https://twitter.com/ThunderheadQMArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Where%20Wolves%20Fear%20To%20Tread--------------------------------------------------------------------"So, let's get this started..." You said to your prisoner as you walked over to the corner by the door, and retrieved a stool. The prisoner watched you as you sat down, trying to size you up."What is your name, rank, parent unit, other things like that." You asked as you pulled a notepad and pencil from your pocket. The soldier stared at you for a few seconds, before answering."My name is Shinohara Unkei, Leading Soldier or Lance-Corporal of the forty-second squad of the thirtieth division. We were deployed out here to assist the twenty ninth division in countering rebel units in the area." The prisoner informed you as you scribbled it onto your notepad. Your pencil dancing across the paper with practiced ease as you wrote your notes out in English. You would usually write your notes in German, but you wanted all of your notes to be readable your squad mates. And as far as you knew, Logan still didn't know German.>What questions will you ask your prisoner?
>>1942011>The locations of key army units he previously mentioned i.e. tank teams, chemical weapons, etc>Just where all those Chinese villages disappearing to, anyways?OH GOD NO I DON'T LIKE THINKING WITH MY BRAIN
>>1942195Ah fuck, didn't mean to use my trip.
>>1942195get back to your quest slave, i tire of waiting.
>>1942237I am intoxicated and just got home. Give me like fifteen minutes to start writing.
"What can you tell me about the army units that you mentioned when we first met. The tank units and the chemical weapons units?" You asked, bringing attention back to the promise that he had made in order for you to release his two squadmates."The units should still be in the area. The armoured unit you are looking for is the third armoured regiment of the first tank division. They were re-deployed from garrison duties in the home islands to help wipe out the communist rebels in the Guangxi and Guizhou provinces. They're close enough to the front line that they are starting to actively affect operations against the remains of the Chinese armies and the British. As such, they're going to be moving in with an iron fist. They're going to be going in to flatten all farms and small villages in the area. Essentially engaging in scorched earth tactics." The solider explained, sitting up a bit straighter as he told you this valuable information."Do you know where this unit is based out of?" You asked as you noted down this information."As far as I know, they are still situated in the Hengyang supply base. My unit supported them as they assaulted a rebel held village just outside of the base." The man stopped, pausing for a second to collect himself before continuing."They raised the abandoned village with flamethrowers and high explosives. Women and children were slaughtered as the entire village was destroyed, and the ground itself was even tainted so that no plants could grow where the village once stood..." The prisoner stopped again to shake the memories from his head, before looking you in the eye and continuing on."They should still be based out of there while they wait for the rest of their division to arrive on the railway from Manchuria." Private Unkei explained as you jotted the note down, double underlining that Xuan's resistance cell was in danger."Do you know how long until they launch the operation?" You asked, you needed the information to be as accurate as possible."I'm not sure exactly, the unit hat we were assisting in the village assault was apparently half of the division's total strength in the area. If ten tanks and another ten mechanised infantry squads arrive every week, then it should take them between a few weeks and a month before they accumulate all of their forces. If you were to infiltrate that base, ten you could probably leave with a bounty of information. Your prisoner guessed, doubt crossing his face as he took an educated guess."And the chemical weapons team? Where are they?" You asked, having gathered some decent evidence on the tank division.>CONT
>>1942797"Unfortunately, I do not have much information on the chemical weapons unit aside from just rumour and conjecture. I have never encountered them personally. However, all rumours seem to point to the port at Guangzhou. Either they take in their poisons from there, or they take test subjects from the local population of Hong Kong. You would have to infiltrate that base in order to obtain more information. Shinohara explained in a glum tone, perhaps feeling that he had mislead you with his lack of information on the subject.>Ask him something else (what?)>Leave and return to your team, plan out your next moves.>Other (write in)
>>1942800>Leave and return to your team, plan out your next moves.Well, a lead's still better than nothing.
Need another vote or two...>.gif unrelated
>>1942800>>Leave and return to your team, plan out your next moves.
