Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Macross%20QuestOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/TrNWfAkeYou are pilot HARRY NEUMANN, the newest of one of the New UN Spacy's Tactical Sound Units!Currently, you and Amy had pretty much ditched what was admittedly a pretty dull social function in order to show Amy a good time. Or, at least, you hope you can. Thankfully, it was a simple matter to get yourselves somewhat incognito. Both of you and Amy had brought some more casual changes of clothes, just in case, and it was a simple matter to sneak back to the locker room set aside for your group to change.However, as you put your jacket back on, you notice a slip of paper fall out of one of the pockets. You bend down and pick it up. It was written in somewhat rushed and slightly crude handwriting. You're guessing that it must have been Lara that slipped it there.You look around. Amy was still in her changing booth. Apparently that idol outfit took some effort to get out of without assistance, and she was pretty damn insistent she could do it herself. You weren't sure if it was just her pride, whether she didn't want you to see her change, or a little of both.Either way, you read the note, and immediately see that Lara has thoughtfully provided a few suggestions on where to go, which was fortuitous since you didn't really know the area, either.A true wingmate, she was.>Nabaal City Mega Mall>The lagoon beaches>Starwind Arcade>Armstech Shooting Range.>Other
>>2017550>>The lagoon beachesLet's see if Lara got us bathing suits and set Amy up. Could be why she's taking so long getting changed.
>>2017550>>Starwind ArcadeTime for Macross.
>>2017550>>Starwind ArcadeFind the hottest Meltran in the building and challenge her to a dog fighting sim.
>>2017550>Armstech Shooting Range.Teach her not to shoot out her own eye
>>2017550>>Starwind ArcadeDECULTURE TIME BEST TIME!
>>2017550Hm, well, you figure that Amy would be the video gamey type, so this Starwind Arcade seemed like a good bet. You do a quick net search on the place, and you see that it's the most comprehensive collection of arcade machines and games on Nabaal. Certainly looked to be a huge gathering place for the younger generation of colonists. "Hey Amy, are you done yet?" You ask. She was taking an awful long time. "Yeah! Just be patient! Jeez!" Amy grunts as she finally steps out of the changing booth. You could see that she was dressed in a pretty normal looking coat and skirt, with the only eye catching thing being a bright red scarf she was wearing around her neck. "There! What do ya think?">You'll certainly blend in. >Looks pretty cute on you.>Answering that might put me in jail.>Other
>>2017770>>Answering that might put me in jail.Time for bants.
>>2017770>>OtherDo you at least have a hat?Then...>Looks pretty cute on you.
>>2017770>You'll certainly blend in.
>>2017770>>Answering that might put me in jail.
>>2017770>Answering that might put me in jail.
>>2017770"Answering that question might put me in jail." You grin. "Ha ha, real fucking funny." Amy pouts as she punches you in the shoulder. "I'm not a goddamn kid.""Sure, whatever you say." You reply, still keeping up that grin. "So where are we going, anyways?" Amy asks as the two of you start making your way to the lift. Thankfully, you still have clearance for most of the Kapisi, so nobody bats an eye at you, though Amy does draw a few curious glances. However, you suspect more that it's from the oddity of seeing an apparently civilian girl wandering through the halls of the base. "I heard Starwind Arcade was a popular place." You shrug."FUCKING REALLY!??!" Amy's eyes flash. "Then what the hell are we waiting for?!?!"At that point, it's Amy practically taking the lead as she drags you to the base's main lift, which starts to take you down to the ground floor. Thankfully, it's just the two of you in the lift so no suspicion would be aroused.However, that also means an awkward silence settles in, the only sound being the soft hum of the lift. You wonder if this was actually worse than that cheesy elevator music you had heard so many stories about. >Ask if Amy is friends with Lara or something.>Ask Amy why she despises Dorothea so much. >Ask Amy what she thinks of Karla.>Stay quiet.>Other
>>2017856>>OtherPut an arm around her shoulder, tell her stories about Spec Ops piloting.
>>2017856>Ask if Amy is friends with Lara or something.Might as well ask, since it seems like it.
>>2017856>>Ask if Amy is friends with Lara or something.
>>2017856>Ask Amy why she despises Dorothea so much.
>>2017856>Ask if Amy is friends with Lara or something.
