The Lighthouse War is over, but conflict still continues.With Erusea's defeat at the hands of the Osean Federation and the International United Nations, the imperial nation has splintered into a confusing mess of separatists, freedom fighters, warlords, rogue military factions, and those seeking to profit from the chaos. Worse, Erusea's many automated drone factories still remain intact, waiting for new masters to come to claim them.The Usean continent remains in crisis, and it's up to a new generation of pilots to face this next generation threat...---Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Unknown%20Sky%20Ace%20Combat%20QuestOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/KYvGiNasRules and Stats: https://pastebin.com/9XGwuWZx---You are MILLY, the "Red Tail", a Belkan Air Force pilot fighting for the IUN!To say that the whole raid on Harling's memorial service caused a bit of a commotion was a pretty huge understatement. The news of the bold attack on the world's leaders spread like wildfire, as did the rumors of who was responsible. Unfortunately, drones at this point were pretty much untraceable given how easy they were to get. And the few survivors that the IUN managed to capture were all that talkative. Aaaaaand who did everybody blame? Fucking Belkans of course. It was all over the news channels and internet blogs. >It was a bunch of bullshit.>Honestly, you couldn't even be bothered to be angry about it anymore.>Other
>>3696800>>Honestly, you couldn't even be bothered to be angry about it anymore.At this point we shouldn't be surprised if "Young Eursean Officers" won't be the 2nd best buzzword around right after Belkans.
>>3696800>>It was a bunch of bullshit.
>>3696800>It was a bunch of bullshit
>>3696800>>It was a bunch of bullshit.REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
>>3696800>It was a bunch of bullshit.
>>3696800>It was a bunch of bullshit.Belka
>>3696800>It was a bunch of bullshit.>Honestly, you couldn't even be bothered to be angry about it anymore.Of course it was to be expected.
>>3696800>>It was a bunch of bullshit.Oh we will give them something to complain about down the line. But not yet :)
>>3696804Erusean×Belkan alliance would be Kino ngl. Oseans on suicide watch
>>3696943They already did team up in the Lighthouse War.
>>3696800Honestly, it was a bunch of bullshit. It was always blame the Belkans for every ill of the world. As if other countries didn't start their own shit all the time!Also, in a totally not related issue, your squadron was temporarily grounded until the "investigation" into the attack was concluded. Because after blowing up one of the goddamn drone carriers, it apparently meant you were still not above suspicion!Really, it was just bullshit. Honestly, you just felt like getting a drink now. You weren't in a particular mood to hang out with anybody else, though, except for maybe Karla or Bandit. Only they'd understand, after all.>Drink with Karla>Drink with Bandit>Drink with both.>Drink alone.>Other
>>3696961>>Drink with both.
>>3696961>Drink with both.
>>3696961>Drink with Bandit
>>3696961>>Drink with Karla
>>3696961>Drink alone.Wouldn't mind a talk with someone who lost their nation.
>>3696961Switching to >Drink Alone
>>3696961All right, we don't seem to have a clear consensus so let's have a runoff vote!>Drink with both.>Drink alone.
>>3697100>Drink aloneTime to brood
>>3697100>>Drink with both.
>>3697100>Drink with both.If we drink alone then we'll be drawn into the role of sad pixy. And if we don't have our own demon lord to bring us back then it might be perma-villain end.
>>3697100>Drink Alone Brooding Milly!
>>3697100Fuuuuuck. You totally weren't feeling having any sort of company right now. Just wallowing alone in your own thoughts would do.You head over to the officers' club, hoping that they actually had something nice and strong in stock...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3697194
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>3697194Yuke vodka here we come!
>>3697204Holy shit i did it. Wait what the fuck did i do? Did i just find some medieval tier vintage in a lost hole?
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3697194>>3697204Goddamn, I think we found a gold mine.
>>3697211Nice we found amazing Vodka and then got puke ass drunk on it
>>3697215As expected from a Merc quest MC.
>>3697194You slide in at the bar and order the strongest bottle of Yuke vodka in stock. The bartender doesn't ask any questions and calmly slides a bottle and glass in front of you.You've barely poured your first glass when you hear someone walking up behind you. You turn and see another pilot, a rather young looking one. On his shoulder, you could see the patch for Sea Dragon, so he had be one of those F-18s up there with you."Excuse me..." He asks rather shyly. "Are... are you Red Tail? From Raven Squadron?"You simply raise an eyebrow. Why the hell would they be asking about you?>Never heard of her.>Damn right I am.>Other
>>3697297>Damn right I am.
