Welcome back, Warriors of Phaeton, to the 90th installment of Mecha Space Pirate Quest! I'm Wong, your host and today you are Admiral...er, PIRATE KING...Roarke Susan Starwind, pilot of the Knuckle Kaiser and master of the Iron Kestrels Space Pirate Fleet, now the independent country of Phaeton.Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Mecha+Space+Pirate+Quest%2C+Collective+Game%2C+mechahttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Mecha%20Space%20Pirate%20QuestMaster Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/sSHs0QmFUpgrade Menu: http://pastebin.com/QQQzkFZeList of Moves: http://pastebin.com/HSdyCe2yRogues' Gallery: http://pastebin.com/E9ZcDLfG (finally updated)Brazilia's Kawaii Space Jam Gallery: http://pastebin.com/pZtRmbWSLast time, you negotiated your way into the Solar System League and secured a duel with Major Bethany Cabot, the killer of your brother, who seemed far more eager to fight you than Fairchild was to indulge your demands in any fashion whatsoever. Too bad for her.
Finally time to get that sweet sweet VENGENCE
After a moment, Fairchild's remaining soldiers follow her, trooping behind her in a desultory gaggle quite unlike the crisp formation they had when they arrived. Perhaps no one wants to be the closest to her right now.“Let us speak again after this matter is resolved. Perhaps at the concert?” Asim suggests.You just nod, your mind already a full day ahead of everyone else. You can practically feel the Knuckle Kaiser tearing Cabot apart already, but fortunately Rosita is considerably more politic.“You won't be able to hear a thing over Lysa and I.” She jokes, “...But after that, I'm sure Roarke will be feeling more calm and we can do...whatever it is the League actually does besides bothering us here in the Belt.”“We'll have a meeting to discuss the state of the war, most likely.” General Hatsheput chimes in. “I can't promise anything, new orders may come down the pipe, especially if the Chairman really is going to appoint a War Marshall. I can, however, tell you that the most likely course of action is that you're asked to send a token force along with the next offensive against Avalon as proof of alliance. Getting your banner on JNN would send a strong message to the people of the United Jovian Colonies. I don't expect Fairchild will be very happy about this, and I don't want to speculate at her emotional state after the duel...but I don't see how we can keep her out of this. Like her or not, she has a lot of power, a lot of soldiers, and a lot of sway over the war effort right now.”“You're both awfully confident that he'll win. What happens if he loses? Hypothetically speaking, of course, is there still a Phaeton? Who would be in charge of it?” Colonel Luxol, the one you gather is one of the Chairman's sons or something, inquires, “Major Cabot is quite the skilled pilot according to my sources, and whatever this Nightmare is, it's going to be of SOUL quality at minimum.”“You mean you don't know what it is?” You notice his insignia, “Aren't you with SOUL?”Colonel Luxol smiles and shrugs, “General Fairchild isn't exactly the most forthcoming woman, what goes on in the mechbays of her personal battleship are something even I'm not privy to. Colonel Stern, sir?” He turns to the other Colonel.[Continued]
I can't remember, did we ever play Don't Fear the Reaper during a fight?
Stern shakes his head, frowning, “She's kept me even further in the dark than you. An old grudge, I think. I'm afraid you're on your own, Roarke, and at a disadvantage. She knows just what your mech is capable of, unless you've had another miraculous upgrade since you fought the Praetorian Guard, and you don't know what her new mech can do.”General Hatsheput frowned, “I still can't believe someone uploaded that footage to the holonet, honestly, morale has been awful.”The soldiers behind her, all nod. They have an insignia on their shoulders, not SOUL, but a Roman-style helmet whose horsehair crest forms the shape of a bird's wing, white lined in silver. It must be the emblem of the Praetorian Guards.Rosita smiles her sweetest smile, “Oh dear, what a pity~”“But my question remains, what if he loses?” Colonel Luxol is polite, but persistent.“Bakana! You don't understand aniki's spirit at all!” Oda breaks his silence, shaking his head, “He won't lose. His spirit is full and hers is empty.”You nod, but inwardly...this isn't such a sure thing. You've faced truly difficult opponents before, and that sense of invincibility you had when you first acquired the Knuckle Kaiser has worn a little thin after encountering truly challenging enemies with zero backup. The first Slayer managed to wound your mech and could have destroyed it with a bit more luck, it wasn't prepared for your armor. Rashad damaged your powerplant. Loriette's dance with you was the most difficult battle of your life. Colonel Stern looks you in the eye as the various delegates stand up to leave, shaking hands all around, “I'll tell you something I told one of your wives, once.” He says gravely, “Revenge is a thorny, muddy road, and it leads you nowhere. It doesn't bring back the people you've lost, it doesn't make you feel whole again. You have a lot more to protect now, if you said you were joking about the duel I'm sure General Fairchild would happily accept it.”“No.” You agree, surprised by how sad your voice sounds, “No, it doesn't, nothing can bring back my brother or my captain or my squadmates, or Oda's old First Mate, or any of the crew we lost fighting the Green Skulls. Yes, it's true I have a lot to protect now, but that's why I have to do this. As long as Fairchild has her hatchetwoman around, none of us are truly safe. It's time for an ending, and fate's delivered me the chance to deliver it. I won't turn it down. Even if I don't feel better afterwards, this is the right thing to do.”He nods, a slight smile appearing, “As one man to another, I can't gainsay your decision. Good luck, Admi-er, Pirate King Starwind.” He bows, and you bow back.[Continued]
Leaving the meeting, Miles and Captain Flint wait until out of earshot of the delegates and both start speaking at once. Moses Flint closes his mouth, perhaps out of respect for Miles' new position, and she preens a little before she says it plainly, “Dude, Fairchild is going to cheat. She's going to cheat her ass off and you know it.”“I know, I'm prepared for that.” You respond firmly, “Twenty-four hours to prepare Cabot's mech? She's plotting something...but if she thinks another one of those weird drone mecha will fool me, she's wrong. I know what to look for when I see them now.”“Sir, with all due respect.” Flint interjects, “I advise you launch an immediate military strike to seize General Hermione Fairchild, her subordinates, and her starship. It's up to you whether you have the duel, it's your way even if I think it's a damnfool thing sometimes, but there's no sense in just letting her scheme. I think her own people there aren't exactly her friends, we could have their support with a few words and a carefully-prepared story.”Captain Oda shakes his head, “You don't understand aniki either! He'll let her line up her scheme and then cleave it down the middle! It's the only way to crush her evil soul! To truly defeat someone, you have to beat them at their strongest!”You glance at Beckingham, “What do you think, Harold?”Captain Beckingham looks up from his PC, his prosthetic eye swiveling towards you, and frowns, “Sorry, sir...I mean, your Majesty, I've been trying to reach Bruce Kelly. Apparently his woman, Rebecca...”“I always thought her name was Sheila?” You remember her vaguely. Short, kind of slender, rather unusual accent.“No, no, in Bruce's dialect that just means 'woman', he says she's been missing since the start of the Tournament. Went off into the woods on a hunting trip after they had a tiff and vanished, he's gone looking for her. He's supposed to be my First Mate, but he's utterly irresponsible sometimes.” Beckingham clicks his tongue in dismay over his friend's behavior.[Continued]
>>1661924Hope we get our 10 in reflex and mech fighting with this.. along with unlocking some of that kung fu magic. We are going to need it if she decides to pull out a thick barrier.
>>1661935Cool Bruce ended up joining.
>>1661860So, do we officially get called "Your Majesty" now?We might want to drop the Pirate part eventually.
>>1661935Time for a sidequest, also fuck yea Bruce Kelly.
>>1661948Drop the Pirate part?
>>1661935Welp, she is probably going to try and blow up the colony again. That device was likely her getting orders and now she's fled to not die. Considering her character, I should have seen it coming.
As you're exiting the palace, a Jovian soldier leaps from the window above and lands in front of you in a crouch. She has a pair of curved monoswords dangling from her belt, with a Lieutenant's insignia and the mark of the Praetorian Guard on her shoulder.“What is it now?” You ask, wearily...but she doesn't even acknowledge you, stalking forward and removing her helmet. You recognize her, “Ah, Lieutenant Jane Mappa, wasn't it? Sorry about deceiving you, it was all part of a heist...” Your voice trails off as she walks past you, pushing Red Siren aside with her forearm. The idol squawks indignantly at her, but she doesn't seem to care. Jane Mappa walks right up to Oda and grabs him by the neckline of his kimono.“Ryan! You...you...” Her expression can't seem to choose between happy and enraged.“Eh? Gomen nasai, I know you from somewhere, don't I?” Oda scratches his head, looking confused and uncomfortable. “What Ryan?”Her face decides 'annoyed' is a fine expression to wear, “Don't give me that! Even if you changed your name, I'd know you anywhere! Don't you remember me? Jane? Jane Mappa?” She bunches her hands in her hair to form the shape of pigtails, “Remember? I used to look like this?”Oda takes a step back, shrugging, “Ah, were you the girl who worked at Blue Oni Sushi back when I was first studying the blade? I'm sorry, I really don't know you.”[Continued]
>>1661982Oh mappa hows it going~
>>1661982>“Ah, were you the girl who worked at Blue Oni Sushi back when I was first studying the blade? I'm sorry, I really don't know you.”being Mappa is suffering.
>>1661991We must help her in our quest.And at the same time snag oda a waifu.
>>1661993Anon, sometimes there are challenges where even Thunderbird rolling a 10 won't help. Getting Oda to indulge in 3D women is one of them.
>>1661860Does Phaeton have a flag yet? Before someone posts the Kestrel flag, that's the Kestrel's flag not the national flag.
Rolled 6 + 5 (1d10 + 5)>>1662032We can try
>>1662034It can be our Navy Ensign. The kestrel flag that is.
>>1661982I say we support Lt.Mappa in her pursuit of her Husbando
Rolled 5 + 5 (1d10 + 5)>>1662032
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1662032We can try~Basically we get her to cosplay.
>>1661860I kinda want to expand Roarke's titles. King Roarke Starwind I, Lord Admiral of Phaeton and Master of the Belt.Lord Admiral, because he's the supreme military commander of Phaeton. Master of the Belt because he's laying claim to it's ownership. Two titles that actually matter and can be passed on.
>>1662034It can still be the national flag.
Her expression becomes confused, “No, Jane MAPPA. I became Master O'Leary's pupil a year or so after you? We had classes together? I was always a few steps behind you? Don't you remember?”“Gomen nasai again, it doesn't ring any bells.” Oda adjusts the collar of his kimono.“I made you lunch!” She snaps, “Three separate times! THREE!”The big guy pokes his index fingertips together, “Uh, um. I remember a lot of tasty lunches.”Jane Mappa's confused look becomes a scowl, one eyebrow twitching, “You...you mean...all of that time and you didn't even NOTICE me!? Draw your swords, Ryan! I'm here to deliver divine punishment!” Her swords flash from their scabbards, only to be intercepted by Oda's own. Hers have atypically long handles. She grins, and with a flourish...reveals the reason why, twisting the swords around to remove the shorter sheaths covering the short, dagger-like blades sticking out from the pommels of her monoswords.Oh, right, she did say something about spending her life developing a four-swords style to impress some boy, but you must have deliberately forgotten it, it seemed dumb then and it still seems dumb now. Flint starts to draw his gun, but Red Siren smacks his hand away, “Let it be, right darling? Oda can handle his problems himself.”“Aniki! W-what is this? Uwaaaa!” Blades flash as the combatants dart back and forth, avoiding each other's blows, “Yamete! YAMETE!” You could help him, but...you don't. This really is something he and Lieutenant Mappa have to work out for themselves. You need to see Karen, you need to check on your mech. “Good luck, Captain! Don't lose, Lieutenant!” You call out over your shoulder as you and your comrades trudge away, Red Siren to a rehearsal, the Captains to their ships, and you back to the Rhinehawk for the sake of your mech.[Continue]
>>1662056That would be dumb.The national flag needs to feature a ring somehow.Maybe a golden ring on a black field?
>>1662063Needs to have a skull and crossbones somehow too.
>>1662061Go mappa~ Fight to conquer your man~
>>1662065Just the skull. The common theme with pirate flags is that you put a variation on it but include the skull.
>>1662073Which we already have.
>>1662075Pretty sure the Kestrel's flag doesn't have a skull.
>>1662078Check again my dude.
>>1662078>>1662073>>1662065Our current flag has a skull in the eagle, look closely, its badass!
>>1662078Wait, you dont see the skull?
>>1662063You know, a golden ring around the Kestrel insignia could be a good way to distinguish it, but you don't want your national flag to be too far from your fleet flag if you have one.
>>1662086>>1662087>>1662088... Huh, I never noticed that before.So, white skull surrounded by a golden ring on a black field?
>>1662095We can do it the bong way. National flag in the top left corner of the kestrel pirate flag as the naval ensign.
>>1662095I thought the Kestrel's flag was for the Kestrels and Roarke only with the other pirate groups keeping their flags.
>>1662095>>1662098Is there a symbol fairly synonymous with the belt itself? A ring (or is the orbit more ovular, I forget), symbol/rune/kanji, asteroid something or other? Maybe an item usually onlt found in use by belters, like a charm? I dunno? Needs to be simple enough to work for a national flag that a grade school student can actually draw and is easy to make out from a distance other than right next to it. Ohhhhh could we have a non rectangular flag, like a square, or maybe something more Nepal like? Oh here's a nice unrelated pic.
>>1662114>a non rectangular flagBoo
>>1662113Regimental flags man.
>>1662113We could do as the British empire did and have our symbol incorporated in a corner, or just have fleets and groups run 2 flags, ours and theirs. Either works really.
>>1662114I wanted to go with a ring to symbolize the belt and the unity of the various pirate groups and belt colonies.Speaking of which, how many known colonies are actually in the Belt and how many are part of Phaeton?
>>1662121>>1662122State flags are a thing and I'd rather the groups keep their flags to emphasize their origins.Phaeton itself would get a new flag in order to emphasize that they're all part of it. All groups run the Phaeton flag and their own flags.
>>1662130Having them keep their own flags is a bad idea since it goes against the new identity as one unified state. We want to make this into one giant pirate band and not dozens working together.
>>1662130They can keep their flags but they'll be flown internally or at parades. With the formation of a new state, they are folded into the national militia. Which needs a single unified flag.
>>1662136Tell that to the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_United_States_Armed_Forces
>>1662136Howabout >>1662137 then?And I'm pretty sure that the original 13 colonies kept their flags when the US was formed.
