Welcome back, everyone, to the eighty-first installment of Mecha Space Pirate Quest! It's been almost a year, but we've been averaging well over one thread a week, which surprises me a little. I'm Wong, your host, and you are once again Admiral Roarke S. Starwind, Admiral of the Iron Kestrels and...wait, no, you're not Roarke today. At least not starting out. Today, you are Heinrich "Caesar" Merrow, son of the legendary war hero Rudolph Merrow, the man who put Bahamut Corporation's designs on the map, an ace pilot on the run from the UJCIDF, pilot of the King Swordfish mk. II.You'll also be tourney pilots soon, unless that happens next week. A little time to decompress between fights is nice,but I rather like the design i came up with for the next map. Who doesn't love World War I?Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Mecha+Space+Pirate+Quest%2C+Collective+Game%2C+mechahttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Mecha%20Space%20Pirate%20QuestMaster Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/sSHs0QmFUpgrade Menu: http://pastebin.com/QQQzkFZeList of Moves: http://pastebin.com/HSdyCe2yRogues' Gallery: http://pastebin.com/E9ZcDLfG (finally updated)Brazilia's Kawaii Space Jam Gallery: http://pastebin.com/pZtRmbWSToday's story begins, as so many Caesar threads do, in a room lit only by the glow of an active console.
We in here now.For those that missed it: how the first rounds wenthttps://pastebin.com/tfFsAAn0Also, one more day until MSPQ turns a year old!
Also congrats on whoever caught me accidentally changing Roarke's dad's name last thread. We'll say Gregor was his middle name, that was before I had it settled that he used Andersen as a portrait.
>>1336925WE'RE BACKI've missed this
>>1336974Well being a catholic orphan I imagine he was a real Gregorian sorta fellow. Bad pun?
>>1336925Question: What are you using for the hex maps? Want to try making some for when my brothers and I want to run a Mekton Zeta game.
So I finally finished Berserk and the fact that Casca is going to be healed within the next three chapters is too much to deal with
>>1336992I literally googled "hex map" and edited it in Paint.Here's the next round's. The blue squares are 100m deep trenches. The yellow squares are still 50m elevated.
>>1337020>Trench warfare God no
>>1337020Should have finished up making that Garron Head artillery gun.
>>1337020Aww shit son. Would not like to be someone range heavy right now.
>>1337020And I just realized how I fucked this map up. Time to do some editing!
>>1337015>finishedYou mean caught up.Now you have time to watch the 1999 Anime though. It's pretty fucking amazing. Especially the dub. Berserk's dubbed outtakes are the actual predecessor to Abridgements.>>1337020King of the Hill?
>>1337033I saw the anime before I started reading it
>>1337039Good man.Have you seen the outtakes?
>>1337020Ah, okay.Oh man, those trenches. Gotta go deep...or rush to the hill.
>>1337057Back attacks won't be easy, but indirect fire could work.
>>1337070Has anyone got indirect fire?
For once, the sim-helmet isn't on your head. Everyone's watching the tournament, including you...although the holoscreen on one wall is dark and the 3-D map it was projecting is gone since there's a break between rounds until tomorrow. Thus, finding decent pickups for Bluegill Joe is a lot harder than usual, and even if you could find someone to play with you're not sure your heart would be in it. Last time, you started out floating in the dark devoid of any emotion but obnoxious teenage angst and missing your girlfriend, but this time things are different. This time you are ignited by a singular, dire purpose.Miles, despite having a personality that reminds you of a honey badger with a drug problem, is a smart woman in a deviously cunning sort of way. She put a Roarke Starwind poster over your room's viewport, so that you couldn't see the Avalonian battleship floating peacefully in space, almost within range of the Rhinehawk's guns. Richard found out your weakness for collectibles and she assumed that you wouldn't damage it in order to get worked up with manly wroth at the sight of your vile nemesis yonder. She was correct, even though you have an autographed poster that Naomi procured for you the first time you came to Auditorium which is even more swagtastic. You keep it close, you swear you can still smell her perfume on it...and plus, it's an awesome poster. Miles being correct, though, doesn't make her infallible. You've managed to carefully remove the poster without ripping it, and are now staring at the ivory lance of the Avalonian warship now that you don't have the Pumpkinseed Jager dueling the Rosamine to distract you. She's there.That's the ship that took her.You can SEE it.Somewhere close by is that bastard Green Man worshipping devil who pilots the giant golden mech that brought you and everyone with you down. He's within your reach, and as that battle proved even an ace like him can bleed. You saw Miles damage his mech. Now, if only you could hit him...but to do that, you have to swing at him. Which you can't do from in here. It would be really nice if you could leave, but unfortunately, Admiral Starwind is a bit too clever for that and has instructed his Bosun and First Mate to keep you here under guard until the Avalonians are gone. You can hear the sound of someone approaching, though, and judging from the chronometer on your PC they're probably bringing you food.>[Behave and stay put]>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]
>>1337070Hopefully my grenades count as indirect.
>>1337075Offhand I know Dutchman and Libra do.
>>1337076God dammit wong>>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]
>>1337076>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]Going for the interesting option
>>1337076>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]Since when being a pirate means we respect authority figures?
>>1337082Oh joy, more situations for Lightning Kusanagi to shine.
>>1337076>>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]No other choice really
>>1337103aye. Hope someone comes by and tackles his ass into the brig.
>>1337082Hmm, I'm guessing it's gonna take some of your movement allowance to get out of the trenches. This could be a problem.>>1337076>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]Well, time to do something stupid
>>1337110That's not tragic enough though, he'll probably make it to Naomi only to be dragged away as she asks who he is.
>>1337120Remember what wong said about there being a totally IC chain of actions that would lead to him defecting to avalon?If she asks him to stay, he might.
>>1337114More opportunity to use the cover rules though.
>>1337081Blast weapons in general do. Airburst above them, then hide in your own trench. With your roll, you can safely fire inderectly from 4 hexes.
>>1337114They are 100m deep, or effectively two hexes downward movement. It doesn't count as turning, but it does count as movement.You should also consider what they do to LoS.
>>1337147>Wanting to pull out Beam Magnum for Lightning>Sees 100m trenches. >MFW
It would be very helpful if someone could repost Caesar's most recent stats if they find them before I do, I need to check something in the rules.That should give you a little time to COME UP WITH A PLAN to misbehave, or at least input suggestions that may make this challenge easier. It only sounds like one person's coming, but you're sure there are more outside.By the way, it is entirely possible for this escape to fail due to bad rolls and such.
>>1337147The wraith would be a nightmare if it got this far.
>>1337167That thing has a lot of range, and aside from the trenches themselves and the hill there's not a lot of cover, it could still be useful. There's going to be a bit less "duck right into the pillars and turn my back" this time, I suspect.
>>1337169There is one way that works for all people and places. The need to use the bathroom.
>>1337169We'll were going to need a disguise and an alibi to get on to the Avalonian ship. Maybe use the disguise as a delivery boy sending something like a gift from Victor to the Sunboy as a gift for an honorable fight?
>>1337185we got in the room though
>>1337177One thing to consider too is that you can use the trenches, as they are unbroken lines (WW1 trenches cry at such a lack of consideration for shrapnel and overpressure waves), as a firing lane if your opponent tries to flank, as long as you move towards the opposite end of the stretch your in from them. Then their other option is going over the top where you can shoot them anyway. Although if they go over the top of a directly parallel trench you only have a short window.
>>1337200We need to get this person into our room and then knock them out. Maybe tell the guy our toilets busted or we accidentally flushed something and we need a hand getting it out.
>>1337205Do we have a Space TacoBell nearby to use?
>>1337147Great, home internet crapped out.Anyway, cutting LOS, huh? Well, we could be bombarded or ambushed from the top of the trenches.Also, I think most of the contestants remaining, if not all, technically fly according to the rules. So the trenches could be more trouble.
>>1337082Well this bodes poorly for the Blitz.
>>1337208Cant they also poke out of cover and take shots at each other?
>>1337082>>1337220Actually, where do contestants even start?
You know we should probably be more worried about planning how we're going to save Naomi and not get captured before we worry about the Tourney.
>>1337232Probably after Caesar's Vignette since Round 1 of the Tourney.
>>1337234This is probably a very good idea.
>>1337234Could always start a fire and slip away while people try to sort in out.
>>1337234I'll leave that up to people who aren't getting buttfucked my Midir are good at stuff like that.>>1337236Not WHEN they start, WHERE they start.
>>1337241In our room or on the Avalonian ship?
>>1337234>>1337238CAESAR TOTALLY MASTERFUL AND KEIKAKU PLAN:1. Sneak out of the Rhinehawk2. Sneak onto the Avalon battleship via shuttle of the Avalon ambassadors3. Find Naomi onboard the most secure section of the ship4. ???5. Profit.
>>1337238I'm just waiting until one of the sneakies (like sam) pops out and stops everything, but who knows, let's help Cesar reach his goal as best were able! Through the power of love will we find the motivation to prevail!
>>1337243Why would we consent to that for an Irish deity?I rather participate in an orgy with the three Morrígna
It'd be great if there was ketchup with that meal...maybe Caesar needs to do some acting?
>>1337256But how are we going to sneak out of our room?
>>1337234Well, think of things that would require to leave the room; Toilet jammed, somethings broken, something is on fire, bored, ect. Rationally we should be playing smart and have roarke assist, but this is a teen in love and full of angst.
>>1337262I think we're talking about two very different Midirs.
>>1337266open the door, get the guy to come in, slam door on fellow pirate to knock him out.
>>1337244In our room for starters. Maybe go buddy up the avalonian who doesnt work on kiritos ship and see if we can convince him to let us on the ship. Talk about mech lances and shit, I dont know. Maybe just walk straight into it saying the head mechanic sent us looking for knight parts to fix up the contestants mechs fast or something.
>>1337076Ask yourself one thing, What Would Starwind Do?>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]
>>1337274Roarke is the one who posted Miles and Richard to stop us so I doubt we can count on his help. Realistically we would have better luck getting Amos and his gang than any of the Kestrels.
>>1337076>[Misbehave and go get your Jovedamned girlfriend back]Aim to Misbehave motherfuckers.
>>1337277gonna fight him when my friend gets back from vacation.
>>1337266No silly. That's what plebs are for.Seriously though, pretend to choke or pass out. When guard is distracted, knock him out and head to the shuttle bay.
>>1337299Protips.He's a pattern boss, get under his head and he'll only do combos ended by AOEs. Run to his tail and hit that.
>>1337305How are we going to sneak onto the shuttle? We are the son of a very well known pilot and I believe that the Avalonians know who we are.
You know what? You made a choice. You became a pirate. You're not in the military anymore...at least, by your own consideration, the Admiral said something about there being a cover-up where you're on a secret mission but you are NOT going to end up in Fairchild's hands if you can help it...and therefore you're under no obligation to follow orders from anybody.You grab your Iron Kestrels jacket and shades, and put them on, along with your collapsible monospear/shortsword hidden inside the jacket. Then, whistling, you head into the lavatory and swiftly begin stuffing paper into it, flushing repeatedly until it beeps irritatedly and flashes a warning message to let you know it's clogged. You snap the handle of the plunger off right at the cup, too. Fortunately, the person bringing you food is conversing with your guards, which is nice, it lets you know that there's just one person inside and one outside.It's one of the new recruits. Not exactly the most martial, but notably carrying a stun baton on his hip. He looks like one of the engineering staff or miscellaneous personnel, not a pilot or one of the guards. “Hey bud, got you some food from the buffet.” He calls out as he enters. You sit on the floor, clutching your stomach, doing your best to look owlishly miserable, “Buddy, you okay?” He asks.“N-no. Stomach...I need to go but the toilet's clogged...” You shake your head. “Eesh, let me just...” He puts the food down and walks into the bathroom, “Aw heck, the plunger's broken! Right, I'll take you to the one off the bar, but only because you're one of us. The Admiral's orders are not to let you off the ship.” The crewman sighs, and gestures for you to follow him, “...But if you try to run or anything the First Mate said I can poke you with this.” He pats the butt of his shiny new collapsible stun baton, “Maybe I should call her first.” This is probably the only time this guy has been important ever in his life.“Do you want me to go on the FLOOR?” You groan.He holds his hands up, “Okay, okay! You win! C'mon buddy, I'll show you the way.” He waves off the guard at the door, who looks a lot more grizzled and has an autogun, insisting, “No, no, it's FINE, he just needs to go to the bathroom. Besides, he's just a kid, what harm can he do?”You smile while still pretending your stomach hurts, and follow him to the nearest lavatory. It's a public one, with multiple toilets. “Okay, buddy.” He insists, “I'll stay right out here outside the stall, and you just...handle your business, okay?”For a brief moment, he turns his back.>[roll 1d10+14, you're taking -3 for going for the knockout, add Luck if you like]
Rolled 6 + 14 (1d10 + 14)>>1337317
Rolled 10 + 14 (1d10 + 14)>>1337317Add 2 luck
>>1337320>>1337322Jove damnit. Let Thunder roll the dice. Bloodlust and Hedonism are his specialty.
Rolled 2 + 14 (1d10 + 14)>>1337317You're all right, unkempt pirate dude.
>>1337316Put on a hat, roll up your sleeves and put on sunglasses.
>>1337322god damn Thunder, you magnificent bastard!GO CAESAR! LET LOVE GUIDE YOU!
>>1337322fucking thunder. Don't gib the new recruit.
Rolled 4 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337320
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1337378
Rolled 3 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337385
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1337388
>>1337378>>1337385>>1337388Colid Caesar time?
Rolled 1 (1d6)
>>1337396>Not Solid Spear timeCome on anon
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>1337402
>>1337408Uh-oh, this might be a scuffle now.
>>1337402>>1337408Ignore these, I forgot knockouts only do a single point of damage.
Rolled 9 + 12 (1d10 + 12)...Unfortunately, you fumble getting out your shortsword, and he's turning towards you as you smack him upside the temple with the butt of your shortsword, breaking his sunglasses. It turns out it's a lot harder knocking people unconscious in a single blow than Roarke Starwind makes it look, despite Clemmy extensively reviewing the technique with you.“Hey! Ow! Buddy, stop that!” He tries to cover his head as you hit him again.“I'm sorry! I'm really sorry, but I have to save Naomi!” You reply. “Who?” He goes reeling, but stays on his feet, “Sorry buddy, I can't just let you go. Things are about to get dangerous!” He draws his stun baton, extends it with a flourish, and attacks.>[feed me 1d10+17s, I'll apply the knockout penalties individually]
Maybe shaving off our hair quickly will be a good disguise
Rolled 4 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337436Ah. Also, the guard makes me think of pic related.>I hope we're not getting our asses kicked right now>>1337440Welp, rolling
Rolled 7 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337440We need to get this done quickly add 1 luck
Rolled 5 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337448Versus 21 with penalties.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1337460And the stun/shock roll...
>>1337460That's a crit isn't it?
Rolled 6 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337440Dude he is such a nice guy. I feel bad.
Rolled 7 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337460Rolling more
Keep rolling. This fucking guy.
Rolled 5 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337440>the toughest guy in the Kestrels other than Roarke is Scruffy Door Guard
Rolled 4 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337467
Rolled 6 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337475Oh boy, he's MGS4 Sasaki. Fug.>>1337482That's probably why he's on guard duty.
Rolled 4 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337440go to sleep dave
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1337486
Also>Using a Rothschild as a member of the KestrelsRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Rolled 9 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337495More rolls? Okay.
>>1337504Everything they do is theft. Same deal.
Rolled 3 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337468He can't hit you with this roll. >>1337482Or this one.>>1337491Rollan!
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1337504I needed someone scruffy who I wouldn't feel guilty about beating to a pulp. I didn't expect him to have meme resilience. It's like smacking a pile of million-dollar bills!
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337524Hmm, could Caesar finally get back the basics of CQC?Rolling more.
Rolled 8 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337492Stop it buddy!
>>1337529I suppose we learned our lesson. Everything that can go meme, will go meme.Who's the guy that came up with the "all internet arguments eventually involve Nazis" theory?
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337540Godwin's Law.And since I dunno if Wong's talking to me, I'll roll just to be sure.
Rolled 6 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337535>>1337440no.
Well this is a great start to this mission get ready for Caesar to be captured by Avalon and brainwashed.
Rolled 5 + 12 (1d10 + 12)>>1337535>a motherfucking successful dodge>>1337514>>1337532He can't hit you, buddy! Keep rolling!>>1337545Aw buddy why?
>>1337529Who is he? Other than Rothschild memery. Wikipedia just gives me his environmental work.
Rolled 2 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1337565Oh, you want me to roll more? Okay.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1337565
>>1337567For that performance he's a C-class combatant with Body 10.
>>1337573Is he finally down?
>>1337573I guess that's that, since I assume that both of them has less than 10 for their stun/shock roll.
>>1337573Dear gods, this guy has some hardy defense for a mook. Feels like were bullying him.
