Woooo, it's that time of the week again! Time for a side chapter. Gonna try to keep this one short, but we'll see how it goes!Archive (1 and 2): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Valkyrian%20Mercs%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandDon't know what Valkyria Chronicles is? Check it out here! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkyria_Chronicles or http://valkyria.wikia.com/wiki/Valkyria_WikiYou are LARA WILLIAMS, a pilot trainee in the Sturmfuhrer Academy's flight training program. You're already a few weeks into your training, to the point where Edge and the other flight instructors feel that you're ready to start flying aircraft on you own!You have honestly never been more excited in your life.You are so excited, in fact, you actually get up a couple hours earlier than you usually do, just so you can be sure you're totally ready and on time. After a quick shower, you quietly exit your room so as not to disturb your dorm mates, and exit the building. By this point, the early birds are starting to get up.Actually, you wonder if you can catch Lucas or your other friends in Tier One. You've still got ample time left. Then again, you do remember that you tend to get carried away, so maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea...>Let's find Lucas!>Let's find someone else! [specify]>Should probably get some breakfast and say hi to Mom.>Just go straight to class.>Other
>>27031888>>Should probably get some breakfast and say hi to Mom.
>>27031888>Let's find Lucas!
>>27031923>>27031906Do both! We are likely too excited to think twice about waking Lucas up and want to share with both him and mom.
>>27031888>Should probably get some breakfast and say hi to Mom.
>>27031888>You are LARA WILLIAMS, a pilot trainee in the Sturmfuhrer Academy's flight training program.Yay, flying time!>>27031940This.
>>27031888Hmmm, breakfast would be good. Like Mom always said, it was the most important meal of the day!The mess hall fairly empty, which is to be expected at this hour. Mostly it was just the early birds, some of the faculty, and the advanced class students that would be up this early. Fortunately, this mean that the line was obscenely short, so you wouldn't have to wait too long for food. Plus you'd get it while it was still fresh!"Lara! Sweetie!" You mom cooes as you reach her section of the line. "How have you been doing?""I'm doing great, Mom. We're going to be doing our first solo flights today!" You beam."That's wonderful!" Mom smiles. "This calls for a special treat!""Oh no, Mom, I don't want everybody getting jealous of me again-""Don't be silly! Special girls should get special treats!" Your mom starts humming as she starts whipping up some of her world famous Osean Toast. You could just FEEL the jealous eyes of the other students drilling into your back."So how's Lucas been doing?" You mom continues as she does her delicious work. "With the hours Tarin and Ramirez set up for him, he hardly manages to come in when I'm on duty! I just get so worried about him!"(cont)
>>27032358"Mom, Luke can handle himself." You sigh. "And he can't, I'm sure Lucina can bail him out like she always does.""Hmmmmmm, I guess." Mom pouts. Seriously, and you were supposed to be the kid here! "Anyways, here you go!"Mom then hands you the steaming hot plate of Osean Toast. You don't want to admit it but your mouth is watering at the sight. It's almost worth having half the mess hall present hating you over it."Good luck and have fun in class!" Mom calls out as you exit the line.You wave your goodbye to her and then turn to scan the mess hall proper. You see some of your classmates have beaten you here, already wolfing down their plates.And... you see Charlotte and Falynn at another table. You haven't seen them in forever, either, now that you think about it. Plus, maybe Lucas might show up...?>Head for your classmates.>Head for the Twins.>Other
>>27032380>>Head for your classmates.
>>27032380>>Head for the Twins.
Rolled 2>>27032380Arrrrggggg.. Classmates or childhood friends?Screw it. I'll let /tg/ decide.1) Classmates2) Twins
>>27032380>>Head for your classmates.Might as well talk to our flying peeps.
>>27032380>Head for the Twins.
>>27032358>first solo flightsI remember my first solo. Fuckin' glorious feeling.>>27032380>Head for the Twins.
>>27032380>Head for the Twins.The Williams family has naturally fluffy hair.
>>27032380>Head for your classmates.Important to know who our potential wingmates are
>>27032451Wouldn't that make us wanna stay away though...?
So guys, when Lara eventually reaches her unit, is she going to heed the lesson of the Legend of Shaved Dog's Ass?
>>27032380>>Head for the Twins.Haha, stormfuhrer time!
>>27032460True, but I think our classmates will jump for our toast
>>27032474The what?Shes shaved before flying?
>>27032507The Legend of Shaved Dog's Ass is a song about how a new guy to a squadron can become the greatest wingman ever. It was written and performed by Chris "Snooze" Kurek and Rob "Trip" Raymond, two actual USAF fighter pilots (Viper jockeys, specifically).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjso35OpXNk
Does Lara have a nickname? I forgot if she had one.
>>27032592I don't think so, not yet. Callsigns are earned after you actually get a billet. They're usually insulting. However, pilot's code rules that if a girl asks what a buddy's callsign is in a bar, and it's embarrassing, you are to make up a cool one for them on the spot.
>>27032592Has to become an Ace first
>>27032628Only applies to pilots. The ground crew will tell the broad everything. Fuck you, O'Malley.
I have a feeling this song will become relevant shortly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBfkbO0JuU8
>>27032662Well if you're a pilot and relying on your groundcrew in the bar you probably are doing something wrong.
>>27032679But I think Lara already broke one of the rules of piloting. >Never be friends with the groundpounders.