>>1662145They all use the US flag, the Flag Officers flags are different from this because those flag officers we're never part of an autonomous nation like these pirate bands were.
You head straight for the mechbay. One of the technicians, trying hard to look like he's working rather than slacking off, gives you a sidelong look, “Ey boss. Uh, any chance we get the night off? I mean, for celebrating our independence and stuff?”You hesitate, chewing over a response, “I need my mech completely ready and prepped for a combat engagement tomorrow. Once that's taken care of, sure. If you tell me who told you what happened at the negotiations.”The mechanic looks uncomfortable, “Well...it was just in passin', some of us boys were playin' cards with the Bosun, and he got a message from his girl. Was it supposed to be a secret?”You think about it and shake your head, “Not really. Go spread the news, then go have yourself a party. Hoist a pint for me, will you? I wish I could be there.”“You need to take it more easy, boss. Time was, you'd have been the first one drinkin'. All of this bein' King stuff and bullyin' the UJCIDF, don't let it change who you are. Us old hands looked up to you even back when we were one ship and you piloted a Harpy, we're already impressed enough.” His ugly face twists in a smile.You grin, “Thanks for the advice, I promise not to stay sober. After all, a duel at high noon is traditional, I don't have to wake up that early.”“That's the Dude I know!” The tech crows.Karen, overhearing, skips over, nearly tripping in a tangle of plastic piping, “Hey, what meatheaded idiot left this here!?”The technician vanishes so quickly you'd expect he had a stealth system of his own.Karen grumbles, making her way to you with a smile, “So, how did it go? You don't look like they chewed you up too much?” She circles around you like an inquisitive terrier around a german shepherd, “So, you're a King now? You still just look like Roarke to me, messy hair and all.” She grins.[Continued]
>>1662165It literally says they are displayed together.
>>1662179"A king means I can do what I want. And we all know what kings do to queens"
>>1662180They are but they aren't flags that represent a different nation, they are flags given to certain members of their nation.
>>1662191I dont see the problem. The other lads are just military groups, they arent even close to being big enough to be nations on their own.
“And that's all I want to be.” You pull her pigtails, “Yeah, everything went just fine, we got what we wanted...so far...and tomorrow...tomorrow.” You grin like your mech does, “Tomorrow I'm going to smear the woman who killed Cassius across space like the mosquito she is.” You clench your fist, heart pounding with anticipation.“Oh, great. Another duel.” Karen tries to play deadpan, but she's smiling, “I'll have the Kaiser prepped and ready, then.” She goes up on tiptoe to kiss you, “Just...keep coming back alive, okay? Don't make me avenge you. I'd have to fight the others to get there first and that wouldn't go well for me.”“Don't sell yourself short.” You joke, kissing her.A girl makes her way through the crowd. A girl in a familiar uniform, one you've worn plenty of times, the garb of a mail carrier. She has long legs, a youthful smile, and even makes the cap look jaunty over her two long, ink-black sidetails. She's holding some kind of thin, flat package wrapped in yellow-tan paper, “Personal missive for the Pirate King Roarke S. Starwind.” She chirps. Karen grabs it and runs it under a scanner.“Hey!” The girl protests, “Don't you have manners!? He hasn't signed for it!” She proffers her PC with a holoscreen brought up for you to sign with your fingertip.“Huh, just paper and vegetable ink.” Karen shrugs, “Manners, sure, but I also have a wedding day coming up, and it just won't be the same without him. I'd rather be bitchy and careful than sweet and careless.”You give the girl a large tip and a small apology. She smiles, thanks you, and vanishes back into the crowd. You open it. There are, indeed, just a few sheets of old-fashioned paper inside, with apparently handwritten writing. You take out the first sheet, which is in different handwriting and has your name clearly written in the heading. [Continued]
>>1662197They we're all autonomous groups before us that followed their own way of doing things. That's in the past they need to now hold Phaeton as more important than their old groups.
>>1662197Still I think breaking up their fleets and removing all their individuality would be a poor move in this. Baring a major reorg of our military forces to create standardised units, our current fleets are still going to work together in their current configuration as small militia groups working under a combined umbrella. Which means their current captains still hold much political and military sway.Let them keep their old flags as regimental or fleet unit standards and have them fly the new combined naval forces flag.>>1662199Rin what are you doing.
'To His Sovereign Majesty, Roarke Starwind, Pirate King of Phaeton, Protector of the Solar Asteroid Belt, Woe of the Unjust and Defender of the Dispossessed, fond greetings and reluctant farewells.Alas, protocol and the need to serve the Queen as best as I am able prevented me from speaking candidly of my reasons for abandoning Countess Loriette le Kennedy before the other parties at our last meeting. It was difficult to determine how to tell you and Loriette the truth, and after much soul-searching and realizing that it is a task a worn-out fighter like myself is poorly suited for I decided to copy the orders I was given and attach them to this missive for Loriette's perusal. Be kind to her when she reads them, she will need you. To summarize, her rank as a Paladin has been stripped from her, along with the lands and privileges her rank confers, although it has not been formally removed. This act, which I had not believed possible, is apparently sanctioned by the Lady. You must know, Roarke, that I was there when the Lady fell from the sky. I have always believed that she is kindness and justice incarnate, and fought for her on many battlefields, yet since our orders were given to raid the Solar System we have received numerous charges that carelessly breach the bounds of honor, including the injustices done to Naomi Heim, which I am attempting on my own to rectify in my way. Children in love deserve a happy ending, and perhaps I can in some small way deliver it to them. As perhaps I am giving it to you and Loriette. I digress, however, even in writing I find I do not want to confront the truth that has occurred to me, the vile thought that will not let me rest in peace. Is there anything more patient than an immortal being? Would it not be possible for a woman whose intelligence and cunning outmatch that of any regular human to adopt a saint's facade for decades, only to discard it when the need arises? Perhaps I am wrong. I pray earnestly every night that I simply fail to understand, or that someone has counterfeited the instructions we have been given. Whichever way those pieces fall, however, my course is clear. I am a Paladin and a Duke of Avalon, I must deal out justice to those deserving of it. What has been done to these girls was not simply cruel, it was unfeeling, an emotionless and calculated act for maximum benefit at the cost of the innocent, and I cannot let it lie. This course may damn me, but it is one I have set and cannot turn away from now. This may be the last time we speak, but despite the adverse circumstances preventing us from being comrades, know that I hold you in the highest esteem. I cannot ask for the Lady's blessing on you any longer, or on me, but I earnestly hope things go well for you. May your enemies tremble before you, and may your friends know joy in your company. I wish I could have stayed long for the wedding, but alas we must leave promptly.Sincerest regards, Duke Eustace de Rothschild-Beauchamps.'
>>1662223Is...the Duke going rogue? Or is he gonna try and talk and get merked?
>>1662223Goddammit. Stop being so likeable Kirito. Don't die.Theres this suspicion of mine that he knows exactly who Caesar is.
>>1662223That.. is a lot of death flags, Eustace.
>>1662237Him saying he's trying to give Naomi and Caesar a happy ending feels like he knows.
>>1662244sure seems that way
>>1662244Eustace really isn't as dumb as he looks. Let's just hope he lives to use that against our foes instead of us.
>>1662283Eh I still don't want him to join us, he'd make a shitty pirate. Besides I want to completely cannibalize the KoG for the Kaiser.
>>1662283If it goes well he might create a rebel avalon faction that tries to sue for peace.
Soooo, what's the plan for eliminating Fairchild's cheating attempt?Sneaking someone aboard the Iula Maesa to get an in-depth look at the Nightmare? Also, we should send someone to track down Bruce's girl because she's probably going to attempt sabotage.
>>1662312We're probably taking care of Bruce's girl.
>>1662321yeah we should open up the cock pit just to make sure it's cabot before crushing it
>>1662328I don't think they'd go with a remote mecha again since they know we know about it, not without some sort of twist to it
>>1662312I was thinking a more simple approach. Both duelists face each other, no helmets, in person, and watch each other get in their Mecha. From there, it's just riding the elevator out... With camera drones watching both Mecha the whole damn time
>>1662337I'm more worried about a pilot switch last minute
>>1662337no i was thinking more of fatima headband situation wouldn't want to kill an innocent person
>>1662337She'd probably put someone we like in the cockpit in the hopes of us killing them.
...That's a lot to take in. You don't read the part of the message that's for Loriette, that's for her eyes, not yours, but something else is bothering you.“Karen, what was the name of that technician?” You ask, quietly, “He claimed to be an old hand, but...I don't remember him.” He did look the part, middle-aged, weathered grey hair sticking out from under a faux-wool cap, squinty eyes, wrinkles that looked deeper than they actually were. For some reason, the image of the girl who delivered the package lingers in your mind, an oddly incongruous recollection...“Uh, I don't know. He joined right around the time we beat the Green Skulls, I think. Blitzen or something, I really don't remember.” She scowls, “I do know that he's lazy, he's already left to go celebrate and I've hardly ever seen him work on a mech as much as he seems to like looking at them and their blueprints. I always pegged him as more of an enthusiast than someone with real skill.”...Until you remember the last time you dressed up as a mail carrier, disguised as an old man. No wonder those wrinkles only looked deep! A cold hook sinks into your stomach as you realize why, exactly, the man you're supposed to be chasing for that bounty looked so familiar. It's him. Pale Slayer Meridian has been on your goddamned ship for months.>[Chase after him]>[Get his description to the guards and have him detained if he returns]
>>1662352>[Calmly Follow After Him]Patch into the security systems and see if you can suss him out.
>>1662352>[Chase after him]Wait anons, if we get the head back to the guy he might be able to give us info on the Nightmare and its tricks.
>>1662352>Write-inDo nothing.The next time we see him, we fuck him up.Actually taking some action would be found out. He must have some handle on our security.
>>1662352>>[Chase after him]
>>1662352>>[Get his description to the guards and have him detained if he returns]
>>1662359>Member of a bunch of pilots that banded together to oppose us>Just letting him go when he's been flying underneath our security for months doing god knows what
>>1662061>but you must have deliberately forgotten it, it seemed dumb then and it still seems dumb now. I will never get tired of Roarke being the straight man for all of the anime shenanigans that happen around him.
>>1662352>>[Chase after him]I agree with >>1662355 though. We do need to take this calmly and be ready for him.
>>1661860How valuable is that +1 to accuracy that Beam Weapons get for a grunt soldier?
>>1662430Any increase to accuracy is a good one, IMO.Strictly speaking, unless you want the advantages that specialized projectile ammo can bring, it's best to stick with beams.
>>1662430Its pretty good. Makes them more likely to hit in the first place and to crit.
You turn and sprint after him, “Karen, run a complete check on the Rhinehawk's security systems! He's a spy!”“W-what? Hey, Roarke!” She yells after you, but you're already gone. You sprint to the exit of the ship, ignoring the questions from your crew, and struggle to get through the milling crowd of technicians on their way to the shore leave you just gave them. Apparently Meridian told them all you'd generously given them the night off. You're surrounded by smiling faces, cheers, and arms reaching up to pat you on the back, along with unsolicited opinions about what's next for the Kestrels after becoming a country. The ship is currently docked, connected by an umbilical to the Colony, and as you exit the tube you see him standing there at the door of the spaceport. With a mocking smile, he pulls off his cap and bows to you, grey hair hanging over his face, then reaches up to his jaw. Slowly, while maintaining eye contact, he peels the skin off his lower jaw, across his chin, and up the upper side until it's gone, revealing gleaming steel and sharp-looking exposed teeth. Whoever designed his extensive prosthetics had a flair for the macabre. Straightening his back, which makes you realize he'd been intentionally hunching his shoulders in to feign bad posture, he turns away, shrugging off his coat and tossing it behind him as he walks out the door and into the reveling crowd of partygoers.>[Continue to pursue, maybe he'll get cocky and slip up]>[Back to the ship, you still need to show Loriette that missive and can't be running around after ghosts all night]
>>1662491Damn it /k/ and also damn it dinner for distracting me.
>>1662491>>[Continue to pursue, maybe he'll get cocky and slip up]Can't give up just yet, have Roarke throw around his weight as king if we have to catch the guy.
>>1662491>>[Continue to pursue, maybe he'll get cocky and slip up]
>>1662491Told you we should have calmly pursued him.>[Grab a vehicle and then pursue.]>>1662496>>1662498Goddammit guys, don't just blindly pursue.
>>1662491Hey Wong, are prosthetics EMP shielded?
>>1662502He's a cyborg he shouldn't be too hard to spot, plus the longer he's out of our eyesight the harder its going to be to tell where he went.
>>1662461>>1662465Yeah, I figured as much. I'm just trying to come up with some designs for Bucephalus's grunt beam rifle. I'm thinking a bog-standard 6K gun.
>>1662509>shouldn't be too hard to spotDid you miss the part where he infiltrated our ship months ago?Ignoring that, I'm worried he's setting a trap for us. Somehow, he knew that we were following him.
>>1662491>>[Back to the ship, you still need to show Loriette that missive and can't be running around after ghosts all night]
>>1662519>Did you miss the part where he infiltrated our ship months ago?You mean, while in disguise? That's just a tad different from a metal man walking around on the street.But he's obviously leading us to a trap if we follow.
>>1662491>>[Back to the ship, you still need to show Loriette that missive and can't be running around after ghosts all night]Why tonight of all nights? He's going to ambush us and we really do not have the time for it.
>>1662502You probably would have lost him, then. Also, if you grab a vehicle, that's letting him out of your sight.
>>1662557Have we a radio or something that we can shout into? Let people know we are chasing down a cyborg spy?
>>1662557If he's actually still in our sight, can we pursue him above the crowd? Jumping off of shoulders and shit.
>>1662568Right now, he's actually broken LoS by leaving the building. He's wearing clothes underneath the coat, by the way, so you're not just looking for the gleam of metal.>>1662566You can yell for the guards if you want to do this 100% non-subtly and let people know there was a spy on your ship.
>>1662578In that case, forget it. If he's broken LoS, there's no point in pursuing him.Can we put Sam and Clemmy on the case?
>>1662578I'm not 100% sure why we would want to do this subtle. Its not like we arent hilariously easy to infiltrate right now anyway.
>>1662578Scream out into the crowd your offering a bounty on a man who is a cyborg and then watch for someone to start running.
>>1662491>[Back to the ship, you still need to show Loriette that missive and can't be running around after ghosts all night]
>>1662593There's probably a bunch of cyborgs in that crowd you know.If you shout, "That girly-looking guy with the metal jaw," you'd probably have more success.
>>1662491>[Back to the ship, you still need to show Loriette that missive and can't be running around after ghosts all night]Fuck chasing him now.