>>3697297>Damn right I amIs there another redhead in the room?
>>3697297>>Damn right I am.
>>3697297"You're damn right I am." You boast, puffing up with pride. "Holy shit!" The young pilot gasps and turns to the booths behind him, where you realize the rest of his squadron was hanging out. "Hey! It really is her!""Holy shit! Really?!""Ohmygod!" "That's awesome!"Wait...Did...Did you have a fanclub now...?>[smugness intensifies]>[EVASIVE MANEUVERS]>Other
>>3697381>>[smugness intensifies]Time for some fame, and maybe some cute boys.
>>3697381>>[smugness intensifies]Merc do we know his patches? Or is he just in IUN garb?
>>3697381>[EVASIVE MANEUVERS]>>3697387Reminder that Milly only has eyes for Belkan Boys.
>>3697402What do you think the Vodka is for if not pouring it on his head if he gets handsy?
>>3697381"Yep, I'm Red Tail, all right." You respond smugly, glad there are people around here that appreciate your efforts. "Wow... I mean... wow!" The Sea Dragon pilot looks like he's about to faint on the spot. "U-um, well, this might sound a little wierd and all, but... you wouldn't mind joining us for a drink, will you?" He motions to the rest of his squadron."We'll even pay for all drinks!" One of the female pilots calls out. >Nah I kinda want to be alone right now.>Eh, why the hell not.>Other
>>3697498>Eh, why the hell not.
>>3697498>>Eh, why the hell not.
>>3697498>Eh, why the hell not.Free drinks are free drinks
>>3697498>Eh, why the hell notInb4 they are Osean
>>3697498>Eh, why the hell not.So long as they don't ask for any pointers.
>>3697498>>Eh, why the hell not
>>3697498Eh, why the hell not? They were paying after all. "Heh, you're going to regret that." You chuckle as you find a free spot at their table, setting down your Yuke vodka. "A-anyways, I'm Sea Dragon Lead." The young pilot introduces himself. "And, well, this is Sea Dragon squadron. Like your squadron, we're a composite unit. Pilots from all over Erusea.""Is that so?" You nod as you sip at your glass, noting how all of the Sea Dragon pilots were basically just kids. Hell, you were probably a bit older than all of them!>Aren't you all a little young to be flying combat ops?>Seems like you got a solid unit here.>Other
>>3697587>>Seems like you got a solid unit here.
>>3697587>Seems like you got a solid unit here.We have a crybaby loli. We have no right to judge.
>>3697587>Seems like you got a solid unit here.
>>3697587>>Seems like you got a solid unit here.Nothing like a bunch of Young Eruseans.
>>3697587>>Aren't you all a little young to be flying combat ops?NUGGETS EVERYWHERE
>>3697587>>Seems like you got a solid unit here.Eruseans eh? Natural allies.
>>3697587>>Aren't you all a little young to be flying combat ops?
>>3697587>Aren't you all a little young to be flying combat ops?
>>3697587>Sorry, made a little mistake. Sea Dragon is made up of USEAN pilots, not Erusean!"Seems like you got a good unit here." You grin. "Where you all from?""Um, all over, honestly." Sea Dragon lead counts off his fingers. "North Point, Bulgurdarest, San Salvacion, Delarus, and more. I'm from North Point, myself.""Huh, I see." You nod. "Little bit of everything indeed.""Still, it's so weird seeing a Belkan squadron flying in the IUN!" One of the other Sea Dragon pilots pipes up. "Figured your country would be a bit more... isolationist, you know?">You shouldn't believe everything you hear about Belkans.>Well, we didn't exactly volunteer...>Other
>>3697663>Well, we didn't exactly volunteer...Orders are orders
>>3697663>Well, we didn't exactly volunteer...
>>3697663>>Well, we didn't exactly volunteer...
>>3697663>You shouldn't believe everything you hear about Belkans.
>>3697663>You shouldn't believe everything you hear about Belkans.Ever miss ISAF?
