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    173 KB For House and Dominion: Ballroom Edition That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:11 No.18394012  
    You are Sonia Reynard, Corvette Pilot and Man at Arms for the House of Jarik-Dremine. You are currently on the Estate grounds of the Harmen family, rulers of world of Loran II. Like the others in the squadron you'll be expected to attend the ball being held in honor of the officers who fought to defend the planet three days ago. You and the other newly promoted pilots from the squadron are at the lowest end of the officer track allowed to attend.

    You're well dressed for the occasion wearing the brand new uniform you recieved earlier today complete with sparkling new medals. While it may look ornate you get the feeling it would take a lot to damage the material and its surprisingly comfortable to boot. Its all enough to give you a serious ego boost until you spot a higher ranking Knight stroll past the room you're in with barely any room left on his coat for awards.

    There are a few minutes left for everyone to get a look at themselves and their new medals in the mirrors before its time to head for the main event.

    >Anything you'd like to do before the LT leads you all to the Ballroom?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)15:14 No.18394031
    Check out how we stack up to the rest of the pilots in terms of "Awards" and by awards I mean kills
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:22 No.18394067
    Your kill count in space is actually fairly average since most of the others participated in hunting down some jamming craft where you did not. Where you leave the others in the dust is your kill count while on foot or in atmosphere, which netted you a Bronze citation star normally only awarded to infantry or marines. Your Medal of Bravery was the result of your mad charge into the open hanger of the enemy landing corvette.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)15:28 No.18394093
    >>Anything you'd like to do before the LT leads you all to the Ballroom?

    Ask the LT if there's anybody we should stay away from. There's always that one asshole who ruins the evening for everybody around him. Otherwise, any strange etiquette around here?
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:34 No.18394128
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    Knight Lieutanant Dayton is starting to seem increasingly uncomfortable as the group of you make your way towards the main hall.

    "God I hate these parties, they're amazing things but I'd take an asteroid belt full of raiders over one any day of the week. It's like walking through a hostile refugee camp built on a minefield; you never know if someone's going to stab you in the back or if something you'll say will blow up in your face."
    "Why'd you become a Kight sir?" Asks Wyn. "You had to know there'd be society events like these."
    "It sure as hell wasnt my decision, but enough about that."

    The entry hall to the main ballroom is a good size, large enough it could be used as a ballroom in smaller functions.

    "This is the final weapons check in. If you have anything on you that you shouldnt please check it in now." A well dressed Army sergent informs you. "Just trying to avoid any incidents."

    The LT unbuckles his weapon holster and hands it over to an attendant. Mike hesitantly checks in a knife he managed to find somewhere.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:38 No.18394160
    >Ask the LT if there's anybody we should stay away from.
    "Cant think of anyone like that who might be here off the top of my head."

    >Otherwise, any strange etiquette around here?
    "Be polite and courtious. Dont swear if you can help it but if you do keep it quiet. What else... have a plan to kill everyone you meet, but only act if they make the first move? That last one's kind of iffy, how about just dont hurt anyone."
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:41 No.18394170
    "On my six people. Stick with me if you can but if you're determined to wander off stay in pairs."

    From the way the Lieutenant has been talking you'd think you were following him into a dungeon. Walking through one of the entrances it seems to be anything but that. The ballroom must be the largest in the castle, with a domed ceiling and balconies and polished stone columns running along the sides. Curved staircases to either side of the entrances lead upwards to the first set of balconies. There are elevators as well but they've been partially concealed to look like the other stone pillars.

    Around the edges of the ground floor are raised platforms with railings, all with seating and tables present. The highest platforms are towards the back, the only ways to reach them being a red carpeted staircase flanked by guards or via the surrounding lower platforms all of which are occupied by nobles and servants. The remaining floor space, even with all of the room at the edges taken up, is still more than enough for the hundred odd officers and dignataries already present. The Green uniforms of army officers and black of navy are interspersed with the occasional red of a Knight here and there.

    As you head in you idly notice an orchestra occupying one of the platforms off to the left playing some classical piece you havent heard before.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)15:55 No.18394293
    The Lieutenant leads the group of you around the edges of the crowd until he finds the seating that's been set aside for all of you.

    "They'll have servants check in with the tables every so often if you want something to eat or drink, just dont think you'll be able to hide out over here. If you get seperated meet here, I've talked to Chinelo, she's is going to be watching the table so she doesnt get in the way with her wheelchair."

