Haha, just running a bit of a quest idea I had as a oneshot today! If the response is good enough I might extend it to a full quest, but that will only be if I finish PJ Witches or Cyberpunk Idols first! Anyways, time to get the standard stuff out of the way first:Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandOther Works:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Cyberpunk%20Idol%20Management%20Questhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Valkyrian%20Mercs%20Questhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Pararescue%20Witches------------------------"WAKE UP, ALICE, IT'S TIME TO GO TO SCHOOL!"Your eyes snap open and you sit up from your bed, quickly scanning your room for that familiar, sickeningly high pitched voice. However, you see no traces of that fucking black cat. No tip of a swishing tail, or those golden glowing eyes, or even a pair of twitching ears poking out from the end of your bed. After all these years you're still not sure whether everything was just in your head, or if it was that little bastard cat's way of taunting you.You check your clock and sigh. You've waken up way too early again, but you're in no mood to go back to sleep. Silently cursing your minor misfortune, you reluctantly get dressed. You've still got an hour before you had to worry about welcoming the fresh wave of new recruits, poor bastards, so wonder what to do in the meantime.>Go to the armory. Playing around with gear always helped put your mind at ease.>Go to the observation deck. At least the view never gets old.>Go visit the Old Man. It's not like he ever goes to sleep, anyways.>Go visit some old friends.
>Go visit the Old ManAlso, when you say Magical Girl Hunter, do you mean we'll be hunting Magical Girls, possibly even stuffing them and mounting them on our walls? Because that would be rad.
>>29469103>Go visit the Old Man. It's not like he ever goes to sleep, anyways.Why you do this while the Broncos game is on
>>29469103>>Go to the armory. Playing around with gear always helped put your mind at ease.Magical weapons are the best.
>>29469188>Not browsing the internet and watching TV at the same time>2014
>>29469103>Go to the armory. Playing around with gear always helped put your mind at ease.Missed the idol quest last night, not missing this one!
>>29469229>implying I'm notTwo monitors is a hell of a thing, but it's difficult trying to pay attention to the game and the thread at the same time
>>29469103>Go visit some old friends.
>Go visit the Old ManHe's an old guy, maybe he's got some wise words to share. Or a sudden prophetic vision, or maybe we can ask about this imagined black cat thing.
>>29469103>Go visit the Old Man. It's not like he ever goes to sleep, anyways.
>>29469103You decide to go pay a visit to the Old Man. He always seemed to have a wise word to say, and always treated you nicely even though he had no reason to. As you walk through the halls of the installation, you pass by various personnel, both fellow Hunters and technicians. All of them give you a wide berth and a quick salute, though you know it was more out of apprehension and fear rather than any sort of respect. However, at this point, you've taught yourself to ignore it.You arrive at a set of doors that stand apart from the rest. Instead of cold, metallic steel, the doors were made out of polished wood. The real stuff too, not the synthetic crap. You briefly wonder how the ell the Old Man managed to pull that off before refocusing your thoughts and hitting the buzzer on the side of the door."Who is it?" A soft spoken voice squeaks from the intercom."It's me, General, Alice." You say. "Can we... talk? It happened again.""You know, you can just call me Trevor. No need for formalities at this point." The Old Man chuckles. "Hold on, I'll unlock the door."The wooden doors slide open, and there sits General Trevor Bruttenholm, head of the Magical Girl Hunter Bureau. He certainly didn't look like a military man. Bruttenholm looked more at home in a university or library than behind an officer's desk. In fact, that had been his previous occupation before the War, but his expertise on Magical Girls pretty much made him the de facto choice to be head of the MGHB."Come now, take a seat." Bruttenholm says cheerfully. "Brandy?""Too early in the morning for that." You shake your head."Not in Moscow." Bruttenholm chuckles again. "Now, I assume Loki contacted you again?">I don't think so. I think it was just a dream.>I don't know... it just felt more... REAL this time.>Can... can we talk about something else?>Other
>>29469790>I don't know... it just felt more... REAL this time.
>I don't know... it just felt more... REAL this time.Well we know it has a name!
>>29469790>I don't know... it just felt more... REAL this time.So is this going to be more like Witch Hunter Robin or Homura hunting witches?
>>29469790"I don't know... it just felt... REAL this time." You sigh. "Like he was literally right next to me, speaking in my ear.""Yes, well, we never were quite able to understand the connection between magical girls and their companions." Bruttenholm nods sagely. "And we have even less data on what exactly happens when that connection is severed. You killed Loki shortly after the War began, didn't you?" "Y-yeah." You nod. "At least, I'm pretty sure I did. You know what happened after that.""Yes, your lost your powers after his death." Bruttenholm nods, staring out the window. "It could just be some sort of residual magic left behind after he died. We know that you still have some semblance of your former ability, however faint it might be.""I don't know, sir. What if I screwed it up? What if Loki's still alive and out there somewhere?""Then we'll find him and hunt him, just like any other Magical Girl or Companion." Bruttenholm says sternly. "Just remember to keep these little incidents between the two of us, alright? The Council is already wary of keeping you alive, much less working for us.""Yes sir." You nod."And don't you have a shipment of trainees to welcome?" Bruttenholm grins."I wish you didn't remind me of that." You sigh. "They always ask me stupid questions.""Such is the nature of the uninformed." Bruttenhold responds. "That's where you come in though, isn't it?""I guess." You sigh."Now, go along then. Don't let me waste any more of your time."You give Bruttenholm a quick salute before exiting his office. >Might as well go welcome the trainees.>Waste some time first. Swing by the Trophy Room.>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.>Other
>>29470367>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.We're former magical girl that hunts her former sisters.Sweet.
magical girl lesbian onna battle field when
>>29470367>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.Merc, do you just google for all these anime pics of girls operating, or do you just have a giant folder of this stuff?
>>29470367>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.Sweet, are we homu?
>>29470367>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.Please let there be something new and shiny to make up for incoming recruits.
>>29470367>Delicious delicious guns
>>29470481A little bit of both.
>>29470367>>29470481Plz post link or folder of sweet pics.Also, off-topic but recommendations for /k/ anime?
i think we need some backstory for why we need to hunt them. does great power come with great insanity?
>>29470565-Girls und Panzer if you can deal with cute girls doing cute things when they're not in tonks-Black Lagoon if you can't deal with that-Upotte! if you can deal with cute girls BEING riflesThere's definitely others, but those are the ones that come off the top of my head
>>29470629>>29470565As an addendum:http://0-media-cdn.foolz.us/ffuuka/board/a/image/1338/00/1338009760020.jpg
>>29470629and possibly Jormungand
>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.So we established stuff. Be interesting to see the kind of tech/armor/weapons at our disposal for... whatever.
>>29470709I just got done watching that and I hated the ending. Just the fuck. Great show otherwise.
>>29470367>Swing by the armory to see if anything new is coming in with the trainees.
>>29470367You decide to swing by the armory. You always did find some comfort among the rows and rows of guns kept there. Hell, with Bruttenholm's blessing you even got first dibs on the cooler stuff."Yo, Heph, anything new come in from the shuttle?" You ask as you enter the armory."Well of course you're the first to swing by to ask." The station's armorer, Heph, rolls his eyes and grins. "Nothing too fancy. Just replacements for some of our older stock and even more of that useless tacticool shit. But we DID get something nice."Heph ducks into the armory, opening several sets of secure doors before coming back out with a rather large rifle. "Holy shit, Heph, what is that beast's name and when can I ask it out?" You gasp."Alice, meet Barret's newest baby, the XM800." Heph laughs, patting the weapon. "See how the barrel's a little thicker than normal? It's a coilgun so the whole barrel is basically a giant electromagnet, so it can shoot a .50 cal slug several times faster than any chemical powder can. Having to slap on a battery pack to power the magnets makes it pretty fucking heavy, but it shouldn't be any problem for you, right?""Hardly." You grin as you handle the rifle. One of the residual traces of your former magical abilities was that you were still slightly stronger and faster than the average human. On a bad day, you'd be at around Olympic levels of performance.""This is fucking sweet, Heph. You think I can check it out for the next hunt?""Go for it. Barret wants combat data." Heph shrugs. "Say, don't you have to go meet the trainees.">Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once.>Eh, fuck that shit. I want to try this baby out.>Other
FIIIIIINElet's go. keeping them waiting too long may make a commander upset with us.
>>29471027>>Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once.
>>29471027>>Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once."Spoilsport."
Heph and Barret. I think I can spot those references.
>>29471027>Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once.
>>29471027>Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once."Why does everyone want me to scare the living daylights out of these trainees for? Because that's all I'm going to do."
>>29471027>>Fiiiiiine. I guess I should actually act my age for once.As awesome as it would be to try out some awesome new weapon, best not piss of the uppers. I think. Trainees might have a field operation anyway.
>>29471120Probably because whatever we're hunting scares or at least used to scare the living daylight out of us and we at least want a few of these trainees to live to see tomorrow.
>>29471027"Fiiiiine, I guess I should actually act my age for once." You pout."A grown woman should not be making that expression." Heph sighs."Yeah well, I'll see you later, Heph." You give a wave before exiting the armory.You sigh as you make your way to the hangar deck. You're not sure why Bruttenholm insists you welcome in every wave of fresh recruits. Most of the time you just end up scaring the piss out of them when you jokingly threaten to kill them with magical sparkles and they actually take you seriously. While it was funny the first couple of times, one of the trainees had actually managed to smuggle a firearm in and nearly shot you the face with it when he panicked.Fucking rookies."You're late." The Hunter standing by the entrance to the hanger glowers."Oh come on, I know you don't enjoy these any more than I do, Leo." You shake your head. "Let's just get this over with."You watch as the docked shuttle begins to disgorge its cargo. About fifty recruits in fresh fatigues and nervous looks on their faces. The hangar crew directs them over to you. Wanting to show some semblance of authority, you and Leo are standing on a catwalk slightly above the main hangar floor. The recruits shuffle in and then all of their eyes turn up to you. Judging from the looks, they heard the rumors. They always hear the rumors. This was going to be fucking wonderful."Okay, welcome to the Freedom Star, the orbital headquarters for the Magical Girl Hunter Bureau, blah blah blah. Let's just cut straight to the point and I'll answer whatever silly questions you have."You're suddenly bombarded by a flurry of questions. Some just made you want to facepalm because it should've been shit they learned in boot camp.>Explain the nature of Magical Girls and Companions to them.>Explain the nature of Invaders.>Clear up just exactly what you are and what you're capable of.>Explain how Hunts are supposed to go.>Shove all the responsibility onto Leo and ditch.>Other
>>29471536>Explain the nature of Magical Girls and Companions to them.>Explain the nature of Invaders.
1 and 2
>>29471536>Explain the nature of Magical Girls and Companions to them.>Explain the nature of Invaders.Get the basics out of the way.
>Explain the nature of Invaders.I think we get the basic premise of what we are. Dunno what the deal with Invaders is. Maybe we'll get to shoot one.
>>29471536>Answer all of the questions
>>29471536"Okay, first things first, you people should have learned this shit in boot camp, but I'll humor you." You sigh. "Magical Girls first showed up about twenty years ago, at the same time the Invaders arrived. Magical Girls sort of explain themselves. They're girls, usually teenagers, granted magical and highly destructive powers from alien beings known as Companions. Companions normally take the form of small, sickeningly cute animals, and are fairly vulnerable. However, if you find one, that means there's at least one Magical Girl around to protect it.""Magical Girls look just like any human girl, and are difficult to detect when untransformed." You continue. "However, one way to tell them apart is that they don't visibly age, so they can't stay in one place for more than a few years before people start getting suspicious."Invaders are a separate species of alien being that pretty much hate all living things, from what we've seen. They're not intelligent, and are completely biological. They're basically slightly organized, extremely feral animals that can rip tanks open like paper bags, depending how big they are. No idea where they come from, other than they try to enter the Earth via asteroid. They're not too much of a problem these days ever since ODIN was set up, but a few still slip past every year so we have to deal with them too from time to time."Now, while the world governments were still sitting with their thumbs on their asses, Magical Girls were actually going out of their way to fight off Invaders. People started worshiping Magical Girls as heroes, then Magical Girls decided to attack humans, and the rest is history." You finish.(cont)
>>29472124Explaining all that dredged up some painful memories. You had already been a Magical Girl for three years up until the Magic War began. Seven years later you're now teaching kids how to kill your former comrades.You wish Loki were alive so you could kill him again."All right, so any more silly questions from any of you?" You glower."Yeah!" One rookie speaks up. "Were you cute as a Magical Girl?"Your eye twitches.>Ignore him. It's not worth it.>Verbal counterattack.>RIP AND TEAR>Other
>>29472124>>29472148Forgot your trip Merc.
