Archive>The story so far: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Shadows%20of%20Zeon>Old Optional Sidesmut: http://pastebin.com/PFjU8efe>New Second Sidesmut: http://pastebin.com/2vbLjgkMNormal Runtime>Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm UK time (5pm EST; 2pm PST)Twitter>@QMKingofHeartsToday is June 12th, UC 0084. You are Dominic O'Hara, a Commander in the Titans anti-terror organization and squadron leader for the mobile weapon forces aboard the SCV-82 Valkyrie, and you've just found yourself suddenly roused by a sharp pain in your side. Looking about you realize quickly that you've rolled out of bed and fallen to the floor... specifically, the floor in your own quarters. Which is strange, given that the last you remember you had just shut your eyes for a moment over in Carya and Catrina's quarters, while sitting at their bedside.Rising slowly to your feet and shaking your head to clear it, you see that the sisters are resting, serene and apparently quite comfortable, in your bed.You recall clearly yesterday's excitement: first you ended a siege against some insurgents who'd stolen a few GM models and taken an office building hostage, then you learned that Titans had been used to help pull off a coup by the new leader of the Principality remnants, Colonel Voight. He's man who plays at “honor” while using ruthless and underhanded methods to gain more power for himself and his faction, and who considers the whole current generation of humanity to be forfeit after the Zabis lost their war. So far, it seems he may prove to be a bigger pain in your ass than Delaz was.(1/2)
>>35589581You also recall Carrina threatening to make him 'dance like a finger puppet' for his role in the events that led to Catrina's death in the Flanagan Newtype labs, after which she seemed to collapse from some kind of emotional burnout. With a heavy sigh you rub your stiff neck and stare at the clock on your nightstand: it's just after 06:00 hours. Plenty of time to get something done, or to just sleep some more.>Go back to sleep, you're tired.>The copy of Heart of Darkness Rosse gave you for your birthday is still sitting on the desk. Finish reading it.>Wake the Sisters to see how they're doing.>See if you can't spend an hour or two meditating, or something. Work on your senses a little.>Other
>>35589622>>See if you can't spend an hour or two meditating, or something. Work on your senses a little.
>>35589622>>The copy of Heart of Darkness Rosse gave you for your birthday is still sitting on the desk. Finish reading it.
>>35589622>The copy of Heart of Darkness Rosse gave you for your birthday is still sitting on the desk. Finish reading it.There will never truly be time to just finish reading a book... something will always come up...
>>35589622Coffee. We're up, get the Ships Morning started with a cup of caffeine. Or seven. Track down Karen after we've had the chance to freshen up and figure out what our next course of action is. No better way to meditate than burying yourself in work.Let the Twins sleep-in.
>>35589622>>The copy of Heart of Darkness Rosse gave you for your birthday is still sitting on the desk. Finish reading it.gotta know the classics
>>35589622>The copy of Heart of Darkness Rosse gave you for your birthday is still sitting on the desk. Finish reading it.Aw, thanks Rosse. We'll try not to draw too many parallels between it and our current situation.
>>35589622>OtherGrab some coffee. Then lets see what we can find about that Voight guy.We're probably going to be assigned on chasing him, so we might as well get an early start.
>>35589622You decide to flip open the small, red-backed copy of Heart of Darkness that Rosse gave to you as a gift. No doubt she sensed your dissatisfaction at how much of your youth felt 'wasted' to you, either through your own antics or to the war, and picked out a couple of books that you would have been assigned to read had the war not interfered. Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye, Heart of Darkness, Hamlet, Our Town... all in pocket-sized hardback, to better fit in your limited quarters. Something about Conrad's writing speaks true to you, even after so many centuries. The book predates modern notions of racism and bigotry, and so of course Marlow's constant referral to the Africans in his crew in terms of objects or machinery is jarring to your "modern sensibilities". But then again, how different were Marlow and Kurtz from the Federation you served? After all these years, has humanity advanced at ALL? Or is that notion an illusion, produced by the incongruity of a spacefaring civilization that still treats its own colonists like a source of revenue to be controlled and manipulated at will?When you look back up you find that Carya is looking over at you with clear concern in her eyes."... you okay?" she asks nervously.It takes you a moment to reply. "Fine. Just... reading. So why are you here?"Carya shrugs back at you before rising to her feet. "Your mattress has a memory foam topper, so it's comfier." She then walks across the room in her underwear to set up your coffee machine. The time on the digital clock at its base reads 07:45.>Ask her about what happened yesterday>Look into what your crew is up to>Look into what the rest of Titans is doing now (d100)>Other
>>35589713>VoightIt would not have taken much to SHUT IT DOWN. He was in the colony cluster. Minovsky interference and the zero timelag for his broadcast insured he had to be. Throw our dick down the marble halls of Industrial 7 and insure the bastard didn't get away with our Titan authority behind it.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>35590122>Look into what the rest of Titans is doing now (d100)
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>35590122>>Look into what the rest of Titans is doing now (d100)
>>35590122>Ask her about what happened yesterdayThat is if she's willing to share any particular details that she might not have wanted to divulge in front of the rest of the crew.
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>35590122Hit-up our benevolent overlord, ALICE, for info on her progress at cracking the satellite proxies. Has she made some progress or is it a crapshoot?
>>35590122>Ask her about what happened yesterday
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>35590122>>Ask her about what happened yesterdaythen>Look into what the rest of Titans is doing now
>>35590122>She then walks across the room in her underwearAdmire the view.
>>35590122Damn it, I explicitly said "try not to draw too many parallels". You had one job, Dominic.>Look into what your crew is up to
>>35590145It was a couple hours ago, right? He could have left the cluster in the meantime.Maybe we can check if the Titans spotted him leaving. If so, we could at least get some clue on where's he heading or where his forces are currently hiding. If not, then there's a chance he's still around the cluster.Anyway, we definitively need to check out from where the transmission came from.
>>35590145The time delay from the Earth to the moon is only 1.28 seconds, and bouncing a laser signal off a series of satellites would largely circumvent Minovsky interference. He was a good distance away, I just didn't see the point in including a time delay that would be barely noticeable.
>>35590122>Look into what the rest of Titans is doing now (d100)ask her if she wants to talk about yesterday, but don't push the subject. We are here if she wants to talk...
>After all these years, has humanity advanced at ALL?Reminder that it all leads to the Reguild Century calendar.
>>35590447And from there to the Correct Century, where the answer is a definite "NO". It's only a matter of time until the Moonlight Butterfly.
>>35590313>didn't see the pointAnd that's why I jumped to conclusions.Speaking of, when can we get our hands on a Powered GM?The Cardigan is one sexy suit.
>>35590472We've got the Proto-S Gundam and you want a Powered GM? Come on, at least get a Nemo Cardigan.
>>35590472I don't like the head. If only it too the GMII head. Or anyone else's.
>>35590122>[x]Hug from behind>[x]So, what happened yesterday... want to talk about it?
>>35590472The multipurpose sub-arms are good It makes a recurrence for a limited time in the Jesta and only becomes a standard grunt feature during Reguild Century
>>35590507Build Fighters has me moist over it.
mfw We build the Caitsith 1000 years ahead of its due time
>>35590122“Officer thinking there,” you comment idly as Carya returns to flop down beside you on your small couch. You retrieve a small slate from the edge of the couch and sign into the Valkyrie's wireless network. Briefly checking your email as Carya shakes her head, apparently trying to wake Catrina up, you sign into your email and scroll down through the most recent messages. Internal memos... unimportant. Lost and found notice from Catharine... you wouldn't even wear that on shore leave, so it's clearly not yours. A message from your father regarding the tartan skirts... interesting. You shoot back a quick reply that they've gone over well, and continue on. Finally, a message just now from Audrey, asking you to head down to the hangar deck when you have a free moment. “Sounds interesting,” Catrina lies as she peeks over your shoulder. “You want some coffee?”The bittersweet smell of delicious caffeine tempts your nostrils. “Oh god, yes.”Your attention then turns towards Titans. A few reports you can find reveal that Riddick is pretty pissed about being used as part of an elaborate coup by a Principality officer... figures he would be, but then again you kinda figure he's been asking for it. A few protests have been put down in recent days regarding an increase in the tariff rates on colony-to-colony exports: thankfully, the Titans responders showed some restraint. The only case where violence was used involved birdlime instead of bullets... damn that stuff looks sticky. There's also an errant file which mentions that adult candidates are being recruited for cyber-Newtype surgery... along with numerous warnings about the potential side effects and complications. Unsurprisingly, the Murasame lab has had few takers. After taking a sip at her cup and passing you your own, Catrina steps out into the hallway, still in her undergarments. “I'll get dressed,” she tells you. “Catch you later.”(1/2)
>>35590639>Head to the hangar deck?>Continue working on data gathering?>Other?
