META INFO PASTEBIN: http://pastebin.com/x6GsFVTjWelcome to Academy City. The time is late afternoon, the weather is flashy, and the date is January 16.You are Kyril Torikov, Level 3 telekinetic ‘superhero’ and now you had a shot at more than just fifteen minutes of fame. Your running battle with a Code M had resulted in yet more property damage. Sure, a few buildings had been toppled but it wasn’t your fault. You only rammed your Camaro through the front of a clothing store and it was still standing. Besides, you did get a pretty good shot off at defusing a hostage situation so there was that too. The difference was, this was in the middle of a workday with bystanders and everything. That meant the press of all things. Nayuta had alerted you to their arrival but you didn’t think they would be that fast. In fact they had beat Anti-Skill to apprehending the perp. Judgement was legally not allowed to take people in to custody so you had to stick around for them.The journos had yet to start harassing you yet since you were helping secure the crime scene. Meanwhile, Asuka was shopping. You supposed that she was trying to mitigate the damage your forceful entry had caused. To be fair she had had a part in this whole mess. The Code M you had apprehended had professed an interest in her sword after all. Having been stalked for most of the morning, your girlfriend had finally had enough and had called you in to solve the problem. By the time the whole storefront had been cordoned off and the perp carted off, the reporters had started getting aggressive. Nayuta was fine with whatever you chose to do so you decided,>that VERDICT didn’t do interviews>answering questions wouldn’t hurt
>>41771635>answering questions wouldn’t hurt
>>41771635>answering questions wouldn’t hurtI'm curious what they will actually ask
>>41771635>that VERDICT didn’t do interviews
>>41771635>answering questions wouldn’t hurtClassified information
They'll either asked pointed questions that make us look bad or dumb shit like what's your favorite color i or dating anyone?
>>41772044>Why do you cause so much destruction and injury to innocents?"It's my job to terminate Code M, not to hold your hand if you can't move out the way."
>>41772080We're not supposed to talk about code m
>>41772160replace "code m" with "threats to city safety"
>>41772333Terrorist anon Terrorist or saboteur
>>41772374right, need extremes to lead to the media.
Of course before you approached you listened in on journos. In fact, you were streaming the live news to your helmet to get a good grasp of the reporters on site. There were three major ones as far as you were concerned. There was Academy City Press, though they were more sensationalists rather than journalists. Worryingly enough, they were homing in on the massive cost to state and violence of your clash with the Code M. They were the ones with helicopters circling the rubble of the fallen buildings too. Scholastic Times were more neutral. That said your opinion of their anchors at the studio were that of self-righteous moral guardians. The last major one was a news website. Though they weren’t as well funded as the other two, they managed to get people on the ground. It was fitting since they were primarily motivated by dispelling creatures of myths and urban legends. You apparently rated as one.As soon as you stepped out all eyes turned to you. The luckless Anti-Skill officer on press duty was quick to pass the buck,“Ah VERDICT, we’re done here, resume regular duties.”That prompted the flood of questions as the journalists approached, shouting questions over in a bid to get an answer from you.“Excuse me, Academy City Press, despite your heroics the City has incurred massive property damage. Would you care to comment on that?”“Scholastic Times, may we know your exact role as part of law enforcement? What is your mandate?”“Pota.to Online, to what extent do you agree on VERDICT’s classification as a cryptid? Is it a disguise, your own creation, or a uniform?”How did you answer them?>As vaguely as possible>As close to the truth as you could get>Something else (write-in)
>>41772697>As vaguely as possible
>>41772697>As close to the truth as you could get
>>41772697>Something else (write-in)"all actions are done as mitigation to larger, costlier threats due to the ever increasing terrorist activity seen with in the city. My mandate is to act first before threats such as this one have time or resources to execute their agendas against the city and it's people. As such I like to keep some secrets to surprise them."bad write-in ho!
>>41772697>Something else (write-in)lemme try lackluster write insthe suspect is wanted criminal in other nations and as you can tell from the rubble of the building, very dangerous. I'm grateful it wasn't a city block.a special agent for special situations.I consider it a uniform
>>41772697> something elseOnly answer pota.to questions and be vague to the others
Did the GM fall asleep again?
