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!You wake up, both your vision and mind blurry as you try to regain your senses. What happened? Where the heck were you?As your vision clears, you then find yourself in a darkened hospital room. The stark white walls and tile a dead giveaway of the sterile medical environment. The lights were off and all the shades in the window were pulled down, engulfing you in a sort of twilight gloom. It was impossible to tell if it was day or night outside. Then again, did it matter?Your first instinct is to try and get up, but you can't. It felt like there was an invisible weight planted on your chest, preventing you from moving. You instinctively flail your arms around, which you can apparently move without issue, when your hand brushes against what looks to be a remote control. Grasping it in your hands, it's then you notice the flatscreen television mounted on the wall in front of you. No doubt there to ease patient boredom.Without really thinking about it, you hit the power button, and the television winks on, presenting you an image of->A bunch of stuffy politicians sitting in a room.>President Harling and Prime Minister Nikanor...?>A burning city.
>>3844376>>A burning city.
>>3844376>A burning city.
>>3844376>President Harling and Prime Minister Nikanor...?
>>3844376>A bunch of stuffy politicians sitting in a room.
>>3844376>>A burning city.So who shot down the EDGELORDS in a few seconds thanks to EW?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Vb-ymHFPg
>A bunch of stuffy politicians sitting in a room.
I wonder what the city is?
>>3844406If Milly keeps up her status as second best, maybe she should get an EW plane to make everyone else's missiles act as QAAMs?
>>3844472>Reducing the Red Knight to a guidance system Heretic The Three Swords need no such petty things as missiles. DAKA is the key to all battle
>>3844376You see a city burning in the night, plumes of smoke as high and thick as skyscrapers choking out the sky, turning it into a muddled mess of red and gray.Flames roar through the cityscape like a tsunami, engulfing buildings, streets, and people. You can see the tiny silhouettes of people against the flames as they tried desperately escape the inferno. Cars choked the streets, abandoned in haste when the roads were blocked. It was a horrible sight.At first, you had wondered what started the fire, but your curiosity was quickly answered when the camera pans up to the sky. Up above, in the murky smoke, you could see a fleet of bombers. B-52s, you think. Dozens, maybe even a hundred, dropping bombs indiscriminately. Explosions ripple through the city center like blossoming flowers, sundering and shattering buildings and sending flaming debris flying in all directions. >What the hell were you watching?>This feels familiar...>Other
>>3844481>>This feels familiar...
>>3844481>This feels familiar...
>>3844481>drop something and it shattersOSEA SHALL BURN FOR THIS#REMEMBER
>>3844481>This feels familiar...Were our parents here?
>>3844481>This feels familiar...Man the fight really did cause trauma with nightmares.
>>3844481W-wait a minute, it was all coming back to you now. Hoffnung! That was it! That was your hometown! Where you were born! Where-Where your parents died. You were too young to actually remember what happened. You were still just a baby back then. But... well, the stories Grandpa told you about it. The old archive footage you saw from the documentaries and shit. From everything you've seen and heard, perhaps it was for the better that you didn't remember any of it."You remember, don't you, Milly?" A crotchety, familiar voice croaks to your left. "The pain and humiliation the 'Allied Nations' piled upon us."You crane your head to the left, and there, slightly obscured in the gloom, was Grandpa himself!That... that was impossible. Grandpa passed away years ago, you remember now. Was this a dream? A memory? Maybe a little of both?>Of course, Grandpa. >Not really...>[Don't answer]>Other
>>3844534>Of course, Grandpa.
>>3844534>>Of course, Grandpa.
>>3844534>Of course, Grandpa!The stain of humiliation stays with us even now! We don't have to have lived through it to understand it
>>3844534"Of course, Grandpa." You respond. "I remember.""That's my girl!" Grandpa leans forward, his expression as grim as it always was. "And you remember what happened that night, yes?""Only what you told me." You reply somewhat warily. "Good. Good. Refresh my memory, then." Grandpa nods."Dad... was manning one of the AA batteries as part of the city defense force." You frown as you try to recall everything. "Mom... Mom went out to look for him when the bombs started falling.""She was always such a foolish girl." Grandpa sighs. >You're right.>Don't talk about Mom like that!>Other
>>3844571>You're right.She left me.
>>3844571>Don't talk about Mom like that!
Nobody shittalks our mom.
>>3844571>>You're right.Dad should've been already at the AA batteries, so it's not like her finding him would've made a difference. She should've went for the shelter
>>3844571>Don’t talk about Mom like that!
>>3844589It sounds like she panicked. Understandable, but bailing on us in whatever shelter we were at was pure autism.
>>3844571"Don't talk about Mom like that!" You blurt out."Oh?" Grandpa leans in even closer. You can smell his alcohol stained breath now. "Interesting that you would presume to know your mother when you never even knew her past a year of age.""W-well, she must have had a good reason." You mumble. "She... she must have just been worried about Dad-""The AA batteries would have been the first targets hit in order to clear the way for the Allied bombers." Grandpa points out grimly. "The chances of my- your father surviving the opening stages of the attack were abysmally low. She would have stood a greater chance of surviving if she had left with us."He... he had a point there. You couldn't really find any way to rebut it. "Regardless, how you feel, with the knowledge that you will never see them? That you have never truly known them? That they were stolen from you by honorless pigs?">Angry, of course.>Sad, honestly.>Other
>>3844619>Angry, of course.
>>3844619>Angry, of course.Gramps you wanna git to the point tho
>>3844619>>Angry, of course.Kill every enemy!
>>3844619"Angry, of course." You scowl. "They took everything from me. From us.""Yes. Yes!" Grandpa smiles as he grips you hand. His skin was warm to the touch, rough and calloused like you remember. "Then you remember the words.""Of course I do, Grandpa." You nod. "Then remember. Etch these words into your heart. Your very being." Grandpa eyes then glare directly into yours with a burning intensity that equaled the fires that consumed Hoffnung. "Ustio, Osea, Yuktobania... all must burn."---Your eyes open a second time, though this time, you're immediately blinded by sunlight shining directly into your face."Gah!' You yelp as squint reflexively. As your vision clears, though, you notice you're in the same hospital room, though now well lit and more clearly visible. You look to your side and see->Bandit>Lara>Vicky and Misono>Angela and Alanna>Other
>>3844649>>Vicky and Misono
>>3844649>>Angela and Alanna
>>3844649>Vicky and MisonoGoddamn gramps. The war was not kind to you. :(
>>3844649>Angela and Alanna
>>3844649>>Vicky and MisonoBest butler and wingmate.
>>3844649>Vicky and Misono
>>3844649"MILLY!" Vicky wails. "You're awake!""Hey Vick- GAH!" You yelp as Vicky practically tackles you, knocking you back down on the hospital bed with a tight hug. "What the heck has gotten into you?!""You were unconscious for almost two days." Misono explains, much calmer than Vicky as expected. "It seems that battle with the Raven greatly taxed your body.""Is that so?" You say as you instinctively pat Vicky's head as she hugs you. "I feel fi- AGH!"That's when the soreness finally hits you. It feels like every single muscle in your body has been torn to shreds likes spaghetti. Every nerve in your body aches and burns like fire. "That is why you've been confined to the hospital so far." Misono adds. "Even though you're awake, you won't be able to leave without Bandit's permission.:">Understandable, I guess.>That's bullshit!>Well get him over here, then!>Other
>>3844680>Well get him over here, then!
>>3844680>Well get him over here, then!We can still fight. We just need an exoskeleton or something.
>>3844680>>Well get him over here, then!Belkan engineering is built to last.
>>3844680>Well get him over here, then!>>3844686Ja, pure Belkanium!
>>3844687Only the finest refine metal of Belkanium.
>>3844680>Understandable, I guess.
>>3844680"Well, get him over here, then!" You pout."Of course! Right away!" Misono quickly gets up and exits the room, just leaving you and Vicky, who was still hugging you.>You can let go now...>This is fine.>Other
>>3844711>You can let go now...
>>3844711>This is fine.
>>3844711Well, it wasn't like you were complaining as you continue to pat Vicky's head to comfort you. "We were all worried sick about you, you know!" Vicky sniffs indignantly. "Going off and trying to be the hero like that!""I was doing what I felt would best protect the squadron. To protect you." You sigh. "I mean, that's what a flight lead is supposed to do, right?""You got it the other way around!" Vicky pouts. "It's supposed to be the wingmate who protects their lead!""We'll agree to disagree then." You chuckle. "Jeez." Vicky huffs. "Well, at least it's good to see you back to your normal self." "What's that supposed to mean?" You raise an eyebrow."Well, we were taking turns keeping an eye on you while you were out." Vicky explains,. "When me and Misono were here, you were mumbling in your sleep and sweating a storm. Did... did something happen while you were out?">It was nothing.>Just a nightmare. >Reliving a memory.>Other
>>3844749>Just a nightmare.
>>3844749>Just a nightmare. "It was just a nightmare, no big deal..."
>>3844749>Reliving a memory.
>>3844749>Reliving a memory.Glory to Belka!
>>3844749>>Reliving a memory
>>3844749"I was just reliving an old memory." You say, simply shrugging it off, though Grandpa's ominous words still ring through your thoughts. "Nothing to worry about.""Oh, o-okay." Vicky nods. She doesn't look quite convinced, but doesn't say anything further. At that moment, the door swings open and Misono returns, followed by Bandit, who was looking as cool and collected as ever. Did anything ever make him emotional?"It looks like you recovered well, Red." Bandit give a simple nod."Man, is that all you have you say?" You roll your eyes jokingly. "Not even worried about me at all?""He was the most worried, in fact!' Misono giggles. "If it weren't for Alanna, he probably would've carried you to the hospital himself!" Vicky adds.Oh jeez, THAT was something you'd rather forget. Getting carried to the hospital by an Ustian like a damsel in distress.Still, the thought of Bandit doing the the same to you...>Gross!>You honestly wouldn't mind...>Other
>>3844791>Gross!Which is worse, being carried by an Ustian or a boy? Hard to decide.
>>3844791>You honestly wouldn't mind...
>>3844791>>You honestly wouldn't mind...
>>3844791Huh, now that you think about it, you honestly didn't really mind the the thought of being carried to safety by Bandit-Wait, you need to focus!"Anyways, Boss, when am I getting out of here?" You ask him. Bandit is quiet for a second before turning to Vicky and Misono. "Can you two give us a moment alone, please? I need to speak with her privately.""What? Why?" Vicky blinks."Do not question your superior." Misono tuts as she gently grabs Vicky by the collar and pulls her toward the door. "We will be back later, then!" Bandit nods as they leave, and waits for a few seconds until the door closes before turning back to you. "Red, I reviewed all of the radar telemetry as well as your gun camera footage, and I've come to the conclusion that the Raven was being piloted by a human." He says"What?" You blink. "How do you know?""Call it a hunch." Bandit shrugs. "But more importantly, this pilot seemed to be solely focusing on you that entire time. Drones don't do that. They don't hold grudges.""Huh? You mean I've faced this pilot before?" You blink."It's not that hard to figure out." Bandit sighs. "Remember any mysterious aces flying an all black plane that you've repeatedly defeated or chased from the field multiple times?"And that's when it hits you."End?" You frown. "That's my guess." Bandit nods. "And if we're operating under the assumption that a secret Belkan ultranationalist group is pulling the strings behind the chaos in Usea, it's not that much of a stretch to think that this could be the same pilot.""Okay, so we shoot them down like we've done before!" You say confidently."About that." Bandit looks at you grimly. "I suggest you take take some extended leave. You need to recover and cool off.">I guess that makes sense...>Hell no! I'm totally fine!>Other
>>3844839>... I'm sorry; can you run that by me again?
