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 and Vicky were being dragged along by Sofia to apparently have a few celebratory drinks after having successfully defended the Anderson from an apparent ambush. It happened so fast that Bandit and Misono hadn't even managed to land on the carrier yet. You were pretty sure Bandit wouldn't be happy about you skipping debriefing, but you honestly didn't have much of a choice. Sofia was very much a human storm, just dragging you and Vicky along in her work like a force of nature. Vicky just gives you a look of pure nervousness and uncertainty as Sofia happily hums some sort of Sapin tune to herself. Honestly, you couldn't really blame her for feeling that way.>Maybe you should let Bandit know.>You're better off not telling Bandit about this.>Other
>>3773000>>You're better off not telling Bandit about this.
>>3773000>You're better off not telling Bandit about this.
>>3773000>You're better off not telling Bandit about this.We will take this secret to the grave.
>>3773000>You're better off not telling Bandit about this.I feel like we've gone to the bar after every single sortie.
>>3773000>You're better off not telling Bandit about this
>>3773000You decide it's probably best not to tell Bandit about this. It was pretty clear he had a... complicated history with Sofia so calling him in may make things more awkward. Plus it might be a good opportunity to get some dirt on him. Soon enough, Sofia drags you and Vicky to the officers' mess, the one place on the entire carrier where alcohol could be served. The Osean Navy took that sort of thing really seriously, apparently. Fortunately, since you were pilots, you were all technically counted as officers in the eyes of the crew. Sofia quickly and calmly slides in on the bar as if she owned the place. You honestly wouldn't be surprised if she had been here already over the course of this "cruise". "So, what can I get you?" She asks cheerfully as she wave the bartender over.>Just a beer is fine.>Something with kick.>Other
>>3773056>Something with kick.
>>3773056>Just a beer is fine.Reminder that Bandit doesn't have a harem.
>>3773056>>Just a beer is fine.
>>3773056>Something with kick.Milly can handle her drink, but best butler cannot.
>>3773056>Something with kick.WE AINT NO PUSSY
>>3773056>>Something with kick.>>Other"Juice for the kid."
>>3773056>>Something with kick.
>>3773056"I'm in the mood for something with kick." You grin."Oho? Right off the bat? I guess I can't back down either, then." Sofia chuckles. "And what about your adorable little wingmate here?""Juice for the kid." You reply with mocking smugness."H-hey!" Vicky protests, her cheeks pouting ever so slightly. "I'm not a kid! I can handle anything you two can!"Huh, well last time didn't turn out so well for her...>Let her play with the big girls.>You shouldn't goad her too much.>Other
>>3773113>You shouldn't goad her too much.
>>3773113>>You shouldn't goad her too much.
>>3773113>You shouldn't goad her too much.Someone needs to be designated sober person just in case.
>>3773113>You shouldn't goad her too much.We can't have her pass out in the middle of the bar again.
>>3773113>>Let her play with the big girls.
>>3773113>Let her play with the big girls.If she wants to she wants too.
>>3773113>Let her play with the big girls.Sure, why not?
Rolled 2, 1, 11 = 14 (3d20)>>3773113"Hey, don't worry about it, Vicky, I was just teasing you." You reassure her. "You don't have to try and match us to fit in or anything. Besides, we probably do need someone sober to keep an eye on things.""O-oh, well if you put it that way then..." Vicky nods.Dang, that was a quick change in attitude..."Okay, it's decided then!" Sofia smiles as she turns to the barkeeper. "Two shots of tequila! Leave the bottle!"And just like that, a pair of filled glasses and a bottle slide in front of you and Sofia. Meanwhile, Vicky seems to be drinking what you swear is a cherry soda or something. You thought you were kidding when you called her a kid-"All right! Bottoms up!" Sofia winks as she holds her glass out. ""Uh, bottoms up." You nod as you raise your own glass, clinking it against Sofia's.>Roll 1d20+1
Rolled 13 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3773170
Rolled 12 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3773170
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>3773170+1
Rolled 20 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3773170>1oh boi
>>3773184Welp... here's hoping this one counts since the 3rd roll was unmodded lol.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>3773170
>>3773187>>3773184I swear to God, Milly has a liver made of 100% Belkanium
>>3773200She is the best of Belkan engineering.
>>3773207>not genetic engineering
>>3773170And in a flash, the both of you go through the entire damn bottle of tequila. However, Sofia seems to come off the worst of it, her face flushing beet red. "Heeeeeh, you're pretty good this, aren't you?" Sofia giggles, swaying back and forth dangerously in her seat. "You're just so adorable~!"Uh oh. You were getting the impression Sofia gets very... touchy feely when she's drunk...>Just deal with it for now.>Redirect her to Vicky.>Other
>>3773215>Just deal with it for now.
>>3773215>>Just deal with it for now.
>>3773215>>Redirect her to Vicky.
>>3773215>>Other>>Time to call Bandit
>>3773225>>3773228Disgusting lolicons the lot of u
>>3773233It's okay when it's between consenting ad/u/lts.
>>3773215>Just deal with it for now.Protect Vicky's innocence.
So I'm curious. If Karla's "Spirit Ace" last ACQ was Pixy, who's Milly's?
>>3773240Red Leader from the Belkan War.Also probably Char.
>>3773215You sigh, as this was just going to have to be something you'd have to deal with. You let Sofia go in for the hug, and try to ignore where her hands are reaching and touching you. "Nnnnnn, not quite as hard as Bandit, but softness has its own charms!" Sofia giggles. "So tell me, how exactly did you end up with Bandit, anyways?">Well, it's a long story...>How about you tell me how you know Bandit first?>Other
>>3773268>Well, it's a long story...Obviously the BAF decided the best person to pair a fomer Belkan Nationalist terrorist with was a literal traitor.
>>3773268>Well, it's a long story...
>>3773268>>3773271>Well, it's a long story...Its a conspiracy or Belkan has very few pilots.
>>3773268>>How about you tell me how you know Bandit first?
>>3773276It was probably Uncle Weiss pairing Milly up with the most sensible pilot Belka has so that she don't start any wars.
>>3773268>>Well, it's a long story...
>>3773268>How about you tell me how you know Bandit first?>>3773271I do hope we will have the chance to angrily vent at Bandit or Karla at some point. Given not only Milly's still powerful beliefs, but the fact that both of them have literally built their careers on killing their countrymen.Still hoping for a endgame boss fight vs Karla myself.
>>3773285So basically a reverse Pixy?
>>3773285Do you think Milly's aware that, you know, Belka kinda deserved it?Still kinda new to Ace Combat so I could be wrong. I get why she's pissed with Osea but that's the impression I get.
>>3773298>Belka kinda deserved it
>>3773300Like I said, I could be wrong.
>>3773298>deserved itI mean if you lost like 2/3rds of your country within 10 years you might be mad too. Also, kys Osean lover
>>3773315I still believe that Sol 1 would have a nice chat with Milly since he lost his country after it got absorbed.
>>3773268Also how much do u wanna bet Bandit got drunk thot raped by Spanish lady
>>3773315Make me, Belkan.
>>3773319>My country was annexed by another as well.>Did they fund terrorists in your eastern territories?>Well, no...>Did they completly lie while making deals which lead to you selling a large chunk?>No.>Did they use their military to occupy it and shoot anyone who tried to stop them?>Only for a wee bit.>Did they build a wall to seperate families and stop people from leaving?>Not really...>Did they rename it to try and stop people from being Belkan?>Okay fine it wasn't quite the same jeez.
>>3773268"Well, it's kinda a long story..." You say."We've got PLENTY of time!" Sofia counters as she rubs her cheek against yours. Do all Sapinese have zero concept of personal space or something?!"I'd like to hear it too..." Vicky adds meekly, unsure of how to react to Sofia's behavior.Aw shit, where do you start...?>It was something my Uncle set up.>Kinda met by chance, honestly. >Pretty sure the Air Force didn't know what else to do with us.>He scouted me, weirdly enough.>Other
>>3773340Also didn't Volsage true- canon canonically reform after Erusea got beat?
>>3773346>>Pretty sure the Air Force didn't know what else to do with us.
>>3773346>>Kinda met by chance, honestly.>>3773347I thought that was Shilage.That's also assuming they were able to maintain their independence.
>>3773346>Pretty sure the Air Force didn't know what else to do with us.
>>3773346>It was something my Uncle set up.>>3773347Sol calls themselves the Voslagian Air Force but it's not clear if there's anything more to it, and there's nothing post-war canon yet.
>>3773346>Kinda met by chance, honestly
>>3773357According to the wiki, Volsage was a seperate country that was close to Shilage that also got annexed.
>>3773346>Pretty sure the Air Force didn't know what else to do with us.>>3773315>I mean if you lost like 2/3rds of your country within 10 years>lostYou mean stupidly sold off by the Belkan government."Yes, let's get rid of all of this inhabited land. It's not like it supports economic activity that we need to fight this recession. Or has taxpayers.""What's that Osea? You say these lakes might have resources? Sure, we'll sell them to you, we don't need them to recover from this recession."
>>3773372Ustio seceded with osean encouragement. Wasn't really sold that i recall.
>>3773372Osea lied about the how much resources there were and promised Belka a large chunk any money made from them, and used that to trick Belka into selling the land for much less than they could've.Belka didn't have the money to set up extraction themselves, so the hope was that by selling that relatively small amount of land they could get the money from the sale AND the resources to fix the more important parts of Belka.The Great Lakes is also much less Belkan than South or Nord Belka.
