Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Macross%20QuestOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/TrNWfAkeYou are pilot HARRY NEUMANN, the newest of one of the New UN Spacy's Tactical Sound Units!"So let me get this straight." Amy grumbles as she watches you pop off one of the access panels on the VF-4. "You captured some kinda Zentradi spy or something, and she's like, a super big fan of me?""Something like that." You nod as you pry the panel open, revealing some of the VF-4's ancient internals. "She was the pilot that red battlesuit you blasted with your song. Guess she picked up a taste for it.""...huh." Amy nods. While Amy was back on board the Pacifica, Dorothea had instructed you not to take her see CL right away. Seemed like she was trying to er... "tame" the Zentradi pilot or something? Or at the very least make sure she wouldn't be a potential threat. So, you decided to pass the time by doing what you promised, starting on fixing up the VF-4 you captured. However, things weren't looking good. Even though you've only just popped open one panel, you could see the internals were already a mess. Lots of components were missing, removed as part of decommissioning process or stripped for parts, you weren't sure. What was left was badly decayed, being held together by spit and duct tape. Frankly, you're amazed the damn thing even flew at all, now that you get a good eye on it. "Hmmmm, looks like it's gonna be tough one." Amy grunts, taking a look for herself. "You think VF-19 or 25 parts will work with it?"You highly doubt it.>Well, it's worth a try. >Maybe this can wait another day...>Other
>>2530012>>Well, it's worth a try.
>>2530012>>Maybe this can wait another day...
>>2530012>Well, it's worth a try.
>>2530012TIME FOR DECULTURE!>>Well, it's worth a try.We might have to take the whole Valk apart and rebuild it, but REMODERNIZATIONS, HO!!!also need another beach episode
>>2530012>>Well, it's worth a try.>>2530054I wouldn't mind a Gym episode.
>>2530062As long as it's Karla going all Black Widow in the boxing ring.
>>2530101Very much so, though I wouldn't mind a bit of a one on one with the Admiral in either swords, boxing, or even wrestling. Just expect Karla to embellish a few details of a 'disagreement' between the two of us to attract a crowd.
>>2530012"Well, it's worth a try." You sigh. "We got plenty of spare parts sitting around, and Valkyries are all generally built to accept universal parts, so let's see what we can do.""Sweet!" Amy grins as her eyes scan the dilapidated fighter. "So, what do we work on first?"Well, you knew the engines were still operational, but they were probably well past the point of needing an overhaul. Better to just completely swap those out, though that would be a pretty labor intensive task. Swapping out the older computer systems would be a bit easier, or you could just get rid of them entirely and go full manual. It's not like you were still an academy cadet or anything. Or maybe check on all the servos that allowed the VF-4 to transform. Lord knows, they're probably all rusted over or locked in when it got decommissioned.And given your schedule, you'd probably only have time to take care of one these tasks today. >Replace the engines.>Work on the flight computer.>Service the servos.>Other
>>2530126>Work on the flight computer.
>>2530126>Replace the engines.
>>2530126>>Service the servos.
>>2530126>Work on the flight computer.I wonder what OS it ran on back in the day?
>>2530126Work on the flight computer.
>>2530126>>Other> Depot level maintenanceStrip the VF-4 down first and check on the structural integrity, it probably has lots of warped or cracked members that need repair or replacement.
>>2530126Well, you could just start with something simple like taking out the existing flight computer. Just one look at it, and you could see that it was at least a decade or two out of date. "Jeez, that thing looks older than I am." Amy frowns as she peers over your shoulder. "So we're gonna swap that out?" "Well, it's gotta go either way." You nod. >See if you can't cram the modern system in. >You're probably better off just flying this thing manual.>Other
>>2530180>>See if you can't cram the modern system in.
>>2530180>>See if you can't cram the modern system in.The newer system is probably going to be smaller and lighter anyway.
>>2530180>See if you can't cram the modern system in.
