It is the year 22XX and Humanity has reached the stars. Alas, even though they have attained the lofty goal of interstellar travel, mankind has yet to conquer it’s baser instincts.Humanity is ruled by ultra-Corporations. Some own continents. Some own multiple worlds. But no matter who you are, everyone is a citizen-employee somewhere. The qualms that beset corporations of the past, copyright infringement, tech theft, still exist. If anything, they are amplified by the scale of the players.Without government to turn to for legal recourse and separated by millions and billions of miles, corporations have turned to less savory solutions to resolve disputes. You are one of those solutions.You are an elite mercenary, also known as a High Impact Public Representative, of the StrikeOut Company, a group of mercenaries who accept contracts and missions from the highest bidder. You are launched out of a spaceship in a drop pod filled with bright orange and highly toxic gel. You crash land into the target’s facilities, make a mess, do your job, and then get the hell out.You are a Fall Guy. You are a Deniable Asset.QM’s Twitter:https://twitter.com/DickishDeadDAQ Master Pastebin with archive links, pastebins, and other miscellania:http://pastebin.com/nNU28gEA
Alright, no longer story update to start off with. Just a vote. Basically, we’ve done the fun thing I had in mind for Ivan’s little adventure, namely saving Svenja. Not that’s out of the way, would you prefer to stick as Ivan and continue fighting mercs or see what things are like as the Tin Man?
>>32653203I'd like to see Tin man.
>>32653203Stick with the Bear, thick and thin.
I want to see tin Man, but why no IRC?
>>32653203Lets have a taste of beta level operating. Are you planning on going through with whatever pov we pick for the rest of the session?
>>32653305Only until we've cleaned up the trash. Then it's back to Ivan to get paid.
>>32653203Lets allocate a tiny bit of time for the tin man.
>>32653203Only if playing as the Tin Man require to starts or ends our sentence with Beep-Boop.
>>32653198Interested in Tin Man as a character, would like to see how his head works considering he's . . well, not exactly the sanest bloke about.
>>32653413I wonder if the term bloke even applies
Alright, it seems we want to be the Tin Man. I've been writing, but I'm announcing this ahead of time so people don't forget.All combat rolls for the Tin Man are done with a +30 modifier.
>>32653551Jesus Christ!Do crit fails still apply? This seems like the only time I ever want to roll one, just to see what would happen.
>>32653654>Nat 1>NOT TODAY BEEP BOOP-FUCKER
>>32653654Not possible bleep bloop, tin man has a quantum probability modulator augment.
>>32653551What's his die modifier for social skills?
>>32653683like... negative a big number. I imagine most of his conversations are just him beeping at people
>>32653698Like a murderous R2-D2 with anti-social tendencies.
>>32653698Say, is Tin Man old enough to remember the movie Predator?
>>32653867No, that movie is like, nearly 300 years old now. I forget how old Tin Man is, but I think it's somewhere like in his 150s?The Millennium Man would though, although he wasn't born yet when it came out in theaters.
>>32653890...Are you implying that our boss is the only one who'd understand our references?
>>32653890That's a shame. I had a theory that the whole reason Tin Man became Tin Man was because he saw classic Robocop and thought it was an inspirational biography.
The voice in your mind speaks, it’s tone mechanical and unobtrusive. You appreciate this, one final concession to the mind that once controlled your body.>Combat Chassis Vitals are Nominal>Combat Performance Statistics are 35% of Primary Operational Benchmarks“It will be sufficient,” you subvocalize to your body, brushing away it’s performance concerns. These are trash. More of a risk that their blood will short circuit something than they actually damage the station by design. Sent here as a message, warning or display you cannot discern. Such judgements will be left for those with greater vistas than yourself.You rush through the hallways of the Brick. Many would assume that a body more carbon nanotubes and tungsteel than anything else would clang and clatter. This is not the case for you however. Your feet, joints, are surrounded by a muffling bladder of some sort, and it allows you to move with utter silence should the need arise. For a long time you would always leave these bladders inflated, coasting through the station like a ghost, revelling in the surprise and fear that the unaugmented waste products experie->DEPLOYING STABILIZING COCKTAILYou’re inadvertent burst of anger and aggression disappears under the wash of soothing neurochemicals. Even now your chassis ensures maximum cognitive function, allowing no level of imbalance to affect tactical and strategic level thought processes. Ensuring consistent and constant performance from the final and unstable part of the weapon that is Alexander Barrister.
Yes, you used to revel, but the psychologist said it was anti-social behavior. Not that is wasn’t to be expected, with the level of augmentation that you had undergone. But now, you leave the bladders deflated when among friendlies. Clank through the hallways so as not to startle. Let them stare, but at least they would not be frightened.That is an untruth. At least they would not be startled by your presence.That is also an untruth.You would like to return to cryo soon. These walls are too familiar.Your chassis deploys yet another shock of neurochemicals to your brain, a strange mixture of designer neuropeptides both calm your disquiet and bring your brain into high alert. You are prone to slipping, allowing daemons to control chassis functions while you retreat into yourself. The psychologist also warned you of this. You cannot help it. You turn your attention to that which exists before you. A quick facial profiling scan and cross check and you know all you need to of the mercs before you. The male is on the ground, medi-gel patched into a debilitating leg injury. Debilitating for now at least, but you cannot care less for his long term health prospects. The female is speaking, she seems nervous.They always seem nervous.>Say nothing, descend into the tunnels and address remaining hostiles>Acknowledge services provided by the two mercs before you.>Write In
>>32654061Ask for a report on the hostiles, then go in silently.
>>32654061>Acknowledge services provided by the two mercs before you.>Beep at them twice
>>32654061>Acknowledge services provided by the two mercs before you.THANK YOU FLESHBAGS BEEEEP
>>32654061>>Write InTin man, transform and lol out!
>>32654061>>Acknowledge services provided by the two mercs before you.>>Write InClear our throat in a blast of electronic static, like we're trying to remember to speak."ErmrhSREEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSShmrm.""Report. Situation, threats, enemies, assets."
>>32654061>Write InRobocop quotes.Nothing but Robocop quotes.
>>32654364>not benderServe the corporate trust! Protect the client! Uplold the letter of the law! Kick ass, and kiss my shiny metal butt!
