Ok guys, news time! So I think I already said, but I'll restate here, that we're on a 12 hour schedule at work Tuesday, Wedensday, and Thursday this week. I'm going to do my absolute dead level best to get posts up those days, but I cannot promise they'll go up on time, if at all. Long story short there: Engineering and Sales are dicks, news at 11. haha!Archive is here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Strike%20Witches%202016 It's not too long yet, so if you're looking to jump in and want to read it all, now's a good time, haha!Don't really have much else. My twitter, for anyone new, is here: https://twitter.com/Warhound89I try to keep that fairly recent, but with the daily updates it's a lot less necessary than it was in the 89 days. Still, if anything comes up, there'll be a message there, most likely. Anyway, that's all the news I can think of guys, so let's go!+++You think for a minute on the subject. All the Nordic names pop into your head- Loki, Garm, Freki- things you’d expect a Fenrir to be named. But the name that sticks out most to you is Papa Legba- the loa that acts as an intermediary between the others and humans. Given your dream last night, it seems fitting- and because of the computer's role in VDNI, there’s an extra layer to it. It suits perfectly, you think. “Papa Legba.” You say to Kim, after a bit of thought. “Name it Papa Legba.” “Odd name. But ok, I’ll set it to that. When I go home, if they assign you a new SO, she’ll have to reset everything, and you can change the name then.” Kim responds. You feel sluggish as the computer comes online and begins to take over from the rudimentary backup systems. The Combat computer, designed in part with magitech and martian tech, is built specifically to help you cope with the incredible amount of data incoming in a fight. It assists you in maintaining situational awareness- and it helps bind you to your systems operator. It’s part of the reason that so many Fenrir crews end up married after a few years- like Billy and Una.It’s going through startup checks now- initial setup things, like the first time you turn on a new computer at home. It works through it’s associated hardware, a feeling like a tingling all over your scalp, then begins bringing software online. 1/2
Kim feels more and more distinct in your head- she’s busy, of course, but there’s something else. Fear. It takes a few minutes before you can really identify it as such, but once you do, you’re sure of it. She’s afraid of something, has been for some time. On the one hand, you want to ask- she’s your crew, afterall, and her wellbeing is your responsibility, but at the same time, it’s buried so deep that you’re worried that calling her out on it may not be a good idea. She’s already trying to hide it, afterall.  Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of? Let it ride until it becomes a problem- it may just be something simple, like a fear of screwing up or something normal.
>>2282923> Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?while its probably her beeing worried we will hate her if she fucks something up
>>2282923>[x] Let it ride until it becomes a problem- it may just be something simple, like a fear of screwing up or something normal.
>>2282923>Bring it up later, go watch the storm out the side of the hangar and talk it outNo need to throw her off her game now, and no need to wait until it blows up
>>2282923>[X] Let it ride until it becomes a problem- it may just be something simple, like a fear of screwing up or something normal.It might just be that this is a combo of her crush on us and the knowledge that Fenrir crews normally end up bonded so strongly.Would make sense that makes a teenage girl nervous.We can ask her later, while not connected to the VDNI.
>>2282923> Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?
>>2282923>Bring it up later, go watch the storm out the side of the hangar and talk it outIf it's buried that deep I'd doubt it's something simple, should talk about it now instead of when/if it becomes an issue. Best night of the week!
>>2282923>[X] Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?Best not to leave a problem like this alone. Doubly so if Baron says that things are gonna pop off soon.
>>2282923>[X] Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?
>>2282946That doesn't sound like a super deep seated fear.
>>2283046If it's something like intimacy issues, it might be.And connecting to VDNI together properly is reportedly pretty intimate, even compared to the basic stuff we have now.
>>2282923> Let it ride until it becomes a problem- it may just be something simple, like a fear of screwing up or something normal.
>>2282923>> Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?
[x] Ask her about it- why is she afraid? What is she afraid of?You debate letting it go for a minute- afterall, there’s not a lot of reason to be digging till you have something more concrete. That said, it’s still your business, to some extent. You need her to be without worry, especially if Baron Samedi is right and a war is coming. Fenrirs are odd like that- panic is infection in combat, doubly so when you’re linked to a VDNI system. You don’t frighten, but if she’s panicking, it’s going to affect you all the same. “Kim.” You say“Mmm?” She responds, sounding distracted. She knows, of course- she’s got the same access to you that you have to her now- in other words, she knows that you know. “What’s bothering you?” You ask. She hesitates- you can feel it in the link, the insecurity and worry leaping to the front of her mind. “N-nothing.” She says- a lie, and you both know it. “Kim.” She sighs. “What if this isn’t right?” She says, after a minute.“What?” “What if this isn’t right?” She asks again- there’s some courage there, but now that fear and anxiety is at the front- enough that it makes your own skin crawl a little. “What if I’m not supposed to be here?” “What do you mean?” You ask- you have a good idea, and your mother cautioned you against this path just for this kind of thing- you shouldn’t be a pilot just because you felt you had to. That was part of your reasoning, you suppose, but not all of it- Last night wasn’t the first time the Baron visited you in your dreams, afterall. “I went into a navy contract because my mom did, because my sister did, and because everyone expected me to.” She says. “I mean, mom did it when you could go active before your time in the academy was up, but now you can’t, and I only thought it was a good idea because she always talked about how she made all these friends during the war, and how much it helped her.” She pauses. “But I don’t think anyone here likes me, and- “She stops. Whatever she was going to say is buried under an avalanche of guilt.  And? Prompt her to continue.  Let it go- reassure her about her fears, try to help.
>>2283183> And? Prompt her to continue.
>>2283183 And? Prompt her to continue.
>>2283183> And? Prompt her to continue.>Mention that we didn't exactly get a warm reception, either
>>2283183>[X] And? Prompt her to continue.Staying gentle about it at least.How can she even feel like no-one here likes her?
>>2283183>[x] And? Prompt her to continue.With what >>2283204 said too.
>>2283208>How can she even feel like no-one here likes her?Because everyone has been standoffish since even we arrived and some of the other witches have been (somewhat justifiably) catty in reminding Kim that she's not hot shit yet, just a kid?
>>2283183>[x] And? Prompt her to continue. Seconding >>2283204
>>2283183>[x] And? Prompt her to continue. This >>2283204
>>2283217This is very true. Bluster without anything backing it up won't win you any friends.
>>2283251Also, let's not forget that she's literally 13 years old. I work with kids that age, and they can get very easily discouraged when they actually have to face reality. They can also bounce back from it pretty easily, but some poutiness- which, when combined with military responsibility and a college-level education turns it into outright insecurity- isn't exactly unexpected.
>>2283183>[X] And? Prompt her to continue.
>>2283183>[x] And? Prompt her to continue.
[x] And? Prompt her to continue. “And?” you prompt. She struggles for a minute, searching for words. It’s hard to tell with the adapter in place- even with the computer working on the link, there’s a level of distance there that even Papa Legba can’t bridge for you. “And I don’t know if I want to do this anymore.” She says, after a minute. “Because you don’t think anyone likes you?” You ask. “That’s part of it.” She admits. “But all I really want to do is research and design, like mom does now. She said her time with Uncle Frank helped so much that I thought I had to do this, but I don’t know now.” She struggles to put words to her nebulous fear, but it’s a whole host of things you can feel- her fear of an actual war, her fear of having to kill someone, her fear of screwing up and getting herself- or you- killed. Her fear of being hated, her fear that she’s going to misstep and get reassigned by Kat, her fear that she won’t measure up to the example set by her mother during the soviet war in 1989. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety in her that you can pick up on- more than you initially thought. She’s kept it buried deep, but with the computer coming online, it’s coming to the fore- this whole thing is for real, now. She’s a fighter systems operator in a Fenrir team, and if there’s a shooting war, she’ll be on the very pointy end of it. She’s afraid of that, too. “Are you thinking of asking for reassignment?” You ask. “Well, no one but you likes me...” She begins. “I haven’t exactly had the warmest reception from them either.” You point out. “They just lost a Fenrir and it’s crew, and they’re on edge.” “But that’s just one thing.” She says. “What about the rest? Maybe I’m not cut out for this and you’d be better off with someone else.”  Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.  If that’s how you feel, we could bring it up with Kat, see what she says.
