Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Endless+Sky+Ace+Combat+QuestOther Quests:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Valkyrian%20Mercs%20Quest (Complete)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Cyberpunk%20Idol%20Management%20Quest (Running)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=pararescue+witches (Running)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=magical+girl+hunter (Complete)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=gundam+build+fighters+quest (Complete)RULES AND STATS: http://pastebin.com/SeV4MmqvYou are KARLA WEISS, a Belkan fighter pilot looking to carve your own place in the skies!You yawn as you lazily play around with the pancake on your plate, not quite having the energy to actually start eating it yet. It had been a terribly long and hectic night, and frankly, you were pretty surprised you had gotten any sleep at all. Amy similarly looked completely beat. Lilian tried to appear dignified as usual, but it was clear to you that she wasn't at 100% either. Only Lara seemed to be unaffected. You were slightly jealous at how she managed to have infinite stores of energy.Meanwhile, the Butterflies, who had tagged along with their boss for a business meeting, were fast asleep in their barracks. Seemed to you that sleeping in was quite the rare luxury for them.(cont)
>>37736996"Jeez, Karla, why didn't you tell us about them earlier?" Lara grins. "They're great!""Dunno. Didn't cross my mind." You shrug."Still, kinda weird that they're all still kids." Amy frowns. "Aren't they bit young to be flying planes?""I was barely out of high school when I flew my first combat mission." You point out. "And PMCs have much more flexible recruiting standards, I imagine.""Mmmm, there might be more to it, than that." Lilian adds in. "But I suppose that's something we'd have to ask them ourselves.""Excuse me, ladies."The four of you turn your heads to see Jonathan Irons, CEO of Atlas Corporation and a multibillionaire, standing in front of you with a tray of mess hall food in hand, looking like it was just another day in the office. Farther back, you could see a very nervous Samantha peeking around the corner to try and figure out what's going on."Mind if I take a seat?" The CEO grins.>Sure, why not.>Sorry, but we were just about finished.>Other
>>37737005>>Sure, why not.
>>37737005>Sure, why not.Oh boy, here we go.
>>37737005>Sure, why not.Nice to meet you Mr. Irons
>>37737005>Sure, why not.we do have a knife on us don't we?
>>37737005>Sure, why not.
>>37737005>>Sure, why not.Let's hear it.
>>37737005>Sure, why not.<<It's time>>
>>37737091A little too early are we, Solo Wing?
>>37737150More like several threads late buddy
>>37737191RIP in Peace Kyle you will be missedJerry Wurst Girl
Fifty bucks says Irons is a lolicon.Like some other guy I know
VT is 25% off right now on Steam if any of you want it
>>37737005"Um, sure." You nod, scooting your chair aside to make space. For a CEO with a net worth of billions, Irons seemed to treat sitting down at a cafeteria table as the most regular thing in the world. However, you weren't quite sure if he was actually this down to earth, or if it was just a front to get you to lower your guard. Either way, he looked very comfortable. "Now, I've heard quite a bit about you four." Irons smiles. "Your suppression of the Yuktobanian rebels, intercepting that Blackbird, that rather exciting airshow over Directus, and now the feats you performed in Kasna. Amazing. Simply amazing.""You seem to know quite a bit about us." You eye Irons warily. "I have an eye for talent." He smiles. "You know other pilots are starting to call you the Wild Cards now? They seem to think your presence on a mission gives them good luck!""My, how interesting." Lilian beams."Whoa, really?" Amy blinks."I'm telling the truth here." Irons nods and turns an eye to you. "Quite a shame that Artemis got to you first, but that's how the game is played.""I suppose." You shrug."Still, since we're here, how would you all like to join Atlas?" Irons smiles. "Better pay, with access to top the line tech. How about it?"You look to your wingmates, who seem to have been equally caught off guard.>That's a tempting offer.>Sorry, not interested.>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true...>Other
>>37737725>>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true...
>>37737725>>Sorry, not interested.We're making progress on the boyfriend thing and we don't want to start over from scratch.
>>37737725>Sorry, not interested.
>>37737725>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true...This isn't what we planned for
>>37737725>>Sorry, not interested.We're fine with out lot in life.
>>37737725>>Sorry, not interested.What am I without honor? I have already pledged myself to Artemis.
>>37737725>Sorry, not interested.We already have a husbando here.
>>37737725>>Sorry, not interested."still got thing to do in Artemis"
>>37737725>>Sorry, not interested.>>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true...
>>37737725>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true...Freakin PMC CEOs. They're all the same.
>>37737725Well that was sudden. "Too bad Artemis got to you first, hey why don't you join Atlas?">Sorry, not interested.
>>37737725>Other"How would you like to sell me the butterflies contracts?"I bet he'll say no, then we can say thats how we feel.
>>37737725>Sorry, not interested.I knew it. This is where our team gets split up.
>>37737725>Sorry, not interested.thanks for the offer though
>>37737725>Frankly, it sounds too good to be true... But then again, I'm Belkan
Funny thing is, this can be a plausible scenario.Kinda like team trades and stuff, I figure.
