Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive (Thread 1): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Infinte+Stars+Quest%2C+Space%2C+Sci+Fi%2C+Collective+GameOther Quests: http://pastebin.com/g5TtAaeeYou are Captain SAMANTHA WELLINGS, a newly minted captain of the Centauri Accord!Currently, you've managed to ace a couple of test sims thrown at you by Frolaytia as you and your crew were getting familiarized with the control system. Frolaytia leads you out of the simulation bridge, leaving your crew to further get the hang of the systems."Well, now that we've got that sorted out, all that's left is to decide on the final refit." Frolaytia grins. "You seem to have taken to the Ion Cannon rather well. I suppose you'd like to keep it?"ION CANNON: Typically a weapon used on larger capital ships, Accord engineers have managed to miniaturize the standard ion cannon to a size where a destroyer could mount one. However, the weapon still runs the length of the hull, limiting its firing arc, and it has a large flux generation rate. However, very few things hit by this weapon survive the initial shot. 30 flux per shot.FUSION BLASTER: Using powerful electromagnetic fields, a fusion explosion is artificially created and then focused into a single beam. Since the beam is focused through EM fields, there is no physical turret which gives the weapon a wide firing arc. However, the beam quickly loses energy as it travels, making it more effective as a close range weapon. 15 flux per shot.PLASMA CASTER: Rather than a singular weapon, the plasma caster is in fact numerous projectors that fire large bolts of plasma. This allows for targeting of multiple enemies and more efficient firing, but has lower attack power. 5 flux per shot.>ION CANNON>FUSION BLASTER>PLASMA CASTER
>>45266796>>ION CANNONSup Merc?
>>45266796>>ION CANNONFuck yes.
So guys, should we keep the lasers or switch to missiles, knowing that we'll replenish our stock between combat missions?
>>45266948Missiles, lasers make us too reliant on flux.
>>45266948I'd prefer missiles. Something to help reduce our Flux generation seems mighty helpful, from what we saw in the sims. I'd love the chance to upgrade our missile capacity sometime later, if we can work that in as the story progresses.
>>45266948I'm going to vote missiles. We seem to use the ion cannon well, but lasers build up too much flux. We'll probably just use the missiles defensively, so little fear of running out in the middle of combat.
INFINITE STARS QUEST, FUCK YEAH.
REMEMBER, FLUX IS A PROBLEM. IF WE TAKE THE ION CANNON WE WILL NEED TO GRAB THE MISSILES FOR OUR DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS. THESE MISSILES CAN BE REPLENISHED IN BETWEEN FIGHTS.
>>45266796"Yeah, the Ion Cannon gives us some serious hitting power." You nod in agreement. "And it looks like not even the Hegemony really as a good answer for it, at least not their destroyer classes.""For now, yes. But the Hegemony has proven time and time again that they're remarkably resilient." Frolaytia nods. "How about your secondary system? The lasers seem to serve you well, but would you like to change those?"LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM: An array of laser emitters placed at strategic areas of the ship give wide coverage to fight threats too close or out of the line of fire of the ship's primary weapon. Very effective against small craft and incoming missiles, but individual beams have difficulty penetrating armor, especially at long ranges. 2 flux per shot.UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM: A series of small missiles launchers placed on strategic points on the ship, the UMS can fire dozens of small, highly maneuverable missiles capable of bringing down small ships and enemy missiles. Limited missile capacity but does not generate flux. 48 missiles capacity.PHOTON TORPEDO LAUNCHER: A much harder hitting projectile than the standard missile, the photon torpedo is essentially a rocket motor sheathed in a coat of high intensity plasma and other exotic energies. Causes extremely high damage, but the energy sheath has the negative effect of blinding onboard guidance systems, restricting this weapon to straight trajectories only. 24 torpedoes.>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM>PHOTON TORPEDO LAUNCHER
>>45267334>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM
>>45267334>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM
>>45267334>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEMAlso, some drawing of armors for Tank?
>>45267420Basically a space marine?
>>45267441He's our battle brother
>>45267334>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEMUMS hivemind! But yeah, since we can replenish the missiles with onboard systems on the ship, its by far the better option.
>>45267420aaand my take on... Sovereign armor. Still got no idea for Hegemon and Confederacy yet, open to suggestion.
>>45267475We can't go in the field with him, so not truly battle-brothers.
>>45267584How about Helghast armor?
>>45267584Maybe aim for extreme contrast of style and tech levels?
>>45267590We're his chapter master though
>>45267584>SovereignYou mean Accord right?
>>45267584I really like that, very Halo-y
>>45267420>>45267584>>45267614I like the drawings! I can't draw power armor to save my life, so it's nice to see some designs.Since we're showing some art, I've been trying to work on an OP picture for the game, WIP attached.
>>45267747Needs tank, but otherwise great picture
>>45267747Needs Tank and Gullinbursti. Looking forward to the finished product!
>>45267584I thought that the ME-style hardsuits were gonna be the battle dress for all our boys whenever we were to step off the Normandy.For Tank's suit, perhaps to continue along the Mass Effect strain of aesthetic, perhaps take more from the Turian and Krogan armors? He's a big guy, those armors can get to hamtastically huge levels.
>>45267644>Chapter-Master SamProbably more like he left his chapter or so. Which also raises the question of where all the other power armored giants are.
>>45267766>>45267832>Needs TankGuys, get your eyes checked. He's to the left of Amy.
>>45267420>FeelslikeImwearrinnothinatall.jpg.Or if you want to go even further, Excal...
