Let's see... news. not much on that front, really. been planning a trip to Gettysburg this summer, I'd have liked to gone last one, but didn't get the time off, so. I'll keep you guys informed, but that'll be a week we won't run, probably in a month or so. Archives here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Strike%20witches%201989++You have to hand it to the British sisterhood, they don't screw around when it comes to things they think are important. You got to enjoy maybe a two hour catnap after lady Dowding explained her plan, then you were up again, introduced to your partner for this job, a RAF witch apparently not needed anywhere else- you suspect there's a story there- handed your bags and given a short briefing on the thankfully limited number of formalities in this kind of thing. As it was explained to you, it's not a social call by any means and you should be spending more time in transit, by far, than actually on the ground stateside. You were bustled into a car and driven to London Heathrow, still barely functioning as a human at that point, you were shown on board a British Airways 747 and allowed to take your seat upstairs in the first class section. You've got to admit, it's nice, though you're not sure you like it more than the front seat in the wyvern. You'd revised that when you hit turbulence somewhere over the coast of North America. It wasn't that you were scared of the plane going down- big birds like this would practically have to be flying through a hurricane's eyewall to go down for weather- but that you weren't up front dealing with it. The lack of information- even when you knew, as a professional, you were fine and there was nothing to worry about- made you almost sick. You figure you were lucky your partner was asleep at the time- she only woke up when the main gear of the jumbo finally kissed the pavement at Washington National. 1/3
The cabin crew hustled the two of you off the bird first- you could almost get used to the secret agent act, you think, except it would mean giving up the pilot's life, and you figure you'd waste away. With only carry-on luggage consisting, in your case, of one change of clothes and a book, plus the letter lady Dowding penned for matron Longstreet, the two of you were off well before the rest of the weary travelers on the 747.Your check through customs was almost cursory, at best- though you're fairly sure your active duty navy ID helped. You're almost as sure that the agent on duty wasn't starstruck when he saw the name “Frank Bishop” on the card- you reflect you haven't really been in the civilian world at large since Tanana, just the brief trip with Katya, what seems like ages ago, in California. London, you figure, doesn't count, especially with the majority of your first day being spent either in the national gallery or with Rex. You're fully awake by the time you two start heading down and out the doors, in the lead and moving with a purpose. “How are we going to get there?” The witch- one flight lieutenant Wendy Maloney- asks. “This is the first time I've ever been in the US.”2/3
“Well, traffic this time of day should be pretty similar to the front.” you say, glumly. “But I don't really see a better way of doing it.” “I wouldn't know.” The witch responds, maybe a touch quietly- you might have hit a nerve. “I haven't been to the front either.”You look over at her, surprised. The only witches you know who haven't been deployed are the matrons, and you've heard even a few of them have been to the front to get their combat card punched, as the saying goes. You want to ask, but now's not the time. Ground transport is in your hands, though you'll be repaid on your return to London, you're told.  Rent a car. We're only here for a day, so it'll be cheap and we may have to go other places.  Let's see if we can hop a commuter flight to Lee airport, then get a taxi from there.  We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.
>>31348857Woop! Caught the thread at the beginning!>[x] We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.>Driving>On less than a handful hours sleepyeah noAlso lets us question the witch
>>31348857 We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.
>>31348857> We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.Give the bill to the witches.
>>31348857>[x] Rent a car. We're only here for a day, so it'll be cheap and we may have to go other places.Taxis can get expensive, man.
>>31348857> We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.
>>31348967We're low on sleep and she doesn't have a US license. We can always rent a car later if need be.
>>31348765Went to Gettysburg a few years ago, wasn't able to see everything due to time but it was an experience, looking down from Little Round Top is a must.>>31348857>[x] Rent a car. We're only here for a day, so it'll be cheap and we may have to go other places. Traffic is... well yeah, rather would have some control over going to and from. Best night of the week!
>>31348967Foot the bill to the witches, we're here on a job it shouldn't be coming out of our pocket or at least not long enough to be missed.
>[x] Rent a car. We're only here for a day, so it'll be cheap and we may have to go other places. And an expensive one too! And get a map, Maloney can be navigator.
>>31348857Did we not sleep on the 747? First class on the big planes from Heathrow to DC is an absolute joy...pretty easy to sleep in. The thought of getting a taxi from DC to Annapolis terrifies me, so>Rent a car
>>31348857> We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.Waiting and driving nah. Just get a move on it.
>>31348857>[x] Let's see if we can hop a commuter flight to Lee airport, then get a taxi from there.
>>31349081Nope. Turbulence.>You'd revised that when you hit turbulence somewhere over the coast of North America. It wasn't that you were scared of the plane going down- big birds like this would practically have to be flying through a hurricane's eyewall to go down for weather- but that you weren't up front dealing with it. The lack of information- even when you knew, as a professional, you were fine and there was nothing to worry about- made you almost sick. You figure you were lucky your partner was asleep at the time- she only woke up when the main gear of the jumbo finally kissed the pavement at Washington National.
 Let's see if we can hop a commuter flight to Lee airport, then get a taxi from there. Only if the next flight is within the next 30 min. Otherwise: We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.
 Rent a car. We're only here for a day, so it'll be cheap and we may have to go other places.
>>31349107>over the coast of North AmericaThat's still like...4 hours of non-turbulent flight
>>31348857>[x] We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.Have any of you ridden in a taxi and told the driver 'as fast as possible'?
>>31348857[x] We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.Reagan to Annapolis isnt that bad even with traffic it won't take more than an hour and a half
>>31349107>You're fully awake by the time you two start heading down and out the doors, in the lead and moving with a purpose. “How are we going to get there?” The witch- one flight lieutenant Wendy Maloney- asks. “This is the first time I've ever been in the US.”
>>31349158Is it like in the movie: "Taxi"?
>>31349178Previous to that we were probably up at 0 dark o'clock>You were bustled into a car and driven to London Heathrow, still barely functioning as a human at that point, you were shown on board a British Airways 747 and allowed to take your seat upstairs in the first class section.
>>31349178Refers to this:>You were bustled into a car and driven to London Heathrow, still barely functioning as a human at that point,>barely functioning
>>31348857... Is Maloney related to that other Maloney?
>>31349245Yes.However, going by the description of her picture (still subject to change by GhostDiva) she's nothing like the other Maloney.
>>31349245If he is then that mean Maloney was actually able to reproduce asexually
>>31349284Because of the color of his bandana, I thought this pic was of a headless dude giving the guy with the LMG the finger
[x] We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird. “Well, we can hire a taxi.” You say, heading for the curb. “I'd rather not drive, and I don't want to wait for a puddle jumper out to the municipal airport there. You got your bag?” Maloney packed a bit heavier- she brought an extra duty uniform in addition to her change of clothes- but she nods, shouldering the battered British army pack. She shrugs. “I found it in a supply closet. Seemed too useful to leave.” You nod, filing that away- why's she got a beat up pack like that when she could probably just draw a new one from supply? Maybe the RAF's supply corps is strained a lot more than you'd thought with the war. It stands to reason, after all, there's RAF units in almost every theater of the war, and that's got to be putting a lot of demand on their supply chain. You flag a taxi, the driver smiling when he spots Maloney's RAF uniform. “British?” He asks, and she nods. “My father was a soldier with the 11th Sikh regiment.” He says, opening the trunk. “He fought against the invaders at Chennai.”Your brain- operating a half-step behind, struggles to place the name. “Wait, wasn't that one of the major engagements where they got almost wiped out without witches?” 1/2
>>31348857>[X] We'll hire a taxi from here. I'd rather not drive and I don't want to wait for a bird.I was afraid /tg/ would ditch Ice to hang out with Rex when I went to bed last week, but then I woke up and found out you guys voted to go full bogatyr. For once, I am proud. TIME FOR RUSSIAN CHIVALRY!
The man nods. “Yes! By the time the allied witches arrived, all that was left was to mop up.” He opens the doors for you, and Wendy slides in first. You follow suit, noting the interior of the taxi is clean and smells like air fresheners. Good enough, you suppose. “So, where to, my friends?” The driver asks. “Annapolis.” You say. “The naval academy.”The driver pauses, then cranes around to look back at you. “My friend, that is a long drive, it will be expensive.”“It's on the company dime.” You respond with a smile, pulling out the travel sheet. The man smiles and nods. “Ah, of course! Well, it will be a drive, traffic is the worst I've seen it in many years. Maybe an hour and a half?” “We're in no huge rush.” You assure him. He nods, and the car smoothly slips into gear, merging into departing traffic. Wendy's watching the city out the window, not quite wide-eyed, though her gaze lingers on the pentagon as it crawls by behind you.  Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.  I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.MUST KNOW MORE.
>>31349697> I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.
>>31349697>[X] Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.We shouldn't be rude to our escort.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.We have a letter that will let us be smug asshole, if we choose to be. We can deal with her. But getting to know, yet another, witch at our side... Got to.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.
 I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.Handling the bitch comes first. The small talk can wait for the flight back.
>>31349697>[x] Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.Get to know our partner in crime.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.no need to be rude
> I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.We need all the mental power we can muster for this.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.As much as we really do need a nap, my curiosity is getting the better of me.
>>31349697>[x] I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.Go take a nap, Ghost.
>[X] I need a nap, especially if I'm going to be dealing with Longstreet.We are running an errand for a British matron, not an US one. Longstreet might very well tell us to fuck of if this goes wrong. Different services and shit like that.
>>31349697>[x] Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name. >/tg/ never votes to sleep versus doing something with a witch>fucking never>suddenly a Maloney>"yeah we need our beauty rest to deal with Longstreet"Good to see the old hate still burns, /tg/.
>>31349864>We need all the mental power we can muster for this.No we don't. We can just go full Hartmann.
>>31349933I thought we were told, more or less, "Recover your witch's belongings" and that we have the authority to get them regardless?
>>31350015Assuming you're >>31349933, then what does it matter if she tells us to fuck off? Wondering.
>>31350073We break and enter, of course.
>>31350073Nope not that Anon.
>>31350103Then never you mind my question, sirrah.
>>31350073We recover it by any means. Better tell the taxi driver to wait at the curb and be ready to punch it when we get back in the car.
>>31349697> Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name.Details!
>>31350073She may be a matron, but we on Offical Royalty Business, from Lady Dowding and the Heir to the Russian Throne.She is now smalltime. You know what we do to Smalltime.
[x] Talk to her. Don't know much about her at all, other than that name. The witch next to you is quiet, so you're almost worried that she doesn't want to talk. Still, she's your wingmate going into this, and you'd rather know her at least a little better than just her name when you have to deal with Matron Longstreet. “So, you said this is your first time in the states?” You ask, figuring it's a safe opener. She looks back at you and nods. “Yes, sir. I don't usually get off base much.” You grin at her. “Unless you want me to call you flight lieutenant the entire time we're here, you can drop the sir. I'm not in uniform and I'm on leave anyway.” “Yes si- uh...” She responds, catching herself. “Then what should I call you?”“Frank. Or Mister bishop, I guess, if you think Frank is too informal.” You tell her. “So why don't you get off base much? Too busy?” 1/2
“Far from it. I get busywork all the time, but it's not that it takes me that long. It's just I don't usually get passes. This is the first I've had in months.” She says. “It's ok, I like the base. I spend a lot of time in the hangars, near the jets, like yours.”“What about the strikers?” You ask- it's odd for a witch to find interest, let alone any kind of comfort, in steelwings. She shakes her head. “I don't get to fly much. My strikers are on the bottom of the list for maintenance, and when another set goes down if they don't have a spare, they take it from mine.”You narrow your eyes. “That's damn near abusive.” You say, flatly. She smiles a bit. “It's ok, I understand. I don't have as much flight time as the other girls, and it's more important they stay in the air.”“It's still screwed up.” You say. “So what do you do?” “Oh, odd jobs. I help the armorers when I can, cleaning rifles and the like. Sometimes I help out down in the offices, or any work details.” You're piecing the information together when suddenly it hits you. “Wait.” You say, and you see her face fall. “You're related to that Maloney?” It'd explain the harsh treatment, at the very least. Trevor Maloney wasn't well thought of, and he's a laughingstock, even in the US Navy- how many senior RAF officers got run off the deck of a battlewagon by armed marines? All of one. The story spread far and fast, and the man was ruined, politically and socially. She nods. “Y-yes. He was my grandfather. I suppose I understand if you don't want to talk anymore.” > How do you respond?
>>31350401> How do you respond?>Pat head>"There, there. There, there."
>>31350401>> How do you respond?>People shunning her because of her idiot grandfatherIt's almost like you're recycling plots or something.
>>31350401"you are not your grandfather, and therefore i will not treat you like him" or something alike
>>31350401Take that nap. We need it.
>>31350401>> How do you respond?"Far from it. I don't believe that the sins of the fathers pass on to their progeny. This is wrong on a multitude of levels."If this shit has been allowed to persist like it sounds, my opinion of British Matrons has taken a nosedive.
