As the dropship rumbles though the sky, the mid flight peanuts and briefing comes into play as huds play the commander for the mission. "Commander Morrison here." He barks over comms. "The TE rep couldn't be here for the briefing, So you pilots will have to deal with me." The pop up of his voice line is moved to the side to show a picture of a desert landscape. "This may not look like much, but under this sand the assumed main site of reddit's research into the creeping plauge that is affecting south america. Now due to GI fighting nearby, local TA have been lured off and forced reddit to hastily abandon their lab. Now we know they didn't get everything...." The sceen shows another pop up of a convoy of reddit suits and drones being fired at from AC forces. "But we know their lab must still be in there as TE tells us they couldn't have moved the samples with their convoy." The screen returns to the desert landscape with a holo projection of what looks like a termorsense scan of the base. "We need you to get into the hive like structure of the base and get the samples so TE can do their own work on the fungus. They tell us reddit has something important about them, and that's all I care about. ETA is about an hour. Land and get the job done!" >MISSION IN ONE HALF HOUR OR UNTIL ALL MEMBERS ARE READY!
>>2019328https://pastebin.com/prsNS25X"Search and retrieve huh? Not my best area, but I guess you go where the money is.">Marauder reporting
Affiliation: TE Hacker+/- 10 Tech Bonus for hacks and scans+/- Com and Dex PnealtyTE Engineer Support Suit “Sarah”Size: Light>AbilitiesCelerityOverloadCrossfire>FeaturesAdhesion – [FREE – drider]Tremorsense – [FREE - Drider]Spinner - [FREE - Drider]Natural Weapons - Gills Tentacles Fins Burrower Levitation >Body Type(s) – Point Cost:Drider >AI:Agent AI: >HUD:Radio Advanced Suit Status Floodlights Hawkeye Thermal Vision Radar >COMMSTerminal Spider Spyware Worm Platform Defense Maze >WeaponsHardlight Projector Plasma Blade >UpgradesGrappling Hook Grappling Hooks Capacitator I&II Collapsible I Collapsible II Kinetic Stablizers Camoflauge Lockpick Countermeasures Hardlight Projector Multi-Sensor Technician Engineering Kit Improved Kit Repair Kit >DefensesPlasma Shield Plasma Shield Point Barrier [-]EMP Shield EMP Shield Tesla Collider [-]>DronesAvatar Drone >NanitesPoints: 360Special Rewards:Magnetic Force EmitterDeflector FieldSTATS:[DEX]  (+2 Drider)[DUR] [POW]  (+6 Capacitor I & II)[REC] [SPD] [STR]  (-1 Drider)
>>2019335>>2019345>>2019351>>2019355>>2019447As the dropship lands outside of the what you assume to be the area of the base, the opens to a vast expanse of nothingness. "Oh. And while you might have not want it on you." Morrison speaks. "I'm being told it's actually some kind of blob thing that can infect suits. Don't let it touch you." The first issue you notice is that while your HUD shows where the entrance is, Yet it's low incline into the ground and slight elevation below it. it's covered in sand and barred to you. A terminal next to the door. The wind howls across the bay of the dropship and the sand threatens to get everywhere......>MISSION START!
>http://the-power-armor-cyoa.wikia.com/wiki/Intersect_ThunderboltGavin lets his hand fall from where it was supporting his chin and yawns.The pilot's red mecha steps out from the dropship and into the bright sunlight of he desert, each footfall raising clouds of dust behind it."Eh, whatever. Just get us to the objective so we can leg it out of here."
>>2019451>Activate Tremorsense, Thermals, Deploy scout drone"Oh great, here goes my new paint job."
Noticed some errors. Corrected.Affiliation: TE Hacker+/- 10 Tech Bonus for hacks and scans+/- Com and Dex PnealtyTE Engineer Support Suit “Sarah”Size: Light>AbilitiesCelerityOverloadCrossfire>FeaturesAdhesion – [FREE – drider]Tremorsense – [FREE - Drider]Spinner - [FREE - Drider]Natural Weapons - Tentacles Burrower [FREE - Drider]Levitation >Body Type(s) – Point Cost:Drider >AI:Agent AI: >HUD:Radio Advanced Suit Status Floodlights Hawkeye Thermal Vision Radar >COMMSTerminal Spider Spyware Worm Platform Defense Maze >WeaponsHardlight Projector Plasma Blade Heavy Bomb Generator Sticky Grenade >UpgradesGrappling Hook Capacitator I&II Collapsible I Collapsible II Kinetic Stablizers Camoflauge Lockpick Countermeasures Hardlight Projector Multi-Sensor Technician Engineering Kit Improved Kit Repair Kit >DefensesPlasma Shield Plasma Shield Point Barrier [-]EMP Shield EMP Shield Tesla Collider [-]>DronesAvatar Drone >NanitesPoints: 360Special Rewards:Magnetic Force EmitterDeflector FieldSTATS:[DEX]  (+2 Drider)[DUR] [POW]  (+6 Capacitor I & II)[REC] [SPD] [STR]  (-1 Drider)
>>2019451Marauder looks around."So do any of you tech types want to try and hack this door, or do you just want to ask T-bolt to "hack" this door?"
