he 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!While you weren't expecting a big celebration or welcome party when you got back from your mission, it was still a bit unsettling landing at Shilage Castle at night. This wasn't a secure and fortified airbase nestled well behind enemy lines. It was a castle sitting in still very hotly contested territory, still within arms reach of Erusea's military might. Or at least, what was left of it, anyways. The castle was still shrouded in complete darkness to make it harder for observers to direct night time artillery and bomb attacks. Unfortunately, that made it a lot harder to land, as well. They only kept a bare minimum of lights on the runway, just enough to get a rough idea of where it was. The rest you had to rely on your own eyes and night vision. Thankfully, both you and Misono touch down with no serious issues. Your planes are then quickly ushered into the safety of the makeshift hangars from the repurposed underground chambers carved into the mountain beneath Shilage Castle. "Excellent job." Wit's number two, Seymour compliments as you exit your borrowed F-16. "Farmers in the outlying areas have corroborated your kills. "Yeah, those bombers won't be a problem any more." You grin."And we will honor our deal." Seymour continues. "The remains of the Wyvern are being loaded on one of the outbound cargo planes as we speak.">You want to take a look at it, first.>It can wait until you get back to base.>Other
>>3901578>It can wait until you get back to base.
>>3901578>It can wait until you get back to base.Our job here is done. Let's get going while we have a clear window. We can gawk in safety later. Let's get out of fucking Bosnia.
>>3901578>>It can wait until you get back to base.
>>3901578>You want to take a look at it, first.
>>3901578>>You want to take a look at it, first.
>first vote a deadlockI can see it's gonna be one of those nights.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3901578Looks like we're tied up, so we'll have to roll it off!1. Look now.2. Look later
>>3901615"Sweet!" You beam. "Where is it at?""Just down in that hangar over there." Seymour points down the underground tunnel. "You can't miss it.""C'mon, Mis!' You grin as you dash off down the tunnel, completely forgetting any fatigue you may be feeling."Wait up!" Misono pants as she follows right behind you.And that's when you see it. The much vaunted X-02S Wyvern. Well, in truth, you weren't sure what you were expecting. The Wyvern, or what was left of it, was practically in pieces. Only the front half of the fuselage was in any way intact, the engines completely burnt out and gone while the wings were snapped off, having been stacked separately to the side. Much of the original paint job was burned off from fire damage, leaving it only a scorched wreck.In the cockpit, the canopy was gone from an obvious ejection. However, you notice an odd, mechanical dome in the rear seat...>You should inspect it closer.>Better leave it alone.>Other
>>3901638>You should inspect it closer.
>>3901638>>You should inspect it closer.Does it even work?Is it secretly recording us, and everything around it?
>>3901642Might still have an on board drone recording.
>>3901638>>OtherWE ARE KEEPING OUR PET ROBOT TO SHOW TO BEST DAUGHTERU
>>3901638>>You should inspect it closer.
>>3901638"Hmmm, it looks like Mead will have her work cut out for her." Misono frowns as she observes the wrecked Wyvern. "I know she likes to boast she can make anything fly, but for a plane in this state...?"However, you don't immediately reply to Misono, being drawn towards that dome. You clamber up the side and reach your hand out to it...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>3901672Neural Link?
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>3901672
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>3901672Beep boop?
>>3901672Suddenly, you see the lights in the dome flicker for just a brief second as you touch it. Was it still operational, somehow?"Milly? Is something the matter?" Misono asks curiously from behind. From that angle, she wouldn't have been able to see what had happened. >I think this thing is still working!>Nah, it's nothing.>Other
>>3901679>>Nah, it's nothingGuys be smart here. Let's not reveal the drone is working while the literal rebels hungry for weapons are still around. Just don't acknowledge it for now. I'd rather they didn't take it back. I'm sure they have cameras here.
>>3901679>Nah, it's nothing.
>>3901679>>Nah, it's nothing.DON'T SAY ANYTHING! No more destroying robot friends! This one is Ours!
>>3901679>>Nah, it's nothing.Let's see what happens when we put the helmet on.
>>3901690Only good things surely
>>3901679>Nah, it's nothing.>>3901690>>3901691Something's wrong with Mihaly. He is now a 20 something year old woman for some reason.
>>3901694You thought i was milly, but it was I mihail!
>>3901687RoBros need to be shown some love.
