Missed past threads? Catch them here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=pararescue+witchesOther Quests:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Valkyrian%20Mercs%20Questhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Cyberpunk%20Idol%20Management%20Questhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=magical+girl+hunterTwitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandYou are Captain WILLIAM PIERCE, a combat rescue officer of the United States Air Force.Currently, you are flying over Russia-occupied Poland in the dead of night on an ultra risky rescue mission. While you knew that it was part of the job as a PJ, you were never fully comfortable flying over enemy territory. Reflecting the danger, both your Ghost Hawk, Ugly's Comanche, and the three witches accompanying you have turned off all their running and navigation lights. Basically the only thing keeping you on a steady course was your nightvision gear and your brand new integrated GPS uplink. So far, none of you have encountered any enemy resistance or any signs that you have been detected."We're nearing the target point." Bullseye announces." We're about an hour ahead of the deadline."You nod. That would give you enough time to recon the area. >Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.>Have all assets do recon. There's a lot of ground to cover.>Other
>>30556264>>Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.
>>30556264>>Have all assets do recon. There's a lot of ground to cover.Gotta go fast. Can't be loitering around the area.
>>30556264>Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.
>Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.
>>30556264>Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.soooooo this war might become real soon with ukraine and all that
>>30556264>Send the witches on recon while you and Ugly standby. They'll be harder to detect.>>30556406not with that moron in the white house now. Putian has his number and knows he's easy to roll. poor ukraine, they are on their own.
>>30556534I would rather not get nuked!
>>30556264"Janice, Tarin, Nungesser, I need you three to pull recon." You whisper. "Sweep the area and tag anything, and I mean ANYTHING that draws your attention. Got it?""Copy that." All three witches affirm and you see them split off through the green haze of your nightvision goggles."What about us?" Ugly asks."Ugly, you remain on standby with us."Long minutes pass as both of your helos orbit in the air, and you're very glad for the sound dampening measures Christina implemented. You're sure that even the relatively quiet Pave Hawk would've given itself away by now. You check the time again, and frown. Almost thirty minutes have passed."This is Janice. I've found the town the Polish cell is supposed to be based out of. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I see a lot of traffic, which is odd for this hour.""Tarin reporting. I've found the forward airbase. Multiple SAMs and ZSUs stationed around it. I can also confirm a squadron of Flankers and a few assorted helos on the runway.""This is Nungesser. I saw some traffic going in and out of the forest between the town and the base, but the trees are preventing me from getting any good line of sight. No sign of Russian forces or equipment, though."You pause to consider your options. The town was where the Polish cell was supposedly based out of, and the forward airbase should be where the local GRU office was situated. If you waited outside either, you could tail them.But, there was always the possibility that the transfer occurred much earlier than planned. If that was so, they'd already be in the forest by now.>Move to the town.>Move to the base.>Move to the forest.>Split your forces to cover some or all of the locations. (specify)>Other
>>30556785>Split your forces to cover some or all of the locations. (specify)Have Tarin watch the forest for any evidence its already happened or is happening while Ugly watches the base and we watch the town.Keep Janice and Nungesser overhead ready to react and support each element.
>>30556785>>Move to the forest.
>>30556785>>Split your forces to cover some or all of the locations. (specify)Tarin check out the base. She has the best stealth.Janice and Nungesser can scout out the forest. The trees will give them cover while they're in flight. We'll cover the town. Strikers wouldn't be able to sneak around, but we can do it if we're on foot.
>>30556785"Tarin, Ugly, you two keep eyes on the base. Anything happens, you holler, got it?""Roger." Tarin whispers."Rules of engagement?" Ugly asks, a bit too eagerly."Hold fire. We only shoot as a last resort." You warn."Got it." You see the Comanche break its orbit as it flies south to rendezvous with Tarin."Janice, Nungesser, you two keep eyes on the forest. You'll also be acting as quick reaction in case anybody else gets in trouble."Acknowledged." Janice confirms."Bullseye, take us to the town. We're going to take a closer look."With that, the Ghost Hawk banks as it heads north. In the distance, you can see a small cluster of glittering lights in the distance, which forms a bright green flare in your nightvision. No doubt the town. As you get closer, you can observe quite a bit of traffic moving in the streets, though from what you can tell it's either civilian traffic or the occasional Russian patrol vehicle. "I think I got something." Rex says, "East edge of the town. I see a lot of trucks and a lot of people gathering."You look in the direction Rex is pointing. Bullseye banks the Ghost Hawk to get a better angle, and you can see it too. A number of trucks and SUVs and a couple of sedans are idling in an empty field, with humanoid splotches milling about between them. Definitely suspicious.>Hold position and continue to observe from the air.>Land somewhere safe and disembark to get a closer look on foot.>Other
>>30557100>Hold position and continue to observe from the air.
>>30557100>Land somewhere safe and disembark to get a closer look on foot.
