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!Currently, you were trying to bomb a rogue drone factory that was being used to supply a bunch of damn pirates with top the line military hardware. However, your first bombing run on the factory only caused minimal damage, and now the facility was belching drones like angry hornets ready to defend their hive. Already, you could see at least a dozen MQ-99s and a few MQ-101s already in the air, with more being launched by the second."There's so many of them!" Vicky whimpers.This was going to be tricky.>You need to thin out the drone numbers first.>Focus on bombing the factory.>Request assistance from Bandit and Misono.>Other
>>3718893>You need to thin out the drone numbers first.
>>3718893>>You need to thin out the drone numbers first.
>>3718893>Focus on bombing the factory.
>>3718905Lol "Wtf is a Free Fall bomb????"
>>3718893>>Focus on bombing the factory.You don't think there's a control module coordinating the drones from inside the factory?
>>3718929I mean for all we know the drones could be controlled from off site. It would be a special kind of stupid to put the controller in the same building as the factory
>>3718929Better question, are they programmed to not damage the factory no matter the circumstances?If that's the case, then I think we could exploit that flaw.
>>3718893Your immediate thought was to start thinning out these damn drone numbers. You'd never be able perform another bomb run safely with so many of them around. But it was going to be tricky on how exactly you'd do it, especially with Bandit and Misono occupied with the manned CAP force up high. >Just tangle with them over the factory. Hopefully they'll have trouble keeping track of you in such a confined area.>Gain some distance so you can spread them out and pick them off.>Other
>>3719060>Just tangle with them over the factory. Hopefully they'll have trouble keeping track of you in such a confined area.VORWARTS!
>>3719060>>Just tangle with them over the factory. Hopefully they'll have trouble keeping track of you in such a confined area.
>>3719060>Just tangle with them over the factory. Hopefully they'll have trouble keeping track of you in such a confined area.
Rolled 8, 3, 1, 7, 7 = 26 (5d10)>>3719060"Swordfish! We're gonna tangle with these fuckers while we're close!" You call out your wingmate. "Get ready for a brawl!""Why do you always do thiiiiiis!" Vicky whines as you throttle back. You were going to have to take advantage of your Su-30's maneuverability as much as possible here. >Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3719200
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3719200
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3719200
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3719200
Rolled 3, 3, 9 = 15 (3d10)>>3719200...
>>3719232This close to the ground, it seemed the drones didn't really know how to maneuver at low altitudes and didn't do much to attempt to evade your cannon fire as you scythe your Su-30's nose through the tightly packed formation. Vicky meanwhile also lets her Gripen's cannon roar in unison, and together, you see multiple drones going down in flames, crashing into the factory below and causing even more damage. You'd have to guess you alone took down maybe four of drones and Vicky taking two. All that's left immediately in front of you is a single MQ-101 that immediately makes a climb for higher altitude. It wasn't an immediate risk to you and its departure meant you had an opening for another bomb run on the factory. Then again, Bandit and Misono were still up there, tangling with a pair of F-16s. What that drone tried to jump them...?>Trust Bandit and Misono can handle things.>You should go after the drone.>Send Vicky after the drone.>Other
>>3719296>You should go after the drone.You cant run from us. Vicky can aim well enough to hit a factory i trust
>>3719296>>Trust Bandit and Misono can handle things.
>>3719296>You should go after the drone.
>>3719296>Trust Bandit and Misono can handle things.
>>3719296>>Trust Bandit and Misono can handle things.We still got bombs loaded and weighting us down.
>>3719296"Swordfish! Focus on taking out the factory! I'll deal with this drone!" You announce as you throttle up and pull up your stick to climb up after the MQ-101. "B-be careful!' Vicky warns as you break off from her. You don't have time to see what Vicky does as you focus your attention on the drone. It was already some distance away. Still within gun range, but not exactly at an ideal distance. You'd have to hit afterburners or go for missiles...>Try shooting from long range.>Fire off your missiles.>Try to close the distance.>Other
>>3719416>>Try to close the distance.Pedal to the Metal, Redtail
>>3719416>>Fire off your missiles.
>>3719416>Try shooting from long range.Dance with the angels!
How'd you feel if Sol 1 became a second mentor figure to Milly?
>>3719416>Fire off your missiles.
>>3719491Pixie mentor :DKarla on suicide watch
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3719416You switch to missiles, and your HUD indicates a solid target lock as the MQ-101 tries to outclimb you. Your plane shudders as a pair of missiles head out and away towards your target...>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
>>3719491>inb4 he gives her the whole backseat driver treatment calling out all the play by plays, and what she should do throughout a flightOf course, that's assuming he's fit enough to be in the backseat, and not just on the radio
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3719514
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3719514
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3719514
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3719514
Rolled 6, 5, 10 = 21 (3d10)>>3719514...