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.>We haven't even flown together yet. Let's see how that feels before we do anything rash.
>>2283425>Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2283425>[X] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2283425>[x] If that’s how you feel, we could bring it up with Kat, see what she says.
>>2283425 Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise....but perhaps you should call your Mom and talk to her about it.
>>2283425>[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.>Suggest she talk about it with her mom when we meet her in Japan
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.But if you still feel this way in a week or two, we can talk to Kat/your mom about it.
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.With a side of>Just stop trying to make yourself fit. Just do you.
>>2283425>[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.We should definitely suggest her talking to Merlin or Ice, might be helpful getting an more experienced perspective
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2283425[X] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2283425[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise. Phrase it such that she knows we're taking her seriously--though the Fenrir ought to help with that--and that we'll talk about it.Actually, could you deliberately project that idea/a feeling of reassurance over the connection? Do that.
>>2283425>[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.Yeah, based on our first impression we didn't exactly like this assignment either but we've made some headway. We can let her know if she likes the work but doesn't like the squad, we're already covered in offers to transfer around. I don't think we should, mind, just the thought might relax her.
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise. I can't imagine rushing this decision is a good plan.
>>2283425>[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.Christ I'm late
>>2283425> Do you want to be here?Follow up with "Then we'll figure the rest out." If she says yes.
>>2283425> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.How long until we get that psychology degree?
>>2284635Soon as we finish that correspondence course. Wait, this is 2016.Soon as we that internet course from Phoenix University.
> Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise.
>>2284635Actually, we could possibly have one. I'm not sure Ghost has said what Morgan's major was, and he had to have gone through college to be a pilot.
>>2284809Child Psychology with a Minor in Pain!?
>>2284925>Becoming a fighter pilot>With a non-STEM major>With the most useless major imaginable >Like holy shit even philosophy is more useful
>>2285171It’s a world of witches. Women’s Studies would, by necessity, include witches. Given our profession and how magic and witches are needed by the military and essential to the operation of a Fenrir, it seems more appropriate than a degree in Ancient Greek philosophy.
>>2285616No, in a world of Witches, there would be real degrees covering magic, magitech, et cetera.The shitty sub-branch of sociology that is "women's studies" would remain an underwater basket-weaving type degree.
>>2285642So coven politics would be a part of political science? Witch history a specialization in the department of history?
>>2285719Probably, that's how most things are broken out. Not to mention Morgan could probably cruise through coven politics and witch history courses just due to his background. He'd do better picking something he didn't know.
>Let's talk to someone about this. I'd like to wait, but ut was literally the first thing we felt. Not that she was anxious, nor worried. But fear. And fear, its the mind killer. Again, if she'd been feeling a mix of emotions, that'd be one thing. But she didn't. And she was broadcasting overwhelming fear enough it tipped US off to it. She wants to build things, and that's okay. Forcing herself to do something runs the risk of 'breaking'. Not to mention the stress may be too much for her, cause her to become a liability. It's going to be at least another day before we fly, and we need to square things before we become another accident.
>>2285642Does Annapolis even offer Underwater Basket Weaving? That seems like it would be a huge waste of taxpayer money.
>>2285800It's a part of Subwitch training
>>2285807That's actually the first decent reason to even have that class I've heard anywhere.
Actually thinking about didn't we say we'd go to Kat if we ran into any problems?
>>2285835It's not a problem, not yet anyway, and I think having her have a 1 on 1 chat with Ice in her capacity as a family friend or her Mom is a better solution than bringing it straight to Kat who is A) Partly responsible for this and B) Is most likely subconsciously looking for a reason to bounce her/us out of the unit.
So what the does society of 2016 look like for non-witch women? Is every man trying to get into a pair of witch panties to the point of wimen having to lower their standards, or is there a new fashion trend of "faux-witch" to even stand a miniscule chance of competing?
>>2285171Lots of fighter pilots don't have STEM degrees.
>>2285884Since most men don't stand a chance with witches as is, this is the concern strictly limited to angry internet virgins.Most witches likely dress normally when they arent in the military on standby to power strikers or fly hybrids.
>>2286046It's also been established, only military witches can go nopants. Some young witches clearly liked to show off back in '89, like when we went with ice to buy some witchcomix, but the dress code should be normal most of the time.
>>2286247We know the military snaps up witches when they can, what about law enforcement and other agencies?
>>2286275Military would get first dibs, and most witches are of limited use outside of strikers, right? There's no way any police would keep strikers, it'd be like them keeping tanks. Increasing damage from small arms would be a deficit.I know heal witches are in high demand everywhere though. Maybe some other common powers are prized in the civilian market?
>>2286295Dog familiars as part of search and rescue? Or patrol officers/forensics?
>>2286275We've definitely heard some mention of witches with the cops before I feel like, though not in detail. >>2286295>There's no way any police would keep strikers, it'd be like them keeping tanks.>pic related
>>2286306>pic relatedAPCs are a little different from tanks though. Though what is that, a custom job? The wheels rather exposed.
>>2286306Not a Tank.It's an MRAP.That's like calling a Coast Guard Cutter a Battleship.
>>2286340I could have sworn there were Striker refitted for civilian purposes, like firefighting Strikers. Maybe there are SWAT witches? Strikers designed for urban environments and shield projection to protect teams/civilians?
>>2286350SWAT Witches would be the most likely; though their strikers would still be much lighter than a true "Tank" Witch.I cannot recall if things like firefighting witches have ever been mentioned.
>>2286295I could magine a marke for firefighter witches, with their shields n shit
>>2286364I could see it being done by heavily modifying a tank striker and assigned weapons in order to make a witchy rapid water transport, especially in areas that would require off-road capabilities.
>>2286338>>2286340It's not a tank, but it is gross overkill for law enforcement. Strikers are also not necessarily tanks either. Also it's a Cadillac Gage Commando, which is an amphibious APC/armored car (like a BTR) hybrid. It was originally developed for MPs in Vietnam as a convoy escort, some of the original V-100 models ended up used by SWAT, like by the LAPD (who nicknamed theirs "the tank").
>>2286364SWAT witches have to exist to do high risk warrant service on the Witch Mafia.
>>2286350Civilian pattern strikers aren't unheard of, but ever since the Martian War, witches have traditionally been encouraged to focus on military rather than civil service.
>>2286304Do witches get sensor boosts from their familiar enough to make a difference?>>2286350Maybe in very limited numbers, but you need to acquire the strikers themselves, have the knowledge to refit them for civil use, have the parts to maintain them, and have a witch to operate them. SWAT is the most likely, but witches are still all about high power/weight, doing things like putting out the same firepower as tanks and 20mm cannons, not the right scale of force for civil use. They would be excellent for shielding though.>>2286378>gross overkillThere's no way they left the mounted weapons on it, so it should just be what amounts to an armored truck. Intimidating as hell, but not any more dangerous than a SUV.
>>2286378>it is gross overkill for law enforcementWhile this is largely true of most local police departments, for large metropolis police departments and SWAT who have to deal with heavily-armed gangs, drug cartels, etc. They do actually have value in allowing response officers to safely deal with those threats. Also, the things are Disarmed, or fitted with water cannon or tear gas launchers *at best*.Now, there's a great deal to be said about the relative (lack of) competence displayed by certain PDs in general, and the proliferation of this equipment in small local PDs who frankly have no legitimate use for the things, but that's really a separate issue.
>>2286350I wouldn't be surprised if emergency response witches wore bike shorts or something similar.
