PREVIOUSLY on SRW /tg/:You are MAJOR MICHAEL WALTER, ace mech pilot and veteran of the Tiberium War. Fighting terrorists in Azadistan, you discovered and fended off a seemingly impossibly huge mech that was shielded with a mysterious energy field.Witnessing the mysterious unit brought you to the attention of MITHRIL, a secret organization dedicated to safeguarding and controlling the proliferation and development of dangerous technologies of unknown origin. You and your squad have been brought on board the Mithril airborne command ship, the Cu Chulainn, and introduced to its captain, teenage prodigy Teletha Testarossa. PREVIOUS THREADS:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32042064/http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32183478/PILOT ROSTER:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32042064/CURRENTLY you are in your quarters, a cramped room with a small desk and a bunk bed. The ship is on the way to Aidoneus Island to monitor and provide security for the EOTI Conference.>Go to the simulator room>Go to the bridge>Go to the mess hall>Go to the gym
>>32445261Gotta get dem sim hours in
>>32445261>>Go to the simulator roomyay you are back!
>>32445261>Go to the simulator roomnot that its going to help us any.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS49whwHDJI
>>32445261>>Go to the bridgeTessa is pretty awesome.
>>32445261>Go to the bridge
You decide you've had enough of being cooped up inside. Looking over the map of the ship, you find a room marked SIMULATOR above the main cargo hold. You decide to make your way there.It doesn't take long to traverse the length of the Kodiak-class ship. As you walk, you pass members of the crew doing minor repairs, jogging through the corridors, and talking quietly. The ship runs like a well-oiled machine, seemingly efficient and neat.You step through the doorway into the simulator room. Inside you see several sim units - large, vaguely bubble-like and covered in wiring, these are cockpit emulators with haptic feedback."Hey, Major!" A smiling Katina Tarask waves at you from a hatch in one of the simulators. Somehow, you had an inkling that she'd be here.You step inside one of the sim units and strap yourself in the pilot's seat. This cockpit unit can be adjusted to emulate all currently available models of walker, Arm Slave and Personal Trooper."WELCOME TO TC-OS", the monitors display. "SELECT UNIT":>Gespenst PT>Gernsback AS>GDI Titan
>>32446094>TitanFuck yeah. Time to rock it old school.
>>32446094>>Gespenst PTI'm curious as to how different this is from our normal AS
>>32446094>>Gespenst PTRemember to yell GESPENST PUNCH! when we use the Plasma Stake.
>>32446094>Gespenst PTjust hope we can pull offhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRzFxKU1BQ
>>32446242I love how it has the "SHOUT NOW!" prompt on his HUD.
>>32446274Our mid-season upgrade should just be taking our normal mech and giving it the obari workout.
>>32446274hell we rammed a NOD walker with our wolverine during the battle for temple prime!
>>32446370I support the Obari Workout. >>32446408Did we yell our attack name though? Because WOLVERINE CRASH! would have been awesome.
>>32446424Nah, we're a veteran. Shouting attack names is for hotblooded pilots.
>>32446424no our chain guns jammed and they were burning our boys
>>32446441>Nah, we're a veteran. Shouting attack names is for hotblooded pilots.Kai Kitamura disagrees with you.
>we might have to face this manhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S9ptM2LHSw
>>32446489I saw us as more of a Sanger or a Ratsel, though if anything that increases the chance that we'll be shouting out our attacks.
You cycle through available options. For a brief moment you concider the GDI Titan, if nothing else than for nostalgia's sake. You remember the lumbering walkers and their unstable, finicky control systems, the constant recalibrations and extra maintenance hours that had to be spent on them. It didn't take long for the early walkers to be replaced by AS technology, however, and by now, most Titans are scrap or museum pieces.Right now, though, you're more interested in the future than the past. Selecting the GESPENST option, you watch the cockpit reconfigure, as several monitors slide up to form a composite viewscreen in front of you. The operating system and controls of this mech are unfamiliar, different from what you're used to. It'll take some getting used to, but you want to learn more about the prototype unit.The front screens come to life, displaying a mostly featureless landscape. In the distance, another Gespenst, colored bright red, looms."Well, Major! Picking the Gespenst? I figured you've got good taste." Katina's voice rings out in your headphones. "I don't think you've been trained in piloting a PT, though, Sir. Want a little crash course first?">Sure>I'll figure it out on my own>Write in
>>32446609>Sureits a good idea to learn what our new steed can do!>>32446544>>32446570Fuck No!
