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Welcome back, members of the Solar Expeditionary Force, to the 91st installment of Mecha Space Pirate Quest! I'm Wong, your host and today you are Heinrich "Caesar" Merrow, formerly of the UJCIDF, pilot of the King Swordfish Mk. II (now upgraded and quite possibly in need of re-designation), currently in disguise as one Sir Gaius Wesker, a new Knight of Avalon.

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Last time, Roarke killed Major Bethany Cabot. Messily. He also broke the boulder and unlocked the true form of Void Fist martial arts.
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>>1684163
Hi Wong.

Is this still true?
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>>1684163
>pilot of the King Swordfish Mk. II (now upgraded and quite possibly in need of re-designation)

Howabout Kingfisher?
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>>1684163
Good times, good times.
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>>1684163
Hey great to see this! Now its time for delicious repercussions!
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Huh, it's time.
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>>1684163
Awww Yeah MSPQ Time
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>>1684163
Time to break a girls heart.
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>>1684229
I know we just got the Void Fist Thunderbird, but we don't need to called shot Fairchild's vitals.
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>>1684163
MSPQ Hype!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdHTGUSk5Ms
Think the video's picture is accurate Wong?
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>>1684234
All melee attacks are called shots so it's not like we can do it any other way.
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>>1684234
Nah some weird paladin is gonna try and sneak into our bed tonight and sully us, and we don't have Naomi to protect us.
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>>1684234
All melee is precise shots if you go for the arm you're getting that arm, it's ranged attacks that aren't for instance in the Ulfberht vs.Templar fight the Ulfberht shot for the Templar and got a headshot, wasn't even intentional.
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>>1684250
But there shouldnt be any paladins on auditorium anymore since the duke's contingent left.
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>>1684250
Remind me, how does Avalon view polygamy again?

>>1684260
We're playing as Caesar.
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>>1684260
He's talking about our boy Ceaser
>Pic related is Ceasers reaction to waking up next to wierd paladin
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>>1684263
>>1684264
Ah. Missed that starting line.
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>>1684245
>>1684253
Not exactly. Yes you can go for the limbs, but the eyes, weapons, hands, cockpit/vitals are far more expensive and do not get that. So when I said that, I meant 'don't try for the cockpit hit there'.
>>1684250
I stand by a case of 'dead Naomi, move on and not pull a father and dwell on it forever.'. Sides, who knows what the future holds.
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>>1684277
>I stand by a case of 'dead Naomi, move on and not pull a father and dwell on it forever.'. Sides, who knows what the future holds.

That sounds like a case of "Giving up without ever trying" and Caesar isn't a little bitch.
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>>1684277
>just give up without trying
You are little woman babby. Did you, how do you say, misplace your manhood?
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>>1684277
She's not dead yet so theres no reason for Caesar to give up.
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>>1684277
I don't think they intend to kill her considering chances are she'll either be the ladies new body or converted to avalonian maybe even improved on and made a paladin.
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>>1684277
Option of last resort. If say we're surrounded with no way out.

Besides, on a meta level, the duke seems to know about ceasar and is trying to get us the good end.
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>>1684284
>>1684286
Did I say that? Because I don't think I did. Point is, I am saying 'doing this for someone I care for to protect them'. Naomi being rewritten and not being her is quite possible, especially with what that crazy nun said. In the worst case scenario, we will likely have to give up on her instead of doing a Beck. Mind you I am for us rescuing her and as many as possible, but I am also looking at the odds and future as well.
Does that mean give up on Naomi right now? Hell no. But I am also against us being Keith levels of bitchboy by screaming naomi's name all the time in the worst case scenario.
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>>1684305
I fully expect Caesar to kill her if she's too far gone, but only if he fails to save her in the first place.
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>>1684305
>Did I say that? Because I don't think I did.

>I stand by a case of 'dead Naomi, move on and not pull a father and dwell on it forever.' Sides, who knows what the future holds.
You gave no context, and said "dead Naomi" instead of "if Naomi dies" or something like it, so you kinda did.
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>>1684305
You said it in response to me saying that if Rin tried to sleep with us we would break her heart. So it comes off as if you said either Naomi is already dead so fuck Rin, or don't break her heart because we already might have lost Naomi.
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>>1684192

Yes.

>>1684209

Bird names are used for Lunar mecha, mostly RCC and civilian models.
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>>1684340
Is the naming scheme for Avalonian mechs various Knights?
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>>1684340
How about "Lancelot" while under the Avalonian banner.

Because foreshadowing.
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>>1684336
Second one there. Sides, I think it is a sort of thing that will need to be addressed. We are doing one hell of a mission. We may succeed, and we may fail on what we set out to do. At the very least, Tabitha has been good and understanding. Saying our reason is to try and protect and save someone we love is not going to break her heart. Hell, the honesty might help her, cause damned if she needs someone to be friends with that isn't a crazy old lady.
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“Holy shit. Holy SHIT!” You howl into the comms.

One of your new squadmates tsks, “Sir Wesker, please, we're supposed to continue maneuvers to get you adjusted to your Cavalier.”

Oh, right, you're supposed to be out here drilling. The Duke wanted all ships to depart immediately, but Turpin presented additional orders gainsaying it, and seemed to enjoy doing so. She wouldn't tell anyone else why, besides the Duke himself, but her reason seemed to convince him. With preparations complete, there wasn't much else to do besides train...until you spotted the Black Ogre squaring off against a monstrous Jovian mech below.

You reflexively fire a measured burst from the big, spiral-shaped, dual-linked torso thrusters and do an agile little backflip that carries you in a full vertical orbit around his Knight. You don't know his name yet, “There, I'm adjusted.” You continue to peer down into the gap in the starship superstructure orbiting Auditorium's hull, “Shield disabled...drones disabled...all four limbs disabled...and there he goes, it's a killshot!”

“Countess, please tell him to focus.” Another squadmate requests.

Countess Tabitha Roosevelt's Engeler swivels its large, neoantiquated head towards the Knights, “Hush, I'm watching this. Those movements are much too responsive for a strider that size, something isn't right...it's almost...no, that's impossible.” Her mech shakes its head.

Yours looks up at hers, mono-horn and twin-tails gazing impassively into each other's blank, metal faces, “What is, Countess?” You ask politely. You can tell she wants to talk about it, even as obtuse as you can be when it comes to girls.

“It's almost as if he's a Paladin himself.” She remarks, then laughs uneasily, “Of course, that isn't possible.”

“He has the Anseis, Countess, perhaps he's using that?” Another squadmate speaks up. She sounds young and uncertain.

The Engeler shakes its head, “Impossible. A mature mandrake bonds with a single rider. Without its pilot, a Paladin is just a hunk of metal.”

[Continued]
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>>1684358
I was actually going to suggest that because Lancelot was known for being a skilled lancer which suits Caesar's fighting style.

The treachery angle occurred to me afterwards and was an amusing bonus.
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>>1684373
Heh. It the exactly the opposite for me. Treachery first, then fight style.
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>>1684364
Caesar wouldn't ever think about dating someone else while Naomi was still alive. Him leaving Rin as a backup option for if he can't save Naomi would be entirely out of character.
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>>1684369
I forget, did the Kaiser go Overcharged or Supercharged?

And what was the criteria for activating it again?
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>>1684340
>Yes

What is your opinion on brownie bites?
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>>1684427
Supercharged. We got a 2 point boost at the end. As for the criteria, seems to be emotion related, but along with something else I think. Hard to really pinpoint it when it's Cabot.
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>>1684427

+2, I don't have the ATM itself open but I believe that's Supercharged.

As for the criteria, what do you think they are? It's easy to say it's activated by strong, meaningful emotion, but that's making it sound much simpler than it actually is. You can't just activate the mandrake by being in a really bad mood.

>>1684430

I prefer full-sized homemade brownies. Moist and dark, made with a lot of milk.
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>>1684461
Fresh out of the oven, piping hot?
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>>1684461
Thanks Wong.

Hmm, Roarke was thinking about his brother when it activated, the Duke was thinking about his wife and child, and Roarke's mandrake grew when he made love to Karen near it.

I'm gonna guess it's love.
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>>1684461
How do you like your steak done
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The other Cavalier performing maneuvers with your group pauses, “Countess, please, it is unseemly for one of your stature to gawp. The results should surprise no one.”

You find yourself nodding, but fortunately catch yourself before saying anything, and the pilot of the other Cavalier smoothly continues what she was saying, “...The leader of these space pirates is a singularly deadly ace. I cannot tell you sternly enough, my lady, do not underestimate Roarke Starwind. The moment you do, you will end up...well, like that unfortunate pilot below us.”

“Thank you, Dame Gray. So, what do you think of your new cohort's performance thus far?” The Countess inquires, indicating you.

The Dame sighs, “He is young. Promising, but nonetheless you place great trust in a beardless boy. I would prefer an older man with some scars, some experience, some stubble...”

“I mean in combat!” The Countess snaps, her mech covering its face with its palms.

“Oh, quite adequate. As far as I can judge, anyway. His Cavalier is quite a strong matchup against mine, so with that handicap I can't be entirely sure.” The lady knight grumbles.

“Losing is losing.” You remark. She's still sore about your performance in the simms against her earlier.

“Quell your wounded pride, Dame Gray. You managed to strike a blow against that man below us, which is more than his opponent and that...very expensive-looking machine...can say.

“I-I am not trying to be a bad sport, you two!” Dame Gray protests, “I'm just stating my tactical analysis of our striders!”

“Shh!” The Countess orders, her mech cocking her head to the side, “The Duke is sending new orders, I suppose it's time we...” Her voice trails off, “Expect reinforcements? What reinforcements? What's going on?”

You spot the gleam of an approaching mech first, “Unidentified strider approaching. Too large to be a Knight, but it's not the Oliver.”

[Continued]
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>>1684475
Could be. It certainly is a strong emotion. It may also be due to the machine itself. Think about the Squilla berserking. The link may be emotion base, but it's the machine that needs to put in the extra effort.
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>>1684493
Passion then. Also, the fact that the Squilla's mandrake had no prior contact to Simon before he connected to it might have something to do with it going berserk. I imagine it's something like going from a sensory deprivation tank into a rock concert with fireworks.

>>1684488
Turpin's strider?
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>>1684461
I dunno, get in sync with the mandrake? It /was/ the mandrake controlling the Kaiser, not Roarke. Or you at least told the fight from its perspective.
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>>1684475

No. I'll say this. Going "Roarke is feeling this way right now so Wong gib bonus pls" will not work. It's situational and NEVER works when rules-lawyered, which is why I'm being so vague despite you being on the right track, sort of.

I'll say this much. In both cases, the mandrake had a chance to facilitate a major objective of the rider, one they felt strongly about, by putting forth extra power. However, YOU also know that even most of the Paladins almost never get their mandrake to actually activate. The Duke has done so a few times, Duchess Carnegie and the cousin Countesses never managed to, and neither did Count Ford.

>>1684467

Let it cool a bit first!

>>1684479

Medium rare.
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>>1684510

No, Roarke was controlling it.
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>>1684488
Dame Gray is mordred right?
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>>1684524
Yup
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>>1684512
I'm actually not trying to rules lawyer it, I was just trying to figure out guidelines for my own use. I might just end up using G-Gundam style stuff instead.

>>1684524
That's a really odd choice for a mech name too.
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>>1684512
Boxers or Briefs?

Pie or Cake?
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>>1684533
No, she was based off Fate Stay Night Mordred. Rider of Red in Fate Apocryca. They use the Roland and the Paladins for their big mechs.. which makes me wonder if this is one of the replacements, or one of King's.
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>>1684533
>for my own use

...What exactly are you copying? I mean, most of the mech-related stuff in this quest is pretty typical anime.
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>>1684488
>The Dame sighs, “He is young. Promising, but nonetheless you place great trust in a beardless boy. I would prefer an older man with some scars, some experience, some stubble...”

Heh.
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>>1684553
Emotional trigger and the Evangelion style berserking. I didn't want to just use generic hot-bloodedness but I did want to incorporate Shining Finger Sword style stuff.

>>1684547
Oh. Ew.
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God damn it, I am literally seconds from getting off the computer and going to bed. Curse the sleep requirements of a full time employee!
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>>1684533
>I was just trying to figure out guidelines for my own
The rulebook is pretty clear on the subject: it functions however the GM damn well wants it to function. You can decide to have it do whatever you please.
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>>1684620
Yes, but I like the way Wong does it.
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It's large, white and gold, with two huge, overarching curved wings or shields over the shoulders that remind you a bit of the Black Ogre. It's also not flying well at all, wobbling and unable to keep a straight heading, listing and rotating in flight like a sick fish trying not to go belly-up.

You hear a shocked gasp from the Countess, and the Engeler darts forward. Dame Gray's Cavalier pursues immediately, the lady knight remonstrating with her, “Wait, my lady! It isn't safe!”

“Teacher!” The Countess cries out, “Both squads, spread out and assist at once.” Her voice is overjoyed.

“My lady, this could be a trap, she was an enemy captive!” Dame Gray protests.

“Then why did the Duke know about it?” You fly in, and move to assist...but as soon as you touch its elbow, something happens.

“You.” You hear a voice over the comms. Female, strangely ageless, lacking the withered crackle of years but with an ancient weariness and smouldering anger, “I would know you anywhere, Dread Knight Merrow. You will not finish me!” Clawed fingers grab your mech by the head, and the curved wings lift to reveal a forest of spears.

The beam tentacle epaulets on your mech's shoulders spring to life, but it's unneeded, “Teacher! No! It's just his strider! It's just his strider! That's one of our knights piloting it!” The Engeler forces its way between you two, while the other Knights and Dame Gray's Cavalier grab ahold of what you assume now is another Paladin by its arms and wings and haul it away.

“Tab...Tabby? Ah, is that really you? I am sorry, I'm still...still not entirely...that pathetic girl's attempts to interrogate me availed her naught, as surely as her torments would have broken a normal woman, but the drugs I was given to induce compliance, while ineffective, have still made me a bit...disjointed.” The white Paladin pats the red one on the head.

“How did you escape?” Even when elated, the Countess is still the Countess, and sounds a bit skeptical.

“My faith in the Lady kept me strong, I knew if I endured and prayed fate would see me and my Berenger free...and lo, here I am. Proof of her divinity has never been so clear.” The sheer reverence in her voice sends an uncomfortable shiver down your spine, a sense of touching something you can't begin to understand, “Even in your strider I can see you making that face, Tabitha. Stop it, you'll get wrinkles. The Lady acted through an agent, a swordsman cursed to be more machine than man, a warrior named Meridian. Apparently he took advantage of some chaos taking place on the battleship to infiltrate the vessel and massacre my jailers. I hope the blood washes out, that man enjoys his work entirely too much. Come now, let us return to your ship.”

Together, you help the Berenger to the Duke's vessel and get it stowed safely in a bay.

>[Roll 1d10+10]
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Rolled 7 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1684638
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Rolled 1 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1684638
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Rolled 3 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1684638
This is why you don't let Assassins escape
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>1684638
>Fairy lost both Cabot and the Paladin.....
If this isn't one of her plots then damn, she is not having a good time
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>>1684638
>The Lady acted through an agent, a swordsman cursed to be more machine than man, a warrior named Meridian. Apparently he took advantage of some chaos taking place on the battleship to infiltrate the vessel and massacre my jailers. I hope the blood washes out, that man enjoys his work entirely too much. Come now, let us return to your ship.”

FUCK.

So thats where he went.

If he hides himself on one of the jovian ships leaving, we'd never find him again.

Then again, I doubt he'd leave the colony. Not if hes hunting us.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>1684638
I wonder if it irks the Duchess that the Duke has activated his Mandrake but she hasn't.

Speaking of mandrakes, should Roarke name his? Or are we just treating it as the same entity as the Kaiser?
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Rolled 7 + 10 (1d10 + 10)

>>1684638
So the Mandrake is Spiral Power. Gotcha.

Good thing we are filled with PASSION.
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With that, dinnertime! Game resumes in an hour!
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>>1684696
>should Roarke name his?

