The Lighthouse War is over, but conflict still continues.With Erusea's defeat at the hands of the Osean Federation and the International United Nations, the imperial nation has splintered into a confusing mess of separatists, freedom fighters, warlords, rogue military factions, and those seeking to profit from the chaos. Worse, Erusea's many automated drone factories still remain intact, waiting for new masters to come to claim them.The Usean continent remains in crisis, and it's up to a new generation of pilots to face this next generation threat...---Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Unknown%20Sky%20Ace%20Combat%20QuestOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/KYvGiNasRules and Stats: https://pastebin.com/9XGwuWZx---You are MILLY, the "Red Tail", a Belkan Air Force pilot fighting for the IUN!Spending the night at the refugee camp wasn't all that bad, now that you thought about it. They were all exceedingly nice, despite the fact they could tell you were Belkan from your flightsuit and plane markings. Apparently, there were a couple Belkans mixed among the refugees that really helped them all out. Like, you didn't even have to worry about leaving your Hornet unsupervised. Mead had made it clear to everyone your plane was off limits, and everybody seemed to respect her enough to listen. Come morning, and the IUN managed to truck over a tanker to get your Hornet fueled up so you could make the short hop to Selatapura Air Base, where the IUN had set up their local headquarters. However, as you boarded your Hornet, you did recall seeing what looked to be an old wheelchair bound man staring at your plane. But before you could get a better look at him, he was quickly carted away by a pair of young girls. Anyways, back to the present, it was now your first official day on the job as an IUN pilot, and you were face to face with a very cross looking Bandit...>Yeah, I know I kinda screwed up there...>I did the right thing. I don't regret it.>Other
>>3592405>>Yeah, I know I kinda screwed up there...
>>3592405>Yeah, I know I kinda screwed up there...
>>3592405>Yeah, I know I kinda screwed up there...We'll probably get better when we learn more.
>>3592405>>I did the right thing. I don't regret it.
>>3592405>I did the right thing. I don't regret it.
>>3592405"Yeah, I know that I kinda screwed up there." You sigh. "Got a little too eager to get that drone in a head on."You're expecting a harsh rebuke from Bandit, but he merely nods his head."It's good you recognized how you could do better. That's all I can ask for." He says calmly. Jeez, Bandit was always like this...>You suppose that makes him kinda cool.>It kinda pissed you off at times.>Other
>>3592509>It kinda pissed you off at times.
>>3592509>You suppose that makes him kinda cool.
>>3592509>>You suppose that makes him kinda cool.
>>3592509>>It kinda pissed you off at times.
>>3592509>>You suppose that makes him kinda cool.Time for snow? (Even in the tropics)
>>3592509>>It kinda pissed you off at times Eat prunes old fart
>>3592509W-well, that was one of the things that made him kinda cool, after all! He was always pretty laid back and understanding. In fact, you don't ever recall him shouting or even raising his voice. "Anyways, you missed the welcome party, so you'll have to pretty much fly by ear here." Bandit continues. "First things first, the IUN is assigning two more pilots to our squadron.""What? Really?" You blink."Yeah, two foreigners." Bandit confirms."Can they even do that?" You blink. "We're a Belkan squadron, after all.""Apparently." Bandit shrugs. "IUN rules trump ours, after all.">We could always use more pilots.>I kinda prefer it just being the two of us.>Other
>>3592594>We could always use more pilots.
>>3592594>>We could always use more pilots.Let's just hope they mesh well.
>>3592594>I kinda prefer it just being the two of us.
>>3592594>>We could always use more pilots.
>>3592594>We could always use more pilots.More pilots means more meatshields and angles of fire.
>>3592594>>I kinda prefer it just being the two of us.Fucking faggots already assigning babysitters to us.
>>3592594>OtherI hope they know what they are doing and not just redshirts that need babysitters
>>3592594>I kinda prefer it just being the two of us.All the best Belkan squadrons are two pilots.
>>3592650Yah this. Belkan Steel is best steel
>>3592650>>3592662I wonder if there is a Belkan politician who wears a stupid mask and makes long winded speeches about souls of humanity being bound by gravity
>>3592594"Well, I guess we could use more pilots." You sigh. "I just hope it's not an excuse to make us into babysitters.""Well, we'll just deal with it as we go." Bandit says in his regular, nonchalant way. "Anyways, we can go meet them right now, give them a little welcoming party. Then again, the big orientation briefing is starting soon. We wouldn't want to miss that, either.">Let's go meet the pilots first.>Let's go to the briefing first.>Other
>>3592735>Let's go to the briefing first.
>>3592735>Let's go meet the pilots first.
>>3592735>>Let's go meet the pilots first.Pls dont be losers
>>3592735>>Let's go meet the pilots first.
