And it's that time of the day again, VALKYRIAN MERCS QUEST!ARCHIVE: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Valkyrian%20Mercs%20QuestPASTEBIN: http://pastebin.com/cxV6P1EFYou are JAGER STURMFUHRER, leader of the fledgling mercenary company DEMONS OF RANDGRIZ. In addition to fighting Imps for money and vengeance, you have your own private mission to hunt down Karla, your former fiance who sided with the Imperials and destroyed your home.You've recently arrived in the Federation nation of Albion to help defend it against a possible amphibious attack. However, your boots barely hit the deck before you were assigned a mission to break up a spy ring. However, through a chain of extraordinary events, you not only smashed the spy ring apart, but also managed to capture an Imperial u-boat (mostly) intact. After a massive victory party that left you with a headsplitting wakeup call, you met with the mysterious and totally trustworthy Colonel Lynch of the Albion Intelligence service. He's agreed to help pay for repairs and maintenance of the u-boat in return for being able analyze it. You were then given a mission to raid suspected Imperial spy weapon caches. Your raid was successful, but your singleminded obsession to get intel that might tell you of Karla's whereabouts nearly got you killed. You survived with light injuries thanks to your adjutant/best friend/surrogate sister Samantha. However, your recklessness has succeeded in pissing her off, and she has been actively avoiding you ever since you got back from that mission.(cont)
>>24539051MISSON 2 COMPLETEREWARD: 2000 creditsCOSTS: 1150 creditsTOTAL: 850 creditsCURRENT TREASURY: 1600
HA HA TIME FOR STURMFUHRER
I think he needs a bright slap to knock some sense in to him
>>24539079By the time you and the Demons returned from the cove, it was already well past dusk. Tired and soaked with seawater, none of you are in any mood to celebrate your victory at the moment. Plus, the apparent gulf that has formed between you and Sam has also done its part to sap the morale of your unit. After depositing your two prisoners to the local Home Guard, as well as filing a brief report to Lynch informing him of your victory, you head straight to bed black out.You again wake up rather early. The sun isn't quite up yet. You decide to...>Sleep in. You could use more rest.>Read those letters you got from the cove.>Head down to the lockup to see if you can talk to those prisoners you captured.>Get some breakfast.>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.>Other
>>24539172>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.Sam's an important part of the team, discord is unacceptable among the Demons.
>>24539172>Read those letters you got from the cove.First lets first lets see what we almost died for before checking with sam.
>>24539172>Read those letters you got from the cove.
>>24539197we can check them later!
>>24539172>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.She did save our ass back there.
>>24539172>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.Gotta fix this for morale sake.
>>24539172>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.lets stop this karla bs. It is not fair to drag our men in to it
>>24539172Read the letters while heading for breakfast.
>>24539266Its a bit too central to who Jager is to stop it, but we can tone it down, if given sufficient cause. Hence the talk with Sam.Remember, his motivation is Revenge, and that's not changing.
>>24539289thing is that if we kill enough imperials she might be sent to wipe us out. (let her come to us)
>>24539172>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.Do this by crawling into her bed
>>24539334Would you crawl into your sisters bed?
>>24539356Well, I would. But whatever.
>>24539329Yes, I thought that was the motivation for the reckless behavior, living up to the glorious name Sturmfuhrer besides.
>>24539356No.Well yes, but it would also involve squirt bottles and a lot of thrown pillows.
>>24539172>>Check if Sam is awake and apologize.
>>24539370you are a strange man
>>24539519I prefer 'eccentric', to be honest.
>>24539356Damn you, I actually remember that joke.>>24539172You decide to check on Sam and apologize to her. Despite having served together for nearly a year already, you've never actually told her anything about your past, or why you were so motivated in fighting the Imps, even after they were forced out of Gallia. Then again, Sam never asked, though you guess she was just that trusting."Sam? Are you in there?" You ask, knocking on her door. You knock softly though, since you don't want to risk waking up the rest of your squad. "Sam?"There's no answer.>Maybe she's still asleep. Let's go do something else. [specify]>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.>Other
>>24539562>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.Face it, it's the Jager thing to do.
>>24539172>Maybe she's still asleep. Let's go do something else.>Read those letters you got from the cove.People when trying to calm a woman you must give them time to stew. Then after they start to waver, attack strongly and decisively. Now is not the time to speak to her.
>>24539562>Maybe she's still asleep. Let's go do something else. Read the letters she should be up when we're finished.
>>24539562>>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.
>>24539585eh good point. lets check those letters then while we wait
>>24539562>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.If we're in this we're in it all the way.
>>24539172Can we have a battlefield roster of the troop and tanks?
>>24539634That's what the pastebin is for.
>>24539634we got one tank my friend
>>24539562>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.I still say we crawl into her bed. It will work out completely fine.
>>24539673>crawl into her bed.So more stupid to apologize for the stupid that got us here in the first place?
We are MC, it is out obligation to get ourselves into the most awkward social situations as we can.>Go in anyway.
>>24539577>>24539603>>24539622>>24539673You guys realize its early in the morning and everyone is probably still sleeping right?
>>24539562Read the letters.
>>24539734Yes.I do not believe Jager would care all too much. He's likely set on mending things with Sam, and he doesn't stop halfway through things.
>>24539652I see we have a Ramirez. We cannot lose.
>>24539781As long as we have him DO EVERYTHING! we are unstoppable. After all, everyone knows that anyone named Ramirez has the same causality raping abilities as Keiji Kiriya and Rita Vrataski.
>>24539756Just making sure. Waking a woman up over something that could have waited has never worked out well for me but maybe Jager will have better luck than me.
>>24539829We learned the hard way in Zeon Quest that abusing this fact may result in GM dropping some rocks on us.
>Enter anyways. Check if she's actually inside.>Tank commander>Disregard terrain barriers
>>24539851I would feel remiss if I did not extend my advocacy of rash action to interpersonal relationships as well as combat.