Knuckles
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>>1684696
Cassius Jr.
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>>1684696
If we name it, I vote for naming it after Freddie Mercury.
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>>1684665
Saved our ass there.
>>1684686
>>1684668
Wasn't going to be a good situation either way. Plus side, this just adds to Fairchild's incompetence. She let go of the ONE paladin they had for her petty shit. Down side, we are likely going to have to face off against her, both in terms of Tabitha, and the escape route.
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>>1684696
Its just part of the Kaiser.
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>>1684718
misto fisto
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>>1684711
Might as well name it "Manny" at that point.

>>1684717
I can support this.
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>>1684696

It's really just part of the Kaiser.
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Wonder what the order for the wedding night is going to be?
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>>1684748
All at once.
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>>1684748
Order of acquisition.
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>>1684748
There will be no order Thunderbird. Only Chaos.
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>>1684748
In the order that we boned them
>Just so Karen gets cucked by Red one last time
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>>1684761
The only question is who samantha will peg from behind.
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Rolled 5, 6, 6, 6, 1, 4 = 28 (6d6)

>>1684761
Their has to be some order, lets just ask the dice

1.Sam
2.Rosita
3.Karen
4.Clemmy
5.Fatima
6.Lori
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>>1684782
Fuck you dice.
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>>1684782
kek. dice pls.
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>>1684782
Dice demand the Pirate Waifus get cucked
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>>1684801
>>1684794
>>1684783
>Rosita and Karen spend all night arguing over who get to go first
Sounds about right.
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>>1684782
Still since thunders method for determination was somewhat flawed, if we use the dice as the number of hops between the girls, it becomes:

5.Fatima
1.Sam
3.Karen
6.Lori
2.Rosita
4.Clemmy
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>>1684830
Implying Clemmy would stand for a greenman worshiper to marry her Roarke before she did
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>>1684851
Oh man did the other girls learn that Lori is marrying us too yet?
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>>1684862
Clemmy and Sam haven't torn the colony apart yet
So I don;t think so
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>>1684873
You forgot Fatima who probably hates her the worst.
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>>1684877
True
I'm sure Roarke can smooth everything over
Unless he just doesn't say anything to them and springs it on them right at the wedding
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>>1684892
>springs it on them right at the wedding
As funny as that would be they would beat the shit out of us. Talking about all this, I wonder did all of our waifus periods sync up yet?
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>>1684913
>Everyone sinks up
>Even Sam
Not even a 10 in hand to hand will save us.
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>>1684937
It'll actually be a problem if they're all pregnant at the same time. Since they represent most of our elite aces.
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>>1684937
Hope we don't forget our anniversary, thank God its only one day.
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>>1684960
The good thing about the girls is that even if they cannot fight in mechs, their skill sets are still handy. Sam can still research and the like for security, Clemmy can go drill marshal, Rosita is Rosita, Karen becomes boss mom of the mech bay, Fatima is still capable and Lori can.. do what Lori does?
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>>1685001
she fights and she IS a noble and a good one, so she should be able to deal with politics and the like.
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>>1684960
Well, if we're willing to refurbish the Anesis, we can start with Fa, then Karen & Red, then Clemmy & Lori, and finally Sam once we have access to Greenman biotech.
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>>1685001
Probably has decent management skills, considering that she needed to look after the lands awarded to her.

Seeing her duties, probably decently skilled in a wide variety of areas, management, politics and PR. Unlike our other girls who are usually specced for one above all others.
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>>1685001
>Lori can.. do what Lori does
She still has a mouth and ass.
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soooo
who gets the nightmare? because even if we wrecked it, thats one fine mecha.
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>>1685028
Miles.
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>>1685028
Dave from engineering
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>>1685028
Its our brother's design so we should 100% Cannibalize it for the Kaiser, especially that sweet sweet shield. If us then Clemmy in memory of CCC.
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>>1685032
........i mean
it doesnt have a big rifle? and is specked for melee
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>>1684828
The idea that Loriette gets to go thrice is disgusting.
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>>1685028
Probably the UJCIDF. Remember, we're allies now, so we can't just take their shit anymore.
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>>1685041
>thatsthejoke.png
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>>1685055
Its loot now since we killed its pilot so according to the treaty it is ours now.
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>>1684358
>not calling it the Marlin
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>>1685067
Pretty much. Duel was called, we won and the victor comes the spoils. Not only that, but using our brother's design against us? Really? She doesn't think we wouldn't take it and the toys it has?
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>>1685091
Also, give Sam the death scythe. She would make the most use of it for decaps on bigger foes.. alongside those bits perhaps if we don't modify them for Moe.
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>>1684830
This actually makes sense.

Fatima is our official Wife.

Sam is both the first girl, and also the one most likely to resort to drugging the rest if they get in her way.

Karen is friends with Sam, and would probably allow Sam to go first in exchange for Sam drugging the rest of them.

Lori had to be in there somewhere, and she DID give us a Mandrake.

Rosita should really be in Lori's spot, but having her go right after Karen would be . . . bad. She'd rather be Fashionably Late I presume.

Clemmy is both Best Girl and willing to wait (for us, and us alone) and also probably massively drugged by Sam to ensure it.
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>>1685110
>official wife
bitch they are all our wives we dont got no concubines. she's just head wife.
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>>1685108
We get the bits.

We need more bits for our cape.
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>>1685110
I wonder if we'll be rolling for impregnation?
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>>1685114

Head wife, whatever.
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Rolled 69, 9, 70, 69, 34, 99 = 350 (6d100)

>>1685120
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>>1685120
The 7th die is for that Announcer girl we picked up.
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>>1685120
lets do it!
....how do we roll again?
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>>1685116
They aren't arm bits. Won't do us a lick of good. Also, Stealth Bits are quite nice and if we replace the missiles with guns, it would help moe a lot as well.
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>>1685129
>Fucking a woman you aren't marrying on your wedding night

>>1685130
No idea what we would be rolling, impregnation isn't covered in the corebook.
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>>1685127
So if we go by turn order, Sammy gets no kids, low chance for Rosita, and Clemmy gets twins.
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>>1685156
Sam should be an automatic nat 100 since we have to get outside help from doctors to make it happen.
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>>1685170
I was thinking in terms of wedding night there. Yes if we get SCIENCE into the mix, the chances improve dramatically. Let's just not try what Biggs did though.
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>>1685203
Just an artifical womb, shouldn't be too hard to do. While we're still waiting for Wong, what are some birthday gifts we can get for the girls?
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Fatima: Head Wife

Sam: Spy Wife

Karen: Forge Wife

Clemmy: Murder Wife

Rosita: Idol Wife

Lori: Frog Wife

Grapple Chan: Best Wife
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>>1685210
Sword care supplies and nice dresses for Sam, maybe a scotty dog, new mech stuff and cutting edge tech for Karen. A tank for Fatima to ride in, a castle of Roarke pillows for Clemmy. Lori gets a nice locket, something from Terra perhaps? Rosita gets a personal duet song cover with us.
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>>1685236
We could get Fatima the full collection of John Carter novels that she likes.
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>>1685275
First print.
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>>1685275
or mod the Big Zam to have a core fighter as a cockpit?
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You, as a group, manage to get the Berenger into the mechbay...but not until a team of mechanics in spacesuits have had a chance to scan it for explosives. There's no sense in being stupid, after all.

This gives you a moment, once you've landed and descended your liftwire, to examine the Berenger as it wobbles its way into a bay. What a behemoth! You're still a little bit stunned that Amos, goofy Amos, was the one who sunk this thing. Its cockpit opens, a figure in a UJCIDF pilot suit presumably borrowed from the Iulia Maesa emerges...and she misses her grab for the liftwire, tumbling down towards the floor. Thankfully, you're in zero-gravity.

You kick off the floor, releasing your suit electromagnets, and catch her, nimbly rebounding off the Berenger's knee and landing with her in your arms. A pale but pretty face smiles tiredly at you from behind her visor, “Thank you. You're a good boy, sir knight.”

“Fine catch, Sir Gaius.” Countess Roosevelt claps her hands, and several other knights applaud.

“Gaius? Is he new?” The Paladin asks.

“Yes, one of our recruits from the Solar System, Sir Gaius Wesker. He's the pilot of the black-and-white strider with the lance.”

“Its name is King Swordfish, Tabitha. The strider of one of the Lady's worst and oldest foes. I have heard of it.” The woman struggles to sit up in your arms, then gets her feet under her and hops down onto the desk, “Duchess Maria Carnegie, boy, Tabitha's teacher. It's a fine pleasure to meet you.”

You bow, “Likewise, your grace.”

She smiles, “Good manners, I'm pleased to see. Well! Don't worry! You've done very well for yourself. Pardon me.” She takes your shortsword off your belt, and examines it, “A fine weapon.” She undoes her suit's ties, and strips it off with her helmet. Underneath, she's very naked, and doesn't look like an old woman at all. She flips the blade to hold it in a reverse grip, and digs it into her forearm, blood welling up and drifting away in floating crimson droplets as she digs out a small, flat wafer of circuitry and crushes it in her fist.

“There. One obnoxious tracking device, duly disposed of. Tabitha, this is Duke de Rothschild-Beauchamps' ship, is it not?” She sighs, and makes a face, “Naturally, the Lady is testing my faith by putting me next to his lack thereof. I saw some ships were missing...” She looks around the bay, then stops, her expression blank, “The Anseis, where is it?”

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>>1685293
>She smiles, “Good manners, I'm pleased to see. Well! Don't worry! You've done very well for yourself. Pardon me.” She takes your shortsword off your belt, and examines it, “A fine weapon.” She undoes her suit's ties, and strips it off with her helmet. Underneath, she's very naked, and doesn't look like an old woman at all. She flips the blade to hold it in a reverse grip, and digs it into her forearm, blood welling up and drifting away in floating crimson droplets as she digs out a small, flat wafer of circuitry and crushes it in her fist.

Damn. Impressive.
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The Countess bows her head, “...My cousin was shot down. Turpin says it is the Lady's will that she remain here with the king of the asteroid belt pirates, she has been stripped of her status as a Paladin.”

The Duchess' eyes go wide. Her mouth opens, then shuts, then she bites her lip and clenches her hands into fists, “Turpin is...perhaps...too eager to test others' faith.” She growls, “If it is the Lady's will, then the Lady has a plan, and is sowing seeds whose flowering we cannot yet imagine. Perhaps someday, something will grow from this one, but...it is a harsh thing to try and understand. The Duke will be on the bridge, yes?”

The Countess nods, “Yes, teacher. With Turpin.”

The Duchess smiles, thin and sharp as a knife, “I'll need some new clothes, and then I shall join them.”

The Countess frowns, “Immediately? But...”

The Duchess cuts her off instantly, “But nothing. I was kept in a room that was intentionally left uncomfortably cold and damp. I was placed in a cell slightly too short to stretch comfortably, with a bed slightly angled to prohibit comfortable sleep. My food lacked sufficient protein, to cloud my judgment and weaken my body and mind. A thousand tiny pains were visited on me when I was not hanging from a wall with electrodes being prodded in uncomfortable places to deliver hurt without permanent damage. All designed to chip at my resolve and make me crack. All would have sufficed, had I not been a Paladin. I will bandage my arm, deliver my report, get an inkling of what our next steps are, and then I am going to eat until I am full to bursting and get a good night's sleep for the first time since my transfer away from the Blue Knight's custody and into the hands of that wretched General.” She hands you back your sword, pulls her pilot suit back over her shoulders, and gestures for one of the technicians, following them as she begins delivering instructions, arranging a room and ordering clothes from the sound of it.

You feel the Countess' hand on your shoulder, “Gaius, I'm sure you've already guessed, but in all likelihood we're leaving without delay. The Jovians won't forgive this, not if they have any pride. If...if you've changed your mind and want to leave us...now would be your very last chance. I would not hold it against you if you decided Avalon is far from home and that your heart is here, but if you came with us...I believe there is a place for you in our number, I really, truly do.”

>[Go to Avalon]
>[Bail on this quest]
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>>1685307
>>[Go to Avalon]
time for DEEP INFILTRATION
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>>1685307
>[Go to Avalon]
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>>1685307
Hmm, I guess we'll go on adventures! Hope we don't get brainfucked.


>[Go to Avalon]
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>>1685307
>>[Go to Avalon]

"I did not come this far just to desert now. I will be sad to leave of course... but leave I must. I will accompany you, my Countess."
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>>1685307
>>[Go to Avalon]
Everything for Naomi, even joining Roarke was just to keep her safe.
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>>1685307
>>[Go to Avalon]

Scrubs quit, and we are NOT a scrub.
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>>1685307
>>[Go to Avalon]
Balls deep we may be, this is our best chance with the clout and gear we have. We certainly have been wooing the Paladins.
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>>1685293
I always thought Maria was a bitch in Bloodborne.
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>>1685307
Flee to Avalon or risk facing your dad?
>[Go to Avalon]
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>>1685307
>[Go to Avalon]
"Home is where the heart is." aka Naomi
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>>1685332
>implying his Dad wont find him anyway
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>>1685344
>New earth Paladin is his Father in disguise.
>The disguise is just a mask.
>He knows.
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This vote is looking really close, guys. I wonder what Caesar's gonna do.
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>>1685344
You know, if this is what's needed to shake Rudolph out of his funk, so be it.
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>>1685307
>cant sleep on an angled bed
Get a load of this scrub.
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>>1685362
Like she never lived in a dive apartment before.
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You start laughing. You can't help it. Leave? Now? When you've come this far already?

“Gaius?” Tabitha tilts her head to one side, a concerned expression on her face, “Hello, Gaius? Are you alright?”

“I'm just a little surprised you would ask. My heart is right here.” You put your hand on your chest, “It's always with me, wherever I go. I won't turn back now, Tabitha.” You remember she told you to call her that in private.

She blinks, then smiles awkwardly, “I...I'm glad to hear that. You are a good man, Gaius. Let's both do our best to make it through this war, so you can protect whatever it was that's so important to you.”

“That's what we're all doing, isn't it?” You smile back at her.

She looks away, “Honestly, when you start being all cool like this...it's easy to forget how young you are.”

“All hands, prepare for emergency microgate projector activation. Warp in ten...nine...eight...” A voice sounds over the PA.

Both of you make your way into a hallway, finding something to grab onto as the familiar gut-tightening feeling of warp washes over your skin. For better or worse, you've left Auditorium behind. You're still far from Avalon, no ship-based gate can carry you that far, but it's one giant step.

“So, we're going to blitz the Jovian Gate?” You ask her.

The Countess just smiles, leading you on towards the bridge, “Not quite.”

You pause in your tracks, “But how, then? The Gate of Mars is damaged, and...” Your brain catches up, and you sputter in horror, “Are we...are we going to the...?”

She smiles, “Yes. The Gate of Terra itself. We are going to walk right through the door of legends. I know what the Duke is thinking, and I know where we are right now, and that Turpin is in the midst of a tantrum.”

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I really like where Caesar's story is going and how it feels like he's going to become a tragic hero and fall to Avalon for Naomi.
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>>1685417
>The Gate of Terra
time to see some shit boys
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>>1685417

Fucking what and fucking how.
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>>1685427
Nah, fuck that shit.

If we have to, we'll be the one to put her out of her misery.

Then burn Avalon to the bedrock. Go full Tobias Motherfucking Arronax.
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>>1685427
Yeah, nah. We aren't falling for Avalonian tricks as much as you want to say 'it's in character'.
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>>1685427
The only way that might happen might be the duke helping to pull naomi out. That will also precipitate an avalonian civil war.

Depending on the circumstances, he might stay to fight for the duke.
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>>1685417
>Gate of Terra
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>>1685446
Easy to say that now, but when the time comes and we're given a choice between either fighting for Avalon and them letting Naomi keep her memories of him and be with him, or they'll just wipe her mind and kill us for being a spy it'll be a hard choice for him.
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>>1685464
He's already considered and committed.

Especially given his Father's history. After all, if he switches to Avalon, he'll have to fight *him*.

Honestly, now that he's gone I almost think Roarke or Stern should contact his dad and give him a heads up.
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>>1685464
Yeah, you are really stretching it there. First off, that is exactly the sort of thing we were told about and know it won't work. Second, why the hell would they do that if they know when they could spore/control him then? Sides, if that were the case, he'd likely take them both out instead.
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>>1685473
>>1685476
That's where the tragedy of it all comes in, he knows that they're trying to tempt him and that the offer is poison but he can't resist it. Caesar is motivated by his love for Naomi and that has been all of his motivation since he met her. Why is it so hard to believe that he's willing to do whatever to be with her? He betrayed everything he knew and loved to join us just to keep Naomi safe, what's to stop him from doing the same again?
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>>1685484
He loves Naomi, not an Avalon zombie masquerading as her.