>>2017856"So, seems like you and Lara seem to be friends." You point out, breaking the silence."Ah, well, I guess because out of all the people I gotta deal with, she's the coolest." Amy shrugs, her cheeks pinking up a bit. "Doesn't try to order me around or push that galactic idol shit on me.""And I'm sure the fact that she's also a Valkryie pilot doesn't have anything to do with it, either." You chuckle."Shut up." Amy mumbles. "Anyways, like I said, Lara's cool."You nod at that, but before you can ask anything else, the lift slides to a stop and the doors slide open, revealing the tram that would take you out of the base and to the city proper. You and Amy quickly shuffle over, hoping that word hasn't gotten out yet. None of the guards bats an eye, and no alarms are sounded. You and Amy get into the tram and it pulls out of the base. The two of you sit at a secluded pair of seats near the back of the car."Okay, so it's my turn to ask a question." Amy turns to you. "I keep asking everybody what your deal is, but they always clam up or pretend not to know. What's the deal with that? I know Spec Ops does shady shit but what's the fuss about what you did for 'em?">You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it.>You're pretty sure Amy can keep a secret.>Other
>>2017911>>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it.
>>2017911>>OtherWe can tell you, but then you'd have to undergo subsequent memory wipe.
>>2017911>>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it."It's also my ricebowl kid. I do this for a living. If I turn out to be the type who blabs about it, I'll stop getting work. Probably even end up in jail."
>>2017911>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it.One of the few things we are deadly serious about.
>>2017911What >>2017924 said. Maybe add in "nothing personal."
>>2017911>>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it.>I would literally need to kill you if I told you, galactic idol shit or not kiddo. Here's a hint think about how a pure blooded human with no augs or alien ancestry punched open a Valkyrie barehanded.
>>2017911>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it."Wish I could, but I'd have to kill you. Or worse, I'd have to run from Karla."
>>2017911>You're not allowed to talk, or even think, about it.
>>2017911"Sorry, I can't talk, or even think, about it." You shake your head sadly. "It's some pretty serious stuff.""Oh, I see..." Amy sighs, a bit let down."It's nothing personal, Kid. That's just how my orders are." You explain."Yeah, yeah, I get it." Amy waves it off. Thankfully, you don't have to spend too long to mull on this moment, as the tram finally reaches your desired stop. Outside the window, right below the tracks, you could see the Starwind Arcade, a round arena like building that was festooned with all sorts of lights and holographic displays. Amy is already out the door the moment they open, forcing you to scramble to catch up with her. By the time you do, she's already grabbed a play card. She turns to you, a smug yet happy look on her face, her body silhouetted by the lights of the multiple arcade games behind her. Hundreds of people, young, middle age, and old, poured in and out of the building at a steady pace."So, you wanna join in on the fun?" Amy holds her card up between her index and middle finger. "It's good for two!">I'm not really that much into games.>Sure, I'm down.>Other
>>2017988>>Sure, I'm down.>>Other"Lets see whos the noob here."
>>2017988>Sure, I'm down.
>>2017988>>Sure, I'm down.time to school her in the art of vidya
>>2017988>Sure, I'm down.Fun is needed.
>>2017988>>Sure, I'm down.>inb4 we completely suck at games
>>2017998And then we get sucker punched with a 1.
>>2018006IT'S JUST BEGINNER'S LUCK
>>2017988>>Sure, I'm down.
>>2017988"Sure, I'm down." You shrug. "What do you have in mind?""Mmmmm, well...." Amy pauses as her eyes scan the room. You could tell that even she didn't really know where to go first, her sense completely overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this place. Probably best to get the ball rolling for her a bit...>Valkyrie Duel>Rhythm Game>Light Gun Shooter>Carnival Games>Other
>>2018048>Carnival GamesLet's try our hand at getting scammed out of our wallet!
>>2018048>>2018048>>Light Gun Shooter
>>2018048>Valkyrie DuelIf she can't vidya pilot, how is she gonna Konig Monster?
>>2018048>Valkyrie DuelLet's show this scrub how us real pilots do.
>>2018048"Said you wanna be a pilot?" You grin. "Well how about we test you out? Ever played Valkyrie Duel before?""Of fucking course!" Amy nods. "I was the goddamn top scorer back home!""Really now." You chuckle. "Up for a match or two?""Now that's what I'm talking about!" Amy cracks her knuckles.The two of you then file over to where the Valkyrie Duel machines were being held, and you could immediately tell that it was the arcade's most popular game, since you swear about a quarter of the floorspace was dedicated solely to it. You could see holographic Valkyries of all types dancing and flitting through the air for observers to see, while the "pilots" were busy concentrated on their own games. Thankfully, you and Amy manage to actually find an unclaimed machine and sit down opposite each other."All right, so how are we doing this?" Amy asks as she inserts her game card. The machine lights up and the Valkyrie select screen hovers in front of our face.>Mirror Match>Choose whatever we want. >Other
>>2018116>Choose whatever we want.