>>35590639>Head to the hangar deck?Might as well get to it nice and early before anything else comes up.
>>35590639>>Continue working on data gathering?
>>35590662Head to the hangar deck. We can dig some more info on our way there, or get Alice on it.>>35590472Maybe South and his team end up in some. The Powered GMs are around, but are used for testing some tech.
>>35590472I have the Powered Arms on the way from Japan.As for in the quest, a few little details here and there may work their way in. dem beam saber mounts tho
>>35590662>>Head to the hangar deck?
>>35590639"Gimme a kiss for luck. I've a feeling something is a-foot. Or the Enginseers down in the hangar have created a monster."Head for the hangar."ALICE? Any headway on those satellite proxies or finding any dirt on the Titans or the Newtype Labs?"
>>35590662>Continue working on data gathering?Is the Titans' unused Solar Ray gathering dust? What are they planning to do with it now? A hard counter against MarsAxis Zeon? We can hope it's only for that.
>>35590798Of course. It's not like they're going to fire it in order to decimate that new Zeon dude while we're busy engaging them.
>>35590725>Powered ArmsMy darker complexioned brother.
>>35590662“... there better not be any cackling going on down there...” you mutter darkly.“ALICE?”The AI appears on your tablet's screen. “Yes, Commander?”“Walk with me.”You step out into the hallway and pass your team's rooms: Haman and Rosse are of eating breakfast, and Carya is apparently showering. Audrey, predictably, isn't in her room. Finally you reach the end of the spinning hab cylinder and kick off into the freefall, catching a railing at the far end of the room and easing your momentum down into the hallway that runs to the hangar.“Do me a favor,” you tell ALICE, “and see how much you can dig up on the Murasame lab's new program. I'll get back to you a bit later.”The rusty-haired 'idol' snaps off a little salute (with the wrong hand, you note) before disappearing into... wherever it is she goes when she's not talking to you.“Commander!” Audrey calls. “Over here!”You drift your way over to Audrey, where she's standing with Emary and the Doctor, and take a long sip of coffee.“You're all up early,” you comment casually, nodding to Emary. The poor girl looks exhausted for some reason, like she's been working all night. Which you figure probably isn't far from the truth.”“I was thinking we could all have a little chat,” the Doctor tells you with a grin.“About?”One of his eyebrows lifts ever so slightly. “Weapons.”“I'm all ears.”“Well,” Audrey begins, “what do you want to discuss first? We've got some ideas for modifications to our remote weapons and psycommus, and we've discussed a few options for our second team's machines with Emma. You'll have to approve those.”>Remote Weapons>Psycommu>Second Team
>>35591148>Second TeamBest keep everyone at full strength.
>>35591148>Second TeamAdd something like a Mega Bazooka Launcher onto the Base Jabber platform with a couple of mobile suits and we got the MS equivalent of a heavy weapons team.
>>35591148>Second TeamLets start with them, Second Team doesn't get enough R&D loving...
>>35591148>Second Team"Granted. Are the Quels and Hizacks up-to-snuff now or are they still underpowered coffins?">Psycommu"Have you and the Good Doktor managed to get the Schnee Weiss' back to supporting funnels and bits or have you bolted it to the Val Varo. For reasons.">Remote Weapons"Has the receiver and propellant tanks been expanded for longer operational time and range?"
>>35591226What, you mean this? It already exists, man. Has since the One Year War. No reason we can't upgrade it with modern technology, though.
>>35591148>Second TeamAs tempted as I am to make the Ikebanas into even more horrifying monstrosities than they already are, we really shouldn't neglect the other suits.
>>35591148Did Roberto and Apolly get their hands on suits from the Australian Safari to visit Nina? They probably stole them after South made them sweat over trees that kill you from breathing in their spores or duck-billed abominations with venom so painful even morphine can't take the edge off.
>>35591404Honestly, I don't even know why people make things up about Australian wildlife, the real stuff is so much worse. Maybe they're actually trying to make us feel better by hiding the horrible truth?
>>35591226I'm trying to think of some possible upgrades for a base jabber and besides making them psycommu controlled and serve as mobile weapon platforms, I'm drawing a blank.Maybe make them capable of switching what they carry? They could carry around a couple of MS (the current version), serve as a mobile weapon platform (replace the part that the suits are standing on with guns) or as a supply/repairs unit.
>>35591447I still have this suspicion that when Zeon initially dropped the colony, the collective psyche of humanity forced it off course to wipe Australia off the map. Good riddance. Even your freaking soil can kill you. Damn convicts.
>>35591527But the colony drop didn't kill them. It only made the local wildlife angrier and staunch supporters of the Titans.
>>35591527I will say this about Australia: Of the plants there that are not horribly poisonous, most of them are actually pretty tasty. I am fully in support of the efforts to make domesticated versions of quandong or muntry.
>>35591148“Alright,” you reply. “Let's start with that. What've we got?”“The Mark Two, and a pair of Quels,” Emary lists. “The Quels are pretty underwhelming, so we're scheduled to pick up two refined-type Barzams in the next few days.”“Good,” you muse. “And not Hizacks... they really screwed the pooch by refusing to use Gundarium.”“Indeed,” the Doctor agrees, his strange glasses doing nothing to hide the tug of a smile at his cheeks. “Those will come with a beam gun each, but we think we can do better.”“In addition to moving the beam sabers to the shoulders, we plan to add small missile launchers to their shields,” Audrey explains. “Eight missiles each to round out their weapons loadout... plus they've got Gundarium-gamma in them, so they'll be able to stand their own in a fight.”“We also wanted to add some weapons to our subflight systems,” Emary adds as she rubs her eyes. “One beam gun is kinda pathetic. We were thinking missiles.”“Maybe a really big gun?” you ask hopefully. “Turn it into mobile artillery?”The Doctor shakes his head. “No, I'm afraid we considered that. It would cut into the fuel storage and weigh the whole package down. Interferes with their carrying abilities.”“Plus,” Audrey adds, looking around the hangar. “Where'd we put them? The Val Varo's already downstairs.”"We'll think about other upgrades to the base jabbers after we get the Barzams settled," Emary promises. (1/2)
>>35591586Of course it didn't kill the wildlife. Not enough colonies were dropped. >>35591591>domesticating Australian wildlifeNow you're pulling my leg.
>>35591630"As for the Mark II," the Doctor continues, "Miss Sheen seems set on the shoulder-mounted beam sabers, and seems to want to add a few missile launchers to the hips.""Both sound passable," you agree. "Anything more exciting?""We're trying to mount an I-Field to it," Emary tells you, "but the architecture just isn't there to support it, I'm afraid. We'd have to re-design some area of it extensively.""She settled on beam cannons added to the shield boosters," Audrey finishes.You shift your weight a little at the mention of the seemingly-cursed boosters: one nearly ended up jammed into the side of a cruiser last time you tested them."Don't worry," Audrey reassures you. "We've strengthened the mountings. They're solid Gundarium now.">Proceed with that, then>Add something?Also,>Remote weapons next>Psycommu next
>>35591667No, really. Australia is a continent of horrors, but there are a few good things there. Mostly plants. Plants are sessile, so their attempts at murder are entirely passive. Much easier to defang.
>>35591719>Proceed with that, then>Psycommu next
>>35591719>>Proceed with that, then>Psycommu next
>>35591719>Proceed with that, then>Remote weapons nextDo they have atmospheric-use funnels? Haman would love those.
