The Lighthouse War is over, but conflict still continues.With Erusea's defeat at the hands of the Osean Federation and the International United Nations, the imperial nation has splintered into a confusing mess of separatists, freedom fighters, warlords, rogue military factions, and those seeking to profit from the chaos. Worse, Erusea's many automated drone factories still remain intact, waiting for new masters to come to claim them.The Usean continent remains in crisis, and it's up to a new generation of pilots to face this next generation threat...---Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Unknown%20Sky%20Ace%20Combat%20QuestOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/KYvGiNasRules and Stats: https://pastebin.com/9XGwuWZx---You are MILLY, the "Red Tail", a Belkan Air Force pilot fighting for the IUN!Currently, you were flying in the midst of a pretty serious storm with Vicky, trying to draw a pair of F-35s away from a raid on a secret Erusean black site. Hopefully this air patrol would be the only thing you'd have to deal with, but who knew how quickly Erusea could scramble reinforcements?Either way, the sheets of rain and the flash of lightning were becoming all too familiar, especially with your last combat mission. Water struck and flowed off your F-16's bubble canopy, obscuring your vision worse than the clouds ever could. Your radar was a mess with the clouds and lightning causing all sorts of interference. Probably wasn't going to to do much good against stealth fighters like F-35s, anyways. You haven't made contact or seen sight or sound of those F-35s in a while, though. Where they still lost in the storm looking for you, or had they given up and circled back towards the black site?>Keep playing tag in the storm.>Better circle around and check on the raid.>Other
>>4111207>>Keep playing tag in the storm.They probably have an embush set up.
>>4111207>>Keep playing tag in the storm.
>>4111207>Better circle around and check on the raid.
>>4111207>>Better circle around and check on the raid.
Rolled 1, 3, 9 = 13 (3d10)>>4111207"Swordfish, let's circle around!" You instruct Vicky. "We've lost radio contact with the others, so we should check out how the assault is going!""Roger!" Vicky replies as her F-16 struggles to stay stable in the storm. You carefully pull a full turn as quickly as the buffeting winds would allow you to do so safely. Vicky likewise follows your turn and you begin heading back the way you came. >Roll 1d10+1 (ID test 5)
Rolled 1 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4111280Raid should be almost over I'd imagine.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4111280
Rolled 7 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4111280
Rolled 5 + 1 (1d10 + 1)>>4111280
>>4111280You and Vicky burst out of the clouds, where you could see the entire floating platform ablaze in fire and smoke. You were pretty sure that wasn't part of the plan, considering the idea was to avoid unnecessary damage to the structure."Boss, what the hell is going on?!" You blurt. "Resistance was much greater than expected." Bandit grunts as his F-16 circles overhead. "We believe a munitions stockpile touched off and the fire has been spreading uncontrollably.""It totally wasn't my fault!" Angela insists "Looks kinda pretty, though." Alanna muses. "Black Team, we need precision air support." You hear Jager's voice grunt on the radio, gunfire echoing in the background. "We're cornered on Platform 1. You'll need to drop Platform 2 to open an escape route for us."Wait, what did he mean by "drop"!?"I understand." Bandit says grimly. "Just give us-"Suddenly, the pair of F-35s you've been tangling burst out from the clouds as well, apparently have finally tailed you and Vicky. >Help Bandit "drop" Platform 2 before the F-35s get into range.>Intercept the F-35s and let Bandit do his thing.>Other
>>4111380>>Intercept the F-35s and let Bandit do his thing.Well that's probably a few hundred dead people. Not good for morale. We are also now royally fucked if they find out this was a false flag.
>>4111380>>Intercept the F-35s and let Bandit do his thing.
>>4111380>>Help Bandit "drop" Platform 2 before the F-35s get into range.
>>4111380>>Help Bandit "drop" Platform 2 before the F-35s get into range.Time to get our hands out of our pockets, and get to work.
>>4111380>Help Bandit "drop" Platform 2 before the F-35s get into range.>>4111394Do we even have pockets on our suit?
>>4111380"C'mon, Boss! Let's drop that damn platform before the air cover gets here!" You bark to Bandit. "Right, follow me in." He instructs. "Knives, Swordfish, keep an eye out for us. Orpheus, continue suppressing the defenses.""Not like there's many left..." Angela sighs.And then Bandit's F-16 dives down towards the burning platforms, Your HUD already marks which one is Platform 2."So what's the plan here, Boss?" You ask as your planes drop lower and lower towards the water."These platforms' main weakness is that their sole support is focused on a centralized core block." Bandit replies. "It's trick to get an angle on, but if you can hit it, it'll send the entire platform crashing down.""Why would they even design it that way?!" You gasp."They never thought pilots would be crazy enough to try it." Bandit replies simply as his F-16 finally levels out only a handful of meters above the ocean surface, just barely avoiding the heavy waves and surf surging upwards from the storm conditions. "You have to be practically under the platform to get a line of fire."Sounds like a challenge you were willing to take a shot at!>Roll 1d10 (AtG test 4)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4111411Considering how form fitting, I'd say no. But then again, we do have that custom leather jacket. She could be wearing that over the suit.>>4111456Time for snow.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4111456
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4111456
>>4111459>>4111460>>4111461I believe snow has been achieved.
