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!Thankfully, it looked like the Andersen had been able to run the blockade, though she had taken some minor damage that lowered her maximum speed, delaying her arrival to Comona by a bit. However, you were glad that she was able to make it, since that carrier was supposed to be your primary ride. Still, the crew was a mixture of relieved and a bit bummed that that was nothing for them to do upon arriving at Comona other than resupply, thanks in no small part to your efforts in halting the aerial raids from that mystery supersub. Well, at least Vicky and Misono were. Meanwhile, you didn't have much to do since your planes were down for maintenance. They did have to operate for a bit of an extended period without Mead's loving attention, after all. What to do...>Go see how Bandit is doing at the debriefing.>See what the other pilots are up to.>Pay a visit to Sam.>Go catch up with Vicky and Misono.>Other
>>3815401>>See what the other pilots are up to.Time to see what sort of cute nicknames they made up for us for blowing up that antenna.
>>3815401>Go see how Bandit is doing at the debriefing.
>>3815401>See what the other pilots are up to.Sure hope there are no Belkan pilots from Gullinbursti with radical opinions about Belka.
>>3815401>Go catch up with Vicky and Misono.
>>3815401>Pay a visit to Sam.
>>3815401>>See what the other pilots are up to.
>>3815401Hm, well, you figure it was a good idea to go check out what the other pilots were up to. With the supersub already dealt with, there wasn't actually much for the Andersen to do in the area other than resupply. And there was nothing worse than a ship full of frustrated pilots with nothing to do, which is likely why the Captain gave pretty much the entire grew weekend leave while the Andersen got fixed up. Aaaaand of course, the first place all the pilots went to was the closest bar. Upon arriving, you immediately notice the presence of both Sofia and the Orpheus pilots. Sofia seemed to be... drinking with Lara? You don't remember ever seeing the two of them together, but Sofia seemed to be enjoying herself while Lara looked absolutely uncomfortable about something. Meanwhile, it looked like Angela and Alanna were hitting it up with one of the local Comona pilots. A much older guy, definitely not a fighter jock. Maybe part of one of the Seagull P-3 crews? Perhaps they were trying to get a better picture of what happened during the sub hunt. You didn't see Vicky or Misono present, though. >Go see what Lara and Sofia are up to.>Check on in Angela and Alanna.>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.>Other
>>3815472>>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.
>>3815472>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.Oh?
>>3815472>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.
>>3815472>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.Why not. Let's be edgy. Maybe we got fans from our Sub shenanigans
>>3815472>Sit by yourself and see if anybody approaches you.Belkan spy informing us about some leads and Belkan conspiracies.
>>3815472Well, you figure you could be alone for a bit. See who was willing to approach you. Not like you wanted to butt into anybody else's business, after all. You take a seat at the bar and order a simple beer. No sense starting off the with strong stuff just yet...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 15 (1d20)
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3815542
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>3815542
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3815542So is Milly a ponytail girl, or a hair let loose girl?
>>3815542And that's when Auntie Sam appears, though wearing casual clothes rather than the business wear you're so used to seeing her in. That's probably how nobody has seemed to recognize her so far. She takes a seat next to you and waves to get the bartender's attention. The bartender turns and pauses when he sees, giving her a skeptical look. Sam just silently rolls her eyes, digs her wallet out of her pocket, and shows him her ID. The bartender squints at the picture for a few uncomfortably long seconds before nodding."Some bourbon. Bottle and two glasses." Auntie Sam says simply. As the bartender turns around to handle her order, Sam then turns to you with a sly grin. "Heh, even when you're not working for me you can help turn a huge profit!" Auntie Sam snickers. "These Comona guys are practically showering us with money after getting rid of that thorn in their sides!">Sounds great!>Am I gonna have a cut of that?>Other
>>3815587>Sounds great!We do not need money, just give us the credit.
>>3815587>Sounds great!Also, how old are WE anyways?
>>3815587>Sounds great!We take payment in cool planes, and scale models of Belkan superweapons
>>3815587>>Sounds great!>>3815594I was thinking that Milly would definitely be younger than Karla. Maybe in the present, Milly's in her mid-late 20s?
>>3815598And vintage flags of greater Belkan.
>>3815587>>Sounds great!>>3815594Probably not a cake yetAlso Sam ascension to lolibaba-hood
>>3815605Wait, does that mean Milly was just a teenager back in Endless Skies if we consider the fact Karla has a kid?
>>3815587>Am I gonna have a cut of that?
>>3815610Yeah, wasn’t it implied that she was in her late teens?
>>3815587"Sounds great!" You grin as the bartender sets down the bottle of bourbon with the two glasses. "Things are looking up for WCS, aren't they?""You're implying we weren't doing well? Auntie Sam chuckles. "This may sound a bit cold, but Erusia is a goldmine right now! A lot of countries with cash but no armies to defend them. The perfect storm for a PMC!""If I didn't know you any better, I could've sworn you had a hand behind the war." You chuckle as you finish off your beer."Oh, you give me too much credit!" Auntie Sam laughs. "Though, coming from a Belkan, I suppose those should be words of high praise!""Ha. Ha." You roll your eyes as Auntie Sam answers your jabs with one of her own. "Anyways, you just happening to show up here couldn't be an accident, right?""Oh, of course not." Sam grins as she pours out bourbon into the two glasses. "I was just dropping by to ask again whether you were interested in joining up with WCS? You don't have to make a decision now or anything, I'm just genuinely curious.">I'm thinking about it.>I haven't really decided either way.>The mercenary lifestyle isn't for me.>Other
>>3815658>The mercenary lifestyle isn't for me.
>>3815658>>I'm thinking about it.
>>3815658>>I haven't really decided either way.
>>3815658>The mercenary lifestyle isn't for me.Belkan raised and born. Stay with Belka, be Belkan.
>>3815658>The mercenary lifestyle isn't for me.Not yet, at least
>>3815658"You already know the answer to that, Auntie." You shake your head. "I'm not interested in the mercenary lifestyle.""Ever the true patriot, huh?" Auntie Sam chuckles as she slides a glass of bourbon in front of you. "Well, the very least I can do is thank you with this.">Ah thanks.>You know, you kinda owe us one...>Other
>>3815702>You know, you kinda owe us one...
>>3815702>You know, you kinda owe us one...An upgrade kit for our Su-30, perhaps?
>>3815702>Ah thanks.Is Millie even greedy? It looks like she is fine with what she has right now.
>>3815702"Ah, thanks." You grin as you take the glass. "To good business." Auntie Sam smirks as she raises her glass."To good business." You return as you raise your glass as well, both of them clinking together.You both down your glasses at the same time. You feel the fiery liquid flow down your throat, but you were used enough to hard liquor that the first glass didn't affect you too much. However, Auntie Sam notices this, too."Oho, still got that iron liver, huh?" She chuckles. "We still got a whole bottle to go through. How about it?"Damnit, you knew when Auntie Sam was putting out a challenge. And the other pilots were around, too...>All right, you're on.>Sorry, this isn't really the time.>Other
>>3815784>Sorry, this isn't really the time.
>>3815784>>All right, you're on.Time to see who can come out on top. Maybe have a bit of an interesting bet on this, too?
>>3815784>All right, you're on.
>>3815784>All right, you're on.Belkan genetic engineering.
>>3815784>All right, you're on.>>3815805>inb4 stupid plane noises
>>3815784>>Sorry, this isn't really the time.You know it’s a Merc quest when every other episode has a liquor challenge.
Rolled 6, 1, 17 + 1 = 25 (3d20 + 1)>>3815784"All right, you're on." You grin smugly as you let Auntie Sam refill your glass."Heh, I was looking forward to seeing which one of us would come out on top." Auntie Sam returns her own smug grin.>Roll 1d20+1
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3815853
Rolled 18 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3815853Time for snow
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>3815853Oof
>>3815853>1Ah, Sam. Always the lightweight.
>>3815860>>3815857>>3815861Let's see those smug Ustios beat that!
>>3815853Aaaaaaaand, as expected, Sam doesn't handle her alcohol well and falls face first onto the bar with a rather loud THUNK. Thankfully, it doesn't seem like anybody noticed, all too wrapped up in their own business.>Eh, she'll be fine.>Maybe you should get her somewhere safer.>Just call someone to come pick her up.>Other
>>3815901>>Maybe you should get her somewhere safer.
>>3815901>>Just call someone to come pick her up.
>>3815901>Just call someone to come pick her up.
>>3815901>>Maybe you should get her somewhere safer.Hey Lara, your boss is passed out.