>>32654364No matter how this goes down, im' 99% certain its gonna end with ivan going 'domo arigato, mister roboto' and nobody getting it
>>32654475>tin man hears him mutter it to himself quietly and then giggle like a little girl
You turn your attention to the fem- Marlena Redskies. Not female, Marlena Redskies. You turn your attention to Redskies, who was addressing you. You awaken decrepit vocalization programs, long underused. You prefer to communicate by comm.Opening your mouth, you unleash a series of long sequential beeps of various tones, the vocalizers ensuring that the hardware is still capable for performing after such a long period of disuse. You shake yourself slightly and try again. “Acknowledgment of services rendered, Redskies, Bodrov. You are relieved.”You leap into the tunnel before you have time to process their reactions. Belatedly, you realize that a “nice work” or “good job” might have been appropriate at that juncture. No matter, they can endure without your approval. You land softly on the maintenance tunnel floor, bladders inflating to utterly silence your arrival. The tunnel is dark, power to the lights within have been cut. You active millidar suite, and scan the tunnels. Simultaneous thermal imaging and image intensification devices make the situation clear to you. Five hostiles. Armed with chemical slug throwers of all things. Yes, this was a message, not an attack.The onboard hydrogen fuel cell starts up. You are glad you decided to take that instead of the mini F/F plant. That would have been overkill.>How do you plan to engage?>Barrister is armed with Variable Resonance Gauntlets and Wrist Mounted Arc Projector. He didn’t bother suiting up for proper combat.
>>32654618Variable resonance gauntlet.
>>32654500>>32654618yes>How do you plan to engage?Like a motherfucking pro.We shall......baseball toss a homing grenade headshot to one merc, bouncing it off his skull and into a secondary target that it airbursts on as our opening move while... we kneeslide into the room from another angle, independantly targeting whatever onboard weaponry we have on the -furthest - hostiles away. Cyberarm gun? Sure. Autogun systems? sure. Optic blast? Hope we have it! After that..... the last standing mercenary, that we've been sliding at this entire time, gets finished of in melee. Grappled, use his gun to shoot his friends of they are still standing, kicked in the balls just for making us wake up, slapped across the head where the grenade bruise is forming, and then broken over our knee. Not necessarily in that order.
>>32654679what kind of shit does he have anyway?
>>32654618>Cease and repentvarious amount of physical damage, though not killing them would be prefered.Sending them back "alive" in a happy meal lunchbox woud be an awesome I'm onto you motherfuckers.
>>32654716Tin Man aint got time for that flashy shit>Arc Projector into the first couple of mercenaries>Use the Resonance Gauntlets with extreme prejudice
>>32654716Yup.>>32654765Thats not flashy.Its extremely killy, makes use of diversions, mobility, being a cyborg badass.Your plan is'use gun on man'.No tacticsno movementno plan of attack vs multiple targetsno use of coverliterally 'fire gun, fire another gun'.Man up git gud, we're not playing ivan, act like it.In short: +30 to rolls means RULES OF NATURE all the time.
>>32654618>How do you plan to engage?Stalk two of the punks and leave a message of our own. Grab them and smash their heads like you're a creepy possessed cymbal monkey.
>>32654765>>32654679what's this gauntlet you keep going on about? Are you making shit up or what?Its super silly to ask for a plan of attack without a gear loadout posted for tinman.
>>32654791This guy has it right. Basically, give me your nuttiest and most awesome attacks and stuff. We've gone full Rules of Nature here.
>>32654791>+30exactlyTin Man hasnt needed to plan things out with extruciating detail for a long timeHe operates on a different level entirelythis is boring for him. he just wants to finish it off quickly and quitely and go the fuck back to cryo
>>32654716You know, that's only 3 in the action chain.Do that, then throw in whatever >>32654765is going on about, and i'm sold.
>>32654716What the- did you not read the last couple of sentences in>>32654618Here's an idea. We're in the sewers, if there is a water pipe close by, we cut it bend it toward the group, then shoot the wet floor with the arc projector.
>>32654826oh well, my mistakelets get weird with it
>>32654834>>32654868i'm sorry, I can't hear you over the size of my GIANT STEEL BALLS and HUGE GUNS.okay, so >>32654716with arc projector substituted for shooting, and resonance gauntlets subbed for grenades.still works.
>>32654826Leg sweep a dude, grab his legs, then step on his neck until we hear his neck snap.Cut a man's neck, and have him stumble out in front of his friend, spurting blood from his throat.Rip off a man's jaw.
>>32654910We should capture them alive. They probably know nothing, but the enemy might have gotten sloppy. Plus, we can make an example of whichever 4th rate merc company was stupid enough to take the job.
>>32654910Seconding ripping off a man's jaw and beating him to death with it.
>>32654910>>32654939Yes.Make delimbing a priorityKeep on alive though, to question
So are we meleeing?CQC all day baby?Roll for that shit.Don't forget your +30
>>32654618>Man up git gud, we're not playing ivan, act like it.Alright, sure. Direct approach + misdirection.Resonance gauntlets on LOW POWER to make the Tangos question where we're coming from - they're expecting a counterattack from the doorFlying leap to the ceiling, above arcs of fireArc projector everyone who may draw a beadLand on one guy, grab him, throw him into friendsResonance gauntlets on WIDEBEAM for multikill.Snag radio from corpse, initiate subversion protocols, breach their tacnet, and move on to cutoff next group
>>32654929That's something I'd rather have Ivan do. I would also like to see an interrogation scene with The Shower...
Rolled 2, 6, 3 + 30 = 41>>32654959And roll to smote some bitches
Rolled 3, 1, 6 + 30 = 40>>32654959ITS CLOBBERIN TIME
Rolled 8, 7, 4 + 30 = 49>>32654959Atatatatatatatatata
Rolled 4, 4, 6 + 30 = 44>>32654959
Rolled 1, 1, 7 + 30 = 39>>32654959
>>32654959BIG MONEY!>>32654970>an interrogation scene with The Shower...Anon. Thank you.
Rolled 9, 9, 3 + 30 = 51>>32654959CQC all day baby?>Don't forget your +30You know what must be done.Pic related.
Rolled 5, 10, 9 + 30 = 54>>32654959
Rolled 10, 10, 5 + 30 = 55>>32654959Lamethrower go!