>>4111463Gee, I wonder what kind of idiot would put aviation fuel stores so close to a single critical point of failure?
>>4111466I get the feeling this mission was a set up. Maybe to force an international crisis. Nobody could actually be this dumb.
>>4111472The military industrial complexes working their schemes to ensure a steady revenue stream.
>>4111456You're already so perilously low to the water that the cresting of the waves nearly slam into the belly of your F-16, but you manage to maintain just enough height. Up ahead and just above, you could see the core block, the point at which the central support pillar connected to the actual platform itself, only visible at an upward angle from below. An angle only the ballsiest of pilots would even attempt in GOOD weather. It might as well have been a walk in the park for you as you fire off a pair of missiles. They both streak upwards and hit straight and true, slamming into the core block and blowing it pieces. For a brief second, you almost swear you saw the top of Platform 2 heave upwards ever so slightly from the blast, but gravity takes over and the entire structure comes back down on the compromised core block, crushing it into dust.And Platform 2 begins to topple into the sea. "Good shot! Now MOVE!" Bandit yells as his F-16 hits afterburners.You wonder what the hurry is until a chunk of concrete splashes down into the water a few meters from your right wing, grimly reminding you that you were still UNDER Platform 2."Aaaaah!" You yelp as you hit afterburners as well, boosting out from under the falling platform.As you shoot out, you catch sight of a submarine rising to the surface, IFF tagging it as a friendly as it moves towards Platform 1. Most likely Jager's extraction. "We need a few more minutes to complete evac." Jager updates you all. "What's the situation topside?""These foes are particularly troublesome!" Misono growls."O-our planes can't keep up with F-35s!" Vicky wails.Sure enough, your radar was reading both Misono and Vicky tangling with the F-35s, with neither side being able to get into an advantageous position over the other. "I'm picking up contacts coming from the east!" Angela warns. "Eight planes! Looks like it's the first wave of Erusea's relief force!">Help Vicky and Misono with the F-35s.>Join Orpheus in holding off the reinforcements.>Other
>>4111493>>Help Vicky and Misono with the F-35s.
>>4111493>Help Vicky and Misono with the F-35s.
>>4111493>>Help Vicky and Misono with the F-35s.What a shitshow
>>4111493>>Join Orpheus in holding off the reinforcements.
>>4111493You immediately break towards the furball between Misono, Vicky, and the F-35s. Bandit immediately reacts to your cue and breaks off in the opposite direction to back up Orpheus. Meanwhile, down below, you can see the submarine dock with Platform 1 after weaving around the wreckage of Platform 2. It's then that you realize the third, damaged F-35 is still absent. Did it take the opportunity to disengage and retreat? Or was it still lurking somewhere looking for a moment to strike?>No time to be fancy. Just dive into the furball.>Try to search for the missing F-35. >Other
>>4111535>No time to be fancy. Just dive into the furball.
>>4111535>>No time to be fancy. Just dive into the furball.If it wants to run let it.
>>4111535>>No time to be fancy. Just dive into the furball.
Rolled 5, 10, 7 = 22 (3d10)>>4111535While you would have loved to have some extra time to figure out some fancy solution to your dilemma, a close call missile hit on Vicky is was what finally pushed you take action. You throttle up as you prepare to dive straight into the furball...>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4111597
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4111597
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4111597
>>4111598>>4111601>>4111603We're doing surprisingly well so far.
>>4111597Suddenly, your eye catches it. A swirl the clouds. A silhouette lit up by a random flash of lightning. The third F-35 looks to be trying to get into an ambush position to try and take out Misono and Vicky while they were engaging his buddies!>Go straight for the F-35. Get him to focus on you instead.>Wait for the F-35 to commit before pouncing on him.>Other
>>4111622>Go straight for the F-35. Get him to focus on you instead.
>>4111622>>Wait for the F-35 to commit before pouncing on him.
>>4111622>Go straight for the F-35. Get him to focus on you instead.Lance charge
>>4111622>>Go straight for the F-35. Get him to focus on you instead.
>>4111622You decide to go straight for the lone F-35. Better to take it down now before it can get a lock on your friends!>Try to surprise it with a long range missile strike.>Charge in and attack with guns!>Other
>>4111668>Charge in and attack with guns!
Rolled 3, 4, 10 = 17 (3d10)>>4111668You brace yourself as you punch your afterburners. There was some distance between you and the F-35 that you were going to have to cover and fast...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>4111701
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4111701
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4111701
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4111701
>>4111701The F-35 doesn't see your approach as you fall in right on its tail, closing in before his radar could give him a proper warning. You settle your crosshairs right over your opponent's engines and pull the trigger.>Roll 1d10 (GUN test 7)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4111725
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4111725
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>4111725
>>4111725Your gun burst tears through the F-35's rear engine, sending it spiraling out of control to the raging ocean below.One down, two more to go. Unfortunately, in the time it took you to intercept that F-35, both Misono and Vicky had lost any positioning advantage they had, with both of them being tailed by their respective opponents. "I-I can't shake him!" Vicky wails."They're certainly persistent!" Misono laughs, obviously taking the situation in good stride. "Don't worry, I'm coming!" You assure them. Now, Vicky was probably the least experienced out of the three of you, but she certainly was the most defensive. She could probably keep out of her opponent's sights for long enough. Hopefully. Misono, on the other hand, was much more bold, willing to take risky maneuvers to turn the tables on her opponents. Even though she had the capability of turning her situation around, such a reckless style could be easily punished...>Help Vicky>Help Misono>Other
Rolled 3, 10, 9 = 22 (3d10)>>4111734...