>>3844839>>I guess that makes sense...Her body IS extremely exhausted and hurt all over, and pilots needs to be in their best shape to fight properly after all.
>>3844839>I guess that makes sense...
>>3844839>Hell no! I'm totally fine!
>>3844839>Hell no! I'm totally fine!No Bandit, you can't force me into the Beach Episode just like that!
>>3844839>>I guess that makes sense...maybe we get contatced by a certain Belkan group while off duty?
>>3844839This one is nice >>3844844Then immediately go on the >Hell no! I'm totally fine!But we're still forced to do the beach episode
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3844862Don't worry I'll roll for you Merc.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3844839Hm, there's no clear winner here so we'll have to roll it off!1. Makes sense2. Totally fine
>>3844864"I... I guess that makes sense." You concede.It's then that you notice Bandit quite visibly raise his eyebrow. That was a level of emotion you rarely see from him."What? Did I say something weird?" You frown."No, it's just..." Bandit actually chuckles. "I didn't expect you to acquiesce so easily. Normally you'd kick and scream like crazy at the mere thought of being pulled off the flight line.""Well, maybe feeling like complete shit has something to do with it." You groan as you lean back in your bed. "But that's not all there is to it, is there?""It's also a measure to protect you against End. We don't know if that encounter then was premeditate or by accident. If you really are being targeted, that's something we need to account for.""It'll be a big problem for the squad, huh?" You sigh."It'll be a big problem for YOU." Bandit sighs. "This may sound surprising, but you're NOT the best pilot out there.""Yeah, yeah, I get it. I get it." You sigh. "Don't worry, I'll take advantage of my free vacation. Assuming the rest of you can do fine without my glorious skills.""That's all I ask." Bandit grins. "Someone will bring along the necessary forms shortly, so you won't have to wait long.""Yeah, yeah, I'll fill it out." You sigh, and then notice Bandit still staring at you. "Yeah? Got something else to say?""It's just..." Bandit shakes his head. "Are you feeling all right, Red?"Goddamn, was he like fucking psychic or something? How was he able to get a read on this stuff all the time?>It's nothing. >I saw Grandpa in a dream...>Other
>>3844866>I saw Grandpa in a dream...
>>3844866>>I saw Grandpa in a dream...Can't remember if Milly's Grandpa was one of those ultranationalists that would probably be driving around in black vans equipped with loudspeakers.
>>3844866Hmmm, seems like a pretty slow night now so I'll leave the vote open until we start the Saturday session. Hope to see you then!
>>3844866>>I saw Grandpa in a dream...
>>3844883See you tomorrow, Merc!
>>3844866>>I saw Grandpa in a dream...>>3844881I was under the impression that he was the type to make Milly a sleeper agent with code phrases.
>>3844866>>It's nothinghe must not interfere with our re-radicalisation
>>3844921Grandpa is a proud and patriotic Belkan who did the best he could to raise his granddaughter after escaping the horrors of Osean occupation.
If Milly was ordered to nuke someone would she do it? The answer is yes.
>>3844991... That is actually quite possible.Now whether she can live with herself after doing that...
Odds grandpa has a file on him with "massive civilian death toll" written all over it?
>>3844881I mean can you really blame the guy? He lost literally everything to Osea. His son, his daughter in law, his home, his city. I'd hold a hell of a grudge too.
>>3844866>>It's nothing.>>3844991Milly's Neo One Belka is a Knightly order of Peace. Nukes are for hacks. Real freedom fighters drop satellites on the enemy.
>>3845036Understandable, but I'm more worried about his indoctrination of Milly and what lengths he went about radicalizing her. And if there are others he also radicalized. Those other radicalized kids/people probably won't take it well to realize Milly's managed to de-radicalize herself.
>>3845043His indoctrination would explain why Millie is such a patriot, and her reason for joining a radical group in the first place. It might be hard wired into Mille's personality, and would be difficult to break.
>>3845050Well, it is quite fortunate that Vicky is secretly the Ace who's the REAL main character, and skilled enough to stop Milly.>inb4 it'll be Cipher vs. Pixy all over again
>>3845042>Those other radicalized kids/people probably won't take it well to realize Milly's managed to de-radicalize herself.>implying
>>3845056Nah. Milly will roll 3 Crits and endgame battle will be Lady Milly and Vicky dogfighting Bandit and Karla over the falling Space Elevator. Milly will strike a lasting blow for freedom. No nukes tho. Nukes was the entire problem of the og One Belka. Causing a nuclear holocaust isn't gonna bring the Reich back. That's where Milly's nom genocidal doctrine of attrition comes in.
>>3845056Vicky I always knew you had what it takes to stop me, just remember the good times.
>>3844866>>I saw Grandpa in a dream...Once.Just once, can we *NOT* hate everyone non-Belkan?
>>3845202I dunno, Milly suffering some cognitive dissonance might become a thing.
>>3845223Implying that she hasn't been having cognitive dissonance from the start.
>>3845260>>3845223It's because we were princess carried by an Ustian. Our mind can't take it, we should went Belkan stoicism route.
>>3845202I want to see us actually join the Belkan nationalist group for once...
I am not sure if Merc planned the dream sequence before hand or added it last minute. If the latter, it would be awesome since I and a few other people we talking about dreams and a vacation.
>>3845202what? We don't hate non belkans. Where did you even get that idea? It's been established she is personally fine with Sapin, for instance I don't know her opinions on the Erusean Question but I imagine she'd be fine with them too out of anti Osean solidarity. The only country she HATES is Osea, and even that might not be extended to random people.
>>3845360this guy has the right idea tho. We can overthow the crazies and turn it into a standard rebel group instead of COBRA.
>>3845425How would you de-radicalize an entire COBRA group? Punch them into submission?
>>3845444Every group has factions. Just gotta latch onto the ones who are smart enough to realise that nuking Osea out of spite wont win our freedom. There are better ways to do that. Like, say, Guerrilla Warfare. Queen Milly will no doubt find a way.
>>3845459>Just gotta latch onto the ones who are smart enough to realise that nuking Osea out of spite wont win our freedom.You're assuming that such people still exist in that organization. Groups that take extreme positions only to fail in their goals tend to go "we failed because we weren't extreme enough" and push out anyone with more moderate positions.>>3845360There's the little problem that these Belkan nationalists have been trying to KILL MILLY throughout the story! Why would they even listen to someone they've deemed a traitor?
>>3845516>trying to kill MillyI mean we are on the opposite side of their war, so...
>>3845565add this to the fact that the IUN is essentially run by the Oseans, with more than half their forces being Osean...
>>3845572END and the other robo could be a test? A probe? They always fuck off instead of fighting to the death. Seems more like a recon excercise.
>>3845577Who knows, we might get approached by END during our vacation...
>>3845583>beep boop>conversation protocols initiated. Loading sexual joke module
>>3845577I thought the drone was END but upgraded since our last encounter.
>>3845592Didn't they say that the drone was controlled by a human, who was most likely END
>>3845592>>3845608I'm more concerned over how the hell they got their hands on a Raven when the Falken was supposed to be the super conceptual next-gen aircraft.
>>3845593>>3845608>>3845610>"Huh? You mean I've faced this pilot before?" You blink.>"It's not that hard to figure out." Bandit sighs. "Remember any mysterious aces flying an all black plane that you've repeatedly defeated or chased from the field multiple times?">And that's when it hits you.>"End?" You frown.Yeah it is an upgraded END. Ultranationalists got Belkan backing so they probably have the blueprints and funding for another next gen.
>>3845616I wonder if END is like self evolving
>>3845627No END is human that is learning about us.
>>3845627>>3845649Jokes on everyone, END is a Cyborg with brain implants that hook him up to his plane!
>>3845829Seems normal enough
>>3845829Why the fuck not. Sure.
>>3845829End is the prototype for sublimating into the electrosphere.
>>3845856END is the amalgamated consciousness of our parents slaved to a cyber identity
>>3845829I swear that there's a joke somewhere about END being in a COFFIN (System).
>>3845887End is Lancer, having survived being shot down by Tombstone.
>>3845887That would be interesting
The fact that our grandfather is essentially Reznov makes me happy
>>3845991I'm curious if that was an accurate representation of him or if Dream Grandpa was turning it up to 11.
>>3845991>Your Grandpa's dead Milly! He died escaping Hoffnung! Now tell us what the fucking numbers mean!
>>3844866"It's nothing." You assure Bandit. "Just a bit tired, that's all.""If you say so." Bandit nods. He doesn't look quite convinced, but he doesn't press the issue further. "Anyways, do you have a mind of where to go?'Huh, now THAT was something you hadn't really thought about. There were a couple places that immediately came up. You could head home to Dinsmark. Meet up with Uncle and Professor Fleisher and see what they were up to, or something. Would be nice being in Belka again, too.Then again, it's also been a while since you've seen Amy or Lillian. Maybe you could hook up with them in Ustio or Osea respectively. Finally, you heard Karla was still over at the Lighthouse helping with the recovery and repair efforts there...>Go back home to Belka.>Meet Amy in Ustio>Meet Lillian in Osea>Find Karla at the Lighthouse.>Other
>>3846002>>Go back home to Belka.
>>3846002>Meet Lillian in Osea
>>3846002>Go back home to Belka.
>>3846002>>Go back home to Belka
>>3845999I like to Imagine him as an angrier version of the grandpa from The Order
>>3846002>Go back home to Belka.Nord Belka, home to cold winters and even colder summers.
>>3846002>>Find Karla at the Lighthouse.Maybe we need to talk to our Hero.
>>3846002>Go back home to Belka.You know if we can get in good with the Erusean Princess at some point that could be useful.
>>3846002>>Go back home to Belka.Glory to Belka! But mostly I'm curious about the grandpa memories and what they can lead to if she goes home.
I might have missed it, but do we even have a last name? I completely missed that if we did.
>>3846032I'm thinking there's something in gramps' attic/basement.
>>3846002"I think I'm gonna head back home to Belka. That'd be nice." You say."Understood." Bandit nods as he gets up. "I'll arrange the transport then. You just stay put and rest.""Do I have to?" You roll your eyes. "I've already been in here for like, two days!'"So one more shouldn't hurt." Bandit counters.>Fiiiiine.>Like I said, I'm totally okay!>Other
>>3846069>>Like I said, I'm totally okay!
>>3846032How about a tour of the GLORIOUS BELKAN company that is Gründer Industries?Try to see if we can get an upgrade package for our plane, or a cool uniform?>>3846069>Like I said, I'm totally okay!
