It is the year 22XX and Humanity has reached the stars. Alas, even though they have attained the lofty goal of interstellar travel, mankind has yet to conquer it’s baser instincts.Humanity is ruled by ultra-Corporations. Some own continents. Some own multiple worlds. But no matter who you are, everyone is a citizen-employee somewhere. The qualms that beset corporations of the past, copyright infringement, tech theft, still exist. If anything, they are amplified by the scale of the players.Without government to turn to for legal recourse and separated by millions and billions of miles, corporations have turned to less savory solutions to resolve disputes. You are one of those solutions.You are an elite mercenary, also known as a High Impact Public Representative, of the StrikeOut Company, a group of mercenaries who accept contracts and missions from the highest bidder. You are launched out of a spaceship in a drop pod filled with bright orange and highly toxic gel. You crash land into the target’s facilities, make a mess, do your job, and then get the hell out.You are a Fall Guy. You are a Deniable Asset.QM’s Twitter:https://twitter.com/DickishDeadDAQ Master Pastebin with archive links, pastebins, and other miscellania:http://pastebin.com/nNU28gEA
Alright, not starting on a story post like most days. We're going to start with a two day timeskip until Ivan gets his aug, and then start playing from there.Here's how this will all go down. Ivan will have a total of 24 hours of "free time" to distribute among various activities during this two day time period. You may vote on what to do during that time period, and for how long.>Work at the Armory [MAX 10 HOURS]. Roll a 3d10 to see how well you do, and if you happen to find any goodies. Earns money and trains Tech Skill>Train at the firing range: Choose a gun to train with. [Revolver, Assault Rifle, Shotgun]>Practice melee techniques at the gym>Dick around with Mocha, train hacking skill, albeit slowly>Write In
Rolled 10, 4, 3 = 17>>30734031>Work at the Armory
Alright, I’ve been promising a light hearted and fun mission, or selection of missions, for you guys ever since Bitter Prophet. I believe I’ve come up with a good mix of several suggestions since that announcement. Remember those Merc-Idol Companies I mentioned at some point? The ones that kind combine K-pop/J-pop idols with mercenaries? The idea I have is that one such Company has requested that Ivan take part in an “attack” on their training facility for new merc-idols. The idea is that there is a new batch of young merc-idols and they’ve just completed their own version of Basic, albeit their version was televised for Human Space to watch as a reality TV show. As a finale for the first season with this batch of mercs, the company wants the barracks to come under attack by another merc company. The company knows that their current batch of merc-idols is too large for a longer term run, there’s too many people competing for screen time. So Ivan, alongside some other mercs from StrikeOut, will be tasked to take down as many merc-idols as possible. The ones who survive the mission will get to continue on as the main cast for their own TV show, the ones who are defeated either become extras or have to undergo plastic surgery and get a new identity and try again next year.
>>30734106My vision for the mission right now:>I think this might be a chance to go on a mission with Valkyrie, although she will be taking it easy>The mission will be non-lethal, specialized low-power weapons and ammo will be provided free of charge for the duration of the mission>Ivan will get to choose a stage name and persona for the mission. The name I’ll let you guys vote on, the personas, I’ll write up three or maybe four of them before hand to be voted on>Compensation will have a base rate, followed up by a bonus for each merc-idol defeated, as well as another bonus based on how true Ivan remains to his persona>The selected persona will be reused should Ivan go on another drop like this one, basically Ivan can play the role of recurring villain should you guys choose to do another mission like this one>These enemies, although still unblooded rookies, are still much tougher than your average opponent. Every encounter in the course of this mission will act like a mini-boss fight>HOWEVER: This mission may also be a lot more mechanics driven than earlier ones. Simply because “death” is entirely artificial, I may try to work in HP counts, as well as damage amounts and other stuff like that. This would be a test run for a more refined set of mechanics, and if it goes well these mechanics may be applied to all future missions in DAQ.What are your thoughts on this?
Rolled 1, 5, 10 = 16>>30734031>Work at the Armory
Rolled 8, 3, 8 = 19>>30734031>Work at the Armory [MAX 10 HOURS]. Roll a 3d10 to see how well you do, and if you happen to find any goodies. 10 hours.>Practice melee techniques at the gym 5 hours>Train at the firing range: Choose a gun to train with. [Revolver, Assault Rifle, Shotgun]Revolver for 5 hours, shotgun for 4 hours.
Rolled 10, 4, 7 = 21>>30734031>Work at the Armory [MAX 10 HOURS]. Roll a 3d10 to see how well you do, and if you happen to find any goodies. Earns money and trains Tech Skillrolling followed by>Train at the firing range: Choose a gun to train with. [Revolver, Assault Rifle, Shotgun]Lets get our ARs up to Tier 2 so we can own with our AK-94
Rolled 4, 7, 9 = 20>>30734132Best. Mission. Ever.
Rolled 8, 4, 8 = 20>>30734031>Work at the Armory: 10 hours>Train at the firing range: 8 hours>>Practice melee techniques at the gym: 6 hours
Rolled 8, 2, 2 = 12>>30734163derp, forgot to specify times>WORK = 10 hours>TRAINING = 8 hoursalso>Talk to fucking Elda
>>30734132So..it's a video game mission?VR TRAINING, IVAN! IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME THE PERFECT SOLDIER.
>>30734132Sounds excellent.But how are you handling non-lethal weaponry.Will you just tweak the system to where it's impossible to kill the idols?Or are we actually going to have to spend money on non-lethal weaponry?
Rolled 6, 5, 1 = 12>>30734132>HOWEVER: This mission may also be a lot more mechanics driven than earlier ones. Simply because “death” is entirely artificial, I may try to work in HP counts, as well as damage amounts and other stuff like that. This would be a test run for a more refined set of mechanics, and if it goes well these mechanics may be applied to all future missions in DAQ.Ehhhnnnn.Combined with every fight being a mini-boss fight, I really don't think this is a good idea. DAQ's strength lies in a very transparent, crunch-light combat system that lets you craft some solid narratives. Adding more crap to it isn't going to make it more refined and in this case I really think it's just going to drag it out. Don't fix what ain't broke man.Other than that, I fucking love the mission concept.
Rolled 10, 9, 8 = 27>>30734031>Work at the Armory 10 hours.>Train at the firing Range: Revolver 6 hours.>Practice Melee techniques in the gym 6 hours.>>30734132There is no way in HELL that Ivan would turn down this mission. PLEASE PLEASE lets get started!
>>30734132It's amazing.I love it.
>>30734293WEE! Goodies abound!
>HOWEVER: This mission may also be a lot more mechanics driven than earlier ones. Have you considered running a test offline first? This seems like it could add to play time.
Rolled 8, 8, 7 = 23>>30734287I agree with this on all points, I love how its system allows depth and flexibility without becoming a crunch fest and would hate that, also, the whole 'every fight is a mini boss fight' idea, thats stupid, it gets repetitive, boring and massively fucks up pacing meaning we just end up getting tired of it after the second idol mookFG, scrap those parts and you've got a deal
>>30734280Non-lethal weaponry will be exact replicas of your current weapons, only dulled and depowered so that you don't kill anyone by accident. Essentially stage weapons. It works exactly like the current system, only instead of heads exploding, they'll fall into a pool of light and "expire" after saying some dramatic shit.>>30734287>>30734332>>30734379Definitely a set of relevant concerns. I'll make some test runs at home before committing to anything too crazy. Basically, All I have in mind right now is just be the inclusion of HP amounts and Damage from attacks. Outside of that, nothing else will change.We'll see about the mini-boss thing. If not that, than they'll certainly be elite mooks.
Rolled 9, 2, 7 = 18>>30734332>This seems like it could add to play time.Understatement of the century, messing with the mechanics and bloating the crunch as well as drawing out the fights by making them mini bosses is a great way to make this Bitter Prophet Mk2
Rolled 2, 3, 2 = 7>>30734410why not make the idols have HP and Damage and whatnot, without making them mini bosses, and keep random security mooks one hittable, otherwise you lose the vicseral brutal nature of a highly trained merc stomping random mall cops when he has to take cover because his axe to the face only did 7 dmg instead of a possible 8 and the mall cop, with an axe in his face, is still aliveMake the enemies that are worth a challenge a challenge, and the ones that are not, are not.
>>30734410Right, compiled votes for time skip.>10 hours at Armory, Best Roll: 21>6 hours practicing melee techniques>8 Hours at Range, 4 hours Revolver, 2 Shotgun, 2 Assault Rifle.Does this seem reasonable to everyone?Writing for now>>30734448Seems fair enough anon. And it works fluff-wise, as it lets Ivan and friends seem more dangerous before running into the merc-idols. Also, mooks will always be one-shotted with Ivan's current loadout.
Rolled 8, 9, 5 = 22>>30734504>Does this seem reasonable to everyone?Add in sending a ping to Elda to talk later and its good
>>30734504>>30734293Hey Fall Guy, we got a 27 unless that's too far down the list.
>>30734555Yeah, a little too far down the list to count, unfortunately. >>30734547Pinging Elda to talk at a later point. Added.
>>30734504>2 ShotgunHold up, why are we investing 2 hours in shotgun?We don't even own one and considering what happens every tine it's mentioned we likely never will.
Rolled 1, 4, 2 = 7>>30734555>>30734582would be hilarious if we turned up for work, had a look at our tasks list and GRIT MODE ACTIVATE
>>30734504Should change it to8 Hours at Range, 4 hours Revolver, 4 Assault Rifle.Only one anon mentioned wanting shotgun.