    No sooner does your group head back towards the main crowd than something happens. A knight spots the group of you and heads straight your way. It doesnt take long for Dayton to spot him as well.
    "Hell." He says under his breath then turns to you all. "What ever happens dont interfere, especially if a fight starts. Reynard, that goes double for you and Serth." he says pointing at you both.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)16:07 No.18394371
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    >captcha ate my pic earlier

    As the other Knight approaches at a fast walk you're not sure if he's going to stop or suddenly attack your CO. He does stop at the last second though and belts out one word.
    "Oh god dammit." Dayton curses, rolling his eyes and sighing before responding wearily.

    "Daniel. You werent here earlier, that must make you late to the party in every way I see."

    Daniel holds up his hands. "Easy there pre-school teacher, I was out fighting on the preiphery, only just got back. You ready to prove once and for all whose the best?"

    "Daniel, now isnt the time. The Emperor has-"

    "Yes I know all about that but there's still time. Afraid you'll get shown up in front of your charges?"

    "No. Lord Harmen has already stated that he doesnt want any fights at this party."

    "Tell that to them."
    Daniel says, jerking his thumb towards one of the platforms closer to the doors. Everyone in the area was clearing out to make room for a pair of men removing their uniform coats and then testing the weight of some wider bladed fencing sabers.

    A "Ladies and gentlemen, Commander Graham of the Battleship Taskmaster has challenged Knight Pavik Casimir to an Honor duel."

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)16:14 No.18394444
    Watch the duel. Don't act otherwise.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)16:16 No.18394467
    Watch amusedly. Stop your watch to see how long it takes security to drag them off. Nab a drink from one of the waiters nearby.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)16:31 No.18394597
    You spot the announcer, a Butler, off to the side speaking into a comminicator.
    "With the upcoming offensive looming a decree has been put forth by the Emperor for all fueds between Houses be ended or resolved quickly. This is to be done with no collateral damage to valuable war infrastructure. As this duel falls within these constraints it is being permitted at this time."

    You hear a faint "What did I just hear?!" shouted from off in the direction of the higher platforms. It doesnt take long for who you assume must be Lord Harmen to appear, headed towards the duelists and flanked by a pair of soldiers in dress uniforms. The Lord is wearking the grey uniform of a General, contrasting sharply with his red-orange hair and mustache.

    >Watch amusedly. Stop your watch to see how long it takes security to drag them off. Nab a drink from one of the waiters nearby.

    Dayton heads in the direction of the impending fight with the other Knight right beside him smiling the whole time.
    You decide to follow so you can at least watch what happens. By the time you and the others have gotten closer Lord Harmen is already at the base of the stairs to the platform.

    "What is the meaning of this! I gave clear instructions that this sort of thing would not be permitted now you tell both of them that I'll-"

    The conversation becomes difficult to overhear as the Lord attempts to force his way up the stairs only to be held back by some of his own men as more security arrives.
    "Sir please!"

    "Fine! Let me talk to them." He says finally relenting.
    After a minute of quiet arguing, which causes no small amount of gossip from the other lords and ladies present, Lord Harmen descends the staircase and heads back towards his own seating.

    Both men prepare to duel.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)17:02 No.18394915
    With both men standing at the ready the Butler raises a hand in the air then shouts. "Begin!"

    Knight Casimir doesnt appear to be one to hold back, charging in and delivering a number of fast blows in an attempt to slap the other man's sword aside and end the fight quickly. While Graham is forced to backpedal he's apparently experienced enough that the tactics of the other man arent any kind of shock to him. As Casimir keeps up his assault Graham deflects a blow while side stepping to the left nearly catching the Knight off guard.
    After that the fight is on more even footing with neither seeming to gain the upper hand. Two minutes in you start to notice something and the reason for Casimir's opening assault becomes clear. While he's the stronger of the two the Navy officer is slightly more skilled with a sword.

    Running out of time the Knight makes one more bid to overpower his opponent driving both of their swords up high into the air. Graham is able to break away faster, stabbing his blade into the Knights chest.
    His yell of pain is slightly drowned out by a sharp electrical crack as the man drops to the floor and begins to seizure. You can her his teeth clicking together from where you're standing. The spasms wracking the man fade after a few seconds and looks up to see the navy officer standing above him. The sword blades flash and dissapear leaving a handle and a weighted stump for the blade.

    "You wouldnt yield to me before because you had backup. Nobody's coming to save your ass this time."

    Casimir tosses the sword handle away. "I concede defeat." he gets out inbetween heavy breathing.

