"Alright, boy! Pull your head out of your ass and listen up! This is the battle plan!"Lunatic High, the foremost combat expert of the UGN and Claire's mentor, punctuates her statement by taking a long drink from the flask she always keeps in her breast pocket. You figure she must have a few of those in there today, as her chest actually has some substance to it at the moment.Today is like yesterday, tomorrow will be just like today. Lunatic High is always drunk and always perfectly flat of chest.She lets out a large sigh, her cheeks getting flushed as the super high grade alcohol floods her system. Luna gives you the stink-eye as soon as she's finished and you can hear the gears in her head spinning."Oh yeah, boy, you're gonna have to work especially hard today. You got my favorite student all banged up, didn't you?" She laughs, "Too bad it wasn't the right kind of bang, huh?"You think you understand where Claire got her lewd ideas from. Is there ever a time when Luna isn't implying the two of you should--"Instructor Luna! Please keep your mind out of the gutter. We are all aware that Cerberus is a ravenous beast, ready to pounce upon any woman who shows a hint of weakness, but that isn't the focus of this strategic council, is it?"Fallen Angel, the nun-in-training with a horrible sense of fashion speaks up. She flicks her golden hair behind her and crosses her arms underneath her bust. You suppose she does need the extra support...wait, what did she just call you? You immediately glance towards Kadokawa Rin, the last member of this little band. The timid girl jumps and hides behind Angel. Looks like the poor girl will believe anything her leader says...
>>32401703"Righty then~ Your objectives are clear, boy. The four of us will find the enemy's true stronghold and take out their leadership. Without firm direction, the rest of these losers ought to be easy pickings. You'll find the details in the packets Rinny brought. We leave in twenty minutes!"Finished with her speech, Lunatic hits the liquor hard, emptying several flasks in just under a minute. Rin hands you a thick packet and you skim through it idly. Outside, you see a large van pull up. Though it seems everyday, your senses can tell that every part of it has been reinforced through Overed abilities. That van is probably closer to a tank than you'd like to admit...>Spend the rest of your time talking with Rin and Angel>Spend the rest of your time talking with Lunatic.>Read the packet in detail.[ Twitter is here https://twitter.com/DXR27291052Setting document is here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rqpLh08K6gZ2EgxGs3oxAzWeh7ZsuSGlKC2sk755928/Archive listings are here http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Double%20Cross%20QuestAnother exciting(?) installment is here! Lets have a good time with lots of discussion and speculation.]
>>32401777>Spend the rest of your time talking with Rin and AngelWe've spent several days and numerous hours fighting these shmucks. Angel and Rin don't seem like the type to have especially good defense or avoidance skills, or even a decent HP pool. We'll probably have to tank for them big time. Better tell them to keep behind them so they don't get their throats slit or some crap.
>>32401703Spend the rest of your time talking with Rin and Angel
>>32401777>Read the packet in detail.Accidentally fucked up the backlink
>>32401777>Spend the rest of your time talking with Rin and AngelAs much as I'd like to get her opinion and ask her about this stupid unit attacking us, I dont really feel like listening to a superbooze fueled jealousy rant.again.
>>32402033Now, now. Luna WANTS Cap to fuck Claire. It's Shining Void that is mad jelly.
>>32401777>Read the packet in detail.
>>32401777Also, did we get any additional information about what their boss guy can do? I want a rematch with Japanese Hawk-eye. Preferably one that ends up with us snapping his sword over our knee.
>>32401777>Spend the rest of your time talking with Lunatic.Lunatic High amuses me this chapter.
>>32402064Lunatic High is the coolest aneki
>>32401777>>Spend the rest of your time talking with Rin and Angel
>>32402111You'll get basics from the packet whether or not you pick that option. The packet just has stuff like this guys irrelevant backstory along with his ninja clan and how sugoi his nihonto is.
>>32402254Yeah...I think it'd be better to just mesh out a strategy with Rin and Angel. Rin probably already read the package and can get much more out of it.
