The year is 1866. You are Daniel Stockton, a veteran of the American Civil War and colonel in the Aizu Domain's military. You've come to Japan looking for work, and with the nation on the brink of war, there is an ever-increasing demand for men such as yourself. Last time, you became mired in the more mundane aspects of running an army, until a shootout occurred, that is. Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ZapQMArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=BoshinInfo Paste:https://pastebin.com/L50nUu0V
You lean forward, beckoning her toward you. “Let me see your hand. That looks painful.” “S-sir?” Nakajima raises an eyebrow, but holds out her hand. You grasp it gently, looking at the cut in question. It isn’t deep, but hand wounds always hurt. Grabbing your canteen, you pour a little bit of water over the wound first to clean the blood off. Next, you reach into your jacket and pull out a small bottle of whiskey. Harp once advised you to pour liquor over wounds to chase away any infectious vapors. You aren’t sure if his reasoning was sound, but it’s always worked for you. “This will sting,” you caution. She breathes in sharply as the alcohol hits the open wound, and you feel her hand start to shake. “What is that for, Colonel?” You hand her the half-empty bottle as you begin wrapping her hand in gauze. “To prevent infection.” Nodding at her, you continue. “Now drink the rest of that to dull the pain.” She does as instructed, downing the shot’s-worth of whiskey quickly. Her eyes wrench shut as she grimaces. A few moments later, she shakes her head and hands the bottle back to you. “Thank you, sir.” She pulls her hand back gently, flexing her fingers. “You’re welcome, Lieutenant.” You sit back, rubbing your shoulder. “Now, I doubt those were the only enemies around here. Let’s fan out and explore this forest a bit to find any hidden enemies. She salutes. “Yes sir.” With that, Nakajima goes over to the rest of the troops and relays your orders. The next few minutes go by quickly as the men organize themselves and reload their weapons. Soon, they are ready to proceed. “Colonel,” Sato greets you. “How should we proceed?” >”Stay in a group as we push into the forest. We can’t afford to get separated if there are a lot of them in there.” >”Split up into groups of two or three and fan out in different directions. Cover as much ground as possible. >”Divide the unit in two and send the groups in different directions.” >Write-in.
>>3424039>>”Divide the unit in two and send the groups in different directions.”tell sato to lead the other one and we meet in a pincer further on
>>3424039>”Divide the unit in two and send the groups in different directions.”
>>3424039>>”Divide the unit in two and send the groups in different directions.”
>>3424039>>”Divide the unit in two and send the groups in different directions.” >>Write-in.Find Keiki, work with him to task some of his own soldiers too so he gains some experience.
>>3424066>>3424073>>3424077>>3424082Roll a 1d20. Also I'm gonna resume the story posts tomorrow at around 4PM Eastern. Got some responsibilities to take care of tonight before bed.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3424109
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>3424109
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>3424109
>>3424109I'm thinking about running a quest that runs in the same rough time period as this one. You don't mind if I lift some of the mechanics you've been using, do you?
>>3424607Feel free, Anon. Most of my mechanics are blatantly stolen anyway. Also, session in two hours.
“We’ll split into two teams and go in separate directions.” You cross your arms. “Sato, you will command one group, while myself and Nakajima will be in charge of the other.” “Understood, sir,” Sato salutes you. He then begins the process of dividing the unit evenly. Nakajima walks up beside you. “What makes you think there are more in the forest?” You take another drag of your cigarillo. “These tactics are similar to what the Confederate guerillas used during my country’s Civil War.” You gesture at the bodies of the enemy soldiers lying about. “Small groups will split off from the main force to do hit-and-run attacks. It keeps the commanders and logistics people out of harm’s way, and is usually pretty effective against conventional line infantry.” “I suppose it is a good thing we are unconventional.” Nakajima grins just enough to notice. “You got that right.” You grin openly. “Excellent shooting back there, by the way. That charge at the end was unexpected.” “Such a charge is usually a last resort.” Nakajima frowns. “They are highly dangerous to the soldiers conducting them, but usually quite effective as well.” You nod. “I see. For now let’s just see if we can’t find their base camp.” Over the next few minutes, your unit splits up into two teams, fanning out as planned into the forest. The underbrush is thick enough to require the use of machetes and sabers as you move forward. After perhaps twenty minutes of finding nothing, you meet up with Sato’s unit. Not only that, but you discover something curious. Sato’s team have found the guerillas’ base camp. It is deserted now, clearly having been left in a hurry. There is a horse-drawn wagon, sans horses, with a small campfire next to it. All around are various traces of recent activity: a shaving kit left on top of a wooden box, some bandoliers with paper cartridges in them, a couple of slouch hats, sleeping rolls, and even a tent. Walking over to the tent, you see that it was clearly the commander’s dwelling. Inside is a small cot, with a portable desk next to it and several odds and ends laying strewn about. You are about to turn and leave when you see something laying under the campaign desk, nearly out of sight. Kneeling down, you grasp the object. It is made of cheap paper, with an off-brown hue to it. As you read the printed words, Nakajima enters the tent. “Sir, have you found something?” “I have,” you say. Standing up, you hand the piece of paper to her. “Can you read English?” “A little.” She nods. Squinting, she reads aloud some of what is on the paper. “Two Dollars… Richmond.” Raising an eyebrow, she hands it back to you. “What does it mean?” “This is Confederate money.” You grimace, exiting the tent with the bank note in your hand. “It would seem I’m not the only foreigner in these woods.” “How shall we proceed from here?” Sato walks over to you.
>”We’ll search for a trail from this camp. I want to at least find one of these enemy guerillas.” >”Take everything that you can carry easily, then march back down to Keiki’s force.” >”We need to get back down to our allies as soon as possible. Burn this camp before we leave.” >Write-in.
>>3425233>>”Take everything that you can carry easily, then march back down to Keiki’s force.”burn what's left
“Take everything you can carry easily, burn the rest.” You step back, addressing the rest of the men. “After that, we’ll return to the wagon train in the valley. I want to see how Keiki’s men handled the enemy.” “Understood, sir.” Sato begins directing the men to take the most valuable items, mostly rations and ammunition, while Nakajima and her troops prepare the camp to be destroyed. You go back to the commander’s tent and search it yourself. Other than that confederate bill, you can’t find much evidence about what sort of man inhabited this tent. There is little in the way of decoration, and even the cot is threadbare. You estimate that the guerilla commander was a man used to this sort of lifestyle. He likely had no difficulty packing all of his belongings in a hurry. With a grimace, you take out a match and light the tent’s canvas on fire, exiting as it begins to burn. Soon, your men have pilfered the enemy camp’s valuables, and they set the rest of it alight. You stand there for a few minutes watching the blaze, making sure it won’t go out easily. As the flames begin to climb above the treetops, you all turn around and head for Keiki’s forces. When you arrive at the wagon train, you discover that the enemies on the other ridge have been neutralized as well. They weren’t able to capture any, nor did they kill all the hostiles, but the allied troops returned with minimal casualties. As you get information from Keiki’s officers, you begin to wonder where the man himself is. Searching around the wagon where you last saw him, you find the young man sitting exactly where you left him, nearly two hours ago. He appears to be writing dispatches in a small notebook. “Keiki,” you greet him. “Colonel Stockton.” He nods at you. “I take it the enemy have been dealt with? I hear no more gunshots.” “That’s correct.” You nod. “Very well.” Keiki stands up, exiting the wagon. “Attacking from the hilltops… Such a cowardly way to wage war.” He shakes his head. >”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.” >”Were you… In the back of that wagon the entire time we were fighting?” >”That way of fighting is probably being taught to them by a rebel from my own country.” >Write-in.
>>3425351>>”That way of fighting is probably being taught to them by a rebel from my own country.”>>”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.”
>>3425351>”That way of fighting is probably being taught to them by a rebel from my own country.”>”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.”
>>3425351>”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.”
>>3425351>”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.” >”That way of fighting is probably being taught to them by a rebel from my own country.” Could we. Have hitched the enemy wagan to one of our horses and filled them with items
>>3425389>Could we. Have hitched the enemy wagan to one of our horses and filled them with itemsTheoretically, assuming you could get the horses up the game trail. Getting the wagon back down would have been virtually impossible, though.
>>3425351>>”If you can get your wagons dug out of here, my forces have found some dry ground to march on.”
>>3425399Though quick question, extra rations I understand but I’m not sure about ammunition since our men have either sharps or single shot rifles. The enemy had either Henry’s or muskets unless they took the spare black powder for something else?
>>3425451Your men took everything regardless of compatibility, just in case it could be useful later.
>>3425351>did you spend the entire battle cowering inside a wagon?
“I think one of my countrymen may have taught those men how to fight like that,” you admit. “A rebel, most likely.” “I see,” Keiki nods. “That is troubling.” You grimace. “It is. Anyway, let’s see about getting these wagons out of here.” You gesture back towards the entrance to the ravine. “My men have found dry ground that your wagons can use.” “Excellent.” Keiki smiles. “It will be good to continue marching.” You and Keiki organize the troops, who use the remaining horses from the wagon train to begin pulling the wagons out of the mud. It is slow going, taking perhaps an hour to get the first wagons un-stuck and moving. After a while, however, things begin to go more smoothly. Soon, all of the wagons are moving toward your own formation, with your troops leading them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RmQTYLD398You sit atop your horse, scouting ahead with Nakajima and a couple troopers. Though this area is thought to be mostly safe, you aren’t taking any chances after the encounter with those enemy guerillas. You adjust your hat to block the rays of the sun. It is hot today, and you find yourself wiping sweat out of your eyes rather frequently. As you scan the horizon with a pair of field glasses, you hear Nakajima speak up. “Sir, I have a question.” “Ask away,” you reply. “Have you ridden horses for a long time?” She moves up alongside you to be heard more clearly. “Not really.” You shrug. “On the farm, my family had a couple draught horses and a donkey, but they weren’t any good for riding.” “I see,” she nods. You raise an eyebrow. “Why, am I doing something wrong?” The lieutenant frowns, seemingly searching for the right words. “I would not say that you are doing anything wrong… But you seem a bit uneasy around horses.” You nod. “Well of course I am. Horses are dangerous animals.” You shake your head as Nakajima stifles a chuckle. “Anyway, we’re coming up on the formation now.” You nod ahead, where your troops and wagons sit just off of the roadside. You all ride up, going over and briefing everyone on the situation. Pretty much as soon as you get your horse hooked back up to the artillery carriage it was pulling earlier, the rest of the wagon train arrives. It takes maybe another half hour to get everyone ready to continue marching to Hofu. Once you get marching again, you decide to ride in the wagon with some of your non-military personnel. Among them are Colter Lee, General Custer, Sarah Holman, Enzo Beretta, and a few other people. You lean back against the wagon’s wall as you write your daily reports using a lap desk you found recently. >Keep to yourself during the ride. >Speak with Custer about his cavalry regiment he plans on raising. >Talk to Commander Lee. His Marines have been seeming restless with their support tasks. >Talk to Sarah. You may as well see what sort of stories she’s writing. >Write-in.