>>45267420>>45267584These are pretty damn nice! Tank likes them big and bulky!>>45267334"I'm actually kinda leaning more towards the missile system." You remark. "That Ion Cannon generates flux like crazy, and the laser arrays don't help.""Understandable." Frolaytia nods. "You are free to build it however you want, after all.""Right." You sigh. "So anything else?""Well, since you're taking out a new ship, Command has seen fit to grant a special system to field test." Frolaytia hands you a small holographic datapad, lines of code and schematics scrolling by on it. "Take your pick."DRONE FIGHTER BAY: A small module that holds a squadron of 12 automated drone fighters armed with basic lasers. Also includes repair and fabrication facilities to replenish losses in between battles.QUANTUM SHIFT: A highly experimental technology, this device allows the ship to effectively "teleport" short distances. It's not replacement for conventional FTL since it generates massive amounts of flex, but is useful in a pinch. 50 Flux per use.NANOARMOR: Using the latest developments in nanotechnolgy and smart alloys, a special treatment on a ship's hull allows it to slowly regenerate damage over time, even in the midst of battle. >DRONE FIGHTER BAY>QUANTUM SHIFT>NANOARMOR
>>45267912I can't wait to see if merc actually planned backstory for him. >>45267916He wasn't colored in, my bad
>>45267943>>DRONE FIGHTER BAY
>>45267747Needs more tits on Sam. She looks like a Trap.
>>45267901I always imagined Tank as wearing something akin to the Enclave PA or X-01 PA.
>>45267943>DRONE FIGHTER BAY>>45267747Strange. I have suddenly become erect.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>452679431. DRONE FIGHTER BAY2. NANOARMOR
>>45267943>>NANOARMORget for prolong fights flights, and should make us more at ease.
>>45267943>DRONE FIGHTER BAYSwarm them.
>>45267943>>QUANTUM SHIFT>>45267766>>45267832>>45267916Thanks! Yeah, Tank needs a lot of work, still.
>>45267747You gotta go with Old Bradford in XCOM 2. Much more awesome.
>>45267943>DRONE FIGHTER BAY
>>45267943>QUANTUM SHIFTWe can instantly flank anyone, can ambush better, are able to dodge torpedoes in a ridiculously unfair way, and can catch up to faster ships that we'd otherwise lose a long term chase with.Seriously, in Sins of a Solar Empire the Vasari Loyalist Titan has this ability and it's fucking terrifying. That's a much larger ship, but it's actually even more useful for us because now we have *teleports behind you* powers.
>>45267943>NANOARMORas cool as drones would be I think nano armor is much more useful.
>>45267943>>QUANTUM SHIFTSo it allows a ship to go "I heard you where talkin shit like I wouldn't heard" on the poor fucker facing us?
>>45268033>generates massive amounts of flexThis limits us to either alpha strikes or running the fuck away.
>>45267747I RECOGNIZE THAT SUIT!>>45267943>NANOARMOR
>>45268086It could easily save our ass, though.
>>45267658Oh yeah, sorry. A bit busy here.>>45267943Glad you like it. Still planning other armor for tanks, like one from Hegemony, one from Confederacy, and maybe dress/ceremonial armor.Hope i can draw it for next week,
>>45267943>NANOARMORMore than anything else, the weakness of ships like this are the lack of armor due to the emphasis on the shields. If the Energy source is limitless, the weapons replenishable, and the armor self-repairing, then this would be the ship that can fight forever! Also, plz no quantum, if only because of how much flux that uses, yeesh. Oh wait, if we can choose to take more of the less damaging hits in combat because we know we can regen from the smaller amounts of damage, wouldn'tt that mean we would have more flux to use for the weapons and the movement boost system? cmon guys, armor!
>>45267943Merc, just how tall is Tank anyway?
>>45267977Same here. I see Tank wearing jet-black X-01 armor.>DRONE FIGHTER BAY
>>45268134I've had it in my head that the Hegemony, in keeping with their UNSC inspiration, have their armors be teh battle dress used by the UNSC--Halo 3 or Reach UNSC armor, not that dorky shit they were wearing in Halo 4.The Confederacy is gonna be the hardest of the three to peg down, seeing as we still haven't seen eye nor ear of them. Might be worht looking at Planetside's NC MAX suits, or at the other end of the spectrum they could be something more in line with Starcraft's Marines. They probably have the largest amount of free reign if anything, artfag.
>>45267943"The Nanoarmor sounds useful." You say, looking at the specs. "Would cut down on repair costs.""Assuming you take enough damage to make up for the cost." Frolaytia gives an ironic grin. "The application and material processes alone cost almost three times as much as the ship, and let's not even get into the all of the accumulated R&D costs..."Jeez, just how much money did these Accord guys have to throw around...?"Well then, your refit should be complete, then!" Frolaytia turns off the holopad and slides it back into her pocket. "So, do would you like to begin preparations to leave, or do you still have any business on Earth to take care of?Hm, well, honestly, outside of your crew, there actually wasn't really anybody on Earth you knew. At least not intimately. Then again, there were probably a few SolSec buddies you could see off, but still...>You still have some things to take care of (specify).>Skip right to the launch.>Other
>>45268134>>45268342Well, the Confederacy is pretty much a bunch of factions unified by the fact of mutual protection, so a lot of their gear isn't going to be standardized.So to show that, maybe have their few standard stuff have lots of customizations, and personal touches. They're fucking cowboys in space, so make it do the job first and look pretty last.
>>45268444>>Skip right to the launch.
>>45268318He is but a single height.Taller than you.
>>45268444>Skip right to the launch.
>>45268444>>Skip right to the launch.Let's get ready to roll out.
