Prior Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/40728019/Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Maverick%20Hunter%20QuestThe IRC: suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com, #MHQThe Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterCommand//Pre-boot scan engaged//Reading//QLC matrices nominal//Run status OK//ERROR: LAST INPUT INTERRUPTED//Initiating integrity verification//Runtime check in progress//Initiating secondary startup//BIOS OK//System check//DNA Master boot sequence: Clear//DNA Slave boot sequence…///...Slave LIFE: Clear///...Slave EAS: Clear///...Slave WEAPON: Clear///...Slave SION: Clear///...Slave VION: Clear///...Slave HION: Clear//DNA boot sequence: Clear//Electrical systems discrepancy: Fail. Retry.//Checking...///...Error. Hardware not recognized//Evaluating damage///...Error. Hardware not found. Abort.//Electrical systems disabled///Channels diverted to ground mode//Onboard weaponry enabled//Combat Class A//Designation: LLN133-RN01 DIODE-ONE "Anode"You are maverick hunter Anode.And you are alive.
>>40854342Your eyes bolt open to find you're face-to-face with someone else, the wide, wild optics of a Steel Beret you don't recognize."Death to the maverick hunters," he hisses, raising a beam scalpel overhead in both hands.You seize him around the head and fling him across the room, crashing through a wheeled cart, medical tools clattering across the floor as you bolt upright on the repair bed.You recognize, dimly, the Fourth Overland med bay. Slumped against the far wall is one Lifesaver, clutching a wounded side, one arm hanging limp. His eyes are clear and focused, unclouded by pain, first on you, then to the Beret.The maverick pulls himself to his feet, grinning dangerously. The overhead lights flicker and dim with the dull thump of an explosion high overhead, reverberating through your feet. He begins to charge at you again, brandishing that scalpel.Act.>
>>40854344AWWWW FUCK YES>Kill the Beret with your blasters, got to save the Lifesaver (irony!) as fast as possible.
>>40854344>>40854375Seconding, fuck yes Anode!
>>40854375Thirding, and thank fuck, it's Anode. I'm not sure all is well though, those readouts don't look healthy or normal.
>>40854342>And you are alive.Yeeeeeeeeeessssssss!
>>40854404So our electric attacks are fucked but everything else.. might be okay? Maybe? Especially if they brought Em's flambard in with us.We really need to find out how far the 'saver got on repairing us, and where the other one is. I thought there were two of them, anyway.
>>40854427Yeah, but we might need to be concerned about is the new unknown hardware.
>>40854344Blaster to the face sounds pretty good about now
>>40854432By not recognized, I think it just means it can't find/connect to it properly.
>>40854443We're probably more or less dismantled
>>40854456so by the sounds of it, we're going to be fighting in our skivvies then?
Woo, woke up just in time to get in on the first votes of a new thread!Now if only I didn't have to go to work today.>Take down the beret, figure out what the hell is going on.Be sure to mind our fire, considering we're in friendly territory.
>>40854526We managed to 'bolt upright', so we can at least move that much.
>last thread shows how Mavericks mind-fuck their captives>get -1 on Em section, making him more susceptible to mind-fucks>Em taken aliveEm confirmed for mind-broken end-of-season boss.
>>40854375>>40854387>>40854404>>40854439>>40854536You sight on him with your cyclers and unload, twin streams of buster fire splashing across his armor as he barrels forward. He stumbles under the assault but presses on, and you leap to the right as he slashes wildly with the scalpel. He manages to slice through the repair bed, a cleft of damaged material clattering down atop the upturned instrument tray.You don't let up, pouring on the heat as he wheels to face you and lunges. You dash away a second time and finally hammer him down, the lunatic making strangled howls and clawing at you as he spasms and dies. The room falls into near-silence for a moment, only the faint, steady grinding rumble from overhead and the distant sounds of wailing alarms breaking the quiet.With considerable effort, the Lifesaver pulls himself to his feet, one arm still non-responsive. You recognize him by the sharpness in his eyes, still keen--it's the hardass one."...You're stable," is how he begins. "Our base is not.""What's happening?" you ask first, looking around the ruined medical facility."All-out attack. Doctor Doppler's gone maverick."Your hand goes to your stomach reflexively. "Yeah, I know." Your fingers find the white, unpainted surface of substitute plating--like when you needed a replacement arm and leg after Saetos. "...How bad is it?""Bad."You try to take stock of yourself--no melee weapons on you at all. Just your busters... your busters and your VWES, topped back up.>Blackout Rocket: 8/8>Lockon Hunter 16/16>Tumult Shell: 16/16>Highball Skipper: 16/16>Capacitor charge: NaN%...That's not good."You can't stay here," the Lifesaver says. "The unit needs you.">Tell me what happened.>I need my weapons.
>>40854643>>Tell me what happened.>>I need my weapons.>>You need help
>>40854643>>I need my weapons.
>>40854643>Tell me what happened.And we need to know where the flambard and other Lifesaver are, and if the 'saver's going to be okay here, or if we should get him somewhere fortified.
>>40854643>I need my weapons.
>>40854643Why are we asking what happened, we already know Doppler's gone nutty, and now is not the time to get the play-by-play on it.>Was there a sword with me when I got here, where is it?>Where is the rest of the unit to regroup with?If our loner sword isn't here, we're gonna have to go raid Em's collection unless we wanna just go all ranged.
>>Tell me what happened.>>I need my weapons.>>You need help
>>40854691We need to know whether there's anyone holding out, if comms are online, who in 4th might have gone Mav, if any orders have come through on what to do, etc.
>40854342>I need my weapons.
>>40854643Get your weapons and ask whats happening in the mean time if possible. At the very least we need to know where to go and where not to. Gonna suck not being able to use our electricity.. but maybe we can find a data bank to get our coil out?
Fuck yeah, MHQ!>>40854643>Tell me what happened.
Since NAQ didn't run this week, I will drop the final version of Cell Iko's colorjob here. And if the drawfag for this happens to show up or is here, great job man, and I hope I didn't butcher it too bad.
>>40854652>>40854656>>40854678>>40854691>>40854701>>40854702>>40854847>>40854863"I need my weapons. Were there...?""Beam sabers, yes." The Lifesaver indicates a small box (a few very noteworthy marks of plasma scoring on the lid), built into the wall. "Security lockdown... and I destroyed the key."Fuck. "Any getting them out?""Not while we're under attack. ...Here." He collects a beam scalpel from the upturned tray and pulls himself back upright with effort. "Try not to need it."You take the thing, just in case. Light, but not flimsy--though you don't doubt a little shear force would snap the handle in half. "Thanks. Are you going to be okay?""I'm stable. I can take care of the rest. Don't waste any more time--you're needed.""It's not safe here," you warn. Then again, it might not be safe anywhere."No, it's not." He makes no sign of leaving, instead carefully collecting a few of his tools and inspecting the damage to the repair bed. "Go," is all he says, without looking up.You need to find someone. Anyone.>Frog.>Schwarz.>Em.>India.>Seven.>Your Berets.>Other?
>>40855016>Your Berets.Are we going to try to go for Em's sabers?
>>40855016>Your BeretsRound em up, look for anyone else after. India, Frog, Schwarz, whoever, but get dose fuckin Berets.
>>40854984Lookin' pretty good. ...I really gotta get on reading that. Just been extra hectic lately with all this job shit going on.
>>40855016>Your Berets.They need us. And we need them.
>>40855041Don't worry, the QM makes the futa vote work.heheheh
>>40855016>Seven. Frog is likely still in Vienna, Em was still in the mav base, and Schwarz is still missing.
>>40855016The Berets should be first, followed by India, Seven and the others. Unlike Seven, Anode is good at leading and if we find the berets, we may find our russian buddy and the others as well.Either way, with just a scaple and range, we are either going to have to use CQC or sneaking if we want to conserve ammo. In short.. Anode, this is a sneaking mission!
>>40855016>>Frog.can proably take care of himself>>Schwarz.if he needs help we're all fucked>>Em.Should be fine seeing as he wasn't in here with you>>India.maybe, unless she got to a vehicle I'm not to sure how'd she handle ground combat... we never really did get her use to her land legs yet>>Seven....Ehhhhhhhhhhhh, if we happen to bump into him>>Your Berets.Probably seeing how they're the squishiest of everyone, plus we do technically lead them.>>Other?Honestly I say head to either the barracks or the hanger (whatever is closer) and team up with whoever you can find and we can go from there.
>>40855051Stealth you say?
>>40855100Top kek, but where the fuck did you even crop that from?
Welcome to Season 2, everybody!
>>40855110>>40855016Right here, bud.
>>Your Berets.Shits going south and all hell is breaking loose.Times like these are when you need backup, and its always good to have more guns pointing at the enemy.
>>40855129Aaaaand I completely missed that.Our crazy eyes are gone.
>>40855137>>40855085>>40855051>>40855043>>40855040>>40855032>>40855026You slide the beam scalpel down onto your hip plate, missing both your misericorde and the flambard. With one last look back at the Lifesaver--uprighting the instrument table and stoically preparing for more work--you turn to your own bloody business. https://youtu.be/CmwRQqJsegwThe hall is in ruins.It's nighttime in Geneva--the occasional boom and rattle through the windows matched by dust shaking loose from the roof. Small fires, spiderweb cracks, and loose rubble dot your way--you recognize from unfortunate experience the glossy metallic sheen of Reploid and the sticky, iron-thick wet of human blood alike.Ahead, the dim light of cramped, once-familiar passageways gives way to a brighter night outside. A massive attack helicopter mechaniloid--insect or arachnid, you can't really say--sparks and sizzles atop a mountain of rubble, crashed through the roof atop your building. Buried in concrete and debris up to its side, it provides a tall ramp, stretching out toward the night sky, brief blinks of green and red lights from energy weapons crisscrossing it.You climb. With one hand on the bared rebar in the wall, you look out under the night sky, onto Maverick Hunter Headquarters.Geneva is ablaze. In the distance, the city proper is almost disturbingly pristine, spotlights sweeping back and forth across clouded skies. The devastation seems to begin at the distant perimeter wall and build exponentially the deeper in you go. Fires--enormous fires--rage unfought and out of control on the once-pristine grounds. High overhead, an endless, swarming fleet of the attack choppers soar, casting a scathing barrage of lasers down as anti-air batteries spit hate and vengeance back at them.
