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/DickishDeadSuptg Archive Link:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Deniable%20Assets%20QuestDAQ Master Pastebin with archive links, pastebins, and other miscellania:http://pastebin.com/nNU28gEA
Your nostrils flare. A final desperate effort to keep the sneeze at bay as the cosmetician painstakingly applies the moustache. When you requested a full muttonstache as part of your Lord John Churchill persona you figured they’d glue a fake one on and that would be that. Instead, LWL sent a VIP craft out especially for you a full day before the cruiser to their facilities was scheduled to leave so they could apply the muttonstache hair by artificial hair. On the bright side she’s very nearly done. On the not so bright side she’s working on the upper lip now, the hair applicator coming dangerously close to your nose. Your lip involuntarily curls, which draws a light slap from the cosmetician. “Vocus,” she scowls, her perpetual frown deepening.Squeezing your eyes shut you think about things like sandpaper and belt sanders. After a few more minutes the cosmetician sits back. “It is being vinished.”You inhale deeply sitting upright. Looking into the mirror, in fact an HD camera feed, you marvel at the realism of the muttonstache. Thing looks legit as tits. The cosmetician allows you a few seconds to bask in the radiant glory of your victorian brush before dragging you out to the hallway. “Zat vay,” she grunts, pointing down the hall, “zere zey are making ov ze pervection viz your comrades.”
You follow her directions, glad to be free of the cosmetician’s not so tender ministrations. Considering the past twelve hours were devoted entirely to the application of a beard, you suppose that there are yet more steps before you’re ready to appear on camera. Grumbling to yourself, you walk into yet another make up room. This one is larger, with four chairs all lined up in front of more HD mirrors. Your arrival into the room is greeted with peals of laughter as your fellow mercenaries all see your facial hair. You immediately straighten up into a proper gentlemanly posture and rub your chin. “I say! Have none of you an appreciation for the proper care and maintenance of the old chin wig?”Taking a seat at the last open chair, you lean back as some make up artists and hairdressers get to work on you. Three faces are projected in a row on the screen of the pseudo mirror. Valkyrie, who seems to be in the middle of some sort of ornate face bleaching procedure, Simge, with deliberately smeared make up, and Choi Lei, who seems to be enjoying a scalp massage while the other three of you are molested by make-up artists.>What does Ivan say to his fellow drop mates?>Talk to Valkyrie about something [write in]>Ask Simge what’s the deal with her screwy make up>Ask how the hell Choi got a fucking scalp massage
>>30820495>Ask how the hell Take Out got a fucking scalp massage
>>30820495>>Ask Simge what’s the deal with her screwy make up
>>30820495>Ask Show the hell Choi got a fucking scalp massage
Right. So I promised on my twitter that I'd dump all the brainstorming that occurred either in the IRC, or that I did personally as a result of the IRC discussion. I have the posts all ready, and will post them at the end of the thread, unless people want to see them right now.
>>30820495>Ask Simge what’s the deal with her screwy make up
>>30820495>Ask Valkyrie what is going on with the makeup and massages.
>>30820609Honestly I'd rather wait til the end of the thread or have them in a pastebin.
>>30820495>Ask how the hell Choi got a fucking scalp massage>Ask Simge what’s the deal with her screwy make up
>>30820495Practice lighting a cigar while doing any of those options.
Been writing, will post hopefully soon
>>30820749Wouldn't he use a pipe?
>>30820771It would be pretty boss if he did.
Can we get the list again of what to and not to do from the directer?
>>30820770>>30820807I also like the list.
>>30820807>>30820854no problem, will have it after update
>>30820495>Talk to Valkyrie about something."So Val, what's your opinion on period accurate mustaches?"
“Shit Simge,” you say before one the the make up artists whacks you for moving your jaw. Speaking through your teeth you continue, “what’s with that make up? It kinda looks like the end result of a five year old’s first attempts to use her mother’s lipstick while seizing.”Simge starts to smile and reply, which earns her a whack from her own cosmeticians. “Well, my proper persona name is Patient VX-134, but everyone on screen calls me Vix. I’m supposed to be this escaped mental patient and one of the best snipers in Human Space. Thing is, Vix is always super happy and can’t stop laughing, which is how I give away my position.”You try your best to convey incredulity without actually making an expression or moving your mouth too much. “So they basically want you to act like yourself but with impulse control issues?”“Yeah, except they fit a voice modulator on the face mask I wear so everything I say is projected and warped to sound all mentally unbalanced and stuff.”
“So is that all they did? Slap a voice modulator and straight jacket on you and call it a day?”Simge’s responding laughter comes out strangled from in between her teeth. “Yeah. Turns out that I tested as having "high waifu potential" with certain male demographics. Also turned out I can’t act. So the director just told me to react how I normally would to being on a TV show about mercs. Now Vix just breaks the fourth wall all the time.”You roll your eyes, which somehow earns you another whack. Crossly wondering when they’ll tell you off for beating your heart too hard, you say “I imagine your fans are... interesting... to say the least.”Simge hums in agreement, her lips closed as the cosmetician applies lipstick. Boredly wondering who else to talk to, you focus on your two fellow mercs. Valkyrie is grimacing as a hair stylist tugs on her scalp. Choi Lei is sniggering at the three of you from his own chair as the massage moves down from his scalp and onto his shoulders.>To whom dost Ivan speak?>Distract Valkyrie from the pain of someone pulling her hair with the pain of conversation with you!>No seriously, what did Choi Lei do to get this treatment?
>>30821050>>No seriously, what did Choi Lei do to get this treatment?I am curious who he slept with.
>>30821050>No seriously, what did Choi Lei do to get this treatment?
>>30821050>>No seriously, what did Choi Lei do to get this treatment?
>>30821050>>No seriously, what did Choi Lei do to get this treatment?Just how many cocks did he have to blow to get a personal massuse?
>>30821050>Distract Val by complaining about how easy Choi's getting off and plotting revenge with her.
>>30821138Ooh, I like this.
>>30821050Take Out, seriously what the fuck man.
“Alright seriously Choi? Whose dick did you suck to get this?”Choi Lei roars with laughter as one of your styling team swats you for moving your lips too much. “It’s really fucking easy rookie,” Choi responds as another stylist begins to work on his pectorals. “I was smart when I chose a persona.”You manage to blurt out “How,” before one of your cosmeticians shoves her fingers in your mouth, checking the color of your teeth.“Simple,” grunts Choi as he reclines in his seat. Obviously his stylists are good at this part of the job too. “My character never shows his face. So there’s no need for all this make up crap. Shit, I could be in my dressing room right now instead of out here doing something entirely different with these two if I wanted.”The cosmeticians fingers leave your mouth for a second, allowing you to ask “Why,” before your mouth is back under assault as she scrapes your tongue clean.Choi snorts at you as the cosmetician yanks your tongue further out of your skull. “More fun watching you people suffer. Seriously, my character is called the Delivery Man, and he’s like a master of tactical planning and setting traps. I never fight anyone directly, only stand on ledges and shit while those foolish enough to oppose me are blown to shit.”The cosmetician releases your tongue before gesturing you to stand up. The four of you rise and march off to the dressing room. Choi wraps his arm over your shoulder and continues to speak as the two of you walk to your respective rooms. “A mysterious master of traps. And best thing? I am ass deep in endorsement deals for trench coats and stuff.”
Finally free to make expressions once more, your eyebrows shoot up much higher than they normally would. “Alright trap master. One question. How are you able to set traps if you’re supposedly dropping into the enemy base for the first time?”Choi Lei releases you and walks up to the door of his dressing room. Before he enters it, he turns to face you and grins. “Just that good.”Snorting, you step into your own dressing room, where you find another stylist waiting for you. The petite and utterly androgynous individual walks up to you, directing you towards a seat before a wall screen flashes on, displaying a variety of Victorian inspired combat outfits. The stylist coughs into it’s hand before speaking. “Well Mr. Kostov. We at the props department have selected a variety of combat costumes for you to wear for the season finale. All of them provide the same functions, it’s simply a matter of aesthetic preference.”The stylist leans in, whispering conspiratorially, “I’d suggest you should wear the military themed one. The epaulettes would really accent your already impressive shoulders.”>Well, which one does Ivan choose?>The Safari Themed Outfit, khaki as fuck safari clothing with pith hat and bandolier>The Dandy’s Outfit, a suit for an upstanding gentleman, with stove pipe hat, smokeing vest, and coattails>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.
>>30821478figured out a way to integrate it into the story.
>>30821544>>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.The costumer knows best.
>>30821544>>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.Fuck yes.
>>30821544>Safari ThemedWe khaki as fuck now!
>>30821544>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coatTime for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVSpY8xY9I
>>30820483>hen you requested a full muttonstache as part of your Lord John Churchill persona you figured they’d glue a fake one on and that would be thaI'm just gonna put this out her - IF we do well enough to make a recurring character/fan votes for us to come back - we should totally come back as a 'new character' each time, just with a different moustache/beard each time - and an IT WAS YOU ALL ALONG reveal moment if somehow there's more than one.
>>30821544>>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.We better have cavalry whiskers to go with it.
>>30821544>The Dandy’s Outfit, a suit for an upstanding gentleman, with stove pipe hat, smokeing vest, and coattailsConsidering our primary weapons are a revolver and an axe, I think this one would make more sense than the other two, since they would involve long guns. We could challenge people to duels and slap them with gloves and shit!
>>30821544Other: Steal the best bits from each.Pick the best basic outfit, and accessorize from the other.
>>30821615or if you want the version where they actually sing it here is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsW4FoRzhQw
>>30821544>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.
>>30821544>The Safari Themed Outfit, khaki as fuck safari clothing with pith hat and bandolierI want that pith helmet
>>30821544>I’d suggest you should wear the military themed one. The epaulettes would really accent your already impressive shoulders.”>>The Grenadier’s Outfit, an old timey military dress uniform, lots of gold buttons and piping and other swag on a red coat.Its a hint! they probably put something extra fun in it.From there: add the Smoking Vest on under the military coat - for when we dramatically throw it off to show our Gentlemanlyness, and the Stove Pipe Hat - and then the bandolier as well
Just to note, the stylist's comment doesn't mean anything special. Just stating what ever gender they are's opinion
>>30821759That's fine. British Officer's uniforms are still stylish as fuck.
>>30821759Ok?>>30821544>The Dandy's Outfit.
On that note, the Grenadier's outfit seems to have won out pretty handily. Writing.
“I guess I’ll listen to the expert,” you say pointing at the Grenadier’s Outfit, “suppose that one’ll work.”The stylist nods and bustles off to fetch the outfit. They leave you in peace to get most of it on before returning back to the dressing room, tugging things into proper place and redoing a few buttons. As they work, the screen changes to the face of an unshaven man, his long hair pulled into a ponytail. He pushes his e-glasses up the bridge of his nose before speaking to you. “Hey Ivan, I’m Saul the director. Just call me Saul. Anyway, I wanted to go over your role with you before you drop, make sure you’ve got everything under control.”You nod. “Alright. Lay it on me.”Saul inhales, his eyes refocusing on the screen of his e-glasses. “Alright Ivan. Lord John Churchill is a cultured gentleman first and foremost. He’s tactically smart, but he abhors surprise attacks and ambushes as cowardly and dishonorable. So, announce yourself to your opponents first, but once that’s done, all bets are off. Churchill should have some elements of classism and arrogance to offset his formal and honorable behavior. Call people plebiscite commoners and filthy urchins and things along those lines. Obviously, while you’re being Churchill you can not use your axe. Hand to hand fighting is okay, but if you keep yourself restrained to boxing moves that would be awesome.”You swallow. This is a lot to remember. “Okay…”
Saul smiles reassuringly at you. “No worries man, Mad Jack is a way simpler character to act out. If the fight is going poorly for Churchill he transforms into Mad Jack. We’ve got a special bit of makeup on you that will react to commands issued from your e-monocle. Make you paler, hollow out your cheeks some, turn your eye sockets into pits. Generally more deranged. While you’re Mad Jack just shout a lot, make really really excessive and violent threats, and snarl. You can ambush people while you’re Mad Jack, since he has no compunctions about honor and stuff like that. Also, you can use both your revolver, tomahawk, and any hand to hand techniques you know, but we’d all really really appreciate it if you could stick to the tomahawk as much as you can. Sound good?”You nod, you can tell your face right now doesn’t inspire confidence. “Alright, I think I’ve got it.”Sauls reassuring smile looks slightly strained. “Listen, I’ll be in your ear giving you feedback on your performance, and I’ll see if I can’t make a quick bulleted list you can access from your e-monocle to review, okay? You’ll be fine. This is pop-military TV, not great theater.”With that the screen goes dark. The stylist stands back from you, beaming. “There we go. All done.”The mirror reactives and you take a moment to appreciate your look. Pretty goddamn classy, if absurdly dated. As you exit the dressing room and head off to the drop pods the stylist wave. “Shatter a femur!”
Grunting a confused acknowledgement you make your way to the drop pods, where you are accosted by a large and fat man in a trucker hat. “Props guy,” he grunts as he passes a stylized revolver and tomahawk to you. The weapons feel exactly the same as your own more lethal versions back on the Brick. “You want anything else before you drop? Gonna happen soon and I need to equip the others, so make it fast.”>Anything prior to drop?>No, I’m good>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armor>Request an extra gun:>>Assault Rifle>>Sniper Weapon>>Shotgun>Write In
>>30822279>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armorGotta know how much it can take and what not
>>30822279>>>Assault RifleWe need some variety in ChurchillMode
>>30822279>>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armor>>Request an extra gunI suppose a rifle of some sort. Maybe a Martini-Henry style large bore weapon.