>>31350401Huh.How do you respond to that? I mean the girl here is getting flak from what grandpa did. Messed up of you ask me.Well at least she's one part of the two-man team that gets to tell of Longstreet. That should be a fun story to tell.
>>31350401"...that's not the worst they've done, is it."No way in hell it is. She's kept from the front, she's kept from flying, her strikers are scavenged for parts, and she's denied leave passes for no fucking reason. What have they been doing to this poor girl?
>>31350401>"That doesn't sound like a good reason to stop talking."Profound sadness.
>>31350401She gets a head pat."Grand kid shouldn't be punished for the deeds of their Grandfather, after this we can have a chat with your Matrons about this."
>>31350480>>31350488Something like this. And shit man, that is retarded, holding her grandfather against her.
>>31350601...You're going to do something with this now, aren't you.
>>31350401>“Wait.” You say, and you see her face fall.>and you see her face fall.That's fucking depressing, she's probably lost friends after she heard them say that one little word.
>>31350401>Headpats, sidehugs, whatever is required until she feels better.If the RAF isn't using her, can Spellcaster have her? We can apprentice her to Slider!
>>31350401Right.We're going to make some calls when this immediate job is done.
And here I was hoping for some Merlin-esque thing. She gets treated like shit because she can't do strikers, and we tell her to take a backseat in our jet and we get a British Merlin.Instead it's this unoriginal, implausible bullshit about her grampappy. I expected more from you, ghost.
>>31350856this! If they don't want her, we'll take her
>>31350401>Headpats>>31350856Inter-service adoption time!
>>31350893You mean the literal exact character profile she got from Ogitsune?
>>31350856>Spellcaster gets her>Squadron trains her up>Within a month becomes the highest scoring RAF WitchChew on that ya damn Matrons!
>>31350893How is it implausible? You'd be AMAZED at how petty folks in the military can be over disgraced family members.Hell, James Longstreet had his reputation smeared for a century by ass hurt southern "Lost Cause" revisionists, and some folks to this day still blame him for Gettysburg, as opposed to blaming Robert E. Lee for being a shitty fucking general who road the backs of better men to notoriety.
>>31350401I wonder if the original Maloney would've acted like less of a prick if he knew the shit his granddaughter was going to get because of his antics, surely the man isn't that much of an asshole?
>>31350893We all know how shitty people can be and Trevor Maloney was a bastard in SWQ. It would be a bit shocking if people didn't treat her like this.
>>31351098Wendy is more or less the complete opposite of her grandfather and an incredibly sweet girl, she didn't even complain about the abusive shit heaped upon her for something she could never control.
>>31351098The sad thing is that of all people, Maloney's greatest nemesis sure as hell wouldn't want to see the manm's family victimised for his assholishness.
>>31351151Say what you will about Young, but he'd be pretty horrified that Wendy's victimization was partly his fault.
>>31350401>how many senior RAF officers got run off the deck of a battlewagon by armed marines?One of whom attached a bayonet to a LMG
>>31351201If the matrons get in the way of righting this wrong, perhaps we can call upon the Bounce Lord himself.
“I don't buy into the sins of the father.” You say, somewhat tersely. “You aren't your grandfather.”She looks at you, looking for some sign that you're joking at her expense. “Shit,” you say, carrying on, “None of us are, thank god. They'd have me locked up in a psych ward if we were. My granddads were completely insane. What kind of strikers are you on?” “T-tornados.” She says, hesitating. “You mean that? You don't hate me?” “Why would I?” You ask. “What model?” “The ADV.” She says. “Well, when it works. Sometimes I get sent to older models, but I'll take anything they'll let me fly. I can work with Tornados, or jaguars, or harriers. I've even flown your tomcats and eagles a few times when we hosted American squadrons.”You quirk an eyebrow at that. “I thought witches had problems working with different strikers? Something about how they draw magic from you, or something?” She nods. “Yes. Well, mostly. I'm sure whoever you talked to said it was different for all witches?” You nod, remembering Ice's explanation. “Well, I get a little headache that's gone in five minutes and I'm fine. Different models never bothered me much.” She says. “I've put in for liaison duty everywhere since the war started, but it's never been approved.” “Oh really?” You ask, suddenly seeing a way to help the girl. “You have? How recently?” “Last week.” She says. “I'm sure the paperwork is still sitting on the squadron commander's desk. Or maybe in the dustbin.” I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something.  You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.
>>31350893>unoriginal, implausible bullshit about her grampappyTell me, anon. How do you think Benedict Arnold's grandson would have been treated if he decided he wanted to attend West Point? Or if William Sherman's grandson tried to go to VMI or The Citadel?Humans are spiteful hateful assholes, especially to people they consider traitors.
>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.
>>31351098So you're saying most people will be a dick to somebody because of something they never did and had no control over, and happened years before they were a twinkle in their fathers eye.For no reason at all, in other words....Yeah, I actually can believe that. Still doesn't mean this isn't complete shit. I mean, there's plenty of less contrived reasons, and if she winds up in Spellcaster I'm going to fly my "Strikerless Witch" boat into the fucking ground, because that would have resulted in the exact same circumstances, plot, and result without relying on my misanthropy. In addition, even! You could take the angle that her Father was -also- a buffoon, and incompetence runs in the family, as opposed to That One Ancestor.
>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.I wonder what konstantina will think when we bring ANOTHER witch to the squadron
>>31351305>[X] I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something.
>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.As if there's another answer here.
>>31351305>[x] You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.Time to induct another witch into our brand of mayhem!
>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.The fact that merely sitting in a taxi with someone who doesn't hate her guts is something to celebrate about makes me angry.
>>31351305[X] You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.
>>31351345>I'm going to fly my "Strikerless Witch" boat into the fucking groundMaybe you could instead drive your car off the side of a freeway into a tree and spare us your posting, that would also be pretty neat
>>31351305>“I've put in for liaison duty everywhere since the war started, but it's never been approved.”>>31351345SEE!? SEE!? HERE WE GO, SHE'S GONNA FOLLOW US AROUND LIKE A LOST PUPPY.I TOLD YOU!
>>31351305>[x] You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.Little sister get! Apprentice her to slider, so that when she finally goes home, she wont take no shit from nobody
>>31351305 I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something.
>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.hug
>>31351387completely unrelated, but why did top mounted magazines go out of style?
>>31351431I'd imagine it fucks with the sights. Generally, you mount your sights or optics along the top.
>>31351412That's great, Anon. Really it is.Here's the thing cupcake, nobody cares about you or your post.
 I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something.Time to prep Ice for commanding an international wing.
>>31351452You forgot your tripcode, Crix.
>>31351305>[x] You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.Good feels before we recover the box.
>>31351465crix is kill
>>31351465You forgot yours, Wiseman.
>>31351457...Is it wrong that I want another guy instead of a witch at this point? I mean, yeah, I'd support helping Wendy, but the estrogen is getting a little thick here.
>>31351490Not wrong of you, and I agree it'd be nice to not be Only Man, but this isn't unexpected when we're dealing with Witch Holds right now.
>>31351490>implying it was ever thin
Rolled 20>>31351305> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.Oh this shit will not fly.This gitl should be in R&D.What with her being able to adapt to different strikers so quickly.
>>31351305>dat adaptability going to wasteThat won't do. Not at all.> You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.
>>31351305> I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something.Let's not make any promises we can't keep, eh?
>>31351431Cuz it's shit. If you put a mag on top, you have to mount an optic offset. That means when you are correcting for range, you not only have to make the usual attitudinal adjustments, you have to adjust laterally as well! For every fucking range change. It'd make human imprecision even more imprecise.You can see why it went out of style. Good fucking riddance.
>>31351490We can't have more men, this is witch country!>>31351305> I can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do for you. It's not right for them to do you like that, and I don't like sitting by if I can do something. For all intents and purposes, aren't both options basically the same thing?
>>31351837One speaks of a more personal interest in the matter.
>>31351837The second option gets her hopes up more, so she's more devastated when it gets veto'd.
>>31351837>this is witch country!Yeah, Witch country for Gnome men. We need more gnomes.>>31351867God dammit, it's gonna get done! We'll toss the Brits the next couple aggressor flights.
>>31351867>Implying spellcaster can't get what it wants right now
>>31351861>>31351867Yea, but with option 1 being "we'll get you a slot somewhere" and option 2 being "we'll get you a slot with us!", given the fact that she has a nasty name around the RAF and the fact that we were asking, the matrons would probably just stick her with us anyways
>>31351810Though two very well-regarded guns used top magazines to no negative effect - the Bren and Owen.
[x] You know, Spellcaster doesn't have an attached Observer from the Royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.“You know,” You say, thinking for a second. “We don't have an observer from the royal witches yet. We'll talk to Ice when we get back, if that's ok.”“Y-you mean that?” She asks, her voice betraying hope. You nod. “Sure. As much as the girls change strikers, you'll get along nicely, I think.”“It would be nice...” her face falls again as she thinks about it and shakes her head. “But the RAF will never allow it.” “Even if it's us asking for you by name?” You ask. She hakes her head again. “They'll just ask why you want me, and offer someone else.”“Problem is,” you say, “We're asking for you, specifically. Not just an RAF witch, but Flight Lieutenant Wendy Maloney. Besides, Slider needs a partner in crime, the twins are starting to figure her games out.”She shakes her head again. “They'll never agree to it. And even if they do, they won't let me keep my strikers.”“Like we don't have spare sets everywhere.” You say, laughing. “W-well. If you're sure, then, I guess.” She says, quietly. “But if you change your mind...”“Why would I?” You ask. “Ice will agree, even if she doesn't know it yet.”“She's your girlfriend then?” Wendy asks, then flushes a furious crimson and shakes her head, waving her hands in front of her. “No! No! Not like that. I- I mean, you two are that close?” If anything, her flush gets even redder.  We trust each other. That's what matters here.  That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.
>>31352060> We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060> That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that."Nothing definite."
>>31352060>[x]“It would be nice...” her face falls again as she thinks about it and shakes her head. “But the RAF will never allow it.”
Rolled 16>>31352060COMBO> That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060[X] We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060> That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.A very loaded question.
>>31352060>[x] We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060> That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.
>>31352060>[x] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.
>>31352060>[x] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060>[x] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. >[x] We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352060>[x] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other. That's what matters here. Ha! Haha! I like this witch more and more.
>>31352113Eh, why not. Not like we don't combo every other option here.
>>31352060>>31352113This combo is nice
>>31352060>[x] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other. That's what matters here.>>31352115>that image>that, no doubt, vibrating legGoddammit Fumikane.
>>31352113Supporting this guy.
>>31352060How old is Wendy? She is giving me Goose/Merlin vibesalso> That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other. That's what matters here.
>>31352205>that, no doubt, vibrating legI...had never thought of it like this. damn you!
>>31352270Oh so another Goose/Merlin esque little sister.I'm fine with this
>>31352337Maybe I should've termed that, "a year younger than Ice".
>>31352353Do we really need to add another point to the polygon? I'd much rather adopt her as little sister than further complicate the geometric situation.
>>31352436Human relationships do not work by being rendered by the FX chip in an SNES cartridge, I'm sure it will be fine
>>31352436Shockingly enough, there are other things she could be other than "love interest" and "little sister".
Rolled 16>>31352436I can already see all the other witches going 'another one' with their stares,
>>31352436The day when little sisters outnumber the love interests, is the day Frank gets arrested by masked witches and is never heard from again.
>>31351965Counter-points:Bren was an LMG; it was primarily used to engage area targets. The sights merely have to be good enough to have the bullets fall in the general vicinity of where you want them to. The Owen was an SMG, whose very nature dictates it be used in very close quarters--which also doesn't necessitate sophisticated and accurate sights ala M1 Garand, K98, etc.Those are niche roles compared to a general combat rifle--and in the case of the Bren, arguably better-served by a belt-fed gun. For their intended purpose, the top mag messing with the aim wasn't a hindrance per say, yes. But all else equal, even then both the Bren and Owen would likely have benefited from an alternative positioning of the magazine.
>>31352475Not to anon, apparently.
Rolled 10>>31352060>[X] That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.
>>31352544Wait to rolls do anything for this quest? I didn't even know we were using a system.
>>31352534Actually, the Owen benefited fron improved feed reliability from the positioning of the magazine. It would have been a measurably worse gun with an alternative magazine positioning.
>>31352587They don't. We don't, people are just leaving them on from other threads.
>>31352587Nothing & we're not. Some people just never clear their e-mail fields.
>>31352587Yeah I forgot to remove that.
>>31352646>>31352616Ah thanks, I've seen that alot and I was curious about it.
>>31352592Fair point, though the Owen was a simplistic design which sort of necessitated the benefit of gravity via top-loading.Also, what I meant by my last sentence was that if a hypothetical Owen existed that had bottom-fed mag with the same reliability, it would have been a better gun than the original.
