Well, sorry about the late start tonight, guys! Age of Ultron is an amazeballs movie you and you should definitely watch it! Anyways, on with the quest!Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Endless+Sky+Ace+Combat+QuestOther Quests:Other Quests: http://pastebin.com/zDJSf53zRULES AND STATS: http://pastebin.com/5q9fPFjzYou are KARLA WEISS, a Belkan fighter pilot looking to carve your own place in the skies!You just can't peel your eyes off the map.Every time you look at it the big red line going from B7R to Oured, you know, somewhere deep inside, that along that line might be where you father could be, living or dead. Judging from the cargo he took from the Vault, it was almost a no brainer that he his last mission was a vengeance attack against Oured. The last gasp of a vengeful and dying regime. Considering Oured wasn't an irridiate crater, it was safe to assume that Dad balked or something went wrong. You really hoped that it was the former.You had relayed your findings to Uncle, too, seeing as how he'd have better resources to investigate.Suddenly, you're interrupted by a knock on your door, and, as was typical with Lara, she just straight up opens the door and pokes her head inside, completely defeating the point of knocking in the first place."Yo, Karla! You ready to roll or what? Our next patrol is soon!" She says happily with her usual pre-mission anticipation."Yeah yeah, just a second." You grumble, quickly folding up the map so Lara wouldn't see.>Better head for the hangar.>Let's stop by the shop first.>Other
>>39702394>Let's stop by the shop first.LIVE, from /tg/...IT'S SATURDAY MORNINGDammit, wait...
>>39702394>>Better head for the hangar.Do we have something to buy anyway?
>>39702394>>Better head for the hangar.Let's get ready to ROLL!
>>39702394>Let's stop by the shop first.Bout time! Denicollo, Williams, weapons and ammo!
>>39702394>>Better head for the hangar.Money after mission! see what we need for next arc once we have a fat paycheckalso because i don't want to spend all session - on a late start - arguing about moneyStraight to the plot points today please
>>39702455That's pretty cute
>>39702471Blame Mudhen for that mang.
>>39702394>Better head for the hangar.
>>39702394https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wnAnuixq9ILadies and Gentlemen. May I present to you..... The Belkan Tango.
>>397025208492/10 buddyYou done good
>>39702394>>Let's stop by the shop first.>>39702520To be honest, I was expecting explosions
>>39702394>>Better head for the hangar.
>>39702394>Let's stop by the shop first.
>>39702394>Better head for the hangar.Still need to find buddy plane parts.
>>39702520Chibs you cheeky bastardAlso your music>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Q9m8J3A9o
>>39702520What makes this great, is that they are both trying so hard to keep a straight face, and Karla is breaking first with that smile.
>>39702520haha holy shitalsohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxC8bWQcuAY>>39702581>To be honest, I was expecting explosionsRemember, cool heroes dance away from explosions.
>>39702640>not only appropriate tunehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80XAJKqRU9k
>>39702660No no anon, we keep zero for the combat dances.Ridiculous game is for the romance scenes.
>>39702659>Posting 9 times more passionYou. I like you.
>>39702755Sorry anon, I ninja'd you with >>39702640
>>39702394"Yeah yeah, I'm coming." You sigh as you get up. "Lilian and Amy already there?""Of course!" Lara grins."Right, right." You follow Lara out to the hangar, wincing as your met with a small blast wave of heat the moment you exit the barracks. You silently curse whoever designed this base, not putting an enclosed path from the barracks to the hangar areas. The glaring sun from high above and baking pavement below was almost unbearable at times. Finally, you reach the hangar, where you see Samantha casually conversing with Smokey."Holy shit." Smokey gapes after having apparently taken a bite out of one of the MREs you had recovered from the vault."See? I wasn't full of shit!" Samantha laughs. "It's actually pretty damn good!""Goddamn Belkan space magic." Smokey grumbles and looks up to see your arrival. "Oh, hey. Your planes are ready to go.""Thanks, Smokey." You nod respectfully and turn to Samantha. "Anything new?""Not really. Artemis and Dahl are still squabbling over the other Vault. I'll be surprised if that thing ends up intact after all of this." Samantha shrugs. "They don't seem to realize that we raided the other one, and I made sure to have everything we took shipped back to HQ. Well, ALMOST everything.""I see." You nod, looking at the crates of old Belkan MREs.(cont)
>>39702730Another one for you chibshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFcNzcNXrc
>>39702792"Hey, R&D didn't need ALL of them." Samantha huffs."Hey, I'm not complaining!" You laugh. "Come on, let's go already!" Lara tugs at your sleeve like an excited child. "Good luck out there. Should just be a normal patrol." Samantha nods."When is it EVER a normal patrol whenever somebody mentions it?" You glower."Whoops, sorry!"You just shake your head and drop into the cockpit. You turn to see Lilian and Amy already in their Typhoon and Warthog respectively, while Lara hops into her Eagle."All right, so where should we go?" Lara grins. "It's been a while since we fought those Dahl punks! Let's go skirt their line and see if the take the bait! How about it?""I'd rather we not be so confrontational." Lilian sighs. Well, on the one hand, the more enemies downed ,the more you were paid. You don't get rich off of not doing anything. Then again, maybe it would be nice to have a breather...>Time to go fishing.>Let's play it safe for once.>Other
>>39702799>>Let's play it safe for once.Also, knowing our reputation, OB will come over for a visit anyway.