>>3592735>>Let's go to the briefing first.
>>3592747Cue them coming from small countries that don't really get the spotlight like Sapin.
>>3592735>>Let's go meet the pilots first.If they're Sapin, I hope that one of them is a fencer and likes to duel people with swords... for reasons.
>>3592822Do they also know how to play guitar? That may be a deal breaker.
>>3592735>>Let's go meet the pilots first.Squadron before all.
>>3592919I kind of want them to be like Don Quixote to be honest.Or failing that like Princess Bride's Inigo, you killed my father, prepare to die
>>3592735>Dang, sorry about the late post!"Well, I guess we can go meet our new arrivals." You sigh. "Hopefully they're not total nuggets.""If that's the case, we'll just have to bring them up to speed." Bandit gives a slight grin. "Ugh." You roll your eyes jokingly as the two of you head out to the airstrip. "Hm, looks like that's the first of them." Bandit points down at the end of the base's main runway, where you could see the fuzzy outline of a plane coming in for a landing.You squint your eyes, trying to get a better look. Judging from what you remembered from visual recognition training, you were pretty sure you were looking at...>A Gripen>An F-2
>>3593027>A GripenGotta git a grip.
>>3593027>>An F-2GLORIOUS NOT!NIPPON STEEL!!!
>>3593042Cute girls flying cute planes
Do you think Pulse Lasers would be up Milly's alley?
>>3593074That sounds dangerously not short-ranged.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3593027Welp it looks like we got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Gripen2. F-2
>>3593074Probably up until the fight goes into the clouds.
>>3593116As the plane gets closer, you recognize it as a Gripen with its signature delta wings and almost criminally tiny size. The fighter touches down without issue and taxis off to the side, pulling up alongside your and Bandit's Hornets. The canopy then rises up and the pilot scrambles out, apparently having a bit of trouble working their way down the ladder. The pilot then catches sigh of you and Bandit and starts jogging over. And that's when you could tell the pilot as a girl, and like her plane, was criminally tiny. You swear she had to be almost a full head shorter than you were! The pilot then stops and salutes the both of you, before remembering her helmet was still on as her hand chops straight into it. It's another panicked little scramble as she pulls her helmet off, revealing a head of blonde hair and a pair of twintails. Combined with her small stature, she pretty much looked like a kid!"F-flight officer Vicky Alling of the Nordennavic Royal Air Force report for duty!" She manages to utter. "I presume you're from Raven Squadron?""That's right." Bandit casually returns the salute. "I'm the leader of this unit. You can call me bandit. This one here is Milly, or can her Red Tail or Red for short.""O-oh, um, it's nice to meet you um..." Vicky glances at you nervously, as if unsure which name to refer to you by. >Milly>Red>Red Tail>Other
>>3593164>>Milly>>RedEither is fine.
>>3593164>>MillyIt's what she said she wanted to be called by since thread 1
>>3593164>MillyOr Red, no problem with eitherAlso sasuga Merc
>>3593164"You can just call me Milly when we're on the ground." You sigh. "What's your callsign?""My callsign?" Vicky hesitates. "Oh! It's er, Swordfish."You just stare at her. "It's.. it's not weird, is it?" Vicky stammers.>It kinda is.>I've heard weirder.>Other
>>3593222>I've heard weirder.
>>3593222>>I've heard weirder.How'd you get it?
>>3593222>>I've heard weirder.
>>3593222>I've heard weirder.What's the story behind it?
>>3593222>>I've heard weirder.Something something hitting swordfish with missiles during anti-ship training?
>>3593222"Honestly, I've heard weirder." You shrug. "Still, I'm kinda curious how you got it.""W-well, it's a long story-" Vicky starts but is interrupted by a loud shriek of a low flying jet. You instinctively turn your head skywards just in time to see an F-2 flying low and fast over the runway before circling around. Whoever the pilot was, they were definitely extremely sure of themselves.Of course, you could see a look of mild disapproval on Bandit's face. He didn't like showboating stunts like that. As the F-2 lands, you notice that there was a Selatapuran roundel painted on it. Looks like whoever the pilot was, they were a local. The F-2 touches down and taxis to park next to Vicky's Gripen, and the canopy pops open. The pilot doesn't even wait for the ladder to be rolled up to her plane, instead simply dropping down and landing on the tarmac with practiced grace. However, there was also something else you noticed.The pilot was holding a sheathed sword in their hands. >That's badass.>That's freaking stupid.>...what>Other
>>3593287>That's freaking stupid.
