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!Your heart stops at the sight of the Raven, the same one that had nearly shot you down just a scant few weeks ago. The thing looked and flew just as inhumanly as you remembered it, like some sort of alien craft than anything forged by the hands of humans. "I-It's back!' Vicky yelps. "W-w-what do we do?!""We have to protect Red, of course!" Misono cries. "Raven Team, the ground teams have informed me that they've recaptured the base's air defense systems. Lure that bogey in and they can provide fire support." Bandog announces."But the surrendering planes haven't all landed yet." Bandit points out. "They might get caught in the crossfire!""They're convicts and worse, fugitives who were trying to shoot you down minutes ago." Bandog retorts. "Are you really going to risk your own squadron to look out for them?""We can take the fight to the open water." Bandit counters. "The Raven won't have any cover out there and we can overwhelm it once Orpheus, Mage, and Golem can link up.""If you survive." Bandog observes bluntly. >Lure the Raven into the air defenses.>Lure the Raven into open water and fight it head on.>Other
>>3945859>>Lure the Raven into open water and fight it head on.Let's try not to kill off our potential convict fan club.
>>3945859>>Lure the Raven into open water and fight it head on.
>>3945859>Lure the Raven into open water and fight it head on.
>>3945859>Lure the Raven into open water and fightI mean, the convicts may be scum, but it will be objectively easier for us to work outside all that chaos.
>>3945859>Lure the Raven into open water and fight it head on.>>3945870I mean, I bet they either see us as some badass rebel like them, or....
>>3945885Lewd. Milly is pure.
>>3945859>>OtherLure the Raven into open water and thach weave with the rest of your squadron rather than take it head on.
>>3945859"Boss, we can totally do this!" You assure Bandit. There's a brief pause, but Bandit finally replies."Agreed. Raven Squad, fall in around Red and back her up.""All right!" You grin as you hit your Su-47's afterburner yet again, boosting out towards the open water. "The bogey is confirmed vectoring after you, Raven Squadron." Bandog reports. "Orpheus is en route, too. Golem and Mage are also redirecting planes with spare fuel and munitions, but they're at least five minutes out.""Simple enough!" Misono laughs, "With Orpheus we can-""Warning! Updated threat assessment!" Bandog barks. "multiple drones are also vectoring to your position, at least three squadrons!""That Raven must be directing them." Bandit growls. "Looks like it got wise to the numbers issue.""Boss! Boss! Hey, let us fly with you!" "What?" You blink as you glance at your radio. That was coming from... one of the penal fighters?!"We got no love for those damn drones, either!" The penal pilot continues. "You're our Boss, now! We'll fight for you!" "Get off this channel and go back to your cells, convict!" Bandog says angrily."Y-you're not actually going to trust them, are you?" Vicky gulps. >You're gonna need their numbers to have a shot.>Keep them grounded, they'll just complicate things.>Other
>>3945933>>You're gonna need their numbers to have a shot.
>>3945898Hust wait until they find out what Milly looks like. They'd probably put pinups of her on their stuff.
>>3945933>>You're gonna need their numbers to have a shot.Time to put on our Convict Leader Persona.
>>3945933>You're gonna need their numbers to have a shot.
>>3945933>You're gonna need their numbers to have a shot.I mean, a Knight does need Men at Arms i suppose. Also: Personal Loyalty for the Milly Army. We can work with this.
>>3945933"Come on, Bandog, give them a chance!" You speak up. "Right now, numbers are something we need!""They were ALREADY given a chance." Bandog grunts in annoyance. "Fine. You convicts can consider this your final chance at atonement for your crimes."There's much cheering and whoops and yells over the radio as a blob of friendly contacts suddenly appear on the radar, slamming into the flanks of the drone swarm. Oudated MiG-21s and F-4s brawl with the robotic planes in a massive, undisciplined furball, but they succeed in tying up the majority of the drones. Still, the Raven had easily a squadron's worth of MQ-101s at its disposal and they stuck close like flies. Orpheus was starting to come up from the rear, but it was still going to be a nasty fight. >Focus everybody's firepower on the Raven. The drones can't stop it all.>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away. >Other
>>3945980>Other>Milly focuses on the Raven while the others peel away the drones
>>3945980>>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away.Always kill the swarm before the boss
>>3945980>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away.Time for SALVATION
>>3945980>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away.
>>3945980>>Focus everybody's firepower on the Raven. The drones can't stop it all.
>>3945980I love that we totally cucked the Osean legal system. Gotta wonder if getting a stay of execution for Deserters turned Bandits is gonna backfire tho.
>>3945980>>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away.
>>3945980>>Work to strip the Raven's drone cover away.Less drones means more friendlies to back us up.
>>3945980"Everyone, focus on taking out the drones! Strip away the Raven's cover!" Bandit barks. "Red, it'll likely be coming after you to stay sharp!""I got, I got it!" You yelp as your missile warning siren whines. Meanwhile, the other Ravens and Orpheus dive into the mass of drones, firing off missiles and forcing the automated craft to scatter, breaking up their formation and making individual drones more vulnerable. But the Raven remained unfazed, blast past your wingmates and continuing to come after you. >Focus on staying out of the Raven's sights.>Try and pick off a few drones yourself.>Other
>>3946029>Other>engage the Raven
>>3946029>Try and pick off a few drones yourself.
>>3946029>Focus on staying out of the Raven's sights.Time for some fancy flying. Hopefully we won't have to ruin Milly's body for this.
>>3946029>>Try and pick off a few drones yourself.
>>3946029>>Focus on staying out of the Raven's sights.While they pick off the swarm Red should stay focus on Raven, since it's attention would certainly be on Red alone.
>>3946029>>Focus on staying out of the Raven's sights.We're outclassed in firepower, we can't be distracted by drones.
>>3946029Switching to>Try to stay out of its sights
>>3946029You decide that it was worth playing a bit cautious in this situation. You immediately bank away from the main furball, staying out of the sights of the escorting drones as the Raven makes an attack run at you. Its nose flashes blue as azure energy bolts fly out in an attempt to hit you. The damn thing has pulse lasers too, huh?You could try to make a power climb for the clouds higher up, which would render the Raven's lasers pretty useless. However, that would leave you vulnerable for a few critical seconds as you tried to gain altitude.Alternatively, you could try to goad the Raven into a defensive scissors duel, forcing it to bleed off energy that one of your squadronmates or even Orpheus could jump in to tag it.>Make a climb for the clouds.>Keep the Raven locked in the scissors.>Other
>>3946077>Make a climb for the clouds.REACH FOR THE HEAVENS
>>3946077>Make a climb for the clouds.
>>3946077>Keep the Raven locked in the scissors.
>>3946077>>Keep the Raven locked in the scissors.
>>3946077>>Make a climb for the clouds.Push the engines to the limit! Red is Speed!
Rolled 5, 7, 6, 10 = 28 (4d10)>>3946077You grit your teeth as you pitch the nose of your Su-47 upwards and push your throttle, injecting a short burst of speed from your plane as it claws for altitude. Meanwhile, your radar shows the Raven attempting to match your maneuver, its speed and altitude rapidly climbing along with yours...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3946106VRRROOOOM
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3946106SALVATION
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3946106
>>3946106However, it seemed the Raven was just a bit too slow to react to your powerclimb. Pulse laser bolts fly past your canopy, but you reach the safety of the clouds quick enough, and the blue energy bolts diffuse harmlessly against the heavy water vapor.However, even with its close combat weapon neutralized, the Raven continues to charge forward into the clouds after you. That caught you a bit off guard. Was it seriously going to try and brawl you with missiles?>Stay defensive. It may have some sort of trick up its sleeve. >You've got the advantage now! Turn the tables on it!>Other
>>3946134>You've got the advantage now! Turn the tables on it!Cut and drop Red Knight!
>>3946134>You've got the advantage now! Turn the tables on it!
>>3946134>>You've got the advantage now! Turn the tables on it!
>>3946134>Stay defensive. It may have some sort of trick up its sleeve.I don't trust it's confidence
>>3946134>Stay defensive. It may have some sort of trick up its sleeve.
>>3946134>>Stay defensive. It may have some sort of trick up its sleeve.I'd rather wait until we can work with others to kill it safely
>>3946150>ganging up on itNo. I just don't want to get baited.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3946134Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Defend2. Attack
Rolled 7, 10, 3, 10 = 30 (4d10)>>3946160It was time to take the fight to that damn Raven for once! And this time, you had a better plane and all your weapons were actually working this time!>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3946173
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3946173
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3946173
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3946173
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3946173>>3946174They rolled a 10 as well so maybe that will balance out.