I've an odd feeling that the MREs are gonna be very useful in ending the main conflict, then we all laugh as someone makes a terrible pun.>>39702799>>Time to go fishing.
>>39702799>Let's play it safe for once.Yukkuri shiteite ne!
>>39702799>>Let's play it safe for once.
>>39702799>Let's play it safe for once.
>>39702799>>Let's play it safe for once.They'll come for us, guns running. So no need.
>>39702799>Time to go fishing.Summer is almost here, the sun is out, let's go fishing.
>>39702799>Let's play it safe for once.hopefully find some other vault that actually has buddy plane parts.>>39702815Hey there Tank! How's it going?
>>39702799>Time to go fishing.Gotta earn that paycheck.
>>39702394Merc are you aware that your "Other Quests" portion of your OP copypasta has been dicked up for like 6 threads consecutively now?>Other Quests:Other Quests: http://pastebin.com/zDJSf53z
>>39702793Th-the fast tempo....the castanets... the tambourines... the rhythmic clapping... and...... the subtle twang of the guitar .......strings............*melts*.....I'm gonna need a moment to recover from the Sensual Spanish eargasm......
>>39702956I find it a shame that there are few Touhou flamenco arranges that take the fastlane.
>>39702956...Goddamnit, guys, you just made Chibs ahegao..
>>39702979Regrets? None. Also, holy shit the song is wonderful.
>>39703015Xenoglossy makes good arranges, although this is the only flamenco track i've heard from him.
>>39702799"Let's play it safe for once." You say. "I think I had enough of being shot at for the time being.""AAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW." Lara whines."Hey, I'm not complaining. More sleep for me." Amy grunts. "I'm just gonna set my autopilot and doze off now...""Oh no you don't." Lilian scolds Amy sternly. "You should take your work more seriously.""Fiiiiiiiiine."You all fly aimless over the desert for a bit. By now, Dahl and Hyperion had wised up enough not to try and send any attack forces deep into Atlas territory, thanks in no small part to you and your squadron's efforts. You usually didn't have to worry about any attacks from them. Really, only OB would be bold and/or suicidal enough to try and attack you this far in. Down below, you pass over numerous small settlements and mining facilities operating under Atlas' umbrella of protection. You can actually see people coming out and waving to your flight as you pass. You guess that even ou in these remote parts, the Wild Cards have gotten rather popular."Y'know, I was wondering." Lara speaks up, breaking the silence. "Whatever happened to the Butterflies? I miss the lil buggers.""Last I checked, they're still flying support for the Atlas forces at the Vault." You say sadly. "They're just going in and out constantly. Not a lot of time for them R&R."(cont)
>>39703055"Man, that sucks." Amy says sympathetically. "You'd think they'd have us come in and assist.""You'd think that." You shake your head. "Heads up, girls." Loki, the harbinger of inconvenience, speaks up. "I'm picking up a big flurry of activity to your west.""Enemy contact?" Lara asks with excitement."Not exactly. Looks like a skirmish." Loki explains. "I'm picking up lots of Dahl transponders, but a lot of contacts don't have IFF. Presumably OB."Ah, so it seemed to be a spat between Dahl and OB forces."Are they any threat to us?" Lilian asks."Not at the moment, but the furball is slowly drifting towards Atlas space." Loki warns. "I don't think they've noticed you, but I'd get ready, if I were you.">Just hang back and observe for now.>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.>Other
>>39703069>>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.
>>39703069>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.
>>39703069>>Just hang back and observe for now."observe only Lara. Thats means no 'accidental' lock-on on OB aircraft".
>>39703069>>Just hang back and observe for now.
>>39703069>>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.Somehow, it'll end up being our problem one way or another, so might as well solve it now!
>>39703069>Just hang back and observe for now.
>>39703069>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.Money, money, money
>>39703069>Just hang back and observe for now.>Other>Bring out the popcorn
>>39703069>Just hang back and observe for now.Don't want to build a rep for meddling where we aren't wanted.
>>39703069>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.A Haiku:Snow falls silentlyA violent northern wind blowsWhite Death Looms Closer
>>39703069>Dive in and get some kills while they're distracted.OB is always on the menu!
>>39703069>>Just hang back and observe for now.Let them whittle each other down first. We've got plenty of time.
>>39703150Hey chibs, lemme ruin it for ya with this other one>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeQSEyGjq7k
>>39703069>>Other>Do some basic navigation/terrain math, try to figure out WHERE/WHAT they are fighting for - who's the defender, and where the attackers launched from>recon flight to OB's launching grounds>make loki do some work for once in his goddamn life> get intel on what planes OB is flying>if any morgans are on the field, then we gun for that one hard, fast, and with called shots to force a landing so we can strip it for parts later.Back me up here people!Don't just fight, fight using a goal and an endgame to get ahead in mind.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>39703069Well, it looks like we've got a tie! Rolling for tiebreaker.1. Observe2. Fight
>>39703317Dice God want some blood, and (s)he will not satisfied until then.
>>39703272All this metagaming
>>39703344Why would you go after organized terrorist cell revolutionaries WITHOUT a game plan?
>>39703264Close, but not good enough to tickle. And the fact that you picked the time to try and make my ears hot and bothered after they just got off. >>39703272You. see pic related. I like your thinking. But you're going to be hard pressed just to get that keikaku approved and excecuted well without anything go SNAFU.