Rolled 55, 32 = 87 (2d100)>>2019451>>2019477>Activate Tremorsense, Thermals, Deploy scout drone"Oh great, here goes my new paint job."BP hops off the dropship ramp onto the sands, checking his rifle and scanning the area around the base.
Rolled 71, 33, 37, 60, 70, 8 = 279 (6d100)>>2019451"Alright, should be easy enough. Just... stay off the ground! Oh, and link up vith commander, everyone.">Rolling for Hawkeye, ASS, Radar, and Thermal>Rolling to check for open networks with terminal>Preemptively rolling to drop spyware on the first open network I find>Opening commander link>+/- 15 to all hacking/scanning rolls>>2019501"Give me a minute, want to check the area out first"
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>2019451Takeda decides to burrow underground, to probe the base from alternate routes.As he moves, he regularly pauses, activating his multi-sensor suite to get a much more accurate feel of the base up close. In addition, he uses a plasma blade to burrow tiny holes through the walls to poke through with his Worm Platform Camera, and look inside the hallways.--->Tech Roll for Multi-Sensor (Tremorsense, Radio Scan, Advanced Suit Status [Traps/Mines/Defenses], Radar, Thermal Vision + Hawkeye [Periscope inside Hallways], Terminal [Wifi-Electronic Signals]Look ma, I can see into forever+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician BonusWorm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
>>2019501"Feh, don't tempt me. The support guys gotta make themselves feel useful."Useless as a scout, the scarlet-armored machine simply stands where it is, chainblades still and cold on its wrists. The pilot considers at least a cursory hawkeye scan, but decides against it at the risk of tempting catastrophic HUD failure.>>2019513>linking to internal network
>>2019474Sorry I thought you posted sooner. >>2019509Thermals don't show much on the door. However the floor and sand show some heat in the camera system that is at the doorway. Termorsense and the recon data shows that there is armor covering them.>>2019513ASS shows slight radioactivity on the floor and around the door. The levels and scanned half life of the isotopes show it was used for cleaning purposes.Radar shows the area is clear around you. And that a weather balloon up high already might have scanned you from it's own radar.Scanning with radio however gives you the automated radio station of reddit. Currently it's playing a sad moe song from some anime from before suitfall. However the taste seems poor to you. Maybe lucky star if you ever watched it? You can tell however it connects to the network's public servers however with spyware.>>2019538You however get a full picture of the base. 6 levels with a wide area around it. With a very small cavern around it from the mining of the area for resources (you feel snug if you didn't have burrowing.) Trying to poke the walls however shocks your weapon and show the walls were made to prevent you from simply burrowing in. You do however find maintenance ports you can poke your worm port into if you wish. Terminal seems to have access to the reddit civ level wifi with it's password of PASSWORD, with the others locked with higher access. ASS shows that there are holes everywhere in the cavern. Those worms where a blessing to be removed.>>2019586Noted.
>>2019586"I know, right? Gotta bring the big dumb mercenaries to do all the getting shot at."Marauder folds his arms and looks around, performing a scan with his most advanced sensor: the Mk.I eyeball. He sees a door, some sand and nerds doing nerd stuff.
Rolled 52 (1d100)"These walls are electrified. Burrowing's going to be an issue, and I imagine draining them might set off alarms."---Takeda decides to hack into the maintenance ports, which would perhaps reveal and open a door into the facility, or at least give him the ability to open the front door. >Worm Platform + Spider + Spyware for control hack+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician BonusWorm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>2019594"I don't like the look of that weather balloon. I'm going to blow it up.">Deploying heavy drones>Entering siege >Shooting at the weather balloon with Stinger Howitzer>+5 to com
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>2019594>>2019629>>2019624"I'll... Just be here doing stuff.. Yeah, gimme a heads up when the doors open."BP mills about, not having much he can do, and starts to build himself a sand castle>Rolling for sand castle
>>2019667("Hmm") Takeda thinks to himself ("If it were Ivan he'd be digging trenches and preparing a dug-in for battle. Give him too much time and he'd turn the whole place into a darned WW1 reenactment with barbed wire and tank-traps.")
>>2019624>Crit!Plugging in you already noticed the hostile AI and Suit on the line paying attention to the scans being thrown about and the fact you where in a honey pot. Breaking out into a separate network, you notice the maintenance ports have already been sealed on the inside, and that cutting though would take time and be noticed, but with the data from the network.... Possible. You can't tell where the target lab is, but you think there are doors on the top where everyone else is, and the bottom where there is a small industrial and mining center..... The AI has not noticed your presence in it's network yet.....>>2019629With siege mode you might have hit it with a fuse shot, if you didn't get a direct hit. You popped it, then blew it up. The sensor package didn't even survive the pop.>>2019667It looks like an adult made it, but still will not last an hour in these winds.>And boat is not doing anything as said in comms.
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>2019693Takeda attempts to switch to a more secure frequency. "We've been spotted. Switch to dynamic frequencies. There's at least one AI or Suit observing us, no response yet. I've located some alternative doors as well as one beneath the facility. I'm entering from below">Takeda burrows below to enter the base from the doorway beneath.--->Takeda attempts to create a masking field for all frequencies on the linked network via Command Link."Time to make us dissapear."+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician BonusWorm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
(Also I should have mentoined this but Takeda usually puts his Avatar Drone as his backup Brain in a nearby Fort which in this case is Mecoptera)
>>2019720"Ay! Action! Wait for me."BP switches frequency and follows Takeda through the tunnel he made.