Rolled 10, 8, 9 = 27>>32655036Goddamnit, fuckin rolls...
>>32655060>57 with the modifier.WHY DIDN'T YOU ROLL SOONER?!
>>32655091I can't believe nobody's posted Tin Can Hit Man already.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuvSG0s-ax only mirror on youtube, sadly.
>>32655195https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DXYvrnS96Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChZRNQaC-0http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8keT6mVKjISupplementary sountrack fu, courtesy of max anarchy and madworld
You override daemon controls on your chassis. The psychologist said that you should be taking a more active role in your bodily operations, in order to help you with re-integration. You suppose that he did not mean that you should reassert control for the express purpose of hand to hand combat, but to be honest, everything else just seems so blase. Might as well tell your heart to manually beat. Repetitive and dull.You begin to tilt forwards, preparing to sprint. Bundles of carbon fiber twitch expectantly as electric charges pulse down them. Then… the twitch. The exquisite sensation of the artificial myocytes bunching together as you explode down the hallway, the entire sensation replayed to your brain in ten thousand times more detail as neural processors absorb much of the mental load. Blitzing down the hallway you rush past the first hostile, the only acknowledgement you grant him a brief sequential tap of your knuckles. The first determines the resonant frequency of the merc’s torso. The second tap is a very carefully calibrated burst of force from your Variable Resonance Gauntlets. Your auditory processors register that unique muffled squelch as the merc’s sternum vibrates itself to shrapnel in his torso.The merc’s comrades hear your approach. Already tactical assessment programs have analyzed the situation, telling your brain what your instincts told it a long time ago. You leap into the air, clearing the arcs of fire as the enemy attempts to shoot you down. The report of gunfire echoes down the hallway, accented by bellows of alarm. Crude.
You land deftly behind the merc and your arm lashes out behind you, bending in ways that would be impossible for an unaugmented human. Your hand finds purchase on his lower jaw, mouth wide open as he bellows in shock at your appearance. You yank him back around. His jaw does not stay attached to his head for long. He is flung forward and into one of his compatriots by the incredible whiplash that you arm is able to generate. You still have his jaw.Tossing aside the bit of meat and bone you charge forward once more. The merc you are approaching manages to level his assault rifle and open fire. The bullets bounce off of your armored torso as if they were rain drops, barely even registering in your sensory suite. You turn in front of the merc, twisting around. Your knuckles whip into his head. You don’t bother to activate the VRG, the force of the blow is enough to obliterate his skull into an explosion of pink and bone.There is one more merc still standing. You calmly point at him with your finger. A burst of electricity, to brief to even register in the human mind, passing along and ionized trail of air and into his chest. The merc spins around, the smoking crater in his torso leaving no question as to his fate. You straighten up and turn to the last surviving merc, pinned under his jawless ally. You crouch over him, looming over his terrified form. He attempts to speak. You merely shake your head, and tap him on the forehead. The man’s face tightens up in fear, waiting for whatever horrible fate you’ve bestowed upon him. After a few seconds of nothing his eyes open, confused.You flick him on his forehead. Standing up, you walk away from the merc as his skull makes ominous creaking noises. You register a strangled cry of pain before a wet thudding noise has his cranium explodes onto the floor. “Hostiles eliminated.”
>You'll be Ivan again in the next update.>Would you like to timeskip forward a few days to get paid, or is there anything pressing that you want to take care of right now?
>>32655529Goddamn, we need a pair of those resonance gauntletsso fucking brutal>>32655549>timeskipif there isn't anything importantthere probably is and I've just forgotten what it is
Rolled 3, 3, 9 + 30 = 45>>32655549Lets skip to our performance review!
>>32655549I want to try to capture a merc and interrogate him in the Shower of Manly Love.
>>32655580In one of the much earlier threads of DAQ, an anon suggested a hammer type weapon that used resonance frequencies to kill shit up. I didn't really want to add a hammer class of weapons, but the idea was incredibly neat and I ended up using it now in the Variable Resonance Gauntlet.
>>32655597Supported for the hilarity.
>>32655549Time Skip ahoey!
>>32655597Capturing one of the hostile sounds like a good idea
>>32655597Yes... The return of Homoshower shall be great indeed...
>>32655549>, or is there anything pressing that you want to take care of right now?Did we figure out why they were here, or where the second group of mercs went to?Its been a few threads for me, but we should sweep the base, do damage control, and figure out what they were after(and whether they got it).Also, ivan has...... the base to himself in the wake of the attacks, and all the other mercs are away on business!This is a) an EXCELLENT time to mess with our friends and b) time to fuck with the armory and set up emergency gun access in case this shit happens again.Also capture+interrogation is a good idea. They had to have got here somehow, we should find their dropship/hoev and cut off their exfil route.
>>32655597Sounds super gay. Nice try, Gay Showerhead. You can't trick us into bringing another dude in with us.
>>32655549Ivan getting used to pearalien thought patterns and movement. As in, enough to get around or even fight.
>>32655666>Ivan getting used to pearalien thought patterns and movement. As in, enough to get around or even fight.That.....Actually, yeah, I'd like some follow-up on the 'THE ENEMY/CONCENSUS AGENT IS OUT THERE'
>>32655597I could try for an interlude later as one of the captured mercs trying to take a shower.>>32655644figuring who they are and why they're here is something that'll be left up to StrikeOut's own team of professional Question Askers.
>>32655689>figuring who they are and why they're here is something that'll be left up to StrikeOut's own team of professional Question Askers.It might be nice to see a recap/vigniette/npc reaction to the shit that went down as they get back.Just imagine, you just lived through this shit, and you get word that a friendly hoev's coming back.What do you do?Well, you make sure theyr'e Actually Friendly this time.And then.... well, you prop up your boots on a table, drink a beer, and bullshit your friends at 'missing all the excitement' as they get back.Then.... you have a beer, and let them in on the secret, and wait for the NEXT returning team, and pull the same shit on them. Only with a few more pairs of boots on the table.In short, mess with ALL the returning merc teams.But definitely the ones deployed on the most strenous missions - Svenja's HR, she can help tell you who had the roughest assignment for maximum trolling.