>>3425544>talk to Custer about his cavelryIrregulars can generally work with cav pretty wellHow good are we at long distance shooting?
>>3425569>How good are we at long distance shooting?Better than most around this time.
>>3425544>Talk to Commander Lee. His Marines have been seeming restless with their support tasks. keep them in line
>>3425544>talk too commander lee>also inform them we're dealing possibly confeds and they might take them as targets of oppuritsn
>>3425544>Talk to Commander Lee. His Marines have been seeming restless with their support tasks. Its important to keep them in check. There are confeds around but they need to stay put.
>>3425544>Speak with Custer about his cavalry regiment he plans on raising.
also, Naka dear bantering on our horse riding lol, we have to race her some day.
>>3425544>Talk to Commander Lee. His Marines have been seeming restless with their support tasks.
>>3425657are you reading the thing man? Stockton is already using female pronouns
>>3425668Jesus, I didn’t even notice
>>3425544>Speak with Custer about his cavalry regiment he plans on raising. >Talk to Commander Lee. His Marines have been seeming restless with their support tasks.
“Commander Lee,” you greet the Marine commander. “Colonel,” he tips his hat at you. “Something I can help you with?” You nod. “I noticed your Marines seemed a bit restless recently.” He frowns, rubbing the back of his neck. “I suppose that’s true, sir. They’re mostly anxious to get back into combat as soon as possible.” You raise an eyebrow. “I’d have assumed they would want the opposite, considering how heavy your casualties were in that shore landing.” Colter shakes his head. “Not necessarily. The US Marines have always been more willing to enter the fray than regular infantry.” He shrugs. “I guess they’re just getting tired of digging latrine ditches and organizing supplies.” He quickly puts up a hand defensively. “No offense meant by that, though.” You shrug. “None taken, Commander. So the Marines want to head back out into the field. Do you think you have enough men to be combat-effective out there?” He nods immediately. “Our injured have healed up, so we’ve got a hundred or so men able to conduct operations in the field.” “A hundred men? That would certainly be a bolster to our vanguard.” You light a cigarillo and puff on it a while. “It’s ultimately up to you, boss.” Colter crosses his arms. “But I’d rather my men were out fighting than getting up to the sorts of things soldiers do when they’ve got nobody to kill.” >”For now your Marines will stay in their support role.” >”Very well, I’ll allow them to return to fighting.” >Write-in.
>>3425743>>Write-in.Tell you what, I'll let them be on the reserves, after my vanguard softens up the enemy and they get tired I can rotate you guys in so they can get some action
>>3425750Supporting. Use them for the breakthrough
>>3425743>”For now your Marines will stay in their support role.” Can't risk it, they've done their part already
>>3425743>>3425750Sure, but have many repeating rifles or single shot with extra ammunition can we spare for them?
>>3425750I thought marines are used as the first strike/breakthrough? Or were they used differently?
>>3425953Marines are usually used as shocktroopers yes but we can use them in the assault of the internal castle stronghold after the walls fall.
>>3425953Pretty much this. Well they are more for amphibious attacks but they make decent shock troops due to their aggression. Only thing we can do is have them be a strike force due to their low number
>>3425960>>3426084Good to know I'm not retarded. Carry on then gentlemen.
“For now, I’ll allow them to act as reserves.” You lean back. “Once the battle commences and the front-line troops begin to waver, yours will be sent in to bolster the force.” Colter raises an eyebrow, then frowns. “Understood, sir.” “Is there a problem with that?” You frown also. “No, no problem at all, Colonel.” Commander Lee shakes his head. “We’ll act as your reserves.” “Good,” you nod. With that, the conversation pretty much ends. You continue making your reports, occasionally glancing at the surrounding countryside. “Colonel Stockton,” Sarah gets your attention. “Yes?” You look over at her. “I was curious what all you did today.” She points to your arm. “I’ve noticed you were wounded.” You shake your head. “This? It’s nothing.” You then lean forward. “Our forces investigated reports of our allies being stuck in the mud. Some enemies attempted to ambush us, but they were defeated.” She writes your words down in a notebook. “I see. You seem confident in your troops’ ability to defeat the enemy.” You nod. “They’ve done an exemplary job so far.” She nods, writing some more. “I see. Thank you.” You shrug. Leaning back once more, you complete your last report, then look at the passing landscape. It won’t be long before your forces reach the city of Hofu. Though you’ve been told there isn’t much resistance waiting there, it makes you anxious. You were also told there wouldn’t be much resistance at the beach, and it turned out to nearly be a defeat for you. Hofu remains on your mind, just another obstacle in your forces’ way, hopefully. You’ve not besieged a town before, and are interested to put that artillery to work.
And that's all for tonight. Thanks for playing! We'll have a session tomorrow, likely around 6PM Eastern, and possibly another one the next day. Until then, the floor is open for questions, comments, concerns, critiques, shitposts, and anything else.
>>3426246So I'm guessing the Marines are upset they're not going in first? Will this affect their morale?
>>3426246Thanks for running.
>>3426246thanks for running>>3426253probably, but what can we do, any more of them slaughtered and we have a diplomatic incident in our hands, they drop like flies
>>3426253Not much we can do about it. Sending them head first will be a slaughter.
Instead of a session tonight, we'll be having our next one on Sunday afternoon and another on Monday.
>>3427799Thanks for telling us.
Hey everyone, our session will be going live at 6PM Eastern tonight. In the meantime, please vote for a perk/skill. >Basic KanjiYou can now read some bits and pieces of the Japanese written language. Though you aren't skilled enough to put together complicated sentences, you can decipher words and basic statements. >Intimidating PresenceIt would seem some people can only be motivated through fear. You can make ready use of your foreboding demeanor when necessary, aiding in persuasion. It is especially effective against people who aren't used to that sort of treatment. >GunslingerThrough practice and necessity, you have become something of a pistolero. You are more comfortable with your Colt Dragoon than with a rifle, and have nearly mastered the ability to draw and shoot quickly. (also enables you to carry additional revolvers, with a limit of four on your person)>Explosives ExpertThe US Marines' use of hand grenades has left an impression on you. Now, you carry a small bag of grenades in combat, and have become skilled in their use. Though a major tactical benefit, there is always the risk of the bag being shot during combat and exploding. >The DeterminatorExperience has hardened your resolve. Things that would normally shake and frighten most men have little effect on you. Small cuts, grazes, and non-serious wounds go ignored in the heat of battle. (+2 to personal combat rolls)
>>3433955And yes, this is still me. My computer crashed last night and I forgot to put my trip back on.
>>3433955>Basic KanjiWe need to get the influence and networking going, because if this operation succeeds we'll earn a hefty dose of prestige and become a target for politicking.
>>3433955>Basic Kanjisafe choiceAs my second choice i would go for>The Determinator
>>3433955I'll vote for >The Determinatorif it has uses outside of close combat, such as resisting intimidation rolls and the like, but if not I'll go with >Basic Kanji
>>3433955>DeterminatorWe can just get some more lessons from Naka to get basic kanji
>>3433955>>The Determinatorcombat will be fucked up, for the language we can relly on Naka
>>3433978>if it has uses outside of close combatSort of. It does, but they're not crunch-related necessarily. Stockton will basically become a little less tolerant of bullshit, and dialogue choices will reflect it.
>>3434052Hey Zap, how do I get out of this chicken-shit outfit?
>>3434052I change to>basic kanji then
>>3433955>Basic KanjiYou can now read some bits and pieces of the Japanese written language. Though you aren't skilled enough to put together complicated sentences, you can decipher words and basic statements.
Alright, it looks like Basic Kanji wins. Session in half an hour.
Hofu, Japan. It is a city right next to, but not quite on, the coast. You stand outside of your tent, looking at the city. In the distance, it seems quite small and insignificant. You have no idea how many enemies are there. Last night, around sunset, your forces arrived. While your infantry set up camp, the rest of your troops helped set up the artillery. It was quite the job, apparently, because this morning several positions remain to be set up and readied. Observing the city with your field glasses, you see trenches just outside of the town proper. Further in is what looks like a small castle. It is maybe a tenth the size of the one you visited in Edo, but still something to be aware of. As you observe the raised platform on which the keep sits, you see the enemy rolling out several cannons that look to be made from wood. There is a brass one as well, likely two hundred years old, if you had to guess. Keiki and Takei’s forces are in the same approximate location as yours, making up a large half-circle around the city to act as a besieging force. The Izumi Domain’s force is on the far edge of that half-circle, completing it and preventing anyone from fleeing by land. Though Hofu does not sit right on the coastline, several piers and wharfs extend out into the water, likely owned by fishermen and the like. Small sailing boats are tied up there, nowhere enough to allow a retreat by sea. The enemy will have to come out and face you. A curious realization dawns on you as you take another pass across the city. There are no townspeople to be seen, anywhere. That being said, there’s no way to tell if they are being kept in their homes, or if they have been evacuated to a safe location. You find the latter highly unlikely. Lowering the binoculars, you set them on a small table. The day is still young. You estimate that you’ve got another hour or so before those last artillery positions are ready. Lighting a cigarillo, you sit down on a crate just outside of your tent. >Take a short nap before the battle commences. You’ll need the extra rest. >Go and see the artillery positions. You want to inspect them before they’re hurling projectiles over your heads. >Meet with Lieutenant Sato. He’s requested to see you as soon as possible. >Talk with Custer about his Cavalry regiment. He’s apparently already raised the men and begun training them. >Send a messenger out to the enemy under a white flag. Perhaps their commander can be persuaded to lay down his arms without fighting?>Write-in.
>>3434375>meet with sato
>>3434375Meet with Lieutenant Sato. He’s requested to see you as soon as possible. What as up?
>>3434375>Meet with Lieutenant Sato. He’s requested to see you as soon as possible.
>>3434375>>Meet with Lieutenant Sato. He’s requested to see you as soon as possible.
You walk over to Lieutenant Sato’s tent. Earlier this morning, you received word that he wanted to meet with you. As you walk up, you announce your presence. “Sato, it’s Colonel Stockton.” “Of course, sir,” he calls from inside his tent. “Please, come in.” You enter, and find him shaving in front of a small mirror and basin. He appears to be touching up the edges of his goatee, and his hair is impeccably slicked back. “You wanted to see me, Lieutenant?” He nods, laying the straight razor in the basin and standing to full height. He dries his face off with a towel, sitting it on a chair before speaking. “Please sit, sir.” You do, and he sits down opposite of you. “I trust you are doing well.” You nod. “I am. The enemy appear to be holding their positions, for now.” Sato leans forward, rubbing his chin. “I see. That is good, it gives us time to prepare.” “It also implies they have prepared for us,” you remark. “But there’s nothing that can be done about that.” “Indeed.” Sato’s expression darkens. “But that is not why I wished to speak with you, sir.” You raise an eyebrow. “Then what was the reason? I’m curious.” “The commander of the Izumi forces, Honda Tadakira.” He grimaces. “I do not trust him to follow through on his promises.” You shrug. “Then we’ll have to make due with Keiki and Takei’s forces.” “That is not my only worry, sir.” He frowns deeply. “In the heat of battle, with gun-smoke everywhere, it would be remarkably easy for his troops to train their guns on you and get away with it.” >”What makes you think he would do a thing like that?” (curious)>”I doubt it will be an issue, Sato.” (dismissive)>”Train their guns on me? They had better not.” (aggressive)>”Now is not the time to doubt our allies’ convictions.” (trusting)>Write-in.