>>30734583Because people seem to have this idea that a shotgun is an ideal close-combat weapon and oh-so great for multiple ammo types. Despite the first being blatantly false and the second being allayed by the fact that we saw Ivan get all manner of ammo types for his revolver.
>>30734583we're going to loot one eventually, so why not get our skills with a CQC weapon, which we tend to favor, up to Tier 1 so we're not handicaped for using it?
>>30734628We already have a hand-cannon , which serves all the purposes of a shotgun without the necessity of having to waste the time leveling the tier.
>>30734628Because it's not a goddamn CQC weapon. It's bulky and adds needless extra weight. We have a revolver and a shock tomahawk for that.Having a good medium-to-long range weapon is more important. Nix the shotgun, train more on AR.
>>30734504Hey Fall Guy, for "practicing melee techniques" could I suggest practicing running? Specifically sprinting starts. Because the great disadvantage is having to close with the enemy. It's all good when we're the ones getting jumped, but I see from the first thread Ivan has a tendency to charge into melee. Short of getting some kind of futuretech to give us a massive horizontal boost, getting better at sprinting and boosts of speed I though would be key.
>30734955I like your thinking Anon. I think we should work on sprints as well.
Rolled 4, 6, 10 = 20>>30734955>Short of getting some kind of futuretech to give us a massive horizontal boosthmmmRocket boots?
>>30734955>Rocket packboom, Ivan in your face now faster than ever before
>>30734504Sounds good to me.
>>30734132Ivan will ham it up there are no doubts about this.We shall be either Thor or an Angry Russian.
The next two days pass by in a blur of activity. You spend most of the first day in the gym’s dojo, practicing various techniques with your axe as well as hand to hand combat moves against combots. The bastards are slippery, lithely dodging most of your attacks. Eventually you figure out the problem. You broadcast your moves too openly. By the fifth hour you’re landing most of your blows, although they’re slightly less powerful than they might have otherwise been. Still, at least they’re landing. Eventually satisfied by your visceral beatdown of your robotic foes, you grab a quick bite to eat before heading down to the range and practicing with your Model 223, mostly working on rapidly changing targets and accurate quick-firing. After several hours of that you take out your AK-94 and spend about three hours practicing with that weapon as well, mostly working on your ability to hit moving targets at range.
You spend most of the next day working in the Armory, repairing various guns and armor that the Armorer couldn’t be bothered with. You are a composer in the work station, and the tools are your orchestra, the hums and sparking all binding together to form a sonata of industry. You just finish work on the last of the Armorer’s backlog of equipment orders when your surly boss arrives with a large gun of some sort and deposits it on your work station. Normally you’d be able to identify most weapons on sight, but the twisted hunk of slag eludes your attempts to categorize it. You get to work on the weapon, breaking it down into smaller parts and separating metal from other bits for easier processing by the recyclers. You manage to work a chain-bayonet off of the hulk, largely undamaged compared to the mangled weapon it arrived on. However, your attempts to activate it are met with bitter silence. Clearly you’ll need to spend some time on this one to get it back into working order. You are about to do so when the Armorer leans in and shouts that she’s closing down for the night. You pocket the chain-bayonet and head down to the firing range once more, spending about an hour acquainting yourself with the MPSE 2094.
Eventually you return to you quarters and settle down for the night, excited at the prospect of your clean bill of health as well as your aug tomorrow. Just before you go to sleep you send a quick ping to Elda, telling her that you’d like to talk later. Rolling over onto your side, you doze off, thinking of brain augments and sugar plums.You wake up the next day and rush through your morning rituals, eager to be on your way to the clinic, where Dr. Barnes will be acting as your begrudging Santa Claus. You hurry through the Brick, practically sliding into his office. The good doctor looks up at you, eyebrows raised. “Seems someone is eager to be here.”“Yeah,” you concur, grinning excitedly. “Been dying to get into the saddle.”Dr. Barnes rolls his eyes. “Alright kid. You have any last minute questions about this aug, or do you just want to get straight to business?”>Last minute questions?>Straight to business.
>>30735212There going to be any side-effects I should look out for?>>30735212>MPSE 2094.What is this?And please don't tell me it's a shotgun.We really don't need you provoking more shitstorms Fall Guy.
Rolled 5, 8, 6 = 19>>30735212>>Last minute questions?Any potential risk I need to know about?
>>30735212>Last minute questions?Side effects and risks involved in the procedure and future use of the mod, then full steam aheadAlso FG, is the pastebin updated to reflect Ivans current weapon proficiencies?>>30735268>MPSE 2094It is
>>30735268It is. However, I altered timing a bit so that the AR received more training time than the shotgun. I feel as though that was a good middle ground to adopt in this situation.Regardless, don't get too worked up over training times. Actually using your weapons in the course of the mission is a far more effective form of training than going down to the range.>>30735333The pastebin is slightly out of date, for example Ivan is a more skilled hacker now, but by and large yes. He actually ranked up in handguns in the course of training.
>>30735352>He actually ranked up in handguns in the course of training.Awesome.How long until we can dual wield 223's?
Alright, ask about side effects and potential complications. Writing.
>>30734132Sounds fucking great
Is Microsoft still around in the far future?
“Yeah, one thing doc,” you say allowing a note of concern to creep into your voice, “are there any side effects to this mod? Anything I should be aware of? Will I feel any different after this?”Dr. Barnes shakes his head. “Never is just one thing. Yes,” he says looking back up at you, “going through this quickly the BiodYne R&D reports noted that recipients of the Cortech Neostructure had increased appetites after receiving the augmentation. Several recipients noted that they seemed to recall embarrassing memories more often after being augmented, although this was not a statistically significant proportion of recipients. Another noted side-effect was a tendency for recipients to remember dreams upon awakening. Finally, all recipients, without exception, when they had to sneeze, would do so three times in a row. No more, no less.”“That’s weird,” you reply, “but any complications? Will I feel any different?”“Well, long term complications in humans is unknown. The aug hasn’t been on the market for that long. In animal testing, the aug actually seemed to prevent the onset of alzheimer's like symptoms in mice. But no, no complications noted as of yet. as for feeling different, most recipients reported feeling and thinking exactly the same as they had prior to augmentation. Any noted changes were quickly identified as the placebo effect. This is a subtle augment, and it works on parts of the brain that you’re not really conscious of in the first place. It should all feel the same.”
You nod. All in all, less extreme than you had personally expected. “Alright then, let’s do this.”Dr. Barnes nods before leading you into the operating room once more. You take a seat on the operating table before Dr. Barnes injects something into you. You slip into unconsciousness.And wake back up again, slightly dazed. You look around, feeling entirely the same as you did before you went under. You step out of the operating room, where Dr. Barnes is waiting for you. He looks you over for a second before sending a file to your HUD. “Alright kid,” he says crossing his arms, “I took the liberty of examining your arm while you were out. Everything is in order, you’re cleared to drop.”You nod gratefully before waving goodbye to the doctor and stepping out of the clinic. It’s only a little after 1200 station time. You’ve still got quite a few hours to burn. What would you like to do?>See what sort of missions Svenja has lined up for you.>Find Elda and talk to her>Write In
>>30735877>Write In>Ping Svenja and ask her to send us a summarized mission list to us, we'll talk to her about them laterThen>Find Elda and talk to her
Rolled 3, 4, 1 = 8>>30735877>See what sort of missions Svenja has lined up for you.Lets wait a bit before talking to Elda again.
>>30735877>>See what sort of missions Svenja has lined up for you.
>>30735877>See what sort of missions Svenja has lined up for you.Did Elda ever ping us back?
>>30735854 >Another noted side-effect was a tendency for recipients to remember dreams upon awakening.And so it begins.
Seems the majority is leaning towards choosing a mission, ie choosing a persona and stage name. Am writing, may take slightly longer depending on how long writing the personas up takes.
>>30736181>PersonaReckless madman with a love of close combat >Stage nameI have no idea.
>>30736181Thor the Russian Lumberjack.50% Norse God, 50% lumber Jack, 50% Drunken Grizzly Bear.
Rolled 10, 2, 8 = 20>>30736181Bearcules McThor the Grizzly Warrior!
>>30736181Name: Boris Thorsen
>>30736181>>30736298>>30736343BEARCULEAS THOR'S CHOSEN
Although you would like to find Elda, there is the matter of business that you need to attend to, and preferably sooner rather than later. You wouldn’t want all the openings for the good missions to get filled while you were gone. You ping your HR Adviser to let her know that you’re coming up to visit and choose a mission. Making your way to her office, you wonder to yourself if the Cortech aug would allow you to better handle the Elda situation, or if that sort of thing is outside of it’s range of effect.You eventually arrive at Svenja’s office. You knock on the door a few times before it slides open. You step into your HR Adviser’s office and take a seat. Svenja seems inordinately pleased with herself about something, grinning rather like you would after a successful mission. The corners of your mouth turn up into a half smile in response to the excitement clear on your Adviser’s face. “Alright Svenja,” you say, shifting forward a bit. “I’ve never seen you look like that before. What’s gotten you so chipper?”Svenja pushes her e-glasses up her nose a bit before speaking. “Well Ivan, remember how you wanted me to find you a ‘fun’ mission to go on after Bitter Prophet?”You nod. “Yeah?”Svenja shuffles a few papers around, “Well, it took a bit of looking but I think I’ve found exactly what you’re looking for. It’s a job offer from the Terracast Group. Apparently their pop-military entertainment division, Love Wetworks Limited, wants some mercs from StrikeOut to take part in a staged drop assault on their training facilities.”>What does Ivan say?>”Uh, sounds a little… stupid. You got anything better?”>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”
>>30736487>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”
>>30736487You had me at pop-military entertainment devision"
>>30736516>>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”
Rolled 6, 2, 7 = 15>>30736516>>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”Do I get to shoot cute things?