>>35591719Add mounting points for Funnels similar to the Slattern package on the Lilium line. Even if the pilot cannot use them, it still brings more beams to the battle for a Newtype in a proper psychommu to control and field.Add an additional external propellant tank to increase it range and strengthen the wrist and hands with additional Gundarium encase someone gets punch happy.
>>35591719Since we're already making a !not!bawoo could we not try to replicate its mega partical cannon shield?>Remote weaponsCan we not get some incoms? I'm a sucker for them despite them never really appearing.
>remote weaponsDid they perfect Fin Funnels?
>>35591719>Proceed with that, then>Psycommu next>"She settled on beam cannons added to the shield boosters," Audrey finishes.As long as we don't need to have a fighter plane dock with it every time it needs to boost its firepower.
>>35591719>Proceed with that, thenI don't suppose it would be possible to add hardpoints? Being able to switch your loadout in the field would be nice.Also.>Psycommu next
>>35591936It's less like the canon Mk II, more like the Hazel.
>>35591870>!not!bawooIt's going to be beautiful.
You know, we could put Haman down in the legs of our suit and stick Audrey in another unit. Use the Lilium as a delivery vehicle for funnels while having the Schnee Weiss psychommu control them. It'd free up the incredibly target rich environment our suit is. Three pilots? Really?
>>355921433 pilots are kindof useless I'll admit. And is the Lilium still here?
>>35591993I liked the canon Mark II when it's docked with the G-Defenser, but I have a hard time liking it in its vanilla version.And now I'm wondering how this Mark II would perform with a waverider now.
>>35592189Yeah. It was Digivolved into the Ikabanana.
>>35592143Good idea.Also, speaking of funnels, we could maybe convert a Base Jabber into a funnel delivery vehicle.
>>35591870I thought we were making the Rebawwo?
>>35592143We could do that, but then we'd have to drop the sub-arms. Coordinating them and the funnels at the same time isn't really viable. Though I would like to give the other pilots more to do. Maybe add some reflector I-Fields so the Ikebana Bomber's beam guns can be aimed and fired while combined. Or have Haman handle the sensors while the funnels aren't viable so she can give us early warning information. Stuff like that.
>>35591719“Sounds like you've got the whole matter sorted,” you admit. “Send a copy of your plans to me and Karen and I'll make sure it all gets signed off on. But what was that about the psycommus?”Audrey grins. “Well, we've been figuring out a few things, and Nina's been working on some designs. The first thing would be to work on what's called a “bio-sensor”: basically it communicates data back into the pilot's mind. Or... 'pilots”, in our case.”“That sounds kind of risky,” you admit. “It could be difficult, yes,” Audrey admits. “But once we're at that point, there are three more options. The first is feeding back battle data from a Newtype, which could enhance a Newtype's skills or allow a non-Newtype to fight more like... well, like you, Dom. We've been calling it the NITRO system. It stands for some bullshit that really isn't important anyway, but it sounds cool.”More than one of you? That's actually a remarkably scary notion. Since you're not keen to show your feelings on that matter just yet, you ask for details on the other options.“Miss Purpleton came up with an idea when you asked her to consider means of defeating a “Slattern” upgrade,” the Doctor continues. “Her plan would be to boost the output of a Newtype's brainwaves and transmit them across all frequencies a remote weapon might be operating on. Essentially, it'd let you hijack them mid-battle.”Again... kind of terrifying. You press once more for the third option, reasoning that it's either sane... or a 'mystery box'.Turns out it's the latter.(1/2)
I just realized we have REFINED Barzams. Not the goofy looking Barzam. Someone pulled some serious strings for us to get those out of Pezun. Not a whole lot were produced.
>>35592305“The third option is called a psychoframe. It's a psycommu build right into the frame of a mobile suit, at an extremely fine scale. We honestly have no idea what it could be capable of,” Audrey admits. And that scares you too: if Audrey doesn't know what something does, it's some pretty serious voodoo. “So what are the short-term payoffs to each?” you ask.“Well,” Emary replies thoughtfully. “The Jammer would have little immediate benefit aside from easing the operation of existing systems. Once the bio-sensor is completed all the NITRO system needs is calibration, so it'd come online quickest. The psychoframe project would allow increasing ease of control over the systems and make it easier to run more complicated weapons, or a greater number of simple weapons.”“Sad that we lack the manpower to do all three at once,” the Doctor sighs wistfully.>Prioritize the Jammer>Prioritize the NITRO system>Prioritize the Psychoframe
>>35592362>Prioritize the Psychoframe
>>35592362>>Prioritize the NITRO system
>>35592340Alternate reality, anon. The Barzam design was pretty quickly shelved in favor of the Refined type, largely because the original was deemed supar after your field reports on the performance of the GM Quel. Quite a few of the less successful designs are going to be phased out rather quicker than they were in canon.
>>35592362Delegate research out to people we trust. We handle one while Nina and company handle the other two. Spread the juicy research out to prevent one party from having everything and to prevent it all from falling into enemy hands encase someone goes traitor. They would only get one out of the three instead of everything.
>>35592362>>Prioritize the PsychoframeOP Dom here we come, without moral or ethical issues of the others
>Prioritize the PsychoframeThe floating green T in space calls to us.
>>35592362>>Prioritize the Psychoframe
>>35592362Oh, this is a hard decision. Psycho-Jammer is awesome but only in certain situations. NITRO would be amazing, but is too close to Cyber-Newtype research for me to be comfortable with working on it while still with the Titans. We don't want them to steal our work. Didn't it also lead to increased aggression in the pilot? So I'm going to go with the Psychoframe. Because it is awesome, has no major issues, and I fear that we may need an Axis Shock at some point.
>>35592362The Jammer sounds like a tame, 2spooky EXAM.The NITRO is a Move-By-Wire system for the mindAnd the psychoframe is self explanatory.For now, go for the one that will have the greatest payoff for us. Which would be bio-sensor. It has the biggest impact for all of us, boosting our already frightening potential while also bringing our oldtypes up-to-par.
>>35592362>Prioritize the PsychoframeI still hold it might be handy to buy a lab or skunkworks of some description... let them make us a stockpile of materials, parts or help with mundane R&D...would be super helpful if/when we need to 'Clean House' with Titans...
>>35592577You've got to get the bio-sensor before any of the other stages.>>35592448>Delegate researchNina's base isn't secure. Anywhere else would be subject to regular oversight. The others kinda assumed that wouldn't be Kosher for you.
>>35592362>Prioritize the PsychoframeThe jammer is awesome, but so far we haven't ran into that many enemy newtypes that used funnels. The NiTRO is also great, but it just screams bad shit happening to the oldtype using it.So lets focus on this thing, so we can improve our funnels and other bit weapons.
>>35592651>Nina's base isn't secureThen we build Nina a secret base or steal one for her to lord over.The Garden of Thorns is still an option, right?
>>35592362>Prioritize the Jammer>>35592703>The jammer is awesome, but so far we haven't ran into that many enemy newtypes that used funnelsYou are going to eat those words.
>>35592713>The Garden of Thorns is still an option, right?You mean the place where the remaining Zeon remnants are holed up? Well, I guess we could take it over after we inevitably hunt down and kill Voight.
>>35592795Planning to remote Gundamjack the Psycho Gundam?
>>35592795Every crooked politician and ship had a ple clone. We're gonna need that Jammer sooner than later.
>>35592795Oh, no doubt. But we've got funnels of our own, and with a separate pilot just for them we should be able to dominate any funnel duels we get into. It would be bad if we ran into something like the MP Qubeley squad, but we're several years from the Ple clones being developed enough to pilot.
>>35592713Or we can 'titan' it. Right? Or do we need a promotion?
