For House & Dominion: Civil War: The Final Days (56)http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/House_%26_Dominion_Complete_Archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Dominion+questhttps://twitter.com/ThatSlowTypingGYou are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine. You and your House have gained power and prestige thanks to victories over the past few years. While still small numerically the other Houses of the greater Dominion have begun to take notice of your strength and influence.The civil war that has consumed the Dominion seems to be drawing to a close. A cease fire between the Nasidum aligned Houses and those allied with the Ruling House is now in effect. House Bonrah has been occupied by you and your allies, while the once mighty House Nasidum is reeling from the loss of their most important shipyard. House Jerik-Dremine has survived the onslaught faced on their side of the galaxy, helping some of your neighbours perservere in the process. While things seemed to be nearing a conclusion in some areas in others they soon worsened.A combined fleet from Houses Kharbos and Che'len have crossed the border into Ruling House territory, headed straight for the capital. Made up primarily of a mix of Dominion, Aries and Iratar hardware, the fleet seems to be fielding several new ship classes. Some are simply old Supers Che'len has finally finished upgrading, but others are far more worrying.A number of battlecruiser sized ships looking like a curved metallic shell are far more alien. Alliance Intel believes the ship to be using an open type fusion reactor identical to one you saw used by terrorists attacking Rioja but scaled up. That attack was determined to be the work of the Kythera, a society theorized to be entirely composed of machines or AIs. They have advanced nanite tech far beyond what the Factions can produce.Between intelligence reports and other warnings House Helios has decided to initiate AI War protocol across the entire Dominion. Vulnerable lines of communications have been cut and every available fleet within range is now rushing to aid the defense of the Dominion's Capital. Even with the high bandwidth com relays going offline the capital's communications infrastructure is extensive. It was intended to be powerful enough for the leaders of every House to maintain ties with their homeworlds while visiting the capital. The current dynasty has rarely had the unity necessary to call for a mass gathering of the leaders of every House, but the option has been there. The hundreds of embassies alone would strain the com capacity of most worlds.
>>1747437For House and Dominion!
A race to the capital resulted in your reinforcements arriving just slightly ahead of the enemy. Even then, only the timely arrival of a gravity well generator delayed the Che'len and Kharbos fleets from immediately jumping into orbit.Fighting in orbit has been fierce and your side has begun to employ Veckron torpedoes in an effort to counter the enemy's use of antimatter weaponry. A priority message from House Helios stating that the surface defenders must hold the Helios embassy until the arrival of their fleet convinced you to send troops ground side. Rather than remain in orbit you went with them, handing over control of the fleet to Alex and his subordinates. Deploying with your Dante class gunship, your forces reached the surface without incident. With the Jerik-Dremine embassy lacking the ability to support your army you instead disembarked at the Helios facilities before other allies could arrive to take the best parking spots.The sky dims as weapons fire strikes the planetary shields.Around the capital defense weapons are being raised into position. Missile launchers and more point defense guns than you could hope to count. Starship grade particle beam cannons are pointed skyward as well. They’ll use repulsors to punch a hole through the atmosphere shortly before firing.A bit of a grey area as far as the Factions Treaty is concerned but you doubt people will be complaining in this instance.You and your wingman set down on the edge of landing pads towards the top of the Helios upper spires and wait, watching the shields dim repeatedly with successive impacts."We haven't been stuck on the receiving end of these planetary assaults before." comments Rufaro over your private channel. "It's a bit like waiting for someone to break down your door."To the Ruling House's credit the shields seem to be taking a tremendous beating. If there were any planets you'd expect to survive multiple Scorcher attacks this is it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZf6A1hxvGM [Niobe's Run]Vanderwal breaks in on your channel."We're detecting smaller air bursts above the city, not just explosions. It looks like some of the incoming warheads are either disintegrating or dispersing aerosol."It doesn't take people on the ground long to figure out how to respond. Every EM pulse rigged phase weapon that can see sky opens fire. Your gunner activates the top two point defense weapons on your Dante as well. Waves of energy fire upward washing over the descending nanites. "Planetary shield is penetrated!" reports the pilot of the other Dante. Some of the fire is getting through to strike the shields closer to the city as a hole opens in the high altitude defenses. Aries drones pour through the gap followed by assault transports and Kharbos Frigates configured for planetary assault.The big planetary defense guns around the city open fire and explosions begin to blossom just below the opening.Descending ships and starfighters are coming in at well past terminal velocity, using repulsors or shields to keep the atmosphere from burning them to a crisp. Despite them spreading out the big guns continue to focus on ships coming through the hole, in an effort to score as many hits as possible. The occasional shot of siege weapon fire hits the transports from above as well. The fleet must be doing what they can to help contest the landing."Situation in orbit?""Not doing too well, but there is some good news. The two larger stations that are under attack have been boarded but they're still holding despite damage. What's left of the Krath fleet are using their Veckron warheads as heavy SP Torpedoes. An allied fleet has managed to board and mostly capture a Kharbos Heavy.""How is Forbearance?""Taking some hits and she's been holed in a few places. Still alive though."
>>1747576As enemy transports close in on the city the Che'len embassy pulses it's shield. Eleven years ago that trick would have knocked out all of the shields protecting the capital. For now it just weakens the defenses above them and leaves their arcology defenseless against your allies for a few minutes. Unsurprisingly the closest transports focus their fire on the weakest section of the shield. Taking heavy ground fire, two assault transports disgorge their fighters, vehicles and escape pods before slamming down into the weak section. Both ships crumple from the impact before exploding, causing a localized area of the defenses to flicker and fail. The wreckage falls through the failing shield, striking the sloped walls of the Che'len arcology and rolling downwards into the surrounding allied troops. Several ships follow through the new opening, several of the big defense guns now swiveling to target them. You shift your Gunship slightly and open fire with particle beams, enemy ships staggering under the weight of fire being thrown against them. Three Frigates and a transport make barely controlled landings, belching fire from hundreds of holes as guns big and small breach their hulls. Three other transports set down in better shape behind the Che'len arcology, their shields lasting just long enough to reach the ground. Vanderwal speaks up again."Reports of fighting in the Kharbos embassy. It looks like they have it mostly under control but I can't say if it will stay that way."
>>1747578You com your wingman. "Let's get closer to fighting around the Che'len embassy, help contain them."Lifting off from your perch you swing the gunship out towards the center of the city enough to clear the line of fire from the Helios defenders. Passing over the causeways connecting the major arcologies you wait until you're a bit closer then open fire with particle beams. Your shots disappear in a sea of energy weapons fire, making it hard to tell if you're hitting anything. Allied troops and tanks are pulling back from where the enemy transports crashed, Che'len forces attempting to fill the gap. Enough friendly and enemy units are intermingled that you cant risk direct fire on those areas unless you close to knife fighting range.Landed transports are attempting to establish protective shields while the Che'len embassy try to get their generators back up. Areas where the structure was hit are burning, sending up plumes of smoke and ash. combined with jamming it's hard to tell where more descending ships are except for when shields light up from impacts.A Kharbos modular frigate emerges from the clouds swinging down towards the causeway connecting to the Imperial Palace. Every side seems to be studded with point defense weapons spraying fire in all directions. Your gunship is momentarily knocked aside by a mass driver shot that nearly overwhelms your shields. Your wingman spots a hole in the Frigate's dorsal shield and both of your pour fire into it, knocking out one of its generators. Not long after its main shield fails one of the Palace's anti ship guns strike it, nearly cutting it in two. Both of you loop back to a safe distance to let your shields recharge as the frigate crashes and burns. Vanderwal keeps feeding you battle updates. "Additional landings detected outside the city to the north west. Mostly agricultural districts and level terrain."
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>>1747580Any of the landing spots look like it's being converted into nanites?
>>1747720Hard to tell at this time. You aren't the only ones using Dante gunships out here. A few others with allied IFF's are joining the action. One from the palace that's being escorted by a few experimental craft, with more coming in from other directions.To top it all off, two appear near the base of the Che'len arcology. It's hard to get a good reading on their transponders from here but they are not friendly. Flitting among the fighting are other vehicles, including walkers. Some are the familiar 16 meter tall humanoid models you fought on Rioja. Others are far more skeletal looking. A T-shaped chasis with thin legs, particle beams for arms and a pair of 20mm repulsor mass driver turrets in the shoulders. They're too small to carry a pilot and don't seem to have much armor. They only seem to be able to take a few hits, but are fast and mobile enough that they're killing several tanks each before they're taken down. "Drone walkers with jump jets, just what we need." you mutter."Sir, they're moving into the lower levels of the surrounding causeways and structures."It looks like armored vehicles are trying to advance from the landing sites and get below ground. The new walkers are covering them. That or they're just trying to break line of sight until they're close enough to jump out and hit nearby tanks and vehicles.With the amount of wreckage building up on the surface advances there are becoming fairly obvious. Heavy tanks are needed to punch through the debris or vehicles are forced to get more altitude using repulsors. Did you want to take your gunships into the lower levels, help provide cover for those still holding the upper levels? Or did you have something else in mind?
>>1747750Can we contact the locals? They should know where our gunship will be the most useful.
>>1747750Any enemy vehicles with reactors we can pop and take out clumps?
>>1747750I'd like to be able to stay as mobile as possible so going down into marginally more cramped spaces would kind of defeat the purpose of all the movement that a Dante has. Picking off those that are still disembarking should allow us to relocate easily while still doing plenty of damage.
>>1747437FRY THE CLANKERS AI WAR NOW
>>1747769There are differing opinions on where you're most needed. RH commanders are having trouble coordinating so many forces and are giving orders of the "find a hole and plug it" variety.Overall, the feeling is that the focus should be on slowing any advance in the direction of the Helios Embassy or the Palace. Nasidum can fend for themselves for now.>>1747776Not really.Any vehicle that has particle beam cannons or repulsors will be carrying a micro fusion reactor. They are unlikely to go super critical unless their crew has rigged them to do so. Starships and shuttles falling out of the sky will do more damage at this point and are far more likely to happen.>>1747783That's an option, though AA fire is heavier closer to the transports. You could also try to hit vehicles between cover.
>>1747776Not sure if I'll have the same ID as my phone post here.Our weapons officer should contact the allied Dantes and see if we can form up a proper squadron, even if it is temporary.With that enemy pair, wingmen will be important, and coordination will only enhance our ability to savage the enemy. If we can aid damaged Dantes back to friendly repair or strong points or simply recover downed crews, all the better. (Having a spare crew might allow Sonia to react to something a Dante wouldn't be useful for, since we have our other armors staged, as well)As for what we do? Suppress or pin down as many enemy forces as possible before they can get under ground, and buy time for friendly forces to fall back, establish defensive lines, and/or demolish underground pathways.Do our HAGs have the LOS needed to rail gun the enemy advances to the South or Center? Even 1 or 2 of them should be able to dominate what seem to be choke points, and they could benefit greatly from allied shield walkers.>>1747857>Not ReallyFair enough.>RH commanders are having trouble coordinatingWe know how to help with that.
>>1747857Thanks. I'd suggest this:Stay above ground to take advantage of the gunships' maneuverability and our well trained pilots.Swing by the approach to the Helios arcology to harass advancing froces, help out at the approach to the RH arcology and then>Nasidum can fend for themselves for now.Check in on Nasidum. If we expect them to stay on our side or at least not join the enemy, we need to help them. At least a bit.
FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION>>1747750Let's get our Dante in below and slam it inside the Arcology, see if we can draw back some of the enemy forces.
>contact the allied Dantes and see if we can form up a proper squadron, even if it is temporary.The offer is being considered.1)>>1747783>>1747881Similar enough plans.>Suppress or pin down as many enemy forces as possible before they can get under groundInterdiction. 2)>>1747883Harass advancing forces on the various fronts. Help Nasidum if it looks like they'll contribute.3) >>1747903Lower levels attack, but press toward enemy command.
>>1747958>>contact the allied Dantes and see if we can form up a proper squadron, even if it is temporary.>The offer is being considered.I actually want to press this now with the allied pilots/houses. If we can form up, even temporarily to destroy the two enemy Dante's, then we're in a MUCH better position to operate unrestricted.
>>1747972We'll put this as option 4, if you guys really want to go for that now.
>>1747958Option 2.We deployed with a wingman already right? We had 2 Dante's afaik
>>1748105I was already working on a survey so might as well post it. Link on the twitter and wiki.surveymonkey com /r/ CC832ZK
>>1747958[x] Option 2Didn't realise we were voting.
Looks like we're going with option 2 and harass advancing forces on the various fronts.Roll 6d20
Rolled 2, 6, 4, 7, 10, 1 = 30 (6d20)>>1748250For House and Dominion! Harass those traitors!
Rolled 18, 3, 20, 15, 9, 14 = 79 (6d20)
Rolled 5, 3, 18, 18, 14, 5 = 63 (6d20)>>1748250>Roll 6d20Keep moving Sonia, don't let them blob their forces to counter you.
>18, 6, 20, 18, 14, 14Ouch, that second roll.
If there was ever a time for Sonia to activate a good luck charm or Neeran artifact.
