Time for a bit of downtime!Twitter: https://twitter.com/BurningGrayArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=XCOM%20Trooper%20Quest---XCOM HQ, Medical“Yeah yeah, I know. You’ve been wondering how long you were under. I’m afraid it’s been nine years--Pfft!”Your feelings of absolute gut wrenching horror is quickly replaced with a frustrated grunt as Sweet chuckles heartily, having convinced you that your injuries last fight put you into a coma. As much as you want to get back at him you do owe Sweet your life so a bit of leg pulling from his part you guess makes you both even. And you do admit he’s pretty damn convincing.“Never gets old.” Sweet grins as he composes himself. It’s a bit odd seeing your squad’s medic in medical scrubs instead of the usual trooper fatigues, though it fits him. “Don’t worry, you’re fine. Only been out for a few days. Now, you’re not going to be slotted for combat anytime soon but XCOM’s got the best of the best in medical tech so you’ll be back in the fight a lot sooner than you think. I’d thank Shen if I were you, that Alloy Plating took the brunt of it.”“Lucky you.” Another voice says to your side, making you realize there is someone else in this part of the med bay, your focus initially been on just Sweet. You glance over to see Burnout who looks a bit more worse for wear yet still retains his relaxed attitude. “Going to be a while for me.”“Oh please, it’s not as bad as some of the other plasma burns you’ve gotten.” Sweet waves his hand dismissively. “You’re still crazy though.”“Other wounds--?” You cough a bit, your voice somewhat hoarse as you look over to Burnout incredulously. “How many times have you been shot?”“A lot.” Burnout answers with a shrug, he does look used to the infirmary beds all things considered. You sit up a bit and take some time to collect yourself, feeling the bandages on your chest. Several questions linger in your mind as you wonder what to ask Sweet first from your time spent while under. >Is the rest of the squad alright? You don’t remember much of the end of the fight and what happened next.>Any big events you missed? Maybe the aliens surrendered or something. >How fucked are you? You recall Rook was pretty pissed and then there's Rachel...>Other.
>>1690407>Is the rest of the squad alright? You don’t remember much of the end of the fight and what happened next.REMOVE AYY
>>1690407>>How fucked are you? You recall Rook was pretty pissed and then there's Rachel...I believe we already got confirmation that the squad is ok apart from us and Sweets joking aside, i don't think we've been out long enough to have missed anything big.
>>1690407>How fucked are you? You recall Rook was pretty pissed and then there's Rachel...
>>1690407>>Is the rest of the squad alright? You don’t remember much of the end of the fight and what happened next.
>>1690407Yeah, I'm pretty sure we know noone got hurt but us Assaults.>How fucked are you? You recall Rook was pretty pissed and then there's Rachel...And if we have the time to squeeze it in...>>Other.>How're you holding up, Burnout?
>>1690407>Any big events you missed? Maybe the aliens surrendered or something.
>>1690407>>Is the rest of the squad alright? You don’t remember much of the end of the fight and what happened next.Priorites. But I do think Rachel is going to murder us.
>It’s finally over as the last shot is heard in the quarry. You look over to see the others relax as you are informed by Central as well that the AO is clear of hostiles. You take a moment to collect yourself. From what you had heard in the exchange of fire, one of the Sectoids had almost managed to hit Naru before Rook and Peppermint combined their fire to take down the last remnants of the aliens. Yeah, I just checked the last thread and we do in fact have IC knowledge of how the fight finished up. We're the only casualties.
>>1690407>>Is the rest of the squad alright? You don’t remember much of the end of the fight and what happened next.>>1690527We do, but I'm guessing he might be referring to any missions while we were in a coma.
>>1690417>>1690459>>1690488>>1690530>>1690541>>1690546Right-o. Asking how the rest of the gang is doing then.Writing.
“I’ve been gone for several days right?” You ask, which Sweet confirms with a nod. “How is the rest of the squad doing then? I’ve been out of the loop.”“Ah the usual stuff, really. Strike-One did another mission while you were out but nothing of note happened there, Babbler had a minor injury but bounced back from it unfortunately.” Sweet scratches his head. “We’ve not been sent on too many missions in comparison to other squads. I think the Commander might be keeping us in reserves for something.”“Well that’s reassuring at least.” You say, relaxing a bit. “Sounds like things are getting more hectic.”“Oh you could definitely say that, you’re actually woke up on the first slow day in a while, fatigue’s been ramping up from all the increased missions so count yourself lucky for a bit of peace and quiet.” Sweet says walking over to the side to check on something in You nod and let Sweet do whatever it is he’s doing, turning your attention to Burnout. Somehow the frenchman remains as indifferent as ever, but it feels like something is missing of him. It takes you a moment to realize it’s the lack of a cigarette in his mouth. “How are you holding up? You seem as relaxed as ever.” You ask him. “I have already already endured the worst of it unlike you, so all in all it is fine.” Burnout says moving to adjust his pillow to a more comfortable position. “I do not see the big deal in worrying so much, this is the job after all no?”You’re not sure what to make of Burnout at that. Sure, there was a certain level of expectation and acceptance to being a soldier, especially in XCOM, but it still feels a bit odd to see how nonchalant he is. Perhaps if Jenkins from your old outfit had Burnout’s nerves it would do him better, you think. You settle in instead focusing on testing how much freedom of movement you have. You think you can move about, but only carefully, the dull throbbing in your chest is not so bad as you first thought. After some time you realize that Burnout had said something odd.“Wait, what do you mean by already endured it?” You say, raising an eyebrow at the choice of words. Burnout is just about to say something when you see a pair of people enter the room. Oh, you understand now. It’s Rook.“Sorry, had to let him know. Orders.” Sweet says apologetically as both he makes some distance away to give you some amount of privacy as Rook approaches you. Burnout slides the privacy curtain between you. Rook stops at the foot of the bed, his features unreadable except for the very clear sense that he is not too happy at all. He’s silent as he crosses his arms, glaring at you. Waiting for something.>You can explain, you owed Burnout for saving your hide and needed to return the favor.>You can explain, it was worth the risk. Without how bad things were the squad needed every advantage they could get.>You can’t explain… maybe it's best you keep your mouth shut and wait for him to start.>Other.