>>30736516>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”
>>30736516>”Okay, sounds interesting. Tell me more.”Cute girls fake-dying cutely.
>>30736516>I'm not saying 'no' but what are my other options?
>>30736593>Ivan accidentally uses live rounds.
>>30736516By the way fall guy.What if we beat all of them?
>>30736742Unlikely, there are a lot of them! However, I will address that possibility in the next update.
>>30736796And then we roll multiple 30's.
>>30736827While in Grit and channeling Thor.
You chuckle and rub your jaw, shifting in your seat. “You had me at “pop-military entertainment” Svenja. Tell me more.”Svenja looks positively radiant. “I knew you’d like it. Basically, Love Wetworks has a new batch of merc-idols who just finished basic training.”“Televised it all too, of course,” you interject.Svenja nods. “Indeed. Anyway, they’ve just finished the first season, more of a prequel really, before they get syndicated as SpaceHeart*Love. And they want StrikeOut to lead a surprise attack on their barracks to serve as the season finale! You were one of several mercs they specially requested. Apparently one of their producers saw your fight with Dreads and was impressed at your showmanship.”“Holy hell, that sounds pretty sweet,” you respond, “But, to be clear here, this isn’t going to be lethal, right? How will they handle that?”“Oh, non-lethal, definitely,” says Svenja looking slightly troubled at the thought, “LWL is going to provide non-lethal replicas of your weaponry, free of charge, prior to dropping. If you ‘kill’ someone it’ll only paralyze their combat suit, and they won’t be part of the SpaceHeart*Love show.”“Oh okay,” you say, nodding, “So that way they can give their dying speeches and shit like that. So I guess that means that we’ll be the bad guys in this situation?”Svenja’s head bounces up and down as she nods eagerly. “Oh yes, and I think that might be your favorite part of this mission! You’ll have to choose from one of a few personas their creative team came up with after reviewing your combat footage! It’ll be your villainous alter-ego, which you can reuse should you do another entertainment drop!”You wait patiently as Svenja digs around her desk, looking for some papers. After a few seconds she finds them, sliding them across the table towards you. You pick them up and begin to read.>Personas incoming
>>30736923question, will THEY be using nonlethal guns and ammo aswell?
>>30736967Was gonna ask that.
>>30736923>merc-idolsI can't help but think of Merc Command's Cyberpunk Idols Quests...
>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTEver since the death of Clinton Armstrong, aka “Trevelyan the Blunderbuss” market analysis has identified a huge demand for a similar character to take his place. While Mr. Armstrong specialized in sniper weapons, we believe the Mr. Kostov could play the role of “British Gentleman Hunter” equally well, with some alterations of course. Namely, he would adopt a posh, upper class attitude and persona most of the time, generally going on about gentlemanly conduct and the like. However, underneath it all is a surging volcano of bloodlust, which expresses itself as axe crazy berserker rages. Sort of a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde deal, if you’ve heard about that.>How to play:+When using his Model 223, Mr. Kostov must maintain a veneer of old world class and charm+While in Gentleman Mode, he cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, use his tomahawk+When it is thematically appropriate, either after being shot or if he can’t seem to hit his target in question, Mr. Kostov may enter a Berserk State, where he engages the target in CQC with his tomahawk. Act like an axe-crazy homicidal maniac.
>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLEOur creative team came up with that one almost immediately upon seeing footage of Mr. Kostov’s first drop. Essentially, act as a jolly norse man with a true and deep seated love for battle. Go on about manly confrontations and the thrill of a good fight. Laugh a lot, mention old Norse mythological concepts and gods, like Valhalla and Odin. Talk about being a “true warrior” and a “real man” and what that entails. Try to go for a hotblooded feeling. We’d be thrilled if Mr. Kostov would be willing to drop with a tankard of mead or ale in hand to take swigs form while fighting.>How to play:+Always take the most direct path to your target, a lot of charging and CQC+Laugh a lot, especially while fighting+If Mr. Kostov finds himself with a fellow merc from StrikeOut, he must insist on handling confrontations on his own, even if severely outnumbered>EDGEMASATER 9000It’s a bit of a cliche, but we could always use an “edgy” villain. Just go on about purging the weak and how you hate love and innocence and justice and all that jazz. Maybe even make a few grandiose statements about the evil of man. Definitely call as many things “filthy” or “an eyesore” as possible. >How to play:+Do whatever it takes to win, don’t be afraid to resort to underhanded tricks and cheats+Monologuing is encouraged, especially about moral relativism and the evil of man+Make extreme threats, threaten loved ones and friends. We will have someone on hand to tell Mr. Kostov how he should threaten each Merc-Idol
>>30737452>>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLEOur creative team came up with that one almost immediately upon seeing footage of Mr. Kostov’s first drop. Essentially, act as a jolly norse man with a true and deep seated love for battle. Go on about manly confrontations and the thrill of a good fight. Laugh a lot, mention old Norse mythological concepts and gods, like Valhalla and Odin. Talk about being a “true warrior” and a “real man” and what that entails. Try to go for a hotblooded feeling. We’d be thrilled if Mr. Kostov would be willing to drop with a tankard of mead or ale in hand to take swigs form while fighting.This is pretty much us. Plus THOR!
Rolled 5, 4, 4 = 13>>30737434>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTTHAT SOUND MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME!
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTHoly freaking shit, how can I NOT choose this?
>>30737452>Jolly Viking With A Love For BattleThere can be no other choice.
Rolled 1, 2, 9 = 12>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTThis. This is beautiful.
>>30737452>>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLEPlease? I just don't feel we can pull off the gentleman part on a long term basis.
>>30737452>>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLEIf they are giving us free booze all the better!
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTOh my God, I just realised.We pretty much get to play a boss character in a video game.
>>30737434>>30737452>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUST"UMBUBU! Fetch my Idol gun!"
>>30737452>Jolly Viking with a love for battle Because Thor helped us in the past and it will be easy to do due to how similar it is to our personality.Plus tankard of mead or ale. Should probably get an ale-horn
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTPersonally I think EDGEMASATER would have been nice if you hadn't stuck that fucking name on it.Too many bad connotations.>We will have someone on hand to tell Mr. Kostov how he should threaten each Merc-Idol>Having a tech wispier your opponents worse fears into your com-link.That's fucking hilarious.
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUST
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTIdol hunting you say?
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTThis sounds absolutely amazing.
>>30737452>VIKINGODIN WILLS IT!
>>30737434>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTTime to go full GENTLEMANhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASO_zypdnsQ&feature=kp
>>30737434>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUST
>>30737452>>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLE
Rolled 5, 6, 8 = 19Gentleman Viking hunter with an insatiable love for battle.You know you want it.
>>30737452>>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLEAll my yes
>>30737434>+While in Gentleman Mode, he cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, use his tomahawk>+When it is thematically appropriate, either after being shot or if he can’t seem to hit his target in question, Mr. Kostov may enter a Berserk State, where he engages the target in CQC with his tomahawk. Act like an axe-crazy homicidal maniac.We're gonna end up deliberately missing all our shots aren't we...
>THE SILENT ONEWe’ve tested Mr. Kostov with several audiences, and have noted widespread appeal across most demographics, but especially among women between the ages of 16-125. If Mr. Kostov is willing to take the role, he could serve as a “Fan Preferred” villain. We think that if we pushed the dark brooding stranger aspect Mr. Kostov could develop quite a female fan base. Obviously, this one comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. Mostly, he’d need to keep himself mysterious and inscrutable, leave open the possibility that he’s not a really bad guy, or that he can be redeemed.>How to play:+Don’t say much. At all. Keep your face unreadable, don’t make any expressions+Say stuff like, “You know nothing”, and “Don’t assume you know my motives”+If you’re on screen with another Merc from StrikeOut, try to say and do things that imply tension between yourself and the rest of the group.You place the sheet down. Svenja looks at you expectantly. “Well, which will it be?”“Just a second Svenja,” you reply, holding a finger up, “How many mercs am I expected to take out, and will they be using non-lethal weapons as well?”Svenja crooks her head to the side. “Well, as many as you can I guess. If it gets to be too many and the cast is at risk of being completely wiped out, they’ll either pull you out early, or they’ll have the most popular mercs and the ones that did the best in combat miraculously survive. And of course they’re not using lethal weapons as well. That’s just grossly irresponsible.>Well now that that’s out of the way, which persona do you choose?>I AM ONLY COUNTING REPLIES TO THIS POST AS VOTES. Makes my life easier.
>>30737696>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUST
Rolled 6, 7, 8 = 21>>30737614Anon pleasehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEqTa_MQY68
>>30737696>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTMy Idol gun UMBUBU, Fetch it!
>>30737696>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTFuck, I will be forever ashamed if I didn't choose this.
