PREVIOUS EPISODES: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ghost+BustersLAST EPISODE: You left a mental facility AMA.- - -“So,” Star says to the people gathered around the table in the Dumpling Factory. “Shall we start the war council meeting before or after the pizza arrives?”The ‘council’ consists of the four Ghostbusters, Yurei, Sana, Rei, Sachiko, Kali, Reika, and Rini.“Let’s start now.” Rei says.“Alright.” Sato says. He spreads a map of Tokyo over the table. He then dumps a pile of miniature soldiers onto the table.“Where’d you get these?” Kali asked.Sato shrugs. “Some mom was selling off her kids’ otaku crap as punishment for him flunking his entrance exams. Said that it was to raise money for his cram school. I got a whole box of them for 2000 yen. They looked cool.”“You got a deal.” Kali said. “Dibs on the Farseer.” She says grabbing a figure.“Is that what they’re called?” Sato said.Kali winced and pinched her nose. “If you didn’t know what they were, why did you buy them?”Sato shrugged. “They looked cool, and I could use them for stuff like this.”Reika looks at Sato. “You knew that one day you would need figurines to help plot a battle strategy to save Tokyo?”Sato shrugs. “As the Ancients say: He who has a full tool box, is never defeated by a nail…or something like that.”The rest of the council just stares at Sato for a bit, then they turn to you.“Okay,” Rei says. “That aside, what are we going to discuss first?”> Let’s start with the Fire Kimono> Let’s talk about the Giant Skeleton> Let’s focus on Mimiko> We should plan for countering the strike teams> First, the raid on P-COC > We’ll start with the big one, Oiwa.
Rolled 2 (1d4)>>35713454>Sato shrugs. “Some mom was selling off her kids’ otaku crap as punishment for him flunking his entrance exams. Said that it was to raise money for his cram school. I got a whole box of them for 2000 yen. They looked cool.”>“You got a deal.” Kali said. “Dibs on the Farseer.” She says grabbing a figure.You are a bad man. > We should plan for countering the strike teams> First, the raid on P-COC I feel like we should discuss these, because if we can fix the Registry issue that kind of solves the strike team issue
>>35713454> First, the raid on P-COC Destroy the bindings keeping the spiritualists from helping means we also get at the Imperial Decree that tied up the kami.
>>35713454>First, the raid on P-COCThis way we can get reinforcements.
>>35713700Even if we don't get reinforcements, there's going to be so much death and destruction caused by exorcists actively fighting around Tokyo that it will disrupt the strike teams.
> We’ll start with the big one, Oiwa.Guys, isn't this like, the overarching thing?Maybe we should discuss the end goal plan, and then work on the means and lesser things since it will all tie into that.
>>35713700"So," You say. "We need to get the playing field as level as we can, as fast as we can." You point at the P-COC headquarters. "Which means that we've got to destroy the registry. Or at least the contracts that will be keeping all of the other exorcists and priestesses from helping.""How does that work anyway?" San asks. "Force fields, induced pain, hypnotic suggestion?"You shrug."How are we going to get the other people to fight once we do free them?" Rei asks."I assume that those that want to jump in will be jumping in, once they see what kind of mess is going down." Akira says. "That or your PAGANs will rally them." "And you want me and Gramps to raid the place." Kali says, dropping her army piece on the HQ. She frowns. "That place is going to be crawling with snaggleteeth, fur-sacks, and probably a couple of one tails. All of them with a wicked power boost from the Conjunction.""Doesn't that street run both ways?" Star asks. "Won't you and Gramps get a boost too?""Yeah, but don't go thinking that'll turn us into something from Hellsing." Kali says."Okay," Sana says. "At most, how many could you take?""Well, I dunno...between the two of us, we could probably take out about twenty of the trash. However, if there's a kitsune? One, no problem. However, throw the other trash yokai into it, and it gets dicey. If there's more than one, or if it's a three-tail?" She shakes her head. "I don't think we'd be able to handle it.""What if we did a less direct assault?" Sato asks. "Sneak you in.""How?" Kali asks. "I'm not jumping out of a helicopter.""Weren't you in a circus troupe?" You ask."As a juggler." Kali says. > Arrange for Kali to have some backup> Come up with a less direct route...one that doesn't involve Mission Impossible type shenanigans> You have faith in Kali and Gramps' abilities> Find a way to super-charge their already amplified powers> If it can't be done, it can't be done. Best to reassign them elsewhere.
>>35714260>Find a way to super-charge their already amplified powersMore power? More power!
>>35714260> Find a way to super-charge their already amplified powersThis can't end badly.
>>35714260>> Find a way to super-charge their already amplified powersI mean, what if we had them drink the blood of a kitsune? We have a friendly one. Or, we could be somewhat tactical about it and create a distraction. > Come up with a less direct route...one that doesn't involve Mission Impossible type shenanigansCan we sneak them in as research subjects or something? Or using Yuri & her new song powers?
>>35714390Depending on if Vampirism is tied into PKE, we could attempt to naturally charge them with PKE or perhaps feeding them blood with charged PKE.
>>35714437From the Ghost-Busters wikia> Vampires put out psychokinetic energy like a ghost and can be detected on the P.K.E. Meter. So, yeah? You know we're going to have to roll to have them not go all frenzied though, right?
>>35714560"Could we give you another edge?" You ask. "Find a way to buff your powers more?"Kali shrugs. "Maybe, but...well...first, you know bloodsuckers get a little nutty if we get too juiced up. Second, since I never really had any big interests in power, I've never gone out of my way to look for stuff like that. Hemovores who do tend to end up getting the attention of people who use pointy pieces of wood.""What about kitsune blood?" Sato asks. "We know a go-""Kuzu's on a plane to Hawaii." You say. "Kaede's with her.""Well..." Star turns on her laptop. "Let's see if there's anything in the GB Databases."> Roll 3d20
Rolled 14, 8, 5 = 27 (3d20)>>35714560>You know we're going to have to roll to have them not go all frenzied though, right?Maybe, but we'll do that behind a nice cage.>>35714569
Rolled 20, 4, 12 = 36 (3d20)>>35714569roll
Rolled 15, 12, 6 = 33 (3d20)>>35714569
Rolled 5, 6, 13 = 24 (3d20)>>35714569>Roll 3d20DICE!
>>35714619A 20 and a 4... what does that mean?
>>35714619Star searches and her face brightens, and then she frowns."Well...there IS a way to get you enough power that will make you comparable to some anime vampires." Star says."What's the 'but' then?" Kali says."It'll fry you." Star says. "We can super-charge the PKE that's in you. It will pretty much turn you into an unstoppable being of undead energy.""But it'll burn me out." Kali says. "Yep. It will reduce you to ash." Star sighs."Anyway to just get half a dose?" Kali asks.Star shakes her head. "It's not a 'dosage' kind of deal. A half-charge wouldn't give you any more power than what you'd receive from the Conjunction, and it's not additive."Kali purses her lips, crosses her arms, and looks down at the table."Going out saving all of Tokyo..." Kali mumbles to herself. "Would I have enough time?""Plenty, but it would be your last night. Dawn comes, you go." Star says."Huh." Kali says.She looks like she's seriously considering it.KEY DECISION> Encourage her to go for it.> Tell her not to do it.> Tell her to just have Gramps do it.> Other
>>35714920>Encourage her to go for it.You gotta admit that would be one hell of a way to go.
>>35714920Don't do it. We'll find another way to make sure it works.
>>35714920>Tell her not to do it.Damn that four. Naw, dude. Naw.
>>35714920> OtherI'm not going to tell her to do it or not to do it. It's her life. If she is willing to sacrifice it, then so be it.
>>35714920> OtherOne of the most important things a person can do in life is to ask themselves how do they see it, from beginning to end.Kali, if your life were a storybook, what would you want in it? When people read it, or maybe when you read it, what would you like to see?
