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!"Red, tighten up your formation. You're lagging behind a bit." Bandit says curtly over the radio. "Remember, this isn't a training run. It's a real thing.""Yeah yeah, I got it, Bandit." You roll your eyes as you throttle up your Hornet a bit. Just slightly behind you were Vicky's Gripen and Misono's F-2.It was sudden, but your squadron was assigned its first official IUN mission. Apparently, there was a brand spanking new Osean aircraft carrier called the Admiral Andersen a little ways south of the Lighthouse that needed to be towed back to port for repairs. Apparently she was ferrying aircraft for the Osean air force at the start of the Lighthouse War when it took damage that disabled her engines. At the time, nobody had the resources or time to try and recover her, so the ship was left to float aimlessly the whole time.(cont)
>>3611622However, now that there was a relative peace, there was a concern that the Andersen would float out into open sea where she would never be found, or she and her massive treasure trove of warplanes would fall into the hands of more... unsavory parties. There was already a marked increase in piracy all along the Usean coasts, after all. Anyways, it was pretty much just your job to provide air cover to the salvage teams as they prep the Andersen to be towed back to Gunther Bay for repairs."We'll be coming up on the ship in a few minutes." Bandit reminds you. "Have you decided who you want on on your wing?"Ah, that was right. There was a brief discussion this before you had taken off. Bandit wanted you to pair up with either Vicky or Misono, since neither of them had any experience. He pointed out that Vicky's record indicated that while she was a talented pilot, she was prone to bouts of anxiety and indecisiveness. Hopefully, as he put it, "some of your bullheaded aggression might rub off on her."On the other hand, Bandit also observed that Misono's flying style very closely matched yours, wanting to dive into the thick of a dogfight and handle things up close. At the very least, Misono would be able to keep up with your maneuvers, even if she wasn't really going to learn anything new following you. >Vicky>Misono>I'm going in solo!
>>3611623>VickyHey, time for SNOW!!!
>>3611623"I guess I can pair up with Swordfish." You decide. "Good. Swordfish, you're Raven Three now. You'll be on Red's wing." Bandit orders."R-roger!" Vicky affirms as her Gripen banks a little to be just behind and to the right of your Hornet."Knives, you're Raven Four. You'll be my wing." Bandit continues."Affirmative!' Misono says with gusto as she takes position behind Bandit's Hornet."I'll be under your care then, Red!" Vicky's voice squeaks.Huh, now that you think about it, this was the first time in where you were actually in charge of a nugget...>Feels kinda nice.>The mere thought utterly terrifies you.>Other
>>3611704>>Feels kinda nice.What would our mentors do?
>>3611704>>The mere thought utterly terrifies you.We're not a Squire anymore. If only Karla could see us now.
>>3611704>The mere thought utterly terrifies you.
>>3611704>The mere thought utterly terrifies you.I wonder if we can get a team mascot.
>>3611704>>Feels kinda nice.
>>3611704You feel a shiver run through your body as the full realization of the situation hits you. A pit in your stomach opens up at the thought of being personally responsible for another living, breathing person, relying on your for commands.Was this what Karla felt when you were under her as her squire? Did she experience the same anxiety whenever you were around? If so, that made you respect her so much more. "Hi! Is that Raven Squadron out there?" You hear a bright, chipper voice on the comms. "This is AWACS Bright Eye, at your service!""Bright Eye, can I assume we're almost at the mission area?" Bandit asks. "Yup yup!" Bright Eye responds enthusiastically. "You should be getting into visual range right about now!"Sure enough, on the sea below, you could see a large grey rectangle, which was undoubtedly the OFS Admiral Andersen. All around her, you could see a small flotilla of tugs, gunboats, and a single Osean frigate. "That's... not a lot of surface protection." Vicky points out nervously. "Perhaps that is why they needed us for air cover." Misono points out. "The Osean Navy took a huge beating in the War. I'm surprised they could even spare a frigate." Bandit grumbles. "Bright Eye, is there anything to look out for?""Nothing on my scopes so far, but there's lots of civilian traffic nearby, so it'll be hard to pick out any baddies!""Roger that. We'll keep an eye out, then." Bandit responds. "Red, you want to go high or low?">Go high to watch for any aerial threats.>Go low to spot any surface threats.>Other
>>3611797>Go high to watch for any aerial threats.
>Go high to watch for any aerial threats.Huh, yet another Ace Combat Quest from Merc.
>>3611797>>Go low to spot any surface threats.
>>3611797>>Go high to watch for any aerial threats.
>>3611797>>Go high to watch for any aerial threats.Where did the Oseans get that frigate, the naval scrapyard?