>>39703317FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
>>39703272Uh, can the human mind do those things in a short amount of time?
>>39703388Anon wants to try to make us do write ins that support his harebrained schemes without taking into account that he's not the one writing this story.
>>39703317"All right girls, we're going in!" You announce. "Yes!" Lara squeals."Figured." Amy says."The Warthog doesn't climb so well so I'll just, uh, stay close to the deck.""Don't doze off!!" Lara taunts as she immediately puts her Eagle in a climb to gain altitude. You and Lilian follow suit. As you get higher, you manage to get eyes on the air battle. It's easy to spot with all the missile trails, as well as the small, fast moving dots and the occasional flash of light from an explosion. As you try to get a better look, you can see it's quite an odd battle. On the one hand, there's the Dahl force, painted in the signature Dahl green and brown corporate colors. It's mostly a mix of older pattern aircraft, like F-5 Tigers, F-4 Phantoms, and MiG-21s. Hell, you even see A-6 Crusaders and the occasional MiG-15 in the mix. On the other hand, the OB force were sporting the more modern MiG-29 Fulcrum, with a few Flankers and Super Flankers mixed in for good measure. However, it was proving to be a surprisingly even battle, with both sides slugging it out."Dang, they're really going at it, aren't they?" Lara whistles. "Can't wait to blow them all up!""Hm, perhaps we should assist the Dahl forces? It would certainly put them in our debt." Lilian suggests."Or they'll just shoot us in the backs." Amy warns.>Fire at will.>Focus on the OB planes.>Other
>>39703444>>Focus on the OB planes.git em
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes.HI BOYS, I'M BACK!
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes.
>>39703444>>Focus on the OB planes.
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes.>WarthogDamn it Amy, you knew it was an air patrol. You have a Super Hornet for this reason, so why didn't you use it?
>>39703444>>Focus on the OB planes.Don't forget to taunt them in open channel.
>>39703444>>Focus on the OB planes."attention Dahl aircraft, this is Wildcards, moving to engaging One Belka. Shoot at us and that will the last thing you'll ever regretted."
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes.Btw, what happened to our squire? And where's lazy tombstone?
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes.>>39703505Squire joined BAFTombstone got BTFO
>>39703505>Btw, what happened to our squire?Uncle got her into the Belkan Defense Force, remember?
>>39703444>Focus on the OB planes
>>39703505>squireapprenticeship on Belkan Air Self-Defense Force.>Tombstonedunno, but he got quite wrecked last time.
>>39703344>>39703388>Uh, can the human mind do those things in a short amount of time?Yes. We have this little thing called a radio and offsite support staff.Doing useful things with data like saying 'hey people at the desk, look at this and make useful observations' is kind of how the military functions.Also, you forgot your pic, and yes, I am psychic.
>Focus on the OB planes.
>>39703534>>39703523>Tombstone's face when
>>39703444"Focus on the OB planes!" You instruct. "Maybe those Dahl guys will have a sense of fair play.""All right! Let's kick some OB ass!" Lara whoops as she dives down towards the furball. You and Lilian follow suit as your radar whines with positive locks, though you make doubly sure that your weapons are focusing on OB planes instead of Dahl ones.>roll 6d10 (AtA roll. You need a 6 or lower.)
Rolled 5, 3, 9, 9, 2, 5 = 33 (6d10)>>39703692<<LET'S DO THIS>>
Rolled 2, 5, 10, 7, 10, 9 = 43 (6d10)>>39703692blizzard!
Rolled 8, 2, 2, 5, 4, 10 = 31 (6d10)>>39703692
Rolled 10, 7, 2, 9, 1, 5 = 34 (6d10)>>39703692
>>39703698>>39703707So, either is good?
Rolled 1, 10, 9, 2, 6, 1 = 29 (6d10)>>39703692
>>39703719two 1s, a 2, a 10, and a 9...what the fuck, Fluff. You were late with the SNOW!
Rolled 4, 4, 10, 9, 7, 10 = 44 (6d10)>>39703692sa
>>39703735Sorry, 4chan is screwing up on me with connection errors.
ugh....can't stay... awake for long.... gotta retire for the night. Night guys. See ya next session.
>>39703903See ya chibs. Otsukaresamadeshita!
>>39703903G'nite, Chibs. Keep tangoing.
FINALLY made it back for another MercQuest. >>mybodyisready
>>39703692You, Lara, and Lilian unleash a torrent of missiles into the furball below. Four of your missiles track and break away to follow a pair of very unlucky Fulcrums. The Fulcrums don't even have a chance and evaporate under the missile impacts. You see Lara and Lilian's missiles streak in from the sides of your vision, Lara's missiles nail a Super Flanker directly in the midsection, snapping it in half while Lilian hits another Fulcrum directly in the tail, blowing its engines off and sending the front half tumbling to Earth, the pilot ejecting in desperation.At this point, the flow of the battle seems to change instantaneously. The Dahl planes seem to hesitate as they try to figure out what's going on, while the OB planes immediately recognize who you are and begin orienting towards you. You count at least fourteen Fulcrums and six Flankers. Maybe the Dahl planes could help you out?>Stand and fight.>Did the hit, now do the run.>Other
>>39704086>>Did the hit, now do the run.CATCH ME IF YOU CAN HAHAHAHA>>39704083Just in time for snow anon!
