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!It didn't take long for you and Vicky to reach Fort Grays and report END's attempted ambush to Bandit and the authorities. Of course, the IUN was just going to "look into it", and that was the extent of it.Still, at least you were back safe and sound. And at least it didn't look like END's Raven was fixed up yet. You weren't aware of any upcoming missions, so it seemed that your morning was free now.>Go see if Vicky is okay.>Go catch up with Misono.>See what Bandit is up to.>See how the base has fared while you were gone.>Other
>>4060537>Go catch up with MisonoNip ahoy
>>4060537>>See how the base has fared while you were gone.
>>4060537>>Go catch up with Misono.
>>4060537>Go catch up with Misono.
>>4060537>See what Bandit is up to.What if we try ignoring END during the next encounter? I'm hoping that actively ignoring them would piss them off so much they'll break radio silence.
>>4060577I'm pretty sure END is just a drone brain
>>4060537You decide to go find Misono. Last you heard, she was in the hangar, so you make your way there.Sure enough, you find Misono there, overseeing an... F-15? It definitely wasn't Bandit's. It wasn't in Belkan colors, and was sporting the large red circle that served as Misono's emblem. Did she get an upgrade?Anyways, it looked like she was busy watching Mead doing her point by point inspection, and she hadn't realized you had arrived.>Go and greet her!>Try and surprise her!>Other
>>4060615>>Try and surprise her!
>>4060615>>Go and greet her!I feel like we may have missed a chance at getting a sword when we visited Vicky over Misono. Oh well, Katana is for Samurai .
>>4060615>Go and greet her!PLANES
>>4060615>>Go and greet her!
>>4060615Switching to>Try and surprise herUs getting caught by her has become a running theme. I'd like to break it.
>>4060615"Hey! Miso!" You call out as you approach her, gaining her attention. "Got a new bird, huh?""Indeeed I have!" Misono nods with a bright smile. "The F-2 was starting to wear out, and it was overdue for replacement anyways!""Still, an F-15 looks to be a real upgrade." You whistle. "Guess you caught the eye of the right people.""I'm inclined to think my family had something to do with it." Misono sighs. "But still, I shall not look a gift horse in the mouth, is how they say it?""Yep." You nod."This is an F-15J, to be more precise!" Mead grunts in the distance. "A brand spanking new one, too! Wouldn't be surprised if it was cranked out in the Lighthouse fabrication plant!""Anyways, I heard you and Vicky had a rough time getting here." Misono says, turning the conversation to you. "Are you all right?">It wasn't such a big deal.>It was pretty harrowing, yeah.>I'm more worried about Vicky.>Other
>>4060686>I'm more worried about Vicky.
>>4060686>>I'm more worried about Vicky.
>>4060686>I'm more worried about Vicky.Ever since losing the Raven, they've been switching tactics to get to us.
>>4060686"Honestly, I'm more worried about Vicky." You frown. "They really went after her hard during that ambush.""Really?" Misono blinks. "I don't think they could have confused the two of you.""They didn't." You shake your head. "They were specifically gunning for Vicky. I think they figured she'd be easier to take our, or were trying to pressure me into making a mistake.""That's quite concerning." Misono frowns. "Even without their Raven, END seems to show an ability to change up their tactics.">Yeah, it's got me concerned.>They're still a chump.>Other
>>4060776>Yeah, it's got me concerned.We should try and find a way to mix things up too.
>>4060776>>Yeah, it's got me concerned.The three swords are strongest together.
>>4060776>>Yeah, it's got me concerned.
>>4060776>>4060780>>4060782>>Yeah, it's got me concerned.Perhaps we should see if switching meals to that super secret Belkan Ration that Karla found last quest would improve all of our performance?
>>4060791Milly needs to stock her engine with Yuke Vodka rather than jet fuel. Do it with the whole squad.
>>4060776"Yeah, it's got me concerned." You nod. "It's not just me anymore. END is setting their sights on all of us now.""It's just frustrating that all we can do is wait for them to strike at us first." Misono growls. "Well, it's not like we know where their base is." You groan. "And the IUN doesn't seem too interested in trying to hunt it down.""I'm sure they have other issues to worry about." Misono sighs.>We should try to convince them it is their problem.>We might have to take matters into our own hands.>Other
>>4060834>We might have to take matters into our own hands.
>>4060834>>We should try to convince them it is their problem.They have to at least understand there's a pattern. Doesn't help there may be a spy in our midst.
>>4060834>>We might have to take matters into our own hands.The IUN can't be trusted with this.
>>4060834>>We should try to convince them it is their problem.
The IUN very likely is infested with spies of all factions. Making it public to them is just gonna tip off the baddies. Not to mention anyone else with a stake in this.
>>4060834>>We might have to take matters into our own hands.
>>4060834"I hate to say it, but I think this is something we'll have to do ourselves." You mutter to Misono. "I think the IUN has way too many leaks.""That is true." Misono nods. "The enemy does seem to have a frightening ability to predict our movements.""Exactly." You nod, suddenly remembering that Karla was supposed to be looking into this."So will you bring this up with Bandit?" Misono wonders."As if I have any choice." You roll your eyes. "He's the one who handles all the assignments, after all.""Then what shall you be doing now?">Check out the F-15J more.>Vicky might need some attention.>You should bring up the issue with Bandit.>See if you can get an update from Karla.>Other
>>4060911>>Vicky might need some attention.
>>4060911>>Check out the F-15J more.
>>4060911>Vicky might need some attention.
>>4060911>>Vicky might need some attention.Take care of our fren
>>4060911"Anyways, I'm gonna go check up on Vicky." You tell Misono. "Wanna come with?""Of course!" Misono nods eagerly."Yeah, yeah, just completely forget about Mead here, huh?" Mead grunts as she closes up one of the F-15J's access panels."Well, you look busy enough already!" You laugh."So where is Vicky?" Miso asks, pulling your mind back to the task at hand.>She's probably sulking in her quarters.>Might be trying to sharpen her skills in the simulator.>Maybe trying to find comfort in drink.>Other
>>40609463 sounds like something *we* might do, but hmmmmm...
>>4060946>>Might be trying to sharpen her skills in the simulator.
>>4060946>>She's probably sulking in her quarters.
>>4060946>She's probably sulking in her quarters.
>>4060946>>Maybe trying to find comfort in drink.
>>4060946"If I had to guess, Vicky is probably sulking in her quarters." You figure. "So that should be where we start!""Then let's go!" Misono nods in agreement.With that, the two of you make your way over to the pilot barracks. By this point, you and Misono were a common enough sight around the base that your Belkan patches and Misono's sword didn't really draw that many curious stares any more. The whole base just continued on with their business.It wasn't long until you reached the barracks and at the front of Vicky's room. However, as you and Misono approached the door, you could hear a muffled voice on the other side."Is she talking with someone?" Misono whispers.>See if you can eavesdrop.>Knock on the door.>Other
>>4061036>See if you can eavesdrop.Her dad, probably. Or Bandit.
>>4061036>>See if you can eavesdrop.
>>4061036>Knock on the door.