>>40855364And out in the center of the campus, the central command building stands, bombarded on all sides by a constant assault. Fire from the base of the tower strobes across its cracked reflective windows, even as one of the antennas at the top of the building crashes to the ground, sheared by one of countless strafing passes. You find yourself staring, unable to take in the scene. This isn't hunting. This is war.You're not sure how long you watch, how long it takes to tear yourself away. Hopping back down into the wreckage of the Fourth's satellite base, you force the disquiet and the slowly building horror away, and move on. On a dimmed, flickering screen at the end of the hall, though, you see the unit roster, with information updated as of ten minutes ago.FOURTH OVERLANDACTIVE UNITS ROSTER>UNIT COMMANDER COLONEL HAMMER FROG - Active>Major Schwarzhund - MIA>Major Seven - Active>Captain Tanker Tigershark - Active>Captain Emerald - MIA>Captain Overclock Conda - KIA>Lieutenant Dash Dodo - Active>Lieutenant Glacier Gibbon - Active>Lieutenant India - Active>Lieutenant Anode - InactiveMIA. KIA. Jesus Christ, this is really happening, isn't it? Schwarz, Em...With nothing else to do, you make your way to the range.You're met by a wall. Upturned tables and range targets, chairs, stuff from the cafeteria and lounge you barely visit. And, after a moment, the barrel of a buster rifle, slowly sliding forward out of the pile."ARE HYUU A TRAY-TORRRRRR?" ...Is that LT?>
>>40855369Overclock Conda noooo! We just got your back story!Also, "Good to see you too LT. I'm here to provide back up and look for the berets. What's the situation?"
>>40855369LT, if I was a traitor, then Doppler wouldn't have given me a colonoscopy through a new hole.
>>40855369>Captain Overclock Conda - KIAthe fuck! thought he'd last a bit longer with him being in the intro story and all>"ARE HYUU A TRAY-TORRRRRR?" "Loony is that you?"
>>40855369At ease soldier, I'm here to help. What's your status?
I like how no-one gives a shit about Schwartz being MIA. Just a sense of, 'Oh, he'll turn up'.
>>40855475but muh conda
>Treachery is a violation of range safety.
>>40855369>>40855505Shit, yes. Changing to this.
>>40855505...it's to good to pass up, voting for this
>>40855403 herechanging vote to>>40855505
>>40855505We have to. We HAVE to.God, I missed this quest. Great to have you back, HC.
>>40855615Caught up on the other threads?
>>40855645Hell yes I am, the interludes were great. Especially Maverick.
>>40855505>>40855518>>40855538>>40855564>>40855595>>40855598>>40855615"Looey? Is that you?""I don't know, is that TRAY-TORRRRRRR?" he asks again, barrel aimed squarely between your eyes."Treachery is a violation of range safety," you offer, palms up. "... he's in," Looey mutters to someone behind him. A moment later, the barricades begin to clear away."Anode!" Comes a familiar voice full of genuine relief to see you. "Flak," you sigh--nice to see a friendly face. "Did everyone else make it?""I'm here," Susan says, coming out from beside his friend and slinging his own buster rifle. "Marx and Y are manning the other side."Around you are a collection of Steel Berets and Lanceteamers--along with a few of the range techs. But..."The humans didn't stay," Susan explains. "Your Russian friend and his handler tried to sneak out after to keep an eye on them, but...""No survivors. Traitor Beret pack." Flak clenches his fists, while Susan just shakes his head."Where are they now?""The Berets? Dead. Grach and Mike decided to stay out there and try to find other survivors.""Okay, what have we got for weapons?""Not much you could use, sir," Flak says sheepishly. "Maybe you could take a training saber, it could block a real one. For a while.""Okay, maybe. Who all's left here?" you ask."A few noncombat staff, mostly just enlisted looking for orders." >Got some for you. Fall in, we're hitting back.>You guys stay here and keep it secure. We can send friendlies here to link up.
>>40855707Maybe we could get them to secure the med bay?
>>40855707>You guys stay here and keep it secure. We can send friendlies here to link up.
>>40855707>Before we decide ask how hard they've been getting hit. If they're not be pushed to much I say have them hold and we can send wounded and other non combat personal back here, we'll even give them a pass code (have them say what we just told Loony).If they are getting pushed hard then I say take the lead and have them follow you. I'm not to sure how well they'd hold if a non mass produced model comes by to wreak shit so might as well take them with us so we can watch there backs as they watch ours.
>>40855707It'd probably be a good idea to have a secure spot for friendlies. AS is the place is filled with hostiles and moving fast is important right now.Still, we could take a training saber for blocking, and a decoy target from the range to use as a distraction/test the waters.Also, IF we use the nav line we need to be sure it's not tapped. No sensitive info, just the basics before we are sure.
>>40855707>>40855800Seconding this guy.
Hunter, Labs. Questiondid we upgrade our Berets yet or no? I honestly can't remember if we just talked about it or actually did it
Let's get this intro stage started.
>>40855858We bought their stuff, don't know if they have it with them. If not, we need to get it for them. The armour and weapons at least.
>>40855707>>40855800I can get behind this vote too.>>40855867niccccccce
>>40855867Holy motherfucking son of a cock.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2z8smOnwok>>40855867Nice work, M8
>>40855867You forgot to add in all the bodies of the 4th.
>>40855867Damn son! Nice work.
>>40855867was it a full-beam lance? i was under the impression it was more like a mundane lance with a beam blade tip.
>>40856039Full blade or bust.
>Meet with one of the techs to swap your wonky grenades out, getting the razor wire in exchange>Use the weapons recharger in the range to spam it, turning this place into a fortified nightmare of razor webs>Grab a couple of those armored levitating range targets (the ones we tested blackout rockets on way back when) to use as decoys>You guys stay here and keep it secure. We can send friendlies here to link up.
>>40856117>>Meet with one of the techs to swap your wonky grenades out, getting the razor wire in exchange>>Use the weapons recharger in the range to spam it, turning this place into a fortified nightmare of razor websThis is a good idea and you should feel good.
>>40855867You glorious son of a bitch
>>40856117The grenades are fine, it's the capacitor that's reading NaN%. Still, I support this. Skipper probably fits us the least.
>>40856117I like the way you think. Voting for this.
>>40856188According to IRC, Doppler yanked out our capacitor. Don't expect to recharge it any time soon.
Stand by, was just doing something incredibly important that definitely wasn't farming Earth Crystals in Monster Hunter.<Juroko> ..we lost our capacitors for good didn't we?<~Hunter_Command> So, you know how Anode was dealing with all kinds of paranoia about his electrical capacitor systems being used for self-heals?<Cain_Labs> oh don't be ridiculous, your Charge Capacitors are an integral part<anotheranon> Uh-huh.<~Hunter_Command> You know how Doppler has a self-healing electrical field when you fight him in X3?<anotheranon> ... oh fuck.<Cain_Labs> ...of Dr. Doppler
>>40856220Interesting. So if we replaced our electrical system and fought Doppler, would his field heal us as well?Asking since I haven't played X3 and don't know how far the field extends, etc.
>>40856243Basically, it's a little counter he does when you shoot at him while he's ready for it. He throws up a green electric field around himself, and he's healed after the first tick of damage for the remainder of the attack.He can heal Z-saber damage, too. Until you know the timing, it can be Frustrating.
>>40856259Well... gotta look for the silver lining (since those conduct electricity!). We have an upgrade to look forward to.
>>40856274Assuming X doesn't steal it and Hunter command (in game command, not OP) lets us keep it.
>>40856299Yeah, in-universe Hunter Command would be pretty upset at a self-healing system being built into us. We can always dream, though.
>>40855707"What's your status here?" you ask.Flak scratches his nose. "We're holding pretty strong, but nothing's really tried to make a push for us yet. I don't think we're a very high priority target.""Not that there's any of those left," Susan adds bitterly."Hold on, first thing's first. We've still got power, yeah?""Yeah, why?""Could we do a VWES swap, real quick? I'm down my capacitors and melee, I could use a little more Batman in my kit."Even Susan smiles tiredly at that. "It's nice to have you back and saying stupid shit, sir. And yeah, I think Tenpenny could get you set up.""Heh, thanks. How are comms?"His frown returns. "Shot. You can get bits and pieces, but they're jamming anything outside local range. No word from Colonel Frog or HQ, and believe me, we've been trying.""There's a Lifesaver still running the med bay. Maybe you could send word to him that this place is safe." You take a training saber--feels almost comically small, like a slightly larger knife, next to the big two-handers you've been swinging around. Still, every little bit helps. "That fine, Looey?""No." He frowns and pauses, examining the signs of battle around him. "...Yes." "Thanks."That leaves you with some options--you could help fortify the barricades with T. Coils, though it'll take some time. It might also leave them strong enough that taking your team of four Berets off the line won't be a problem if there's an attack.>Swap out VWES entities?>Take or leave fireteam?>Other?
>>40856359>Swap out VWES entities?Yeah.>Take or leave fireteam?Yes to this too.Fortify as well. Our chances of finding anyone wandering around without help are probably pretty small given the size of the base, so we need as much support as possible, and I don't feel comfortable pulling our team out without additional defense here.
>>40856359Grenades out, coil in. Keep the fire team here and set up a defense parameter with the wire if need be. then we batman to other places.
>>40856359Swap out hiball skippers for coils, fortify the place, check if our team has their upgrades.
>>40856359>Swap out VWES entities?Get Coils, drop 'nades>Take or leave fireteam?Leave them
>>40856359>Swap out VWES entities?Need coils.>Take or leave fireteam?Leave.
>>40856359>Swap out VWES entitiesGet our batman kit>Take or leave fireteam?We are already down our lance and our Capacitors so we should take the extra fire power
>>40856359Fortify the area so they've got a chance to defend if needed. We need those coils to probably proceed decently and make sure the team's got what they need. Switch grenades for coils as we don't know how stable the rest of the area is and lest we destroy everything we know.
>>40856359Coils is a must, really. It is a huge boost in flexibility. As for the Bravely Broken? If they have their gear, its go time.
Fortify, make sure you got knee-high wires along each wall. You'll catch that damn kool-aid man.
>>40856592Here baby, let me make it up to you. With a clip of Anode here catching>>40856496guess who!
>>40856727My God, it's full of stars.
>>40856359"Have you guys got your upgrades yet?""Buster rifles yes, everything else no," Susan says."Then stay here," you decide. "But before I go, I'm going to switch gear." Tenpenny's looking a bit perturbed by everything--you can tell that the humans not trusting them and going off to get themselves killed didn't do them any favors....Neither did whoever leaked that you killed humans on the Grach op, come to think of it. They can't exactly be comfortable around you in light of all this, the ones that know.You get out of their hair in a hurry, switching over your grenades for the old standby coils. You go through an entire set of them cabling off the fortified points--helping secure the barricades in place and leaving low triplines for any potential aggressors to have to wade through. You top back up and run the cables through the bracket mounts you installed on your forearms, ready to zipline. "I am the night again," you mutter to yourself. "You sure you don't want us along?" Flak asks."No," you admit, "but we need a strongpoint.""Where are you gonna go?">Em's lab. See if I can get ahold of some of his sabers.>Look for Frog. Maybe we can get a signal from the command room.>Look for personnel (specify?)>Other
>>40856909>Look for Frog. Maybe we can get a signal from the command room.
