Prior Thread (April Fools): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3399416Prior Thread (Main): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3399222/Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Maverick%20Hunter%20QuestThe IRC: suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com, #MHQThe Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterCommandThe Recap (thanks to Scarab): http://pastebin.com/wMtuXJM2Character sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18-L31ukeOd_0XvfqErwY7GogqiwMU8zyIYfXxjTUb-c/You are Maverick Hunter Anode, A-rank, and after what feels like months, you’re finally home.
>>3437591Gopher’s answers grew more clipped as his trademark paper-thin patience tears. No spoils or intel from the captured hostiles, they’re still being interrogated and they’re likely to be given to Canadian jurisdiction as a peace offering for your “quiet” approach. No trace of the PHANTOMS--either of them. And that capture device was called a Hangerter. They’re known quantities, both rare and vulnerable, but have seen use in a few high-profile missions tied to RUDRA’s upper echelons. Scuttlebutt is that one of the Philosophers makes every single one by hand. All that done, though, Gopher very politely has you get the fuck out so he can resume running the show. You’re still down for repairs a few days. And a busy few days they’ve been.The war has progressed...RUDRA contests African energen zonesAndes duel imperils thousands as Carrowcal, Euler battleWar turns good business for French criminal cartelHunter activity derails Canadian cityContact lost with Badia missionPatlabor Station defended by space HuntersUltimate Reploid project completedDeadly new Maverick models made from stolen dataiO topping rivals in payment warsScottish LBN factory destroyed by RUDRA forcesHunter general repels Shiva attackVolkov to contest Silvestrov in Russian election"Major tactical victory" as Zero downs CristavelTurkey struggles in wake of Istanbul siegeEntrepreneur pitches vermion shippingDoppler goes silent as Pacific theatre heats upGecko goes bull in bear marketUnlikely contender runs for US SenateWeissritter, RUDRA representatives refuse to comment on incident in DetroitYou look away from the news crawl, back down at your datapad. A message from Gopher pops up, clipped and brusque as ever.“Saved you the trouble of the post-op nastygram. Here’s how your pay broke down, money’s already deposited to your account.” Base Pay:Engagement: Mission Confirmed Z30,000Command: Leading operation Z7,500Retrieve: Baccarat Z1,000Day 1Intel: Pink Rhomphaia/"Blink" Z5,000Day 2Capture: Raschen Z10,000Retire: Ellis Z5,000Night 2Retire: Maug 7 Z5,000Retire: Xupa Z2,500Retire: Dendy Z2,500Retire: Calverino Z2,500Retire: Du 0 Du Z2,500Retire: 440 PMR Z2,500Day 31/2 Capture: Cherie Z5,000Intel: Hutchins VWES Z5,000Hazard: Z10,000Special Circumstances: Z25,000Rescue of 100,000/Destruction of billions of dollars of infrastructure: Z0 (I’m not encouraging you to solve problems this way, Captain)Day 4Hazard: Z10,000SitSec: Z6,000Retire: D9D9 Z10,000Intel: Graverend Moloch Z10,000Total: Z157,000You’re a bit stunned--you’d expected nothing like that, especially for a failed op. Still… Jesus, it really was a long three days.
>>3437596You sift through to another message, from Em. “Let me know when you’re back up. Got some ideas for you. PS don’t die.”You shoot back “Instructions unclear, died” and hit send. He might still be away, according to Gopher. >Go find a friend.>Go find your squad.>Go hit the bar.>Go make some upgrades.>Other?
>>3437604>Find the squadLet's see how the rest of our little buddies did post Vancouver, see what they spent their paychecks on since we tend to spend on them too.
>>3437604>>Go find your squad.Kinda want to see them, and guess we should wait a bit before upgrading and see what Em has.
>Weissritter, RUDRA representatives refuse to comment on incident in Detroit...was the April Fools Day thread canon? Was Shiva beaten by a heavily plastered Emerald?
>>3437604>Go find your squad.Let's touch base with them and let them know that they did good out there.
>>3437629The world may never know.
>>3437604>Go find a frie- OH FUCK OFF FOXFIRE.
>>3437604>>3437604>Go find your squad. lets see how theyre getting along. sounds like they've been getting some work done as well.
>>3437604>Go find your squad.Let 'em know they did well on that hellmission.
>>3437604>Go make some upgrades.
>>3437604>Find the squad.If Abyss didn't defect, I'm going to start a riot.
>>3437604>Go find your squad
>>3437604>Go find your squad.Also>Ultimate Reploid Project completed.HOO BOY
>>3437604>Go find your squad.Positive reinforcement slash we need to know how much we ought to spend on their upgrades too before going into full upgrade reader deathmatch
>>3437604>Go find your squad.And the 1st squad, and the 10th squad
>>3437604>Go find your squad.
>>3437596>Rescue of 100,000/Destruction of billions of dollars of infrastructure: Z0 (I’m not encouraging you to solve problems this way, Captain)No worries there, Gopher; we need no encouragement on that front!Joking aside, I am a bit disappointed we totally missed that: When you hear "Hacker is interested is the MagLevs", it's not a huge leap to think "Oh crap, he's gonna make a train-sized railgun." In retrospect, it looks pretty obvious. Unlike the food deliveries, which I never would have connected to kidnapped hostages, since most of our Mavs so far have been the Take No Prisoners kind. Before Moloch, Stellar Atlantica is the only one we'd even heard of taking someone alive (...and Jagwire, but that REALLY doesn't count as "taking hostages").>>3437604Holy shit that gif. I am laughing SO HARD.
>>3437604>Go make some upgrades.>157000>squad got enough to afford a dashthat's a lot more than I expected. More importantly>Hutchins is NOT deadexpected, but goddamnitall
>>3437596>Rescue of 100,000/Destruction of billions of dollars of infrastructure: Z0 (I’m not encouraging you to solve problems this way, Captain)Silly Gopher, property damage is it's own reward!I'm glad somebody tallied up the named Mavs Anode slaughtered on Night 2.>>3437604>Go find your squad.Still want to try the Schwarz sim, but checking in with the BB makes more sense atm. Seems like we'll have decent amount of time for shenanigans later.>>3437724He could always join Repliforce...
>>3438113Schwarz can wait until after full repairs - still considered down a few days, after all.
Oh huh, thing I didn't notice:>>3437596>Destruction of billions of dollars of infrastructure: Z0>Dollars and zenny in the same sentenceNow I'm curious as to which countries have adopted zenny, or if it's even a true currency rather a sort of company token cash used by the Maverick Hunters.
>>3438227check the wikidot on zenny
>>3437604>>Go find your squad.
>>3438113>>3438149Agreed: I want to do the Schwarz sim but not until we're repaired.
>>3439433Wonder if there's a Tanker sim in there
>>3440637If there i we should see how it reacts to having a 100%capacitor charge dumped into it
>>3437621>>3437626>>3437630>>3437645>>3437668>>3437724>>3437748>>3437757>>3437780>>3437943>>3437954>>3438113>>3438252With nothing else pressing, you figure you should see how the gang is doing. “Susan, you there?” He comms back after a moment. “Yessir. Flak said you were vertical again.”“Yep. Better luck next time.” He chuckles. “Nice to hear from you again.”“Likewise. You guys at the range?”“For now. I think Looey’s gonna chase us out.” “Tell him to hold off, I’m on my way back.” Looey is perching atop a table, looming ominously over Derby, who is steadfastly ignoring him as he carefully wipes the emitter lens on his disassembled buster rifle. Susan waves as you come closer, shaking his head. “He’s been standing there like that for half an hour.” “You’ve been staying here too long!” He crows from behind.“Don’t you sleep under that bench?” Derby asks.“...Yes.” Susan rolls his eyes. “Marx is over there, practicing with Flak.” You note one of the range fields has been cleared for mobility exercises, with the two Berets dashing up a storm. Marx is a bit further along than Flak, but he also doesn’t have that new leg hardware to adjust to. He’s attempting, with varying levels of success, to scale the wall with his EAS. Flak is feeling out timing cycles, movement, and momentum. “So just those two?”“For now,” Susan replies.“Had to give Flak one of ‘em, huh?”He folds his arms. “I did, and I’ll fight you on it.”You shake your head. “No need. Everyone doing good?”The two of you turn and look back at the others. Flak drives an elbow into the wall to stop his advance, rattling his dome with the sudden stop. Marx slides down the wall, loses footing with one boot, and goes for a sprawl. Derby keeps on assembling his weapon stoically as Looey leans in over his head, raising his wings out to either side, and makes a screeching “SCRAWWWWW!”The two of you share a glance as Derby, without looking up, produces a small bag of what looks like corn kernels and tosses one to Looey, who snaps it up without pause and leans back. “So I got a letter,” Susan finally says.“Yeah?”“I’ve been promoted.”“No shit.”“Corporal, now. In light of Vancouver, and leading the fireteam for a few sorties.”You clap him on the shoulder. “Congrats, man.”“Thanks, I guess. I’m not sure how I feel about it.”“Money,” you offer. “You feel so much more money.”He snorts. “Maybe not ‘so much more,’ but yeah, it’s a thought.”“So what’ve I missed in the last few days?”“Not much. Karin came by once or twice and drilled with us, that was cool. We saw Halcyon the day after the Philosopher thing. Pretty banged up, but on his feet.”“What was he doing?”He scoffs. “Mugging for photo ops, mostly. I didn’t exactly get close to the press train and ask him.”“Fair point.”
>>3440848He looks back out as Derby begins throwing his hat, Marx and Flak taking turns kicking off the walls to try and catch it mid-leap. “Got those, and Flak picked up those stakes.” “Anyone else go under for any work?” “Not yet. He just refused to let that Culverin go.”“Can’t blame him.”He turns and gives you a thin smile. “Me neither.”“You know, Canada opened their arms catalogue to me, kinda like Candemir. I bet we could put some of those upgrades to use for you guys.” “Maybe. Still pretty rich for our blood, we’re still 2 dashes short of a quartet.” “Maybe I can put in for a stipend.”“Doubt it, but it’s worth a shot.” >You want to go over those new toys with me? >Spend some time with the gang here.>Go see someone else.>Other?
>>3440852>spend some time with the gang here>Want to see all the new toys?Who knows, we could find some fun stuff for us too, and we could potentially learn more about two of our crew we haven't yet.
>>3440852>upgradeswe still have that date to see to. Going over all the new toys can wait until we've got both those squared out.
>>3440852>You want to go over those new toys with me? >Spend some time with the gang here.>otherIf the others want to continue their dash exercises, Anode could probably give a few basic pointers. He does it A LOT after all.
>>3440852>You want to go over those new toys with me? >Spend some time with the gang here>Challenge Flak and Marx to a Dash race (No Electro dash of course)
>>3440852>You want to go over those new toys with me?>Spend some time with the gang here.
>>3440852I misread the the part about Derby's hat as implying that he'd gotten it weaponized like Oddjob.
>>3440852>You want to go over those new toys with me? >Spend some time with the gang here.Seconding dash training slash race if we have the time to do both
>>3440852>>You want to go over those new toys with me? >>Spend some time with the gang here.