>>3773382I'd trick Sofia into selling her land hehe
>>3773346"Pretty sure the Air Force just didn't know what else to do with us." You shrug. "I mean, after the Belkan War, the combination of pilot attrition and the forced disarmament meant they didn't have a big pool of pilots to rely on.""Huh? What would make you two unpopular with your superiors?" Vicky wonders. "You two seem totally normal!""Mmmmm, perhaps an illicit affair~?" Sofia giggles."No. Hell the fuck now." You groan. "I do know that Bandit flew in the Circum-Pacific War. What exactly he did was always kinda hazy, but I know for a fact he flew for the anti-war side. There's the possibility he shot down fellow Belkans in that war, which may have pissed off or scared some of the higher ups.""Hmmm, that much I could guess." Sofia nods, and then pulls at your cheeks. "But who sort thing did a cute little thing like you get mixed up in?"Okay, this was starting to get into some pretty iffy territory. While your involvement with One Belka wasn't exactly top secret, Uncle Weiss did remind you it wasn't a good idea to bring that up if you didn't need to.>Well I guess there was that one time I was kinda a terrorist...>I don't want to talk about it.>Other
>>3773413>>I don't want to talk about it.
>>3773413>I really hate Osea.
>>3773413>I don't want to talk about it.
>>3773413>Other>My Uncle didn't like who i was hanging out withIt isn't technically a lie, and it keeps our cover like he wanted. >>3773416Based answer as well
>>3773413>>Other“One does not care to acknowledge the mistakes of youth.”
>>3773413>>other>My Uncle didn't like who i was hanging out with
>>3773382>Osea lied about the how much resources there were and promised Belka a large chunk any money made from them, and used that to trick Belka into selling the land for much less than they could've.And here's why I said it was stupid. Why should the Belkan government trust their regional rival of the past sixty-odd years to give them a good deal?>Belka didn't have the money to set up extraction themselves,So why not do what governments normally do when they need money and sell bonds for that purpose? I get that the writers handed the pre-DLP government an idiot ball just so the DLP could rise to power and declare war, it doesn't mean Belka is blameless when they got themselves into that mess in the first place.
>>3773413>My Uncle didn't like who i was hanging out with
>>3773413>>3773415>>3773417>>3773422Hey u guys wanna hear a joke
>>3773440How did Peter Pan get high during the Belkan War? Pixie Dust
Rolled 12, 10 = 22 (2d20)>>3773413...
>>3773473"Eh, my Uncle didn't like who I was hanging out with." You shrug. Neither Sofia nor Vicky look fully convinced, but neither of them seem eager to push the issue. "Really?" Sofia chuckles. "Well I suppose it's not uncommon for kids to join the military to escape rough pasts."Oh boy, if she only knew. "So that's it? You and Bandt were put together because the both of you are considered misfits?" Vicky frowns. "That's my guess, yeah." You shrug. "Never really thought too hard about it, though.">Ask about Sofia and Bandit.>Ask why Sofia is a pilot.>You better get back to Bandit before he starts looking for you.>Other
>>3773493>Ask about Sofia and Bandit.
>>3773493>>Ask about Sofia and Bandit.Maybe she's a chatty drunk
>>3773493>Ask about Sofia and Bandit.DID FUGG OR NO
>>3773493>>Ask about Sofia and Bandit.Time to see the full extent.
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>3773493...
>>3773531Holy shit.What floodgate did we just open:0
>>3773531benis in vagina
>>3773531"Okay, so what's your story with Bandit, then?" You ask, turning the subject of the conversation back to Sofia. "Looks to me like the two of you have a past.""I suppose you can say that!" Sofia giggles, still a bit unsteady. "I guess it all started when me and Bandit got into a little dogfight against each other.""What?" You blink."Whaaaaat?!" Vicky yelps. "It's quite the story." Sofia gives a sly wink. "Well, to explain a few things, after the Belkan War, Sapin and Ustio came to an agreement. Ustio doesn't really have a standing air force, but Sapin does, so they asked Sapin to help provide air policing along their border with Belka."Oh. OH. So that's where this was going..."I was a young hotshot back then, fresh out of the academy and eager to prove my worth! When I saw Belkan plane cross into Ustio's air space, well, I just couldn't resist!""Let me guess. Bandit was on the Belkan side doing his own air patrol." You frown. "Quite correct!" Sofia gives another drunk giggle."Wait, did he start the fight, then?" Vicky wonders.>It has to be some misunderstanding. >Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.>Other
>>3773539>Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.
>>3773539>It has to be some misunderstanding.
>>3773539>Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.Maybe Bandit used to be cool and Belkan before he was boring and a traitor.
>>3773539>Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.>>3773543100$ Sofia gave him the good pussy and tamed his youthful soul
>>3773539>>Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.
>>3773539>>Maybe there's more to Bandit we don't know.I mean, he must’ve gotten “Bandit” as his callsign for a reason?
>>3773539"Hmmm, maybe there's more to Bandit we didn't know?" You wonder."Aaaaah, he was quite the rogue back in the day." Sofia chuckles. "Out there on the border, away from the prying eyes of civilization, it was always a cat and mouse game between all of us!""Why?" Vicky frowns. "What would Belka gain from antagonizing you like that?""Pride, I suppose." Sofia shrugs. "In my experience, Belkans are particularly guilty of having a bit too much of it." >Well you're not wrong.>That's not how it is!>Other
>>3773581>>That's not how it is!its begins
>>3773581>Well you're not wrong.
>>3773581>>Well you're not wrong.Maybe a little >>3773585as well
>>3773581>Well you're not wrong
>>3773581>That's not how it is!
>>3773581You're about to protest, but you pause for moment to mull things over. "Well, you're not wrong." You concede. "I mean, national pride is one of the few things Belka has left.""Quite the bleak outlook." Sofia laughs. "That's always the thing with you all. You're all just so damn serious all the time. You should all learn to lighten up once in a while! Go with the flow of things!'"Easy for Sapin to say." You glower. "Um, how about the rest of the story?" Vicky quickly says, hoping to get things back on track. "Oh, right!" Sofia nods. "Well, over the next few months was a game between us, weaving back and forth across the border to goad a reaction out the other. And then things er... became interesting." "Interesting how?" You ask."There was a bit of a midair collision when we both got a bit too aggressive and we were both forced to eject." Sofia explains a bit sheepishly. "Bandit tried to pull a silly little stunt to try and scare me and I guess he misjudged his speed...""Wait wait wait." You blink. "You're telling me that Bandit tried to pull a STUNT?!" "You should've been there to see it." Sofia's grin widens.>I'm calling total bullshit.>Sounds like he was a totally different person back then.>Other
>>3773612>I'm calling total bullshit.
>>3773612>>I'm calling total bullshit.
>>3773612>Sounds like he was a totally different person back then
>>3773612>Sounds like he was a totally different person back then.
>>3773612>>Sounds like he was a totally different person back then.Wonder what happened to him.
>>3773612"It sounds like he was a totally different person back then." You frown. "Oh? He's changed?" Sofia pauses."Well, he's sorta a super by the book killjoy. Not the type of guy to do stunts for no reason." You explain. "Hmmm, perhaps he had a change in priorities since we last met!" Sofia nods. "He was quite talkative and... passionate when we encountered each other after having ejected. Ah, to go back to those simple days...">Sounds pretty nice.>Wait, so you two ACTUALLY banged?>Other
>>3773629>>Wait, so you two ACTUALLY banged?
>>3773629>Sounds pretty nice.
>>3773629>Wait, so you two ACTUALLY banged?
>>3773629>>Wait, so you two ACTUALLY banged?Details?
Reminder that Belkan pilot volunteers were vital in winning the Sapin Civil War, and that Belka and Sapin were allies against Osea many times throughout history.
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3773629...
>>3773658That... does not look good.
>>3773658"Wait..." You pause. "So you two ACTUALLY banged?!" "M-Milly!" Vicky croaks, her cheeks turning crimson. "What kind of question is that to ask!?""Ohohoho!" Sofia giggles. "Well, what happened was-""That's quite enough of that." Bandit says sternly. When the hell did he get here? "Sofia, I think you've waylaid my pilots for long enough.""Ah, and we were just getting to the NASTY party." Sofia grins smugly. "Are you afraid of what your juniors might think of you?""What happened back then isn't relevant to the situation now." Bandit sighs. "You could have at least told me you planned to carouse with Red and Vicky.""Oh, where's the fun in that?" Sofia responds playfully. "We'll talk about this later." Bandit sighs and shakes his head. "Red, Vicky, come on. We've got a debriefing to attend.">All right, guess it's back to work.>I'd like to hang out with Sofia a little longer.>Other
>>3773665>All right, guess it's back to work.
>>3773665>>All right, guess it's back to work."But can you teach me that stunt you tried to pull but failed miserably?"
>>3773665>>All right, guess it's back to work.Time to see what the whole skirmish was about.
>>3773658We're about to either get hit or jumped by bandit. Or both.
>>3773665>>I'd like to hang out with Sofia a little longer.I want to hear this story finished. I will find out your past Bandit!
>>3773665"All right, guess it's back to work." You sigh as you hop off your bar stool. "Come on Vicky.""R-right!" Vicky quickly follows suit. "Don't worry, I'll hold the fort here!' Sofia waves the both of you off. "If you ever want to fly together, you know where to find me!"Bandit just silently shakes his head and leaves the officer's mess, motioning for you and Vicky to follow him out. "So, did you two really do it?" You ask once you get into the hall. "Like I said, it's not important." Bandit grunts. "What you should be doing is focusing on the mission at hand.""Come ooooon, Sofia said you used to be cool." You roll your eyes.It's brief, but Bandit pauses at those words before continuing on. "That's all in the past. Like I said, it's not important." He repeats."Can you at least tell me what kind of stunt you try to pull that got you an Sofia to crash? I wanna try it sometime!""Milly!" Vicky gasps, mortified a the thought."Of all the pilots to end up on the same ship with." Bandit mutters to himself.>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so don't miss it!