>>3946179That or we can use Mihaly's advice, or just stick with the 4.
>>3946173You take the risk and pull of a rapid kulbit maneuver. In these clouds, the Raven doesn't spot your move and blows past you in the middle of your loop. By the time you level out, you're right behind the Raven in a perfect attack position!>Go for guns and get some damage in!>Get a missile lock. They'll have a better chance to knock the Raven out of the sky.>Other
>>3946184>Go for guns and get some damage in!
>>3946184>Go for guns and get some damage in!Guns! Don't alert him with a missile lock!
>>3946184>Go for guns and get some damage in!Goodbye E.N.D.
>>3946184>>Go for guns and get some damage in!Time for old reliable.
>>3946184>>Get a missile lock. They'll have a better chance to knock the Raven out of the sky.
>>3946184>Get a missile lock. They'll have a better chance to knock the Raven out of the sky.
Rolled 8, 9, 10 = 27 (3d10)>>3946184You immediately arm your cannon and pull the trigger, letting loose a stream of tracers at the angular silhouette in front of you.>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3946208
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3946208
>>3946208You see sparks and then a burst of orange light within the clouds. Signs that you definitely hit something important. Maybe an engine or something!"Watch your back! The drones are all converging directly on you!" Bandog warns over your comms. "They're completely disregarding everything else!"Sure enough, your radar was showing every single drone in the area was beginning to make a beeline directly to your position at full speed, regardless of whether that put them in the crosshairs of the other pilots. However, even as they were getting shot down in droves, at least a good number of them were going to break through. Meanwhile, your radar was showing the Raven losing altitude quick. Too fast for an unpowered and uncontrolled crash. More like a deliberate dive. You burst out of the clouds and finally get a visual. Sure enough, it looked like your cannons scored a hit on one of the Raven's engines, its left nacelle leaking ugly black smoke. Looked like it was attempting to boost away on its one engine while the drones were forming a rearguard to run down anybody trying to pursue it. The closest threats were a flight of four drones just starting to get into missile range. Right behind them though was Orpheus Team, with both Alanna and Angela trying to catch them. But there was no guarantee they'd be able to down all the drones before they could get a shot off at you. >Help Orpheus mop up the drones.>Trust Oprheus to handle the drones and pursue the Raven.>Other
>>3946225>>Trust Oprheus to handle the drones and pursue the Raven.They can handle it, and if they fail then we can rub it in their faces anyways.
>>3946225>Trust Oprheus to handle the drones and pursue the Raven.
>>3946225>>Trust Oprheus to handle the drones and pursue the Raven.
>>3946225>Help Orpheus mop up the drones.
>>3946225>>Trust Oprheus to handle the drones and pursue the Raven.If he's really bugging out then i suppose we can let him. But not before we get some fucking answers. If not, shoot him. No tolerance for unbalanced rivalry!
Rolled 10, 10, 7, 5 = 32 (4d10)>>3946225Trusting that Orpheus could handle the drones, you put your focus on pursuing the Raven. Even with a single engine, the thing was still ungodly fast, and it had taken advantage of the cloud cover to get a headstart on you. Even though your engines were already ailing from all the times you pushed it to maximum power, you hit your afterburners again, determined to catch up to the Raven.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3946260
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3946260
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3946260Time for snow!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3946260
>>3946262It is time
Rolled 5, 4, 9, 2, 8, 1 = 29 (6d10)>>3946260...
>>3946267Fortunately for you, two engines was still better than one and you start steadily gaining on the Raven. Meanwhile, both Alanna and Angela are able to clean up the drones attempting to run you down, sending them all crashing into the ocean below. That just left you and Raven...>Go in for the gunkill.>Better hang back and take it out with missiles.>Other
>>3946271>Better hang back and take it out with missiles.
>>3946271>>Go in for the gunkill.
>>3946271>>Better hang back and take it out with missiles.So how big of a brick will we shit if it starts flying like Karla?
>>3946271Actually switching to >go in for the Gun killI trust our flying skills more than missiles
>>3946271>>Better hang back and take it out with missiles.>>3946282I doubt it would happen, it makes no sense yet! Heck, wasn't she on the ground after we got into a tussle with Raven before?
>>3946284I'm thinking more along the lines of Grunder getting enough flight data to emulate different Aces to the point that an AI could mimic anyone.
>>3946271>Go in for the gunkill.
>>3946271>>Better hang back and take it out with missiles.
Rolled 7, 9, 7, 4 = 27 (4d10)>>3946271Tasting blood in the water, you arm you cannon and nose your crosshair over the stricken Raven as you close the distance. Once the crosshair lines up over the plane, you let loose a volley of shells...>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3946312
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3946312
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3946312
>>3946314>>3946315>>3946316I hope we won't have to force an injury to hit.
>>3946315These 10s are a theme tonight
>>3946312However, just as you pull the trigger, you notice something odd. Its weapons bay doors open as it belches out every missile in its hold directly downwards. Over a dozen missiles slam into the water directly beneath it and explode, creating a massive wall of water between you and it. Having come in so close to get into gun range, you have no choice to break away."Shit!" You yell in frustration as you pull up and away from the wall of water. Unfortunately, as the water vapor clears away, the Raven is just a speck in the distance, having successfully shaken you. "Bogey has left the combat airspace. No threats remain." Bandog confirms."Firing all its weapons like that, that's a pretty damn ballsy move." Angela whistles. "Hard to believe an AI would think of something like that." "I don't think it's an AI." Alanna remarks. "Something that desperate, only a living creature would come up with.">Gotta admit, that's pretty impressive.>Damn cowaaaaaard!>Other
>>3946334>Gotta admit, that's pretty impressive.Has Milly found her husbando?
>>3946334Wait, so is this we passed or failed the GUN test?
>>3946340Probably failed, assuming the crits cancelled.
>>3946334>Damn cowaaaaaard!So what other upgrades should Milly take to improve her Edge?
>>3946334>>Damn cowaaaaaard!GET BACK HERE AND FIGHT
>>3946338I'm betting that they're a Belkan Cyborg that has no arms or legs.
>>3946354That just means the love is concentrated in a smaller area.
>>3946354But do they have a massive robot penis?
>>3946334>>Damn cowaaaaaard!Belkan Rage!
>>3946356That also means Milly has to be in charge during moments of intimacy.
>>3946359Is Milly the sort that would take charge, or do you think she'd melt for whoever's the lucky individual?
>>3946334"Damn cowaaaaaaaard!" You roar indignantly. "That was supposed to be my revenge!""Hey well you chased it off, right? I'd say that makes you both even!" Alanna points out. "Yeah, well, just being 'even' ain't good enough!" You grunt. "I wanted a Raven kill marker, you know!""I get it, I get it." Alanna concedes. "Well, always next time, right? I'm sure they'll come gunning for you again soon enough.""It just makes life harder for all of us, you know." Angela sighs. "Reeeeeeeed!" Vicky wails as her Gripen finally catches up. "Are you all right?""Well, I'm still flying, aren't I?" You laugh. "Looks like the Raven escaped." Bandit observes simply as his Eagle comes down from above. "That thing is definitely a piece of work.""The pinnacle of Erusian engineering, after all." Misono says calmly. "But with that damage it sustained, I suspect we won't be seeing it again for some time.""Assuming they don't have spares." Alanna remarks."Now THAT, we definitely don't need." Angela grumbles. "All right, Raven Squadron, Orpheus Squadron, you are clear to return to base." Bandog announces. "All convicts have been remanded to Osean custody. Mission accomplished.">Cool, let's head back.>What's going to happen to them...?>Other
>>3946361I think Milly's vulnerability is actually the knight in shining armor archtype. Unironically. For many reasons.
>>3946364>What's going to happen to them...?Probably nothing good, but Milly has probably saved most of them from the noose.
>>3946364>>Cool, let's head back.
>>3946364>>What's going to happen to them...?Realistically, I'm assuming they're going to be taken out back.>>3946343Aside from new pilot suit, weapons, and planes? Not much else I can think of.
>>3946364>What's going to happen to them...?They call us Boss now, we can't just ignore that.
>>3946370>Realistically, I'm assuming they're going to be taken out back.I mean this, honestly. Not only were they already in jail, they deserted and became literal Sky Pirates. I presume them helping save the base might mitigate it a little.