>>29472148>RIP AND TEARThe rookies must learn to fear and respect us.
>>29472148>RIP AND TEAR
>>29472148Are you insinuating that I'm not cute now?
otherhit him just hard enough to break his nose."any OTHER questions?"
>>29472148>Verbal counterattack."You saying I'm not cute now? That's normally a death sentence to say to a woman..."
>>29472148>>RIP AND TEAR
>>29472124>>29472148>>29472162It keeps happening!
>>29472148pick him up by his scrawny little neck and ask, straight-faced "are you saying that i'm not cute now?"
>>29472148Really, a good question would be "Why did you defect from the Magical Girls, and why aren't there more defectors like you?"
>>29472349ohhhh, so much this. second this.
so you all are going for the beauty vain route.weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak
>>29472419I am thinking rip and tear was more it pissed her off due to the shitty joke the dumbfuck was telling
>>29472148Remind him he is here to kill the cute magical girls not bed them
>>29472419idgaf if i was in that situation it's what i would do
>>29472396yeah what is the DEAL?
>>29472148>RIP AND TEARWe PTSD now
>>29472349>>29472349his do this
>>29472148>OtherYes and you will now never get to see.
>>29472148With one smooth motion, you leap over the rail and onto the hanger floor. It's a lot less painful than it looks since gravity is weaker here, but there's no need to tell the rookies that. You then stomp towards Mr. Stupid Question of the Day, his fellow rookies quickly parting like the Red Sea to avoid your wrath. You just glare down at him. One of the perks to aging normally again was that you actually grew to be a bit taller than average, which made you more intimidating as a result. "Are you saying I'm not cute right now?" You say with a bloodthirsty smile."I-um-well-" The rookie quakes in fear.Well, no point in physically assaulting him. You didn't need more citations on your record. You then turn to the rest of the rookies."I want you all to get this into your skulls. Magical Girls are NOT cute or nice. They will kill the shit out of you if you threaten them or their Companion." You scowl. "Now, are there any more less stupid questions, or can we pack it up and call it a day?""Actually," One of the rookies, a bespectacled boy, steps forward, adjusting his glasses a bit. "Why exactly are you fighting on our side? Especially when so many other Magical Girls do not?""Well holy shit, an actual honest to god question." You blink and try to get a look at the rookie's nametag for future reference. "Well, Hickman, in my case, I guess I just didn't see the grand reason betraying everybody. I'm not sure what other Magical Girls' reasoning for their betrayal was, considering most of them aren't taken alive and the few that have been aren't in a talking mood. Our best guess is that they've been brainwashed by their Companions or grew too dependent on their magical powers to give it up.">See if the rookies have any more questions.>Break up this shindig and do something worth your time.>Other
>>29472762>Break up this shindig and do something worth your time.
>>29472762>See if the rookies have any more questions.Hah, thanks for answering my question and working it in, Merc.
>>29472762>See if the rookies have any more questions>>29472820 But Homura, you are a hot girl!
>>29472762>Break up this shindig and do something worth your time.Can we do like some training exercises or watch combat footage? So we can get some less dumb questions. (And also get some PTSD flashbacks)Also, I just had an idea of Homu decided to work with the government, but get's stuck as a desk jockey and has to deal with Pentagon Wars level bullshit. And it will be called Magical Girl Wars
>>29472762>Break up this shindig and do something worth your time.That 50cal aint gonna test drive itself.
>>29472762>See if the rookies have any more questions.
>>29472762>break all the shindings up
>>29472762"Well, that could have gone better." Leo sighs as you leave the hangar, letting the other officers guide the rookies to their quarters. "Hey, at least none of them are getting sent back to Earth on a stretcher." You remark."The fact that you use that incident as a measuring stick for progress is not exactly helpful." Leo shakes his head. "No pleasing you, huh?" You grin and punch Leo lightly on the shoulder. He had been a Hunter just about as long as you have, so you felt comfortable harassing him about all manner of things."You know, Rorke just bagged another MG. That brings his count up to fifteen." Leo says. "And we all now he's looking to beat your score.">You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".>Great, that would give him another reason to treat me like shit.>Nobody beats my high score, Leo. Nobody.>Other
>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".We are killing humans no matter how traitorous they are.
>>29473164>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".Now excuse me. I had too much stupid in one day, and I need to take out my anger issues with a new gun that just came in.
>>29473164>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".
>>29473164>>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".
>>29470147>>29470512>>29470881>>29471142>>29472820>>29473220We a Homu lite thread now.
>>29473164>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".Also, I'm loving this oneshot. So much mystery to it and it reminds me a lot of MGNQ in a good way.
>>29473164>Great, that would give him another reason to treat me like shit.
>>29473164>You're implying that I am actually proud of my "score".I spend way too much time here making rookies piss themselves to have a high score
>>29473294Is that the noir quest?
>>29473164"You're implying I'm actually proud of my 'score.'" You grumble. "How long have we been hunting again?"'Sorry, I just thought you'd want to know." Leo shrugs."Yeah, well, it's not like I keep count anyways." You lie. "What is it, 20? 30?""22 MGs and 2 Companions, not counting uh.. you know." Leo responds."Wonderful."Suddenly, your cellphone beeps and you check the message.>MISSION CONTROL, NOW>-Bruttenholm"Looks like we got a mission." You state."Yeah, I got the same message." Leo nods.It looks like your chance to test the new Barret would come sooner than you thought. You and Leo both make your way to the Mission Control room. Bruttenholm and several senior Hunters were already there, staring at the massive, holographic globe in the center of the room."Our sensors just picked up two contacts." Bruttenholm explains, pointing to the colored dots on the globe. "An invader asteroid slipped past the ODIN defense network and landed in western Germany, near the French border. We've also been picking up M-Particle spikes in California, consistent with the presence of at least one or two Magical Girls in the area.">Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.>I guess we'll handle the MGs.
>>29473783>>I guess we'll handle the MGs.
>>29473783Go after the MGs. We're Magical Girl Hunters, it's right there in the name.
>>29473783>Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.
>>29473783>>Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.
>>29473783>>Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.more interested in finding the truth than shooting first and asking questions never.
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.We don't guess we simply do.
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.Let's put a poor deluded girl out of her misery.
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.Hello there. We have 2 options. We either become friends, or I shoot you in the face. I just got a new gun so I don't particularly care which one you choose,
go after the MGs
>>29473783>Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.fight the bugs
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.
>>29473783>Let's go shoot some Invaders in the face.So, is there a Dr. Stinger and a Dr. Cohen around?
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.More interested in the MG psychology than random bug alien #21
>>29473783>I guess we'll handle the MGs.We're Magical Girl Hunters, not Space Invader Killers
>>29473783"We'll take the mission California." You smirk. "I hear the weather is nice this time of year.""California's weather is ALWAYS nice." Leo sighs. "Their seasons aren't measured by weather but whether half the state is on fire or not.""Sounds like my kind of place." You nod. "I assume we're leaving now?""That's right." Bruttenholm nods. "Why don't you try bringing some of the new recruits along with you? They need the experience.">No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.>I guess I can bring a couple along...>Other
>>29474130>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.have they even been trained? Nah, let's not be responsible for noobies
>>29474130>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.That's a good way to get the rookies killed.
>>29474130>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.They just got here.
>>29474130>>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.Sieg Heil
>>29474130>Other"Got one that shows promise?"
>>29474130>>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.
>>29474130>No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt.Titty Homura is a very nice Homura
>>29474130>I guess I can bring a couple along...Who suicidal enough to come along and smart enough to not be a burden on the mission?
>>29474130Sure, let's bring the whole nursery with us. I don't want to belabor the point, but it's not like we have a stake in their long-term survival.
we can't just deny them, offer an alternative. the rookies hit the invader.
Am I the only one who's suspicious of the story about why MGs are being hunted? I doubt it was that simple
>>29474130>I guess I can bring a couple along...No guarantees they all come back with me.
>>29474314If there is anyone who would be in a position to know, it would be us. So unless we're hiding ulterior motives from ourselves, I think we can take that much at face value.
>>29474314they said they have a few alive, in cells. we can go see them later and they wont say anything.
>>29474252>*image* but that's heresy
>>29474374that's likely due to people shooting first, blindly following orders. And it wouldn't be unheard of for the government to have done something and covered it up.Anyone who's watched general fiction should know this by now.>>29474348To a degree, while Alice might have gotten a wicked one, I doubt that's applies to all others.
>>29474314I think the reason why lies in the companions and the fact they're lying fucks.We're the bad guy in this story to them.
>>29474423Too bad it is now a thing.
>>29474130"No way, I'm not babysitting rookies on a Hunt." You shake your head. "It's a good way to get a lot of them killed.""Your squad is not getting any bigger, Alice." Bruttenholm says sadly. "You may be keeping the attrition at bay but for how long? I'd hate to see you fighting alone again.""I'll figure something out." You sigh. "Get Daedalus ready to launch. We'll be dropping in 30 minutes.""I'll send the order through." Bruttenholm nods. "But please consider my words."You just wave and leave Mission Control, heading back to the hangar. By this point, the rookies are long gone, and all that's left are the hangar crew, who are busy loading the Daedalus, your squad's orbital assault carrier."Sir, permission to participate in this mission."You turn to see that rookie from before, Hickman, standing behind you, standing straight and saluting."Sorry Hickman, this is a no rookie flight." You frown. "Go bother another squadron leader if you want to die so bad.""I've been told your squad's the best, and that's where I want to be." Hickman responds, not backing down. "I've ready read everything about you. You've literally written the book on how to hunt and take down Magical Girls. I won't settle being under the command of anybody else.""You're serious about this, aren't you?" You raise an eyebrow."Extremely."Heh, there might be some hope for this batch of rookies after all.>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.>Next mission, maybe. Not today.>Other
>>29474600>>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.Haha, time to get our rookie killed.
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.We have magical girls to hunt and little time to argue.
>>29474600>Next mission, maybe. Not today.
>>29474600i guess we can tolerate one rookie
>>29474461Like I said, that might be the case for some, but I highly doubt every companion is like that, and it might be the case of "the whole suffering for the actions of the few"I have serious doubts the goverment is being entirely honest about this. I mean when have they ever been completely honest?>>29474600>>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.Fresh meat for the grinder.
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.No point in putting our toys back in the box without playing with them first. There may not even be a next mission.
>>29474600>>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.We should atleast see whether he levels into a squaddie and what class he is
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed."Well, let's find out if you're a red shirt or some big goddamn hero."
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.Remember you are here to watch, not to act.
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed."First rule as a rookie, don't get yourself killed inconveniently or in any inconvenient way"Also, XCOM, in my magical girl? Better than I thought.
>>29474600>>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.Hey, why not?
It's too bad Hickman isn't a girl. /tg/ would waifu him on the spot.
>>29474825He husbando now
>>29474752I still doubt it's so simple.
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then.I suppose we can take care of one rookie.
