Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommand/tg/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Infinite+Stars+Quest/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Infinite%20Stars%20QuestOther Quests: http://pastebin.com/sYpqmWZgYou are Captain SAMANTHA WELLINGS, a newly minted captain of the Centauri Accord!Currently you're back on Eridanus Station, having just come off an ambush by a bunch of highly organized pirates. Things got pretty rough there near the end, but you managed to come through thanks to the timely intervention of Frolaytia's reinforcements, which included Carly's ship.You also managed to capture a suspicious looking ship trying to flee the system during the ambush, as well. Here's hoping Tank and Lida manged to glean any intel from it. Anyways, you were scheduled for a debrief with Frolaytia, though you still had a bit of time...>Go thank Carly for the help.>Check on Tank.>Head for the debriefing.>Other
>>821367>Go thank Carly for the help.
>>821367>Check on Tank.
>>821367>>Go thank Carly for the help.We really got our ship fucked up. Wonder how long it took for it to get fixed?
>>821367>>Head for the debriefing.
>>821367>Go thank Carly for the help.>Check on Tank.
>>821367>Go thank Carly for the help.>>821391>We really got our ship fucked up.We only took 19% hull damage and the armor regenerates. You're being overdramatic.
>>821367Welp, there's no clear winner, so we'll have a runoff vote before we resort to a roll off!>Carly>Tank
>>821542>>CarlyTank is fine, Tank is always fine
>>821542You decide to head over to the next bay over, where the Longclaw was docked. Like the Gullinbursti, the Longclaw had taken her share of bumps and scrapes from missiles and railgun hits. Fortunately, most of the damage was largely superficial. Against the combined might of three Accord destroyers, those corvettes didn't have a chance. And, as expected, Carly was outside checking out the damage. It was less of an inspection and more of a spectacle for her. You guess she took ship damage as a badge of honor rather than an inconvenience. Of course, Artya didn't see it the same way as her, and you could see her in her silent fury as she directed mechanics to quickly patch the holes or cut out the pieces of the hull too structurally damaged to save. Bolts looks on, his machinery humming silently in tune with both ships as they idled in dock. "Yo, Sis!' Carly smiles as she sees you approach and she bounds forward to hug you. "Ya really know how to make things interesting!" "I guess so." You chuckle. "Anyways, thanks for the help, Carly.""Yep, totally saved your ass there, didn't I?" Carly grins.>We still had things handled!>We were in a sticky situation.>Other
>>821733>We were in a sticky situation.
>>821733>We still had things handled!
>>821733>>We were in a sticky situation.This treasure must be really worth the trouble if everyone has a reasonable excuse in pursuing it.
>>821733>>We still had things handled!Hmph!
>>821754Anything to get to the Planet of the Space Amazons/Elves!
>>821733>>We were in a sticky situation.Ruffle her hair in thanks!
>>821761>Space Amazons/ElvesCould also be both with super advanced tech that looks like magic, and with their leaders having super special psychic powers.
>>821821As long as we don't meet any DEldar.
>>821733"Yeah, we were in a sticky situation." You nod as you ruffle your little sister's hair. "You were a really great help to us.""Dohohoho, so Sis finally admits I'm useful!" Carly boasts smugly."I never said you weren't useful." You correct. "You just have zero discipline.""You make that sound like it's a bad thing.""Ugh." You roll your eyes. "Anyways, I was just dropping by. I need to attend a debriefing with Frolaytia.""Really? Can I come too?" Carly's eyes flash.You pause for a second. Frolaytia was very particular that you come to the debriefing alone. But bringing Carly along couldn't hurt, could it?>Bring Carly along.>Don't bring Carly along.>Other
>>821860>>Don't bring Carly along
>>821860>>Don't bring Carly along.
>>821860>>Don't bring Carly along.>Frolaytia was very particular that you come to the debriefing alone>AloneNope. Not this time.
>>821860>Don't bring Carly along.
>>821821>>821856>inb4 everyone expects super hot space elves that are inhumanely beautiful andconfident, but we just get not!Protoss.
>>821930inb4 "close enough"
>>821963At least there's the possibility of getting one of their psi-blades or crystal tech.