>>35714920>> Encourage her to go for it.She's in trouble anyway if Mae wins, at least this way she can go down swinging.
>>35714773Obviously a really powerful source of blood . . . that is unfriendly.
>>35714920> Tell her not to do it.Didn't Kaede want to go exploring the world with Kali? Furthermore, this won't be the last apocalypse, not by a longshot, there will always be more chances for heroism. This one shouldn't be the last.
>>35715188Lets be honest: Probably won't be the last apocalypse this year even.
>>35714920> Tell her not to do it.Fuck that noise. We don't sacrifice our own if we can help it.
>>35715230Yeah, if there's one thing Daisuke is impartial or hypocritical when it comes to sacrifices to the greater good, it's people he likes.It's why we sent Kaede as far away as possible, she'd be too much of a liability.
>>35715286pls leave, we stopped crying about that deal ages ago.
>>35715362that isn't even related to what he said, and it is truekaede said everyone has some line they won't cross, that's why our parents didn't quit their job
Okay, so it's clear that you guys don't want Kali to take the PKE-Supercharge.> What about Gramps?
>>35715550>Have Gramps take itHaving the trump card would be nice, plus it's not like he does much these days anyway.
>>35715550Nah, don't have Gramps take it either. I like both of them.
>>35715550Asking him would be awkward, it would be like saying "i don't want Kali to die but I'mm fine with you dying."However, if he were to pipe up and demand the chance to go out in glory, we wouldn't stop him and that would be fine. He could convince Kali that she was younger, she had more to go for her in life, and if anyone badly needed a chance to go out in a blaze of glory it's his wrinkly ass.
>>35715550Back-up plan only.
>>35715550Nah, dude. Nah.
>>35715747We really haven't seen much of the old man, giving him a chance to act like a old badass actually doesn't sound so bad.
>>35715550I don't feel like we have the right to advise either of them what to do with their unlife. As far as key decisions go, this seems completely inappropriate.Not like it even matters though, since there's no way something like this is brought up without being used.
>>35715550Don't ask him to do it, but if he volunteers then by all means support him.
>>35715747>>35715850>End of the battle>Old man pulls out a cigarette>"Anybody got a light?"
>>35715894The only way we can do that is if we don't tell Kali NOT to do it.Our only non asshole choice is to let one of our friends kill herself in a demonstration of why having the dice determine facts is kind of shitty.
"Don't...don't do this Kali." You say. "There's too few decent vamps in the world.""Thanks." Kali says. "What...what about Gramps?" You ask. "What would his position be on this?""Gramps doesn't really have an opinion of his own on this. He's old, VERY old, and traditional. If you ask him to do this, he'll do this gladly and without hesitation. If you say that he shouldn't, then he won't." Kali shrugs. "The only thing I've ever seen Gramps refuse to do was drink, or harm, a minor. Even under magical geas, he refused. Everything else, good or bad, he's probably done. I've seen him do a lot.""So, maybe we could use this on him, like a back up?" You say.Star shakes her head. "Sorry, this isn't something we can just have the vamps store in their back pocket 'for emergencies.' We'd have to supercharge the vampire BEFORE you attack the HQ. "So it's commit to this, or don't." Star says.Kali shrugs. "The old man's been around for a long time."> Do it.> Pass, pick another plan
>>35715996>Do it.I know if I got to that age I would be down with going out in a blaze of glory.
>>35715996God damn, you're just really keen on having the blood, or ashes in this case, be on our hands aren't you?I bet it would be a tie if we put it to a vote.
>>35715996>The only thing I've ever seen Gramps refuse to do was drink, or harm, a minor.Oh dear, I don't suppose ghosts or kitsunes thousands of years old who take up the guise of children count as minors, do they?
>>35715996>Pass, pick another plan
>>35715996>> Do it.I can't really justify this, but I want to see it happen, so fuck it.
>>35716062Also if he's extremely traditional there might be a chance he may be persuaded by them since fighting for tradition is their shtick
>>35716112Except that tradition often involves not betraying your family/allies
>>35715996>> Pass, pick another plan
>>35715996>Do itHe's Chinese, the enemy is Japanese, do the math.
>>35715996>> Pass, pick another planI like Gramps too much.
>>35715996>Do itGramps is cool, but you gotta go out sometime. And he's done it all it sounds.
>>35715996> Do it.He's basically an automaton at this point. Kali says he's equally capable of good or bad and is willing to do either pending on who is his ally at the time.How long can we expect him to be under GB eye? Will we keep him forever like a guard dog, hoping that he doesn't somehow fall into the wrong influence? Not let him slip from our sight and end up under the sway of the wrong people and we have to put him down?Kali's good nature can be attested to, she knows to do the right thing. He on the otherhand follows tradition and his allies, no matter who they are or the result. This may be his chance to end his life on a good note.
>>35715996Even though you're gonna fuck us over and kill people due to our not being willing to make the hard choices with other peoples lives, I still don't feel comfortable with a guy killing himself for no other reason beyond someone asked.
>>35716337He follows tradition, in Bushido the highest honor is to die a good and honorable death. Now he has the chance for that. Even the west occasionally speaks fondly of "giving one's life for their country"
>>35716474Although Patton wised up and realized it was about making the other guy die for his country.
>>35716474Bushido? The dude is Chinese, I'm pretty sure he doesn't even speak Japanese, this isn't his country.
>>35716683Huh, that's right. An Wushidao only became a thing by the 19th century and ended up not being very popular for obvious reasons.What Chinese traditions would the old man follow?
>>35716780Shutting the fuck up and charging his PKE into overdrive. That sounds like a pretty decent tradition to me.Seriously, the guy is pretty much all robot at this point. I don't think he much gives a fuck.
>>35715996> Pass, pick another planWhy not just have them go in as new youkai employees?
>>35715996> Do it.
You take a deep breath and then look at Kali. "He won't go nuts with it? He'll just take out the yokai trash there so you can destroy the contracts?"Kali nods. "Yeah. You've seen him," She talks to Sachiko. "He barely does anything."Sachiko nods. "He's been a model vampire, so far. So, of course it's a good idea to super-charge him with power.""Objections?" You ask the priestess."Oh, plenty." Sachiko says. "But...well...I don't think he'd go attacking people randomly."Kali nods. "He'd view it as savage. Anyway, I'll still ask him and make sure that it's his call in the end.""Okay. And as for the Papyrus of Ma'at? Will burning it work?" You ask Star."Kali will have to say a ritual prayer before she torches them. But I can give her a script." Star says. "You okay with fire?""Not the best of friends." Kali says. "But I'm okay with it.""Okay." You plunk down a farseer and a warlock on the P-COC HQ. "That's that.""Now..." You say, looking at the map. "What's next?""Question." Sachiko asks. "Is there really ANY aspect of this nightmare that DOESN'T have complications?""No." Comes the answer from everyone around the table.Next topic:> Fire Kimono> Giant Skeleton> Mimiko> Strike Teams> Oiwa> Defense of the Dumpling Factory
Guys, the question shouldn't be "is it right to have Gramps die for our plan". It should be "Is this a good plan in the first place?"If it's a bad plan to begin with, then supercharging him and causing a massive PKE surge at the PCOC HQ that will draw a lot of attention and forces, when we want the exorcists who can detect PKE to be spreading out and muckin up the strike teams, may be a bad idea.
>>35717125>Giant SkeletonGotta resolve the Kaiju/Gundam situation right quick.
>>35717125GIANT SKELLINGTON!>>35717156We can ask both questions. Besides, it's called "co-ordination". I think we should try and avoid the animu problem of not telling your allies shit fuck all. Just let them know that the Ghostbusters are throwing down there, and it's best to stay out of it. It's more important to get rid of these strike teams all over the place. Let's use our reputation for good!