>>40856909>Look for personnel (specify?)India. If she doesn't have a vehicle she probably needs our help.
>>40856909Head to Ems, get a proper melee and then get to seeking out Frog. No sense walking around without one of our strong points.
>>40856909>Em's lab. See if I can get ahold of some of his sabers.
>>40856909>Em's lab. See if I can get ahold of some of his sabers.We need REAL melee weapons. Plus, it's not like Em is currently able to complain, and we're in the middle of an emergency. Once we're kitted, we'll find Frog.
>>40856909Seconding >>40856951, we need something melee and then a way to find out what else is (or isn't) going on. If we just don't have time for a melee weapon, make 100% sure we're topped off and head for Frog or India. (depending on who we need to access more.)
Elsewhere in IRC.<Juroko> Hey! Bazooka Baby is a valid Hunter and has worked hard in the Artillary unit.
Em's Quartermaster, isn't he? Will his lab have additional general supplies for other base personnel there, or are those separate from his lab?
>>40856951>>40856967>>40856991>>40857000>>40857006"I'm gonna hit the labs," you say. "See if I can grab one of Emerald's melee weapons.""Ah." Susan's expression freezes. "...You realize that the Captain is--""Yeah, I know," you reply grimly. You're trying not to think about it. "I guess I'll see you guys.""Good luck, sir." Flak replies, saluting. LT mimics the action silently, and Susan nods.The way through is clear, but it's riddled with small arms fire, battle damage, and more signs of life--and death. You barely recognize the once-familiar passageway to the lab. Approaching the door, though--"I--no, no, that's--how? When?!"It's Em.You sprint ahead and through the door to find him staring up at the far wall's terminal screen, hanging from one corner, image fuzzed with static, but still transmitting--barely. Em lies on the floor, laid against a table with his back turned to you, your lance by one side and his helmet dangling from his fingers on the other."I'm sorry, Em," says the Reploid on screen--some sort of albatross Reploid, with hunter insignia, before looking up at you. "You've got company."Em slowly turns to face you, the look on his face one of utter defeat. His eyes are wide and unfocused, one arm hanging limp at his side. The back of his plating is still crushed in from the back from the escape from Shiva, but now scored across his front is a long, deep gash--deep enough to punch through the armor entirely. You can see damaged systems beneath, melted wiring and synthetics suggesting some melting of his internals under intense heat."Anode," he murmurs, voice faint. "My brother is dead.""I've got to go, Em," says the Reploid, still looking at you. "I think Flaminglow is dead. That leaves me ranking officer here. ...Good luck," he adds lamely, cutting the connection.>
Em's lab is right next to the arsenal. High priority target.
>>40857211>Get Em to safety (either back to your team or the Lifesavor) and then raid the arsenal. Couple of birds with one stone. Even better, if things are looking that grim, better to let no one get the arsenal than the bad guys...
>>40857211Ohhh.. oh dear. And Diamond is the one who was suppose to kill him if he goes maverick.Be a friend. Offer him support and if he does ask then tell him that we'll be there if the need arises. Either way, we do need to gear up to try and prevent further loss of life. Gonna need a lot of drinking and bro support by the end of today for everyone.
>>40857211Sympathize, hug if needs be, tell him everyone else still needs him. Get him to Lifesaver or back to Berets. Raid arsenal for great justice.Full bro 'you're alive!' later.
>>40857211"I'm sorry. For everything. We'll make sure Diamond gets the honors he deserves, but right now, we have to get out of this alive first. I need two things from you, Em: your focus, and my lance."
>>40857211>Embrace him. Bro hug. Hard.>>40857259Damn CL, you are tearing me apart here.
>>40857259Will you stop for two fucking seconds? The sadist angle is unbecoming.
>>40857211Hug it out. "Can you stand, how bad is the damage? Som berets have set up camp in the range, you should be safer there until you get patched up. If you're fit to fight feel free to join me to the Command Room."Is it now that it should dawn on him that he doesn't know what happened to Cathode?
>>40857211>>40857288>>40857307>>40857308>>40857314I don't think there's anything we can really say to help him right now.I suspect hugs and motivational speeches might make things worse.
>>40857330Welcome to the Fou- thread!Predicted Cain Lab's sadism levels for the next three threads range from 'very high' to 'oh god we're all gonna die', with slight rises into 'oh god i wish we were dead'. Have a nice day!
>>40857337No, we're in denial. CATH IS FINE. EVERYTHING IS FINE.
>>40857341Of course there isn't. Em got the news literally two seconds ago. It doesn't change that he still has Sapphire and that HQ is currently under siege, so we don't have time to mope.
>>40857211On your feet Soldier, we need to get you patched and back in action, we can mourn our losses once we secure the right to live another day
>>40857337>>40857382It's not like we can find out what happened to Cathode yet. Most of the campus is jammed, so I doubt we can raise her.
No hugs right now you faggots. We need Em to focus and to help clear out HQ. He can grieve later.
>>40857418Seconded. All is not fair in war but we've got to keep moving. We don't want something worse to happen while we're standing still.
>>40857341You do have a point, but we cannot be completely soulless. The guy lost not only a brother but the one person who would put him down if he went maverick. We don't need to be super feelsy, just show support and be willing to be there for him. We don't want a berserking grieving, damaged Emerald going straight for the enemy.
>>40857482Nor a catatonic one, which is how he looks to be heading. Guy needs his bro right now.
>>40857494We should probably stress to Em that our capacitors are completely missing from our chassis and that we feel REALLY VULNERABLE right now without our weapon(s).In fact, I'm not sure how much that's really set in yet for Anode. His electrical capacitors, his defining gimmick and source of much of his strength, are GONE.
>>40857552Let's swoon into his arms and beg him to save us, that'll kick his CPU into gear.
>>40857552>In fact, I'm not sure how much that's really set in yet for Anode.Probably not at all, having woken up in the middle of all this chaos. I'm sure later on he'll have a hard time of it.
>>40857552At least he got his big stick back.
>>40857211For a moment, the attack goes out the window, and you pull Em up and into a hug. He totters in place limply, but when you set him down, he manages to remain standing. "I'm sorry, man.""...Yeah," he manages. "I don't...I can't believe any of this.""I know." You try to get his focus on the here and now. "You're hit pretty bad. Are you okay?"He nods dumbly. Before you can ask about it, the terminal behind you winks on again, static dispersing under an incoming signal, letters reading FOURTH OVERLAND flickering on the screen. You and Em share a look, some sense finally coming back into his eyes, and he slowly reaches over to hit the connect button.Crankshaft comes on screen. "Who's the--Em, you're alive? Where were you?""Just got back," he mumbles. "I managed to hijack a pad after... I don't know. A day? And came back to...""This," Crankshaft nods, turning to you. The picture jumps here and there, and after a moment you realize he's on the road, talking as he drives. "Anode. Good to see you're up. You okay?""Not...really, no.""Yeah, I know. Me neither. Who's left?"You shake your head. "I don't know. I only just woke up. Conda's listed KIA.""Damn it. But that means someone put that in.""Is that good, or bad?" you ask."Son, I have absolutely no idea. But we need to find out. First off, I need you to find Frog. I'm driving Yuzuki to safety, she's up on the gun. We made as many runs as we could, but I've got to her out of here. Em, you good for more?""I--yeah. Yeah."
>>40858009"That looks pretty bad. Stay in the Fourth, do what you can here. Anode, do whatever you need to and then get to central HQ. That's where Frog was last, and I can't get anyone there on comms." Ranks and structure forgotten in the wake of the attack, you just nod. It dawns on you then that Crankshaft's done this once before--when it was Sigma, not Doppler. "Okay, good. I'll be in touch as soon as I can. I need you to stay focused. And watch out, both of you. We don't know who's friendly or not.""Noted," you reply grimly. "Good luck, boys.""You too, Cranky. Out." You cut the line, leaving the two of you in the wreckage, backlit by the terminal screen static.Em turns back to you after a moment. "Hey... any word about Cathode?""No," you reply. "Trying not to...""Yeah. Yeah, okay.""I could use my lance, capacitors are gone. Lifesaver's got your sword locked down for now."He nods and collects both it and his helmet, handing you one and turning the other over in his hands. "What should I do? What are you gonna do?">
>>40858034Raid the armory and head out to find frog.Wif there is a good path we can load up on extra stuff and give it to the berets at the fortification.
>>40858034Em: Go to the Lifesaver, get a once-over, then link up at the firing range and hold out.Anode: Head for the armory, get kitted, and make the run to central HQ. See if anyone else can be raised, like India.
>>40858034>You should take a quick trip down to the range and see about the doc at least getting that hole in you plugged. Then we round up my boys and get rolling on HQ as best geared up as we can.
>>40858034"Em, you go get patched up and link up with the others at the range. I'll go find Frog."
>>40858034I think Em should hit up the armory instead, maybe with our help. He can bring some stuff to the firing range to help them fortify further while we move on to the command center.
>>40858116I can agree. At the very least Em needs to be patched up before he can go into heavy combat. He can take his sabers to the berets as well since they only really have training sabers.Anode will need transportation to get to HQ fast and checking in to make sure india and seven are ok along with any weaponry we can get would be good.
Loot armory>use mechanaloids and drones to grab as much as you can carry, >weld the doors shut with a couple scuttling charges, >Send Em back to the range with weaponry>Head for command
Wait. Would Cranky's bullshit Mav device be stored in the armoury?
>>40858335If I can take a page from the good Mr. Labs's book, here...NOT ANYMORE
If it was, there wouldn't be an armory around anymore
>>40858335Nah, that'd be in the hangar, wouldn't it?
>>40858034Em and us to armory, then Lifesaver, then Em taking weapons to Berets and us going to Frog.
>>40858335Probably not. It's probably where the mechaniloids are stored.BTW, we're only missing our capacitor, right? We could still tank electricity by routing it through our grounding coil or whatever, couldn't we?
>>40858376I thought Seven already went there, and there didn't seem to be anything except that 'loid he took.
>>40858414Anode wouldn't know that, though.
>>40858455Yeah, I was just checking meta-wise.
>>40858034"Let's hit the armory, load up as much as we can, and then get it all back to the Berets at the range," you decide. Despite outranking both you and Cranky, Em just nods. "Could you give them some sabers for now?""Maybe the short ones," he says. "They haven't had training on longer weapons and now's not the time to start." You stow your lance, happy to have your weapon back, tossing Em the training saber you grabbed. "You've got more mounts, you take it." He adds it to a small pile as he grabs a few more from storage. "Some of my better weapons are damaged or run down. Still got my dirk and my lo-beams, though. Should be enough.""They should have a Lifesaver, too. You should at least get your shields topped up."Em nods, falling silent once again. Before long the two of you head back out."...Oh, fuck," you hear him murmur as you reach the mound of rubble with the downed attack chopper. "Yeah. It's all over.""No, I mean..." he climbs up. "Jesus. The Pond."Your heart drops. "What?""It's burning." >You get these to the Berets, I'll check it out.>It can wait. Let's drop these off and then I'll go.>Forget it. We've got bigger fish to fry.