>>3901694Milly will take this ai to its full, Osean Killing Potential Yellow 13 will look like a target tug
>>3901679>>I think this thing is still working!
>>3901679"Nah, it's nothing!" You assure her, dropping down from the fuselage. You weren't going to have an opportunity to get a closer look with her around. "I was just curious what that thing was.""Hmmmm, if I'm not mistaken, that looks like an AI core." Misono narrows her eyes. "I've heard that some R&D companies are putting them into planes to act as assistants to pilots.""I thought AI was illegal?" You blink."Well, technically yes." Misono shrugs. "However, strategic AIs, AIs designed to assist humans, are still allowed as long as they aren't being used to autonomously operate military equipment."Huh. Mihaly didn't strike you as the type of guy to resort to using AI to help him. Then again, maybe he needed something to help him deal with his old age. "Either way, it looks like it's been totally fried in the crash." Misono continues. "I doubt it would be much use at this point.""Yeah... probably." You nod.l "Anyways, I'm going to get some rest." Misono yawns. "The cargo plane will leave first thing the morning, and we'll escort it out. Bandit and Vicky will remain on standby.""Yeah yeah, I know." You nod. >Better go get some rest.>Stick with the Wyvern a bit longer.>You need a bit of fresh air.>Other
>>3901713G E T O U T T R A I T O RAve belka!
>>3901723>Better go get some rest.
>>3901723>>Stick with the Wyvern a bit longer.Oh yes, now that the interference is gone, the Wyvern is all ours... My Precious...
>>3901724Indeed. Which is why i said Osean Killing. An ideal test run would be those dregs we were hunting before. >>3901723>You need a bit of fresh air.
>>3901723>>You need a bit of fresh air.
>>3901735I apologise for my hubris as it struck again.
>>3901723>Stick with the Wyvern a bit longer.
>>3901723>>Better go get some rest.
How long do you guys reckon before we can get the Wyvern up and running?
>>3901744I'd assume a few months if we can get the necessary parts, and blueprints.Though whether or not it can fly, let alone fight, is another matter.
>>3901744>>3901753Reminder that the Strike Wyvern was made in collaboration with Grunder and Erusea. So all we need is to buy some parts from Grunder, or something.
>>3901768Well should we accept Grunders offer then that wont be a problem. We do have that card still. I'm sure it will come up again.
>>3901723>>Stick with the Wyvern a bit longer.Friend?
>>3901774But the price we'd have to pay for getting those parts would be becoming a terrorist again, right?
>>3901774They'll just use it to steal Milly's flight data, a real pilot doesn't need an AI to fly a plane.
>>3901780I'm not advocating one way or the other. I'm just pointing out that the option exists.
>>3901723"Well, you go on ahead, Mis. I'm gonna stick around a little longer.""All right, but do not stay up too long." Misono cautions."Sheesh, I thought having Bandit for a dad was enough." You roll your eyes."Well someone has to look out for you while he's not around." Misono chuckles. "Anyways, good night.""Night, Mis." You wave to her as she takes her leave. And so you were alone. It was just you and Wyvern. And, well, whatever was sitting in the copilot seat.>Try tinkering with the AI.>Try talking to the AI. >Try to remove the AI.>Other
>>3901798>>Try talking to the AI.Hello? Wanna fly the skies again as my friend?
>>3901798>Try talking to the AI.Let's not break it by pushing buttons we don't understand
>>3901798>Try talking to the AI.Tinkering something we are not familiar with won't end well.Call him <<Buddy.>>
>>3901798>>Try talking to the AI.Time to see if this is an exercise in futility. We probably won't get anywhere without the special interface helmet that's supposed to come with it.
>>3901805And then we roll a 20 and it starts talking back.
>>3901798>Try talking to the AI.
>>3901806Or we roll a 1 and it starts blaring an alarm before self destructing. Given how schizo the rolls in the last thread were I'd not be surprised.
>>3901806Inb4 gaining the ability to see time...
>>3901820Either that, NT-D or EXAMYeah running joke about how much Ace Combat is Gundam with planes
>>3901798"Um, hey?" You start tapping the dome lightly. "Can you hear me? Can you talk?">Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3901831
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3901831
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3901831
>>3901834And so it begins
Apparently, Urban Dictionary was the AI's speech training data set.
>>3901829I wouldn't mind an Ace Combat EXAM system.