>>35717125>Base DefenseCan't be the conquering heroes if some asshole blows the containment unit while we're out
>>35717125I'd say Mimiko. Might be a good.idea to have all four aspects in the same place.
>>35717228Hopefully that bait and switch plan someone proposed yesterday is feasible.
>>35717212So you want to tell the exorcists who believe the Ghostbusters to be hacks ( which number in the hundreds) that we're going to be causing a major ruckus at the PCOC HQ, which is still a legitimate government agency, and expect Mae to NOT get wind of this?Or that people will even have a reason to cooperate with us?
>>35717343That's what we tell them AS IT'S GOING DOWN."Fuck, ghostbusters are screwing up again, you don't want to be anywhere NEAR that mess or else they might blame you for it too. Better focus on the job in front of you."
>>35717366How? There are hundreds of them, possibly thousands according to the huge groups we saw and the file lockers. How are we going to tell them all not to come running?
>>35717125>> Giant Skeleton
>>35717506Is there some sort of Bat-Signal equivalent we can project saying "Stay the Fuck Away" to do that?
>>35717125>Giant SkeletonWe need to ask the most important of questions.Who gets to pilot the Gundam in its duel with the skeleton.
>>35717841>Who gets to pilot the GundamI'm more mad that they only slimed the RX-78, and completely ignored the Zeta Gundam and Tetsujin-28.
>>35717841I'd let Sachiko. She's more likely to awaken as a Newtype.
>>35717841Sato, it's the only choice.
>>35717125> Giant Skeleton
>>35717125>Fire KimonoActually you know what, let's do this. Because we have the rough stages of a plan on what to do with Oiwa and the skeleton, but I have no fucking idea how we're supposed to fight this thing.Like can pyrokinetic beings make Slime combustible since it's a psychic amplifier?
>>35718622You drop a Necron by the docks. "So...this is our BIG problem.""Well, the RX-78 is all ready." Rei says. "Slimed inside and out. We've got speakers inside ready to play the theme song, and a few other appropriate songs." She grins."So whomever is inside it can pilot it?" You ask."That's the snag." Rei sighs. "There's no place inside the RX to stand, or sit or...well...pilot it. We're going to have to do it remotely."There's a chorus of 'Awwww's' around the table."So we set up a receiver." Rei says. "But we haven't gotten the transmitter finished. The notes on how they got the Statue of Liberty to move weren't completely applicable, so we've improvised.""How?" You ask."Well, we aren't sure about HOW it's going to be controlled." Rei says. "We can hook it up to some SIRI voice recognition software and have it be voice controlled, we can also do a six button arcade controller, or we can use some Wii motion wands.""Those are our options?" You ask."Well, I'm sorry to say that we lack having a flight simulator pod...and we couldn't find an arcade where we could 'borrow' one." Rei says with a shrug.> Use the voice control. It'll be easier for whomever steering that thing.> Use the Six button arcade pad. There's precedent regarding the Statue of Liberty event. Go with what works.> The Wii controllers have the best tactile feel for the thing. Go with that.> Other
>>35718768>Like can pyrokinetic beings make Slime combustible since it's a psychic amplifier?That's likely how they function in the first place.In the case of the Fire Kimono or any other such unquenchable flames, we're going to need more Stasis Stream/Dark Matter.. . .A LOT of Dark Matter.
>>35718855>> Use the Six button arcade pad. There's precedent regarding the Statue of Liberty event. Go with what works.Get our secretary to do that. She's unbeatable in fighting games no?
>>35718855>> OtherRemember how we passed up the chance to use a neural interlink to control a tiny golem?I'm thinking it's time we upped the anti to something MUCH bigger.
>>35718855>Use the Six button arcade pad. There's precedent regarding the Statue of Liberty event. Go with what works.Time to get Down Right Fierce.
>>35718855> Use the Six button arcade pad. There's precedent regarding the Statue of Liberty event. Go with what works.get the secretary lady who is good at fighting games to pilot it
>>35718855>Use the Six button arcade pad. There's precedent regarding the Statue of Liberty event. Go with what works.>OtherSeriously, did they try the Gundam Museum? That has an actual RX-78 cockpit.And I refuse to believe that in all of Akihabara they couldn't find a single arcade that didn't have a Mobile Suit simulator pod that they could somehow get ahold of.Hell, you could build one with some computer screens, a chair, and a pair of joysticks.
>>35718900Really? No one wants to mind control the thing?Doh, fine
>>35718959Save the Mind Control for the Zeta Gundam, and Voice Commands/Holding Up The Laputa Pendant for the Laputa Robot and Tetsujin-28.
>>35718855>arcade controllerLiving here in Jersey, fighting villains from afar...
>>35718930For God's Sake, this. Precedent on TWO fronts.
>>35718959Sorry. Can never resist a call back… when I see it.
>>35718855Six button arcade style. We ARE the weeaboo
>>35718855GET SOMEONE TO POSSESS IT!
>>35718930Yeah that makes sense.
"You really couldn't get stuff from the Gundam Museum? Or just get a bunch of computer screens and joysticks?" You ask."Well, we tried...but for SOME reason, the moment we mentioned YOUR name, people didn't want to lend us things of value." Rei says. "Something about fearing explosions.""Well, using their name was the first mistake." Sachiko says."Yeah." Rei sighed. "But turns out that PAGAN isn't that popular either." She shrugs. "And as for trying to get the joystick/computer screen thing working...it's weird...the slime doesn't work as well." She shrugs. "The more stuff we hooked up to it, the bigger chance it was the everything shut down.""Oh that's a known effect." Sato says. "It's related to the Tesla-Crowley Reaction, if there's a high level of PKE it can act as an EMP in inst-""MOVING ON." You say loudly. "I think we should stick with what worked in the past. Use the six button arcade controller." You sigh. You SO wished that it could have been you to pilot this thing. "And that means, that our pilot is going to be you, Sana."Sana's face lights up and she grins. "Oh. Fuck. Yes.""Okay, so...Gundam goes here..." Sato places a small RX-78 model to fight the Necron. "And Sana will be somewhere around this area controlling it." He frowns. "That...might be a problem."(cont)
>>35719105>"The more stuff we hooked up to it, the bigger chance it was the everything shut down."Darned, if we had only befriended the Karaoke ghost, this would've been exactly her territory.
>>35719105"What?" You ask."Well...it's not like we can hide the fact that we're using the Gundam, right?" Sato says. "Mae's going to either guess that there's someone inside the thing, or that there's someone controlling the thing. Which means she's going to send some people to try and find Sana. Maybe.""I'll find a good place to hide." Sana says."Or we can send you back up." Sato says."If we send back-up, that may increase the chances of someone noticing that the pilot isn't inside the Gundam." Akira says.KEY DECISION> Go with the plan of Sana hiding> Have Sana's protection be one of the GBs> Have Sana's protection be one of the Elite PAGANs> Have Sana's protection be a small squad of regular PAGANs> Have Sana's protection be from Rini's warren.> Other
>>35719193How far away can Sana be from the thing and still be able to control it?Surely there's a way we can boost the range from the base as well as provide other means of visual for her to see what's going on.
>>35719193>Have Sana's protection be a small squad of regular PAGANsThat way Mae will probably just be chasing them instead of looking for Sana.
>>35719193>OtherHave Sana's protection be one of the Elite PAGANs, and either set up a fake Gundam Control Pod with some automated defenses, or we have someone visibly using a smartphone to "control the Gundam" as a decoy.
>>35719193> Have Sana's protection be one of the Elite PAGANsShe's a big target and an elite PAGAN group can hole up with her.
>>35719193Mobile command center. It worked for Shotaro and his moped. Have her have a driver and a two seat moped.
>>35719193What kinda youkai could we choose from the warren? Wouldn't they also be juiced up?
