You had been in many scary situations, including a close-quarters battle against Sidarxi commandoes in the subterranean ruins of the Stalingrad metro. Many times, you could have died. This woman scares you with her gaze. It's not the same scary as a nightmare. She looks at you with the same regard you would have for some slab of meat, as something to be used. “A pleasure to meet you,” you say in halting Sidarxi though you'd rather tell her to get her ass off of your planet in German. She smiles in a pleasantly sickening fashion and clasps your hand between hers; it's a cold and firm grip, the same sort of grip you would use to choke a man to death. You would know. “It's nice to meet you, Mr. Heller,” she says. “Would English be better?” she asks in the language. “It would,” you grudgingly admit. “I'm happy you could make it. I hope that it was a pleasant enough stay. I'm afraid that we don't know each other very well. Before we begin, is there anything you would like to discuss?” [ ] The quality of your guide [ ] The big picture [ ] Describe the appeal of Sidarxi literature [ ] Other
>>27242432>[ ] Describe the appeal of Sidarxi literature
>>27242432>[ ] The big picture
“Could you describe to me the appeal of your literature? It's come highly recommended, but I'm afraid that I'm not well-versed in it.” She smiles and replies, “The appeal is the bringing the sound devices of poetry to the readability of prose. The closest genre would be your epics and legends, but that tradition is still very-much alive among us. It does lose a lot in translation, so you might be better off avoiding it until you are more fluent.” She's talking to you like a child, but a child is probably an overestimation of her opinion of you. “What's the big picture for this whole business? I'm aware of some details on a vague sense, but what is the 'operational' plan?” “That's an interesting question. Your race walks a narrow tightrope. This revolt must succeed but not too much. My daughter's unit, of which you are the tactical commander, is supposed to ensure that this is the case. The first problem is that of air superiority as tactics and terrain can already mitigate some of the benefits of orbital surveillance and weapons. At some parts, you will have to ensure that your fellows in the rebellion don't cause significant danger to the Sidarxi, as that can trigger your extermination.” She calmly asks, “What can you tell me about the human impression of Sidarxi tactics? I'm especially interested in the human side of the Metro battle.” [ ] Discuss the limitation of night-vision optics [ ] Discuss the over-aggressive nature of Sidarxi units in close combat' [ ] Discuss the idiosyncrasies of using power armor [ ] Other
>>27243399>[ ] Discuss the over-aggressive nature of Sidarxi units in close combat'
>>27243399>[ ] Discuss the idiosyncrasies of using power armor
>>27243399>[ ] Discuss the over-aggressive nature of Sidarxi units in close combat'Also ask her why the rebellion must succeed, why not just nip in the bud? We don't want people dying for a lost cause.
I'm actually writing an "Armored Infantry Field Manual" while waiting
Waiting for a tiebreaker unless you want me to merge all three
>>27243641that'd be nice
>>27243641there are votes for 2 options only >>27243458>>27243516>Discuss the over-aggressive nature of Sidarxi units in close combat'and >>27243479>[ ] Discuss the idiosyncrasies of using power armorAlso a custom question
I obviously miscounted, writing
“My impression was that your soldiers were almost rash in close combat. They were confident and I will admit that they were rightfully confident. However, they were bound by the same constraints of physics. They relied an awful lot on their shields, but that sometimes led to them eating dirt when some lucky guy waited in just the right place at just the right moment to hose down a soldier.” “That's luck, but your armored infantry seemed disproportionately effective.” “We hated close combat. If there was enough space to simply lock down an area with fire and remove positions with ranged explosives, we would take it. The only thing I can think of are how the armor doesn't telegraph its motions as much as it might seem. That may have thrown them off.” “Anything else?” The only other thing is that you probably underestimated the combination of adrenaline, desperation, and amphetamines that we were operating under. For you, it might have been the same as crushing an ant-hill, but it was a fight for survival for us.” “Thank you very much, Mr. Heller. I have other business, but it's not often that I am able to meet someone like you.” She leaves, and Captain Yezrani comes close and says, “You seem to have genuinely interested her. You should be proud of yourself.” You nod, but instead of further instruction, she leaves you to your own devices. [ ] Find and consume alcohol [ ] Talk (To whom) [ ] Other
>>27244129>[ ] Find and consume alcohol
>>27244129[ ] Find and consume alcoholNot too much
Do we really wanna get drunk before our fight with the cousin guy?