    Dayton shakes his head. "Holographic weapons. They can still pack enough punch to stop your heart if you're in bad shape."
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)17:17 No.18395069
    "So Frisbee, you think you can take me? We could even use those sissy holographics if it'll convince you." Daniel begins pressing your CO.

    "Not interested."
    The two continue arguing until the other Knight asks the butler who had done the announcements earlier about the possability.
    "At the request of Lord Harmen there will be no further duels on the Estate grounds. He only allowed that one because it's been something of a problem netween the navy and the rest of the House for a few years now. If they were to have fought with real weapons they would have been escorted off the premesis."

    "Dont think this is over Dayton, victory will be mine!" He promises before wandering back into the crowd.

    "Well that guy was annoying." states Isod.
    "Was that guy serious sir?" Asks Alex.

    "Yes he wants to fight me because of something that happened years ago but he doesnt want to make a request through chanels. It would be... awkward for everyone involved please dont ask about it. Just go get into trouble or something."

    >What do?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:22 No.18395111
    dunno. I am interested and am reading the enire quest. at the moment i am at part V, so ... it may be some time until you get another active player, but you get one today or tomorrow..
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:23 No.18395119
    Let's head back to our table and get something to eat first. I'm sure Chinelo will be glad to have a bit of company.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:31 No.18395211
    Do we recognise anybody around us? What is everybody doing? Are they busy eating, looking for conversation or just busy getting drunk.

    Do we have any way to find people we only know the names of? Might be nice talking to the surviving knight who helped with the assault on the super ship, or some of the guys we flew the ground mission with.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)17:42 No.18395324
    >Let's head back to our table and get something to eat first. I'm sure Chinelo will be glad to have a bit of company.
    "How was the duel?" the Dro'all woman asks at your return.

    "It was interesting. Not every day you get to see some guy stabbed in the chest with the equivilant of a shock baton."
    "Yeah, holographic swords."
    "Oh! I thought you meant the people who wanted to duel were dragged off by security for a second."

    After getting some food which might have been a bit too rich, you decide to go looking for familiar faces. Or voices, or maybe names. Whatever it couldnt be that hard to find someone right?

    As if to prove you wrong there are twice as many people out on the floor chatting or mingling as there were before. Mike tells you Alex has gone off looking for the Knights who helped you out in orbit. With that covered you yourself decide to look for the army pilots you helped on the ground.

    >Roll 1d60 to see how long it take to find them! Lower is better in this case.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:43 No.18395344
    rolled 27 = 27

    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:44 No.18395353
    rolled 36 = 36

    >Nat 60 incoming
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)17:44 No.18395360
    rolled 38 = 38

    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)18:08 No.18395628
    >Decidedly average

    You spend a half hour going about the room, asking about any army pilots that might be present. A few of the other pilots and even Knights trade stories of the battle in orbit or in atmosphere. While they are pilots the people you're looking for are still technically army, but not army officers. Its all a bit maddening but you do eventualy bump into one of them.

    "Hi is your name Zhou?"
    "Yes, Zhou Tan, yours?"
    "Sonia Reynard, I was flying that Type-4 when you had the older Jumpjet?"
    "Oh hey its nice to finally meet you, but we shouldnt talk about the uh... the borrowing around here. I heard Baron Archivald is going to be showing up later."

    It turns out Zhou doesnt know where his wingman is but he shows you where the rest of his unit is tabled in case you end up looking for them later. You spend some time listening to stories from the other army pilots and some of the officers from the Tenth Rangers. Once their vehicle losses have been replaced they expect to be assigned as part of the House's contribution to the Expeditionary Force. Apparently despite their intial problems with the technicals they'd impressed Lord Harmen enough that he'd prioritised the division for replacements.

    When it gets to the point that you feel you're overstaying your welcome you wish them luck before heading back towards your unit.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)18:34 No.18395906
    Before you get back to the table you encounter Alex who's been talking with a Knight sporting an extravagant mustache.

    "And this must be your wingman, its good to meet you in person. I am Knight Sedat Baykal, you were most helpful in coving us so we could break through to help those Terrans."

    Alex speaks up. "Knight Baykal is one of the three Knights that helped us out, or vice versa. After we did our attack run on the Super I went back to help with the battlecruisers they were fighting."

    "And without that help things might have been a bit more dire. As it was only one of our ships made it back to the defense platforms under its own power. Poor Nilsen lost nearly his entire crew when his ship was struck by that suicide attack."

    "Wait, somebody survived that ship exploding?" you can heardly believe your own words.