Alright, cutting the vote off here. I'll need to pick up a pizza at some point during this thread so if there's a sudden silence, don't be alarmed.>writing
>>32402383"Ah? You want to talk, Cerberus? Very well, I, the Crimson Fallen Angel, shall entertain you for a time."Crimson? Doesn't she wear black most days?"I-irrelevant details!"Angel causes the fire in her eyes to flare up and she stomps the floor childishly. You know now that she just uses a trick of the light to change her eye colors, but you wonder if she honestly thinks that's intimidating. Rin steps forward, still looking awkward in the elaborate get-up that Angel no doubt supplied to her."S-sir, you wanted to d-discuss strategy, right? Are you c-concerned about the target...?"Honestly, you are. It says on this report that your target, the Strangers Commander Hayato Haruki, is a powerful Purebreed who has only lost once in his life. But you're not quite sure of what his powers are, since the report appears to be all over the place."N-Neumann, sir! We've c-codenamed his ability "Five Rings" it's...difficult to explain..."Well, if it's hard to explain then maybe you should just see it first hand. In any case, you need to know what you should expect from your teammates. You've seen Lunatic in action many times, but Rin and Angel have been mostly acting as do-gooders. Are they really ready for a mission of this importance?
>>32402888"Sir! We've b-been training hard and...""We, Pretty Purgatory, are more than ready to handle the likes of a fake ninja and his vile aspirations! We will send his soul to the depths of the abyss!"Looks like Angel recovered from her little shock. She grabs Rin and pulls her close, stroking the smaller girl's hair."Righteous Devil is just bashful! She's been a wonderful help, and what's more, my--our popularity with the sleeping masses has tripled since she made her début as part of PrePur! It's amazing to see it, Cerberus. 'Devil should be my wife', they cry! 'I want Angel to save me', they say!"Rin turns red and stares at the floor while Angel fawns over her. You're getting the feeling that something is very wrong with the town if these two are popular...>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?>Anything more on this Hayato?>That's enough talk. Time for action!
>>32402920>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?You've got to be kidding me.
>>32402920>That's enough talk. Time for action!Ignore the weird. If that's how they get off, we shouldn't judge them for it.
>>32402920>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?
>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?
>>32402920>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?Exasperated face time.
>>32402920>>>PrePur? Are they really calling themselves that?Kind of sounds like "Creeper", which admittedly, is somewhat accurate.
>>32403517...I think you might be the cleverest person in the thread. I had to think about that one.
>>32403517It sounds like PreCure.
Sorry about that wait. picked up the food and am now>writing
>>32403766And Rin's torment continues.
>>32403710Oh right, my animu powerlevel isn't high enough apparently.
Pre...Pur? "Yes, Cerberus! Pretty Purgatory!"Angel strikes an elegant pose, bringing her hands over her head as she stands on her toes. Sure, you understand the name, but what's the deal?"Pretty Purgatory is the name given to those divine warriors who cast evil-doers into the realm of shadow, where their sins may be cleansed! Ten-thousand years ago, both Devil and myself were warriors on opposite sides of the cosmic war! In our climactic battle, we destroyed each other, but our souls lived on to be reincarnated as these seemingly normal human beings. When our fragments of divine power awakened, we remembered our true identity. Though I have become fallen and tainted by the outside world, Devil has awoken to justice. We report to the UGN, but it is secretly the Shadow Council of Nicene, and we have joined forces to finally rid the world of the taint of the foul demons. Now, can this cruel angel and kind devil stop the evil that plagues our--"Did she write all this herself? It sounds very amatuerish."...eh?"Angel freezes, and you can see her break out into a cold sweat. What? Did nobody call her on this before?"What...what ever are you talking about?"You're pretty sure she's just a normal girl who went to a Catholic school her whole life. Everything you've seen on her file says that she was perfectly unre-"Well! Shall we board the carriage?! I think it is time we made a move upon this menace!"Angel awkwardly walks away, her face frozen in place. Was that a sore spot or something?