Rolled 8, 8, 9 = 25 (3d10)>>4061036Your curiosity gets the better of you and you lean into the door to see if you could hear what Vicky was talking about...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4061079Bad roll for that one.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4061079
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4061079
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>4061079
>>4061079"It's not that I don't like Milly or this squadron or anything like that!" You hear Vicky say from the other side of the door. "It's just... I'm afraid I'm going to drag her down!"There's a brief moment of silence. Was she talking to someone over the phone? You glance at Misono and she quietly shrugs."I mean, it's not like I've actually left or anything!" Vicky continues. "It's just... the thought sometimes crosses my mind, you know?"What? Vicky was thinking about leaving the squadron?!>Keep listening.>INTERVENTION TIME>Other
>>4061112>Keep listening.Silent like a Belkan Bat
>>4061112>>INTERVENTION TIMEtime for LOVE and AFFECTION!
Rolled 3, 3, 7 = 13 (3d10)>>4061112Curious, you decide to keep listening, to see whether there was more you could find out from Vicky. What could she possibly be thinking...?>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>4061149
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4061149
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>4061149Check this one.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4061149
>>4061149"For the last time, Dad!" Vicky groans. "It's not the enemy I'm scared of! I just don't want to be a disappointment to Milly and the others!"Another pause. Vicky no doubt listening to her dad."N-no, Dad! You don't have to go out of your way like that!" Vicky says quickly. "It isn't all about the plane, you know! W-wait a minute..."You then hear footsteps coming towards the door. Was she on to you?>Run away!>Stand your ground!>Other
>>4061169>Stand your ground!We will have to deal with this sooner or later.Might as well do it now.
>>4061169>>Stand your ground!Hug her the moment she opens the door, and tell her it's not her fault. (Also try to not to drop our spaghetti, and ruin the delivery)
>>4061169>>Stand your ground!HUGS!
>>4061169>>Stand your ground!
>>4061169>Stand your ground!I feel like we violated her provacy
>>4061178We did. This is the definition of privacy violation, but we will love her and show her affection and make it up to her.
>>4061169"Viiiiiiiiiiicky!" You cry and hug her the moment she opens the door."M-Milly!? Gah!" Vicky yelps in surprise as she's snared in your arms. "What are you doing here?!""You don't need to leave the squadron for our sake!"Misono adds as she likewise hugs Vicky. "You're a wonderful pilot!""Y-y-y-you both HEARD all that?!" Vicky blanches."We did!" You admit. "And we don't want you to leave!""You... you...." Vicky's face goes completely red. " You meanies listening in on me like that! You both suuuuuuuck!">Yeah it's kinda our bad.>We were just worried about you!>Love you too, Vicky!>Other
>>4061220>>Love you too, Vicky!
>>4061220>We were just worried about you!
>>4061220>>Yeah it's kinda our bad.
>>4061220>Love you too, Vicky!
Rolled 11, 7, 7 = 25 (3d20)>>4061220...
>>4061256"We love you too, Vicky!" You chuckle."Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" Vicky wails, her embarrassment only increasing by the second."Vicky? Vicky!" You hear a voice from Vicky's phone, still in her hand, buzz. "Don't tell me you're DATING this girl, too!""It's not what it sounds like!" Vicky yelps as she quickly hangs up."Do not even think about leaving!" Misono scolds. "We'll just drag you back!""I never said I was!" Vicky whines. "I was just... frustrated, you know?>Well we can talk about it like normal people. >Sounds like you need some drink in you!>Other
>>4061259>>Well we can talk about it like normal people.
>>4061259>Sounds like you need some drink in you!
>>4061259>>Well we can talk about it like normal people.If CUDDLE doesn't pick up traction.
>>4061259>Well we can talk about it like normal people.And maybe hug it out some more.
>>4061259"Well then, let's talk about it, then!" You say cheerfully as you prance into Vicky's room and sit down on her bed. "C'mon! It'll be fun!""Indeed!" Misono walks in as well, sitting on the bed but leaving enough room between the two of you for Vicky to fit in."Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn." Vicky grumbles before reluctantly sitting between you and Misono."So, was that really your dad you were talking to?" You ask."Mhm." Vicky nods."Isn't he an engineer?" Misono asks."Yeah. He builds all kinds of things and machinery." Vicky nods with a faint smile. "I told him about that ambush on the way here and he was all huffing and puffing about getting me a new plane-""What, he's gonna build one for you?" You gasp."No, he's not THAT good!" Vicky giggles. "But he does have a few connections with some big manufacturers, so you never know...""You don't sound so enthusiastic about it, though." Misono observes."Well, I really like my Gripen, you know?" Vicky sighs.>You can stick with it if you want.>Can't you get some sort of super duper Gripen?>Why not go top of the line?>Other
>>4061298>You can stick with it if you want.Obviously what she's comfortable with is best. It's hardly a bad plane. Also not really our call to be frank.
>>4061298>Can't you get some sort of super duper Gripen?Or perhaps change up the weapons, and add Pulse Lasers, or Stealth Missiles?
>>4061298>>You can stick with it if you want.
>>4061298>>Can't you get some sort of super duper Gripen?
>>4061298>>Why not go top of the line?
>>4061298>>Can't you get some sort of super duper Gripen?Upgrades! Or is she going to be like Magnet?
>>4061298"Can't you get some sort of super duper Gripen, then?" You wonder."I suppose I could upgrade to a newer Gripen model like the E..." Vicky mumbles. "See? Then it can't be all bad!" You grin.>You should get Vicky out of her room for some FUN!>You should find Bandit and start getting to business.>Other
>>4061318>You should get Vicky out of her room for some FUN!Normally i would say business but Vicky needs some serious cheering up. Ready the alcohol
>>4061318>>You should get Vicky out of her room for some FUN!
>>4061318>You should get Vicky out of her room for some FUN!Celebrate the new plane.
>>4061318"Well, while we're all here, we should have some FUN!" You grin devilishly."W-what kind of fun?" Vicky stammers.You bring out a bottle Yuke vodka at the same time Misono produces a bottle of what appears to be homemade sake, from her own homeland, most likely. "O-oh no." Vicky bites her lip. "Isn't it too early to be drinking heavily?""Not in Selatapura." Misono smiles."Well, we're all still technically jet lagged."You shrug. "So we're still going off our home time zones...""B-but...">Don't worry, just a sip!>We ain't leaving until both bottles are dry!>Other
>>4061351>>Don't worry, just a sip!
>>4061351I find it comforting that Milly just carries Vodka with her. We do not have a problem. >Don't worry, just a sip!
>>4061351>>Don't worry, just a sip!And so it begins...
>>4061357The time has come to redeem our liver with a perfect roll
Rolled 17, 7 = 24 (2d20)>>4061351"Don't worry, Vicky!" You grin broadly. "Just a sip! Then we're done! Promise!""Okay..." Vicky replies skeptically.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>4061363
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>4061363
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4061363Witness
>>4061363You actually don't really remember what happened after that. You just suddenly felt rather dizzy and drowsy after trying some of Misono's sake, the powerful spirit burning its way down your throat and into your belly.And then... well, your face then felt a very warm and soft sensation. It felt super nice, honestly. Nice enough to just drift away to sleep...Nothing bad or awkward could have happened at all, of course.>And that's it for tonight! Due to some schedule conflicts, it's unlikely I'll be able to run on Saturday so we'll likely have to continue on Sunday, instead! Stay tuned!