>>1662601Either or, point is to get the crowd searching for him.
Hey Wong since the vote lost, if we did take Raiden's head back to the tech would we have been able to find out info about the Nightmare from him?
>>1662578Fuck that. Scream out a bounty. A kiss from either your or Rosita and a bunch if money.
>>1662606>>1662634All you're going to get is a bunch of dead people that way.
Alright, it's a bit hard to tell what the actual vote tally is with all of the clarifications and stuff. Vote here on whether to follow him or go back. Keep in mind that you've heard of this guy and even on his own he's supposed to be bad news, so don't say I didn't warn you....That's also a good argument against just yelling out "a thousand credits if you grab that guy with the metal jaw", some of your crew might die if they went for it.
>>1662643>[Go Back]Put Sam and Clemmy on the case.
>>1662643>Chase after himI'd rather catch him now then give him a chance to escape and cause more problems down the road.
>>1662630I'm not entirely sure it did lose, yet, people changed a lot of their votes. I guarantee this wasn't your one and only opportunity and I consider it a given that you're going to quietly ensure he doesn't sneak on a transport off Auditorium or something. Why would you have been able to find out anything about the Nightmare, a mech Fairchild has, from a member of Five Man Band?
>>1662643Don't follow. we have a duel to concentrate on.
>>1662650No I meant the exec who told us to get his head for him.
>>1662643Go get him.
>>1662653Maybe, but it might cost you.
>>1662643Go back. We have people perfect for this, now that we know what he's about. No way are we going to catch him without it being a nasty trap. You want to catch a spy, send a spy.
After some months of troubles i finally managed to have some time to finish the thing i wanted to make to all of you! I still need to work more on it, but here is a preview of it! sorry for the shitty gif quality.
>>1662696Damn, that's pretty cool.Although, is it possible to increase the size of the arms at all?
>>1662675At this point it'll be hard now that he knows hes been rumbled.
>>1662696Sweet man! That's a lotta effort right there. Some parts seem off but its so beautiful it is beyond criticism. You da man! Pirate for life!
>>1662643> Supporting >>1662646
>>1662699yes, i can do that.>>1662704please tell me what parts seem out of place. I might be able to replace them (to be honest, the only description of the knuckle kaiser was that it was the kabakali with a different head)I'm still going to texture it, and maybe add small details. if someone has any ideas, i'm open for suggestions.
>>1662675I mean. Is he even a spy? Maybe the dude is just trying to GTFO and, well, Pirate Ship is a great way to do so.Can we offer him a job?>>1662696Dueces.
>>1662715Drill fingers / knuckles?
>>1662715Probably thicken up the neck a bit, it looks like a lollipop right now.
>>1662696That's amazing even if personally I envision the Kaiser's chest and arms being larger since it's a big, hulking mech. Fantastic work!
>>1662731>>1662724>>1662718ok, i can definitely change that.
>>1662715Well the initial base model the kaiser came from was a heavy jovian model that was essentially a UC gundam Dom so the torso, while likely somewhat different now after all the customization (so some leway for interpretation), should be beefy like a Dom's square-ish torso (although again, lotta possibilty for slight variation). And the rip and tear hands should be much beefier, think abaddon's powerclaw from 40k. You put so much work into that beauty though I almost don't want to offer these criticisms, great job!
>>1662696Considering what Wong said, you could bulk up the torso and arms, keep the shields the same size and shrink the legs. That might be the most accurate version of the Kaiser.
>>1662738>>1662737I think it's the Jesta that would have the most accurate chest.
>>1662739Eh, even if he expanded the chest and arms alone the head and legs would still be proportional, and a bigger chest (assuming the arms are beefed up but not lengthened) would slightly widen where the arms joined, so they're not so close to the torso, so they can be beefed up without crowding or cliping into the chest. Just thinking of what would take the least effort. Keep in mind I know jack shit about 3d modelling. Anyway though I see where you're going with the legs, but I think it will look proportional after the chest and arms are adjusted. I could be wrong though.>>1662737 Oh and again, great work anon, love that model.
As much as you want to go after him, you have a predator's instincts for danger and stop in your tracks. Yes, the urge to run him down is there...but you know firsthand that prosthetic legs in the modern era don't necessarily slow you down, and if he was built to be more advanced than a human he might actually be faster than you. Besides. He wants you to follow. You saw that with how he taunted you with his reveal. He's counting on you coming after him, and you're too canny to be baited into that trap.Briefly you consider promising a bounty for whoever grabs him, but you have the feeling that would get a lot of people killed messily. Besides, you have better options. You're already messaging Samantha as you make your way back onto the ship, with the picture you were provided and a timeframe for the relevant security footage to get a good image of the target together. First things first, you'll have any ships leaving Auditorium screened to make sure he doesn't slip away, then you can get to searching the colony itself. Patience and thoroughness, those are the games to play right now.There are a lot of people who you could fill in on the current situation, that you're now an independent country with all it entails...but they'll hear about it anyway. You have some papers to deliver, and no amount of stalling will make this any less your responsibility, even if none of it is your fault.[Continued]
You find Loriette in the gym, just finishing up. She's perky and cheerful, “Mon Rowarc! I missed you tres sorely on mon run!” She hugs your arm and kisses your cheek, apparently not caring that people are watching. Her eyes, though, are sad, “You 'ave spoken with le Duc? I...should I begin gathering mon zings, zen? I suppose...zis may be adieu, if I am to go with zem.” She hugs you tight, surprisingly strong, or perhaps not so surprisingly when you remember what she is. “I...I will not forget. I will always miss you, always zink of you. Even as I return to Avalon...mon cour I leave as a token in le asteroid belt.” She shakes her head, cutting off your attempts to speak, “Non, non, I know. Zis is unfair to us! I finally understand mon poor cuzzin and 'ow I 'ave wronged 'er...if she felt zis way, zhen...I am le villainess unjust, and deserve le ironic fate of separation from le man I...le man I...” Her face slowly turns red, “Rowarc, I love you. I always 'ave, I always will. Even before our dance amongst le stars, I was yours for le taking, I am shamed to admit.” She presses the knuckles of one hand against her lips, eyes shining with starlight, “Oh, mon cour, you look so pained! I know, I feel le same!” She strokes your hair, “It must be hard, non? Le duty of a Paladin...it is not always easy for zhose outside le order to grasp.”“That's not why.” You manage to get a word in around her.“Mon duckling...un more night. Just un. For us. Le Duc can wait zat long at least for mon Anseis to resume its duties.” She coos.“Loriette, you're not going back.” You break it to her gently.She smiles tremulously, “Oui, you are le pirate superb, who does not relinquish 'is treasures...but go I must, mon sweet peasant prince. Le Lady requires mon blade and mon valor, to vanquish 'er enemies. Do not deny reality, life is 'arsh and separation painful, but someday...per'aps some sweet day your Countess Lori shall see you again, non?” She kisses your cheeks, then your lips. You feel your heart twist.>[Just hand her the papers]>[Try to explain first]
>>1662764>[Just hand her the papers]
>>1662767Also>[Employ comforting half hug-half hand on shoulder your dog just died posture]
>>1662764>[Just hug her then hand her the papers]We're a Pirate King, right? So we can now hand out titles?
>>1662764>Hold her and tell her she needs to prep a wedding dress>Then give her the papers
>>1662764>YOUR GOD DOESN'T LOVE YOU ANY MORE>Turn 360 and moonwalk out of the roomThat should do it just fine
>>1662777S A S U G A
>>1662779Also I found this while looking for >>1662781and now I can't unsee as that one chick who was the Ladies representative.
>>1662782It's supposed to be like a nun's habit and wimple, but all in black. If I'd found that image beforehand, though, I probably would have used it.
>>1662764Can we please also clear the room so that no one else will see this scene.
>>1662786WAR FORMI mean.She's nobility. No way they don't have occasion specific clothes.
>>1662738>>1662739>>1662742>>1662751Thanks for the feed back! I'm gonna work on those points tomorrow.If you have any other idea or suggestion please let me know! Specially with the drones. i have no other input other than they are the forearms of the kaiser strapped to a RCS
>>1662796I think there the pauldrons of our cape
You hug her. You hug her tightly, the papers in your hand. By Jove, Allah, the Christian Lord-God...this isn't easy. You've never been great at delivering bad news, and time hasn't made you much better. As always, all you can do is your best.“M-Mon Rowarc? I know, le sadness is mutual, but...what is zis? Something is wrong, non?” She asks, quietly.You release your hold, and hand her the papers, one hand still on her shoulder.She looks at it, and flips through, “Zis is an official dispatch from le Lady, but...” Then something in it catches her eye, and a sound escapes her throat. You've never heard the noise a rabbit makes when it gets caught in a snare, but you imagine it's similar. The indrawn gasp of sheer shock and pain before the screaming. Her lips quiver, and she starts over from the beginning, “Non. Non. Non non non non nonononononononon!” She shrieks, her legs giving way and spilling her onto the floor. Her chest heaves as, unabashedly, she begins to cry. You sit down with her, take her into your arms, and hold her tight. You didn't know all of the details, but...you know enough. The gym empties rapidly, people can respect the Pirate King comforting a grieving noblewoman, until it's just the two of you and the sound of her tears echoing off the wall. She looks up at you, an almost childlike expression of loss and abandonment on her face, “Rowarc, I...I failed a goddess, ze only goddess, ze...ze only one who believed in me.”“No.” Your voice shouldn't be angry, you didn't intend for it to be anything but comforting, but you can hear the anger in it like a thick, red blot spreading through soft gauze, “No you didn't, and no she isn't. I believe in you, Lori, and you didn't fail. Nobody deserves this.”“Non!” She shakes her head vigorously in denial, “I...I am...non, I was a Paladin, a warrior without peer...”“Well, three have been shot down, and one went missing, right? You're hardly the first.” You regret the words slightly once you've said them, but it's true. “Mon lands...mon...people...le castle and le towns and...and all who looked up to me, everyzing and everyone I fought for, zhey're all...” Her fingers dig into your shoulders, and she buries her face in your chest, a wet spot spreading across your shirt from her tears of pain and grief, “All of mon effort...even ze lives of mon cuzzin's sire and beau...all of it, wasted. In le end even with zhese legs I couldn't take a single step forward.”>[What say?]
>>1662696Damn nice son. 3D modeling is not easy.>>1662764>[Just hand her the papers]And be there for her. Explaining things doesn't always help, but being there as support will.
>>1662800>Find something new to fight for, as long as you just keep going forward everything will be alright.
>>1662800>Hold her and let her cry herself out, tell her She may not be a lady of Avalon anymore but she is a lady of the Belt now
>>1662800>>Hold her and let her cry herself out, tell her She may not be a lady of Avalon anymore but she is a lady of the Belt now
>>1662800>All of mon effort...even ze lives of mon cuzzin's sire and beau...all of it, wasted. In le end even with zhese legs I couldn't take a single step forward.Stand her up."Are you not Loriette Kennedy? Do you care for your people? Do you want them to live in peace? You still have your Anseis, you have your skills. You have your legs. You have the means to take back what's yours. Take those steps, Loriette."
>>1662800They aren't gone. They are still there. It is simply a matter of getting them back. You put effort and worked hard for it, getting it back is just a inconvenience. Sides, you aren't alone there.
>>1662819We really shouldn't be promising to get them back considering we realistically won't get them.
>>1662800>Hold her and let her cry herself out, tell her She may not be a lady of Avalon anymore but she is a lady of the Belt now. The love and dedication she's shown, her effort and nobility given to her people, are not in vain. They've made her who she is, and we could not think better of such a noble paladin.
>>1662800>>>Hold her and let her cry herself out, tell her She may not be a lady of Avalon anymore but she is a lady of the Belt nowI'll back this shit. She WAS a Lady. Now she's a Pirate Queen.She should talk to Rosita. She knows what it's like to be cut loose. And what it's like to make it own your own in spite of it.
>>1662223>His Sovereign Majesty, Roarke Starwind, Pirate King of Phaeton, Protector of the Solar Asteroid Belt, Woe of the Unjust and Defender of the DispossessedIncidentally, these are some good titles. Although, I like "Sol Ring" better than Solar Asteroid Belt.Still want to fit Lord Admiral in there somehow. Lord Admiral of the Kestrel Privateers?
“I...I should never have strayed outside...” She sobs, and for several long minutes, you're not sure quite how long, all you do is hold her.Eventually, though, you find the right thing to say. You stand up with her. She leans on you, her legs wobbly, “You can stand, right?” You say softly. It means more than just those four words normally do.She nods, but doesn't say anything.“If you stayed where you were, in that castle, as someone who couldn't walk for herself...we never would have met.” Your voice is raw, and you take off your sunglasses to look into her eyes, “I don't know the Lady or...or how she sees the galaxy and the people in it. I don't know and...and you know my feelings on her people to begin with, but...I know you. I know you and I know that you are one of the strongest people I know, and you'll keep on fighting even if you're fighting for something new, for a tomorrow shaped by your hands and nobody else's, or for a cause you believe in. I know, saying anything at all probably isn't welcome right now...but it's true.”Her lower lip trembles, “Non, Rowarc, non...you are lovely, but I, I am nothing! I 'ave no lands now, no castle to show you, no green fields to run through with you, le lake where I would feed ducks...I can never...I dreamed...I dreamed someday I would show you...it...it's so silly, non? Zhese tiny, fragile wishes should not mean so much, and yet...oh Rowarc, mon cour breaks to lose them.”“A lady of the Belt can take what she wants, even if she is no longer a lady of Avalon.” You're not sure where the words come from, but they're just...there, and they ring with undeniable truth.[Continued]
>>1662830We aren't necessarily a "Woe of the Unjust" we've robbed plenty of just people. Besides Roarke isn't the kind of guy who would want tons of titles.
>>1662838Hey, the Green Skulls, the Martian Guy, and Fairchild were all unjust and we're definitely a woe to them.I wouldn't mind switching it out for something with actual meaning though. There are duties associated with being Lord Admiral and Protector after all.
>>1662837I mean.She has free reign to steal them back now.Also, how much popularity would we get in the extra-solar colonies if we posted reaction pics of Fairchild`s face when we joined the SSL, or Rosita`s rant.
>>1662838Woe is far worse than "pay a ransom" or "lost some shit".We never took anything people couldn't afford to lose.
>>1662842We're still not that much of a just person.