>>3719566You watch as your missles streak out and upwards towards the climbing drone. It apparently does not notice your missiles, at it doesn't make much of an attempt to avoid them as they converge on the drone and blow it to pieces, fragments raining back down towards the earth. At that moment, you spot the burning hulks of a pair of F-16s plummeting through the sky as Bandit and Misono link back up with you. "Their high altitude CAP is out of action for the moment." Bandit announces. "Red, how's the factory?""We dropped some bombs on it, but we didn't do a lot of damage on the first run." You report. "Where's Swordfish?" Misono wonders, her F-2 banking slightly to get a better view of the formation."I left her back at the factory to do another bomb pass while there was a lull in the drones." You explain."You left her alone?" Bandit asks sternly, obviously not approving you splitting up. "B-bomb run complete! Vicky yelps as her radar contact shows her climbing up and away from the factory."I'm detecting a bunch of secondary explosions!" Brighteye chimes in. "Looks like you did enough damage to put that factory out of action for the immediate future!" Sure enough, as you look down, you could see thick columns of smoke belching from the factory complex. Most of the buildings were on fire, there some sections, mainly the production warehouses, were still intact. Indeed, some drone launchers were still operational and sporadically putting more in the air as you orbited the area."Me and Knives still have our bomb loads." Bandit points out. "We can do another run and take it out permanently.""There's still drones in the area!' Vicky wails. "And I'm detecting additional hostile aircraft vectoring in!" Brighteye adds. "Looks like a half dozen manned fighters!">You and Vicky can take over as CAP while Bandit and Misono drop their bombs. >You've done enough damage, time to withdraw.>Other
>>3719608>You and Vicky can take over as CAP while Bandit and Misono drop their bombs.
>>3719608>>You and Vicky can take over as CAP while Bandit and Misono drop their bombs.
>>3719608>Looks like a half dozen manned fighters!"That's hardly even fair. They don't stand a chance.
>>3719608>>You and Vicky can take over as CAP while Bandit and Misono drop their bombs.I hope we get an enemy rival.
>>3718893Off-topic, but it's been a long time since I last came to /qst/ and I'm glad you're still here Merc.
>>3719608"Red, can I trust you to handle CAP?" Bandit asks. "Me and Knives need to drop off our bombs anyways.""You got it, boss!" You affirm. "Don't worry about it!""Good. Knives, let's go." Bandit says as he dives down with his F-15. "Right behind you, sir!" Misono says as she loyally follows close behind."S-so what do we do?" Vicky asks. "Didn't Brighteye say there were hostiles coming in?">We'll go straight at them and break up their formation.>We'll go high and draw them up to us.>One of us will bait them out while the other ambushes them.>Other
>>3719703>>One of us will bait them out while the other ambushes them.
>>3719703>One of us will bait them out while the other ambushes them.
>>3719703>We'll go straight at them and break up their formation.
>>3719703>>We'll go high and draw them up to us.Dive into the fireworks.
>>3719703>>We'll go high and draw them up to us.
>>3719703>We'll go high and draw them up to us.
>>3719703Looks like we got a spread of votes so it's time for a runoff!>Bait and ambush.>Draw them to you.
>>3719819>Bait and ambush.
>>3719819>>Bait and ambush.
>>3719819>Draw them to you.
>>3719819Fug man, why did you guys not want to go straight through?>Draw them to you.
>>3719819"All right, Swordfish, we'll do a bait and switch on these assholes!" You tell your wingmate."But who's going to the b-b-bait?" Vicky wonders.Hm, well, that's a good question. You're not sure how Vicky would perform under pressure if she deliberately draws attention to herself. Then again, you'd alternatively have to trust her to take out those F-16s before they could get a bead on you.>You>Vicky
>>3719893"I'll be the bait. You just wait up high and pounce when they come in!" You tell her."R-roger!" Vicky says as her Gripen starts gaining altitude. "Y-you're sure about this, right?""Totally!" You assure her. "Don't worry about it!""Okay! Good luck!"Vicky's Gripen climbs out of your field of view and you look ahead at the heading where the enemy should be coming in from. Below, you could see explosions ripple along the aground as Bandit and Misono perform their bombing runs. "Brighteye, you go any eyes on the hostiles?" You ask. "Yep! They'll be in visual range in twenty seconds!" Your AWACS chirps. "Looks like it's more F-16s headed your way!"Sure enough, you can see sunlight glinting off of six shapes in the distance. You briefly consider what to do. You could fire off a volley missiles to force them to break maneuver and hopefully break formation. That would split them up and make it easier for Vicky to pounce on one or two of them. Or you could pretend to withdraw and draw them in closer. If they were in a tighter formation, Vicky might be able to take out more of them in a single pass.>Try to break up their formation.>Lure them in as a group.>Other
>>3719989>>Lure them in as a group.