>>4111754You make the call to help Vicky, banking towards her engagement. Her opponent seems to catch sight of your approach and breaks away, trying to flee back into the storm clouds to break visual contact. "Th-thanks!" Vicky says gratefully. Well, that was one issue down. A whole list more of them to go. >Chase down the F-35 before it can get away.>Let it run and focus on helping Misono.>Other
>>4111756>Let it run and focus on helping Misono.He's not our problem. Let's help Best Jap.
>>4111756>Let it run and focus on helping Misono.
>>4111756>>Let it run and focus on helping Misono.
>>4111756>>Let it run and focus on helping Misono.>>4111757She’s Selataporean
>>4111756>>Chase down the F-35 before it can get away.
Rolled 5, 1, 5, 7, 8, 8 = 34 (6d10)>>4111756...
>>4111791You ultimately decide not to pursue the fleeing F-35, opting to help out Misono, instead.However, it looks like Misono has things handled on her end. As you turn to her location, you see she's already managed to get on her opponent's tail, refusing to let go like a determined hound. "Uh oh, it looks like the others are in trouble!" Vicky points out. Sure enough, it looked like a heavy furball was going on over the facility as Bandit and Orpheus tangled with a squadron a Rafales. Not nearly as threatening as F-35s, but there were still a good number of them. Tracers and missile trails flash and streak through the air, mixing with the columns of smoke generated by the blazing platforms below."Don't worry about us!" Bandit grunts. "Just make sure the sub extracts!">Help Misono focus down the F-35.>Go help Bandit and Orpheus.>Focus on protecting the submarine.>Other
>>4111794>Focus on protecting the submarine.
>>4111794>>Focus on protecting the submarine.
>>4111794>Help Misono focus down the F-35.
>>4111794"I'm gonna cover the sub!" You announce as you back towards the facility, or at least what was left of it. Even thought it wasn't under direct attack anymore, the damage inflicted by the air raid and whatever Jager's guys did on the inside was starting to take its toll. "W-what about me?" Vicky whimpers.>Have Vicky stay to cover you. >Have Vicky stick with Misono.>Have Vicky go help Bandit and Orpheus.>Other
>>4111824>>Have Vicky go help Bandit and Orpheus.
>>4111824>Have Vicky go help Bandit and Orpheus.
>>4111824>>Have Vicky stick with Misono.
>>4111824"Go help out Bandit and Orpheus!" You bark to Vicky. "I'll make sure the sub gets clear the area!""A_all right!" Vicky says reluctantly as she splits off from you and begins to climb.Well, it was up to just you to make sure the submarine was able to get away or not. As you watch the last of the rescued prisoners being loaded up in the submarine, you had the feeling that the mission simply wasn't going to end so simply...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday so stay tuned!
>>4111853Thanks for running Merc!
>>4111853Can't help but feel that they might be dropping depth charges via helicopter/drones.See you next time!
>>4111853You keep pace with the extraction submarine as it dips below the waves into the relative safety of the deep water, but you knew you couldn't just assume they'd get away scot free. There were still a number of ways that Erusea could detect and track subs. Sonar buoys, underwater hydrophones, anti-sub patrols, and more. It wouldn't be surprising if they also scrambled anti-sub air assets in response to this raid, as well. >Keep an eye in the air for any sub hunter planes.>Keep an eye on the water for patrol ships.>Other
>>4113424>>Keep an eye in the air for any sub hunter planes.
>>4113424>>Keep an eye on the water for patrol ships.
>>4113424>Keep an eye in the air for any sub hunter planes.
Rolled 1, 2, 5 = 8 (3d10)>>4113424The biggest threat right now would be any anti-submarine planes Erusea may have scrambled. Sure, subs were hard to detect, but there wasn't much they could do against a surveillance plane that's spotted them. >Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4113495
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4113495
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4113495
>>4113495Suddenly, your radar picks up contacts coming from the northeast. You glance over and see a flight of four S-3 Vikings escorted by a pair of Super Hornets. Of all the damn things!The Vikings weren't particularly good fighters, but they were purpose built for anti-sub warfare, carrying both torpedoes and advanced sensors to do their jobs. The Super Hornets, of course, were pretty effective naval fighters. They were going to be tough targets, especially in an F-16. You also grimly note the presence of large weapon pods slung on their bellies. Possibly EMLs. However, the enemy squadron also seems to have noticed your presence. The Vikings start dropping altitude, and your radar starts going haywire. You had to assume one of those Vikings was a dedicated ECM variant. Meanwhile the two Super Hornets turn to engage you. >You have no choice but to tangle with the Super Hornets.>Blow past the Super Hornets and go for the Vikings.>Other
>>4113563>>Blow past the Super Hornets and go for the Vikings.