“B-but I am no more a Countess!” She babbles, “Rowarc, even if mon title is not rescinded, a noble is more zhan zat, mon land and mon status as a Paladin is...mmmph!” Her words are hushed as you kiss her. Eventually, you break the kiss, “I don't care. That's part of being who I am, the sort of noble I have become, someone who can take what he wants...and someday, I'll feed those ducks with you, and see your castle, and everything. We'll take it back.”She blinks at you, big blue eyes wide and tearstreaked, “H-how?”“Marry me.” You state plainly, “Become my wife.”She blinks once, then stammers, “B-but ze ozzers...zhey don't...”“Half of them hated each other when they met.” You inform her with complete and total honesty, “Karen likes you, and Rosita thinks of you as a dear friend. You should have heard her stand up for you in there. The Duke even gave us his blessing.” You smile, “...He even threatened to fight me if I didn't take responsibility.”She giggles through her tears, “I despised 'im so, once, le Rothschilds are a vile family and 'e and mon teacher did never see eye-to-eye...but in 'is way 'e is a good man. I 'ope le Duc survives zhis war.”“As a Queen, you'll outrank him.” You point out.She stares at you in confusion.You explain, “We declared our independence and the formation of a new country. And...we joined the Solar System League. Jupiter and Mars can't touch you now, or us, at least not legally.”She sighs, and smiles sadly, “I suppose you 'ad no choice...”“Lori, the love and dedication you've shown, your unrelenting courage and the way you care for your people...none of it was in vain. You won me. Even if I'm just a poor pirate from the streets of Io who's had some fortune in life, I can see that who you are is a woman worth following, a woman worth loving, a woman who IS noble whether or not she IS a noble...and I want you to be my wife. Please marry me.” You take her hands in yours, and squeeze them.She looks up at you with a heartfelt, teary smile, and this time it's not just sadness making her voice quiver as she nods, “Oui, mon peasant King. Mon beloved Rowarc.”
>>1662848... I still don't like her.
>>1662849I'm sure everyone has one they don't like.
>>1662849Too late. Learn to love her as you would your best girl.They're all our girls.
>>1662851Who's yours?>>1662852I'll accept her, but I doubt I'll ever like her.
>>1662849Sam has a penis.Karen is a socially retarded unhealthy chubby balloon.
>>1662860The penis only adds to Sam.
>>1662858> Fat greasy nerdWorst girl. Only went her route for the sweet Mech unlocks.Rosita is clearly best girl, so #1 waifu.
>>1662862> Doesn't defend KarenI'll accept your position on Sam.Electro-net-tan, when will we meet you?
>>1662849Karen and Fatima will never be best girls
>implying clemmy isn't best girl
>>1662860>Sam has a penis.You say that like it's a bad thing.It's fun to bully Karen and she has that childhood crush thing going for her.Loriette just feels... extraneous.
>>1662864As Head Wife Fatima is considered #1 if we we're doing Primogeniture her son would inherit first.
Oh, right, Loriette is the 6th waifu. That's the real reason I don't like her. Because we went over the reasonable limit.
>>1662875I consider it the 6th ranger rule. It's alright so long as she wears either the white or green pilot outfit.
>>1662868It goes Fatima=Sam=Clemmy------>Karen->Rosita------------------------------------------->Loriette
>>1662873I can't say that you're wrong about her being head wife.But I CAN say you're wrong about best Waifu.Loriette is, I would say, 4th? Rosita, Fatima, Clemmy, Lori, Sam, Karen.
>>1662877>>1662868Er, for me that is.>>1662878Ranking Lori above Sam is unforgivable.
>>1662878Never said she was the best Clemmy>Sam>Rosita>Fatima>Lori>KarenThe first four as incredibly close though.>>1662879Ranking Rosita second to last is just as bad.
Oh man, I totally forgot that Roarke just being Roarke completely fucked up another thing Fairchild tried to do and it hasn't come up at all yet.
I fucking loved this thread. Am a big fan of the mecha action but you do write characters I enjoy reading Wong. you made me actually care about Lori as a character, a lot.Also, I've been thinking of how to stat up the Alteisen Reise and the Rein Weissritter in Mekton Zeta now. Any thoughts on what the weaponry would scale to be if they were built in This setting Weiss would probably be slower, which would just have to to be reasonable. am not sure if the speed of the Weiss is stat-able in Mekton, not sure how it scales up.
>>1662877> Talking shit about the Best Girl who gave us a bio-core.She's EASILY replaced Karen.> Talking shit about our Pirate QueenOnly one who can be considered to really be our equal in having made something of herself with Auditorium.Fatima? Grew up RICH. Sam? Grew up slightly less rich. Clemmy? Awesome murder-hobo, but that's where it ends. Karen? Queen of her mech-bay, scrub everywhere else, and even then she stands on her Grandpas shoulders. Indeed, Loriette should probably take her under her wing socially.Loriette comes in second for capability, since she took back her household as a young crippled child with no allies.
>>1662881Do tell. I desire more fairchild tears.
>>1662877Clemmy=Sam-->Red----->Lori---------->Karen and Fatima
>>1662880It's not that I don't like her, it's that I like the others more and I just plain don't like Loriette.This isn't even taking into account looks, just personalities.
>forgot my pic
>>1662881Seriously.How much political capital can we get by releasing Rosita cutting Fairchild down dead, and her reaction to us joining the league. Like, VietNyan would love that shit given they hate her right?
>>1662881I do like the idea of messing up Fairchild's plans more. She likely has a dozen, but hey, if it messes with that trap..
I like all of roarke's wives for different reasons. They're all great.
Oh, wow, the Karenhate still exists.Without taking sides, I'll just say that she isn't greasy, she takes hygiene seriously even if she's a shameless nerd girl with all of the associated social problems and is responsible for Roarke doujins ending up on samubuy.
>>1662889It'll gain us loads of negative political capital. Remember we're technically allies now and this sort of dirt belongs in the boardroom and the boardroom alone. Not aired in public.
>>1662883I'm not talking shit about anyone. I just don't like Loriette.
>>1662893After playing Persona 5 and meeting Futaba, the archetype grew on me. That said, Futaba is far more adorable than Karen.
>>1662889We're part of Sol so they're going to hate us on principal alone.>>1662882For speed and weaponry I'd say look at where you want it to fit in the grand scheme of overall strength. Look at what your strongest mechs are and where you want it to about be on a difficulty ranking and keep testing it against other mechs until its where you want it.
>>1662893>KarenhateMmmmmm I think hate is too strong a word, she's just far from my favorite character let alone waifu
>>1662887That's because you're a fucking peasant.
>>1662899Futaba a shit, Makoto a best. Hifumi is also acceptable.
>>1662896"anonymously" on the net.>>1662900But you gotta love someone who talks shit to Fairchild.>>1662901>>1662897I'm just talking shit. Karen is alright. More interesting than Sam "I have a penis and I'm sneaky" which I feel has an in-joke somewhere around it, but I can't find it. Maybe it's in Roarke's butt?
>>1662883>talking shit about the rest of the waifusWay to be a cunt.My reasoning for Loriette has nothing to do with her character but the fact that I feel she is one too many. If one of the others had been last, I'd have probably felt the same way about them.
>>1662904Hey, I think Makoto is best girl too but I can still appreciate Futaba.
Clemmy is best girl.Karen is a very, very close second.
>>1662907>"anonymously" on the net.Theres only so many parties who could release that footage. Also to the lay jovian, I believe Fairchild still has a decent reputation. Remember shes the one who gave that address after lori was beaten.
>>1662904Makoto is best girl, Truth
>>1662904Kawakami best girl.
>>1662912Don't give a shit about best girl, but talking shit about any of them is a dick move.
>>1662907>Thinking Sam ever tops>>1662915Kawakami pleases old men for loose change and dry erase markers.
>>1662918Thunder, be nice. Kawakami gives one of the best Confidant rewards and is a moderately sympathetic character.However, romancing her is creepy.
>>1662915Brother.>>1662918You shut your whore mouth.
>>1662899Futaba is like, 15.
>>1662884>>1662889>>1662890I'm just going to tell you so when it comes up later I can mention it in passing.Remember that big implied scheme she had at the tournament? Well, she found a way to bring resources to bear on the Iron Kestrels without directly engaging them, namely by using her clout with the Senate to get a bill introduced in the interests of keeping order in the Belt and reducing wartime costs. Namely, any mech in Jovian-patrolled territory larger than Superlight and not specifically licensed for civilian purposes like construction would be commandeered as military property. In short, Jovian troops would no longer need a crime to be going on or any evidence that you're pirates to get a priority call to confiscate any mecha they encountered. Sure, it's unlikely the Knuckle Kaiser would be caught and anyway, you have (or had) a huge bounty on your head so you'd be fair game to begin with...but good luck getting new mecha in without attacking the UJCIDF, and it would definitely cut down your ability to recruit....and then Roarke joined the SSL and that bill collapsed immediately because it would be violating the rights of a sovereign nation.>>1662882Thank you!>>1662907A lot of Samantha's character development was very early on, which is why she's popular with many of the older players. Also Karen might not have worked up the courage to actually try to be open with Roarke about her feelings if Samantha hadn't befriended her and given her some confidence. Part of Karen's problem is that her growth is subtle and there are a lot of girls who are very up-front and make it harder to see how she's growing. For example, her grandpa is on 16-Psyche now, she's in charge of the mechbay and has had to go from "cute bay mascot" to "bay boss".
>>1662922Which puts her in acceptable range for Akira.
>>1662924Is that what the default PC name is? Because it came up blank from the start for me.And anyone who says Takemi isn't best girl is a liar. Death always makes best waifus.
>>1662913Blame it on Eustace.>>1662909your waifu? A shit. shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.
>>1662923...Thats insane. That immediate outcome of that bill would lead to open war again pirate bands in the belt. You'll require significant amounts of manpower and war materiale to even attempt confiscating every mech you come across. And also directly push every pirate band in the belt towards avalons camp.Was she fucking high? This would have been asteroid belt vietnam.
>>1662924Futaba felt too much like a little sister.It was even creepier when Sojiro wondered what it would be like if you married her right after mentioning that you were like a son to him
>>1662923I'm just talking shit. I don't even know what I'm saying half the time.>>1662928Fairchild would LOVE a backyard 'Nam in which to commit war crimes and make herself feel like a big damn hero killing civilians and shit.The Patton of her day.
>>1662926It was blank for me too but the canon name is Akira Kurusu.Takemi is very attractive, is one of the most valuable confidants, and has a great story and motivation but she doesn't resonate with me the same way as Makoto does. Also, judging from the way her and Akira's casual scenes go, she is heavily implied to be the canon romance.
>>1662932>Judging waifus by the confidant abilitesIf you did that it would just be the twins.
>>1662932You know she locked that door and gave him one hell of an examination. Makoto is pretty great, though, once you bust through her autism barrier. MC's canon name is dumb as hell.
>>1662927Jokes on you, Neo is my waifu of waifus.>>1662930Yeah, she's the groups imouto but I definitely appreciated her Character type more in a romantic sense afterwards.
>>1662923Just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks Fairchild?>>1662928It'd also force militarization into mercenary forces or make mercs go rogue too since they aren't civvies.
>>1662926Akira is canon name, yeah. In context of japan or even just life anywhere 17 and 15 year olds dating isn't exactly cause for alarm.Takemi isn't my favorite girl, but that's ok. They're all Best Girls, from different perspectives.But I'll say she's one of the better ones Hews drew for P5 >_>
>>1662931It would also be directly detrimental to the overall war effort against avalon, considering that significant resources would have to be diverted instead of sent to the front.This would have effectively open a second front. The SSL's Barbarossa.
>>1662928Open war against the Iron Kestrels, yes. She'd love that. Remember that originally it was going to be the Green Skulls wiping out or absorbing all the other pirate bands and then getting crushed by the military.>>1662939...With an offer of official licensing to mercenaries that would make them official UJCIDF auxiliaries under her command (and used as expendable vanguards)
>>1662935It's a key factor. The Twins consistently had the least useful confidant upgrades for me, but I haven't finished ranking them up yet. Triad Fusion is almost useless for the first 2/3rds of the game.>>1662936What's dumb about the name? It's better than Yu Narukami.
>>1662940>Satan is the ultimate Persona of AkiraDid she/he finally break the time loop and win?
>>1662944Ayup. Second front. If that had happened, we might very have been forced to side with avalon.
>>1662941See, you're confusing Fairchild's goals with the SSL's. See >>1662944
>>1662946No, because it's from a very Gnostic sense of Satan. Much like how Satan and Lucifer and Helel are different.Persona 5 uses a lot of Gnostic specific stuff actually. the Demiurge concept comes from Gnostic stuff for sure as well.
>>1662944The fact she managed to get so much power under her control while being such a crazy monster is both impressive and worrying.
>>1662953Persona always plays fast and loose with religions.Still, it really helps reinforce how Chinese Buddhism is really bad fanfiction of Hinduism.
>>1662953 Useful quote. Is from the real world book of Enoch."In the second Book of Enoch, Satanael is mentioned as a leader of the fallen angels that rebelled against YHVH, by refusing to bow to the human Enoch, leading to his imprisonment. Due to his name and role, he is considered an interpretation of Lucifer.In some Gnostic traditions, Satanael is said to be an angel that once served the Demiurge. He rebelled when he realized that the Demiurge was not the true God and granted humanity the knowledge to liberate themselves from the Demiurge. In other traditions, he is said to have created the material universe as a second heaven to rule over and became the God of the Old Testament, making him an interpretation of the Demiurge. "
>>1662945The Rank 10 bonus from the twins is bonkers and something Persona 3 and 4 should have had. but yeah triple triad is pretty worthless until you hit the high fiftys.rank 10 bonus lets you fuse above your level for a fee
>>1662959I mean as far as Devilman is concerned the first part is pretty much Satan, though they never deal with the Demiurge.
>>1662960Wow, that's actually ridiculously useful. And I'm sitting at 500K yen too since I have practically nothing to spend it on.
Incidentally, I'm not the only one who thinks the twins are vastly inferior to Margaret, right? Is it ever explained how they relate to Margaret, Elizabeth, and Theodore?
>>1662923So. We done playing Roarke for the night?I kind of regret the Wafiu shit-talking derailing everything.Haha that's a lie.
>>1662967Saving that. I too have trouble smiling.
>>1662967>Derailing We were pretty much done for the night anyway. And as longer as we're derailing there was something I never got about Devilman, why didn't Satan just make Akira remember their relationship as lovers, or just make Ryo into a chick and then win Akira over? She would have gotten everything she wanted and potentially have won in the end.
>>1662961. . .Yaldabaoth IS the Demiurge.
>>1661860Wong, are you willing to take weapon schematic suggestions that come with lore bits? Like the Bucephalus Mark II Beam Gun I suggested last thread?