>>3440852>Spend some time with the gang here.We should practice with the gang, especially coordinating between dash & non-dash members. Maybe Anode vs BB?
It'd be neat if there were obstacle course sims instead of just combat sims.I feel like Dash would have liked that.
>>3440852>Spend some time with the gang here.Going over new toys would also be fun, but I'm slightly more interested in just chilling with the buds. And any potential hijinks.>>3441103I feel that we must attempt to make this happen. Somehow!
>>3440852>>You want to go over those new toys with me?Practice makes perfect. Or at least in Anode and the BB's case, practice makes maybe having a chance of not making a fool of yourself sometimes.
>>3437596>Weissritter, RUDRA representatives refuse to comment on incident in DetroitSo Em confirmed too have whooped Shiva's ass and gotten life advice from sigma in one of his rare lucid moments. I'm entirely ok with this.
>>3441712I think you'll find that doesn't say that. Just says there was an unspecified incident in Detroit.
Things we have to look forward to in the futurehttps://youtu.be/XZCMIvMXM-w
>>3440852>You want to go over those new toys with me?Upgrade Buddies.
K, stand by, opening The Book of Upgrades (TM). Some opportunity for banter and chatter will be had throughout. Like I said on Twitter, I need a couple laid-back weeks, so discussing merits of upgrades for this or that is fiiiiine by me.
>You want to go over those new toys with me? “You guys want to get out of here and peek and poke?”Susan’s response is as flat as it is immediate. “There’s regs against that, sir.” You flick him on the back of the head. “You’ve been hanging out with Em too much.” “Yeah, may as well. I think Looey’s about one more more exercise away from throwing Derby into space.” He calls the crowd to saddle up and mount up, Marx responding with an entirely-too-formal salute and ‘yes, sir!’--apparently the team is giving Susan a good ribbing about his promotion. Flak elbows him a little as they collect Derby’s hat and toss it back to him, packing up kit and moving out. They’re chatty and exuberant as you walk through the halls, having a good time--it makes you feel a little better. Whatever the outcome of Moloch, you and your team are still here. You make a note to send your regards to the RCMP and your fellow hunters to give your thanks for the ones that weren’t so lucky. You pull up the big screen in the dev room, punching in your account and opening the attached catalog data. “That’s…” Flak murmurs.“A lot, yeah,” Susan agrees, flicking his hand over the bar to scroll through. “Most of it’s a bit rich for our blood.”“Not all, though,” Marx adds. “True. Plus, we can always save up.” “Welcome to the treadmill, boys,” you say with a grin. “Speaking of, I’ve got my own ideas to look into…”“Not without me, fuckface,” Em says from behind you, announcing himself with a bop across the top of your head with a rolled up schematic. “Good to see you. They wouldn’t let me into Lifesaver.” You give him a noogie that he snarls and swipes at. “That’d explain it. How’ve you been without the brains of the operation?” “Honestly? I don’t remember much.” He digs a knuckle into his temple. “Got a killer headache, and the last few days are a bit of a blur.” “Yeah?”Shrugging, he flourishes his roll and gently bops you on your left and right shoulders. “Whatever. Before these witnesses, I anoint you Sir Dumbass of Fuckwagon.”Susan golfclaps, Marx rips another form-perfect salute, and Flak wipes a mock-tear from his eye. “You’re all bastards and I’m sending you to die,” you reply cheerfully. “So what’s that?” “This,” Em breathes, laying it on the counter, “is for you.”
>>3443396The wafer-thin circuits within light up and then project their plans onto the schematic. A studded carbon-fiber brick with two tapered points stares back up at you from the page. Beside it, a lengthened cylindrical bracer and clamp roughly describing a forearm join it, slender cables running down the top of the wrist and up to those studs. “Em, what is…”“I was thinking,” he says, on a roll now. “You’re really starting to make use of your kit, right?”“Came home about empty on the tanks, yeah…” “Well, you remember that little confab we had about the grapple cables?” “I do.” “Well since I can’t take my advice,” he says cheerfully, “I figured I could help you with it. AND--”“Oh, hell,” you groan. He prods the white stripe of band-aid-patched chest and armor. “Seeing as you CLEARLY got dunked again…”“Fuck you?” You offer. “I think you need INSTRUCTION. After this.” “Well then shut up and scoot over so I can look at this monstrosity,” you reply.All prior upgrades not specifically excluded are on the table, as are custom suggestions--if you want something not listed here, please cite the item. Do remember that certain items take specific parts of your systems--you wouldn’t be able to stack two buster compressor rings, for instance. The other would either be stored for later use before another mission, or you could opt to give it to one of your squad.Your Zenny: Z157,003Replacement Equipment:Anode expended several consumables during his operation. While you can no longer order replacements at cost, resupply remains inexpensive.Pullu Cell: 5,000 apiece. Both burned out from overuse, but fulfilled their functions handily, sparing you further--and in Moloch’s case, potentially deadly--damage. Ejderha A17 “Yıldız” Anti-Robot Flare: Throwable one-use flare emits pattern of high- and low-frequency light that interferes with optics but does not harm humans at low exposures. Can hover during activation. Z800 apiece.Ejderha A9 “Pençe” Throwing Knives: Simple spherical design offers no hint of this tool’s true function. On interacting with a shield frequency, projects a hi-beam through its own surface to stab perpendicular to the discharge. One-use apiece but a terrible surprise for the unaware. Standard issue for Turkish military forces. Z1,600 apiece.
>>3443398Canadian Defense ContractorsKorman Intelligent Machines Inc.One of the preeminent robot processor producers in the world, Korman’s Abrams processor is a highly successful product found in tens of thousands of Reploids. Their suite of products includes many specialty subprocessors in high demand with labs developing specialist Reploids, and Korman has a controlling interest in or has become the parent company of other notable Canadian arms manufacturers as a result.Korman “Potter” Synchro: Currently the best synchro available on the market, with a dedicated subprocessor that tracks the timing of outside factors as well as internal timings to produce reaction times as close to target as any commercial manufacturer has been able to accomplish to date. Z129,000Korman “Weston” 2Win Subprocessor: One of the better detection & investigation utilities on the market, though not in the same class as something like OPAL, the Weston 2Win is a substantial improvement on the erratic Weston S Subprocessor and provides two-source confirmation of identified risks and uncertainties, allowing detection of many traps and scanning through forms of stealth. Slight paranoia is noted in some users, though the company offers a software package to tweak results and reduce this outcome. Z45,000Korman “Miller” Mobility Optimizer: Once part of Korman’s “Get Your S In Gear” campaign aimed at Maverick Hunters during the Sigma era, Korman has divided the Miller subprocessor from the Miller/Webster package that featured in several of the most dangerous defectors during the Maverick War. Loaded with a full systems diagnostic algorithm, the optimizer quickly directs your own movement capabilities and assists in pathfinding, traversal, and navigation with maximum efficiency and minimal effort. The optimizer of choice for sporting Reploids. Z110,000Korman “Geller” Vectorer: A dedicated subprocessor for calculating motion vectors and providing projections of trajectory, speed, and freedoms of movement. Useful not only for aiming leading shots, but also for predicting incoming physical attacks, calculating escape routes, and rapidly scoping out potential ricochets. Z62,000Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.
>>3443402Macdonald Special ArmsA subsidiary of Korman, Macdonald supplies the Canadian Military with specialty weapons.Macdonald “LMR” Analytic Buster: Local magnetic resonance calculated from the impact of this buster’s shots is used with dedicated software to calculate potential structural changes due to damage, not only including shield weakness but also general susceptibility to further attack and likelihood of damage to specific internal components. Z51,000Macdonald “Walton” Powercharge Buster: Despite a reputation for a malfunctioning amend node, this weapon is a favorite of breakthrough specialists due to its rapid and potent charged shot. Unlike most busters, the Walton does not have an uncharged capacity. Z38,000Macdonald “Hackenschleimer” Buster Cannon: Too large for a normal humanoid Reploid to equip without modifications to the arm and shoulder for support, this buster fires incredibly strong shots that knock back smaller targets. Very slow charge cycle and incompatible with most commercial buster mods. Z46,000Macdonald “Davies” Exciter: A universal exciter component that provides feedback and reporting on the weapon’s energy usage, heat regulation status, and refiring readiness. Z8,200Macdonald “O’Neal” Node Package: Combines a top-of-the-line amend node with a degaussing node that is able to scrub waste anchor ions into a secondary amend node, slightly improving WEAPON use capacity. Z55,000Macdonald “Anderson” Amend Node: A training device, the Anderson amend node cancels anything fired from the buster, leaving only an ionic trace signature to fire out for tracking of shots that would have been hits. Used by the military for close combat simulations. Z1,100.Macdonald “Rampulsky” Focusing Lens: A smart lens that adjusts escape velocity based on the user’s current movement to ensure complete ejection of the payload during a punch or a dash. Useful for ensuring maximum shear at close range when a buster shot is being fired in motion. Z21,500.Macdonald “Wilson” Chamber Ring: Buster shots trap ionic residue in target’s shields that can be “pinged” once up to five minutes later for tracking or added damage. Z33,000.Macdonald “Talbot” Chamber Ring: Buster shots paint target’s shields with visible light discharge that lasts for several minutes. Harmless and useless for distance tracking but good for highlighting targets who are trying to vanish into a crowd. Z7,000
>>3443404Cardin Inc.A major Canadian Reploid producer, Cardin contributes Reploid designs for military and law enforcement use, including the 225 and L1 lines. Cardin also supplies accessories to these forces.Cardin “Blaireau” Laser Glaive Pod: A utility device for stopping vehicles, this pod can be used in a stationary configuration or rolled in a “bowling” attack, though this does tend to damage the pod and may render it unusable. The Blaireau projects a powerful laser blade on activation. Z2,400 apiece.Cardin “Loutre” Ballast Buoy: A small canister that catalyzes water to create a gas bubble and catch it in a force envelope, the Loutre can be used by a human-sized Reploid to slowly float toward the surface of water. Its stabilizer also permits it to be kicked off from in water for additional mobility. A Loutre can serve as a platform on the surface of water. The catalytic gas requires recharging if it is to be reused; otherwise, these are one-use. Z1,500 apiece.Cardin “Lapin” Missile: Comes in self-launching and stock versions. Lapin missiles deactivate if they lose tracking and can “hop” once after grounding if the target comes back in range. Useful anticollateral ordnance. Z800 apiece stock, Z1,100 apiece self-launching.Cardin “Taupe” Missile: Comes in self-launching and stock versions. Taupe missiles can be fired into a solid surface and “burrow” there awaiting reactivation; their rapid beam drill tips allow them to instantly reorient and relaunch out of the surface (ground, wall, etc.) at a target when triggered. Z980 apiece stock, Z1,400 apiece self-launching.Cardin “Lièvre” Jump Booster: An external add-on to the legs, the Lièvre extends jump distance vertically and horizontally. Z27,000.Cardin “Souris” Scout Drone: An unobtrusive miniature scouting drone that roams the ground, about the size of a grenade. Z5,100 apiece.Cardin “Musaraigne” Shuriken: A throwing star that magnetically latches onto the first enemy to trip its proximity detector ring and activates a trio of rotating cutting lasers. Limited in the total damage it can deal but substantially irritating. Z700 apiece.Cardin “Phoque” Inverter Grenade: One of the most unique tools of the Canadian military, this grenade is used to intercept energy attacks, causing them to be deflected away from the inverter field. A skilled angle of impact can even result in the inverter field turning the attack back on the originator, though this requires a lot of practice or dedicated hardware or software solutions to calculate. Z1,900 apiece.