>>32655529Can we please get some gun training in? Also some melee training would be nice. We gotta remember that Ivan can improve with more than just augmentations
>>32655689>I could try for an interlude later as one of the captured mercs trying to take a shower.Yes... That is... Acceptable. I look forward to further attempts to placate me, FG...
>>32655549>If we timeskip, can you fill that up with us training with our OMP at the gun range and maybe tinkering with some shit at the armory
>>32655796Speaking of training, did we finally, finally become trained in shotguns?
>>32655857Vote on it now and we will be.
Rolled 8, 10, 4 + 30 = 52So shower and gun training?
>>32655730ahaha yes fund itif you can get the bosses to give you a pay raise, so much the better
>>32655857SHOT GUN A SHIT
>>32655885YOU A SHIT. SHOTGUN IS MOST PERFECT WAIFU.TOMAHAWK IS SLUT.Been writing, should be posting update soonish.
>>32655885B-but tomahawk-chan needs Shotcannon-sempai!
>>32655549Shower and gun training.>>32655885Pic very related.
>>32655914The laser is just for illuminating the front sight? Immersion ruined.
>>32655954But anon, how else would you know if the aim was correct?
>>32655931So, gunswords are typically single-shot affairs for surprise factor, right?And a decent number of shotguns are single-shot breach loaders.You know what we must do.Axegun with buckshot!
>>32655914I like how the gun sight is blocking the laser sight. Technology
>>32655914Continuing with more space shotguns.
>>32656140Far cooler than those non-functional space guns.
You are Ivan Parkas Kostov once more. You’re not sure why you thought that, since you’ve never stopped being Ivan Parkas Kostov at any point in your life, nor do you have any idea why you’ve chosen this exact moment to have such an utterly inexplicable thought. You are walking down to HR after a lovely breakfast of protein mush in order to collec ton what you assume will be quite the pay day. After all, the Millenium Man himself sent out an alert to the mercs who were present of the StrikeOut base assault that they were going to be compensated quite well for services rendered in the course of combat. It’s been a few days since the base assault, the few days that were required to bring various HR offices back into usable condition. You still feel a mite guilty about using airbursts in Svenja’s office, but those bastards were pretty well entrenched.You shake your head in alarm. What the fuck is with all of this exposition, you wonder. You were there for everything that happened over the intervening days, it’s not like you were wandering around on autopilot or anything or that you just like, skipped the time. You very clearly remember heading down to the range every single day to practice your abysmal aim with your Model 223 and shotgun, and your better but still could be improved aim with your OMP. Shaking your head in confusion at why you’re reminiscing about the past few days like they were fond memories of your youth, and wondering if you might be going senile, you knock on Svenja’s office door.For once she doesn’t make a startled squeak of some flavor. You suppose that she might be a little deaf after all those gunshots. “Come in Ivan,” she calls from behind the door.
You step into the office and take your place at the customary too short seat in front of Svenja’s desk. She smiles at you over her e-glasses. You wonder why she even wears them, with the amount of shit she just ends up printing out anyway. “So, I suppose you can guess why I’m here,” you say.“Hmmm,” Svenja hums to herself, smiling softly. “I don’t know Mr. Kostov. You’ve been making some office calls of late that most likely would not qualify as strictly business.”You shrug, although on the inside you feel a little bad for Svenja’s desk. First you shot it up and then you further disgraced it. You doubt it could ever find a husband now. “Fair enough. But…”“Yes, right,” coughs Svenja, her face a little pink, “Payment for Sour Oracle and some unexpected overtime. Let’s start with the overtime comp.”You nod, waving your hand indicating that she should go on. Svenja pushes her e-glasses up her nose a little before continuing. “For services rendered in defense of StrikeOut, the Millenium Man is personally crediting you with 25,000 credits.”You watch appreciatively as the credits flood into your checking account. This’ll go a long way to paying down your debts. “Huh. People should invade the Brick more often.”“So says you,” replies Svenja in a mock accusatory tone, before pulling out a print out and handing it over to you. “Here’s your performance report for Sour Oracle.”http://pastebin.com/ikdMX9Ng
"Well shit," you say, putting down the performance report. "That's a lot of credits.""Indeed," nods Svenja, envy evident in her voice, "64,000 credits is generally considered a lot of credits. What do you wish to do with them?">Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debt>You have 13,167 in checking
>>32656516>>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debt
>>32656516>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtwe free now massa
>>32656516>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtWith the debt done, we can finally start earning without having to worry about what we still owe.
>>32656516Can you post the augmentation price scheduel?I kinda want to get the monocyte pack since we are getting a skelly upgrade.Also>You doubt it could ever find a husband nowThis is one of the only quests that actually makes me laugh.
>>32656420>>32656516>“So says you,” replies Svenja in a mock accusatory tone, before pulling out a print out and handing it over to you. “Here’s your performance report for Sour Oracle.”>http://pastebin.com/ikdMX9NgRead.read.Grin.read.FISTPUMP"I'm FREEEEEEEEEEE of debt."Stand up and do the happy dance. <--- related
>>32656516>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtAt least one of us will be free from crippling debt!
>>32656516>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtWe can finally focus on getting equipment and upgrades after this. This is truly a great day.
>>32656516>>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtPay that shit off.
>>32656567hahha that's right anon! I forgot about that.You've really got 70,400 credits
>>32656516>Pay off debt. You are currently 42,000 credits in debtAnd buy Svenja some donuts
>>32656554>Can you post the augmentation price scheduel?Yeah, we may want to pay off Almost All our debt and get gear instead.I can see us going donw to like, 5k
>>32656516I was hoping there would be a pastebin with a list of available augmentations, and I'm not sure how up to date Ivan's character sheet is. I think we got the second skeletal upgrade but I can't remember.I want to pay off most of our debt, but have enough left over to get the required augments so we can use that big axe we found.
FREE AT LASTFREE AT LASTTHANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE ARE FREE AT LAST
>>32656554I too would like the price of some of the augmentations.
>>32656720I believe we bought it but haven't had time to get it done yet.
>>32656554Okay I like that idea.
>>32656737Well let's say we got it done during the time skip, I don't see why we wouldn't have if we already paid. Then we also need to get the muscular augment that required the improved skeleton.