When are we running again Wong?
Alright, we'll be ready in a few minutes. Bring your A-Game, everyone, this is going to be the hardest fight so far and I have no idea whether this will be a very short session or a very long session.
KESTRELS, SHOW ME YE WAR FACE.
>>1664210Hope Thunder ate his wheaties/sacrificed a virgin, or whatever he does, today.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1664228Lets see how the dice are feeling
>>1664235Oh dear Better turn up the volume on our soundtrack Thunder
>>1664235RIP.Not a good sign.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1664224>>1664235At least it cant possibly get worse than that.
Sam=Karen=Fatima>Clemmy=Rosita=LorietteI like them all, though.
>>1664210Right then, hope our arm bits can soak up the first few hits.. because I wish to make sure she cannot get a chance to hit us.
You spend the night with Loriette, who cries herself to sleep. Sometimes the tears are happy, sometimes they aren't, you hold her all the same. Despite what you told the disguised Meridian, the next morning you're up early, for an intense workout. Despite your reputation, you haven't fought in a lot of duels that were declared ahead of time, and honestly it's difficult not to get too far into your own head with this one and ruin your mental readiness. You are going to get revenge for Cassius, and that itself is pure elation, the knowledge that you are going to kill Bethany Cabot today. However, you don't become a successful pirate by being fearless. People who completely lack fear are worse off even than people who are ruled by it. Logically, there are things you know based on your prior experiences.The old S-Slayer's missiles couldn't penetrate your armor. You bet the Nightmare's can.The old S-Slayer's stealth wasn't good enough to sneak past you. You bet the Nightmare's will be, or more likely it will have stripped away the stealth systems entirely. The old S-Slayer was bulky and slow. You bet the Nightmare won't be. Fairchild isn't stupid.You want to go train with the Undefeated, but there isn't time for that, and frequently that training leaves you too exhausted and beaten-up for a mech battle. Instead you're about to call Karen after completing your run when she calls you instead.“Roarke, it's done!” She interrupts your questions.“Wait, what's done?” You try to pierce past her habitual enthusiasm.“I didn't sleep a wink last night, I scoured the Kaiser entirely for any kind of traps, tracers, or other sabotage, completely took it apart, and...well...I added a little something in when I was done.” She sounds so comfortably smug, you can hear her humming cheerfully to herself under her breath.“What?” You ask, a bit more tersely than usual.She growls back, “What do you think? It! It's finally ready!”“What's ready?” You're completely baffled.“...Oh, that's right, you don't visit the hydroponics garden on the Rhinehawk much, do you?” She sounds very slightly apologetic for snapping at you.You're even more confused now. “It's been closed for repairs, of course I haven't been there.”“Oh, that's the official reason, yes.” She replies breezily, probably playing with her braids, “Unofficially, I've been doing a little...gardening. I asked Loriette to keep it a surprise for you, but she says she's never, ever seen a mandrake mature this quickly before. Um, I can disconnect it from the HMIS if you want, or I can enable it. It would definitely make your mech stronger, but...Lori says the first time can be a little...weird. The only time a non-Paladin activated a mech with a mandrake it...went berserk.”>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]>[Tell her to leave it disabled for now]
>>1664356>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]>Tell her to have some of our aces ready to take us down if we go BerserkWe're gonna need the edge for this fight.
>>1664356>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]What could possibly go wrong?
>>1664356>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]ACTIVATE IT
>>1664368>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]yeah to add to this get the stone soldiers outfitted with epoxy guns they seem like the best for that job of stopping us
>>1664356>>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]If there is ever a time for a ace, it's now. Especially one that uses emotions. If we are able to go full out on it.. oh man.
>>1664356>>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]Give her a big hug and spin her around, shes done stella work.
>>1664356>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]
>>1664368Gonna go with this. Better safe than sorry.
>>1664368Also serves as double duty if she tries something stupid. Won't put it past her trying to attack the colony or sabotage, so having everyone prepared, alert, and making sure everything is secure is important.
>>1664356>[Tell her to enable it for the duel]It's time
“Fire it up.” You don't hesitate at all.“W-what? You're sure? Just like that?” She sputters, “I mean, I'm glad you have so much faith in me, but I barely know anything about biotechnology...”“I'll need it. Activate it.” You insist.“Alright! Just...just be careful, okay?” She tries to grumble, but the worry is clearly there in her voice.You can't help laughing, “I always am, these days.” You glance back at the squad of bodyguards who accompanied you on your run. They look about half dead from trying to keep up with you, “Prep multiple squads of our best with epoxy cannons in case of the worst. Rosita, Fatima, Clemmy, and Samantha included. Give Rosita some epoxy guns and tell Fatima to aim for the limbs.”“Roarke, it...might not be enough.” Karen still sounds worried, “Loriette saw the footage from when we saw the Duke fight. Some of the Kestrels' best aces even with luck on their side could barely scratch him, Lori says it's because of his mandrake.”“Better to overprepare than underprepare.” You quip.She sighs, “I'll do it. Hold on...alright, there we go!” You blink, “Wait, that's it? That took about half a second.”She laughs into her PC, “It's almost as if I expected you to do the incredibly reckless thing and had everything prepared so it would be ready when you got back.”“I love you.” You tell her simply, and sincerely.“I love you too. Come back to me, okay?” She replies, the same way.[Continued]
>>1664446..Cabot is going to cause us to V-max for the entire scene, isn't she?
>>1664453Any chance you know exactly what page V-Maxing is on? For some reason it's not with the powerplant stuff.
>>166449679 advance manual. For us, it'd be a extra action, another MV boost, +1 MA, +2 melee damage. Considering we have bits, that gets crazy with a maxed power core.
I've forgotten, is mordred still our captive?The news we received was that lori was stripped of paladin rank but what of her?
>>1664511Super mode from G gundam, got it.
>>1664529more like Trans-Am from 00.
>>1664529Pretty much, just no Heat End.
>>1664529We'd have +2 WA weapons with a -1 MV machine. Our attacks would have a natural 19 to 20 on them. We would have at max 6 attacks from our main body, and 18 from our bits. 24 attacks, each one +2 damage.
Much to your chagrin, the Knuckle Kaiser doesn't look any different. There are a few small, tubular ports about as wide as a pencil built into the cushioning of your pilot seat, but...that's it. The duel is too close at hand to give this thing a full test drive. You and Fairchild exchange a few terse, last minute messages, mostly single-word replies. You didn't want to let her know the details too early and risk her pulling anything sneaky. You're forced to use Lysa as a go-between, but you have her number and the idol seems extremely happy to have the chance to do you a favor...even if she makes a few subtle jabs about how the last time she did that you locked her under the floorboards and told her boyfriend she was pregnant. You take them with humor, remembering the good times, even if it's a little bit annoying that she claims that Keith's response was a silver lining and that she should be grateful to you for the prank. You and Cabot meet at one of Auditorium's own mechbays, the one beneath the arena that the contestants used. It's as good a dueling ground as any. Just seeing her face makes you want to crush it into a bloody pulp. Both of you are backed by a handful of guards, while Lysa...clad in pink-trimmed white with a fuzzy hat and a new purse, officiates.You don't see Fairchild anywhere, “Where's your aunt?” You ask Lysa, deliberately ignoring Cabot's attempt to begin some snarky pre-battle banter.“She's sitting this one out, I'm afraid. She doesn't approve, and since she wasn't able to stop the Major from fighting you, she's...ah...indisposed.” Lysa's eyes shift away from yours, “...Indisposed and very, very angry. She drank about half a bottle of-”[Continued]
OOOH BOY. this gunna be gud.
“Shut up, both of you.” Cabot growls, “I want to kill this prick and go back to Jupiter. I hope they give me a medal for this.”Lysa shakes her head, “Unlikely, agreeing to this has caused more political chaos than you know...but once you agreed, sitting it out would be worse, so here I am, here you are, and here the Pirate King is.”“For once, we all agree. Let's do this.” You glance up at the Nightmare. It looks about as large as the Knuckle Kaiser, with something on its back...wings, perhaps? Regardless, it's hard to tell. It's entirely wrapped in a huge, black 'cloak' of tarping and cables, aside from where a hole has been cut to provide access to the cockpit, which protrudes from the gut in a way that makes it resemble the tip of a Scimitar or other Martian mechajet. The head seems to have the two horns you remember, too.“I'd tell you to go to hell, Starwind, but I'm your personal escort there.” Cabot flashes you an obscene gesture, puts her helmet on, and mounts the liftwire, “I'll see your bitches arrested once I'm done defiling your corpse, you shit!” She calls out.“I'll be polite and just send yours back to Fairchild.” You call after her, putting your own helmet on and riding your liftwire up. You activate the Kaiser, and as always, it hums with power. That's not unusual, though. It's strange, it doesn't feel any different than normal. You rise up into the arena, and so does the Nightmare. It apparently has no intention to hide behind the terrain, the same as you, because it floats in midair across from you. One arm is holding something, a long spear with a thin, narrow head...and abruptly, a shimmering, scarlet beam blade nearly as large as your mech's torso sprouts from the weapon's edges. With the other, it whips off its cloak, and you see the monster beneath.It's...slender, with narrow, stinger-like feet clearly meant more for space than ground combat. Its armor coloration reminds you oddly of an oil slick, charcoal from some angles and gold from others, with scarlet-tinged white trim. It still resembles a demon...but a demon from a different, much older culture, with a narrow-snouted, bestial head and two tall horns or ears. Six blade-shaped 'wings' float behind it, most likely drones, and you hasten to scan it as the Kaiser's own four palms detach and pantomine cracking their knuckles.[Continued]
>>1664618>Cabot has Anubis AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
>>1664628Wait, if CC made the Jehuty.. does that mean Cabot stole his design? AFTER KILLING HIM?! Think it's possible to go DOUBLE V-Max?
>>1664628Damn I loved those games, those were some good fights. Kicking Nohman's teeth in was so satisfying. >>1664636Hoo boy.>>1664640Zone of the Enders. Study.
>>1664628At first sight, it looks...fragile. but then again, this is anime logic.
>>1664646Never played it.
Nightmare PrototypeMedium Weight Torso: C/S/K 12, 6 tonsMedium Weight Head: C/S/K 6, 3 tonsLight Heavy Left Arm: C/S/K 8, 3.5 tonsLeft Hand: 2 CP, 1 Space, 1 Kill, 0.5 tonsLight Heavy Right Arm: C/S/K 8, 3.5 tonsRight Hand: 2 CP, 1 Space, 1 Kill, 0.5 tonsMedium Weight Left Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsMedium Weight Right Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tonsArmor: Officer's Light Heavy (7 SP, 10.5 CP, 3.5 tons) on all locations, does not ablate from damage caused by attacks dealing less than 4 KillsMain Sensors (Head): 4 CP, 1 Space, 2 Kills, 1 tonBackup Sensors (Torso): 2 CP, 2 Spaces, 2 Kills, 1 tonAdvanced Sensor Package (Head): 10 CP, 2 Spaces Options: Torso Cockpit with Vehicle Pod (6 CP, 3 Spaces), Torso Storage Module (1 CP, 1 Space), Liftwire (0.3 CP), Spotlights (0.2 CP), Interservo Weapons Linkage (three beam weapons 14 CP), Deluxe Anti-Theft Lock (0.4 CP), Stereo (0.1 CP), Foot Weapon Mount x2 (4 CP, 2 Spaces from each Leg), Interservo Split System (Shield 3 CP)Armament:[Handheld] Variable Beam Partizan: WA +3, 12K (only 2K of structure), EMW, (treats SP as 4 less than usual), Variable (can be converted back and forth as a free action between its halberd form and a beam shield form with 10SP and DA 0), 52 CP, 16 Spaces, 1 ton [Foot-Mounted] Beam Saber x 2 (stats show an individual sword): WA+1, 7K (only 2K of structure), EMW (treats SP as 4 less than usual), 6 CP, 6 Spaces, 1 ton[Arm-Mounted] Advanced Reactive Shield: SP 10 (only 2K of structure), Reset Time 1, 62.5 CP, 10 Spaces (5 per arm), 1 ton[Spare] Spare Beam Saber: WA +1, 8K (only 2K of structure), EMW (treats SP as 4 less than usual), 6 CP, 6 Spaces, 1 tonLight Heavy Drone Control System: 14 CP, 1 Space (head), Control Range 250m, Operational Range 750m, 6 Drones.Thrusters & Speed: 5 per leg, 6 in the torso, 2 per arm, moves 500 meters per turn in flight or can run 200m. 20 CPTotal Weight: 51 tons before 3 CP of Weight Efficiency for a final effective weight of 49.5 tonsTotal Cost: 333.5 CPMissile Drones x6: Tentacle Body: C/S/K 10, 5 tonsArmor: Medium Weight (6 SP, 6 CP, 3 tons)Armament: 1 Missile Pod, one Blade eachMissile Pod: 650m, WA +1, 6K (2K of Structure), 5 missiles, 6 CP, 3 Spaces, 1 TonMass Blade: WA +1, 8K, 7.5 CP, 3 Spaces, 1 TonThrusters & Speed: 4 Thrusters, moves 500 meters per turn in flight. Goes inactive if 750+ meters away from mother mech, can be given new programs and controlled at will within 250m. Total Weight: 10 TonsTotal Cost: 33.5 CP
>>1664665Missile drones. ayyyyy
>>1664665Well we need to get that Partizan out of her hands,a crescent kick will get her to drop it at the cost of 2 WA, plus its only got 2k of structure so we should be able to break it pretty easily if she drops it.
>>1664665>Torso cockpit with Vehicle PodDirty. She must be banking on nobody but Roarke trying to get her if she tries to run
Rolled 7 + 6 (1d10 + 6)GIVE ME 1d10+6!
Rolled 4 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684
>>1664665Reactive shield, SP 10. Whoo boy, looks like we'd need to kick the shield before even hurting her unless V Max punches penetrate that shield.
Rolled 4 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684YATTE YARUZE
Rolled 6 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684Mix tape mix tape... which song to use...
Rolled 1 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684
>>1664693Don't fear the Reaper obviously, time to finally send this bitch to the grave.
Rolled 7 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684
>>1664698Yep. Time for this waste of skin to die.
Rolled 3 + 6 (1d10 + 6)>>1664684
Incoming missiles! Feed me 1d10+15s!
Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664717
Rolled 3 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664717DODGE
Rolled 68 + 16 (1d120 + 16)>>1664717
Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664717Shut up Cabot!
>>1664684If her mech is based off of Zone of the Enders, does it have a literal 'cock'pit?
Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664717
Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664722>>1664717derp
>>1664726You are the man.
Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664717
>>1664731Now do your part and roll a 10 too
Rolled 6, 7, 3, 4, 10, 7 = 37 (6d10)>>1664720>>1664721>>1664726>>1664729>>1664730>>1664733
>>1664738Already did mate. Got me a 7.
>>1664739I need three more 1d10+15s, parries. You can spend Luck and Maneuver if you like, although these are just 6K missiles.
>>1664739Oh boy.. going to be dipping into the luck for these, huh?
Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664746Come on parry
Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664746
Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664739>>1664746
Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1664746
>>1664748>>1664749>>1664752SMOKING SICK 7'S MY DUDES
>>1664748>>1664749>>1664752Holy guacamole triple 7s.
>>1664748>>1664749>>1664752 The Super Devil is with us!
Rolled 8 (1d10)
>>1664748>>1664749>>1664752I feel like this should do something. Plus side, those 7s should be enough to negate any crit.
>>1664783Nope we gotta take our lumps, its only fair that way.
>>1664792Agreed. Still, was pretty cool.
-1 SP to the left leg and now it's your turn. She's hovering back about 400m away.
>>1664783we find some discarded casino chips in the Kaiser.
>>1664800To quote a classic "Get over here!"
>>1664767 >That feel when Cabot gets screwed by an 8 on location rolls too
>>1664800Drop kick followed by two punches
>>1664806what about the drone fists
>>1664800Turn on the jam. Whatever we played to the bio-core before.
>>1664811The control for it is stored in her mechs head, we take that out the drones are useless to her.
>>1664800Would the grapple work past reactive shields?
>>1664820I think he's asking what our s'mores be doing.
>>1664806The Kaiser flies 500m per round, 400m would take both of your actions to use.
>>1664800Unleash the Starwind Kick then unleash strikes against the bitch We need a good song for this fight
>>1664832Ours will be. Not s'mores.
>>1664844I'd say have them charge Cabot too, if we can just take her head off this fight we become a lot easier.>>1664836Then use Grapple-chan to pull her towards us and then punch her twice.
>>1664838https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL0SMESnWuXfqHBAF5mR87ZBgjCSmhk3ZO&v=EiMQioILCGIEhhg. More Metal than Rock.
>>1664861Not on the mixtape anon, plus its from 2008
>>1664873Where is the mix tape?
I hadn't thought of it until now, but could we use our drones for pinning actions? She needs both her arms to use the Partizan. She still has her foot swords (that she totally ripped off Clemmy) but she won't be able to use the shield until she breaks the pin.
>>1664859Problem with that is actually hitting her head, between the reactive and variable shield, it's gonna be difficult to break through.
>>1664882>>1664836Can we have the drones do this Wong?\>>1664886If we want to burn luck we could do a spin kick which should be able to take it out.
>>1664836If we use the kick, we are going to have to make sure to use as much luck as possible. Drones can grab the weapon, break it, or we can go for it's head and take out all the bits and give her penalties.
>>1664880In that case I vote for Eye of the Tiger or Don't Fear the Reaper.
>>1664888You can have the Drones Weapon Charge, they're not faster than you, though.
>>1664901Could we use grapple-chan to hold her in place while sending the drones?
>>1664829No, because reactive shields function ruleswise as an automatic parry, and parries stop grappling. >>1664882Yes, also good observation...but again, there's the shield.
>>1664910There's again the issue of her shield.
While not period appropriate you all need some protomen in your life for this epic fight between machines to avenge a brother!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD6V9GNvVhc
>>1664679Why not send a drone to grab it instead?
>>1664913Considering how close we get to fight her and how long a Partizan is will she be able to use it just fine when we're right up in her face?
>>1664922Could we use a grapple on a missile drone?
Is it fair to say you're doing a dropkick and your drones are all charging? How much Luck do you want to spend on the kick?
>>1664929I feel like she has a plan for that.
>>1664913Hmmm.. so it's a case of charging in or not. Still, no reactive shield on the bits means we could grapple them. Because if we get close and fail, then it's 6 melee attacks from the bits and her +3 weapon.
>>16649392 points I'd say
>>16649394. We want that thing to succeed. Also, if we maneuver right, would we be able to hit her in the back? I assume we still have our free walk action?
Hm. Two options.Charge in with a kick and charging drones, OR.Use one action to try and grapple one of her drones, then drop behind terrain cover since you're in the arena.You have five minutes for this vote.
>>16649392 point of luck >>1664894Hmmm Don't fear the Reaper would be good
>>16649392 points, gotta save some for later.
>>1664968>Use one action to try and grapple one of her drones, then drop behind terrain cover since you're in the arena.Thinking more on it charging in right now probably won't work well. Also for the song Don't Fear the Reaper.
>>1664968>Charge in with a kick and charging drones
>>1664968Grapple a drone. We are not going to win if we try to be stupid. We need to whittle her down, take out her options, and play it smart.
>>1664968>Use one action to try and grapple one of her drones, then drop behind terrain cover since you're in the arena.
>>1664958What are you going to walk on in space?
>>1664968>Use one action to try and grapple one of her drones, then drop behind terrain cover since you're in the arena
Grapple it is. Want to use your luck or save it for later?
>>1664969Also we need to come up with a theme for the Phaeton Anthem > https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kshqj1rIyEo
>>1665013Save it for later we'll might need it to save us from death or damage her machine.
Give me a 1d10+15!
>>1665013Save it. We know what she has now, it's just a matter of applying what we know. Trick her, get her mad, and hope the bio core kicks in.
Rolled 4 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1665037
Rolled 3 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1665037
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1665043
Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1665037
Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1665037
Your attempt failed, but going behind cover forced her to expend all of her movement on reaching you, and the same goes for her drones. You're now in melee range, and it's your turn again. What do you want to do?
>>1665052ARE YOU LISTENING TO THE MIX TAPE?
>>1665069Throw or slam her and then try again for her head?
>>1665069Crescent kick to get that Partizan out of her hands, have one of our drones smash it or grab it, and then punch her while aiming at her head.
>>1665072How many times do I need to say that her shield is an autoparry and grappling moves won't work while it's active?
>>1665077Punches first. The active Shield's take the kick.
>>1665069Use a move to get around her for a drop kick, then use a crescent kick if that doesn't work. We need to give her penalties and make it so her other shields cannot be used.
>>1665086Your right, switch the order then.
>>1665077Requires a successful attack, which you can't get enough damage to pierce her shield to do with a crescent kick.
>>1665070not at all. i'm actually listening to a podcast.... that might explain the 1
>>1665069starwind kick to smash shield then follow it up with punches
>>1665097While I'm asking, how much damage will a Spin Kick do since the book never gives a hard number?
>>1665086>>1665093our punches are not strong enough to break the shield. they do 8 kills shield is 10. Our kicks have disruptor so they do double against shields. Drop kick her back removes the penalty and makes it so she can't block with her scythe. We can then go all out with our better chance to hit.
>>1665086>>16650938K punches will not penetrate a 10 SP shield. You need to do at least 11K damage. Or 6K with a kick because of Fatima's upgrade.
Why are you guys suggesting a crescent kick when a grab does the same thing but easier?
>>1665097our kicks still disrupt. Remember Fatima's bonus? It would be enough, but we should get behind her anyways.
>>1665110Alright, so one action to travel 200m total (plus 50m spent on turning around) to hit her from behind for an 8K kick (versus 6K of her shield), followed by a second action spent on punches? Still want to use 2 Luck?>>1665107Mucho.
>>1665130I suggest 4, maybe 5 luck. We want that kick to succeed. If our firsts weapon charge that should do it too and it'd be -1s for them.
>>1665130we have Maneuver Pool of 4 points why don't we use them instead of the luck first
>>1665130>use 2 Luck?
>>1665130Sure let's use 2 luck or maneuver points 3u3
>>1665130Use 3 maneuver points
>>1665134>>1665137Four it is. When I say "Luck", I mean "Luck/Maneuver, Maneuver first". Roll...1d10+18. Just do it.
>>1665134>>1665137>>1665139other option is throw in 10, pull a oda and absolutely guarantee it, possibly triggering a crit or mega crit. Which could kill her outright. If this fails, things look bad, and no luck will help us when she goes for our cockpit.
Rolled 2 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1665151Okay Shia
>>1665149>>1665130>Use 3 maneuver pointshttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u1eu4nabNoM
>>1665156The dice gods have abandoned us.
Rolled 1 + 8 (1d10 + 8)>>1665151
Rolled 9 + 18 (1d10 + 18)>>1665151
She spreads her arms wide as you're scanning her, the blades whirling around her mech's main body as you realize that what you thought was an oil-slick color is caused by a shield that, rather than the usual bubble, is skintight on her mech, restricting its movements less than usual. They face you point on, and she snaps her fingers, side panels opening to display each one possesses five missiles, “One shot each, let's crucify this punk so I can carve his heart out with my heels.” She announces, sounding bored.It's strange, though...her mech looks smaller than it did a minute ago. Your head feels fuzzy, and you almost feel...itchy...like something is crawling across your skin as you reach out and flip on your music.Guitar and cowbell. Just what you needed. Some Blue Oyster Cult might seem a little mellow for avenging Cassius, but for some reason, it fits your mood right now. You feel a lot more collected than you expected.The missiles streak across space towards you...slowly. They're the size of pencils. You, not your mech, take a step to the side, and three of them miss. You raise your arms, and just barely brush two of them aside...but one is low, and skims your left thigh. The explosion is silent, out here in space (-1 left leg SP, 7 remaining).“You like it?” Cabot taunts, “Your brother's masterpiece! His final work! That fool Luxol's mech had to be transported on board the Iulia Maesa after that moronic old bat commanding the Praetorian Guard had the pieces for the alpha version stolen by your pirates while she was here on Auditorium the first time, and we circumvented his little political games by creating our own version of the Percheron! Behold, the greatest Nightmare, the dream you never wake up from!”'All our times have come...' She's laughing, but it's so quiet, too. You have to focus, Cassius is smirking at you, some ridiculous catapult he's built out of the supplies on his desk is pointing another pencil at you, and this time, you're going to catch it.Who the hell is this girl, anyway? She stole something from your brother, didn't she?[Continued]
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>1665166The problem was you were not expecting to fuck up. I believe you are most lucky when you think you will fail.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1665180Bullshit
Rolled 1 (1d10)
>>1665181>>1665183See? We all thought we were going to fail that.
>>1665175So. Since this is our Brothers work we keep it right? Blood Price.
>>1665175>inb4 we are so deep in the hallucination that we try to do pic related to the missle
>>1665183Should link to >>1665156That's a crit from Thunderbird, as expected. Which chart would you like to roll on? Give me a 1d10 with your answer!
Rolled 8 + 8 (1d10 + 8)>>1665151
Rolled 9, 5, 3, 5, 2, 8, 9, 4, 7, 5 = 57 (10d10)>>1665188Alright maybe you do have a point. I'm clearing out my dice que either way though.>>1665189We were keeping it any way.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1665194Cinematic has never led me astray.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>1665194Fuck it go big or go home, CINEMATIC CHART
>>1665194Cinematic makes sure whatever happens hurts her. I wish to hurt her. Greatly.
>>1665200I am too drunk to remember but have we ever rolled on anthything else?
>>1665205>flight system cuts outoh bitch, you're stuck in Roarketown, now.
>>1665205Hey Thunderbird.. this is a crit. I hope you didn't forget the intimidation.
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>1665205She's got -1 SP to her torso armor now, (6 remaining), and her flight system cuts out for 1d6 turns! Her drones can still fly, however!Her shield, being advanced, will be back up next turn. Will you...>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]>[Use your remaining action to get behind cover and try to separate her from her drones]
>>1665209I'm sure we have at least once. I think someone got their shield mount shot off.
Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)>>1665215I did, thanks for the reminder
>>1665210Somebody posted this semi-recently. Seems appropriate.
>>1665217I say punch her shield arm.
>>1665183 Why are you trying to keep Cabot's bonuses hidden? What shadowgame are you playing at?
>>1665217>>[Use your remaining action to get behind cover and try to separate her from her drones]Break her toys.
>>1665217>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]Gotta take advantage of the shield dropping.
>>1665217Punch her with all out drone. They can weapon charge. They can also punch. Keep punching. We are ripping out her spine.. then we are taking her cockpit while she is still screaming.
>>1665217>>[Use your remaining action to get behind cover and try to separate her from her drones]HAIL TO THE KING, BABY
>>1665217Well they are 6k missiles and we still have our drones right, for attack, attacking drones, or just interdiction (lookout sir!)? Kinda feel like we should hit her from behind with our crit machine whilst we have the chance, but someone with a greater knowledge of the system is someone who I would defer to
>>1665220For once, it isn't enough.
>>1665217>>1665238Oops forgot to actually vote!>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]
>>1665217>>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]we have to press the advantage before the shield turns back on
>>1665217Don't forget the intimidation Wong.>>1665220that should hurt her, yes?>>1665229>>1665237No, if we get behind cover then we go back to square one. We are going to be decisive.. because our hits should have a difference of 5 each right now. We can take out an arm and her head with one punch each. Let's use our luck for it.
>>1665217>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]TAKE HER HEAD
>>1665217can we use the first option to try to rip away the nightmare's head instead of just punching it?changing from this >>1665237 to >[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]
>>1665217>[Use your remaining action to punch her while her shield is down from behind]
>>1665245Be safer to take out the shield. Also has the added bonus of making her drop the partisan.
>>1665251Taking out the head gets rid of all the drones though.
>>1665251Without her head, she'll have no missile drones to fuck us with.
>>1665240What's Cabot listening to? > https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL0SMESnWuXfoMsBLoEZF3BEDutnzUTx8Q¶ms=CP0EEAIYAiAAOAFIAVhXYgtONmVoVlgyTFhCUWgG&v=HWLr2WVhIp8&mode=SHUFFLEShe strikes me as a metal bitch Can we taunt her that Fairchild isn't even watching her, but is getting drunk because Cabot will be yet another thing she lost? she's already given up on her.
So let's see...I'm going to need 10 different instances of 1d10+19.
>>1665253>>1665255Oh shit I didnt see that. Also are we off the ground? Because if we are she cant even turn around.
Rolled 8 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260ATATATAATATATATA
>>1665253>>1665251We can do both. First is head, next is arm. +3 luck each. Then we ram our fists into her if both work so she never has a second turn.. or weapon charge with our bits.
Rolled 3 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260Bonus creeping up?