>>3611797"We'll go high!" You say decisively as you pull back at your stick, making your Hornet nose up towards the sky. "Keep up, Swordfish!""R-roger!" Vicky responds. To her credit, she's quick to follow you, her Gripen maintaining formation with you.Meanwhile, Bandit and Misono drop altitude and maintain and orbit around the Andersen, keeping a protective watch over the disabled carrier.You check your radar now that you were higher up. You didn't see anything in the immediate area. Not much civilian traffic, either. The mass destruction of the world's satellites during the war not only messed up global communications, but GPS as well. As a result, a lot of civilian traffic, both air and sea, was restricted due to safety reasons. So, overall, there wasn't really much to see up here. However, you did notice a rather ominous stormfront rolling in from the south, which was messing with your radar detection. Your gut feeling was telling you that if there was going to be any aerial ambush, it would be coming out of those clouds. >Go closer to the storm to check it out. >Stick near the carrier.>Other
>>3611858>Go closer to the storm to check it out.
How do you feel about a gradient colour scheme for a Red Tail paintjob/emblem?>>3611858>>Go closer to the storm to check it out.
>>3611858>>Go closer to the storm to check it out.
>>3611858>>Go closer to the storm to check it out.Let's fly a BARCAP between the cloudfront and the flotilla. Strangereal has anti-satellite weapons, anti-asteroid railguns and death lasers, not to mention flying aircraft carriers but can't seem to have radars that work through clouds.>>3611863Was hoping for a metallic red/candy coated anti-laser paintjob myself.
>>3611863I think it would be a good emblem color if it transitioned from reds to yellows.
>>3611858>Stick near the carrier.
>>3611858"Swordfish, we're gonna go check out that storm. Maybe our radar can get a better read if we're closer." You tell her."I-Isn't that dangerous?" Vicky gulps. "We were told to avoid storms whenever we could!""Which is exactly why baddies like hiding in them!" You counter as you gently bank your Hornet towards the storm clouds. "Don't worry! If something happens just call out and I'll be there to back you up!""O-Okay!" Vicky responds a bit more confidently, reassured by your words.As you near the roiling clouds, you keep a close eye on your radar screen as well as the clouds themselves.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 4)(-1 storm)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3611934
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>3611934
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3611934
Rolled 5 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>3611938My bad, wrong modifier
>>3611937>>3611938>>3611939>>3611941Sure is pea soup in there clouds
Rolled 6, 7, 5, 2 = 20 (4d10)>>3611934...
>>3611963We gon' git bounced.
>>3611963Suddenly, your missile warning lock shrieks as a pair of Mig-29s burst from the clouds. Looks like they were expecting you or had sniffed you out first. "E-Enemies 12 o' clock!" Vicky yelps."I can see that!" You bark.You glance at the Mig-29's fuselages, looking for any sort of identifying marks or camo, but you couldn't catch anything. Mercenaries? Pirates? Didn't matter at this point, they were definitely hostile!>Hit the throttle! Boost past them before they can fire!>Evasive maneuvers! Try to break the missile lock!>Go in head on! Guns beat missiles in a knife fight!>Other
>>3611973If we ever get shot down, what sort of survival gun does Milly use? I'm thinking a handgun at the very least, or one of those folding rifles.
>>3611980>Evasive maneuvers! Try to break the missile lock!
>>3611980>>Go in head on! Guns beat missiles in a knife fight!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3611980You immediately fall back to old instincts and flick you weapons safety off, your finger already on the trigger for your cannon. You don't even wait to try and aim. You opponent was directly in front of you, after all...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3612014Here comes the snow.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3612014
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3612014
Rolled 1, 4, 6, 3 = 14 (4d10)>>3612014...
>>3612042"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" You hear Vicky screaming in panic as her cannon opens up at the same time as yours. The Mig-29s, apparently also caught off guard, unleash their own bursts of cannon fire but they're just a tad too slow. Your cannon shells get sucked right into the opposing Mig-29s engines, causing a massive explosion as the craft goes down in flames. You glance to the right and see the other MiG-29's cockpit canopy shatter as Vicky's cannon burst hits the pilot dead on. The pilotless MiG-29 drops like a rock, the airframe still intact."D-did I do that?!" Vicky gasps, finally stopping her screaming. "You're damn right you did!" You laugh. "I didn't know you were such a crack shot!""I-I think it was just luck." Vicky mumbles. >Half an ace's success is luck!>Nah, you got a talent there! I'm sure of it!>Other
>>3612049>>Half an ace's success is luck!Luck is very much a real skill for soldiers.
>>3612049>Half an ace's success is luck!What a burst.
>>3612049>>Half an ace's success is luck!
>>3612049>Half an ace's success is luck!
>>3612049>>Half an ace's success is luck!Keep that up, and you'll be the pride of your country.
>>3612049>Half an ace's success is luck!The other half is not getting lucked on by the other guy, so no slacking.