You help people you love, and if that is the case help will come in the form of a bullet.

Also, he betrayed Soul, Fairchild, and the shitty team-mates who betrayed him first.
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>>1685496
Do you think Caeser is mature enough emotionally to do that? Sure he can say he is and that he won't fall for their tricks but when your in the moment and its time to put your money on the line its a whole different ball game. And he betrayed all of Soul by deserting and joining a pirate group, it doesn't matter why he did it he still actively betrayed Jove and gave a Pirate Admiral one of their most beloved artifacts.
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>>1685496
Pretty much. And as an aside, Roarke and the like have willingly helped him and acknowledged it. Sides, Caesar has grown, quite a bit. He does have friends even if he is going lone wolf for this and has done well to show the light to Eustace and Tabitha. The road to good end will be hard, and it will require Caesar to make hard choices. But for all your talk about me being defeatist with Naomi.
>>1685510
And you are not really convincing me at all with this. He has stuck with his guns quite well and even with Naomi on his mind, what SOUL B was doing was bullshit too. So if Avalon is doing THE SAME THING, he is not going to abide by it. Man, did you get bitten by Akai or something?
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>>1685510
I'm not saying it won't be a difficult time for him.

But he is aware of what has to be done, and that what he would get wouldn't actually be Naomi.

And finally, Soul =/= Jove. He betrayed a corrupt organization to continue fighting for them, as an ally with Roarke's pirates - who ALSO fight for the people if not the Government.

And whom you will note are now Allies with Soul.

You're way over-simplifying things.
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>>1685521
Because emotions outway logic sometimes and people aren't always capable of making the best decision in an extremely stressful situation. Sure it is a better decision for him to just kill Naomi in the situation but people don't always work like that. And I still hate Avalon and Caesar joining them would making the war so much harder considering they would make him a Paladin and Roarke would be one of the few people that could fight him, but it feels more in character for the man whose motivation for every single thing he's done since dating her was to protect her and be with her to chose the option where he can still be with her. Plus it also leads to a more interesting story with plenty of room for more plot threads with substance.

>>1685528
It doesn't matter if we allied with Soul down the line Caesar still deserted for a pirate group. That is still seen as treason no matter how much you dress it up.
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>>1685553
That's why you don't dress it up, you cover it up."Succeed and you're a hero, fail and you're a traitor".

Gawd. It's politics 101 bro.
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>>1685566
You can't cover up desertion and treason unless Caesar takes the chance to betray Roarke and wreck shit for him while bring Naomi back to Soul. Because that's the only way he'd every get out of it considering he'd be a double agent. Gawd. It's espionage 101 bro.
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>>1685553
>Because emotions outway logic sometimes and people aren't always capable of making the best decision in an extremely stressful situation.
>What was the entire lead up to the fight with Jesus and Lysa where we analyzed it, called for back up, took the third option, and proceeded to fight and win before Eustace stepped in.
>What is Cool 10 in danger and Int 10.
>What is, analyzing the situations considering all the danger in this entire operation.
As for the rest, it's less about whats in character and more what you as a person want. There are also tons of plot threads and stuff that need to be resolved and looked at as is and you want to add more just because you find it interesting. I find Caesar being a one trick pony incredibly boring since it shows no growth of character.
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>>1685572
We we're calm because we had Roarke backing us up, once Naomi started getting brainwashed Caesar lost his shit and attacked Kirito and got his ass handed too him. And good stats don't protect you from emotions anon. And I agree part of it is because it does seem more interesting than just Caesar being a man with no flaws who never makes mistakes and just always picks the best option in the situation even if he has no experience with them. Besides character growth isn't always positive thing, sometimes characters grow and that growth is arguably a negative things and ruins their relationships with other people (Char in CCA).
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>>1685417
I expect this to end really badly.
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>>1685571
> You can't cover up desertion and treason

You sure as hell can.

"During combat with the foul Avalonian forces, SOUL A was incapacitated. Luckily, while not Allies at the time, the Pirate King of Phaeton was there to provide support and prevent the capture of valuable pilots and Mechs - mostly. Tragically, the young pilot Naomi Watts was kidnapped for reasons unknown but assumed most nefarious given the known proclivities of the Green Men. Despite claiming to be a Nation of Honour, this kidnapping was conducted for no reason tactical or strategic but as yet another example of the barbaric actions such zealots excuse in the name of their religion centered around the Green Man who controls them."

It's not even a stretch.
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>>1685591
Wasn't CCA Char a character regression?

And Caesar already decided that if he can't save Naomi from whatever has been done to her, he'll kill her to put her out of her misery.
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Well, my computer shat itself harder than ever before, made me register openoffice, and then ate my post. I'm rewriting it now.
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Fun fact, Caesar right now is OFFICIALLY on a special undercover assignment thanks to General Fairchild covering up his desertion to the Iron Kestrels.
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>>1685606
Was it because she knows that nothing will save her from Rudolph Merrow's wrath when he finds out?
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>>1685602
It was also a really bad one that made no sense what so ever.
>>1685591
Except Kirito attacked first? Then used it to calm down Naomi? And that makes it even dumber because it is being ok with that shit which makes no sense character wise both in the 'using Naomi' bit or the 'Jovian who very much likes his freedom' bit. So it is pretty ham fisted there.
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>>1685598
"So why did you join him when you could have easily just gone back with Soul since Starwind let them leave mostly unharmed. And why did you trash Keith and Lacus's mech when they were allies."

>>1685602
Honestly you can argue it both ways. After 0079 Char is at a complete loss of purpose and is completely unwilling to follow through with his beliefs or actually take any responsibility whatsoever. That's what Char's character arc in Zeta and CCA are all about with Char somewhat stepping up in Zeta and trying to lead AEUG where as in CCA we see Char has found a reason to live and is actively leading a nation while working to realize what he believes in. People consider it a character regression mostly because they just look at what he's doing and go "Oh he's totally evil he must have regressed" where he actually grows as a person and gains qualities and becomes a better man.
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>>1685606
>>1685620

SUCKAH.
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>>1685622
He still did it knowing full well it was desertion and treason it doesn't matter that someone else is protecting his ass because in the moment when he made the decision he didn't know anyone would cover for him so he WILLINGLY deserted for Naomi's sake. SUCKAH.
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>>1685632
Arguably, like I said, they betrayed him first.

Great way to dance around "It can't be covered up" though.

Cesar was confident that Jove wasn't being represented by their actions there, and that he was doing the right thing.
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>>1685622
The fun part of it is; this has been mentioned when Fairchild kicked the shit out of Keith for doing this shit. Hell, if he returns, by being a part of Phaeton, they will likely paint it as an act of camaradie between the two countries as Roarke rewards him a place to live for his hard work.
But yes, at this point Thunderbird is simply being a name fag, repeating, and ignoring points made. Just bow out man.
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>>1685644

Thunder is thunder.
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>>1685652
I know he acts like Roarke's Id, but that does not mean he has to act like EGO.
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>>1685644
>>1685635

Besides, we've reached the Crux of the issue. Cesar does what he feels is "the right thing".

Whether that's "betraying" Jove, going off to fight Avalon himself, or putting a bullet into the zombie skull of his ex-lover, he'll do it no matter how much it hurts himself.
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“What.” You hurry after her, “Tabitha. Tabitha no. You're talking about the Gate of Terra. I don't know what the Duke is thinking, but that's suicide. You want us to go up against the entire Reformed Catholic Church!?” Not to mention, what if the rumored Terran forces can leave their atmosphere to aid the Moonies? The thought makes your blood run cold...

...although some part of you whispers that they were considered invincible in the days before SOUL mecha...

...and another part of you whispers fiercely back that the Terrans wouldn't share technology they couldn't defend against.

“Trust the Duke, Gaius. I know he has a plan.” She smiles at you as you enter the bridge, and at the still somewhat distant sight on the main viewport you find yourself awestruck. Well, someone is going to feel extremely awkward once you tell them the mistake they've made.

“Countess.” You whisper, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news and yes, I know it's your first time in the Solar System, but that...that's not Earth.”

She gives you a frigid sidelong look, “Yes, Sir Gaius. The rings rather gave it away.” She taps her cheek with a fingertip, feigning empty-headed, girlish consideration, “The whole part where it's a gas giant would make it difficult for mankind to evolve there, too. I know what Earth looks like, I've seen pictures of it just like every other civilized human being. Judging from its profile and the number of moons...oh, and the big, flashing, scarlet letters on the navicomp display highlighting its name...I'm going to guess that we're looking at Saturn.”

You refuse to look abashed, crossing your arms and nodding seriously, “Yeah, probably. It sure looks like Saturn.”

She snorts, “By the Lady, Gaius...” She shakes her head, but she's smiling.

Turpin is sharing none of your good humor, glaring at the Duke in livid rage. “We can NOT afford this delay.” She snaps. “I could be spending this time working with the Princess' synch rates, every day we waste in this system is time ill-used. Can we not rely on Five-Man Band? Why must we resort to such risky measures?”

[Continued]
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>>1685644
Hi pot I'm kettle you're a nigger. Where is your rebuttal to the fact that you can say your totally willing to shoot your girlfriend in the head but when your their with the gun pointed at her you can't bring yourself to do it? Where's the rebuttal that Caesar could have gone back to Soul after disabling both Keith and Lacus but chose instead to desert the army and commit treason by bringing a high tech mech to a band of known criminals?
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>>1685612

Honestly she said pretty much that. Making an enemy of even a retired Rudolph Merrow would be a horrible mistake.
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>>1685675
>Hi pot I'm kettle you're a nigger.
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>>1685675
I feel we've lost the thread of this argument.

I don't think Caesar has any intention of joining Avalon. His goal is to save Naomi, which means either finding a way to remove her brainwashing, or kill her.

What's the issue?
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>>1685672
>Reformed catholic church
Space Spanish Inquisition?
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>>1685672
Secret gate around Saturn built by the Five-Man Band?
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>>1685675
>Where's the rebuttal that Caesar could have gone back to Soul after disabling both Keith and Lacus but chose instead to desert the army and commit treason by bringing a high tech mech to a band of known criminals?

Soul wasn't willing to do what was RIGHT.

Also "You're" "There" and nobody said it would be easy.

But he's Cesar Fucking Marrow. See >>1685455
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>>1685697
I feel people are just hand waving the fact that Caesar might not be emotionally strong enough to shoot his girlfriend when it actually comes down to it, or that in the heat of the moment he might decide that being able to spend his life with a mind controlled version of his girlfriend might be better than having to kill her and never see her again.

>>1685707
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT WAS RIGHT OR NOT HE CHOSE TO DESERT TO SAVE NAOMI FROM THEM, GET IT THROUGH YOUR FUCKING HEAD!
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>>1685721
>IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT WAS RIGHT OR NOT

Actually, that was ultimately the reason why he did it. Because it was the "right" thing to do. As evinced by why he went with Roarke afterwards instead of back to Soul.

You can't argue about his motivations for his future choices, and then ignore them when it's convenient.
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>>1685721
Ah, I see.

I'm pretty sure our conversation with Stern and the Undefeated was supposed to cement Caesar's mentality. Wong explicitly told us it was an important decision.
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>>1685721
>>1685738

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The Duke seems perfectly content, stretching in his chair atop the central command dais of the bridge. The Duchess is leaning against a nearby console, her arms folded, perhaps trying to look like she isn't still unsteady on her feet.

“I don't trust the pirates that far.” The Duke responds simply, “Nor do I believe they could get our entire fleet through the Gate of Jupiter. Nor will I entertain for a second any idea you have of abandoning most of our troops to evacuate 'essential personnel', namely our nobles and commanders, and I'll have you gagged if you dare to speak such filthy words. You may be a messenger for the Lady, and you may be overseeing Bradamante for a brief period of time, but you are not in command here. I am the supreme commander of this expedition and all matters of strategy, barring direct orders from the Lady...and you and I both know, you have no more of those to gainsay me with...I have a strategy, and it will work.”

“Even so, to make such a detour for what, a handful of knights?” Turpin snaps, “Duchess Carnegie, surely you agree with me that this is folly.”

The Duchess gives her a cool look, “I have great respect for a trusted servant of the Lady, but you are a mere mortal, and I know that I owe my rescue to her orders and no decision of yours. Dame Elizabeth Wayland is a superb lieutenant and a true believer, and several of my trusted warriors were captured on Qu'lir along with her. I shall not abandon them to some Jovian prison even if her taste in paramours is...questionable.”

The Duke nods, “Exactly my feelings. Sir Hector Van Damme is my chief retainer and most trusted cataphract. I may not have any idea what he sees in that acolyte of yours, but I know I value him more than a battleship full of regular knights.”

“He's a vulgar, overly boisterous ruffian, but admittedly somewhat useful.” The Duchess semi-agrees.

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>>1685721
HEY GUYS CESAR BETRAYED A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. CEASAR IS IN THE WRONG FOR NOT TRUSTING THE PEOPLE WHO PAY FAIRCHILD.

Fuck off Thundercuck.
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>>1685749

Aww, the In-laws are getting along.
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>>1685738
He knew Roarke would protect Naomi so that's why he went with him, right and wrong weren't as important to him as keeping Naomi safe.

>>1685739
Just because Caesar knows what they offered Beck and what happened to him doesn't mean he'll be able to resist it when it actually happens. I know that pulling the plug on my sick father was a mercy to him, but I couldn't actually go through with it if I had the choice even though I know it would be for the best.

>>1685755
When did I say he was in the wrong? He was completely right for doing it.
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>>1685749
I wonder if Turpin is actually trying to use Naomi as a power-grab.

After all, the more time she has to work on her as a replacement of the Lady, the more time she has to possibly turn her into HER puppet.
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Arguably, Hector is more useful than Dame Wayland; his plans were really Effective.
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“Somewhat? Balderdash! I wager you could drop him on nigh any planet and within a fortnight he'd have impressed the locals enough to have assembled a band of worthy braves willing to follow him into any battle, a few dozen at least!” The Duke proclaims.

The Duchess looks uncomfortably away.

The Duke grins, “Is that what he did on Qu'lir?”

“Shut up, boy.” The Duchess grumbles.

The Duke whistles, “You're one of the few old ladies old enough to call me that, so I'll take it. Regardless, we know for a fact that our vassals are here, on a prison colony, and we mean to get them back.”

The Duchess nods.

“How much manpower and resources do you intend to waste, your grace?” Turpin responds with exagerrated patience, like a disappointed saint. You pray to Minerva for Tabitha to slap her again. “Your fleet is already somewhat ragged.”

“I have no intention of just hurling soldiers willy-nilly at this.” The Duke responds, “I don't suppose you've ever built anything with your hands, have you? A shed? Or perhaps a table or bench? You don't just throw your nails at the wood, you pick a good, straight one, line it up carefully...and then apply appropriate force behind it.”

Turpin shakes her head slowly, “I do not endorse in the slightest the idea of one of our remaining Paladins engaging alone over a few followers, and I will not spare the honesty in my report to the Lady.”

A UJCIDF prison colony, huh? Out here away from the belt, they don't usually have to worry about space pirates, so they aren't as well guarded. Appropriate anti-ship defenses, sure, but not much against an intruding mech. There might be a light cruiser or two worth of mecha, low on the totem pole for new units. After all, it's not as if the prisoners have mecha the guards need to defend against. In all likelihood, you would face mostly Bluegills, perhaps some of the older Pumpkinseed Is. The officers might have Morgan IIs or Warmouths. You, meanwhile, have the Swordfish. Plus, it's a chance for glory.

>[Volunteer]
>[Stay silent]
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
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>>1685760
> He knew Roarke would protect Naomi

Because protecting Naomi . . . was the right thing to do.

> I know that pulling the plug on my sick father was a mercy to him, but I couldn't actually go through with it if I had the choice even though I know it would be for the best.

Well, that's a hard situation indeed. But many other people were strong enough to make the right choice.

Nobody said that Cesar wouldn't have a hard time of it, but nobody has claimed that.

And you seem to be unable to believe that Cesar would be able to make the choice that you were unable to make.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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>>1685755
10/10 indisputable argument.