>>3443409Huron Reploid OutfittingThe most “civilian-grade” of Canada’s military suppliers, Huron’s products are more widely available.Huron “Osprey” Agility & Acceleration System: Famously used by the Cardin L1 series, the Osprey AAS combines the dash of an EAS with a secondary booster and reorienting sleeve to allow a second “jump” while in midair. A powerful but expensive mobility system. Z110,000.Huron “Canard” Glide System: Not a true flight system, the Canard can be engaged during a jump or fall to glide safely downward, provided body orientation is appropriate to let the force-projected glide wings engage safely. Reploids with flight capabilities may engage the glide to extend overall air time. Z23,000.Huron “Athabasca” Gyro Link System: Allows downward dash while wall-clinging to transfer momentum when on the ground. Z43,000.Huron Flame Retardant Frit: This unobtrustive chemical coating reacts with fire, expanding to provide a protective barrier and reduce damage sustained. Wears down with impacts and won’t last forever (or for more than a mission or two given how Anode tends to use up his HP) but a cheap way to solve fire problems. Does leave vulnerable areas that can’t be fritted. Z15,000, reproof Z8,000.Note that only one Frit can be applied at a time. You’ve banked but not yet equipped your anti-laser Frit.Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.Journeyman Manitoba Inc.Generally known as “Manitoba,” provides civilian-grade equipment for explorers as well as military-grade equivalents.Manitoba JM2 Thermal Knife: Not primarily intended as a weapon, this knife can nonetheless output a powerful contained flame intended to help cut through obstacles, and can cause serious injury if misused. Z9,800.Journeyman EC14 Electroconductor Gel: A pressurized canister containing an expanding gel, this substance is used in tandem with an enucleating magnetic “stylus” rod to effect a quick field repair of a damaged electrical circuit. By defining the conductivity using the stylus, it is possible to “draw” a very simple circuit that accretes the conductive element within the gel, with the filler providing insulation. This short-term patch can keep a vehicle functioning or restore energy briefly to a computer system, though effecting proper repairs with the circuit powered down is the recommended course of action as soon as is feasible. Z3,500 apiece.Journeyman RG1 Electroconductor Tape: A sturdy roll of gray tape coated in adhesive electroconductive gel with an enucleating strip in the middle, this tape can be used to temporarily repair a damaged circuit or create a new one. Z4,900 apiece.
>>3443411Osiris LaboratoriesOsiris is Canada’s foremost defense contractor. While some of their components are sold in restricted supply to other Canadian developers, Kermod lacks the pull necessary to approve extranational sales. Grapple GauntletIt is possible to create an adaptable housing designed to interface with Tension Coil. Reinforced heavy alloy plates worn over the hand, with two spiked “knuckles” for fast strikes. While lower damage than a lobeam saber, these knuckle spikes would double as launchable coils, springing out in flight from tapered stakes to grapnel claws. These would anchor as T. Coil, be it to walls or surfaces or to an enemy. This would open up a world of close-quarters fighting techniques, throws, grabs-and-pulls, etc. They would carry strong synergy with Mass Shriver and a convenient defensive offhand, even when wielding another weapon. Additional options and upgrade potential are high; R&D returned a laundry list of prospective improvements, many of which would be additive expansions that provide new applications while retaining all the functionality of the base Coils as you currently know them. On purchasing this weapon, you must first select the baseline or the WEAPON-enhanced model. In either case, once purchased, you may choose two upgrades from the below list.Base model: Z50,000. You would need to carry Tension Coil in your VWES stock in order to make use of the primary grapple functions, though it would remain a low-damage solid alloy weapon. While you would be reduced to 16 cables, you would only deplete ammunition on replacing a severed or destroyed cable. Integrated WEAPON: Z100,000. A small, commercial-size LIFE cell hookup along a forearm bracer mount would unshoulder the burden of carrying the T. Coils into battle, instead serving as its own source of the coils. This would also provide unlimited coils.G. Gauntlet Upgrades: General rule of thumb is Z50,000 apiece. Charge: Harder, better, faster, stronger. The cables would launch at greater speed, longer distance, and cause additional damage on impact with a hostile target. Modular Head: Select alternate tip options for cables. Chosen before deployment. Further development would open the weapon to greater diversification.Impact Hammer: Adds a pneumatic one-two to any given strike, improving base damage.Conductor: Integrated conduit linkup allows taser shock through the coils. Knuckle Buster: Throughputs buster output to emitter gem studs on the striking surface. Replaces coil heads when in use. Further development would allow simultaneous deployment alongside coils.Ceratanium Plate: Adds a forearm shield, capable of deflecting melee blows, plasma fire, etc.
OH BOY.We gotta get that Grapple Gauntlet with the intergrated WEAPON. It takes a huge chunk out of our cash, but it's a no-brainer given how often we bring the coils with us anyway.I vote we either get the conductor option now and replace one of our Pullu cells, or replace both of our cells and save up for the conductor.
>if you want something not listed here, please cite the item.and if you need help with that, I've got the majority of the possible upgrades herecryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/edit/n2bmir70zlEGNXhoq7Oa76im/and I'm in the middle of testing a collapsible form for ease of totalling cost herehttps://cryptpad.fr/code/#/2/code/edit/O0REb-PFvAb66fqLR7fZyHWS/
I need to think about this but I fucking WANT that gauntlet.
Oh boyThat's a lot of good stuffGrapple Gauntlet is obvious, but can't decide between integration (and use the leftover to replace a Pullu Cell) or vote for the "LMR" (feels like a "vwes weakness identifier")
>>3443415Might be a bit biased, but definitely voting the Grapple Gauntlet (100k) version since it frees up a VWES slot, provides UNLIMITED COIL WORKS, and allows for a hell of a lot of synergy and advantage. I like the Impact Hammer and Ceratanium plates personally. Though when you say choose two upgrades from the list, do we pay for those too?If we undo the Andes fund, might be able to afford the Rampulsky focusing lens too as it makes us hit harder when in a dash, I think.And, of course, replace the Pullu if we can't afford the next version up.
>>3443409That Loutre Ballast Buoy looks like something we should be strongly considering for when we go up against Atlantica. If we do get it, what would it take to recharge the catalytic gas?>>3443441Unless I'm misreading this, if we get the G. Gauntlet, we get the conductor plus one other upgrade for /free/ with it, whether we get the WEAPON version or not.And yeah, it's really, really hard to argue against getting the gauntlet, and pretty hard to argue against the WEAPON version, despite taking nearly 2/3 of our current cash>>3443415So do I understand correctly that the G. Gauntlet is /not/ something offered by Osiris, but is, in fact, the schematic that Emerald brought?You say damage is less than a lobeam. What sort of percent are we talking here? And how would it compare to a punch from Anode now?
>>3443469>Though when you say choose two upgrades from the list, do we pay for those too?Nope--you get the first two free. All further upgrades are 50,000. Evolutions off those, where relevant, will be individually costed.
Oh geez, that’s a lot of goodies. I’m inclined for those processor upgrades though...>Korman “Potter” Synchro @ 129kSpeed kills, and I think Anode could do with some top-of-the-line reaction times>2x Pullu Cells @ 10kThey worked rather wellReferencing >>3443454>Targeting Pointer- Birdal I14 “Sisman” @ 16k Because accuracy is good, and in combination with the reaction time would be really good for our on-the-move action.At the small cost of 155k Zenny, Anode would be more effective in the field with what he already has.
>>3443476>That Loutre Ballast Buoy looks like something we should be strongly considering for when we go up against Atlantica. If we do get it, what would it take to recharge the catalytic gas?HQ could do it for you for a small fee. 16th provides the canisters. They use it for no reason. No reason whatsoever.>So do I understand correctly that the G. Gauntlet is /not/ something offered by Osiris, but is, in fact, the schematic that Emerald brought?Correct. Nothing is listed in the Osiris catalogue entries. >You say damage is less than a lobeam. What sort of percent are we talking here? And how would it compare to a punch from Anode now?It's a dedicated fist weapon, so--by itself--it'd be around 50% of the damage. However, it's as quick or as slow as any number of hand strikes, and will combo beautifully either for additional damage or creating openings to exploit, or exploiting openings you've created. Compared to now, the only time Anode is doing proper damage with his fists is against weaker opponents or when activating Shriver. It's a flat upgrade--and still Shriver compatible.
>>3443398>Korman>>What slot do these categorize as? Subprocessor?>>Do these conflict with OPAL>>If we get one for the BBs, can it create a compatible and secure uplink with other Korman/OPAL for aggregating combat data?>Macdonald>>I'm seeing new slots here: Buster Model, Exciter, Node, Lens. Shall I consider these all as possible equip slots?>Cardin>>Just want to confirm that Jump Booster won't be impacted by Raikousen or Jumpjet>>Will they be covered by any Frits?>Huron>>Does Anode even have enough leg space for Osprey?>>I assume Canard is for the Jumpjet, and as such we have plenty of space>>I also assume that Voyageur conflicts with our existing Ruzgar Ailieron?>Manitoba>>How compatible are the Gel/Tape with Anode's Capacitor release? Can they be used for field repairs? Can they conduct enough charge to deal damage as traps?>G Gauntletoh boy>>Do the coils from the gauntlets retain their monofilament wires?>>If we want to move these somewhere other than the arms, are we locked to the arms as soon as we purchase the gauntlets?>>As a solid alloy weapon, do these(or the Impact Hammer upgrade) count as armor penetrating?>>Does the Knuckle Buster come with it's own slots for Buster Emitter/Lens?
>>3443497Is it shell driver compatible as well? I must know for the mother of all punches.
>>3443415Given how much we use the coils, I vote for the integrated WEAPON. It gives us unlimited coils and frees up a valuable VWES slot, just absolutely no contest there.As for the rest, hmm, do we need to resupply our squad's armour, for instance?
>>3443476Somehow, despite it being in bold, I missed that. That's a horse of a different color, then.For the integrated WEAPON Gauntlet, then... The Conductor, and the Charge. Replace both Pullu cells. Grab the Macdonald “Wilson” Chamber Ring. Not sure if the Macdonald “Davies” Exciter would be good for us? Vote to bank any leftovers, pending further discussion.
Command, the Scout Drone looks interesting. Is there a way to extend OPAL through it?
>>3443415Wait, just to clarifyWe have two different types of gauntlets, one costing 50k and the other 100kOR, we buy the base gauntlet at 50k, and can upgrade it with the integrated weapon cells and 100k?Because from the way is written I think it is the second
>>3443415Is the Conductor upgrade separate from TCoil's Improved Conductivity upgrade? Is there any benefit to commiting to that before getting gauntlet?