>>4061381God damn it we will break this losing streak yet.
>>4061383>Merc Quest>Drinking Rolls successChoose one, and only one.
>>4061381Thanks for the run!>>4061383Maybe it'll happen when we manage to finally beat Elisa at something? I'm thinking that those rations Karla ate had some sort of additive that had the long term effect of making future kids supersoldiers.
>>4061381"C'mon, Vicky! We didn't mean to do it on purpose!" You sigh as you follow the obviously annoyed Vicky, who was stomping along towards the briefing room at brisk pace to stay ahead of you and Misono."Does Nordenvannic have cultural issues against personal contact?" Misono wonders. "Lots of people do!" Vicky grunts.Yeah, you and Misono got a bit drunk the other day, probably not helped by the jet lag from the long trip to Fort Grays, and you had both fallen asleep on top of Vicky. She was too polite and embarrassed to try and move or wake up the two of you, and was stuck in that awkward position for a few hours. So yeah, it seemed she was still a tad peeved about that.>All right, we won't talk about it anymore.>C'mon, you totally were enjoying it~!>Other
>>4065284>>All right, we won't talk about it anymore.
>>4065284>All right, we won't talk about it anymore.
>>4065284>All right, we won't talk about it anymore.We could always get Vicky to be co-pilot of our Wyvern if she wants a new plane.
>>4065284"All right, all right, we won't talk about it anymore." You concede, patting Vicky on the head."Hmph!" Vicky continues her brisk pace.Misono can only smile and shrug at you as the three of you enter the briefing room.Already, you can see Bandit ready and waiting. However, you do notice that none of the other squadrons were present, nor were any of the IUN officers. Was Bandit leading this briefing?"Good to see you all here." Bandit nods as the three of you take a seat."Is something up?" You wonder out loud. "Why is it just us?""I've been communicating with our IUN higher ups." Bandit explains. "And while they are no position to commit resources to the hunt for END and their backers, they have agreed to allow us to pursue them independently.""Like, we have actual freedom to operate?" You gasp."It seems our string of successes have given the higher ups a good impression." Bandit nods. "Plus a little lobbying from the government back home.""That is great news and all." Misono nods. "But where do we even start?">Focus on the intel leak. We can follow it back to whoever is pulling the strings.>END tried to jump us recently, so their sub still has to be in the area somewhere.>These guys must be getting all their shit from Grunder, right?>Other
>>4065365>Focus on the intel leak. We can follow it back to whoever is pulling the strings.We have a mole. That is an immediate, serious problem. It needs to be dealt with.
>>4065365>>Focus on the intel leak. We can follow it back to whoever is pulling the strings.
>>4065365>Focus on the intel leak. We can follow it back to whoever is pulling the strings.
>>4065365"Well, obviously, we should be focusing on the intel leak." You grunt. "Somebody's been leaking our movements to the enemy.""It's not somebody, but something." Bandit scowls as he activates the briefing screen.On screen, a map of Erusea began to render, and it also began to mark the positions and paths of several satellites passing over the continent. "Thanks to some snooping from Karla and Jager, we've managed to determine that information is being leaked from this satellite which is handling IUN communications signals." He explains."What?" Vicky blurts. "But aren't satellite communications directional? How can you even intercept them without anybody noticing?""You don't need to worry about that if you can just grab all the data directly off of the satellite." Bandit grunts as he highlights one of the satellites on the map, codenamed TOWER-06. "In the aftermath of the Lighthouse War, everybody was in a hurry to get new satellites up into space, and for big organizations like the IUN, they were willing to lease them from private companies if they could."The screen then zooms closer in to TOWER-06, which began to show technical details you didn't have the first clue in reading."It seems this particular satellite is owned by a Grunder shell company. There's a high likelihood that it's been secretly tapping into IUN communications and forwarding them to our mysterious opponents.">Then lets shoot the damn thing down!>Well where is it forwarding them TO?>Other
>>4065452>>Then lets shoot the damn thing down!
>>4065452>Well where is it forwarding them TO?
>>4065452>Well where is it forwarding them TO?There's obviously problems with just shooting a private satellite
>>4065452>>Well where is it forwarding them TO?
>>4065452"Well, where is it forwarding them TO?" You wonder."Belkan Intelligence has tracked intermittent communications to a location in the middle of the sea. According to records and surveys, there's no known landmass or island in that location, so we're very likely dealing with a mobile communications ship.""Maybe even their mobile base itself!" Misono smiles."Of course, our support will be limited." Bandit warns. "The Andersen can provide us transportation and resupply, but the IUN can't spare any naval assets to go out that far.""So no naval recon, then." You mumble."It may very well be that we have to go in with force. A recon overflight might make them suspicious." Bandit continues.>We'll go in hard and heavy.>We should try to scout it out first.>Other
>>4065500>We should try to scout it out first.I'd rather not put all our eggs in one basket. As long as we play it safe i think we can pull this off. Needs to be only a few planes tho.
>>4065500>>We should try to scout it out first.We may need to fly something inconspicuous like our old Hornet.
>>4065500>We'll go in hard and heavy.
>>4065503Possibly not a bad idea. If this turns into a trap I'd prefer we didn't lose our best shit
>>4065500>>We'll go in hard and heavy.
>>4065500"I say we go in hard and heavy." You declare, cracking your knuckles. "These assholes have been a pain in our butts since forever! It's time we take the fight to them, right?""It will certainly help disrupt their ability to predict our movements." Bandit agrees. "Again, though, we don't have any idea what sort of fleet composition the enemy will have. It will be best to be prepared for anything out there.""So we're just going to charge in at them in broad daylight?" Vicky wonders."Ideally, we want to hit them during the next scheduled data uplink." Bandit explains. "Intelligence has been able to craft a rough schedule of when TOWER-06 beams down its data. It'll be then that we can pinpoint the exact location and home in on it.""But won't it be easier for them to spot us?" Vicky bites her lip."There's also a storm front due to hit that area in two days." Bandit points to the screen, showing a large cloud formation moving south towards the mission area. "If concealment is the priority, we can use the storm as cover to inspect the area. However, that weather obviously is not ideal for satellite communications, so we won't be able to track the source that way.">Go in at broad daylight.>Use the storm as cover.>Other
>>4065556>Use the storm as cover.Let's be somewhat Subtle at least. Broad daylight is asking for trouble.
>>4065556>>Use the storm as cover.We're going to need a good soundtrack for this one. Also for the style factor.
>>4065556>Go in at broad daylight.
>>4065556>Use the storm as cover.Ride the storm!
>>4065556"I think we're better off using the storm as cover." You note. "They'll definitely have the numbers advantage over us.""Understood. I'll make the necessary planning arrangements." Bandit nods. "Are there any other questions?"Both Vicky and Misono shake their heads."Red, do you have any other concerns?" Bandit says as he turns his attention to you."Not really." You shrug."Good. Then you're all dismissed for now." Bandit says. However, as Vicky and Misono stand up and file out of the room, Bandit moves forward and stops you."Red, there is one more thing I need to tell you." He says with a grim face."Um, okay." You nod. "What is it?""You have mail." He says simply."Mail? From who?" You blink."Your fans.""My... fans?" You frown.And then it suddenly dawns on you.>Awesome!>Oh shit.>Other
>>4065580>>Oh shit.and maybe a bit of >Awesome!I hope we got a badass jacket from them.