“C'mon buddy, I don't want to do this.” He complains. Despite clearly being a rookie it's a damned good lucky swing that nearly clips you, but you duck just under it and smack him across the head again with the butt of your shortsword.“Buddy c'mon, you'll get in trouble!” He protests, wiping blood away from a busted lip and making puppy dog eyes at you. You relentlessly whack him again, but he keeps his feet. It's like smacking a fucking bear. He tries to swing back at you, but it's clear he's watched two many simflicks, his moves are all telegraphed, and after training with Clemmy it's trivial to dodge them. Normally, the crackle of a stun baton does a number on people's nerves, but training with Clemmy builds up a resistance to being terrified too.“Look, buddy, I know that she's important, whoever she is...” THWACK, you smack him, “But...” This time he jumps up onto the sink, your attack swinging wide, “But we're your friends, buddy. Boss Longshadow said you'd go try to fight all the Avalonians and me, well, I may just be 'Dave from Engineering', but...you matter to me, buddy! C'mon, can't we just...” He swings wildly at you, “Can't we just not fight?”You dance back out of his reach and reverse your shortsword, as if to sheathe it, “Yeah, Dave...we can.”He smiles. It's a relaxed, happy smile, and he looks away as he goes to put his baton back in its sling too, “Thanks pal, I knew you'd see reaso-”You twist the handle of your shortsword just so, and it springs out into spear mode, the butt conking him on the temple and sending him sprawling. You relieve him of his stun baton carefully, so as to avoid hurting him, and make sure he won't drown in the sink. “Sorry Dave. You're a good guy, buddy, but Naomi's the best girl.” Fortunately, his long hair gives him a bit of padding. He should be fine.You feel something in your pocket, and go to examine it. It's a small tube of fast-drying glue you use for modeling.>[Cut off his hair with your monospear, construct a false beard]>[Leave Dave with his dignity]
>>1337596Again, probably the reason why he got assigned to guard duty.But that fight has certainly wasted time that we needed to sneak.
>>1337606>>[Leave Dave with his dignity]
>>1337606>[Leave Dave with his dignity]Again, we're wasting time doing that. Plus it leaves stuff behind, and that glue could be a bitch to take off. And probably itchy, too.
>>1337606>Cut of your hair, with it you stick out like a sore thumb.Do it for Naomi
>>1337606>[Leave Dave with his dignity]
>>1337606>[Leave Dave with his dignity]Who knew Dave from Engineering would be the best bro of the quest?Along with being a literal brick wall.
>>1337606>>[Cut off his hair with your monospear, construct a false beard]If we succeed, everything can be forgiven. If we're captured, he has greater things to worry about.
>>1337606>>[Leave Dave with his dignity]Poor dude. Hopefully no one has footage of this since it's in a bathroom. They might think Caesar is incompetent since no one expects Dave from Engineering to be a brick shithouse.
>>1337606>>[Leave Dave with his dignity]The man earned his locks. Don't take it from him.
Alright now how are we going to get onto the Avalonian ship without being spotted by the Kestrels or stopped by the Jovians/Avalonians?
>>1337673Stow away on an avalonian lighter.
This is incredibly annoying, I still can't find any semi-recent Caesar stats.
>>1337673Smuggle in on a Avalon shuttle?
>>1337686because hes not been recent.
>>1337690>>1337685But how are we going to get to the shuttle? I mean Roakre has a lot of security for this event and made sure that people know Caesar isn't supposed to be out of his room. The Jovians know exactly what we look like and who we are. And the Avalonians aren't going to let anyone on their ships for fear of saboteurs or assassins.
>>1337701I'm seriously not very sure. Already im wondering if its possible to hijack some stealth MP soul mech for this since.
>>1337701Dye our hair blonde, wear a red pilot suit, and call ourself the Crimson Meteor?
>>1337701ask a friendly Avalonian who feels that love is more important than his duty?
>>1337719Honestly isn't that bad of an idea, as long as we don't look like Caesar we have a better chance of this all working out.>>1337718Way to many chances for something to go tits up with stealing a mecha from Jove.>>1337729Sure plenty of Avalonians must be down for stealing the clone of their god for a bunch of pirates.
>>1337729So.... drag in akai and that knight?Burning Exploding love?
>>1337737i'm sure that Victor doesn't know who she is. Considering the amount of secrecy and the fact that it wasn't the countess who took her.
>>1337760Victor knows what the lady looks like, the minute he sees what Naomi looks like he not going to want to give her to a bunch of pirates.
>>1337764But maybe he can come clean with akai and she and him hoodwink victor to bring him aboard the vessel?
>>1337764how would he know what the lady looks like? almost no one has met with her. If Victor has seen her it was only in pictures. and there's alot of people out there, maybe she just looks similar.
>>1337769Why would Akai side with Victor over her new boyfriend and on top of that disobey her boss?>>1337774There's two people look similar, and then there's two people look the exact same.
>>1337782>Caesar not Victor
Honestly our best bet would be to go and get Amos and his gang and try and convince them to join in in saving her from the Avalonians to help weaken the war effort for them. But even that is a super ballsy idea that can easily blow up in our face.
HERE IA AM!And it just happened that Akai is the one with more experience of boarding Avalonian ships other than Roarke and some mechanics... Don't you guys remember the fanfics about going to visit Victor?Also... Its that time of the year again, you loved BR anon is typing this from Texas! Having a great time here.So... Do you guys want to SNEAK in? Or just to GET in?
>>1337782why would anyone, besides a paladin, realize that she's exactly the same? not every avalonian has memorized everything about her so that they would recognize her right away
>>1337808Do you remember what Jesus looks like?
You have the idea of constructing a false beard, but......but you can't do that to Dave. He earned his luxurious locks. Jove damn, he was trying to protect you, and he was just following orders. If anyone in this galaxy is an innocent, it's Dave from Engineering. He's not even a proper guard! Besides, he took those hits like a champ. You remove his jacket and pillow it under his head quickly. Unlike in the movies, you know you only have a few minutes before he wakes up, you didn't hit him hard enough to cause brain damage.With his collapsible stun baton in hand and your more dangerous monospear safely stowed, you sneak out of the bathroom and down the hall.You're spotted more than once, unfortunately, but...nobody seems to notice. After all, there are a lot of new people here and the Admiral hasn't exactly given everyone a copy of your picture. Clad in Kestrel black, with the requisite jacket, shades, the the common but not mandatory blue pants Admiral Starwind favors, you don't stick out.Someone does, though. You see her eating alone at the bar as you try to navigate your way to an exit. Pale-skinned, blonde, and deadly as a stiletto...but right now, she looks a little sad, like something unpleasant is on her mind. Your teacher, Alice Clementine Farragut, sighs into her salad.>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]
>>1337529Not gonna lie, I feel bad about hitting this guy.He's just a recruit man. He was super nice about taking Caesar to the bathroom.
>>1337833>>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]
>>1337814long hair and a beard? i see a dozen people like that everyday
>>1337833>>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]We can't risk her trying to stop us or anyone else around her seeing us
>>1337843Your being pedantic, there is no reason why an Avalonian wouldn't know what their living God looks like.
>>1337833Ooh, this is difficult. We could ask for Clemmy's help, but it'd be better not to be spotted.On the other hand, she probably could find us quickly.
>>1337833>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]Do not approach the Clemmy!
>>1337782Victor never saw the Lady personally and I don't even knows if he knows about the kidnapping or Ceasar, as Lori can't even recognize Ceasar...And Akai isn't a greenman worshipper per se, and would pressure Victor into helping... Or doing it behind his back to not involve him with the mess anyway... Or at least is this is how I see it, Wong my disagree.But the "Burningu Rabu!" theory could work in theory.
>>1337833>>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]
>>1337850Remember Clemmy knows why we're not supposed to leave our room and what we would plan on doing. She will probably try to talk us out of it because even though she knows we love her we can't risk losing him and having Avalon think its Roarke trying to pull something shady. The more Kestrels we get involved with this the worse its going to look for Roarke.
>>1337833>>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]She is probably going to side with Roarke, don't risk it.
>>1337863I was thinking it would probably be really difficult to sneak past her.But at her current state, it could be possible.
>>1337833>[Avoid her, she's just too goddamn dangerous]>>1337858>Victor never saw the Lady personallyThey have statues of her. Remember, that's how Roarke recognized Naomi.
>>1337846dude, every church i've been in has a different looking Jesus, one had him shown as like 6.5 feet tall and weighting 250 pounds. he looked like he could do squats with his cross and he carried it. who's to say that the Avalonians have a singular depiction of a reclusive goddess.
>>1337875For this comparison any of them since they would have dozens of accurate pictures/paintings of her considering she is alive.>>1337881Because she's living and has been seen by people in recent history.
>>1337846I don't know, Wong mentioned about how mysterious and far from the public eye she usually is.Also, he won't know she is the Lady clone until he sees her anyway, and we don't need to carry Victor all the way through the mission.But to be fair... Would this idea even cross Ceasar's mind? Why would he trust a guy who he only saw in TV? And would he even know about the sugary romance going on?
>>1337833>>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]At the very least, be a good pupil.
>>1337888No he wouldn't he wouldn't know any of that or think to trust anyone apart of Avalon considering they stole her away.
>>1337833>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]"sensei, help me fuck over the avalonians in the name of love!"
>>1337833>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]Risky, but frankly we aren't pulling this thing off without help.
This is an important decision, so...taking an hour to get my dinner. At 12:30 I'll collect the votes, and ask another equally important question.
>>1337918Why not try and get help from someone who isn't a Kestrel then? The more Kestrels get involved the more likely Avalon is going to see this as a plot by Roarke. Besides I doubt Clemmy is going to betray her husbands trust like that as much as she might want to help.
>>1337924I'll go ahead and ask a series of questions then. Feel free to leave them until after the thread.Is the arena the tournament's being held in now under gravity? And if it is, how does the Blitz get across the trenches?
>>1337833Go big or go home>[Talk to her, maybe you could enlist her in the cause of love]
>>1337898the thing is, we have very few allies and getting in by ourselves will end badly. With Clemmy we may fail, but we have a life line and someone we can tell the others in the worst case. Like it or lump it, she does trust us and we trust her.
>>1337944I agree. there should be lots of independents around to watch the tourney. or even recruiting some trustworthy jovians,
>>1337950Yes. The Blitz in its current configuration can roll straight up vertical surfaces.
>>1337950with GUTS and sick areal manuvers
>>1337944Well, assuming Wong don't decide that you're wrong the Burning Love plan... What about just hijacking the K-Swordfish and going to duel the Duke?Or if we can't get a tern anyway(and why would the Avalonians let us board?) why not steal the Ulfberth from under Karen's nose? She seems to already have repaired a lot of the tourney mechs... So maybe its ready for flight at least, then we go there and pretend that our comm systems are damage and board the hangar.From there on, however, this will be a crazy gold rush with a 140CP mech or maybe on feet...
>>1337969Am I the only contestant bending the rules like this? I feel kinda bad about it.
>>1337958You can trust somebody and then not think its a good idea to ask for their help. I mean how do you think its going to look if not only a Kestrel but one of Roarke's wives are trying to steal someone from under Avalon's nose. And how do you think Roarke will react when he hears that Clemmy disobeyed him and caused political issues with Avalon? In character its very likely Caesar would know how bad this will reflect on the Kestrels if he gets caught and would want to distance himself from them.
>>1337969Actually, let me think about this a little. I did say the hovertank used electromagnetic repulsors, after all.
>>1337986Except this situation could go badly either way and can be spun a matter of ways. Going in without anyone knowing is a bad idea because it means we cannot react properly or assist. Getting her in the end will cause a political incident anyways. Saying before or after won't change much once we succeed.
>>1337986If you want to go full hotblooded, we can always fly with a spacesuit and a jetpack to the ship and invade it under the Oliver's nose.All or nothing style, he would need to roll to grab us with penalties anyway if he tried to stop us(using his weapons would be even harder), and could overlook something as small as a person in middle of space anyway depending on the angle we use.But this is Akai's levels of space madness.
>Our course of action so far
>>1338022Dutch... The Avalonians stole her first... And she already was a Kestrel at that time...The political incident already happened, we aren't fighting over it just for diplomatic reasons, but we wouldn't be the bad guys for trying it.And Ceasar working alone? Even the Duke would see it for what it is: A boy trying to rescure the girl he loves.But you know what? I think I already knows what will happen.... Naomi is going to convince him to go to Avalon with her, and then things will get REAL CRAZY.But they will need to survive the three-way betrayal battle royale that is going to happen anyway before it comes to happen.
>>1338022Yes it will, sending her a text before we head out saying "On an Avalonian ship to save Naomi" is a different thing then going up and asking her to be a part of this plan. Its the difference between Aiding and Abetting and being an Accomplice to a crime.
>>1338039>inb4 hurting your hands on the plastic edges by trying straighten them out to have a more perfect look on the points the they connect to parts.Don't be those guys who failed to steal the flag, please use scissors.
>>1338024You know... I think this could work... We could go full char on episode one of zeta with it and explode a whole to get in, we just need the explosives and lucky enough to sneak by the oliver or dodge him until we get a change of getting in.He rolls at -4 or -5 to grab someone? It would leave kirito at +15, no? Could work.
Seriously... Do anyone else have a plann beyond this? where are we even going? Do you guys want to get help from our bros and risk the consequences of having a fight between two Paladins and Soul C plus K-Swordfish?
>it's a tieDamn it, you guys. As a compromise, you'll text her about it when you're off the ship but not approach her now. NEXT QUESTION!>[Go to the Rhinehawk's mechbay...and note, tourney mecha are on Auditorium itself, but the K-Swordfish is on the Rhinehawk]>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]>[
>>1338133>>[Clearly the best option, using the power of the void to guide us through.
>>1338133>>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]Almost certain taking the Swordfish will tip off everyone and Roarke will be called to stop us and that will just buy time for Avalon to mobilize.
>>1338133>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]As tempting as the Swordfish would be, that would be screaming what Caesar is going to do.>>1338136Okay, got me to giggle a bit.
>>1338133>>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]
>>1338133>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]
>>1338133>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]We aren't assaulting an Avalonian warship with a single Mech. We need to be as subtle as a surgical knife, not alerting the Avalonians.
>>1338133>>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]That was a hard choice, dueling Oliver could be very cool.
>>1338153we would have to wait a while. The Ubermenchkin is at the tourney eating his body weight in mint chocolate ice cream
>>1338131Isolate and disable a non-important Avalonian with a helmet hope they aren't made of solid rock like Dave from Engineering and go from there?>>1338133>[Go to Auditorium. Your mech isn't here, but you might find other allies there and a way onto the ship that doesn't involve assaulting it with the Swordfish]Dunno who could and would help though.Let's list out or options.Victor and Not!Solaire with the complicated name I didn't bother remembering to spell are out, being branwashed Greenman cucks. They're out.Skunk would just torch Naomi. Out.Katherine would just go with whatever Rosita wanted. Out.The mercs might help if they knew if wouldn't get them kicked out of the Kestrels. So almost certainly out.Walter might help if Caesar has a secret Eurobeat stash. Maybe.Finn would probably bisect her, if he got past doing a lone, on foot charge at the Avalonian ship. Out, but unmatched style points.Inari and Marciana might just do the "helpful old lady thing. Maybe.Akai would probably help if Caesar promised some candy and/or weeb merch. If she can keep it from Cuck #1. I mean Victor.Maybe Mai would help if Caesar called her cute or something? Probably?Anyone I'm missing?
>>1338160>>1338153>>1338150>>1338148>>1338144>>1338143>>1338141Okay... Auditorium seem to be the final choice...I'm going to vanish for a bit, meanwhile, who should we go after.I really want to see Ceasar reunited with Soul C... But this could end even worse if we attack with UJCIDF mechs, and we don't know how they would react to all the "I'm dating the Lady's clone" thing...Using the tourney's losers mechs could work too, or even getting some of them on our side, as they are independent agents (or at least would be more probably seem as such), but we don't have much reason to trust them, even if using their mechs would probably be more easier than hijacking a tern.>>1338164Nope, he is out there, again, check Wong's post about the ship floating in space with the "Golden bastard" guarding it.>>1338193Aaaaaand? The average avalonian can't just go boarding around shuttles without permission, and the only with mechs in Auditorium at the moment are Magnarus and Victor.
>>1338193Too bad the Wraith's trashed. A stealth suit would have been helpful.
>>1338193Zemiwit Stern, Amos Wedge, Simon Biggs, Gerret Luxol,
>>1338206It'll work better than walking up and asking to be let on.I don't see you coming up with anything sneaky.Oh wait, what about Metal Gear Moe? I forgot about him.
>>1338222Maybe Soul C but god no for Stern, he would definitely cause way to much trouble by helpings, and would probably want Naomi to come back with him.
>>1338230Too busy fighting a cougar and losing
>>1338222>>1338230Hmm, forgot about Moe, but he seems like someone who would tell Roarke anyway.SOUL C seems like it.
>>1338236How are you so good at this, Thunder?
I should mention that Victor and Magnarus can't just go hopping onto the Duke's ship. They're hostages, which means they're honor-bound to stay where they are until ransomed back to Avalon. It's a sign of trust that Roarke is letting them participate at all.
>>1338251Part of being an actor is understanding a character to point of being able to be them, its a good skill to learn.
>>1338253they might be able to arrange some transport over
And now I'm feeling viciously unwell. Game resumes tomorrow, probably a half-hour late but it might be at the usual time depending on what's going on.
>>1338284I think it's something I ate, I'm not sick or anything, I just can't stay off the toilet.
>>1338284Health comers first. Take care, Wong.
>>1338253Cutting the easy options off, huhWell, what now?>>1338284Alright then, hope you feel better.