>>3946364>Cool, let's head back.
>>3946364>>What's going to happen to them...?>>3946354Now that I think of it, how would we even ever recognize each other outside the cockpit?
>>3946364>>What's going to happen to them...?
>>3946364"What's going to happen to them?" You ask cautiously. "Why would you care? They're only convicts." Bandog grunts."Let's just say I'm curious." You huff. "Humor me."Each convict's case will be reviewed, and if necessary, new charges will be filed against them, which may extend their already considerably long prison terms." Bandog explains. "And what do the get for helping us out against the Raven?" You ask."That well be factored into the consideration on sentencing." Bandog grunts. "What's with this sudden interest in the Osean military justice process?">Just being curious.>Just looking out for these guys.>Other
>>3946365So you think she'd really like to be treated like a lady and gently handled?
>>3946387>>Just being curious.
>>3946388Privately? Yes. Publicly? NO.>>3946385>inb4 both of them meet and become fast friends outside of combat while completely oblivious to each other's true identities>both of them are recovering from pushing themselves too hard flying>>3946387>>Just being curious.
>>3946387>Just being curious.
>>3946387>Just looking out for these guys.>>3946393>Milly's in a wheelchair from pushing her body to the limit>End's a Cyborg who tried doing anything to get a marginal advantage
>>3946387>>Just looking out for these guys.
>>3946403If Milly doesn't at least have an eyepatch by the time we launch the Millyite Revolution i will be disappointed.
>>3946387>Just being curious
>>3946387"I'm just a bit curious, that's all." You say in the most casual tone you can manage. "You got a problem with that?"Though, deep down, you did kinda hope they'd be okay, despite their admittedly poor life choices."Of course not." Bandog says in agreement. "Raven, Orpheus, have a safe trip back."And with that, you and you squadron make your way back to Fort Grays. Along the way, you keep mentally replaying the brief battle you had fought against the Raven. Even though the actually fight lasted barely a few minutes, it always felt like an eternity when you looked back on it. However, you were determined to get answers about this mysterious rival of yours. Whatever it takes...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue the thread on Saturday, so don't miss it!
>>3946440Thanks for running Merc!
>>3946440See you tomorrow, boss.So are we going undercover?
>>3946440I can't help but foresee a progressively escalating arms race between Milly and END.>END starts off in a Falcon, Milly wins>END upgrades to a Raven, Milly is forced to go on the defensive>Milly gets a Berkut, END gets some serious damageAt this rate, END will probably get a concept plane of AC3.
>>3946364>The pinnacle of Erusian engineering>Erusian a bold assumption
>>3946455I suspect (((Navarro))) might be involved. The current situation in Usea is perfect for Leasathian arms dealing. It wouldn't surprise me if END gets a Fenrir prototype.
>>3946515Reminder that Strangereal Brazil has a lot of Belkan refugee scientists, no surprise that Fenrir should be in the prototype phase by now.
>>3946440You groan as you wake up from bed, seemingly every muscle and nerve in your body screaming in protest as pain shoots through your body. Not too surprising, given all the Gs were you pulling from the constant afterburner use in the previous battle. Bandit had practically ordered you to stay in bed for the next couple of days to recover.Well, you could actually get around without collapsing into a heap, but your squadronmates had gotten used to regularly check on you, and they could freak out if they didn't see you in bed.>You really needed some fresh air. >You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet.>Other
>>3947509>>You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet.
>>3947509>>You really needed some fresh air.
>>3947509>You really needed some fresh air.
>>3947509>You really needed some fresh air.No time to sit around, we've got to become the Hero Belka needs.
>>3947509Actually no, Bandit may be a killjoy but im sure he knows what he's talking about here. So Switching to>>You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet.
>>3947509>>You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet.I'm guessing that there's the Press just waiting outside to see Belka's newest Knight, and have a photoshoot/interview>>3946537Wouldn't be surprised if the Fenrir isn't in full production by now.
>>3947509>You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet.
>>3947509>You really needed some fresh air.Don't you see, Milly? One million calories just waiting to be burned!
>>3947509You're still a bit too sore to move around just yet, so you decide to just stay put. You take out your phone and browse through it for any news. Looks like the work your squadron had been doing on this end of Erusea was starting to catch some attention. Apparently, those bandits had been causing lots of problems for everyone, and they were infinitely glad something was finally being done. Naturally, only the Belka-based news organizations were actually crediting Raven Squadron. Most others only just vaguely mentioned the squadron in passing, while a lot of Osean affiliated sites didn't even mention your squadron at all. It sucked, but it honestly wasn't that surprising. However, it looked like things were still not going good on the western side of Usea. Erusea was now cracking down even harder on the separatist states. A few had been forcibly reunified, but much of the stronger and more defiant regions like Shilage were still holding out. Naturally, there was international condemnation of the heavy handedness of Erusea's response, but nobody was about to start another war over that. Your browsing is then interrupted by a knock on the door. Turns out, it was...>Vicky>Misono>Bandit>Other
>>3947585We should take advantage of the Other within reason
>>3947585>>OtherLet's say Orpheus
>>3947585>MisonoOne on one with Best Nip
>>3947585"Oh, hey Boss." You grin as Bandit carefully makes his way in. "Guess it's your turn today, huh?""Something like that." Bandit nods as he take a seat next to your bed. "How are you feeling?""A bit sore, but I'm fine otherwise." You shrug. "That's good." Bandit glances at you. "I know you like pushing your body's limits. Just don't do it too often, or it will have really negative effects for you down the line."Your mind suddenly flashes to Mihaly in his wheelchair, his body ruined by years of extreme G forces and high altitude radiation. You sorta hope you don't turn out like that. Maybe Bandit had a point there. "Anyways, I'll life the order keeping you benched. I think you're fine to start moving around. Vicky and Misono will be glad to see that." Bandit gives a slight grin. "Anyways, I need to head out to file a report, unless you've got something you want to talk about?">Any intel on the Raven?>What exactly were you doing during the Circum-Pacific War?>Are you gonna fuck Sofia again?>Other
>>3947624>>Any intel on the Raven?
>>3947624>>Any intel on the Raven?Sofia option is definitely troll though
>>3947624>What exactly were you doing during the Circum-Pacific War?Goody. Time for another political argument.
>>3947624>>What exactly were you doing during the Circum-Pacific War?
>>3947624>What exactly were you doing during the Circum-Pacific War?
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>3947624Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Intel2. War story
>>3947655"So, did we learn anything new about the Raven?" You ask. "Not much, I'm afraid." Bandit shakes his head. "We had search teams combing the surrounding waters, but we couldn't find any wreck or any other evidence of a crash.""It can't have gone far on one engine, even if it has super engineering." You frown. "That was Mead's conclusion as well." Bandit says in agreement. "That's actually opened up an interesting, but troubling possibility.""Which is?" You raise an eyebrow."That the Raven is operating from a camouflaged, mobile carrier platform." Bandit says grimly. "But you said there's nothing out there." You point out. "Where could they- wait."Now it comes back to you. That automated drone submarine that you had helped hunt down. Was it possible that-"There's the possibility that the Raven is operating from a submersible carrier." Bandit confirms. "The Eruseans already had an operational version of that concept in the Alicorn-class submarine. It's not out of the question that similar type exist out there.""Then what are doing? Let's go hunt that bastard down!" You grunt."Assuming we even know where it is, we can't go off acting on our own like that." Bandit shakes his head. "We're already getting orders to redeploy to a new theater now that the majority of the escaped penal pilots have been apprehended.""And I only just got here." You grunt in annoyance."Don't worry, it's going to take a few more days for everything to be processed. Think of it as having a little vacation on a tropical island." Bandit pats your shoulder. "We've still got eyes out looking, so I'll let you know if we find anything new."Well that was just freaking great."Well, I need to be going. Stay out of trouble, Red." Bandit says as he gets up and takes his leave, gently closing the door behind him. Well, now what...?>Go talk to Vicky about the AI.>Go vent to Misono about what's been happening.>Go check what condition your plane is in.>Other
>>3947684>Go check what condition your plane is in.
>>3947684>>Go talk to Vicky about the AI.>Raven is operating from a submersible carrier.
>>3947684>>Go talk to Vicky about the AI.
>>3947684>>Go vent to Misono about what's been happening.Anyone demanding interviews?
>>3947684>Go check what condition your plane is in.We still have Erwins "business card" right? We should probably phone him up at some point. Altho may be best to save it for an emergency. Oh and i don't trust these phones. Spooks are amongst .