>>1690741>>You can explain, you owed Burnout for saving your hide and needed to return the favor.>Maybe it doesn't excuse things. But... but we couldn't just leave him there.Also that filename top kek
>>1690741> You can explain, you owed Burnout for saving your hide and needed to return the favor.> That doesn't excuse the fact that you disobeyed Rook's orders, but you couldn't leave Burnout to die
>>1690741>>You can’t explain… maybe it's best you keep your mouth shut and wait for him to start.
>>1690741>>You can’t explain… maybe it's best you keep your mouth shut and wait for him to start.MAINTAIN RADIO SILENCEThere is no explanation we can offer here that isn't going to get us chewn out.
>>1690741>You can explain, you owed Burnout for saving your hide and needed to return the favor.
>>1690741>You can’t explain… maybe it's best you keep your mouth shut and wait for him to start.
>>1690805He's waiting for something. We're going to get chewed out either way, the best we can do is give him something to work off of so that he can say something meaningful.
>>1690741>>You can explain, you owed Burnout for saving your hide and needed to return the favor.
>>1690861No, the best thing to do in this situation is to wait for them to tell you what you did wrong. Trying to excuse ourselves only adds to his anger.
>>1690750>>1690802>>1690832>>1690853>>1690887>>1690891Explanation it is, writing!
>>1690895Not an excuse. Just an explanation. Whatever happens now is on us. (technically you guy's, since I missed this near dumpster fire)
>>1690805Support.>>1690750Then we follow up with this.
>>1690741>You can’t explain… maybe it's best you keep your mouth shut and wait for him to start.Awkward silence
>>1690914Generally speaking trying to justify your fuck-up (or anything that might be construed as a justification) to a superior officer is a good way to end up on punishment detail. But too late now, and it's not a life or death thing anyway so w/e.
>>1690959There's no justifying anything. An explanation is simply stating why we did what we did. Spin it however you want, we were in battle and we made decisions.
>>1690972Whether or not we're actually trying to justify ourselves will not spare us the knife hands that will ensue if he thinks we're making the attempt.
>>1690914To be fair the dumpster fire was just shit rolls all around the board no major choice was done that I would consider retarded.
>>1690997Then what's the problem? We state what we state. Whatever happens is the consequence, I just stated that 20 something minutes ago.
>>1691004Well, it's not the rolls we're concerned about nor the viability of our actions but the fact that we directly broke Rook's order to do what we did.
>>1691025We just threw a flashbang (or a smoke cant member) and sat down, wouldn't consider it such a big deal, it's not like we tried to go full rambo.
>>1691023Other than digging ourselves deeper into a hole with Rook that was already pretty deep to begin with? No problem at all. But the decision's been made so I'l stop here.
>>1691034Well, yeah, but we did directly disobey orders to put ourself in harm's way, Rook does have a right to be very unhappy with us.Now, I voted to do it, but I do think we actually might have been a spot more fucked if the aliens didn't roll like even more garbage than us lol
>>1691004Anon voted to charge towards the fucking building after we got shot at, then again voted to charge towards angry ayys after being told not to. Two stupid choices.
>>1691056saved burnout thodon't regret it ooc
>>1691053Didnt we decide to do that because some other xcom mate was under heavy fire or some shit?>>1691056We tried to engage the aylmaos and critfailed that I remember. I dont remember anything about going after aylmaos after getting shot because I think we got shot to pieces the first roll.
>>1691056>Anon voted to charge towards the fucking building after we got shot at,We were retreating to that spot. The ayys that came up were from a dice roll, could've been any of the 3 spots.>then again voted to charge towards angry ayys after being told not to.That we did, but to recover Burnout so he wouldn't get overrun.
>>1691082That's fine, moral choice but still not a great one. >>1691086>>1691087We choice "Head forwards towards the building" after being shot in the front. Bad idea much?