>>35719281Not a bad idea, Ace.
>>35719281I like this plan. Mobile command with elite PAGAN back-up.
>>35719281OH! WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PULL OFF THAT BIG TRUCK DRIVING SEQUENCE.
>>35719193>> OtherUnless the Yomi-1 will be needed elsewhere, have it trail the giant Gundam. Because everyone knows the Yomi-1 or the Ecto-1 almost never gets smashed by the giant monster.They will presume that with it's big anntennae, protocon cannon, that it's acting as the control ship, drawing their attention.Sana, and an elite group of Pagans, can control it from a nearby unscrupulous van protected by Elite Pagans.
>>35719281>>35719359Fucking sold.Deleting previous vote.>>35719323
>>35719376>>35719281. . .alternatively, a moped works fine too. Or any other such vehicle.We could even forgo the pretense of it not being the command center and just straight up deck it in defenses and reinforcements and MAKE it the real command center.
>>35719193> Go with the plan of Sana hiding> Have Sana's protection be one of the Elite PAGANsNo reason the both of them can't hide on a rooftop or inside an apartment with a window.There's no reason that
>>35719411Well, another issue is, just HOW is she gonna always see what's going on from a useful angle?Tokyo is full of skyscrapers and tall buildings, and even smoke or fire could block her view.We may need Yurei or another helpful ghost possess some flying camera's and link them to a touchpad or laptop or something.
>>35719478>Tokyo is full of skyscrapers and tall buildings, and even smoke or fire could block her view.This is a problem which is even worse from ground level.I suppose she could lay down like a sniper, to minimize her profile, on whatever rooftop she chooses.We should save vehicle's for getting to mimiko before the strike teams do, and put out their cellphone attack.
>>35719281You frown, looking at the map. Then you pick up a figure of what looks like two people on a rocket scooter. "Does anyone own a motorbike or a moped?" You ask. "Or, do you still have that van Rei?"Rei nods. "Yeah...oh! Okay. Yeah. I can have one of my guys as a driver. That'll work.""Good. You get your best driver." You put down the figurine. "You'll hide in the van, and if it looks like it's getting dicey, your guy drives and Sana keeps piloting the Gundam and trashes the skeleton.""Oh this is going to be so sweet." Sana says."Lucky..." Sato says.Next on the agenda.> Fire Kimono> Mimiko> Strike Teams> Base Defense> Oiwa
>>35719533>> Mimikowe need to stop her from using that radiostation to put out her communication attack.
>>35719533>"Lucky..." Sato says.I'm sorry sato, if it were the mind control helm we'd of given it to you to blare out ancient proverbs like a Japanese Liberty Prime
>>35719556Is that her thing?
>>35719533>MimikoWe need to be able to keep our communications lines open.
>>35719533> Base DefenseI'd like a talk about this. I don't want Sadako and the rest coming out again.
>>35719585>Is that her thing?sachiko's dream vision, with all the cellphones in the city ringing and something happening to people who answered them.The plans, which say a strike team is going to escort mimiko to a radiostation and take control of it.So yes.
>>35719643"Okay." You put a banshee on the table at the Shibuya Scramble. "Mimiko. The fourth aspect of Oiwa.""Can't believe we missed one." Akira says."Apparently, Mae had her in her back pocket since the beginning." Sato says. "She's the weakest of them all.""Mine!" Sachiko says as she puts a Sister of Battle down at the scramble. "Leave this one to us. Also," She points at Akira. "I will need to borrow your horse.""Musashi?! No!" Akira says. "She's not yours to ride into battle!""You barely ride her anyway." Sachiko says."Asphalt is hard on her." Akira says. "Anyway, she's...a very touchy horse. She doesn't like a lot of people.""She likes me and you know it." Sachiko says."ENOUGH!" You snap. "Sachiko, are you absolutely sure that you want to take Mimiko on?""Sure." Sachiko says. "I'm totally confident that we can take her. Although I wouldn't say no to some back up...but if you can't spare any, that's fine."KEY DECISION> Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.> Send some PAGAN backup.> Send some Elite PAGAN backup.> Partner her with a Ghostbuster.> Other
>>35719846>Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.
>>35719846> Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.> Send some Elite PAGAN backup.Gotta keep her alive!
>>35719846> Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.>And Akira
>>35719846>Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.>> Send some PAGAN backup.If she's this confident, I'm inclined to say yes, but let's send some backup just in case.
>>35719846>Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.I really do not like all these key decisions, especially since we haven't even finalized the plan yet.
>>35719885Nooooo, Akira has Yurei, Sachiko wants Daisuke
>>35719846> Partner her with a Ghostbuster.This is an Aspect, and it shouldn't be underestimated.Send Akira, or Sato as backup.
>>35719885I'm almost inclined to want to do this, it isn't Tamamo-no-mae, but in the Story two exorcists went out to chase her down.That said, I'd wish she were with US instead in case we ever encounter Tamamo. We'd need her magic arrow BAD.
>>35719885...Yeah alright, seems a fair combination.
>>35719846How about Yurei as back-up? She can disrupt things too! We can reverse the polarity.
>>35719885I dunno, I really think the four of us are gonna need to stick together to handle the final boss.
>>35719918Oh, you have a really good point. Changing >>35719904to this. Although I'm still concerned with how spread thin we are. Could we get the horse to count as an exorcist?
>>35719964Eh, I feel like we need to see the whole picture first. Like who is the final boss in this instance, and where the hell is Tamamo-no-Mae herself gonna be?
>>35719846>> Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.>> Send some PAGAN backup.Mimiko is going to have a strike team with her.
>>35719928(Samefag)No bites, eh?
>>35720006Sachiko's got SADAKO, son.
>>35720038Shit, so technically Sachiko is two exorcists in one, huh?
>>35720038Kayako to be exact.
>>35719846>Let Sachiko have her showdown...and Akira's horse.> Send some Elite PAGAN backup.We're going to need all of the streams.>>35720024Mimiko might be the weakest of the aspects, but she's still an aspect. Not sure if Yurei's recent boost will put her in the same league.
>>35720038>Sachiko's got SADAKO, son.Unless KAYAKO can stop bullets and take on MIMIKO at the same time, then Sachiko needs mundane backup to deal with POC agents(some of whom will be youkai).
>>35720164>>35720148>>35719846Lets call in the Oni's.
>>35720178Makes me think about Orochi; he's still a wild card in this.
>>35720178Rather have Nurse Reika request help from Orochi. Better indebted to her than them.
>>35720215We can't ASK her that though, or that's us asking by proxy and he wouldn't accept that.
>>35720215...Send Reika at the Kimono. Have Orochi swoop in and ANNIHILATE IT'S ASS.
>>35720254I don't think such a transparent ruse would work?
>>35719846PAGAN Back-upIf Sachiko can pick up the slack, we might not need to use up the big guns.
>>35720254Orochi is not our friend. He will do nothing for us.
>>35720404He'll do things but we're not friends or allies at all. We just have the same enemy at the moment.
"I'm worried that you'll run into some yokai back-up." You say. "Also, we just know that they'll be releasing her in a 'host' right?""Right." Star confirms."So, maybe some PAGAN back up won't hurt." You say as you put three Cadian imperial guard with the sister of battle.Sachiko sighs. "Fine...but I'm not giving up the horse!""Nor should you. You'll get Musashi.""HEY!" Akira says."You're going to go fight Mae and a Class 9, suck it up!" Star says.Akira grumbles for a bit and then waves to let the conversation to continue. "I miss the days when we were just stumbling around in basements, getting covered in slime. This war planning crap is sooooo dull.""I'm sorry." Sachiko says. "Do you LIKE having massive civilian casualties and getting your ASS handed to you, losing control of Japan to yokai, and worst of all...losing your franchise license?!"Akira frowns and then turns to the Chyme. "Your, can you make this annoying bitch sing showtunes for a week?""I will banish her, and kill you, and then banish you!" Sachiko says."Is this...normal?" Reika asks Star."No, this is pretty restrained. They're being polite because we have company." Star says.Next topic is...> Fire Kimono> Strike teams> Base Defense> Oiwa
>>35720503> Base DefenseAny one gonna defend the containment?