>>4065580>Oh shit.Did they send us 'drawings'?
>>4065580>Awesome!Good to know someone appreciates a proper Belkan knight >inb4 lewds from Convicts
>>4065580Awesome! So you DID have fans! Guess it was just a perk of being famous now!"I can see from the expression on your face that you're excited." Bandit sighs. "Just report to the mail room. It took a while for all of that mail to follow you around before finally catching up, so there might be quite a lot.""Don't worry, I can handle it!" You grin. "Good. Then dismissed." Bandit waves you off.>Better get going.>Wait, if YOU got fan mail, what about Bandit...?>Other
>>4065606>Better get going.
>>4065606>>Better get going.Better practice our penmanship now.
>>4065606>>Better get going.
>>4065606You were too excited to think about much else, and you quickly rush over to the mail room. Who knew what you were going to find there....>Roll 1d20
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4065648
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4065648Please no lewds
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4065648Come on badass biker jacket....
>>4065654That or a cute crayon drawing from a 5 year old. Smudged Belkan Flag and all
>>4065648Once you reach the mail room and show your ID, the mail clerk manning the desk slides forward a plastic bin filled to the brim with letters and mail.Goddamn, how the hell were you gonna read all this?! Maybe Swallow could help you out there. You just take a quick glance at the senders. A lot seemed to be Belkan locals, but there more than a few Erusean addresses as well. And... from that Osean prison?!Sheesh, that was pretty damn weird.However, your attention was naturally drawn to the packages in the bin. The stickers slapped on them already indicated they had been screened for potential bombs, contraband, or other hazards, so you weren't too particularly concerned with opening them. The largest package you open up turns out to be a leather jacket with a pair of crimson, flaming wings emblazoned on the back. You were completely caught flatfooted at the gift. The note included with the jacket seemed to be from one of the Osean prisoners. Apparently, your flying had impressed them during that whole operation over the 444th Airbase, and they all considered you their new gang boss.So, you just happened to end up being a prison gang leader.You... weren't sure what to think of that. >Freaking awesome!>This is kinda awkward.>Nooooope>Other
>>4065668>This is kinda awkward.Every Knight needs Men at ArmsPrisoners thoOseans aren't really ideal at all, but...you take what you get i guess?
>>4065668>Freaking awesome!Make sure to send a picture of us wearing it over our pilot suit as a thank you gift. And hope there isn't any lewd fan art of us that came with it.
>>4065668>Freaking awesome!They're probably mostly South Belkans put in military prison because of osean martial law in South Belka.
>>4065675Imagine the bathroom art
>>4065692I'd assume they'd be too terrified of her if she found out.
>>4065668Heh, this was actually freaking awesome! You had your own little gang to worship you like their new outlaw queen! Maybe they could even be a little personal army down the line-You're suddenly brought back to reality when the clerk coughs loudly. A not so subtle hint to just grab your mail and go open it somewhere else. Guess it was a recurring problem for people to just hog up the mail room like that. You quickly grab the bin and make your way back to your quarters. You were probably going to have to spend all day reading this stuff!You were DEFINITELY gonna need to get Swallow to help you out on this. Maybe even Vicky and Misono, too!...on second thought, you should probably sort out all the prison letters, first. You had a bit of a bad feeling those weren't meant for innocent eyes.>And that's it for tonight! Apologies for the rather short runs this week. Hopefully we can get some proper sessions next weekend! As always, the thread will continue on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>4065706>Maybe they could even be a little personal army down the line-Based Milly building the Circle Round
>>4065706Thanks for running Merc!
>>4065706Thanks for the run.>>4065711>>4065713So long as they keep the fanart of what they expected Milly to look like before her onscreen debut a secret.
>>4065706We Red Angel now.
>>4065734Reminder that Lappland is best girl.
Hey, Merc, the Ace Combat Zero OST just got put up on Spotify.
>>4065706And so the next couple of days pass rather uneventfully as you wait for the right weather conditions to pop up. In the meantime, you had gone through your entire backlog of fan mail. Some were sent months ago, continually circulating around in the mail system before they could finally catch up to you in Fort Grays. Still, getting through all of it was a pretty big feat. Fortunately, you had help from...>Bandit>Vicky and Misono>Swallow>Other
>>4074415>Vicky and Misono
>>4074415>Vicky and MisonoBonding opportunity
>>4074415>>Vicky and Misono
>>4074415>SwallowWonder if they can mimic Milly's thought and speech patterns enough to nake replies that she herself would make.
Rolled 3, 2 = 5 (2d20)>>4074415...
>>4074475You had earlier asked Vicky and Misono to help you out with the mail, but unfortunately, it looked like you hadn't quite screened out all of the "naughty" letters, or they were just very well disguised. Regardless, both Vicky and Misono had rather... awkward experiences.Of course, Vicky was the most outwardly vocal. Even after the squadron had taken off for the recon mission, she was STILL in a huff about it."I mean, really, Red! How can they be so crass as to send pictures of their, er, well, their-""Penises." Misono mirthfully finishes for her."That's right! Whey would they send pictures of those to you!" Vicky huffs, totally indignant. "And many of them were even asking for pictures of you!""Well, it was kinda flattering." You reply.""NAKED"! Vicky yells. "Quite bold, I must admit." Misono adds. "Though, given their current state, I doubt they have much else to lose."Yeah, pretty much." You say in agreement."Doesn't that bother you?!" Vicky wails.>Eh, boys will be boys. >A bit, yeah. >Really gross.>Other
>>4074483>>Eh, boys will be boys.
>>4074483>A bit, yeah.I mean, it is creepy, but these are jailed Osean Soldiers. Some degeneracy is expected. Also >Penal>Penis Ehheheh
>>4074483>>A bit, yeah.Could send them a strongly worded letter to knock it off, and then give them an autograph.
I must wonder if the Prison Guards were in on the joke that supermax prisoners were able to spam dick pics
>>4074483>A bit, yeah.
>>4074483>>A bit, yeah.
>>4074483"A bit, yeah." You admit. "But I've pretty much learned to ignore shit like that. There's always gonna be some assholes.""I shudder to think that some of these people would be released from that prison eventually." Misono says with a mix of concern and disgust."Eh, from what I've seen of the Osean justice system, they won't be let out for decades, at least." You chuckle."All right everyone, focus." Bandit finally intervenes in the conversation. "The storm system is up ahead. I don't have to remind you that visibility is going to be impaired and the turbulence will make maneuvering difficult.""Yeah, yeah, we get it." You roll your eyes, eager to get started.""We'll split into two pairs. One pair will stay at low altitude to search for the uplink site. The other will stay high to perform CAP. Who's doing what?">You should be on the search team.>You should be on the CAP team.>Other
>>4074538>You should be on the CAP team.
>>4074538>>You should be on the CAP team.We excel at Clanker Killing
>>4074538>>You should be on the CAP team.
>>4074538>You should be on the search team.