>>3901844>inb4 Nam Flashbacks ai
>>3901840>>3901843>>3901844It could just not talk.
>>3901851It's gonna fucking sperg out and detonate
>>3901851It may also try communicating via blinking lights like Morse Code or other visual signals that Milly might not understand.
>>3901831Unfortunately, you don't seem to recognize any sort of direct response from the AI, which was a bit disheartening. Were you just imagining things before?However, at that moment, the section at the base of the dome spits out what looks to be a portable hard drive. You suppose this was the only way the AI could communicate with you?Well, you really didn't have anything else to do but pocket the hard drive, slipping it quietly into your flight suit. You weren't going to be able to really inspect this thing until you got back to base, where you could get access to a proper computer. With the AI hard drive securely in your pocket, you wonder what to do next.>Get some sleep.>Get some air.>Other
>>3901858>Get some sleepK. Let's hit the sack.
>>3901858>Get some air.
>>3901858>>Get some sleep.
>>3901858>Get some sleep.
>>3901858Well, at at this point, there wasn't really any reason to keep mucking around. You let out a big yawn and shuffle over to the temporary quarters the Shilagans had set up for the aircrews. You were leaving first thing in the morning so you were going to need to squeeze in as much rest as possible.---"Rise and shine, Milly!" Vicky says cheerfully as she prods you. "The special cargo is being loaded right now and will be leaving soon! We gotta get ready to take off!""Nnnnnngh." You groan, sitting up from your cot and rubbing the sleep out of your eyes. "I know you had an exciting night, but this is not time to be sleeping in!" Vicky tuts. Jeez, it seems like she's really picked up a bit more confidence while you were gone. "Right, right." You sigh as Vicky hands you a couple of granola bars. "What the heck is this for?""It's uh, breakfast, unfortunately." Vicky sighs. "Everyone's rationing here so proper food is a bit out of the question at the moment.""Yeah, that makes sense." You nod as you set the breakfast bars aside. "Anything else happen?""Bandit and Misono are getting our F-16s prepped and ready to go." Vicky explains, and then pauses before speaking again. "So you actually saw the Wyvern?""Yeah, last night." You nod. "And... what was it like?" Vicky leans in closer, almost uncomfortably close. You get the feeling that she had a deep amount of interest on the subject."Well, it was in a bunch of pieces." You shrug. "Mead's gonna have her work cut out for her." "Aww, that's a shame." Vicky sighs. "I was hoping to see one actually fly sometime soon!" >Same here.>You are such a nerd, Vicky.>Other
>>3901886>Same here.Wonder what sort of end game plane Vicky wants.
>>3901886>You are such a nerd, Vicky.
>>3901886>Same here.we should hug vicky
>>3901886"Same here, Vicky." You grin. "Guess we just gotta put our faith in Mead now, huh?""I suppose so." Vicky nods. "Um, also...""Hm?" You raise an eyebrow, piqued at Vicky's odd behavior."Misono said you stuck around the Wyvern's wreckage last night." Vicky explains. "Did you find anything special or something?"Honestly, you weren't sure if Vicky was psychic or just had a habit of stumbling into sensitive topics. You were pretty sure you could trust her, after all the two of you had been though. Plus with her technical background, maybe she could provide you with much needed off the books assistance. However, were you willing to the take the risk telling her about the AI...?>I was just enjoying the view.>I think I found a working AI.>Other
>>3901903>>I think I found a working AI.Can we really say no to her?
>>3901903>>I think I found a working AI.We need to keep building our personal influence with Vicky for when we initiate Plan Milly down the line. Showing her some private trust is a good way to do that. Also i trust her slightly more than Misono not to rat us out to Bandit. Sorry Missy.
>>3901903>I think I found a working AI.
>>3901903>I was just enjoying the view.
>>3901903>>I think I found a working AI.also>no,not the ones were fighting, but a strategic AI
Like we'll tell Misono eventually. Probably. We just need a backup plan in place. I think it's necessary but it does feel kind of bad cutting her out like this.