>>27032662>The ground crew will tell the broad everything.It's your own fault for breaking their plane all the time.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLPoTNnKAk
>>27032592Now that you think about it, how about Alpha Team's nicknames? I know we got a few of them like Whitefeather or Sparky, but how about everyone else?
>>27032750They'll happen with time. Don't try to force them, just let them come.
>>27032704Ground pounders are fine if they are as cool as us.Ground crew on the other hand...
>>27032750This quest needs more Sparky. :(
>>27032799So...Tier One bro's are good. Pvt. McFuckstick from the 501st Waterdogs is not.
To the guys who let me know that blops 2 actually tries new things, I have only this to say:FUCK THE STRIKE FORCE MISSIONS! I just fucking know that these shitty-ass missions, where I'm supposed to be commanding guys who literally can't hit a man five feet in front of him against fucking aimbotting assholes are going to fuck me out of a good ending. I'm playing on Veteran and literally every other mission is piss easy, but these fucking things are gonna fuck me out of getting all the endings, I just know it. I literally turned the fucking game off after FOB Specter and haven't picked it back up yet because I am STILL pissed at that bullshit. Polite sage for largely off-topic bitching about vidya.
>>27032886...Yeeeep, that pretty much my reaction as well.And they only get HARDER as well.Save yourself the pain, and do only Hard. It's fucking amazing how easy it seems next to Veteran.
>>27032886You can just not do the Strike Force missions, but it'll fuck you out of a good ending.
>>27032507No comment.>>27032592Not yet. Some of her classmates already have one but she's yet to pick one up herself.>>27032380"Char! Fal! It's been forever!" You say as you slide into a seat next to the Sturmfuhrer Twins. "How have things been going?""Man, you should've joined Tier One with us!" Charlotte says, half a sausage still hanging out of her mouth. "We do all the coolest stuff!""Charlotte. Chew and swallow." Falynn interjects."Yeah yeah, just a second." Charlotte says as she gobbles down what's left of the sausage. "Anyways, we just did our first, honest to god paradrop yesterday! It was soooooooo awesome!""I still don't get why we'd ever need to jump out of perfectly good plane." Falynn frowns."Because it's something Dad would totally do.""...you have a point.""I'm sort of with Fal here." You laugh nervously. "If we have to use a parachute, that means something's gone horribly wrong.""And that's why pilots will always be pussies in my eyes." Charlotte nods. "No offense, Lara.""No no, I understand." You sigh. You guess this was what the traditional rivalry between pilots and "groundpounders" was like. "Anyways, it's good to see you're both still okay. I heard a lot of people get hurt... or even killed... during the paradrops.""It is one of the statistically highest methods of getting injured in the Academy." Falynn affirms."Shush, Falynn, you're not helping." Charlotte elbows her twin sister slightly.(cont)
>>27032886Your strike force characters/devices are USELESS unless you play them personally (with the exception being that ground convoy escort mission)They're almost impossible on veteran
>>27032952"Well, how did Luke do?" You ask."He was the first out the door." Charlotte nods. "I almost thought he looked really cool there for a second, and then he started screaming like a little girl all the way down.""Yeah, that sounds like him all right." You laugh."And uh, don't tell him I told you that.""Okay, okay, I promise!" You snicker. You then glance at the clock and gasp. "Gaaaaah, it's almost class!"Of course you got carried away again. You jam the toast in your mouth pick up your bag and wave your goodbyes to the Twins before bolting out the door.>roll 1d20
>>27032960dragonfires OPnerf nao pls
>>27032963>late for class>toast in mouth>running out the door>roll 1d20I can see *exactly* how this is going to end.
>>27032918>And they only get HARDER as well.Fuuuuuuck.>>27032949>but it'll fuck you out of a good ending.And that's why I don't want to NOT do them.It's a really cool idea, but the execution is just terrible. Honestly, a better execution would be to have you sitting there, watching the helmet cams, and just have the player making calls. Make you actually sit back and be a handler for another team, don't do a really badly executed pseudo-RTS. Because THAT would have been cool.>>27032952>Falynn is called "Fal" for shortSo is there any way we can upgrade her primary weapon to a battle rifle?>>27032952>It is one of the statistically highest methods of getting injured in the AcademyHe was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright.He checked off his equipment and made sure his pack was tight.He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar.You ain't gonna jump no more.
>>27033085You're playing on Veteran man, it's supposed to be stupidly hard.Trust me, just do Hard, it's amazing what the difference is.
So Merc, what's the color of the shoothouse door at Sturmfuhrer academy?
Rolled 10>>27033346Pink. Because Sam got to it first.
>>27033346There is no door.
>>27033408That's how my high school was designed. Just an open door leading to a barrier wall you walk around. It was kinda unnerving, as anyone talking in the hall outside was very clear when you sat on the crapper.
>>27033408Sparky got to it.