You swing out wide, providing some direct fire support while suppressing formations of enemy vehicles. Never focusing on one area for long you keep moving, trying to cause as much disruption as possible. Familiarity with friendly fire trajectory programs are a big help here, as it's necessary to avoid barrages from HAG's hanging well back from the fighting. The enemy has their share of similar craft. Aries gunships appear with an enemy reinforcement wave and manage to hit your wingman with a few shots. Any other craft would have been torn to shreds, but your gunships are both fully upgraded. Even after blowing through the shields and stasis backups it merely destroys one of the big guns and tears a chunk out of one of the legs."I've lost the left weapon pod and taken engine damage sir, I'll have to pull back for repairs."This is putting a kink in your plans. Rolling with it you head east in the direction of the Palace, taking the opportunity to strafe enemies trying to reach the previously downed frigate. Your gunner fires into the burned hulk as you pass causing one wall of the wreck to collapse into a cloud of dust and the IFF to light up with contacts. "Nanites!" screams your gunner. Kicking the engines forward to swing the Gunship around, you fire everything you have into the expanding cloud. Nearby troops and vehicles do the same and a wall of EM pulse fire causes the cloud to slowly collapse. You don't let up until the cycle rate of your weapons drops off due to overheat.There are no signs of movement or activity aside from friendly troops beginning a more thorough sweep of the interior. "I think it's sanitized sir."[ ] Escort wingman back to base[ ] Split up, Sonia heads to Nasidum Embassy[ ] Both head to Nasidum Embassy despite damage
>>1748496>[x] Both head to Nasidum Embassy despite damage
>>1748496[x] Split up, Sonia heads to Nasidum EmbassyTell them not to take any unnecessary risks and get repaired and back to us ASAP.
[x] Split up, Sonia heads to Nasidum Embassy
>>1748496> [ ] Split up, Sonia heads to Nasidum EmbassyWhy am I skeptical that whatever is in the Helios Embassy might be behind he attack.
>>1748608>Helios Embassy might be behind he attack.explain
Splitting up you head for the Nasidum Embassy while your wingman heads back for repairs. You do what you can to put fire into enemy forces while on the way. Sporadic weapons fire from some sections of the embassy are targeting advancing elements but is far from what others are throwing out. Flying up from below you're able to get beneath the arcology shield and stay there. Taking a closer look it seems there are a few Ruling House and Ber'helum shuttles parked at external pads on the upper levels. You set down on an empty area of pad despite attempts by ground crews to wave you off. Hitting the external loudspeakers you start broadcasting. "I don't know what your superiors are arguing about but there are nanites eating the fucking city. Either surrender so we can garrison this place or get stuck in already. The rest of us will try to buy you time. Distance to target?""Four kilometers and closing.""You've got about one minute."That might be a slight exaggeration. Several divisions of Ber'helum troops are retreating towards the Nasidum arcology and their rear guard is doing an admirable job of slowing the enemy advance. You turn and resume firing into enemy positions for half a minute before your gunner draws your attention to an approaching deck officer in an open top repulsor vehicle. Switching to directed coms you eventually locate his channel."There are Bonrah jump walkers fighting on their side. They're not supposed to be here. The ambassador is trying to figure out if we should side with them or not."The more important power group in the building immediately springs to mind. "What about your garrison?""The officers are worried about Aries warcrimes charges."A few words could make all the difference here, but could also get you in serious political trouble later. Then again, you are wearing your recon armor. A few quiet battlefield promotions for more receptive officers might be in order.>What say?
>>1749015... how are Garrison officers on the Dominion capital's embassy worried about being accused of Aries war crimes?Wouldn't this be the absolute last place they would want to be assigned to or hide in?
>>1749080Maybe they assaulted some civilians while stationed here.
>>1749015"A civil war is, for the Dominion, not a rare occurrence. Colluding with a hostile machine race, however, most definitely is. I think it would be seen [i]incredibly[/i] favourably in certain circles if House Nasidium, despite its actions during the war, were to assist in defending the capital of the Dominion from being overwhelmed by grey goo.""Unless, of course, you want your mind uploaded and turned into a digital puppet."
>>1749080Shifting political landscape at home and prisoner exchanges between the major powers.Though at this point nearly any high ranking person in the Nasidum alliance should be worried about such charges.>Wouldn't this be the absolute last place they would want to be assigned to or hide in?Potentially, yes.Though in some cases the closer you are to danger the further you are from harm. The Dominion rarely kills the messenger.
>>1749015>>1749186Fuck it, lets just arrange for some battlefield promotions.
Firing off another burst while cursing under your breath about bullshit politics and Aries."Give this message to your officers. A civil war is, for the Dominion, not a rare occurrence. Colluding with a hostile machine race, however, most definitely is. I think it would be seen incredibly favourably in certain circles if House Nasidium, despite its actions during the war, were to assist in defending the capital of the Dominion from being overwhelmed by grey goo."The deck officer exchanges glances with the vehicle driver so you continue."Unless, of course, you want your mind uploaded and turned into a digital puppet. I've seen these things do that to people, while their bodies were stripped away by an unshielded fusion reactor.""We'll... add that for consideration sir."The vehicle speeds inside, the driver clearly trying to get as much distance as possible from the incoming attackers. Additional armored doors close sealing off most of the access points to the landing pad.That could have gone better, but running around in recon armor lopping off heads might have taken the better part of an hour. Half asleep so I'll be stopping here. A lot of stuff going on tomorrow so I probably won't be able to resume until evening. Hopefully before 9PM EST but I don't know for sure.
>>1749015>There are Bonrah jump walkers fighting on their side. They're not supposed to be here. The ambassador is trying to figure out if we should side with them or notHave the local Bonrah forces joined the invaders?
>>1749646If Sonia gets a +10 to intimidate when the Plasma pistol is worn, what does the Dante give her?
>>1750633More likely their walkers got hacked.
>>1750753Makes me wonder if there's a command center for hacked units we can smash with our gunship.
>>1747437Final days? Oh man is the end of the story in sight or are we going to focus on the neeran history next? I really need to catch up, good to see you still running games tstg!
>>1750956The final days of the civil war.
>>1750956We're nearly at the end of the Dominion's civil war arc. Just need to fight off legions of nanites and then the Dominion emerges as a leaner, fitter beast.
>>1751621Reminder that drol are only healthy if they're t h i c c
>>1751672Stop with this Krath psy-op meme.
You hold position continuing to provide fire support and waiting to see what happens here at the Embassy. If this takes long enough your wingman will eventually finish with repairs and catch up. After a few minutes Nasidum infantry begin to exit the building at various points and set up light weapon emplacements. After a few checks they begin to open fire on the nearest enemy forces. There aren't many Nasidum troops in place yet but it's a start.Some of the heavier fixed emplacements and concealed point defense guns also join in. "How many of their guns do you think are firing?""Less than 10% of their suspected weapon sites are firing sir. Maybe the others will catch on?"You hope it's soon because a fresh wave of drones and light starfighters emerge from the column of smoke above the Che'len arcology. Half of them are immediately cut to pieces by allied fighters and ground fire, but that still leaves several hundred in the air. The targeting computer tags the light fighters as the KU-12 Death Pod. With a name like that you hope it means they're cannon fodder.Drones launch cluster bombs against the less heavily defended areas of the city, some of them bursting into clouds of nanites. Point defense batteries shift to targeting the missiles in the hopes of destroying them before they can scatter their payload. Nasidum defenders aren't taking any chances. A number of missiles streak from concealed launchers, plasma warheads detonating only a few hundred meters outside the shields. Even through the shield you clearly see glowing spheres of the explosions. "Right... the warcrimes."Not like many people would be brought to trial over it in this environment.
>>1752470It's not warcrimes if the target isn't sentient, right?
>>1752615Usually it isn't a war crime so long as you're on the side that wins.
>>1752615It's the fact that they might be sentient that justifies the war crimes though.
>>1752676The war crime is probably the use of those weapons on a habitable planet, not using them on the enemy.
Well, my writers block isn't as bad as the previous thread. I should have more time to post through the day tomorrow so hoping for more progress then.
>>1752887Good luck TSTG! Sleep well!Is there anything we can do to help?
>>1752902I suppose a good question is, do you want to hang out around the Nasidum embassy until your wingman returns, or head back to the Helios Embassy now?
>>1753009on one hand I dont like the fact that if we leave we'd be leaving retreating Ber'Helum troops to the mercy of Nasidum covering fire, but I also dont trust Xygen to not just throw open their arcology doors to the attacks to make it easier to get to the Helio's embassy. Also Kharbos embassy is literally right next door to the Helio embassy and im certain they've probably got some sort of super nanite swarm their waiting to unleash trapped in there.Go back to the Helios embassy I suppose.Maybe send a low priority com to the officer we talked to that if anyone is giving him shit after this war, to come and contact us.
>>1753009I'd say wait until our wingman returns, the head back to the Helios embassy together unless things look really bad around here.Stop by the RH if possible to see if they'd be willing to make an official declaration to stop the Nasidum officers from worrying too much.
>>1753009Head back to Helios Arcology now, though as >>1753653 suggested. Have RH or anyone of the big hiuses to contact Nassidium that if they are worried about Areis war charges. Then the best way to prove they have not been coluding with Areis is to get stuck in there. As what we said earlier, civil war is common in the Dominion, they're already going to suffer some sort of punishment. Once this mess is over, the best thing they could do now is help protect the Dominion against traitor forces who are working with an invading foregin force of another race. Their sidlinging and bickering isnt doing them any favors right now. No one is expecting them to work as our brothers in arms right now, but I would imagine this would be an allies of convience situation. Where they're helping the Dominion for either a lighter sentencing or whatever.
>>1753009Helios time.It's the number one objective, we have to keep it safe for the incoming fleet.
>>1753918I'm sure they have an actual good reason but it would be pretty sneaky of them to just tell them to hold the helios embassy only to have it not be related in any way to the secret weapon.>Be known as a research heavy king maker>Someone attacks the dominion capital>Tell everyone to protect your embassy>Everyone just assumes you have some kind of superweapon or access codes to one in there
>>1753964Helios is actually run by the then emergent AI that annihilated a couple of houses a few centuries back. It's has been trying to make up for that since then. Which would explain helios' reluctance to actually run the dominion, their calculating nature, and their focus on the greater good of the dominion.
>>1753964To be honest, I think it fits Helios perfectly.They are always mentioned as being the 'power behind the throne' type of House, not willing to directly seize the power and make themselves a target. If House Kharbos/Nanite shows the capacity to take over the Dominion capital world, I can see Helios being reluctant to back any side and switch to their regular tactic of back the most powerful.
You send off a quick message telling your wingman that you're planning to head back to the Helios embassy and will link up with them there. Before that though you keep firing until more of the Nasidum garrison joins the fight. Some of the T-shaped walkers jump from cover and try to attack the rear of the Ber'helum formations, or at least pin them in place. Others use the distraction to make a run at the Nasidum positions. Their speed allows them to quickly reach the base of the structure and begin ascending its slope below the shields.Quickly shifting your fire you down six of them in short order. Garrison forces knock out eight and damage most of the remainder, but those that survive duck into cover provided by balconies and smaller towers. That doesn't help them in at least two cases. Shortly after entering cover beam weapon fire from inside sends the walkers stumbling back out or exploding from hits. It looks like the rest won't be able to penetrate the embassy from that side, at least not right away.It's a good thing these drone vehicles are built out of such poor materials. Unfortunately you suspect that also makes them pretty cheap to manufacture.Down towards the lower levels you spot a column of enemy heavy tanks climbing up the vehicle ramps from beneath the causeway. They're trying to cut off the Ber'helum retreat. The friendly toops will just need a few more minutes to reach Nasidum positions and fortify themselves.[ ] Keep putting fire into the tanks from up here[ ] Get down there and block them[ ] Make sure the drone walkers are destroyed
>>1754192>[x] Get down there and block themArmored Core, Dominion edition.
>>1754192>[ ] Get down there and block themSeems like we're the only ones who can do that while the other defenders should be able to deal with the drone walkers.
>>1754258>>1754196Roll 1d20 for DFA
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>1754261Zone D
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>1754261>Bringing tanks to fight walkers in one of the few environments where walkers actually make senseYou should have stayed small and neutral Che'len.
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>1754261I really love our Dante and I wonder if this engagement will lead to separate groups manufacturing various different models? It seems like we're going to reach a 'heavy mechanised' era for troops.
>>1754290I can't really see that happening in the dominion. The Dante is shaping up to be THE status symbol for dominion houses and nobles involved in ground combat - who would want to be seen in a knock-off? I'd expect other factions to buy licenses and develop their own models from them, though.
>>1754336Sure, understandable for nobility, but I mean as a force multiplier for regular troops. There's an interesting gap to exploit between power-armor and vehicle which might prove lucrative.
>>1754363I would expect that niche to be filled by the oversized power armor we've encountered several times.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVFSescu1I [MSG Unicorn - Bring on a War]"Watch for nanites, I'm going down there to block them."Skimming down the tower at full speed, you leap at the last moment to get some altitude above your target."Death from above!"You land on the first Aries heavy tank as it reaches the top of the ramp, crushing the main turret and slamming it into the ground. Particle beam shots deal with the next four tanks behind it before you leap away to avoid return fire.Two dozen light tanks speed up the ramps to either side of the crippled heavies, spraying you with micro phase cannon fire and missiles. With the Dante's point defense replaced with EM Pulse weapons the shields are forced to tank the missile hits. You gunner instead focuses on hitting one tank at a time, the pulse weapons overloading the minimal armor and shielding their repulsors have.Dancing backwards you try to avoid the worst of their fire, spraying micro phase cannon shots back at them. The heavier weapons you save for popping the downed tanks when their repulsors are overloaded or suppressing the other vehicles still trying to come up the ramp. "There are too many of them sir.""I know, I know!" Performing a thruster assisted pirouette you kick several off them with one of your leg sending the small tanks flying. A few nearby Ber'helum tanks manage to help suppress the remaining lights. Meanwhile two enemy heavies drive up and over the barriers at the sides of the ramp. You blast both of them with particle beams, though it takes additional shots to get through their armor from this angle. Just as you've dealt with them several more drone walkers leap over the walls to engage the Ber'helum forces while a Bonrah walker with a tough looking armored shield lands just in front of you. It activates a holographic blade attached to its right arm which quickly begins to superheat the surrounding air. While the walker is half the size of your Dante you're wary of its melee weapon.Your orders?