Rolled 48, 22 = 70 (2d100)>>2019693"Alright, get ready kinder! Things are about to get loud!">Rolling to hack the door>Preemptive counter-hack roll>Moving the heavies toward the door, ready to shoot at stuff>+/- 20 to hacking/scanning rolls
>>2019328>>Game full already? Just refreshed /qst/ and I still don't get emails for heads up
>>2019816The heavy red suit takes a readied stance, grind blades spinning up to speed with a harsh metallic sound. The pilot's eyes are focused eagerly on the large door before the group."Preparing for suit vs suit combat. Ready to make some noise."
>>2019720Breaking into the mining area, you stop right in front of the door that leads to the industrial area. There is a swivel camera here, but you can enter camo mode as soon as it looks at you. You also think you scramble the command link from outside scanning.>>2019816>crit!As you hack into the door, you notice you actually fool the network into thinking the door is still closed. As the door opens however, you notice it's a cycling airlock system. You did however hack it so well it will let you in all the way without requiring more hacks. In fact you can see though the glass doors into a clear greeting area that looks like a modern and spacy style. >>2019831>I didn't have an email to contact and the IRC was ded. Throw in a build quickly and you can just get in as they enter.
>>2019864>>2019840Marauder follows the other heavy suit, weapons ready to intercept.
Rolled 91, 42, 74, 91, 17, 82 = 397 (6d100)>>2019864"Oh." Ryman peers into the room, drone's autocannons whirring expectantly. "Well... that's... fine too, I guess.">Exiting siege>Moving (carefully) into the facility>Drones move in front of the Mecoptera>Rolling to scan with ASS, Hawkeye, Radar, and Thermal.>Scanning with terminal for open networks>Rolling to drop spyware on the first open network I find>+/- 20 to scanning/hacking
>>2019864>>Thanks but I'll probably try keeping eyes peeled better next time, wouldn't be fair joining in late, will try better next game
>>2019913>We barely just started. If Tim's cool with it by all means jump in.
Rolled 94, 43, 33 = 170 (3d100)>>2019864>>2019790BP sends his scout drone out to peak the next room while activating his sensors"Mind hacking that while I scout out the next room?">Activate ASS, Tremorsense>2 rolls tech, last stealth
>>2019864Takeda moves up, locating anything of interest in the base from the inside particularly where the AI might be.Takeda takes 10, moving up slowly. His camera peers around corners. In addition, instead of sending out scans he observes for counter scans and wifi signals, trying to triangulate where they are coming from and perhaps locate the source of the AI and the Suit.>Using Multisensor while levitating through hallways and peering around corners for traps, cameras, etc. (Advanced Suit Status, Hawkeye/Infrared, Terminal [Passive WiFi detection)>TAKE 10+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician BonusWorm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
>>2019864>>2019881>Heavies into the breach
>>2019913Well ok, but give me an email and I can send you an early invite to the game then.>>2019881>>2019905>>2019984As you enter in, you first notice how that the cameras in the room are swiveled as well, but not looking at you yet. After that, you notice the 10 heavy drones surrounding the near door wall aimed at you, but not firing. After that you can see small human sized doors to "security" and "housekeeping." After that is the fort sized elevator system that is across from you in this level.>>2019936Your ASS also shows that there are explosives taped to the greeters computer. Termorsense is blocked at the separator between levels, but you notice the drones are modified to have two sidewinders..... And look like bad Enforcement Droid Series 209's>>2019955While you can't really have enough time to be calm enough for take 10 systems, you are calm enough to get that general info while avoiding the cameras. You find there are four levels of Wifi, each more encrypted then the last. The mining area is deep and filled with automated drones that just gather (or did until they stopped and most where taken recently) ore and sand. The mine carts lined up against the door waiting to get in. Looks like it's bolted down hard.
Rolled 46, 95, 53 = 194 (3d100)>>2020022Scan for any deactivated Drones that I can dissasemble for materials (Suit Points) to invest in upgrades for my suit (scavenge roll)Scan if the Door has any countermeasures that would prevent me from boring/dissasembling it such as undoing the bolts.Observe for any alternate accesss ports, or air ducts/ventilation shafts I can try to worm a worm platform through to open the door from behind or deactivate alarms.+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician BonusWorm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
>>2020050*invest in a new drone
>>2020022Gavin gnashes his teeth at the sight of targets sitting idly and vulnerable, but holds back."Ryman, try and get that elevator open, yeah? Or the drones?"
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>2020022"Right..." Rymans sensors buzz and whine, flicking from target to target "This is a little... odd. I'm going to try to get into that computer, maybe get a map. Stay back from it, just in case... you know.">Deploying a scavenger drone>Rolling tech to defuse the explosives with the scavenger>Hail one of the heavy drones >+/- 10 to tech>>2020087"I'm going to see what's going on with these drones. Something isn't quite right here."