>>3434517>>”What makes you think he would do a thing like that?” (curious)leading into>>”I doubt it will be an issue, Sato.” (dismissive)"They wouldn't dare target such an important member of the military campaign"
>>3434517>>”What makes you think he would do a thing like that?” (curious)
>>3434517>”What makes you think he would do a thing like that?” (curious)
“What makes you think he would do a thing like that?” You lean forward, concerned. “To put it simply, honor.” Sato frowns. You cross your arms. “I would think it dishonorable to shoot your ally in the back.” The lieutenant shakes his head. “You chastised him, a noble, in front of all his men.” Sato grimaces. “And to make matters worse, you are a foreigner, whose station is below that of a common peasant.” You frown. “Is that so?” Sato nods. “Speaking as someone who was born a peasant, sir, I can confirm it.” He continues. “To lose face in such a manner, to someone like him, is unacceptable.” Leaning forward, his eyes narrow. “I have also done some research into this Honda Tadakira. He has a history of killing those who shame him.” “It’d be foolish to kill someone so important to the campaign,” you reason. “Not to him,” Sato counters. Honda Tadakira, and the Honda Clan as a whole, are an ancient Samurai family. They value honor above all else.” He rubs the part of his leg where the old gunshot wound is. “I am certain he will try to kill you in the near future, probably during this battle.” Rubbing the back of your neck, you frown deeply. “You barely even know him, what makes you so sure?” Sato breaks eye-contact. “Because if I were shamed so thoroughly, it is what I would do.” He coughs into his hand once, clearing his throat. “I believe we should act preemptively.” You grimace. “And how do you think we should act?” Sato stands up, walking over to his desk. “I have done some research into his officers. Honda Tadakira’s second-in-command is a commoner, but also a competent military commander, and is the one that runs the day-to-day of the Izumi Domain’s military.” Sato looks over at you, a menacing expression on his face. “If Tadakira were to be removed from the picture, that commander would be far more… Pliable. We would have no issues with the Izumi Domain pulling their weight after that.” >”Absolutely not. I’ll take the risk over betraying our allies.” >”Could you do it without drawing suspicion on us?” >”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?” >”If it will guarantee the Izumi pulling their weight, I will leave this matter in your hands.” >Write-in.
>>3434618>>”If it will guarantee the Izumi pulling their weight, I will leave this matter in your hands.”add in something along the lines of "I have no clue how politicking works in general, let alone in another nation. I'll leave this in your hands."
>>3434618>>”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?”or else>”Absolutely not. I’ll take the risk over betraying our allies.” we are not doing some fucked up shit
>>3434618>”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?” Rather not fuck up our relations with our allies
>>3434618>>”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?”
>>3434618>>3434633This.Or we can just shoot at him right back
>>3434618>”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?”
>>3434618>>”Could you do it without drawing suspicion on us?”
>>3434704And also >”If it will guarantee the Izumi pulling their weight, I will leave this matter in your hands.”
>>3434618>”Instead of getting Tadakira out of the picture, could this commander be persuaded to act in our favor from his current position?”Is there any dirt on him we can use for blackmail?
>>3434618>”If it will guarantee the Izumi pulling their weight, I will leave this matter in your hands.”
You sigh, rubbing your temples. Though it would be highly beneficial to have someone you can rely on in charge of the Izumi forces, you don’t think you could justify what Sato is planning. “Is there any way we can get that commander to act in our favor without removing Tadakira from his position?” Sato frowns deeply. “It would take longer.” He grabs his pistol belt and puts it on, adjusting it while looking in a mirror. “And we would need someone on the inside there, which would risk us being discovered meddling in the Izumi Domain’s affairs.” He looks over at you. “Such tensions could spark a war between the Aizu and Izumi Domains.” You lean forward. “I see…” Looking at him again, you continue. “But wouldn’t your plan risk starting a war as well?” He shakes his head. “Not if I do things the way I planned on.” “And how did you plan on doing it?” You raise an eyebrow. “It would be impossible to trace back to us, sir.” He shakes his head. “Telling you more could put you in a bad position, were it to fail.” You sigh once more. “So it sounds like you’re planning on assassinating Tadakira.” Sato nods. “If it is necessary.” >”It’s too dangerous. We aren’t going to undermine the Izumi Domain.” >”See if you can put a man on the inside. We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command.” >”If you’re truly confident that it won’t get back to us, I’ll allow you to execute your plan.” >Write-in.
>>3434905>>”If you’re truly confident that it won’t get back to us, I’ll allow you to execute your plan.”>>Write-in."Whatever you need, you'll get. I'll write you a requisition note so you can get anything you require so it succeeds."
>>3434905>”See if you can put a man on the inside. We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command.” Fuck you sato we are not assassinating our allies
>>3434905>”See if you can put a man on the inside. We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command.”
>>3434905>>”If you’re truly confident that it won’t get back to us, I’ll allow you to execute your plan.”
>>3434905>>”See if you can put a man on the inside. We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command.”
Quite torn here. I don't really want to get involved in the backstabbing competition this could become but I do believe Sato is correct that this guy will try and kill us, and likely soon.
>>3434905>”If you’re truly confident that it won’t get back to us, I’ll allow you to execute your plan.” >Goddamit Sato.
>>3435051I think getting involved in backstabbing would be a mistake, and a path with no return, we can deal with the fucker if it ever comes to this but let's not enter this now.
“See if you can get a man on the inside,” you say. “We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command, see if he’ll come around to our way of thinking.” Sato grimaces. “It will be a greater risk of discovery for us… But I shall arrange it.” You nod, standing up. “Good. Is there anything else you needed?” “No sir.” Sato salutes. “Very well,” you reply. Saluting him back, you turn to leave. “Good day, Lieutenant. I’ll see you when we prepare to head to battle.” “Yes sir.” With that, you leave Sato’s tent. Glancing down at your new pocket watch, which you only recently happened upon in your travels, you see that your meeting with Sato took only fifteen or so minutes. Walking back toward your tent, you consider the potential fallout that might come from meddling in another domain’s affairs. It isn’t ideal, but you need the Izumi on your side. It would be ideal if the Shogun could develop and raise a standing army, you think, but such a thing would probably require abolishing the feudal lords’ levies. That would turn out quite badly, you imagine, especially in a country whose government has been basically unchanged for five centuries. Shaking your head, you walk back to your tent. Picking up your field glasses, you scan the enemy lines once again. They are still in their trenches, though some stand around in the town itself. Many wear Western clothing of a vaguely military persuasion, though some have actual uniforms on. You think you spy a red jacket or two, likely purchased from the British, but nothing distinctive sticks out beyond that. The enemy artillerists up at the castle appear to be having a Hell of a time trying to set up their cannons. The brass one has lost a wheel, and lays over on its side. Fighting a chuckle, you lower your field glasses. >Go meet with Custer. See his progress with the Cavalry. >Gather your lieutenants and begin preparing for the battle. >See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy. >Write-in.
>>3434905>>>”See if you can put a man on the inside. We’ll try to lean on that second-in-command.”
Also this will be the last post for tonight. Tomorrow we'll have a session around the same time. Floor's open for questions, comments, concerns, etc. Thanks for playing!
>>3435067Yeah, but right now our alternate solution seems to be just... waiting and hoping that we can soft-coup him before another battle happens? Which seems a little iffy.
>>3435074>>See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy.
>>3435074>>Go meet with Custer. See his progress with the Cavalry.
>>3435074>>See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy.Do we have any sharpshooters?
>>3435087>Do we have any sharpshooters?All of Lieutenant Kojima's men are trained as sharpshooters.
>>3435074>See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy.
>>3435110We should start sending them up to skirmish and engage at will.Targeting officers and artillerists.
>>3435074>Go meet with Custer. See his progress with the Cavalry. I thought executing the plan won 4 to 3?
>>3435150Shit, that last vote came in when I was already done writing. My bad.
>>3435158>>3435150I can retcon it to Sato executing the plan if anons want.
>>3435074>Go meet with Custer. See his progress with the Cavalry.
>>3435163Nah, starting writing is part and parcel of voting.Just go with this.
>>3435163Just wanted to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Keep going QM.
>>3435177It feels weird not to trust our LT,s though. They've never steered us wrong before.
>>3435163I mean I'd rather the execution then what the fuck you wrote boss. >>3435074>check on the artillery lads
>>3435169>>3435177>>3435269 I genuinely might retcon it since the story post would've gone almost the same. Literally two lines of dialogue would've been different. I'll decide tomorrow when I'm less drunk.
>>3435074>See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy.The enemy artillerists' ineptitude urges us to attack immediately, but that can be just a show to lure us into a false sense of security. After all, they had a ton of time to prepare, why are they only rolling out the cannons now?
>>3435158>Shit, that last vote came in when I was already done writing. My bad.Why did you proceed if it was a tie then?I too agree that we should be bold. Sato sounds determined and knowing what he is doing. Honda will turn on us in the heat of battle and some of our subordinates may die in the process trying to save us.
Yeah, let's go with Sato's plan.
>>3435286hey Zap, are you on Discord?
>>3435286>retconand >Sato's plan
>>3435286>Voting against the retcon.Sato's plan will put us in deep shit when it inevitably gets discovered.
>>3435074>See how your own artillerists are coming along. You certainly hope they’re having better luck than the enemy. >>3435286+1 change to assassinate
>>3436092If Izumi's going to openly fire on us, may as well secretly slit his throat.
Hey, is the Kotetsu going to be a boss fight?
>>3435976>Why did you proceed if it was a tie then?I must have miscounted and thought there was one more for the other option. Again, my bad. >>3436045Nope. >>3437061 There's a high likelihood of it.
Session in two hours.
The enemy cannons are from a few hundred years ago or are they purchased from the British as well?Because brass/bronze was still used until the civil war
I wonder when Kenshin's going to manslay us?
>>3437785They looked old to Stockton, but he's also a bit of a brainlet when it comes to artillery, at least for now.
>>3437830Can we use hollowed tree trunks and clay balls for artillery?
>>3437871But we've never shut down the entire system before. It might not come back on at all!