>>1754450"WILL YOU STAND WITH ME AGAINST THE NANITE MENACE?!"
>>1754450Target the right arm with every particle beam we have, aim for the joint to see if we can get the sword to fail. Also fire the repulsors at max thrust to put some distance between us and it.
>>1754450Normally I would say get stuck in. But we didn't bring out melee weapons because we figured we would be mostly assisting with long ranged fire. Now would be a good time for someone to reveal they have been developing resupply capsules like you see in the later Halo games. Only for mechs and Dante's and the like. However, in the absence of such a thing existing... best to for the moment pick this little bugger off. Force him to continue to use his shield to come to us. Or target his mechs extremities while forcing him to hold his shield in front of his torso.
>>1754515>Now would be a good time for someone to reveal they have been developing resupply capsules like you see in the later Halo games.Too much fire in the airspace above you for them to be deployed effectively.There's also the problem of needing a field repair station at minimum to swap out the spare arms.Looks like we're going to try and keep him at range while pummeling him with the particle beams. Sound good?
>>1754547It's not a recruitable character?
>>1754561Do you want to try to recruit the enemy combatant that menaces with holographic swords?
>>1754572>enemy combatant that menaces with holographic swordsSorry, I somehow got the idea that Bonrah is kinda neutral in this fight, like Nasidum.
>>1754582See:>>1749015>"There are Bonrah jump walkers fighting on their side. They're not supposed to be here."
>>1754590Yeah, I must have skipped half of that sentence because I thought the walkers were guarding the arcology alongside Nasidum forces.
>>1754547Yeah keep him at range sounds good.
And I've run out of time and need to leave for work. See you after 9PM EST.
We should start a holo-weapon research station.
Headache making things difficult. Clearing up now.You take one good look at the big melee weapon and decide you're not having any of this. You kick the gunship backwards as the other walker takes a swing with its holoblade. A steady barrage of phase an particle beam fire forces him to dodge and block with the shield, the more powerful guns blasting craters in its surface and driving him back. Without the other walker to block their fire the next group of enemy tanks that arrive have a clear line of fire. Particle beams and short range missiles pummel your shield forcing you to split your fire. The walker uses the distraction to keep moving, finding cover where possible or dodging sharply while your attention is split. Popping the heavier tanks gives your enemy time to carve their way through three Ber'helum vehicles that had been moving to support you.Enemy tanks equipped with dozer blades force damaged vehicles out of the way and make a path up the ramp for following medium tanks. While you manage to hit the engineering vehicle it's a bit too late and soon more enemy vehicles are spreading outwards. Shields momentarily fall under the hail of fire from ten, then twenty tanks. Tempted to fire missiles you find them blocked by the backup stasis shields.You could jump backwards over the vehicle barriers and down into cover of lower levels. That would give the shields time to recharge. Or you could charge the ramp and barrage the area with missiles when your stasis shields fail. You know the armor can take quite a few hits.[ ] Jump into cover[ ] Charge
>>1755565>[x] Jump into coverI don't want to risk being un-shielded and hit by the holosword.
>>1755565>[ ] Jump into coverWhile an impressively sturdy thing stress testing armor plating is best done when you're not wearing said plate.
>>1755565[x] Jump into coverWe're being daring enough as is no need to give the nanites an in into our Dante when they reach us this early in the fight hold out for our wingman to arrive, maybe try to link up to local targetting and fire rockets from cover letting the local sensors guide the rockets to targets close by? If that is at all possible.
Jumping backwards over the vehicle barriers, you let the gunship drop until you're out of the line of fire."Get us targeting data from the other tanks and start firing our missiles.""Yes sir!"The stasis shields cut out and missiles launch in an arc over towards the tanks. They're met with point defense laser fire that thins their numbers, allowing only 5 through to reach their targets. At least you're still contributing. The moment shields go back up you're over the barriers again and tearing through tanks once more. Skirting around the holoblade armed walker you drive towards the ramp and unload your remaining missiles. Your assault manages to cut the flow of reinforcements long enough for the Ber'helum divisions to drive a spearhead through the enemy units up here. The remaining enemy walkers fall back into cover to wait for a better moment. They have more allies on the way after all.What enemy tanks remain up here eventually decide that they'd be better off elsewhere and use their repulsors to drive off the sides down to the lower levels once more.The ramp isn't completely cut off and the firepower at your disposal isn't enough to just collapse the structure. Taking a quick look over the side reveals a formation of 4 legged heavy walkers incoming towards it, some of them equipped with shield generators. The main enemy advance along the causeway seems to be supported by similar forces. The faster vehicles conducting attacks before falling back to cover."Where are your heavy walkers?" you question the nearest friendly tank crews."Mostly destroyed near the Che'len embassy. More are on the way but they've only just passed the Bonrah embassy."Now that they're reaching the Nasidum arcology they'll have a place to dig in and better use the established shields to their advantage. This seems like the best time to get back to the Helios embassy and rearm.>Objections?
>>1755637None. Make it so.
Heading back to base you call ahead to make sure the bay is prepped to reload your gunship.Coming in to dock Vanderwal gives you an update. "The House Bonrah Embassy has disavowed any connection with those attacking the planet. They've declared any Bonrah forces fighting alongside Kharbos and Che'len forces to be deserters and renegades.They're also offering to assist the PDF in resisting the attack but they don't have a large garrison."Some good news. "House Xygen has officially declared war on Che'len. High security facilities in their home territories are being attacked by Kythera ships similar to those in orbit. The Helios spooks here are convinced Xygen must have done something to piss them off but so far they're not saying what.""How are things going in the Kharbos embassy?" you ask."Mostly contained by the sounds of it. There were a few die hards acting as sleeper agents trying to bring down their shields. Most of the enbassy garrison is still loyal to the deposed government.""How long until our reinforcements get here?""All I'm hearing from people is soon. It can't be soon enough as far as I'm concerned. Enemy troops are now advancing on the city from their LZ to the north west. It'll be slow going for them but it's going to draw off PDF forces we need in the city center."You tell Vanderwal to fold on for a moment as the bay techs need to ask a few questions.>1) Switch to melee equipped arm modules? Y/N?>2) You can take additional missiles if you want as Helios has a selection of plasma warheads available.2A) High yield plasma warheads. These technically violate the factions treaty.2B) Standard yield plasma warheads.2C) Plasma flak missiles. Scatters multiple small plasma warheads
>>17557371) Switch to melee equipped arm modules? Y/N?>Y2) You can take additional missiles if you want as Helios has a selection of plasma warheads available.>2C) Plasma flak missiles. Scatters multiple small plasma warheadsI'm sure we can find multiple uses for these things. Flak I would normally assume is AA, but what about using it to destroy enemy troops and light vehicles? Or just glassing a large cloud of nanites?
>>1755737>1) Switch to melee equipped arm modules? Y/N?N>2) You can take additional missiles if you want as Helios has a selection of plasma warheads available.2C) Plasma flak missiles. Scatters multiple small plasma warheadsthough I do wonder if the high yields could take down a LST
>>1755737>1) Switch to melee equipped arm modules? Y/N?N>2) You can take additional missiles if you want as Helios has a selection of plasma warheads available.2C) Plasma flak missiles. Scatters multiple small plasma warheads
>>17557371) Y2) BI'm more hesitant to take high yields due to catching ourselves in the blast than war crimes.Standard ones should suit our purposes fine, as we have anti nanite pd
>>1755764My reasoning for flak was that with the enemy maintaining such good coordination flak could more easily overwhelm enemy PD
And I'll see you guys in the morning.
>>1755737>1Y>2C) Plasma flak missiles. Scatters multiple small plasma warheads
>>1755768Well, if we're using Melee than that takes care of heavily armored targets.Flak lets us suppress enemies better while we close the gap, or quickly take out lighter armed and armored harassers or engineering corps preventing outcomes like >>1755565
>>1755828Oh man, it's getting good now. Thanks for running, friend.I wonder if Xygen was working on an effective AI shackling program? That would completely annihilate the Kythera.
>>1756312> Implying the Terrans haven't already done this, and aren't behind the AI attack.
>>1756448Too brazen for the Terrans. Their MO is having everything explode for no reason.
>>1756456But the Dominion is currently exploding for no reason.
>>1756462I hadn't thought of it like that.
>>1756462There are plenty of reasons the Dominion is exploding! Including but not limited to:House Kharbos 'Make Kharbos Great Again' shenanigans,Desperate gambits for power,Krath InfiltrationTerran Black OpsCrazy AI xenos nanite infiltration,A bloody Civil War,Aries & GE,Probably some Iratar too,A weak Ruling House
>>1756622If I remember correctly, some of the Houses on the other side of the conflict had hired Neeran POWs as mercenaries. Who knows if somebody important in one of these Houses got their brain rewritten by one of the Neerans.
>>1756628Or the Terrans. They paint themselves purple and hide you know. Come out of nowhere, big hulking brutes screaming and shooting wildly. Gotta be careful where you kill them too, otherwise they pop up again a couple months later. Anyone you know could be a Terrans with a hat for a disguise. If they look like a non-human, that just means they're a CLEVER Terran. You'll know because they'll still have a cockney accent.Always aim for the biggest, they're the ones in charge. When in doubt about possible Terrans being present (you should always be in doubt about this, because that's how they get you) please consult the provide flow chart.
Imagine the propaganda potential from this tho
With some misgivings you have the arms on your Dante switched out for those with the extra melee weapons. The extra wight doesn't seem to make much difference. If anything you're just worried you'll be more inclined to get into close combat in situations where it would be best to stay at range. By the time you get up allied forces have completed their withdrawal to the Nasidum and Xygen embassies, but both are being hard pressed on the surface and the levels below. Elements are moving to encircle the Xygen position or bypass it entirely.Others are making for the palace.A number of Kharbos frigates have formed up around the Che'len embassy and are overlapping shields to hold off fire from the palace guns. It looks like several others have been destroyed as more wrecks litter the main causeways. Did you have a location you wanted to hit, or would you like to try and form up a Dante unit now to go after priority targets?
>>1756667Hold back enemy forces near the Xygen embassy. I don't want them to get close to the Helios embassy
>>1756667If we have air superiority why don't we try to collapse the routes to the embassies? Not like enemy forces are getting reinforcements. The longer we hold out the worse off they are.
>>1756667What are those maroonish wedges? The frigates?Could the engineers rig up a plasma missile satchel/sticky bomb for a Dante to drop onto/thru the frigate shields to screw their plan up?
>>1756667Form Dante voltron and begin anti-Dante operations.
>>1756704>If we have air superiority why don't we try to collapse the routes to the embassies?They're structurally quite sturdy being built to last. You'll need high yield plasma warheads or starship grade weaponry.The anti-ship guns of the palace could probably help with that.>>1756705>What are those maroonish wedges? The frigates?Yes. I should probably change them to a lighter red.>Could the engineers rig up a plasma missile satchel/sticky bomb for a Dante to drop onto/thru the frigate shields to screw their plan up?Yes.
[ ] Assist Xygen Embassy[ ] Form up Dante unit with bombs to attack Frigates[ ] Form up Dante unit to go after enemy walkers[ ] Try to get palace to destroy the causeways
>>1756754>[ ] Assist Xygen Embassy
>>1756754>[x] Try to get palace to destroy the causeways
>>1756754[ ] Assist Xygen Embassy
>>1756754>>1756667All these things.We should try to destroy the Nasidium causeway. Both to relieve the pressure on them politically as well as military, also to prevent them from easily flipping. Funnel them into defending against the palace when we take out the Shuttles, then head back towards Xygen to help defend them. The Palace has the strongest defenses so it's the best place to force them to bunch up so we can concentrate fire on them.Remember, they were outright trying to bypass Xygen if possible. Don't let them open another front.
>>1756754>>1756730Wait didn't realize this was a Pick One ThingWe should at least be able to convince the RH to destroy the causeway's if we are taking out the Frigates since their guns will be redundant then.
2 for Xygen embassy, 2 for destroy the causeways.Tie breaker needed.
>>1756775voting xygen embassy.
>>1756777Why? Doesn't really take advantage of our mobility.I don't think any of the options are "bad" though.
>>1756777Nvm the Helios embassy right.
[ ] Stay at altitude / upper levels of the arcology (Roll 2d20)[ ] Go in low to support front line forces (Roll 4d20)
Rolled 13, 13, 3, 3 = 32 (4d20)>>1756809>[ ] Go in low to support front line forces (Roll 4d20)Well, people did decide to put the CC package on the Dante.
Rolled 19, 15, 14, 9 = 57 (4d20)>>1756809[X] Go in low to support front line forces (Roll 4d20)Well, we did get the saturation plasma toys. Time to engage in whole sale slaughter?
Rolled 19, 6, 10, 16 = 51 (4d20)>>1756809>[x] Go in low to support front line forces (Roll 4d20)
19, 15, 14, 16.Nice.
Heading for the Xygen embassy there's a flash to your right. The bright light of an explosion from the side of the Kharbos arcology signals that things are clearly going wrong there. A several kiloton blast sends out shockwaves in all directions but is fortunately blocked by the shields of nearby heavy walkers, protecting the ground troops below. Despite the damage the structure's shields still seem to be holding. The run in towards the Xygen positions gets a bit rough. More drones are filling the skies, contesting the airspace despite the heavy ground fire and PDF air power. Enemy AA from their landing zones and surrounding city are increasing. HAG's on either side are flattening smaller structures and cratering the landscape.You attract ground fire as well but it only proves capable of shaking up your descent slightly. Performing a fast strafing run you each drop a flak missile. Enemy point defense fire only helps in this instance, breaking the outer casing and scattering explosives over a wide. Your wingman's shot detonates closer to the ground and doesn't hit quite as wide an area but it does its job. Coming around for another pass you spot enemy walkers moving up from below. They're trying to scale the arcology along a less heavily defended path. Particle beam fire forces them to rethink their plan and jump clear, only to be hit by your next flak missile catching several in the air. A manned jump walker leaps at you extending a pair of melee weapons and you quickly swat them aside with the bladed part of your gun arm. One of the smaller walker's weapons shatter and the force of the hit sends it hurtling into the side of the causeway. It's taken damage but the pilot manages to right the vehicle and fire thrusters as it plummets towards the lower levels. Your com channel is accidentally spammed by a few people on the ground as you pull in below the arcology shield and put fire into the nearest tank forces. It's getting harder to secure communications with the people you want to talk to.>Sonia has 2 flak missiles remaining.Did you want to try and disrupt the leading tank forces, or target their shielded heavy walkers? Or deal with enemies in the lower levels?Heading out for work!