>>27244191>>27244200>consuming alien alcoholAre you people stupid? Lets not do that.>>27244129>[ ] Talk (To whom)Lets find someone we know and talk to them? Maybe that officer that came to our apartment, what'her'name?
Sorry, but it's time to experience the wonderful world of alien booze.
You really don't want to deal with any alien shit anymore, and decide that perhaps they'll take a hint of you just drink in the corner. You walk up to the bar and ask the bartender in the best Sidarxi you can manage if he there's anything safe for human consumption. You receive a glass of whiskey for your trouble. Things could be far worse, given the communication. It goes down unlike any other you've tasted, almost like an alcoholic (you hope it's alcohol) oil sliding down your throat. “Hello, grumpy human.” You turn around and see another Sidarxi woman who bears some resemblance to the captain approach you with a glass in hand. [ ] Ignore [ ] Entertain [ ] Bother Shatralo [ ] Other
>>27244741>[ ] Entertai
>>27244741>[ ] Entertain
>>27244741>[ ] Entertainsquare your shoulders, and put up with it.
So why are we playing a collaborator again?What ever happened to meeting the resistence in the sewers?
>>27244890Coercion happened, but some people had the nifty idea of becoming the space visigoths
>>27244890They metaphorically kicked our door in and have informed us that they are holding our sister hostage.So we playing along for now.
>>27244951>So we playing along for now.This is gonna turn into waifu garbage isn't it?
>>27244951I'm pretty sure the door-kicking was literal
>>27244890I also get the impression that we aren't necessarily going to be taking down the human revolt, but opposing the human extermination group in the aliens.
>>27244971I was planning on betrayal when things look proper but whatever floats your boat.
>>27244951Also, if we they are not lying to us (unlikely), it is better for the humanity that the resistance fails. The aliens can glass the fucking planet at any moment. I don't know why people think that humanity stands a chance against them.
“Hello, yourself,” you say. “What's your name?” “Fritz Heller,” you reply and take another sip. “You're the first human I've actually met. I'm Vetrini, Yezrani's sister,” she says. “Oh,” you say, going through the motions, “That's interesting.” “I'm a xenobiologist. It's nice to talk with you, all the other humans I've me, I've either vivisected or dissected.” You almost spit out your drink since it seems to hard to imagine someone so bubbly cutting open someone alive. “That's, erm, cute.” “I know, right. It's really interesting how similar but different we are. The muscles are similar, as are the nervous system. However, the skeletal differences and the organs are really interesting. I'd never seen something with a four-chambered heart before. Your livers were really something, surprisingly robust.” “Thank you, that was, uh, enlightening,” you say. “Why can't you manifest parapsychic phenomena?” [ ] Ask for explanation [ ] Admit ignorance [ ] Bother Shatralo [ ] Other
>>27245045The best bet for Humanity would be to end up contracted as the fighting force of the Sidarxi, and when humans make up most of their army turn on them and wipe them from the face of the universe.
>>27245233>[ ] Ask for explanation
>>27245256I feel the urge to bother her but this one is smarter...
>>27245233>[ ] Ask for explanation"not enough Alcohol on the planet to smooth things over if we could read each others minds.
>>27245233[x] Admit ignorance"I assume stuff like Telekinesis? Dunno. You'll have to poke someones brain to find out, I guess."
“Pardon?” She huffs, but then apologizes. “It's a sort of limited phenomena that we can manifest, a poorly understood science – if you can even call it that – to almost warp reality. You recognize it in its amplified form as personal 'shields.'” “We haven't put much thought into it, really,” you say. She looks disappointed, “With all your stories of saints, I was expecting there to be some more evidence for parapsychic manifestation in humans. Have fun, I'll see if I can get you away from my sister long enough to run some tests. They shouldn't hurt much.” You almost shudder and wave your farewell. You sink into the background for the rest of the event and manage not to poison yourself, or so sou think. Shatralo pokes you as everyone starts to leave. “You up for a match, buddy?” [ ] Punch an elf [ ] Find a good place [ ] Decline [ ] Other
>>27245818"Here?"[x] Punch an elf
>>27245818>[ ] Find a good place
>>27245818Decline.Our retribution will come. Patience.
