[a / b / c / d / e / f / g / gif / h / hr / k / m / o / p / r / s / t / u / v / vg / w / wg] [i / ic] [r9k] [cm / hm / y] [3 / adv / an / cgl / ck / co / diy / fa / fit / hc / int / jp / lit / mlp / mu / n / po / pol / sci / soc / sp / tg / toy / trv / tv / vp / x] [rs] [status / ? / @] [Settings] [Home]
Board:  
Settings   Home
4chan
/qst/ - Quests


Welcome back, members of the Solar Expeditionary Force, to the 92nd 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.

Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Mecha+Space+Pirate+Quest%2C+Collective+Game%2C+mecha
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Mecha%20Space%20Pirate%20Quest
Master Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/sSHs0QmF
Upgrade Menu: http://pastebin.com/QQQzkFZe
List of Moves: http://pastebin.com/HSdyCe2y
Rogues' Gallery: http://pastebin.com/E9ZcDLfG (finally updated)
Brazilia's Kawaii Space Jam Gallery: http://pastebin.com/pZtRmbWS

Last time you WADED KNEE DEEP IN BROKEN BLUEGILLS. Or at least, you would if you can wade knee-deep in anything in space. Nonetheless, the Avalonian forces are taking the prison colony while you fall from the sky to assault the prison camp on Titan's surface.
>>
It's that time again.
>>
>>1728579
Good to see you again. Been working on some range and artillery load outs for the Dutchman and Jager which could be set up for our various med and heavy strikers. Calling the artillery weapons the Little Boy and Fat Man.
>>
Is it just me or do these threads feel...quieter...over the past month or two?
>>
>>1728643
Kind of.
>>
File: BtBeiWACQAA7ck8[1].jpg (23 KB, 292x850)
23 KB
23 KB JPG
“Sir Wesker...you've done an impressive job, Turpin is probably having a tantrum right now, but you don't have to go down there alone. The prison colony is ours, it's just a matter of landing our troops.” More fire streaks the sky, raising explosions on the hull of the fleeing Pangassius. It dives for the atmosphere like a whale retreating into the deeps, sinking deep into the clouds of Titan.

...Thinking about the whales makes your stomach clench. The Cetacean Restoration Project was something you and Naomi were planning to go see. You finally had some vacation time coming up, and even if you pretended not to know about it you know she'd ordered a new dress. Every time you think you're finally alright, you remember her cocky smile, her jokes. Perhaps it's not the proudest thing to admit she took care of you a little, that she was the confident one who always seemed to have things together, but it's true. It's true and you miss her. Even if the Countess is gorgeous and uncommonly friendly, there's a wall of glass between you and her, emotionally speaking. Not just a distance of station between master and servant, but the same awkwardness you've always had when being friendly to others, especially girls. With Naomi, that distance was never there, from the moment she approached you the connection was drawn, a solid target lockon that oriented the two of you towards each other. It's a dorky analogy even for you, but that's how it feels.

You activate your thrusters and smear the goo covering your armor into the cuts the enemy weapons dug into your armor.

“...Sir Wesker, did you hear me? I said you don't have to go alone.” The Countess repeats.

“No, but I do have to go down first.” You reply, “Unless, of course, that is an order to wait.” You finally understand, now. It wasn't bravery that drove Admiral Starwind, now Pirate King Roarke, to invade Mars with an unarmed transport ship and a handful of mecha. It was necessity. He was pulled there, as if by a magnet, the same way that you find yourself pulled towards Titan. It's one more step towards reaching Naomi.

“No, it isn't an order, but...why? You've already done more than enough.” The Countess questions.

[Continued]
>>
>>1728643
Timezones fuck me up.
>>
>>1728643
Hard for me to tell, honestly. We seem to get a bunch of people once the action starts, just not right from the start.
>>
File: ATVreentry590[1].jpg (1.72 MB, 3872x2592)
1.72 MB
1.72 MB JPG
“Because I have someone to protect, and the only way I can do that is to be as strong as I can be. Fight as hard as I can fight. Get as many points as I can get. Win as much respect as I can win.” You know those words might be unwise later, but she deserves to hear them.

“I see. Go, then, Sir Wesker. Prepare my arrival upon the moon's surface. By my order, serve as our vanguard. Glory to Avalon!” Her voice sounds just slightly strained, but you think she might be smiling, “This person, I hope they know how lucky they are to have you protecting them. If...if they ever forget, I don't know if I'll be able to forgive that insult.”

You try to think of some proper words of response, but all that comes out is, “T-thanks. You too.”

“Sir Wesker, that's a non-sequitor.” She sounds exasperated, “I'll assume you're just promising to challenge anyone who offends me.”

“Sure.” You plot your course to avoid burning up in the atmosphere, watching the Avalonian ships approach the colony as you begin a long, arching path rather than a straight drop. You've never done a planetfall before, you heard this technology was supposed to be experimental, and you can't imagine it's going to be less than rough.

...You were right. You were so awfully, awfully right.

You're lucky your comms are off, because when gravity grabs you by the stomach and yanks downward, you make a sort of squealing screaming squawk you aren't at all proud of. The nitrogenous clouds block out your vision as if you were descending into the bowels of mythological abyss, swirling and churning.

[Continued]
>>
You know that Titan receives about 1% of the sunlight Earth's surface does (an amount approximately replicated via artificial means on a Jovian colony). You don't know this from the Academy, but as a result of your own pre-mission research and study. The Academy teaches mostly practical skills. In ancient times, it's said that academic institutions served mostly to provide a cushy place for ideologues and theorycrafters to avoid meaningful work, and that scholarship was both mandatory for civilized youths and bloated to the brim with useless information, busywork, and propaganda for the fashionable subversions of the era. The Academy is no such place, run by the military and Jovian government to produce the next generation of soldiers for the UJCIDF. The last time there was an anti-war protest on its grounds the students were instructed to treat it as a drill in nonlethal dispersion and arrest tactics and let loose on the protestors with stun batons. You picked up the habit of studying the places you're going before you go there at the Academy, though, so perhaps you could tangentially at least attribute your knowledge to that venerable institution.

The point is, Titan is dark. Dark and cold. You fall into a hell more terrifying than the burning pits of the Catholic Lord, but you are wearing your peerless armor and you still have your lance. Furthermore, the Swordfish's advanced sensors are more than enough to pierce through the dark, lighting up the terrain below in faerie colors of blue and green on your screens. It would almost be pretty if you weren't being rattled around like a pea in a tin can that two giants are playing catch with. Even when the heat of reentry makes smoke rise from the coating of your mech, the temperature is nowhere as bad as the rattling is. You'd want to puke if you thought even remotely it might help. Even when the smoke becomes fire, you're not distracted from how uncomfortable it is.

[Continued]
>>
>>1728643
I mean the only reason I can think of is just that people want to go back to being Roarke full time. I mean we had the tourney for months and Caesar and Roarke threads breaking it up, and it always feels like more people when we play Roarke.
>>
>>1728690
Hang on, need some game music for our glorious burning entrance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKu6ErY_5mY
>>
Probably because the threads are getting further apart and the updates are getting lost in between shitposting and Thunder's murderboner shitposting.

In fact, Im transferred to another department so I myself cant post for now
>>
File: 4-saturnsmoont[1].jpg (865 KB, 1390x800)
865 KB
865 KB JPG
Rolled 8 + 5 (1d10 + 5)

Normally you would land at a great distance and move in low to the surface to try and avoid the remaining ship's sensors by fouling its readings, but there isn't much point with the damaged ship preceding you, they'll know what's coming. You set your arc to avoid the work camp by enough of a margin to keep you safe from any anti-air weaponry they have without requiring a massive overland trek.

Calling it a work camp might have been a mistake. Just from what your sensors tell you as you descend towards the icy Xanadu region of Titan, it's more like a fortress. You can't actually tell, but you're sure that you see turrets swiveling towards you even if you never enter their range.

Huge parachutes unfold from within cocoons within the goo that burn away with the friction of reentry. Spreading behind you, they catch the murky air and slow your descent from a breakneck pace to merely very fast. Jets of mist from other, smaller cocoons of machinery put out the fires, wrapping you in smoke.

You must look absolutely terrifying right now.

Below, you see a cluster of Bluegills huddled around what appears to be an attempt at jury-rigging some kind of communications antenna atop a high pinnacle of ice. Your sensors aren't detecting any signal from it yet. Nine targets, their heads outfitted with big spotlights that cast dim cones of radiance through the incessant murk. Three squads. The mountain they're on glitters with ice and twisted crystal formations like deformed trees, casting eldritch reflections from their luminators as they all look upwards at your descending mass.

Your tentacles sever the used-up parachute, the last of the reentry coating burning away as you drop onto them like a bomb.

>[Roll 1d10+5]
>>
Rolled 4 + 5 (1d10 + 5)

>>1728758
TRUE TO CAESAR
>>
Rolled 6 + 5 (1d10 + 5)

>>1728758
>>
Rolled 10 + 5 (1d10 + 5)

>>1728758
>>
Rolled 3 + 5 (1d10 + 5)

>>1728758
>>
Feed me...1d10+13s. I'll add the +2 in manually for your attacks.
>>
>>1728775
damnit Thunder, save the 10s for the murder orgies.
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728790
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728790
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728790
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728790
roger.
>>
Rolled 5, 2, 10 = 17 (3d10)

>>1728796
>>1728797
>>1728804
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728818
I guess you need more dice
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728818
>>
>>1728818
Oh, and do not forget the automatic attack from our tendril if it's still applicable. Cutting down the numbers is always good.
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728790
I have found myself considerably busier on the nights you run lately than I would like
>>
Still there Wong?
>>
Rolled 9, 6, 10 = 25 (3d10)

>>1728813
>>1728826
>>1728848

Technical difficulties, need a few more dice.
>>
>>1728946
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728946
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728946
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1728946
>>
Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>1728946
>>
Rolled 2, 3, 9 = 14 (3d10)

>>1728912
>>1728967
>>1728972
>>
One parry versus 21, one parry versus 20, one parry versus 17.

>>1728973

Successful parry versus 21

>>1728974

Successful parry versus 20

One more, 1d10+13 versus 17. Keep giving me 1d10+13s, though, because after that parry is resolved it's your turn to attack. The enemy each only got one because they're either ducking back to attack you with rockets or flying up into your face to swing on you and try to keep you away from the communications antenna.
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729003
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729003
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729003
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729003
Aye aye, let's go fishing.
>>
Rolled 10, 4, 8 = 22 (3d10)

>>1729026
>>1729034
>>1729035

Two more. Thunderbolt got a successful parry, so you're unharmed.
>>
>>1729003
and another one if we need it. How far away is the array anyways? Is it in crazy beam tentacle range?
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729068
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729069
If I can role my dice right..
>>
Rolled 1, 8 = 9 (2d10)

>>1729068

One is impossible for them to parry, the others are parrying against 16 and 21
>>
Rolled 4, 8 = 12 (2d10)

>>1729072
>>1729073
>>
>>1729081
bad day to be a bluegill. They are becoming the new harpy.
>>
4/9 targets destroyed. Prepare for incoming fire and feed me more 1d10+13s. Ten attacks incoming
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
Aye aye.
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729092
>>
Long time lurker, first time poster. How do I roll plz?!
>>
Rolled 10, 10, 6, 9, 10, 5 = 50 (6d10)

>>1729102
>>1729103
>>1729120
>>1729124
>>1729131
>>1729135

Four more!

>>1729144

Type "dice+1d10+13" into the options window when you go to reply.
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729162
Jeez this bluegills are fighting real hard.
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729162
Salute
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729162
...dice pls, going to suggest putting some mv into our 10 parries so we can at least prevent a crit.
>>
>>1729183
DICE PLEASE
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729162
>>
Rolled 6, 4, 6, 3 = 19 (4d10)

>>1729162

Parries versus 21, 20, and 21. These guys are rolling remarkably well and you are rolling remarkably badly.

>>1729170
>>1729176
>>1729183
>>1729191
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729199
Caesar ain't doing so good here.
>>
>>1729199

Alright, and two parries versus 17. Why so many 1s today?
>>
Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729203
I have no idea. Sticking with the +1 for the parry though.
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729199
>>
>>1729202
>>1729220
>>1729227

Two successful parries, one unsuccessful parry that averted a crit, and two more needed.
>>
Should we break out some luck or save it for later?
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729233
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729233
right, +1 Mv.
>>
>>1729235
Probably save it, who knows how hard the warden is going to be if this is just a team of their bluegills.
>>
>>1729237
fuck
>>
>>1729241
Maneuver pool refreshes per fight though. So long as we don't go over it, we get our pool of 3 back after this.
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729233
>>
>>1729233

Is the armband still ok?
>>
>>1729249
So long as the arm is attached it is.
>>
Rolled 2 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

Here you go
>>
Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729267
We are having no real luck tonight.
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1729233
Praise be to MSPQ. I missed you.

How's the hand, Wong?
>>
Rolled 10, 5 = 15 (2d10)

>>
>>1729277
What the fuck? Are we fighting Dave from Engineering's family?
>>
Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>1729277
>>
Better than Fairchild's I'm sure.
>>
>>1729277
>>1729282

Ignore these, I forgot which fuckers were melee and which were range.
>>
>>1729282
Da.

Fuq.
>>
>>1729282
..our armor is thick enough to not have to worry about that, right?
>>
>>1728643
In general I've always been a lurker unless I have something to comment on, or the vote ends up getting really contested.

It doesn't help that my job has been letting us out late for the past year or so, so I always end up missing the first three or so hours.
>>
>>1729285

...Nope, wait, that guy was a rocketeer. However, your powerplant gets armor protection and thus you just get -1 SP to the torso.
>>
>>1729293
Wew.
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

Cue the music! We need all the musics!
>>
>>1729282
Forgot to link post
>>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCmTJVew_tY&
>>
You do get dinged REPEATEDLY because each of those guys used three rockets on you.

-1 SP torso (7 remaining), -1 SP head (7 remaining), -1 SP torso (6 remaining), -1 SP right arm (6 remaining), -1 SP torso (5 remaining), -1 SP torso (4 remaining).
>>
>>1729311

Damn ding dongs.
>>
Rolled 2, 9, 3, 1, 4 = 19 (5d10)

>>1729248
>>1729267
>>1729270
>>1729274
>>1729300
>>
>>1728643
It's a lack of Brazilanon too.
>>
>>1729311
Damn, our torso is getting fucked.
>>
>>1729327
Dem missiles, mang.
>>
>>1728690
>academic institutions served mostly to provide a cushy place for ideologues and theorycrafters to avoid meaningful work, and that scholarship was both mandatory for civilized youths and bloated to the brim with useless information, busywork, and propaganda for the fashionable subversions of the era. The Academy is no such place, run by the military and Jovian government to produce the next generation of soldiers for the UJCIDF. The last time there was an anti-war protest on its grounds the students were instructed to treat it as a drill in nonlethal dispersion and arrest tactics and let loose on the protestors with stun batons.

Your bias is showing Wong.
>>
>>1728643
Last thread was pretty dead because of all the rolling.
>>
>>1729348
Caesar is wong on pol
>>
>>1729348
let's be fair, when the last war took out 2/3rds of humanity and required the law makers to write down NEW war crimes that can be commited, you'd become pretty militant yourself.
>>
>>1729348
Can't be too peaceful when you got Ayy lmaos trying to wipe out your species.
>>
>>1729371
Think they'll add "the box" to the list?
>>
>>1729311

Actually, 5 remaining for the torso, the one that did half damage wouldn't be able to penetrate your Beta armor.
>>
>>1729380
It's a part of it's name so I would assume yes. It's like a mix of napalm, thermite, and white phosphorous.
>>
File: Spoiler Image (14 KB, 480x263)
14 KB
14 KB JPG
>>1729390
>Thermite
>>
>>1729390
True, but look at Newk's toda true, but look at Nuke's today. They still aren't considered a war crime just heavily frowned upon because no one wants to get into a nuke War.
>>
>>1729398
>>
Do we need to roll still? We are still in combat
>>
>>1729408
Why do I feel like you we're dying for a chance to use that image?
>>
They move with a bit more precision than the ones up above, and scarce wonder. Their Bluegills have dents and scars a fresh, new coat of silver-grey paint hasn't managed to erase completely, and different unit markings. Four of them fly up towards you immediately, spreading out to swing at you with swords and maces, while the remaining five jet backwards and bring their rockets to bear. Fireworks seldom seen in the murky mists of Titan leave contrails of glowing white that crisscross like a net, but you don't get distracted by the barrage. You dodge, juke, cut momentum and kick off the head of a Bluegill that swings a moment too early, your beam tentacles and the web of light between them encircling you like a cloak from your left shoulder to ward off a sword, mace, and rocket barrage that get a bit too close for comfort. Then it's your turn.