>>1338193The Avalonians could indirectly help by letting Cesar use their mechs and acess codes and pretending that he just stole them, because of "muh honor" of letting the boy rescue his girlfriend(If he manages to not tell them about who his girlfriend is.)Walter is a mercenary like the rest... Would it really risk their positions in the kestrels? they aren't kestrels yet anyway.The old ladies could be nice... But they also have no reason to get involved and marciana is a Noble who could get caught up in problems depeding on what we do with her mech.Akai would do it for fun... But she would charge Ceasar anyway.I doubt Mai would do it for any reason.>>1338244I really want to see SOUL C complete in action again... But imagine what could happen if they just hijacked a tern Black Ops style like last time? And more, why would the Avalonians let them in anyway even if they did?Well... Maybe Garret could come up with something using his authority... Wait, this could be a nice idea.What about asking Garret to visit the ship with them as his personal guard? And Meanwhile he is talking to the countess or whatever, Cesar breaks apart from the group and sneaks around!What go wrong!?
>>1338284I hope you get better soon Wong... Thanks for running man, it was a honor to be able of being a part of this again.
>>1338293Steal an Avalonian uniform and sneak onto the ship, or have soul c cause a distraction and have people deal with that while Caesar sneaks onto the ship.
I can still discuss stuff and maybe slowly write a plot post or two, but I don't consider it "running" unless I'm sitting, at my desk, at my laptop, being responsive and active. Sorry, guys. I blame the Chinese.
GUYSWhat do you think about using Garret's name and money to fake an audience with the Duke?Then we could get in and save Naomi by pretending to go to a bathroom, again!I mean... Didn't the Duchess want to talk to him anyway? They probably can't kidnap him at this point anyway, could they? What could go wrong?
>>1338321How well know is Caesar's face by the people on the Duke's ship?
>>1338306>>1338315Well, flying there on a non standard Avalonian mech would be very visible and be suicide, so we have to sneak in on an Avalonian craft of some kind.That could be helped with a distraction from anyone willing to do it, but that depends on how well the Avalonians check their cargo and whatnot.>>1338326Or we might be able to do this. But if we get found out, they're in some deep shit.
>>1338330I'm not Wong, but the Duke didn't get to see his face during that battle, only heard him through the comms.So unless he got intel on him from Hastur or Naomi, he probably wob't recognize him.Also... How would we even be able of knowing how far he knows?
>>1338330None of them have ever seen him. For that matter, none of them know what his dad looks like, either, although a mech with a giant lance and monohorn might raise some red flags among the older ones...or it might not, because Avalonian mecha love their lances and some copy the monohorn design just because it looks badass.
>>1338336We could shadow the entrance to the ship and wait till we see someone come shore side and then knock them out and steal their uniform and then go on the transport.
Just out of curiosity, and I'm not saying that I have anything planned for this, but which of Roarke's waifus do you think would actually be willing to help?
>>1338344Maybe Karen, she was a love sick girl who would do anything for the man she loves for most of her teens and she isn't as politically savvy to know how bad of an idea this is politically unlike the rest of the waifus.
>>1338344Sam and Clemmy would be on board Fatima wouldn't Karen might, but she has mechs to fix.
>>1338336I call this plan: "G: The money of SOUL and Avalonian control.">Garret talks to Magnarus about how he heard that his countess is the apprentice of the Duchess(Ceasar overheard this if I'm not mistaken, in one of Lori's scenes) and how the Duchess wanted to talk to him before she got captured and him wanting to talk to the Avalonians because of this special situation and etc...>Blue Knight and his "personal guard"(Simon and Ceasar) go with him "just fo formality".>Cesar fakes having a belly ache, again.>Following Cesar's suggestion(from whatever Cesar knows about the time Roarke met the Duke) Garret gets the Duke talking about ancient avalonian history.>The Duke just won't shut up about it as the huge history nerd he is.>Meanwhile, Cesar is duking it out with another Rothchild... I mean... Sneaking around.>Find and save Naomi.>"Oh no, how could I know that the new guy was the son of Rudolph Merrow himself with a revenge to take on the avalonians? I never could have know that as I was in Space Vietnyan this whole time!">RUN CEASAR, RUN!>????>Profit.Bonus point if he manages to discover the avalonians secret plan while doing that.
>>1338376No way would Sam help, she doesn't like Avalon at all and is friends with Naomi but she would realize that now wasn't the time for it.
>>1338344I was also thinking Karen. Maybe Clemmy..Also, I would be okay with Walter helping Caesar if it comes down to it, especially if Caesar told Walter it's for his girlfriend. Want to see some shenanigans.
>>1338344In order of likelyhood...Sam, to hurt the Avalonian's morale.Karen. I just have a feeling she would want to.Rosita because it would be a great heist.Clemmy because she's a nice, good girl.Then there's Lori and Fatima, who almost certainly won't help. Lori because spores, Fatima because she'll want to kill Naomi herself.
>>1338344Fatima. Parallels between Roarke rescuing her and us rescuing Naomi. Point out that she was only okay because she wasn't mind controlled for long and Naomi might not have much time left if any.
>>1338344Sam, because she risks everything for love.Karen... Because she could just do it indirectly and knows very well what is like to have great obstacles in the way of your love.Maybe Clemmy, depending on how right or wrong Oda was about the yandere thing.Rosita wouldn't risk everything because this is the worst time to do it(and would potentially ruin her wedding and fun).I don't know about how Lori would react, bit I bet she wouldn't help as Naomi is a soldier and knew the risks of getting involved in this war(And she doesn't know and potentially doesn't believe in the brainwash thing).Fatima wouldn't risk everything that is going on at this point just to save the Lady's clone, that she probably would rather kill.
>>1338382Does anyone have an opinion about this plan? Even a simple "No, don't do this." could help us getting forward with this.
Hey Wong, what have Duncan and Cornelius been up to lately? Its been a while since we've seen either of them? And how is Master Asia dealing with all these people on the colony when he needs to go get liquor?
>>1338382Hmm, it's something, although if we end up fighting Dayve the Avalonian Engineer, that could be horrible.
>>1338382He would send a guard or two with us to the bathroom and if we somehow got away from them and ran into anyone else we would immediately be detained for trespassing.
>>1338438will Caesar stumble upon Colonel Sturn having a spirited game of checkers with a Tiger?
>>1338344Worse idea - Fairchild. Screw over Avalon, and drive a wedge between them and Roarke, and piss Roarke off. She might go for it.Also just thinking about our blackmail regarding 16-psych it might be worth using that as negotiation leverage with Fairchild to keep Lori and Naomi instead. Despite being the worst human ever, she has been shown to be capable of working with us like in the battle where we lost Naomi even though she a crazy bitch.Cloning is crazy tabo, and we have evidence of her being involved with the clones of psych-16. Or forced bred genestock from women like the ones the green skulls which is still super fucking bad. They themselves are the evidence, and are too notable to be disappeared especially the ones in the military.By offering to help her keep it secret though, we aren't protecting her but those girls who were used and now are in the goddamn JCIDF. Might strike her in an unexpected place.
>>1338468I would rather keep it as an ace in the hole to stop a plan of hers rather than a bargaining chip. Like save it for if she decides to declare war or invade us.
>>1338446>" sorry mon ami, I can't let you seeThe Lady, thing are about to get dangerous!"
>>1338413A point about Loriette. You don't HAVE to frame it as "I want to re-kidnap Naomi." You could also frame it as "I want to see Naomi." We know that Caesar is a massive threat >>1338438Those two specifically are getting 16-Psyche up and running again. I remember someone calculated how many tourney mecha could be produced from there each day, but I forget the specifics.
>>1338516Er, we know Caesar is a massive threat, the Avalonians don't. If you'll recall, the Duke actually likes Caesar quite a lot and thinks he's a spirited kid who's unfortunately on the wrong side and can't help being Rudolph Merrow's son.
>>1338516If that's the case, Lori can actually be quite the asset.
>>1338539If we go that route than Avalon knows we're meeting up with Naomi and stealing her away will be next to impossible.
>>1338344Clem would in a heartbeat.Karen is a maybe if she isn't busy helping out with the tourney.Fatima wouldn't because the act would be detrimental to the negotiations after Space JamSam's heart says go, but she'll try to stop Caesar if he goes in without a concrete plan.Siren is a maybe because she's a romantic but this cuts into her limelight with RoarkeLori is a flat no.
>>1338344Hear me out - Bruce. Kelly. Tell him they called him Friend.
>>1338605I wonder did Harlock take Pommade back to Bruce for some good old revenge? We still need to go convince him to come join our crew, maybe offer to split some loot if he comes on a mission or two with us as an independent contractor?
>>1338612"How would you like to violate Fairchild?"
>>1338618Would be easier to just offer him all the Vegemite he can eat.
Feeling better, can run a while longer if people are still here. Maybe an hour or so.
>>1338624that requires us to have vegemite. Aussies know when we have it or not.
>>1338629Do it>>1338631It can't be that hard to make, put Karen on the job.
>>1338629Yay!Still here. Lets see how badly this kidnapping operation goes.>>1338574Lori might be pliable if we lie to her that we just want to see her.
You make your way out of the Rhinehawk, your heart beating so fast you're amazed it doesn't tear your skin. You're having a little trouble keeping calm. You didn't stop to talk to Clemmy, who you suspect would bundle you right back into your room and guard you personally, both because of Roarke's orders and because of the danger you're undoubtedly throwing yourself into. You're lucky there's such a crowd, but as you make your way onto the colony and out of its spaceport, that thins out a little. You've had enough time to explore Auditorium, you know it fairly well, but...you're not sure where to go or what to do. Somewhere, there have to be Knights that accompanied this battleship here, and where they are, you know there has to be some way to steal a uniform and infiltrate the battleship itself. It's the parts of this plan in between here and there that elude you as you skulk along with your hands in your pockets. You don't know Avalonian SOP, or how they identify themselves, there are a million things you could do wrong.On the other hand, Mohammed got away with it. On a Jovian vessel. Under your very nose. Despite having thought it was hilarious later, that makes you feel just a little bit competitive. You don't like losing. No, you don't like it at all. You adjust your shades the way you've seen Roarke Starwind do, feeling bad about Dave and breaking his sunglasses. It feels more and more like you did something you'll need to pay him back for later. You resolve to do so. It's the right thing to do. You pause, leaning on the rail overlooking the lake, and gaze out at the waters glittering in the artificial light. There are definite signs that Auditorium has a lot more people around than usual, but the roads are pretty clear. People are eating, talking, celebrating with their friends...and with a pang, you wonder where yours are. Mohammed is probably on Kestrel business. Clemmy...you sigh realizing that you were wrong, she probably would have helped you because it's the way she is. Getting her in trouble with Roarke wouldn't have been the right thing to do, though. You stand by your decision on that. Hurting one person who didn't deserve it was enough. The breeze off the lake feels good. It goes where it wants, unbound by anything but the walls of the colony, beholden to no one and nothing. It carries a strange, rhythmic clacking to your ears, and glancing around, you notice a small lakeside shop. Nothing fancy, it has fuel, groceries, liquor, and a small wharf overlooking the lake with a cover overhanging some tables where people can eat lunch. Two older men are sitting at one of these tables, playing a board game of some kind. One has his back to you, and is wearing a broad straw hat. He has an umbrella with a cane-like handle leaning against the table. His posture is oddly familiar. The other has a small, neat mustache and a long braid.From here, it looks like they're playing checkers.>[Approach]>[Leave them be]
>>1338643>>[Approach]Old man checkers can surely help.
>>1338643>>[Approach]Man if anyone would help save a loved one from being mind controlled it would be Master Asia.
>>1338643>[Approach]They seem friendly enough. Probably have some wise things to say.
While we're waiting, what's been your favor fight so far anons? For me I think the fight with Lori since it had a lot of back and forth and felt like a real battle.
>>1338693The lori fight was our closest fight to date. Unless you count the near reactor explosion caused by that martian.
>>1338693Gonna have to agree with you there, I was re-reading it a few days ago and it's still as thrilling as it was when it was first posted.
>>1338693I have to say the fight against Oda is my favorite because that was the first fight where someone actually was a challenge.
You start making your way down the steps towards them, slowly and unhurriedly.The man with the long braid and mustache glances up at you with disinterest, then back down at the checkerboard.“Who is it, teacher?” The one in the straw hat asks.“I never taught you anything, Joseph. You learned it all on your own, somehow. Ours is a debate that will never be solved, whether a weapon can truly be an extension of one's body or not.” The man with the mustache sighs, “Not until you face my newest pupil. It's one of his boys approaching us now to talk to you.”A lot of things abruptly come into focus. You handle what would be a world-shattering revelation for some a lot better than most. You recognize that voice, for one thing, and the name puts you in mind of something. You'd seen the Colonel draw his sword before, and something about the movement, how precisely he did it, flowing smoothly into a strike without any thought or calculation so that when he didn't instantly attack it was a conscious act of holding back, had always been strangely familiar to you. You can't even begin to count how many times you'd seen it before, to tell the truth, simulated and on a mecha scale. Every time you played Bluegill Joe, you saw that same flash of steel. The only reason you didn't realize it sooner was because, to your mind, it was the proper way to draw. The other reason it's so easy for you to deal with the knowledge of who you're looking at is a much more simple one. You've seen what overwhelming martial fame can do to a man. You've grown up with it, in the shadow of someone even more famous than Muragi. It holds no awe for you. You've seen a legend bad-tempered and cranky in the morning, with a stiff back and fuzzy slippers on. You've seen him burn his breakfast oatmeal and eat it anyway out of pure stubbornness. You've heard him nag you for not being friendly enough to wealthy, well-born girls who would have made a good match. In a way, as someone who should be Bluegill Joe's biggest fan, you react to meeting him less than anyone else would. After all, you already admired him profoundly as Colonel Stern.[Continued]
>>1338488I must admit, you made me laugh hard with this one.>>1338516Dutch-senpai did if I'm not mistaken, ask him, he is also a factory line specialist when he is not bullying underage pilots.Also... You guys never answered me on that question, what you be the legal age in Einsentor? Are we going with 18~21 or anime style 14~16?>>1338546This, Thunder is right on that one, we must take them by surprise.>>1338693Hmmmm.... Does the entirely of Psyche-16 count as a fight? That was just incredible, I was hyped the entire time and even had problems sleeping between sessions.
“You speak as if that's a foregone conclusion, but there is no guarantee that fight will ever come to pass. Nor do I desire it to. My sword is for protecting mankind, and the UJCIDF, not for winning matches and glory.” The Colonel makes a move, “King me, Master Shen.”“Sharp-eyed brat.” The old man with the mustache grumbles, “I remember a time when you were more eager to prove yourself.”“I remember a time when there was a girl we were all trying to impress, a time when more of my friends were still alive.” The Colonel counters, “And of the ones that are left, most of them I feel as though I barely know.” He takes a piece. “If I lose many more matches, I won't have enough left to feed Domon. Don't you have any respect?” The old man grumbles more, before taking three of the Colonel's pieces in one move.“Your cat surely eats less than we orphans did, teacher.” The Colonel responds humbly, then turns around. You see the glint of his eye beneath his hat, and a sudden sense of coldness and tension assails you, a feeling of danger so palpable that your skin breaks out into goosebumps. Your weapons might as well be a million miles away, “Ensign Merrow.”“Y-yes sir.” You salute him awkwardly, sweating. Why are you so terrified.“So, you decided to betray Jupiter and everything your father sacrificed to protect.” The sense that you are about to die recedes slightly, and the Colonel shakes his head, slowly and sadly, “What am I supposed to say to you? Or to him? We still talk, you know.”>[What say?]
>>1338719>Tell him the truth, I sacrificed everything to protect what I care about. And now I need your help to get her back.
>>1338719"I never wanted to, sir. But my hand was forced. I couldn't just stand by and watch them attack the woman i loved whos only crime was being born."
>>1338719"I don't care what you tell him, sir. I walk my own path. I have no intention of living in his shadow."
>>1338719>Jupiter betrayed us when they sent a kill-order against my girlfriend for nothing more than being who she is. It betrayed us when Fairchild had enough clout to put her emotional relatives in charge of a highly volatile situation.>Tell my father...tell him that my path is my own, not his' to choose, and certainly not Fairchild.