>>3846069>>Fiiiiine.With the biggest pout possible.
>>3846069>>Fiiiiine.I wonder what is on tv right now. Another burning city and we enter inception.
>>3846069"Fiiiiiine." You pout as you lean back on your bed. "I'll be a good girl, then.""I'm sure you will." Bandit gives a slight, lighthearted grin. "Get some rest."Bandit then takes his leave, and with nothing else to do, you pick up the remote and flip the TV on. Ugh, OBC News. You quickly change the channel to find something more watchable...---Unfortunately, your departure from Fort Grays didn't really have much fanfare. Apparently, all the newly arrived IUN squadrons, including the Ravens, were immediately being put to work tracking down the rogue penal fighters. From what you hear, their AWACS was a real slave driver, too. Well, in either case, there wasn't anybody around to bid you farewell as you boarded the military transport assigned to take medical evacuees to Oured.The flight to Oured, and then the commercial flight to Dinsmark were both equally uneventful. Time seemed to blur as you constantly dipped in and out of consciousness thanks to your G-force induced injuries. You don't see Grandpa again, though, but his parting words still ring through your head. Finally, you arrive at Dinsmark International Airport, your feet finally touching some genuine Belkan dirt. It's basically already early morning, so you got the entire day ahead of you. All you'd need to do is call a cab...>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.>Go pay Uncle a visit. See if he's learned anything new.>Head over to see the Professor. You could use his advice right now.>Other
>>3846138>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.
>>3846138>>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.
>>3846138>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.Seems obvious. Don't wanna show up looking like a homeless person
>>3846138>>Head over to see the Professor. You could use his advice right now.
>>3846138>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.So what kind of gift should we bring back? Wine? Beer?
>>3846138>>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.Find some Belkan pride clothes.
>>3846138>>Better stop home first and get yourself cleaned up.I'm betting there's something in her home for her to find.
>>3846199>finds tape>plays it>"Your mission, should you choose to accept it..."I do hope we had the sense to keep our badge with us when we left. Having someone find it that doesn't sympathize would be a pickle.
>>3846138Well, when you think about it, you probably looked like a goddamn hobo from the extended flights you've had to endure, so it was probably better to make a quick stop at home first. Get yourself cleaned up and in a fresh change of clothes. You could worry about tracking down Uncle or the Professor later.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3846216
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>>3846209>After the extended leave, Bandit asks Red how was her vacation.>News reports plays in the background about how a mysterious group of unidentified super-planes have seemingly started the next war by bombing Ustio, Osea, and Yuktobania with nuclear bombs, resulting in all three nations blaming each other for the attacks.>Red grins and says: "I had a blast."
>>3846216You grab a cab ride back to your actual home. Just a rather modest apartment, since you were rarely around anyways. Uncle helped you keep the rent paid and the place kept clean while you were on deployment. You quickly shuffle in to your apartment, closing the door behind you and getting much, MUCH needed shower. Once you were cleaned up and dressed, you begin doing a quick, cursory inspection of your apartment to make sure everything was in order. Didn't seem like there was anything out of the ordinary. However, when you look at the mail slot, you notice something odd in the pile of mail on the floor.You kneel down and pick what looks to be... a Grunder Industries business card?There was no name on it, but a simple contact number. You felt something in your stomach twist. Were they looking to recruit you? Why now, of all times? Was there some kind of darker agenda behind this?Grunder Industries was one of the largest weapons manufacturers and R&D firms on the planet. They were pretty big fish in the defense contracting world...>Call the number.>Better run this by Uncle first.>See what the Professor would think of this.>Other
>>3846253>Call the number.Grunder(TM), aviation perfected.
>>3846253>>Call the number.
>>3846253>>Call the numberIts time
>>3846253>Call the number.
>>3846253>>Call the number."Hello, what is the next Belkan conspiracy?"
>>3846253>Call the number.A fine, patriotic Corporation. Time to get the good shit.
>>3846253>>See what the Professor would think of this.
>>3846253>Better run this by Uncle first.They can wait, I'm sure.
>>3846253>Better run this by Uncle first.
>>3846253>>Better run this by Uncle first.They want to play the spook game? let's play the spook game.
>>3846253>>Better run this by Uncle first.
>>3846253More curious than anything, you grab your phone and dial in the number. It rings exactly once before somebody picks up."Ah, Milly, I was wondering when you would call." A familiar, regal voice greets you. "Interested in a position at Grunder Industries, then?"Erwin?! It couldn't be him, could it? He was part of One Belka along with you... and now he's working for Grunder? Or was there more to this?>It's been a while.>If this is a prank, it's not funny.>How are you not dead or in jail.>[Hang up]>Other
>>3846339>>How are you not dead or in jail.Seriously?
>>3846339>>It's been a while.
>>3846339>How are you not dead or in jail.
>>3846339>>If this is a prank, it's not funny.
>>3846339>>How are you not dead or in jail."Is this a prank, because it is a lot of effort for it."
>>3846339>It's been a while.
>>3846339>>How are you not dead or in jail.
>>3846339Looks like we're a bit tied up so we'll need a runoff vote!>It's been a while.>How are you not dead or in jail.
>>3846397>>How are you not dead or in jail.
>>3846397>How are you not dead or in jail.
>>3846397>>It's been a while.
>>3846397>It's been a while.Play it cool
>>3846397>>It's been a while.Fine fine, Belkan stoicism is good too.
>>3846397>>It's been a while
>>3846397>It's been a while.
>>3846397"Erwin. It's been a while." You say, trying stay calm. This was... not really expected at all. "Hah, not surprised that I'm working for a legitimate company?" Erwin chuckles. "Then again, I never imagined you would be part of the Belkan Air Defense Force."Somehow, you get the feeling he didn't mean that as a compliment. "There were... developments." You say, glancing at your doors and windows, looking to see if there was anybody prowling outside. "What's this all about?""Like I said, due to recent events, Grunder Industries has a few open positions now. We were wondering if you would be interested in joining our company.""What kind of position?" You narrow your eyes."Well, we are in in need of capable test pilots." Erwin explains. "And your record and qualifications so far appear to be impeccable. I can guarantee you that the pay and benefits will be vastly superior to whatever the government can offer you."What... how were you supposed to answer this? You were at a bit of a loss.>Sounds interesting.>I'm not interested.>I need to think about it.>What's your game here?>Other
>>3846461>What's your game here?
>>3846461>What's your game here?Drone Millys?
>>3846461>>What's your game here?"Belkan conspiracies."
>>3846461>>What's your game here?inb4 our pilot data ends up going into Nemo
>>3846461>Sounds interesting.Super planes are always fun. Maybe if we play nice they'll give us some experimental stuff
>>3846461>>I need to think about it.
>>3846461>I need to think about it.Grunder: Cringe, North Osean, has shareholdersBeing a Belkan Nationalist Terrorist: Based, Belkans Only, no shareholders only Patriots.
>>3846461"What's your game here?" You growl. "Contacting me out of the blue like this, working for Grunder, you're involved in some kind of plot, aren't you?""Those are mighty grave accusations to throw at me, Milly. Especially over the phone." Erwin tuts. "If you want to know more, we'll have to meet in person. How does the cafe across the street from your apartment sound?"Crap, that means he's already scoped the area around your apartment. Definitely a sign this was all already planned. >You should go meet him. >You need to warn Uncle.>Maybe the Professor would know what to do.>Other
>>3846504Grunder literally has the best shit on the market. If they want to finance our Revolution with super tech i say more power to them. Besides, Belkans need to stick together. What better way than wires from a neural plane interface?
>>3846511>You need to warn Uncle.
>>3846511>>You should go meet him.
>>3846511>Maybe the Professor would know what to do.
>>3846511>You should go meet him.If we take too long he'll suspect we are going to sell him out or bolted. Let's hear him out. Not like he's gonna shoot us in the middle of a crowded cafe. A win win rlly
>>3846511>>You need to warn Uncle.
>>3846511>You should go meet him.Don't suppose we have a hidden weapon that we can hide?
>>3846521>>3846518>>3846513>warn the guy who will be explicitly opposed to Milly having any further interaction with Grunder Do you guys actually want to blow our Golden Opportunity to embrace Queen Milly? And not just blow it, but piss them off?
>>3846540exactly, it seems like a decent portion of the thread doesnt want to fulfill our destiny
>>3846540I want us to not turn our back on our new family by going back to what we were rescued from in the first place.
>>3846550are they really family if they are osean dogs
>>3846540>Do you guys actually want to blow our Golden Opportunity to embrace Queen Milly?Yes, because it's a stupid idea. I don't want to play Milly like a beaten wife. Karla and Uncle did all this work to get Milly out of a bad situation, and you want to throw it back in their faces?
>>3846511>>Maybe the Professor would know what to do.
>>3846550>turning back on>having a lunch with a corporate representative is suddenly a deep betrayal>what we were rescued fromWe'll build a better OBAlso we can always get Misono and Vicky on board later.
>>3846555Like i said, it's better than being a pawn of the Oseans
>>3846564Also getting on Grunder's bad side is generally a bad idea...
>>3846555Do you actually want to play the same, standard story again? I mean that's your choice but if it's your intention to turn Milly into a generic shadow of Karla i honestly can't side with you on that. Just once can the AC protagonist not be an Osean/IUN lapdog
>>3846567Let's see how the story develops first shall we? I'm not keen for Milly to go radical again unless it makes for a more entertaining quest...Or we become the enemy that Vicky needs to defeat and lament when we call to the dark side. Bandit will be so disappointed
>>3846511>You should go meet him.We can tell uncle after we see what happens.
>>3846511Uh oh, it looks like the votes are split, so we'll need a runoff!>You should go meet him>You need to warn Uncle
>>3846577>You should go meet him
>>3846577>>You should go meet him
>>3846574I feel like it will most certainly make a better quest than staying in the IUN.
>>3846577>>You should go meet himLet's hear him out first before making a huge decision.
>>3846577>>You should go meet him>>3846576and the tie got broken like the instant he posted the runoff vote
>>3846583It could just be an offer for a great plane, and help boost Belkan prestige.
>>3846577>You need to warn Uncle
>>3846581But we haven't had something compelling that pushes Milly back to what she used to be. Maybe a pre-emptive attack by a country who is just so sure that Belka is behind the chaos once again?
>>3846574This is actually my position. I'm not fanatically opposed to an IUN run, but i simply don't see the point in slamming the door shut on these kinds of opportunities just because they might be edgy. That's just my opinion of course. I'd like to shake up the formula that Ace Combat constantly runs with. But that's why we have these votes to begin with. I doubt anyone would rage quit over votes.
>>3846588That WOULD be interesting, especially if it is one of the nations of one of our squadmates, or Ustio/Sapin, But I still wanna go belka stronk
>>3846577>>You need to warn Uncle
>>3846591I'm kinda on the other side of the coin here. I don't particularly mind making Belka great again and I can see where Milly's anger with Osea comes from, it's just that as someone who's country still has to deal with radicals, I think going to them for that sort of thing in a very bad idea.