>>40858932>You get these to the Berets, I'll check it out.Now THIS is a warcrime.
>>40858932>You get these to the Berets, I'll check it out.We could use a giant axeman on our side.
>>40858932>It can wait. Let's drop these off and then I'll go.
>>40858932>It can wait. Let's drop these off and then I'll go.Em's in no shape to be fighting alone. Get him to safety first.
>>40858932Keep going, get the Beret's armed, I'll take a look.
>>40858932>You get these to the Berets, I'll check it out."You can't drink with that hole in you, anyway - you'll just leak all over your feet."
>>40858932>Forget it. We've got bigger fish to fry. Yes, it's important but we were also tasked with getting to Frog and the others. You want to make a small pitstop on the way, go ahead but honestly, I think we need to delay a stop there for the moment.
>>40859023I just spat cookies all over the screen, thank you.
>>40858932>>It can wait. Let's drop these off and then I'll go.A quick stop. We really have better things to be doing though.
>>40858932>Forget it. We've got bigger fish to fry.
>>40858932>You get these to the Berets, I'll check it out.
IRC says Emerald is extremely low on HP and charge, just in case it makes any difference.
>>40858932This is truely the darkest day. We should probably get there to rescue any civilians or injured before it goes down completely. If the grounds are close, Em can get there on his own. If not, we escort him back and we use the coils to rush right back. Save those we can.
>>40859101Calling vote here, wins by 1. Mostly because I know the instant I'm done writing the other choice will surge ahead.
>>40859195I thought for a minute you meant this was a terrible decision, and once you finished we'd all be screaming 'why didn't we take the other choice!?'Then I realized you were just talking about a couple more votes could come in while writing, and my jimmies were less rustled.
How's everyone enjoying the return? I think things are only going to get better.
>>40859529Better for you, or us?
>>40859529I hope you mean better for us and Anode, not for your appetite for our tears. But yeah, loving it. Glad to have MHQ back, I've been nuts waiting for it.
>>40859101>>40859023>>40859022>>40858973>>40858970"I'll go. You get to the range.""...All right," he says. "Be careful.""You too. ... Thanks, Anode." With that, the two of you split off. You try comms, just in case--still nothing but static. ...Unfortunately, as you get closer, you realize--the grounds are littered with signs of battle. Recent ones.-----You are Dash Dodo, B-rank. And with nothing but a clipped warning from Seven, your entire world has been undone. Here you are, sprinting around the side of the headquarters building, trying desperately to make it ahead of an S-class threat looming on the grounds.That S-class happens to be your oldest friend."I know you're in there, Schwarz!" he bellows, hurling a broken body aside. "You and me! One on one! All the way! No tricks!""Schwarz is gone, Tanker," you reply by way of greeting, eyeing him warily as you slow to a halt. "He's not avoiding you.""Yes he IS!" Tanker roars, slamming his giant fist into (and through) the wall. No one's coming out to challenge him, any more--they're either too afraid, or all dead. "You can't...I can't let you do this." You try to force down your fear, knowing how hopeless this is."Yeah, Dodo?" Pulling his fist out, crushing another chunk of wall to powder in the drill bits. "You gonna take me on? I'll let you, but you know me..."Yeah. Yeah, you do. If you come at him with everything you've got... he's not going to hold back for anything. You can't win. You CAN'T win.Second by nervous second ticks by, and you know you can't keep the shark's focus forever. You've got a few quirks and tics, and you feel yourself going through all of them."I'm gonna make you an offer no one else would get. Just walk away, Dodo." Tanker says, smiling magnanimously with a mouthful of bloody teeth. "I won't blame you. No one will. Or... you can take the first shot." He puts his arms out wide, grinning like a kid in a candy store.......>
>>40859529Despite the despair and things being on fire and people dying, pretty fun.
>>40859604>Take the fucking shot, and lead him awayWe're fast. Let's use it.
>>40859604So Tanker is Mav then?
>>40859604Schwarz got us upgrades for Christmas. May as well use them. Take the first shot, lead him in the direction of other baddies if we can.
>>40859604Can we get an ability rundown on Dodo? He's a refit civ model, so it's probably not gonna be much, especially against an S, but knowing what we can do will help a lot.
>>40859694Was that canon?
>>40859666Well I'm uncertain. I mean, he does have human blood all over his jaws, also some Reploid blood-stuff, but I suppose there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation.
>>40859760Honestly, though? Tanker's the only one I'd accept might have an excuse for that sort of thing. His proximity to bloodshed of any kind is pretty constant.
>>40859760Hey, he could have bitten some blood-covered mavericks, that'd explain it.
>>40859604>Take the shot and run.
>>40859820Maybe he has healing saliva, and was putting his mouth to people's wounds to fix them. What a great guy!
>>40859604Aaaagh. I have no idea what to do... Dodo is all about harassment and quick movement, I think?My inclination is to just keep harassing Tanker for as long as possible. Dodo might not be able to do much damage, but Tanker is really single-minded... the madder he gets at Dodo, the less damage he'll cause to everyone else in the meanwhile.Just remember the most important thing. X is a B-rank, too.
>>40859604Aw man, not Tanker! I actually really liked that guy.
>>40859883Dodo = XUh. Well. Points for optimism?
>>40859883Yeah. But Dodo ain't X. >>40859911...seriously? The dude has always been like five seconds from Mav anyway. Hell, he might have been a Mav the entire time. >>40859604...take the shot. Then fucking move like we've you've never moved before.
>>40859760To be fair, you made it very ambiguous at times what fluids are from which sources, and plenty of reploid blood to go around today.Also, a pity about Overclock and Diamond, I was hoping to get them friends in and out of their division. Anything you can share on them so I can make their loss hurt more when my guys hopefully hit Doppler?
>>40859943I'm kinda pissed we JUST got Overclock's backstory, and suddenly DEAD OFF SCREEN WOOP WOOP.
>>40859883X also doesn't go all-out normally. He's SA when it counts, easy.
>>40859911Maverick sympathizer detected
>>40859961The report says he's dead, just as it said Em was still MIA. Who knows if that's right?
>>40859961KIA just means someone made the data entry. For all we know, he entered that himself and is busy going full subterfuge while fooling the enemy into thinking he's dead.... Blind optimism? What are you talking about?
>>40859985Yeah, maybe he was just captured and put right back into the Mav brainwash chamber for another few years!Optimism!
>>40860015Yippee! He can keep Wisent company!
>>40859604Take a shot and run like the littlest bitch ever.
>>40857361I dunno, I kind of agree. It throws the tone off a little bit when the story is being told and a tragic emotional moment is happening, and then CL is all like HAHAHA FUCK YOU GUYS THIS IS FUNLike, it's not a huge issue and at the end of the day I'm not going to make a big fuss about it, but still
This i around the side of the HQ, nowhere near the Pond, right? So it probably wasn't Tanker who trashed the place.
>>40859604This isn't a simulation room or sparring circle. You have space, room to run. If he disengages, hit him and run again. Harass this SA-class mofo out of the fight.
>>40860167Eh, it's Cain Labs. He's put so much time, thought and effort into hurting u- I mean, this quest, I just kind of suck it up and deal.
>>40859604You're gonna want to stop this guy from getting anywhere else. Even if it means laying it all on the line. Even if you can disable his movement or limit his firepower, something is better than nothing.
>>40859710Dodo is equipped with the following:>GL7A Disarmer Custom shield-penetrating stun weapon, left arm. Not designed for high-class targets.>P521 Tactical Approach Buster Rifle Custom, right arm. Military-grade buster weapon, arm-and-shoulder mounted. Capable of mid-level charge. Scoped and capable of accurate fire from high speeds, or on high-speed targets.>Blitz Blur optic disruption weapon, mouth. Emits a burst of patterned light that leaves a Dodo afterimage in the foe's brain for a few milliseconds. Provides enough time to run.>Adler APOC5 Custom "Mauritius" photon missiles, wind compartments, 3x4 sets. Small flying energy balls, fired in pairs. Moderate travel time, will propagate for a bit on impact with a solid surface.>Rapid Acceleration System: Non-exhaust-burst acceleration system that overcharges leg fiber structure and permits long bursts of considerable speed and acceleration. >Polku Custom accelerated motion pather: Guidance system that reads the illuminated environment with Blitz Blur and feeds the data to the RAS. Helps path rapid travel faster than Dodo would otherwise be capable of safely navigating.So, engaging or retreating?
>>40860266>So, engaging or retreating?
>>40860266Reiterating my previous vote for hit and run. Keep his attention.
>>40860266Maintaining my vote as >>40860099
>>40860266Let's engage. Granted, our tactics would be a little hitting, and a whole lot of running.Keeping him distracted is good. Maybe we can bait him into smacking around some of the other invasion forces. He's not the most discriminating of fighters.
>>40860266Both. Hit Tanker with photon missles to draw aggro, then run like a bitch.
>>40860266>>40860344This is a good plan.
>>40860266We are the Aegis Garm to his Sigma. Even if we can't win, we have to distract him for the sake of everyone else.Godspeed, Dash Dodo.
>>40860266>>Rapid Acceleration System: Non-exhaust-burst acceleration system that overcharges leg fiber structure and permits long bursts of considerable speed and acceleration.MASC ENGAGED
>>40860344Keep in mind to use all we can to keep far, far ahead of him. The Blitz Blur, the dash systems and all the accruements. Make sure he can never get a solid bead on you and make sure he can never catch you. The Polku Custom can help a lot. REMEMBER: This is not a match in fighting, this is survival and running. IF he goes back to wreck shit after harrying him a bit, LEAVE HIM THERE AND BOOK IT.If we are going to be stupid, we may as well use what we have and run.
>>40860266We should also mock the fuck out of him to fixate him on us. Compare him poorly to Schwarz, and the like.
>>40860266Engage. We may go down fighting but we're not going to let him get what he wants. Even if it means taking them both out. Use that RAS and make him see stars.
>>40860527Oh god. This sounds like a terrible idea. Let's do it.Bring up some of Tanker's old matches against Schwarz. Talk about how stupid Tanker was for falling for his tricks. Tell him that with Schwarz gone, Tanker is never going to beat him. Schwarz is forever the victor.
>>40860605>>40860527LEt's.. not. In a normal situation, a enraged enemy is easier to deal with. But this is a robo shark of massive strength and rage or only advantage is him having fun and playing around. We do not want to piss him off because it will likely cost EVERYONE the moment he starts flossing with our neck.