>>27032985Fortunately, you don't run into any obstacles you can't dodge or avoid as you sprint to class. You manage to get to class with enough time to spare to finish off Mom's Osean toast before going inside.As expected, most of your class is already present. They're already all divided up into individual flights of four, which are the groups that would be flying together for the duration of training. You make your way to where your flight, Red Flight, is assigned to sit."Hey guys!" You say happily as you take your seat. It looks like your three wingmates were all here.There was Wendell "Wedge" Antilles, your flight lead. He was a pretty cool, laid back sort of guy, but a pretty deadly pilot.Bill "Biggs" Griggs, who was Wedge's wingman. He was sort of the straight and narrow guy of the flight, and basically inseparable from Wedge. You could totally see them being a couple...NO! FOCUS, LARA!Last but not least was Fleur Blanc. She had a bit of an attitude but her situational awareness was unparalleled."Hey, I thought you of all people would be here first!" Wedge admonishes you as you take your seat."Sorry, I got a bit distracted." You sigh. "Did Edge start yet?""Nah, you're just in time."As if on cue, your instructor Edge takes her spot at the head of the class."Good morning, class, we've got a big day today!" Edge grins as she scans the classroom. "Your first solo flight, as well as your first combat exercise!"Everybody starts mumbling. A combat exercise this early?"Okay, here are the assignments!" Edge announces loudly. "Today we'll be having Red, Blue, and Gold Flights flying. This exercise is going to be a simple Interception mission, with Gold Flight doing ground attack. Red Flight, since you've got the highest score right now, you get to pick your role.">Escort>Intercept
>>27033112>just do HardExcept that there's no way to lower difficulty during the Strike Force missions, only during regular ones. So, I have to play an already piss-easy game on a lower difficulty, just so I don't get fucked by the one mission type being literally BROKEN. The AI soldiers under my command not being able to wipe their own ass if I'm not directly controlling them is not a feature, it is just the missions being shit. I'm really loving the rest of the game, but this is some bullshit.
>>27033541Are you kidding me? Biggs and Wedge? I expected many things, but not that.
>>27033541Let us begin>InterceptGet your egg and fours and let's bring the bacon home!
>>27033541>InterceptFuck escort missions
>>27033541>EscortOh god, Lara's a Fujoshi
>>27033541>>EscortMust be the best
Rolled 15>>27033541Intercept because escort missions suck balls each time every time.
>>27033541>>InterceptTime to get Zero playing in the background
>>27033541>Fujoshi LaraI can't wait till she sees Lucas dragging Morgan around.
>>27033541>InterceptNo babysitting for us.
>>27033541>InterceptAlso, is our sister a fujoshi?
Rolled 8>>27033599https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wiskH1UE4cSpanish Guitar Intensifies.
>>27033599Man I love that song. I can't go for a walk without listening to it once for twice
>>27033627Anybody have the ability to make a pic for that since we use it every thread?
>>27033623Found a Digitally Remastered Extended edition.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80XAJKqRU9k
>>27033570I'll have you know that Wedge and Biggs had traditionally been NPCs in most of the older Final Fantasy games...
>>27033682Not to mention Star Wars
>>27033676Another one of these, this time of 4's Megalith Agnus Deihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZBoiW460nU>>27033682But they're from Star Wars... I guess I should play the older Final Fantasy games.
>>27033621Just imagine her thought process.'What... what is Luke doing? Is he... oh my god. OH my god. He's... no. Bad thoughts. Baaaaaaad thoughts. He's your brother, Lara. Stop picturing him and Morgan together and... STOP GOD DAMN YOU.'"Uh, Lara?""What?""Are you okay?""Fine. Why?""You've, uh, got steam coming out of your ears."
>>27033713Note to self, when around Morgan and Lara, make as many unintentional homo-erotic innuendos as possible.
>>27033746Morgan will beat the shit out of us though.
>>27033541>InterceptFuck yeah, Rogue Squadron!
>>27033713>>27033734>>27033746>>27033784And if confronted by other about it, Knight's honour means he cannot explain it.
>>27033784That will probably make Lara think that Morgan's the dominant one, but totally worth it for lines such as:"I shouldn't really be telling you, or else he'll be on my ass for the rest of the week."
>>27033825LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE WROUGHT, MERC!
>>27033836You know he did it deliberately.
>>27033804"Why are you holding his hand?""KNIGHT'S HONOR""but he-""KNIGHT'S HONOR"
>>27033804Then Lara will have a private conversation with Morgan about "his" secret, which she thinks is homosexuality, and how it is okay to be gay.
>>27033926Hah. Hahahahha. Make it happen.
>>27033891>>27033926And then she imagines honor as a euphemism for something else. Thus his constant repeating of the point means he likes it.
Wedge Motherforcing Antilles is our flight lead!? With Biggs? I feel sorry for the poor mooks in the air. >>27033541Escort. Let the others be flashy, we do our job right
>>27033971>SHOW ME YOUR HONOR>NO, YOUR OTHER HONOR
Hmmm>Wedge as flight lead>Wondering about the other demonspawn, especially 'lizI wonder if 'liz kid is Iella. Would fit perfectly.
>>27034025I like it.
>>27033627Technically, since the in-universe Spain-equivalent is Sapin, shouldn't it be Sapinish guitar intensifies?
>>27034003>BLOOD AND THUNDER>VICTORY AT SEA
>>27034064Sapinish Inquisition doesn't have the same ring to it unfortunately.EMMERITOLD on the other hand sounds just right>captcha: assfaci southward
>>27034108Damn, captcha is also fujoshi today.
>>27034108>assfaciYea i bet thats what they called the Hrimfaxi and Scrimfaxi after their assrapes
>>27034108Part of me is sad that Headcase never said "Emmeritold"
>>27034206So I've got a question. Which ones are the good Ace Combats?
>>27034237He still can.
>>27034245Everything except 6 and AH.We do not speak of advance.
>>27033682they died for the planet
>>270342454, 0, and 5 were the best. 6 is good as well but the stories a little derpy. Assault Horizon is the evil redheaded stepchild that should be taken out back and shot, then never talked about again.