>>3901903"Um, well, to tell the truth." You reach into your flight suit pocket and pull out the hard drive. "I think I found a working AI.""Really?" Vicky gasps as she stares at the hard drive. "I heard that Mister X was flying with AI assistance. To think that AI managed to survive the crash...""Yeah, well, let's not just blurt it out to everybody." You caution. "You haven't told Misono or Bandit?" Vicky blinks."Nope." You shake your head. "And I don't plan on changing that any time soon. I get the feeling they'd try to destroy it.""They probably would. AI is a very iffy subject right now." Vicky nods. "Still, why are you telling me?">Because I trust you, of course.>I was hoping you'd be able to do something with it.>Other
>>3901927>>>Because I trust you, of course.and>>I was hoping you'd be able to do something with it.
>>3901927>Because I trust you, of course.
>>3901927>Because I trust you, of course.It hurts my soul bros. But for a bigger cause it must be done.
>>3901927>>Because I trust you, of course.
>>3901927"Because I trust you, of course." You roll your eyes. "Why would I tell you if I didn't?""R-really?" Vicky blinks in shock, her cheeks turning a light shade of pink . "Well I won't disappoint you, then!"Good, it looked like Vicky wasn't about to rat you out or anything. >Keep the AI with you, just in case.>Leave the AI with Vicky and see what she can do with it.>Other
>>3901950>Leave the AI with Vicky and see what she can do with it.Alright our apprentice, let's see what you can do. Do not fuck this up.
>>3901950>Keep the AI with you, just in case.
>>3901950>Leave the AI with Vicky and see what she can do with it.
>>3901950>>Keep the AI with you, just in case.Why would Vicky be able to do anything with it other than accidentally getting it revealed?
>>3901950>>Keep the AI with you, just in case.Let's see what it can do without any changes.
Part of my reasoning here too is the double switch guys. Think about it. Eventually during repairs someone is gonna notice the ai module. They are gonna notice it missing. The only possible suspects for that would be us and Missy(assuming they think it didnt just pop out). Who the fuck is gonna suspect Vicky? It's the perfect cover. Checkmate Bandit
>>3901950"Yeah, well, we'll figure out what to do with it later." You say as you pocket the hard drive. "So uh, ho w are things looking today? We gonna be able to fly out?""Erm, well, the air corridor is still open, which we want to exploit." Vicky confirms. "After all, we're not sure when the Eruseans will attack again and try to close the airspace. So the sooner we leave, the better!"Yeah, it makes sense." You nod in agreement.>Let's get the hell outta here!>There's something else you want o take care of first.... (specify)>Other
>>3901986>>Let's get the hell outta here!
>>3901986>Let's get the hell outta here!
>>3901986Well anyways, it was time to get the hell out of here! You quickly get dressed and cleaned up, or at least as best you could in such a makeshift setup while Vicky heads off to make sure the planes are ready. Nibbling on one of the breakfast bars, you make your way to the hangar, where your borrowed F-16s are all ready and waiting to go. Bandit, Misono, and Vicky were all present. "Just in time." Bandit nods at your arrival."Our birds are largely ready to go. However, thanks to your efforts last night, the Shilageans are willing to give us some special weapons for our extraction.""It's a mix of anti air and anti surface weaponry." Misono explains. "There's a high chance that the Eruseans may use aircraft or mobile anti-aircraft systems to try and intercept inbound and outbound flight traffic, which includes us.""So what do we have?" You ask, glancing at the stored munitions."Well, in addition to the standard missiles, we can either take 4AAMs, which allows you to fire four missiles at once." Vicky remarks. "Or Short Range Aerial Suppression Missiles, which are proximity fuzed and explode like flak shells. Four ground targets, we have Guided Bombs."Hm, well, both 4AAMs and SASMs were both good options against massed numbers of aerial targets. 4AAMs were good against targets that were spread out, while SASMs were better against tightly clumped targets, which drones tended to do. Though if the Eruseans were also going to be using road mobile elements, Guided Bombs would be useful against them, too. >4AAM>SASM>GPB>Save on weight and don't take any special weapons.
>>3902000Looks like we've got a split vote so we'll have to have a runoff vote!>SASM>4AAM
>>3902007>SASMI think having a mini flak array would fit us more.