>>32446609>>SureThough by crash course she probably means blowing us up.
>>32446574All I'm trying to say though is even though we're a veteran, it doesn't mean we can't shout attack names now and then. >>32446609>>I'll figure it out on my ownThe manliest option.
>>32446609>SureAlways take advice when first-time piloting a particular mech.
>>32446544>>32446570why should we worry?
>>32446609>>SureA soldier always has a thing or two to learn.
>>32446609>I'll figure it out on my ownIf you learn it on your own, it'll stick better. And this isn't exactly a live firing deal. Let's just see how far we can get without help.
>>32446734He is the commander of the brotherhoods black hand. aka people you do not want to fuck with!
I am a bit confused by Katina piloting the Gespenst. I thought Lamia was supposed to do that when it was recovered.
>>32445261OP, a heads up - you linked to the first thread under 'pilot roster'.
>>32446777this is mithral we are working for now.
>>32446777Just remember, if we ever encounter a Gespenst Type-S, or a Gespenst Mk. II-S and it's unpiloted/badguy piloted, we take the thing and make it our personal unit.
>>32446904Yep, MITHRIL. State of the art technology. High risk anti-terrorism missions. Tiny, tiny, tiny commanding officer.
>>32447063and a guy that can't turn operator mode off!
"Sure, Lt," you reply. "I'd like to know as much as possible about this machine.""Alright Boss." Katina's Gespenst approaches yours, (from looking at the limbs at least) seems to be painted white. "Here's some pointers. One, the PT has a macro maneuvering system. You can basically set up an attack or evasive pattern and trigger it with hotkeys or vocal commands. You hardly need to touch the controls while a saved maneuver executes, just set the target point and watch it happen. Word of warning, though, smart opponents figure out the pattern and start dodging or countering, so make sure you have a few different versions for each attack." Having explained that, the Lieutenant shows off the punch maneuver you saw her finish off the Tieren with in Azadistan. "See? It does most of the movements automatically when I shout the attack name." Katina smiles at you from the vidscreen in the left bottom corner of the monitor. "Now, point two. The Gespenst is a bit larger than AS and mobile suit types, so it's well suited for close range attacks. It's better armored, too, but it's not slower. I like a mech that lets me close in fast and punch the bad guys' heads off. Oh, and three," the blonde continues, "the Gespenst has a plasma cutter. You should try it out, it's pretty cool."Katina's mech dissolves into pixels, but her voice still fills your ears. "I'm gonna do a combat scenario, Sir. Once you've figured out the controls, why don't you join me for a friendly spar?"You look down at the unfamiliar controls. Let's see how different this mech really is...>Roll 1d100
Rolled 26>>32447186lets do this!
Rolled 7>>32447186GESPENST GO!
>>32447232>>32447233>>32447237We are the worst gespenst pilot. Ever.
Rolled 50>>32447259we are new at this! its not a wolverine!
>>32447259It's because we read the manual
>>32447265>inb4 old has-been pilot constantly outshined by his team
Rolled 33>>32447186god damn it!
the dice gods are laughing at usWhen do we kill them?
>>32447347You don't. Because you have to roll to attack.
>>32447360So we get some pulse lasers, then.
Rolled 10>>32447186Maybe the Gespenst just isn't for us.
>7 rolls>highest is 50laughingdicegods.jpg
Jesus, no rolls over 50, dice gods are being mean today.
>>32447449>>32447462They're obviously against this machine.