>>3815901>Just call someone to come pick her up.Yell out, "Who can stand up and challenge the iron liver!?!"
>>3815901Ah shit, well, you couldn't very well just leave Auntie Sam just hanging here. You should at the very least try to see her off safely. Maybe you should just call someone to retrieve her. Hm, well, Lara was here right now, but she was still in that conversation with Sofia. Then again, with that uncomfortable expression on her face, maybe she could use the excuse to leave. Or, OR, you could call Bandit and see how he reacts to the whole situation. And, well, you suppose the safe option would be Wolf, but where's the fun in being safe?>Lara>Bandit>Wolf>Other
>>3815955>LaraHelp a wingmate out.
>>3815955"Hey! Lara! Lara!" You yell and wave, trying to get the mercenary's attention...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>3815999 (checked)
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>3815999bounce
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3815999
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3815999
>>3815999Lara pauses and glances at you, but quickly shakes her head and returns to whatever she was talking about with Sofia. Jeez, was it really that important? What could she possibly be talking about?>Better go check it out.>Call Bandit.>Call Wolf>Other
>>3816040You decide to call up Wolf. He should know how to handle this."Let me guess, the Boss went and got herself in an alcohol coma again, right?" Wolf laughs over the line."Pretty much, yeah." You sigh. "You think you can come pick her up?""Yeah, no problem!" Wolf says happily. "Hey, and uh, have you seen Lara anywhere? I haven't been able to find her all day!"Huh... should you tell him? You got the feeling Lara didn't want any kind of interruptions, in whatever she was talking about with Sofia.>Nah, haven't seen her.>Yeah, she's over at the bar!>Other
>>3816069>Nah, haven't seen her.
>>3816069>>Nah, haven't seen her.Now the real question is how much should we intervene if things go south.
>>3816069>Yeah, she's over at the bar!
>Milly drinks another person under the table Are we sure she isn't part Yuke lol. Full Squat.
>>3816083Who knows? Maybe one of her great great grandparents was a Yuke?
>>3816084 i wonder if her Belkanium stomach makes her immune to bullets
>>3816069"Nah, I haven't seen her." You reply. You figure it was best to respect Lara's privacy, at least for now. "Ah, okay then." Wolf replies. All right, I'll be there in no time!"And with that, Wolf hangs up, leaving you back where you started, sitting by yourself at the bar with a half finished bourbon. You take another look around the bar. Angela and Alanna were still hitting it up with that Comona pilot, while it looked as if Lara and Sofia were getting up and leaving....>See what Lara and Sofia have been doing.>Check in on Angela and Alanna. >You should go do something else.>Other
>>3816095>You should go do something else.
>>3816095>>You should go do something else.
>>3816095>>Check in on Angela and Alanna.Time to spy on our rivals like any good Belkan.
>>3816095>You should go do something else.>>3816088Speaking of which, do you think she's good at handling a handgun like Karla?
>>3816095>Check in on Angela and Alanna.Gonna be a bit awkward when he shows up and sees we are lying btw
>>3816095>Check in on Angela and Alanna.
>>3816101Woops, meant to choose>>3816095>Check in on Angela and Alanna.
>>3816095>You should go do something else.Spy games.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3816095Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Angel and Alanna2. Something else
>>3816120Hmmmmm, maybe you should go off and take care of something else while you were out here. Bandit, VIcky, and Misono were still off doing....whatever it is they were doing. Meanwhile, Mead was working on your Su-30 to get it back into to tip top shape. So much to do...>Find Bandit>Find Vicky>Find Misono>Check on Mead>Other
>>3816133>Find MisonoHaven't had a one on one with best Nip for a bit
>>3816133>Check on Mead
>>3816133>>Check on Mead
>>3816133You decide to see what Misono was up to, as well as see what she thought about your recent exploits. She was always looking for a great big fight, after all. Something she could proudly go back and tell the rest of her family about. You take out your phone and quickly dial her up to see where she was. "Ah, Milly! How may I help you?" Misono answers your call in her usual clipped, polite tone. "Eh, sorta want to hang out. You doing anything important?" You ask."I'm just practicing some of my forms on the ship." Misono explains simply. "I will not mind if you would like to come and see.""Hm, sure thing." You nod. "I'll see you then."Well, you think as you hang up, it'll be interesting to see how Misono actually uses that sword of hers at the very least....>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>3816164Thanks for running Merc!
i swear one of these days Milly is gonna roll three crit fails and develop chronic alcoholism
>>3816754Could be worse. There could be drunken challenges involved and waking up in an embarrassing outfit with no recollection of the night before.
>>3816164You head up to the Andersen's flight deck, where Misono had informed you where she was. Seemed like a weird place to practice sword fighting, but Misono honestly was a bit of a weird girl herself, so you didn't really think too much of it. Stepping onto the flight deck, though, you now realize just how empty and quiet it is. With the carrier docked and not on alert, there were no flight operations going on. Other than a few planes still sitting on the deck, the entire flight deck was devoid of life. Only a whistling of the ocean wind creating any sort of noise.And the you see Misono, calmly sitting on her knees in the middle of the flight deck, her eyes closed as if in some deep mediation. Laid out in front of her was that familiar sword she always carried around with her. She didn't seem to be doing anything, and resembled more of a statue than a living person. The only thing proving that she wasn't made out of stone was her long black hair flowing and fluttering in the salty ocean breeze. You wonder if it was safe to even approach her...>Go greet her. >Better stay back for a bit.>Other
>>3818077>write inSneak up on her and go PSSSSSSST
>>3818077>Better stay back for a bit.
>>3818077>Go greet her. What is restraint?
>>3818077>Go greet her.
>>3818077>>Go greet her.I hope Milly's skills in fighting outside of a plane are up to snuff just in case she gets shot down.
>>3818077>>Better stay back for a bit.If she's trying to get some peace and quiet to concentrate on whatever, then let her.
>>3818077You decide to go up and meet her. You already let her know you were coming, so there shouldn't be any harm in it, right?>Roll 1d20
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3818199
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3818199
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>3818199
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>3818199
>>3818205>>3818207>>3818210This is sufficient.
>>3818199You walk up to Misono casually and call out to her."Hey Misono-" You greet her and then pause as your instincts kick in. In the space of an eyeblink, Misono pulls her sword out of its sheath and spins around, sword glinting in the sun. She brings her swing to a stop right where it would have been inches from your neck had you taken a couple steps more towards her. Pretty on target for not being able to actually see you approach. "Ah! My apologies, Milly. I hope you don't mind me using your approach for a little practice!" Misono smiles as she lowers her sword. "I hope I didn't startle you too much!">Nah, I'm cool.>That was pretty hardcore.>You could've killed me!>Other
>>3818230>Nah, I'm cool.
>>3818230>>Nah, I'm cool.>>You could've killed me!How did you know where I was? (aside from obvious direction via ears)
>>3818230>>Nah, I'm cool.This is nothing to a Belkan!
>>3818230>>Nah, I'm cool.Poker Face
>>3818230"Nah, I'm cool." You say, completely unphased."Impressive. I would have expected you to be rather indignant, or startled." Misono nods and sheathes her sword. "Though I suppose I would be highly underestimating you, then!""So uh, what did you mean by 'practice', then?" You ask cautiously. "It's important to hone all your senses, to be able to detect threats coming from any direction." Misono explains matter of factly. "It is one of the basic tenets of our fighting style!">Ask how sword fighting relates to piloting.>Ask more about Misono's fighting style. >Ask if she wants to hang out somewhere else.>Other
>>3818334>Ask more about Misono's fighting style.
>>3818334>>Ask how sword fighting relates to piloting.
>>3818334"So uh, this may sound like a dumb question." You frown. "But how exactly does sword fighting relate to piloting?""Well, it's not as if I'm literally trying to hit the enemy lanes with my sword!" Misono laughs heartily. "But still, there are many benefits of learning the way of the blade that can carry over to piloting. Or to any life skill, honestly.""Really? Like how?" You raise an eyebrow. "First, the blade teaches discipline." Misono says as she rests a hand on the handle of her sheathed sword. "To know when to fight and when to stay your hand!""Second, the blade teaches you aggression!" Misono continues as she suddenly draws her sword again in a slashing motion, thankfully away from you this time, but it clearly would have chopped anyone in front of clean in half, you were sure. "When you do decide to attack, you do so will full force and conviction!""And finally, serenity." Misono calmly sheathes her sword and returns to her kneeling position, eyes closed. "To know when to put away the blade as well as your fears and grudges."Well, there was one thing you couldn't deny. Misono was certainly passionate about this. Very much so. >Makes a lot more sense now.>Still not quite convinced...>Other
>>3818445>Makes a lot more sense now.