>>3902007>>SASMthese things are pretty baller in Ace Combat 7
>>3902007You decide to load up SASMs. The nice thing about these missiles is that you didn't necessarily need to get a direct hit to inflict damage on enemy planes, even if said damage wouldn't be immediately lethal. Finally, you're informed that the cargo plane carrying your Wyvern wreckage was ready to take off. You and the rest of your squadron board your loaned F-16s. You would escort the cargo plane until you crossed the Shilage border, where you would link up with the Gullinbursti again to get your regular planes back. A simple enough plan. Hopefully it would stay simple. As you and your squadron takes off, you radio immediately buzzes. "Just a heads up, but we're detecting increased activity from the Erusean lines." Wit warns. "Sol Squadron will do its best to keep them away from the air corridor, but keep an eye out, regardless.""Roger that." Bandit responds. "All right, let's do this by the book. Let's get a flight pair to scout ahead and try to draw out any potential threats.">Move ahead of the formation and scout.>Stick to escorting to the cargo plane.>Other
>>3902020>>Stick to escorting to the cargo plane.
>>3902020>Stick to escorting to the cargo plane.
>>3902020>>Move ahead of the formation and scout.
>>3902020>Move ahead of the formation and scout.
will the X-02s come with the built-in EML, and will we be able to bring additional special weapons?
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3902020Looks like we've got a tie so time for a roll off!1. Scout2. Escort
>>3902027I guess it has a damaged one though if we want to carry more stuff, it'll be a tradeoff.
>>3902032"All right, me and Knives will move on ahead." Bandit decides. "Red, Swordfish, you stick with the cargo plane.""Got it." You affirm. As Bandit and Misono fly on ahead, you and Vicky take up positions alongside the cargo plane. In the distance, you can see signs of dogfighting as Sol Squadron interdicts Erusean attempts to intercept you. However, despite the obvious skill gap between Sol Squadron and standard Erusean squadrons, the Eruseans still had numbers going for them. Some Erusean planes were able to bypass them and were making a beeline towards your formation. At the same time, tracers and missiles trails begin lancing up from the trees up ahead, indicating that Bandit and Misono had triggered hidden ground batteries. Essentially, you were getting pressed from two fronts. "They're coming right at us!" Vicky wails as the the Erusean contacts begin steadily closing on your position. "Of course they are, Swordfish." You grin. Looks like were going to have a bit of fun before leaving...>And that's it for tonight! The thread will continue on Saturday so stay tuned!
>>3902034Now that I realize Merc, your ID has se... in it.
>>3902085that's obviously moonshine
>>3902034Despite your enthusiasm, you knew that things could get pretty dicey. It looked like the Erusians had no intention of letting you get away, as was evidenced by the type of planes they were sending after you. It was a force of eight planes, being mix of F-15s and MiG-31s, planes that were fast enough to run down their targets and engage them from long range. It was going to be a real hassle to deal with them in daylight conditions like this. However, the interceptors were still quite a distance away, just only now breaking past Sol Squadron's line. That should give you and Vicky a few minutes to help Bandit and Misono blast some of those AA vehicles. Having them join in on the battle would certainly help narrow the numerical advantage they had.However, with their long range missiles, especially the ones MiG-31s usually packed, them taking long distance potshots at the cargo plane were a distinct possibility...>Try to help Bandit and Misono with the AA vehicles.>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane. >Other
>>3903314>>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane.Here comes the IMAGINATION
>>3903314>>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane.Nothing personal guys. But you need to move.
>>3903314>>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane.time to use the missiles built to kill planes.
>>3903314>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane.Ending interceptors to save a cargo planes!Imagine!
Any idea on the type of women Bandit is interested in?
>>3903352For all we know, he might identify as PLANE
>>3903352I have maintained that Misono is crushing on him. Bandit as far as we know has smashed at least one lady. That Sapinish one whose name i forget.
>>3903314>>Engage the interceptors before they can get a bead on the cargo plane.>>3903352Milly is not that flat!
>>3903314You angle in towards the interceptors. With you and Vicky in their path, they couldn't just fly past or shoot past you. But, well, you'd be outnumbered 8 to 2. Still good odds, in your estimation. "W-wait, we're going to attack them head on!?" Vicky wails."It's worked for us so far!" You laugh. "And we can't very well leave them alone, you know. We're supposed to be protecting the cargo!'"I-I get it!" Vicky groans. "But that doesn't mean I have to like it!"You keep your focus on the approaching enemies. Four F-15s and four MiG-31s. The MiG-31s were much faster than the F-15s, but were far clumsier, as they weren't designed to handle knife fights. They'd be extremely vulnerable to your F-16 if you could get close. However, that meant having to ignore the F-15s, which while not as nimble as your F-16, were far better suited to dogfighting than the MiG-31s. They could easily get in behind you if you weren't careful. >Focus on taking down the MiG-31s first.>Focus on taking down the F-15s first.>Split duties between you and Vicky.>Other
>>3903457>>Focus on taking down the MiG-31s first.