>>39704086>>Did the hit, now do the run.Might as well try to get the Dahl Nuggets their first kill. The skies are never too small for aces.
>>39704086>>Did the hit, now do the run.And maybe Dahl's aircraft can picking up OB crafts when OBs are busy with chasing us.
>>39704086>>Stand and fight
>>39704086>Stand and fight.Either way, <<We're gonna be rich!>>
>>39704086>>Did the hit, now do the run.
>>39704086>Did the hit, now do the run.
>>39704086>Did the hit, now do the run.GOTTA STAY SNOW
>>39704086>>Stand and fight.THIS DAY WE FIGHT!
>>39704086>Stand and fight.
Merc is awayQuick post lewds
>>39704377Lewds you say?
>>39704377God dammit mugiYou stole the fucking strawberry you piece of shit I saw you do it
>>39704377Hot of the presses
>>39704086You continue on your dive, blowing straight through the furball and using the extra speed to gain some distance from the OB planes. The maneuver takes you straight past your attackers, causing them to hesitate. On the one hand, they could try and pursue you, but on the other, they'd be presenting their backs to the Dahl planes. You see the Flankers turn to pursue you while the Fulcrums stay on course to continue engaging the Dahl planes. "Looks like we're gonna have some company." You grunt. "Bring 'em on!" Lara laughs."Wait a minute..." Lilian mumbles. Suddenly, an F-20 Tigershark and F-14 Tomcat burst through the the Fulcrum screen and settle in on the tails of the Flankers. Two of the Flankers immediately break off, but the other two remain stubbornly on your tail, up until the Tigershark and Tomcat tear them apart with close range missile fire.However, you remain wary of the two Dahl planes, as they were still on your tail. You get ready to turn and engage at a moment's notice, when you hear a voice over an open channel."Wait!" The voice crackles through your headset. "Lilian, is that you?""S-Shiba?!" Lilian gasps. "What are you doing here?!""What are YOU doing here?!" The Dahl pilot responds in kind. >Ask what the hell is going on.>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.>Other
>>39704411Dat ass and belly.
>>39704433>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.
>>39704433>>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.
>>39704433>>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.Ara Ara~... Wait.>tigershark>tomcatFUCK YES
>>39704433>>Other"Pulling your ass out of the coals it looks like.
>>39704433Oh my>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.
>>39704433>>Stay quiet and see how this plays out."This gonna be good">>39704452....Fuck yeah.
>>39704433>>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.Still thinking we can get Jager into one of those mass effect style combat armors....
>>39704433>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.>>39704452Don't you fuckin know it
>>39704478>>39704452Uhh....I sure hope we haven't killed any mercs from Dahl....
>>39704470you mean something like this?http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Human_Armor#Light_Armor
>>39704488Yeah, kinda like that as the base outfit. Maybe with more armor mods for LOGISTICS and MODULARITY.
>>39704483AFAIK, we blew out some OBs on the first pass, and that's been it
>>39704433>Stay quiet and see how this plays out.>Continue blowing up OB planes
>>39704478The other one, for those in confusion
>>39704517Oh man, I hope Mickey doesn't mess about with Amy now.
>>39704543daddy would seize an A-10 and fly straight to Round table if he dares.
>>39704563>Oi Gates! Long time no-->BRRRTTTTTTT>Y'all don't mess with my daughter, ya hear?!
>>39704636>Approval rating: ACE
>>39704636Where is that like button?
>>39704433You decide to stay quiet and see how this plays out. After all, it wasn't every day you came across an acquaintance of Lilian's. Especially one flying for one of the "enemy" sides. You also take the chance to pull back a bit to get a closer look at Shiba's plane. It wasn't flying Dahl corporate colors, instead sporting a blue and white finish, which suggested he was flying as a merc, just like you were. On the tail, you noticed what seemed to be a scowling unicorn skull set in front of orange flames. Definitely going for the intimidation factor there, you guess.The Tomcat, however, didn't look too different, sticking with the standard dull grey paintjob they usually got when rolling out of the factory. Like you, it just seemed to be hanging back and enjoying the show."You never mentioned that you were flying for Dahl!" Lilian gasps."And you never mentioned that you were flying for Atlas!" Shiba counters."Well, technically, I'm flying for Artemis." Lilian corrects. "And- wait. WHY ARE YOU HERE."Jeez, that must be the first time you ever heard Lilian shout. It was pretty scary, actually. "Saving up for the wedding, of course!" Shiba says matter of factly."D-d-d-don't say that over an open channel!" Lilian squeals. You figure if you put an IR scope on Lilian's Typhoon right now it'd be cherry red."What the hell is going on?" Lara asks over your private channel, utterly confused."I don't know, but I'm kinda enjoying it." You chuckle.(cont)
>>39704766>Saving up for the wedding, of courseAHAHAHAHAHA DEATH FLAGS AHOY!
>>39704766"Hey guys, what did I miss?" Amy's Warthog rises up to fall into formation with you. "I was mopping a few Shilkas and-""Well Holy shit! Amy, is that you?" The new voice, which you presume is coming from the Tomcat, speaks up. "It's Uncle Mickey! You remember me?""Ummmmmm.... maybe...?" Amy says uncertainly, suddenly caught off guard."Aw, that hurts deep, you know!" Mickey says with feigned sadness. "I suppose you were still just a baby then. How's your father Greg doing? The retired life treating him well?""I-what-um." You can clearly picture the gears spinning wildly in Amy's head as she was trying to figure out what was happening. "Wild Cards, I'm picking up two Dahl contacts flying in formation with you." Loki butts in as always. "Is everything all right?">I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.>Yeah, we'll chase 'em off.>Other
>>39704778>>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.