>>24539562You decide to go in anyways. After all, you had many skills, but subtlety was not one of them. You do recall on the day the Empire capitulated to Gallia, you had gotten so drunk that you had actually snuck into Sam's room and crawled into her bed.While she was still in it.Suffice to say, you were checked into the hospital the next day due to "various combat related injuries", despite the war officially ending the day prior. You have no wish to repeat that little stunt again.Fortunately, the locks on these hotel rooms weren't that great, and it was fairly easy to force them open without making too much noise. You silently creep inside and see that Sam is indeed still asleep in her bed.>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.>We're already committed. Let's do this.>Other
>>24539603changing my vote>Maybe she's still asleep. Let's go do something else.>Read those letters you got from the cove.
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.There is no direction for us but forward.
>>24539926>>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later....WHELP.
>>24539926>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.I guess I'll play the last sane man here
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.Retreating now would only lead to despair.
>>24539926>>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.This sounds like an excellent time to read those letters.Being afraid of what Sam would do to us in this situation doesn't factor AT ALL.
>>24539926>>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.
>>24539971> FearHow disappointing!
>>24539926>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.Don't look back.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VPLOVJ0u94
What would look worse, sneaking out of her room after sneaking in, or getting our asses kicked for trying to play a joke?
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.Hilarity shall ensue.
>>24539926>>We're already committed. Let's do this.
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.
>>24539926>>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.Know when to back out people.
INTO THE ZONE OF DANGER>We're already committed. Let's do this.
>>24539926>We're already committed. Let's do this.Bonding has no bedtime.
>>24539926>OtherLeave a note on her nightstand to meet you as soon as she's able.
>>24540009he has a point there so...>>We're already committed. Let's do this.
>>24540048> JAGER STURMFUHRER HAS PANICKED> SAM IS BERSERK
>>24539926>>On second thought, this is a terrible idea. Let's do this later.Well considering the last time we decided to stupidly bullrush though a situation...
>>24540062Can you uhhh... Rephrase that?
>>24540097Man we're going to lose so many rookies
>>24539926Your memories the last time you've woken Sam up prematurely still fresh in your head, you decide that discretion is the better part of valor and back off. It would probably better to take care of this some other time. You slowly back out of the room and quietly close the door.You're almost home free when you feel something bounce off your back and hear a high pitched squeak. You turn to see a young girl knocked on her ass from running into you, her beret rolling off down the hall."Owowowowow..." The girl rubs her forehead before realizing you're standing right in front of her. "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry about that, Captain!"You reach a hand out to help her up.>Do I know you?>You really should watch out where you're going.>Point out her beret is MIA.>Other
>>24540108The Zone will be one of Danger?
>>24540173>>Do I know you?
>>24540173>Point out her beret is MIA.Proper headware is necessary at all times. I don't care who you are.
>>24540173>Point out her beret is MIA.Don't let her question what we were doing in Sam's room.
>>24540173>>Other"Where's the fire, soldier?"
Hey OP did Sam ever meet Karla, because the way we interact with her she seems like a childhood friend.>>24540173>>Do I know you?
>>24540173>Point out her beret is MIA.
>>24540259Nope, Jager and Sam only met during EW2, so they've only known each other for roughly a year. Though it certainly does seem like that, doesn't it?Technically, Karla would be the childhood friend. You'll find out more if I ever decide to touch upon that in side chapters.
>>24540173>Ohshitohshit"I won't tell anyone you were here if you don't tell anyone I was here.">Wait"Do I know you?"
>>24540173>that picMother fucking Anno.He just had to go and make Toji's little sister hot.Asshole.
>>24540317Anno is master-troll, he operates on a whole different level.
>>24540173>Point out her beret is MIA.Beret must be saved.
>>24540334Yeah. Mother fucker manages to make me feel guilty about my boner, even though I didn't CHOOSE to find hot chicks attractive.
>>24540173"Ah, thanks." The girl says as you help her up."You know, your beret is MIA." You point out."What? Oh no!" The girl rushes down the hall to recover the lost head ornament, dusting it off briefly before setting it back on her head. Watching her, you try not to say anything about it."I'm sorry, I haven't introduced myself yet." The girl salutes. "Lieutenant Elizabeth Parker, Albion Intelligence Service. Colonel Lynch sent me to find you.">Actually, I'm kind of in the middle of something here. Can we take care of this later?>All right, let's get this over with.>Who exactly are you again?>Other
>>24540473>All right, let's get this over with.
>>24540473>All right, let's get this over with.work first
>>24540473>Who exactly are you again?She doesn't look like someone who would work for him.
>>24540473>>All right, let's get this over with.Ask her to follow you to the mess hall and get some breakfast while talking business.
>>24540473>>Who exactly are you again?
>>24540473>So ... you found me. Now what?
>>24540473>Who exactly are you again?
>>24540473Make a note for Sam and place it on her nightstand before following Parker.>>deducting JubjoyYes CAPITA, I'm sure we are now deducting the joy of Jub.
>>24540473>looks like a tie!"Who exactly are you, again?" You ask, narrowing your eyes. It was always best to be a bit wary about these Intelligence types."Lieutenant Elizabeth Parker, Albion Intelligence Service, Special Operations Executive Squad 00. In this instance, I'm acting as Colonel Lynch's aide." Parker recites effortlessly."Okay, what does Lynch want with me this time?" You sigh. You suspect Lynch liked being mysterious just for the sake of it."He hasn't told me much, either. All he said was that it was about a mission he believed you were uniquely suited for." Parker shrugs."Well the, let's get this over with."A short jeep drive later, and you're right back at the building housing Lynch's office. Parker leads you past the same sentry from last time, who gives you a poisonous glare but otherwise leaves you alone. "I have to say, Captain, it's a real honor meeting you in person." Parker says as she leads you through the building's narrow hallways and tunnels. "We've been hearing a lot about you lately. The Demons of Randgriz, terrorizing Imperial spies and traitors! Pretty riveting stuff.""Just doing what I'm being paid for." You say simply.You then find yourself in a very familiar looking office, with a very familiar man sitting at its desk. "Ah, Captain Sturmfuhrer. It's nice to see you again. We have quite a bit to discuss." Lynch says in that cold, emotionless voice as always."If you need me I'll be right outside s-""Beta, you will stay here. This will concern you as well."Perplexed, Parker nonetheless stands at attention.>Beta?>What does Parker have to do with this?>Confront Lynch with something [specify]
>>24540749>What does Parker have to do with this?