>>40860712Yeah, I think people are misreading Tanker's character.
>>40860712Thirded. Don't taunt.
>>40860741Hell, if we want to really try and get him to follow, why not make it less a insult and more a game and challenge? One last race before you two part ways? See if he can catch you once you start to motor. He should see you in your best after all, and Schwartz might just be someplace else. The guy likes to hide and there are plenty of empty buildings.
>>40859651>>40859848>>40860099>>40860171>>40860225>>40860315>>40860318>>40860337>>40860344>>40860352>>40860360>>40860374>>40860396>>40860602You've always been impatient. You've always been on-the-go. But right now time is, for once, your enemy. You don't have enough time. Eternity is nothing. Indecision and mortal fear grip you, and you're paralyzed for what feels like an endless march of microseconds.And then, the stupid hindbrain gut instinct part of you makes up its mind for you. Before you can even really process what you've done, you fan your useless little wings out, and you fire a full spread of photon missiles. Tanker's eyes widen--not in fear--as they wash over him, strobing and burning on his chest as he stands there, arms outstretched, like Christ on his cross."I'm proud of you, Dodo," he says, all smiles, as the smoke and shield glow fade.And then he lunges.You're already moving, avoiding him coming in like a tidal wave at a full sprint. You've made a lot of mistakes. You're a hothead. Always were--it's how you wound up in this outfit. This can only end one way. You hold his eye as long as you can, because the moment you retreat, he comes back here and finishes what he started.You've always been pretty eccentric. You like to collect music. Listen to it on long hauls out on the job, when you lose track of the dunes you've crested, of the laps you've run.You've got a thing for marching songs. Always have. And knowing deep down the decision you just made, you allow yourself one last indulgence. Putting your comms on open-unsecured, you click through shuffle in your mind--another nervous tic. No. No. No. No. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SLvtP6KMUMYes.It'll do, for your last dance.
>>40860958Tanker has always been insanely fast for his size, and far more nimble than his hulking build would suggest. You twist to the side and head out at a flat run, crossing the grounds as fast as you can. You round about once more and come in for another salvo. They splash across his back and side as he turns and lunges--you backstep and give him a point-blank blast of the blitz. He still snatches at where you were, just a hair shy as you're already rocketing away. You fire a buster shot as you retreat that slides off his armor without fuss, his shields not even bothering to activate.Shit. You start building charge as you send a stun shot at him--predictably, doing nothing, but it's another bit of incoming fire to distract him. You outstrip him again as he barrels at you, this time answering him with a charged shot that sends a tremor running up your whole arm and through your body. This time his shields catch it...and come out looking none the worse for wear. He snarls and slams his fist into the ground, cracking the stone and upending pavement, creating uneven terrain as he pummels it like a child having a tantrum. You lurch suddenly as his drill claws begin to whirl, glowing a bright yellow and dragging you physically back at him. Of course, some sort of VWES entity, he's an S, after all--You duck and twist, but he's too fast. You feel the crush, the grind, the rip. You try not to scream, firing another point-blank salvo of missiles, the payload burning you as well as him in the desperate melee.You've done a lot of things. You haven't done enough. You haven't done nearly enough.
>>40860975>>40860975"Still friends, Dodo?" he asks, grinning earnestly and honestly through a mouthful of your own mangled wing. You can't respond as he laughs and takes a two-handed grip on you, your vision distorting and your hearing shorting out with a sudden, painful pop as the drill bites and tears away half your face under silently-gnashing teeth. You try to move, try to blind him again, try to shoot, but he just keeps laughing and tearing and punching and laughing and lau-----
>>40861002You realize, of course, this means war.
>>40861086This means we're going shark-fishing.
>>40861002A moment of silence for Dodo, who died valiantly in service while fighting a superior foe. He was a brave soldier, a reliable officer, a dutiful worker...
>>40861175You're not laughing. Why aren't you laughing?
>>40861086>>40861095>>40861173C'mon guys, Schwarz could have jumped in at the end and saved him, right? We can hope!
>>40861220I do believe in fairies! I do believe in fai- nah. Poor, honourable bastard.At least he probably gave some others time to escape.
>>40861002>>40861175...and a good chum.
Keep in mind that Anode vaguely was able to draw with Tanker when we surpriswd hin with the Raikousen.Remember that we've lost that now, with no capacitors.
>>40855016that's some sexy armor hypothetical anode has hereso i'm a-workin'
>>40861249You have made me unhappy.
>>40861249And there it is, everybody.
>>40861249Way to cheapen the moment.
>>40861267Wowzers and whoah.
>>40861249>filenameYou glorious bastard, you.
>>40861249You're starting to annoy even me with this bullshit. Cut it out.
>>40861249Aaand now I don't feel it anymore.Thanks for cheering me up, CL.
>>40861289>>40861318I disagree. CL heckling is an integral part of the MHQ experience.
>>40861318GMs who delight in their killcount always leave an iffy taste in my mouth.
>>40861356Our suffering is his sustenance.
>>40861367Agreed. Its gets old fast.
>>40861367I recommend you never, ever enter MHQ IRC, then.
>>40859604>>40860958>>40860975>>40861002A faint signal warbles over comms, like a toy with its battery run down. Looping music, in Russian. In a field of scrap and parts. You recognize about a third of Dash Dodo's beak. A wing, a foot. You wade through the... remains of the B-rank hunter, towards the Pond. You wish you had known him better. Wish you'd been awake sooner. The inside is nearly as bad as the outside--someone tore through here. Tables are broken, chairs shattered, pictures and decor destroyed. A strange, pristine island exists, though--the oak countertop, Max the barkeep's prized possession. Unblemished and untouched, even with fire licking at the front walls, it looks clean and neat--like you could just grab one of the stools from where it was thrown, set it upright, and order a drink. If not for the shattered back wall mirror, Max's signature axe embedded in it."Over here," a voice coughs. It's him.His sole hoverpod leg is snapped in half, leaving him trapped behind the bar, among a wreath of broken glasses and fine whiskey."You okay?" you ask."It was Tanker," he says by way of answer, one of his arms dangling limp, bent backwards. "He came in looking for Schwarz. Trying to settle their score.""He killed Dodo.""Dodo saved us all," he replies grimly. "I got the rest of them out during the fight. I stayed."You don't ask him why, instead carefully hefting him and slowly making your way back towards the range.
>>40861389The way I see it, this quest isn't just our fight against the Maverick threat. There is, far above our heads, a great war between good and evil, which cannot coexist and yet cannot exist without each other.Hunter Command is constantly at odds with Cain Labs, just as we are constantly wary of the Maverick threat. It's not just us playing the protagonist. It's HC playing the Hunters, and CL playing the Mavericks. Of course he delights in our pain. We are the enemy.
Well, we all know what needs to be done.
>>40861416>>40861416You arrive to find Em getting his wound closed up by the Lifesaver--his damaged arm repaired and at least functional, though he does the surgical work one-handed. Waving you over are two more friendly faces--Grach and Mike. They help you make Max comfortable while you catch up."I thought I heard garbled Russian," Grach says sadly. "We didn't have time to stop and try to track it. Though--""Yeah, the other signal," Mike nods. "We caught another one, local. On Fourth grounds. We were on our way to respond when we ran into the Captain coming in for repairs.""I only recognized it from my days operating a helicopter. It was a pilot's transponder."Oh, shit. >I'm going over there.>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.
>>40861433This shouldn't make as much sense as it doesFuck...
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.Fuck. We can't. No more distractions.
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.We have orders. Let's follow them. For once.
>>40861367As a guy who's played D&D games run by the dude, I can tell you that this is just his shtick, and it's one a lot of the playerbase has come to communicate with him through in the back and fourth. There's no real malice in his routine, just enthusiastically playing the role of bad guy.
>>40861452>I'm going over there.
>>40861452>I'm going over there. Frog can take care of himself if anyone here can.
>>40861452>... I can't. I need to go find Frog.Sorry, best to follow orders here and we've been delayed far too long now.
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.We've delayed too long.Em and Grach could wrangle a team together from the firing range, though.
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.
>>40861452>I'm going over.We will save everyone we can. Have to at least try.
>>40861452>>I'm going over there.Fragile pilot girl has a smaller chance than the dude who has Hammer in is name.
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.Can we get Em to handle India?
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.Hard choices. I'm always one for the calculus of loss and chain of command is hella important to not just us but our berets as well. I'm hoping that if we find our commander, less will die in the long run. (Damnit.)
>Anode, do whatever you need to and then get to central HQ.We need to watch out for our own, is what we need to do. Anyone sending out a signal is someone who's looking for help.>I'm going over there.
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.In the end, finding Frog is gonna help us push back the attack quicker, saving more lives.
Remember this isn't just about Frog, either. The command center is important to coordinating a defense.
>>40861452>I'm going over there.Anode will personally rally each member of the Fourth if he has to. No more death.
>>40859604>"I'm gonna make you an offer no one else would get. Just walk away, Dodo." Tanker says, smiling magnanimously with a mouthful of bloody teeth. "I won't blame you. No one will. Or... you can take the first shot." He puts his arms out wide, grinning like a kid in a candy store.>>40860958>Tanker's eyes widen--not in fear--as they wash over him, strobing and burning on his chest as he stands there, arms outstretched, like Christ on his cross."I'm proud of you, Dodo," he says, all smiles, as the smoke and shield glow fade.>>40861002>"Still friends, Dodo?" he asks, grinning earnestly and honestly through a mouthful of your own mangled wing.You know... There's just something very horrifying and very very sad about this.You can see Tanker Tigershark's personality and characterization through this, you can see him seem to express something like friendship and acknowledgement...And yet despite that, he's killing him.He knows this is his friend, he salutes him, and yet he is killing him just like that.There's something twisted about the Maverick Virus. That *FUCKING* virus.It doesn't just turn people into berserkers or frothing madmen, it does... this. It's not like a zombie plague that makes mindless super-soldiers, it's... this.God. It's just... cruel.I don't know what whoever is responsible for this /intended/ it for, but this thing is despicable and horrifying.This thing is evil. This thing is fucking evil.
Thread archived, please upvote rather than traumatised downvoting.
>>40861668For what it's worth, everyone called it that Tanker woukd be the first to go Mav in the Fourth.
>>40861356It's killing the feeling. I read this shit because I want to feel something, but when there's somebody heckling it just completely breaks my suspension of disbelief and immersion.
>>40861452>I'm going over there.If there's anyone I trust to be able to take care of himself out there, it's Frog.Right now our forces are more or less in shambles, and desperately trying to re-fortify. If we get everyone back together, we have that much more stable an operation when we get to Frog. Not much use he's going to have for the Fourth if there's no Fourth left. We're more use to him as a unit than we are playing lone hero.