>>3818445>Makes a lot more sense now.K but when are you gonna do a Kamikaze crash?
>>3818445>>Makes a lot more sense now.I miss SWQ.
>>3818445>>Makes a lot more sense now.
Hopefully Milly will take this to heart and not double down on her usual aggressive style.
>>3818445"It makes a lot more sense now." You nod, rather impressed. "Kinda reminds me of the old Belkan knights, actually.""Ah yes, another long honored martial tradition." Misono nods. "Do you count yourself among their number?">I'm rather distantly related to a noble family, yeah.>No, I'm actually a commoner through and through.>Other
>>3818535>No, I'm actually a commoner through and through.
>>3818535>I'm not nobility, but I like to model myself after the Knights. I'd like to be worthy of calling myself one someday.
>>3818535>>I'm rather distantly related to a noble family, yeah.
>>3818560Also can support >>3818551>>3818535
>>3818535>>I'm rather distantly related to a noble family, yeah.BELKA! That and give more reasons for why Red acts the way she does.
>>3818535>No, I'm actually a commoner through and through.No, I am more of a Landsknecht.
>>3818600I rather liked the idea of her growing up on stories about them and idolizing the Knights. It's why i didn't vote for nobility.
>>3818535"Nah, I'm pretty much what you'd call a commoner." You admit. "But I like to model myself after the Knights. I'd like to be worthy of calling myself one someday."That's when Misono breaks out into giggles. "Huh? What's wrong with what I said?!" You blink. "N-no, it's nothing like that!" Misono wipes a tear from her eye. "It's just, I've never seen you so... wistful? Is that the right word for it?""I'm not wistful at all." You huff. "Just got a dream or two!""Hmmm, perhaps you can marry into a knightly family?" Misono giggles. >I've thought about it. >No way!>Other
>>3818674>I've thought about it.Mayhaps the son of a wealthy shipping magnate?Who may also have a habit of shipping cargo containers full of drones?
>>3818674>>No way!We gotta earn that title despite Belka no longer having any person being able to make us Knight/Dame.
>>3818674>oh, what about yours then, Miss Ninja?
>>3818691You know, if we ever get around to doing some shit for the Princess, maybe she'd end up making us an honorary Knight of Erusea? That could be neat. Mud in the eye of Osea too, as we'd see it.
>>3818674>>No way!The only knighthood worth getting is one that's Earned!
>>3818674>No way!That essentially just means we'd be whoring ourselves out, and popping out a kid or two without any real opportunity to fly.
What I am getting from what we are playing is that Milly will not ever be able to herself happy through her own choices.
>>3818674>>No way!Did Karla become the Valkyrie by marrying Jaeger?I THINK NOT.
>>3818742Happy people are lazy people. As someone said of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, they "took a fat people, a lazy people, and made them into the most feared nation in Europe."
>>3818674"No way!" You shake your head furiously. "As if I'd let myself get tied down by something like a noble wedding! Besides, that would feel like cheating my way to the top!""Hm, it does make some sense." Misono nods with a smile. "Though perhaps it's something you don't really have to worry about until you're older.""Yeah yeah, laugh it up." You grumble. "But I'm serious, I don't really picture myself being some kinda trophy wife for a Knight or something like that. Hell, that's even assuming some noble would be desperate enough to marry a lowly commoner like me!""Hm, that is true. I forget how traditional your people can be." Misono nods in agreement.Urgh, you feel like it's time to go on the offensive against Misono! But how would you accomplish that...?>Ask if she's any type of royalty herself.>Ask if she's got any eyes on anybody.>Other
>>3818789>>Ask if she's got any eyes on anybody.
>>3818789>Ask if she's any type of royalty herself.
>>3818789>Ask if she's got any eyes on anybody.If I have read her interactions right i actually think she has a crush on Bandit. Could be wrong oc
>>3818789>>Ask if she's any type of royalty herself.Why does SHE have that kind of traditions?
Rolled 15, 20, 14 = 49 (3d20)>>3818789...
>>3818843"Oh yeah? Then do you have eyes on anybody for marriage, then?" You fire back."Why yes I do, actually." Misono smiles brightly. "However, that's a private family matter, so that's all I'll say about it!"Damn, seemed like Misono was totally ready to bat that question aside. You weren't going to get anything more on her from that front, unfortunately. "Anyways, I will continue to take advantage of this opportunity and continue my practice." Misono says as she turns back around. "It's not every day you can have the entire carrier flight deck to yourself! All this extra space is such a refreshing change of pace!">Leave Misono to do her thing.>Maybe stick around and watch for a while.>You should get going.>Other
>>3818865>Leave Misono to do her thing.
>>3818865>>Maybe stick around and watch for a while.
>>3818865>>Leave Misono to do her thing.
>>3818865"All right, I'll leave you to it, then." You say as you head back for the carrier's island. "Good luck, Milly!" Misono says before taking a deep breath and closing her eyes, resetting back into her practice mood. Well, while Misono was off playing samurai, that still left the matter of what you'd do next.>Find Bandit>Check on Mead>Look for Vicky.>Other
>>3818918>Check on Mead
>>3818918>Check on MeadTime to see how they're doing.
>>3818918>>Check on MeadExpect to be punished for being PILOT
>>3818918>>Check on Mead>>3818925I'm expecting her to praise us for doing insane shit during the last battle before letting us have it for doing all that insane shit.
>>3818918>>Look for Vicky.
>>3818918>>Check on Mead
>>3818918You decide to head down to the hangar deck where Mead was of course working away at the planes, even with most of the maintenance crew also on leave. Guess a mechanic's job was never done. Right now, though, it looked as if she was busy tuning up Orpheus Squadron's Typhoons. You head over to her as she worked, digging through the guts of the Ustian fighters. "Huh, didn't expect to see you to be here, Milly." Mead glances at you before returning her focus on her work. "You're not using your leave to take the day off?""Well, I sorta already did." You shrug, leaning against one of the Typhoon's landing gear. "Figured I'd come check on you. Guess I was right on the money you'd still be working your ass off down here.""Yeah, well, I practically grew up around planes. Feel more comfortable with them than people, sometimes." Mead laughs lightly. "Yeah, I get that feeling sometimes, too." You nod in agreement. "It also helps when I want to get my mind off things." Mead sighs. "Someone up there must have some sort of sick sense of humor to send me back to where it all started....""Where what started?" You blink. "Ah, right, you don't really have any reason to know, do you?" Mead gives you a hard look. "You see, back in the Lighthouse War, I used to be a convict.""A convict?!" You blink in surprise. You knew Mead was a tough one, but an honest to god criminal?"Well, to be honest, it was due to some bullshit charges, but jail is jail. And I ended up as part of one of Osea's penal squadrons. Then one thing led to another... and here I am." Mead shrugs. Mead was part of a penal squadron...?>That's horrible!>That's pretty hardcore. >Other
>>3818976>That's pretty hardcore.
>>3818976>That's horrible!Curious as to what she allegedly did
>>3818976>>That's horrible!I hope they weren't too bad to you.Who best 444?
>>3818976>That's pretty hardcore.>>3818988Unauthorised flights into controlled airspace,unauthorised use of military equipment, etc.Makes me wonder why she stayed with the Oseans after the Lighthouse War if they all got a blanket pardon.
>>3818976>>That's pretty hardcore.I mean, we all know penal squads are treated like shit. The fact that she's made it this far is amazing.Not to mention she was in the same squadron as Trigger. Can we ask her about that?
>>3818976>That's pretty hardcore.She must be very skilled at scrounging up spare parts.
>>3818976"That's pretty hardcore." You whistle. "What did they put you in for? How many people did you kill?""None, thankfully." Mead shakes her head. "I was put in jail for 'criminal trespass', whatever the shit that means.""Aw, that doesn't sound that exciting." You frown. "Trust me kid, it's not a good place to spend your day, much less a decade or two." Mead sighs loudly. "Heeeey, wait a minute." You frown, pausing for a second. "You didn't happen to be part of the 444th Squadron, did you?""I was their mechanic, if that's what you're asking." Mead sighs. "And.... that means you actually hung out with THE Three Strikes himself, right?" You gasp. "Yeah, what of it?" Mead looks at you curiously, as if trying to figure out what you were planning.>He's basically a freaking hero!>I wanna shoot him down myself one day!>Other
>>3819082>I wanna shoot him down myself one day!