>>39704778>>Yeah, we'll chase 'em off.>>Other"Uh guys, a noisy cat calling. care to fake some fight a bit?"
>>39704778>>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.Time to troll you back, cat!
>>39704778>>Other>What wedding? I like weddings
>>39704778>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.>Karla whistles innocently.
>>39704778>>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards."Uh....I'm losing contact, can you repe- hang up-"
>>39704778>It's Uncle MickeyGod fucking dang nabbit you cad
>>39704778>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.
>>39704778>I have no idea what you're talking about, Loki. Nobody out here but us Wild Cards.Will Loki look the other way?
>>39704823We really do tend to leave Loki out of these things do we, huh?
>>39704842Loki will be the BBEG. Just saying.
>>39704854Oh, isn't he already?
>>39704894Ok, not BBEG, but more like BBEG's inside man.
>>39704636Oi mudhen, what's the inspiration for this score screen?
>>39704854LOKI DECEIIIIVES UUUUS
>>39704854If that turns out to be true, Loki can go fuck a horse.
>>39704959Oi, that's an insult to the horse
>>39704959>If that turns out to be true, Loki can get fucked by a horse.FTFY
>>39704959i thought its the way around?
>>39704918Not finished with comic, so wanted to do something quick since missed last week.Star Fox OST came on. Scribbled it out before started to fall asleep.Personally I'm hoping we don't lose any wingmates. That's my not so secret objective.Teaser pic included.
>>39705057>spoilerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ89B2kxdywI rather do hope we don't witness any of our wingmates go down in flames
>>39705057Speaking of AH, reminder that >>39705087is the MVP theme for the SHARK BASTARD tourney emblemAlso, the SHARK BASTARD T-50 carries MPBMs because lolTrinity
>>39705105Yeah, it's okay.Fucking wish I had that T50 Akula though. Booted out of the hundreds on the last. Fucking. Day. I now have NO stocked fuel
>>39704778"Hahaha, I have no idea what you're talking about!" You force a laugh. "Nobody out here but us Wild Cards!"Huh, I suppose it might be some technical glitch." Loki mumbles as he puts two and two together. "I'll reboot the system, then. See if that fixes up the problem."Well, that bought you a little more time."So uh, Angel, Magnet, anything me and Stripes should be know about this?" You finally speak up on the open channel. "Don't ask me. I have no idea what the hell is going on." Amy grunts."Oh dear, I never expected to have to explain this..." Lilian says. "Everybody, this is by fiance, Shiba Kazama. Shiba, this is my squadron, the Wild Cards.""Pleasure." Shiba says as his Tigershark waggles its wings as a show of respect. "I suppose I got you all to thank for keeping Lilian safe.""That's MY line!" Lilian tuts. "I assume we can thank you, Mr. Simon.""Shit, just call me Mickey. Mr. Simon sounds like my grandpa." The Tomcat pilot snorts."How the heck do you know Amy, anyways?" Lara asks."Ha, me and her dad used to be mercs in the Belkan War!" Mickey says nostalgically. Shiba's dad was also part of our crew. Decided to keep an eye on him to repay a few debts I owe his old man.""Still not ringing any bells." Amy grumbles. "And how long are you gonna follow us for?""Jeez, looks like she hasn't picked up any of her old man's manners!" Mickey cackles. "Actually, Greg didn't have much in the way of manners either.""Q-quit talking about my dad like that!" Amy wails."Anyways, looks like we've overstayed our welcome." Mickey grunts. "Come on, Shiba, let's get out of here.""Um, see you guys later." Shiba says sheepishly he turns around. "Actually, maybe not, because we might end up having to fight...">Looking forward to flying against you sometime.>Why don't try joining up with Artemis...?>Other
>>39705151>>Why don't try joining up with Artemis...?
>>39705130I feel your pain. I refuse to buy fuel, buying the campaign season pass was enough.
>>39705151>Why don't try joining up with Artemis...?Oh man, I love making business deals in the middle of a Furball.>Shin's sonAwww.
>>39705159I bought some once on the month of release when I thought you couldn't go without, and haven't since. It's all been challenges or random drops. I had amassed 88 at the start of the Akula tourney.All gone now.
>>39705151>>Other"So are we, i guess. I hope we meet again in more friendly time."
>>39705151>>Looking forward to flying against you sometime.>inb4 the fiance has to fight in order to prove that he's worthy
>>39705151>>Why don't you try joining up with Artemis...?"You can have planes that aren't older than you are and leaders that don't follow the "quantity over quality" philosophy. Plus, it'd be a lot easier to keep an eye on Lilly...?
>>39705151>Why don't try joining up with Artemis...?
>>39705191>Implying Mickey would drop his beloved 'Cat
>>39705173 Pretty awful. I usually wait to amass those daily 3, play thru em, then fly 3 more 12hrs later. That way I can get the stocked fuel from the "6 flights in 24hrs challenge". It's a damn shame.
>>39705151>Why don't try joining up with Artemis...?because we are on the winning side
>>39705201It'd be more for ogling purposes than anything else.