>>821860"Sorry, Carly it's just supposed to me only." You pat Carly on the head. "But I'll be back as soon as it's finished, okay?""Okay..." Carly mumbles.With that, you head off to Frolaytia's office. It was a refreshing change to see her in person, rather than through the filter of a holographic projection. As always, Frolaytia is sitting on her desk in a slightly suggestive way, her uniform being just a tad too tight. She eyes you as you enter her office and salute. "At ease, Captain." Frolaytia puffs out a small cloud of smoke from her pipe. "You should sit down. This might take a while."You nod and sit in one of the chairs collected in the office."I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear this, but the ships that ambushed you were likely Confederate privateers." Frolaytia explains. "Yeah, I figured they were too organized to be regular pirates." You nod. "Were they gunning after me or something?""Well, yes and no." Frolaytia takes another pull from her pipe. "From what we've managed to glean from the survivors and the ships' data logs, they were here to create a diversion for their spyship so it could extract from the system.""A spy ship?" You raise an eyebrow. You guess that was the cargo ship you had Tank board and commandeer. "A Confederate one, pulling surveillance on the system." Frolaytia sighs. "Very bold of them.">What were they looking for?>Are we sure we got all of them?>What's our response?>Other
>>821989>>Are we sure we got all of them?
>>821989>What were they looking for?
>>821989>>What were they looking for?>>Are we sure we got all of them?
>>821989>>What were they looking for?
>>821989>>What were they looking for?>Are we sure we got all of them?
>>821989>>What were they looking for?>>821976True, but we probably have to adapt it to suit our own needs.
>>821989>Are we sure we got all of them?
>>822017Filthy Yu-Jing, be gone
>>822034Better than the Synths.
>>822048ALEPH only wants you to live a happy and safe life anon, what's so wring with that?
>>821989"Well, what were they looking for?" You ask. "The same thing Felicity stole from the Hegemony. Information." Frolaytia smiles. "Information of a certain kind.""And, I'm assuming this information of the classified kind, considering why you've called me here to come alone.""Quite correct." Frolaytia's grin widens. "Since you've already had access to the data, there's no sense in not filling you in. Essentially, the Hegemony have been surveying vast swathes of the Wastes.""The Wastes?" You frown. You weren't familiar with the term."A section of the Frontier that is particularly gloomy." Frolaytia explains. "Simply put, it's an entire sector of space where so far, absolutely nothing of value has been found. Uninhabited planets, dying stars, and just empty space in general. Lots of stories and rumors of why that area is the way it is.""Something tells me it's more than superstition." You grumble."There have been... stories." Frolaytia continues. "You remember the Graveyard?""Of course." You nod. That was where you found Carly, after all. "What about it?""It's not he only one. We've found dozens scattered around the fringes of known space. Some people believe it was gravitational phenomena that brought all those ship wrecks together into one place. But there's others who think there's an... outside force responsible.""You're not saying it's aliens, are you?" You snort. Sure, humanity has found various specimens of xenoflora and fauna, but as of yet no traces of intelligent alien species had been found. "Well, there's something out there, collecting lost ships and depositing them in Graveyards." Frolaytia shrugs. "But, considering the Hegemony is devoting resources to searching for something out there, and the Confederates tried to steal the Hegemony data from us, Command has no choice but to conclude there is a significant operation in the area.""So I'm guessing this is my next mission?" You ask."That's correct." Frolaytia nods. "But, even with the Hegemony's data, the search area is still incomplete. They haven't found anything, for better or worse.""Well, if they did find it, we'd know, right?""I suppose..." Frolaytia pauses. "You don't happen to know anything else that could help, do you?""Not really." You shake your head. It was a half truth."How about your sister, then?" Frolaytia smiles.Shit, did she know? Or was she just fishing for a reaction?>Carly doesn't know anything.>Don't involve her in this.>Actually...>Other
>>822144>>Don't involve her in this.Hey, I may follow your orders, but she follows MINE. Don't get her involved in this stuff.
>>822089You can never trust a machine!
>>822144>>Don't involve her in this.
>>822172The synths just want to be your friend anon, why don't you let them?
>>822144"Actually..." You sigh. You suppose you couldn't keep this hidden any longer. "Carly was also looking for whatever the Hegs and Confeds are after. She seems to think it's one huge mobile treasure trove or something.""And it might very well be." Frolaytia nods. "If we can combine what she knows with the data we pulled, we might get a step ahead of the Hegemony.""Carly might not be too willing to give that information out, though." You warn. "This treasure hunt... it's her life passion. If you're just gonna snatch it away like that...""Well, that would be your concern, being her sister AND her supervising officer." Frolaytia points out. "There's no choice in the matter. She's a part of the Accord now. She's required to give us full disclosure."Damnit, you were afraid of this. >... all right, I'll talk to her.>There has to be another way.>Other
>>822263>>There has to be another way.