>>4113563>Blow past the Super Hornets and go for the Vikings.Everything has gone to hell so fast
>>4113563>You have no choice but to tangle with the Super Hornets.
Rolled 3, 6, 3, 5 = 17 (4d10)>>4113563Damn, you had no choice but to gun for the Vikings to ensure the sub got away. You were going to need some fancy flying to get past those Super Hornets, though...>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4113645Time for some fireworks.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4113645>>4113647Yeah, us.
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4113645
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>4113645>>4113647Uhhh....flightsuit go?
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4113645
>>4113655Yeah, we're gonna need it.
>>4113645Uh oh! Looks like the Super Hornets are going to outmaneuver you here! Would you like to try to PUSH THE LIMIT for an auto success at the risk of injury?>Y>N
>>4113663>YFor Belka, Banzai!
>>4113663>Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
>>4113663>YLet's do it.
>>4113663All right, time to do an injury roll! Thanks to your G-suit, you can avoid injury on a roll of 2 or lower!>Roll 1d10
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4113693
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4113693Bones of Belkanium!
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4113693
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4113693
Oh, we're breaking something...
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>4113693...
>>4113699Very best we can hope for is some bruising.
>>4113701>-1 to ID stat (4)>-1 to ACM stat (5)Unfortunately, the Super Hornets react extremely quickly, their belly mounted EMLs glowing bright blue as they charge. You knew that EML rounds were extremely damn fast, making them difficult to dodge. Well, you just had to be faster, right?You hit your afterburners while at the same time putting your F-16 into a spiraling dive. Your G-suit automatically constricts in an attempt to counter the g-forces, but it still feels like a truck being dropped on your chest The sudden and complex move proves impossible for the Super Hornets to target with their front facing EMLs and they overshoot, leaving the way to the Vikings open. However, as you level out, you realize you're tasting copper in your mouth and your head is pounding with a dull, but noticeable pain. But you push that sensation aside. The Vikings were right ahead of you. Your radar was still completely trashed. That ECM Viking was still going full blast, which would make taking them all out at once with missiles difficult. >Try to pick out the ECM Viking.>Start gunning them down one by one and hope for the best.>Other
>>4113733>>Try to pick out the ECM Viking.Which stats are those?
>>4113733>>Try to pick out the ECM Viking.
>>4113733>Try to pick out the ECM Viking.>>4113735Just our ID and maneuvers. At least we aren't messing up our limbs.
>>4113733>>Start gunning them down one by one and hope for the best.
>>4113733Your best shot was to pick out that damn ECM Viking. If you could take it out, the other Vikings would be sitting ducks for your missiles. At the very least, the loss of their ECM cover should scatter them, giving the extraction sub time to get clear of the area.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 4)
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4113787Hoo boy.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4113787
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4113787
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4113787>>4113793Good man
>>4113787You immediately pick out the offending S-3, noticeable thanks to the large antennas jutting from its fuselage and nose and ECM pods slung under its wings. You single it out and let loose a burst of cannon fire. The aircraft is basically shredded in half as it falls into the sea. Immediately the interference on your radar clears up, and you get clear locks on the other Vikings. The Vikings know this, too, and they immediately scatter in an attempt to evade you. They were easy targets, but you still had those Super Hornets to worry about. Besides, the Vikings were out of position now. It would be hard for them to search for the sub in this state. >Take out the Vikings just to be sure.>Ignore the Vikings and engage the Super Hornets.>Take the opportunity to disengage.>Other
>>4113837>>Ignore the Vikings and engage the Super Hornets.
>>4113837>>Take the opportunity to disengage.
>>4113837>Take the opportunity to disengage.
>>4113837>Ignore the Vikings and engage the Super Hornets.
>>4113837You decide to ignore the Vikings for now, instead climbing back up to a manageable combat altitude in preparation for the Super Hornets, who were circling around to re-engage you. Now, you were still confident you could gun run them, but tangling with their EMLs, especially head on, was a pretty dangerous prospect. Alternatively, you could try harassing them with your QAAMs by firing them off at sharp angles, minimizing their ability to actually hit you. But with their numbers advantage, they would eventually be able to flank and pincer you.>Try to get in close to engage with guns.>Stay at a distance and attack with missiles.>Other
>>4113883>Stay at a distance and attack with missiles.Maybe we can delay enough So that Misono or Vicky show up.
>>4113883>Stay at a distance and attack with missiles.
>>4113883>>Stay at a distance and attack with missiles.
>>4113883>>Stay at a distance and attack with missiles.Now would be a good time to ask for help.