>>3443517Potter occupies the synchro slot and would replace Anode's current Rudd synchro; Weston, Geller, and Miller vie for subprocessor slot; Jardine occupies a slot you'd have to deliberately seek out competing equipment for.Weston subprocessor has relatively trivial benefits for someone with OPAL but would be good for a squaddie. I would imagine Anode's use of it would be marginal at best.Korman subprocessors are the best on the commercial market; asking a couple of Toolcircuits to work you up a dedicated uplink and aggregator should be quite feasible with the Korman API.Buster equip slots are listed on the wiki article for busters. Notwithstanding the buster model itself, slots for buster equipment are power supply, WEAPON cell, igniter, exciter, compressor, chamber ring, thermal regulator, degaussing node, recombinator, accelerator, amend node, focusing lens, muzzle, retort, and augment.Unclear on Cardin questions, please rephrase.Anode does not have sufficient leg space for the Osprey system. Some of his squad have no EAS and could make use of the Osprey AAS.Canard takes up a retractable scapular modification slot and would not compete with any current equipment. Also works when not using Jumpjet, provided you're in a stable enough jump or plummet.Voyageur does not conflict with your current ailieron. You can use both.Gel/tape are for minor field repairs. Capacitor release would likely burn them out at anything above a trickle feed; if Anode wants to dump capacitor load into powering something, they can take it, but the conducting element isn't intended to deliver the massive fry that Anode puts out. They could conceivably be put to use as a minor zapping annoyance, but nothing substantially damaging.
>>3443571HC said here>>3443479Choose a type, then choose two upgrades on top of that.
>>3443404Are these Buster Upgrades compatible with the squads Buster rifles?
>>3443542It's nowhere near complex enough for that. You'd need a custom product or something not available in the current supply.>>3443593Unless otherwise specified, they should be compatible with the busters the squad uses. Please note that the LMR, Walton, and Hackenschleimer are not upgrades, they are busters in their own right.
>>3443415I believe our choice here is obvious
>>3443618So in that case, say one gets the Walton and messed with it to pick up a less faulty node bit, that would be okay? Also would the big gun be something shoulder mountable?
>>3443415>>3443534Oh, missed the free two upgrades. I'm going to say I would go for the Ceratanium Plate and Conductor upgrades.
>>3443634Walton with a good node is probably a good idea. I understand Macdonald sells one.If you had a good enough hardpoint and mounting, you could put the big gun on there. You'll want to make sure it's reinforced, that is a big gun.
>>3443415100K gauntlet with the conducter and ceratanium upgrades
>>3443415Voting for the integrated WEAPON G. Gauntlet, for sure. Personally I like the Charge and Conductor upgrades.The Modular Head and Ceretanium Plate would also be good, but I feel like those are more of a 'for later' option.
Integrated WEAPON Grapple Gauntlet with Conductor and Ceratanium Plate is my vote for primary purchase.I think we should look into getting Marx a melee weapon and training with Em after the way he handled himself during the seige. I could see him getting good use out of the JM2 Thermal Knife.Derby might make for a solid combat medic if we send him to get training with Lifesavers on how to use the Gel/Tape.
>>3443398Do not forget the 22k for the himilayas. That should open stuff up.Still, we should go for that gauntlet with intergrated WEAPON. This frees up a slot for more weapons. As for what to get for the 2 free upgrades, depends.Personally, I go with the Knuckle Buster and Shield Plate. Opens up for a charge shot or 'marking' enemies with our shield shredders. Combine it with Rampulsky lens for more bang.121,500, a loutre for 1500 plus 14000 for kit replacement leaves 20003 zenny plus himilayas. 42003 for something later.
>>3443415Integrated WEAPON Grapple Guantlet with Ceratanium Plate and Knuckle Buster. Mostly Knuckle Buster just because of pic related.>>3443717I'm leaning towards nabbing one of them a thermal knife as well, to help expand BB's options.
>>3443587>Unclear on Cardin questions, please rephrase.Raikousen and Jumpjets both wreath us in various flavors of damage cloaks. Since these hug the body and I assume the jump booster is a larger than average external mod, would the jump booster receive significant wear from the fire/electric?Same thing for the frits, do the Jump Boosters count under "some areas cannot be fritted" and thus make them vulnerable to beams/fire even with frit?
>Korman “Weston” 2Win Subprocessor: One of the better detection & investigation utilities on the market, though not in the same class as something like OPAL, the Weston 2Win is a substantial improvement on the erratic Weston S Subprocessor and provides two-source confirmation of identified risks and uncertainties, allowing detection of many traps and scanning through forms of stealth. Slight paranoia is noted in some users, though the company offers a software package to tweak results and reduce this outcome. Z45,000>Cardin “Phoque” Inverter Grenade: One of the most unique tools of the Canadian military, this grenade is used to intercept energy attacks, causing them to be deflected away from the inverter field. A skilled angle of impact can even result in the inverter field turning the attack back on the originator, though this requires a lot of practice or dedicated hardware or software solutions to calculate. Z1,900 apiece.HM>>3443469Himalayas, not Andes
>>3443587So does a node package cover degaussing AND amend nodes?
>>3443404Are Base upgrades like Buster refire rate or new charge levels unique to each Buster Model?
>>3443415>Pullu Cell x1 (5,000)Those things worked amazing, and defense isn't an easy upgrade. I want to replace both, but there's some really expensive options that I want more.>Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator (51,000)Surprised there isn't more discussion over this. It's a piece of equipment designed to make Anode better at shenanigans.>Grapple Gauntlet (Integrated) (100,000)+Charge & Ceratanium PlateThis thing is fucking beautiful. Extra WEAPON with unlimited coils, holy shit yes! Since we're getting this for the cables, an upgrade that makes it better cables seems obvious. The plate gives Anode an option to block instead of always having to dodge, which might work better with his "built to take hits" mindset. We'll need some practice using it, obviously.Total: Z156,000>>3443717If we're looking for BB stuff, Scout Drone or Inverter Grenades would be good investments.
>>3443415>>3443964Seconding this, that Jardine looks great.
>>3443415That integrated Weapon Grapple Gauntlet is a must Id also go with the Ceratanium Plate amd the Charge optionsAnd hopefully we can integrate the Conductor option later on, But a shield is a good option for Anode (Especially if we train to use it properly) and having a charge weapon that doesn't use VWES slots and ammo is an excellent boost tp Anode's arsenal Replacing both our Pullu Cells is a solid optionThat's 110,000z I'd be very willing to. Spend right away on these upgrades/replacementsThe Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron for 9,000z is alsp a tempting option to boost our air time, especially if the increased overall air time means we are reducing the time cost between landing and the next jump jet flight, a potential good boost to mobilityI'm down for grabbing at least one Manitoba JM2 Thermal Knife, for the BB 9,800zCardin “Souris” Scout Drone is definitely another item I'd be interested in picking up for the BB 5,100zGrabbing all that would cost us 133,900z out of our total 157,003zLeaving 23,103z for other stuffI'd definitely be interested in getting more gear for the BB
Just a note that if we get the Macdonald “Talbot” Chamber Ring, we can always pass it on to a BB when we replace it with something more expensive.It's cheap and the benefit is not very diminished when passed on.
>>3443631To clarify, I would like the Charge and Conductor (as long as the conductor option does not require us to first get the 'improved conductivity' upgrade for the cables first)
Submitting my order for consideration.1) Integrated WEAPON grapple gauntlet (100K)-Just pure YES from me. This would open up a load of options for Anode, and those coils are a consistent part of his toolkit. For the two free upgrades:-Charge. Going all in.-Knuckle buster. 2) Pullu cells X 2. These things won me over. I'd like to keep them. (10K total)3)Canard glide system. Combined with Anode's other tools, you could probably Batman your way across a city with this. (23K)4) Voyageur Aileron for more glidey. (9K)That leaves 15K left over.
>>3443482>>3443415As nobody wants speedy reactions (and with good reason I suppose), I will change my vote to>G. Gauntlet, Integrated WEAPON>Charge: Harder, better, faster, stronger. The cables would launch at greater speed, longer distance, and cause additional damage on impact with a hostile target. >Impact Hammer: Adds a pneumatic one-two to any given strike, improving base damage.>Conductor: Integrated conduit linkup allows taser shock through the coils. >1x Pullu CellSo damn useful
>>3443415>Knuckle Buster: Throughputs buster output to emitter gem studs on the striking surface. Replaces coil heads when in use. Further development would allow simultaneous deployment alongside coils.I'd like to get some clarification on this.- First, is the purpose of this essentially to be able to fire off buster shots directly in the chin of whoever we're uppercutting?- Second, do I understand correctly that we would have to choose at mission-loadout time whether to go with Coil Gauntlet or Buster Gauntlet? 'Cause that seems to drastically reduce the value of this option without the "further development" mentioned...
>>3444191My understanding of it is that it's like our existing buster's hands. We can coil or buster, just not at the same time.
>>3443827whoops, that's covered in the descriptionUpdated the upgrades bin as far as it can go, just awaiting clarifications for questions.I'm also not going to bother with the original database for the foreseeable future, someone else can update it if they want. My focus is on the new setup with drop down windows, and I'll eventually add everything to that.
Another note, this time a tentative set.If we add in the himalayas fund, we would have enough for>[100k] Gauntlet>[72k] 4cell Pullu
>>3443724Actually, changing it up.Gauntlets with weapon for 100kKnuckle Buster and Shield Plate,2 pullu cells, Loutre for when we do yamatoad and stellar, and finally the Extended Charge Projection. Would get into our Himilaya funds, but at this point saving lives beats out mourning the dead.
>>3443398>Integrated WEAPON G Gauntlet 100kz->Knuckle Buster->Ceratanium PlateWe need armor to block, Incredibly useful. Knuckle Buster lets our punches do physical and energy damage, overall the most potential of the upgrades.>Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: 51kzInformation goldmine. Imagine being able to predict maverick plans consistently and coming up with a counter-strategy. Might reveal hidden sub-plots too.>Pullu cell x1 5000z>Cardin “Loutre” Ballast Buoy x2 3000zDips Into Himalayas slightly, but we need these and can get them refilled by HQ for 'cheap'.
So out of curiosity, how much of a buff to damage would Impact Hammer be, anyway?
>>3443398While we're with the crew, anything catch the eyes of our Berets, and what kind of cash do they have?
>>3443402I like the Geller Vectorer, but not at the cost of the rest.Grapple Gauntlet is too great to pass up -- thanks Em.>Integrated WEAPON (100k)>Charge (free)>Conductor (free)>Impact Hammer (50k)And by the good fortune of math, there's enough left for a Pullu cell and two Yildiz flares.Why the flares? Glacier Gibbon.Anything to divert a sniper would be great.
Okay, folks. I've got a bit of bad news.During editing, a line was missed--the one about the two free upgrades on purchase of the Gauntlet. It was too much for one package, and ultimately neither Cain Labs nor myself are happy with it. With the understanding that the upgrades are all still on the table, albeit at the 50,000 zenny cost, are you okay with letting us walk that one back to just the 50 or 100 for base glove/WEAPON integrated glove? This is our bad and we'll cop to it--if there's mass outcry about moving that goalpost, we can leave it where it is.Thanks as always for both your reading and your patience, and Q&A follow-up to come.