>>32656730>>32656554Here, I'll try to keep this up to date with the augments you haven't yet acquired.http://pastebin.com/fbZYheJ1
>>32656627A nice big eclair for her, with a "special filling".I'm talking about our dick.
>>32656778Man I was hoping we'd be able to use the axe by now, but we still wont after enough for both surgeries after paying off all our debt.
>>32656816You just gotta believe in yourself anon!That and axes. Believe in axes too.
>>32656778So I am thinking pay debt then get monocyte pack hercules and falconian eye.That would leave us with 17567 for gear.
>>32656816Sure we can! All it takes is paying off "a good chunk" of our debt and buying up some augments.
>>32656851Fuck I am dumb. We need metaboost as well for the strength upgrade.
>>32656862Well I miscounted, it would take 53,000 monies to get all the augs required for a strength boost. That and everyone already unanimously voted for paying it all off.
>>32656880And we only have the first skeletal upgrade, we need to get 25%.
So while I'm writing, I am curious, what are your long term plans for Ivan? Do you guys have any goals for him in the long run? Any plot lines that are hanging out right now that you'd like follow through with?
So huh, did Ivan got a level in shotgun? 'cause we might need the level soon if we're called for Merc Idol.
>>32656916I see Ivan going to around mid tier then staying their and maybe raising a family
Rolled 8, 3, 6 = 17>>32656916Kill the other 'Guy'. Be Rich and Kill Bitches.Be the most Badass Mercenary Ever!
>>32656915We bought that one already I think, we just need to get it installed.>>32656916Get up to dreads level, have adventures, save human space from the bad pear, then retire to a private space island with [insert waifu here].Then spend his days watching old movies, drinking exotically colored drinks from hollowed out space fruits, and fighting off then attacks of enemies from his back in his merc days.
>>32656786Somehow we've got a relevant picture for that.
>>32656916The only goal is getting that elusive Elda poon. Otherwise I don't really know. I don't think the Bitter Prophet issue is entirely resolved. I guess I want to just keep doing drops and making money, some intense and some lighthearted. Then have fun and get comfy when we're back on the Brick. And I think it would be fun to see ourselves become moderately augmented and getting new weapons, because everybody loves upgrades.
>>32656916Not going heavy modded like Valk/Darrius for sure. Maybe have him build a small team with his friends to work for SO on special assignement.
>>32657004>with [insert waifus here].slight adjustment
>>32656916>Any plot lines that are hanging out right now that you'd like follow through with?Some follow-through with valkyrie, tbh. She's been neglected as of late.Checkin in with the idol-recruits.i'd like to see ivan get some officer-xp, maybe running support/radio for a mission (in house wargames/security response training post-base assault?)
>>32656916Getting comfy. I think Ivan would be happy with a nice apartment.
>>32656916I see Ivan wanting to become a fairly prolific merc, resolving the shit with the pear aliums, saving enough money to retire early, settle down and have a family, and on the side pursue a career in acting
>>32657043Yeah I cant wait till we get to use directed energy weapons or railguns at the least.
>>32657008>Aww, I didn't even get it to my mouth! Phooey!>...Svenja... Sorry to interrupt...>Aah? Ivan?! What's wrong?!>I'd really appreciate it if you could stop squeezing now... It kinda hurts...
>>32657004If that's the case then we should buy the metaboost with what's left over and get them installed. Then we can get myocyte pack hercules after our next drop.
>>32657071Add fuck up Gentech and I agree.
>>32657104Having a recurring role on Space Love Heart would be a nice was for retired Ivan to keep sharp as well.
>>32656916I kinda want to be StrikeOuts Top Tactical Leader at some point. Maybe not the best most leathal merc 1 on 1, but the once an op starts everyone takes our orders, from Millenium man on down.
>>32656916PLOTwise, I'd like to see about mentoring the Himawari Force. I've been waiting for that for a while.
Did I miss the Space Love Heart pastbin or has it not been posted yet?
>>32657143Ooooh, I'd love this
>>32657130>>32657159Oh man, I've been wondering when we're going to get back to those two threads!
>>32657125>>32657071Thirding.Unfortunately, quest attention-time is stretched thin, and i feel some npcs have fallen by the wayside
>>32657225I'd love to get some interrogation lessons sometime from Ifu. Been waiting for her to show up for a while.
>>32656916> get midly augmented> become squad leader like darius and valk> buy a comfy apartment> start a serious relationship with elda> have radical adventures> resolve the fucking pearalium problemso pretty much do exactly what we are doing now.I am perfectly content with the direction this quest is taking
>>32656916RIP AND TEAR the homoerotic shower.it is evil and must be stopped.
>>32657265I like the sound of that. I like our sexual relationship with Svenja but I want a romantic one with Elda. That movie night was so comfy.
>>32657265>> resolve the fucking pearalium problemTHISThis is something that needs elaboration onwe need some, like, ivan secret agent man spy action where we take vacation time and work on this hive mind shitastrophe before it blows up in erryones feces.
>>32657265> start a serious relationship with elda>Not have a serious relationship with Svenja
>>32657407>> start a serious relationship with elda>>Not have a serious relationship with Svenja>>>not having daily brawlsex with valerie, and relishing in making the entire brick jealous
>>32657407We CAN do both. Remember babies come from test tubes now. not the womb.
>>32657380Remember, we dont need to be exclusive with one girl. We can have a romantic relationship with both if thats what we decidebut does that mean that the women we sre seeing are seeing other dudes as well? please say it isnt so Fall Guy. NTR is the devils work, and I wouldnt wish it upon my worst enemy
>>32657380Remember: no NTRing!Everyone's gonna get Lil' Ivan by the time this quest is over!