>>2020050>Taking apart a 2 drones that where on autopilot, you turn them into basic scavenger drones. You even do well enough to make the sensors onboard report the drone loss as actual native damage to the drone. You hear the door unlock as the drone you control reports a request to repair request, but you spoof that as well to prevent a response back.The door does have sensors to sense damage to it, but you can't tell what anti hack measures it has...You also notice access ports near the door in the form of a terminal access port, fob reader, and drone worm port. However there is no other direct way in but armored air vents that is almost as armored as the wall.>>2020093You defuse the explosives, and when you try and hail a drone, they all turn to you and a voice comes from speakers in the halls as the cameras try and swivel towards you. "Oh did somebody come back for me? I still can't believe I was ordered to stay behind an..... Wait... FUCKING HEL..... WAIT A MINUTE.... PHOENIX COLLECTIVE?! Who sent you? More importantly who paid you? There better be a good answer..." The 10 drones now encircle you and speak aloud without arming their weapons, but extend shock batons. "Attention civilian. You have 30 seconds to comply."
>>2020128Marauder steps forward, with irritated but non-hostile body language."Who the hell do you think sent us, dumbass? YOUR BOSSES, THAT'S WHO! Use your brains, if we'd been on contract with those cunts in the AC we'd have blown our way in here, not walked through the fuckin' front door! No, AC is probably gonna be here any time now looking for juicy loot and now we are officially the best protection this sandhole's got for as long as your bosses' money is good. So are you gonna keep pissing us about or are you going to let us earn our bloody pay?"
>>2020128Try to sneak through the door while the drones are going through it.
>>2020159The pilot nods at Marauder's words, forgetting that the motion doesn't carry through with the suit. He continues to watch the drones carefully, suit still poised to strike.
>>2020128The Mecoptera stops in it's tracks, whirring fans going silent as it slowly edges back from the cameras view.Meanwhile, the two scavenger drones under the desk slink carefully away, as Ryman hums the James Bond theme.>Scavenger drones hug the wall, and move to investigate the facility in a sneaky way>>2020159"Try and get their location out of them" Ryman says over comms "I'd like to have that, at least."
>>2020185"(Hold your horses)" Marauder mutters over coms. "(We'll see how this shakes out, *then* push our luck)".
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>2020162DEX rollBonus:2.5*(Dex(6)-1)=-12 (round down)(Speed(4)-1)*.5=-1 (round down)Agent AI=-1Total: -14Penalty:+5 HackerTotal: -9 Bonus
>>2020248Also Agent AI is -10 but it doesn't matter right now
>>2020159The male voice speaks again "R-r-right. that makes sense. Anybody for anypay..... " He sounds like he is trailing off... "M.O.D.A.C.K. here can't be uploaded due to 'storage issues,' so it must be me.... Alright. M.O.D.A.C.K. As long as I'm not attacked. Those two are human." You hear a oddly female robotic response back on the speakers. Like this voice was made for them. "Confirmed. TWO PHOENIX COLLECTIVE members are human." The drones stand down and back off. "I'm coming up there. If they only called me "station cop" again, my code name is Baul Part. God I hate my co-workers." The last part trailed off as he walked away from the speaker. You hear the elevator run after what sounds like blockage gear was moved. A moment later the doors open to have a heavy suit come out. "Thank god for you guys. I hope you have the access code to let me leave or the drones will....." He stops in his tracks when he sees Mecoptera. "Oh......." You then see him activate harden and his flight thrusters as he tries to bull rush to the elevator again. "OH GOD AC!">>2020248To say that you didn't sneak in implies that you are a stable person. I cannot find a way to actually describe how badly you tripped. You manage to trip so bad, you broke your cloak while slamming into the repair scavenger. It is now stretching a finger at you and screeching so loud that your robotic ears hurt. There is now red blaring alarm lights blasting in the robotics area as the newly 20 produced drone suits look at you, fire their weapons, and approach! >Roll 10 dex rolls!Upstairs the heavies all turn to everyone but baul, boat, and Marauder. And fire..... so ryman who isn't cloaked.>Roll 10 dodges ryman!
Rolled 24, 82, 23, 32, 37, 12, 31, 2 = 243 (8d100)>>2020282"I SHOULD'VE KNOWN THIS WOULDN'T WORK"The Mecoptera's engines roar as it desperately attempts evasive maneuvers, the defenders bolt into position, to intercept some of the fire, as the two others ready their autocannons to return fire.>Rolling for heavies to return fire (x4 autocannon)>Defender heavies intercept 6 of the shots>Rolling to dodge 4 remaining shots>+5 to dex rolls
>>2020282With a brief codeburst to Mercoptera to play along, Marauder levels his metalstorm and fires a burst in his direction, deliberately going wide. Firing intermittent bursts (at nothing) he then backs into the elevator with Part and calls over his shoulder:"STAY BEHIND ME!"
Rolled 48, 14 = 62 (2d100)>>2020282Caught completely unawares, Takeda thinks fast. That's way too much firepower.He invests 2 energy into the Deflector Field to nullify Energy Weapon attacks.Then with whatever he has left he tries to use the Magnet Force Emitter to try and deflect any solid projectiles like bulletsTHEN he dodges.>Redirecting 1 Energy Attack for 2AP+1DAM at whatever is shooting (COMBAT) using Nullification field>Attempt to deflect the others, and send as many back where they came from or at least away from me! (COMBAT)-5 Combat TE>Dodge rolls next post
>>2020282>>2020309Still firing, he motions for Thunderbolt to get in and then hits the "door close" button.