You considered this for a few seconds, before standing up. The prisoner's eyes following you as you stood up."I will return later, I must discuss this with my squad." You explained, before turning and making to leave."Go ahead, it's not like I'm going anywhere!" The prisoner stated as you put the stool back by the door and left, nodding to the guard as you left. The guard walked back into the room as your guide addressed you."Back to the briefing room sir?" Your guide asked quizzically, you stopped for a few seconds and nodded for him to lead the way. You mulled over your options as you made your way through the assorted tunnels that made up the base. While you knew that you had time to work with, you didn't know how much time you had to work with. Of course, there were ways of dealing with or delaying this offensive. But even then, you weren't here to help the rebel cells, you were here to find out what was happening to the assorted villages that were going missing.As you entered the briefing room again, you noted that both Logan and Kyouko were still going through the folders and taking notes. They both looked up as you entered and nodded respectfully."Well that was quick, what's the news?" Logan asked as you walked over to the opposite side of the table to them, where the officer in charge of this underground base had been sitting almost an hour ago."Nothing good. The Japanese are apparently looking to wipe out Xuan's cell. They're massing forces at the Hengyang supply base in preparation." You explained as you sat down and made to reach for the jug of water, only for Kyouko to pass you your now full cup of water. You nodded at her as you took the offered cup from her."So they know where Xuan's cell is?" Kyouko asked as you drank, the lukewarm water going down slowly as you sipped the water."Not specifically, they've apparently managed to figure out a rough area, and have dedicated a regiment's worth of tanks to flatten the area. They're going for scorched earth tactics, so there will be no survivors." You reported grimly, noting both of your comrades starting to frown as you relaid to them what you knew.>Go over your current options with them.>Ask them about what they've found out from the folder on the assorted resistance cells.>Other (write in)
>>1946307>>Ask them about what they've found out from the folder on the assorted resistance cells.
>>1946307>Ask them about what they've found out from the folder on the assorted resistance cells.
"So, what have you found out on the other cells? Could any of them be useful?" You asked as you gestured down to the assorted notes set to one side."Yes, though to varying degrees. Which cell do you want to know about first." Logan asked as he thumbed through the collection of assorted notes.>Xuan's cell>Grandma's cell>Cao's cell>Chambers cell
"What can you tell me about Xuan's cell? How are they looking?" You asked Logan, prompting your comrade to pass you a fist full of notes."Xuan's cell has the advantage of numbers and dedication to the war effort. They number up to around between two and three thousand, and have numerous supply bases in friendly villages in the Guangxi and Guizhou provinces. They can bring a lot of firepower to the table for a relatively grassroots cell, mostly machine guns and spigot mortars. Even a few anti-tank guns for short-range firepower. Though their tactics are usually to ambush Japanese convoys, they can perform assaults on Japanese bases in the towns and villages in the areas that they control. As such, Japanese bases are more heavily defended than those on other provinces. When ambushing Japanese patrols and convoys, they usually employ improvised landmines as part of the opening salvo. Said mines are set off like normal demolition charges, by a guy a good distance away with a detonator. And it's usually followed up with fire from machine guns and spigot mortars." Logan explained as you leafed through the notes. The 2nd page including a rough sketch of some kind of crude weapon."Spigot mortar? Isn't the British PIAT a spigot mortar?" You asked sceptically you had heard mixed things about that weapon. With some hailing it as a great heavy weapon for an OSS team, while others described it as a useless waste of materials.It didn't surprise you that those who loved the weapon were British. They always had their heads up their asses when it came to valuing their own equipment."Yes. Xuan's cell essentially copied the British PIAT in order to make a weapon that could launch captured Japanese mortar bombs. It has inferior range and is generally worse than the PIAT. But at pretty much point-blank range they can be very deadly. They sometimes supply these weapons to other resistance groups, but only communist cells." Logan explained with a shrug. You nodded as you considered the rough sketch, before flicking through the notes.“Where is their main base?” You asked, noting that there was no map included in the notes."It's in the hills due west of Weijiangxiang. Directly across the river. They use the cover of the dense forest to keep them covered from Japanese patrol aircraft, while the village gives them access to a loyal work force who can cover for them when the Japanese come knocking." Kyouko spoke up, answering for Logan.>"From what you've read, do you think that they could survive such an assault?">Ask about another cell (Grandma's cell, Cao's cell, Chambers cell)>Other (write in)
>>1948714>>"From what you've read, do you think that they could survive such an assault?"