>>2286401I'm fairly certain some departments ranging from local to state level (including ones I've never heard of) have demil M113s and there's something about the FBI and ATF SWAT units having M728 CEVs (Which are literally just modified M60A1s for the few of us who have no idea what those are) though I have no idea how accurate that is given the only source is wiki, and even then that might have just been for Waco.
>>2286401>>2286397The original LAPD models just had a battering ram. I'm talking more about the general ethos of militarizing the police - taking a milspec vehicle with things like amphibious capability and what not and going "we'll just paint LAPD on the side!" and using it to smash in doors (keeping in mind the LAPD are not always known for their restraint) is a bit of an overkill. Typically SWAT uses armored vans now, though some still have APCs, but I do feel it is often an unnecessary step taken because they want to be scarier.t. criminal justice majorThat said, especially as we are now in the War on Terror era, it's silly to assume that police forces don't have witches on hand for "special weapons and tactics" with demilitarized strikers not used by the military anymore. A witch can knock down a door safely just as easily as the "LAPD tank" can, and probably costs less to fuel up. Are there land strikers based on lighter Armored Vehicles? There might be LAPD witches with M706 Strikers already.
>>2286433>an unnecessary step taken because they want to be scarier.No, it’s because surplus stuff is dirt cheap compared to purpose built vehicles.
>>2286437And honestly, the military has a lot more practice in making properly protected vehicles. I'd trust a demilled APC over a custom civil-built one anyday, at least for small arms protection.
>>2286437I mean, this is also true, but if you look back to stories from the '80s when they actually used the ram, police totally gush about how scary it is, one guy straight up comparing it to nuclear deterrence, despite the fact that they actually used it to bust into crack houses a very small number of times.
>>2286456That's more of an indictment on the disturbing lack of competence of the police in general rather than of the department's possession of specialized armoured vehicles,
>>2286456Oh sure. I’m sure the guys on the ground liked it for that reason. But the decision to actually purchase it was made because it was cheap
>>2286459Well, at this point the whole thing becomes circular. There are pros and cons at either end but we're not going to pick apart human frailties vis a vis law enforcement on a siamese stone-carving forum. The salient point is that cops will go an extra mile, regardless of the ethical element, so major cities probably do have SWAT witches in demilitarized strikers.
>>2286433In terms of the "Militarization" of the police, i'd disagree that the broad acquisition of cheap surplus armoured vehicles is truly the problem. Granted, most PDs have no real practical use for them, but they're ultimately little more threatening than the armoured cars banks use to transit cash around.The more pressing issue in terms of Police Militarisation is best exemplified by the fuckwits running around during Ferguson and other recent incidents all tooled up in fucking surplus MARPAT, trying to be as ultra-OPERATOR as humanly possible.*That* behavior is what should cause concern. Police getting this idea in their heads that they're some kind of pseudo-military and running around pretending they're 1MarDiv in Fallujah. Acting like that develops a mentality that is the Antithesis of what police should be; that they're soldiers in a hostile environment rather than a civil organization empowered to uphold the law and protect the community. When that mentality is lost; generally bad shit follows in it's wake.A plethora of armoured vehicles is ultimately not a problem; there are practical uses for the things and they're cheap surplus. It's when beat officers start acting like soldiers you should be worried.
>>2286485I wholeheartedly agree. I don't think the armored vehicles are inherently the problem, they're just another very obvious vector for that warped mentality. You put some cops in something they think of as "the tank" and they smash "fortresses" (forted up crack houses), and it can easily put them much in the wrong mind-set. They think they're being billy badasses fighting a "war" on whatever and it makes a lot of the fighty stupidity of humans come out. Though, fucking anything makes the fighty stupidity of humans come out. As I'm sure we will see in this very quest as soon as we get through the tutorial.
>>2286485>>2286511It doesn't help this tendency that the government describes things like fighting drug proliferation a "War on Drugs."I'm not sure how much it actually matters, especially since the impact is more of a subtle cultural one. But I doubt it helps this kind of mentality at all.
>>2286485>>2286511You know, I wonder if it all of this doesn't have anything to do with S.W.A.T.. Now, hear me out here. SWAT does have a legitimate reason to run itself almost like a "military-light" organization, they're supposed to only be called in when things are bad enough to warrant them, so when they get called out, they ARE going into hostile territory against enemies - in theory - as opposed to simply helping uphold the law. They're a necessity, they have legitimate reasons for the mindset, they have need of the more militaristic gear, fair play. The problem, I think, arises from EVERYONE wanting to feel like they're special/good enough for SWAT without actually having to BE the top 1%, because SWAT is cool. They became a cop hoping to become SWAT, they don't get to be SWAT, but they still want to feel like they are. I don't know, just a thought.
>>2286597Ugh, I need to learn not to post while exhausted. What I was TRYING to say was that I wonder if it has anything to do with SWAT being considered more a division of the police rather than its own separate entity, maybe some degrees of separation would have helped with that, if SWAT was more of a branch of the FBI that helped out - and maybe still drew from - area cops instead of a branch of the local/state/whatever cops?
Ok, votes over!Looks like we *might* possibly skip the 12 hour days. maybe. Not sure yet. Fingers crossed though!Man, I wish i was a trust fund kid sometimes, haha!
[x] Maybe we shouldn’t decide less than 24 hours into the cruise. “It seems soon to decide that.” You point out. “We haven’t even been here a full day yet.” “I know but-” She cuts herself off, her arguments a jumbled up mess in her head- there’s a lot of competing issues up there, one of which is a fear of disappointing you. “We can go talk to Captain Bishop, if you want to.” You supply, trying to be reassuring. You’ve never been much good with this kind of thing- you could motivate your team on the field, but your mom was always more of the people person- her degrees no doubt helping in that regard. “She might be able to help.” There’s a small feeling of relief, there- hope, even. “Alright.” She says, not rid of her fear by any means- it’s not even all that much quieter, but it’s enough that she thinks she can handle it. “W-when can we talk to her?” She asks after another minute.  As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.  Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?
Sorry for the short update tonight guys, drama came up. Nothing major on my end, but it requires my attention. Really, really sorry about that, I feel like I've been letting you guys down a lot lately, I'll make it up to you as soon as I can
>>2286904> Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?>>2286907the fact that you post at all isnt a let down ghost.
>>2286904>[x] As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.this should remain a private thing
>>2286904 As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.
>>2286904>[x] Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?No need to bug her now when we're seeing her later>>2286907Don't worry about it Ghost, do what ya gotta do.
>>2286915Good point, actually. Though it might still be nice to have her come to dinner anyway>>2286904>> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.
>>2286904>[X] As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.
>>2286904> Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?Give her some time to sort her head out a bit.
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.This isn't the sort of thing that should be talked able it over dinner.>>2286907You've been doing a crazy amount of work, we don't blame you for not being able to write for some fags on the Internet.
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.
>>2286904>[x] As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.
>>2286904>[x] Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?
>>2286904>[X] Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.This is rather private.
>>2287183>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her. Changing vote
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.Sounds like a plan.
>>2286904> Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?FAMILY DYNAMICS!
>>2286904> Ana and I have a ‘family’ dinner with her this evening, why don’t you come along?
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.doesn't feel right to bring work into our family dinner
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her. We wanna keep this somewhat private.
>>2286904> As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her.Business is business, and family time is family time. No need to drag down family time with what might end up a messy issue. Solve it now.
Probably no update tonight guys. we're on our last break, but its been a pretty busy day. Most likley Im going to just shower and go to bed when I get back to the apartment
Hey guys. I'm home, eating dinner. I'll field some questions in lieu of an update. Feeling pretty shitty, they're talking about two weeks of this 12 hour shit, and then back to smithfield. I'm looking for a new job and actively talking myself out of walking away from this one. Think I have a future as a twitch personality? no? haha!
>>2288847what is the ratio of regular women to witches in the Strikers '16 universe?
>>2288847Cougar-familiared cougar when?
>>2288905Well, you guys get kind of a skewed perspective, but witches are actually fairly rare in the broader world- maybe one in two hundred fifty thousand or so, give or take.