>>3846588I would point put that judging by her interactions so far, Milly hasn't really abandoned the ideals that One Belka was supposedly fighting for. It's their methods that she clearly drew a hard disagreement left. There's a difference between being the Mujahadeen and dropping nukes out of nothing but spite. This is something we can work with. In essence >Osea Bad>War Crimes also bad>Win like a true knightIt's idealistic and naive but Milly's love of larping as a knight is a major character trait. >>3846592See now i need that Erusea×Belka team up my dude. Bruders im Krieg
>>3846577>>You should go meet himas a Belkan it is our duty to be part of at least 1 conspiracy at all times
>>3846577You take a few breaths to calm yourself down. Okay, it may be nothing. Maybe he's NOT involved in a Belkan conspiracy of some kind! At the very least, you should go see what he has to say. You glance at your drawer, where you kept both a pocket knife and your personal sidearm. Some of your One Belka habits never went away, after all. Never knew when a concealed weapon could come in handy. You'd preferably want to bring your sidearm, but it was a bit harder to hide and you weren't sure how Erwin would react if he spotted it. A pocket knife was a bit more innocuous and smaller, so it could escape his notice. Or, well, you could give him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't out to harm you? Hopefully. >Go unarmed.>Go with a knife.>Go with your sidearm.>Other
>>3846642>Go with your sidearm.
>>3846642>>Go with a knife.
>>3846642>>Go with a knife.Less illegal and easier to carry than a gun, and much better than nothing.
>>3846649It's extremely legal for Belkan armed forces personnel to always carry a sidearm just in case Osea invades while they're on a break.
>>3846642>>Go with your sidearm.
>>3846642>>Go with a knifelets not try to spook the spook
>>3846642>Go with a knife.
>>3846642A gun is a bit much. A knife is a decent enough choice and far less threatening.
>>3846642You opt to bring just the pocket knife. It was better than nothing and a gun was probably a bit of overkill, honestly. Nevertheless, you stow the knife away in your pocket and exit your apartment,making your way to the cafe just across the street as Erwin instructed...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
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>>3846710You don't notice anything out of the ordinary as you head over to the cafe. Already, you could see Erwin sitting casually at one of the tables. It looked like he was alone, unless the other patrons were disguised agents or something. Unlikely, but a distinct possibility. "Milly!" Erwin beams. "It's nice to see you doing well after all this time!" "I wish I could say the same for you." You reply cautiously as you take a seat at the table he picked out. "So are you going to tell me what's going on?""Well, Grunder Industries is offering you a position, that much is true." Erwin explains happily. "Surely that's all you need to hear?""I'm almost 100% sure you're hiding something." You scowl as you cross your arms. "So quit bullshitting me and tell me what's going on. From one ex-OB member to another.""I see you're still just as sharp as ever." Erwin's smile doesn't waver for one second. "You will not simply just be a test pilot for Grunder Industries. That will just be your official job title for paperwork reasons. Really, we need good pilots willing to advance Grunder's interests.>Sounds like you want me to be a mercenary.>Grunder's interests, or Belka's?>I don't like the sound of that at all.>Other
>>3846728>>Grunder's interests, or Belka's?
>>3846728>Sounds like you want me to be a mercenary.Doesn't sound that appealing desu.
>>3846728>Sounds like you want me to be a mercenary.Time to start negotiations! Let's try to see how much we can haggle.
>>3846728>Sounds like you want me to be a mercenary.
>>3846733desu this sounds pretty appealing to me, it isn't going full ultranationalist while also getting out from under Osea's thumb.
>>3846738It's pretty much just being a merc in all but name, and I'd rather be a terrorist than a merc for Grunder.
>>3846728>Grunder's interests, or Belka's?We are no sellsword
>>3846742Sounds to me like Erwin has sold out to The Man.On the other hand, maybe he'll surprise us. Let's see what he says.
>>3846728>>Sounds like you want me to be a mercenary.
>>3846728>>Grunder's interests, or Belka's?maybe Gründer's AND Belka's
>>3846728>>Grunder's interests, or Belka's?For Belka?
Things which are cool: being a member of the Belkan Air Force, being a member of a Belkan Terrorist Paramilitary.Things which are not cool: Being a lackey for spooks where you don't even know what their objective really is.
>>3846728"Running around doing a corporation's dirty work?" You raise a suspicious eyebrow. "Sounds an awful like like mercenary work. You sell out and become a corporate stooge, now?"You see Erwin's body language pause for a second before he speaks up again. "While it may look that way, I assure you, Grunder is fully committed to paying back the world for Belka's humiliation, at cost.">Sounds interesting.>"Payback" doesn't sound like "reunification.">Other
>>3846841>>"Payback" doesn't sound like "reunification."For the power of long-term stability which isn't built in short periods of time.
>>3846841>"Payback" doesn't sound like "reunification."
>>3846841>>"Payback" doesn't sound like "reunification."Sometimes we just gotta adapt to a shitty situation.
>>3846841>>"Payback" doesn't sound like "reunification."what happened to getting back clay?
>>3846841"'Payback' doesn't sound like 'reuinfication.'" You narrow your eyes. "Wasn't that the entire purpose of One Belka? To achieve reunification of Belka at any cost?""If these past few years has taught us, it's that reunification is a pipe dream. An impossibility." Erwin snorts. "The fools in Ustio and South Belka have been thoroughly brainwashed by Osean propaganda. There can be no peace as long as Osea and its allies exist. All of them must burn."Grandpa's words echo in your mind once again. >All right, so where do we go from here?>I'm not into that revenge crap. Not anymore.>Other
>>3846867>>All right, so where do we go from here?
>>3846867>I'm not joining your little conspiracy if you're going around calling everyone from my homeland 'fools'
>>3846867>>All right, so where do we go from here?For Belka!
>>3846867>All right, so where do we go from here?Once this is all done, we may need some second opinions from others.
>>3846867>I'm not into that revenge crap. Not anymore.
>>3846867"All right, so where do we go from here?" You continue cautiously. "I just sign on, and then we're all dandy? We go do whatever it is to burn Osea down?""It really is that simple." Erwin nods. "We have agents planted all over the world, ready to sow more chaos and confusion and bring the whole thing crashing down.""You make it sound like all those theories of Belka backing Erusea were true." You frown."Well, all their drones ARE Grunder products." Erwin's smile widens. "And the Lighthouse War has proven their effectiveness beyond all expectations.">Revenge at any cost, huh?>Resorting to using drones...?>Other
>>3846898>Resorting to using drones...?
>>3846898>>Revenge at any cost, huh?
>>3846898>>Resorting to using drones...?
>>3846898>>Resorting to using drones...?considering the low manpower its a good idea
>>3846898>Revenge at any cost, huh?If we ever get something from Gründer, we should be a bit careful. Who knows if there's a backdoor that'll shut it down in an extremely inconvenient situation?
>>3846898"Resorting to using drones?" You raise an eyebrow. "I know they're rather unpopular among pilots, but there are quite a number of advantages." Erwin nods. "Not only do they negate our manpower disadvantage, but they also follow orders without question and do not disobey their orders."You get the feeling that last bit was aimed squarely at you, which prompts to ask."Why even bother trying to recruit me if you know I left OB?" You narrow your eyes."Oh, believe me, the higher ups were enthusiastic about the idea at all, but I was able to convince them" Erwin smiles. "I think it's not too late to bring you back into the fold. Whatever traitorous thoughts that Valkyrie witch planted in you, can be removed.">[Stay silent]>Don't you dare talk about Karla like that.>Other
>>3846920>>[Stay silent]Try to resist urge to stabby
>>3846920>Don't you dare talk about Karla like that.I think we may need to tell Uncle Weiss if they decide to target Elly...
>>3846920>Don't you dare talk about Karla like that.
>>3846920>>[Stay silent]>>3846925We could always go double agent if it comes to that.
>>3846920You stay silent against the obvious barbs against both you and Karla. It would do not good antagonizing Erwin now. "Well, you don't have to make your decision straight away." Erwin adds as he stands up from his seat. "You have my number, so you can contact me at any time you decide to return to our true cause."And with that, Erwin takes his leave, and you're left to simmer in your own thoughts. >You have to tell someone about this.>You should keep quiet for now.>Other
>>3846943>>You should keep quiet for now.
>>3846943>>You have to tell someone about this.Might want to meet up with Uncle, but then he probably already knows about this.
>>3846943>You have to tell someone about this.
>>3846943>>You have to tell someone about this.
we cant tell anyone, we have to destroy Osea
>>3846943You immediately dash back to your apartment, double checking to make sure that nobody has been following you as you enter and lock the door behind you. You pull your handgun out of the drawer and hold it close as you take your phone and dial up Uncle...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week so don't miss it!
>>3846961Exactly,and I would rather not rat out Grunder like right after we were informed, that's a good way to tell them exactly who leaked it...
>>3846963Thanks for running Merc!Remember, you don't need to work for Grunder to burn Osea to the ground!
>>3846963The fact that we are telling uncle due to a vote so late in the thread sort of ruffles my feathers, but thanks for running merc
damn you Osea cuck, we had one chance
>>3846969Yeah I am sort of pissed too
>>3846970we may still be able to avert it next thread
>>3846969>implying Grunder wouldn't just use Milly in some convoluted plot to start another massive war and then dump her like they did with Schroeder or all the people in 5.Even as a patriotic Belkan I wouldn't trust them further than I could throw an ADF-11F.
>>3846971I'm not so sure, as it seems decided that we are calling uncle, and pissing off Grunder sort of kills any hope for belkan nationalist stuff
>>3846973We can still go PATRIOTISM, just not with Grunder.What sort of impression do you think it'll make if Milly makes Belka great again while backed by the company responsible for supplying two wars based on a Belkan Revenge Plot?
>>3846990do you really think we would be able to do that on our own?
>>3846990Make Belka Great Again, but with principles!
>>3847025Grunder, good at building super advanced fighters, not so good at having successful plants to retake South Belka.
Mille is a Belkan knight and a nationalists, but she will recognize when revenge will not change anything. She wants reunification, not constant war. And if Grunder fails or is discovered, it would lead to a much worse outcome for Belka.
>"If these past few years has taught us, it's that reunification is a pipe dream. An impossibility." Erwin snorts. "The fools in Ustio and South Belka have been thoroughly brainwashed by Osean propaganda. There can be no peace as long as Osea and its allies exist. All of them must burn."Erwin, buddy. Those are our lands and people you are talking about here. Can you pls not be an autistic shit. One Belka means ONE BELKA, not one half Belka while the rest has been nerve gassed into oblivion for being mudbloods. Otherwise Milly is gonna have to shoot you when she launches a coup.>>3847043>>3846990 These are both valid points. Although the potential advantages of Grunder are literally primetime. Not to mention that they are the ones equipping Neo One Belka. Not rlly a fan of Erwin's personal chimpery, but we'll see i guess. Gotta weigh the risks and rewards carefully here. >>3846971Well, she hasn't had the dialogue yet. We can just tell him Grunder offered us a job as a test pilot. We don't have to say who offered it. He still wont like it, but he won't go full ape.