You cleared your throat. What came out of the helmet speaker instead was a loud enough to silence the journalists temporary and you took advantage of the silence.“One at a time,” you tone brooked no argument, “Now in order, Academy City Press is it?”The reporter nodded.“The suspect is an internationally wanted fugitive. Today’s destruction is evidence of the threat they posed to the safety of this City. It could be considered fortunate that the damage did not extend past a city block.”You turned to the reporter from Scholastic Times.“Which brings me to your question regarding my mandate. In the event of a threat to the City it is my responsibility to act first to prevent such threats to pursuing their agenda and failing that, to contain and mitigate such threats.”The last reporter waited patiently for you to address him. You gave him five words,“I consider it a uniform.”The answered seemed to please him more than the answers you gave the others. Well it was the first time you had given any kind of interview so hopefully it wouldn’t be too bad. The journos probably had more questions but then Asuka had chosen that moment to strut in. In her arms were bags of clothes.“Dear, I believe that if we leave now that I shall be in time for the last period of study.”So much for a good impression, you thought.“Right, I suppose I should drive you back,” you dismissed the journalists, “I’m afraid I can’t answer any more questions.”Unceremoniously, she dumped the bags in the backseat before you closed the door. With that, you drove off.“I shall be arriving later this evening to pick up my purchases,” she said before she left.Well you also had a meeting with Taylor this evening though you were sure that you could spare the time. That got you wondering. It was probably a good idea to bring back up though you weren’t sure if Asuka was the right choice if you were.Meet Taylor,>Alone>With back up (write-in who? Default is Asuka)
Why are we meeting up with Taylor again?
>>41773732>With back up (write-in who? Default is Asuka)Kaoruno more wizard shenanigans from Taylor
>>41773732>With back up (write-in who? Default is Asuka)Asuka, Touman if possible
>>41773732KaoruWhy are we meeting with her? We already nabbed the guy we wanted info on
>>41773789>>41773842Is it really a good idea to bring Karou on this? It's pretty shifty business.
>>41773732>With back up, Kaoru. Need magic bs for magic bs
>>41773854Taylor never said come alone.and Kaoru's true allegiance was never to AC
>>41773854She's our partner. And I think we already mentioned it to her
Have we done any jobs for Kaoru since the start of the season. Last thing I remember helping her with is the vampire stuff and... Well that didn't end perfectly. do you think she has a bad image of us?
>>41773985She seems to like us pretty well now that we've been protecting the city.
>>41773985she invited us to her birthday party and helped her help Kyouko.We're friends and comrades.
>>41774005>>41774001Not saying we're not friend, just that she doesn't think were reliable or such.
“And no peeking,” Asuka added as you arrived, “I want it to be a surprise.”That smile of hers was suggestive but it wasn’t like she could see you underneath the helmet. At least you had something to look forward to tonight.The time is now late night, the weather is chilly, and the date remains unchanged.The meeting with Taylor was a rather moot point now that you already arrested the Code M responsible. Still, there was no need to stand her up. You had made the effort to approach her for advice in the first place after all. Still, it wasn’t a good idea to go alone, as you had previously experienced. Thus you had chosen to accompany Kaoru on her evening strolls through School District 10.“Did something good happen?” she asked.“You’re going to have to be more specific,” you answered.She probably picked up on your body language. Her sigh was just as exasperated.“I shall respect your privacy then.”Sensing her unease you changed topic,“Did I look good on the evening news?”“You didn’t make a fool of yourself at least,” she smiled this time, “Though I would like to know who you are dragging me to meet.”“Another Code M, I figured some back up was appropriate.”She nodded. Not long after you caught sight of the telltale yellow of a Code M emanating from one of the roof tops. You climbed your way up there to find Taylor waiting. She wasn’t alone. Standing beside her was the vigilante Grímsdóttir.“You didn’t come alone,” she started.Her stance, posture, and tone conveyed more than just mere annoyance. You didn’t know what had gotten her so riled up though.“You didn’t say I had to,” you replied neutrally.That seemed to earn some kind of approval from her though her companion was just as wary as when you had arrived.“I saw your stunt earlier today, can’t say we’re impressed.”That statement had an unusual amount of emphasis. She was fishing for a response no doubt.>Defend your actions (write-in)>Get down to business
>>41774475I don't care what you think at all.>Get down to business
>>41774475>Get down to businessWe're not here to argue tactics, we're here for info as to who he was and what he was doing in our city, right?