>>3593287You just stare blankly as the pilot makes their way toward your little group, their walk showing a combination of both discipline and a sort of self assurance that wasn't quite smug, but definitely oozed confidence. Finally, the pilot removes their helmet, revealing that it was yet another girl. This time with long, dark hair. Just like her body language, her smile was just nothing but self confidence. "Flight Officer Misono Takakura reporting for duty!" She says as she snaps to attention and salutes, her sword now clipped to her belt. "Welcome to Raven Squadron." Bandit nods, still a bit wary. "I'm Bandit, the squadron lead. These here will be your wingmates, Milly and Vicky.""It is nice to meet you all!" Misono says as she bows to both you and Vicky."There's no need to do that!" Vicky yelps.>Welcome her.>You REALLY have to ask her about the sword...>Other
>>3593369>>Welcome her.We are going to have so much fun with this one...
>>3593369>>You REALLY have to ask her about the sword...
>>3593369>You REALLY have to ask her about the sword...
>>3593369>Other: “A pistol and survival knife are better than a sword if you have to bail out.” Pick a fight.
>>3593402It’s almost like you want Milly to try and remember the basics of CQC!
>>3593369"Hey there." You hold out your hand and Misono gladly shakes it. "I'm Milly, though my callsign is Red Tail in the air.""And I'm Vicky!" Vicky adds. "Callsign Swordfish!""Ah, well, mine ended up being 'Knives'." Misono replies happily. Man, you really wonder how she ended up getting that callsign. Such a mystery. "All right, kids, we really should be going if we want to make that briefing." Bandit coughs to get your attention. "So let's wrap things up and get moving.""Of course." Misono nods and strides up to take position right behind and to the side of Bandit. "R-right!" Vicky nods as well, but her pace is slower, as she seems more stay at the back.You sort of try to process what you've seen. While you werent' too sure of their piloting prowess just yet, you could somewhat tell that Vicky was the cautious, if not outright timid, type. Misono, on the other hand, seemed to be the typical hotshot fighter jock, with the whole weird sword thing added on as a bonus. >Could be worse, you suppose.>You're pretty sure the IUN just dumped the weirdos on you.>Other
>>3593439>>You're pretty sure the IUN just dumped the weirdos on you.
>>3593439>You're pretty sure the IUN just dumped the weirdos on you.
>>3593439>You're pretty sure the IUN just dumped the weirdos on you.They're certainly not Metal Gear tier of weird, though.
While this isn't a full on complete drawing with his plane, emblem, and all that stuff, here's a sketch of Bandit!Looking forward to how this quest goes, that's for sure.>>3593439>>You're pretty sure the IUN just dumped the weirdos on you.
>>3593471BELKAN GOOD LOOKS!!!>>3593450At least we don’t have a team member who is COVERED IN BEES
>>3593471More proff that all Belkan aces are handsome, even the ones who are only aces from shooting down their countrymen.
>>3593471Nice!>>3593439Yeah, you were almost a hundred percent sure the IUN just dumped a couple of problem pilots onto your squadron to make you babysit them or something. Regardless, you had all reached the briefing room, which was packed with pilots from pretty much all over the place, though you were wary that the majority of them were Osean. Since your squadron was one of the last to arrive, you had to make do with what few seats were left at the very back. As a result, you could barely see the projector screen, while Vicky had the biggest struggle."Thank you all for coming." An officer at the very front of the room says, standing right under the projector screen. "I am Commander Downes, the acting commander in chief for all IUN forces in the Usean theater of operations." The projector screen then flickers as it shows a map of the Usean continent."I'm going to frank here." Commander Downes says grimly. "The Lighthouse War may be over, but it left behind a hell of a mess for us to clean up."Suddenly, red dots and splotches begin popping up all over the map of the continent, mostly centered around Erusea but they were all over the place. "With the decimation of Erusean, Osean, IUN, and local military forces, the rule of law and order has effectively broken down." Commander Downes continues. "Over a dozen autonomous regions have declared independence from Erusea, with Erusea attempting to stamp down on all signs of rebellion. Meanwhile, rogue warlords and generals are setting up their own fiefdoms and states, and even going so far as to raid IUN member nations."Suddenly, there's numerous camera feeds of soldiers and vehicles moving and fighting. Explosions and cities in flames. None of it looked nice at all."And finally, there is the issue of enforcing the UCV and AI Restriction Act, which bans the use and research of unmanned combat vehicles and autonomous artificial intelligence." Commander Downes gives everybody a hard stare. "While Erusea was defeated, many of their automated drone factories remain intact and operational, making them prime targets to be seized by anybody who wants to exploit them. It will be the IUN's responsibility to seize and dismantle every drone factory to prevent their use."(cont)
>>3593505I bet Karla and Jager managed to age gracefully as well even after probably enduring the stress of raising a kid.