>>822263>>... all right, I'll talk to her.
>>822263>>There has to be another way.We can negotiate a cut, right?
>>822263>... all right, I'll talk to her.
>>822263>>There has to be another way.DAMMIT PEOPLE, WHY DID WE TELL HER OF THIS?! This was Carly's secret to tell you jerks!
>>822283>implying Intel hasn't already clued Froylatia in.
>>822172>>822174I'd bet Scott and Artya would love a Synth Daughteru.
>>822294So what if she knows Carly has info? It's still Carly's info, and it's up to her to agree to give it out or not.
>>822263"All right, I'll talk to her." You sigh. "But no guarantees. She's... pretty protective.""If she's forthcoming, I'm sure we can make a suitable arrangement." Frolaytia nods. "And no black bag shit, all right?" You point an accusing finger."I'd rather not waste such a useful asset. Even sledghammers have their value." Frolaytia smiles. Ugh, this was going to suck. >Go meet Carly in private. >Call her over to the office.>Other
>>822343>>Go meet Carly in private.
>>822343>Go meet Carly in private.
>>822343>>Go meet Carly in private.Time to drop the news.
>>822343"I'll talk to her in private. It'll be easier that way." You sigh. You weren't looking forward to this at all."Should I send a guard detail if you don't report back?" Frolaytia asks."Don't bother. Either she'll be dead or I'll be." You sigh as you spin on your heel and exit the office.You almost don't want to go through with this. However, you send a quick comm message to Carly to meet you in your quarters on Gullinbursti, the safest place you can think of. You of course reach there first, and as you wait, anxiety begins to creep into your mind. What if Carly really did get violent?>Maybe you should warn the crew.>Whatever happens is between the both of you.>Other
>>822411>>Whatever happens is between the both of you.
>>822411>>Whatever happens is between the both of you.She's still our sister. We can trust her, right?
>>822411>>Whatever happens is between the both of you.The two of us duking it out should be pretty standard. Just prepare some new furniture and pay off some damages.
>>822411>Whatever happens is between the both of you.
>>822411Whatever was going to happen, it was going to happen between the both of you. You take a deep breath and wait for Carly to arrive, who finally enters your quarters, a curious look on her face. "Yo, Sis, what did ya want to talk about?" Carly asks as she plops down on your couch, mounting her feet on the table as she was wont to do.>Be blunt about it.>Break it to her slow.>Other
>>822469>>Break it to her slow.
>>822469>>Be blunt about it.
>>822469>Be blunt about it.Like a band aid
>>822469>Break it to her slow.
>>822469>Be blunt about it.
>>822469>>Be blunt about it."Frolatia knew about treasure and the data you held. We need to think something so you can keep that treasure without pissing out the Accord. No, running or going Potemkin won't help"
>>822469>>>Be blunt about it.
>>822469All right, you knew with Carly, it was best to always be blunt. Just get the hard shit out of the way first.Hopefully it wouldn't hurt too much."Carly." You try to say as calmly as you can. "They know about the treasure, and they know you know something about it. We need to think to work together to think of how to make the best of this situation."Carly pauses like a deer in the headlights as she tries to process what you said.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>8225161 plz
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>822516
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>822516
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>822516Time to dive into the fireworks.
>>822522I hope she took it well...
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>822516damn i latelet see if i will regret this roll.
>>822516"You... WHAT?!" Carly gapes, her hands balling into fists. "Sis! That was MY secret! OUR secret! And... and you just went and told them about it?!?!"Oh shit, Carly was pissed. That much was clear. >Gotta restrain her before she gets violent.>Let her get a hit in to let off some steam.>Try to reason with her.>Other
>>822545>>Let her get a hit in to let off some steam.
>>822545>Try to reason with her.
>>822545>Let her get a hit in to let off some steam.Hopefully Tank doesn't interrupt this venting.
>>822545>"You... WHAT?!" Carly gapes, her hands balling into fists. "Sis! That was MY secret! OUR secret! And... and you just went and told them about it?!?!"Yup, like I expected, you retards. It's as if you don't care about her feelings at all.Where the hell was the other voters for that vote? only 5?
>>822556Oh stop bitching, you didn't argue til after the fact.
>>822563I was waiting for more votes. Apparently no one else cared. That was unexpected by me, so I didn't even bother to argue. Was it not obvious she would've not wanted to tell her secrets? Fucking idiots.