>>1756895Murder their tanks. I don't like the idea of going underground where our flying ability will be more restricted.
>>1756895Try to create a chokepoint or a blockage using our remaining missiles and then focus on the heavy walkers? We need to slow the advance while keeping the enemys mobile units engaged.
>>1756895> Disrupt the tanksLess mobile than the walkers, the collateral damage from our flak missiles will impede them more.Too bad we don't have napalm to burn them out. Heat has to dissipate.Actually do we have fuel we could dump on them?
>>1756895Kill all tanks.
>>1756895I think we should make a run at the enemy's heavy walkers.Remove their mobile shield generators and we can turn the topside assault into a killing field.If we can stall the topside, we should be able to delay their ability to project an AAA envelope.
Any speculation on what Helios considers special weapons?Maybe they've been stockpiling Anti-AI weapons for years and finally unsealed the vaults?
>>1757490They probably have some sort of crazy virus/worm or AI that they'll deploy and data wipe everything in the region.
>>1758036> It's the Rust Worm designed to work on nanites.
If I were the ruling house I'd probably start to question why Helios has such a secret weapon inside my house.Also new procedure where only Ruling House personnel can garrison arcologies.
>>1758106I wound unironically enjoy this. We have never ever used our bioweapon.
Okay, after having to go back in to work to fix something I'm back.>>1756940>Actually do we have fuel we could dump on them?Deuterium and He3 for your engines and fusion reactors. Not especially dangerous if you were to perform a fuel dump as it would boil away before it could do any real damage. Even igniting the deuterium it would burn so quickly that it wouldn't be much threat.
>>1758245Scaled up Shallan Fusion Gun/HLV Thruster cannon for the Dante when?
>>1758254A couple weeks for Baron Dante's teams to get a prototype working and then send the specs to you for fabrication. Drawbacks: high fuel usage, short range, chance to be caught in blowback from your own weapon if set to wide area of effect.One designed specifically to take advantage of operating in atmosphere would take longer.
>>1758268I mean.We're using melee weapons for crying out loud.High speed flamethrower passes though, there's always a spot for that. Napalm that sticks around and burns.It sticks to the tank and heats it up. Honestly pretty shitty for vehicles, worse for the crew who often cooked to death in their tanks.TL;DR we need to get some of that good shit. On the other hand, people might think we're horrific monsters.
"Let's chew up their tanks. Concentrate fire along the left flank, try to box them in or at least create a choke point."Charging forwards, you fire cannons to clear a path through the leading enemy elements then launch both of your remaining flak missiles. Explosions rip through tanks and armored vehicles sowing chaos. Flying low amid the confused ground forces continuing to sow death and destruction. The unmistakable profile of your vehicle is one any survivors won't soon forget. Whatever tanks can, pull back towards their walkers for cover. Any others that can get a lock on you through the smoke, debris and jamming send fire your way in an effort to drive you off. Your shields cant take that kind of punishment for long and soon you speed back to friendly lines.It takes a few minutes but a number of heavy walkers advance to fill the gap left by retreating forces. A few have been refit, replacing their legs with four enormous armored wheels they use to churn across the landscape, crushing wrecked vehicles beneath them."Great now they're throwing shielded monster trucks at us."Your gunner highlights the wheel sections."Sir, those wheels are from Neeran super heavy tanks. Or at least based on them."Well great. There might have been a briefing about those you glossed over not really paying attention to before. Either way it should still have the same old weaknesses as the big walkers, just with a higher ground speed.If you can get beneath its shield it's armor should be much weaker than yours, though all those particle beam turrets will be a problem. Maybe the wheels have increased their blind spots?Or there's the vehicle you built specifically to deal with these sorts of problems.[ ] Get in beneath their shields[ ] Call in the HAGs
>>1758515Call the hag. It's time for a front row.demonstration of what a few hundred million in military research and spending got us.
>>1758515[ ] Call in the HAGsWe have them for a reason, time to use them and make these people learn to rue the day they decided to be our enemies.
>>1758515[X] Call in the HAGsAs a side note, can HAGs mount external missile racks to both railgun and plasma warhead things?
>>1758574Possible, though they generally don't as it increases the likelihood of external launchers accidentally hitting the guns. They can also be fitted with a few internal missile launchers in the bow for dealing with starfighters.
>>1758515>[ ] Call in the HAGsRight tool for the job and all that.
>>1758515>[x] Call in the HAGs
>>1758515>[X] Call in the HAGsCall em, time to bring the pain
"Yeah, I'm not dealing with shielded monster trucks armed like five heavy tanks put together."Placing a call you order whatever HAG's the J-D forces have available to get over here. Diverting from their other fire missions and long range support five of them form up and some in around the south side of the Xygen positions. Most are of the cheaper more common variety but a pair of them are the original twin gun turret versions, able to throw out twice as many shots per volley.A hail of metal projectiles hammer the shields of the lead vehicles. Some of the shots ricochet and strike the ground or fly off to land elsewhere in the city. Most simply vaporize on impact with the shields. It only takes an instant to land kill shots when the shields inevitably fail under the barrage. "Kharbos Frigates are moving to counter the HAG's sir."Then they'd better do what damage they can before pulling back. You order the HAG crews to switch the repulsor guns to full power shots."We're already at max atmospheric rated sir."The engineers had to install safety systems on the HAG main weapons as they were initially too powerful to safely use in atmosphere. A missed shot might release more energy on impact than a good sized nuke.>"Turn off the safeties.">Y/N?
>>1759532Are we talking kiloton variety or megaton variety nuke? Of course either one is bad enough as is. Also is there radiation that goes out? I'm also loathe to start nuking things so close to us. So I am leaning towards saying no, keep the safties on. We're using Space WMD's, no need to use WMD's on ground targets.
>>1759532Warn friendly forces, release safeties, ensure that missed shots will impact friendlies, not enemies.Could full power shots threaten those Kharbos frigates instead? Missed shots would just end up in orbit...
>>1759532>"Turn off the safeties."I assume these are the "don't break interstellar law" safeties more than they are "this will melt the guns and you might be in the blast zone" kindNo on breaking laws Yes on collateral damage and damage to HAG weapons
>>1759532[x] SAFETY OVERRIDES MAX POWER
>>1759532Wait, why would a missed shot release more energy on impact than a good sized nuke?Wouldn't every shot release basically the same energy, or have hours of work scrambled my brain?I'm still for disabling the safeties due to 'everything could have hostile xenos nanites from hell' extreme circumstances. Xygen wouldn't necessarily have anti-AI war weaponry prepared, if those 'Rollers' were going to deliver a payload of nanites into the arcology?
>>1759532In a battle where nanite weapons are being used, plasma nukes on standby and probably all sorts of chemical agents just waiting to be deployed, and thats just on the surface, I dont really see how zero fallout nuclear sized blasts from kinetic impactors could possibly get us charged for warcrimes, considering everything else going on.>"Authorized to bypass safeties."
>>1759581It's more that stray nukes are really hard to explain. When you're firing something that can flatten a good portion of a town you better be sure you're not going to miss.
>>1759556>I assume these are the "don't break interstellar law" safetiesYes.>>1759546>Are we talking kiloton variety or megaton variety nuke?The numbers I'm getting are... wow, a lot. Actually quite a bit more than I thought they would be. Like mass effect ship fire.Theoretically as long as they strike the shield most of the energy of the shot should be transmitted to the shields themselves and not the surrounding atmosphere.Maybe it would be better if the HAG's were firing at the Frigates instead? Or better yet let's just scratch the last 4 sentences of the previous post.
>>1759532I'd prefer to stick to the treaties as long as we can afford to.
>>1759596https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=721UGr-h1mg Mass Effect 2 - Newton Drill SergeantShit thats some powerful stuff.
>>1759594I certainly agree with that.But I'd also argue that any 'missed' shot that hits enemy forces was intentionally fired at secondary or tertiary targets, rather than primary ones! (enemy staging, reinforcement routes & the Che'len embassy make great bullet stops, imo)
>>1759596I have to wonder why many of the factions didn't start using Mass Drivers/Repulsor weapons when they seem to be so powerful. Sonia seems to have had a hand in starting a kinetic weapon revolution.
>>1759647I dont remember why, but it was covered in a very early thread on why. But if I remember correctly it had something to do with shields or something. I may be remembering this wrong.
>>1759647didn't the larger starship grade and higher shields get hardened to kinetic impacts after the Terrans used the 'low tech' weapons vs the Kavarians or something?The reason we went with them on the HAGs was that they could still be effective against the smaller shield generators within an atmosphere, where you couldn't effectively use starship grade weaponry needed to quickly down shields due to Factions Treaty.I think repulsor tech has also seen a major improvement lately, vs the old Terran rail guns that caused the kinetic resistance increase?
>>1759601And when you're firing a 1000 to 2000kg projectile you don't need it to go nearly so fast.>>1759647>>1759656Terrans used to abuse the hell out of kinetic weaponry way back. The Dominion finally got pissed off and diverted most of their R&D assets for a few decades to developing better kinetic resistant shields.
>>1759665Yeah I just meant on ground combat in general. At the start of the quest it was all Phase rifles. I think even tanks were mainly particle beams. Just seems surprising.
>>1759680Probably because it's a logistics nightmare once you have to resupply hundreds of millions with ammo.
>>1759680Because starship shields were made resistant to kinetic weaponry this spurred development of alternate weaponry aka pulse and phase cannons and that technological focus meant that having ballistic weaponry for atmosphere would have required an entirely different branch of research facilities.In other words it was cheaper to make a good phase rifle than develop dedicated technology for grunts.
>>1759680We've always had access to traditional rifles during personal combat, and even used suppressed ones during some of our earlier recon armor gigs, iirc.Then we ran into the early (stolen prototype knockoffs?) SRL mass driver rifles, and things went down hill from there.And as for tanks, I'd imagine that particle beams are a logically superior choice due to their lack of ammo concerns on combat scales. If your 'ammo' is supplied simply by running your tank's engine and doesn't have a massive disadvantage, why complicate things by needing ammunition? Especially for planetary assault logistics, only needing to worry about getting fuel to your tanks is major.The HAG is probably hated by logistics officers everywhere.
>>1759713considering it's "just" the bullet since the acceleration is done via repulsors it's not that bad. Actually how many shots can a phase rifle shoot anyways?
>>1759532"Kharbos Frigates are moving to counter the HAG's sir."Then they'd better do what damage they can before pulling back. You order the HAG crews to push the limits of the safeties on their repulsor guns.The bombardment continues to tear into the ground forces. They mange to knock out six more walkers before fire from the oncoming frigates becomes too intense. Dropping down the ground level they duck beneath the cover of the Xygen shield, continuing to fire until they run out of ammunition.After that they slowly make their back in the direction of the Helios positions to reload.With the Frigates drawn out of their previous formation the big guns from the Palace mange to disable one of them, driving the others into cover. With both ships hiding behind the causeway the PDF decide to take out the top levels with their big guns while they're at it, limiting the enemy's ability to advance. "Enemy unit in the lower levels have advanced to the mid point between the Xygen and Helios embassies."The Helios and J-D forces are diverting many of the remaining heavy walkers and LST's to block streets and passageways. Anything with shields to provide added protection. The forces defending the Kharbos embassy think they've managed to clear out the last of the enemy units and sleeper cells there. Ber'helum and Ruling House troops have garrisoned key systems there just in case.On the north west side of the city enemy fighters, jet bike units and other fast attack craft are beginning to inundate the defenders. There are even reports of what may be people using modified power armor with Kythera open type reactors. That of they have very large jump jets.
>>1759767>There are even reports of what may be people using modified power armor with Kythera open type reactors.I swear to god there we will genocide those god damned Clankers once we get our hands on them.
>>1759767>power armor with Kythera open type reactorsYep. Time to see if HAGs can kill even the roaches in that region.>enemy's lower level advancesCan we rig up some plasma missile IEDs and use Dantes to drop them into access points from above, then let the lower levels channel the blasts along the constricted routes the enemy is using? Turn the access points into murder holes
>>1759767>Kythera open type reactorsLet's go OPEN SEASON on these AI fucks.
>>1759800The causeways between the main arcologies are a bit like the upper plate of Hengsha in Deus Ex: HR, only not nearly so high up.The best way to attack the lower levels would be from the side of the outer edge as the upper plate is much too thick to blast down through quickly, and the side facing the Palace is more closed off.
>>1759824Can we flood the tunnels like the infiltrators did on the Ber'helum homeworld?
>>1759824There are no ramps between the levels along the causeways, but they have open/weaker sides?That should still allow for the plan to work, as the thick deck plates will force the explosion to spread between them, rather than thru them.All that really matters is that we have a way to get the IED inside the structure, and the structure forces the blast to seek an escape with the enemy forces between the origin and exit points.
>>1759846No, the Ber'helum capital had the added benefit of being surrounded by waterfalls. >>1759850Sort of like this. >All that really matters is that we have a way to get the IED inside the structure, and the structure forces the blast to seek an escape with the enemy forces between the origin and exit points.So just firing missiles in from the sides would be the most expedient.