>>1948714>Ask about another cell (Grandma's cell, Cao's cell, Chambers cell)>Grandma's cell
"From what you've read, do you think that they could survive such an assault?" You asked Logan and Kyouko, who both shook their heads."No, if the Japanese force them out into a direct engagement then all of their assorted anti-tank weapons won't help them. The Japanese will have the numbers advantage and a large number of tanks. It would cost them dearly, but if that operation gets off the ground then Xuan's cell is doomed." Logan explained glumly, before adding. "They only have a few thousand people at their disposal, and from current estimates they only have a small number of dedicated anti-tank guns.""I think a better question would be this..." Kyouko began, he voice low and hesitant. "Is saving their cell relevant to our mission? We came here to investigate the kidnapping of civilians, not to run support for the rebel cells.""Kyouko, if that mission is launched then thousands of people will die!" Logan insisted, is steely gaze locking on your Japanese squadmate."Thousands of people could be dying right now, while I don't like the idea of simply leaving them to die I don't think that we really have the choice to help them!" Kyouko reasoned, her voice raising slightly as she emphasised her point."And what should we do instead? The only cell willing to help Xuan is Grandma's cell. And we know that her cell is practically on it's last legs. Cao's cell would never work with the communists, and the Brits aren't interested!" Logan asked rhetorically, but Kyouko continued to stare back at him."And how would we go about helping Xuan? An assault on the supply base is out of the question, and destroying the train tracks would just be playing for time. He won't believe us, or the words of a prisoner. So talking him down isn't an option." Kyouko fired back, placing the conversation into a dead-lock.>Support Xuan's cell against the Japanese (how?)>Ask about another cell (Grandma's cell, Cao's cell, Chambers cell)>Other (write in)
>>1952579>>Ask about another cell (Grandma's cell, Cao's cell, Chambers cell)Grandma
>>1952579>Other (write in)Blow up the tracks to gain time, and get in contact with the other cells for a rapid coordinated attack. Limited but enough to stun the Japanese.
Looking at the map, which highlighted many important pieces of information. The different operating ranges for each cell, major roads, Japanese bases and railway links. And after a few seconds of tracing the line of the railway, you found that it passed into the operating range of another rebel cell."What about grandma's cell? Part of the tracks runs through the operating area for her cell. Maybe she could help us buy some time?" You asked as you pointed out where the railway line entered into her cell’s striking range.“I’m not sure, they’re not a very large cell. But they are very good at laying landmines and performing sabotage missions. They usually focus on intelligence gathering so that OSS units can perform surgical strikes.” Logan explained“Would we have to aid them before they help us?” Kyouko asked, garnering a shrug from Logan.“Maybe? While it would be in their best interests to assist us in at least delaying the build up of this offensive force, they probably won’t trust the words of one prisoner. We’ll probably have to help them out with some things, though we wouldn’t have to do much in order for them to help us.” Logan reasoned, before then adding. “While Grandma’s cell is one of the more… trusting cells, they won’t help us for free. They don’t have the manpower to spare.”“What do they have at their disposal?” You asked, hoping to get some more pertinent information on Grandma’s cell.“They have around two hundred people at their disposal, more than half of which being scouts and armed reconnaissance. They mostly attack the Japanese by mining roads, blowing up bridges and other such things to disrupt the Japanese supply lines. Like Xuan’s unit, they use stolen Japanese weapons for direct engagements. Though they do not engage the japanese directly as a matter of course. The last time the cell directly engaged the Japanese it resulted in catastrophic losses, including the cell’s previous leader.”>”Would the other cells be willing to help us deal with countering the incoming force?.”>Ask about another cell (Cao's cell, Chambers cell)>Other (write in)
>>1954834>>”Would the other cells be willing to help us deal with countering the incoming force?.”
>>1954834>”Would the other cells be willing to help us deal with countering the incoming force?.”>Other (write in)Whats our hair colour? Can we get some hair dye? I want to dye our hair and Kyouko"s black.Less likelihood for us to be "spotted/singled out" easily.
”Would the other cells be willing to help us deal with countering the incoming force?” You asked your comrades, prompting Kyouko to explain."Maybe, though it's more a case of convincing each of them that the threat is significant enough for them to put their differences aside. Cao's cell is still hostile to communists, though if we can convince them that working with Xuan and Grandma is in their best interests then we can probably get some great fire support. Chambers's cell could be a good bet too, but they wouldn't be as helpful." Kyouko explained as she gestured to the map, pointing out how Cao's cell was closer to the supply base than Chamber's cell."We'll have to be careful when moving across the region. An American, a German and a Japanese woman will be very easy to single out in a crowd." Kyouko cautioned, gesturing to Logan, you and herself all in turn."Would hair dye help?" You asked tentatively, your blonde hair and Kyouko's fire-red hair."Probably not, even if we could find some all the way out here. It would probably be better if we just stuck to the forest." Kyouko admitted"That precludes us from resupplying from villages along the way." Logan stated glumly, a tired expression on his face."Pretty much, so we'll have to carry around most of our supplies with us until we reach Grandma's cell. We can resupply from her." You confirmed with a reluctant shrug. You weren't looking forwards to having to carry around more crap."Carrying more heavy shit, great." Logan complained, a dour look on his face. "Really starting to feel like light infantry again...">Ask about another cell (Cao's cell, Chambers cell)>Ask your squadmates another question (write in)>Ask the prisoner another question (write in)>Ask the base commander a question (write in)>Read through the folder on the assorted rebel cells.>Head to your allotted room and get some rest, you're spent.>Other (write in)
>>1958852>>Ask the prisoner another question (write in)Do you know about any of the defenses, guard patrols, or anything that would hypothetically make attacking the depot easier
>>1958852If all else fails we can just "paint it black"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHQPFpEjr5s>>1959026adding to this, ask in his best opinion what would hurt the Japanese the most in terms of supply or logistics.