>>4113899Now would probably be a good time to leave before the entire pissed off Erusean Air Force swarms this place
Rolled 10, 10, 3, 2 = 25 (4d10)>>4113883You cautiously keep your distance from the Super Hornets, turning and banking away from them whenever they try to get a line of fire on you. You couldn't let them get a bead on you with those EMLs. Instead, you start firing off QAAMs in succession, hoping that the highly maneuverable missiles will be able to find their mark.>Roll 1d10 (AtA test 6)
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4113923One of those guys are dying.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4113923
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>4113923
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4113923
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4113923
>>4113923You keep dumping missiles at the Super Hornets, forcing them to keep dodging and maneuvering to avoid them, making it difficult to line up EML shots. However, the trailing Super Hornet finally gets fed up, leveling out just long enough to charge up a shot. However, the leading Super Hornet suddenly jukes to avoid one of your QAAMs, sending him right in front of his wingmate the moment he fires his EML.The lead Super Hornet shatters like glass as it is struck by a hypersonic slug, fired by his own wingmate no less. Now it was down to one on one.>Keep up your missile harassment.>Now's the chance to close in!>Other
>>4113933>Now's the chance to close in!
>>4113933>>Now's the chance to close in!
Rolled 1, 9 = 10 (2d10)>>4113933You grin evilly. Now was your chance to close in now that the Super Hornet was all on its own!>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 5)
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4113969heh watch this
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4113969
>>4113969Defying all common sense, you fly head on right at the last remaining Super Hornet. Caught off guard by your bold charge, the Super Hornet fires off its EML, probably without properly aiming, as the shell flashes directly over your canopy, the miniature shockwave it generated briefly rattling your plane. However, that mean there was nothing stopping you from retaliating against the Super Hornet. You close and respond with your cannon, punching rounds into the Super Hornet's nose and cockpit and sending the plane tumbling out of control. And right on cue, Bandit's voice buzzes on the comm."All right everybody, mission accomplished. Disengage and return to base. Don't get bogged down in any more fighting."Guess that was it, then. The throbbing pain returns to your head, and it feels like some kind of liquid or bile was building up in your throat, making you nauseous. Maybe that hard maneuver messed you up a little more than you thought. >Wait for the others to catch up to you. >Head straight back to base.>Other
>>4113989>Wait for the others to catch up to you.
>>4113989>Head straight back to base.We don't have time
>>4113989>Head straight back to base.
>>4113989>>Head straight back to base.
>>4113989You decide to head straight back to base. No sense just waiting around for the Erusean Air Force to catch you. You vector back north and begin following the pre-programmed waypoints back to base. However, the throbbing in your head doesn't seem to be fading away...>Roll 1d10 (AIR test 5)
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4114037
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4114037
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>4114037
>>4114040>>4114044I hope this means that the suit has detected a medical emergency and is trying to keep Milly conscious.
>>4114037Against all odds, you manage to make it back to base without crashing into the ocean or the ground. Once your borrowed F-16 rolls to a stop, you quickly and carefully disembark."Yo! Milly!"Mead approaches with a grin on her face, obviously coming to welcome you back."Good job out there, Mill- holy shit!" Mead pauses and recoils."Huh? What's wrong?" You ask."Jeez, your nose and mouth, there's freaking blood all over!" Mead gasps.It's then that you realize that warm, wet sensation on your face is blood. Looks like you may have ruptured some sort of blood vessel somewhere.>I'm fine, I've had worse.>I should probably get this checked out.>Other
>>4114101>I should probably get this checked out.>OtherHelp me please?
>>4114101>I'm fine, I've had worse.'Tis but a flesh wound.
>>4114101>I'm fine, I've had worse.
>>4114101>>I'm fine, I've had worse.
>>4114106>supporting showing weakness to an Osean
>>4114101>>I should probably get this checked out.
>>4114103Support.>>4114110Weakness is one thing. I think we're well within reason asking for help getting to the infirmary while we've burst a blood vessel in our head.
>>4114101>>I should probably get this checked out.I have no idea if she should lie down and rest, or stand up and stay awake to keep blood from going towards her head. Need Doctors ASAP.
>>4114110Can’t make Belka proud if we die from accidentally falling on something and fucking dying, all because Milly didn’t want help getting to medical and ended tripping on her own feet.
>>4114101"Yeah, I should probably get this checked out." You mumble."Damn right you do!" Mead grunts as she waves at one of her crew. "Hey! Get the medics over here!"Quickly enough, medics come rushing over with a stretcher and carefully load you on. "I'll be sure to let Bandit know." Mead assures you as the medics prepare to roll you away.>Sure thing.>Bandit doesn't need to know about this.>Other
>>4114130>>Bandit doesn't need to know about this.Nooooooo!
>>4114130>>Sure thing.This is not the time to fake being fine
>>4114130>>Sure thing.Might need a gurney or wheelchair for this one.
>>4114130"Sure thing." You sigh as the medics begin to cart you away. After all, Bandit was likely going to find out some way or another anyways. Might as well take the path that will piss him off the least. At the infirmary, you're given a wide battery of tests and examinations by the doctor, and they ultimately conclude that your bleeding was from some ruptured blood vessels torn open from your high G maneuver. You had also suffered some minor hemorrhaging in your brain, but the doctors ruled it as non life threatening and requested you to take it easy for the next few days. Well, at least you weren't medically grounded. Though you were kind of dreading what would happen once Bandit found out...>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is on Friday so don't miss it!