>>30557100>Hold position and continue to observe from the air
>>30557100"Just hold position and observe from the air." You say."Are you sure these are the guys?" Red asks, peeking out the window as well.At that moment, a Russian UAZ passes by on the road. Almost immediately, all of the headlights on the vehicles switch off and the people around them drop to the ground. Nobody did that unless they had something to hide."Yeah, it's got to be them." You nod. "Anybody got a visual on the hostages?""Can't tell." Rex shakes his head."I'm not seeing anything either." Hoskins says."I just see lots of little blobs." Red adds in.You frown. If these guys were smart, they would have either split up the hostages or hid them somewhere away from the main convoy. You suspect that they were only gathering in these numbers as a show of force to the Russians to help in negotiations. "The convoy is moving out." Rex says. "They're moving south towards the forest."This is Tarin. We have a visual of a Russian convoy exiting the base, headed north." Tarin radios in at exactly the same time.Well, this was it. It was happening.>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.>Tail the convoy to the meeting point.>Other
>>30557461>Tail the convoy to the meeting point.
>>30557461>>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.
>>30557461>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.We need to be thorough, and if we go loud the mission's effectively FUBAR anyway.
>>30557461>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.Then hightail it to the meeting point, the CAG boys can sweep through the town and link up with us at the meeting point if they don't find anything, but we need eyes on the meet
>>30557461>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.I'm assuming we're going to try and catch up with the convoy afterwords?
Whatever we do, we need to get Tain and Ugly to follow and observe the meeting and keep us updated
>>30557461>>Drop off the Deltas to sweep the town. The hostages might be held in here.HA HA TIME FOR DARK BUISNESS
>>30557461"Lex, we're going to drop you and your guys off into the the town. There's a high likelihood at leas some of the hostages are being held in there. I want you to find and extract them. Sweep the whole damn place, if you have to. Just keep it quiet.""We can do quiet." Lex says. You can almost see his toothy grin gleaming in the darkness. "Says the guy who has uncontrollably laughing fits." Kilroy mumbles.There's a loud THUMP and a yelp of pain. You just shake your head and instruct Bullseye to land. He brings the Ghost Hawk down to field on the outskirts of the town, about 100 meters from the town limits. "Go go go!" Hoskins hisses as he slides the door open. Lex and his team leap out and slink off towards the town. Hoskins then slides the door closed again and gives Bullseye the green light to take off. The Ghost Hawk then banks again, to follow the road the convoy took. Up ahead, you can see the faint glow of their headlights."Be advised, militant convoy is assorted civilian vehicles. About 40+ troops." You say."The Russian convoy is about the same number as well." Tarin says. "Assorted trucks and UAZs, and one command BMP. I'm assuming that's the GRU ride.""Tarin, Ugly, you've got them in your sights?" You ask."Ever since they left the gate." Ugly confirms. "One flick of my wrist and that whole convoy is toast.">Take them out. It'll buy us some time to find the hostages.>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.>Other
>>30557807>>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.
>>30557807>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.Last thing we need is a great flaming fireball while we're deep behind enemy lines.Stealth is good, but it's hardly infallible.
>>30557807>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.We still don't have ids on hostages and tipping that we're here... Nah.
>>30557807>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.
>>30557807>>Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet.but line up on that BMP and be ready to light it up
>>30557807"Don't engage. We don't want to give ourselves away just yet." You warn."Roger."You all continue to watch as the convoy below you begins to snake into the forest. You switch to thermal vision to better track the vehicles.You see them continue for another mile or so down the road before veering off into the trees, no doubt taking a side road. Up ahead, you see more heat signatures as what is presumably the Russian convoy approaches."This Tarin. One of the trucks has broken off from the convoy." She states. "Looks like it's idling about two hundred meters from the meeting point.>Continue to observe from the air.>Quietly insert into the forest to get eyes on the ground.>Check out the mystery truck.>Other
>>30558014>Check out the mystery truck.
>>30558014>>Check out the mystery truck.
>>30558014"Tarin, Ugly, we're going to go check out that truck. Janice, Nungesser, keep eyes on the meeting. Let me know if anything happens." You say."Roger.""Lex, what's the status on the town sweep?""We've barely cleared a quarter of the town. Had to 'relieve' a couple Russians of their posts, but they shouldn't be missed for a while.""Alright, let me know if anything happens."You then shut off your radio and peer down. Just like Tarin said, there was a lone truck idling in a clearing not too far from the meeting point. You see two people standing around it."What do you think it is?" Red asks."No clue. Might be their bargaining chip." You shrug. "Might be a reserve force they're keeping in case something goes bad.""But we're not going to be able to tell if we stay up here, right?" "Right..." You nod. "Tarin, can you get eyes on the inside of that truck?""Negative. The space is too narrow for me to fit my strikers in safely. Plus, that close, there's a chance they might hear me." Tarin reports.>We'll have to risk it, Tarin.>We'll check it out on foot, then.>Ugly, waste it.>Ignore the truck for now.>Other
>>30558242>We'll check it out on foot, then.
>>30558242>We'll check it out on foot, then.200m is something we can easily make up if we need to get to the meeting point in a hurry, and a chopper is not going to help in that short a distance, we need to get us and Red on the ground, and keep Rex in the Ghost Hawk, ready in case we need our PJ gear.Merc, question, what guns does the Ghost Hawk have? Did it retain its M134 or M3/ANM3 .50 from the Pave Hawk?