You decide to head up to the hilltops surrounding Hofu. Your artillerists, as well as Enzo Beretta, are up there preparing firing positions and readying cannons. It is a bit of a walk getting up there, but at least the ground has dried out since it last rained. The first few positions are set up and ready to go. Most of the cannons your forces have are old muzzle-loaders from the beginning of the century. Some are American, some British, and others likely served in the armies of Napoleon himself. None of your army’s munitions are standardized, as far as artillery goes, so you’ve instead ordered the guns to be arranged by national origin for the sake of logistical simplicity. It’s an imperfect system, but probably the best that can be done. As you walk along the positions, greeting the artillery crews as you go, you find the captured Armstrong guns near the top of the hill. They are all set up, with sandbags and trenchworks surrounding them. You notice that they’ve been cleaned and polished recently, and the ammunition for them is neatly stacked nearby. An Aizu flag flies from a short flagpole just behind the cannons. As you approach, you see Beretta talking with several Europeans. Very few of them wear actual uniforms, save for the few Aizu soldiers you see milling about. “Hello, Mr. Beretta.” You greet your resident gunsmith as you approach. “Ah, Colonel.” He turns to face you. “It is good to see you up here.” He gestures toward one of the Westerners, a man with a mustache wearing a dark blue uniform. “This is the artillerist who has been helping organize things for us.” The man extends a hand, which you shake. “Jules Brunet,” he says with a smile. He is perhaps around your age, with an open face and bright eyes. By his accent, you assume he is French. “Daniel Stockton,” you reply. “I’ve heard you’ve been in charge of our artillery corps for a while.” He shrugs. “Officially, I am just an observer and instructor, sir.” Grinning, he gestures at the gun emplacements. “That does not mean I cannot provide some practical advice in the field.” He then raises an eyebrow. “I take it you are American, yes?” You nod. “I am.” >”How do you like these Armstrong Rifles we’ve captured?” >”Are we ready to begin firing, or do more preparations need to be done?” >”I’ve noticed some enemy artillery pieces at the castle in the city. Do you figure they will be a serious threat?” >”I haven’t heard of you, Mr. Brunet. What are your credentials?” >Write-in.
>>3437882What did you decide for earlier?
>>3437882>”Are we ready to begin firing, or do more preparations need to be done?” followed by>>”I’ve noticed some enemy artillery pieces at the castle in the city. Do you figure they will be a serious threat?”
>>3437887Ah, right. I'm just going to retcon it to Sato executing the plan.
>>3437892Thanks. Does he smirk with a cloud of darkness emanating from his person as he salutes us?
>>3437882>>”Are we ready to begin firing, or do more preparations need to be done?” >>”I’ve noticed some enemy artillery pieces at the castle in the city. Do you figure they will be a serious threat?”
>>3437897 But of course.
>>3437882>”How do you like these Armstrong Rifles we’ve captured?” >”Are we ready to begin firing, or do more preparations need to be done?” >”I’ve noticed some enemy artillery pieces at the castle in the city. Do you figure they will be a serious threat?” Actually Napolians era cannons aren’t bad for the era. And this theater As sir standardization it should be mostly fine since they use solid shot
>>3437882https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_XI_systemHere is a basic explanation of the system the French used.I think the other major nations used a similar system of the same type eventually
Currently catching up, but have we read any history of how wars used to be done in Japan?Could be useful in understanding the traditional doctrines, but I think what Oda Nobunaga did with guns was pretty unique. Could be something positive to show the more traditional how Japan can make the "New" ways their own.
>>3437964Oda Nobunaga did this independently of European thought or instruction: https://empiretotalwar.fandom.com/wiki/Fire_by_Rank
>>3437882>”I’ve noticed some enemy artillery pieces at the castle in the city. Do you figure they will be a serious threat?”
“Are we ready to begin firing?” You cross your arms. Brunet nods. “Indeed we are, Colonel. On your command we can begin laying barrages, or we can wait until the battle commences and fire at targets of opportunity to avoid stray shells hitting the city itself.” You raise an eyebrow. “Very well. I’m glad to hear that we’re ready.” You then point down to the location of Hofu Castle. “I saw the enemy preparing some artillery of their own.” You frown. “How much of a danger do you expect them to be?” He pulls out a set of field glasses and looks at the spot you were pointing at. “My god, are those tree trunks?” Brunet chuckles before continuing. “Other than the two brass cannons they have, I see nothing worrisome from their artillery.” He lowers the glasses and looks at you. “Though, you should still be aware of potential cannon fire. They could always be hiding more cannons somewhere else.” You nod. “That’s true.” Jules Brunet looks at you again. “So since you are an American, I take it you fought in their Civil War?” “I did.” You frown. “So you must have a great deal of experience.” He smiles at you. “Many of the Westerners coming to this nation have little experience fighting a war against a modern adversary.” “I suppose so.” You shrug. “Though I was only a sergeant in the United States Army.” Looking out over the field where the battle will take place, you grimace. “Truth be told, I’ve had to learn strategy and administration as I’ve gone along.” Brunet chuckles. “I believe we are all merely learning as we go along, Colonel. Though they do not like to admit it, I am sure the old generals still learn new things every day.” You also chuckle. “Perhaps so, Mr. Brunet.” He shakes your hand again. “Well, Colonel. I am sure you have more preparations to attend to.” The Frenchman nods toward the captured Armstrong guns. “We shall stand by and await the start of the battle.” >”Very well. Good luck, Mr. Brunet.” (leave)>”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”>Write-in.
>>3438134>>”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”"Although if our ammunition stores aren't up to that you can rest easy until the main assault"
>A curious realization dawns on you as you take another pass across the city. There are no townspeople to be seen, anywhere. That being said, there’s no way to tell if they are being kept in their homes, or if they have been evacuated to a safe location. You find the latter highly unlikely. 5 anon bucks says they're in the stronghold. Remember anons, civilians are expendable.
>>3438134>>3438138This. Depending how much distance is from the castle use the Armstrong cannons.The old bronze cannons can deal with the trenches, maybe force them to do a charge
>>3438161With that being said>>3438134”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”Fire away!
>>3438134>>”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”>>Write-in.Their buildings are mostly wooden, Mr Brunet. You have leave to start fires as much as possible. Keep their men running about and tired."
>>3438134>>3438168Whoops >”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”
>>”You can begin barraging the enemy positions now if you wish. Soften them up a bit.”
>>3438175They don’t have incondary ammunition yet.Iirc they have solid, grape, and canister
>>3438201>They don’t have incondary ammunition yet.I have read reports of "Greek Fire" being used in the Civil War. That being said, your army has nothing of the sort. At least for now.
>>3438201Actually heated shot exists, but that would be mainly for fortress guns because you'd need a furnace to heat up the cannon balls.
>>3438201Pity.Havoc should be the day's word tho. Need to have the soldiers busy faffing about and not resting.
Hey guys, I need to call the session here for now. Next one will be Wednesday at around 6PM Eastern. Floor's open for questions and all that jazz.
>>3438434thanks for the live but i got nothng for now.
>>3438134>Write-in.Brunet probably has some knowledge of military engineering. Ask for advice on breaching and assaulting the castle.
Lurker here. Was wondering if we could somehow get our hands on a .577 Bland-Pryse. Also incompetent with google-fu. Dunno when it was actually produced I just know the bullet it fires predates the Boshin war by a year so eh.Wait shit this'd be a year early from the round itself coming about. Damn. Nevermind. I was just hoping to get an absurd gun to replace our outdated but equally ridiculous gun. Really though having to replace the entire cylinder to reload is a huge disadvantage.Yes I watch gun jesus
>>3441487>Really though having to replace the entire cylinder to reload is a huge disadvantage.It really isn't when everyone else is using roughly the same technology. Cartridge revolvers are rare and mostly low-powered at this point in history.
>>3441549I know we wouldn't see it since it was produced in 1870 but the Model 3 was hardly low powered. Not like the bullets care too much or the bodies on the other end of them. But I suppose exception to the rule. If it were just a couple years later the cartridge revolvers would be catching up. But you know the real draw of cartridge revolvers is that they tend to be more foolproof, more water resistant, and much easier to carry ammo for. Admittedly not in huge bulk but that is for baggage trains and not soldiers.Apparently the .577 was a hell of a round. Big as fuck but still pulled over 700 fp/s. It definitely loses to the Dragoon or Walker in velocity. But velocity is better for dealing with cover and armor than people unless it's at a stupid high level. You don't really need it in Japan. Half the time all they are wearing is cloth. Also pls rate of fire and ease of reloading is always important. Not that Stockton has any trouble with any of this experienced as he is. Not trying to argue or anything, I just thought it was interesting food for thought.
>>3441614This is a revolver for stopping wounded tigers from eating your face. For stopping people it's an absolute overkill
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“You can begin laying a barrage now, Mr. Brunet.” You nod toward the enemy positions. “Soften them up a bit.” Brunet grins. “Of course, Colonel.” You bid the Frenchman farewell and begin heading down to the command tent as the first of the cannons begin to fire. By the time you get down there, the steady pattern of the barrage practically sounds like a drumbeat. The louder reports, likely from the Armstrong guns, cause the ground to shake even down in the camp itself. “Alright, gentlemen.” You waste no time briefing your officers as they all arrive. “This is the first proper pitched battle we’ve had. The shore landing was tough, so I know this will be a walk in the park for us.” Gesturing out toward the battlefield, now heavily cratered from the barrage. “The enemy are mostly sitting in trenches just outside of Hofu itself. This artillery barrage should force them out of their defenses, however.” You pause to light a cigarillo, puffing on it vigorously to encourage the flame to take hold. “We have no idea whether there are civilians in the town. For all we know, the enemy have reinforcements hidden in the buildings.” “So the plan is to attack and defeat the enemy out on the battlefield.” Nakajima frowns, looking out at the field in question. “How shall we proceed after that?” You nod. “Once the enemy in the field are taken care of, we will push into the city and take the castle at the far end.” Crossing your arms, you continue. “Once the castle has an Aizu banner atop its keep, we will consider the city of Hofu captured.” You look at your four lieutenants. “Each of you will be commanding your rifle companies, as well as two companies of regular line infantry. Any questions?” “No sir,” the lieutenants say. You nod. “Very well, go rally your men.” As the lieutenants leave, Sato stays behind. You walk over to him as he prepares to leave. “Lieutenant, did you take care of that thing we spoke about?” He nods, an ever so slight grin appearing. “The matter is handled. Within perhaps half an hour, our adversary will no longer be a threat.” You nod. “Good. Now go rally your men.” He gives you a salute, which you return. “Yes, sir.” You sigh, sitting down in the command tend. It will be at least twenty minutes before the troops are ready to go. Now you need only decide how best to command this force. >You will go along with one of your Lieutenants, and command from the front. >You will head up to the artillery positions for a better vantage point, and command via message runners and flags. >Write-in.