>>30822279>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armor>Request an extra gun:>>Assault Rifle>>ShotgunDid we get that drone to carry our guns?If we can only get 1 gun then Shotgun
>>30822279>>Request an extra gun:>>ShotgunMight as well. Claim it's for plot reasons.
>>30822320We're not trained in shotguns and we already have a CQC weapon. Why would you want a shotgun?
>>30822279>Request an extra gun:>>Assault RifleWe might have to fight at a longer range. And what gentleman would go hunting without his rifle?
Rolled 81>>30822279>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armor>Request an AR, appropriately styled of course.
>>30822320>>30822329>Picking shotgun, in which we would have negative modifiers onThe only logical choice of the three is Assault rifle, which we have no penalties towards
>>30822320>>30822329Whats with all the shotgun fanatics. We have had this conversation a million times, we don't need one.
>>30822279>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armor
>>30822279>Ask about the capabilities of your costume armorSurprised that the stylists said nothing about the outfits capabilities.I'd love an assault rifle, or even more, a shotgun, but I think something was said before about waiting on the shotgun until we were more capable with it? Probably a good powerup for us later, if anything.Sniper rifle seems to conflict with Churchill's dislike of surprise attacks, even if it might fit with the military theme.Maybe a standard bolt-action rifle or something, that Churchill never seems to hit with?
>>30822279>Request an extra gun:>>Sniper Weapon
We should really get a snarky droid servant to hold our weapons.
>>30822382>we don't need one.We, as a merc, might not need one (I disagree completely with that sentiment, but that's an argument for another time)...however the character of Churchill would fit with either a shotgun or a rifle of some sort.
>>30822279>Request an extra gun:>>Assault RifleWhile I would like to have a shotgun we are not ready to use it yet.
>>30822451that's what I was thinking since the director himself said you want this shotgun that goes with your character
Rolled 8, 7, 2 = 17Alright, going to request an assault rifle of some flavor, rolling to see if the props department has any left over appropriately themed grenades from Privateers of the Caribbean: Planking in Paris.Will ask about costume capabilities in the meantime. Writing.
>>30822382>>30822348For pete's sake, they said we could get a free weapon if we were able to use it. Also, that pistol you keep mentioning is a side arm, no matter how many times you say we can clear a room with only that and our hatchet. Diversifying our combat style won't get us torn to shreds.
>>30822489Are you kidding? The pistol is powerful as hell. Besides, shotguns are shit against armor, the only time I'd take one is if we were doing crowd control against civilians.
>>30822488>rolled 17Dead average.
So, what is going to trigger our transformation into Mad Jack?Perhaps bodily harm and insults aimed at our glorious facial hair would fit as appropriate triggers.
>>30822522Anything that could conceivably annoy us, or piss us off a lot.Missing, being insulted, getting our ass kicked, etc.
>>30822522>Perhaps bodily harm and insults aimed at our glorious facial hair would fit as appropriate triggers.Probably repeated revolver misses or our plans going awry would do it as well.Anything that gets us angry, mostly.
>>30822507That pistol is still only a pistol. Pistols nowadays are given out mainly as a sidearm to military personnel. Besides, remember Bitter Oracle, where we had to deal with enemies that we didn't need to kill? The shotgun had nets, rubber slugs, electric buckshot, bolos... The revolver? Rubber slugs. Wow. So nonlethal.
>>30822566If we get ambushed ourselves, I'd imagine that would piss Jack Churchill off quite a bit."NOW THAT'S HARDLY SPORTING, YOU LOWBORN MISCREANT."
>>30822507>shotguns are shit against armorThat may be true of current day tech, but I'm pretty certain there are options in the DAQ universe that would change that around.Besides, armor has joints, doesn't it? Lot easier to hit armor joints with a shotgun than a revolver.
>>30822644>If we get ambushed ourselvesI'm almost certain this will happen, so we'll get the perfect opportunity to get pissed off and freak them out with Mad Jack, which I can only assume will take them completely by surprise.
>>30822644How about interrupting our midafternoon tea?
>>30822695No one interrupts an englishman's tea time.No one.
>>30822695That's a crime against all that's good and right with the world, so obviously we must take them to task for such a wrongdoing!
>>30822695WE SHOULD REQUEST SOME TEA FROM THE PROP GUY.
>>30822676>>30822695On the other hand, we should be disarmingly sunny when things are going our way."Lovely parry there in the first set of blows, a shame you stumbled after my right hook! It was very nearly a fair fight!"
>>30822640If you want non lethal we should get a dedicated non lethal weapon like an electrolaser. >>30822650I'm assuming armor tech has improved as well as weapon tech. Besides, buckshot usually goes where you point it, it doesn't spread THAT much.
>>30822735>I'm assuming armor tech has improved as well as weapon techIt can't have improved that much, it didn't keep us from getting injured, eh?
Since the character is from 1800 and english, should we play him as extremely racist?We could even pepper his dialogue with bits of phrenology pseudoscience.
>>30822778>should we play him as extremely racist?Director told us Churchill has "classism and arrogance", I think we can stop short of racism. That might hurt our popularity (and opportunities for future appearances!)
>>30822750I blame the triple ones.
>>30822778I'd say no. The director said we should play up being rich and an asshole though.
>>30822778That would be murder on our ratings.
>>30822805>I blame the triple ones.Get used to it, we've not had the greatest dice rolling so far in DAQ. Anything that might help give us an advantage on hitting opponents would be useful, and if a shotgun that can fire the kind of bolo-thingy that took our arm off gives us bonuses, I'm all for it.
>>30822819Phrenology is a great idea, but I'd go with a No on the racism.Classism, absolutely. Filthy peasant scum.
>>30822839I'd rather stick with what we're trained in. Besides, that bolo round seemed pretty short ranged, at the point we could be hitting them with our axe.
>>30822842You sure? We could try being politely racist...
A question for the /k/ up in here.If shotgun aren't good at penetrating armor (I thought slugs were good for that) what ARE they good for? Just grouped unarmored targets? I always thought they were good for any close quarters.
>>30822866>that bolo round seemed pretty short rangeWhere we like to operate>at the point we could be hitting them with our axeThis is part of what got our arm sheared off, and we've been warned about this. Already the Millenium Man is suggesting we consider counseling, remember?The axe is awesome, but we can't always assume that melee is our best option in close range, as we found out.
>>30822866...so, we'd only hit with the bolo if we were arm's length away, is what you're saying?Because that's what it sounded like you were saying, and that sounds kind of silly.
>>30822911Isn't that why we took up Assault Rifle training?
>>30822866I'd rather be crazy prepared, especially with the added fast learning ability, we could get at least proficient with pretty much all types of weapons in a decent amount of time.Of course hand cannon and tomahawk will always be the trademark weapons but it never hurts to have backups. Lots and lots of backups.
>>30822911>The axe is awesome, but we can't always assume that melee is our best option in close range, as we found out.Good thing we have a fuck huge revolver then.
“If you’ve got a properly themed AR, that would be awesome. Quintuply so for grenades. This is the Grenadier’s Outfit after all.”Props Guy scratches his chin as he walks back towards a huge rack of various themed guns. “I know I’ve got a proper looking AR somewhere in here, but we’re out of grenades. Had some after the last Privateers Movie. Didn’t have any after the cast party.”Props Guy visibly shudders. You decide to steer him away from such memories as he works. “So, anything you can tell me about the costume?”“Yeah,” he sighs, “Yeah. Your costume is pretty well armored all things considered, especially since it’s got no reinforcing ceramic or anything else along those lines. Thing couldn’t handle proper bullets, except maybe small caliber handgun rounds.”“Good thing we’re just using prop guns then.”“Yeah. The coat and vest and leggings all have a layer of kevlar impregnated with dilatant fluid. Isn’t rated for combat use, would need to be a damn bit thicker. But for your purposes, works fine, doesn’t bulk out the costume any and protects from rubber rounds.”Props Guy chuckles as he pulls out an ornate AR with wooden furniture and a barrel of brushed brass. “There we are,” he says, handing it over to you. “Anyway, my advice. The only way you’ll get seriously hurt here is if one of the hand to hand idols gets out of hand. Can’t make prop fists. Or at least can’t do it on our budget.”You would like to ask Prop Guy a few more questions, but you are stopped by the arrival of Choi in a long dark trench coat, his face completely obscured behind some sort of black face mask. Muttering to yourself, you clamber into your drop pod and wait for deployment.
This drop pod is a damn sight different than the ones that StrikeOut straps you into. First off, it isn’t filled with that dreaded impact gel. Secondly, no StrikeOut drop pod came with padded leather seating and a minifridge. Albeit there’s only one mimosa in the fridge, and that’s in a drink pouch, it’s still quite a nice change of pace. Saul appears in your e-monocle.“Alright you all. We’re going to drop in thirty seconds. Strap yourself in and get your game face on. We really really need this finale to be memorable if SpaceHeart*Love is going to get renewd for a second season. Shatter a femur!”As the pod launches you notice how much nicer the acceleration is. You’re not being shot out into space, more like gentle squeezed out. The ride down is longer than what you’re used to, but entirely less bumpy. You sip on the mimosa. If it weren’t the pinnacle of heresy to do so, you would rather this pouch be filled with whisky. If only to help you get in character.A polite chime form somewhere in the pod. An even more polit female voice says, “Touchdown in thirty seconds sir or madame.”You spend the next thirty seconds pondering your villainous entrance while the pod decelerates. Eventually you feel a bump so gentle you hardly even realize you’ve touched down.
>>30822922>Lv.1 Rifles vs Lv.3 PistolsI know which I trust Ivan more with.
The pod door slides open, revealing a scene of devastation entirely unlike your sedate ride down. You are in the middle of a burning crater, wreckage strewn about you. A cursory examination reveal that you landed in the middle of some sort of green space. Men in astonishingly blue jumpsuits are lying around the area, although some are desperately attempting to rise to their feet and pick up their scattered OMPs. Had you watched the first season of SpaceHeart*Love you would have known that you landed on the exact tree that Mieko Hirosue declared her forbidden love for Noriko Kayo. Your villainous debut is off to a great start. >Well Lord Churchill, what Villainous Entrance did you come up with on the ride down.>This will be composed of two parts. A Villainous soundbite no more than two sentences long, and a description of your actions.>Remember, be Villainous and be in Character!
>>30822986Oh I know dude. but I was saying, we picked up Assault Rifles just in case we need it.
>>30822952...which doesn't have the ability to switch to less-then-lethal ammo and is much less versatile, as mentioned in >>30822640...
>>30822998So, are we gonna act like a braver Flashman?
>>30822986Has it ever crossed your mind we might not always be the guy who leads everyone into combat and we might have to cover our partners. Can't do that properly with a revolver you have to reload after 6-8 shots.
>>30823014In my opinion we would be better off with a dedicated stun gun.
>>30823024>So, are we gonna act like a braver Flashman?If someone can come up with a proper soundbite that has awesome written all over it, I don't see why not.
>>30822998"Hmmm, afraid you lot might be a bit too weak to be fair sport!" Grab one by the collar and put our pistol to his head. "Where do they keep those upstart youngsters you filth train here?"
>>30822998Come stomping out of the pod and put one leg up on the shattered branches of broken dreams.Gaze up to the sun(orstars)"My! It certainly is a fine day to clear up the rabble! I do so hope that some of you can make this a rather sporting event. It would be QUITE the shame for this to turn into some manner of Quail shooting."Best I got.
>>30822998Well, time to show these peasants what happens to weaklings in mother england.Adjust your collar and grab your weapon.
>>30822998Well, I'm no wordsmith, so I guess we just stroll on out of our pod, refer to some corpses as peasants, and then tell the survivors to "Run and die, or fight and die." While brandishing our revolver.
>>30822998Well, well, it appears like I came to the servants entrance... Excuse me, good sir, but can you please tell me where to find the Master of this fine estate? Tell him Lord John Churchill the fifth wishes to see him regarding (Plot contextual element here).
>>30822998wait till they get to there feet before we start fighting them then take our pistol out and challenge them to a duel or something like that.
I like>>30823057But maybe with a little>>30823082
>>30822998"Hmm, why I do believe it is time to hut the most dangerous game of all: idols." Then cock our assault rifle and peer down its sights.
>>30823039That's even more useless then a shotgun, anon.
>>30822998"Ah, this seems like a nice location for a bit of sport." And then, to one of the men getting up, "say, my good fellow, where do you keep the lasses in the frilly costumes, I'm looking for a trophy to mount in my estate."
>>30823100I like the bit about the servant's entrance.
Alright, gonna start writing now. Taking elements from several posts, but will mostly use >>30823057 to start things off.
>>30823100A bit too long, but I like it.As suggested by other, the story context could be duel.
>>30823135>Lasses in frilly costumes>Mount could be taken two waysI say we take after the Marquis de Sade.
>>30823039Because the stungun has a great ability to shoot out a cone of pellets to engage multiple targets or narrow the choke to hit one person multiple times OH WAIT
>>30823165Make sure we refer to ourself by name, gotta reinforce our brand to stay memorable. Don't want to be stuck with some shit nickname.