>>4114151Thanks for the thread, boss. See you next week.
>>4114151Thanks for running Merc!
>>4114151Thanks for running
>>4114151Bandit and the rest of the squadron return roughly an hour later, though their approaches were staggered over a period of time. Looks like nobody decided to wait around to try and regroup and beelined straight back to base like you. Meanwhile, during all this, you...>Were still in the infirmary.>Returned to your quarters.>Were waiting at the hangar.>Other
>>4124623>>Were still in the infirmary.
>>4124623>Were waiting at the hangar.Face the music sooner than later.
>>4124623>Were waiting at the hangar.What a shitshow of an operation. We need answers.
>>4124623>Were still in the infirmary.
>>4124623>>Returned to your quarters.
>>4124623You were still in the infirmary when everybody returned. Naturally, this meant that they all knew what happened once they landed. "MILLY! "Vicky wails as she practically kicks the door open, much to the chagrin of the medical staff on duty. "PLEASE TELL US YOU"RE ALIVE!""Alive enough." You groan. "When Mead told us what happened, we feared the worst!" Misono adds, walking in behind Vicky. Vicky meanwhile dashes to your side, quickly patting your body down with her hands."N-nothing's broken or anything, right?""Like I said, I'm fine!" You try to reassure her. "I wonder." Bandit grunts as he enters as well, a rather tired look on his face."Um, yo, Boss." You say sheepishly. "You pushed yourself again, didn't you?" Bandit shakes his head. "That type of flying is going to get you killed someday.">Can't be the best without taking some risks, right?>I didn't have much of a choice.>I guess you have a point.>Other
>>4124691>Can't be the best without taking some risks, right?
>>4124691>>I didn't have much of a choice.
>>4124691>I didn't have much of a choice.
>>4124691>>Can't be the best without taking some risks, right?
>>4124691"Can't be the best without taking some risks, right?" You grin."I wonder who exactly you learned that from, because it certainly wasn't from me." Bandit raises an eyebrow. >Nobody in particular.>Mihaly.>Other
>>4124756>Nobody in particular.
>>4124756>Nobody in particular.Also, we couldn't just NOT dodge a railgun shot, Bandit. Regardless of what damage we did to ourselves, the railgun would've done a lot worse.
>>4124768Changed my mind, switching to>Mihaly.
>>4124768Bandit: wtf Milly why your drive dangerously and jeopardize yourself?Also Bandit>Invites team from rival nation onto top secret super spy mission without asking anyone The priorities of this man
>>4124756"I learned it from Mihaly." You shrug casually. "Mihaly, as in Mister X?" Bandit frowns. "If I recall, he ruined his body beyond repair due to that sort of thinking.""Hey, and he got results." You retort."C-can we please not get into an argument here?" Vicky pouts. "Sir, you shouldn't be chastising Milly like this while she's still recovering!">I'm fine Vicky, really!>On nooooo, I suddenly feeling very faint!>Other
>>4124821>I'm fine Vicky, really!Mihaly ruined himself for what he believed in. Granted, it was weird flyman sky shit rather than restoring Belka to knightly glory as in Millie's case but gotta respect the resolve.
>>4124821>>On nooooo, I suddenly feeling very faint!
>>4124821>>I'm fine Vicky, really!
>>4124821>On nooooo, I suddenly feeling very faint!
>>4124821>I'm fine Vicky, really!
>>4124821"I'm fine, Vicky! Really!" You groan."She's just being overprotective like a good wingmate should be!" Misono laughs in amusement."Well, I suppose it's good that you weren't seriously hurt." Bandit nods. "Anyways, take the opportunity to get some rest. The debriefing is going to be very eventful once Karla and Jager wring whatever intel they can out of the One Belka prisoners."Jeez, you really hope this ballsy ass raid was gonna be worth it.Bandit then gives a polite nod and takes his leave. "So, are you going to be staying in the infirmary for the night?" Vicky wonders, still fretting over you.>Yeah, just in case.>I feel like head back to my quarters.>Other
>>4124872>>Yeah, just in case.Maybe END is also a pilot that pushed themselves past the limit?
>>4124872>>Yeah, just in case.
>>4124872>Yeah, just in case.
>>4124872>>I feel like head back to my quarters.It's just bed rest, cmon
>>4124872>Yeah, just in case.>>4124881While possible, I'd say END is probably an Ai given we've shot them down twice and they keep returning. No chute either. Could be like a brain hooked up to a remote unit i guess. Sad, no cyborg bf for Milly
>>4124872>>I feel like head back to my quarters.
>>4124872"Yeah, might as well humor them. We're gonna be heading back to Fort Grays tomorrow, anyways." You shrug."Oh, well, that's right." Vicky nods. "Now now, Vicky, we should consider giving Milly some opportunity to rest." Misono smiles mirthfully. "Unless you want to stay the night with her?""N-no! Nothing like that!" Vicky frets and blushes. "W-well, unless she says it's okay...">Sure, I don't mind.>You don't need to worry so much.>Other
>>4124921>Sure, I don't mind.