>>30558242>We'll have to risk it, Tarin
>>30558292It's currently packing M134s.
Rolled 14, 77, 34 = 125>>30558242>We'll check it out on foot, then.
>>30558406Cool, if theres no active radar pinging the local area, the crew should unlimber the guns and get them ready
>>30558242"We're going to check this thing out on foot." You say. "Red, Rex, we're roping down."Thanks to how silently the Ghost Hawk can run, Bullseye is able to get alarming close to the parked truck. Close enough that you can actually see it without the aid of nightvision. Hoskins then slides the door open and you, Red, and Rex rope down, quickly disengaging your lines and drawing your weapons the moment you hit the ground. Bullseye then pulls the Ghost Hawk away as it orbits the area.The three of you silently slink closer to the truck. There, you see it idling, lights off. Though your nightvision, you can see two Russian soldiers milling about at the front of the truck, apparently casually chatting. They even light up cigarettes and begin puffing away, apparently having no concern for light discipline. Then again, they were well behind the front lines, so you suspect they didn't really much care."I got a shot at them." Rex whispers as he raises his suppressed M4.""Me too." Red says.>Take them out.>Hold your fire. I'll try to sneak in without grabbing their attention.>Other
>>30558600>Hold your fire. I'll try to sneak in without grabbing their attention.We need to make sure there isn't anyone else, and that we actually need to do something about them.
>>30558600>Hold your fire. I'll try to sneak in without grabbing their attention.
>>30558600>>Hold your fire. I'll try to sneak in without grabbing their attention.
>>30558600>Take them out.
>>30558600>Hold your fire. I'll try to sneak in without grabbing their attention.but be ready to ventilate them and the truck
>>30558600"Hold your fire. I'm going to try sneaking in." You whisper.Both Red and Rex nod and keep their weapons trained on the two Russians as you slowly creep forward, careful not to make any sound. Though you have the advantage with the darkness and your nightvision, you were still close enough that the Russians would be able to see and hear you, at least somewhat. Fortunately, you don't attract their attention and reach the back of the truck. Peering inside, you see lots and lots of crates. You can't quite tell what they are. You see a nearby cardboard box, and you take out your knife and cut it open, revealing canned food. Cutting open another box reveals the Russian equivalent of MREs.It was a goddamn supply truck. But why bring it along with the convoy and hide it out here? Unless..."Captain! I've got a contact headed towards you, from the west!" Tarn hisses.You quickly spin around, your M4 raised and ready to fire. You try to peer into the gloom of the forest, but even nightvision had its limits. You then see a third Russian soldier materialize from the bushes, pulling up his pants and tightening his belt. What a time to take a dump.You didn't have many options.>Make a dash for cover before he see's you.>Stay still and hide in the truck. Maybe he'll pass you by.>Take him out before he sees you. Hopefully the others won't hear the shot.>Other
>>30558889>Other"On Three, take your shots."Take him out
>>30558889>Stay still and hide in the truck. Maybe he'll pass you by.
>>30558889>Stay still and hide in the truck. Maybe he'll pass you by.preferabbly, if one of them speaks english, we want one alive
>>30558889>>Stay still and hide in the truck. Maybe he'll pass you by.
>>30558889"Shit." You breathe as you duck down into the back of the truck in an effort not to be seen. You hear footsteps as the third Russian approaches the truck. You try to hide very still. Hopefully he'll just pass you by.Unfortunately, the third Russian moves straight to the back of the truck and leans against the tailgate, lighting his own cigarette. His comrades yell out something to him and he yells back, eliciting some raucous laughter from the other two Russians.This was not good. You were running against the clock here.>Wait a little longer. Maybe he'll eventually move. >You don't have time for this. Take these guys out.>Other
>>30559186>You don't have time for this. Take these guys out.
>>30559186>Wait a little longer. Maybe he'll eventually move.
>>30559186>>You don't have time for this. Take these guys out.Was hoping to avoid this. Ah well. Can we knife this guy without alerting the others?
>>30559186>You don't have time for this. Take these guys out.times a wasting and we need to figure out whats up with the truck, we can't do that by waiting
>>30559186>Other"Red, Rex, take them out.""Hello Ivan, would you like to surrender or would you prefer meet your friends?"
>>30559243>Can we knife this guy without alerting the others?A straight thrust through the base of the skull slightly upwards would do nicely, and I'm assuming Pierce is not carrying a bayonet, but a more reasonable field/combat knife.
>>30559186Hold him hostage, get all 3 to surrender.
>>30559186>>You don't have time for this. Take these guys out.
