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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...

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You are MILLY, the "Red Tail", a Belkan Air Force pilot fighting for the IUN!

You have to admit, this little cruise was way more exciting than you had expected with the presence of Sofia aboard. You still weren't 100% on the details, but apparently this Sapinese pilot had quite the history with Bandit, of that much you were sure.

Still, you had to admit was a bit amusing seeing Bandit doing his best to try and avoid Sofia as much as possible. Even Vicky and Misono were a bit intrigued, too, given they didn't know too much about Bandit, either.

However, it wasn't all fun and games. As the Andersen was sailing along Usea's southern coast, the risk of attack by pirates or local warlords was always a very real possibility, so the carrier's captain, Captain Miller, had ordered for a CAP flight to be in the air at all times. This meant your squadron had to rotate with the others on patrol duties.

This time, though...

>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
>You weren't assigned to CAP duty for the moment.
>Other
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>>3754212
>>You weren't assigned to CAP duty for the moment.
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>>3754212
>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
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>>3754212
>You weren't assigned to CAP duty for the moment.
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>>3754212
>>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
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>>3754212
>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
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>>3754212
>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
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>>3754212
>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
We are Belkan, they would want the Belkans not to be creating conspiracies on the carrier.
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>>3754212
>>Other
On Alert 5 status, on the flight deck, engines running and weapons loaded.
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>>3754212
>>You weren't assigned to CAP duty for the moment.
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>>3754212
>>It was Raven Squadron's turn for CAP duty.
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>>3754212
>>You weren't assigned to CAP duty for the moment.
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>>3754212
Today, it was Raven Squadron's turn to pull CAP duty. Pretty routine stuff, so you didn't really have anything to complain about.

Currently, there wasn't too much going on right now. Both of your squadron's wing pairs were flying together directly above the Andersen and her escort group, which was basically whatever was left of the Osean expeditionary fleet Osea was able to slap together. There was only a single destroyer and cruiser, with a handful of frigates and even a few minesweepers pressed into service. Just as ragtag as the air complement, you guess.

Even worse, you didn't have AWACS support available, at least not until you reached Fort Grays on the east coast. Any early warning you could get, you would have to rely on your own radar or the Andersen's.

"Nothing on radar or visuals." Bandit reports from his lead position. "There's a stormfront to our south, though. It's a bit concerning."

"I would be a good place for enemies to hide." Vicky adds.

"But wouldn't an attack more likely originate from the coast?" Misono wonders. "That is where most of the conflict is taking place."

Yeah, given all the instability going on around Usea, just about anybody had reason to go out of their way to take out an IUN naval force.

>Hold position above the fleet.
>Patrol the coast.
>Patrol the storm.
>Split into wing pairs.
>Other
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>>3754356
>Split into wing pairs.
Misono with us. Bandit with Vicky.
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>>3754356
>Split into wing pairs.
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>>3754356
>Patrol the storm.
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>>3754356
>>Split into wing pairs.
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>>3754356
>>Split into wing pairs.
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>>3754356
>>Split into wing pairs.
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>>3754356
>Split into wing pairs.
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>>3754356
>Split into wing pairs.
Drones from the storm, and boats from the coast.
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>>3754356
>>Split into wing pairs.
Time to split the party!
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>>3754356
"We'll split into wing pairs." Bandit says gruffly. "One group patrols the coast while the other checks out the storm."

"T-that makes sense." Vicky agrees.

"Red, which one do you want to take?" Bandit asks.

Huh well... the coast would be easier to fly over and the visibility was better. However, it was more likely to run into shit like hidden SAM sites or something like that.

The storm, obviously, was going to be tough to fly in and would have poor visibility, meaning you'd likely end up in a knife fight if you encounter the enemy. Though, with your Su-30, you'd actually specialize in knife fights...

>Coast
>Storm
>Other
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>>3754446
>Storm
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>>3754446
>Storm
Ride the Lightning
Crimson Bolt time
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>>3754446
>Storm
We had fought inside a storm before we can do it again.
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>>3754446
>Storm

Time to earn us an emblem.
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>>3754446
>Storm
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>>3754446
>>Storm
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>>3754446
>Storm
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>>3754446
>Storm
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>>3754455
I like the overall idea, though maybe with a bit less red cloth, and a part of it trailing in the wind like a tail.
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>>3754446
>>Storm
Here come's Magnet!
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>>3754455
Ohhhhh nice
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>>3754446
"I'll take the storm!" You laugh.

"Again?" Vicky groans.

"Oh come on, you got super great luck in storms!" You remind her. "Don't worry about!"

"This is such a bad ideaaaaa." Vicky sighs.