Rolled 2, 9, 8 = 19>>30737696>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTAND A POSH BRITISH ACCENT
>>30737696>JOLLY VIKING WITH A LOVE FOR BATTLE
>>30737696>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUST
>>30737696>>GENTLEMAN HUNTER WITH INSATIABLE BLOODLUSTIdol hunting? Posh British accent? SIGN ME UP
Rolled 8, 10, 9 = 27>>30737696GENTLEMAN VIKING HUNTER WITH AN INSATIABLE LOVE FOR BATTLEGOTTA WORK DAT MONOCLE AND HORNED HELM COMBO
>>30737696Is there anything we can do to get A muttonstache in time for the drop?Cuz if so Gentleman all the way.
>>30737864>Run down to the clinic and demand a muttonstache aug
>>30737732>>30737696Aw shit, this is so perfect it even clears the grit check. Changing my vote.
>>30737696Jolly Viking, obviously.
Seems like the Gentleman Hunter beat out Jolly Viking.Calling a new vote on your stage name.This is a write in. If you like a name that is suggested, be sure to second it.Just to help start things off, the last guy who played this archetype was known as "Trevelyan the Blunderbuss".
>>30738003Lord John "Mad Jack" Churchill.We can fluff it up by claiming ancestry from the original Churchill of WWII fame.
Rolled 10, 8, 5 = 23>>30738003Dr Rupert J. Gritman
>>30738062Seconded.I love this idea.
>>30737696>>THE SILENT ONEI wish you had posted those closer together so that Silent one could have an actual shot.
>>30738062I like this, bu with a little twist.Gentleman : Lord John ChurchillBerserker: "Mad Jack" Daniels (no known first name)
>>30738131Yeah. Part of me thinks that it might've been better to pastebin the choices so everyone saw them at the same time, or at least in close proximity to one another.Also, Terracast/Love Wetworks Limited will provide you with a working set of stylized armor, as well as anything else you might request, including muttonchops.
Do we get to have someone follow us around and carry our weapons for us?
>>30738185Armour designed like a Full plate.Muttonchops and mustache
>>30738190All in good time, if we do well in this first outing we can probably get a sidekick for the next mission we do.
>>30738185This is the most important question: Will we get a monocle and/or pith helmet?
>>30738190If there is sufficient interest, I may be willing to create a drone or something that will carry around extra guns for you.You guys can name the drone too.>>30738214Yes.
>>30738185Is there some way to make the dreads miraculously appear when we turn into "Mad Jack"?
>>30738214We should go full British Empire-mode here guys.
>>30738151I like this. If we have other Strike Out people with us, they could get exasperated with having to use "Mad Jack" to get our attention while beserkered.
Rolled 5, 1, 5 = 11>>30738219The real question is "Can we hunt while riding a cyberelephant?"
>>30738261Only if you become a recurring villain of note.>>30738228PerhapsI'm leaving name voting open for another 5 minutes in case anyway is struck by last minute inspiration, then I'll start writing.
>>30738219Consider me interested in the drone.
Rolled 5, 7, 4 = 16>Mad Jack>Not Crazy EvenI don't even.
Rolled 8, 3, 10 = 21>>30738382I meant Ivan, I swear.
>>30738419"Crazy Ivan" is the Jolly Viking name.
>>30738219I want that drone.>>30738151Do it.
Alright, seems like Lord John Churchill, transforming into "Mad Jack" Daniels is the winner. Writing.
>>30738512>Dreadssomething to considerGuys, we need to figure out a way to make the bear tattoo part of the schtick, "chomping" as a taunt.
>>30738721That would be cool, see if we can get the tattoo modified to foam and bite when we go through our "transformation".
>>30737696Did anyone else notice that our range is women from 16-125?
>>30738755Age doesn't really mean much, Val is already in her 50's.
>>30738755Dat Sex appeal
>>30738755Ivan's got a pretty wide strike zone, apparently.
>>30738755>>30738788After we start acting like an psychotic Brit with a personality disorder I'm sure that range will disappear in a heartbeat.
>>30738755We need more context about average lifespan to make it meaningful.
>>30738755Not seeing a problem with that since the cure for mortality is around the corner.
>>30738855Darious our bro senior partner is more than 100, and IIRC Valkyrie is 57, technology is at the point where aging is kind of meaningless, but not yet at natural immortality
>>30738855As a Merc we aphave access to better longevity techs than most people. So right now our "natural" lifespan is somewhere between 350-500 years. If we survive the next ~30 years, we should have access to tech that will reder us immune to the ravages of time, period. So unless we get killed, we aren't going to die.
>>30738855The DAQ-verse is right on the cusp of biological immortality. People born right now in the DAQ-verse are expected to live forever. Your life expectancy has a lot to do with when you are born. People can usually make it to their 160s before obvious signs of aging set in.
You lean back in your seat, conflicted. After a few minutes of hard thinking, you make your choice. “Well, it came between the viking and the gentleman hunter, but since I’m basically like the viking most of the time anyway, I’ll take the Gentleman Hunter persona, just to shake things up a bit.”Svenja nods and begins typing something into her terminal. “Alright. Just informed the producer. He says that they’ll be providing you with some sort of khaki colored retro-futuristic safari inspired armor, pith helmet included.”“Awesome,” you reply, idly twisting the papers in your hands. “Tell the producer I’ve thought of a name too. Lord John Churchill when I’m in Gentleman mode, “Mad Jack” Daniels when I’m in Berserk mode.”Svenja nods and types some more. “Alright. The producer seems to be thrilled with that. Although he says they’re going to cut the Daniels off of “Mad Jack”.”You frown, slightly disappointed. “Alright, I guess. Still think “Mad Jack” Daniels has a gppd flow to it. And hey, what about other props? I’m thinking maybe a drone or something that carries my guns around. I could call it Umbubu or something like that. Maybe even a cyber elephant to ride in on.”
Svenja raises an eyebrow and types quickly. After a few seconds she replies, “the producer says you might get the drone if you’re debut is good enough and you’re willing to be a recurring villain. Absolutely no cyber elephant.”You wave your hand dismissively. “Common mind with no appreciation for the dramatic.”Svenja snorts. “More like a common mind with an appreciation for the bottom line. SpaceHeart*Love is just starting out. They’ll need a really good villainous performance from you Ivan. Stuff like that is key for keeping viewers.”“Yeah,” you say laughing, “But will they compensate me for it?”“Yes.”“What?”“I said yes. Although the producer hasn’t sent me any official numbers yet, apparently you’ll get a base fee, followed up by a bonus for each merc-idol you defeat, followed up by a MULTIPLIER based on how well you serve as a villain. Staying in character, good delivery, how memorable the fights are, that sort of thing.”Your mouth forms an O of surprise as Svenja returns her attention back to her terminal. “Hey Ivan,” she says, her face turned towards your own but her eyes still on the screen, “the producer wants to know how well you can handle shotguns. Says that they have a really nice themed piece that Clinton used to carry around. Would be fun to make you his protege or something like that.”>What do you say?>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]>”Hey, I’m good… enough.” [accept free shotgun, but you will be expected to use it, and use it with passing competence.]
>>30739150>Be honestA gentleman never lies
>>30739150>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]Lying about it now will just make us look like shit later.
Rolled 4, 2, 7 = 13>>30739150>>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]
>>30739123>Cutting off the "Daniels">Not using it to make a partnership deal with Jack DanielsWorst business
>>30739150>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]Ask how long we've got before the mission, if we enough time we can train shotguns up to being usable, it shouldn't be too long with our new brain implant.
>>30739150>"I'm bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for the museum." [be honest about your current level]
>>30739150>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]Unless we have time to brush up on shotguns.
>>30739246seconded. train shotgun
>>30739150We have the shotgun but don't see ourselves as worthy enough to use it.
>>30739150>>”I’m bad at shotguns to be honest. Best save it for a museum.” [be honest about your current skill level]While I'd like a free gun, it would just make us look bad on air.
Alright, be honest about our skill level, but see if there is a way to get it anyway.Writing.
>>30739293I'd check to see if we could get a free rifle upgrade myself.
>>30739293Ask them if they have some type of elephant gun as well.
>>30739293Wait...but...Wouldn't us being bad with a shotgun be a GOOD thing?I mean, so we can 'fuck up' and go mad jack more often.
Rolled 8, 3, 4 = 15>>30739357Are you talking about a gun big enough to hunt elephants or a gun that shoot mini elephant shaped explosives?
>>30739150>[be honest about your current skill level]Time to be honest and get in character!
>>30739375it is a cunning plan...
>>30739378Either one is good.
>>30739357Seconding the elephant gun/hunting rifle question.
You wince and rub the back of your neck. “Damn. That sounds really sweet and all, especially if I could keep it, but I’m not really up to scratch with my shotgunning abilities.”Svenja looks surprised. “Really? I assumed you were because of your CQC specialization.”You shrug. “Not really. I’ve got my Model 223 and tomahawk for most close range fuckery. I’ve been working on my mid range game recently, practicing with assault rifles. How long until the mission anyway?”Svenja checks her terminal. “Two days until drop. The producer says that even if you did some sort of crazy 1980s training montage he still wouldn’t be comfortable handing Clinton’s old shotgun over to you. You’d need to be better than competent before he’d be willing to let you take the shotgun as your own.”“Well, tell the producer to keep the shotgun safe for me. Maybe once I’m good enough with those sorts of guns I can take it. Make it something like ‘Now I’m finally ready to take up the mantle of my former superior,’ or something else similar to that.”A few moments of clicking before Svenja speaks again. “The producer said he’ll see what he can do. He’s got a meeting to attend, so I think that’s all for now. Is there anything else you wished to discuss with me, Ivan?”>Anything else?>Write In>”Not for now. See you later Svenja.”