>>3697680Upon Crimson Wings brother
>>3697663"Well, we didn't exactly volunteer." You shrug. "We got ordered out here because the IUN was short on pilots and our government wanted to score some international brownie points. Simple as that.""Well, I think it's still a really fortunate thing that you're here!" Sea Dragon Lead smiles. "I also heard that you used to fly with the Wild Cards?""Well... kinda. I was never OFFICIALLY a part of them..." You admit a bit sheepishly. "But most of the shit I know, I learned from them.""So do you still hang out with them?" Another one of the pilots asks. >Well, I still keep in touch. >Karla's the only one I regularly talk to.>Other
>>3697734>Karla's the only one I regularly talk to.
>>3697734>Well, I still keep in touch.
>>3697734>>Karla's the only one I regularly talk to.
>>3697734>>Well, I still keep in touch.Or at least try to.
>>3697734"Hmmmm, speaking honestly? Karla's really the only one I regularly talk to." You shrug. "I do my best keeping up with the others, but they're all off doing their own thing and sometimes it gets hard keeping track of everything.""I guess it makes sense." Sea Dragon Lead nods in understanding. "Still, it's kinda shame they disbanded so early on.""Well, you can't blame 'em for wanting to go off and do their own things." You say as you finish off your vodka glass. Seemed like a good opportunity now to ask a question of your own to them. >Do any of them know what the hell is up with Erusea?>Do any of them know what's Orpheus Squadron's deal?>Where hell did all these rumors about Belka starting the Lighthouse War come from?>Other
>>3697800>Do any of them know what the hell is up with Erusea?
>>3697800>>Where hell did all these rumors about Belka starting the Lighthouse War come from?
>>3697800>Do any of them know what's Orpheus Squadron's deal?
>>3697800>Where hell did all these rumors about Belka starting the Lighthouse War come from?
>Do any of them know what's Orpheus Squadron's deal?
>>3697800>>Do any of them know what the hell is up with Erusea?His name would also be a good question i imagine.
>>3697663Oh just read they are Usean. I bit less interesting but makes more sense.
>>3697800Hm, got a mix of votes, so let's have a funoff!>Orpheus>Belkans in the Lighthouse War
>>3697840>>Belkans in the Lighthouse War
>>3697840>Belkans in the Lighthouse War
>>3697840>Belkans in Lighthouse WarThese guys are from another continent so they probably have a somewhat fresh perspective. Altho the Oseans do probably control the media
>>3697840"So, you all are from this continent, right?" You ask. "Where the hell did all those rumors about Belka starting the Lighthouse War come from?""Hm, well the Conservatives in Erusea are the ones who keep saying that." Sea Dragon Lead replies. "At least, according to them, Belka was the country that provided drone technology to the Radicals, and was secretly controlling them from the shadows.""And do you actually believe that?" You raise an eyebrow."Ha, well, none of us have seen any proof, for starters!" Sea Dragon Lead responds quickly. "Honestly, I sort of think it's a narrative Erusea's pushing to duck responsibility for the war. It wasn't Belkan boots marching across our soil, but Erusean ones."There's a lot of nodding among the other Sea Dragons. Well, at least they didn't blindly believe that bullshit rumor. Maybe these kids had potential after all.>Well, you better get going now. >See how well these kids can hold their drink.>Other
>>3697920>Well, you better get going now.
>>3697920>See how well these kids can hold their drink.We found this awesome vodka and Milly is damn well going to drain it.
>>3697920>>See how well these kids can hold their drink.
>>3697920>See how well these kids can hold their drink.
>>3697920>>Well, you better get going now.
Rolled 20, 5, 14 = 39 (3d20)>>3697920"All right, all right, enough about the heavy shit." You grin as you grip the bottle of Yuke vodka. "Let's see how you all handle some proper alcohol...">Roll 1d20+1
Rolled 13 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3697958Time for snow.
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3697958
Rolled 20 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3697958
>>3697962And legends were written that night in the O Club
>>3697962>>3697964Now we need to get Scalpel drunk.