He’s waiting for you to start, so you do. You take a breath and try to keep your explanation as calm and as leveled as possible. Rook is a man who while no-nonsense has been extremely reasonable the entire time you’ve been in XCOM, so you are banking on that.“Sir, the whole mission went bad immediately after the car alarm went off, if it wasn’t for Burnout’s quick thinking and actions I likely wouldn’t be here. I owed him and when he was clipped by the overwatch so I acted. I know I disobeyed your orders sir, but I refused to leave Burnout to die.” You explain to Rook, a part of you hoping your reasoning is enough to ease things.You are met however with more silence from Rook as his glare seems to bore down right on you, it’s oppressive much like how Captain Nguyen when he did something similar, your previous and current squad leaders seemingly knowing how to command a presence befitting their title.“Finished?” Rook states simply, his gaze unyielding which you answer with a nod. He simply shakes his head, as if finding your answer not enough. “You don’t get it do you, soldier?”“Sir?” “I don’t blame you for the car alarm for starters, nobody could’ve predicted that mess. That was just bad luck, and I would have left it at that if it wasn’t for what you did next.” Rook grunts, you can tell he’s calmed down but the underlying frustration is still present. “Maybe it’s different from when you were in the FBI, but you are not there anymore. Far from it. I don’t take that shit in my squad, trooper. You don’t get to play hero if it means risking your own life or others.”There’s something about how quickly he is to put down your old squad in the FBI that gets to you, men and women who you’ve fought for. Perhaps what you did before was not as dangerous as what you’re doing XCOM, but they still just fought as hard as Strike One. You also don’t forget the fact that despite everything you did save Burnout.>I understand sir, but don’t put down my previous outfit like that. They were good men and women.>It was a mistake, but the result spoke for themselves. Burnout was about to be overwhelmed but you got there in time.>Nod and remain quiet.>Other
>>1691154>Nod and remain quiet.
>>1691154>>Nod and remain quiet.The time for speaking has ceased. Putting down the FBI, well, we don't have to like it, but we do have to take it in stride.
>>1691154>>Nod and remain quiet.
>>1691146>after being shot in the front.We didn't know where we were being shot from to my memory. The building is just where we guessed they might be at because it was a good spot.
>>1691154>>I understand sir, but don’t put down my previous outfit like that. They were good men and women.Respect.
>>1691154>Nod and remain quiet.This is not the time or place for backtalk, even if we don't like what he's saying.
Keeping quiet it is, writing!
>>1691154>>Nod and remain quiet.>>1691180Support.>>1691201At least we won't be physically injured any further in the medbay.
>>1691154>reveal our secret alien infiltrator body and eat his face
>>1691233That's not till XCOM 2 silly.
You grit your teeth at Rook’s comment but keep your mouth shut. The Feds get a enough of a bad rep as it is and in certain situations you don’t disagree, but not your old team. They deserve better than that. As you quietly stew at the comment you Rook lets out a frustrated sigh.“Look… like I said before, you may not get it but I do. I don’t know if you’ve seen the wall yet, but I’m making damn sure nobody on Strike-1 gets placed on that wall. No matter the risk. You follow your orders next time, and this will be water under the bridge. Do you understand trooper?” Rook says to you now properly prompting you for a reply.“Yes sir.” You say, nice and simple. You quietly choose not to point out that what you did did prevent Burnout from dying but you think Rook understands that. You’d hope. Unfortunately Rook wasn’t finished with that and, following exactly how your old Captain did it, has already lined up a list of menial chores to do around the base to make up for your actions. It’s nothing that you’d despise but it will keep you busy once you’re done recuperating. As the conversation continues it’s interrupted as Rook sees one of the other squad leaders poke her head in, motioning for him to follow. She says something about a briefing about upcoming operations because of ‘that’ with the Commander before making her leave. At the mention of ‘that’ it causes both Rook and Sweet to the side to shuffle a bit uncomfortably. Huh? “Duty calls, rest and and don’t forget what I said, trooper.” Rook says. He turns to leave, before pausing to look back as if wanting to add something else. He doesn’t find the words he’s looking for and merely makes his leave from medical. You relax a bit as you hear Burnout’s curtain slide open again and Sweet walks back over to you“If it makes you feel any better my punishment’s worse.” Burnout says casually. You don’t know if you believe him but it’s reassuring at the very least.“Not bad new guy, Rook didn’t explode on you. He almost did. Almost!” Sweet grins. “I >Is he always like that? You wonder if Rook goes for a lowblow to make a point.>You’re curious at what Burnout does to get on Rook’s bad side. Doesn’t seem like he’s done anything wrong to you.>What’s ‘that’? You wonder why everyone got a bit uneasy at the end there>Other.
>>1691343>>Is he always like that? You wonder if Rook goes for a lowblow to make a point.
>>1691343>Is he always like that? You wonder if Rook goes for a lowblow to make a point.
>>1691343>>You’re curious at what Burnout does to get on Rook’s bad side. Doesn’t seem like he’s done anything wrong to you.I'd ask about "that" but it seems VERY unlikely we'd actually get an answer.
>>1691343>>What’s ‘that’? You wonder why everyone got a bit uneasy at the end there
>>1691343>What’s ‘that’? You wonder why everyone got a bit uneasy at the end there
>>1691343>“Not bad new guy, Rook didn’t explode on you. He almost did. Almost!” Sweet grins. “II what?
>>1691426That was a typo, oops. Shame you can't edit posts sometimes.
>>1691343>>You’re curious at what Burnout does to get on Rook’s bad side. Doesn’t seem like he’s done anything wrong to you.Did he do something when he woke up earlier than us?