>>4074538"I call dibs on CAP!" You say quickly and happily. "Someone else can deal with digging through the stormy haystack!""Of course." Bandit replies, sound like he completely expected this answer. "You'll be paired with...">Bandit>Vicky>Misono>Other
>>4074585"Swordfish." Bandit instructs. "You're up with Red.""O-okay!" Vicky complies as her Gripen gains altitude."Knives, are you doing okay?" Bandit asks as his Eagle forms up with Misono's."It's a bit heavier than I'm used to, but I can manage." Misono insists. "I'm quite experienced in maritime operations, you know.""Just making sure." Bandit says as they both drop altitude closer to the roiling seas below. "Red, Swordfish, keep your eyes peeled.""Roger!" You nod. "So what's the plan, then?" Vicky asks, her tiny Gripen wobbling heavily in the high winds. "Well..."You take note of the surrounding conditions. If you stayed below the cloud cover, you'd be able to maintain some semblance of visual contact with Bandit and Misono. If something were to try to jump them, you'd have a better chance of spotting it. Then again, going up higher into the cloud cover itself would give you much more concealment. It would give you a much better ambush position, though likewise make Bandit and Misono more vulnerable to ambush themselves.>Stay below the clouds to maintain visual contact.>Stay up in the clouds to stay concealed.>Other
>>4074620>Stay up in the clouds to stay concealed.
>>4074620>>Stay up in the clouds to stay concealed.
>>4074620>Stay below the clouds to maintain visual contact.
Rolled 8, 4, 8 = 20 (3d10)>>4074620"Let's get up a little higher." You instruct to Vicky. "If anything comes knocking we'll get the jump on it!""Roger!" Vicky says, her Gripen trying to maintain formation with you.Could such a tiny plane really weather this storm?Regardless, you begin steadily climbing up into the clouds, your canopy darkening as the thick vapor rolls in and around your plane. At this point, all you had was your instruments and radar to give you any indication of what was happening in the outside.>Roll 1d10-1 (ID test 5)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4074655
Rolled 2 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>4074655Rolling
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4074655
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4074655
Rolled 2, 4, 10 = 16 (3d10)>>4074655...
>>4074679You squint as you look at your radar screen, but you can't really pick anything out from the roiling storm system around you. All the interference in the air was really throwing your radar off."Red! I think I see something!" Vicky squawks. "About two kilometers ahead!" "Details?" You asks, unconsciously flipping your weapon safeties off. "Ummmm, it looks kinda big and its flying pretty slow. Other than that, I can't tell!" Vicky replies. "Though it's suddenly moving away really fast! I think it might have spotted us!" Your plane is suddenly rocked by a heavy wave of turbulence. Damn, going full speed in these conditions could be dicey!>Go full throttle to catch up to the contact!>Tail it and gradually close the distance.>Let it go.>Other
>>4074689>>Tail it and gradually close the distance.
>>4074689>>Go full throttle to catch up to the contact!Oh jeez
>>4074689>>Go full throttle to catch up to the contact!By her luck it's End again
>>4074689>Go full throttle to catch up to the contact!
>>4074689>>Go full throttle to catch up to the contact!
>>4074689Well, you'd be damned if you were going to let this bogey slip away from you!"Swordfish, buckle up! We're gonna chase that bastard down!""R-really?" Vicky stammers. "In this weather?""No choice!" You say as you push your throttle forward.>Roll 1d10+1 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 3 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074746
Rolled 1 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074746Time for snow.
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074746
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4074746
>>4074746Your Su-47 rumbles and rattles like a massage chair, but you manage to keep your plane stable enough that you manage to catch up to your target. And then you finally get a clear look at it, and recognize it as an E-2 AWACS plane. Was it out here as an early warning system?Suddenly, your radar starts flickering and bugging out as the E-2 banks away, heading deeper into the storm where the weather was more intense. You figure it had switched over to electronic warfare mode in an effort to shake you off. "Red, it must have already sent a warning out!" Vicky yelps.Very likely. That meant Bandit and Misono were sure to have company really soon.>Shoot it down before it gets away!>No time to waste on him. Get back to the others!>Other
>>4074797>No time to waste on him. Get back to the others!Time to roll.
>>4074797>Shoot it down before it gets away!Remember kids, jam is bad for you.
>>4074797>>Shoot it down before it gets away!
>>4074797>No time to waste on him. Get back to the others!
>>4074797>>Shoot it down before it gets away!No more battlefield info for you!
>>4074797You refuse to let this damn E-2 shake you. Even in this storm, it was still a big, slow target. Even if your missiles were jammed and visibility was near zero, you could still manage it with guns!>Roll 1d10+1 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 7 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074832
Rolled 8 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074832
Rolled 3, 7, 1 = 11 (3d10)>>4074832...
>>4074843You try to line up your guns for a strafing run, but a sudden gust of wind buffets your Su-47, pushing your nose out of alignment and spoiling your aim. Thankfully, Vicky is there to pick up the slack, letting loose a stream of tracers that punch into the E-2. The combination of the high winds and the bullet damage tears the entire right wing off, sending the plane hurtling down towards the sea below, though you lose sight of it in the clouds. "Bandit, we just downed an early warning bird. They may know we're already here!" You warn on the radio. "What's your status?""No visual on any enemies yet." Bandit replies, his voice warped and distorted by static. "It's odd that we managed to catch this E-2 alone." Vicky murmurs. "Maybe we accidentally slipped past its escorts?"That was a distinct possibility. This storm was messing with their detection capability as much as it was affecting yours. However, that gave the unsettling idea that there were more planes in this storm that you could accidentally stumble on. Or worse, stumble on you. >Keep scouring the clouds for potential threats.>Better go link up with the others.>Other
>>4074846>>Keep scouring the clouds for potential threats.
>>4074846>Better go link up with the others.
Rolled 9, 4, 7 = 20 (3d10)>>4074846"Then that just means we gotta get the jump on them!" You reassure Vicky.However, that was easier said than done. You got lucky Vicky caught sight of that E-2 when she did. However, its escorts for sure had to know you were up here in the storm as well. It was all going to be a matter of who spotted who first...>Roll 1d10+1 (ID test 5)
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074875
Rolled 2 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074875
>>4074875Suddenly, a pair of contacts briefly flicker on your radar, just long enough for you to notice. You quickly bank your Su-47 in that direction."I think we got something, Swordfish!" You exclaim. "I see them on radar, too!" Vicky affirms. "Do we jump them or tail them? They might lead us to the rest of them!"Hm, Vicky did have a point there. However, the longer you left them up, the more chances they'd have to spot you and respond. >Jump them now.>See if they'll lead you to the rest of the escorts.>Other
>>4074889>Jump them now.
>>4074889>>See if they'll lead you to the rest of the escorts.
Rolled 2, 9, 3 = 14 (3d10)>>4074889"All right, we'll see where they'll lead us, then." You agree with Vicky. You then ease off on the throttle, keep a respectful distance from the two contacts. Hopefully in this storm, on their rear aspect, they would be less likely to notice you tailing them. >Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4074912
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4074912
>>4074912Unfortunately, the intermittent contacts on your radar screen suddenly change direction, as they were now heading back directly towards you! Damn, they must have realized you were there!"Shit, Swordfish, we've been made!" You grunt."I-I see that!" Vicky stammers. "If we stay to engage, we might get surrounded!""Yeah, well, if we just run away nothing will stop them from jumping Bandit and Misono." You point out. "They might already be converging back on their base!" Vicky counters. >Stand and fight!>You need to fall back and link up with Bandit and Misono.>Other
>>4074929>>Stand and fight!