>>3612049"Don't worry, half an ace's success is luck!" You say encouragingly. "Be proud of your first kill!""K-kill.." Vicky mutters. "Did I really k-""Swordfish." You say quickly. You couldn't afford to have her thinking herself into knots in the middle of the mission. "Check your instruments. You got a couple holes in your plane.""O-oh!" Vicky pauses. "No visible damage! You got a few holes, too!"Did you? Damn, guess that MiG-29 was a better shot than you thought. You glance at your own instrument panel, but thankfully, it didn't seem like anything important was damaged.>9 hp remains."Bandit, did you catch that?" You announce over the radio. "We got bogeys in the storm clouds! A pair just tried to bounce us!""We saw, but we've got other problems." Bandit grunts. "We've got surface contacts closing in on the carrier, and they don't look friendly.""Shit." You sigh. >You should help deal with the surface targets to free up Bandit and Misono.>Stay on overwatch to intercept any more planes that might come out of the storm clouds. >Go straight into the storm and take the fight to them!>Other
>>3612097>>Go straight into the storm and take the fight to them!
>>3612097>Stay on overwatch to intercept any more planes that might come out of the storm clouds.
>>3612097>Go straight into the storm and take the fight to them!
>>3612097>Go straight into the storm and take the fight to them!If Trigger can do it, Milly can do it
>>3612097>Go straight into the storm and take the fight to them!CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE!
>>3612097>>Stay on overwatch to intercept any more planes that might come out of the storm clouds.Let Bandit and Misono deal with the surface contacts. Hopefully Misono is carrying LASMs
>>3612097"C'mon, Swordfish! They're hiding in that storm, I'm sure of it, so let's chase them out!" You say confidently, your blood now pumping from that brief cannon exchange. "A-are you sure that's a good idea?" Vicky asks cautiously."Just warning you, but your radar isn't going to work too well in there, and the turbulence is gonna killer" Bright Eye chimes in. "Not the first time I'd had to fly in some bad soup." You grin."B-but it is for me!" Vicky wails.>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine.>Okay, just stay out here and bounce anything I flush out.>Other
>>3612121>>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine
>>3612121>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine.Stick with Trigger and you'll make it.
>>3612121>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine.
>>3612121>>Okay, just stay out here and bounce anything I flush out.
>>3612121>>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine.That's some quotable quotes there
>>3612121>>Just stick close to me and you'll be fine.>>3612123Speaking of Trigger, who best 444 member? I liked High Roller.
Rolled 5, 6, 3 = 14 (3d10)>>3612121"Stick close to me and you'll be fine!" You say reassuringly. "Gotta learn how to do this eventually, so might as well start now!""I-I guess so." Vicky gulps, not fully convinced. "All right, so here we goooo!" You say as you throttle up and dive right into the roiling gray clouds...>Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3612141
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3612141
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3612141
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3612141
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3612141Dice
>>3612141Vicky is able to stay on your tail. However, the turbulence and lowered visibility makes it damn near impossible to tell if there's anything lurking in these clouds. Your Hornet shakes and rattles from the turbulent air and harsh winds, while water droplets start peppering your canopy, further reducing vision. "R-Red! It's really intense in here!" Vicky yelps, her small Gripen getting thrown around like a bath toy. "We need to leave!">Just a little longer.>Yeah, there's likely nothing in here.>Other
>>3612153>>Yeah, there's likely nothing in here.
>>3612153>>Just a little longer.
>>3612153>Just a little longer.
>>3612153>Yeah, there's likely nothing in here.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3612153Looks like we've got a tied vote so we'll have to roll it off!1. Stay2. Leave
>>3612182"Just a little longer!" You grunt as you look around, trying to get a visual on something, anything!>Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3612184
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3612184
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3612184
>>3612184And suddenly, you eye catches a glint of steel. Your hand instinctively jerks the stick as you bank in that direction. Vicky meanwhile sticks close to you like glue, not wanting to risk losing you in this storm. Up ahead, you could see another pair of Mig-29s. Even more, though, they each had a pair of MQ-99 drones flanking them as additional AI wingmen. They had the numbers, but you had the superior positioning on them. That would give you a chance to level the playing field.>Hit the Mig-29s first. Humans are more unpredictable than drones.>Hit the drones first. The performance on those things is always a concern.>Other
>>3612213>>Hit the Mig-29s first. Humans are more unpredictable than drones.
>>3612213>>Hit the Mig-29s first. Humans are more unpredictable than drones.Time to light some fireworks.
>>3612213>Hit the drones first. The performance on those things is always a concern.
>>3612213>Hit the Mig-29s first. Humans are more unpredictable than drones.
Rolled 10, 2, 10 = 22 (3d10)>>3612213You immediately nose your crossover over one of the Mig-29s. Human pilots may not have the reflexes of drones, but they certainly were very unpredictable in the air, which made them dangerous >Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3612253Guess it's time to dive into the fireworks.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3612253It's time.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3612253
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3612253
>>3612253You couldn't ask for a more perfect shot. You hold down your trigger and let loose with your cannon. At the same time, Vicky follows your lead and unleashes her cannon as well. The hail of bullets tears into both Mig-29s, punching deep holes into their fuselages and sending them tumbling out of sight. Splash two more Migs!However, the four drone wingmen don't take too kindly to their fleshy partners being shot down, and immediately begin maneuvering. Unfortunately, it seems they detect Vicky first and start making a beeline straight for her."Ahhhh! W-what do I do?!" Vicky wails. >Fight them, of course!>Lead them out of the storm so we can mop them up!>Other
>>3612269>>Lead them out of the storm so we can mop them up!