>>31352480>>31352526We are collector of witches!
I wonder if Lady Dowding stuck us with wendy specifically so we would rehabilitate her?
>>31352860She knew, she knew this would happen.
>>31352860More than likely. The woman knows what she's doing.I wouldn't be surprised if she had the paper already done when we get back.
Rolled 16>>31352860>>31352888>>31352893She protects the witches under her after all.
>>31352860But to do that she must be a tactical genius...DOWDINGGG!!!
>>31352914Well considering who she's related too. . .
This remind me, do Rommel, Patton and Monty comes together on North Africa in this 'verse? Like in Witches of Sphinx?
Rolled 12>>31353126They're on Barin, together.
>>31353126They were at Barin in vanilla SWQ
>>31353137>>31353144Thanks, i only followed this 'verse from 89 quest.
>>31353144>>31353161Oh where for art thou Fag o Planes?
>>31352717>NecessitatedLike hell. It was an unusual but deliberate design choice, much like the bulkhead that kept the action clear of debris. Of course, bottom-feed with the same reliability would be ideal, but no other bottom-fed contemporaries matched the Owen in Jungle warfare. Not the Sten, Thompson, Grease gun or whatever else.It was simple, cheap, reliable and better than the rest.
 We trust each other. That's what matters here.  That, my friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. She'll listen, leave it at that.“That, My friend, is a very loaded question that could easily get me killed. We trust each other, that's what matters here.” you say, grinning. “Oh.” The blood clears from her face somewhat, but she's still the most interesting shade of pink. “I'm sorry, I wasn't really thinking.” She says. You laugh again. “That's fine, no harm done.” “So how long are we going to be staying?” She asks. “Not long, if we can help it.” You say. “I'd like to actually enjoy some of this leave.” She nods. “I can't imagine you've gotten much rest. I won't mind if you take a nap, I'll wake you up before we get there.”“I don't want to be rude...” you say. She smiles and shakes her head. “of course not. I wouldn't consider it rude at all. I slept on the plane.”You nod and shift around, trying to get comfortable. Eventually you manage to get yourself adjusted in a way that lets you fall asleep easily enough. You're woken up what seems like scant seconds later by Wendy gently shaking your shoulder. “We're here, Mister Bishop.” “Thanks.” you mumble, steeping out of the cab. You look back at the cabbie. “Can you wait here? We shouldn't be here that long, and we'll need a trip back to the airport when we're done.” He grins and nods, looking only briefly at his watch. “I will wait here, then.” He says. You're about to walk to the gate, when you're suddenly struck by the gesture of trust he's putting forward. Turning around, you walk back to the cab and put your bag back inside. “I don't expect I'll be needing that.” You say, reaching inside and pulling out the letter from Lady Dowding. “Just this.” 1/3
The cabbie nods, still smiling, as Wendy puts her bag back in as well. “I'd change, too, but it wouldn't be proper here.” She says, indicating the pants she's wearing. “This place isn't a proper hold anyway.” You say, looking up at the grounds of the school- you graduated from here a scant few years ago, and still remember it like it was yesterday. “The witch's hall is where we're headed, but it's on the other side of campus.”She nods. “I still feel like I should be bareleg.” You chuckle at that, pulling your wallet out as the guards- you don't remember them here- stop you. Pair of active duty Marines, looks like, in dress uniform- though you don't doubt the rifles they carry are loaded. Wartime precaution, you're sure. “Can I help you, sir?” One asks, holding out his hand while his partner watches you and Wendy. “Probably not, marine.” You say, handing him your ID. “I'm Lieutenant Commander Frank Bishop, here on orders from her majesty's witches.”The marine looks at you, then at your ID, then back at you, utter confusion all over his face. You chuckle. “It's complicated. Long story short, I need to go break some bad news to the head matron in witch hall.”The marine, examining Wendy's ID, nods. “I suppose you don't have written orders, sir?” You shake your head. “Nothing of the sort. Will that be an issue?” He hesitates, then shakes his head. “No, sir. You know how to get there?” You nod. “Yeah, is it still over on the water?” He nods. “Yes sir. Rip miller hall. They've expanded the airstrip some, be careful over there. They like to steal covers if they can.” You laugh. “Yeah, that hasn't changed. All right, Wendy, you good?” She nods. 2/3
The marines let you through without any further questions, though you hear one say to the other “Holy shit, that was Frank fucking Bishop. You should have asked for a picture or something” His partner's response is lost to the intervening distance. You elect not to go back and comment. The campus is largely like you remember it, though you've come at an hour when everyone is in class, making the trip that much easier. The building, built in the closing years of the war to handle the greatly increased attendance, sits along the water, near Triton light. Nearby, a single small hangar handles the academy fleet of training strikers- you and Wendy watch as two of the navy blue painted units roll out, the tinny sound of their propellers getting louder as you approach the hall. The training striker's sound is drowned out by the scream of a set of hornet strikers a minute later as an instructor follows her wobbling charges out to the runway. You and wendy watch the three witches as they take off, Wendy shaking her head at the trainee on the left, who, as soon as she's airborne, swerves hard to her right, crossing just under her fellow classmate and causing her to climb suddenly. “See that?” Wendy asks. “I'd have been drummed out if I did that.”You shake your head, not surprised. Inside, the witch at the desk gives you a surprised look. “Can I help you?” She asks.  “I'm lieutenant commander Bishop, and I'm here to see the head matron.” “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”
>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”Keep it on the down low unless we need to, I'd think
>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”Give this woman no prep time at all. Full blindside.
>>31353442>[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”
>>31353442>[X] “I'm lieutenant commander Bishop, and I'm here to see the head matron.”
>>31353442>[x] "Lt.Cmdr Bishop, I have business with Matron Longstreet, where is her office?."
>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”In. Out. Quick and easy.
Rolled 20>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”
>>31353442>[x] "Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please."The look on her face when she sees it's us will be priceless. Let's see how she treats people when her default assumption is "social inferior". Of course, that'll change once she gets a look as us...
>>31353442>[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”Play this calm and professional. We don't want to give Matron Blackmail MacUntface More warning than nessicary.
>>31353442[x]"Which is Matron Longstreet's Office?" Then simply proceed when she answers the questionWE BLITZKRIEG NOW
>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”If at all possible I won't it being Frank to be a surprise. If only for the look on her face.
>>31353536>won'tThe fuck auto-correct? I thought you had my back?
>>31353442 “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”oh, before we forget Ghost, do you have any puppy pics! we want to see your new puppies!
>>31353442>“See that?” Wendy asks. “I'd have been drummed out if I did that.”She would have been drummed out for a minor training mistake? The fuck?
>>31353557Auto-correct is a fickle mistress
>>31353442>[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”This is the calm before the storm.That poor witch at the desk won't know what happened.
>>31353442[X] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”
>>31353577The sooner we get her under Slider's wing [tail, fangs?] the better
>>31353442"I'm Lt. Cmdr Frank Bishop, Appointed Guardian of Her Imperial Majesty Tsarina Tabitha I of Russia. I am here at the request of Lady Dowding of London to inform Matron Longstreet that she dun goofed. Big Time."
>>31353620We're not supposed to be telling anybody Ice is royalty, you dolt.
>>31353442[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”"You don't need to see our identification."
>>31353620I couldn't find my 'Is dis nigga srs?' image fast enough.
Rolled 1>>31353577But think on that.That means she went through Training and got her Wings WITHOUT EVEN MAKING A SINGLE ERROR.This witch is gold, shes needs to be on the front.
>>31353620I think Ice'd have a seizure over in jolly England if we introduced ourselves like this
>>31353577Not sure if I'm reading this right, but it might imply that underneath that meek, unmotivated mess, Wendy's actually got SHEER POTENTIAL to become legendary.Wendy is a decent armorer, knows how to handle administrative work and is probably somewhat okay at flying, despite having changed strikers relatively frequently, and being forced to train to as close to "textbook" as possible.
>>31353659The last bit makes me think he's not completely serious about that.
>>31353620Picture related, mate.>>31353442>"Yes, I'd like to see Matron Longstreet, please."
>>31353442>[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”We probably will need to show our ID either way.
>>31353672You're right. Holy crap, that means Wendy is freakin' skilled
>>31353672>This witch is gold, shes needs to be on the front.Then why the fuck ISN'T she?!
>>31353710Seriously though, she'd probably be self sufficient at this point, fricken SpecFor calliber
>>31353765Because she's blamed for dear granddad's assholishness.
>>31353765Petty witch bureaucracy.
>>31353765Because human beings are illogical bastards.
>>31353765The Same Reason Bree Pierce got shafted, some witches are total cunts
>>31353710Kind of reminds me of the Red Tails. Or at least the unexpected consequences.The black pilots went through so much bullshit that to get their wings, they had to be pretty much perfect. It turned out that the process polished them into awesome pilots. The unintended consequences of racism and bigotry.
>>31353803And? If she's half as good as the thread is surmising, that's criminal negligence. I'd make a case for that being straight up traitorous.How do you even be this dense? How does a system, an institution, in wartime, be this good at shooting itself in the foot?
>>31353855Its the British Military, this shit is par for the course
Rolled 17>>31353855Because the UK isn't on its last legs and the fighting is still concentrated in Germany.They can afford to leave some units behind for Home Defence.It's not desperate enough that someone like her might get a chance to shine.
>>31353855Never doubt the human ability to fuck up a good thing.
>>31353855Bureaucratic incompetence, if not institutional malevolence, easily.
>>31353855>shooting itself in the footIts the bongs, they specialize in this.
>>31353855You forget that the witch holds are at least somewhat independent from standard chains of command. People are petty, whether or not they're sparkly, and I suspect the RAF doesn't know of her supposed abilities (especially because she's never actually been deployed). Even if they did, they really can't meddle too much
>>31353855>The Brits>Not shooting themselves in the foot>brutha plsWe're talking about the British Armed Forces, who "retired" their best tank commander because of POLITICS and HOSEBUGGERY. And that was WORLD WAR TWO. This sort of fuckupery is meant to be par for the course, if not a bloody Tuesday for the British Armed forces.
>>31353909Sheesh. The more I see, the more Witches, as an institution, seems like nothing good at all.
>>31353955General Hobart right? Or was that someone else?
>>31353955Also the fact that Monty was even allowed to command while William fucking Slim was thrown into the CBI theatre to rot
>>31353996Pretty much the longer an institution is around the more likely it is to be fucked up like that. Now remember that witches have be doing this shit since their ability was recognized.
>>31354028YES IT WAS PERCY FUCKING HOBART.LEFT TO ROT IN THE HOME FUCKING GUARD WHILE MALLORY BIG WINGED HIS SHIT.LET'S NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT HOW THE BRITS LOVED THE FUCKING M3 LEE BECAUSE UNLIKE THE CRAPPY COVENATERS AND CRUSADERS, IT COULD ACTUALLY FUNCTION WITHOUT BREAKING ITSELF.
>>31353442> “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”
>>31354085M3 LEE STRONG
>>31354085One has to wonder why they're still around if they're this BAD.
>>31354111Rabbit Team Banzai!
>>31353996the witches institution is at their heart, when stripped of the veneer of professionalism, is a collection of clicks of women. with all their kindness, mercy, spitefulness and envy to be seen.
>>31353909British witch tradition, much like their political tradition, seems to consist of witches looking polite, regal and composed on the surface, but kicking each other in the knees under the table and subtly spiting each other with wordplay.Their military used to consist of a rag-tag, questionably-equipped bunch of commoners being led around by obnoxious officers and long-suffering non-coms, ganging up on the next poor sod's army with the ally of the century, knocking them over, kicking them in the nuts and looting what they can like a bunch of murderhobos.Somehow, they got so good at doing this that they accidentally founded an Empire that lasted centuries.Rule Britannia.>>31354085>>31354145It was a transitional design until the M4 Sherman could get out. They knew it was terrible, but it was better and more numerous than what they had at the time, and any improvement on rubbish was better than the alternative.
>>31354179I like the M3 Lee though. It was an interesting design to say the least
>>31354172>a collection of cliques of women>in charge of anything>in charge of important things>in charge of things that can have a drastic impact on the future of a nation
>>31354179The issue wasn't the transitional design, but in terms of reliability.The M3 Lee would actually start up, go and remain in that mode far longer than the "Cruiser" tanks of the day. Do note that it wasn't until the Cromwell that the Brits had a somewhat reliable "cruiser" tank design. IN 19FUCKING44.
>>31354236I concur. It certainly has that "land battleship" look.
>>31354243Because women are so horrible HURR DURR DURR.This is more of a problem with it being a long-standing institution possessing lots of political power than it being anything to do with the fact that the leadership are women.
>>31354261didn't the Cromwell require like a hilarious number of man hours for maintenance?
>>31354243>merit-based democratic process being a failure>act surprised when it fails
>>31354243Hey, the SW quests are rather non-misogynist as it is (even when compared to some of the 'real feminists' out there), let's not bring this bullshit in.