>>3847055>Well, she hasn't had the dialogue yet. We can just tell him Grunder offered us a job as a test pilot. We don't have to say who offered it. He still wont like it, but he won't go full ape.good point, hopefully we can do it that way
I just hope we don't end up as an expendable Fall Guy if/when Milly's usefulness runs out.
>>3847055It’s almost as if terrorists are generally terrible people who don’t give a shit about the ideals they espouse.
Oh god, did Grunder buy flight data from EVERY previous Ace to make a super A.I. pilot that can change styles on the fly?Does that mean we'll possibly fight a copy of Karla since she used a Neural Interface in her last mission?
>>3847593Not mentioning that with Dr. Schroeder being turned in, I wouldn't be surprised if various governments of Strangereal started to investigate all Belkans in office, companies, etc. Who's to say the OB Milly joined all that time back is still ideologically the same, and didn't just devolve into a cult of personality that has all of its competent popular leadership "sacrifice themselves", die of "Anti-Belkan Sabotage", or just committing suicide from thrusting an ice pick into their own back?
I'm the only one who doesn't want milly to betray her friends and join one belka? I don't want to make Vicky cry again
>>3847717>implying we won't roll 3 crits in our speech to win over Vicky
>>3847796or roll 3 crit fails... like we did in the last thread
>>3847717I would prefer anything to being an Osean Lapdog in the IUN. I want to fight for belka for once, instead of going against the interests of the fatherland
>>3847911>one belka infiltrated in this questHoly shit I knew you guys were tech savvy but damn,fucking with other realities is no bueno
>>3847717Yeah, but mostly because the Strangereal world has a very very strong cycle of one-year wars followed up with peace. And if we switch our role from hero to villain, then there will be a Mobius 1/Razgriz/Cipher/Trigger rising up to oppose us.
>>3847966>VillainThe term is "Alternative Protagonist"
>>3847966Is there any form to make strangereal more stable?
>>3847717One Belka belongs to the trash heap of history, doing the same things (plotting and starting wars) a few dozen times and expecting a different result is pure insanity.
>>3848370Makes you wonder what the Aurelian War was supposed to accomplish if BELKANS were behind it, or any war that doesn't directly involve any of the major powers.Looking back, out of our previous interactions with our team we told Misono, and Bandit that we were fine, and both of them didn't seem to take the answer seriously.Will we be three for three if Vicky asks if Milly's fine?
>>3847894That was fun.>>3847911>>3848370It could be next quest. We become president and defend our home from outside aggression.>>3848386We would not be able to lie to the MC.
>>3848489I would rather not play the straight and narrow every time in this quest, and the belkan nationalist route looks much more interesting than being an Osean lapdog in the IUN. Our character explicitly HATES Osea, Yuktobania, and Ustio, for what they did to Belka, I want to see some terrorist acts on the dogs that shamed the fatherland.
>>3848526Why do I get the feeling most of the Belkan edgelords here never actually played an AC game and absorbed all their knowledge of the setting through the memes?
>>3848526I would like to be a Belkan Naionalist route, but I don't think Milly would abandon Bandit, Misono, and Vicky while she's half a world away for some guy that she barely seems to like.
>>3848616I'm still trying to hazard a guess as to what part of the dogfight with END's Raven made her dream of Gramps.All I have so far is that she's trying to cope with the experience with the familiarity of her previous life.
>>3848573I blame Belkaball.>>3848616>>3848624She wouldn’t, at least I think she wouldn’t if Grunder seems too unscrupulous with their manipulations, which they probably are.
>>3848616I am fine with not going grunder, I just want to go full belkan nationalist eventually, maybe trying to get Vicky on our side like some are suggesting
>>3848638>>3848652I'd want to do it independently, not as some pawn to the Grey Men. And also not for money, that's just being a merc which Milly already said she wouldn't do.
>>3848673And that's why I kind of want to go down the Knight Milly route unironically. Belkans need a public symbol to latch onto to remind themselves of their nobler virtues, not something lurking in shadows all the damn time.The only problem is that we need some way of getting legitimately Knighted in an age of modern warfare
>>3848787>The only problem is that we need some way of getting legitimately Knighted in an age of modern warfareWe are on good terms with the Princess of Erusea. If we do something badass for her she could knight us hypothetically. Although that would have been easier if we had chosen the Erusea mission rather than hunting Osean deserters. I regret my vote in that regard now. I thought it would be funny to hunt some Oseans and lost sight of the bigger picture. >>3848573>t.Osean bootlicker that hates freedom>>3848616I think we are all anticipating the inevitable ideological meltdown between Milly and Bandit. Things are going to be said that can't be unsaid. If it happens where Misono and Vicky can hear that'd be even better.
>>3849211Millie: Reunification! You coward!Bandit: Waste of time! You zealot!M&V crying noise in the background.M&V: Stop fighting!
>>3849211It'll be like the drunk Karla scene but instead of pretending to be a terrorist of South Belkan descent intent on nuking the world Milly will be a terrorist of South Belkan descent intent on nuking the world.
>>3850669>the worldSelect targets my friend.Nukes are overrated and cause too much collaterall. A knights war is against gubments, not the common people. Oseas Space Elevator tho....Would be a shame if it went bye bye
>>3851334>Collapsing a space elevator>No collateral damageBelkan edgelords pls go and stay go.
>>3851672The space elevator needs to come down sometime, otherwise how do you explain it not appearing in 3?
>>3851773Just because you didn't see it in 3 doesn't mean it doesn't exist, especially considering most of 3 didn't actually happen in real life, anyways.
>>3851796Does this mean we'll see the early forms of Electrosphere's Mega Corps?Is Lilian investing some money into some up and coming company named Neucom?
>>385183499% sure the DLC missions are introducing the start of the Megacorps.
Just thought I'd compile some info from what i could gather. Basically a summary on what we know about Milly's Opinions/Mindset so far. Or at least my takeCorrect me if any glaring errors ---A LOOK INTO THE MIND OF MILLY-National Opinions ->BelkaDer vaterland uber alles! Make Belka Great Again! We must restore a Belka for all Belkans!>OseaThe Great Satan. Top dogs when it came to destroying Belka. One v One us without allies see what happens Imperialist invaders! >Ustio and friends"Implying status as 'real nations' "Secessionist rabble but still our ethnic kin. Prime targets for Anschluss without doubt. Making us all weaker as a result of division. Pls stop.>SapinPretty ok guys. Not much to say here. Nothing good or bad rlly. The true enemy is in the West.>Yuktobania Dumb Commies who helped the Allies defeat Belka in her hour of liberation. Still, kino taste in booze and planes. Better than Osea. >EruseaNo official opinion expressed yet( But being a traditional Osean rival I think a natural sympathy) But the Princess is neat and hey, a real life Kingdom with nobles! Probably a key member in any future alliance to contain Osean influence.>Leasath/AureliaNo expressed views---Political Views--->Belkan National RevanchismMilly seeks to restore Belka to it's rightful Glory. One Belka for all Belkans. Break the Chains!>Remember the Alamo!The Burning of Hoffnung. And the Belkan War in general. Not blind to the fact Belka also has done wrong, but obviously takes her nations side. She wants her shot. >A Knight ErrantMilly idolizes the Knights of Belka, seeing them as the ideal Belkan warriors. To this end, her goal of Belkan Revitalization is augmented by her knightly aspirations. >Crusader in CrimsonMilly is not a mercenary. She fights for the cause she finds just. A Knight can't be bought. A knight swears their sword----Personal Aspects---->A Red CometMilly is shown to be agressive and passionate in both battle and beliefs. This has advantages and disadvantages.>But My Best Friend is Black!Despite Milly's fervent nationalism leading her to oppose certain nations on principle, she has shown willingness to make exceptions for individuals. While skeptical of Orpheus team, she is now on decent terms with them. >Gotta Hide your Power LevelWith Milly's mentors holding opposite political views to hers, a necessity. But there are very deep convictions inside this girl. This leads into>I like you, you vote third party!With her friends Milly seems to have no problem opening up. Possibly because few hail from a nation involved in the Wars. A example being Sea Dragon team, who she knew for like 5 minutes. Also the Princess of Erusea, who we laid out our convictions too.(Which we don't even do with Bandit!) >Oh, Camelot! Driven to achieve greatness in the name of her nation and her Knightly aspirations. One day she shall be a Sword that King Siegfried himself would wield! ----Obviously just my personal thoughts.
>>3852317Well, I think Milly found a new type of enemy in the future.>>3852346Do you think Milly is more along the lines of Indigo, or Rot's idea of a Knight?There's one thing that I know, and it's that if Milly wants to milk out that Knight persona to its fullest, she has to come to terms with the eventuality of losing. Last thing we need is for another Rot 1 who can't even look into the camera.
>Do you think Milly is more along the lines of Indigo, or Rot's idea of a Knight?Certainly a good question. I think there is a strong argument to be made that she is the Red Swallow come again. On the other hand, Indigo certainly plays up the KNIGHT more. Probably a mix in all honesty. I can imagine child Milly sitting on Grandpa's knee fascinated with both men. Meeting Fleischer would probably sting given the state he's in. >There's one thing that I know, and it's that if Milly wants to milk out that Knight persona to its fullest, she has to come to terms with the eventuality of losing. Last thing we need is for another Rot 1 who can't even look into the camera.I don't think Milly would become epileptic over getting shot down. I think like Fleischer, it would take a series of events to break her. He lost his squad, his perfection, and 2/3rds of his nation. Why? Because he wasn't good enough to beat a mercenary. The poster boy of the Air Force. That will do something to a man. I also think Milly is the type to be consumed with anger instead of despair in that case.
>>3852554Milly already knows Fleisher, that's who 'The Professor' is.I think Milly and Fleisher both prefer a bottom-up people driven type of nationalism compared to Grunder's top-down secret conspiracy nationalism. pic related >>3846519That's why it makes more sense to me that Milly would join a group like OB than Grunder, also because getting paid a large amount to do what she believes in feels icky, like she has replaced her morals with money.
>>3852584I'm inclined to agree. But from what Erwin is saying it appears One Belka and Grunder are one and the same. Or at least working closely together. Although whether their leadership is the same is up in the air. I'm sure we'll find out down the line. Hopefully there are plenty of pilots who haven't sold out to the Man. Grunder is useful, but they should be part of the good fight, not the supreme leaders.
So how do you think Milly would act if she ever got the chance to meet The Demon Lord of the Round Table?I think it'd mess her up more if he was more of a Knight in Ace Style.
>>3853693Cipher is the No.1 Belkan Ace, so she'd probably be very excited.
>>3852584If anything secret conspiracies is the reason for the failure of unification. Grunder lost its focus on making Belka strong, and instead wants to just burn it all. Millie would instead build up her own faction of true nationalists that want to make Belka the envy of other nations. She knows war will not further her goals, but if she can convince them to willingly join then there won't be problems. Granted it can still fail but due to her knight ideals she would want to convince others to join as brothers in arms.