>>1759908>NoAh, that's unfortunate.>civilian habsHave the civilians been evacuated from the area we're fighting in?
>>1759919>Have the civilians been evacuated from the area we're fighting in?Most have been evacuated to bombardment shelters.
>>1759908>just firing missiles in from the sideSure, I just figured the larger missiles-turned IED would allow a smaller number of access holes to be blasted, limiting structural damage and increasing 'soft' target damage.But the end goal is to kill, maim or cripple the enemy with efficiency, so whatever plan works fastest.
Phone calls, texts, emails. Wouldn't know this is my day off!Reports are starting to come in of more nanites being detected throughout the city. Enemy forces that have been unable to advance but still have good cover are getting desperate enough to have nanites eating their way through structures.They know your have reinforcements arriving soon.Load up plasma missiles and light up the lower levels? Or did you have another plan in mind?
>>1760037>[x] Load up plasma missiles and light up the lower levelsHow is the Helios embassy looking?
>>1760037Load up plasma missiles and light up the lower levels? To quote the Terran Firebat from SC, "Lets burn".
>>1760037[x] Load up plasma missiles and light up the lower levelsDeath to the enemy.
>>1760037>Or did you have another plan in mind?If they rely so much on nanites at this point, would it be possible to modify larger phase weapons into huge emp bombs?
>>1760064Might risk knocking out local defensive emplacements and trackers, but we should look into this in case shtf
>>1760064Yes. Engineers are working on modifying starship weaponry on ships on the ground but this takes longer than flipping a bit and changing a setting with a rifle.A few ships in orbit have suitable pulse weapons already set but they're few in number.
>>1760094Would it be possible to modify the fusion reactors found in ground vehicles to emit a strong burst of phase radiation?
>>1760103You'd have to build a dedicated system to spin the fusing reaction matter. I guess you could slap a thruster on a ship reactor and just fire it up and see what happens though you'd have to take out all the shielding.
>>1760125>You'd have to build a dedicated system to spin the fusing reaction matter.Did I miss a thread where phase weapons got explained in depth?
>>1760053>How is the Helios embassy looking?Untouched so far but that is likely to soon change. The interior and exterior are now both heavily fortified. Troops on the lower levels are now bracing to be hit first.They've set up shielding around vehicle bays that should be able to clean anything passing through them of nanites. It hasn't been tested yet. Any fighters that have been struck by active nanites are vectored away from the area.>>1760103No, they're not minovsky reactors unfortunately. Or fortunately? You'd need a phased particle emitter. Or a Neeran phased plasma generator, but they're less well understood.
>>1760094Would it be possible to accelerate the process if instead of turning them into emp cannons we only do enough modification work to turn them into emp bombs?I simply don't think it's a good idea to burn down the lower levels because it might not get help too well against nanites. And these should be our primary target.
>>1760132I mean. Could we drag out some MRIs and such from Hospitals and use them to choke point strategic areas?
>>1760171>nanites are extremely easy to short via magnetic/phase EMP>alien nanites are unique in their resistance>phase weapon still having problems defeating themI mean, I would have suggested it in any other situation.
Returning to rearm you request high yield plasma warheads for use in the lower levels. Several starfighters arm up with similar weaponry, ready to take advantage of an enemy retreat, or any distractions you might cause.A warning is also sent out to forward positions for friendlies to brace for large detonations. Sure the enemy could try to take cover against them as well, but then they won't be advancing.Roll 6d20
Rolled 8, 16, 13, 11, 11, 14 = 73 (6d20)>>1760253Rolling for plasma based annihilation.
Rolled 11, 2, 7, 1, 13, 19 = 53 (6d20)>>1760253rolling during retreat from work
Rolled 20, 19, 7, 9, 3, 13 = 71 (6d20)>>1760253
20, 19, 13, 11, 13, 19All praise be to the Plasma.
Have to head out. will be back in 2 hours. post is nearly ready.
>when the nanites get the QM
The starfighters follow you out and get set for the attack run."Everyone down there is aware of just how big these explosions are going to be right?""Are you sir?"You don't reply. Internally you're not really sure, just that it'll be big.Drones attempt to harass your formation before they're taken out by AA fire.Dropping down to below the level of the causeway you set the gunship into a slideslip and fire your missiles. Each one is sent into an area of enemy activity where the buildings are tightly packed to help contain the blast.The starfighters dump their stores as well then tear off, trying to get as much distance as possible.Dominion construction is usually meant to withstand nuclear blasts just in case of "accidents." So when a few of the structures actually shatter from the explosions you're a little surprised. Or you would be if there was time.Pulling up hard, the shockwave from the blasts are enough to light up your shields and toss the gunship skyward. Buffeting from the atmosphere keeps you off balance as the fireball from the expanding plasma rolls outwards from below the causeway.Once clear of obstruction the rest of roiling inferno rises skyward. Shockwaves continue to carry outwards across the outer city. Com channels light up with traffic wondering what the hell is going on.The light is still dimming when you manage to shakily touch down."Wha- were those plasma stasis warheads or fucking fusion bombs?""At least one of them was a tactical fusion warhead." your gunner informs you.Vanderwal cuts in on your channel. "This is coming to you a little late but figured you might as well hear it. Fadila thinks one of your political enemies within House Helios is stationed here in the capital. By the looks of things they may have ordered your weapons upgraded to help speed you along to a glorious end in battle."[ ] "Who?!"[ ] "Tell them better luck next time."[ ] "Thank them for the assist."
>>1761036>[ ] "Thank them for the assist."Ask if they got more lying around, we could use the extra firepower.
>>1761036[x] "Tell them better luck next time."And include a suggestion to be passed back to Count J-D and Duke BH to have this guy tried for siding with nanites. Because he clearly is working with the AI for trying to take out the highest ranking J-D official in system.
>>1761036> [ ] "Thank them for the assist."> tell them one day we will do our best to return the favor
>>1761036>[ ] "Who?!""Such a lust for revenge!Agreeing with the other guy to pass this incident up along the chain of command.
>>1761036In all seriousness, can we send a message to the JD embassy to get them detained for now?
>>1761036[x] Secure evidence if possible[x] Secure targeting data for this Rival's potential heroic death defending the capital[x] Report via secure channels to B'H command that there appears to have been a logistics error in Helios' armory and resupply assistance, have all J-D Dante crew members document the Helios resupply manifests and following explosions to the blackbox/hard memory/flight logIn this situation, our Dantes likely have the only real record of what those warheads were presented to us as, and I imagine someone in Helios had to spoof a weapon ID to the Dante's launcher? Documentation is boring, but it sounds like we'll have a few moments while we RTB for damage assessments.
"Who?!" you demand."You were involved in an incident regarding the Terran Antares Heavy Cruiser. The Dominion wanted the program scuttled. Apparently you did the exact opposite of what you s-""Yes! Yes, I know what I did there. I thought that was all in the past now.""It seems not everyone agreed. Fadila and I will look into matters on our end, you worry about not getting killed out there."You lift off to survey the damage. Rising hot air and smoke from burning metal structures makes visuals impossible until you drop down into the currents of cooler air rushing into the burning city sections."Possible targets." warns a friendly as starfighters circle back in.Allied ground units that had been protected by behind shields are reporting heavy losses inflicted on the enemy. Heavy but not complete. Glowing shapes, some of them humanoid, others taking more abstract forms, are visible striding through the more heavily damaged areas.Target lock warning alarms go off, tagging ships to the west. The two Kharbos Frigates are back in the air, staying close to the building tops while trying to get behind the Xygen arcology for cover. Both of them send out point defense fire, trying to drive you and the starfighters away from the lower levels."They're charging phase cannons!"They wouldn't fire in atmosphere now would they?The energy buildup on the surface of a phase cannon turret says otherwise.[ ] Into the (burning) lower levels[ ] Into the city below. Try to get beneath the Frigates to attack them[ ] Bravely run away to the Helios embassy and more powerful shields
>>1761257[ ] Into the city below. Try to get beneath the Frigates to attack themIt would be something if we could pull of a Frigate kill in a Dante. Sort of like Armored Core 4A, you have your lone suit against a mobile fortress which is able to fuck your shit at range but is near defenseless close up.
>>1761257>[ ] Bravely conduct a fighting withdrawal, with haste, towards the Helios embassy to better coordinate shield overlap.Be as much of a nuisance as possible to draw them closer to the Palace guns or out of their shield bubble formation
>>1761257>[x] Into the city below. Try to get beneath the Frigates to attack themStab the frigate engines with the melee weapons then try to throw the frigate onto the enemies in the crater?
I have work really early so I'll be stopping here for now.
>>1761257>[ ] Bravely conduct a fighting withdrawal, with haste, towards the Helios embassy to better coordinate shield overlap.Advance to the rear!
>>1761257[ ] Into the city below. Try to get beneath the Frigates to attack themTime to do a for answer run on them.
>>1761257You know this could all be solved with some SP ammo for either a repulsor rifle or a plasma gun firing SP plasma. In fact I want to make a Reynard Special for our Dante because ballistic weapons have the benefit of different types of ammo.
>>1762097We already have SP ammo for our plasma pistol it's just ridiculously expensive for larger platforms.
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>>1761257>[ ] Into the city below. Try to get beneath the Frigates to attack them
>>1761257> [ ] Bravely run away to the Helios embassy and more powerful shields
>>1763044>Shark socksPretty sure Sonia owns a pair already.
>>1764274I'm 100% sure she has that shark hat for formal occasions.
post cute ships
Hoping to resume after 7PM tonight.
I'm back, but so are the lightning storms. We'll see if I lose power again.
>>1767464In before those lightning storms are actually test firings of first prototype lightning guns.
>>1767486Nah, it's nanites in the clouds.
>>1767507It's the Helios weather device.Actually, are weather control devices a thing yet? Terraforming and weaponised versions would be awesome.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqJkdsqeDxwPhase cannons.Atmosphere.This is a bad place to be."Dive!"Pulling back on the controls, you point the Gunship's leg engines skywards and plummet towards the surface. Diving between buildings you keep pulling up, completing the loop just above ground level.The bright orange beam of a phase cannon shot flashes overhead, barely a thousand meters above the cityscape if that. Air along the path of the beam explodes sending out shockwaves in every direction.Caught beneath it, the blast feels like an invisible hand slamming your gunship into the surface. The underside of your vehicle strikes the roadbed, weapon and engine pods tearing gouges into the surface. You grind to a halt until the pressure and heat of the blast drops a bit. Kicking the repulsors back in you take off and make your way towards the Frigates, staying deep in cover. Your wingman seems to have survived without much damage but you don't see any friendly fighters anywhere nearby. Closer to the ships you do start to see more dead infantry on the surface that must have been caught out of cover and didn't survive the blast. Tanks and other enclosed vehicles seem to have weathered it better. Some structures not built to code, or just set up as temporary shelters, have been leveled by the shock waves."Damage to shields around the city?""Minimal. They were firing into the airspace near the Helios embassy, not the embassy itself."Getting below the Frigates you begin to look for an opening in their shield or another way in. As the ships maneuver closer to their target, aft facing bays open as they prepare to deploy vehicles. No telling what may launch from the bay but it's procedure to open a small hole in the shield to ensure a safe drop.[ ] Take the first opportunity to present itself, damn the risks[ ] Wait to see what they're dropping, you'll have another chance
>>1767840[X] Take the first opportunity to present itself, damn the risksEven if we just stall their deployment, a shot at inflicting a crippling hit on those craft is too good to pass up. Especially if we end up detonating something trying to deploy.
>>1767840[x] Take the first opportunity to present itself, damn the risksI am reminded of those pilots who flew their fighters into the bays of Neeran Supers and started blowing the shit out of their ships from the inside. I am getting a feeling that this is what we are going to do, only with a gunship v Frigate. But if Windsor could do it, so should we. Though that dude cares little for his wingmens safety and had to take several attempts in the simulators to get that maneuver down.
>>1767840>[x] Wait to see what they're dropping, you'll have another chanceGoing to vote on waiting since the last Kharbos frigate we shot at was filled with nanites, and we don't have our particle beams for ranged DPS.>Phase Cannon in atmosphereI can't believe they actually did it though, the madmen. I guess they figure the traitor crimes are already enough.
>>1767840>[ ] Take the first opportunity to present itself, damn the risks
>>1767887>and we don't have our particle beams for ranged DPS.Yes you do. >I guess they figure the traitor crimes are already enough.Escalation. Your side used fusion bombs. Oops.
>>1767840>[X] Take the first opportunity to present itself, damn the risksWe still have some plasma missiles, right? Go in fast and shoot those into the bay before the majority of whatever's in there can get out.
>>1767895>Yes you do.Ah, I thought the melee kit swapped out the main guns.
>>1767895Just one more thing to add on to the list of crimes our own own rival has commited. Attempting to kill the highest ranking J-D official in system, and causing the untold deaths of countless J-D personel due to them clearing the use of a fucking WMD.
>>1767895>Escalation.It's interesting to see how destructive a full and total war with no restrictions would be in the setting. I'm loving it.
And I'll need 2d20
Rolled 16, 11 = 27 (2d20)>>1768063ROLLING BONES
Rolled 9, 7 = 16 (2d20)>>1768063Time to play chicken with a frigate.