Rolled 88>>32447186fine I gues I will give it a shot
You consider engaging tutorial mode, but decide against it. Can't be that different from the other models you've piloted before, you think. As your mech takes its first stumbling steps, you quickly realize how mistaken that assumption was. The joysticks don't seem to control leg movement at all, just the torso. Instead, the legs seem to be operated with pedals. With Katina's explanation about macros, you at least know what the keyboard in the arm rests is for, but you still have no idea how to use it.There's no choice. You have to use THAT... before you embarass yourself any further. You press a combination of buttons to bring up a menu on the simulator screen and select the one thing you never thought you'd use.TUTORIAL MODEAt least no one saw that.>You have learned the very basics of Gespenst operation!>Exit simulator>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)>Accept Katina's challenge (other machine)>Try a solo scenario (Gespenst)
>>32447554>>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)We must remove the shame of tutorial mode. Immediately challenge her to a fight and turn off the assist computer.
>>32447554>>Accept Katina's challenge (other machine)Lets jump back to an Armslave before we embarrass ourselves for real.
>>32447554>>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)We're obviously not a book learning kind of guy. Maybe combat will make things fall into place.
>>32447554>Try a solo scenario (Gespenst)start with the basics I guess...
>Accept Katina's challenge (GDI Titan)
>>32447602THATS A DEATH WISH!
>>32447554>>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)We're the hotblooded veteran type. So let's get going!
>>32447554>Accept Katina's challenge (other machine)Let's take the Gernsback for a spin. It's likely to be our main unit now that we're with Mithril, we should practice a bit in it. We're still way too early in the story to get out ace custom unit, so we need to be able to use our grunt suit to its best capacity.
>>32447554>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)LETS FUCKING GO!
>>32447554>>Accept Katina's challenge (Gespenst)We need to just shout out all our attacks. Fuck joysticks.
while we waithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPeMvN7JaA8
Katina's face pops up in your vidfeed again, slightly flustered. "Well, that was fun. So, Major, how'd it go?""Great." You manage to squeeze out a reply. The Lieutenant doesn't seem to notice you said it through gritted teeth. "Well, then, Sir. How about that challenge?" "Sure," you hear yourself saying. "Let's go now, Lt."You could take some time to select a different mech. One you're more familiar with. One you didn't just embarass yourself thoroughly in. But no, you think. Screw that. Gespenst or bust. You'll even do that stupid attack shouting thing if you can get it to work.Katina's mech takes up a combat stance in the distance. She's smiling at you through the vidcomm screen. "You got balls, Major, I'll give you that. I'm not gonna go easy on you just because you're learning. Best way to teach a man to swim is dump him in the water, like my dad used to say."She's getting ready to charge. The engine's flaring up in a whitish haze of plasma.>Defend>Evade>Counter
>>32447883Is "shoot them full of holes before they hit you" considered a counter?Because do that.
>>32447883>EvadeDo NOT get plasma staked. Best way to fight Katina is to make sure she doesn't get in close with you.
>>32447883>EvadeLet's not get punched!
>>32447883>>EvadeWe just might fall on our ass.
>>32448152You could say that we're about...*puts on shades*...to get butthurt
Rolled 88>EVADE selected>roll 1d100
>>32448152Which is why I suggested we stand still and shoot.It's the most effective solution when you can't work the controls for shit and your opponent is making a beeline for you. It's like the next best thing to a stationary target, aiming-wise.
Rolled 74>>32448225Oh my.
Rolled 3>>32448225were boned
Rolled 71>>32448225Here we go!
Rolled 53>>32448247>>32448255>>32448256>>32448294Correction: we're going to get knocked on our ass.
Rolled 72>>32448325its not going to be that bad
Rolled 17>>32448225Well shit,
>>32448337Poor Major Walter. First day with a new chain of command and he gets blown the fuck out in a simulation.
Rolled 66>>32448325have hope
The red Gespenst screams towards you, proximity alarms and target lock warnings ringing out in your cockpit. There's little time to think and less to waste. A quick reaction is needed. You jink to the left and burn the leg-mounted vernier thrusters for a half second to get out of melee range. An impressive maneuver, you think, for someone that couldn't even move this pile of junk properly.But Katina reads your intent. Adjusting her course, she closes the distance with a rapid maneuver. You see the fist of her mech glowing hot with plasma right before it hits you. Warning sirens blare.>One hit left until critical damage.>You have control.