>>30823100Servant's entrance is a must. The rest is a bit iffy.
I'm getting way too excited at this than a real mission. Let's get this on, guys!
>>30823039Unless it's a lightning gun of some sort (which automatically makes it NOT a stun gun), stun guns require an unarmored target for the flechettes/probes to work.Well, there's all sorts of ways that the tech could have developed, but if you're going to consider a stungun, you may as well go for some sort of energy weapon or lightning gun, I'd think.
>>30823209>multiple targetsMan, I support the use of a shotgun and all, but come on. That's the video game-est of video game notion.
>>30823298>someone's never been quail hunting
>>30823209>Because the stungun has a great ability to shoot out a cone of pellets to engage multiple targetsBuckshot doesn't spread that much. You'd be hard pressed to hit more than one target unless they were extremely close together.>or narrow the choke to hit one person multiple times OH WAITI'd rather hit them with one round that pierces their armor than many smaller rounds that don't.
>>30823209I wasn't suggesting it for a main weapon. A small stun gun and our pistol would be better than a shotgun imo.
>>30823323Then you have shitty opinions.
>>30823306>people are the size of apples
>>30823306That's birdshot you tard. I wouldn't suggest birdshot against unarmored people let alone armored.
>>30823323We would be better loading sleep darts into our revolver/shotgun if it comes to that. Specialist ammo loads kind of negate the use of a narrow-use item like a stungun.
Right. While I'm writing, I'll leave a quick little question for you all to answer should you be so inclined.How do you interperate Ivan? What sort of person is Ivan to you? Do you approve of what he is right now?
>>30823353Pssh. Lord Jack Churchill would never fall so low as to use poisoned weaponry - that's for cowards and vagabonds.Honest combat is what we were raised on!
Come on people.These are FUTURE shotguns that can be upgraded just like any other weapon to be kickass.
>>30823298Are you talking about old school Doom-type vidjya games or new school brown-grey vidjya games?
>>30823353I specifically meant an electrolaser. They're basically lightning guns.
>>30823370>How do you interperate IvanA dude who's pretty laid back and not really all that aggressive off the job. Doing the mercenary thing because it's glamorous and pays well. Also, job security. I'm okay with how we've played him so far.
>>30823380>use poisoned weaponryNot poisoned! Sleep darts!Once captured, he would later rouse them, then challenge them to a round of fisticuffs, like the proper gentleman he is!
>>30823380OOC, anon. Going that route gets to disturbing areas. Man-Faye level areas.
>>30823370Ivan reminds me of Gene Starwind, playful, a little rough around the edges, somewhat mercenary and gung ho, and stubbornly loyal to his friends. To sum that up, yes I love where Ican is going as a character
>>30823370I see Ivan as a happy go lucky guy who may be a bit of an idiot at times but it suits him and I like how he's turned out
>>30823389>electrolaser. They're basically lightning guns....then it's not a stungun, is it? Big difference.Stungun does one thing, and one thing only- it stuns.A lightning gun/electrolaser? They fry things with the power of lightning.
>>30823389Then get an actual lightning gun. Like a weaponized Tesla Coil.
>>30823448Plasma cannon mounted on our shoulder armor when?
>>30823370I'd like more casual scenes of him. Or showing off his strong, burly arms and well-groomed ample chest, visiting his lady friends in nothing but a boxer and a black tank top.n-no homo, i swear. He can also see his bros, similarly loosely attired, to be fair.
>>30823370>How do you interperate Ivan? Ivan seems like a regular guy - not much of a thinker, certainly not a planner - but he can have a good head for tactics if not long-term strategy. He has no idea what he'll be doing 10 years from now, and that's okay. He's still figuring it all out himself.What sort of person is Ivan to you? Kind of a nice guy, it just so happens that he kills people for money. He probably doesn't think too carefully about the killing people part. In a lot of ways, I think of Ivan as a big German Shepard - trained to kill, but he'll still play fetch on the off-hours because he's a big goofy dog.Do you approve of what he is right now?A better question would be, does Ivan? He doesn't really know his place in the world, and I think that's interesting for us as players to help him work out. How does a murdering mercenary fit in a sci-fi dystopia? Does he feel guilty? How does he interact with the other murderers on the payroll at Strike-Out?I like how we're generally playing Ivan realistically. He has issues, yes, but he also seems capable of growth, and that's cool.
>>30823029>Has it ever crossed your mind we might not always be the guy who leads everyone into combat and we might have to cover our partners. Can't do that properly with a revolver you have to reload after 6-8 shots.Actually, now that we have the "physical things learn fast' brain augmentation, I was going to suggest picking up a revolver myself.And practicing the fuck out of speedloading techniques, since our aug should let us grab and master it way faster than normal, as well as practicing fanning the hammer - like dis guy, eventually.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzHG-ibZaKMand revolvers have a nifty little advantage in that you can load rounds on demand, so we can use our armory powers to carry different round types. High ex, armor piercing, maybe some gel/nonlethal or tracker rounds for special missions. Become judge dredd
>>30823370Hmm, who is Ivan. Impulsive, more than a little greedy, but ultimately a loyal friend and tenacious warrior. I think he is capable of becoming a better dancer than you seem willing to allow (which is disappointing, but fine), a bit of a flirt, but someone that usually looks deeper than meaningless hook ups. Sex is sex, but he's a people person, you know?Totally approve of who he has become thus far, except for the dancing penalty which should belong solely to Marcus.
>>30823463Go away homoshower I see through your ruse.
>>30823444Well, it stuns people with electricity. I suppose it could be lethal as well.>>30823448What's wrong with electrolasers?
>>30823370All in all he's generally a good guy, or at least he tries. He's like an attack dog, he's fluffy and playful most of the time, and will still rip someone's throat out without a second thought.He's an adrenaline junkie, but is generally pretty calm and easygoing when he's not on a mission. He's not a particularly deep thinker and focuses on pragmatic stuff. He's smarter than he looks, though he doesn't draw too much attention to that.
>>30823437>Ivan>Gene Starwinf + an AxeSupporting with the force of a thousand suns!
>>30823470Anon, revolvers and tomahawks can't solve everything. You're getting a bit silly.
>>30823370Good question.I interpret Ivan as the ultimate average guy He's a truthful, direct person. He can be a bit of dick at times, but most of the time he's nice to be around. He can be violent, but he doesn't seem bloodthirsty. He can solve problems without resorting to violence when there is an alternate solution.While he doesn't look really smart, there is some hidden potential in him.
>>30823370I see Ivan as sort of a champion of the everyman, I really likable, but salt of the earth kind of guy, at least compared to what I assume a super soldier would normally be like (Spartans from the Halo universe.). He's goofy, and that makes people underestimate him on an intellectual level, but he's pretty smart. He's just generally a bro as well, he's loyal, he's sociable, and though he jokes around, I'm pretty sure Ivan would (hopefully "nearly") throw his life away trying to help one of his buddies in a hairy situation.Not really the wisest guy that ever lived though. Maybe a little naive as well, I mean, he did decide to become a fucking mercenary despite not wanting to cause harm to others. He probably didn't think about the decision very hard either.I unreservedly approve of Ivan as he is.
>>30823515>revolvers and tomahawks can't solve everything.This guy
>>30823370>How do you interperate Ivan? What sort of person is Ivan to you? Ivan strikes me as a good fellow, one who is somewhat rough around the edges and has his share of problems (like dreams of pear aliens, and that showerhead...) He's a lot more interesting than one might think at first glance, and while he's no deep thinker, he's actually somewhat intellectual when he thinks nobody is looking.>Do you approve of what he is right now?So far, yes, I do. Unless something changes drastically, I approve.I do worry that Elda might mess with his head a little too much considering she (apparently) has some major emotional baggage, so I'm not the biggest fan of getting closer to her, but it's not a dealbreaker to me if it happens.
>>30823515Who ever said they solved everything?Revolvers, tomahawks and assault rifles solve everything.
>>30823505You say Electrolasers, I say Lightning Gun.You're more scientific, I'm more cinematic.It's still the same damn thing.
>>30823470It's still a poor choice for suppresive fire which can be done with a rifle or machinegun that has a large magazine and no chance to fuck up a reload roll.I don't understand why you don't want to take other weapons outside the revolver and axe. Being a one trick pony will eventually get old.
>>30823469The thing is, wetwork is not all that these mercenaries do. At least two missions so far had nothing to do with killing specifically; I think if the murder for profit chafes at him, Ivan could totally go into security detail or reconasiance
>>30823531Sex, for one thing.Open-heart surgery for another
>>30823556I'm with this fellow.We've already got close-in covered, might as well use a weapon that does medium to long-range that we've already got training in.
>>30823370Ivan: A person who has a fascination with old earth culture and history with a slight focus on his families roots.Laid back, fun loving, and doesn't like to just sit around (Which is funny in a way when you consider how he has been forced to do that due to injuries). Does have a bit of a temper that is generally suppressed, but it brought out when he is in high stress situations. Might be slightly insane: Evidence 1- He sees some weird ass shit in his dreams. Evidence 2- it takes a special type of person to throw themselves into situations like Ivan does.Overall I rather enjoy his development and I look forward to seeing just how stable/unstable he becomes.
>>30823574>Tomahawk can't do open heart surgery>Pistol isn't a perfect sex toy (as long as it's unloaded, or with Valk, only has rubber bullets in it)
>>30823574But you could expose their heart with the tomahawk. And I shouldn't need to explain sex with weapons.
>>30823564>Being a one trick pony will eventually get old.I agree.It will also get us killed, because any major enemies we make along the way will quickly figure out how one-dimensional we are with revolver and axe. It restricts us to a very short range of effect.We need at least three or four weapons we are reasonably good at, if not excellent at, in order to cover a wide spectrum of situations and keep our options open at all times.
>>30823595>Val doesn't have a bulletproof cooch>Being this beta
>>30823370>How do you interperate Ivan? Ivan's a manly man - he may not be a genius, but he's savvy, cunning, and clever - the kind of man who's awesome with mechanical things, working with his hands, fixin stuff - he's smart, but less so on the pure brainpower.Kind of like a half fireman, half mechanic, that learned to shoot a gun along the way. Like your dad, who can handle all your plumbing,but may stare at twitter and facebook for a few minutes before figurin out how they work.In terms of attitude, he's got some old fashioned values about what it means to be a man - with a chip off the old russian block to boot. He enjoys drinking, women, having a good ol time, and his power tools - but is kind of a big teddy bear once you get to know him. He has his sweet moments, when he's sober and not on the job, when its serious, and the attitude he projects kind of covers up a perceptive streak, which sometimes throws people(women) off, because they don't really expect him to have depth like that, because his projected attitude is so over the top if flies under the radar>What sort of person is Ivan to you?He's an Space Western Movie protagonist. Tough, wise cracking, over the top when it times, but its hard on the new frontier, and sometimes the bad guys do actually win. >Do you approve of what he is right now?Nope. I like the foundation, definitely but I'd like to see him mature as a merc - not grow up, per se, but become a little more seasoned, experienced. Not go straight to being senior partner/badass, and not like a training montage/timeskip - just having the quest/attitude/npcs/rank improve with our accomplishments - which I think you're doing a good job of fall guy - even though i'm impatient to get a raise in strikeout
>>30823512This makes me want Ivan to have his own ship with grappler arms, and a crew comprised of Niels, Elda, Valk and Markod
>>30823613My recommendation for late game Ivan:>Highest: Melee & Pistol>Second Highest: Assault Rifle>Back ups: Shotgun, Sniper>Mostly situational: Explosives and Heavy gearThis is all without his mech suit which he will eventually start using, due to our skill set.
>>30823595>>30823610Ok, then, smartasses.Business negotiations.Children's TV shows.Masturbation.How do revolvers and axes improve those situations.
>>30823564We can probably get a drum mag or two for our AK pretty cheap. Not as good as a dedicated LMG, but it would work.
>>30823646Yeah this would be alright. Maybe a higher emphasis on the explosives.
>>30823660>Masturbation.>Not masturbating to firearms
>>30823660>Business negotiations.Honestly, do I need to explain this one? Intimidation is one of the best ways to get what you want.>Children's TV shows.Gladiatorial Games 4 kidzGive them weapons and let them have it out.>MasturbationThe buttplay can be extremely pleasurable, Anon. Try it sometime.
>>30823660Uh. All we do is business negotiations.
You stroll out of your pod, primly adjusting the dollar of your uniform and brushing some invisible dust from your shoulder. You gaze around the green space, sniffing at the guards strewn about. “Well well. It appears that I have availed myself of the servant's entrance. Most unfitting for a man of my pedigree.”You stride forward, walking towards the most mobile of the scattered guards. “Hmmm, I’m afraid that you lot are entirely too weak to be fair sport!”You stage-stomp your foot down onto the back of the guard, pressing him into the turf. Towering over the man, you point your revolver at the back of his head. “My good fellow, where might one find the upstart youngsters who are fabled to attend this academy?”The guard coughs into the dirt. “I’ll never tell the likes of you.”You scowl, cocking the revolver pointedly. “That would be most… ill advised.”And then, suddenly from across the green space you hear a girl’s voice shout. “You there! How about you step off of our loyal companion and face someone your own size!”