>>35592362"Bio-sensor, then the Psychoframe," you tell them. "Seems like a good balance of end results and short-term gains."Audrey nods. "Figured you couldn't resist the mystery box.""So what next? Remote weapons?"The good Doctor smiles. "Why, I think I hear my name being called. What we have is a matter of power or utility."You ask him what he means. "Well, it's quite simple: we can increase the size of the remote weapons so that they can either function as heavier support, or as funnel carriers."Audrey quickly catches your attention. "We could use the base jabbers, or even some old Mobile Balls as bases to carry weapons."Something about the mental image of a Ball covered in guns and missile pods strikes you as hilarious. But Audrey has a point: back in the war, the little fuckers had quite a bit of zip to them."The alternative," the Doctor concludes, "is to focus on new types of remote weapons, to increase your options in combat.""Haman and Rosse came up with a few designs," Audrey tells you. "Reflectors, hide bomb dispensers, magnetic mines, beam blades. Rossweisse even came up with something wild with I-fields she called a 'Fin Funnel'.""Tough to engineer and calibrate," Emary adds, "but damned impressive if they work. They may even be able to form a shield from M-particles between three or more of them.">Bigger is better, right? (focus on size and power)>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)
>>35592897>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)Can we get aerodynamic funnels capable of flying in atmosphere under gravity? Because I want those so much.
>>35592897>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)Atmo funnels is definitely a must. Gotta make sure it isn't weighed down by Earth's gravity.
>>35592897>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)
>>35592897A jack-of-all-trades support weapon will edge out the brute force of a Fin Funnel in the long run just for being far more versatile. Now, if we somehow get the operational time of a Fin Funnel...
>>35592897>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)You can also do absurd stuff if you modify the ship to be a bit carrier.
>>35592897>>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)basically what we are best at
>fin funnelsThis is going to be fun.
>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)FIN FUNNERU
>>35592897>>Be like water, Audrey (focus on utility and tricks)
>>35592897Modular funnels with the power and endurance of a Fin Funnel backing it. We would not be capable of carrying as many, but the payoff of versatility would be worth it. Similar to the exchangeable backpack system. Replace the funnel's head with a beam rifle attachment or a beam shield that morphs into a sabre. The possibilities are endless with plasma.
>>35592897>Something about the mental image of a Ball covered in guns and missile pods strikes you as hilarious.Don't dis the Dakka ball Dom.
>>35593159That's a Disco Ball you plebeian.
>>35592897A quote strikes you: something you heard back in high school that stayed with you all this time. “Water can flow or it can crash,” you declare. “Be water, Audrey.”“Soooo... utility?” she asks, looking at you quizzically. You smile. “I want all of the tricks, ladies and gentleman. All of the tricks. More tricks than I have room for in my sleeves.”The Doctor's grin is positively manic by this point as he claps you on the shoulder. “I knew there was a reason I stuck around this ship. I'll even work on bigger sleeves for you!”Like a man twenty years his junior, the Doctor springs off towards his work, dragging Emary along behind him.Audrey, however, hangs back. You notice her hand gripping the hem of her plaid skirt: like the Dress Gordon your father is so fond of, but lacking a yellow band. It's truly your team's own pattern, and your officers seem fond of them. But the skirt isn't what Audrey is concerned about... you can tell that much.“Well, you'd best get going then!” she tells you a bit too loudly. She's really not very good at hiding things, is she?>Move on, go do (write in)>Is there anything else?>What are you hiding? Maybe I can help?
>>35592897>>Bigger is better, right? (focus on size and power)Mobile bit power.
>>35593202>>What are you hiding? Maybe I can help?
>>35593202>Is there anything else?
>>35593202>What are you hiding? Maybe I can help?
>>35593202"Is the skirt too short? I'll tell them to turn the A/C down."
>>35593202Oh, Audrey. Embarrassed to show her panties. I bet they're shimapan.
>>35593202Oh, I get it. She really needs to use the bathroom but is embarrassed to say it. Her designs for a mobile suit cockpit to correct this problem will survive the ages until it is implemented by a group of space pirates in the distant future. And that's where G-Self comes from.
>>35593271But anon, making the ship colder won't help her!
>>35593300>Implying she's not going commando.
>>35593202>[x]So which of them do you have the crush on? Or is it both? We've got your back whichever it is.
>>35593379She obviously has a cold. Her face is really red. Did she get rained on? In space? Is that even possible? We should get her to the infirmary and her clothes off so she can dry off.
>>35593374Why don't space pirates use a catheter and diaper instead of wasting space in the cockpit? Does their own shit and piss provide power for the mobile suit?
>>35593374>NNNNNOOOOOOOPE.>>35593202“Audrey,” you intone. “You know something's up, and you know that I know something's up. So why hide it? If it's something I can help with I'd be happy to.”Your copilot shifts her weight nervously. “Well... you know how the Murasame lab is looking for volunteers to undergo cyber-Newtype surgery?”“Yeah,” you reply. “What... no.”Suddenly it dawns on you where this is going, and you're not sure if you dislike it, or if you truly, deeply despise it.“I'd be able to take the strain off you all a bit,” Audrey explains. “And I'm sure I'd be more useful in combat, too. It's a way for me to keep up with you all. So I've been... you know. Considering it.”>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)>I think it might actually work out to be a good thingI'll be popping off for a bit: maybe half an hour or so. Feel free to discuss things while I'm out: this vote, other stuff, etc.
>>35593557That is a very good question. I do not have an answer to it.
>>35593565>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)Rebecca Fanning. That is all.
>>35593565>>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)We've seen what happens to people there, somewhat and it is awful
>>35593565>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.Reasons for:We can probably mitigate the side effects with our presence.It might help keep her alive which is a strong argument in favor. Most soldiers would take some headaches for increased combat survivability.Reasons against:Potentially severe side effects.
>>35593565>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)Oh hell no. You're not going to risk your life and end up like that Cyber-Newtype. Or worse.You've been an invaluable member of the team, and we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you. You're the best sniper and engineer we have aboard, and you're doing amazing without the need for some insane scientist to drill into your head.
>>35593565[X] It's your call. We’ll do our best to support you if you decide to go through with it. But don't think that you have to in order to keep up, because you’re a damn good pilot and brilliant tech even without space magic bullshit.
>>35593565"Have you spent any amount of time down in the med-bay? Have you seen what happens to people who go through cyberization? Fanning is a good example. Ask Rosseweisse if you really want the nitty-gritty details. I'm sure she'll gladly tell you for even considering it."OTHER OPTION. This may be the perfect opportunity to gather information from the inside to shut the labs down."If you're willing to gather information on the inside so we can shut the place down, then sure. Sneak a copy of ALICE inside in a flashdrive.
>>35593565>>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.
>>35593632How is that relevant at all? Fanning is a natural newtype who was drugged out of her mind.>>35593565>I think it might actually work out to be a good thing
>>35593565>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.We should at least suggest that she investigate the process before she tries it.
>>35593714Fanning isn't a cyber newtype though. She's a natural who was abused and given highly dangerous drugs with little thought to her safety. Totally different.
>>35593565>>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)We love for who you are.You don't need to be a newtype you already done so much MS R&D to been a pilot!
>>35593750It's still an illustration of what may happen. Plus, if we let her go, Titans will indoctrinate her and turn Audrey into a sleeper agent to use against our team.
>>35593565>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.But tell her that we personally feel her performance has been excellent, and that her lack of Newtype abilities has in no way been a hindrance. Does she not remember any of our recent engagements? How awesome she was in them? Seriously, Audrey, you have to give yourself more credit.
>>35593565>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.advise she talk with Rosse about it. After all, Rosse IS one of the first CNTs...
>>35593796After seeing what they did to Rossweisse I doubt Dom would let ANYBODY near a Newtype lab.
>>35593796How would they indoctrinate her?
Maybe we should seriously about getting Audrey some Haro-piloted funnels?
>>35593852drugs and brainwashing
>>35593865> seriouslyArgh, meant to say "see".
>>35593840I'd think Dom would let her in to gather information. It's the one thing I'm pretty sure all of us in-thread would want. Shut it down.>>35593852Brainwashing. Drugs. Hypnosis. Hell, it's not that farfetched.
>>35593865Or get her to pilot alongside Alice.