“Tell him the truth, then.” The words come out so calm, so crisp, for a moment you think it's your father's voice...and not the way he was when you got older, but the way you remember him when you were a young boy, and your mother was still around, “I sacrificed everything to protect what I care about, and now I need your help to take her back.”He looks at you, then shakes his head, “He never told you the truth, did he? Out of kindness, and out of respect, I'll keep what you just said secret. Otherwise, I fear what your father would do. It's the repetition of an old, sad story, where all but one of the participants had the best of intentions.”“I couldn't just stand by and watch them attack the woman I loved. Her only crime was being born. I didn't want to leave the military, I just...” You protest.“...Just got caught in circumstances bigger than you, where you had to turn against all you believed in for the sake of someone precious, right?” The Colonel smiles sadly, “Yes. I remember the last time that happened. I remember how it ended, too. It was the last time your father ever felt joy, piloting his beloved Swordfish. The Green Men understand love. I believe they can feel it, which was never a popular viewpoint, but that's the only explanation for why they can use it to manipulate us so well. It's like a chemical equation. Mix A with B in certain proportions, and you'll always get C.”“Not quite.” The old man disagrees, “She was gone, Joe. She was gone and he couldn't accept it, and when they said they could give her back to him...”“Maybe they could. I've never been able to live in the comfortable illusion that we understood everything they were capable of.” The Colonel shakes his head slowly, sad as an ancient willow tree.“I'm still here, you know. You know what else? For my entire life, people have been treating me like the second Rudolph Merrow, like I'm my father all over again. Normally, it's a compliment, but it's still a lie, and to even hear you two talking as if this is part of a cycle...it's a disappointment, frankly, sir. I'll walk my own path. I have no intention of living in his shadow.”“And that is all the proof I need that you're his son. Rudolph always was that way. Too independent to really act like an older brother, the way Leroy Vinland and Floyd did.” The Colonel picks up a cup from the table and takes a long sip, “There's a trap that's been baited for you, Heinrich. It's one I've seen before. There's a story I'd like to tell you. It's sad, it's depressing, and it will ruin your faith in humanity's greatest heroes, but once you've heard it it may give you some insight on what to do next. Or maybe it will just ruin your determined mood. I make no guarantees. Are you interested? I won't say it's a bad idea to just leave, it might even be the smart thing to do.”>[Listen]>[Don't listen]
>>1338719In all fairness, sir, I betrayed Fairchild, not Jupiter, and even then only after her...pets betrayed me and the woman I love. The woman the avalonians have and that I'm going to rescue right now.
>>1338754>ListenMight as well get some information before we go balls deep.
>>1338754>[Listen]I'd bet that the Greenmen offered to resurrect NaNo-1's pilot in return for Floyd Beck.
>>1338754>>[Listen]Man this is like that part in Zeta with Caesar as Kamile and Naomi as four, and hell even Quattro is Quattro.>Not quite.” The old man disagrees, “She was gone, Joe. She was gone and he couldn't accept it, and when they said they could give her back to him...Ah shit, so that's how it happened.
>>1338754>>[Listen]In the end, we can never run from the truth.
>>1338754>[Listen]"There's a reason some of the best advice you can take is 'Kill your Heroes.'"
Instead of putting a Quick Change Mount on all your limbs, can you just put one on your torso?
Game continues tomorrow with the long, sad story of Rudolph Merrow and Floyd Beck.
>>1338819damn. thought we'd see it today.Thanks for running wong. See you tomorrow.
Kind of shocked we haven't had to deal with mutinies yet or having to set down the law on any of our men yet.
>>1338819Thanks for running Wong.BTW, where's the entry on "Environment Pods?"
>>1338841They just know better. Also Roarke is really, really charismatic. C'mon.
>>1338841War between major powers is a good time for pirates.Also the celebrity helps.
>>1338862These are space pirates, not the smartest or nicest bunch of people.>>1338865Wonder how we going to deal with raiding during peace time when the Jovians can focus on us. Maybe figure out a way to start raiding in other systems.
>>1338841As much of a stereotypical pirate thing as that is, right now people want to join you and are having discipline problems from trying to prove they're good enough, not mutinying out of dissatisfaction and trying to oust you. It helps that you have such a good support structure of people who can come down like a sledgehammer on dissent and that they're ace pilots backed by your senior crew.
>>1338867>These are space pirates, not the smartest or nicest bunch of people.>join up with a cult of personality>just so you can mutiny
>>1338841Oh, also, if you mean small-scale matters of law and discipline, that's Miles and Richard's purview. This ensures that the Captain (Admiral, in your case) isn't hated for being strict and is also unbothered by day-to-day concerns to focus more on the grand scheme of what you want to achieve.
>>1338867Hence why we're actually shifting gears to actually creating a functional nation state instead of a pirate fleet.It'll be up just in time for peace time so that we can tax and levy investments and mining efforts set up in the belt and get duties from trade vessels plying through our area of space.Anything that doesn't pay and intrudes is on open season.
>>1338841Simple. We've just expanded ourselves, and we got a hefty payout from Allahu Snacksbar. We really haven't recruited any Space pirate gangs that are as bad as the Green Skulls (Lost boys at 16-Psyche don't count because they aren't Iron Kestrels.)We're swimming in gravy at the moment and not a single one of our Captains are dissatisfied with us. Wait till the money dries up and at least one Captain unhappy with his share to see how fast mutiny occurs.
>>1338875>on a colony run by Red SirenThat's actually one of the few ways a mutiny could happen, Red Siren fans dissatisfied with the merger with the Kestrels. You don't know if or how Red Siren clamped down on that to keep it from happening, but it hasn't, and considering the fact that you're extremely well-liked on Auditorium for your role in saving Red Siren from the Green Skulls and generally being a big hero it's unlikely to happen in the future. Mutinies happen when the crew is unhappy, not when they're swimming in wealth.
>>1338883It also helps that your immediate subordinate Captains are your wife and your best friend. You've also done right by Flint and Beckingham by giving the former responsibilities and the latter a chance for vengeance and the return of his old friend. Then there's Mudd, whose career would have been done and who now has a glance at importance and glory entirely due to you giving him a chance. Any new Captain who wants to complain would need to get in line behind these five. If the money dries up, a bigger problem is crews independently raiding and causing PR problems.
>>1338875I doubt alot of our crews like us taking in a Paladin and a bunch of Greenmen worshipers.>>1338880Do you really think that most pirates are going to be okay with that switch in life style?
>>1338905It's gonna happen. They can get with the program or get shit on by those who do.Considering that since our last meeting with the pirate captains had them vaguely approving of this direction of a nationstate and that we personally know and are friends with most of the aces and mech pilot monsters, if'll be a fairly big curbstomp if they dont play ball.
>>1338905>Do you really think that most pirates are going to be okay with that switch in life style?As long as they are getting paid they'll get used to it. Exceptions being oddballs and psychopaths like Oda and whatever your dude's name was. I can't remember his name because I want to call him Rolf.Other than people like that they'd probably not give as big a fuss.
>>1338905they can take a stable paycheck, or they can take a bullet. Their choice
>>1338905Also, AFAIK, most space pirates aren't space pirates for funsies, 'cept for Oda. Most of them are either Sidereal War vets who aren't important enough to reintegrate to peacetime society, or displaced refugees unable to secure a steady income.>>1338914It's Finn Bodvarsson, Or Pagan Finn.
>>1338819Thanks for running Wong... It is being amazing as always.
>>1338844It's in the main rulebook. The ATM has them called 'Escape Pods', though the two are identical in function and cost.
>>1338754For someone working with Fairchild Joe sure is fucking glib about calling people traitors. We just want to live with her, who's the one who put her in the jove-damn military?You know, excluding all the other shit she's done.For a bunch of old men who cry about the brutality of the last war, Joseph and Josiah seem to be doing their best to fight this one just like the last regardless of whether or not they have to.Like they're unable to stop. I say fuck 'em. If they want to stand by and let injustice happen just so they can be the last one standing by virtue of being the meanest bastard, by giving up their humanity, by being like fucking Fairchild, then fuck 'em. We grew up to close to a legend to think they can't make mistakes already. They can tell us their story, and then we can tell them to fuck off one more time.
>>1338903I've been re-reading the archives for fun. Remember when you said Miles in another life would be an excellent Politician? Could we just, sort of, maybe give her a list of hard demnds or tell her what we want out of the negotiations and make the relative ambassadors deal with her first before we talk to them? Or play as her? She wants to Bully them, Wong. She wants to Bully them so bad. Let her Bully. She's a Bully, Wong, and that's Okay. One pic related but I'm on mobile traveling in the best damn Nation on Earth. Side note - it's fucking weird how I like this place more than the citizens it seems. Soft fucking cunts here in AZ.Also just how good is our blackmail from 16-psych? Like it seems pretty fucking bad to me from the logs but last thread some people seemed to think it wouldn't be that damaging.
>>1339041...Miles bullying fairchild. Left to her own devices, unrestrained, and with everyone present knowing she's speaking as our first mate and an attack on her is an attack on us...Do...do you think she could make Fairy cry?
>>1339065Keep in mind that Miles would also be representing us. So we would have to prepare to step in and look reasonable, oh so reasonable, by comparison.Then we tell them that if they don't aquiesce to our demands then we will instead ask for a full pardon for Miles and send her to them.Oh! Idea about Lori. If we give her to Mars AFTER marrying Fatima, could we swing it so she's under our supervision? Gotta be something we can bribe them with. Maybe her Mars Based holdings and a treat of Alliance and allowing prosletyzing in the Belt?Anyone here willing to make a political conversion to Islam? Try to separate from your instinctive distaste IRL.Worked for Constantine with Christianity.
>>1339041>Soft fucking cunts here in AZ.Huh, I believe you're the first one on this quest posting from Azerbaijan.
>>1339076>Anyone here willing to make a political conversion to Islam? Try to separate from your instinctive distaste IRL.>Roarke not living as he wants for his whole life.NO.JUST NO.
>>1339076The more I look at your ideas, the more I disagree with them. Miles is a loose cannon and Fairchild is good at being a manipulative bitch. Non canon parallel universes aside, that does not mean she is capable of handling her.In terms of Joe, he really isn't doing it by choice. Red tape is tying him up like christmas present and any actions he desired to do are likely messed up by Fairchild. Remember, she's got a lot of pull in the senate. Even if he disagreed, he could do nothing about.By the sounds of it, it seems more like he's saying 'Hey, don't be a lone wolf and do something completely by instinct. It did not go well for your father and cost him many things he held dear.'As for the blackmail? It will not be as damning to Fairchild as it seems, but it could be used against King.Also, no to converting to islam. Trying to convert to a religion politically requires it to be stable and generally non-restrictive. Islam does both. Besides, I am not giving up bacon sandwiches.
>>1339083POLITICAL conversion. We would just make some public gesture. Maybe have an Islamic wedding, then occasionally preach the virtue of Martian wives while insisting our raids are just a tax on Infidels.Meanwhile we could mobilize Mars for an attack on Earth to steal the Holy Land back and cripple them fighting Earth.
>>1339088Literal word of God Miles is a political talent.And I said to remember this isn't real life Islam but Hakim Islam. It would also just be political so neither Roarke nor You would give up bacon.As for Ceaser I was trying to think what a young man crazed with love who had recently been bitterly betrayed by his Nation and who was the son of one of their heroes would say when getting slapped down by another Hero who was complicit by doing nothing (as.far as Ceaser knows, he doesn't have the same relationship with Stern as Roarke) at the least.Fairchild also, you would note, would be protecting her clone niece's if we bargain with her, not herself.The knowledge of the clones alone would trigger a witch-hun, especially since the Green Men are back via Avalon and Space Vietnam.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/835961/#p836524
>>1339088Final note before checking out Tortilla Flats, I think it would be funnier having Miles talk to the Martians and Avalon while terrorizing Fairchils staff, while we intervene when Fairchild starts baiting Miles.Once again, though, word of Wong that she would be good at politics.< NamefagsI think Wong encouraged them for entertainment after the Waifu wars died down.
>>1339076They might see it as an insult since we were the ones who invited them to bargain with us for Lori, besides whose to say Miles being the impulsive badger she is will do something super impulsive.
>>1339167Nah. We just let them enjoy Miles company while never outright stating that she's representing us. Authority without responsibility.Besides, let me point out that we're technically the head of state for the belt after our declaration so it's also a way for them to be subtly reminded of that. We aren't seeing the Sultan or President here. Avalon is a bit of a special case but if anything they would understand heirarchy like that.Of course coming in and taking over sends another message about us being the one in control, and that we have that control on lockdown. It also gets Miles some cred as a member of our heirarchy and makes it seem less like we're the only thing holding the Belt together. I'd really like the other Captains and the governor of whatever colonies there are to be involved in some way. Make it so we're negotiating on behalf of the belt, not the pirate Roarke Starwind.We really do need to steal or seduce a Wels class though.Also side note - with other Generals here like Hateshput Fairchild can't be too bitchy and throw the negotiations or else we could just request to deal with Hateshput instead, citing our more productive history with working together.Also side note about converting - I don't really expect Roarke to be for it, but not super strongly against it either, and I do expect it to be something the Mars ambassadors bring up given he's marrying Fatima, and their political situation with Jove, and their religious tenents. So it would be worth discussing how far Roarke would go with it to protect Lori, and also gain a powerful all and protection against Jovian interests, as well as access for the belt to legitimate markets, and finally access to out of system transportation unless we're building our own moon sized gate against the wishes of pretty much everyone.Also, I do like the namefags in the quest. Overall they've been fun and really added to it. At the same time, I can't help feel that using trips during conversation makes it more "their game with Wong" then a game on /tg/. I don't want them to sound overly bitchy about it.
>>1339193>Also, I do like the namefags in the quest. Overall they've been fun and really added to it. At the same time, I can't help feel that using trips during conversation makes it more "their game with Wong" then a game on /tg/. I don't want them to sound overly bitchy about it.Your right about it, but don't worry most should stop after the tourney is doneAnd I doubt Roarke would convert since he isn't the type just to believe something because he sees it as beneficial, he usually goes with his heart on these matters. If we do send Miles we should have the room bugged to hear everything happening inside and step in if something is happening.
>>1339167besides whose to say Miles being the impulsive badger she is will do something super impulsive.Yeah that could never work politically *MAGA*Imma dig up the quote from Wong about her being cunningly political.
>>1339198http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/691678/Post 691768 Miles might have the morality and personality of a particularly amoral stoat, but she's a natural at working the streets and gathering information, and bizarrely talented at handling paperwork. In another life, she might have made a truly superb politician...but thankfully the galaxy has been spared from Planetary Chairwoman Miles Longshadow and she's an Iron Kestrel instead.
>>1339197Yeah I don't see it happening either really. But then we don't know what the offer could be, or how Fatima might react, and it could be a good way to flesh out Roarkes religious stance besides "Try not to think about Oda".Best ending? Muslim Rock Off to determine if they have come up with anything that can stand up to the Old God's of the 80s.[/spoiler] Secret ending is DEUS VULT [/spoiler]
>>1339221Goddamn I can't ctrl-s on my phone.
I wonder whatever happen to this drawfag? Seems every drawfag we get ends up disappearing.
Then there was this drawing of the Kaiser and never saw anything else of
>>1339432iirc, they disappeared around the time of the banishment to qst, a lot of quests lost people then.
>>1339454Never understood why you would abandon a quest just because it was forced to switch boards. I mean what good does that even do?
>>1339468Since Wong doesn't have any way to contact people other than making a thread, it probably looked like the quest just disappeared for most everyone that doesn't go on qst.
>>1339477Ya, but wouldn't you look to see if it was still running?
>>1339498Maybe they were a newfag.
>>1339498"/qst/ won't harm the player base and other memes."But for all the bitching of questfags and bitchfags that didn't like it, it was clearly a move by Hiroshimoot to expand the work safe monetizable section of the board and try to maximize ad space. The more boards you're on the more targeted advertising he can make. Especially with General threads (if the site wasn't cancer). Great opportunity to turf specific products or their competition. Note the removal first of ERP, the WST, and finally Quests.It's no longer about mods, but money.It did really reduce the overall quality of a lot of player base especially for new quests. But hey! At least 40Kids and cardfags and rollplayers also decreased.I will miss those 8 guys autistically raging about quests though. And for one last burst of spite they also lost a ton of drawfags and guys who "get stuff done".I mean as someone who plays IRL it was not a huge loss for /tg/ to crap itself but it is kind of sad as well as fulfilling.
>>1339197< So you do. By the time you're done, Miles is scowling.“...And once you contact the Jovian government to negotiate a buyback, I want you to arrange for the other matter, and set up funding for these projects.” You take her PC, and transfer a file from yours to hers, you had time to plan this out on your way back.Miles is also already our "Secretary (of state)" already pretty much. She fixes our jobs for us as well.
>>1339454IIRC the decision to go harem pissed off a bunch of the artfags.
>>1339625That was at the beginning of the quest though, those two were from the 40-50s threads so that was way after the Harem decision. Besides if I remember correctly the guy who did that version of Rosita did the drawing of Soul C
>>1339646maybe life has called him away for a time.