>>41774475So either you're blaming me for what the Code M did or that was your favorite store?
>>41774475>Get down to business"Can't say I care."
>>41774475>Get down to business
>>41774475"I'm sorry you feel that way."
>“Did I look good on the evening news?”Anyone else imagine this with a smile that made us look all to proud of ourselfs. (sorry I'm stuck at the laundrymat and I'm bored out of my mind)
>>41774659dis rightpolite yet dismissive
I have no idea what she's actually referring to. Taking the shot with the hostage right there? It was calculated to be within reasonable levels of difficulty to attempt and letting the code M go wasn't an option. Wrecking the place up? Well sooooorry for not being an omnipotent being that can stop code m from wrecking places up instantly. Talking to the media? Not like we actually said much and it's not like Taylor's has grounds to be upset over that anyway.
>>41774986I think shes just a bitch
>>41774986knowing Grimsdottir and her's relation it's the overall endangerment of civilian lives. I believe it's our recklessness and various criminal relations that had them steal our goodies that one time cause they thought we were corrupt.
So does anyone else think that Grimsdottir is dinah?
You weren’t here to debate methodology. Still it would be rude to simply brush off the topic. Something told you she was a big softie on the inside.“I’m sorry you feel that way.”Taylor’s frown deepened but that was only because she couldn’t glean much from your answer. Beside her, Grímsdóttir head turned your way. Despite her neutral posture she was no doubt appraising you.“Since you’ve already beat him then all I can say is that you should have killed him when you had the chance,” she finally said, “The longer he lives, the more damage he could do. He’s a con artist and he can’t be controlled. Don’t talk to him. Don’t negotiate. Just kill him.”“He doesn’t deserve a trial?” Grímsdóttir asked.“The standard by which the City handles his type are different,” Kaoru clarified.You had a feeling the vigilante had some objections to that so you cut her off,“If we weren’t on war footing maybe, as it is the best he could hope for is to be too useful to kill.”“Like some kind of suicide squad?” Taylor shook her head, “That could only end in tears. Save yourself the trouble.”“I’ll be sure to pass that along to my superiors,” you answered, “Is there anything you might want to add?”Taylor shook her head.“I find it curious,” Kaoru started, “How did the two of you meet?”“She found me on one of her patrols,” Taylor shrugged, “Who’d have thought there’d be more than one superhero running around the City. Though I kinda am surprised there’s so few of you given what it’s like here. Cultural differences probably.”“I’ve been informed vigilantism is discouraged here,” Grímsdóttir answered mirthfully.“It’s discouraged everywhere,” Kaoru frowned.“And what of Dinah? Is it safe for you to be out here talking to me like this?” you asked.“Don’t worry I know exactly where she is at all times,” Taylor assured.You suppose she knew her business. With little else to discuss your group broke up.[1/2]
>>41775440The time is now morning, the weather is rainy, and the date is now January 17.It looked like Etzali was finally fit for duty. You also had to deal with the captured Code M, Harry Lyesmith, that you had arrested yesterday. As you made your way to work, you prioritised,>Dealing with Harry>Getting Etzali up to speed
>>41775547>Getting Etzali up to speed
>>41775547>Dealing with Harry
>>41771635How lewd is this quest?
>>41776111sometimes the MC kisses the waifu
>>41776125So not really.