>>3947684>Go check what condition your plane is in.Now that I think about it, even if we succeeded in shooting down the Raven, it would have probably ejected the aircraft as an escape pod.
>>3947698If they let TV crews onto the base I'd be surprised. Granted, Milly being on BNN can only end well.
>>3947708Honestly, I think Milly would rather prefer going up against five Ravens than deal with the media.>>3947704Can anyone actually fit in this thing? Unless they're a contortionist or something. There's a reason why the manned Raven doesn't have the separate drone.
what if raven is actually a prototype version of nemo, or an experimental AI with a defined personality?Or even "better"; a roge IA that fixated that goes prey after prey until he's done?
>>3947717Cyborg brain. Or a general grevious
>>3947717The Raven is a lot bigger than most current gen jets, there should be enough space.
>>3947717Or the aforementioned idea that they chopped off their limbs, and slapped on a neural interface helmet.
>>3947684You reluctantly get out of bed, ignoring the new wave of fresh pain shooting through your body as you pull on your fatigues. It's a quick trip over the hangar, where Mead is hard at work as always. However, something seemed a bit off about her...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3947732
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3947732Is it about the Wyvern?
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3947732
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3947732
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3947732
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3947732
>>3947732You instantly see Mead toss a small wrench at you, which you're able to duck out of the way just in time. "What the heck was that for?!" You cry. "Because of THAT." Mead scowls as she points to a pair of jet engines sitting on a cargo pallet. They looked absolutely ruined, charred black and partially melted as if someone had set fire to them. "Guess whose engines those are?""Um, mine?" You answer meekly."You're damn right they are!" Mead grunts. "Not even when I was in Spare Squadron did I ever see anybody wreck their own engines this hard! And they were brand new, too!""I'm really sorry if it made extra work for you-""It's not the work I'm worried about, it's you!" Mead groans. "Engine wear like this means you're pulling serious Gs, aren't you? You must have been on afterburner that entire mission!""Um, kinda, yeah." You admit. "Look, I'm no expert pilot, so I'm not exactly in a position to complain, but I don't want you turn into another Mihaly, all right? Just one of him is annoying enough to manage!">Sorry about that.>Yeah yeah, Bandit told me the same thing.>Other
>>3947773>>Yeah yeah, Bandit told me the same thing.
>>3947773>Sorry about that.I mean, it's not like we used the ability
>>3947773>>Yeah yeah, Bandit told me the same thing.I don't think Millly would really take it too seriously
>>3947773>>Sorry about that.
>>3947773>Sorry about that.Not even mentioning that Mihaly's special G-suit couldn't keep up either. If Milly's gonna get one, they need some even more advanced materials thrown in.
>>3947773>Sorry about that.
>>3947773"Yeah, sorry about that." You say apologetically. "Guess I got a bit carried away there.""Well, that's a refreshing change of pace from the other pilots I've met." Mead sigh. "None of them could ever cop to making a mistake. Anyways, I think I do have something that may help."Mead then reaches over to a crate and holds up what looks to be a black flightsuit."It's a fancy new G-suit a buddy of mine is developing. It's supposedly twice as effective as the current ones on the market, but they aren't in mass production yet. I can work some magic to get one your size, but I'd have to pause work on the Wyvern for that.>A new G-suit sounds pretty nice.>You'd rather she keep working on the Wyvern.>Other
>>3947809>>A new G-suit sounds pretty nice.
>>3947809>A new G-suit sounds pretty nice.
>>3947809>>A new G-suit sounds pretty nice.Well not having our internal organs turn to mush is always a plus. Fingers crossed for some synth-muscles to keep her standing when her legs turn to jelly.
>>3947809>You'd rather she keep working on the Wyvern.
>>3947809"A new G-suit sounds pretty nice." You nod. "If it's going to help me not die.""All right, I'll put the order in." Mead nods. "Other than that, we're still switching out the engines on your Su-47. We should be done by the end of the day, but that of course means you're grounded in the meantime.""Not like we've got much to do right now." You shrug. >Ask how it's like managing the other fighters.>Ask what she thinks about the suppression of the penal squadrons.>Does she know anyone named Bandog?>Other
>>3947841>>Ask how it's like managing the other fighters.Might as well see how our other team mates affect their planes.Now the real question is how much does the suit 'show'?
>>3947841>>Ask what she thinks about the suppression of the penal squadrons.
>>3947841>Ask how it's like managing the other fighters
>>3947841>>Does she know anyone named Bandog?
>>3947841>Ask how it's like managing the other fighters.>>3947844We can throw on a coat or something if it's too embarrassing.
>>3947841>Does she know anyone named Bandog?
>>3947841>Ask how it's like managing the other fighters.
>>3947841"So how is it fixing up the other fighters, then?" You ask."Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay easier, that's for sure." Mead rolls her eyes. "They don't wreck their fighters in the space of a single mission.""Ha ha." You sigh."But in all seriousness, I guess the one who puts the most stress on her bird is Misono. Her whole warrior's fighting spirit thing means she's just as reckless as you are. Though, she can't quite go overboard since she's still rolling in an F-2, so its movements are still a bit limited.""Makes sense." You nod. "And Bandit and Vicky?""I can tell they're either very careful, or actually respect the planes they're flying." Mead grins. "The wear and tear on their birds is shockingly low. I know for a fact that Bandit knows his own plane inside and out. Can figure out when he can push the airframe or just lay it back. Vicky though, is a bit more difficult for me to figure out...">Pretty sure she's got an understanding of her bird, too.>She tends to be a bit passive.>Other
>>3947863>>Pretty sure she's got an understanding of her bird, too.Best butler's a smart girl.
>>3947863>Pretty sure she's got an understanding of her bird, too.
>>3947863>She tends to be a bit passive.
>>3947863>>Pretty sure she's got an understanding of her bird, too.
>>3947863"I'm pretty sure she's got an understanding of her bird, too." You counter. "She may not look it, but Vicky is real good ace material!! I'm almost positive that she's got a good understanding of her bird, too!""Heh, well, if you say so." Mead. nods. "Anyways, I should get back to actually fixing up these planes rather than stand around. Don't go off and cause any trouble, all right?"And that's when you're promptly shooed out of the hangar by Mead as she goes back to her work, leaving you to wonder what to do next.>Talk with Vicky about the AI.>Go see Misono. >Go thank Orpheus for covering you.>Other
>>3947897>Go see Misono.
>>3947897>>Talk with Vicky about the AI.
>>3947897>Talk with Vicky about the AI.
>>3947897>>Go thank Orpheus for covering you.
>>3947897>Talk with Vicky about the AI.Gotta check out our scheme
>>3947897You head over to Vicky's room to see how her project to revive the AI you recovered was going. Thankfully, while you were out, Vicky was taking advantage of her free time continuing to build the computer necessary to run it. "Milly! So it looks like Bandit finally let you out!" Vicky says happily as she opens her door. "Come on on in!"You calmly step into Vicky's room, where you finally see her completed computer. It looked like any other laptop, honestly, but you knew it was so much more than that."So it's finally done!" Vicky says proudly. "I already incorporated the hard drive into the computer's design, so all resources should be diverted to running it! But, her I haven't had the chance to test it yet...""Because you didn't want to do it without me?" You grin."Um, something like that." Vicky stutters. >Yeah, let's turn this thing on!>We should probably wait until we have a more private opportunity.>Other
>>3947951>Yeah, let's turn this thing on!Lock the door.
>>3947951>Yeah, let's turn this thing on!
>>3947951>>Yeah, let's turn this thing on!
>>3947951>>Yeah, let's turn this thing on!We should probably make an avatar for it, and just say they're a virtual idol.
>>3947951>Yeah, let's turn this thing on!Let's rev up those engines
>>3947963Inb4 the AI is based on a personification of Mihaly's deceased daughter.
>>3947951>>We should probably wait until we have a more private opportunity.
>>3947951"Hell yeah, let's turn this thing on!" You grin. "Okay, but um, just a word of warning, we have no idea what condition the AI is in." Vicky gulps. "I mean, the hardware is intact enough, but there might be some internal damage that we haven't been able to see.""Well, we won't know until we see for ourselves, right?" You point out."O-of course!" Vicky agrees as she carefully presses the power button....>Roll 1d20
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>3947979Here comes the snow!
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>3947979
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3947979SALVATION
>>3947982Aw, what the fuck, Torres?