>>30559186You didn't have time to waste. You had to get moving. Sighing, you draw your combat knife and jam it into the third Russian's neck, causing him to gurgle and twitch, but he was already as good as dead."Red, Rex, take your shots." You whisper.The muffled puffs and two loud thumps signify that their end of the job was done."Area secure." Rex says."I don't see any more contacts." Tarin confirms. "All right." You leap out the bed of the truck. "Janice, what's the situation on the meeting?""They're still negotiating, apparently." Janice informs you. "I think there's at least one hostage with the convoy. I'm not too sure though.""Lex?""We got half the town cleared. Nothing yet."You sigh.Suddenly, you hear a radio crackle, and a flurry of Russian words yelling something at the now dead soldiers.Shit."I don't suppose any of you can speak Russian?" You whisper."I know a little." Rex says. "But not that much.">Ignore the call. >Have Rex try to bluff them.>Other
>>30559697>>Ignore the call.No way he speaks enough to do shit for bluffing.
>>30559697>Have Rex try to bluff them.Act like a stupid illiterate conscript
>>30559697Should we for the Han Solo act?No?Okay.>Ignore the call.
>>30559746>working with GRU>illiterate conscript>illiteracy transferring to an inability to speak like a nativeu wot m8
>>30559697>>Have Rex try to bluff them.
>>30559759the GRU themselves have pretty damn high standards, but the guys they work with? not so much, they tend to operate within localised cells, 3-5 guys doing their work, with a couple platoons of regulars or conscripts support/being ordered around by them
>>30559759GRU doesn't drive supply trucks, and the Soviet Union is a big place with many regional languages and dialects. As long as he can manage an accent that doesn't immediately sound American he shouldn't be too suspicious
>>30559794I think the GRU would know if the guys they're working with are conscripts or regulars. We don't want to risk this unit being regulars by having Rex talk to them like a conscript, assuming his command of the language is that good anyway, which I don't think it is. We're better off not talking at them. They might think someone snuck a couple of bottles of vodka out and took the opportunity to get drunk if we ignore them.
>>30559697>Have Rex try to bluff them.They're going to know something is wrong anyway.
>>30559697>>Have Rex try to bluff them.Мы в порядке. Мы все прекрасно здесь и сейчас, спасибо. Как дела?Google translate probably mangled that
>>30559697>Ignore the call.They'll come, but it's better than being immediately alerted because Rex can't speak the language.
>>30559697>Ignore the call.We all know how that incident with Han Solo went...
>>30559697"Rex, try and bluff them." You say, handing him the radio."Okay, I'll try." He says. <Dmitry! Answer the radio already you idiot!><Erm, I was taking a piss.> Rex replies, trying to sound as gruff as possible to hide his accent.<Is there something wrong with your voice?><Flu.> Rex replies dryly. <What do you want?><The rebels aren't lying. They have an American witch. Bring the truck.>With that, the radio cuts off."Well shit." You frown and key your own radio. "Be advised, we have confirmed asset Moe is at the meeting point.""What do we do about the truck?" Rex asks."Wait, these are all food supplies!" Red blinks. "Shit, Cap, I think the rebels are doing this because they're hungry!!""That's right." You nod.>Let's give them what they want. It's our ticket in.>Steal the truck. Let's play the Russians rebels against each other.>Other
>>30560060>Steal the truck. Let's play the Russians rebels against each other. TIME TO PLAY MIND GAMES
>>30560060>Steal the truck. Let's play the Russians rebels against each other.
>>30560060>Steal the truck. Let's play the Russians rebels against each other.Chaos time?
>>30560060>>Let's give them what they want. It's our ticket in.As much as "MIND GAMES" sound apealling, I think this is the better route. Not to mention the sheer risks the other route would be bound to have.
>>30560060>Let's give them what they want. It's our ticket in.That other option sounds like a great way to have our prisoner put in greater danger.We're here on a rescue mission, not to kill Russians.
>>30560060>Let's give them what they want. It's our ticket in.
>>30560187we're going to be killing russians just to get out alive with our rescuee's, but we can use it to infiltrate the meeting>>30560060>Let's give them what they want. It's our ticket in.
>>30560227Sure, but placing the VIP at greater risk just to kill Russians is a terribad idea.
>>30560250which is why I voted against mindgames as sure it'd breed chaos, but with chaos comes the risk of hostages dying.
>>30560250the VIP is in the middle of two very armed groups of angry people...the only way its going to get worse is if people start shooting, which you should always assume will happen, planning around no shots being fired just pisses the universe off and makes it more likely to kick shit off
>>30560060Steal the truck.Pretend to be Russian in the middle of almost a hundred armed men? Idiotic.
>>30560391>Pretend to be Russian in the middle of almost a hundred armed men? Idiotic.Pretend to be drunk Russian. Nobody will notice.
