to give me my choosing of toll. Or offer something. What would you sacrifice for this race of yours, hmm? How far are you willing to go to get ahead?"
>>26659966That wasn't part of the Race. This Gate belongs to ComTrader, the Truth shouldn't be able to demand a toll from us using a Gate that's not the Truth's.
>26660026Are you telling Scott to say that?
>>26660468Not yet, just thinking it over.Though, I'll tell Scott to say this."If this is our Gate and not yours, why do we have to pay your toll?"
>>26660540"The Gate might be yours, but how do you intend to pass through without my opening it? How do you intend to leave here without paying the price for doing so? Everything you do has a cost, and this one must be paid up front," the Truth says, with some delight. "Did you really come here unprepared to pay? Did you think you'd just arrive at my doorstep and I'd wave hello and open up for you? Don't make me laugh!"
>>26661293"Mostly I thought that ComTrader created a pseudo-Gate that merely uses an Alchemist as the catalyst for opening it, and that you have nothing to do with it. "This is ComTrader's Gate, and ComTrader's Race, and so it should be ComTrader's toll."Scott, you still got your Racer Card? Is it reacting at all to the Gate? I wonder if the Card can open the Gate, since this Gate is generated from a Card.
You want a toll.I offer you my knowledge of the future of this canon. I offer to you knowledge of another Truth, much like you. Another world, much like this one.Does that pique your interest?
>>26661562Sounds dangerous, to offer Meta Knowledge.Though Truth is restrained to this Canon, and this is after the end of the series, which mitigates the contamination.Definitely something to consider.
>>26661657Simply our knowledge of Full Metal Alchemist, both Brotherhood and the original.Nothing more.I believe he may be interested in knowing of another being of his kind.
>>26661707It still feels like he's being an opportunistic shitbag, though.We were implanted with artificial Gates by ComTrader; we shouldn't have to pay a toll.
>>26661707>>26661734Wait, wait. Shit.Could this be another Ahriman at Rivendell situation?Like, we're so focused on what our opponent is Canonically capable of, that we don't realize what he's REALLY capable of in the current location?Like, we went to all that trouble getting Ahriman that Ring, when he was actually depowered the entire time. He didn't even have to bluff us, we simply assumed he still had his powers.Maybe Truth isn't really needed to open the Gate, we just need to call his bluff.
>>26661451"ComTrader's Gate? Hmmhmhmhmhm. Perhaps. But what lies beyond the Gate? That is my domain. A domain you seek to enter. Even if this 'ComTrader' sought to circumvent me, they have failed, and the toll must still be paid.""My card is reacting, yes," Scott mentally replies. "I have no idea how we'd use it to open the Gate though.">>26661562"Worlds outside my own? Interesting. You want your sacrifice to be the knowledge you have of this, then? Perhaps... Perhaps that will suffice. For you.""Hey what about the rest of us? I don't know anything about these other places!" Charlie pipes up. Truth's grin widens."Well I guess we'll have to find something different for you, then. You seem a creature prone to various sorts of lusts... Perhaps your sense of taste? Or physical sensation?" Truth asks. Charlie blanches."Starting to think the whole Gate thing was a real, real bad idea, chief," Charlie says.
>>26661916"Yeah, except our destination isn't your domain beyond the Gate. We have a different destination in mind. So...you want us to pay you for going somewhere we're not intending to go? Does that sound about right?"Should we just approach the Gate, see if the Card's reaction gets stronger and simply opens the portal?I really think that the Truth is trying to con us here.
>>26662049"This is amazing! I've never seen someone haggle so fiercely for a free ride!" Truth says, laughing. "Anything that passes through one of these Gates enters, for however long, my domain."
>>26662428I don't like it. I still think Truth is bluffing.Scott, examine the Gate closer; does it match what was in Brotherhood?
>>26662629Scott advances forward a little."No. The design is completely different. The tree design and the letters on it look..." Scott pauses. "...it almost looks like one of the potential models for Canon mapping that they taught us at the academy.""Are we done talking? What a shame. When you get close enough to the Gate, I'll open it for you... and assuming you haven't chosen something else, I'll just consider myself free to pick something," the Truth says. "Just being here in this space requires a toll, after all.""You're a poor excuse for a 'God'," Elyse says, her voice a low whisper as her eyes narrow at the belligerent being. "What use do you even have for such tolls?""They say the Truth is harsh and cruel, you know," Truth says, nonplussed by Elyse's comments. "Do you want to know why I take such tolls? I can grant you that knowledge and more. For a price of course."