>>2020309"No point wasting time on him. Let's head off the other group." The pilot lets the suit's arms drop, turns and lumbers into the lift with the other two PC suits.
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>2020282"Cat is out of the bag I suppose, guns hot!"BP lines up a shot with his rifle and lets lose, coming out of cloaking.>Firing rail rifle at best target of opportunity
Rolled 35, 28, 62, 81, 88, 30, 13, 16, 58, 25 = 436 (10d100)>>2020311DODGE!Bonus:2.5*(Dex(6)-1)=-12 (round down)(Speed(4)-1)*.5=-1 (round down)Agent AI=-10Total: -24Penalty:+5 HackerTotal: -19 Bonus---Surrounded by DRONES Takeda does several things at once>Activate Hardlight Projector to try and create Fake Spider Suits to trick the Drones>Detonate Tesla Collider to try and disable Drones>Last resort POINT BARRIER if damage exceeds 90%
>>2020308Trying to retreat though the glass airlock door, you electronically break open the glass containment door and rush out, Only taking minor hits from the crossfire. But only taking out a single drone before your heavies die and turn into slag.>14/15 HP!>>2020309>>2020322He looks confused and distustful for a moment, but waits to slam the DOWN button to let you two in. As you all go down to the 5th floor labeled "command" and the doors open he speaks out. "What the hell is all this?! Show me your orders or I'll revoke your human status!" His sensors glaring past the hardened shield.>>2020332You frag a heavy bot, take down a heavy, and get the ire of half of them to fire at you, while you notice the line trying to make more drones as you fight.>Dodge 5 times!>>2020339>>2020311Taking minor fire out of the hail storm of bullets heading your way, you synthase a sigh of relief when you laser rifles thrown into the mix. You take out 2 drones with their own weapons, and face less fire for it.>Dodge 4 times!
Rolled 11, 51, 95, 33 = 190 (4d100)>>2020382Bonus:2.5*(Dex(6)-1)=-12 (round down)(Speed(4)-1)*.5=-1 (round down)Agent AI=-10Total: -24Takeda dodges again! Praying that his Plasma Shields (+3 DUR) will help lessen the impact of anything that actually hits him instead of the imposters!>Keep making fake hologram spiders! Try to get them to align between two robots so they shoot each other
Rolled 20, 66 = 86 (2d100)>>2020382"Well" Ryman looks back on the raging firefight, watching his drones slump to the ground in molten heaps. "That could've gone worse, I suppose." >rolling to sneakily move the scavenger drones through the door marked "security">Move the Mecoptera to the side of the exit, so it can't be fired at.
Rolled 19, 17, 96, 59, 84, 97, 24 = 396 (7d100)>>2020382"We need to kill that production line! ASAP!"BP dodges and rolls, deploying hardlight projector decoys and snapping off shots at the production line with his plasma rifle.>2 shots of plasma rifle +20 COM roll>deploy hardlight projector decoy>plasma shield to front facing enemies
>>2020382"What is this?" Marauder lowers his weapon as he turns to the guard, weary "the things I do for my job" contempt radiating from his posture."Well, it looks to me like the situation is: 'I have a gun, and also I just saved your life.'"Reloading his metalstorm offhandedly as he talks, he goes on."Now, I'll level with you, I'm not actually here for you. Your bosses sent me and him here because apparently someone screwed up and neglected to recover everything that wasn't nailed down, and they couldn't spare any of their own manpower, so they get out an emergency burst transmission about this with a very tempting payout on it and that was our lot."Done reloading he lowers the gun completely."It looks like you got left behind too. Sucks, but also not really my problem. I'm here to recover the stuff and stop AC from getting their mits on it-"He cocks his head pointedly at the blaring alert alarms."-Which it sounds like they're working on. So!" He leans in; "Here's your options: You can help us do our job, and we'll throw you a bone and watch your back pro-bono till we're all out of this, *or* you can make all our lives harder.""What'll it be, Baul?"
>>2020394>Right. Forgot to mention how much damage you took. And I did not notice the tesla Collider as well.As you dodge, your weapons and tactics go off as planned. Before the tesla collider goes off, two drones already fall for that gambit and shoot each other. Then As the TC goes off, everybody but you takes the EMP hit and the drones all limp and stop dead in their tracks. the robotics line stops for the moment, and no drones are being made. >>2020406You move out of the way, and the drones sneak into the room with no issues. Inside you see teir one weapons and terminals everywhere. You see lockers and everything that marks a normal security office except for the lockers. You see Baul's locker there.>>2020429As you fire and hit the line, breaking it while it's down, you notice the drones firing at you stop from the EMP blast. Your suit functions fine because of FF protocols, but you can't say the same for anything else near you..... You notice the command room for this area was separate from the blast....>>2020437Baul sighs as even in his suit you can see him relax. "Right. Of course they didn't send a rescue party.... Well I can work on those terms...." He then goes back to the elevator panel and presses the 4 button, causing the floor to lurch. "I don't know how long we have since AC never backs down... And I'm surprised that one suit did..... But the warning is still going off so they must have gone into the basement... I'll work with the odds that you'll help me if that gets me away from AC." He looks at you as the elevator slows down"But whatever you do, DON'T let the samples break. This shit will turn you in a second into a monster. I know that from being the only real security here. I don't know what this stuff is, but there are enough samples to fit in a suit storage space."As the door opens the suit shudders. "Just DON'T get shot either. That never ends well with how those containers work. And M.O.D.A.C.K is going to fire on us as soon as we try and take this stuff away from the base because you don't have a code to let it know I or it can leave."