>>1685770
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
>Everyone laughs at us.

>[Volunteer]
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>>1685760
Thunder, I'm saying that Caesar has already steeled himself to do what has to be done. That's what the big decision in that thread was about.
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>>1685770
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
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>>1685770
>>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]

We're already balls deep, might as well go for the creampie.
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>>1685770
>>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
sanity is for the weak
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>>1685770
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]

I want to do it solely to shut Turpin up.
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>>1685780
It's a chance to prove ourselves undeniably, and if it doesn't work all they've lost is a new recruit.

Also, maybe we can pick up some allies on the down-low among the prisoners.
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>>1685770
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
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>>1685770
>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
Fuck it, LIKE A BOSS!
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>>1685770
>[Volunteer]
Teamwork helps us and we get to see more of the Paladins in action.
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>>1685791
Don't forget they'd also lose the Swordfish. That the Duke just paid a shitload of cash to get.
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>>1685791
>>1685780
>>1685770

Also a chance to get the word out about what they're planning.

Fuck going to Avalon if we can intercept and keep them here.
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>>1685770
>>[Volunteer to solo the fuck out of that prison colony like a boss]
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>>1685770
"If the Lady Turpin finds sending a Paladin in to rescue loyal subjects so distasteful, then I'll go alone. If I fail, then you'll only have lost one Knight. But, rest assured, I should be able to handle the prison's defenses with ease."
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>>1685798
Didn't the Duke say he had to take a stand against what was happening anyways?

What makes you think we fooled him? Remember when he offered us Lories lands, that had just been confiscated?
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>>1685801

No.

Remember that naomi isnt in sol.

We need to return to avalonian space to have a chance an rescuing her.
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>>1685770
>>[Volunteer]

>>1685781
All I'm saying is that you can say you steeled yourself and do it as best you can, but it can fall apart easily when your in the situation.

>>1685778
>But many other people were strong enough to make the right choice.
>And you seem to be unable to believe that Cesar would be able to make the choice that you were unable to make.
>I'm sorry for your loss.
Why don't you just shake my hand after spitting in my face. Fuck you too anon you're a cunt keep your bullshit sympathy to yourself I'd rather you just said you didn't like me then just giving that false apology.
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Personally I find the idea of Fairchild suddenly becoming straight and wanting Roarke's D more believable than Caesar joining Avalon to be with his waifu. Especially after hearing the truth about Floyd Beck.
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>>1685810
Uh, what? I was just pointing out that going alone and failing would lose the Swordfish along with Caesar.
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>>1685801
>>1685812

We should still be able to send out some info. Like the fact the Five-Man Band is working for Avalon.
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>>1685813
>All I'm saying is that you can say you steeled yourself and do it as best you can, but it can fall apart easily when your in the situation.

That's fair. I guess we'll just have to see what happens when it happens.
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>>1685826
Pretty much at this point.
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>>1685818
If we havnt already done that, ceasar is a fool. Remember that we got some leave on auditorium after we learnt that tidbit. If ceasar didnt leave that info on auditorium for roarke to learn of, hes incompetent.
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>>1685829
He did leave his PC behind I believe but I'm not sure what info he was able to leave.
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>>1685812
Ah crap I forgot she was sent ahead.

Whatever, we're still keeping Turpin from her.

>>1685813
> MFW I just signed the DNR and refusal of medical assistance to the hospital for my Grandfather last week because he has dementia and I'm the holder of his PoA

Dude has dementia and his feet are rotting and I go there every fucking day in the hopes he won't be alone when he dies. Guess who's going to have to accept the responsibility when he finally dies, probably from organ failure.

Oh, hey, look. You're not the only one to ever have to deal with shit.

I tried to be kind about it, but your pain isn't a blanket excuse for getting away with shit.

If you want coddling, buy a hooker and get her to hug her. Fuck you and your pity whoring.
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>>1685832
Pretty sure we got info on the Five Man Band to Roarke.
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>>1685818
>>1685829

Yeah, Roarke knows.
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Guys, tone it down with the personal insults, alright? Elderly relatives and their health problems are a hell we all have to deal with, me included, we've all been there and it's tough for everyone.

If you want to argue about whether or not Caesar would be able to pull the trigger on Naomi if she was as badly overwritten as Palmyra (the leader of the Qu'liri Liberation Front with the two tails who got killed by Amos), you can do it without being dicks to each other.
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>>1685838
You didn't try to be kind about it you dickhead. You implied that I made the wrong choice and that I wasn't strong enough to pull the plug. I only even brought it up as an example of something similar and how you can psych yourself up for something and not be able to go through with it in the moment. I don't want pity for it and if I did I would have said how old I was when it happened and went into detail about it. And I never acted like no one else had to deal with something similar.
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>>1685860
and here i am just Cheeking and Breeking my way through the Zone while they insult each other
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HEY GUYS HERE'S A QUESTION THAT'S NOT AT ALL AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT!
IF ROSITA COULD CONTROL THE ARCHEN LIKE THIS, WOULD SHE DO IT?
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>>1685881
Only if Roarke was watching and/or it pissed Karen off somehow.
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>>1685870
You know what? YOU implied you made the wrong choice since you said it would be for the best, but couldn't do it.

But that's okay. Shit's hard. Not everybody can be strong in the moment. That's why I tried to be kind about it. Because I know that even when it's the right thing you feel like shit and guilty regardless and still wonder if I'm betraying him. He's so fucking scared every time I leave even though he almost never even remembers who I am five minutes later. I've seen people die pretty often, they don't like it.

But I don't want to fucking drag this shit out on a 4chan quest board.

If you didn't want it to be discussed, or criticized, don't bring that shit up.
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>>1685881
What's it attached to? Because it's clearly not going up her butt.
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>>1685881
Are you suggesting that we Karen should turn the Archen into a Catgirl mech for a prank?
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>>1685887
>But I don't want to fucking drag this shit out on a 4chan quest board.
Especially after Wong told you to stop.
Cool your shit bro. Go pet an animal or something.
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“I'll go.” You raise your hand, “If you only need one nail, my lance is sturdy enough for the job.”

Everyone stares at you. It's uncomfortable and makes you nervous, but this is something you can do.

“What? If the Lady Turpin finds sending a Paladin in to rescue loyal subjects so distasteful, then I'll go alone. I'm a recent recruit, I won't be missed. Besides, I'm strong, and I'm tired of only having useless simulations to prove it. Let me prove my worth, for the glory of Countess Roosevelt.” You add the last part on whim and are rewarded by seeing Tabitha smile, “If I fail, you only lose one knight, and a young one at that...but I won't fail, I should be able to handle the prison's defenses with ease.”

“I approve. Send him.” The Duchess agrees immediately, “I have a good feeling about this one, regardless of his origins.”

The Duke and Countess trade a significant glance with each other and nod.

“I can provide support fire at a safe distance for at least part of the approach. No vassal of mine is ever alone. Rest assured, it won't destract from your valor in my eyes.” Countess Roosevelt claps you on the shoulder, “Once you've eliminated the base defenses, we can move in with shuttles and ground troops in power armor to take the base itself. Good luck. Does this plan meet with approval, your grace?” She looks at the Duke.

He smiles, “This is the kind of valor I like to see. For once, we're all in agreement.”

“I can name several clear-cut reasons why this is a bad idea.” Turpin states plainly.

“I was referring to those of us with the authority to weigh in on the matter. Find a corner and sit in it.” The Duke says bluntly, enough for the Duchess to roll her eyes, “Prepare yourself for battle, Sir Gaius Wesker. If you succeed...you will be a hero of Avalon.”
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>>1685887
I don't want to drag it out either, this isn't the time of place for it.
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>>1685893
I didn't hit refresh while I was typing.

But hey, here you are still trying to drag it out.
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>>1685897
Well, I'm sorry if my post came off insincere.

I'm a little touchy about that stuff right now, but that's my issue and I shouldn't take it out on you.

Let's move on.
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>>1685902
>didn't hit refresh while I was typing
>Wong's post was before the post you replied to
GG
I'm serious about calming down though, getting this butthurt about shit like this isn't healthy.
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>>1685903
Sorry if I came off as touchy, its something that's incredibly painful to me too.
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YOU ARE: Ensign Heinrich “Caesar” Merrow (Age 17)

Attractiveness: 7
Body Type: 7
Cool: 10 [5 normally] (Fast Talk & Persuasion +4, Leadership +4, Intimidation +4, Seduction +2)
Empathy: 6
Intelligence: 10
[Education]: +3
Luck: 8
Movement Allowance: 6
Reflexes: 10 (Dodge & Escape 7, Hand-to-Hand 5, Mecha Fighting +6 Mecha Melee +8, Mecha Pilot +8, Melee 7, Motorcycle +5, Stealth +3, Zero-G +3)
Technical Ability: 7

Rookie Bonus: Backup Protagonist

Luck Points 8 (refreshes at end of session), Maneuver Pool 3 (refreshes at end of combat, otherwise identical to Luck)

YOUR MECH IS: K-Swordfish Mk. II

Medium Weight Torso: C/S/K 12, 6 tons
Medium Weight Head: C/S/K 6, 3 tons
Light Heavy Left Arm: C/S/K 8, 3.5 tons
Left Hand: 2 CP, 1 Space, 1 Kill, 0.5 tons
Light Heavy Right Arm: C/S/K 8, 3.5 tons
Right Hand: 2 CP, 1 Space, 1 Kill, 0.5 tons
Medium Weight Left Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tons
Medium Weight Right Leg: C/S/K 7, 3 tons

Armor: Officer's Medium Heavy (8 SP, 12 CP, 4 tons) on all locations, does not ablate from damage caused by attacks dealing less than 4 Kills

Main Sensors (Head): 4 CP, 1 Space, 2 Kills, 1 ton
Backup Sensors (Torso): 2 CP, 2 Spaces, 2 Kills, 1 ton
Advanced Sensor Package (Head): 10 CP, 2 Spaces

Options: Torso Cockpit with Environment Pod (2 CP, 2 Spaces), Torso Storage Module (1 CP, 1 Space), Liftwire (0.3 CP), Spotlights (0.2 CP), Deluxe Anti-Theft Lock (0.4 CP), Stereo (0.1 CP)

Armament:
[Left Arm-Mounted] Anemone System Active Beam Shield: DA 0, SP 12 (does not ablate from damage, shuts off until next turn, 3K of structure if hit directly), Attack Factor 1 (blocks automatically as an Active Shield once per turn), 77.5 CP, 7 Spaces, 1.5 tons
[Right Handheld] Swordfish Lance v2: WA +2, 14K, AP, Quick, 68 CP, 8 Spaces, 6 tons
[Right Arm-Mounted] Anemone System Grappling Beam Tentacles: Range 400m, WA+2, 8K (4K of structure), EMW, Entangling, Attack Factor 1 (once per turn automatically attacks an enemy within range), 64 CP, 7 Spaces, 2 tons.

AVE CAESAR!: Allows the Dropkick maneuver to be performed with the Swordfish Lance (and its base damage and AP properties, but not Quick) instead of the King Swordfish's feet servos.

Thrusters & Speed: 7 per leg, 9 in the torso, 3 in the head, moves 600 meters per turn in flight or can run 200m. 26 CP
Total Weight: 58.5 tons
Total Cost: 379.5 CP
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>>1685890
Some sort of implant at the base of the spine looks like.
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>>1685911
>Ensign Heinrich “Caesar” Merrow
no we arnt!
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>>1685916
Wong's trying to blow our cover!
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>>1685903
>>1685909
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>>1685881
If you really want to chance the subject, Its interesting how we haven't had anyone write smut of the quest. That has to be some kind of record for a /tg/ quest.
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>>1685906
Shit. Apparently I didn't even read before posting.

Looks like that mirror is me.

Anger. It's a hell of a drug.
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>>1685925
I got off when we killed Cabot.

Does that count?
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>>1685890
Her pilot suit has a plug it connects too near the tailbone.

Seriously, watch Gun x Sword. it is a show about hilarious mechs with awesome pilots in a serious revenge story.
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>>1685916
>>1685921

The Avalonians can't read this page.
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Can we get the text to rename our mech before we sortie.

Can you imagine the shit that will resulthappen if the IFF returns id us as the swordfish
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>>1685930
You didn't write at least 2000 words at it, so no.
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>>1685925
I could write some, but I've already got a backlog of shit I should be doing. Pretty sure the smut scene for you and Brazil is somewhere in there.
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>>1685925
I feel like I should be able to make a shitpost about Karen and that line about glopping cum from the SAO light novel, but I can't come up with anything.

>>1685934
That's what you want us to think!
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You guys know that when we succeed this mission, the Lady is going to want to meet Caesar face-to-face?
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>>1685938
But what if they already know
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>>1685934
Thats exactly what an avalonian would say.
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>>1685937
>Pretty sure the smut scene for you and Brazil is somewhere in there.
Don't remind me.
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Game resumes F R I D A Y.
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>>1685936
That's a job for cocaine and whiskey.

Lookit Me Maw, I'm the next Stephen King.

Last time this ended up with an Arkhan x Neferata . . . abomination. I regret nothing. Good old WST on /tg/ days.
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>>1685937

Where IS Brazil, anyway?
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>>1685950
Wong, what is the prisoner make up for the penal colony
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>>1685923
Hey now, this is a mech quest. Gotta post the mech version of it.
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>>1685954
>prisoner make up

A lovely shade of rogue
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>>1685953
maybe dead cause of Hueland
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>>1685959
Possibility of one of the Five-Man-Band being there incognito?
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>>1685959
Dammit wong, lol

You know what I mean
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>>1685959
Is it mostly military prisoners?
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>>1685951
Considering we slept with all our fiances after the fight that should give you plenty of material to work with.
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>>1685966
>>1685964

You don't have that information!
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>>1685976
But what about their makeup? Is that at least okay?
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>>1685982
Did you see Elizabeth's turquoise hair? There's no makeup in the universe she could pull off.
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>>1685966
I'd say 'boss refight', but all the bosses roarke faced are dead or already with us. Greenskulls are dead, Rashad is dead, Cabot is dead.. who else could there be aside from Hector, his beau, and their prison baby?
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>>1685976
Hey Wong, when was the last time Roarke talked to Cassius? Do we know if he had a family or anything?
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>>1685971
But I still need the Whiskey and Coke.

>>1685982
Infiltration specialists though. Clearly what we need to do is find out if one is actually a Woman and then seduce her. Or get our own trap.
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Wow, Zone of the Enders is a short game. Time for The Second Runner!
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>>1686044
It's an awesome game though. I love how responsive the mech combat is.
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>>1686044
Wong did you see >>1685996
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>>1686044
There's a reason why people joke that ZoE was just an extra for the MGS2 demo.
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An observation that just recently came to me on some reflecting: After rereading the missive that Duke Eustace sent to roarke, we might have to reconsider whether paladins are actually spored when they have their meeting with 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.

Sporing as we understand it creates an intense feeling of loyalty to the green men or a state of apathy as seen or mars when the avalonians originally spored the populace. If so, such treasonous thoughts from a paladin would very well be unthinkable for one properly spored and converted.
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>>1686225
i think The Lady is seriously hurt and can not use her full abilities or has realized that her people were wrong to use such methods and has stopped using them.
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>>1686225
Aye. Part of me wonders if that priestess has done something to the green lady herself. Using her like a puppet to further her own agenda. Super human or not, it wouldn't be the first time the speaker of some recluse or sick person is bullshitting for their own agenda.
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Rereading the threads where we captured Loriette. I have no idea why we wanted her, she seems like such an idiot.
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>>1686887
And a bitch.
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>>1686897
I remember Wong saying "secret waifu" and really wanting whatever bonus she got us.
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>>1686887
We wanted that sweet, sweet battle ship and everything in its mechbay
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>>1686909
to be far now we got a bio core so its kinda cool.
also she's a cute little frenchy.
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>>1686923
>>1686909
>>1686918

Whatever it was, I now dislike Loriette again. Maybe she has redeeming qualities later on.
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>>1687118
Still better than Karen.

