Hey! So let's get started with this new sci fi quest! Hope you like it!Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandOther Quests: http://pastebin.com/ySW8KAMDIn the far future, space travel has become mundane. Once seen as an impossible dream, faster than light travel and space colonization have become everyday affairs. With the development of flux drives, humans, once shackled to their lone blue planet, initiated an explosive wave of expansion and growth, sparking a new golden age and uniting humanity under the single banner of the Terran Alliance.Unfortunately, as is typical of humans, their pride proved to be their downfall. The Terran Alliance expanded too far and too fast. Within a few centuries, many of the outlying colonies began to wonder why they were taking orders from faceless masters on a distant planet. Unrest and discontent began to grow among the colonies. The Alliance, not ignorant of this problem, initiated many policies to try and solve the “separatist problem”, but none were successful. Finally, a grand conference was organized, where dignitaries from countless systems would meet to resolve their differences, all under the stewardship of the Alliance’s leadership.It proved to be the site of the worst terrorist attack in human history. (cont)
>>44825842With the Alliance’s leadership in shambles, countless revolutionaries used the situation as a pretext to break free from their faraway masters, sparking countless civil wars. This era was known as the Century of Strife, a period of bloody carnage were the once unified Alliance was fractured into countless pieces. When the dust finally settled, only three major blocs remained: the Terran Hegemony, the Centauri Accord, and the Confederation of Free Systems. Despite high tensions, all three major galactic powers universally agreed that humanity’s home, the Sol System, would remain a special neutral zone to prevent the system from being destroyed in a bloody conflict. As such, the Sol System is run by an interim government consisting of representatives of all three blocs, with the system’s security handled by an independent security force. While nominally under the control of a joint committee of the three powers, the Sol System in reality is its own independent entity, more along the lines of a self sufficient city-state. All three powers maintain large embassies on Earth, which is the default location for negotiations and other diplomatic functions.You just so happen to be a part of this independent Sol System, a ship captain of Sol Security, in fact, commanding one of its feared patrol destroyers.(cont)
>>44825862And currently you were on the hunt for possible smugglers."Got a positive contact on sensors." Your Electronic Support Officer, Lida, announces. "No transponder signal, but it's definitely moving under power.""Gotta be lawbreakers." Your Weapons Officer, Elsa, yawns as she rests her feet atop her control console. "No other reason they're flying dark.""I agree." You First Mate, Bradford chimes in, clearly resisting the urge to scratch at his sweater on the bridge. You kinda wonder why he still wears that awful thing. "Ships on legitimate business have no reason to disable their transponders.""You know, I think you guys are thinking about this too hard." Your Helmsman, Amy, shrugs. "Could just be technical trouble.""You did try to contact them, right?" You turn to Lida."Of course." Lida says neutrally. "No response.""Is she a match on the database?""She's a standard Starjumper-class freighter. It only has like, a 90% match with literally every other Starjumper ever made." Lida rolls her eyes. "It's the perfect camouflage, really.""What's the call, Captain?" Bradford asks. "Legally, we can't stop and board a ship without probable cause. While the lack of a transponder is sufficient, we probably want more concrete proof if this ever goes to court.">Maintain distance and keep trying to raise comms.>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.>Screw regulation and open fire.>Not worth it. Just let it go.>Other
This quest is gonna be baller.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz1508RBx2w>>44825887>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.
>>44825887Welcome back Commander. Today's threat level is: Low>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.
>>44825887>>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.Taking bets for how long until we become a Space Cowboy, and when this becomes a pseudo-space western.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Yc3HhSl1Q
>>44825887>>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.
>>44825887>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.I might need a chart to track these characters
>>44825887>>Maintain distance and keep trying to raise comms
>>44825887>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.
>>44825986Take my love, take my land. Take me where I cannot stand.
>>44825887>Maintain distance and keep trying to raise comms.
>>44825887>OtherGet closer on the pretext of rendering aid (no working transponder, no response to comms, running dark indicating possible computer/power failures), but keep the weapons lock and see how they respond.
>>44825887>You First Mate, Bradford chimes in, clearly resisting the urge to scratch at his sweater on the bridge.VIGILO CONFIDOREMOVE AYYS
>>44825887>Get closer and maintain a weapon lock and MAKE them respond.Oh here we go againhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_UiIO3oAos
>>44826063https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvx-ixOpgHMREMOVE AYYXCOM ACKBAR
So I'm guessing our entire crew is wearing skintight uniforms that double as emergency spacesuits.
>destroyerMerc, what is it with you and baDDies?
>>44826149What about those things is a uniform?
>>44826144God bless Beagle.
PRAISE THE COMMANDER AND BRADFORD (HIS? HER? PROBABLY HER) PROPHETSOL SECURITY AKBAR
>>44825887"Get closer and get a weapon lock on them. Make sure they know it, too." You instruct as you lean forward from your command chair. "Helm, put us as 60% combat speed.""Aye aye, Cap." Amy nods as she cracks her knuckles and gets a secure grip on the helm controls. "Closing the distance.""Weps. How soon can we get a lock?" You turn to Elsa, who's finally gotten her feet off the console and is now putting all her attention on her targeting screen. "Right now, Captain!" Elsa smiles with glee. On your own datascreen, you can see multiple red boxes form over the freighter, indicating your kinetic batteries and EMP emitter were locked and tracking. "Transmitting standard query to the ship." Lida announces. "Still no response."You glance at Bradford, who, rather than sit, remains standing, hands behind his back. He glances back at you and gives an almost imperceptible nod. "All right." You sigh. "Call up Tank. Tell him to get ready to board.""Flux surge!" Lida yelps. "They're powering up engines! They're trying to run!""Figured they would." Bradford shakes his head. "What do we do, Captain?"You knew that a Starjumper was no match against an Enforcer-class destroyer, both in speed and in armament. Then again, that was assuming it was a stock freighter. Most smugglers liked to modify their ships to suit their needs, so who knows what it might be packing...>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.>Don't bother, just shoot them down.>Let them go, it's not worth chasing.>Other
>>44826621>OtherCan we target their engines?
>>44826621>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.
>>44826487SOL SECURITY IS AN ORGANIZATION OF PEACE!
>>44826621>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.>TRACTOR BEAM!
>>44826621>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.Try to cripple modules. Load HE!
>>44826621>>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.
>>44826621>OtherTarget their engines before they can make the jump.
>>44826621>>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.So does this ship have a name? All ships need a name.
>>44826676I was thinking we had photon/proton/neutron torpedoes.
>>44826707No transponder so there's really no way for you to know at this stage!
>>44826621>Other:target their engines! they can't run if they have no engine power! >tfw played FTL
>>44826758our ship, I think they meant
>>44826621>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.Target the engines too.
>>44826707The USG Ishimura
>>44826859Make us whole.
>>44826859This puts the painful in painfully unoriginal.
>>44826621>Keep chasing. We need to board it and seize any possible evidence.Any way we can hit their thrusters or something to score a mobility kill?
>>44826964Merc tends to put zombies in his games, so It's not completely off the table
>>44826621While the thought of just blasting the fleeing freighter with your kinetic batteries was a tempting thought, you knew that you'd have hell to pay in the form of lots of paperwork and administrative scrutiny, ESPECIALLY if it turned out the ship was actually performing legitimate business."Helm, full combat speed!" You bark. "Aye!" Amy nods as she pushes the throttle forward as far as it can go.Even with the inertial dampeners, you can still feel the slight tug of G-forces when your patrol destroyer, the Selene, surges forward. The Starjumper, laden down with presumably full cargo bays, had no chance of getting away, even with upgraded engines. You then hear a loud click over the radio, no doubt Tank checking in to see if he was clear to attempt boarding yet or not. He certainly was very singleminded when it came to that."All right, Tank, go for it." You reply.Down below, you could see the boarding shuttle shoot out, rocketing towards the fleeing Starjumper. Thankfully, there was no defensive weapons fire. Most likely the owners decided to forego weapons for more cargo capacity or speed. The boxy shuttle clamps to the side of the freighter, where you know it will start to cut an access hole into the hull for the team of officers aboard to gain entry. "They're still going at maximum speed." Bradford notes. "Perhaps we should fall back? Let them think they've gotten away?">Trust the boarding team to handle things from here.>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.>Other
>>44827070>Trust the boarding team to handle things from here.What's our weapon list? Do we have things like EMP weapons?
>>44827070>>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.They aren't going to be Forlorn Hope.
>>44827070>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.
>>44827070>Trust the boarding team to handle things from here.
>>44827070>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.Never abandon forward team
>>44827106>Forlorn HopeThat would be a nice name for a derelict ship.
>>44827070>>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.>>44827059Zombies typically don't know how to helm a ship.
>>44827070>>Keep up the pressure. The boarding team might need our support.
>>44827234It's a bad omen. Forlorn hope fucking dies.