>>27034248Nah, he's to laid back for that mang.
>>27033541"We're going to do intercept." Wedge says. You and the rest of your flight nods, while Blue Flight groans. You are also acutely aware of the daggers Gold Flight is glaring at Blue right now as well."Okay, you've got your assignments. Report to your planes!" Edge says.You all march out to the airfield to your planes, which are all old trainers. You pick one of the assigned Falcons and brush your hand along its side. They wouldn't be the planes you would eventually fly into combat, but for now it was your plane and you would treat it with the respect it deserves.You drop into the cockpit and start going through the motions, just like in the mockups and in the trainer planes. You check all the gauges and instruments and confirm they're working. Satisfied, you activate the engine, and it roars to life, causing the whole plane to shudder and jolt as it coughs to life. Outside, you see one of the ground crew giving you an all clear and motioning for your plane to taxi to the runway.Within minutes, you and the rest of Red Flight are up in the air. Since it's your first solo flight, you all fly a bit conservatively, going relatively low and slow as you get a feel for things. It was absolutely terrifying, flying without assistance or Edge's guiding hand, but it was also exciting and liberating at the same time. You were flying on your own!"Heh, this is actually pretty cool without Edge nagging us all the time!" Wedge laughs."Wedge, if you're going to talk behind your commander's back, don't do it on an open channel." Edge says as her black Falcon zooms over your flight. "See those three smoke markers? Those are targets Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. Keep Gold flight from knocking out all three targets and you win!""Okay, so how are we going to do this?" Biggs asks.>Low and fast. They won't see it coming!>Strike from above!>Other
>>27034349>Strike from above!run them into the ground
>>27034349>>Low and fast. They won't see it coming!
>>27034349>Strike from above!FROM TEH SKIES BRUDDERS
>>27034349>Strike from above!For those of you not versed in air combat, you always want to maintain the energy advantage. That means you want the maximum potential energy from altitude.
>>27034349>Strike from above!
>>27034349>>Strike from above!Fly in the direction of the rays of sunlight!
Rolled 4>>27034349>Low and fast. They won't see it coming!A corsair is a trainer plane?Mixed feeling on this. Also do we have an xodex update?
>>27034349>Strike from above!Also, first solo is also a combat exercise? That's bold
>>27034349>>Strike from above!ALWAYS BOUNCE MOTHERFUCKERS!
>>27034349Ah It's a UFO!!!!Damned CorsairsBut yes >Strike from aboveAlways attack with an energy advantageOr rather dive bomb in this case
>>27034349>Strike from above!Boom and zoom, folks. Boom and zoom.
>>27034388Trainer version.Codex updates will come forth shortly.
>>27034601Did ragnite fix the propensity it had for killing first-time pilots?
>>27034679That was more of a cockpit issue than anything if I remember correctly.
>>27034741also not being carrier aviators and the dangers associated with inexperienced pilots and a moving flightdeck shouldn't arise here
>>27034601On the note of codices, how does ragnite compare to petroleum as a fuel source? How do our flight times compare to those contemporary to the period? Is ragnite a combustion process requiring oxygen or can we go a few miles up without a supercharger?
>>27034679Well, until someone invents the Rocket-Sled, vehicle safety and the effects of G-force on the human body won't be perfected.
It's been much too long Merc.Begin with death from above. Decend on them like gifts from the Valkyria
>>27034790big tits and blue hair?
Should we go through basic air to air combat tactics for those of us (me) who don't know anything about them?
>>27034349>Low and fast. They won't see it coming!Oh hey, Im late for this, BUT TIME FOR... Planes? Sure, lets go with that.
>>27034815White/gray hair. Blue only when giving people flames up their poop hole.
>>27034790Godly power, healing factor, and invulnerability?
>Just as a disclaimer, even though the planes here are based on real planes, they are not exact 1:1 copies. RAGNITE SON and all that.CODEX ENTRY UNLOCKEDIsara Mark 4 "Falcon" Air Superiority FighterThe latest in Gallian flight engineering, the Falcon is widely considered the pinnacle of current generation aircraft development. Unlike its earlier cousins the Eagle and the Condor, the Falcon follows a new tactical doctrine favoring light, fast planes over slower, heavily armed ones. As a result, the Falcon trades a large portion of armor for its superior speed and mobility. Don't be fooled, though. The Falcon still has a respectable amount of armor compared to its foreign equivalents, and incorporates most of the same safety systems present in the Condor and Eagle. However, despite its lesser protection, the Falcon is just as well armed as the Eagle, sporting six .50 caliber machine guns as well as hardpoints for bombs and lances, giving the Falcon limited strike capability.Despite its advanced nature, there are already rumors that the Falcon is already obsolete, if the rumors of a completely brand new form of aircraft propulsion are true...
>>27034815What blasphemy! But yes.>>27034839And again, yes.
>>27034884>six .50 caliber machine guns>Not giving us the version with the 20mm cannonsAlso>brand new form of aircraft propulsion are truePooped a bit
>>27034884>brand new form of aircraft propulsionWell that aint fun. MiGs vs. Corsairs?
>>27034884Very important questionIs Qyburn still alive?
>>27034884We can take the not!faggots
>>27034884Add some Imps bitching about how Gallian fighters can climb stupidly well and you've got yourself Warthunder in a nutshell!But yes, very cool although as I've probably made clear before I wanted Spitfires.