>>4074929>You need to fall back and link up with Bandit and Misono.
>>4074929"We'll stand and fight!" You declare to Vicky. "If we take down these assholes fast enough, we won't have to worry about getting surrounded!""R-right!" Vicky says with reluctant agreement as her Gripen forms up with your Su-47 as best as it can. Up ahead, your two contacts finally begin to come in visual range, and you grimace. It was a pair of SU-57s. Pretty high grade planes, and you had a feeling they weren't drone controlled. And just like your Su-47, they were pretty much designed to knife fight. This skirmish may turn out be just a little tough. >Commit to a head on attack. You can't afford to waste time with a prolonged maneuver fight. >Try to use the storm to break contact and maneuver behind them.>Other
>>4074946>Commit to a head on attack. You can't afford to waste time with a prolonged maneuver fight.
>>4074946>>Commit to a head on attack. You can't afford to waste time with a prolonged maneuver fight.
>>4074946>Commit to a head on attack. You can't afford to waste time with a prolonged maneuver fight.A shame.
Rolled 1, 10, 4 = 15 (3d10)>>4074946You grit your teeth. You didn't have time to play around her, so it looked like you'd have to commit to a head on pass. Your grip on your stick tightens and you ready your trigger finger. With this heavy turbulence, your shot always had the risk of getting spoiled by an unfortunate gust of wind.But you had to take the chance.>Roll 1d10+1 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074964
Rolled 3 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074964
Rolled 8 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074964
Rolled 2 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4074964
Rolled 8, 5, 7 = 20 (3d10)>>4074964...
>>4074978You unleash a hail of bullets at your target, punching right through the cockpit before he has any time to react. The lead Su-57 nosedives out of control and you hit your rudder pedal to pull your nose in line with the second Su-57. Vicky lets off her own gun burst, but it goes wide, giving the surviving Su-57 and opportunity to retaliate. You can see cannon rounds sparking as they tear holes into Vicky's tail fin, but you're able to knock out the Su-57 with a second burst, landing your shells right into the center of the fuselage. The Su-57 drops sharply, breaking up into pieces as it goes."Are you all right, Swordfish?" You ask. "Y-yeah! Just some minor tail damage, I think!" Vicky stammers.Maybe not so minor. You could see the top of Vicky's tail fin vibrating and flapping rapidly like a piece of paper in the wind. That looked a bit concerning.>Order Vicky to regroup with the others while you secure the clouds.>Keep Vicky with you and secure the clouds.>You both better regroup with the others.>Other
>>4074984>You both better regroup with the others.
>>4074984>>You both better regroup with the others.
>>4074984>Order Vicky to regroup with the others while you secure the clouds.Rest in peace fellow Belkans .
>>4074984>You both better regroup with the others.Hopefully the others had a better time than us.
>>4074984"All right, let's regroup with the others." You grimace. "No point mucking about in the clouds up here. "Y-yeah, I'm starting to feel a bit sick from all this shaking." Vicky gulps."Bandit, me and Swordfish just splashed two Su-57s up here." You announce. "You having any luck?""Negative." Bandit replies. "We haven't found anything just yet, but the fact you've run into hostiles means we're in the right place.""Yeah, but that means they also know we're in the area now." You point out. "If that uplink is mobile, then they already might be moving their asses.""I know, but they shouldn't be able to move quickly in these rough seas." Bandit says. "But it looks like we're going to need some extra eyes to help us out on this one.""Roger that." Finally, both you and Vicky drop below the clouds and could see the stormy sea below. Huge waves the size of large houses rolled along the surface, and you find it hard to believe there would be anything floating out there.However, you came too far to give up now. You squint as you try to pick out anything unusual in the dark and roiling sea.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4075012
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4075012W
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4075012
Rolled 4, 2, 2 = 8 (3d10)>>4075012...
>>4075019You strain your eyes, but can't seem to see anything in the darkness."I-I think I found it!" Vicky yelps. "At our 3 o' clock!" You turn your head in that direction just as a bolt of lighting shoots past, briefly illuminating the silhouette of a massive ship. You pause as you see the ship, easily the size of a large freighter, pushing its way through the waves with its sheer bulk. Atop its deck, you could see multiple massive satellite dishes jutting upwards towards the sky like giant steel flowers. Looks like you found the satellite uplink. Now you just had to figure out a way to get rid of it for good.>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>4075022And Vicky proves once again to be best butler.See you next time, boss!
>>4075022Thanks for the run.I just hope our fans won't get into any flame wars.
>>4075022And there it was, one giant ass satellite uplink ship just floating there in the middle of the see. Looks like your former comrades had access to some pretty heavy duty resources if they could get their hands on something like that. Regardless, that thing was your target, and naturally, it was pretty heavily defended. Already, you could see at least four frigates, two destroyers, and an Aegis cruiser in formation around the uplink ship. Or at least, attempting to stay in formation as best as the storm would allow them to. "I found the uplink ship!" You report over the radio. "It's a big one!""Hold position until we can link up with you!" Bandit orders. True, it was just Vicky and you against a heavy naval escort, but they haven't quite realized you were present yet. You'd have the element of surprise if you struck now!>Attack now while you have the element of surprise.>Wait for Bandit and Misono to catch up.>Other
>>4076337>Wait for Bandit and Misono to catch up.
>>4076337>>Attack now while you have the element of surprise.Destroy the Uplink Ship and then let's get out of here. More planes might show up. No need to dally. Or make this messier than it needs to be.
>>4076337>Attack now while you have the element of surprise.
>>4076337>>Attack now while you have the element of surprise.
>>4076337>>Wait for Bandit and Misono to catch up.
>>4076337"Sorry Boss, but I can't pass this one up!" You grin as you bank in towards the naval formation."Red! Red!" Bandit yells, but you're already committed."R-Red!" Vicky yelps. "Swordfish, you've got antiship missiles packed, right?" You ask her."Y-yes!" Vicky affirms. You glance at the formation again. The uplink ship was a very large and slow target, but it was going to be under the umbrella of that Aegis cruiser, which was a dedicated anti-aircraft and missile defense ship. The frigates and destroyers were farther out as pickets, meaning they'd be more vulnerable to a surprise attack."Good, I'll fly interference while you line up a shot at...">The uplink ship. That's your target.>The Aegis cruiser. It's the biggest threat.>The frigates and destroyers. They're easier to pick off.>Other
>>4076403>The Aegis cruiser. It's the biggest threat.Come on....
>>4076403>The uplink ship. That's your target.
>>4076403>The Aegis cruiser. It's the biggest threat.
>>4076403>>The uplink ship. That's your target.We are committed. And we cant waste ammo. Hit the Uplink before the missile defences activate. Then get the fuck out.
>>4076403>>The uplink ship. That's your target.