>>30739513>>”Not for now. See you later Svenja.”
>>30739513Mention how we've got that brain aug now, so he can hold on to the gun for a little bit and we'll be ready to use it when we drop.
>>30739513>>Anything else?Will our weapons match our armor? Turning the 223 into an oversized Adams would be neat.
>>30739513>>”Not for now. See you later Svenja.”"Thanks for this, by the way. I ~really~ needed a mission that didn't involve buying more gear"
Rolled 6, 4, 7 = 17>>30739513>>Anything else?I know it's useless, but lets inquire about that bounty money.Maybe ask about any mysterious shower incidents.
>>30739513Let's thank her for doing such a good job at finding us a sweet gig."You're literally the best HR adviser I've ever had. I mean, you're the ONLY one I've ever had, but still! The best."
>>30739557>>30739357Going with these.
>>30739513"Any word on the Dreads money, or is that still tied up in miles of red tape?"
>>30739567We really should take her out for a drink next time we have something to celebrate. Not as some kind of romantic opening gambit or anything, just a small celebration between co-workers.
>>30740091We tried last time but mercs don't want to spend time with HR.
“Yeah, just a few quick things. Any word on the Dreads money, or is that still tied up in red tape?”Svenja nods. “Right. I almost forgot about that. The will of one Mary Ellen Gray stipulated that “Should anyone even cut off a single dreadlock from that jamaican cockguzzler’s stupid fucking head, they’re entitled to whatever money is left over after my asshole ex-husband gets his hands on this”. Turns out her asshole ex-husband had a good legal team. But you’re still due 7,500 Credits regardless.”You grin to yourself as the 7,500 credits flit into your checking account. “Seems a bit harshly worded for a will.”“Apparently Mrs. Gray amended her will to include that after being shot in half by one of Dreads’ plasma cannons.”You whistle. “Bad ass.”“It’s certainly something,” concedes Svenja as she begins burrowing through another pile of print outs. “Was there anything else?”
“Real quick. Yeah. Could you let that producer know I do have an augment that improves how quickly I pick up new skills. I think it might be important.”“Well, he’s at a meeting right now,” responds Svenja, “But I’ll let him know. Anything else?”“Yeah,” you say, “I just wanted to say thanks a lot Svenja. You’re the best HR adviser I ever had. Also the only one. But still. The best.”Svenja looks quite pleasantly surprised at your words, an involuntary smile tugging at the corners of her lips. “Why thank you Ivan. That’s… that’s very sweet of you to say so.”Grinning widely, you wave goodbye to your HR adviser and exit the office. Stepping out into the hallway you check the time. Only a little bit past 1500. You still have time to burn. Just as you're about to head back to your quarters to relax or take a nap or something, an alert appears in your HUD.>This is a notice to all Combat Personnel and Senior management. Please assemble in Airlock Terminal 4A in forty five minutes. All Combat Personnel are required to wear formal duty uniforms. All Senior Management are required to wear business formal attire.>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4A>They said please. That makes it a request. That means I can ignore it.
>>30740160We should probably give some of that money to Tsukino seeing as she actually cut off the dreadlock.
>>30740144It's more like Markos doesn't want to spend time around HR. As you can probably imagine, his relationship with his Adviser is somewhat more adversarial than yours with Svenja.There's also just a general distrust between mercs and HR.
Rolled 1, 2, 9 = 12>>30740179>>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4ADon't want to look bad before senior management.
>>30740179>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4AOh shit! It's the Millenium Man!
>>30740179>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4ALet's not be an idiot.
>>30740179>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4A
>>30740179>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4AAny excuse to wear the dress uniform. Bitches love the dress uniform.
>>30740179>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4AAnd bring our tomahawk if we can, its a part of our formal duty uniform
>>30740179>Suit up and head to the airlock.Also, drop the saw bayonete back at our apartment.
>>30740179Better do what they say.Damn it, we put off Elda for too long...
>>30740179>>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4AWe ain't doing anything important.
>>30740179>>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4A
Rolled 6, 8, 6 = 20>>30740195I support this
>>30740179This is Tran's funeral, isn't it?Make sure to grab his Mediterranean to give to his daughter if we haven't already taken care of that.
>>30740246It's been a day, we still have plenty of time before it's been too long.
>>30740179>>Welp, that’s probably not an optional event, whatever it is. Run to your suite, get changed, and report at Terminal 4AMillennium Man on deck?
>>30740271>Make sure to grab his MediterraneanThe autocorrect is strong with this one.Unless thats a euphemism
>>30740313Autocorrect. Meant to say "medkit". No ideas what the hell happened there.
>>30740271We already posted it to her, several threads ago.
Seems we're feeling dutiful today. Writing.
>>30740240>And bring our tomahawk if we canThat's an awful idea.
>>30740313>Unless thats a euphemismIt's more disturbing if it isn't a euphemism, just that Tran was keeping a mediterranean person as some sort of pet.
Deciding that the Senior Management probably knows which mercs are on the station right now, and which ones didn’t come running to their call, you hurry back to your suite to get changed. You’re glad you felt so sentimental about your formal duty uniform. You kept it stashed safely away in your limited closet space, unwilling to let it get wrinkled. You’ve only worn it once, and that was during the initiation ceremony into StrikeOut’s ranks. Glad that you treated your uniform more reverentially than Cy did his, buried under a pile of shirts, you slide it on, the smart fabric quickly adjusting itself into the smart creases and lines of a freshly ironed outfit. Adjusting the collar, you double check to make sure the piping is all aligned before snatching up your beret and hurrying out the door. You step into the elevator down to the Airlocks and find yourself surrounded by several other mercs in various stages of preparation. A woman looks down miserably at her boots, in desperate need of a polish. You watch as one man shaves with a ceramic knife, holding the blade steady with two hands in order to avoid cutting himself. The elevator stops, disgorging a tide of mercs into the hallway. You hang back a bit to affix your beret, alongside the shaving merc. You nod at him, which earns you a pained grunt of acknowledgement. Clearly there isn’t usually much of a call for the on-station mercs to assemble in FDUs. You hurry down to Terminal 4A, fiddling with your e-glasses. Eventually you step out onto the terminal, far larger and more ornate than the ones that the mercs usually come in on after their missions. It clicks. This is the VIP entrance. You look around and see several familiar faces.
>Alright, you are voting on two things here, who you stand with and whether or not you wear your e-glasses. Please remember to vote for both.>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]>This is a formal event. That means the mercs are probably ordered by paygrade. [Stand with Simge]>I doubt there’s really any sort of rhyme or reasons to this. [Stand with Choi Lei and Marlena and some of the other more senior mercs]>This might be a chance to catch the eye of an important patron or something like that. [Stand with Valkyrie and Darius and the other Senior Partners.]>>Wear your e-glasses. [This allows you to silently communicate with people nearby without fear of detection. However, some people consider it rude.]>>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
>>30740963>This is a formal event. That means the mercs are probably ordered by paygrade. [Stand with Simge]>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
>>30740963>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]>>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
Rolled 2, 5, 9 = 16>>30740963>>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]>>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
>>30740963Stand with Simge, no e-glasses. If we're gonna be professional, we might as well go the distance for it.
>>30740963>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
>>30740963>Stand with Smige>don't where the e-glasses
>>30740963>This is a formal event. That means the mercs are probably ordered by paygrade. [Stand with Simge]>>Don’t wear your e-glasses [You cannot silently communicate with nearby people. However, you would not draw the ire of the VIP if they’re a big stickler for formality]
>>30740963>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]>Wear your e-glasses. [This allows you to silently communicate with people nearby without fear of detection. However, some people consider it rude.]
>>30740963>>Stand with your fellow rookies. This is probably done by experience. [Stand with Elda, Tsukino, Markos, and presumably Cy and Niels when they arrive]I really doubt pay is instrumental in this situation.>Wear your e-glasses. [This allows you to silently communicate with people nearby without fear of detection. However, some people consider it rude.]
Okay, calling it now. Pretty clear consensus to not wear the e-glasses. Who we stand with seems to be a much closer issue.Since it doesn't really matter since we chose to forgo wearing e-glasses Ivan will stand with his fellow rookies, that seems to have the edge anyway.Writing.
Although you don’t think that there’s any really formal procedures for how they want mercs to assemble during a formal event or inspection, or at least none they bothered making you remember, you decide to join your fellow rookies near the airlock opening. As you walk into position you pocket your e-glasses. You’re dying to know what’s got everyone assembled in the terminal, but that can wait until later. You’d prefer to not run the risk of pissing off somebody important enough to get all of the on-station mercs and Upper Management out in force. As you walk past a group of people in suits, most likely the upper management your eyes go wide. There a modified combot standing in their midst, a tie hanging from off of it’s neck servos, the android’s usual featureless head replaced with a malleable silver face mask. The fucking Millenium Man came out to see this guy.Doubly glad that you chose not to wear your e-glasses you hurry over to your fellow rookies, placing yourself in the nearest convenient opening. Which happens to be next to Elda. You glance down at her and briefly make eye contact. The two of you look away, refocusing on the air immediately in front of your faces. Mercifully, Cy appears a few seconds later, squeezing in between you and Elda, his uniform slightly ruffled. After a few minutes everyone is in position. A few more minutes later and Darius bellows, “‘Tention!”