>>40861668This. Just this
>>40861452I hate this.. I really, REALLY hate this.. but I have to vote frog. We need to rescue the commander now that he is the last chain in command. I only hope we don't lose both...
>>40861668I wish I had that 40k image on "Lord of the Red Sands" right now. I don't really think Tanker cares about who he fights. He just deeply enjoys the fight itself, and if that bloodlust means he has more in common with the Maverick side so be it. He respected Dodo because he had the courage to fight, even against a hopelessly outmatched opponent.
>>40861452Go find frog
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.This decision sucks.
>>40861452>>I'm going over there.
>>40861707>For what it's worth, everyone called it that Tanker woukd be the first to go Mav in the Fourth.Yeah. Just... I'm pissed at whomever made this thing in-universe. It's twisting people in a horrifying way; there's enough of them to recognize them as being like themselves, as acting and feeling like themselves...Whoever made it probably had a cold and monomaniacal focus on something like "wiping out all humans so only Reploids are left", or something equally extreme, and the way they went about it is horrifying and sad.Of course, that's assuming that there's a purpose and goal and reason for the Maverick Virus. But the idea that some grand accident can cause something as targeted and insidious and permanent as this, feels too unbelievable; it makes more sense if there's something behind it.>>40861452>>I'm going over there.
>>40861452>>I'm going over there.We need to rally what we can so that we'll be more useful for Frog
>>40861452>I'm going over there.come on, we can do it
>>40861452>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.This, sadly. Em, Grach, and the Berets can handle finding India, but we really need to find Frog before this all gets worse.
>>40861803Any one of them can handle it, I mean. Anode needs backup heading into HQ, too.
>>40861782Hmph. That's my vote. Changing my vote from that, to this:>>40861452>>...I can't. I need to go find Frog.
>>40861452>FrogWe have enough people to split up, but finding Frog needs to be the priority.
>>40861782>Just... I'm pissed at whomever made this thing in-universe.
Aaaaand having kept my eye on the unique poster count staying the same as another five or six votes came in, we've now got pretty official confirmation of vote-spamming. I gotta ask you guys not to do that. I'm gonna have to look into individual poster IDs or IP tracking, but I dunno what options I actually have on that front. At the moment, for lack of effective means to fight it, all I can really do is point out that it's gonna hurt the impact of anything I can put out, even (and especially) if your vote wins, and ask politely for you to refrain. For the most part, we've been able to get away with a really excellent community all around, and I really want it to stay that way.
>>40861909>>40861791 hereIf you're counting that as a samefag vote, it's not. I just voted late so that I could read the discussion first.
>>40861909There's 57 unique IPs and... 29 replies to >>40861452Er, not counting this one.
I am a terrible person
>>40862028We started a lot earlier, many of those earlier people will have left, or just be one vote people passing through.
>>40862045I beg to differ.
>>40862028Yeah, I guess it's not quite "pretty official confirmation," it just feels really off, because of the sheer volume and speed they came in at.I guess there's nothing for it. Writing.
>>40862050I've been here since the start, but I didn't vote for the last vote.
>>40862080You gave people a choice between India and Frog, manThis was to be expected.
>>40862080What you can do is make use of the duplicate post limits. You can't post the exact same reply for five minutes after, so if you only accept replies in the form of "A" or "B", and limit voting to a five minute period, samefagging a vote becomes a lot harder.
>>40862151But creativity and bullshitting is the best part of the quest!
>>40862100With potentially lethal consequences, given everything else going on.
>>40862151Yeah, maybe. Five minutes feels pretty damned short for a voting period, though. MHQ's fast, but I run at weird hours. I'm worried just saying "okay, peak voting hours time go" is going to be arbitrary when I try my hardest to be fair. I guess there's no perfect solution, since even tracker IDs can get fooled by proxies or the like. C'est la vie, I suppose.
>>40862151That also gives people no time to consider their vote, excludes people who aren't capable of sitting here for the entire duration of the quest (or slow readers), forbids people from debating the point without clogging up the thread...I can't dig it.
>>40862100Well, we like giving you options, after all.四九四九四九四九
>>40862242Is that... a machine-gun to the head emoji? Or does it translate to something?
>>40862201>>40862206The solution to that is to declare "Voting starts at TIME and ends at TIME+five minutes" when you call for a vote, and make the window before voting last some period of time that you feel will allow for discussion. Say you post at 8:00 sharp. You list the vote options, and declare that voting will last from 8:15:00 to 8:19:59. That allows 15 minutes of talk before voting, and a 20 minute window for people to show up and say "Hey, I wanna vote".
>>40862283It's the Japanese Kanji representing '4' and '9' repeated 4 times. Don't know what it's supposed to signify.
>>40862296That's actually a pretty good idea... Especially since it really encourages discussion and I've always felt that discussion often gets overshadowed by "HOLY SHIT I NEED TO VOTE TO MAKE SURE IT GETS COUNTED." Maybe that's just me though.
>>408623554= "shi" = death9="kyu"= idk i just learn stuff from my japanese cartoons
>>408624009 is suffering.
>>40862359The main issue is that there's always people who can't follow simple instructions, so only about 3/4ths of the votes made are ones that count, so the QM has to stick to their guns and not decide to count them anyways.
>>40862201I don't know. I think this is just an isolated incident to put in big changes. Maybe when you know there's gonna be a pretty divisive choice is when you could implement stuff.
nothing looms like an impending shift at workwell, here's some progress anyway
>>40862412>>40862400I really wish I could say I'm surprised by this.
>>40862296Or just let people vote and not stress out over this crap.Just keep it informal as usual; easiest to remember and keep in mind, hard to actually fuck up.Did all this crop up because a few people posted in the thread, but then didn't vote much, and then suddenly they voted for this vote? Because if that's all it took to cause suspicion then that's lame -- not everybody votes for every vote, and some people alt-tab out to do other stuff and check in every 20-30 min or something.
>>40862446It was the combination of the sheer amount in a very small span of time, combined with the already-higher-than-average-by-a-wide-margin vote count.
I think the people whining at Cain Labs for enjoying and mocking your shitty decision making capabilities should go to a safer, friendlier quest, preferably off-site.
>>40862472So... a lot of people were lurking and suddenly decided to vote in a short time? And that's... suspicious?Lurkers turn out more for some votes than others.
>>40862420Well yeah, you're right, there will always be people who mess up the instructions. I guess the question is whether it's better to tolerate some degree of samefagging or just accept that someone's always going to screw up their vote and then be annoyed when it doesn't get counted. I guess I'm just not very sympathetic to people who can't follow simple instructions but I'd choose the latter personally. 's up to HC really though.
>>40862523i usually dont vote unless its important or not going in what i think is a good direction
>>40862472I think this was more a "Holy Shit! I need to save India!"
>>40862523>>40862539>>40862602Fair enough.Still writing, though I think given that we're in autosage and we'll be approaching a good thread stop-point, I'll call it early (well, "early," I've been at it since like 6) and we can spend the rest of the thread in Q&A/story mode after we hit that.
If we're back, than either X/Zero are here too, or they'll be arriving very soon. And they'll most likely be securing the command center first, so Frog can hold out for just a bit longer.
Well since this thread hit Q&A, I might as well give an update.Went on hiatus for a few months due to a cyst on my hand and wanting to wait for it to heal, but started back up today.However, I got recruited to work on an indie mobile game, so work on this will slow down a touch in favor of something that can get me paid.Granted, I still need people to handles roles on literally anything that isn't programming, but I'm making some progress at least.And while my hand was recovering I did some photoshop edits to kill time, That's Three.png was me, and I might as well dump the rest.This one came from a discussion on possible upgrades for Em that went on a silly tangent.
>>40862743A bit more left in me, just trying to nail down something.
This one came from a one off line on IRC saying that someone probably made ironic Che-style Sigma shirts
>>40862784Ahh bugger misread. Oh well, might as well continue the image dump.This one was for a stupid pun.
And this one was done because why the fuck not.
>I'm going over there.>>40861452Christ. "Okay, I'm going over there. We got comms yet?""Not yet," Mike says. "They're clearing up--a little--but not enough to rely on.""Then..." You look at Em, still getting his torso turned back into a onesie. "...Grach, come with me."He nods, unslinging his rifle. Mike goes to follow, but you hold up a hand. "Tanker's confirmed mav. If there's a hostile S running around..." "Then we're all dead anyway," he insists. "I already lost a pack of humans today. Don't make me lose the guy I've been tasked with watching." You look at Grach, who just smiles. "All right, fine. You got one of Em's sabers?"He pats his hip. "No idea how to use it, but hey, gotta learn sometime, right?"The three of you set back out. "It was on the other side of base, nearer the hangars," Grach explains.Soon enough, you reach the outdoors. Or, more accurately, the indoors end abruptly, ceiling, walls, and floor blown apart at the outermost wall of the barracks. You see wreckage.Ride armor wreckage.Mingled blue plates, ceramic steel and industrial-size moving parts dot the grounds in a three hundred meter radius. And, further in, white. White like the Crossmore. Up ahead, you recognize its silhouette. ...Half of it.And it seems to be swearing."Ffffuck, fuck, fuck fuck fuckfuckfuck.""India?""Holy shit--Anode?"You rush forward to find her strewn across the mostly-intact cockpit. Half of her, anyway. From the waist down, she has been shorn completely in half. Her insides seem to have been sealed off, though, with no blood or stray pieces. She seems alert, aware, and extremely pissed off. And in a lot of pain."Fuck, thought I was dead when I heard voices," she growls like a wounded animal. "What the fuck happened, Indy?" you ask, starting to pull her torso free of the wreck.-----
>>40863073You are India, the best pilot in the Fourth Overland, for whatever that's worth. Opposite you is your least favorite person."India," Seven says with a sigh of relief, lowering his guard and leaning back in the seat of his Ride Armor. "Thank God. I thought it was another pack of the fucking lunatics.""Hey, it's early yet," you reply, drumming your fingers lightly on the rim of your own Ride."I was wondering where the Crossmore went," he continues. "I guess we both had the same idea.""Yep. Sure did.""I was on my way to try to get word out to Command. Have you seen anybody--""Drop the act, asshole," you finally snap. "I know you killed Conda."His smile doesn't so much as waver. "Damn. I was looking forward to shooting you in the back of the head. Oh well."-----India's hand spasms, clutching at her temple. "Nngh. I think I brained my damage. Memory's kinda fuzzy. I blacked out two or three times.""Well, what do you remember?"She grins tiredly. "Kicking his ass."