>>37737725"Sorry, not interested." You say simply but politely."Ah, shame." Irons smiles, not looking disappointed at all. "But you've got loyalty, and I respect that. Not a lot of mercenaries have that quality.""Even yours?" You ask. "Well, my philosophy is to treat my soldiers like how I'd treat my own children. Show that you'd be willing to go the ends of the earth for them, and they'll do the same for you." He says as he takes a bit out of his pancake.Well, you had to admit, that did sound like a pretty good way to run a company, and it seemed consistent with his behavior so far.>Ask him what exactly Atlas does.>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.>Ask about the Butterflies.>Other
>>37738092>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.
>>37738092>>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.
>>37738092>>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.>>Ask about the Butterflies.
>>37738092>Ask about the Butterflies.
>>37738092>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.He won't expect this kind of Spanish Inquisition!
>>37738092>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.We should change the cloth on that emblem into the tiger stripe pattern.
>>37738136But we don't have any Sapin pilots...
>>37738136But we're not from Sapin...
>>37738155>>37738174Spanish guitar intensifies!
>>37738155Wait, where's Wolf from?
>>37738092>>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.inb4 Atlas-Artemis incorporated.>>37738155>But we don't have any Sapin pilots...Yet.
>>37738149No, we are not our dad, we adopt our own heraldry.Besides, the cloth should be cerulean, to honor the Quest that birthed Karla.
>>37738155Not to worry, because we still have Our chief weapon, surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to freedom.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.
>>37738092>Ask him why he's visiting Artemis.>Ask about the Butterflies.I hope we can get the Butterflies to be a more prominent squad in future missions. Perhaps we could do some persuading?
>>37738187Emmeria, like Laura.
>>37738198How does that honor VMQ? Am I missing something?
>>37738198We have our own. I'm just talking about the cloth on the spear.
>>37738186You forgot something buddy
>>37738220VC, and VMQ by extension is all about that blue. Gallia's blue, ragnite's blue, Darcsen have dark-blue hair, Valkyria have a blue aura...
Okay, who among you here believeIrons has Pixy on his payroll?
>>37738275No. Pixy is doing his "Muh Borders" stuff. Not taking money anymore.
>>37738174Merely making a Monty Python joke mang
>>37738309Kek, I think he might be doing stuff for Atlas pro-bono if he thinks they're benign enough.
>>37738355Last we canonically saw him was 10 years ago in Usea
>>37738395so its around 20 years since Belka?Maybe he already settle down somewhere as a little store owner. Maybe a pharmacy, and named 'Eagle Pharmacy'
Favourite 'climax mission' song from any Ace Combat game, gohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UANlAn2AbqM
>>37738355Probably not. Pixy is almost 50 at this point if my math is right.
>>37738466>Eagle PharmacyRIP in peace Otto Carius, your Tiger is now wading in the heavenly mud...
>>37738466YeahLike >>37738501 says, if we take BUDDY to be around 25 in Zero, he's easily in midlife crisis territory nowMaybe he'll buy back his plane
>>37738528We better apologize for wrecking his plane. But on the bright side, it wasn't completely ruined.
>>37738501>Implying he thinks he's too old for this shit>Implying he doesn't hear the call of his beloved Eagle
>>37738549Wouldn't be the first time that plane lost a wing and made it back in one piece. If anything, he'd probably laugh at the whole thing.
>>37738594"i know they using it for re-enactment, but seems they decide to took it to whole new level eh? Hope you are paid well for that"
>>37738092"So what brings you to Artemis, then?" You ask. "From what I hear of your company, you've got practically everything.""Except for experienced pilots." Irons sighs. "We may have one of the largest standing armies of any PMC, but we missed out on the piloting boom, so to speak, and we're currently in need of good pilots.""Really now?" Lilian raises an eyebrow. "Are you sure you should be telling us this?""Well, since I'm the CEO proposing the deal, I believe I have some leeway in telling others about it." Irons chuckles. "Currently, Atlas has been contracted by a mining consortium attempting to extract minerals from Area B7R. I believe you all know where that place is."The entire table falls quiet. To all pilots, Area B7R, or the Round Table, was considered hallowed ground, since some of the largest and most epic aerial battles had taken place there, and were the popular stalking grounds of Cipher, arguably one of the greatest fighter pilots ever to fly. There was a reason why he was also called the Demon Lord of the Round Table. "Really." You whistle. "But why would you need us out in a place like that? It's practically a wasteland out there.""Well, you'd think we'd be left well enough alone out there, but unfortunately, our client has quite a few rivals staking out their own claims, and they've hired their own mercenaries as well.""So basically we'd be fighting a proxy war between corporations?" You raise an eyebrow. "What does Osea have to say about that?""What can they do?" Irons chuckles darkly. "B7R may as well be the Wild West. No laws apply there except for the ones set by the guy with the biggest gun, and I intend to be that guy. However, to control the Round Table, you need air superiority, which is where you come in.">Sounds exciting.>I don't feel comfortable about fighting in a war between corps.>I don't feel comfortable flying in a place like that.>Other
>>37738658Speaking of mangafags, seems /aceg/'s okay with us, your art especially
>>37738699>I don't feel comfortable flying in a place like that.That's just asking for another dream-fight with Cipher.
>>37738699>Sounds exciting.Wasn't the reason noone ever tried to mine B7R because there was no easy way in or out? How's this guy going to be any better?