>>35593872>>35593905Those tend to be REALLY obvious and require constant maintenance in gundam.
We have probable BAD END for Audrey when she dies on the operating table or dies at the hands of Titans for not following through by being a double-agent.Totally good options here. The mind-sex will be fantastic though.
>>35593978>sending Audrey>tell us what the D's been up>this and that>stole 250mil in cash>damaged your bullion>we considered sending MS to Cima>oh yeah, we're building a psychoframe
>>35593978Or they can use her as a hostage against us."Hey, one of your people is at Murasame Labs, right? It would be a damn shame if she suffered 'complications' during the operation..."
>>35593565>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)Potential brain damage isn't enough? Okay, how about undergoing brain surgery and interrogation from the people we've been trying to hide things from? Surely she sees the risk in that.
>>35593978You mean the constant maintenance she'd be under while inside a Titan's lab?You're far too optimistic if you think this isn't going to backfire horribly.
>>35593978Just don't point out she's piloting a Gundam and the hypnosis will be effective.>>35594032Titans have full access to all of our families. They would not even have to go that far to get leverage on us.Hence my fixation on getting everyone to Jupiter and past the Kuiper Belt.
>>35593565>You shouldn't do it (insert reasons)I don't why you should consider brainwashing, painful drugs, and a lobotomy.
>>35593565>>It's your call. I'll do my best to support you if you decide to go through with it.Honestly think that cyber newtypes get an excessively bad rap
>>35593565"Well," you tell her, momentarily reigning yourself in. "I could order you not to, but I won't do that. You want to be a member of this team?"Audrey nods resolutely. “There's no place I'd rather be than here. CERTAINLY not in a second-rate unit filled with war criminals in the making.""Then here's what you need to consider: you'd be subjecting yourself to god-knows-what at the hands of an organization that we all KNOW doesn't give a damn. They'd as soon find a way to hold you hostage or turn you against us as help you become a Newtype.""True..." she mutters. "But..."You interrupt her: you're not having a discussion about this. "Besides, I like you just the way you are, and the team NEEDS you the way you are. You're the only one of our first team who doesn't feel the same things we do in battle, and if someone finds a way to attack Newtypes, we'd be relying entirely on you to pull us through. You may be different, but different is GOOD, Audrey.""You really mean that?" she asks quietly. "I mean about liking me how I am, and thinking I'm good enough how I am?">Reply?
Put it this way, The Scientists who run the CyberNewType project probably don't want to see the 'fruits of their labour' die off due to lack of subjects, so they will be likely to kidnap people to continue their research... If we can impose a high ethical and moral standing in them, then CNTs might not be such a horrible and war-crime-y thing...Alternatively, we could just Operation Stardust Memories the place and say Voight did it...
>>35594287Newtype researchers cannot give any less fucks about ethics. You'd need serious oversight from the Federation government to enforce that.
>>35594262"Of course we do. You're damn sexy doing it too."..."I mean you're an incredible legs."..."I'm going now."
>>35594353It's almost to the point of parody. I maintain that they must have bribed the teacher of their medical ethics class in order to pass.
>>35594262Of course we love you just the way you are. So stop think like that your more than good enough.
>>35594262> I don’t think. I KNOW. You really don't give yourself enough credit.
>>35594262http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJWM5FmZyqULet's sing a song!
>>35594262Hug her you fool.
Maybe we could get all their data and schematics for their equipment. Artesia might be able to do something with it... She is the Newtype Doctor Extraordinaire
>>35594445hugs are good, whatever we should do, we should do this too
>>35594389More like given a blank check by the government to do whatever is necessary to achieve results. It's a Newtype arms race, after all.
>>35594262"Of course I do, Audrey. You don't give yourself nearly enough credit. You're more than skilled enough to be part of this team. And even if you weren't, you'd still be one of my best friends. I respect the hell out of you, and nothing's going to change that. And believe me, I'm not the only one on this ship that feels that way."
>>35594487But their method doesn't achieve results. Well, not the results you want anyway.
>>35594262It's not your fault, the dice gods have constantly been fucking with you everytime you've been in combat.
>>35594547They get results, hilariously miniscule results. Which is all that matters to the government.PROGRESS Anon.
>>35594445Give that girl a one-armed hug from the side, make her feel wanted, dammit!
>>35594632Ruffle her hair, be all awkward and big brotherly about it. Then give her our lollipop.
>>35594445Yes. When in doubt, give a hug!
>>35594487Could we become the Premier place for all Newtypes to want to go?Newtype and want to be a Soldier, come to us.Newtype and want to be a Doctor, come to us.Newtype and want to be an engineer, come to us.experimented on and became a Newtype, come to us...We shall be the Newtype faction and we shall spread UNDERSTANDING and NAKED-NEWTYPE-SPACE-TIME to all
>>35594670you mean Animal Crackers [/spiler]
>>35594262>Reply?>"I mean about liking me how I am, and thinking I'm good enough how I am?"Of course she's well liked as she is. But she shouldn't really think of herself as only "good enough" for the team and crew. She's been great so far.Does she need to meet other Newtypes besides our crew, do some more combat grinding, or have that one Newtype that just so happens to be younger than her to have a fixation on her to awaken any latent abilities?
>>35594697Cookies Anon. Heavenly, buttery confections made with love and just slightly too much salt. So you know they're made by an amateur trying her hardest not too screw up.
>>35594262Your hand finds its way around the back of Audrey's head, pulling her into a gentle embrace. "I don't think it," you reassure her. "I KNOW it, and everyone on this ship knows it. You're damn good at what you do, Audrey."She smiles, though her eyes are still lowered at your chest. Seems there's some regret there, at having doubted herself to the point of considering such drastic measures. You wonder briefly about what makes people want to do things to impress you... the horror of it all. The horror of the sway you seem to hold with those around you. "And you look damn sexy doing it, too," you add.Audrey looks up at you in surprise. "You... realize you just said that aloud, right?">Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.>Excuse me, I have to go do... stuff. That requires me to be elsewhere. >Other
>>35594791>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.
>>35594791>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.
>>35594791>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.
>>35594791>>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.
>>35594791"Just making sure you understand how much I dig the skirt.">Push the big red button."So you wanna go back, kick your legs up and grab a drink?"
>>35594791Stripes or plain?
>>35594791>>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.
>>35594791We should totally get hammered with her and make-up a drinking song that even our crazy Scotsman of a father would be proud to recite.
>>35594791>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.chances our Newtype Magnetism and UNDERSTANDING awakens her as a Newtype?0/10 would be interesting though...
>>35594791"Damn right I did. You apparently need to hear some harsh truths about how awesome you are, and that includes your amazing legs. Not that there's anything wrong with the rest of the package, because there isn't, but the sight of you in that plaid skirt could make a thousand Scotswomen weep in envy."
>>35594791>>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.>>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.
>>35594791>Blame the skirt. Plaid skirts make you say things.Mustang?Full Mustang
>>35594950>awakens her as a newtypeDominic's D has the capacity to awaken oldtypes as newtypes. Only females.10/10 would subscribe to the newsletter.
>>35594791>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.>>35594974I like this, too.
>>35594791>Yup. Totally gonna walk off like a fucking boss now, too.>And I transmitted it to everyone's thoughts while I was at it.
>>35595020That's not too out there, actually. Strong emotions awaken a person as a Newtype. Sex is probably the strongest emotion one can experience. Close too losing someone you love.
Rolled 23 (1d100)>>35595190rolling for emotional pressure
>>35595280You're a Blank, Jim.
>>35594791"You know what?" you reply, a little louder now. "Yes. Yes I do. Because you need to hear the harsh truth about how awesome you are, and that includes your amazing legs."Audrey blushes slightly, looking down at her legs, moving them slowly side to side as if seeing them for the first time. "Not that there's anything wrong with the rest of you, because there isn't," you add, "but the sight of you in that plaid skirt could make a thousand Scotswomen weep in envy."Her blush intensifies at the compliment, and she tries to formulate a response. Failing in that, she does the only thing she seems to be able to think of: she kisses you."Thanks..." she finally replies. "I... I think I'd like to talk with you some time. About stuff.""Sure," you tell her, turning to leave Audrey floating a few inches off the deck, still somewhat stunned at the turn of events. "But for now grab some breakfast. There's a whole week of long days ahead of us."(1/2)
>>35595314Wait, is she literally floating a few inches off the deck or figuratively? I can't remember if the hangars have gravity or not.