>>3853942I think a peacful reunification if possible is obviously better. At the same time conflict is inevitable. Lasting, serious change wont come about via just words. Action is needed as well. Nuclear Genocide obviously should be off the board. But the Oseans simply must be driven out by force. Words wont work with them.
>>3854528We could go Belkan conspiracy. Take over Grunder itself and turn people to our ideals.
>>3852433Either style aside, I think that Milly would do well if she tempered herself a bit through the lessons and words of the oldest of the Belkan Aces, Dietrich Kellerman, AKA Silber 1 (who should be mid-70s by present day if he's still around).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5PELbdudLI&list=PL65C53FBEAB591ACA&index=13https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6gEYrrhvRQ&list=PL65C53FBEAB591ACA&index=26Speaking of Silber...what the fuck was up with the Wellow Incident? AYYs scouting out Belka? Prototype Super Planes?
>>3854697Not sure how likely that will be with Uncle Weiss wanting Milly to have nothing to do with OB lest she's caught and made an example.Though it would be cool to be a secret agent and get intel/flight data/new equipment to give Milly an edge when going up against END (provided that the flight data Milly gives doesn't help END). Hell, maybe she'll get launched into low orbit via prototype Space Plane, and realize how small everything is and get an epiphany that the world needs no borders?
>>3854839The world needs no borders when there is only belka.
>>3854697I think purging the Nihilists is a must have.Just gotta become popular and win support with the pilots more interested in Making Belka Great Again than simply burning Osea to the ground. Honest violence is a thing, but nuking cities doesn't solve the actual problems. If we could find sympathizers within the breakaway states, that would also be helpful. I'm thinking guerrila warfare. The Oseans must respond with violence, and in turn lose the shoddy moral premise they enjoy. >Uncle Weiss wanting Milly to have nothing to do with OB lest she's caught and made an example.Uncle Weiss can have a front row seat when our militias march triumphantly through the capital and the Crimson Queen soars above to the cheers of the masses. Neo One Belka.
>>3854839That will truly be the start of Queen Millie bring Belka into a new glorious stage, then the world one nation at a time.>>3855024We can always go the no violence protest route, spies elected into positions of power, soft propaganda for unification, find the dirt of other nations and collapse them by corruption.
>>3855036>We can always go the no violence protest route, spies elected into positions of power, soft propaganda for unification, find the dirt of other nations and collapse them by corruption.Go home pacifist-Grunder.
>>3855036she should start a knights association thingy.Like those creative recreationist groups but more emphasis on the commonality of heritage and how awesome knights are.We need to win heart and minds.
I think we may have gotten a bit ahead of ourselves in terms of long term plans. Right now, Milly's quest should be focused on getting the good reputation of being Belka's poster child, and getting knighted. And hopefully not getting killed along the way.
>>3856006Getting knighted is never gonna happen because the only Kingdom left in Strangereal is Sapin.
>>3856006Filthy traitor, do you not see the glory of Belka. In order to achieve glory one must start now to build a better One Belka in the future.
>>3856013Will Milly Welter become the true successor to Waldemar Rald and lead Belka into a new Golden Age of Clay Reclamation and Superweapon development?Or will she return to her homeland and fight a guerilla campaign to burn down every Osean federal building and collaborationist politician's house in South Belka?
>>3855801>she should start a knights association thingy.I see where you are going with this and I like it. "Social Clubs" winkwink. I completely agree though that hearts and minds of the Belkan people are a must have. >>3856009There's always the Princess. Knight of Erusea isn't exactly Knight of Belka but it's still knighthood. Also yet another middle finger to Osea.
>>3856487Our first superweapon needs to be a satellite cannon
>>3856487>Belkan nationalists try to make Belka great again with superweapons and terrorism. On at least four different occasions.>Fail horribly on all of them.>Hey guys lets make Belka great again with superweapons and terrorism.
>>3856817these are fair points, which is why we should obviously limit our attacks to military targets. We just need to convince the Oseans that their occupation is an exercise in futility. Superweapons are perfectly viable if used properly, we just need to avoid being autistic with them.
next session when?
First we should start with not getting ganked by grunder for ratting them out, as there is no way they don't have someone monitoring us after that meeting, I would be surprised if there wasn't someone outside the building right now...
>>3856908Easy enough. Just avoid mentioning anything incriminating. A test pilot job is hardly unheard of.
>>3857276That's if the osean cucks don't immediately vote to rat them out
>>3857281If the best Grunder can manage is Grabacr and Ofnir, the two worst squadrons Belka has ever managed to produce, then I'm not worried about telling them to go fuck themselves.
>>3856817Instead we build up Belka as an economic powerhouse and outshine all other nations. Make them want to reunite with Belka.
>>3857361I don't really think we can affect the economics that much, Milly seems more suited to being a symbol of some sort.
>>3857288Not entirely opposed to skimming some free stuff from Grunder if we work undercover to get intel. Probably would go after things that would give us an edge in battle like some energy weapons, new plane materials, improved anti-g suit, etc.
>>3857288Grunder is a key piece to the puzzle is the thing. Weapons and planes don't grow on trees. They need to be made. I don't like a Corp fronting this thing, but the simple reality is that they have the good shit. >>3857459 Brings up a good point. Working for Grunder while forwarding the designs of Neo One Belka is probably inevitable. I think we just need to step carefully and see how enmeshed the two are together. (Aka, if all of the rebel leadership also holds seats on Grunder's board, that's probably a bad sign)
>>3857531Honestly, I'm surprised Grunder's stock hasn't hit the toilet after AC5. Hell, I'm surprised anyone trusts them after that and all the conflicts they have directly or indirectly had a hand in. Guess they must make some really good stuff for people to overlook their past.
>>3857531The most effective method of reunifing Belka isn't in the air, it's on the ground, burning down Osean bases and firebombing their troops until they leave. And anything related to Grunder will be next to impossible to become independent of them, they have their hands shoved deep into it all, and just want to use Milly as a pawn in some stupid plan.
>>3857539>The most effective method of reunifing Belka isn't in the air, it's on the ground, burning down Osean bases and firebombing their troops until they leave. That's generally how battle works yeh. But they'll still need a firm air corps to deal with the swarms of Osean craft. If AC has taight us anything it is the fact that air war will always be important in this setting. >they have their hands shoved deep into it all, and just want to use Milly as a pawn in some stupid plan.Undoubtedly. But all alliances are in the end built upon mutual exploitation. This is particularly why we need to become a potent enough symbol that we can rally people to OUR flag within the insurrection. The first step to that is getting the best equipment available. Which Grunder provides.
>>3846963"My my, I didn't expect you to be back home so soon, Milly." Uncle smiles as you sit down at his little tea table. Having "retired", Uncle Weiss no longer lived within Dinsmark proper, instead opting to take residence in a quaint little mountainside villa. It was a practice not uncommon among Belkan retirees, as it got them away from the bustle of city life, and more importantly, a greater measure of privacy. You take a look at the long, winding path up to the villa from the main road, which was basically a football field's length of open grass. Extremely difficult to post any sort of surveillance or to sneak up to the villa proper. Uncle chose his castle well. A nice, cool mountain breeze was blowing, which felt nice. Something you could never experience in the more tropical environment near the Lighthouse. "Oh, well, you know. Stuff happened." You shrug. "Then you wouldn't mind telling me all about it, then!" Uncle chortles. >Just start off with some small talk first. >Tell him about that Raven that bounced you. >Skip to the point and tell him about Grunder.>Other
>>3857577>Tell him about that Raven that bounced you.
>>3857577>Just start off with some small talk first.play it cool Girl
>>3857577>>Tell him about that Raven that bounced you.We can tell him about our wingmate,"The Main Character", later.
>>3857577>>Tell him about that Raven that bounced you.
>>3857577>Just start off with some small talk first.
>>3857577>>Just start off with some small talk first.Bugs.
>>3857577"Well...." You sigh. "On my last mission I got bounced by a Raven of all things, outta freaking nowhere!""Yes, Bandit told me about that." Uncle nods with a frown. "It's a very concerning development.""You wouldn't happen to know anything about it?" You wonder. "While the specifics escape me, it is certainly a very high performance fighter. At least a generation ahead of most warplanes in service right now." Uncle narrows his eyes. "It also happens to be a Grunder design they created for Erusea.""I thought they only ever made two of those?" You frown. "Two that had autonomous drone control systems." Uncle nods. "But while the drone data is gone, the actual specifications for the plane remain, and both Grunder and Erusea retain the rights to manufacture them. It wouldn't surprise me if manned versions were produced.">Huh, is that so?>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...>Other
>>3857671>>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...Are you in a Belkan conspiracy?
>>3857671>Huh, is that so?Also>manned versionWe need to get one lads and paint it red
>>3857671>>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...Looking at previous posts, if we're going to be knighted does that mean we can get a sword? We could probably forge a sword out of a plane if we wanted to.
>>3857671>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...
>>3857681>We could probably forge a sword out of a plane if we wanted toEdgy and fun at the same time. I like it.
>>3857691Dual against second MC.
>>3857671>>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...
>>3857696My thoughts exactly.
>>3857671>You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder...Uncle's probably had someone following us since we got home.
>>3857671>>Huh, is that so?
>>3857671"You seem to know an awful lot about Grunder..." You raise an eyebrow as you sip at your tea. "Ever since the Gray Men incident, we've been keeping a close eye on Grunder's activities." Uncle shrugs casually. "Standard procedure, honestly.""I thought getting rid of the Gray Men cleaned up the company?" You point out. "If only things were that simple." Uncle shakes his head. "However, given the 'curious' proliferation of advanced Grunder weaponry to.... questionable parties, it most certainly is not that simple.""Why do you care so much, anyways?" You frown. "Even if Grunder's still infiltrated by Belkan nationalists, that's Osea's problem, isn't it? No reason for Belka to get involved.""Not many people realize just how close Osea came to declaring war on Belka when the Gray Men were exposed." Uncle responds coolly. "If it weren't for President Harling's insistence that no punitive action be taken against Belka, Belkan/Osean relations would have been irreparably damaged.">Was it really that close?>Again, why's that our problem?>Other
>>3857735>>Was it really that close?
>>3857735>Was it really that close?Like, were there artillery batteries, bunkers, and AA nests set up by the border overnight?
>>3857735>Was it really that close?Let's not drop the redpills yet Milly
>>3857735>Was it really that close?
>>3857735>>Was it really that close?I would rather not drop the redpill at all, as we may want to work with Grunder at some point
>>3857735>Was it really that close?>>3857746They've been set up on both sides for 25 years.
>>3857746>implying they were ever taken down
>>3857735"Was it really that close?" You pause."So close, that not a word of it was ever uttered to the public." Uncle nods grimly. "Even with their fighting strength sapped from their war with Yuktobania, Osea still would have been more than a match for our small defense force at the time.""So we're still living under Osea's boot, huh?" You shake your head. "For the time being, yes." Uncle nods. "Unfortunately, the government has starkly different ideas from Grunder on how to reverse that situation.""Huh? What sort of idea?" You ask curiously."If you tell me what Grunder wanted from you, perhaps I'll trade that tidbit of information." Uncle smiles wryly.Gah! That sly old bastard totally roped you in!>Might as well tell him everything.>He doesn't need to know everything.>Other
>>3857809>>He doesn't need to know everything.Nuh uh! not yet! GLORY TO BELKA!