>>27245818>[ ] Punch an elfthen say "ok"
>>27245818"So you know much about parapsychic phenomena?"[ ] Punch an elf
Winner[x] Punch an elf[x] Punch an elf[x] Punch an elf
Roll me 5d10 for punching elf
Rolled 7, 1, 4, 1, 6 = 19>>27246134
Rolled 3, 2, 10, 10, 4 = 29>>27246134
Rolled 6, 1, 6, 1, 3 = 17>>27246134
>>27246251Not bad, I hope? Also, roll under or over?
>>27246402Well, obviously, but do we want a high result or a low result?
>>27246430I'm using ORE
>>27246457>>27246402You lost me are you looking at individual rolls or the total.
Rolled 4, 4, 10, 1, 8 = 27>>27246481>>27246134
>>27246481I'm looking for pairs and the individual die value
>>27246457I don't know what that is.
“So, do you know about parapsychic phenomena?” you ask, mustering up your best Sidarxi. And then you punch him right in the face. You see his face almost turn concave. It was the most perfect punch you had ever made. Shatralo wasn't idle and he punched back at the same time you sought to sucker punch the arrogant bastard. His blow nails you in the arm, but you shrug it off. He staggers back and you press in on him again, nailing him with a brutal knee to the gut. His forehead smashes into your face, and you see stars. He tries to smash your face with a hammer strike, but you manage to slip away. You snap a kick at his leg which he dodges and rushes forward. You eat a punch in the gut, but it doesn't stop you from grabbing him in a clinch, smashing your skull into his nose, and riddling him with knee after knee in the gut. You spit blood and your body burns all over, but you aren't the one doubled up on the ground. Yezrina looks at you and asks, “Why did you do that?” She looks almost disappointed and perhaps a little impressed. [ ] “He sucker punched me earlier, I thought I'd return the favor.” [ ] “We had a deal.” [ ] Other
>>27246754>[ ] “We had a deal.”
>>27246754>[x] “We had a deal.”
Rolled 9, 3, 6, 3, 8 = 29>>27246754>[ ] “We had a deal.”Staying classy
>>27246754>“We had a deal.”
“We had a deal, and I am at least a man of my word.” Yezrani taps her foot impatiently. “We didn't get off to a good start, and we decided to buddy up over our mutual dislike and settle it in a blunt manner.” She whispers, “I don't particularly like him anyway, but you should probably apologize.” You realize that your feud attracted the attention of the other Sidarxi [ ] He got what was coming [ ] Apologize [ ] Complain about him [ ] Other
>>27247215Apologize.It was worth it, but lets not go too far.
>>27247215>[ ] ApologizeNot without some sarcasm though
>>27247215>[ ] Apologize*Chough*ass*chough *
>>27247215>Commend him on a good fight>Offer hand to help him upGentleman brawler go
Appologise with German effeciancy. Now after having fought, a warriors respect. As well as offering a rematch when ever he wants
“My apologies,” you say, “But we did have a gentlemen's agreement on a fight.” You offer him a hand up, savoring the indignation as publicly aid the man you just humiliated. You see his pride burning. You give him a “friendly” pat on the back. “Any time you want a rematch, feel free to call.” You see the captain's mother snidely commenting to another, and the two of them having some sort of giggle at the situation. You, in lieu of a better option, follow Yezrani out the door. She leads you to a small apartment within the compound and waves her hands to activate all sorts of technological odds and ends. It's straight out of some sort of pulp fiction. You sit down as Yezrani pulls up a set of three-dimensional displays out of thin air. Thinking about it makes your eyes hurt. “Let's talk business, shall we?” You nod. “The first course of business is assembling a team. We have to find people, preferably power armor vets living outside the compound.” You have a few ideas about it. One of whom is your war buddy, Heihachirio Hojo, with whom you own the H&H Bar and Grill. There is Kurt, but you don't think he would understand. [ ] Question her decision [ ] Mention Hojo [ ] Go looking in the proper places [ ] Other
>>27247737[X] Mention Hojo"You probably already know about him but Heihachirio Hojo would be one of my first picks."
