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Welcome back, everyone, to the eighty-second installment of Mecha Space Pirate Quest. As always, I'm Wong, your host, and today you are once again Heinrich "Caesar" Merrow, an Iron Kestrel ace and former member of SOUL.

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Last time, you broke out of confinement, stole a jetbike, beat two genuinely good-hearted people who were just looking out for your best interests unconscious, listened to dad stories, accepted help from someone whose identity you don't know, and did a cool flip. You've got a girlfriend to save!
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AWWW YISS! time to be heroic!
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>>1361135
IT BEGINS.
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>>1361135
Time to pillage the enemy castle and save our Princess
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>>1361135
When you put it like that, Caesar sounds like a douche.
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>>1361135
Lets do it
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>>1361185
but he did a cool flip. cool flips cancel out douchy-ness
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When did he do a flip?
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>>1361185
It's the standard MO of teens with hormones a flutter. Pretty sure Amos and Moe are the most stable we have seen.
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>>1361212
I can say for certain I've never met a teenager that beat multiple people who wanted to help them into unconsciousness.

Of course, none of them had access to stun batons, but still.
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You head back into town, wind whipping through your hair and a fair amount of regret in your heart. Regardless of your determination to rescue Naomi, tapping Simon with a stun baton is something you never, ever wanted to do. He's still your friend, damn it all.

There are no further attempts to dart you, and you effortlessly find the maid cafe. After all, you've been training with Oda Yoritomo and Clemmy, it's not as if you haven't visited several times. The package, too, is right where it's supposed to be. You carefully open it up without tearing the wrapping apart and check inside. The uniform is a lot more baroque than you're used to, primarily black with gold lining and a rather ostentatious black half-cape and a note...on paper, but mechanically printed.

'Wear this. Make sure to wear your weapon openly on your belt, Avalonians do that. The cuff button on the right sleeve has an ID chip, scan it on the flat terminal to your right when entering the Avalonian ship to pass through. Apparently they have a lot of new crew members after 16-Psyche, you should be able to get by without being noticed for a while. Keep your sunglasses on, they obscure your features and you can say they were a souvenir. Good luck!' The note says.

>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
>[Head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship to catch a shuttle, but don't put the uniform on until you're near the bay itself]
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>>1361223
>>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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>>1361223
>>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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>>1361223
>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
This is tricky. We reveal our hand too soon and we get caught. too late and they notice. At the least we can say we looked at a Maid Cafe and found that they wee a different type of cafe than you thought.
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>>1361220
I'm almost certain dumbass teens fighting people trying to help them is a thing that happens practically on a daily basis.

But yeah hes sort of a dumbass.
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>>1361223
>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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>>1361223
>>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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>>1361223
>>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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STORM DRAGONS BANZAI!
Time to rescue our fair maiden!
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>>1361223
>[Put the uniform on and head to the docking bay closest to the Avalonian battleship, catch a shuttle from there]
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You get dressed quickly, stow your other clothes, hang your shortsword/spear from the leather holster on your belt, and kick up some dust. The bay for the Avalonians is some distance away, after all. Once again, you're driving along the scenic lakeside road, thinking about stopping for some food.

At least, that's what you're thinking about until you hear a sound that you haven't heard since before you entered the Academy...and that time, your dad was driving and got let off with a warning after giving the copper an autograph. It's the pompous WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP of a siren as a vibrantly pink jetbike with flashing scarlet lights and glittering streamers attached to the handlebar turns onto the street behind you, cruising into pursuit position. It has an underslung gatling gun that you don't want to get on the wrong side of.

The officer squints at your uniform, and gestures for you to pull over onto the shoulder of the road. Which you do. She's too close for you to outrun her bike, and in a perfect position to shred your engine and you along with it, after all. Otherwise you might consider that a valid choice.

You look innocently at her as she gets off her bike and stomps over to you, a harassed-looking young woman in pink-and-red body armor and matching helmet, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” She asks, managing to look simultaneously bored and annoyed at the same time.

You give her your best, most innocent smile, “W-why no, officer, I don't. Was I going too fast?” That doesn't sound Avalonian, so you throw a “Pray tell?” In there.

Her brow furrows, “Yes, but that's hardly the point. We've had reports of a stolen blue Gerlux XP-88 with custom leather seats, chromed exhaust ports, and a...whistle tip. Which seems to be missing from yours, probably why you weren't stopped sooner.” She checks the serial number, and nods, “Yes, this is it. Want to explain why you're riding some Jovian rich boy's overclocked toy on my fucking colony?”

>[Kick over her bike, jab her with the stun baton, and jet away whooping]
>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
>[I'll pay you 100 credits to go away]
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>>1361330
That is an awesome jet bike
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>>1361330
>>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
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>>1361330
>>[Kick over her bike, jab her with the stun baton, and jet away whooping]
We just tazed one of our best friends, who cares about some cop?
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>>1361330
>>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
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>>1361330
>>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
should have taken it to a paint shop and removed your stars Caesar.
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>>1361330
>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
>I''m an undercover agent of the Kestrels and I commandeered this ride so you better let me go or you might have to deal with Roarke and Red Siren on your ass.
I doubt she would question further and potential deal with ruin one of Roarke's plans.
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>>1361330
>[Make up some story to explain why you have it, such as some kid in a leather jacket dumping it and you deciding to take it for a spin]
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We have a consensus! What line of bullshit do you want to feed her?
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>>1361390
Take a page from Roarke's book, lets flirt our way out of a ticket
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>>1361393
Possibly not the best idea considering Caesars lack of cool outside of a mech.
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>>1361390
Play the naive Avalonian. We were told to be friendly with the Kestrels (the Kestrel symbol's on their jacket, right?) so when one rode up and said he was giving us the bike as a gift, we couldn't say no.
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>>1361390
Probably one most befitting a naive avalonian recruit; Walking around like a commoner, hoping to make it to the shuttles on time when someone my age offered me a rental of his vehicle in exchange for some credits. We were heading to a prior engagement so we were in a hurry and he was rather persuasive. Though, when I went around to test it, he was gone.
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>>1361399
He does have the perk that lets his cool be ten at certain moments
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>>1361390
These two: >>1361400 >>1361408
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>>1361412
As far as I remember those moments almost always involve mechs, video games or sick burns. Seduction seems way outside those parameters.
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>>1361434
Your right

>>1361390
Switching to this >>1361408
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>>1361417
Either way, Avalonian/war orphan naivety would make sense, and I am sure this is not the first time that day where they got a call about young Avalonians having problems.
'This nice man offered me a good deal on watches, but they fell apart 3 minutes later'
'Some neon colored people took my new knight out for a spin and has proceeded to draw women on it's chest!'
'I do not know what a scavvy is, but I think I met one. They took my everything.'
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Now roll 1d10+9
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Rolled 7 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1361461
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Rolled 4 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1361461
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Rolled 1, 4, 5, 1, 6, 6, 7, 2, 8, 6 = 46 (10d9)

>>1361461
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Rolled 5 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1361475
>10d9
errrrr fucked up my dice input it seems
>>1361461
lets try that again shall we
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Rolled 2 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1361461
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>>1361468
16 is not a bad roll.
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>>1361492
Unless we're fighting a DC of 20.

Also, heyo Wong. Welcome back.
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>>1361499
we would not be able to beat a 20 anyways. No one rolled with luck and we cap at 19.
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>>1361499
We wouldn't have rolled then, since we can't beat a 20 with only +9.
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Can't wait till we get to start using cp to upgrade the Kaiser again
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>>1361510
At this point, I am making mechs for the hell of it. Going to try for Cybuster for my next project.
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>>1361506
>>1361507
Maybe Wong's sadistic.

In the Chinese language, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters,
one representing danger and the other, opportunity. - John F. Kennedy.(Completely untrue. Source-Chinese Language)
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>>1361531
Ya but when we get back to upgrading the Kaiser we'll get to argue about which option is right.
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>>1361531
I've been meaning to make the Dragonslayer Armor since Caesar started his shock baton rampage but haven't gotten around to it.
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Did we come up with what our plan was for the auction? Are we going to try and hold onto Lori?
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Sorry about the delays, technical difficulties.
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>>1361612
Think so. Offer the information we got from her and privateering/mercenary works as a alternative in that place. Likewise we can sell 'keeping her out of the war' for a lower price.
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>>1361612
>Are we going to try and hold onto Lori?
Definitely.
IIRC, plans were to be:
>Sell to Avalon
Cut out their warchest, and then offer to make her ambassador to Eisentor with the caveat she cannot participate in any Avalon operation unless in self-defense.

>Sell to Mars
We let Mars turn her into a prisoner of war with all the rights that entail. Offer to become her jailer and allow full Martian access to her for info. Offer ambassadorship to Mars/Avalon/UJCIDF

>Sell to UJCIDF
Admittedly the last resort. We do a covert operation using Avalon/third party assets to attack the Iuella Massa and rescue Lori.
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>>1361641
We can't sell her to Avalon no matter what, selling to Avalon is all Fairchild needs to justify attacking us with full force.
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>>1361647
Not really. If we get word to the planetary senate by way of moe's beau, they should understand that we're bleeding them economically while removing one of their major assets from play if it goes according to plan. They'll understand it.
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“Alas, I must apologize. Indeed, I too have been misled.” You press one hand to your heart and bow floridly to her.

“Eh?” She blinks behind the visor of her helmet, “What are you talking about?”

“W-well...” You put a tiny bit of ingratiating whine into your voice, “His lordship told me to befriend our hosts, the bold knights of yon Iron Kestrels, and so when a yeoman of His Eternal Majesty King Roarke Starwind I, Kaisermeister, Grand Lord of the Belt, Sovereign of the Free Stars, saw me walking and offered me this fine and noble steed for but a mere paltry sum, why, I accepted at once in the name of interstellar commerce!” You puff out your chest, putting a hand on your breastbone and posing gratuitously, “Surely you must be mistaken, his mien was indubitably most solemn and knightly, surely he was no highwayman!” You hope it sounds Avalonian enough.

She scowls suspiciously at you, then checks her PC, “...Yeah, the victim reported the perpetrator was one of the Kestrels. He also said he got jumped and beaten up, so you look a little small to be him. Alright, kiddo, that's almost everything.”

“Almost?” You question.

She nods, “Yes, there's still the matter of a small fee for taking time out of my day to deal with you. Pay up or you can sit in the drunk tank until one of your bosses comes to deal with you.” Her smile is radiantly smug.

[Continued]
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>>1361654
Honestly, we should be aiming to get Fairchild off the table ASAP and work with the other grounds to form a somewhat neutral deal. The Biggs files should help with that.
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>>1361654
Better hope those people in the upper class don't have reason to want to get rid of a band of pirates that are taking over one of the key trade routes in solar system and have frequently embarrassed their navy. And then we hope that we get to them before Fairy makes her statement to the public and turn them against us tying the upper class's hands.
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>>1361641
I'm still partial to the 'make unreasonable demands' plan.
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>>1361657

That wasn't the image I meant to use, but it works somehow.
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>>1361662
They're not going to do that in the middle of a war.

They want an ally, not avalon to have an ally.

They will not take such an action since it will drive us into the avalonian camp with certainty.
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>>1361657
So I see the Police are part Scavvy.
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>>1361664
>I want all the moon cheese
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>>1361641

I won't comment beyond reminding everyone exactly what General Fairchild said about Mars.
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>>1361676
what did she say?
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>>1361657
>His Eternal Majesty King Roarke Starwind I, Kaisermeister, Grand Lord of the Belt, Sovereign of the Free Stars
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>>1361678
She can get the Martians to give Lori to her.

People really forgot about that?
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>>1361678
That she'll use her contacts on Mars to have Lori transferred to her.

>>1361667
If they don't do you now you better believe they'll hold onto it to oust us out of the belt after the war then since we were Avalonian supporters.
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>>1361678

That she has ways of getting access through the SSL agreements and her connections to Loriette if she goes to Mars. She also promised to hurt her, a lot.
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>>1361676
>>1361683
>>1361687
Didn't forget. Just a slight reminder of what were the plans discussed. Maybe a discussion for later.
Source: My ass
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>>1361686

I'm not sure how they're gonna spin that since we're going to be helping them drive the avalonians out of the solar system and we're effectively siding with them in this war.

But if they really want to start a fight, thats on them. I hope they're ready for asteroid vietnam and constant raiding then.
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I can't wait for Auditorium to become the most heavily armored and armed stage in the galaxy.
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>>1361698
We haven't formally declared support yet or worked together with any of Sol in any of the battles so we can easily still be sold up the river. And even if we do side with them they still have the narrative that we sold a Paladin back to Avalon and that'll hurt our reputation inside our system.
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>>1361698
Reminder: Vietnam lost the Tet Offensive, but won the war when the American Public lost their appetite for war.
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>>1361706
Then change the narrative. Put out propaganda that the Belt is not part of their squabbles. Be Space Switzerland.
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>>1361716
With what media? Our only connection to any form of media is Gretchen who works for a Jovian news station, they aren't going to go against the Jovian narrative.
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>>1361716
Not as simple as you think. Fairchild has the propaganda scene down Natch. If you haven't noticed, she has been getting away with war crimes with the help of her connections and rank. We play this badly and they will paint us as German during WW2.
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You look over her shoulder. It's not the fact that another jetbike is approaching that surprises you, this one a brilliant metallic maroon. It's the fact that it's slowing down, and the woman in the black bodysuit riding it is showing obvious interest as she gets closer.

The officer notices your gaze, and turns around, looking annoyed, “Hey, you want a show? Then fuck off and go watch the tournament like everyone else. There's nothing to see here.”

“Indeed?” The black-clad figure replies, her voice muffled from behind her helmet.

“That's right. As a matter of fact...no, you're not going anywhere either. You'll pay what he's paying, or you're both under arrest. That's a nice bike you have there. I imagine it's worth quite a pretty penny. Tell you what. Hop off, and I'll let you walk away.” The cop hooks her thumbs through her belt, prominently displaying her plasma pistol and stun baton.

The woman on the jetbike makes a mistake, then. She snorts with laughter, a short, derisive “Heh.”

The cop reaches for a weapon, and the woman on the jetbike pulls her own gun so fast you don't even catch a hint of motion, and fires.

[Continued]
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>>1361727
OH BALLS IT'S CABOT! START RUNNIN'.
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>>1361738
God I hope not
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>>1361738
what. pls no.
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>>1361727
Lets hope that was a one of those needler dart guns
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>>1361753
>next story post describes the poor traffic officer's torso exploding into red ribbons
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The thin bolt of plasma slices the cop's weaponbelt off, and leaves a long tear in the cop's uniform. The woman yelps with fear and falls onto her backside as the skin exposed reddens from the heat of the near miss. It's probably going to blister later.

You've never even seen Naomi make a draw like that. Maybe she could in ten years, or twenty, but contrary to what you see in the simflicks shooting reflexively is hard, and she'd barely glanced down the sights.

The jetbike woman sighs with disgust, “Not even a threat? No protests? Damnable civilian. How dare you attempt to ransom one of His Excellency's servants. At least have enough spine to threaten me with the wrath of your mistress and give me the chance for some drama.” She removes her helmet, shaking her head, two long, slender braids caught in the wind. Her chest is a little small, but her legs are long and smooth-looking, “You'll have to explain to your lady what you were doing here, and if you are dishonest I suspect a grave punishment shall befall you. You're dismissed, shoo. Go on peasant girl, get on your cheap little bike and go. Hurry up now.” She chides, cheerfully bullying the poor officer who speeds away shaking with humiliation.

You just stare at the Avalonian. At least, from your accent, you assume she's Avalonian. It's nowhere as thick as the Countess', but you can still hear it a little. She looks much too young to be shooting like an old pro. You're mostly not sure whether you should be cheering for an Avalonian or not in this situation.

“Are you unhurt, boy? You look sun-flushed.” She tsks, pressing the back of her hand to your forehead, “No fever, I'll warrant. Too much time on the beach? As expected.” She sighs, “What, pray tell, is your name, boy?”

>[What IS your name?]
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>>1361795
>Alex Wesker Ma'am
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>>1361795
"Gaius, my lady. My sincere apologies at having your exaltedness step in."
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>>1361795
Oh thank goodness, it's just Rin of the Garbage Bin.
>>1361803
I am ok with this.
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>>1361795
Eric Maaas

>I am ceasar
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We need victor at this! NOW!
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“Wesker, ma'am.” You try to think of a first name, but she cuts you off.

“Wesker? Ah, you're one of the new boys, aren't you? Well, Solar auxiliary or not, you're an Avalonian in my book.” She claps you on the shoulder, “Do you know who I am?” She winks.

“Ahhh...um...” You rack your brains.

“Countess Tabitha Roosevelt. I'll forgive you for forgetting. Honestly, the nerve of that wench, giving you trouble when we were invited here to negotiate! I'm glad I decided to try and find that dashed Pirate King and sort out the return of my vassals ahead of time, even if I couldn't find that carrot-topped philanderer.” She tsks.

“T-thank you, my lady.” You mumble.

“Come on back with me. Oh, and do chin up, you look like a lost duckling.” She chides you, remounting her bike.

“I'm just a little bit shocked that one as exalted as you would aid me.” You mumble.