>>3719989>Lure them in as a group.
>>3719989>Try to break up their formation.
>>3719989>>Try to break up their formation.
>>3719989You immediately feign retreat and make a quick 180 degree turn, as if attempting to flee. And the enemies take the bait, the F-16s committing by hitting afterburner to close in with you. You also note that they're not just any F-16s, but the more advanced F-16Vs. Even more, there was one of them that stood out from the others, painted complete black with red highlights. An enemy ace of some kind? Curious. Almost ominous, really. "R-Red! I have visual on the hostiles!" Vicky calls out. "What are your orders?">Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.>Go for the ace. You have a bad feeling about it.>Other
>>3720079>Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.
>>3720079>>Go for the ace. You have a bad feeling about it.
>>3720079>Go for the ace. You have a bad feeling about it.Try and outfly a Belkan, Pirate scum!
>>3720079>Go for the ace. You have a bad feeling about it
>>3720079Actually no i think i read it wrong Switching to >Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.Which i think means Milly will fight the Ace?
>>3720079Switching >>3720101to>>3720079>>Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.
>>3720079Switching to>Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.if it means we takr the Ace.
Some clarification would be nice.
>>3720079>>Go for the regular F-16Vs. You got the ace.
>>3720079"Go after the small fry! I'll handle the ace!" You bark. "Roger that!" Vicky replies. "I-I'm going in!"As Vicky's Gripen dives in from above, you nose your HUD over the black F-16V, its transponder proudly tagging itself as "END".Kind of an odd and slightly edgy name, now that you think of it. Well, who cares what their name was. You were gonna add them to your kill markers!>Dive right in and keep the F-16Vs focused on you to make things easier for Vicky.>Wait for Vicky to draw the small fry away from End.>Other
>>3720175>Wait for Vicky to draw the small fry away from End.
>>3720175>>Wait for Vicky to draw the small fry away from End.
>>3720175>Dive right in and keep the F-16Vs focused on you to make things easier for Vicky.Lance Charge boys
>>3720175>Wait for Vicky to draw the small fry away from End
>>3720175>Dive right in and keep the F-16Vs focused on you to make things easier for Vicky.
>>3720175>>Dive right in and keep the F-16Vs focused on you to make things easier for Vicky.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3720175Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Dive in.2. Wait
Rolled 8, 1, 4, 10, 2, 9 = 34 (6d10)>>3720252You hit afterburner and drive straight into the squadron of F-16Vs, making a beeline right at End. Hopefully End's wingmates would focus on your rather than on Vicky, who was no doubt lining up her ambush shot.All you had to to was survive for a few seconds...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3720257Witness me
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3720257RED ANGELBRRRRRRRRT
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3720257Here comes the snow!
>>3720286Did you mean to roll?
Rolled 1, 1, 2 = 4 (3d10)>>3720257...
>>3720293....WOW. It's a blizzard today!
>>3720293Looks like we'll be doing some synchronized flying.
>>3720293Swordfish with the Dual Aryan strike
>>3720293Almost immediately, the F-16Vs shoot off a volley of missiles as you close in on them, but you make a quick dive below the formation to throw off the missile locks. Normally, this would be a suicidal move since there would be nothing stopping the F-16Vs from just turning around and pouncing on you with their altitude advantage, but you had help from up on high. Like an angel of wrath, Vicky's Gripen comes shrieking out from the sky, belching cannon fire and missiles just as the F-16Vs turn their back to her, and they don't even stand a chance. Her two missiles score direct hits on two of the F-16Vs, and in their packed formation, they spin out and collide with their comrades, instantly wiping out four of the planes. The fifth ones attempts to break away, but Vicky is too quick, instantly performing a hard bank and shearing the plane in half. Five planes down in one pass. Even YOU weren't expecting that kind of result!End, meanwhile, instantly reacts and flips around with almost inhuman reaction speed as he draws a bead on Vicky. "O-oh no! He's coming right at me!" Vicky wails.Unfortunately, you were still pointed away from the engagement. It was going to take time for you to turn around and re-engage...>Tell Vicky to withdraw.>Tell Vicky to keep End engaged until you can link up.>Try to match End's hard turn.>Other
>>3720330>Try to match End's hard turn.