>>3593513There's a lot of murmuring and whispers among he gathered pilots. Erusean drones had caused a lot of problems during the war, causing a great deal of casualties as well as almost growing beyond the control of their creators. They certainly weren't threats that could be easily trifled with. "As you can see, you all have your work cut out for you." Commander Downes concludes. "In the coming days, you will be given your assignments. Be prepared to mobilize on short notice. That is all. Dismissed."With that, the pilots get up and begin to disperse. "Ah, this is so very exiting!" Misono grins. "It sounds like this will be a great challenge!""Does that mean we'll have to fight UCAVs?" Vicky fidgets. >Don't worry, we won't lose to a bunch of dumb tin cans!>Yeah, I don't have any particular desire to go up against those things, either.>Sounds like it's just something that comes with the job. >Other
>>3593516>>Don't worry, we won't lose to a bunch of dumb tin cans!
>>3593516>Sounds like it's just something that comes with the job.
>>3593516>>Don't worry, we won't lose to a bunch of dumb tin cans!>>3593514Milly has to make sure to visit, and play with the kid/s. Especially by letting them ride on her shoulders while she runs around making stupid plane noises.
>>3593516>Sounds like it's just something that comes with the job.>>3593523Just hope that they don't come across Karla's 'suit'. Internal and external screaming woukd be heard throughout all Belka.
>>3593516>Sounds like it's just something that comes with the job. >>3593532By this time, they’ll look more plugsuity than before.
>>3593516"Sounds like it's just something that comes with the job." You shrug. "I-I guess." Vicky gulps, her concerns not really put at ease at all. "Red, I've got some business to take care of with the Commander." Bandit tells you. "Can I ask you to keep an eye on the new additions? I don't want them wandering off and getting lost or or something.""Yeah, sure, I guess." You shrug. "Good. Just don't get into any trouble." Bandit cautions as he heads off to talk to Commander Downes. Hmmmm, what was he thinking?>Go see what Bandit wants with the Commander.>Explore the base with Misono and Vicky.>You want to take a closer look at Misono and Vicky's planes.>Other
>>3593546>You want to take a closer look at Misono and Vicky's planes.We might get lost too
>>3593546>Explore the base with Misono and Vicky.Misono should know her way around given that it's her airbase.
>>3593543Could also look more like Mihaly's suit or an in between version. Maybe a blocky faceless helmet with tons of wires for COFFIN compatibility as well.>>3593546>Explore the base with Misono and Vicky.
>>3593546>>You want to take a closer look at Misono and Vicky's planes.
>>3593546>Explore the base with Misono and Vicky.
>>3593546>>Go see what Bandit wants with the Commander.>>3593552Good god, all this makes me realize that just a year after Lighthouse, there'll be even more COFFIN equipped planes flying around the place. And that's not considering the already limited productions that were already made.
>>3593546>Explore the base with Misono and Vicky.Find the mess hall.
>>3593567Well for reference, the XFA-27, and the Falken were in service during the late 1990s. So we have more than a decade's worth of developing cockpits and pilot uniforms.
>>3593546"Hey, Misono, you're a local here, right?" You as your sword wielding companion."Hm? Ah, yes I am." Misono nods. "Why do you ask?""Well, I was just wondering if there was anything interesting to do on this base." You shrug. "Gotta find a way to pass the time, right?""Hmmm, well..." Misono pauses. "The simulator room is always a popular spot for pilots to test their skills.Or we could had over to the main hangar to see what planes the other squadrons are using. And... oh! There's a officer's club here that's a popular spot for the pilots to rest and relax!""Wow, this base has everything, huh? Vicky marvels.>Some sims sound fun.>Might as well see who we'll be flying with.>I could use a drink...>Other
>>3593573>Some sims sound fun.
>>3593573>>Might as well see who we'll be flying with.Time to see who the hotshots are around here.
>>3593573>Some sims sound fun.Hangars are probably just full of Osean planes and it's too early in the day for drinking.
>>3593573>I could use a drink...
>>3593573>>Some sims sound fun.
>>3593573>>Might as well see who we'll be flying with.
>>3593573"Hm, some sims sounds fun." You grin. "At least it sounds like a good way to pass the time.""Excellent!" Misono motions for you to follow her. "It's just this way!"Quickly enough, Misono leads you and Vicky to a large room filled with black simulator pods, which were meant to try and represent an actual plane without being the real thing. You noticed some pilots already present, taking advantage of the facilities."Looks quite busy..." Vicky observes."So, in the simulator hall, you have the option of facing off against waves of AI enemies, or you can to head to head with another pilot!" Misono explains. "Which one strikes your fancy?">Let's bow up some virtual baddies.>Let's see if there's anyone we can challenge.>Nah, I just feel like looking around.>Other
>>3593614>Let's see if there's anyone we can challenge.Time to brush up.