She pauses, and gives you a funny look, then smiles ruefully, “I suppose that makes sense. I must have put you on the spot, being so familiar, but...not all of us have the luck to be born noble, or the gall to squander it as my cousin does, a decent lady should consider at all times the welfare of her people and be willing to throw all of herself into their defense. By the Lady, we're all human.”

You nod, and get back on your bike. She revs hers up, then gives you a rather challenging grin, “How about a bit of sport, to brighten your mood? Let's see who makes it back to the ship first.”

>[Roll 1d10+15]
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>>1361795
And while we think, I will through some Char class names here.
Octo Larugx
Deka Kavalos
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Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1361843
Add two luck to this
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1361843
Put 1 luck here.
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Rolled 4, 10, 3, 3, 8, 9, 7, 1, 4, 2 + 15 = 66 (10d10 + 15)

>>1361843
Does Maneuver apply to non-combat situations? If it does, 3 on this.

>>1361852
Or not.
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>>1361857
Well at least I wasn't the first to mess up dice tonight.
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>>1361852
>>1361853
But why waste luck when we have yet to do the infiltration where we'll need it. Especially during exfil.
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Rolled 4 + 16 (1d10 + 16)

>>1361852

For the record, this will be handled a bit like Bluegill Joe, where the totals of multiple rounds are added up.
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>>1361852
Branching out from criting on seduction checks Thunder?
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>>1361852
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkAne0dUYu4
We F-zero now.
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Rolled 2 + 16 (1d10 + 16)

>>1361853
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>>1361861
If we get there fast enough we can ditch her

>>1361864
I do what I can
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>>1361847
Neo Roanoke
Rau Le Creuset
Zechs Merquise
Cronicle Asher
Glemy Toto
Graham Aker
McGillis Fareed
Slaine Troyard
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Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1361843
>>1361863
I suppose We will need more rolls then
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>>1361876
Gotta go fast.
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>>1361870
Ditching her like that at the ship might set off alarm bells, especially after she helped us. Thats just simply notvwhat an avalonian would do to a paladin. Best we break away from her after some time.

And the fact that we're seem coming aboard with her might be useful. Folks might go. "Hes with rin, probably safe"
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>>1361882
>>1361876
Gotta go fast indeed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doEwWzMz99A
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>>1361886
Or Rin keeps talking to us and realizes that we know absolutely nothing about Avalon whatsoever
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1361843
Guess I woke up fairly late. Oh well.
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Rolled 3 + 16 (1d10 + 16)

>>1361886
>>1361890

Giving you guys fifteen minutes to vote on whether to ditch Tabby with those ridiculous rolls of yours or stay with her.
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>>1361890
>“Wesker? Ah, you're one of the new boys, aren't you? Well, Solar auxiliary or not, you're an Avalonian in my book.”

We didnt even recognise her. How would we know anything about avalon. Our excuse is right there anyways.
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>>1361896
Stay, ditching is way too suspicious.
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>>1361897
Because Caesar isn't a good actor and is bound to slip up at some point, and beside it'll be harder to ditch her inside the ship than before.
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>>1361896
Well she wanted a race right?
are our rolls good enough to stay well ahead of her but not lose her entirely?
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>>1361896
Stay close, then.
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>>1361896
Stay with her.

I'm tempted to wait for her right infront of the finishing line and let her cross first anyways.
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>>1361896
Stay both for the honesty of our race, and because it would get her respect. We could use this as a means to take Naomi out for a ride.
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>>1361904
I guarantee she will take that as an insult.
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>>1361896
I'd say stay.
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>>1361896
Stay. Need her as cover. At least until we get to the ship proper.
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>>1361907
True that. Just the inner derp surfacing
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You don't lose at racing games either.

You don't see the gleam of competition in your shades, but she does, and it's Countess Roosevelt's first and only inkling of what she's just unleashed as you flashstart the burners and make your bike roar like a tiger.

You wonder, vaguely, whether a proper Avalonian would be this aggressive with a Paladin, but you don't care. You're busy winning.

She speeds after you, but you never give her a second to get ahead. Each attempt, you cut her off, nearly running her off the road and onto the beach more than once. She nearly drives you into an obstacle, but you take a detour onto a service road that ramps upward and use it to leap ahead of her, making her eat afterburner as you soar so far ahead you're almost out of her line of sight. Your bikes dance, but she never manages to close the distance, and when you reach the finish line you're comfortably far ahead.

She doesn't seem to take it badly, grinning and cheering you as she brings her bike to a halt, “Superb, Wesker! Bravo! Ah, what did you say your given name was?”

“Gaius, my lady.” You bow again.

She watches you with an odd intensity, smiling. “Gaius Wesker. Of course.” You gesture for her to precede you, as if out of respect, and with an aristocratic nod she accepts. She waves her right hand at the terminal in the gate of the shuttlebay the Avalonians are using, and it flashes green with a cheerful chiming sound and a picture of her face at the center of the screen.

You do the same...and you hear a BRANK as the terminal flashes red, displaying the horsey face of a rather unfortunate looking young man with a bowl cut and a lot of freckles. Your heart nearly stops. Several weapons are leveled at you simultaneously by power-armored guards, but the Paladin steps between you and them. “Cease this.” She sighs and shakes her head, “I know what's going on here...”

“But Countess, this isn't...” One of the guards, with slightly more ornate armor, protests.

“Isn't what? Do you think uniforms grow on trees? That's one of the boys we lost fighting around Mars. Clearly the ID chip wasn't replaced when it was given to one of the new recruits. I'm sorry about this, Wesker. I'll see everything put right.” She smiles at you, then takes your hand, and with a sharp look at the guards leads you onto a shuttle herself.

[Continued]
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>>1361930
Heh. Rin was useful.
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>>1361930
It can't be this easy, she must know who we are and is trying to win us over by being nice.
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>>1361930
..I think we accidentally woo'd the Rin.
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>>1361939
...Oh shit. Consider who her last fling was with totally possible.

What do if given the opportunity to be a long term internal plant right beside a paladin.
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>>1361943
Pretty bad. Remember, they spread their memes VIA SPORES! THEIR LADY IS A GREENMAN!
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>>1361943
Probably a bad idea
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>>1361943
Honeydicking
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>>1361966
this.
Time to get CKII up in this bitch
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>>1361966
And thats how the Swordfish got it's own biocore.. or a giant mechabike it can ride into battle.
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>>1361969
I don't see how marrying a woman and then murdering all of her relatives until she becomes a ruler then murdering her after your first child and then murdering your child so you inherit will help us get Naomi back.
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>>1361971
>Not a mecha horse piloted by his squire
I am disappoint, Dutchanon.
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It's a short flight from there to the Avalonian battleship, and you're a lot more calm than you expected. You're putting your head right into the jaws of the beast, but...you're doing what you have to do. There's no point in being afraid when you only have one path ahead of you.

Tabitha keeps glancing from the stars outside the window, back to you, then back to the stars. “So, have you ever seen Earth?” She asks, just to make conversation.

“No, my lady. Nobody from out here goes there. Only the wealthiest people are allowed to live on Earth, because of how high the environmental tax is, and anyone who tries to go there illegally is ruthlessly slain.” You reply, as neutrally as possible.

She grits her teeth, “Barbaric. Earth is mankind's first home, it belongs to everyone. If we...I mean, once we win, we'll break that cage and let people live there again.” She sighs, “Melancholy, I know, but I was just thinking that once, my great ancestor must have gazed at these same stars from a vantage point much like this atop his ivory palace.”

“Huh?” You eloquently reply.

She smiles at you, “I believe in knowing things. For instance, I know that my family is descended from a mighty Terran ruler named Theodore, who wielded his might like a club against all enemies of his mighty domain. He rode upon a bull moose, and dominated the world with his great alabaster navy. It was said that even death itself feared him so much that it would only come upon him in slumber, lest it be crushed and beaten sorely. A man of both great strength and great compassion, a lover of the hunt and natural things. It is my earnest desire to be so excellent a person as he.” She is momentarily quiet, then adds, more softly, “You are a good listener, Wesker. I know the new recruits were all given the Duke's colors to wear, and there is more honor in his service than mine, I have yet to achieve great glory in this war...and yet, were you to say the words, I could perhaps prevail upon the Duke to enter you into my service, instead. Do not feel obligated to speak, I shall not be insulted if you remain silent, and it shall be as though my words were never spoken.”

>[Speak up and take her colors]
>[Remain silent and wear the Duke's]
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>>1361983
Can't ride mechabeasts I'm afraid. Sides, a Rocket bike made from a main ship thruster with extra lances for jousting suits him. We could even have it have a stun lance so we can Ave while we Caesar. No one could possibly stop him!
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>>1361984

Huh. What do.

Wong what happens if we accept? Will we be unable to board kirito's ship?
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>>1361984
>>[Remain silent and wear the Duke's]
We aren't here to make friends or protect smiles, only save Naomi.
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>>1361984
I feel like taking her colors would be very very bad.
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>>1361984
Alright Ceaser, think what would Roarke do?
sleep with her...
okay aside from that, use her favor to get what you need, act like a pirate Ceaser and cease the reins of victory
>>[Speak up and take her colors]
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>>1361984
Tricky question. She is pretty respectable and her clothing would be easier to blend in. At the same time, there is that risk involved.
>[Speak up and take her colors]
At the very least, she is a good person. Sides, never wrong to make friends and secure a route.
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>>1362013
Make an enemy for life once we do our great escape
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We know the Duke is involved in kidnapping Naomi but I assume we don't know about Tabitha being involved, but still I don't think Caesar wants to really be friends with any of the Avalonians who kidnapped his girlfriend right now.
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>>1362001

You get a red uniform and answer directly to her instead of to the Duke. You'll be around both of them, on the Duke's ship, either way. See, Tabitha did bring her own ship to the Solar System, its gate capability was damaged at Mars and it was docked at 16-Psyche with a small complement of her troops and Dame Morgan Gray for repairs. It's now one of Admiral Starwind's vessels.

In practical terms there are numerous plot twists and some hidden bonuses to both paths, however in terms of being outed at a member of the UJCIDF it's a question of whether the Duke, who's fought you and heard your voice, is more likely to recognize you than Tabitha, who is more likely to spend time with you personally. That's for you to decide.
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>>1361984
>>[Speak up and take her colors]
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>>1362025
Keeping out of the Duke's eyes will be easier since he wouldn't be interested in dealing with us and spending time with us.
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>>1361984
>>[Speak up and take her colors]

Oh well. Here we go.
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>>1362025
Then it may be better to work with her. Duke could likely tell much easier, and with the lack of her personel, we can get closer. We are doing it for Naomi, but damned if we won't try and do this right.
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>>1362032
>but damned if we won't try and do this right.
What do you mean the right way? Do you mean in a way that won't hurt people's feelings or doing bad things? Caesar has specifically said that he will do anything possible to get Naomi back. He has no reason to care at all about the people who took the person he loves from him.
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>>1362042
I mean not turning this into a giant damned mess where we have to fight everyone and everything to possibly lose everything. If good happens along the way, fine. But at the same time, abject paranoia and isolation will make things incredibly difficult. The paladins will always be close to Naomi, and we at least have a better chance with Tabitha.
One does not have to abandon morals to get the safest and quickest path. It simply requires understanding and proper planning.
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>>1362042
Caesar is a Kestrel doing this the right way means doing it in such an awesome way that even (most) of your enemies like you.

By the end of this Caesar needs to have rescued Naomi, be getting applause from the Duke and making Tabitha consider switching sides.
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>>1362065
>making Tabitha consider switching sides
I don't think Caesar would be interested at all, he seems like a very monogamous person I mean ever other girl he's ever met besides Naomi he's turned down completely.
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>>1362071
part of that was due to him being so damn autistic about his vidya and not caring about the rich girls. Naomi was more to his liking and had similar interests. Tabitha also has similar interests with her bike.
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>>1362083
Not everybody has to have a harem, it fit Roarke it fit Moe, it doesn't fit Caesar.
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>>1362086
Less harem and more friend. You can have people you are close to without being completely committed to them.
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>>1362071
>>1362086

Tabitha switching sides does not mean that she will end up in Caesar's harem just that she might want to be and could be later redirected towards someone else.
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“There's more than enough honor in your service for me.” You're surprised by how cool your voice is, how steady...but then, you're facing a challenge as sharp as a monoblade, and an enemy more dangerous than almost any other.

She looks surprised for a moment, then a radiant smile crosses over her face, “I...well then. I'm glad of that, Wesker, and of your leal service as well.” She looks aside, a tiny bit of red in her cheeks. Not quite the look of a blushing schoolgirl, but of one admitting a personal fault, “Truth be told, I expected to be turned down flat. Asking a man for something personal is always hard, even for a Paladin.” She smiles sadly, “Your eyes are much too old for that face, you know. I've seen eyes like that before. You've known a great love, and seen a fair share of loss. I cannot promise days without sorrow, or a paradise waiting over the horizon, but even when the trials of life leave you ragged, I will be there to bear them with you. Our fortunes shall rise and fall as one. Kneel. Solar or Avalon-born, there is something you have earned.” Her voice becomes deadly serious.

You pause, looking up at her for confirmation as the shuttle lands in the mechbay. Behind her, out the window, looms a tremendous mech, scarlet lined in silver, with a white mask marked only by eyeslits and a pair of long, crimson, jointed segments like twin plumes hanging from its head, “Bow your head.” She instructs.

You do as she commands. She withdraws her gun from its holster, flips it around to catch it by the barrel, and taps you once on each shoulder with it, “In the name of the Lady and in the name of Queen Myna Plantagenet, I knight thee Sir Gaius Wesker. Though you knelt a yeoman, rise now as a knight in the service of the Roosevelt family, Sir Gaius.” Her lips quirk into a smile, "Who knows? I get a strange feeling about you, perhaps someday you shall be Sir Gaius, Paladin and rider of Gerin. After all, it is not as though a fallen Paladin cannot be replaced."

[Continued]
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>>1362131
Sooo, this means Caesar can sign his name as Sir Heinrich Merrow, right?
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>>1362131
>Lucas saying that Garret would replace Lori when captured.
>Tabitha is saying Caesar will replace Lucas.
This is a lovely bit of irony.
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>>1362131
>She withdraws her gun from its holster, flips it around to catch it by the barrel, and taps you once on each shoulder with it,

ooo.

This is a nice touch with an eye to practicality.
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>>1362131
I don't know where this is going, but I'm getting a strong feeling of something big in the horizon...

If Ceasar would do anything to save Naomi... Does it includes seducing the countess?
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>>1362188
Honestly, this mini Caesar arc is pretty crazy already. A engineer with a thick head, taking down Simon with a stun rod, revelations, and the sickest rocketbike stunts. It's not vietnyan, but he's showing himself well here.
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>>1362241
>engineer with a thick head

I hope Dave from Engineering makes more appearances.
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“What, really?” You blink at her from behind your sunglasses.

“Well, yes. It's been kept quiet, but after the public death of Count Ford I suppose there's less point keeping it a secret. It's not the first time. My cousin's Anseis and the Gerard once faced a Terran superweapon that came to ensure space control around a planet called Paley's World. In the struggle, the Gerard was damaged to the point of being unusable, and the Anseis badly hurt as well. When the Gerard was recovered, the cockpit and pilot were both missing, and the entire core of the strider...what the Solars call a mech...had to be remade to suit a new pilot. Fortunately, one was found. The perfect candidate.” She frowns, “I'm not being encouraging at all, am I? Do stop me when I do that, Wesker.”

“Yes, my lady.” You nod.

“I can see you rolling your eyes. Keep those sunglasses of yours, Wesker. I find I rather like what they do to the cast of your face. I know you haven't been told much, but rest assured, I'm looking after you now. I'll show you to your new quarters at once, they're next to mine.” The shuttle door opens, and she leads the way out, removing her helmet once you're safely in the mechbay of the mighty battleship. The setup is different than you're used to, but less so than you expected, it's mostly the nanofiber tapestries on the unused walls that throw you off. You also see that big golden jackass mech down on the other end of the mechbay with its arms crossed. Oh, its day will come. Next time you're gonna spear it in half.

“Speaking of which, it vexes me sorely that my cousin has put us in such a position. As it stands, she cannot be replaced as Anseis. After all, she and her strider remain alive and mostly intact. Unlike her virtue, which I suspect 'mon peasant boy Rowarc' has-...ah, ignore me Wesker, just salt in an old wound. For a cripple, Loriette has a knack for landing right on her feet.” She harrumphs indignantly.

“How irritating that must be.” You remark neutrally.

“You're being too nice, I know when I'm being awful.” She remarks, leading you down a hallway. From the maps on the walls, you're aware that you're being led past the crew cabins and into the very heart of the officers' suites. There's a mural showing Naomi, wearing a green, Greek-style robe, laying on a bed of flowers with petals blowing away from her on the wind. The Countess smiles at it, “Beautiful, isn't she?”

“Y-yeah.” Damn it, not now, your mouth is dry and your eyes are stinging.

“But...it's not the same. No matter how I look at it, I'm seeing two different faces, two different sets of expressions. Wesker, do you think people should be prepared to do absolutely anything for a noble cause, one they truly believe in? By anything, I mean even something they have moral qualms about? I don't think either answer to that question is wrong, I'm just curious. I've got my share of dilemmas too, you see.”