>>2288931How strongly hereditary is it? From chars we see it's nearly 100% matrilinear. Also how much outside witchy families?Huh, that would make for some weird sociopolitical impacts+aristocracy/Devine right if we weren't forcing mirror history...
>>2288847In the intervening 20 years has the understanding of gnome ability advanced at all?
>>2288957It tends to depend on the witch- there's no actual set rules (There's statistics, of course, but we all know about statistics) Stronger witch lines- for example, the Romanov line- tend to produce witches more often than weaker lines. That said, though, it can skip generations- as happened with Slider- or track down from the father's side, though that's very rare. Outside witchy families- well, if there's a witch born to normal parents, you can generally dig back to find a witch ancestor, somewhere. >>2288963Yes and no. The covens do recognize it exists, and have taken some efforts to codify it, but they're slow and sporadic- it's just too hard to pin down most male talents with any kind of accuracy. Other than a few outlying examples- like Frank- it'a very hard to tell if a man is a talent or just extremely lucky or good at what they do.
>>2288847Do Hyena witches have pseudopenises
>>2288847Any witch memes out there on the net?
>>2289016Will we see other gods?What’s the title of Lilya book and did frank read it?
>>2289096A few here and there, but they're not anything major.>>2289182I cant answer the first, thats plot related.The second, Its simply titled 'Crete' and yes, Frank has a copy of it.I think, guys, I'll field questions from.the phone at work as much as possible. I feel like my trust there was pretty badly betrayed, so at this point Im looking for another job already. Man, my work history is gonna be super shitty, haha! Thankfully most fab shops dont care!
>>2289253ANy thoughts on the book. Since it’s from her point of view it should be enlighting Also rereading some old threads how did sliders parents and the others meeting ended up considering they wanted to see franks and katya
>>2289253How popular is the book?Is there any adaptations for it?
>>2289182>inb4 we meet Odin and he makes it clear he wants us and every soldier that we kill in Valhalla.The implications of that is horrifying.
>>2289370>not wanting to provide top cover for einherjar as they engage the enemies of the gods at Vígríðr at the last battle
>>2289412I'd prefer a marriage or maybe a few kids to continue our family before Odin decides to send a Valkyrie to pick us up after we've eaten some devilfruit salad.
>>2289480>joking about pineapplwI'll bet you're the kind of fuckhead who eats the Charms, too.
>>2289016>Yes and no. The covens do recognize it exists, and have taken some efforts to codify it, but they're slow and sporadic- it's just too hard to pin down most male talents with any kind of accuracy. Other than a few outlying examples- like Frank- it'a very hard to tell if a man is a talent or just extremely lucky or good at what they do.Serious question, would Han Solo be considered a gnome or is that just the force?
>>2289609An interesting question.There are a few references in the old EU to this idea of certain individuals being what's termed "Force-attuned". That is, they have a stronger connection to the Force than average, but not by much. They can't do crazy shit, can't even consciously use the Force, they're just a hair quicker, a bit luckier, have slightly better instincts than others. Most, possibly all of them, don't even realize they're doing it. They're basically Force-Gnomes.Han is theorized as a possible example once in a passing thought by his daughter Jaina, and it would explain all the crazy crap he survives through sheer blind luck over the years.So I'd say a tentative yes, Han would quite possibly be a Gnome.And as for nucanon, well, who gives a flying fuck about nucanon?
>>2289253Is Megalith fully online? What happened to the UNEDF?What about Santa? Is the restaurant still in business?How good are USSR-US relations?
>>2289637>Force GnomesWhy do I feel EU in this timeline would feature this more heavily than in ours?
>>2288847That's something that takes time and effort to cultivate. It's doable but both twitch and youtube pay like ass, and you have to really cultivate a following first, before you can do it full time.
>>2289652Probably just would have become official sooner.The basic concept is a very old fan theory, that got picked up by a couple of writers for passing references starting in 2009, due to how neatly it slots into the lore. I'd argue that it can't really be HEAVILY featured, due to its subtle nature. Han MIGHT be Force-attuned, but he also might be just that lucky and good. Same with Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, Soontir Fel, and all the other top-tier Aces that fans theorized for years might have some latent, low-tier Force sensitivity.
>>2289667By heavily featured I just meant actually used in more sources, particularly the X-Wing series in this timeline.Now I want a quest where we're New Republic Pilots in X-Wings and we have witches with X-Wing strikers as wingmen.>Pic Related
>>2289318Do I have any thoughts on the book, or does Frank? And it went pretty well- Sliders folks are pretty easy to get along with, and Franks parwnts and Katyas mom had military experence in common>>2289357Eh, fair to middling. Its a common read for anyone interested in history or witches, but its not like its a household thing.>>2289609Dunno. I always saw Han as being very good at what he does, but not force... whatever. sensative or whatnot
>>2288847Since Japan have Wyverns, does that mean other countries have them as well or do they use different planes?
>>2289640Megalith was shut down shortly after the war, and lies abandoned now. The remaining warheads were pulled and either installed into chandilier rounds or decomissioned. The UNEDF still exists, and their current program has moved away from static superweapons to something called fortress.ill get the rest at home!
>>2289984Yes. to bth thoughts Frank's thoughts and yours.
>>2290343>FortressDoes this involve drone swarms and AEGIS ashore somehow?
>>2290343>something called fortressInteresting. How are the underwater Martians doing? Did the war impact them in a meaningful way?How does Frank spend his free time, anyway?
>>2290806>12 children>3 wives>free time
So, I have two flat tires. This is good news (for you guys) since it means i can sleep in a little tomorrow! Ill try and do two updates... whenever I manage to get home, haha
>>2291212You just can't catch a break, can you? Good luck with the car, and thanks for writing despite your troubles.
>>2291228Defeat thy name is US1 southbound, haha!
>>2288931>1 in a quarter of a millionIs that "natural born" only, or does that include established bloodlines? If it doesn't, the bishop family alone accounts for some 3,750,000 people (15 including Jess if I counted right)
>>2291305Nope!And I'm home, finally. Let me get food sorted, a pair of new pants on, and wash my face and I'll get writing.
>>2291425>needing pants>not embracing your inner witchinessFor shame
>>2291434I'm a guy, man. I can't nopants, it's indecent.
>>2291558i no pants all the time at home
>>2291425Narrowseyes.gifIt's going to be something we're not expecting isn't it.
>>2291758Is it my penis
>>2291758A new prototype designed to give a Steelwing near-Witchy levels of supermaneuverability?
[x] As soon as we’re done here, we’ll request to talk to her. “As soon as we’re done here.” You offer, feeling that small bit of relief growing stronger- Aunt Tabitha will know what to do. “But let’s not rush it.” You say. “Ok.” She responds as a brief flicker of surprise shoots through her. It’s gone almost as fast as it appears- replaced by the faintest sense of embarrassment. “Thanks Morgan.” Systems begin to move more quickly as the computer begins anticipating Kim’s commands- it never executes anything on it’s own, it can’t, but it’ll often have systems cued up before you need them- as your attention shifts to something else, you find it’s already painted by a half-dozen sensors. Anastasia stands out as an almost eye-searingly bright arctic blue shape next to the chief on the deck, her familiar out as she helps tune the computer’s ability to read the Wells sensor. You note somewhat wryly that it reads her mass as well- while you know better than to ever ask a girl what she weighs, you now know down to the gram. Startup remains a lengthy process- the computer intrudes a bit, similar, you think, to an eager sibling or anxious teammate. It knows the fighter’s systems are still down- weapons haven’t been programmed in, and feel like a hole in your understanding. It takes you a second to remember that you do remember what the Fenrir has- the twin cannons in the wing root and the second, smaller pair located in the forward fuselage, the weapons bays buried in the fuselage and the hardpoints along the wing- and, as you think of them, Papa Legba takes note of them too. They’re all unloaded, cold, and safed up. Your hardpoints and bays are empty and locked out- you’ll have to remove the locks from the ground. And, of course, the special weapons pod that normally rides underneath the cockpit is detached, unpowered, and off- the streamlined plate over the port. 1/2
It takes a few more hours to complete- at the end of it, you’re almost reluctant to unplug from the VDNI system and shut everything down, dropping the computer into standby. Kim looks at you expectantly as you both exit the aircraft with help from your crew. You nod as you descend the ladder under the watchful eye of the chief- disorientation and lightheadedness aren’t uncommon at all after VDNI interface, though both tend to be temporary complaints. “Feeling ok, El-tee?” The chief asks as your boots hit the deck. You nod as he looks at you with a critical eye. “Well,” He allows a second later, as Kim joins you. “You look fine. Sometimes that computer takes more out of teams than they realize. You look good to go, though. I’d still recommend you go see the docs just to get a once over- let ‘em know I sent you and they’ll know why you’re there. We’ll handle the rest of the work here, get the batteries set up and standby mode configured.”You nod as Anna skips over to join you. “So what now?” She asks, reaching down to get Kim’s bag- Kim frowns up at her and takes it back.  Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.  We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.  We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings.