Rolled 5 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260
Rolled 80 + 19 (1d100 + 19)>>1665260
Rolled 26 + 19 (1d100 + 19)>>1665260BRUTALITY!
Rolled 9 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260
Rolled 7 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260
'Here, but now they're gone...'That's not nice. You know you don't like it. Your roots quiver with indignation! Plus, that pencil tore your jeans! You grab for the catapult, but Cassius whisks it away, your arm long and metallic. White, rubbery roots wend their way through your circuits.You duck behind the couch. Cassius is tough and has the advantage of metal legs. You're faster than him, but he's bigger, stronger, and tougher than you.'Seasons don't fear the reaper...'You hear the girl swearing, and the roar of her mech's thrusters...except, that's funny, you don't hear them, she's flying towards you, looming just above your hiding place like some murderous angel, the lights forming a halo behind her head as she raises her polearm to strike.'Nor do the wind, the sun, and the rain...'This is going to drive you insane. Who is she? What did she steal? And...why do you feel for all that his big-brotherly taunts are ringing in your ears that he's not actually there?The house you grew up in is empty. The music vibrates through you. You like the talk of wind, sun, and rain. It makes you think of fields, of countless lives stretching up towards the sky and down, down into the dirt...but still, those questions bother you.“He's not here because he's dead.” Says the warm, vital, living thing curled up at your heart. Carrot-colored hair flows behind him, along your tendrils. The words themselves are his. The concept of something being carrot-colored at all is his. All things flow from the heart. “She stole his life.” 'We can be like they are...' Yes, yes you can be.[Continued]
Rolled 4 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260Lets do this
Rolled 4 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260
Rolled 9 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665272Oops.
Rolled 9 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665260CABOOOOOOOOOOOOT!
Rolled 10 + 19 (1d10 + 19)>>1665273>>1665260Oh for fucks...
>>1665277i'm already begining to like the mandrake. is too pure for this world.
remember lads check the cockpit before we crush it to make sure it's cabot, don't want it to be someone innocent
>>1665306We watched her get into the cockpit though. I mean I guess it could be a two seat cockpit though.
>>1665306Pull her out and kick her ass if we want to capture her mech. Or not.
>>1665306oh shit. what if the madwoman has a deadman switch that activates something nasty or blows up the core when she is defeated?
>>1665292Picturing this myself.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udEk2oax6Tc
>>1665310nah just bring the pod down to auditorium open it up in breathable air if cabot crush if not good we avoided killing an innocent
You kick off the wall behind her, zipping past at an angle. Your thrusters move in perfect synch, spinning around without wasting momentum and soaring back towards her, flipping end over end into a somersault axe kick. The modulated thrusters of your foot portfolios react with the shield, making it bubble and lose some of its cohesion, enough for your heel to penetrate. She falls into the pit, her dorsal thrusters sparking and going dead as your heel digs in between her shoulders (-1 torso SP for her, 6 remaining). Her mech sprawls at the bottom of the trench. You reach up and lift the visor of your helmet to give her an unfriendly grin. Normally you care about cute girls in trouble, but this bitch deserves everything she gets. That's what your heart tells you, and you know to follow your heart. Why? Because.This.Bitch.Killed.Your. Brother.Not just him, either, you realize, and somehow that clarity only makes you stronger. How many civilians? How many innocent people who, even if they were military and thus your enemies back then, were just doing their jobs? How much blood has lubricated the machine of this woman's ambition? You think of Minty, with his thin mustache and neat pinstripe suits, and big Thelma with her heavy accent and plans to retire while she's still young enough to marry. You remember the shattered, twisted wreckage of their mecha...and it's so strange, but it's like you're experiencing it for the first time, as if you never saw it before, their bodies twisted and broken like roadkill when you dissected their Harpies for the parts you needed to repair yours enough to survive and find this mighty suit of armor. You remember Captain Ozark. Vividly. As if from your first meeting to when you put the bullet through his forehead at his own request. Years flash by in the time it takes.You have six fists. Six fists and two legs. Eight fighting limbs, like an octopus! You know what an octopus is because you've seen Species of Earth, it's in your heart. One of the episodes that made your heart the happiest was about warm, shallow oceans. A small girl with glasses and frizzy headroots watched it with you. She thought they were gross until you said you liked them and then she immediately decided she did too. You have warm feelings towards her. Not just in your heart, but everywhere. As if she's touched you more times than you can count, each touch leaving a mark.Your touch leaves marks too, your fists rain down like hail on the cowering, jackal-headed mech. The third time is the charm, perhaps? You laugh at your own joke.'Come on baby, don't fear the reaper.' ...Has it really been so little time since you heard the last lyric? 'Baby take my hand...don't fear the reaper.' Oh yes, you give her your hands. All six of them, curled into fists, blue-green fire flashing from your drones as the thrusters ignite to circle and jab.[Continued]
>>1665318>Watching the Rebuilds
>>1665306You literally saw her get into the mech.
>>1665306Man, do you know the repercussions for HER if she isn't in the cockpit right now? This would be her publicly executing someone in her place if she did that. My money would be on her getting arrested on sight across jovian space because no one wants to strain relations with the newly joined nation. Fairchild's political clout wouldn't be enough to keep her safe if she forced someone else to die in her place because everyone is watching this right now. And because she called for the duel. She's fucked unless she kills Roarke. And if she kills Roarke she's fucked anyway because now everyone is just a bunch of pirates again. Honestly this is the worst thing she could have done.
>>1665327Pretty much, most of our waifus and Oda aren't going to give a shit about consequences if Roarke dies and are just going to rush Cabot to kill her.
>>1665326>trusting cabot to play fair>ever
>>1665323So.. Mandrake Kaiser; Best Son ever?
Rolled 1, 9, 10, 1, 10, 9, 7, 2, 6, 7 = 62 (10d10)>>1665264>>1665267>>1665268>>1665275>>1665276>>1665278>>1665279>>1665282>>1665283>>1665284
>>1665326Saw a dude pull off his jaw earlier too.
>>1665341Is that three crits?
>>1665343pretty sure Thunder's is a mega crit. She is taking a -2 if they are at her back. I also think her dodge would be 14-15 normally. so 13 for the back punches. First hit takes head, thats another -2. 11 for back attacks.So head goes because Kaiser arms are linked and it takes two hits. Then a arm goes and the shields are down as well. That means no shield for defense. Reactive or beam.
Kaiser OP pls never nerf
>>1665352going with that logic, are three mega crits there. unless they dont add up
Oh shit, it's the fight.Are we still in this, or is she ded?
>>1665359Megacrits penetrate armor completely. Whatever area they hit, with 8 k damage, is gone if it's not a torso. We are ripping Cabot's machine to shreds.
>>1665370Ah, damn seems like I missed the fun parts.Ah, well.
>>1665370so we can get the head and two other limbs?holy shit.
>>1665371Just wait, something big is coming. I can just feel it.
>>1665376I think it's more than that. If the gap is 13 and 19, consider each attack a +6. +8 for 11. Even those 10s are hits.
Man I really hope we have a spar with Joe sometime, I really want to see how Roarke stacks up against his hero growing up.
>>1665383so we are basically going to leave just a torso after this.
>>16653911d10+100 rolls.But seriously we'll probably have to fight Merrow.
>>1665396I hope we get too, of course not to the death though. Just want to prove we're the best of the best and beat strong enemies.
>>1665391and Dave from Engineering
>>1665394I don't even think there will be a torso left. Also, with so many crits, we are looking at constant grins.So cabot is watching as the kaiser, grinning maniacally, maybe more so if Karen added that emotive face, as it rips it to shreds like a kid removing limbs from a doll or toy.I think.. we should give some of the parts to Moe's machine, since it was something our bro worked on.
>>1665409Where is Moe anyway? im assuming he's watching too
>>1665409We have to take that shield tech for us though. No idea who to give the spear to though since we just upgraded Caesars.
>>1665416Also hes not eve here anymore.
>>1665416>Caesarsthat and he's no longer available to upgrade for now
>>1665409>inb4 the sheer amount of megacrits and the addition of the biocore convert the kaiser grin into something like pic related
>>1665409Is she a big enough girl for all those crits?Hopefully not
>>1665423More like this
>>1665423I'm hoping the Kaizar ACTUALLY screams.>Captcha is "Hospital Road" Well it knows SOMEONE is having a bad day.
>>1665426Surprise Fairchild to the Rescue Fight? If not let's taunt her that Fairchild just sat and watched her die.
>>1665437Her interfering in the duel like that would destroy her career and ruin all her work.
>>1665434>>1665431i just tought something.... going by this logic; what if the kaiser "eats" cabot? It just muches her until there is just a red paste left.
>>1665437>If not let's taunt her that Fairchild just sat and watched her die.That's pretty terrible.I love it!
>>1665443Then Avalon will collectively shit their pants that they have to fight that now.>>1665444Record a video of her dying too, send it to Fairchild.
>>1665449Don't think we are in the right state of mind for that. She probably is listening and watching. But I don't think she can contact us in 10 seconds.
>>1665441Thunder one day you will come to know the strange emotion men call Love. You're like a mirror version of Fairchild sometimes. Not opposite just reversed.It worries me.
>>1665449Better yet, make a postcard of the moment where we crush Cabot's cockpit, and put "Wish you were here!" in some nice, flowery lettering on the bottom.
>>1665453>Implying I don't understand love and haven't felt itFuck you too anon.
>>1665449>>1665455>Record a video of her dying too, send it to Fairchild.>implying Fairchild isn't already remotely watching it anyways and just opted out because she didn't want to be seen freaking out by Roarke/others
>>1665455> not making a desk out of the cockpit and sending it to Fairchild > With a picture of us fucking Clemmy on it in one of the drawers.
>>1665459But that won't have screaming and crying over her comms.
>>1665457I actually feel bad about that one. Sorry. Over the line. But maybe Fairchild finally feels it too for someone giving their life for her.
I can confirm several megacrits, you'll see them in the next...two posts. Yes, you are literally ripping the Nightmare apart. It's lost every single limb and now I'm calculating damage to the torso with the final two attacks....I'm honestly not this slow at math, I'm just writing up each strike as it happens.
>>1665466Let me get some ice. You're making me hot saying this.
>>1665466Add another notch to Roarke's undefeated streak in Mecha Combat.
>>1665466>Yes, you are literally ripping the Nightmare apart. It's lost every single limb and now I'm calculating damage to the torso with the final two attacks.I await the description of every single servo being brutally ripped apart with anticipation.
>>1665466I wonder what Fairchild would give us to spare her. Almost worth making the offer to either show Cabot that Fairchild never loved her as the radio silence stretches on; Or just refuse it out of spite.
>Let me bring out my SUPER MECHA you cocksucker! I'll end you!>PLEASE GOD MAKE IT STOP ROARKE I'M SORRY!Classic.
>>1665463I don't see Cabot doing that. Too spiteful for that. She'd just curse us and telling us to fuck off before dying.
Well, time to salvage what's left of the Nightmare after for some upgrades.
>>1665466it feels... bizzare that this fight is actually taking more or less five minutes. A finely tuned machine, that probably took months to create, maybe even years, considering it was CC masterpiece , got shredded in the matter of minutes. It's surreal.
Rolled 3 (1d10)Don't mind me.
>>1665495was that the eject pod? please tell me it was the eject pod.
>>1665495Welp, Cabot's fucked.
>>1665466..so this is a murder boner. Now I know why Thunderbird gets giddy for it.
>>1665486The best way I can think to describe it is Roarke has unlimited potential along with a passive ability to quickly improve.>>1665499That's REVENGE your feeling
>>1665486Cabot should have exploited her missile drones from range but she got to cocky and thought she get match us in cqc
>>1665510>The best way I can think to describe it is Roarke has unlimited potential along with a passive ability to quickly improve.Which just makes me see that as something of another Rance parallel, since Rance has an unlimited level cap and levels relatively quickly.Of course, he loses all those levels between games because he's a lazy jackass.
>>1665416It honestly wouldn't be incredibly useful for him. He has a good shield, so he gets more mileage from his lance being Quick instead of Variable.>>1665486I know I wrote down all the details at some point, but CC's masterpiece is actually Colonel Luxol's Percheron. The Zulfiqar was made out of the prototype, then the delay forced CC and the Percheron parts onto Fairchild's ship for a while, where she copied the design and built the Nightmare for Cabot, essentially. So you could argue the Percheron is BETTER. I like the Percheron MORE because it's the Zulfiqar taken to its logical conclusion, but the Nightmare might be stronger, I don't know.
>>1665499It's a weird feeling. I really like Beatrix and Haman, but I still want to see Cabot and Fairchild die terribly.>>1665512Yeah, she doesn't learn her lesson, does she?
Rolled 3 (1d10)
>>1665523So its Jehuty?
>>1665523Well, we tore the Nightmare apart in a matter of minutes, so it the Percheron lasts even a second longer, than it will automatically be better.Then again, Cabot must be extremely retarded to leave herself in melee range of Raorke fucking Starwind. So who knows
>>1665530She tried to fight space Ippo in cqc, I have no idea what she honestly expected to happen.
>>1665530So, Cabot in a nutshell?Probably never did the math in the first place...
>>1665523And you know, she probably did design all this just to mess with us. This is a anti Kaiser mech in any normal circumstance. In terms of regular schematics, the tricks should be known.. but all the things added by the wives along with the mandrake growing in record time is not something they could consider.The real stinger is she likely made that speech to make him mad. It worked, but it also made the kaiser stronger and stronger.
>>1665526These rolls you keep making.