>>3947979The computer hums to life and the screen winks on. You see lines of startup code flash on the screen. The screen then goes black as it goes into a command prompt style window. <ERROR><ERROR><PROGRAM CANNOT START DUE TO DATA CORRUPTION><SYSTEM RESET RECOMMENDED Y/N?>"System reset?" You raise an eyebrow."Uh oh." A bead of sweat runs down Vicky's brow. "It looks like the hardware is workable, but there's something wrong with the software code." "Obviously." You frown. "But what's this system reset thing?""Because the code is corrupted, the system is recommending we set it back to its factory default state." Vicky explains. "It will likely get the AI working again, but we'd lost any data it had acquired.""Is there any way around it?" You wonder."U-um, I can try fiddle with the code, but I'm really just an amateur in that field." Vicky bites her lip. >Do what you can, Vicky.>Maybe we should ask this "friend" of Mead's.>Let's just go with the restart.>Other
>>3947989>Do what you can, Vicky.
>>3947989>>Maybe we should ask this "friend" of Mead's.I'd rather let a real pro work on this when she's not that skilled with coding
>>3947989>>Maybe we should ask this "friend" of Mead's.
>>3947989>Maybe we should ask this "friend" of Mead's.
>>3947989"Damn, I guess it wasn't going to be so simple." You sigh. "Mead mentioned she knows a guy who may be able to help. Something of an AI expert. Maybe I should ask her to get his help on this.""Yeah, getting an expert involved would be a good idea, if he can be trusted." Vicky nods. Yeah, that was the sticking point. If he could be trusted. Trust was something that was in a bit of a shortage these days. But if you wanted to get this salvaged AI working properly, there wasn't much other choice.Well, at least you'd have plenty of spare time to get this done...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is next week, so don't miss it!
>>3948006See you next time, boss.
>>3948006Thanks for running Merc!>inb4
>>3948006We will just have to make him SEE
I hope we have some say in the pilot suit's color scheme.If not, we should try putting on Milly's red wings on the back.
>>3948249I'd actually dig having Milly get red wings as a tattoo
>>3948977>>3948982Considering her patriotic fervor at the time, I'd bet she has some ink from her OB days.
So how badly injured do you think Milly would have been if she had to force herself through high g's?Honestly, I'm not looking forward to see the results of them if she had to stay in bed while being successful.
>>3949125Probably stuck in a bed for days or weeks if it's more severe. Maybe have Bandit princess carry her to the cockpit if they're desperate enough?
>>3949407Why did such an interesting character concept have to be wasted in such a shitty show? She and the OP were the only good parts of the entire thing.
So the enemy could have a sub carrier, huh?Does that mean we'll possibly have a battle between a flying carrier against a submersible one?
Since we're getting the back end of the SU-47 swapped anyway. Is it possible to go full Belkan with a slight S-32 upgrade? It would also help with the engine overheat issue, and push the limits of how much soul we can put into maneuvers.
>>3948006"Are you sure about this?" You frown as you reluctantly hand Vicky's cobbled together laptop to Mead. She had already arranged a meet with this mysterious friend of hers, though it would involve tagging along with a special IUN transport to who knows where."Of course! The guy I know can be trusted. Well, mostly trusted." Mead assures you. "Besides, you'll be tagging along with me, right?""Our squadron was tasked with escorting your flight, yeah." You nod and narrow your eyes. "Though I'm sure it was thanks to you.""I may have dropped a suggestion or two." Mead chuckles. "Besides, sounds like the IUN needs a bit of muscle inland, anyways. That's why they insisted Orpheus come along, as well.""You know, nobody's actually said where exactly we're going." You frown. "Bit of opsec, I'm afraid." Mead gives a sly grin. "Only the transport has the final coordinates, which gives you extra incentive to protect us!">I suppose that makes sense."Come on, you totally know where we're going...>Other
>>3955747>Come on, you totally know where we are goingMead if your friend fucks us he goes on the List.
>>3955747>"Come on, you totally know where we're going...
>>3955747>>I suppose that makes sense.
>>3955747>Come on, you totally know where we're going...
>>3955747>I suppose that makes sense.
>>3955747"Come on, you totally know where we're going, don't you?" You whine. "Just because I know doesn't mean I have to tell you!" Mead huffs, remaining as stubborn as ever. Well, there were ways to make people talk!>What if I asked really nicely?>Tell me, OR ELSE!>Pweeeeeaaaaaase~?>Other
>>3955828>Pweeeeeaaaaaase~?More of Vicky's territory, but can't hurt to try.
>>3955828>Tell me, OR ELSE!
>>3955828>>What if I asked really nicely?
>>3955828>what if i really asked nicelyNat 1 incoming
>>3955828"What if I asked you reeeaaaaaally nicely?" You ask."Come on, you of all people should know that won't work-" Mead groans. "Pleeaaaaaaaaaaase?">Roll 1d20
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>3955875Will we achieve SALVATION?
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>3955875
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>3955875Fuck
>>3955875"All right! All right! If you quit pestering me about it!" Mead rolls her eyes. She then leans forward, as if nervous that someone was listening in. "We're heading to the ruins of Stonehenge. My buddy's got a research post set up there. And you didn't hear this from me!""Wait, you mean THAT S-""What did I just tell you?!" Mead hisses as she clamps her hand over your mouth. "Don't go mouthing off about all this to everybody! We're keeping things on the down low for a reason!""Right. Right. Got it." You nod. "Anyways, I gotta head the plane. Got a few things to pack up." Mead nods as she holds the laptop close. "See you on the ground! And don't go blabbing to anybody!""Got it!" You yell as you wave a quick farewell to Mead.Stonehenge, huh?>You totally gotta tell the others!>Better follow Mead's instructions.>Other
>>3955900>>Better follow Mead's instructions.Hope we can get a souvenir for Karla's family, and maybe ourselves.
>>3955900>Better follow Mead's instructions.
>>3955900>>Better follow Mead's instructions.
>>3955900>Best follow InstructionsIUN has ears everywhere
>>3955900Well, you figure it was best to keep that little bit of information to yourself. Still, it was pretty shocking that you would be heading to the ruins of Stonehenge, which was considered holy ground among pilots. After all, that was where Mobius One practically single handedly destroyed the entire superweapon complex. And just recently, you heard Osea had gotten one of the cannons operational again to knock down one of the Arsenal Birds in the Lighthouse War. You honestly had to give them some props for that. Still, you heard that last cannon basically fried itself, so it was useless. What were the IUN still doing out there?Your thoughts were immediately interrupted by the arrival of Vicky and Misono. "Milly!" Vicky waves her hand. "We're getting read to take off? Have you gotten your plane loaded up yet?"Shit! You totally forgot!Considering this was an air escort mission, your Su-47 could mount long range SAAMs or short range QAAMs. Or, you could go in clean with standard missiles to give your Su-47 just a bit more agility. After all, even though you dealt some heavy damage to the Raven, there was no guarantee it wouldn't come back...>QAAM>SAAM>Clean>Other
>>3955947>>QAAMTime for the inevitable arms race.
>>3955947Hmm, we don't really have a clear consensus so we'll have to do a runoff vote!>QAAM>SAAM
>>3955985>>SAAMWe generally go for guns when we're in QAAM range anyways, having SAAMs really fills in our long range portfolio
>>3955985>>SAAM>>3955988Oh right, agreed. So better to use missiles we can fire off earlier anyways to get rid of weight.
>>3955988Good point>>3955985Switch to>SAAM
>>3955985You opt to take long range SAAM missiles this time. If something were to try and ambush you, you'd be able to reach out and hit them from a long ways away. Soon enough, your planes and prepped and everybody takes off without a hitch. Your squadron and Orpheus Team circle around Fort Grays as Mead's transport prepares to take off."Hey, Red, so Mead's cargo is safe?" Vicky asks, of course quietly referring to the AI you put in her care."Yeah, it should be doing fine." You answer. "Well, looks this one's going to be a long trip." Angela observes. "Hope you all took a proper bathroom break before you took off!""Come on, you don't have to say that." Alanna sighs. The two Typhoons of Orpheus team lazily hold position beside you. "So, Bandit, how are we going to handle things?" Angela asks your squad leader. "Mission intel says we gotta keep our eyes out.""MIssion intel always says that." You roll your eyes."True, but we should never discount the possibility." Bandit cautions. >Scout out ahead of the transport to spot any possible threats.>Stick close to the transport to protect it.>Trail behind the transport in case anything tries to tail it.>Other
>>3956016>Trail behind the transport in case anything tries to tail it.