>>35720503>Fire KimonoThere is a fire that will burn in the streets of the city and we will stand in the light, we will stand in the light of the burning city that we are trying to save
>>35720517For that we're planning on luring out the strike team meant to take on the Base through Yomi-1 and deception.Have a team of Pagans drive out in the Yomi-1 sirens blaring, while we wait for the assault on the base. Once it starts, we take on the strike-team, and the Yomi-1 drives back with Pagans on Proton canon and Super Trap. With the base secured, or at least most of the major assault removed, we'll be free to go elsewhere.
>>35720598>Have a team of Pagans drive out in the Yomi-1 sirens blaring*making them believe we've left, and turning the base into a class 5 Top priority
>>35720503>Base DefenseGotta address it at some point, might as well be now.
>>35720503>> Base DefenseIt looks like we have that sorted, but let's see what everyone else thinks of our plan.
>>35720503>Fire KimonoAsk if Sachiko knows anything about it?
>>35720653I do hope it works, I can easily see it as having flaws but hopefully not something like a nail in the coffin.
>>35720529"Okay, so the Fire Kimono. What do we know about it?" You say."It's going to be activated at the Imperial Palace." Star says. "Also, Oiwa will be happy when she sees who is wearing it.""So...who would Oiwa be pleased at being seen burned alive?" Sato asks. "From what I learned from her fragments," Sachiko says. "That's a list that could include pretty much everyone in Japan.""Oh!" Rei says. "That's it!"Everyone looks at her. "What?" Sato asks."There's a Lunar Viewing Party. To celebrate the conjunction." Rei says. "The Emperor, his family, the Prime Minister, and a bunch of the Great and the Good will be there.""To look at the moon?" Sachiko asks.Rei shrugs. "And to talk politics, and to be seen talking politics. It's a stellar event that can be clearly seen from Japan. They love making ceremony about this.""And one of the guests is going to turn into a giant inferno." Akira says. "Mae really doesn't do half measures.""Can you get into that party?" You ask her.Rei shrugs. "Maybe? It would burn all the clout I have, but I can probably squeak an invite or two. But we'd be in the general party, nowhere near the important people.""But you'd be inside." You say."Yeah. But we wouldn't be able to walk in wearing proton packs." Rei says. "We'd have to sneak them in.""Could you at least get you, or your people, past the gate?" Sato says."Is it not written, that where there is one door closed, there is always a mouse hole open?" Rei says. "Or something like that. I can get us into the staff entrance pretty easy, but it's not like we'll be able to answer any questions that get asked of us.""You could just wait until the screaming starts." Sachiko says. "Then run right in.""Yeah, but by then the kimono will have been on fire. If we want to catch it WHEN it ignites, we try for the staff entrance." Rei says. "And if a charming gentleman wants to accompany me." She smiles at Sato. "Maybe we'll catch it before it ignites."(cont)
>>35720852KEY DECISION> Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)> Rei and her Elite PAGANS slip in through the staff entrance and stop the fire before it causes any damage. This will limit the damage, and bring the most force down upon this threat quickly...but if they're caught before the flashpoint, they'll be screwed.> Have Rei and her Elite PAGANs wait outside until the fire and the panic starts, then run in and contain it. This poses the smallest amount of threat or complication to Rei's team...but it means that there will be a span of time where the fire will be unchecked.> Other
>>35720899>> Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)
>>35720899>Have Sato and Rei go as guestsIt is time. Time for the bro code. Sato, I'll give you one chance to get the girl. If you fail to both get the girl and save the world, things will go very hard for you in the afterlife.
>>35720899>Sato and ReiC'mon, let's not cock block the poor bastard.
>>35720899> > Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)Half-assing shit has fucked us hard this whole quest. NO. MORE. Besides, if we blitz TM, then we can probably hold off until Sato jioins us.
>>35720899>Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)I feel like we really can't afford to halfass the Furisode Kimono, otherwise a lot of people are gonna die very very fast.Also it's probably gonna be that P-COC lady, the one with the same name as the one from the story.
>>35720899>> Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)Yes please
>>35720899>Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)Maybe it would also present a good opportunity for Rei to ask the Emperor to invoke the kami to come down and root out the perpetrators of this terrorist act?
>>35720852>>35720945>Oiwa will be happy when she sees who is wearing it>Also it's probably gonna be that P-COC lady, the one with the same name as the one from the story.Goddamit, Mae. You're playing everything by the numbers and that makes you depressingly predictable.We're gonna clean your fucking clock.
>>35720899>Have Sato and Rei go as guests to the party and try and stop the fire before it starts. This would completely solve a problem, but it's not easy and it ties up Sato until he can rejoin you guys. (Rei will need a GB with her, to help detect the KF, and because Sato wants to go.)No good deed goes unpunished…
>>35721005Somehow, it still feels like we're falling into an obvious pitfall. Choosing the very first and clearly "obvious" solution with a completely unanimous decision and little opposition or second thought.I hope we bank on the right horse.
>>35721039We keep trusting Sato even though time after time that's been shown to just be an awful fucking idea.But that's what it means to be someone's friend.
>>35721039I the GM has a pretty low opinion of our shadowruns at this point, with all the complaining. Remember when we had the thread where either high or low rolls at the end would be good, and we waffle fucked ourselves right into the middle?
>>35721039I don't know, it seems like we're putting the right people in the right places and giving them backup where we think they need it. Now, Sato is probably going to blow this one but he's probably going to get the girl too, so at least we can rib him about something when we're wearing white robes and little headbands.
>>35721053Well, then it's a good thing he'll be doing this during a Lunar Viewing Party.As the ancients say "a broken sundial is right once a night"
>>35721066I think the P-COC raid might be being approached from the wrong angle. Like first, everyone is gonna notice an uber-vampire, and Mae herself might go forth and face it. And I wouldn't bet against her, bitch can probably conjure a sunrise or some shit. If anything, that would be the proper time to send in the ninjas for a sneaking mission, but we never got around to recruiting any.
>>35721104Or I don't know, maybe that rabbit clan can seduce their way through P-COC? Did we ever get around to providing them safe haven?
>>35721086>NEXT WEEK>Ghostbusters Japan 2: Kaede's Revenge>This time, they're all female!
>>35721104In any case, it's time to show this 9 tailed bitch how we do things downtown.
>>35721104>Like first, everyone is gonna notice an uber-vampire>Mae herself might go forth and face itMae is a coward and as long as minions are around she'll send them. The only reason she'd get into a fight is if she felt she'd have a 100% chance of victory + gloating.The Vampires are our allies/minions in her eyes, and thus they deserve only said response.
>>35721211Her allies/minions taking care of it (sorry, I can be really unclear sometimes). Think of her as a big-bad James Bond villian.