>>35595314>talk to you some time: about stuffHm. So I get to put my theory to the test. The strong emotions during sex may awaken her as a Newtype anyway. If the Titans find out they'll chain us to two-by-fours.
>>35595314Poster of >>35594974 here. Oh god, what have I done?
>>35595314Today is June 19th: it's been a week since Colonel Voight came to power in the Garden of Thorns, and the mood has shifted in your tight circle of companions for the better. You haven't had that conversation with Audrey just yet, but she seems to have increased her efforts yet again. Her abilities with the new Iris have noticeably improved, making you wonder just how much her skills will grow from here. Similarly the Sisters seem to have calmed after seeing Voight again, and are spending time coaching Rossweisse with their units' funnels. She seems to be improving, and can now handle a funnel in addition to her usual piloting duties: and two more if she focuses solely on it. This morning, Karen sent out a message calling a noon meeting. Your team file in a few at a time, grabbing whatever space is available in the ready room in preparation for whatever Karen has planned.Finally she shows up, and immediately asks ALICE to project an image up on the wall."Yesterday, the Gable team encountered Zeon suits in the shoal zone and engaged," she explains. ALICE helpfully overlays the coordinates of the encounter on a spatial map of the area. "They're waiting on backup to push into a large field of colony debris, hoping that we may have found the Garden of Thorns itself."Carya whistles, and Emma and Audrey both sit up a bit straighter. "That's a hell of an opportunity if it's true," Emma adds."Titans is treating it like a serious possibility," Karen explains. "We're to assist the Gable team in their push int the field until we can verify the target."Reiko frowns, anticipating your first question. "Total forces unknown.""Composition unknown," Catharine adds. Figures...>It's gotta be a trap, why are we going again?>We could launch an alpha strike: full commitment>We could have Second Team support Gable while First takes overwatch: we'll respond if things go south>OtherFeel free to ask questions about the scenario.
>>35595394They don't. It makes heavy lifting easier, and besides, it's hard to get the hangar to rotate.
>>35595581>>We could have Second Team support Gable while First takes overwatch: we'll respond if things go southSeems like the safest approach while still being in the fight.
>>35595581>>We could have Second Team support Gable while First takes overwatch: we'll respond if things go south
>>35595581"The Ikebananas should scout the area. With the amount of debris floating around in there, our Gundams would be perfect for reconnaissance. A couple more leaking Minovsky fusion reactors wouldn't even give them pause with our stealth system active.""Hold our units in reserve until we have the lay of the land, so to speak. We don't know what we'll encounter."
>>35595581>>We could launch an alpha strike: full commitment
>>35595581What forces does Gable have? I know they have at least one Gundam Mark II, but do they have any other mobile suit types or are they all Gundams?
>>35595704They have three Mark IIs. What they may have done to them, you don't know.There is also a second ship in the area, with three brand-new Nemo mobile suits. Slight improvements on the GM series there.
>>35595581Scout it out, confirm if it's really the Garden of Thorns, then ask Riddick to point the shiny, weaponized mirror at it.If it's never that simple (I'm resigned to the fact that it is the likely case), then...>We could launch an alpha strike: full commitment
>>35595581>OtherWhy don't we check with Cima? I mean, she captured Delaz's fleet's flagship intact and worked with them for months, shouldn't she have the Location of the Garden of Thorns?
>>35595581> Other"We could try replacing the explosives in some psyco-mines with sensors and using them to scout, plus testing out our new Minovsky interference negator thing."
>>35595768I'd bet real money Delaz scrubbed his computers and detonated thermite on the ones he wasn't able to scrub.
>>35595768Negative on that. Delaz rightfully never trusted her, and anticipated data security issues. If Cima knew where the Garden of Thorns was, she would have gone there in force and either wiped it out of existence or died in the attempt.
>>35595745We have three ships at our disposal? Oh cool. Triangulation shenanigans could work then if the Minovsky interference isn't substantial. Have ALICE sync our suits Gundams Minovsky Radar System up amongst the tactical ship networks and we'd have a good chance of uncovering any ambushes before they were sprung.
>>35595866>if the Minovsky interference isn't substantialIt's the site of one of the biggest, bloodiest battles in the history of humanity, and still plays host to ships and mobile suits, as well as a faction that deliberately SPREADS M particles to hide themselves.You have some of the best technology at your disposal, but even that sometimes isn't quite enough.>Writing
>>35595952can we start a debris storm to try and force their patrolling units into more visible areas?
>>35596059The area is a literal micro-meteorite bonanza Anon. Stuffing it with even MORE debris (which we're going to do) won't change anything.
>>35595581"So I'm guessing our new sensors are gonna be useless in there?" Catrina asks.Audrey nods. "That's right. M-particle density should still at well above typical combat levels through the whole region. We'll be sensor-blind in there past three kilometers or so.""Still," you add, "it's a great opportunity to abuse our stealth systems. Second Team can link up with the Gable team, and our Liliums can run overwatch. We'll stick close and run our stealth systems at half output."Karen smiles. "Hey... not bad, Dom! We'll keep the Val Varo ready with Pazom in the cockpit, and shadow you a few clicks out.""You're trusting Ilia?" Haman asks uncertainly.Karen shakes her head. "Not really. She'll be weapons-off unless we need her. Mostly we'll have her running sims while you're gone.""Trust'll come when she earns it," Karen adds."So it sounds like a plan," Roberto concludes. "Lieutenant Sheen, Sergeant Bay and I will take our machines out first, and the Grim Guard will look out for us.""The Grim Guard?" you ask Karen in confusion.Reiko shrugs. "Rossweisse suggested it to me, so that's the name I gave Titans when they asked. I think it'd be cool, 'cause then you could say 'gee gee, motherfucker!' to people when you beat them.""That's okay, right?"Rossweisse shrugs. "It sounded cool.">Sure, I like it>We'll try it out>We're changing it when we get back
>>35596163>Sure, I like it
>>35596163>Grim Guard"Blackened Guards, my Zeke compatriot. Let the Hounds Hunt."
>>35596163>We'll try it outgg no re zekes
>>35596163>Sure, I like itI don't like it but I can't say no to her.
>>35596163At least we're not shamelessly ripping off Metal Gear. FOXHOUND was my first choice.
>>35596163>>Sure, I like it
>>35596163>Sure, I like itTime to go reap a garden then.
>>35596163>We'll try it outI'm not sure I like it, but I do like their reasoning. Enough that I'm willing to give it a shot. I was personally thinking something similar, but going with the Swedish name for the same creature to fit our being stationed on the Valkyrie. Kyrkogrim Squadron sounds cool, at least to me.
>>35596313But we're not sweedish. We're scottish. We have our own unit tartan and everything.
>>35596228>Let the Hounds Huntthis has to follow with a fistbump and brohug.
>>35596313>>35596361There was some support for the generic HOUND Team when I jokingly preferred FOXHOUND. If Grim doesn't work then we could always take all of the names.
>>35596361Scotch-Irish, technically. But neither of those ethnicities have Valkyries in their mythology. We could just be Kirk Grim, but that sounds to much like a person's name, to me.Also, is anyone else finding it ironic that in this timeline, Haman found love with an Irishman? If the team ever wound up traveling between dimensions (like, say, if they wound up in SD Gundam Wars), she'd wind up feeling so bad about her alternate's actions. Well, she'd feel bad about what canon Haman does for a lot of reasons, but you get my point.
>>35596486>Scotch-Irish>ScotchAt least we know our blood is pure.
Grim - GarmrAre we Cipher now?
>>35596659I was going to go with GARM so we could call ourselves GARM - Squadron A. Or shortened to GARMA.