>>32657452Where did it say babies only come from test tubes? I would think most women could still get preggers if they wanted
Svenja covers her mouth and gasps slightly. “Oh my, I almost forgot, you have a 10% bonus on top of all of that Ivan.”You desperately attempt to keep yourself from openly salivating at the thought of 70,000+ credits flooding into your bank account. “Well shit Sven. I think it’s time to get the fuck out of debt.”“You’re paying it off Ivan,” Svenja asks, sounding excited. “How exciting!”“Damn straight,” you reply, “It’s time to live life debt free.”You watch with immense satisfaction as your debt to StrikeOut, once seemingly insurmountable at nearly 90,000 credits, blows away to a glowing blue zero. “Well shit. I guess I’m no longer a debt slave. What an odd feeling.”Svenja eyes narrow suspiciously. “Ivan, please don’t reverse your good fortune by trashing the Bar.”“What ever gave you the idea that I’d do that,” you ask mock innocently. “I would never disrespect station property like that.”“Mhm,” replies Svenja, utterly unconvinced. “Well, get out of here Ivan. I have some paper work to take care of now that you’re no longer in debt, and I need to focus.”“What,” you scoff, “am I distracting?”Svenja flushes slightly. “Extremely,” Suddenly Svenja’s brow furrows. “Right, one last thing. There was a request for you down at the StrikeOut training camp on Atlas. I’ll forward it to you.”
>>32657467I remember a quote from long ago..."In the grim darkness of the future, there are only swingers"
>>32657443> not having an intimate, romantic, unique relationship with all of themstep it up senpai
You take your leave of the office and your lewd advisor. Standing in the hallway, you quickly go over your finances. Zero debt, and 41,567 in the bank. That’s quite a lot. Maybe you should look into those augmentation you were thinking about earlier. although you don’t have enough to purchase Myocyte Pack Hercules, you still have enough for either Metaboost or an upgrade to your skeleton, or both even. Even if you weren’t packing myocyte pack Hercules, you’d probably still see some strength gains from metaboost, while the extra resistance to broken bones afforded by an even more carbon nanotubey skeleton can’t be overlooked, especially considering how often you get tossed around.Besides, according to strategic, most of your friend are still going to be out on missions for the next week or so. Now might be a good time to get some of those more extensive gene mods that you’ve been considering. As you ponder the possibilities, you decide to open the request Svenja forwarded to you.>Mr. Kostov,>In light of your ascent from the abyss indebtedness, we here at StrikeOut would like to offer our sincerest congratulations. Not every merc has the discipline and jewishness to make good their escape from debt, and very few have ever done so as quickly as you have.>In honor of this achievement, as well as your impressive performance over the last few months we would like to offer you a chance to ascend to Pay Rank Omicron. This would entail a pay increase, as well as the right to drop on more high intensity, high risk missions. You may take your time to consider this offer.>Also, on a somewhat related note, some of our trainees at boot camp have been specifically requesting you for CQC and melee mentoring. The next flight down to Atlas is in 6 days, should you be interested in taking up their request.>Brett Sanger>Human Resources and Development
>>32657467>>32657468Didn't mean to imply they were mutually exclusive, just meant we have an established relationship with Svenja now and would like more Elda screentime.
>What would you like to do?>Look at augments for prices and time http://pastebin.com/fbZYheJ1>Do something else>Also, training the rookies, yay or nay?
>>32657528>You seem to hav emistyped the CAPTCHA>posted anyway.I'm not sure if this post is really here.
>>32657544> purchase metaboos and carbon nanotube skeleton thing> YAY VERILY! Lets train the rookies
>>32657544TRAIN THUNDERTITS-SAN SHE NEEDS OUR EXPLICIT FONDlING ERM I MEAN HANDSONTRAINING
>>32656916Hmm, not too focused on the long term yet (most just trying to get Ivan to keep pace with or get a little ahead of the power creep curve) but if I had to pick a few I'd say move up the ranks, become a squad leader, work out Elda's backstory (if romance happens there, cool, if not hopefully we forge a deep and lasting friendship) watch the idol trio mature and lend a helping hand as necessary (get side benefits), earn Valk's respect as a peer (if this leads to some double badass approximation of romance, cool, if not hopefully we get a best battlebro and occasional drop buddy out of the mix), deal with the pear storyline and do fun missions. Oh, and I know it goes without saying, but try to keep anymore teammates from getting killed.That's about it....and spend more time with Svenja. That woman is too adorable.
>>32657544Hey FG, if we get both the skeleton upgrade and the metaboost at the same time will we still be able to do training with the rookies?
>>32657517>Not every merc has the discipline and jewishness to make good their escape from debtHeh
>>32657544>coubt my vote for wgatecer the najority decide on genemods>yay on training, give special attention to Thundertits
>>32657590Unfortunately not. You could probably do one now and the other after you come back from Atlas.
>>32657544Metaboost and nano skelly Yay to training and buy Svenja some dounots before we leave and promise to get real ones from planetside
>>32657544Yes train the rookies, after getting the Metaboost and after our skeleton is 25% nanomachines.Is anyone else getting 3 number captcha's that just don't work? Attempt 6 to post.
>>32657643Thanks, go with the skeleton upgrade before we go train with the rookies and get the metaboost when we get back yay rookies.
>>32657636Wow, fuck my fat fingers ;-;
>>32657544>could probably do one now and the other after you come back from AtlYes on train rookies, get the skeleton now and Dopa-SYNTHoid as well. Improved firing stability, decision making and reaction time seems pretty damn useful.
>>32657660Or one surgery before and one after the training mission if that's how it has to be.
>>32657544Skeleton and metaboost upgrade.Lets train the rookies!
>>32657517Not every merc has the discipline and jewishness to make good their escape from debt, and very few have ever done so as quickly as you have.Right the fuck out of nowhere, man!
>>32657544>Training rooks?Yes!>Augments?At least Metaboost. If we have the time we should also get the skeletal Aug, but if not I'd propose we get the Immuno-metrics Service pack instead.
>>32657684Seconding Dopa-SYNTHoid. Seems like a good call for us.
>>32657689On second thought, neo hemoglobin and dopa synthoid + bones or metaboost might be a wiser choice to round out Ivan's skills
Alright, so due to time constraints, you can't get both metaboost and the skelly mod before going down to see your nascent-harem. So which one would you like to be first?Also, any tertiary mods you'd be interested in, vote here.
>>32657791> skelly mod> dopaSYNTHOID
>>32657791Re-voting for Skeleton and Dopa-Synthoid.
>>32657791Let's get the Metaboost first and give some real intense training. I'd also like to get the Dopa-SYNTHoid at some point, but for now I want to be able to get the Hercules pack ASAP.
>>32657791Get the skelly first.Also Dopa-SYNTHoid and Falconian Eye so we don't screw up quick draws anymore.