>>45268444>>You still have some things to take care of (specify).Say by to any friends and family in system, by a nice wine for the ship's maiden voyage.
>>45268444>You still have some things to take care of (specify).Has our old ship been mothballed yet? If not, we should see to the striking of the colors.
>>45268444>>You still have some things to take care of (specify).If we have a couple friends, we should tell them where we're going.And to keep in touch--connections are important. Could mean the difference between netting a contract or bagging aa bounty and leaving empty-headed.
>>45268444>You still have some things to take care of (specify).Go talk to the Solsec commissioner and thank him, he did give us the lead to find our new job.
>>45268444I'll second this: >>45268683Maybe add in a thank-you card or whatever they use in the future.
>>45267612Helghast, you say?
>>45268461Might as well just go with the Starcraft references, slap on some Space 'Murica wild west and you'll be good.
>>45268134How about some stripped down, mish-mash barely-there power armor built and chosen for cheapness?Also, the officers could get better armor (bigger, shiner, cleaner etc.) because they get more pay and bonuses.
>>45268847I think the guy to Jimmy's right is wondering how the hell that flamethrower guy's neck is so long.
>>45268444"Captain, we're ready launch when you are." Bradford states loyally as you enter the bridge. As per protocol, your crew salutes you as you enter. They usually don't do this all the time, but this was a special occasion. You were breaking in a new ship, after all. You return the salute, and they all return to their duty stations, working their holographic interfaces.And finally, FINALLY, you sit down in the chair.And HOLY SHIT does it feel comfortable! Frolaytia had told you that the captain's chairs were all designed after careful study to find the most comfortable and ergonomic configuration for the human body. She had even gone the extra mile and had it built to be custom sized to your rather "smaller than average" build. NOT THAT YOU WERE INSECURE ABOUT THAT OR ANYTHING..."Cap? We ready to hit the road?" Amy asks as she turns her head from her control station."Just a second." You say as you look to Lida. "Are connected to Control?""Yes, Captain. They should be able to hear you now." Lida nods in response."Control, this is Gullinbursti, requesting permission to launch." You say. "Gullinbursti, this is Control. Permission is granted. Locks have been disengaged. You are free to go. Good luck out there.""Thanks, Control." You grin as Lida cuts the connection. You turn to the rest of your crew. "All right, stations sound off. Go or no go?""Navigation is go." Amy reports."Sensors and comms are go." Lida says flatly."Weapons are go." Elsa says cheerfully. "Propulsion is go." Scott reports from his station back in the reactor room."Medical is go." Natalia purrs over the comm."Bridge is go, all systems nominal." Bradford concludes. "Captain?""All right." You grin as you lean back in your chair. "Amy, launch!""Aye, Cap!" Amy smiles in anticipation as she powers up the Gullinbursti's engines, and the whole ship begins to glide forwards smoothly as it clears the dock.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXCM0lZxh4U(cont)
>>45269364"Heh, you're doing a lot better than last time." Elsa chuckles. "Hey Lida, remember when she forgot to turn off the inertial brake?""Oh yes, and then she accidentally put the ship in reverse thrust to try and disengage it and accidentally rammed the dock.""Heh, good times.""NOW IS NOT THE TIME!" Amy snaps. By this point, the Gullinbursti had already cleared the dock and was heading for open space to the nearest FTL jump point. "Incoming transmission from Control, Captain." Lida reports.You nod as you bring it up. Almost immediately, Frolaytia's holographically rendered face fills the air in front of you."It's good to see that your ship launched without any hitches. Though uncommon, you know how it is, new ships and new crews... mistakes could happen..."You would love to see Amy's face during this. You were certain her eyebrow was twitching like crazy."Anyways, I'm transmitting the coordinates for you first assignment." Frolayia continues. "Our primary colony on the Frontier, Eridani, will be your base of operations. You can head there to get settled in or..."You see as that familiar devious grin appears on Frolaytia's face. The kind that heralded mischief to come."We've had reports of a Hegemony flagged freighter passing through our space. No doubt smuggling contraband goods. Perhaps you could send a 'message' to the Hegemony for us?""I'll see what I can do." You nod. "Well, good luck out there, Captain." Frolaytia takes a pull from her pipe. "I'll be in touch.And then the transmission winks out."Coming up to the FTL point, Cap." Amy reports.>Head straight for Eridani and get yourself squared away.>Pay a visit to that freighter first.>Other
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.
>>45269388>Pay a visit to that freighter first.
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.Why not, maybe we'll get paid extra?
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.>>45268134>>45269114Then we get the poor SOBs who get something from the Metro series like pic related
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.>>45269441I need to find the Alien scene when they're talking about shares.
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.Ehehehehehe... time to test out the new ship! Woooooo!!!Oh and remember guys, the first time we use the ion cannon, we had the option to either go for the reactor for a quick-kill, or to sweep to disable stuff. So if the option comes up, and the situation is appropriate, lets see what happens.
>>45269388>>Pay a visit to that freighter first.So what's the plan here, guys? Run an inspection scan and have the crew forward us a copy of the manifest? Board the freighter and inspect the hold personally?
>>45269553Let Tank inspect things onboard. And pray that the freighter ain't a Q-ship. Or loaded with bombs. Or that Frolaytia is using us as some kind of pawn for some unknown reason.
>>45269388>Pay a visit to that freighter first.>"Hey Lida, remember when she forgot to turn off the inertial brake?">"Oh yes, and then she accidentally put the ship in reverse thrust to try and disengage it and accidentally rammed the dock."Trust me, Amy, no one will ever let you forget when you ram the garage door.