>>3697958Well, you had to admit, the Sea Dragons did a lot better than you thought they would. While most of them were out after the first shot, a few managed to survive a couple more, and surprisingly enough, Sea Dragon Lead was still up and completely fine. "Hey, not bad." You grin as you nod approvingly to Sea Dragon Lead. "You've done this before, haven't you?""Well, you can say I come from a family of heavy drinkers." Sea Dragon laughs lightly with some slight embarrassment. "Just something I got accustomed to.""Yeah, well, a skill like that is gonna take you far." You laugh. Your phone then vibrates in your pocket. You check it quickly to see that it was a message from Bandit, requesting you to head to the briefing room. Now, of all times? There was still plenty of vodka left in the bottle...>You should go see what Bandit wants. >You gotta find out if you can outmatch Sea Dragon Lead on this.>Other
>>3697972>>You should go see what Bandit wants.Let the nuggets enjoy, or save it for later.
>>3697972>You should go see what Bandit wants.
>>3697972>>You should go see what Bandit wants.The Boss calls
>>3697972>>You gotta find out if you can outmatch Sea Dragon Lead on this.
>>3697972>You should go see what Bandit wants.Are we clear from suspicion? Mostly because I just wanna see Elli's face when she finds out Milly took out a whole carrier by shooting down a single drone.
>>3697972>>You should go see what Bandit wants.The boss has called us. The kids will get schooled another night.
>>3697972Damn, well, you should probably go see what Bandit wants. The last thing you want is for him chewing you out for not responding to his summon on the account of being dead drunk. "Sorry, I gotta go. Maybe we'll catch each other later." You grin as you get up. "You can have the rest of the bottle.""Well, we ARE paying for it." Sea Dragon Lead chuckles. "But yeah, hopefully we'll be able to fly together again in the future!"You then take your leave. Guess the Sea Dragons weren't all that bad. Least they didn't seem to make any judgments about you. Maybe sinking that drone carrier in a single shot really made an impression on them. Regardless, you continue on your way to the briefing room, where you see Bandit and... Karla? What she doing here?"Red, good to see you here." Bandit nods to an empty chair. "Take a seat, there's something we need to discuss.""Yes sir." You say as you quietly sit down, genuinely curious as to what was going on. "A bit of good news, but the IUN has just now re-certified us for flight operations." Bandit informs you. "A bit of not as great news is that we're being sent out on another mission.""Let me guess. It's gonna be a shitshow." You frown. Bandit wouldn't have called you here privately otherwise."You could say it's another little test for you guys." Karla says with a serious tone. "The IUN's intel team managed to trace the drones to an automated drone factory in southern Erusea, in one of the breakaway regions fighting for autonomy. Looks like they're making some cash on the side by selling drones to local pirates who made the mistake of biting off more than they could chew.""So the attack wasn't politically motivated?" You blink."Oh, it sure was politically motivated all right." Karla scowls. "They were hoping to nab a few high ranking diplomats or world leaders for ransom. In either case, they embarrassed the IUN, and more importantly, they put Ellisaria in danger, so all the fuckers are gonna burn.""...I'm going to assume you're the one who volunteered us for this mission." You sigh. "Got you back in the air, didn't it?" Karla points out. >Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.>Not sure what to think about you using us as personal hit squad.>Other
>>3698004>>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.
>>3698004>>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.Burn all the pirates!
>>3698004>>Not sure what to think about you using us as personal hit squad."Don't tell me, another one of those Belkan political things..."
>>3698004>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.
>>3698004>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.>assholes deserve a good pounding.
>>3698004>>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.Cue the Belkan Knight route.
>>3698004>>Well, you're right. These assholes deserve a good pounding.So how bad is it if we have to go up against mercenaries than drones?
>>3698004>Not sure what to think about you using us as personal hit squad.
>>3698004"Well, you're right." You nod. "These assholes deserve a good pounding!"That's when Karla snorts loudly. Even Bandit visibly has to fight from showing an obvious amused grin. "What? What's wrong?" You blink, confused."Ahahaha,it's nothing Milly, it's nothing!' Karla wheezes as she pats your shoulder. "Anyways, we'll all be rooting for you. Especially me and Ellisa.""Yeah, how's she doing, anyways?" You ask."Well, she's impressed that you took out one of the drone carriers in a single shot." Karla responds."Sweet." You glow with pride."But she also plans to forever remind you that you completely whiffed a missile shot on a ship the size of a skyscraper." Karla adds mirthfully.Goddamnit. >And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so don't miss it!
>>3698020See you next time, boss.