You sweep your whirring drill-lance in an arc, the four Bluegills foolish enough to engage you in close range practically disintegrating, although you see the cockpit balls fly free. Your tentacles lash out, but the one you're aiming at throws itself flat into the methane crystals and barely avoids your assault. The remaining five open fire on you with their remaining rockets, with a haste that suggests fear. They might be veterans, but they're not the sort of elites you've trained with.

You manage to dodge some, and block others, but at least six rockets score your armor. They seem to be focusing on the chest, aiming for a killshot...which is fair, because you're aiming for the torso too. They seem to have realized that tapping eject the moment they realize they can't stop you is keeping them alive. The Swordfish's chestplate looks almost fuzzy from how tattered it is, but the powerful armor keeps the circuits and frame beneath at 100% functionality...even if you nearly have a heart attack when one tags your power plant. You emerge from the smoke with a baleful howl of tortured metal, lance skewering one of your attackers. A flurry of stabs and a grab of your tentacle that bisects a straggler, and you're facing down a single Bluegill. It has officer's markings on its shoulder pauldron, and it's also the one that tagged your power plant.

Much to your surprise, it hails you. A gruff, masculine voice, a few years short of middle age, greets your ears, “Guess I'm not the Blue Knight. So which of the Paladins are you, and what do you want? Why haven't you been killing us?”

[Continued]
>>
File: ozthumb4_lg_leo[1].jpg (31 KB, 400x300)
31 KB
31 KB JPG
“Who says I'm a Paladin?” You reply, leveling your lance at him, “I want information about your base. What is this? There's supposed to be a basic mine here, not a castle. Those are anti-mech turrets, what kind of trouble could you be expecting this far from the Belt or the front lines?”

He chuckles, his Bluegill shaking its bucket-like head, “I hate to disillusion you, but unlike your people, mine aren't knights. We'll do whatever we have to do to win this war, and if the General's plan to use your own troops against you saves the lives of my men...well...better that than what she did on Paley's World.”

“Against us? What? Hostages? That doesn't work, Avalonians don't think that way, there's that whole death-before-dishonor ethos that's been...” Your voice trails off as the Bluegill pilot starts laughing.

“You're not even one of them, are you!? By Jove, that's a Europan accent...so it's true, I guess some of the pirates really aren't marching to Admiral Starwind's fife. Or maybe you're a deserter from the military. I can't judge, I knew a few folks from my own unit on Qu'lir whose 'gills supposedly crashed at the edges of the last battle, only no bodies were ever retrieved. I always liked to think they found a nice little place in the jungle for themselves, learned to be lizard farmers or fishermen or guides for tourists...but to think, someone from our system, siding with Avalon.” He sounds disgusted, “Why?”

“Because there's something only I can do, and I can only do it here.” You respond, “You didn't answer my question. Talk!”

He shrugs, “Or what? You'll pretend you're about to frag ejected pods? I don't believe you. This whole thing stinks like a Martian opossum that died in an air recirculator vent. If we didn't have short-wave confirmation of incoming Avalonian ships from the guardsats, I'd believe you were SOUL and this was some kind of internal affairs op aimed at the General. Still, there's no point in hiding it from you. No, not hostages. We're just giving the slaves of the Green Man a taste of their own medicine.” His Bluegill looks skyward, into the swirling black, “This place...it eats away at a man. They say Titan is one of the least hostile places for life in our Solar System that hasn't already been terraformed. It's got an atmosphere, it's bigger than damned Mercury, and it's even got weather...but it's hell. Methane oceans, nitrogen skies, gravity so light that there's mandatory exercise regimens the moment our shifts switch with the rookies and we get sent to the colony instead of the surface. That's human life in a nutshell, struggling against the insurmountable."

[Continued]
>>
File: maxresdefault.jpg (242 KB, 1280x720)
242 KB
242 KB JPG
>>1729434
>>
>>1729472
Oh man, this is some borderline treason. Caesar better tell Roarke about this shit.
>>
>>1729472
Oh boy.. how exactly would this look on Fairchild's plate when this revealed?
>>
>>1729472
So, Slave Wraith?
>>
>>1729491
I'm sure we can burst a transmission openly before we leave sol.

As an avalonian knight, we have no reason to even try to not embarrass the jovians.
>>
>>1729434
I was. I thought you'd Never See It Coming.
>>
>>1729516
Was that your last surprise?
>>
>>1729518
Nope. You'll be surprised how much your life will change.
>>
You nonchalantly slice down the makeshift and clearly uncompleted comms antenna with your tentacles while he's talking.

He doesn't seem to mind, and spreads his arms wide, “We beat Titan. Just like we beat space. Even without terraforming, the gift of the Green Men, we survived and accomplished amazing things. My dad fought in the War, you know? Right near the end. He was discharged early, because he got spored. I was barely old enough to remember it, seeing him twitch and thrash and scream in the hospital bed before...before they gave him mercy. I don't feel an ounce of sympathy for what the warden is doing to those people, it's the same as what their god would do for us, given the chance. Maybe it's just Titan talking, but...I think there's justice in it. Maybe the General's finally atoning for her sins on Paley's World, but I doubt it. For her, this is just about power, the same as it always is.”

Rain starts to fall, and he holds his hand up, catching it in his palm, “You see that? Just like back home, isn't it? Only...this stuff is almost gasoline. If oxygen wasn't so scarce here, it would be really dangerous. What a fucked up place. Humans truly are amazing for being able to dig our feet in here.”

...You know what's going on. You know exactly what's going on. You're too smart NOT to know what's going on. “What you're planning is evil.” You remember Galbadie, and his mind-linked crew.

“I'm not planning it, kid, I'm just a soldier following orders.” The Bluegill wipes its hands off.

“How is it any better than what the Green Men did to your dad?” You riposte. It's difficult, because at heart, you're a Jovian and loyal to Jovian ideals and want to see Avalon lose, too.

“It's not about who can polish their soul to shine brighter at the end of the day. It's about making sure the bastards don't come any closer to destroying our civilization.” He points at you, “This is about Jupiter. This is about the flame of a human culture that values reason and enlightenment, one stretching back thousands of years. This is about mankind itself, and protecting it!”

[Continued]
>>
>>1729553
they planning to blow up Titan? or at least the prison?
>>
Theres no going back to jupiter after this.
>>
>>1729563
Mind controlling Avalonians via HMIS rigs to fight for the SSL.

That's pretty evil.

>>1729553
Just kill him and get going.
>>
File: original-933x700[1].jpg (124 KB, 933x700)
124 KB
124 KB JPG
You tilt your mech's head to one side, “Are you just venting or not? I don't believe you're just telling me this for no reason. What are you building up to?” You still wish you could dialogue-skip in real life, “If you were covering for those other two patrols that flew back to base when I eliminated your unit, it was a waste of time, they were out of my range anyway. There's no point in stalling when we both know I have reinforcements too.”

“...Maybe I wanted to wait until the others were out of communication range completely before I said anything damning, kid. Listen, I know you're not going to tell me everything, but on the off chance you ARE SOUL or something, because you don't exactly strike me as a pirate, there's something I need to tell you, because if it goes as bad as I think it will I want it clear that aside from maybe the Warden none of the troops here had anything to do with it. Officially we don't even know about the damned headbands. If you're just a deserter who switched sides, well, maybe I'm hoping you'll remember why Jupiter is worth fighting for.” He sighs, “The General already mustered out a unit of the prisoners. None of the aces, I think she wanted to hang on to them for an emergency, but a group of strong pilots and their mecha. They were loaded onto a bulk cargo hauler...” He transmits you a picture of a large cargo ship, about as big as civilian models ever get, unarmed but with a lot of storage room, “...under the name of Rainy Morning. I don't know where it was going.”

“I know someone who might. Thank you.” You look around, then up, where your sensors detect another mecha-sized object dropping down towards you, “...You should gather your comrades and find some cover. Things are going to get messy.”

“Things already are messy, but thanks for that. Tell those fuckers overhead, though, if they try to take us prisoner we'll die before we let them spore us.” He promises, swapping his rocket launcher for an epoxy cannon and setting to work webbing the eight cockpit balls into one gooey bindle he can carry.

“That's not their goal. Leaving you behind delays a pursuit, they know the UJCIDF will rescue their own.” You reassure him.

“Let's hope so.” The pilot slings the bundle of webbing over his mech's shoulders, making it resemble some bent-backed old peasant woman carrying a huge bundle on her back, igniting his thrusters for support as he flies away.

Next, you contact the descending Countess.

[Continued]
>>
>>1729553
And so he decides that the best way to do that is to throw away his humanity. Fairchild knows hows to pick them.
>>1729563
Think for a moment. Who likely has the most access to the green man circlets who is still alive. Who tried to use a paladin for said things? They want to pull a green man by circleting any knight they capture.
>>1729567
At least while Fairchild has power. How much has she messed up in the last 48 hours?
>>
>>1729553

Fucking Nazis man. He'd see Jove handed off to someone just as bad as the Green Men so that he could pretend his desperate crime was for a purpose, like that somehow makes it okay.

His Dad did a shit job if that's what he raised his son to be like.
>>
>>1729552
Just post lewd Persona 5 characters already.
>>
File: Spoiler Image (178 KB, 500x500)
178 KB
178 KB PNG
>>1729589
Oh boy, Can Do!
>>
File: 1476901049122.png (287 KB, 530x843)
287 KB
287 KB PNG
>>1729589
>>
>>1729577
Whoo boy. I can see the next Fairchild plan. 'Bunch of circlet wearing knights try to screw over auditorium! Blame it on them!'
>>
File: Ann_All_Out.png (101 KB, 512x512)
101 KB
101 KB PNG
>>1729589
>Pic related

>>1729599
Don't post Makoto like that!
>>
>>1729599
Now those are some nice dubs
>>
File: 1501546206975.jpg (41 KB, 640x360)
41 KB
41 KB JPG
>>1729614
How about this?
>>
File: arrrcrstgmelfsls5fch.png (255 KB, 800x450)
255 KB
255 KB PNG
>>1729644
>>
And just from the top of my head on just what we learned, here is another round of 'how much can Fairchild fuck up in 48 hours'
1: Failing at the negotiations in general.
2: Trying to make us out to be a traitor.
3: Trying to set up a plan that would allow her to confiscate mechs from non military.
4: Trying to set us up with destroyed colonies for Lori.
5. Cabot and the duel.
6: Using a machine based on CCC's magnum opus and using it for said duel.
7: Trying to deny us our cabot fight by cheating.
8: Trying to use Marie as a back up for the duel with a circlet.
9: Thinking about using the circlets.
10: Human testing of the circlets on POWs.
11: Planning to use them to likely attack Auditorium and blaming it on us.
12: Being a bitch to all our wives.
13: Being a bitch to all our crews.
14: Being a bitch.
and 15: Destroying military property and furniture while in a tissy.
>>
>>1729684
>Marie

Who?
>>
>>1729647
Makoto's glares get my rocks off. Anyone else? Just me? Shit.
>>
>>1729701
that paladin, the one Amos shot down. Instead of cabot, we were suppose to fight her.
>>
>>1729684
*Tizzy
>>
>>1729577
Hey Wong, how is the UJCIDF organized?

>>1729704
Nope, it's a major turn on for me too.

But not as much as her smiles.
>>
>>1729745
As is? Fairchild is probably the highest ranking general at the moment thanks to SOUL shenanigans, but is still under the orders of the Chairman and the next War Marshal. How long that will last will be a better question. She is certainly lacking in the 'make people disappear' department and no ammount of media bull can cover the facts.
>>
“Sir Gaius! Are you alright? I recorded multiple chassis hits on my sensors.” Her voice is worried.

You mentally note that her sensors must have an awful lot of range to be following the fight that closely from this distance, “I'm fine, but I have information that we need to relay to the appropriate people before we leave the system, the sooner the better.”

“What information? Who do you need to give it to?” She doesn't sound shocked or sharp, just curious and calm.

You smile as the perfect person enters your mind, “The Pirate King. Unfortunately, not all of the prisoners are here, but the number of enemies is greater than we thought.”

“Hold on, entering landing maneuvers.” She interrupts you.

“...You can't talk while you're landing?” You tease her, it was second-nature for you. She's a stellar pilot, and has to be one to be a Paladin, but as a front-line close-quarters combatant you've developed a different sort of mobility than she has.

“S-shut up!” a stream of vengeful azure plasma creases the smoky air, hitting several yards away from your position.

“As my lady commands.” You bow floridly.

“Hmph. I hate reentry, this feels gross, my beautiful Engeler is covered in goo, and it has no...no style whatsoever.” She grumbles.

“You could have stayed in space.” You point out.

“And risk losing one of my best vassals?! Nonsense!” The Engeler lands with much more of a thud than your Swordfish. It's bigger and its fall is less controlled. It stands up, doing its best to scrub the remaining burning goo from its armor, “Ahhh! I HATE it! Gaius, clean me!”

[Continued]
>>
>>1729765
>“Ahhh! I HATE it! Gaius, clean me!”

looood
>>
>>1729765
>Gaius, clean me!
>Caesar's Naomi ptsd starts up again
>>
File: rin7679[1].png (439 KB, 783x509)
439 KB
439 KB PNG
“Yeah, sure, but we have a bigger problem. A...certain faction in this System has a way to control people's minds, it's a sort of...reversed HMIS. There's a device, and when it's installed on your head, it makes you passively vulnerable to suggestion and apparently lets a controller dominate your actions, and General Fairchild.” You assume, “Is using it on the knights imprisoned here to create shock troops.”

For a moment, there's absolute, utter silence. Then the Engeler looks up at the sky, “You're sure?”

You nod.

“It explains the formation of units outside the base.” She remarks, the Engeler's far-seeing eyes focused on the distant, barely visible hillock that up close would be a mountain of walls and turrets, “They didn't look like the typical little Jupiter striders to me, the ones named after fish. Gaius, are you sure? This isn't just a rumor, or some local legend?”

“I've seen these machines myself.” You reply hotly, “They're absolutely real.”

She nods, “I'll contact the Duke. Let's hold here and await further instructions.”

You're both quiet for a minute, then the Engeler reaches up and pats the Swordfish on the back, “...We stay here and hold position. Our fighting is done.”

“But the prisoners...” You protest.

“This is an...” She sighs, “No, I can't say 'this is an Avalonian matter', you're one of us now. This is a matter for their commanders to deal with. Their responsibility. If anyone can do it, it's those two.” She looks up at two streaking points of light in the sky, “Besides, your strider is damaged. The Duke and the Duchess will do what needs to be done, and bring as many of our soldiers home as possible. I doubt they'll eject in their current state, so they'll have to dissect their striders properly. We wait here for one of our ships to land, to take us back to space.”

>[Argue]
>[Agree]
>>
>>1729770
>>[Agree]
>>
>>1729763
No, I mean more in terms of Military organization.

Does it go Regiment->Battalion->Company->Platoon->Squad?
>>
>>1729770
>>[Agree]
Let the big boys handle it.
>>
>>1729770

Does these crowns require a transmitter?

And does Caesar know this?
>>
>>1729770
>>[Argue]
There is one thing to consider. These people require someone to control them. That means there is either a commander or that Warden we were told about who is giving them orders. If those were the first batch, they might try for more before they can arrive. We might not have to defeat all those hear, but find out where the controller is and force a surrender, if not cut off the means to harm the prisoners here.
>>
>>1729770
>>[Argue]
>>
>>1729770
>>[Agree]
>>
>>1729770

>[Argue]

We can do what's "right", or we can do what honour demands.

While they fight the body, we can cut the head off the snake that did this to them.
>>
>>1729770
>>[Argue]
>>1729784
This really. As much information as possible. The countess might be able to use her rifle to snipe the controller if we need to.

While the Duke and Duchess assault the front, we might be able to sneak in and disable the controller.
>>
>>1729791
It's not really anti-intellectualism, in fact the dynamic education that taught Cesar how to learn about varied environments is arguably a far better environment than having to kow-tow to official positions on personal matters.
>>
>>1729791

Being a Marxist isn't the same as being an intellectual. Besides, it's a staple of every left-wing regime that they round up the thinkers and execute them as soon as they stop being useful.
>>
>>1729791
>"propaganda for the fashionable subversions of the era"
>Ah, the old right wing anti-intellectualism
Again, a bunch of people going 'give peace a chance' so close after a major fight for humanity's survival is a very bad thing to do in a Military Academy. It's not some san fransisco college with a safe space.
>>
>>1729791
And hows Venezuela doing right now?
>>
File: Ain't Right.jpg (32 KB, 480x270)
32 KB
32 KB JPG
>>1729818
WoW gold is worth more than their currency. Again.
>>
>>1729794
Sneak in how?

>>1729801
Hey Wong, you said you were using Air Force ranks for the UJCIDF in general, right?
>>
>>1729830
Kool-Aid the wall with our lance.

I mean.