>>27034884CODEX ENTRY UNLOCKEDIsara Mark 2 "Condor" Strike FighterThe very first combat proven, mass production aircraft, the Condor is one of the oldest and most respectable planes still flying the skies.Originally, early aircraft designers were unsure of how aircraft battles would be handled, so they fell back on what was familiar to them and tried to design aircraft as closely to tanks as possible. As a result, the Condor is ridiculously well armored, with numerous failsafe and redundant safety systems built into as well. Not to mention, its large flat wings and powerful engine give it an absurd amount of lift, letting it carry large payloads and fly at speeds that would cause most other craft to stall.Its armament is rather fearsome, sporting 4 20mm cannons, as well as 7 hardpoints that can fit a variety of heavy ordnance. Though its glory days as a dogfighter are long past, the Condor still enjoys playing the role of close air support, often providing quick and overwhelming firepower for those ground troops that ask for it. As a result, the Condor is a welcome sight for friendly troops and dreadful omen for enemies.
>>27034942Why would you want those? They ain't got no legs.
>>27034942Spitfires are too British to belong to anyone but Albion. I mean sure the corsair is American but it's not iconically American like the Mustang.
>>27034921No the question is: Is Qyburn Jr. even smarter?
>>27034921Not sure who's most likely in charge of R&D. Arthur Asimov is probably patrolling the mine he sealed off just in case anyone is stupid enough to check what was in the mine, likely called "Crazy Old Man Asimov" by those who've seen him.
>>27034958CODEX ENTRY UNLOCKEDIsara Mark 3 "Eagle" Air Superiority FighterGallia's current standard warplane, the Eagle was the natural evolution of the Condor as it was streamlined into a leaner, faster machine. Though it lacks the toughness and punch of the Condor, and the speed and nimbleness of the Falcon, the Eagle rests comfortably in between, making it a very safe choice for inexperienced pilots or those lacking the fortitude to handle a Falcon.It is armed with six .50 caliber machine guns, with the capability of mounting bombs and lances for ground attack.
>>27034980>>27034959I know, I know, but I can hope can't I?The Imps will definitely be flying IL-2's though right? Right?Alright so from these codices looks like Gallia's airforce is based off of the US naval Air Arm. I'm okay with this though, multi-role and loadsa dakka.This is going to be fun.
>>27034983Qyburn was an old man by VMQ1, if he didn't have a son then, he doesn't have a son now.Guessing the Emmerian Tony Stark is the new genius in town.
>>27035111Does that mean he'll make a Power Armor for Lucas so he can become a true Heavy Trooper?
>>27035146This is assuming that he has some reason to hand us the tech instead of Emmerian (or himself).Not everything revolves around us or Gallia man.
>>27035146>Those LaurelsDamn, why isn't there an equivalent to sternguard and vanguard veterans for devastators.
>>27034349"Let's do this by the book. We hit them from above." You suggest."Yeah, that's what I was thinking do." Wedge affirms.With that, Red Flight begins to climb up to ambush height."Three targets is a lot of ground to cover." Fleur pipes up. "Maybe we should split up to cover more ground? I mean, Gold can come in from anywhere.">We stay together.>Good idea. Split off into pairs.>Other
>>27035224>>Good idea. Split off into pairs.Remember the Buddy System
>>27035111Actually, they should be Yuktobanian.
>>27035246Yuktobania is the Germany expy here, Emmeria is the American one.
>>27035224>Stick togetherA pair of fighters happened upon by a schwarm of 4 will always lose.Stick together and cover each other as a flight.The only thing better than having a wingman is having another 2 wingmen
>>27035265The only way they're getting "happened upon" is if the escorts ditch the bombers, which they won't.
>Stick TogetherSo long as you ensure one target remains, you have succeeded.
>>27035224>>Good idea. Split off into pairs.Split into pairs, but don't engage without full force.
>>27035337How very calculating. It would make us quite the foil to our brother's idealism. Yes, I like it. Changing my vote to this.>>27035224>We stay together.
>>27035224>We stay together.
>>27035292You can't know for sure they would be right next to the bombers. Escorts can still fly high and defend their bombers. In fact it's probably the best idea to do so.
>>27035224"We're sticking together." Wedge says. "They'll have to show up sooner or later."You circle in the sky for what seems like an eternity, though in reality probably no more than two or three minutes pass. You actually have the fight the urge not to get distracted by the novelty of being able to fly solo."I got a visual." Fleur announces. "Four contacts... I think two Falcons and two Condors, on our two."Sure enough, you see four black dots in the distance, headed for target Alpha. Two Condors leading the way with two Falcons hanging back, no doubt to pounce on any ambushers.The question was, where were the others?>Everybody attack! We'll overwhelm them!>This is fishy. Have some of us hang back just in case.>Other
>>27035627>OtherClimb over them and use the sun as cover
>>27035627Two of us fly top coverOther two zoom and boom on the highest flying targetsDo it by the books.
>>27035627>>This is fishy. Have some of us hang back just in case.
>>27035649Forgot muh name
>>27035627>This is fishy. Have some of us hang back just in case.
>Sturmfuhrer twins growing up in the same castle as Gallian SkunkwerksOh my.Also can we backtrack a second, I'm getting confused.> 3 Flights of planes in this exercise, Red Blue, Gold> 3 flights of 4 planes each> Gold flight is to ground attack targets> Red flight is to intercept Gold flightIs that correct? Now I'm assuming that since we picked first Blue flight ended up on Escort duty, which means what exactly? Are they protecting the ground targets or escorting Gold?