"Sato, Rei. Hope you both look good dressed up." You say."I look absolutely stunning in a kimono." Sato says. "Although I might need help with my obi."Rei giggles.The rest of the war council either smiles, shakes their head, or rolls their eyes."I think I'll try to sneak some tech in." Sato says. "So that when we do the take-down, we'll be able to...take it down.""Good, and as SOON as you are done, come and regroup with us." You say. "Heavens know we'll probably need the help.""Me too?" Rei asks."Well...I guess we should be talking about the Strike Teams then." You say. "Since they're your people.""Alright." Rei says. "We can go as a single body, dispatch and pursuit, or zone.""I'm sorry?""We get all the PAGANs, and we send them as a whole to fight the strike teams. We'll move slow, but we'll be able to overpower them, hopefully, some teams will come and attack us, as we'll be the biggest threat.""Until the registry is broken." Akira says."I think it's best to go with the assumption that we're all we're going to get." Rei says. "I don't doubt Kali,""Thank you." The vampire says."But there's not a timeframe we can depend on." Rei says. "The second thing is that we stay in one area, and defend it. Then when we hear of attacks, we send out assault teams. We'll use radio walkie talkies to avoid Mimiko.""And zone?" Star asks."We break up the PAGANs into groups and have them just cover one area of the city. That way we have the whole city covered. There's less of a chance of neutralizing them, but we can chase them all around the city, keeping them from hurting anyone.""How did you come up with all these plans?" Akira asks Rei.Rei shrugs. "I read a couple of tactics for dummies books. This is very basic stuff."Sato has placed a Commissar and a Space Marine at the Imperial Palace. "It sounds amazing to me."> Go Overwhelming Single Force.> Apply the Defense and Dispatch.> Use the Zone Tactic.> Other
>>35721211But shouldn't we save Gramps for the showdown with Mae, and use something else for taking out PCOC?Like, seeing if any of Rin's warren can sweet-talk a human employee to "call in sick" and then swipe their badge, have Kali use the badge and a disguise to get in (with some kind of Youkai Rights Activist persona to get righteously indignified when confronted), and use some good old social engineering?
>>35721357That's actually a really awesome idea, possibly we could bring it up next...
>>35721332>Use the Zone Tactic.I know that this has less of a chance of taking out the strike teams, but I think that preventing the teams from being able to complete their objectives is more important than killing or neutralizing them.
>>35721411Finding the fastest way to neutralize them may be more effective than splitting up our forces into zones. It's likely they'll perform divide and conquer, focusing all their efforts on the lightly guarded zones one at a time.
>>35721380Why confront the enemy head-on when we can stand outside their bullet-proof door, shoot them through the non-bullet-proof wall, and use a crowbar to break our way in through the drywall in the back?
>>35721332I've been playing too much XCOM,> Apply the Defense and Dispatch.
>>35721332> Apply the Defense and Dispatch.I prefer this plan.We prepare our groups not to be able to hold an entire zone on their own, but the ability to stall and delay them for quick and appropriate reinforcements, capable of rapid mobilization and shoring up where the front is weakest, or possibly even taking them out in pincer or flank attacks.If we can, surely some of these people own cars, and those would be most useful.
>>35721332-Overwhelming force: slow force, would force us to be reactive instead of proactive and the teams have almost free reign to do what they like while the PAGAN army flip flops between targets like a ping pong ball.-Defense and Dispatch: 'when your enemy has a well-entrenched position held by many men, see that he stays there'Prone to siege-Zone Tactic: Jack of all trades, master of noneSpreading ones forces too thin is the death of every empire and will probably be the death of usOverall, I like Defense and Dispatch best since it has the best of both and the inevitable siege will tie up a chunk of Mae's forces.>>35721449So have I. It's so hard to step away from that game.
>>35721332>Overwhelming Single Force.Deathball is out. We need to hold multiple objectives so no.> Defense and Dispatch.This is interesting. we have them cover the base and send parties out.But I think> Use the Zone Tactic.is best. We still have some time left for our troops to set the stage in their zones,
>>35721332>Defense and Dispatch
>>35721332Zone. Tampa 2.
>>35721332>Apply the Defense and Dispatch.Sure, that sounds pretty good.Though is that the playing it safe option?
>>35721332>Defense and DispatchWe can't be effective on offense, so this is our best bet. Zone is silly, since that just means we'll get taken down piece-meal.
>>35721485That's the thing, while Defense and Dispatch is the 'best' choice of the basic options, good write-in >>> basic options generally.
We'll be sure to arm the defending groups with whatever possible defenses we can spare them. Mass Field and Ecto-Shield Generators to create impenetrable, or very hard to breech walls and chokepoints.Teams without friendly psykers could be provided PKE disruptors and Ectoplasm Interference Oscillators and to slow down ghosts and give the youkai major headaches.Strike Teams should have cars or some mode of fast transport if possible, and be trained to use capture streams to move large debris or other cars out of the streets.>>35721564The playing it safe option only counts when there's a clear difference in risk. In this case the risk is high all around, now we need the (hopefully) playing it smart option.
>>35721564No, that's the "playing it smart" option. Overwhelming Single Force is the "safe" option, and "Zone Tactic" is the safe option. Defense & Dispatch is really our only hope. We have too large of an area to cover, and we can't go 1vs1 with each of their teams, so we need to be able to focus fire. Either they come to us and we meet them strength to strength, or we counter-punch them hard when they hold an objective. >>35721332I would like to add that we need a high-mobility harassment unit as well, in addition to this. Something that can strike behind their lines, hit hard and vanish. An emphasis on disrupting them, not getting caught in prolonged fights. Hit targets of opportunity and fade away.
>>35721485I meant that when I saw Defence and Dispatch my brain went, do this, we can have the Pagan guys be rookies.
>>35721574"Defense and Dispatch." You say. "Alright." Rei nods. "And then I guess that takes care of base defense as well.""What? Why?" Star asks."Well, we're going to be STARTING with a defensive zone that we know we can hold, right?" Rei says. "We start here, and then widen our control.""It still means that there's going to be a lot of havoc." Akira says. "But I guess it can't be helped.""I'll leave my elites here to guard the containment unit." Rei says."Great!" Rini says. "And my people, and the other yokai, will hide up in the sanctuary until this all bows over." She grins. "I hope Ikki survives this...I want to rub it in her face!""Actually." You say holding up a hand. "I've got a Plan B for P-COC. It involves using your people Rini. It'll be before the Conjunction, like tomorrow, so you won't be in any combat.""But still at risk...right?" Rini says.You sigh and nod. "I won't lie. There's a risk."Rini purses her lips and drums her fingers and thumps her foot as she ponders her response.> Roll 1d20
>>35721665>we can have the Pagan guys be rookiesWell then we're fucked hard.
>>35721625How about the bullet trains/subways? If we can somehow take control of public transportation, or at least keep it working, that could really come in handy.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>35721671
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>35721671At least know what it is first. But that's fine.
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>35721671RollingAlso I hope we don't leave out plan C. Selecting some of the less dangerous or untrustworthy ghosts from our containment unit and promising them freedom in a later date in exchange for their service, binding them with an unbreakable oath.We could use some penal divisions to bolster our strength.
>>35721688Bicycles, or even better, scooters and mopeds.Because motorcycles require a license, but motorized scooters don't.And they're faster and can carry more than a bicycle, yet retain a bike's inherent mobility and ability to take advantage of the narrow Tokyo side streets.
>>35721716Huh, that's a pretty good idea, but do we have the time and resources to conduct interviews?
>>35721742It's worth a shot. We do a background check from our database, select them and their frequency for extraction from the containment unit, interview them in a glass Ecto-Box like the kind used on slimer, and then swear the oath.Even just 10 or 5 would be useful.
>>35721688Bottlenecks, at known positions, that can easily be turned into traps. no, we need some crazy fuckers on bicycles and rollerblades with neon day-glow equipment to go stir up a ruckus and make noise. Keep the strike teams on the defensive. >>35721671Can we do this?
>>35721793>Bottlenecks, at known positions, that can easily be turned into traps. Yup. just like >>35721594If any of the teams defending have even one proton pack, they could even create bottlenecks or barricades using the capture stream to singlehandedly lift heavy objects like cars, dumpsters, or building rubble.
>>35721677Newcom rookies aren't that bad
>>35721820Maybe as emergency fall-back positions? But it's risky, if they can intercept us along the way then OUR forces are the ones who are trapped.