    "Oh goodness yes." The Knight replies seeming a bit distressed. "Its a terrible business losing one's ship. Most Knights will spring for an emergency teleporter system as soon as they can. They're bloody expensive but worth every penny if the alternative is death. Knight Nilsen had several installed over the years so most of his essential crew would be able to escape but not all of them made it."

    >Anything you'd like to ask the Knight.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)18:38 No.18395952
    Good to know somebody else made it out of there. We were worried only one of them had survived.

    Ask him if he has any tips on the starter ships and possible equipment choices.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)18:56 No.18396133
    "My, its been so many years since I've commanded anything but my humble cruiser. Attack Corvettes are always handy in a pinch, they have all of the benefits of other corvettes, speed, maneuverability and they pack a punch with that special twin linked beam of theirs. After that better engines are the best thing to look at. If it's short range duties you're assigned Aries corporation produces the best output engines for their price, but they burn more fuel. If you dont like that always go GE, you'll never be able to aquire Royal Armories powerplants when you need them. You wingman here commands an older Dagger, with the right upgrades it could match an attack corvette easily with that torpedo launcher."

    He pauses as he notices someone else in the crowd. "Ah! Antanas could you come over here?"

    Another Knight soon arrives sporting a similar cut mustache though of a different colour.

    "Knight Antanas Koppel these are Pilots Alexander Palaiologos and Sonia Reynard. They were commanding some of the corvettes that assisted us."

    "Wonderful! Its always good to meet new officers, you'll have to excuse our erstwhile leader being absent he was wounded in his emergency teleport."

    "Dont trouble yourself Koppel, they thought he was dead. And we can go five minutes without hearing 'tallyho!'"

    The Knights soon find themselves sidetracked and you end up listening to a few tales of adventures they've been on over the years before you can get a word in edgewise.

    "Both of you are newly promoted yes?" Asks Koppel.
    "Yes sir." You and Alex both respond.

    "You two should think about joining us. I doublt you've recived your new assignments yet."

    >Questions while I stall for time to write?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)19:06 No.18396238
    Where exactly does Men-at-Arms + Flight leader put us in the grand scheme of things?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)19:08 No.18396268
    Ask them some questions about what would happen if we did join them. Just looking for some details.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)19:24 No.18396449
    >Why cant I hold all these ranks.jpg
    You are 1 rank away from being able to command a corvette squadron. After that you'll either become a full officer or you'll be asked if you want to try to become a Knight.
    Navy officer follows conventional ranking systems but the higher up you go the more of a desk job it becomes.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)19:25 No.18396462
    Knight Koppel sensing he may have found a receptive audience starts in.
    "There are many Houses in the Dominion. When some are destroyed others are formed to take their place but not everyone dies when a House is wiped out. Sometimes you will end up with Knights without a House, they become known as a Knights Errant. Some may act as mercenaries or fight for a cause they believe in, but all still serve the Dominion as a whole. Many years ago there was a rebellion against the ruling House which was put down but until it was several minor Houses were destroyed. Many of these Knights banded together and have formed an independant order of which we are members. We operate under the auspices of the Ruling House and are held accountable by them for our actions. Because of this our ships can deploy where they're needed to fight enemies of the Dominion without having to play the politics game so much.
    Things have become much more stable since that time so we're having to recruit Pilots a bit earlier in their career. It's entirely legal I assure you. Your House shouldnt give you much trouble about it. Think it over both of you, we'll be in system for a few more days."

    Baykal hold up his hand. "Antanas may gloss over it but becoming a Knight is not without problems. It is not just a military rank but political as well."

    "You are ruining my sales pitch." complains Koppel.

    "Weather you become a Knight of your own House or an Order like ours any actions you take would have ramifications beyond just the military. Remember; all Knights are Officers but not all officers are Knights. Knights and Barons and those above are the ones that shape how the Houses interact with each other. If an officer screws up its not as bad as when a Knight does. Remember that."
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)19:35 No.18396575
    "I can answer that. Now while we havent every truely deployed beyond the borders of the Dominion or its satelite territories our order is not that old in the grand scheme of things. It's possible we may be called upon to aid the expeditionary forces but most of the time we act as a rapid response unit. We have ships ready to move within seconds of recieving word, arriving much like the cavalry to the rescue."