>>3593614>Let's see if there's anyone we can challenge.
>>3593614>>Let's bow up some virtual baddies.
>>3593614>Nah, I just feel like looking around.
>>3593614>>Let's see if there's anyone we can challenge.
>>3593614"Well, I guess I'm in the mood to go against an actual opponent." You say. "Ah, quite the bold opening move!" Misono smiles. "Who do you plan to go against?>Misono>Vicky,>Whatever poor schmuck happens to be here.>Other
>>3593635>Whatever poor schmuck happens to be here.
>>3593635>>Whatever poor schmuck happens to be here.
>>3593635>>Whatever poor schmuck happens to be here.Time to roll the dice
>>3593635"Heh, I think I'll bully whatever poor schmuck happens to be here." You grin evilly. "Well, then go ahead and take your pick" Misono nods. "I am looking forward to see how you fly!""Does it really have to be against someone else...?" Vicky mutters.However, you were already moving towards the simulator pods, looking to see which one had a free spot...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue thing son Saturday, so don't miss it!
>>3593659See you next time, boss.
>>3593659Thanks for running Merc!
>>3593659Here's hoping for a good match up.
>>3593659Alright, thanks for the run!
>>3593659You pick one of the simulator pods and drop in. The door seals, briefly bathing you in darkness before the simulator screen winks on. As you strap yourself into the seat, the first thing that appears on screen is a prompt asking you what plane to fly.You sort of wonder. This pod was networked with the others, meaning it was possible to engage in adversarial simulations against another human, rather than a preprogrammed AI. >Let's keep is simple t something you're familiar with.>Maybe try out something a little more... exotic.>Other
>>3595815>Let's keep is simple t something you're familiar with.
>>3595815>>Let's keep is simple t something you're familiar with.
>>3595815>Maybe try out something a little more... exotic.Come on, let’s try something new and expensive!
>>3595950Speaking of which, any ideas for new planes for Milly to fly? I'd like something with lasers or EMLs.
>>3595815Hmmm, well, you didn't necessarily want to pick something you weren't too familiar with. You'd feel more comfortable with something you had some experience with. After all, this was going to be an adversarial match, not just a simple training run. Your mind runs through the possibilities. The F-16 was the basic fighter all Belkan pilots learned the ropes with first. While not particularly large or fast, it was extremely nimble. There was the F-18C/D and the larger F-18E/F variants. They were fairly solid, capable planes. And there was that one time where you were briefly able to fly a Su-33. It was pretty nice being able to fly a heavy fighter that was also terrifyingly nimble for its size...>F-16>F-18>Su-33>Other
>>3595999>Other>F-14HIIIIIGHWAY, TO, THE, DANGERZONE!
>>3595999>F-16All you buggers wish you flew the Viper.
>>3595999You decide to roll with the Su-33. It felt nice to be at the helm of a large heavy fighter. However, as you checked the loadout, you noticed that it was locked to just guns and basic missiles. Guess that was just part of the simulation's ruleset.With your choice locked in, the screen switches to an electronic blue sky, with the words SIMULATION BEGIN flashing to let you know what was going on. However, you didn't immediately know where your opponent was. You glance at your radar, but there's no apparent contact yet. Maybe they weren't range?Or worse, your opponent was flying a stealth plane. Those were some real bastards to deal with. You quickly consider your options. Going high would make you easier to detect, but that was also where the Su-33's strengths were the most apparent. Your other option was to hug low on the ground to avoid radar spotting and try to hit them from below, though you'd be starting from a disadvantage energywise.>Go high and draw the enemy out.>Go low and try to ambush the enemy.>Other
>>3596128>Go high and draw the enemy out.
>>3596128>>Go high and draw the enemy out.
>>3596128Looks like you were going to have to take this to high altitude and draw them out! You pull up your stick and open up the throttle, pushing your Su-33 up in the sky.All the while, you're keeping a close eye on your radar and missile warning indicator, looking for any sign of your opponent.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3596218
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3596218
>>3596223>>3596226>>3596227Bodes well for the thread.
>>3596218Suddenly, your radar picks up a contact, showing that your opponent has played their hand, climbing up after you. You swiftly invert your plane upside so you can get a visual on your opponent, and you see...>A Typhoon>An F-15>A Wyvern
>>3596261>A WyvernTime for Milly to make a catchphrase.
>>3596261You see a Typhoon climbing rapidly to meet you. Your missile warning wasn't going off, so it wasn't in weapons range just yet. You had the height advantage, so you would have the advantage here. You could just hold your current altitude and fire missiles down on the Typhoon, though that wouldn't stop the Typhoon from being able to sling missiles back at you. Or you can dive down and meet it up close in a dogfight, with you having the energy advantage...>Stay high and attack from a distance.>Dive down and get in close.>Other
>>3596362>Dive down and get in close.