>>3720330>>Try to match End's hard turn.He wants to fance with the Red Devil?
>>3720330>>Try to match End's hard turn.>>3720337"Go dance with the Devil"?
>>3720330>>Try to match End's hard turn.
>>3720330>Try to match End's hard turnSo how about getting Vicky some drinks after this mission is over, and tell everyone the story?
>>3720350>>3720330Wait did Vicky just become an Ace? A real, plane killing ace? Ace-in-a-dayWell fuck
>>3720355If she keeps it up, she'll probably be able to get a new plane, and the team could get new weapons
>>3720330Damn, you had no choice but to try and match End's quick turn!>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3720368
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3720368
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3720368
>>3720370>>3720360And at this rate, we'll be get some experimental equipment from glorious South Belkan company, Grunder Industries.
>>3720386>each of the Three Swords in an experimental super planeBased. None for Karla tho. True Knights of Belka only!
>>3720368You feel your body straining as you pull the same rapid midair flip, almost instantly switching directions and getting a bead on End.Almost immediately, End makes a sudden dive, either predicting your move or instantly reacting to a new target lock. "After them!" You bark at Vicky as you nose down, attempting to pursue the enemy ace.However, that F-16V was much faster than it looked, hitting afterburner as it recklessly dove closer and closer to the ground. And that's when you see Bandit and Misono on a bomb run, dropping the very last of their iron bombs on the now blazing factory. Crazily enough, you see End blaze right under the falling bombs, clearing them seconds before they landed on their target and exploded, creating a column of flame and smoke in your path. You and Vicky had no choice to pull away to avoid the blast. By the time the smoke cleared, End was gone. "Brighteye! Can you tell us where that hostile went?" You ask."I'm really sorry! I lost contact with it!" Brighteye replies. "They must be following the terrain, since I'm not picking them back up!""W-w-what kind of move was that?!" Vicky stammers. "They could've gotten blown up!">That was a pretty reckless move!>That was a pretty cool move!>Other
>>3720396>>That was a pretty cool move!I mean admittedly shooting bombs in mid air is pretty fucking cool. Credit where its due.
>>3720396>>That was a pretty cool move!"Sorta like what you pulled off, Vicky."
>>3720396>That was a pretty reckless move!
>>3720396>That was a pretty cool move!
>>3720396>>That was a pretty cool move!
>>3720386>>3720389Wouldn't mind a new flightsuit, custom emblem, or weapon pods.
>>3720396"It was a pretty cool move!" You say giddily. "Fucking flying right under falling bombs like that? It was fucking badass!""And stupidly reckless." Bandit chides. "Red, Swordfish, form up. Targets are destroyed and we are pulling out. Brighteye, what's the ETA on Erusean response forces?""Um, about that..." Brighteye replies a bit nervously. "They're not coming.""What?" Bandit sounds genuinely surprised for once. "Did they fall back?""No, they're just GONE." Brighteye mumbles. "We caught sight of End reappearing and all Erusean contacts disappeared.""You mean he shot them all down?!" Vicky wails."This End sounds like quite the formidable foe!" Misono says, impressed. "Well I'm just glad they decided not to tangle with us." Bandit sighs in exasperation. "Ravens, we're leaving. Head out to sea and we'll vector south and return to base."Down below, fires raged all over the factory and the port, the result of all of your bombing runs. Looked like this whole area was truly well out of commission. Another mission accomplished!Still, the presence of that End ace... something about the way they flew didn't seem human. The thought of possibly running into them again...>Kinda worried you.>Really excited you.>Other
>>3720420>Kinda worried you.
>>3720420>>Really excited you.
>>3720420>OtherPorque no los dos?
>>3720420>Really excited you.
ngl, kinda worried its another brain hooked up to a plane.
>>3720420OtherA bit of both.>>3720429So either a brain in a jar, A.I., or someone terminally ill?
>>3720431No, something possibly even worse....A love interest for Milly.
>>3720420Honestly, the thought of possibly fighting an ace like that in the near future really excited you. Your hands were trembling in anticipation as you follow Bandit and the rest of your squadron out to sea and start heading back to base. Maybe coming out all the way to Usea wouldn't be such a waste of time after all...>And that's it for tonight! We'll be continuing things on Saturday so don't miss it!
>>3720444See you next time, boss.Maybe we can stoke up our Red Devil persona in the future?
>>3720444Thanks for running Merc!Milly is what happens if you take Fleisher's Belkan pride, and Hillenberand's plain old love of flying, and combined them in the body of a short red haired girl.