    Baykal continues next. "We have also been deployed on occasion to deal with forces that could be trying to upset the established order. Those threatening the ruling House or suspected terrorist organizations. Groups filling to violate treaties we have with other Factions in order to get ahead. What we dont have are any kind of ground forces, it's all space work but it can be interesting. Think it over."
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)19:39 No.18396616
    What are the advantages Knights get? Sounds like a profession with a high mortality rate.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)19:50 No.18396754
    "It certainly is a dangerous one but a job with far more freedom to control your fate than most in the military. Not so much of this 'go here do that' well wait there is a bit of that. The point is you have a measure of power, control and even wealth that most others would envy.
    And respect! Knights are expected to go out and do things, and we do. People will follow you not because they're ordered to but because they want to. Because they will believe in you. Most of the time."

    You manage to make it back to the squadron's table uninterrupted this time and take a breather.

    Mike finds your conversation with the Knights interesting after you fill him in.

    Chinelo gets your attention a second later. "Hey Reynard, there was a guy here looking for you, said his name was Lieutenant Harmen. Red haired guy, dark green uniform. He's off that way." she points off closer to the doors.

    >what do?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)19:57 No.18396841
    We probably shouldn't keep a relative of the Lord waiting. Grab a non-alcoholic drink and get moving.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)20:08 No.18396973
    You head in the direction your fellow pilot indicated, trying to spot the officer in question. The floor is still crowded with people though its stopped getting worse.

    Off by the stairs to the balcony you spot a tall red haired young man wearing an army officer's uniform and decide to approach. While army uniforms lack the combat bars of the Navy it leaves plenty of room for other medals and decorations.

    "Excuse me, I'm looking for a Lieutenant Harmen?"

    "Well you've found him." He smiles. "What might I do for you?"

    "I'm Flight Leader Sonia Reynard, someone said you were looking for me?"

    "Oh good I was wondering where you might be found, I'd looked all over. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Troy Harmen I'm the son of Lord Harmen, the uh, host of tonights event. I understand you borrowed one of my Uncle's starfighters to help in the fighting, even resulting in getting it damaged."

    You dont like where this is going.

    >What say?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:11 No.18396995
    "Yes, I did. Fortunately, it came back in much better condition than my shuttle."
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:13 No.18397018
    "If I knew what you're talking about I'd need to have a word with your father about keeping things under wraps. But since I don't, I won't have to. You know?

    It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance, though."
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)20:26 No.18397151

    "Your shuttle..." He draws a blank for a second. "Wait you were the one that flew a shuttle into that one ship's cargo bay and disabled it? My father thought they were two different people, or someone from special forces."

    "Wait, no, I mean its alright. Sort of. You see... well you arent the first to do so. I used to take my Uncle's fighters out for a spin on the rare occasion until I damaged one and he found out. I know we had security systems installed to identify whoever entered that hanger so he'll know it's you. I wanted to warn you and the other two pilots that he should be arriving here soon. Also I have to know, which fighter did you pic?"
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:32 No.18397222
    "The Type 4 Alpha."
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:32 No.18397225
    "The Type 4 prototype with the really, really, really low serial number. I guess I should grab the others and start runing, huh?"
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)20:43 No.18397344
    >"I'm a corvette pilot. I figured it had to fly similar with that much armor."

    Troy grins.
    "The engine power on that one takes some getting used to. It's meant to punch up through the atmosphere and engage targets in space. The Republic wanted options incase their navy was ever defeated. I always preferred the Z5 L for its thrust vectoring."

    >I guess I should grab the others and start runing, huh?"

    Troy looks at his watch as a waltz starts to play. "Not unless you want to be caught in the same place. He'll be here any second now. You know how to dance?"

    [ ] roll 1d00 for dancing
    [ ] other
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:45 No.18397385
    rolled 78 = 78

    [x] other

    "Not well, but if you want to take your chances..."
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:46 No.18397394
    Multiple rolls are averaged, so NOBODY ELSE TOUCH THOSE DICE.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:47 No.18397405
    rolled 12 = 12

    " The armed Shuttle had thrust vectoring too..."
    I bet he will catch the meaning.

    > lets try dancing.

    "Not since a long time"

    The little twinkletoed cuntsucker is courting us. well, fine lets try to act proper at the very least/
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:47 No.18397408
    >thrust vectoring
    "Never managed to get used to that. They didn't really cover it in pilot training for spacers."

    Nice roll.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:48 No.18397417
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:48 No.18397430
    rolled 13 = 13

    and now ye fucked it.