>>3956016>Scout AheadBe Proactive
>>3956016>>Trail behind the transport in case anything tries to tail it.
>>3956016>other>go with vicky to scout,bandit and misono trail the transport
>>3956016>>Scout out ahead of the transport to spot any possible threats.
>>3956016>>Scout out ahead of the transport to spot any possible threats.It's called a fighter sweep
>>3956016"Oh! Let me go on ahead, Boss!" You offer. "If there's gonna be a fight I wanna be the first one in on it.""Of course you do." Bandit replies simply. "All right, you can move on ahead to scout. Do you need any backup? I'll be providing close protection to the transport."Hm, some back up would be nice...>You can handle things on your own. >Vicky and Misono>Orpheus>Other
>>3956043>Vicky and Misono
>>3956043>Vicky and MisoThree Swords!
>>3956043>>Vicky and Misono
>>3956043"Swordfish, Knives, let's go!" You call out as you throttle up, pulling ahead of the formation."C-coming!" Vicky blurts as her Gripen accelerates to keep up."Haha, heading out the goad the enemy into combat, eh? I will gladly partake!" Misono laughs as her F-2 keeps pace as well. And so the three of your planes range out, the main formation growing smaller and smaller in the distance behind you.All the while you keep a close eye on your radar and your surroundings. Being out in the open like this meant you'd be relatively easy targets. That was the point, of course, but you still had to be careful. >Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3956068
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3956068Any ideas for end game planes for our team?
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3956068
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3956068
>>3956068Suddenly, your radar pings with contacts. Glancing at the screen, it immediately tags 8 F-14s. Long range interceptors."Hey, do you all see what I'm seeing?" You ask your wingmates."I-Is it an air patrol?" Vicky wonders, the uncertainty obvious in her voice."They are not broadcasting any IFF or transponder signals." Misono points out. "If they are a patrol, they are being highly irresponsible."Well, either way, it looks like they haven't noticed you yet. However, that wasn't going to last long. If you could detect them from here, then chances are they could do the same to you. Well, F-14s' main strength was their long range capability, but that didn't mean they weren't slouches in a dogfight, either.>Use the opportunity to close the distance.>Try to thin them out with a first strike with your SAAMs. >Hail them to see if they're friendly.>Other
>>3956083>Hail ThemWe shouldn't shoot if we dont know who it is.
>>3956083>>Try to thin them out with a first strike with your SAAMs.
>>3956083>>Hail them to see if they're friendly.We have to confirm these bogies are bandits before we open fire
>>3956088This honestly. It's possible someone is blanking our signals. I'm wondering if they are seeing the same on their end.
>>3956083>>Hail them to see if they're friendly.>>3956072Vicky definitely needs something small and cute like an X-32
>>3956083>Hail them to see if they're friendly.
>>3956083>Hail them to see if they're friendly.>>3956090I wouldn't even wish that thing on an enemy.
>>3956083As much as you wanted to shoot first and ask questions never, you decide to err on the side of caution and key your radio."Hey, whoever is out there, this is Raven Squadron of the IUN. Identify yourselves or we'll consider you hostile!"And you wait for an answer...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3956106
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3956106
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3956106
>>3956106However, the only answer you get back is a blast of static. You wince at the sound. Was it some kind of jamming? Technical issue?No, something in your gut was already telling you things weren't right here. Your fears are confirmed when instead of hearing any sort of contact, the F-14s immediately turn to face you and your wingmates. They were trying to get a target lock on you!"Swordfish! Knives! Break! Break!" You yell. You knew the both of them weren't packing SAAMs like you and the F-14s undoubtedly were. "W-w-what?!" Vicky wails as her Gripen dives."Breaking!" Misono answers as her F-2 snaps to the side in a rapid roll. You could go evasive along with them, or you could try firing off your SAAMs first and hopefully getting the first shot in.>Hold position and fire!>Go evasive with Vicky and Misono.>Other
>>3956123>Hold position and fire!
>>3956123>Go evasiveSomething isn't right here.
>>3956123>>Hold position and fire!
>>3956123>Go evasive with Vicky and Misono.
>>3956123>>Hold position and fire!Set up a grinder! We'll go in and fire so they turn off so our mates can go in while we go out and the enemy goes nose cold to evade!
>>3956123Without losing a beat, you immediately fire off a pair of SAAMs. You watch intently as they streak off in the distance towards the hostile F-14s. Unfortunately, one aspect of SAAMs were that you had to hold your radar lock on them for the entire duration, as they needed radar guidance from your plane to operate properly. On the bright side, if the F-14s wanted to fire back, they'd have to do the same.>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3956142
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3956142Well, you shot first guys. Srry.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3956142
>>3956142Both your SAAMs zoom out, converging on the approaching F-14s. However, something catches you off guard. One of the F-14s boosts forward right into the sights of your pair of SAAMs. Was he acting as some sort of sacrifice?The F-14 then explodes as both heavy missiles slam into it, but its seven comrades respond with their own missile volley as a wave of SAAMs come flying your way in response. Your missile warning screams in alarm.Vicky and Misono were taking the chance to close in the F-14s while they were focused on you, but that was a hell of a lot of missiles to dodge. Could you even last that long?You still had chaff and flares. Maybe it was time to use them to eke out any improvement to your chances of survival...>Go full evasive!>Expend countermeasures.>Other
>>3956159>>Go full evasive!>>Expend countermeasures.
>>3956159>>Expend countermeasures.We've got a lot of SAAMs on us, use countermeasures to ensure our survival
>>3956159Drones? They are Drones aren't they? >Use Countermeasures
>>3956159>>3956161I should also add >Call out that they're drones, no human pilot would do that without punching out before impact.
>>3956159>Go full evasive!>>3956163I think you may be right.
>>3956163Sure as hell looks that way
>>3956159>Go full evasive!
>>3956159You deploy your chaff to confuse the SAAMs, and it works. The false radar returns the cloud of chaff gives throw off the SAAMs' guidance, and the missiles begin swerving in in multiple directions and exploding harmlessly. However, that was only going to work once. That was pretty much all the chaff you were carrying."Swordfish, Knives, watch out, I think we're dealing with drones here!" You grunt. "They're not behaving like normal pilots would!""What? Drones that look like normal planes?" Vicky gulps."I have heard stories of such things!" Misono responds. "Come, Swordfish, we shall engage them up close!""O-o-okay!" On your radar, you see Vicky and Misono's planes closing in on the formation. Three of the F-14s move forward to intercept them, while the remaining four remain on station, ready to sling more SAAMs your way. "Red, what's your situation?" Bandit calls out."Hostile drones set up to look like F-14s!" You respond. "We're engaging!""Roger, the transport is redirecting course to avoid the fighting." Bandit reports. "Do you need backup? I can send Orpheus to assist."Well, you weren't going to lie. You were currently at a serious numerical disadvantage here. However, there was no telling what other surprises may be lurking out there. If the transport were to be ambushed, would Bandit really be enough to protect it?>You need Orpheus' backup.>Orpheus should stay with Bandit.>Other
>>3956185>>Orpheus should stay with Bandit.We can't have only a single plane with the transport.
>>3956185>>Orpheus should stay with Bandit.
>>3956185>>Orpheus should stay with Bandit.Makes you wonder who the hell is buying up all of these drones? You'd think the various warlords would run out of them by now.
>>3956185>Stay with BanditBah, we can handle a couple of Clankers.Nothing Belkan Spirit can't handle.
>>3956185>Orpheus should stay with Bandit.
>>3956185"No worries, Boss! I can handle these damn clankers myself!" You assure him."Red-!"However you're already moving into an attack position just as the quartet of F-14 drones get their radar locks on you. This one was going to be a slugfest, you were sure. Meanwhile, Vicky and Misono had managed to close the distance and were in the midst of brawling with their opponents. Their smaller planes were far more nimble and had the edge in a close up fight, but these F-14s were definitely putting up a fight, using team tactics to cover each and prevent either Vicky or Misono from getting an easy kill shot. You, on the other hand, could either keep slugging it out with the other F-14s with SAAMs, or try to get in closer where your Su-47 would have a much more pronounced performance advantage. >Engage at long range.>Get into close range.>Other
>>3956209>Get into close range.
>>3956209>>Get into close range.
>>3956209>Engage at long range.