>>3443048>You will go along with one of your Lieutenants, and command from the front. Like have always been doing
>>3443048>You will go along with one of your Lieutenants, and command from the front.
>>3443048>You will go along with one of your Lieutenants, and command from the front.I wonder if samurai body armor would still be good to wear tho?
>>3443149I guess not anymore, at least we have our unit with Naka well trained and with some combat experience, we'll have this one
>>3443048>>You will head up to the artillery positions for a better vantage point, and command via message runners and flags.
>>3443149How good would a scaled armour be against bullets?
>>3443186Might do something against shrapnel.
>>3443187though it won't be enough considering how heavy the armor plate is.
>>3443210I've heard plate armor is lighter than grunt body armor. Maybe the stuff samurai wear would be about the same?
>>3443214not really, laquor isn't quite as good iirc.
>>3443223We're not talking about good, we're talking about weight.
>>3443214If i recall Samurai armour is composed of small leather and iron scales or plates. My guess the chest piece and the helmet might provide some protection in long range but not so great in short range when you are in a fire line against the other guy.So elements of it COULD help but i guess it's a question if you want to add the chest plate weight to a infantry man gear.
>>3443232Well, the MC got taken out by shrapnel to the chest, so you tell me.
>>3443048>>You will go along with one of your Lieutenants, and command from the front.
>>3443235I say that it wouldn't it would be better to not be hold by the weight of a metal chest plate plus the fabric one would have to use under said piece and have more the agility of getting out if the way and look for cover.
>>3443243>I say that it wouldn't it would be better to not be hold by the weight of a metal chest plate plus the fabric one would have to use under said piece and have more the agility of getting out if the way and look for cover.OHHH???
You decide to command as you normally do, from the front. As the troops begin to rally, you find your way over to Nakajima’s company. As your second-in-command, it makes sense that you would stick with her for the battle. “Lieutenant,” you greet her. “Colonel Stockton.” She salutes you. “Is there something you need?” You shake your head. “I intend to command from the front. I’d rather be in the thick of it in case I have to adjust our strategy.” “Understood.” She nods. “Our company will be arranged at the center of the force.” Looking out at the battlefield, you see that some of the enemy soldiers have left their trenches, moving toward your formation. “Well,” you say. “Let’s get this show on the road.” Your army begins marching forward in formation, rifles on their shoulders. Save for the line infantry, your force looks quite the picture of a modern army. Shells whistle overhead as you march, landing amongst the enemy. The explosions throw dirt and men, as well as pieces of men, up into the air. Occasionally, shells hit the city, and at one point an entire building collapses. Your attention stays on the enemy, however, as they all advance in a line toward you. Many of them are armed with rifle-muskets, and some even with repeaters, judging by the glint of brass against the sunlight. You unsling your Henry, carrying it at your hip as the lines of men draw closer to one another. “Steady, men.” You hear some of the sergeants in the formation giving words of assurance. One in particular stands out, speaking in a very clear dialect of Japanese. “They are not even close enough to shoot at us yet.” You can tell he’s addressing the line infantrymen. Your men already know the range of most guns pretty well. As that range approaches, your men all unsling their rifles as well, and the air is filled with the clicking of hammers being pulled back. You aren’t sure whether your men or the enemy fires the first shot, but within seconds, occasional puffs of smoke come from the enemy line. The first of the musket balls whiz over your head. With no ceremony whatsoever, the Battle of Hofu begins. Roll a d20 >”Remember your light infantry training! Spread out and pepper them with aimed fire!” >”Form ranks and fire in volleys!” >”Affix bayonets!” >”Try and flank them!”
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3443290>”Try and flank them!”
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3443290>”Form ranks and fire in volleys!”i guess this is the best for combat on a open field.
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>3443290Damn>>3443316Lookd like we are getting shot
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>3443290>”Remember your light infantry training! Spread out and pepper them with aimed fire!”Sheeeeeeeeeit.
>>3443332Let's hope our 4 lts can pull this off because we are coming back on a stretcher damb
>>3443340But what's the order we hopefully gave before we got shot?
>>3443346Currently it's tied between 3 different options. Will wait for some more votes to come in before I start writing. Bold of the anon above you to assume Stockton will be the only victim of these rolls.
Well, then we should vote for the least risky option and blame the metagaming on a "bad feeling"
By the way, this is why you choose options before rolling. Because now there is a bias towards picking the least risky/damaging one.
>>3443357well, the entire unit is coming down of course, but daniel will probably get his too
>>3443362Yup, I have no shame.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>”Remember your light infantry training! Spread out and pepper them with aimed fire!”
>>3443290>>”Remember your light infantry training! Spread out and pepper them with aimed fire!”
>>3443360>>3443362You can certainly try, but what is really the least risky one?
>>3443375Well, I suppose telling our troops to remember their training and fall back on discipline.
>>3443380>tfw the roll determines that Sato's covert op was a bust
>>3443388I suppose that just comes with expecting subtlety from Sato.
>>3443391And also comes with a bunch of bullets from our backs
“Spread out and take aimed shots.” You kneel and chamber a round. “Remember your light infantry training!” “What about the line infantry behind us, sir?” Nakajima crouches perhaps twenty paces from you. “If we stay low, they can just fire volleys over our heads.” You shrug. Taking aim, you begin firing at enemy troops. As you and your men begin firing, things start to go wrong. You are in the midst of reloading your Henry, after successfully firing all of your rounds at enemy soldiers, when you fumble and drop some cartridges on the ground. As you reach down to pick them up, a musket ball grazes your shoulder deeply, running right next to your neck and causing you to scream in pain. The warmth spreading across your back tells you that it has already begun to bleed quite heavily. As your troops endure the enemy’s volley fire, many begin to drop around you. “Shit,” you say to yourself. Tearing open your jacket, you stuff a wad of cotton fabric onto the wound and tie the rest up under your armpit to tighten it. You quickly pick your Henry back up and continue reloading. Your men begin forming up around you, offering covering fire as you snap the magazine closed and resume firing yourself. “Keep shooting!” You grit your teeth. “Don’t let them get any closer!” Your men do a rather excellent job of holding the enemy off, and the hostile line begins to break after a couple more minutes. However, as the enemy line separates, you see several puffs of smoke from the Hofu Castle. “Incoming!” You shout the word several times at the men around you. “Disperse! Artillery incoming!” The men do as you instruct, but for the line infantry in particular, it is too late. Several shells land among them, tearing the formation of around 200 men in half. As you look on in horror at the two lines that were once one, a shell lands close enough for its concussion to throw you onto your back. You lay on the hard earth, dazed. The sky is slightly cloudy. You don’t know which way the wind is blowing, but the clouds are moving faster than you’ve ever seen. Your ears are ringing louder than ever before. You roll over onto your side and see where the artillery shell landed. It was among your own light riflemen. You see men lying on the ground, dead, as well as pieces of men. The earth is stained red in some places. You feel as though you are going to vomit. Your mouth seems to move on its own, shouting the first thing you think of when you see the carnage. “Nakajima!”
>>3443290>>”Remember your light infantry training! Spread out and pepper them with aimed fire!”"Prone or kneeling positions are authorised."
You feel a hand on your shoulder. Looking over, to your relief, is Lieutenant Nakajima and several of her sergeants, as well as maybe fifteen or twenty enlisted light riflemen. “Here, sir.” She helps you to your feet. “I am here.” You shake your head, unable to think straight. “The enemy-“ She nods. “Still ahead of us. The troops are holding them off for now, but there are more coming.” You nod. “How many do we have left?” “Of the troops we left with earlier,” Nakajima looks around. She grimaces. “Maybe half.” “Shit,” you mutter. >”We hold the line here. Consolidate our formation with the remaining line infantry and act as a line company.” >”Order everyone to fall back to the nearest friendly company. We’re no good alone out here.” >Write-in.
>>3443433>>Write-in.Behind leapfrog fallback to our planned prepared positions. Organise into adhoc platoons and begin skirmishing, buy time for the line infantry to reform and get into cover.
>>3443435>Behind leapfrogGDI. Meant "Begin leapfrog".
>>3443433>>3443435Nice write-in anon. Supporting this QM.
>>3443433Backing this >>3443435
>>3443433There are five possible operations for any army. If you can fight, fight; if you cannot fight, defend; if you cannot defend, flee; if you cannot flee, surrender; if you cannot surrender, die.>>3443435Time for Defense!
>>3443433>Fall back for the previous position the enemybartilary has this place zeroed inMy heart stopped when daniel screamed Nakajima in one post just to have her pull him up on the next, that was some cruel use of post break right there Qm, based Naka almost had me screaming
>>3443435seems good, we need to buy time for the line to reform>>3443451 tell me about it, that was close
You struggle to think clearly, blinking hard as you stare at the dirt for a few seconds. “Sir?” Nakajima gets your attention. “I…” You trail off. Finally, you think of a plan. “Fall back and organize into small platoons. Keep the formations loose and harass the enemy long enough for the line infantry to reorganize.” Nakajima nods. “Understood.” She then turns to the sergeants and relays your plan in rapid-fire Japanese. The sergeants immediately snap to action, attending to their duties as hastily as they can. As the sergeants go to the enlisted men, Nakajima stays with you. “Are you sure you are alright, sir?” You shake your head several times, still feeling hazy. “I’m… I’m fine, just a little shaken up.” Gritting your teeth, you stand to full height. “Let’s get this going. We are not losing this battle.” “Yes sir.” Nakajima grins as she goes over to the nearest light infantry platoon. You look around on the ground, finding your Henry not far from where you landed. The magazine tube looks a little bit dented, but it is far from a fatal issue. Cycling the action, you join up with Nakajima’s platoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4irXQhgMqgQuickly, you all move back fifty or so yards, fanning out as you move. The enemy, seemingly thinking you plan to all run, begin shooting less frequently. It works to your advantage, as they seem quite surprised when you all crouch, turn around, and begins shooting at them again. The rapid pattern of your repeaters’ fire initially overwhelms the enemy completely. Once again their lines waver, and their attention is forced completely on you. The remaining Aizu line infantry realize this, and within a half minute or so, unleash a frightening volley into the already-wavering Choshu line. The volley hits them dead-on, and they are all unprepared for it. Dozens of enemy soldiers drop, and you hear panicked screams from the enemy line. Choshu troopers, once filled with confidence from their momentary victory, shatter under the combined weight of aimed fire and a full volley. The line in front of your force crumbles, its remnants running away as many drop their muskets onto the dirt. “They are running!” Nakajima smiles as she looks over at you. You nod. “They are…” Your head hurts again, and you have to blink hard several times to refocus your vision. “Alright,” you finally say. “Excellent work.” >”Let’s group up with friendly regiments and push forward with them.” >”We’re still capable of continuing with the original plan. Forward!” >”Those cannons are a problem. Let’s push into the city right now and try to neutralize them.” >Write-in.