>>1691343>>Is he always like that? You wonder if Rook goes for a lowblow to make a point.>What’s ‘that’? You wonder why everyone got a bit uneasy at the end there
>>1691347>>1691353>>1691372>>1691416>>1691579Asking about your squad leader it is, writing!
“Is Rook always like that?” You can’t help but muttering to your fellow squad mates, to which Sweet chuckles.“Yep! He makes it very clear to have his squad separate themselves from their previous outfits or ideologies and all that stuff. He’s been very ‘XCOM first’ since I got recruited.” Sweet says considering it. “He’ll make a point to put down your previous outfit if any animosity springs up to make a point that we’re all together so it doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t bring up just how great the FBI is or what have you, that’d really tick him off.”You can’t help but feel somewhat annoyed and confused at that. Sure everyone’s come from all walks of life but how can one not feel pride or respect of some measure from your teammates and past? From Harita being a Gurkha, to Burnout hailing from the GIGN, and to both Rachel and yourself being from the FBI, it’s what made you and the others who you were. You shake your head, best to leave it at that. But it still doesn’t sit well with you.“Oh don’t worry about it, new guy, you get used to it.” Sweet adds, to which Burnout nods. “Besides even if he says what he says, he’s telling the truth. Strike-One’s had no casualties since the start of the war, crazy shit huh?”“How does that work?” You ask.“Rook takes things slow, really slow.” Burnout shrugs. Come to think of it, that’s true. Having watched some combat footage from before, you’ve noted that Strike-One’s slow but steady approach, barring situations where time was of the essence is noticeable. Creeping forward and overwatching where applicable. Cautious and calculated.“Doesn’t do us any favors to the other squads, they get annoyed by it.” Sweet says before walking over to you. “Anyways, so the good news is is that you’re basically fine to roam around a bit. Benefits of all the top of the line medical stuff, no need for chicken soup. Don’t start any fights or overexert yourself like I said and you’ll be good to go. Oh by the way, if you’re wondering why Rachel isn’t here she and Ranger are in Engineering trying out that fancy shield she had Shen cook up for her.”“Both her and Harita have been waiting for you to wake up most of the time.” Burnout says, absently moving his hand up to reach for an imaginary cigarette that isn’t there and frowning “Envious.”“Huh.” You answer, you are out of it sure but if Sweet gives you the green light you suppose you can walk about.>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.>You’ve been out of the loop and perhaps checking on that briefing with the Commander might be best. You know her briefings with the soldiers are open for all of you.>There’s no real rush to go anywhere, you can rest here and get to know Sweet and Burnout better. They’re alright in your book.
Oooh... I wanna see Rachel, but I also wanna become bros with Burnout and Sweet.I dunno which to do.
>>1691818>>There’s no real rush to go anywhere, you can rest here and get to know Sweet and Burnout better. They’re alright in your book.
>>1691818>>There’s no real rush to go anywhere, you can rest here and get to know Sweet and Burnout better. They’re alright in your book.I'm in no hurry to get another ass chewing - but we should make sure of one thing first.>Does Rachel know that we're ok?
>>1691818>>You’ve been out of the loop and perhaps checking on that briefing with the Commander might be best. You know her briefings with the soldiers are open for all of you.
>>1691818>You’ve been out of the loop and perhaps checking on that briefing with the Commander might be best. You know her briefings with the soldiers are open for all of you.
>>1691818>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.Rachel is probably worried silly
>>1691818>>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.She's gotta know, and there are people there waiting for us.
>>1691818>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.I'm only doing this for dreamy Shen time.
>>1691818>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.
>You’ve been out of the loop and perhaps checking on that briefing with the Commander might be best. You know her briefings with the soldiers are open for all of you.
>>1691818>>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.
>>1691818Switching to>>Check up on Rachel and Harita in Engineering. She’ll probably be relieved to see you up and about.Because My choice is pretty clearly out of the running.
>>1691881>>1691903>>1691921>>1691922>>1691924>>1691965>>1691982>>1691988Close votes all around but it looks like we're going to be heading to Engineering, writing!
Harita > Rachel
Peppermint is best Bae
Peppermint a shit, Rachel a best.
Actually Shen is the best daddy
>>1692131>>1692138Bandit is Besto
>>1692138you and me are niggas now
So are there any chances we'll see the DLC characters any? Because we all know that Annette is True Best GirlAlso we totally have to steer Shen toward turning the MEC program into Dreadnoughts.
>>1692196Isn't that pretty much what they are already?I mean, you have to become a quadruple amputee in order to use one.
Or Peter Van Doom
>>1692220I'm fucking hype for whenever we decide to run the Van Doorn escort mission. There's no way we're leaving the drop zone without both Van Doorn and Private Friendly in tow!