Karen should have been a bro dude. Like Miles.
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>>1687563
Karen is infinitely better than Loriette.
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>>1688114
Personality wise not really.
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>>1688124
I still don't know what Karen did to gain so much hate other than be Red Siren's rival.
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all girl a best, some girls are simply more best
also everyone of the girls have a flaw, be it in character or design, like, clemmy(best girl) still has major trama and is still recovering from it.
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>>1688124
Wong on Loriette:

>Every single waifu that doesn't already despise her for what she is will find a reason to enter a tooth-gritting, eyesight-blurring, bordering-on-REEEE rage towards her. Except potentially for Karen, and even that I'm not sure of.

I didn't like Fatima at first but she had redeeming qualities in the end. I like and appreciate the first five for who they are.

Loriette has no redeeming features.
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>>1688159
She didn't do anything, I just don't really like her personality. I find it annoying.
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>>1688189
......her and red are like, best friends.
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>>1688215
I guess I'm just gonna be the guy who hates Lori like Thinder is the guy who hates Karen.

Except I have better reasons for my hate.
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>>1688262
What's with the petty cheap shots against Thunder this thread?
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>>1688262
>Except I have better reasons for my hate.
Karen is an annoying woman child who is socially inept and makes stupid jokes.
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>>1688275
he's insulting the waifus like a asshole
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>>1688291
>She didn't do anything, I just don't really like her personality. I find it annoying.
Yeah. Insulting. Like an asshole. Totally.
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>>1688286
So, she's Caesar, but a girl?
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>>1688286
Red Siren is a spoiled brat who expects everyone to cater to her every need

Sam is a yandere who feels she needs to take care of everything on her own

Clemmy is extremely violent and wouldn't hesitate to kill anything in her way.

Fatima is bossy and extremely prideful.

And Loriette is french
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>>1688298
>Karen is an annoying woman child who is socially inept and makes stupid jokes.
insulting, yes.
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>>1688318
lol then you should've kept your future sight under control and waited for us mortals to be able to see that before you started being petty.
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>>1688315
Never said the rest didn't have flaws, Karen just is someone I dislike and has worse flaws than positives.

>>1688299
Now that I think of it yea they are pretty similar, but the subtle differences are what makes it a different situation.
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>>1688315
Loriette is the worst traits of Rosita and Fatima amplified with nothing to soften the edge.
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I really wonder what the setting would be like now if Roarke joined the Navy instead of becoming a pirate.
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>>1688411
Mecha Top Gun in spess
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>>1688465
Who would have been our Iceman though? Probably Clemmy.
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>>1688215

Red kind of avoided it because despite Loriette being ACTUAL nobility they never clashed in a way where Red felt like she was living a lie with her fancy castle and fancy lifestyle, Rosita doesn't pretend she's NOT living out her childhood fantasies to some extent.

>>1688159

Honestly? I think it started when she modified Roarke's mech without permission in her first scene. Players are incredibly possessive about their stuff and her role as Roarke's mechanic wasn't as set in stone at the time, also the impression people got that she was an imouto character. She and Fatima both had important character shifts, but there's a key difference that I think explains a lot. Fatima's shift occurred when her perception of ROARKE changed, leading her to treat him differently. Karen's shift occurred when ROARKE's perception of HER changed, leading him to see her as a woman and not just a frizzy-haired tagalong and treat her differently. It being a shift on Roarke's end is likely more jarring, less obvious, and harder to write so ultimately everything is my fault.

I also feel somewhat compelled to defend Loriette being "an idiot" when it came to Roarke. As naive as she was, it would have been flat-out metagaming for her to think the commanding officer of a civilian transport ship orbiting Mars and well away from the Belt proper was a space pirate even if she had an inkling that space pirates in the Belt were a problem. Avalon, the system, doesn't have them and if she'd encountered pirates and brigands on other worlds they would be lucky to have a single starship and not just be planet-bound raiders like the ones in the Martian wilderness.
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>>1688411
>It is Galactic Year 327, approximately 28 years after the Solar System League declared victory in the Great Sidereal War. You, my friend, are a SOUL pilot.

>It is a time of turmoil, where a struggling and declining military union of eight true planets and one jumped-up planetoid attempts to keep the tattered remnants of the galactic human community together. Inevitably, such times of limited legal oversight and countless petty conflicts breed scum and villains eager to carve out a slice of glory and wash it down with a stiff drink of plunder. However, it's also a time for true heroes to shine, to bring order to a galaxy still rebuilding after the most devastating war in recent history, Heroes like you, buddy.

>You are Roarke S. Starwind. Recent graduate of the UJCIDF Academy and rookie pilot of the newly formed SOUL team. The S stands for Susan, and your initial reticence to reveal your real name before you could establish enough of a reputation to avoid being permanently labeled "Private Sue" led to your drill sergeant bequeathing you with your somewhat unorthodox nickname of "Private Dude McCool".

>You were born as part of the servant class on the Jovian Colony of Io. Your parents were menials bound by a contract to slave away on an industrial plant for Bucephalus Heavy Industries, the dominant megacorporation of Io. They died when you were nine years old, killed in an accident caused by unsafe working conditions. You were taken in and raised by your rich estranged aunt on Europa, who barely had spoken five words to you in the entirely of your foster care.

>You have an older brother, Cassius, who was also working at the plant at the time of the accident. He both legs, but thankfully his ability to program machines wasn't affected. Because of his refusal to lie to the Jovian courts and repeating the official story of worker incompetence, he was fired and was forced to work in a dingy mech workshop. You haven't spoken in years and last you've heard, he moved shop from Io to California Station.
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>>1688497
>entirety of your foster care

>He lost* both legs.

Words and shit.
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>>1688275

The last few threads have been rife with it, bizarrely.

>>1688315

This is honestly extremely true.

Red Siren never STOPPED being a spoiled idol. She learned from it, and she's great at what she does, but she's a brat nonetheless.

Samantha is more impulsive than she lets on, overprotective, and willing to slip people knockout drugs for their own good.

Clemmy doesn't have Fairchild coddling her and fostering her bad habits anymore, yes, and she's learned how to share...PURELY because it would make Roarke unhappy if she didn't and because the other waifus might cuntblock her entirely from Roarke if she got greedy. She still goes to violence as a first resort often and makes very little effort to be a pirate, less even than Fatima.

Fatima takes the whole Head Wife thing seriously. She may be nice about it (to varying degrees, she's a nightmare to young female recruits who joined out of starstruck admiration for Roarke's interview on JNN who are learning piloting under her tutelage), but she views most of the Iron Kestrels as Roarke's household guards and servants.

One of Karen's problems is that she and Roarke know each other so well that she can't really hide any personality flaws from him. Any ugly personality traits are right there, and he's known about them for years. On the flipside of that, she isn't quite as complimentary towards him as some of the more poetically affectionate wives because it doesn't fit her personality and because she knows him too well. She's willing to call him on his bullshit and honestly...nerds don't take to that well, I know that personally, and like it or not we're all nerds here. It's also an easy thing to miss that she's seen Roarke at his worst, before he was the Boxer, before he was Admiral Starwind, before he had the Black Ogre, before he was even an officer, and she's loved him the entire time.
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>>1688528
and lori?
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>>1688491
I don't think Karen is badly written at all, I just don't like her personality.
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>>1688329

If I had to name something offhand that she has and they don't, it would be noblesse oblige. Of the three, she is by far the best mentor and commander to her subordinates. Red Siren loves her people but tends to show off for them more than really lead them. Fatima is an excellent leader but doesn't have any sort of soft or sympathetic touch with them. Loriette has both and, because she fought for it, takes her status as a Paladin and Countess 100% seriously. It's the big difference between her and her cousin, too. In terms of strategic thinking and intelligence gathering, Tabitha blows Loriette away...but she isn't really close to any of her followers besides her top few knights and Caesar. Loriette probably knows the life story of everyone who's worked for her for more than a few months.
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>>1688537

Naive, somewhat spoiled, flighty, emotional, somewhat thoughtless with the feelings of "peasants" that aren't her peasants, VERY AVALONIAN.

Keep in mind they've all gotten better, though.
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>>1688544
i like how almost every waifu has gained a high position, lori's is most likly going to be helping us train troops and manage the state.
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>>1688550
All but one of them are aces and the other one is his mechanic. Plus they all had some form of leadership experience too which is always a plus.
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>>1688556
And not even counting in our pirate commanders.
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>>1688565
That's one of the benefits of having our nation formed by dozens of pirate bands. Every pirate captain has to be the best of their crew and be able to command or at least keep the band afloat with almost zero allies and dozens of enemies. So we have plenty of skilled commanders but shit overall numbers.
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>>1688569
govenments made by meritocracy(those skilled will rule) are usually pretty good yea, most of them turn into dictatorships though.
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>>1688575
Not necessarily a bad thing. Every government has pluses and negatives.
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>>1688579
yep
some dictator ships can be pretty bitchin to be a part of, and some democracy's are horrible.
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Oh, by the way, the Roarke Strategy totally works.

Near the end of Zone of the Enders, I was struggling to beat Viola in the warehouse, I'd lost to her twice because her small, fast mech was a huge change from the previous big, slow bosses. The music was stressing me out, so I muted it, put on Mad Nug from Gundam Unicorn, and beat her without dipping below 75% damage.
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>>1688671
pfffahahahah
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>>1688671
Aye, it does help a lot. I do it for a lot of challenges when it comes to PnP games. Having thematic music on hand gets me in the proper mood.
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>>1688497

Red Siren and Clemmy would have switched places.
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>>1689033
As in Clemmy would have been a pirate and Red a military idol like Lysa?
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>>1689033
>>1688497
Looking back on it, this does imply that Roarke would be a lot younger as well if he is fresh out of the Academy. Would mean the war would be a good while away, and that our machines would likely have less fancy tech to start.
>Samantha and Pierre are Academy friends who you spend time with. Aunt Fairchild keeps trying to pair us up with Sammy for some weird reason ever since she brought in that Clemmy girl from her extra solar mission.
>Mappa keeps pining over this 'Ryan' guy and won't stop talking about this 'four sword' style of hers. May or may not be buying those weird japanese picture books.
>We are still going to hate the hell out of Cabot, but more so due to her FURTHER messing up the family we have.
>We would know Lysa and her sisters more personally.
>We would likely be the commanding officer for Keith when he's out. Bright slaps will be given.
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>>1689088
Probably more Clemmy being an early waifu and Red being 'wait, you rolled *what* on seduction?'
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>>1688528
The last few threads also involved Thunder trying to do politics.

Just saying, advocating for a female enslaving empire may have soured some people.

Let alone his unrelenting murderboner and willingness to defend his position at all costs. Leads to discussions spiraling out of control.

And I personally shit talk Waifu for fun, I leave it behind when it's time for votes. All the girls bring something to the table.

I'm honestly not convinced Thunder isn't some elaborate troll the past few threads since there's no trip.

I never thought I'd say it, but I guess we do need Brazil to deflect attention away from Thunder, and vice versa. Or they could both become anons and people wouldn't call them out. Live by the Namefag, die by the Namefag. Honestly though I don't think it bothers him.

Also your post >>1688491 I feel obligated to point out that Red WILL BE an official Queen therefore nobility once we get married.

And she realizes this.
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>>1689117
Eh, live and let live. We're on a Malaysian Batik-weaving board talking about Giant Mechs and forming a nation. We're being an autocratic kingdom, our closest allies are Muslims so far, and our wives consists of a mining Sheikh's princess, a pirate idol, a Spec-Ops commando, a spy maid(man), a lady neckbeard mechanic, and a genetically engineered noble lady who almost killed us.

If Thunder is really getting on your nerves, just ignore it pal. Not worth getting upset.
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>>1689117
9 years on this site and I still don't understand some peoples rabid hatred of namefags
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>>1689270
same....most of them want attention maby?(thats what i heard)
not that not being a name fag matters, what if the id's being a thing.
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>>1689270
>>1689288
The issue with name fags is pretty simple. It's not just the want of attention. It's the weight of a name in of itself. It gets in the way of the idea and colors how people view the comment. A idea from a popular name fag holds more weight than a anon because you get people who follow them. Likewise, that can lead to issues where certain name fags with a bad rep giving a GOOD idea has that idea thrown to the side because they hate that person and do it out of spite. When everyone is anon, the platform is all about the appeal and merit of the idea.
IDs aren't really the same thing because it has less strength, can be changed each thread, and is less obvious unless you actively look at them. It helps to figure out if someone is trying to vote brigade or keeping track in a conversation, but once the thread ends, the ID changes and it's fresh once more.
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>>1689304
That sounds unbelievably petty and more an issue with people other than said namefag
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>>1689316
And yet that is a part of society. Names have a ridiculous amount of power no matter where you look. Politics, media, sports, designs and studies, ect. You even get people who get away with murder just because of their names even if it's been years since they contributed something good. This is simply human nature. You trim the fat and keep what you know of people simple in your mind so you can better store it. So if you know Steve always skips on the bill, you don't take Steve out for food if you can only pair for your share.
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>>1689316
Welcome to human nature and the power of the internet. Things are different here, especially on a place like 4chan, than reality. Bad traits tend to get elevated and good ones ignored most of the time. Just because people can act out with less consequences. Most levelheaded people can deal with it, but a lot of people see the opportunity to call everyone a faggot and roll with it. Thankfully a good chunk of the people in this particular quest are actually quite nice.
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Important Question: What is each girl's favorite sexual position?
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>>1689346
In many ways the net is honest even with it's deceit. Sure you get trolls, but you also get more brutal and honest responses once you venture from safe spaces like Reddit or Tumbler. It also gives you time to recover and step back if you so wish, which is much harder in a real world heated discussion. Not everyone takes that action, but it is still there.
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>>1689384
When everyone is Thunder, you won't know who to disagree with.

Gas the Avalonians, Space War now!
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>>1689384
>Spending time on on Reddit or Tumbler
Absolutely Disgusting
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>>1689270
What kind of fag needs a name on an anonymous taiwanese stick figure board?
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>>1689403
You can know a place without going to a place, mate. It's not hard.
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>>1689403
Both have certain reputations but neither are all that different from 4chan.
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>>1689384
I think /fit/ is a good example. You go to fit with some problem and a bunch of people will probably call you a fucking idiot, which you probably are, but plenty of them will still try to help.

On some other website where you need a name people can see you calling people a fat fuck and start giving you shit for not being politically correct.
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>>1689429
More likely than not, they'll give you advice on that other website.
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>>1689445
Other websites would shut down fat hate threads because its intolerant or some shit. You spend 10 minutes in one here and you realize that most of the people in them are either fat themselves or used to be fat and that they dont hate people just because they are fat.
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>>1689445
to be fair, most of the people that ask questions on /fit/ never read the sticky first, which usually has the answers to their questions. and that makes them fucking idiots
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>>1689453
Also they are less make funny pictures out of your dumb questions and statements on other websites.
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Basically what I think I am trying to say is that not having a name allows people to freely express their intense inner autism without having to temper it for fear of someone seeing something they said and taking umbrage with it and ruin their life, and that this allows for a certain atmosphere.
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>>1689465
Thank goodness for the picture because my brain just kind of defaulted to "dumbbells" and I didn't even realize what had been written.

>>1689487
Well, like >>1689117 said, nobody would be singling Thunder out among all the other . . . contentious ideas we'll say, if they didn't know his name.

I consider him part of the atmosphere now though. Wong doesn't give him any undue influence so I just have fun shitposting back and forth. I ENJOY MY ANGER.

Sometimes it does get out of hand though.
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>>1688556
I LOVE TO HATE YOU BRO, DON'T GO ANYWHERE.

And I hate to love you. Brojobs when?
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>>1689598
Think we spotted Brazil. Also, gaaaaaaay.
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>>1689640
Not if the balls don't touch!
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>>1689650

So is it gay if Roarke and Sammy touch balls?

Does she still have her balls?
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>>1689107

This. Clemmy would be the rival with a crush, Red Siren would be the possessive antagonist character who eventually becomes a waifu.
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>>1689117
>>1689304
>>1689596
The thing about Thunder I want to know is, what makes him so special that he can keep his name while the rest of us who had names for the tournament have the balls to return to being anonymous? Thunder either needs to drop his name or no one can complain about the tourney participants having names, Brazil should be allowed to keep his name yet he joined everyone else in anonymity.

>>1689392
Thunder, remove your name and join the rest of us or every name fag has the right to redone their name and no one has the right to complain about it.
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>>1690152
>him so special that he can keep his name while the rest of us who had names for the tournament have the balls to return to being anonymous?
You must be new here.
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>>1690163
>leaving the rest of the sentence out
>Brazil should be allowed to keep his name yet he joined everyone else in anonymity.