>>2018116>>Choose whatever we want.
>>2018121Yeah, lets let the dice gods decide.
>>2018116>>Choose whatever we want.She's going to take the Koenig Monster anyway
>>2018157Unless that's what she wants us to think, and decides to choose something contrary!
>>2018116"Well, just pick whatever you want." You shrug. "It's just a game, so it's no big deal.""Huh, sure thing, then." Amy nods as she fiddles with her console.You were pretty sure you had a good idea of what Amy would pick. Probably the Konig Monster or some similarly heavy Valkyrie variant. Lots of armor and firepower, but those things tended to be slow and unwieldy. So how would you handle this. You look at the selection and see that it's actually rather well up to date, with many of the latest Valkyries already added in. So, well, you weren't left wanting for choice...>Pick a top of the line Valkyrie.>Pick one of the classics.>Other
>>2018184>>Pick one of the classics.Pick the plane in the picture. Fuck yeah, F-15.
>>2018184>Pick one of the classics.
>>2018184>Pick one of the classics.>inb4 we pilot it via ELECTRIC GUITARS
>>2018184>>Pick one of the classics.Maybe an off end prototype or something from one of the Games.
>>2018184>>Pick one of the classics.
>>2018184>>Pick one of the classics.>>2018194We better have something to play instead of the usual Fire Bomber songs.
>>2018184>>Pick one of the classics.VF-1XPLUS
>>2018209I kinda want either a VF-4 or a VF-11B
>>2018217Its the classic of classics though.And we probably flew the Thunderbolt operationally already. Besides, it'll make the match against a koing monster more fair.
>>2018223Nah, if you wanted Classics of the Classics, we'd be in a straight up VF-1J. Still though, I'd like a Thunderbolt. It's such a good fucking mech.
>>2018184Well, you figure you can pick one of the classics. After all, a lot of these planes were out of production and were pretty rare at this point. Where better to fly them than in the virtual space?>VF-1>VF-4>VF-11>F-14>Other
>>2018243>VF-1VF-1 all day.
>>2018243>>F-14Can't stop this now
>>2018243>>F-14>implying there's any other choice
>>2018243>F-14Just to see her face when the "obsolete" fighter win.
>>2018243>>F-14Highway to the Danger Zone intensifies.
Are we going to have a cute A.I. co-pilot?
>>2018243>F-14Time to BOUNCE.
>>2018271A cute A.I. WSO who develops Sharon Apple tendencies?
>>2018312Yeah, but now our life will be this shit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNFkaK_ksVY
>>2018326YOU GET THAT DEVILFRUIT THE FUCK OUT OF HERE RIGHT THE HELL NOW, ANON!
>>2018326YOU SICK SICK PERSON YOU!!!
>>2018243You grin as you see a familiar choice. The humble F-14 fighter. Absolutely ancient in this day and age, but it was essentially the progenitor to the current line of Valkyrie fighters. Only able to go to Mach 2 to 3 in the best of times, and armed with only basic missiles, and having no transforming tech so no GERWALK or Battroid modes. Picking the F-14 in a Valkyrie fight was pure insanity. You were pretty sure that this plane was added in as a joke choice, but you simply couldn't resist. "What? Fucking seriously?" Amy frowns when she sees your choice. "Thought I'd have some fun." You shrug."Yeah, well, don't blame me for kicking your ass, then." Amy sighs.It's then that you see Amy's choice. A VA-3 Invader fighter bomber. Interesting. MATCH STARTINGThe hologram then lights up, showing the two of your fighters floating in the air. Now, you knew that even if Amy was flying a Valkyrie that wasn't designed for air to air combat, it was still leagues faster and better armed...>Dive for the deck. You need t pick up as much speed and energy as possible. >You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her. >Attack head on. You got nothing to lose.>Other
>>2018344>>Attack head on. You got nothing to lose.
>>2018344>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.
>>2018344>>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.Get the BOUNCE ready.
>>2018344>>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.'cats too big to do well in the weeds.
>>2018344>>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.
>>2018344>>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.Skill with the machine shall trump technology reliance
>>2018339He's the kind of asshole who'd open an MRE, find Charms, and ACTUALLY FUCKING EAT THEM!>>2018344>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.GOTTA BOUNCE FAST!But seriously, the Tomcat is a big, fat, missile boat. She wants to be as far from the floor as she possibly can.
>>2018344>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.>>2018326Jokes are supposed to be funny. DO YOU SEE ANYBODY LAUGHING?