>>24540749>Beta?So there's an Alpha.
>Confront LynchIT WAS YOU!
>>24540807I believe it is a nickname from 'Elizabeth'. I have seen it used as such elsewhere.
>>24540749>Beta?"What happens when you hit C or F?"
>>24540814WHAT WAS HIM WHAT ARE WE YELLING ABOUT WHATS HAPPENING MAN.
>>24540749>Confront Lynch"You're not planning on asking me to put Parker into my squad are you?"
>>24540749>>What does Parker have to do with this?
>>24540884The voice in Sturmfuhrer's head asks why this would be a bad idea.
>>24540939It wouldn't necessarily be bad, but it would be a way to either control our decisions by proxy or spy on us.
>>24540749>>What does Parker have to do with this?...I don't think we have a real reason to confront Lynch here.
>>24540749"What does Parker have to do with this?" You ask."It's simple, really." Lynch says. "She'll be joining the Demons of Randgriz.""What." She says."WHAT." You say.You both glance at each other for a brief second before looking back at Lynch."After analyzing your performance as well as the strengths and specialties of your individual squad members, it has occurred to me that your unit has a critical gap in its capabilities. Specifically, that of intelligence gathering.""Hey, I've grabbed my fair share of evidence." You say. "It's not that tough.""But are you trained in interrogation? Codebreaking? Infiltration? Sabotage? Beta here can do all of that and more."You see Parker squirm nervously while trying to hide the fact she's blushing slightly. It's obvious she's not used to hearing Lynch praise her abilities."I'm aware you may not fully trust me." Lynch says. "As a show of good faith, I'll share all of the relevant information my men have gleaned from the u-boat. I'll even help you decode those letters you took from the cove."Wait, how did he know about that...?"It's really up to you. You're free to refuse.">I guess I can give it a try.>You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it.>NOPENOPENOPE>Other
>>24541100>NOPENOPENOPEJager Sturmfuhrer will not be manipulated by some Albionese spook.
>>24541100>You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it.
>>24541100"You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it. No offense Parker. You seem a nice girl, I just don't trust your boss."
>>24541100"considering the fact that you seem to know a lot about what I've been doing I would like to know both what the catch is and what you get out of this arrangement."
>>24541100>>You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it.
>Other"Go fuck yourself."
>>24541197"And give us the fucking catch, Lynch."Pronounce Lynch so it sounds similiar to Leech.
>>24541100>NOPENOPENOPENot a chance in hell. The spooks stay at a distance where they belong.
>NOPENOPENOPEWe're mercenaries, not mooks. We don't take orders from no dirty spooks!.....Oh shit that rhymes!
>>24541100>You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it.>>24541266That "dirty spook" happens to be our fucking boss, he also holds the wallet.
>>24541302He's our employer, not our slave master. We trust this asshat far too much for our own good.
>>24541266buddy we are working for them right now. They payed for the boat trip here
>>24541313lets see what "beta" can do for us
>>24541313Oh for fuck's sake, he hasn't even given a reason for us to distrust him apart from your garbled muttering of "dirty spook".I mean really.
>>24541314>>24541313>>24541302Fact still remains that if feels like he can just order us around, we better be getting paid extra, a lot extra.
>>24541324 Dude said her specialties were: interrogation. codebreaking, infiltration, and sabotage.
>>24541313We are Mercs. We need money. Without money, we can't maintain our company.Lynch has money. Parker can work. We can get her on our side. Which is perfect for when we leave Albion and "hire" her to come with us.Plus, we have a U-boat. We can scrub it clean of any "additions" that Lynch put on it and start blowing up ships!
>>24541354then lets take her! we can use a person like that.
>>24541345He's paying us to order us around numbnuts.
>>24541339He's a spy. We are a mercenary. We are expendable to him. The sooner you realize that, the better. I have no issue with taking on Parker, honestly, but I do have issue with Lynch changing the terms of our contract on a whim.
I say we take the spook. then turn her to our side.
>>24541391I have to agree with you. Were mercs. Expendable units to guys like Lynch
>>24541367Jurgen's nuts are not numb! Atleast, not until Sam gets to them.>>24541367Practicly any government sees mercs that way. Lynch hasn't hung us out to dry just yet, plus, think of it this way: "Give us more money and we will do it."We need money to find and kill Karla.>>24541395I agree with this anon.
>>24541391Mercenaries are expendable, wow, I've never realised that.No seriously, everybody considers mercenaries expendable genius. The sooner you realise that, the better.
>>24541421>Jurgen's nuts are not numb! Atleast, not until Sam gets to them.Jurgen is Valhallan.Your turn anon.
>>24541421the more I think about karla the more I want to put a bullet in there head.>>24541408if he hangs us out to dry we blow his nation up!
>>24541459>her head*god damn it!
>>24541469>No way.I'll get outvoted, but this is a bad move.
>>24541469its a deal
>>24541469>>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.Well that explains why we're getting such good deals out of him.
>>24541469This deal is far too good to simply turn it down because we have a bad gut feeling about Lynch and spooks in general...So I'm inclined to take it; for now at least.As long as he knows that we can kick her off the squad at any time.
>>24541100>sorry I fucked up some of the formatting. Reposting the corrected version."You can at least do me the courtesy of explaining the catch so I don't have to keep asking for it." You sigh. You're seriously getting tired of dealing with spies."Only the obvious. Anything Beta knows, she'd be obligated to report back to me. Officially, she'd act as your embedded reporter. She'll also only have as much power in the unit as you allocate to her. She will in no way attempt to give orders or influence your decisions unless you tell her otherwise.""As what I gain out of this? I will tell you a secret, Captain Sturmfuhrer. The Albion Intelligence Service is in dire straits. The other Federation spy agencies are wholly inadequate to handling something on the scale of this current war. leaving us to pick up the slack. As a result, our SOE teams are spread thin and our capabilities are rapidly diminishing. I made the gamble that we could make up the shortfall with mercenaries, and it so far seems to be paying off. Even the most basic status reports on Imperial troop movements and positions will help our information gathering efforts.""Also, consider the benefits this would give you. In addition to having a very capable SOE agent on your team, you'll have a direct pipeline to the resources and services of the Albion Intelligence Service. You won't even have to pay any costs associated with her. We'll foot the bill."Well, Lynch certainly seems... passionate about this, or at least as passionate as an emotionless robot could be.>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.>No way.