Rolled 12, 15 = 27 (2d20)>>1768063
You risk a broadcast to your wingman and tell them to go for the Frigate's launch bays at the first available opportunity. "Set the repulsors so that we won't bounce off an opening."Watching the readout on the shields you put all power to engines and repulsors the moment the readings start to waver. A hole opens in the shield as you come rocketing out of the cityscape. Point defense guns swivel and fire, shots pinging off the gunship shields as you close the distance. Missile start to warnings go off the instant before you pass through the shield opening. They stop the moment you slam into a group of walkers moving to jump out of the bay. Two Drone walkers fly apart from the impact.The roof of your gunship hits the bay ceiling and you bounce off, melee weapons tearing gouges into the floor. It seems the bay isn't tall enough for a Dante to stand up in.Shields are down and stasis shields can't activate in the close confines. A number of Drone walkers detach from maintenance frames, covering a pair of manned walkers as their pilots ready their vehicles. One looks a bit like a miniature Dante except its weapon arms include powerful looking claws. "Not dealing with that." You put two shots through the cockpit while it's still open, then retract your legs to flight mode. Charging forward on repulsors you cross your weapon arms blades out and smash through the drones. Those you miss are crushed by the Gunship's hull shortly after. The second pilot manages to get their cockpit closed and flips out their own walker's close combat weapons before you can hit them. Size matters, and your weapon nearly cleaves right through those of the smaller vehicle. Not quite though. With the free arm he blasts a hole in your weapon, then uses it as a handhold to pull back and start bashing the connection point of your weapon arm. Putting power to engines you drive the smaller walker through the bay walls until it is embedded in material and machinery. You reverse engines to get some distance, then shout to your gunner.""Missiles!" A half dozen shard missiles streak out and explode, setting off a few secondary explosions. Turning to shoot at more drones descending down a vehicle lift you task your gunner with finding some vital components. "We're too far from the bridge to score a hit from here. Munitions stores and fusion reactor should be here."Targets light up your HUD. You don't even pause, shooting the armored bulkheads until your guns core through to what should be the starboard reactors. Between explosions happening outside, secondary explosions through the ship and the crew taking potshots at you with shoulder fired rockets, you aren't immediately sure when you hit the reactors. What tips you off is when gravity shifts and starboard suddenly becomes down. >Initiate GTFO maneuver? Y/N?Or did you have anything else in mind?
>>1768527Redirect the burning hulk into the Fusion Bomb crater with all the strange nanite things! Max repulsor power for course adjustment and let gravity do the rest!
>>1768540Interesting idea. Not sure if you have enough engine power for that though.
>>1768527>Initiate GTFO maneuver? Y/N?Y
>>1768547What if we deactivated the warheads on the Fusion Bombs and used them as disposable boosters? Combined with assistance from our wingman?
>>1768527Definitely time to initiate the GTFO.
>>1768527Can we check the hull of the frig when we get out? If their guns and stuff on the outside are off in some place and with no fighter/mech support we could attempt >>1768540, but if we can't, we just >Initiate GTFO maneuver
Initiating GTFO maneuver.I need a completely unrelated 2d100
Rolled 95, 85 = 180 (2d100)>>1768666Cool Viscounts don't look at explosions
Rolled 82, 9 = 91 (2d100)>>1768666 also >>1768672 them dice though!
Rolled 74, 11 = 85 (2d100)>>1768666
Rotating in place, you point the gunship towards the bay entrance and gun it. Exiting the bay, you reorient yourself and realise that the Frigate is nearly on its side, on fire and spiraling towards the other sections of the city as it descends. It looks to be partially under control but they're not putting enough power to repulsors. HAG's are hammering it, forcing them to keep shields up on their good side rather than divert power to keep them aloft."A little help sir!" calls your wingman. Looks like they went for the other Frigate. It's still in the air but is belching flame, smoke and debris in equal measures. It's still throwing out point defense fire while a number of drones are trying to stay in the air while shooting at the other gunship. While still in the air it certainly looks unsteady.You blast a few of its guns while closing and find that it has minimal if any shields. Swinging in below it you spot your wingman pressed up against its underside."Could use a bit of a push sir."An objective marker pops up on your HUD. "This thing's engines are shot and its repulsors are just barely keeping it in the air. Let's put it to use."A second marker pops up in the burning sections of the city you blasted with fusion bombs. Pulling up and pressing the roof of your vehicle against the location of the first marker serves to tip the frigate over, changing its course to point at the second marker. "Get ready to let off... now!" Pulling down and away, both of you break off and watch the burning Frigate hurtle towards the damaged areas. For good measure you put a few shots into its key areas. Just in case they tried to reestablish shields. It smashes into the glowing buildings, snapping two of them and wrapping the more damaged parts of the hull around a third. For the second time today a fireball plasma rolls out from the lower sections of the city, as the ships' remaining reactors go up."We probably should have warned our ground troops of another blast..." It occurs to you a moment later.Shots from enemy HAGs that had been moving in to support the Frigates bounce off your shields, dropping them to almost nothing. It might be time to withdraw.[ ] RTB and rearm[ ] Pull back to Helios positons, provide support[ ] Engage the HAGs[ ] Mop up the downed Frigate you disabled[ ] Help with the lower levels fightingStopping here for the night. Will try to post tomorrow.
>>1768831[ ] RTB and rearmWe've done enough damage for a short respite. Time to go back get some quick repairs and rearm ourselves. As well as get a status update on how things are going in space and dirt side.
>>1768831>[x] Pull back to Helios positions, provide supportThis is going to make some wicked guncam footage to send to Baron Dante.
I thought I had lost all my CAD files for the Dante. Was looking for it to try and see how much space there would be for it inside a Frigate. I knew there wouldn't be a lot.Finally managed to locate it in my oldest archived file.
>>1768831>[x] RTB and rearmSomeone should do something about those HAGs, if there's no more bigger things left(like those frigs).
>>1768831[ ] RTB and rearm
>>1768831[x] RTB and rearmWe need more munitions and at least some minor repairs. And we might want to use our anti-nanite PD guns sanitize at least the outside of our Dantes (assuming we both have them set to EMP and it won't hurt the Dantes to get a quick decontamination)Or otherwise have some ground forces prepared to deal with any nanite hitchhikers in the repair bay.
>>1768831>It occurs to you a moment later.I'd be surprised if they weren't trained for this, considering most larger craft seems to run on these reactors.>[X] RTB and rearmWhat's the overall situation? Does anybody have some e-beams sitting around we could borrow?
>>1768831Also, considering both sides just broke the factions treaty in that area, would the other side be willing to agree to demilitarized S&R corridors for the affected parts of the city?
>>1769474Considering the other side is being controlled by a homocidal AI that cares absolutely nothing for it's forces other than as a mans to a objective I am fairly certain when I say, I don't think so.
>>1769474I doubt anyone is thinking about S&R during what seems to be a desperate battle that determines the future of the And that makes sense
>>1768831> [ ] Mop up the downed Frigate you disabledCapture it for Salvage!
Factions treaty does not apply to AI FUCK TRAITORS remov nanites remov nanites
>>1769681Factions treaty protects planets, not combatants
>>1769712fusion bomb the nanites.....best day of Sonia's life nanites are the AI smell AI stink
So I encountered a guy like this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He02Z5YdZbg And it's not like you can just tell them to go away when they're a customer.
Deciding that it's time to get more ammo you duck back down into the city to avoid fire from the enemy HAG's. A few minutes of flying through the city get you to a safe approach for the Helios embassy. Shielding at the entrance to the vehicle bay flashes as you come in to land. Every tech and soldier you can see shoulders their phase rifles and open fire, hitting the hull of your gunship with EM pulses. The deck officer screams at you to set down immediately and shut down all systems. Most of your sensors and video feeds are already failing from the pulse blasts. Once you're down safely flight control contacts you."We'll let you know when it's safe to exit the vehicle."After checking suit seal integrity you pull out your phase pistol to be sure it's still on the AI war setting.The next two minutes are spent listening to the sound of weapons fire striking the armor. Once that finishes engineers start opening up the outer layers and conducting additional checks. It takes ten minutes before they pop the hatch and you're greeted by an entire squad keeping their weapons trained on you."Reads clean. You're free to exit the vehicle Viscount." announces a tech, and the soldiers safe their weapons. Before long engineers are getting to work on your battle damage. The melee weapon that was hit can't be fully repaired or replaced. They can get the intact bits working again but there will be a gap between them that wont be of much use.[ ] Repair what they can[ ] Replace damaged melee arm with standard
>>1771416Such a WARM welcoming committee. Considering someone tried to have us vaporized by a fusion bomb. How about NOT having a firing squad pointed at us when our hatch is open, yeah?Have the techs repair what they can and exchange that melee weapon hand for a ranged weapon or shield.
>>1771465Wtf, literally standard antinanite procedure. Relax. it's possible a pilot could be turned into a nanite bomb.>>1771416Replace arm with standard
>>1771516It may be standard procedure, but someone just tried to have us killed. Would it be to far a leap to think they might have another agent who is planted in the vehicle bay? Waiting for us to come in to shoot us in the face.
>>1771557They probably would have been armed with something a bit stronger than a phase rifle if they'd hoped to kill Sonia. Also some of them were J-D troops but I was having trouble working it in without the paragraph getting too clunky.
>>1771557Yes.If they wanted to kill us overtly they could have trained any of the heavy cannons on us as we we're flying in shieldless.They wanted to try to make our death look like an accident or do so discreetly. So lay off the grunts just doing their jobs and literally following procedure.
>>1771560So a pilot suit is strong enough to withstand Phase Rifles set to AI war settings?>>1771565Alright I'll drop it, just was not expecting we'd get such a warm welcome.
>>1771570>So a pilot suit is strong enough to withstand Phase Rifles set to AI war settings?If Sonia were wearing one instead of Recon Light Power armor it certainly wouldn't be healthy but it's unlikely to be fatal.
>>1771416>[X] Replace damaged melee arm with standard
>>1771416[X] replace damaged arm with standardDoes the Dante need the arms to be balanced? Could some extra armor or improvised small shield on the standard arm be used to solve weight/balance issues?
Update: More job interviews so I don't know when i'll be able to resume.
>>1772232Good luck friend!Thanks for running!
>>1772232Good luck with those TSTG.
>>1772232Get paid! I'll be here waiting for whenever you can come back.
>>1772381What this anon said
>>1772232Good luck with the interviews TSTG!
>>1772153>Does the Dante need the arms to be balanced? No, though it's better for overall performance. >Could some extra armor or improvised small shield on the standard arm be used to solve weight/balance issues?I suppose so. I was going to say drag might be an issue, but between the shields and the repulsor air pocket most blocky craft use it probably wouldn't matter much. On the Dante a physical shield mounted on the arm would be a bit impractical. If it were large enough to make much difference it would be large enough to get in the way.
I anticipate being interrupted but might as well try to get a few posts out.A few minutes of repairs and swapping out the arm module later and you're largely ready to head back out again. The engineers are considering running a charge through the outer armor to reduce the likelihood of nanites getting through it.Given how things are going outside the missiles available to you include fusion bombs as an option since factions treaty restrictions have been lifted. Few are willing to use them simply because of the threat of friendly fire."Remember, if you take fusion bombs you have to give our ground troops an early nuclear launch warning so they can try to find cover or brace themselves.""Understood."Before you can climb aboard Vanderwal contacts you."The Xygen arcology has been penetrated. They're on the verge of losing control of their communications arrays."The bay shakes from what must have been a nearby explosion. "I'm sure that can't be good.""Intruder alert. Breaches detected in west quadrant." The bay intercom announces.[ ] Deploy in Dante[ ] Deploy in Jump Jet Armor (minor delay)[ ] Deploy in Recon Armor
>>1777441>[x] Deploy in Recon Armor
>>1777441>[ ] Deploy in Recon Armor
Current LoadoutRecon Armor Smart Grapple (Right arm)Folding Shield (Left arm)Mass Driver Rifle / Reynard Custom+ (1 mag Fusion rounds, 1 mag plasma rounds, 1 mag AP, 1 mag API)Phase Rifle*Mk 7 Plasma PistolPhase pistol*4x Stunpulse grenades*1x HalfmoonHF-BladeMedical stasis field* = Has AI War Setting+ = Can fire splinter ammoDo you wish to add or replace any equipment?
>>1777441Ask what's needed more in the area we'll fight in. Besides that I'm fine with deploying in recon armor if helios doesn't prefer one over the other.
>>1777509The Mk.1 Plasma Pistol as a backup.If we can manage it:-Energy Converter Will keep us safe from deadly radiation if we run into any open type reactor people of nanites.-Lightning gunWill fry nanites probably. Also good for clearing entire cargo bays of troops.
>>1777509Can we use the lightning gun without compromising our armor?
>>1777510"Some enemies with power armor have entered the lower levels, so they'll need killing.Or you can help our forces outside keep more from entering. I need to escort some of our people to a more secure area so I'll be off coms for a few minutes.">>1777517>Mk.1 Plasma Pistol as a backup.Alright, but you're getting to the point where you're carrying a lot of gear.>Energy Converter / Lightning gunThe Energy Converter don't seem to work properly with your artificial arm.The Lightning Gun is rigged for attachment to the left arm of your suits. It would not be easy to switch between the two in the field.
>>1777547Thanks. I guess it's probably preferable to have Sonia help out in her recon armor while our pilots help out in the gunship.>GunsI don't want to break the armor seal for the energy converter with all that radiation and nanites thrown around.
>>1777547>getting to the point where you're carrying a lot of gear.Alright, no artifacts this mission then.
Sorry that took so long.Grabbing your weapons from their holsters in the Gunship, you arm up and get ready to move on foot. You order your wingman to find another rated pilot for your gunship if possible, otherwise they're free to deploy on their own.Ruching to the nearest lift, you climb aboard and have it drop you near to the fighting. Any delay and you won't make it there before the lift shafts are closed down with emergency bulkheads. Weapons check out. There' no point in changing equipment right now. They've already locked down the west quadrant of the building by the time you arrive. Rufaro and Valeri step off the next left a minute later. "Our IFF systems are set up so we can operate our camo in the building without having to worry about friendly fire." Valeri tells you.The three of you have to make your way through crowds of soldiers and building personnel that have armed themselves. "Are there many friendly units ahead?""Yes. Heavy weapon teams are setting up as many phase weapons as possible. More are retreating from outside. Engineers are setting up small pulse generators in access and utility shafts that are too small for people to make use of."[ ] Find areas where our people are hardest pressed.[ ] Look for weak points to cover[ ] Try to get in behind and assassinate officers
>>1777993>[ ] Try to get in behind and assassinate officers
>>1777993>[ ] Try to get in behind and assassinate officersThe best assasinations are the ones that are done with an anti tank weapon in close quarters.