>[Yes]
>[No]
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>>1362262
>>[Yes]
>>1362262
Its what Caesar's doing right now
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>>1362262
>>[Yes]
hahahaha
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>>1362270

Is it, now?
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You know, considering how Rudolph didn't actually raise Caesar, it's interesting to see that everyone who knew Rudolph sees a lot of him in Caesar. Unintentional results.

>>1362262
>[Yes]

Not gonna lie, I thought we were going to see the lady in a cheerleader outfit.
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>>1362277
I believe Caesar would do just about anything right now to save Naomi from Avalon, wither that is a good or bad thing is a different quest.
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By the way, that decision is the last post for tonight, and it's a lot more important than it looks. Think hard about your answer.
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>>1362262
>>[No]

This is sort of a tricky thing for Ceasar to answer. He will do alot but some he will not do. Like we have said, we will do alot of things but even we will not defect to the avalonian side.

One can do plenty but everyone should have lines they will not cross, lest they become the monsters that they claim to fight.
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>>1362287
>will not defect to the avalonian side.

Wait, good point. We don't want to end up like Beck.


>>1362262

Changing mine to [No]
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>>1362283

I'll just say that the choice isn't as simple as that. It's easy to say that Yes is the obvious choice because Caesar's been so determined to save her...but the worst thing he's done pursuing it is KO two people who wouldn't let him go withut a fight, not exactly deep moral qualms. It's also easy to say that No is the obvious answer, because of what happened during the conversation with Stern and the real story of Rudolph Merrow, Ji Xifeng, and Floyd Beck, but Caesar isn't his father and this isn't the same situation. Ultimately, when you vote on this particular choice, throw away all preconceptions about what the plot so far has led you to, and vote what makes sense to you, if that makes sense.

Also keep in mind that your choice might affect Countess Roosevelt's actions in the future. After all, she has the ability to do things too.
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>>1362262
>[No]
Not when the process changes you so much you ended up worse than what you sought to achieve in the first place.
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>>1362262
>>[No]
Some things should be left as they are and some should be fought for. But above all else, it's knowing the limits and know when you go too far. We have done things we regret too after all.
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>>1362262
>[No]
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>>1362302
>Also keep in mind that your choice might affect Countess Roosevelt's actions in the future. After all, she has the ability to do things too.
Caesar wouldn't know about her specific situation that we know about so I try not to factor into my vote.
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>>1362262
>>[No]
also
>Wesker
>Morals
kek
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>>1362318
Keep in mind that this is a universe where 80's metal give power for men to seduce women everywhere, and Christmas fruit cakes become Valkyries of War once satisfied.
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>>1362307
We should fit in the old saying.

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
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>>1362334
Indeed. We know what is offered and I think even Caesar would kill Naomi rather than have her reduced to a non entity. He is impulsive, but he's not a monster or a dick. Sides, 'doing anything for the sake of the mission' seems like what Fairchild has done and keeps on doing. Even Caesar with all his experience with bullshit knows when enough is enough.

As an aside, I noticed something. The Gerard is missing a pilot, but Irina mentioned no pilot or cockpit either. Something seems very off here.
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>>1362262
>>[Yes]
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>>1362302
I feel that despite Caesar not wanting to live in his father's shadow, it's extremely fitting for him to follow Rudolph's path up to a certain point. Hopefully, he'll get a better outcome than his father.

If he fails, which I think is all too likely, it would be much more fitting if he made peace with himself rather than stewing in his pain like his dad.
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>>1362349
Have we met the Gerard's pilot yet?
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>>1362363
No. The bits that bother me is that Irina only talked about the arm because of the bud. But the torso was missing too. It made me wonder. If the info on bits was untouchable, then how did they make the remote Slayer? They had to have had something and Paladins could use them.
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>>1362363
Not that we know of. The Gerard's pilot was lost at Paley's, likely beaten by the Megabass, before the quest started.
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>>1362385
And depending on when, Fairchild is there. She would have gotten a hold of the pilot and yet she hasn't said word of it. It's the sort of thing she wouldn't shut up about.
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Wong fall asleep at his computer?
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>>1362485
Wongs done for the day.

That was the last prompt
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>>1362488
oh didn't see that post
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>>1362262
i really want to say yes and no, because we should BE prepared to do anything and everything for a cause we believe in, but we should be able to know WHEN to stop before we end up fighting for a pile of ashes and dust... so

>[No]
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>>1362494
Then that can be your thrust of the arguement.

That there needs to a point where you realise you've done all you can
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>>1362375
Like everything else that went wrong with SOUL recently, you certainly can find Fairchild's oily hand in it.
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>>1362262
>>[No]
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>>1362262
> [No]

Causes that require immoral actions cannot, by definition, be moral and therefore are not worth pursuing. Or alternatively, those pursuing it are unworthy of it having abandoned their cause the moment they abandoned their morality.

The CSS was more than enough proof of that.
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>>1362283
>>1362270


We aren't doing this for a cause, though, we're doing this for a woman.

We already bailed on a cause when we ditched SOUL.
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>>1362570
Rin's still looking for archer while the man infront of her is merely shirou
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>>1362302
Is this really a noble cause though? Or a selfish one, for love?

Noble would be sacrificing Naomi, or risking it so that negotiations go better and possibly prevent a four way war.

Fuck that noise though. We gonna go get our Girl and the Universe will burn or not.
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>>1362579
> Merely.

Sorry, my Weeb levels aren`t high enough to tolerate Fate Shit Night.

If anything, this is the kind of romantic story Avalonians eat up.

Worst case scenario, we get kept close to Naomi to assuage their guilt while knowing that as a prisoner we have a duty to try and escape, and so they try to make us defect while keeping us under guard. Like, The Great Game rules style from IRL.

Real worst case scenario is they kill us in front of Naomi and she goes full GREEN MAN escaping to unknown destinations to build an army of death and revenge on pretty much everyone. Worse worst case is she eats the Avalonian Lady and uses that to do it.
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Rolled 73, 37 = 110 (2d100)

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>>1362262
>>[No]
If you don't have limits, soon not even your cause will matter anymore.
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>>1362515
If I had a proper feel of the time line, I can figure it out. As is, the key events is when did Bruce kill the first mate of the Green Skulls. If it is more recent and comes after the Pailey incidents, then we may have another angle. After all, we had Sol members defecting and becoming Paladins for their desires, why not the other way around?
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>>1362262
>[No]: If the cause is truly noble then this question wouldn't come up
>"If a cause is truly noble, there are no actions that require such crisis of faith. But it is easy for a noble goal to be so twisted as to no longer resemble what it once did. The answer may be true, but the question can be just as easily become wrong wrong."
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>>1362262
> No

Like there were so many wars of genocide because people did this. It's where evil starts, justifying it with good until you're so twisted that no depravity is out of reach.

The Green Men did terrible things. CUSS did terrible things. You believe the Lady to be above that unlike some of her companions, and there some noble Terrans too like the Row-arc pilot of the Black Ogre - indeed you've heard he has a noble name even, the Knuckle Kaiser or "King of Fists" which is a more honest name than that of most rulers.

Fuck no, we will either achieve our goals as noble Knights, overcoming adversity by the purity of our ideals and the strength of our sword arm shall be the same as the strength of our hearts. 's is only natural.

A flawed or crippled person, whether in body or soul, can never truly lead.

And while the Blessed Lady can heal twisted bodies, twisted minds and souls? Can yhey ever truly be healed, once they have committed crimes most grevious without essentially destroying the person they are? Murder would be a kinder fate for those poor unfortunates.

We Lancelot. Even have a Lance.
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>>1362262
>[No]
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>>1363297
Note: I have some incorrect info there because remember we are supposed to be someway ignorant and recruited from Green Skulls child warriors yes?

Regardless we want to seem like we don't have the inside line on SOUL and the Kestrels.
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>>1362262
>[No]
I doubt Naomi would be happy to finally be rescued by Caesar, only to find out he's become a real life monster.
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Did Wong say when we're running again?
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>>1363325

Friday. Wong forgot to specify that he's babysitting tonight.
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>>1363956
Not to sound like I'm not enjoying seeing Caesar again, but have you got a rough idea on who faces who in the next round?
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>>1364578
I have no serious evidence of this... but it would make sense to let the Pumpkinseed Jaeger go on the first round as it didn't get the chance to appear on the first round of fights.
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>>1364683
so whomever he fights, he goes first. Fine by me.
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>>1364578

I do have several of the matches more or less settled in my head, but I've also been watching to see what rivalries developed, who people wanted to see go up against each other, and such.
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>>1364683
>>1364687

I was planning on that, yes, and I feel like there was someone in particular he wanted to fight. My other major dilemma is whether to have Lightning and Libra fight each other in this round.
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>>1364725
think libra said he wanted to fight the blitz and if I recall, Jaegar wanted to fight the Templar. He might change his mind there.
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>>1364725
How come Mai has a crush on who she has a crush on?
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>>1362302
> No

Neither a noble Liege, nor a noble ideal can tolerate being used for foul deeds.
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>>1364740
I'm cool with fighting the Lightning, too.
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>>1364925
I'm down with anything. McClintock still has a grudge to settle with Grant.
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If you have ideas on who Walter and Buddy will fight, Wong, I am okay with it.

Gonna be busy, though, so I may have to let either you or the thread run Buddy.
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>>1364725
>Lightning vs Libra
I can see that working... But I was expecting on having the Lightning fight the M-Sagister, as it looks like more matched match for him... And because the other unusual form mech(the Blitz) seemed very scared of going against our favorite lazer chocobo...

WHO WANTS TO FIGHT THAT SCARY METAL BIRD!?

>>1364740
Yep, he said that he wanted to fight you if I'm not mistaken, but then changed his choice because of his character, who would probably want to reduce Victor to ashes.

I still want to talk to avalonanon about the fight though, if he is going to be able to pilot, and if I can go for the torso in case of me piloting it...
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>>1365782
>very scared
There's a difference between scared and resigned to fate. The Blitz is garbage at melee, so a mech with 4 10K AP attacks per action would of course just beat it. I mean, it one shots the Blitz's torso with all those attacks.

Wait, did he remove Efficient Transformation?
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>>1365794
Efficient Transformation isnt allowed I'm pretty sure.
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>>1365798
Oh, that really sucks for him then. It may as well not even have legs while under gravity.
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>>1364750

I'm not actually settled on that point. Mai has a tank, after all, does she really need anyone else?
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>>1365794
>Not good at melee
Still can fire that gun close and if I recall, I got spin kicked by that tank.
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>>1365880
And while it sits there shooting, the melee mech it's fighting can just beat on it, and it only managed to do the spin kick because Wong got the lucky headshot at the beginning.
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>>1365885
Could always just boost away and shoot until you run out of boost.
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>>1365861
Up to you, just curious about why she wanted to impress some boy.
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>>1365861
>Mai has a tank, after all, does she really need anyone else?
I don't think you are suppose to ride tanks that way wong.
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>>1365936
>That joke.
Dutch is really an uncle...
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>>1365936
Hey Dutch, do you have an anti-Semitic Loadout?
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>>1366348
>>1365936
>anti-Semitic

ANTI-ARMOR. I MEANT ANTI-ARMOR.
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>>1366352
Sure you did.

Just remember, it's OK to slip and let out a bit of your power level out on 4chan, but it's dangerous to do it in normie land.
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>>1366356
I really don't know why it went to that. The first two suggestions in my auto-correct for "Anti" are Anti-Beam and Anti-Warp and I've literally never used anti-semitic on my phone.
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>>1366348
As if ((((they)))) would let him show it off for potential buyers
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>>1366348
>>1366352
Well, my AP/Napalm grenades are a no go for the tourney, and I could never get the gas nades just right so I lack the first options. As for AP? Got a bunch of them. Hells, I have options to simply brute force armor. The grand cracker can shred off 8 sp form a ground of mechs, the heat axe on standard or the ball and chain for melee are standard AP, even the Beam Battle Axe for the guardian is strong enough that it could do some damage on the second blow. Got plenty of strategy for walls too.
>>1366374
Some things got to be kept hidden. Need my ace in case of the worst.
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>>1366372

I've actually had this happen to me too. It jumps straight to it for some reason.
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>>1366397
It must be Shillary and her Globalist Cartels trying to influence Google to replace the standard Left Wing buzzwords like racist and bigot with less buzzwordy buzzwords.
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>>1366348
An anti-Semitic Loadout would just be one of those hardshells. Once they see the expense for such low return of power they'd have a heart attack.
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>>1366352
>>1366356
>>1366396
>mfw
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“You want a yes or a no?” You push your sunglasses up on your nose, considering it seriously.

She smiles, “I prefer straight answers, yes. I think they tell me more about the sort of person someone is. Both answers are acceptable. My decision about you hasn't changed, but seeing a person ride a jetbike or stand up to a local enforcer without any real fear that they could lose an actual fight doesn't tell me about your values.”

At first you want to say yes, you absolutely would do anything to get Naomi back...but then you think about it. Finally, you shake your head, “No.”

She arches her eyebrow at you and doesn't say anything, waiting expectantly.

You can't tell her that you aren't going to side with the Avalonians and that, if worst comes to it...Naomi is a Jovian pilot, she'd rather fall in battle than become a full-fledged tool of the Green Men. It's an idea that hurts to think about. It hurts a lot to even contemplate. However, you're too smart not to have thought of that, too smart not to consider the possibility. “Some deeds don't just blacken your soul, but the cause you fought for as well. You have to know when to stop, before you become a monster. Not just for your own sake, but for the people you want to protect.”

“The people you want to protect...that's an odd way of putting it, but I suppose you're right. You're not one of the skull children, are you?” She smiles. It's a sad, but understanding smile. “You're much too eloquent.”

You smile back, expecting that you're about to get into hand-to-hand combat with a Paladin. This one preferring firearms is a problem, but you're less than a dozen feet apart and have a spear, it's not insurmountable.

“One of the pirates...not these, the ones from the Band, maybe, or perhaps you're from one of the Belt colonies we've stopped at. Why are you here, Wesker?” She inquires without an ounce of visible hostility.

“To protect someone from the Jovians.” You reply unhesitatingly. In the face of danger you don't feel even a flutter of nervousness.

“I suppose that's why we're all here.” She smiles, looking just a little bit sad as she walks over and ruffles your hair. It's unexpected, and she seems to do it completely thoughtlessly, like you're a sheepdog she can't help petting or something, “It's alright, Wesker. Ah!” She checks a wall-mounted chronometer, “The Duke should be getting back from the colony now. It might be a good idea for you to meet him now, but there's no shortage of time. Would you rather clean up, first? You do have your own quarters to settle into.”

>[I'd rather go meet the Duke]
>[I'd rather settle in]
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>>1366468
>[I'd rather settle in]
inb4 she tries to Not!Archer us.
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>>1366468
>[I'd rather settle in]
Focus on finding and saving Naomi
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>>1366468
>[I'd rather settle in]
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>>1366468
>>[I'd rather go meet the Duke]

Get it out of the way since we have Rin here to run interference. Rin will talk more and it should be a short meeting while his attention is divided.

As a knight now though, I guess our response should be: "whichever is more convenient for you, my lady."
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>>1366468
tough call.. settling in gives us time to plan and think. See an escape route or where we can go. Naomi would likely be close to Duke though, since he'd likely watch her while near.

>[I'd rather go meet the Duke]
We will run into him sooner or later, and this can help us plan better. We don't have a lot of time and information can change how a plan works.
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>>1366468
>[I'd rather settle in]
Our mission is still to rescue Naomi. Meeting the duke is a distraction we do not need.
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>>1366396
Why would you need AP grenades for Jews?

>>1366421
Someone hasn't seen the Dutchshell or the Predator. The issue with the Hardshells isn't that they're bugs, it's that they're shit Mechs forced into a bug template.
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>>1366523
Trying to get to naomi will probably involve meeting the duke at some point or another first. We might even need to take some time to get the guards used to our presence before we take action since we only have one shot at this.
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>>1366535
We realistically don't have much time here. This tourney at best is lasting a few days and what you want would take weeks to do. We have to just get in and get out as quick as possible without drawing to much of a fuss from the crew.
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>>1366526
To break through a bunker or fortified spot.
>>1366544
searching aimlessly would waste time and make us look suspicious as well. As is, the Duke is the one we know would be close to her. He has that music he used on her and who knows what else. If we know where the Duke is, we have a better chance at both avoiding him and finding Naomi.
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>>1366544
Tournys not the end all be all though. Theres is still the negotiations ongoing and that might drag out. Especially if roarke keeps fleeing from them.

Also we can't just do this on our first meeting with naomi. We'd be heavily scrutinised and our actions watched since we'd be unknown. We'll at least need to be here a day or two.
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>>1366554
He also knows what our voice sounds like and is the most likely to recognize us. Besides we could easily sell it as us getting used to the ship and trying to get our bearings on it.
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>>1366556
And that runs into the issue of us not having enough time. While he may recognize our voice, it was us screaming, going NAOMI, and being hysterical. That does not give him much to work with so long as we stay calm. He didn't hear our talk with SOUL or the other stuff, so he has no idea what our normal voice is.
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>>1366554
We are new and we got lost. There's an excuse for poking around, if anyone questions us we just tell them to ask paladin whatshername for confirmation. Also I dont think Caesar knows the duke keeps Naomi close and even if he did the duke surely needs to put her somewhere while he goes out and tries to diplomance people.
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>>1366589
Golden shiney bastard is the person who took Naomi away in the first place and he's the Leader. Chances are he would keep her close both for monitoring, protection, and because she's a green lady clone. That excuse only works so much and there will be locations where we would be pushed away from if we are new. This is a situation where the risk will make things smoother, and even then, where would we look? This is a ship bigger than the Rhinehawk and Jaburo and we don't know where everything is. Asking questions that would be relevant would also draw eyes.
We simply cannot waste time blindly searching.
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>>1366468
>>[I'd rather settle in]
Lets not meet the Duke soon, he may feel that something is fishy.
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Wonder how this >>1344456 is coming along?