>>3445011I would be okay with it, I mean it is still a hell of a lot at integration tier, and it gives us such fun ways to evolve further.
>>3445011That is fine. I think everyone is pretty much in agreement on wanting the integrated WEAPON glove and the two free upgrades was a bit to good to be true.Paying 400k+ for the the fully kitted out system still seems good.
>>3443958They are, yes. Those represent very specific improvements to proprietary technology.Any other questions I missed about any of the Canadia tech?
>>3445011That's fair, really. The two free upgrades seemed a bit much, so this doesn't surprise me. I still want the full gauntlet.
>>3445011That’s honestly fine. For such a kickass system, it is still quite worth it at that cost. With that in mind, how much damage are we talking with the Impact Hammer?
>>344510850% increase. Still less than a standard lobeam swing.
>>3445124Still pretty good for unarmed melee. Especially since technically it would have a charge mode when fully upgraded, too, and likely upgrades along that line.
>>3445011Alright. Assuming my IP and ID are still the same, my vote up here >>3443441 stands then.
>>3445075Not canadian tech, but plenty of Gauntlet questions>>3443581and from the bigger list:>>Do the coils from the gauntlets retain their monofilament wires?>>If we want to move these somewhere other than the arms, are we locked to the arms as soon as we purchase the gauntlets?>>As a solid alloy weapon, do these(or the Impact Hammer upgrade) count as armor penetrating?>>Does the Knuckle Buster come with it's own slots for Buster Emitter/Lens?
>>3443517>Do the coils from the gauntlets retain their monofilament wires?No--and it's worth noting that to create the gauntlet, you'll need to permanently surrender the VWES data as you currently have it. If you want the bladed braid systems, it'll be a relatively easy re-addition since it's already highly compatible with the data, but it will cost, likely as an alternate coil head type. >If we want to move these somewhere other than the arms, are we locked to the arms as soon as we purchase the gauntlets?After creation, you might be able to remodel the system, but it's going to cost and most likely be far more unintuitive and difficult to master. If you can tell me what you've got in mind, that might help.>As a solid alloy weapon, do these(or the Impact Hammer upgrade) count as armor penetrating?Not AP, no. It's not impossible in the future. >Does the Knuckle Buster come with it's own slots for Buster Emitter/Lens?It'll serve as a throughput for your existing systems, so no. >>3443527With Knuckle Buster, yes.>>3443534For the sake of simplicity, your squad already opted to rebuild their damaged outer armor layers out of their own checks. >>3443581Since you'd be losing the old coil, it supplants the old Improved Conductivity. Same effect, different vehicle.>>3444191The purpose is more to give you access to your buster while the weapon is "readied," but yes, shooting a fucker right in the chin after a punch is absolutely a feature. You'd be able to switch between coil and buster modes with Knuckle Buster--it's more re-enabling buster capabilities with a big old fist ring fitted over your hand. >>3444947You'll be able to discuss this with them. If you want you can ask them their thoughts before you commit your zenny, but bear in mind basically every single thing on here except the training shot amend node would be a flat improvement. And they'd be kids in a candy store.
>>3445011Honestly, I just really want the Jardine. Anything else is just icing.
>>3445329Well, still saying the WEAPON version + knuckle buster for me. Jardine seems like a solid choice to my ears, but I'd still like a thermal knife sent BB's way to round them out a bit in a pinch.
>>3445437>>3445458My worry with anything like that is fucking with Anode’s personality. What if it turns him into an über-paranoid? Idk.
>>3445544What, like he starts thinking a malefic deity personally hates him and alters reality to dispatch horrors to plague his life and the lives of those he loves?
>>3445623I think it'd be more along the lines of."I think some asshole I've never even met wants me dead."
>>3445646We were correct that someone was trying to make our lives hell during part 1.
>>3445623Pfft, as if anyone would just up and send wave after wave of bird reploids at him during a mission, or build an entire roster for him out of birds, or reveal that Em was secretly a bird all along, orchestrating events behind the curtain but maintaining the facade of being a friendly neighborhood sword man only to pull the rug out from under Anode later on in an effort to adapt his DNA so he can ultimately build the SWORD and turn it on the upper echelons of Hunter Command because they made one too many green jokes. Who would do a thing like that?
Actually, thinking on it, if we have any leftovers, it might be a good idea to put it into the range.
>>3445646Anode's been moving up the ranks; I'd be surprised if there aren't people Anode doesn't know that actively want him dead. Remember, it's not paranoia if they're actually out to get you.
>>3445750We did have Seven trying to get us killed.
>>3445329>After creation, you might be able to remodel the system, but it's going to cost and most likely be far more unintuitive and difficult to master. If you can tell me what you've got in mind, that might help.I need to compete with the Grapple Gauntlet design itself, oof. This isn't likely to win then, but may as well give it a shot.>>Waist - Generally around the area where Shred Zone would have been>Focus on acting on the center of mass, reducing jerkiness to accuracy and maximizing speed without stressing the body>Allows spinning like a top similar to Shred Zone, although practically would require boosted reaction time and subprocessors to effectively shoot or move while spinning.>Least easy to aim>May not have space for alternate heads, etc.>>Shoulder Hardpoint>Still not as accurate as arm, but positioned at an angle where most T. Coils would be fired anyway.>Optional swivel turret. May be difficult to multitask while fighting in exchange for comparable accuracy to arm configuration.>Hardpoint allows explosive firing speed and possibly retraction.>Possible alternate configuration that latches on and grips debris as makeshift pauldrons for added reusable defense.>Likely cannot aim downwards>Consumes Hardpoint slot
>>3445011Why not meet in the middle and have the first upgrade be free (or perhaps at a heavy discount)?
>>3445774You just want to shoot coils out of your dick
>>3445011That's fine, happens to everyone. I still stand by my vote for 100k integrated cell grapple gauntlet as per >>3443534.
>>3446027Other way around, friend. Dicks out of coils.
>>3443415Alright, gonna make my official vote>T. Coil Improved Conductivity 25K>G. Gauntlet Integrated Weapon 100K>Jumpjets Extended Charge Projection 55K>so what I'm saying is, can we borrow 2K from the BB to pay for this?
>>3445011It looks like you are taking not one but both free upgrades. Sure, fuck It why not.You cannot convince me that wasn't a In-joke between you and Cain Labs. It was like fucking Christmas HC, CHRISTMAS. You have offically stolen christmas.I'm going back to lurking where I can be disappointed In silence. >>3445058No anon, when we buy a piece we can buy an evolution or three for that piece. We have plenty of options, and now we have to do that even slower. Maybe In a few real-time years we'll start to see close to fully kitted out.
>>3446143Relax breh it's really not that bad. People make editing mistakes, it happens.
>>3446138No reason to get Improved Conductivity as we will just lose it when we get the G. Gauntlet upgrades won't be transferring.And don't be greedy.
>>3446012Because this is equivalent to something like 5 t coil upgrades discounted already, probably.
>>3445011That's fine, stuff happens during editing. Makes the non-integrated gauntlet a bit more appealing, but I'm willing to wait on the shield for unlimited coils. Sticking with my original vote >>3443964>>3445329btw, HC, what ended up happenig to that Ride Armor piece we got from wrecking Crewd's Ox? Is it enough to get the Crossmore moving again?>>3445544I'd be more worried about weird logic leaps, such as deciding the reason we can never give Cath her birthday present is because she's avoiding Anode so she and Blitz can build an electric bat child.But honestly, from the description, it sounds like our personality will affect the Jardine more than the other way around. I still think a piece of equipment that lets Anode come at problems from a different angle could be a huge boon in the quest to Get Good.And maybe help us figure out what Cryptic McALLCAPS is up to.
>>3445011Well, my purchase desire stays the same.>>3444429My main concern is money. Even the cash we got from the mission, the sheer amount of options and slots makes filling out our gear tough. Are there ways to further supplement our income or acquire parts?
>>3446749Could always see if any of the other units have fun side activities. The game I ran had the Seventh have a small gambling den, for example, let people try and win some extra cash or help the Berets get new toys. Another fun one was 16th having a "combat mechaniloid testing zone" treated as a battlebots arena.A different approach to earning could be investing or production, admittedly. I mean, I could see Em and Anode trying their hand at brewing, for example.
>>3447210Alright we need a scene if Anode and Em brewing Moonshine out behind the Barracks now
>>3447224Beer is brewed. Moonshine is distilled.
>>3446143Look at it this way:For 100,000 (more on that in the future), you're not just getting a melee weapon, you are effectively taking the Faster Spool and Wire Reclaim upgrades, the Nonlethalized sidegrade, plus modernizing against potential downgrades from tech marching on, plus not only getting infinite cables, you're freeing up a VWES slot. The last time infinite ammo was on the table, it took Saetos's whole upgrade to do, and that cost a VWES slot.
>>3447255But it also opens us up to a plethora of Fisting jokes from India!
>>3447310lets be honest, our entire kit could be taken for sexual innuendo if India so chooses. Don't even get started on our wires.
>>3447310We already have those with the Shell Punches anyway, what's a few more jokes?
>>3447210Wouldn't really help us with our finances, but we might want to try encouraging Em to work on designing weapons as a side business. He's shown a knack for it and it would encourage him to interact with more people (maybe Flares?). Plus it would help ensure he has enough money for his rebuild after we punch his face in.
>>3446236Crossmore's almost ship-shape again. The Ox is just an optional accessory to add a frontal dash attack. >>3446749Possibly in the future, but bear in mind it's intentional that you've gotten more options than you can possibly spend on. Also bear in mind that Anode has had a meteoric increase in power while being unable to afford everything that catches his eye.
>>3447448I've been thinking that Em might do a lot better if he was transferred to 16th where he could both focus on equipment design and be one of their top combatants. He seems to do his best when he is designing or revamping new weapons.India is another that could use a transfer and 7th now wants her and her jet.
>>3447448>>3447558Thing is it breaks up the current core of the Fourth, as we're the long timers now. Still, Em as a master weaponsmith sounds pretty on point, and we could tell him it would let him work on even more designs and ideas that he's had. India, well, she wants a transfer, but right now the Fourth is doing her good with supplying her materials for building her new jet.What about finding a way to replicate the Phaseshift in the lance and then trying to make a system to mass produce it? Or something along those lines, possibly help assist the next layer of hunter defenses?
>>3447558Quick way to getting Anode killed is to suggest that to either of them.
>>3447532Nice, what's left on the Crossmore before it's back up, then? Maybe we could go bounty hunting for it.
>>3447255It could just be me missing It In the description, but It didn't seem like all of that was In the package deal. I thought we got Infinite cables and a free VWES slot (Though the gauntlet can be destroyed so there's that risk) and a moderate Improvement to unarmed melee on one fist. All three of the Wire upgrades and the modernizing you just mentioned I wasn't aware of. Thanks for clarifying, I feel much better about the situation. I still grieve the Ceramite shield even so Also your little side note about price confirms that this gauntlet Is only so cheap for what It gives because Emerald's footing a big portion of the bill.
did we ever solve what was up with Moloch?