>>30823660>Business negotiations.Speak softly, and carry a big stick - or in this case, a big weapon. Bingo, too easy.>Children's TV shows.It's like you've never heard of He-Man or other similar kids shows that have lots of weapons in them.>Masturbation.There are people that masturbate to cars, how can you even ask about this?>How do revolvers and axes improve those situations.This was way too easy, you need to specify more difficult situations.
>>30823564>It's still a poor choice for suppresive fire which can be done with a rifle or machinegun that has a large magazine and no chance to fuck up a reload roll.Oh, i agree with this entirely - a side arm is a side arm - but I was more getting at that we shouldn't neglect our backup weapons
>>30823590What if we gave our tomahawk some long range capability like we throw it and we can call it back to our hand through some type of magnetic capablity. Or if we carried 5 or 6 at a time and we have a little market launcher that we can shoot at the enemy and sticks to them and then we can throw our axe in thier general direction and it gets guided into them by the marker.
>>30823660>Business negotiations.Intimidate with weapons>Children's TV shows.Scare children into behaving with weapons>Masturbation.Getting sexual turned on by your weapons, or sexually turned on by using your weapons.
>>30823693WITH a firearm.A LOADED firearm.You supreme example of smartassery.
You twirl about, adjusting your monocle as you do so. Good fate has it flash at just the right time. There are three apparently teenaged girls standing across the field from you. You resist the urge to say something crass, but those skirts must exist in a higher dimension. There’s no way they can get that short without revealing a hint of panty. You calmly examine their armaments as the leader, a girl with shocking blue hair and glasses, goes on some tangential rant about the power of friendship or something. The blue haired one has an inordinately long sniper rifle, definitely longer than she is tall. The green haired one to her left has another absurdly large gun, this time a shotgun with a ludicrously wide barrel. the last one has pink hair and an LMG. Some part of you suspects that her choice of weapon may have more to do with her exceptional cup size than her familiarity with rapid fire weapons.You shake your head as the three of them suddenly shift into some sort of formation. The green haired one speaks first. “I’m Chisaki, the Thundering Cannon!”The pink haired one looks down at the ground, mumbling, “I’m Miyuki, the Stalwart Guardian…”Finally the blue haired one with the glasses speaks. “And I’m Hikaru, the Analytical Eye!”All three of them announce in chorus, “And we’re the Himawari Force!”There are thick tall trees to your rear, along with dozens of thick flower bushes and hedges. The bushes and hedges probably won’t stop even their low powered rounds, but the trees definitely would. The Himawari force is standing at the opposite end of an open field. No cover for them, no cover for you. The three girls look at you expectantly, waiting for you to introduce yourself to the camera.>Plan of Attack!>Also, how do you do your proper Villainous Introduction?
>>30823660>Business negotiations"Do business with me, or I'll fucking kill you with my revolver and axe">Children's TV showsDude, there are about a hundred children shows that have some form of weapon being used.>Masturbationgo to >>>/k/and ask them how to masturbate with a gun.Do it.
>>30823660Puppet showsCooking a fine french meal.Comforting a loved one.
>>30823660>Business negotiations."Agree to my terms or I will shoot you repeatedly in the knees and then bury this blade in your sternum.">Children's TV shows."Mr. Ivan! Mr. Ivan! Look what I found over by that dumpster!""Aha! I see you picked up a Slicer-Slammer 3550 with dual Seismic Amplifiers! (manufactured by Tactical Elimination Implements, Inc.) Do you know what to do when you find a device of glorious murder, little Timmy?""I tell an adult?""You tell an adult.">Masturbation."So you got drunk, loaded your revolver with vibrator rounds, and fired all six of them into your ass.""The shower told me to."
>>30823707"Oh, You will be a fine prize for my estate, indeed!"Execute the guard as you get a bit closer to her and introduce yourself as her hunter and that running means she will only die tired.
>>30823744Welcoming your firstborn child into the world after your wife has finished labor.Climbing a building.Giving a speech at the Oscars.
>>30823730"Lord John Churchill, pleasure to make you're acquaintance."Then shoot the leader (Hikaru) in the head. Take out the leader first, and all that.
>>30823730>>Plan of Attack!>>Also, how do you do your proper Villainous Introduction?We must of course bow to the ladies before introducing ourselves as Lord John Churchill VC KCB KCIE.
>>30823730Just shoot them with your rifle, focusing on the leader, doing otherwise wouldn't be honorable.Introduce yourself using your full name and title while shooting.Shoot once for each sylable of your name.
>>30823730>My, such a confrontation is hardly sporting. Stand and deliver, lasses!Then, drop Thundertits.
>>30823781With a short Gentlemanly bow and flourish of course
>>30823744>Puppet shows"Meet Axy and Bangy, the totally rad comedic duo with sharp wits and explosive joke timing!">Cooking a fine french meal."Removing this duck's liver is so much easier with the Seismic Discombobulator. Look! The limbs and organs just fly apart with a single swing of the hammer!">Comforting a loved one."Yeah, grandpa's dead, but look at these motherfucking sweet Christmas presents I got you."
>>30823730"Lord John Churchill, here for a nice cup of tea, and a sporting hunt. I'm sure none of you have a true understanding of the finer drinks in life, so let's stick with the latter then, shall we?"Shoot the Leader with the revolver for style, then...?
>>30823646>My recommendation for late game Ivan:Honestly, I see ivan - since he's always a techhead, and now that he's got an in at the armory - going 'fuck all those puny peopleguns, i'm get an aliens powerloader and pimp the SHIT out of it' and thus become strikeout's first Vehicle Combat Specialist by forging his own path(and oneupping val, the heavy weapons gal) through sheer mechaniks - as soon as the money from dreads comes in
Alright, new topic.Seriously guys, my power level is absurdly low. I'll take any ideas you have for merc-idols, names, gimmicks, anything. On another note, should we end up doing another drop like this again, it'd be great if I could get some pictures that you guys think would work well for the heavily armed and armored teen to mid twenties aged merc-idol.Merc-idols can be male, and they aren't necessarily Japanese either. But anime themed images would probably be best for this.
>>30823757Yes.YES.YES!!!I heartily keked after reading those.>>30823730First, we start laughing. Eventually, we get a hold of ourselves, and we start admonishing them for thinking they could address LORD John Churchill as if tehy were equal to us.PLAN OF ATTACK.I want to dive into cover, but just that would be gay as fuck, we have to have some showmanship. Shoot the leader in the forehead, lay down some suppressing fire as we strafe towards some trees.
>>30823730"I am the Honorable Lord John Churchill. You filthy urchins ought to make fine sport, and quite a trophy for my estate."Let's use the guy we have as a human shield and start shooting them with our revolver as we get to cover. Aim for the leader first. Once we're in cover look for a good shot to deal with the LMG girl, and then charge the sniper and punch her lights out. Proper fisticuffs.
>>30823821Check out Tiger and Bunny.
>>30823730"Oh, You will be a fine prize for my estate, indeed!"Execute the guard as you stand straight up and bow."I am Lord John Churchill, I am your hunter and running only means you will die tired, so do stand still and lets make this quick, afternoon tea is quickly approaching."
>>30823769This would be a great start.As we walk closer, let's say."Ladies, a pleasure to make your acquaintance. My name is Lord John Churchill, of the highest breeding and status - I won't bore you with the pedigree! Now, if you would be just so kind as to surrender to me immediately, we can avoid nasty complications. What say you?"Grin charmingly as we walk forward. If they refuse or start shooting, let's dodge quickly back to the "dead" guard and use him as a shield while we put shots downrange with our revolver.
>>30823821Actually turns out I have quite a bit of shit like this. Huh, never knew.Short dump.
>>30823821Just take the idols from IDOLM@STER and be done with it. The main cast could work, but I think that the girls from the Mobage (think phone card game) Cinderella Girls would be a better fit, seeing as they are supposedly up and coming new idols..
>>30823821For this battle:>Basically any Magical Girl picsThat's how I picture themOther opponents>Take all your fav stereotypes>Use them to great effect.Example: Audiences love hunky men. Especially ones that have intense tension between one another, so much so it might be a little gay, but is never outright stated to be so. They also have to hate one another, but be forced to be an ally.Double points for betrayalCocky character with impressive gear, but shitty attitude is always good for being taken down a peg.
>>30823821Silly sword things are always good.
>>30823821Uh, only movie I watched recently was Lego Movie so something based on Metalbeard?
>>30823848Nah, I don't think Lord Churchhill would use a human shield
>>30823809That last one was terrible and I fucking love it.
>>30823872All of my YES.
>>30823821COMBAT MAID SQUADCLEANING UP MESSES WITH EXCESSIVE FIREPOWERPROTECTING MASTER-SAMA FROM UNWELCOME RUFFIANSBEING CUTE
>>30823821Spoiled princess out to prove she's better than everyone else.
>>30823881>Alright Ivan. Lord John Churchill is a cultured gentleman first and foremost. He’s tactically smart, but he abhors surprise attacks and ambushes as cowardly and dishonorable. So, announce yourself to your opponents first, but once that’s done, all bets are off. Surprise attacks are off the table, but using the body of some plebeian scum to shield our noble form is completely within the rules.
>>30823821>SilverbackHuge black African guy with safari theme. Has heavily augmented strength, elongated arms, and huge canines on upper and lower jaws, for a gorilla effect. Shockingly stealthy when he needs to be - doesn't use guns at all, but will throw huge spears with incredible force and accuracy.>IonHeavy cybernetized robo-lady - almost fully chromed out but with flashing highlights (ala Tron). Makes dry puns and satirical comments constantly - highly agile and all weapons extend from the frame of her bodysuit/power-armor. Lasers and plasma ranged weapons only, no physical projectiles.
>>30823730>>Plan of Attack!>>Also, how do you do your proper Villainous Introduction?"Good, good! Even out here in the most primitive of backwater planets, at least there is some an attempt at manners. Feel proud, for you are lucky this day! You may address me as Lord John Churchill, your better in every way, and I shall deign to grace you with my presence. Please don't run far, for I am your hunter, and it is only right that you amuse me as best you can. Shall we get started?"Quickdraw revolver and shoot leader with rifle the moment they point their weapons and fight, then lay down suppressing fire as we head to trees. Use nameless guy as shield if needed - after all, it is his duty to serve them as a meatshield and servant, correct?
>>30823937Sooo much racismI love it. I love it so much
Time to roll Mothertruckers.Plan of attack is as follows:+Introduce self+Allow Hikaru to start responding>Shoot Hikaru in head for MAX STYLE+Say something villainous>Get to cover, but classify. A gentleman does not dirty his uniform.+switch to AR>Engage Miyuki from a distance with AR, try to bring her down before she can pin you>Engage Chisaki at close range fisticuffs.The green texted actions are rolled for. The rest are not. I'll need 8 rolls of a 3d10 at least.
Rolled 9, 1, 3 = 13>>30823954
>>30823821>On another note, should we end up doing another drop like this again, it'd be great if I could get some pictures that you guys think would work well for the heavily armed and armored teen to mid twenties aged merc-idol.Shit, man, just ask Merc Command for ideas!
Rolled 7, 6, 1 = 14>>30823954
>>30823872>battle hardened merc integrated into his armor>guns everywhere>shark on his arm
Rolled 6, 2, 2 = 10>>30823954
Rolled 5, 7, 4 = 16>>30823954
>>30823948This sounds pretty good
Rolled 5, 1, 2 = 8>>30823954
>>30823821>Seriously guys, my power level is absurdly low. I'll take any ideas you have for merc-idols, names, gimmicks, anything.
Rolled 3, 3, 10 = 16>>30823954
Rolled 9, 5, 8 = 22>>30823954
Rolled 6, 3, 6 = 15>>30823954Youcallyourselfasoldier.jpg
Rolled 3, 6, 5 = 14>>30823954Didn't the producer say not to use your fists?
>>30823821A techie princess girl idol who controls cutesy knight themed drones who act as here main weapons
>>30823821>BlackbeardDrunken piratical womanizer. Manages to be in the right place at the right time constantly. No clear allegiance to either idols or mercs, and will "conveniently" arrive to fuck up the mercs plans to kill or kidnap idols. The idea here is a dashing young man with his own set of rules - maybe he "protects" the idols from the other mercs, and not all the idols fight too hard to keep him away.J.R. HalsmithCowboy. Texas drawl. Horse named Silver with intelligence augments. Lassos and sixshooters. Expert ambusher and "cattle rustler".
>>30823821There's obviously going to be a cool, proffesional, laser-sword user. Basically a "good" counterpart to Mad Jack.Can be anywhere from Jedi-themed to Megaman Zero. Like pic.
Rolled 6, 6, 10 = 22>>30823954
Rolled 4, 8, 1 = 13>>30823954
Rolled 10, 2, 8 = 20>>30823954
Rolled 3, 10, 3 = 16>>30823954
>>30824004the Props Guy said to look out for fist fighting as it could get dangerous if some one lost control. Ivan himself is professional enough to be able to do it without risk.And o be completely frank, Ivan's not about to kill anyone with these rolls.
>>30824004Why ask when you can just scroll up?
>>30824004Nope, he said not to use our axe unless we're Mad Jack, fisticuffs as John Churchill is perfectly allowed.
>>30824004He said that we'd get roughed up in up close, not to avoid it. We're the dismissive noble psycho, not the preening dandy psycho.