>>35721843That's where it likely boils down to who is the better tactician and the better mind, everyone will be trying to intercept everyone, to decieve, to outflank or outmaneuver, to trick the enemy into attacking where they want them to be.It boils down to training and leadership at that point.
>>35721882>who is the better tactician and the better mindMae is. She's also the better mage, and likely even the better physical combatant.Perhaps even the better marksman. Our victory will hinge on her forgetting to give her all.
>>35721779But if we had that, wouldn't we have done that to get Sachiko and Yurei out?I don't think we have the time, or the resources, to do it. >>35721793>>35721725>proton pack-equipped Vespa's and Honda's
>>35721882Also an issue is our enemy will likely have great communication superiority, everything from magic scrying, to telepathy, to ghosts whisping this way and that delivering messages.I hope that at least we have a significant amount of psykers and psychics to match.>>35721906I meant more on the small scale level between our forces, squad leaders and "officers", but that too.
>>35721882Yeah, let's not risk it then.Let's go all Guerrilla on them instead. Remember, our goal is to disrupt, not destroy.
>>35721913Because neither Saichiko nor Yurei were put in the containment unit the proper way, hell Saichiko isn't even meant to be in there.Central has been able to extract certain ghosts at will.>>35721926What, you're proposing we don't do the defense and dispatch tactic?
>>35721701Rini bites her lip and then nods. "Fine. But I'm NOT paying this week's protection rent!""Done." You say. "Okay. We'll talk about that plan later. It involves seduction, Kali lying a lot, and...well...I guess a depressingly large amount of these plans end in fire. Don't they?""Sounds about right for Ghostbusters." Sachiko says."Which leaves Oiwa." Star says. "So...I guess the three of us drive to the Tokyo Tower, present her with the pardon, tell her that Rei will start the PAGAN campaign to restore her face...and pray that she takes us up on our deal.""And if she doesn't?" Akira asks."Like you have to ask?" Star says as she crosses her fingers."You guys are forgetting something." You say. "Mae will be there. I don't think she's going to let someone make a counter-deal to her own plea to 'Purge Japan.' We need a plan.""What plan? We fight our way through Mae, and then we get to Oiwa." Akira says."She'd wipe the floor with us...maybe YOU might be okay with that...actually...that's not a bad idea." Star says. "We let Akira go nuts fighting Mae and we sneak past and get to Oiwa.""So I'm the bait?!" Akira says. "I am...surprisingly less upset about that than I'd thought I'd be...but if it's just me...I'm not sure how long she'd be willing to 'play' with me.""I know this may not be a great idea." Rei says. "But what if, instead of you four going to talk to Oiwa, what if me and my elites went?""Hmm?" You ask."After Sato and I solve the Fire problem, we hook up with you guys, who are taking on whatever else you want...and then we go to the Tower." Rei says. "You four face Mae, and my team will talk to Oiwa.""Yeah, but that has you up against a Class 9...and you're just well trained rookies." Sato says. "She'd kill you."Rei shrugs. "If the plan works, we'll be fine. If not...I think even we can figure out how to cross the streams."(cont)
>>35721906Her overconfidence is her weakness.
>>35721926But Guerilla warfare is all about outmaneuvering your enemy
>>35721952Hm. Can you guys think of any specific reason Oiwa would listen to us or any of the other ghostbusters more than Rei?
>>35721952I think Rei has a point. She's a part of the Imperial Family, no matter how tenuous the link, and so an Imperial Pardon would have more weight coming from her.She is also the type of person that Oiwa is more likely to listen to, someone who is not a hypocrite and who prefers the traditional ways.
>>35721952"I don't like the idea of putting other people in the way of a Class 9." Akira says. "We don't have to even beat Mae. Just knock her silly, which I think the four of us can do. Then we go to Oiwa, convince her to move on...and then go beat the other half out of the kitsune.""She's a nine-tailed kitsune." Star says. "That'll be a lot of half. Anyway, she's arrogant and a bully. If she thinks she's just 'playing' with one or two idiot Ghostbusters, she might be distracted long enough. Then, yeah, we unleash the pain once Oiwa is gone. You know how these showy megalomaniacal types are. She'll be making speeches, and toying with you, and showing how useless our tech is...just act like you're a hotheaded idiot who's in over his head...shouldn't be TOO hard."> We're going to be facing Mae one way or another. Might as well go in head first, we're Ghostbusters. We don't do things by halves, we don't take the 'safe' option, we just DO stuff. We go for broke and full attack.> The bait plan is the better idea. It plays to Mae's weaknesses, and it gives us a little leeway. It's the best plan that we can get.> Rei and her people should talk to Oiwa. We'll handle Mae. Oiwa isn't an unthinking, unfeeling, ghost. She's a hurt being, and can be reasoned with. Mae's a psycho monster. We need to give it all against her and not be worried about a timer.> Other
....huh, that's a point, even if you do get your asses kicked you can introduce the ghosts to a big fuck you by crossing the streams.
>>35721946No, Defense & Dispatch w/ guerrilla strike units that can bounce around. You think Americans would understand that kind of warfare better after getting BTFO by it for the last 50 years.
>>35722021> Rei and her people should talk to Oiwa. We'll handle Mae. Oiwa isn't an unthinking, unfeeling, ghost. She's a hurt being, and can be reasoned with. Mae's a psycho monster. We need to give it all against her and not be worried about a timer.I think we should do this one.
>>35721952>"If the plan works, we'll be fine. If not...I think even we can figure out how to cross the streams."It's a matter of simply shutting off the Cross Stream Governors. You try to cross the streams with them on, and you'll get a nasty explosion and knocked off your feet, but nothing world ending (literally)>>35722024You don't ever cross the streams in this universe buster. It's got to be another one, or it won't be pretty for anyone or anything in THIS dimension.Just ask the non-existent Gozer dimension.
>>35722021>> Rei and her people should talk to Oiwa. We'll handle Mae. Oiwa isn't an unthinking, unfeeling, ghost. She's a hurt being, and can be reasoned with. Mae's a psycho monster. We need to give it all against her and not be worried about a timer.I am scared of reasonable plans. But we can even use that, "You've convinced us that you're hurt, and that you have your side of the story and it's more valid. If we can be convinced, so can other people. Mae wants to keep Japan in the dark, but we're willing to have you come forward with us into the light" or some shit.
>>35722021How about we have Rei + Daisuke talk to Oiwa, with the other three with support try to distract Mae in some way.
>>35722021>Rei and her people should talk to Oiwa. We'll handle Mae. Oiwa isn't an unthinking, unfeeling, ghost. She's a hurt being, and can be reasoned with. Mae's a psycho monster. We need to give it all against her and not be worried about a timer.I honestly think that Rei is a better person to talk to Oiwa than us.
>>35722030But that's exactly what I am saying and what's being proposed. Defense teams heavily entrenched with defenses, while fast moving strike teams move around to provide supprot where it's needed most.
>>35722052This seems like the best plan.
>>35722021> The bait plan is the better idea. It plays to Mae's weaknesses, and it gives us a little leeway. It's the best plan that we can get.I think we should be the ones to talk to Oiwa. She/her reflection came to us so she expects to see us
>>35722052I really don't think we should talk to Oiwa. She hates hypocrites and people who spit on tradition, and that is our defining characteristics. I also don't think Akira or Sato would do a good job either. Maybe Star?
>>35722021>The bait plan is the better idea. It plays to Mae's weaknesses, and it gives us a little leeway. It's the best plan that we can get.Having PAGAN talk to Oiwa is just asking for them to be dead or dying when we get there.
>>35722089Damnit that's true. I'd like to get some advice from our allies on this one. Like is Oiwa expecting us to speak to her, vs aren't we the kind of people Oiwa despises?
>>35722106Well look, just from a storytelling perspective, talking about a plan guarantees it to fail, also I'm pretty sure Star might be dropping some death flags due to not having anything else going on.