Ah dang it. Incoming change!
>>24541496We may be able to bargain for info on Karla, although I do agree that this isn't a good idea.
>>24541459>>24541471>put a bullet in her headWhy, because she got fucked over by a "betray your oath or betray the man you love" choice? Dude, remember the old Dwarven declaration of love."Could I place my love before the clan?...No. I could never do that."
>>24541519Deal, but lets try to get more money out of him.
>>24541469>We're totally unqualified and out of our league on this one. Oh and I'm sticking one of my agents into your squad to be my eyes and ears; she'll report back to me everything you see, do and say.Please tell me I'm not the only one reading this shit?
>>24541519>>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.
>>24541519>>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.>>24541548You are, he's saying that AIS is overstretched because they are the only ones competent enough to do the job.
>>24541548more like we turn her to our side and take her along
>>24541537For that matter, I still rather like our plan to become king of Belka.That and, you know, we could then cut to our great grandson flying a Fulcrum in the Belkan war.
>>24541564Yerp.Plus, having a free recruit isn't a bad thing!Lets try her out on the prisoner we brought in.And watch.With a snack.
>>24541519>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.
>>24541519>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.Alright you've swayed me, but she get's a bullet to the head at the first sign of betrayal.
>>24541548You aren't, but reason is apparently taking a back seat today. Roll with it, Sturmfuhrer will persevere.
>>24541519...This is a hard one. On one hand,her skills could prove invaluable in an up coming mission. On the other hand, I don't like having someone in our group whose first loyalities is to an outside sourceSo...>No deal
>>24541581I like it! we will see what she can pull out of our prisoners!
>>24541598I have a hunch she might join us by the end of our contract
>>24541519>>Fine. you've got a deal... for now.If need be we can always boot her out. But for now it's a good thing to have her with us.
>>24541573>flying a Fulcrum>Fulcrum>not a FlankerWhy would you ever fly the inferior model?
>>24541636Because it's the Belkan War, which is generally where you see the older, less advanced planes.
>>24541603My bet is their guts when they don't give her what she wants!In that cute facade is a demon worthy of our group.
Oh my god I didn't realize how fun it would be to be on the instigating side of player paranoia.
>>24541694Oh man, you have no idea. Wait till you have people begging for the protag's life, best feeling in the world.
>>24541694I am willing to take some risks to get payed.
>>24541548I hope to God you're alone in that, because your reading comprehension sucks ass.
>>24541665Yeah, but Su-27s WERE used by the Belkan Air Force during the Belkan War. Or are you implying that a descendant of JAGER STURMFUHRER wouldn't be badass enough to fly their high-end toys?
>>24541694It's not exactly a joy a beat these idiots down on this side of the quest.
>>24541742Gotta work your way up.Also, >implying JAGER HOHENZOLLERN STURMFUHRER III would not dogfight enemies in an A-10 for increased challenge.
>>24541694You're having me argue with these paranoid morons on purpose.All my hate.
>>24541766>>24541773I fail to see how you needed two posts to decide on petty insults.Its a game, man, and paranoia tends to serve you well in quests. Calm down, you won the vote, now let's see how it plays out.
>>24541791Double posts happen from time to time. God knows my internet likes to fuck with me.That aside, what is a merc honestly going to do when offered a job, with full capacity to turn it down, when there's no other employer around which fits both his motivations and needs? Spit in his face and go back to the bar? I understand the need to be cautious but, fuck, there's a limit to how far you can bait the man who pays your bills.
>>24541773That paranoia might save us at some point in this quest you know. I rather be overly cautious than gung-ho
>>24541791You are an idiot who is probably going to have us fuck up sooner or later.
>>24541519CODEX ENTRY UNLOCKEDAlbion Intelligence Service: First founded in 1909, the AIS was originally formed to counter Imperial espionage during the years leading up to the First Europan War. Initially the only intelligence agency in service in the Federation, other nations quickly adopted Albion's system when they realized the Empire could predict all of their movements with ease due to inadequate operational security measures.Unfortunately, the intelligence services were some of the first entities to have their funding cut once EWI ended, with the only exception being the AIS. Not believing the threat from the Empire had ended, the AIS continued keeping a close eye on them. It was during this interwar period that they formed the Special Operations Executive. Also dubbed "Commandos", these SOE operatives were used to wage a covert war against the Empire, stealing state secrets and sabotaging Imperial attempts to build up its forces.Currently, the exact numbers of AIS and SOE personnel is highly classified, though it is estimated that there are no more than ten thousand personnel working officially for the AIS, with a tiny fraction comprising the SOE.
>>24541843Which is not now.And I fail to see how flipping the bird at a man whose only made reasonable arguments and pays our bill not "gung-ho".
>>24541837Its the nature of the specific man, and the specific deal. To be honest, the greentexted option did not really reflect my intentions. Working with Lynch is fine by me, him changing our contract on a whim is not, and him adding his personal spy into our retinue is doubly so. I would have refused the current offer, but expressed interest in continued employment.That said, you can trust that we will be watching for misconduct. Hopefully this does not go south.
>>24541859why can't I shake the feeling that she will go all "I am Viktor Reznov " on us
>>24541844Pray tell, how am I an idiot for expressing caution over dealing with a spy? I did what I thought best, no more, I do not believe all of you idiots for choosing to accept the offer, it has benefits. I just see too many possible holes that can come back to bite us.
>>24541918the numbers masion!?
>>24541918By baiting a man who has made and done nothing but make reasonable arguments, even leaving aside the fact that he pays us?He has done nothing to harm us and all I hear is you bitching constantly that he's a "spook".What you're doing isn't caution, it's overly excessive paranoia.