>>27035840They're escorting Gold flight.
Rolled 3, 3 = 6>>27035840Blue Flight is escorting Gold Flight. Their objective is to destroy all three targets. Red Flight is supposed to intercept and at least destroy Gold Flight before all targets are destroyed.>>27035627"Wedge, are you gonna take em or will I?" You ask."Ladies first." Wedge waggles his plane."Such a gentleman." You grin. "Come on, Fleur, let's bounce Blue.""Got it."With that, you roll your plane into a dive. Hopefully you'll be on top of the two Blue planes before they even realize what's happening.>roll 1d20
>>27035934WE BUBI HARTMANN NOWIRON CROSS HERE WE COME.
>>27035934You should rename yourself to Armchair Air Leader
>>27035934And the Blues never even see you coming. The only indication of your presence is a storm of paint rounds as they splatter all over the tops of the Blue Falcons."Blue Three and Blue Four eliminated." You hear Edge announce over the global frequency. With that, the two "dead" Blue Falcons break off and fly home.That now only leaves the two Condors to deal with. Now, the problem was that Condors were tough as hell, and they could turn on a dime, meaning against a good Condor pilot, you'd only have scant seconds to get a Condor in your sights before it either makes a sharp turn or brakes to force an overshoot. However, a good enough Falcon pilot would be able to hang right behind a Condor and just pump it full of lead before it has a chance to maneuver.OR, and Edge taught you this trick herself, every plane, no matter where it was built, has the same common flaw. Similar to tanks, the radiators for the ragnite engines had to be left unarmored in order to dissipate heat. It was the one weak spot in any fighter, including Condors. The only trick was that the radiators were located on the sides of the front fuselage, meaning they could only be hit by a well aimed deflection shot.>Try and take out the Condors the old fashioned way.>Try to hit them in their weak points.>Other
>>27036060>>Try to hit them in their weak points.
>>27036085Nah m8 we got overwatch>>27036060>Try and take out the Condors the old fashioned way.We're winning, and don't need no high-risk high-reward plays. Yet.
>>27036060>OtherBreak into pairs and catch each target in a crossfire. At least one of us should be able to make the shot.>gold team's face when
Rolled 18, 9, 1 = 28>>27036060"Fleur, let's take these guys out fast." You say. "I got left, you got right.""Roger." Fleur affirms.You then loop your plane around so that you're in line with the lead Condor. Whether they were stupid, brave, or still didn't realize you were there, the Condors still pressed ahead to the objective, meaning you had a real good shot to hit them where it hurt.>roll 3d20
Rolled 11, 14, 11 = 36>>27036300KILL
Rolled 19, 16, 5 = 40>>27036300Let's see if I can do this.
Rolled 15, 9, 4 = 28>>27036300
Rolled 10, 20, 4 = 34>>27036300
>>27036326Wwwweeewww!IRON CROSS PLS
>>27036351Damn, I might be on a roll today. No pun intended.
>>27036326You are doing very well tonight.
>>27036365The bears from the previous thread have been recalled.character imadthu. Oh catchpa.
>>27036300>>27036326You and Fleur unload your guns on the Condors, paint splotches forming all over the sides of their fuselages. However, they keep going and and going as if nothing had happened. You keep firing, waiting for some sort of announcement."Gold Three eliminated." Edge announces.Gold Three then breaks off, and now Gold Four is starting to realize the situation is in. Now he starts performing evasive maneuvers twisting and turning to throw Fleur's aim off."Red Three, I got a visual on the rest of Gold Flight." You hear Wedge warn. "They're making a run on Charlie, but we have no visual on Blue. We're going to to engage. Can you handle things here?">Yeah, we can handle it, no problem.>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.>Other
>>27036415>>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.Remember kids, always have someone spotting you when doing something dangerous!
>>27036415>>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.We've got 2 planes unaccounted for.
Rolled 5, 5, 7 = 17>>27036415>>Yeah, we can handle it, no problem.
>>27036415>>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.
>>27036415>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.
>Not just yet. Just watch our backs until we get this last guy down.Never split the party!Do we know how big Gold and Blue flights are? Gold clearly has more than 4 if they are also attacking somewhere else.
>>27036480Na, it was 2 planes from gold and 2 from blue that we just engaged.The other 2 gold planes are at the other objective. That leaves 2 blue planes somewhere else.
>>27036494Oh DUH, I wasn't paying enough attention there. Reading 4 tabs at once isn't helping things.Engaging the other gold flight without knowing where the remaining Blue planes are is just asking to get bounced.>captcha: great cuonseque
Rolled 11, 18, 5 = 34>>27036569Wedge and Biggs get bounced.We bounce the bouncers.
Rolled 14, 17, 1 = 32>>27036415"Just watch our backs till we get this last Gold down." You say. "I don't want those last two Blues jumping me when I'm not looking.""Roger, we'll stay on station.""Okay Fleur, let's end this." You say, nosing your aiming reticule over Gold 4 and pulling the trigger.>roll 3d20
Rolled 2, 20, 15 = 37>>27036643Dice Gods, hear my plea and grant me victory
Rolled 12, 15, 3 = 30>>27036643
>>27036654The dice shrug at you.