>>35596163“I think it's fine,” you say, ruffling Rosse's hair a bit. “Stern, but clearly benevolent. It'll strike fear in the hearts of our enemies and bring hope to those we protect... hopefully.”Rosse merely smiles and enjoys the headpat for a moment, before you're rudely interrupted by a crisis.“Captain,” you hear Noel's voice over the intercom. “We've got trouble already. The Gable team is reporting they've engaged!”The whole room scrambles into action. Emma's team makes a beeline for the hangar while your own team takes a moment to grab their helmets: you weren't anticipating things to kick off this soon.Emary waves you towards your machines: the Viola/Sericea and Lilium/Iris are fully loaded and ready to go. A new pair of racks for your funnels are full, waiting on your wing binders to be unleashed. Your twin hyper rifles are in position, as is Audrey's combination rifle.“We've really got to find a name for your rifle now,” you muse aloud as you and Audrey head for your separate cockpits.“The Char Blaster?” Audrey suggests. “Or we could make a dick joke if that's more your speed.”“Except Dominic's dick is serious business,” Haman counters as she tucks herself between your knees and you close the hatch. The hangar suddenly surrounds you as the panoramic monitor initializes. “Char's, on the other hand, who knows? He's got to be hiding something.”>Sortie now with booster units, have the Valkyrie follow>Bring the Valkrie close enough to support, then sortie>Other
>>35596718inb4 we die trying to crash into the super weapon in a GAW
>>35596746>Sortie now with booster units, have the Valkyrie follow
>>35596746>Dominic's Dick is serious business"Double-D. I like it."Have the Sisters and Rosse sortie now. We stick close to the Valkyrie and provide support for the fatass. Our RADAR will be absolutely essential even if it's fuzzed to hell and back.
>>35596746>>Sortie now with booster units, have the Valkyrie follow
>>35596746>Sortie now with booster units, have the Valkyrie followThe point of a mobile suit is to advance ahead of the ship. Trying to stay close is silly.
>>35596825The Valkyrie has a Minovsky scanner, too. A bigger, more powerful one. So it's probably better off than we are.
>>35596746>>Bring the Valkrie close enough to support, then sortie
>>35596746>Haman talking about our dick"Haman, you're going to make Audrey jealous."
>>35596768>GAWIt could still happen. Doktor, Emary.. Audrey. The three of them working together could get one spaceworthy.
>>35597173Peacemillion time. Eat your heart out Mussolini.
>>35596746“Alright,” you tell Karen over an open channel. “We may be a bit premature, but let's stick to the plan. Sortie with the sleds, and the Valkyrie can come in under our stealth shrouds. We'll run them at full until we're in the AO, then cut back to half.”“Sounds good,” Karen agrees. “Second Team, you'll be visual-only for the runup. Emma, acknowledge your visual systems are 100%.”“Affirmative,” Emma replies. “Sergeants, confirm visual systems.”“Nominal.”“We're good.”First out the gate are Second Team's Mark II and Barzams, which race towards the battlefield ahead. Next come the sleds carrying your Liliums. Haman punches up your stealth system while Carya does the same, and you split up a bit to give maximum coverage. As you close with the Gable team, Emma makes contact.“Report! What've you got?” she asks.The gruff voice on the other end is male, a bit older than Jerid and very, VERY angry. “There's only EIGHT of the rodents, but we've lost two Nemos.”“Say again,” Emma replies. “You said there were eight?”The stranger swears loudly. “Their damned wires and winches... they're just toying with us! I feel so... VIOLATED...”“Shit,” Emma mutters, separating from her base jabber. “Thanks for the warning, we're closing in thirty seconds.”Meanwhile, you and the rest of First Team scan the debris around you for any sign of traps or reinforcements... this would go quicker if you separated, but it would leave you more vulnerable and spread out. You may not be able to respond as quickly if you actually found something out here amidst the wrecked colonies and burnt-out hulls.>Separate (d100, best of five)>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)So are we up against Stutzers or something worse?
Rolled 47 (1d100)>>35597300>>Separate (d100, best of five)
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>35597300Don't seperate.
>>35597338>So are we up against Stutzers or something worse?Yes
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>35597300>Separate (d100, best of five)
Rolled 14 (1d100)>>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)That's our trick for later.
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>35597300>Separate (d100, best of five)
>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
>>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
>people still rolling>when we have a 95 for Don't Separate
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>35597300>>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
Rolled 2 (1d100)>>35597477......... wow.>>35597300>Don't separate (d100, best of three)
>>35597477I would be mad that I didn't roll sooner but we already have >>35597363
STOP ROLLING. WE HAVE A 95. All it takes is one critical fail and that's the end of it.
Rolled 29, 14, 22, 51, 100, 97, 24, 75, 99, 74 = 585 (10d100)>>35597559What? No, it doesn't count if it's outside the roll range. He's only counting the first three or first five, depending on which action we chose. We're fine. Look, I can roll as many d100s as I want it won't matter.
>>35597590I've seen some QMs take a 1 outside the roll range. Come back and run Ogres Blorp. ;_;
>>35597590Good job and good rolls.
>>35597300You briefly entertain the notion of splitting up, before quickly discarding it. Then, a sudden stroke of inspiration:“Hey, Audrey?”“What is it?”“Where's the M-particle count highest in the vicinity?”Audrey pauses for a second before firing off a laser comm to the Sisters and Rosse. “Dom's made a good point: if there are reinforcements somewhere they'll be within visual range of the fight, but in an area of high M-particle interference to hide themselves.”“Roger,” Carya replies as they close in with you. “We've got a likely spot, let's sneak up on it.”As the battle with Gable's team and Emma's team continues at a frustrating pace, you and Carya loop up and over a chunk of steel and glass before your respective Bomber pilots fire the magnetic wires, pulling you into position to observe. Sure enough, your sensors paint targets in a section of highrise building drifting about five hundred meters out and slightly below you: your zoom optics confirm three mobile suits. Your machines' hands disjoint slightly to fire small wires to each other, enabling a contact link.“This was a trap,” Carrina realizes aloud. “Those aren't your average machines. He wanted to get us in one place, weaken us, and wipe us out with a surprise assault.”Rossweisse hisses quietly. “They failed.”Haman, however, seems more concerned. “Those two machines are modified Gelgoog J-types... but the third one seems like a heavily upgraded Gyan. And it's got the command horn of the three, meaning it's the leadership element... that's not right.”“Why would a melee machine be the lead element?” Audrey asks aloud. “It'd limit their holdoff options, wouldn't it?”>Launch a surprise attack from here>Wait for them to move, then ambush them once they commit>Sneak in close under the stealth shroud, then hit them hard>Observe only, follow if need be>Other
>>35597935>[x]Wait for them to move, then ambush them once they commit.
>>35597935"Haman, deploy our funnels and circle them. Pincer the Gelgoogs""Hit the lead suits mono-eye with birdlime, Rosse, Carrina. We'll capture that one intact with our wires."
>>35597935>>Observe only, follow if need be
>>35597935>Sneak in close under the stealth shroud, then hit them hard
>>35597935Do we see any mobile weapons? Are we getting that tingly feeling in our balls that tells us a Newtype is a foot?
>>35597935>>Sneak in close under the stealth shroud, then hit them hard
>>35598102No and no.The pilots are well-trained, patient Oldtypes: possibly aces. They won't go down as easy as a lot of the mooks you've killed in droves till now.
>>35597935Gyan Kai?Or Gyan Krieger?My god, I love the Gyan Krieger. Such a classy machine. I want it.
>>35597935>Wait for them to move, then ambush them once they commit
>>35598143>patient oldtypesUse the debris we're hiding behind to sneak up on them then. Pull a Shiro and hurl it at them.
Seems we're evenly split between sneaking and ambushing when they move. Next vote gets it.
>>35597935>>Wait for them to move, then ambush them once they commit
>>35598350>Whynotboth.jpgUse the debris we're hiding behind to sneak up on them. A piece of flotsam drifting towards them won't race that much suspcision until the plasma shot cores one of their suits.