>>3819082>>He's basically a freaking hero!Reminder that Milly is the Count to Vicky's Trigger, the Pixy to her Cipher.
>>3819082>I wanna shoot him down myself one day!How can we NOT choose this? LolOSEAN DOGFOR BELKA
>>3819082>>I wanna shoot him down myself one day!
>>3819082>>Other"Is he really as good as they say he is?"
>>3819082>He's basically a freaking hero!
>>3819091>Reminder that Milly is the Count to Vicky's Trigger, the Pixy to her Cipher.I mean, going by that, I'd imagine we would have poor regard for him. Or at least want to put our guns on him in glorious aerial combat.
>>3819082>>I wanna shoot him down myself one day!Though he did stop an eternal drone war, doesn't mean we don't wanna fightn
>>3819082"I wanna shoot him down myself, one day!" You grin. "Of course you'd say something like that." Mead rolls her eyes. "Is that just your typical pilot machismo talking or do you have a legit grievance against him?">I just wanna see how I stack up against him. >You do remember I'm Belkan, right? I'm supposed to not like him on principle.>Other
>>3819126>I just wanna see how I stack up against him.
>>3819126>>I just wanna see how I stack up against him.
>>3819126>I just wanna see how I stack up against him.>You do remember I'm Belkan, right? I'm supposed to not like him on principle.Both for our own and our country's pride.
>>3819126>You do remember I'm Belkan, right? I'm supposed to not like him on principle.
>>3819126>>You do remember I'm Belkan, right? I'm supposed to not like him on principle.
>>3819126"I just wanna see how I stack up against him." You shrug. "Simple as that.""Yeah, so simple pilot machismo. I get it." Mead nods. "And from what I hear, it sounds like you're quickly catching up to Trigger, if what I'm hearing about the shit you're pulling off out there is true.""Do you mean it?" You blink."Do I look like the type of person to lie?" Mead laughs. "Though unlike most pilots, Trigger never really bragged about crap he got himself into. It was just all part of the job for him, I guess. Even when he was nothing more than a con in a busted ass plane.""Sounds like you knew him well." You point out."Oh, nothing so grand. We just happened to be lumped in the same unit. I'm not particularly close to him or anything." Mead shrugs. "Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate everything he's done for us, but I don't think either of us really truly consider each other friends.""...huh." You pause. "And what would that make us?""A mechanic who doesn't know when to quit when she's ahead and a brat of a pilot who's probably gonna get herself killed doing some dumb stunt." Mead grins. "Harsh." You return the grin. >Leave Mead to her work.>Ask more about Trigger.>Ask what to expect from ex-penal pilots.>Other
>>3819177>Leave Mead to her work.
>>3819177>>Ask what to expect from ex-penal pilots.
>>3819177>>Leave Mead to her work.
>>3819177>Ask what to expect from ex-penal pilots.
>>3819177"So hey, Mead." You continue, shifting to a more serious topic. "You ran with these penal squadrons, so, can you tell me what I can expect from them? Out in the field?""Generally? They're all a bunch of cowardly scumbags." Mead shrugs. "The squadron I ran with wasn't all that bad, but they'd pretty much turn tail and run the moment things didn't look good. Got our commanders all proper pissed, but it's pretty much their fault for expecting anything out of cons.""So, they shouldn't be a problem, then?""Who knows? Fear can work in weird ways." Mead gives you a hard stare. "It can make pilots do unexpected and dangerous things so you watch your ass out there.""And what about the pilots themselves?""Can't say." Mead shakes her head. "The 444th may have been cons, but they weren't really all that bad. Most of them were in for pretty light offenses. Political agitators, gamblers, petty thieves, stuff like that. I can't say anything about the other penal squadrons, but I hear they were crewed by some pretty mean motherfuckers. Actual hardcore criminal types.""Wonderful." You sigh."Anyways, I"m sure your bosses will have more to say once we get to Fort Grays." Mead shrugs. "Now get outta here. You should have better things to do than talking to a mechanic with too much free time on her hands."And with that, you take your leave. "Oh, and kid. One more thing." Mead calls out."Yeah?" You pause. "Those stunts you pulled. People are gonna talk about those, and word travels. I'd watch my back if I were you.">Don't worry, I got it covered.>Just means my targets will start coming to me now!>Other
>>3819218>Just means my targets will start coming to me now!
>>3819218>>Don't worry, I got it covered
>>3819218"Just means my targets will start coming to me now!" You laugh as you give Mead a little goodbye wave as you head out of the hangar..."Haha! Sounding pretty confident there, Milly!" You turn to see yourself facing Angela. Up this close, you suddenly realize just how tall she is compared to you. A bit understandable, she was probably a bit older than you, after all. "What are you doing here?" You ask."Checking up on my plane, of course!" Angela nods to her Typhoon that Mead is working. "I should be asking what you're doing snooping around our planes, you know!">Just talking to Mead, that's all. >Totally doing dastardly Belkan things.>Other
>>3819228>Totally doing dastardly Belkan things.
>>3819228>>Just talking to Mead, that's all.
>>3819228>>Totally doing dastardly Belkan things.
>>3819228"Totally doing dastardly Belkan things." You say sarcastically. "Well, we can't be having that, can we?" Angela chortles as she wraps and arm around you, practically carrying you off. Holy crap, she's way stronger than she looks!"We heard from a little Seagull that you went way above and beyond duty! And the rest of us want to hear it aaaaaaaalll from you!" Angela says cheerfully. "It's bound to be a really exciting story, right?""You're buying the drinks then." You grunt. "And LET ME DOWN.""We'll meet in the middle. I'll get the drinks, but I like carrying you around like this!" Angela chuckles. "You biiiiiiitch!" You groan. Goddamn Ustians...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week, so don't miss it!
>>3819239Thanks for running Merc!Reminder that Ustio isn't a real country.
>>3819239See you next week, boss!
>>3819240Southern Belkans are so odd.
>3819240Haha more like Bustio amiright
>>3819239This one will be a good rival/friend
>>3819499>>3819319>>3819316I think we're in need of a height chart for these girls.What we can sorta agree on is that Sam is super short, followed up with Vicky, and then Milly.
>>3819633Who’s got the largest bust size though?
>>3821520I mean Asians tend to be flat so Misono is prbly out of the running. Vicky strikes me as loli bait so not her. I'd imagine Milly since she's literally the only one you would expect to have normal boobs.Outside the team?Sophia, likely.
>>3821520Looking like Angela at present
>>3821520>>3822608>>3824405Unless someone's hiding it underneath their outfits, I would assume Sophia as a first guess.
>>3824931>inb4 Alanna is bigger than Milly just to stoke the flames of their rivalry even further
Will we give Milly a mask and secret codename identity when she leads Neo One Belka to Freedom?
>>3819239"You know, Stripes, you really didn't have to come out all this way with us." You sigh as you glance at the blue F-15 off to your side."Hey! Don't worry about it! I'm just a friend tagging along, right?""You're just bored because there's nothing left to do at Comona, right?" You roll your eyes."...maybe." Lara replies sheepishly. Currently, you were flying ahead of the Anderson on the last leg of the trip to Fort Grays, your new home for the immediate future to carry out IUN police actions. With the destruction of the supersub prowling the waters, the constant drone raids on the rocket launch facility immediately stopped.However, one concerning thing the Comona navy found was that upon inspecting the supersub, they found that it was completely automated. Not a single living soul was found aboard, alive or otherwise. This led to the IUN bigwigs thinking that it was possibly an automated Erusean sub that went rogue after losing contact with its HQ. Or, there was the possibility there was still an automated factory cranking these things out. Neither scenario was particularly encouraging. Regardless, the Andersen still had to press on. You and Raven Squadron were currently flying ahead of the fleet as a recon element along with Orpheus Squadron. Lara had decided to tag along of her own accord, and with her reputation, nobody was about to tell her no. Not even Bandit!>Must be getting pretty lonely for you, huh?>Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol...>Other
>>3830241>Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol...
>>3830241>Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol..."I can taste the danger in these waters."
>>3830241>Must be getting pretty lonely for you, huh?
>>3830241>>Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol...Anyone ready for the DLC? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLvXs7sIHaw
>>3830241>>Must be getting pretty lonely for you, huh?
>>3830241>>Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol...