>>2530180Removing the existing flight computer was simple enough, really. All you had to do was pretty much pry the whole damn thing out and cut the wires. Amy helpfully brings a disposal cart over and you just drop the computer in.Amy had also gone to the depot to fetch a fresh flight computer, the model currently being used in all of the top of the line models. Thankfully, the core of the system was much smaller and lighter than the older one, though it still took up around the same amount of space due to all of the extra doodads and instruments they slapped on to take advantage of the weight and space savings. Now it was all a matter of just dropping it into the cockpit...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>2530254
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Rolled 11 (1d20)>>2530254
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>>2530254Well, it was a bit troublesome trying to fit the new computer in, and you had to remove some of the extra bits whose necessity in the cockpit was questionable at best. Damn engineers. Meanwhile, Amy helped out by standing up through the underside access panel, helping connect all the wires. It was a simple enough task for a inexperienced hand like hers. Just make sure all the colors for each wire matched. After what had to be a good hour of sweat and toil, both you and Amy were finished slotting the new flight computer in. You gave it a quick power up and confirmed the thing was working, though of course the first thing the computer did was scream at how bad a shape the VF-4 was in. Well, one step at a time, you suppose. You sit down on the flight deck next to Amy, who helpfully hands you a water bottle as she douses her hair with hers. You gladly accept it and take a swig. "So, it looks like you're pretty knowledgeable about all this stuff." Amy says as she looks at the VF-4 and then your hands covered in dust and grease. "Thought pilots just left that to the mechanics or something.">I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS.>It helps to have a broad set of skills in my line of work.>Other
>>2530322>I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS.
>>2530322>It helps to have a broad set of skills in my line of work.
>>2530322>>I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS.>>Other"Plus it helped with getting a billet in my previous line of workCan't always count on having mechanics around if you're stuck out in the middle of nowhere, you know."
>>2530322>>I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS.
>>2530322>>I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS.However, it also>>helps to have a broad set of skills in my line of work.Too bad we're the worst spec ops pilot ever.
>>2530322>>It helps to have a broad set of skills in my line of work.In the military, one has to be prepared for many situations, such as when there are no engineers left to help..
>>2530341We're just weak against cute girls!
Anyone expecting CL becoming a prim, proper, and reserved lady after Dorothea's training?
>>2530322>It helps to have a broad set of skills in my line of work.>>2530375I've had this idea in my head that he's a devout of the Idol faith which is why he was pushed into this role.
>>2530322"I dabbled in machinery a bit before I joined up with NUNS." You shrug. "Figured it was a useful skill to have.""Oh, really?" Amy blinks as she pops open another water bottle. "So why'd you learn it, then?">I don't really want to talk about it.>My dad was a pretty big gearhead and he sorta passed down what he knew to me.>Just another job, honestly.>Got into a bad situation where I could've used the skills.>Other
>>2530395>>Got into a bad situation where I could've used the skills.
>>2530395>Just another job, honestly.
>>2530395>>My dad was a pretty big gearhead and he sorta passed down what he knew to me.
>>2530395>My dad was a pretty big gearhead and he sorta passed down what he knew to me.
>>2530395>Got into a bad situation where I could've used the skills.
>>2530395"Ah well, I got into a bad situation where I could've used the skills." You sigh as you take another swig from your water bottle. "Was on a long distance drive once for a road trip, and my car engine just quit on me. Ended up stuck in the middle of nowhere for nearly two days until the two truck finally found me. And the irony was that later I found out there was a simple fix to get the engine started again that I didn't know.""Huh..." Amy nods. "And you were alone?""Yeah, against my better judgment." You laugh lightly. "Were you scared?" She continues the questions. "I was practically a kid back then, so yeah, I was a bit." You admit. "Especially when you parents tell you scare stories like Zentradi holdouts from the first war still lurking in the rural areas looking for children to kidnap and eat.""Jesus, people actually still believe that?" Amy breaks out into laughter."It sounds funny now..." You laugh as well. >This looks like a good opportunity to get Amy to open up a bit more.>You should probably get ready for Amy to meet CL.>Other
>>2530475>>This looks like a good opportunity to get Amy to open up a bit more.We don't really know much about her background, other than she enlisted to be a Monster pilot but was diverted into Tactical Sound as an idol.
>>2530475>>This looks like a good opportunity to get Amy to open up a bit more.Time to learn more about her.
>>2530475>This looks like a good opportunity to get Amy to open up a bit more.
>>2530475>>This looks like a good opportunity to get Amy to open up a bit more.
>>2530475Well, it looks like Amy was well and truly relaxed right now, and it hits you that it could be a good opportunity to get her open up a little more. Sure, you could probably just pull up her personnel file, but that didn't really seem right. It would be better to get the details from her, honestly. >Ask about her fascination with Monsters.>Ask where her parents were in all of this.>Ask how things were for her before she singed up for NUNS.>Other
>>2530514>Ask how things were for her before she singed up for NUNS.