>>2292084> We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings.
>>2292084> Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.
>>2292084> Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.She doesn't need to know about Kim's personal hangups, and it's CERTAINLY not our place to tell anyone unless they become an issue.
>>2292084>[x] Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.
>>2292084>[x] We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.
>>2292084>We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings
>>2292043Oh for fuck' sake I think I figured it out, or at least I got closer to it since Ghost mentioned that it wasn't a 'fixed' position.>Pic related.>>2292084> We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of. To be entirely honest I have the feeling skipping this checkup will end up with us being unconscious at a critical moment.
>>2292084> Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Ana.
>>2292084> Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.one update tonight?also we should tell kim abut the memory stick
>>2292084> We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.changing to this
>>2292130Well then we'd better upgrade our Fenrir with a nuclear turbine. Otherwise, well, there's no fucking air for the engines to breathe in space so we'll be grounded.
>>2292084> We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.
>>2292146You imply that'll still be our bird when whatever Ghost has in mind becomes relevant
>>2292138trying to price tires and get that whole.. issue sorted. I promise you my dad is gonna try and fuss about the flat spare- at which point I'mma ask the jerk when's the last time *he* checked it, since the rim was rusted all to shit and back
>>2292165>>2292146I wouldn't be surprised if we have orbital stations with a crap ton of guns on them to combat the AYYS on the ground, or in space.
>>2292084[X] We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.
>>2292084>[X] We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings.
>>2292175The US does have a space based laser defense system that has limited coverage over the planet, primarily focusing on the continental US, of course.
>>2292348Do we have carrierborne refuelling drones yet though?
>>2292146IIRC Ghost mentioned the Wolf being space-capable, so presumably it carries combined-cycle engines or somesuch.
>>2292084> We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings.Let's be honest.
>>2292348wouldnt a rail/coil gun platform would be more effective than lasers.
>>2292382I assume their primary function is to hit an enemy missile that is outside the atmosphere.
>>2292399Or Martian drop pods
>>2292382That depends. Ground based railguns can attack whatever gets into the atmosphere, but depending on their size, their actual coverage and range is limited. Space based platforms would require having to lift all the ammo up with the cannons, as well as having to resupply them if they fire. At this stage energy-based systems like lasers are just more efficient.
>>2292084>> We’re going to go talk to your mom, Kim has some misgivings.
>>2292084>[x] Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia
>>2292084>[x]Kim and I are going to go see some things, Anastasia
>>2292084>[X] Kim and I are going to go see some things, Anastasia
>>2292084>> Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia.>>2292168Did you ever mention what Kim's familiar is? I know I asked this a thread or two ago but it's been a long week and I can't remember
>>2292084>[X] We’ll go see the docs and then we have some things to take care of.
Ok, voting over! Don't even have to make dinner, got frustrated and ordered pizza last night, haha!
[x] Kim and I are going to go see to some things, Anastasia. “Kim and I are going to see to some things, Anastasia.” You say, pulling off your helmet with the distinct click of the probes in the back disconnecting and the covers closing over the ports in your neck. Anastasia tilts her head to the side, regarding you a bit, then shrugs. “Well, if that’s the case, that’s fine.” She says. “I guess I can go help in the weather shop, they always have the best coffee anyway. Later Bro. don’t forget about dinner! Make sure he doesn’t get into trouble, Kim.” And with that she’s off. You can’t tell if you hurt her feelings, though you kind of doubt you did- simple fact is, while this isn’t the most you’ve ever interacted with the Bishop side of your family, it’s certainly going to be. You rarely spent more than a couple of months at a time in Washington, preferring to stay at your mother’s, for the most part, and you’ve never really visited the house in Texas at all, despite how close it is to your home. Kim watches her go, then tugs at your wrist. “Can we go?” She asks. You nod to her, indicating to the chief you’re headed out. He nods. “We’re going to have a sit-down, el-tee, and get to know each other some.” He says, as you leave. “I usually try to get something together with all the squadron guys at the first port of call, so I’ll let ya know.” “Sounds good.” You respond, before leading Kim out of the hangar deck. She’s more subdued- her fear, you realize, explains her behavior. She’s been too scared to be her usual, possessive, clingy self. You almost feel bad for her for that- you wonder when the fear set in for her. You’d been almost nervous when you were assigned Papa Legba from the depot- one of three ‘cold’ Fenrir’s available at the time as replacement units. After that, you just haven’t had time. The ship, despite the cessation of flight operations, seems to be busier than ever. You have to duck along the bulkhead in the narrow corridors as sailors and marine move purposefully- or lazily- towards their own tasks, before eventually making it to the island structure, where the captain’s office is, along with her sea cabin. 1/2
She’s in her office- predictably, she’d either be here or on the bridge. The hatch is open, which means she’s available to talk. Still, you knock on it and she looks up before nodding. “Morgan, Kim. Something the matter?” “Kind of.” Kim responds, and Tabitha frowns. “Kim, sit down honey. Morgan, dog the hatch.” You nod as Kim crosses the office and sits. “So what’s the matter?” Tabitha asks after you’ve had a chance to sit down. “Trouble with the squadron?” “Not really.” Kim responds, looking down at the deck. “I- I’m not sure I want to fly.” She says, after a minute. Tabitha leans back in her chair, looking kind of surprised. “You don’t want to fly?” She asks. Kim shakes her head. “I-I don’t think so.” She responds. “Why not?” Tabitha asks, shooting a sideways glance at you. Kim shakes her head and shrugs. “A lot of reasons.” She says, her voice soft. “I just- I don’t think I want to do this, Aunt Tabitha.” “What would you want to do instead?” Kim shrugs again, kind of helplessly, as if she’s struggling on how to explain it. “I’m not sure. Technical stuff, like mom does, maybe. It wouldn’t be so bad to stay here and work with the ground crews, but I don’t think I want to fly.” “Hmm.” Tabitha responds, thinking. “Well, we could work something out to transfer you over to the crews- I’m sure they’d be glad to have you, but that would leave Morgan without a partner.” She says. Kim nods. “I know.” The simple response gets more of a reaction that anything else has so far- Tabitha knows how the girl usually is. “What do you think, Morgan? If we moved Kim to the maintainers, could you manage?” “Where would I pick up another Systems operator?” You ask. “Japan, probably.” Tabitha says. “We could have one flown into Yokosuka and be waiting there when we arrive.” “Well, that’s my only operational concern, other than that we’ve set the computer.” You say- you’ve got personal concerns, but you’re wary of second-guessing Kim right here and now. “We could reset it pretty fast.” Kim offers. “Four hours, maybe less. But I don’t want to make things harder for Morgan.” Tabitha looks over at you, wanting your opinion.  I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this. I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.  I’d prefer it if she stayed onboard as my crew, Kim’s good at what she does.