>>3830241"Don't tell me you got a "feeling" about this patrol..." You groan."W-what do you mean by that?" Vicky asks in a bit of a panicked tone."Stripe always has a knack for sniffing out when trouble is gonna start." You sigh. "The only reason she's tagging along is that she wants to get in on that trouble.""I-is that true?!" Vicky wails. "Are we going to be ambushed?!?""That's what I'm hoping!" Lara laughs. "I like her more and more!" Misono joins in on the confident laughter. "Stop trying to scare her." Bandit grunts. "Focus on your radar screens and not on gossip. We're still on a mission here.""Yes sir!" Vicky and Misono both respond."Yeah yeah." You reply.Good thing you were on squadron comms. You wonder what the two Orpheus pilots would think if they heard all of this chatter.>Better focus on the mission.>Ask Lara about what she was talking about with Sofia earlier.>Ask Lara what WCS will be doing next.>Other
>>3830367>Ask Lara what WCS will be doing next.
>>3830367>Better focus on the mission.
>>3830367>>Better focus on the mission.
>>3830367>>Ask Lara what WCS will be doing next.
>>3830367Well, you suppose Bandit had a point. You were all on a mission right now, so you should stay on the alert...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3830436
Rolled 2 (1d10)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3830436
>>3830436Unfortunately, just to let you all know, >>3830440does not count towards the roll since it's not properly linked to the post!
>>3830461>>3830443>>3830440What sorcery is this.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3830439>>3830440>>3830443>>3830461Thank god we rolled two 2s.
>>3830468The sheer irony...
>>3830436You keep an eye on your surroundings, keeping a close eye on both your radar set and the ocean below. It was a clear, sunny day, so there was little chance of anybody springing an ambush on you. However, it always helped to be vigilant.And that's when you see a crimson flare pop out into the sky. "Hey, does anybody see that?" You speak up. "A flare to the northwest.""I see it." Alanna confirms. "I'm not picking up any SOS calls or radio traffic, though.""Their comms might be down." Bandit points out."Or it's a trap!" Vicky wails."Either way, we're not equipped to handle a ship SOS." Angela butts in with that oddly professional tone she only ever had when in the cockpit. "We'll log the position and keep going.">Angela has a point.>We should do something to help.>Other
>>3830506>We should do something to help.
>>3830506>We should do something to help.Damn our chivalrous instincts.
>>3830506>We should do something to help.Typical Ustian, won't help someone in need if it's against their orders.
>>3830506>>We should do something to help.We aught to at least see what's going on so we can better report it
>inb4 just some dude whose motorboat died
>>3830506"We should do something to help." You insist. "What if it's pirates or something?"There's a brief pause on Angela's end before she finally responds."All right, Orpheus will go check it out. Bandit, what's your call?" "Red, you take someone and go with them. I'd rather not take any chances." Bandit says. Huh, Bandit was giving you a pick for your wingmate? That was pretty unusual. While Vicky and Misono were dependable enough in their own ways, there was also Lara to consider. She was pretty much a beast of a pilot, and if there was something up with this, she'd definitely love to be involved...>Vicky>Misono>Lara>Other
>>3830576>>MisonoBest Butler should stay with the main objective.
>>3830576"Swordfish, you're with me!" You bark."Right!" Vicky says, naturally falling into formation beside you. Though Lara doesn't say anything, you could almost picture her pouting in her cockpit. She was always looking for a fight and didn't like getting left behind. Maybe next time..."Come on Ravens, don't lag behind!" Angel tuts as the two Orpheus planes jet ahead.You hit your throttle as you push you Su-30 to keep up with them, as Vicky's Gripen attempts to maintain formation. Sure enough, you can see a column of ugly black smoke rising from the water as you see what looks to be some sort of yacht in flames. "That doesn't look good at all." Angela remarks. "We're still not picking up any comms?""No, and I can't get a clear view of the deck, either." Vicky replies."I don't like this at all." Angela grumbles. "One pair will have to drop down to get a better look. The other will have to stay up here to provide CAP.">Go check out the yacht. >Stay on CAP.>Other
>>3830636>>Go check out the yacht.
>>3830636>Go check out the yacht.
>>3830636>>Stay on CAP.
>>3830636>Stay on CAP.
>>3830636"We'll check out the yacht. You guys watch our backs." You tell Orpheus. "Heh, trusting Ustians to watch your back, huh? Sure thing." Alanna remarks.You do your best to ignore that jab and key your radio over to Vicky."All right, Swordfish, you ready?""Whenever you are Red!" Vicky replies.With that, you start throttling back and dropping altitude to get a better look...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3830691
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3830691
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3830691
Rolled 5, 10, 6 = 21 (3d10)>>3830691...
>>3830693>>3830694>>3830697>>3830701Welp. Today's forecast: steel rain.
>>3830707As you and Vicky draw closer to the yacht, you're caught off guard as the entire ship seems to fall apart in front of you, No, it wasn't falling apart. The whole thing was a damn facade!What you had originally thought to be a yacht in distress was simply a camouflaged gunboat! Already, AA gun turrets and crew packing portable SAM launchers were already taking aim at you and Vicky!>Evasive maneuvers!>Hit them before they can hit you!>Other
>>3830721>Hit them before they can hit you!
>>3830721>>Evasive maneuvers!oh fuck! On the one hand, the obvious move is to evade before they lock on. But on the other hand, the short range and time needed to lock on gives the chance to blow it up. But on the third metaphorical hand, we're not loaded for bombing right now!
>>3830721>>Evasive maneuvers!Might as well be a good of a time to throw on some music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvZPadyp9aQ
>>3830721>>Hit them before they can hit you!
>>3830721Damn these assholes! Well you were going to show them a thing or two! Your gun was going to be quicker to bring into line, but your missiles would be heavier hitter!>Guns>Missiles>Other
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3830749Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Guns2. Missiles
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3830788The ship was too big for you to be able to reliable knock it out with your guns. Missiles would have to do, as you flip the safety off and the sound of a positive target lock whines in your ears...>Roll 1d10 (AtG test 4)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3830794
>>3830800>>3830796Were they fucking duds
>>3830796>>3830800>>3830806Did (Belkan) Spies try to sabotage us?
Rolled 6, 1, 6 = 13 (3d10)>>3830794...
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3830796>>3830800>>3830794Well crap.
>>3830814You pull the trigger... but nothing happens. "What the hell?!" You blurt. Thankfully, Vicky is quick on the draw, her Gripen swooping in and launching a pair of missiles that slam into the side of gunboat, causing the entire craft to go up in the geyser of flame and water."Red, are you okay?" Vicky asks as the two of you pull up to gain altitude."Something's wrong with my missiles..." You grunt as you check your plane's status, only to be dismayed when you see ERROR messages filling the screen. Looks like your missiles were completely useless now. Great. "Ravens, heads up! We've got incoming bogies! Lots of them!" Alanna warns. "It's going to be a real hectic airshow soon!" "Red, are you still good to fight?" Vicky wonders. "We've still got time to fall back...">No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?>Yeah, I need to figure out what the hell's going on with my missiles...>Other
>>3830826>No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?
>>3830826>>No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?And once again, our faithful butler pulls through.
>>3830826>No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?Guns are our speciality anyways.
>>3830826>>No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?Guns only achievement let's go
>>3830826"No way! And let Orpheus hog all the glory?" You snort. "Nah, the others can catch up. We're not leaving Orpheus to handle this on their loneseome!""G-got it!" VIcky affirms. You then check your radar screen, which was at least still working unlike your missiles. Sure enough, you could see over two dozen radar contacts making a beeline straight to your position. This far out, the radar was having trouble determining exactly what kind of planes they were, but they definitely were fighters of some type. Meanwhile, off to the side, you could see Orpheus Squadron correcting their headings to engage the oncoming bogeys head on. >Boost forward and draw first blood.>Let Orpheus soften them up a bit.>Other
>>3830869>Boost forward and draw first blood. First to the fight.
>>3830869>>Let Orpheus soften them up a bit.
>>3830869>Boost forward and draw first blood.
>>3830869>>Boost forward and draw first blood.
>>3830869>Let Orpheus soften them up a bit.
>>3830869While you could have let Orpheus go on ahead to draw the attention of the bogies, you weren't about to let them go and get the honor of first blood. You were going to fight these assholes o your terms!As the enemy planes draw closer, you can soon start to make out what they were. It looked like a haphazardly cobbled together force, using planes of all types and ages. F-4 Phantoms, F-5 Tigers, F-20 Tigersharks, MiG-23s, and more.These had to be those rogue penal squadrons you had heard about. Farther back, though, you could make out a handful of more modern planes. F-18s, an F-14, and another Su-30. Those must be the head honchos, was your best guess.>Time to thin out the herd.>Go straight for the leadership!>Other
>>3830906>Time to thin out the herd.