>>3903457>Split duties between you and Vicky.Let Vicky handle the MiGs. We got the F15s
>>3903457>Split duties between you and Vicky.
>>3903457>Focus on taking down the MiG-31s first.
>>3903457>>Focus on taking down the F-15s first.
>>3903457"Let's take out those MIG-31s first!" You bark to Vicky. "They have long range missiles! We can't let them take potshots at the cargo!""Got it!" Vicky says as her F-16 forms up on yours. By this point, the Erusean planes have noticed your approach. The MiG-31s break off at an angle, obviously aware of their weakness in close combat and attempting to keep you at arm's reach while the F-15s continue to beeline towards the two of you. You'd only have one shot at the MiG-31s before the F-15s were on top of you. Bank hard to keep your nose pointed at the MiG-31s as they try to speed past you.>Hit afterburner to sprint forward and hit them with guns. >Fire off missiles and prepare to evade the F-15s.>Other
>>3903457>>Split duties between you and Vicky.
>>3903522>Hit afterburner to sprint forward and hit them with guns
>>3903522>Hit afterburner to sprint forward and hit them with gunsWe have our flak array
>>3903522>>Hit afterburner to sprint forward and hit them with guns.
>>3903522>Fire off missiles and prepare to evade the F-15s.
>>3903522You hit your afterburners, giving your F-16 a critical boost in speed, briefly outmatching the acceleration of the MiG-31s for a few crucial seconds. All you needed was to get a good bead them...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3903565
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3903565
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>3903565
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3903565
Rolled 1, 10, 2 = 13 (3d10)>>3903565...
>>3903578Both and Vicky and fire off a burst of cannon rounds at the MiG-31s. You see your tracers intersect with the closest MiG-31, tearing holes into its right wing and fuselage. Smoke and oil begin spurting from the breaches and the wounded plane banks away yet again, disengaging from the pursuit. He wasn't down, but he was in no position to threaten the cargo plane for a while.Vicky's burst tears into the wing root of a second MiG-31. With the speed the plane is going, the wing tears itself off from the sheer force of air pressure, causing the plane to fall into an uncontrollable roll. That left two MiG-31s left, but the F-15s were starting to close in on your tails. >Focus on finishing off the MiG-31s!>You need to turn to engage the F-15s.>You should distract the F-15s.>Vicky should distract the F-15s.>Other
>>3903583>>You need to turn to engage the F-15s.
>>3903583>Focus on finishing off the MiG-31s!
>>3903583>>You need to turn to engage the F-15s.As Grandpa Dreadnought always said "An enemy without cover is an enemy without hope." or something like that.
>>3903583>>You need to turn to engage the F-15s.Best butler can handle the MiGs.
>>3903583Right now, your priority was dealing with these damn F-15s coming up on your tail. They were getting pretty damn close, and you figure the only reason why they weren't firing missiles just yet was due to the risk of hitting their MiG-31 allies. However, that wasn't going to protect you forever. You could do a defensive split with Vicky, forcing the F-15s to separate and giving you and Vicky a chance to pick off each others' pursuers. Alternatively, you could try to a hard loop to get behind the F-15s, or try to lure them into a scissors maneuver to force them to bleed off energy, which F-15s weren't good at keeping at low speeds. >Defensive split.>Hard loop.>Scissors defense.>Other
>>3903635>>Defensive split.Let's try not hurting ourselves on purpose, first.
>>3903635"Swordfish! Break!" You bark as you jerk your stick to the left.Vicky doesn't reply, but you glimpse her banking hard to the right as you give her the break order. As you pull away, a quick glance of your radar shows the F-15s also peeling off from each other, pursuing you and Vicky in pairs. That was the easy part. Now it was time for the hard part, coordinating with Vicky to get a line of fire on your pursuers.>Try to get behind Vicky's pursuers. >Get your pursuers into a position for Vicky to attack. >Set up a head on pass so you can both engage each other's pursuers.>Other
>>3903669>>Try to get behind Vicky's pursuers.Vicky, end them.
>>3903669>Set up a head on pass so you can both engage each other's pursuers.