>>45269464If it's good enough, then it works. Even the most awesome armor is useless if the wearer does not have the guts or intelligence to use it properly.
>>45269388"Hmmmm, I suppose we can do a it of a side job on the way." You say. "Lida, you got the coordinates?""Already locked into the nav computer." Lida nods. "Amy?""All right, going into FTL!" Amy grins as she engages the system. You all feel a bit of a strange tingling sensation as the Gullinbursti transitions from realspace into that dimension that allowed faster than light travel to be possible. At the Gullinbursti's full speed, it would only take a few hours to reach the Frontier. "Captain, maybe you should get some rest at your quarters." Bradford suggests as he stands by your side. "It's going to be a long trip to the Frontier."No, I'll be fine." You say. "Besides, it gives me time to start going over the mission file in more detail."As you do review the file, you note that the freighter you were tracking, the Interstellar Conveyor #5410, was indeed a Hegemony flagged freighter. Not necessarily military, but it did swear allegiance to that government. No information on whether the Hegemony was providing any actual military protection to the freighter, or if they were even aware of its constant intrusions into Accord space. However, the report did note that the company that owned the freighter was wealthy enough to be able to afford "private security". Usually just slang for mercenaries and pirates."So, what's the play, then, Captain?" Bradford asks. "Do we go in guns blazing in good old fashioned gunboat diplomacy, or do we take the actual diplomatic approach?">Show them you mean business.>Just try to scare them off.>Other
>>45270091>>Show them you mean business.
>>45270091>Just try to scare them off.
>>45270091>Show them you mean business.
>>45270091>>Just try to scare them off."Captain's Log: Stardate 26-2653-OB..."
>>45270091>Show them you mean business.lets see what they are up to, its not like smugglers are anything new to this crew
>>45270091>>Other"Interstellar Conveyor Five Fo-war One Zero, this is Captain Samantha Wellings of the [INSERT ABBREVIATION FOR ACCORD HERE] Normandy. You are trespassing in Accord territory. We request a copy of your cargo manifest and will perform a security scan to ensure manifest authenticity. State your business."
>>45270091>Show them you mean business.Cuz this is serious business!
>>45270180>"Inspected a freighter. Tank beat up people. You know, this almost exactly like my old job."
>>45270091"We'll show them that we mean business." You say. "That means transponder on and weapons powered. Force is really the only type of tactic smugglers understand.""Got it, Captain." Bradford nods. "Boarding?""If it comes to it." You grin. "Gotta give Tank something to do, right?""True." Bradford nods in agreement. "We'll make the preparations."Well, you still had a bit of time left...>Check out how Scott is doing in the engine room.>Check out how Natalia is doing in Medical.>Check out how Tank is doing in Security.>Other
>>45270401>>Check out how Scott is doing in the engine room.Engines always need calibrating
>>45270401>Check out how Scott is doing in the engine room.
>>45270401>>Check out how Tank is doing in Security.
>>45270401>>Check out how Scott is doing in the engine room.
>>45270401>>Check out how Scott is doing in the engine room.Great scott!
>>45270401"Bradford, you have the bridge." You say as you stand from your chair. "I'm going to take a little walk." "Of course, Captain. I'll keep an eye on things here." Bradford acknowledges. With a nod to the rest of your crew, you head out of the bridge, deciding to go see how things were going back in the engine room, where Scott was set up. You remember that ever since he was shown the Gullinbursti's heart, the flux reactor, he basically just closed the door and never left. As you figured, being a part of the Accord was every engineer's dream.As you walk the halls, you do note that, while you do pass by a few human crew, the ship feels extremely empty. You remember that most Accord ships were heavily automated to lessen crew requirements, only requiring a third of the manpower compared to equivalent ships. Indeed, you see more than a few drones stalking the halls, both humanoid and not. You're honestly not sure if you really trust having robots walking freely about the ship, even if it was an everyday occurrence on Accord ships. You obviously don't voice this concern out loud. What if they could hear you? The last thing you needed was a robot mutiny.However, upon entering the reactor room, you should have figured there would be at least one member of your crew who would absolutely love the idea of a robot crew, and that was Scott, Even now, he was at his workstation, disassembling and reassembling one of the humanoid drones like a cadaver.>Shouldn't you be keeping an eye on the engines?>Finally getting a girlfriend, I see.>Other
>>45270978>>Finally getting a girlfriend, I see.
>>45270978>Finally getting a girlfriend, I see.
>>45270978>Finally getting a girlfriend, I see
>>45270978>Shouldn't you be keeping an eye on the engines?
>>45270978"Finally getting a new girlfriend, I see." You grin as you walk up to the worktable."Ah! Captain!" Scott nearly stumbles and falls backward in fright as you snap him out of his focus. His tools go clattering to the ground. Immediately, his helpers, all robotic, you note, turn their heads or sensors in your direction to investigate the noise, but upon seeing that nothing was broken, immediately return to their duties. "It's... it's not what it looks like!""Mhm." You grin devilishly as you slowly but deliberately slide your hand along the dormant robot's surface, from the collar of its neck all the way down to the navel. Scott visibly gulps as you do so. "I always figured you had a love for robots, but not on this level~.""I was just inspecting the components, that's all!" Scott says quickly as he stands up straight to attention. "A likely story." You chuckle before gazing at the flux reactor. "So, how's the machinery working? You couldn't be so irresponsible as not to be monitoring it while you were indulging in your hobby?""Well, that's one of the processes that's automated now! I don't have to be constantly look at screens or gauges anymore!" Scott says happily. "Gives me a lot more free time!">Well, I suppose.>That's free time you could be using to improving the ship.>Other
>>45271541>That's free time you could be using to improving the ship.