>>4124921>Sure, I don't mind.Sleepover! Misono you stay too
>>4124921>>Sure, I don't mind.
>>4124921>Sure, I don't mind.They have to call it a sleepover to be allowed to stay though.
>>4124921>You don't need to worry so much.
>>4124921"Sure! I don't mind!" You grin. "We can all have like, a sleepover or something!"Thankfully, you're the only patient in the infirmary, so the the medical staff don't make too much of a fuss about it, but they do make repeated warnings not to touch or damage anything and reminding you that there's a nurse on station outside if there was an emergency. And that's how Vicky and Misono ended up sitting on both sides of your bed, just lounging around. "So you said Eruseans were using EMLs?" Misono blinks. "That's rather unusual.""I thought they were meant to be ground attack weapons." Vicky frowns. "Aren't they super hard to aim at moving targets?""Maybe they thought they were gonna need to hit ships." You shrug."Or perhaps they were very confident in their marksmanship." Misono adds. "Those shells travel very fast, and even a glancing hit can completely destroy a plane.""Stop, I can only be so hard." You grin."Ah, that's right, you recovered an EML for your Wyvern project." Misono nods. "It somehow seems to be a fitting weapon for you.""Y-you're actually going to try to use it as an air to air weapon?" Vicky gasps.>You bet!>Once I figure out how to use the damn thing.>Well, if I have to.>Other
>>4124978>>Once I figure out how to use the damn thing.
>>4124978>>Once I figure out how to use the damn thing.She WILL have to get some training in first, but hell yes.
>>4124978>Once I figure out how to use the damn thing.
>>4124978>Once I figure out how to use the damn thing."A miss, as expected. But a lucky shot would be boring." -A man who has never used a railgun before.
>>4124978"Once I figure out how to use the damn thing!" You laugh. That elicits chuckles from both Vicky and Misono."Well, I look forward to see when you master it!" MIsono grins. "You're already quite skilled with fighter guns, so this should be a natural evolution for you!""Still, I'd sorta prefer pulse lasers." Vicky shrugs. "They seem more consistent and reliable.""But they're highly reliant on weather conditions." MIsono points out. "Even the simplest cloud neutralizes them.""Still, it would be really neat to have them!" Vicky says wistfully. >Talk more about the merits of aircraft weaponry.>Ask them what they think of END.>Talk about what One Belka may be up to.>Other
>>4125051>>Ask them what they think of END.Skynet Plane
>>4125051>>Talk about what One Belka may be up to.
>>4125051>>Ask them what they think of END.But seriously, what are their theories about this guy?
>>4125051>Ask them what they think of END.
>>4125051"So what do you think END is?" You ask your wingmates. "Bandit and Swallow seem pretty convinced it's a person, but I'm not so sure.""Hm, it could very well be some sort of advanced drone AI." Misono nods. "After all, these terrorists don't seem to have any qualms about using drones to achieve their ends.""I don't know, I think END might be a person." Vicky bites her lip. "From when we flew against them... it was just a feeling I got from the way they fly. A lot of anger... resentment. At least that's the feeling I get when I see them fly. Something that shouldn't be possible for an AI to replicate.""Anger?" You raise an eyebrow."It's... hard to explain." Vicky mumbles. "But the way END always seems to go after you... I kind of get the idea that they have some kind of grudge against you, don't you think?">Now that you say that...>Never really occurred to me.>Other
>>4125109>>Now that you say that...They've had a real hateboner for us for quite some time.
>>4125109>>Now that you say that...
>>4125109>Now that you say that...Hmmmmm
>>4125109>Now that you say that...Does make you wonder what they were doing at our first encounter.
>>4125109"Now that you say that..." You frown as you try to recall the times you've faced END, or END came after you. "Yeah, it does seem like END really has it out for me.""Right? It must be some old enemy of yours, then!" Vicky insists. "That should narrow it down, right?"You frown as you try to go recall everybody you've ever known, both civilian or not. From before, during, and after getting mixed up with One Belka...>I burned a LOT of bridges in the past.>Nobody comes to mind.>Other
>>4125144Is Erwin piloting it remotely? Really the only named character i can think of
>>4125144>>I burned a LOT of bridges in the past.
>>4125144>>I burned a LOT of bridges in the past.She's lived a very exciting life, along with all the baggage that comes with it.
>>4125144You strain your memory as you try to recall everybody you've ever known. There had to be someone who fit the bill, right?>Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>4125187I wonder what would happen if we crit failed?
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>4125187
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>4125187
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>4125187
Now this is some tip of the tongue bullshit.
>>4125201I guess they cancel out? we'd get the 19 then
>>4125187Unfortunately, your memory of everybody you knew in One Belka at the time you were a member seemed to be really fuzzy as you tried to actively recall them. So much time has passed and so much crap has happened, you simply just couldn't account for everybody.And that was assuming any of these people were still alive or not, which was a bit unlikely. No, the only person from that life that you knew for certain was still around was Erwin. He was your only working link."I honestly don't know." You admit. "The only connection I can think of is a guy named Erwin. A guy I got mixed up with back in the day.""A-a guy?!" Vicky pales. "Like, were you two dating?!">Sorta, yeah.>Nah, we just agreed on a few issues at the time.>Oh hell no.>Other
>>4125210>>Nah, we just agreed on a few issues at the time.