Wait a second...>End>END>Zone of ENDlessProbably nothing to worry about too much.
>>3720420You returned to base after it was well into the night, with little to no fanfare. Well, guess you shouldn't have expected much else. After all, Raven Squadron wasn't the only unit operating out here. You recall seeing the twin Typhoons of Orpheus Squadron taking off from the second runway as you land, but other than that you don't have any issues. Once you're all on the ground, though, you're all too exhausted to do much else but return to quarters. The next day though, now rested and refreshed, you wonder what you should do. Having just come off a mission, you weren't on the alert roster so you could afford to relax a bit. You should probably go find Vicky and celebrate her magnificent ace-in-a-day performance. Then again, you also did hear Mead mention you should drop by the hangar for an important matter. Then again, maybe Bandit knew a little more of that mystery Ace that showed up during the last mission...>Go find Vicky>Head to hangar.>Talk to Bandit.>Other
>>3722527>Go find Vicky
>>3722527>Go find VickyYey!
>>3722527>>Go find VickyTime to bring out the good drinks.
>>3722527>>Head to hangar.
>>3722527>Talk to Bandit.
>>3722527>Go find VickyAce in a day. Boost up her confidence with drinks.
>>3722527>>Go find Vicky
>>3722527Heh, you should probably go find Vicky and celebrate her achievement! Maybe you could get Misono in on it, too. She seemed like a girl who was down to party if the occasion was right. Hmmmm, but you weren't sure if you wanted to invite Bandit along. He could be a bit too much of a straight arrow at times...>It'll just be you and Vicky.>Bring Misono along. >Screw it invite the whole squadron!>Other
>>3722622>Screw it invite the whole squadron!
>>3722622>Screw it invite the whole squadron!Mandatory Fun Time. Plus, we have to tell the story for the seventh time again.
>>3722622>>Bring Misono along. The Three Musketeers!Bandit would cramp our style
>>3722622>Screw it invite the whole squadron!SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!
>>3722622>>Bring Misono along.
>>3722622Well, it was a big moment for Vicky, so that meant the whole squadron had to be there! You quickly shoot off texts to everyone. Of course, Bandit replies practically instantly, as if he's either always watching his phone or he's just extremely prompt. Well, he's at least up for it, though you suspect he's just gonna be around to chaperone.Then comes Misono's reply, almost as fast and much more enthusiastic. She was totally down to party, as expected.But no response from Vicky.Maybe she just hasn't checked her messages yet. You give her a direct call, but only get a voicemail.Guess her phone was off?>Eh, she'll answer sooner or letter.>Something smells fishy about this...>Other
>>3722757>>Something smells fishy about this...
>>3722757>Something smells fishy about this...
>>3722757>>Something smells fishy about this..
>>3722757>>Something smells fishy about this...Time for some investigation.Also, remember to tell people that we aren't spying since that is a stereotype.
>>3722757>Something smells fishy about this...Oh God is she having a breakdown because she killed so many real people and not just drones?
>>3722757Hmmm, something smelled fishy about this. Was Vicky trying to avoid you? Given her rather meek personality, you wouldn't put it past her. Poor girl seemed absolutely allergic to any sort of attention whatsoever, which made her career choice of being a fighter pilot rather odd.Still, it's not like you were without resources yourself. There's only so many places you could hide on a base like this.>She's probably hiding in her room.>Maybe she's with her plane.>Other
>>3722827>>Maybe she's with her plane.Room seems a little TOO obvious
>>3722827>>She's probably hiding in her room.
>>3722827>Maybe she's with her plane.
>>3722827>She's probably hiding in her room.
>>3722827>>Maybe she's with her plane.
>>3722827>Maybe she's with her plane.Will we run into those Ustios though?
>>3722827>>Maybe she's with her plane.Probably doing some northern thing, like praying to Thor or Freyja or something.
>>3722827Your first instinct is that she's with her plane. You immediately make a beeline towards the hangar.Sure enough, you can see Vicky, who seems to be... distressed about something. She was in a very deep and heated conversation with a very bemused looking Mead, her arms and twintails flailing wildly in the air as she was apparently panicking over something.Weird. What would get her so worked up like this? From this distance, you couldn't really hear anything that was being said.>Just go in and see what's going on.>Maybe you could eavesdrop a little.>Other
>>3722958>Just go in and see what's going on.
>>3722958>Just go in and see what's going on.No need to sneak up on our mates. This time.
>>3722958>>Maybe you could eavesdrop a little.
>>3722958>>Just go in and see what's going on.
>>3722958>>Just go in and see what's going on.She getting a new plane to fit her Ace status?