>>3612269>>Fight them, of course!
>>3612269>>Lead them out of the storm so we can mop them up!>that webmNow those are names I haven't seen in a while
>>3612269>Lead them out of the storm so we can mop them up!
>>3612269>Fight them, of course!
Rolled 6, 3, 1 = 10 (3d10)>>3612269...
>>3612284"Swordfish!! Move your tiny ass and lead them outta the storm!" You bark. "Go!" "Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!" Vicky wails as she hits her afterburner. Her Gripen's single engine blazes like a giant candle in the night as she blasts out of the storm clouds, the MQ-99s still intent on following her. You follow the pack out of the storm as well, only to be met by a real mess of a sight. Numerous small speedboats were harassing the frigate and salvage tugs, trading small arms fire with the IUN personnel on the ships. Bandit and Misono were doing their best to help, swooping down and performing strafing runs on the pirate boats. You even manage to catch Bandit basically capsizing a couple of boats with a well timed, low altitude supersonic flyby. "Red, heeeeeelp!' Vicky wails, the MQ-99s still stuck on her tail like glue. >Request them to help you out with these drones.>You and Vicky can handle these drones jsut fine.>Other
>>3612286>>You and Vicky can handle these drones jsut fine.
>>3612286>You and Vicky can handle these drones jsut fine.
>>3612286>You and Vicky can handle these drones just fine.
>>3612286>OtherLead them towards our friends? If they want to chase her then let's lead them into a trap. We just gotta keep them from getting a bead on her in the meantime.
>>3612286>>Request them to help you out with these drones.
>>3612286You figure you and Vicky can handle these drones just fine. She just needed some of the pressure taken off of her so she had room to breathe. She was doing a good job of staying ahead of the four drones, but she couldn't keep evading them forever.However, as a result of her hitting afterburner, she'd gotten quite a distance away from you, just out of your gun range. >Try to catch up to Vicky and get the drones in gun range.>Hit the drones from afar with your missiles.>Other
>>3612301>>OtherGet her to turn back towards us, like a Thach weave
>>3612301>Hit the drones from afar with your missiles.
>>3612301>>Hit the drones from afar with your missiles.
Rolled 8, 6, 8 = 22 (3d10)>>3612301"Don't worry, Swordfish, I got your back!" You tell Vicky as you lock on to the drones with your radar. A couple missiles should knock most of them down, or at the very least scatter them so they woudln't be focusing fire in Vicky.>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 5)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3612322
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3612322
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3612322
>>3612322You pop off a pair of missiles, which streak after the drones pursuing Vicky. Thankfully, it looks like the drones were too focused on Vicky to realize that they've been targeted, and two drones explode into pieces as the missiles impact. The other drone then pause for a second as if trying to process what had happened and trying to decide whether you or Vicky were the larger threat.Vicky meanwhile is not idle in all of this either. Seeing her opening, she pulls an incredibly tight turn that only a light fighter like the Gripen was capable of, her plane briefly turning into a gray blur as she lines up on the last two drones. A pair of missiles then lance out, spearing the last two drones. "Good job everybody! It looks like all the hostile force have been routed!" Bright Eye announces cheerfully. "And the Andersen is already being towed back to shore! She should reach the drydock before sundown!"<<MISSION ACCOMPLISHED>>As you level your Hornet, you could indeed see that the massive carrier was being pulled by the small fleet of tugs back towards the mainland, leaving behind a dozen smoldering wrecks slipping below the waves as Bandit and Misono start climbing to link up with you and Vicky.Vicky meanwhile was silent, or her comms were off. You wonder what the girl was thinking now, having survived her first mission. Well, as far as first missions went, this wasn't too bad. At least you still had plenty of fuel to reach base this time.>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue on Saturday, so don't miss it!
>>3612339“Hey buddy, you still alive?”Thanks for running, Merc, see you tomorrow!
>>3612339See you then.
>>3612339Thanks for the run, boss.
>>3612339><<MISSION ACCOMPLISHED>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKRpYbXlhycSee you tonight, Merc!
How's this for Swordfish emblem:A cartoon swordfish curved in a backwards 'c' shape with a sword blade on its front
>>3612339It was short ride back to base, considering the Andersen wasn't too far off from it. As your squadron lands and taxis to hangar, you glance over at Vicky, who was having trouble getting out of her cockpit. She looked like an absolute wreck, her body shaking and trembling like she was made out of wet noodles. She needed the help of one of the ground crew to get out.After you see her take her helmet off, you could see that Vicky was DEFINITELY a mess. Her face was coated with sweat and she looked absolutely exhausted. Another ground crew tech hands her a water bottle, which she gladly snatches and sucks it dry in mere seconds. Yeah, she was definitely coming down from her first combat high. >You kinda almost feel sorry for her. >It's not like you were any better off your first time, either.>Other
>>3614126>It's not like you were any better off your first time, either
>>3614126>>It's not like you were any better off your first time, either.