>>37738699>I don't feel comfortable about fighting in a war between corps.General Resources and Grunder Industries plox go
>>37738699>>Sounds exciting.Let's be honest, when are we ever going to get the opportunity to go there?
>>37738699>>Sounds exciting.If we're going to walk away from the Round Table, we might as well give up our wings now.
>>37738699>Sounds exciting.Fuck yeah Round Table.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1feWsXW3uU
>>37738699>>I don't feel comfortable about fighting in a war between corps.inb4 we are the UPEO.
>>37738699>Sounds exciting.I am going to bet a future assignment is going to be at B7R. With all these AC0 allusions, I'd be more surprised if we did not get at least one chance to dogfight there.
>>37738699>>I don't feel comfortable about fighting in a war between corpsI don't get why he doesn't just buyout Artemis entirely.
>>37738699>I don't feel comfortable flying in a place like that.A Belkan flying over the Round Table? ...I feel like we're gonna get spiked at any time, and not walk away...
Since Irons is pretty much telescoping the Corporate War...Gib EaglePlus plox
>>37738798We're around 20 years too early for AC3 planes.
>>37738798Hmm...between Cyberpunk's direct lift of GR, Neucom, and AC3planes, and merc's work with the SW89verse, I think he'd do pretty ok
>>37738836Comrade, Irons is basically starting the Corporate War with this job!I bet he even has prototypes of the Raptor II and Eagle Plus already in production!>>37738848Still keeping my fingers crossed for a Baby tho
>>37738798gib F-15Z pl0x
>>37738699>>I don't feel comfortable about fighting in a war between corps.
>>37738878Sent plz go
>>37738878dat kai+ tho
>>37738954Looks like an uglier version of a terminator.
>>37738699"Sounds exciting." You grin and turn to your wingmates. "What do you all think?""Fuck. Yes." Lara grins from ear to ear. "We can be like, fucking Galm Team, the four of us!""Wasn't Galm Team just two planes, though?" Amy points."Semantics." Lara waves her off."That... that doesn't even make sense!" Amy shakes her head. "Your General Triester seemed to be all for the deal, though Mr. DeWinter and Miss Wellings seemed to be a bit reluctant." Irons sighs. "I was hope you four, as their star pilots, could convince them to lean to our side of the fence.">Sure, I'll talk to Samantha.>If you want, you can ask her right now.>Other
>>37739113>If you want, you can ask her right now.
>>37739113>Sure, I'll talk to Samantha.
>>37739113>>Sure, I'll talk to Samantha.
>>37739113>If you want, you can ask her right now.They're right him, aren't they?
>>37739113>>If you want, you can ask her right now.
>>37739113>If you want, you can ask her right nowI want to see what Samantha has to say about this.
>>37739113>If you want, you can ask her right now.So is this a one-time thing in exchange for tech and stuff or are we changing colors now?
>>37739113>>Sure, I'll talk to Samantha.Wild Cards will be the new kings of the Round Table. Well cept Amy if she doesn't work on her AtA.
>>37739179Part of a deal between Atlas and Artemis, we do some work for Atlas over B7R for a while
>>37739179It appears that he wants to sub-contract Artemis for the air game.
Is he still trying to recruit us into Atlas or is he talking about a joint operation now?
>>37739214>>37739213>Sub-contractingUgh, the horrors of sub-contracting...There goes the insurance, hazard pay, overtime pay, health benefits...
>>37739218It seems like he wanted us to flip, but since we didn't, he's sub-contracting.
>>37739113"Well, if you want, you can ask her right now." You point to where Samantha is not so subtly eavesdropping on your conversation. "Oh, hello!" Irons waves to her. "Care to join us?""Ah, um, sure." Samantha mumbles, now totally caught and sheepishly sits at the table. "So I assume you've heard everything so far." Irons says. "I more or less got the gist." Samantha says neutrally. "Come on. Atlas is willing to pay a considerable fee for your company's services. Far more than the pittance the Osean and Yuktobanian governments are willing to part with." Irons grins. "And your company will also get a stake in our client's mining operations in B7R. We're talking about mineral rights for rare ores like gold, titanium, aluminum, rare earth metals, and uranium here! There's vast, untapped potential under that desert!""I'll talk to Mr. DeWinter about it." Samantha sighs. "Though I can't promise anything.""That's all I'm asking." Irons smiles. "Actually, there was one more thing. I was wondering if you'd be willing to allow for a little training exercise between my squadron and yours?""What kind of exercise?" Samantha asks."Just a little contest between your Wild Cards and my Butterfiles." Irons explains. "You know, little bit of icebreaking between pilots.""Hm, I'd need to ask my pilots about that." Samantha's eyes fall upon you. "What do you think?">We'd love to.>Sorry, we're not interested.>Other
>>37739659>>We'd love to.
>>37739659>We'd love to.
>>37739659>>We'd love to.Time to put on our game face
>>37739659>Of course we'd love to!
>>37739659>Sorry, we're not interestedWhatchu up to, Irons? O.o
>>37739659>We'd love to.We still have to settle the score from last night.Anyway, who got the most pillow kills?>your company will also get a stake in our client's mining operations in B7R. We're talking about mineral rights for rare ores like gold, titanium, aluminum, rare earth metals, and uranium here! There's vast, untapped potential under that desert!Ragnite mineral fields in B7R? Seems legit...