>>1366624
And talking to the Duke and potentially get outed will give us the clarification to get into those places? And besides wouldn't you assume they would be keeping her in a cell so she couldn't wander off or escape.
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>>1366624
Tell someone you have been ordered to familiarize yourself with the ship in case of emergency and we'll have an excuse to wander around and probably even get given a map.
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>>1366644
>And besides wouldn't you assume they would be keeping her in a cell so she couldn't wander off or escape.
Usually... yes, but I think that Cesar will realize that this is not the case when he finnaly meets the Duke.
But it still isn't the time for this, as we need to get info before getting the plan rolling... And make a plan, because we don't even have that yet.
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>>1366644
But where is the cell? Which part of the ship? Hell, she could be in the Duke's room cause she's royalty and her running away is impossible considering the shit they did to her. Hells, we saw what music could do to her, so it doesn't take much to assume they'd have a easy way to keep her docile.
Seeing him first also helps add a bit of weight to our disguise and make asking questions easier if he puts out word to help the new knight. Even knowing where he hangs out helps us because that can be a spot we can avoid on our escape. This entire plan rides on both getting Naomi and leaving safely and the Duke is the biggest risk to that.
>>1366654
Right now we are wearing a generic crew man outfit. Familiarizing would get us the mechbays, the standard places, and that sort of stuff, but not where they keep the princess. Thats the sort of post the Duke would give to TRUSTED knights. We would not be that.
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>>1366644
Probably not a cell. Seeing as she was successfully brainwashed. But some form of a gilded cage to be sure.
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>>1366679
How much do you think Caesar knows of what they did to her? As far as we know the music could have only worked temporarily your relying on knowledge that Caesar doesn't have.
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>>1366679
We dont need to be a trusted knight to find out where they get sent. We just need to find out what places are off limits to scrubs like us and we'll have a fair idea of where to look.
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>>1366672
I thought the plan was to concuss everyone with the shock baton and then bail out like Goku on his Familial Responsibilities?
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>>1366701
Never assume something is a one time gig, especially with a big name like the duke. And in character, it would make sense. The princess is always near the final boss when the fate of the world rests on her.
>>1366712
And you don't think asking and snooping around those spots would be the least bit suspicious? Not to mention they could be on opposite sides of the ship.
Sticking with our Paladin would be better for that, and the Duke is going to be an issue no matter what. Avoiding him will make us look MORE suspicious anyways.
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>>1366721
That's the Toonami programming schedule.

We adult swim now.

>HYPE TMR
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>>1366744
Wasn't there a big fuss about Adult Swim replacing Samurai Jack in its time slot with Rick & Morty?
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>>1366742
If you have somewhere only experienced members of the crew are allowed to go it makes sense to put up some sort of warning to the rest of the crew. What are they supposed to do? Hope someone new doesn't wander into the place accidentally?
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>>1366764
Pretty sure that was a once off for an april fools joke.
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>>1366468
>[I'd rather go meet the Duke]
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>>1366764
One time thing for April Fools.

SJ fans were salty af. No lie, was the same as well

SCOTMAN'S BACK TMR. YE LILY-LIVERED, GIRL-NAMIN', MECHA-CRUSHIN' ANON
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>>1366788
>GIRL-NAMIN'
Lies and slander.

BR gave me Mai's name.
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>>1366468
>>[I'd rather settle in]
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Apologies for the delays, everyone, I'm at a relative's house and I was supposed to be just looking after their dogs and have the evening to myself, but my little brother and his girlfriend showed up. I'll be up incredibly late, but for the next hour or so things will be slow. Your decision to settle in has, however, been noted.
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I wonder how bullshit the true top tier mechs are going to be? Like the Queen's, Roland's, the Pope's, ect.
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>>1366875
Can go toe to toe with megabass amano amano
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>>1366893
Who knows, the Megabass might be a tier below them.
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>>1366913
Loriette claimed that surviving the Megabass was a privilege and worthy of a deed. I'm sure Megabass is right up there.
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>>1366875
Still below the Megabass... Maybe the three could go toe-to-toe with it, and are obviously ovr the Kaiser now... But that is it.

Each of them as probably a special shenanigan too, the Charlemagne has the Excalibur, Roland has Durandal, the Pope has... Uhhh... The ability to excommunicate you?
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>>1366990
Papal ferula. Nothing beats getting brained by a old man with a papal rod.

>HE'S HERE TO DEUS VULT AND CHEW BUBBLEGUM
>AND HE'S ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM
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>>1366990
maybe this thing?
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>>1366972
But that just might be for someone on Lori's level, I would assume that it wouldn't be such an honor to just survive if you were Roland
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>>1366990
>implying the pope isnt a mech already
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>>1366990
>Charlemagne has the Excalibur

Whut.

Charlemagne's sword is Joyeuse.
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>>1367155
I screwed up.
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Any ideas what we should be after we finish Space Jam? We still have those five aces in the belt to deal with.
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>>1367371
We'll likely get a feel for it once it's done. Depending on our success, I can see other paladins coming here to try and get Naomi. Likewise, depending on what happens with Fairchild, she may become a factor as well.
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>>1367390
I hope more Paladins come, more mechs for us to cannibalize for the Kaiser and our aces.
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>>1367399
provided they don't rig their machines with spore traps or someshit, at this point us scavenging enemy elite mechs has probably been noted as part of Roarkes M.O.
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>>1367416
That's why we make Karen take a look at them first.
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>>1367399
Maybe, but it will draw more Navy and other forces as well. Naomi's existence is going to serve as a real important point. If the green lady installed safeties in her people in case of betrayal, naomi may be a possible counter.
Either way, the situation will shift from fighting lesser foes to equals or greater. Punching everything may not be a option.
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>>1367371
Romantic Venusian Honeymoon?
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>>1367418
Wouldn't you just rig that crap to go off the second the mech enters a pressurized area (like the inside of the mech bay) thus contaminating all our mechs before a tech like karen can get to them?
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“That's your decision, not mine, my lady.” You bow slightly, it seems like an Avalonian thing to do.

Her smile widens, “You're doing a good job, Wesker. Keep it up, but what would you rather do?” She folds her arms and waits.

You shrug, “I'd rather settle in.” You've got plenty of reasons, good ones, namely that you want to explore a little, and that you're worried about the Duke recognizing your voice. The biggest one, though, is that you'd rather be in your room for a while than enduring more of this tension.

She nods, “I thought so. Believe me, he's intimidating even to those of us who share his fellowship, and you're fresh off a day colonyside and probably want to clean up a bit. Come along, this way.” She leads you farther into the officers' section. It's profoundly strange, seeing ornate wooden doors set into the smooth, white walls of the ship, a completely unfamiliar aesthetic. All of the Jovian ships you've been on have been modern, functional, and the same goes for the pirate ships you've seen. This battleship is strangely...luxurious is the closest word that comes to mind. There are tapestries in the mechbay, for Jove's sake.

She places her palm against the lock on one of the doors, and it pops open. Inside are probably the nicest quarters you've ever stayed in, objectively speaking. In terms of how well you actually like it, it has no game console and none of your models or posters or anything and therefore it's inherently awful. The bed looks thick enough to drown in, and window-shaped viewports projecting a holographic view of the stars outside give you the rather dizzying impression of being in a room at the top of a high tower. To your right, along that wall, are doors leading presumably to a hygiene room and storage. You do have a holoscreen, at least, the Avalonians aren't complete luddites.

[Continued]
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>>1367426
We've been fighting stronger foes forever. I mean the Rassheds mech was in the 500s when we we're in the 250s and Lori was way stronger than us but we beat both of them.

>>1367430
We could just send her out in space once the battles stop to do a quick check for anything like that.
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“You've got the run of the ship, save anyone else's rooms and the meditation chamber near the Duke's quarters. People's privacy should be respected. I'll call on you when I'm back, so...try to be here an hour or so from now. If we miss each other, I'm next door, and I'll just be doing a bit of reading. Oh, and if we're lucky...one of your new confederates will be around from now on. You'll like the Sun Knight, Sir Letholdus. Apparently Red Siren indicated to the Duke that he could, perhaps, be returned to us. Dame Gray might be more complicated, she'll be a mentor to you and to Sir Letholdus once we negotiate her return too.” She claps you on the back, then crisply turns around and departs.

You briefly consider making a run for the colony or even sneaking back onto the Rhinehawk for some electronics, setting up Bluegill Joe while you have the chance. No, you don't plan to be here for long, but boredom isn't something you deal with well, it's certainly not conducive to your planning.

That meditation chamber sounds suspicious, so as soon as she's gone, you start wandering around through the officers' section of the ship. The holographic maps are barely needed to identify the room in question. It has a strange, hexagonal door of shiny, black metal and a lot of room on either side. You also spot, before they spot you, a pair of burly Avalonians in power armor, two-handed chainsaw blades resting across their shoulders.

>[Turn back]
>[Try talking to them]
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>>1367446
>>[Try talking to them]

Act like a n00b
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>>1367446
>>[Try talking to them]
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>>1367446
>[Try talking to them]
Man I'm getting really heavy vibes of that scene in Zeta where Kamille tries to escape the base with Four hopefully it wouldn't be the exact same
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>>1367446
>[Try talking to them]
Hey, could you help me out? I need to know where the mess hall is and I don't want to wander into any forbidden areas.
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>>1367446
>>[Try talking to them]
"Oh... Uh... Greetings my fellow brethren... I'm still somewhat lost in this ship and I was wondering if you could give me a bit of help..."
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>>1367441
Yes, but in the singular and some, while pricey, were using that cost in odd ways or had a means of for us to atata.
Rashad was a key example to that. Sure he had quad linked arms, active shields, and large amounts of weight loss, but due to all that, he was oddly easy. Because we hit so often and his active shield kept blocking, we were able to continue damaging his chest and destroyed him that way. Enemies will have better defenses or the smarts to set up counters for us if we head out alone.
Before, Paladins and the like were bonus bosses, things we could avoid. Not so much now.
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>>1367482
>we were able to continue damaging his chest and destroyed him that way
So if we just you know aim for the torso we should usually win. We hit alot and hit hard, if we just aim for the torso we can usually end fights quickly its the targeting other limbs or the head that usually make our fights take longer and make it more likely for us to lose.
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>>1367498
Yeah.. and there in lies the problem. Imagine that rather than having a active shield on his chest, he had it somewhere else? The legs, a tail, maybe have his beam swords serve as beam shields. He'd still succeed on his parries, but because his shield is on his chest, it didn't. Also, enemies with ablative energy shields, or reactive melee shields that are stronger than our fists will be a problem. Likewise, range or mobile fighters are going to be an issue if they keep moving.
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>>1367537
Well Wong's going to upgrade the pastebin at some point and we'll be able to spend cp again to upgrade the Kaiser so we should be able to deal with some of those issues.
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“Hey, um, excuse me.” You start.

One of the armored men glances down at you, and then away. Somehow, he manages to look dismissive.

“Um, brethren...” You continue.

The knight snorts derisively.

“By the Lady, Stephen, stop being a ponce before His Grace catches wind of it and finds a lavatory for you to guard.” The other one swears, smacking his compatriot on the back of the helmet, “What is it, boy?”

“Damn you, Karl! We are guarding His Grace's personal chambers, have some measure of dignity for once in your misbegotten life!” Snarls the first guard, turning on his compatriot, “We are actual knights of Avalon, and not beholden to hold the hands of the most pale-bellied pages this degenerate backwater of a system can spew at us.”

“...Oh no, Stephen.” Karl presses his palms to his own cheeks as if pantomiming a shocked expression in ornate Avalonian power armor, “You're still wroth about that girl on the colony turning you down, aren't you? What did you call this before we got to Auditorium? 'A chance to seed the Lady's teachings on the fertile soil of mankind's home system'? Suddenly it's a backwater? Have you checked yourself for a rash? You're sounding a little bit raw!”

“Stifle thyself, Karl! You know nothing! Nothing!” Stephen bellows. He does, indeed, sound absolutely red-hot angry, “I thought she was a diamond in the rough, a lady among peasants, but NAY! Merely a graceless HARLOT who cannot appreciate the traditional arts!”

“You wrote her a sonnet, Stephen. A sonnet. Not a very good one, either.” Karl tries to interject, “We all tried to tell you it was a bad idea, but...”

“HIS GRACE SAID HE LIKED IT!” Bellows Stephen.

“His Grace was being polite! His Grace is always polite! Besides, he just said it showed promise, not that it was actually any good!” Karl remonstrates.

“Er...mess hall...excuse me please...” You try to get between them. “I fear wandering into any forbidden areas, and so...”

Stephen reaches out, puts his armored hand on the center of your chest, and shoves you. It's a short shove, but an angry one, and enhanced by his armor it has enough force to knock you backwards and slam your head against the wall, your glasses falling off. You stumble back up to your feet, ears ringing.

>[Let it go]
>[Demand satisfaction in the form of a duel]
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>>1367603
>>[Demand satisfaction in the form of a duel]
We can have the other guard take him to the infirmary after while covering for him, and then use that chance to go inside the room.
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>>1367603
>>Take off glove and throw it in his face
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>>1367603
>>[Demand satisfaction in the form of a duel]
UNLEASH THE POWER OF THE STUN!
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>>1367603
>>[Demand satisfaction in the form of a duel]
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>>1367625
..and I just realized that he has a chain sword plus power armor and we have a stun rod. Do.. stun rods go through power armor?
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“Imbecile, get out of my sight.” Stephen snorts, and starts to turn away. So you take off your glove, and throw it into his face.

“Alright, then.” You draw your stun baton, and activate it with a flick of your wrist, “You and me, Stevie.”

Stephen wordlessly draws and activates his chainsword, stepping forward...only to have the humming blade of Karl imposed between you, “Witnessed. This will be a formal combat.”

“I'm not fighting some insolent brat!” Stephen snarls.

“Well, you're certainly not going to cut him down when you're in full sentry armor and he's wearing a uniform. He challenged you formally, albeit rather curtly, and his reasons were just. So either fight him properly or apologize. Look at it this way, a duel will cheer you up.” Karl shrugs.

“He's just a tadpole!” Stephen roars.

Karl turns his head to look at you, then back at Stephen, “Verily, but perhaps not. Look at him, he's ready to go at you right now, and he doesn't give a damn about your armor.”

“Verily.” You agree, “You tell your friend there that Sir Gaius Wesker is about to beat him like an unbalanced RTS. So, are we doing this now?”

“Tomorrow morning would be better, before the tournament. I've got money riding on the Templar.” Karl suggests.

“No! We do this NOW!” Stephen growls, “I'm not going to go easy on you, either.”

Karl sighs, and removes his helmet. Underneath, he has a rather thin face, with high cheekbones and short, rather spiky black hair. A thin shadow of a beard forms a continuous line from his sideburns, down his jaw, and along his chin, bifurcating enough to form a short mustache, too. “Feeling athletic, Sir Gaius?”

“Of course, Sir Karl.” You respond.

“Then it's a duel. Immediately.” He puts his helmet back on, presumably using some kind of comms equipment inside it, as he nods his head after a few minutes, “Great, I got us some replacements. Stunners or live steel, boys?”

Stephen snorts, “Whatever the little ladlet has the stomach for.”

>[Stun rod]
>[Live steel...in other words, things like your monospear and his chainsword]
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>>1367685
>>[Live steel...in other words, things like your monospear and his chainsword]
Should be easy enough to get him injured enough to send to the infirmary after this
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>>1367685
>>[Live steel...in other words, things like your monospear and his chainsword]
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>>1367685
>[Stun rod]
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>>1367685
>>[Stun rod]
He's got power armor, we don't. We also don't have any armor ourselves. Killing our fellows would also be a VERY BAD IDEA.
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>>1367685
>>[Stun rod]
Part of me really wants to go with Live steel, But we have a more important mission to do before we get Ceaser killed in a duel
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>>1367685
>>[Stun rod]

Lucile will have you. No need to be baited.
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Just to clarify, you're not fighting in the hallway. If you duel formally, that means having the same level of armor and same sort of weapon (in other words, live steel or stunners). Karl also just called for more guards rather than just leave the Duke's quarters unguarded.
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>>1367736
Well there goes my plan
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>>1367736
Sticking with stunners. Proves a point, keeps us both capable, and is a less dickish option for a small slight when there is no tactical purpose for it.
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>>1367744
formal means formal, not a brawl.

Besides you know hows this goes. Two guys fight, achieve MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH FISTS and they'd 'know' us and me more lax with respect to security.
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>>1367685
[Stun Rod]
>Poor poetryand boorish behavior don't deserve the satisfaction of live steel
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>>1367765
We need to poetry battle with him as we fight with stun sticks.