>>3614126>You kinda almost feel sorry for her.Belkan stoicism!
>>3614126>>OtherComfort our new imoto/nugget/wingman
>>3614126>>It's not like you were any better off your first time, either.Time to go help her out. Get some talk out of her.
>>3614126>You kinda almost feel sorry for her.
>>3614126>>It's not like you were any better off your first time, either.Go over and talk to her
>>3614126>You kinda almost feel sorry for her.Belkans are genetically engineered to be Aces, there's nothing that could shake us.
>>3614185And considering that Vicky is from a neutral country that don't get into a lot of conflicts, she might have the potential to be one of the first aces from her home.
>>3614126Honestly, you almost feel kinda sorry for Vicky. While your own initiation into combat wasn't particularly flattering, it was drilled into every Belkan pilot that their demeanor should always be setting an example for their comrades and subordinates. Back in your days in One Belka, such a sad display would be disrespectful not only to herself, but to her commander and wingmate-You quickly shake your head of that notion. Those days were waaaaaaaaaaay behind you.The thing now was to see what you could do to cheer up Vicky. That was the proper thing to do in your role as her wingmate.>Go give her some encouragement.>Looks like she just needs a bit of (liquid) encouragement.>Other
>>3614347>Looks like she just needs a bit of (liquid) encouragement.
>>3614347>>Go give her some encouragement.d'aww
>>3614347>>Go give her some encouragement.Liquid encouragement optional
>>3614347>>Go give her some encouragement.
>>3614347>Go give her some encouragement.
>>3614347>>Looks like she just needs a bit of (liquid) encouragement.
>>3614347>>Go give her some encouragement.>Looks like she just needs a bit of (liquid) encouragement.Why not both?
>>3614347"Vicky! Great job out there!" You grin as you slap her on the back in an effort to snap her out of her funk. "Four kills in one mission? You almost made ace in a day!""W-what? Really?" Vicky blinks, the realization now dawning on her. "Four kills?""Drones count too, so that gives you a total of four!" You nod. "Don't worry, you did great today!""I... I guess I did." Vicky nods. "And what should matter is, you both came back unharmed." Bandit says simply as he joins you, Misono following him like a loyal puppy. "Though, I should point out that with your previous kills accounted for, you're an official ace, Red."Waitaminute.Two Mig-29s and two drones this mission, the two drones during your trip over, combined with the S-32 you managed to bag a few years ago...Holy crap, you really were an honest to god ace now!>HOLY SHIT>*cough* That's great to hear.>Other
>>3614508>Attempt to channel the famous Belkan cool>Fail at the very last second
>>3614508>*cough* That's great to hear.
>>3614508>>*cough* That's great to hear.Glorious Belka expects nothing less
>>3614508>>HOLY SHITDoes that mean we get a paintjob now?
>>3614508>>*cough* That's great to hear.
>>3614534Could always go standard issue like Trigger, and just have an emblem slapped on. Though I would also be open to plane art in general.
>>3614508>*cough* That's great to hear.>>3614554Massive Belkan flag over the entire plane.
>>3614557>>3614554Scarlet with Belkan Flags for wingsA flaming sword for a sigil.
>>3614557Oh god, just hope Scalpel doesn't discover Milly's past with One Belka.>>3614563Maybe a tassel on the hilt of the sword so it becomes a 'red tail'?
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3614508Oh boy, looks like it's a tie, so we'll have to roll things off!1. HOLY SHIT2. That's good to hear.
>>3614602"HOLY SHIT!" You burst out, and then immediately cover up your mouth with both your hands. This was not how a proper Belkan pilot was supposed to behave!"Holy shit indeed." Bandit merely gives an approving smile and ruffles your hair like you were a kid or something. The burning sensation in your face probably meant it was as bright red as your hair right now. And in front of the two nuggets, too!"Anyways, I'm going to have to go get debriefed." Bandit continues, focusing on business as usual. "I suppose you need some time time to cool off?" >You should tag along with him. See what the hell is going on.>Guess you should keep an eye on the nuggets then.>Other
>>3614627>>Guess you should keep an eye on the nuggets then.
>>3614627>Guess you should keep an eye on the nuggets then.
>>3614627>>Guess you should keep an eye on the nuggets then.And unlike Bandit, we won our ace status without killing our own people:)
>>3614627>>You should tag along with him. See what the hell is going on.
>>3614627>>OtherDRINKS ALL AROUND!
>>3614627"I-I guess I could keep an eye on the nuggets, then." You mumble."Got it." Bandit nods. "It shouldn't take too long, but you've all go the rest of the day off."He then looks up to the sky, which was starting to already turn a nice orange. A sign of dusk approaching. "Well, what little is left anyways." You concludes before making his exit."I do have to congratulate you on your successes." Misono says, though you notice a bit of an annoyed pout in her expression. "Though I have to admit, it's a bit frustrating to be unable to secure any aerial kills myself on my first mission. Sinking a few gunboats doesn't quite have the same charm to it.""I-I'm so sorry!" Vicky wails, bowing her head slightly."N-no, I didn't mean to disparage your achievements!" Misono quickly responds apologetically. "Uuuuu, it's so stressful being an almost-ace!" Vicky whimpers. >How about we just go get super drunk.>They should be towing the Andersen into port pretty soon. Wanna go see?>Maybe we should check on those holes in our planes.>Other
>>3614727>>They should be towing the Andersen into port pretty soon. Wanna go see?