>>37739659>We'd love to.Fireworks time
On a scale of 1-10, how likely is it that Atlas was given this contract by Grunder or one of its successors?
>>37739773I'd say it's a certified 20 boss.
>>37739773I'd estimate it at a solid 8492/10 that Grunder or babby GR is behind this
>>37739818Bishie Abyssal Dision when?
>>37739773I'm not at my computer, but just imagine the "long live belka" image here
>>37739659>We'd love to.The Butterflies can always use more experience.
>>37739659"We'd love to." You smile. "Those girls could always use some more experience.""Excellent!" Irons claps his hands together. "How soon can you arrange it?""We can probably get things set up this afternoon." Samantha sighs. "Though that depends, do you want to do this as an adverserial or co-op exercise? Co-op means you and the Butterflies just compete to destroy the most targets in a shared pool. I'm pretty sure 'adversarial' explains itself.">Co-op>Adversarial>Other
>>37740024>AdversarialGive them a chance to fight an Ace Squadron.
>>37739856When puchis and biafra babies happen
>>37740024>AdversarialIn b4 pwnd Wild Cards
>>37740024Like I want Adversarial but Amy can't dogfight in a A-10. I mean she can try but you know...Someone get her Ciphers plane again.
Oh wait... what do you guy thinks about Co-Op against Woolf's squadron?
>>37740024>AdversarialPretty late huh.
>>37740152Depends on what the rest of his squadron fliespls no metaplanes
Personally, I'm surprised you all would dare to desecrate the sacred ground on The Table. But I guess when the Almight Dollar calls you are the first to sell your souls.
>>37740169Don't worry, I bet they all fly GenoAces
>>37740239I just want to fight over B7R, I don't care what corporate goal is in the background.
>>37740239Go home knightace, you'll die firstAnd dead men's words hold no meaning here
>>37740292Time to hunt some wild dogs!
>>37740239Not everyone voted to do it.
>>37740239Hey, even I would love to fly over such hallowed ground. Think of it as Mecca, anon.
>>37740024"Adversarial would be good." You say. "There's no other way to fly, between Aces." "Fine, fine." Samantha nods. "So how do you want to do it? 1v1? 2v2? The full 4v4?">1v1>2v2>4v4>Other
>>37740330>>OtherAsk Amy if she is down to dogfight in an A-10
>>37740330>2v2Don't think Amy's A-10 is quite suited to dogfighting a 5.5gen plane
>>37740330>OtherKarla alone vs all of butterflies.1v4
>>37740330>3v3Hey, why not?
>>377403303(us- Amy) vs 4(them)
>>37740328The thing about hallowed ground is just that, it's hallowed. You wouldn't put your footsteps right next to Neil's print on the moon would you? You look at it from a distance.
>>37740427I guess people prefer to see B7R as a sort of place of pilgrimage, like the Wailing Wall or something.
>>37740427Are you kidding? Hell yeah I'd put footsteps on the moon. Rope off Neil's landing site maybe, but you bet your Yuke ass I'd be the first in line for a trip to the moon.Helps that you can't see shit on the moon from earth.
>>37740502I meant as stepping right next to his steps, not against going back to the moon.
>>37740330"I think a 2v2 would be good." You say. "I don't really think Amy's bird is conducive to dogfighting, anyways.""Fair enough." Samantha nods. "All right, I'll go get the range set up and let Smokey know to get the planes ready.""Oh dear, perhaps I should go rouse the girls." Lilian stands up. "Amy, can you give me hand? We'll have to bring them breakfast, too.""Yeah, sure thing." Amy nods. "See you guys!" With that, Lilian and Amy take off, leaving you with Lara and Samantha.>Proceed to the hangar to get ready.>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.>Other
>>37740427But B7R is hallowed exactly because of indiscriminate air combat
>>37740568OhWell don't I look like a dumbass
>>37740588>>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.
>>37740588>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.
>>37740588>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.Real quick, then off to prep
>>37740588>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.>Inb4 Seeing Irons like this gives her a special feeling and she hates it
Probably should've asked Irons why the Butterflies are all so young.
>>37740707He'd probably go>But that's classified information~! <3on us.
>>37740726>But that's proprietary intel~!FTFY
>>37740726Yeah. Still, it seems like something that should be asked at least.
>>37740753Jive's Shackwater vids were great.
>>37740588>Ask Samantha what she thinks of Irons and Atlas.So what, we're subcontracted out to someone who's Obviously Evil, while at the same time working for someone who's Probably Evil?Such is life in Strangereal.
>>37740758All in good time anon. All in good time.
>>37740815ISAF dissolved right? Wonder what Mobius is up to.
>>37740840He's probably on a beach somewhere with Yello Four.
>>37740861I'm sorry anon, Four didn't bailout.
>>37740861Four's deader than dead.
>>37740861She's dead.All the Yellows are dead.
>>37740840I bet there's some comic artist in Strangereal who makes a superhero version of the recent wars.It'd be like a Justice League of America thing, with a Watchtower-like place where all the aces--from Cipher to Mobius to the Razgriz--would meet when not using their secret identities.
>>37740883>>37740881>>37740870That's what they said about Bartlett too...