>>29474825Considering Merc quests, yeah. I still remember the Valkyria Chronicles quests.>>29474842Of course there is a TWIST, but in all due time
>>29474825The MC is too jaded and srs business to waifu/husbando anyone.
>>29474907maybe so but I think it'll come off worse if we're a good little killbot than someone with a brain.
>>29474915I agree, which is why I said /tg/.It would be nice to find another girl who can keep up with us, though. Purely platonic battle buddies, of course.
>>29474915But not above boytoys."Hey you, I need a mana transfer!"
>>29474600>Hop aboard, then. Don't blame me if you get yourself killed.You brought this upon yourself, new fish
>>29474946Eh, we need to balance exposition with action. The best stories weave them together.
>>29474600Oh boy here we go
>>29474600"Hmph. Might as well. Just don't get killed in a way that'll inconvenience me." You sigh. "Welcome aboard."You see Hickman almost smile before he catches himself and salutes again before bounding off the the dropship."Whoa, our little Alice being nice to rookies? I thought you couldn't transform anymore." Leo crows."Shut it, Leo." You scowl. He was pretty much the only person you were willing to take MG jokes from, but only because he was competent enough to back up his talk. "Let's do this."You board the Daedalus, walking into the troop bay and strapping yourself in. The rest of your Hunter squad likewise straps in, though Hickman takes a few more seconds to familiarize himself."Alright, everybody strapped in? We're launching!" The pilot announces. The ship shudders as the engines power on, pushing the orbital assault craft out of the hanger and into space.From here, you could see the Freedom Star in its fully glory. Years before, it was built by the United States as a way to quickly deploy a Marine quick response force to any point on the globe within 90 minutes. After the Magical War, it was repurposed to be the MGHB's headquarters. After all, MGs and their Companions could turn up anywhere on the planet."Reentry in 3...2...1!" The Daedalus shudders even harder as it finally hits Earth's atmosphere. However, you've gone through this procedure countless times before. Eventually, the shuddering stops."We'll be over the target site in thirty minutes." The pilot announces. "It's not safe to move around the cabin."Your squad disengages their safety restraints and start milling around the cabin. "We should get the mission details sorted out." Leo says."Mhm, you totally should." You say."Come on, can you please take this seriously?" Leo sighs."I'll think about it.">Go over the mission details with Leo.>Talk to Hickman and get his story.>Go cuddle with your new rifle.>Other
>>29475055>life in the imperial guard.jpg
>>29475055>Magical Girl X-ComAnd I thought regular X-Com couldn't get any worse.
>>29475075>[x]Go cuddle with your new rifle.Never can be too much quality time with your life-saving equipment.
>>29475075>>Go cuddle with your new rifle.
>>29475075>>Talk to Hickman and get his story.INb4 a childhood friend wound up one.
>>29475075>Talk to Hickman and get his story.Fuck mission briefingGotta get the rookie's story in case he bites it like he is probably going to.
>>29475055Wait... is that art from Nekose's stream (/v/stream)? Only reason I ask is that crown on the tank was because tanks were always named after "Kings" a friend of his, from what I recall at least.>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.>Go cuddle with your new rifle.
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.also>Years before, it was built by the United States as a way to quickly deploy a Marine quick response force to any point on the globe within 90 minutes. pic related
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.
>>29475075>>Go cuddle with your new rifle.O-oh my.
>>29475075Go over mission details while gently stroking our new rifle.Who gives a fuck about Hickman? Telling his life story will only raise yet another death flag. If he wants to live, he better keep his tales of early retirement and little sisters to himself.
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.I doubt the character has survived so long by being sloppy.
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.Maybe do a little rifle inspection, see if there's anything particularly cool bolted onto it.But fuck getting to know the new guy. I don't even want to make the effort to learn his first name unless he comes back from this mission alive.
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo>>29475143I have a feeling he has a tragic backstory involving a sister turned MG. His willingness to go on this mission was just a means to help him search for her faster.
>>29475075>Go over the mission details with Leo.>Talk to Hickman and get his story.>Go cuddle with your new rifle."Ok Leo, just go over the mission details while I don't pay attention. Hick-guy, briefly go over the your life story and include your fiance or kids so I'll might feel an emotion when you die. And I'll be in this corner stroking my Karla. Yes, I just named it.
>>29475075>Years before, it was built by the United States as a way to quickly deploy a Marine quick response force to any point on the globe within 90 minutes.
>>29475075>>29475169>>29475240It's just like that thing in that video game, except it didn't get blown up in the prolog and start WWIII. I always wanted one.
>>29475232>we end up fighting his little sister>Hickman kills the companion in his last few moments>we get to train the little sister to be a Magical Girl Hunter
>>29475291You mean the GDI oppression satellite in C&C3?
>>29475291I thought *that game* was pretty hilarious because>called "Ghosts" because the're super stealthy>First mission involves driving a truck through an enemy base, while riding in the back and slaughtering all of south america
>>29475291>>29475337No, I meant the http://tomclancy.wikia.com/wiki/Freedom_Star
>>29475169Come to think of it, isn't it that space station in Endwar?
>>29475385http://cnc.wikia.com/wiki/GDSS_PhiladelphiaHuh. Looks like somebody copied somebody.
>>29475427looks like it is: >>29475385
>>29475312i too am okay with this.
>>29475433>super-satellite named after my cityI feel so very American right nowGo GDI
>>29475385>>29475433I guess funny how they were blown up in the prolog. I guess they would be OP and needed a nerf. At least the GDI still had drop Zone Troopers and an Ion Cannon network.
>>29475075"Fine, we might as well get the mission details sorted out." You roll your eyes. "What have we got?""Well," Leo checks the cabin's main screen. "looks like the spikes were detected outside Los Angeles, in a large set of suburbs.""Yeah, sounds like MGs in hiding." You nod. It was common for MGs to hide out in urban areas in well developed nations. Their ability to manipulate peoples' memories meant they could insert themselves into a regular household and live pretty well for themselves for a couple years before having to move on. Also made them hard as hell to find."I suppose we've got local support?""LAPD is being mobilized." Leo nods. "They're setting up roadblocks as we speak.""Good. Let them know to stay the fuck away. They're not equipped to handle MGs." "It's still a lot of ground to cover." Leo frowns. "About a six kilometer radius. That's hundreds of thousands of people to sort through.">We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.>Let's go in loud and flush them out, then.>Other
>>29475921>>Let's go in loud and flush them out, then.COLLATERAL DAMAGE!
>>29475921>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.No reason to do something that doesn't work. Plus, setting off a panic in one of the nation's biggest cities doesn't do anyone any favors.
>>29475921>>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.
>>29475921>By the bookBut we should be ready to chase this bitch down when she realizes we're on to her.
>>29475921>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.We're an adult now, and plus I love the whole dystopian vibes given off by government agencies looking for hidden resistance.
>>29475921>By the bookThe book exists for a reason.
>>29475921>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.
>>29475921>Let's go in loud and flush them out, then.Uhg, we just had to deal with rookies today and now have to process hundreds of thousands of Californians? Do be a favor and let's do this quick.
>>29475921>Let's go in loud and flush them out, then.
>>29475921>Let's go in loud and flush them out, then.Kicking in every door is just going to get us blasted in the face with moonbeams or whatever the fuck. Make a racket, draw them out, fight in a place of our choosing. Besides, who has that kind of time? The book's for other people to follow. We wrote it, we know when to break it.
>>29476007I wonder if the goverment was trying to use the invaders as weapons, and they want the magical girls removed as to get rid of interference.
>>29475921>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.let's not be blowin' up peoples houses or whatever
>>29475921>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.Better to perform a methodical sweep than to come in loud and get ambushed. Set up a checkpoint, and check people as they leave; that way, we're in control.
>>29476008we wrote the book remember>You've literally written the book on how to hunt and take down Magical Girls
>>29476100Exactly. We wrote a book. It'd seem hypocritical to just ignore our own advice.
>>29475921>OtherYou and rookie do things by the book, I play detective and search around for the girl.
>>29475921>>We'll do this by the book. We'll just have to sort through each and every house.We wrote the fucking book.
>>29476133>Do what I say and not what I do.You never listen to your own advice, because its not advice for you.
>>29475921"I suppose we do this by the book." You sigh. "We'll sweep house by house.""Lets a lot of ground to cover." Leo frowns."Well, we could always deploy the Stalkers." One of your squaddies suggests."Roy, you know that Stalkers are bad for PR." Leo frowns. "They always scare the fuck out of everybody. At least guys with guns are somewhat familiar.""Hey, just a suggestion." Roy shrug.Late in the war, people began to notice that Invaders and Companions seemed to have some sort of odd relationship with each other. Invaders seemed to be attracted to Companions, and were always drawn to areas with high level of magic. Companions by themselves were pretty defenseless and used Magical Girls to defeat Invaders for them. Some enterprising scientists had managed to engineer organisms with Invader DNA that were rather effective in sniffing out MGs.The only problem was that it was horrible for PR. Nobody liked the things running around in their neighborhood, even though there had never been a single fatality associated with them. Sure, a few maulings, but those people had it coming.>No need to needlessly scare these people. We'll do this ourselves.>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.>Other
>>29476347>>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.The more we deploy them, the faster people will get used to them. Besides. We kill little girls for a living. PR was shit a long time ago.
>>29476347>>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.who gives a fuck about PR, thats not our job, our job is to hunt down and brutally murder our friends
>>29476347>No need to needlessly scare these people. We'll do this ourselves.We already live in a space station and go around shooting pretty teenagers
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.We have a job to do. Let the PR people worry about PR. We just get the job done.
>>29476347>No need to needlessly scare these people. We'll do this ourselves.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.Isn't this literally what they're there for? It'd be a waste not to.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.The more incident-free deployments, the more people will get used to them.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.We want to play with our new toy as soon as possible. Also in a major city the mg would have time to escape.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.Hell, let's advertise they're being deployed. We stand a better chance if we force their hand early and bring them to us rather than trying to approach them while they're fortified inside some condo building.
>>29476516This. Have an engineered controversy. Maybe a protest. We want to flush her out.
>>29476347>Since did we care about PR? Deploy the Stalkers.I'm getting Half Life 2 flashbacks here.
>>29476347>>No need to needlessly scare these people. We'll do this ourselves.
>>29476516Actually, this is a better idea. Also, tap into all the local media and broadcast our message."Hello, this is Alice. You know who I am. I used to be a magical girl, like you. We know you are here. We don't need to hurt anyone else. Just come out of hiding and out into the open, and nobody needs to be hurt. We don't need to fight, we can just talk"
>>29476347>Deploy the StalkersGetting the job done quick and painlessly is more important than civilians' peace of mind.
>>29476652Too blatant. She'll run, but we won't know what direction. Using stalkers will cause her to run away from them, which we can predict and intercept.
>>29476652with the way anon's voting, that's painfully blatant lies.
>>29476696We facing painfully naive girl's powered by friendship. What do you think?
>>29476744She's likely been at this for a while. I doubt we're dealing with a recent recruit.
>>29476652I'd rather not. It's painfully blatant lies that will only work once, and I'd rather save that "one time only" for a more dire situation.>>29476744I'm going to suspect these aren't your cheerful little girls spouting off messages about love and peace. They did sort of start a war.
>>29476822assuming the story we were told is completely true (not likely)
>>29476780The point is that this is a free action. If it works, then good for us. If it doesn't then we know this is a smart one and it'll negate some of the PR the bad command is fond of. American appreciate honesty.>>29476822Doing this because you might as well take the chance to resolve this peacefully, as impossible as it is. That impossible hope drives us in our darks actions. Plenty of time for police action, why not at least try to talk.
>>29476864We were there at the start of the war, remember? We used to be a magical girl. If there is anyone better qualified to expound on who is and isn't at fault, I'd like to meet them.
>>29476864It's probably true enough to a first approximation; we were there. If they were all sparkles and shit, we'd know something was hinky.>>29476892First-night quest means a lot of ADD posters. Plus, I don't think "just talk" is honest. A call for surrender might be a more honest option, but we're definitely here to stop them.