>>30560060"We're going to give them what they want." You say. "This truck is our ticket in.""Ummmm, are you sure about this?" Red frowns. "It's going to be us three against 80+ hostiles.""And a BMP." Rex adds in."Thank you, Rex." Red nods. "And a BMP.""Look, the best way we're going to do this is stealth. We just get in, grab the hostage, and get the fuck out.""You make it sound so easy." Red rolls her eyes."We got the witches and the Comanche. They can make more than enough of a distraction.""Okay..." Red says, not quite convinced.Afterwards, it's a simple matter to shirk on some spare uniforms you found in the bed of the truck. You and Rex ride in the front, while Red hides in the back."Okay, we're going in. If I say the words 'Shooting Gallery', that's the cue to start wrecking shit. Copy?""Copy.""Lex, what's your status?""We've narrowed their location down to a hotel. We're preparing to breach and clear.""Got it. Good luck." You say.Fortunately for you, nobody bothers to stop you as you drive the truck down the road towards the meeting point. You suddenly feel a pit in your stomach, however, when ou actually drive in. 80+ hostiles looked a lot different in person than it did on paper or from the air, and you were starting to second guess yourself.Trying not to attract attention. you, Rex, and Red immediately disembark and stand at attention. None of the soldiers around you give you a second glance. Fortunately, most of their attention is focused on the rebels, who are well armed with a mix of scavenged Soviet and NATO weaponry.(cont)
>>30560797Then you see a small gaggle of Russian officers and rebels, no doubt the leaders of the group. In tow is a very glum looking, dark haired witch. She was handcuffed, which was really more a formality than anything given the fact she was a witch, but even she wouldn't be able to escape 80 armed hostiles.The small gaggle of VIPs made their way up to the truck, no doubt so the rebels could confirm the goods were real.Unfortunately, one of the GRU officers seems very familiar. You wince when your realize it's goddamn Volgin. You guess after his failure to prevent Sokolov's defection, he got punted here. The irony was that he was now in a perfect position to torpedo this whole plan. He's seen your face, after all."Is that...?" Red whispers."Shush." You hiss.>Stay cool. He probably won't notice you.>"Shooting Gallery.">Other
>>30560813>>Stay cool. He probably won't notice you.The second he so much as LOOKS like he's interested in us, not the business at hand, Shooting Gallery.
>>30560813>Stay cool. He probably won't notice you.Fucking hell... We need to get an ID on the witch before we blow everything up.
>>30560813>>Stay cool. He probably won't notice you.Awww crud.
>>30560813>>Stay cool. He probably won't notice you.
>>30560813>OtherGet Rex to start acting and driving drunk, shouting in russian about how the bears stole all his vodka, then drive right into the middle of the meeting, presumably where the witch is, then call "Shooting Gallery", cover the witch and get the fuck out.
>>30560946Wow. Are you trying to get us killed?
>>30560946I can't even begin to list all the reasons why this is a terrible idea.
>>30560813"Just stay still. Don't do a fucking thing." You whisper to Red and Rex, who don't really have any reason to protest.Fortunately, since it's dark, and you dressed up like a bunch of conscripts, Volgin doesn't even give you a second look. At this point, you get a clearer view of "Moe", the captured witch. The officers move around to the back of the truck, and Moe is temporarily left forgotten, standing on the road."Hey, anybody up there. What's our best escape route?" You whisper."Just follow the road south. The troop concentration there is the lowest." Janice responds. "Three's also enough open ground for us to cover your retreat.""Got it.">Try to sneak up and make contact with Moe.>Start the distraction now and grab Moe in the confusion.>Other
>>30561072>Try to sneak up and make contact with Moe.
>>30561072>Start the distraction now and grab Moe in the confusion."Can someone put a hole into Volgin? That be great?"
>>30561072>Start the distraction now and grab Moe in the confusion.Shoot Volgin
>>30561072>Try to sneak up and make contact with Moe.The moment shit goes down someone's going to be putting bullets her way.
>>30561102And do you really think we can sneak up to her without a single person of the 80+ here saying something?I have some really strong doubts about that.
>>30561072>>Start the distraction now and grab Moe in the confusion.
>>30561072Don't let vendettas distract you, Anon.Walk up and make contact with her. Have your canteen or smokes out, look like you're hitting on her.
>>30561072>Start the distraction now and grab Moe in the confusion.She's out in the open, we can probably grab her and get out.
>>30561072>>Try to sneak up and make contact with Moe.If shit goes down, they'll sic more guards on her.
>>30561148That's not what this about. As much as stealth has helped us get here. I don['t see it working when we're in middle of 80 people. Most of which, I would imagine, have probably been ordered to stay the hell away from her until told otherwise or the deal is done.
Rolled 2>>30561072Tiebreaker time.1. Sneak up.2. Distraction
>>30561317Not what I voted for, but God, I hope this works.
>>30561317While you were tempted to try and make contact, you honestly had no idea how you would approach Moe without attracting some kind of attention. If not by the officers or Volgin, then by the dozens of soldiers around you. There seemed to be only one way to handle this."All units. Shooting gallery." You say.And that's when all hell breaks loose.Immediately, the BMP explodes into a ball of fire while gun and autocannon fire rips through both light vehicles and men. The Russians and rebels are immediately thrown into confusion, and they actually start firing on each other, thinking one side betrayed the other. The officers, meanwhile, start shouting what you assume are obscenities at each other and begin drawing their weapons. Volgin doesn't even bother and just reaches one of his massive arms out, grabbing one of the rebel leaders by the throat and crushing it like a toothpick.While you would have loved to get a shot in at Volgin, your priority was the prisoner. You sprint forward and spray automatic fire from your captured AK, sending the officers diving for cover. You grab Moe's hands and she hesitates for a second."We're here to take you home, soldier." You say loudly and clearly in English.The witch's eyes widen in recognition and she nods, You see her familiar materialize and with a twitch of her wrists, her cuffs shatter like glass."Let's get the hell out of here, then." She says. By this point, Red and Rex have cleared a path of retreat for you, cutting down Russians with both gun and sword.>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.>Head for the fields. Your allies can better support you out there.>Other
>>30561424>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.