>>3830906>>Time to thin out the herd.
>>3830906>Go straight for the leadership!Let's hope our plane wasn't tampered with
>Go straight for the leadership!Finally we get to kill some Oseans!
Rolled 10, 7 = 17 (2d10)>>3830906Yeah, there was too much small fry for you to just charge through. You'd have to thin them out a bit if you wanted to have a shot at the leadership. You get your plane pointed at the nearest group of enemy fighters. A pair of F-5s. They'd make a good warmup, at least...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3830933
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3830933>>3830935>>3830937Fuck, our gun's out too, isn't it?Looks like our plane's been sabotaged.
>>3830935>>3830937>>3830938I fucking knew it! There's a spy in the base!
>>3830941>Turns out our exploits in sinking that Super Submarine spread a bit too far, and painted a target on our backs.
>>3830935>>3830937>>3830938WTF?! Does the plane self destruct or something?! Welp, maybe now we get to play Red's Survival Quest, where we find ourselves launched from the ejection seat in the middle of the ocean and now must survive and get home by any means necessary.
Rolled 7, 1, 2, 1, 9, 10, 8, 3, 7 = 48 (9d10)>>3830933...
>>3830967Suddenly, your plane is rocked by a heavy explosion, sending it tumbling out of control. You're only barely able to level out just in time to see a flash of black blitz past you. https://youtu.be/IVMQAyOgfyAIt was... it was some type of fighter that looked more like a UFO than a plane. It was sleek and angular, with forward canted wings and no signs of any obvious cockpit. Honestly, it looked like some sort of oversized drone. And the entire hull was painted a pure, yet almost familiar shade of black.And the way it moved, it was so goddamned FAST. Even the penal fighters seem to be caught off guard by its presence. And with a loud, inhuman shriek, the mystery fighter blast straight through their formation like a rocket, easily half a dozen of their number going down in flaming wrecks. "W-w-w-what is that thing/!??!" Vicky shrieks. "No way!" Angela. gasps. "There can't possibly be another one-!"It's then that you realize this alien fighter has already looped around with crazy, almost inhuman agility, its nose pointed straight at you. Specifically you. Was... was this thing gunning for you?!Suddenly, a flurry of missiles streak past you towards the mystery fighter as Vicky, Angela, and Alanna dump everything they have. The mystery fighter breaks away at what you swear is an 90 degree angle to avoid the missiles, getting it out of the face for the moment. "Fall back!" You hear Angela bark, the evident signs of panic creeping in her voice. "All planes FALL BACK."You didn't have to be told twice that this thing was a serious fucking threat. Even the penal fighters seemed to be in a state of disarray, with half the remaining ones fleeing while the other half attempted to engage it., but was like watching snails trying to keep up with a race car>There's no way we can outrun something like that. We gotta survive until the others can get here.>It looks like it's after me. I'll draw it away while the rest of you get out of here.>I can totally take this thing on!>Other
>>3830985>>It looks like it's after me. I'll draw it away while the rest of you get out of here.Time for snow.
>>3830985>It looks like it's after me. I'll draw it away while the rest of you get out of here.
>>3830985>>It looks like it's after me. I'll draw it away while the rest of you get out of here.
>>3830985>There's no way we can outrun something like that. We gotta survive until the others can get here.I swear if that thing is equipped with some Electronic Warfare suite that can shut down weapon systems...
>>3830985>>There's no way we can outrun something like that. We gotta survive until the others can get here.
I would like to suggest when we get back after surviving by the skin of our teeth hat we ask Karla is she's *sure* she shot down Tombstone.
I don't suppose we can go onto an open channel to negotiate a temporary alliance with the Penal Pilots for our mutual survival, if not their continued self-interest?>>3831000All I know is that Lara is going to be pissed that she missed out on this plane.
>>3831003I'm more concerned about wether Bandit will be pissed if he finds out that we went to engage with completely jammed missiles and only our guns.
>>3830985Call it a pilot's instinct, or Lara's "feeling", but you had the very distinct impression this mystery fighter was gunning directly for you and you alone. "You guys get out of here and link up with the others." You tell them. "I'll keep this thing busy and buy you all some time.""This isn't a time to be a glory hog!" Angela yells. "That thing will just run us down and pick us off one by one! We all know that!" You point out. "You saw that thing's after me anyways. At least this way we only put one plane at risk!"There's a few seconds of awkward, desperate silence before Angela finally responds. "Roger that. Don't get yourself killed." Both Orpheus planes then turn around and disengage. However, Vicky's Gripen doesn't follow them. "Swordfish, get outta here!" You goan!"N-no!" Vicky stammers. "Wingmates always stick together, right? I know you'd do the same for me!">...thanks, Vicky.>You're gonna get yourself killed!>Other
>>3831010>You're gonna get yourself killed!Besides, you're the main character here.
>>3831010>You're gonna get yourself killed!
>>3831010>>You're gonna get yourself killed!Bandit is gonna be so pissed at us for splitting off from the group if he doesn't hug us first.
>>3831010>>You're gonna get yourself killed!
>>3831010>>Other"Alright, but first sign of things looking bad for you, you BUG OUT, got it?"
>>3831010"You're gonna get yourself killed!" You yell."If you want to help, get the rest of the squadron here. I have a feeling it's going to take all of us to even put a dent in this thing. Trust me on this, okay?""O-okay." Vicky says, clearly reluctant to leave. "B-but you better stay alive! Or I'll make you regret it!""Heh, sure thing Swordfish. It's a promise." You grin. Finally, Vicky's Gripen peels away follow Orpheus Squadron, leaving you as the last IUN plane in the area. As for the penal fighters, the last few that didn't flee at the outset had just gone down in balls of flame. You get the feeling that whoever or whatever was flying that mystery fighter... it was setting the stage."All right, it's me you want, isn't it? Well come and get me, asshole!" You yell through the radio. There's no answer as the mystery fighter blasts forward directly at you.>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue the thread on Saturday so stay tuned!
>>3831036Thanks for the run, Merc.
>>3831036Thanks for running Merc!Hero of Sunken Farbanti when?
>>3831000>mfw Tombstone is lying half alive in some Secret Belkan Test Facility, being put through simulations against Karla over and over again, combined with flight data from Mihaly and the Wild Cards to create ODIN.
>>3831050>implying Tombstone was ever a man
Oh fuck I did not think Millie would actually get a deadly rival, sabotage plane, and get ambushed all within five minutes. At least main character Vicky is safe.
In the extremely unlikely chance of us shooting this thing down, could we possibly salvage the wreckage from the ocean?It would be a nice fixer upper project for the end game if we manage to find a manned version, or a laser weapon.
>>3831460I hope we get shot down and live. It will be exciting to fight sharks, and hide from drone boats.
>>3831036Your alien adversary was closing in on you at blinding speed. Thankfully, the missile volley from Vicky and Orpheus Squadron managed to drive it away a good distance, but you still had to respond quickly-"Red, we're on the way! Just hold on a little longer!" Bandit calls out. "We'll be in range in two minutes."Two minutes in a life or death dogfight like this may as well be an eternity...>Charge at it head on. Maybe you can force it to back off. >Draw it out further into the open sea and hopefully into the rest of your squadron.>Head for shore and try to lose it in the ground clutter.>Other
>>3831460We must salvage it so that Milly can have a drone team during her future glory
>>3832842>>Draw it out further into the open sea and hopefully into the rest of your squadron.
>>3832842>>Draw it out further into the open sea and hopefully into the rest of your squadron.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9zjHJqy9H4>>3832850>>3831460If not that, we could throw the A.I. into the backseat of Milly's plane since it is a two-seater.
>>3832842>Head for shore and try to lose it in the ground clutter.
>>3832842>>Head for shore and try to lose it in the ground clutter.
>>3832842>>Charge at it head on. Maybe you can force it to back off.This thing has to have some sense of self-preservation.
>>3832842You grit your teeth as you bank your Su-30 hard to the west towards the mainland. This wasn't exactly the ideal course of action, but at this point you didn't really have much other option. Your only hope at shaking this damn thing was to fly low and fast and try to lose it in the ground clutter. Eve that thing drone or piloted, had to have its limits, right?>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3832978
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3832978
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3832978Zoomzoom
Man, we just can't catch a break.