I'm going to be eating dinner. I'll check back in about 40 minutes.
>>27247868This but ask for the list I assume she has already made.
I know it's a bit late.But OP is there any chance of us being a double agent? Assuming the rebels actually have a plan that won't result in mankind being wiped out.
>>27248538It's certainly there as an option
>>27248538That's what I'm thinking, we gonna kill us some space elf. We are just bidding our time.
>>27248538That would be nice.I don't want OP to do some really poor HFY (We breathe OXYGEN! HOLY SHIT WE ARE SO AWESOME!) but these Drow are humungous faggots for what they've done. There is nothing redeemable about them after what they did to our species. OP does the power armor improve mobility or what? Since armor itself seems to do jack shit against their small arms.
>>27248666It's primary purpose is to withstand their small arms. What hit the Russian in the flashback-nightmare was a support weapon analogous to an anti-aircraft gun. It also allows them to handle things like MG FFs (AIK-41) like a normal soldier would handle an LMG or an LMG like a rifle.
>>27246554Hey OP. You know what I recommend? Wild Talents and/or NEMESIS.Nemesis has a REALLY good fear/insanity system.
>>27248820I'm specifically using the Nemesis version of ORE, actually
>>27248860Any chance of posting the crunch? Like the charsheet, weapons...>Question but don't press. Getting more double agents would be a good idea. Don't drop names.I don't think we should needlessly give our enemy intel, whether they know the answer anyway or not.
Why do they want a rebellion to succeed but not too well or whatever again?
“One is Heihachiro Hojo, who owns the restaurant with me. We fought together.” She pulls up a profile of Hojo on the almost magical display. “Yes, I already have him. What about one Herr Lang?” You think back to your last dealing with him in the sewer, surrounded by the armor and tools of war. “Not a good idea.” “I figured as much based on his colleagues.” Of course, she just had to know that little bit as well. “My problem is that there time does not allow me to vet everybody. These people were your associates and came up. Now, I am going to give you a mission: you have seventy-two hours to find five more people for our first little mission. Time is of the essence, you must be ready to go before the rebellion fires its first shots.” You nod. “You are now dismissed, Fritz. Transport will be provided back to your home,” she says with an almost genuine smile. “No, thank you,” you say, “I want to keep a low profile. I don't want others to think that I'm some sort of traitor, since I'm going to be dealing with people like me.” [ ] Go home [ ] Head to rebels [ ] Start recruiting [ ] Other
>>27249161Lets be smart.Write down what we know on a note. When we see the rebels (Kurt in particular), we start a conversation about recruiting and why.The note will have our true intentions. Just in case they have audio surveillance. Then we eat the note. Said note should also note we're probably being watched, and that they KNOW he (Kurt) is a rebel.
>>27249221This. We destroy the paper when we know he/they read it. Fuck the ISF and fuck the Drow.
>>27249221>>27249161Kurt doesn't need to know yet.>[ ] Start recruitingWe need men that are loyal to us first.
>>27249291I think it should note that whatever they're planning (if he plays along as a double agent) that they need to do this in a way that won't make them glass our planet out of spite.
>>27249221+1. we going double agent on this shit.
>>27249319Is Hojo a rebel? Either way we can do the same trick as >>27249221 first if we want people who are definitely loyal to us first.
Consensus seems to be to go to rebels but make note of our situation with the invaders
>>27249606Is Hojo a confirmed rebel? Because it may be good to get him first. It might throw off any surveillance first.
>>27249635Hojo is unconfirmed but he is our business and friend partner so I assume we would know if he was.
>>27249635Not as far as you know
>>27248925I'm curious to see too.
Hojo or rebels?
>>27250019Hojo->Rebels would be good. We can use the same trick for both.
>>27250019Hojo first. Use the note trick. We'll sort out rebels when we get to that.
Time to hang with Hojo
>>Yezrani was dressed in a tight backless dress which left little to the imagination. You were almost scared as to what constituted rebellious or aggressive fashions among the Sidarxi. With her was an older looking woman, slightly worn down by age. Her clothing was just as conservative as the Captain's.This shows the moral depravity of the Sidarxi, drunk on their technological achievement and temporary victory over mankind. Disgusting.