    Oh well migth as well try my hand to break the tie.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:51 No.18397471
    rolled 87 = 87

    Rolling for dancing. We need anything we can get after these guys
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:52 No.18397488
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    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:58 No.18397567
    New guy has finished reading the entire quest archive, and is ready to roll For House and Dominion!
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:58 No.18397577
    derp. forgot to roll.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)20:59 No.18397597
    It is "dice+d100".
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:00 No.18397608
    >derp again. its dice not roll....
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:01 No.18397627
    Both of you need to read the sticky. Also, don't roll, because the average is now just under 50.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:02 No.18397636
    rolled 79 = 79

    its 4am here. excuse my mistakes. i just finished my first draft for the bachelors final work
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:03 No.18397658
    Jarik-Dremine Victor!
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:03 No.18397661
    I think it's quite obvious that >>18397405 and
    >>18397430 are the same person. Possibly >>18397636 as well.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)21:12 No.18397819
    >"The armed Shuttle had thrust vectoring too..."
    "Those things take some serious training, have you flown them often?"

    "Well I never managed to get used to them. They didn't really cover it in pilot training for spacers."

    >Most seem in favor of attempting dancing

    "I havent tried any dancing in a long time."
    You wonder if the Lord's son is using your situation as an excuse to hit on you. That neither of the other pilots in question are female might *MIGHT* be a coincidence.
    You doubt it.
    "Fine lets do this."

    Starting off slow the Lordling walks you through the basics which you are quick to pick up on. You did watch a little dancing on TV. Shortly after you get onto the dance floor the slightly taller Troy spots his Uncle.
    "There he is right on time. He should go talk to some of the other dignataries and maybe even my Father for a bit before my aunt pressures him to try dancing."

    From what you can tell the large number of people also dancing should give you plenty of cover. It's a good thing too as you fumble a bit and step on the young man's foot a time or two. A couple of minor collisions dont seem to draw much attention as there are numerous other young officers out by the sides that really dont have a clue what they're doing. The trick is staying where there's enough cover but not pissing off the more experienced dancers by running into them. There arent any more serious mishaps however as this particular song ends and the orchestra sets up for another.

    "They're still talking. You did pritty good."

    You see a red laser dot appear on the chest of his uniform.

    >WAT DO
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:16 No.18397863
    This is the part where we pretend to stumble over our own feet and pull him down to the floor along with us. Fast.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:17 No.18397888
    dance him out of the way of the dot. Sharp trun or twist depending on the music or dance. Perhaps even try for a assisted bow, in the reverse
    it may be a prank or it may be something real after all, but lets treat it as real. get him into cover without exposing out knowledge of the snipers aim
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:20 No.18397929
    draws to much attention. drawing him out of the aim might be a good way to do it, then 'insisting' he accompanies us outside the dance floor while having a nice body cover of dancers.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)21:21 No.18397942
    >Sharp trun or twist depending on the music or dance.
    Music hasnt started back up yet.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:23 No.18397970
    Still better than a hole in his chest.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:26 No.18398009
    It only delays it.

    Once we fall down all the dancers will draw away from us, giving the sniper a clear shot and with all attention on us.

    the only way to aid him a bit more is to let the noble get shot.

    trying to maintain cover and getting him out of the target area is the best way ...
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:31 No.18398074
    I'm pretty sure all the gentlemen around us would be rather quick to help a lady back onto her feet. Shying away is probably the worst faux pas they could commit in that situation.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)21:32 No.18398088
    So have we reached consensus?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:35 No.18398142
    We cant be sure of that. we are not noble and are not raised on the finer points of noble ballroom etiquette.

    Also, if its a ballistic projectile gun, it may go through us and kill him, so we cant shield him.

    Causing a mayhem is uncertain to yield results

    Getting him out under cover may be just as uncertain as the music has not started yet.

    Oh well.. its a toss up. dice on it?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:36 No.18398159
    rolled 93 = 93

    low we ' fall', high we get him out under cover from the snipers angle
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:47 No.18398324
    Can we bank this?

    /tg/Dice is cruel.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)21:48 No.18398347
    Sorry OP, it's approaching 2am over here and I don't feel like arguing with the other guy. His diction is also giving me headaches.

    I'll take my leave for tonight. Furthermore, I'm also not sure if I'll be able to make it next week.

    Anyway, thanks for the thread.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)22:03 No.18398557
    Taking stock of where the laser must be coming from (somewhere behind you) you tighten your grip on his arm and yank him to the side, turning as you go to give the impressing of starting to dance.
    "Woah easy." Harmen manages to get out as the music starts back up again.
    "Sniper to the West!" you whisper, dancing the both of you behind a larger couple.
    "You sure?!" he asks.

    "Yes, there was a laser dot on your uniform."

    Without hopefully making it too obvious you make your way across the hall and put one of the platforms and a column between yourselves in the sniper. After calling out for security it doesnt take long for a few soldiers to arrive and take up positions protecting the Lord's son.