>>3614727>They should be towing the Andersen into port pretty soon. Wanna go see?
>>3614727>>Maybe we should check on those holes in our planes.
>>3614727>How about we just go get super drunk.
>>3614727>>How about we just go get super drunk.
>>3614727"They should be towing the Andersen into port soon. Wanna go see?" You ask. "I would!" Misono's expression brightens. "I've always heard about the mighty Osean carriers, but I've never seen one up close!""I'd... I'd also like to go see it, too." Vicky mumbles, her cheeks reddening just a bit.Hm, that was kinda odd. >Just let it go.>Pry the subject just a bit.>Other
>>3614779>Just let it go.
>>3614779>Pry the subject just a bit.
>>3614779>>Just let it go.
>>3614779>>Pry the subject just a bit.
>>3614779>Pry the subject just a bit.I'm guessing that their homelands don't really invest much in such ventures.
>>3614779You decide not to press the issue. If Vicky had some kind of complex about carriers, you figure it's not your place to pry. "Great! Let's get going, then!" You grin. "I will drive. I know the way to the port." Misono offers. "Lead the way, then!' You nod.It's not really much of a hassle to sign out a vehicle to go off base. Even though it was nominally a military organization, the IUNPF was mostly civilian run so regulations and standards were far looser, at least from what you've experienced in the Belkan SADF. No one so much as bats an eye as you get into the borrowed car, with Misono in the driver's seat. >Sit shotgun next to Misono.>Sit in the back next to Vicky.>Other
>>3614831>Sit shotgun next to Misono.
>>3614831>>Sit in the back next to Vicky.
>>3614831>Sit shotgun next to MisonoSocial Links!
>>3614831>>Sit shotgun next to Misono.
>>3614831You take shotgun, sitting next to Misono while Vicky somewhat meekly sits in the back. Misono quickly and calmly puts the car into gear and drives it out of the base, merging on to the highway and making a beeline straight for the port. "It's nice being able to drive freely around the city again." Misono smiles proudly. "The Erusean occupation was rather... troublesome."Ah that's right. The city of Selatapura was an independent city-state that had seceded from Erusea some years back, when the Lighthouse was first starting to get built. That caused a whole lot of butthurt within Erusea, but the secession was backed and recognized by Osea, under good old President Harling. You suppose part of the reason why the Eruseans attacked the Lighthouse was not only to seize it, but reclaim territory they believed was rightfully theirs. "Yeah, military occupation is never too great." You sigh. "Was that something you experienced, as a Belkan?" Misono asks. "I know that Osea seized and annexed the southern half of your country...">My family was north of the Waldreich Mountains, so we never took the brunt of it.>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad.>I don't want to talk about it.>Other
>>3614869>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad*sea worst country
>>3614869>>I don't want to talk about it.
>>3614869>>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad.
>>3614869>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad.
>>3614869>>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad.THIEVES Belka shall rise again!Freedom for our People!
>>3614869>My family was north of the Waldreich Mountains, so we never took the brunt of it.
>>3614869>We had to flee the south when things started getting bad.Speaking of occupations, I hope the Storyteller Boy from AC4 is doing alright.
>>3614889Did we get any cameos of him in 7?
>>3614890Not that I know of. All we know of him is from the ending of AC4 sometime later where he's an adult writing to Mobius 1.
>>3614869>>My family was north of the Waldreich Mountains, so we never took the brunt of it.Reminder that Belka's economy was 1/10th of the Osean Federation before the War of Reunification yet they were able to fight Osea and her allies for a year
>>3614881*puts on mask*SIEG BELKA
>>3614869"My family was in the south when the Oseans moved in, and... it was pretty bad." You sigh as you glance out the window. "Protests, riots, crackdowns... all the typical stuff that happens when law and order break down. We cleared out when it became obvious Osea wasn't leaving and was going to keep the south. I made it, but my parents didn't.""I'm sorry to hear that." Misono shakes her head."That's so sad..." Vicky says sympathetically."But I hardly remember any of that shit. I was pretty young when it happened." You try to wave it off. "Besides, I still had my grandfather."Man, Gramps. You loved him to death but now that you think about it, it was probably partly due to his fervent patriotism that you had the mind to join up with One Belka. You briefly wonder what he thought of you now, looking down from that big blue sky up there."Then I will take that lesson to heart, how fortunate my circumstances were." Misono says grimly. "Don't sweat it. Shit happens." You try to play it off.At this point, the port was quickly coming into view. If you had anything you wanted to ask Misono, you'd have to do it now.>Ask what's up with that sword of hers. >Ask what she thinks about flying with Bandit.>Ask if she's always been military.>Other
>>3614928>>Ask what's up with that sword of hers.