Just to give wong fits
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>>1367772
No. We do this like a gamer. Monkey Island Style insult fencing!
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>>1367783
insulting poetry?
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>>1367789
>Insulting Poetry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snn1ygOlhkA
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>>1367783
>Like a Gamer
Call him noob and imply we banged his Mother?
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“Stunners. I don't want to cost His Grace doormen this early in my time here. Besides, in these circumstances we need all the living knights we can get.” You respond with confidence.

“Feh, coward.” Stephen jerks his helmet off. He has long, dark hair, a shade of brown just a bit too pale to be called black, and a face that would almost be classically handsome if the features weren't so wide and brutish. Despite his relative youth, you can already see scowl lines starting to form on that face.

“Feh, common sense, you idiot.” Karl responds, “We've got one family heir locked up in some Jovian gaol already, I'm not explaining why you got killed in a stupid duel with a recruit to Aunt Millibeth.”

“You leave my mother out of this, Karl!” Stephen snarls back.

“I will, because I just heard you agree to use stunners.” Karl replies evenly.

“You're related? I'm sorry to have caused a quarrel between kinsmen.” You remark, although without backing down at all from the ass-kicking Stephen is about to get.

“Cousins.” They say in unison.

“Proud scions of the Van Damme family.” Stephen says as though just hearing the name should evoke a kowtowing from you.

“Grandfather was a vigorous old sort. Had sixteen children between two wives and a scullery maid.” Karl remarks with relish, making a hipthrusting gesture to demonstrate, “Who inherited it. Now there's a mob of us.”

“Grandfather was His Grace's right-hand man during the Revolution. Today, the Van Damme line are still the mailed fist of His Grace's wrath.” Stephen proclaims.

“...Except for cousin Hector, the rightful family head, who was taken by the bloody Jovians and is hopefully plotting his escape.” Karl clarifies.

“Keep that in mind as you serve His Grace.” Stephen tries to talk over Karl.

“Er, right. Although I was knighted by the Countess and, ah, I believe she's having me transferred to her service. Like I said, I'm new.” You cut in.

The two Van Dammes trade suspicious looks, “Think she's at it again?” Karl remarks.

[Continued]
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>>1367795
Verily, thou art a squire and your mother the woman of mine children
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>>1367801
...Anon, I love you. Full homo.
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>>1367801
Brutal
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>>1367801
How will he ever recover?
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Stephen glowers, “Shut your filthy mouth, cousin. She made one youthful mistake, it's not as if she's a serial...serial...” He looks for a word.

Karl shakes his head, “Forget it, Stephen. Baseless speculation at best and a dire insult at worst. Unless you want to duel Countess Roosevelt too, let's just drop it. Come on, boy, to the athletarium!”

“It's not called an athletarium, Karl. You made that word up.” Stephen complains, “It's a gymnasium with attached arenas for exhibition matches and...”

“It's a big room full of sweat and muscles. Athletarium.” Karl shakes his head, “You'd be a better knight with a little creativity, Stephen, and I mean that in the nicest way.”

“Not bowing down to your flagrant injustices to language is not being uncreative!” Stephen snaps, as the two of them walk down the hallway, gesturing for you to follow. From the other direction, you can see another two knights in armor arriving, one with her helmet off munching what's unquestionably a festival corndog from the colony.

“Oh, it's this way? I thought it might be here.” You turn to look at the meditation chamber's ominous door.

The two trade glances. Karl shakes his head, “No, that's more...right, you're definitely new. Think of it as a sort of music room. For a very important guest.”

“She who will renew our civilization, rekindle the hearthfire of Avalon!” Stephen says it like he's been just waiting for the chance to use that line.

Karl pinches the bridge of his nose and sighs, “Yes, her. Bradamante.”

“Bradamante?” You question innocently.

Karl shrugs, “Ask the Countess about her, she probably knows more than we do. Scary girl, never says a word, always wearing that helmet and armor. We've been told now's a delicate stage or something and we shouldn't aggravate her or she might accidentally kill us.”

“Perhaps His Grace just didn't want you bothering her.” Stephen suggests.

“Oh? I'll watch out for her. Where is she?” You know you're being a bit less subtle, but who can blame you?

Karl shrugs, “I don't know. With the Duke, maybe? She could be in there, we haven't been on guard duty all day.”

“It's been a while since we've seen her.” Stephen remarks, as the three of you enter a lift, going to a higher level and making your way to a huge, glass-walled workout room with elevated rings set up, circular and steel-grey with a roped fence around each one taller than your head.

Oddly, you do see the Countess, talking to a boy around your age with black hair, a pair of swords at his waist, and oddly pointed ears. Maybe he's a relative too, or something. She sees you, and her brow furrows in mild consternation.

[Continued]
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>>1367823
I like Karl, he's good people
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>>1367801
What's next do we imply his blade length is inadequate for a knight of his stature?
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>>1367830
or that he handles his weapon worse than a squire
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>>1367830
Indeed, your sword is more like a dagger unfit for even a squire to wield?
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>>1367830
Or that he fornicates with beasts.
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>>1367830
Knave, thou must haveth no zweihander but merely a dagger
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>>1367834
>>1367837
>>1367838
His Sour demeanor and Uncouth Vernacular would only be at home with most foul of Knaves
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>>1367842

Grandpa, how did you save grandma again?

Well kid first I punched out a guy, then I got a lecture, then I stole a bike, electrocuted one of my friends, got a uniform, snuck onto the Duke's ship with the help of a pretty girl, got inducted into their army, and then spent a good while coming up with funny sounding ways to tell a guy his dick was tiny, he fucked animals, and that his mother was a whore.

And that was just the first 30 minutes.

...Grandpa do you need your pills agai-

Don't you sass me.
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>>1367830
You have all the marking of a man of uncertain birth, tell me knave canst thou pick thine father out of a room or dost thou just say the last man to leave thine mother's abode?
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>>1367861
>>1367859
We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled MSPQ to bring you the Roast of Sir Stephen Van Damme
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Hmmm...it IS pretty late. How do you guys feel about doing the actual duel Saturday evening?
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>>1367873
Whatever works best for you
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>>1367873

A-Grade banter deserves A-Grade Wong, that's my logic.
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>>1367873
Sure. MSPQ before Samurai Jack is the best Saturday I could think of.
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>>1367877
Oh boy I hope I get to have Caesar tell a Knight he has a tiny dick!
Never thought I'd say something like that.
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>>1367873
So we should just keep coming up with insults until the usual time tomorrow?
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>>1367873
>>1367877
This is going to be amazing. Thanks for running wong.
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>>1367891
> Clearly I made the right decision when leaving the Dukes service if this is the quality of his men. The quality of your mother must have been exceptional to have him allow you such a position.

> Tell me, does she just mention your service to the Duke and be vague about details when introducing you?

Go easy on shit-talking his mum, she's the other guys aunt.

Also she might decide to defend her own honour.

We gonna get Caked by Auntie possibly.

Still, the ultimate revenge is banging a dudes mom.
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

“A duel, ladies and gentlemen, a duel! Sir Stephen Van Damme has received, and duly accepted, challenge by Sir Gaius Wesker for reason of insult! Stunners, to unconsciousness!” Karl cups his hands around his mouth, calling out loudly. Everyone training or orbiting around the Countess and the boy stop what they're doing to stare at you.

By Jove you wish they wouldn't do that, being stared at makes you uncomfortable, especially when you're fighting someone older and presumably more experienced than you. A couple of drably dressed crew members remove Stephen's power armor and begin strapping him into something that only looks a fraction less protective, with advanced ceramic and metal plates and a bulletproof underweave. You look around helplessly, devoid of armor.

The Countess beckons one of the crew over, and whispers to them. They dash away, and return momentarily with a gravsled holding a suit of armor even more ornate. It has a metallic finish, trimmed in red, with a T-shaped viewslit and a short Grecian crest. You put it on, and sensors built into the suit adjust to your exact measurements, sealing in place with a faint hiss. Then you climb into the ring with the enemy knight.

“Gentlemen, your weapons.” A crewman announces, presenting you with a variety of stun rods, non-collapsible, to choose from. You wave him off, draw your baton, and flick it to its full length with a flourish. Stephen picks the longest one there, and you chortle mockingly.

He glares at you, “What amuses you so, varlet?”

“Knave, the doppelhander you wield will not embolden the dagger nature hath equipped you with.” You quip in a whisper.

He charges at you, sword held high.

>[Roll 1d10]
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>>1369419
Slightly earlier than usual.
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>>1369419
here's hoping this works
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>>1369419
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>>1369419
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>>1369450

Alrighty, now that things are sorted out on my end, start dropping 1d10+17s
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>>1369604
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>>1369604
Hope we don't draw too much attention from this.
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>>1369604
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>>1369612
>>1369604
Errrr whoops, my 7 key got stuck
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>>1369604
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>>1369604
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>>1369604
need more?
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>>1369609
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>>1369611
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>>1369687
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>>1369689
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>>1369695
So many 6s tonight
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Well, uh. Caesar remains Caesar. One Avalonian down.
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>>1369718
KEK
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>>1369718
I completely expected our shit talk to backfire. Like we call his dick small and he somehow manages to brain Caesar in one hit with a Shock weapon.
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>>1369739
We did invoke the Number of the Beast.
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>>1369718
Man, we are just wooing the lot of them aren't we? Riding a bike like a mad man, then taking out a elite soldier with ease.
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>>1369789
We're drawing way to much attention for an undercover mission.
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>>1369801
Well it wasnt exactly a well planned undercover mission in the first place.
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>>1369801
We were already drawing attention when we met the Countess. At this point, it shows our competence and may allow us access to those spots.Sides, what were you expecting a duel to do, not draw attention?
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His downward strike is excellent, textbook-perfect, and with his longer reach he has every right to expect to land it first. He's expecting you to be scared, to hesitate and be overwhelmed, he's thinking that you don't know exactly what you're doing.

So you step forward and before his strike even comes down, you jab him once in the face and once in the chest. There's a hiss of electricity, and he falls to the ground in a heap.

“Victory to Sir Gaius Wesker!” Karl announces, and there's a tide of applause as you bow to the crowd, “I will ensure my cousin apologizes profusely, sirrah. Justice was on your side.”

The boy with the pointed ears is looking at you very strangely, and clears his throat, “Well fought, Sir Gaius. The matter between you and my vassal is settled, then?” His voice is oddly dignified, like an old man's.

You nod, a sudden, awful suspicion striking you at the word 'vassal'.

“Good. We are in a dangerous land, warriors, but fear not. Through the grace of the Lady, we have prevailed, and our gambit has succeeded. I have had word from Turpin, she and Bradamante have returned safely through the Gate of Jupiter and escaped the system with the aid of the pirates allied with us. The Lady's heir is on her way back to Avalon.” He raises his hand in salute, “Huzzah!”

“Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!” The Avalonians chant, and you belatedly join in, as a sense of cold seeps through your entire body. This isn't going to be as easy as you'd hoped.
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>>1369826
WELL JUST FUCK EVERYTHING
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>>1369826
Well... shit.

Let's hope Rosie's Seduction skill isn't ridiculous or Naomi's going to have to learn how to share.
Or kill Rosie. That would work too.
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>>1369826
..Welp! Good thing we have tried not starting shit. This is going to be a long ruse.
>>1369841
We underestimated the fact that Eustace was actually competent. Of course he wouldn't try shit on us. Why would he? Everyone is focused on the tourney so security would be lax elsewhere which works well for him since his goal was to get Naomi to Avalon. We got played like a damn fiddle!
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>>1369862
>We got played like a damn fiddle!
>A damn kazoo!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbe0QjFc5zU
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>>1369862
Is there a point to ruseing anymore? Cant we pretty much just go back to the kestrels ship once we get a chance?
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>>1369905
Pretty much, unless we want Caesar to try and sneak onto Avalon itself to save her.
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>>1369912

Are we going to use the Shock Baton on the Lady?

Cause at the rate we're going we might just nip this war in the bud if we tried.
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>>1369905
Well, if we want a chance to get Naomi back, we need to head to avalon. Being a close second to a Paladin will help there. If we leave her be she will become the green lady and things get worse. Not only that, but intel is REALLY useful right now alongside possible fracture points for Avalon. Caesar is probably our best bet there.
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>>1369930
I guess. I just dont see Caesar being able to pull off an escape from avalon space on his own though. Seems like something you'd need the whole crew for.
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>>1369949
It'll be tricky, but also the easiest way. Gating there with our entire force will end badly since I'm sure their defenses are beefed up to prevent enemies from stopping her and they could trap us if we aren't careful. Caesar will be alone, but his imprint is much less as well. We'd have to make allies, maybe convince the countess and the Duke, but as Eustace has shown, a small vessle with some aid can slip something important through the cracks if their guard is down or focused elsewhere.
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>>1369978
Problem is we dont have a vessel, small or otherwise, and unless we stumble into a rebel camp or something everyone we are going to meet out there would be green loving cultists and we wouldnt even have our mech.

We needed help just to get a uniform.
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>>1370004
Then it's a good thing we met the Countess then. As is, both her and the duke likely find the whole sacrifice thing off putting. If we play smart they might help us. Either to leave with intel or with actually getting her off the planet.
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>>1369826
Is this a >[Continue] or we're all waiting for Samurai Jack to end?
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>>1370026
The Duke is one of her oldest supporters. I doubt he'll willingly do anything against The Lady.
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>>1370026
I dont know man, seeing as they are the ones who kidnapped her in the first place on the orders of someone they basically worship as a god I cant see them deciding to help us.
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>>1370037
He's also one who was hit hard by this whole thing. Just because you are a old supporter does not mean you will condone everything they do especially when it goes against the beliefs you had that made you support them in the first place.
>>1370038
And doing what you are told does not mean that you like it. Likewise, Duke sees her less as a god and more a friend and mentor. That question with the countess could affect things as well. Either case, the Duke said it best; 'A god can die, but it can't go mad.'
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>>1370054
The fact that he is actually doing it still points to him not helping us get her back. One bit of unseemly work isnt going to get him to turn his back on his nation and ruler for some random kid who is butthurt his girlfriend got kidnapped.
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>>1369826
So we call them out on repeating the most grievous crimes of the Green Men past, mind control, stealing the very freedom of others for their "ideals"?
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>>1369826
Time for more info gathering, I guess.

We now know there are pilots allied with Avalon. We just need to get some more info on them.
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Is Wong dead?
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Game resumes Wednesday, same thread. First match, Pumpkinseed Jager versus Templar.

>>1370293

Five-Man Band, you saw them already.
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>>1370443
Yes, but does Roarke know that they're working with the Avalonians?
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>>1370443
I'll start work on the VS image.
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I don't want to be that guy, but I have to point it out that the Duke probably already knows about us... Pay attention to when and where he decided to inform us of that, he wants to test us and see our reaction, and will probably wait to see what we are going to do.
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>>1369862

Everyone was so 100% convinced that the "Here's what I want you to do..." line from the Duke to King involved some kind of attack on Auditorium. Nope. It had already been established, too, that he'd been able to get supplies, mecha, and himself through the Gate of Jupiter to Qu'lir once already.
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>>1370026
>>1370037
>>1370038
>>1370054
>>1370066
This is an interesting discussion, and I'll just say this. The answer is more complicated than a yes or a no, or belonging to certain factions. Who those two people are matters a lot. I'd encourage rereading that little vignette involving Bradamante, and considering everything the two Paladins have done since then.
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>>1370496
It was pretty clever honestly. When he showed the image of Auditorium, one would assume he had a battle plan. Something directed at us. It's actually a really clever ruse. We focus on what is personal and forget that his role is simply to escort her. We also forgot about that aspect of King when he planned because them coming in was a possibility to. It was a simple strategy in hindsight, but we were preoccupied and current thoughts drifted to the possible cluster fuck.
Well done. You sent us on a proper ruse cruise on a sea of salt.
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>>1370462

No, that's a thing Caesar is in a position to discover and tell Roarke about somehow and you, OOC, already know.
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>>1370517
Exactly my point. Caesar can do some more spying but letting Roarke know that bit of info is vital.
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>>1370523
I can agree to that. We have a few more days before they leave, and even that info can help us with our plans. It narrows down what can happen and what we need to plan for. One option was acting the Duke, but now we know it's a bad idea right now.
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>>1370516

I'm amazed it worked, honestly. I'd also like to say that for anyone who might be thinking "we wasted our time, then!" No. God no. You've done a phenomenal job and made arguably the best choice at every point of this subquest, except for perhaps some of the write-in bits and that's because there's always the possibility of someone saying something just BRILLIANT that completely changes the expected sequence of events so it's hard to say there's a "best" result there.

As a side note, I'm really glad I found that particular suit of armor for Caesar, I'm pretty sure it's literally a redone version of the Faraam armor from Dark Souls. That's yours now, by the way. It's slightly less OP than power armor, but it doesn't need recharging and you can just...wear it around as much as you like, both for swag points and to cover your face.
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>>1370496
I never could think of a good reason why he would bring her to Auditorium.

Now I feel bad for not saying anything about it.
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>>1370523
>>1370534


I'm sure, then, you can guess at what one of the most important decisions Caesar will have to make is. Rest assured, I already have a solution planned to ensure you and the Swordfish aren't parted for long.
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>>1370568
I can see Oda taking the Swordfish for a joyride if Ceaser is MIA for too long
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>>1370568
Well fuck this shit.