>>30561424>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.Cover and concealment always
>>30561424>>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.The baddies are all in the open right now, theoretically. Our backup can keep them out OF the forest, even if they can't get in.>iedToo lifeWell, captcha, some IED mines behind us once in cover MIGHT be a good idea, but we're not Maus.
>>30561424>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.I really hope we won't need that support. Otherwise this is going to be bad.
>>30561424>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.Also, get out people to start withdrawing. With any luck, they'll blame each-other and never know we were here.
>>30561424>Head for the forest. It'll give you plenty of cover.we need to thin their numbers, disuade them from chasing us and get some distance
>>30561424>Head for the fields. Your allies can better support you out there.It's night time, we have NV equipment and you want to go into the forest?
>>30561538With all the shit going down, a stray bullet is quite a high probability. Cover, cover, cover.
>>30561514>we need to thin their numbers, disuade them from chasing usI'm hoping they're too busy shooting each other, right along with our support, to take note the witch is gone.
>>30561554They're probably going to take note the witch is gone, and assume the other side took her. Right now they have no reason to suspect we're behind this, and we should keep it that way.
>>30561538a forest just gives us even more of an advantage with NODs, theres no light from the stars or moon coming through the canopy, and they have to navigate as well as deal with usyou'd be stupid to think an open field would be better than a wooded forest with NODs
>>30561424"Come on! This way!" You yell to Red and Rex as you tug Moe along. "Into the forest!"The three of you sprint into the relative safety of the forest, where both the trees and the darkness serve to shield you from detection and stray bullets. However, you don't slow your pace. Sooner or later, the Russians and rebels were going to stop fighting and realize Moe was missing.Goddamn, that codename was starting to get annoying."By the way," You say the recently rescued witch. "I never caught your name...""Heyser. Captain Heyser." She says. "And thanks for the rescue.""Just doing my job, ma'am.""What about the other two? They're still in the town-""There's a team of Deltas over there right now taking care of that. For now though, the priority is getting YOU to safety.""R-right." Heyser nods.Looking behind you, you can see flashlight beams spearing through the brush. It looks like one of the sides finally managed to regroup and was pursuing you."Captain, you've got roughly dozen contacts about fifty meters behind you. I suggest you keep moving." Janice says. "Tarin is also reporting movement from the base. Both ground and air reinforcements are being scrambled."I can handle them." Ugly says eagerly. "All those shiny Flankers... it would be a shame if something happened to them.">No, it's too dangerous. Focus on keeping these guys off of us.>Send a force to assault the base and intercept enemy reinforcements.>Other
>>30561668>>Send a force to assault the base and intercept enemy reinforcements.If Jets get in the air, we're boned.
>>30561668>Send a force to assault the base and intercept enemy reinforcements.
>>30561609Our major support assets are in the sky with a 20mm rotary and a shit load of ordnance, the guys with the NODs that matter. Going into the forest is going to deny them visibility and turn it into an infantry v. infantry hunt.>>30561553A stray bullet is just as likely to hit you in a forest, probably even more likely considering the exposure time.>>30561668>Keep Ugly on station, the Comanche's far better for CAS than strikers.>Send Janice and Tarin to assault the base and intercept enemy mechanized and aerial reinforcements.
>>30561668>Other"One pass only, Ugly. You might have shields now, but that doesn't make you invincible."
>>30561668>>Send a force to assault the base and intercept enemy reinforcements.Focus on the Flankers first. If those get airborne, I don't want to bet on even the Ghost Hawk's chances. After that, though, they can head right back to us.
>>30561668"All right, Ugly, you get one pass and one pass only. Wreck as much shit as you can and then bug out. You got that?""Roger that!""I see two Flankers taking off. I'm going to engage them!" You hear Nungesser announce. You don't try to stop her. You did not want active Flankers in your airspace, even if you did have stealth.You move deeper into the forest, but your pursuers keep up their pace. The problem was Heyser was continually lagging behind, no doubt due to injuries related to her capture. You also suspect she hasn't exactly been getting a fully healthy diet, considering the rebel's need to barter with the Russians fore basic supplies. Sporadic support fire from the Ghost Hawk and Janice and Tarin slows them down, but not nearly enough. "We can't keep escaping and evading through the forest, people. We need a plan." You say."We can try winching you guys up. There's no room for us to land." Bullseye says."We can come down and pull up to three of you out of the forest." Janice suggests."OR, we can fight them." Red shrugs.>Extract via the Ghost Hawk.>Extract via witch.>Serve as a rearguard until Heyser can get away.>Other
>>30561901>Extract via the Ghost Hawk.Please no holding the line crap.