>>2530514>Ask how things were for her before she singed up for NUNS.>singed
>>2530514>>Ask where her parents were in all of this.
>>2530514>>Ask how things were for her before she singed up for NUNS.
>>2530514>>Ask how things were for her before she singed up for NUNS.Asking about her folks might set her off again on one of her emo teen funks.
>>2530514"Speaking of life before the military." You turn your gaze to Amy. "What were you up to before you signed up for NUNS?""Huh..." Amy pauses. "Shit, it feels like it was so long ago already. Couldn't have been six months when I walked into the recruiting office.""Six months?" You raise an eyebrow. "You're practically as green as they get!""Yeah, well, shit happens, right?" Amy grunts, but her expression softens to one of nostalgia as she summons an old and apparently cherished memory. "But, well, I really wanted to sign up. Anyways, I grew up near a NUNS base, so I always got to see all of the heavy equipment being moved in and out. Figured joining up and getting even closer to it was a better alternative to being stuck in a boarding school for the rest of my life.""Boarding school?" You raise an eyebrow."Let's just say..." Amy bites her lip. "I was a bit of a troublemaker.""No." You gasp with faux shock. "I never knew!""Yeah yeah, laugh it up." Amy pouts. "But that's all ancient history now, so forget it.">Press a little more.>Let's leave it at that.>Other
>>2530571>Press a little more.
>>2530571>Let's leave it at that.
>>2530571>>Let's leave it at that.
>>2530571>>Let's leave it at that.Maybe we can see if Lara is drawing up a rough sketch of her next new art project?
>>2530571>Press a little more.>>2530600>Lara found a way around putting herself and the Admiral on our plane as a pinup. Something along the lines of making a cute chibi Mecha Musume version of herself take up 1/4 of the pinup orbiting a pinup of Dorothea which takes up the rest of the image.
>>2530571"All right, if you say so." You nod as you stand back up and stretch. "All right, I think it's time we go and talk to our guest. You ready?""Well..." Amy stands up and brushes herself off. "Maybe after a quick shower or something." "Sure thing." You nod. "I'll come by to pick up in thirty." "Gotcha!" Amy nods and heads off. >Better get to it, then.>Let's see what Lara's up to...>Other
>>2530610>Let's see what Lara's up to...
>>2530610>>Let's see what Lara's up to...Time for art!>>2530605I think it'd look better if the Admiral was also in a mecha musume outfit of the ship.
>>2530610>Better get to it, then.
>>2530605Something like this?>>2530610>Let's see what Lara's up to...
Rolled 10, 12, 6 + 5 = 33 (3d20 + 5)>>2530610As you head out of the hangar, you catch sight of Lara working tirelessly on your Valkyrie, no doubt painting up that new pinup. Lara looked to have extreme concentration, keeping her eyes laser focused on her work as he progressed. However, she also made sure to keep any prying eyes away, having hung a tarp over her work area to hide her work in progress.Maybe you can get a bit of a sneak peek of what she was working on...?>Roll 1d20
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>2530660
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>2530660
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>2530660Mecha musume?
>>2530656Yeah, and maybe even more revealing, or as revealing as a pilot suit can be.
>>2530660You swoop in quickly, craning your head under the tarp to get a sneak peek at the pinup. The tarp still blocked most of your view, but you were able to get just a bit of of a glimpse of a rough painting of Lara, wearing a very cute and frilly costume-"What the hell, Cap! Get OOOOUUUUUT!" Lara yelps as she aims a kick at you. You are able to narrowly dodge the attack, backing off and laughing."Looking good, Lara!""Go awaaaaaaaay!" Lara grunts as she tosses an empty paint bucket at you, forcing you to duck to avoid it. "I don't want to show it until it's ready!""All right! All right!" You cackle as you make your escape. Having wasted enough time, you head straight back to your quarters for a shower and change of clothes, getting back into your regular uniform. You then head over to Amy's room to pick her up. You knock on her door."Um, Cap, quick question." Amy says as she opens the door just a crack, only poking her head out. "Hypothetically speaking, you think this CL would rather see me in NUNS uniform or... something more elaborate?"You have to hold in your amused snort when you immediately picture Lara all dressed up. >Regular uniform should be fine.>I think we should go all the way.>Other
>>2530689go with what you're most comfortable in, within reason.
>>2530689Supporting this >>2530696
>>2530689>Regular uniform should be fine.
>>2530689>I think we should go all the way.