>>37740907No see Bartlett did bailout and people saw that.
>>37740907NopeConfirmed kil by canonBesides, Bartlett lived by the power of screentime
>>37740907The difference is Bartlett bailed out.Can't say that about the Yellows.
>>37740907Bartlett never declared dead, just taken as POW.
>>37740907you are an idiot, four explicitly is mentioned KIA by none other than Mobius 1 and 13 died trying to avenge her.
>>37740907>>37740883>>37740881>>37740870Inb4 A Yellow, maybe even both 4 and 13 are with Cipher, Mobius, and the Razgriz in some Mithril-like organization.
>>37740945Talisman is the only that actually stayed with his air force.
>>37740945oh my god please get a trip so you can be filtered
>>37740945So they have necromancer on Strangereal now?
>>37740945Only Blaze, Talisman, and Mobius if you stretch it, are still at a reasonably airworthy age.
>>37740959Yeah.But just think about it. A shadowy force, guarding justice and peace without people knowing of them, engaging in missions from their "Toy Box" submarine, using forbidden technology...
>>37739873Gott strafe Osea.
>>37741009Osean-hating Belka plz goStrangereal-saving Belka stronk
>>37740588"So, Samantha, what do you think about Irons and Atlas?" You ask your boss as you all head towards the hangar. "You didn't seem too thrilled talking to him.""Ah, well, I don't really trust him, but that's pretty much my regular policy with CEOs." Samantha shrugs. "I mean, you don't become the head of a multbillion dollar company without stepping over a few corpses, you know what I mean?""So you're saying that Irons is evil?" Lara gasps. "He seemed like a pretty cool guy to me.""Well, I'm not saying he's EVIL, or a bad guy in general." Samantha shakes her head. "But what I AM saying is that you shouldn't take his words at face value.""What about the company itself?" You ask."Well, it's pretty legitimate, as far as I can tell." Samantha grunts. "A lot of fingers in a lot of pies, though. You know that 'client' Irons was talking about? That mining consortium? Turns out he owns it, too. Atlas Mining Development.""Whoa, I didn't know that." You frown. "Does him keeping that from us mean anything?""I hope not." Samantha sighs. "Anyways, we should be getting to the hangar now."Already, the hangar was a flurry of activity as Smokey and his techs were getting Lara's Eagle and your Falcon prepped. "Hey! Just in time!" Smokey grunts. "You want the 4AAMs or the QAAMs mounted?"You pause to think. The 4AAMs would definitely give you additional weight of fire, but the QAAMs would give each individual missile a better chance of hitting.>4AAMs>QAAMs
>>37741056>QAAMsNothing but the best for superplanes.
>>37741056>QAAMsNosferatus are a nimble lot, better come prepared.
>>37741056>>QAAMs>google captcha>REVITokay, this is good omen.
>>37741095>REVITWelp, time for CRUISE CONTROL
>>37741056>QAAMsCFA-44 has bullshit tier maneuvers, we bring bullshit-tier missiles
>>37740996What, Cipher would be in his mid 40s by now? That's well within the reasonable pilot age.
>>37741151Ehh, it's at the edge of combat pilot viability, I think
>>37741178Just about. I'd say 50 is when it should generally be put. There have been many pilots who have fought in their mid 40s for example. Take Robin Olds for example. Pilot skill trumps most everything, so someone who has been doing it for 20 years can still do quite well.
>>37741243True enough, but if Cipher's still flying, he's definitely looking at what comes next by now
>>37741056"Load up the QAAMs, Smokey." You say. "I have a feeling I'll need them.""Gotcha." Smokey nods as he starts barking orders to his techs."Oh boy oh boy oh boy." Lara jumps up and down in giddiness. "It's been a long time since I went up against a Nosferatu!""What was it like?" You ask."Most fucking terrifying experience of my life." Lara said. "And I freaking loved it!"Yeah... you can't say you weren't surprised.>Got any tips?>All right, let's show these girls how it's done.>Other
>>37741337>Got any tips?
>>37741337>>Got any tips?
>>37741337>>All right, let's show these girls how it's done.
>>37741337>Got any tips?Hey, better ask someone with experience on how to handle the big boys.
>>37741337>>All right, let's show these girls how it's done.No UAVs this time. Man fuck that mission on Ace, I haven't been able to do without using a Nosferatu myself.
>>37741337>Got any tips?Who is the best wingmate and why is it Lara
>>37741337Got any tips?
>>37741265Blaze and Edge are probably too busy being a family to get into the cockpit again unless some serious shit goes down. I wonder what Grimm and Snow are up to.
>>37741573Not to mention they're settled down back in the capital any.
>>37741573>GrimmProbably settled down with his own qt3.14 waifu.>SnowStill being a Naviator, because Osea needs a minimum number of black people.
>>37741663There's only two right? Marcus and Sorcerer 1?
>>37741686Yeah and Sorcerer's a civvie now. The Osea Military needs Black people because muh NATO expy, and Snow's the only one fit for the job.