>>32404320--"So, boy, you and I will be on point. We'll be makin a full frontal. Assault. A frontal assault."Lunatic, still with an air of booze and color in her cheeks, points down at a map in front of you. Apparently, you'll be raiding an old Japanese officer's mansion at the edge of the city. This is where they've made their base of operations, and Commander Hayato is there today..."Angel and Devil will be the actual hammer while the two of us make a big ruckus.""Fear not! We shall assassinate the enemy without fail!""The only question is how you want to approach, boy.">From the front.>From the rear.>From above.
>>32404355>>From the rear.Give her the chance to make some jokes, we haven't been with Lunatic for awhile.Also Christ Angel you gotta do better then that
>>32403710It's also one letter away from "PrePure" which is the generic brand name for PreCure in Shinozaki-san.The more you know~>>32404355>From the rear.The best ammunition is pre-supplied.
>>32404355>From above.Oh yes.And don't be ridiculous, Angel is the one from whom we want a frontal assault.
>>32404522You mean Devil.C-can we go easy on her? P-please make it gentle...
We really shouldn't be calling Angel out on her stories. It's probably how she deals with the whole 'impending insanity' thing.
>>32404320PrePur Quest when?
>>32404691Someday.>collecting votes, eatin pizza, writing
>>32404604There are good ways and bad ways of handling trauma. Creating your own fictional reality and interpreting everything around you through that lens is one of the bad ones. What happens when the setbacks start piling up? You retreat into the fantasy. Very bad when you need human relationships to stay human. And then there's what happens when an enemy with social skills starts reinforcing the delusions.>>32404708What kind of pizza?
>>32404866Probably a baked one.
>>32404493>Shinozaki-sanMy niggaI love that manga.
"You prefer to be on top, boy? I can see why Claire likes you."Rin puts her hands to her face, "H-how manly..."You didn't mean it like that. Lunatic snickers and throws open the door of the van, giving you your first glimpse of the surroundings. Whoever this old officer was, he certainly longed for his homeland. Cherry trees in full bloom surround the estate. The mansion itself is done in a distinctly eastern fashion, with sliding paper doors and raised wooden platforms connecting wings to each other. "Let's move!"Lunatic growls, her legs pulsing with muscle, ripping open the sides of her pants as her feet take on the form of large canine paws. She leaps, sending the van hurtling across the road, and you follow her in a heartbeat. Your ascent takes the both of you far into the air, sailing above the gardens and roofs of the Strangers hideout. A siren goes off, and the both of you are immediately targeted by blinding searchlights."So much for stealth, boy!"Luna focuses her sight on the roof of one wing, then takes a deep breath. Before you know what has happened, your ears are split by a thundering cry, and you see the air before the two of you ripple. The roof of the building cracks open, revealing a perfectly circular hole. Luna grabs your arm, swinging you around herself in an arc."I'll catch up!"She throws you straight to the ground, sending you through the open hole in the roof and face first into the fine wood. You rise to unsteady feet and pluck the splinters from your face. Looks like you landed in an unused storage room. Dusty white sheets cover various pieces of furniture and other assorted belongings...>Inspect the room>No time for that, the fight is on.>>32404866Hawaiian with crushed red pepper
>>32405229Best taste detected.Do an inspection.
>>32405229>Inspect the room
>>32405229>Inspect the roomWe have time, we're already a distraction and priority no. 1, and there might be something useful.Worst comes to the worst they come to us so that we can slap their shit, en masse, in a cramped space where they'll have difficulty retreating from.
>>32405229>You prefer to be on top, boy? I can see why Claire likes you.God dammit Lunatic.>No time for that, the fight is on.Sounds like nobody has been in here for some time. I don't think we will find anything of value.
>>32405229>Inspect the roomBe quick about it though, grab the sheets off things and smell for anything interesting.
>collecting votes>writing>eating gunpowder
>>32405229>...your ears are split by a thundering cry, and you see the air before the two of you ripple. The roof of the building cracks open, revealing a perfectly circular hole...Cool, would love to try that out on a certain sniper that keeps shooting us.