>>3722958"Hey! Vicky! Mead! What's up?" You grin as you approach the pair. "Something up with Vicky's plane?""N-no! There's nothing wrong with it at all! There's nothing to see here!" Vicky blubbers, standing in front of you to prevent you from moving closer to hangar. "Heh, if there's no problem, why are acting all concerned?" You raise an eyebrow and look to Mead. "Did something happen?""Oh, we just did a little redecorating, that's all." Mead winks. "Heard about what you all did pulled off, so we decided a fresh makeover was overdue."Wait, did that mean...You deftly sidestep around Vicky and step into the hangar. The first plane you see is Vicky's Gripen. Along its fuselage and nose, you could see that Mead's crew had painted it to resemble the likeness of a very large and very angry swordfish. "Don't looooooook!" Vicky wails.>Try not to laugh.>Laugh>Actually it looks kinda badass.>Other
>>3723057>>Actually it looks kinda badass.Also kinda cute.
>>3723057>Actually it looks kinda badass.
>>3723057>>Actually it looks kinda badass.
>>3723057>Try not to laughCOMPOSURE
>>3723057>>Try not to laugh.
>>3723057>Try not to laugh.At least it wasn't a pinup.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3723057Looks like we got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Try not to laugh.2. Badass
>>3723144"I don't know about you, but I think that it looks pretty badass." You grin. "It'll definitely make you stand out!""But I don't want to stand out!" Vicky wails."Then you picked the wrong line of work!" Mead laughs as she slaps Vicky on the back. "Pick up a few more kills with that paintjob, and the suitors will come piling in!""That makes things even worse!" Vicky whimpers.>You should back up Vicky a bit here.>Join in with Mead on the bullying.>Other
>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.
>>3723152>Join in with Mead on the bullying.
>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.Gotta support your wingman.
>>3723101>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.Could've been worse.
>>3723152>>Join in with Mead on the bullying.
>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.>>3723169NO
>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.Belkan Loyalty activate
>>3723152>>You should back up Vicky a bit here.But in all seriousness, wouldn't this make her essentially a celebrity back in her home country since they're neutral, and don't usually get involved in major conflicts?
>>3723152>>You should back up Vicky a bit here.
>>3723183I get the feeling she might actually die of embarrassment. Crippling anxiety as a pilot is not a good combo
>>3723152>You should back up Vicky a bit here.We can bully her later.
>>3723152"Okay, okay, I think that's enough ribbing." You grin as you pat Vicky on the shoulder. "Anyways, Vicky, Mead and her crew went though a lot of work to make this happen. You might as well give it chance.""I... I guess." Vicky signs in resignation."Hey, at least we're not charging you for the paint." Mead grins. "Oh right, Milly, we did a bit of touch up on your plane, too. Wanna have a look?">Maybe later. Gotta take Vicky out to party!>Guess a quick look can't hurt.>Other
>>3723208>Guess a quick look can't hurt.
>>3723208>>Guess a quick look can't hurt.
>>3723208>Guess a quick look can't hurt.Planes>Parties
>>3723208>Guess a quick look can't hurt.Oh boy what's our present gonna be?
>>3723208"Of course!" You say, skipping around Vicky's Gripen so you can get a clear look at your Su-30.At first glance, your Su-30 was still painted in the standard Belkan paint scheme, with the black stop half and grey bottom half separated by a thin yellow line. However, where a few subtle differences you noted. For example, your tailfins now sported crimson silhouettes of a raven, your squadron's namesake. In addition, the tips of the wings and ailerons were painted red in a way to resemble the feathered wingtips of a bird. "I mean, your callsign was pretty self explanatory." Mead adds.>It looks awesome!>It could use some changes...>Other
>>3723287>It looks awesome!
>>3723287>>It looks awesome!I can only imagine what our opponents would call Milly with that paint scheme.The Red Angel?
>>3723287>It looks awesome!>>3723303What about firebrand if they misinterpret the feathers as flames?
>>3723303The Red Raven
>>3723287>>It looks awesome!
>>3723287"It looks awesome!" You say, grinning from ear to ear. "Shit, we're gonna put the fear into everybody we come across!""I-It is pretty cool, yeah." Vicky nods in agreement. "Well, I get the feeling you two got better things to do, so I'll get outta your hear." Mead gives a short wave as she moves off down the hangar to other planes in need of repair. "S-so what do you need?" Vicky asks you."You didn't check your phone?" You raise an eyebrow."O-oh! I completely forgot!" Vicky fumbles with her pockets and takes it out, glancing at the screen. "Ohmygosh, I'm so sorry!""No worries, no worries." You grin as you wrap an arm around her shoulders. "We're just gonna go get a drink to celebrate your heroics during the last mission! You up for it?""I get the feeling I don't have much of a choice." Vicky sighs in resignation."Smart girl." You nod. At that moment, though, you see the twin Typhoons or Orpheus Squadron taxiing in. Guess they were back from... whatever they were doing.>Better get going before they see you.>Maybe invite them along?>Other
>>3723351>Better get going before they see you.