The hissing of the airlock door opening is punctuated by dozens of heels clicking together. You watch as a man steps out onto the station floor. He is tall, with silvery hair swept back in a casual version of the popular executive style. Your throat goes dry as sharp eyes flit across you, scanning the line of mercenaries. Sotiris Vokos, the SEO (Supreme Executive Officer) of NeoLogos. You remain at attention, following the progress of Sotiris Vokos with your eyes. You watch as he shakes hands with the Millenium Man before the two exit the Terminal, followed by a gaggle of StrikeOut suits. A few minutes of tense waiting later, and eventually Darius gives the all clear.The mercs relax and begin talking amongst themselves. As the mercs mill about, gossiping amongst each other, you notice Elda walking quickly away, towards a door. Just as you’re about to do… something, Cy speaks up. “So who in the fuck was that guy anyway?”>What will Ivan do?>Follow Elda. We need to talk.>Fill in the gaps in Cy’s education and explain to him why it matters that the SEO of NeoLogos is on the Brick.
>>30741912>>Follow Elda. We need to talk.
>>30741912>>Fill in the gaps in Cy’s education and explain to him why it matters that the SEO of NeoLogos is on the Brick.
>>30741245I vote we at least ask Val what this is all about as we arrive.
>>30741912>Follow Elda. We need to talk.Ignore Cy.
Right, if you choose to talk to Elda I have no problem explaining to you guys why it matters that Sotiris Vokos of NeoLogos was on the Brick in a post thread Q and A.
Rolled 3, 6, 9 = 18>>30741912>>Fill in the gaps in Cy’s education and explain to him why it matters that the SEO of NeoLogos is on the Brick.We should adress the elda problem later, privately.
>>30741912I'll tell you later, Cy.>>Follow Elda. We need to talk.Later...>Fill in the gaps in Cy’s education and explain to him why it matters that the SEO of NeoLogos is on the Brick.
>>30741992Then we follow Elda.But, uh, can we not push too hard and maybe be better with social cues thanks to our latest aug?
>>30741912>Follow Elda. We need to talk.
>>30742035That's something /tg/ will have to determine for itself.Unless an egregious fuck up occurs I don't intend your conversation with Elda to lead to more drama. This certainly isn't a situation like last time.
>>30742092Oh good, our collective failure as social creatures won't bite us in the ass.
>>30742092Just leave the wai-fus alone and play ivan like a good friend in holy-fuck situation. you gave us enough of a hint we can play through the elda sitation (or i'm confident in my wordplay at least), but seriously stop trying to force elda in every goddamn choice ever.I'll help you with it later, goddamn.
>>30742092>trusting /tg/ not to make an egregious fuck up in a social situationUhhh....
Alright, votes compiled and writing.
>>30742173Ignore this twat and just let /tg/ decide.We've been told this isn't a waifu quest and at the very least we/Ivan'll respond to a direct "not interested."
>>30742173what...anon, I don't think your reading the same quest as the rest of us, he certainly ain't forcing Elda on us
>>30742268>anon, I don't think your reading the same quest as the rest of us, he certainly ain't forcing Elda on usI didn't mean fall guy.I meant the anons yelling for elda constantly every time any vote comes up
You figure you can teach Cy the intricacies of inter-corporate diplomacy later. He’s not about to get any more ignorant, that’s for sure. Answering his question with a vague “later,” you trot after Elda, dodging around the milling mercenaries. You follow her through the side door, which opens up to a seemingly abandoned corridor. Elda fails to notice that you’ve followed her into the hallway, continuing to walk forward. After a second’s pause you speak up. “Elda. Wait.”Elda stops and turns around. You’re somewhat gratified by the fact that she doesn’t immediately turn tail upon seeing who called out to her. You take a few slow steps forward, closing the gap between the two of you. Eventually you stop, standing about three meters away from your fellow merc. A moment of silence passes.“What do you want?”You grunt and shift your arms around, unable to find a good place to settle them. Eventually you decide to leave them resting on your hips. “I just want to talk.”“About what?”>”You know perfectly well about what. I want to know why you flipped out on me a few days ago. What happened then?” [Assertive questioning, leaning a bit towards aggressive]>”Listen Elda, I won’t ask about why what happened at the bar happened. I just want to let you know that I’m not angry about it anymore, and I’m not sure what I did, but I’m sorry for it.” [Passive acceptance of what happened]>”Elda. If you’re comfortable telling me, I’d like to know why things got so out of hand at the bar. I’d like to see you again at some point and it’d be great if that didn’t happen again.” [Something in between the first two options in terms of tone]>Write In
>>30742738>”Elda. If you’re comfortable telling me, I’d like to know why things got so out of hand at the bar. I’d like to see you again at some point and it’d be great if that didn’t happen again.” [Something in between the first two options in terms of tone]
>>30742738>”Listen Elda, I won’t ask about why what happened at the bar happened. I just want to let you know that I’m not angry about it anymore, and I’m not sure what I did, but I’m sorry for it.” [Passive acceptance of what happened]
Rolled 5, 7, 9 = 21>>30742738>>”Listen Elda, I won’t ask about why what happened at the bar happened. I just want to let you know that I’m not angry about it anymore, and I’m not sure what I did, but I’m sorry for it.” [Passive acceptance of what happened]
>>30742738>>”Elda. If you’re comfortable telling me, I’d like to know why things got so out of hand at the bar. I’d like to see you again at some point and it’d be great if that didn’t happen again.” [Something in between the first two options in terms of tone]
You sigh, the exhalation echoing in the corridor. “Elda. If you’re comfortable telling me, I’d like to know why things got out of hand at the bar. I’d like to see you again at some point, and it’d be great if that didn’t happen again.”Elda looks away. “I… I’m sorry Ivan. I don’t really want to say why. It’s personal.”You feel a surge of irritation run through your veins. Could she just knock it off with the mysterious and cagey bullshit already? Before you have time to say anything ill considered, however, Elda continues speaking. “But what happened that night wasn’t fair to you. Even if you were a total testa di cazzo for following me out of the bar.”>How does Ivan respond?>Rub back of head. “Yeah, in retrospect it wasn’t the best idea.”>”Really? I thought it was the arm grab that did me in.” [This will be said in a humorous or joking tone]>”You’re damned right it wasn’t fair. How could I have seen any of that coming?”>Write In
>>30743284>Rub back of head. “Yeah, in retrospect it wasn’t the best idea.”
>>30743284"I'll be a testa di cazzo if it shows you I care, Elda."THEN WE WALK AWAY.
>>30743284>”You’re damned right it wasn’t fair. How could I have seen any of that coming?
>>30743284Jesus Christ woman. Will you stop trying to excuse your own dodgy behavior and shitty attitude one minute?But really don't say that.>Rub back of head. “Yeah, in retrospect it wasn’t the best idea.”
>>30743284>>Rub back of head. “Yeah, in retrospect it wasn’t the best idea.”>Write InListen, though. If I didn't give a fuck about you, I wouldn't have gone after you. Just... Something to realize, OK?
>>30743470This is cute. Seconded.
>>30743354What the hell is testa di cazzo?>>30743284>2Humor defense GOThen follow with"I felt like I had to do something, it happened outta no where. Sorry if it did piss you off, though."
>>30743284>>Write In"You were having fun, and then suddenly you weren't, like a flip had been switched. of course I was concerned! ""I didn't mean to hurt you but... But I think I did, anyway,, though I didn't mean to. I get the feeling you just want to drop it, yeah?">remember: show interest(of any kind) is valid/genuine, don't hit/force her buttons. This will not be a one-conversation thing.
>>30743284>Rub back of head. "Yeah, in retrospect it wasn't the best idea."
>>30743407>Jesus Christ woman. Will you stop trying to excuse your own dodgy behavior and shitty attitude one minute?yeah no. That kind of force it-fix it instantly attitude is only gonna push her away.If you want to make inroads here and not cause more drama, you need to understand that something *serious* happened in her past, and stop treating it lightly
>>30743284followed by >>30743470's write in.
>>30743284I don't want to push Elsa, but I want you to know that I'm willing to listen. Just don't disappear on me.
>>30743538Dickhead in italian. A based anon sent me an email with some good Italian profanities for Elda to use.
>>30743549I think this is a bit too focused on us and a bit too personal as we're trying to establish where her boundaries are without provoking her.
>>30743593Oh. Pff. Then I second the option that says why we did what we did, instead of just saying "Yeah we were a dick head"Feels more fitting.
>>30743284>"Really? I thought it was the arm grab that did me in." [Humor]
>>30743470I'll support this. It's focused enough that she'll be thinking about being more open with people.
>>30743549I like this.>>30743284
>Us being this dividedMan, we are a mess talking to people...Hopefully she gets the picture regardless.
Alright, based on the input from anons, I feel like that mix of dialogue prompt and write in in >>30743470 is a good middle ground between all of the votes. Writing.
>>30743785Yay, I think~Counting on you to make us sound coherent Fall Guy.
You grunt and rub the back of your head. “Yeah, in retrospect that may not have been the best idea.”Suddenly your tone becomes much less apologetic, firmer, although still gentle. “Listen though. If I didn’t give a fuck about you, I wouldn’t have gone after you, regardless of how much of a bad idea it was. Something to realize, okay?”Elda swallows and nods. “Yes. Yes, If my worries were… yes, no... yes.”“Excuse me?”Elda straightens up, tugging at the bottom of her FDU’s top. “Ivan Parkas Kostov. The fact that you were obvious enough to get slapped once tells me that your interest in me is genuine,” Elda takes a few steps forward, closing the gap between you two. “And the fact that you were stupid enough to risk getting slapped a second time,” Elda raises her hand back into the air. You’re slightly too perplexed by these constant changes in mood to react as the hand comes flying toward your face. You wince as it lands softly on your cheek. “Tells me I don’t need to fear that interest.”Elda spins on her heel and walks away from you. You raise your right hand to your cheek and place it on the spot that she touched, utterly perplexed.>Well, you’re pretty sure things are patched up for now. Probably. Say anything?>Write In some dialogue>Nah, just leave Elda to be weird on her own. Head back out to Terminal 4A.