>>29476347"Deploy the Stalkers." You say. "No need to make this harder on ourselves.""Got it." Leo nods and rushes to the rear of the cabin.Meanwhile, you grab a microphone to key the ship's intercom and begin broadcasting a message."ATTENTION, THIS THE MGHB. WE ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE AREA FOR SUSPECTED MAGICAL GIRLS. STAY WITHIN YOUR HOMES AND DO NO LEAVE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, AND YOU WILL NOT BE HURT."Satisfied, you set the message on loop and turn back to Leo."What's the M-Particle density?""3%." Leo shakes his head. "It's been five years since the War and the air is still full of that shit.""Yeah, makes tracking MGs in hiding a pain." You sigh. "Keep an eye for any spikes."At that moment, the Daedalus drops a large metallic crate with a loud CLANG onto the street below. The crate's electronic locks disengage and a half dozen Stalkers emerge from it, skittering and scuttling about. You can hear screams and shouts as the civilians get what is probably their first look at a Stalker. However, they've been bred to ignore normal humans unless attacked, and they merely scuttle past in their search for magic."The Stalkers are moving out. Damn,t hey must be hungry" Leo whistles. "Based on their movements, we've already narrowed the search radius to one kilometer."The Daedalus keeps pace with the Stalkers' advance. Soon, the Stalkers narrow down the search to a single block."All right." You say, as the Daedalus' ramp begins to lower. "You know the drill. Sweep each house and if it's clean, evac the residents. If you encounter a transformed MG DO NOT engage her on your own! You got that?""Yes, sir!""We'll be splitting up into two teams for this. Team 1 sweeps in from the north and Team 2 from the south. We'll squeeze em out."With that, Leo and the rest of your squad begin to rappel down from the Daedalus to the ground below.>Go with them and handle things on the ground.>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.>Other
>>29476996NOPE! NOPE! NOOOOOOOOOOPE!!!
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.Can we snipe from the shuttle?
>>29476996>>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.we can drop in when and where we are needed
>>29476996>Go with them and handle things on the ground.HAHA! Time to make a Sparkly lose her virginity!
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.Someone has to run overwatch.
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.Stay in reserve; deploy when we know which squad needs help.
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.
>>29476996I regret nothing. In fact, I'm thrilled we deployed these guys.>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.We got a big fuck off rifle, right? We can take shots with it from the back, right?
>>29476996>>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus.We can respond better where we're needed from the Daedalus.
>>29476939One example of someone wtih a malicious Companion, not so much anyone else. And from the impression I got, Alice was told this by the government, not by anyone on the MG's side. And Loki trying to pull her strings.I'm amazed that the general set up isn't raising red flags considering what happens in stories with heroines who are 100% loyal fighting machines for their side: Sooner or later they find out that their side isn't as anywhere as great as they believed, usually right after said side tries to kill them.
>>29476996>Keep an eye from the DaedalusEasier to deploy rapidly from a central position.
>>29476996>Keep an eye on overall progress in Daedalus."Man, I wish we had a jet pack. I would love to fly again"
>>29477120stop trying to white knight the traitors, they and their masters, for whatever reason, turned on humanity and promptly started murdering them
>>29477120Until we actually have evidence of anything fishy with any side... Just drop it. Honestly this jumping at shadows crap /tg/ does in every quest gets fucking old.
>>29477220and like people mindlessly doing something just because of hte title is any better?
>>29477245Both are wrong when taken to the extremes.But this non-stop THERE'S CONSPIRACIES EVERYWHERE has gone overboard way too many times in the past for my liking.
>>29477120Considering how the prisoners aren't talking? There's gotta be something fishy from their side.>>29477245And the fact that it is literally the main character's job at the moment, something she has been doing for years now.
>>29476996>OtherSet me down on top of a building with good sight lines. Have Hickman spot us while we cover the block with our rifle.
>>29477313Nah, air superiority is better until we get that jetpack.
>>29476996You hang back in the Daedalus. It's easier to coordinate in the carrier plus you could always act as a fast reserve. Plus civvies were one of the few things you detested more than rookies. Rookies at least had the good sense to fear you. Civvies in most cases were just entitled bastards.You stand in the Daedalus' command suite, keeping a close eye on your squad's status as well as every surveillance feed you can get. Sooner or later that MG was going to make a mistake and blow her cover.>roll 1d20
Rolled 17 + 6>>29477504
Rolled 13>>29477504Here we go
in before ones galore.
>>29477536Eeeeeexcellent. Everyone, you can stop rolling now.
>>29477536Fucking skilled, man.
>>29477536Nice rolling, anon.
>>29477536Ha, got you with your panties down! (might be literal)
>>29477577>she tries desperately to escape in her underwearAnd this is why you don't take showers in the afternoon.
>>29477536And there she is
>>29477560Merc's one of those who will demand we finish rolling, in case any critfails pop up.
>this roll in summary
>>29477707Let's not count this in the bag just yet. We still need to put one in her head/gem/mutant rat to get the kill.
>>29477737her rat would be for the best if we can get a shot at it. would probably make her pass out from sudden magic loss. and let us net another capture.
>>29477707This tweeeest is that the MG we're hunting is actually Kyoko
>>29477821It's whatever we have a clean shot at. Not risking the squad just because we want to get a capture.If we have clear shot at the stupid cat/rat/whatever then sure take it. But if the squad is danger because of the MG. You better believe her head is coming off.
>>29477821Yeah. If we get a protege, that'd be pretty nice.
>>29477858H-Hey that's not funny...
>>29477536You blink when you see something flash by on one of the surveillance screens. You narrow your eyes and take a closer look. But there's no mistaking it.It was Joanna.Jesus, when was the last time you've seen her? Definitely from before the War started. If you remember correctly, she had one of those freaking overpowered "shadow control" powers, or something like that.You see that she's managed to hide herself in a group of evacuees. Clever girl, but not clever enough. Even if she did get past the roadblocks she'd never get past the Stalkers. You see the girl approach one of the police blockades."All teams, I've spotted an MG. Putting her position on the map. Get your asses there ASAP.">Tell the police not to let her through. It'll buy you enough time to get there.>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.>Other
>>29477858Please noI can't deal with that
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.They'll also get in the fucking way.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.And it'll let Joanna think that she's getting safely out, letting her guard down.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.We have a flying carrier, she doesn't.Plus, a Magic War vet would turn those poor cops into chunky salsa.
>>29477913>>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.>Ask them if they can believably stall her for a little bit, but to let her through if she gets pushy.What with the Stalkers, we'd rather not add a second pile of PR nightmare on top of it.
>>29477913 >Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.You're gonna die today, Magical Girl.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.Pls no bully Sallaka
>>29477913>Tell the police not to let her through. It'll buy you enough time to get there.Acceptable civilian casualties.Also it lets us spin this as defending the populace as opposed to genocide.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.Keep an eye on her and redirect the stalkers. She ain't getting away.
Rolled 17>>29477913>>Tell the police not to let her through. It'll buy you enough time to get there.
>>29477913>Tell them to let her through>>29477983Fuck you. You have catastrophically missed the entire point of the existence of armed forces.
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.>OtherAlso, command the police units to clear the general area of civilians. I want the area so clean I can carpet bomb it with impunity.
Rolled 11>>29478019>You have catastrophically missed the entire point of the existence of armed forces.Dude, we're MAGICAL GIRL HUNTERS, we hunt and kill them, we don't protect anyone, or anything, we hunt and kill our best friends.
>>29478019Sometimes, the few must perish so that the many may survive.But yeah, those cops will get murdered and accomplish nothing. There's got to be a "to save the many" part sufficient to compensate for the "loss of the few".
>>29477983There is NEVER such a thing as "acceptable civilian casualties."
>>29477913>Those cops will get creamed. Tell them to let her through but keep a close eye on her.Much as we don't seem to mind them getting turned to paste, we don't want to blow the opportunity.
Question: where is her little mascot thing?It might be in a backpack or something. Maybe we can snipe it before alerting her.
>>29478057Sure there is. Soldiers are people too.It's just that I find it highly unlikely that the policemens' sacrifice will accomplish anything at all.
>>29477983good god man....
>>29478057Sure there is. Nagasaki. Hiroshima. Dresden Bombing Campaign.The firebombings of Tokyo.
>>29478081Yeah. Can we tell the police to look out for anything familiar-ish?
>>29478092>soldiers are people tooPeople who have signed a contract that states that they will defend their country to the death.Cops are there to sign traffic tickets.
>>29478107We'll tell them only if they give it a rubber stamp. We need to know where the familiar is. If it's disguised as a stuffed animal, tell them to let it through. Just bring it out where we can see it.
>>29478122How does that refute the "soldiers are people too" thing? They knew the risks, that they would be sent into danger, but their lives must still be balanced against possible civilian casualties. It isn't an excuse to throw their lives away.
>>29477913what are the odds that the stalkers might accidently attack civilians, if she is hiding with them?
>>29477913"Roadblock two four, this is Hunter One, you have a possible MG moving through your roadblock. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT engage her. We're moving in take her out. Just let her through and we'll take care of the rest." You say in your radio."Roger that, Hunter One."By this point, the Daedalus has gotten within visual range of the target area. Shoulder your new rifle, you hit the door release and lean out. The range wasn't ideal, but one of the quickest and easiest ways to take out an MG was when she was untransformed. That meant taking her by surprise, which was usually accomplished by extreme range. However, if you missed, that would tip her off and she'd either transform or run. Either way, it would make your job a lot harder.>Try the take the shot now, before she realizes she's being tailed.>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.>Other
>>29478286Try to take the shot now, before she realises she's being tailed.
>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.
>>29478286>Wait a little moreWe can shoot magical girls in the middle of transformation sequences, right?
>>29478286Is she in a civilian-congested zone right now? If not,>Try the take the shot now, before she realizes she's being tailed.Else,>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.
>>29478286>>Try the take the shot now, before she realizes she's being tailed.
>>29478286>Try the take the shot now, before she realizes she's being tailed.Eh, kinda of coin tossed on this. Both options points of failure that make life harder but at least with this one if we do hit her. That's the hunt.
>>29478286>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.Patience. Is she wearing a backpack or anything?
>>29478286>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.A sniper NEVER rushes his shot.
Rolled 3>>29478286>>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.you rush, you miss
>>29478286>>29478357Good point>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.
>>29478286>Wait a little more, so you're sure you can make the shot.We found her in under a day, we can wait a bit longer
>>29478097>>29478019>>29478057Hey, hey, no need to get personal. Just callin' it like I see's it.
>>29478286You hold off on your shot for a few seconds so the Daedalus can catch up. However, the orbital carrier is not exactly a very silent or low observable craft, so you guess you shouldn't be surprised when you see Joanna turn around to see the approaching craft and her eyes widen in a mixture of fear and apprehension.You're not quite sure if she saw you or not, but that question was academic at this point anyways.You pull the trigger and feel the rifle buck in your shoulder.>roll 1d20
Rolled 14>>29478551>>29478562Hell yeah, motherfucker.
Rolled 5>>29478551Dice gods give me strength (and criticals)!
Rolled 9>>29478551Nat 1 incoming
Rolled 1>>29478551Your time here is Ogre, Joanna.
>>29478588It had to happen...This is what I get for pushing my luck after a 20.
>>29478588>Our rifle explodes in our face, we fall out of the helicarrier and splatter on the pavement. Joanna stares in awe at our sheer and utter failure.
>>29478606>>29478588>I roll a 19>two people roll 1'sWhy God? Why? Why can't I save the day?
>>29478642>saved as "what being a DM is like"
>>29478551we probably should have tested this rifle beforehand
>>29478551>>29478588Well I hope the stalkers can keep up with her. This is going to be a long one.