>>41776149there was a lewd pastebin in french waaaaaaaay back.but no, lewd isn't really much of a thing here
The room was getting rather cramped. It didn’t help that Nayuta’s battle station actually took up more than half the room. Maybe she should have found a bigger building. Kaoru couldn’t stop eyeing Etzali suspiciously. While you certainly wouldn’t have let him out of your sight, Nayuta didn’t seem to care. As you entered she turned and beamed a smile at you that barely masked her vindictive tone,“Congratulations nii-chan, you have a kouhai. Now I expect you to take care of him and show him the ropes.”“You read my report?”You had to cut her off before she really got going.“Ah, yeah, we’ve kept him in a sensory deprivation tank as per usual but I did pass on your warning to have him immediately terminated. Assuming your source is correct he might be more trouble than he’s worth.”“Then terminate him anyway,” Etzalie offered, “It’s not like he’s a lawful combatant or anything.”Kaoru narrowed her eyes further in suspicion.“As eager as you are to show off,” Nayuta pointed at you, “Nii-chan here has a problem you are going to help him with.”“I do?”“Don’t tell me you forgot.”“Oh right, I promised to deliver his head to that Aztec cabal to get rid of them,” you recalled, “Whoops.”“Whoops indeed nii-chan,” Nayuta sighed, “What are you going to do about it now?”It wasn’t too late to kill him you were sure. Still you already went through the effort, or had Nayuta do it in any case.“So this is what they call a sunk cost fallacy,” Kaoru observed.“They need to go, one way or another,” Nayuta said with finality, “and not just because it would make the Slumlord happy.”“So, this is my first test huh?” Eztali asked, “Well I was going to have to deal with them sooner or later.”There certainly was no love lost between him and his cabal then. The question then was what you were going to be doing for that.>Go with him in to the field>Send Etzali alone and observe>It’s still not too late to kill him
>>41776363>It’s still not too late to kill himRecruiting him was really dumb.
>>41776363>Go with him in to the field
>>41776363Wait, is that option to kill Etzali or that other dude we just dealt with?
>>41776598Props to him for being so calm about people discussing killing him, then.
>>41776363>Send Etzali alone and observemaybe they'll kill him for us
>>41776363>It’s still not too late to kill him
how tough are the Aztecs?
>>41777208this.screw code M, theres only 2 we've seen that arn't complete dickheads in this quest and one of them is literally our mother.
Etzali wasn’t ignorant of the implications. His body language wasn’t resigned either. He was determined. You concluded that he was weighing his odds or doing some kind of cost-benefit analysis of some sort. Thus he was suitably surprised when you accompanied him in to the field. Kaoru was off to classes in the mean time but Nayuta was definitely going to be keeping an eye on the situation.“Tell me about your cabal. What can we expect? Any tricks that I should be aware of.”“Most of our ‘tricks’ revolve around the sun, at best they’ll just kill us,” Etzali answered, “though last I heard they’ve burned a lot of assets on a failed attack against Liberal Arts City.”A quick search told you of the incident involving Sparky and her cohort. Of course details were sparse given the nature of the attack. While it seemed the City didn’t keep an extensive record of it, you were pretty sure that it was information reserved only for the Board of Directors. Still you had to consider the practicalities,“And if they had all their assets?”“Satellite weaponry and an air force for one,” Etzali said.“I’m starting to think that fighting them may be a bad idea after all nii-chan. Still it’s not my fault if this all goes wrong.”“We’ll just have to take them by surprise then,” you waved off her concern.“As long as you have a plan,” Nayuta sighed.You did. The plan was simple. You were going to get them to lower their guard by making it look like you were turning Etzali over to them. Then you would strike. Etzali would appear unarmed whilst you would be loaded up with a proper assault rifle and ordinance to spare. By the time you had showed up, the meeting place was packed to the gills with Code M. You counted twenty of them at least. CADRE gave you fifty-fifty on taking most of them out in the span it took for an average human to react. Of course they were still tense so you could make them ‘comfortable,’ and get a more accurate count.[1/2]
>>41777478>Spring the trap, DC50>Hold fire for now
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>41777506>spring trap>this goes down hilariously easy>for once we don't end up in the hospital.