Technically it is still sneaking in if you are too fast for them to react.
>>
>>1729830

Generally speaking I use Army/Air Force type ranks, and Navy for Martians just to distinguish them.

UJCIDF commissioned officers go from Ensign to Lieutenant to Captain to Major to Colonel to General.
>>
A tie closely broken by an Argue vote. Interesting.
>>
You sit there in silence, watching the two mecha descend. Eventually, you speak, “Can they really do it?”

“Of course. They're the best. Two of the four first-generation Paladins.” She says, a note of unconscious reverence in her voice, “It was always planned that there would be twelve, but four were originally created, and each trained two of the successive generation Paladins. At least...that was how it was supposed to work. Sir Hayward was supposed to train Count Ford, but early on he found him lacking in knightly virtues and refused to continue, so Count Ford finished his training under Belegor. It...created problems. A Paladin refusing the request of the Lady was unheard of at the time, but he was adamant and, as the Queen's lover, nothing much could be done about it. Count Ford never forgave him. The Duke supported Sir Hayward, and he and Duchess Carnegie nearly fought a duel over it. At the time, it was quite a scandal, but now it seems so small and petty.”

“Who would have won?” You ask, innocently.

It's amazing how body language and vocal tones can convey a scowl even from behind a blank metal faceplate, “I don't know. At one time, I would have said the Duchess for sure. Yet...at that time, I was just her student, I hadn't served with the Duke yet. I understand him a little better now, I think. He was a backup Paladin because he didn't want to go to war again, not because of any lack of martial talent.”

You both go back to watching. She glances over at you again, “Say, Gaius, why are Jovian striders named after fish, anyway?”

You start laughing, you can't help it. “It's just branding. Bahamut Corporation invests heavily in restoring the native species from Earth's oceans, it was...” You stop short of saying 'my father', “It was the dream of some of the company's founding members, I hear. Bucephalus Heavy Industries names theirs after horses.”

“...That's a pretty boring reason, it's really just a matter of style?” She sounds disappointed.

“Sometimes a name that isn't very frightening carries more weight. It's like gap moe without the moe.” That's a concept you learned from Captain Oda.

“Gap...moay?” She repeats, “What is that?”

“Nevermind.” You answer quickly, “Don't worry about it.” You look down at the Engeler's articulated hands, and something chilling abruptly strikes you, “Hey, Tabitha, where's your gun?”

[Continued]
>>
File: ubw5rin[1].jpg (54 KB, 1280x720)
54 KB
54 KB JPG
“My what?” She asks.

“You know, you were shooting earlier, where is it?” You question. You're sure a high-powered beam sniper cannon like that isn't easy to lose. It must be huge, she never carries it with her when overseeing drills.

She snickers, and holds up her arm, contours you took to be decorative within the metal igniting with light in the projection of your advanced sensor system, betraying the strength of the generators in her forearms as she displays an open port on her palm, “Don't make assumptions about weapons the Lady designed, my Engeler is never unarmed even if it isn't a show-off like the Anseis.”

You notice the same markings on the other arm, “You have two of them. Have you only been using one arm to hide your capabilities?”

The Engeler pats the Swordfish on the back, sitting on a rocky hillside beside it, “You're pretty sharp, Gaius. Unless it's a life-or-death situation, the Duke and I agreed that I'm not to go all out. The Engeler is good for more than just sniping.”

“It's nice to work with somebody clever.” You remark, thinking of Keith and the nonsense he causes.

“Thanks. You too.” She replies. It's a bit of a non-sequitor, but you don't call her out on it.

The silence stretches on, and finally, you can't stand it anymore. “Hey, Tabitha, you know...those transmitters probably have a central source, some kind of controller. If we can take that out, we win. It's much more safe than just beating them all up and hoping for the best.”

“How do we do that?” She doesn't immediately say no, which is encouraging.

“Well, either the Warden or whoever's running this whole operation is at the center of that base, well-defended, or they're running.” You muse, “Personally, I think they have to run. We have a battleship and aerial superiority, orbital bombardment is not out of the question. On top of that, only one of their ships is nearby, the one we wounded hasn't touched down anywhere near here. I suspect it's so it can serve as an escape route once the crew fixes the engines.”

“Oh, you noticed it listing?” She sounds rather deservedly smug.

“Good shooting, Tabitha.” You feed her ego.

“As expected of the head of the Roosevelt family.” She replies, barely holding back a giggle.

[Continued]
>>
File: 1414854377074[1].jpg (73 KB, 1440x810)
73 KB
73 KB JPG
“If we locate it, we can cut them off, all while following orders and staying out of the main battle.” You point out.

“Well said!” She agrees, standing up, “By any chance, do you think there's a secret way out of that base?”

You nod, the Swordfish standing up as well, “The base sits with its back against a hill, and...hold on...” You go into your recorded sensor data from the descent, “Yep, that hill is one toe of a large sub-region of badlands, full of canyons, cliffs, and natural crystal pillars. An escape tunnel leading into there would be extremely logical.”

“That matches my readings.” She confirmed, “Now, I don't like to flaunt that I'm older than you, but...I do have some experience hunting, and I noticed a few spots that seem especially salubrious as an escape route. Let's go, Gaius, we're hunti-...huh. Weird.” She looks skyward.

“What is?” You question.

She shakes her head, “A transport ship drifted into our range. When our ships ordered it to halt and identify itself, it was very slow to reply. Our people said its crew seemed to be stalling, but it never made planetfall and departed using its microgate projector just now.” She shrugs, “I'm sure I'm overthinking it and they were just doing some kind of illicit supply run to the colony, got spooked, and left. Onward!” The Engeler bounces lightly to its feet, and takes to the skies, and with a strange sense of forboding you follow it.
>>
Game resumes tomorrow.
>>
>>1729881
>transport ship leaving
FALSE FLAG INCOMING
>>
>>1729881
Did they happen to get the name of that ship? May as well talk while we go hunting.
>>
>>1729907

Duly noted for tomorrow.

>>1729894

Presumably the troops the soldier mentioned weren't on it and already left before you arrived if that's what you mean.
>>
>>1729918
I like to think Caesar is genre savvy enough to know when the cutscene info is important. No getting away with using mind controlled pawns Fairchild.
>>
By the way, it still blows my mind how absurdly different Naomi Heim is from how she was originally going to be.
>>
>>1729946
Do tell
>>
>>1729946
Wait, how was she originally? Was she to be demure? Lady like?
>>
>>1729948
>>1729950

Originally she was a blind, frail, albino, twelve-year-old prodigy whose mech excelled at crowd control and burst attacks. She would have used Ilyasviel Einzbern as a character portrait. She also wasn't a clone of the Lady, but was instead related to the L-Strain and Project Neverland.

By the time she actually showed up in the quest, though, she'd been changed into the Naomi you know. It was actually foreshadowed the very first time you see Naomi. Brown elf girls.
>>
>>1729963
What made you change her?
>>
>>1729963
>Ilyasviel Einzbern
wait.. does that mean, in some weird way, Caesar managed to get the fabled Ilyas route?
>>
>>1729966

Caesar. Plus, I just realized I liked the other idea I had of her better. Plus I couldn't actually see Stern letting a child that young fight.

>>1729967

Yes.
>>
>>1729985
Stern no, but I can see Fairchild doing it as a trial run.
>>
>>1729894
More likely it dropped something off.

Probably something terrible.

Something to blow up the moon.
>>
>>1729963
How do you fly a mech blind?
>>
>>1730166
Radar.
>>
>>1730221
But you cant read the radar.
>>
>>1730226
Use beeps. Like what they have for crosswalks.

Or reverse HMIS to feed the radar signal directly into the brain.
>>
>>1730291
But like what sort of beeps would you use to translate all the shit happening in front of you?
>>
>>1730307
Different tones for different targets, volume dependent on distance, and verbal warnings of missile locks and shit.

As an aside, your mech would be pretty much unstealable.
>>
>>1730321
>>1730307

True 360 surround sound BTW to indicate distance.

Or maybe some sort of pseudo sonar chamber for echo-location. It's space robots bitch, I don't gotta explain shit.
>>
Not sure echo location works in space.
>>
>>1730326
That's why I used the word "pseudo" where it uses the sensor data to create a static sound scape similar to how sonar works.

But generated from within the cockpit itself.
>>
>>1730166
Cybernetic implant that feeds mech sensor data directly into your brain.
>>
Which sounds better, Regiment or Brigade?

75th Mobile Armor Regiment or 75th Mobile Armor Brigade?
>>
In terms of ranks, which sounds better, Lieutenant Colonel or Commandant?
>>
>>1730411
Reichmarshall
>>
>>1730411
Or Generalleutnant
>>
File: BestGirl1.png (109 KB, 305x246)
109 KB
109 KB PNG
>>1730416
Making a Lieutenant Colonel equal to the Commander of the entire Army seems a bit much.

>>1730420
That's better.
>>
File: 1498505113716.jpg (40 KB, 640x480)
40 KB
40 KB JPG
>>1730460
It's a better title though.
>>
>>1730623
It also wasn't one of the options.
>>
What does a wheel kick even do besides give you a penalty to attacking?
>>
Can Roarke use Dismember in hand to hand combat?
>>
>>1730721
I guess it lets you attempt to disarm someone if your own arms got cut off.
>>
>>1730721
does more damage and can disarm someone than a normal kick.
>>1730723
Yes, you can always disarm if they are the same size or smaller. It just loses value the higher up you are... though, if you are facing someone with command armor it can go through that too.
>>
>>1730731
Firstly, did you mean Crescent Kick? Because I asked about Wheel Kick which is Torso only. It does more damage, but that's not really the best indicator of ability.

Secondly, I was wondering if Roarke personally could dismember someone, not the Kaiser.
>>
>>1730747
I'm going to go out on a limb and say he cant since people dont come in the sizes listed on the dismemberment chart.
>>
>>1730752
But Body Type does vary and that's a fairly standard indicator of strength and toughness. Subtract your opponent's body type from your body type and, if it's a positive number, deal that many hits of damage to the limb in question.
>>
>>1730755
But dismemberment is dependant on the size of one mechs arms vs whatever its pulling off, whereas people are the same all over. I dont see the need for it anyway since hand to hand fighting is already lethal as fuck and pulling peoples arms and legs off is a bit much.
>>
>>1730762
People being the same all over just means that they're of a standardized servo size.

And ripping a guy's arm off is badass. Imagine Meridian's face.
>>
>>1730762
I mean if we do burn a point of luck we do a kill of damage which is more than enough to explode whatever body part we hit.
>>
>>1730765
Yeah but it would suddenly mean every tough guy out there is suddenly capable of pulling the heads off people who are slightly less tough then them.
>>1730767
Thats punching though.
>>
>>1730767
and dismember is a -2 anyways so if we are going to take the penalty, might as well do it in a way that makes sure they are dead.
>>
>>1730772
>>1730770
Yea not really any point to dismember in CQC. Master Asia was so right about us having the shock gauntlets as a non lethal way considering how good we are now.
>>
I've been thinking up odd little Special abilities in the vein of Ave Caesar.

What do you guys think of "When wielding a melee weapon in each hand you can make an attack with both as one action" as a Dual-wielding Melee Weapons ability? Yes, it would stack with Quick. I'm not sure how it would work with foot blades.
>>
>>1730843
Isnt that just linked weapons?
>>
Two Questions:

Do non-active Shields need to be limb mounted?

Can Energy Shields be mated with other things?
>>
>>1730906
No, it's like Quick, but only when you have two weapons.
>>
>>1730910
Shields can be mounted anywhere.

Energy Shields can be mated. Technically, they count as Weapons and even if they didn't, other systems can be mated.
>>
>>1730914
But would you end up doing the same amount of attacks as with linked melee weapons?
>>
>>1730925
No. You would do two attacks. Linked Melee Weapons only do one attack, you just hit with all the linked weapons.

If you had linked Melee Weapons and this ability, you would be attacking twice and hitting with both weapons on each attack.
>>
>>1730935
Seems a bit much. Maybe have it or linked?
>>
>>1730943
It's supposed to be one of the more powerful abilities. Stronger than Ave Caesar but weaker than Void Fist.

A different one I was thinking about was "Penalties for carrying out Maneuvers are reduced by 2" which is more versatile than Ave Caesar but not necessarily as powerful. The Weapon Charge as depicted in the third book would be done at a -1.
>>
>>1730943
For linked melee weapons you need to have Quick on all the weapons in order to attack twice in one action with all of them, right?
>>
>>1730974
I presume so. That said I was fairly sure you needed to have identical weapons to link them in the first place until Wong rolled out Anubis.
>>
>>1730978
Nope, rules say you can link whatever. The Flowerhorn had normal beam sabers linked with variable beam Weapons.
>>
>>1730984
Well shit. Probably could have done something with that.
>>
>>1730985
Yeah, I know that feeling. I wish I hadn't misunderstood the rules for Weapon Mounts. Also wish I'd read the rules for Weapon Splitting.

Incidentally, energy shields can be placed in Weapon Mounts, right? Would it count as weapon splitting if you split the spaces between two torso weapon mounts? It's still on one servo.
>>
>>1730984
>rules say you can link whatever
Not quite whatever, the weapons have to be of identical *type* (EMW and EMW, missile and missile, energy pool and energy pool etc). You also can't link attack factor EMWs. I was so pleased with myself for coming up with a scheme that used a small cheap AF EMW linked to a way bigger one to get free attacks with it on the cheap until I was sunk after noticing that detail.

>>1730990
>energy shields can be placed in Weapon Mounts, right?
I *think* they can be handheld, so probably.

>Would it count as weapon splitting if you split the spaces between two torso weapon mounts
As written it would count as 2-handing.
>>
>>1731004
Helps with some ideas I had. The one range weapon type uses a sort of energy packpack to power the beam sniper cannon. With a medium or heavy striker, that saves on cp.
>>
since we're talking about mechanics abuse, I'd been playing around with the idea of mating together a physical and beam melee weapon. Kind of like how the Monado from Xenoblade Chronicles works.

not quite sure how exactly it wold work out, though. Maybe the Energy blade for general purpose destruction, and the physical blade could have a disruptor coating for beam shields? Or the Energy blade is an extremely powerful Hyper weapon, but only lasts one turn.
>>
>>1731004
You're allowed to Two-hand energy Weapons so I guess that works out.

Can you two-hand something with a normal hand and a weapon mount on the same arm?
>>
>>1731018
I can see it working. You would have to declare what mode it's in, obviously, but that could be pretty cool.

Awfully fragile though but that's the price you pay.
>>
>>1731032
Kinda, unless you go with plan A and do most of the parrying with the EMW. with Plan B, yeah, you'd want to avoid parrying with the physical blade or risk destroying the whole thing.
>>
>>1731018
I mean, at the end of the day it's still two weapons glued together to save a bit on space, it doesn't really seem like abuse. It would also be super fragile because it'd have the EMW's structural kills.

In a similar vein I once used a mated shield and melee weapon to fluff a specially built sword made of gamma alloy that could be used to parry ranged attacks (of course, parrying with the weapon part would still degrade it, but you could fluff that as it chipping the edge or something).

>>1731023
I came up with a design some threads ago that did exactly this and it caused an argument over its viability, I think because people continually misunderstood how mounts worked. There's nothing rule-wise preventing it (though there ALSO ain't no rule against just having multiple hands/manipulators in the same servo for that purpose, and a shitty enough hand works out cheaper than a mount).
>>
>>1731048
Huh, I thought it said that you could only attach one hand to an arm servo.

Incidentally, you could have handy Weapons mounted on other servos to hold more than arms are capable of.
>>
>>1731059
I don't think that's ever actually specified anywhere. All it says on the subject is that handy melee weapons may function 'like' hands (which incidentally suggests that any handy weapon differing from the base hand profile isn't technically a hand and could be mounted on locations other than arms to create things like prehensile talons or little weapon armatures and stuff), and that handy melee weapons may not themselves be handheld.
>>
By the way, something else nobody ever seems to realise about weapon mounts is that they're a really good way to lose whatever you put in them due to what I like to think of as the "Gundam Build Fighters Rule" (because it makes it quit likely you'll get your weapons shot off before taking actual structural damage).

>When a servo carrying a mounted weapon is hit, the defender must make an average Luck roll (Difficulty 15). If the roll succeeds, the attack does indeed hit the servo. If the roll fails, the attack hits the mounted weapon and does damage to it as normal - since Mounted weapons are treated as being handheld they DO NOT get the armor protection of the servo they are mounted upon.

So in other words, if that servo is hit, even with the maximum luck you have at best 60% odds of not taking a hit to that weapon and probably losing it because it has no armour. If you have less luck the probability can become a certainty.
>>
>>1731132
In that case, wouldn't hands be one of the most lost components of a mech?
>>
>>1731175
Hands not a weapon mount.
>>
>>1731176
Ah, right. I was interpreting mounted weapons as "all weapons affixed to a servo."