>>30744499>>Nah, just leave Elda to be weird on her own. Head back out to Terminal 4A.
>>30744499>>Write In some dialogueJust grin to ourselves like a doofus. Whatever this means, it's probably good.
>>30744499>Nah, just leave Elda to be weird on her own. Head back out to Terminal 4A.We really couldn't do any good by saying anything else.
>>30744499>Nah, just leave Elda to be weird on her own. Head back out to Terminal 4A.
>>30744499>Say anything?"I LOVE YOU." Not really, jesus guys
>>30744499>Nah, just leave Elda to be weird on her own. Head back out to Terminal 4A.>>30744552Sounds like a very Ivan thing to do.
You allow Elda to walk away to wherever the fuck that corridor leads, while you stand in place, grinning like a doofus. Patching things up always leaves you with a happy feeling. As does not getting slapped. That’s pretty great too. Eventually you turn around and walk back towards the door leading to Terminal 4A, deciding that now might not be the best time to get lost in the innards of the Brick. You slide open the door and step onto the now deserted Terminal. Seems like everyone’s gone off to wherever it was they wanted to go. The door slides shut behind you.You’re about to head back to your apartment to relax when a force lifts you up by the collar of your FDU and slams you against the wall. You grunt, air forced out of your chest. Looking around in confusion you find yourself confronted by a storm of red hair.“So, rookie,” breathes a female voice. “You plotting against our NeoLogos benefactors in there?”>Well, what does Ivan say to the Valkyrie?
>>30744979>>Well, what does Ivan say to the Valkyrie?What if I was? Would you have to punish me?
>>30744979"I don't know what the hell you're talking ab-JESUS CHRIST WOMAN, YOU'RE STRONG"For the sake of funny.
>>30744979Sorry, but I'm actually confused. Is this a segue for fight-sex or is this an actual legitimate question?
>>30744979I got a simple answer"Me? Plotting? Who the hell do you think you're talking to? Since when can I 'plot' anything beyond a course for my axe to the face of my enemies?"
>>30745070Probably not going to have a sex fight tonight. Also not really a legitimate question either.Valkyrie's just messing with Ivan.
>>30745083I like this
>>30744979"Depends. If I fail do I get you as my warden? Sounds fun."
>>30744979"Yes Val, I've put together an intricate and complex plot to take NeoLogos down, but I need your help if it's going to work. We'll need three nuns, a bear that can ride an unicycle, and plastic explosives, but together we can pull it off."
>>30745197add"and a bottle of lube" to that, and we're sold
>>30745197For some reason I read this and instantly thought "Hitman"
>>30745197>>30745218fuck yes we must use this
Alright, since I really like >>30745083 and >>30745197 we're doing both. Although there were a lot of good write ins on this one.
>>30745112Well, I kinda meant it in character, but thanks for the clarification anyways.
>>30745112Not even a fade to black? AWWW...
>>30745338A sex fight is not a requirement of a FtB in DAQAlthough maybe it should be...In all seriousness, I'll let players vote on whether or not they want an FtB to happen later, should it seem appropriate.
>>30745415wait, that stands for Fade To Bros, right?Right?right.
You pause for a second, hanging in the air before speaking, "Yes Valk, I've put together an intricate and complex plot to take NeoLogos down, but I need your help if it's going to work,” Valkyrie’s makes a confused sound, part way between a grunt and the word what. “We'll need three nuns, a bear that can ride a unicycle, a bottle of lube, and plastic explosives, but together we can pull it off."Valkyrie’s mouth hangs open, her brow furrowed in complete confusion. “Wha?”You’re slightly exasperated by the fact that you’re still hanging there in mid-air. “Alright seriously, Valk? Me? Plotting? Who the hell do you think you’re talking to? Since when can I ‘plot’ anything except for the trajectory of my axe into the face of my enemies?”With that, Valkyrie’s brain finally realizes that you managed to turn the tables on her. She roars with laughter and lets you go, where you fall into a heap on the floor. Helping you to your feet, she continues chuckling. “That’s pretty funny rookie. I guess you are good for more than an F&F.”You grin, brushing off your FDU. “Really now? Didn’t think you cared.”Valkyrie shrugs. “I had to check to see how well you could think on your feet. Especially since we’ll be dropping together against SpaceHeart*Love,” Valkyrie grins at you, her face lighting up at the thought. “I’m curious rookie, what persona do you have?”>Answer the Valkyrie!>Tell her what persona you have, then follow it up with:>Ask what her persona is>Ask how often she’s done drops like these>Write In
>>30745699>>Bullshit herJoke "Actually, the producer liked my fight against dreads so much, I got to sign onto the idol-girl side, and give them an edge against the hardened mercs as team coach!""I just hope the wardrobe isn't *too* ridiculous"
>>30745699I'll show you mine if you show me yours.
>>30745699>>Ask what her persona is
>>30745699>Answer Valkyrie>IN CHARACTER!
>>30745699>>Tell her what persona you have, then follow it up with:>>Ask what her persona isFive space bucks she's the ditzy one.
>>30745699seconding >>30745742would be hilarious if we end up playing dressup showing off our costumes...
>>30745773This is the correct obvious."What a lovely young Englishwoman you are - Valkyrie, was it? It just so happens that I'm looking for an assistant of sorts on the sortie I'm planning against a couple of trumped-up Oriental action-stars, are you interested"
>>30745699Definitely have to answer in character, then>Ask what her persona isBtw, what type of british voice are we going for here?Nigel Thornberry?Fat mustachioed general?Elegant gent?
>>30745885Nigel ThornberryPlsIt has to be this way.
>>30745885Elegant gentlemen, of course. We want all the ladies to be on our side before we go Mad Jack and terrify everyone.
So, should we have our droid carry around a hotplate taped to it's head with a cup of tea on it?
>>30745879hahaha, man, imaging that, Valkyrie as our gun caddy
>>30745699"My dearest Lady Valerie, I will have you know that for the duration of our expedition I shall be conducting myself under the name John Churchill. A good, noble name befitting such a gentleman of my assumed stature, though I admit I prefer the leisurely recreations of life to the responsibilities of nobility. Yes, there is nothing so sweet and the hunt for dangerous prey, the pursuit of a dangerous woman..."Wait two beats, break character and ask if that was sufficient Ham or we should tone it down.
>>30745944Oh fuck, my side! You kill me Anon!
>>30745921Indeed, my good man. Indeed.
>>30745742I like this.>>30745699
“Ahem,” you reply, adjusting an invisible monocle. “Yes, well little poppet- Valkyrie was it? I am known by the name Lord John Chruchill, a good and noble name that my family has borne for many-a generation. The queen herself has assigned unto me the great and arduous task of making expedition to one of the oriental worlds, where I intend to take part in a sortie against a band of trumped-up celestials. Perhaps I may even acquaint myself of a trophy worthy of the wall in my duties,” you wait a beat. “Alright but seriously. I’ve shown you mine. You show me yours.”Valkyrie snorts, shaking her head. “I’d almost say that was too much, but those bastards love a gauche performance. I’m called the Banshee. According to my backstory I used to be a fellow merc-idol until I was twisted and corrupted by Meraxes, the Neuromancer. Now I fight against the goods of love, friendship, and which ever product they’re sponsored by this week.”“Holy shit, were you a merc Idol at one point,” you ask before you can stop yourself.Valkyrie gives you a look. “Of course not. But that’s the backstory that every single antagonist with a pair of tits gets.”You deflate slightly. It would have been pretty fun to see if you could find an old pic of Valkyrie in one of those merc-idol uniforms. Those miniskirts are supposed to be designed by scientists for maximum sex appeal. Not that she really needs any extra of that. Brushing the thought away you return your attention to Valkyrie, who seems to be giving you a contemplative look.>What say Ivan?>Ask her what’s on her mind>Ask her if she can give you any insights as to what’s expected for this mission>Ask her why she does drops like this>Write In
>>30746378So what's on your mind? Is it that these drops are even more fun then I think it's going to be? Please say yes.
>>30746378>>Ask her if she can give you any insights as to what’s expected for this missionThen >Ask her why she does drops like this
>>30746378"So what is an experienced Merc like you doing a job like this? According to my advisor, it's not paying much beyond basic. Something catch your interest, eh?"
>>30746378I'll second this >>30746430>>30746430
>>30746378>>30746430Sure, why notalso>Ask her why she does drops like this
>>30746378>who seems to be giving you a contemplative look."Uh oh. You don't look like you're a huntress. You're -thinking-. Now I"m worried."