    After a minute a large black haired ashen faced man dressed much like a Knight but with a much darker red coat appears. He dismisses the soldiers.

    "Nephew." he says to Troy.
    "Uncle." the young man replys evenly.
    "You debt to me is repayed, that will be all."
    "Yes sir." Troy turns to you. "Sorry about all this, I didnt have a lot of choice. Good luck." He turns and heads off leaving you with Baron Archivald.

    "Pilot, come with me." he says simply. A pair of soldiers fall into step behind you.

    The Baron leads the way through a door and into the hallways crisscrossing the rest of the castle interior. At last you arrive at the door to what looks to be an office, where you see Zhou and Gromm already waiting outside. You're led through the door which the soldiers close behind you.
    >> That slow typing guy 03/20/12(Tue)22:05 No.18398594
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    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:09 No.18398665
    The End?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:12 No.18398697
    No we turn in to a space vampire zombie and take vengeance!
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:14 No.18398734
    Notice the impostor has no tripcode.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:15 No.18398751

    What the flying fuck?

    We save the planet, get showered in medals, and get executed for bruising a fucking plane?
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:18 No.18398797
    For God's sake, that's not OP.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:22 No.18398846
    Of course his not.

    When OP starts the RAPE train it does not end fast, or easy.
    >> That slow typing guy 03/20/12(Tue)22:27 No.18398894
    "That was done with a bit more tact than I expected from you." The Baron says, activating a holo monitor which calls up your service record. "You successfully relocated my nephew to a position of cover without drawing undue attention. Had the sniper been real I and my Cousin would be indebted to you."
    "Thank you sir."

    "I'm not done. You will stand at attention until I order you to do otherwise."
    He calls up a wireframe hologram of the fighter you borrowed with damaged sections highlighted in red. You didnt know the shot that had taken out one of your engines had penetrated into the main body of the fighter so far.
    "I do not appreciate people making unauthorized use of my personal property, escpecially when that property costs more than most starships. Under normal circumstances I'd be furious, instead I'm merely angry, not just at you or the two outside but at the situation in general. Your record so far is... impressive, though I've seen my fair share of rising stars burn out."
    Archivald walks back in front of his desk.
    "The situation dictated that seizure of property to repell the invaders was necessary. If you hadnt taken that fighter someone else would have. That doesn't mean I have to like it."

    Faster than you can believe the man takes hold of a glove he'd removed earlier and slaps you across the face with it.

    "That was your punishment for damage to my property."

    He returns to his seat behind the desk. "Thank you for brining it back at all. And congratulations on your recent promotion to Flight Leader. You're dismissed."

    With that the door opens and the soldiers escort you back to the ball room.

    >What do?
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)22:29 No.18398909
    Oh god. Yeah that was me. I turned off the trip to troll you guys.
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    You asshole! That was a good one.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:36 No.18399006
    Attempt to find Dayton. We should probably ask him about Knights Errant.
    >> Anonymous 03/20/12(Tue)22:50 No.18399190

    Find Troy, have a laugh about it.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)22:57 No.18399274
    You get back to the table and find your CO slowly draining a glass of wine. He doesnt look drunk but it wont be long at the rate hes going.


    "Not a frisbee!... sorry. What can I do fo you Reynard?" Maybe he's a bit farther gone than you thought.
    "Sir what do you know about Knights Errant?"

    He sits up and reaches for a glass of water.
    "Not as much as I'd like. Most do the whole lone wolf thing which can be for any number of reasons but I've heard of independant orders. Leaving one's House to go it alone isnt exactly encouraged of the obvious reason being that they'd likely take a ship with them. I know of atleast one Knight that was kicked out of our House awhile back but I was still a kid when it happened. Decided to go follow his dreams and nuke shit that our House didnt want to touch. That's a quick way to end up dead if you dont make a lot of friends elsewhere. Before I forget there is one ship class that are only given as gifts to Errants. What was it..."

    He stares off for a second then snaps his fingers. "Hunter class. The Hunter class battlecruiser. They're only built at certain shipyards so they're rare. Looks a bit like a shark except where the mouth is there's a spinal mount weapon. Not sure what kind, I've never seen one before."
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)23:10 No.18399447

    Troy Harmen is easy enough to find, he's watching the dancing from the sidelines nearer to the noble's tables.
    "Hey there was nothing I was allowed to say, it was the only way I could pay off the Baron for denting his ride whan I was younger. I thought it would be a great idea to sign a contract with him that i'd pay off."