Wouldn't it actually be a good idea to put a shield in a Weapon Mount then? Even if you fail the parry, you have a decent chance of getting your shield in the way.
>>
>>1731185
I think it would probably take regular damage then. The difference between hitting a weapon and parrying an attack with it.
>>
>>1731185
...son of a bitch, you're probably right. It's fuckin' stupid, but it I think it technically works under the rules (though only if the servo they hit was the one that had the shield on it to begin with).
>>
>>1731185
Shields have their own mounts, IIRC.

plus for your idea to work, they'd need to hit the mounted servo in the first place, and most shields will be on servos you wouldn't mind losing anyway.
>>
>>1731200
Thing is, weapons have kill values that are subbed in for shield SP when making a parry. Shield, on the other hand, ONLY have SP.
>>
>>1731213
Yeah, but he's right about that. Your weapon gets attacked and it takes full damage, parry with it and it only takes 1 Kill. I don't see why it would be different for shields just because they have kills with a different name and using this to get an extra parry is very clearly not intended.
>>
>>1731210
Plus it could easily end up in a situation where you fail a parry roll, and still end up with your shield getting hit.
>>
>>1731200
Treating it like ablative armor then? Not a fan of that from a verisimilitude POV but it works mechanically.

>>1731208
I mean, it's just a bit of a bonus then.

>>1731210
>>1731225

You could just stick a Superlight shield on your torso or head and just let it take a hit every now and again. You don't need to actually parry with it.

... Actually, that makes more sense than straight up ignoring the shield when the servo in question gets hit.

If the arm holding the shield was hit, would it take damage while ignoring the shield entirely?
>>
>>1731234
>If the arm holding the shield was hit, would it take damage while ignoring the shield entirely
Yes, the presumption is that the mech was unable to interpose the shield and the attack strikes the exposed arm.
>>
>>1731234
>If the arm holding the shield was hit, would it take damage while ignoring the shield entirely?
Well yeah, you avoided the shield and hit the arm.
>>
>>1731224
Because shields are made of armour (which ablates at -1SP per attack) and weapons are not, so they just have regular structure.
>>
>>1731243
>>1731244
Eh, I guess.

Overall, it's still a lot less efficient that just buying command armor.
>>
>>1731258
It's something you might as well do if you were taking a shield anyway though.

(It's still dumb and so is the rule that birthed it and any GM with sense would ditch it because of how badly it disincentives using mounts as intended)
>>
>>1731248
I don't see how that makes a difference. You can still target shields with a called shot, so do those attacks only do 1 damage if you beat their dodge and parry?

It's still clearly an exploit anyway, so I guess this argument is pointless.
>>
>>1731265
Yeah, it seems like a pretty dumb rule.

>>1731273
If you target a shield and the opponent parries with that shield, is it an automatic hit?
>>
>>1731278
No because you parried it.
>>
>>1731278
I assume it parrying in that situation would be the difference between deflecting the attack with the shield and the attacker getting a solid hit on it.
>>
>>1731282
>>1731283

Is Targeting a Shield the same as Targeting a Weapon? If so, where are the rules regarding the amount of damage it takes?
>>
>>1731293
If you hit a weapon it takes normal kills of damage if targetted. If you parry, it is just 1 kill of damage. same applies to shields. It's the difference between using the shield to deflect a shot or having it skim compared for it taking it right in the center of mass and crumpling it.
>>
>>1731293
There are none. For some reason the devs never envisioned anyone deliberately targeting the blocks of armour most sane people want to avoid hitting because there's no benefit to doing so. There are rules for targeting the shield mount, but that's it.

>>1731273
Upon some thought I'm fairly sure that even a called attack on a shief would functionally work out the same as a parry. The whole point of a parry is that you interpose your shield because it's basically just one big slab of amour and you want them to hit it because it can take hits better than servos can.

>>1731330
Again, weapons are stated to have a 'lightly armored housing' that affords them their kill value and which is clearly distinct from actual ablative armour, which can be punched through with sufficient force, but never compromised structurally by more thank 1SP per hit.
>>
>>1731338
>Again, weapons are stated to have a 'lightly armored housing' that affords them their kill value
Gonna need to see where thats written mate.
>>
>>1731338
Oh, wait got that around, ablative armour is the stuff that's functionally identical to kills, whereas standard (or better) armour is subject to staged penetration instead.
>>
>>1730957

What are these for?
>>
>>1731355
My own use. Seeing as these are the only people around here who discuss MZ regularly, I decided to ask in thread.
>>
>>1731132

Where the dickens is that rule?
>>
By the way, this whole discussion is why my biggest point of advice for Mekton is NEVER LET PLAYERS BUILD THEIR OWN MECHA. I hear "but it works under RAW" and I get the urge to start smiting.
>>
>>1731366

Just out of curiosity, what are you using them for? I've been handing out these bullshit, not-at-all-balanced abilities for completing romances, after all, they're not inherent to the pilot.
>>
>>1731376
Tis why you have to step in when people get nuts. As is stated many times, Mekton is a hot mess that requires the DM to reign in the dumb. Mind you, I am trying to make a 15k artillery piece for our medium strikers, and a 20k one for our heavies out of fun, so my value on the subject may vary.
>>
>>1731376
It's because they left so much open to GM discretion/just didn't say anything to let the GM deal with it. I don't think it would be as bad if you were having a regular game instead of one over 4chan; you could just hold a mech building session and the GM could yay or nay anything the players ask about.

I suppose just going page by page and writing down how you personally handle open/poorly defined rules would work too. I'm sure that wouldn't drive people to suicide.

My personal theory is that they used this to reduce the amount of words in the books by a couple hundred or thousand and thus reduce the amount of pages and manufacturing cost. I'm paranoid and think all companies are completely soulless machines that only care about numbers though. Maybe they felt making the book feel so incomplete was a good idea.
>>
>>1731386
A quest I may or may not run in the future. The Abilities in this case are things the players would be able to earn by training or meeting certain requirements. Like having a 10 in Mecha Melee and studying under this master swordsman would allow you to parry projectiles.

I guess romance could be one of the conditions to complete but I wasn't planning on it.
>>
>>1731344
Well, clearly I'm going crazy, because I can't find it. Maybe I read it in a thread somewhere a long the line. Regardless, the point is moot, a shield is just an additional layer of armour and functions like all other armour, including staged penetration (though I guess you could make an ablative shield on the cheap that actually did take damage that way).
>>
>>1731376
Targeting a shield isn't really part of building though. Speaking of which, how would you handle that?
>>
>>1731370
Under 'Weapon Mounts'.

It's fucking dumb though, please don't use it.
>>
Also, a clarification on the difference between Linked and Quick. Quick gives you an extra ROLLED attack per Action. So, if normally I roll twice to attack during my turn (once per Action), and pick up a Quick weapon, I now get to roll twice to attack per Action, for a total of four per turn if I do nothing with my Actions but attack. Linked weapons mean a successful hit with one hits with both. I houserule it as "if the other weapon has enough Accuracy to hit with that roll too", to avoid someone making a tiny high-WA weapon and linking it with an inaccurate but highly damaging weapon. There's no extra roll, no extra ATTACK, but you get an extra HIT per successful attack (more if you have more than one weapon linked to the striking one, like the Flowerhorn has). So, the Knuckle Kaiser's fists are both Quick and Linked. That means it gets four attack rolls per turn, and each successful hit counts as two. Eight hits maximum, effectively.

>>1731366

In light of this, with your special ability, a pilot using Quick Linked weapons would roll eight times, each counting double on a successful hit. Sixteen hits maximum. Honestly, I'd say that's far more powerful than anything I've included in this game and borders on broken-level bullshit even if you're using a really weak melee weapon.
>>
File: ATATATATATATATAT.gif (532 KB, 320x192)
532 KB
532 KB GIF
>>1731414
>Honestly, I'd say that's far more powerful than anything I've included in this game and borders on broken-level bullshit even if you're using a really weak melee weapon.
So in other words, pic related?
>>
>>1731410

I'd aim for the limb it's on instead. If you want to make a called shot at the shield, I suppose it would work functionally identically to a parry, but I've never thought about it because it's going to be a dumb idea usually. I'd give it the same penalty as aiming for any major subsystem.

>>1731413

Fear not, I have no intention of using it.
>>
>>1731414
Say, what's your take on Melee Crosslinks? Because melee weapons can target locations at will anyway, so a crosslink actually seems like a step down from a regular link because it forces you to hit one location, and the only reason this would make sense (besides 'the devs copy-pasted the bit about cross-link costs at the bottom of each paragraph and neglected to realise the redundancy) was if the linked attack had to roll randomly even though it was mele
>>
>>1731419

We already do that. Sixteen hits is just...nah.
>>
>>1731421

Oh, I think I answered this already. I assume most linked melee weapons are cross-linked. If they aren't, the second hit is to a random location and rolled for.
>>
>>1731420
>. If you want to make a called shot at the shield, I suppose it would work functionally identically to a parry, but I've never thought about it because it's going to be a dumb idea usually. I'd give it the same penalty as aiming for any major subsystem.
Depends on whether you count it as a weapon (-4 Wa) or an 'other' (-5 Wa), though it's a head scratching thing to do either way (especially when the shield mount can also be targeted under the later category).
>>
>>1731414
Ah, right. I was thinking in terms of one action not per turn. I probably shouldn't let it work with Linked then.

Maybe I could just cut it down to, "When wielding a single melee weapon in each hand, you can treat them as being Linked or Crosslinked. You can do this with any kind of non-thrown, non-returning, non-handy melee weapon. You must decide the Link type before making an attack."

>>1731420
Thanks for the rulings.
>>
What do you guys think about "You can attack target's outside your weapon's effective range at a -2 penalty instead of a -4" for a trait for a ranged character?
>>
>>1731433

-4 presumably.

>>1731461

I think I'd want to know a bit more about what you have planned. Context matters, after all.
>>
>>1731461
I'd say it would depend on if a buffed version of Long Range was worthwhile compared to other perks they could pursue.
>>
>>1731414

Any thing to add on the idea I had here?

>>1731018
>>
>>1731478
How much context do you need? Cause for the trait in question, it would be something earned after leveling up Mecha Gunnery a bit and learning how to "aim with your mind."

In the context of the PC, they're an individual with a good mech and the skills to pilot it eking out a living in one of the more dangerous sectors of known space.

Anything you need me to clarify?
>>
>>1731414
Speaking of Quick and Linked, my brother set up his mech so that both of his fists on his mech are like yours, but also linked them to his legs, which don't have Quick on them, so he's wondering how that would work.

It's basically one fist is linked to one leg, the other fist is linked to one leg, and the fists are also linked to each other.
>>
It doesn't take you long. This place was built at least a decade ago, well before the type of advanced sensor suites your Swordfish has were commonly taken into account when planning a fortress. Your magnetometer easily picks up the snaking tube of a tunnel wending its way through a high razorback of crystalline stone, “There.” You point it out.

“I see it.” The Countess activates vidcomms and grins at you, “I also see our target and two escort mecha leaving it and entering a canyon. . Don't worry, I have a plan to stop them from ganging up on you like they've been doing. They're headed for a tall, wide canyon filled with stone pillars, it was probably once just a bunch of cracks in the stone that got eroded over time. Fight them there, and they won't be able to surround you. I'll provide sniping support from above.” She designates a point on your map, and you lock in a course, the two of you parting ways. She flies up and away overhead, vanishing into the murk, you duck and fly low to the ground, in amongst the needles, “Careful, Caesar, they're all bigger than the ones we've seen so far.”

“I'm always careful.” You lie.

She snorts, “And I'm graceful at waking up in the mornings. Be more careful. I'm not letting you die out there.”

You chuckle, and then...

>[Roll 1d10+13]
>>
>>1731478
Is the UJCIDF organized by Regiments or something else?
>>
>>1731507

Just training isn't really enough, to me. Roarke had to successfully romance women and had multiple boss fights of training before he got Void Fist eighty chapters in.
>>
Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731546
Have we been going by Caesar at all?
>>
>>1731524

His legs would only get to join in on one attack per Action, basically.
>>
>>1731551
To be fair, this is way weaker than Void Fist. Some of the abilities I've been thinking of are things that you could buy for your mech but you've learned instead.
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731546
>Careful, Caesar
I told you guys, I told you! Wong's trying to blow our cover to the Avalonians! He's already told Tabitha!
>>
>>1731546
Do not forget about what name the transport had. That is important!
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731546
Rolling

>>1731554
So, would that be a total of 6 attacks since it'd go fist, fist+leg for Action 1, fist, fist+leg, or would that still be 4 attacks, but two of them count the damage made by both the fist and the leg?
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731546
>>
>>1731552
THEY KNOW
>>
>>1731552
>Got a 23 for the first roll
we got whatever this is.
>>
>>1731572
It'd be fist+fist, fist+fist+leg+leg for one action. Or fist+fist+leg, fist+fist+leg. The order wouldn't matter, but basically, there are two attacks made in an action because of the Quick fists and the legs get to add their damage half as many times as the fists.
>>
File: Melee Swinging.png (88 KB, 480x178)
88 KB
88 KB PNG
Are we allowed to use Melee Swinging? I haven't been following the rolls too closely.
>>
>>1728643
I lurk, mostly. My plan is to engage more from the start of whatever you do next, there is so much backlog that it's proven impossible for me to dig through efficiently.
>>
>>1731591
Back log. You mean down time reading!
>>
>>1731583
Huh, okay. He also added in a WA +2 for his fists and legs. Would the attack rolls add in a +4, then?
>>
>>1731599
Yeah. But there's a lot of it, and I generally have other things to juggle that end up coming across as more urgent draws of my time, sadly.

Happens with other media, too. I'm much more likely to engage with and finish things if i'm in at the start, rather than going through a marathon of stuff after the fact in my own time.
>>
>>1731604
Also, just found out that the fists are linked to each other, the legs are linked to each other, and each fist is linked to a leg.

Now I'm getting confused as hell by him.
>>
File: 11665h[1].jpg (2.75 MB, 2875x2104)
2.75 MB
2.75 MB JPG
A pair of shells come whistling towards you out of the blackness. Big, serious-looking ones, not quite missiles but still clearly grenades of some sort. You don't have time to dodge as they detonate in front of you. Your shield automatically interposes itself between you and the first, then obeys your mental command and shifts angles just enough to protect you from the debris of the second shot that goes off a split second later. You duck behind a pillar. That, now, that was close. It's been a while since you've seen anyone snipe with a mass rifle, but clearly there are still a few experts out there.

Your sensors alert you that another mech is inbound, and you see it, leaping between the wind-eroded stony needles like some great ape. For a moment, it almost resembles the Knuckle Kaiser with its hulking build. Between its shoulders, it has a long, tail-like tentacle with armored fins on either side, much like the S-Swordtail, and in either hand it holds an axe with a spiral pattern on the handle and a spearpoint at the apex between the blades. It's black, trimmed in gold, with a face that resembles a shark with its bullet tip shape, deep-set eyes, and the toothy smile painted on it. It jets forward parallel to you, thrusting forward with its axe, the haft extending on a nanofiber coil like a grappling hook so that the hooked blade of the weapon catches onto a pillar and pulls it around behind it. It's facing you, with an open space between the pillars each of you is crouching behind. You suspect that if you approach, you'll be in the open again and the sniper will be able to hit you. On the other hand, you don't like the look of those axes and apparently he can use them like whips at range, and could certainly hit you from where he's crouching.

>[Charge him even if it means spending a turn in the open, bring your lance into play for more damage and Quick attacks]
>[Fight him with your tentacles at range]
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731546
>>1731565
>>1731579
>>1731580
>>1731583
>>1731590
>>1731591
>>1731599
>>1731604
>>1731605
>>1731613
All dem posters not rolling.
>>
>>1731604
You only use the stats of one weapon to determine accuracy. It's all or nothing, so if that first one hits, they all hit. Which actually means you only need one weapon with a +2 modifier to get the bonus to all of them.

>>1731613
Nothing changes in regards to how the attacks would play out. All it means is that when he attacks with any of his limbs, they all hit or miss. However, his fists can make a second attack in the same action while his legs can't.
>>
>>1731618
>[Charge him even if it means spending a turn in the open, bring your lance into play for more damage and Quick attacks]
>>
>>1731618
>>[Charge him even if it means spending a turn in the open, bring your lance into play for more damage and Quick attacks]
DO YOU LIKE
MY MECH
>>
>>1731618
>[Fight him with your tentacles at range]

>axes
>tentacles
>looks like the Kaiser

Hector no!
>>
>>1731618
>>[Fight him with your tentacles at range]
We got the tentacle for things like this. Remember, it is ENTANGLING! We can tangle him up, then have Tabitha take shots at him, then move onto the sniper. Do not let Jesus II get a chance.
By the way, bet this is Hector and his lover.
>>
>>1731618
>[Charge him even if it means spending a turn in the open, bring your lance into play for more damage and Quick attacks]

>>1731623
So I'm guessing in terms of melee, linked and cross linked don't apply? He told me they aren't cross-linked at all.
>>
>>1731618
>>[Fight him with your tentacles at range]
>>
>>1731634
Melee attacks always have to be aimed at a particular servo, so crosslinking makes no difference. If he punches a leg, the rest of his limbs will hit the same leg.