>>32657544>Purchase Metaboost & Carbon nanotube>>Also, training the rookies: Yay
>>32657791skeleton upgrade first also yay thundertits.
>>32657791Skeleton and dope!
Considering the current time constraints, you figure that you might as well get your skeleton enhanced and pick up the Dopa-SYNTHoid mod. That should at least do you some favors when it comes to your incredibly poor draw. Besides, you don’t really want to run the risk of accidentally crushing someone with your hyper efficient muscles, something that is possible with metaboost. It does confer some increases to strength, and when you’re already super human, that can be a mite risky.You march off to the station Clinic, where Dr. Barnes puts you under in a tube of medical gel and gets to work rebuilding your entire skeletal structure. AFter several days of medical magic montage you finally reawaken, feeling entirely the same as you had before you had gone under for modding. Sitting upright, you shower off, appreciating the lack of homo antics, and put on your clothes before stepping outside. You see Dr. Barnes waiting for you, an expectant if reluctant expression on his face.“Alright Kostov. Glad to see you didn’t come in to get patched up. Now, I’ve just installed the Dopa-SYNTHoid gland and your enhanced skeleton. Do you have any questions about them that require answering?”>questions?
>>32658111I hope we don't accidentally crush any of our women when we're all Herced out.
>>32658111Anything I should know doc?
>>32658111NahWait, I recall there was some medic/receptionist who found us adorable. I wounder if she's around?
>>32658111>questions?Any side affects I need to know about, like, does the lacing affect my balance or ability to tread water, or, will I have seizures if something goes wrong with the gland?
>>32657517>Not every merc has the discipline and jewishness to make good their escape from debt, and very few have ever done so as quickly as you have.We have graduatedfrom theJEWNOIR LEAGUEYEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH
>>32658111Could you go over the Dopa-SYNTHoid enhancements in detail again?
>>32658111You know, assuming Linda isn't in the room now might be a good time to ask whether increasing our muscle augments might cause any complications for us having relations with baseliners.Just asking because I have a hunch that we might want to help Svenja invest in her stamina and durability if we want to keep having fun with our HR rep.
>>32658423>Just asking because I have a hunch that we might want to help Svenja invest in her stamina and durability if we want to keep having fun with our HR rep.Or her stretchability
“Yeah, well mostly just about the Dopa, Doc,” you reply, amused in spite of yourself at the alliteration. “Mostly, I’d just like a quick sit rep on what it does, and if there are any negative side effects I can expect.”Dr. Barnes nods, looking serious. “I mean, outside of what you obviously already know, the Dopa mod essentially produces a powerful set of neurotransmitters should the need arise. It helps stabilize your body motions when adrenaline might otherwise cause your hand to shake for example, and it also makes you less prone to panicking under high stress situations. There’s also the fact that it makes it easier for you to focus, but that really only comes out again when the gland activates in response to heightened adrenaline levels.”“As for side effect,” Barnes continues, “Nothing that I can think of that hasn’t been elucidated to you already. Some very rare cases of dopamine oversaturation, which can cause a brain burn out. Not nearly as extreme as it sounds, you just become more tired most of the time. Only occurs in one of every forty thousand recipients. Other than that… Nothing much. Possibility of rejection obviously, but if that happens you’ll have a lot more to worry a lot more to worry about than one gland in your brain.”“Alright, thanks for telling me Doc,” you reply. The good doctor waves you on out of his office, he’s got shit to do. AS you step out into the lobby area, you wonder what you might do with yourself.>Well, you’ve got 2 or so days until you go down to Atlas, anything you want to do in the meantime?
>>32658423B-but Svenja isn't the fit girl she's the soft, pliable doughnut girl.And even though that makes sense realistically, I doubt FG would limit our relationships based on our augments. Assuming we don't go Tinman.Also for an in-universe example, Valkyrie is heavily modded and she jumped us before we had the nano-carbon skeleton. At least I think it was before we got serious augs anyway.
>>32658533Go out for drinks with Linda
>>32658533Hang out with Svenja and friends
>>32658533>>Well, you’ve got 2 or so days until you go down to Atlas, anything you want to do in the meantime?Showertime
>>32658533Didn't we have some stuff in the armory to work on?
>>32658533Go to the armory and work on that armor for a day and go brush up on CQC techniques for the second day. Hang out with everyone after work on the first day.
>>32658533Who is on a drop right now? It's been a while since we've seen any fellow rookies. Or maybe Darius or any other friendly superior is around. Barring chances to goof off, we haven't been to work in the armory for a while either so we might want to drop in.Speaking of are we getting paid for our part time job, or are we getting some armory discounts?
>>32658551I thought it took us a couple days to get over the bruising from that incident? Not that we were complaining...
>>3265863080's style training montage?80's style training montage.
>>32658601>>32658609So I think at least one day dedicated to armory activitiesAnd I guess brush up on training?Last update for Today. Next Thread on Tuesday for Sure, and we'll be meeting the Himawari force and associated rookies.
>>32658533>Go to armory to work on pet projects, get swole, and have a date with Svenja and friends
>>32658533Head to the armory for work, practice some hacking, maybe finally take Smige out for that drink we owe her if she's around. Learn to make homemade donuts and get Svenja to critic our offerings and help with the filling.
>>32658730Well to be fair it was Valkyrie that assaulted us. I don't think we'd be as rough in the sack as her, at least not with civvies.
Need a few tech check rolls for time spent in the armory.
>>32658782Hey, FG, is there ever going to be a chance that we'll get to meet the handler lady from the first and second thread? I've been wondering about her for a while, now.About whether she can handle this much merc, yannowhadimeen?
Rolled 1, 1, 8 = 10>>32658865'k. Fire in the hole!
Rolled 9, 3, 10 = 22>>32658865Rolling for leftover goodies!
Rolled 9, 6, 7 = 22>>32658865Wohoo
>>32658910Hmm, think I broke something?
Rolled 6, 4, 1 = 11>>32658865Captcha please
Rolled 6, 8, 5 = 19>>32658865>>32658910That sucks.
Rolled 1, 2, 9 = 12>>32658865>>32658910That sucks.