>>37741337"You got any tips?" You ask as you start putting on your flight gear. "Anything particular about the Nosferatu that can help us?""Well..." Lara puts a finger to her chin as she tries to recall a past battle. "At the very least, the Butterflies aren't going to have fifty fucking million UCAVs spamming missiles at us. As for the plane itself, it goes fast, and turns even faster. Goddamn nightmare in a turning fight.""Any weaknesses?""Well, its design makes it inherently unstable. It bleeds a hell of a lot of energy in turns so it's really damn easy to stall, even if you're an expert." Lara says.Hm, that was pretty helpful."All right, let's get these birds moving!" Smokey barks. "Go go go!"You and Lara jog over to your planes and hop into the cockpits. You begin to taxi out the main runway, where you can see two of the Butterfly Nosferatus pulling out of their hangar as well."So how do you want to play this?" Lara asks. "We put the pressure on them or let them come to us?">Play offensively.>Play defensively.>Other
>>37741747>Play defensively.They're more likely to stall themselves in their eagerness to pursue us.
>>37741747>>Play offensively.I don't think we want to give Nosferatu's any momentum in the fight.
>>37741747>OtherBOUNCE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING
>>37741747>Play offensively.They are still inexperienced. Giving them time to get their bearings can only hurt our chances in a straight up fight.
>>37741747>Play defensively.Force them into a turnfight, the F-16 has high performance and can still have energy at the end
>>37741747>Play offensivelyWe can probably use their inexperience as pilots against their confidence in their planes compared to ours and get at least 1 or 2 to stall.
>>37741747>Play offensively.Are they still nuggets? Let's see if they crack.
>>37741747>>Play defensively.>>37741781Damnit Young, you still have two crew members to be seach for.
>>37741747>Play defensively. Bait them.
>>37741832>Bait them.>Insert Hetzer gonna Hetz joke here
>>37741823Nah fuck em, too busy being trolled by Minna right after a near death experience.
>>37741823In his mind's eye, Young already has a plan on dealing with the currently MIA Sean and Ian...X-4 Ruhrstahl. Primed. In the ass.
>>37741747>Play offensivelyWe shouldn't be trying to completeLy stomp them here. Let's just spook them a bit and make sure they get a good lesson about handling pressure.Can't have any of these cuties dying any time soon.
>>37741747"We'll play defensively." You say. "Let them come to us. They're still practically nuggets.""Gotcha." Lara says.It takes a few minutes for your planes and the Butterflies to take off and gain altitude. "So, who do we have the honor of flying against?" You ask."Me and Echo!" You hear Dawn say happily."We drew straws." Echo says calmly. "Thunder and Lightning weren't too happy.""Heh, well it's not every day you get you fly against us!" Lara chuckles. "You nuggets ready?""I'm not a nugget!" Echo whines. "I'm a proper pilot!""Well, it's time to prove it!" Lara cackles, obviously enjoying teasing the hell out of Dawn."All right everybody, focus." You grunt. "We've reached the operational area.""All right, Wild Cards, Butterflies, you all ready?" You hear Loki ask."Wild Cards?" You grin. "So our name change is official?""Sounds a lot better than Bravo, that's for sure." Loki chuckles a little. "Anyways, rules are simple. You four fly and fight until one team is shot down. Is that clear?""Got it." You say."Roger roger!" Lara says happily."Yep!" You hear Dawn and Echo chime."Why do I suddenly feel like a kindergarten teacher?" You hear Loki mumble. "All right, the exercise will begin on my mark. Three. Two. One. MARK.">Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.>Stay low. You should be able to lure the Butterflies into a trap. >Other
>Play offensivelyWe don't have to win, since we don't an ego. Take a few "risks" and show them how to deal with being in the line of fire.
>>37742132>Stay low. You should be able to lure the Butterflies into a trap. Too early for the bounce, it is.
>>37742132>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Always fight the energy fight
>>37742132>>Stay low. You should be able to lure the Butterflies into a trap.If they bleed energy fast, we don't want them high where they can easily regain that energy.
>>37742132>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Butterfly in the sky~! I can go twice as high~!
>>37742132>>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Have flashbacks to Sand Island"Climb Nuggets Climb!"
>>37742132>>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.
>>37742132>>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.>>"Why do I suddenly feel like a kindergarten teacher?" You hear Loki mumbleHeh, you are not the only one, Loki.
>>37742132>>Stay low. You should be able to lure the Butterflies into a trap.
>>37742132>"Why do I suddenly feel like a kindergarten teacher?" You hear Loki mumbleThe suffering of Loki-san, part 1.
>>37742132>Stay low. You should be able to lure the Butterflies into a trap. Height let's you regain speed and recover from stalls. Let's keep them low.
>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Let's put them through their paces.
>>37742132>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Get the sun behind us. It'll reduce visibility.
>>37742132>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.
Okay, so why do you guys want to go high?
>>37742132>Power climb to a higher altitude. It will give you options for maneuvering and the Butterflies would have to expend energy climbing after you.Give them some openings before counterattack. They need to learn about the limitations of their aircraft.
>>37742278Faster! Higher! Will you be the one to go there?
>>37742278To show the Butterflies in the sky that we can go twice as high.Also it gives them a chance to see how stall-prone their planes are without worrying about them crashing.
>>37742278Gives us altitude advantage, bleeds their energy, and gives us more breathing room.Obviously, there's an issue with them getting a low altitude stall recovery, but we can trap them below if that happens, and besides, we're not playing to kill
>>37742278Taking them by surprise gives us the opportunity to end the exercise quickly, because they're inexperienced.So it seems like a good idea to draw it out a bit and show them how an ideal situation can turn sour. Not like they're better pilots than either of the Wild Cards.