Rolled 4, 6, 1 = 11>>30823954
>>30823821Ivanna the biker queen.
Rolled 4, 3, 10 = 17>>30824036The dice gods did not help this round
Uffff. Alright guys, calling the rolls here. Seems like Ivan's villainous debut will be decidedly lackluster. Writing.While I do so, please feel free to continue pitching merc-idol ideas. Or maybe sacrifice a goat to the dice gods.
Rolled 8, 9, 5 = 22>>30824036We can probably work with these rolls, work them into the plot I mean. I for one want to pretend like we're just "testing" them, to see if they are worthy of a TRUE demonstration of our skills. Then we can show them our NEXT FORM (not really, but you get the point), were we git gud all of a sudden, or, if we do really shitty, we can always explode into mad jack in frustration.
>>30824095Eh, I'm okay with a semi-lacklustre opening for Jack Churchill.It will only make our transformation into Mad Jack more surprisingly and cool.
Rolled 6, 9, 9 = 24>>30823954
Rolled 1, 6, 5 = 12>>30824096Agreed, we should laugh it up, playing it off."Hahaha, you amuse me! It wouldn't be sporting to make this too quick, and I've been waiting for a chance to hunt. Make it worth my while, and perhaps I'll grace you with some of my more splendid skills!"
>>30824006>jellybeansWhat in the fuck?
>>30824162>Not having a jellybean pouch
Rolled 2, 7, 1 = 10>>30824095Well, we got a few 22s so that's gotta be worth something.
>>30824162>not always carrying a bag of Operator™ brand jellybeans for when you need some glucose on the go
hey imagedumper, can you upload them in bulk and then link it here? It'll avoid clustering the thread so much, and you can add more to the collection later
That's about all I got, then. Dump was waaay longer than expected.>>30824250Nah, I'm done. Seriously only thought I had like a handful of pics. Apparently I have dozens.
You straighten up, clearing your throat as only a British Patrician can. "Oh, you will be a fine prize for my estate, indeed!"You fire your revolver into the back of the guard’s torso. The man gives a theatrical spluttering gurgle before expiring. An absurd amount of blood pours from the wound.“Feel proud, for you are lucky this day! You may address me as Lord John Churchill, your better in every way, and I shall deign to grace you with my presence. Please don't run far, for I am your hunter, and it is only right that you amuse me as best you can. Shall we get started?"Hikaru gasps, covering her mouth. “You call yourself Lord but you are nothing but a beast! A tru-”Her words are cut off as you draw your revolver with a flourish and crack of two quick shots. Despite hours of training earlier, both miss. Chagrined at your failure, you quickly manage to recover. A short ironic bow, “I have given you two warning shots my dear, for I am a generous man. Do not besmirch my family name, for I shall not provide a third.”Hikaru leaps backward and points at you. “Himawari force! Show this beast the true meaning of nobility! Suppressing Friendship Fire go!”You would have liked to stay on your feet as you made for the trees, but alas, a dive is necessary to get you safely into the cover of the tree trunks. Crossley brushing dirt off of your pants, you holster your revolver and cock your ornate assault rifle. Just as you do so chips of wood and bark begins flying around you as Thundertits opens fire. You calmly wait until the thundering stops before poking your head out and cracking off a few quick bursts from your AR.
The first salvo strikes true, the second one misses entirely. Still one hit, even if it isn’t anything more than a “stomach wound” is still better than none. You can hear the other two members of the Himawari Force cry out their fallen compatriot’s name. From the sound of it, the Green haired one was trying to flank you. Can’t say you’re surprised by that tactic. You holster your AR and raise your fists before zigzagging between trees towards Chisaki, the Thundering Cannon.The fall of their friend seems to have distracted the two girls, and Hikaru fails to pick you off as you leave cover, just as Chisaki fails to notice your presence until you pop out from around the side of the tree trunk she’s lurking behind. The green haired girl’s eye bulge as they register who has paid her a visit. “I say,” you say, mouth lifting into a superior smirk, “seems a good day for some sporting fisticuffs, wouldn’t you say?”Chisaki manages to block the first punch to her stomach with the butt of her shotgun. A good thing too, since it opens her chin up to your punishing right hook. The girl collapses from the blow, clearly stunned. You hurry forward and deliver a quick, if sloppy chop to her neck. Your e-monocle pings softly as it records a “kill”.Taking cover behind the tree once more, you grit your teeth as Hikaru opens fire with her sniper rifle at your trunk. After a few seconds the shots grow more intermittent. You can hear the girl’s voice grow louder as she shouts louder and louder.“Even if Chisaki is no longer with us in body, her fiery passion lives on, fuelling the flames of my heart! The flames of conviction that I shall use to scorch you from the Earth, Demon!”>Plan of Attack
>>30824036I guess this'll be a short mission...
>>30824524Pick something up and throw it to our right so her attention is pulled that way. Then go left and shoot her with our AR.
Rolled 6, 7, 9 = 22>>30824524Nice, we got one hit at least. That's something.Alright then, let's see if we can't distract her again, but this time we'll call out to her and tell her that using such an oversized weapon is so highly improper. Once she stops long enough, move out and open fire revolver wise again, being sure to rush from tree to tree, and use them to stop her fire.Oh, and after we 'kill' each, let's offer a rather tame "Apologies my dear lady, but you are proving quite the nusience."
Rolled 1, 4, 6 = 11>>30824524wait till she reloads then open fire on her with the pistol.
>>30824524"Ah, you seem to have more fire in you then those two peasants! How marvelous! You'll go front and center on the mantle when I return to my estate!"Aim for the stomach and shoot her when she tries to reload.
>>30824524Quick draw kneecap her Witty snobby lineSHOOT other kneecap Final line with a comment on the short hunt Finish her of with dignity befitting a gentlemen of our stature
>>30824524I say->bangquite a bit of a sp->bangnow I why don't we->bang"....">Turn into Mad Jack>Snarl>Uproot tree>Charge forward screaming obscenities.
>>30824524"My, my, demon you say? If I am to be a demon, then I shapl be your Morningstar Miss Hiraku." Then fire at her feet to keep her on her toes, then come into her guard and smack her with the butt of our rifle
>>30824666I like this.
>>30824524She's the last one left, right?Challenge her to a duel for the honour of her fallen friends.Fists only final destination.
>>30824524Hold Thundertits in front of us and advance towards the sniper. She won't risk hitting her friend, obviously. Keep our revolver pointed at her cover in case she attempts to leave."It looks like your lowborn friend will finally serve a purpose in life! The offer stills stands, my lovely prey - join me for a life of leisure at my manor and I will forgive your poor manners!"
>>30824524Sounds like a flamer or something that Ignores Cover. We should leap away and engage with our pistol. Afterwards, twirl it elegantly.
>>30824666Love the diologue.
Rolled 4, 8, 9 = 21>>30824666I like this, except from the mantle part, thats over the top in a creepy way, not the way I'm looking for.Let's challenge her to a dual of sorts, ten paces, and all that jazz.
>>30824524Did our Monocle ever register a "kill" for Miyuki?
>>30824769No, just a stomach wound.
Alright, action sequence I'm seeing here:+some dialogue while waiting for her to reload>Once the happens, jump into the open>Quick draw>Shoot at the stomach>Should that fail, use Chisaki's Body as a shield to close the distance>Engage in more fisticuffsAlright, I'm looking at about 10 rolls of the ol' 3d10.
Rolled 4, 2, 9 = 15>>30824787
Rolled 7, 2, 8 = 17>>30824787Rolling for classy fisticuffs.
Rolled 5, 4, 6 = 15>>30824787Let's a-go!
Rolled 9, 1, 1 = 11>>30824769That's a really good question.>>30824787rollin'
Rolled 10, 6, 8 = 24>>30824787
Rolled 8, 6, 6 = 20>>30824787Here rolls nothing...
Rolled 1, 9, 4 = 14>>30824787
>>30824787Would using a human shield count as breaking character?
Rolled 9, 1, 1 = 11>>30824787Man our rolls kinda blow
Rolled 1, 6, 5 = 12>>30824787
>>30824824As long as it's a dirty peasant to protect our glorious self, it should be fine I assume.Or Fall Guy would warn us if anything's OBVIOUSLY OoC
>>30824824Probably. Luckily she's a peasant, not a human.
Rolled 2, 5, 6 = 13>>30824787FAKE GRIT MODE
>>30824824Since the anon who suggested gave some good dialogue to justify it in character, no it would not.
>>30824824I can't imagine if their already dead.
>>30824808>>30824825Damn, what are the chances of rolling like this?That's crazy.
Rolled 2, 9, 10 = 21>>30824859never doubt the dice gods ability to fuck us over, I rolled the 1, 1, 1 that got our arm shot off
>>30824811>>30824813Well, we shot her.>>30824807>>30824808If we successfully drew our gun...
>>30824878I'm surprised you found the strength to pick up the dice again dude.I'd be terrified to do it again.Still hoping we get a 10 10 10 one day. For something really dumb too. Like, battling the homo shower
You should all take a moment to thank whichever anon rolled a 24. That was some clutch rolling right there.Writing.I think I can do one more combat encounter before the thread ends for tonight. After that I'll dump the IRC stuff for you guys to review and give your own opinions on.
>>30824923WooAnd I am always thankful for base anons.
>>30824905If we do that, we'll punch through the wall and find Val pranking us by controlling the homoshower from the other side. While also taking a shower of her own.
>>30824923Oh right, because I always forget. Topic while I write.I'm thinking that should Ivan ever go on another mission like this, he can use a modified cane as his melee weapon when acting as Lord John Churchill. Thoughts?Also, what in terms of writing style, pacing, anything really, do you think could use improvement? This is important for me to know, so I can continue trying to improve as a QM.
>>30824969That would explain WAY too much. God damn.Good FTB too.
>>30824971Cane sword for maximum suave.
Rolled 5, 2, 5 = 12>>30824971maybe the cane could have bits that pop out into the shape of our tomahawk for when we need it
>>30825001Nah, that should only happen when we go Mad Jack.
>>30824971>Modded cane>Literally get a pimp caneI can dig it.>ImprovementsWell, I really am a fan of your writing style in general. It's funny, has good description, but not too much. Even serious stuff I can usually get into, even if it's not your strongest point. I like your characters, but I can tell, during serious drama moments anyway, that you're a little uncomfortable with it. Or at least that you're being self conscious about how it sounds. My advice there would be to relax and simply try to dig your roots into the character and figure out what they'd say. This is easier the more fleshed out NPCs are.Other then that? You're literally in my top three as QMs go.
>>30825025Yeah. My top three go, in no particular order.>Aspirational>Fall Guy>Program0So based.
>>30824971Honestly you're doing fine. Your writing is pure quality and for the level you're working at you're actually writing quite quickly. Your process seems to be working pretty well so I'm not sure this late in the day's the time to tinker with it.
>>30824971Cane sword up in dis bitchhh
You take your place behind the trunk of the tree, shouting "Ah, you seem to have more fire in you then those two peasants! How marvelous! You'll go front and center on the mantle when I return to my estate!"There is a few moments pause where Hikaru doesn’t say or do anything. Then you hear a scream of rage as she begins to unload into the tree trunk with shocking ferocity. After a few seconds you can hear the feeble click of an empty mag. Smirking to yourself, you step out from around the tree to find yourself standing opposite of Hikaru, who is desperately fumbling around the the impractically long sniper rifle as she attempts to load a new mag into it.You straighten your back before calling out. “Now my dear, it is my turn to respond in our little duel.”Hikaru’s eyes bulge as your hand shoots down to your side, withdrawing the revolver once more. Not a particularly fast draw, but still speedy enough. Your first two shots go wild once more. You really aren’t having any luck with this quickdraw stuff.Gnashing your teeth and regaining control of your frustration before you turn into “Mad Jack” for real, you take a deep breath and line up the next shot. The bullet flies true, hitting Hikaru right in the stomach. The girl collapses next to Thundertits.Chuckling to yourself you stride up to the two prone women. Thundertits’ tits must be giant sacks of blood, the amount of red that has pooled around her in the past few seconds. Resisting to roll your eyes at the theatricality of it all, you loom over the two girls. You look down at them. Thundertits makes some sort of feeble moan. Hikaru seems to be trying to hold back tears. A small part of you wonders if they’re genuine. “Dying” here would be a huge impediment to her career after all.>options in next post
>What does Lord John Churchill do?>”Kill” them. They’re only filthy common insects anyway. And the glasses one besmirched your honor!>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe.
>>30825055I don't have a top 3 QMs, mainly because I know a bunch of them do more than one quest, and don't want to double up on the same guy.that said, favorite quests, in no order, because I don't want to shit on anyone or act like I'm actually a critic enough to care>Deniable assets>Over(Human)Limit>Peter Parker QuestDeniable assets is arguably the most fun, because the player base is generally far happier and funnier (I don't even reply most of the time in parker or overhuman because the autismal rage of the fanbase irritates me), but in writing and story quality, these three take the cake.
>>30825170>>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe.Plus if we get a feud going we're more likely to be recalled tot he show.
>>30825170>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe.
>>30825170>>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe.Leaving them beaten and alive - the worst possible dishonor. They were barely even sporting.Let's only finish them off as Mad Jack, or when we get clean shots. Tut tut.