>>32448488>Grab onto her mech so she can't work up a charge again>Unload with everything we got
>>32448525Scream out 'GESPENST SUICIDE BOMBER' while doing it.
>>32448488What's the Gespenst armed with? It's been a while since I've played OG1. We have the Split Missiles, right? If so, unload with those to make her back off, then follow it up with our assault rifle.
>>32448552thats nod thinking boy!
>>32448488Roundhouse kick her!
>>32448525This is a good idea.
You can't do the advanced punch and kick maneuvers that Katina has at her disposal. But at least you know well how to use conventional weapons systems.You flip open the safety on the missiles and lock the target. It's not hard - seeing as it's right in your face, drawing back a fist for another attack.>Roll 1d100.
>>32448552I was thinking less suicidal and more disabling her biggest weapon.
Rolled 16>>32448718GESPENST MISSILE!
Rolled 61>>32448718COME ON! DICE!
Rolled 7>>32448718This will probably be disappointing.
Rolled 41>>32448718Here we go. SPLIT MISSILE!
>>32448718BANG BANG BANG BANG!
>>32448747>>32448755>>32448766We really should just give up on the gespenst. /tg/ really doesn't want us using it.
Rolled 24>>32448718We are so bad at this robot!
Rolled 40>>32448798fucking hell!
>>32448801I agree. Get me an M9 please.
>>32448801I voted for the Gernsback, I don't know why people wanted to use the Gespy. It's not like we're going to be piloting one, anyway.
>>32448907Game over, man. Game over.
>>32448907I CALL HACKS!
>>32448895The Gespy is cooler, and when they hit Mass Production they'll literally be everywhere, of every specialization. They're also superior to the Gernsback, and everything in the PT and Grungust line has a Gespy based cockpit, so it's worth learning how to use it.
and this is why I like d20 for quests but thats just me
>>32448916Okay, we're doing a rematch with the Gernsback after this. She can stay in the Gespenst, we just need a suit we can control more easily. We're used to augmented motion feedback controls, I don't know why we're trying this joystick and voice command crap.
>>32448965I think it's likely, though, that we'll go straight from the Gernsback to our personal custom machine. And who knows what sort of control scheme that will have? It could be a direct neural link, even, given the shows that are in this quest.
>>32448973ugh.With d20 we would've crit failed the first check. No thanks.
The cluster submunition system marked on yourscreen as SPLT MSL comes to life. Rocket-propelled canisters roar towards Katina's PT and fragment into smaller projectiles, enveloping the mech in a haze of explosions. You move away from the blast, looking to get a good firing position and to put some distance between her and you, negating her advantage. But when the smoke clears, you watch with a sinking feeling as Katina's Gespenst draws something that looks like... a sword made out of plasma?And then throws it right into the center of your mech.REACTOR CORE BREACHEDCRITICAL DAMAGE"Now we're even for the arm wrestling, Sir," Katina calls out to you, grinning widely.>Rematch (other mech)>Exit simulator and go to (write in)
>>32449184>RematchOur determination and resolve will not be so easily undone.
>>32449184>>Exit simulator and go to bar (if there is one)Drink NOW!
>>32449184>>Exit simulator and go to (write in)We're even now. Lets take a walk around the Cu Chulainn, get to know the ship.
>>32449184>>RematchWe came here to learn the capabilities of the Gespenst. Katina can cackle all she wants as long as we learn the best way to utilize these machines.
>>32449184>Rematch (M9 Gernsback)
>>32449222We can't ask for a rematch after refusing hers.
>>32449269Then call it tutoring.
>>32449184>Train in Gernsback.
>>32449184Ask Katina if anyone else has training in Gespents aside from Lamia, and how long it normally takes to reach proficiency.
>>32449184>Exit simulator and go to (write in)"I think I'll take you up on that later, after my ego's had some time to heal. I'm going to go check in on the rest of the squad, see how they're settling in."And then we go find Russel and grill him for information on Katina's weaknesses. THEN we rematch her.