>>3698020>"But she also plans to forever remind you that you completely whiffed a missile shot on a ship the size of a skyscraper." Karla adds mirthfully.Of course she would, wouldn't she?Thanks for the run today, Merc!
>>3698027She wouldn't be the most annoying adorable child if she didn't
>>3698027She better be careful if she becomes a pilot and misses her easy shot otherwise we'll hold it over her head as well.
>>3698283We should ask what sort of plane's her favourite if we get a chance.
>>3698027>>3698283I say we wait until the kid finds an old photo of Karla wearing a plugsuit before the Final Mission all those years back.
>>3698283We can hold it over her head when we shoot her down
>>3698020It was hardly a day or two later that all the arrangements for the retaliation mission were made. Apparently, the IUN was eager to to save face by taking out the perpetrators responsible. However, one little snag was that the base the pirates originated from was still technically within Erusean territory. Well yeah, it was currently a breakaway state, but the ruling government of Erusea still considered it their sovereign territory, which would make operating there... complicated.As such, the actual amount of forces the IUN was willing to commit was actually rather low, in order to avoid a potential international incident with Erusea. The idea was to deploy only one or two elite squadrons to perform precision strikes on the drone factory and the port the pirates were using as a base. Naturally, being the red headed Belkan stepchildren, you were selected for the naturally dangerous job. However, there was the option to bring Orpheus along to help out. It would be some extra planes and missiles, but they'd also try to hog all the glory...>Bring Orpheus along.>Raven Squadron can handle this on its own!>Other
>>3700084>Bring Orpheus along.
>>3700084>Raven Squadron can handle this on its own!What about bringing along Sea Dragon? Or is that too much trolling even for us?
>>3700084>>Raven Squadron can handle this on its own!
>>3700084>Raven Squadron can handle this on its own!
>>3700084>>Raven Squadron can handle this on its own>>3700095I also have half a mind to bring Sea Dragon for the lulz
>>3700084>Bring Orpheus along.Maybe a bit of competition could get Vicky into the game.>>3698465And then the little cute brat teases Milly's pilot suit.
>>3700084>>Bring Orpheus along.
>>3700084Well, obviously it would just be Raven Squadron. You could handle this mission on your own, after all!There was still a little time left before you were all set to take off. You know Bandit was holding a little briefing to get Vicky and Misono up to speed, but you already knew all the mission details, so you honestly didn't have to be present...>Better go to the briefing anyways.>Go see if Ellisa is doing okay.>Other
>>3700166>Better go to the briefing anyways.
>>3700166>>Go see if Ellisa is doing okay.
>>3700166>>Better go to the briefing anyways
>>3700166>>Better go to the briefing anyways.
>>3700166>Go see if Ellisa is doing okay.
>>3700166You decide to stop by one of the spare barracks where some of the evacuees had been set up until they could be returned home. That was where Karla, Jaeger, and Ellisa were living at until things blew over. Once you got closer, though, you could see Ellisa sitting outside, gazing at the planes as they took and and landed from the airfield. Seemed like she was deep in thought.Or at least really bored.>Go greet her.>Go SURPRISE her!>Other
>>3700225>Go SURPRISE her!
>>3700225>>Go SURPRISE her!BOUNCE
>>3700225>>Go SURPRISE her!Maybe play up being her personal knight.
>>3700225>>Go SURPRISE her!
Rolled 18, 3, 11 = 32 (3d20)>>3700225Heheh, this was the prime opportunity to give Ellisa a nasty surprise! She totally wasn't paying attention and wasn't looking your way!>Roll 1d20+1
Rolled 4 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3700297
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3700297
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3700297
Welp. We got played by a child. GG Milly
>>3700308I blame Aunt Tarin teaching her.
>>3700297You lunge forward to try and grab Ellisa, but she quickly rolls forward out of your reach, turns around, and sticks her tongue out at you."Too slow, geezer!" Ellisa taunts. >Gotta admit, she slipped out of that one pretty good.>WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!>Other
>>3700334>WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!
>>3700334>>WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!
>>3700334>>Gotta admit, she slipped out of that one pretty good."Did Tarin teach you that?"
>>3700334"WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!" You fume."A big. Old. GEEZER." Ellisa sticks her tongue out again. "I betcha can't even keep up with me!""What-"And then Ellisa dashes off. Another one of her games, of course. You knew this was just her way of getting your attention. >You don't really have time for this.>You might as well humor her.>Game or not, she's still gotta pay!>Other
>>3700451>You might as well humor her.