>>2530689>>I think we should go all the way.>>Go for full sexy
>>2530689Going with >>2530696
>>2530689>I think we should go all the way.Make it as sexy as possible!
>>2530689>>I think we should go all the way.This is the first Meltrandi she's turned to culture.
>>2530689"Just go with what you feel most comfortable with." You tell her simply. "Easy for you to say." Amy pouts as she retreats back into her room. A few minutes and some rummaging passes, and Amy reemerges wearing her regular casual clothes. A fair compromise, you reckon. "All right, let's go, then." You say as you lead her to the interrogation room. "So uh, this CL... she's not violent, is she?" Amy asks, a bit nervously.A brief flash of your little misadventure with CL when she was first captured crosses your minds.>You don't have anything to worry about. >She was a bit rowdy at first, but she's calmed down.>Yeah, you shouldn't get too relaxed around her.>Other
>>2530745>>She was a bit rowdy at first, but she's calmed down.
>>2530745>She was a bit rowdy at first, but she's calmed down.
>>2530745>>She was a bit rowdy at first, but she's calmed down.>SHe responds well to violence.
>>2530745>>She was a bit rowdy at first, but she's calmed down.>>Yeah, you shouldn't get too relaxed around her.She's still a prisoner though.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>2530745...
>>2530792"She was a bit rowdy at first." You admit. "But she's calmed down.""Hmmmm." Amy looks at you a bit skeptically. "Okay, but you're gonna be there to back me up, right?""Of course." You nod. "I'll be in the room with you the whole time.""Sounds like a plan." Amy smiles. "All right, let's do this."At this point, you've already reached the interrogation room. The guards posted at the front salute as you enter, and naturally, you see Dorothea and Karla waiting inside. On the opposite end of the room through the observation glass, you could see CL sitting in the next room over, her hands still cuffed to the table as a precaution. However, she looked eager and not anxious at all."Well, I did my best to prepare Cole for the meeting." Dorothea sighs."Cole?" You raise an eyebrow. "You named her?""It's simpler than just calling her 'CL' all the time." Dorothea huffs. "Besides, the poor girl could use a proper name.""I think they've been hitting it off." Karla chuckles. "The Admiral here does seem to spoil her a lot.""I just figured that sweets would help control her behavior." Dorothea grunts."Huh..." Amy leans in, a bit interested now.>Better keep things moving. >Is Dorothea showing a soft side here...?>Other
>>2530806>Is Dorothea showing a soft side here...?She did try to kill us a few times, you know.
>>2530806>Better keep things moving.
>>2530806>>Is Dorothea showing a soft side here...?
>>2530806>>Is Dorothea showing a soft side here...?>>OtherFine, we can adopt her when we're married.
>>2530806>Is Dorothea showing a soft side here...?
>>2530806>>Better keep things moving.
Rolled 15, 18, 10 = 43 (3d20)>>2530806"Oh, is our Admiral showing a soft side here?" You grin, joining in on Karla's mild ribbing.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>2530850
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>2530850
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>2530850I know which soft sides of Dorsie we want to see.
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>2530850
>>2530850Damn, she's becoming resistant to flustering
>>2530866She's a proper lady after all.
>>2530850"Hardly." Dorothea huffs, crossing her arms sternly. "Now how about we get this questioning started? We still have much to do.""Yes, Admiral." You nod, trying no to grin. "Come on, Amy.""R-right." Amy nods, following you as you open the door into the interrogation room. CL -you mean- Cole's attention is immediately piqued when the door opens and you walk in with Amy. You take a position on the back wall while Amy somewhat hesitatingly takes a seat across from the Zentradi prisoner. Cole immediately narrows her eyes as she seems to basically scan Amy in. "Um... what do I do?" Amy whispers to you. >Have Amy try to talk to her. >Maybe you should talk to her. >Maybe she wants a song.>Other
>>2530871>Maybe she wants a song.
>>2530871>Have Amy try to talk to her.
>>2530871>>Maybe she wants a song.
>>2530871"Talk to her!" You whisper back, making it sound like the obvious choice."R-right!" Amy turns back to Cole. "So, uh, I'm Amy.""I know." Cole nods. "I saw you on stage. You were very... pretty?" Cole looks to you, as if wanting to get confirmation that she was using the right word to describe things. You just give a slight nod. "Yes. Pretty." Cole finally settles on the word. "P-pretty?" Amy gulps. "I mean, i guess with that costume and everything...""I would have liked to see you like that again." Cole continues. "Well, sorry..." Amy laughs nervously. "This is what I usually wear when I'm not on stage.""You're not a warrior like him and the red one?" Cole frowns as her eyes dart from Amy to you and back again. "You have the aura of one.""I'm just... just an idol..." Amy mumbles.>Continue to let this play out. >Better get things back on track. You gave Cole what she wanted, it's time for her to carry out her end of the deal.>Other
>>2530914>Continue to let this play out.