You must be new here.
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>>1690152
Dude, we already did this, do you not read these threads?
1. unlike the rest of us Thunder has been thunder since thread 1
2. we already told him it was fine to keep on keeping on as Thunder
3. no one is stopping you from using whatever name you want
>have the balls to return to being anonymous
kek
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>>1690170
I was referencing the fact Thunder's been a namefag since thread one. The tournament has literally no bearing on his namefag status.
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>>1690152
Stop being such a faggot, anon. He did try going anon, but everyone asked him to put it back on purely for superstitious reasons.
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>>1690170

I never mandated anyone drop their name ever. I've also seen worse ideas from various Anons than I've seen from Thunder, before.

Also I've explicitly asked where Brazil went and been worried about him.

Also kindly fuck off with making demands of other people in this thread.
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>>1690183
Eh, superstition can be a mighty powerful thing and it has shown some results quest wise and rng wise. As much as I jabbed at him, it's more his ideas and philosophy that I am against. I would likely be against them even if he was an anon. Same as I would be against going right for the Greenlady's Avalon when Brazil was for it even if I am chill with him. A bad idea is a bad idea, no matter the person.
>>1690193
Aye, I worry about him too. Still wanting to rematch against him, someday.
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The time to launch is at hand, but...there's a problem. A tremendous, overwhelming problem.

You drop to your hands and knees, staring up at the...the ABOMINATION before you, “My...my dazzle cam! MY DAZZLE CAM! IT'S GONE!”

“You've only had this Cavalier for a matter of days, how can you possibly be this attached to that a-trocious design!?” The mechanic in charge of your mech protests. “The Countess' colors are far more suitable.”

“IT HAD TACTICAL USE! TACTICAL USE! IT'S THE ONLY KIND OF CAMOUFLAGE REMOTELY USEFUL IN SPACE!” You drop your head to the floor, “...Forget it, I'm going back to my room. Dame Gray, you can raid the prison.”

“Really?” She perks up.

You look at her sidelong, “No, not really. I'm still going.” You sigh, getting up. Your mech has been painted a brilliant scarlet with a ringed pattern on the tentacle emitters. The horn and fingers have been painted black to match the rings, and the chest also has some awful double-breasted pattern of reminiscent of an ancient military uniform, black and gold. The body armor has been redone, the dorsal thruster turbines covered with wing-shaped emitters that hide the noble spiral shape, and even the head piece has the horn pointing more upwards than forwards, and recast to look more like a blade than a drill.

“You just don't understand aesthetics.” The mechanic sniffs, twiddling his moustaches. You resist the urge to slug him.

“I'm sorry, I'm just a little shocked. I liked the old pattern a lot.” You sigh, trying very hard not to act like Keith. It's just paint and armorshell, you'll be fine.

“Yes, but you are a knight! You do not just represent yourself!” The mechanic chides you. “The Countess specifically requested it be altered...something about not wishing to implicate the pirates who sold it to us as, ah, trading treasured cultural artifacts of the Solar aborigines to us.”

That part does make sense, at least...and honestly, it could be a lot worse, "Right. Well, at least it's decent."

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>>1690335
Well then, looks like we are now ready for our Full Frontal raid on the prison colony.
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>>1690335
I'm surprised she didn't make us wear a pennant.

We should ask the mechanic if we should ask her for some for our Lance.

Or if it's expected to ask for her handkerchief?
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>>1690152
>what makes him so special that he can keep his name while the rest of us who had names for the tournament have the balls to return to being anonymous?

Motherfucker got us most, if not all, of the waifus. I think thats enough reason to keep his name.
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>>1690193
It's entirely possible Brazil is just on vacation or something. It's the summer! I'm sure he's fine.

The quest and community meant a lot to the guy.

>>1690310
Personally I'm glad that there aren't a bunch of post tournament namefags, but I do want you all to stay.

Thunder is just . . . . Thunder. He's here to stay.

Personally I'm only vehemently opposed to like, half his ideas and supportive of the other half.
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>>1690384
I'd say most, he hates Loriette
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>>1690384
Just ignore it. His autism must've calmed down or something after everyone pointed out he's a retard.
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>>1690391
Well. I mean she IS French. So we hate-fuck her.

>>1690392
THUNDER DOESNT BACK DOWN, HE DOUBLES DOWN.

But honestly guys this is too much. Attack his ideas not the guy. Quest wouldn't be the same without him.

The Namefaggotry only has power if you let it.
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>>1690335
Caesar is now A CHAR
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You start getting up, and Dame Gray brings her knuckles down on the top of your head, “Ahem. Gratitude. Knightly virtue. Honestly, you Solar boys...”

“Thank you.” You mumble, “It looks very nice.”

You want your goddamn dazzle cam back.

“My pleasure.” The mechanic sniffs, then turns his back to go work on the rest of the ship's mecha, presumable.

“You still have a lot to learn about being a knight, Sir Wesker. Do not think that fighting ability alone makes you worthy of flying the Countess' banner.” Dame Gray lets you up, shaking the horned head of her suit and crossing her arms, “You have been elevated to a social station few are privileged to enjoy, do act the part. He may be obnoxious and lowborn but he is a talented mechanic and he worked hard when he could have just painted it and removed the horn.” She scolds you. It's easy to forget that she's your senior as a knight.

Still, you've never been a squad leader, so you know how to salute. “Yes ma'am. Understood ma'am.”

She pats your head, “Don't make me rescue you. I'm alright with you going alone to prove yourself, especially since it annoys Turpin and makes our Countess look strong, but...we've already lost Sir Letholdus, and most of our other senior knights. The only thing that prevents this from being a complete disaster is that the Countess' chief rival, her cousin, is gone from the equation now. Be brave out there, but remember to come home when you're done.”

You try to remember everything else you know about knights, “Am I supposed to have a banner or the Countess' hankerchief or something?”

She snorts, and bops the top of your helmet again. You see her adopted son staring at you with his creepy eyes, eating candy from a bag, sitting on a pile of spare circuitry nearby, “Not unless there's something juicy neither of you are telling me, but...representing the county wouldn't be an awful idea. You there!” She grabs a passing mechanic, “I need a red nanofiber armband, as quick as you can make one. Put the black crow of Roosevelt on it and tie it around the Cavalier Wesker Custom's left bicep, and make it quick.”

“An armband?” You question.

She wags her finger, “Extra points if you bring it back intact.”

You watch the armband being attached. So, it's an extra victory condition, is it? You know how these games work. You mount up, and when the signal is given, launch. A huge, detachable booster pack has been attached to the spine of your mech, between the dorsal thrusters. Far too heavy and cumbersome to fight with, but the strategy is obvious, it's the same one the Duke used on 16-Psyche. Keep the ships out of the prison's sensor range, fire a single hero mech into effective combat distance, take advantage of the enemy not knowing your numbers.

[Continued]
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>>1690457
Man Thunder be like "Yo nigga I ain't gay"
>seduces a trap
"Bruh I'm not crazy"
>seduces a yandere
"I'm a perfectly reasonable guy"
>seduces a taskmaster
"I'm not an asshole"
>seduces a frenchwoman

>inb4 people sperg about who he's actually seduced and won't accept shitty humor
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>>1690581
It's all irrelevant since he never seduced the real Best Girl, Pierre.
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>>1690589
You mean Grapple-chan. And that's because she seduced US.
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“My lady will dispose of the nearest ansibles, but if you are delayed...we expect reinforcements will appear. Many of our new soldiers are children from 16-Psyche, and although shipwise we possess an advantage, I, personally, don't want to waste their lives.” Dame Gray informs you over the comms. “Your target is the Xanadu Prison Complex on the Saturnine moon Titan. It has a dense atmosphere, and you'll be equipped with a reentry coating that should burn off completely on your descent. Once you've defeated the prison's defenders and silenced their ability to call for help, we will begin our landing procedures and rescue our comrades.”

“...And any defeated Jovians?” You wish you hadn't asked as soon as you utter the words.

“Try to spare them. Leaving them alive forces any reinforcements to make rescue maneuvers and delay pursuit, buying us time.” Dame Gray deflates your fears instantly. “We know you're from that region, and the Countess is kind. Be thankful you serve her, not all of the Paladins are as forward-thinking as she is. Our information says the prison is defended by a pair of Pangassius-class Jovian ships and a supplementary transport. Normally, one ship is likely in orbit around the moon, guarding the habitation colony the prisoners are kept at during their sleep cycle, while the other waits below at the work camp complex. You'll be assailing the colony first, then the camp. We estimate a maximum of one hundred enemy striders total.”

“More likely eighty.” You correct her. At her expectant silence you're forced to go on despite wishing you hadn't decided to show how smart you are, “Jovian warships probably don't carry a full complement of battle mecha.” You know for a fact that it's standard UJCIDF procedure not to, “That leaves them room for shuttles and visiting officers from other ships. Common sense, really.” That's right, play it off like you're just being smart.

“Indeed, although with a long-term garrison, who knows?” She huffs, “Expect a hundred, so eighty will be a mercy, and call it the Lady's blessing! That's proper knightly spirit!”

You sigh, “Yes ma'am.” The mechanics, meanwhile, are hosing your precious Swordfish down with gunk, but at least it doesn't seem like it will interfere with your movements much.

At last, it's time to launch. The Duke and Countess wish you well, even Turpin says a few ceremonial words, and you salute with your lance before the electromagnetic catapult flings you into space, your booster kicking in at just the right moment for maximum thrust. As of this moment, you're a knight on a quest, a lone lancer with a crimson steed.

[Continued]
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>>1690589
Don't trigger the BL fujoshis who wanted a RoarkeXMuhammedXRichard relationship because apparent dude mccool's gay after being with Sam
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>>1690655
Hmmm can we Oda Bomb one of the carriers on our way in to prevent them from launching any mechs? I mean. Might as well carry one big bomb for shock and awe.
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>>1690706
Shiiiet Roarke ain't gay, all us niggas are gay.
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>>1690723
Sam didn't turn Roarke gay. Roarke turned Sam into a magical girl with a wand.
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>>1690655
So.. we get to see how scary the Swordfish is in practice. Caesar has been growing stronger too with those 18s.
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>>1690655
Alternatively, fight one Pangassius and steal cores from defeated mechs and use that to build a bomb for crippling the other.
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As you soar through space at eye-watering speeds, the vast distances involved make you feel like you're moving at a crawl, and you have time to take in just how beautiful the system you've grown up in is.

The moons of Saturn glitter with reflected light. Your course uses Ymir, Suttung, and Iapetus as cover to mask your approach from Titan as much as possible. Saturn is sparsely populated. There are a few colonies, fringe religious sects like the Enceladus Mormons, and various mining operations out here, but no huge population centers like you find on Jupiter. In a way, it's a pity, with a view like this...but at the same time, you're happy for it. Saturn is beautiful, its rings so smooth and flat, glittering jewels caught in its orbit. This is true wilderness, and as much as you're nervous about the mission ahead despite your grasp of the mecha involved and their relevant capacities compared to your Swordfish, you're happy just to drift.

In that time, you're able to come up with a few adjustments to the original mission plan. You kill the booster pack early, utilizing the existing gravity of the three moons you're bypassing to minimize the loss of speed while still making your course look a bit more random, like an itinerant comet. You deactivate as many of the mech's functions as possible, relying on your suit, so that any long-range sensors just see you as a small, metallic lump rather than an active microfusion generator, and hum classical music to yourself as you come up with at least three battle plans. Until then, you tumble end over end through the stars.

[Continued]
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>>1690885
>>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment]
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It's not until you pass by Iapetus, its strangely bicolored surface making it resemble a great black-and-white yin-yang, that you spot the dingy colony housing the prison. Titan, with its dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere, resembles some galactic peach against the brilliant backdrop of stars.

True to form, there's a rather elderly Pangassius light cruiser there, and also true to form, you can spot mecha performing maneuvers around the colony, to stay sharp while guarding the prisoners. You don't expect much from them. These aren't frontline troops, after all, and from what you can see...they're either green, or just plain bad. What worries you more are the defensive satellites.

They aren't the huge warstars that orbit Mars and the more important Jovian colonies, but they're still as big as a large mech's torso and positively bristle with weaponry. Naturally, they're orbit-locked, and move incredibly slowly, but they're still big polyhedrons of metal bristling with beam autocannons. You completely deactivate your mech, your pilot suit is meant to withstand hard vacuum and has its own air supply, space suits have come a long way since the old days. For now, at least, you can rely on it, just letting yourself drift. It works, only two squads are making their way towards you...but from your mental math, they'll reach you with a satellite still in range. Damn it. Seven targets, and you only get one chance at a surprise attack. Fortunately, none of the Pumpkinseed Is or Bluegills on the approach have the kind of advanced sensors your Swordfish does.

You estimate that the satellite is about as strong and well-armored as the Tarrasque's torso servo.

>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
>[Fire up the booster and hit the satellite as hard as possible right now to take it out of the equation, removing its threat but definitely alerting the six other mecha]
>[Risk firing a few thrusters to alter your aim towards the planet and fight them in the upper atmosphere away from the satellite...but with the enemy mecha on guard and pursuers potentially incoming]
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>>1690913
>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
Break their command and use the lot to break up our line of sight. Do the satelites have pilots?
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>>1690913
>[Risk firing a few thrusters to alter your aim towards the planet and fight them in the upper atmosphere away from the satellite...but with the enemy mecha on guard and pursuers potentially incoming]
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>>1690913
>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
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>>1690913
>>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
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>>1690913
>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
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>>1690913
>>[Play possum, let them think you're battle debris and attack their commanders from the rear at the opportune moment, which still forces you to deal with the satellite but lets you engage all of the enemy at close range with the chain of command disrupted.]
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>>1690913
>[Fire up the booster and hit the satellite as hard as possible right now to take it out of the equation, removing its threat but definitely alerting the six other mecha]

It'll also make a window for us to leave from.
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You have selected possum. Game resumes in an hour so I can eat.
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>>1690391
I don't hate Lori.
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You continue to drift. It's silent in space. Silent and dark. You can hear your own heartbeat, smooth and steady.

As expected, the enemy composition is two Pumpkinseeds and four Bluegills. One Pumpkinseed has a sergeant's markings, and has replaced its built-in regular blade with a pair of beam sabers. The other is the Pumpkinseed Cannon variant, with a corporal's insignia on it. The Bluegills are the updated 'pirate' version, surprisingly, with an enhanced thruster portfolio and maces shaped like metal bats with pyramidal nubs adorning their surface. You guess someone in the prison's chain of command was skimming off the profits for the mining operation to buy upgrades on the sly or bribe a superior for them, but at least they're spending it effectively.

“The hell is it, Rooster? Looks gooier than my ex-wife when she saw the Starwind interview.” The sergeant's mech circles yours. He's got a bit of a burred accent and a thick, gruff voice. A career man, you're guessing.

“C'mon, Sarge. You only heard about that because you're sleeping with her sister. I've told you once, I'll tell you again, you can't be acromonious about something that was entirely your fault. You were both happy about the divorce, all grumbling does is...” The Corporal has an erudite, very youthful voice. He's probably some high-scoring kid fresh from the Academy assigned here for some seasoning or because of rich parents. “It's a mech, sir.”

“Can it, rookie! She's a crazy bitch and I don't have to pretend she isn't on account of once having had the bad sense to marry her. I was young and she faked a pregnancy damned convincing-like until the ring was on her finger and my credits were in a shared account.” Sarge grumbles, giving the Swordfish a kick, “I can see it's a mech, son, wasn't born yesterday. That doesn't answer my damned question now, does it?”

“An intelligent hypothesis would be that it derives from one of three sources...” Rooster replies.

“An 'intelligent hypothesis' would be that my foot is gonna derive your arse if you don't stop speaking like I'm one of your damned professors you over-primping, wet-behind-the-ears little Fauntleroy!” Sarge's mech swivels its head around and somehow manages to convey an expression of glaring through its T-shaped sensor slit, which cannot move or convey expression in the slightest.

“Sir! Was that an actual literary reference? I'm so proud of you! Have you tried Tolstoy yet?” Rooster immediately goes from bored to enthusiastic.