>>1777993>[ ] Try to get in behind and assassinate officersThis seems like a prudent course of action to limit and inhibit the enemies means of access and coordination. Also here's hoping regular officers and grunts aren't as difficult to knock off as say a noble who has been deployed in their own personal gear. But I'm not holding my breath.
>>1777993>[x] Try to get in behind and assassinate officersCan we ask the Xygen troops about any suspected nanite activity? And if there's anyone who can tell us why they're being hit so hard at home?
>>1778039This will be asked when there is an opportunity to do so."Let's see if we can kill off their officers and unit leaders. That should at least make things harder for their non-nanite forces."Roll 3d100
Rolled 46, 100, 64 = 210 (3d100)>>1778074Dual wield the plasma pistols, Sonia.
Rolled 1, 71, 25 = 97 (3d100)>>1778074Here we go. Prepare your nanites.
Rolled 44, 95, 80 = 219 (3d100)>>1778074Rolling
46, 100, 80
>46, 100, 80Sonia screws up but it doesn't really matter because Rufaro not only kills 90% of their commanding officers but also captures the remaining 10%. Valeri still gets a morale bonus for not being dead.
>>1778151The ancap ball would work just as well considering how nobility works in the dominion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebMrRxK5S3U [Battle Without Honor Or Humanity]Your attempts to stealthily pentrate enemy lines seems to start off well enough. The three of you bypass the worst of the fighting and move in on the flank, getting closer to the entrance points for the enmy troops. It doesnt take long to run into a bigger problem. Small patrols are conducting searches, accompanied by small personal nanite warms. With most of the available approaches blocked you're forced to quietly take down a small team.The "quietly" part is what proves to be troublesome. Nanites detect your presence just before you can make a move against two soldiers. Both turn and fire their Aries plasma rifles down the hallway without a solid lock forcing your team to dodge."I've got them. Cover me!" Diving in close to them you lash out with your HF blade, cutting the first in half and decapitating the other in the same swing. A second swing get's the first one's head before he can hit the floor. Valeri and Rufaro bathe the hallway in EM pulse fire, knocking nanites out of the air. You fire a pulse pistol shot into either head for good measure.A nearby enemy squad soon responds to the noise and rushes towards your position. "Ambush positions. Ready grenades, two pulse, one stun."The squad doesn't know what hit them. Three spherical weapons sail into the center of their formation the moment they appear. A stun blast incapacitates most of them while the other two wipe out their accompanying nanites. Grabbing a rifle from one of the dropped enemies you head shot each of them. To nearby units it should sound like friendly weapons fire that way.Rufaro pulls a device off the shoulder guard of one of them. Each seems to be similarly equipped."Maybe an IFF transmitter?""They're offline now." Valery points out. "The pulse was enough to disable them." "Bag it and let's move."The team manages to avoid additional squads and locates what look to be a few officers directing troops. They're trying to stay out of the way of the cargo doors they've secured, both to keep from blocking troops and stay out of the way of shock waves from outside. You're far enough away that the explosions hammering positions outside aren't affecting your camo. Officers and squad leaders that pass through are wearing an assortment of equipment. Some newer jump jet suits, power cell and commando armor. A few sets of Matryoshka Armor you see are equipped with the added shoulder gun backpack rather than the full powered thrusters.Despite the wealth of new suits, there are still some using positively ancient sets. Some are sporting more ornamentation, or have upgraded armor sections borrowed from the new heavy power armor.Speaking of which. "Any heavies?""Two that are farther in nearing the front lines." reports Valeri "I think there may be some outside fighting our tanks." adds Ruffaro.
[ ] Target the most dangerous looking officers[ ] Target those with the oldest armor[ ] Hit the ones that can react to you most quickly[ ] Wait until you see ones with open type reactors
>>1778600>[ ] Hit the ones that can react to you most quicklyWait a little longer, try and get a short transmission back to Command about what we are seeing. And wait for the Open Fusion Reactors to walk in before Alpha striking them from a distance so that they nuke their own troops. Of course if there isn't any of them Open Types, then hit the ones that can react quickest to us.Side thought, if we can have our suit sensors do a passive scan for radiation that comes off of those suits. See if we cant get a heads up of their position without tipping off everyone in front of us.
>>1778593>[ ] Hit the ones that can react to you most quicklyShould probably go a bit grenade happy and resupply afterwards. Maybe try to rig a few up around the place while stealthed to increase initial damage of the alpha strike.
>>1778642>>1778629Roll 3d20 followed by 1d100
Rolled 12, 16, 13 = 41 (3d20)>>1778733dice pt 1
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>1778733>>1778739 dice pt 2lets go hunting
>>1778593I'd prefer to focus on recon and commando armor. If we get rid of these guys, they'll have much more limited options to counter Sonia's squad.>there are still some using positively ancient setsLet's try to avoid these guys unless there are no better targets around. If these guys are from older families, they're most likely the least competent officers around. If we manage to take some alive somehow, they're probably worth more too.
Rolled 7, 7, 2 = 16 (3d20)>>1778733rolls
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>1778733royce
Rolled 3, 4, 13 = 20 (3d20)>>1778733Aaaand I took to long typing that.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>1778780>>1778733d100
12, 16, 13, and a 55.A lil average.
Also I believe this is the time for music that would be described as "metal" so if you had some links please post them.
"Target ones that can respond to us most quickly."After designating targets there is a short countdown to synchronize the attack. You ready your rifle and set to 20mm, making sure the armor piercing incendiary rounds you designed for killing Neeran are loaded.As the countdown reaches zero you open fire, tagging two sentries that were in a position to return fire. They're both kill shots, but not quite so instantaneous as you'd hoped. One of them is even able to return fire on your position, forcing you to roll to a new spot before resuming. The entire area erupts in motion. Officers and soldiers scrambling for cover or to put down supressing fire. From your new vantage you hit the backpack of someone's jump jet suit. Half the backpack reactors explode, though you're not sure if it actually killed the soldier. The important part is that his new model shallan fusion gun goes flying.One of the officers wearing an upgraded version of older armor actually steps out of cover, new bits lighting up. Raising his hands as though to surrender, he's quickly enveloped in a swarm of nanites, forming a barrier arround himself. You dump a pair of rounds into the shield but neither are able to penetrate. Switching to supressing fire for a moment to pin the other enemies you buy time to relocate to another vantage point."Sombody pop Magneto.""Grenade ready." Valeri announces."Now!"You unleash a steream of fire on those that had been targeting your bodyguard's position, injuring few, but managing to buy him time to make the throw. He fires off a a few pulses from his rifle, knocking out an additional barrier of nanites that had started to form. When the pulse weapon goes off you switch back to 20mm and put your last round through the hole now forming in the shield. It hits the old Dro'all noble's upper chest, the hole lighting up a second later like you'd stuffed him full of thermite. The three of you have inflicted enough casualties for now you think."Fighting withdrawal!"Dumping everything left in the small rounds magazine, you pull back trying your best to avoid the worst of the massed fire being used to try and drive off your attack.When it seems as though you'll be able to make a stealthy escape with your camo, additional formations of nanites begin to sweep into the hallways. Swapping out for the phase rifle you fire off a pair of bursts behind you. It doesn't take long for enemies to trace the source and begin pursuit.Suit alarms flash a warning and you duck into a side passage as the hallway is filled with focused streams of fusion gun fire. They must have quite a few of the new models."Oh yeah? Well two can play at that game!" Stepping out of cover the moment they cease fire you open up, dual wielding your plasma pistols. Two power cell equiped soldiers fall under your guns, but they're soon replaced by more, these ones with heavier shields. Deciding it best not to run out of ammo here you resume your run for safety.
>>1779227> It hits the old Dro'all noble's upper chest, the hole lighting up a second later like you'd stuffed him full of thermite.Awww, poor guy. The nanites will have to work fast. I feel bad about killing Dro'all. I have no idea how but at some point during the civil war I started imagining them as little overweight children who barely manage to keep their dysfunctional society bumbling along, always trying their best in hope for head pats from their superiors.
Reloading your Mk 7 pistol you head for the rally point, carrying it and your phase rifle. It doesn't take you long to dispatch most of the enemies you face with the combo. Soon the three of you have linked up and take a moment to reload weapons. There is still ammo to spare for the moment, though you went through much of your smaller caliber mass driver rounds. There are also only 5 operational stun pulse grenades between the three of you. [ ] Return to your lines[ ] Help allies set an ambush[ ] Other
>>1779292>[x] Help allies set an ambushIt's time to switch to 20mm FUSION AMMO.
>>1779292>[X] OtherGet an overview of the current situation.
>>1779292>[ ] Help allies set an ambushAfter an encounter with nanites we likely have some still alive on us somewhere so lets not give the enemy a view of our defenses. Instead why don't we go set up an ambush with our allies? That way if we do have nanites on us we wont be revealing our defenses to them and they will reveal that they have nanites tracking us. And if they dont it gives us another chance to give them another bloody nose.
>>1779317I'd imagine that the fusion guns they fired would have dealt with any nanites that may have been on our suits?Or we could just disable camo systems and pulse each other?>>1779292[X] Help allies set an ambushThe clankers must die.
>>1779307>Get an overview of the current situation.It looks like allied troops are hampering the enemy advance but they're still being pushed hard.You'll have to return to friendly lines to get a more comprehensive overview.Heading for the nearest allied position you hit the flank of an enemy platoon that are engaged in a firefight. If the building wasn't sealed this would probably be a well lit open air plaza.After a pulse blast you charge in, gunning down several with your pistol while your bodyguards hit those to either side. You're glad for the improved shot power settings on the Mk 7 pistol, nearly doubling the number of shots you're able to put out at lower power. With your intervention the Helios and J-D troops are able to overwhelm the enemy unit."Regroup! Get ready for the next wave!" orders one of the Marine officers while mop up is conducted. "Thanks for the assist sir. Some of our big guns were damaged in the fighting but we'll have them up again quickly.""We were hoping to catch some enemy units in an ambush to really thin them out. Where do you need us?"The two of you plan out where to position yourselves in relation to the main advance. They should make another attempt to take this plaza as a rally point to push deeper into the upper areas. Some of the big doors that have been sealed trouble you, especially if armored vehicles are brought in.You head out and take positions once the skirmishing forces report incoming contacts. "Ready your fusion rounds.""Sir, their yield can be a bit wonky, are you sure?"[ ] "Yes, just don't aim too close to friendlies."[ ] "Maybe save them for vehicles or high priority targets."Roll 3d20
Rolled 19, 15, 19 = 53 (3d20)>>1779624>[ ] "Maybe save them for vehicles or high priority targets."
Also I have to step out for a bit so this may be the last post for the thread. We'll see how long it takes to fall off the board.
Rolled 13, 12, 18 = 43 (3d20)>>1779624>[X] "Maybe save them for vehicles or high priority targets."
Rolled 17, 5, 16 = 38 (3d20)>>1779624>[ ] "Maybe save them for vehicles or high priority targets."Rolling for controlled burst firing.
>>177964015 threads from death, so considering /qst/ speed that's probably another week of life.
Enemy troops storm into the plaza, Leading elements using power cell armor, tac shields or both. Each one seems to have the shoulder mounted device you saw earlier and is surrounded by a cloud of nanites. A trio of with jump jet armor speed past, followed by two in heavy power armor, sweeping the area with the muzzles of their guns but holding fire for the moment. "I think those count as high priority targets sir." says Rufaro."You handle crowd control." You reply. "Valeri and I will take those two."Allied troops open fire trying to catch the leading enemy advance in a cross fire. The entire plaza lights up with exchanged fire. Many enemies interlock shields with nanites moving to add multiple layers of extra armor to them. The heavies move up and begin putting fire into the allied positions. Then you open fire. You got for a cross shaped grouping, hitting the back of the heavy suit in four locations followed by a fifth in the center. Screw it, why not one more to make sure?Based on readings you read about later the fusion rounds penetrate the outer one or two layers of armor before they detonate. The area caught between them fractures from the four blasts, clearing the way for the subsequent rounds that strike the middle. You're not entirely sure how much damage the final two inflict. With multiple fusion events going on picking out the detonation of the suits reactors is a bit difficult. What you do know is that the explosions from either suit are large enough to wash over each other and the nearby enemy troops, breaking the center of their formation. Rufaro's fire downs multiple enemies on the right flank, causing a collapse there. She doesn't have a clear line of fire on the left flank so she keeps pinging those on the right she can still see, prioritising power cell armored troops. The survivors turn turtle, using nanite shields to protect any gaps in their wall. To their credit they do an admirable job of pulling back into positions shielded from your fire and that from the Helios and J-D troops. Your team takes the opportunity to relocate. While you didn't get much return fire it should be quite obvious where your positions were to subsequent waves.Rufaro has a better line of sight from her new position."They're cutting holes in walls and withdrawing. Looks like they're putting down mines so we don't follow." They'll still be able to loop back around to their original entrance. Speaking of which, the vehicle doors are blown off shortly after by particle beam and micro phase cannon fire. They don't immediately enter though. An enemy officer calls out. "I challenge your Viscount to a duel for control of this plaza! We saw the plasma pistol fire earlier! We know you are 'ere!">Your response?
>>1781906And here I was just about to go shopping for food!>>Your response?"No duels with those who have no honor! Fry the clankers!"I have no trust in these guys and they don't deserve the honor of a duel after setting in motion a AI war scenario and threatening the existance of all the factions.