>>44827070"Just keep up the pressure. They're not getting away anyways." You say simply.The Starjumper freighter continues to try and flee, but out here in open space, there was nowhere for them to hide. You decide to keep an eye on Tank's team and activate his helmet camera, putting the feed on your main screen. Immediately, you could see Tank predictably leading the charge, pushing down a corridor with his massive riot shield. At the other end, you could see a few men dressed in civilian worksuits, firing rather ineffectually at Tank's armored shield. Tank's visor immediately analyzes the weapons. Chemically propelled kinetic projectiles. You frown. These losers couldn't even afford proper magnetic weaponry. No wonder they got caught so easily. Suddenly, there's a loud CRUNCH and a scream. You see that Tank, in his usual enthusiasm, used his shield as a makeshift battering ram, slamming into one of the crewmen and crushing him against a bulkhead. The poor crewman screams before Tank slams him directly on the skull with his riot baton.>Chastise Tank for excessive force.>Leave him be. He hasn't had much to do lately.>Other
>>44827388>>Chastise Tank for excessive force.Maintain discipline.I swear when this long day is done, we should go to the mess and get some coffee.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAS8KivZX5s
>>44827388>Leave him be. He hasn't had much to do lately.
>>44827388>Chastise Tank for excessive force.
>>44827388>>Leave him be. He hasn't had much to do lately.He'll run out his bloodlust before long--just make sure he leaves a couple alive.
>>44827388>>Leave him be. He hasn't had much to do lately.
>>44827388>Remind Tank that we need at least one alive for questioning.
>>44827388Are they Ayys?If N>Chastise Tank for excessive force.If Y>OtherEncourage more excessive force.
>>44827388>Leave him be. He hasn't had much to do lately.But tell him to ease up on the headshots. There's always a chance that some of those people might need to be interrogated, and it's really hard to interrogate a comatose or concussed person.
>>44827527Vigilo Confidio, brother
MercCommand, are there aliens in this setting?
>>44825986https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6jCJZEFItoPretty damn soon unless we get a major change in music themes.Though I do have to wonder what our favoured sidearm is. Judging from what Merc said, it's probably a coilgun or a railgun.
>>44827625>Impressively unergonomic handle>No sights>Parts under the barrel are entirely useless>No trigger guardWho the shit designed this hunk of crap?
>>44827713But it looks like it has three times the amount of revolving parts, which makes up for that.
>>44827388"Tank." You sigh. "Dial it back on the physical force. We don't want them to be filing a complaint against us or anything."There's a brief pause, before another click signifies his assent. He then makes a beeline for the ship's bridge. Big freighters like these, their crew areas were extremely simple, and comprised a small part of the overall ship. The boarding team places breaching charges on the security door protecting the bridge, while Tank sets up with his riot shield. Having drilled endlessly, it's no surprise that the team charges in right when the breaching charges detonate. In the cramped bridge area, Tank and his men quickly rush in and start pulling dazed and disoriented crew away from their stations. Another click over the comms from Tank, and a thumbs up in front of his camera. The ship was secure."Good job, everyone." You sigh as you finally lean back in your seat. "All right, let's get ready to-""Captain! Emergency wire!" Lida calls out. "It's... it's straight from HQ. They're requesting an immediate recall!""What?! Now?!" You groan. And you just pulled over a possible smuggler! What the hell were you going to do now?!>No choice but to detain the crew and leave the ship. Hopefully salvage ships won't steal all the evidence.>Detain the crew and scuttle the freighter.>Tell HQ to piss off.>Other
>>44827840>Detain the crew and scuttle the freighter.
>>44827625It doesn't look finished.
>>44827840>>Detain the crew and scuttle the freighter.
>>44827840>No choice but to detain the crew and leave the ship. Hopefully salvage ships won't steal all the evidence.
>>44827840>>OtherHave someone pilot the smuggler ship and have it recall with us. Either one of us or a enemy crewmember at gunpoint.
>>44827625>Choosing that over this oversized pistol.
>>44828019>that sightWhat a useless piece of shit.
>>44828019what in the name of colt?
>>44828019>has a notch in the grip for a hammer>has no need for a hammerWhy?
>>44828204Because someone thought it'd look cool.
Destroyer-chan shipgirl when?
>>44828313That's our shipboard AI
>>44828313Whenever Merc wants to.
>>44828247...what the fuck japan.
>>44827840>OtherGather intel on following:1. Why are we being recalled?2. What the hell was on the freight? Why'd they go black and do we really want to dump it if it's contraband?
>>44827840"UGGGGGH." You pinch the bridge of your nose in frustration. "Captain, I don't have to tell you that it's a bad idea to ignore a command straight from HQ-" Bradford says."I get it, Bradford." You wave off your First Mate. "Okay, here's what we do. Tank, round up the crew and bring them back to the ship for detainment ASAP. We'll handle the processing onboard."Tank's helmet feed shakes up and down rapidly, signifying him nodding in assent."Helm, plot a jump back to Earth. Weps, once Tank is clear, take out the cargo bays with the kinetics.""Sweet!" Elsa grins madly, happy at a chance to finally flex the Selene's muscles.All in all, despite the rush, your crew manages to handle things very quickly and efficiently, with a course plotted and the detainees transferred under half an hour. Precision fire from the Selene's weapons batteries punches holes through the Starjumper's massive hull, breaching its cargo holds and setting off numerous secondary explosions as the high explosive shells detonate The freighter, whose true name you had never gotten the chance to learn, is a burning hulk by the time you make the FTL jump back to Earth. You're left wondering what the hell is so important they had to call you back in the middle of a patrol.---"Captain Wellings." The Commissioner gives you a hard, but sympathetic look. "I know that you have had nothing but an exemplary service record..."Oh shit. You knew it was bad when they opened up with how good you were in the past.(cont)
>>44828452>we are SamWell... this'll be fun.
>>44828452"Unfortunately, the Ruling Committee has decided that Sol Security's Patrol Program experiment will be brought to a premature end.""Sir?" You blink in confusion. "What exactly does that mean?""The Committee feels that the Patrol Destroyers are excessively overarmed, and makes Sol Security look more like a military force rather than a law enforcement agency." The slight frown in the Commissioner's lip betrays his distaste with that reasoning. "In light of these concerns, and because of the high cost of maintaining these ships, it has been decided that the program will be closed, and all Patrol Destroyers will be decommissioned.""And what about the crews?" You ask, your hands already balling into fists."Unfortunately, the Committee has also neglected to expand Sol Security, so all Patrol Destroyer crews will we discharged. I'm sorry, Wellings, but that means you're out of a job."You're... you're not sure how to react to that.>This is BULLSHIT!>Well, I suppose it was nice while it lasted.>Other
>>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!
>>44828473>>OtherTime to defect?TIME TO DEFECT!See on the flip side, sir!
>>44828473>>This is BULLSHIT!
>>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!>>44828467Welcome to superior officer pushes paperwork onto us quest.
>>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!Which one are we?In the pic I mean.
>>44828473>>This is BULLSHIT!YOU CAN'T SHUT DOWN OUR FUNDING, COUNCIL!YOU'LL REGRET THIS! YOU'LL REGRET THIS WHEN THE SNEKS AND PECTOIDS SLITHER DOWN OUR STREETS UNMOLESTED!
>>44828473>Other(Straight face) I understand sir. I need a moment to speak with my crew.(To crew) Raise your hand if you think pirates are cooler than being unemployed.
>>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!DON'T BENCH ME COACH
>>44828473Fine, but I'm keeping the ship
>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!>>44828555>WellingsWe're Sam, the girl on the right.
>Sam is the PCBattlestar Gullinbursti when?
>>44828473>This is BULLSHIT!> SIR
>>44828473Sir, with all due respect, go fuck yourself with a cactus
>>44828473Are we meeting in person? Or are we taking the call from our office? Do we have a weapon on us?
So when is Tarin? Is merc ok? has he gon oversaturated with Tarin>>44828619>>44828467>We are samI'm okay with this, would have liked it more if we went full vigilo confido and were just some unknown humanoid who everyone calls "Commander"
>>44828654Wild Card Spess Pilots Squadron when?>inb4 Tank is Infinite Stars Quest version of Ace Combat Quest's Jaeger
>>44828723Tarin finally won, so she got retired
>>44828749So this totally means that our fighter pilots keep their skintight suits (practical or not), right?
>>44828808That goes without saying.
>>44828835what is the point of skintight suits anyhow?
>>44828890something something insulation something something elastic material
>>44828890Something something "spacecraft don't have much space so extra storage space is a luxury, thus clothes have to be skintight"
>>44828890why ask? Nobody's complaining.
>>44828890Something something "direct neural interfacing" something something "secret squirrel black projects" something something "improved efficiency"
>>44828890something something hard sci fi
>>44828964What's that from?
>>44828997Something something COFFIN.
>>44828473"This is BULLSHIT!" You scream as you temporarily lost your cool, and slam your palm on the Commissioner's desk, causing all of his little knickknacks to vibrate wildly. You briefly pause to look back to him. "...sir.""I don't blame you, Wellings." The Commissioner gives a deep sigh. "It's just as much about money as it is about politics. There's not much I can do.""So... so what do I do now?" You ask, fear and anxiety slowly bubbling up from your stomach up to your heart like a gooey black tar."Well, you can't stay in Sol Security, that's for sure." The Commissioner sighs. "But... there might be another way."The Commissioner hastily scribbles down an address on a notepad and slips the small piece of paper to you. "Sir?" You look at the address curiously. "What's this for?""You'll find a sort of... talent scout here. He's very well connected, so I'm sure he'll find a good place for your skills." The Commissioner explains. "And it also happens to be a bar. I'm sure you'll appreciate that.">..."talent scout?">Thank you, sir.>Other
>>44829032>>44829018>>44828997>>44828953>>44828934I love how all the responses have 'something something' in them.