>>3956209>>Engage at long range.fire missiles first before going into short range.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3956209Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Long range.2. Close range
Rolled 4, 3, 7, 4 = 18 (4d10)>>3956234You kick in your afterburners, determined to close the distance to the F-14s before their SAAMs could find their mark. Your Su-47 lurches for a brief second as it picks up speed rapidly. At the same time, you see flashes as the F-14s unleash their payloads, which come buzzing towards you at high speed as well.>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3956236
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3956236Time for some fireworks.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3956236
>>3956236Knowing that the SAAMs weren't particularly maneuverable, you bide your time, waiting for the right moment. Finally, just as the long range missiles come into visual contact, you make a sharp turn towards the missiles. Not only are the missiles slow to respond to your sudden maneuver, but your turn rapidly puts you much closer to them than expected. The unwieldy missiles zoom past you, moving too fast to be able to change course in time. They explode after realizing they lost their target, showing your plane with shrapnel and wreckage. However, the damage is only light, compared to getting a direct hit from one of those things. And just like that, you were in arm's reach of the four F-14, who immediately respond by splitting up, intending to engage you from all sides.Even though your Su-47 would beat the snot out of them in a dogfight, being outnumbered like this was certainly going to make things a challenge...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>3956244Thanks for the thread, Merc.
>>3956244Thanks for running Merc!
>>3956415>Eternal SalvationWho could be behind this post?
>>3956244Immediately, the four F-14s you're going after split up into 4 different direction. Your suspicion that they're drones only grows as they split off into four different directions in sync. Human pilots would never do something like that. At the very least they would break up in wing pairs so that wingmates could keep track of each other. Either way, two of the F-14s go into a power climb, heading for high altitude, while the other two dive low towards the ground. This was an obvious ploy to try and split your attention. Going after the lower pair would be simple, but would leave your back vulnerable to the pair up high, who could pounce on your tail or continue to sling SAAMs at you from a safe distance. Going after the pair going high would mean losing track of the other pair, who could use their dive speed to charge right at the transport.>Go for the F-14s going high.>Go for the F-14s going low.>Other
>>3957647>Go for the F-14s going low.
>>3957647>>Go for the F-14s going high.
>>3957647>Go for the F-14s going high.
>>3957647>>Go for the F-14s going high.Take out the guys above you first. Always
>>3957647You immediately kick your nose up to follow the F-14s making the climb. You'd just have to trust Bandit and Orpheus can deal with the other F-14s. You try to line up your nose with the F-14s in front of you. However, they had a pretty big headstart.>Go into a powerclimb to catch up to them.>Launch SAAMs at them as they try to climb.>Other
>>3957756>>Launch SAAMs at them as they try to climb.
>>3957756>Launch SAAMs at them as they try to climb.
>>3957756>Launch SAAMs as they climb
>>3957756>>Launch SAAMs at them as they try to climb.Time for some snow.
Rolled 9, 1 = 10 (2d10)>>3957756With a grunt, you key up your SAAMs and fire the moment you get a lock. The two heavy missiles blast off into the sky, trailing the two distant F-14s trying to climb to safety.>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>3957818
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3957818
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3957818
>>3957822Oh boy, here we go.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3957818
>>3957818One of your SAAMs manages to catch up to the closer F-14, ramming itself up one of the engine nacelles and causing the whole craft to explode into a cloud of debris. However, your second missiles fails to catch up to the second F-14, which was at a higher altitude. However, it seemed the F-14 was reaching the limit of its operational ceiling, as it flips over in the air, pointing its nose straight back down towards you. It looked like the damn thing was trying to ram you!>Try to knock it out with guns. >You need to dodge out of the way.>Other
>>3957844 (checked)You were too late.
>>3957849>Try to knock it out with guns.C'mon!
>>3957849>>Try to knock it out with guns.
>>3957849>try to knock it out with Guns
>>3957849>Try to knock it out with guns.
>>3957849>You need to dodge out of the way.I hope we won't have to injure ourselves.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3957849Damn, you didn't have a lot of time to react. You'd have to take out the F-14 with guns before it made contact!>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>3957943
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3957943BRRRRRRT
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3957943
>>3957943Your cannon rounds fly straight and true, shredding the F-14 to pieces before it can dive into you. The stricken craft disintegrates into pieces, allowing you to finally level out and get a grasp of the situation. "Red! They've got reinforcements!" Vicky wails. "Super Hornets out of nowhere!""It's a marvelous battle!" Misono laughs. Sure enough, your radar was reading that the F-14s Vicky and Misono had been engaging had been shot down, but now six Super Hornets were in the mix, giving your wingmates a hard time."Gah! Damn these drones! Where's their honor?" Alanna curses. Behind you, the F-14s were harassing the transport with long range SAAM fire. Orpheus team had peeled away to engage them, but that just left Bandit to the cover the transport by himself. >Help Vicky and Misono fight off the Super Hornets>Help Orpheus team take out the F-14s quicker.>Help Bandit cover the transport.>Other
>>3957998>>Help Bandit cover the transport.Can't have just the one. Vicky and Misono can manage.
>>3957998>>Help Bandit cover the transport.
>>3957998>Help Bandit cover the transport.
>>3957998>Help BanditAlso Misono embracing Khorne i see.
>>3957998>Help Bandit cover the transport.They're after the transport, we will keep them off.
>>3957998>>Help Vicky and Misono fight off the Super Hornets
Rolled 4, 6, 1 = 11 (3d10)>>3957998Believing that the others can handle their individual battles, you head over to the transport, whose escort was now dangerously thin. "This ride's getting a little too exciting...." Mead laughs nervously. "Don't worry, we'll get you to the destination safely." Bandit assures her. "Red, what's your condition?""I'm good." You tell him. "Just a few dings and I'm a bit low on SAAMs, but that's it.""Just a few dings?" Mead grunts. "I can see that shrapnel damage on your bird! You know how long it takes to fix that crap!?"You try to ignore Mead's complaints as you try to keep an eye out for any more threats. If reinforcements came to jump Vicky and Misono, there were likely more waiting to ambush the real objective, the transport.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3958040
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3958040
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3958040
Rolled 8, 5, 2 = 15 (3d10)>>3958040...
>>3958065Your radar warning receiver suddenly screams as it detects a hostile target lock. "Red, break!" Bandit orders as his F-15 performs an immediate snap roll."Don't have to tell me twice!" You yell as you perform your own snap roll. The transport meanwhile banks away, dropping flares and chaff to cover itself. And that's when you see a pair of F-22s emerge from the clouds. Shit, those were some seriously nasty birds. Not only were they fast and maneuverable, but their stealth features made it hard to get radar locks on them!"Looks like the drones did their job." You hear a voice buzz. "Only two hostiles escorting the target.""Take them out and secure the target before the other escorts can respond." You hear another voice. So it looked like it was just you and Bandit against this pair of F-22s. A good old fashioned 2v2 brawl.>Let Bandit grab their attention so you can fall in behind them. >You should grab their attention so Bandit can get a shot in at them.>Other
>>3958076>>You should grab their attention so Bandit can get a shot in at them.Time to test our plane's and body's limit with appropriate music.
>>3958076>You should grab their attention so Bandit can get a shot in at them.
>>3958076>>You should grab their attention so Bandit can get a shot in at them.
Rolled 6, 4, 4, 4 = 18 (4d10)>>3958076"All right, I'll grab 'em on my tail, Boss! I'm counting on you to do the rest!" You call out as you throttle up and blast past the F-22s. They take the bait and turn sharply to keep after you, apparently intent on knock you out first before Bandit can get on their tails. But you weren't some regular nugget. All you had to do was duck their radar just long enough!>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>3958127
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>3958127
Rolled 3 (1d10)Finally managed to catch a thread while it's active and I have to go to bed. Oh well.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>3958127BEHOLD PEONS
Rolled 2, 6, 6 = 14 (3d10)>>3958127...
>>3958168You crane your head backward and catch sight of the F-22s firing missiles. Small ones that did a number of crazy loops and maneuvers as they homed in on you. The bastards has fucking QAAMs!Immediately, you kick your Su-47 into a sharp rolling dive. The sudden maneuver kills your energy quite a lot, but it's enough to throw off the supermaneuverable QAAMs, buying you a few more seconds.That's when Bandit takes his shot. His F-15 blasts in on full afterburner, swooping down on the F-22s like a bird of prey. As he blasts past, he unleashes a pair of missiles which slam into the trailing F-22. The advanced fighter instantly breaks up and explodes as Bandit's F-15 zooms off, leveraging its ludicrously high speed to come around for another attack run. Realizing the tables were now turned on him, the one remaining F-22 breaks off pursuit and hits afterburners, apparently intending to disengage from the fight before Bandit could return. >Let him run, the others still need help. >Chase the bastard down!>Other
>>3958176>>OtherWe still have SAAMs!