I forget but is Exalt going to be part of the story and can we be an operative
Deciding that sitting put is only going to get you stir crazy from idleness you opt to sit up. Burnout raises an eyebrow but relaxes again as you get ready to walk about. You let your squad mates know that you’ll be heading to Engineering to check on Rachel and Harita. The pair don’t stop you, not seeing any reason to.“Take it easy, friend. It is a long war after all.” Burnout says to you, giving you a simple nod. “...Why does that sound really tacky coming from you, Burnout.” Sweet scratches his head before looking back over to you with a smirk on his face. “But yeah, be catching you around new guy. Hopefully not in a situation to have to wear scrubs again. Annoying enough to dress up for Burnout here.”“You do not have to.” Burnout coughs. “There is medical staff after all.”“Pah! They lack my touch clearly.” Sweet shakes his head. You chuckle at that and make your leave, donning your fatigues in a changing room. Glancing down at the wrappings around your chest it’s only slightly disconcerting but you assure yourself that XCOM’s medical tech means it’s not going to be on for long.You exit the medbay, taking it a bit easier over you walk over as instructed. The rest of the base seems to be going about things as per usual, however you note there seems to be more of an insistence in the air for a lack of a better word. People moving from place to place at a quicker pace or working at their stations a bit harder, is it perhaps related to whatever ‘that’ is? Arriving at Engineering is accomplished without issue as you make your way to the testing area of the department. It’s likely where your squad mates are. Your assumption is correct as you walk over to that section of the Engineering Bay and see a small crowd has gathered at the observational window to watch the show from within.(Part 1 / 2)
You walk over, making your way through the crowd of Engineers as they take notes and watch as you see Rachel inside the testing area, staring down what looks a large military grade laser. That’s what you assume the large piece of equipment is as it reminds you with it’s large lens and weapon-like appearance. Rachel however does not seem to be intimidated by it as she’s already kitted up, holding something in front of her defiantly at the machine. It’s a shield. She hoists it in front of her, assuming a ready stance as she ducks behind it and shoots a thumbs up over to Shen off to the side towards the obs window from within the testing chamber. You note the Chief Engineer is wearing safety goggles.Upon confirmation, Shen presses something on his tablet and you feel a hum emanating from the room within as the machine whirs to life, the obs window darkening on cue as a bright red laser shoots out towards Rachel. Your friend digs in and takes it, the shield holding and not melting against the laser. It’s quite the sight as if straight out of a science fiction movie that Rachel would be so keen on.You reach the front of the window to get a good look and find yourself beside Harita who looks over to you in surprise.“Ah, you are up and about already! Welcome back!” Harita says a bit thrown off by you coming to her and not the other way around. She mumbles a bit not trying to find the right word to say.“I see Rachel’s enjoying herself.” You say wryly, looking over to your friend in the testing chamber. “Looks like things are going great well.”>Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>1692293
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>1692293
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>1692293Laser Weapons Fuck Year
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>1692293Come on dice, daddy needs a new pair of plasma resistant shoes...
>>1692314So it went rather well, I'm guessing!
>>1692323This isn't for the testing I think. The scene already shows the result>Upon confirmation, Shen presses something on his tablet and you feel a hum emanating from the room within as the machine whirs to life, the obs window darkening on cue as a bright red laser shoots out towards Rachel. Your friend digs in and takes it, the shield holding and not melting against the laser. It’s quite the sight as if straight out of a science fiction movie that Rachel would be so keen on.Also, If it comes up I want to bank this crit. I don't think we need it here.
>>1692314Is this a sign? maybe we should visit engineering more often.
>>1692314Oh nice Crit! Do you guys want to save that one?
>>1692314>inb4 cue secondary function: Reflecting lasers, or plasma!>>1692341N
>>1692341Lolno Rachel's gonna have the best shield ever
>>1692346>>1692347The test is already complete. I think this is something else (maybe her reaction?)
Let's use it. Better modifiers means better rolls longer run. So more crits to bank.
Save it so we don't get memed again.
Voting for Crit Save in case we set off another alarm
We should be call signed burglar if we do set off any more alarms
>>1692341Maybe it will help if we get some clarity. Can we know what this roll was actually for? Is it the weapons test or something else?
>>1692399It's not specifically for the weapons test but it's relevant to it
>>1692341>YWith how we rolled on combat, YES, we need it.
It also looks like by a small margin you guys are saving the Crit! Writing.