>>37742285>>37742308>>37742321>>37742330No, and here's why. Our opponent's planes bleed speed like a bitch. By going high, they have another source of energy to convert into speed. Thus, we cannot take full advantage of the energy advantage, as they can disengage and regain their energy advantage.As for worrying about them crashing into the ground, you'd have to be flying VERY low for that to happen. Further, in advanced planes there is auto stall recovery, which only takes a few hundred feet.
Rolled 4, 2, 6, 1, 4, 2 = 19 (6d10)>>37742132"Let's climb, Stripes." You say, pulling your stick back and hitting afterburners."Right behind you, Valk!" Lara says cheerfully. You feel your body get pressed back in your seat from the G-forces. You glance at your radar screen and see that the Butterflies had the same idea, too. It was coming down to who would get into position first.>roll 1d10 (ACM test. You need a 5 or better)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>37742365
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>37742365
Rolled 8, 3, 4 = 15 (3d10)>>37742365Also rolling for Lara
>>37742354Again, it's not necessarily the most efficient option (not that it's a poor option, still), but it's just an exercise.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>37742365
>>37742354I still worry about them being inexperienced about coming out of a stall.>>37742373Nice Armchair.
>>37742370>>37742373>>37742390I find it funny that anons are virtually WAITING to see who will roll last.
>>37742407Pretty much, we see that we passed and don't want to be ones to roll that 10.
>>37742407No one wants to pull a Wrenloft.Unless it's the end of the Quest, in which case EVERYONE wants to be him.
>>37742365Shouldn't that be 5 or lower?
>>37742365You fighters strain to keep their climb rate, but you can see that the Butterflies are keeping pace with you as well. You glance at your altimeter and grimace when you see that your reaching the edges of your performance ceiling. You're not too sure how high the Nosferatus go, but with their unstable characteristics, they had to be pushing their limits, as well.>Dive to regain some energy and bring the fight down low.>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.>Other
>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.Can you keep up, nuggets?
>>37742431>>Dive to regain some energy and bring the fight down low.
>>37742431>>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.
>>37742431>Dive to regain some energy and bring the fight down low.Wouldn't want to risk scratching the birds right now.
What are the Butterflies' callsigns again?
>>37742431>Dive to regain some energy and bring the fight down low.What kind of next gens would they be if they can't at least out-climb us?
>>37742431>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.COME ON YOU NUGGETS, CLIMB! MOVE IT!>>37742427Better, lower, it' all the same when it comes to d10s here.
>>37742455Dawn and Echo
>>37742455Look further up when they mentioned that they drew straws.
>>37742476Is Dawn her name or her actual callsign?
>>37742431>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.Even if we end up stalling first, we know how to escape it. Having the Nuggets see something like that would be extremely helpful for them. Nothing better than a role model to follow right?
>>37742431>Keep climbing to see who gives out first.
>>37742481Callsign....Crap, I don't think they gave us their actual names....but they do call us 'Valk'...
Rolled 8, 3, 10, 7, 9, 3 = 40 (6d10)>>37742431You were going to continue this game of chicken. You were sure your Falcon could beat out the Nosferatu in a climb.Well, fairly sure.You grit your teeth and keep the nose pointed up, pushing as much power out of your engine as possible. >roll 1d10 (need to roll equal or lower than the Butterflies. -1 to roll due to higher skill.)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>37742623
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>37742623
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>37742623
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>37742623>You grit your teethTIME TO KICK REASON TO THE CURB!!
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>37742623
>>37742635Nice I think that beats both of them
>>37742635Huh, that went better than expected....
>>37742651Tie, I think.
>>37742663The roll gets a -1 modifier because of the skill difference, so it's effectively a 2.
>>37742635I think that about takes it
>>37742623You glance out of your canopy and see one of the Butterflies shake and shudder before flipping over in midair and dropping out. Looks like she lost too much airspeed and stalled. The second Butterfly immediately interrupts her climb, no doubt to cover for her wingmate in distress."Hah! Looks like they're on the defensive now!" Lara laughs. "Let's get 'em!">Gang up the stalled Butterfly. >Gang up the covering Butterfly.>You go for the stalled Butterfly while Lara covers you.>You cover Lara as she goes for the stalled Butterfly.>Other
>>37742744>>Gang up the covering Butterfly.
Show them what a veteran can do!
>>37742744>Gang up the covering Butterfly.Give them a chance, but only this once
>>37742744>Gang up the covering Butterfly.
>>37742765You just made my day, Mudhen.
>>37742765>dat Iron nosebleed
>>3774276510/10 would partyGreat work mudhen
>>37742767is that a mod?
>>37742744>Gang up the covering Butterfly
>>37742806Yep! World In Conflict: Modern Warfare release 4.6!Near-realistic missile simulation physics!