>>4076403"...the uplink ship!" You bark. "Take that out and it's mission accomplished!""But what about the Aegis cruiser?" Vicky asks. "Can't shoot down your missiles if it's trying to shoot down something else, right?" You laugh. "That's not funny!""It'll be fine!" You assure her. "Just don't miss!"You then hit your afterburner and close in on the formation at full speed. Up ahead, the imposing form of the Aegis cruiser grows with every bolt of lightning that illuminates it. >Go for an attack run straight at the Aegis cruiser!>Just draw its attention and keep at a distance.>Other
>>4076434>Go for an attack run straight at the Aegis cruiser!
>>4076403>>The Aegis cruiser. It's the biggest threat.
>>4076434>Go for an attack run straight at the Aegis cruiser!Gotta make this convincing.
>>4076434>>Go for an attack run straight at the Aegis cruiser!
>>4076434>Just draw its attention and keep at a distance.
>>4076440And it will be that. No crit fails pls
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4076434And you make a beeline straight for the Aegis cruiser. If anything, you had to at least make sure they were in clear and present danger, and no better way than to actually put them in danger!>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4076479
Rolled 4 (1d10)Scream, "FUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!"And here comes the snow!>>4076479
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4076479I'd say aim for the launchers.
>>4076479Seconds later, the Aegis cruiser seems to light up like fireworks show as CWIS turrets spit columns of tracers in the air in an effort to ward you away. However, it's too late, and you're already closing in for the kill. Guns wouldn't be enough on a target this large, so you'd have to use missiles for this. "YOU ARE BEING TARGET LOCKED BY THE AEGIS SYSTEM." Swallow warns rather unhelpfully."Yeah! I know!" You grunt as you roll away from another stream of tracers. "RECOMMEND DISABLING THE AEGIS RADAR TO REDUCE EFFECTIVENESS."Or, you could just go for the launchers and blow the whole damn thing up!>Attack the bridge to take out the radar systems.>Attack the missile launchers to try and detonate the ship.>Other
>>4076506>Attack the missile launchers to try and detonate the ship.
>>4076506>Attack the bridge to take out the radar systems.
>>4076506>Attack the bridge to take out the radar systems.In a situation like this best not to take risks actually. Bridge probably an easy shot. Launchers cant hit shit with no radar.
>>4076506You home in on the bridge like Swallow suggested. Best to just disable the radar, which would cripple the cruiser's ability to deal with you, anyways.>Roll 1d10 (AtG test 4)
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>4076587
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4076587
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4076587Good numbers people. Smooth and fast.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4076587
Rolled 6, 1, 7 = 14 (3d10)>>4076587...
>>4076598Is Vicky the real protag of this quest?
>>4076604I mean, in previous threads, she did perform stupidly well during key events.
>>4076598You fire off a pair of missiles, but the Aegis radar is already up and running. The CWIS turrets immediately switch targets, tracking the missiles you fired instead of your plane. Both your missiles explode harmlessly in midair as you pass over the Aegis cruiser, which was still operational."I got a hit!" Vicky whoops as a large fireball flashes in the uplink ship's side. Sure enough, the uplink sink had taken a directed hit in the center of its port side. Fires were raging on the deck as the massive ship began to list, but it wasn't completely sunk. Meanwhile, the shock of the initial attack was starting to wear off and the escorts were starting to consolidate, their anti-air fire becoming heavier and more focused. On your radar, you could see Bandit and Misono had just arrived for the fun, as well.You were half tempted to just take the chance to bug out. That Aegis cruiser was still seriously bad news, and the escorts around it were only going to add to its defensive firepower.>Bug out while you can. The ship's going to break up in this bad weather anyways.>You need to stay and confirm the kill.>Other
>>4076612>You need to stay and confirm the kill.
>>4076612>Bug out while you can. The ship's going to break up in this bad weather anyways.It's dead. >>4076604>>4076606The last time this happened, it was because Milly was having problems shooting at fellow Belkans. Clearly Vicky's Swedish blood is immune.
>>4076612>>You need to stay and confirm the kill.
>>4076612>>Bug out while you can. The ship's going to break up in this bad weather anyways.
>>4076612You decide that you need to commit. Even wounded, there was a chance that uplink ship could slip away to be repaired. "Knives, back up Swordfish!" Bandit barks as his F-15 dives in. "Red, on me!" "Affirmative!" Misono replies."I-I have to go in again?!" Vicky wails."Got it!" You fall in behind him. "We're going to need to draw enemy fire so Knives and Swordfish can finish their attack run!" Bandit tells you. "But I'm also worried about air escort. We could get jumped from the air at any moment. >You'll keep the fleet busy while Bandit watches the skies.>Bandit will keep the fleet busy while you watch the skies.>You both should focus on suppressing the fleet.>Other
>>4076650>You both should focus on suppressing the fleet.
>>4076650>Bandit will keep the fleet busy while you watch the skies.I mean we are a dogfighter.
>>4076650>>You both should focus on suppressing the fleet.
>>4076650>>Bandit will keep the fleet busy while you watch the skies.
>>4076650>You'll keep the fleet busy while Bandit watches the skies.
>>4076650>>You'll keep the fleet busy while Bandit watches the skies.
>>4076650"The planes can't jump us if we're already done, right?" You laugh. "Just one more run should do it!" "That's the spirit." Bandit says in agreement. "That was a ballsy run on the Aegis cruiser, but I suggest going for the pickets this time. They should be easier targets since their CWIS isn't as advanced.""But that Aegis will keep hounding us with missiles!" You complain."The storm should provide some protection." Bandit reason."INCLEMENT WEATHER SHOULD REDUCE AEGIS EFFECTIVENESS BY 30%." Swallow adds.>Keep focusing on the Aegis cruiser.>Starting harassing the picket ships.>Other
>>4076689>Starting harassing the picket ships.
>>4076689>Starting harassing the picket ships.I hope we don't get jumped. Make this fast Vicky.
>>4076689>>Keep focusing on the Aegis cruiser.
>>4076689"All right, I'll follow your lead, Boss." You tell Bandit. "Just stay close and we'll get through this." Bandit replies as his F-15 makes a power dive towards the fleet. >Try to knock out the ships.>Focus on staying evasive.>Other
>>4076734>Try to knock out the ships.
>>4076734>>Try to knock out the ships.
>>4076734>>Focus on staying evasive.Honestly i think having them sperg out is just as good as blowing them up. Our goal is the Comm Ship and we should save ammo in case fighters hit us on the way backFly smart
>>4076734>>Focus on staying evasive.
>>4076734>Focus on staying evasive.
Honestly just seems like since nobody is keeping watch its a good idea to preserve our stores than harass tiny pickets
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>4076734Looks like we've got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Attack2. Evade
>>4076794Both you and Bandit fly over the fleet, and they take the bait. Immediately, your radar lock warning screams in yours ears. "WARNING. MULTIPLE TARGET LOCKS DETECTED." Swallow also screams in your ears."Yeah, I kinda know that already!" You grunt, getting ready to undertake some seriously difficult maneuvering.>Roll 1d10+1 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 7 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076798
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076798Dancing with the Angels.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4076798
Rolled 5 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076798Don't forget we have our Mihaly ability right?
Rolled 5, 10, 5, 7, 7, 5 = 39 (6d10)>>4076798...