>>822568>Implying making a mistake actually has devastating consequences in a Merc quest>Or that mistakes aren't eventually repairable anyways
>>822568>I was stupid so I'll project onto others my stupidity
>>822545You let Carly take a swing at you, her fist slamming against your face and snapping it to the side. You turn your head back right when Carly strikes you again, this time hard enough to knock you down on your ass. Your vision blurs and pain shoots through your head as you try to glance up at your sister, who towers over you now."C'mon, get up!" Carly hisses. "It ain't fun wailing on you if you won't fight back!">If she wants a fight...>Ask her if she's done yet.>Other
>>822586>>Ask her if she's done yet.
>>822586>If she wants a fight...
>>822586>>If she wants a fight...
>>822586>Ask her if she's done yet.While we're wasting time here, the Heg and Felicity are out there looking for it.
>>822586>Ask her if she's done yet.While she wastes time hitting us others are after the treasure.
>>822586>Ask her if she's done yet
>>822586"Are you done?" You grimace as you struggle back up to your feet. "Got it all out of your system? Can we think of how to handle this now?""Ugh! You're always like this!" Carly groans as she falls back onto your couch, now looking far more tired than before. "Really? You just fucking told Fro?""She seemed to already know you were connected." You point out."Uggggggh." Carly sighs. "Ya think they'd hold it against us if we just left now and never turned back?"Was... was Carly advocating mutiny...?>So when do you want to leave?>I can't follow you. If you want to leave, leave.>Can't we at least talk this with Frolaytia first?>Other
>>822642>Can't we at least talk this with Frolaytia first?
>>822642>>Can't we at least talk this with Frolaytia first?Sort of hard for us especially when we have a certain crew member aboard.
>>822642>>So when do you want to leave?>>822574The fact this mistake was made at all is what appalled me. mistaken combat decisions don't matter, stuff like this is. In the end, I just don't understand why people didn't vote otherwise. Didn't know what to choose? not care enough? simply wasn't there to vote? Owell, what's done is done I guess.>>822576worthless
>>822642>>Other"They will just capture you and extract the info from your skull directly. Maybe feign cooperation for now until the time right to run?"
>>822650>In the end, I just don't understand why people didn't vote otherwise. Didn't know what to choose? not care enough? simply wasn't there to vote? Owell, what's done is done I guess.You voted for being blunt, and that was the result. Don't blame others for getting exactly what you wanted.
>>822659that was because I was pissed, and wanted this negotiation to fail so that Carly gets to keep her secret. So no, I didn't get what I want, and it seems I won't get it at all.
>>822642>I can't follow you. If you want to leave, leave.Maybe Carly is not cut out for this life
>>822661>and wanted this negotiation to fail so that Carly gets to keep her secret>Voted for being blunt>Relations souring between sistersThat sounds like exactly what you wanted
>>822668If you can't understand words, then there is no point in replying to you.
>>822670But you just did reply to him?
>>822642>>Can't we at least talk this with Frolaytia first?
>>822642>>Can't we at least talk this with Frolaytia first?Leaving is a considerable option, but we'll see
>>822676That was the last reply that ID is going to get.
>>822642"Can't we at least talk this through with Frolaytia first? She seemed to be somewhat understanding of our situation." You point out. Carly pauses, pretty clearly thinking through her options. "I suppose..." She grumbles. "But if I get a whiff of betrayal...""Nobody is betraying anybody." You assure her as you wipe some blood from your mouth and put a reassuring hand on Carly's shoulder. "I guarantee it."The two of you return to Frolaytia's office, where she's still waiting patiently. She smiles as the two of you enter."Ahhhhh, Carly, so you've decided to play ball with us?"Carly shoots her a distrustful look. >Okay, Frolaytia, we're all in.>We want certain assurances first.>Other
>>822710>We want certain assurances first.
>>822710>We want certain assurances first.We get first choice of any treasure.
>>822710>>We want certain assurances first.Carly gets a substantial cut of whatever it is
>>822710>>We want certain assurances first.
>>822716Call it prize money.
>>822710"We're in, but we want certain assurances first." You tell Frolaytia. "Hmmmm, and what assurances are you asking for?" She smirks. "We may be able to grant them, if they're reasonable.">We keep the treasure. All of it.>How about we split the treasure.>Other
>>822751>>How about we split the treasure.You get what you need, we get to keep the rest
>>822751>OtherCarly gets a Majority and first dibs
>>822751>>We keep the treasure. All of it.