>>2294071 I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.
>>2294071 I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.Sounds like she's made up her mind, and the quicker we do this the quicker we can get back to 100%. Sucks that we'll be out of action for longer, and that we'll probably end up with the other slightly unhinged child Wells, but this one's still a kid and would end up having to bail for a while anyway after this is over.
>>2294071 I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan. She hasn't been too bad so far though, it'll be a shame to lose her. I have a sneaking suspicion we're going to wind up with the other Wells if we lose her.
>>2294071> I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.
>>2294071> I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.
>>2294071>[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.Woh-ho-ho. Easy there firecracker, you just told us you weren't sure and now this is what you tell the Skipper? I think Kim needs to take a deep breath and sit tight for a second. As much as I think we'd benefit from having her on the ground crew we already took the less of two evils with her. I do NOT want to deal with the other Wells. Not to mention I don't want to know what'd happen between the two of them once she's comfortable again.
>>2294071>[X] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan. Take some time to think it over. When you have the option to, being methodical is rarely a bad thing.
>>2294071>[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.If it can hold off a hot second, she can at least try the experience and the Fenrir won't be non-functional in the meantime.
>>2294071>[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan. I'd rather not be out of action even longer and she might feel different after flying a bit.>>2294098>>2294086>>2294084IIRC, Chris is younger then Kim and after having Kim not work out I doubt they'll send someone even less experienced.
>>2294071>[X] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.I don't want to pressure Kim into flying for longer if she doesn't like it and if she is going to quit, it's best that she quits now before we get too acclimated, but we do need to keep the Fenrir mission-ready until we can get someone else in.
>>2294071>[x] I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.
>>2294071>[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.Also, shouldn't we have brought this with Will first since? What with one Fenrir always on standby rule and such. I'd rather we have our plane in a working order asap
>>2294137They were both presented as choices, so I presume they're both able to fly. And whoever pulled the strings to get a Bishop and a Wells together initially might well do it again.
>>2294071> I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.And pray to any gods that might be extant and listening that if we do replace Kim it's not with the other Wells sister. Chris sounds like borderline-Snek levels of bad news. Not a bad girl, just, not somebody I'd like to have us flying with.
>>2294182>>2294156>>2294154>>2294148>>2294141>>2294137>>2294119>>2294107>>2294098>>2294090>>2294086>>2294084>>2294078I think that if Kim told us she wasn't sure, and now she's telling the Captain that she doesn't want to fly, she's sure enough of her own mind to think that she's not up to scratch.And if she thinks she's not up to scratch, then... she's not. It's not a matter of whether you and I have faith in her skills and ability, because we DO. It's a matter of 'does she?' and clearly she doesn't. I like Kimmy, I really do (and I feel terrible for her), but this seems like a psychological thing that we... don't need in the backseat keeping us alive.
>>2294071[X] I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.Getting nervous is perfectly fine, and if she wants off then let her do her own thing. It's not like she has to be the SO.
>>2294107> I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.Changing my vote
>[x] I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.I get the feeling that we'll get the other sister as a replacement
>>2294400Or Katya's daughter, who was the third option, IIRC.Having blood relations might stave off any potential cockpit lust.
>>2294345>>[X] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.I agree completely. Self confidence is like oxygen to a flight crew, without it you're stone dead. That said, it doesn't hurt anything to make the final call when we hit port, since there aren't any alternative available anyway.
>>2294421> Kim>Chris> Is.. there any way we can get them reassigned?Were the only options for that vote.Speaking of, what was the point of that vote -which included choosing their speciality- if one of them didn't want to fly anyway?
>>2294454no, prior to that. There was "It's one of the twins, isn't it?" and another couple options, one of which IIRC was Katya's daughter
>>2294454I mean we can probably work through this with her and keep her flying, I just don't especially want to. Or maybe it was always intended for Chris to come to Japan with Frank and Merlin? I kinda wish that we'd have an adult, or at least adult-ish, partner but I'm sure that the Bishop-Wells thing is gonna come up.
>>2294464>>2294454>She nods. “Well, your RIO should be in soon. I'm sure you have a guess as to who it is.” > One of Aunt Merlin's girls?> Sasha?
>>2294466Theeeeeere we go. That's what I was thinking of.
>>2294466Huh. Was that a decision? Looked like a reasonable guess to me that a Bishop would get paired with a Wells, but maybe I didn't read enough into it at the time.
>>2294465At any rate, I was looking forward to having a partner that specialized in pushing the plane to it's limits; Frank could do some amazing stuff with Merlin pushing the plane. It'd be a shame to have to swap her out.
>>2294345Wasn't Merlin like this in the beginning though?
>>2294517Merlin never tried to outright quit flying, IIRC.Granted, there was a war on, but still.
>>2294517yeah she was, though not this bad.
>>2294071> I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.No need to rush it, now.>>2294444Quads of truth.
>>2294517Not to this degree. Merlin had uncertainties and doubts occasionally, but she was never to the point of wanting to ground herself.And keep one important thing in mind, too.We're not Frank Bishop. No matter how much the Navy brass wish we were.If we were Frank, we might be able to help her through this, but we're just Morgan. We can sleep in a running stream, shoot circles around folks, fly like nobody's business... But we don't have anywhere near dad's talent for helping people deal with their shit.
>>2294536Just because we don't have Frank's charisma doesn't mean we can't deal with people, we just do it by being quiet and steadfast.
>>2294071>[X] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.>>2294345>I think that if Kim told us she wasn't sure, and now she's telling the Captain that she doesn't want to fly, she's sure enough of her own mind to think that she's not up to scratch.And I think that's just her low self-esteem making her dig the hole deeper. She needs to at least try before making the decision. Anticipation can make things appear worse than the real thing.
>>2294536I think as Frank's kid we do but we have different approaches to it.
>>2294071 I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this
>>2294536I think Morgan is more measured and critical thank Frank by necessity (Because holy shit so many sisters and all that other baggage) but he's not bad with people. However, by having years of our own shit to deal with, we probably know a thing or two on how other people can deal with theirs, we're probably just more subtle. Like giving Jess the right questions and answers to decide to figure out the Garcia situation on her own. We should help Kim the same way, if we can, arranging a situation where she can figure it out for herself.
>>2294071 I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.
Reminder that no matter which girl we pic, our Maman just has to share cute/embarrassing baby photos of us.
>>2294071> I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.Do a few flights just so she knows what she's missing out on. Gotta make an informed decision, right?
>>2294071> I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan.Reminder that she's literally thirteen and kids are notorious for swearing up and down that they won't enjoy something they've never tried and will instantly fall in love with.Also I don't know if it's just the long day I've had but jesus christ this quest is starting to wear at me a little for how insistently everything seems to be against what we do
>>2294729>kids are notorious for swearing up and down that they won't enjoy something they've never tried and will instantly fall in love with.Motherfucking this.
> I can adjust to a new systems operator, but we can’t make a habit of this.
>>2294729>spoilerI'm hoping that changes when we get to Japan. I had initially hoped that it'd change when we got into the air but that became unlikely with the last few posts. Maybe Frank and Merlin can be more supportive. Hell, if Frank talks to the others they might at least stop being overtly negative towards us. >>2294574I agree with this - I don't want Morgan to be entirely antisocial because he's not Frank. But I just don't want to go through this bullshit with Kim. She was the better Wells in terms of personality, and with the Baron saying he'll give us more help than he did for Frank she'd be great for keeping us from flying the plane out of the sky, but I don't want a super clingy little kid in our back seat. It'd be nice to have a well adjusted person our own age as our RIO for once.
>>2295172>well adjusted person our own ageWhere do you think you are?But seriously, with what happened with Frank and our choice of plane, there's no way we won't have a witch backseater, which means pantless teenage girls.I do hope we get to fly soon, though it looks like anon wants the plane fully operational first. Maybe we can squeak it while we work on the weapons? If any issues we have with them won't cause a crash like the Central Computer would at least.