>>45271541>>Well, I suppose.
>>45271541>>That's free time you could be using to improving the ship.
>>45271541>Well, I suppose.
>>45271541>"Gives me a lot more free time!"Oh shit
>>45271541>>Well, I suppose.Eh, it's alright. So long as he's doing his job when he needs to, some time for hobbies ain't so bad.
So our Bradford is "Solid Bradford" from EU, and not "Punished Bradford" from XCOM2, right?
>>45271720I guess so. He still has that sweater....
>>45271720I want Punished Bradford. Dude's a badass.
>>45271769I hope someone is working on a mod to give Bradford back his sweater in Xcom 2.
>>45271720He doesn't become Punished Bradford until the Normandy is destroyed by the not!Collectors, we get spaced without a hardsuit, and he escapes from the ship, but not before taking a piece of debris to the face.
>>45271720Well, he still has the sweater...>>45271541"Well, I suppose." You sigh. "Just make sure it doesn't get in the way of your actual work, all right?""Of course, Captain!" Scott nods, and immediately goes back to tinkering with the robot.Engineers. You shake your head."Bridge to Captain, Bridge to Captain. Please report to the Bridge." Bradford's commanding tone echoes throughout the halls of the ship. "We will be dropping out of FTL shortly."With that announcement, you hurry back to the Bridge, just as the Gullinbursti drops out of FTL, right at one of the major FTL points leading to Accord Frontier space. According to reports, the was the route Conveyor 5410 was most commonly sighted in. It was a good route for a smuggler, actually. Some debris fields and heavy metal clouds to degrade sensors and provide cover. However, it didn't appear as if anything was here."Looks like we beat them here." Bradford observes. >Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.>Stay out in the open so they know who they're dealing with.>Other
>>45271909>Stay out in the open so they know who they're dealing with.
>>45271909>>Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.
>>45271909>>Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.Soon as they jump in, pounce and announce our intentions.
>>45271909>Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.
>>45271909>>Stay out in the open so they know who they're dealing with.
>>45271909>Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.make sure we have at least level 2 shields, asteroid fields are terrible with only 1 layer.
>>45271909>Wait in the debris field and get the jump on them.Wait until they can't escape...
Hypothetically speaking, if we do get an adopted son/daughteru (that's a supersoldier, alien hybrid, genetic experiment, or idol descendant, etc.) should they stay in our private quarters?
>>45272138They get their own room--probably in the crew quarters level. Somewhere with a window--a wide one so that he has something to stare out of whenever we're traveling the empty expanses and not in hyperspace. Also, plenty of room--so he has somewhere to store his gear and maybe a couple books.
>>45272138For once can we get a daughteru the normal way?
>>45272216That'd either be in the epilogue, or we wind up playing after a timeskip of over a decade. Which seems unlikely since Merc doesn't do sequels after VMQ2.
>>45272216I hope so, this seems like a decent quest for time-skips
>>45272216If by "normal", you mean "clone baby formed from our genes by an absolute madman of an ayy superscientist", then yes, we'll get one eventually.
>>45272271That's exactly what I mean, actually.
>>45272216We did that in MGHQ. As well as the alien daughteru.
>>45272271We already had an alien daughteru in MGHQ. It is now time for robot daughteru.
>>45272369Toasters go away.Cute girls on cute spaceships is my fetish.
>>45272271>inb4 opposite sex clone of Sam that also has psychic powers and can be a lovable brat sometimes.
>>45271909"We'll wait for them in the debris field. No better way to intimidate then getting the drop on them." You note. "Got it." Amy nods as she carefully flies the Gullinbursti over to a nearby asteroid cluster, deftly positioning it behind one of the larger rocks, but poking out just enough for your sensors to see around it. It only takes a few minutes, but finally, Lida pipes up."Got a contact. Sensor matches that of a Conveyor model. No transponder." Lida reports. "I'm also... picking four additional contacts. Corvette size, various models.""Mercenaries, no doubt." Bradford nearly spits the words out in disgust. "It looks like that freighter is under protection. I say we go and take out those escorts, to show them we mean business.""Aw hell yeah!" Elsa perks up at the thought of shooting things for real. "C'mon, Cap!" >Come out guns blazing.>Ask them to surrender first.>Other
>>45272431>>Ask them to surrender first.
>>45272431>Ask them to surrender first.
>>45272431>>Come out guns blazing.
>>45272417A Sheploo to match our FemShep? I can dig it.>Ask them to surrender first.Stay professional, now! First catch of our Accord career, let's make it a clean one.
>>45272431>Ask them to surrender first.>>45272389But what if cute girl is spaceship?
>>45272431>Come out guns blazing.No playing around with these many threats. None of the corvettes have to survive, the Freighter is primary the objective here.
>>45272431>>Come out guns blazing.This is the Rim. You don't ask, you take.
>>45272431>Ask them to surrender first.By the book.
>>45272431>>Ask them to surrender first.>>45272417It always starts off with everyone saying "How cute the male Sam is" because they're a kid, and then it evolves to friendly jokes about which one's cuter...
>>45272499Is that the point where the smut jokes and "it's not sex, it's just masturbation!" jibes come in?
>>45272464>But what if cute girl is spaceship?An acceptable compromise.
>>45272533>"Don't worry, Sam. Just because you sleep with yourself doesn't mean that your future boyfriend will disapprove."