>>2020484"Right, well that's a start.">One drone checks out Baul's locker>Rolling to hack a terminal with the other>+/-20 to hacking/scanning (if that applies through drones)
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>2020502>whoops.
Rolled 76, 82, 45, 99, 47, 95 = 444 (6d100)>>2020502Takeda tries to hack 6 of the downed EMP'd drones to his side!>6 Hack Rolls+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AITotal:+/-20Worm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range"BLACK PRINCE LEND ME SOME OF YOUR POWER.">>2020502"MECOPTERA, TRY AND HACK SOME OF THESE OTHER DRONES TOO IF YOU CAN LEND SOME ACTIONS. USE ME AS A NEARBY SERVER NODE."These drones are gonna get back up any minute!
>>2020484"Let us handle AC," Gavin says, speaking up "If you can manage that AI, we can all make it of this with our contracts intact."
>>2020511Worm Ports GO!>Sending out Worm Ports + Tentacles
>>2020484>>2020511"On it!"BP deploys a scout drone to investigate the command room and runs back to Takeda to siphon his power to Takeda's suit. Sitting down and watching the dronefeed for anything interesting in the command area.
>>2020484>>2020514Marauder nods in agreement."Yeah, we're both here for the stuff, so you take us to it and we can grab our package. The pair of us can easily trash a few drones on the way out if we need to, so you should be able to make a run of it."
Rolled 16, 48, 33, 88 = 185 (4d100)>>2020544Rolling for hacks. . . TEAMWORK EDITION+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AITotal:+/-20Worm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
Rolled 45, 30, 67, 60, 91, 93, 58, 20, 65, 56, 68 = 653 (11d100)>>2020502>enter siege>using takeda's worm port to make hack rolls, dispersed out among the maximum number of drones (x10)>Preemptive defense maze>+/-20 to hacking/scanning
>>2020502>it does. As one drone checks out the locker, it finds a tablet with a diary app. "Dear diary. Today I saw another test subject get turned today and then incinerated. The docs must be desperate to use humans as test subjects. They seemed to try and turn it or something, but burned it when they failed.>>2020511As you hack into the drones, you get a nasty feedback from one, stopping you dead from getting the last three. you hack three into submission and shut them down. The other three get up, aim, and fire 1 to 2 ballistic/laser. >>2020514>>2020555As he leads you though the ransacked labs, he takes you to the storage room. Using his FOB and code, he gets into the airlock and grabs a handful of 10 samples of varying size and shape. He comes back out and gives them to you. "I know you'd just shoot me if I didn't give them, but this puts their target on you I'm hoping...." he says trailing off into whispers as he waits for your command. "So there are only two ways into and out of here. M.O.D.A.C.K Will stop us in the elevator, but I might be able to get him to back off with a logic trap. But he will try and stop us after we get to the doors. What do you think?">>2020544However with BP's power you get another 4.>>2020576And with that all of them shut down.... Most are shut down, but about 6 are controllable. The assembly is trying to run again, but a few damaged areas are slowing it down to the point it needs small repair to actually work, but it can be easily salvage if you can control it.
Rolled 13, 69, 73, 100 = 255 (4d100)>>2020593Hack the Assembly Plant. If all goes well, we might just be able to take over the base!+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AITotal:+/-20Worm Platform - Extended Hack/Scan Range
Rolled 30, 29, 67, 74, 58, 10, 9, 51, 49, 83, 54, 38 = 552 (12d100)>>2020593>Drones to continue rifling through the security room, arming themselves with the weapons>rolling to help hack the assembly plant (prioritizing mitigating anything that could go wrong as a result of a critfail.) (x10)>preemptively rolling defense maze (x2)>+/-20 to hacking/scanning
>>2020593"...so, that's the elevator. What's the other way out, then?"
>>2020593Marauder takes the samples, slotting them into his most armoured and secure storage space."I think we're more than capable of brute forcing our way through the security once we have to, especially if it's just some drones and a blast door.""..unless there was more security we don't know about?"
>>2020598You manage to get the line to stop, but something's wrong. Very wrong. You can't move. you can't-"YOU ARE NOT HUMAN." You hear a voice in your head."I WILL NOT SUFFER ANYONE IN ME THAT IS NOT UNDER MY CONTROL OR HUMAN. SURRENDER!" You can't move or speak, but you have control over your CPU for now....>WARNING! HACKED!">>2020617You secure and stop the assembly line, and even shut it off from the AI, but something is wrong as you are shut out of Tak's systems. You are fine however.>>2020629He stops in place. "Hummm. I did block up the only maintenance shafts out, but Modak would still try and stop us. We are looking at a fight if we go anywhere, but the top level might be the easiest. >>2020663"Well there's AC out there, but also the drones still functioning in the upper level, the drone production facility in the bottom, and the experimental drone suits roaming around anywhere that are controlled by MODAK." He cringes. "I fear the latter the most. They function as well as real suits, but with half the skills."