"Right, me and Knives will check out the coast, then." Bandit replies. "Stay safe."

"Heh, you know me, boss!" You reply confidently as you bank your Su-30 south, the storm clouds filling up your canopy.

Hm, if you go in at high altitude, you be able to get the height advantage in any encounter, and you could always dive deeper into the storm as a form of escape. However, you'd have zero visibility of the ocean surface. If there were any surface threats down there, you'd be hard pressed to find them.

>Go high into the clouds for a better position.
>Stay low near the surface to search for ships.
>Other
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>>3754534
>Go high into the clouds for a better position.
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>>3754534
>>Stay low near the surface to search for ships.
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>>3754534
>Go high into the clouds for a better position.
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>>3754534
>Other
Can we pop off a few shots into the storm and see if anything moves on the radar?
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>>3754534
>>Go high into the clouds for a better position.
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>>3754534
>>Stay low near the surface to search for ships.
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>>3754534
>Go high into the clouds for a better position.
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>>3754534
You aim to go in high on the clouds. That way, you'd get a good position on anything you might come across in there...

Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6-1)
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>>3754665
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>>3754665
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>>3754665
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>>3754665
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>>3754669
:0
Oh Dear
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>>3754669
We got bounced on.
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>>3754693
>>3754726
Crits are only a thing if you roll 2 of them, otherwise nearly every single roll would be a crit with d10.
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>>3754665
Your Su-30 gets shaken heavily from the turbulence as it enters the clouds, but you manage to barely maintain control of your craft, keeping it level despite the high winds.

However, you lose track of Vicky in the clouds, and the atmospheric interference is doing much good for your radar, either. You couldn't get a fix on Vicky's location, but you were getting brief, intermittent contacts in the clouds ahead and below you, but you couldn't tell if it was an actual contact or just an artifact from the storm.

"Swordfish? Swordfish! Can you hear me!?" You call through the radio.

No answer but static.

So, yeah. Things could be better. But not by much.

>Try to search for Vicky.
>Investigate the contacts.
>Other
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>>3754755
>Investigate the contacts.
Boats and drones? Damn they must really hate the IUN.
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>>3754755
>Try to search for Vicky.
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>>3754755
>>Try to search for Vicky.
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>>3754755
>Investigate the contacts.
>>3754767
Drone Boats :)
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>>3754778
Hopefully this time we actually don't miss hitting a skyscraper again. Once bad luck, twice bad plane, three times bad pilot.
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>>3754755
>Investigate the contacts.
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>>3754755
>Investigate the contacts.
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>>3754755
>>Try to search for Vicky
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>>3754755
Unfortunately, you didn't have the luxury to worry about Vicky at the moment. You nose down to investigate the contacts, trying to keep your Su-30 flying straight through the harsh, constantly shifting winds. These contacts were low... very low. Either these were surface contacts, or planes flying below the worst of the weather. You'd only find out once you broke the cloud cover...

>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5-1)
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>>3754870
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>3754870
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>3754870
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>>3754870
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>3754870
BANZAI
SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKERS
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>>3754870
You almost miss it, but a chance flash of lightning lets you catch sight of of an... odd shape in the water. Black and angular, it didn't look like any ship you were used to seeing. Even this close, your radar was barely even picking them up. Some kind of stealth ship?

Another flash of lightning, and your eye catches at least four more of the stealth ships skulking through the water. They seemed to be having trouble navigating the rough seas, but were slowly and surely making their way towards the IUN fleet.

You key your radio again, but are again met with static. Whether it was some kind of jamming or the storm, you weren't too sure, but you couldn't let this unknown fleet continue unmolested.

>Hit the boats while you're in an ambush position.
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
>Other
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>>3754937
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
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>>3754937
>Hit the boats while you're in an ambush position.
This is one of those times when you HAVE to take the initiative. If we send word, it may not even get through, or if does, will prbly get intercepted by the boats. Bye bye surprise.
Go in for the Kill. Now.
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>>3754937
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
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>>3754937
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
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>>3754937
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
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>>3754937
>You need to get word to the fleet first.
They're probably Belkan ships we should leave them alone.
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>>3754952
I mean they could be those Osean Penal Bandits we heard about. I'd rather not blow our position by blaring out coordinates:/
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>>3754956
I don't think Osean Penal Bandits have a fleet of state of the art stealth ships.
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>>3754937
>>Hit the boats while you're in an ambush position.
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>>3754937
>Hit the boats while you're in an ambush position.
Wait then what is in the air above us?
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>>3754984
Maybe it's Vicky?
We did lose her signal. Maybe the storm is fucking with her transmissions too
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>>3754987
But radar picked multiple contacts in the air as well. We are being surrounded above and below.
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>>3754937
...
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>>3755010
Damn, this was something you had to call in, even if you had to leave the storm to do so. You hit afterburners and boost north to get into proper radio range.