>>44828890More flexible, less bulk and weight, mechanical pressurization has perks over pressurised gas. It's probably accurate in terms of actual future spacesuits.
>>44829027Last time I checked, Guilty Crown>>44828890I think it's a relic of the 50's and 60's Futuristic Aesthetic for their Sci-Fi.
>>44829076>>Thank you, sir.I will kill you last.
>>44829076>Thank you, sir.
>>44829076>Thank you, sir.Privateering time.>OtherMay I speak with my crew one last time before I leave?
>>44829076>Thank you, sir.So, should we be explorers, traders, mercenaries, pirates, or all of the above?
>>44829076>Thank you, sir.I get a feeling that this is one of those things that will be left out of the official paperwork.
>>44829076>>Thank you, sir.Better than having no job, I suppose.
>>44829076b-but muh space piracy!b-b-but muh bounty hunter adventures!B-B-BUT MUH BARELY SCRAPING BY SHENANIGANS!
>>44829076>OtherGive him a nasty look and say "Thanks...(His name)" Since he's not your superior anymore
>>44829128Ha. Space book. nice.
>>44829136Can't do that without a ship.
>>44829128>>44829136Don't worry. Maybe we'll wind up on the outskirts of a lawless system, and we're the only person brave enough to bring JUSTICE to SPACE BANDITS/PIRATES.
>>44829171We have a ship, we just need to liberate it.
>>44829182Hopefully meeting cute girls along the way.
>>44829027Guilty crown.person who wore the suit is Tsugumi
>>44829076>>Thank you, sir.
>>44828019I have no idea what this thread is, but have this pistol instead."pistol"
>>44829128Piracy/privateering seems up our alley.
>>44829208was...was she playing Bejeweled?
>>44829289>"pistol">portable anti-tank gun
>>44829128We can be them all at the same time. Go to faraway place, get hired to rob their enemies, then sell their stuff for profit while collecting commissions.
>>44829322So we'd be a space equivalent of a STALKER? Groovy.
>>44829314I have no idea what that game was, but it definitely wasn't bejeweled. the card suits of diamond spade, clubs could be seen and it was on a 3x3 grid.
>>44829351Regardless why was she playing it?
>>44829076"Thank you, sir." You nod as you stash the card in your pocket."It's the least I can do." The Commissioner nods. "And just remember, your discharge won't be official until the program is formally shut down, so at least for the next few days, you're still an officer of Sol Security. Please try to conduct yourself appropriately.""I'll keep that in mind, sir." You grin slightly."Other than that, you are free to go." The Commission says somewhat sadly as he salutes.You return the salute and quickly make your exit.As you stride out of HQ, somewhat sullen, you glance at the card again. The meeting spot is not too far, really, and quick Net search shows that it's in a rather secure area of the city, too. Nothing too shady. Still...>Going alone should be fine.>Maybe you should bring some backup...>Other
>>44829363I dunno why do you play shit on your phone?
>>44829171We have a ship, they haven't scuttled it yet. And we have a crew, too.
>>44829370>Maybe you should bring some backup...
>>44829370>Maybe you should bring some backup...Our whole crew, All for one and one for all!
>>44829370>Maybe you should bring some backup...Tank is coming with us.
>>44829370>>Maybe you should bring some backup...Might as well get various representatives from our crew (security, boarding troops, engineers, etc.).
>>44829370>>Maybe you should bring some backup...
>>44829363probably to burn time. games are time sinks.
>>44829370>>Maybe you should bring some backup...>>44829377Yes but I would assume she has important shit to do where she is other than playing a fucking video game.
>>44829378We're being fired because the ship's expensive to maintain, they clearly WANT us to take it off their hands.
>>44829420I'm down with this.
>>44829370>>Maybe you should bring some backup...>>Othermaybe we can bring some of our trusted crews together so we can be.... 'scouted' together.
>>44829420>>44829488Pretty sure this is it.Once we get "scouted", are we renaming the ship?
>>44829722....what is our ship name again?
>>44829370Your instincts were telling you that you should bring some backup. Maybe one of your bridge crew could work. They were all dependable enough, in their own ways. However, you do agree that you should probably only bring one of them, so as to not risk spooking this "talent scout". Bradford: First Mate. Highly dependable and very rules oriented. He's also been in a few scraps before, but he tends to stand out like a sore thumb.Tank: Security Chief. Very strong and very skilled at combat, but tends to be extremely aggressive and stands out even more than Bradford.Amy: Helmsman. Generally dependable and has a strong sense of justice, and her sharp senses and instincts are great at spotting danger, but not really much of a fighter.Elsa: Weapons Officer. Like Amy, Elsa has sharp senses, but is also pretty decent in a fight. Tends to slack off a lot, though.Lida: Very intelligent, and good with tech, but not really a fighter and tends to be stuck in her own world at times.>Bradford>Tank>Amy>Elsa>Lida
>>44829795>>TankBrother Tank needs to defend the Inquistor
>>44829737>>44829789Throwing out some random names"Dominion""The Triumphant""The Screaming Banshee""The Golden Hind""Turpentine Crow">>44829795>>Bradford
>>44829795>TankGiant soldier and tiny CO combo is a go
>>44829789It's the Selene
>BradfordDeath to aaysVigilo Confido
>>44829795>>BradfordWhat is the Commander without his Prophet?
Why not name the ship Vigilance?
>Tfw we don't get to buddy cop with our Astartes It's ok /tg/ I'm not crying
>>44829952>implying he won't follow us like a mother bear with its cubs
>>44829940Why name it Vigilance when we can name it the Lastri's Ort?
>>44829952Maybe when we absolutely, positively need to intimidate whole room.And we need to find Corvus Armor for him when we goes private.
>Bradford the snake eater
>>44829737We have an outfit for everything!Something when we talk to dignitaries or are otherwise in public, an outfit for when we're on the bridge, and an outfit for any computer interfaces we need access to (plus being an emergency environmental suit)
>>44829940What about "The Frozen Queen" or "Anna"
>>44828801But Sam's never been retired and she won in the very first quest.
>>44829795>Tank>>44829940My vote's for Wayward Sword or Wandering Blade, but I'll settle for the Vigilant Blade
>>44830048Vigilant Blade is good.
>>44828890Mechanical counterpressure suit.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_activity_suit
>>44829993It's nice, but lets be original.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34fSnJNP-4Remember if we hear rumors of ghost ships, stay the fuck away
>>44830083lets name it 'Mercenary Command' then......oh wait.
>>44830105I'm betting there's an actual space station called Merc Command, sort of like a conspiracy version of ComStar.
>>44830103Don't you mean look for it.
>>44830105Just translate it to another language like Latin to make up a name.
>>44830136No. Seriously. It never works out.
>>44829838>>44829940Personally I'm a fan of "Make My Day".
>>44830145Ghost ship and space hulk.There are never good thing happens with them.
>>44830136It's got to work out once, We're looking for it.
>>44829795A quick call to Bradford, and he's already waiting at the front door of the meeting point well before you reach it yourself. You kind of wonder how he got there so fast. And, to your eternal exasperation, he's STILL wearing that silly green sweater of his, as you feared. He wasn't going to fit in at ALL.Urgh. He was always like this since you first met him. Always by the numbers."Captain." Bradford straightens to attention. "So what's the plan?">Have him accompany you directly.>Have him observe from a distance.>Have him wait outside until you call for him.>Other
>>44830165That can be a motto. Good thing to put above all airlocks. Give boarding parties a welcome.
>>44830189>>Have him accompany you directly.
>>44830141So it's 'Praetorium Mercenarii' then.
>>44830189>Have him accompany you directly.
>>44830189>Have him accompany you directly.I see no harm in this.>>44830202Yes.
>>44830189>Have him accompany you directly.>>44830202>not wanting the simple threat to be communicated by the very name of our ship
>>44830189>>Have him observe from a distance.
>>44830189>Have him observe from a distance.
>>44830211sounds like a plan for me.I expect some recurring joke 'What the heck that means' later, but it worth it.
>>44830224>not wanting the simple threat to be communicated by the very name of our shipWhen you're a pirate, sometimes you want to run away, sometimes you want to deal, and sometimes you want to scare them.A name should do all those things, not just say "fuck you" to everyone. I mean "Make My Day" doesn't really apply to a dreadnaught.
>>44830211If we were an imperium/ government vessel I'd be down with it, but we're probably going to be outside the law.
>>44830252i'd wager it will be a PMC (again)....if its the case, we may still need to operate within law.
>>44830189Don't knock the sweater, Sam--those things are comfy as shit.>Have him accompany you directly.