>>35598350>>35598368"Hold off," you order. "We'll wait for them to commit, then light 'em up."Your team acknowledges the order, and waits... and waits... and waits. Rosse and Audrey draw their ranged weapons, and Audrey preps a subarm to draw a beam saber if need be.Finally, as things sound like they're turning against the Zeon machines and they run out of wires... or else Yazan Gable's started demolishing their cover, one or the other, the trio of high-end machines makes their move, and gives your team an opening.The massive shoulder thrusters grafted to each accelerates them madly towards the fray... no kidding, they were "upgraded"."That's fast," Carrina remarks, well familiarized with the Gelgoog J's famous speed. "Even for a J-type, ESPECIALLY for a Gyan.">Split into fighter form and attack>Use your Twin Rifles>Grenades>Use chunks of debris to attack while you close range>Other
>>35598515>Use your Twin Rifles
>>35598515>didn't deploy funnels>didn't shoot them with the funnels as soon as they made their move, completely focused on the other teamDominic... you're kind of dense when it comes to TACTICAL GENIUS.Shoot them with our Hyper Rifles, forcing them to split-up. Boost after them and take out one of the Gelgoogs FIRST. Focus fire on one machine to force it to retreat or become inoperable, out of the fight.
>>35598515>>Use your Twin Rifles
>>35598515>Use your Twin RiflesTake out the Gelgoogs first, the Gyan is threatening but has less ranged capability. Still some, if my guesses about the upgrades they've made are right, but not as much.
>>35598619Deploying the funnels early when your machines are in visual range of your enemy?
>>35598515>GrenadesScatter the debris in their path further from behind cover. It'll slow them down trying to navigate a new path, and clear up a path for us to line up a shot.
>>35598704Funnels are, what, the size of a sedan. Circle 'below' their visual plane, behind the building they were sheltering in, sneak the sedans up behind them, and shoot them. Unless we were dead-center of their sight line, they'd have a 50/50 chance of seeing the exhaust flares as the funnels detached. Plus, they weren't Newtypes so they had no chance of dodging short of shitty roll or hand of god intervention.
>>35598515Alright, seems like rifles carries the day. Roll d100 for it, best of three.
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>35598871
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>35598871
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>35598871inb4 1
>>35598841>>35598704Of course, my argument is completely moot, I now realize, as the entire area is saturated in Minovsky particles, so the beams would be ineffectual to hilariously pitiful in power.Oh hey, all of these people wanting to use the Hyper Rifles. Nobody thought of that did they.
>>35598990That's not how it works. The M-particle saturation is high enough to jam sensors and comms but not to disrupt beams. You have to get a lot more intense than that. Beam weapons will work fine. Especially beam weapons as strong as ours.
>>35598886Your twin hyper rifles fire on the fast-moving trio of suits, causing them to split apart as your shot destroys a chunk of debris well behind them. Their sensors are still out of commission due to a combination of M-particle saturation and your stealth systems, so it takes them a moment to spot your team. Audrey's shot buries itself in the leg of a Gelgoog, and Rossweisse's grenade hits on the skirts of the second: those shots should have ended in limbs being blown off, at the very least. But the Gelgoogs turn and open up with their beam machine guns, forcing both your Lilium teams to evade, weaving in and out of the drifting tangles of steel and concrete. The debris takes the brunt of the damage, though one of the relatively anemic beams singes Carrina's shield. In response Haman deploys her funnels, sending them racing towards the enemy machines, darting from side to side as head vulcan rounds lance out into the darkness to intercept them. Carrina sends out four funnels of her own, and sends a burst of beam fire downrange that crosses over the modded Gyan.At this range, your optics show you the results as the beams burn away a thin layer of ablative coating on the Gyan's torso and shield."Shit," Carrina cries. "Ablative coatings!""Forget that," Rossweisse replies worriedly.Audrey seems to agree. "Those machines... how can they be using Gundarium!?"
>>35599061It'd disrupt the plasma enough I'd wager. Not our Rifles to any extent, but if the rolls are any indication....
>>35599088Gundarium Gamma did come from Axis originally, so...
>>35599088And as it's nearly five in the morning, I think that's where I'll need to call it for the evening. Archive is already up, so feel free to discuss and plan/plot for a while if you'd like.Thanks for playing, and I hope you're looking forward to an honest-to-god Boss Battle tomorrow.
>>35599088SINGLE THE DAMAGED SUIT OUT NOW. PUMP IT FULL OF MORE LEAD THAN A THAI PROSTITUTE DURING SHORE LEAVE.>>35599139That it did... hey, now we have a lead as to why the Good Doctor was shitcanned.
>>35599139In this continuity, though, it was Anaheim that ran that development project.
>>35599163Thanks for running see you tomorrow.
>>35599163Damn right we are. See you next time, Hearts, I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for running.
>>35599187I assumed that the refugees from Axis gave Anaheim the early research. That's how they got it in canon. Char brought it with him. I figured one of the refugees in this timeline was an engineer who got a job with Anaheim.
Has mobile suit EMP shielding advanced any substantial amount since the war? Get in close and hit them with our wires and fry them.
>>35599194>Damn right we areWhen you see what Voight sent you, you may feel differently. Just remember, people wanting to kill off you and your team all at once is a sure sign you're making an impact. Take it as a compliment.
>>35599088>"Those machines... how can they be using Gundarium!?"There were reports of supply convoys being raided, and the Federation's fleet being overstretched.>>35599163Oh, cliffhanger. Dare I say down the wire even?Thanks for running.Anyway, I've compiled a list of male red-heads in the Gundam franchise. On a scale of "NOPE! to 5" with 5 being the closest in terms of resembling Dom's hair style, rate each character with the appropriate unit of measurement.I need it for reasons.>Ali al-Saachez (00)>Patrick Colasour (00)>Bring Stabity (00)>Clotho Buer (SEED)>Joseph Yaht (Turn A)>Lancerow Dawell (X)>George de Sand (G)>Cronicle Asher (V)>Desil Galette (AGE)>Reiji (BF)>Sekai Kamiki (BF Try)Personally, I think Sekai is tentatively DQ'd since the GBFQ MC resembles him too closely.Still can't recall any male red-heads in Early UC, so do forgive me if it's inadequate.
Remember, we have Birdlime launchers. Do not forget to fight absolutely dirty against these suits. Cover their mono-eyes, blinding them, short circuit their electronics with our wires. Hide and ambush them behind debris with our funnels. Don't draw them into a straight fight. We'll lose hands down.
>>35599452Oh, and PUNCH THEM. Build Knuckle style. Abuse the shit out of our Movable Frame. We did reinforce our wrist and hands with additional Luna Titanium, right? Because, a good wallop to the cockpit will fucking stun *anyone* with air bags.
>>35599405None of them, really. Think Gene Starwind from Outlaw Star before he cut his hair short, except Dominic's scars are on his chest, the base of his neck on the left side, and the outside of his right thigh.So, was the smut acceptable this time around?
>>35599996It was adequate.
>>35599996>Gene Starwind from Outlaw Star before he cut his hair shortI can work with this.The new smut didn't elicit a boner inducing reaction from me. It seems to garner more of a light, heart-pounding response if any.
>>35600184I suppose it's better than the alternative. Cheers.
>>35599996I didn't even notice the link. Let me read it and I'll get right back to you.
>>35600218Required more spanking. And spaghetti.
>>35600226Okay, read it and quite enjoyed. It was sweet and adorable while still pretty hot. Good job.
>>35600299Wonder how the gang will handle us boning a Newtype into existence. The drive and possibility is there for Audrey to become one. Beats turning yourself into a lab rat.
>>35600521Is that even possible?Please tell me it's possible.
>>35600649I've already pointed out up in the thread Newtypes are born from incredibly strong emotion and character. What's the strongest emotion one can experience? Why, having sex of course.
>>35600678It makes perfect sense. Dom will give her the D and she will ascend to the higher plane of existence.
>>35600836Karen literally wasn't joking. They're going to weaponize us in order to bone women into Newtypes. We'll put the cyber-labs out of business one boink at a time.
>>35600872It's Genius... after all this time we were right... they just wanted us for our body...