>>3596362>>Dive down and get in close.
>>3596362>>Dive down and get in close.Go for guns. There's no advantage we have over a typhoon in this pos plane except in cannon size.
Rolled 7, 6 = 13 (2d10)>>3596362Given what you remember about the specs for a Typhoon, it was best that you didn't get into a protracted fight with it in a Su-33. Well, not like you were going to take the pussy option, anyways. You had a chance to knock it down right now and you were going to take it!You nose your Su-33 down directly at the climbing Typhoon. Your radar guided gunsight detects the incoming target and your gun targeting crosshairs wink on your HUD, lining up right over the climbing fighter...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3596452
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3596452
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3596452
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3596452
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3596452...
>>3596485The Typhoon sees what you're attempting and performs a snap roll to get out of your line of fire, but isn't quite fast enough. You see solid cannon hits on the left wing and tailfin, but it's not lethal damage as the Typhoon converts its roll into a controlled dive, passing right under you. Your mind immediately snaps to possible countermaneuvers. You could perform a rapid high-G loop to quickly get your nose back onto the Typhoon, but it would kill your airspeed, so if you didn't get it right then, the initiative would pass to the Typhoon.Or you could perform a standard turn to re-engage, though the Typhoon was still going to pick up some distance in that case.>Go for the high G loop and try to tag the Typhoon before it gets away.>Go for a standard turn and try to get it in a medium range engagement.>Other
>>3596524>>Go for the high G loop and try to tag the Typhoon before it gets away.
>>3596524>Go for the high G loop and try to tag the Typhoon before it gets away.We will be victory!
>>3596524>Go for a standard turn and try to get it in a medium range engagement.
>>3596524>>Go for the high G loop and try to tag the Typhoon before it gets away.You don't think this is a potential rival that we're going up against?
Rolled 3, 3 = 6 (2d10)>>3596524You pull back your stick, putting your Su-33 into a deliberate stall, bleeding off enough speed to effectively flip your plane in a half loop...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3596591WEW! TIME TO THRILL!
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3596591
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3596591
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3596591
>>3596596>>3596595>>3596594>>3596592On one hand I'm sad, but on the otherhand I'm thankful that it's not a life and death situation that we got the crap rolls in.
>>3596599WTF are you talking about? It's roll low. We're about to murder this punk.
>>3596591The Typhoon is fast, but your trigger finger is faster and you fire off a long burst the moment the enemy plane flashes through your vision. You're briefly blinded by several bright flashes, but your heart skips you see your cannon rounds hit home, having punched through the Typhoon's engines and blowing them apart. Fatally wounded, the Typhoon plunges down towards the ground.SIMULATION OVERSuddenly, the screen winks out, plunging you into darkness momentarily until the pod doors slide open. "You did it!" Vicky cheers."You are quite the pilot, Milly." Misono nods, clearly impressed.>You're damn right I am!>C'mon, you're embarrassing me here...>Other
>>3596605Wait really? Well fuck I went full retard, sorry Anon.
>>3596613>You're damn right I am!
>>3596613>>You're damn right I am!BELKAN PRIDE
>>3596613>C'mon, you're embarrassing me here...
>>3596613>>You're damn right I am!
>>3596613"You're damn right I aim!" You puff up with Belkan pride. It was nice hearing people praise your skills!"That high-G turn was amazing!" Misono continues. "And very risky too, but it paid off!""Well, if it were in real life, you probably might have damaged your organs..." Vicky mumbles."Ah, it's fine!" You assure her. "Other pilots do this stuff all the time!""Though I wonder who your opponent was..." Vicky sighs.>Let's go find out.>That's not important.>Other
>>3596674>>Let's go find out
>>3596674>Let's go find out.Hopefully it was an Osean.
>>3596674>>Let's go find out.Gotta praise them for managing to do some good flying. I hope they like Belkans.
>>3596674>Let's go find out.Hopefully they're a good sport.
>>3596674>>>Let's go find out.
>>3596674>Let's go find out.
>>3596674"Well, I guess it can't hurt to find out.." You grin as you glance at the other pods, looking for anybody else exiting.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3596722
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3596722
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3596722
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3596722
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3596722EXCELSIOR!
>>3596727Who are you and what have you done to wrenloft?
>>3596738But I've always been wrenloft. Even before you drew your first breath, I was there rolling the dice for good or ill.
>>3596741Oh right, just roll for the last threads if you will, thanks.
>>3596742But Anon you don't understand, it needs to make shit rolls to charge energy for their one good roll at the end!