>>4076830It was close, way too fucking close as you roll and weave your Su-47 through the storm of rain and bullets and missiles. Your canopy view is nothing but tracers and smoke trails as you maneuver wildly, your head literally spinning. For brief seconds, you catch glimpses of Bandit's F-15 banking and weaving as well, dropping copious amounts of chaff and flares to further confuse enemy missiles and radar.But it looked at least the storm was helping you out a bit here. The heavy cloud cover, the high winds, and the roiling seas weren't doing the escorts any favors either, and more than one missile or AA gun was knocked out of alignment by a stray gust of wind or rogue wave. Suddenly, there's another bright orange fireball as Vicky and Misono's planes pass over the uplink ship."Solid hit! Solid hit!" Vicky reports. "It looks like the ship is capsizing!" Misono says happily. Sure enough, the uplink ship's listing was getting even worse, now practically at a 90 degree angle as the flooding gets further out of control. All it takes is a heavy wave to act as one final push, and the entire ship flips over. There was no way it was recovering from that."All right, mission complete!" Bandit's F-15 then hits afterburners to boost out of the fleet's range. "It's time to disengage.""WARNING, AERIAL CONTACTS DETECTED." Swallow warns. Sure enough, your radar screen was showing aerial contacts, an entire squadron, bearing down on your position. Looks like the aerial patrols have finally gotten their shit together. Unfortunately, they were all positioned to cut off the most direct line of escape. "W-we're cut off!" Vicky yelps."We can fight our way through them!" Misono says confidently. "We're not here to get dragged into more fighting." Bandit scowls. "We may have to shake them deeper in the storm.""That's suicide!" Vicky gasps."Not if you know what you're doing." Bandit says calmly.>Fight your way through the blockade.>Evade them through the storm.>Other
>>4076837>Evade them through the storm.
>>4076837>>Fight your way through the blockade.
>>4076837>Evade them through the storm.Let's leave this hellhole
>>4076837>>Evade them through the storm.
>>4076837>Evade them through the storm.Once this is done, we should see the repair state of the railgun of the Wyvern. It could prove useful against more heavily armored targets.
>>4076849Is the Wyvern itself even ready?
>>4076861Probably still not ready to fly yet, though if it is possible to fix up the railgun and try to mount it on our plane....
Rolled 9, 2, 7, 8, 9, 1, 7, 3, 8 = 54 (9d10)>>4076837"All right, Boss, we'll follow your lead!" You decide. "Stay as close as you can. It can get rough in there!" Bandit warns. "Aaaaaaah, we're all gonna die!" Vicky cries."It will at least be a glorious death!" Misono laughs. Up ahead, all you could see was a solid wall of black clouds and lightning. This was going to be... really rough.>Roll 1d10+1 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076867Ride the Lightning
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076867Here comes the snow.
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076867
Rolled 7, 1, 2 = 10 (3d10)>>4076867...
>>4076877The moment your Su-47 hits the storm wall, your entire plane shakes and rattles like you've never felt before, as if the entire craft itself was trying to come apart. The lightning and thunder are so frequent it was like trying to stare in a strobe light, and it was almost impossible to keep track of Bandit. Suddenly, there's a bright flash and the next thing you know, you're getting the feeling that you're plummeting. You glance at your control panel and your heart stops when you realize your entire cockpit is dark. Did that lightning strike short out your electronics?!Suddenly, your screens in instruments flicker back on as the systems reboot and you pull up on your stick, regaining some form of stability. However, you've lost complete track of the rest of the squadron."Boss, anyone, can you hear me" You call out on the radio."D-M----E-A EX----V. COMM----- OFF--NE." Swallow warbles. Guess your radio was out of the question for now .Suddenly, you see a dark shape zoom by. A bolt of lightning casts a silhouette of an F-22 across your canopy and you could already guess who would be batshit crazy enough to chase you into this damn storm. END seemed to have been able to keep pace with you and was now trying to get an angle of attack on you. Seriously? Now of all times?!>If they want a fight, they got one!>You seriously do not have time for this!>Other
>>4076883>>If they want a fight, they got one!
>>4076883>If they want a fight, they got one!If it's a choice between fleeing with barely any systems, or fighting....
>>4076883>>If they want a fight, they got one!A knight does not back down when the gauntlet is thrownCertainly not by an Ai
>>4076883>You seriously do not have time for this!
Rolled 10, 6, 3 = 19 (3d10)>>4076883Well shit, if END wanted another fight, well, they were going to get one! You roll your Su-47 despite being buffeted by the high winds and try to get a bead on them. Between the storm and your fried electronics, missiles probably weren't going to do much good right now so you were focusing on getting a good line for guns...>Roll 1d10+2 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 9 + 2 (1d10 + 2)>>4076904
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d10 + 2)>>4076904
Rolled 3 + 2 (1d10 + 2)>>4076904test
Rolled 8 + 2 (1d10 + 2)>>4076904
>>4076904Despite constantly being pushed around by the continually changing winds, you manage to get a bead on END when a lightning strike hits them, momentarily stalling them out. You dive in, hungry to capitalize on their bad luck.>Roll 1d10+1 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 7 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076916
Rolled 5 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076916
Rolled 2 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4076916BRRRRRT
>>4076916>>4076922Commit bullet sodomy.
>>4076916Your heart races as bullets riddle the F-22, creating long trials of flame and smoke. It was nice to get some damage in!However, END then does something even you don't expect.They fly even DEEPER into the storm. Damn near close to the center of it, where the wind and lightning was even more intense than it was here! Were they desperate? Trying to lure you into an even more hazardous environment?>You're not scared! Keep up the chase!>You're on the clock. Take the chance to disengage!>Other
>>4076926>You're on the clock. Take the chance to disengage!
>>4076926>You're on the clock. Take the chance to disengage!This is a clear trap. Besides we already killed it once. They'd just bring it back.
>>4076926>>You're on the clock. Take the chance to disengage!
>>4076926>You're on the clock. Take the chance to disengage!>OtherFlying into the storm could mean one of two things: It's just his typical trap play or they may have a flying carrier or something hiding in the storm...
>>4076926You decide it's better off not taking the bait, turning away and taking the chance to disengage. You were already having trouble keep your plane steady in this weather. You weren't about to fly into even worse conditions. Fortunately, you don't encounter any pursuit. Nobody else seemed crazy to chase you into the storm, and END seemed to have suffered enough damage to discourage further battle. Soon enough you finally manage to clear the storm system and finally see actual daylight. "Red!" You see Vicky's Gripen zip by. "You're okay!""Of course I am!" You say proudly."Not completely unscathed, though." Bandit notes. "Lightning strike?""Yeah, you know how it is." You nod. It's just now that you notice a large scorch mark snaking its way up your right wing. Man, that looked like a nasty hit. "We were afraid that the storm had brought you down, or worse!" Misono says with relief. "I'm glad that we were wrong!""Anyways, good job, girls. Without that uplink ship, the enemy's ability to spy on our movements has been greatly hampered." Bandit says proudly. "Let's head back to base and figure out our next move."For once, you weren't about to argue.>And that's it for tonight! Unfortunately, I will have plans on Friday, so we'll have to start the next thread on Saturday instead!
>>4076936Well i say a mission well done. We destroyed the Commship with minimum loss of life to boot. And kicked ENDs ass again. Finesse .
>>4076936Thanks for running Merc!
>>4076936See you next thread!>>4076937Well aside from getting Swallow a bit fried.