>>26662822No, how about the Truth steps away from the Gate instead. If he's truly needed to open it, then us getting closer wont matter. But if he's been lying all this time, the Gate will open in response to our Card and let us through.
>>26662822Or, you're lying to us to try to get a toll from us that can and will be paid by our card.I don't think you're telling us the actual Truth.You're just trying to con us out of knowledge.
>>26663118Uhoh, don't say shit like this in front of the likes of Truth or Ravel!
>>26663118As well, as you've done before, the Cards contain the toll we need to pay, so why not just accept that instead of trying to take from us?
>>26662822Ask Truth to look at the cards as proof of what we're saying.
>>26663568>>26663580>>26663118"Ooooh, so you want to offer up your Card to pay for the toll?" the Truth asks, turning his eyeless gaze on the card Scott holds up. "I think I can accept that."
>>26663745Not the entire card, but I believe there is something in it specifically for you.I'm not sure what, but I doubt that the organizers did not see the eventuality.
>>26663745Just the toll inside it meant for you not the entire card. So far ComTrader has know what they were doing, I doubt they would have overlooked this.
>>26663745Yeah tell him this in >>26663784
>>26663784>>26663816The Truth laughs. "Perhaps they know what they are doing, but do you? I will accept your cards in order to proceed. Yours, Charlie's and Elyse's. You right, though, in that there is something in there that'd I'd say appeals to me. So I will take your cards."
>>26663816"And that DOES mean the entire card."
I already offered Knowledge for Scott's toll.>I wonder if Charlie can't just give an arm and a leg and let Elyse cast Regenerate on it.
>>26664053"Can't I trade you my knowledge instead of my Card?" Scott asks."Certainly, if that's what you want," the Truth replies. "I still need your friends' cards."
>>26664494I still suggest getting Truth to step away and for us to see if he does so or not, and if the Gate opens for us with the Card or not.
>>26665174>if the Gate opens for us with the Card or notThat doesn't sound right, if Truth and the Gate are part of one whole thing.
>>26665264Except that they're not necessarily. This is an artificial Gate created by ComTrader, while this is the native Canon's Truth. The murals on the gate show that it most definitely is not the one from the anime or manga series.
>>26662822Yellowman, does the mural look like this?
>>26665535He already said no:>>26662822>"No. The design is completely different. The tree design and the letters on it look..." Scott pauses. "...it almost looks like one of the potential models for Canon mapping that they taught us at the academy."
>>26665587And? Yellowman's been wrong before, it's worth asking specifically.
>>26662822>I can grant you that knowledge and moreWe don't want and shouldn't need that knowledge.
>>26662822>"Are we done talking? What a shame. When you get close enough to the Gate, I'll open it for you... and assuming you haven't chosen something else, I'll just consider myself free to pick something," the Truth says. "Just being here in this space requires a toll, after all."You're lying. Alphonse's body existed in here without a toll. As well, Edward Elric was able to approach his gate within arm's reach without it opening before he revealed what he was going to give up in exchange for his brother's body.For you to be pushing this hard for us to give you something before approaching it means you have no control over the gate. Otherwise we'd be able to walk directly up to it without a problem. Unless we can, which means you'll have no problem letting us walk up to it, and it won't open. Yellowman, look for the Back Door. It's usually over there.
Waiting on OP.
We're on Page 8 and in autosage.
>>26667213At least we're archived this time.
>>26666924If it's taking this long, MetaOP probably got auto-banned by the word filter.
>>26667454Nah, he'd be in IRC complaining about the stupid word filter.He probably fell asleep or had to run to work quick.
>>26665936"Go ahead, but I'm not used to waiting this long for a simple decision. And Alphonse paid a toll, a very dear one indeed.">>26667516Close. There was a bit of an incident with the family. That's all I'm saying.
>>26668595Wow, we're almost off the board with autosage. Sorry for the sudden vanish, we'll pick up same time next week. I'll linger and answer as many questions/actions as I can before the thread poofs, though.
>>26668642Do we know how many worlds the Race is composed of? Is this the last world, or are there are few more left?Burton, Charlie, or Elyse should be able to answer since they were at the big buffet in the very beginning when the race was announced.
>>26668679"Only one more after this one," Burton says. "The prize is supposed to be there, somewhere."