>>37742823I need to dig up my disc one day
>>37742836Here's the mod if you're interested.Be advised, they added ALLAHU AKBAR weapons in the latest release.>http://www.moddb.com/mods/wicmw
>>37742840emperor pls gothat was a bombyou gotta run mang
Rolled 10, 7 = 17 (2d10)>>37742744You both dive down, angling for the Butterfly that didn't stall. Neither of you could go for the stalled one without risking the second one diving down on your asses. Might as well press your numbers advantage while the other one was out. The Butterfly seems to notice this and begins to initiate a steep dive, no doubt to try to get enough airspeed to get out of weapons range. Well, you couldn't let that happen!>roll 3d10 (AtA roll. You need a 6 or lower.)
>>37742856Takei is okay.>>37742868Inb4 900 mm fireworks shell from Japan
Rolled 10, 10, 2 = 22 (3d10)>>37742875
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>37742875
Rolled 8, 4, 9 = 21 (3d10)>>37742875Here comes the snow
Rolled 6, 1, 8 = 15 (3d10)>>37742875
Rolled 1, 2, 5 = 8 (3d10)>>37742875
Rolled 6, 3, 5 = 14 (3d10)>>37742875
>>37742889Oh thank Galm!>>37742892>>37742893Where were you!?
>>37742889Two outta Three ain't that bad.
>>37742884>>37742888>>37742889Uhhh...we did OK?
>>37742765Haha, well done man, keep up the good work!
Rolled 4, 8, 5 = 17 (3d10)>>37742889...
>>37742920Ehh...could be worse
>>37742920>I-It's not l-like I intentionally m-missed one missile for you, b-baka!
>>37742920You see your 2 missiles and one QAAM streak out. Your regular missiles gain positive lock and begin tracking, despite the Butterfly's launch of countermeasures. However, you see Lara's missiles and your QAAM fly off course.But it's not enough. You see one of your missiles pierce the cloud of chaff and flares and explode against the Butterfly's left engine, spattering bright orange paint all over the rear of the plane."Echo has been shot down." Loki announces. "Good shooting, Valkyrie.""Thanks." You glance at your radar. "Stripes, you got eyeballs on Dawn?""She's trying to get on our six!" Lara warns.>Try to turn and face her.>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.>Other
>>37742972>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.
>>37742972>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.Watch and learn, kid.
>>37742972>>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.World War II tactics go!
>>37742972>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.Sounds good to me.
>>37742972>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.Time to get flashy!
>>37742972>>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.
>>37742976>Have Lara pull up and get above Dawn while we try to out turn her.
>>37742972>>Let's teach her the Thach Weave.Thach Weave doesn't work as well when your opponent has missiles. Just sayin.
>>37742972"How about we teach her one of the classics?" You grin. "Let's show her the Thach Weave.""Wow, granny, I'm surprised you know that one!" Lara chuckles."I had a good teacher." You respond. "Let's see what they teach nuggets these days."With that, both you and Lara split off, with her Eagle breaking left and your Falcon breaking right. You see Dawn vectoring in on Lara's tail, taking the obvious bait."Hook line and sinker." Lara laughs. "Reel her in, Valk!"Now, both you and reverse your direction so now instead of turning away from each other, you both were now turning towards each other. If done right, you would be able to get a quick deflection shot at Dawn as she tried to lock onto Lara.>roll 1d10 (GUN roll. You need a 7 or lower)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>37743097
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>37743097
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>37743097
>>37743104>>37743106>>37743108darthvader.jpgHaha! I have you now!
>>37743104>>37743106Good shot, good shot
>>37743097You wait for the exact moment Lara's Eagle darts past your crosshairs before pulling the trigger. A stream of bullets shoots out, spattering a long line of paint down the spine of Dawn's Nosferatu as you literally walk the bullets across the entire length of the craft."That's a kill. Butterfly flight is down." Loki says. "Exercise complete.""Awwwww nuts!" You hear Dawn sigh. "Looks like we still got a lot to learn...""You sure do." You grin. "Especially if you fell for one of the oldest maneuvers in the book.""But don't get me wrong! We'll beat you someday and become the best aces in the world!" Dawn boasts."Hah, those are pretty big words for a nugget." You chuckle."Yeah, especially since me and Valk here are gonna be the best!" Lara backs you up. "If you wanna come at us you gotta come with everything you go!""Maybe we will." Echo says coolly."All right, all right." You laugh as the Butterflies form up behind you. "Come on, let's head home.">And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be next week. And don't forget Cyberpunk Idols on Saturday and PJ Witches on Sunday!
>>37743161Thanks for running! See you in ~18 hours!
>>37743161Thanks for the thread Merc.The Round Table is potentially on the horizon. I really hope we roll well for it.
>>37743161Thanks for the thread Merc, it was fun!'also I just realized something. Cyberidols lands on Valentines day anything special cooked up?
>>37743161Thanks for the run, Merc! See you next time.
>>37743161Thanks for the run merc!
Wish this ran more frequently.
>>37743161>"Maybe we will." Echo says coolly.I hope that's not foreshadowing a future backstab.
>>37743161>all that saltcan't possibly be helpful for children gattdamn
>tfw not all butterflies would survive the quest's run
>>37743308I read like two doujins based on this Merc.It leaves a bitter taste. I prefer Macho Admiral.
>>37743308WHY WOULD YOU POST THAT?
>>37743308What is this from?
>>37743341I believe it's Kantai Collection?
>>37743341Kancolle, looks like.
>>37743308merc you son of a bitch