>>3447869There are theories, but for those who haven't seen the main ones, the easy way to put it is horned devils have a second, fake head as a survival mechanism. The first personality is Moloch's fake head. The smart Moloch, he was the real deal
>>3447929so the smart one is the real Moloch then? what does that make the other one?
>>3447931What we are guessing is that Moloch is an upgrade resurrection of Komodo Green with a fake thug "Moloch" personality that acted as a cover identity to hide Komodo's resurrection.We beat down the A-Rank Moloch and made S or G rank Komodo wake up who beat our shit in.
>>3447931That's the trick, really. He has two DNA abilities though, outside the VWES, and he is a mishmash of armor sets. He also has a Sigma Rebellion symbol. He also seems to hate Zero with a passion.
>>3446156>>3446138>>3445329okay, I understand now.>>3443415here it is for realsies:>G. Gauntlet - Integrated WEAPON 100k>Jumpjets Extended Charge Projection 55k>Pullu Cell replacement 5k>Pullu Cell replacement 5k>Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron 9k>Cardin “Musaraigne” Shuriken 700>Cardin “Musaraigne” Shuriken 700>Cardin “Musaraigne” Shuriken 700>Cardin “Musaraigne” Shuriken 700total: 176, 800zleftover wallet: 1,203z
>>3443404Do the new buster models come in pairs? Would it be possible to get 1 of each for each arm?Same with every "tracking" related buster upgrade, really
>>3444028Agreed. The shield painting effect is the kind of thing that would have utility even if it was its own device.>>3447255My opinions on the gauntlet are contingent on how obtrusive the device is going to be. I just don't see it ever being a superior choice over our beam weapons in close combat, and if it fits over our hand, it might take longer to switch to our buster.
>>3448012That said, freeing up a VWES slot is worth 100k on its own. I still favor the upgrades that keep it our utility weapon, with less of a focus on using the spikes in melee. Now's as good a time as any to add a charge or conductivity
>>3448012>I just don't see it ever being a superior choice over our beam weapons in close combatif we need armor pen, a modular drill head would do.gonna be tricky to fit in with all the other upgrades we want though
>>3448012>My opinions on the gauntlet are contingent on how obtrusive the device is going to be. I just don't see it ever being a superior choice over our beam weapons in close combat, and if it fits over our hand, it might take longer to switch to our buster.We have 2 busters (one on each arm). Until we buy Knuckle Buster, while the Gauntlet is equipped that arm's buster is disabled. Once Knuckle Buster is purchased the Gauntlet will not interfere with that arm's buster. One advantage of the gauntlet as a melee weapon is that it won't be hampered by anti-beam defenses. 50% of low beam's damage is more than a low beam would deal against something that only take 33% damage from beam weaponry.
>>3448033>if we need armor pen, a modular drill head would do.But the Spark Hand Drill is already taken
>>3448040So we'll get something fresh, something new: Spark Tentacle Drill, now with extra hentai!
>>3448045Might get some overlap with that one screencap talking about if tanker had his drill bits replaced with dildos.
>>3447949oh shit thats coolthat would fit all of it wouldn't it? HC how far ahead do you plan?if that's what it is I'm feeling way better about Anode getting owned. we uncovered a zombie murder lizard
>>3448012Bear in mind the potential for combos versus how shielding prevents rapid damage aggregation, grapples (of both senses), mixups, and just having an offhand melee option. It's basically a Bat-grapple that you can punch a motherfucker in the face with.>>3448045Pic related.
>>3448045This is part of why CL keeps sending birds at us.
>>3448125Well they do say the early bird gets the worm.
>>3448470You stop that
>>3448040We could add some claws instead and get a Volt Cat Fist
>>3443409>>3443411Hey, both Cardin and Huron(and possibly Osiris) have parts that India might be interested in for her Jet project.
>>3448085Just for clarification Does the Gauntlet make the buster on the arm it is mounted on unusable for the entirety of the mission it is equipped Or does it only obstruct that buster while we are using this cable functions?
>>3449157The latter. You can ready/unready it, but it's not as quick as shifting to your buster from your bare hand.
>>3449180So the knucklebuster first restores the original speed, then makes both usable simultaneously. That about right?While looking at the alternative munitions, one thing to come to mind was ways to do area denial or zoning even if we need to swing around with both hands. The digging missile, as I understood it, could be purchased as stock and loaded into a hardpoint device or two. I know that would likely not be popular, but I kind of wonder about things like that then mixed with Anode's DNA or not. But I admittedly have strange ideas like that.
>>3449229Pretty much, yeah. Knuckle Buster basically just throughputs your buster functions through gauntlet, so there's no real transformation to worry about.
>>3449271Unless I miss my mark, it would also allow us to shoot while holding stuff, yeah?
>>3449282Assuming your aim wasn't off due to whatever you were grabbing on to, yes.
Right then, we may want to consider Knuckle Buster sooner rather than later then. Chain a misericorde armor cracker right to a full charge buster shot with extra damage from a punch sound good to anyone else?
>>3449357I'd opt for a Shell Diver Shriver punch after a misericorde armor break personally, but charge shot may be the safer bet in terms of weapon weakness/strength.
>>3445011Alright so my official vote is>Integrated Weapon Gauntlet 100,000z>Charge capability 50,000z>and then replace both Pullu cells 10,000zDips into our memorial funds a bit, but whatever
>>3443398>Grapple Gauntlet, Integrated:100K>Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron:9K>Pullu Cell Replacement: 10K>Macdonald “Rampulsky” Focusing Lens:21,500>Journeyman EC14 Electroconductor Gel x1:3,500 >Cardin “Phoque” Inverter Grenade x2(for Marx):3800Total:147800zWith whatever else left over for helping the squad I guess, or another cheap upgrade.
My biggest worry with the gauntlets is what happens if it gets destroyed. Do we need to spend extra to repair it?
>>3449868I don't understand. What do you mean "if?" Repair costs are a good question though. This seems like a pretty intricate weapon.
>>3449868There's always the Ceratanium Plating option.Just a big ol' Collide Fist for smacking people around and not giving a damn about anything.
>>3449868If one gets destroyed, we probably also lost an arm, so we may have bigger issues in the moment
>>3449868It's alright, anon. The value we lost on the 2 free upgrades went to a dedicated insurance plan.
Okay, so the gauntlet's a lock. We're going to try to get a tally in sometime today and then see how widely spread-out the other votes are, and if necessary do a runoff. I'll go ahead and re-add the Memorial money to your zenny for that; we can revisit memorial money (if you want to) after things have settled out.>>3449868As a rule, we're never going to outright wreck the thing on you. Stuff like that falls along narrative, not punitive grounds, and will always be accompanied by ways around the problem, or alternate compensation. We're not out to screw you, there are no bad/trap picks in your toolkit. All that said, if you incur heavy damage it might need repair costs, but unless you go out of your way to destroy it, we don't have any designs on fun removal.
Right now I'm seeing>Jumpjet stuffvs>General flight stuffvs>Get a gauntlet upgradevs>Lateral Interpolatorwith mixes of pulu replacements and consumables
>>3451453I really want to eventually get a Charge/Impact pairing so Anode can just go around bodying mavs with his powerfist
>>3451578Install misericorde on gauntlet. Instant Power Claw!
>Integrated Grapple Gauntlet (100k)>Jardine (51k)>Pullu Cell (5k)
>>3451785This, all of this. The Jardine Is an Information goldmine. Do you know how much better this last mission could have gone If we could master detective our way through enemy plans?Next time my beautiful Ceramite Shield, next time.>>3451678>>3451578I too want to make Anode a master of CQC, It's a great complement to what he has now and makes us dangerous to engage In close quarters at all times In addition to everything else we have going.Installing the Misericorde on our gauntlet could be a really good idea. What about a contraption underneath our arm/wrist that slides It Into our hand on command while keeping It somewhat concealed? We wouldn't make a tell to arm ourselves with It that way, so In the middle of a combo or whenever BAM, Instant knife.
>>3451785I'd support this if we increase Pullu cells to x2 and get a Thermal Knife for Marx (9,800)>Integrated Grapple Gauntlet (100k)>Jardine (51k)>Pullu Cell x2 (10k)>Thermal Knife (9.8k)170,800z total
>>3452068They have the lobeam knives, sure you want the thermal knife?
>>3452161The thermal knife should be an upgrade over the standard ones they have. I think we should start prepping Marx to be the squad's melee specialist and start training Derby as a field medic.
>>3452173This going off the understanding that the thermal knife is in effect a Fire elemental hi-beam equivalent.
>>3452173>>3452184Question though, why peg Marx as the melee buff? They likely should be on paths they choose - could also see Susan dabbling as medic for example, or all of them deciding the best way to avoid getting slagged is to rely on superior firepower.
>>3452285Susan has taken the roll of squad leader and sniper. Having your medic be the squad leader leads to trouble as they can not direct others effectively while their attention is focused on patching up others.Marx seems to have taken to the roll of quick reaction and interception with his shield. If he had been better geared for a melee fight he might have been able to lock down that melee maverick that the BB faced off against during the siege reducing the amount of damage the squad took before Anode arrived.Derby seems to have a tendency to take apart and put back together the squad's gear when he has the time which syncs up well with a medic/repair specialization.
>>3452358If the tools were different, i'd want to set Marx up as the Interceptor/Interference guy, like a defensive specialist. That would probably require one of those sub processors to set up right though, if not superior armor or shields, and thats not really in the cards here.
>>3452378I think I have an answer to that, based off the Himalaya funds no less. Instead of a memorial, what about a fund open to the guys who were there (at least to start) where people can put in and take out cash for upgrades for themselves or the base? With a simple rule being you pay the help back when you can, so someone else gets the equipment to stay alive.
My issue with the Jardine is that it improves the user's tactical decision making. As players in a quest, that's OUR job.>>3451421Get the 100k model gauntlet.I'd like to reassert my idea of getting the Geller brainchunk and inverter grenades, in addition to buying new Pullus, and spend remaining funds on Musaraigne shuriken.Those shuriken fill a tactical hole for us, I don't believe we have any homing weapons at the moment other than, in theory, lightning.
>>3452487>My issue with the Jardine is that it improves the user's tactical decision making. As players in a quest, that's OUR job.>Advised players to git gud
>>3443785Wait, that should've been the Geller highlighted. The idea was that it would make us cool enough to use Phoques to reflect energy weapons.
Okay, runoff vote time. Less the gauntlet with WEAPON and plus your memorial fund, you've got 78,003 zenny.Let's start with the definite category: Pullu cells. [ ] 1 cell. Z5,000[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000Most popular:[ ] Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.[ ] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.[ ] Macdonald “Rampulsky” Focusing Lens: A smart lens that adjusts escape velocity based on the user’s current movement to ensure complete ejection of the payload during a punch or a dash. Useful for ensuring maximum shear at close range when a buster shot is being fired in motion. Z21,500.[ ] Manitoba JM2 Thermal Knife: Not primarily intended as a weapon, this knife can nonetheless output a powerful contained flame intended to help cut through obstacles, and can cause serious injury if misused. Z9,800.As before, all other options are still on the table. Please try to be clear and if you change your vote, tag your prior one for easy crossreferencing.