>>32405081Hell yeah, mother fucker.
>>32406050And he mcguffin to defeat Satan? Yuri.Poor Shinozaki she stared into the abyss and now she's a lesbian
You rip the sheets off the objects around you. Most of what you see is rather mundane and uninspiring. Despite the covers, there are layers upon layers of dust on the ground and on the furniture you've exposed. A few things catch your eye, however. There is a box, covered with strips of paper. Strange writing covers the strips, but you can't read the Japanese on them. You admit you're a bit curious about what might be inside, but you set it down and look elsewhere. There's an old sword here. Must have belonged to the officer. You imagine it must have been mass produced in order to be just given away like that, but as you draw it, you find the blade is still polished and very keen. Swords don't mean much to you, though. You've never really trained with one and it's not like you need a weapon anymore. Still, it's a rather interesting collectable. You think that you might like to set it on a stand or something, but then stamp out that thought when you realize what others might think of you if you were to actually go ahead with that.Finally there's what looks to be a robe of some sort. Isn't this what those Japanese ladies wore in Yamada Prep? Something like that? In any event, it's still a soft pink and the silk is pleasant to the touch. Ultimately useless for you, though.You set the objects down. What are you thinking? You're here to attack, not to loot. You shouldn't even be going through this stuff...>Take the box.>Take the sword.>Take the robe.>Take nothing.
>>32406191>>Take the box.MYSTERY BOX
>>32406191>tempting us with mystery boxY-You fiend! N-No, we can't! We musn't!>Take the robe....You just made me die a little inside, DXR.I hope you're happy.
>>32406191I... I know we should take nothing... But I can't resist... >Take the box.
>>32406191>Take the box.INFO.
>>32406271Do you want to give Claire more ammo?
>>32406191Strips of paper on a box?Wonder if the dress would trigger something with Dead Meido.Take the dress.
>>32406309yes>>32406191>Take the RobeI-It's not like we wanted to get Claire a souveneir or anything.
>>32406309Yes.That was the plan.
>>32406316>Strips of paper on a box?
>>32406552I know. There was another sentence there that I deleted before changing my vote.
>>32406191>Take everythingIt's like you guys don't know the first thing about pillaging. You tie the sword onto the box and carry it all with the robe.
>>32406659This. Looting is a proud time honored tradition.
Box>>32406243>>32406283>>32406285Robe>>32406271>>32406316>>32406353Miscellaneous>>32406659>>32406695We gotta tiebreak!!
>>32406775Wrap the box up in the robe
>>32406775Misc is an option? Go with that.
I'm not sure about the vote anymore so you're just going to try to stuff everything in your pockets.>mystery boxing
>>32406806PERFECT.And put the sword on the top.
>>32406878Fun times ahead
You wrap the box up in the robe, which you then tie to the hilt of the sword. You're entitled to a souvenir or two after all the trouble they've put you through, right? As you sling the belongings over your shoulder, you feel a sharp pain in your gut. You look down to see a sword protruding from your abdomen, and the blood running freely from your body. Huh, you didn't even sense them...when...?You're kicked off the blade and sent crashing through the flimsy paper door. You tumble across the wooden planks before you finally catch your balance, hopping up and away as dozens of black, hooded figures surround you. They wave their sabers and throw knives as you retreat. One in particular, blood still fresh on his weapon leaps forward."We are Izayoi-tai, the Fading Light Squad! We will finish a little thief like you before the Commander can even get out of his chair!"The squad jumps forward in unison, their forms blurring and flowing through obstacles as if they had no substance at all. But these are no mere illusions. The first of them slashes your arm at the elbow, severing your tendons with an uncanny accuracy as another passes straight through you, then cuts out your legs from behind. Several more leap upon you, stabbing you in a wild flurry. You can't keep up with this attack! Every time you lash out, they dart away or worse, simply phase through your blow! Their leader bats your attack away with his sword before drawing a long cut across your chest with his sword. Your blood jumps through the air as it escapes your chest, and your vision blurs...>Strike>Crash>Guard
>>32407329>>GuardI'm of the opinion that these highly precise, coordinated attacks are Strikes.