>>3857809>>Might as well tell him everything.I get the feeling if we try to hold anything back he'll do the same.
>>3857809>>He doesn't need to know everything.
>>3857809>>Might as well tell him everything.Damn Mystery Boxes....
>>3857809>Might as well tell him everything.
>>3857809>>Might as well tell him everything.Future president Millie will be good enough.
>>3857809>He doesn't need to know everything.Leave out anything to do with One Belka.That's an absolute must
>>3857835osean spies, I keep telling you this, they would betray belka in a heartbeat
>>3857837Belka first you anarchist. I want a protected Belka from the dangers of zealotry from Grunder.
>>3857809>Might as well tell him everything.I don't think Uncle Weiss is a disloyal son of a bitch and he knows more about the global situation than we do
>>3857843>Belka First He says, while taking funds from Osea and surrendering the initiative. Really these votes are about whether this is gonna be a traditional ace combat formula or a new and vibrant mix up to the standard formula. Also i hope u realize you just killed our Uncle.
>>3857854Yeah, There is no way Grunder hasn't been keeping tabs on us, and it seems like people just want to be an osean lapdog
>>3857851He works for the government and bugged our private phone. The guy is gonna put us on a watchlist. He'll prbly phone up Bandit and be like>hey Milly is talking about reunification can u pls keep an eye on her
If we ever get another chance to make belka great again and the osean cucks decide to go against it it just shows that they are traitors to the fatherland, even moreso than they already are.
>>3857879Imagine what /pol/ must look like in the AC universe.
It also seems as if people don't want to take any risks that would make for a more interesting story, instead choosing to go back to the IUN for people we have known for a few weeks, other than bandit. The fatherland is worth more than any one person, people seem to not realize that..
>>3857900>nb4 the end game is Milly flying with Osea to stop yet another reunification effort.Kek
>>3857912Yeah I wouldn't be suprised if people would vote to become a traitor to belka for our "friends."
>>3857900Jesus H. Christ would you shut up about reunification. Every time it’s been tried Bekka gets beat to shit and loses territory. And if we did side with Bella it would probably mean having to face Trigger, along with most every other pilot we know, how the hell do we win? Tell me
>>3857918The key is to get our friends to join us.Not like either has a stake in the traditional rivalries.
>>3857926Then we go down with dignity, not going down in disgrace as a traitor to belka. I see you have shown your true colours, osean dog.
>>3857927Vicky is probably impressionable enough to convince that belka is in the right
>>3857926>Jesus H. Christ would you shut up about reunification. Every time it’s been tried Bekka gets beat to shit and loses territory.Have you even been looking into who we are playing as? I mean honestly what are YOUR endgoal plans? Be a good House Belkan for the IUN followed by the inevitable "Oh wow look at what Superweapon the Belkan Nationalists have who will stop them" yet again?
>>3857936Grunder are gay and anti-Belkan.
>>3857942My end goal is not throwing away our adoptive family and friends for a cause and organization that took us hostage once before.
>>3857809You take a deep sigh. If Uncle already knew you met with Grunder, then he probably already had a good idea of what was going on and was just using this as an opportunity to test you. You might as well just tell him the truth to avoid any more hassle. So you explain the whole story, about how Grunder reached out to you and you met with Erwin, a former "comrade" from One Belka who was apparently part of Grunder now."Hm, yes, we were aware of his One Belka leanings, but never had the necessary evidence to try him." Uncle nods. "It's unsurprising Grunder decided to overlook that little aspect in the hiring process.""So what do you think is their game?" You ask him. "Why come recruit me if they've got OB in their ranks? They should know what I've done.""My guess? Probably an excuse for them to keep a closer eye on you." Uncle scowls. "I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Grunder has sunk its influence deep into Usea, and have every reason to keep the region unstable and in chaos. Hence why the IUN has been facing so many difficulties in its peacekeeping missions right now.""Is it really that simple?" You ask, not fully convinced. "There has to be more than that.""They also probably want to collect your pilot data." Uncle continues. "Having lost all of their previous drone data, they need to rebuild it. They've been sending out feelers to many current and former Belkan pilots, in fact.""Even the Professor?" You gasp."I'm sure you can already imagine the answer he gave them." Uncle smiles mirthfully. "Okay, now it's your turn." You grunt, crossing your arms. "What's this grand plan the government has that they're so certain will work?""Well, another one of Harling's legacies." Uncle leans forward. "After the Circum-Pacfiic War, it seemed like he realized keeping South Belka under Osean administration was not viable long term. However, he couldn't just hand South Belka back. It would give the impression he would be legitimizing the Gray Men, which the Osean public would never accept. So he put a plan in motion.""A plan?" You raise an eyebrow. "But Harling served out his term, and he's.... kinda dead now.""He very well knew he wouldn't be in office by the time his plan was realized, so he entrusted it close members in his cabinet." Uncle looks at you. "Six years from now. Do you know the significance of that?""Um...." You pause as you try to think about it. "No, what?""2025 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Belkan War." Uncle narrows his eyes. "This has not been made public, but to coincide with the release of the Razgriz Files in 2020, the Osean government will announce a formal North Osea Referendum."You heart stops at those words."You don't mean-""The general population of North Osea will have the opportunity to vote to stay with Osea, or return to Belkan administration." Uncle nods.>That's... great!>Is it really gonna work?>Sounds like a scam.>Other
>>3857951>>Sounds like a scam.As if we could trust the Oseans to keep their word.
>>3857951>Is it really gonna work?
>>3857951>>Sounds like a scam.All I see is an attempt for Osea to make it look like it's giving people a choice, but not actually expecting any possibility that North Osea would go back to Belka. Total PR scam.Unless we make it work somehow...
>>3857951>>Sounds like a scam.
>>3857951>>Sounds like a scam.Bullshit. They are planning on rigging it. >fair election under occupation armyLmao
>According to the text, the Razgriz is a paradoxical duality between dark and light, "demon" and "hero", leading to several interpretations of its conflicting symbolism.An appropriate metaphor
>>3857951>>Sounds like a scam.We have to rig the elections for Belka.
>>3857989For some reason I feel that even if Belka somehow won the Oseans would claim that it was illegitimate
>>3857993Now that would be a reason to start a guerrilla war and supply it.
>>3857993Even if they do make such a claim, so long as the election succeeded then Belka has a casus belli to justify another war, and this time to liberate the oppressed countrymen and territories!
>>3858002The problem is that the IUN will always side with osea, as more than half of IUN forces are osean in origin.
>>3857993I predict 3 scenarios1. Belka wins but Osea chimps out2. Osea agrees to withdraw military from voting areas. One Belka uses this as a chance to rise up and seize our clay by force. Osea chimps out.3. Osea rigs the election so blatantly OB launches attacks. Everyone chimps out.
>>3857951>Is it really gonna work?better ask what were getting into
>>3857951"Honestly, it sounds like a scam to me." You cross your arms in a skeptical huff. "How are we going to have any assurance the Oseans aren't going to just rig the vote?""Belka will naturally keep a close eye on the election process as well." Uncle nods. "Though yes, I do suspect the only reason Harling's political rivals agreed to the referendum is that they don't expect it to succeed. After all, 30 years is a long time and many South Belkans have grown comfortable with Osean rule.""And why are we even humoring this, then?" You wonder."Because we might as well take a chance to retake South Belka without spilling any blood." Uncle points out. "However, for this to work, we need to give South Belkans a reason to believe in Belka again.""You mean they don't already?" "Why would South Belkans want to rejoin Belka when we're seen as nothing more than backstabbers, schemers, and terrorists?" Uncle asks.You... you don't really have a good answer to that."This is why Command fronted you and Bandit to the IUN." Uncle continues. "It's a chance to put Belka back into the international spotlight in a positive way. Belkan aces flying in the skies once again, protecting the weak and meting out justice. It would do a great deal in raising national spirit and improving public image, yes?""That makes sense." You concede."And it serves the dual purpose of improving relations with IUN member states. It will be the IUN overseeing the voting process as a neutral international party, after all."So... it was all coming together now in your head. >So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?>It sounds like we're just being used as propaganda pieces.>Other
>>3858034>>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?Heroes or Belkan knights?
>>3858034>>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?Do we have to go see the Professor to take lessons on how to pose, and conduct ourselves?
>>3858034>>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?This is one thing I can go along with, even though the IUN is anything but partial, as, like I said, it is essentially an osean puppet.
>>3858034>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?we knight now
>>3858034>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?
>>3858034>"Why would South Belkans want to rejoin Belka when we're seen as nothing more than backstabbers, schemers, and terrorists?"Is he retarded? Like actually?Buddy i think you may want to look at every foreign occupation in history. 30 years is nothing. China has owned Tibet on and off for centuries and it wants independence.
>>3858034>So you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?Milly is extremely proud to be the best South Belkan pilot in the world.
>>3858034>It sounds like we're just being used as propaganda pieces.
>>3858034>>It sounds like we're just being used as propaganda pieces.Fucking useless I'd say. There's no way two pilots doing some obvious PR work would convince the entire nation to vote in favor. We need Action! Hell, it doesn't even have to be the nuking kind, just anything that paints the Oseans black.
>>3858052Palestine being a perfect example of this as well.
>>3858070Now I’m almost 100% sure you’ve never played any of the games.
>>3858034>>Other"...Does this mean I get to be a Knight?"
>>3858070to be completely honest a symbol is what Belka needs, if we want to be able to lead the fight against Osea, we will need to make a name for ourselves, so we can be a symbol for belkans everywhere.
>>3858070>paints the Oseans blackin my humble opinion, it would be better publicity to get knighted by cossete and revive the belkan knight spirit by being honorable and stuff. More knights > more good PR >more belka good osea bad
>>3858091I am 100% on board with the Cossete Strategy. It would also be showing solidarity with a traditional enemy of Osea. However i think there is a strong possibilty that ship has sailed when we chose our first mission. (Among which Erusea was a location). Still a restored Erusea is certainly in our best interest.
>>3858096if i'm not mistaken, we could always go back to IUN headquarters in the space elevator and meet cossete, there's not much she does appart from unfucking her country from there
>>3858034"So, you're saying Command is trying to prop us up as heroes?" You blink in surprise."Essentially." Uncle confirms. "Does this mean I get to be a Knight?" You ask rather hopefully.Uncle laughs at that suggestion."Well, you never know. Perhaps the return of a new generation of Belkan knights is something we need right now.""So, uh, now that I think about it...." You frown. "Why'd Command pick ME out of all people for this?""Do you really have to ask?" Uncle laughs. "You're the closest thing to a successor to Karla, the Valkyrie herself. She's still fondly remembered in South Belka, after all. Not to mention, you're South Belkan yourself, and a survivor of Hoffnung. You're a reminder that Osea's hands during the Belkan War weren't clean, either.">Makes sense.>What about Bandit, then?>Other
>>3858119>Other>why not karla herself? she's The valkyrie after all
>>3858119>What about Bandit, then?