>>27250357that kinda reminds me. This is an alt history that diverged pre-second world war, right? I'm sure it's been covered, but what happened to the nazis?
>>27250509Instead of WW2 we got invaded. It lasted roughly as long.Given it's the Sidarxi, what happened to the nazis probably happened to the communists, social democrats, republicans etc. After all, to them it'd be all the same unless co-opted.
You do take the offer for a ride out, but once out of the compound, you walk. The streets are filled with hopeless crowds. No good men would be out at this hour. You follow a path you know well to the little Japantown. You greet the little obaa-sans and ojii-sans on their porches, you've come by often enough that they recognize you. As you come to one modest house, you knock. Within a minutes, Heihachiro Hojo is at the door in a bedrobe. “What brings you here at this hour, Fritz?” he asks in Japanese. “I've got a proposal but it's a risky. We should talk about it inside,” you say in German. Hojo invites you in, and you follow him to the living room, mindful to take off your shoes. He comes back with a glass of bourbon. “Thanks,” you say. “Don't mention it. I knew that it was important, and you look like hell. Did you get into a fight?” “It's a long story.”
That's it for tonight.Now, I'm open for questions, comments, and concerns.
>>27250971Dammit. Why you gotta leave us hanging?
>>27250509Fascism never really ended up discredited as an ideology, but it ended up moderated by the necessity of international coalition.
I think I know why they fought us the way they did. So they could make us bleed, shiver and die while rubbing in humans noses that they (sort of) gave them a chance to fight. It'd fit with the attitude of the space elves we've seen so far.
>>27250971i've looked for your OP image, I, in all honestly, failed. Sauce if you are kind enough
>>27251916It's from Jin-Roh.
>>27251034Because I need something to keep you coming back for next time.
>>27252129That could just be us talking to the rebels, dammit! When are you gonna run?Are you just using base ORE or do you have things stat'd out?
>>27252300I have a partial character sheet. I do want to use it for combat, but I'm not sure how much I want to use it for social situationsI may run for a few hours tomorrow, provided that the thread is still alive. Monday is just busy. I not briefly tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday
>>27252440>but I'm not sure how much I want to use it for social situationsUse it when we need to do something relevant to the plot. Like lying or convincing someone over something big.
Armored Infantry Field Manual, War Department, 8 June 1941Chapter 1: General Section 1: The Role of Armored Infantry Power armored infantry is a combat arm. It contributes especially to the offensive actions of the force in lieu of unarmored infantry because it has the necessary survivability, profile, and firepower to conduct assaults. It is the breakthrough element of an attack, to be supported by artillery, armored fighting vehicles, and unarmored infantry (hereafter referred to as “infantry”). Section 2: Characteristic of Armored Infantry a. General: Armored infantry are distinguished from infantry by their employment of powered armor. Powered armor allows armored infantry to both bring massive firepower directly into the fast-moving infantry firefight and survive hits from “lances” that would otherwise kill infantry. b. Modes of Transportation:Foot: Armored infantry can sustain approximately 24 hours of independent operations before running out of fuel. Operations on batteries alone are relatively quiet but can only be sustained for an hour before they require charging. Motorized: Armored infantry can be motorized similarly to infantry, but are heavier. The average combat weight of an armored infantryman is 600 lbs.Parachute: Armored infantry can be dropped from aircraft with specially modified doors and harnesses. One armored infantryman is approximately the same load as four infantrymen.Rocket Packs: Tactical mobility can be increased by the means of disposable rockets attached to the back of the infantryman. c. Capabilities of Weapons: Armored infantry can bring much greater firepower to bear than normal infantry. Support weapons like medium machine guns can be treated as rifles to them. Heavy machine guns and light cannons encumber them as the machine gun would to any other infantryman.
>>27252716This is my faux field manual about power armor. It's not quite directly relevant, but I think it's something fun to dump
>>27252795Personally, I think 'Powered Infantry' would be better. Since infantry *do* wear armor. Or PAI. Maybe Heavy Infantry since those didn't exist for the past 2-300 years.