>>3614928>>Ask what's up with that sword of hers. Was it folded 1000 times?
>>3614928>Ask what's up with that sword of hers.
>>3614928>>>Ask what's up with that sword of hers.
>>3614928"So uh, I don't mean to be offensive or anything, but what the hell is with that sword?" You ask Misono as you point towards the titular item, stowed away beside her seat within easy reach."Ah! It's an old family heirloom. The eldest warrior in our family always carries it into battle!""And, let me guess." You roll your eyes. "You're the first one to become a pilot?""Quite correct!" Misono chuckles. "Still, I'm obligated to bring it, even if there's no practical use for it. Traditions carry a great importance, after all.""I-I think it's really cool!" Vicky stammers. "Don't let anybody tell you otherwise!">Yeah, I gotta admit it's a little badass.>Kinda silly, honestly.>Other
>>3614973>>Yeah, I gotta admit it's a little badass.
>>3614973>>Kinda silly, honestly.
>>3614973>Other>Ask her if she knows a good place that sells those swords, you want one yourselfThe Oseans fear the Samurai
>>3614973>Yeah, I gotta admit it's a little badass.If only we had a Belkan Knight's sword to strap to our cockpit.
>>3614973>Kinda silly, honestly.
>>3614973>>Yeah, I gotta admit it's a little badass>>3614982>>3614981I like the way you two think. We can be called the Three Swords. We will be feared from Osea to Erusea
>>3614993How can the enemy withstand such powerful sorcery?All these super weapons and we never figured to forge planes from glorious Selatpuran steel?
>>3614973"Yeah, I gotta admit, it's a little badass." You nod. "You think you can hook up with one of those?""Perhaps you should marry one of my brothers, then!' Misono winks with a smile."Yeah, I think I'll pass." You roll your eyes in mock disdain. "You shot that down pretty fast." Vicky points out."Because it's not important right now!" You huff. "Well, anyways, we are here!" Misono announces. By the time the three of you pile out of the car, you could see that quite the crowd has gathered on the shore as a small fleet of tugs attempts to jockey the massive Admiral Andersen into her drydock.Down from this perspective, it really hit home just how MASSIVE the carrier was, the mighty steel construct towering over you like a small skyscraper. It was a far cry from the tiny gray rectangle you saw from the sky, which made it even harder to believe that at the peak of its power, the Osea had over a dozen of the damn things!Did Belka ever have a chance, you wonder...?"Hey, fancy seeing you here, Kid." Your attention is piqued by the familiar voice, and you turn to see Mead, who gives you a casual wave."Mead? What are you doing here?" You blink."Well, it was getting a bit boring fixing up generators and refrigerators, so I figured I'd get back to fixing up some planes." Mead grins and holds up the tool box she's carrying. "I've been on the Andersen before so I know where's a treasure trove of planes tucked away in her hangars that could use some TLC."She then glances over to Misono and Vicky, both still distracted by the carrier that they haven't even noticed her. "Friends of yours?" She asks."My squadronmates." You reply."Not bad." Mead nods approvingly. "So hey, wanna get a look at the inside?""Of the carrier?" You blink."Duh, what else would I be talking about?" Mead rolls her eyes. "Is that even allowed?" "Look, the IUN owes me a TON of favors. Nobody's going to ask questions if it's me." Mead grins. "So how about it? You can bring your buddies along with you, too."You glance at Mead, and then at the Andersen. The thought of stepping foot on an Osean carrier was pretty tempting...>I'll have to pass.>Sounds like a plan.>Other
>>3615033>Sounds like a plan.
>>3615033>>Sounds like a plan.
>>3615033>Sounds like a plan.We could write Belkan stuff on the walls before anyone else even goes on it.
>>3615033>>Sounds like a plan.Can't get better than the Scrap Queen giving us a guided tour
>>3615033>>Sounds like a plan.Well whose to say when and how such first hand knowledge might come in handy....:)
>>3615033"Sounds like a plan!" You grin. "Hey, Vicky! Misono! Wanna take a closer look?""Can we?!" Vicky gasps."That would certainly be interesting!" Misono nods. "Well, our buddy Mead here is gonna give us a little tour!" You say, motioning to her."It's nothing, really." Mead laughs lightly. "Come on, let's check out the hangar, first."You follow Mead up a gangplank into the carrier itself. Inside was just as tight and cramped as you imagined it would be, though you had to wonder just how many miles of hallway was snaking all around the massive ship. Mead leads you three through the carrier's labyrinthine with no issues at all. Well, she did say that this wasn't the first time she was on the ship. Soon enough, Mead pulls a heavy bulkhead door open, revealing a hangar filled to the brim with aircraft of all types and makes. Each and everyone of them was in a partly dismantled state, their wings either folded our outright removed to maximize storage. "So, these are all functional?" Vicky asks, her eyes wide in awe."Well, once they're reassembled, yeah." Mead nods. "Osea threw in every damn aircraft they could get their hands on to ship to the front so there's some pretty high end stuff in here."Mead then grins and looks to you."Say, how do you feel about taking one of these babies back with you?"Wait, what?>That would be pretty cool.>I dunno, I kinda like my Hornet.>Other
>>3615077>That would be pretty cool.