>>3903669>>OtherHit the breaks and let the F15 pass us. Then nail him.
>>3903669>>Get your pursuers into a position for Vicky to attack.
>>3903669>>Try to get behind Vicky's pursuers.
>>3903669>>Get your pursuers into a position for Vicky to attack
>>3903669Switching to>Try to get behind Vicky's pursuers.
>>3903669Looks like we got a split vote so we'll have to have a runoff vote!>Get behind Vicky's pursuers.>Get your pursuers into a position for Vicky to attack.
>>3903712>>Get behind Vicky's pursuers.
>>3903712>Get your pursuers into a position for Vicky to attack.
>>3903712>>3903712>>Get behind Vicky's pursuers.
>>3903712>Get behind Vicky's pursuers.
>>3903712>>Get behind Vicky's pursuers.If we let Vicky be free, she can do some damage to the ones chasing us.
Rolled 6, 3 = 9 (2d10)>>3903712"Swordfigh!" You call out. "I need you to level out real fast so I can get a shot in!" "R-roger!" Vicky replies.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3903773Here comes the snow!
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3903773
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3903773
>>3903773Vicky is able to lure her pursuers into the perfect ambush position, leaving their backs nice and wide open. However, you were going to need to act fast before their fellows behind you shouted the warning you were coming for them. >Guns, the weapon you're most proficient at!>Missiles, which pack a bigger punch. >SASM, for guaranteed damage.>Other
>>3903790>>SASM, for guaranteed damage.
>>3903790>Guns, the weapon you're most proficient at!
>>3903790>>Guns, the weapon you're most proficient at!
>>3903790>>Guns, the weapon you're most proficient at!Brrrrt
>>3903790On instinct, you immediately fall back to guns, your fingers pulling on the trigger as soon as your nose is in line.>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3903816
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3903816Hope you have a parachute fren
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3903816
>>3903816Your cannon blazes, and cannon shells tear into the two F-15s on Vicky's tail. Ugly black smoke belches from their stricken engines as they drop out of your sight, fatally wounded. Good, that means Vicky was now free to...>Pursue the MiG-31s. >Help get the remaining F-15s off your back. >Other
>>3903830>Help get the remaining F-15s off your back.
>>3903830>>Pursue the MiG-31s.
>>3903830>Pursue the MiG-31s.We can handle the fighters. Someone has to stop those MiGs
>>3903830"Swordfish, go after the MiGs! We can't let 'em run around on their own!" You call out."But what about-" Vicky starts."Don't worry about me!" You cut her off. "We can't risk hoping Bandit and Knives will be able to cover! Go!""R-Roger!" Vicky replies as her F-16 hits afterburner again, boosting after the MiGs. Even if she can't catch up, her presence should at least pressure them that they can't just sit back and lob missiles at the cargo plane.However, one of the F-15s chasing you breaks off, instead vectoring to chase down Vicky. He was exposing his back to you, but you still had one other F-15 hot on your tail. >Trust Vicky can handle the other F-15.>Try to shoot down the F-15 before it can get a bead on Vicky.>Other
>>3903862>>Try to shoot down the F-15 before it can get a bead on Vicky.
>>3903862>Try to shoot down the F-15 before it can get a bead on Vicky.
>>3903862>>Try to shoot down the F-15 before it can get a bead on Vicky.BARREL ROLL
>>3903862Crap! You needed to get that F-15 off of Vicky's tail, or else she wouldn't be able to pressure those remaining MiG-31s!You were still close enough to try for guns, but you'd have to keep your nose trained on the F-15, leaving your back dangerously open to the second one. Alternatively, you could fire off regular missiles or your SASMs and break off, letting the missiles do the rest of the work. The missiles were a sure knockout if they hit, while the SASMs would score some guaranteed damage, even if they didn't guarantee a clean kill. Hopefully it would be enough to get Vicky's pursuer to give up the chase.>Guns>Missiles>SASMs>Other
>>3903886>>SASMsFor Vicky, and Copro (apparently the A.I. co-pilot Grunder and EASA used for Mihaly)!
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3903886You launch of a pair of SASMs and immediately pull a hard turn, taking yourself out of your pursuer's sights at the critical moment. Meanwhile, your SASMs fly out at Vicky's pursuer...>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6+1)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3903901
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3903901
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3903901
>>3903901>>3903902>>3903903Aw fuck, did we bump into Raven again?