>>1781906"I DON'T DUEL WITH NANITE ENHANCED TRAITORS.">Fusion roundsOh boy, this is the best thing we've ever made.
>>1781906"Sure, come on out!"Snipe them until they're dead multiple times.No honor for clankers
>>1781906>>Your response?"Sorry, no can do unless you stop that whole AI headache.">>1781919I'm against any backstabbing of that kind.
>>1781914We're second last thread from the bottom so we'll see how long that takes. Definitely not a week.[ ] I DON'T DUEL NANITE ENHANCED TRAITORS WITH NO HONOR! (Attack)[ ] Agree to duel. (Lie) [-10 relations with high honor Houses][ ] Agree to duel, no nanites[ ] Show me your honor!
>>1781948I'd prefer to decline the duel but also not to charge blindly into them.
>>1781906Wait, are the vehicles moving in from external positions?Could we call in a Dante strike on them?
>>1781948Decline without charging them. The honorless curs can come to us if anything.
>>1781960You do have very powerful ranged weapons. You're under no obligations to jump into melee with them.>>1781977>Could we call in a Dante strike on them?There are access tunnels for service vehicles. Some tanks are small enough to fit through them.
>>1781948> [x] No, your OTHER Honour > [ ] Agree to duel. (Lie) [-10 relations with high honor Houses]
>>1782003>>1781960It's only a lie if it's told to Citizens. They're scumbag traitors.>>1781919> No honor for clankersIt's like nobody remembers Vera.
Looks like we're declining. Did you want Rufaro to hit the tank with her fusion rounds, possibly blocking the entrance? Or wait until whatever is behind them to enter the plaza?
>>1782042If we did agree to the duel, what would the rules be. Would getting this area be worth it instead of depleting the enemy forces? The whole situation is pretty hard to assess with the information we have.
>>1781948>[x] I DON'T DUEL NANITE ENHANCED TRAITORS WITH NO HONOR!>>1782042It's probably going to be some horrible AI monstrosity so have Rufaro ready with Fusion, Valeri with Phase grenades, and Sonia ready with Plasma pistols.
>>1782042> Or wait until whatever is behind them to enter the plaza?Divide their forces if possible.
>>1782042Could someone position above the entrance using the grapple gun and hit more vulnerable top armor? Or is that not a thing in future tanks?
>>1782058>If we did agree to the duel, what would the rules be.Had you agreed then presumably rules would have been offered to discuss.>Would getting this area be worth it instead of depleting the enemy forces?Anything that slows the enemy advance would be helpful.>The whole situation is pretty hard to assess with the information we have.It is almost as if you were dealing with the uncertainties of the fog of war.>>1782071Yes, that's possible. >Or is that not a thing in future tanks?It's still a bit weaker, though medium tanks have a much better balance than light tanks. Did you want Sonia above the entrance with her pistols, Rufaro with the Fusion rounds, or Valeri with stun pulse grenades?Or would you rather keep them as far from the entrance as possible?
>>1782105>It is almost as if you were dealing with the uncertainties of the fog of war.I always switched that off when it started being a thing around... warcraft 2? Dune 2 and Command and Conquer did it best.Not that it matters but switching my vote to at least investigate the terms of a potential duel. Even if we can't come up with something, it will still cost them time.
>>1782042Wait until whatever is behind them to arrive.
>>1782115>switching my voteThat would leave us tied between Refuse and Lie.
>>1782151Sorry, I hadn't considered that. Staying with refuse if that's the case.
You briefly consider sending someone to position themselves above the entrance but there isn't time. "Rufaro, get ready to shoot whatever is behind that tank with your fusion rounds."Switching to an open channel you broadcast; "I DON'T DUEL NANITE ENHANCED TRAITORS!"Your sonar picks up the officer shouting, "Messieurs, I leave this to you!" before retreating from the entrance. The tank begins to advance and a few seconds later your suit sensors detect radiation spikes."Open type reactors firing up." confirms Rufaro.Your allies don't wait for enemy units to reach a good cross fire position this time. They want that tank dead fast. More nanites enter the area and repulsed by the Micro phase cannon heavy weapon teams. Some of the J-D Marines fire off shard missiles, hammering the tank. Its point defense and nanites are only able to shoot down the first four missiles, their explosions clearing the way for others. The small warheads blast craters in its armor, disabling half its weapons. You fire a pair of 20mm plasma rounds into the damaged sections of the tank just to be sure. When the repulsors fail and it drops to the ground with all the grace of an armored brick the Marines begin to treat it as out of action.The nanites pouring in don't stop, forming up into rudimentary shapes made of multiple layers to resist pulse weapon fire. Some of the troops you'd driven off earlier enter as well, followed shortly after by two people with the open type reactors. They're building what look to be armored hexagonal spheres around the reactor, reducing stray radiation output. Probably to reduce harm to their allies."Vehicle behind them. I can't ID it." [ ] "Shoot these two, we'll worry about it after."[ ] "Rufaro, hold fire for shot at the vehicle."
>>1782160I'll vote again on my phone for lie if you switch!JK.But if you switch, then only one more person has to! Or we could flip for it!>>1782151Could we agree on Stall then Refuse as a compromise.
>>1782240>[ ] "Rufaro, hold fire for shot at the vehicle."The armor will get in their way just as much as it shields them, and the more we slow them down the better.
>>1782240I really really wish we'd brought the Lightning gun right now![x] Rufaro, hold fire for shot at the vehicle.
>>1782240>[ ] "Shoot these two, we'll worry about it after."
>>1782240> "Messieurs, I leave this to you!""I never asked for this" :(>[x] "Rufaro, hold fire for shot at the vehicle."
Roll 3d20 and 1d100
Rolled 7, 17, 16 = 40 (3d20)>>1782311Maybe try out the plasma rounds, now.
Rolled 5, 17, 1 = 23 (3d20)>>1782311>Roll 3d20We still can't combine rolls even on /qst/, right?
Rolled 19, 8, 8 = 35 (3d20)>>1782311
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>1782311and the 1d100.
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>1782311>>1782319>1d100
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>1782322
19, 17, 1690!Very nice!
Rolled 9, 2, 14 + 1 = 26 (3d20 + 1)>>1782319>We still can't combine rolls even on /qst/, right?I don't know. testing.
>>1782330It's probably not worth the effort for this concentration board.
>>1782335I got a picture for this.
>>1782340That would explain why REQM is still missing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TuBu1SDut4 [The Matrix Revolutions- Kidfried]"Rufaro, hold fire for a shot at the vehicle."You and Valeri meanwhile take aim at the two man-machine abominations and open up with your plasma rounds. They're not quite as potent as the fusion rounds, but does serve to force both enemies to keep more nanites back for defense. Both of you try to time your firing to coincide with Em pulses hitting the area, both to improve the odds of penetration and cut down on the chance of them back tracking your fire. The latter doesn't take them that long. Nanite shapes coallesce into sharp spears and lances, or balls of spikes as they hurtle towards you. Dropping your remaining stun grenade you vault a railing and drop to the level below before they hit your former position. The grenade goes off but only causes them to slough off a few outer protective layers. A plasma explosion lights up Valeri's former position causing you no small amount of worry. Running up behind an enemy trooper you pull out the phase pistol and blast his defensive swarm, stabbing them in the back of the neck as you rush past them. Sprinting hard you vault a barrier and into the safety of a friendly position. Turning visible to keep your allies from stumbling into you by mistake you take up an empty place and help the firing line. Pulse pistol in one hand and plasma pistol in the other. You down two power cell troopers then focus back on the center of the two nanite users. Emptying a fuel cell manages to down one, followup pulse blasts disrupting them enough to prevent healing. The expanding glow of super heated metal spreading until they collapse. Allies drop as much blaster fire as they can into the second. It's enough to wound them and force them to cover along with the other enemy troops.Then the vehicle Rufaro was waiting for shambles through the doors."What the fuck is that?!"It looks to be made out of parts of a partially destroyed Jump Walker. Each of the damaged but still heavily armored sections are lashed together with nanite sections acting as joints. You aren't sure if it'll try to stand up in a humanoid form or continue its unsettling crouched crawl.Rufaro doesn't hesitate, emptying her magazine into the mechanized monstrosity. Each of the rounds strike it while its just inside the doorway. Shockwaves reflect off the walls in the tightly enclosed space before the combined fireball rolls out of the entrance.Roll 1d20 Dodge
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>1782487
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>1782487>A plasma explosion lights up Valeri's former position causing you no small amount of worry.Oi, Sonia's the only one who's allowed to kill him.>Roll 1d20 DodgeRolling>Second to last thread before archivalThanks for the thread TSTG!
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>1782487Oh god. Metal monstrosities here we go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swc-ZZTknnU [The Matrix Revolutions- Saw Bitch Workhorse]Due to the blast you nearly miss the armored nanite shapes sailing in towards the defensive lines. They strike the barriers like ancient cannon balls, smashing through them and killing marines and soldiers in cover. You throw yourself backwards avoiding one aimed for where you'd been crouching. Bringing your pistols around you crank the output on your Mk 7 nearly to full and fire. The recoil of the shot sends you skidding backwards, but the spiked sphere shatters. Now separated into smaller elements your follow up pulse shot causes most of it to collapse into a pile of metallic sand. Changing fuel cells you brace yourself and repeat the process with the next few that are nearby. Downing them proves to be enough to allow the surviving marines to rally. The others use their blasters in a similar manner to shatter them enough for the phase rifles to deal with them. In many cases it's still not done fast enough to save everyone but it gives your side a fighting chance. You're now down to two plasma pistol fuel cells plus the partially depleted one in your old Mk 1.Looking through the carnage you see the damaged vehicle Rufaro shot pulling itself out of the burning corridor. Its armor is glowing like those vehicles you saw moving through the areas you nuked with the fusion bombs. It's taken quite a bit of damage but nanites are filling in the damaged sections like a liquid. Its least damaged arm unfolds revealing the aperture of a short barrel particle beam. "Get back!" you order those nearby. There isn't much cover to work with but you drag the few wounded you can into it. The walker hybrid strafes the allied positions, taking down three of the remaining cannons that had begun to shift their fire towards it. Bodies are sent flying by the destruction of their heavy weapons."Covering fire! Stage a fighting retreat!" Orders one of the surviving officers. "Marines, we are leaving!" shouts a corporal as he heaves a wounded soldier over their shoulder.Off to the left Rufaro reappears near a few friendlies, empties her remaining plasma rounds into enemy positions, then helps the others pull back. "I think it's time to go sir!"[ ] Initiate GTFO[ ] Circle around, try to find Valeri[ ] Other
>>1782728>[x] Circle around, try to find Valeri
>>1782728[ ] Circle around, try to find Valeri
>>1782728>[x] Otherand possibly>[ ] Circle around, try to find ValeriDoes Valeri have a beacon or do we have an emergency channel where we can try to reach him? If he's managed to cloak again we'll have trouble finding him without giving our position away behind enemy lines.
>>1782769>Does Valeri have a beacon or do we have an emergency channel where we can try to reach him?There should be an emergency channel.>If he's managed to cloak again we'll have trouble finding him without giving our position away behind enemy lines.That is a concern, for both of you.
>>1782864In that case I'd suggest we try the channel, check the site where the plasma grenade exploded, and if we can't find anything to GTFO.
>>1782728Actually, Valeri is tough and we have to handle the retreat. > Hang back and provide rear-guard fire with our remaining plasma rounds as we retreat.We got him the sweet stealth upgrade right?
Turning invisible again you do what you can to cover the retreat. Switching our to your rifle, you use up the remaining small ammo you have for it, trying to suppress enemy troops. You keep moving along the line, scavenging grenades and throwing them into the path of the enemy advance. Grabbing a blaster and using its remaining fuel cell also saves on your remaining plasma pistol ammo when it becomes necessary to deal with more of the clustered nanites. You're unable to get near Valeri's side of the plaza, as a wounded marine has lost a leg and it becomes necessary to haul them back towards friendly units.After catching up and handing them over to medics you circle around towards the other side of the plaza again. "Valeri, what's your position?" You get a staticy response you can't completely make out but it does give you a direction. It takes a few minutes to flank farther around, evading more enemy units. Eventually you run into troops that must have come in through a different entrance. These are all outfitted with Aries power cell armor and each has a pair of supporting gun drones. Some nanites are present around them but not as many as other units.They do have the little shoulder devices.At least one of the drones has a high power scanner being used to sweep the path ahead of them. It would probably overpower your camo systems. Valeri should be just on the other side of this group. Did you want to hit them with plasma pistol attack with your remaining ammo. Use the remaining 20mm ammo. Wait until they pass, try to flank around them, or open a channel to Valeri again?[ ] Plasma pistols[ ] 20mm[ ] Wait until they pass[ ] Try to flank around[ ] Open a channel[ ] Other
Thanks for running, TSTG.
>>1783053You're welcome. I wasn't expecting the thread to still be here.
>>1783052>[ ] Wait until they passthen try to>[ ] Open a (secure) channel
Thread is archived on suptg.
>>1783052>[ ] Wait until they passCan't afford to let them know we're here.>They do have the little shoulder devicesCan we loot two of these or are they connected to the armor they're placed on?
>>1783052>[x] Wait until they pass
>>17830671 has been looted.Unless you mean try to get one that hasn't been shot with an EM pulse. That may prove more difficult.
>>1783052I don't suppose we have any grenades left? I'd rather not find out if those scanners can locate us.if no grenades>[ ] Plasma pistols
>>1783078You have 1 half moon left plus a frag grenade you scavenged.I'm stopping here as I have a headache coming on.
>>1783087Rub one out, might solve your headache
>>1783087Down a couple shots of whiskey, might solve your headache