>>44830165AbsolutionAlways Outnumbered, Never OutgunnedAmerigoAntareanBarbarossaBeautiful TerrorBentenmaruCreedDeckard’s DreamFateful LightningFist of an Angry GodGod’s DiceHammer of EternityInvincibleLady in RedLord of Flies (Carrier)Newton’s AppleNo Gods, No MastersO’NiellOuter HeavenProsthetic ConscienceRed RideSin ‘n’ GinVenusfallWalpurgisnachtWar Bastard
>>44830347A Brilliant Plan to Win the War Involving a Coathanger, Three Nails, Two Balloons and a Pack of Bubblegum. Trust Me On This Guys, This Time It Will Work Mk. XIVAndromeda or BustAll The Good Names Were TakenAluminum FalconBurn The Women, Rape the Fields, Salt the HousesDon't Fuck With Us. We Will Feel Bad About It Afterward. You Won't.DoomcockDon't Worry, It Happens To A Lot Of WarshipsEven In The Future Nothing WorksThe Flying FuckFrumious BandersnatchHastur Hastur HasturI don't fucking know, computer! Now stop fucking pestering me to name the ship you warty cunt! Oh fuck, how do I change this? Undo, undo! Look, we've all said some things that you're going to regret. Imma name this here ship Jenny after mah wife. She's old, ugly and all the important bits don't work no more. Shit, is this thing on?If You Can Read This, You May Be Only Light-Seconds From DeathIf You're Reading This, Then We've Just Successfully Stalled You For A Few Crucial SecondsIndecent ProposalInvincible Mk. XVIIIt Came Free With The ApocalypseThe King In Yellow PaintKiss My GravitasLitany of Litany’s LitanyMore Gravitas Than You Can HandleNever Mind, Just A Sensor BlipNice Once You Get to Know HerNinety-Eight Percent AirtightNo Longer Under WarrantyNobody Here But Us AsteroidsOkumoros (Greek word meaning “Destined for a short life”)Look At Me, I’m Flying
>>44830368Roses Are RedViolets Are BlueYour Ship Is On FireAnd Now So Are YouSeriously What's the Worst That Could HappenShatnerShe’s One of Ours, SirSir We Just Lost Life SupportSomething More ComfortableSpace Age Love SongSpherical CowTab ATerrified of Can OpenersThat Windmill Went For a Gun, I SwearThis Side UpTitanic IITough Times Call For Tough CannonsUSS Benedict ArnoldVictory in Less Than Thirty Minutes or Your Megatons Are FreeWe Got The Bang, You Bring The WhimperWe Brake For No OneWe’re Here About A Noise ComplaintWe’re Totally LegitYes, Ladies, It Is This BigYou Are All So BonedYou May Have God On Your Side But We Have His Smite Button On OursYou'd Think A Police State Would Have Stricter Gun ControlAaaaand that's all I have.
>>44830368>The King In Yellow PaintThis reminds me of ship names in the old Halo lore. Fucking great.
>>44830347>>44830368>>44830384>leaving out the best one"The IFF identifies her as the "This is a Mutiny" sir!"
>>44830384For more inspiration, refer to the following article.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series
what about>Beautiful Bastard>Lovely Bitchjust for the sake of lols
>>44830165I'd prefer calling it 'Killing Time'.Slightly friendlier: Gunboat Diplomat
>>44830347>BentenmaruIf we become a pirate>No Gods, No Mastersi am more a NCR symphatizer....>Outer HeavenToo awesome for us
>>44830442not "Big Stick"?Or "Theodore Roosevelt" while at it?
>>44830397>ship names in the old Halo loreGod those were great.>Stalwart Dawn>Eminent Domain>Two for Flinching>Ready or Not>Heart of Midlothian>Do You Feel Lucky>Feeling Lucky(yes, those two are two different ships)>Glasgow Kiss>Unto the Breach>Euclid's Anvil>Say My Name>Dawn Under Heaven>Song of the East
>>44830464If you're gonna be shooting, might as well be direct about it.
>>44830489>This End Up
>not going with Dawn Under HeavenIt's like you don't want to have fun.
Guys, how about we learn what our new career is BEFORE we rename the boat?
Schlock Mercenary also have many good Ship Name.from Killer Koala Race:Scimitar of Irreparable DamageStaff of Unyielding OrderCloak of Untrammeled DignitySpear of Incalculable AgonySword of Indomitable RighteousnessSpear of Intoxicating AgonySceptre of Unrelenting PainFrom UNS:ChesapeakeChixulubEl'gygytgynMorokweng PopigaiSudburyTunguskaVredefort >>44830532....oh.
>Parrot's Dead>Post-Dated Check Loan>Eatonrun>Fiscal Singularity>Serial Peacemaker>Habeas Corpus
>>44830189"Just stick close to me and look as menacing as you can, Bradford." You say simply. "You don't need to speak or anything. Got it?" "Of course, Captain." Bradford nods dutifully. You nod in acknowledgement and take one more look at the meeting point. It was one of those high class bars. The sort of place that business types or politicians would choose to stop by during their lunch breaks. Lots of glass everywhere, with smooth, curved shapes along the walls, white coloring, bright lighting, and extremely pretentious art everywhere.You ignore all of it and make a beeline for the booth at the very back corner, where you see a man wearing a dark suit, his arms stretched out casually along the top of the neighboring seats. His face was also partially covered by a large black fedora, but you could make out a cat-like smile on his face."Captain Samantha Wellings." He says, not as a question, but a statement."That's me." You nod. "And you brought a bodyguard too." The scout's grin goes wider. Expected, but not necessary. As you can see, I'm not armed at all.""But you could have compatriots." Bradford frowns as his head swivels around like a security camera."No, I don't have anything like that. Too much overhead!" The scout laughs. "Would either of you like drinks? It'll be on my tab.""No thanks. I don't drink on duty." Bradford shakes his head.>I could really use a freaking drink.>No thanks.>Other
>>44830570>>Other"lets make a deal first before celebrate it with drink"
>>44830570>No thanks."Trying to ply me with alcohol already are we, Mister...?"
>>44830570>No thanks.No business deals while drunk.
>>44830588I can agree to this. seconding.
>>44830570>>I could really use a freaking drink.
>>44830570>>I could really use a freaking drink.Don't be a prude, now--he's offering a drink, let's take it. Give us something to admire as we mull over the deal.
>>44830368Here's what happens; the bridge crew gets stupidly drunk while renaming the ship and one of these happens. When they sober up, everyone denies suggesting it but the ships already been painted, so they're stuck with it and perpetually embarrassed by it.
>>44830927Ain't it possible to just re-register the name, especially if it's a private vessel?
>>44830958Changing a ship's name is bad luck.
>>44830967So then just paint over the name. Or take a welding torch to it.
>>44830984It's the thought that counts.
>>44830927paint, its nothing.If one of your crew decide to write the name with liberal application of plasma, you need a new hull.
>>44831005Then we should provide strict instructions to prevent such mistakes.
>>44831005Plasma Engraving is definitely what will happen then.
>>44830570"Let's make a deal first before we celebrate it with a drink." You say before sitting down across from the talent scout."Understandable." The scout nods. "Well, let's get to the meat of the matter, shall we? You're very quickly going to be out of a job, or else you wouldn't be coming to see me.""That's right." You nod. "I wanted to hear what you would have to say.""Well, you're in luck!" The scout smiles. "SolSec may bet cutting back, but the Hegemony, Accord, and Confederation are all looking for experienced and skilled ship captains!""Why?" You frown."Well, for various reasons." The scout shrugs casually. "But mainly, they're all aiming to expand into the Frontier, and to do that, they need more captains willing to fly into the unknown.""So you're saying, that we become military dogs for one of the three powers?" Bradford asks in an accusing tone."Hey, it's not so bad, really." The scout laughs. "Full benefits, instant commission, a brand new ship, and good pay! The only catch is you gotta follow orders from some schmuck a million light years away!""And if I'm not interested?" You raise an eyebrow."Well now, there are... other ways." The scout slides a datapad to you. Bradford is quick to snatch it up before you can."What the..." Bradford glares at the scout. "Where did you get this!?""I have my ways." The scout shrugs smugly."What is that?" You turn to Bradford."The security override codes for the Selene." Bradford grimaces. "There's only one reason why we'd be given these...""Hey, I didn't say anything!" The scout chuckles. He then produces a black business card from his white gloved fingers. "This will get you all of the embassies. You can meet my contacts there for further information.(cont)
>>44830570The three factions are Terran Hegemony, the Centauri Accord, and the Confederation of Free Systems, which do we think this guy's from and which should we be siding with?He's clearly a government employee.