>>822751>We keep the treasure. All of it.The actual treasure is the friends we'll make along the way.
>>822751>How about we split the treasure.
>>822710>we want certain... Assurances.>>822670Not any of these other anon but [i]Christ [/i] you've never been the older sibling, have you? Loyalty is to your parents, your superior(s), your siblings. In. That. Order. At the end of the day? Your objective is to keep your family safe. Not necessarily happy. Hopefully, Sam's sister will realise how much we're risking by simply asking. The accord we're dealing with its more section 31 then federation.
>>822751>>We keep the treasure. All of it.You can keep all the information you want, we just want the treasure.
>>822765>Loyalty is to your parents, your superior(s), your siblings.>In.>That.>Order.Nope, not to me, never to me. Parents are never more important to me than my sibling, at least in my life. As for my superiors? they only get to be my superiors if I accept them as such. If not, I leave the said superior and look for other ones. I can replace who my superiors are, I can't replace who my sibling is.You may have your priorities, but I have my own.
I'm gonna tell you right now you are a shit older sibling.
>>822774fuck meant that for >>822765
>>822751>>How about we split the treasure.
>>822774Rude>>822770I can understand that, bending the rules for family is a given. I'm just saying, especially in this situation; where your boss probably know more about what your sister has been up to than you do, and had most likely knows more about this "treasure" than carly does (this is her JOB, after all), we need to read a fine line. I'm certain she's using us to soften the blow to Carly's pride. Keep us stringing our sister along so she can profit from it. She's in a powerful position, and she knows it. Maybe I didn't word it correctly, so here goes: You should keep your parents happiness above a superiors happiness. And a superiors above your sisters. But above all? Keep family safe.
>>822751"All right, then." You take a breath to brace yourself. "We keep the treasure. All of t.""Done." Frolaytia responds. "And we don't care if you- wait, what?" You blink surprise, not expecting your commanding officer to be so understanding. "Did you really think we were in this for the money?" Frolaytia chuckles with amusement. "We don't care about lining or pockets with gold. All we want are... answers, and the knowledge that those answers will not fin their way into the hands of the Hegemony or Confederacy."O-oh. Well, that all sounded simple enough. "So how about it?" Frolaytia's smiles widens again. "Share what you know with us, Carly, and we will make it worth your while."You look at Carly and she looks back at you.>All right, it's a deal.>You clearly know something we don't..>Other
>>822810>You clearly know something we don't..
>>822810>>You clearly know something we don't..
>>822810>>You clearly know something we don't..Don't we still have that major favor from Elizabeth?
>>822810>>All right, it's a deal.Goof enough. other info is not our problem
>>822810>You clearly know something we don't.
>>822810"...you clearly know something about this mission what we don't." You narrow your eyes suspiciously. "We're forking over our secrets, so how you reciprocate?">Roll 1d20
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>822836
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>822836
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>822836
>>822838That's pretty good.
>>822838>>822848this better be DOUBLE PUPPY EYE, Merc.
>>822836"I'm not sure I should tel you this..." Frolaytia frowns."Come on, pleeeeeeaaaase?" You coo, making sure to use those puppy dog eyes you were maybe kind of famous for. Thankfully, it seems to be enough. "As if I could resist a face like that." Frolaytia shakes her head. "What High Command is interested in i not necessarily in the treasure itself, but what exactly is carrying the treasure. You can say that's the true value of what they want."Interesting."So they just wanna jack the ship itself?" Carly raises an eyebrow."Correct, or barring that, the data it holds." Frolaytia nods. "If the treasure truly is being kept on a ship of extraterrestrial origin, then who knows what we could learn from it?"Huh... it made sense."So does this all put you at ease?" Frolaytia asks. "Or are there more 'demands' that you want?">I think we're good.>Actually, there's still (specify).>Other
>>822856>>I think we're good.
>>822856>Actually, there's stillAsk Carly if there's anything specific she wants.
>>822856>I think we're good.
>>822856>OtherAsk Carly if she's okay with it.
>>822856"Carly, you good with this?" You ask your sister. This was her information, after all."Hmmmmmmmm." Carly frowns. "Well, I'm after the treasure, not the fame, so I guess this arrangement is cool.""Then it's decided!" Frolaytia chuckles. "Well then, it looks like all of us have some planning to do...">And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week. And don't forget KanColle on Friday!
>>822888Thanks for running Merc!
>>822888Thanks for running.