Rolled 17, 18, 1 = 36>>27036643DICE
Rolled 10, 13, 6 = 29>>27036643
Rolled 3, 16, 18 = 37>>27036643'DEATH
>>27036654At this point, the time for playing around is over. You and Fleur pump shot after shot into Gold 4 until finally Edge announces it."Gold 4 eliminated. Target Charlie destroyed. PIck it up, Red Flight."You and Fleur both pull up, your engines screaming as your plane claws its way up.>roll 1d20
Rolled 16>>27036754Now this is why i wanted to send them off first
Let's someone else have a shot, so I'm skipping.
>>27036780Shoulda rolled, you were on a roll.
>>27036796I wanna charge my dice. See if anything happens.
>>27036805>inb4 nat 1
Rolled 3, 7 = 10>>27036774"Shit, Lara! Break right! Break right!" Fleur yells.>roll 2d20
Rolled 7, 8 = 15>>27036911
Rolled 18, 11 = 29>>27036911
Rolled 14, 4 = 18>>27036911
Rolled 9, 18 = 27>>27036911FUUU
Rolled 20, 19 = 39>>27036911Do a barrel roll!
>>27036942...impressive, but a bit late.
>>27036942Always late on que.
>>27036950Would have been third there but captcha is being a dick.
>>27036922You instinctively jerk your stick and your plane snap rolls to the right. A fraction of a second later, the air where you once were is filled with tracers as the last two Blue planes shoot past.Cheeky bastards must have broken off from the second half of Gold and circled around in hopes of ambushing you."We're engaging!" Wedge yells and you can see him and Biggs swooping down to assist. "We've got these guys. You take out the rest of Gold before they hit the other targets!">No way, you got the numbers. Take advantage of that!>He's right. Go after Gold.>Other
>>27037083>>He's right. Go after Gold.
Rolled 8, 18 = 26>>27037083>He's right. Go after Gold.
>>27037083>He's right. Go after Gold.
>>27037083You briefly consider joining in on the fray, but you remember that you've already spent most of your plane's energy in the aborted climb. Even if you wanted to you wouldn't be able to catch up to Wedge and Biggs until the fight was over.As far as you know, Gold is probably bearing down on Bravo right now.You consider climbing so you can get some altitude to ambush them from, but it was going to take some time to get to the required height. Or you could just speed up now and intercept them at low altitude. But then you'd be giving up any chance on taking them by surprise.>Let's climb to ambush!>Full speed to intercept!>Other
>>27037164>>Let's climb to ambush!Always make them guess.
>>27037164>>Let's climb to ambush!
>>27037164>Full speed to intercept!Objective is to protect the targets!
>>27037164>Let's climb to ambush!I cannot into plane so i have no idea what im saying now.
>>27037164>>Full speed to intercept!Engage them. If they see us coming, they'll be forced to break off their run.
>>27037164>Full speed to intercept!
>>27037164>Full speed to intercept!We already lost one target. We can't afford to lose more just to have no losses.Charge it, get their attention, force them to break off their runs. We can outmvr and kill them at our leisure.
>>27037223Its 4:3 in intercept's favour.
>>27037164You and Fleur hit the throttle and you're pushed back in your seat as the Falcon builds up speed.Sure enough, you see two shapes in the distances, barely a a couple thousand feet from the ground making a beeline straight for Bravo. However, they see you both approaching at high speed. One of the Condors breaks off and heads straight for Alpha, while second one continues its run to Bravo. Now you know they're desperate, splitting their forces up like in the mad gamble they'd be able to simultaneously take out the last two targets. Well, you've got options, now that you don't have to fear any sort of ambush. If Wedge and Biggs couldn't shoot down the remaining Blues, they'd at least keep them busy long enough.>Gang up on one of the Condors.>Split up to pursue each one.>Other
>Full speed to intercept!The jigs up already so no point in delaying. A climb would take too long and possible let the Blues get on our tail again.
>>27037283>>Gang up on one of the Condors.
>>27037283>Split up to pursue each one.
>>27037283>>Split up to pursue each one.
>>27037283>Split up to pursue each one."It's you and me, Megatron."
Rolled 18, 17, 3 = 38>>27037283"Split up! We'll each take one!" You yell."Oh, feeling charitable today, huh?" Fleur laughs."Yeah, I'd take losing a kill over not having Blue gloating in our faces.""True."It's a simple matter to catch up to the nearest Condor and slide onto its tail. You line up your sights and pull the trigger.>roll 3d20
Rolled 8, 11, 6 = 25>>27037380
Rolled 3, 12, 12 = 27>>27037380
Rolled 8, 7, 14 = 29>>27037380KILL EM
Rolled 7, 13, 13 = 33>>27037389>>27037392>>27037405eep
Rolled 11, 7, 7 = 25>>27037380
Rolled 7>>27037405Your shots rake across the Condor, but don't seem to have much effect. You scowl as you try to keep the Condor in your sights, but the pilot keeps going, as if he's determined to take down his target if it's the last thing he does."Gold Four eliminated!" Edge announces."Okay, I'm coming in to assist!" You hear Fleur say. "I'll be there in twenty seconds!"Twenty seconds and the Condor will be right on top of Alpha. Even though Bravo was safe, you really didn't want to lose more targets than you had to.>roll 3d20
Rolled 17, 7, 18 = 42>>27037441
Rolled 15, 4, 18 = 37>>27037441
Rolled 10, 19, 6 = 35>>27037441GO GO DICE
>>27037389>>27037392>>27037405>>27037445Sorry I'm late guys, what did I miss?