>>3773704Thanks for running Merc!
>>3773704Thanks for the run!
>>3773704See you next time, boss.
>>3773704And quickly enough, you were in the main pilot briefing room where the Andersen's two main officers, Captain Miller and the ship's CAG, Commander Lehman were waiting. Commander Lehman, you could understand, since he was supposed to be in charge of all of the squadrons embarked on the ship, Osean or not. Captain Miller, though, was a bit unusual. Shouldn't he be busy running the ship?In addition to them, the rest of your squadron was present, as well as Scalpel and Guillotine from Orpheus Squadron. "First of all, I would like to say, damn good job in that previous sortie." Commander Lehman starts off. "From initial damage assessment reports, we've downed multiple enemy planes, drones, ships, and missile launchers positioned to ambush our fleet, with minimal casualties on our end. Damn good job."Well, things were starting off well, at least. "Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the end of our troubles." Captain Miller grunts. "Commander, let them know what's ahead.""Of course." Commander Lehman nods and points to the projector screen on the wall, showing a map of Usea. "After that attack, we've launched additional reconnaissance flights to scout the rest of our planned route. We've found... complications."The screen then focuses on a narrow strait, weaving between a large peninsula and island. Red dots then begin populating the coastlines."Our recon birds spotted what appear to be multiple anti-ship missile batteries lining the coasts of both Seals Bridge and Proud Island, effectively blocking off access to the strait." Commander Lehman explains. "This means our options boil down to either fighting our way through the strait, or swinging down around the south side of Proud Island to outrange their missiles.""But that would add weeks to our trip." Captain Miller warns. "And we're due for a port call to the Comona Islands. The fact that somebody's gone through the trouble of blocking off the strait to us a this time is... concerning. Especially with our limited communications.""So, the question is." Commander Lehman yes you all. "Are you confident in your ability to break that blockade? We expect heavy anti-air and enemy aircraft presence. Otherwise we'll have to sail around.">We can totally take it!>Probably better to take the long way.>Other
>>3775254>We can totally take it!
>>3775254>>We can totally take it!
>>3775254>We can totally take it!I feel like they might be trying to funnel us. Force us into where they want us to go. Let's give em hell.
>>3775254>We can totally take it!I just hope that the plane can endure it.
>>3775254>>We can totally take it!Would it be possible to request reinforcements?
>>3775254“We can totally take it!” You say with smug confidence.“It doesn’t appear we have much other choice, anyways.” Bandit says in agreement. “Who’s to say that going south won’t put us in another trap?”“We can smash up those launchers and anything else they can put up in the air!” Guillotine says confidently. “Don’t worry about it!”Commander Lehman then looks to Captain Miller, who gives a simple, grim nod. “All right, then we’ll make go at it. We’ll be relying on you to clear out enough of those missiles so the Andersen can get through.”“Hey, can't we like, call in for reinforcements or anything?" You ask. "There's supposed to be friendly nations out there, right?""Most of the nations in this area have their hands full already trying to keep order in their own borders." Captain Miller points out. "And even then, organizing a coordinated assault would take time we may not have.">Yeah, let's just press forward.>It might be worth getting some extra help.>Other
>>3775432>Yeah, let's just press forward.
>>3775432>>It might be worth getting some extra help.Worst case, we become wild weasels.
>>3775432>>Yeah, let's just press forward.
>>3775432>Yeah, let's just press forward
>>3775432"Eh, then I guess we should just go full steam ahead." You shrug."However, I am worried about the status of Comona Island." Captain Miller frowns. "There's a critical military base and space port located there, which makes it a prime target for these rogue elements. Commander, would it be possible to send a flight to make contact with them?""They'd have to break through the blockade to do it." Commander Lehman points out. "But it should be possible, and they'd likely draw attention away from the fleet. It would be highly dangerous, though.">Raven Squadron can totally do it.>Maybe someone else should do it.>Everyone should focus on taking out the blockade.>Other
>>3775540>Raven Squadron can totally do it.And it's definitely not because Milly wants to fly to the location of one of the largest dogfights in hisotry.
>>3775540>Raven Squadron can totally do it.We have faith in them.
>>3775540>Raven Squadron can totally do it.
>>3775540>>Raven Squadron can totally do it.
>>3775540"Boss, we can totally do it, can't we?" You whisper to Bandit."Are you seriously advocating for this?" Bandit raises his eyebrow and glances at Vicky and Misono. "With two rookies to worry about? I'm not sure if they can keep up with us on a mission like this.">They're totally not rookies anymore.>You've got a point.>Then we can go, just the two of us!>Other
>>3775615>They're totally not rookies anymoreThe Three Swords can handle whatever you throw at us.
>>3775615>They're totally not rookies anymore.
>>3775615>>They’re totally not rookies anymore.I mean, didn’t we just celebrate Vicky making Ace?Now that i think about it, if we develop our reputation and are allowed to get a custom design on our bird, red tail feathers would also make a decent, if obscure, homage to Karla
>>3775615>>They're totally not rookies anymore.>>3775619I was also thinking about "Bandit's Blades", or something similar.
>>3775639I propose this for the logo
>>3775615>>They're totally not rookies anymore.>>3775639>>3775619Since "Three Strikes" was taken, how about Slice Thrice?
>>3775639Bandit's Blades is a little meh if you ask me. Half our shit we do without him. Besides he's an oldfag and unhip
>>3775615>They're totally not rookies anymoreMaybe Miso still is, but everyone else is good.
>>3775615"They're totally not rookies anymore." You point out. "I mean, they're both already aces!" "You do have a point." Bandit nods and turns to the two carrier officers. "I'll volunteer Raven Squadron to make the run to Comona Island."Both Scalpel and Guillotine look at each other briefly before Guillotine lets her opinion known."Yeah, we don't have a problem with that." She says. "Then it's settled." Commander Lehman nods. "Raven Squadron will commence an operation to break through the blockade and reach Comona Island. The remainder of the carrier wing will focus on eliminating the blockade for the Andersen to pass through. We're still a few days away before we'll be in engagement range, so you'll have the opportunity for a bit of R&R before then. Dismissed.""I'll go report back to our superiors what's going on." Bandit says to you as he gets up. "Me and Vicky will be going out on deck to see the view." Misono grins. "It's quite a rare opportunity to finally get up there!"Meanwhile, you see the Orpheus pilots heading out already.>Go see what Orpheus is up to.>Go with Bandit to the comms room.>Follow Vicky and Misono to the flight deck.>Go check how your plane is doing with Mead.>Other
>>3775726>Go check how your plane is doing with Mead.
>>3775726>>Go see what Orpheus is up to.
>>3775726>Follow Vicky and Misono to the flight deck.
>>3775726>Go with Bandit to the comms room.
>>3775726>Follow Vicky and Misono to the flight deck
>>3775726>Go check how your plane is doing with Mead.Check if we even have a plane.
>>3775726Looks like we don't quite have a consensus, so it's time for a runoff vote!>Mead>Vicky and Misono
>>3775780>Vicky and Misono
>>3775780>>Vicky and Misono
>>3775780>Vicky and MisonoButler and meido?
>>3775780>Vicky and MisonoYes butler and meido
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3775780Aaaaaaand, we still end up in a dead tie, so we'll have to roll it off!1. Mead2. Vicky and Misono
>>3775820"Hey, Vicky, Miso, you mind if I tag along?" You ask."Not at all!" Misono nods happily. "The more the merrier!""Yeah, it's fine!" Vicky nods. And with that, the three of you start heading up through the decks of the Andersen."So, is this really okay?" You wonder. "I thought they didn't like letting too many people onto the flight deck?""Well, Mead managed to convince the crew to give us a pass, so it should be fine as long as we stay out of the way." Misono explains. "I'm so excited!" Vicky hops up and down, her twintails bouncing in unison. "To be able to see flight deck operations up close!""You know we do the actual takeoff and landing, right?" You raise an eyebrow."W-well, it's a totally different thing being in the cockpit and watching from outside!" Vicky retorts."You got a point there." You concede.Finally, you reach a large, bulkhead door that Misono pulls open. Sunlight floods your vision, forcing you to wince as your eyes adjust. And sure enough, there was the flight deck, the sun beating down from clear blue skies. Deck crew in their color coded uniforms scurry back and forth, making sure there's enough room for planes coming up from the elevators to take off, while at the same time directing freshly landed planes to where they need to go. It was all like some well, oiled machine. "Man, carriers are really something, aren't they?" Vicky absolutely beams. "It makes me wish Nordennavic could have her own aircraft carriers!">That would be something.>Pffft. Osea's apparently the only country allowed to have them.>Other
>>3775833>>Pffft. Osea's apparently the only country allowed to have them.
>>3775833>That would be something.That is, of course, ignoring the cost to maintain one.
>>3775833>>That would be something.
>>3775833>That would be something.
>>3775833>Pffft. Osea's apparently the only country allowed to have them.
>>3775833>>OtherYou know what's cooler than aircraft carriers that sail the oceans?AIRCRAFT CARRIERS THAT FLY.
>>3775856Speaking of flying carriers, I wonder how much money Sam is making with jobs all over the Erusean continent.
>>3775833>Pffft. Osea's apparently the only country allowed to have them.And even when they do they all get sunk in the first month of the war.