>>3723351>>Better get going before they see you.
>>3723351>Better get going before they see you.Time for Belkan party games?
>>3723351"C'mon, Vicky! Let's go!" You say happily as you start half dragging her away towards the officer's club. "I-Isn't it too early to drink?" Vicky stammers."Just means more time to drink, then!" You grin. "Not like we're up for any missions anytime soon anyways, right?""I...I guess." Vicky concedes.Once you reach the officer's club, you see Misono and Bandit already present. Misono waves eagerly while Bandit gives a silent acknowledging nod. "Vicky! Congratulations on your five kills!" Misono beams. "If not for your previous kills, you would have made ace in a day!""I-I didn't do anything special." Vicky mumbles. "Milly set everything up for me.""And you executed it perfectly!" You respond. "I'm not sure if I could've done the same if I was in the same position!""R-really?" Vicky blinks."Yeah!" You assure her."What are you girls ordering?" Bandit speaks up, nodding to the waiting bartender.>Just start off with a few beers or something. Get Vicky properly buzzed.>Let's start with the hard stuff!>Other
>>3723397>Just start off with a few beers or something. Get Vicky properly buzzed.
>>3723397>>Just start off with a few beers or something. Get Vicky properly buzzed.And then karaoke next!
Rolled 2, 9, 16 = 27 (3d20)>>3723397...
>>3723425The beers slide down the bar, and you catch two of the bottles, handing one to Vicky. "Do we really have to do this?" Vicky frowns as she glances at the cold bottle."Yes." You and Misono both say at the same time."Only if you want to." Bandit sighs. "You're noooooo fun." You roll your eyes at him. "Just trying to keep things in moderation." Bandit shrugs."O-okay, fine!" Vicky harumphs in indignation as she pops the top off the bottle and downs the whole thing in a single pull. She then lets out a deep breath, her face noticeably flushed but she still looked lucid.>Ask what she used to do in Nordenvannic.>Ask why she wanted to be a fighter pilot in the first place.>Ask where she got the nickname Swordfish.>Other
>>3723429>Ask what she used to do in Nordenvannic.
>>3723429>Ask why she wanted to be a fighter pilot in the first place.
>>3723429>>Ask what she used to do in Nordenvannic.
>>3723429>>Ask what she used to do in Nordenvannic.Inb4 idol shanghaied into service
>>3723429>>Ask where she got the nickname Swordfish.
>>3723429"So, Vicky." You glance at her. "What exactly did you do before becoming a pilot?""O-oh, well." Vicky pauses for a bit in the middle of her second bottle. "Um, well, I joined the Nordennvanic Royal Air Force right after getting out of school, so being a pilot is all I've ever known."However, Vicky then smiles warmly."However, it did irk my parents, who were expecting me to follow their footsteps in the Royal Navy.""Oh? You're from a military family?" Misono asks, her interest piqued."Um, kind of." Vicky shakes her head. "My mother served as a naval officer. My father's a ship engineer.""So you decided to strike out on your own, huh?" You nod. "Takes some guts, that's for sure.""It was really stressful, but they eventually came around!' Vicky beams. "Um, how about your parents?""Never knew them." You shrug. "The both died while I was young.""Oh! I'm so sorry!" Vicky gasps. "Nah, don't sweat it. You didn't know." You wave it off as you pick up another beer."Surely it must bother you." Misono frowns.>I don't want to talk about it.>Not really. Like I said, I never actually knew them.>Every damn day.>Other
>>3723469>>Every damn day.
>>3723469>Not really. Like I said, I never actually knew them.
>>3723469>Not really. Like I said, I never actually knew them.Now the question is by how much.
>>3723469>>Not really. Like I said, I never actually knew them.Then again, that could be its own problem.
>>3723469>>I don't want to talk about it.
>>3723469"Not really. Like I said, In ever actually knew them." You shrug. Honestly, that was mostly true. Other than stories Grandpa imparted to you, you never actually knew much about them. Hell, you couldn't even remember what they looked like. Misono and Vicky look at each other, clearly not quite convinced, but their silence means neither of them are willing to press the issue. Bandit, meanwhile, keeps a wary eye on the proceedings. >Ask Misono about her family situation.>Ask if Vicky's parents have anything to do with carriers.>Time to drink something a little stronger.>Other
>>3723490>Ask Misono about her family situation.