>>27037454Everyone dropping off Merc's wild ride, apparently.
>>27037501I never thought that taking a break to do a few minutes of writing would lead to this.
>>27037501Still here, just not rolling.
>>27037445You keep pounding away at the Condor with your machine guns, but it just keeps on going. However, even if the plane was tough, the pilot sometimes wasn't. You see the Condor finally jerk as the pilot tries to break into an emergency turn.But it's too little, too late. As he tries to break off, you see several paint rounds spatter on the top of the cockpit."Gold Three eliminated. Red Flight wins!" Edge announces. "All planes stand down and return to base."With that, you make your way back to the base. It's then that you realize your body is shaking all over as the combat high finally begins to wear off."Whoooo, did you feel that?" Fleur pants, apparently also coming down from her own high. "Holy crap that felt AMAZING!""I know!" You grin stupidly At least nobody could see you doing that under your oxygen mask.Once you get back to base, the ground crew literally has to peel you out of the cockpit. You were barely in the air for more than an hour, and you're already completely exhausted.Edge, on the other hand, lands her plane and leaps out of the cockpit like she's just taken a morning jog. She makes her way over to where you and Red Flight are resting, under the wing of your Falcon.(cont)
>>27037606"Good job, Red Flight." Edge grins. "It wasn't perfect, but you got the job done. Keep this up, and we might start moving up to live fire ahead of schedule!""Thank you, ma'am." Wedge nods.However you're a bit distracted. You crane your head back and look longingly at the now empty cockpit of your Falcon. It just seemed to be so... WRONG not to be in there right now."Hmmmm." Edge leans in very close to you, giving you face a very close scan."U-uh, is something wrong?" You ask."You've got that look." Edge smiles. "That look that says 'I belong in the air.' Almost reminds me of myself when I was young.""R-really?""Yeah. Keep at it, Lara. I think you're going to make a great ace."Words like that... just make you feel so giddy inside and you involuntarily make a high pitched squeal."Whoa, tone it down, Lara, there are children present!" Wedge says jokingly."Yeah, this is a school, after all." Biggs nods."S-shut up!">And that's all for this side chapter! As I said before, next thread will be this Friday 7-8pm PST!
>>27037611So uh, Merc, this thing happened...I wrote a new sheet for you to evaluate. Please don't punish me! Also, probably more important, I've made what should be the final edits to that first batch of sheets and sent it to your email along with the other sheet.
>>27037611Ugh, and of course I forget my parting shot.
Rolled 16, 7, 3 = 26>>27037611>And that's all for this side chapter!I.. I SURVIVEDNow time to lie down... just for 5 minutes...
>>27037621THE RIDE NEVER ENDS.
Alright guys, I'll post what I written next post. Other than that, I'll be going to sleep.O7
>>27037628edit: next thread
So Merc if current Gallian planes are ww2 level then how soon will pic related start taking to the skies?
>>27037640wait until we get not!Catalina PBY
>>27037640Well there needs to be a niche for big twin engined heavy fighters, like night fighting where their lack of agility isn't as big a downside.The Condor already fills the role of ground attacker and heavy fighter quite well and you're gonna need a justification for anything bigger.
>>27037640>>27037692I'm still imagining aircraft engineers shitting themselves over the sudden realization that they can cram two engines on one plane.
>>27037727And of course they start by chopping half a wing off of two Condors and welding them together to make a double condor!It worked for the mustang.
Also, I know this is a bit late, but yes, Qyburn is still alive. However, his mad scientist days are more or less over due to his age.His apprentice, however, still gets some crazy ideas. Self guiding lances? Holographic optics? INSANITY!
>>27037799Oh boy, that gets 10/10 insane mad scientist cackles from Qyburn.This has only happened one other time.You will find out what that is soon.
>>27037781>His apprenticeIs his apprentice named Thomas? If so, does he have a friend and partner named Albert?
>>27037805Awesome! Gotta get some sleep now, thanks for running.
>>27037813I'm afraid this reference is passing over my head...
>>27037805Eeeeeh, where's the technological contribution from other countries? Surely it hasn't all come from Gallia?And where's muh Emmerian Tony Stark?
>>27037825Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein.Kinda important.
>>27037825megamanThomas light Albert WileyPersonally Im hoping the apprentice is one Doctor Brown
>>27037813>No Nikola Tesla.Get out.
>>27037840but he's an Imp
>>27037825Dr.s Light and Wily.One's an optimist who believes machines can improve mankind's lot.The other has no faith in man, only machines.>>27037840>implying Tesla isn't busy building earthquake machines over in Emmeria
Oh and merc since it seems the reference about the p-61 went over your head I was referencing this pilot and his crew.
>>27037872Did you really need to point out your reference?What were you hoping to achieve?
>>27037830Well yeah, the other countries are all doing their own thing.It's just that in terms of aircraft tech, the Gallians are in the lead.>>27037872And I know what the P-61 means. I don't think there's any need to bring Young into this quest.
Rolled 14, 5, 17 = 36>>27037941Thank god for small mercies
>>27037941Was just more of a reference for the sake of a joke than anything, definitely not a plead to add young into the quest.
>>27037964Oh God no.
Fuck now a small part of my brain is imagining Jager punching out a martian or a valkyrie shooting down a dread. The rest of my brain is currently trying to strangle that small part. My brain seems to do weird things when I get tired. Night Merc.
>>27038022Don't worry you're not the first person to suggest a VMQ/SWQ crossover.