>Get into a completely unfamiliar machine>get 10 minutes of tutorials>lose a sparring match to a pilot extremely familiar with the machine>depressionSeriously, you people need to put this shit in perspective.
>>32449536agreed and hell we not even in mission 1 yet. We need to calm the fuck down
>>32449536Did you not see the dice gods clear displeasure with the Gespenst?
>>32449637Sure, but that doesn't really affect the fact that we were using a machine we barely knew how to move.
Rolled 68>>32449637the dice gods hate everyone!watch
>>32449659Nah, they seem pretty chill with you.
I can only say that I'm glad that we're getting the roll fails out of the way before we actually need to roll well.
Rolled 40>>32449695thats true
>>32449695>implying the ride ever ends
>>32449720I can hope, right? .....right?
>>32449771Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
You're itching for a rematch. But you know well enough that if you try to fight her in a Gespenst again, you'll just get soundly beaten again.As the shaking and blaring inside the cockpit subsides, you switch off the sim unit and open the hatch, stepping outside. Looking at Katina's pod, you see her head looking out of an opened hatch. She climbs up on the sim bubble, gives you a thumbs up and jumps down onto the floor."Well, Major, this was fun. Nice going with the Gespenst. I didn't think you could get it moving this fast." Katina says to you as you both leave the simulator room. You nod. "Thanks. That system is completely different from the haptic feedback unit that Arm Slaves and mobile suits use. How long did it take you to get proficient with it?"Katina turns away to wipe the sweat off her brow with a small towel, then looks back to you to reply. "About 3 months, Sir. Lamia took to it much faster, though. She got it in less than 3 weeks. It's like she was born and bred to pilot that particular machine.""I see." You ponder this information. "So who else has been trained in Gespenst use besides you and Lt Loveless?""Well, boss," Katina says, "Russel was scheduled to start qualifying for Gespenst use once the field tests had been completed. He's read the manual and done some sim excercises, but he hasn't taken the proficiency exams yet. Besides us, I heard there's another team that was being trained to use PTs, but I don't know them. Don't even know how many of them there are."You walk Katina to her quarters, and as she retires to her room to shower, you proceed to leisurely stroll down to the mess hall, where a small bar has also been set up. Russel is there, as well as Lamia, both of them seated around a table talking to a blonde man and Asian woman in Mithril uniforms.The monitor above the bar is tuned to a news broadcast. You look up to catch the last bits of an interview with an Elzam Branstein, taglined as "Space settlement visionaire".(1/2)
>>32449860Oh hey, It's Mao and Kurz. Cool. Though given that we have the OG characters in here, we may wind up with two ladies named Mao on our team. That could be kind of confusing in conversation.
"As I was saying before," the man in the broadcast is saying, "the human race has no future on Earth. Like so many of us, I have seen the ancestral homelands of the Branstein family ravaged and destroyed by Tiberium. I vowed to build humanity a better home, among the stars.""Yes, mr Branstein," the interviewer interjects, "and the public was quite awed when your family spent a massive chunk of your considerable fortune to ship the entire Castle Branstein, brick by brick, to one of the currently in-contruction Lagrange habitats. Some may call this extravagant overspending a folly inherent to aristocrats. How would you explain it?""I do not wish to explain it." The man's expression changes only slightly, revealing just a fraction of emotion. "It was a folly, of course, an act of romantic nostalgia. In these times, it is all we can do to remain human."The interviewer pauses, before looking back at the well-dressed, imposing noble. "Well, we can't really dwell on this subject, but I'd like to ask you a different question. Besides your being the scion of a noble line and a pioneer of space exploration, you are also an accomplished cook. I was wondering if you could share some of your favorite recipes with the audience..."You look away from the screen. Your squad members and the Mithril staff have noticed you and are waving you over.>You have control.
>>32450121Grab a drink at the bar and go over to the squad and Mithril people.
>>32450121>>32450147I agree. Mao and Kurtz are awesome.