>>32407329>You can't keep up with this attack! So Guard against it.
>>32407329Crash the everliving fuck out of these shitters.
>>32407329>GuardThese are strikes.
>>32407329>GuardI don't see why these guys need the overed juice. They are doing a damn fine job of taking us out.
>>32407477Everybody wants a nice glass of Overedtine.>writing
>>32407477Aren't these their Overed? They have some, but not as many as they want.
>Guard Successful>Your Advantage: 1>Enemy Advantage: 0You reel back, grabbing the sword held over your shoulder. You don't know much of how to use these things, but there's a move you've seen in movies that you've always wanted to try for yourself. You set the weapon down by your waist and wait for the attacks to come. In an instant, you've drawn the blade and knocked all their weapons aside. Their leader, obviously shocked by your audacity more than your skill, freezes for a moment. You take this opportunity to repay his earlier attack by shanking him in the gut with your souvenir weapon, then kicking his limp form off the sword and into the distance. With their leader down, you're able to leap away from the Fading Light Squad and head into the building. Looks like they're more than aware of you now. Good. Good.So why do you feel like everything's about to go wrong? The next thing you know, you're being held up in the air by a set of hands at your throat. Above you, you can see another ninja hanging from the ceiling. Its arms have stretched, dislocated, and extended time and time again before their spindly hands have taking hold of your life. You struggle and attempt to breathe, but the hands dig deeper into your windpipe. They lift you up off the ground and begin to slam you into the walls, letting the splintered wood inflict all the damage they need while your life runs out. You desperately clay at their hands, but each time you strike them, their skin grows harder and harder, until all that's left is a pair of bone hooks digging into your jugular. >Strike>Crash>Guard
>>32407984Crash>ninja that can stretch his arms outAND IT WILL FLOW, LIKE A FLOOD OF RAIN
As a pureblooded Chimera, how far can our Regeneration take us? Will we survive decapitation? Get sliced in half from the torso? or a fatal wound (a stab or bullet) through our brain/spine?
>>32408068I'm pretty sure that we would survive being headless so long as we could stick it back on.
Alright then, lets crash.>writing>crying>watching ZZ Gundam
>>32408271 mobile fighter G gundam best gundam
>>32408501Best anime, sure. Best Gundam in all media is Origin.
>>32408581>Origin>Not Turn A
>Crash Successful!>Your Advantage: 2>Enemy Advantage: 0You clench your teeth and take the risk. You reach up with both of your hands and grab the arms of the ninja. Though your feet can't touch the ground, and you have no true leverage, you trust in your brute strength to see you through. Your hands crunch down on the arms, breaking every last squirming, slithering bone in their limb before tearing downwards, ripping the ninja from their hiding spot on the ceiling. The ninja's shocked form sails in front of you, and you ready both of your fists. With a cry, you throw a storm of punches, riddling the ninja with bruises and broken bones as you mercilessly pummel their form. Before they can hit the ground, you finish with an overhead haymaker that spins their head around several times before planting them into the floor. From the sky, a lightning bolt strikes. Before you stands one of the Strangers goons, covered in cyborg technology. At his side is a crackling blade. You imagine this must be the boss of those augmented soldiers. He stands up, taking a stance with his blade, and his metal jaw unhinges."I am the tool of my masters, a force for justice. I will slay you here, and bring your body back to Japan. The sun will rise again in the east, and your defeat will mark the beginning of a second empire. I have no doubt in my heart that what I am doing serves the best interests of humanity. With a single blow I will cut you down, no, eviscerate you. It is only then that the years of cultural oppression that the United States has levied against my nation will be undone. It is only then that my patriotism can be given meaning. Do you even know what it is like to be a Japanese Patriot? Of course you don't. How could you? Let me tell you about the origins of the Japanese Self Defense Force. After the defeat of Japan at the end of World War 2...">Strike>Crash>Guard
>>32408750>StrikeFAST. HARD. DEADLY.