>>44831081TERRAN HEGEMONYThe Hegemony is by far the largest of the fragmented human territories, maintaining control over most of the original colonies and a few of the outer colonies. Such control was maintained thanks to the Hegemony retaining most of the military power of the old Terran Alliance, quickly and swiftly bringing numerous systems under martial law to stem the tide of rebellion and civil war. Though the martial law has long been lifted, the Hegemony’s tight control over its population remains, with citizens living under a regime of high security and high surveillance.In terms of government, the Hegemony is run by a singular Hegemon. However, due to security reasons, the exact process of choosing a Hegemon, and even the Hegemon’s actual identity, are kept secret. The Hegemon projects its power through the Hegemon’s Military Governors, who control their own appointed sectors of Hegemony space and run the day to day affairs. The Hegemon’s rules are absolute and unquestionable, giving the Hegemony great strategic flexibility. However, on the tactical level, high controls, a general conservative attitude, and a sprawling bureaucracy make individual Hegemony units slow to react to crises.The Hegemony’s pride and source of power lie in its powerful fleets, of which are the largest in Terran space. However, the Hegemony Fleet’s massive size is a bit misleading. Due to mistrust of exotic technologies and the logistical pressures of maintaining a large fleet, most of the Hegemony Fleet’s ships are extremely old, with many of them dating back to service with the Terran Alliance. Most Hegemony ships are not armed with the latest shields and energy weaponry, mostly focusing on heavy armor and kinetic weapons to brute force their way through obstacles. In this aspect, the Hegemony remains a force to be reckoned with.(cont)
Could... could it be?Escape Velocity, Merc Command edition?
>>44831113THE CENTAURI ACCORDIn the wake of the Terran Alliance’s dissolution, many of the Alliance’s remaining leaders evacuated to the relative safety of Alpha Centauri, the emergency capital. Despite the failure of the Alliance, its former leaders were determined to keep alive its original ideals of democratic rule and freedom for all under its banner, forming the Centauri Accord. The Accord is the second largest Terran faction. While the accord is united under a single government, the Accord uses a republican style system where each planet and system is equally represented, and there is great stress on maintaining the average citizen’s rights and personal freedoms.Unlike the Hegemony, the Accord is run by a Senate consisting of representatives from member planets and systems under the Accord. While this ensures that no single planet or system can exert undue influence over the others, this does make it difficult for the Accord to commit to any singular action or policy. However, the Accord’s general liassez faire policies have attracted many powerful intergalactic megacorporations and trade unions, making the Accord an economic powerhouse that eclipses even the Hegemony in scale. Despite the size of the Accord’s holdings, the general anti-war attitude of its constituents and the reluctance of the Accord to institute conscription or compulsory military service means the Accord’s military forces are extremely small. To counteract this, the Accord has leveraged its economic strengths to invest in technologies to maximize every available soldier they have. Generally, the Accord has the most advanced energy weapon and shielding, as well as the heavy emphasis on automation and robotic drones to perform most menial and dangerous tasks. In addition, due to the Accord’s belief that shields and active protection systems are the best defense, Accord ships generally have much weaker physical armor than their Hegemony and Confederate counterparts.
>>44831144THE CONFEDERATION OF FREE SYSTEMSAfter the dissolution of the Terran Alliance, many of the systems on its outermost fringes were the first to break away. Tired of what was in their eyes the iron fisted tyrannical rule of the Alliance, these systems decided to forego a powerful central government, but still recognized the value of common defense. This was when the Confederation, or more commonly known as the Confederacy, was born. In terms of volume of territory, Confederation space actually eclipses even that of the Hegemony, though most of this space is largely sparsely populated, if even populated at all. Unlike the centrally governed Hegemony and Accord, the Confederacy has no central leadership whatsoever, with each individual system being its own sovereign entity with its own laws and customs. The only thing in common that Confederacy systems agree to is mutual defense. If one Confederacy member is attacked, it is considered an attack on all of them. Other than that, systems in the Confederacy mostly keep to themselves, with unrestricted trade and travel. Lacking the military might of the Hegemony and the economic power of the Accord, the Confederacy often resorts to whatever is locally available. As such, Confederacy ships tend to be rather ramshackle and unique. These ships are often captured or salvaged Accord or Hegemony craft, or in some cases, amalgamations of multiple ships. This makes every Confederacy ship something of a wild card that makes their performance and tactics frustratingly difficult for planners, and even the ship’s own crew, to predict. Confederacy ships also rely on speed and maneuverability for their defense, installing oversized or overpowered engines in order to dodge or outrun enemy attacks.
>>44831161These guys are alright, stuff the other two.
>>44831161"Really? I could join any of the three?" You look at the card with suspicion. "Just.. who ARE you?" "Just a simple independent talent scout!" The man laughs. You look at him suspiciously and then back to Bradford.>I'm ready to make a decision.>I need to pass this by my crew first.>Other
>>44831161THE SOUTH HAS RISEN AGAIN. LET'S GO, BOYS!
>>44831190>>I need to pass this by my crew first.Hell they have as much say as we do.
>>44831190>I need to pass this by my crew first.
>>44831190> "Well now, there are... other ways."Do we need to choose?
>>44831190>I'm ready to make a decision.Confederacy.
>>44831197If you mean going to pull a Sherman and burn it down again then yes, lets go.
>>44831190>I need to pass this by my crew first.I'm down for the confederacy, but we wouldn't be a good captain if we didn't at least hear the thoughts of our senior officers.
>>44831161I like the sound of these folk.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DiWxcilWtU>>44831190>dat KudeliaMmmmmmmmm...>>44831190>I need to pass this by my crew first.
>>44831081>>44831190He mentioned another option if we weren't interested, lets ask about that. He's still holding back.
>>44831190>>I need to pass this by my crew first.>>Other"And I assume since you are kindly give me that code, i also can choose the fourth options right?"
>>44831190All we need is a good six shooter at our side.>>44831190>>I need to pass this by my crew first.
>>44831279Six shooter and lever action.
>>44831190>I need to pass this by my crew first.Though, just spitballing here....The Confeds would seem like they would be in the most need for a skilled crew with an advanced ship at their disposal, but monetary rewards might be sparse. Though they might offer some unique customization options or possibly armor/weaponry/ammo in lieu of actual money. The Centauri Accord would probably have the best material awards, but their reliance on drones and robots make me think that they're going to have us doing very dangerous and/or tedious missions. Might have to look out for contracts meant to lock down mercenaries in crippling debt, too. Hegemony may pretty much be like the Centauri Accord, but with more beating up rebel scum.
>>44831274That other option is clearly a freebooter path of being an outlaw merc ship.
>>44831190>>I need to pass this by my crew first.>>44831144>Shilling for the Accord!
>>44831293>lever action railgun>six shooter sci-fi pistolThis kind of bullshit is what I like.
>>44831298I want to beat up rebel scum.
>>44831328You really want to work for a dicatorship? That comes with a fuck ton of regulations, orders, and paperwork.But then again, maybe our laison is Not!Hess.
Am I the only one who likes the Accords? The seem like the least shitty place
>>44831348My democratic brother.
>>44831348Being on the Federation side sounds nice.
>>44831348I don't mind the sound of them but playing the scrappy rebels is more endearing.
>>44831293So what sort of Gunslinging captain do you think we'll be?>The Trick Shooter that can ricochet shots, or shoot a silver coin tossed into the air.>The Duelist that can outdraw anyone, or unload multiple shots from revolver fanning>The Marksman with really good accuracy>>44831323Welcome to the Space Western Genre.
>>44831370And we'd be helping to make a large territory a better and more livable place.
>>44831348You have my sword.
>>44831323"why do you need a lever action on a railgun?""WHY NOT?">>44831375Either a Duelist or Marksman.>>44831348Accords seems a great place if you are a merchant but kinda questionable if you are a military type. I mean, from Merc description, we might need to deal with pacifist BS.
>>44831370You mean a bunch of disorganized,ill equipped, thieving glory hounds?
>>44831370>scrappy rebelsI think we'd be more like a US Marshall or a Texas Ranger in space.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NuIfInlBII
>>44831344On the other hand FUCK YOUR SHIT levels of firepower will be available.
Okay, let's all agree that no matter what, we get put in the Confederacy territory.For the space western aspect. We don't have to be on the confederacy's side to be in their territory.I don't want to be in the civilized part of space. I want to be on the raggedy edge.
>>44831161Dare I even hope... that perhaps if we go to the confederacy we'll run across a Jim Raynor?
>>44831423Seems like we're going there anyway.
>>44831415Yeah its the war crimes we are going to have to do thats keeping me from choosing it.>>44831431Isn't he off fucking karragin?
>>44831298The Confeds, being the most desperate, will try to screw us over the least. The other two are more powerful and more prone to corruption, it wouldn't be long until we bacame disposable.But I'm also ok with this >>44831415
>>44831423We could always be "The Captain with no Name" who just helps out anyone in need.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EujDcc2xEUI
>>44831423so we might need a western-inspired Power Armor pic for Tank then.Or maybe just put a brim on his helmet.
>>44831113>ships are extremely old>not armed with the latest shields and energy weaponry>focusing on heavy armor and kinetic weaponsDare I hope?
>>44831464I GOT THIS SHIT
>>44831464We need to give him a laser gatling gun, and maybe a sci-fi derringer for us to put in a garter or hidden in cleavage.
What do we now about our current ship? Is it comparable to what we'd get if we went corporate/totalitarian lackey?
>>44831457Right cause a bunch of unorganized rebels are really not going to get into infighting and not have cultural issues with each other that will flair up due to a lack of organization and discipline.
Let's actually try listening to our crew before making any hasty decisions.Or blindly assuming one side will be without flaws.