To her credit, she didn't scream or show any sign of panic when your visor went up. That's new and different and not NEARLY enough to help her today! How long has your heart yearned to tear her head off? So with a smile, you clamp your left hand around the back of her mech's skull...and for some reason, it feels a lot easier to just do this yourself than do it the old way, whatever that means...just twist at the right angle until you feel her mech's neck joints grind juuuust right, and with your first blow, you pop that stupid head right off. Without even exerting any pressure, the grinding chainsaw blades in your palm and along your fingers rip the surface of the head to shreds, and as you squeeze just a little her drones fall dead around you like leaves in a terrestrial autumn. It's so beautiful. So beautiful you want to cry big, oily tears...but with your visor up, everyone would see and you're much too cool for that. You grab for her right shoulder with your right hand, but she's clearly a proper ace and squirms at just the right angle to avoid the stab of your clawed fingers that leaves neat little puncture marks in the plating of the floor. As expected, how slippery...but you have drones, and she does not! She must have trained endlessly to evade like that, even without seeing, her technique isn't just random wriggling, it's martial arts. Your heart knows well-trained evasions and dodges from mere panicked flailings and can admire the form while regretfully remarking to yourself how she always has been a slippery one...but it's not enough. One drone, thrusters burning bright, spears straight downward, fingers stiffly extended. It drives into her right elbow in a shower of sparks. (-1 SP, 6 remaining, -5K, 3 remaining). Oh, she's sneaky! Her left arm is fumbling for the inactive beamsaber dangling at her mech's hip. Another drone forms a fist and slams down on her left shoulder. The knuckle-drills spin, spin, spin, carving divots out of her armor, whirring until the arm comes loose, cables lashing like whips, their tips briefly white-hot before the endless, comforting cold of space chills them again (limb destroyed). Then, for good measure, the drone piercing her right elbow deactivates its thrusters, and another drone comes down open-palm-first on its butt. Exactly like a hammer striking a chisel, breaking clean through the Nightmare's right elbow and severing it artistically (limb destroyed).You feel much more lucid, suddenly. You're aware of the power you're controlling, how much stronger you are than usual...and that's good. You're yourself entirely as you take the Nightmare apart. Rationally, you note that while normally you'd consider the mech rendered helpless, you remember a brave but foolish UJCIDF pilot once trying to kick you in defense of her friends after you disarmed her mech while raiding the ship she was defending with Red Siren. ...oh, the Archen is a beautiful mech...[Continued]
>>1665530>Then again, Cabot must be extremely retarded to leave herself in melee range of Raorke fucking Starwind. So who knowsYeah. Makes you wonder how she got away with so much for so long.
>>1665539Fairchild right now after thinking she was going to force us to give up Lorie or be labeled an Avalonian sympathizer.
>>1665466Gareth cheering loudly somewhere as Roarke avenges the Ghosts
>>1665541Ignore those, actually, I realized her mech doesn't last long enough to self-destruct.
>>1665550Walter's feeling good right now with what's happening.
>>1665545Well...if she got a clean torso hit with her partizan and her foot sabers...the numbers speak for themselves.
>>1665552I FUCKING KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO TRY THAT SHIT ON US
>>1665543..Kaiser, are you.. are you waifuing? Man, they grow up so fast.
Right. Well. You suppose it is. This one, though, clearly uses some of the Flowerhorn's technology. That partizan's variable beam emitters remind you of the Flowerhorn's blades, and like it it also has plasma blades in its heels. In short, you aren't done yet. Even with its shield gone, its drones dead, and both arms completely severed, it's not over until it's completely over and you've made sure Cabot is dead. One drone hasn't gotten a chance to do anything yet, so you casually continue the stream of verbal directions, almost poetry, that you're abruptly aware you've been giving them. It's almost like you've been singing, what you're saying certainly sounds like lyrics. You even bob your head as you direct it to crush her right knee in the drone's fist (-1 SP, 6 remaining, 5K, 2 remaining), then tear it off completely (limb destroyed)The drone that dealt the hammerblow grabs her left leg and, with her mech pinned down, bends the knee in the complete opposite direction of the way it's supposed to go, its armor not saving it at all as you snap it off like pulling a leg off a juicy, baked chicken (limb destroyed). Your last few blows are especially competent, you're getting the hang of demolishing this overengineered monstrosity now.You flip the de-limbed Nightmare over. It's now thoroughly disarmed and you aren't giving her time to hit the eject.'We'll be able to fly...don't fear the reaper.' Time seems so slow, all of your motions so carefully considered and precise. Snap and pop, punch and lop. Vengeance is a delicious dish when you go into it with a clear heart knowing what you want and what you'll get...which is why you have to be absolutely, one hundred percent sure that's Bethany Cabot you're . After all of her First Mate nonsense you wouldn't be surprised by some new magic trick at this point. The drone that took her left arm and the drone that was the 'chisel' on her right elbow help flip her. They grab her chest armor, various drilling and ripping bits carving curliques of glittering alloy from the Nightmare's cuirass (-1 SP, 6 remaining, -5K, 7 remaining). They pull in opposite directions, metal tearing away as you physically rip the Nightmare apart. (-1 SP, 5 remaining, -5K, 2 remaining). >[Automatically expend 2 Luck]Even though her mech is as hard as a boulder...it tears like paper. You rip the Nightmare in half.Despite comms being on, despite the fact that you can hear her breathing raggedly and gasping in muted shock, swearing under her breath, Cabot still hasn't screamed. Instead, she does just what you would logically have expected. She ejects. Her cockpit, sans its mech, is a tiny little roadstriker-size jet, fast and agile, zipping away.[Continued]
>>1665563>zipping away.BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
>>1665563Don't run baby, you'll only die tired.
>>1665561Roarke gets the ladies while Kaiser gets the mechs.
Give me some 1d10+17s. You're automatically spending Luck, so don't worry about that.
>>1665563Wong how are people in the audience reacting to all this? What are they seeing?
>>1665563I knew she was gonna try that shit as soon as I saw the vehicle pod.
Rolled 2 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571
Rolled 3 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571You can't run today
Rolled 1 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571
Rolled 10 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571
>>1665563Goodbye Bethany. I'd like to say that it was nice knowing you, but it really wasn't.Unless Fairchild decides to play spoiler through some underhanded means.>>1665565I guess we catch her and either crush her, personally punch her in the face, or do something more creative/humiliating.
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571Catch the butterfly
Rolled 7 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571
>>1665575well fuck me. cant roll anything but a 2 I guess
Rolled 4 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571
Rolled 1 + 17 (1d10 + 17)
Mission failed, we'll get 'em next time.
Rolled 8 + 17 (1d10 + 17)>>1665571It's time.
>>1665584clear your dice m8
>>1665561We need to get all our women bio-cores for their mechs. > Lorie's Paladin and Kaiser go on a date/raid> Come back and the Kaiser and her Paladin are sharing a bay>>1665563
Rolled 10, 2, 9, 4 = 25 (4d10)>>1665575>>1665576>>1665577>>1665578
>>1665580Should we take a page out of our subordinate Captain's book and gild her skull?
>>1665595supposing there is something left out of her, yes.
i want her to go out the same way Ozark did, Only instead of a gunshot we roast her cockpit with plasma
>>1665592If those are chasing behind it, I think Cabot is done. That -2 and all.. and I think the penalty is less when it's a road striker. Question is, are we chasing it, punching it, or grabbing it? Because when I read cabot, I think carrot more often or not.
Grapple-chan where are you when we need you most?
>>1665591>Knows how much our women fight on the regular>Want to make all their robots sentientYou want constant robot cat fights and bitchiness?>>1665595We should bolt Anubis's head to a chain and wear it like pick related
>>1665597Shouldn't be that hard to do. Catch the pod, peel it like a fruit, take her out of it and crush her from the neck down. Skull stays fine that way.
>>1665604> You want constant robot cat fights and bitchiness?Yes? You want Lorie's Paladin to be his only choice?
>>1665601Do we still have the grappling hook?
>>1665604>We should bolt Anubis's head to a chain and wear it like pick relatednah. that would actually take away from our cool points.
>>1665605Wonder what the audience would think about it.
>>1665612>Lets not fuck with Roarke>Yea
>>1665609>>1665604To clarify - do you want to deal with our wives jealousy over that? Karen gets the Mom role.
Your grappling harpoon is right on her tail. Once. Twice. Three times she manages to avoid it. The fourth time, though, the hand at the end of its nanofiber filament grabs her little jet by its tailfin. It swerves back and forth, trying to fight you...but you relentlessly reel it in until you're gripping it in both hands.'Baby I'm your man! Na, na na, na na...' You grin, and pause the track.On impulse, you hail the Iulia Maesa, “General, I'm feeling merciful today.” You lie, “Confess. To everything. All the corruption, all the murders, all of the crimes staining your soul. Let it all out here and now for the galaxy to hear. You'll both be going to prison, but at least she'll live.”“Fuck you Starwind, leave her out of this. Hermione, don't!” Cabot finds her voice, snarling at you. There's silence over the comms. It stretches for one minute, then two. Then three, “Hermione? Are you out there? I...I love you.” Bethany says in a small voice, “Please, let me hear you one last time. Don't let me die alone.”You're not an unempathetic human being. This would be tragic if it didn't involve these two particular people, but...how many have died awful, lonely deaths because of them? What right do they have to expect more from the universe than they've dished out.“Hermione!? W-where are you? Hermione! Hermione!?” Cabot's voice becomes a sob. What her terror of you in battle couldn't do, the prospect of a lonely death without even the acknowledgment of the person she loves does. Bethany Cabot screams. She screams herself hoarse, crying and begging for the General to respond.There isn't a single word of reply.She's still calling out Fairchild's name when you break open the vehicle pod between your mech's fingertips and delicately lift the tiny human figure inside up to the Knuckle Kaiser's face to examine her, confirming that yes, in fact, that is the face of Bethany Cabot in the helmet. At last. It's finally time.>[How do you want to kill her?]
>>1665612Probably the same thing they've BEEN thinking every second of this fight so far: "HOLY SHIT!". The people who matter know that we went into this owed blood and planned to get blood in return.
>>1665620Crush her and be done with it.
>>1665620For all our fantasizing I imagine when it comes down to it we may be inclined to just be done with this whole sordid affair and have justice. A quick crush and then toss the remains away?
>>1665620We got chainsaw palms dont we. Time to put them to good use.
>>1665620>[How do you want to kill her?]>Crush her arms, step out of the cockpit and kill her yourself with your own hands.Rest her on one of the Kaisers hands after breaking her arms so we have a platform for it.
>>1665620 rip all of her limps off at once
>>1665620Just flick her into a wall like the bug she is.
>>1665620Double palm mosquito squash.
>>1665620Squeeze her body the way the cockpit squeezed out Captain, but faster... we're not as cruel as her. Leave the skull unharmed, though
>>1665620If we kill her, it should be personal, and by our own hands, not our mechs.
>>1665620Start up the drills in our hands. We are going to puree some cabot.
I say we tear off an arm and let the vacuum of space suck out all of her blood. It's a very violent and sometimes explosive process.
>>1665620just crush her quick then go see our girls
>>1665620"Everyone dies alone."Then crush her.
>>1665620I think this will be the only time I ever pity this... Creature. Lets do it with our own two hands.
>>1665620Just crush her and be done. Rorke doesn't like making people suffer like her.
Come on turn it into a real life Rockem Sockem Robots anons
>>1665620Actually, why don't we psychologically break her further before we do it. We should at least have some final word and closure. Also, pretty ironic that Fairchild just threw her away like that.
>>1665620open her pod to the cold merciless void of space.let her suffocate, freeze and burn at the same time. May the last thing she sees is the grin of the knuckle kaiser.
>>1665643Roarke in character said he wants to kill her with his own hands though.
>>1665645Also, even though it's unlikely, but anyway we could get her to confess to everything and incriminate Fairchild?
>>1665644At this point, the Kaiser is us. We are bonded with our machine and could likely feel the impact as we crush her. Thats it, the bug die instantly. Because honestly? This is the sort of pitiful death I want with her.
>>1665620Oh. Oh I feel bad about my suggestion now. Let's kill her quick.This really ruined the revenge for me.
>>1665648Why give her the chance to turn it around? Roarke's won already, I don't think risking that is a good idea.
>>1665648see as how the Kiaser and Roarke are in sync, the Kaiser's fists are our bare hands.besides, I'm sure we have the other Jovian generals watching. best to end it now and move forward.
inb4 Fairchild set up one of the waifus in a death trap that's triggered by Cabot's bio-sensor or whatever flatlining, causing us to also kill <insert favorite waifu here>
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1665620Roll to seduce
>>1665654Crush her arms first then.>>1665655>>1665651I see what your saying, I still prefer we did the old fashioned way though.
>>1665658Nice.>>1665645This could be interesting.
>>1665620Crush her Is anyone else expecting Fairy to open fire on us with her ship as soon as we kill Cabot?
At the end of the day, you're not Captain Beckingham, you don't want a skull on your desk. That's giving her too much of a memorial. Just as she left you to drift in space, you release her. She floats helplessly, her voice choked as she cries and cries for a woman who won't answer. No matter how her limbs thrash, she isn't getting anywhere. You extend your palms on either side of her, activate the ripping saws in the palms, and bring them together. Slowly...but it's a quicker death than many of her victims must have had. You're ready for an end to this and, indeed, an end there is. You feel something unwrapping from around your limbs and the sides of your helmet, and look down to see something pale, rubbery, and vine-like retreat into the holes in your seat. You can't explain the sense of warmth and contentment you have, or why it feels so separate from the businesslike satisfaction at finally closing the book on the story of Bethany Cabot.You consider crucifying the remains of the Nightmare with its own drones' blades...but you don't. You already got what you wanted. Cassius can finally rest in peace. You return to the mechbay. Tonight you're going to try to make love to every single one of your wives in a row. You've survived vengeance and have a wedding to prepare for, after all....You have no idea that, on board the Iulia Maesa, General Hermione Fairchild is waking up, realizing what someone must have put in her tea, and checking the comm logs. She hadn't touched a drop of alcohol since the negotiations....but that, you'll find out soon enough.
>>1665661That'll just make Roarke look like a cruel coward. It's like hunting a lion with its leg tendons cut.
>>1665658That boat has sailed.>>1665661I agree, more in character.>>1665663Yeah. Maybe something to her about how Fairchild throws away everyone once she's done with them.>>1665665>Is anyone else expecting Fairy to open fire on us with her ship as soon as we kill Cabot?No, it'd be extremely bad optics.
>>1665667Jesus fuck Sam. That's some next level shit.
>...You have no idea that, on board the Iulia Maesa, General Hermione Fairchild is waking up, realizing what someone must have put in her tea, and checking the comm logs. She hadn't touched a drop of alcohol since the negotiations.Shit, this is pretty fucked up.
>>1665667>Fairchild slept through the fight leading to Bethany dying thinking she betrayed her HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAbeautiful
>>1665672I meant to write Lysa. Very Thunderbird/Fairchild of her.
>>1665667Forgot my picture.
>>1665667oh boy. here comes the REEEEE that would break all laws of physics.
>>1665667And that is when I remember that Lysa really hated Cabot. She must have been waiting for that as much as everyone else. Say.. out of curiosity, if Fairchild dies or goes crazy, who gets her estate and possessions?
>>1665667And then Fairy was all alone
I don't know when the next session is, I'll tell you tomorrow. It all depends on how what follows plays out in my mind, it might go better mixed with what's coming, it might go better all exploding on Roarke at once, I'll know when I set it down in text.
>>1665691>insert .jpg of Lysa and Kieth rubbing their hands together here