Honestly, the mental image of a mech punching and kicking the same spot with all its limbs at the same time is stupidly hilarious.
>>
>>1731618
>[Charge him even if it means spending a turn in the open, bring your lance into play for more damage and Quick attacks]


>>1731623
>You only use the stats of one weapon to determine accuracy.
Wong pointed out earlier he does the WA on a weapon by weapon basis so that depends on the GM.
>>
>>1731630
Remember! The enemy is said to be using knights as pawns. It is very likely they will use them here to cover their tracks. As such, go for the disable or entangle and have tabitha get the ship! We need to take it down and the whomever is controlling them.
>>
>>1731653
Huh, didn't know that. That's kinda complicated, so it probably helps if they all have the same WA, huh?
>>
>>1731644

Wrong, I think.

>>1731634

I answered this already, at least how I do it. If you're crosslinked they all hit the same target, if you're not the first one hits where you aimed it and the other hits are randomly rolled.
>>
>>1731666
Huh, thanks Satan. I thought that since melee hits have to be called, randomly rolling for them wouldn't work.
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731620

I'll need a few more 1d10+13s.
>>
>>1731665
Yeah, it just stops a lot of munchkinery. Like liking a WA 2, 1K weapon for 1 CP to a WA -2, 20K weapon and getting a 40% discount without having to worry about the WA downside.
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
Don't die Hector!
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
ONWARD WHORE-SONS
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
>>
>>1731682

Also that should be +12. I was unfortunately using his regular stats and forgot that being directly controlled adversely affects your stats (the same as a simulated version of a pilot has -1 to everything). It's different from having a network controlled by one person, which, if that person is good enough, actually IMPROVES their abilities (like what Galbadie did).
>>
>>1731688
it looks like we are dead instead considering we have only have 5 kills lift on our torso why the fuck did you guys vote to charge
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731682
>>
Rolled 2 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1731694
oh, so 1d10+12, huh?

>>1731696
Muh honor, muh pride, muh life.
>>
>>1731696
Hey, I voted for tentacles.
>>
Rolled 7, 3 = 10 (2d10)

>>1731685
>>1731686
>>
>>1731696

No, you have 5 SP of armor left and full undamaged kills. Also because Hector's axes are no joke, as SOUL C found out.
>>
>>1731703

No. For him, not you.
>>
>>1731708
So there's our quick, so the next would be the automatic attack from our tentacle? Feel like we keep forgetting about it.
>>
Rolled 2 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1731686
>>1731708

And the parry versus 20...
>>
Rolled 2 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1731688

And the tentacle attack I almost forgot about!
>>
Rolled 9 + 12 (1d10 + 12)

>>1731731

...and its parry...

>>1731686

You got a crit. You have two options here, both are very good. He clearly dual-wields cross-linked weapons, and you have the power to take off his arm, severely reducing his offensive capability. That's a strong move, not rolling further and just taking the arm. OR you can roll for a crit on the special or cinematic table, at your choosing. Up to you. It could be useless, it could neutralize him outright, it could kill him, nobody knows but the dice.
>>
>>1731748
Go for the arm.
>>
>>1731748
arm
>>
>>1731748
Remove arm.

Goal is still to keep him alive.
>>
>>1731748
The arm. If the tentacle is strong enough, it could also take off the head since it looks like the parry wasn't enough. Though, we got to be careful. If the enemy can make him suicide bomb, then it can go bad. Maybe if we remove the head, it can't communicate to the controller? Like a reverse bit?
>>
>>1731759
Might have to carve out the cockpit ball ourselves then.
>>
>>1731773
doable. Was a -2 for Amos and he had to worry about the bomb. Might not be as bad for us.
>>
>>1731759

It's not quite enough, and since the dice were kind enough that you could have made the roll using Caesar's Mecha Brawl rating (two lower than his Mecha Melee), I had you Pin his remaining arm with the tentacle. Hopefully that's alright.

FRESH DICE! 1d10+13s! Time to dodge some artillery!
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
CANT TOUCH THIS
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
AS WONG DEMANDS
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
Piccolo is my master.
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
>>
Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
I AM GETTING NYAN FLASH BACKS!
>>
>>1731815
JUST
>>
>>1731815
Should have listened to him.
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
>>
>>1731815
>>1731818
Argh.

Why.
>>
Rolled 6, 10 = 16 (2d10)

>>1731810
>>1731812
>>
>>1731828

Parry versus 23, please.
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731836
more dice?

2MV
>>
wanna dump some luck on this guys
>>
>>1731839
You beautiful man you. And it refreshed because new fight!
>>
>>1731839
Nailed it.
>>
wong shouldn't it be 22 because she is controlled
>>
Rolled 8, 5, 7, 5 = 25 (4d10)

>>1731839

What a goddamn badass.

Oh, also TABITHA TIME.
>>
Rolled 2 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
AVE CAESAR
>>
Rolled 3, 2 = 5 (2d10)

>>1731851

Yes, but she switched from grenades to tracer rounds, which is why you got a dodge attempt at all.

>>1731860

The Tabbining begins!
>>
Rolled 10 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731800
>>
>>1731867
Two pings to the torso, or whatever it is.
>>
Do handheld weapons get armor protection? I'm blanking on that for some reason.
>>
>>1731923
Handheld weapons do not get armor protection. They have to be inside the servo.
>>
>>1731923
if Armour applied to hand held items then wouldn't physical shields be pointless
>>
Oh, right, another thing I forgot. Feed me more 1d10+13s. Hector's mech gets to try to escape your hold, after all.
>>
Rolled 4 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731948
Nope
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731948
WONG PLEASE!
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731948
Welp here goes nothing.
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1731948
>>
Rolled 2, 10 = 12 (2d10)

>>
File: latest[2].png (1.88 MB, 1000x1595)
1.88 MB
1.88 MB PNG
New weapons are nice, but your lance has seniority and a proven track record. You charge, zipping across open space and driving your weapon straight towards the black mech's chest. Its jointed tentacle flips over its shoulder, fins spread wide to intercept...but no amount of shield is sufficient against the Swordfish's drill. You tear through it like cardboard, your weapon digging deep into the cuirass armor of the enemy (-1 shield SP, 9 remaining, -1 torso SP, 6 remaining, -7 torso Kills, 5 remaining).

“Sir Gaius!” The Countess cries out over the comms, “No! He's one of ours under their control! He won't eject! Take off his limbs!”

“Understood.” You reply succinctly, whipping your drill back and jabbing it through his right shoulder, the arm coming free in a shower of sparks. Inspiration strikes, and as your tentacles automatically lash out at him you eschew going for proper damage, and instead wrap them around his left arm, pinning it at an angle where it can't strike at you.

Out of the corner of your eye, you see a flash of movement on your sensors. Heat trails. Something is there, something that isn't supposed to be. You focus in on it with your other sensors as it comes to a stop. It's big, as big as the hulking axe-wielder you're fighting and your own Swordfish. The head is shaped like a fanged skull. It has two long, flat, rectangular shield pauldrons on its shoulders, each engraved with the image of a fanged skull and with a panpipe of missile launchers beneath the shield. In each hand it holds a beam axe so long and slender that the shape is closer to a blocky machete, sort of a long, slender stick with an emitter for the plasma blade along the front. It's...a SOUL machine. You've seen the schematics before. The S-Slayer, here on Titan? While you're trying to figure out what it means, the sniper attacks again. This time, green-glowing tracer rounds streak towards you. You dodge one by such a narrow margin that it nearly creases the armband your mech is wearing, and parry the other a scant two meters before it could hit you in the face.

You're trying to decide what to focus on, when two blasts of azure light from the sky strike like lightning from deeper inside the canyon, it looks as though Tabitha circled around to hit the other sniper from behind.

“Enemy sniper's long-range sensor capabilities obliterated and primary weapon slagged. Commencing retrieval...unless you need my help?” The Countess asks, “I can't get a visual on our main target.”

“I see him.” You respond grimly, still struggling with the axe-wielding mech. It can't quite get free of you.

[Continued]
>>
>>1731966
is that his turn over wong
>>
Rolled 4, 9, 7, 9 = 29 (4d10)

>>
>>1731815
No wonder you can't dodge.
>>
>>1731973
>that pic

Was planning on using those too...
>>
>>1731973
Damn, nice shots from Tabby.
>>
Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>1731862
>>1731870
>>1731957

Just using up some old dice...

>>1731962

Silly me almost forgetting the tentacle again.
>>
Rolled 2, 6 = 8 (2d10)

>>1732026

Parries versus 20 and 21.
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732035

Go away~
>>
File: 2000[1].jpg (388 KB, 2000x2902)
388 KB
388 KB JPG
“I'm alright.” You reassure the Countess tersely, already in motion.

You release the arm, and swipe at it again with your tentacles, knowing the shield will move to intercept and not wanting to spear your opponent through the cockpit. As you predicted, it does. (Shield SP -1, 8 remaining; -1 Torso SP, 5 remaining; -1 Torso Kill, 4 remaining). Your tentacles encircle the shield and dig in, cutting shallow claw-like marks into the mech's sides and shield fins...but it does the job. Your spear takes off the black mech's remaining arm, and just like that, you leap into the air, drive both feet into its chest, and fire your heel thrusters, leaping towards the skull-patterned mech creeping up on you from behind.

Jovedamned casual trying to stealth on you. You're a SOUL pilot. That kind of thing doesn't work on you...right?

An explosion in the distance from the base fills the sky with short-lived fire, providing a dramatic backdrop in the flickering light of the canyon. As the shadows play over your mech's scarlet paint, it almost feels like you have your dazzle camouflage again...you're certainly the old Caesar right now. The point of your lance stabs the upper-center of the S-Slayer's chest through before its shield pauldrons can close to block you. (-1 Torso SP, 7 remaining; -11 Torso Kills, 1 remaining). Your tentacles sweep dramatically across your body like a cloak, the beams gripping the tattered armor plate like fingers and rip it open. Your free hand yanks the cockpit ball out whole, as easily as plucking an apple from a tree, and both the S-Slayer and the axeman mech drop to the ground.

Just as expected of you. A perfect showing.

You stroll over to the axeman mech, and pry its cockpit ball out too, rolling it well away from the main body in case it explodes, then taking flight.

>[Interrogate the Warden, what do you want to know?]
>>
>>1732087
Carve open the cockpit ball. Drag the fucker out.

"Disable the system now."
>>
>>1732087
Where is the transport ship Rainy Morning heading?
What is the General planning to do?
Where are the remaining POWs?
>>
>>1732087
"Game over scrub. Shut down the headbands."
>>
>>1732087
How to stop the headband signal
>>
>>1732087
I wonder who the Warden will be.

I'm gonna say... Jeremiah Gottwald.
>>
>>1732103
Reason I am asking is because if we can figure out if they are attacking auditorium, we can record this conversation with our ASP along with the proof that the others are being controlled. We know the Rainy Morning is either going to or already left if it was that transport. If we can get him to gloat, get him to spill his plans, thinking we are too late, we could possibly get more info as well. Plus side, there is one ship with a primed warp gate that could take us there too.
>>
“Game over, shut down the headbands.” You instruct firmly.

“As if there's anything more I can do. The filthy greenies are in passive mode now that you broke the transmitter, you can just remove the headbands yourself.” Answers an older, snarly voice, “I'm Major Ralph Tennenbaum of the UJCIDF, and if you think I'll help you...”

“Wait, Tennebaum?” You interrupt, “Weren't you sent to prison for running for-profit forced labor camps on civilian worlds in the extrasolar division?”

“A minor quibble. A real officer recognized my talent for keeping scum in line and pulled some strings to put me in charge here...but that little scandal isn't something a Lady-lover would know about. Who are you? Are you with Intelligence? Listen, you let me go, and I'll tell you everything about the General's plans, I swear...” His voice reminds you of a trapped rat, circling desperately in pursuit of a way free.

“You will tell me everything regardless of conditions. There are worse ways to die than simply being crushed.” You inform him flatly. “Where is the Rainy Morning heading and what is Fairchild planning to do with the remaining POWs on board?”

“Alright, alright! I'll tell you, but that's just a start. I know more, so much more, everything about the General and what she's done.” You hear him gulp. “Listen, if you're not with Avalon...you need to understand, I did this all for Jupiter. They weren't using their minds for themselves, anyway, why not use them for us? For humanity? Come on, what's the alternative? Kill them? Let them go when the war is done so they can become a new counter-insurgency? Work them to death? Fuck that, this is much more profitable.”

[Continued]
>>
>>1732159

We're recording all this right.
>>
>>1732159
>Its Sundowner
Did your superior used to play college ball?
>>
>>1732159
Ok, I am legitimately starting to wonder who thought it would be a good idea to support Fairchild. Seriously, what crazy ass Senator thought it would be a good idea to support a war hound like Fairchild?
>>1732171
I hope so.
>>
>>1732174
Anyone with stakes in Bucephalus.
>>
File: maxresdefault[1].jpg (64 KB, 1366x768)
64 KB
64 KB JPG
“You know, I thought the UJCIDF had honor. No, in fact, I know that if anyone besides General Fairchild knew where you were, you'd be facing justice for what you've done already.” You can't keep the disgust out of your voice.

“Justice is just a meme, kid. There is no justice, just us. You, me, Avalon, Jupiter, a bunch of pieces on one big gameboard. The big pieces move the little pieces, but the little pieces move the big ones too, and that's where the game gets interesting...because I know all about the little pieces behind Fairchild. Their names, their real identities, who they are and what they can do. And so will you, if you agree NOT to smash me against a rock. Sounds good, right?” You hear the bastard chuckle, as if he's trying to be conspiratorial with you.

Start with my questions.” You insist.

“They're going to-” The words abruptly cut off in a slew of static, and you stare down at your mech's hand in mute incomprehension. A narrow, dagger-like beam blade at the end of a long pole is sticking through the cockpit ball end to end, and as you watch, it crisps and bursts into slag. On the other end of the pole is a mech. A mech that wasn't there a second ago. A mech that never popped up on your sensors. A mech that simply wasn't there a second ago.

You're being hailed by it. Reflexively, you answer.

“Whew.” A voice rendered harsh and nearly incomprehensible by static answers you, “Big mouth for a little shit, good thing I got here in time, huh? It feels good to fly again, I've been putting up with too many assholes in my life recently and I've just been dying to kill something that deserves it!”

[Continued]
>>
So who does this go to.

Jovian media and Roarke.

I'm thinking we should find any injured jovians, treat their injuries and leave them with this prisoner and a recording of the data. They get put in a lifeboat and are ejected in the vicinity of auditorium.
>>
>>1732188
damn it. we should've taken cover
>>
>>1732174
Someone who wants to use War as a business to end War as a business.
>>
>>1732188
>A mech that never popped up on your sensors. A mech that simply wasn't there a second ago.
fuck active camo mech
>>1732195
is it time to follow the Rules of Nature?
>>
>>1732188
God damnit
>>
>>1732188
>mfw killed the infodump
CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNT.
>>
>>1732188
..What. Just.. WHAT? Oh gods.. DID THEY DOWNLOAD HER BRAIN INTO THE SLAYER?! HOW MANY OF YOU BUGGERS ARE THERE FIRST MATE?!
>>
>>1732188
Mistral?
>>
>>1732188
Shit. Can we kick up some dust to paint the invisible mech?
>>
>>1732188
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT
>>
>>1732203
I really hope not.
>>
>>1732199
I bet its gonna be Monsoonor maybe even Jetstream
>>
Jesus how much do we have to fight today

hope Tabitha is done
>>
Ok, think.

This guy has the tendency of a rat. Hes was completely prepared to offer up everything he knew on a silver platter if it would save his life. Hell he probably has already planned on this for a plea bargain. It stands to reason he would have some details and evidence of his wrongdoings and orders from superiors.

We need to find his quarters in the jail later. We need to find them, get everything and scan everything in there. There must be some info we can use.
>>
>>1732216
>Jetstream
If it was him we'd be missing half our limbs already.
>>
>>1732216
Sam is cheeky but he's not a cunt. It's probably Monsoon.
>>
>>1732228
He gave Raiden plenty of time to attack him when he first ran into him. Then he cut him into pieces.
>>
>>1732212
Well it's got the same tells. Invisibility, the modulated voice, the act, the whole shebang! If it's not a clone, it's a.. oh.
There were more than one Slayer, weren't there?
>>
>>1732234
Honestly, it really feels like the first S-Slayer we fought wasn't Cabot.
>>
>>1732240
That would mean that Cabot was never the first mate of the Greenskulls.
>>
The Swordfish turns its head to confirm what your sensors are showing you. A mech that you saw Roarke Starwind rip limb-from-limb is standing on top of a stone spire behind you, its beam partisan extended over your shoulder and into what was the cockpit ball. It could just as easily have been thrust through your spine.