Rolled 2, 1, 2 = 5>>30825170>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe.We're here looking for a real hunt, a proper challenge, and only the best game we hunt shall go on our mantle, clearly she is not worthy to grace our mantles presence
>>30825170Leave em. We need recurring foes later on for our spin-off!
>>30825170We'll, since he is both a hunter and Gentleman, he would give his Prey a quick clean death.
>>30825170Leave them, but take something off of each of them as a trophy.
>>30825170Both! Kill Thundertits, but keep the sniper one alive."Why, it was a pleasure meeting you, my dear. But I sense something within you, a certain pride, yes? Perhaps you are secretly of noble birth yourself? I grant you this boon: arise and prosper and fight again! Perhaps if we meet once more, you will be more agreeable.""As for this one, she is common street trash. Better to clean up the mess entirely, don't you think?" Then execute Thundertits and walk away.
>>30825025What this anon said; don't be ashamed to allow the narrative turn for the worse. That being said, you handled our botched mission well, though I would like Ivan to be forced in the same proximity as the chick who shot our arm. Good tension right there
>>30825234I like it.
>>30825226Sure, if we were playing a creepy stalker persona. But we're honorable grenadiers.>>30825234Yeah, that'll make them hate us. That's awesome.
>>30825234All systems are go for this one.
>>30825170>Leave them. It would not be gentlemanly to shoot a defeated foe."A good fight, indeed, but there's room for improvement. Now what did my late master say 'Catch and release' was it? I believe so, keep the fish alive to catch it larger the next time. Consider yourself luckier than that other filth over there, only because you will be a good hunt soon enough." step over them (kick them maybe?) as you go through the door
Rolled 1, 4, 8 = 13>>30825170Seconding >>30825226also, the dialogue in >>30825234 is good
>>30825170>Leave them.Recommend they accept their station and leave this dreadful business for the lives of servitude (in the sense of becomings maids/orderlies to a noble) that they were born to fulfil. Say this both arrogantly, and kindly like the patronizing lord we are.
>>30825234I'm all for it.
>>30825234Oh man that's so cartoonishly evilI support it.
>>30825234This is good.
Rolled 3, 5, 1 = 9>>30825301>leave this dreadful business for the lives of servitude (in the sense of becomings maids/orderlies to a noble) that they were born to fulfil.FG, can we capture them to be Lord John Churchill's servants?
>>30825226Yeah, I like this.
Calling it here so I don't run too late.I'm going with >>30825234 because that shit is "baller"- I believe is the term the kids use nowadays- as fuck. Also, taking Hikaru's glasses as a trophy. Looking at a BIG in character bonus to the multiplier for that one.Writing.
>>30825197Lets rub salt in the wound of these scrubs, then leave
>>30825333HELL YEAHIf we can throw in a twirled moustache, we really should.
Right. I'll never remember this shit. Topic.Which one of the three merc's would you most want to encounter? The ruthless and cruel fallen merc-idol Banshee (Valkyrie)? The insane laughing sniper Vix (Simge)? Or the mysterious and cunning master of disaster Delivery Man (Choi Lei)?
>>30824923>After that I'll dump the IRC stuff for you guys to review and give your own opinions on.Thanks for including us non-irc types!
>>30825430Simge. She'll synergize well with Mad Jack.
Rolled 6, 10, 3 = 19>>30825430choi
>>30825430We'd probably have the best banter with Valkyrie, so I vote Valkyrie. Delivery Man seems like he wouldn't want to talk too much to us, and Vix is probably too crazy for us to really bounce dialog with.
>>30825430Vix (Smige) or Delivery Man (Choi Lei)
>>30825430>ValJust because I have got to see her outfit. Its likely highly amusing.
>>30825430Simge. Psycho banter is a go.
>>30825430The insane laughing sniper Vix (Simge)?Valkrie is good, but she's already got plenty of time in. Simge seems good, especially considering she has "High waifu potential".I -would- also like to get to know choi a little more, but thats not happening with his persona.
>>30825430Well, we should have a really low opinion of Delivery Man, seeing as he fights like a coward. So of course, he's next so when the survivors team up against us, they can prove the value of working together as a team!
>>30825430I think Vix and Lord John Churchill would be hilarious together. We'd treat her like a proper lady while she does her psycho sniper thing.
>>30825510Good job at using anime logic to prove your point.
>>30825430Take-Out. I feel like our characters would go well together.
>>30825430Simge then Val
Rolled 4, 1, 4 = 9>>30825430seconding >>30825474
>>30825683I think Fall Guy feel asleep.
>>30825732He probably fell
>>30825732Either that or Sir John Churchill is monologuing.
Taking a moment to ensure that your patrician smirk is back in place you lean over Hikaru. Cocking an eyebrow in mocking inquisition. "Why, it was a pleasure meeting you, my dear... Hikaru was it? But I sense something within you, a certain pride, yes? Perhaps you are secretly of noble birth yourself? I grant you this boon: arise and prosper and fight again! Perhaps if we meet once more, you will be more agreeable."You stand upright suddenly, the revolver dangling idly in your hand as you walk over to the defeated Thundertits. She looks up at you, eyes large and pleading. "As for this one, Ms. Thu- why no that’s not it at all,” you look over your shoulder at Hikaru, smiling drolly. “Why that’s not her name at all, is it? But why would one such as I remember the name of common street trash? Better to clean up the mess entirely, don't you think?" With that you return your attention to Thundertits and fire. The bullet lands right above her heart. You wince internally. You really hope they’re fake, otherwise that might’ve hurt like a bitch. Reloading the revolver, you holster it before crouching over Hikaru once more. You reach out with a spare hand and pluck away her red framed eye glasses, putting them into a pouch on your bandolier. “A trophy I think. Perhaps one day you might be able to reclaim it.”You stand up and saunter out of the green space. Suddenly, Saul the director appear in your e-monocle. “Alright, you’re out of the cameras for now. Great stuff there Ivan,” he says distractedly. “Real great. How did you know that those glasses were a gift from Miyuki?”“Miyuki,” you grunt. “Is that Thundertits? No idea.”“Yes, yes that was Thundertits,” responds Saul the Director, sighing exasperatedly. “Anyway, really really great accident there. Awesome awesome drama. Keep up the good work.”
As you walk along the hallway, Saul reappears in your e-monocle. “Hey hey Ivan. Simge’s pretty close to your position right now. I think that Vix and Lord John Churchill could have some really really great chemistry together. How about you head over there now?”A map appears in your HUD, directing you forward. You keep on walking past rows of lockers until you find yourself near some doors. A little red icon appears, warning you that the area across these doors is a live film zone. You peek through the one-way glass. The area outside seems to be a courtyard/open air cafeteria. Did they seriously try to spin basic training as a highschool drama? The tables are flipped onto their side by some more enterprising idol-mercs. Looking around the courtyard you see a fellow revolver wielder, although this guy seems to be going for a cowboy look, a huge black guy with a massive machine grenade launcher, two younger looking girls who seem to be twins both toting assault rifles, and another girl in a track outfit taking cover behind the largest table. She seems to be wearing boxing gloves of some sort.You wait for a second. The area ahead of you has ample cover, but that asshole with the MGL makes that largely irrelevant. You need to figure out a way to take him out.You comm in to Simge over the private channel with your e-monocle.>Hey Simge. Ivan here. at door to courtyard, ready to provide back up.>Hi Ivan! :) Really glad to see you here. The guy with the nades is coming way too close for comfort for me!You grunt. Time to plan some shit out.>Plan of Attack!>Hint: try to create openings for Simge.>Also, Villainous Entrance!
>>30825828Twirl revolver and fire into the guy with the MGL.Bellow: "TALLY HO, MISCREANTS!"
>>30825828Time to challenge the obvious American and prove the might of British Imperialism once again!
>>30825828Where is Simge currently, who does she have a good shot on? Are we strong enough to pick up and throw tables? Because introducing ourself as the Lord John Churchill and flinging a table at them would be extremely dramatic, and it'd also fuck up their cover.
>>30825828Kick down the doors."What a delight! Battle is already joined! Who will have the honor of facing me in single combat?"If no immediately reply from the idols, spray fire into their group with our big machine gun."When your betters are speaking, make sure to listen!"
>>30825828Kick down door, introduce yourself as Lord John Churchill, quick draw pistol and take potshots at the group, starting with the MGL dude. Hopefully Simge will be able to take advantage of the distraction to take out as many mercs as possible
>>30825828Make a really dramatic entrance. I'm not good at writing them, but the best one that one of the other anons came up with.Give Simge the opening to shoot the guy with the MGL so we can use cover.Then I guess try to flank the peasants while Simge keeps them pinned.
>>30825912>>30825868kick down door, yell "TALLY HO, MISCREANTS!", >quick draw pistol and take potshots at the group, starting with the MGL dude. Hopefully Simge will be able to take advantage of the distraction to take out as many mercs as possible
>>30825828seconding >>30825900 & >>30825912
>>30825873Oh, yes. Make sure we call him a wretched colonist, as well...
>>30825828Kick open the doors with revolver drawn."You lot look like you'll be fairer sport than those girls with the skirts."
>>30825828Have Simge take out auto-grenade guy. Enter and introduce our self. Start advancing, miss 5 shots with revolver then scream 'Bloody hell'. Charge into viscous melee with Simge covering us. Kill Maim Burn them all to the ground
Alright, here's the plan as I see it right now.+Tell Simge to snipe MGL guy as soon as the merc-idols are distracted+make our Villainous entrance. something along the lines of >>30825900>Proceed to dash for cover once you've made your big entrance>Take shot at other mercs. Aim for the Twins in particular>Move forward to try and flank merc-idols>Take out boxing girl, either at range or with CQC+Challenge American to a duel of pistols>Duel the American.Okay, this is a long one, and will require a metric fuckton of rolls. I think I'll need about 13 rolls of the 3d10 all things considered.
Rolled 4, 9, 3 = 16>>30826023TALLY HO!
Rolled 6, 5, 9 = 20>>30826023Oh boy here we go.
Rolled 5, 5, 1 = 11>>30826023By Jove let's do this.
Rolled 9, 5, 1 = 15>>30826023https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxevD8-bG9k
Rolled 1, 9, 4, 6, 3, 4, 10, 1, 3, 4, 4, 9 = 58>>30826023Damn. I forgot to do this. Rolling for Simge.
Rolled 8, 7, 1 = 16>>30826023
Rolled 2, 6, 2 = 10>>30826023Let's make this quick, there is tea back home that calls to me!
Rolled 3, 6, 9 = 18>>30826023FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Rolled 8, 6, 2 = 16>>30826023What the Christ I thought you were done for the evening?!?!?!
Rolled 10, 4, 1 = 15>>30826023LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
Rolled 3, 10, 4 = 17>>30826023Rolling.>>30826052>12d10wut
Rolled 9, 4, 1 = 14>>30826023Trophy collection!
>>30826075basically four rolls of a 3d10 done in one post
Rolled 1, 4, 1 = 6>>30826023I'm having a lot of fun with this mission, honestly.
Rolled 3, 3, 1 = 7>>30826023
Rolled 8, 3, 3 = 14>>30826023
Rolled 4, 6, 9 = 19>>30826093>>30826094We're boned!
>>30826093>>30826094Yikes, we kind of go out with a whimper here.
>highest roll was a 20
Rolled 10, 5, 9 = 24Am I too late?God save the King.
>>30826140Yeah jeez. /tg/ dice gods are major assholes.Luckily I think many of those rolls disrupted the action chain, which will probably entail a new plan of attack.Writing.
We are the best mercenary evar.
>>30826158>that roll>unlinked and too late to save usYes, you are.
>>30826042>>30826140Clearly everyone else rolled low because they forgot their obligatory toff image macro.
Rolled 7, 1, 9 = 17>>30826183The dice clearly want to see Mad Jack
>>30826243The dice clearly want us to get back to regular missions where they can kill us and our teammates more easily.
>>30826262Naw, the dice clearly want us to go back to slice-of-life scenarios. Did you see the rolls for catching up to Elda and for turning off the shower?
Alright, writing may take a bit longer than usual. I need to feed myself. will be cooking at home, so not too long, just need to get up and check water, pan periodically.
>>30826372We're on page 7, just in case you didn't know. We should be good for a while.
>>30826372What timezone are you in? For me, it's past midnight, kind of a weird time to be making food.In the time it took me to type the above sentence, I realized how hungry I am, and decided to make some food.
>>30826418Also past midnight for me.I eat at really odd times.
>>30826457please no more, all this talk of food is making me hungry...
>>30826482It's time for pork buns anon
>>30826499it is indeed.
>>30826499mustbestrongmustbestrongmustntopenfrozenpackageofporkbuns in freezer, oh sweet steamy bunny goddess, honor me with your sticky porky goodness!
>>30826523My poptarts seem disgusting now, thanks.I need some meat in me now. Some hot meat. Juicy meat. In my mouth.... I think I'm gonna go take a shower, brb.