>>29478790What is more likely is that another magical girl comes to rescue her.
>>29478551Sorry, not sure about this game, but is a 1 an critical failure, or negates the highest roll?Also, how many rolls are we getting?Either way, we might as well have fun.
>>294788181 is critical failure.
Rolled 1>>29478551This>>29478818here, forgot my roll
>>29478844...maybe you should practice some more.
Rolled 19>>29478818in mercs previous quests its been anything from cancelling highest roll and taking second highest, to being a regular fail, to being the end of the worldand since he's not said how it works for this one, I've got no idea and am terrified
>>29478844GOD FUCKING DAMMITI had to do it
>>29478844This just keeps getting worse and worse. All of these ones better not stack.
>>29478844Oh. A third one. Well that's just great.I'll see how you guys managed to unfuck this in the morning. Enjoyed the oneshot, OP, can't wait for this to get picked up properly after your other two quests are done.
>>29478836And in other quest from Merc, ones just canceled highest roll.In Cyber Idol quest does ones act as failures. He has yet to state what the rolling rules are for this quest.
>>29478903>does ones>ones doI need to proof read more.
>>29478551You fire and the magnetically driven .50 cal round rips through the air toward your target.And it would've hit too, if it weren't for a meddling Magical Girl.You see a blue flash and suddenly Joanna's out of the line of fire, causing your bullet to hit empty pavement. At this point the surround civilians realize what's going and begin to flee in every direction. The nearby cops pull their guns and yell at the girls to surrender. As if that's going to do anything."Motherfucker!" You curse. You weren't expecting TWO MGs so close together."Joanna then transforms into her MG form. With two Magical Girls at full power, the Stalkers are drawn to the area like moths to a flame. They most likely weren't going to last too long, but they would serve as a distraction."Two active MGs!" You yell in your radio." All units be warned! Load up the big guns and prepare for combat!"Fortunately, Joanna wasn't skilled at ranged combat and this new MG seemed to be relying on swords. You weren't in too much danger, but you had to keep these girls pinned until backup arrived.>Move in closer. The Daedalus can contribute its own firepower to the fight, then.>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.>Other
>>29478810that goes in the E-mail field, friend.
>>29478903What if this quest is using a roll under system?
>>29478961>>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.The very definition of keeping them pinned, KEEP FIRING!
Rolled 4>>29478961Fire again.
>>29478961>Move in closer. The Daedalus can contribute its own firepower to the fight, then.>>29478979It's not based off the 20 earlier.
>>29478961>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.We brought the giant rifle and goddammit we're gonna use the giant rifle. Also, we just failed so hard that another magical girl popped into existence. Our failure, disappointment, and anguish at our rolls created a magical girl...that sounds about appropriate.
>>29478961>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.>And it would've hit too, if it weren't for a meddling Magical Girl.I see what you did there.
Rolled 8>>29478961>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.They are both close range specialists, moving in is fucking stupid
>>29478961>Move in closer. The Daedalus can contribute its own firepower to the fight, then.Weight of fire is what we need to suppress them now.
>>29478961>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.Stay out of their range
>>29478961>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.>Joanna wasn't skilled at ranged combat and this new MG seemed to be relying on swordsmoving in is suicide
>>29478961>Move in closer. The Daedalus can contribute its own firepower to the fight, then.>OtherCan the Daedalus insert us to an good vantage point?Also, can we call airstrikes?
>>29478961>>Stay back and continue to try and hit them with your rifle.Getting into melee with 2 melee MGs, not suicidal enough for that.
>>29478961>Shoot at them with the gun...why does our man-portable weapon have a longer range than the gunship's guns?
>>29478961You take aim with your rifle again. You had a handle on Joanna's powers and fighting style. As long as you engaged her in a place that didn't have a lot of dynamic lighting, or in complete darkness, she'd have no shadows to manipulate against you. The second MG, you've never seen before. Other than the swords you've got little else of what she's capable of.>Hit Joanna.>Hit the mystery MG.>Other
Rolled 3>>29479150>Hit Joanna
>>29479150>Hit Joanna.She's the vet, also the one we're most familiar with.
>>29479132Because your rifle is a coilgun. The Daedalus is primarily an assault carrier so BVR weaponry is not really a priority for it.
>>29479150>>Hit Joanna.Sorry, Joanna. It's time you died.
>>29479150>>Hit the mystery MG.we can deal with what we know easier
>>29479150>Hit the mystery MG.Priority target
>>29479150>Hit the mystery MG.Kill the unknown factor
How well do we know other magical girls from before the war?Did we have a large group of friends or was it mostly acquaintances?
>>29479150>Hit JoannaSorry kid, but it's retirement day. I guess we can pour a .40 of Ramune on her grave or something.
>>29479150>Hit Joanna>>29479205We can deal with the unknown factor once we've weakened the team by taking out Joanna.
>>29479150>Hit mystery girlUnknown first.
>>29479150>Hit the mystery MGWe know what Joanna is capable of and can plan for it. Take down the unknown while we have the chance before she pulls out some surprise.
>>29479211If it was not Madoka, they typically run on the power of friendship. Probably better friends than most, but there could have been a lot of magical girls.>>29479245Information is power, and we have significant information on Joanna. It's the unknown unknowns that kill you.
>>29479312Joanna is also a powerful veteran who has survived the Magical War, I'd rather her dead than to see that experience be used against us.
>>29479358This. The new girl is clearly a melee specialist with relatively unremarkable abilities. She's likely a newbie as well.I'd rather fight her than fucking shadow tentacles.
>>29479358>>29479383I really see this as risk control. The world's best swordsman does not fear the second world's best swordsman, he knows what to expect. He fears the random schmuck that just picked up a sword, maybe he had a bad day and decides to just shoot you.
>>29479446We're a Magical Girl with only a shadow of her old powers against a bullshit hax magical girl who is also a veteran of the Magical War. I very much doubt we're her level in a one-on-one battle.
>>29479150You take aim at Joanna again. This time he wasn't going to get any help. The second MG starts engaging the Stalkers, which have been attracted by the commotion. Silly Joanna. When engaged by an enemy with superior range, the first you did was take cover. A girl like her should know better.The rest of the squad is incoming in the jeeps you dropped down for them.Your rifle bucks for a second time.>roll 1d20
>>29479535>>29479533These are good. Don't fuck this up by rolling too often.
Rolled 6>>29479523What are the chances of nat 1 again.>INB4 nat 1
>>29479535NO ONE ELSE FUCKING ROLL!
>>29479553This. We have three rolls and that's all we need.
>>294795485% statistically, higher chance for /tg/ dice.
Rolled 7>>29479523Put one right between her eyes!
>>29479535Hell yeah motherfucker
>>29479535Pop pop pop, watching dem mgs drop.
>>29479619>No helmet6/10 would not operate with.
>>29479523>inb4 shadow clone
>>2947967319 implies it's her. Maybe she just got lazy.
>>29479619Sometimes it's better to have peripheral vision or better situational awareness.
>>29479673I swear to god we better not have spotlights trained on her. Power better be cut to the area and everyone should be operating on night vision or IR.
>>29479691It really doesn't.The 19 is to hit. If it's really her is up in the air.
>>29479726I think this is happening in full daylight.
>>29479659silly anon, don't you know that not wearing a helmet guarantees their survival?
>>29479659Plot armor is more effective than actual armor.
>>29479749I imagined this to be a night mission. Like one of those police chases where we have to find the bad guy hiding in a neighborhood. And we are in the helicopter.
>>29479792>>29479808If you're a beautiful woman, you still have plot armor whether or not you're wearing actual armor.
>>29479673God help us if she can control our body with her shadow...
>>29479523You bullet zips through the air again. This time, Joanna is vaguely aware of a ranged threat, and puts up a Magic Circle. It was basically a magically powered shield, the basic form of protection for all magical girls. Their strength usually varied from girl to girl, but generally they pretty much stopped all small arms, with the more powerful MGs being able to shrug off all the but the heaviest of weaponry.Thankfully, Joanna's magic circle wasn't THAT powerful. The bullet stops in midair for a brief second as the magic circle tries to stop it, but the entire thing shatters like glass the bullet continues on its way, hitting Joanna in the chest and literally blowing her part into pieces.A part of you felt a pang of guilt. Nobody really deserved to be gunned down like that, not even a Magical Girl. However, another part of you felt grim satisfaction at one more named crossed off the list. Joanna chose her lot in life, just like you did.You see the other MG turn and scream when she sees that Joanna just got turned into paint on the sidewalk. She then glares at you, or more accurately, the Daedalus. She slashes at the remaining Stalkers, turning them into fleshy ribbons and dashes off. She was goddamn fast."Go!" You yell at the pilot. The Daedalus' engines roar to catch up."All teams, one MG down and the other is on the run. Team 1 will continue pursuit while Team 2 handles cleanup.""Roger that." You hear Leo affirm. "Continuing pursuit."(cont)
>>29479849You raise your rifle again to try and get another shot, but this MG was playing it smart, sticking to cover so you couldn't get a clear line of sight. You see Leo's jeep screech into view and plowing through wood fences and yards to try and keep up with her. You could have Daedalus start to open up with its autocannons, but in a crowded residential area like this, collateral damage was highly likely.Or, you could drop down and cut off the MG. You were fairly sure you could slow her down for a few seconds without dying horribly.Well, sorta sure.>Have Daedalus engage the MG.>Have Daedalus drop you off so you can intercept the MG.>Other
>>29479861>Have Daedalus engage the MG.Dakka dakka dakka
>>29479861>Have Daedalus engage the MG.Haha, were not getting into a melee fight vs a sword MG.
>>29479861>>Have Daedalus engage the MG.
>>29479861>>Have Daedalus engage the MG.Holy fuck this quest is real. LET'S KEEP KILLING MAGICAL GIRLS.
>>29479861>>Have Daedalus drop you off so you can intercept the MG.
Wait...>collateral damageShould we risk engaging her?
>>29479861>Have Daedalus engage the MG.For once maybe we can play a sniper without getting into melee range
>>29479861>Distract the MG personally into open space>Just to have her walk into Daedalus' autocannonsInb4 this explodes in our face
D-did any of our stalker bros make it out?
>>29479922Unfortunately no. They're in the great Magical Girl breeding pit in the sky now.
>>29479944>Chryssalids>going to heaven with all the rookies they nommedthat would be fucking hilarious
>>29479944This is saddening...
>>29479861Man, I'm torn. I would like to>Have Daedalus drop you off so you can intercept the MG.to have a personal "come at me bro" momentI would like to ask her to surrender, just to give her a chance.But I guess >Have Daedalus engage the MG.is the most rational option.
Collateral damage can be justified as long as the enemy loses more than we do in the strategic and financial sense. So what is the strategic and financial value of a civilian?
>>29480001Their taxpayer money.
>>29480006This.It's fucked up. But it's right in terms of cold hard numbers.
>>29480001anything Government related is beholden to the people and if they think our group is a bunch of lunatics, then it won't be up for long.Who knows if acting too extreme might make MGs seem sympathetic in contrast.
>>29480001Human life is worth $6.9 million dollars each isn't it?
>>29479861"Let her rip!" You yell to the gunner. He nods and activates the Daedalus' chin gun. The autocannon swivels to track the fleeing MG and opens fire.>roll 1d20
>>29480032There are probably people who are sympathetic to magical girls in positions of power right now. They're just waiting for us to fuck up.However, I don't think this is the first time a suburb has been turned into swiss cheese. Any civilians caught in the strike will, unfortunately and with our deepest regrets, be necessary sacrifices.I honestly hope there are no civilian casualties. We don't need that bullshit.
Rolled 10>>29480051Let's do this.
Rolled 8>>29480051Let's hope for something clean
Rolled 13>>29480051DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA
Rolled 3>>29480001Collateral damage is all really PR, which is actually a really important of warfare. PR is the public's perception of you, and it can either support your war or end the war against your favor.But in this case, the general public knows the danger of MGs and is willing to take acceptable collateral. This can change very quickly.>>29480051Roll'in
>>29480106Oh so late. Good bye 20.