>>40863094----Seven leaps from the wreck of his Armor a bare moment before it explodes, leaving you to recline back in the Crossmore smugly as he glares hate strong enough to curdle milk up at you. "Fine, you're a better pilot. Congratulations, I guess sitting on your ass is good for something.""Better than you'll ever be.""Oh, really?" he asks, undaunted as you train the guns on him. "Riddle me this, miss "Hero of Vienna. They say you saved about 50,000 lives during that fight." His grin widens into a cruel, predatory smirk. "Think you saved more than I killed?"It all clicks--the disastrous civilian evacuation, the wrong turn, the "bad luck" running right into a maverick column. "You motherfucker," you snarl, firing the cannon--And hitting nothing."Sorry, fly-girl, play time's over," he sneers. "You can't hit me. And," he adds, producing two objects from his back with a magician's flourish. "I'm going to take these, get out, and go home. My real home. And I'm going to use them to help kill every last one of you."He dances around another shot, twisting impossibly this way and then that, nimbly dodging being cut down by the follow-up attack. "So, let me break this down for you, before I kill you," Seven says cheerfully, raising one of his two objects. "This is personnel files on every single maverick hunter the Fourth Overland has records on. And this--" he dangles the other, voice dripping with disdain, "is a data archive of every single weapons data entry in the Fourth's decade-old archive."...And that's when you see it. You keep shooting, trying to verify what you see, even as he twists and bobs, and even has the gall to end on a fucking flourish and a bow.You can hit him. But this trick is only going to work once, and it won't be enough to put him out of the fight.You're going to have to pick a lesser evil.
>>40863115"In-dyyyy, are you listening? Come on, give the villain his monologue.""Christ, you do love to hear yourself talk," you mutter, rolling your eyes as you draw your pistol and shoot.>Hit the weapons data.>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the weapons data.Hunters and personnel know what sort of work they go into. You can't afford to have those weapons fall into their hands.Bonus points if you can shoot both the data AND him though.
>>40863140> Hit the weapons data.No more toys for you.
>>40863140Balls. weapons data, while valuable, should be restricted VWES.>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.Yeah, you can't have our intel, fuck you son.Guns aren't NEARLY as useful when you don't know where to point them.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.IRC, personnel files contain: Dossiers on the personnel, their backgrounds, homes/origins, loadout and upgrades, psychological profiles, combat records, the works.Basically, picture mavericks with the same intel hunters usually have.
>>40863140>Hit the weapons data.The personnel files might contain information on each hunter's weaknesses and strengths, but the Weapons Data they can use to make VWES out of, I think.Make sure to have the bullet graze his smarmy grin on the way through, though.
>Hit the personnel files.Most of the stuff on the weapon file is probably outdated as all hell.Meanwhile this gives them the same amount of detail on us that we have on them.
>>40863140Oh holy fuck this is a hard fucking decision. >Hit the personnel files. Information is more powerful than weapons.
>>40863140Destroy the personnel files. NEVER give the men intel about who remains. The weapon data seems good, but the older stuff would be out dated. Not only that but it's only VWES data.If they know our personal info they can easily target the weakpoints of any hunter who is active, including their friends family and their breaking points.Destroy the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>>40863190Okay, thinking back over this, if the weapons data is old (or many of the rogue agents were weapons-specialists) it's pretty much outdated. I'm moving my vote to personnel files instead.Still voting to shoot him somehow with that file though, nothing wrong with two birds here.
>>40863140Actually, changed my mind. voting this instead.>Hit the personnel files.previous vote deleted
Doppler's got all the new weapon data already - there was a mention several threads back that they route all the DNA processing through his lab.Also, he's a supergenius and can design his own weapons - he built the philosophers.Also Also, this is mostly shit taken from mavericks. Mavericks have maverick weapons.Also, Also, Also, Hunter Command mentioned that the arms race has made old-model weapons pretty obsolete.So they already have all the new data, a shitload of the old data, and the rest of it isn't worth much of anything.So yeah>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.For the reasons already said.
>>40863140Take the personnel files. Thats the sort of thing that destroys people on a fundamental level. Arms race will continue.
>>40863140>Personnel filesThey probably already have a whole lot of bad weapons, this is probably the greater relative loss to the mavericks.
>>40863314Those are all very good points; I was mostly just thinking "weapons will give them more toys; personnel files will tell them *how we fight* and how we think".>>40863140>>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.Them getting the weapons data is lousy, but them knowing every weakness of every hunter is way the hell worse. And don't think they won't start playing dirty tricks with family and friends. Besides, they're going to get weapons one way or another, that's a matter of when, not if, the personal files they probably won't have another shot at. I hope.
>Hit the personnel files.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files.Hope you enjoy having all those weapons trained on you when you bring a gift of useless, outdated weapons info, Sev.
They can't take any files... IF THERE'S NO ONE TO LEAD THEM!>Hit the files personnel
>Tell seven that you kinda had the hots for him, but thought he was too big of a pussy to go through with anything. With his new confidence, rawr.>When his guard is down give him the kind of banging he didn't expect.
>>40863140>Hit Personnel filespsh... nothin personnel kid
>>40863230>>40863250>>40863263>>40863269>>40863280>>40863287>>40863290>>40863312>>40863314>>40863321>>40863357>>40863362>>40863405>>40863382The gunshot reports across the mostly-clear hangar bay, and Seven's suddenly got one hand of empty air."Guess you'll just have to rebuild profiles based on all those friends you made, luv," you say coolly.Seven's smug fucking face vanishes into a dark cloud of rage. And then he levels his broken-ass, worthless buster on you and fires.-----"Wait, what?""What it says on the tin, luv," India tries to shrug, wincing in pain for her effort. "His spud gun works as advertised now.""I never heard the story on that at all." "Ask Frog, when you see him. Or whoever's left. I'm sure there's someone alive who can fill you in completely.""So why didn't you mark Seven mav?" you ask."I tried. After I found Conda, I tried to flag him as a threat on the rosters, but I think he got to the systems before me and locked out anything pertaining to loyalty. Could have cleared it, if I had time. At least managed to mark Conda. He deserved that much.""Dodo now, too. And--" your voice falls. "And Em's brother.""We lucky few," mutters India, closing her eyes. "I'm not good at--you know, people, but... tell the poor bastard I'm sorry." "Yeah," you nod. "I will. What about you? You gonna be okay?""I just got blown in fucking two by the biggest asshole on the fucking planet," she replies. "No, no I'm not. But I'll live.""And I need to go find Frog."
And that's our thread for the night.I hope you all enjoyed the read.
>>40863140>Hit the personnel files
>>40863637You magnificent bastard.
>>40863588>When his guard is down give him the kind of banging he didn't expect....so. sex?
>>40863612>File the personal hits
>>40863094>>40863115SEVEN YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE
>>40863637>Overclock Conda>Dash Dodo>Nice guys>Dead>Tanker Tigershark>Seven>Assholes on arrival>Confirmed MavsKudos to consistency in characterization.
>>40863748Combine that with Schwarz MIA and India a confirmed casualty (out of action). In a single night, Fourth Overland's leadership is cut in half.Fuck Doppler.
>>40863807Don't forget Frog's probably dead by now.
>>40863807And yet this is still supposed to be better than what happened in canon.
>>40863821That's still up in the air. Frog's too stubborn to die, at least not off-camera.
>>40863821If anyone is surviving this, it's Frog. He's a tough fucker, like, almost Garm level.
>>40863748consistency in corpseification more like...
>>40863859Don't tempt Cain Labs...Plus, Garm's MIA, dude. Probably dead.
>>40863637Thanks for running Command. Was a blast.
>>40863844not by much after all the points we racked up we got +8, highest was +20, and cannon was +0. The hunters will probably come out better as a whole bit with only an 8 I'm pretty sure each unit is going to be hurting for a bit.
>>40863859Frog will survive.As a Maverick. After that, his lifespan is measured by the number of threads it takes of us to get around to retiring him.
>>40863748I get the feeling that if we had chosen for Seven to get a Fireteam instead of a Ride Armor, the Crossmore would have eaten them alive.
>>40863637>Hunter CommandThanks for running, OP. Shit really hit the fan these last few sessions; in a good way, of course.
>>40863637Q&A Time?Why is it Anode never sees any LIFE and WEAPON energy cores drop on enemy kills for HP / VWES regeneration?Is LIFE & WEAPON energy core scavenging an X / Zero only thing?
wait with dodo dead does that make Anode the fast unit in the fourth now? Wait, shit, never mind. Without our charge we can't dash.Oh and Hunter command or cain labs, what would have happened if Dodo ran and what would have happened if we had seven go find a bunch of berets instead of ride armor?
>>40864047HC asked, once, if we wanted that to be a thing. I think we turned it down.
>>40864063>Without our charge we can't dash.Still got the zip-lines!
>>40864063IRC, about Seven:Rather than fighting him in a ride armor, Indy would have gunned down his (maverick) fireteam.Which would have made for a much more startling reveal.Imagine her just blowing a beret away, and then right on the heels of that, the "drop the act" line. Double switcheroo.This also means there was one less ride armor wrecking shop and one more maverick beret squad.
>>40864063If Dodo had run, he would have lived. Tanker would have butchered his way through the Pond to try to draw Schwarz out for his grudge match.
>>40864090would Conda have lived our would that story end the same way?
>>40864114He would also live with survivor's guilt at that point.
>>40864114So it was lose an officer or lose the 4th's morale center. I think we made the right choice.
>>40864181Either way, the Pond is smashed up.
>>40864114Hey, related to that. Dodo's distraction saved lives, right? Did he save anyone we'd recognize?
>>40864181Not just the morale but all those who couldn't fight him. He saved a lot of low ranks and the like, Max as well I suppose... and that nice oak counter.
>>40864181He saved the Oak, man.He saved the Oak.
>>40864181Not just the Pond, but also all the people inside it.
is magnet lobster on? I wouldn't mind a story time to cheer me up after losing so many good people
>>40864139Conda got punked hard by Seven, not expecting his buster to have been fixed. Overclock's gimmick is in the name--he overcharges a Reploid's subsystems, sort of an inverse Magna Centipede--it's more powerful, but it's damaging. And a lot of times the target doesn't know how to work around their muscle memory being thrown out of whack by dashing twice as far and fast, or jumping twice as high. It's a very risky maneuver, but it's also basically guaranteed damage. Buster systems do a lot of damage to the attacker when tapped that way, and Conda didn't realize that Seven's "defective" systems weren't.>>40864159>>40864181He would have. Personally I think you guys made a splendid choice, both in-character as Dodo and narratively. I was getting worked up just writing it.
>>40864243Thread's falling off the board.
>>40864243I've been chasing him, he's not responding. Still trying.
>>40864232You know, that Oak has hopes. Dreams, even. It's been going to school for years, hoping to get a degree.Maybe one day it'll be a Professor.
>>40864257Dodo for Max, in other words (and a bunch of other unimportant shmucks, psh).When this is all over, he needs an plaque of honor for the rebuilt watering hole. Dash Dodo: Savior of the Bar.