Curious, you ask, “So what's on your mind? Is it that these drops are even more fun then I think it's going to be? Please say yes.”Valkyrie grunts. “They’re pretty fun. And the pay is good too, provided you can act and kick ass.”“Ah. So that’s why you do these drops. Good money?”Valkyrie laughs out loud at you. “When I said the pay was good I meant for a rookie like you. The pay is fucking pocket change for me. No, these drops are a nice change of pace. No pressure, nothing can really go wrong. Better than what I usually do.”“Oh yeah,” you ask, intrigued. “What does being an upper level merc entail anyway?”Valkyrie looks like she’s about to answer you before she gives you a puzzled look. “Wel- mmm. There it is again. Weird.”You groan in exasperation. “What’s weird? Shitfire, I get enough of this mysterious crap from Elda.”“Elda,” Valkyrie asks, a smile that you’re all too familiar with forming on her lips. “That little brunette number?”>What does Ivan say?>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”>Follow this new line of conversation about Elda>Still taking write ins
We're all in agreement that we're going to "acquire" a merc-idol uniform for Val and one for Elda during this mission, right?
>>30747110>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”>Follow this new line of conversation about EldaBOTH, at the same time!, we can totally multitask
>>30747110>>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”I am starting to think that there is a conspiracy all women in DAQ are a part of.
>>30747110>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”
>>30747144I thought that went unsaid anon, but yes, we are looting our 'slain' enemies>Follow this new line of conversation about Eldabut don't forget to bring it back at the end of the convo
>>30747110"The little brunette number who I seriously don't understand. She's a friend with complications. Now, what did you mean by 'There it is again'?"
>>30747110>>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”This will fail, but I vote anyways
>>30747144We should definitely get one for Niels so he can give it to Tsukino.
>>30747110>Follow this new line of conversation about Elda>>30747206 is good too
>>30747110>Drag the conversation back to "what's weird?"
>>30747110>>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”
>>30747110come back to the 'whats weird' bit later>Follow this new line of conversation about Elda
>>30747110asking Valkyrie about women troubles, this can only go well>Follow this new line of conversation about Elda
>>30747110>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”or failing that, this: >>30747206
>>30747110>Drag the conversation back to “what’s weird?”"With a barbed tongue, a sniper rifle, and more mysteries than I can shake a stick at. Before you grill me on this, what did you mean by 'there it is again'?"
Alright anons. Writing. Also, making a request. We've just busted into 6k words for this thread today. That's a lot of words, and I'm starting to burn out a little. Now, I promised a substantive interaction with Valkyrie, and I intend to deliver before the night's end. However, a lot of the prompts I can think of only lead to a recursive loop of dodging and avoiding any serious discussion.That's where you come in. Next prompt will be a write in only. I'm asking you guys to give me a kick in the narrative ass I need to wrap this thread up stronk.Either that or we could just wrap up the thread for tonight and get pumped for the mission this thursday. Your call.Writing.
>>30747411So make the next Write in distract Valk from grilling us further.Gotchya.Grit mode engage.
Heads up FG, threads on page 9 now
You shake your head. "The little brunette number who I seriously don't understand. She's a friend with complications. Now, what did you mean by 'There it is again'?"“What,” responds Valkyrie, “oh nothing. Just not used to sharing this much with rookies. It’s a bit odd is all.”“I suppose so,” you reply, not sure how to take her words, “I mean I didn’t notice anything unusual.”Valkyrie chuckles. “Let me put it to you this way, Ivan. I don’t know the name of any of your other rookie buddies, including that one I dropped with on his first mission. For some fucking reason I know your name. It’s weird.”“Oh,” you say, slightly taken aback. “I guess I’m just memorable?”“Maybe,” replies Valkyrie scratching her chin. “Ah damn it. I had a plan for you when I slammed you against that wall. Now I can’t remember it for the life of me.”>Write In
>>30747586True facts, anon. I fully intend to wrap up and archive before we drop off the board. Dropping off on page 9-10 always takes the longest anyway
>>30747607So make a comment that will lead to FtBI honestly can't think of anything else that will end on a strong note.
>>30747607"Huh...maybe you just keep seeing me all over tv. I'm pretty popular it seems these days." Joking tone. "Or maybe I'm just a damn good lay after all." Proud/smug face. Either way, push her back while she's caught off guard into a wall and growl. "Why don't we find out which huh?"
>>30747607"Oh? Well I had assumed you were going to drag me away to you're lair. Actually, I had a rather detailed scenario planned out but that kind of got lost to the image of you in a merc-idol costume. Yep, that's taking up at least 90% of my brain capacity at the moment.""Well, if I've managed to kill the mood we could always grab a beer and actually get to know one another?"
>>30747607"A plan? did it involve a bear on a unicycle? Or lube? Hopefully not both, because I was kidding before, I don't know how those things would work together...nor do I want to."
>>30747607So you can remember my name but not what you wanted to do with me? That's unfortunate.Did those plan involve any kind of physical contact, violent or otherwise?
>>30747607"Hmm, this plan, did it involve slightly less serious banter leading to more fun at a different, probably undisclosed location? Because I'm going to be honest, I can't predict 'em but I tend to like your plans."Start joking with her to help her remember her plan to teasingly construct a new one with her.
okay, seems like you guys have a very clear idea for how you want this thread to end. Last update for tonight. I'll still do Q&A after I'm done.
>>30747607OP, this is important, the dress uniforms, they have zippers or buttons?
>>30747833uhhhh Whichever one works better for you anon?
>>30747607"No plan survives first contact with the enemy. While I'd like to say that you remembered my name because I'm just that ruggedly handsome, it might be because I'm the only one of them who actually has talked to you like another person.Though you may have made a bad call in getting attached to the rookie with the lowest self-preservation rating."
>>30747816Eh, I figure Ivan enjoys Valk's company this way too. Makes sense to me anyway.
>>30747607"I believe you were uncovering a foul plot against our corporate overlord. Sadly the suspect you'd captured proved resistant to your preferred 'enhanced enterogation methods'. However, he ultimately proved more compliant when softer methods of physical coercion we applied."Was going to work slowly opening her dress uniform into the prompt, but couldn't find a tasteful way to do it.
“And, this plan,” you say, grinning, “did it involve a bear on a unicycle? Or lube? Hopefully not both. I don’t want to see how those two things would synergize.”Valkyrie nods her head, mouthing a word. “That’s it.”You grin, expectant if slightly perplexed. “What’s it?”“Lube.”Concerns over who said lube will be applied to vanish as Valkyrie lunges forward towards you, pressing you up against the wall. As her knee worms its way in between your own legs, Valkyrie presses her own mouth against your own, kissing you furiously. She breaks away from you, smiling in that way of hers. “Suspect has proven resistant against standard methods of enhanced interrogation.”Valkyrie seizes both of your wrists and pushes you further up against the wall of the station, nibbling at your neck, using her teeth to pull the zipper of your FDU down a bit, before getting to work on your exposed collarbone and shoulder. “But ultimately proved more compliant when subjected to…” her mouth breaks away, rising up until it’s next to your ear, “alternate methods.”
>>30748230And there we go. A bit of light lewd before the FtB. That's all for tonight folks, expect the next thread to start with getting geared up for the mission.Next thread on Thursday.A pleasure to run this super session with you as always. Will be typing up a post explaining how NeoLogos and StrikeOut relate to one another. While I'm doing so, please feel free to ask me questions.
>>30748230how long can ivan be able to keep up with his aug?only one way to find out!
>>30748230Huh, well I guess we'll findout how open to sexual exploration Ivan is next time we see Val. Well played Fall.
>>30748285Woop. Thanks for running, FG. You're badass as always.I assume next thread is gonna be mission time? Looking forward to it.I'm real satisfied with how this thread went. Made up with Elda (surprisingly well, at least), and even realized that Valk might actually see us as a good partner, and maybe even friend instead of just fuck buddy.Maybe.Either way, interesting.
>>30748342>how open to sexual exploration Roll for an...I should stop here.
So anyway, StrikeOut is an independent merc company, it does not legally belong to any other group, it is an entity unto itself. That said however, StrikeOut is also essentially NeoLogos Inc’s attack dog. NeoLogos not only owns the system where StrikeOut is based, they are also StrikeOut’s number one patron, and account for more than 40% of StrikeOut’s business, all things considered. As such, while StrikeOut does take missions from other corporations, they will never act against the interests of NeoLogos. That would be biting the hand that feeds them. NeoLogos also helps out StrikeOut in other ways, by providing discounted logistical support and services, such as fuel for StrikeOut’s cruisers as well as advanced Cyber augments for cheap.Sotiris Vokos is the Supreme Executive Officer of NeoLogos, essentially a CEO, except on a bigger scale. Vokos has been the SEO of NeoLogos since the founding of the company more than one hundred and sixty years ago. He has a long standing relationship with the Millenium Man, and the two of them have a history working with one another. It was mercenaries like Bob and the Armorer who helped defend NeoLogos from attacks by competitors back before it became the titan in the Cyber Augmentation and Neuroware markets that it is today. As such, the bonds between StrikeOut and NeoLogos are strong and deep. The Millenium Man and Vokos rarely meet in person any more. This is entirely due to how busy the two men are, and not due to any personal falling out between the two. As such, any time Vokos decides to visit the Millenium Man on the Brick, the Millenium Man likes to roll out the red carpet for his friend. It also means that if Vokos comes calling, there is some serious shit that is going down, something that causes no end of speculation among the mercs.
>>30748342>>30748466Now now you two. You're just making assumptions.ASSumptions if you will.
>>30748440Next thread is indeed mission time.
>>30748512Whelp, that's quite a bit of history.So this may have something to do with pearalians, and is probably way above Ivan's paygrade.Unless we get an epic mission that mobilizes ALL the mercs in a giant offense/defense
I can't help but picture the Millenium Man as some sort of mix between Daft Punk and T-1000?
>>30748686That's pretty awesome anon. You should keep on doing that. I know I am now.