“Gaius! Another enemy!” You hear Tabitha's panicked voice.

“Oh, right, the Paladin.” The static-filled voice sounds almost bored, “Let me show you how you use missiles properly. Chaff!” The six blade-like drones behind it swivel to face Tabitha's general direction, and fire simultaneously. A glittering, silvery cloud covers the sky between you and Tabitha, cutting off her lines of fire, and in the backglow of the barrage you can see the lines of green paint crudely scrawled across the bestial face of the Nightmare. “They're not just big bullets, you know. You've got to put them to use properly or you might as well just pick up a gun. Missiles are powerful, missiles are versatile, missiles fill the sky with beautiful fireworks. Missiles are heroic.” It wags its finger.

“But...but Starwind tore...he ripped that mech apart!” You babble, completely offguard.

“Eh, the outer armor of a mech is just shaped plating. It was stuffed with almost ordinary technology, really. Oh, right, this is our first real meeting, isn't it? I'm pretty sure I recognize you, you little shit. Not such a smart-mouth now, are you?” The Nightmare twirls its polearm above its head and poses. “...Goddamn, that nosy bitch is circling. Hold on, pal. Trying to monologue here.” More chaff missiles explode across the sky, forming a nearly complete sphere, “See, here's the thing about me. I'm fucking invincible. Starwind couldn't kill me, and believe me, he's tried his best. I've come closer to killing him than he has to killing me, but he'll never admit it because he can't even perceive it! That's the problem with most people, their plane of vision is just...just so small and narrow-minded that they can't even see what's right in front of their noses!” The Nightmare companionably drapes an arm around the Swordfish's shoulder, and gestures at the horizon, highlighting it with a sweep of its hand, “But me, I'm different. After all, I'm the real hero. I'm not in it for myself, or because I wanna fuck some slut and I have to go through some tough people to get there. I'm in it for the big prize. The real trophy. Galactic-fucking-peace! I'll prune every dead leaf off the flower of human civilization to make it bloom again, and that includes the legend of your bloodline! Just not today! Even if I have to suffer, even if I die for real eventually, it doesn't matter what I do or who I hurt or whether I enjoy it when the prize is this big and this righteous...you get me?”

[Continued]
>>
>>1732244
No, she was. the first time we encountered the S-Slayer at Auditorium they mentioned killing our brother, and Cabot boasted about killing Cassius.
>>
>>1732246
...fuck. we better be recording this shit
>>
>>1732246
I got some NANOMACHINES SON feeling. Could fairchild have managed to replicate cabot with them?
>>
File: AAAHHHH.gif (666 KB, 300x340)
666 KB
666 KB GIF
>>1732246
>>
>>1732246
bish wah? Man Cabot is straight up dead, so this is the other first mate? Cabot killed Cassius but this is the one who nearly killed Roarke right at the start, then?

Fuck it, I'm confused and my default reaction is to break things, fire ALL THE MISSIL- shit, we aren't Amos.
>>
>>1732246
How many fucking time do we have to kill her before she stays dead?!
>>
>yfw the other Cabot is just a clone of this person
Gene fuckery may be illegal, but that doesn't stop right cunts from doing it.
>>
>>1732246
>>1732244
There are two. The one that was defeated at Auditorium was Cabot, but this one? This one was the one we faced when we were saving Papa Scientist and his cute daughter. The way they talk is too different. The way they ACT is too different. Cabot was bestial, but the other one? She was explaining things to us and talking about justice.
Also, Cabot never talked about killing our Captain or the ambush.
>>
>>1732247
Shit. So there are three first mates then. Real cabot, the priest and "robo cabot"
>>
>>1732271
time to make the pirate version of The Sun in a Box?
>>
>>1732278
..hang on, I need to modify the Fat Man artillery cannon's payload. I think you can combine things in projectile shells.
>>
File: 2000[2].jpg (316 KB, 2000x1606)
316 KB
316 KB JPG
“I haven't even told that many lies. Oh, a few to ol' Roarke, but...that's because he's a stinking pirate, and honestly, don't they deserve to be lied to? I've never directly lied to him face-to-face, I think. I mean, I could've probably stopped his brother dying, but I didn't. I enjoyed it. So when you think about it that way, I REALLY DID KILL HIM!” The Nightmare fistpumps gleefully, “Hooray for me!”

You triple-check, just to make sure that, yes, your ASP is really recording this. It is, “So who are you really?” You ask.

“It doesn't really matter who I am. What matters is my plan. And for right now, that involves not killing you. Actually, I've gone out of my way to help you! I had to destroy most of the facility while the prisoners and staff were...futilely...fighting against two of your Paladins, and true to form I did it in a fucking jiffy, but like a real pro I saved some stuff. After all, General Fairchild's been a bad, bad girl, and she deserves to be spanked, right? Right. Naughty bitches get beat with switches. So I saved everything that would prove she was involved, that she knew about this place, and that she's involved. Military encodings, can't be faked, make sure one of your buddies gets this once you get out of here.” The Nightmare sends a file to the Swordfish, and you save it to your PC. It's huge, a tremendous amount of video and audio footage.

“...Why, though? Don't you work for her?” You ask.

The Nightmare shrugs, “People, even people who understand each other as perfectly as possible, are isolated by individuality. It's practically a sin in and of itself with how much evil individuality causes, but it's not something that can be changed, it's the human condition. That's why the Green Men were wrong, they weren't trying to cure what was wrong with humanity, they were trying to cure the condition of humanity itself. How awful is that?”

“You're dodging the question, aren't you?” You push further.

[Continued]
>>
File: 1460604023002.jpg (156 KB, 570x696)
156 KB
156 KB JPG
The Nightmare claps a hand to its forehead, “You're really cracking my wishbones here, asshole. I'm trying to be nice and companionish because I'm in such a good mood, and here you are, bringing me down. It's awfully hard not to just kill you. Oh, by the way, I did have to kill a few other people today. That Bluegill pilot who got away from you and the cockpits he was carrying? Yeah, they, uh, saw me arrive and I just could not take the risk of anyone having proof I still exist. It's kind of boring killing small fry like that, but...I had fun with it. Stomped 'em flat to make sure nobody survived. Oh, you won't be blamed, of course. Everyone will assume the Avalonians were behind it, it's war, people die, and the loss of life will maybe make the existence of this place last a little longer in the media cycle. Ce la vie, as Starwind's latest slut would say. Speaking of which, you can't be allowed to prove I'm still alive either. You're not exactly going to run home and testify, which might carry some weight, but the footage from your ASP...yeah, that's troublesome. It's in your head, right? Of course it is. Hang on, I'm just going to take that and be on my merry way.” A drone stabs at your neck, followed by the Nightmare's partizan.

>[Roll 1d10+13. Many times. After all, the Nightmare still has its blade drones.]
>>
>>1732284
And now I have finished. The Fat Man is a 20 kill projectile weapon I designed for the sole purpose of seeing how far I can throw a war crime. It's standard range is 39. It's max is 1521. It has a -2 WA, and costs 24 CP and spaces. the idea was using two weapon mounts on a Jager's torso, then using the rail and ammo for one arm. For 1 space it can hold 4 shots, so it can hold 8 shots in a heavy striker arm clip.
Blast V is x14. AP is x4. Incen is x4 as well. For 8 shots, this would cost you 448 CP. Projectiles seem to rely on what a normal round would be for space. 56 cp per shot by the way. To make full use of it, the Jager would need better sensors and a dish along with a clear shot.
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
DODGE NIGGA AND RUN!
>>
>>1732276
... Holy shit, that makes to much goodness sense. Cabot was twins
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
Fuck this faggot, 2 MV
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
rolling, fuck fuck fuck.
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321

"WHAT RINGS YOU GOT BITCH?!"
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
MAKE LIKE NEO AND DOOOOOOODGE
>>
>>1732316
WHAT.
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
It's that one engineer chick isn't it?

This one is talking like the First Mate we fought the first time. Incidentally, I think this one suffers from schizophrenia.
>>
Rolled 1, 5, 6, 3, 6 = 21 (5d10)

>>1732326
>>1732328
>>1732330
>>1732331
>>1732332

+17 or +19 depending on weapon.
>>
>>1732327
Not twins, secretaries.
>>
Rolled 2 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
Rolling again.
>>
File: 1268713364759.jpg (4 KB, 125x126)
4 KB
4 KB JPG
>>1732339
>+17 or +19
>>
Rolled 9 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732339
Ah shit
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732339
"Was getting your ass kicked part of your master plan?"
>>
Rolled 8 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732339
Dodge forward and to the right! It works in DS2!
>>
>>1732344
Well, better hold on to your butts.
>>
it's a called shot so it should be -2 right wong
>>
>>1732339
Sweet baby Jesus why. There's just no way we're coming out of this unharmed. Quick, start recording with our space Iphone.

Even if it'd be considered completely worthless to anyone else, Roarke at least trusts Caesar enough to believe him. I think. I hope.
>>
>>1732339
We still have our parries with our solid lance. REMEMBER! It gives us it's WA bonus for melee parries! That could save us!
>>
>>1732356
Nah If we tell Roakre we saw the Knightmare and the person piloting it claimed to have almost killed him he'll believe us.
>>
Rolled 1, 4, 9, 3, 4 = 21 (5d10)

>>1732339

So far, parries versus 25, 22, 23.

>>1732335
>>1732341
>>1732345
>>1732351
>>1732352
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732321
START DOWNLOADING AS MUCH VIDEO AS WE CAN INTO OUR PC
>>
Rolled 7 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732365
Spending two luck for first parry
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732365
Parry rolls? Okay.
>>
Rolled 1 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732368
THIS
>>1732365
>>
>>1732365

Parry versus 21 (the 25 and 22 are with the partizan, the rest are with the blades on the drones, which are a bit better than the ones Roarke scanned) and 26. I'll take the next few rolls as parries, feel free to spend Luck and Maneuver accordingly. Get through that with your head and we'll worry about the last four drone attacks.

>>1732354

Melee, so no.
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732373
Alright 21 or higher for first parry
>>
Rolled 3 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732373
How many luck points do we have right now?
>>
>>1732369

So in short...you deftly dodged the first drone and then she took off your head with a sweep of her polearm.
>>
Rolled 5 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732377
Gay.
>>
Rolled 6 + 13 (1d10 + 13)

>>1732373
Then do not forget our lance parries. We just need to lessen the damage to our head. Each one should increase our dodge by 2. Use 1 luck here.
>>
>>1732368
>>1732372

The problem with this is that you're in mid combat with an enemy right in your face. You don't even have time to get your PC out.
>>
>>1732377
Even with the lance's +2?
>>
The sudden question of why sensor memory would be stored in the head.
>>
>>1732382
May this be a lesson for us to have the hard drives inside our cockpit.
>>
>>1732390
put some in hardpoints all over the body
>>
>>1732389
Obviously it's so that this cunt doesn't decide she needs to skewer our cockpit to get rid of any evidence.
>>
>>1732389
Shortest distance from the sensors.
>>
>>1732384
>>1732377
Eesh.. yeah, even that. By 1. Damn, she really got us good. Those numbers seem higher than the last one though, and Cabot was better than us in melee. The hell are we facing?
>>
>>1732417
Theories:

>One of the Project Neverland Kids. Possibly the one that started the whole revolt.

>Schizophrenic Sidereal War veteran

>Artificial Intelligence in the throes of Rampancy
>>
>>1731366
There's a discord for Mekton filled with different people who have gm'd it and played plenty of games with it. Was working when this happened or I would have posted it sooner. https://discord.gg/VewPxz
>>
>>1732414
thats irrelevant, considering the speed of electricity and that it effectibly makes no difference if the drives are on the foot of the mech or on the head.

Hell, our modern communications suffer no lag, and they have to communicate to orbit and back.
>>
File: maxresdefault[1].jpg (128 KB, 1920x1080)
128 KB
128 KB JPG
You dodge both swipes of the drone, “You're pretty good, why were you grounded?”

“A little failure here, a little failure there, letting a few people get away who weren't supposed to...Starwind, for instance. Just imagine how pissed General Fairchild was when he survived and did all the things he's done since. Who did she blame? Me! That bitch is getting what she deserves. A taste of real justice.” The Nightmare's eyes blaze. The partizan jabs, and although your tentacle epaulets nearly intercept it, the point cores the apple of the Swordfish's throat, and a swish of the Nightmare's arm decapitates it completely. You jump for it, but the drones get in your way, and the Nightmare snags the head, cracks it open like a crab leg, digs around and crushes a small, delicate piece of equipment, and tosses it back to you, “That's one score evened. I don't like losing, so don't get mad at me for going all-out and bullying you. Better dash, though, here comes a...very brave girl. Ever consider her instead of your old model? C'mon, what's Ensign Heim ever been for you but trouble? For all you know, she was programmed to like you so if she ever got close to Rudolph Merrow she could stick a fork in his neck or something. Ha! But seriously, imagine if the Green Men could see THAT far ahead! Buh-bye, Caesar!”

Azure fire streaks through the murky air, and the Nightmare...vanishes. There's no fading out, it doesn't dodge away, it just disappears a split second ahead of the blast, which roars unhindered through the space it occupied.

“Gaius!” The Engeler ceases firing through one of the gaps in the smoke.

[Continued]
>>
>>1732437
bitch
>>
File: 200_s[1].gif (44 KB, 356x200)
44 KB
44 KB GIF
“I'm alright, Tabitha.” You promise her, holding your mech's crushed head. Your stomach feels tight and cold. You've never quite been manhandled by another mech so casually before. Even the Duke showed some wariness with you, as easily as he cut your Swordfish apart he still treated it like an opponent. This one just...annihilated you. Casually. If the pilot had wanted it, you wouldn't have survived this fight. You could tell it hated you from its body language, the forced friendliness, the attempts to speak politely that even cloaked in static sounded strained, the way it gleefully crushed your head.

Your mech is abruptly knocked back, smothered in metal. Up close, the Engeler is larger and taller than the Swordfish, and being hugged by it is...well, it's a bit of a size difference. “Idiot, why didn't you run!?” Tabitha's voice is thick and sniffly.

“There wasn't much chance. Besides, your knight shouldn't be a cowa-ow! Hey! Stop it!” You protest as the Engeler begins shaking the headless swordfish.

“Don't EVER say anything like that again! If it means you survive, I want you to run! Is this a curse? Are ALL of my knights too valiant for their own good? Listen, I don't want you dueling other people to impress me, or throwing your life away...ever...for MY honor. The greatest gift you can give me, ever, is your survival. Do you understand?” The Engeler continues shaking your mech.

>[Mumble a “yes”]
>[Clearly answer “yes”]
>[Stay silent]
>>
>>1732428
From what we know it seems like the First Mate was alive during the Sidereal War and fought on Mars with Galbady.

>>1732437
And apparently knows us and Naomi.

>>1732436
Not many other things people add to their mechs head since they always get knocked off. I mean do you want to waste torso space on it?
>>
>>1732437
It'd be nice if it turned out that, because it's based on a much older machine, the Swordfish has memory backups in its chest.
>>
>>1732440
>>[Clearly answer “yes”]
>>
>>1732428
S3ems like its a neural network that either has gone rouge or is about to.
...maybe a green man brain converted to fit the military's whims and wishes?
>>
>>1732440
>[Clearly answer “yes”]

Maybe add a "sorry" with it?
>>
>>1732440
>>[Mumble a “yes”]
Caesar spills his pasta once again.
>>
>>1732441
I'm thinking it's the engineer girl who got dumped by Jesus.

Think about it, we literally haven't heard a damn thing from her ever since she first appeared, and this would explain why.
>>
>>1732440
>>[Clearly answer “yes”]
She's got us there. Stupid bloody first mate aside, she is pretty cool. We are definetly going to need to see those files.
>>
>>1732441
Eeeeh. A hard drive right now is the size of my hand, but i get what you mean.
>>
>>1732440
>clear yes.

Shit. We will break her weird and genemodded heart so hard in the future.
>>
>>1732441
>>1732444
>>1732449

Engineer girl being imprinted with memories of a number of people some of which are war vets? End result is incredible piloting skills but schizophrenic phenomena from overlapping neural patterns.
>>
>>1732456
just go CKII style man. if Roarke can do it so can Caesar just on a smaller level
>>
>>1732452
Well after this we need to have portable hard drives hanging all over our machine and in our cockpit so we never lose anything.