>>3775862Sam being the Strangereal's version of MCU Nick Fury.
>>3775833"Man, that would be something." You grin. "Would be pretty cool to see more nations with their own carriers, but I understand that they're expensive as hell.""Yeah, most nations can only afford one or two." VIcky nods. "Osea's a big exception. They can field over a dozen at a time! It's amazing!""Yeah. Amazing." You roll your eyes. "Ohoho, it sounds like you're a bit jealous." Misono chuckles as an Osean F-14 lands behind her. >Belka doesn't need carriers!>Those things are totally unfair.>Other
>>3775882>>Those things are totally unfair.
>>3775882>Belka doesn't need carriers!
>>3775882>>OtherAmazing, yet last I checked we're standing on the last one that hasn't sunk yet*
>>3775882>Belka doesn't need carriers!>It's not like we spend all our time getting involved in wars on the opposite of the planet that are nothing to do with us. Plus they keep getting sunk anyway!
>>3775882>>Belka doesn't need carriers!>>OtherNot with arsenal birds being a thing here.>>3775898Oh yes...
>>3775898Alternatively we bring up the Gullinbursti (did I spell that right?).
>>3775882>>Belka doesn't need carriers!We have superior Belkan SUPERWEAPONS that people were somehow convinced into paying their taxes for.
>>3775898>>3775900>>3775922I'm honestly surprised that the nations of Strangereal aren't completely and utterly bankrupt with all of these one year wars, and multi-million dollar superweapons, and conventional military assets being shot down all the damn time.
>>3775928Oh, they are.Ever play Ace Combat 3 (or at least read the plot cause the English version is shite)?
>>3775928implying that they are not already collapsing from the massive public debt.
>>3775882"Hmph, Belka doesn't need carriers!" You huff. "Belka's always traditionally been a land power anyways. Plus, doesn't Osea's carriers keep getting blown up in like, every war?""W-well, that's because everybody recognizes the threat they are!" Vicky responds. "And last I checked, it was planes taking off of carriers that ended this war and the last one!""Nice save, Vicky." Misono snickers. "Hmmmm, well, I suppose you got a point there." You nod. "But still, it's not like Belka starts wars with other countries on the other side of the planet.""Hmmmm, all about your rightful land, right?" Misono nods.>You're damn right it is!>We just don't like the idea of getting stepped on all over.>Other
>>3775932>You're damn right it is!
>>3775932>>You're damn right it is!
>>3775932>>We just don't like the idea of getting stepped on all over.
>>3775932>>You're damn right it is!You know, clay, and all.
Now that I think about it Merc, it's only been like a month since the end of the Lighthouse War. Has Trigger disappeared already or is he still out there?
>>3775932"You're damn right it is!" You puff up with pride. "So much land was stolen from us! We only seek to get back what once belonged to us!""Spoken like a true Belkan patriot." Misono nods cautiously. "Though I wonder what the resident Ustian pilots here would think of such words?""Well they shouldn't have seceded in the first place." You point out. "But... wasn't it all completely voluntary?" Vicky asks. "If I recall correctly, wasn't it all a result of your Federal Review?">You might have a point there.>It was a bad call.>Other
>>3775955>It was a bad call.
>>3775955>It was a bad call.>Yeah, the Ustian terrorist's running around demanding secession from the barrel of an Osean gun is pretty voluntary, no outside influence at all.
>>3775955>>It was a bad call.
>>3775955>>Other"...Mistakes were made."
>>3775955"Ehhhh, it was a bad call." You grunt. "Never should have happened.""Well, I shouldn't be one to comment on your countries affairs, but it seems like a rather unhealthy thing to focus on." Misono sighs."Especially if you think invading other countries is the way to achieve it!" Vicky adds. "Those aren't real- ugh nevermind. Forget about it." You sigh. Suddenly, your phone vibrates in your pocket. You take it out and glance at it, seeing that the call is from Bandit. "Yeah? What is it, Boss?" You ask as you answer the call. "Red, get over to the comms room. There's something you need to hear. Just you." Bandit says rather grimly. "Uh, right. Give ma sec." You hang up the phone and look to your wingmates. "Sorry, looks like Bandit needs me for something.""Oh, go on ahead." Misono says. "We're not really going anywhere.""We literally can't go anywhere. We're on a ship!" Vicky points out. "A very large ship." Misono reminds her. You head on over to the comms room, which was nestled in the ship's island. It was here that long distance calls could be made. However, given how spotty satellite coverage was at the moment, this must have been really important if the head honchos back home wanted to talk directly. As you enter, you see Bandit sitting alone at the radio, a rather grim look on his face. "She's here, sir." Bandit says simply. "Ah yes, good." Uncle Weiss' voice buzzes back.Wait, what the hell? Wasn't he supposed to be retired already?"Uncle Weiss?" You blurt out. "What the hell is going on!?""Captain, I can assume you and Milly are alone?" Uncle Weiss asks sternly."We are." Bandit confirms."All right. Milly, this is rather serious." Uncle Weiss continues. "This is still very preliminary information, and may not be accurate, but I thought you should know.""Know what?" You frown."It's about the enemies that have been harrying the IUN all this time. We have reason to believe they are led by, or at least involved with, remnants of One Belka."Now THAT gets your attention.>That's bullshit. They're all gone.>Honestly I wouldn't be surprised.>Other
>>3775955>"Well they shouldn't have seceded in the first place."Actually, could someone fill me in on why Ustio seceded again? Been brushing up on what went down before the Belkan War, but the wiki doesn't talk about the secession much.
>>3775988>Honestly I wouldn't be surprised.
>>3775988>>Honestly I wouldn't be surprised.
>>3775988>>That's bullshit. They're all gone.
>>3775989Basically, Belka went through their own version of the Great Depression due to military overspending. So then they figured they could stave off complete collapse by allowing their outlying regions to secede, essentially breaking up Belka and forming several new nations including Ustio. Then the old government got voted out for a more ultranationalist party that wanted to bring the seceded territories back into the fold, even if it meant resorting to force.
>>3775988>That's bullshit. They're all gone.
>>3775988>That's bullshit. They're all gone.>>3775989During the 70's there were pro-independence protests in the Eastern territories, but Belka crushed them with it's military. Then when the recession hit in the 80's along with the Oseans funding and support forthe independence and seccession groups, it caused a perfect storm for the Eastern territories to secede. Belka hoped that this would help them revive the economy in Belka proper without having to spend taxes on the East.However that didn't work because Osea, so when resources were discovered in Ustio they wanted it all rightfully back.
>>3775999>>3776004In other words, blame the ultranationalists and whichever asshole was in charge of Osea at the time?
>>3776012Aight, makes sense.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3775988Looks like we're tied up so we'll have to roll off!1. Bullshit2. Wouldn't be surprised.
>>3776039"Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised." You grunt. "You know Belkans never quit.""All too well." Uncle Weiss says in agreement. "After all, they started off as splinters of the Gray Men, and they continue to lurk and slither in the shadows.""So, what, you're afraid they're going to come after me?" You wonder. "As revenge?"Bandit just eyes you silently. "Unlikely. These remnants probably aren't even connected to you. The bigger concern is if something like this were to come to light to the IUN or Osea."Okay, yeah, THAT would be a problem, honestly."So what exactly are you asking us to do?" Bandit glowers."Continue your mission with the IUN and keep their activities contained." Uncle Weiss instructs. "We will continue our efforts on our end to narrow down the location of their leadership so that they can be dealt with.">Sounds simple enough.>Is it okay hiding this from the IUN?>Is that why Command fronted us to the IUN?>Other
>>3776045>Is that why Command fronted us to the IUN?
>>3776045>>Is that why Command fronted us to the IUN?
>>3776045>>Sounds simple enough.>>Is that why Command fronted us to the IUN?
>>3776045>Is that why Command fronted us to the IUN?Great, a secret war in the middle of a peacekeeping operation.
>>3776045"Wait. Wait wait wait." You scowl as you lean even closer to the comm console. "Uncle, did Command plan this from the beginning? Was this why Command fronted us to the IUN?""You know I can't answer that." Uncle Weiss replies."I'd like to know, too." Bandit says softly but seriously. "A Belkan pilot who opposed the Gray Men, and another Belkan pilot who defected from One Belka? Now we're with the IUN fighting possible puppet forces of One Belka remnants? That's too much of a coincidence, isn't it?""Command has their reasons." Uncle replies cryptically, but not outright denying the claim. >Can you please stop bullshitting us?>All right, whatever.>Other
>>3776071>All right, whatever.
>>3776071>>Can you please stop bullshitting us?
>>3776071"All right, whatever." You sigh. "Fine, we'll just keep doing what we're doing.""And please don't get caught by them." Uncle Weiss continues. "I- we don't want a repeat of what happened last time."You wince at that reminder. Yeah, One Belka didn't treat their prisoners, much less deserters, very well. If Karla hadn't saved you back then-You shake your head, trying not to think about it."All right, we'll keep an eye out, then." Bandit concludes. "And don't worry, we won't tell anybody.""Even Vicky and Misono?" You blink."Especially them." Bandit grunts. "They don't need to know."Bandit then shuts off the comm console and gets up, heading for the door."Come on, Red. We've got a lot to prepare for.""Sure thing, Boss."You just follow him out silently, unsure of what else to say. Seemed like this simple peacekeeping mission had just gotten far more complicated...>And that's it for tonight! As always, we'll continue things on Friday. However, it looks like thread turnover is starting to slow down, and there's 3 ACQ threads on the board right now, so we'll likely have to start consolidating more sessions into a single thread. If we still have at least 2 ACQ threads on the board next week, we'll just continue the quest in this thread instead of starting a new one. So just stay tuned!