All the while, you keep an eye on your rear aspect, but your radar doesn't pick up any contacts or missiles locks coming from behind.

Finally, as the clouds begin to break up, the white noise on your radio starts go clear up.

"Andersen, heads up! We've got unknown contacts in the storm bearing down on the fleet! A fleet of stealth boats or something, not sure what else may be in there!'

"Roger that, we're scrambling additional fighters." The carrier's flight controller replies. "We have no friendlies or civilian shipping to the south so you are weapons free on any contacts. We'll task an additional squadron to back you up."

That would either be Orpheus squadron, or Sofia's squadron. Erm... Flamenco Squadron, right? You knew Orpheus were pretty good in the strike role, even if they were Ustian and had a rivalry with you. Sofia's squadron, though, was a bit more of an unknown factor to you.

>Get Orpheus to back you up.
>Get Flamenco to back you up.
>Other
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>>3755029
>Get Orpheus to back you up.
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>>3755029
>Get Flamenco to back you up.
mystery box
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>>3755029
>>Get Flamenco to back you up.
Because guitar
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>>3755029
>>Get Flamenco to back you up.
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>>3755029
>>Get Orpheus to back you up.

We should throw on some nice music for this.
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>>3755029
>Get Flamenco to back you up.
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>>3755029
>Get Flamenco to back you up
Let's see what they can do
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>>3755051
Any suggestions?
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>>3755029
>Get Orpheus to back you up.
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>>3755029
>Get Flamenco to back you up.
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>>3755056
Shakira
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>>3755029
>Get Flamenco to back you up.

>>3755051
Maybe some rock and roll?
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>>3755029
"Ohoho, looks like we'll be your backup, Red Tail!" Sofia's smooth and sensual voice fills your speakers. On your HUD, you see her Rafale take off from the Andersen, tagged as VIXEN.

Oh boy, you wonder how she got THAT nickname.

All in all, Sofia's squadron seemed to number six Rafales in total. Enough for three wing pairs.

"Come along, boys. It's time to dance~." Sofia chuckles as her squadron links up with you. "Ah, little Red, where's your wingmate?"

"Lost her in the storm." You admit. "She's probably still in there somewhere."

"Well don't you worry, me and my boys can handle the enemy fleet. You worry about finding your wingmate!" Sofia suggests, her Rafale pulling up alongside you.

You can't help but feel Sofia's gaze was falling upon you, as if wondering what you would do next.

>You probably should go find Vicky.
>You're going to join in on the attack.
>Other
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
Lol the guilt trip is blatant
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>>3755115
>>You probably should go find Vicky
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
Vicky is probably freaking out right now.
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>>3755115
>>You probably should go find Vicky.

Hope she isn't doing too bad in the storm.
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
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>>3755115
>You probably should go find Vicky.
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>>3755115
Damn, Sofia had a point. Vicky was still unaccounted for, and if she was simply just separated from you, she would've made her way back out the storm by now.

"All right, I'll leave it up to you, then." You reply.

"Don't worry, we'll be done before you know it!' Sofia coos as she and her squadron dive into the storm.

Well, time to head back into the storm...

>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5-1)
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>3755172
Rolling
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Rolled 3 (1d10)

>>3755172
check out this 1
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>3755172
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>>3755172
Thankfully, you find Vicky quickly enough. Or more accurately, you sorta stumble right into the middle of an aerial skirmish. You could immediately see Vicky's Gripen tangling with a pair of F-18s. Looks like it was the enemy's own CAP. Guess Vicky had drawn their attention which was why you were able to stumble on the stealth fleet without getting jumped.

"Swordfish! Do you read me?" You ask.

"R-Red! Heeeelp!" Vicky wails, her voice fuzzy and broken up by static. Even this close, your radios weren't working all that well.

Thankfully, you had fallen in directly behind the F-18s trailing Vicky, and they haven't quite realized you were there yet. One was actively tailing Vicky, trying to get a bead on her while the second was hanging back, no doubt to intercept Vicky if she managed to give his wingmate the slip.

Your first instinct was to shoot the F-18 going for Vicky since it was the most direct threat, but then you'd be showing your back to his buddy, or worse, ignoring him would give him the opportunity to escape.