>>31354288Mostly the engine.Really, every British cruiser post-crusader was just a tranitional stopgap until they could roll out the Centurion and rape everyone's face with it.
>>31354287No, it's a problem with women. See, one woman is fine. Two women is also fine. Three women, maybe. Probably.But once you get a clique going on, bitches gonna bitch. And once you get more than one clique going on, it's high school all over again.
>>31354349And we all know how amazing the Centurion was. The fucking thing lasted quite a while.
>>31354351Please tell me you actually don't believe the shit about high school that Hollywood puts out. Because that isn't how they work at all.
>>31354179>Rule BritanniaIt was their navy that gave them their empire. The RN wasn't as horribly run as the British Army...plus, as Ice was explaining, witches really came into their own (at least navally) in the age of sail and shot where they could put a cannonball clean through a man-o-war. I imagine that the RN's increasing ascendancy over the years between 1715-1815 could be traced to their use of, and treatment of, witches...as well as the things that generally helped them in real life
>>31354287you sound like you never had to work under a number of women bosses who were catty to each other. the fact that they are also a long standing institution only provides cover to it. Just look at Wendy and Bree. Good witches getting picked on for no damn reason.
>>31354351Oh boy, here we go again.
>>31354343PF even went out of his way to explain in the background that the existence of witch holds had actually advanced some simulacra of women's rights further than it was in IRL 1940s
>>31354287Yeah, about that...
>>31354421Exactly. It's a great background thing, shit actually getting done without an endless tirade of buttmad and blaming.
>>31354389You don't need women for that, just assholes.
>>31354262I know and for it's time a really good tank.>>31354288Wasn't the Cromwell was a lightly armored Churchill? (It looks like one to me) Wasn't the turreted riveted? >>31354349The Challenger and the Churchill were good tanks.Though I know the letter is a Infantry tank
>>31354432Stop.FUCKING STOP. DON'T DRAG THAT SHIT INTO THIS THREAD.
>>31354441But pussies are better to fuck than assholes
>>31354432I usually hate saying this, butTL;DR
>>31354466>Wasn't the Cromwell was a lightly armored Churchill? (It looks like one to me) No.Cromwell was 110% GOTTAGOFAST with a Sherman's gun and armour, derived from the Crusader.Churchill was a completely different design by a different company.
>>31354471Seconded.Ghost can we please have the comeuppance of Matron Blackmail McUntface soon?
Well for the granddaughter of our former archnemesis, Wendy sure is popular.
>>31354542It helps that she isn't anything like her Grandfather
>>31354542/tg/ is white-knight incarnate.
>>31354542What did this guy do in SWQ again? He was a massive cunt to witches, right?
Rolled 1>>31354580Nah, he was just a massive cunt.
>>31354580He was Leigh-Mallory's right hand man.That's all you need to know.
>>31354580Not just witches, he was a massive cunt to everyone.
>>31354597nah, he wasn't that bad, merely a gargantuan douche
>>31354580he was such an asshole. his assholeness divided by zero.
>>31354580Kept trying to bust Young for one reason or another. He was also a proponent of Big Wing, so many armchair general anons thought he was an idiot.
>>31354542>>31354572As Frank did say, it's silly to visit the sins of the grandfather on the granddaughter, even if she hadn't been punished enough by her own institution>>31354580He was a massive ass licker and all around douchepiston
>>31354542Young's archnemesis. To Bishop, Wendy just seems like a good girl in a bad spot due to the sins of the (grand)father coming back to haunt her.
>>31354607Leigh Mallory was the no fun allowed RAF guy that kept busting Young's balls all the time wasn't he
>>31354522And then there's this one time where the Brits wanted to put a 17pdr into a Russian T-34. It didn't pan out because the M4 Sherman was good enough.
>>31353442>[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”come on Ghost, you need to stop this butthurt in your thread
[x] “Yes, I'd like to see matron Longstreet, please.”You smile a sort of plastic half-smile, and nod. “Yes, I'd like to see Matron Longstreet, please.” “May I see your ID, sir?” the witch at the desk asks. You nod, inwardly cursing the surprise will be broken. You look for the light of recognition in the witch's eyes when she sees your ID, and you're not disappointed. “I- I had no idea you were coming, Commander Bishop.” She says, hastily standing up. “Would you like me to show you to her office?” “That won't be necessary.” You say, taking your ID back. “Just tell us where it is, I'm sure we'll find it.”She nods, then leans over the desk to point down the hallway. “Take the stairs at the end of the hallway, her office is right above the entryway here.”You nod, heading up the stairs and knocking on the closed office door. “Enter.” Matron Longstreet says in a commanding tone. You open the door and step in the office, noting the old wood paneling- no doubt with some impossibly rich story, like they once furnished the hull and decks of some ship of war of the navy a trazillion years ago or something, You hold the door open long enough for Wendy to step in, then close it behind you. “Lieutenant commander.” She says, her voice betraying no emotion. “Come to your senses and decided to return to Annapolis so we can develop your abilities with Miss Wells?” “It's Lieutenant Wells.” You say. “And no. I have a letter for you from Matron London, the Lady Dowding.” Longstreet frowns, but accepts the letter. “I am directed by Matron London, the Lady Dowding that in my capacity as guardian to the crown's witches I am to recover a footlocker of personal effects of Tabitha Kazinski, only living inheritor to the tradition of Ilyena Kazanski.” You say, struggling to remember the formal wording that Lady Dowding went over with you before the flight.1/2
“They went and did all this, just to spite me, eh?” Longstreet says, reading the letter and putting it down. “I Shouldn't be surprised, should I Miss Maloney?” You look over your shoulder at the witch, who, you've noted, is at parade rest, her eyes caged and locked forward, fixed on the wall. “It's actually kind of funny, Lieutenant Commander bishop.” She continues, tapping the letter against her desk languidly. “Oh, they have me cornered, no doubt, and you can take the damned footlocker with you, I'll have whoever's at the duty desk help you get it. I can only hope that, since you're so protective of Miss- excuse me- Lieutenant Wells, you keep her from hearing the casualty lists.”You're about to retort, angrily, but you bite it back. Bitch won't get a rise out of you. “But it's funny. You think I'm a bitch- oh, don't lie, I can see it in your face- because I was a bit rude to someone I didn't think could cut it on the front line. The entirety of the British coven has been making this girl's life a living hell, all because of who her grandfather was, and you're siding with them.” She chuckles, darkly. “This is pure politics, Lieutenant Commander. The British coven is the largest and most powerful on earth. And they intend to keep it that way. Our tradition is young and fractured, with bloodlines from all over the world. Discovering the secret behind your and Lieutenant-” She stresses the word “Wells' ability would go a long way in creating a unified American tradition, and with it a totally independent coven.” She shrugs. “This is a setback in that road, though. Nothing more. Take the footlocker, and go knowing that I'll probably never gain the resources necessary to ever be mean to you or your precious lieutenant ever again. I only hope you'll extend the same protection to miss Maloney there.”> respond how?
>>31354718>"Ma'am, with all due respect, they pay me to fly...not to deal with BS sparkly politics and infighting. I fly to protect my squadron, and that's what I'm doing here on the ground. No more, no less. Good day."
>>31354718>I only hope you'll extend the same protection to miss Maloney there"Already ahead of you, ma'am."
>>31354718Smile and leave
>>31354718Jesus, what is with this lady using other people's history to hurt others.
>>31354718"There is a way and a place for the Lieutenant and myself to undergo the tests you want. This was not the place. This was not the way. Goodbye, ma'am."
Rolled 16>>31354718"Already done. She'll fly with spellcaster once we get back."
>>31354718>"Thank you for your cooperation ma'am."Just leave. No insults, no accusations. Just results. She wants a reaction. She needs a reaction, something to tell her that she's big.She's small time. We don't waste time on small time when we have a war to win.
>>31354718>> respond how?>Ask to borrow her phone, call Dowding and ask her to transfer Maloney to Spellcaster right now in front of her.
>>31354788This. Give her nothing.
>>31354718Give her the Single-Finger Salute."Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.">turn 360 and leave
>>31354718"If that will be all? Good day, ma'am."Turn and leave.
>>31354788This. Let that shriveled hag stew in her own butthurt. Don't give her the satisfaction of getting a rise out of us.
>>31354781Honestly, I think it's more of a warning than anything. Telling us not to be a hypocrite and ignore others who need it.Let's be honest, compared to what was going on with Wendy, Merlin was smalltime. At least Merlin got to fly.
>>31354788>>"Thank you for your cooperation ma'am."This sounds good actually
>>31354718With all due respect ma'am, had you acted like anything approaching a decent human being Merlin and I might have agreed to research our bond after the war. You can't build houses by burning bridges ma'am. As for Lt. Maloney, Spellcaster takes care of their own.
>>31354812Spin around in a circle and walk backwards out the door?
>>31354718"Don't go blaming the British witches for this Matron. YOU are the one who passed on Samantha in the first place. YOU are the one who came onto the ship I was serving on to effectively eviscerate the only serving witch unit on the USS Saratoga for your own political gains. YOU are the one who took multiple cheap shots at my commanding officer and friend when Samantha and I refused to play your game. And you are the one who forced me to this.. Don't blame the British witches for your inability to play nice with people. This? This is your fault. As for Lt. Maloney, I've already agreed to speak to Ice about getting her assigned as our RAF liason. Have a nice day."
>>31354788We should do this. She is just trying to bait us at this point.
>>31354798Sure, let's do this
>>31354718>>31354860and/or>>31354798followed by>>31354779while ensuring the smile is very cold.
>>31354788[Bishop Withdraws coolly]
>>31354718>"Thank you for your cooperation ma'am."
>>31354798THIS! so much this!
>>31354718>"Thank you for your cooperation ma'am."Man, just for this we should take our and Merlin's secrets to the grave to spite all the witches
>>31354798This is awesome. Let do this!
>>31354986We'd be spiting the entire world and possibly ourselves to spit in the eye of one irrelevant asshole.We just had a long conversation about the folly of putting petty grievances over practicality, let's not fight her on her level.
>>31354718"Thank you for your cooperation ma'am."
>>31354788This right here.
>>31354788Seconding. No need to sink to her level.No calling the other matron either.
>>31354718This >>31354788"You're smalltime, ya know that?"
Man, I will laugh so hard if we call Dowding, and she says that she'll have to defer the decision until she can consult with Ice and Maloney's CO first.
>>31355067YOU ARE SMALLTIME
>>31355067I wonder if Young ever learned German from Minnatits?
Hell, Longstreet may not be wrong, but I doubt she had the "unified American tradition" in her consideration when she first heard of Merlin.Also the American covens seem fine enough, thank you very much. However, we ought to be careful of bongland political maneuvering from this point on.
>>31355124Probably just insults & curse words. Got to have your priorities after all.
>>31355124Sie sind kleine Zeit
>>31355124well considering they probably moved to germany, I would not be suprised if he is fluent
>>31355147Wonder what the Commonwealth matrons are like?
And when this is all over, history will look at Matron Longstreet and judge her. And it will judge her poorly.She had the chance to be part of something really big, revolutionary stuff. But instead, she was That Guy whom the legends had to work against to get results.And inside, Longstreet's sweating like mad as she watches Bishop just politely smile and leave."FUCK," she says to herself, "Did I come on too strong? Fuck, I came on too strong, didn't I? I fucked this one up. Oh god I fucked up so bad.">>31355147Bongland political manoeuvring essentially consists of being seen with the right people and being heard saying the right things at the right time.Bishop's usually pretty solid on saying the right thing at the right time, and he seems to have a decent sponsor in British witch society.Barring a huge upset, he should do fine.
>>31355198less stuck-up than their british counterpart, maybe
>>31355187Now I'm wondering if Minna managed to wrangle an Iron Cross for him at some point.I know there's one guy who earned an Iron Cross and a Victoria cross, but AFAIK there's no-one with an IC and a MoH.
>>31355168most important phrase
>>31355067>Yeah, I agree that we should leave without sinking to her level or saying anything insulting at all.>Hey, we should tell her she's smalltime on the way out.Shit anon, pick one and stick with it.
>>31354718>Breezily."You'll be glad to hear you remain predictable, ma'am."
>>31355271>pick one and stick with it.Seeing this, Longstreet has a point. /tg/ would make Frank into a hypocritical asshole in just a vote or two.
>>31355219And some poor relative of hers will get shit on, just like Wendy. Vicious cycle ain't it?
>>31355236>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Manley>Manley earned himself 18 medals, including the most prestigious medals of the United Kingdom, Imperial Germany, France and Afghanistan. He is the only recipient of both the VC and the Iron Cross.Hell of a badass doctor.
>>31355304>implying I careBitch has it coming. If she doesn't want her family being irrelevant, maybe she shouldn't take direct action to make it so.
>>31355349>implying I careSo you don't care.Then by extension of that logic, you think we should have shit on Wendy just like everyone else has?