>>39705151"Hey, why don't you guys try joining up with Artemis?" You ask. "You know, that way we'd be on the same side, and you won't be treated as cannon fodder by your bosses, considering they make you fly in those outdated deathtraps.""Heh, it's not as bad as it seems." Mickey chuckles. "Besides, what kind of self respecting mercs would be we if we dropped our employer like that? Never backed out of a contract in the Belkan War, and I'm not about to start now!""Y-yeah. What he said." Shiba says in agreement."Shiba, you didn't even fight in the Belkan War." Lilian points out. "And I never did agree with you going into such a dangerous line of work...""I could say the same to you." Shiba huffs. "You don't even need the money. Why are you flying?""I-" Lilian pauses, as if not sure how to answer that question. "Oi, Shiba, it's time to go." Mickey grunts. "Looks like duty calls.""Okay." Shiba says somewhat reluctantly as the Tigershark and Tomcat turn to head back to Dahl space.You find your trigger finger twitching as you watch them leave. It would be so easy to knock their planes down now and force them to punch out so you wouldn't have to later in... less controlled circumstances.Then again, something about that didn't seem fair.>Try and shoot them down.>Let them go on their way.>Other
>>39705308>Let them go on their way.We do not shoot people in the back. Such would bring shame to the knightly house of Weiss.
>>39705308>Let them go on their way.Honoraburu Knighto.>Shiba is that smug-faced bastardAW FUCK NO
>>39705308>>Let them go on their way.Wonder what we'll find in our next Vault hunt. Maybe a Survival Pistol for pilots, or something.
>>39705308>>Let them go on their way.
>>39705308>Let them go on their way.
>>39705308>>Let them go on their way.Friendly bunch of guys. We really need all the friends we an get once the entire PMC business escalates into the next war.
>>39705308>>Let them go on their way.>>39705323Almost tempted to squeeze off a shot. Almost.
>>39705308>Let them go on their way.Lilian would flip out if we shot down her fiancé this way.
>>39705348I hope his sue powers don't appear here.>Urge to launch nuke at Shiba rising...
>>39705369Damn it, now I wish we kept the nuke from the Vault so we have one to fire at him.
>>39705394>And then you realize he can negate a Trinity to the face
>>39705405.....now i must see this.For science.
>>39705394And then he used bullshit to return said nuke back to you.
>>39705308"Hey, Valk, should we..." Lara starts."Nah. Wouldn't really be that fair of a fight, then." You say. "You really want that?""Yeah, you're right." Lara agrees. "But that means we might have to face him in battle again. A real battle. Lilian... are you prepared for that?""I...I don't know." Lilian says uncertainly."And Amy, that other guy seemed to be your Dad's bro, too." Lara continues."Yeah, that's... ugh." Amy sighs.>You'll have to figure that out soon.>Maybe you two should sleep on it.>Other
>>39705463>You'll have to figure that out soon.
>>39705463>>Maybe you two should sleep on it
>>39705463>You'll have to figure that out soon.Suddenly SRW Z1 vibes...
>>39705463>>You'll have to figure that out soon. Can´t have any hesitation in a fight.
>>39705463>You'll have to figure that out soon.We did give them an offer to switch sides. It's not our fault they chose to remain loyal.
>>You'll have to figure that out soonWe can always give them the chance to back down. But if any of our wingmates end up dead because of them, we're perforating their parachutes.
>>39705517Oi oi, that is behavior unbecoming a knight there anon.
>>39703444I'm only catching up now, but why isnt Amy flying her superhornet?
>>39705554Just didn't. Stubbornness, I guess.
>>39705569Which is a pretty bad idea. The A-10 is obsolete and getting longer in the tooth every year.
>>39705584I mean, I can take up some revenge as much as the next pilot, but shooting them while they are in chutes is too much.
>>39705308Her fiance says no to joining her knowing that might mean fighting herWhat. The. Fuck?
>>39705463"Well, you're going to have to figure it out soon." You warn. "It's a big desert but a small sky out here. I can guarantee we'll come across them again.""I... I know." Lilian sighs, and stays quiet.The rest of the flight back is rather quiet.<<MISSION ACCOMPLISHED>>KILLSMiG-29 Fulcrum: 1300 x 2 = 2600TOTAL: 2600TREASURY: 37600---When you land, Lilian and Amy immediately get out of their cockpits and head back to the barracks without saying a word."That's odd, they're being awfully quiet today." Samantha frowns as she watches your two wingmates sulk off. "Did something happen?"You wonder if you should tell her about this veritable Romeo and Juliet story.>Tell Samantha.>Don't tell Samantha.>Other
>>39705618It's an honor thing.Nobody said doing the honorable thing was the smart way.
>>39705633>Tell Lara a story about star-crossed lovers and old family friends
>>39705633>Don't tell Samantha.If anyone else learns of the connection things might get baaaaaaaad
>>39705633>>OtherTell Lilly and Amy to tell Samantha.
>>39705633>>Don't tell Samantha.
>>39705633>Don't tell Samantha.
>>39705569But we bought it for her because the wartog is useless now, so why isn't she in it?>>39705618Yeah my suspension of disbelief just got obliterated, that didn't make any sense.
>>39705633>Tell Samantha.>>39705652What, you think Artemis will send assassins after them?