>>3958176>>Chase the bastard down!
>>3958176>>Let him run, the others still need help.
>>3958176>Chase the bastard down!
>>3958176>Let him run, the others still need help.
>>3958176>>Chase the bastard down!Don't let him come back from this.
>>3958176You weren't about to let this guy get away unanswered! It was time to get some payback!>Fire SAAMs after him.>Catch up and gun him down!>Other
>>3958206>>Fire SAAMs after him.
>>3958206>Fire SAAMs after him.There will be blood.
>>3958206>Fire SAAMs after him.
>>3958206>Catch up and gun him down!
>>3958206>>Catch up and gun him down!
Rolled 6, 8, 6 = 20 (3d10)>>3958206You hit your trigger, letting the last of your SAAMs fly as the pair of missiles lance through the air, chasing the F-22 down as it tries to gain as much distance as possible...>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>3958231Here's the snow.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>3958231
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>3958231
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>3958231
Rolled 2, 7 = 9 (2d10)>>3958231...
>>3958241You whoop a victory cheer as your SAAMs manage to catch up to the fleeing F-22, evaporating it in a cloud of fire and metal debris. "Good job, Red." Bandit says simply. "Heh, that was a good shot yourself, Boss." You return the compliment. "Ravens, Orpheus, give me a status report." Bandit calls out. "All hostiles have apparently been mopped up.""We took out those Tomcats, so they won't be bothering us anymore!" Angela reports."I wanted to fight those Raptors, though..." Alanna sighs. "W-we survived, somehow." Vicky whimpers. "But Swordfish took some damage!""It's minor damage." Misono tries to assure you all. "Just a damaged tail section.""D-damaged? Pretty much the top half is blown off!" Vicky protests.Sure enough, as both your wingmates get back into visual range, you could see Misono's F-2 was rather beat up. There were holes from missile fragments and cannon rounds pockmarking the fuselage, and the top section of her tail really was shorn off. "I'm fine." Misono continues to insist. "And I still have control over my plane.""We're still quite a ways from our destination." Mead announces, the transport returning to its planned route. "Maybe Swordfish should emergency land?">Better safe than sorry.>If Misono says she's fine, then she is.>Other
>>3958246>If Misono says she's fine, then she is.
>>3958246>>If Misono says she's fine, then she is.
>>3958246>>Better safe than sorry.
>>3958246>>Better safe than sorry.Wonder if we can get some Arsenal Bird wreckage as a souvenir for her?
>>3958246>Better safe than sorry.No pride is going to stop you from saving yourself.
>>3958246"Yeah, it's better safe than sorry." You say."Agreed. Knives, you're sitting this out." Bandit says sternly. "We'll talk about this later.""Yes sir." Misono says glumly. Honestly, you felt a bit bad for Misono, having to be sidelined like this. "Mead, is there anywhere she can land?" Bandit asks."There's an IUN-affiliated outpost not far from here she can touch down on." Mead says. "They should have the facilities necessary to get her bird back up and running so she can catch up.""I don't like the idea of leaving her alone, though." Bandit grumbles. "Red, Swordfish, do either you want to go down with her?""I could go!" Vicky quickly volunteers. You already know she's taking the bullet for you, knowing how important this trip is for you.And Bandit couldn't go, since he was the squad leader. Orpheus was their own separate unit, and you couldn't expect them to cover for your squadron."Really, you do not have to sacrifice any more for my sake!" Misono pleads.>Let Vicky stay with Misono.>Misono is more than capable of taking care of herself.>Other
>>3958268>Misono is more than capable of taking care of herself.
>>3958268>>Misono is more than capable of taking care of herself.We promise to bring her a souvenir that'll make it worthwhile!
>>3958268>>Let Vicky stay with Misono.Wingmen stick together.
>>3958268>>Misono is more than capable of taking care of herself.
>>3958268"Misono is more than capable of taking care of herself." You remind everybody. "And if it's friendly territory she's landing in, that's less to worry about, right?""I suppose." Bandit finally relents. "All right, Knives, do it. Land and get your plane fixed. We'll link back up on the return trip.""I'll get my plane fixed and I'll be right behind you!" Misono counters. "I will do what I can to atone for this shame!""Really Knives, you don't have to take this so seriously." Band sighs. And with that, Misono reluctantly breaks off from the main formation and starts dropping altitude as she makes her way to the IUN outpost. The rest of you continue on towards Stonehenge. Thankfully, there's no more ambushes or commotion on the way, and you arrive at the old superweapon base without any further issue."Oh my gosh, is that Stonehenge?" Vicky gasps."It's the real deal." Angela whistles. "What the hell are we doing out here?""I don't know, but I'm not complaining." Alanna says as your formation flies over the ruined superweapon complex. Down below, the old Stonehenge cannons looked tiny, like small artillery cannons. However, you knew that their actual sizes were practically small skyscrapers. In their prime, these cannons could sling shells across the entire damn continent!However, farther out in the distance, you could see probably the reason why the IUN was still interested in this place. There, clear as day, was the wreck of an Arsenal bird. All around it, you could see tiny white tents and a fleet of construction vehicles. Looks like the IUN was doing its best to collect and dismantle the wreckage, undoubtedly to prevent any of the sensitive components from falling into the wrong hands.You all land at the nearby airbase. The transport is immediately pulled into a closed but temporary hangar, out of sight. Mead doesn't come out immediately. Didn't help that it was starting to get dark now, too."Damn, will you look at that." Angela whistles the sight of the Stonehenge cannons. Now that you were all on the ground, the true scale of the massive cannons could truly be felt as they towered over everything in the surrounding desert."Ohmygosh! It's really an Arsenal Bird up close!" Vicky marvels at the wrecked aerial carrier drone. Even though it was a hunk of junk now, Vicky was still completely enthralled at the sight."This desert's got a lot f blood soaked into it." Bandit shakes his head as a cold breeze blows.>Go try to find Mead.>Go check out Stonehenge.>Try to get a look at the Arsenal Bird.>Other
>>3958302>Try to get a look at the Arsenal Bird.Maybe Karla or Elly would like a small part of the actual Arsenal Bird?
>>3958302>>Go try to find Mead.
>>3958302>Go check out Stonehenge.
>>3958302>>Go check out Stonehenge.
>>3958302>Go try to find Mead.Here's hoping that the new suit has hex patterns and carbon fiber.
>>3958302Looks like we don't have a consensus so we'll have to do a runoff vote!>Go try to find Mead>Go check out Stonehenge
>>3958346>>Go try to find Mead
>>3958346>>Go check out Stonehenge
>>3958346>Go try to find Mead
>>3958346>Go check out Stonehenge
>>3958346You decide to wander off from the main group as they go about checking their planes for any damage or faults, and you find yourself walking among the base of the massive Stonehenge rail cannons. Just like the ancient ruins this facility was named for, the modern Stonehenge was a modern ruin. Instead of stone obelisks jutting up in the sky, there were steel ones. The area as pretty much abandoned. The cannons had been destroyed ages ago, and were of little value to anyone. Fixing the cannons would incur a cost so astronomical that nobody has had any desire to try. Even the on cannon Osea had gotten working basically fried itself the moment they fired it. So for the time being, it looked like Stonehenge was going to remain standing, to forever remain a marker of mankind's arrogance. However, you find that you're not alone. Glancing to the side, you see what you assume to a scientist. A middle aged, bespectacled man wearing a lab coat that was fluttering in the desert breeze. For a moment, you almost thought it was the Professor. While you wouldn't pay some random scientist any attention, what does pique your interest is that the wind carries an old, mournful tune that he seems to be humming. One that drums up some old nostalgia. You remember that song, playing softly from the old record player in the Professor's office on certain days. It was an old Belkan song, it's name currently escaping your memory. However, there was absolutely no doubt about it.This man was a Belkan!>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>3958370Thanks for running Merc!
>>3958370Thanks for running Merc.<<Buddy.>> cameo when?
>>3958370Milly looking at her future superweapon of choice rn
Let's hope we can get a special helmet out of this. And try not to be embarrassed by our team seeing our new flightsuit's fitting.
>>3958653Doesn't she already have a railgun mounted on the Wyvern? Unless we change out the projectile with a WMD.