>>3700451>>Game or not, she's still gotta pay!
>>3700451>>You might as well humor her.
>>3700451Guuuuuh, you might as well humor the little brat. You still got a little time. However, Ellisa had already gotten a decent headstart on you as she dashes deeper into the barracks complex. >You're older and stronger, just run her down!>You gotta be smarter than her. Cut her off!>Other
>>3700502>>You gotta be smarter than her. Cut her off!
>>3700502>>You're older and stronger, just run her down!
>>3700502>other >pull out gun and blow out her kneecap
>>3700502>You're older and stronger, just run her down!
>>3700502>You gotta be smarter than her. Cut her off!Those who live for strength, those who live for pride. And those who can read the tide of battle.
>>3700502>>You gotta be smarter than her. Cut her off!Be prepared for either of them to run into something.
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>3700502...
>>3700589You decide to cut through one of the barracks halls, knowing that it would get you ahead of Ellisa. You dash through the halls before coming out the other side, putting you right in Ellisa's path as expected. The little brat is quick, though. She slides to a halt and tries to change direction--and runs right into Vicky, toppling her over. Poor Vicky was so tiny that even a little girl like Ellisa could bowl her over!"Eeeep!" Vicky shrieks."Aaaaahhh!" Ellisa yelps."Gotcha ya little twerp!" You cackle as you grab Ellisa by the back of her collar. "Thanks for the assist, Vicky!""I don't even know what happened!" Vicky whimpers as she tries to get back up to her feet."Who's the geezer now, ya twerp?" You grin as you keep a tight grip on Ellisa."Okay, you're not old." Ellisa concedes. "Just bliiiiiiiiiind!""One of these days I'm gonna give you a ride on my plane and toss you out." You glower."What's even going one?!" Vicky wails, completely confused."Just teaching this brat some manners." You explain. "What are you doing here?""Bandit is looking for you! We're supposed to be taking off soon!" Vicky groans. Ah, damn!"Funny time for you all to be playing." Karla sighs as she arrives. "Ellisa, you're not being too mean to them, are you?""Of course not!" Ellisa says sweetly, amping up her cute factor. Damn kid. "Well, it's been fun, but duty calls!" You give a little wave. "Come on ,Vicky!" "What's going oooooon." Vicky groans in confusion as you pull her away. "Just some dumb kid stuff, don't worry about it." You assure her.The both of you head for the hangar, where your planes were already being prepped. Looks like Bandit and Misono were already getting ready for takeoff, meaning you and Vicky had to hustle."Oh my gosh we're going to be so behind schedule!" Vicky wails as she dashes for her fighter."Hey, Red, what are gonna be packing?" Mead asks as you dash past her. "We go the standard missiles, but what do you want for your special loadout?">Some air to ground munitions. We're hitting ground targets after all.>More air to air missiles. Not a pound for air to ground!>Other
>>3700620>Some air to ground munitions. We're hitting ground targets after all.
>>3700620>>Some air to ground munitions. We're hitting ground targets after all.
>>3700620>More air to air missiles. Not a pound for air to ground!
Just a heads up, but I’m having some internet issues so the next post will be delayed a bit!
>>3700620"Let's get some ground munitions on there." You say. "Right." Mead nods and turns to the other technicians. "Let's get some bombs on that Su-30!""Bombs?" You pause as you glance at the munition cart they're rolling over to your plane. Sure enough, you could see that they were loading iron bombs onto your plane! The cheapest of the cheap of munitions!"What the hell is this?!" You blink, aghast."Sorry, it's the only thing your squadron is cleared for." Mead sighs. "Guess they don't have enough stock to go around."Or, you know, they probably don't trust you with the actual good stuff. >Fine, whatever.>Surely there's something you can do!>Other
>>3700709>Fine, whatever.True aces don't need GPS guided munitions.
>>3700709>>Fine, whatever.This is how you get secret belkan weapon arsenals.
>>3700709>>Fine, whatever.Maybe we should bribe people with some of those super secret Belkan MREs that somehow last forever, taste good, and are actually good for you if this keeps up?
>>3700732I doubt there are any left, but if there is, should get some of them out onto a tray!