>>24541519>>24541859>Don't worry, I'm a terribly nice person, so I often go out of my way to make sure you really want to commit to what you're doing."Alright, you have a deal... for now." You say, eying Lynch suspiciously."That's all I needed to hear." Lynch then hands you a stack of papers. "Here is all of the relevant employment paperwork. I've already taken the liberty of filling out all of the relevant information.""How kind of you.""Colonel, are you sure about this?" Parker asks. "I can much more good he-""Beta, you'll do much more good out there with the Demons than holed up in AIS behind a desk for the rest of your career. I already have plenty of secretaries.""Yes, sir." Parker reluctantly salutes."Oh, and before you go, be sure to stop by Qyburn's workshop. He's informed me that he's already finished refitting the u-boat." Lynch nods to you both before returning to his work."That... that was not something I was expecting." Parker frowns.>Let's go back to the hotel to get this sorted out.>Let's stop by this Qyburn's place.>What the hell was that all about?>Other
>>24541974Jesus, we weren't going to kick him in the balls, man, we were going to refuse what we thought was a bad deal. There's a difference, we know the man pays us, and I think we all want to stay on his good side. He's a spook, and he can make our lives hard if we piss him off.
>>24541992>Let's stop by this Qyburn's place.So, we Sir Robert Strong now?
>>24541992>>Let's stop by this Qyburn's place.>QyburnMotherfucking Q? Fuck yes.
>>24541992>Let's go back to the hotel to get this sorted out.She'll get questioned by the squad while we go check out our new boat.
>>24541992>Let's stop by this Qyburn's place.
>>24542001Except it wasn't a bad deal, he offered us intelligence, a person who could cover a niche we couldn't and at no expense to ourselves.It's a great deal, one that I haven't seen you make an argument against other than "oh noes he's a spook".
This would be pretty easy to make into a proper d6 RPG. 2d6 + Attribute + Skill, with skills functioning more like focuses or mini-feats. Then like you get an actual feat every 4th level, go to level 20. Keep the stats general, like Strength, Vitality, Coordination, Intelligence, Charisma, maybe a Luck stat; then have those be single-digit modifiers. Then skills provide additional single digit modifiers to their Attribute when it's being used for that specific thing. Rifles, Baking, Repairing Armor, etc. Make room for Perception, Defense, Evasion, and Carrying Capacity, and you'd have a really open character sheet (because there'd not be much else except for like 3 weapon slots, and some room for their attire), then just put a Pack or something at the bottom. Let characters start with one Background Feat (they must connect to their back-story), and a Flaw, which works as a negative feat to add a little depth. Then maybe do like a Vice/Virtue thing, rather than an Alignment. Maybe have Archetypes work as a setup for 2-5 things a level bonus adds to (equal to ~ 1/4th their current level), as kinda' a base for their abilities; founded in the in-game classes. They wouldn't do much else, just function as the foundation of the character's capacities. Alternatively, you could just have listed "Skill Packs," for players who wanted to emulate an in-game class. Stat out the weapons and armor to relevant interleaves, probably by dividing their normal stats by 10 (that's what usually works, though 12 rounding down may be more prevalent here; I'm not too deep in the meta though so I'm not sure), and translating the accuracies as: E = -2, D= -1, C= +/-0, B= +1, A= +2 (on the attack roll). Make up a list of Skills, "Talets," and Flaws, then BLAMO!Game Ready for proper play. (I'm in the midst of finals, and honestly don't know a whole lot about VC. Not really a position to start a new project)
>>24542042Its a person who reports on us, last we recall, who is not necessarily loyal to the Demons. Thats my reasoning. And yes, he is a spook. Remember his strategy table? It was not just Imperial positions listed there. There is no reason to implicitly trust our employer, and plenty to be skeptical of in his motives. That is why I advocated caution.
>>24541859CODEX ENTRY UNLOCKEDSpies: Spies are highly skilled and prized specialists possessing skills standard soldiers lack. Before beginning a mission, Beta can be sent on two different tasks: INFILTRATE, or SUPPORT.If Beta is tasked with INFILTRATING. She will attempt to infiltrate the enemy forces ahead of time. Depending on how successful she is, Beta can reveal enemy locations, identify alternate routes, or even sabotage the enemy. However, she will be unable to deploy with the unit.If tasked with SUPPORT, Beta will occupy the Type-36 and act as a communications officer. She can attempt to intercept or disrupt enemy communications. Under ideal circumstances, she would even be able to impersonate an officer and literally give the enemy false orders.Be warned, though. Espionage is a highly risky job. Infiltration can result in very bad outcomes if they fail, though the rewards may make the gamble worth it.
>>24542070You mean the "caution" that would've screwed us out of a perfectly good deal.Great thinking there.
>>24542067And when I say single digit modifiers I mean cap at 9, with starting stats ranging from 1-3. +1 to an attribute maybe every 3rd level.
>>24542100Don't be dick hurt.Sam will do that for us.
>>24542067>>24542114You have obviously put way more thought into the system than I have.
>>24541992Let's inform our squad what is happening before we do anything else, also how about some food we haven't eaten anything yet.
>>24542100It remains to be seen if it was a great deal.Listen, I respect the decisions you guys made here, I really do. It is certainly a beneficial deal on the surface. I saw the potential for subterfuge, and it set off my paranoia alarms, so I said we should hold off.The deal is in the books now, and I am okay with that. Not everyone is going to agree with you at all times, and that's okay. Doesn't make them idiots. You aren't an idiot when you are outvoted either. It's the way the quest works, and holding grudges over stuff like this is unnecessary.Now, can we move on? Shake hands and so on? I dont hold any of this against you, and will not even if it does go south, as I hope it does not.
>>24542143I just do this. Almost anything can be made into a rules-light system by dividing it's modifiers by 5 or 10. If it's particularly big numbers you leave them, and do it as a roll under d100.
>>24541992"Let's stop at this "Qyburn's" place, first, uhhh... are you fine if I just call you Beta?""Whatever you feel comfortable with." She shrugs.>Use her (code?)nickname.>Use her real name.
>>24542197>Use her real name.Keep it professional until she earns her place.
>>24542197>Use her real name.
>>24542197>Use her real name
>>24542197>Use her real name.Eh, forget that Beta stuff. She's got a name use it.