>>40864257So in both of Seven's attacks, he only won because he got the drop on them by showing off his tater shooter was magically working. Shit won't work twice.
>>40864270oh fuck we are on page 10
IRC's still going, guys.
>>40864303you magnificent bastard.
>>40864330maybe we could change the bar's name to what he told anode what he'd name it if he was ever put in charge
>>40864257I just realized you foreshadowed the fixed buster a while back. One time when we visited the range we caught sight of Seven shooting at targets. I always wondered what the problem was after that scene.>>40864374Yes.
>>40864374Can anyone find/remember that?
>>40864349can I have a link, I can't find it because apparently I suck.
. Dodo says if he ever gets it, it's gonna be either 'The Shitty Namesake' or 'The Stupid Island.'"
>>40864396Another bit of behind-the-scenes info you'd never get--he was experimenting with getting it working at that point, and while he got it to work with an expensive single-use power pack to supplement his systems, it also could have straight up killed him. He got chewed the fuck out by a Lifesaver for risking his life getting into a dickwaving contest with Anode.
>>40864422Ehh, not really good names.'The Flightless Bird' is a decent bar name. What do y'all think?
>>40864442Is Tanker actually a Viral Maverick, or just, you know... Tanker?
>>40864473No. If we get to name it, we call it what he would have wanted.
>>40864487Let me ask you this:Is it more or less terrifying that his personality is such that you have no way of knowing?
>>40864442>risking his life getting into a dickwaving contest with Anode.What actually WAS Seven's deal with us.When we first met him -- the very first time -- at the Pond, he seemed okay.It was only after he pranked us and we got him back, that he seemed to hold a personal vendetta against us.The hell was his problem anyway? Even if he got unreasonably mad at a rookie returning fire for a prank, it seems childish for him to have held onto his grudge so strongly and for so long.Seriously what was his fucking problem?
>>40864519More, in a way. The fact that we expected this, and we can't tell if he's a Viral or just, you know, him, makes it *so* much worse.
>>40864527He's an asshole. He was always an asshole, even before maverick or no comes into the picture. Passive-aggressive, holds grudges, petty, spiteful, you name it.And, fresh from the IRC: <Hunter_Command_> You know how he was all chummy at first, before the prank?<Hunter_Command_> That was his pre-Anode modus operandi. Schmooze and chat, and then wheedle and backstab. Passive-aggressively bring people down, then covertly sabotage logistics where he could.<Hunter_Command_> It's just that he fucking hated Anode that much.
>>40864527He got punked harder than ever before, by the FUCKING NEW GUY. He has a bit of an ego. Put those together, and you have a bad recipie.
>>40864527Uh, you mean besides being a Maverick infiltrator the entire time?
>>40864571Oh, MC. A question, for someone trying to run a Maverick Hunters game. What sort of system do you use for this? Also, can you give some ideas for some Mavericks and/or NPC Hunters? Perhaps ones you came up with, but never used?
>>40864585Seven being a Mav sleeper is one thing. Here, he actively defected and went Mav just so he could more properly fuck over Fourth Overland (and Anode, by extension).
>>40864487>Is Tanker actually a Viral Maverick, or just, you know... Tanker?>>40864519>Is it more or less terrifying that his personality is such that you have no way of knowing?He went on a rampage to draw out Schwartz who wasn't even here. He /killed/ his friend and smiled doing so. No, I don't think that this was "normal" Tanker.>>40864571>It's just that he fucking hated Anode that much.Huh how did we make it all the way to the top of his shit-list? Pretty much the only thing we did was get payback.I figured that everybody else would have, over time, simply done enough and more stuff to piss him off simply because there'd been more time for incidents.>>40864585>Uh, you mean besides being a Maverick infiltrator the entire time?Yes. What did /Anode/ do to piss him off so.I need to know this for, uh, reasons.Reasons like "maybe we'll get lucky enough to piss him off *on purpose* next time we meet", if we know what to aim for this time.
>>40864583So Anode's oil slick prank turned Seven into a Mav?Real shit?
>>40864619Someone uses a Legend homebrew, others a Run & Gun mish-mash.
>>40864571Thanks for running.Any idea when you'll get a chance to run again?
>>40864619System-wise, MHQ is more or less N/A. Things have run from /tg/ homebrew one-page rulesets, to elaborate rehauls. I've played in Legend, which I think was great for capturing Reploids on paper, but the GM didn't like how they worked in practice. As for characters, start with either a neat concept, or a catchy/fun name, and reverse-engineer. Both can work surprisingly well. It's all a matter of extrapolating a full character from a set of bullet points, which I guess is all of writing in general, really.In a few threads, you'll get to see a roster of the post-X3 Maverick Hunters in Geneva, so that might help with ideas.
>>40864647Tanker has an inferiority complex where Schwarz is concerned. With Doppler going Mav and Schwarz nowhere to be found, Tanker just snapped.
>>40864571God damn. Is THAT why we had it so bad compared to other FNGs. He had a massive hate-on for us that intel from our ops were leaked by him.
>>40864647>Huh how did we make it all the way to the top of his shit-list? Pretty much the only thing we did was get payback.He got utterly humiliated by the new guy. The lowest rung on the social ladder made a mockery of him. >>40864664Don't forget about that one pair of jackasses who use 4chan.
>>40864695Yep. Seven has always been insufferable, and now he's confirmed to be the leak who was sabotaging Anode's hunts.
>>40864651Nah, he was a traitor before Anode came along. You just gave him a nice big stupid grin to pin all his hate onto. >>40864670No idea--I dunno who all follows the twitter, but this week I start my very first long-term fulltime job, something I've been trying to get for years. My time will be less free but more structured, so I can plan around it better. We'll try to keep you posted.>>40864647>Huh how did we make it all the way to the top of his shit-list? Pretty much the only thing we did was get payback.That was all it took. Someone who doesn't just knuckle under and take the abuse. Someone who gives as well as he gets--which Seven has never been.
>>40864679So far I have... Mirage Jackal (all the tricks. All of them.), Data Scarab (information control and body jacking), and Typhoon Falcon (aerial superiority, S-Class rape). The roster will probably help, I'll just snatch a few off it.
>>40864651He was infiltrating for a long time, was apparently the one who fucked with all our missions.Also apparently he was pretty close to India before we came, encouraging her to get pissed off with Command. We're a home-wrecker.
>>40864695>>40864718>>40864735<Hunter_Command_> So, the way Seven fucked you on the Saetos op...<AnotherAnon> he didn't do a thing?<Hunter_Command_> Was by giving you more men than you wanted, because he knew full well what Saetos was capable of.<Hunter_Command_> He wanted as many hunters on the ground there as possible.<Hunter_Command_> Only Saetos's sense of personal honor stopped it from being a clean sweep of every single hunter on that op.<Hunter_Command_> It was a meat grinder. And Seven was pissed at the murderbird for not wiping them all out.<Cain_Labs> remember how Seven was distraught when you ended up back at base injured?<Cain_Labs> it's cause you weren't all kinds of dead<Hunter_Command_> Yep. He did not expect Schwarz to have dropped you that extra life.<Hunter_Command_> Frog didn't suspect, sadly.<Hunter_Command_> Seven's served a very long time and was very shrewd about inflicting his sabotage.<Hunter_Command_> But, say, things like the unknown nuke in Bloodhound's arsenal? The "seek local hunter support" on Wolfspider? Terapin having the exact weapons loadout he needed to hard-counter both you and Emerald?<Hunter_Command_> All him.
>>40864726>>40864735>>40864769Still, that's unsettling. Having a Maverick sleeper/infiltrator in your division for that long, in your second-in-command to boot, is some bad shit.
>>40864769VALIDATIOOON! Does raise the question, was he ever aware we were getting paranoid? If so, how did he react to it?
>>40864827Well, there's this fellow by the name of Cain Labs...>>40864816He is a very strategic, long-game thinker.
>>40864827Anode never overtly verbalized his suspicions of there being a leak, but others did that for him. Seven kept quiet long enough that no one suspected him.And yeah, I remember Seven being irritable that Anode came back alive from the Saetos hunt.
>>40864769Oh man. I remember this one line from that part. Paraphrasing:>"I think he took it personally." He totally fucking did.
>>40864845>He is a very strategic, long-game thinker.How/when did he turn Mav? If he didn't go on ops much and mostly ran logistics...Fucking Maverick Virus, it can hit people fucking anywhere, how the hell are you supposed to deal with this shit.
>>40864900Seven confirmed the punkest of punk bitches.
>>40864901You don't know. No one does. Someone has to do a lot of sifting through a lot of past records trying to answer that question.
>>40864769><Hunter_Command_> Only Saetos's sense of personal honor stopped it from being a clean sweep of every single hunter on that op.Actually that's making me wonder -- why do you get Mavs like Saetos and Guns Wallaby -- with some kind of core of decency or honor/fair play or something -- and Mavs like Seven?
>>40864946There's no one kind of good guy, and there's no one kind of bad guy. Remember Storm Eagle?
>>40864946I think Seatos was just an extreme narcissist. Dude probably thought himself to be the second (Third, rather) coming of Sigma.
>>40864946Because not every maverick is viral, and even the ones that are have personalities that get warped.
>>40864619I'm the GM for the game Magnet Lobster is part of. We use a homebrew built out of Run&Gun, a point-buy thing I made from scratch, a skill system based on a generic D6 system I saw floating around, and a lot of winging-it. The campaign has been running for about 8-9 months and we're mid-way through our seventh maverick mission, which has been going on for two weeks now. The system is working out pretty well, but we all know it's easy to break and I'll be replacing it with something more stable for the next campaign.
>>40865001>Because not every maverick is viral, and even the ones that are have personalities that get warped.For clarification's sake, what kinds of mavericks are there? Viral would be like, what? Versus non-viral?Which was Saetos and Seven?
>>40864901The doppler vaccine, of course! Whoops I mean the copy chip. oh waitHope you like waiting for the mother elf.
>>40865056Viral for the virus-affected ones, non-viral for the ones that go Mav for political reasons, or just because they're bigots against humans, etc. Or just think the Mavs will be the winning side.
>>40865056You got your base viral. Normal reploid who went mav, built viral or mav, as in a mav built by mavs, those who do so because of beliefs, such as the Repliforce in cannon, and all sorts of reasons. Like Tankershark just wanting to fight and fight.Saetos could be built mav or doing this for philosophy, same with Seven. It would be harder to detect if they were always like that.
>>40865056That's another setting question that they struggle to answer. The virus was such an easy answer that gave everyone hope--the reason we go crazy and kill is this thing, it has a name, it can be pinned down, it can be fought.Not only did THAT whole thing go south, you're also right back to wondering why.Beyond that, all the above answers have validity.