>>3776086Thanks for running Merc!Odd that the two Belkan pilots least likely to cause an international incident by helping One Belka got sent to Usea...
>>3776086Thanks for the run, boss.
You know for a traitor Bandit is kinda cool.
>>3776045Milly's Neo-One BelkaThe meme is happening
>>3776222But will there be tears of time?
>>3776222>>3776351We better have an escape plan just in case Milly and Bandit need to get the hell out of there.
>>3776351Now all we need is a mask and cape and we can complete Milly's transformation into a non autistic Char.
>>3776222yes. remember Belka did nothing wrong
>>3776086"Red! Hey Red!""What?" You blink, getting snapped out of your train of thought."You were kinda quiet for a moment there." Vicky says with concern, static fuzzing up her voice. "I almost thought you passed out in the cockpit or something!""No, I'm all right." You respond. It was a bit of a lie, but you couldn't tell her, of course."Red, this isn't the time to start losing focus." Bandit reminds you sternly. "We'll be in visual range of the strait soon."As the unit responsible for making contact with Comona Island, that meant you'd have to spearhead the breakthrough of the hostile blockade in front of the Andersen and her task force. Immediately behind you were Orpheus and Flamenco Squadrons, who would be backing up your advance. So far, the idea was...>To blitz through the airspace as quick as possible. Time was of the essence.>Take out whatever targets of opportunity you could as you passed, to take even a bit of pressure off of the Andersen.>Other
>>3785969>>To blitz through the airspace as quick as possible. Time was of the essence.
>>3785969>Take out whatever targets of opportunity you could as you passed, to take even a bit of pressure off of the Andersen.If you want an S-rank you have to reach both the score and time requirements after all.
>>3785969>Take out whatever targets of opportunity you could as you passed, to take even a bit of pressure off of the Andersen.
>>3785969The plan was to take out whatever targets of opportunity that you could find along the way. After all, the point of this entire op was to make the Andersen's transit through the strait as smooth as possible. To that effect, your squadron was slinging some specialized air to ground weaponry to make things easier. >IRON BOMB: Not particularly accurate, but you can carry a lot of them and they have a nice, big blast radius.>AGM: A far more precise weapon, but does require a target lock to use effectively.>CLEAN: You're solely focused on dealing with air threats.
>>3786081>AGM: A far more precise weapon, but does require a target lock to use effectively.thank you based a10
>>3786081>AGM: A far more precise weapon, but does require a target lock to use effectively.Nice to have some actual Air to Ground
>>3786081>AGM: A far more precise weapon, but does require a target lock to use effectively.If I could strap nothing but gunpods on, I would.
>>3786081>>IRON BOMB: Not particularly accurate, but you can carry a lot of them and they have a nice, big blast radius.
>>3786105Yes?>>3786081Your Su-30 was kitted out with some AGMs. Pretty neat weapons that would let you hit targets from a distance with good accuracy. Don't have to put yourself in danger by actually having to fly over the target to attack it! The IUN actually letting you have toys to play with was nice, even if they were only basic ones. "Visual on the strait!' Misono calls out. "I'm getting spiked on radar!""Me too!" Vicky confirms."All right, they know we're coming." Bandit grunts. "Flamenco and Orpheus are here to cover us, but we've got to pull our own weight here. Keep moving forward but engage enemies at will!""Affirmative!" Misono and Vicky respond. You meanwhile are more focused on your HUD and radar, trying to pick out targets of opportunity. Immediately, you could spot antiship missile launcher set up on the beaches, lying in wait for the Andersen. Clustered around them were AA gun batteries for close in defense. Not really a threat if you kept your distance, but were definitely there to discourage attack runs. Your radar was also picking up SAM radars as they lit up, trying to score target locks on you and your squadron. There weren't many of them, but they could get problematic if you ignored them for too long. Taking them out would also greatly help Orpheus and Flamenco, even they'll never admit it. There wasn't anything in the air though, which was a bit concerning.>Take out the antiship missiles.>Target the SAM sites.>Keep an eye for air threats.>Other
>>3786131>Target the SAM sites.
>>3786131>>Take out the antiship missiles.Time to dive into some fireworks.
>>3786131>Target the SAM sites.Oh i just didn't notice the thread up. Must be autosaging
>>3776375Should we even try an escape? That could incriminate us even further. Even if we do escape, where the hell do we go? Belka and Karla are half a world away with the Yukes and Oseans between.
>>3786159As I said last week, since thread turnover seems to be slowing down, there's more and more ACQ threads building up on the board and I don't want 3+ ACQ threads floating around all at once. So we're just going to have to consolidate more sessions into a single thread like the other quests are doing.
>>3786131>>Target the SAM sites.
>>3786163There is always one person that we could try contacting that would be able to supply,or potentially even transport Milly and Bandit....Sam and her flying mobile base.
>>3786163>where the hell do we goDestiny CallsMilly's Neo-One-Belka must free those whose souls have been weighed down by Osea.
>>3786131"Swordfish! Let's go get those SAMs!" You call out."W-what?!" Vicky stammers. "But they're already trying to lock on to us!""They're gonna try and shoot us either way, so we might as well try to shoot them first!" You reason as you bank towards Proud Island. "I see missile launches!" Misono warns.Sure enough, up ahead you could see the signature white plumes of missile exhaust lancing out from the trees. Shooting at you from this range was a bit of a long shot, but you guess they were really itching to take you down. Going in high was the fastest and most direct route, and would be the easiest approach to get a lock for your AGMs. However, you'd be in the ideal engagement envelope for SAMs, so you'd have to be constantly wary of missile attacks.The alternative was to fly low to stay beneath the SAM radars, but that would potentially put you in range of the AA guns. They weren't particularly accurate and couldn't knock you out of the sky like a missile could, but they could throw a lot of rounds in the air.>Attack the SAMs from above.>Approach the SAMs from low altitude.>Other
>>3786197>>Attack the SAMs from above.If they're shooting at us, they aren't shooting at the other flights.
>>3786197>Approach the SAMs from low altitude.She who dares
>>3786197>>Approach the SAMs from low altitude.
>>3786184The only real concern for me is whether or not Vicky or Misono will follow.Last thing we need is for us to inadvertently pull a Pixy, and make Vicky our Cipher. Would make for an interesting final duel.>>3786197>Attack the SAMs from above.
>>3786197>Attack the SAMs from above.
>>3786208>Bandits cuckery infects based Samurai girlAlthough Three Swords vs Karla/Sophia/Bandit would make a neat team boss fight
>>3786197You decide to approach from on high. You keep your Su-30 steady, making a beeline for the nearest battery of SAMs. Already, you can see the first wave of missile spiraling in as your missile warning systems start screaming that you are, in fact, being attacked with missiles. You instinctively reach for your countermeasures trigger. You only had three uses. Maybe it would be better to save them? But they'd improve your chances of dodging those missiles...>Use countermeasures>You can do this on your own!>Other
>>3786245>>You can do this on your own!
>>3786245>You can do this on your own!I get the feeling we should save them
Rolled 2, 9 = 11 (2d10)>>3786245You ease your hand off the countermeasure trigger. You could totally dodge these missiles on your own! You were getting the feeling that you might need them later anyways...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3786294
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3786294BARREL ROLL
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3786294
Rolled 7, 2, 3 = 12 (3d10)>>3786294...
>>3786297What the fuck
>>3786301You attempt a hard, high G bank to throw off the incoming missiles, but you must have gotten your timing wrong. One of the missiles fails to keep up and shoots past where you previously were harmlessly, but the second missile has enough time to adjust its aim and vector towards your flight path. And having blown all your energy in the turn, you don't have the time to-"Red, watch out!"Having started behind you, Vicky's Gripen blazes over you on full afterburner, vomiting flares and chaff between you and the incoming missile. It doesn't quite throw off the missile, but it does prematurely detonate it, showing your Su-30 with shrapnel and missile fragments. "Are you okay?" Vicky asks, her voice fraught with concern.>Thanks for the save.>You shouldn't have wasted your flares like that!>Other
>>3786317>Thanks for the save.
>>3786317>>Thanks for the save.I guess Milly's mind is on another thing.
>>3786317>You shouldn't have wasted your flares like that!
>>3786317>Thanks for the save.Based Vicky
>>3786317>Thanks for the save.Such a good butler/maid.
>>3786317"Thanks for the save." You gasp, checking your instruments. Everything seemed to be in order. Guess that shrapnel damage was mostly just superficial. "Don't worry about it! It's what wingmates do!" Vicky reassures you, her Gripen leveling out. However, you did still feel a bit bad that you forced Vicky to use her own countermeasures to save your ass. That would mean she'd have fewer tools to defender herself if something were to happen.Meanwhile, Bandit and Misono take the opportunity to pounce on the SAMs while they're still reloading. Bandit waves through the battery, firing off missiles to home in on the launchers and radars. Misono, unsurprisingly enough, dives even closer than Bandit does and take out her targets in gun runs. Pretty ballsy move to take out ground targets with guns.Meanwhile, Flamenco Squadron seemed to have split into two groups, sweeping down both shorelines to roll up the exposed anti-ship launchers with volleys of rockets and missiles. The Orpheus pair were orbiting much higher up, keeping an eye out for aerial threats. "All right, we've neutered the SAMs in this area." Bandit reports. "We should proceed with the second stage of the mission.">You can still do some damage here.>Yeah you should get moving.>Other
>>3786379>Yeah you should get moving.