I don't think anyone can argue the Naomi is in need of saving.

Let's go to Avalon as a knight and shank some bitches. Fucking cunts keep making our family kill the women they love.

Or we go back and whip everyone into a war frenzy by playing on the tragedy that befalls the Merrows every goddamn time with the Green Men.
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>>1370578
>I can see Oda taking the Swordfish for a joyride if Ceaser is MIA for too long
I can see Akai doing it, after what Karen said about our chuuni girl stealing prototype mechs...
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>>1370540
It's a neat trick in writing that is not used often or well. Either the twist is revealed early, or a plot hole happens because the information is wrong or later changed to suit the scenario. It was simply our fault there.
>>1370558
My thought was that they'd be keeping their eye on him and make absconding with her first difficult. Fleeing in the commotion as it were. I didn't count them having her go ahead on a different ship without them.
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>>1370568
Does gaius make rin's heart go dokidoki
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>>1370582
So... How far should we go with it? Should we use the best of our skills and go from the bottom the the peak as a comet? Or should we just lay low and even let people die just for the sake of some act? Should we kill jovian soldiers if needed? How far would we go for "our brethren" to keep this facade?

>>1370624
Well... "seduce enemy commander" is checked on my list...

Moe would be proud.
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>>1370659
Perhaps you missed the part where there are lines we do not cross? Sides, there is no reason to attack them now. Naomi isn't there and it detracts from the other threats.
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>>1370748
>Perhaps you missed the part where there are lines we do not cross?
But what lines can we still cross? We should have a clean idea of that if you guys are really planning on going to Avalon.
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>>1370762
I'd say we kidnap the duchess and take her back to the Kestrel.

Threaten to seduce all their women if they don't return Naomi.

But seriously playing them outright mind controlling someone will threaten to unite humanity and the colonies against Avalon and could make it significantly dangerous to keep her.

More so than she's worth to the future of their race.

Like keep in mind this scope goes beyond the solar system.
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Honestly, the thing I'm saddest about is that we only got to use one sick burn on the enemy knight. There were some real gems up there.
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>>1370788

This isn't serious, right?
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>>1370880
Meeeeh.

We should def. Kidnap the douchesses.

Maybe point out to the Avalonians that this way of "saving" their people is more likely to destroy them.
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>>1370880
Well, while most of it is a bit headscratching, it might be a good PR move to let people know about them brainwashing Naomi if we find out in character. After all, the extra-solar worlds that support them might back off if we can prove that the whole "take over your minds" thing the old green men did was less propaganda and more "Something The Lady is doing right the hell now, seriously, this is hinky shit." Could cause them to lose some allied support.
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>>1370885
I do not see the point of kidnapping the duchess. I mean, especially as Caesar, the one-woman-man. Even from a pragmatic standpoint, she is NOT worth trading for Naomi in the green-lovers' eyes.
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>>1370891
PR isn't really the point here and it really doesn't do anything new since the public hates Avalon. If anything this makes things worse for us since this means someone is leaking shit. That hurts our mission of actually preventing that.
>>1370788
>>1370885
Trying to kidnap the combat capable and much more skilled paladin is even worse. They won't trade her for Naomi and it just polarizes both her and Duke.
Until the mission is over, we do not spout this shit to the public at all. If anything, contact should be sparse with the main kestrel units. Use the armor to hide our face, keep close, gather intel, find divisive points for the Paladins since they are still human and seem capable of regret and thought.
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>>1370895
>>1370904

"The Public" barely knows about Avalon.

Remember how we didn't even know about the war earlier in the quest? And how Jupiter and Mars are conflicting about Islamic being shoved onto the Colonies and that's hampering war efforts?

This sort of thing could easily unite them. Avalonians not being Green Men would become Avalonians being slaved to Green Men and requiring rescuing or being put down out of mercy.

Much like we've promised to do to Naomi if necessary.

As for kidnapping a paladin, A)We would do it outside her mech and b) we would cheat.
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>>1370904
I'm so disappointed that we joined a pirate group and have NOT gotten a Harem.

Seriously think of the recruiting we could do. "JOIN THE PIRATES! GET YOUR OWN HAREM! WOMEN GET YOUR OWN TIME WITH ROARK OR ONE OF HIS HANDSOME ROUGISH CREW!"
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>>1370929
...I am suddenly worried that Oda may be putting out products that literally say this. I had not considered that as a possibility before today, but that mad weeb bastard would do it.
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>>1370933
You mean excited right?

Jacket, Shades , and hot bitches on each arm is the official Kestrels uniform.

Are you a military lady whose afraid her career has made her miss the best opportunity of her youth? No worries, the Iron Kestrels have plenty of strapping youths who are just as vigorous off the field as on it. True, there might be issues with careers but some have made it work. Even a certain high ranking General is involved heavily with the Kestrels - she's even on the auditorium with them!

> MFW we imply Fairchild is Tsundere for Roarke to the public and people hearing rumors about Regina and Moe attribute them to her.

"Now General, we know that the pirate Roarke has an . . . Unusual fascination for women,but we can't really justify you having a battle to group to chase him down and, bring him to justice as you say. We note that there are previous records of you offering him a position working "under" you so if it's a matter of your love life maybe a flattering dress would be better than a battle group. The Senate session is adjourned."

And a million desks cried out in fear.
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>>1370945
...and just like that, you've sold me completely. Anything that angers Fairchild gets my automatic seal of approval.
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>>1371025
The best part is that it's the kind of rumor where the more she denies it, the more people will believe it.
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>>1370945
I love it.

Anon, you're a genius.
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>>1370929
Not everyone wants a harem Anon. Forcing Caesar in that direction is stupid and unbefitting of his character.
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>>1371136
Agreed. Harems are shit most of the time anyway.
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>>1370443
Aww yeah. I was worried for the last couple of days Caesars bit would finish up while I was asleep and I'd miss it.
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>>1371136
Nobody said Ceaser had to be happy about it.
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>>1371533
If he's not happy, then he won't have one. Simple as that.
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For those curious, the time on my Persona 5 clear data is 93:34.

and I'm already thinking of my next play-through.
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>>1374226
Dont you need multiple new game pluses for everything
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>>1374260
two at least since if you max out social stats on your first game, getting all confidants shouldn't be a problem.

Maxing Temperance is also a plus because you get to keep its final bonus, which lets you pay to act at night after a dungeon dive.
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>>1374226
Been playing SRW V straight for the past week, and it's been feeling like it's that long.
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>>1376236
Cant wait till this college shit is over so I can binge on video games again.
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So in SRW, whenever you save in the middle of the stage, it has little skits, mostly about how good it is to take a break.

One popped up where one of the characters got introduced to SRW...and kept playing for a week.

It knows.
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>>1377083
Such is the curse of strategy games.

/goes to build 21st habitat in stellaris
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>>1377141
Man, I need to play that game. Looks so cool.
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>>1377141
Yeah, need to start Stellaris with the expansion pack myself.

Probably gonna happen after a SRW V playthrough.
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>>1371136
>>1371149

Talking shut about Harems in best Harem Quest?

Besides Ceaser just has to seduce them not date them.
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>>1377175
>>1377308

Play it. The new update is fantastic. Especially finally being able to build them ringworlds.
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>>1377320
MSPQ is one of the very few instances of Harems not being shit. Almost everywhere else they're poorly written and just a lazy excuse for an author to not have to deal with waifu wars.
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Finally can follow again now that my computer isn't destroyed. Looks like I missed the deadline to submit mechs for the tournament. Nuts...
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>>1377342
Heard there was a gundam mod where you can get mobile suits and be zeon. I'm hoping it still works.
>>1377358
Aye, Roarke is a special case because the characters are mature and Roarke takes an active roll. Caesar simply isn't harem route material, though Tabitha may become a option if Naomi bites it.
>>1377685
Sucks when that happens.Well, pick one of the competitors and root for them, there were plenty of good matches in the first round.
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>>1377715
It does last I checked. The mobile suits do a lot of damage and are built insanely fast but they get destroyed pretty quickly.
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>>1377685
At least you can catch up now. Secound round of matches are starting up.

>>1377715
Wish there were more Feddie designs in that mod.
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>>1377799
>Wanting more Feddie designs
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>>1377799
>>1377879
Maybe if the feddies had more then like 5 designs there would be more in the mod.
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>>1377799
you mean pallet swapped GMs?
Anywho, here is the pic for the first match of round one. Finding white haired anime knights that AREN'T yaoi bait is not a easy task.
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>>1377889
Having no idea what the competitors mechs are like or really how the system even works , I'm rooting for not!Hunk in this one. My favorite overall, though, is the ballsy motherfucker who went full Baran Doban with the giant flail. You sir are a man of patrician taste.

While I'm still catching up, please tell me people have selected cool entrance themes for each candidate? It'd make for a cool mixtape I think.

And finally, even if I can't enter a mech in the tourney, could you guys help proofread my design? I'd like to get a better handle on the system in the hopes of playing it one day.
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>>1377914
>Baran Doban.
A man of fine taste I see. Could see Wyatt growing up to be him in time. Made his mech further up for the hell of it. Still, if you got an idea, drop it here and I can look at it.
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>>1377914
No themes for people, wong was against it. not!Hunks mech is slower and does less damage but has slightly stronger armor, a better shield and can burn through the knights shield if it lands a hit with its gun. Its also the heaviest in to tourney which I think is funny.

What robot you got?
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>>1377926
>>1377930
At work, so I can't post anything and even then, I'd really need to double check my math and rules since I made it using an autofill spreadsheet from 1d4chan and my command of the aystem is twnuous at best. Basic idea is that if the Kestrals are pirates, they're going to need a mech specialized for ship boarding actions, B and E, and close combat in confined spaces. So I figured I'd make a Medium Striker that would fulfill that. Armaments were:

1) Limited ammo, high power shotgun with AP, Hyper Velocity, and Scattershot. I think I made it damage 10?

2) AP Boarding Axe with damage 5?

3) Two Magnetic Breaching Charges. Basically high (10?) damage missiles with a short range and high power to break through ship armor or armored doors. Couldn't figure out how to make magnetic mines ala the Kampfer, so went with that.

4) A shield of some kind.

I also think I gave it heavy servos and thrusters in the torso and legs. I got stalled by space and weight efficiency as well as figuring out how to make an equivalent of flashbang emitters in the head (instead of gatlings) or in the shield. Then my computer died and I forgot a lot in the six months it took to replace stuff.
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>>1377982
Range 0 fuse missiles are pretty much magnetic mines if I remember right.
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>>1377999
Yup. Made those before with the Palatine here; https://pastebin.com/pYq2Jjdr and they are functionally the same. If they are non blast you can likely get away with a good number of them.
>>1377982
Scattershot's issue is that it's not good at higher damage since you need to beat the accuracy by 10 to get all that. Hyper velocity is unneeded as well. Halve the kills, make it a burst 3 instead.
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>>1377879
Thunder, we've been over this. For all the shit the Feds and Titans pulled, Zeon was worse.
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>>1378043
>implying that has anything to do with their designs
Oh man, I cant wait to see what new GM the feds cooked up this week.
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>>1378051
Maybe they'll make a ground gundam that isn't shit in it's main environment?
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>>1377982
>Hyper Velocity
I doubt your shotgun has 1.5km range, so that's unnecessary. If Wong's even using the travel time rule, I can't really tell.

Like Dutch said though, Scattershot's bad at high Kill values. Learned that the hard way with the Blitz's sniper loadout. I should probably as Wong if I can trade them out for Blast shots. I'll get around to it some day.

>Boarding Axe
I think the only lowish kill AP weapon in the quest so far is the drill Harpies use, and IIRC the only fight they were in was the one where Roarke smashed 20 or so Harpies because only 3 could get through the Kaiser's Beta Armor, so I don't have anything to go on that would approximate the Axe's usefulness.

Looking at the numbers though, it 3 shots Knight limbs and 2 shots Bluegill/Pumpkinseed limbs. Bumping it up to 6K would take that down by one attack for Knights and Bluegills (so 2 and 1 respectively), but you would need 7K to one shot Pumpkinseed limbs (and 9K to one shot Knight limbs if you wanted that.)

>Magnetic Breaching Charges
They can ablate Starship scale armor, which is nice, but most ships in MSPQ use Corvette scale armor (and usually have around 50SP+) so hitting them with a 10K mine would only ablate a single point of armor. Unless I'm misunderstanding the vague "loses 1 Kill per successful attack of 1 Kill increments."

If you can salvo fire thrown weapons, you could make a low kill version of Dutch's chain mine and load your mech with a bunch of them to shred ship armor, along with 1 or 2 of your mines for doors and mechs. The accuracy bonus you get (8, but I remember reading somewhere that the +8 bonus should be 6, I'm probably wrong) would help you more reliably hit with a large salvo and get crits with them.

>A shield of some kind.
You can hardly ever go wrong with shields.
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>>1378092
Isnt the ground gundam literally a GM with a With some spare gundam parts stuck on?
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>>1378112
Dont know what happened there.
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>>1377982
I'd make that shotgun work mechanically to an AP gun with 1-3 bursts and fluff it as a slug thrower, or one with an incredibly tight spread ala the ARX-7 Arbalest's shotgun.

Which reminds me, I tried to make the Arbalest, but couldn't figure out what would be a stand-in for the Lambda Driver.
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>>1378112
In some weird turn of events, the Ground GM is actually better than the Ground Gundam. either way, it had trouble with over heating and grime, something the Ground type Zaku II solved. A thing to remember is that without the learning computer data, GMs were not that good. Bit less than a Zaku II. But with it, they were much more capable and didn't need aces. Perfect for when Earth used it's human wave tactics.
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>>1378154
Some sort of energy pool maybe?
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>>1378043
They sided against spacenoid independence, they were traitors and deserved to be killed.
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>>1378154
>>1378099
>>1378022
>>1377999
Thanks for the help guys. So aside from the fact that I still don't really know 100% how the damage, weight/space, speed, and maneuver systems work, I think I'm looking at this:

Medium Striker Structure all around with 6(?) kills each.

Medium Striker Armor all around with with 6(?) kills each.

Thrusters in the torso

Shotgun [Right Hand] with 5 kills, Burst fire 3, AP, and a capacity of 3 ammo per clip (2x extra Clips stored on waist ammo rack)

4x Breaching Charges [2 per leg storage rack] with 10 kills and Fuse

Boarding Axe [Stored on Back] with 6 kills and AP

Shield [Left Hand] with stats (?)

Flashbang Projectors [Head] if I can figure out how to make them

Sensors, Liftwire, and Stereo in Torso

I'll plug this into the spreadsheet when I get home. Am I forgetting anything essential?
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>>1378188
That's probably a good way to do it.
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>>1378249
>Medium Striker Structure all around with 6(?) kills each.
Medium Striker torsos have 8 Kills, the Head has 4, and the arms and legs have 5. Medium Striker armor has 4SP.

Assuming all the servos are the same size, heads and wings have half the kills of a torso, armor has half as much SP, and Pods cost half as much. Arms and legs have half+1 the torso kill value.

>Thrusters in the torso
Unless I'm missing something obscure, anything that takes up Space can be put anywhere so long as there's enough space for it. No wait, Handy weapons have to be put in arms and Clumsy weapons have to be put in legs.

4x Breaching Charges [2 per leg storage rack] with 10 kills and Fuse
Don't forget Range 0 since you're throwing them and that'll drop the cost significantly.

>Sensors, Liftwire, and Stereo in Torso
Sensors on a humanoid mech get a -2 malus if they're not in the Head. Put the backup sensors in the torso.
You don't need to worry about specifying where the Liftwire and Stereo are located since they don't take up Space.
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>>1378249
for the flash bang projectors... I'd guess a head mounted missile system with a "smoke" modifier and short duration which you can fluff as a flash bang (flares are a thing but they only increase visibility iirc and can't be used to blind like smoke missiles can)
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>>1378249
oh... what about the Cockpit/emergency escape?
The one that most people use takes up 2 spaces
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>>1378157
>GMs worse than Zaku IIs.

People still believe this?
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>>1378384
Because it's true. Armor was thinner, strength was less, and they were not robust to start with. The beam gun helps them, but these were the sort that used E-caps. If given the same sort of gear, they would be at an disadvantage. What they DO have that did give them an edge was what I just mentioned; the learning computer data. Most mechs, zeonic included, were manual beasts and made every movement difficult due to that. With the data from the gundam, that changes. There were macros, means to automate base movements so the soldiers are able to dodge and shoot better. It gave them a major edge against Zeon, and beam weapons could do well against armor, which is why the GM Sniper II is a intimidating foe.
But the GM itself without all those things? No. They were cheap and designed to be so. The thing that makes them great is simply the weapons that can be taken, and the data which was given to them. As a frame and base machine? They aren't much.
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>>1378314
Handy weapons dont need to be put in the arms.
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>>1378425
... Except the GM is explicitly noted to be better than the Zaku-II in every way, including toughness.

Don't twist facts to suit your narrative.
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>>1378051
>Hating on the Jesta

You are trash.
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>>1378425
>>1378677
>I think this
>No, that wrong. I think this
It doesn't matter guys. Mobile Suit Gundam's just a Code Geass ripoff.
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>>1378691
People hate on Code Geass, but it's still better than ZZ Gundam and Char's Counterattack.
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>>1378690
>literally just a bulky GM
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>>1378712
It's also the basis for the Kaiser.