>>32408750>StrikeShut his fucking mouth up. Fast attack now.
>>32408750Guard and Howl.Drown this fucker out.
>>32408647I will beat you with the hardbacks.>>32408750My god, he's trying to talk us to death. Wait that's a stalling tactic. Strike.
not!Raiden when, DXR?
>>32408750I thought stalling tactics counted as a Guard, and were beaten by Crash.>Crash
>>32408750>engage in a discussion about post WWII East Asian geopolitics
>>32408958Wait shit you're right, I got it backwards. >>32408809change to Crash.
>>32408750You're delirious! The United States empowered Japan! You built statues of our great general MacArthur. With, and only with our assistance were you able to rebuild your country in time to stave off the leering tigers of Russia and China! For half a century, our missile systems and deterrence prevented China from sinking your ships and burning your cities! We fought a decade long conflict in Vietnam so that you could maintain your coast-based trading advantage and avoid encirclement by the communist powers! Even now, we fight against an insidious evil that would threaten all nations! Lay down your arms, and join us in our glorious crusade, as brothers we once were!
>>32408827I'm pretty sure Mr. Loquacious is !Raiden.
>>32408750I sure how his power isn't talking people to death. All those words could be a strike!
>>32409111>>32409050Just some in battle spurge suggestions that are 100% historically accurate. I should know. I read a lot of books about it.
>Crash Successful! >Victory Achieved!>Achievement Unlocked: "Press START to Skip."Blah, blah, blah. Doesn't this guy ever shut up? You grit your teeth and plug your ears, but you can still hear his nasal voice, filled with forced gravel. Eventually, you get fed up. You swing your arm around, building up all the momentum you can. The idiot in front of you still keeps talking, as if his words meant anything to you. What does he think this is? Some lengthy, geopolitical drama?Without warning, you smash your fist into his face. The cyborg's head flies off his shoulders and punches through the opposing wall. You can see it continuing far, far into the distance, still yammering away as the ninja travels over the horizon and, preferably, towards his beloved homeland.As you shake your hand, Lunatic drops down from the ceiling, covered from head to toe in blood. You can't really tell which is hers and which isn't..."Hey, boy!" She narrows her eyes, "What's that pink thing? Did you actually get something for my baby?"Lunatic has a hearty laugh and slaps you on the back. She gives you a wide, toothy grin and pulls on your cheeks before continuing."That's so cute! I want you to know I ain't like Void. I'll support you guys all the way, even if I'm hittin a dry spell. Just make sure that you own up to any kids you guys make, okay?"Lunatic...is this really the time?"Yes, it seems rather inappropriate." A man in full regalia enters the room. You now know him as Hayato Haruki. He has a frown on his face as he assesses the situation."You're the distraction, then? I'm afraid I've already dispatched several squads to deal with the real menace."He draws his sword and points it at you."Well then, shall we get this over with?"[Thread has to end here. I have work tomorrow. There's a chance on Friday that I can finish up!]
>>32409589Thanks for running mate. And thanks for not turning the boss fight into a debate, as hilarious as that might be. Damned cyborg would probably start spreading arguments if he thought he might lose.
>>32409589Ahhh, so cruel!I actually fucking said hidoi in my head, it's a goddamn infection.
>>32409854Let it overtake you.Archive is up. Sorry we couldn't finish up the Arc this thread.
>>32409948No worries.Personal favorite syndrome? Are any of the sample characters in the rulebook any good?
>>32409993Salamandra.They're all glass cannons.Alright, I'm out of here!
>>32410053Thats why you make a cross breed with ChimeraAnd you can be a fucking dragon
>>32410085>And you can be a fucking dragonConvinced.
>>32410085>not going Exile/Chimera to become an Eldrich Abomination or Alex Mercer>not going Salamandra/Exile/Morpheus to become Ghost RiderThink of the possibilities.
>>32414447>not going pure Blackdog or Blackdog/HanumanDo you even batshit insane?