>Go for the F-18 chasing Vicky.
>Go for the F-18 hanging back.
>Other
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>>3755193
>>Go for the F-18 chasing Vicky.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 hanging back.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 hanging back.
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>>3755193
>>Go for the F-18 hanging back
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 chasing Vicky.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 chasing Vicky.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 chasing Vicky.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 hanging back.
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>>3755193
>Go for the F-18 hanging back.
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>>3755193
Trusting Vicky to be able to handle herself, you angle in on the F-18 keeping its distance. This close, you were confident in your use of guns, but the poor visibility and turbulence weren't exactly helping matters...

>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7-1)
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>3755232
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>3755232
Here comes the storm.
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Rolled 5 (1d10)

>>3755232
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>>3755232
...
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>>3755241
The F-18 never sees you coming, your cannon rounds tearing through the plane like wet paper and it instantly explodes, its debris quickly being swept away by the rain and wind.

The other F-18 chasing Vicky seems to become aware of their wingmate's demise, as it breaks off from Vicky's tail and makes a dive into the clouds in an attempt to shake you.

"Th-thanks for the help!" Vicky says, her Gripen leveling out as best it can in this weather.

>Go after him! You can't let him escape and regroup!
>You better link up with Sofia's squadron and see how they're doing.
>Other
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>>3755245
>Go after him! You can't let him escape and regroup!
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>>3755245
>Go after him! You can't let him escape and regroup!
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>>3755245
>>Go after him! You can't let him escape and regroup!
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>>3755245
>>You better link up with Sofia's squadron and see how they're doing.
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>>3755245
"Swordfish! Stick close! I'm going after that bogey!" You yell as you press your control stick forward, nosing your Su-30 downwards to pursue the fleeing F-18. Nobody was slipping away from the battle on your watch!

>Roll 1d10
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>>3755273
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>3755273
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>3755273
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>>3755273
...
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>>3755292
Unfortunately, you lose track of the F-18 in the clouds, the poor visibility giving him an opportunity to evade your sights. However, another flash of lightning, and your radar warns that there's a contact behind you and Vicky. The little bastard found a way to circle around to your rear!

"B-behind us!" Vicky yelps."I think he's after you!"

>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
>Dive and lose your pursuer in the clouds!
>Other
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>>3755299
>>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
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>>3755299
>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
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>>3755299
>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
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>>3755299
>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
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>>3755299
>Dive and lose your pursuer in the clouds!
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>>3755299
>>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
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>>3755299
>>Stay as straight and level as you can so Vicky can circle around.
Shine on Vicky!
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>>3755299
...
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>>3755353
"Help me out here, Swordfish!" You yell as you jink and juke from side to side to try and shake off the F-18's aim. Fortunately for you, it looked like your opponent was trying to get a missile lock rather than going for guns.

This buys you the precious seconds you need for Vicky to break formation from you and loop around. The second F-18 is too focused sticking on your tail to notice Vicky sliding in behind him,and a burst of cannon fire means it's all over as the stricken plane tumbles out of the sky, disappearing into the storm clouds as its engine are aflame.

"Great shot, Swordfish!" You say happily.

"That's why I hate storms!" Vicky whines, her Gripen returning to formation with you.

"Sure thing, Swordfish. Sure then." You chuckle as you key your radio to raise Sofia. However, almost as expected, there's no reply. Just more static. You're almost certain this wasn't just a trick of the storm.

>You need to dive down and link up with Sofia's squadron.
>There might be more enemies lurking up here. You need to sniff them out.
>Other
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>>3755361
>You need to dive down and link up with Sofia's squadron.
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>>3755361
>>You need to dive down and link up with Sofia's squadron.

Time to dive into some fireworks below.
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>>3755361
>There might be more enemies lurking up here. You need to sniff them out.
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>>3755361
>>You need to dive down and link up with Sofia's squadron
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>>3755361
>>There might be more enemies lurking up here. You need to sniff them out.
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>>3755361
>There might be more enemies lurking up here. You need to sniff them out.
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>>3755361
>There might be more enemies lurking up here. You need to sniff them out.
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>>3755361
"So what do we do now?" Vicky asks.

"We'll keep sweeping the clouds for more bogeys." You tell her. "We got another squadron handling things down below, so we need to make sure nobody comes knocking on their backdoor."

"O-okay! I'll keep my eyes peeled, then!" Vicky replies.

>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5-1)
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>>3755379
check out this 1
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>>3755379
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>3755379
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>>3755379
You keep your eyes focused and peeled at the roiling clouds around you. Every flash of lightning being a possible giveaway to your own or the enemy's position.

However, another bolt of lightning streaks across your canopy, and for a split second, you can see a silhouette of a plane zip by through the clouds.

"Swordfish, did you catch that?" You ask.

"Y-yeah! There's definitely something up here!" Vicky replies. "It looked like one plane, though!"