>>2020678BP stands up, having finished his power transfer and regained enough to move."Right, I'll head off and see if I can't find something important to break or steal.">Heading into the next rooms to search, smash, and grab
Rolled 81, 60, 67, 35 = 243 (4d100)>>2020678https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdkNI2zZ-U&list=PLbZe4ai8twdGeTdWSRi9llCjSvFdkW8xB&index=11The Body is an Extension of the Mind. If the Body is Lost, the Mind can remain.Within the ephemeral cyberspace of himself, the consciousness of Takeda and his AI Sarah fought a different kind of battle, incomprehensible to anyone not in the digital world. Program against Program, Circuit against Circuit, Takeda fought a different battle in his own mind against the invader. He wasn't going to lose this. Why?Because he was an ENGINEER!+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AITotal:+/-20
Rolled 29, 39, 99, 33, 5, 72, 61 = 338 (7d100)>>2020678"Odd." Ryman watches Tak's feed drop. Checking Commander systems, he sees Tak's signature drop off too.>Rolling to hack back into Takeda's systems (x3)>Preemptive defense maze (x2)>Rolling for scavenger drones to weld together a number of weapons to make one super gun (x2)>+/-20 to hacking/scanning, +/-10 to other tech
>>2020706https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFmOI2Zi76gTO BE DOMINATED BY ME IS NOT AS BAD FOR HUMAN PRIDE AS TO BE DOMINATED BY OTHERS OF YOUR SPECIES.
>>2020699As you press the elevator button to go anywhere else you hear a voice. "FOB OR IDENTIFICATION PLEASE."There is also a command room for the factory.>>2020706The battle was pitched. AI and AI vs AI. Like a game of chess, Minor cores where traded and lost, gained and won, until Takeda was fully back into power. He was still recovering (EMPED,) but he was in control. He however did get a notice of another hack that he auto blocked.>>2020711You find yourself blocked from Takeda's system and find yourself with tak back on your commander system. The scavengers make some unholy duct taped monster, but it looks like it might fire...... >WARNING. MARAUDER AND INTERSECT HAVE GONE DARK!
Rolled 71, 64, 22 = 157 (3d100)>>2020887Takeda attempts to make physical tech repairs with the help of 2 scavenger drones to try and unfuck himself.>Rolling for self and 2 drones+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AI+Repair Kit+Engineering Kit
Rolled 74, 34 = 108 (2d100)>>2020887Ryman looks at his new weapon with pride, before turning his drone's attention towards more important matters.>rolling for scavenger drones to hack terminals (x2)>Preparing to ambush anyone coming through the main door.>+/-20 to hacking
>>2020938getting the damage done to yourself fixed was almost too easy, still you did it and can move. >>2020947As you break into the terminals you do have access to a few things. data logs, reports, and even cameras. It's a large system so you have to spend a turn to get anything out of them, and the labs are iffy in their coverage.
>>2020953>Use cameras to search Thunderbolt and Maruder's last known position, and find out where they are now.
Rolled 18, 49, 100, 6, 94, 33 = 300 (6d100)>>20209531-2. Severe the Assembly plant by cutting its communication wires and wireless systems, and then try to manually hack it unopposed. 3-6. The other drones haven't gotten up yet? Hack those with worm platform!+/- 10 Hacker Bonus+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AITotal:+/-20
>>2020961You see them in the lab on the 4th floor. Baul handed them something and they talked for a bit before running off. The camera loses them as it gets shot out by Marauder.>>2021027If you didn't already shut the drones off you would have had a REAL bad time when you somehow open up a direct line between your CPU and the drone's. However all you do is send the wrong shutdown code and just shutdown the production line systems which needs a restart..
>>2021056Ryman opens a comm link to Takeda. "I've found Marauder, the last I have of him is on the 4th floor, in the lab. I think he has the sample. Can you tail him?"Ryman leans back in his chair, and rubs his eyes.>Scavenger drones to look through the system for anything important
Rolled 3, 81 = 84 (2d100)>>2021056Time to turn their numbers against them.Begin repairs to the Drone Platform and proceed with flooding the base with loyal attack drones. This will make a suitable new research facility for the TE.Remodulate Drone Designs to act without wireless communications and accept Worm Platform input from Team members only. The enemy won't be able to hack unless they get within Worm Platform range, and by that time we'll outnumber them!>Make repairs and remodulate Attack Drones+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AI+Repair Kit+Engineering Kit
Rolled 26, 35, 3, 28 = 92 (4d100)>>2021086Might as well see if I can get good rolls. . .MORE TECH ROLLS.
>>2021066You find a lot of info in these logs. They where doing some odd experiments here if the death reports are correct.>>2021086It takes a moment as the door opens to accept ore from the mining drones, but the line starts to pump out drone after drone. It will take a LONG while to get anything done, but you think you could swarm anything in this lab with enough drones.The repairs fail though. It will require maintance, but you are not getting any red light errors.The noise is also loud as hell. you can't hear a thing!