>>41777506>Hold fire for nowI smell an extra layer of magic bs
>>41777506>Hold fire for now
>>41777478>Hold fire for now
You held fire. There could possibly be more of them and you weren’t sure what would happen if you missed it. Xochitl, who had conducted negotiations with you before stepped forward and regarded the traitor. Her eyes then settled on you and not without some suspicion.“I see you have managed to have captured him alive,” she stated needlessly, “Did you forget our agreement?”“Someone wanted to offer him as a sacrifice,” you spoke with levity.“He is not needed as a sacrifice, but if that is your wish then we will not argue, he will be dead regardless and our end of the bargain will be satisfied.”She made gesture and one of the Code M behind her ran in to a nearby building. You were wondering what was happening until the ground rumbled. As it shook, you tried to remain steady.“What the fuck are you doing?”You had to shout over the noise.“Leaving,” Xochitl replied.The building crumbled. Rubble gave way to a flat shiny surface. It was a pyramid and it continued to emerge from the ground. The cacophony reached a crescendo, an ear splitting screech sounded and lingered until the whole structure had revealed itself. Despite its mirror-like sheen the telltale glow of yellow surrounded it as it continued its ascent. It left the ground and continued until it was suspended above the meagre area that you were standing in. You had expected the worst but you weren’t sure you were ready to fight flying fortresses such as the one before you. CADRE could discern no possible way to take it out and even if you couldn’t you don’t think the City were willing to let them go just like that. In fact, your odds were plummeting if you were going to take out its human controllers.>Ask Etzali for ideas/follow his lead>Spring the trap now anyway, DC25>NOPE>Other (write-in)
>>41778318>Spring the trap now anyway, DC25fuck
>>41778318>Spring the trap now anyway, DC25now or never
so we roll now or what?
I suppose fighting is your final answer, roll 1d100 please.
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>41778658
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>41778658Fuck I got distracted and missed the vote
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>41778658pls
I hope we don't get killed too hard
Is it just me, or is this always one of the quests that consistently has the worst rolls? Even back in S1 they were pretty poor most of the time, a bit more passable though.
There was no use lollygagging now.“Go,” you shouted at Etzali.He looked at you incredulously.“Take care of that thing, I’ll take care of the small fry.”“Are you kidding?” he was not amused.“Now,” you barked.Neither were you. The restraints fell from around his hands as he reached for a pistol and his knife. Sensing your opposition, the cabal turned on you as one. You only managed to flick off your safety before they fell upon you with sticks and stones. They were jagged, suited to getting lodged in human skin so you were thankful your arms and armour were enough to turn most of them away. You still felt the weight of the blows though. It wasn’t all one sided of course. With how close they were you practically didn’t have to aim.Of course the flying diamond didn’t stay idle. The rain was coming down harder now and the air chilled. It formed in to hail. At first, their size was that of a droplet but as the fight dragged on the hailstones started to grow in size. They cracked open on the pavement and there was precious little cover to be found even as you tried to keep the bloodthirsty Aztecs at bay. Each impact felt like solid punch to the gut. You didn’t know if there was an upper bound to this growth. To make matters worse, a fog descended reducing your ability to identify threats. The inclement weather didn’t seem to faze your assailants though as they threw themselves at you. They were smarter now too, resorting to clubs and batons, bypassing most of your armour as you struggled to draw a bead on them.The situation was untenable but,>You had to sit tight and trust in Etzali>Relocate, or at least find more cover
>>41779156Go all out with TK. Tear them up like we did when we lacked control
>>41779156>You had to sit tight and trust in EtzaliTK time. AOE
Huh, didn't expect that. Can I have a 1d100 for that?
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>41779501lets see what else can go wrong
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>41779501
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>41779501Will it blend?