A single plane? Either that plane was part of a force that had already tangled with Flamenco Squadron, or it was a one plane flight, which mean...

Well.

You suspicion is immediately confirmed when there's another flash of lightning, showing a very familiar black F-16V flying right at you head on.

>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue the thread on Saturday so stay tuned!
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>>3755394
Thanks for running Merc!
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>>3755394
See you next time, boss.
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>>3755394
I think End is going to get bounced.
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>>3755394
Vicky is such a reliable wingmate being able to clean up our messes and saving our asses.
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>>3755394
>>3755591

Yeah, and I'll bet that she looks cute dressed up like a butler.
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>>3755606
Would she be an entry level butler or a master butler?
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>>3755606
So who would be the most boyish looking, Milly or Vicky?
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>>3755626
Probably be a newbie, but dhe could always surprise us.

>>3755672
>inb4 Milly and Vicky become well known in the piloting world for being "Princes", as well as having large amounts of fangirls.
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>>3755672
Milly will look cute in her armor when she marches forth against the Osean menace
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>>3755394
And there you see it, End's signature F-16V flying right at you head on. Did they follow you here? Or was whoever they were working for hounding the IUN fleet? Whatever the case, the two of you were basically on a collision course and mutually destructive head on run.

You know with your speed and direction, there wasn't really any way to avoid the head on encounter. At least, not without making yourself vulnerable.

There was, however, Vicky. She could stay in formation with you and provide her own firepower, increasing the chances of shooting down End. However, that was assuming End could find a way to outmaneuver you. Even worse, End may have backup. You remember in your last encounter that End was running with a squadron, and that may still be the case, their buddies hidden in the storm. Then again, your instincts told you that End was more of a lone wolf...

>Order Vicky to attack in unison with you.
>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
>Other
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>>3757974
>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
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>>3757974
>Order Vicky to attack in unison with you.
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>>3756200
As long as the two of them look good in suits.

>>3757974
>>Order Vicky to attack in unison with you.


Time to put on some dogfight music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zs53PfgVN4
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>>3757974
>>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
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>>3757974
>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
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>>3757974
>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
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>>3757974
>>Order Vicky to hold off and watch your back.
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>>3757794
Maybe if we ever get some time off we can spend a few days back in Belka?
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>>3758204
You know i just thought of something.
None of the planes we've seen with END have had pilots eject, right? No chutes. So either we kill the pilot every time or they are Ai of some kind.
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>>3757974
"Swordfish, hang back in case these bastards got any tricks up their sleeve!"

"R-roger!" Vicky replies as her Gripen throttles back, falling behind.

"All right, it's just you and me then, you asshole." You grin in anticipation, sweat already running down your brow as End's F-16V closed in faster and faster...

>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7-1)
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>>3758232
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>3758232
CHAAAARGE
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>3758231
Maybe we should somehow get a guided tour of Grunder Industries in the future?

>>3758232
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>>3758232
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>>3758232
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>>3758249
>Maybe we should somehow get a guided tour of Grunder Industries in the future?
Would be pretty kino
Cyber Newtype Milly
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>>3758274
>>3758249
Alternatively, we could try investigating Milly's parents more. There has to be something left behind somewhere.

Although, getting involved with GrĂ¼nder has its own advantages like exclusive equipment.
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>>3758232
You both let off a burst of gunfire at the same time, cannon tracers lancing through the darkness like miniature lightning bolts. You see several solid hits on on End's tail, shearing off the top few inches. However, your own Su-30 shudders and new holes are punched into your right wing.

End shoots right past you and turns sharply as Vicky swoops in for a followup attack behind you.

>You need to join in on the attack!
>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
>Other
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>>3758204
We could spend time to visit Karla, and maybe learn some new tricks from her.
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>>3758306
>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
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>>3758306
>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
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>>3758306
>>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
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>>3758306
>>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
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>>3758306
>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
Vicky remember you are the best butler.
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>>3758306
>You need to join in on the attack
Contrarian vote!
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>>3758306
>>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
Stick with your wingman or woman.
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>>3758306
>>It's your turn to watch Vicky's back.
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>>3758306
While you were tempted to join in on the attack, you knew it was your turn to watch Vicky's back in case there were still surprises hiding in the storm. The last thing you needed as unexpected company...

>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
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>>3758415
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>>3758415
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>>3758415
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>>3758415
And it seems your caution has paid off. A pair of F-16Vs burst from the clouds, no doubt attempting to follow END. Seeing Vicky tailing the ace, they immediately hit afterburners, seeking to get in on Vicky's tail.

They react so quickly that they don't even realize your presence, putting you in a good position behind them. However, with two targets, you gun wasn't going to be reliable in taking them both out quickly enough. Maybe your missiles would help...