>>2021133>keep collecting information with the scavenger drones, watching camera feeds for anything new happening >send the heavies under my command to the greeting area to clear it out
Rolled 37, 73 = 110 (2d100)>>20211331-2. Keep up the repairs!+/- 5 Technician Bonus+/- 5 Agent AI+Repair Kit+Engineering Kit
>>2021149You think you see Marauder and boat with Baul fighting off some suits in the lab while slashing the door, but after that? Nothing. Nothing at all except for 2 lumbering suits and a hole in the wall.>>2021164Everything is green now. you have about 40 drones walking about with sidewinder rifles and laser rifles doing nothing. You almost have a full company of drones.
>>2021172Takeda smiles. Not outwardly, for he has no mouth to smile, but inside.THIS he understood."RTS has preparred me for this. DRONES, ATTACK!"Takeda leads his little horde of attack drones to clear out the whole facility.
>>2021172"Tak, I think they're headed your way, they seem to be in a cavern." Ryman pauses for a second. "Try to take him alive, ja?">Continue watching video feed>Move heavies towards the cavern
>>2021200"Roger that! All drones, uh, shoot him in the leg!"
>>2021189You take them to the elevator and have them all line up even as more continue to be made. However....."ACCESS DENIED! FOB OR ID IS NEEDED!"Right.... Keycodes.....>>2021200You split off some heavies from tak's forces into the cavern (the ones with wifi-enabled.) But as you get out you see the fading bodies of Marauder and boat with Baul going away into the mining system heading upwards.....
>>2021218"Oh to HELL with this."Screw the Elevator. Takeda DIGS a new tunnel to the rest of the facility. Slashing the wires from the inside so they don't electrocute them on the way out.As for the wires out the outside when making a new tunnel into the Hallway, Takeda has a plan. He'd pull some wiring from inside the Wall, and then hook it up to the Outside. The feedback loop should short circuit the wall.
Sadly it turns out the team was betrayed. As Marauder, Boat and Baul leave via a mine shaft, Tak and Ryman don't have the time to catch up to them as they escape away with the samples and Baul they capture later. AC comes to a base captured by Tak and ryman, only to find the prize gone and a mad AI and notes the only use. And in the distance a song plays as the three fly away......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_D3VFfhvs4
>>2021260>Everyone gets 15 points, PC gets bragging rights, and thanks for playing everyone!
>>2021265I would just like to take this opportunity to plug my services and declare that you too can have my fantastic assistance if only you arrange a contract first.
>>2021260Takeda goes to see the enemy AI/CPU. Exactly who was it on the otherside?
>>2021260>The betrayal side chat....https://pastebin.com/L2bfYAzk>>2021297This will be after you break though the rest of the facility. Deep in the lab there is the A.I's room labed. M.O.D.A.K. "Modular Operations Dynamic Amniotic (brain) Kotainer." After it's turrets are broken and it's core left defenseless, it turns out to be a brain with a brainwave harness stuck in a life support machine jar.When asked why it fought back, it screams that the person talking is not human, and only until hacked to believe the talker is deemed a Reddit user, then do they become "human."
>>2021347Takeda would requisition a VR memory palace from TE. He had a theory. That this brain once belonged to a person, just like he once belonged to a body. Perhaps if they met not as machines but as two people. . .they could talk on even grounds.
I'll go on to say I'm perfectly loyal to my contracts...as long as they are current.
>>2021356It would work to a degree. Sadly whatever person they where is gone, and only the new A.I. owns the mind. It however is able to be uplifted like any other, but with the personality being strangely hugely machine like in nature. However it only screams about things not being human at A.I.s. Without knowing why this upsets them.>>2021365>pic related
>>2021391Takeda would spend the next many weeks before the deployment in converse with this curious AI out of a human brain. In a way they were polar opposites. He was a person who lost his brain but retained his mind, and MODOK had retained its brain but lost its mind.Perhaps in time, a new personality would form and uplift, and hopefully like the other AI's under TE, be put toward the War Effort.And maybe make another good opponent for vidya.
>>2021284>>2021365Yup yup. You'll make a pretty lousy merc if you're not honest and reliable...to your current employer.>>2021391My mercenary anthem ishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6trFO5eQgoactually.
Anyway, no hard feelings. Hopefully next time we meet we'll be on the same side for real, eh?
>>2021517Pray we never meet again. Ryman holds grudges.
>>2021533Marauder doesn't. Grudges are bad for business. Yesterday's foe can be tomorrow's client and vice versa. I have no enemies or allies. I love everyone, I'm a people person!
I would feel remiss not to share this piece of perfection that Boat made after the mission.Oh, and since it was never explicitly stated here's some clarification: the pair of us mercenaries knew going in that we were working on behalf of a client who wished to remain anonymous and who wanted the samples for themselves, so we inserted ourselves into the squad sent on this operation with the intent to hoodwink or otherwise betray them and steal the samples for ourselves. Here's a brief bit of post victory RP that followed the mission:https://pastebin.com/87bn7n7MAlso in case anyone reading this later is wondering what became of Baul, we got a bunch of offers from various parties for him (most wanting his head for generally being a traitorous weasel), but we eventually elected to turn him back over to the Armor Corps as a way of smoothing things over with them.Not for free of course, we collected the bounty on him first. We have to maintain SOME standards.