>>32450121Elzam can't share his favorite recipes! He's the Mystery Gourmet. Technically the Riddle Gourmet, due to a mistranslation (His alter ego's name should be Ratselhafter, not Ratsel) but the point stands. He can't just give those recipes up. The nerve of that interviewer. Whatever, let's get our mind off such things. Let's head over to the squad and get familiar with the Mithril pilots. Where's Sosuke during this? Is he off at Jindai right now, or is he just not at the bar because he dislikes alcohol?
>>32450175Speaking of which, what color are we painting our personal suits, and what is our soundtrack?
>>32450147Agreed, lets be sociable.
>>32450293not that far yet!
>>32450202Yeah, lets get to know the Mithril people. They're our comrades now, after all.
>>32450335How many kids are we gonna have and what will we name them?
>>32450335Psh. It's never too early for this shit. I say color: Dark GreySoundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBlaWzMiZYw&index=27
>>32450293Good question. For song, I think we should go for something along the lines of 13th Azad Task Force from Gundam F90 (I know that was just a manga, but it appeared in SD Gundam Generation, so it gets its own theme song). It's not hotblooded and dramatic, it's got more of a calm intensity to it. Appropriate for a veteran-style ace, I think.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Y6yT1pHHk&list=PL1172FB98833C4C85&index=38As for color, we're tacticool. Dark grey and navy. Arm Slaves are frequently deployed for special operations, so looking a bit like a SWAT unit appeals to me.
>>32450404You know what.. I like it. Great color choice and the song was pretty good too.
You order a beer and join the others at the table. A "Hey Major" from Russel and a whispered greeting from Lamia are the first words to welcome you. The man in the Mithril uniform stands up to shake your hand, face flushed with alcohol. "Major Walter? Sergeant Kurz Weber, and may I say I envy you SO MUCH for how you lucked out with your squad. Seriously, I watched them come on board and the first thing I said to Tessa was "how do I get out of this outfit and into THAT one?" He finally lets go of your hand. The black-haired woman gives him a stony glare, and as she turns her gaze to you you can't help but feel like collateral damage."Sergeant Melissa Mao, Sir." She introduces herself quickly and curtly, then sits back down. "I hope Weber's little performance won't affect your judgement of all of us at Mithril. We're actually not all douchebags.""Oh come on, Mao!" Kurz moans. "You'd have done the same in my place if you'd seen a bunch of hunks come on board, right?" "I'm a professional, Weber." The reply is swift.You talk for a bit. It turns out these two are Mithril's foremost AS pilots, assigned to test out the newest units in the arsenal, the Gernsback and Falke. While Mao is an urban combat specialist, Weber is a long range support sniper, both in a mech and outside of it."We've got another pilot that's really good, especially for his age, but he's on a babysitting assignment right now." Kurz's comment is cryptic but you know better than to ask for details. It's all need-to-know, probably.>Talk to (person) about (subject)
>>32450758>>Talk to (person) about (subject)Lamia and Russel, Gespenst Kick.
>>32450758Ask Mao about how Mithril operates. Need to know their tactics if we are gonna work with them and not be in the way.
>>32450758Ask Kurtz and Mao if they can talk about operations they've done in the past against stuff like the giant mech we faced earlier.
>>32450758>Talk to (person) about (subject)I'd like to ask Mao and Kurz about the various black technologies Mithril is supposed to police. They've been with the organization for a while, have they seen anything particularly weird? Because we really need to know what to expect. Was that giant, force-fielded Behemoth the norm around here or an exception to the rule?
>>32450758Can we get SOP from Mao?A briefing on all the wacky bullshit we're likely to encounter would also be helpful.
>sorry, guys, have to pause here due to connection problems. The quest wil resume tomorrow, same time.
>>32451237Thanks for running, TD.
>>32451237ya most of the internet is on fire right nowhttp://internetpulse.com/
>>32451237Thanks for running, glad to see this going.>>32451255Whats going on?
>>32451237That's fine. See you tomorrow, TimeDiver.
>>32451237Thanks for running TD! I'm looking forward to more.