SPEAKING OF WHICH

Was the Kaiser actually one of the Orange Pekoe team's frames?
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>>1378695
>CCA
>Bad
The only bad thing about it is that it wasn't an ova series
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>>1378725
I didn't say it was bad, just that Code Geass was better than it.

Clearly, you're the one who thinks it was bad.
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Well, this isn't the first time I've thrown the thread into a shitstorm...
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>>1378768
And this isn't the first time that Thunder was Char or Dutchy said the Zaku-II was better than the GM despite all evidence to the contrary.
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So I think I've done this correctly assuming that the 140 is the cap. Introducing Elrey "Viejo" Sadhana and his chicken-legged mech, Lisandra:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c7pHrNlpGz53aR6qOvBtVn6GVDDMZUzZYSn1Hvcl19A/edit?usp=sharing

I expect I haven't done everything right since I couldn't find the handy options under the gun section and I apparently don't have a copy of either rulebook anymore. This was my backup entry mainly because I worried too much about copying the Palantine that was mentioned earlier and I couldn't figure out how to make a plasma-based flamethrower/cutting torch combo weapon in the system and even if I could, I'm pretty sure that's too warcrime-ish for the Kestrals.
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>>1378941
The Palatine is a 181 cp model that I made to see if I could create the Kampfer. Think you are finish. Solid projectiles have their ap in their ammo, not the gun, and handy isn't really needed. Creates a weird nest doll thing if you try to have your handy gun hold something.
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>>1378941
Man its been a while since I've seen this thing. I think the fuel stuff messes with your actual cost though. Handy is under melee weapons as well.

Heres the manuals as well.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQvrB13LOtaRHVLdHpQbm10Q0k/view
>>1378975
I was actually wondering how you work out how much a handy weapon that you are holding can hold.
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>>1378986
Is fuel not a thing then in the setting? I thought for sure it was, but maybe I'm mistaken.
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>>1378941
Also if I was going to do a flamethrower/blowtorch combo I'd probably mate a gun with incendiary ammo and an energy melee weapon together or something.
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>>1378992
Fluff-wise, it is, but it's a pain to do mechanically, so it's ignored.
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>>1378941
Well you made your Breaching Gun and Bayonet Handy. I assume you meant to say they're Handheld.

If you want Wong to include it in the game, go into the Rogue's Gallery and copy the format there in a pastebin. He'd probably take one look at the spreadsheed and decide he doesn't want to deal with that.

Oh yeah, Wong doesn't allow fractional spaces. You always round up spaces that aren't even numbers. So your mines take up 2 spaces and the flashbang takes up 1, etc.

>>1378986
Mekton Zeta specifically says Handy weapons can't be handheld.

>>1378992
Wong doesn't like the idea of mechs losing weight as they fight. He doesn't want to do the math.
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>>1378992
Dont think so. I haven't been using it anyway and I cant remember anyone else using it either.
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>>1379009
I missed that. At least they arent relegated to being arms only.
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>>1379021
I'm pretty sure that's not true and it doesn't make sense for them to not be but I'll just agree to disagree since Mekton's too vague for me to be completely sure.
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>>1379033
Prehensile feet or pincers on a tail arent exactly that far fetched for a robot.
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>>1379009
https://pastebin.com/HCS3JRkt

Think I formatted this correctly?
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>>1379145
There are a couple mistakes, but it's formatted correctly.

Main Sensors take up a space.
It also seems you forgot to list how many reloads your Breaching Gun has (if it still has them, that is.)
I think you accidentally added Active to your shield's name, since it has the stats of a standard shield. You also forgot to say which arm it's mounted on.
You also didn't specify that you have 1 Breaching Charge pack per leg (just adding ",one per leg" after the x2 would be enough.)

Oh, just in case you don't know, Wong's also made some houserules about ammo. I should have told you before, sorry. Ammo doesn't have weight no matter what (and has no structural kills either) but you do add the Spaces of however many shots are in a clip to a gun's total spaces. You do that before space efficiency and Weapon Mating.

You did a lot better than I did on my first pastebin since I didn't copy Wong's format.
Sorry if I'm nitpicking, Wong'll probably just tell you to fix the errors if there are too many.
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>>1379145
So, I know that there are other people helping you with this, but there's just a bunch of things that need correcting so I'm going to show you them.

>Change your arms to Medium Striker arms.
As is, right now your mech can't even hold its own gun. Now mind you, we build our frames using the servos from the core book, so each limb weighs half a ton less than they should.

>Hydraulics: Heavy
Are you actually purchasing Heavy Hydraulics? Cause that's a thing you can do. For the cost of 1/10th the pre-weight efficiency total cost of your mech and a space in each servo, you can an additional 1k to your melee damage and lift 1.5x your normal capacity.

>Main Sensors
Sensors take up at least one Space, except for Superlight. Looking here, it seems as though you're just using the ones in the core, so it should read like this: 4 CP, 1 Space, 2 kills in structure, 1 ton, Sensor Range 7km, Communication Range 1000km.

>Targeting Computer (Torso)
What is this? Are you trying to say that your Targeting system is located in your Torso? Or is there an option that you wanted that you forgot the name of?

>Torso Cockpit with Environment Pod
Please reformat it to read: Cockpit with Environment Pod (Torso)
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>>1379145
>>1379660
cont.

>Stereo (0.2 CP)
Should be: Stereo (0.1 CP). Maybe you mixed the cost up with the Anti-Theft Code Lock? Also an essential to buy.

>Breaching Gun w/ Mated Bayonet
Just mention that you have 2 Reloads for your gun. And change the range to read as 175m.

>Breaching Charge
So, to figure out how many kills in structure each set of charges has you take how many kills it does in damage, then multiply it by the number of rockets, finally divide that number by 15. For non-whole numbers be sure to round up. Using this method your charges should have 2 kills in structure and weigh 1 ton for each set.

There's a couple more things, but I'll wait for you to fix these before getting to them.
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>>1379660
I'm guessing the Targeting Computer LateAnon's referring to is this from the Tactical Display book.

It acts as Verniers for ranged attacks only, mainly to help bricks that get screwed with accuracy due to Maneuver Value.

It's a cost multiplier system and it stops working when the main sensors get knocked out.
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>>1379829
Is that a whole other book? That seems pretty useful.
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>>1379829
Damn, wish I had known about this. It would have been really good for the Blitz.
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>>1379867
>>1379872
Again, it's the Tactical Display book. Basically, it's a splat book that has tables for GM reference, how to play Mekton Zeta a bit more cinematic, some scenarios, this Targeting Sensor, some Q&A, and errata.

Here it is.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/ual56517pazksrj/Mekton+Zeta+-+Tactical+Display.pdf

Also, I have been mentioning the Targeting Sensors in previous threads. Should have done this earlier.
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>>1379228
>>1379660
>>1379666

Thanks for helping me with this. I edited some things after re-reading a lot of the rulebook. Decided not to go with the upgraded hydraulics, which freed up a lot of stuff for me. Also realized I didn't put the weight and space efficiency purchased in the pastebin, nor what they applied to. Updated pastebin is below:

https://pastebin.com/HCS3JRkt
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>>1379829
Goddamn, that looks useful.

Time to find a PDF of Tactical Display.
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>>1367685
>“Witnessed. This will be a formal comb

How long before we see an avalonian WITNESS MEEE
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>>1379984
>Main Sensors (Head): 4 CP, 0 Space, 1 Kills, 1 ton
Are you using Space Efficiency on the sensors? Wong doesn't let people do that.
Also you forgot to change the sensor's weight to 0.5 Tons.

>Handheld Breaching Gun: Range 175m, WA +0, 6K , Burst 2, 10 Ammo Per Magazine (Armor Piercing), 9.45 CP, 10 Spaces, 3.5 tons [5 Space Efficiency Used]
Why does this weigh 3.5 Tons?
To keep the possibility of confusion to a minimum, you should change Ammo to Shots in "10 Ammo Per Magazine (Armor Piercing)."

>Left Arm-Mounted Active Shield: DA -2, SP 8, 8 CP, 1 Spaces, 4 tons [2 Space Efficiency Used]
This is wrong. Like I said, 8 SP and 8 CP are stats for a Standard shield. If it was an Active shield, it would cost 12 (since Active shields all cost 1.5 times their SP value at base) and would take up 6 Spaces.

>Right Leg-Mounted Breaching Charges: Range 0m, WA +0, 9K, 2 Charges, 1 CP, 1 Spaces, 0.5 tons, Fuse (1 Kill of Structure)
Missiles have 1 structural kill for every 15 Kills of damage, rounding up. So from their 18 kills of damage, each pair of these have 2 Kills of structure and weigh 1 ton.

>Head-Mounted Flash Emitters: Range 0, WA +0, 4K, 3 Charges, 0.9 CP, 0.9 Spaces, 0.5 tons, Smoke, Flare, Scattering, Burst 2 (1 Kill of Structure)
Don't forget there's no fractional spaces, these take up 1 space.
I assume that Burst 2 is supposed to be Blast 2. Don't forget to fix that.

>Thrusters & Speed: 2 per leg, 3 in the torso [1 Space Efficiency Used]
Technology in the MSPQ universe has yet to reach the point where you can use Space Efficiency on Thrusters, so you'll need to change this for it to be in the quest.

>Land MA 14
How do you have 14 land MA? Mechs that weigh 20-39 tons have 5.

My advice would be to stop sinking so much CP into Weight Efficiency. People kept doing that earlier in the quest, it both annoyed Wong and wasn't as useful as they thought it would be. Just stick dropping down to -3 MV and go back to the Hydraulics since IIRC they increase throw distance, which will help since your mines only have 150 meters of range. You'll have to ask Dutch about that though, he's actually used them on a mech.
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>>1380113
>>Main Sensors
I'm going off the values described on page 50 of the Mekton Zeta Plus Manual

>>Breaching Gun
Isn't the weight of the gun equal to the total number of kills of the gun divided by 2?

>>Shield
Edited that earlier and probably forgot to save it.

>>Charges
Whoops. Corrected

>>Flash Emmiters
I've plugged them into the spreadsheet as taking up 1 space, but forgot to edit the pastebin.

>>Thrusters
I think I double counted thrusters for Land MA as well. My mistake.

Added in Heavy Hydraulics and cut the Weight Efficiency back to 8 and the Space Efficiency back to 7.

https://pastebin.com/HCS3JRkt
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>>1380150
>Isn't the weight of the gun equal to the total number of kills of the gun divided by 2?
It is. Your Breaching Gun only has 7 Kills in structure, so it should weigh 3 tons.

>I'm going off the values described on page 50 of the Mekton Zeta Plus Manual
Which values? Page 50 has a table, so the values everyone thinks you're going off of is the Medium Striker sensors.

>6 Spaces for Thrusters that cost 8.
Remember, thrusters and other forms of propulsion take up as many spaces as they cost. Let's just make it 3 per Leg and 2 in Torso and call it a day.
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>>1380182
Fuckin' Kill me. Should read: has 6 kills
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>>1380150
>I'm going off the values described on page 50 of the Mekton Zeta Plus Manual
Every sensor on that page takes up one space, there's a specific column on the table dedicated to it.

>Isn't the weight of the gun equal to the total number of kills of the gun divided by 2?
And your gun has 6 Kills. Don't forget Wong declared that Ammo doesn't have structural kills or weight.

>Heavy Hydraulics: +1 Melee Damage Bonus. 1.5x Lifting Capacity (1/10 = 150kg, 1/5 = 1,500kg, x1 = 30t, x10 = 300t, x100 = 95,000t. See pg 117 of MZ+) Servos take up 1 extra space. 0.1x Cost Multiplier.
Your mech is x1 Scale (everything you make is until you run it through Scale rules) so you only need to list the x1 Scale lifting capacity.
>Servos take up 1 extra space
The Hydraulics take up 1 space.

>Left Arm-Mounted Standard Shield: DA -2, SP 8, 8 CP, 1 Spaces, 4 tons [2 Space Efficiency Used]
Missed this, you forgot to erase [2 Space Efficiency Used]

Thrusters & Speed: 2 per leg, 2 in the torso. Flight MA 6
Just noticed this as well, that's not how Thrusters work. At all. First you decide on what MA you want, then multiply that by 0.0375 (the multiplier of Thrusters) then multiply that number by your pre-Weight Efficiency weight. That number is the cost and Space requirement of your thrusters.

So calculating your thrusters, your pre-Weight Efficiency weight is 43.5 Tons, so the equation for your thruster cost is 6 x 0.0375 x 43.5, equaling 9.7875. You round thruster cost to the nearest whole number, so your thrusters take up 10 Spaces and cost 10 CP.

>Weight Efficiency: 8
>Total Weight: 35.5 tons
Always stick with the minimum amount of weight efficiency. Just go to 39 or 39.5, the extra you spend has no effect.
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>>1380150
>>1380188
The Hydraulics take up 1 space in every servo they're in, that is.
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>>1380182
>>1380188
Ah whoops. This is what I get for not reading. Made the edits you suggested and ditched the excess weight efficiency to give my shotgun another 10 round magazine and make my shield DA -1.
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>>1377715

Roarke has the advantage of channeling the spirits of the ancient rock gods, including their legendary sex drives.

Caesar and Amos are both monogamous (at the preference of the thread), while Mohammed comes from a culture where having multiple wives is less unusual and is still heavily hassled by having to balance his two women. If you want to romance Tabitha, though, I won't stop you from trying.

>>1377799

Feddies all rook same.
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>>1380245
A scorned rin is a death-sentence though
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Sidenote: After reading back through previous threads, there won't be any more where I'm controlling both fighters. It always seems to be more mechanically interesting when there's a different mind on either end of the fight. If neither player is controlling their mech, I'll either control one and grab one of you to control the other, or possibly grab two of you and just have you man the sticks.
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>Find pictures that don't look like ass
>Decide to roll up lifepath for the hell of it
>Lifepath for NPC pilot is nearly identical to suspected lifepath of source material inspiration

Even in parallel universes, the dice gods want to make the guy a cheery, vengeful asshole.
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>>1379009

You're entirely correct even if it sounds slightly unflattering in text. Besides, mecha in this setting are literally not using fuel unless I've been severely misunderstanding how a cold fusion engine would work.
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>>1380273
Sorry, didn't mean for that. I don't blame you, if it makes up for it. I wouldn't want to have to track how mech weight changes during a fight.
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>>1380254

Tabitha Roosevelt isn't Rin, but she's enough like her that breaking her heart after accepting her advances would, indeed, be a dangerous path. I'm thinking there's going to be more Caesar stuff between the rounds, I'm having fun exploring some of the Avalonian side of this war after seeing the Kestrels and SSL up close.
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>>1380277

No, no, I was just teasing, I wasn't offended or anything. It's true that I don't like doing unnecessary math. There's a lot of stuff that needs doing, particularly esoteric plot-planning stuff (there's nothing worse than realizing something you had planned makes no sense and having to redo it) and avoiding extra math is helpful.

For instance, I am SHAMELESSLY procrastinating on fixing the system of looting parts for upgrades now that Roarke can mow through armies by himself.
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>>1380292
Are we gonna see some madmax lite stuff for the avalonians. What with the WITNESSED and what not.

I'm not sure if ceasar could fend off a sufficiently motivated tabitha.
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>>1380317
>Max Max

Memes aside, not really, their culture is pretty different.
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>>1380306
I know what that's like, I'm the King of procrastination. I have a FoTS campaign I need to finish, a New Game+ of Andromeda and its multiplayer, I need to finish VA-11 Hall-A, haven't started reading any of The Beast Arises books, still need to get around to getting all the weapons from the Ringed City to +4, have just started a MOO game on a large map today, and STILL have yet to start stating a Dragonslayer Armor mech, even though it seems insanely cool every time I think about it.

In retrospect I need to break the habit of binging a single bit of entertainment until I burn myself out on it. I start so many books and game then just never finish them.
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>>1380360
if you leave them alone too long you'll never finish those games.
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>>1380371
Pfft, I didn't list all the game I've given up on going back to for a reason.
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>>1379021
>>1379033
>>1379040
On a related note I've found myself wondering how entangling melee weapons mounted on non-arm (specifically torso) servos would work. Would it be impossible to use them for anything other than grabbing (since the other options specify the use of arms)? Could you dismember and use that servos size on the table? Could you do none of them, but still obtain the effect of locking the target in place by just making a generic 'grapple' attack with no other special effects?

>>1380273
It's quite understandable, fuel rules are fucking stupid and tedious and kill fun, as does recalculating weight constantly for every bullet fired.

It seems like you're ignoring knockback as well, and this also seems like a good call, because knockback as written is crazy bullshit. If I'm reading it right it seems to have been written with the core game's pathetic laser popguns (where 6k is considered enough to call a weapon 'heavy') as a starting point and just never corrected for the addition of space efficiency and what it would do to weapon creation, since any mech of even medium weight (under 70 tons) *will* lose actions from any attack of even mild power, which would turn fights into a battle of stunlocking, and that's just no fun for anyone.

But then all this is par for the course, for a game with such crunch Mekton puts an unusual amount of the onus on GM's to make calls about its rules.
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>>1369648
Victor, darling, let me just confirm it, are you going to be able to pilot the Templar today? If not, do you want me to pilot it?