“I can take it, I have to.” You respond. “No matter whose image it ruins in my mind. I want to see the galaxy as it really is, without any more illusions.”“You were always a good soldier, Caesar. Maybe that was the problem. Our system, sometimes, produces people too upstanding to follow it.” The Colonel sighs, looking very old and tired, “You've grown up hearing the rumors, and from how you acted when I was training you on board the Cincinnatus, I could see you never believed them. It's true, your father, no matter what sort of man he is today, was never someone who would kill a comrade of his for the sake of glory. Indeed, he let Floyd take the spotlight because he believed Floyd made a better public symbol, which was what the people needed. He'd let the credit for some of his own deeds...and a lot of Ji's, because the NaNa project was classified and the higher-ups didn't want excess scrutiny on it...fall on Floyd, when really all three were members of a team whose basic makeup and tactical doctrine is key to the SOUL squads employed today. However, he did kill Floyd Beck, he destroyed his power plant and crushed Floyd's cockpit with his own hands as Beck screamed defiance at him over the comms and the fact that he did do it is the reason why he is the hero Jupiter deserved, the reason why he achieves so much fame and yet the specifics of his deeds are so seldom discussed.”“Ji Xifeng died a true hero. More importantly, she lived as one. She was tireless, brave, with constant wit and a smile that never faltered. She wasn't just a great woman, she was a great person, relatable, martial, and down-to-earth. She was a hero in a practically Hellenic sense, so far above everyone else in terms of skill...at least in those days...that it was practically incomprehensible. She took in the Orange Pekoe kids and made us more than expendable child soldiers. She made us part of her family. In our own way, we all loved her, the five of us. Myself, Belegor, Josiah, Alexander, and Leroy. Especially Leroy. He was willing to compete with Floyd and your father for her, and that took some guts. Even when her own mother worked to cover up the things she did, she took it with a smile and a joke, it was never about fame for her.” The Colonel takes another sip.“Valerie always was cruel, but losing Ji hurt her too. It's a shame I never knew just how much it hurt her, or what she did about it.” The old man Joseph Muragi calls his teacher, Shen Xifeng, says with a sigh.[Continued]
The Colonel shakes his head, “The system would have produced people like Hermione Fairchild with or without Valerie Fairchild, teacher. I only hope that the system works well enough for her to be removed. Anyway...” He clears his throat, “Floyd...how do I explain Floyd Beck to someone who never knew him? Floyd was like the sun. Endless warmth, endless light. Always laughing, always fearless. Nothing stopped him, nothing slowed him down. He invented a drone system on his own that technicians from Bahamutcorp and Bucephalus have fought over since I was a boy. His grandfather, Herman Grosse, invented the HMIS and Floyd was an early test subject. Floyd loved Ji with all his heart, but so did your father.”“Yeah, I know that, everyone does. What was he like back then?” You ask, wondering. You can't imagine your dad as anything but a grumpy old man.He laughs, “Gallant Rudolph Merrow. So humble and unassuming, yet endlessly reliable. Cool where Floyd was warm, icy where he was hotblooded, and passionately devoted to Ji. Yet they never once fought over her. There was an unspoken agreement that they would settle things when the war ended, and Ji...Ji would have it no other way.”“So who did she love?” You're curious about that too.He shrugs, “I don't know. Maybe neither of them. For her, the only thing that mattered was saving humanity. Sometimes, I don't believe a woman like her could bloom anywhere but the battlefield, that when the war was done she would simply have vanished like a mirage. Well, vanish she did, when NaNa-01 became self-aware only to die by her hand. She sent those two one last transmission, but Rudolph never told me what she said to him. It killed something in him, but he never let that stop him, he was too adamant a man for that. Even without a heart, blood pumped through him on sheer, stubborn effort to survive alone.”[Continued]
“Wait, hold on. One more question. You're General Fairchild's father?” You point at the old man.Shen Xifeng snorts, “Not a chance. Valerie Fairchild never could stand the fact that Ji chose to go with me and take my name rather than live with her. She was Terran, they're not used to anyone saying no to them. So she did everything she could to ruin her career and stamp out her name...until she died. After that, I believe she felt some kind of regret, and worse, a need to prove to herself that it was her genes and influence, not mine, that made Ji such an exceptional human. I don't know who Hermione's father is, or if she even has a father. All I know is that after the divorce Valerie had another daughter and relentlessly pushed her to succeed at any cost, especially once Ji became famous, even more once Ji passed. I don't know any more details, nor do I want to, but from what I've heard and what my pupil Roarke tells me there is a deep sickness in her spirit. Perhaps she never got to prove herself before Valerie died in that fire a few months before the war ended, perhaps that's what drives her.”“Oh.” You're confused, but you have a sense that telling you this is as much for their sake as your own.Colonel Stern clears his throat, “Anyway, after she died, Floyd lost it. It started with drinking, and whores, and other illicit substances. He started wearing the shades, then, that lifestyle gave him bags under his eyes. He got shifted into more of a propaganda role, and high command put more of the work on the Pekoe team and on your father. Belegor had always seem himself as their successor, he may not have led the team but he was already teacher's best student and had a lot of theories about using the mech as an extension of the human spirit, and the added stress affected him differently than the rest of us. He'd lost everything to the Green Men, and worse, he'd seen it happen. I don't remember my parents, and maybe I'm lucky in that. Belegor saw their deaths every night, over and over. At first, he obsessed over surpassing them, over overcoming beings that were above humanity. Over time, that became an obsession with the Green Men themselves. How they worked. How they thought. His desire for strength became almost religious...and so, on one mission, when one of the Green Men tried to talk to him through a human proxy, he stayed his hand long enough to listen.”[Continued]
>>1340126And the plot keeps thickening
>>1340149It's so thick it's thicker than a thick shake and we can't swallow it because it's too thick
“I thought this was about Floyd and my dad and somehow convincing me not to save Naomi.” You grumble. As interesting as this is, you have work to do and you're sure you're already being looked for.He taps your forehead with the point of his umbrellasword, “Patience is a virtue every warrior must master. To this day, I don't know what the Green Men offered Belegor for his defection. I suspect he got it, Josiah tells me he's a Paladin now and that Alexander's son, Roarke Starwind, was the one who brought it to his attention. Belegor carried a message to Floyd, telling him that if he switched sides the Green Men would bring Ji back to life.”“That's stupid.” You protest, “Come on, had he seriously never read a book in his life or played any video games? There would be a catch, there's always a catch. She would have had her memories wiped or be enslaved to the Green Men and hating him for it or...or...”Both old men burst into laughter. Shen Xifeng slaps his knee, “EXACTLY like Rudolph!”“Almost word for word what he said when they finally faced each other!” Colonel Stern nods, “But Floyd wasn't rational. He wanted her back. Losing her had sent his life into a downward spiral, and so, during a mission...he and Belegor vanished. Only for Floyd to return alone as something much like these new Paladins. His mission was to destroy the Jovian gate, but I believe the true goal was to let the people of Jupiter see their own hero turn against them. Unfortunately for the Green Men, he still had Floyd's heart. He contacted Rudolph and tried to get him to switch sides.”[Continued]
The Colonel looks up, as if he can still see his old friends somewhere, “Your father, being an extremely intelligent man, set up a meeting and then showed up with us, far out in the asteroid belt. He tried to reason with Floyd, he begged him to stand down and surrender, he was ready to do anything to cover this up and return things to the way they used to be. Floyd, and the Green Man cultists he'd brought with him as backup wouldn't listen, and so...we killed them all. Leroy died, impaled through the cockpit, pinning Thoroughbred-X, Floyd's mech, in place so your father could take the final shot. After that, your dad didn't have the stomach to fight anymore, but he finished the war with a vengeance. It's funny, the historians all say after Floyd's death was when Rudolph Merrow showed his true brilliance as a pilot and became mankind's hero, but I know the truth, he fought the way he did because he was burned out and ready to die. If it wasn't for you being born, I'm not sure what he would have done when things were all over.”You frown at the implications, “Alright, so you're saying I'm going to end up killing one of my friends or something? Because I'm pretty sure-OW!” You wince as the Colonel taps your forehead with a bit more force.“Think. In this situation, you're Floyd Beck. You're the son of one of humanity's great heroes, and sooner or later the Avalonians are going to make you an offer. Betray the Solar System, and get to be with Naomi Heim. They're using your love for her as bait in a trap. I'm not saying your feelings are wrong, but if you just get captured or subverted we all lose.” The Colonel looks sharply at you.“Joseph, the Green Men continually underestimate humanity, even now. Perhaps they think what worked once will work twice. Or perhaps the rumors about the Green Men being able to somehow use their clones as more than just foot soldiers were true.” The older man corrects him, “Either way, the boy has a chance so long as he doesn't actually switch sides.”>[What say in response to all of this?]
>>1340204I think we just found out the origins of the Knuckle Kaiser, a battle in the asteroid belt, a thoroughbred wreckage left behind.It's Glorious.
>>1340204If the problem is them using Naomi as leverage, then all we have to do is not let them use her as leverage.Phrase that however you want.
>>1340204>But I know what their game is, it should be easy not to fall for it.
>>1340229>Finally around for the start of a thread>Thor decided to grace Georgia with its first thunderstorm in months>Power goes outRIP me
>>1340220Hold up... Are you suggesting that the Knuckle Kaiser is the Thoroughbred-X?
>>1340118>>master asia had a kid with Fairchild'sI choked on my drink putting that together.
>>1340204"Col, Master Shen, thank you for sharing this with me. I...I think I have a clearer idea of what exactly I need to do.I saw the avalonians change her in an instant with a voice command. They will keep the naomi I know as some kind of toy, only to be brought out as and when it suited them.To save and protect the Naomi, I know, just surrendering and joining them wouldn't be enough. It would need actually taking her away from the avalonians and making sure they can never get to her again."
>>1340276I doubt it, I mean why would they take Leroy's mech but leave the Thoroughbred?
>>1340276No, it was Leroy's ride. Something I figured out a while ago.
>>1340287I don't think its his either, the body was left in the mech. I think if that was Leroy's mech they would have taken their friend back and buried him.
>>1340276>>1340286>>1340287>>1340294I believe the Kaiser is the Thoroughbred X, it was mentioned by the Colonel that Floyd was killed by Merrow by being crushed in the mechs hands, I remember the Kaiser that Roarke found didn't have a cockpit ball.
>>1340204We honestly have no desire to switch sides. What they did to Naomi.. hell, to everyone was cruel. It's neither right or just. But at the same time I can't go back to soul. Either way, the jist of it seems like don't abandon myself, don't go it alone, and understand what they would tempt me with.>>1340294The kaiser's head was gone and it's torso cored. The cockpit a mess. Considering what the Swordfish does, it makes sense. Plenty of history there. The imitation sacrificing itself to stop the madness of the real deal... and then we'll have to do it all over again when we find out they made Floyd clones.
>>1340294But the thoroughbred was only given to very few pilots, and the pekoe team had five of them. Leroy was also the only confirmed KIA.
>>1340314But why would they leave their friend who sacrificed himself body rotting there? And the thing if that was the battle site they took one of the mechs back with them, so why not just take both back?
>>1340286>>1340287Rereading the first thread it is hard to say which one. It could be the X or it could be the MP.>Dust is coating a bulky, humanoid figure that would be nearly twice as tall as your ten-meters-in-humanoid-form Harpy if it still had its head. Its joints have a chunky, heavily armored appearance, while its feet are narrow at the tips and wide at the heels. It looks like it has a large, square shield attached to a stubby sub-arm assembly on the elbow allowing it to rotate for better deflection angle, a bit too big for proper boxing, on the left arm. If the right arm had a weapon, it doesn't have it anymore, but to your relief the claws tipping its fingers have strong piston assemblies for a crushing grip. That might just be a stylistic choice on the part of the designer, but it suits you just fine. There's plenty of room in those beefy, armored forearms for further upgrades. >As expected, the reactor is too large for your Harpy. That was almost never in question. The real problem, though, is the cockpit...or rather, the lack of one. There's a single clean hole bored side-on through its protruding torso armor, and your sensors report a complete lack of cockpit pressure. It's also missing its head. Unlike your Harpy, this one appears to be Jovian, meaning that it's as modular and versatile as a pile of legos but that it also keeps its cockpit in its stomach rather than in the head the way your Harpy is configured. Considering the side hole rather than impalement I'm suspecting the Kaiser is the X after the Swordfish sniped it.The remains on display might be Leroy's MP considering how the X killed him.
>>1340324Unless the Kaiser belonged to the MIA guy, it's the only thing that makes sense to me.
>>1340347It might have just been a post war mp that got fucked up by a pirate band in the belt.
>>1340341But according to the vets, the X was modified by greenmen tech.
>>1340341MP. Thoroughbred X was specc'd for a ranged build. The one we found and confirmed by Dr. Cornelius was a Thoroughbred MP frame and had H2H mods.
>>1340353What pirate would leave a perfectly serviceable frame?
>>1340364One that's dead of course.
>>1340360What if Belegor swapped machines with Becker like the Greenmen knew it was going to be a trap and didn't want to risk losing the X so they stuck Becker in Belegor's machine.
>>1340360I though the Swordfish was the ranged spec and the X was the melee?
>>1340385No the X had the bits while the Swordfish had its spear
>>1340371Occam's Razor. The Greenmen needed Floyd Beck to announce him switching sides. They needed him to turn up in his iconic Thoroughbred X to prevent the brass from covering up that Beck was now a Greenman cultist.
>>1340398Yes, that was the plan but it seems like Becker tried to get Merrow to switch sides before that.
Did ANY of the MP's have drone controls installed? That would narrow the potential field down.
You clench your fists, “Colonel, Master...thank you.”They both stare at you. Shen's mustache curls in consternation, “For what? We're trying to talk you out of this. You should be disappointed in your elders, not smiling.”You're smiling? You realize suddenly that, yes, you are, “Yeah. Because I'm still going to save her. I can see the trap, and I'm not going in blind. What SOUL, and General Fairchild, was planning for Naomi was cruel, I can't go back...but I also know if Avalon keeps her, they'll turn her into a weapon or a pet killer of some kind. Knowing that, there's no way I could ever really join them. You've thrown the past at me and narrowed my options down to the course I'd already decided on, why wouldn't I smile about that? I have to go. I have to take her away from them.”The older man looks over your shoulder at the doorway of the shop, “Well, boy, are you convinced? Or are you going to hit him and drag him back to your big, overdesigned battleship?” Someone puts their hand on your shoulder. You slowly crane your head to look at it. It's a big, rough paw of a hand, with extensive calluses and scarring on the knuckles. It's attached to an arm in a black leather sleeve, with a bag of groceries dangling around the wrist, “You're really sure about this, Caesar? You want to do it alone? If you do this now, I can't help you. Not while the negotiations are going on.”>[Yes, now!]>[No, I'll wait]
>>1340406Chances are the X was indeed piloted by Floyd if they talked thoroughly about this before their final fight. Merrow Sr wouldn't be easy to fool there. Either way, A Orange Peko mech suits me fine. Especially once the Kaiser gets a biocore and somehow 'remembers' Belegor the traitor.
>>1340439>>[Yes, now!]Time to be impulsive
>>1340439>>[No, I'll wait]We are a kestrel. We work as a team. HOWEVER, we want a part that can actively help instead of being hidden away. No being confined in our bedroom.
>>1340439>[Yes, now!]no time like the present to do something stupid
>>1340439>>[No, I'll wait]knowing when to strike is as important as knowing where
>>1340439>>[No, I'll wait]Now that I know what i have to do. I only have one shot at this. I'll get it done and do it right.
>>1340439>[Yes, now!]Especially when all the Avalonian security measures are fully on the negotiation. If I get caught, you can deny responsibility and you can get more rope to deal with Fairchild.
>>1340439>>[Yes, now!]Ah screw it. Changin' vote. >>1340466Lets do this ceasar.
I just had a horrible thought. We keep hearing Belegor this and Belegor that. But we never really face Belegor as a villain.
>>1340439>No, I'll wait.
Honestly, this is the sort of thing where we should work together. We can do something risky, but timing it with Roarke and working with him makes things easier for everyone. We can be hotblooded leading the charge, not when we get caught alone.Sides, Moe said he'd help us too. Bros are needed to fight against greenman hoes.
>>1340439>>[No, I'll wait]
>>1340439>[Yes, now!]I'm glad Thor can't keep my power out for long.
>>1340439>[Yes, now!]"Think like an overly romantic elf fag. Odds are it would actually improve their opinion."
>>1340559>>1340529We really don't use the 10 int or situational cool we are given.
>>1340572I've no idea if that's supposed to be an insult or what. I'm pretty sure it's not even a proper sentence.
>>1340439>[No, I'll wait]
>>1340584We are a genius who has 10 cool for these sort of situations and our plan is to rush in with no help or aid and putting the whole thing in jeopardy. Thunderbird wanted to cut off a guy's hair to make a fake beard.
>>1340603Well it's good we're not all Thunderbird then, huh? All the more reason to do it.
>>1340603No I wanted to cut off our own hair to make it harder to spot us.
>>1340603>>1340610Thunder's the Id, and Brazilanon is the suppressed Id that wars against it.
>>1340615Ah.. right. Still a bad idea and wouldn't work, but my mistake there.
>>1340630Not really. most people wouldn't think you would shave your head just to escape your room.
>>1340641Except thee are other signs that would make him easy to tell. Teen to start, voice, face aside from hair, his gear, among other things. It wouldn't work against anyone we don't want catching us.
>>1340681>TeenThere are probably dozens of teens in the Kestrels considering Roarke got his start as one>VoiceDon't talk much>FaceSunglasses>GearAlright got me there
>>1340690Isn't our gear just a short stick that turns into a spear? Pretty easy to hide, and nobody knows who Caesar is. How would they know it's him because he has a baton?