I like this scenario you are presenting, Ghost. More nuanced than it would have seemed in the previous thread.
>>31355304Yep. Her relatives will then either become best girls to redeem the name, or continue to be bitches for future protagonists to work with/against.Either way, SWQ anons win, because more content.Sowing the seeds anon, sowing the seeds...
>>31355430SWQ 2019 when?
>>31355430I'd sow some seeds in Wendy, if you know what I mean.
>>31355442Working on something a bit different fo- haha, almost got me. writing, btw, bout ready to post.
>>31355456I'd plow Ice's fields, if you know what I mean
>>31355442In that great tradition, Ghost will have to go to the great Sparkle-hold in the sky to pointedly not write anything with PF, and a new champion shall arise. Thus has it been, and thus shall it forever be, just as the prophecy foretold
>>31355456God you just know she's liable to be starving for affection & approval.
>>31355479I'd harvest Slider's fruits, if you know what I mean
>>31355442SWQ 2019 - Where '89 was Top Gun and Ace Combat, 2019 will be Top Gun and Macross. Top Gundam, so to speak
>>31355470>>31355483Don't do this shit to me Ghost. I'm already heartbroken after PJ '89 went on hiatus all of a sudden.
>>31355499I'd lewd Ghost's Merlins, if you know what I mean.
>>31355512I'd chug Katya's vodka, if you know what I mean
Rolled 2>>31355507You had to know it was coming.It moves too fast and we'd reached as far as Ghost's ride allowed, for now.
>>31355504>Top Gundamnice one
>>31355522I'd lewd lewd's lewds, if you lewd what I'm lewding.
>>31355522Alcoholism is a disease, anon.
>>31355507Didn't Merc specifically say it was going on hiatus?
>>31355523Fair enough. Maybe it's time for TW '89who am i kidding
>>31355507Well it wasn't really surprise. Merc's been saying the haitus was coming for awhile
>>31355541Not the only one you'd catch from KatyaOH SNAP
Ghost is d-Oh wait wrong quest.
>>31355541Is that so?
>>31355541And who here doesn't have it?
>>31355555So, do you think we'll get a new chapter of TW89 or SWQvanilla first?
>>31355523>>31355552>>31355567Did he? My bad.
Rolled 2>>31355555Goddammit maus
>>31355555You are funny man. Tell more joke.
>>31355591Tank Witches Original Flavor.
>>31355591That's like choosing between Nazis on the moon or Nessie being real
>>31355591Depend.Is Maus already blown because haddji or some incompetent mountie yet?
>>31355555The fives command it
>>31355599Should I have trigger warninged that?
>>31355591Well at least we know where Maus is more or less. No idea what the fuck happened to PF.
>>31355555Maus is KoG, news at 5
>>31355626funny.On WoT SEA server fives is bad omen.
>>31355647Nah. I've adopted an "It's dead after 3 months" rule.
Rolled 5>>31355667Is he still in bumfuckistan?Being 5th SF's waterboy?
>>31355685King of gets
>>31355675>SEASEA is a bad omen in itself
>>31355685King of Gets/gamesmostly an /a/ thing
>>31355699>>31355714The 55555 guy, right?
>>31355693I think so. But i didn't know he worked with Special Forces, I thought he worked on tanks?
Rolled 5>>31355733Maus is EOD.
>>31355723aye>>31355733He does EOD...pretty sure he does it alongside SF guys occasionally
>>31355733Naw, He's EOD
>>31355733>Maus knowing anything about tanks
> respond how? “Thank you for your cooperation, ma'am.” You say, turning to leave. You open the door just ahead of Wendy, allowing her to step through and closing it behind you with a final click. “That went about as well as I expected.” you say, heading downstairs. “Matron longstreet called. There's your help.” The witch at the desk- all pretense of friendliness gone, points at an upperclassman- a witch no more than fifteen. She looks back down at her desk, making it clear you're dismissed. You shake your head at Wendy, who looks at the young witch- clearly torn between awe as she realizes who you are and disgust. The three of you make the trip to the storehouse in silence, though you notice some midshipmen out between classes shooting you glances- and by the looks, some of them recognize you. The footlocker, when you find it, is almost anticlimactic. A simple, badly faded OD green wooden footlocker with the faded legend “US Army Airforce” on the lid, along with Ice's grandfather's name, rank, unit, and serial number. The lock on the front looks old- and you're worried you'll have to take a pair of bolt cutters to it later when the witch ducks into the supply offices and steps out a minute later with a badly yellowed envelope. “Here.” She says, thrusting it into your hands, and turning to leave. “If we're done, I'm going to be late to class.” She doesn't wait for a response before leaving.You and Wendy carry the foot locker out of the gate between the two of you, finding, to your relief, the taxi is still waiting, true to the driver's word. “Ah, my friends! Here, let me help you!” he says, taking the footlocker from you and putting it in the back of the taxi. “Traffic should be much thinner on the way back, I think we'll be on the road an hour, maybe. Perhaps if we can hurry we can have you in the air before the night is over!” 1/2
He doesn't wait for a response, taking off down the narrow streets of Annapolis and back onto the highway. “She really has them under her thumb.” Wendy states. You nod. “Yeah, kinda makes me worried. There's a lot of the next generation of US navy witches she's working with. If she's got them all thinking like that....”“She wasn't lying about spite though.” Wendy says, after a moment. “Though I don't think that was what made lady Dowding act like she did with you. I think she might have been telling the truth.”“Either way,” You state. “Merlin hates her, and that's enough for me. That kid has saved my skin enough that I owe her at least that, and it helps that this means that the bitch can't blackmail Ice anymore.” “Ugly business.” Wendy says, after a moment. You can't help but nod in agreement. Your cabbie turns out to be a hell of a guy, getting a porter to help you with the footlocker. You end up tipping him generously after the fee, and, as you're walking in to the ticketing counter, he calls “If you're ever in Washington DC again my friends, call me! I will gladly drive for you!” It's good to have friends, you think. At the ticketing counter, you manage to get a pair of first class, one way tickets to London Heathrow aboard a US airways 747-400, one of the newest birds in their fleet. You're strongly tempted to send Wendy to make sure the footlocker is carefully loaded, but decide against it- traffic is slow enough you think the handlers won't be rushing. You've got about an hour before your flight, and once you're through security- with the officer actually asking you if you were 'that' Frank Bishop- you've got a little time to kill.  Let's head to the all hours bar, I'm sure there's one here.  I'm starved, let's get some food.
Driver's english is odd, should we be suspicious
Rolled 13>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.On us.It's a poor first trip to the states but we'll make sure it won't be her last.
>>31355793>>31355779>>31355748>>31355750I'm remembering those horror stories he told us of being in Syria. Man those were some close calls.
>>31355822> Let's head to the all hours bar, I'm sure there's one hereAlways fun to be drinking with the ladies.
>>31355822[X] I'm starved, let's get some food.It's probably best not to get drunk.
>>31355832He's a Sikh moron. Not every odd accent means RUSSIAN SPY.
>>31355832Sounds Russian doesn't he?
>>31355832He's an Indian cabbie, dude. His dad was with the 11th Sikh.>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.Gotta eat. Find something they don't have in England.
>>31355852Maus was in Syria?
>>31355832...he already said that he's a Sikh, probably a first generation immigrant. What, are all immigrants Soviet spies now?
>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.
>>31355822[X] Let's head to the all hours bar, I'm sure there's one here.Never abandon humanity's friend.
>>31355822>[X] Let's head to the all hours bar, I'm sure there's one here.
>>31355832Have you ever met a cabbie that could speak perfect english?
>>31355822 Let's head to the all hours bar, I'm sure there's one here. lets grab a drink
>>31355832you've obviously never taken a DC...or any big US city cab. From what he said about his dad, his family's prolly from the old British Raj.>>31355822>foodwe can bar later, hopefully to celebrate Wendy's transfer
>>31355855>>31355873RUSSIAN SPIES EVERYWHERE I SEE
>>31355822>[x] I'm starved, let's get some food.Food!>>31355832He's a Sikh.
>>31355822>[x] I'm starved, let's get some food.We can celebrate Wendy's transfer, if it actually happens, when it happens.
Rolled 3>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.Lets get her some MURRICAN FOOD.And it'll be fronk's treat.
>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.This choice is not at all affected by the fact that I'm really hungry now.
>>31355822>[x] I'm starved, let's get some food.FOOD!
>>31355855>>31355873Ross Perot plz.
>>31355800American witches just lost a legend due to petty clique nonsense. God Bless America.>>31355832"Haha, you are funny, friend. I have question for you: this rag, does it smell of chloroform?">>31355822>[x] I'm starved, let's get some food.Young, impressionable English witch alone with dashing gentleman pilot?
>>31355872Wait it might have been libya. Well somewhere he nearly got blown away by someone incompetently handling massive explosives.
>>31355822> I'm starved, let's get some food.No drinking.Also wow complete 180 from the friendly reception we got before.
>>31355929>all we did was tell the Navy's witch establishment to fuck off, why are they being so mean? fucking bitches
>>31355822[X] I'm starved, let's get some food.First class will have complimentary booze, get food
>>31355822[X] I'm starved, let's get some food.
>>31355793Well, I think between them the SWQ regulars/irc have:>A tanker>an EOD>An artillery guy>A sailor, possibly an immortal vampiric Long John Silver>One of those Abortions if a PFC who fucks the natives and catches crotch rot>A bunch if crazy commonwealthers>A manic depressive writer with self-esteem issuesThe confusion is understandable
>>31355938>tell the Navy's witch establishment to fuck offAlso set back any hope of the US Witch traditions from becoming truly independent of the British Witch covens by years, if not decades.Even if Longstreet didn't have that foremost in mind, that's the effect it's going to have.
>>31355957who's the tanker?Writing
>>31355892i have. met one in Chicago.>>31355822 I'm starved, let's get some food.
>>31355973>Also set back any hope of the US Witch traditions from becoming truly independent of the British Witch covens by years, if not decades.They seem mighty independent to me already.
>>31355925Might have been more than once because he told a story about something like that happening with the Mounties.
>>31355822>[x] I'm starved, let's get some food.As much as frank could use the drink after dealing with McUntface, we have our newest squadron member to look after
>>31355938We were polite, and courteous.Bitch is influencing them too much.Also a 'bit' rude, she tried to blackmail our commanding officer as well as disregarding Merlin.
And this is the point where the wonders of the American press will struggle to paint Bishop and Merlin as traitors to their country, disgraces to the uniform and the next couple of Benedict Arnolds.In the meantime, the British press will paint them as mistreated and misunderstood heroes working against an incompetent administration to win the war.
>>31355989They operate independently, but all of their magic and shit is based on British traditions. Frank and Merlin would have become the first major thing the Americans would have developed on their own; their first homemade major edge.SO MUCH FOR THAT.
The USAF witch academy seemed a lot nicer.
>>31356034So, they had a poor representative for the American side then.
>>31355973That's their battle to fight, not ours. If they want(ed) our help, the best way to go about it wasn't via threats and blackmail to our squadron mates. Maybe if they made up and played nice Fronk'd be willing to reconsider, but so long as Longstreet wants to play the blame game, she can count on no support from Spellcaster's witches or gnome
>>31356034>have become the first major thing the Americans would have developed on their own; their first homemade major edge.Aren't they already?Unless you mean trying to pick their brains to replicate this success. Don't forget, witches from all over are going to do this at Castle Barin. Longstreet wants to keep this to the US
>>31356034If we had been approached by someone who is a decent human being we probably would have said yes to researching after the war. Longstreet burnt the bridge she was trying to build by abusing our squadron.
>>31355973That's on Longstreet. If she had been competent enough to know to do her research on the people she was going to approach to figure out whether a hard or soft approach was best she might have actually gotten some cooperation. Instead she came in swinging her metaphorical dick in Spellcaster's faces expecting a free blow.
>>31356087>>31356051Didn't we meet some other witch who was Longstreet's second or something and she apologized that Longstreet was such a bitch?
>>31355957>immortal vampiric Long John Silverwat...I am so curious
>>31356087>researching after the war.That's not acceptable to anyone, including Nixon.Everyone wants that information NOW, to help win the war.
>>31356010>disregarding MerlinYes, because how the flying fuck was she supposed to know that Merlin could actually be of military use? Let's not sugar this up: Longstreet runs a military training regimen. Her job is to train witches to fly in combat. If a potential witch doesn't have what it takes, she's not going to be "nice" and let her continue on knowing full well she's not going to handle herself in combat.What the fuck was she supposed to say? "Well, I know you can't operate strikers correctly, can't form shields to defend against incoming rounds even with a focus, and are basically useless in combat in the traditional strike witch role, but you can still be a strike witch!"?
>>31356118O'Hare was her name I think.
>>31356132That was understandable - but not afterward, when Merlin proved she could be a good RIO.