>>1732456
>You thought you we're in love with Gaius Wesker, BUT IT WAS ME. CAESAR MERROW!
Little a million little pieces.
>>
>>1732459
I don't think you need to worry about that. That engineer had redish hair. Very vibrant red hair. That or it's the bomber chick who was with the Aussie.
>>
>>1732459
I doubt it. Wasnt she in quirll(or however its called) when the first mate events were going?...

Now that i think it. It kinds reminds me of clemmy before we met her. Could this be a brain scan of her, fused with cabot?
>>
>>1732466
The pilot would have had to existed before Cabot became a thing and Fairy started scissoring with her.
>>
>>1732466
No, she was not there. Those were the black stars.
>>
>>1732468
What if this is an offshoot of project nevermore?
What if instead of breeding a soldier capable of controling the drones, they created an ai that could do so?
>>
>>1732472
we Nineball Seraph now?
>>
>>1732472
We still haven't figured out what happened to Reccoa either
>>
File: UBW06E[1].jpg~original.jpg (157 KB, 1920x1080)
157 KB
157 KB JPG
“Yes” You reach up with the Swordfish's arms and hug the Engeler. Awkwardly, since your hands are full, “I'm sorry for making you worry.”

“I...idiot...you stupid idiot, you know I'm not the only one who would be mad if you died.” The Engeler lightly bops the Swordfish's shoulder, “What about that girl of yours?”

“I know.” You grumble. “Are the others okay?”

“Their cockpit balls are successfully detached. Other than that...I don't know. We'll have to find out.” She sighs.

“...By the way, when did I tell you the person I was trying to protect was a girl?” You ask, reflexively reaching up to adjust your glasses...only to have your helmet's visor get in the way.

“Oh, you mentioned it at some point.” Tabitha remarks casually, too casually.

>[Push]
>[Do Not Push]
>>
>>1732472
Possible, but it would have had to fight with the Greenmen on Mars since we have records of that. Or they would have had to replace the first mate after it happened.
>>
>>1732478
>>[Do Not Push]
SHE KNOWS!
>>
>>1732440
>>[Mumble a “yes”]

> It's my job to save you though, YOU should be the one to run.
>>
>>1732472
Last time they tried they got NaNo1. Don't think they would be that eager to get back on the saddle. Also, might want to be careful. This one was most definetly max ranks in melee.
>>
>>1732478
>[Push]
She fucking knows and if that's the case we better amscray back to Roarke immediately.
>>
Wait. The prison was doing a bunch of reverse HMIS stuff right? What if there's something related to memory imprinting here?
>>
>>1732478
>>[Push]
>>
>>1732478
>[Push]

SHE CALLED US CAESAR.
>>
>>1732490
>“I see it.” The Countess activates vidcomms and grins at you, “I also see our target and two escort mecha leaving it and entering a canyon. . Don't worry, I have a plan to stop them from ganging up on you like they've been doing. They're headed for a tall, wide canyon filled with stone pillars, it was probably once just a bunch of cracks in the stone that got eroded over time. Fight them there, and they won't be able to surround you. I'll provide sniping support from above.” She designates a point on your map, and you lock in a course, the two of you parting ways. She flies up and away overhead, vanishing into the murk, you duck and fly low to the ground, in amongst the needles, “Careful, Caesar, they're all bigger than the ones we've seen so far.”

> Caesar
>>
>>1732478
>>[Push]
If anything else, just tease her gently. The mission continues no matter what. And I think we aren't the only ones who are noticing something wrong.
>>
>>1732478

>push


>>1732479
If its an ai, or a neural network, it makes sense.

>>1732485
Maybe they tought they could make them safer.
>>
>>1732492
I hope this was a mistake on wong's part.
Otherwise we would have FREAKED OUT, or at least corrected her.
>>
>>1732501
I freaked out but no one else seemed to care.
>>
>>1732503
I am already screaming about a good number of things already. Whats another one upon the pile? We need to deliver this information anyways and if the jig is up, we may as well be honest with one another.
>>
>>1732478
>[Push]
>>
>>1732478
>>[Push]
>>
>>1732464
Sounds like this First Mate has been imprisioned here for a while, Aussie's Cunt was stuck on Auditorium
>>
File: luteintensifies.gif (302 KB, 294x266)
302 KB
302 KB GIF
>>1732478
>>[Push]

Let's do it
>>
>>1732478
>[Do Not Push]
This is a pretty much an inderect confirmation, and we're undercover, if we push it will become apparent we're totally onto the game affot, whereas leaving thing still leaves a bunch of doubt for her to be indecisive in. That pic fits to a T though ahahaha.
>>
>>1732534
Oh God, my spelling! Why hast though forsaken me keyboard!
>>
>>1732534
Problem is if she does know who we are this could just be one giant trap or she'll blow our cover once we get to Avalon and then we're fucked. If we find out now there's at least a chance we can escape and at least get this data back to Roarke.
>>
“...Did I ever mention any sort of nickname to you? You called me something besides my name earlier and I was just wondering why.” You ask. You're nervous, the pieces are just adding up a little too nicely.

“What did I call you? I forget.” She huffs.

“Caesar.” You answer simply.

She opens vidcomms, her cheeks red, looking away, “And?”

You frown. “And what!?” You're not getting dragged into this kind of semantic bullshit.

She flips a switch, then a few more, messing with her controls, “There, a few minutes scrubbed from my mission recorder.” She sighs, “You're going to ask how long I've known for, right?”

You nod, “I assume it was from the beginning. Auditorium wasn't secure, and now that I know you, you're much too thorough to have just waved me through onto the ship like that.”

She smiles sadly, “...Nothing I said to you was a lie. Your past doesn't matter to me, neither does Heinrich Merrow's position among the Jovian military, or who his father is. You're a brave knight, no matter who you are, and I'm honored to have you serving me, regardless of your reasons or the duration of that service. I knew from the beginning. After 16-Psyche, the Duke took an interest in finding out who the pilot of the black-and-white strider with the lance was. So...I looked into it. It wasn't hard, you aren't exactly the least-known member of SOUL. Your strider stands out. The Duke had even guessed beforehand that you were some relation of Sir Rudolph Merrow's, likely a son. When I saw you were trying to get onto our ship, it wasn't hard to figure out why, so...I helped you. It's not unreasonable to feel sympathetic in that situation. The person you're trying to protect is Bradamante, isn't she?”

You nod, “Naomi Heim. Not Bradamante.”

She flinches slightly, “Naomi Heim. She...calls you that. Caesar, I mean.” She sighs, “You weren't what I expected. I figured you'd be cute, like one of those little fluffy dogs. Something to be cared for and sheltered. Talented, but not good at dealing with others. I wasn't expecting you.”

You sputter indignantly, “A fluffy dog!?”

“Well, yes. Full of bark and passion but definitely the indoor pet type.” She nods seriously. Then frowns, “Don't look at me like that! I said you're not! I realized that right after we met! You kept your cool even when you were set up. Whoever gave you that uniform probably intended for you to get caught, and maybe they were hoping we would kill you.”

You blink at her, “Why?”

She shrugs, “To avert any kind of peace, maybe? Or a personal grudge? I don't know, myself.”

[Continued]
>>
>>1732540
We REALLY need to stop underestimating the lot of them. Still, this seems like a good sign, and it answers another question of mine.
The second Slayer was likely the one who made the outfit.
>>
>>1732537
Well we are likely getting the feeling in character now that this is a trap of some sort, more that we don't want them to spring it now. As far as getting the info out is concerned not too worried, the Avalonians will definitely want to tarnish the UCJDIF and stop this horrific practice in the future on Avalonian prisoners. So Fairchilds bad day just went from mild flu to SARS. Possible that alot of the little details of the "true" first mate and such will not be passed on if its the Avalonian doing the mud slinging. GRR that was a hard vote for me, because choosing to let it pass means less Tabitha bullying (although it looks like that is a sure win in any case).
>>
>>1732540
oh my....


>>1732545
Want implied it was sam?
>>
>>1732540
>>1732546
My post was late, but I am happy with the reverse bullying!
>>
>>1732545
>implying a second slayer
>implying Cabot isn't bullshit and didn't clone her own ass for political shenanigans.
>implying roarke isn't gonna be mad fucking pissed about this when he finds out.
>>
>>1732546
Its probably in our best interest to cut our loses and go back to Roarke know that we know he's joining the SSL and will be fighting Avalon. I mean if Tabitha and the Duke know who we are I'm sure other people will find out soon enough.
>>
>>1732550
i say keep going and see what happens
>>
>>1732550
Tabitha and Not! Kirito are pretty competent and have an interest in keeping us hidden, and we did do this whole shebang to save Naomi in the first place, although I do see where your coming from. OOC I really want this so as to get some more action on the Avalonian side, we have our paladin slaying, hamburger demolishing Amos for the other perspective.
>>
>>1732547
We thought so at first but later sam later mentioned to roarke that it was not her.
>>
>>1732549
Roarke's waifus better hope he doesn't find out during the Wedding because theirs gonna be a certain c word that's going to get a lot of play.

>>1732553
That's how you get thrown in foreign jail. And I don't think Caesar can really last in prison.
>>
>>1732550
No. Caesar still hasnt rescue Naomi, and we still need an in with at least one friendly faction frm Avalon to help with the war's aftermath
>>
>>1732560
Caesar isn't thinking of that second part though. And our best chance to save Naomi is to stay alive ourself and not walk into a giant trap.
>>
>>1732550
Again, I disagree. The data can likely be transferred to Roarke while we are still in the system. That Slayer likely had some right ideas on how to transfer it, so it should be safe. Still, the further this goes on, the more I am thinking this is not going to be a peaceful homecoming for the Duke.
Why is he avoiding the 5 man band? Why is he focusing on gathering his men and soldiers? Why even bother with playing dumb and not kidnapping us? Why set up a valid reason for avalonians to surrender to Phaeton?
No, if this proves anythng it proves that the Duke is likely going to try and get Naomi out, This might include as many as can follow with him.
I think, for the second time, Eustace is going to take part in a rebellion.
>>
File: chara02_3[1].gif (12 KB, 182x391)
12 KB
12 KB GIF
“So, what now? Are you planning to spore me?” You ask suspiciously.

She looks indignant, “Sir Gaius! I would NEVER!” She seems to think of something and her anger deflates, “...At least...I...would never. If we had spores, we would have used them by now, and besides, that sort of thing...it's unseemly. It shouldn't be done. If Turpin tries anything like that on you, I'll kill her myself, she's the only one who would approve of tactics like that.” She smiles sadly, “What I'm about to tell you is treason. The Lady is dying. Slowly, like a tree rotting away beneath the bark. At least, that's what the Duke thinks. Bradamante...Naomi Heim...is a vessel that can contain all of her knowledge. Not just terraforming, not just the science and technology of the Green Men, but centuries of wisdom and experience, a divine mind. A vessel that, when she isn't absorbing that knowledge, talks about you.” She shakes her head, “...At one time I wouldn't have hesitated to say that she should become the new Lady, but right now...right now all of us have a lot to think about. I want to see this through honestly, to the end, even if it means all of our efforts were in vain and our civilization crumbles into dust. Which brings us back to you. I studied your father. I studied you, as much as I could, although I don't think it was worth much since you keep managing to surprise me.”

The Engeler flies back a few meters, grasps the tip of your deactivated lance...and places it at the center of its chest, “You have a decision to make. I tried to offer you a way out before, and now that you know I know who you are, I'm offering it again. Will you go with us to Avalon? Will you continue to quest after her? Or...will you leave? If you go, strike me down. Take me hostage. Your UJCIDF will celebrate you as a hero who took down a Paladin, like Roarke Starwind and the Blue Knight. You will have me and the undoing of the General Fairchild you despise. It's likely you will become a General yourself in short order, and I will be your prisoner. However...if you go with us, there is Naomi. I think that having you there will...well, it will do something, at least.”

“Either way, the files I received are the end of General Fairchild. Her career is over after Auditorium, she can't bury something like this anymore.” You remark.

She nods, “You should inform somebody before we exit the system. I can arrange that regardless of your choice. Your father would stab the Engeler without hesitation, choose duty over love, and use the ship that was awaiting the Warden to return to Jupiter. What will you choose, Caesar?”

>[Stab the Engeler, take the Countess prisoner, go back to Jupiter]
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
>>
>>1732567
fuck.
>>
>>1732567
fuck it, go for it, may as well see this through too the end, especially since we came here to deal with shit, hopefully tabitha won't drop the god damn ball and get us screwed later.
>>
>>1732567
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]

We still have a Naomi to save, though if we wait too long it might not be the Naomi we remember.
>>
>>1732567
>>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
We are going to rescue Naomi, hell, we'll rescue as many as we can. But in the end, we have to try, and if we must, there is a place to go to. Sides, I think Tabitha would like the whales too.
>>
>>1732567
>>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
>>
>>1732567
>dont stab it.
We still can save naomi, and that new information is a game changer.
>>
>>1732567
Fuck we now have some of the biggest intel imaginable that could chance this war completely.
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
As much as I hate this and know its the worst possible idea, Caesar's number one goal is saving Naomi.
>>
>>1732567
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]

We go for it. We can give the info to Roarke, and we see this through.

We do the thing that Caesar's father didn't do.
>>
>>1732574
Caesar wouldn't want a harem though, its literally Naomi or nothing.
>>
>>1732567
>>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]

Turn the lance about and offer it to her on bender knee.

"My oath still stands. Until such time that Gaius Wresker leaves your service, he is still your loyal knight."
>>
>>1732587
We are saying that, and at this point it is true, but there IS something developing between cesar and thabita.
>>
>>1732594
Friendship.
>>
>>1732587
Again, that is what you say, as always. Sides, not all female friends need to be a part of a harem. Still, I like Tabitha. She is a good girl. If Naomi cannot be saved, we can go past our father there as we are right now. Caesar is still young, and his heart can heal.
Sides.. Ilyas never gets a happy ending..
>>
>>1732597
Not on her side, at the very least.

This is her effectively saying shes fine going with caesar if it was with him.
>>
>>1732600
Oh of course she's falling for Caesar, but it just doesn't seem like he's falling for her.
>>
>>1732597
But this world is ruled by anime tropes. Every opposite sex character that we meet can be a potential lover. The chances of this just get higher the more time we spend with them.
>>
>>1732567
>>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
>>
>>1732567
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]

> Before my loyalty to Jove, which I still have, I have my obligation to do what's right. Just was what was done here was wrong, what is being done to Naomi is also wrong.

> Also, I love her.
>>
>>1732604
You still need a reason to have a harem. Roarke got one because of his captain being a father figure and having one, and being a pirate to the core which is an inherently greedy type of person. Alongside him being a very voracious person in general. Caesar wasn't raised in close contact with harems and polygamy he was probably taught monogamy if all the different suitors were anything to go by.
>>
>>1732613
Except Caesar is a total weeb, so he's probably gone the Harem route plenty of times.

But that's not on his mind right now. Tabitha is a friend, but she's not really in love with him either yet.

And Caesar is DEFINITELY the dense protagonist type who won't make a move first.
>>
>>1732567
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]

We got a Princess to rescue.
>>
>>1732617
I go the harem route in games too sometimes, doesn't make me believe I can get a harem or that I would want one.
>>
>>1732617
>Caeser
>Playing shitty VNs

yeah no.
>>
>>1732602

I'll just say that it's possible and they are very close and there are different kinds of love, some healthier than others.
>>
>>1732613
>>1732620
When the moment arrives, im sure his dick will make the right decision.
>>
>>1732622
Filia instead of Eros?
>>
>>1732567
>[Do not stab the Engeler, go back with the Countess to Avalon and Naomi]
>>
>>1732617
I only go the harem route when it's funny.

If I was dating a girl like Naomi in real life, you'd bet your ass I'd hunt down whoever kidnapped her and feed them their entrails.

I probably wouldn't be successful, but I'd still try.
>>
>>1732613

Honestly, part of it was Samantha and Karen going "we're sharing you, Roarke". Prior to his serious relationships he slept with a bunch of women and some flings lasted while some didn't. As a pirate he never really knew whether he'd be alive the next day or not. That plus his rock star sex drive made a harem happen naturally. If he was in Caesar's place and had a harem he'd still go save Naomi because all of his girls are important to him.

Mohammed kind of got forced into it too, but like Roarke he's never complained about it. He was a strictly-business type with no time for love until he realized he really liked General Hatsheput, and then later that he felt the same way about Shukriya.

Amos is 100% a one-woman man and would die before considering a woman other than Irina, because that's his nature.