You watch as the intensity of the laser is increased by Shen, putting everything into the laser to see just how capable Rachel’s new shield can withstand it. Your friend does not budge as you can see from here the point where the shield is in contact with the laser is starting to glow. You look over to see an uneasiness rising from Harita beside you. Is she worried about if the shield is going to give way?You’re about to reassure her when you see Rachel look over to the obs window, spotting you. A look of realization across her face as she spots you. A myriad of emotions flashes across her face and her focus momentarily slips just as the laser reaches what you assume is it’s maximum effectiveness. The laser beam is angled upward ever so slightly from Rachel’s reaction and for a moment you fear that the test could go awry. Rachel is able to reign herself in and manages to compose herself, doubling down on her focus with her shield. Shen spots Rachel lose her focus and quickly powers down the laser, the large machine rumbling down to a soft hum as the beam dissipates. You let out a sigh of relief, that was a close one.Rachel makes a beeline for the exit of the testing chamber, slightly glowing red shield in her hand as she leaves with Shen making his way over from behind. The other engineers quickly back away not wishing to come in physical contact with the shield as Rachel approaches you.“What hell man!?” Rachel blurts out, clearly her mind is slightly frayed from the test and then now seeing you. She waves her shield around like it’s an extension of herself, already going back to her usual self once again. Rachel always did sometimes forget she’s holding a shield, never hit anyone with it yet but your old team was quick to make distance from her when she got upset with it. Well… except for that one time with Jenkins but he did kind’ve deserve it. “What the hell are you doing out of the infirmary? First you are freaking trying to be the big damn hero and next you’re just up wandering about?!” Rachel reiterates, fuming. Oh right. Rachel may be just a tad upset from last time. “Er…” Harita attempts to try and get in between you and Rachel to try and alleviate things but even she is a bit wary from the quickly cooling but waving about shield. That and probably also Rachel’s own fiery reply.You need to think quickly to get Rachel to relax lest she break her record and smack you in the face with the shield in frustration.>You tell her you wanted to check up on her trying out her new shield and let you know you were fine. Hopefully she’ll calm down at that.>Apologize, being honest about making that whole mess of the last mission directly could cool her off.>Disarm her. Sometimes you gotta act to get Rachel to see things clearly, at the very least she won’t knock anyone out by accident.>Other
>>1692514You were really having fun with those filenames weren't you haha>You tell her you wanted to check up on her trying out her new shield and let you know you were fine. Hopefully she’ll calm down at that.
>>1692514>>Apologize, being honest about making that whole mess of the last mission directly could cool her off.Unlike with Rook, an apology and explanation here might just work (maybe)
>>1692514>>Apologize, being honest about making that whole mess of the last mission directly could cool her off.
>>1692514>>You tell her you wanted to check up on her trying out her new shield and let you know you were fine. Hopefully she’ll calm down at that.
>Apologize, being honest about making that whole mess of the last mission directly could cool her off.
>>1692514Let her smack you with the shield. You endangered her twice in a short time now.Also apologize.
>>1692528>>1692532>>1692542>>1692545>>1692555Apologizing it is, writing!>>1692527And yes I am.
So wait, The shield was not tested before? Why would you shove a person behind it before testing it with a live person?
>>1692587That's X-com, baby. And if the test failed, she could always become a MEC.
>>1692587It has been rigorously tested before, Shen isn't heartless thankfully. This was the first live test with Rachel though. It's still obviously a bit nail biting with the whole human error aspect as seen above.
The shield didn't actually break I think they were just testing if a normal person can carry it and take fire while standing up
“I know I know!” You are quick to hold your hands up thowing you are at the mercy of Rachel’s fury. She glares at you, pulling her shield close to her chest, putting it in the perfect position for her move forward to bash you with it. You almost take a wary step backwards but stand your ground. “It was a mess of a mission and I know I screwed up at the end. I’m sorry, You know how I can be!” Rachel continues to glare at you her eyes narrowing doubtfully. You give her a slight nod, and move your arms aside, presenting yourself for a well deserved smack for endangering her twice now. Rachel considers it and begins to motion for a shield bash, you wonder if Shen would get good data from the imminent police brutality directed at you. The shield zooms at you and your brace for impact--Only for it to lightly bop on your forehead instead of a full force impact. “Jerk!” Rachel growls, pulling the shield back grunting in frustration before setting it down by her side. “You’re not worth smudging my shield with your face.”“Well that’s a relief.” You sigh, but you admit to yourself you were a bit worried. You’re well aware of how proficient she is as using riot shields as blunt weapons in previous drug busts back in the FBI. Worryingly so.“Well ah, it is a relief indeed to see you well!” Harita says quickly, seeing an opportunity to help diffuse the situation, now stepping in knowing Rachel isn’t going to go beserk. “Wouldn’t you agree that that is the case, Rachel?”“Meh.” Rachel mutters, waving her hand in the air in an iffy motion.“If I may-” Shen coughs, getting all of your attention. There’s an amused look on his face. “-As appreciated as it would have been to get more data on the extra applications of the Alloy Shield, but I would rather not have roughhousing in my workshop.”“My bad.” Rachel admits shooting an apologetic look to Shen before jerking a thumb at you. “He can be a bit of a handful sometimes, Chief.”“That’s fine as long as you can direct that energy either elsewhere or perhaps in testing equipment.” The Chief Engineer inclines his head at you. “I am glad to hear the Alloy Plate vest was successful in preventing grievous injury to you in your last operation. Although It’s a bit of a shame that the vest was lost. But it is better trade than a soldier’s life.”“Compliments to it’s maker.” You say thankfully. “I owe you one, Shen.”Shen is pleased by that. Rachel meanwhile is still a bit irritated but has calmed down while Harita is looking to you to try and help smooth things over, she occasionally glances at your chest where your bandages are hidden beneath your shirt. >You’re fine really. You should emphasize your thanks to Harita for not only worrying about you but helping to keep Rachel from not strangling you in your sleep as well.>Perhaps you can repay your debt to Shen, maybe he has some equipment you can try out?>Cheer up Rachel by suggesting to get some drinks at the bar on you.>Other
>>1692668>>Perhaps you can repay your debt to Shen, maybe he has some equipment you can try out?
>Perhaps you can repay your debt to Shen, maybe he has some equipment you can try out?