>>44831502That's in addition to our main gear.>>44831511They aren't unorganized rebels. They're organized along planet boundaries. Each planet has a lot more sway in its own rule. And likely there will be groups of nearby planets within it that band together due to shared interests.
>>44831423It seems like we're going to be put on to the edge of space no matter where we go. >"Well, for various reasons." The scout shrugs casually. "But mainly, they're all aiming to expand into the Frontier, and to do that, they need more captains willing to fly into the unknown."It's just a matter of:>FOR GLORIOUS MOTHERLAND, AND TO CRUSH FILTHY REBEL SCUM!>TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO-ONE HAS GONE BEFORE, PLUS UNTAPPED PROFIT AND RESOURCES!>PERIPHERY FOREVER! ALSO, GET THE HELL OFFA MY LAWN!
>>44831502>not packing a Space Colt Walker 1847Do you even take Tom Chaney back to Fort Smith and hang him?
>>44831511>rebelsYou keep saying this, and it's bullshit anon. They're not rebels, they're just the frontier.
>>44831534While that could happen, if they have any connection to the real confederacy, then the politics are going to be even worse than either the not!empire or the not!Federation. But that might be my blinding hatred of the south talking.
>>44831375Marksman could always get bonuses with rifles.Spincocking, sawn-off rifles, sniper rifles
>>44831561Fine I will give you that. Pardon me for calling them rebels when the have the stars and bars as a flag.
>>44831566It is your blind hatred of the South talking. You think they're rebels. They aren't. They have a working system set up.
>>44831591They would be considered rebels by, in the least, the Hegemony, considering the hardline nationalism and that the Confederacy took the first opportunity to break away.
>>44831620The Hegemony thinks everyone else is rebels, it hardly counts.
>>44831586Anon, you are being twenty-five kinds of retarded.That pic is Starcraft fanart. Look at the ships on it. They're Behemoth-class Battlecruisers.It's being used to give a visual shorthand for the kind of sci-fi their portion of the setting will be.>>44831620Dude, you are grasping so hard at those straws that it's actually pretty funny.
>>44831591A working system thats bullshit. Can you imagine the horse shit that not having a united and working central authority can be when they get attacked. Hell the old Confederacy had to send press gangs into its towns cause some of the governors thought conscription was akin to slavery. Thats not taking into account the personal hatred between the various governors and those in high command.
Okay, it sounds like we're torn between Hegemony and confeds, are the Centauri Sccord worth considering at all?
>>44831591sounds like US if Federal Government didn't exist, actually.
>>44831635>A working system thats bullshitWorks pretty okay for NATO.
>>44831643It seems more like Confeds and accords to me
>>44831650we had that. It failed horribly.
>>44831650And we saw how well that worked under the Articles of Confederation. Oh wait...
>>44831673No it didn't. People just gave up on it.
>>44831650It's almost exactly that.
>>44831643They have a smaller military, so that means more kills for us.
>>44831635I'd rather live there than in the military dictatorship or the megacorp playground.
>>44831673Not entirely. The free commerce thing is a big one. Further, this isn't just states. This is different planets. This is on another level entirely.
>>44831190"This... I would need to pass this by my crew first." You mumble."Of course, this is an important decision, after all!" The scout tips his fedora to you. "Until we meet again, Captain Wellings."You watch as the talent scout saunters his way out of the bar."Should I follow him, Captain?" Bradford asks as he tracks him."No, that won't be necessary." You sigh. "Call the rest of the crew. We've got a decision to make."---Barely an hour later, and you and your crew are all assembled in the Selene's mess hall, really the only private place you could think of. You sit in one of the assembled chairs, trying not to show your exhaustion. Meanwhile, Bradford and Tank both stand loyally behind you. Amy, Elsa, and Lida are present, as well as your Chief Engineer Scott and Ship Doctor Natalia."Well, everybody, I'm sure Bradford told you why we're all here." You sigh. "You've probably heard by now that the Selene will be decommissioned and we'll all be discharged."Nervous murmurs pick up in the room."Anyways, we've received an employment offer. Or, more accurately, three." You hold up the black business card. "It looks like the Hegemony, Accord, and Confederacy are hiring. So there's a pretty big job market out there. However, there is a fourth option..."Bradford then reveals the datapad."That datapad has all of the Selene's security overrides. If we wanted, we could just take this ship, fly it out, and make for best speed to the Frontier. But, as you know, that will basically put us on EVERYBODY's blacklist."The mess hall is silent."Look, the call is mine to make, but I won't do it without hearing you all out first." You sigh. "So, give it to me.""I say we go with the Hegemony." Bradford says. "They run the tightest ship around here, and can keep order in their territories."(cont)
>>44831708Why are all XCOM personnel Nazis?
Did you guys not read the part about how the Confederacy is only united by mutual defense? Beyond a system sending military aid to other confederate systems there is no implication of an overarching Confederate government. Think of each confederate system as its own city-state.
>>44831708"Accord! Always wanted to try my hand a heavy duty ion cannon!" Elsa says happily."Accord. The got the best tech." Lida nods as she taps away at whatever portable game she's playing right now."I'd go with the Confederacy. They got the fastest ships this side of the galaxy!" Amy nods. "Can cover 12 parsecs in no time flat!""Ah, well, I don't really have an opinion..." Scott chuckles nervously. "They've all got pretty neat design philosophies I can learn a lot from...""Ehehehehe, maybe we SHOULD go pirate." Natalia chuckles. "We'd no longer be tied down by petty 'laws' and 'ethics.' I could carry out my experiments with no limitations..."You then turn to Tank, who just nods to you. He trusts any decision you make.Goddamnit...>Join the Hegemony>Join the Accord>Join the Confederation>Go Pirate
>>44831697Then you a fucking idiot but hey its your opinion. not mine. >>44831704Yeah, the problems are much worse.
>>44831731>Join the Accord
>>44831731>>Join the Confederation
>>44831730Well, planet-state or solar system state.>>44831731>Join the Confederation
>>44831731>Join the AccordFreedom and democracy!
>>44831731>>Join the Accord
>>44831756Are both overrated.
>>44831740>Yeah, the problems are much worse.The problems are inherent to any empire there. It's just that the Confederacy embraces it and makes the system work with this being the case, not trying their best to ignore it.
>>44831731>>Join the Confederation>>44831730uhh yes, hence why i said its like US without Feds and one anon say its like NATO.Now you talking about City-States, now i also remember City-States of Jownston.... but hey, we are the hero here. It'd work somehow.
>>44831731>Go PirateSam's Wild Card Company in SPESS!
>>44831731>>Join the AccordMore want to join it, and I see no real issue with their polices.
>>44831731>Not the Accord
>>44831731>>Join the AccordBoldly go where no one has gone before
>>44831731>Join the Confederation
>all these Star Trek references
>>44831731>Join the Confederation>>44831740>I love having the metaphorical cock of either some random dickbag who was selected through secretive esoteric means or the various megacorps which have less corporate ethics than EA up my ass than not have the safety blanket of mummy big gubmint thereFace it anon, you saw Starcraft fanart, only noticed the stars and bars, got triggered, and are now trying desperately to justify your butthurt.
>>44831779You have a poor understanding of NATO and the US if you think it is similar to this Confederacy as it has been presented thus far.
>>44831731YAR HAR FIDDLE DEE DEEBEING A PIRATE IS ALRIGHT WITH ME!
>>44831731 >>Join the Confederation
>>44831731 >Join the Confederation
Anyone have any particular soundtracks/songs for our music player in our ship? Especially since this is a Space Western.
>>44831731ALL RIGHT, VOTING IS CLOOOOOOSED.Wait a minute while I count up all the votes.
Can we join the Accord and take our ship with us?
>>44831731>>Go PirateI NEEEEEED IIIIIIT
Accord won. Crap.
>>44831843Rebel Galaxy's soundtrack is space western sex
>>44831881It's a Western setting, tense "Temporary Alliances" with hostile factions are to be expected
>>44831881Well so much for being a Space Cowboy.See ya.Not really, but FUCK.
We're keeping the ship though, they may pay us, but they don't own us.
>>44831872Aw hell, Loki's gonna be the ship's cat won't he?
>>44831906That would of been the fourth option which didn't make it.
>>44831872I can never see that phrase again without hearing this in my head.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fugPzaqT-YQ
>>44831914What can go wrong? Ship cats have the important job of hunting rats and rodents plus being a morale booster.
Hoping Merc with have a final vote between the two with the most votes
>>44831936Final destination too, because there was very obvious samefagging.
>>44831890>not Skies of Lovehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp4g7WV2slE
>>44831936you mean have the same vote again?
>>44831936TTtoooooOo LATE NIQQUAH!Get strapped in, it's time for your wild ride to begin!
So, can we waifu Tank? Or is he too pure for lewds?
>>44831933If Loki is the cat, expect thing goes haywire regularly.Like engine core behaving weirdly, electronic suites that goes offline without reason, and frequent low dice rolls.
>>44831946We're not Hegemony, but nice song.
>>44831963>>44831964Samefags still at it.
>>44831954>implying Tank isn't a robot
>>44831954No, Bradford is our husbando.