Caesar? I don't know. With him it really could go either way, and I won't know until I see how people vote, argue, and how his personality flows into text.
>>
>>1732639
>and some flings lasted
Any interesting ones?
>>
>>1732639
Personally, I feel it would make for a better story if he struggled with the fact he was attracted to Tabitha as well. Incidentally, how old is Tabby?
>>
>>1732643
Keep your philandery in moderation.
>>
>>1732653
Just interested in whose in Roarke's big black book. Just think someone might show up on our door step with an orange haired kid saying he's ours.
>>
>>1732639
>Prior to his serious relationships he slept with a bunch of women and some flings lasted while some didn't.
And now I can't help but expect an old flame to show up with a tiny redhead kid in tow
Also what a thread to have missed
>>
>>1732658
That seems unlikely.

But, speaking of family, I wonder if CCC had anyone he fancied. I wonder what his opinion on each of the girls would have been.
>>
>>1732628

I had a long paragraph here and deleted it because it contained my own personal biases that were hard not to express about what true love is.

This is why Oda would say that everyone who watches an anime has their own idea of who the Best Girl is, because different people have different ideas of what the perfect relationship is.

There are two ways of looking at how Caesar feels about Naomi. True and pure love at first sight...or childish infatuation between two people who weren't really experienced with prior relationships that can't last because life is cruel and fate will make them grow apart.

There are two ways of looking at what could POTENTIALLY develop between Caesar and Tabitha. Slow-burning love built from mutual friendship and respect by two people who've seen their illusions shattered...or a master-servant relationship that blossoms because both are trying to fill the gap of someone they've lost and move on.

Perhaps it comes down to which you think is more real, the love you feel for someone when you're both optimistic teenagers, or the love you feel for someone as a bitter adult.
>>
>>1732664
Not that unlikely. With the numbers Roarke has hit he's bound to have a few bastards roaming the galaxy
>>
>>1732661

The epitome of "Roarke's old flame who showed up again" was Red Siren. People didn't really notice at the time, but she more or less confessed her love for Roarke to the Iron Kestrels when she thought he was dead, right before his harmonica solo.
>>
>>1732671
Honestly I though she was just being super dramatic. And she probably was.
>>
>>1732667
Both can be real, but that first love is special for a number of reasons. Caesar and Naomi resonated on a very intimate level. I don't know if soulmates are a thing, but some people do connect on a level others can only hope to match.

Caesar and Naomi have a special thing going and I'd like for them to get a chance to be happy together. Life might be cruel but a love that can withstand hardships will come out stronger for it.
>>
You put your mech's hand on the Engeler's shoulder, you draw back your lance...and you thwack the top of the taller mech's head with the deactivated tip.

“Hey!” The Countess protests.

“That's for implying I'd give up.” You grumble at her.

She smiles over the vidcomms, “I shouldn't have doubted you, but...I had to know. This had to be your decision, not something I pushed you into. It's going to be dangerous.”

“I know.”

“It's going to be difficult. If you're discovered, even if you are welcomed as a turncoat like Belegor, you will be used as a propaganda weapon against your own people and watched so closely that you can never, ever leave.” She warns you.

“I know.”

“Naomi may not be what you remembered. Knowledge...experience...it changes people. I have no direct expertise in this area, but from my own observations you could say her old personality is like a balloon full of air. It keeps its shape and is resilient, but too much pressure and it will pop and what is outside it will come rushing in. For all you know, there might be no coming back for her. You might just be a piece of her past, and not necessarily a happy one.”

“I know.”

“Turpin watches her like a hawk, one of the reasons why she's so difficult lately is because retrieving us forces her to spend time away from her charge. She loves being the attentive handmaiden, the servant who assumes all responsibilities for a household. The overzealous majordomo. Oh, sorry, you're not a noble of Avalon, you wouldn't know the archetype. Anyway, Turpin will be a problem.”

“I know.”

“...And remember. You swore an oath to me! I gave you a chance to back out of it just now, and you turned it down. That means I'm obligated to hold you to it. You're my knight! Don't you forget it, or I'll remind you!”

“I know.”

“I mean it!”

You go down on one knee on the flattish top of one of the stone needles, flip your lance around, and present it to her hilt first, “My oath still stands. Until such time as fate parts me from your service, I am your loyal knight.”

She blushes, “That's an awful way to renew your oath. Until such time as your quest is done, you're my knight, and I'm your Countess. Once that time comes...what happens is up to you.”

Your mech takes hers by the hand. The Engeler's fingers are slender and dainty, the Swordfish's are blunt and strong, reinforced so as to lock into place on the hilt of the lance it wields. Funny how you never noticed the contrast before. You squeeze softly, and look into her eyes over the vidcomms, “Let's go back, Tabitha. Let's go back, and go to Avalon together.”
>>
>>1732681
>“Let's go back, Tabitha. Let's go back, and go to Avalon together.”
SMOOTH AS FUCK
>>
>>1732658

A lot of women. Some of those kids might even actually BE Roarke's.
>>
>>1732681
Picked up some stuff for Roarke, huh?

>>1732667
Hmm, it's gonna be a wild ride, especially if things don't go as ideal as we like with Caesar and Naomi.
>>
Rolled 4, 4, 10 = 18 (3d12)

>>1732685
Rolling for number of women.
>>
>>1732685
Any particularly interesting ones?
>>
File: shitmanitsgettingthere.gif (583 KB, 400x225)
583 KB
583 KB GIF
>>1732686
*from Roarke, rather.

>>1732685
That will be something to see. I just hope there's no tourney for that.

>>1732687
Wew
>>
>>1732688

I'm sure, but I won't go "yes there were X notable ones and their names were _____ "
>>
>>1732667
I can see the second being more reasonable. Life is not always fair. You may never achieve what you wish, or that loved one you have is not what you assume. It can crush you. It can destroy the greatest people cruely, and I am not a fan of blind love.
If it works out, then hey, a miracle that should be praised. But, in the end, I would like someone I can trust to share the burden more.
>>
>>1732688
Define interesting.

"One of them was a firebreather he met at a party." Or "One of them had two vaginas."
>>
Rolled 491 (1d500)

>>1732687
>36 women at max
Way to low ball for Roarke considering how many years he was active for.

>>1732692
Can you tell us who his first time was with?
>>
>>1732681
This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I really hope they get a good end.

Considering that this is Rin, totally possible that this might end up being rin's harem and not caesars.
>>
>>1732699
GOD DAMN SON
>>
>>1732699
And it would likely not match Ozark and his Webster Dictionary set of black books.
>>
>>1732698
Wouldn't you tell everyone you ever met you fucked a chick with two pussies?
>>
>>1732699
Some of those were relationships too. And you also need to take into consideration that Roarke spent more time pirating than dating.
>>
>>1732683
Suddenly and without any reason, tabitha's cockpit got more humid.
No one knows why.
>>
>>1732708
She read the Moe X Caesar doujin from Samubuy.
>>
>>1732681
>“Let's go back, Tabitha. Let's go back, and go to Avalon together.”
Some say Tabitha's lady boner grew 3 sizes that day.

>>1732667
Whichever one makes them the happiest.
Though I also think that it true love always ends with one dying and the other wishing they had gone with them. It happened to an old man that lived on my street.
>>
>>1732699

By the laws of anime the moment I define her is the moment she becomes important and destined to show up and Roarke really does have enough waifus.

This quest is explicitly anime, as I'm sure you're already aware.
>>
>>1732706
My friends, yes, but I wouldn't tell my boss or my parents.
>>
>>1732707
I mean Roarke joined up when he was 14-15 and only started settling down at 27. Over the course of 12 to 13 years for a man that can sleep with 7 women in one night and was constantly moving from one place to another, 500 seems somewhat of a low ball.
>>
>>1732716
Or she could be dead. That's also anime.
>>
>>1732716
Not if she died.
>>
>>1732718
The real question is how many of the female Kestrels have slept with Roarke over the years?
And how many of them have had their mechs suffer mysterious issues?
>>
>>1732716
whats Tabitha's dokidoki meter for caesar now.
>>
>>1732718
To go further, the only concrete info we have on Roarke's previous sex life Sam is the first trap he ever slept with.

>>1732724
I always expected we fucked our old wingmate at least once.
>>
>>1732718
That also depends on whether Roarke was trying to sleep with as many women as possible.

It's probably not something we'll be able to agree on. Instead, let's figure out how likely it is that Roarke DIDN'T have kids.

I want to say 25%.
>>
>>1732711

Karen's finest work.

>>1732700

Theoretically it's possible for all three to get a good end and Caesar to have both, but it's not EASY the way it was for some of the others. It requires the right choices at the right times, and certain aspects of that ending might not be to everyone's taste. One wrong step in either direction, though, and it goes straight into one girl's route or the other.
>>
>>1732728
I'm going to say at least 15% of the women Roarke fucked might have had a kid, but that depends on how drunk Roarke was at that point or how much he didn't care.
>>
>>1732683
>>1732708
>>1732712

It wasn't THAT smooth.
>>
>>1732734
Not normally, but the time and place make it.
>>
>>1732734
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80YFtnTBApU
>>
File: Untitled.png (443 KB, 668x610)
443 KB
443 KB PNG
>>1732734
Also hand holding.
>>
>>1732727
>>1732716
>>1732692
Great, now i'm going to end up thinking of a headcanon character ex-fling of Roarke who constantly ends up peering around corners in the background, biting her thumb and glaring in jealousy of all the main female characters.

I mean, not that I hadn't already, but this gives a blank check to do so.
>>
>>1732732
I feel that Roarke, even when drunk, would know to use protection. Or would be willing to take responsibility if things went wrong. Ozark got around but he still took care of his kids and I feel Roarke would follow that example.

Anyways, if we're taking your number, Roarke would have almost 75 kids at max. Which is staggeringly irresponsible.
>>
>>1732731
Something to consider there. Still, this scenario has gone rather well for Caesar, in terms of shoring up allies. Though, we will have to see how it goes with that data and that it arrives swiftly.
>>
>>1732725

It's hard to pin a number on it because, especially prior to this, his identity wasn't out in the open and she KNOWS he came here for Naomi. He deliberately swore his oath to her and they've grown closer since, but they had that between them up until now.

Her offering to be his prisoner was a relationship flag. An early one, yes, but still one.

Also, choosing to take her prisoner wouldn't make saving Naomi impossible...but it would make saving AVALON impossible.
>>
>>1732741
No!

No more waifus!
>>
>>1732742
He probably wouldn't know about most of them considering he probably never saw plenty of them ever again what with being a pirate and all. The best chance he would now about them is if they were a crew member or they were on California Station.

>>1732747
Damnit.
>>
>>1732747
So is this the end of the thread? Or can we see people's reaction to our triumphant return after soloing the base?
>>
>>1732750
That's the entire point - She's too self-critical and is unable to open up around other people, let alone confront people. Just stewing in jealousy. So she'll never be a waifu, but her personality means that her never appearing in the story doesn't discredit her existence in my headcanon :^).
>>
And to take it one step EVEN FURTHER imagine how many of those chicks Karen saw Roarke walking back to his cabin, or some sleazy motel.
>>
>>1732747
>Also, choosing to take her prisoner wouldn't make saving Naomi impossible...but it would make saving AVALON impossible.

Good to know. There are some good folk in avalon. A path to an eventual treaty and ceasefire is a good thing.
>>
>>1732753
Doesn't change the fact that it's really fucking irresponsible. Roarke is many things, but irresponsible is not one of them.

Also, Roarke's first could have been Thelma. That way there's no chance of her showing up again.
>>
>>1732741

In all honesty it was probably during his days as an underground bare-knuckle boxer and enforcer for a gang, she was probably older than him and also probably a prostitute.
>>
>>1732762
Do you forget how much of a shit head early Roarke was?
>>
>>1732764
Are STDs still a thing?
>>
>>1732764
Oh, that's fine. I wasn't putting in a contender for /first/ partner, or anything.
>>
>>1732759
How many newbie Kestrels got chased off or given the wrong embarking times and left at port simply because Roarke slept with them and Karen is Karen
>>
>>1732765
I read the first few threads last week. Roarke is cocky, but he owns up to his shit.

>>1732759
Still better than Lori.
>>
You know what? I was going to hold off until next week, but...even if readership seems to be down and we haven't broken the ten-vote threshold on suptg in the last few months...I feel pretty good about this thread. Game continues tomorrow.
>>
>>1732766
probably one of the first things dealt with via bio tech I bet.
>>
>>1732768
Dozens, but probably not as many as she straight up beaver damned by running up to Roarke and telling him there was a problem with his mech they needed to fix immediately.

>>1732776
Not the first threads, back when he was a gang banger at 15.
>>
>>1732753
>that reaction

Never change, Thunderbird, never change.
>>
>>1732783
AVALON DELENDA EST

>>1732777
And suptg is basically dying nobody votes for anything anymore.
>>
>>1732779
Let's assume there were 14 women that early Roarke had a chance of impregnating.

How many would you say got abortions?
>>
>>1732779
>Smol Karen ruining Young Roarke's numbers game
Angrily shakes fist in the air
>>
>>1732747
Honestly, saving Avalon may be key in dealing with the shit the First Mate was doing. Certainly seems like she knows way too much.
>>
>>1732777
I want you to know, this anger I am feeling over this unending nightmare of first mates is all your fault. And some day I will kill that bitch. Not even monumentally stacked modifiers will save her from the fury of maximum autism.

I don't know how you manage to write characters in such a way that they evoke so much bile. It's actually impressive.
>>
>>1732777
I don't think people really vote on suptg anymore. I havnt ever since the split from /tg/...
>>
>>1732787
Depends, maybe between 7-10
>>
>>1732792
aye, I use it to browse older threads, but I tend to rarely vote.
>>
>>1732777
Shit, dude, nobody cares about Suptg voting, but if it will encourage you to run more I'll make sure to vote every damn thread from now on.
>>
>>1732790
Just hope we do it before one of them rips apart a waifu.
>>
>>1732790
m8 we clearly need to pull a gundam wing and throw Clone!Cabot out of an airlock and then shoot her to make sure she stays dead.
>>
>>1732786
... I'm writing that smutfic. Tomorrow.

What was your name again? Something "Thunderbird* Something.
>>
>>1732795
Operation: "Salve Wong's Ego. Vote everything up to 20 on all threads" is a go.
>>
>>1732777
>and we haven't broken the ten-vote threshold on suptg in the last few months

>go to the archive to see how the last thread is doing
>it's 4, throw in a vote
>it's 6 after a refresh
Hah

But yeah I basically forgot about the archive and voting as other point out.
>>
Rolled 4 - 3 (1d10 - 3)

>>1732793
So that's 4-7 who might have had kids.

Rolling for number of kids.
>>
>>1732777
>Lucky Seven Trips
Hail Wong the Loremaster, the eternal Master of Masters.

>>1732792
/tg/ died the moment roleplaying threads were banned and generals were left to play.
>>
>>1732795
...That came off a lot harsher than I intended it to. Still though, I love this quest, waifu shitposting and all
>>
>>1732798
Who even remembers it happened so long ago.
>>
>>1732797
>not punching her and burning 3 luck to do kills instead of hits

Insta-gibbed.
>>
>>1732798
plus Brazil aint here so it doesnt matter. he must have gotten Hued
>>
>>1732808
>3 Kills into a person
That's not gibbed.
That's vaporized.
>>
>>1732808
problem is there might be a full on cloning facility of her at this point with this bullshit.
hell prime her might very well end up being the piolt of the fucking megabass at the rate this shit keeps up.
>>
>>1732810
I can only imagine the amount of Salt I would pour out if it got written when it was at the height of that.
>>
>>1732813
>>
>>1732806
Lieutenant Travis "Thunderbird" Baker of the UJCIDF has been captured by the infamous Dame Brasilia of Avalon! How will our intrepid hero escape the smoldering clutches of the Avalonian Succubus?
>>
>>1732813
>The real First Mate was Koop the whole time
Truly this is the darkest timeline
>>
Which waifu would be the smuggest if they had Roarke's first, non bastard, kid.

>>1732819
At least I'm the hero this time. Moving up in the world.
>>
>>1732815
I should have done it then. It will remain one of my deepest regrets.

>>1732810
I miss him.
>>
File: lewd but yes.png (54 KB, 315x320)
54 KB
54 KB PNG
>>1732819
>>
>>1732823
We all do, anon.

Here's hoping he's well.
>>
>>1732777
I think /qst/ in general is dying. Most people are probably moving over to anonkun since it's a lot more convenient.

>>1732822
>hero
You're probably Trap #46 in Brasillia's harem.
>>
>>1732822
Prepare your anus.

>>1732802
So, there's one unusually suave 12 year old carrot top on Io somewhere.
>>
>>1732830
>Trap
Not according to my beard and bearish body type.
>>
>>1732830
One thing /qst/ has over Anonkun is that in-thread discussion isn't a pain in the ass to read.
>>
>>1732834
Plus people over here can keep it in their pants at least every so often. Akun has a bad problem of quests devolving into 100% smut.
>>
>>1732833
>Bear Trap
>>
>>1732835
also true.
>>
>>1732836