>>1692668>>Perhaps you can repay your debt to Shen, maybe he has some equipment you can try out?Didn't Shen ask for us to stop by at some point? Maybe we can get a Scatter Laser. It is known that Scatter Laser > Waifus
>>1692668>>You’re fine really. You should emphasize your thanks to Harita for not only worrying about you but helping to keep Rachel from not strangling you in your sleep as well.
>>1692668>You’re fine really. You should emphasize your thanks to Harita for not only worrying about you but helping to keep Rachel from not strangling you in your sleep as well.>Perhaps you can repay your debt to Shen, maybe he has some equipment you can try out?
>>1692668>Cheer up Rachel by suggesting to get some drinks at the bar on you.
>>1692668Time to follow through with your promise to Shen then, writing!
“I think I’ll take you up on that offer last time, Shen.” You say seeing this as a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Besides, you can’t help but be excited seeing just what Shen is capable of after having already used the XCOM Shotgun and survived thanks to the Alloy Plate. “I can arrange that, it would make for a productive day for testing out the prototype equipment.” Shen says, before looking over to Rachel and the shield by her side. He motions over for a pair of Engineers to approach her. “I’d like that back for final touch ups, but I assure you the first completed unit will be delivered to you.” Rachel hesitates for a moment, clearly wanting to keep it the current prototype then and there after seeing just how powerful it is before finally relenting. She looks like a disappointed kid having to return her new toy back at the store. Harita gives her a reassuring pat on the shoulder somewhat awkwardly.“Come, follow me.” Shen states turning and making his way to a high security section of the Engineering Bay. His ID lets him through and you alongside Rachel and Harita make your way inside. The pair’s interests perked up alongside yours. You’re really going into Santa’s secret workshop now.The interior of the secured section of Engineering you note what you can only assume is a selection high tech fabricators and other pieces of equipment that run alongside the room. More importantly you note a sealed off section similar to the testing area where a rack of some of the most advanced looking weaponry aside from the alien’s plasma weapons are housed inside. Harita approaches in awe and places her hands on the glass and leans in trying to get a better look of the tech. Shen chuckles at the sight and lets you all in.“These are the prototypes for the beam weaponry that is still being jointly researched and tested from both my department and in research and development.” Shen says motioning to the weapons on the tray. Rachel approaches but is stopped by Shen who instead motions you to step forward, Rachel grumbles but complies. You approach the rack, you can see there’s not one but two variants of beam weaponry for an assortment of weaponry. From rifles to machine pistols. You do note, sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a shotgun variant of a beam rifle nor do you see a sniper rifle or battle rifle type...(Part 1 / 2)
“Judging by your face, I am sorry to say we do not have a complete suite of weapon types, we would need more time to research and develop advanced variants of the beam weaponry, but I assure you what is still under production is still very powerful.” Shen answers your thoughts, placing both variants of the beam rifle on the table. “Initially both my team and Dr. Vahlen’s team were undecided on what path to take the beam weapons, but the Commander had suggested and I quote ‘Why not both?’ So we did.”“This is the Laser variant, specifically designed for anti-personnel usage, it should make short work of the Sectoids and has the added benefit of being lighter and more compact than the second variant at the cost of firepower.”. Shen holds up one of the beam rifles, a sleek black design that reminds you of a futuristic variant of the XCOM G36X. He then sets that down and holds up the other version, which is instead is fashioned in a shiny grey design with a distinctly focused ‘barrel’ similar to the laser used on Rachel’s shield. “This is the Maser Variant, this type instead fires a sustained burst of beam energy, which is perfect for taking down hard targets such as the Drones and Outsiders, however with it having a sustained fire mode, it requires accuracy and time to do damage, plus it is heavier.”“Holy crap! It's like the Markalite Cannon from ‘The Mysterians’!” Rachel gasps in awe. “That’s awesome!”“...Mysterians?” Shen repeats confused. Both you and Harita share an equally confused look.“It’s from an old monster… n-nevermind!” Rachel stammers embarrassed, looking away. After a moment Shen holds both of the rifles up to you and points to a pair of cardboard Sectoid targets already positioned on the other end of the room.“Which would you like to try first?” Shen asks.>Laser Rifle>Maser Rifle>Or would you like to try another type of weapon? If so what variant and weapon type!
>>1692768>Laser RifleAccuracy and time is not for AssaultsCaptcha: hospital drive
>>1692768> Laser RifleI think that lightweight is what we should be going for here - reduced damage is mostly irrelevant in close quarters
>>1692768>Laser RifleLet Rachel try the Markalite cannon, I mean Maser
>>1692768>>Laser RifleMove quick, do shooting fast, 'tis the life of an assault
You opt for the Laser Rifle first, carefully taking the weapon from Shen’s hands and taking a moment to examine it. You note that while the weapon is clearly nothing you’ve ever wielded before, it still feels durable and practical. You could probably drop it onto the ground and drag it through the mud and it’d still work just fine which is already a great start for the weapon. Another thing noted is that it does feels pretty light as already explained and it feels decidedly familiar to you thanks to it’s design clearly being based off the G36X originally.Of course the real test was actually firing the weapon. You wait for Shen and the girls to give you a bit of space. From there, you level the weapon down at the Sectoid target at the other end of the room. You take a breath and stead your aim...>Roll 1d20+2.