>>39705641It didn't seem like that at all, it seemed like ahoba said that because mickey said it, and him just blindly accepting that he might be forced to try and kill the woman he loves is retarded, hr didn't show any emotion at all about it
>>39705691No, but I doubt the company would take much of a gamble on the off chance one or both of them won't shoot at each other if they met in the unfriendly skies of B7R.If someone in Atlas gets wind of it, then our efficiency as a unit is in doubt and we'll not get sent on any more missions, meaning we don't get any more opportunities to blow up Vaults.
>>39705633>>Tell SamanthaShe's one of the only people able to help them out, why the fuck would we not tel her?
>>39705700>>39705690Given how many times we've let enemy pilots go and the fact that they know each other's planes on sight, I think it's really unlikely things will go bad that quickly. Mountains molehills etc.
>>39705633>Tell Samantha>>39705707That's fucking moronic, your shadowruns are going to fuck them over rather than help
>>39705725I'm a paranoid fuck when it comes to shit like this anon. With any luck we can tell her and it'll be all fine and dandy but I'll always have that little voice screaming "THIS IS A BAD IDEA AND HERE'S WHY" in the back of my head.
>>39705724They are fighter pilots in real combat on opposing sides, this isn't some simulation anon, what the fuck do you think will happen?
>>39705633>>Tell Samantha.holy eff you still running guys?
>>39705707>we'll not get sent on any more missions"Gee, let's ground one of our top performing units." Uh, no, I don't see that happening. And if they're that worried, they'll probably send us on patrols along the border with Hyperion instead of Dahl.
>>39705746Or making some behind-the-scene negotiation with Dahl.
>>39705739Merc started late because of Ultron so this is expected.
>>39705737...love will triumph over heat-seeking missiles and cannon shells?
>>39705766Add in some Hard Work too anon!
>>39705735>>39705735So because your irrationally paranoid, you would not even bother asking one of the few people who can help them out for that help? After all, its in Sam and the companies interests if one of their pilots doesn't not have to go up against the person they will marry, kind of ruins productivity and profits...>>39705750Fucking exactly, we need Sam's help on this.
>>39705633"Ah, well, you can say we had a bit of a reunion on that last patrol." You say. You figure at this point you could reliably trust on Samantha not to rat you out on sensitive matters. "Dide Lilian every mention that she had fiance? Name's Shiba Kazama.""Yeah, and that he also happened to be a merc." Samantha nods and then freezes in realization. "Don't tell me-""Yep. Turns out he's flying for Dahl." You confirm. "No shooting yet. "Shit, that's still gotta be awkward." Samantha frowns. "Doesn't explain Amy, though.""Yeah, that's where it gets real ridiculous. Apparently, Shib's the kid of one of her dad's old war buddies, and his mentor also happens be one of her dad's war buddies.""Shiiiiiiiiit." Samantha winces. "That's gonna be awkward as hell.""No denying that." Samantha nods and then pauses. "Wait a minute... Shiba Kazama... where have I heard that before...""Wait, you know him, too?" Lara's eyes widen."No, no, not personally, but I swear I heard that name somewhere before..." Samantha bites her lip before snapping her fingers. "Right! He's the son of the owner of Yamato Airlines! One of the biggest airline companies in the world!""What." You blink."WHAT?!?" Lara gasps. "If he's loaded, why's he scraping in an income on a merc's pay?""Who knows. Guess you'll have to ask him." Samantha shrugs. "Then again, why's Lilian running with us, then?"(cont)
>>39705786All right, fair points, I see where you're coming from. I'll try to tone it down.
>>39705793"Point." You concede. "Doesn't explain how you know him.""Used to be a big story a few years back. The Kazama's kid went AWOL and they've been looking for him, since. He probably joined up with Dahl under a fake name.""So he's a fugitive?!?!" Lara gasps. "No, a missing person." Samantha clarifies. "Last I heard, his parents were offering a huge bounty for information leading to his location. Not sure if you want to rat him out like that, but the option's there...""...what kind of bounty are we talking about?" You ask. "Well, the equivalent of 50,000 credits." Samantha says. "It's a pretty big one.""Dang." You whistle.>You could always use some more money.>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.>Other
>>39705798>>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.in other hand, BLACKMAIL MATERIAL.maybe.
>>39705798>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.
>>39705798>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.Dammit Shiba>Shin is now an airline ownerAh, finally where he belongs...
>>39705798>>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.We're not gonna fuck over someone Lillian cares about for cash. We'll shoot him down if it comes to it, but that's just dirty.
>>39705793>Right! He's the son of the owner of Yamato Airlines! One of the biggest airline companies in the world!Somehow I find this heartwarming. After all those years Shin finally gets his wish to be in the airline business.
>>39705798Seems like if one of his dad's old war buddies is watching out for him, either he had a really convincing argument or his pops is in on it.
>>39705853You got them mixed up MF.Also, that's actually pretty harsh, especially if Shin actually married his love interest in the manga.>Oh no my son is following his father's merc roots WHY ALL THIS AGAIN AGGGNHHHH
>>39705853>If Shiba is Shin's father...Think you mean son there MangaAnd godamnit Captcha stop making me wade through images of food. I've already eaten!
>>39705798>>If Shiba ran away, it was for a reason.
>>39705862Damn 4chan and their long post deletion period.