>>3832978You glance at the shoreline, but frown when you see your options aren't all that great. The first thing you notice is a craggy cliffside running down a section of the shore. Not exactly ideal, but flying alongside it would at least limit the directions this mystery fighter could get at you from. There was also what looked to be a coastal city. The tall buildings and canals could serve as good cover, but you didn't even want to think about the potential collateral damage...>Use the cliff.>Use the city.>Guess you're better off making a stand here.>Other
>>3833025Well, on the bright side, if we get show down we might be able to get a new plane? Assuming we survive, that is.
>>3833084>Guess you're better off making a stand here.
>>3833084>>Use the cliff.
>>3833084>>Guess you're better off making a stand here.I think we'd at least have more opportunity to bail out if our bird gets shot down as opposed to kissing a cliff at mach 1.
>>3833084>>Guess you're better off making a stand here.
>>3833084>Guess you're better off making a stand here.>>3833088Or we get put back into our old Hornet if it comes to that.
>>3833084>>Guess you're better off making a stand here.If we ever get the opportunity to shoot this thing down, and capture whoever, or whatever is piloting, we're going to have to have a lot of questions.
>>3833084>Use the cliff.
>>3833084>>Use the city.
>>3833084Gah, fuck it! You were better off just making a stand here! No more pussyfooting around!However, this thing was damn fast and maneuverable. And other than the missiles you saw it shoot out, you had no idea how well this thing was armed, either. The thing's capabilities were a complete mystery to you...>Focus on being defensive. You just have to last long enough for help to arrive!>Be aggressive. Stay right up in its face and try to keep it off balance.>Other
>>3833157>>Be aggressive. Stay right up in its face and try to keep it off balance.
>>3833157>Focus on being defensive. You just have to last long enough for help to arrive!
>>3833157>Be aggressive. Stay right up in its face and try to keep it off balance.LANCE CHARGEOn a side note tho having our own private force of these drones would be pretty useful
>>3833157>Be aggressive. Stay right up in its face and try to keep it off balance.>>3833171Would help if we also had a Neural connection that a COFFIN system provides for improved coordination.
>>3833157All right, time to play aggressive. Maybe you could throw off this damn plane's strategy and take the initiative if you can keep it dancing in defense. >Force a head on pass.>It can't know your missiles are down. Just fake trying to get a lock and force it to dance>Other
>>3833251>>It can't know your missiles are down. Just fake trying to get a lock and force it to dance
>>3833251>Force a head on pass.
>>3833251>It can't know your missiles are down. Just fake trying to get a lock and force it to dance
>>3833251>>Force a head on pass.For all we know it's the reason our missiles are down.
>>3833251You ease off your throttle just a bit, letting the mystery plane gain on you just a bit. You needed to lure it in closer it you wanted to get into a position behind it, but give how maneuverable this thing was, you'd have to have the timing perfect.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6-1)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3833350
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3833350
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3833350Time to dance with the angels!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3833350
>>3833354Just wait until for another three 10s and get shot out of the sky. Or worst get a second ace drone.
>>3833350You rapidly pull your stick back, performing a classic cobra move. The mystery plane is caught off guard by your sudden deceleration and overshoots, putting you in a position directly behind it. Now was the moment of truth. You could try and go for a gun run on the mystery plane, but that meant getting close to it, and with that inhuman agility, that might be giving it the opportunity to reverse the situation. Or you can hang farther back and make it think you have a missile lock on it. At the very least, being able to hang farther back meant you'd have a bigger buffer to react to its moves. >Go for the kill!>Keep trying to fool it.>Other
>>3833400END, Tombstone and Nemo walk into a bar.
>>3833415>>Go for the kill!Unlike Champ, we actually know what we're doing.
>>3833415>go for the killWell we didnt get to kill any Oseans, but a Super drone works too
>>3833415>>Keep trying to fool it.Even if we did manage to damage it, it'd probably detach the main engines, and keep on fighting with the much smaller jet. God knows if it has pulse lasers or just regular guns on it.
>>3833415>Keep trying to fool it.
>>3833415>Go for the kill!
Rolled 8, 8, 4, 6, 10 = 36 (5d10)>>3833415You bite your lip as you flip your gun safety off, your finger squarely pressed on the trigger. Your target was right in front of you. All you needed was to get a bit closer...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3833490Here comes the snow!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3833490
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3833490
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3833490Time for some fireworks
>>3833491Holy crap that was close
>>3833491>>3833495>>3833496I swear that we'll need a super advanced flightsuit to reduce the strain of all these high-g maneuvers just to keep up with this guy.
>>3833490The mystery plane tries to juke you, but you're able to predict its moves and stay glued to its tail like determined dog. Your gunsight winks on as you get into ideal gun range.It was now or never!>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
>>3833511Not keep up, running away just to survive a few more seconds.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3833515Time for Snow!
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3833515AAAAHHHH!
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3833515COME ON
>>3833515You pull your trigger and let your bullets fly, but your target immediately hits all its air brakes, dropping out of the sky like a stone in a deliberate stall maneuver. You immediately pull your nose up and flip over in a half loop to stay on the mystery plane's tail, but you could see that it converted its stall into sharp dive, trading altitude for a LOT of speed. Slippery little bastard!>Dive after it!>Maintain the altitude advantage to keep it on the defensive.>Other
>>3833519>>3833520>>3833524Even our best as a side character is not enough.
>>3833532>>Maintain the altitude advantage to keep it on the defensive.
>>3833532>>Dive after it!
>>3833532>Dive after it!>>3833536If we keep up our side character status, then we'd probably be killed to get Vicky to transcend to true Acehood
>>3833550We would live on within the heart of best butler.
>>3833532>Maintain the altitude advantage to keep it on the defensive.
>>3833550>>3833559The alternative could always be having our brainscans used to make an A.I. like what Schroeder did in AC7. We'd live on in cyberspace, or stuck in a plane
>>3833583But AIs can't exactly be knighted.
>>3833583We are turned into what we hated the most, drone planes and anything drone related.
>>3833532You were not keen on chasing down that mystery plane, especially since you were still getting caught off guard with what it could do. Instead, you hold back and maintain your altitude advantage. Even this mystery plane, no matter how advanced, had to respect that. Instead, the mystery plane circles around you in a wide arc...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3833599
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3833599
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3833599dice gods
>>3833599The mystery plane continues to circle around you like a predator, its motives, if it had any, were completely inscrutable to you. However, everything changes when the plane immediately changes direction and accelerates away, zooming inland at blinding speed. At the same time, Orpheus and the rest of Raven Squadron arrive in force, no doubt the reason the mystery plane decided to flee. "Red, are you okay?" Bandit asks, obviously relieved to see you still in the air. "Well, I'm alive." You respond. "You managed to survive this long against a Raven? That's really something." Angela whistles. "Not many pilots can claim that." Alanna adds. "I-I get that we're all happy Red is okay, but we should get going!" Vicky butts in . "W-what if there's more of those things? And what if they come back!""You got a point, kid." Angela affirms. "We can continue on to Fort Grays. It still a little ways away, but it's starting to get late and I'm not sure how enthusiastic you are about landing on the Andersen in the dark.">Keep going on to Fort Grays.>Return to the Andersen>Other
>>3833641>>Keep going on to Fort Grays.Well, we got the respect of the Ustians, so that's something at least.
>>3833641>Keep going on to Fort Grays.Only a Belkan could even hope to shoot down a Raven.
>>3833641>Keep going to Fort Grays.Man this fight went so wrong for Millie.
>>3833641>Keep going on to Fort Grays.We may need some upgrades for our own arsenal. Going from a Falcon to a Raven is quite a big spike.
>>3833641>>Keep going on to Fort Grays.
>>3833641>>Keep going on to Fort Grays.And get the plane checked out.
>>3833641"Yeah, let's keep heading to Fort Grays." You say. "Might as well get there before something else happens."And with that, both squadrons continue the flight to Fort Grays, though everybody was eerily silent. >Ask Angela and Alanna about this "Raven". >Thank Bandit for coming to help you out.>Apologize to Vicky for worrying her.>Other
>>3833717>Ask Angela and Alanna about this Raven.
>>3833717>Ask Angela and Alanna about this "Raven".It truly is the pinnacle of Belkan aerospace engineering.
>>3833717>>Ask Angela and Alanna about this "Raven".>>3833662I've a feeling that it won't stop being upgraded, which means we need some serious hardware.Probably throw in an upgraded Su-30 variant, or next gen plane with a COFFIN, a new G-suit, and cutting edge weapons.That, or have Vicky fight it in her Gripen.