>>45272431"Well, I suppose we should be professional about this." You say sternly. "But keep shields and weapons powered up and ready. They need to know we mean business.""Of course, Captain." Bradford nods as he tries to resist the urge to scratch at his sweater. It happened when he got anxious, particularly before a mission, but you can't even begin to imagine HOW that itch was getting through his uniform, made out the space age polymers and synthetic fibers...ANYWAYS, turning your attention back tot he matter at hand, you watch as Amy powers up the engines, swinging the Gullinbursti around the asteroid, bringing the ship right behind the small ragtag convoy. "Elsa, are weapons ready?" You ask."Cannon's charged, and missile tubes are open." Elsa confirms. "We got all of them locked up!"And true enough, you see the corvette's immediately spin around to face you."Enemy weapons charging, and locking, but not firing." Lida reports."All right, put me on an open channel with them." You take a deep breath as Lida activates comms. "Attention, Conveyor 5410 and associated ships, this is the CAN Gullinbursti. You are trespassing into Accord space. Return to Hegemony space immediately or you will be fired upon. Is that clear?"The standoff continues for a few seconds, up until the corvettes start firing mass driver rounds at you, their shells bouncing and sparking off the forward shield. Meanwhile, the Conveyor 5410's engines flare brightly as her captain dumps additional energy into them as it attempts to boost away to the relative safety of the debris field."Tell me what to hit, Cap!" Elsa barks.FLUX: 20/120HULL: 80/80>Destroy the freighter first.>Destroy the escorts first. >Engage all targets at once.>Other
>>45272773>>Destroy the escorts first.Time to do this by the books.
>>45272773>>Destroy the escorts first.
>>45272773>Destroy the escorts first.Maybe fire some missiles to hit the freighter's engines?
>>45272773>Destroy the freighter first.No payday for you.
>>45272773>>Destroy the escorts first."No Tank, its not time for Party yet. We need to clear the escorts first."
>>45272773>Destroy the escorts first.Step 1, kill the guards. More importantly, if we kill the freighter, the other just might run for it, since their charge just got killed, and thus they'd have no reason to fight anymore. Also, if the freighter is simply destroyed, then we can't capture the ship for loot!
>>45272773>>Destroy the escorts first.Not even a word of defiance? They might be hauling something meaty.
>>45272872>>45272946I love working for capitalists, all the loot
>>45272773>Destroy the escorts first.We need to capture the freighter to find out what it's carrying.
>>45272417Something something GENETICALLY MODIFIED with a once long forgotten Genemod. What can possibly go wrong? I mean, it's not like we're making Eli.
>>45272773"Take out the escorts first!" You bark to Elsa. "We can always chase down the freighter later!""Missiles or cannon?" Elsa grins. Well, the enemy you were facing were four corvettes of various types. It only looked like two were shielded while two were not, and they were armed with an array of weapons, with standard mass drivers being the only one common among them. However, the sensors couldn't really identify what they were carrying. These ramshackle mercenary ships were also a bit tough to classify. Anyways, as corvettes, their biggest strength was their small size and speed, being able to avoid larger and heavier weapons like fighters, but often packing more firepower than their smaller brethren. The missiles would be a good choice here, but you weren't sure of their point defense or evasion capabilities...FLUX: 20/120HULL: 80/80>Full missile swarm. 4 missiles per ship.>Limited missile swarm. 2 missiles per ship.>Ion cannon and missile combo. (30 energy and missiles)>Other>Engage with missiles only. >
>>45273122>>Limited missile swarm. 2 missiles per ship.
>>45273122>>Ion cannon and missile combo. (30 energy and missiles)If we're not sure of what will work best, then why not just fire everything?!
>>45273122>>Full missile swarm. 4 missiles per ship.
>>45273122>Limited missile swarm. 2 missiles per ship.inb4 we keep hunting down freighters and people start calling us a u-boat
>>45273122>Full missile swarm. 4 missiles per ship.
>>45273122>Limited missile swarm. 2 missiles per ship.
>>45273122>>Full missile swarm. 4 missiles per ship.This gets us through all of their defensive capabilities. And we still have a lot in reserve. Remember, when dealing with missile defense, you volley more than they can deal. You don't half ass it, or else you do nothing.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>45273122Welp, looks like we got a tie, so we'll be rolling off to see the result!1. 4 missiles each2. 2 missiles each
>>45273395Dammit... why reserve missiles when we have a total of 48? we can get more between battles automatically!
>>45273430Anons are retarded.
>>45273430Because they're also our only defense against any missiles launched at us? We have no intel on what weapons the corvettes have besides mass drivers, nor any intel on their defenses. You make a probing attack to get this intel. If we overcommit and it turns out they can "lol nope" our missiles, guess what? We're out those missiles for the rest of this battle.
>>45272773>Destroy the escorts first.
>>45273395"Start of with a limited swarm." You instruct. "2 missiles per ship.""Awwww, fine." Elsa groans before hitting several keys in rapid succession. On her tactical display, you see a visual count of all of her available missiles, show in blue markers. Eight of those markers go red as they're expended, and your own tactical display tags them as they fly out, being fed targeting data from Gullinbursti's sensors. Almost immediately, the corvettes scatter. The two unshielded corvettes take hard 90 degree turns to try and dodge the missiles while their mass drivers switch from attacking you to interception. One corvette manages to take out both missiles before they can impact. The second corvette manages to hit one missile, but can't take out the second in time. The missiles strikes directly at its midsection, where the sensor returns were the strongest. You can see armor plates on the hull buckle and tear away like dead skin. Fires and venting atmosphere indicates you achieved a hull breach, but the corvette was still active. As for the two shielded corvettes, they continued to close, opting to tank the missiles with their shields and continuing to pump mass drivers shells into your shields as their own shields flare, warding off the worst of your missiles' damage. However, you knew that they had to have something up their sleeves. That's when you see pieces of the corvettes detach and speed towards Gullinbursti."Four torpedoes detected!" Lida warns.>The shields can handle it. Focus all attacks on the corvettes.>Intercept both the missiles and the corvettes.>Other
>>45273557>Intercept both the missiles and the corvettes.