>>27252862I did actually think about it. I decided on armored because personal armor barely existed in this period.
>>27253019Armor is a thing though. Flak jackets existed, as did steel helmets. Even some basic bulletproof vests existed at the time. Some infantry even wore hard armor.
>>27253114I'm not saying that they didn't, but helmets aside, many of those developments were during WW2. In this case, the invasion was in the mid-30s and personal armor took a distinctly different route that historically.Also, this is a faux-US manual using faux-US terminology. Let's say that the British used somewhat different terminology for their power armored infantry units.
>>27253210Fair enough. I didn't mean to throw up a big stink.IIRC, the PA were using shit like HMGs. Does that mean you need a weapon of that caliber to take out their infantry? Or is it just to take out anything in the way, including things like light vehicles? >>Motorized: Armored infantry can be motorized similarly to infantry, but are heavier. The average combat weight of an armored infantryman is 600 lbs.I assume specialized vehicles were made for this purpose? >>Heavy machine guns and light cannons encumber them as the machine gun would to any other infantryman.That would imply they'd need to rely on shorter bursts or else brace their weapon, wouldn't it?
>>27253277The biggest problem with facing Sidarxi infantry are their "shields" (which are the standard sci-fi omnidirectional energy shields). These operate by means of amplifying their parapsychic abilities which would be too weak on their own. Punching through shields requires several full-power rifle rounds which then have to deal with their existing body armor. A medium (rifle-cailber) machine gun provided a balance between "time to kill" and portability.>MotorizedIn some cases, in others existing vehicles were reinforced.>That would imply they'd need to rely on shorter bursts or else brace their weapon, wouldn't it?Correct. These are the light machine gun equivalents.
>>27253393Given that's WW2 rifles...It means there's automatic rifles chambered in the same caliber, or more likely?Rifles chambered to fire big enough shots that they only need 1 or 2 shots on the vitals.
>>27253529As the Americans discovered (which will come up later in the field manual):a. The shields are more vulnerable to single hits.b. .50 BMG AP is conveniently powerful enough to punch through the shield and retain enough energy to usually penetrate the body armor in a single shot. That is why the rebel power armor rifles were chambered in it.
>>27253596Either their rifles have advanced in recoil absorption (not too unbelievable when you have PA and 7 years of warfare), or they carry heavy as fuck rifles around. Or, they rely alot more on static defense.
>>27253632Its the PA that lug the big, heavy guns around.Infantry are still using full power rounds, but semi-automatic rifles like the G3 were adopted earlier. Unarmored infantry relied extensively on explosives from rifle grenades to automatic grenade launchers to mortars to rocket launchers.
>>27253733>semi-automatic rifles like the G3G3 is select-fire. Why would they use an intermediate round though if even full-power rounds aren't reliable enough?Are they the settings equivalent of a carbine, or SMG?
>>27253733Or do the battle rifles in the setting use full-power rounds?
>>27253795I goofed in terminology. I meant battle-rifle, specifically of the magazine-fed kind with a standard capacity of ~20 rounds.These are the weapons of regular infantry. Power armor never supplanted them because of the expense and time to make a suit as well as their logistical footprint. Armored infantry were reserved for leading infantry attacks. However, the majority of soldiers were not so well equipped.
>>27253920what about tank development? Did armored inf more or less replace them?
>>27253828>>27253795Do they use smaller rounds like IRL? Same one for simplicity's sake? Either way, some battle rifles that would probably exist and be in use?FN49StG45(M)CETME Model A/B (Proto-G3 developed off the STG45(M).T44/BM59 - Select-fire M1 Garand with a detachable magazine.MAS-49Rieder Automatic Rifle - one of the conversions of the Lee-Enfield to make it automatic.SKSA proto-AK.I could also imagine there being conversions for bolt-guns to use detachable magazines.
>>27254105Another automatic lee-enfield/metford conversion, the Charlton rifle.
>>27254435>>27254105Using weapons that actually existed even on the drawing board can give things a really nice feel. I cant find the pic but there's a "future soldier" program that existed in the 50s/60s for the U.S Military. It had wonderful innovations like a helmet radio.
Good night and thanks for a good thread.