>>44831988Bradford's married to his work, though.
>>44831981>Bri>robot>WhyCan'tIHoldAllTheseImplications.jpgHe's a cyborg, and Shirow clarified that he and Deunan do in fact make culture
Well on the bright side we won't have waifu wars.
>>44831981Considering Briareos has romantic relationship with Deunan in manga......
>>44832008Just you wait.
>>44832008Begun, the husbando wars have.
>>44832008Tank is the only true waifu anon
>>44832020And the Daughteru Wars are lurking behind the shadows.
>>44831977That (44831963) was not me
>>44832036Newfag pls go. Lrn to quote properly and apply it.
>>44832008>>44832020So finally Merc has gone full circle.Waifu WarDaughteru Warand now Husbando War.
>>44832008What makes you say that?
>>44832032I wonder if she'll be an alien, an orphan, a science experiment, or all of the above?
>>44832050Because we're a girl! Girls can't love other girls!
>>44832049Only reason we didn't get husbando wars in Ace Combat Quest was that we were playing as Karla, so Jaeger was the ONLY acceptable husbando.
>>44832008Merc will find a way
>>44832032>Daughteru WarsBut anon, you can have as many daughterus as you want. But daughterus need a fatheru, so we need a husbando before we can start daughteruing.
>>44832049>inb4 we have find and adopt a SON
>>44832078I dunno if that'd be possible. Too easy to /ss/.
>>44832066With people already fighting between Bradfod and Tank?That will be a great achievement.
>>44832078I want son wars NAO to complete the war campaign tour!
>>44832078>inb4 we raise him to be Space Pirate Captain Harlock
>>44832085To be fair, Tank is probably a beast in bed.
>>44832085Literally only one faggot wants to husbando that stuffed shirt Bradford, though.
>>44832078what would the name of that even be?
>>44832078ahhhhh.Sorry, i kinda lumped 'son' and 'daughter' in same category. I am not implying nor encourage trap-ish son with above statement
>>44831731And just like that, you find yourself sitting in a secure room inside the Centauri Accord's Sol Embassy. It was... pretty interesting. The whole building was a large white spire, with lots of holograms and blue lighting, giving it a very electronic feel, like the the whole building was basically a giant device of some sort. And even though you were inside what is essentially a holding cell, you could tell that great attention and detail was paid to ergonomics. The room wasn't square, but was actually round, with the total absence of hard edges anywhere. Even the furniture was smooth and curved, and this chair had to be the most comfortable fucking chair you've ever sat in in your life.And then the door slides open, a white haired woman wearing a blue military uniform with a bust a bit too large and skirt just a bit too short walks in, and sets a datapad down on the table."So, Captain Wellings, I see that you have an interest in joining the Centauri Accord Navy?" The officer asks with a smug catlike grin that kind of reminds you of the talent scout's. "I'm Colonel Froylatia, by the way. It's a pleasure to finally meet you.""That's right." You nod and then pause. "Were you expecting me?" "In a way. There's been a huge influx of new hires due to the recent... 'changes' at SolSec." Froylatia smiles as she flips through her datapad. "Hmmmm... your service record in SolSec is exemplary. Flawless, even. However, I do want to ask you a few more questions before we confirm you commission.""And what would they be?""Well, they're going to be rather personal. Background check reasons, you see." Froylatia smiles as she leans in closer to you. "First, tell me. Why did you want to go to space?">I just wanted to see what was out there.>There was a job that had to be done.>To tell truth, I'm just running away.>Other
>>44832114>>To tell truth, I'm just running away.
>>44832085I don't think either would really qualify, the former's too stiff and the other's too much of a brute.
>>44832084But it would also allow for some other moments to pop up like the kid trying to be tough, or too cool for hugs and affection.>>44832114>>I just wanted to see what was out there.
>>44832114>To tell truth, I'm just running away.Interesting backstory go!
>>44832114YOU CAN'T JUST KEEP RUNNING AWAYI'm... I'm not running...>I just wanted to see what was out there.
>>44832114>I just wanted to see what was out there.
>>44832114>>To tell truth, I'm just running away.Followed by deadpan "into riding fucking rockets around god damned nuclear furnaces because I can."
>>44832114>>To tell truth, I'm just running away.Seems the most interesting
>>44832114>>I just wanted to see what was out there."Beautiful stars and vast emptiness, with God know what waiting beyond that.... tell me a (wo)man didn't want to explore it"
>>44832114>>I just wanted to see what was out there.Adventure, not angst>FroylatiaI bet she can work the pole very good.
>>44832129>too cool for hugs and affection.We're still gonna need to hug the shit out of him when he really needs it.
>>44832114>I just wanted to see what was out there.>"I'm Colonel FroylatiaNickname to use when she isn't around: Iced Coffee.
>>44832114God dammit. We just had to go and join the ipod faction.Now we're gonna be on a ship that only has one button, and we have to perform complex inputs on it in order to do anything.>>44832114>I just wanted to see what was out there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVn1oQL9sWg
>>44832137If we wanted interesting, we wouldn't have gone with the Accord.
>>44832195It could be worse. We could be stuck with imperialistic autism filling out literal paperwork in space, in triplicate, every time we leave a system and every time we enter a system.
>>44832114>To tell truth, I'm just running away.
Okay, so we started off with a Destroyer as a ship, so we at least have some (in-character) experience with that class of ship.If the time ever comes, should we stay with the Destroyers, or jump to a larger class of ship?
>>44832246Might as well stay with what we know.
>>44832246Start with destroyers, then gain ranks of course.
We should get a sword.Whatever the most combat effective sword we can get in this setting is.An officer is improperly dressed without her sword.>>44832246Well, considering that the Destroyer is the king of modern naval combat?Of COURSE we stick with them.
>>44832264Let's hope it's not in this fashion...
>>44832246Cruisers have my vote. Seem like the best middleground between big ass battleships and tiny ass destroyers.
>>44832276This is a sci-fi setting. Battlestars could be the kings of space combat as far as we know, and destroyers the expendable tin cans.
>>44832264why was she wearing a japanese style school outfit and then aged up to be a Prussian styled uniform?
>>44832246Destroyer to start off with. Seems like it's a pretty versatile ship class, if the intro scene was anything to go off of. We probably have to work up enough trust with the faction we work with to let them sell us bigger ships.
>>44832290Because that's Hibiki's clothing as a destroyer, and after WW2, the real life Hibiki was transferred to the Soviet navy.
>>44832298Should have figured. Thank you.
>>44832282You have to remember the purpose of cruisers, though.
>>44832288I'd fucking LOVE to see a carrier try to defend itself without its destroyer escorts. Get assraped by space-PT-Boats it would.
>>44832114"I just wanted to see what was out there." You say. "You know, explore the stars, chart empty space, go where no woman has gone before.""Hmm, yes, yes, I've heard that so many times before." Froylatia casually takes out a pipe and lights it. Odd for a woman in such an advanced society to use such an antiquated device. "But I know there has to be a deeper reason behind it. There always is. Perhaps it has something to do with why you have no registered next of kin in Sol?"You recoil a bit at that. "Yeah, I guess could say it's related." You admit. "I guess you can say I kinda got it from my sister. We both wanted to go to space, but we both kind of had different ideas. I went to SolSec, but she couldn't get the right grades, so she signed up to be the crew on a passing merchant ship. Was always kinda hoping we'd run into each other again someday.""Mhm. Long lost sisters looking to reconnect with their shared desire see the stars." Froylatia takes a huff from her pipe. "Now that's a new one, I'll give you that. All right, that's all I need for now. Now for the matter of your ship...""You'll be giving us a brand new model, right?" You ask."Of course!" Froylatia nods. "Top of the line! Unless you have different ideas...?">No, a new ship is just what we need!>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...>Other
>>44832324>>No, a new ship is just what we need!
>>44832324>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...Use what we know.
>>44832324>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship..
>>44832324>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...
>>44832324>>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...Well, the old employer DID say that they were shutting down....
>>44832324>No, a new ship is just what we need!I vote we name her "A Pale Horse".
>>44832324>>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...She deserves better than the scrap yard and its not like she can't be upgraded.
>>44832324>No, a new ship is just what we need!Accord's got the best tech, let's make use of it.
>>44832321Battlestar. Battleship AND carrier. It's got the big fat FUCK THE UNIVERSE guns, and a fighter/bomber complement to help.
>>44831914Actually I think Loki was the'talent scout'. Which worries me even more....
>>44832321Galactic Empire Star Destroyers.It turns out in space all you need to be a carrier is a dedicated hangar for fighter craft. Woah.
>>44832344So it's an incredibly mediocre turkey that tries to do two jobs at once.There's a REASON that was never a thing in real life. It's because if you're using up space for giant guns, you don't have room to be a carrier as well.Additonally,>big cannons>relevant in an era of guided munitions
>>44832364You seem to be under the impression that we're in real life. We aren't. We're in Star Wars/Starcraft/Firefly/Star Trek/who knows what else.
>>44832276That was modern... It's commonaly accepted that ships of Destroyer tonnage will play a relatively small roll of roving patrol or picket ships. (What we just did.) The kings of space battles will be either Battlecruisers or Battleships/Dreadnoughts. Though a specialized Light Cruiser would be awesome...