>>31356132And let's not forget that Merlin's magical capacity didn't increase until AFTER Frank's gnome powers activated. She didn't really begin making huge strides in shield creation, technomancy, and her other abilities until after we had entered the Top Gun program.
>>31356132>>31356010And as for "blackmailing" Ice, we see it that way because we already hated her. For all we know, her train of thought was "Hey! You know how you don't know much about your father's family? We might be able to help with that if you help us!"
>>31356132>What the fuck was she supposed to say? "Well, I know you can't operate strikers correctly, can't form shields to defend against incoming rounds even with a focus, and are basically useless in combat in the traditional strike witch role, but you can still be a strike witch!"?It's called being 'nonconventional'.
>>31356132>can't form shields to defend against incoming rounds even with a focuswell thats just flat out wrongand besides, a good military commander, in battle or training, makes do with what they've got and fully utilizes all of their assets, the fact that she couldnt recognize Merlin's abilities or find a use for her proves she's retarded
>>31356160>when Merlin proved she could be a good RIO.You mean, when we, the players and Frank, tried to keep that information from getting out?With the whole "don't tell anyone but Nixon and Ice" thing?
>>31356160>but not afterward...you mean when Merlin effectively told her to go to Hell as soon as she saw Longstreet? That no matter what she said, she would *never* help her?
>>31356127The usual conundrum of taking super-effective personnel/units off the front lines for a potential gain in the future, versus keeping them on the frontlines and maybe being able to use them to win the war now.Sure, they might learn something new from taking Frank and Merlin to the labs, but it may take years for that research to make meaningful breakthroughs and implement it safely and effectively in frontline units.Then again, wartime needs are a good motivator for development. A huge breakthrough could happen sooner than expected.
>>31355957You forgot the submariner. Except he doesn't do much talking now. too much erp
>>31356189>>31356184Which she was and she did. Merlin got sent to be a RIO, even at her age. Longstreet was thinking in the Navy's best interests, not the Witches'.
>>31356178The way she said it, and to suddenly bring this into the table after messing with Merlin.It wasn't a good idea.
>>31356189>the fact that she couldnt recognize Merlin's abilitiesMerlin's abilities have never been seen before, and only manifested when in direct contact with a gnome, who wouldn't be at a Witch hold anyway.Not to mention, that like's saying that a commandant should find something for everyone who enters Basic, regardless of whether they are actually fit for duty or not.Merlin did not have enough magical potential to be able to power a pair of Jet Strikers; what is the Strike Witch program supposed to do with a Witch that can't power a pair of Strikers?
>>31356199>>31356213you got me, I wasn't around for those.
This debate shows how good ghost is at crafting this shit
Gentlemen, your over thinking this argument way too much.The fact we turned her down does not mean that that research will NEVAR ever be performed, it means that we're in a position to ensure it is performed by the right people, we hold the cards, so we can work with who we want and ensure its done properly and with due respect.We can essentially go to any prominent Matron in the US and say "we'd like to do this research, but a couple conditions, 1, no Matron Longstreet" and bam, problem solved.Stop thinking in absolutes and over thinking things.
Well shit, anons have a point.Still Longsheet is still a bitch in my opinion and they should have brought another Matron or representative.
>>31356399There's always O'Hare. She seems nice.
>>31356234>The usual conundrum of taking super-effective personnel/units off the front lines for a potential gain in the future, versus keeping them on the frontlines and maybe being able to use them to win the war now.You mean like how the IJN kept their aces on the front line until they were all dead, versus how the USN pulled their aces back to the States to be instructors to train new pilots and help analyze formation tactics?
>>31356399>they should have brought another Matron or representative.Well guess what, theres another one at Barin, she's called Matron O'Hare and shes friendly and an actual human being, so no problem anymore
Are there helicopter witches for the Army?
>>31356399>>31356422Or they could always defect to the USAF. I'm sure they'll be more than glad to take them...
[x] I'm starved, let's get some food. “Well, let's go get some chow.” You say, indicating an open cafe with a tilt of your head. “I'm starved.”Wendy nods, following behind you. “So, what do you think is in there?” She asks, ordering a bacon burger and plate of fries. You get the same after a moment's thought, missing Santa's burgers all the while. “Not a clue. I'm going to bet a lot of old family keepsakes and that sort of thing.” You respond. Wendy shakes her head. “There's at least one focus in there.” She says. You quirk an eyebrow at her and she looks down at the table. “I mean- I felt it, when we were carrying the locker.” She says. “You can do that?” You ask. “I didn't know you could do that. How far away does that work from?” “O-oh. I thought you were mad. Just a couple of feet, really. Not even a meter.” She says. “It's taught in most academies, you know, for self-defense. But most witches forget how to do it, and can't.”“But you didn't?” You ask. 1/2
>>31356448Naw, Frank's a good navy man.
>>31356448Janice is left-handed? Never noticed that in the writing.
“I couldn't.” Wendy responds. “If I had, it would have been a 'necessary skill' and me not knowing it would have gotten me put in remedial training for weeks.” She looks at her burger as the waiter sets it down, taking a sip of coke. “There's lots of little things like that, minor tricks and things that don't really need talent at all. Most witches don't remember them because they never use them, and it takes a lot more work to manifest a shield or run a striker and you're always too tired to use them afterwards. And before you don't want to because you want to be as fresh as possible.”“But I never needed to go anywhere, so I still know them all.” She says, thumping the ketchup bottle over her fries. “But they're just parlor tricks, not really useful. They're taught to help girls get a handle on their limits, that's all. Outside of an academy they're nearly useless.”You nod- that makes sense. You're barely able to finish your burgers before your boarding call goes out- you have to hustle to make the gate, but you do, barely. You just hope you don't hit turbulence on the way back.
>>31356435Yes. At least one.Pic related.
>>31356178If that was her intent, her wording was entirely wrong. You all have a solid point about Merlin, even more so because I'm sure dealing with hormonal teenage girls in the military would be a nightmare, but her intention with Ice's stuff was 110% blackmail.>>31356448Rather be a Muhreen
>>31356435there was in PJ>>31356362indeed.
What's a focus?>>31356481Also, I thought Comanche was purely experimental.
>>31356178No. She was trying to bribe Ice into signing an order that would have allowed Longstreet to have Merlin & Frank turned over to her and taken off the front with the blackmail bit being that she'd never find out about her family otherwise.>“No ma'am.” Ice responds, before you can. “But, frankly, I'm not inclined to sign off on any transfer she feels that strongly against.”>“Tabitha, honey, you always thought with your heart, not your head. This could be as big for us as the magical engine was. Bigger, even. Think about it! How long have we been overlooking this?” Longstreet says, leaning forward. “How many people like mister Bishop here are there? How many girls like Samantha?”>Ice shakes her head. “It doesn't matter. I won't sign the order.”>Longstreet leans back in her chair. “I could open up the archives on your grandparents.” She says.>Ice hesitates. “That's-”>“Think about it, Tabitha. You'd finally be able to find out who you are. Certainly we're the last place with any records of it.”>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/27885880/#p27890467
>>31356471Eh, I never specified. Chalk it up to artistic liberty.
>>31356435There's some that probably fly them but like Helicopter strikers? Fuck no, super death machine doesn't sound fun.>>31356448>Air ForceHa! Funny joke Merc Com.
And that's it for the night!looks like we had a really active run, so I hope you guys enjoyed it! I'm working to pick up the pacing here- one anon was bitching about me getting off my dead ass to write more so merc could, and I can't say I didn't agree with him, haha! So that's my goal for a while, get the thread pacing up a bit. Anyway, gents always I hope you enjoyed the run, and we'll be back next week, barring unforseen catastrophes. till then guys, cheers!
>>31356512IIRC, the story behind this is that she flies the helo normally. She can't use Strikers for some reason.
>>31356505>What's a focus?Magical focus. It amplifies a Witch's magic and helps to convert it into mechanical energy.It's what lets a Witch generate a shield that can stop .50 cal bullets, when without one they'd be hard-pressed to stop a 9mm.
>>31356538Good man, write faster.>>31356548Huh, so all of 'em have one in their pockets?
>>31356540She's 25, that's your reason right there.
Rolled 18>>31356538Thanks for running ghost!
>>31356572age doesn't matter in SWQ universe.
>>31356569No, generally they're built into their Striker units.
>>31356569They're usually installed in strikers. Occasionally in steelwings, occasionally carried around as various trinkets>>31356595Yes, but in the SW-verse, it does, and those drawings are based off of that IIRC
>>31356538Damn you Ghost, you magnificent bastard.See you next week.
>>31356595But is does in Strike Witches cannon, which Ogitsune's stuff is set in
>>31356569>one in their pockets?Usually not, due to expense. There's the primary and backup foci in Strikers, and probably the same in Tank Strikers.
>>31356538WAIT! what about the puppies! i thought you were going to post pics of your new puppies!
>>31356569A focus is a special device that is built into all strikers in order to generate shields. NORMALLY, you'd only find foci in strikers, but there are a rare few that are exceptions.One is Red's bracelet, which lets her put up a shield while on foot.The one inside the box is Ice's mother's wedding ring.
>>31356538Good run as always Ghost.Shit, first time in a while I didn't fall asleep before the end of a thread.>>31356572Magic sticks around in the SWQ Universe, there isn't a cut like SW proper.
>>31356617>those drawings are based off of that IIRCThey are. It's kinda obvious if he actually looked in the corner of the image and thought for a moment.
>>31356595Except the 1991 series are supposed to adhere to canon.
>>31356538Good run Ghost, starting to pick up the pace, looking forward to more.FEELTHY, Feelz when?
>>31356538Damn Ghost, this was a very fun thread! Great discussion at the end there too!
>>31356650>Magic sticks around in the SWQ Universe, there isn't a cut like SW proper.And, as said several times already, that image is based off the show's canon. There are no Neuroi in the SWQU.
>>31356538Thanks for the run! I had myself all set up to stay up late tooPUPPY PICS
>>31356642there's multiple inside the box. Anastasia didn't leave the soviet union destitute and John made good money post-war. She had some things done she thought her granddaughter would appreciate.
>>31356506Still kind of dickish regardless. Also how she tried to do it was bad on her part.
>>31356664He's to bust with the impossible task of figuring out how to humanise raging cunt Longstreet.
>>31356512>Bonita SanchezI didn't think that people actually used the name Bonita...
Rolled 19>>31356731How good are the chances of getting Wendy attached to us?
>>31356731[IMPERIAL REGALIA INTENSIFIES]
>>31356749he's already busy with humanising one raging cunt, thats more than enough so why try for Longstreet
>>31356731A bondage kit?Anastasia was a little frisky with her husband
Oh right, since I sorta feel like it, at some point in the future I might do a oneshot focusing on a certain sniperwitch.
>>31356830oooooohmake it happen boss!
>>31356746Yes. Longstreet fucked up bad. That was my position this whole time. Are you agreeing with me & just worded that poorly or are one of us misunderstanding something here?I'm...>>31356110>>31356184>>31356506That's it.
>>31356830I rather have her as an Idol or maybe Morgan.Please don't let it be Mein.
>>31356788Then we could get Katsumi to bring out the three sacred treasures of Japan and they could have a regalia-off
>>31356749Oh, there's no "busting" about it. He has. All he had to do was put her through the hell that was the SWQU Vietnam-standin, and have that mold her viewpoint and motivation.No witches of HERS were ever going to be slandered in the press, accusing them of not fighting as hard as they could.
>>31356715"Took you long enough," Chris was snickering as Holly entered the rec room on the barracks first floor. She wasn't the only one amused. The rest of the wing had been gathered, sitting wherever a chair could fit, or wherever that individual felt the most comfortable. It didn't look organized, but Holly could that the witches naturally had gathered in groups for each squadron. "I had something to take care of!" Holly said defensively, making her way up to the podium that had been set up for her. There was a ripple of laughter from crowd. Chris only shook her head knowingly, taking a seat among the girls of the Fighting Mudhens. The 3rd Wing was going to be showing up at their designated area in force, escorting a mixed strike package that included Grenadine's 807th "Manaburner" squadron, and the Wild Weasel's of Colonel Wolcott's 992nd TFS. This was intended to help clear the way for additional air strikes that would hopefully keep the ground combat in the Army's favor. The 3rd Witch Wing would then loiter over friendly ground forces until relieved by the 23rd Witch Wing. Elements of the wing would shift as necessary to help walk in additional ground-attack and SEAD strike packages, but for the most part the wing had been given a pass for an open hunting season on anything Russian.
>>31356875>hating on Mein
>>31356881You just know the Brits wouldn't just stand on the sidelines while that happened.
>>31356749He's decided that it's kinda his hobby.
>>31356924IT'S HABSBURG TIME>NO OTTO NO
>>31356910also, feelthy, is there a pastebin of this anywhere?
>>31356912Just a little, I don't like her a lot. Edese, Akame, and others a more interesting. I had a feeling you she may be the idol sniper but I prefer Morgan or kinky crazy super sniper.