>Stick with guns!
>Take them both out with missiles!
>Other
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>>3758432
>Take them both out with missiles!
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>>3758432
>Stick with guns!
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>>3758432
>Stick with guns!
Crow, meet Raven
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>>3758432
>>Take them both out with missiles!
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>>3758432
>Take them both out with missiles!
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>>3758432
>>Take them both out with missiles!
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>>3758432
>Take them both out with missiles!
Its why we have them.
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>>3758432
>>Take them both out with missiles!

Tone would approve!
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>>3758432
You decide it's time to queue up your missiles. You needed to take both of these guys down if you wanted to keep them off Vicky! You get your nose on the F-16Vs so your radar can acquire a lock...

>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6-1)
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>>3758535
Time for snow.
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>>3758535
Firing secondary ammunition.
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>>3758535
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>>3758544
Oh no...
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>>3758535
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>>3758535
...
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>>3758552
You fire off two missiles, which begin to close the distance on the F-16Vs. However, in a stroke of bad luck, a bolt of lightning lances through both missiles, frying their guidance systems and causing them to spin off course and explode uselessly.

"Swordfish, watch you back!" You warn.

"I see them!" Vicky yelps.

Thankfully, your missile locks are enough to spook the two F-16Vs and break off their attack run, splitting off into separate directions to thwart attempts at pursuit.

Vicky erring on the side of caution, also breaks off her attack run at the same time, allowing End to slip away into the storm clouds. With that damage to their single tail fin, you were fairly certain they would take the chance to disengage.

You still had a visual on the other two F-16Vs, though. They looked to still be willing to put up a fight.

>You need to keep up the pursuit on End.
>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
>Other
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>>3758603
>You need to keep up the pursuit on End.
OURS
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>>3758603
>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
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>>3758603
>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
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>>3758603
>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
The END cannot possibly engage us again its against pilot instincts with damage to its tail fin.
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>>3758603
>>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
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>>3758603
>>You have to deal with these two F-16Vs.
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>>3758603
"All right, Swordfish, change of plans. We'll take out this small fry, one for each of us!" You tell Vicky. "Just remember to keep an eye out for any more bogeys trying to join the show!"

"I know! I know!" Vicky replies, frustration clear in her voice. Seemed like she really wanted to get a shot in at End, too.

You take a quick stock of the current situation. One of the F-16Vs climbed up high while the other dove down to shake off the missile locks. The one down low as in a more vulnerable position, but if you went after him, you'd leave Vicky having to deal with the troublesome F-16V up high. While you didn't doubt Vicky's ability to handle herself, you were still having second thoughts sending her after the more difficult target.

>Go for the high one.
>Go for the low one.
>Other
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>>3758703
>Go for the high one.
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>>3758703
>Go for the high one
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>>3758703
>>Go for the high one.
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>>3758703
>Go for the low one.
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>>3758703
>Go for the high one.
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>>3758703
"Swordfish, you go low and I'll take high!" You announce.

"Got it! Engaging!" Vicky's Gripen goes into a dive after the fleeing F-16V.

You meanwhile put your Su-30 into a powerclimb after the F-16V up high, driving through clouds and rain. You were quickly closing the distance, but the F-16V was beginning to catch on to your pursuit and was turning to engage. You see the twin flares of missiles being launched. A snap fire on his part, either hoping he'll get a lucky hit or force you to break off your pursuit.

>Fire off your own missiles and evade.
>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
>Other
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>>3758764
>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
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>>3758764
>>Fire off your own missiles and evade.

Time for fireworks.
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>>3758764
>>Fire off your own missiles and evade.
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>>3758764
>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
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>>3758764
>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
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>>3758764
>>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
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>>3758764
>>Pop countermeasures so you can get into gun range.
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>>3758764
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>>3758841
You grit your teeth as you hit your countermeasures, your Su-30 expelling streams of flares and chaff in an effort to throw off the missile's aim.

Thankfully, both missiles fly past your plane, failing to directly impact. Unfortunately, though, they explode just after passing, possibly having been set off by the countermeasures. Your Su-30 vibrates rapidly as shrapnel bounces off and punches into its fuselage, but you're still airworthy enough to keep your guns trained on your target...

>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
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>>3758848
Rolling
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>>3758848
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>>3758859
Hell yeah.
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>>3758848
Your aim is straight and true, a stream of tracers punching directly into the F-16V's cockpit and nose, shattering the front section. The stricken plane spirals out of control and topples into the storm clouds and below. Moments later, Vicky's Gripen rises up, taking position next to you.