[Continued]
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One of the Bluegill pilots giggles, “Oh Rooster...” It's a girl's voice, cute but a bit high-pitched in a way that would probably get annoying, which abruptly becomes a yelp as Sarge throws her Bluegill at Rooster's Pumpkinseed.

“You can flirt with your squad leader later, Private! No, I haven't heard of any Jove-damned Tallstay and I don't want to, sounds depressing. Anyway Rooster! Continue your Jove-damned report! Three sources, chop chop!” Sarge's Pumpkinseed smacks the back of its hand into its palm demandingly, a gesture that lacks some clout without the accompanying sound of flesh on flesh, “I swear, I miss the Jove-damned Qu'liri. The SECOND they say my prosthetic arm is recovered enough for me to be back on full duty, I'm going BACK to that damned jungle, I'm going to hug those filthy cats and tell them I'm sorry for any nasty things I said the first time around.”

“Sarge, Qu'lir isn't the frontline anymore...” Rooster starts.

“Don't care.” Sarge responds.

“...And didn't you say you wouldn't go back even if they made you a Colonel? Something about nightmares of nearly being grabbed and crushed by a giant fungus-monster during the assault on some dam you keep talking about despite saying it's traumatic? Remember that?” Rooster sounds a bit annoyed.

“I was fine, wasn't I? Some pretty little Martian ace saved me. 'Least I think she was pretty. You could LEARN a thing or two from Major Wedge, boy! Might knock some of the fluff outta that over-educated head of yours! Shot down fiddy greenies in the last battle!”

“Sir, I...” Rooster sounds doubtful, “I mean, the propaganda vids say all sorts of things but...”

“FIDDY.” Sarge insists, “GREENIES.”

[Continued]
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>>1691598
Caesar never stood a chance.
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“Yes sir.” You can hear the sound of Rooster's soul, which was probably once as bright and polished as a mirror, full of optimism and glorious ideals, slowly being crushed. “Anyway, it's either a pirate model...”

“HA! I'll believe that when I believe that Starwind's hair is real!” Sarge crows.

“It is!” The Bluegill pilot who was thrown at Rooster and seems in NO hurry to disentangle herself insists, “I read it in a Sweet Vibe article AND in Rhythm's 'Ask a Siren' column!”

“Bull-fucking-shit you Jove-damned fluff-headed nancy! A man with that much testosterone has a dome like mine!” Sarge insists. “It's a WIG!”

“Sarge.” Rooster protests, “Baldness isn't necessarily...”

“You reach my age rookie, THEN I'll listen to your thoughts on hair.” Sarge snorts.

Rooster gives up on this argument as fast as humanly possible. “Anyway, Sarge, if it's not a pirate custom...which I never would have suggested in the pre-Kestrel era...um, we have two options. Either it's SOUL, in which case why is it on its own out here, or it's Avalonian. Either way, we should immediately report it and-”

“Which one lets me keep it?” Sarge interrupts.

Rooster sputters, “Sir, you can't just...in...in no scenario do you get to claim it and-”

“Hell I can't boy.” Sarge interrupts again, “It'd look real slick with some personal touches.”

“B-but Sarge!” Rooster protests, then sighs, turning his back to disentangle himself from the Bluegill, making a mute appeal to the satellite, which is remotely piloted in all likelihood, “Please, someone overrule him before we all get in trouble.”

“THE HELL ARE YOU SNITCHING BOY?” Sarge roars. “SALVAGE IS SALVAGE!”

In this case, the salvage is savage.

>[Roll 1d10+15]
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Rolled 3 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
Rolling
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Rolled 5 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
>In this case, the salvage is savage.
Is that supposed to be isn't?
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Still eating dinner, by the way, but I wrote that up while my food was cooking.
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Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
Ahhh I remember this.
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>>1691664
Us, the (salvage) will indeed be (savage) to them so nope, that is likely the intent, unless Wong meant otherwise.
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Rolled 4 + 11 (1d10 + 11)

>>1691648

...Still, I can at least roll a few dice. -2 for the back attack.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
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So what is Caesar playing during the fight?
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>>1691693
Linkin Park (RIP Chester)
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>>1691693
https://youtu.be/l1t3XKd2bLc
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Rolled 2 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1691661
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>>1691708
RIP
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Rolled 8 + 11 (1d10 + 11)

>>1691664
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1691643
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>>1691708
Where we're you when Chester die?
>Playing Mekton with group when player pms
>Player says Chester dead
>no
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Hm, actually...

Rooster, since he's got a Pumpkinseed Cannon, is a bit further back. You scored the Sarge, you hit one of the Bluegills immediately next to you too, and now you have a choice...

Rooster himself is tough to hit because he has a girl between him and you, and because he's at range. You can do one of the following.

>[Charge Rooster and take out the remaining commander]
>[Hit an unnamed Bluegill, and get another attack on yet another Bluegill.]
>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]
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>>1691756
>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]

Want to keep the prison in the dark for as long as possible.
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>>1691756
>>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]
Satellite is far deadlier than anyone else here.
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>>1691756
>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]
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>>1691756
>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]

GO BIG
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>>1691756
>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]
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>>1691756
>>[Charge the satellite, with what would be a crit by the rolls applying to it]
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You've elected to charge the satellite.

>>1691664

Do you want to do 12K regular damage to it after armor is applied (10K remaining), roll on the special table, or roll on the cinematic table? Also, roll 1d10 with your post.
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>1691799
Roll on Cinematic.

We Space Opera bois.
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>1691799
Cinematic.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>1691799
Special
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Rolled 5 (1d6)

>>1691812

It comes to a complete halt, and takes some damage. (-1 SP, 10 remaining. -2K, 20 remaining).

It's now the enemies' turn.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>1691799
cinematic
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Feed me 1d10+13s!
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Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
CHESTOOOO!
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Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
Rollan
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Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
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Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
This ain't going too well.
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>>1691851
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Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
URAA!!!
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Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
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Rolled 2 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691851
>>1691887
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>>1691856
>>1691858
>>1691892
>>1691896
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>>1691839
. . . Can we use Maneuver points?
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>>1690391
I'm the one who hates Loriette. He doesn't like Karen.
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Rolled 7, 2, 8, 1, 6, 1, 2 = 27 (7d10)

>>1691856
>>1691857
>>1691858
>>1691880
>>1691888
>>1691892
>>1691896

I need one more.
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Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691937
Nat 10
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Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691937
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Rolled 3 + 9 (1d10 + 9)

>>1691937

One autoparry, one dodge versus the Guardsat.

Need a parry versus Rooster's 19 (Crit). Dodged his other shot. Dodged a missile volley from a Bluegill (Burke), dodged the rest of Burke's missiles. Dodged Igor's back attack.

>>1691949

Versus Cerise's back attack.

All in all I need one more 1d10+13 parry, and you can spend maneuver if you like.
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Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1691998
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>>1691994

...and that's a successful parry. No SP penalties because your shield is a beam shield.
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>>1691998
>>1691994
This yo.
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>>1692005
Are you listening to your tunes today?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K0prtzBhkSU
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>>1692005
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL0SMESnWuXfo4Nno9A4meHgr2swesJTp8&params=CPQWEAEYAiABOAFIAVhOYgtLMHBydHpCaGtTVWgB&v=tjhBHvzO3fM&mode=SHUFFLE
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Now feed me 1d10+15s and pick a vidya tune. Something Caesar would listen to.
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Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYAPgPH9hsI
Or The Only Thing I Know For Real.
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Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCmTJVew_tY
Trombe is always a good choice
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Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062
>https://youtu.be/l1t3XKd2bLc
DICE FOR THE DICE TOWER
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eclAC0JQJYk
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Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AusG5IvTg
Can't let you do that, Rooster. Lady Tabitha has given me orders to take you down.
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1692062
Rolling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynTNYSKNuk
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The icy blue light comes on behind the Swordfish's mask as the microfusion generator kicks up. You drive the lance through the back of Sarge's Pumpkinseed before anyone has time to even cry out a warning, but you don't clip the cockpit and his cockpit comes tumbling free. You activate the drill, and swing the weapon, still trailing Sarge's mech, in a quarter-circle that slices a Bluegill directly in half, and fire your thrusters on max, surging forward.

Sarge's mech fouls your aim and you only manage to disable the satellite's rudimentary thrusters and leave some scratches in it, but the whirring of the drill tears the Pumpkinseed's cadaver apart and leaves it as wreckage in your wake.

“Jove DAMN, boy! Keep your eyes open next time!” Sarge snarls over the comms, not sounding too terribly worried.

“Igor.” Rooster addresses the remaining Bluegill of Sarge's squad, “Form up with us and attack him from the rear. Cerise, join him. Burke, provide covering fire with the guardsat and I.”

Fire fills the void. The guardian satellite opens up on you with the two beam turrets facing you. One is right in your face, but in a shimmer of blue fire the epaulets on your shoulders release their nanofiber tendrils and begin producing plasma from the emitters. The tentacles on the left side are webbed, forming a shield like the wing of a dragon that blocks the barrage while you dodge the other volley. Rooster fires twice, and you avoid one shell while your beam shield melts the other to slag and dashes it away with its magnetic containment field. Burke drops every rocket in the rocket launcher his Bluegill carries on you, but you deftly avoid it despite your mech being big enough to eat theirs for breakfast. Igor and Cerise charge you from behind with their maces, but you were expecting that and deftly backflip up and over them.

“Jove damn it, Rooster, of course he's gonna dodge if you announce your squad commands on hailing frequencies. Rookie mistake, boy! Rookie mistake!” Crows the floating cockpit of Sarge.

"Oh shit!" Rooster's voice cuts off as he abruptly switches to squad-only.

[Continued]
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Rolled 5, 2 = 7 (2d10)

>>1692074
>>1692075
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Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692129
Still rolling?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MIuM8-pMyaQ
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And feed me a few 1d10+13s.

>>1691839

That should actually be 19 remaining, I forgot the charge damage.
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Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4jthXb99iZk
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>>1692200
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Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
Alright. Plus one maneuver.
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Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
Rolling
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Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
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Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200

>>1692166
I'd like that song more if it wasn't clogged with random soundbites
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Rolled 5, 8 = 13 (2d10)

>>1692076
>>1692080
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>>1692200
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N-41D2hxgPs
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Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692230
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Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
Another one
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>>1692239>>1692200


Fucked up my roll there. Getting too drunk to do this.
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Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692229
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL1wViRyr6HkizYXvUNKIvzsW8RsS8ySTg&v=qYRNdiRWIyw

Fucked I miss this game.
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>>1691746
About to have a fap.
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Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8xeZ3Qg-f_g

I got this game free from PC Magazine as shareware on a CD
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Rolled 5, 5, 9 = 19 (3d10)

>>1692166
>>1692213
>>1692215
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Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692200
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL26A308226CC188C3&v=-7UzgvogWiI

I'm really just posting awesome old game soundtracks nnow.
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>>1692315
Say, if any are close, doesn't our beam tentacle get 1 free hit at them? It does have some good range to it.
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Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692315
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLEA4D19048BF0A159&v=F-SMLl6xL6E

I won an early release of Duke Nukem 3D at a lan party held in a war gaming club with this game when I was 14.
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Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692315
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLBD52E8E1408D64B5&params=OAFIAVge&v=6hu170IhZAk&mode=NORMAL

Now someone has to reinstall this game (with mods)
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>>1692315
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=joWDZfBYOos

The closest you will get to tabletop Warhammer 40k on a computer.
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Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1692407
>>1692315
Smeh dice
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>>1692407
Honestly, the math behind the game is trivial. I was actually thinking about coding an automated Mekton combat processor for making things faster.
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>>1692421
Fucking do it.
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>>1692452
Still debating how to handle it in a way that doesn't result in me having to write a Mekton class. Or a Servo class.
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>1692336

Oh. Yes. Yes it actually does. We'll say the first of these >>1692315 was that.
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Wong, I just want you to know your by now well-tread line of "feed me D10s!" has reminded me of that old pic of a soviet tank with an angry face saying "Feed me Chechens!" for over a year now.
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>>1692499
It always reminded me of Age of Empires 3 and your Allies asking you to feed them gold.
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>>1692473
Do you need more dice.
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>>1692615
Think Wong fell to the DM curse or his computer exploded.
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Too late. Your backflip carried you slightly past Igor and Cerise, but you accelerate again immediately. You jab your drill-lance twice into the satellite, floating between the two Bluegills, then stab once to the left and once to the right, barely looking. You're bracketed by explosions, the cockpits of the Bluegills whizzing past you as the two small mecha and the larger satellite explode. With an eerie, instrumental song from one of the oldest mecha simulator games playing over your comms, you turn to face the remaining two.

Rooster's Pumpkinseed I turns to look at Burke's Bluegill, and the tentacle epaulet on your right shoulder lazily swishes around behind you like a rake of fire, long tendrils of pale blue slicing the Bluegill into pieces. Another ejected cockpit joins the rest.

Rooster, to his credit, is a brave pilot, opening fire without retreating, likely trying to report in to the station...but behind him, you see a line of plasma across the stars, and a single, muted explosion. The Countess has taken out the nearby ansible. Lines of plasma sweep across his mech too, reducing it to rubble as your tentacles claim another victim. Floating in a constellation of shattered mecha, you move the cockpit balls so that they're out of Titan's gravity field and won't crash into and burn up in the atmosphere.

Up ahead, you can see lights around the colony's catapult ports, glittering, the gleam of reflected light on sensor masks. Over a dozen of them, but you're ready. You're ready for anything if it means saving Naomi. The swordfish spreads its tentacles wide, and raises its lance in salute...and then you charge.
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>>1692650
FLAWLESS VICTORY.

Taking the unexploded cores through re-entry seems like a good way to change that qualifier. But could we send them ahead of us like chaff?
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>>1692650
. . . Continued?
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>>1692720
Probably done for the night. Not a bad spot to leave it at. We get to dive upon the enemy like a blazing meteor.
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>>1689363
Sam: Doggy Style
Clemmy: Missionary while holding hands
Rosita: Cowgirl
That's all I got.
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>>1692733
uh... Mating Press for Fatima?

something kinky as shit for karen....
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>>1692752
>something kinky as shit for karen....
Anal since she wanted to be absolutely certain Roarke popped her cherry
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>>1692752
French press? Ahahahahaha
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>>1692752
Chinese Basket Trick
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>>1692733
Sex swing for Lori
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>>1692728
Also, I am honestly surprised no one noticed, but we are doing an Attack, on Titan.
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>>1692769
Any reason for that one?
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>>1692771
>[suddenly earrape levels of hype blasting the airwaves]
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>>1692771
>>1692858
https://youtu.be/5hpSrJvOAzk
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So, are we agreed on renaming the King Swordfish to the Lancelot?
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>>1693372
No. First off, Paladins are based off of Roland and his number, not Arthurian mythology. So if the Paladins did get it, it would likely be called the Gerin due to it's shield.
Second, the Swordfish is the Swordfish. Sure we could change the King part, maybe add something to it once it returns, but it's pretty much a part of history.
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>>1693394
We're not a Paladin dumbass, we're a Chevalier. Note how Dame Grey's mech is named the Mordred.

If we become a Paladin, then we take on one of the names that are available, namely Anseis or Gerin.
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>>1693405
..Dude, Dame Grey's machine wasn't named Mordred, her character was BASED on Mordred. Saber of Red from Fate Apoc. This has been said before. Her machine is just a Chevalier. It had no name to it.
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>>1693372
I still think the Marlin would be better. Marlin Merlin get it? Also a marlin is a type of sailfish like a swordfish
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>>1693372
I'm ok with this.
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>>1693372

By standard Avalonian terminology, you're currently piloting the Cavalier Wesker Custom. Despite Cavaliers being essentially unique Medium Weights, they're all considered "X's Cavalier Custom" because they aren't as unique as the Paladins.

Also, Lancelot was a Gary Stu invented by French authors to insert into English mythology to cuck a famous English king.

Also, I fell asleep at my computer last night but we're PROBABLY continuing today barring emergencies.
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>>1693417
>Merlin
;_;
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>>1693571
The sad part was, it told AGE better than AGE did.
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>>1693565
The English probably deserved to get cucked every once and a while
>>1693571
Neat.
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>>1693591
No one deserves to be cucked. Not even the French.
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>>1693599
The english cucked so many people it'd probably do them some good to get cucked themselves a bit.
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>>1693601
Considering the current global situation, it really wouldn't. We don't need three swedens.
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>>1693608
Do you not want more Robbazes?
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>>1693628
Not worth the costs to humanity as a whole.
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>>1693644
Englands not big enough to fuck up humanity as a whole. Not anymore at least. Also they have been fucking themselves up for years, whatever they are doing now wont make them much worse.
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>>1693565
>Also, Lancelot was a Gary Stu invented by French authors to insert into English mythology to cuck a famous English king.