>>3452549>[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000>[ ] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.>Jumpjets - Extended Charge Projection Z55,000>Shuriken x3 Z2,100>Ballast Buoy Z1,500Z77,600 total
>>3452565I'll second this aside from the shurikens
>>3452549You know what? I want the Jardine.
>>3452549>2 Cells>Rampulsky>Voyager Ailieron
>>3452565Don't the jumpjet extended charge projection reduce the damage of the dash, though?
>>3452605You're thinking of Distance Retune(which may or may not be worth it if it's part of an alternate upgrade path that leads to 100% uptime)This is jumpjets>As the jets build energy for use, they will project limited compression bubbles outside the exhaust to use as additional energy storage. When in this “overcharge,” energy will visibly gather at the jets and contribute to the flame wreath on ignition, resulting in a more powerful flame effect on impactalso>Continued investment into the Jump Jet may permit retuning of the flame envelope around a beam blade projection on the move, or increased Blueshift power to release deadly bursts of UV lasers in all directions on boost.this upgraded seems like the one that will most directly lead to beam saber integration or UV goodness
>>3452487>My issue with the Jardine is that it improves the user's tactical decision making. As players in a quest, that's OUR job.I agree with that. But it depends on how it would work in a Quest-Mechanics sense.If it takes choices away, that's a bad mechanic. But if it functions as a secondary Gut Feeling Processor, it wouldn't be so bad.Take the food deliveries thing from last mission, for example. Everyone pretty resoundingly agreed that that was weird Maverick behavior, but it never got priority because... they were stealing pizzas and junk. So what? But a hunch that says, "No, hold up, this is weird, and they're up to something that doesn't make sense given the information we have..." Well, that's valuable. So long as there are still options on how to deal with said new information, it could be just as interesting as going into situations mostly blind.All that said, I'm not in favor of it. For the simple fact that these things are mass-market processors, as Korman is literally advertising. The Mavericks already have them. On the list of "Things to do to beat the Mavericks", I would put "Think like them" near the top of the list.I think the thing is a virus magnet, in other words. Subverting your enemy's leadership is ALWAYS the most efficient plan in any war. And giving them all the same operating hardware is like writing Sigma a blank check when he delivers your pizza.
>>3452623Oh! Alright then, yeah I could get behind that. Changing the vote here >>3452602 to>2 Pullu>Voyager Aileron>Jumpjets extended charge projectionNot sold on the shuriken or the ballasts yet.
>>3452633>"Things to do to beat the Mavericks"Things NOT to do, things NOT to do... sigh. Cain Labs, please get out of my keyboard.
>>3452549>Jardine >Thermal knife
>>3452549>[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000>[ ] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.>Jumpjets - Extended Charge Projection Z55,000
>>3452549>>[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000>>[ ] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.>[x] 2 cells. Z10,000>[x] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.>[x]Huron “Canard” Glide System: Not a true flight system, the Canard can be engaged during a jump or fall to glide safely downward, provided body orientation is appropriate to let the force-projected glide wings engage safely. Reploids with flight capabilities may engage the glide to extend overall air time. Z23,000.
I've been kind of lost asea with all the upgrade talk, but if we're definitely getting the gauntlet, I can see the sense in adding more jumpjet mobility on top of that. At some point in their lives every Maverick should need to ask themselves the question, "What if Spin Jagwire was a Hunter I have to fight, but he was also on fire?">>3452549>2 Pullu cells>Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron>Jumpjets - Extended Charge ProjectionAnd some pocket change left over.
>>3452549>[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000>[ ] Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.>[ ] Macdonald “Rampulsky” Focusing Lens: A smart lens that adjusts escape velocity based on the user’s current movement to ensure complete ejection of the payload during a punch or a dash. Useful for ensuring maximum shear at close range when a buster shot is being fired in motion. Z21,500.>Cardin “Phoque” Inverter Grenade x2:3800For 44300Z
>>3452549>Pullu cell x2: 10000>Flare x1: 800>Geller vectorer: 62000>Shuriken x2 :1400>Inverter Grenade x2: 3800will leave us with precisely 3 zenny left
>>3452742...my copy-paste screwed up there and I can''t delete the post now. Pretty clear what I was after though, I figure.
>>3452549>[ ] 2 cells. Z10,000>[ ] Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.>[ ] Manitoba JM2 Thermal Knife: Not primarily intended as a weapon, this knife can nonetheless output a powerful contained flame intended to help cut through obstacles, and can cause serious injury if misused. Z9,800.Z70,800 Total
>>3452549>[X] 1 cell. Z5,000>[X] Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.
>>3452549>Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.>Huron “Voyageur” Ailieron: Long streamlining ailieron intended for the back and retractable/foldable when primary flight system not engaged. Improves uptime. Razor edges help cut through entangling situations. Z9,000.
>>3452641>Things NOT to do, things NOT to do... sigh. Cain Labs, please get out of my keyboard.Imagine this but instead of accessing your keyboard we let Cain Labs tinker around in Anode's head
>>3453258Yeah, I would rather not have Cain Labs directly in our brains. Crazy enough as it is.Sides, we have a sorta issue. In terms of missions, they aren't really squad based in the short term and more fire power is needed to handle the likes of tanker and yamatoad.It also opens up the path for more upgrades and possibly the better stuff for the Jumpjet.
>>3453263I look forward to the day when we activate our GigaCrush and explode the world around us in UV Laser death and Radiation from our JumpJet
>>3452549I vote:>2 Pullu>Voyager Ailieron>JumpjetBuy ballasts if we're taking a dip in the water, but otherwise I'm not so sure.
>>3452549>JardinePullu would be nice, but Jardine is better.
>>3453447Pullu and Jardine are not mutually exclusive
>>3453448Yeah, but with limited money, if it comes down to Jardine OR Pullu, I’d rather take the Jardine.
>>3453607so what are you gonna do with the remaining 27k that ISNT Pullu? get one of the buster bits?
>>3453616You know we don't have to spend every cent every time, right?It can actually be a good thing to save a little...
>>3453629>not being constantly brokeI do not comprehend
>>3453616There’s are quite a few bits I like, between Pullu, Voyageur and the thermal knife, but again, I’d rather not split my vote between different things when there’s only one thing I’m definite on.Plus we may want to donate some money to getting our Berets upgraded as well, they won’t always make bank.Also: beer.
>>3453258I doubt it would get that bad.But now that you've said it, I can't stop thinking it would be exactly that bad. THANKS.
>>3453642I mean, for instance, if we don't want to get the Loutre right now, it's still a good idea to save enough money to buy some if we end up deciding to do a water level next.
>>3453629Main reason so many of us are opting for it is because it helped us come back to spend what we made. After all, we just got a surprise G up our ass, we still have a S with known S backup, an A acting as a rallying point to other mavs, and a B who is doing god knows what, and whatever happens with Moloch. We have to be as sturdy as we can be to make it out.
>>3453670Delightful paranoia, my old friend.
>>3452549>>[X] 1 cell. Z5,000>>[X] Korman “Jardine” Lateral Interpolator: A very useful ability for strategists and commanders, lateral thinking allows correlation of unrelated data points to arrive at logical inferences. Korman’s processor is a standout that has been used in command-level Reploids around the world, though it requires careful calibration via the attached software package to avoid leaning too hard to either optimism or pessimism when making inferential correlations. Z51,000.
>>3455014But is it really Paranoia Or are you already tampering with our thoughts to makes us think we're paranoid.....
I want to get the misericorde couched inside the head of the impact hammer for deep impacts. And hilariously O-shaped holes in enemies when we're not using the whole kit.
So assuming my count is accurate, we're looking at 7-6 for the Jardine over the Extended Charge Projection. That is, however, assuming >>3452595 is an actual, formal vote. Other than that, the Pullu cells and the Voyageur are locked. 59,003 left, so it's down to either one or the other.
>>3456506I'd like to put my vote into the Jardine, in that case.
>>3456506It is. I don't particularly care what the rest of the cash is used for, I just think the Jardine is a good idea.
>>3456547>>3456615That'll lock it in, then. I'll make the updates after I finish cooking.
Okay, did some back-end bookkeeping, got Anode's character sheet up to date (I think). Should be able to resume standard posting tomorrow.
>>3456881How is that not a pic of Em?
>>3456886not green enough, too big, and the filename says high functioning.
>>3456886Because that's not the whole bottle and/or keg.
>>3456668Well, this should be interesting.Serious question now: What happens if we crank the Pessimism setting on that sucker all the way to 11?
>>3456930>Someone in command wants me dead>all the mavs who know of me want me dead>capital G God wants me dead>The bravely broken are soon to die under my inept and unlucky command>em is fucked>and we’re all mavs in the end
>>3456934That's a good idea, starting with a factual baseline.That should make identifying what effect the chip has much more apparent.
>>3456881>Anode Considers Upgrades .pngZ74,000 until the entire squad can dash. Betting we could get them a third dash in another 2 missions. Probably have to buy the fourth ourselves if we want the BB equipped by the time we finish our roster.
>>3452549“Holy fuck, Em,” you say, examining the gauntlet specs. “Did you design this?”“No, it was the Tooth Fairy. I’m just a horrible plagiarist. It came to me in a dream. A Shaolin monk bestowed it upon me after a vision quest. I pulled it out of a stone. The Lady of the Lake--”You unceremoniously pick Em up (“okay, we’re doing this now?”) and bowl him into the wall. “--Yes, it was me, dumbass,” he replies succinctly. “The hell are you doing here, instead of in R&D?” He actually bristles a bit at that. “My job. I’m just a dumb fuck with a screwdriver. I’d rather be out there drinking or stabbing shit.”You shake your head, and go back to the schematic. “And this is all based around T. Coil?”“Coil, and your DNA. Dunno if you noticed, but you get on pretty well with it for such low-grade data.”“So my true soul is that of a garbage disposal monofilament wire?” He shrugs. “Maybe it’s the grapple-y part. You do embody the truest essence of hooker.”The Berets’ heads are a tennis match as they look between you and Em during your exchange. “What I’m getting at,” Em continues, “is that you had some strong natural synergy, and you’ve had this long enough to get some good play out of it. And, well, no offense, but you’re never gonna be a blademaster--”“Gee, thanks,” you grumble. Susan snickers. Flak shushes him. “--So this might be more your speed.” He pantomimes a quick slash-and-jab for emphasis. “I’ve actually got pretty much all the parts for it. If you’re interested…?”“Em,” you say seriously. “You gave me a grappling hook that I can punch people with. If I said no, you should have dispatched me as a maverick infiltrator.” He chuckles. “Yeah. Yeah. I’ll get the shit together.” You go back to your other prospectives, scrolling through the list. “I’m still feeling burned about missing the fucking pizza thing,” you muse aloud.“Pizza? Burned?” Em asks, nose in a cabinet full of bits and bobs. “Please don’t encourage him,” Marx says flatly. “So I’m looking at this Jardine thing. Ever heard of it?” You ask.“‘Lateral interpolator?’” Em hefts a box full of parts onto the counter with a clatter-clang-rattle. “Think so.”“Think you can install one for me?”He snorts. “Do brain surgery on my best friend? Having been stabbed in mine once, I can’t really recommend it.”Flak blinks. “Um…” You shake your head at him silently. “Fair enough. Guess I’ll get the Lifesavers to chuck it in, while they’re in there.” “Ask them if they can do something about your shit taste, while you’re at it,” Em offers helpfully.