>>3903902>>3903903>>3903904Well, at least it was only one 10 now since the 1 canceled one.But still, I swear that someone or something is sabotaging our missiles.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3903901
Rolled 6, 6, 10 = 22 (3d10)>>3903901...
>>3903911Thank God. They fucked up too.
>>3903913That's Vicky's roll.
>>3903911Vicky's pursuer seems to realize that missiles have been launched and he makes a sharp, downwards spiraling turn to shake them off. He's fast enough on the dodge that your SASMs don't even trigger as they fly off into the distance. Even she wanted to, Vicky couldn't turn around to assist you, as doing so would slow her down and cause the very real risk of running into the SASMs you fired. She has no choice but to keep moving forward and chase those MiG-31s, leaving you to tangle with the two F-15s alone. This was going to be a problem. You were outnumbered 2-1. You've still got one F-15 hanging on to your tail and there's a second one that could perform high speed attacks on you while you were occupied. This was not a good situation. >You just need to go hard and take out the other F-15 before he can build up speed and altitude. >You need to take out your pursuer before his buddy can recover.>You need to drag them towards Bandit and Misono.>Other
>>3903915>You need to drag them towards Bandit and Misono.
>>3903915>You need to take out your pursuer before his buddy can recover.
>>3903915>>You need to drag them towards Bandit and Misono.Time for some fancy flying.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F577tB8JvOc
>>3903915>>You need to take out your pursuer before his buddy can recover.
>>3903915>You need to take out your pursuer before his buddy can recover.We have our special move if we need it
Rolled 6, 10 = 16 (2d10)>>3903915Well, you had no choice. You had to find some way to bring the fight to the F-15 on your tail and even the odds before they could bring their superior numbers to bear on you. No time for anything fancy or complicated. You just needed to pull and extremely tight loop to get your pursuer to overshoot.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3903933
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3903933
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3903933
>>3903933Fortunately, your pursuer is too slow to react properly to your hard loop, which flattens you against your seat, making it feel like you were about to crush yourself. However, you were able to pull it off, getting a bead on your pursuer's tail. Instinct takes over and you pull the trigger on your stick, releasing yet another long burst of cannon fire. Shells riddle the fuselage of the F-15 right before it violently explodes, sending flaming debris scattering to the ground below. You immediately snap your head around to get eyes back on the final F-15, but you don't see anything. That's when you notice your radar picking up Bandit and Misono arriving, having finally cleared out all of the AA threats. The final F-15 was fleeing the airspace, having seen tide of battle turning against it. Likewise, the final two MiG-31s make their escape, accelerating away from Vicky at top speed to leave the area. >There's no more threat to the cargo plane. Mission accomplished.>You can't just let the survivors get away. Try to get some parting shots at them.>Other
>>3903950>There's no more threat to the cargo plane. Mission accomplished.
>>3903950>>There's no more threat to the cargo plane. Mission accomplished.
>>3903950Well, you decide not to give chase to the fleeing Erusean planes. You've largely accomplished your mission, which was to provide protection to the cargo plane carrying the Wyvern wreck. "Red, what's your status?" Bandit asks, as calm and to the point as ever. Seems he wasn't worried about your ability to handle this."All green, Boss." You reply cheerfully. "Just chased away a few uninvited guests.""You've done an admirable job as always!" Misono compliments. "Aaaaah, it was so stressful!" Vicky groans as her F-16 rejoins the formation. "Those MiG-31s are just way too fast! I actually feel kind of queasy...""You can check into the infirmary when we rendezvous with the Gullinbursti." Bandit remarks. "Good job, everyone. Now let's get out of here for the Eruseans send another wave out."And with that, your squadron reforms and continues on towards the Shilage border, catching up with the cargo plane. All the while, you glance at the AI hard drive still stowed in your flight suit pocket. You didn't trust keeping it anywhere else out of your sight. There was a lot to do once you got back to base....>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3903963Thanks for running, Merc!
>>3903963See you next week, boss.Reminder to get Ellisa some real friends rather than a robot.
>>3904126Come on, she totally has friends her age. It's not like she's traveling from place to place a lot, or having interests that most kids her age wouldn't share.
>>3903963i'm very proud of us. We managed to complete our iffy mission without racking up a graveyard of Erusean body counts. Am a little sad that we didnt get to duel that one pilot via sky joust tho.