>>45273557>>Intercept both the missiles and the corvettes.
>>45273537We would have had a TON of missiles left for that purpose. Or can you not do basic math?
>>45273557>>OtherIntercept the missiles with our missiles, switch to ion cannon on the corvettes. Take out the unshielded ones first--specifically that corvette we already wounded.
>>45273557>>The shields can handle it. Focus all attacks on the corvettes.
>>45273557>>Intercept both the missiles and the corvettes.and this is why I wanted a full attack. Screw getting intel on their defenses, that never mattered in the first place. The only thing we want is the freighter, which is getting further and further away the longer we stay tangled up with these corvettes!
>>45273557"Elsa, give them everything you've got!" You order. "Hahaha, I was waiting for that!" Elsa cackles as she starts hitting dozens of keys on her display to trigger the missiles. And just like that, 24 missiles ripple fire from the main batteries.The four torpedoes don't even have a chance, as your interceptors slam into them head on, exploding them prematurely, and leaving only some clouds of shrapnel that wasn't even enough of a threat to trigger your shields. The two shielded corvettes, already in the middle of a turn as they break away from their torpedoes, don't even have a chance at this close range. The first one is hit in succession, the first two missiles knocking down its shield as it forces an emergency flux vent. The last two missiles drill directly into its engine block and midsection before exploding, sending what was left of the craft spinning wildly through space, the G-forces continuing to rip bits and pieces of hits hull off as it goes. The other corvettes meet a similar fate, evaporating under the full might of Gullinbursti's missiles and leaving nothing but scattered debris. You had to admit, you had your doubts about their stopping power due to their size, but they certainly were adept at taking out these smaller corvettes. "Captain, I'm losing the freighter." Lida warns. "She's gotten into the debris field and it's getting harder to pick her out from the rocks. What do we do?">Let them run. They probably got the message.>We pursue them of course.>Other
>>45273814>We pursue them of course.Give Tank something to do.
>>45273814>>We pursue them of course.
>>45273814>>We pursue them of course.Shoot out the engines?
>>45273814>>We pursue them of course.no escape, no mercy
>>45273814>We pursue them of course.
>>45273814>We pursue them of course."Send them a message, tell them that if they don't stop they can expect an ion cannon to the reactor."
>>45273814>>We pursue them of course.>>45273833TIME FOR THE BEST PARTY!
>>45273876Ain't no party like a supersoldier party!
>>45273814>>We pursue them of course.You can hide, but you can't run!
>>45273833>>45273876So what exactly *does* Tank do whenever he's not gearing up for a boarding party? Meditating in his room? Cleaning weaponry in the armory? Blankly staring out at the carnage from the bridge window?
>>45273814"Well, we pursue them, of course." You say. "Amy, if you well." "All right, hold tight!" Amy grins widely as she throttles up Gullinbursti's engines, boosting the ship directly into the debris field at high speed while at the same time deftly weaving through the rocks. The tactical display shows glimpses and peeks of the freighter. It's not nearly as fast or maneuverable as the Gullinbursti, but it certainly had a big head start on you. At this rate, they had a chance of getting away once their FTL drive recharged. "Amy, can you go any faster?" You ask anxiously."Any faster and we'll be scratching the paint on our new hull." Amy grimaces. "Well, we can have Tank go out in the assault shuttle." Elsa suggests. "It's smaller and more maneuverable. It'll have a better shot getting through.""But if that freighter has any kind of hidden defenses, then they'll get torn apart." Bradford warns.>Fire up the boosters. >Send Tank out in the shuttle.>Continue at your current pace.>Other
>>45274085>>Fire up the boosters. >>45274074QM'ing in far future equivalent of 4chan?
>>45274085>>Fire up the boosters.Welp, time to push it to the limit!
>>45274085>>Fire up the boosters.
>>45274085>Fire up the boosters.
>>45274110>QM'ing in far future equivalent of 4chan?>Tank QMs a schoolgirl romance quest that's something out of a shoujo series. He surprisingly has a large male audience.
>>45274085>>Fire up the boosters.>>45274133This is now canon, and Merc can't tell me otherwise
>>45274133>setting is the 21st century>anons keep arguing about the historical accuracy of the quest>"implying the main energy source was oil and coal when it was clearly nuclear power"
>>45274133>>45274177>Idols in Love Quest>You are schoolgirl idol Hina 'Alice' Kuronuma, and you are currently in the process of confessing your love to Toshi, but first, you must fight your way through the TWELVE TERRORS OF THE TOWER to get to where he's held captive.
>Tank runs quests that are dissonant with his quiet tough guy exterior>"Magical Girl Starlight Infinity Quest: join a young girl on her adventures throughout the universe as she makes friends and defeats the evil scheming cat Loki from offering his monkey's paw wishes to people"
>>45274085>>Fire up the boosters.We have the armor and shields for it--we can't let this guy slip away!
>>45274246>implying there was the technology to create fusion reactions in the 21st centuryLook, if you're going to spout bullshit, at least try to make it sound convincing. It's pretty obvious that the vast majority of electricity in the Information Age was produced by hydroelectric power. And obviously not fossil fuels. Those were all used up in WW2.