>>29480079>>29480081>>29480085meh>>29480106Probably too late
>>29480106OH BOY HERE WE GO.
>>29480130It's>>29480064>>29480079>>29480081Sadly. We don't get that 15.
>>29480165>>29480130>>29480117M-maybe OP will count it...
>>29480064The Daedalus' autocannon roars as it spits bullets at the MG creating a wall of fire in front of her. The gunner is careful not to hit any houses or anything, and focuses on an empty street, cutting the MG off and forcing her to stop, but you can see a LOT of cars get shredded apart and explode.Bruttenholm was NOT going to be happy about this.Leo's team finally catches up and they roll in, their jeep spitting heavy machine gun fire at the MG, with a number of rounds bouncing off her Circle. You see the MG take a look at both the oncoming jeep and the Daedalus, as if she's trying to make a decision.She then bends her knees and leaps straight into the air, a lot higher than you though she could.And she's headed straight for the Daedalus."Motherfucker." You curse again.>Reaction shot.>CRAZY IVAN>PREPARE FOR BOARDING>Other
>>29480205>Reaction shot.Dodge this.
>>29480205>>PREPARE FOR BOARDING
>>29480205>Reaction shot.No sell."Where is she going?""Directly at us""Stupid stupid girl..."
>>29480205>Reaction shotInb4 she can double jump or somethingCurious about crazy ivan, but it was some kind of manouver for submarines to get a clear target and the carrier might not be up to the task
>>29480205>>Reaction shot.we have a giant gun, she does notand besides, Barret wanted combat data on it, we should give it to them
>>29480276Well, now Crazy Ivan is just general term for GO FULL FUCKING EVASIVE.
>>29480205>Reaction shot.Can't you read the sign you stupid bitch.
>>29480276>>29480287I thought crazy ivan was the firefly reference. Using your own engine as a weapon.
>>29480325I think the original was from the hunt for red october, but I'm not sure.
>>29480325crazy ivan refers to any ridiculous manouvre to change the direction of the battle, hence it being crazy
>>29480357Yeah, I know, but the firefly reference seemed more likely
>>29480325Crazy Ivan originates with the Soviet submarine service, and referred to making a ninety-degree slew to get a clear look with passive sonar to their aft, which is normally obscured by their own prop noise. Since this maneuver dropped their speed to almost nothing, if there was another submarine following them closely enough to hide in the prop watch, there would almost certainly be a collision. Hence the name 'Crazy Ivan'- you had to be crazy to risk it.
>>29480205You raise your rifle to fire again. It was going to be a tough shot, but you honestly didn't have much a choice in the matter.>roll 1d20
Rolled 2>>29480429I wonder how poorly this will go.
Rolled 15>>29480429All or nothing!
Rolled 11>>29480433Why the hell did I type 1d10? I could have sworn it was a 2.
>>29480437Thank, Dice God
Rolled 11>>29480429Time to kill another MG.
>>29480441>>29480437I think this is a wound.
>>29480437>>29480441Nice, a daily double!
>>29480437>>29480441>>29480470I would interpret this as a deflected hit, but her trajectory is now off now. Probably hurts now.
>>29480429You fire, and you do register a solid hit against her Circle, which shatters it. However, the bullet itself is not perfectly on target, and you see it fly past just inches from the MG's head. However, the MG is not concerned and jams her sword into the side of the Daedalus' hull to stay on it. She then throws her other sword at you.>roll 1d20
>>29480496If we got her in the shoulder, it should be good enough.
Rolled 3>>29480509DODGE DODGE
>>29480524WE'RE GOOD.JUST STAY CALM.
Rolled 12>>29480509>>29480524Boom, headshot!
>>29480524ARMCHAIR YOU GLORIOUS MOTHERFUCKIER
>>29480555And that's three and I'm happy.
>>29480555>dodge>pull out pistol>headshotAnd we're done.
>>29480555>>29480524>>29480526AND IT'S GOOOOD!!!!!
>>29480524You see the sword fly out at you, and you move to try and dodge it. The sword sails through the door and into the main cabin, where it embeds itself into the opposite wall.At this point you throw your sniper rifle the side and draw your sidearm, a Desert Eagle. Usually, you kept it around since its heavier punch made it better against Circles, but now that this MG's Circle was down, it was actually a bit of overkill. The MG grimaces, aware that she was in for a world of trouble now that her attack had failed.>Take her out. Quick and simple.>Tell her to surrender.>Other
>>29480639>>Take her out. Quick and simple.
>>29480639>Take her out. Quick and simple.No muss no fuss.
>>29480639>Take her out. Quick and simple.
>>29480639>Take her out.No point risking our own life for someone who probably won't surrender anyway.
>>29480639>>Take her out. Quick and simple.It's over. Shot to the head and we're done.
>>29480639>Take her out."Sorry."
>>29480639>>Take her out. Quick and simple.The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord. Read it.
>>29480639>Tell her to surrender."Please surrender. I already killed one girl today. Please, not another one on my soul."
>>29480639[X] Take her outShe had her chance to lay down her arms and surrender, she made her choice just as we made ours and now both have to live with the consequences
>>29480639Tell her to surrenderBlast a hand as insuranceApparently this is a newbieAlso we don't fully understand the nature of the magical girl companion bond. Common sense is kill, we're a hunterBut I can't help but feel there's much to be uncovered
>>29480639>>Tell her to surrender.I agree with >>29480695
>>29480666Fine. I change my vote to surrender.
>>29480639>Tell her to surrender.DE at head, "this would be the point at which you undo your transformation and beg for your life"
>>29480639>>Tell her to surrender.We killed one of your friends who was more experienced than you, I would surrender if I were you.
>>29480639>Take her out. Quick and simpleFinish her
Rolled 17>>29480639>>Tell her to surrender.One chance
>>29480639>Take her out. Quick and simple.Don't even give her chance to doing stupid.
Rolled 18>>29480639>>Tell her to surrender.
>>29480639Tell her to surrender
>>29480639>Take her out. Quick and simple.We blasted her friend, I don't think she's in any mood to surrender.
>>29480682>The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord>12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.I can only guess it gets better.
>>29480639 >>Tell her to surrender.
>>29480639>Tell her to surrender.
>>29480639>Take her out.There's nothing more to learn. She killed our people, and she made her choice long ago. These are not cute magical girls. They're monsters.
>>29469103>Merc CommandYou get my hopes up about a new awesome quest. Then you dash them by saying it's a one-shot. I will now proceed to read while eating my rocky road ice cream with a mixing spoon straight out of the fucking carton. That's how sad you've made me.
>>29480825> rocky road ice cream with a mixing spoon straight out of the fucking cartonIn another quest thats how we went from hiring prostitutes to buying a mercenary companyAnd Merc has said he is likely to continue this idea once one of his other quests finishes, most likely PJ Witches, or at least once it goes on long hiatus
>>29480825>>29480830Actually, I think one-shots need to happen more often. Don't need to invest crazy amounts of time, get a lot more variety in quests.
>>29480823If we can get her mascot we can prevent more of her. She still can be of use to us.
>>29480875This. We seem to be forgetting a certain albino cat still at large.
>>29480875Fucks no. Kill her. She's a monster who killed without mercy, just like we used to be. We chose to quit. She chose to fight, and now is scared because she might die? Tough rocks.
>>29480639"You're the Traitor. The Enemy of Justice" The MG spits. "Joanna told me about you.""I'm sure she has." You say grimly as you raise your pistol.Three shots. Center mass. Quick and clean. You see the MG's eyes darken as the life leaves from her body. She drops like a stone, leaving her sword stuck in the Daedalus' side as she plummets to the ground with a loud, bone crunching SPLAT."Second MG bagged. Let's clean it up, boys." You say. "And remember to find and recover their transforming elements. Can't afford to let some hobo pick them up."Transforming elements were basically the items that allowed MGs to transform. They usually took the form of innocuous personal effects, like lipstick containers or compacts. They usually had residual magic in them which necessitated them being confiscated and quarantined back in the Freedom Star, in the Trophy Room. You recover the two swords left behind by the sword wielding MG when it hits you that you never actually learned her name. Not her real one or her "magical" one. You feel a pang of remorse, but quickly try to force it down. This was the fate you chose, after all. You had to see it through to the end.>Go down and handle the cleanup.>Leave it to Leo and the others to handle. Report to Bruttenholm.>Other
>>29480909>>Go down and handle the cleanup.Finish this ourselves.
>>29480909>>Go down and handle the cleanup.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the cleanup.
>>29480909>>Go down and handle the cleanup.I need to see those MG's faces.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the cleanup.That talk is going involve "Did you really need the stalkers" and "Did you have to blow up all those cars... " I think it can wait.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the cleanup.Cry a little bit, it never gets easier, it never does. Then bring it back in, there is more work to be done. Maybe the mascot is out there?
>>29480639Take her out.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the clean up.Enemy of Justice, huh. Everyone has their own justice, when its convenient.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the cleanup.Are the stalkers okay?
>>29480950>Did you really need the stalkersHelped flush them out and gave us time to deal with the swords mg.>Did you have to blow up all those carsShut up, they're insured.
>>29480974THISWe need to know if any of them made it out alive. Those things are expensive and... a little cute...
>>29480909>Go down and handle the cleanupMight as well look upon what we have wrought with our own eyes.>>29480953Everything I've read on the subject (which admittedly isn't much) indicates that it does get easier.
>>29480909>Go down and handle the clean up.Maybe we'll be lucky and get the rat/cat/rabbit/thing too>>29481003Swordchick killed them all IIRC
>>29481017Poor Sayaka. I'm sure there about 10 more newbies just like her being contracted as we speak.>muh justiceShut up.
>>29481017That fucking bitch. So happy she's dead.
>>29481022>Swordchick killed them all IIRCThen I'm happy we killed her. Poor stalkers ;_;
>>29480950Really? This operation was basically picture perfect. The first magical girl was spotted immediately, and even with the unexpected appearance of the second one, panic and collateral damage was minimal and most importantly, no (human) casualties on our side.>>29481018Eh. Either way I'm trying to play an extremely guilt-ridden ex-MG that really knows how a MG thinks and feels. Makes her really effective, also it's really hard on her.
>>29481056She couldn't have killed them all. Maybe one brave trooper managed to survive.
>>29481029>>29481032JUSTICE will prevail
>>29481059As opposed to a nigh-soulless killing machine? Not criticizing you at all, at least you're trying to go in a direction other than "killbot"
>>29481059I'd rather play femDeckard, before his actual guilt trip. A one woman slaughter house. Our biggest display of emotion should be taking a stiff drink, or getting annoyed when the future ramen we order from the future-hole-in-the-wall ramen cook comes out badly.
>>29481102>>29481059In my opinion Alice takes it one day at a time. She's a traitor, she kills girls for a living, but she knows why she does these horrible things. It's worth it.
>>29481134I don't mind that.
>>29481134It sure would be nice to know why magical girls had a warIf only there was some exposition before the oneshot ended
>>29481132Honestly I find that the most boring as fuck character ever>>29481059I think is better but maybe played more resigned to her lot in life than anything, maybe a little paranoid that one day when she isn't needed any more the same group she helped for so long will turn on her and not entirely sure what she will do when that day comes
>>29481160FemDeckard ain't so bad either. But being guilty about rational decisions that we have probably made every day up until now is stupid.
>>29481185Better than another weepy bitch who only acts tough but cries evry tiem.
>>29481162Yeah, some further exposition would be nice.Hint hint, Merc.
>>29481018>indicates that it does get easier.It does not, your either fine with it at the start, or delude yourself into thinking you are, and when you've got time to think later in life, you realise you weren't and thats when it causes problems.