"If you would both mind waiting here, I have to go and ask the prisoner some more questions." You stated as you stood up, garnering you a nod from Logan."Do me a favour and ask him about what we should hit in order to weaken the Japanese forces in the area, specifically in terms of supply and logistics." Kyouko asked, bringing up a good point. You had wanted to focus on the supply base, in preparation for a possible operation. You nodded at Kyouko, before turning and exiting the room. The trek to the prison cells was not as quick as you would have liked, mostly because you had to give way to another OSS team. The haggard looking men each giving you a respectful nod as they passed you on the way to a destination unknown. The guard outside of the cell block simply unlocked the door for you as you approached and left you to open the door. The man reguarding you lazily as you entered the room."I see that you did not take long to talk with your allies. I see that you have more questions to ask of me." The prisoner greeted you as you entered. You didn't respond as you collected the stool again and sat it back down in front of the prisoner's cell."Indeed I do. Tell me; do you know about the supply base's defences? Static emplacements, open killing fields, patrol routines. Anything that can help." You asked your first question as soon as your ass hit the seat. The prisoner nodded as his eyes glazed over, deep in though as he remembered what information he had."From what I can remember, the base is protected by a three meter high wall. The wall features watch towers every fifty meters with a machine gun nest in each. The top of the wall is designed with a saw-tooth pattern, similar to the castles in Europe. Between the wall and the treeline is a one hundred and fifty meter killing field. Rumour has it that the area is mined, though I was told by other soldiers on the base that the signs warning of landmines was purely to dissuade any kind of assault before it began. Aside from the troops posted to each guard tower, there are usually four man patrols that walk across the walls with one passing every five minutes. However, inside the base the patrols are almost non-existent as it is not expected that anyone would even manage to get into the base. There is also a garrison force of at least five hundred men too." The prisoner explained, providing you with a wealth of information more than you had actually expected."That sounds like a lot more than a grunt should know..." You stated idly, your doubt evident. Your prisoner just shrugged in response."I was assigned to guard the wall for a full week after failing to properly respect a major. I learned a lot about the base's defences during that time." The prisoner clarified, easing your more nagging questions."Where would be the best places to hit the Japanese forces in the region to delay the assault?" You asked the prisoner your next question.>CONT
>>1963593"The best places to start would be their smaller bases. Any losses you can inflict to the smaller bases will force the commanders in the region to draw strength away from the assault in order to maintain control over the populated areas. Hit and run mortar attacks are a favourite of the local rebel groups, so maybe you could do something similar?" The prisoner suggested cautiously, obviously uneasy at the prospect of killing his fellow countrymen.>"Having second thoughts?">Ask another question (write in)>Report back to your squad mates.>Other (write in)
>>1963593>>"Having second thoughts?">Other (write in)If it gives you any relief, our main goal is not one of murder or mass death. Quite the opposite...
>>1963647>"Having second thoughts?"
"Having second thoughts?" You asked Unkei, noting his unease as he gave you the information you needed."No..." He began, but trailed off for a few seconds as he gathered his thoughts. "I just never expected myself to give up information that would kill my fellow soldiers so easily. "If it's any consolation, when I served in the German military, I never thought for a second that I would be aiding the enemies of my homeland. You recalled, dragging the years-old memories to the surface. Purely so that you could console a prisoner. "I did not see at the time... that the enemy was not without, but within.""I see that both of our countries are in the same boat, so to speak. But still, giving up information that will get my comrades killed makes me feel dirty." Unkei said as he lent back against the bare rock wall of his cell."If it's any consolation, our goal is not to kill just for the sake of killing. We fight to preserve life." You assured the man in the cell, who regarded you with a pained, but understanding expression."I know. I only wish that I could say the same about the Japanese Army." Unkei stated with a resigned sigh. Leaving the air silent for you to talk.>Ask another question (write in)>Report back to your squad mates.>Other (write in)
>>1967339>Report back to your squad mates.