>>3458519You snicker. “Em, I just got hosed down with caustic alkalide, your zings ain’t find a home here.”“Well, yeah,” he replies, fishing out what looks like a tiny saber and a carbon-fiber matte black brick. “You were already basic, everything else is just gilding the lily.” You ignore the sass as you check other options--the extended ailerons for your jump pack certainly appeal, and it’s a no-brainer to replace the expended Pullu cells.Finally, Em hefts the box again, divested of about three-quarters of its contents, and stands up. “So let’s go hit the Range.” “Again? That’ll be my third time today.” “You got cored out by a lizard,” Em states flatly, “and the only reason you’re still here is that you’re just too damn stupid to die.”Susan snickers again. Flak pushes his hat down over his eyes. “So yes, we’re going for a romp. And you need to learn how to punch shit if you’re going to use this new toy.” >All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.>Actually, I’d rather you work on the Berets first. We’ve got the start of a real squad here.
>>3458523>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.
Our green little shit must be so annoyed that the guy that would stop him if he went Mav keeps almost dying...>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.
>>3458523>>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.Em is not the best when it comes to other people. Maybe they can pitch ideas, but for now we must learn how to properly fist people.
>>3458523>Lead on, edge lord With a side of>you guys keep looking and tell me what I could help withTo the Berets. Gotta get our lads strong
>>3458523>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.We'll let you teach us to punch, Em, but Hutchins is still the Sagat to our Ryu.
>>3458523>Actually, I’d rather you work on the Berets first. We’ve got the start of a real squad here.Since they're such eager spectators...
>>3458523>>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.New kit must be trained with, or we'll never get our 100k zenny's worth out of it.
>>3458523>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.Remember the ultimate secret to learning to punch properly, Anode:Always make Bruce Lee noises.ALWAYS.
>>3458544Anode's new Brain implant desperately tries to balance Pessimism and Optimism https://youtu.be/oBloyiprdEM
Before we go on our next mission we should call Liberty Labs and tell them about the damage to our capacitor if they didn't know already.
>>3459700They already know. They basically said they can't fix it until Anode has extended downtime, which he doesn't have.
>>3458523>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.I missed Em. Let's check on his mental state on the DL while we're at it.
And real life strikes again. Back tomorrow, I bloody well hope.
>>3460485At least suffering means you know you're still alive. Imagine if everything started going your way all of a sudden.
>>3461467>magnetic deviljho in a suitTHAT's Hutchins? SHUDDER
>>3458523>All right, fair enough. Lead on, edgelord.“Fine, fine,” you relent. “Not like I’m tired of getting my ass kicked or anything.”“There’s exactly one way that stops happening,” Em singsongs, tossing you a small object over his shoulder.You catch it--it’s got roughly finger-sized grooves on a squeeze trigger mechanism that looks like he took it off a power tool. Two harpoon-tip heads protrude from the outer surface. “Proof of concept,” Em explains. “Pressurized gas canister. It’ll work for the basics. For a spar, at least.” You turn it over before sliding it onto your hand. “Does it retract?” He nods. “Won’t stand up to any real high-flying moves, at least not more than once or twice. Fortunately, I’m not here for Zorro class.” He sets down the box of parts on the bench without breaking stride, marches into one of the training rings, and turns on his heel, hands lowering to his sides. “Put ‘em up.” The gaggle of Berets quickly disperse from behind you as you step into the circle. “All right, then. Holds barred?” “If you can hit me, you deserve to,” he replies. “Fists, lance, dashes. No VWES.”“All ri-” You lunge in on a burst dash, coming in with a savage cross that he springs back from, touching down with you. Em grins. “Good.” “So what the hell--” You advance with a lunging punch, trying to use your better reach to good effect. Em sidesteps, pushing your arm aside with a palm.“Would you know--” You hook your elbow back--he crouches and comes in under your guard.“About punching, anyway?” You drop a hammer blow for the top of his head, crunching down low to follow with a sharp jab to the face.Em’s not having any of it, dancing away unscathed. “C’mon, Anode. You know what almost every sword style has in common? Grapple.”You keep up the pressure, trying to come in with a drive like Hutchins. He twists and bobs, coming around your side, and you quickly twist and try a snapping roundhouse. He follows through to break away, then comes back in as you lunge to chase, letting you breeze by. “If your hand’s not on your weapon--” Em springs, this time deflecting from the edge of your reach instead of entering your guard, “--It’s controlling your opponent.” You try to power straight through him again, forcing him to react to your speed and mass. He fakes left, then hops back and chops you in the side. He’s close in, now, and you try to conserve your motion with a sweeping low backhand. He hops--And your lance snaps down like a falling column. Em skids back, his own saber ignited and held reverse-grip overhead, having barely avoided having his helmet split open. He looks up at you again with a canny, hungry grin. ”Good.”
>>3463414You mull over his comment. You’ve yet to even try to use the fist’s grapple-hooks as advertised, and he didn’t take a half-dozen openings he could’ve. But even still, forcing Em to draw is almost a win in its own right. You’ve got two weapons, now, for both inside and outside of your reach. You’re not coordinated enough to dual wield blades, just yet, but you know a thing or two about throwing hands. You find Em’s grin infectious. This feels like the start of something. >Go for the two-weapon mixups.>Take the grapple out for a spin.>Brawl.>Other?
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.gotta get dem exps. Maybe focus on dodging tricks we can do while the grapple is connected, although I doubt Em will let us get that far.
>>3463417>>Take the grapple out for a spin.This is what we're here for. Let's do it.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin. Imagine the Em as The Birb.
>>3463417>>Take the grapple out for a spin.Learning when to grapple, how to break grapples and just general zoning will help Anode against biggies like Moloch and Tanker as well as learning how to hit smalls like Em or Birbs.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.Become the Spider-Anode.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.
>>3463417>>He nods. “Won’t stand up to any real high-flying moves, at least not more than once or twice. Fortunately, I’m not here for Zorro class.”Is this a more fragile prototype, or do we need some secondary installation? How do we get the retraction mechanism to be as sturdy as it was before? If it's not Zorro-ready then what are we even doing?
>>3463417>Go for the two-weapon mixups.
>>3463417>Go for the two-weapon mixups.We are following the range rules in regards to beam sabers, right?
>>3463991This is a proof of concept We ain't hunting Mavericks with a compressed air canister on our arm We aren't Megaman VolnuttThe 100,000z price tag is for taking Em's blueprint to R&D and having one customer built, this is just punching practice with Em to make sure that Anode gets a feel for punching with an arm mount
>>3463991It just means that for the purposes of this training segment, we won't be retracting towards the ground/walls or clotheslining Em.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.Try the thing we came here to try.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.We came here for a reason.
>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.We're not here to beat Em or try to pull one over on him (yet), we're here to test these things out. Trying to do something else right now would just be a waste of time.
So sorry about no post last night. New and spicy medication experiences happened.>>3463417>Take the grapple out for a spin.You throw your hand to the side and snap your fingers out, adjusting your grip on the lance. Em rolls his saber in his palm and cuts the blade, returning it to his shoulder and turning to narrow his profile. You come in with a lunge, which he sidesteps, bending back to avoid your follow-up cross. You swirl your lance full-circle as you throw your gauntlet past his shoulder and fire the hooks. The trigger bucks in your palm as the metal digs against your knuckle, the twin prongs springing free and plunging into the ground. You retract, leaping past Em before he can exact a counterstrike, pulling yourself away from the engagement. “Real one will have a bit more oomph,” Em says as they retract, back in his ready stance. “More force, faster pull.”“Damage on contact?” You ask sweetly, snapping it up and firing them at his chest.He twists past, then ducks your running swing. “Not by themselves!” You snap the cables back and come in with a jab. Em dips a shoulder and comes in with a counterpunch, clanging into your chest. You windmill your arms as you step in, shouldering into a tackle that flows easily into a lance-and-fist thrust. He skids back, crossed sabers warding off your blows.In you come, swinging and slicing. He dances and weaves, bobbing just out of the way with slips to put a prizefighter to shame. Your fists curl closer and closer with each attempt, and even as you catch only air, you can feel your form tighten up, your movements become more fluid. The final exchange is as fast as you think you’ve ever moved--every bit of the power you used to buck trains and burn down mavericks in Vancouver, bottled into your forearms and released in explosive bursts. Punch, pommel spike, block the return, turn and crouch, hook and sling, spin ‘round, lance crossways, palm, retract. Em barrels in, matching your tempo with mounting ferocity, until at long last his follow-up strike finds you ready. Your fist meets his, and in the instant after, Em rocks back again, the point-blank hooks narrowly intercepted along the haft of his saber. “I think we have a winner,” Em says.You nod--you’re already seeing the possibilities. Lance, your knife, coil combos you can’t pull with the stand-ins… “This feels pretty fuckin’ good.” >Now it’s the Berets’ turn. >Take a break to actually make the thing, and then put it through its paces.>Other?
>>3469201>Now it’s the Berets’ turn.
>>3469201>>Take a break to actually make the thing, and then put it through its paces.
>>3469201>Other/BeretsKarin wanted to speak with us at some point, for some reason, and we've still got to meet up with Arc, but I'm sure if we hang around the range enough the former will get to us. So let's see if we can do something with the Berets or the enlisted.Maybe we can get a suggestion box put in on the range.
>>3469201>Now it’s the Berets’ turn. We'll make sure to get it made before the next mission, I'm sure, but everyone is here, so let's do this.
>>3469201>Now it’s the Berets’ turn.Flak and Susan got shanked last mission, and with the new dashes the group needs to get a feel for their options.>>3469332>suggestion boxFirst one is "Captain Anode should git gud"
>>3469201>>Take a break to actually make the thing, and then put it through its paces.Actually, I got a idea. Why not have Anode do some training with the berets while Em is building it? The issue is they got stabbed a bunch by someone too fast to handle. So why not give them pointers? Anode is speedy himself after all.Sides, there is another possible use for the gauntlet. Rescue. Being able to get allies out of harms way would be good for general survivability, and it could even act as a means to change up the battlefield.
Page 10>>3469769I like this. We should give it a shot
>>3469201>Now it’s the Berets’ turn.I am curious if he'll see anything in them that mirrors his own past. Generic models, learning to diversify.
Okay, so I've got a few hours of overtime to worry about tomorrow, so probably no new thread straightaway. 50-50 for one tonight. (Take your shots now).
>>3472238Well, I've got the bourbon.
>>3472281And I've got the rocks!
>>3443200What are the differences between a buster and an EAS? Are these technologies even related?
>>3473233I believe it's explained a bit more in-depth in an earlier thread, but they both operate off of plasma discharge. An EAS just doesn't put it in an envelope, or something.
>>3473233check the wikidot