>>3443504>”Those cannons are a problem. Let’s push into the city right now and try to neutralize them.” Should we send in the Marines now or wait for the castle?
>>3443504>”Let’s group up with friendly regiments and push forward with them.”
>>3443504>forward push but keep spread, remember the plan!. Don't let the cannons get ya
>>3443515It'll look really good if the Marines take it, and also shock the American people if all the Marines die, meaning more American troops over here.
>>3443523I actually think they should be away from the vanguard, to keep them alive, enough have died.The castle specially, the shogun's troops should take it so as to not generate internal turmoil with the other daymios
>>3443543Marines also need to feel like they're contributing or else their rudimentary sailor brains will kick in and they'll start shit.
>>3443504>>”Those cannons are a problem. Let’s push into the city right now and try to neutralize them.”
>>3443504>”Let’s group up with friendly regiments and push forward with them.” Time for the other lords to bleed their troops too.
>>3443553Well, there's plenty of skirmishes and the siege proper for them to fire, just keep away from the push, half of them died at the beach so I say they've done more than enough as a contribution.
>>3443504>>3443515Send the marines against the cannons.Its a great military target and they're already being cowed by our artillery. Great press and fewer american casualties.
>>3443553Maybe we can attach the Marines with us. Any daimyo trying to 'mistakenly' trying to shoot at us in the confusion will have to deal with the wrath of the United States if American soldiers get killed in the crossfire.
>>3443504>>3443515>>3443568Sounds like a plan!
>>3443504>>3443515This. Time for marines
So it's looking like the vote is to assault with the Marines attached to us. Roll a 1d20.
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3443605Let's go!
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>3443605MURRRIKA
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3443605
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3443605
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>3443605FIRST TO FIGHT FOR RIGHT AND FREEDOMAND TO KEEP OUR HONOR CLEAN~
>>3443612Damn, there goes the marines
Also I think we'll pause the session for tonight. Next one will be at 6PM tomorrow in this same thread. It's gonna be a fun one.
>>3443612I didn't want my meme pic to become real anon.
>>3443624Thanks for running.Have mercyyyy
>>3443619Don't jinx it man, I don't expect we to walk out unscated of this one but that 17 can at least save some some skins>>3443620
If only I hadn't stopped posting my roll to go look up the lyrics to the Marine Hymn!
my heart can't take this
>>3443630I think named chars like Lee will bite it because of a 1 but our marine buddies are in for a world of hurt
>>3443640I meant I DON'T think named...
>>3443654When did Robert E. Lee die anyhow?
the numbers of 1s here is giving me mid boss flashbacks
If we're on the losing side, will we get AK-47s from Japanese time travelers?
>>3443713At least we're not unlucky as Baldr
Session in an hour.
You grimace. “Those cannons will be a problem.” Looking around at your ragged, yet capable group of light and line infantry, you realize that they might not be enough to assault that castle. “Nakajima, find our fastest man.” “Sir?” She raises an eyebrow. “I need a runner to go back to camp and get Commander Lee.” You grin. “Tell him that he and his Marines need to meet us down here as soon as possible. They’ll be helping us assault that castle and neutralize the enemy artillery.” She salutes you. “Understood.” Not long after that, she finds the fastest runner in the company, and you give the man written orders for Lee. After he leaves, you have the men spread out once more, setting up small defensive positions. The artillery seems to have moved on from your company, and you see shells land amongst the line infantry commanded by Lieutenant Subaru. “Damn,” you say while observing through field glasses. “We need to get up to that castle quickly.” “Indeed,” Nakajima nods. “Our forces will suffer heavily under a sustained bombardment like that.” You grimace. Shells from your own artillery whistle overhead, landing in the midst of an enemy company not far away. Though your force in particular is mostly being ignored at the moment, you know how quickly that can change. It is perhaps another twenty minutes, during which you have occasional shooting engagements with the enemy, before the Marines arrive. Commander Lee walks up to you as his hundred or so soldiers form up alongside your line infantry. After a quick briefing with Lee, your combined force begins pushing toward the city of Hofu. The enemy quickly notice you, and it isn’t long before you find yourselves in another firefight. Several Marines, and perhaps a dozen of your line infantry, die in the exchange. However, you shake the enemy and continue forward. Once you enter the city of Hofu, things seem to die down a bit. You and your 250 men advance, breaking into groups of 50 as you are forced to take different streets toward the castle. Your group, consisting of solely light infantry and Marines, proceeds up the widest street. Commander Lee walks on one side of you, and Nakajima on the other. “It seems too quiet,” Lee says. You nod, but before you can say anything, the sound of hooves catches your attention. Looking ahead, perhaps twenty cavalrymen, dressed in samurai armor and carrying katanas, barrel toward your formation. “Cavalry charge!” >”Disperse and fire at them!” >”Tighten the formation and affix bayonets!” >Try to pick off as many riders with your Henry as you can. (roll a 1d20)>Write-in.
>>3445009Form 3 lines, first two brace with bayonets, third one fire as they come
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>3445009>”Tighten the formation and affix bayonets!” >Try to pick off as many riders with your Henry as you can. (roll a 1d20)>Ones with single shot rifles, put on bayonets and get into position while those with repeaters, rapid fire to slow them down.
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3445009>>”Tighten the formation and affix bayonets!” >Try to pick off as many riders with your Henry as you can. (roll a 1d20)
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3445009Backing this lad >>3445031
“Tighten formation!” You step back. “Muskets and single-shots in the front, affix bayonets!” You raise your Henry. “Everyone with repeaters, stay back and fire!” The formation quickly does as you order, with Marines and light infantry privates kneeling at the front with their bayonets at the ready. You and the officers and NCOs stay at the back and begin peppering the enemy cavalry unit with fire. Three or four fall immediately, tripping up the riders immediately behind them. It quickly becomes chaos for the enemy. Several more fall in the confusion, being torn to bits by repeater fire. Soon, perhaps five or six of the enemy remain, Two of them run immediately, disappearing off in some other direction down a street. The remaining three continue their charge, however. You keep firing, and one of them falls instantly. The other two keep coming, almost seeming to shrug off the repeater fire. Finally, one falls off of his horse, spilling blood everywhere from dozens of bullet holes. The final enemy still keeps his charge up, and you put a round through his horse’s skull to stop him. The horse tumbles to the ground mere feet from your formation, and the man falls off next to it. He stands up slowly, and you all raise your weapons at him. In response, he locks eyes with you, raising his katana. The man breathes heavily, and you can see blood running freely down his armor. He doesn’t charge at you, nor does he make any indication to surrender. You see fury in his eyes, even from ten or so feet away. Is he challenging you to a duel? >Order your men to shoot. >Accept the enemy’s challenge. >Write-in.
>>3445081PrisionerSend him back to camp
>>3445081>Accept the enemy’s challenge. Its just too cool to pass up and it would earn mad points with our employers and native troops
>>3445081>put a round in his chest and order the men forwardWe know the fucking hicks are aiding these guys or around. Don't risk it
>>3445081I'm not sure. Fighting half dead crazed samurai sounds epic also fighting half dead crazed samurai sounds really dangerous and stupid.Dice favor rule of cool>Accept the enemy’s challenge. In our badass looking hussar's pelisse I hope
>>3445081>>3445098I'm changing to>accept Since I realized we won't be able to take him alive.>>3445127You just cursed the dice lol
>>3445081Do we have nat 1 override other dice? I don't remember.>>3445138I did it?>>3443306>>3443316>>3443322I think it long to late for that.
>>3445146Yeah, they were cursed already you're right
>>3445177I was thinking of challenging on a interpretive poetry contest, why everything has to be so violent?
>>3445081>Accept the enemy’s challenge.
>>3445194Seventy percent of what it takes to be a samurai is penmanship.
>>3445206But can they put it in words and gesture? That's where the real challenge lies.
>>3445195>>3445138>>3445127>>3445104You accept the enemy's challenge. Roll a 1d20.
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3445275
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>3445275
pls no 1s
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>3445275May 1
>>3445301The dice Do favor rule of cool then
>>3445301Very nice, Anon.
Do our men get a morale bonus?
>>3445317I'm interested in whoever was following this dude somewhere to throw down their weapons after the challenge too
You nod slowly at the masked samurai, stepping forward as you lay your Henry on the ground. “Sir?” Nakajima looks over at you, wide-eyed. “Are you sure this is the best course of action?” You nod, still looking the samurai in the eye. “I am.” Without another word, you step out in front of your troops, drawing your saber as you walk. You raise the weapon, mimicking the pose that your adversary has taken. “What is your name, Samurai?” You speak to him in your most refined Japanese. He says nothing, his eyes narrowing as he takes a step forward you. His stance is reminiscent of the kind you were taught by Shigeru Nakajima, though with a certain looseness to it. You both close the distance between each other, slowly moving in a circle as you do. “Very well,” you finally say. “I will tell you my name regardless. I am Daniel Stockton.” You raise the saber. “And I am here on behalf of Matsudaira Katamori and the Shogun.” The man grunts, and lunges at you. As quick as lightning, his katana slices toward you. It is a strike that you have become familiar with through sparring with Shigeru. You parry it with the flat of your saber, jumping back as you deflect his blade violently. Quickly, you move in and strike with your saber. The enemy samurai moves, but his armor weighs him down. Your saber’s edge cleaves through an armor plate on his torso, sending blood flying. Though it likely didn’t cut him very deeply, the man has lost a lot of blood already. He takes a few steps back, grasping his side and swearing in Japanese. He locks eyes with you once more, taking a wild swing with his katana. You don’t fall for it, however, and quickly his ploy is revealed when his strike changes direction. You parry once again, and he looks at you with surprise as he steps back once more. You realize that keeping this fight going much longer will be impossible. As the enemy sees you wind up with your saber, he goes to parry your strike. It is useless, as you swing the blade with all your might into his katana. The enemy’s blade bends, and metal shards fly everywhere as his arm is wrenched away from his body. He drops the ruined sword instantly, and you can tell that the force of the strike probably broke his wrist. As he reaches for his shorter sword, you end it. A single strike to his neck decapitates him, and the enemy falls over unceremoniously. You look down at your own saber a few seconds later. If it is bent, you can’t tell. There is a chip in the blade where it struck the katana, but it is otherwise still usable. You sheathe it, then turn to your men. Both the Japanese soldiers and the Marines stare on, speechless. You are the first to say anything. “Alright then, let’s continue.”
The men quickly snap to formation and continue marching as you get your rifle and continue with them. Within ten or so minutes, you and the rest of the force meet up in the clear area near the Hofu castle. With your objective so close, you take a minute to meet with Nakajima and Lee. “I say we throw grappling hooks up the walls,” Lee says. “Climb up and avoid the gates altogether.” He crosses his arms. “Regardless, I think we should disable the artillery and get back to the battlefield. It’ll be dicey trying to hold the castle.” Nakajima frowns. “It does not look like there are many enemies in the castle. Perhaps even just the artillery crews.” She shrugs. “I believe we could easily assault the gates and make our way inside.” >”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.” >”I’ll bet you’re right, Nakajima. We’ll assault the front gates.” >Write-in.