“Admiral, why are you here?” You ask the first thing that pops into your head.Despite his sunglasses, he still looks evasive, “Mmm. Dealing with the Duke and General Fairchild was a little too stressful. I thought I'd let Rosita have some fun being a hostess and go see Master. Although, since you're not his pupil, it's probably more polite for you just to call him the Undefeated. We were talking and came down here to pick up some of his favorite spirits when we ran into the Colonel, and then you. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to comment sooner, I was fielding a call from my First Mate about a certain runaway.” He folds his arms and looks pointedly at you, then at Colonel Stern, “Interesting story, by the way.”“It's not one anyone likes telling.” The Colonel replies.“I suppose it comes down to a difference in philosophy, then. I can't wait like that when human lives are at risk.” Roarke Starwind shakes his head, “So, Caesar, what will it be?”“Admiral...” You hesitate, it's a hard decision, “I have to do this myself. If I accept your help, that could jeopardize your position, and more importantly they won't be expecting it.”He smiles and nods, “I thought so. I can't hold it against you, wanting to go someplace dangerous to rescue someone you love. I won't say it's wise, but then, I really have no grounds to talk there, do I?” He throws his head back, and starts laughing.You join in, but then keel over as his fist hits you so hard in the pit of your stomach you fold over around it, toes lifting off the ground. You fall, and clap your hand over your mouth, barely managing not to puke. Admiral Starwind is still smiling, “That was for the engineer you struck. You're still an Iron Kestrel, Caesar, that means he was your brother.” He offers you his hand, and helps you back up as you gape like a landed fish trying to draw back in the breath you lost. “Never forget that. You okay?”You nod, teary-eyed. He grins and pats your head, “Good man. Dust yourself off and go save your girl.”“So, you'll tell the First Mate I'm free to go?” You ask, your voice sounding tinny and feeble.“No. If you can't get away from Miles, you're not ready to handle the Avalonians. At least one of them is good enough to even be a challenge for me.” He shrugs, “Besides, there's a bigger reason I had you confined to quarters. Fairchild. I don't think for a second she's not planning some kind of sneaky bullshit to steal you back, and screw me over in the process. Miles gumming up her plans as much as possible is useful, if worst comes to it she'll be your backup in the process of bringing you in. Do your best.” He takes a seat at the table, “So, Master, is it my turn yet? You two take forever doing your moves.”>[Anything else to ask, or request?]>[You're good, time to go]
>>1340718>Any last minute advice?
>>1340718>[Anything else to ask, or request?]Ask him to tell Dave from Engineering sorry and that Caesar'll make it up to him.Also ask if Roarke knew Dave from Engineering was made of solid rock.
>>1340718Is Moe around, I need some advise on infiltrating enemy ships.
>>1340742But Moe failed horribly.
>>1340742>Get captured.>Have a Terran madman as a cellmate>Get a UJCIDF spy to rig the cell doors to open
>>1340742I don't know how well him telling us "seduce older women in need of love" would help, but you never know.
>>1340759>Gain Waifu>Gain ally for Iron Kestrels>Gain SOUL mechFrom my point of view, Moe succeeded.
>>1340760>Seduce enemy commanding officer
>>1340770Oh he ended up winning in the end.but only by failing at stealth.
>>1340770Moe bumbled his way to first place
>>1340718Advice, anything we can use for our infiltration. We could probably time it so it's more successful, or see something we can use. Like when the pallies are going to be away from the ship. Could probably send intel as well if worse comes to worse.
>>1340191>“That's stupid.” You protest, “Come on, had he seriously never read a book in his life or played any video games? There would be a catch, there's always a catch. She would have had her memories wiped or be enslaved to the Green Men and hating him for it or...or...”>Both old men burst into laughter. Shen Xifeng slaps his knee, “EXACTLY like Rudolph!”Alright, I laughed.
>>1340773does stroking Rothschild's boner for romance and chivalry count as seduction?
>>1340834counts as gay
>>1340846>>1340847If he says, "No Homo" afterwards?
>>1340718< Do we have any Avalonian uniformsGet Lori to help us get it right and a crash course on how to act.
>>1340846>>1340847the boner's metaphorical guys, come on.its not metaphorical at all, is it?
>>1340853Then it doesnt count as seducing?
>>1340853Still pretty gay.>>1340866The boner was in you all along.
>>1340874>The boner was in you all along.That's REALLY gay.
>yfw the best counter against rothschild might be a gay dude who wants him.
>>1340888So, that Martian ground control person a while ago?
>>1340107>>1340126>“Ji Xifeng died a true hero. More importantly, she lived as one. She was tireless, brave, with constant wit and a smile that never faltered. She wasn't just a great woman, she was a great person, relatable, martial, and down-to-earth. She was a hero in a practically Hellenic sense, so far above everyone else in terms of skill...at least in those days...that it was practically incomprehensible. She took in the Orange Pekoe kids and made us more than expendable child soldiers. She made us part of her family. In our own way, we all loved her, the five of us. Myself, Belegor, Josiah, Alexander, and Leroy. Especially Leroy. He was willing to compete with Floyd and your father for her, and that took some guts. Even when her own mother worked to cover up the things she did, she took it with a smile and a joke, it was never about fame for her.” The Colonel takes another sip.>Shen Xifeng snorts, “Not a chance. Valerie Fairchild never could stand the fact that Ji chose to go with me and take my name rather than live with her. She was Terran, they're not used to anyone saying no to them. So she did everything she could to ruin her career and stamp out her name...until she died. After that, I believe she felt some kind of regret, and worse, a need to prove to herself that it was her genes and influence, not mine, that made Ji such an exceptional human. I don't know who Hermione's father is, or if she even has a father. All I know is that after the divorce Valerie had another daughter and relentlessly pushed her to succeed at any cost, especially once Ji became famous, even more once Ji passed. I don't know any more details, nor do I want to, but from what I've heard and what my pupil Roarke tells me there is a deep sickness in her spirit. Perhaps she never got to prove herself before Valerie died in that fire a few months before the war ended, perhaps that's what drives her.”Well, there's some insults we can save for Fairchild."You'll never be a hero, Fairchild. No matter how much you twist the truth. I guess that's why you settled for being a monster."
>>1340903Just tell her that being second fiddle is just a natural part of her life. I mean her sister was better than her in everything, our dad won our mom, we won Clemmy from her.
“Any last minute advice?” You ask, leaning against one of the poles holding up the awning over the tables until you're sure you have your breath back.Admiral Starwind nods, “Don't swing your fist unless you're sure you can hit.”“I mean, about infiltrating a starship.” You elucidate.He shrugs, “Sometimes a disguise doesn't work and you have to go in there openly, but these are Avalonians, a daring plan might impress them more. You're right, you can't really go over to these people. I've been sleeping with one, and I'm still no fan of their Lady. However, if they think you're valuable, they won't hurt you, and as long as you're alive and sane you can escape later...which, itself, is the real gamble you're taking. They might really have spores that Loriette doesn't know about.”The Colonel facepalms, “You're sleeping with the Paladin.”The Undefeated looks completely unsurprised.The Admiral facepalms too, “I shouldn't have said that out loud, but nothing anyone else can say is scarier than what Fatima already did, so it doesn't matter. The point is, be alert, and if you need help don't hesitate to contact me by any means necessary. I'm not a politician, not a proper one anyway, I'm the leader of a pirate crew and you're part of it, screw the ramifications. You're under my protection, and that means something to me.” Simple words, but as serious as the Black Ogre's fists. "Maybe I need an Avalonian uniform, do you have any?" You ask.He shakes his head, "No, and I'm not sure Loriette's ship would have any that are useful to you. Avalonians love their heraldry, and from what I can tell soldiers serving different nobles can be distinguished at a glance. You'd need one from one of the Duke's people to pass as part of their crew. Fortunately, it's a big ship, he can't possibly know everyone."You smile and nod jerkily, “Tell Dave from Engineering I'm sorry, and that he's really tough.”“I'll let him know personally. Good luck, Caesar.” Admiral Starwind smiles, and you set off.[Continued]
>>1340903>>1340916Also,>Hurts doesn't it. That you'll never amount to anything but in the shadow and as the stepping stone of better people
>>1340918>“I shouldn't have said that out loud, but nothing anyone else can say is scarier than what Fatima already did, so it doesn't matter.What did fatima do again
>>1340928Probably that whole sit down with Sam and Clemmy
>>1340928explained the long and bloody history of green men biological warfare. or " heres a long list of reasons why you should not have and should never again lay with that spore ridden whore"
Game resumes Friday. I know it was a short night with a relatively low postcount, but important decisions had to be made.
>>1340988Well, good run, even though I was out for most of this due to fixing internet...and buying X-wing miniatures.
>>1340919Why are we trying to hurt her with words? Keep our mouths shut until we can get her to spoil the negotiations.Also we need to phrase them to sound like compliments so people don't know we're baiting her.
>>1340874Hey Dutchy, I've got a present for you.__The Dutch Shell AKA The Bully BugMedium Striker Torso: C/S/K 8, 4 tonsMedium Striker Head: C/S/K 4, 2 tonsMedium Striker L. Arm: C/S/K 5, 2 tonsLeft G. Hand: 8.5 CP, 1 Space, 4 Kills, +2WA, 2 tonsMedium Striker R. Arm: C/S/K 5, 2 tonsRight G. Hand: 8.5 CP, 1 Space, 4 Kills, +2WA, 2 tonsMedium Striker L. Leg: C/S/K 5, 2 tonsMedium Striker R. Leg: C/S/K 5, 2 tons 48 Cp 18 tons Heavy Striker Armor, all servos. 30 Cp 15 tonsMain Sensors (Head): 4 CP, 1 Space, 2 Kills, 1 tonBackup Sensors (Torso): 2 CP, 2 Spaces, 2 Kills, 1 ton (84 cp, 35 tons) Options: Design and Decor in the shape of shoulder spikes and general aesthetic.(+ 2 Cl, 1 Cp, space), Cross servo melee link; 6 cp (92 cp, 35 tons) Armament:Eye Beam(head mounted): Beam weapon, 1 kill, WA +3, anti-missile 3 CP 0.5 tons 95 CP, 35.5 tons Thrusters: 5 per leg, 4 in one arm, 3 in the shield arm, 2 torso 19 total for 13 MA for Standard.Boosterpack: 5 CP Booster pack with Max boost of 10. Balance mod of 0.5 119 CP, 35.5 tons Special: [Total Multiplier: 1.37 * 119 = 163 CP ]-Internal Automation: [Cost: X.7, Space: 1 (Torso)] - Level 10 - Portfolio 3 (Piloting, Awareness, Fighting)-Regenerating Techno-Organics: [Cost: X.67] - +1 MV - Damaged Weapons and Limbs Regenerate 1K Every Round - 10% of CP Regens Every Day - -1 Penalty for Every System Destroyed 282 CP, 35.5 Tons
>>1340999Nah mine was meant to say just to hurt her nothing more, save it for when we can be a giant dick.
>>1340918So, we need to be somewhat valuable to them...or daring enough to impress them.And we can't disguise ourselves until we get on that ship. And even then, we might have to do some Hitman-style uniform switching before we get the right ones.The daring / valuable part is how we get in. The uniforms are one way to get around.
>>1340919Ex: In a way your devotion at least reminds me of the stories of ji Xifeng. She must have been quite the inspiration to you. I think I heard she even had a sidekick with Pink hair as well, did you dream of one day fighting for humanity beside her?How lucky you are to have this time of relative peace to avoid walking that terrible path behind her though.I'm sure your Mother, I saw a painting of her once, must be very proud that while Ji and others fought on the battlefield you were able to rise within the ranks based on your political skills alone.Stuff like that. Even better if we sound as sincere as possible.Then casually congratulate her, you heard she might be a grand Auntie.
>>1341005Now there's a Shell that could.
Wonder why it was so dead tonight?
>>1341055Middle of the week. And it's a fluff thread tonight.
>>1341055a number of writeins needed.
>>1341041Let's be honest, if the Mandible could fly, it'd be pretty terrifying.
Ok, rereading the old threads, I think Wong made a booboo in regards to the Undefeated's wife. He mentioned that his wife and daughter died in the war and therefore retired from the UJCIDF. Here, he mentioned that his wife is actually Valerie Fairchild who managed to have another child after divorcing him.
>>1341093She did die during the war, technically. I did actually change that detail, but what he said originally wasn't technically wrong, just missing the qualifier "ex" before "wife"...and can you blame him?
>>1341105No. Thanks for clearing it up.
>>1341005>>1341041>>1341072It's really hard to find a humanoid bug that doesn't merge on a "Little Engine that Could" background.
>>1341115I take it you didn't see the Predator Hard Shell I posted last thread?That thing could give the Kaiser an almost fair fight. The Kaiser would eventually Win though. I think. Its got better armor.It's an absolute nightmare for most Mechs though.
>>1341131Nope, didn't see it. Or I did and forgot. One of the two.
>>1341105Did Harlock kill Pomade yet?
>>1341137Here it is again:PREDATORServos/Limbs: [Total: 46 CP, 21 Tons]Medium Weight Torso: C/S/K 12, 6 tonsMedium Weight Head: C/S/K 6, 3 tonsMedium Weight L. Arm: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsMedium Weight R. Arm: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsMedium Weight L. Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsMedium Weight R. Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsArmor: Beta Medium Weight (6 SP, 9 CP, 3 tons) on all locations, does not ablate from damage caused by attacks dealing less than 4 Kills [Total: 54 CP, 18 Tons]Frame Cost: 100 CPFrame Weight: 39 TonsCockpit: N/APower Plant: Fuel Based [Multiple Fuels, No Modifiers]Sensors:-Main (Head): Heavy Striker, 4 CP, 1 Space, 1 Kill, .5 ton-Backup (Torso): 2 CP, 2 Spaces, 2 Kills, 1 tonArmament: [141 CP, 15 Tons]-2X Claws: WA +2, 7K (6K Structure), AP, Handy, Quick, 53.5 CP, 1 Space, 3 Tons. [Interservo Melee Link: 7 CP]-2X Arm-Mounted Shields: DA 0, SP 9, 13.5 CP, 1 Space, 4.5 tonsArmed Frame Cost: 247 CPArmed Frame Weight: 55.5 TonsThrusters: 12 MA [ .45 * 55.5 = 25 | 25 Spaces ( 7 in Each Leg, 5 in Each Arm, 2 in Torso, 1 in Head ) | 25 CP ]Special: [Total Multiplier: 1.37 * 272 = 373 CP ]-Internal Automation: [Cost: X.7, Space: 1 (Torso)] - Level 10 - Portfolio 3 (Piloting, Awareness, Fighting)-Regenerating Techno-Organics: [Cost: X.67] - +1 MV - Damaged Weapons and Limbs Regenerate 1K Every Round - 10% of CP Regens Every Day - -1 Penalty for Every System DestroyedWeight Efficiency: 13 CP [ 6.5 * 2 = 13 ]Total Frame Cost: 633 CPTotal Frame Weight: 49 Tons
>>1341155Well if we're just posting mechs we've made https://pastebin.com/vf7Gzbkp
>>1341168Hey kids, do you like -HARPIES-?-KINGFISHER--SERVOS-H.Striker Head C/S/K 5, 2.5 tons H.Striker Torso C/S/K 10, 5 tons H. Striker Left Arm C/S/K 6, 2.5 tons +1 melee H. Striker Right Arm C/S/K 6, 2.5 tons +1 MeleeLeft Hand C/S/K 2/1/1, 0.5 tons Right Hand C/S/K 2/1/1, 0.5 tons H Striker Left Leg C/S/K 6, 2.5 tons +2 MeleeH Striker Right Leg C/S/K 6, 2.5 tons +2 MeleeH.Striker Left Wing C/S/K 5, 2.5 tons + 50 meters H.Striker Right Wing C/S/K 5, 2.5 tons + 50 meters-ARMOR-Medium Officers Beta armor ( head, torso) 12 Cp, 6 tons Heavy Striker Officers Beta armor ( Arms, Legs, Wings) 30 Cp , 15 tons -SENSORS- Main sensors (head): 4 cp , 1 space, 0.5 tons, 11 km range-OPTIONS-Head Cockpit with Environment Pod (2 CP, 2 Spaces), Liftwire (0.3 CP), Spotlights (0.2 CP), Interservo Melee Link (Talons, 6 CP), Deluxe Anti-Theft Lock (0.4 CP), Stereo (0.1 CP), torso weapon mount (2 CP, 2 Spaces) -WEAPONS--TALONS- X 2 ( Leg Mounted): (Stats show individual talon) WA +1, 6k (4K+2), 4 Structure, Quick, Handy, Clumsy, 2 tons, 1.5 spaces, 6 Cp (4.5 base, 1.5 Space Efficiency) -BRUTE MISSILE LAUNCHER- (Handheld): WA+2, 6K, 450 meter range, 16 Missiles, 5 Structure, 2.5 tons, 6 spaces, 16.5 Cp (13 base, 3.5 Space Efficiency) -TRIPLE CROWN- (wing mounted missile launcher): WA+3, 12K, 600 meter range, 3 missiles, 2 structure, 1 ton, 4.5 spaces, 9 CP ( 7.5 base, 1.5 Space Efficiency) -PIRANHA- (wing mounted missile launcher): WA 0, 5k, 400 meter range (3,200 max range), 8 missiles, 2 structure 1 ton, Smart 2, 5 spaces, 15 CP (12 base, 3 Space Efficiency) -MEDIUM STRIKER SHIELD-( arm mounted shield): DA 0, 7 Sp, 3.5 tons, 1 space, 10.5 Cp-MANEUVERABILITY-Thrusters:18 thrusters, (4 per leg, 8 in torso, 1 per arm,) 400 meters of flight ( 500 due to wings) Verniers: 5 Verniers , ( 1 in head, 2 in each arm) Speed: Standerd speed: 500 meters of flight, 100 meters of walking Jet speed: 1000 meters of flightweight: 57.5 tons MV: -5 (-4 Due to Verniers) (-6 in Jet mode) Final cost: 267.5 CP
>>1341299addendum: armor is standard ablative armor,
>>1341055Persona 5 released two days ago.
>>1341299Honestly, this really just emphasizes how expensive transformations are. And that the jet form is really not worth it. Seriously, you'd be better off just buying additional thrusters for that speed boost.