>alright Simge. I’m going to do some big entrance. Take that as your chance to take out the guy with MGL. After that we can pick them off from cover>Sounds great!! Smiling in spite of yourself, you place a foot on the doors. And kick. The doors swing open battering dramatically against the sides of the building. The five merc-idols look up at you in shock. "What a delight! Battle is already joined! Who will have the honor of facing me in single combat?"The five merc-idols fail to respond, utterly nonplussed by the British relic now standing in their midst. There is a long pause as no one says anything. Then there is a burst of high pitched giggling, girlish and demented, from behind an electrical box on top of the school building’s roof. A loud crack, and a tabletop a few meters away from the MGL guy’s head cracks. The giggling intensifies and another two shots miss his head completely. The giggling grows even more demented as finally, a bullet strike home. Thank Christ Simge’s got such a fast trigger finger. The five mercs are barely even starting to react to the first shot when the fourth one brings down MGL guy. You run and take cover behind a table, shouting "When your betters are speaking, make sure to listen!"A few seconds later you pop out from cover and crack off a shot. You get absurdly lucky, and the bullet strikes one of the twins in the shoulder, sending her falling to the ground, screaming in feigned agony. Your next few shots are not as fortuitous, however. Snarling in fury you hop over the table while Simge fires a few rounds into the area where the three combat ready merc Idols are taking cover. You attempt to engage from this closer vantage point once more. It is futile.
Taking cover behind the new table, you bellow up at Simge, “Lady Vix! I do believe this current stratagem is rather lacking in efficacy!”Vix chirps with laughter, the sound is almost like a squeal. “Not like it matters! This is all just a game for the people in the night sky!”You grunt as the two merc-idols with guns pepper your position with return fire. This is all going very poorly.>New Plan of Attack!
>>30826623Time to go Mad Jack.
>>30826623Fire off a few rounds in the general direction of the enemy and then get angry and axe somebody
>>30826623Poorly? We helped take out two, I consider that good work. Now that we're pinned down though...man it sucks we weren't able to get any grenades.>Blind fire around corner to distract them>Roudy Run opposite direction to new cover>Pop up, Duck shooting timeI want to save Mad Jack for when we ACTUALLY get hurt, personally.
Rolled 5, 5, 7 = 17>>30826623Is it time to LET 'ER RIP?
>>30826623Challenge the cowboy to a duel. Turn into Mad Jack if he refuses.
>>30826681>Actuallyand by actually, I mean like, just a more shit situation where we get 'injured' or so.
>>30826681Seconding. Mad Jack needs to be a surprise for when we're actually wounded. Let's not pull the trigger too early. Lord John Churchill has slightly more discipline than this, anons.
>>30826652Not when they're all aiming their guns at us. I don't think Ivan is dumb enough to propose plans with DCs above 26.
>>30826623What are we taking cover behind?
Rolled 7, 9, 7, 8, 4, 8, 5, 7, 6, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 7 = 98In order to speed things along, and because I rather like the cowboy duel Idea, we're going with that.I'll need 4 3d10 rolls for the cowboy Duel.
>>30826623I kinda want to go "mad jack" mode, but I want to save that until near the end of this mission, because it's more of a finale type of move, but I don't know, maybe now is the time?Maybe we expose ourselves to taking a light wound on purpose, to make our rage more believable, than freak the fuck out?If we don't want to go mad jack on these bitches, I guess we challenge someone to a duel like this anon says >>30826699, although, that might be better if the cowboy is the last man standing.Fuck, I don't know.
>>30826681>GrenadesIsn't one of them hacking those around? Maybe we should be prepared to deal with one dropped on our position?
>>30826681Ok I can dig that. We'll wait untill the good Lord Churchill is wounded before he becomes a Berzerker Packing Man and a Half.
>>30826623Is there anything big and heavy we can fling at their cover? They assembled it by flipping over tables, maybe we can just throw another table at them and collapse it on them.
I just had a thought.What happens if we kill all of them?
Rolled 2, 5, 10 = 17>>30826733Dueling.
Rolled 1, 1, 8 = 10>>30826733
Rolled 1, 9, 2 = 12>>30826733Roll
Rolled 8, 4, 5 = 17>>30826733
Rolled 1, 9, 1 = 11>>30826733Draw?
Rolled 8, 4, 3 = 15>>30826733
Rolled 3, 2, 9 = 14>>30826733All systems go for badass.
Rolled 6, 9, 1 = 16Man our rolls are so average it hurts.
>>30826747>>30826748Pretty sure we lost the duel...
>plan of attackShout something apropos, "Ha! Hiding like cowards, are you? Allow me to show you how we did it in the Sudan!" Then Simge pins then in place with suppression fire while we dive and roll to flank and fire one handed from a crouch with revolver. Roll back into cover as needed. "3 to 2? A good British gentleman is worth five of you boot-polishers, so you're outnumbered 2 to 1! Hardly sporting!"
>Cowboy rolls once, gets all above 5>We roll 8 times, never get above 20What is this bullshit? Christ.
>>30826790I know right. What the hell Dice Gods? I thought you guys liked fun.
>>30826790We ain't cut out for vacations. That's ok. Next time we can pick a real mission to do.
Pistols at high noon, what?
>>30826790Well, at least we have good plans and cool ideas.Even if we fail, we still have Mad Jack. So that's something.
>>30826733And Simge's rolls are as follows:>23>20>18>18>19Writing.
>>30826843Yay she saves us
>>30826843>ivan running around being comically inept>simge 360noscopes everyone while giggling like a retard
Rolled 5, 9, 10 = 24>>30826843I actually hope she acts dishonorably and nails cowboy right in the side of the head as he draws his gun.Save us from ourselves Simge.
>>30826843Well at least there's one competent Merc at this party. Hey, doesn't she get a bonus for taking us out?
>>30826867Yeah that figures.
>>30826867This shit makes me want to offer rollover rolls or something.
>>30826906It's a pain I know way too well.Everytime there's a roll, too many people roll, and the ones past the cut off point are almost always better, or natural successes.It's like getting stabbed in the foot and trying to walk around with it.
Rolled 4, 6, 8 = 18>>30826906Whatever you think is best man, just know that if you do it once, people are gonna expect you to do it again. They will throw reroll bitch fits every single time we fail for the rest of your QM career.I've seen it before.
>>30826906Don't worry about it, PCs are meant to suffer anyway. Builds character.
>>30826906There may be a way for you to do that, maybe some kind of Aug that allows goes into our brain that "analyzes future situations based on blah blah" that could allow rollover rolls replacing the lowest rolls up to maybe 3 rolls after they're done counting?
You stick your pistol out from behind the table waving it in the air. “Hold! Hold I say.”The firing from the other side of the courtyard abates. Then a male voice shouts back in a drawl “What?”You poke your head out before standing upright. You point at the ten gallon hat peeking form over the table. “You. You there, the filthy American colonial. I see you wield pistols.”The ten gallon hat stands upright, sticking his thumbs into his belt and spitting on the ground. “What about it nancy boy?”You chuckle, pulling out an embroidered handkerchief and examining it before speaking. “I propose a duel. A rare honor for one of my stature to deign to do so with a colonial urchin such as yourself. You would be advised to accept my most generous offer.”The ten gallon hat steps out into the open. “Straight Shooter Tex.”You snort. “It matters not. Come, let us make battle.”The two of you step fully into the open, squaring off. The other two merc-idols are milling around behind their tables, too intent to watch the duel to worry about the now silent Simge.
>>30826906Ah yeah speaking of rerolls. How does our shiny new cortex upgrade factor into our rolls?
Rolled 9, 1, 8 = 18>>30827001>some kind of Aug that allows goes into our brain that "analyzes future situations based on blah blah" such a thing exists, its called Athena, its essentially a combat AI that helps us out, but I think its tier 2 tech
Both of you go for your guns at the exact same second. Only, while Tex’s fingers found immediate purchase on his revolver, yanking it clear out of the holster, yours skitter across the grip, sliding completely past it and into your pocket. You watch Tex raise his gun in slow motion, a crowing smile etched on his face.A crack. Tex’s eyes go wide before he slumps to the floor, a perfect collapse.Two more cracks. The last two remaining mercs fall to the ground as well. Your head jerks around. Simge is standing on the edge of the roof, her foot resting on the lip of the building. She is wearing an all too revealing straight jacket, her hands operating the sniper rifle through the long sleeves.As you look up at her, mad laughter fills the courtyard.
Alright, that's all for this thread tonight. Good running for you guys. Hopefully next time the Dice gods will shit on us less. Commencing dump of IRC summary.
Alright, so I think some anons are peeved that decisions that impact the course of the quest may be made in the DAQ IRC channel without them being able to take part in the process for one reason or another, be it inexperience with IRCs, a general distaste for them, the fact that their time zones and mine are incompatible, or just that it’s Tuesday and they’re bored. I’d like to preface this by saying that the DAQ IRC channel is meant to be a tool for you as players to utilize to more easily get in contact with me, the QM. I would like to make as many avenues for feedback available as I can, because I do value your input. The IRC is not meant to be exclusionary or alienating to my players. I do not go into the IRC and circlejerk with two other anons as they decide how the quest will go. That does not happen, and that will not ever happen. The truth is, not all of my characterization ideas and mission ideas are good, hell many of them kind of suck. I feel like had I gotten more input about Bitter Prophet prior to running it, the mission would’ve been better executed, rather than the slog it turned into. The IRC is a place dedicated to hammering out issues like these so that the final product, what I actually write in the quest, is as polished as an off-the-cuff 15-30 minute bit of amatuer writing can be. I fully welcome everyone to come into it.That said, if you really are opposed to visiting the IRC, each thread I’ll try to post whatever we brainstormed in the IRC for feedback and review by you guys as well. Nothing that happens in the IRC, unless it’s something like implementing weapons ideas, will effect the quest until I do this due diligence. This is a promise from me as a QM to you as players. I want this IRC to be a tool for you guys to enhance your enjoyment of DAQ, not diminish it.Now that that’s done, here’s what went down in the IRC prior to this thread.
>1) Refined History of StrikeOut and NeoLogosAlthough I’m still not putting any dates on anything so I have some wiggle room, here’s a basic timeline of the early history of StrikeOut, which is about 170~ years old at the time of DAQ. I’m starting off with this because it relates to Bob and the Armorer’s characterization.Year 0-5 “Beginning”: StrikeOut is just starting out as a merc company, has no major patrons, mostly just tools around in human space in a refurbished cruiser. Does odd jobs, mostly protection work. Mercs are not nearly as well armed or well trained as they are today.Year 5 “First Contract”: StrikeOut’s cruiser arrives in the Hyperion System, which just got purchased by NeoLogos, at that point still a small startup corp with a focus on Cybernetics. Sotiris Vokos, founder and SEO of NeoLogos, offers an abandoned mining asteroid to StrikeOut as a place of operations in exchange for their protection. This asteroid would later become the Brick.Year 5-10 “Settlement”: StrikeOut and NeoLogos get situated, NeoLogos start making some patents, growing, becoming more of a player in the cybernetic market.
>1) Refined History of StrikeOut and NeoLogos cont.Year 10-35 “The Grind”: StrikeOut has to defend NeoLogos from increasingly violent and frequent mercenary attacks from competitors. StrikeOut is not well equipped enough to go on the offensive, NeoLogos is still too poor to offer StrikeOut enough logistical and material support to do so. StrikeOut mercs die in large numbers, as they are still only slightly better than generic corp sec.Year 35-40 “Hope”: NeoLogos makes a large number of patents in the Cyberware market, in particular revolutionary neuro-cybernetic interfaces. They also pioneer the field of Neuroware, which is essentially just a trade term for adjutant AIs. NeoLogos’ revenue rapidly increases, allowing the corp to expand. Much of that money goes to StrikeOut, giving the mercs top of the line equipment, logistical support, augments, training, the whole nine yards.Year 40-50 “Vengeance”: StrikeOut strikes back. Flush with cash from their backers at NeoLogos, StrikeOut begins a vengeance campaign against corps that attacked NeoLogos and StrikeOut during the Grind, wiping out competitors for both Corporations. This goes a long way to securing NeoLogos’ position as an Ultra-Corp.
>>30827070Two thingsNext thing we say IC"You harlot! How dare you interrupt such an honorary duel!"Then send a primate message"OhthankgodyousavedmejesuschristIcan'tquickdraw."
>2) How does this ancient history affect Bob and the Armorer?Bob and the Armorer were both mercs who were present for the early days for StrikeOut. They were part of the original crew the Millenium Man assembled, or if not, they joined shortly thereafter. They, along with the Millenium Man, are the last surviving mercs from those days. The other oldest merc, Alexander “Tin Man” Barrister, was a rookie during the Vengeance time period. Everyone else from those days is dead. This has affected both Bob and the Armorer greatly, albeit in different ways. Ways that Ivan shall uncover in the course of DAQ should he choose to get to know these veterans.Everything after this is spoilers, so be warned! Spoilers will be rated from Minor to Medium to Major to M-Gigantic in terms of how much important information they reveal about a Mission, a Character, or a Plot Arc.So do you remember the reputation/morality indices I ran by you guys earlier? One of the axes was Honorable/Ruthless. Bob is more of an honorable merc, while the Armorer is more of a ruthless one.
>Why did Bob retire? [Medium Character Spoilers]Bob retired near the end of the Vengeance Period. He was on a drop against some rival corp when he realized something. He realized that he had become what he had spent most of his professional career fighting against. He had become the same sort of person that had killed many of his friends and comrades in the early days. He hung up his gun and opened the Bar shortly thereafter.>What motivates Bob? [Medium Character Spoilers]Bob is very much conflicted. At a fundamental level he is a good person. He is surly and taciturn and aloof, but he is a good person. He feels a connection with the mercs who work at StrikeOut simply because underneath it all, he’s an empathetic guy. He just doesn’t express it well, so he helps out how he can, by running a Bar where mercs can forget about their jobs for a while. On the other hand though, the mercs at the Bar aren’t like Bob. They’re the corporate raiders that he refused to become. So on that level, Bob dislikes and resents the mercs, because he knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a drop pod assault. This creates a conflict between his desire to reach out to these troubled younger people and his revulsion at what they do.