>>3445411>”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.”We didn't bring a battering ram.
>>3445411>”I’ll bet you’re right, Nakajima. We’ll assault the front gates.” If we take it we end itI see the time we spent training with Shigeru brought fruits, we should discuss it with him next time we spar
>>3445411>”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.”Yeah i don't really get what she means by "assaulting front gate" burning it down like in Shogun 2?
>>3445411How about we get in through the walls, take out the artillary and then see what's the situation, no need to decide if we'll hold it before actually seeing what's inside
>>3445439>Yeah i don't really get what she means by "assaulting front gate" burning it down like in Shogun 2?There are many ways to deal with a wooden gate. You'd get options for the specifics once you got there.
>>3445445can we go over the wall and open the gate from the inside then? so a large force can enter?
>>3445453Sure, that'll work as a write-in.
Currently have a tie between sending the whole force over the top or just sending a team in to open the gate. Pausing the session here for the night. If there's no tiebreaker by tomorrow at 6PM, I'll roll a 1d2.
I dunno, seems like wanting to possess a cake and eat it too. Maybe have the first team signal if the gate has all the guards ever behind it, then we just go over the walls with all our men in that case?
>>3445685Could work, and if there's not many there we just bust it openRecon first, we are light infantry after all
>>3445411>CLIMB THE WALLS
>>3445696the Weak Link could be that if the signal is an animal sound, we get into the issue of American and Japanese onomatopoeias sounding completely different.
>>3445700"Lets go, that was a bark""That's not how a dog sound, it could be anything!"
>>3445411>>”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.”
>>3445411>”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.” Better safe than sorry.
>>3445104>>3445127>>3445138>>3445195You are all insane, dueling a veteran melee fighter. And QM is too lenient, forgiving with it. Yeah nat 20 and everything but you didn't know the result beforehand. Just shoot honorabrus the next time.
>>3446084No, that's not how it's done in this country. Respect the rules of engagement if you want respect.
>>3446084>You are all insaneThat true>And QM is too lenient, forgiving with it.Thats a lie and you know it, and how do i know that you know it? Because of this>Yeah nat 20 and everythingIf you know why that happened why accuse QM of something that isn't true?>but you didn't know the result beforehandYeah we did not. The same as you not knowing result of simple shooting this samurai dude to death.>Just shoot honorabrus the next time.No. Just no. We will be most honorabru of them all! We will partake in every duel opportunity!
>>3446100Sometimes commanding is better than dueling tho. I'm all for dueling when it's cool to, but we're a commander first and foremost.
>>3445407>Your saber’s edge cleaves through an armor plate on his torsoIt IS a fucking lightsaber.You can't, CAN'T cut through metal armor with a sword.>The enemy’s blade bends>the force of the strike probably broke his wristAlternatively, Stockton is a fuckilng Hulk.>”We’ll go with Lee’s plan. Climb up and over the walls.” They probably have a barricade or at least an ambush behind the gates.
>>3446125>You can't, CAN'T cut through metal armor with a sword.It's Folded Pig Iron, and sabers are heavy and sharp. Piercing armor is possible if you're strong enough.
>>3446132>Folded Pig IronThat is an absolute misconception.For one, folded pig iron doesn't exist.For another, Japanese even made bulletproof armor (proof against 1600s-era bullets, but still).>sabers are heavy and sharpKatanas are heavier and usually sharper, and also two-handed, and Japanese armor was meant to protect from katanas.
>>3446084Duels are awesome and more will come, relax Shugeru tought us well lol.
>>3446084Ah yes let's look even more honorless infront of various people who still see honor as an important way of life. Hearts and minds Anon
>>3446125>You can't, CAN'T cut through metal armor with a sword.I never specified that the part Stockton's saber cut was metal, seeing as Japanese armor was made from many different materials, but that's beside the point. There have been dozens of instances where I chose to break from realism for the sake of dramatic effect. If you're looking for hard realism, this quest might not be for you.>>3446084>And QM is too lenient, forgiving with it.Please don't tell me how to interpret dice rolls. Anything less than a 20 and Stockton would've barely escaped with his life. Session in two hours.
>>3447300The duel was awesome and I hope there's more, lol
>>3447300Duels are cool!
>>3447300Eh sure as long as historical accuracy of weapons is okay. Ala gataling.
“Let’s go with Lee’s plan,” you say. “Over the walls instead of through the gates.” Frowning, you look up at the castle. “We don’t know what kind of resistance might be waiting behind the gates themselves.” “Understood, sir.” Nakajima salutes you. “I will tell the men to ready their grappling hooks.” You return the salute. “Good.” As Nakajima walks away, Lee crosses his arms. “That castle’s made of the same stuff as most Japanese buildings, right?” You look over at him. “It should be. Paper and wood mostly. Why?” His eyes remain fixed on the castle itself. “It’s too valuable to let the enemy hold, but we probably couldn’t hold it ourselves.” He grimaces. “I think we should burn it down after we neutralize the artillery.” You raise an eyebrow. “Burn it down?” He nods. “Just a thought, Boss.” He then turns toward where his men are standing. “I’ll go brief my men.” Soon, you and the rest of the company are advancing toward the castle walls. They are perhaps fifty feet high, and sloped in such a way that climbing them shouldn’t be too difficult. Your men reach the foot of the wall, and throw the hooks up toward the battlements. After a few tugs on their ropes to ensure a good hold, the first of the men begin climbing. You are among them, putting one hand in front of the other carefully. Though you are sure your rope will not come loose, climbing such a height unnerves you. One glance over your shoulder is enough to make you focus solely on your target. Though your weapons and gear weigh you down, the climb is not nearly as bad as you expected it would be. The only issue is the wound on your shoulder, as the adrenaline which once numbed it is now subsiding. You and about twenty men are the first to clear the battlements, your feet landing on cobblestone. Looking around, you see the artillery a few hundred feet away, near the keep. Four log cannons, as well as the brass one that you saw earlier. Their muzzles smolder from a previous barrage. Looking to your side, you see the main gate. There are forty or fifty men standing there, facing the gate itself in anticipation of an attack. >Order your men to fire on the infantry at the gate. >Fire on the artillery crews first. Those guns need to be silenced. >Write-in.
>>3447617>Order your men to fire on the infantry at the gate.
>>3447617>>Order your men to fire on the infantry at the gate.
>>3447617>shoot the lads at the gate
>>3447617>Order your men to fire on the infantry at the gateLee is tripping, the objective is to take the castle and put a flag over it, thats what we are being paid to do, not burn it down, simbols mean a lot here
>>3447627>>3447661>>3447683Roll a 1d20
>>3447617>Order your men to fire on the infantry at the gate. >Aim at any officers or important looking figures, if they are equipped with rifles muskets then they will have someone telling them the steps
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>3447617>>3447686May 1 on officers
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3447617
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3447686
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3447686
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>3447686
“Fire on those soldiers at the gate,” you order. Kneeling, you begin to shoot as your men do the same. The tattoo of sustained repeater fire quickly draws the enemy’s attention, but before they can turn to shoot at you, bullets are already ripping into their formation. As dozens of them fall, the enemy begin shooting back. A couple of your own soldiers are caught by musket balls, falling immediately. That being said, the enemy has a far worse time of it. Pinned against the wooden doors of the gate, they have no place to run as your forces tear them to bits. They keep shooting at you, and a few more of your men fall, but then the enemy run out of ammunition. The last of them, maybe fifteen or seventeen men, attempt a bayonet charge as a last-ditch effort. It is useless against your repeaters, however, especially as more of your men climb over the battlements and begin firing. The last of the enemy infantry fall fifty or sixty feet from you. The gate’s doors are shredded, with daylight shining through where hundreds of your troops’ rounds impacted. The top hinge of the right door fails, causing it to sag rather dramatically. One or two of the enemy soldiers aren’t completely dead, and you hear groans from somewhere over there. Grimacing at the sight, you open the magazine of your Henry and reload it. “Alright men, let’s take care of those cannons.” You and all of the men that have made it over the top begin advancing, spreading out as you do. The crews aren’t leaving their artillery pieces though, despite now knowing of your presence. “Curious…” Nakajima frowns deeply as she walks beside you. “Agreed,” you nod. “They should be running.” As you get a little closer, you understand exactly why they weren’t running. With frightening speed, the brass cannon spins around on its now-repaired wheels, pointing right at your formation. “Shit!” Your heart leaps into your throat. >Roll a 1d20.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>3447755
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3447755Misfire pls
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>3447755
>>3447776A good roll and a one again, this is going to hurt
>>3447777I never asked but does 1 overide our 17 or does it mean that something bad is happening along with the 17?
>>3447782>does 1 overide our 17Yes.
>>3447785Welp, if we can push someone out of the way I'm choosing Naka, that is, if we are not blown to pieces ourselves
Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it.
>>3447796Is Naka the heir to our Warrior Spirit?
>>3447798Enough bad fortune and the genius general and his men still die.
>>3447801Well, she certanly saved our lives some times already, warrior spirit is present, let's see if we can return the favor.I feel they should be keeping scores, I'll take a look at the archive tomorrow to see the save scoreboard
“Get down!” The only thing you can think of is to hit the deck. The men around you realize what is happening, and all do as you order. You are one of the last to actually hit the ground, and you do so just as the cannon erupts. You feel the wind from several projectiles pass over you. The whistles remind you of when you were fired upon by the Gatling guns. The enemy must have loaded grapeshot. As the noise subsides, you get up into a crouched position and look around. Several of your men on the ground were hit by projectiles that went low, and it killed them instantly. You see Nakajima stepping up into a crouched position as well, checking herself for injuries. Most of the men that were with you when the cannon fired are alive, thankfully. When you look back toward the battlements, however, it is a different story. Dozens of men, mostly Marines and Aizu line-infantry, lay in heaps by the battlements. Their shaken comrades haul themselves over the now-broken section of wall, looking on in horror at what has happened to their comrades. You count at least twenty dead Marines, likely more, as well as perhaps thirty or forty dead line infantrymen. There are light infantry mixed among them, stragglers from the climb, no doubt. The remainder of your force is still climbing, but you have no idea what this sight will do to their morale. You see Commander Lee kneel amongst the fallen Marines, shouting obscenities, covered in blood. You shake your head, fighting the urge to scream in anger. You are about to give the order to keep advancing when you hear the whizzing of musket balls. Looking over, you see that the artillery crews have now abandoned using their artillery as weapons, and are now using them as cover from which to shoot at you. A musket ball grazes your leg, not enough to cause harm, but it breaks the skin and sends blood flying. A couple of men around you fall. The rest begin to return fire. You feel your blood seem to heat up, and your breathing quickens. It feels like your head is on fire, but covered in ice at the same time. >Draw your saber and charge the enemy! >Begin shooting at the enemy as quickly as you can. When your Henry runs dry, draw your Dragoon and keep shooting!>Now isn’t the time to lose your head. Order your men to fire while advancing on the artillery. >Write-in.