Deciding that now was the best time to leave, you stood up from the rickety wooden stool that you had been sat upon. The worn seat creaking slightly as you relieved the tension on it. You and Unkei nodded silently at each other, before you turned and left. The stool being returned to it's position as you exited the room and made your way back across the base to the meeting room where your squadmates remained. Your path through the base was unobstructed and you made good time, arriving at the door into the briefing room and entering. However, only Kyouko occupied the room. She looked up at you as you entered and spoke."Logan's gone off to the toilets. he should be back in a few minutes." Kyouko answered your question before you answered it with a shrug."To be perfectly honest, I don't want to know what the toilets are like here." You replied idly as you made to sit down. Noting that the jug of water had been replaced, likely with a full one."You and me both. So, what did the prisoner have to say?" Kyouko asked as your ass hit the bench, the wood creaking as you came to rest. you caught the sly smile creeping across your squad mate's face as a joke formed in her head."That base is locked up harder than a nun's privates." You blurted out, cutting off your squadmate before she could get her joke off. "They have the base protected by mines, a high wall with patrols on said wall, watch towers, machine gun nests and a one hundred and fifty meter killing field around the base.""Damn... so how are we meant to get in?" Kyouko asked as she lent forward, resting her arms on the table as she listened to you."I'm not sure. We could head over there and scout out the base. But that will take time." You replied as the door to the briefing room opened."And any time spent, is more time that they have to build up that strike force." Kyouko continued as Logan walked in, shutting the door behind him."What did I miss?" Logan asked as he sat down next to you."The supply base is fortified as hell. Thankfully nothing on the grade of the Märchenland, but still pretty severe. Mines, machine guns and an open killing ground." You explained in brief to your new arrival, who frowned at the news.>Go over your current options.>Ask your squad mates for their opinions.>Ask the base commander a question (write in)>Read through the folder on the assorted rebel cells.>Head to your allotted room and get some rest, you're spent and you can come up with a plan afterwards.>Other (write in)
>>1967939>Head to your allotted room and get some rest, you're spent and you can come up with a plan afterwards.
Need another vote...
"So, how are we going to take out that base?" Logan asked as he lent his elbows down onto the table."We aren't." You began, pausing to yawn tiredly. "At least not yet, we need to scout out the base first before we even try to assault it.""Can we go over them later? I'm spent." Kyouko groaned as she stifled a yawn as she relaxed for the first time since you had made landfall."Eh, sleep sounds good to me. Anything would be an improvement to sleeping on the jungle floor..." Logan agreed as he stood up from the table. You and the rest of the team quickly gathered up your assorted bags and weapons and made for the door. You opened the door and stepped outside. You turned to face the guard outside, who was lent up against a wall reading an old newspaper."Excuse me, could you please show me where my team is billeted?" You asked the guard as you lazily shrugged the ladened backpack on your shoulder."Sure, follow me." The guard replied idly as he straightened himself up, and began to lead your unit through the base. Your route taking you through a slightly less convoluted course from the briefing room to your destination. Which was a a uniform corridor cut deep into the grey rock of the mountain. Your guide lead your team to one of the doors, and opened it for you. The room inside was very small, only fitted with two bunk beds and a single light bulb in the centre of the ceiling."The toilets are down the corridor and to the right. They're four coridoors down." The guard explained as your team filed into the room and tossed your gear onto one of the top bunks. Your team silently agreeing that that particular bed would not be occupied."Thank you, you may leave now." You thanked your guide as you inspected the beds. Each bunk was assembled out of wood and was of crude but sturdy construction. The beds themselves looked as if they had seen better days. But all things considered they were more than you had hoped for.Once the guard left and shut the door behind him, you dispelled your magic with a muted snap. And as soon as the magic faded, the fatigue of staying up with minimal sleep, and constant trekking from sunrise to sundown non-stop for days hit you like a sledgehammer.You climbed into the bottom bunk and quickly took off your boots and most of your clothes. During OSS training, all of you had learned to simply ignore dignity when the situation demanded it. And as such, nobody spoke as you all climbed into your beds. Kyouko simply choosing to drop into bed after taking off only her boots, meanwhile, you changed into a vest and a new set of underwear before climbing into the bed.And as soon as your head hit the pillow, sleep took you. Your only though prior being the vain hope that this time, you would rest easily and undisturbed.--------------------------------------------------------------I'm going to call the thread here. Sorry that I've been slacking lately, but I've just been a bit fatigued. Here's hoping that it passes soon!