>>2295189I'm just saying that Morgan is what, 25? 26? I checked the first thread and Kim/Chris are 13. I'd prefer someone that doesn't need a babysitter since nobody's super friendly. The other Fenrir guys are chill, but they're basically separate from the witches. There's nothing but tension on this carrier, and Kim already got sat down at lunch yesterday. Now she's not convinced she wants to fly, which is a pretty big red flag when we, a fight pilot, were just told that a war is gonna start by the god personally looking over us for our mom.Someone that's gotten through the academy would be a change, too. I want an endgame Merlin, not a clingy, unsure Merlin.
>>2295234What if it's because of the fear of letting down those that she holds dear? It could just be momentary panic caused by stress and recent events, exacerbated by her own insecurity. Flying a bit could be the answer to the problem, showing her that there's no fundamental issue to be found other than her own uncertainty.
>>2295244Maybe. I won't be opposed to getting her to fly until we get to Japan, assuming that we'd also have the opportunity to swap without wasting any more time. I just don't want to push her into it, have a war start, and then make it either impossible to back out or have it cripple us when we need to swap at a more critical time.But with her pushing back to us and Ice, and having a more specific idea of what she wants to do, I think we should get a new operator shipped out to meet us in any case. Either they get shuffled back somewhere else or Kim still doesn't want to fly and gets replaced. Ice mentioning moving her to the maintainers does seem to point to her getting replaced, though. And inevitable future drama when she gets jealous someone else is flying with us.
I vote we push to have R2D2 as our RIO.
>>2295597R2D2 isn't a teenage girl with no pants.
>>2295619>teenage girl with no pantsOne out of three isn't that bad
>>2294071>[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan. i wonder if she's getting visits from the voodoo gods since we started linking up?
>>2295629Could be two out of three
Ok guys, gonna order pizza again cos I've long since lost control of my life (haha... ah. ah.) and I'll get working on this update!
gonna count the votes a couple times here, guys, it was really close and I don't want to get it wrong.
>>2296200>I can adjust to a new systems operator,>>2294084>>2294093>>2294111>>2294142>>2294150>>2294157>>2294267>>2294338>>2294383>>2294394>>2294400>>2294567>>2294596>>2294598>>2294601>>2294616>>2295117>I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little>>2294078>>2294086>>2294090>>2294098>>2294107>>2294119>>2294137>>2294141>>2294148>>2294154>>2294156>>2294182>>2294444>>2294531>>2294557>>2294602>>2294725>>2294729>>2295042>>2295645>I’d prefer it if she stayed onboard as my crewNone that I saw.17-20-00 by my count.
>>2296348One guy changed his vote so it should be 18-19
>>2296372zcH? Looks like I got his before & after, so it should be 17-19, not that it changes the result. Good catch though.
[x] I’d rather wait at least till we’ve had a chance to fly a little, make the decision in Japan. You think for a moment, having to remind yourself that she’s still pretty young- only 13- and that kids are notorious for swearing up and down they’ll hate something, only to love it when they try it. And the rather chilly reception you’ve both gotten thus far from the witches may be playing with her emotions- Aunt Merlin, you’re told, had confidence issues almost the entire war, only eventually starting to disappear as she and your father became recognized as one of the best fighter teams in the world. While there’s no proof anything like that would pass down to Kim from her mother, at the same time, there’s no indication it wouldn’t either. “I’d rather wait until we’ve had a chance to at least get one flight in.” You say. “Kim may change her mind before we make it to Japan, and we’ll be there long enough for a replacement to be flown in while we’re docked if she decides against staying on the jet.” Kim frowns a little, but Tabitha nods. “That’s in line with what I was going to suggest. Kim, why don’t you wait to get in a flight or two since we can’t make any changes right now anyway, and maybe you’ll change your mind?” “Okayyyyyy.” Kim says, drawing it out, disappointed. “I don’t think I’ll change my mind though.” Tabitha nods sagely. “I know, but I want you to give it a try, ok hon?”Kim nods. “Ok Aunt Tabitha.” The captain smiles, little wrinkles forming at the corners of her eyes as she does so. “Good girl. Why don’t you stay here, you can eat with Anastasia and Morgan and I?” Kim nods, and Tabitha smiles again at her response. “Good! It’s almost time for dinner, why don’t you head into my washroom over there and wash your face and hands.” She points at a door in the bulkhead. “Through my room there, the only other door in there, ok?” You blink- dinnertime, already? You check your watch- it’s almost 1900 local already. Kim stands up and heads to the indicated door. Tabitha watches her go, then turns to look at you. “That seems sudden. Did something happen?” You shake your head. “I felt it through the VDNI link and asked her. She’s terrified of something.” “Terrified?” Tabitha asks. “Of what?” You shrug. “I’m not sure, she wouldn’t say. A mix of things. And our reception by the squadron hasn’t exactly been the warmest.” Tabitha nods. “I was afraid that would happen.” “It is what it is.” You say, as a defense for the squadron. “They lost a crew that they were apparently… close with.” Tabitha tilts her head at your phrasing of it. “Is there something you’re not telling me, Morgan?”  Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.  Deny there’s anything else.  Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.
>>2296572>[X] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.
>>2296572> Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.if we deny the annoying plothook enough maybe it'll actually go away
>>2296572>[x] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.Should we also bring up the USB? No trustworthy guy puts encryption on a USB stick that is to be sent off ship. This reeks of very bad shit.
>>2296572>[x] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.
>>2296572> Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.
>>2296572>[X] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.We'll back up whatever she says, though.
>>2296572>[X] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.I don't like passing the buck like this, but we just don't know enough about the situation to get too involved.
>>2296572>[X] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.
>>2296572>[x] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.I can't say I exactly like the idea of bringing it to Ice's attention without hard evidence but between him having his laptop with him while flying and having his USB encrypted, shit smells like shit. Though if we do end up telling Ice to ask Jessie we should make it clear that we'll back her up
>>2296572>Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.>tell her what we know but make no accusations.
>>2296572>[x] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.>[x] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.Tell her only what we know for certain and direct her to Jess for the rest of what's going on.We have suspicions, but nothing concrete enough to make a serious accusation.
>>2296572Going with>>2296694 for my vote as well
>>2296638changing to >>2296694It seems like the most reasonable option. We are backing Jess on this.
>>2296572> Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.There's nothing concrete.
>>2296572Here >>2296677Changing to this >>2296694
>>2296572> Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.> Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.
>>2296572>[X] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her. >[X] Tell her she's better asking Jess.No hard evidence, sure, but even just comments from the other Fenrir crew is... disquieting. No speculation, though.
>>2296572My vote is>>2296694
>>2296572> Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her. > Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.
>>2296572I concur with >>2296694We know what we know, and this is Jess particular drive right now.
Dropping in to remind my fellow anons that Morgan probably isn't Frank's ONLY son.Based on the epilogue for '89, there's a certain Stalinka who's father is "officially" a Putin-loyalist pilot who died in the closing days of WWIII...
>>2297318t. in-universe vatni/k/
>>2297318She had a daughter
>>2297322Thanks. It's been a while, so I forgot the details.Ah, well. Odds of Stalinka-sis showing up?
>>2297318Considering Stalinka's infatuation with Frank, I'd be incredibly interested in hearing the story of how she wound up 'with' someone else.>>2297330I'd put odds rather low until we have some reason to interact with the Russians, which doesn't look to be any time soon.
>>2297330Knowing ghost, and things mentioned previously...Konnie and her daughter probably think there is enough genetic diversity between us and the Stalinka spawn for things to work, so they have the rape dungeon already built. Probably in the basement of Strana Mechty, maybe Megalith if it's as dilapidated as implied.
>>2296572> Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.Also>ask Kim for help with the encrypted flash drive
shouldn't we tell ice about our talk with death while we're here?
>>2297707Best save that stuff for maman.