>>3700732And expose their delicious secrets to the rest of the world? I don't think so.>>3700738If there are any left, my best bet would be that the Wildcards have a huge cache of them, or Karla secretly has a few hidden for special occasions.
>>3700709"Fine, whatever." You sigh as you proceed to the changing room. You honestly didn't have the time or desire to argue things with Mead. This sort of decision making was out of her hands, after all.It takes only a few more minutes to get yourself properly dressed and back in the cockpit of your Su-30."Red, nice of you to join us." Bandit grunts. "Raven Squadron, get ready for takeoff."You follow the rest of your squadron as you all take off into the air, and then make a course northwards in the direction of Erusea. "All right everybody, just to remind you all, we have two primary targets." Bandit speaks up over the radio. "The first target is the drone factory. We take that out, we choke off some of those drones being sold off the black market. The second target is the port facilities, where the pirates are using to base their ships out of.""Are just the four of us going to be enough to take all those targets out?" Vicky asks. "Hopefully." Bandit replies. "We can focus all our efforts to take one target out or we can split up by wing pair to hit both simultaneously.">Focus on a single target first.>Split your attacks on both targets.>Other
>>3700763>Focus on a single target first.
>>3700763>>Focus on a single target first.Let's Rock!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F577tB8JvOc
>>3700763>Split your attacks on both targets.
>>3700763>>Split your attacks on both targets.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3700763Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Single target.2. Both targets.
>>3700834"Guess we should focus on each target one by one." You suggest. "Make sure we get one before the other.""That's the idea." Bandit affirms. "But which are we going to hit first?">The factory.>The port.>Other
>>3700838>>The port.Nothing like ruined infrastructure.
>>3700838"I say we hit the port first." You propose. "It's going to be on the way in anyways, right?""I suppose." Bandit responds in agreement. "With our small numbers, we'll go in low and fast. It'll give us the element of surprise.""Roger!" Everyone affirms."Raven Squadron, this is Brighteye!" Your AWACS support interjects. "You'll be arriving in the operational area soon! I'm detecting a small air patrol. Just two fighters, unknown type!">You should engage the patrol before committing to the attack.>Ignore the patrol and focus on taking out the port.>Other
>>3700908>You should engage the patrol before committing to the attack.
>>3700908>>You should engage the patrol before committing to the attack.
>>3700908>Ignore the patrol and focus on taking out the port.
>>3700908"All right, I'll handle the patrol then!" You offer as you start climbing up to properly engage them. "The rest of you can continue on to the port!""I-I'm right behind you, then!" Vicky says. As the two of you climb up, the two patrolling fighters, a pair of F-16s, notice your presence and turn to engage you and Vicky.>Attack from long range with missiles. >Get in close for guns.>Other
>>3700969>>Attack from long range with missiles.
>>3700969>Attack from long range with missiles.
>>3700969>Get in close for guns.
Rolled 6, 2 = 8 (2d10)>>3700969"Firing missiles!" You exclaim to Vicky to let her know what you're doing."Firing as well!" Vicky announces.In unison, four missiles streak out at the enemy planes as they close distance...>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3701027
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3701027
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3701027
Rolled 9, 1 = 10 (2d10)>>3701027...
>>3701040The two F-16s are instantly smoked by the volley of missiles, with you and Vicky bagging one each. "Nice shot, both of you!" Brighteye compliments. Meanwhile, down below, explosions ripple across the waterfront as Bandit and Misono go on their attack runs, dropping their bombs as they go. "All right, Red, Swordfish, we'll head up to cover you. Make your attack runs and we'll proceed to the factory." Bandit informs you."Got it!" You nod as you nose your Su-30 down towards the ground, glancing at the now burning port. "W-where to we even hit first?" Vicky wonders. "It's so big..."Your mind is already trying to figure that out as your eyes gather as much information as possible. In the port itself, you could see several large cargo container vessels docked next to each other, all these possible drone carriers. And if not, there the possibility that they could later be converted. Meanwhile, there were large oil tanks on the waterfront that were used to fuel the docked ships. Some bombs there would REALLY light things up, that would cause a lot of collateral and environmental damage, you figure.Finally, there was a large parking lot filled with cargo containers. No telling what was in them, but they could be camouflaged drone launchers. You could never know...>Attack the ships.>Attack the oil tanks.>Attack the containers.>Other
>>3701051>Attack the oil tanks.