"Red! Are you okay?" Vicky asks in a panic. "Y-your plane looks completely shot up!"

"It's just some shrapnel damage, it's no big deal." You assure her, even though you were hearing ominous whistling sounds from the high winds passing over the various holes in your Su-30.

>Continue scouring the clouds for End.
>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.
>You better return to the Andersen for repairs.
>Other
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>>3758884
>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.
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>>3758884
>>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.

I trust in Yuke engineering.
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>>3758884
>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.
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>>3758884
>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.
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>>3758884
>>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.

Also I've been meaning to ask, what's with the "snow" stuff for every crit sucess? I noticed it was also in ACQ 1/
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>>3758884
>>Better drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing.
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>>3758884
>You better return to the Andersen for repairs.

So any future mid/endgame plane upgrades in mind if we don't decide to just retrofit our Su-30 into an M2 or SM variant?
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>>3758905
Dice Superstition, mostly. That, and because it was a memorable line Pixy said.
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>>3758884
"A-are you sure?" Vicky asks again, clearly concerned.

"Don't worry, Vicky, it's Yuke engineering!" You assure her. "It's built to last!"

"Um, okay." Vicky replies, clearly not fully convinced.

"Anyways, let's drop down to see how Flamenco Squadron is doing." You continue as you start slowly but surely dropping altitude.

"B-be careful!" Vicky warns again.

>Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
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>>3758911
inb4 we take after Karla and find Mihaly's crashed Strike Wyvern during the obligatory incursion into Shilage. Followed by obligatory AC5 Cameo since Pops would know how to fix one up.
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>>3758937
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>>3758937
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>>3758937
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>>3758941
>>3758944
>>3758940
Ah... crap.
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>>3758937
Aaaaand, that's when a particularly powerful gusts snaps half your weakened right wing off, causing your Su-30 to tumble out of control.

"Red!" Vicky yelps, but there's not much she can do to help you.

Grunting, you fall back on your training and do your best to regain left, throttling up and using a combination of your engines and gravity to get your Su-30 properly aligned and level again, though by the time you managed that, you've dropped well below the clouds.

"My my, it seems you've taken quite the beating up there!" Sofia coos as her Rafale casually takes position alongside you. "Are you all right?"

"Yeah, it's totally fine!" You claim, fighting with your stick to keep your plane level. "Just a scratch, that's all!"

"Well, it's lucky I already sent my boys back or they would all have seen that little tumble of yours!" Sofia chuckles.

>Eh, whatever.
>Are you trying to say I owe you one now?
>Other
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>>3758951
>Eh, whatever.
meh.jpg
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>>Eh, whatever.

Not the worst thing to happen in AC history. Speaking of which, how convenient we have a red colour scheme on our wings as well.
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>>3758951
>Eh, whatever.
It's actually super cool and very Belkan to fly with only one wing.
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>>3758951
>Eh, whatever.
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>>3758951
>Eh, whatever.
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>>3758951
>>3758951
>Eh, whatever.

>>3758955
>>3758956
We totally have to tell Karla. She should know firsthand about losing a wing.

I hope Pixy wasn't too upset learning that his plane's other wing was taken off.
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>>3758951
>>Eh, whatever.

>>3758964
>>Tell Karla
We better be getting more cameos from either Pixy or Mihaly in this
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"Eh, whatever. I've had worse." You reply simply. "Not the first time I've had a plane shot out from under me."

"Oh, you're more experienced than I thought~." Sofia laughs.

"Reeeeed! Are you okay?!" Vicky cries as her Gripen finally catches up, lowering down from the clouds.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm fine." You assure her. "So Vixen, I guess things went your way?"

"The entire enemy fleet is eliminated." Sofia confirms. "I suppose I have you two to thank for keeping their air cover occupied?"

"Yeah, you can say that." You grin. "We bagged a couple F-18s and F-16s."

"I see, I see." Sofia nods. "Anything else?"

>Tell her End showed up.
>Let's not mention End right now.
>Other
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>>3758979
>Tell her End showed up.
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>>3758979
>Let's not mention End right now.
I doubt we can land this thing on a carrier with only one wing.
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>>3758979
>Let's not mention End right now.
I do believe Bandit wanted us to keep that on the down low
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>>3758979
>Let's not mention End right now.
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>>3758979
>>Let's not mention End right now.

In due time.

I hope we have a backup plane just in case our current one can't be repaired in time.
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>>3758993
I think we still have the Hornet.
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>>3758979
>Let's not mention End right now.
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>>3758979
>>Let's not mention End right now
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>>3758979
"No, that's all." You say simply, opting not to mention End's presence for now.