    "Other than getting slapped in the face it was kind of funny in hindsight."
    "Ouch. Again, sorry. The Baron was convinced you'd tackle me to the floor or something along those lines. I was ready to joke about women from Petras being a bit forward and everything."

    You frown at something he said, but not the joke.
    "Only locals call Dreminth four by the name Petras, where'd you hear that?"
    "He said it was in your file. The guy is creepy when it comes to details. Explains why he prefers commanding carrier groups, you know besides being a former fighter pilot."

    "Well it was nice to meet you Lieutenant Harmen, thank you for the dancing lessons."
    "Any time."

    >Anything else you want to say/do? Going to finish up soon.
    >> That slow typing guy !!cAsGzl185mF 03/20/12(Tue)23:35 No.18399766
    The ball continues for a few more hours after the run in with the Baron. There are no other mishaps other than someone at a nearby table nearly choking on an icecube and around 2300 hours most of the guests have begun to filter out.
    Lt Dayton has sobered up by that time and calls you all together before everyone can leave.

    "We're all to report space side tomorrow. The information has been transmitted to your coms already. After our briefing at 1100 we're going to be headed back to the Dreminth system for individual reassignment. When that happens where you're headed is up to you. Have a good night everybody. Move out."
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)01:18 No.18400746

    Where are our wingmen, and the dude who lost his wingmen?
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)03:36 No.18401838
    And I catch up with this only to discover that I am three hours late.

    sage because OP is sleepin but I'll be around next Tuesday fo sho
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)03:36 No.18401839

    Take a mental note: Gutpunch Tory, or pay him back with a similar one.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)07:10 No.18403084
    For when OP wakes up,

    what medals do the others have?

    didn't we receive something for finding the Faction Alliance mixt race cruiser?
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)07:17 No.18403112
    >didn't we receive something for finding the Faction Alliance mixt race cruiser?

    Probably the higly prestigious "If you ever talk about this again you'll wake up dead" medal.

    Send an email to his dad, telling him what happened and that his son is of highly questinable moral fiber.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)11:10 No.18404403
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    I say we buy a Dominion attack corvette once we get the bonus. . we can transfer the PD cannon we have, buy another one and some other things. Perhaps a Armour upgrade, so we dont get that banged up when shields go down.

    Also we should see if we can get the warhead out of one of the missiles, and put it on out assault shuttle. Just in case we get close to a massed battle with another super large carrier.

    Have them pull our stunt we did dirtside with their FTL engines or something. Perhaps coupling it with playing debris , to full enemy sensors. A manoeuvre we might have to practice a bit: simulate getting hit and loosing armour and stuff with it, the shuttle on silent running and drifting towards the target, waiting for it to drop shields and do a cold start on it.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)11:14 No.18404423
    Hmm, if we're in luck they could have possibly salvaged that pirate cruiser we managed to board. If our claim goes through, we might not have to buy a new ship.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)11:29 No.18404552

    We have to split it three ways. with Alex having the largest part of it. We could have him buy us out, but i doubt he has enough to buy us and Mike out at the same time while refitting it for combat duty.

    we have some bonuses over them for the non standard shit we pulled so i doubt that they have as much as we have.

    Now that i gave it some thought a fighter bomber would be better for the boarding nuclear warhead gimmick. it could be fitted with a autopilot or remote control from our new ship, and with the HUD we could transpose our perception to the POV of the fighter cockpit

    This way we dont loose the marines in case it goes to shit, and are able to board a target if its not entirely obliterated by a internal nuclear detonation or too big for the nuke to take more than a subsystem.

    Of course i do think the improvised missile may be a bit expensive and a one time solution waiting for a problem with specific parameters...

    But then again we are a vindictive bitch who would have very much loved to cripple that super-heavy somehow, but would have lost the nukes had they been equipped at the time.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)11:35 No.18404620
    remember unshielded objects can go through shields, so if the fighter has shields (dunno if they have them) and drops them as son as they are about to impact the targets shields they should be able to ram them or even manage to get in the hangars, should they be open.

    And If we could get bunker buster cone heads for the missiles it could turn them far more deadly than even contact nukes, and preclude the need to use the fighter as a single use missile bus, unless that thing is really huge, and every inch of penetration counts.
    >> Anonymous 03/21/12(Wed)17:56 No.18408185
    I'd rather take a frigate. with starfighters we would get more gun on the enemy, but we will have to expend prodigious amounts of RP on nukes and torpedoes since fighter bombers will probably double our launch capabilities as well as expenditure.

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