Because I may be late one or two hours for the session, depending on how late I get back home today.
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>>1380306
Well, considering that Roarke is in the 'I have my own army' phase, seeing a large number of scrap and parts being funneled and recycled into our machines would make sense. Sensor cores have value, ammo can be re-purposed, armor melted down and reshaped, and thruster arrays reused. It's part of the advantage of not being held back by corps.
Hells, I can see the entire space jam ring reused as well to upgrade something or to make it's own fleet of mechs once it's done. Would see more use than most Olympic arenas.
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>>1380544
>I've found myself wondering how entangling melee weapons mounted on non-arm (specifically torso) servos
Tentacles man.
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>>1380659
I meant wit regards to rules, since they were written with arms in mind.
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>>1380727
Everything but dismemberment seems fine. Probably need two to bear hug though.
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>>1380245
I actuarry rike that arr feddies rook same.

>>1380258
Understood.

>>1380360
I know that feeling all too well.

>>1380657
So, a sort of resource gathering thing, then?
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Can boosters get you to move faster than the 12 MA a turn speed limit?
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>>1380898
they can, but you need to build up the speed. Can't go past 12 MA on the first turn. Way I use them, they serve me well for hit and run tactics.
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>>1380909
Well thats something at least.
Also I think I might have been high when I picked the vayeate instead of the galbaldy for my mechs look. Its much harder then you would think to find a mech with a gun and a big shield that is still sufficiently grunty looking.
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>>1380993
Well, good thing we haven't really seen your Mech. Wong will probably let you use that as your pic if he doesn't already have plans for it.
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>>1380573
I will be studying and then sleeping. I pass control to you my dear. Good luck and have fun. And thank you for the help.
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Alright, folks, still a bit under the weather but we're getting started.
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>>1381839
Horray!
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>>1381839
Take care of yourself, wong. Make sure to take some meds.
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As Caesar settles in for the night after his duel and dinner, getting to know his new 'comrades' beneath the eye of Countess Tabitha Roosevelt, time rolls on. Morning comes, and with it, day two of the tournament.

During the night, the entire arena has been redone. Now a seemingly flat surface is presented to the audience, marred by diamond-shaped trenches dug out of the metal. At least, that's how it looks. Really, the floor has been raised above the bottom of the hull, but the effect is the same. Trenches.

Victor's cheek is practically burning from the friction of the kiss Akai left on it, but friction is warming, the scraping together of two very different souls is what produces the sparks of affection that blossom into the fires of devotion. His Templar is freshly repaired, gleaming with a coat of polish, and he barely hears Roarke Starwind announcing their names as he and his opponent enter the new arena, too busy taking in details of the terrain.

The enemy's mech, in contrast to the knightly Templar, is a heavily armored and upgraded Pumpkinseed, with the Iron Kestrels logo on one shoulder. Its dull, olive-green coloration isn't particularly fancy, built with utility rather than decoration in mind. Its pilot, too, isn't really listening to the announcements. He's busy with his own fears. On the advice of a young man with some surprisingly sensible ideas about Green Man followers, Finn Bodvarsson, the veteran who has come to accept the nickname of Skunk is preparing himself to dissect the Templar and search for some machine that could, upon some unspecified signal, start disseminating spores. Now is the best and safest time, where the cold vacuum of space can flash-freeze them before they hurt anyone. Skunk knows all about spores. He knows what they do. He's seen it firsthand, over and over again, in his dreams every night. He had a name, once, and friends, even family in the service at the same time he was fighting for humanity. He threw all that away with a few steady pulls of the trigger decades ago, but it's something he doesn't like to remember during his waking hours. Not because of regret, or trauma, remembering their faces reminds him of WHY he does what he does in the way that he does it, but because it's a distraction, and right now he needs every ounce of his focus. “Mmmph.” He remarks to himself behind the cover of his gas mask.

[Continued]
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Alright, so, Akai is running the Templar. Anyone want to handle the Jager for this one?
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>>1381918
I might as well I suppose.
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>>1381923

Huh, am I misremembering or isn't the Jager yours to begin with? Alright, you've got command.

Akai! Are you around?
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>>1381943
It is, thats why I might as well. Time to roll like shit. We have seven luck right?
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Rolled 7, 1, 9, 7, 8, 10, 1, 3, 9, 1, 5, 5, 3, 10, 5, 4, 7, 8, 8, 1 = 112 (20d10)

>>1381972
I'm sure you'll do fine.
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I'm here, just give min 10 minutes to check the last posts on the thread
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>>1381972

That's right!

>>1381994

Good!

Jager, give me a 1d10 when you're ready. Akai, 1d10+1 because the Templar is a point lighter.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>1382003
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>>1382012
Thats about right. Fat bastard of a mech.
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Rolled 6 + 1 (1d10 + 1)

>>1382003
FLY MY TEMPLAR! REACH THAT SHINING TOMORROW WHERE OUR LOVE CAN BLOSSOM!

>>1381804
I'll give my best to not dissapoint you, my love~S2!
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>>1381914
>Victor's cheek is practically burning from the friction of the kiss Akai left on it, but friction is warming, the scraping together of two very different souls is what produces the sparks of affection that blossom into the fires of devotion.
That does not sound like they went out for Ice Cream at all.
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>>1382020
Its an honor to be able to be here tonight and have this fight with you, my noble enemy, but I beg your pardon for my manners as I didn't took the iniciative to introduce myself to you sirrah... But it may be useless at this point... I know that you probably have your motives to why you fight in this tourney, but I can't risk not using all of my strenght in this battle... So Lets have a fair match and do our best in the name of all that is precious to us both, shall we?[Distracted, but somewhat nervous]
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>>1382023
>>1382012

Templar goes first, where are you moving to?
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>>1382045
The max height is 200m up(4 hexes), right? Can I shoot people inside of trenches at an agle from that altitude? What would happen then? Do they get any cover?
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>>1382059

Normally you can only shoot down into trenches if adjacent. I'm sure someone will shout out that I'm wrong, but my ruling for now is that for every 50m above base level you are, you can shoot into trenches from an extra square away.
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Rolled 2 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1382045
You know, my question is still up, but this turn I'll shoot at him two times from out of range.

>>1382038
[SHOUT THAT THING THAT THE DUKE ALWAYS SAYS BEFORE A FIGHT]*(SHOOT)*

16 from A crew, -3MV, +1 from tracer ammo, -4 from max range: So +10.

14!
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Rolled 4 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1382073
20!
Let us dance!
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>>1382083
>>1382079
Are you trying to fire at them the other side of the arena while in mid air?
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>>1382079
>>1382083

You actually can't. There's that 50m hill in your way.
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>>1382091
Nope, i'm just firing at him.
From the other side of the arena.
At max range.
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>>1382079
>>1382083
Isn't the yellow bit in the middle 100 meters tall?
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>>1382097
>>1382099
Well, 50. I was close!
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>>1382098
I use my free movement from the legs (2MA, I think?) to jump, then shoot two times.

I probably missed anyway with those rolls... But if that makes sense to you...
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>>1382109
>>1382097
Sorry, meant to link to Wong.
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>>1382116
>>1382097
Wong? Can I do this? >>1382109
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>>1382109

You can't "walk" straight up, no.
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You can (A) Just move instead or (B) use one move action to fly 100m upwards and take one shot at him.
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>>1382156
so to do that would require you to fly up and fire. Is Skunk's player here? He could probably roll to dodge the one.
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>>1382156
It would be a jump... But okay.

Can I walk to 0418 and boost 4 Hexes up, then? Or do I need to use an action for that?

If I need to use an action, just ignore one of my rolls and do that.

Or do you prefer rolling again?

Your desire is my law, my liege.
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>>1382166
What do I roll with a dodge anyway? +8 or something?
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>>1382178
The height thing messed up my actions, do he may tell me to roll again.

But you would roll 16-MV

So, with your MV, that would be +12.

Thats why I decided on shooting even from out of range.
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>>1382189
>so he may tell me to roll again.*
Sorry, messed that up.
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>>1382189
We all got the 10 reflex do we? I forgot if we did or not. I'll wait and see whats happening first.
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Also, for tonight this will be my soundtrack.
Usually i would selct something myself... But today, in the name of Akai's Tamashi I will leave that up in the hand of the collective consciousness of my weeaboo brethren.

SUTORUMO DORAGONS BANZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIII!!!!!!
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>>1382212
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy9wraVhGG8

...
...As it should be, I forgot the link...
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>>1382173

Yes, you would absolutely need to do an action for that.

Jager, roll 1d10+12 versus 14.

Keep in mind, Templar, that height differences still matter when figuring out range. If you're four squares up, shooting at an entrenched target four squares from you, you're crossing nine squares (five down, four over).
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Rolled 4 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1382219
Lets see if this theme music stuff really works.
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>>1382228
Did the job. If its my turn and he hes going to hang there in the air I'm going to spend both my actions aiming my gun at him like hes a clay pigeon.
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>>1382228
Man, you know that Wong get inspiration for the dialogue from our replies, right? Aren't you going to groan at me? No groaning is no fun!
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>>1382249
>tfw the entire fight is just the two of them shooting at each other from out of range.

Nobody would have expected that.
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>>1382249
Fry that veggie lover real good
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>>1382253
>responding to enemy combatants
>listening to potential enemy trickery in the first place
Never gonna make it.
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>>1382263
>Non sniper units having a sniper fight
Somewhere Jesus is REEEEing and no one cares.
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Rolled 1 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1382249
My turn again?

I'll fly from 0418 to 1612 by spending one action and 8 boost points.(12MA total)

Then I'll shoot at him again, 「FLY, TEMPLAR」!

Go for that lucky 20!
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>>1382278
The thought of Victor going on and on to Skunk about honor and bullshit without knowing he's muted is really funny.
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>>1382288
>>1382278

Automatic dodge, you don't even have to roll.
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>>1382288
Think the dice gods hate you, BR. How much ammo does that lance have?
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>>1382301
10.
That was only my second shot, though
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>>1382278
Skunk, your turn, are you going to aim at me more...?

...Deus Vult.
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>>1382296
But for the fact there might be an emergency, or the chance of important information being let slip the radio wouldn't even have been turned on.
>>1382300
I guess I'll aim again for one action and shoot with the other.
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Rolled 3 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1382330
Which is with another +12 I believe?
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>>1382334
+11, in fact.

I roll +14, so its another automatic dodge!
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>>1382340
Thats what I get for trying to snipe with a flame thrower.
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>>1382340
+13 in fact... But even with one I would dodge that.

My turn.

So... I was at 12MA... So my new speed limit is 24 hexes, no?

「GOOD」.
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I'm sure something'll happen eventually. We just have to wait.
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>>1382348
I believe you have 8 MA before boosters. Still not sure if you can go faster than 12MA a turn with boosters.
Come and have a go if you're hard enough
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Rolled 7 + 14 (1d10 + 14)

>>1382347
I'm spending one action and 16 boost points to dropkick the Jaeger from his back.

Using three luck on this.

AVEEEEE VICTOR!
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Rolled 7 + 11 (1d10 + 11)

>>1382358
Ah never mind, I forgot you were moving.
Whats my dodge? 11?
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Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1382358
That depends on my max boost, which is 30MA.
Oh Yeah? So I'll answer your challenge! Feel my blazing heart!
First lance attack to his torso, two luck, already accounted for in the roll.
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>>1382253
>Skunk
>Dialogue

Ha, I would laugh if I wasn't cooing at replacement stocks for my SKS.
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>1382370
No its ten isnt it? Minus 2 from behind.
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>>1382370
+10 in fact.
But the result is the same.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>1382380
Might as well roll for the second so. I'll spend 2 luck too. God damn I wish I didnt forget you were moving. Would have used to free action to hop right in that trench
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1382347
My second attack!
You are a worthy foe, but there can be.... ONLY ONE!

+2 luck, already accounted for again.

Aiming for the torso.
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>>1382358
>Still not sure if you can go faster than 12MA a turn with boosters
You can, but you have to be going at 12 MA on the turn before. Boosters are just malleable MA points.

>>1382379
17 vs 21, no crit. Unless BR didn't add luck to his roll's bonus.
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>>1382395
Am I dead or should I roll again?
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>>1382371

Hold on for one second, that roll is accepted for your second attack but KINDLY stop rolling for a MOMENT!

>>1382370

Your Dodge is +12. Akai's dropkick hit, and it will hit for a significant amount of damage (Akai, how many spaces did you move exactly, since I figure you just now calculated it?) if you don't parry. Your parry is ALSO at +12, and you can spend luck if you like.
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>>1382400
I dunno, I'm not paying attention to all the math.

I do know you didn't roll dodges for his attacks though.
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Jesus, Akai, you're doing this so fast Jager has zero time to react and nobody has time to check your math and help him. Sit for a spell.
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>>1382404
Wong, I dropkicked him from his back like Dutch did to me.
He gets +10, no? -2 from being attacked from behind.
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>>1382404
BR moved behind him, he has the back attack malus and can't parry.

I don't want to be that guy, but is this seriously how everyone is going to fight from now on?
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Rolled 8 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

Wait a second, you cant even get behind me in the first place. There isnt any arena behind me.
>>1382404
Here's" that parry Wong.
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>>1382411
How far away is it though? Your MA plus 16 boost would put you over 16 MA so you take a -1 accuracy penalty.
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>>1382409
Okay, I'll explain slowly.

Its the animu music blasting in my ears, it makes me GO FAST.

I was at 1612, after moving at 12MA in the last turn.

So I spent 16Boost points, +4Ma from a movement action to dropkick him from behind, exactly like Dutch did to me by boosting.

So I attacked him twice with my last action, as my lance is quick.

thats it.

>>1382419
there is half hex behind you man, even if it didn't, you would get -1 by getting a side attack.
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Alright, first things first. There's no way to get "behind" the Jager, it's still in its starting position without a full square behind it. So it is entitled to a Dodge AND Parry at +12.

Akai, I believe your speed that round was so great that it actually inflicts accuracy penalties on you. I'm looking them up now.

Thirdly, how many points of your 30 total from the booster pack have you spent?
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>>1382433
At this point? 16.
I didn't spent them in the first action, remembers?
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>>1382433
I believe i get -1 from high speed... But then, he gets -1 from the side attack if I'm not mistaken... Dutch was the last one to use that, so idk.
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>>1382434
I'm like 99.99% certain the free MA from being humanoid doesn't count towards the 12 MA speed limit.
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>>1382438
Oh sorry, you are right, I used 8Boost in the second action two.

So that makes 24 boost used total.
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>>1382432

Actually, it looks as though you can't get a side attack from there either, assuming his Zulu shield is on his left hand.

On the upside, if, as it seems, you traversed 16 squares and got parried, you might actually damage him through his shield with the sheer force of that kick.
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>>1382452
I traversed 20, you forgot the 4 from the MA

So its 14K of damage.
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>>1382432
So you moved 20 MA total and take a penalty of -1 to your hits. your roll total would be 20 for your kick. With his parry of 20, he makes it. Your two quick attacks would also be at -1. If I recall, your lance has no Accuracy buffs, so you roll those at 12.
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>>1382452
Left hands only got the gun on it anyway. I can afford to lose it.
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>>1382452
>>1382457
It just ablates his armor anyway...

Well, now he has my lance attacks to parry.

>>1382419
EN GARD! Roll!
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>>1382460
Well gun and the shield obviously. melee weapon and shield would be awkward.
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Rolled 3 + 142 (1d10 + 142)

>>1382464
Oh shit I forgot about the shield having kills. Lord I'm forgetting everything. Fuck it two dodges.
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>>1382371
>>1382391
>spending all of your luck

Playing very fast and loose with Victor's life, aren't you?

Jager, give me 1d10+12s versus 17 and 23, keep in mind you have 7 points of luck to spend.

>>1382460

Nobody is attacking your left hand. The question is whether your shield is on your left side, like most, or on your right, making you a southpaw.

>>1382459

He makes it, but how much of it gets through his shield and armor, is the question. A boostered dropkick is nothing to sneeze at.

Also, are you taking the two luck Akai spent on each lance strike into account?
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>>1382465
Your shield is Arm-Mounted, you can have your Glaive in your hand if you want.

Also, you can parry with your glaive at +13 or with your Shield(More SP) at +12.

What is your choice?
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>>1382474
They they aren't, and I roll at +13 usually, so with the 2 luck, +15.
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>>1382476

He specified his shield is on his left, so he's using that. Stop making the situation more complicated until we know exactly what's happened.
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>>1382374
Oh that's nice.
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>>1382473
One attack gets in.

Thats 7K AP to your torso... So... 5K of DMG to it?
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>>1382482

You mean +14 with the speed penalty. So he's dodging versus 16 and 22, my bad.
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Rolled 3 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1382473
Ahem. Dice automatically goes to +14 on my computer for those wondering.
>>1382474
I forgot my own shield had kills temporarily. I'd like to spend 2 luck If I can.
>>1382489
You need 2 to kill me If I remember right.
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>>1382484
Sorry....
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Rolled 8 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

And 2 more parries right?
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That attack does 24K total, then. 40+ tons before weight efficiency, 20 spaces moved. -10K for the shield, -5K for the torso armor...that's 9K of damage. Meaning the Jager is down to 1K of torso structure remaining. Basically, the Templar pulled an EXTREMELY effective move off even if it was parried, and if it lands either of those lance attacks...well, what a gambit!
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