>>3615077>>That would be pretty cool.
>>3615077>That would be pretty cool.Though they would probably have some paperwork that keeps track.
>>3615077>>That would be pretty cool.At least as a loaner while they fix up our planes
>>3615083Just think of it as the start of reparations for occupying South Belka.
>>3615077>>That would be pretty cool.Define "high end". Like COFFIN equipped stuff?
>>3615077>>>That would be pretty cool.The Oseans gift us the weapons by which we shall destroy them!There has gotta be catch tho
>>3615077>That would be pretty cool.What's the catch?
>>3615077"That would be pretty cool." You grin but then pause. "Wait, what's the catch?""There's no catch!" Mead laughs. "Think of it as a reward. Not everyone in the IUN has a beef against Belka, and there's a bunch of guys smart enough to see good assets. Besides, we've suddenly got a huge surplus of planes and not enough pilots to fly them, so nobody's going to complain if we put a few of them to use.""Is this really okay, though?" You wonder."Look, I've seen that Hornet of yours." Mead sighs. "Your people have done a good job keeping it flyable, but I'm going to be blunt here, it's a heap of junk. It's going to fall apart in two maybe three missions tops if you keep pulling max Gs in it. I put in a good word for you to get this requisition going, you know!""Well, if you put it that way, let's get this done then." You nod. "What have you got?""What are you looking for?" Mead grins.>Something light and maneuverable.>Something heavy and fast.>Something that's in between. >Other
>>3615129>Something heavy and fast.
>>3615129>Something that's in between.I hope they forget to wipe the computers so we can send a bunch of Osean data back home.
>>3615129>>Something that's in between.
>>3615129>Something that's in between.
>>3615129>>Something heavy and fast.
>>3611622>>Something that's in between. >>3615137This. Their fault if they are that careless desu
>>3615129>>Something heavy and fast.Something like a F-15C
>>3615129>Something light and maneuverable.
>>3615129>>OtherSomething not russian.
>>3615149I'd rather like an Su myself
>>3615162I think he's talking about Erusea?
>>3615162>>3615164Could also mean Yuktobanian.
>>3615129"I'm kinda thinking of something heavy and fast." You say. "What have you got?""Hmmmm, well, let's see." Mead picks up a clipboard and reviews it. "Ah, that's perfect! Looks like we've got some F-14s, F-15s, Mig-31s, Su-30s." Hmmm, well, the F-14 and F-15 were primarily Osean made aircraft, while the Mig-31 and Su-30 were more Yuktobanian deals. From your experience, Belka used both types of aircraft, so there wouldn't be any training or logistical complications. The thing was, Osean birds tended to be a bit more all rounder, blending both air to air and air to ground capabilities, with some seriously sophisticated weaponry and avionics. On the other hand, Yuktobanian birds were a bit rougher and lower tech, but they generally had the edge in raw performance. >Osean (F-14, F-15)>Yuktobanian (Mig-31, Su-39)>Other
>>3615205>>Osean (F-14, F-15)
>>3615205>Yuktobanian (Mig-31)GOTTA GO FAST
>>3615205>Yuktobanian (Mig-31, Su-39)The Su-39 is one of my favaourite planes.
>>3615205>>Yuktobanian (Mig-31, Su-39)
>>3615211Anon, you might want to reread the dialogue. Su-39 is a typo of Su-30.
>>3615205>Osean (F-14, F-15)Either way, I can't wait for some private company to let us test a super prototype plane if Milly's reputation spreads.
>>3615222>private company>Grunder throws us a FALKEN>Neucom offers up the YR series of planes
>>3615205Hmmm, we seem to have a tie here and it's getting rather late, so I think we'll put up the vote again on the next thread so more people can get in on the vote!Next thread is tentatively scheduled for next Friday. However, since it's the July 4 weekend, I can't promise I'll be able to run if some sort of last minute commitment comes up, but I'll be sure to let you know if it does!
>>3615247Thanks for running Merc!
>>3615247See you next time, Merc.
>>3615247Thanks for running.
>>3615234We all better be getting snazzy uniforms if we're taking private contracts.>>3615247Thanks for the thread.
>>3615247Thanks for running Merc, can't wait to see what new plane Milly gets.
>>3615205>>Yuktobanian (Mig-31, Su-39)Tiebreaker.Suck it Osea
>>3615205>Osean (F-14, F-15)HIGH WAY. TO. THE. DANGER ZONE!
I'm gonna say it, but I miss ISAF.
>>3615205>Yuktobanian (Mig-31, Su-39)Sucks that I(>>3614753) can only otherwise lurk due to timezones.
>>3615234Reminder to support your SOUTH BELKAN companies so that Karla and Jaeger's kid has a bright future.