>>31356962>all European royal families produced witches>all hear of regalia-off>all come to Barin>royalty timeNO ROYALWITCHES NO
>>31357004kek, this gonna be funny as shitcaptcha: are regalogoh dear
Rolled 1>>31356982I'm sorry but Mein is best girl.And we needed a sniper idol anyways.
>>31356910Holly wanted two squadrons to stay at high-altitude, a reaction force that could assist either the strike escorts, or the more aggressive witches that would be actively countering Soviet aviation assets. It was an even, conservative distribution of her wing, but it gave her plenty of ways to react to what she predicted would be a very large counter-attack. The reds had many fewer witches spared to their Alaskan front compared to what was on display in Europe, so their best response now would be to try and overwhelm them with superior numbers of steelwings, who ideally would fall right into the waiting missile envelopes of the F-4s, F-15s, RCAF F-18s, and Arrows that would be on station. The Mudhens would be one of the two squadrons assigned forward from the rest of the wing, the ones to greet the Russians at the door. "If they come, we absorb their counter, pull 'em in, chew 'em up, and spit whatever's left back out," Holly concluded. The greatest danger aside from getting shot at would be the nature of the battle on the ground. The Army was promising an impressive show of force, intending to push north with the goal of retaking Tanana. If the reds had their steelwings in the mix earlier than anticipated, Holly emphasized (almost pleaded) that her girls remembered to not get drawn too far ahead of the US advance. Few steelwings could beat a witch 1-on-1, and a common tactic on both sides was to drag the witch towards friends in the sky or on the ground. Even the best witches did not want to take on odds stacked that heavily against them.
>>31356875Remember way back in the beginning that we had the option for an arrogant sniper?HOLY FUCK IT WAS ELSA
>>31357004Cue the Americans feeling a little inadequate
>>31356954Why you kill post, feelthy?! And mug when?
>>31357021Her pink hair bothers me a lot. I can't like her compared to the others. Super Sniper has a darker shade of pink so it's better, or Morgan
>>31357028It was thankfully a straightforward brief. This was the sort of thing they'd not only trained for, but there'd already been plenty of deployments of the wing on a similar scale. Save for the short notice it was nothing out of the ordinary. Intel on what to expect in the air was limited to the best guesses of people who weren't actually going out to fight, so Holly told her wing to expect everything and worse. That nobody knew where the flying carrier was at meant that there was a chance it could somehow be near Tanana. That meant there'd be academy witches to watch for. The thought scared Holly, but also excited her. With the informative part of the briefing over, Holly started taking questions from the crowd. Most of it was clarification on the sort of defenses the Russians had on the ground, where to go if damage to strikers meant Elemdorf was out of reach. The usual pre-mission jitters. After people started to openly speculate why one witch was asking for information about a particular tank in a particular company supposedly near where the 3rd Wing was assigned, Holly knew it was time to end the briefing. "If nobody else has any questions..." Holly leaned forward against the podium. "You're all dismissed. Good luck tomorrow." "U-um, Colonel?" A witch from the back the room asked timidly, struggling to be heard as the witches started putting the rec room back together again. "Are we absolutely confined to barracks now?" "Well, crew rest is starting now, and yes we are confined to the barracks or hangar spaces... Security has been upped base wide..." Holly frowned. "I know this isn't what you want to hear, but it is what it is." The woman looked crestfallen, but she nodded with understanding."Yes ma'am..."
>>31357043No, it was probably Mein, Main is also arrogant and overconfident
>>31357047>old as fuck Young comes in, proclaims himself and Minna King and Queen of Mars>aliens have pretense for round 2 invasion
>>31357066A physical goddess.Check a manga called Akame ga Kiru
>>31357004There will be so much sparkle and bling concentrated in one castle, the Martians can see Barin from outer space.
>>31357088fund it weebsAlso why hasn't humanity glassed Mars yet?
>>31357049Ignore me. Noticed it after a minute.
>>31356962http://pastebin.com/u/HORRUU-NEEEETOOHTHere ya go, forgot to post this when I started dumping!>>31357068Holly squinted in thought for a moment. The room had gotten a bit quieter with that piece of news. "If," she said, raising her voice so everyone could hear it over the din of chairs being moved around. "If it's not just a phone call home..." Everyone looked at Holly, expectantly. "IF, and ONLY IF, this is something that absolutely, utterly cannot wait-" She felt herself turning red as she spoke. "I... totally understand. And I didn't see you leave the barracks tonight." Gasps of disbelief erupted from the crowd, followed by cheers. Somehow that was even more embarrassing to Holly. "JUST BE SMART ABOUT IT!" she shouted over the crowd, hoping they heard her. - "That was unexpected of you," Chris grinned at Holly they entered their room. "Like on a scale of Not-Holly MacLeod to Yup-That's-Our-Sourpuss, that was like like a negative-" "Sourpuss?!" Chris laughed as she flopped onto her bed. Holly growled, taking one of her pillows in hand and debating how hard she should smack her XO with it. "I'm just saying's you'd have never bent on something like that before! Ack!" One pillow strike, barely warded off by a forearm. "I mean if I don't see you back here for another couple hours I'll understand-" The rest was muffled out by a shot right to the face. Satisfied, Holly marched off to her own bed, turning her back on Chris as she lay down. "I'm trying to be more flexible, that's all..." "It's because you're worried about tomorrow, isn't it?" "Who isn't?" Holly sighed.
>>31357106You mean the greatest death flag tripper of all time.Also your confusing your goddesses Merc.Edese is a true goddess.A death goddesses but one nontheless
>>31357136Oh god it's going to be feels of a bad kind tonight isn't it?
>>31357136"Well..." Chris sat up. "You've given us our assignments, you answered the questions presented. We're trained for this, we all have combat experience. It's about execution and luck now, and so far the wing's done well in that regard..." She moved over to Holly's bed and sat down next to her. "I mean, I'm worried, but I'm not, y'know?" She frowned, and started idly poking the back of Holly's neck. "I guess that really doesn't make sense, does it?" "No, I get you..." She slapped Chris' hand away. "Stop that." "Nope." The poking resumed. "Did you call home?" Holly asked. "Did you?" "I will in a bit..." She slapped at Chris' hand again, spinning around in bed to face her. "Hey!" "Look at me when we talk, geez." "Stop makin' fun of me, then!" Holly snapped. "You make it too easy!" Chris shot back. "So, did you go see Will?" "Y-yeah." "I knew it!" Chris hooted in victory. "Made some money!" "You're *betting* on me and him now?!" "You're the hot gossip these days, girl." Holly groaned at that description. "I could... cut you in on some of the action if you want?" Chris added sheepishly. Holly groaned louder, pushing Chris off the bed. "Cut me in on 'never-betting-on-where-I-spend-my-own-damn-time-again', I'd prefer that." "Spoilsport," Chris snorted. "There's the Holly I'm used to having around." "She never left..." Holly pointed at the door. "Go get us some food." "We just got here Eagle, if you were hungry, we were next to the kitchen for the last half hour." "Go get us some sandwiches-" Holly paused for dramatic effect, mustering up the most evil grin she could. "Now, Lieutenant Colonel." "Abuse of authority!" Chris wailed as she made her way to the door. "What do I get out of this?" "I tell you what we talked about in the hangar." It took Chris less than five minutes from the moment she sprinted out the door to return with sandwiches and soda.
>>31357107>the Martians can see Barin from outer space.They see it all the way from Olympus Mons, and consider it a declaration of war.
>>31357112I assume that the war ended in a kind of stalemate (with a slight human advantage) where the martians couldn't really acquire any new territory or reinforce what they had, but the humans couldn't dislodge the Martian defenses. It was probably a diplomatic peace, and neither planet wants anything to do with the other
>>31357112>Also why hasn't humanity glassed Mars yet?Probably because the Martian planetary defense grid would vaporize any Earth ship attempting to enter Mars orbit, and they can send up defense shuttles with their mass driver.
>>31357175- "...And that's why I was late to the briefing." Holly mumbled, twenty minutes later and exactly two sandwiches fuller than when she started awkwardly describing her moment in the hangar with Will. "Wow..." Chris blinked. "You two are friggin' adorable." Holly's response to was to hide her head under her pillow. "G-Gawd..." "You're that worried about tomorrow that you forced yourself to be honest with him, huh?" Holly pulled the pillow down tighter over her head, grumbling. "I'm pretty sure you didn't need to knee him in the sto-" "Shaddap!" Holly was on her feet in an instant, interrupting her friend with a perfectly thrown pillow to the face. "So you two are a thing now?" Chris asked as the pillow fell towards the floor. "I-I think so," Holly stammered. "I had to tell him how I felt! We don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow." "Nothing to you, if I have my say." Chris said, suddenly very forceful. "Stop stealin' my lines, you." Holly punched her weakly in the shoulder."Seems like a fairly straightforward operation, it's the sort of stuff we learned about at Red Flag. Hell, this is like Tanana Part Three: Tanana Harder, when you really think about it. Just can't count on the Russians to follow the rules of the scenario." Holly laid back on her bed, staring at the ceiling. "I'm... I've always been nervous before combat, m-more for you and everyone else in the wing, you know? Now I'm worried about seeing him again... Worried about getting hurt, or-" "I'd tell you not to think about that stuff, but you can't help yourself. Cut that shit out," Chris snapped. "You're not gonna be able to sleep if you treat this like anything more than another day at the office, Holly." "Riiiiight...""Besides, it's not like you're three days from retirement-" "Oh come on," Holly huffed. "It's not like we're giving you pineapple salad before take off." "That's a joke in poor taste and you know it!"
>>31357195>It was probably a diplomatic peace, and neither planet wanted anything to do with the otherFTFY
>>31357177I can only imagine that that war would start with them trying to land a mass-driver troopship right on top of Barin, like the orks did at the beginning of the 3rd war for Armageddon>>31357242thanks for catching the mistake
>>31357211There are ways around that - this is /tg/ after all - but I won't derail the thread here...
>>31357239>"It's not like we're giving you pineapple salad before take off."I don't think I'll ever not laugh about that.
>>31357239"It's not like medical called to tell you that your wife's baby boy is perfectly healthy and you can see 'em tomorrow-" "How would that even work?!" "It's still good that you said what you said to him, even though nothing's gonna happen to you." The blond reached over and crushed Holly in a hug. "It'll be fine." "Uh huh..." "I've gotta call home and get all sentimental, but... ah..." Chris pulled back from Holly, making her way towards the door. "We can talk some more later, if you need it." - Holly did not feel like being alone after Chris left. She couldn't bring herself to try sneaking over to Will's barracks, despite how appealing it sounded. Instead, she wandered over to the rec room once more. Raker had taken over the kitchen once more, cooking up something that smelled absurdly delicious... but she wasn't hungry. She settled in for watching the last hour of Iron Eagle, sitting next to the couch while a pile of witches occupied it. It was a silly movie, the lead character's F-16 couldn't have possibly taken out an entire base on its lonesome in real life, and everyone in the room agreed it was bullshit that his wingwitch went down purely for drama. After playing the role of squadron nanny and reminding the girls to rest up, Holly wandered towards her office so she could make her own call home, she had promised the folks another phone call, after all. When she got to the office, through the window she could see Chris sitting in her chair, laughing into the phone... with tears also drying on her face. Holly hadn't seen that before.Not wanting to disturb, Holly found herself walking out the barracks door, distractedly acknowledging the salutes from the four soldiers out front. The hangars called to her, but she didn't know why. Will was probably getting in some sleep already, so he could be there tomorrow when it was time to launch.
>>31357289Daily maintenance was done, her weapons cleaned, being there would likely only get her to start stressing out about the other girls' equipment. She was distracted by the sight of Commander Kazanski, sitting alone atop a set of crates facing her squadron's hangar. She was curled up into a ball, hugging her legs against herself. Occasionally she'd look up from her knees to take another look at Bishop's new steelwing, the Wyvern, and sigh shakily. She hadn't heard Holly's approach, or chose to ignore it, obviously deep in thought. The Colonel stood behind her for a long time, unsure of how to greet Kazanski. This was a perfect chance to try and set the record straight and to apologize... but she looked so stressed out that Holly almost preferred to avoid the confrontation. She started to take a few slow steps back, aiming to slip off towards her own hangar while remaining unnoticed. "Goddamnit Bishop," Kazanski growled, shaking her head. "You can't- You don't joke about that sort of thing!" She fiercely rubbed at her eyes, trying to hide any evidence that she was upset. Holly decided that one more awkward conversation for the day couldn't hurt. "It was kinda dumb of him, wasn't it?" "WAH!" Kazanki lost her balance on the crate as she tried to spin to confront the surprise interloper, falling off it to the ground. "How how how long have YOU been there, huh?!" "Not very." Holly smiled, taking up Kazanki's former seat. "So you heard me just now?" Kazanki grumbled."And why you're upset." "Uuuuuuuuugh," the Navy witch slapped her forehead, starting to pace around Holly. "I mean what the hell! We spend a week wondering if he's dead, the next day he's cracking jokes about the USAF trying to get him killed!? After we've been assigned a mission like this?""I did volunteer squadrons for support," Holly said quietly. "I'm not a big fan of how that's all going down."