That is indeed true. Still fits the whole traitor and lancer thing.
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>>1693571
Oooh, pretty. What's it from?
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>>1693692
Gundam AGE Quest. It tried (and succeeded) in making Gundam AGE not shit. It died though.
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>>1693696
Well, I'm probably gonna steal that art.
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>>1693702
They're not my cup of tea.
pic related, I'm going to stat it up next.
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Rolled 2, 1, 10, 7, 6, 3, 2, 1 = 32 (8d10)

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>>1694167
Oh?
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Rolled 9, 9, 5, 1 = 24 (4d10)

>>1694167
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Rolled 1, 8, 5, 3, 7, 4, 1, 3 = 32 (8d10)

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Rolled 7, 9, 6, 1 = 23 (4d10)

>>1694178

Crit, megacrit, megacrit, megacrit.
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>>1694182
Wait, what? Who? How? What is happening AHHHHHHH
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>>1694185

Caesar is neither attacking nor being attacked, and neither is the colony, but there's an additional target that deserves consideration.
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>>1694189
the ships?
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>>1694201
Looks like. If true, then they took some hits to the sensors, crew, and weapons. Sooo thats -1 to crew rolls, -1 to weapon rolls and a weapon takes damage. If the first set is the same, then thats two more crew hits, another to weapon and sensor.
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>>1694201

There is indeed a Pangassius-class light Jovian cruiser docked at the prison colony.

Also interesting, apparently Caesar's weapon tentacles have MORE COMBAT RANGE than any of a Bluegill or Pumpkinseed's ranged options barring the Heavy Cannon some Pumpkinseeds have. 400m versus 350m (450m for the Heavy Cannon).
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>>1694218
Attack factors with range can be scary mofoes. If he gets into a good spot, he could deal with them as they come, like a FE General in a choke point.
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>>1694251

I honestly straight-up forgot his attack tentacles had an attack factor until this mission and I'm so glad I gave them to him.
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Also, as cinematic as the Knuckle Kaiser is, the Swordfish is my favorite as a gundam fan because "doing a new and relatively unique in-setting thing with beam weapons" is a really good gimmick for gundam boss mecha.
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>>1694257
I'll say. It's a pretty strong weapon, has good range and you can do some nice damage with it. Against bluegills and Pumpkinseeds, it's a beast, and even with heavier mechs it could decap or disarm them.
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>>1694266
What's a bad Gundam boss gimmick?
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>>1694436

When the whole point is that they're tragic and their mobile suit has ostensibly really good specs but is pretty regular and you just know they're going to get trashed and probably have a flashback before dying. Transformations also seem to be bad luck, too, but enough are awesome that it's okay.
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>>1694436
This fucker.
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Your tentacles stream plasma behind you, backlit by your dorsal thrusters like two gigantic wings of fire spreading across space for hundreds of meters. You lower your lance...and grab a discarded section of the guard satellite's hull armor, holding it in front of you like a gigantic, curved shield.

From hundreds of meters out, you feel the vibrations of beam fire striking your makeshift pavise, undirected and poorly aimed, from two different directions. Peering around its edge, you grunt in acknowledgement.

These are definitely Jovian line troops. The formations they're using are a bit old-fashioned but still common and standard. That's more than a dozen troops, though. In fact, a quick count aided by your sensors shows thirty-six active mecha. Considering the six you already neutralized, that's a total of forty-two, and since the Pangassius' maximum capacity is fifty, that's probably all of the mecha they have. They've spread themselves out, encompassing perhaps a ninety-degree angle in front of you measured from the ones furthest left to the ones furthest right, and divided into two 'screen' formations of eighteen each. Six mecha wide, shoulder to shoulder, and three mecha tall, for each screen. It's a formation designed to maximize the number of mecha who can pour ranged fire into an enemy from a distance. It has numerous weaknesses, burst fire is quite deadly to a screen, along with grenades and missiles, but it's among the better ones taught at the Academy on a standard level for dealing with a single close-combat mech.

...You know all of this because you and SOUL A extensively practiced tactics to beat a screen, among other enemy tricks. In that particular circumstance you were the least valuable member, serving mostly to protect Pierre and Naomi from any enemy close-combat aces acting independently of the formation. Now, you'll have to dismantle it by yourself.

[Continued]
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>>1694436
Hey
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>>1694583
dont dis the romba
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One screen is to your left, between you and the ship, which is slowly starting to move towards you from about three kilometers away, the other is to your right, between you and the colony. The one on your left has a very new-looking Morgan II in the middle, the one to your right has a pair of Warmouths. Both formations are about half a kilometer away at most, a little less at best. Some are within range of your new weapons systems. They're advancing, slowly, and you can see that they're trying to slowly maneuver you back towards a trio of guardian satellites that are slowly approaching from your rear, about two hundred seconds from combat range according to your sensors.

>[Strategy?]
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>>1694583
What's his gimmick?
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>>1694673

For reference. B = Bluegill (3B represents a vertical column of 3). P = Pumpkinseed (So PMP is a vertical column of Pumpkinseed, Morgan II, Pumpkinseed). M = Morgan II. This one is set up with a pair of one-handed beam pistols, reminiscent of Naomi's setup. W = Warmouth. One of these has a missile pod, large shield and a beam axe (all as statted in the corebook except with space efficiency as needed), the other has a big two-handed sword like the Lightning's kusanagi and nothing else.
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>>1694708

Oops, misread my notes. The Morgan II has a beam bayonet made from mating a corebook beam lance with a corebook heavy beam cannon.
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>>1694673
Ideally we take them out in such a way that limits their line of sight and makes them waste move. Picking off their tougher units like the Pumpkinseeds, morgans, and warmouths. So for that, I say we maneuver ourselves towards the top part of the 28 column. How much MA do we have to work with each action?
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>>1694759
From the moment you release the guardsat hull piece and the battle begins, you have 600m (12 spaces) per turn, or 300 per action. You're in void, so you don't have free walk.
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>>1694683
This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!
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>>1694759
Sure lets do it.
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>>1694777
Hm. So we want to break through. We are faster than most of their machines and once we make a mad dash, their Pea shooters start to loose out of range fast. They also can't do atmospheric reentry like we can.If we can get to 2806 or 2807 facing them, their range becomes a lot less of an issue and it gives us a chance to hit them in the flank.
After all, our goal is not to necessarily take out every enemy here, but get to the base, and wreck it up, right?
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You can actually reach 1818 in one action or 2711 in two, it's up to you and both put you on the end of a screen.
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>>1694860
Good point. They have extreme range if they have the pea shooter guns in the eastern colum if we go with 1818. Would allow us to take out one row of blue gills, and makes line of sight tough for the warmouths.
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While It may not fit Ceaser's Sound track scheme I feel obliged to post this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4siEWXsZBHM&ab_channel=TheMaster974
Xanadu By ELO for our assault on the Xanadu Prison
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>>1694471
So, Scirocco is a good boss?
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>>1694880

Primarily you have two different Bluegill loadouts here, because they had time to grab weapons on their way out to face you and knew you're not a Harpy or something.

Loadout 1 is an Epoxy Gun and Mace, no shield.
Loadout 2 is a Sword, a Small Shield, and a Rocket Launcher.

The three Pumpkinseeds in the screen to your left (the ones at 2811) are Cannon Pumpkinseeds with their shield option swapped for the Heavy Cannon. The two Pumpkinseeds in the Morgan II's squad are slightly customized, they've replaced their standard forearm swords with beam sabers and their ranged options with Medium Cannons (350m, WA 0, 6K, projectile weapons), both with an extra 0.5 CP of Space Efficiency.
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>>1694673
Charge one Morgan with the Lance, lash the other with our beam tentacles
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>>1694949

Honestly? Yes. He's a huge challenge when he shows up and the Messala and The O are both really neat.
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>>1694955
Way too risky and a good way t get encircled. These guys may be Cs, but enough of them kill. This may very well be enough.
>>1694954
so the one with the cannon has a range 8 but the rockets are 7. In their current positions, that means they will have to move or take massive penalties. Did Karen give us the improved Beta armor too? Because that makes the rockets hilarious.
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>>1694800
That's not really a gimmick.
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>>1694955

This is also a viable strategy, leading us to three.

>[Go to 1818 with one action and charge adjacent Bluegill, use remaining action to attack the other two Bluegills there and then attack another enemy with the tentacles]
>[Go to 2711 with two actions and charge the Bluegill there, attack another nearby Bluegill with the tentacles]
>[Go to 2218 with two actions and charge the Warmouth there, attack the other nearby Warmouth with the tentacles.]
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>>1694962
Good to know.
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>>1694987
>>[Go to 1818 with one action and charge adjacent Bluegill, use remaining action to attack the other two Bluegills there and then attack another enemy with the tentacles]
Also, how close is are we to the gravitational pull of titan?
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>>1695000

A safe distance away from it.
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>>1694987
>>[Go to 2218 with two actions and charge the Warmouth there, attack the other nearby Warmouth with the tentacles.]
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>>1694987
>>[Go to 1818 with one action and charge adjacent Bluegill, use remaining action to attack the other two Bluegills there and then attack another enemy with the tentacles]
Best to get rid of as much as possible quickly so we can focus on the higher end mechs.
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>>1694987
>[Go to 2218 with two actions and charge the Warmouth there, attack the other nearby Warmouth with the tentacles.]
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>>1694962
Is Char in the Zeong a good boss?
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>tie vote
>not many people here
>loads of laptop problems
>not feeling well

Bleh. We'll continue on Monday, guys. I'm sorry, it's my fault for announcing we'd be playing today late.
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>>1695178
Could you stick around and answer questions?
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>>1695198

Yes.

>>1695050

No, because the Zeong was an awful fit for Char.
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>>1694987
>>[Go to 1818 with one action and charge adjacent Bluegill, use remaining action to attack the other two Bluegills there and then attack another enemy with the tentacles]
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>>1695295
What question do you want to answer?
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>>1695295
What would you consider a good CP ammount for Officer or Captain mechs? Considering the customs we originally had. Actually, what is the range for Richard and Miles' new machines?
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>>1695295
Which Waifu would you take home to your parents?
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>>1695295
>No, because the Zeong was an awful fit for Char.

What about Char in the Gelgoog?
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>>1695178
Fair enough. My vote is for

>[Go to 2218 with two actions and charge the Warmouth there, attack the other nearby Warmouth with the tentacles.]
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I'm almost tempted to have people start rolling 1d10+15 right now, because so many dice are going to roll tomorrow all night.
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>>1700409

Well, technically today by this time in my timezone.
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Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700409
Eh, first one then.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700409
RENDER UNTO CEASAR
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Rolled 5 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700409
fuck it, let's do it!
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Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700409
TROMBE
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Rolled 6, 7, 11, 6, 9, 9, 3, 10, 6, 6, 6, 9, 9, 6, 6, 9, 10, 2, 8, 10, 7, 10, 2 + 145 = 312 (23d11 + 145)

>obligatory unlinked improperly formatted dice roll of the wrong pool and typo modifier
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Rolled 5 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700409
now for a non-shitpost

>>1700450
Those are actually really solid rolls and I feel kind of bad I just wasted all of my luck for the next decade doing that. Well, excluding the fact they were d11's which skews the result.
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How much more dice do we need to roll, wong.
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>>1700409
>>1700459
All of them
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Rolled 4, 3, 7, 1, 8, 1, 2, 6, 10, 3, 6, 4, 8, 5, 4, 10, 5, 3, 7, 7, 9, 2, 5, 10, 2 + 15 = 147 (25d10 + 15)

>>1700467
AS WONG DEMANDS
how big of a dice can we roll on /qst/?
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Rolled 3, 6, 3, 7, 6 + 15 = 40 (5d10 + 15)

>>1700409
An excuse to roll dice? Of course we'll take it!
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One die at a time. You all know how this works.
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>1700762
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>1700409
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>1700762
The power of love compels you!
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>1700762
AVE CAESAR!
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Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700762
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>1700762
TRUE TO CAESAR!
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>>1700762
RENDER UNTO CAESAR!
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>1700922
>>1700762
Forgot my roll.
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>>1700762
Hey Wong, what's a good Houserule for increasing a mech's land speed?
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>>1700959
Double the speed boost wheels give you.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>1700762
AVE IMPERATOR!
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>1700762
PRAISE FORTUNA!
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Could the people deliberately ignoring the modifier please knock it off? It's just more junk to cycle through that way.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701084
Sorry, completely forgot about the modifier.
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>>1701084
I honestly forgot to add it. Sorry Wong.
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Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701084
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Rolled 4 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701084
True to Caesar!
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Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700762
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>>1701084
How much more do you need good sir?
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Rolled 5 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700762
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1700762
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>>1701159
>>1700905

How's that one story go?

"He gave Lady Luck such a good shagging that she blessed him with good fortune so he would always come back to her."
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Question: Can you guys figure out what the common thread between these names is?

>Amiel Rayne
>Camille Bismarck
>Damon Kaspar
>Charlotte Azeri
>Rhys Garrod
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>>1701194
Two first names maybe?
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>>1701203
In my head it's supposed to be a degree of separation from Gundam character names, but I just realized I messed up the last one.

>Amiel Rayne
>Camille Bismarck
>Damon Kaspar
>Charlotte Azeri
>Gareth Rhys

Here's one more:
>Juliet Ashton

That should make more sense.
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Rolled 10, 8 = 18 (2d10)

>>1700420
>>1700442
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Rolled 6, 7, 6, 7, 4, 4, 10, 9, 6, 3 = 62 (10d10)

>>1700445
>>1700449
>>1700456
>>1700905
>>1701090
>>1701094
>>1701099
>>1701100
>>1701155
>>1701159

I just need fifteen more.
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Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
I'd probably handle all of this off screen, to be honest.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
Jesus
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Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
In the name of Trombe!
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
True to Caesar!
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Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
Ave Imperator!
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>>1701783

The winning vote was to dive directly into one of the two formations with your back exposed to the other formation. Yes, you're going to take a lot of incoming fire. A bit less than 15 more, though, I miscounted somewhat.

>>1701782
>>1701783
>>1701791
>>1701794
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
For Naomi!
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
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Rolled 9, 2, 1, 6 = 18 (4d10)

>>1701783
>>1701791
>>1701794
>>1701797
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Rolled 7 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701778
>I just need fifteen more.

god damn
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701803
Ultor preserve us!
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Rolled 8 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701803
Minerva watch over your child.
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Rolled 4 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701803
Venus keep him safe.
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Rolled 2, 4, 8, 7, 9, 3 = 33 (6d10)

>>1701778

All of these missed barring a parry roll versus 18.

>>1701803

Parry roll versus 18 again. The rest missed.

>>1701801
>>1701802
>>1701808
>>1701809
>>1701816
>>1701820

That's 20 out of 25.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701798
Morta stay your hand.
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Rolled 9 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701827
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Rolled 5 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701827
Nona and Decima, please distract Morta.
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Rolled 6 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701827
Moirae cut him some slack.
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Rolled 3 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701827
Fortuna, please.
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Rolled 2, 10, 10, 6, 7 = 35 (5d10)

>>1701827

One parry at -1 versus 16. You're honestly doing better than you deserve.

>>1701828
>>1701836
>>1701840
>>1701843
>>1701847
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>>1701851

By the skin of your teeth I just need three parries.
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Rolled 3 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701860
Alright, this is ridiculous.
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Rolled 2 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701860
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Rolled 10 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701860
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Rolled 6, 7 = 13 (2d10)

>>1701861
>>1701864
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>>1701861

Yes. This is generally why diving into the middle of an enemy formation is a bad idea.

You were hit twice. Once in the left arm (although your armband is intact unless that limb is destroyed), once on the right leg. 5 SP remaining on both, and now it's your turn.
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Rolled 1 + 15 (1d10 + 15)

>>1701895
Ooh, just got back and this is going to be painful.

1d10+15, I assume?
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