>>3833717>>Ask Angela and Alanna about this "Raven".
>>3833734Vicky is the only one who can handle such skilled and deadly enemies.
>>3833717>Ask Angela and Alanna about this "Raven".We're going to get more fame from merely surviving, aren't we? At this rate, there's going to be a bounty on us.
>>3833734>>3833750If that's the case we should give Vicky that new equipment so she'd be virtually unstoppable. More of a force of nature than a pilot.
>>3833769It is the next stage of evolution for Vicky, she must become more than just best butler.
>>3833717"So uh, Guillotine, Scalpel." You speak up, breaking the silence. "You know what that plane was? A 'Raven' or something?""Yeah. Well, it's official designation is the ADF-11F." Angela explains. "A super high tech fighter developed by Grunder Industries and sold to Erusea.""I'm sure the irony that you almost got killed by what's essentially a Belkan designed fighter should have dawned on you." Alanna adds. "Yeah mean Erusea had these things? How'd they lose the war, then?" You frown. "There were only ever two made during the Lighthouse War, and they both got shot down by Three Strikes." Angela further explains. "The fact a third one's shown up is... not good.""So is it another drone?" Misono wonders."I have my doubts." Bandit grunts. "If I recall, the Raven can be optionally manned. And this one didn't fly like the ones that showed up at the Lighthouse. Either it's got a different AI or there's a person behind the controls.">You might be right.>There's no way a human can fly like that!>Other
>>3833800>There's no way a human can fly like that!
>>3833800>>There's no way a human can fly like that!
>>3833800>>There's no way a human can fly like that!"Their bodies would have turned into schnitzel from the G forces!"
>>3833800>>You might be right.Worst case scenario, there's a human pilot, but they had their limbs amputated (voluntarily, or not) to prevent them blacking out.
>>3833800>>You might be right.
>>3833814Amputation does not affect black out rates, it will just save space in the plane.
>>3833800>There's no way a human can fly like that!It's simply proof once again that Belka is the greatest country on the planet, and Ustians are silly for even thinking they're a real country.
>>3833800"There's no way a human can fly like that!" You protest. "The G-Forces alone would have turned them into paste!""Even the best drones are ultimately based off the flight data of real pilots." Bandit points out. "And that hasn't stopped numerous insanely talented pilots appearing when they're needed the most."Well, Bandit maybe did have a point, but you weren't fully convinced. Soon enough, though, Fort Grays comes into view, and you're given clearance to land. Like Comona, it was a large island base, but you were pretty used to that by now anyways. You're obviously the first to land, since your Su-30 was the most banged up and most in need of emergency assistance if something were to go wrong. Thankfully, you manage to land without a hitch, the large concrete runway providing plenty of room for error, even with the setting sun.As you step out of your cockpit, however...>Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3833863
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3833863
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3833863
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3833863
>>3833867>>3833871ah, crap Lara's gonna kill us, ain't she
>>3833863You stumble as it feels like all of the strength drains out of your body, and your head explodes in a blur of dizziness. You very well would have fallen over had you not been caught thanks to the quick reaction of->Bandit>Lara>Vicky>Alanna>Other
>>3833956>AlannaIt's going to be the princess carry, isn't it?
>>3833956>VickyButler powers GO!
>>3833956Alanna is there to catch you when you stumble, and it's just now that your body is hit with a wave of fatigue. You're literally shivering and sweating as the adrenaline in your system finally wears off, and the lingering effects of the heavy G-forces you subjected yourself to just to stay alive finally catch up to you. "You okay?" Alanna asks with genuine concern. "You don't look well."Well gee that was a very astute observation."Do you need help getting to the aid station?" Alanna asks as she continues to half carry you away from your plane. >I'm totally fine!>...I could use some help.>Other
>>3834006>>...I could use some help.Just this once.
>>3834006>I'm totally fine!
>>3834006>>...I could use some help."Thanks..."
>>3834006>>...I could use some help.Let's just forget our Belkan Pride this one time.
>>3834006>>I'm totally fine!Why her of all people....
>>3834006>>...I could use some help.
>>3834006"...I could use some help." You admit."I figured." Alanna nods. She then glances a the distance you still have to cover to get off the tarmac and frowns. "Just a moment.""What are you-"It's then that Alanna bends down a bit and sweeps your legs out from under you with her arm, lifting you up into a princess carry. Like her wingmate Angela, Alanna appeared to be inhumanly strong as well. "There, that's better." Alanna nods as she picks up the pace. You... you were being princess carried by an Ustian of all people!Anything... anything but this!>W-what the hell are you doing?!?!>[Die]>Other
>>3834065>>Other>Belkan StoicismTime to put Karla's most important lesson into practice.
>>3834065>[Die]Welp, time to fall into a fever dream where Ustio rules the world, Vicky is our hyper competent fighting butler, and Raven is a collective of alien ships.
>>3834097>Ustio rules the world Clearly the worst timeline, especially if Milly is a maid to Orpheus.
>>3834065If this were all happening in private, it probably would have been fine. However, you simply can't deal with it when the others see you in this state.Both Angela and Lara burst out in uncontrollable fits of laughter while Bandit raises a very curious eyebrow. Both Vicky and Misono turn a slight shade of red. All the while, Alanna seems to be completely oblivious to the others' reactions. Or maybe she didn't care. Either way, this was so fucking embarrassing that you kinda wished that Raven had actually killed you. All you could do was cover your face with your hands and hope that it would all be over soon. >And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3834135Thanks for the thread, Merc!We'll have to omit this part when we tell people how we managed to survive against a Raven.
>>3834135Thanks for running Merc!
>>3834135See you next time.Milly should probably write to Grunder Industries and ask for some special gear.
>>3834152When Milly assumes her natural mantle as leader of the rebellion, surely we will get a suit of armor to match. We shall mass-produce the RAVEN and bring the foreign imperialists to their knees
>>3834135Hey Merc, is there a trauma roll for Millie? She did watch an entire mook force be wiped out, made everyone terrified, targeted by an ace, fought Belkan engineering, accepted to be a sacrificial pawn, barely survive for reinforcements, push to the limit with g-forces, and didn't even scratch the enemy. I would imagine she would not like to face that drone again.
>>3834135Thanks for the run, Merc.>>3834097Or another fever dream where Milly is a Brooklyn-class light cruiser, Vicky is an aircraft carrier and Misono is Yahagi.
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>3834512Not to mention Bandit being their Commander which they try to gain affection with.>>3834473Let's roll for itMaybe we'll start next thread with a dream sequence consisting of Milly's whole life before it turns to hell when the part with the Raven pops up?I wouldn't be surprised if Milly just changes her flying/Ace Style immediately afterwards, and that's not mentioning the potential string of multiple 10s being rolled in the possible future.
>>3834532>>3834473>string of multiple 10sOh god, we don't need Milly to lose her ability to fly, and turn back into being a Nugget again. If we're going to lose her funk, Milly should probably take a break and head back home for a bit if possible. Maybe a chat with Karla, or just being home would help?
>>3834532Rolling for trauma.>>3834553Maybe have Karla give a speech to raise our spirit and to never give up. A vacation sounds like a great idea, go drinking, get in a bar fight standing up for Belkan pride, not get ambushed by even more drones.
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3835388
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>3834532>>3834512You want a nightmare? How about Milly waking up in another world? Specifically......EA's attempt to recreate the success of the Ace Combat franchise with LOOTBOX COMBAT!!!
>>3835446EA:Pick your plane for 10.99, pick your weapons 3.99, how much fuel .99 per gallon, pay for lift off 2.99. Millie: Let me fly already.EA: Pay for a membership account 29.99 per month.Millie: AAAAHHHH!.
>>3835483Worst thing is, there are rumors of EA trying to make their own AC-esque game with recent job openings.
>>3835507They truly want to ruin everything they touch
>>3834553>>3835388Plus we can hang out with Ellisa (to see how she decorated her room), or even try to investigate Milly's parents. My money on one of them being Dorodoro.
>>3835575It would truly start our side character backstory, and it will be up to Vicky or Karla to bring our spirit back.
There's also the possibility of Ace Combat style heavy handed symbolism.Something like Milly finding a small bird outside with an injured wing received from a fight with a crow.It then becomes the mascot named, "Nugget".
>diceCan't wait for next week when we roll like airborne gods again
So for those that played Operation Sighthound,What the hell was that all about?Also, Electronic Warfare is OP.