>>31357242>>31357195It didn't. Didn't you read Ghost's '45 quest? Humanity started pushing the Martians back hardcore right before Mars devolved into civil war.
>>31357395True, but I seriously doubt the war ended with absolute annihilation of all martian troops earth-side.
>>31357358"We can handle our stuff without your help, Air Force..." Kazanski said, trying to still sound indignant. "Obviously," Holly chuckled. Kazanski vaulted up to the crates, sitting back-to-back with the Colonel. "Appreciate the sentiment though," Kazanski gave Holly a nudge to the back with an elbow. "I guess I owe you an apology for yesterday, and for today-" "I haven't been much better-" Holly interrupted. "I'm sorry, Colonel... and that's the best you're getting outta me." "I'll take what I can get," Holly said. 'I'm gonna have to make her upset one more time,' she thought sadly. "How's Bishop been?" "Fine... I guess," Kazanski shook her head. "He hasn't really wanted to discuss what happened in detail... I can't imagine what he went through. I didn't see him go down myself, but cameras on the ground sure did, it's been on the news practically every day since then." She shuddered. "Whatever, he doesn't need to tell us anything if he doesn't want. I'm just- We're glad he's back, that's all that counts." "I'm glad he's back too, I still owe him for ripping a Flanker off me." Holly coughed awkwardly. "Hey Kazanski? "Yeah?" "Wanna give me another punch?" "Where'd that come from?!" Kazanski almost fell off the crate again. Slipping off the crate, Holly walked in front of Kazanski, taking a deep breath as she prepared herself for the worst. "I'm sorry. I knew Bishop was alive," she began, watching as Kazanski's expression changed from surprised amusement, to jaw-clenched rage. "I knew where he'd been shipped, and I even had a good idea of his condition, and I didn't tell you anything."For a long moment, Kazanski simply glared, while Holly stood resolute, trying to brace for the punch she knew would be coming her way.
>>31357432All of the Martians retreated to undersea colonies, where they still live after peace was negotiated.
>>31357395I changed it to 'neither planet wanted anything to do with the other' because, from I remember, it's been all but outright said that we're getting Martian War 2: Wyvern Boogaloo.And then there's the fact that underwater martian colonies are a thing.And, yes, I did read the '45 interlude. I've been here for every single thread Ghost has ran. Every. Single. One.
>>31357358After reading this scene Hornet, I think I'll be fine wit Ice x Frank (For now)
>>31357432> I seriously doubt the war ended with absolute annihilation of all martian troops earth-side.>quest ended with the Martian presence in Europe eradicatedThey might not have been all killed like animals, no, but Humanity was flat-out winning.
>>31357485So...wait. The Martians in the undersea colonies are all military remnants? Huh...
>>31357492Never! Slider a best!
Rolled 7>>31357530Well considering the only martians sent to earth would have been military...
>>31357530Anyone feel up to some TftD missions?
Rolled 4>>31357542Ice and Slider come as a pair and you know it.
>>31357544They had civillian scientists.Remember socks?
>>31357542>>31357565Sorry, I forgot to write lewds in that sentence. I want Frank x Ice lewds (For now)
>>31357358What exactly was wrong with that mission again? It's been awhile.
>>31357542Good taste right here>>31357544Well, yea, I would just feel mighty uncertain about the remnants of an invasion force camping out under the sea without some serious oversight. There were probably also researchers and such
>>31357574I might be okay with this.
>>31357483"I... had a feeling..." Kazanski managed to say. Holly blinked, utterly confused. She was still expecting to find herself waking up on the ground with a sore jaw. "I'm really sorry, I know that might not mean much-" "Goddamnit MacLeod, I was begging you for information! You should have told me!" "It was a request from the healwitch responsible for putting him back together," Holly said, reflexively leaning back as Kazanski raised a hand, only to brush it through her hair with a sigh. "I felt compelled to honor that request... not that it makes what I did okay, b-but-" "No, it doesn't!" Kazanski fumed, looking away from MacLeod. "I- We had a really rough week hoping for any news whatsoever! You're goddamned right I'm pissed!" "I almost told you, a dozen times this week, I just couldn't do it," Holly frowned. "I mean, when I heard they'd sent him to NavHosPearl-" "Pearl?!" Kazanski exclaimed. "Jesus, how bad was he?! How could you *not*-" "They didn't think he'd survive the trip there at first!" Holly argued back. "Th-the healwitch in question was Georgette Mackintosh, she told me she didn't think she could save him, didn't want me to get people's hopes up-" She shook her head rapidly. "After seeing your reunion, I almost thought it was right for me to have lied to you like that! If I'd been wrong, if I said he was okay, only for him to die afterwards, I didn't even want to think of dealing with that, I didn't want to put your squadron through that. And I know what I did wasn't any better! I just... I didn't know how to approach you about it... I kept thinking how I'd act in your position and..." she trailed off after that. "Cry in the shower and hope nobody else notices?" Kazanski asked quietly."I think... I'd be pretty loud about it," Holly said truthfully. "It was so easy to hide the news from you, at first I even justified it to myself that I was somehow protecting your squadron from further harm."
>>31357598I imagine the world's navies have some serious firepower ready. After all, the UN does have the Arkbird and shit, if I remember rightly.
>>31357615"You can't protect everyone from everything." "You're only the third person to tell me that this week," Holly sighed. "We're trying to make you a better commanding officer." Kazanski was clearly fighting to suppress a grin. "I'd call BS on the Mackintosh thing... but somehow I don't think you'd just throw that name out there. Now, if you'd said Admiral Nixon had ordered you..." Kazanski rolled her eyes. 'Bullet dodged,' Holly thought. "I understand where you're coming from, MacLeod... I'm just kinda surprised you care so much about Spellcaster, considering we're Navy-" "And obviously inferior witches." Holly pounced on her chance to fire off her own sarcastic barb. "Walked into that one..." "But you're still witches, and you're under my command for the time being. Everyone in my command gets this treatment whether they like it or not." Holly looked away. "I kinda have a reputation." "Of being a meddler?" "Of being a *worrier*!" Holly's cheeks puffed with further embarrassment. "I just... saw your reaction to Bishop going down and I did the math in my head! I mean it's obvious you all love the man so much-" "Love?" Kazanski squeaked, coughing harshly and pounding her chest, trying not to choke on thin air. "What are you even talking about?""Well I mean I did see you try and tackle him to the ground," Holly said carefully, watching as Kazanski turned bright red when she recalled the moment. "We just missed him a lot! You're trying to weasel your way out of this, aren't you?" "I am *not*!" Holly insisted. "I've been worried sick about this all week!"
>>31357638All you really need are some decent depth charges.
>>31357676And some kick-ass sonar in case they come up with some funny ideas.
>>31357676Who does keeping them in line fall to? Same UN department that manages the nukes? I can't imagine theirs is a fun job at the moment
Shit, poor Ice.In fact, poor Spellcaster, I hate to disappoint any of them.
>>31357609I'm also okay with this.
>>31357748I think it has been said the UN Chandelier installation is in Russia, and the boys there are keeping a close watch on the nukes.
>>31357751Frank is like witch catnip
>>31357767More like scented candles
>>31357766Yea, it might be in Russia, but IIRC the UN controls all nuclear launch systems. I can only imagine that they're also responsible for keeping a damn close eye on the undersea martians
>>31357664"Obviously it was because you're afraid of me." Kazanski didn't fight her grin this time. "Yeah..." Unconciously, Holly rubbed her jaw where Kazanski had first punched her. "You've got a mean right hook." They laughed together at that, and what tension remained between the two seemed to face away." "I'm not gonna forgive you, Air Force." "I don't expect you to, but I-" "You're alright." It felt good to hear that.- The two witches eventually wore out the discussion of How Frank Bishop (and those like him) Pissed Them Off, and split up to take care of some personal business, wishing eachother luck for tomorrow's mission. Holly felt incredibly relieved that Kazanski didn't seem willing to hold a grudge. All things considered, they were finally square. Between that, and one brief phone call home, her sleep that night was dreamless and energizing. Once again, she'd awakened before her alarm went off, Chris trailing only minutes behind. Breakfast was light for Holly. Her stomach felt upset enough as is as she went through her morning routine. A quick trip to the life support and intel shops did little to stop the shakes wracking her body with every step she took. She felt cold even as she hugged Will's poncho against herself that much tighter, even as she allowed her familiar to manifest.She walked past Kazanski and Bishop sharing a private moment and some coffee, and decided to let them be rather than to butt in.By the time she reached her hangar, Chris was already geared up and ready to go, waving at Holly as she walked up. Will was at her side within moments, handing over her MFD and HUD display goggles in exchange for the poncho, her boots, and her hat. As he helped her into her ballistic vest and combat webbing, she felt the shakes come on worse than ever as the straps tightened around her body."You good?" "Yeah."
>>31357795One final pow-wow, all of the witches gathering around Holly for a quick refresher on who was doing what, where, when, and why. Nobody asked questions, everyone knew their roles. Holly liked being thorough, and nobody ever complained while indulging her on this. A brief prayer. She wasn't particularly religious, but she believed, and found herself hoping more than ever that the big guy was watching out for her and hers. Returning to Will, they did a final *final* check of her weapons before she holstered both sidearms and shouldered her rifle, still wracked by shakes. When it came time to mount her strikers, he climbed up the ladder alongside her. As always, the interfaces accepted her legs without any faults detected by her MFD. To her right, several dozen feet away, Chris was already rolling forward towards the tarmac, flashing Holly a thumbs up. Will was still at her side, hanging onto the striker stand as she prepared to move out. His mouth moved as he tried to say something to her, but she couldn't quite hear him over the roar of her strikers firing up, joining those of her fellow witches. "I'm sorry, I can't hear you," she mouthed at him, frowning slightly. He leaned closer as though to whisper into her ear, and Holly felt herself tense up as his voice became crystal clear. "I said I'll be waiting for you. Good luck... and come back to me." The shakes vanished as she pulled him into a hug. Minutes later she was in the air with her witches, believing that she had no regrets.
>>31357593The Soviet subersub did a cruise missile attack on Elemdorf while we were gone.
>>31357859>Minutes later she was in the air with her witches, believing that she had no regrets.Oh hell.
>>31357891Uh oh. . .
>>31357767>>31357767Frank is one hell of a drug.
>>31357898>>31357891>>31357918I'm like 95% sure Will's fine. Alive at least considering Holly's appearance at Barin. She's going to be worried as fuck though.
>>31357859And that's it for the night folks. Thank you for reading and indulging in my long winded write fagging! I'll update the pastebin accordingly.Gonna be a bit until the next update, works getting busy. Mug... soon. Ish.
>>31357963MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG!Though I love flustered Ice, great gob hornet
>>31357239PINEAPPLE SALAD FLAGS RAISED!
>>31357891I WANT TRAUMATISED DESPAIRING DEAD-WILL HOLLY
>>31357859>believing that she had no regrets.Aw shit nigger
>>31357940She was there, but I don't think Will was...
This is probably paranoia, but I think that this Wendy is going to be a spy for the matrons. She fits Frank's weakness' far too well.
>>31358829everybody is spies
>>31358880Katsumi is a spy for the Imperial family. Ice is a spy for the Russians. Katya is a Triple Agent for the Norwegians. And Goose has ties to certain oil barons in the Middle East.
>>31359088Merlin is working for the NSA.
>>31359101Slider is a American Honeypot
>>31359125Maverick moonlights for the FBI in her spare time.Rosalie has ties with the DGSE - why else would she suddenly appear in our squadron with such little explanation?
>>31359144Fronk is secretly a brainwashed plant for ONI. They're researching anti-witch aphrodisiacs
>>31359101No no no. I mean come on. It's obvious that Merlin is a British sleeper agent.
>>31359210Next you'll be telling me Konstantina is being run by Chinese intelligence.
>>31359218No she's being controlled by a neo nazi cell.
>>31359249Are PJs spies as well?
>>31359264You bet.Tarin is so obviously cleanup crew material, the sort of people who erase all evidence should something go wrong. She's above suspicion, because she's practically a tool.Janice is practically matron material. She's handled sensitive ops, she's got the experience and the temperament. She's the next handler in training for the black ops people.Red was originally a hostage if you will. "Behave or we send her into an active warzone" dealie. But she took to it too well, becoming more and more of an asset. Very promising, being able to go toe to toe with a tankwitch on foot. Field agent material right there.
Spy Witches '89 when? >>31359369Frank's brother was on Pierce's crew, wasn't he? The Air Force must be trying to get at him.
>>31359369my shadowruns are moving on their own