>>3786379>>Yeah you should get moving.
>>3786379>You can still do some damage here.
Rolled 2, 2, 8 = 12 (3d10)>>3786379"All right, let's get moving, Swordfish." You say as you maneuver your Su-30 to form up with Bandit."R-right!" Vicky responds as she quickly follows suit. "Hey Ravens, we're picking up contacts coming from the mainland to the north." Guillotine warns. "Doesn't look like they'll catch up to you, but figured you should know.""We'll bounce 'em before then, anyways!" Scalpel adds. "Appreciated." Bandit replies simply. Well, guess it was nothing but open sea ahead of you, then...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3786420
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3786420Rolling
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3786420
>>3786432I swear if this keeps up, Milly will really be like Pixy after Cipher starts stealing the show.
>>3786424>>3786429What was meant by this
>>3786420"Wait a minute, something's wrong down there..." Misono mumbles."What are you- Shit! Ravens! Break break break!" Bandit shouts. "Huh?" You pause, caught off guard by the sudden order. "What's going on!?" Vicky yelps. Both Bandit and Misono break away in a hard left bank as columns of water explode from the ocean surface. However, they weren't missiles. They were too small and dart-like-Wait! You've seen these things before! MQ-101s! What hell were they doing coming out of the ocean like that?!"We're surrounded!" Vicky wails as more drones emerge from the sea. Where the hell were they coming from?! There was easily over a dozen of them now!"Red! Swordfish! Get out of there!" Bandit yells. >Hit afterburners and try to outrun the drones.>You need to shake these drones off of you. >You've got no choice but to fight!>Other
>>3786445>Hit afterburners and try to outrun the drones.
>>3786445>>Hit afterburners and try to outrun the drones.Time to hit the gas.
>>3786445>>You need to shake these drones off of you.
>>3786445>You need to shake these drones off of you.
Rolled 2, 8, 2 = 12 (3d10)>>3786445"Swordfish! We gotta get outta here!" You yell as you pull on your stick, snapping your Su-30 out of the line of fire of one of the drones. "Keep moving and don't give them a clean shot!" "I-I'll try!" Vicky wails.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6-1)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3786464
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3786464
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3786464>>3786466Ffs
Rolled 4, 7, 1 = 12 (3d10)>>3786464...
>>3786475Unfortunately, not matter how much you jink and juke, neither you nor Vicky can seem to break out the net the MQ-101s have trapped you in. The damn AIs running these drones seemed to be far smarter than the MQ-99s ever were. They were actually coordinating with each other, with a good number of them continually holding off at a safe distance to make sure they were always in a position to intercept breakout attempts. It was damn infuriating!Thankfully, Vicky is continually able to fun interference for you, her mere presence being enough to ward the MQ-101s away from settling in on your tail. "We could use some help here!" You grunt as you roll to break a missile lock on you. "A lot of help!' Vicky cries as she fires off a short gun burst to scatter the drone formation in front of her."We've got our own drones to deal with here!" Bandit grunts. "You'll have to hold on a bit longer!""We can come in to assist." Guillotine offers. >Looks like you need Orpheus' help.>You need Orpheus to keep that other air group from linking up with the drones.>Other
>>3786475>1What is happening? Why is Vicky the ace and we're the nugget?>>3786484>Looks like you need Orpheus' help.
>>3786484>You need Orpheus to keep that other air group from linking up with the drones.
>>3786484>>Looks like you need Orpheus' help.
>>3786487Her Belkan Pride crumbling?
>>3786487>What is happening? Why is Vicky the ace and we're the nugget?Her head isn't in the game rn. FOCUS GIRL. BELKA NEEDS U. >You need Orpheus to keep that other air group from linking up with the drones.
>>3786484>Looks like you need Orpheus' help.
>>3786484>>You need Orpheus to keep that other air group from linking up with the drones.
>>3786484"Negative, stay on the other air group." Bandit responds to them. "We can handle this.""All right, whatever you say." Guillotine responds. "Good luck down there."Still, that didn't solve your immediate problem which was all these damn drones swarming you like locusts! >Just keep dodging until Bandit and Misono can help you out.>Time to show them what a cornered Raven can do!>Other
>>3786538>Time to show them what a cornered Raven can do!
>>3786538>>Time to show them what a cornered Raven can do!
>>3786538>Time to show them what a cornered Raven can do!Get your head in the game!
>>3786538>Time to show them what a cornered Raven can do!Was there any other choice?
>>3786538Heh, trapped in the middle of the enemy with minimal support? It sounded like it was just your style. You flip the safety of your weapons off and zero in your attention on the nearest drone. "C'mon, let's take these damn drones out!" You cackle."R-really?" Vick groans. >Tell Vicky to focus on keeping you covered.>Let Vicky off the leash.>Other
>>3786551>>Let Vicky off the leash.
>>3786551>Let Vicky off the leash.
>>3786551>Tell Vicky to focus on keeping you covered.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3786551"Go wild, Swordfish!" You tell her as you kick your rudder to stay on the tail of the nearest drone. "Um, okay, roger!' Vicky responds nervously as she breaks off from you to engage another drone.In a thick furball like this, it wasn't hard to find and pick out a target...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3786568
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3786568Here comes the snow.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3786568
>>3786569>>3786571>>3786572I'm not really surprised at this point.
Rolled 5, 5, 8 = 18 (3d10)>>3786568...
Rolled 1, 5, 7 = 13 (3d10)>>3786582...
>>3786583However, much to your frustration, these damn drones prove to be really damn slippery, always staying just out of your line of fire, despite your best efforts to get a bead on them. You then get a missile warning as a pair of MQ-101s slide in on your tail, ready to fire-When a hail of gunfire whizzes through and shears both drones out of the sky. A split second later, Misono's F-2 flashes past, its cannons still barking. Up above, Bandit comes diving in with his F-15, belching missiles at the drones farther out. Their combined efforts scatter the drones, at least for the moment as they fall back to reassess the situation."Get moving, Red!" Bandit grunts. "Now's our chance to make a break for it!">Hit afterburners!>You can't leave with these drones at your backs...>Other
>>3786591>Hit afterburners!How the fuck did we job so hard.
>>3786591Yeah, no. Drones literally coming out of the sea? You weren't sticking around here any longer than you had to. "Swordfish, did you hear that?" You call out to your wingmate."I'm already ahead of you!" Vicky responds.Sure enough, you see her Gripen blitz past you, its single engine flaring at maximum power. What? She was already ditching the fight just like that? You were gonna have WORDS with her after all this!You quickly follow suit, putting your Su-30 at maximum throttle. The drones rapidly fall behind, none of them apparently deciding to pursue. They were a lot of things, but fast wasn't one of them. You're pretty sure they couldn't even break the sound barrier. Finally, the drones fall out of range of radar, and with no further contacts, you feel the tension in the air ease up as your squadron relaxes just a tad. You see Misono's F-2 flying a bit close to you, though. "Something wrong, Knives?" You ask. "My apologies, I do not mean any offense, but I was about to ask you the same question." Misono replies a bit apologetically."What?" You blink. "What do you mean?""It is very clear that your performance this mission was... below expectations." Misono tries to explain as diplomatically as she could. "So you're saying I flew like a complete nugget." You groan. "Something like that." Misono says in agreement. "Such a drop in performance, in my experience, results form some sort of injury or inner turmoil. Is that the case?"Shit, Misono was a lot sharper than you gave her credit for, that's for sure.>It's nothing. >I got a lot on my mind, yeah.>Other
>>3786615>I got a lot on my mind, yeah.
>>3786615"It's nothing." You tell her. "Hmmmm, if you say so." Misono responds coolly, clearly letting you know she wasn't convinced."Those MQ-101s are on a completely different level from the MQ-99s." Bandit interjects, trying to back you up. "Once they focus on you, they're tough to catch and tough to shake off. Simple as that.""Of course, sir." Misono says."I'm just glad we're all okay!" Vicky adds. "I hope we did enough for the Andersen to get through...""Don't worry, Orpheus and Sofia are more than skilled enough to handle things on their own." Bandit reassures her. "What I'm more worried about is what we might encounter ahead- what is that?"You glance at your radar screen and blink as your see a MASSIVE blip, nearly covering the entire damn screen. There was something gigantic and airborne right ahead of you!And that's when you see it.A massive, aerial fortress casually floating in the sky. What hell did you fly into...!?>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue the thread on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>3786652Oh no, mercenaries...
>>3786652Thanks for the run, boss.We really need to find a way to get our mojo back.
>>3786652See you next time .>>3786662There's always heavy drinking.
>>3786652I missed the thread! DANG IT!Thanks for running Merc
>>3786652At what point will Vicky become the main character, and we become the new nugget?
>>3787579After she regains her footing through introspection and character development?
>>3787599Man it will be such a trip to play a secondary character. Under the true MC that is best maid as well.
>>3786652Wait a minute. You pause as you stare at the flying fortress, suddenly realizing it looked familiar..."Oh my, IUN forces all the way out here?" A familiar voice buzzes over the radio. "Not here to to barge in our job, are you?"Holy crap. That flying ship, that voice, it only had to be one person!>Sam?>Auntie Sam?>Other
>>3788005>>Auntie Sam?Oh god it's the Gullinbursti!
>>3788005>>Auntie Sam?Ten bucks she's still shorter than Milly
>>3788005>Auntie Sam?>>3787643Not the first time playing a secondary character in AC.
>>3787599So...double down on that BELKAN PRIDE?
>>3788061If only we could load our missiles With Belkanium. It already coats our liver
>>3788066Is this why we're so good at drinking?