You spend the remainder of the day getting used to your new mods, although there really isn’t all that much to get used to. It’s not like you got strength modded or anything that would require a few days of adjustment, just some more passive mods. You do practice quickdrawing down in the range though and are pleased by the way you seem to enter into a bullet time state every time you yank your gun from it’s holster. The added stability is nice too. After sending a large number of cardboard cutouts to an early death you return to your quarters for the night and rest.The following day you spend primarily in the Armory, working on the massive suit of Aegis armor that the armorer left for you as a personal project. Although many of your early attempts to get a new chest piece, albeit one that doesn’t have the energy conversion trick of the old, slagged, one, are met with failure, you do eventually manage to bolt the chest piece into place. Satisfied at you progress in that regard you spend the rest of the time working on other merc’s weapons that have been damaged, dinged, and otherwise destroyed in the line of duty. Somehow, you manage to extract a suppressor from an otherwise unrecognizable hunk of melted metal and plastic. You examine the attachment idly. You might not have much use for it, but maybe a sniper friend might.You eventually take you leave of the armory for the day, several hundred credits richer.The last day you spend in a VR simulation Dojo, practicing various CQC and grappling techniques for… reasons. Lewd implications aside, you do feel the need to brush up on your hand to hand and melee skills for your students tomorrow, and you spend much of the day going over basic forms and ensuring that you have a solid grasp on the basics. Last thing you need is to get your ass handed to you by some snippy little rookie.
>>32659049Alright, that's all I can write for now. I plan to return later to this thread so long as it doesn't 404 to post a shower interlude with one of our captured mercs.Thread on Tuesday droppies, we'll be seeing the Himawari force then.
Rolled 7, 2, 2 = 11>>32659067That sounded so wrong.Grit time.
>>32659067Thanks for running, FG. I miss the regularity but that just makes each thread more special. See you Tuesday definitely, what's the worst that can happen?
>>32659067Out of curiosity, how easy would it be for Ivan to set up a small still in his apartment? He just seems the type to make his own vodka.
>>32660097I'm sure it would just be a quick tech check after we hunted down what we needed
>>32660721yes that would most likely be all that you'd have to do.Working on interlude.Also, opening the thread for discussion
>>32661652Hi OP, just out of curiosity, are there any elective training courses Ivan could sign up for to improve himself? Pretty sure you said he had to be invited to take command training, but things like combat in vacuum or heavy mech piloting (or just piloting in general since we keep logging hours during transport)? Are those just open to us if we have the time and money?
>>32662201I suppose they would be anon. To be honest, I haven't put too much thought into that aspect. Just not that exciting to write
>>32662789True, though I suppose you could just time skip to the practical (applicable combat op). Just a thought anyway.
FG, how much would an upgraded apartment on the Brick cost, roughly?
>>32663399uh... a lot. How upgraded? Tell me what you have in mind?
>>32663423Not like a mansion equivalent, just basically the next level up from what we have now. More space, maybe nicer furniture and a window looking outwards. Ivan does seem to love contemplate life problems while looking out into space.
>>32663490hmmm prolly a fair bit. I'd do a monthly charge deal, but that would entail actually keeping an accurate tab on the passage of time, which I'm just not doing right now. Space transit times are completely undecided.Maybe 60,000? I'm just spitballing.
>>32663536>>32663490Maybe we could get a complimentary one if we ascend another pay rank or two?
>>32663994that would makes sense.
You have been trained. You have undergone years of it in fact. Under some of the most skilled and dangerous practitioners of the art in Human Space. They turned you into their canvas, their sounding board, subjected you to all manner of humiliation. But you, you did not break. Under the most extreme privation, mistreatment, and dare you say it, torture, you did not break. Years of training in both the arts of war and silence, where one spoken word could do more to hurt your company’s reputation than a thousand employee deaths.No, they prepared you for torture. The scars are your resume, the burns the signatures of confirmation. They never prepared you for this. That incessant dripping, more ominous than a thousand hours of chinese water torture. Those metal pipes, more foreboding than the dankest prison bars. You lean back against the cell wall, your chest heaving as you sigh, letting out a breath of defeat. You never thought this day would come. Your strong biceps flex as you stretch your arms, turgid muscles expanding and contracting beneath your skin. Your massive chest inflating and deflating, your pectoral surging as you inhale. Firm abdominals shift as the air flows into and out of your lungs. Your body is wet, drenched in fact, sopay suds dribble down along rock hard abs. You bit your li-NO! No, that’s not right. That’s not… That’s what you don’t understand. They had prepared you for sexual humiliation as well. But nothing so insidious, nothing so deeply treacherous so sneaky so clever…
Your hand runs along your thigh, tracing the surging muscles that lead up to your manhood, even now standing tall and firm from the attentions you have paid it while covered in that foamy whiteness.You gasp and inhale, eyes wide once more. No, no you’re out of it now. Why won’t it stop. Why won’t it stop…….The door slides open. You cower away from it, crouching in the corner, trembling. A man is approaching you, his hand outstretched. He is proffering something. Something white… His voice... you cannot understand it. It comes out warped and warbling, a strange alien tongue that is beyond your comprehension. “Get away! I’ll tell you everything you want to know just get away get away get away get away…”>>>><<<<“Jesus Christ what the hell did you do to him?”“Nothing, I swear. You saw it on the monitors.”“Yeah I know… I just have no idea why.”“Search me. All I did was offer him a towel.”The two StrikeOut guards look at each other, and shrug. “The prisoner is ready to talk. I repeat, the prisoner is ready to talk.”
>>32664360I'm starting to think the Shower is related to the Pear conspiracy somehow...
>>32663536If I recall correctly we were the only rookie merc that lived in those shoddy apartments. How do the others like Elda or Tsukino afford the nicer pads, especially when we were the first to make it to the next pay grade?
>>32664781Fiscally irresponsible practices?
>>32664781Connections for both of them. Well, Tsukino anyway. Elda's got money
>>32664839>Elda's got money.She just keeps getting more and more beautiful.
>>32664874But she's a bitch
>>32664967So she's a pasta eating bitch.
>>32664903We've been over this, anon. She's pretty cold to people she doesn't trust, and right now, we're trusted.
>>32664903Oi Blue ya cunt, go floss yourself with razorwire
>>32665020We're getting there.
>>32665069I'm pretty sure we're trsuted after the last evening we spent together, but that's no reason to stop. Still have a lot more ground to cover.