>>45274085"Full power, Amy. We got shields." You order."All right..." Beads of sweat start to form on her brow in anticipation. "Let's do this!"Gullinbursti surges forward your shield starts flaring brightly as it impacts rocks. Your flux meter starts shrieking and climbing up steadily as more and more of it builds up from the strain. "Watch out watch out watch out watch out!" Elsa squeals in fright at each and every impact and near miss."I'm doing my best here!" Amy grunts, here eyes darting left and right. Even with her tactical overlay marking all possible navigation hazards, it was still quite a feat to keep track of them all. "Well, guess we're going to die then." Lida sighs."YOU'RE NOT HELPING!" Amy barks back before yelling "SHIIIIIIIIIT!" Amy rounds an asteroid, only to come up to a massive, rock the size of a large space station looming up ahead. At this speed, well, you weren't sure what was going to happen."Brace for impact!" Bradford yelps.>Trust Amy's instincts.>Fire the ion cannon>Quantum Shift>Other
>>45274303Wait, we got Quantum Shift?
>>45274315Yes. Pay attention.
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts.I trust AmyDon't be a magnet. Don't be a magnet. Don't be a magnet. Don't be a magnet.
>>45274303>Trust Amy's instincts.
>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts.[COME ON!]
>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts
>>45274327We got Nanoarmor you idiot. Pay attention.
>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts.
>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts.There's no way this won't end in fun. Or maybe flames.
>>45274341No we got drone hanger, pay attention
>>45274371No we got the laser defense system. Pay attention.
>>45274398No we got the tribble petting zoo, pay attention.
>>45274270>>45274249>>45274133I'm betting that Tank turns out to be incredibly pretty and light-voiced, hence why he never speaks and is always in armor. Just to troll us.
So is Tank like a Schteel/Merc kind of QM that offers decent wait times between posts and solid content, a Planefag kind of QM that brings ruin and hilarity upon his questing base, or a Cosgrove kind of QM who, just like Al Pacino, can never take his intensity down a peg or three?
>>45274416Have we confirmed tank is a guy?
>>45274303>>Trust Amy's instincts.Come'on Magnet, close range!
>>45274419Somehow, all three.
>>45274416>>45274430>Tank is actually a reverse trapThis amuses me.
>>45274486>"Why didn't you tell us you were a girl?">"Nobody ever asked."
>>45274315>>45274327Whoops! I got my upgrades mixed up for a second there!
>>45274499You mean Samus Aran?
>>45274499Meant >>45274534 for >>45274486
>>45274303You decide to stay quiet for now and trust in Amy's skills, and Gullinbursti's capabilities. "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!" Amy roars as she pulls back on the yoke as far as it could go. Gullinbursti noses up, still at full power. However, that can't stop your forward momentum completely and the belly of Gullinbursti's shield slams into the asteroid and starts grinding along the surface, sending dust and rock chips flying past the bridge. "Cut the engines!" Bradford barks. "You're building up too much flux!" "If we cut forward momentum now, we'll never catch them"! Amy grunts as she holds the control yoke back, finally lifting Gullinbursti away from the surface of the asteroid. "Holy shiiiiiiit.""Are... are we alive?" Elsa gasps as he pats herself down to check."Yes, we are unfortunately still completely alive." Lida says with dry sarcasm. "Anyways, Conveyor 5410 is right up ahead."Sure enough, you see the freighter up ahead, still trying to clear the field."Weapons?" You ask Elsa."Too much flux buildup for the cannon." Elsa shakes her head. "Our missiles will pretty much be bug bites to a ship that size, and that's not even considering what it might be carrying..." "Well, keep them locked. They probably don't realize it anyways." You sigh as you open your open comm channel again."Conveyor 5410, not only have you trespassed into Accord space, but you have fired upon an Accord Navy ship. You and your ship will be detained and impounded. Resistance will be met with force. Is that clear?""Crystal." You hear a grizzled, but defeated voice."So uh, what do we do with these guys?" Amy asks.>Slave their navigation to ours and we'll tow them to Eridanus. Let them figure things out.>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.>Other
>>45274613>Slave their navigation to ours and we'll tow them to Eridanus. Let them figure things out.
>>45274613>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.
>>45274613>>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.Tell Tank to stop torturing his fanbase with lesbian magical girl happy funtime--we've got a freighter to inspect.
>>45274613>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.PARTY TIME
>>45274613>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.and to make sure they don't try anything
>>45274613>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.Then.>Slave their navigation to ours and we'll tow them to Eridanus.
>>45274641I think him putting his quest on hold is going to torture them even more.
>>45274613>>Send Tank to board them and see what they were trying to protect.
...wait, surely Tank has several grunts to help him partying right?
>>45274703It was mentioned he had underlings back in thread one.
>>45274703I'm assuming not--he gets to have All the Fun.Unless he doesn't, in which case I don't see why we can't stretch our legs a little, too. The Accord gave us some hardsuits and weaponry, right?
>>45274703Those grunts have probably been replaced by Accord robots now.
>>45274613"Keep them in your sights, Elsa. They do anything funny, don't be afraid to shoot a missile across their bow.""Got it, Cap." Elsa nods. "And Tank?" You query.There's a click on your comms signifying he's listening."Gear up, because it's time for a boarding action."You smile at the rapid number of clicks over the comms. That meant he was eager and waiting. You wonder what you were going find on that freighter? It's been hell of a first assignment so far. How many more complications could possibly be thrown at you...?>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week! Don't forget Kancolle on Friday!
>>45274891Thanks for the run, Merc!
>>45274891thanks for today merc!
>>45274891This is fun. See you next week!
>>45274891Thanks for running
>>45274891Thanks for the run.
>>45274891Thanks as always for the run, Merc!
>>45274891See you next time.