>>30561901>OtherHave Red heal the witch. her injuries are mostly what is slowing us down. Then run for a clearing to get extracted by the Ghost Hawk
>>30561901>Extract via the Ghost Hawk.We have the target. Get out.
>>30561901>Extract via witch.have the Ghost Hawk and the remaining person on the ground hold and lay down covering fire, then winch the last person up with Janice adding covering fire
>>30561901Extract Heyser via witch, then outpace pursuers and extract via Ghost Hawk.
>>30561901>>Extract via the Ghost Hawk
>>30561940I do like this idea, if we could heal her up on the move.Failing that:>Extract via the Ghost HawkWe'll have to move incredibly fast no matter our choice here...
>>30561901"Bullseye, move in to winch us out." You say. "And hurry, please.""On it.""Okay, we're going to have to delay them while Bullseye does his thing." You say to Red and Rex. "Take up defensive positions. Heyser will be the first to be winched up."Then who'll be last?" Red asks.Huh, that was a good question."You're up second, Cap. You're the CO." Red says."Agreed." Rex nods."What about you two?" You ask."I should stay." Rex says. "I'm just an airman, and a regular guy, to boo. I'm the more expendable one.""Don't talk about yourself like that!" Red grunts. "I got shields an healing. I can take a bit more punishment than Mr. Hero here." Red snorts.>Red goes up last.>Rex goes up last.>Other
>>30562028>Red goes up last.She can handle this.
>>30562028>[x] Tie Red and Rex together, winch at same time. Laugh before following.
>>30562028>>Rex goes up last."We can't afford to risk Red getting captured while rescuing another witch if things go south."
>>30562028>Red goes up last.>>30562058It's cold. But it is true.
>>30562028>Red goes up last"Don't you dare do anything stupid. You stand your ground, you fall back if necessary, but you do NOT go and get yourself hurt and captured, you get me?"Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
>>30562028>Red goes up last.
>>30562028>Red goes up last.bitch please, Rex's got Ghost waiting for him back at base
>>30562057Actually, let the last guy ascend slightly below the second last and this works. The hoist can handle 270kg of load.
>>30562028>>OtherCould have one of the witches swing down for Red after Rex is winched.
>>30562028seconding >>30562057fuck it, Red is light, and can shield them, and the winch can easily take the weight
>>30562057Let's go with this if we can.
>>30562110Agreed. That winch is probably rated for more than one person in emergencies so it can handle Rex and Red at the same time. Just replace the thing after the mission.
>>30562057Lets go with this.
>>30562028There's not much time for debate, as you can feel the rotor wash of the Ghost Hawk coming from above. You look up to see the winch slowly lowering down and you grab it and quickly hook Heyser up to it. "Go!" You yell to Hoskins and he engages the winch, pulling Heyser up to the Ghost Hawk.Meanwhile, Red and Rex are busy pumping automatic fire into your pursuers, with Janice and Tarin doing what they can from above. Your pursuers begin returning fire as well, but it's sporadic and inaccurate."All right! Heyser's in!" Hoskins yells.You then grab the winch and hook yourself up. You feel the winch pulling at your weight. It only takes a few seconds, but it feels like an eternity as gunfire chatters throughout the forest below you. You note that the pursuers' gunfire was getting much heavier and more accurate."Red! Rex! We got no choice! Both of you hook on together!" You yell. "The winch should be able to handle the weight!""B-but-""Just do it, Red!"With that, you feel a tug at the winch cable as your two squadmates are pulled up. However, suddenly, the entire craft is jerked to the side, as if something extremely heavy was trying to pull it down. You can then hear Red screaming and cursing."Red, RED! What's going on!" You yell."It's that Volgin asshole! He's grabbed my leg!" Red screams.You poke your head out and see Volgin with a sold grip on Red's leg. She tries o kick at him with her leg be grabs it as well. At the same time, Volgin's men get close enough to realize there's a helo in the air and start firing at the Ghost Hawk's general location."Shit!" Bullseye curses as he hits the throttle, gaining altitude.(cont)
>>30562240"I can't get him off!" Red yells in a panicked tone."Rex! Can you assist!?" You yell."Trying to." Rex grunts."He's going for my buckle-!"Suddenly, the entire helo jolts again. You then hear Rex grunting again."Red? Rex! What's going on!?""Got Red's arm. Keeping her from falling." Rex says, the strain obvious in his voice.You poke your head out of the door and see that indeed, it seemed Volgin undid Red's buckle in an attempt to knock her off, and Rex was the only thing keeping her in the air. Red was still struggling with Volgin in their aerial arena."Janice! Tarin! Do either of you have a shot!?" You yell."Negative." Tarin says. "Red's in my line fire.""I can't get a clean shot either." Janice says.>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!>Rope down and try to physically dislodge Volgin.>Other
>>30562245>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!He's probably counting on us not to shoot at him since Red is in the line of fire
>>30562245>Rope down and try to physically dislodge Volgin.I suddenly had an image of Pierce swinging down pirate boarder-style to kick Volgin in the face.
>>30562245>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!
>>30562245Use your fucking shield, Red.>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!
>>30562245>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!Last thing we need him jumping from Red to us then dropping our sorry ass.