>>2296572>[X] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.Telling Jess that Kim might be of help as >>2297534 mentions might also be good, though it could backfire depending on the results of the check and how the rest of the squadron feels about it.
>>2297707if we want to we can bring it up after we talk to maman about it
>>2297707De Baron chats are not for de odda witches. Only Maman.And maybe Frank.
>>2297724We already told Jessie that though
>>2296572>>2296694>>[x] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.>>[x] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.>Tell her only what we know for certain and direct her to Jess for the rest of what's going on.>We have suspicions, but nothing concrete enough to make a serious accusation.This is smart. Supporting.
>>2297707No, mentioning the Baron thinks he should have asked for more not to dig Frank's grave on the other side would not play well, I think.
>>2297730I am 100% in favor of spilling whatever we learn about the Baron to Frank. First of all, that's what his one-time lover kept publicly calling him, so if we take that name (which I am also in favor of) that could be a little awkward without explanation. Second, he wasn't ever given an explanation of the loa, Maman's support, or even that Ice made some sort of deal, conscious or otherwise, with the actual Baron in '89. At least, not that I remember, it might've come up in a random QA in the other '16 threads. And I'd like to see his reaction to us saying that we'll be given even more help in a better aircraft.
>>2298473It wasn’t a deal but more of a gamble.Use up all your magic to save frank.You win he lives.You lose you lose your magic/dieLeast that is how I saw it. She basically played magical roulette
>>2299249Cards, actually. Baron Samedi loves him some card games. Also, sorry about the delay! writing. Gonna go for a couple posts- 2-3. You know, whenever I say 2-3 updates, it's always 2, haha!
>>2299286Huh, interesting now I’m interested in seeing Tabitha playing cards with Baron.Will we get that omake?Though I never did expect Ice to have much of a poker face
>>2299372Poker face while entering the spirit world and playing cards with a skullman who talks like Brigitte in exchange for a your love's/a goddamn hero's life? And you both die if you lose? I don't know what kind of face you'd have in that situation, but poker face probably isn't it.
>>2299385I imagine some old yugioh Manga bullshittery before they relied on duel monsters
>>2299286Guess we're going for one update tonight.
>>2300150I have a feeling that something came up and Goastpost had to go take care of it.
[x] Spill the suspicions about Garcia to her.[x] Tell her that she’s better asking Jess.Tell her only what we know for certain and direct her to Jess for the rest of what's going on.We have suspicions, but nothing concrete enough to make a serious accusation. “I think Garcia may have been acting inappropriately.” You state, it coming out flat. “How so?” Tabitha asks. You shake your head. “I’m not sure. You’ll have to ask Lieutenant Cunningham for details.” “What do you know?” You shrug. “Lieutenant Cunningham indicated she thought he may have inappropriate pictures of the witches of the squadron-”“Including Anastasia?” You shrug again. “I have no way of knowing for sure.” You say- more diplomatically than you feel. “His personal laptop was lost in the crash-” “His personal laptop?” Tabitha asks. “Why would he need that while flying?” “He wouldn’t.” You respond. “There is no good reason it should have been on that aircraft. We did recover a memory stick from his personal effects, but it’s encrypted in such a way that we couldn’t get into it.”“Which would lend the impression that Lieutenant Cunningham might be correct.” The captain supplies. You shrug again. “Possibly. I don’t know enough to say. I’d suggest talking to Lieutenant Cunningham, though.” She nods. “I plan to do just that.” She says, looking over as Kim emerges from her quarters. “How do you feel, hon?” She asks, changing the subject away from Garcia- you hope your involvement in that whole mess is over now. Kim nods, if a bit hesitantly. “A little better.” She admits. “Hungry.”Tabitha smiles. “I’d hoped you’d say that. Let’s go get dinner, shall we?” She asks, standing up. Kim nods, then frowns. 1/2
“You wear pants?” She asks. Tabitha smiles and nods. “I don’t fly anymore, there’s no reason for me to go bareleg.” She says. “And I’m married. They’ll get into the tradition more for you when you get back to Annapolis.” Kim nods, and follows you out of the captain’s office, with the captain herself last out, closing the hatch behind herself. You let her lead you down to the officer’s mess, where they’re cooking steak and lobster tails for dinner- Anastasia joins you in line just a second after you get there. “Evening, mom.” She says, motioning for the server to pile some more food on her plate. “Good evening, Anastasia.” Tabitha responds, waiting at the end of the line for the three of you and indicating her table. She sits first, looking around the room at the other people eating- your squadron isn’t here, you note- and then at the three of you. She smiles. “It’s nice to have you two aboard.” She says. “It always felt small with just the three of us.”“Three?” Kim asks, looking around- just as Stasya takes a seat next to her. “Did you forget about me, cousin Kim?” She asks with a slight smile. “Oh! Stasya” Kim says, leaning over to hug the older witch. “I didn’t know you were here too.” “Why would I not be?” She asks. “I’m a Bishop too. The first Bishop daughter, in fact. I signed my papers before Lilya.” She smiles slightly wider. “That makes me the eldest in our family, I believe.” The others laugh a little at that, before your eldest sister turns to you. “Morgan, Kim. Are you ready to start flying tomorrow?”  Let Kim answer Yes, though we don’t have the weapons online yet.
>>2300177> Yes, though we don’t have the weapons online yet.
>>2300177> Let Kim answer
>>2300177>[x] Yes, though we don’t have the weapons online yet.
>>2300177 Let Kim answer
>>2300177> Yes, though we don’t have the weapons online yet.However Kim says it will come out uncertain, I fear. Less risk of misunderstandings if we cover for her.
>>2300177> Let Kim answerThat's kind of cute for Stasya to be a bit petty that she's the eldest Bishop daughter. Reminds me of twins who argue who came out first.
There's horror stories with surf and turf?I didn't know that, i just thought they are kind of expensive and not that filling.
I'd hoped to power through the evening to get another post up, but I'm sorry guys, that's just not gonna go. I'll use the votes from this one for tomorrow though! You guys be good, sleep well those of you that are gonna sleep, and I'll see you tomorrow!
>>2300270Good run as always Ghost!
>>2300177>[X] Let Kim answer
>>2300177>[X] Yes, though we don’t have the weapons online yet.>>2300281Amazing, a clock that is never right.
>>2300177> Let Kim answer>>2298473This. The most reasonable course of action. No need to hide from our dad, after all.
>>2300177>[x] Let Kim answer
How fast were the '89 threads back on /tg/?
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't us taking the flash-drive out of Garcia's effects illegal? What Probable Cause do we have to break the encryption? "I think he has pictures on there because someone else said he thinks there is" is terrible. No JAG judge would sign on that warrant, and I find it hard to believe a Captain would order it without backup from legal. Witch or no. If we are breaking in for our own reasons, cool I guess. But we could find child porn on there and nothing would come of it.
>>2301010You could also find a traitors diary or encrypted text that looks vaguely martian...
>>2301010Nothing would come of it regardless. Dude's dead.
>>2301010It doesn't matter legally, but it matters to squadron morale and it sure as hell matters to Ice since it's her ship and if Garcia was any kind of security risk, she damn well should have learned about it.
>>2301010What >>2301105 said. It's more of a moral obligation. Two things can happen, and both can only benefit the squadron.>he was utter scumGood riddance, nothing of value was lost. The squad will stop mourning him and will take appropriate measures.>he was actually cleanAt least we found out the truth, there's nothing left to worry about, carry on.In both cases, an enormous weight will be removed from them, and morale will improve greatly.
>>2301010Probable cause is a issue for people acting on government authority, not a private one. Also I never studied that aspect particularly hard, but I don't think you have an expectation of privacy when you're dead. As an individual, Jess checked Garcia's personal effects and decided to keep his flash drive. That said, probable cause is defined by "more likely than not something shady was going on", so now that we have provided Ice with the information that Garcia was hella suspicious, she has probable cause to figure out if something was weird. I never really studied military law, though I have no idea if that would even matter.
New thread here>>2302340