>>35722021One thing we need to remember is that kitsune with the hook is well aware of Mae's massive character flaws. It's possible that she might be stationed at the tower specifically to make sure Mae doesn't bungle everything, so any plans that hinge on Mae's foolishness might be flawed.
>>35722021We need a write-in for this one probably, but I can't really think of any major things that we've missed.
>>35722175Oh, right, that one Kitsune.She's read the Evil Overlord List.She's a bigger danger than Mae herself, because she's actually genre-savvy.We should do what we can to capture her and take her out of the picture as soon as we can.
>>35722213I wish we could count on the good old "gets so bitter about Mae constantly disregarding her advice that she changes sides out of pure spite" but she might be smart enough to even realize that THAT'S a cliche in and of itself, and avoid it.
>>35722057Ah, I thought they would be based out of the defensive zones. I want teams that can work without co-ordination or communication, just in case we lose those two things. So we have the defensive force, the strike forces that sally out to destroy specific objectives, and then the skirmishers out in the back running around and confusing the enemy while feeding back info & making attacks of opportunity.Make sure they destroy any radio equipment if they're captured/killed.
Here's a terrible thought. What if Mae has another Kyuubi on her side? Is there any list of how many are in existence?
>>35722268Eh, it depends what we can buy her off with. Pretty sure she hates us for taking her hand. Saving her life? Doesn't really count. Seduce the kitsune! We've defeated her AND saved her, imagine what the babies would be like! We also know how to please a fox woman, yah?
>>35722289So, this is probably the biggest decision of the evening. I'm seeing a split between the 'Let Rei talk' plan, the 'Bait Distraction' plan, and a write in plan that has all of the Proton Pack trained people assault Mae...except for Rei and Daisuke, who go to talk to Oiwa.All three plans are good. Some rely on luck more than others. Right now, I think the 'Let Rei handle it' plan has a one vote lead. Does anyone want to change votes, add their own, or come up with a new write in?
>>35722287> I want teams that can work without co-ordination or communicationThat's what worries me too. The enemy has all sorts of options available to them from telepathy to scrying to ghosts flying around delivering messages.I do hope some of our teams are equipped with Psykers who trained themselves to communicate with each other.
>>35722325Hmm, looking deeper into the issue right now, this choice ought to take just a bit more time since this essentially will write the rest of quest to the end.
>>35722325Just so we're clear, you're saying that all three plans are viable.Some are more dice based, but the others will be more dependent on correct word choice.So it's a question of whether we put our trust in the dice gods, or trust in our ability to find the right thing to say?
>>35722369After the incident two threads ago with finding proper word choice, I would petition an appeal to the gods.
>>35722325Let Rei Talk, the ghostbusters BELONG in an end boss fight scene.
>>35722410We really do. Let the daughter of the son of heaven speak to Oiwa, we belong kicking the ass of an evil villain.
>>35722325I'm torn between letting something so important be completely out of our hands, versus whether or not this is even something we should butt our heads into.Like if we do want to talk to Oiwa personally, we should probably start coming up with what to say now.
>>35722325If Oiwa doesn't consider a pardon from the Imperial Family "restoring her face", is Rei's squad capable of turning "this chick" into "toast"?
>>35722501I doubt it. But honestly? I kind of doubt we are either. Like how many times have the ghostbusters taken out god-level threats in a straight-up fight, without any counter-rituals or tricks?
>>35722534Counter rituals or excessive amounts of power are really the only way to fight gods.
>>35722434Okay, it looks like most people want to have the big showdown be with Mae, and to let the scion of the Emperor ask forgiveness and try to fix the mess that her ancestor made.This is not a bad plan. Rei has a chance of succeeding. You just have to make sure that Mae doesn't interrupt, and that there aren't any surprises. (Evil GM Smile at that)This is my third confirmation. (Saying yes, three times!) Since this will be how the finale plays out. Are you okay with this plan?
>>35722570We're the exorcists, in the stories our job is to take down the demons and the foxes.It is up to the line of the Emperor to speak to the gods.
>>35722570Well, if nobody has any other ideas…
>>35722570Yes, Yes, Yes.
>>35722570A chance could be 0.01 percent. It is a fool's hope but it is not true that we are all fools, clamoring endlessly for a few grains of knowledge. Thus I agree, we have a plan and will abide by it.
"Okay." You say. "We'll be helping as we can. Then we'll regroup with Rei and Sato. Then we'll all go to the tower." You nod at your partners. "We'll take on Tamamo-no-Mae, and Rei and her crew can go in and present Oiwa with our deal."Best case scenario, Oiwa passes on, Mae gets taken down, and the Kami return." "And the worst?" Rini asks.You take a deep sigh. "Worst is we all die. However...if it looks like Oiwa has...refused the deal. Then I think if we do a four pack overload, tied into a Ghost Trap..."Sato nods. "That would be probably enough to take out Oiwa...or knock her down long enough for the kami to return.""How much of Tokyo would be destroyed?" Sachiko asks."Most of it. I think some of Nerima ward would be left okay." Sato says. "But it's that, or all of Japan...and maybe even worse.""Heh...I just realized something very dark and very funny." Rei says. "If this works...then nuclear technology developed in America will have saved a city in Japan."You all let out a dark chuckle. Then pause as your group looks at the map and all of the figurines on it. "A lot of stuff has to go right." Akira says."We'll make it go right." Sato says. "We're the Ghostbusters.""Hey, think about this...maybe one of the other branches will fail in their preventing their own apocalypse..." Sana says. "Then it won't really matter if we fail or not!""Very comforting. Thank you." You say. "Well, we can always have Yurei make us all sing 'One Day More,' from 'Les Miserables' if you want inspiring." Akira says.You see Yurei flash you a thumbs up."You do that," Sachiko warns. "And I'll end the world right here, right now!""Get in line!" Reika says, looking horrified.END EPISODE 40
>>35722816(Sorry about the lack of action, I tried to make it as funny as I could. I needed to get all these ducks in a row, because I want the Conjunction to go as smoothly as possible...and now I get to come up with all the ways things go horribly wrong. Yay!)NEXT EPISODETHURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, 3-5PM PSTTHE CONJUNCTION IS UPON US!
>>35722837...It's gonna end on Halloween?HOW LONG HAVE YOU PLANNED THIS
>>35722861Sadly, probably not. What's going to happen is you're going to be swinging from one POV to the other, as the night goes on. It's probably going to take three more games...I may do a Thursday/Friday bit. (Not Halloween)
>>35722886Funnily enough, that will be the anniversary of the very first thread.The day Daisuke decided not to take that subway trip. The day we met Yurei and boxed in the Karaoke ghost.>>35722886It's been a hugely fun year GhostMaster, it's hard to say how empty it will feel on the day there is no more GB quest on thursday nights.No matter what it is, it'll be special.
>>35722816>"Most of it. I think some of Nerima ward would be left okay."Well, if anyone would survive, it'd be Ranma and his ilk.>"You do that," Sachiko warns. "And I'll end the world right here, right now!">"Get in line!" Reika says, looking horrified.Cosigned. Hey, when'd the nurse get here?
>>35722886That reminds me, what are us, Akira, and Star doing before the final boss battle? I wasn't too clear on that.
>>35722914Presumably, you'll be that assault team that you talked about. Swooping into the strike teams and then swooping out as the PAGANs advance.Or you can be back-up to whomever.Or you'll have your own unforeseen problems to deal with! (Insert Evil GM laugh)
>>35722948We're gonna have to fight a Godzilla made out of all the lost souls and overall suffering and despair Japan is collectively suppressing about WWII (both what's happened to them and the things they've done) aren't we?
>>35722909>It's been exactly one yearHoly shit, it hasGive or take the three month hiatus.