>>3596722As you look around, you almost bump into another pilot who's just exiting her own sim pod. The was dark haired with slightly tanned skin, with a very serious expression on her face. She gives you one quick glance and asks curtly. "So, I assume you're the Su-33 pilot?""Yeah, that's me." You nod with a grin. "My name's Alanna." The pilot introduces herself. "That was some good fly-"However, Alanna pauses mid sentence, and you notice that she's staring at the patches on your shoulder. Namely, the patch of the Belkan flag denoting your national origin.Well, you knew that people had a low opinion of Belkans, but that didn't explain why Alanna would be pausing like that-Until you notice the patch on her shoulder bearing the Ustian flag. Oh.Well shit. >I know this looks bad...>EVASIVE MANEUVERS>Other
>>3596747>Shake... hands?YEAH THE BORDER THING WOULD BE PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW WON'T IT>>3596746But seeing bad rolls make my brain explode, I can't handle it!
>>3596749You need to handle it! For the good of all Anons!>>3596747>CRAZY IVAN! CRAZY IVAN!
>>3596747>I know this looks bad...At least she got beaten by a fellow Belkan.
>>3596747This >>3596755Don't take shit from a filthy Ustian
>>3596747>>I know this looks bad...
>>3596747>I know this looks bad...
>>3596747>>EVASIVE MANEUVERSNatural enemies ... just like Ustians and Belkans, Oseans and Belkans. Or Eruseans and Belkans. Or, Belkans and Belkans. Damn Belkans, they ruined Belka!
>>3596747"Aha, I know this looks bad..." You chuckle nervously. "Look, the Belkan War was a long time ago, right? And I'm pretty sure neither of us actually fought in that one, so no hard feelings?"Alanna just stares at you coldly, before finally speaking up. "You can just call me Scalpel, then." She says coolly. "And your callsign?""Red Tail." You reply, still wondering which way this conversation was going to go. "I'll keep that in mind." Alanna says simply before spinning on her heel and marching out of the sim room."What was that all about?" Misono blinks curiously. "She seemed to have a great deal of animosity. Did you commit a great dishonor to her in the past?""Wait, you don't know?" Vicky blinks. "Well-">You don't need to hear that story again. >Might as well catch Misono up.>Other
>>3596814>Might as well catch Misono up.#JustBelkanThings
>>3596814>Might as well catch Misono up.She needs to know about the War of Osean Aggression
>>3596814>>Might as well catch Misono up.
>>3596814>>Might as well catch Misono up.We're definitely not kissing and making up anytime soon.
>>3596814>>Might as well catch Misono up.Grab a guitar and starts playing"Did you know, that there are three kinds of Aces?"
>>3596814>Might as well catch Misono up.
>>3596814>You don't need to hear that story again.South-East Belka is a intergral part of the Belkan Federation no matter who says it isn't.
>>3596814"Aaaaah, shit, were do I start?" You groan. "So uh, basically, a few decades ago, waaaaay before any of our times, my home nation of Belka got kinda broken up when a bunch of nations declared independence. Aaaaaand there were quite a lot of us that weren't happy about that, so we started a war to bring them all back into the fold.""Like the Eruseans." Misono says rather darkly. Ah shit, now you remember that Selatapura was a city-state that had declared independence from Erusea, and was briefly reoccupied during the Lighthouse War.Damn this was getting complicated fast."Like I said, it was all a long time ago." You sigh. "And we ended up losing that war anyways, which resulted in us losing even MORE territory, so it's not like we got off lightly or anything.""Hm..." Misono cross her arms, but then smiles. "Well, you showed a fine warrior spirit so far, so I think I'll put my trust in you so far."You turn to Vicky, who blinks in surprise."W-well, Nordennvannic is a neutral nation, so I don't really have an opinion on you or Belka in any way!" She says quickly. "Well not the worst way to go about it." You chuckle lightly. "W-well, what now, then?" Vicky wonders.>I'd really like that drink now.>I think I'm gonna get some rest.>I'll go see if Bandit is back yet.>Other
>>3596851>I'd really like that drink now.Gotta calm dem nerves.
>>3596851>I'd really like that drink now.
>>3596851>>I'd really like that drink now.
>>3596851>>I think I'm gonna get some rest.
>>3596851>>I'll go see if Bandit is back yet.
>>3596851>I'll go see if Bandit is back yet.
>>3596823We'd need some of those super secret Belkan military rations that Karla found in order to even open up a discussion.
>>3596851"I'd really like a drink now." You sigh, suddenly feeling very tired and very down. Frankly, it's been a very exhausting day. "Oh, would you like us to accompany you?" Misono asks."Yeah, you could never be too careful!" Vicky cautions.>Sure I could use the company.>Nah I'd rather be alone right now.>Other
>>3596875>Nah I'd rather be alone right now.