>>39705798>otherCan Sam pass a message to him somehow? Tell him that we don't want him flying against Lillian, and if he's stubborn and won't pick the smart choice of joining us, we'll call in the bountyIt's not like his reputation matters if he's flying under an alias>>39705802We totally should use it to blackmail him to at least atop flying for Dahl here, at best come fly for us
>>39705810No we wouldnt shoot him down unless he was gunning for us or the girls, at that point I think the marriage would be off
>>39705885If he gets forced to make the decision before he's ready might get resentful about it. We don't want that to screw with Lillian's relationship.
>>39705798"I dunno, it doesn't feel right ratting him out like that. If we're gonna beat some sense into his thick skull, it's gonna be in the air." You harumph."Heh, gotta respect that pilot's honor." Samantha nods. "I'll keep this quiet, then.""That's mighty nice of you." You observe."Well, I can't be a good boss if I don't earn the respect of my employees." Samantha puffs with pride. "Besides, it's a nice little tidbit to save for a rainy day."With that, Samantha gives you a slight nod and makes her exit. Smokey and his crew immediately get to work fixing up the planes, leaving you alone with Lara."Man, two lovers on opposite sides of the conflict..." Lara muses. "Sounds really damn romantic... like erm Romeo and Juliet! Yeah! Lilian and Shiba can be just like 'em!""You do realize that Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, right? They both die in the end.""AW, why'd you have to go spoil the ending for me?" Lara pouts."I... what? But that story's been around since foreve- you know what, forget about it." You sigh. Goddamn Lara. Maybe you should update Uncle on this? He'd be interested in this, but god knows he's got enough work to do already...>Tell Uncle>Don't tell Uncle>Other
>>39705926>>Tell UncleMight as well get his two cents. Maybe he'll know his uncle, give us a read on him.
>>39705926>>Tell Unclewhy not?At very least he might able to give us some advice.
>>39705926>Tell UncleHe´s family and hasn´t lead us astray. He even covered our fathers disappearance up.
>>39705926>>Tell Unclebut don't mention him by name. just ask for advice on what to do.
Hey, Ace combat q-Oh.oh my.>>39705926>Tell UncleI mean, it won't hurt, right?But then again....would uncle save this info? Or tell the bigwigs?
>>39706001He might remember it, but I don't think he's the type to spread things around unnecessarily.
>>39705926Well, you might as well tell Uncle about this. The moment you get back to your room, you pick up the phone and dial up Uncle."Ah! Karla, what do you need today?" Uncle says in his usual cheerful tone. "I'm afraid I don't have any solid leads just yet, but I'm sure I can narrow down the search area.""Yes, yes, but it's not about that." You say. "What do you know about Shiba Kazama?" "Oh, one of the great mysteries of the age! The heir to one of the largest airline companies in the world, just up and disappearing! Don't tell me you've actually come across him?""In fact I have." You say. "He's working as a merc for Dahl.""Interesting!" Uncle muses. "I wonder what set of circumstances would have him leave his privileged lifestyle...""Well, enough about that." You sigh. "Do you know anything in particular about him?""Not really, apart from the details everybody already knows before he disappeared. He wasn't considered a security risk so we never really bothered to do any serious background checking on him."All right, then what about Mickey Simon?""Now THAT is a name we know very well." Uncle grunts. "Served as a mercenary for the Allied forces in the Belkan War. He was part of the Ustian 88th Tactical Fighter Squadron. I believe your wingmate Amy's father was also part of that unit and... ah yes! Of course, a certain Shin Kazama was also a member of that unit. They were a particularly fearsome unit, second only to Galm Team. Obviously, Greg Gates and Shin Kazama retired after the Belkan War, but Mickey Simon continues to be a mercenary for hire. I guess out of all of them, he couldn't leave the lifestyle behind..."(cont)
>>39706031"Not sure whether to respect or pity that." You muse. "Indeed.""Oh right, how's Milly doing, by the way?" You ask, wondering how your little squire was doing."Very well, actually. She'll be eligible for active duty very soon. She's requesting to be able to fly an F-16 like you used to.""That's good to hear." You grin. "Anyways, I gotta go. Take care, Uncle.""You take care too, Karla." Uncle says happily. You then hang up the phone and drop down on your bed, staring at the ceiling. Today has just been an INCREDIBLY odd day...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week. Don't forget to catch the premiere of Vertical Tank Quest on Saturday and PJ Witches on Sunday!
>>39706035good run as always boss!
>>39706035Cheers big ears. See you next Friday!
>>39706035Great session, even if it felt like we were a little light on combat. Always a pleasure Merc!
>>39706035Thanks for the run Merc
>>39706035Today didn't have much combat, but this was just as hectic as if it was.Well, at least my head is.
>>39706066Well, the thread started rather late on the account of Ultron, so some stuff had to be cut, unfortunately!
>>39706086This thread makes me wish the recent Area 88 series hadn't been such awful shit.
>>39706096There was another one?
>>39706113Probably the best way of looking at it, yeah
>>39706031>Ustian 88th Tactical Fighter Squadron>88thOh u merc.
>>39706261what am I missing?
>>39707036Kazama, Mickey and Greg are come from a manga titled 'Area 88' about mercenaries pilots working for a fictional middle eastern country.Their base of operation is called 'Area 88'Area 88.88th Tactical Fighter Squadron.You getit?
>>39707098oh. the one with a LOT of fishbeds?