>>24541992>Qyburn's workshop>Qyburn>QYBURNPlease tell me this is a coincidence. Please tell me it's not THAT Qyburn, and is just a name so we can get our sub pimped out by Q Branch. Because where there's THAT Qyburn, there's Vargo Hoat, and where there's Vargo Hoat, there's maimings.>Let's stop by this Qyburn's place.Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought her back.
>>24542197>Use her real name.However, we should make sure to find out what's up with the whole "Beta" thing next time we get our drunk on.
>>24542197Use her real name or a nickname.We don't want to isolate her. If she makes friends with us she will be less likely to screw us over.Unless she is the demon I believe her to be.Capita: the tomkemi.Yes Capita. The Tomkemi
>>24542230On the bright side, if he does do us in, maybe he can turn us into FRANKENJAGER.
>>24542197>Use her real name.Not sure why this is a choice.
>>24542197>>Use her real name.
>>24542250Or a bitchin' golden robo-hand. Ragnite, son.
>>24542255If I were to guess, she may have a loyalty meter behind the scenes between us and her boss.I hope its not too egregious to say we should be careful how we look to the person reporting about us.
>>24542266If Jager becomes Ragnite fueled Sam Rodrigues, I am all for it.
>>24542197"Think we'll just go with your real name for now, Lieutenant Parker." You say."Hey, I'm just a simple reporter. You can drop that whole Lieutenant bit.""This is going to take some getting used to." You grimace."You and me both." Parker laughs.Parker drives you down near the coast, where you see a rather large warehouse that's half over land and half over the water. No doubt there's some kind of drydock hidden in there. Even from outside, you can hear the shrill whine and roar of heavy machinery and tools."I love coming down here." Parker smiles. "Gramps always comes up with the best toys.">Ask her about Qyburn.>Go inside and find out for yourself.>Other
>>24542308>Go inside and find out for yourself.Really no substitute for experience when it comes to people.
>>24542293I knew there was a reason I liked you KIREI.
>>24542308>Ask her about Qyburn.
>>24542324Seconded.The voices in my head thirded it.
>>24542308>>Ask her about Qyburn.
>>24542308>>Ask her about Qyburn.Q pimpe sub 'ere we come!
>>24542308>Go inside and find out for yourself.No more dragging of the feet. It's time to meet the Demon's new ship.
>>24542308>>Ask her about Qyburn.Q pimped sub 'ere we come!
>>24542293If we get a Ragnite-powered robo-arm, we need to get Q to make us a gunsheath and start carrying a Swiss Saber.>>24542308>Go inside and find out for yourself.
>>24542375>>24542391>>24542409Same guy, can't delete the first two for some reason.And abort function doesn't abort.
>>24542419>Fluted, curved blade on a hand-and-a-half hiltEwww, yuck. Make it go away!
>>24542419If this comes to pass, we will have to amend the Karla Confrontation Soundtrack.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3QmHNd0HWo
>>24541772>A-10>Anything less than a twenty second turn time.You done goofed fake priest.>>24542086>are we operating yet>this gun's heavy>Julia's behind me, I don't like julia>I want to go home and browse /tg/
>>24542419>Samurai Jack robo-arm.Yessssss.
>>24542520So we're not facing her until everyone we know is dead?
>>24542524Well, it's that or go full Liquid Snake and take out fighters with a Hind D.
>>24542551'Dead' could be metaphorical in this case.I don't think this quest will be quite so dark, though I could always be wrong.
>>24542524That's where the challenge comes from.You've never done an all A-10 playthrough in an Ace Combat game before?
>>24542568> fuel-air bombing the Aigaion.
>>24542568Fuel air bombs and dat' Gau-8 make short work of everything.
>>24542577"I've never felt a tension like this before."
>>24542611Real aces can kill Illya Pasternak with the GAU, son.
>>24542308You decide to quit dawdling and push open the warehouse doors. You're met with a huge buzz of activity as you see workers and scientist rushing every which way. In the middle of the chaos stands one lone, elderly man who seems like the only individual here who knows what he's doing.Also, despite is grey-white hair, you can tell from this distance that the man is a Darcsen."No no no!" Dr. Qyburn waves his arms frantically. "The capacitors go here, the ragnite injection chamber goes there! Honestly, you lot are Lynch's 'best and brightest'? I've seen circus animals smarter than you!""Charming individual." You say."Ah, he's always grumpy like that. He's got no patience for incompetence." Parker smiles and then waves at Qyburn. "Gramps! Hey Gramps! You've got a visitor!"Qyburn turns to face the both of you, his sour expression suddenly melting into that expression of elderly glee one would expect seeing his grandchildren."Ah, Beta, my favorite little spy!" Qyburn pushes his way past several laborers and locks Parker in a bear hug."Is he your...?""Nah, he just likes me because I actually bring his stuff back intact." Parker winks."As one should!" Qyburn huffs, letting go of Parker. "I don't see why more SOE agents can't be more like Agent Beta here. Responsible and intelligent! Not like that Jack-""Gramps, focus. I brought Captain Sturmfuhrer her. You know, the u-boat?""Ah!" Qyburn turns and locks you in a bear hug as well. "I should really thank you for giving me an opportunity to examine such a fine piece of engineering! Nobody had been able to capture a u-boat intact until you came along!""It's...my....pleasure...!" You gasp."Come! Come! I have much to show you!" Qyburn waddles off toward the u-boat. "We've largely restored it's original condition. We noticed that it had been refitted for covert troop insertions, which is how I believe they've been smuggling their spies in."(cont)
>>24542656>I actually bring his stuff back intact.Beta confirmed as a TERRIBLE spy.
>>24542677Bond is displeased.
>>24542656>waddlesThis man is your friend.
>>24542656"In order to carry that out," he continues, "they replaced several of the torpedo storage bays with additional passenger bays. This u-boat can carry at least two or three full squads of infantry plus equipment. There's also the fact that it's missing its deck gun, but I believe you'll appreciate our solution for it."Qyburn begins climbing a ladder up to the top of the docked u-boat with a grace and speed that would put many younger men to shame. You quickly follow him up, where you see him standing over a perfectly rectangular hole in the top of the hull."Looking at the pictures of your exploits, I couldn't help but notice you had a Type-36 tank with you." Qyburn continues. "Marvelous pieces of engineering, considering I helped design them as well, but back to the point! If figured that you would want to bring your tank everywhere you go, even if conditions weren't ideal, like say, out to sea.""But fortunately for you, I've come up with a system to counter that! I call it, DOCKING!">...Docking?>Let him keep rambling.