"Hmm, all right, then!" Sofia laughs. "Then let's get back to the carrier before your other wing falls off!"

And with that, you and Vicky follow Sofia's lead back to the IUN fleet, where you immediately see something is up. The ships were all sailing much faster, and you could see a number of distant columns of black smoke rising from the shore. Was there some kind of attack from land, as well?

"Red, it's about time you showed up." Bandit speaks out. You look up to see him and Misono still holding a defensive patrol pattern above the fleet. "It looks like you've had to deal with your own enemy force."

"Yeah, but we took care of 'em." You reply. "It was a piece of cake!"

"Then get landed and get your plane repaired ASAP." Bandit instructs. "We don't now when we might be attacked again."

"What, you're not landing with us?" Sofia asks playfully.

"We don't have time for this, Sofia." Bandit sighs.

>Better get landed.
>Bandit and Sofia arguing seems pretty interesting...
>Other
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>>3759080
>Better get landed.
Can't wait to land on a carrier at way over the usual speed, they should probably get the nets out.
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>>3759080
>Better get landed.
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>>3759080
>Better get landed.
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>>3759080
>>Better get landed.
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>>3759080
>Bandit and Sofia arguing seems pretty interesting...
Makes you wonder if Milly will find a nice Belkan boy to settle down with if best butler Vicky isn't available.
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>>3759080
>Better get landed.
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>>3759080
You decide to let Bandit and Sofia bicker among themselves and make a beeline for the Andersen to land. Not much point to staying airborne any longer than you had to, especially with a damaged bird.

Upon landing and heading back down into the hangar deck, though, the first thing you're met with is Mead's angry gaze.

>Run away!
>Better go talk to her.
>Other
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>>3759080
>>Better get landed.
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>>3759118
>>Better go talk to her.
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
Own it up, and accept the fact that it happened. Lest' we court the wrath of the Mechanic Gods.
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
Take our lumping like a good Belkan.
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
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>>3759118
>>Run away!
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>>3759118
>Better go talk to her.
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>>3759118
>>Better go talk to her.
>>Other
Think we can soften the blow if we tell her that we ran into an ace in the clouds?
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>>3759147
That's like asking Zeus to stop giving the dick to everything.
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"Hey, um, sorry about getting the plane a little busted up." You say apologetically to Mead as you hop out of the cockpit. "Some things kinda happened, and well, you know how it is."

"Yeah, I know when someone breaks a wing when they know it's already damaged." Mead's eyebrow twitches. "I don't mind if you get the odd hit or two from the enemy, but wrecking your own bird for no reason is the sort of shit that doesn't fly by me. You do that again, and I'll throw your ass off this boat myself. Clear?"

"Crystal." You gulp.

"Good, now get the hell outta here, I got a plane to fix." Mead grumbles as she storms past you.

You feel like you dodged a bullet this time.

"She's so scary!" Vicky whispers.

>Yeah, well, she has a good reason to be.
>Mechanics are all always like that.
>Other
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>>3759160
>Yeah, well, she has a good reason to be.
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>>3759160
>Mechanics are all always like that.
Especially Osean ones.
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>>3759160
>Mechanics are all always like that.
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>>3759160
>>Mechanics are all always like that.
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>>3759160
>>Yeah, well, she has a good reason to be.
>>Mechanics are all always like that.
Both. She's scary because she cares.
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>>3759160
>Yeah, well, she has a good reason to be.
>Mechanics are all always like that.
>Let's get the hell out.
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>>3759160
>Mechanics are all always like that.
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"Mechanics are all always like that." You shrug as you move to get some distance between you and Mead. "Never too happy about their planes getting beat up."

"Yeah, I guess." Vicky nods.

"Hey giiiiirls~!"

Both you and Vicky are suddenly attacked from behind as Sofia swiftly appears between you two, wrapping her arms around the both of you and holding you two close to her slender body.

"How about a few rounds on me? As a sign of appreciation!" Sofia smiles brightly.

You look at Vicky, both of you knowing that despite the question, you probably didn't really have much choice in the matter.

"Great! Let's go!' Sofia hums happily without even waiting for an answer.

She's certainly an... interesting woman, you have to admit.

>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week, so don't miss it!
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>>3759199
Thanks for running Merc!
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>>3759199
Thanks for the run.

Here's for best wingman.
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>>3759199
Can't wait for next week!
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>>3759199

See you next week, boss.

>>3759204
Maybe the two of them could go for the bunnysuit rather than suits?
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You have to wonder if there are any rumors being spread about how Bandit is essentially surrounded by female pilots.
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>>3760343
Rumors? There is no such thing as rumors. That sounds like a conspiracy, a Belkan conspiracy.



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