>>3447823>Now isn’t the time to lose your head. Order your men to fire while advancing on the artillery. Whoever has repeaters shoot without stopping and cover the advance of the others
>>3447823>Now isn’t the time to lose your head. Order your men to fire while advancing on the artillery.
>>3447826>>3447833Rol a 1d20 to resist the urge to doomguy
>>3447823>>Now isn’t the time to lose your head. Order your men to fire while advancing on the artillery.We will appear like a demon, at relaxation in the halls of war
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3447862
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3447862Now we roll a 1 and doom this shit up
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3447862
You close your eyes, breathing deeply. You can’t lose your cool. Now is not the time. The whole world feels like it is spinning around you. You feel dizzy. Breathing deeply again, you open your eyes and the dizziness goes away. You feel angry, yet calm. Collected. Raising your Henry and cocking it, you speak. “Advance and fire. Keep the pressure on them while the rest of our forces make it up the wall.” “Understood, sir.” Nakajima replies in a shaky voice, but follows your orders flawlessly. The rest of your troops do the same, and soon you have a respectable volume of fire headed towards the enemy. Several of the artillerymen fall, and the others quickly duck behind their artillery pieces. You all keep walking toward them, firing as you move. As you run out of ammunition and have to reload, you NCOs cover you with repeater fire. You do the same when they have to reload. As you advance, more of the enemy fall to your rifles. Eventually, only three or four remain. Their resolve breaks, and they run for the keep. Two of them are shot immediately as they run, and another makes it maybe fifteen feet before you place a round square between his shoulder blades. The final one, however, makes it inside the keep and closes the door behind him. You and your men walk up to the artillery pieces. The wooden cannons appear to be at the end of their ability to shoot, their barrels beginning to bulge outward and splinter near the firing chamber. The brass one has an old crest of some European empire on it, not one that you recognize. Perhaps Portuguese? It is old, but still plenty serviceable. You see the spot where they repaired the undercarriage, the new wood sticking out like a sore thumb against the old. You sigh. “Well, the artillery is neutralized.” Nakajima nods. “It is.” She nods toward the wall where your soldiers are climbing up. “It looks like the rest are here now.” You look over and see line infantry and Marines approaching you, fanning out to cover the whole perimeter. They are likely looking for any stragglers. Among the Marines you see Commander Lee. He spots you and walks over in your general direction. His rifle is slung over his back, and he has wiped most of the blood off that was covering him. “Colonel,” he greets you. “Commander,” you return the greeting. “How many did you lose?” He swears under his breath. “Thirty-two.” He grimaces, putting his hands on his hips. His eyes wander to the wood and paper construction of the keep. “I saw an enemy go in. We gonna go in after him or just burn it?” >”Fuck this place. Burn it to the ground.” >”This castle is too valuable to just burn. We’ll find the enemy and raise an Aizu flag over the keep.” >”Neither. We’re returning to the battlefield to help the rest of the army. There can’t be many enemy troops left now.” >Write-in.
>>3447912>”This castle is too valuable to just burn. We’ll find the enemy and raise an Aizu flag over the keep
>>3447912>”This castle is too valuable to just burn. We’ll find the enemy and raise an Aizu flag over the keep.”
>>3447912>”Fuck this place. Burn it to the ground. >Raise a Aizu in its place for all too see what happens when they play the part of traitors
>>3447912>”This castle is too valuable to just burn. We’ll find the enemy and raise an Aizu flag over the keep.”Blow the door with one of the wood cannons and send a grape shot from the brass immediatly after it
>>3447939Also, tell the marines to stay here and secure the artillary and the courtyard while we enter the castle
>>3447941Nah, let's do it together.
>>3447964They've died enough man, before we decimate these guys to the last man
>>3447912>”This castle is too valuable to just burn. We’ll find the enemy and raise an Aizu flag over the keep.” It will raise morale. And give us a starting point
>>3447971Kill a tenth of them? Anyway, they mad, that's useful.
>>3447979>>3447971It doesn't matter if they follow or not, we just have to make sure our light infantry guys raise that flag to generate some nice goodwill towards our training program and ourselves
You shake your head. “This castle is too valuable to burn.” You look over at Nakajima. “Gather everyone with a repeating rifle. We’re going to breach the keep and hang an Aizu banner from the top.” She salutes you. “Yes sir.” You then change your focus to Lee. “You keep the Marines and line-infantry out here as guards.” He nods. “Got it.” After a few minutes, you and Nakajima are ready with a team of soldiers. You walk up to the keep’s doors, blasting the lock apart with your Henry and entering. “Alright men,” you say. “Keep your heads on a swivel. We don’t know where that guy went.” You lead the team down the main hall, treading carefully over wooden floors. The hallway opens up into a larger central hall, clearly meant for holding meetings and the like. Curiously, you can’t see any signs of people. As a matter of fact, this whole keep seems oddly silent. When you get to the second floor, you understand why that is the case. Your men happen upon a bedroom, and when you open the door, you see four kneeling, motionless figures. The scene is strangely peaceful. Light from the late afternoon sun illuminates the room softly, wind blows through the open windows facing the sea. The room smells of cherry blossoms and incense. One of them is the artilleryman, who has a tanto plunged into his stomach. He probably hasn’t been dead for long, you estimate. The other three are a different story. One is an older man in a splendid kimono. He also has a tanto lodged in his stomach, with a peaceful expression on his face. His eyes are closed. The second is a woman around the same age. She has no visible wounds, but is also dead. An empty sake cup lays next to her, likely having contained a poison of some sort. The third person is just a boy, perhaps fifteen, if you were to guess. He, like the man you assume is his father, has a tanto in his stomach. His expression is not so serene, though, and his eyes are frozen open. He looks afraid, and in pain. You grimace, sighing. “They’re all dead.” Nakajima walks up beside you. “Seppuku.” She slings her rifle over her shoulder. “Ritual suicide, to preserve the family’s honor. They probably did it as soon as they saw us climbing the walls. They are cousins of the Mori Clan, I think.” You turn toward the exit, preparing to leave. “Some honor, making your wife and kid kill themselves.” Taking the first step forward, you shrug. “Well, let’s get that banner hung.”
You stand on a balcony of the Hofu Castle’s keep, looking out at the battlefield. Your troops finished hanging the banner atop the castle perhaps forty minutes ago, and now the city is secure. Twenty minutes ago, a runner from Sato’s company told you that the remaining enemy forces surrendered upon seeing the Aizu banner. The cost was great, however. Of the one hundred light infantry you left with initially, only forty-six remain. Of the two hundred line infantry, only eighty-seven remain. The Marines suffered a horrible toll as well, with only fifty-two men surviving the battle. Of the twelve thousand troops that comprised your entire army, eight thousand went into battle today. Of those, nearly a thousand were killed. When you look at the battlefield with your field glasses, you can see Sarah and her photographer down there taking pictures. You light a cigarillo, puffing deeply to try and ease the headache you’ve had since that first artillery barrage. Hofu is yours. Looking back into the study that leads to the balcony, you can already picture your command tent’s contents lying about. This keep will make a good headquarters, if nothing else.
And that's all for tonight. Thanks for playing! Probably going to have our next thread and session either Monday or Tuesday. Until then, the floor is open for questions, comments, concerns, critique, and everything else. To those who celebrate it, have a happy Easter.
>>3448128So besides being Portuguese make what model of cannon was it.Also what were the enemy main weapon?
>>3448128Also how big was a this city?overall not many enemy for the most part
>>3448128Is Lee allowed to get Auxillary troops trained as Marines under his command?
>>3448131>So besides being Portuguese make what model of cannon was it.Stockton has no idea. It was large, and that's about all he knows. >Also what were the enemy main weapon? Enfield rifle-muskets, and matchlocks.
>>3448128Thanks for running, awesome campaing, see you next thread
>>3448128So how do the uh troops and stuff feel about a commander who honor dualed and beat a samariu and then fucking had them coldly and methodly march on the enemy?Also thanks for the run boss. God I missed this quest
>>3448136He's probably moving on after this, this is not a war afterall, just a demonstration of power to keep the nobles in line
>>3448133>Also how big was a this city?overall not many enemy for the most partThe battle was planned to take place entirely outside of the city, so the enemy only had some last-ditch defenses there. It's not a very large city, small enough that you could walk from one end to the other in twenty minutes. >>3448136>Is Lee allowed to get Auxillary troops trained as Marines under his command?This will be addressed in a later thread. >>3448145>So how do the uh troops and stuff feel about a commander who honor dualed and beat a samariu and then fucking had them coldly and methodly march on the enemy? They are much more confident, and proud of their commander's martial ability. Nakajima especially.
>>3448151Well it's not a really cool nickname but I guess making the waifu proud works as well. I take it we got our 1 level up for the thread ?
Still at work but in sense of scale how bad are casualties considering the scenario?
>>3448155We are Kumander
With Hindsight, we probably should have committed to taking the cannons out instead of taking out the gate garrison we no intention of our forces storming through the gate.
>>3448176*with no intention
>>3448176They would have shot us from the back if we went for the cannons, it was just the bad luck of the 1, I think we made the right call
>>3448180I suppose, but I regret not voting for the Gate plan.
>>3447300>Japanese armor was made from many different materialsThat's... also a misconception.
>>3448607What do you mean by misconception? Don't call something wrong and then don't explain anything you twat! What are you saying they use only one type of material?
>>3448638Yes, impolite anon. If you really need a confirmation of the obvious implication, yes they did. They only used iron in armor construction by this time. All that bullshit about wood and leather is just bullshit, possibly stemming from the Legend of Five Rings poorly-researched rulebooks.
>>3448151>Nakajima especially.Nice lol, poor girl must get dizzy everytime she sees Daniel by this point.
>>3448607>>3448641I'll reiterate what I said in the post you replied to initially: this quest is not a 100% accurate representation of reality. For one reason or another, things are going to be inaccurate from time to time. I try to avoid it, but sometimes that can't be helped. For the record, everywhere that I've researched has said that leather was a VERY common material in Japanese armors, and that antique sets of armor were occasionally brought out in service during the Boshin War. I had figured that it would be within the realm of possibility (though not very likely) for a cavalry saber to cut through leather scales. While I like staying as close to historical accuracy as I can, I'm not going to do college-level research on everything. If that really rustles your jimmies so badly, then just leave. Don't be a pompous dick about it.
>>3448771I think insults were uncalled for.
>>3448780I think if you want to nitpick, a quest that was never 100% historically accurate you should get called names. So go fuck off and run your own quest if you don't like shit for brain.
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