>>2018344>>OtherTry and keep her at a lower flight ceiling and box her in, around 10000 feet. Don't let her climb to an altitude where she can use her speed to it's best advantage.
>>2018344>>You need to climb. Maybe you can get a positional advantage on her.The Cat has less energy than the later Variable Fighters, we'll need to get as much as possible.
Rolled 17, 3, 14 + 4 = 38 (3d20 + 4)>>2018344You immediately nose your Tomcat directly up and go full throttle. Your virtual Tomcat blasts off into the sky, the ancient gasoline powered jet engines struggling to keep the heavy fighter from stalling out as she clawed for altitude.Meanwhile, Amy's Invader boosts forward, no doubt to try and get an intercept course on you. Considering that the Invader could easily go twice as fast your Tomcat, your timing to outmaneuver her would have to be flawless...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>2018396
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>2018396
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>2018396
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>2018396Come on Protoculture!
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>2018396>a
Time for some air braking, cause she is faster, yeah?
>>2018410>air braking>against a VARIABLE ATTACKERNot gonna work.
>>2018396Unfortunately, Amy's Invader is just too fast, its thermonuclear engines outclassing your Tomcat's antiquated jet engines by several orders of magnitude. It covers the distance between you in a flash, and Amy lets loose a punishing stream of cannon fire. Heavy 60mm shells shred into your Tomcat, shearing off a wing and completely obliterating the engines. Yeah, this was it. Your Tomcat was in her death throes now and there was nothing you could do about it. But your flaps and control surfaces, as well as your weapons, were still operational. You could probably do something...>Flip around and fire everything you've got.>Kamikaze!>Other
>>2018434>Flip around and fire everything you've got.We go out with a bang.
>>2018434>Flip around and fire everything you've got.
>>2018434>>Flip around and fire everything you've got.
>>2018434>Kamikaze!She'll never see it coming.
>>2018434>>Flip around and fire everything you've got.One final fuck you.
Rolled 2, 11, 17 + 2 = 32 (3d20 + 2)>>2018434You still had some control over your plane, and you still had some missiles. So in a final act of desperation, you hit your flaps, spinning your Tomcat from nose up to nose down to face the incoming invader with a speed that would have pulped you from G-forces alone if you had actually been in the cockpit. Up this close, you don't even have to wait long for a lock...>Roll 1d20
>>2018434Activate DECULTURE Code!Up up down down left right left right missile missile gun gun ignition eject
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>2018468
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>2018468Here comes the Snow!
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>2018468
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>2018468
>>2018474Well, looks like the snow came.
>>2018474>>2018491Given our history, I wouldn't expect the big wigs collecting our genetics for splicing to create a little girl supersoldier.
>>2018468You hit your trigger repeatedly, firing every single missile you have. At the same time, Amy switches to GERWALK mode to bleed off speed so she can maintain her cannon aim on your target. Your Tomcat is shredded to pieces from heavy cannon fire right as two of your missiles slam straight into where the Invader's cockpit would be, turning a sure defeat into a mutual kill.DRAW."What the hell?!?" Amy blurts. "What the fuck was that?!?">Skill>A lesson not to take your enemy for granted.>Cheating, of course.>Other
>>2018502>A lesson not to take your enemy for granted.
>>2018502>>A lesson not to take your enemy for granted.An enemy with everything to gain, has nothing to lose.
>>2018495Reminder that we are [Spoiler]totally a clone of Roy Focker[/Spoiler]
>>2018502>>A lesson not to take your enemy for granted.
>>2018502"Well, you should just take it as a lesson to never take your opponent for granted no matter how inferior they seem." You grin. "Even if the F-14 is an antique, it's still got missiles that can take you out if your aren't careful.""I guess you got a point there..." Amy concedes. "Anyways, I was thinking of hitting up another game. How about you?">Challenge her to a rematch.>You'll stick around and fiddle with solo play for a bit.>Follow Amy.>Other
>>2018536>Follow Amy.Perhaps we should try to get her sim time back on the ship. Something we can provide for good behaviour or something.
>>2018536>Follow Amy.It's going to be a rhythm game, right???Also we might acquire wannabe idols/pilots here!
>>2018536You follow Amy, and she pauses in between two sections: the area with the rhythm games and the area with the carnival games."Damn... which one..." Amy grumbles."Didn't take you for being into rhythm games." You blink. "Well, it's a bit of a hobby of mine..." Amy look away awkwardly. "I mean, there was a reason they shoved me into the idol role after all...">I'd really like to hear you sing.>Well, I'll follow your lead.>Other
>>2018569>I'd really like to hear you sing.
>>2018569>>I'd really like to hear you sing.Singing and moving and shaking and jiggling...