Conventional arms and armour was failing to keep you from harm so you had to resort to something else. You waited until you fully out of ammunition before you dropped in to the nearest piece of cover you could find. They probably thought you were done for but you still had one more card to play. Your limiter was deactivated. Then you defined an area around you. Anything caught in it would be sent for a ride. This was how your Ability worked after all. The weather may have formed supernaturally but its result was still subject to physical laws. You turned a localised hailstorm in to a whirlwind of ice. There was only one result for anyone caught in it. They got fucked.The one drawback was that you were immobilised but you didn’t need to move as the spiral of destruction grew from where you were. Bodies battered by ice were flung every which, only coming to a stop as they hit the floor or impacted a wall. Smaller red smears formed a ring around you as you calmly repeated the calculations in your mind. It wasn’t until the hail petered out that you finally stopped. The fog started to As the VERDICT OS rebooted, you were greeted by a frazzled Etzali.“You got it?” you asked.“No,” he replied with no small amount of fear, “They got away.”You snorted and surveyed the devastation around you. Good thing this was School District 10. A bloody scene like this wasn’t going to draw a crowd. You were starting to feel a little lightheaded and the adrenaline was fading. The bruises were definitely going to hurt in the morning. As if unsure of what to do next, Etzali waited for to decide on the next course of action. You got up slowly,“Come on, we need to,” >we need to follow them.”>report back to Nayuta.”
>>41780342>we need to follow them.”Time to fly.Also damn Kyril is scary
>>41780342>we need to follow them.”at least drop a text
....We should done that at the start!
I wanna see an interlude from the POV of the cleanup crew that always has to deal with whatever gory mess me make
>>41779501>>41780342>we need to follow them.”
“I don’t even know which way they went, they could be anywhere by now.”“Then let’s hope they haven’t cleared the city limits just yet. Because if we don’t find them,” you gestured around you, “then you’re next.”You left him to it as you contacted Nayuta.“Nii-chan what was that thing?” were the first words out of her mouth.“I don’t know but it certainly is Code M, I might need a bigger gun.”“I don’t see it on the City’s sensors. Either it’s left or their stealth is good enough to defeat our systems,” she muttered, “No good either alright, alright nii-chan I’ll make some calls.”You turned back to Etzali,“Found it yet?”“I think I have a lead, they’re heading northwest really slowly.”You cast your sight in that direction. The sky was clear of any obvious Code M. You weren’t sure if they were hiding behind clouds or simply flying low enough that you couldn’t see them. Either way you had to get closer. As you followed after Etzali, you asked him,“Did you manage to at least damage it?”“It’s a rainy day, I can barely see Venus as it is,” he replied, “Well it was the first thing I tried and it didn’t work. They probably have a well layered defensive spell on it but I wouldn’t know which one until we hit it.”“It’s made of polished obsidian,” Nayuta finally came back on the comms, “All we need to do is hit it hard enough.”“Tell that to the Americans.”“Ah but that’s where you’re wrong nii-chan. Air-to-air missiles are basically flying fragmentation grenades. They didn’t use the right tool for the job and this case what we need is a proper kinetic penetrator.”“You think it’ll work?” you asked Etzali.“It’s the best plan we’ve got,” he admitted.“Alright then, nii-chan, I need you to spot the target for me. If we miss it we might have one less district when we’re done.”“Isn’t that a bit of overkill? Don’t we have any options?”“Not really, I guess you could use an Ability User but they better be powerful.”[1/2]
>>41781667>Break out orbital mass accelerator>Try to find an Ability User
>>41781692>Try to find an Ability User
>>41781692>Try to find an Ability Usersend a message through the sisters
“How big is the projectile?” you asked Nayuta.“About the size of a car, though the actual warhead itself is about half that thanks to its two stage atmospheric re-entry system. It’s not exactly designed to be fired this close to sea level and impact at less than hypersonic speeds.”“Still I think it’s best to try finding an Ability User first. Start small and ramp up, that kind of thing.”“Alright then nii-chan, do you have any powerful Ability Users lying around to help you in this?”“I have one,” you assured, “So long as you get them excused from classes.”“That I can do.”Of course you didn’t discount yourself but you’re not sure you could match the power of a Level 5. Besides, the hard part was convincing Sparky to help you.Episode End.https://twitter.com/BoredofDirectorZenryoku zenkai. It’s not the first Aztec flying machine. Can you make it the last? When writefag and /tg/ meet, the story begins.Sorry for the short run today lads but it’s been an off week. Good night and see you next week.
>>41782226Thanks for the run as always.
>>41782226thanks for running