>>3858119>What about Bandit, then?Also >>3858123
>>3858119>Makes sense.Wait till we shoot her down old manAlso>Muh valkyrie
>>3858119>>What about Bandit, then?Well, the PR department better find a way to sugar coat things when things go wrong.
>>3858119Switching to>>What about Bandit, then?
We should ask if we can get our face slapped onto our favourite brand of cereal, or a bunch of other endorsements for free stuff.
>>3858148Can we not.This whole thing screams soulless advertising already
>>3858148maybe later when milly becomes actually famous, right now most people know us as karla's squire
So is our Uncle like a major hippie or something? Every other word that comes from his mouth is pacifist sewage or Pro Osean bleating
>>3858119"Well, uh, why not just have Karla do it?" You wonder. "You of all people should know Karla's disinterest in politics." Uncle chuckles lightly. "While she does support the referendum, she has no desire to be put back into the spotlight, especially when she has a family to raise.""Ah yeah, that." You nod, remembering Ellisa. "She was also the one who suggested you be the one to take on the role." Uncle smiles. "She said it would probably fit you more." "Heh..." You feel your cheeks reddening a bit. Did Karla really think that highly of you? "Oh right! What about Bandit, then? How does he fit into all of this.""Ah, well. Perhaps it's better you ask him yourself." Uncle shrugs. >Sure thing. >I'd like to hear it from you.>Other
>>3858119>>What about Bandit, then?Also this is starting to sound a lot like one of those UC Gundam episodes where they start talking on and on about politics. Also is Milly more of a Mineva, a Quattro or a CHAR?
>>3858160Or maybe he just isn’t an edgelord warmonger.
>>3858168>>I'd like to hear it from you.
>>3858168>I'd like to hear it from you.we need 2 opinions too form a coherent one>>3858160maybe because uncle thinks more of helping belka raher than restauring the federation, another war will just be pure suffering
>>3858168>Sure thing.I mean Bandit was a literal traitor so the only thing i can think of is that he is meant to be a public self flagellation>>3858173100% Char without the Genocidal tendencies
>>3858168>Sure thing.>>3858160Your inability to be something besides the village whackjob is not his problem.
>>3858175>Uncle Weiss on the left
>>3858182>>3858186Seriously, your cringy RP is starting to get really old.
>>3858194I think you'll survive.
>>3858196I literally have a Belkan flag hanging on my bedroom wall and still think you're retarded.
>>3858204Nice. Love you too bro.
>>3858168"Sure, I guess." You shrug as you lean back in your chair. "So that's it? Me and Bandit are supposed to be poster kids for the higher ups?""Correct." Uncle nods. "Is there anything else you'd like to know?">What are you going to do with Grunder, then?>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?>Nah, I'm good.>Other
>>3858237>What are you going to do with Grunder, then?
>>3858237>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?Nothing says Belkan Ace like a Berkut.
>>3858237>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?Maybe some new birds for the rest of Raven?
>>3858237>>What are you going to do with Grunder, then?
>>3858237>>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?ADF-01 Falken is best fighter, ill fucking fite u
im gessing the either Gründer or Osea is gonna try to meddle in the referendum
>>3858237>>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?
>>3858237>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?
>>3858237>>You think the gov could shell out for a better plane?Upgrades!
>>3858247How much would one of those even cost? I'd expect the government being able to only get a couple at best.
>>3858247In order to get one of those we need to bomb the 4 hangars that the enemies are using to store them.
>>3858263>>3858247Hell, that's not considering the new helmets and uniforms for the COFFIN system which probably cost just as much as a previous generation plane.If that's the case, it'd be more cost efficient to get Wyverns.
>>3858237>>What are you going to do with Grunder, then?The plan?
>>3858270the Wyvren fighter is made by Erusea, we'd have to talk with the princess if we want one of those
>>3858291She isn't anything to do with the Erusean government anymore, that's the true conservatives like Labarthe. And the conservatives also killed entire Belkan families on Tyler Island so I doubt they'll help us out.
>>3858291The princess is basically deposed at this point, she's lucky no one's actually sent a hit squad after her yet.
>>3858237"So uh, you think the government could shell out for a better plane?" You ask innocently. Hey, it couldn't hurt to try, right? Your Su-30 was a respectable plane, but after your run in with the Raven, something a bit more high end would be nice."Hmmmmm." Uncle pauses to think. "That would be something to pass through Command. Procurement is rather limited at the moment. I can't say you'd be able to get a next generation fighter, but an incremental upgrade over whatever you are already flying should be more manageable.""So, can you let them know, then?" You ask innocently. "I'll check with my contacts." Uncle nods. "Anyways, what do you plan to do for the rest of your leave?">Go see the Professor. >Visit one of the Wild Cards.>Go "visit" Grandpa.>Other
>>3858342>>Go see the Professor.
>>3858342>Go see the Professor.>Go "visit" Grandpa.
>>3858342>Go see the Professor.
>>3858342>Visit one of the Wild Cards.
>>3858342"I'm planning on swinging by and visiting the Professor." You say. "It's been a while since I've seen him. And I guess if I'm supposed to be the new poster boy for the Belkan Air Force, it wouldn't hurt to get some pointers from the former poster boy, right?""It would be interesting to see how he would react." Uncle chuckles. "Will you be going back to your apartment? If you're worried about Grunder, I can arrange protection for you. Discreetly, of course.">I could use the help.>I should be fine.>I'll just stay at the base.>Mind if I stay over here with you?>Other
>>3858380>I should be fine.>You're going to do it discreetly whether I ask for it or not anyway.
>>3858385Yeah, Milly knows Uncle would do it even if she didn't ask.
>>3858380"I should be fine." You roll your eyes. "Plus you're just going to do it discreetly whether or not I ask for it anyways.""Ah, you know me all too well." Uncle nods with an amused smile. "Do not worry. Your protection detail will be quite reliable."Well, you didn't really have any reason to doubt Uncle Weiss. "Thanks, Uncle." You grin as you get up from your chair and give him a warm hug. "Send my regards to Karla too, okay?""I shall." Uncle returns the hug. "I should be able to get an answer for you about your plane situation.""I'm looking forward to it!" You grin eagerly. And with that you say your farewells to Uncle Weiss and head off, making your way down the long, winding path back to the main road. Time to see how Professor Fleisher was doing...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continuing things on Saturday so stay tuned!
>>3858380>>I should be fine.
>>3858405Thanks for running Merc!
>>3858405This is the kind of shit that make me wonder if he got Bandit to bug our shit back on base too. Gonna be hard to do much with his spooks shadowing us.
>>3858493We could always sweep our room for bugs. If any are found it will give us more fire for the meltdown between both of them.
>>3858405Thanks for running Merc!Chances seem high that Grunder is pulling some kind of Anaheim Electronics bullshit, by having subsidiaries arm and support various factions in the post-Lighthouse war Erusea. Are they hiding some other stuff like a Laplace Box?
so planning? anything you guys are thinking for milly or belka?. Personally i think we need to be knighted
>>3858816>get knighted >lead the rebellion>make Belka Great Again
>>3858816Publicity tour through South Belka where we do not actively condemn anyway who may throw firebombs at Osean buildings while we're there.
>>3859467>miss Milly, can we have a statement on the recent grand theft auto of the local fighter garrison?>uhhh, No Comment
>>3858405It actually took a few days to get a meeting with the Professor arranged. Apparently, he was pretty damn busy lately bouncing between universities all over the continent. Some kind of big lecture circuit, and he was due to be back in Dinsmark pretty soon. So in the meantime, you simply decided to...>Snoop a bit on Grunder's operations.>See what kind of "protection" Uncle arranged for you.>Just wasting some time in general.>Other
>>3859610>Just wasting some time in general.
>>3859610>>Just wasting some time in general.We're on vacation to RELAX (at least as best as we can).
>>3859610>>Just wasting some time in general.
>>3859610>Just wasting some time in general.maybe we can meet a new friend
>>3859610>Just wasting some time in general.>inb4 Milly goes to the Federal War Museum and looks at all the planes there for the millionth time.
>>3859610>>Snoop a bit on Grunder's operations.
>>3859610>Just wasting some time in general
>>3859633>when you teach the tour guide
>>3859610Well, you followed everyone's advice and just took it easy. If Uncle said you were covered, then you believed him. So you spent the next few days just catching up with some old schoolmates and acquaintances, at least the ones still living in Dinsmark. Most of them had gone into civilian life, which you honestly couldn't really fault them for. Not really many reasons to join the Belkan military these days, honestly. You also spent some time doing some shopping. With your back pay, you had quite a bit of disposable cash and you wasted no time grabbing a few new sets of civilian wear, as well as a few souvenirs for Vicky and Misono. You're sure they'd appreciate them. Hmmm, but should you get something for the Professor? He normally didn't like other people buying things for him but you felt this was a bit of a special occasion!>You should totally get him something.>Nah, you shouldn't get him anything.>Other
>>3859718>>You should totally get him something.Hard liquor?
>>3859718>>You should totally get him something.maybe something small, something that says "im here";a photo perhaps?
>>3859718>>You should totally get him something.
>>3859718>Nah, you shouldn't get him anything.
>>3859718>You should totally get him something.
>>3859729Maybe a model plane?
>>3859718Man, you don't care how grumpy the Professor would end up being! He deserved to be spoiled with a gift every now and then! Now, the question would be what to get for him.Something disposable and consumable? Maybe an expensive liquor or something?Or maybe something with a little more permanence? Like a model plane or something...>Liquor?>Model plane?>Other
>>3859767>other>a photo with him
>>3859767>Model plane?We're not childish.
>>3859767>Model plane?How about a replica of his old plane?
>>3859782Get an F-15C-Cipher-
>>3859790My only concern with buying him a replica of his old plane is that it might trigger him emotionally.
>>3859795Get him something new and fancy like a wyvern.
>>3859767You decide to get him something with a little more permanence and a lot more personalized. With that in mind, you grab a small model of a Su-30 like the one you're flying right now. It was simple enough to assemble overnight, and to add a bit of a personal touch you paint it up a bit to resemble your own personalized paint scheme as well, with the red tail fins and feathered wingtips. You're sure he'll love it!The next day, you're completely ready as you trot up to the University of Dinsmark, where the Professor taught. However, as you approach his office door, you notice that it's closed, which you found odd. The Professor usually kept his door open whenever he was in, in case any of his students needed to ask him something. It would only be closed if he was already meeting with someone, but you were scheduled for this time...As you near the door, you think you can hear people talking on the other side, but it's difficult to hear through the door. >Maybe just wait until they're done.>Try to find a way to eavesdrop.>Knock on the door.>Other
>>3859824>Maybe just wait until they're done.
>>3859824>Try to find a way to eavesdrop.
>>3859824Ooh!>Try to find a way to eavesdrop.