We didn't really talk about it but yesterday was our one year anniversary.
>>1342218Aye. Sometimes it is better to not make a big deal of such things, though. Besides, that back story info was a pretty good anniversary gift. We know more about the heroes of the war, ways to needle Fairchild, and the Kaiser's origin.
>>1342273Probably the best gift we can get. Plus we got some info on how to get in an Avalonian ship and move around.
>>1342488I think in terms of insults, I think the biggest will be this; for all she does and all she tries, the fact remains that she herself was a vessel for her Mother. A doll designed to be better than the daughter who abandoned her for her actions who became a true hero of the war. A doll, that would never be able to step out of their shadows. So, out of greed, she does everything she can to make her mother proud and hoping to fill a void that would never close, no matter how many lives she destroys to do so. She will never be a hero like her half sister. She will never be as powerful as her mother. She will never grow as a person as her subordinates. For fairchild, she will ever remain a child trying to fill clothing that will never suit her.
This info also explains Jesus. He was brought in to be Floyd Beck mk.2
>>1342822The Full Frontal equivalent will be a Beck clone with some of his memories but none of what made him great.
>>1341155I'm glad I showed you lot the Hard Shells in the first place. I still adore their concept, and think they deserved more love.
>>1342935When you get down to it, making a Hard Shell is really just applying a template to a preexisting mech. The example Hard Shells suck because the mechs they were made out of suck.Although, the Mandible would be a significant threat if it could fly. 0 MV and +3 to attacks with its sword. Even a novice would be dangerous in that thing.
>>1343108Right? And a shock weapon too. Shock weapons also seem very popular with Hard Shells.
And a thought hit me. During their duel, did Floyd say that Ji was like a mother to him?
So that all just happened
>>1343688What did? Did I miss something?
>>1343688It's happening...oh, boy.
>>1343734Its not even boots on the ground yet.
>>1343734I'll wait a bit. As large as it sounds, something feels off and the media being overly dramatic most of the time does not help. The fact there is no casualties seems off as well.
>>1343776I hope its saber rattling but who can be sure.
>>1343784i hope so too. it's worrying.
>>1343784Considering how the media plays and the oddly large ammount of shilling, it makes me think that they are making a mountain of this. There have been drone strikes and a lot of bull over smaller things than gas attacks.
>>1343784>>1343776apparently it was a bare bones airfield that was hit, staff lived off base. might have fucked up equipment and planes. maybe a person or twoi'm thinking Trump didn't wanna be seen like Obama was after his "Red line" spectacleon a plus side, this takes the momentum out of the Trump-Russia thing pretty well
>>1343803You say that, but I hear some saying Russia was informed beforehand to stay away. Still, attacking a airport base seems really.. dull compared to everything else over there. Just seems like inflation and fear spreading.
>>1343830basically the entire thing could be nothing but international Dick waving
>>1343853Kinda. basically, the Syrians broke that deal they made a few years back, and the U.S responded. >>1343830the Russian got told in advance because we are not at war with Russia, and we don't want to be if we can help it.
God fucking damn I love watching Trump remind the world that America is America.
>>1343883hey, at least /pol/ gets a Happening. we haven't had a good one in a while
I don't think the mods like that thread, all the posts are being deleted.
>>1343897Rolling Sticky mate, only 1000 posts are kept at a time. helps keep the site running fine
>>1343901Oh, didn't know pol had that. I never go there.
>>1343883So it's a case of 'talk shit, get hit'. An actual warning for actions caused. Would certainly serve to prove a point, though if Assad is smart, he'll back off. Still, the screaming will continue for a while. Just need to gather data.
>>1343902when Happenings happen, if the sticky isn't done like that, the thread will get huge as hell and start causing server problems for the site.
>>1343906Also a reminder that if you fuck with us we'll drop ~60 Tomahawks on you.
>>1343944The line in the sand drawn.
>>1343944Beats drawing out a conflict for a decade. Sometimes you need to be decisive.
>>1343944In one minute.
>>1343944Akai would be proud.
And as a late gift, here is Atlas, Aka the Trojan. It hits things like a wrecking ball with it's 20 kill ap ball and chain. Here's the bin https://pastebin.com/YwY1ZxBR and here's some theme music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOO7cT0ecOIenjoy.
Is there any picture/photobash available of the most recent Knuckle Kaiser? Or in its defect, can someone tell me in detail how it looks?i want to make something special, now that i have the time.
>>1344456Don't think we've ever gotten a description of the mk II. Probably best to ask Wong when we run tomorrow.
>>1344456>>1344529It's the Kabakali from the Not!TurnA gundam IIRC. The Photoshop removed the back fin and replaced the head.Too lazy to dig up the actual pic.
Forgot to say earlier but IBO ended shitIt was fine until the fucking Dainsleif's started being used constantly
I'm thinking Fairchild is the Boba Fett of Project Neverland, which is to say an unaltered clone raised as a normal kid. Except I guess Boba Fett joined the Republic/Empire and became a massive tool instead of a badass bounty hunter.
>>1345564In a way, it ended logically. The Orphans were really not good at planning and Orga for all his charisma, was not a good leader when it came to bigger things. They did manage to do their job, and in a way they cleared out a lot of shit. Iok died like a bitch as well so that felt satisfying.
>>1345690I didnt mind that they all got wrecked, just that they got wrecked by the same bitch move repeatedly. Oh looks like there might be some tension here, how about we completely wreck it with another dainsleif firing squad
>>1345696Story wise, I can understand that. A weapon that breaks everything removes tension. But at the same time, it's the sort of thing that makes logical sense when dealing with nigh super human foes. Honestly, what bothers me more is the fact that the villains had thicker plot armor than the heroes when they should be caught. Iok especially for constantly fucking over everything for everyone ever for the dumbest reasons.
>>1345891Its one thing to use the super illegal super weapon in space with no repercussions but shooting it at a planet from orbit is a bit much. Someone must have spotted that shit.Also the mobile armour managed to be a busted as shit super weapon but still be handled interestingly.What was even the point of the gundams if they could just go fuck everything with the dainsleif?
>>1345928Because logistically, they would be horrible against mobile armors. Those bits would get in the way, and the solid metal is just more food. Those sort of firing lines mean nothing when the enemy just sends a wave of expendables, but said expendables are useless against an ace. So you send the Gundams out to deal with the big guy, the dainslef as support fire to keep enough heat off so they can do their job. The fact they are slow to reload makes it tougher to use them in a rushed conflict as well.
>>1345958Just bombard him from space like they did the two guys. No way a pluma can tank one of those shots anyway.
Game will start late and end late tonight, having dinner early.
>>1346432Any chance we can get a write up of what the Kaiser mk II looks like?
YOU ARE: Ensign Heinrich “Caesar” Merrow (Age 17)Attractiveness: 7Body Type: 7Cool: 10 [5 normally] (Fast Talk & Persuasion +4, Leadership +4, Intimidation +4, Seduction +2)Empathy: 6Intelligence: 10[Education]: +3Luck: 8Movement Allowance: 6Reflexes: 10 (Dodge & Escape 7, Hand-to-Hand 5, Mecha Fighting +6 Mecha Melee +8, Mecha Pilot +8, Melee 7, Motorcycle +5, Stealth +3, Zero-G +3)Technical Ability: 7Rookie Bonus: Backup ProtagonistLuck Points 8 (refreshes at end of session), Maneuver Pool 3 (refreshes at end of combat, otherwise identical to Luck)
>>1346550>Backup Protagonistthat doesn't sound good for Roarke
>>1346550>Rookie Bonus: Backup Protagonist>Amos has Anime Hero as his bonus.There is some major irony going on here.
>>1346575>>1346594It was anime hero for both of them until I remembered someone joking about Caesar being a backup protagonist.
>>1346606Ahhh, for a second I though Amos actually usurped Caesar's protagonist title from him.
You hit the streets, coming up with the best way to frame insults for General Fairchild next time you see her again, “Too bad, so sad, you're only a shadow of your half-sister~” You say to yourself in a whisper. A couple, passing by on the other side of the street, gives you a strange look.There's more traffic here. You can already see crowds up ahead at the trendy shops that service tourists, the bars, and the bazaars of questionably legitimate goods. Plus, the beach. There's always the beach.You pause for a moment, trying to think of a plan. You know where the Avalonian ship is docked, and surely there are guards there...or you could wander around and hope you run into one so you can knock him out with your stun baton and take his stuff. You only live once.At that precise moment, your PC buzzes, and you turn your head and look down to fumble it out of your pocket. Just as you do, something slides through your hair like a comb. You jump, and stare when you see, sticking out of the wall of a building, a tranq needle still quivering from the force of impact.You spot something gleaming on top of a marketplace building, and break into a run. The first step of any plan is getting the fuck away from a sniper.>[Steal a vehicle of some kind]>[Go on foot]
>>1346641>[Steal a vehicle of some kind]Gotta go fast
>>1346641>[Go on foot]Harder to hit someone running around and diving behind shit than in a car. Besides just go in a building and leave through another exit.
>>1346641>[Go on foot]Assuming that this is Miles, I'm not sure a vehicle is going last long.
>>1346641>>[Steal a vehicle of some kind]Caesar has a pretty good ride score so he could motor on a bike.
>>1346641>[Go on foot]tie breaker
>>1346641>>[Steal a vehicle of some kind]RUN CEASAR RUN!Back after being really sick for the last days... Lets do this.
>>1346641>>[Steal a vehicle of some kind]Oh boy, a sniper
>>1346729I don't know what would be worse, Miles... Or Keith.
if we steal a vehicle we are going to get chased by the local police force on top of miles
>>1346746We just need to shout at them in weeaboospeak and they will assume that we are part of the "Storm Dragon pimp my mech" crew.... They are already used to it.And thats why they will chase us even harder, providing us cover for our escape!
Why are these votes always so close? It looks like stealing a vehicle is the winner.
>>1346780The choices are usually pretty balanced so its closer to even.
You know... Didn't Fairchild promised Keith that she would let him see Lysa again on the concert?...What if she sent him to capture Cesar back? He is already one of the few people to know the truth about Ceasar's situation... Don't you guys think that is what is probably happening here?
You can't get away fast enough on foot. Also, that building is the tallest one around, modeled after a much taller version of an Ancient Roman temple, so you know they'll have a lot of space they can see. So, you do the obvious thing. “Psshh, yeah, like, my dad totally owns a vacation home on Europa, babe. I'm just sayin'. He's a SENATOR, we don't have to follow the rules little people do. We can get your record expunged if you licky licky my sticky wicky real quicky and...” Oh look, some guy wearing a tryhard attempt at faux-pirate fashion with an overtooled bike is leaning uncomfortably close over a working girl trying unsuccessfully to push her foodcart past his bike.So you grab his arm and judo-flip him into the gutter just like Clemmy taught you, swing your leg over the bike, and give her a dazzling smile, “H-hi, don't tell the cops what I look like.” You fail miserably to look confident, but she still blushes.You rev the bike and speed off.>[Give me 1d10+17]
Rolled 1 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1346805Rolling time
Rolled 7 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1346805GRAND THEFT AUTOOOO
>>1346797yeah if it's keith we need to git da fug outta dodge
Rolled 4 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1346805
>>1346797It might not be keith. It might be miles.
Rolled 4 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1346808>>1346809
>>1346808>start bike>get hit by tranq and crash and die
Rolled 2 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1346809
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1346805May destiny help us all.>>1346808>inb4 crashing
Luckily whoever's shooting at you aimed to fuck up your bike rather than you, probably because you're wanted alive and having you in a bike crash would be awful.Roll 1d10+15 to keep control of the bike.
Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1346840add 3 luck
Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1346840
Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1346840Let's do it.
>>1346851>3 great rollswe controlled the fuck outta that bike
>>1346855We ghost rided the bike while half asleep.
>>1346868Apparently, the shot fixed something on that bike.>Shot off stuff that was making it bad
>>1346846>>1346847>>1346851All of those arcade games sure paid off!
>>1346885He did beat battletoads. That means he went through those bullshit speeder parts.
The jetbike is a big, metallic-blue number. A bit more of a dick compensator than your familiar sleek white model with the aeroscoops and sculpted chassis, but despite being a lot flashier this isn't actually as expensive a model. At least, at its base. As you grip the overdone REAL LEATHER handlebars and set off down the road, you hear a godawful WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO from the jets. That subhuman has installed a whistle tip. A fucking whistle tip. You're overwhelmed with disgust for a brief, fatal instant. In that instant, a tranq needle hits the whistle tip and it vanishes into the thruster jet. The bike jerks, as if hiccuping. Another needle zips past your face. For most people, the only question would be whether they survived the crash. Most people haven't played as many racing games as you have. Most people haven't also played shitty racing sections with bad controls in non-racing games as obsessively as you have. For you, a problem controlling your bike is nothing worth worrying about. You barely notice as your ride fishtails wildly, hitting a bump in the road...and on pure impulse, you rear it up, spinning in a perfect 360-hot-dog flip and kicking it into next gear. The whistle tip drops free, bouncing off the ground, and you land perfectly, speeding away down the road and slipping the bike between hurrying crowds of people. >[Break LoS and escape into a store]>[Tell the police a stalker is chasing you]>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]
>>1346973>>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]ride like the wind
>>1346973>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]turn on the radio as well
>>1346973>[Break LoS and escape into a store]Whoever they are they aren't going to to shooting up a store on Auditorium
>>1346973He has the highest ground, plus he could just relocate. Escaping into a store is gonna make you slower and easier to catch in the long run.>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]
>>1346973>>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]Hang on, let me get some music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuf1qYi7QVo
>>1346973>>[Just ride, ride until you see something worth stopping for]We need Buddyanon with his eurobeat here.
>>1347050Pulling this before I have to go somewhere. Will still follow the thread, thoughhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crDZo3j-xss
>>1347050No, now is the time for Caesar to trying gaining back his main protag title. To rescue his girl as a heroic mech pilot. It is time, to be the super robot pilot.. with JAM MUSIC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgfwyfVZyng
>>1347069JAM Project is always good.
There are ways you could flat-out escape, lose yourself, even sicc Red Siren's enforcers on your assailant, since you know where they are...but instead, you ride.Riding is simple. Riding is pure. If it weren't for jetbikes and mecha, you're not sure why you'd ever go outside your room. You let the wind caress your hair, and once you clear the crowds you stay alert but no more tranq darts come your way. You heave a sigh of relief, and turn on the radio. For now, at least, it's okay to just cruise. The jetbike may have been modded and customized to a disgusting degree, but it has a good engine underneath it. Best of all, the DJ is hyping up the tournament by playing appropriate music for a hotblooded mechjockey like yourself, so you shut up and jam. Soon, you're clear of the shops, the beach and lake glittering nearby.“Ah, look, a real seagull! It's not animatronic or anything!” A girl points, and a boy jerks her back out of the road even though you were probably well clear of her.“C-Cathy, that's dangerous!” Wait a second, you know that voice. Only, it's attached to a straight-backed young man with short, dark hair and a pointed chin, wearing a UJCIDF Lieutenant uniform. For a moment, your eyes meet, “C...CAAAAESAR!” It's not a question.You start to speed past, but there's no escaping his plaintive expression. You spin the jetbike in a neat semicircle to face Simon Biggs, one of your oldest friends, and come to a halt.A cool wind ripples off the lake, ruffling your hair.“Up next, Starship Trooper by Yes! It's, uh, a request from someone named Dude McCool.” The DJ announces.A guitar string ripples.“Caesar, that's really you, isn't it?” Simon asks. He looks like he's on the verge of being his usual emotional self.You nod, not quite trusting yourself to speak. Even Simon is a Lieutenant now? What the hell happened on Qu'lir, and what the hell have you been doing? Although to be fair, you were in SOUL A and the Qu'liri operation was overseen by General Fairchild for the SOUL portions if you believe JNN, so it makes sense to you that some political bullshit happened.“Why...why are you dressed like a pirate? You're not one of the Iron Kestrels, are you...are you on a mission, infiltrating them?”>[Tell Simon the truth]>[Lie to Simon]
>>1347127>[Tell Simon the truth] Guy's a bro. He deserves honesty, don't he?
>>1347127>>[Tell Simon the truth]This is a terrible idea, but its what Caesar would do.
>>1347127>>[Tell Simon the truth]"Alright, wheres a place where we can sit down. I can't tell this without a drink."
>>1347127>[Tell Simon the truth]
>>1347127"Oh, this? Don't worry about it, I just had change sides after Fairchild did some shady things to kill innocent people and I had to explode Keith after he tried to do a stupid thing because of it... You know, the usual..."
>>1347127>[Tell Simon the truth]simon..niemi turned out to be a green man the avolonians want her because she is is a greenman, and the army with fair child wants her because she's a secret weapon. both are willing to brain wash her so she forgets about the life we had together so I was left with one choice, to join the piraits under one man who would respect my wish's to live my life with the girl I love.I'm sorry Simon but I had to do this
>>1347127>>1347164"You should see how the K-Swordfish is now though, my father and half of Jupiter would have a heart attack if they saw it on TV."
>>1347166>My waifu can't be this green!Oda should make an anime about that.Oh wait, leave it to Akai, it will be done as soon as she finishes her shoujo mangá about horse girls dating their Knights.
>>1346561so basically looks just that wong (and the fist bits)?