Rolled 15 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>1692797
Rolled 18 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>1692797
Rolled 20 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>1692797
Rolled 13 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>1692797
Rolled 2 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>1692797
>>1692805So can we keep it then?
>>1692805>>1692804Yoooo. Non natural 20 AND save a crit!
>>1692805Thank You Anon-san, for this luxurious dice roll.
>>1692811Does that work Pixel?
It's these moments that make me think that we actually have a promising future as a tester in the Engineering Department.
>>1692805You guys really like impressing Shen don't you? You can opt to save one last Crit, for a maximum of two. Any more and I feel like things would be too easy for you guys so two is a nice balance. So do you want to save this Crit?
>>1692820We saved the shield so we might as well top off our tank, yes
>>1692817Maybe we should have listened to our parents when they said we should have become a Dentist or Mechanic.
>>1692820>YI mean, if we somehow become incapable of being put onto the field, at least we can still be of use to the XCOM project with Shen.>Cue XCOM: Engineer Quest
>>1692820If we save this crit do we get to use the 18+2 we rolled?If so I vote yesIf not no
>>1692820Actually no, I feel like crit-ing every Shen Testing roll is like Destiny for us at this point. Trait time?
>>1692826>XCOM: Engineer Quest>finding new, horrific ways of maiming AND killing X-Rays in the most satisfying ways possible!
>>1692820>NI want to blow Shen's mindand Rachel's panties evidently
>>1692820Yes. Crits we save now to use for a better tomorrow.
It looks like you guys are keeping the last Crit, you're fully maxed out on Crits now! Writing!
>>1692833> "Not only does this round shred away the target's armor, and flesh to near uselessness, it also has a secondary explosive that detonates after penetrating them!
>Inb4 we spend them in a row and we get a critfail anywaysXCOOOOOOOOOOOM
>>1692820>Y>>1692829Even without the crit, we still have a non-natural 20
You fire the first shot, surprised at the near complete lack of any recoil. It makes sense in retrospect, but it reminds you of shooting a toy gun or airsoft rifle. Your shot hits dead on center mass. Much to your satisfaction it makes a perfectly burnt hole where you had aimed it. You’re already aiming again to continue to get a better feel of the laser rifle. Firing a quick burst at the target, you note that there is a bit of slight variance in the shot, perhaps to get the las fire down range faster or it could be your very own slight adjustments. Your shots in the target’s head hit their mark in either case and you can’t help but feel satisfied at the damage the laser rifle can bring to the field. Setting the weapon down on the table you turn back to Shen and the girls, the latter suitably very impressed. Rachel in particular is extremely giddy, and you don’t blame her. You yourself can’t help but feel excited at the prospect at bringing the weapons against the aliens.“It’s not as powerful as the alien’s plasma weaponry admittedly, but what are your thoughts for the Laser rifle?” Shen asks you.“The troops are going to love it, though I’d be sure to remind the others that the near absence of recoil is going to take some time time to get used to.” You start, listing a variety of other suggestions, compliments and criticisms to the tech. Shen remains pleased that you are the tester for the tech, it seems you have not let him down yet. “I look forward to a laser shotgun variant, it would make clearing rooms and UFOs a breeze.”“I can see you are already forming a preference, but I would still like your opinion on the Maser weaponry. I feel it may be a perfect variant for soldier specializations who prefer to hunker down.” Shen says, handing you the Maser Rifle as he returns the other beam weapon to the rack. The girls look on expectantly, wishing to see just how deadly the Masers are.As you hold the weapon in hand and prepare to test it, you can’t help but take a mental step back as you realize you are testing out literal science fiction weapons to battle alien invaders. To think not even a month ago you were dealing just dealing with cartel gang members and now this. It really puts things into perspective you feel. Maser Rifle in hand, you turn to the cardboard cutout of the alien invaders across and steady yourself for another test firing. You smirk at that, forgetting the dull pain in your chest. It really puts things into perspective you think...>Unfortunately with that, it’s simply become too late for myself to keep running and I can only assume that may be a case for some of the other readers as well. We’ll have to postpone this for next week, but the good news is that means more downtime in XCOM HQ to hang out with the squad. So until next time…Thanks for playing!
>>1692868Oh jeez, as you can tell I repeated sentences at the end, good thing I'm calling it here I guess!
>>1692868>It really puts things into perspective you feel. Maser Rifle in hand, you turn to the cardboard cutout of the alien invaders across and steady yourself for another test firing. You smirk at that, forgetting the dull pain in your chest. It really puts things into perspective you think...REPETITION REEEEEEEEEEENice thread, looking forward to more.
>>1692868Thanks for running.This is one of my favourite quests right now.
>>1692868Nice. Thanks Pixel.
>>1692868Thanks for running
>>1692833"This new SHIW upgrade allows the mounting of missile racks, making the SHIW capable of providing indirect fire support, among other things..."
>>1692820>>1692868>Shen remains pleased that you are the tester for the tech, it seems you have not let him down yetI'm curious to know what happens when we crit fail a testing roll.
>>1692986We accidentally shoot Shen dead and are given to Dr. Vahlen for experiments.
>>1692986>put a hole in the reactor>engineering is shut down for days>rook has an aneurysm