>>2530914>>Continue to let this play out.
Rolled 4, 13, 1 = 18 (3d20)>>2530914You decide to stand back and let this continue to play out...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>2530955
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>>2530955Cole narrows her eyes and leans forward, not quite convinced. Her gaze then turns to you, but you give her your own warning glare and the Zentradi backs down, returning her attention to Amy. "We should duel sometime." Cole says simply."W-what?!" Amy pales. "It's the simplest way to judge one's martial prowess." Cole shrugs. "It wouldn't be lethal, of course."Amy just turns to you, an incredulous look on her face. >Yeah, that's out of the question. >We'll keep that in mind.>Oh don't give me that look, you can totally take her.>Other
>>2530980>Yeah, that's out of the question.
>>2530980>Yeah, that's out of the question. For now anyway. At least we figure out whether if Cole is planning to acquire more culture or escaping
>>2530980>We'll keep that in mind.
>>2530980>Oh don't give me that look, you can totally take her.Knife fighting is totally a Zentradi mating ritual. Honest.
>>2530980"Yeah, that's out of the question." You say flatly, stepping in. "So we held up our part of the bargain. It's time you hold up yours.""True." Cole fidgets and eyes you warily. "What do you want to know?">Tell us more about the "Star Forge">Tell us who this "Warmaster Kahl" is. >Tell us your force composition in this area.>Other
>>2531018>Tell us who this "Warmaster Kahl" is.
>>2531018>Tell us who this "Warmaster Kahl" is. He better be a clone of Quamzin
>>2531018>>Tell us who this "Warmaster Kahl" is.
>>2531018"So can you tell us who this 'Warmaster' you're talking about is." You say as you cross your arms. It was always a good idea to get a handle on what you were going up against. "The Warmaster is both a great warrior and tactician." Cole explains. "He was the one who became the inheritor of the Star Forge and united the three fleets under his banner.""Sounds like a big deal." Amy frowns. "No other Zentradi has had more ships and soldiers under his command." Cole boasts, clearly very proud of it. "I was honored enough to be a part of his personal guard! I've seen his great deeds firsthand! He brought death and destruction to everything in his path, and this backwater is nothing but a sideshow for him!""A sideshow?" You raise an eyebrow."This is only a puny scouting fleet, after all." Cole shrugs. "One with no battle honors to their name.""Then why did someone who claims to be so close to this Warmaster come all the way out to this 'sideshow'?" You ask ."You're not just out here to see Amy, are you?""She can be a useful asset for the Warmaster, which is why I wanted to bring her to him." Cole grumbles. That... that was odd. >Wait, so does that mean you can get us close to the Warmaster?>Amy's not going anywhere.>Other
>>2531060>Amy's not going anywhere.
>>2531060>Wait, so does that mean you can get us close to the Warmaster?
>>2531060>>Amy's not going anywhere.
>>2531060"Wait, so does this mean you can get us close to the Warmaster?" You blink. "I'm not going to be an assassin, if that's what you mean." Cole scowls. "Nor am I going to help any get close to him."Yeah, it seemed like Cole wasn't willing to go THAT far. "Maybe I can convince her." Amy volunteers. "You know, if I uh, well, you know."It was certainly a tempting thing to try, but you couldn't pretend to know exactly how Cole would react if she were exposed directly to Amy's song.>Let Amy give it a try.>That's not why we're here today.>Other
>>2531089>That's not why we're here today.
>>2531089>Let Amy give it a try.
>>2531089>>Let Amy give it a try.
>>2531089Hmmmm, looks like we've had a big drop off in activity, so we'll continue things next week! Don't forget Frontier Knight on Saturday!
>>2531118Thanks for running Merc.
>>2531118>>That's not why we're here today.Thanks for running, Merc!For what it's worth,>>That's not why we're here today.SEE YOU NEXT DECULTURE!
>>2531118>Let Amy give it a try.Mindbreak her!
>>2531118Thanks for running!Also maybe we could let the two duke it out in simulators?Also maybe assassination won't be necessary if things can be settled with words... or lyrics