>>1347166But seriously, lets not go into the greenman part here in the middle of the street... He will think that we got space madness.
>>1347127>[Tell Simon the truth]Simon Listen. ImetareallycutegirlnamedNaomiandwekindasortastarteddatinglikereallydatinganditwasgreatbutshesagreenmancloneandmysquadsabunchofassholessoIquittokeephersafebuttheavaloiansgrabbedherandnowIneedtosaveher. I need to to not tell anyone that you saw me, except for Amos because I might need to borrow his gun.
>>1347127>>[Tell Simon the truth]
>>1347127>>[Tell Simon the truth]If all else, the way things were done were not to our liking. To use people as weapons no matter their background is something we can not abide. Of course we still believe in doing the right thing, but for what we want to do, being with SOUL would not allow it.
Secondary question, since you decided to tell him the truth...does that include the truth about Naomi? What she is, how she joined the military, and what happened to her?
>>1347188>>1347188No talking about the greenmen. In the end, the matter was simple, we were used by the organization we trusted, shot at when we tried to protect what we loved, and are trying to rescue them from those who seek to use her as a weapon. The only one who didn't treat human lives like that were the pirates oddly enough.Still, Simon has grown. I do not expect him to back down.
>>1347222Nah that can be saved for later, maybe when we aren't at war with the Greenmen or on the street where everyone can hear us.
>>1347222Not right now, we don't have the time, nor is this secluded stretch of road the best place for that
>>1347222You know... In the end the greenman thing IS a vital thing to the story, without it something will be cleary missing from it: Its Cause.So... Yeah, I don't think there is really a way to avoid it, but we shouldn't tell it to his face from the start, lets work him a bit into the story and them reveal the final truth later.Also, lets not do that in the middle of the street.
>>1347222No. We don't really need to go into specifics about Naomi. Fairchild being Fairchild and Roarke being Roarke was reason enough for the rest of Soul A (and Clemmy).
tell him that will tell hi about Naomi's condition in a less crowded area next time we meet
You look at what's in the hands of Simon and his girlfriend. Ice cream.Your heart lurches, remembering Naomi accidentally getting ice cream on her nose when you were on a date with her. You remember her not getting your subtle attempts to hint at its presence and how it stood out against her dark skin. Your eyes and heart suddenly feel hot, and too big for the spaces containing them.“I need to sit down for a moment.” You park the bike outside the ice cream shoppe along the road, and order a milkshake before sitting down with them.You get the pleasantries out of the way as you eat your treats. You try, early on, to apologize for interrupting his date, but the girl, one Catherine Nedermeyer, won't hear of it and insists it's nice to meet you, apparently she knows Garret and Amos pretty well too. Or, as she calls him, Famous Amos. “...It's not an act. I really did join the Iron Kestrels, no matter what the official cover-up story is.” You explain.Cathy gasps, covering her mouth with her hands, Simon stares at you as if you'd grown a second head, “W-w-why!? We...we...you and I entered the Academy together...” His hands tighten into fists, “You worked so hard to help me pass even when you were pushed to your limit too. You even told me you were here because your father didn't want you to be. You pushed and pushed and didn't just get into SOUL, you helped the rest of us get in too. You had a dream, Caesar.” He glares at you across the table, “What happened to that dream? What happened to being our friend, to believing in the UJCIDF?”>[Well?]
>>1347222When he have her back from Avalon so she isn't made into a greenman proper we can talk, but for now we must rescue her.
>>1347271>"Love happened... Its a long story Simon, I there is no way I can tell you the whole of it at this moment, because even if I did you probably wouldn't believe in me... I almost don't believe it either... But know that I'm still the same Caesar from back them in some sense, I still fight for the same things I did back them: For the things I believe in, and some day I may even go back... But first I would need to save the girl I love from the Avalonian hands, and deal with those that shot us from the back and made us run from our nation like we were criminals..."Too Dramatic? You guys mentioned teenager angst....
>>1347271The UJCIDF betrayed me simon did I tell you about the girl I met yet. well it turns out that both avalon and the UJCIDF are very interested in her and both are willing to brain wash her to control her for their own ends so.. I had to make a choice, Roarke starwind offered us both asylum as members of his crew but Avalon got her first and if you would excuse me I was in the middle of trying to get her back, enjoy your date simon
>>1347271Fairchild and Soul B happened. What she has done stands against what our dream. To use people as sacrifices, pawns, weapons, even tools is not why we joined. Damn it Simon, they were willing to FIRE FIRST AT ME for defending myself and my squad! They tried to have us start a fight with the pirates by cutting our comms! How can we protect humanity when the person who holds our leash doesn't give a shit about it? How can we protect our loved ones when she uses them as tools for her own purpose? How can I still fight for SOUL when doing so stomps on those dreams I had when I entered?!
>>1347271>I'm doing what I have to in order to save my girlfriend Simon. The UJCIDF betrayed us during a battle and Avalon took her and I couldn't save her. I couldn't go back to the people who betrayed us and got her taken away so I did the only thing I could to try and get her back which was join the Kestrels. I'm still your friend Simon and I still want to protect our home from Avalon, but I have to get her back no matter what. I understand if you and the rest of the boys turn your backs on me but I have to do this.
>>1347271>believing in the UJCIDF>That is exactly what got me into this mess Simon... Well that a girl, and people promoted for Familial bonds and sim scores over any practical experience. A mission went bad and then kept getting worse Simon, and then Fairchild pulled the rug out from under me and the choice I was left with was abandon my Girl, or go Pirate. you can see what I chose.
>>1347271Remember, Simon? What I said about modern simgames? All flash and very little substance? That's what my dream was... A pretty dream to cover the rot that is the system. SOUL may have started as this grand goal to restore peace, but Fairchild got her hands on it. And used us to commit more crimes for her own ambitions, whether directly or indirectly. 'Ware Fairchild. She will grind you all into a pulp sooner or later and toss you all aside with nary a thought.
>>1347289>>1347302>>1347309>>1347316>>1347321>>1347324Why do I get the feeling of a super-emo teen writing how the world sucks and is evil and that's why he skipped school for 2 days in a row because his girlfriend of 2 weeks had to move to another state.
>>1347353Because that's what Caesar is right now, I mean he got sad because they were eating Ice Cream. Give him some time and he'll get better.
>>1347353Great, you are almost there anon, now you just need to elevate it by 99999 and give mecha to both them, their parents and the school staff.And then you will have Ceasar now.Huh, I wonder what this makes of Roarke though...
>>1347353Well, if you cut out the robots, explosions, kidnapping and treason, that is Caeser's situation.
>>1347359>I mean he got sad because they were eating Ice Cream>Ice cream>[Angsty Flashbacks]>"muh naomi....">Cry every time ;-;Yep, thats exactly it.
>>1347353Well, replace the moving with kidnapping, and add in giant robots... yeah, pretty much.
>>1347353man his chick got taken and organization that he dreamed of joining and wasting his life to become a part of stabbed him in the back he has a right to be emotional.he's not a smooth operator like roarke so it makes sense as well
>>1347365That cool guy from the bad side of town who's letting him crash on his couch so he doesn't have to go home and explain to his dad why he skipped school for two days
>>1347374Oda is the weeb neighbor who keeps coming over to Jam with him.
>>1347385And all of this quest is the fanfic he writes while bored in classes.
“I discovered something unpleasant about that dream. It was a lot like a modern simgame, all flash and no substance. It relied on everyone being as noble as we wanted to be.” You sip your rapidly melting shake.Simon crushes the paper his ice cream cone came in, “I don't understand.”“Fairchild and SOUL B. They got in the way of my dream. Our dream. We joined the military to make the galaxy a better place, remember? To save people? Not to use them as pawns sacrificed for political purposes.” You slam your fist down on the table, “My squad was supposed to be sacrificed to start a conflict with the Iron Kestrels! Our ship was sabotaged by someone who knew our systems inside and out, a registered member of the crew left over from when it was Fairchild's ship! She sacrificed an entire colony using it as a shield to fight that battleship!” You point semi-randomly at the 'sky', you think you have a good idea of where it's berthed outside the colony, "Every step of the way, SOUL has been used and betrayed to advance the General's fucking career!"Simon looks over at Cathy, “Hey, could you go down to the beach, and get Garret and Amos?”She makes a face, “Ugh, I'll try to be back quickly.” She puts a hand on his shoulder, “...Are you sure? I mean, really sure? This doesn't sound good, maybe I should tell the Colonel.”Simon makes a face, “Cathy, please let me talk to him by myself.”She looks uncertain, but she goes.“Simon, listen, they shot at me for trying to protect Naomi. At a fellow SOUL pilot.” Your voice is anguished, “You're working for someone who is absolutely, pure evil.”He blinks, “Naomi? Um...do I know her?” He looks uncertain.You sigh, “I'll sum it up. I fell in love with my squadmate, it turns out she's a superweapon for the UJCIDF. General Fairchild put her niece second in command of a mission that went pear-shaped when the Iron Kestrels showed up and the Avalonians ended up capturing her.”He frowns, “So why is Admiral Starwind a better choice to rescue her than we are? Caesar, we're your FRIENDS, you're not thinking straight.”You want to claw your own hair out, “Because both sides want to brainwash her into being one of their ace weapons, the only people who DIDN'T want that were the Kestrels, and they took us in after I, uh, broke Keith's mech. He shot first!”“Y-yeah, I bet he did.” Simon mutters.“You've met him, haven't you?” You remark, knowingly.“Y-yeah, you bet I have.” Simon grumbles, wincing, “What kind of superweapon?” Something about the way he says it gives you pause.“I...” You start, and he cuts you off.“Nanobots? Illegal clones? Genemods? I-Is her mech a Paladin designed with our technology?” That last one, he says just a little bit too calmly.You look around. This seems like a weird place for there to be random surveillance and nobody else is within apparent earshot.>[Tell him]>[Don't]
>>1347400Which would explain why a bunch of the mechs are based off of anime and video games
>SOUL is AP courses > Sam's in Theatre >Moe the foreign student who's dating his homeroom teacher >Karens still a nerd >Fairchild's assistant principal >Stern teaches Gym I need to stop
>>1347410>[Don't]Makeup something just don't talk about the Greenman clone
>>1347410>>[Tell him]Cover mouth, whisper into his ear. Defeats lip readers.
>>1347410>half truth Illegal clone of someone from the war. Im not sure who.
>>1347410Illegal clone is close enough to the truth for the time being I guess
>>1347426>>1347419I'm not stopping you, but I'll remind you that Simon knows Caesar extremely well. "Don't" is flat-out not answering his question.
>>1347410I would like to add a very important question onto this; on the off chance we must make the decision, are we willing to end Naomi to save her from a fate worse than death? We could fail. We can't trust either side who would use her. If it comes to brass tacks that she is not savable or doing so risks everyone we trust, are we willing to kill her?
>>1347437All I'll say is that Caesar is very much Merrow's son from what I've read.
>>1347413>>1347415This only gets better.What about Roarke's harem?>>1347410>[Tell him]>"Its... Complicated, but she is a biomoded clone from the time of the war, with over the top HMIS compatibility and jove-knows-what-else... And Avalon has some kind of hypnosis technology to control her, so I need to save her before is too late."
>>1347440Merrow was against ressurecting the girl, but he didn't killed her himself.I don't think that Ceasar would give up that easily, I think that even he fails now he would still look for a way to bring her back or something... But if it was inevitable, he would end up killing her to stop her being the monster she fighted agaisnt.What do you think?>>1347437I'll give you another question.If the memories are a vital part of who we are, and by having both Naomi's memories and the Lady's memories she is not truly either of them... Would Ceasar love whoever cames out of it if she still loves in back? What if she decides to run with him, what if she don't but just tells him to get away to not be hurt by being on the eye of the storm?
>>1347410>[Tell him, but secretly]He knows
>>1347467Considering the plan seems to be wiping naomi to replace her psyche with the Green Ladies, I don't think the question really works. Likewise, the complete change of personality caused by the greenman bits. She may love us, but if she tries to destroy humanity, we still need to stab her.
>>1347410>[Don't]Still too open location.
>>1347496Nobody knows if it'll work completely because(if I'm not mistaken) they never tested it before on equal circunstances(I remember the Duke saying something about that... But I would need to check it before knowing for sure).There is also the fact that we are probably getting her in the middle of the process... So she may ends up with only partial memory of the Lady's experiences, or even if she gets it fully, there is no way to tell if she will become fully a literal walking clone of the lady or if her earlier experiences will tweak it in a way that will end up making her a mix or both....I could try to give you a few examples based on how the development of the mind and the brain complete each other through its formation during the early stages of life and how some things get mostly defined there... But greenman bullshit may turn it useless anyway.Also... The Lady isn't really transfering her counsciousness in this case, just coping her memories to create a second her... So this isn't the usual even for them.
>>1347532Except that has been done several times over the war. Even the Father said he just needed a clone. The AVALONIANS have never done it before and the Lady never explained it to them. This is not a case of copy and pasting the files, this is activating a function put into her, cleaning her entire psyche, then putting the green lady in. Standard Psychology and mental imprinting falls apart considering what they've done. Hell, look at what father did to Palmera; a complete brain wipe until she was just a remote controlled weapon.
“It's complicated.” You beckon him over, and whisper in his ear, “She's a biomodded clone found on Mars after the War. Apparently she was asleep in a vat. When the UJCIDF found out about her existence, they recruited her and fast tracked her into SOUL.”“S-so what are you going to do?” Simon asks, oddly neutrally.“I'm going to go get her ba-” You don't get to finish the word.Suddenly, you're on the ground, and your ears are ringing. Your cheek stings. Simon rubs his palm against his uniform as if wiping off something greasy, “A Green Men clone.” He says tonelessly. You didn't even see him move to hit you. He's gotten faster. Damn it, this is the second time someone's hit you out of nowhere. Next time it happens, you're sticking that stun baton where the light of Sol doesn't reach and frying whoever's responsible.“Simon, what in Tartarus are you doing!?” You haul yourself up to your feet. Your head is still spinning, and you can taste blood in your mouth. You must have bitten your tongue.“On Qu'lir, I saw what the Green Men do to people, Caesar. I saw what their s-servants do to people. I saw one Paladin kill Martian pilots as if she was swatting flies. Casually. Lazily. Just breaking them apart while she waited for us. I s-saw another u-use his battleship's main gun on his own army for a tactical advantage. I don't...I can't even talk about what an actual Green Man does. I have nightmares about it, Caesar. Sometimes I wake up, thinking I'm still back down there in the dark, hearing the skittering of those...those poor people that thing possessed. You're in love with one of them, so you betrayed us to become a pirate and save her? That's a little hard to accept, C-Caesar!” His hands clench into fists. [Continued]
>>1347560More or less the response I was expecting
>>1347560Dangit, didn't get here in time for the vote. Saw this coming. Prepare to have things go very bad unless we do some major diplomancing.
Rolled 10 (1d10)“That's why I need to get her back! Even before she's my girlfriend, she's one of us, Simon!” You roar at him, refusing to back down, “She's a UJCIDF pilot, I won't abandon her to the enemy OR Fairchild! It's not her fault she is what she is. I'm going to go to that damned ship and get her back even if I have to crack it in half with the Swordfish!”“We're soldiers, Caesar! We're expected to die if we have to! I-I even agreed to pilot a mech that could have easily killed me for the sake of Jupiter, I'm sure she'd do the same! On Qu'lir, we ALL put our lives at risk! Many of our soldiers died, and we could easily have died too, but we faced it and we saved an entire planet! Th-that's your problem, Caesar, your ego is making you think nobody else's problems are bigger than yours!” He roars back.“If they can do with her what I suspect they can do with her, then it's fine for me to risk my life! It's worthwhile to stop her from being used as a weapon!” You're not sure when you tensed up into a fighting stance, instinctually preparing for combat.Simon sighs, and takes off his uniform shirt, dropping it onto the table. His muscular structure, as always, weirds you out a little. Despite his small body, it's like tightly packed cords, capable of incredible speed and explosive power, “I'm sorry, C-Caesar. I can't let you do this. I'll stop you, and if I can't, I'll hold out until Amos and Garret get here. You don't need to do this, what you need is h-help. You're t-too close to this.”“I'm sorry it had to come to this.” You draw your baton and whip it out to its full length, lightning crackling along its haft.He smiles sadly, “I guess i-in the end it had to be this way.”Your PC buzzes again.>[Roll 1d10]
>>1347569>>1347568This confrontation was inevitable. better it happen now.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1347573IN THE END I REALIZE
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1347573
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1347573
>>1347574we could have let Simon die like a bitch in his pseudo paladin, then we wouldn't have to deal with his bitch ass now
>>1347573Damn, he punches hard.>>1347574Time to fightSTANDING HERE, I REALIZE
>>1347576Looks like he acts first. Feed me 1d10+17s. You have a proper stun baton now, so no attack penalties.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1347573all our luck on this
Rolled 9 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1347585We can do this add three luck
Rolled 10 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1347585>>1347583YOU'RE JUST LIKE ME, TRYING TO MAKE HISTORY
Rolled 2 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1347585fuck off Shinji we don;t have time for you
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1347585YOU'RE JUST LIKE ME
Rolled 2 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1347588
>>1347594>1 off from megacritDamn
Rolled 2 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1347589BUT WHO'S TO JUDGE THE RIGHT FROM WRONG
Rolled 3 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1347589