>>44832380Okay, lemme put this another way to explain why "it's a carrier AND a battleship" is retarded.You have these fighters, right?And they need a larger ship in order to get around.So, why the FUCK would you make the ship that carries those fighters try to do double duty as a ship of the line?You're DOOMING those fighters if that thing's hangars take a hit, plus forcing them to try and land under incoming fire if they need to rearm.No.Carriers stay away from the fight and focus on being a point those fighters can return to for refuel, repair, and rearm.
>>44832324>No, a new ship is just what we need!
>join faction with the fanciest tech>decide to keep our shitty old rustbucket that'll be a logistical nightmare due to them not having the supply chain to support it instead of getting a new ship we'll actually be able to get parts and supplies forFucking /tg/ logic.
>>44832412Anon, please, your autism is showing.
>>44832412I'm guessing we should ask Merc for clarification.Hey Merc, what ships are the kings of space naval warfare?
>>44832412Because we're in space doing awesome shit and having fun and not being a sperglord for minor facets of naval roleplay that may or may not apply to ships that we may or may not ever crew.>>44832426At least one other person gets it.
>>44832426but anon, why would you ditch your ship waifu for a run of the mill used goods that's a standard in a existing faction?
>>44832324>OtherCan I get a list of the possible ships I can choose from and compare the tech specs to my current one?
>>44832324>>I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship...
>>44832324Would it be possible to refit the Selene with Accord tech?
>>44832324"Well, er, I was kind of hoping we could use my old ship..." You say rather nervously."Hm, well, I don't deny that ship crews tend to like to stick with the ships they know." Froylatia nods. "But, you'll have to understand. Even if it's a brand new ship, as a system patrol ship, it may not be optimized for the long range missions we intend to send you. Not to mention, the cost of purchasing it from SolSec would eat into the budget allocated for refits. Are you sure you still want to go through with this?">Yeah, I still want it back.>All right, we'll take the new ship, then.>Other
>>44832324>No, a new ship is just what we need!We went for the high tech faction. Why wouldn't we get a fancy new ship?
>>44832412If we're using RL logic than we should be shooting enemies over a billion miles away from us with invisible lasers.Calm your tits, anon. It's called Science Fiction for a reason.
>>44832464>>All right, we'll take the new ship, then.
>>44832464>All right, we'll take the new ship, then.
>>44832464>All right, we'll take the new ship, then.WE DON'T WANT A PICKET VESSEL FOR DEEPSPACE SOLO TRAVEL, STOP BEING DUMB!
>>44832469This is false, as a laser would take a while to pass that distance. Space battles will likely include pursuit/closing followed by broadside carronades
>>44832429>>44832447>anything I disagree with is autismBasic tactics, guys.You don't park the hangar for your fighters/attack craft within firing range of the enemy battleship. That defeats the entire PURPOSE of having the planes, which is safe projection of force from a distance.>>44832464>All right, we'll take the new ship, then.>>44832469No, anon. That's not even IRL logic. That's just basic common sense, aka "not wanting to get good pilots killed because some idiot decided that our carriers should be in a position where the enemy can turn their deck/hangar into a smoking crater with one lucky shot".
>>44832549What are ship shields. What are our faction's biggest strength. What is not a big deal.
>>44832549If we're going by IRL logic, there'll be no fighters at all because lasers make great anti-fighter defense systems.The only sad thing about no real life science is the fact we won't be getting Orion drives.
>>44832564>What are ship shields.A thing that can eventually fail.>What is not a big deal.Apparently the lives of our pilots.>>44832572>IRL logicIt's NOT IRL SCIENCE! It's basic. Common. Fucking. Sense. Parking your carrier on the battle line is an elaborate way of MURDERING YOUR PILOTS.
>>44832464"You're right." You sigh. Despite your sentimental feelings for the Selene, that's all it was. Sentimental feeling. This was a new beginning, so logically you would have to accept taking a new ship. "We'll take the new ship, then.""Of course." Froylatia smiles as she slides her datapad in front of you. "This will be your new ship, the Normandy-class Destroyer. Incorporating the latest technologies, this ship class is specifically designed to operate independently in deep space for extended periods of time.""Wow..." You blink. It certainly looked far more high tech than the Selene could ever be. Much sleeker, too."Now." Froylatia's smile grows longer. "How about we go see it in person?">And that's it for tonight! Be sure to come back next week! And don't forget KanColle on Friday!>You should probably clear up what you want to name the ship, or at least narrow down the possibilities when the next thread starts! We'll get more into the details of customizing your ship as well as basic ship combat next time!
>>44832590thanks for the thread, boss.So, BEGIN THE SHIP NAMING GUYS!!!
>>44832590Thanks for running Merc! >>44832596Stardust Crusader?
>>44832590Thanks for the thread, as always! Looking forward to this new quest.
>>44831731>Confeds for the uniqueness!Also:Some say he took out a whole crew of pirates while sleepwalkingOthers say his face is actually another breaching chargeAll we know is, he's called... the Tank.
>>44832590I like "Starlight Express".
>>44832590The CAN (Centauri Accord Navy) Cunt Destroyer.
>>44832590Good run merc.
>>44832590>>44832590Thanks for the run Merc.I remember "Vigilence" or "The Vigilant Blade" being suggestions
>>44832564>>44832549Biggest problem is computer assisted Anti-Air Batteries, making space fighters a dumb, and moot, thing to have. Space would be better served holding a large spinal mounted weapon, and more room for vital subsystems.
>>44832585To be fair, in Star Wars apparently the Empire just doesn't give a damn about it's pilots at all. And in BSG, the fighters are mostly just stopping enemy fighters from getting through the flak screen while the battlestar's heavy guns broadside the basestars.So this is entirely dependent on philosophies, technologies, and tactics. And even in real life, navies still fuck up on how to do tactics.
>>44832633>in Star Wars apparently the Empire just doesn't give a damn about it's pilots at allAlso, having played X-Wing, I can tell you that Imperial doctrine is STILL to park the Star Destroyer on the edge of the system and vomit out a shitload of TIEs at the enemy.The guns are to tell YOU to stay away, not for it to engage the enemy with.
>>44832617By adding CAN, I advocate we name the ship the CAN Do.
>>44832633Ya, the only reason carriers are a thing now, is so our planes have a mobile landing platform to bomb the shit out of 3rd world countries. AKA Force Projection.In a fight against a modern navy, we'd be screwed, because if they had weapon systems even close to ours, all the missiles and planes would be shot down way before they became a threat to the battle group.
>>44832655What does the 'o' stand for?
>>44832625I'm not arguing about science though. I'm arguing about tactics. And putting your carrier in gun range of the enemy is bad tactics.
>>44832633And in Gundam series all spaceship arguably is heavily armed carrier.
>>44832664Nothing. It's name is meant to say 'Can Do.'
>>44832672It's space. if someone can see you, than their guns can reach you.
>>44832675That's to make the mechs actually useful, and the Universal Century was paralleling the Pacific War anyway.
>>44832675That's only because Mobile Suits are hilariously OP.
>>44832687See >>44832469If that applies in this setting then carriers will literally not exist since their only advantage (hitting things from further away) is nullified.
>>44832655CAN Of Tin
>>44832733CAN Full of Worms
>>44832744This is implying that we are worms though...
>>44832749Alright. How about CAN Of Whoopass?
>>44832744The Centauri Accord high command has been trying for years to change their naval acronym but a large group of captains refuse to conform, citing that their ship names just won't make sense with a change and rechristening a ship is bad luck.
Given that it's the Normandy-class, we could stick to the name scheme by picking the name of another French province.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_FranceI'm partial to Flandres, but Marche and Picardy could work as well.
I'm assuming that our new ship has a hangar bay for at least a transport/landing shuttle for boarding/away teams.
>>44832733>>44832744>>44832655Holy dubs batman.CAN Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?CAN Ada MapleCAN Cerrous GrowthCAN Lives in Death
>>44832788>not Omaha>or Utah>or Juno>or Gold>or SwordC'mon, Operation Mulberry that shit.
>>44832788Mass Effect had frigates named after famous battles. By their naming scheme, we should name ours the Stalingrad, Britain, El Alamein, etc.>>44832800<
>>44832800CAN It Be One Of Ours.
>>44832792Probably. I'm guessing all ships above Destroyer classes have hangars for dedicated transports and a few smaller starcraft (fighters, engineering, mining, etc.) Carriers are probably primarily used for planetary invasions with lots of air/space support or boarding actions.
>>44832788Given that the ship seems to be just the Normandy SR-2, it's probably named after the invasion, not the province itself.
>>44832800CAN You NotCAN Not ComplyCAN We Go Home
>>44832590Altaha Abilia (Always Able)
>>44832856CAN (not) RedoCAN (not) Advance
>>44832929CAN I Get an Amen
>A Wind Amid the Dust>Of Stars in Shadow Shimmering>Vingilot>More Bright Than Light of Diamond
>>44832590>SR2Man, Christmas came WAY early this year, there is even a fresh layer of snow outside my house.