>>30562245>>You can get a shot at him from this angle. Take it!Red can fix herself if she gets winged
Holy fuck, this mission is actually based on Dark Business. Mind = Blown.
>>30562245>>OtherGet Tarin to get close and stab Volgin and carry Red, have Janice cover and suppress the forest, and get Ugly helping out ASAP
>>30562245Other:Maybe Tarin and Janice can catch them when Rex lets Red go? I dunno what I'm dooooooing
>>30562245You don't have a choice. Leaning out the door, your raise your rifle and take aim. Thankfully, Volgin doesn't have nightvision gear so he can't see what you're up to. Probably doesn't think you're crazy enough to try. Oh how wrong he was. You fire one three round burst. You hear Volgin grunt in pain and he lets go of Red, falling back down to earth through the trees. You want to say the fall would kill him, but you never knew with Russians like him."Heh, that was close on, right Red?" You grin."YOU FUCKING SHOT ME, CAP!" Red howls. "Through my damn foot!""Well, at least you're alive enough to complain about it." You grumble. Why didn't you just use your shield?""Because if I did it might've stopped your shots before they could hit Volgin." Red points out."Ah...""Goddamnit now I have to get a new boot!" Red grunts Once she's properly winched up, she punches you in the shoulder. Hard."Ow!""It's what you deserve!""Hey! Guys! This is Lex! We managed to get Larry and Curly secured. We uh, just need some extraction!""Define 'some extraction'.'" You say, dreading the answer."We kinda in uh, what you might term a 'vehicluar chase.' Look for the truck that's driving like a drunk baboon's behind the wheel.""Roger that." You sigh. "You can fix that foot up, right Red?""Well duh, no thanks to you." Red grunts."I'll make it up to you. I promise." You sigh.Now that you're in the air, you can get a better picture of what had been going on. To the south, you see fires roaring in the distance. You see the Comanche returning, it's wingpods noticeably empty."Ugly, are you SURE you did just one pass?" You sigh."Counting is hard, Captain." Ugly replies.Well, at least the base wasn't going to be an issue.(cont)
>>30562523Up ahead,you can see the truck Lex and his Deltas had commandeered, and sure enough, it was being chased by a gaggle of civilian vehicles, some pretty clearly modified for military use. There's no gunfire though, no doubt since the rebels didn't want to risk killing their bargaining chips. You also see a Hind closing in on the chase, until you see Nungesser swoop down and spear it with her massive lance. She then pulls her weapon out, sending the Hind spinning out of control. Bullseye is just agape."Was that-""Yes.""Did she just-""Yes.""With a-""YES.""That's four more kills today!" Nungesser says happily. "These stealth strikers really are something!""Good, now can we please do something about saving Lex's stupid ass?" You sigh.The Comanche unloads the last of its ordnance on Lex's pursuers while the witches contribute their own firepower, causing the pursuing vehicles to swerve off the road, break off the pursuit, or explode spectacularly. With the immediate threat gone, Bullseye lands the Ghost Hawk just long enough for Lex and his charges to board."Well that was a fun one!" Lex laughs. "Everyone accounted for?""Yes." You nod, slumping in your seat. It was over. It was finally over.(cont)
>>30562542At this point, the whole task force was already headed west at full speed, eager to get back into friendly airspace. Scanning the area round you, you don't see any signs of pursuit. Looked like it was the right call for Ugly to get rid of those Flankers.Well, it you were just glad this mission was finished. You're now left thinking about what other crazy scheme Anderson was going to send you off on next. After all, succeeding at this one was just going to encourage him further."Again, thanks a lot for coming to save us." Heyser thanks you. "Heard some nasty things about how Russia handles its people, much less its witches.""Like I said before. I'm just doing my job." You sigh.You also wonder how you're going to make it up to Red for shooting her in the foot. You figure you should get started on that soon, or else Red might get her own ideas about compensation.Ugh, you just wanted some damn sleep now...>And that's it for tonight! Tune in next week for the thread. Also not that the hiatus is coming soon! Most likely in two or three threads! Also don't forget Cyberpunk Idols on Saturday and Magical Girl Hunter on Sunday!
>>30562542Nungesser is OLEV
Wait a second, did you just pull a Shady Business on us?
>>30562564thanks for running, let us talk compensation!we already gave Red the sword, we're pretty much fucked.also, Bullseye better not let Nungesser get away, I swear to god and me mum.
>>30562523>"Counting is hard, Captain." Ugly replies.Fucking love him and his sister>>30562564Thanks for running Merc, cya next time
>>30562626>we already gave Red the sword, we're pretty much fucked.Get her another sword like a Wakizashi.
>>30562634Doh, I had the name mixed up from a similar mission I played last week.
>>30562651We need to complete the set, get her a Wakizashi and a Tanto.And when we commission our friend to make them, also order a kickarse Seax for us
>>30562651Give her our "sword"
>>30562681Yes, to all of that.>>30562683No.
>>30562683Janice is the only 'sheath' worthy of our blade
>>30562683I wonder if we could fuck the hole in her foot.
>>30562564Thanks for running Merc!