>>3596875>Sure I could use the company.
>>3596875>>Sure I could use the company.
>>3596875"Sure, I could use the company." You nod. "Misono, can you lead the way?""Gladly!" Misono nods with a smile as she leads you out into the hall. The club was a pretty low key place, being a bit dimly lit. Like most clubs, there consisted of a large, central bar, with the edges of the room lined with more private booths for groups. You immediately take a seat at the bar, with Misono and Vicky flanking you. You take a look around and see that there wasn't anybody around. Maybe it was a bad hour? Or maybe the IUN pilots were bigger wusses than you thought. "What are you looking for?" The bartender asks."U-um, just a cherry soda for me!" Vicky stammers."Sake, of course." Misono says with a smile.Dang, that was pretty hardcore, you had to admit.>You should take it easy.>Fuck it, go all out!>Other
>>3596906>You should take it easy.
>>3596906>Other>Order a Borderless World. A drink made from all the booze the local bar has at the time.
>>3596906>>Fuck it, go all out!
>>3596906>>You should take it easy.
>>3596906"Just give me a cold one." You say. You didn't really want to go overboard in a new base, especially with the specter of Bandit hovering over your shoulder. The bartender swiftly fulfills your orders, sliding an ice cold bottle of Emmerian beer in front of you. Eh, beggars can't be choosers, you guess."So, um, Milly, do you mind if I ask you something?" Vicky asks as she glances at you, her glass clutched in both of her hands.""Sure, go ahead." You answer as you take a pull from your bottle. "How did you get 'Red Tail' as your callsign?" Vicky asks. "B-but you don't have to answer if you don't want to!">Well, it was pretty badass...>Funny story about that...>I don't want to talk about it.>Other
>>3596933>Well, it was pretty badass...
>>3596933>Funny story about that...
>>3596933>>Funny story about that...
>>3596933"Heh, funny story about that..." You chuckle a bit. "So, a lot of people assume that callsign came from my hair color, which is only partly true. The real reason is a lot more silly.""Oh?" Misono raises an eyebrow."Really?" Vicky gasps."Yep." You take another pull from your beer bottle to build up some more confidence. "Anyways, it was still early in my piloting days, barely out of boot. It was during a training flight and I was being put through my paces by Bandit to get a judge of what I was capable of."You remember that day vividly. You were in one of the the force's older F-16's, a secondhand Osean bird converted into a trainer craft since its fighting days were long beyond it. "So, anyways, the F-16 I was flying was an ancient piece of junk, and I guess nobody bothered to inspect the engine, so when I'm coming in for my landing approach, the engine just fucking catches fire!"Vicky gasps loudly and looks like she's about to faint. "So the ATC and Bandit are screaming at me to punch out, but I, like an idiot, was confident I could set the bird down. I mean, I was already on my landing approach anyways, right? Unfortunately, the moment I touch down, the land gear gives out so my bird is just skidding across the pavement with a flaming engine belching fire and brimstone behind it!""A red tail." Misono concludes."Yep! That's the first thing Bandit seemed to think when he saw the whole thing." You laugh. "But uh, besides it looking cool, it also sorta damaged the runway, leaving this huuuuuuuuuge scorch mark on the pavement. If you squint real hard at it nowadays, you can still see it!""That's quite the story." Misono nods. "I'm just glad you're okay!" Vicky wails. However, before you can ask them to return the favor and tell you about their own callsigns, Bandit suddenly makes his entrance and takes a seat next to your group."Vodka." He says simply before glancing at you. "It's going to be a long day for all of us tomorrow."Oh boy, that was certainly a bit ominous...>And that's it for tonight! The next thread will be on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3596950Thanks for running Merc!
>>3596950Thanks for running.
>>3596950Thanks for running!We await the snow.
Any ideas for Milly's custom emblem or paintjob?
>>3597128Well, in honor of her callsign I believe the tail fin(s) should be painted red irrespective of how the rest of the plane ends up.
>>3597128Maybe an emblem that has hair that winds up into a red-yellow flaming ponytail. So that could be the plume of a helmet, or some mythical creature's hair/fur.
Oh shit, Ace Combat Quest sequel!Will Milly bag a bandit husbando? or will she go the route of the /u/bote?Also, nice to see you again Merc! I'm just dropping by.
>>3598661>inb4 Redtail x Scalpel>>3597128Speaking of paintjobs, only now do I realize that AC7 doesn't have a whole lot of custom paint jobs for the cast.
>>3598859I wonder if there's a pilot who had their plane painted their plane an eyesore neon rainbow...
>>3596933>using Eriri for Vicky's character model>swordfish gonna get lewded
>>3592405Milly could do with growing a spine. We should stop self flagellating