>>3723490>>Ask Misono about her family situation.I guess it's time for everyone's storytime.
>>3723490>>Ask if Vicky's parents have anything to do with carriers.Was she like the cat pictured, born and raised on one?
>>3723490>Ask if Vicky's parents have anything to do with carriers.
>>3723490>>Time to drink something a little stronger.
>>3723490>Time to drink something a little stronger.>>3723502>ship catMaybe we can get a squadron mascot?
>>3723490>>Ask if Vicky's parents have anything to do with carriers.
>>3723490"Hey, so Vicky." You speak up, trying to change the subject. "Just wondering, but did your family have anything to do with carriers?""W-w-what makes you think that?!" Vicky blurts, nearly spitting a mouthful of beer out. "Seems kinda obvious, given how into the Admiral Andersen you were." You shrug. "You at least got a passing interest in that type of ship, right?""W-well, I wouldn't say that." Vicky huffs, trying to regain some kind of composure. "But you're right. Thanks to Nordennvanic's manufacturing industry, my country produces a lot of specialized components for Osea's supercarriers. My father travels a lot, helping build them! He used to bring me aboard a few that he was working on in the past..."You see Vicky's expression soften, as if warmly remembering some nice memories. "S-so you see, that's why I've always had such an appreciation for them! Every single one has a bit of my father's work in them!"Huh, that was interesting. >You're not bothered your dad helps the Osean war machine?>Keep drinking.>Other
>>3723523>>Keep drinking.>>OtherTalk about carriers!
>>3723523>Keep [Vicky] drinking.>OtherGet her soused enough to dance the Hornpipe.https://youtu.be/RPT6__YxXgs
Rolled 7, 2, 1 = 10 (3d20)>>3723523"Well, in that case..." You turn to the bartender. "Let's get us some Belkan brandy!""Hey now..." Bandit frowns."It's a special occasion!' You harumph. "I seem to remember you were eager to pass some to celebrate me joining the squadron!""A choice I still regret to this day." Bandit shakes his head."Giving her the brandy or her joining the squadron?" Misono wonders."Yes." Bandit answers bluntly. "Ah, quit being such a killjoy, boss!' You grin as you grab the bottle and start pouring it out into glasses. "Drink up!">Roll 1d20
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>3723541
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>3723541
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3723541
>>3723541And before you know it, it seems like your entire squadron passes out after their first glass, all of them slumping over in the seats, or in poor Vicky's case, falling down and faceplanting in to the bar. Not even Bandit was immune, nodding off to sleep. Guess he was human after alll.Welp, guess you were the last one standing, yet again. Which meant more brandy for you!You hum to yourself as you pour another glass. A nice little celebration, and a new paintjob for your plane? You were actually almost looking forward to your next mission...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3723558Thanks for the run, boss!
>>3723558Thanks for running Merc!And I remember, Heil Belka!
>>3723558Thanks for the thread.Can't wait to see how Scalpel reacts to the story of our squadron.Plus we gotta show Ellisa our new paintjob.
>>3723523Her Dad designs carriers huh?I smell an encyclopedia of design flaws to exploit :)
>>3723923Just wait until we go up against a Belkan inspired flying carrier.
>>3723558Wait hang on did we actually succeed the drinking roll, and at the same time only us were left?
>>3724873Yup we got a 19 to hold our drink, and everyone else did not get above a 10 for their first drink.
>>3724873I think we just did, and considering previous quests' attempts to stay up, I think only Milly and Jaeger succeeded.
>>3724873Yep! Everyone else just couldn't quite handle it!
>>3724912This is the second time we've done this. How many times until we get an bonus?
>>3725009I'm waiting for a triple crit fail so that we develop chronic alcoholism
>>3723923>>3724170So what are the odds that Milly's parents were Belkan R&D staff? If they are, maybe they have a few things lying around somewhere such as a perfect beverage that goes along with the super secret rations?
>>3725306It was probably buried under a burning house when we left outer Belkan. Never to see the light of day again.
>>3725366>Never to see the light of day again.The Sun will rise on the Raven's Wing
>>3725379>The Sun will rise on the Raven's WingTo be bathe in the light's glory. Praise the sun.
>>3723303How about the Red Scare?
>>3723303If we full /ace combat/ then we need some suitable cheese. The Red Wings of War. Inb4 more horsemen show up.
>>3727462"The Red Knight" sounds decent