>>29481192I think some guilt would be normal and expected. People are dead, after all.>>29481211Well, as I said, my knowledge is minimal.
>>29481132Sorry, I don't know that reference. I would like to watch that though>>29481134>>29481160>>29481185I would like to think of it like a former child-soldier now fighting as an adult for the other side. You now fight the monsters still forcing children to fight, but it still really kills you every single time you look at them.
>>29481223>Well, as I said, my knowledge is minimal.thats usually for the better
>>29481223Some guilt, sure. But this isn't Murderface.
>>29481204We don't need to cry but being something other than a brick wall would helpGod forbid /tg/ plays a character that is not one of the two approved stereotypes
>>29481243She generally felt nothingSeriously Murderface was >>29481132Until fa/tg/uys got their hands on her and really she would have been a boring as fuck character to play as anyway since your options would be " bitch, drink, shoot" every single situation
>>29480909You decide to go down and handle the cleanup in person. You never did like having to get debriefed by Bruttenholm. He always scolds you like a naughty schoolgirl after a Hunt. The Daedalus lands in a nearby parking lot and yo make your way to the temporary command post your squad has set up. The local police are being helpful in cordoning off everything in a hundred meter radius, so you have space to work.There, inside a biohazard tent, lie the bodies of the two MGs you terminated. Joanna is just... a complete mess. Her upper torso is literally gone, leaving just her arms, head, and lower half of her body. You lean down over Joanna's severed head under the semblance of getting a closer look, however you whisper to your deceased comrade so that nobody could hear you."Sorry, Joanna."You then zip up the bodybag and proceed to the second MG. She was more intact besides the hole in her chest where her heart was, though her limbs and neck were bent in odd angles due to the fall. You see several lab techs taking hair and blood samples for DNA testing as well as taking fingerprints. She'd have to be identified, so you could at the very least put a name in the report."Good job, bagging two in one day." Leo says, standing next to you. "You think there's a Companion around?""Possibly. But it'll be long gone by now." You sigh. "Though it can't get far without tripping the sniffers, so it'll probably hole up somewhere else in the city until the heat dies down.""Sounds like our job here isn't quite done yet." Leo sighs."Yeah, well, that's something for the locals to handle. We'll be returning to the Freedom Star once we patch the holes in the Daedalus.""Got it." Leo nods.(cont)
>>29481270Murderface was all about dulling the emotional pain with drugs and alcohol, though.
>>29481223She tried to kill us, and died for it. There's no rational guilt to be had over killing traitors who threaten the whole world.Remember, we're the only MG who switched sides. Everyone else decided to become magical terrorists, and they routinely threaten the average person with horrible death. If they want to surrender to us, it better be with hands up, magic weapons put away, and not after they slice up a bunch of our assets and leap hundreds of feet in the air to try and put a sword through our faces.I can't believe the people who wanted to 'spare' this one. Because she was 'new'? This 'new girl' would have killed us immediately, killed our whole squad, and killed again until someone else put her down.Fuck Magical Girls.
>>29481246I know I need to lurk more, but what are they?Also, to be honest, crying would be better than holding it in. Holding it in is just a recipe for mental illness later.
>>29481275"By the way, is the rookie still alive?" You ask."He is." Leo grins. "Didn't get hurt and didn't panic. Pretty good shot with an heavy machine gun, too.""Good. Guess he's not such a big liability after all." You nod. "Did you get the TEs?""Yeah, we did." Leo hands you two sealed evidence bags. "Looks like some kind of pendant and a portable mirror.""I see. I'll handle those." You say, taking the bags. "If that's all I'll be headed back to the Daedalus again. I need to file the report.""Roger that." Leo nods. "We'll pack things up once the lab techs are done."With that, you quickly make your way back to the Daedalus. Since you're a squad leader, you've actually got your own small, private quarters on the ship. You punch in the door code, enter the room, and toss the bags on your desk before sitting in your chair and taking a deep breath. You open a drawer and take out a picture. It's an old one. Very old. It's one that you've never shown to anybody, and honestly, you're not sure why you haven't thrown the damn thing away yet."You can't throw away your past that easily, Kaleidoscope. It'll always be a part of you." You hear a maddeningly familiar voice say.You whip around in your chair, your eyes darting back and forth to find the source of the voice, but you see nothing. In fact, you're not sure if you actually heard anything at all just now. Calming down, you take another look at the picture, and Joanna's necklace.>Cry>Don't cry.>Other
>>29481291>>Don't cry.>>Try not to cry.>>Cry.
>>29481283Guilt may not be rational in this instance. But I would frankly be worried if there wasn't some regret.
>>29481291>Cry without realizing it
>>29481283Nice to see your bias out in the open.All that was officially said "one day they started attacking humans", nothing more than that. In contrast you act like they were slaughtering more humans than invaders.>>29481291>>CryTo be human after all.
>>29481291>Don't cry.It's our job.
>>29481291>Cry>Cry a lot
>>29481291>Tear up a bit, then choke it down and put the picture back.
>>29481291>Don't cry.>>29481306Yes, regret that we saved ourselves from being killed by a rogue magical girl.
>>29481291>Don't cry.>OtherPull out a bottle of Brandy. One glass. No more.
>Can't run away from your pastI wonder if former magical girls can get contracted again...
>>29481291>Don't cry.>Other: "Watch me." *destroy photo*
>>29481291>cryI can't believe certain faggots are trying to act needlessly tough. This was Joanna. We knew her.
>>29481291>Suffer a minor emotional attackThe world blurs. Your ears start ringing. You know it's coming, you have to fight it. Come on now, you can do it. Force yourself. You're not doing this now, you're not doing this ever. No regrets, not even one. Focus on your enemies, not your friends. Focus on them. Yes, THEM. THOSE FUCKERS. GODDAMN THEM. FUCK THEM FUCKTHEMFUCKTEM. *Slams fist into wall, leaves small dent*Huh, at least this shows I'm still human. Some how.
>>29481291>Don't cry.>>29481339Seconding the brandy.
>>29481291This>>29481389here, supporting >>29481302 as my second choice.
>>29481380well some are in this just to kill magical girls and turning Alice into a stone cold killer who needs booze to keep composed.>>29481246Oh look people are doing it now. Then again can't expect much from a board whose residents are best known for being socially disfunctional at best and sociopathic at worst.
>>29481421I don't really want another Murderface. We already have one.
>>29481291>Don't cry.If only to spite >>29481421. I mean seriously now.
>>29481421Well but thats murderface's sthick. Rather play a different character.
>>29481287So stoic they can't even crack a smile to save the universe or "but diplomacy everything!" Because they want the best endThere is also arguably the murderhobo but /tg/ is really divided on that idea
>>29481426Not the same guy, who's the murderface?
>>29481277And as a character to actually play that is the most boring thing ever because your actions go>do unpleasant job>bitch about how you aren't paid enough for this>drink until unconsciousness>repeat until you give your gun a blowjob
>>29481437Thanks. I guess God forbid we ever have character variety.
>>29481440From Magical Girl Noir Quest. Formerly Homura of Puella Magi Madoka, she bears with the pain of losing Madoka using painkillers and booze. Prone to shooting kneecaps and napping in comfy chairs. Has a thing for butts.I'd rather Alice have nothing in common with her besides a love for firearms and being a dark magical girl.
>>29481437>So stoic they can't even crack a smile to save the universe or "but diplomacy everything!"Those two and the "WE HAVE TO SAVE EVERYONE EVEN IF DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO DO SO!!" Ugh.
>>29481460>I'd rather Alice have nothing in common with her besides a love for firearms and being a dark magical girl.As the guy that suggest the Brandy the idea behind was one drink to the two MGs we killed. As a send off to them but whatever.
>>29481291[X] try not to cry, at least not in the field. We can do our fall apart bit when we are hidden away in the orbital base but we might need to actually do something out here still and we cant show weakness in front of the civvies
>>29481495If it's a send off, I'm fine. But let's make it a non-alcoholic, just to cement the differences.
>>29481516No, sorry. But a send off is always alcoholic. Always. Just doesn't do same justice personally.
>>29481462Arguably the "save everyone!" crowd is arguably the worst. Then there are people who try to find ways to waifu anything with two tits and full motor functions, even if it might kill the MC.
>>29481516>But let's make it a non-alcoholicThats almost offensive instead of a respectful send off...
>>29481460Thanks. I didn't read that one because didn't want to invest the time. Ex-MG XCOM seems fun though. It would be cool to have a theme of trying to retain one's humanity in a quest. Emotions hurt, but it's better than not feeling them.>>29481495>>29481516Use grape juice. We were younger when we first started, it seems appropriate to send them off when they were still too young.>>29481504If this was captured in the media, it would make for some very interesting PR. (I'm just thinking here)
>>29481426we'll see but well /tg/ seems the type that one is never enough, to the point of forcing other things to be like that one thing, either be it quests, characters, etc.Characters like Murderface are likely favorites of /tg/ because it oesn't require them to leave their comfort zone mentally.>>29481543Maybe, though you're lumping in people who are intereste in finding the truth as opposed to murderhobo of magical girls.
>>29481546>>29481534>everyone drinks alcoholBut that's wrong.
>>29481567thats not what its even about...Its about giving them the best, a last great taste of lifebecause if you try to use orange juice as a send off, someone is likely to kill you just on the principle of the thing
>>29481586unless you're toasting a muslim
>>29481291You try hard. You really do. However, you realize tears are dripping onto your desk, meaning that you've started crying again."No no no, I thought I was past this." You grumble, furiously rubbing at your eyes to stem the flow of tears. Sure, there were a lot of MGs you killed without feeling TOO sorry for, but those were mostly MGs you didn't really know all that well, if at all. It was easy to justify to yourself why you killed them.But Joanna... she was different. You two fought together, bled together, hell, actually did a LOT of things together. And she was just... GONE. No more sleepovers gossiping out which boy to ask out, no more of her godly pasta cooking skills, no more...No more Joanna.It was a good thing you had a private office to square yourself away when these things happened. You kind of suspect Leo might know, but you're not too sure. He at least hasn't said anything about it.Having regained control of your emotional state, you dig into another drawer and pull out two shot glasses and a bottle of brandy. You fill up both glasses and take one of them for yourself."To you, Jo. Wherever you are now." You say quietly before downing the shot."Alice? This is Leo. We're packed up and Daedalus is patched. We're ready to go. What are your orders?" Leo asks over the radio."We're leaving." You say, trying to inject some strength into your voice to hide the fact that you had been crying. "Let's drop our cargo off and get resupplied. We've still got a lot of Hunts ahead of us.">And that's it for this little oneshot! Let know what you thought of it, and I might consider extending the series. I'll also be answering any background info on the setting or Alice herself, so have at it!
>>29481567so is choosing to go after something passive than something active (the invader that slipped through) but it's what they went and did anyways with no better logic "we magical girl hunter"someone who thinks along those lines is no savior of humanity but rather someone with some issues.
>>29481595>>29481586Okay, whatever. Let's give them a send off, but let's not become a hard drinker.
>>29481595Can't say I've ever had the honour of doing that, but if I did, I'd respect their customs regarding their treatment of the honourable dead.
>>29481608very fun run Merc, I'd love to see it continue when you've got room in your questing schedule
>>29481611That's all I wanted.And got >>29481608Hope to see this run full time after PJ.
>>29481608So, it's NOT a one shot.RIGHT?
>>29481608This was a fun thread, Merc. I hope you extend this into a full quest.
>>29481608>Magical Girl X-COMIt's a great little concept that you can do all sorts of things with. I like it a lot.How old is Alice?What were the circumstances of her contracting? Did she have a wish granted or something?
>>29481608You might want to rename it as certain titles can fuel tendencies in anon.My interest depends on if this end up murderhobo against magical girls or not.