>>3788091Indeed! Superior Belkan genes result in a metallic Liver. Is why Osean scum must refrain from drinking before missions. But Milly is like good2go after every binge
>>3788061Or worst case scenario, she needs to tone down the pride.
>>3788140>>3788061>Did somebody ask for character Development?TheRed Knight says LET THE PURGE BEGIN
>>3788005"Auntie Sam? Is that you?" You laugh. "WHO ARE YOU CALLING 'AUNTIE!?'" Auntie Sam snaps. "I should have you shot down right now!""Come on, you aren't gonna shoot me down." You laugh. "How are you gonna poach me from from the Belkan Air Force otherwise?""That's the thing about you, Milly. Too damn smart to be a pilot." Auntie Sam sighs. "Bandit, I take it you're still alive, too?""That's right." Bandit finally jumps into the conversation. "Looks liked you picked up a couple more strays, huh?" She says playfully. "Strays?" Misono wonders."H-how rude!" Vicky fumes. "Ha, well, we're a bit busy out here on company business. If it's Comona Island you're headed for, you're almost there! Just a little farther east, you can't miss it!""What sort of company business are you talking about?" Bandit asks."Proprietary info!" Sam responds playfully. "But well, it HAS been a while since you've visited. Maybe if you stop by real quick we can talk!"Waaaaaait. Did Bandit also have a history with Sam? That was something you didn't realize before!>You really should keep heading for Comona.>A quick pit stop shouldn't hurt. >Let Bandit go do his thing while the rest of you go on.>Other
>>3788190>>A quick pit stop shouldn't hurt.
>>3788190>>A quick pit stop shouldn't hurt.>Lara
>>3788190>You really should keep heading for Comona.
>>3788190>Let Bandit go do his thing while the rest of you go on.Wonder if she's changed up her pilot suits after the first quest?
>>3788190>A quick pit stop shouldn't hurt. >>3788198
>>3788214~~Fine, we can keep the pride, but I vote we nuke Erusea before Osea~~
>>3788223>>3788214Do we have any sort of legitimacy like family relations, titles, etc.? Also, what about Belka does Milly like?
>>3788235Queen Milly is a merciful Goddess We believe in humane WMd's like Satellite Lasers. Nukes are for wannabes.
>>3788211Not sure if any of the pilots would volunteer to wear the type of suit Karla had to wear.
>>3788239NGL i was kinda hoping we'd get assigned to the Princess and get knighted. Knight of Erusea Milly would have been a top tier meme
>>3788252Nah we can't do that. There's still a debris field up there last I checked.
>>3788190"Well, a quick pit stop wouldn't hurt, right?" You suggest to Bandit. "Might be useful to top off the tanks. We did burn off quite a lot getting past those drones.""Good point." Bandit says in agreement. "Sam, I'm assuming the Gullinbursti has space to accept us?""Of course! Our pilots are out on assignment so there's plenty of hangar space!""Wait, we're going to LAND on that thing?!" Vicky yelps."Hey, it's pretty much a carrier...that flies." You try to reassure her. "Nothing to it!""Ha! I look forward to this unique challenge!" Misono says confidently as her F-2 starts climbing already.Fortunately, it's not too difficult to get everyone landed on the Gullinbursti. You and Bandit had enough experience, while Misono was pretty gung ho. Only Vicky seemed to have any real trouble, having to take a couple tries before getting an acceptable landing vector. As you dismount from your Su-30 and your feet hit the deck, you immediately feel the difference between the Gullinbursti and the Andersen. There was something about being on an airship hat just felt... different."Milly!" Auntie Sam says cheerfully as she walks up to you. "It's been too damn long!""It really has!" You grin as you bend down to hug her. "Damn, did you get taller?" Auntie Sam wonders.>Sure did!>Nah, you're still just short.>Other
>>3788297>Nah, you're still just short.Look at her /qst/ Look at her and laugh
>>3788297>>Nah, you're still just short.IMAGINE
>>3788297>>Nah, you're still just short.
>>3788297>>Nah, you're still just short.But that doesn't mean she isn't cute.
>>3788297>Nah, you're still just short.Real question, who's shorter: Vicky or Sam?>inb4 they're both the same height
>>3788297>>Sure did!>>But, you're still just short.
Also, I'm calling it now. END is an AI.
>>3788360Well yeah obvs.
Rolled 7, 15, 4, 6, 19 = 51 (5d20)>>3788297"Nah, you're still just short!" You playfully retort. >Roll 1d20
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>3788390
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3788360>>3788373How sentient do you think they are? >>3788390
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3788390
>>3788390Suddenly, you feel Sam's arms constrict around your torso like a vice grip, squeezing all the air out of your lungs."Oh my, what exactly did you say, Milly?" Auntie Sam asks in her scarily cheery tone as she slowly crushes the life out of you. "It sounded like you said a rather rude insult!">I'm soorrrrrry.>I don't regret anything!>Other
>>3788424>>I'm soorrrrrry.Besides, we already have someone around her height to gush over.
>>3788424>>I don't regret anything!The cutest aunt!
>>3788424>I don't regret anything!
>>3788424>I don't regret anything!>>3788427Maybe we can see Vicky and Sam try to duke it out?
>>3788424>I don't regret anything!Milly is surrounded by womanlets
>>3788424>I don't regret anything!We can't lose our Belkan pride in front of best butler.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3788424Hm, go a tie, so we'll have to roll it off!1. Sorry2. No regret
>>3788424"I DON'T REGRET ANYTHING!" You bellow."Aw, that's such a shame!" Auntie Sam coos. And then your vision explodes with stars and everything goes black for a second. When your vision clears up, you find yourself lying flat on your back, a concerned Vicky and a very bemused Misono kneeling over you. "W-what happened?" You mumble, still dazed and dizzy."It seems Samantha is quite the wrestler." Misono says with genuine awe. "She executed a near perfect suplex on a person far larger than herself!"Oh, that explains it, then. "M-Milly! I really think you should go to the infirmary..." Vicky frets over you. "Ugh, maybe." You groan. "Where'd she go?""She went off with Bandit for a private conversation." Misono explains.">Okay yeah, you should get yourself looked at.>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.>Go see what Auntie Sam and Bandit are up to.>Other
>>3788511BELKAN PRIDE TO THE GRAVE!
>>3788530>Go see what Auntie Sam and Bandit are up to.
>>3788530>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.BY GAWD KINGWHAT A SLOBBERKNOCKER
>>3788530>>Okay yeah, you should get yourself looked at.
>>3788530>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.
>>3788530>Okay yeah, you should get yourself looked at.Maybe we got a concussion or a fracture to look at.
>>3788530>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.Time to see what's changed over the years.
>>3788530>>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.
>>3788530>>You just need to walk it off a bit. It's been a while since you've been here, anyways.Should be used to it by now.
>>3788530"Nah, I just need to walk it off a bit." You grunt as you get back up to your feet and stretch our your arms. "Not the first time I took a hit from Auntie Sam.""You make it sound like that's normal!' VIcky blanches. "Well, for a time.. . yeah, it sorta was." You grin. "I am almost jealous!" Misono nods. "So, do you want us to come with you?" Vicky asks. >You feel like being alone for now.>Sure they can tag along.>Other
>>3788597>>Sure they can tag along.
>>3788597>Sure they can tag along.
>>3788597>You feel like being alone for now.
>>3788597>>Sure they can tag along.Might as well give them a tour.
>>3788597>Sure they can tag along."Sure I can be a guide, just hold on to the railing and do not look down."
>>3788597"Sure! I can take you all on a little tour!" You grin."Really?" Misono blinks."Neat!" Vicky brightens up.Huh, now the question is where to take them?>Wonder if Sam still has your old room sitting around. >Go see how things are doing on the bridge.>Snoop around on the hangar level.>Head to your secret little hangout.>Other
>>3788654>>Go see how things are doing on the bridge.
>>3788654>Head to your secret little hangout.
>>3788654>Wonder if Sam still has your old room sitting around. Do we have anything embarrassing in our room? If not go here.
>>3788654>Wonder if Sam still has your old room sitting around.
>>3788654>>Head to your secret little hangout.
>>3788654>>Wonder if Sam still has your old room sitting around.
>>3788654>Snoop around on the hangar level.>inb4 why is there an ADFX-02 Morgan here?Also it'd be nice if the IUN could give us an AWACS for once when we're doing these incredibly dangerous missions for them.
>>3788654>>Wonder if Sam still has your old room sitting around.>Head to your secret little hangout.Time for history!
>>3788654You know, you sort of wonder if your old room was still around on the ship. You had used to spend quite a bit of time on the Gullibursti back when you were younger, and Sam always boasted about keeping your room nice and ready for when you eventually decided to come work for her."All right, let's go check out if my room's still around." You say with a grin as you take the lead. Even if the design and people were different, you couldn't easily change the layout of the city, and everything felt familiar to you."So why would you have a room for yourself?" Misono asks. "Were you part of her crew?""Well, yeas and no." You shrug. "Honestly she was hoping I'd join up with her company eventually. She was pretty bummed when I turned down her offer.""Why did you?" Vicky wonders. "Looks like they're running a very aggressive and successful operation." >I don't really do the mercenary thing.>I want to experience other things first.>It's just all a long game to get her to give me a better deal!>Other
>>3788739>>It's just all a long game to get her to give me a better deal!
>>3788739>>It's just all a long game to get her to give me a better deal!>>OtherSam must know that the best things do not come without challenges!
>>3788739>>It's just all a long game to get her to give me a better deal!This is totally not because we're a conspiring Belkan.