>>24542747>Let him keep rambling.>Vividred Oh you motherfucking lolicon shit. Carry on.
>>24542747>...Docking?>Let him keep rambling.>[X] Oh. My. God.
>>24542747>Oh this should be good ... please do go on.
>>24542747>>Let him keep rambling.No interrupting the genius here.
>>24542747>Let him keep rambling.Let the man talk.
>>24542747>"This is going to involve the tank as a deck gun, isn't it?"
>>24542747Mien gott.Mass produce it!And LET THe OLD MAN RAMBLE ON!
I like this man! tank sub is go!
>>24542747>Let him keep rambling.Best not get any crazy idea old man.
>>24542747>>Let him keep rambling.No pissing off the genius.Especially not THIS genius.
wait....we need a crew for it
>>24542867We have a crew thanks to Lynch.
So, sometime before the next mission, we need a shopping list, because we have money and nothing to spending it on except upkeep.
>>24542991We need a bigger tank.Pic related.
>>24542991>upkeepNot like we'll have much money after that.
>>24542991First on the list is some heavy armor for ourselves and out Stormtroopers, considering our general tactics.
>>24542747>Let him keep rambling.Oh yes. Remember the whole superweapon debate? What if we upgrade out boat' till it comes out looking like something in here?>pic related
>>24542991Clean shirt, new shoes, silk suit, black tie, gold watch, diamond ring, cuff-links, stick pin, top coat, top hat, black shades, and white gloves.Gotta make sure we're sharp dressed for if we ever meet future employers.
>>24542747You feel the urge to ask him just what the hell he's talking about, but you're also fearful of what would happen if you interrupt this mad genius, so you decide to stay quiet."Using some good old fashioned Gallian engineering, the Type-36 Universal Docking System can fit any Type-36 variant. Once docked, the docked tank would be able to draw energy directly from the u-boat to supplement its own systems. Of course, the tank itself would have to be modified to be able to operate underwater, but that's a minor fix. A side effect of these modifications would be that the Type-36 would be able to operate underwater independently for short periods of time, like the Edelweiss!""Hmm, yes, you really should bring your tank here for the refit. Yes yes yes. We can also try field testing some new equipment as well!"It's at that point Qyburn shuffles off, still muttering himself in technical jargon and engineering code, completing forgetting that you existed."Is... is he always like that?" You ask, turning to Parker."Pretty much. You get used to it." She shrugs. "Oh yeah, and we're putting together the crew as we speak. They should be here to start shaking down the u-boat in two days. Once that's done, the Colonel should have our next mission ready by then."You nod as you exit Qyburn's workshop. You tell Parker to drive you back to the hotel. As you enter, you see your squad milling about in the lobby. They turn to see you enter with Parker."Hey, Captain! Is that a new recruit?" Julia asks."Wow, you really know how to pick them up!" Ramirez whistles.>Tell them the truth. Parker's a spy.>They don't need to know. Tell them she's a reporter.
>>24543045>Tell them the truth. Parker's a spy.We are not lying to our men for Lynch's sake.
>>24543045>Other"Parker, care to introduce yourself?"
>>24542991You'll get purchase options at the end of this thread. Qyburn is your R&D guy while Sam is your de facto quartermaster/scrounger.
>>24543045>Tell them the truth. Parker's a spy.No lying to the squad.
>>24543072I hope that means we can steal him from Lynch, I already like the old bastard.
>>24543045>They don't need to know. Tell them she's a reporter.Or more importantly Parker doesn't need to know that they know. So for now tell them that she's a reporter, and then when we're in private we tell some of them the truth and have them disseminate it. If Lynch wants to play mind games we'll play them right back.
>>24543062Plus, it'll be fun to see the crew take advantage of it and try to requisition personal items for themselves.
so our tank....can work underwater?
>>24543088Qyburn doesn't work for AIS. He's a free agent. He's like a traveling merchant peddling his wares to anybody who is willing to buy them, though in this case his wares is his engineering expertise.
>>24543113With modification. There was a little bit about that, if you care to look closer.
>>24543123Well, I know where some of our funds are going, then.
>>24543113I am so glad for the anon who made pic related.
>>24543113It will. Very. Very. SOON.
>>24543071Hmm, this sounds fine. Going with this.
>>24543141I just got the mental image of Karla going all Armstrong on us in the climactic battle.RAGNITE, JAGER!> No Karla, no!
>>24543071I like, go with this.
>>24543228That's reserved for the assassination mission on the Emperor.
>>24543251By the end of that we'll be so strung out on painkillers..."Say what you want about mercenaries, we understand capitalism. You buy yourself a product and you get what you pay for, and these chumps had paid for some angry Gallian without the sensibilities to know right from wrong. Here I was about to execute this poor bastard like some dime store angel of death and I realized they were correct, I wouldn't know right from wrong if one of them was helping the poor and the other was banging my sister..."
>>24543251>Assassination>Implying we're dirty assassins>Implying we won't be attacking the heart of the once great empire while it burns to ashes around us, consumed whole by the senseless war it started, wherein we defeat the maniac emperor making his last stand, Karla riding along side us, having long since been repatriated by the D.It will be glorious.
>>24543045"Parker, would you introduce yourself?" You say.A sidelong glance from her tells you that she's caught on to your plan. By putting the responsibility in her hands, you've basically set her up for a test of character."I'm Lieutenant Elizabeth Parker of the Albion Intelligence Service, Special Operations Executive Squad 00. It's a pleasure to meet you all." She salutes.There's a moment of silence as the rest of your squad tries to process what she just said."Oh my god she's so cuuuuuuute!" Heloise half tackles, half hugs Parker. "Where'd you get that beret? It fits you so well...!"Seeing that Heloise had successfully broken the ice, that gives you an opportunity to slip away from the commotion.>Let's find Sam>Let's read those letters.>We should talk to Julia about Qyburn's "upgrades".>Other
>>24543326Jager SturmfuhrerEqual parts Stroheim, Gottwald, Sam Rodrigues, and Max Payne
>>24543340>Let's find SamUnfinished business, natch.