>>29481595... I'm Muslim...Why is it the first thing I thought was roasting a person...The second was getting mowed downReally though, I'm speaking for my surrender decision:The opponent was likely not going to surrender...But at the least the was the chance of exposition. This is a one shot. I like exposition. We don't got much time to understand what's going on. So I'm using all the opportunities given
>>29481608I liked it a lot. Felt like Magical Girls and XCOM. Good combination.What's Alice's position within the organization? How powerful is she individually? How much influence does she have within the organization?Also some background on the Magical Girls war would be awesome. Which version of MGs are you using?
>>29481608I haven't been part of any of your other quests but I liked it.
>>29481608Did any Stalkers make it out alive?
>>29481608Giev background details. Merc pls
>>29481608Absolutely loving it.You have to run this when PJ goes on hiatus.
>>29481707Merc, please, we got to know, did our Stalker-bros make it out?
>>29481608What is the reason for the war? Why did Alice change sides?How do magical girls work in this universe? (Sailor Moon? Puella magi?)Eg: magical history dump unless you're expanding this
>>29481707This is important Merc! Answer it!Also is there a retarded one that likes Alice? Like a retarded pug-stalker-bro
>>29481707This.Stalkers should become Alice's familiars, to use a magical girl term. Obviously not factually correct.
>>29481608Also to continue my >>29481681line of questioning, could it be possible to include base management? Like Who to choose on missions, what to build, what to research? Which hot spots to respond to and which countries to prioritize?
>>29481608I want to know if you'll be enforcing other missions besides MG-cide. I'm under the impression Alice's group also deals with invaders as well as MGs
>>29481747>could it be possible to include base management? Like Who to choose on missions, what to build, what to research?I don't think we're that high in the food chain...>Which hot spots to respond to and which countries to prioritize?Also not that high in the food chain.. But it would seem that we could at least pick our mission based of this thread.
>>29481774To add on that, I mean, there's a general on the space station so really doubt it. If anything we got control over our team.
>>29481747Alice is a squad leader, not a base commanderEg: the tactical girlOr for xcom, the 'one you play as' when fighting xebo scum
>>29481800>Eg: the tactical girl>Or for xcom, the 'one you play as' when fighting xebo scumYou mean, the one that consistently comes back alive
>>29481822Yeah, the fucker that's maxed level and didn't stick his neck out enough to have it blown away.Also, all the luck.
>>29481192Book Deckard was kinda cheerful as fuck, on the way to work he thought about have as long as he did something exceptional (decommissioning 8 robots in day) he would be able to buy a GOAT. It is only at the end, when he has proven himself to be the best that he been broken
>>29481649>How old is Alice?Alice first contracted when she was 14, so at this point in the timeline she's 22.>What were the circumstances of her contracting? Did she have a wish granted or something?She just did it because she thought it would be cool.>>29481681>What's Alice's position within the organization? How powerful is she individually? How much influence does she have within the organization?She's a squad leader, so she's pretty much got a lot of authority within the Bureau since squad leads are given a lot of autonomy to operate. Only Bruttenholm has the power to directly command her, but the other squadron leaders are not obligated to follower her orders since they're equal rank.>Also some background on the Magical Girls war would be awesome. Which version of MGs are you using?The short version is that basically, one day, literally almost every magical girl just up and rebelled against humanity. Nobody is quite sure why they did it, though they suspect it was something motivated by the Companions. The war was relatively short, lasting for only 2 years, but it was pretty brutal, and a lot of places ended up getting pretty trashed. MGs eventually lost the normals and pretty much went into hiding.As far as what kind of MGs they are, they're pretty much conventional MGs. They have varying powers but die when they are killed.>>29481707Unfortunately no. They all bit the dust.
>>29481843Stalkers would attack alice, wouldnt they?Since they are trained to go after MGs.
>>29481843>Unfortunately no. They all bit the dust.FUCK!
>>29481774>>29481794>>29481800>>29481822I know we are not a commander or base commander, but I'm assuming we're damn influential. I'm just saying it would be fun to do some in between missions.Also, I remember my worse mission. Near the end game and made a bad turn. Loss three colonels at once. And it was ironman
>>29481843>Unfortunately no. They all bit the dust.I see...
>>29481863Alice's residual magic isn't enough to get the Stalkers' interest. Even disguised magical girls put out more magical energy than she does in her current state.
>Caring more about articial life created for one purpose than people who had lives (civilians included)classic /tg/
>>29481872> I'm just saying it would be fun to do some in between missions.I'll be honest, it never translates well into quest for me. It becomes a chore to do and I would rather just say 'hey, can we get some new 'fuck-off' guns, thanks!' then leave it at that.I'm also recalling how VC went with this... it was always a mess.
>>29481910At least they were useful. Unlike a lot things I've seen in quest before.
>>29481843So what exactly are the circumstances behind Alice's defection?
>>29481929you're only reinforcing my point.
>>29481843>but the other squadron leaders are not obligated to follower her orders since they're equal rank.Is there ever a "A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn't know what's going on." moment, or does it happen all the time? Or not?>>29481912Sorry, I really like kitting out my soldiers before battle. But I guess it doesn't always work for quests. But I really like the XCOM one-shot I once saw. Did the strategic management really well.
>>29481843What was Alice's power before she became an EX-MG? Was it something ironic like empathy?
>>29481936>So what exactly are the circumstances behind Alice's defection?She simply didn't agree with her Companion.>Is there ever a "A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn't know what's going on." moment, or does it happen all the time? Or not?Of course! Leo actually used to fulfill this role when Alice first started out.>>29482038>What was Alice's power before she became an EX-MG? Was it something ironic like empathy?She was a close range fighter type, as evidenced by the pic of her MG form.
>>29482097so shes a lancer?Explains the shit luck.
>>29482097What about the magical artifacts that Alice recovered? Surely we can reverse-engineer it?
>>29481608yes do please please do
>>29482097>She simply didn't agree with her Companion.On what? Turning against humanity?If so, why didn't more magical girls refuse as well? I doubt many were pleased at the prospect of massacring innocents.
>>29482138Magical items lose their properties when the MG that used them dies. By all accounts they're mundane items, but the Bureau keeps them in storage, just in case.
>>29482165That makes me wonder what her companion said to her as the exact details were never revealed.
>>29482138>connects all recovered magical items together in a backpack>grants alice a 1 minute transformation turning her into the only MAGICAL WOMANYES PLEASE
>>29482173Aw shit, this means we could have spared the sword MG. FUCK MY MURDERING TENDENCIES.
>>29481843> nobody knowsCome on that's bull excuseSlide WAS a magical girlShe'd have to know considering she knew others and eventually betrayed them
>>29482191I just have to... Huh? Where the hell you getting that from his post?
>>29482231Another guyMeans her transformer could be taken away
>>29482231I think he regrets it as he wants the trinket functional for some reason.
>>29482165itisamystery.jpg>>29482212Loki wasn't really big on the specifics, and Alice kinda killed him before he could finish. She was still an impulsive teen at that point.
>>29482274Loki best have an amazing reason for having human girls turning on their own kind willingly.
>>29482274>>29482338I genuinely hope it's not HUMANITY IS THE REAL MOSNTER.
>>29482382I hope its as simple as the MG's companions just got a switch flipped in their heads and are under the invaders control, and the MG got brainwashed into going with itI'm not a fan of the shamalamalam stupid level "NO YOU WERE THE DEMONS" reversal
>>29482382>>29482434I suspect it was partially provoked by the government and possibly trying to weaponize MGs to their own ends. Governments aren't generally crazy about outside forces doing a better job than them in dealing with say an alien invasion.Though I can't rule out the companions being a different sort of alien or that their possibly unusual logic being a factor. As far as convincing the MG in question: well if a young girl had a bunch of angry military types to deal with, odds are the cute harmless looking ally would seem more reasonable.
>>29482274>>29482470Although that brings up the good question how did Alice get recruited into the Bureau, and what was Alice's initial reason for joining?
>>29482508She probably saw her friends murdering innocents for their bullshit 'cause' and wanted to put an end to it.
>>29482508they might have found her right after she killed Loki and as for reason? Perhaps someone being convincing that or an offer of mercy as she was a MG at the time and if she was dealing with someone piloted by anon, she'd be dead.
>>29482557If you're trying to retroactively guilt trip over swordslut getting lead poisoning, she was trying to kill us.
http://en.inkei.net/vagina/a/Alice!JoannaSo thats how she knew her...sorry merc, just had to
>>29482607Just pointing out how powerful a tool mercy is in such a setting. That and swordwitch only really started attacking after we tried to snipe Joanna.
>>29482647She had no mercy for us, and obviously no mercy for humanity, given that she made the choices she made.Some people need killing.
>>29482689Even though it likely justifies the possible bullshit the companions are feeding the MGs?
>>29482689Not the same person here. We did the right thing, the rational thing.But I guess being an ex-MG is lonely, and somehow saving another MG, no matter how impossible, would be a miracle in itself.
>>29482762This is recursive logic, and it never favors the terrorist in the end.>Terrorist attacks innocent people that have nothing to do with their grievance>Claims justice>Is removed>fellow terrorists get mad, recruit uneducated down on their luck people>kill more innocent people, claim justiceAlice made a choice that apparently exceedingly few could bring themselves to make. They killed innocents. If they didn't want to be viewed with intense suspicion, hatred, and fear, then they wouldn't have betrayed humanity.
>>29482837You're acting as if nothing pushed them into it or that they all did as opposed to most of them. Who to say they didn't end up seeing normal people in such a way before their "Betrayal"?
>>29482868Ah, so you're saying that their only choice was to then start mass murdering innocents so nobody would view them with suspicion, hatred, and fear?
>>29482907Between people who practically didn't see them as human and their closest ally, who do you think a young girl would trust?The fact that few prisoners don't talk is enough of a sign that they do not trust normals.and all that was said was "turn on humanity" in those exact words, where do you get slaughtering of mass innocents from? That and I was under the impression that their first target was the invaders.Futhermore, what does it say about people more concerned about doing what amounts to a mopping up than ensure more lives aren't lost to invaders?
>>29482980>Futhermore, what does it say about people more concerned about doing what amounts to a mopping up than ensure more lives aren't lost to invaders?It says nothing, we had the chance to do just that, we chose to chase the MGs.The butthurt shadowruns are strong with this one.
>>29482980They explicitly betrayed mankind and initiated a war that devastated vast swaths of the planet. While we were already facing a potential extinction level event. You're ignoring things the QM actually wrote to make your argument that maybe the MGs are the real victims here.If anything, Alice is proof that they had a choice, and very few chose to side with mankind.
>>29483046You're acting like they did so purely for the evilulz and to justify your rampant murderhobo fantasies.That and unless the root is understood, the same thing will happen again sooner or later or are you going to propose genocide as a solution? That's the end result of shooting very MG we see no matter what they might be thinking.
>>29483095>"People started worshiping Magical Girls as heroes, then Magical Girls decided to attack humans, and the rest is history." You finish.alice at least believes they shot first. if they REALLY did or not we can argue until the cows come home. but if they DO attack civvies then it is not them vs the government. it's them vs the rest of humanity.
>>29483095If they didn't want to become the villains of the world, then they should not have acted like villains. They probably have a body count that would make dictators throughout history BLUSH if they saw numbers that high.You're imagining that it's possible the humans 'provoked' the MGs because you're asshurt that we killed sword waifu instead of saving her with our healing tits.
>>29483134Alice isn't the best example as she killed her Companion before he could really shed light on things on what likely is a knee jerk reaction.>>29483150Merc isn't hte sort of writer to have something there just for the evulz and other one dimensional evils.
>>29483177Loki: So check it, shit's going down, and you need to kill people who oppose us.Alice: that could be a lot of people.Loki: Eh. They had it coming.
>>29483177The other companions 'shed light' to the other MGs, who were collectively being worshiped. They then turned on those faithful masses and started a devastating war.Alice made the right call.