>How does Bob handle the past? How is he now? [Medium Character Spoilers]Bob’s long ago decided that forgiveness and forgetfulness are the way to go. He does not like thinking about his past, he might not forget what happened to him and his comrades, but he has moved on past it by and large. He just prefers not to dwell on painful memories. As a result of this attitude, Bob is not vengeful about his past, just sad. Bob is lonely. He and the Armorer long ago had a falling out, and they don’t talk. Bob does have something distantly similar to a parental relationship with Valkyrie, and Darius very much considers Bob a mentor. Bob and Barrister are distant. Bob does not approve of Barrister’s decision to sacrifice his humanity for sustained battle prowess.
>Why did the Armorer retire? [Minor Character Spoilers]The Armorer kept on doing her job right until the bitter end. Unfortunately, biotechnology was not sufficiently advanced to keep her in combat shape anymore, and she was forced to resign by order of the Millenium Man. She does not have a deep seated love for combat, at least not to the extent Barrister does, so she didn’t take as extreme measures as he did to remain combat ready.>What motivates the Armorer? [Major Character Spoilers]In the end, the Armorer is driven on by a bizarre combination of bitterness and nostalgia. She wants to drop again, in many ways retake her youth and a certain amount of innocence lost to the passage of time and her line of work. However, she can’t. So she sells the current batch of mercs weapons, armor, and all sorts of equipment and in a way, lives vicariously through them. In many ways she’s trapped in the past, or rather her conception of the past. She doesn’t live vicariously through the mercs because she wants to drop again, she just wants to have some of the stuff she lost over time back, and dropping has become associated with that in her mind.
>How does the Armorer handle the past? How is she now? [Major Character Spoilers]Unlike Bob, the Armorer does not want to move on from her past. She is fixated on it. Fixated on friends and comrades lost, wrongs done more than a century ago, and innocence lost. The Armorer didn’t keep dropping because she enjoyed combat. She kept dropping in the hopes of finding another one of those bastards who killed her friends or hired the mercs who killed her friends, and make them pay. The the Armorer, the issue of regaining her lost youth and getting revenge are so closely intertwined they mean basically the same thing to her. Right now she maintains an initially disinterested and ‘bitchy’ attitude as a result of simmering bitterness. However, she’s quite friendly with some mercs, and they in turn like her. Marlena very much so, Barrister, as much as he can get close to another human being, and Choi Lei. She and Valkyrie used to have a close relationship, but now the two are distant from one another.
>3) Mission from the Armorer and possibly Bob. [All Major Mission/Plot Spoilers, albeit for an optional sidequest and storyline]To properly understand the context of this, you’ll need to have read the character spoilers for Bob and the Armorer. If you haven’t you’ll be missing key context for how this mission relates to the Armorer and possibly Bob, but it probably won’t impede your understanding of things too much. The point of this mission is about how two former mercs deal with their past. It’s more about illustrating two characters than the choice Ivan makes, although that does matter too. I also hope it’ll add some sort of moral depth to DAQ. However, this mission, although very much a side quest if you will, is still a long way off. I’d say months from now, but I’m crap at estimating stuff like that.
>Setting the StageThere are two suggestions for how this mission will turn out, and I would very much like your input on the issue. Although both versions are thematically the same, and will result in the same choice presented to the players, there are some differences between them.Version 1:Ivan has been working for the Armorer for a while. The two have built up a rapport over time.One night, the Armorer calls him aside and begins to exposition bomb him with a story from her days as a merc. This will allow me to dump more info about StrikeOut’s early days, and hopefully do so in an engaging fashion.Main point of the Armorer’s story is about a fellow merc (Called MercA from here on out) who was killed during an assault on NeoLogos by another merc (Called Karngor, Krangor is a name given as a joke during early brainstorms of this mission, the person in question will not be called Krangor). The Armorer will depict this guy as a bastard and an asshole, and talk about how he killed MercA with a garrotte.Armorer will then reveal she knows where Krangor is, and will give Ivan the garrotte in question. Will request Ivan avenge MercA for her. Will offer some nice equipment, extra if he uses garrotte to off Krangor.Version 2:Essentially the same as Version 1, but some changes. In this version, Krangor will have used a pair of knuckles or knives or something to off MercA. The Armorer will have one weapon out of the pair, Bob will have the other.The Armorer will give her same spiel about Krangor the Evil, make the same request and offer.But this time, Bob will also find Ivan, and give his own version of events of StrikeOut’s early history. Talk a lot about how rough it was but how he’s moved on and doesn’t want the memories anymore.Bob will request that Ivan give Krangor back his weapons and tell him he is forgiven.
>The Mission ItselfThe way the mission turns out will be the same regardless of how we set the stage for it.Versions 1 and 2:Krangor is on a SPEHSS cruise, which will take him through ungoverned space. Essentially international waters of the 23rd century. This will allow Ivan to kill Krangor and face no legal repercussions so long as he gets off of the cruise liner before the local security can catch him.Ivan will find Krangor on the Cruise, but further observation will reveal Krangor is on the cruise with his daughter, her husband, and the grandkids. Krangor’s family will probably know him by a different name than the one Bob and the Armorer gave you.Ivan will be given four choices:>Use garrotte/other weapon to kill Krangor, say “Krangor. MercA has a present for you.” Slightly riskier option, but the Armorer will reward Ivan more>Kill Krangor in some other way in private. Safer option, will not necessitate a quick escape, but no bonus from Armorer>Drop garrotte/weapons on Krangor’s lap while his family is away. Say “Krangor. MercA forgives you.” Krangor will know to go into hiding, but there is a risk the Armorer will find out about that>Don’t do anything to Krangor
>ConclusionVersions 1 and 2 will in the end have largely the same results, it’s just Version 2 wraps things up immediately upon returning to the Brick, while Version 1 involves some more player actions depending on their choice. Therefore, I’ll go into Version 1 in more detail.Version 1This will only matter if Ivan chooses to give Krangor the warning in the form of the garrotte. Ivan will need to go to Bob independently and ask for his help. Bob will then set things up for Krangor to disappear with his family, and will give Ivan his own backstory and perspective on StrikeOut’s early days.>How are Versions 1 and 2 different?I’m going to speak about the mission in very general terms right now, so I don’t think I’ll need spoilers. To me, Version 1 makes Ivan more of an independent character. He will make the choice to show Krangor mercy as an independent moral judgement, and then will have to figure out how to protect Krangor in the long run on his own. Version 2 on the other hand, is more obvious and neatly resolved, as well as giving Ivan both sides of the story before going on the mission.
Now that all of that is out of the way, you guys have all gotten a first hand peek into the creative process behind at least a small percentage of DAQ. None of this stuff is written in stone, hardened clay at the most, so your feedback and perspectives will definitely matter. I want to write as enjoyable a quest for you as possible, and your opinions are extremely important, perhaps even vital, for me to do so. Please, feel free to give me your feedback and perspectives on what I’ve written here, and I’ll try to account for them in the final iteration of the mission, should it ever come about.Will repost this in a pastebin later. You can find the link in next thread's master pastebin.
>>30827183Thanks for the IRC dump Fall Guy. Btw if I wanted to join the IRC myself, what room do you use?
>>30827195The IRC is on the channel #DAQfulltimeon the rizon.net servers.
>>30827183I like the ideas behind what you described, but in either case it just feels incomplete and much too "black and white" with regards to morality. Reminds me strongly of one of Picard's quotes:http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Conundrum_%28episode%29There are always solutions outside of the obvious black/white ones; for example Roughing the guy up but letting him life
>>30827220More like tell his family about the shit he got up to in his past, rough him up, and let him live.
>>30827083Somethings>You're way too hard on yourself sometimes I think Fall Guy.>You may want to do these dumps in a pastebin, for simplicity sake.>I can get wanting to share what happens in IRC, but jeez dude, you don't need to dump spoilers of that level, even if a few anons know already. I read em, but I don't really care about spoilers.>About the rollover rolls idea: What do you think of that being a improvement we get from the brain mod? I think it sounded cool (though may be OP in your opinion I dunno) I liked it tho.
>>30827220exactly my thoughts, FG, I said as much essentially in the IRC, the grey is where real morality lies and often times a better, more character defining and maybe even more efficient resolution of events can be found in the grey between the two extremes, say we intrude on him having some family time, hold them captive, tell the Armorer's story to him and his family, then break his nose with the knuckle duster she gave Ivan, then tell him and his family Bob's story, forgive him and drop both dusters in his lap, then walk out, after that when Ivan returns to the brick, begins the hard part, we get Armorer and Bob together and get them to solve their differences while we all get drunk
>>30827234And on the total opposite end of the spectrum:now, granted Ivan wouldn't at all do this, but blowing up the entire damn starliner, which would probably be the most straightforward way of completing the mission with a low risk
>>30827183pretty much what >>30827241 said>I can get wanting to share what happens in IRC, but jeez dude, you don't need to dump spoilers of that level, even if a few anons know already.you've been doing awesome so far and I trust you to keep being awesome, no need to get rid of the DM screen and bare it all to us
>>30827241While I agree that there were a bit too many spoilers, I'd rather he posts it for all of us than just a few anons.
>>30827283well it ain't critical info that players need during the threads, its not deciding anything for the players, if they wanna give feedback and be part of that creative process, thats what the IRC is for, brainstorming and discussing non critical stuff
>>30827241>>You're way too hard on yourself sometimes I think Fall Guy.Also wanted to chime in on this and say - everything has been top notch so far. Writing, story choices, characters, etc.It says a lot when the character's arch-nemesis is a shower and yet the campaign isn't pure absurdity.Also I think it's been too long since Ivan hung out with Darius. Guy seems cool.
>>30827292>thats what the IRC is for, brainstorming and discussing non critical stuffI tend to agree - I think of it as discussing a campaign with your buddy who isn't actually playing in said campaign. The spoilers are interesting and all, but I think it'd be enough to simply have a "campaign notes - WARNING SPOILERS" folder on the pastebin. Unnecessary to go out of the way to post them to people in tg.
>>30827220>>30827234Interesting points anon or ideas anons. Obviously I'll have to include a write in option. There was also some discussion of a third merc being involved in the Karngor situation. That might allow for a more grey area approach.>>30827241In order:It's a matter of doing better and making a higher quality product. Although it seems a lot of anons agree with you, so I might lay off myself just a little.They will be from here on out. This was mostly just my attempt to make is a clear as possible that IRC brainstorming will be available for everyone to read and critique.Although major spoilers for those two characters, it's nothing attached to the main plot. I staunchly refuse to spoiler the DAQ finale.Probably won't do a rollover rolls idea. Too much of a risk of people wanting me to do it for every spate of bad luck.>>30827268>>30827283Although massive spoilers for that part of DAQ, they are largely inconsequential in terms of the over arching plot.
>>30827292Basically this.While I don't want IRC to be a place for discussing all sorts of key plot points and such, since other anons may know a little too much, when it's side missions and junk, I think it's okay not to tell everyone the whole deal right off the bat. It feels like I'm reading QM notes, which seems unfair.But hey, you can still post it for those who want to read. I'll just skim and not spoil it for myself, I think.
>>30827292While brainstorming is alright, spoilers of this magnitude should be shared with all of us or not at all.
>>30827311>the over arching plot.I demand to know the shower's motivation. Why is it such a bastard? What brought it to this point? What's its backstory, and how many others have been victimized during its tenure?
>>30827327The showerhead is my DMPC. His family was killed by bandits and so he swore revenge on all of mankind.
>>30827311I can understand wanting to improve yourself-and hell, that's good! Some people don't do that. But putting yourself down a lot feels unfair. Especially when some things really weren't as bad as you claim.Maybe I'm being a little defensive on your behalf because you're such a nice guy, but still. Try and take some pride in your work, you know? If it's nothing but "I suck so much at x, y, and z" then you'll quickly just get sick of everything. At least, I would.Fair enough for the rest of your answers.
>>30827349Hahahaha you're a kind soul anon. I'll try to be less of a Debbie Downer in the futureOh right, just archived the thread. Will probably go to bed in the next thirty minutes or so.
>>30827344Interesting.And how many katanas does it have? And does it own a gameboy? What's its totem animal?
>>308273694 Katanas, and they can all attach at the hilt. Yes, the last operational one in existence. A plumber by the name of Barry Trzebiatowski .
>>30827397Windmill Suriken JutsuWindmill of Shadows!
>>30827367Ever going to do something in the blind slug universe again? Or are we already in it?
>>30827412I might give it another shot. I have yet to attain quite as much success as I did with that bit of writefaggotry. To be completely honest, the entire thing was entirely off the cuff the whole way through. I'd like to take another crack at it now that I've gotten better at plotting and world building.>spoilerNaw. The Union would never be able to withstand the hyper-violent ADD addled humanity of the DAQ-verse.
>>30827497my sides anon. My sides.
>>30827497What is this I don't even.