>>24543340>>Let's find SamSam first.
>>24543340>We should talk to Julia about Qyburn's "upgrades".This takes priority above all else.
>>24543340>Let's read those letters.
Sam. Now.Bring pain killers.
>>24543340>Let's find SamSee if she's up and about.
>We should talk to Julia about Qyburn's "upgrades".she must be told and I hope we can get some scuba gear or something close to it!
>>24543340>Let's find SamWe really need to do this sooner rather than later.
Find Sam or bust.
>>24543340You decide to track down Sam. You still have unfinished business to take care with her, after all. You didn't see her in the lobby with the rest of the squad, so you're pretty sure she's still in her room, taking care of the squad's expenses as well as the rest of the paperwork. You back to a very familiar looking door and knock softly on it."Who's there?" You hear Sam call out from the other side."Sam, it's me, Jager." You say. "I just want to talk."The door opens a crack, and you can see Sam glaring at you from within. You also notice that her eyes are irritated and puffy.>Were... were you crying?>Sam, I'm sorry about what happened yesterday.>Other
>>24543801>Were... were you crying?I don't think Jager can into women.
>As a show of good faith, I'll share all of the relevant information my men have gleaned from the u-boat.And he didn't. That Lynch is one slippery bastard.
>>24543801>Sam, I'm sorry about what happened yesterday.
>>24543801Start by opening the door and pulling her into a STURMFUHRER hug, which is like a normal hug, but more bear-like and enveloping. "I'm sorry Sam, I'm a complete idiot."
>>245438622nded, prepare for pain.
>>24543801"I regret nothing." The info will no doubt help in the coming battles.
>>24543862Going with this. Though I guess we should be clear that we won't be changing how we roll anytime soon because, well, we're Sturmfuhrer, damnit. That's how we roll.
>>24543801Well, like you've admitted before, subtlety is not exactly your strong suit. Rather than having an eloquent speech prepared, you push the door open, pull Sam out into the hall way, and lock her in the biggest, tightest hug you can manage."I'm sorry for scaring you like that Sam. You're right, I'm a complete idiot.""I know you are." Sam sniffs, on the verge of tears again. "I-I don't know what drives you to do what you do, and I've always respected you enough not to ask, but, please, it's not worth all those stupid risks you take. I don't want to lose another friend over something stupid.">I promise.>I'm sorry I can't guarantee that. It's too important to me.>Other
>>24544341>I'm sorry I can't guarantee that. It's too important to me.Keep her in the tight hug."A long time ago, when I was a different man, I lost everything a man can lose. I can never give up on what I lost or forget what happened that day.I'm sorry Sam, I'll do my very best to stay alive, I have no intention of dying, I have things I must do. I can promise you one thing, if I die it won't be over a stupid risk, I'm too pretty to die that way, it'll be over an extremely good risk."
>>24544341I want to promise, but at the same time I think it's very important to Jager's character to keep going as far as he does.I'm going to go with this >>24544386; it's the only way to keep our motives intact while still respecting Sam.
>>24543833Because...he hasn't had the time to arrange such a thing yet? Or maybe because he hasn't finished breaking into the codes?I mean really.
>>24544341>>I'm sorry I can't guarantee that. It's too important to me.Can't make her a promise we can't keep after all.
>Damn it Parker, stop reading this in my voice
>>24543141You're welcome, commander
>>24544341You keep her tight in the hug."A long time ago, when I was a different man, I lost everything a man can lose. I can never give up on what I lost or forget what happened that day.I'm sorry Sam, I'll do my very best to stay alive, I have no intention of dying, I have things I must do. I can promise you one thing, if I die it won't be over a stupid risk, I'm too pretty to die that way, it'll be over an extremely good risk."Sam is quiet for what seems like an eternity before pushing away, a sad look on her face. "Cap, I'm glad that you've got a reason to act the way you do, I really am, but it still really bothers me that you can't seem to let go of your past. It's going to get you killed one day and I'm afraid I won't be there to back you up when it happens.""Still, thanks for coming to apologize to me. There's not a lot of guys willing to admit they screwed up like that." She leans forward and kisses you on the cheek. "I still got some paperwork to take care of. I'll meet you downstairs for dinner, okay?"With that, you head back down to the lobby, where Parker seems to be meshing well with the squad. They're already in the stage where they're swapping crazy war stories trying to one up each other. Ramirez is just finishing up on a story where one of his old COs ordered him to take an entire village by himself.You finally take a look at the letters. At first glance, they seem innocent enough. It's just people talking about random, everyday affairs. However, you're sure there's some kind of code hidden in there. There's odd word choices and grammatical errors that suggest something is up.However, the dinner bell rings and you decide to put the issue off for now. As promised, Sam comes down from her room, looking more like her regular self now. You manage to make eye contact with her, and she just grins and warns you to keep an eye on your diet.Things are back to normal, for now.
>>24544780And that's it for today! Tune in on Wednesday 6-7 PST for the next installment!Next thread we'll finally have SHOPPING and various other things, so don't miss it!As always, I'll answer any questions you've got while I'm still awake or till the thread falls off.
>>24544809Are we going to hire more people soon? The U-boat is too big for 8 infantrymen and a tank,
>>24544809>Smelly dumb GDI scumONE VISIONONE PURPOSE
>>24544992Well, not until you can make enough to pay salary for 50+ people.
>>24545036Well, we can pay for up to eight more, but we won't be able to purchase upgrades if we do that.
>>24544780> Ramirez is just finishing up on a story where one of his old COs ordered him to take an entire village by himself.RAMIREZ! DO EVERYTHING!Nice work OP will keep following in future this shit is pretty win
>>24542067>>24542114>>24542143>>24542174Because I'm an obssive bastard with a couple of hours to kill, what would be some good Backgrounds for characters? These would function as a Race normally does, and so far I've thought of: City Folk (born and raised in a trade city or large township) Country Raised (born n' raised in a hillside village or colony) Militant (raised in a military family) Vagabond (lived mostly on the roads, doing odd jobs and grifting)Villager (Raised in a normal town, or small city)