>>3788739>It's just all a long game to get her to give me a better deal!
>>3788739>>I want to experience other things first.
>>3788739>I want to experience other things first.Ix-nay on the etter-bay eal-day. Unless you want Sam to suplex Milly again.
>>3788773Or worse, be on the receiving end of a photoshoot as a recruiting program while wearing various outfits.
>>3788789That doesn't sound too bad.
>>3788789>>3788790Just hope that Milly isn't too apprehensive on wearing limited production stuff to attract people.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3788739We're tied up so time for a roll off!1. Experience2. Long Game
>>3788817"Well, I guess I sorta just wanted to see what was out in the world first." You shrug. "It would get boring fast if I signed up with Auntie Sam right away.""Oh! That makes sense." Vicky nods. By this point, you've already reached the section of the ship housing all of the residential units for the crew and pilots. It honestly wasn't all that different from the Andersen, with most of the facilities being communal between the crew. Though beyond those were the private rooms for the officers and certain visitors and VIPs. Sure enough, a quick, cursory check revealed that one of those staterooms was in fact yours, still kept here after all this time. Then again, you don't quite remember what's in there. What if there's stuff in there that could embarrass you? "So, are we going to go in?" Misono wonders.>Of course!>How about we keep moving...>Other
>>3788816Milly's Pride is too strong to be ruined by some silly suit!>>3788837>Of course!What can go wrong? Posters of Boy Bands?
>>3788837>Of course!>inb4 massive Belkan flag on the wall and posters saying "FUCK OSEA," "REMEMBER HOFFNUNG," and other stuff like that.
>>3788837>>Of course!There is no abort now.
>>3788842That sounds perfect to explain our past to them!
>>3788837>>Of course!>>3788849I would just like to point out as the only guy who doesn't hate Osea here that if they find out Milly's an ex-terrorist on top of her outspoken beliefs about Belka, we're probably fucked.
>>3788857I don't hate Osea, I just have only played AC6 and AC7.
>>3788837"Of course!" You nod.Not surprisingly, your old key seemed to work and it unlocks the door easily. However, what lay inside was still a bit of a mystery to you...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>3788879>>3788857Milly almost said to them last thread that Ustio, Gebet and Recta aren't real countries.
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3788879Rolling for spaghetti
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>3788879
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3788879Rolling to see ehtat I would've gotten.
>>3788879Thankfully, it looks like you didn't leave anything too embarrassing in your quarters. It was pretty basic, though the walls were lined with posters depicting various planes, as well as a lot of Wild Card memorabilia. A LOT.Yeah... you guess there was a time where there was a lot of merchandise of them being passed around. They were working for a private company after all, and they DID save the world that one time.W-wait a minute, they actually had plastic figures of Karla? And you somehow had a first edition collector's version of one...?!Both Vicky and Misono simply stare at the contents for a few seconds. It was pretty clear they were trying to hold back a healthy amount of laughter.>Yeah yeah, laugh it up. >Hey, I was still a dumb kid back then!>Other
>>3788902>>Yeah yeah, laugh it up.
>>3788902>>OtherWe are PROUD of this!
>>3788902>Yeah yeah, laugh it up.
>>3788902>>Other>>3788911Start mouthing off about all the limited-edition collector's stuff you had to ki— I mean, work hard for.
>>3788902Going with >>3788911Wonder if Ellisa has a bunch of this stuff at home?
>>3788924Probably has some stuff from Magnet and the rest
>>3788925inb4 they stumble upon the secret stash of Karla doujins
>>3788902>>3788911Who else has a first edition?!
>>3788934My money is on the original Wildcards having them as well as figures of themselves and each other.
>>3788937My money's on Magnet secretly having ALL the Valkyrie merch.
>>3788902"Yeah yeah, laugh it up." You grunt, crossing your arms. "I like to see YOU having the complete first edition set of the Wild Cards WITH the scale model planes to boot!""I'm sorry, it's just... I never took you to be such a dedicated fan!" Vicky giggles. "It's a whole different side to you I never knew about!""Having such a deep appreciation for something you admire is something that should not be made fun of." Misono adds. "Honestly, I almost forgot I had all this stuff." You admit bashfully. "Guess I never got around to moving it all out.""Well, I guess you have something to thank Samantha for!" Vicky smiles. Huh, speaking about her...>Maybe you should see what she and Bandit are up to.>Keep touring the ship.>Other
>>3788944>>Maybe you should see what she and Bandit are up to.
>>3788944>>OtherIt's time for the secret spot!
>>3788944>Keep touring the ship.
>>3788944>>Keep touring the ship.I bet our secret spot is in some sort of maintenance hatch
>>3788944>Maybe you should see what she and Bandit are up to.
>>3788944>>Keep touring the ship.
>>3788944>Keep touring the ship>>>Head to your secret little hangout
>>3788944"Well anyways, come on! There's more of the ship to see!" You say as you close the door and lead them on."Oh? Where to?" Misono asks."My secret spot!" You grin."Secret spot?" Vicky blinks."Yeah. Spend enough time on a ship, you start to learn all its quirks, you know?" You nod. "Now... hm. If I remember this right...">Roll 1d20
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3788987
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3788987
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>3788987
Inb4: Lost to the Zone
>>3788997It is a sad day.
>>3788987And... well shit. You uh, kinda forgot where your secret spot was. Maybe it was just a little too secret. Or maybe the layout of the Gullinbursti had changed over the years. Honestly it was a bit embarrassing, but you couldn't just admit it right in front of Vicky and Misono-"Milly? Holy shit, there ya are!"You pause as a very familiar and very obnoxious Gracemerian pilot strides up to you and slaps you in the shoulder. "How are ya doing, Milly? Looks like you're still alive and kicking!""Hi, Lara." You smile. Maybe you could use this to your advantage."No way! The Blood Stripe herself?!" Vicky gasps. "Aw shit, is that what they call me out here?" Lara chuckles. "Not exactly the most friendly title, huh?""It's only natural, being one of the most feared aces in the world!' Misono's eyes shine. "You were also in the Wild Cards, right? Second only to Valkyrie herself!""Shucks, you're embarrassing me when you talk about me like that!" Lara laughs. "So Milly, if you're here, did ya finally decide to take up the Boss' offer?""Not exactly." You shake your head. "We were headed to Comona and it was just sorta coincidence we ran into you.""Comona, huh? Interesting." Lara nods. "What? Something we should know?" You raise an eyebrow."Er, I don't think I'm supposed to talk about that!" Lara shakes her head. "You know Sam. Doesn't like us blabbing about our work and all...">Forget about it, then.>Guess I'll ask Sam, then.>C'mon, we're buddies, right?>Other
>>3789005>Guess I'll ask Sam, then.
>>3789005>>OtherWhere's Magnet? BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTTTT-CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANN where are you!
>>3789005>>Guess I'll ask Sam, then.
>>3789005>C'mon, we're buddies, right?
>>3789005>>Guess I'll ask Sam, then.Also ask her if Wolf proposed yet
>>3789017I've forgotten who Wolf is.
>>3789018F-22 Pilot. Served with Lara. Was *this* close to fucking when ACQ 1 ended IIRC
>>3789005"Fine, guess I'll ask Sam, then." You sigh. "Anyways, how are things going with Wolf?""Oh, pretty well so far!' Lara chuckles. "Makes a great partner, but a terrible wingmate.""Is that so?' You nod."But other than that, things are going great between us!" Lara nods. "He's just gotta learn that I'M the flight lead and not him!"Vicky and Misono just glance at each other, wondering what you two were talking about. >Well I'm happy for the both of you.>Oh, I see how it is~.>Other
>>3789037>>Oh, I see how it is~."So, when are you gonna propose?"
>>3789037>Well I'm happy for the both of you.
>>3789037>Oh, I see how it is~.
>>3789037>>Well I'm happy for the both of you.
>>3789037"Oh, I see how it is~." You give a smug grin."Hey, quit it!" Lara smacks you in the shoulder, her cheeks getting a bit pink. "It's not like that!""So when are you gonna propose then?" You ask, still teasing her. "That's Wolf's job!" Lara groans. Vicky and Misono meanwhile start whispering to each other. Ah, nothing like some gossip. "Milly, quit bullying Lara! We've still got a lot of work to do!' Auntie Sam berates you as she appears with Bandit. "After talking things over with Bandit, it seems that Wild Card Security and the IUN have aligning interests!""According to Sam, WCS had been contracted to provide security for emergency satellite launches at Comona to restore the global communications network." Bandit adds. "However, it appears there's a hostile party intent on sabotaging these launches.""Our best guess is that there's some form of camouflaged, or even submersible carrier launching drone attacks on the launch site." Sam sighs in exasperation. "We're holding them off just fine, but we don't have the extra manpower or resources to hunt that carrier down.""If such a thing exists, it would be huge threat to the Andersen as well." Bandit concludes. "Once we reach Comona we will participate in the operation to secure the surrounding waters before the Andersen catches up."Well, guess it seems like there's no shortage of extra work to be done, even when you're away from your IUN nannies. Still, it'd be nice flying with Lara again. You wonder how much she's improved since you last saw her. As Lara glances your way and smirks, you figure she's thinking the same about you, too.>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be on Friday so don't miss it!
>>3789061Thanks for running Merc!
>>3789061Thanks MercDoes this mean we get to see Karla flying again?
>>3789085Well, not necessarily. Unlike Karla, Lara just never retired from the mercenary lifestyle!
>>3789061See you Friday, boss.Time to see if Lara upgraded from her Eagle during the years.