>>3701051>>Attack the oil tanks.Time for Red Tail to set the sea ablaze.
>>3701051>Attack the ships.
>>3701051>>Attack the containers.
>>3701051"Lets hit those oil tanks!" You tell Vicky, vectoring towards the large steel structures."R-roger!" Vicky says as her Gripen falls in behind you. "Don't fly too low, though. We've got dumb bombs here so they might explode right beneath us if we aren't careful!" You caution."Understood!" Unfortunately, given that these were unguided iron bombs, you were literally going to have to eyeball your attack run here...>Roll 1d10 (AtG test 4)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3701076Here's for UGBs.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3701076
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3701076
>>3701076Your bombs hit true, landing right on top of the oil tanks and puncturing them like balloons. You only have a scant few seconds to climb away before the massive oil tanks detonate, sending fire and flaming oil flying in all directions. "Eeeek!" Vicky yelps as she drops her own bombs in a panic and climbs to avoid the fireball. Very quickly the port was turning into a massive firestorm as flaming oil begins spilling from the ruptured tanks. There was no way anybody could stop the wave of flaming oil from engulfing the port"Haha! Did ya see that, Bandit?" You boast smugly. "Sure did." Bandit says simply. "Anyways, me and Misono are bit held up by another hostile patrol. Proceed to the factory without us."Sure enough, up above, you could see Bandit's F-15E and Misono's F-2 tangling with another quartet of F-16s."Are they going to be fine by themselves...?" Vicky wonders.>Listen to Bandit. Proceed to the factory.>You should go help out Bandit and Misono.>Other
>>3701083>You should go help out Bandit and Misono.
>>3701083>Listen to Bandit. Proceed to the factory.
>>3701083>>Listen to Bandit. Proceed to the factory.
>>3701083"They can handle themselves!" You assure Vicky. "Come on, let's go flatten that factory!"You vector in towards the factory, which was a massive complex. This was the first time that you'd actually seen a drone factory in person, and it looked more like a small city. Just acres and acres of assembly lines and warehouses, all dedicated to building mindless, dedicated war machines."T-target locks!" Vicky warns. "AA system are activating!' Brighteye calls out. "Watch out, Ravens, they're trying to get a lock on you!" Well, you could always do a low altitude, high speed bomb run. Don't give the AA defenses any time to get a proper lock on you, but you wuoldn't have the time or opportunity to aim your already questionably accurate bombs very well.Or, you could try to suppress the AA defenses. It would take more time, but would allow you to more comfortably set up a more effective bombing run.>Just do a high speed bomb run before they can get a lock. >Attack the AA defenses themselves. >Other
>>3701110>Attack the AA defenses themselves.
>>3701110>>OtherSplit the attack, Milly goes after the AA, Vicky hits the factory.
>>3701110>>Just do a high speed bomb run before they can get a lock.
>>3701110>Just do a high speed bomb run before they can get a lock.
>>3701110>>Just do a high speed bomb run before they can get a lock.We're gonna need a soundtrack for this.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3701110Instead of slowing down, you open up your throttle, gaining more speed. They had AA? Well, let's see how fast it would be...>Roll 1d10 (AtG test 4)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3701140
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3701140Here comes the snow!
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3701140
Rolled 3, 10, 5 = 18 (3d10)>>3701140...
>>3701149You release your bombs, but at the high speed you're going, they all scatter in multiple directions, hitting random parts of the factory but failing to cause any sort of significant damage. Even Vicky's run didn't seem to do much-And then, like a disturbed hornet's nest, drones begin launching from the factory. Over a dozen MQ-99s, and even a few of the more feared MQ-101s start taking to the skies, ready to engage any threat they came across.Guess things weren't going to be as easy as you thought at first...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3701152Thanks for the run.
>>3701152Thanks for running Merc!
>>3701152Thanks for the run, Merc! Time to dive into the fireworks!
>>3701152See you next week.
Real question, Who's the best AWACS?
>>3702127The one you like the most Anon.Now if you said worst AWACS then I'd vote for Thunderhead.
>>3702127Oka Nieba, for my money.
Kill Belkans, Praise Ustia.
>>3709056You dirty traitor will feel the wrath of Belkan fury first hand.
>>3709056Our people will be free