>>2018569>Well, I'll follow your lead.
>>2018569>>Well, I'll follow your lead.
>>2018569>Well, I'll follow your lead.Time to dazzle the stage!
>>2018569"Well, I'll follow your lead, wherever you go." Amy pauses for a second, and then finally puts a determined look on her face."This way!" She grunts as she stomps off toward the carnival game side. "There is one thing I always wanted to get..."She leads you to a small rifle range booth, the type where you shot small pellets at targets to rack up points. Pretty old fashioned, but a staple of carnivals. Plus, as was typical of carnival booths, the shelves were lined with all sorts of prizes and merchandise, and you immediately had a hunch of what Amy was gunning for.A stuffed Konig Monster, and a pretty big one, too. Amy steps up to the firing line and picks up a pellet rifle, examining it to make sure it wasn't tampered with. Looks like she was serious about this.>Just stand back and observe.>Maybe you can help her out a bit.>Other
>>2018584>Just stand back and observe.
>>2018584>>Just stand back and observe.
>>2018584>>Maybe you can help her out a bit.
>>2018584>>Just stand back and observe.Let's see how she does before helping out.
>>2018584>Maybe you can help her out a bit.Semi-ethical gun modifications?
>>2018584>>Just stand back and observe.need to c/p better, clearly.
>>2018584>Maybe you can help her out a bit.
Rolled 15, 4, 2 = 21 (3d20)>>2018584...
>>2018584You just stay back and observe. You do note that Amy does seem to know how to handle a gun. She takes a wide stance with her legs to steady herself, and nestles the butt of the rifle snugly against her shoulder. She at least had the basics down.Her marksmanship, though, was a different story. Her shooting technique was passable, but you do note that she makes a few small mistakes such as breathing at the wrong time when she fires. However, despite this, she's able to hit barely enough of the targets to be eligible for her desired prize. The attendant calmly takes the stuffed Monster off the shelf and hands it to Amy, who hugs it like a pillow. "Happy now?" You ask with a grin.Amy silently nods, her smile absolutely beaming. You check the time and realize that the day was almost over. Perhaps it was best to start heading back before your superior started to panic at yours and Amy's absence.>Better head back.>Stick around for a little longer...>Other
>>2018609>Better head back.
>>2018609>>Better head back.
>>2018609>>Stick around for a little longer...If we're gonna get in trouble, make the most of it.
>>2018609>>Better head back.We're going to have to ask Lara what the 'distraction' was.
>>2018609>>Better head back.Not bad with the shooting. Definitely could defend herself.
>>2018609Ah, well, looks like it's time to start heading back before you were missed."Well, it was great and all, Amy, but it's almost your bedtime." You remark."Ha ha, real funny." Amy rolls her eyes. "And yeah, I guess it's time to go."It was quiet on the tram ride back to the Kapisi. You suppose that both you and Amy were too tired from the events of the day to do much else but sit around. Plus Amy looked pretty preoccupied with her spoils.You wonder what sort of reception you were going to get when you returned...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>2018619
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>2018619
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>2018619
>>2018620>>2018621>>2018622So something good and bad?
>>2018622I almost didn't roll... Fucking dice god cunts.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>2018619
>>2018622>I almost didn't roll... Fucking dice god cunts.Commit Suduku!
>>2018620>>2018622So...this is gonna be interesting.
>>2018619However, when the two of you exited the tram, you were both immediately greeted by a very familiar face."Captain." Dorothea says calmly, arms crossed with an even more cross expression. "Amy. I see that you two are well."You and Amy could immediately tell that the Admiral was not happy at all. "You are soooo fucked." Amy mumbles to you."Gee, thanks." You sigh. "Amy, report back to Karla and give her an update on the situation." Dorothea continues. "Sure thing!" Amy dashes off, making her escape and leaving you to face Dorothea's wrath alone."You will return to the Pacifica immediately, and we shall have a few words." Dorothea narrows her eyes at you. "I expected to hear a very detailed account of what has transpired."Oh boy. You weren't sure if this was a good or bad thing...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week. And don't forget Frontier Knight on Saturday!
>>2018631Thanks for running Merc.
>>2018631See you next time, Merc.
>>2018631Well now.Wonder what's gonna happen next week.Thanks, Merc.
>>2018631Guess we're not getting that second drink AND lost some Dorothea points!See you next DECULTURE!
>>2018646Should be easy enough to explain anyways. Can fluff it as a in to make sure amy will listen to us when the the chips are down.
>>2018631Thanks for the thread OP!
This shit is cash, need to catch up and keep playing