>>4125210>>Oh hell no.
>>4125210>Nah, we just agreed on a few issues at the time.Yo if we can get Erwin for the Milly Army down the line via Nat 20 we totally should try
>>4125210>>Nah, we just agreed on a few issues at the time.Milly dating? when she was that emo at the time? pftahaha!
>>4125210"Nah." You shake your head. "We just agreed on a few issues at the time. Then uh, we didn't really, agree anymore and that was that.""Oh, okay then." Vicky seems to sigh in relief. "So you think he's after you, then?""Well, I'm not 100% sure, but he tried to scout me for Grunder, who've been pretty damn shady lately." You grumble. "I didn't think too much about it at the time, especially since he really wasn't much of a pilot himself. But now...""You think we should look into him?" Misono wonders. "A good old fashioned investigation!">Karla is already handling that on her end.>Sounds like something we can do.>Other
>>4125244>Sounds like something we can do.
>>4125244>Sounds like something we can do.Uhh, alright, although I'm not sure how
>>4125244>Karla is already handling that on her end.
>>4125244>>Karla is already handling that on her end.not the kind of stuff pilots should be doing, at least the active ones.
>>4125251I mean fair, but we are in a unique position here. Opportunitie.
>>4125244>>Sounds like something we can do.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4125244Hm, looks like we've got a tie here so we'll have to roll it off!1. Leave it to Karla2. Investigate
>>4125289"I mean, we're pilots, not detectives." You shrug. "We'll just trust the spooks to get everything sorted out, I guess.""Pity. I would've liked to have dabbled in some spycraft." Misono chuckles."Oh, so you're a ninja now all of a sudden?" You grin."I have quite a number of talents!" Misono says in a teasing tone. "That sounds super dangerous!" Vicky pouts. "Flying fighter planes is already stressful enough! I don't also want to worry about being a secret agent, too!""Don't worry! It was only in jest!" Misono laughs heartily. "Still, I look forward to putting down this END once and for all!""You and me both." You sigh. "I just want to blow shit up without having a crazy ace stalker chasing after me, you know?""I suppose that's simply the nature of fame." Misono responds.>Ask them what they'll do after this whole IUN mission is over.>Ask them how they feel about this most recent mission.>Maybe it's time to get some rest.
>>4125302>Ask them what they'll do after this whole IUN mission is over.
>>4125302>Ask them how they feel about this most recent mission.
>>4125302>>Ask them what they'll do after this whole IUN mission is over.
>>4125302>>Ask them how they feel about this most recent mission.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4125302Looks like we got another tie, so another roll off!1. IUN mission2. Recent mission
>>4125320"So, um, I guess I never got around to asking either of you this." You mumble. "But what are you two gonna do after this whole IUN mission wraps up?""Hm, well, I suppose I'll remain in the the IUN." Misono says with a smile. "Keeping the peace in Usea means peaceful times for Selatapura, right?""Sheesh, sounds kinda boring, voluntarily staying in Osea's little puppet show." You roll your eyes."Well, that's now how most Useans see it." Misono responds coolly. "And what about you, Vicky?" You turn to her."Ah, well.... I'm not too sure about that yet." Vicky mumbles, shifting nervously. "I-I guess I haven't really planned that far ahead...?"Sounded a bit like typical Vicky. The rest of the night is spent with more small talk and gossip, up until your fatigue finally catches up to you and you begin to drift off to sleep. Hopefully this "secret" mission would be worth it.>And that's all for tonight! We'll be continuing things on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>4125326Vicky can be our squire
>>4125327She can be our princess, just like in the fairytales!...except this princess has a Gripen.
>>4125326See you next time, boss.
>>4125326The next day, things proceeded routinely enough. The F-16s you were flying were quickly dismantled and loaded back into the cargo planes, and you all returned to your regular planes for the flight back to Fort Grays. Again, the flight back was uneventful. Looks like taking out Neo OB's satellite link really was putting a real dent in their intel gathering.Seems like things around Fort Grays was starting to quiet down, too. With the IUN starting to reassert its authority, hot spots all over Usea were cooling down. Warlords were being suppressed, escaped penal soldiers were being rounded up, and the satellite communication network was starting to restore global communication. Sure, Erusea was still a huge mess with numerous civil wars and independence movements still smoldering and burning, but that was honestly sorta their problem. Anyways, there were a lot of talks about the IUN starting to demobilize some of its forces. Namely the majority of foreign personnel were set to return to their home countries while native Usean units picked up the slack. The IUN would go back to its original purpose of being an international peacekeeper. Still, the threat of Neo One Belka, still hiding in the shadows, was still out there. You wondered what implications the IUN drawdown would have on the efforts to combat them. Well, after you had returned, you had decided to...>Talk to Bandit about any possible intel.>Just hang out with the other pilots.>Go check out the Wyvern.>Other
>>4126673>>Just hang out with the other pilots.
>>4126673>>Talk to Bandit about any possible intel.
>>4126673>>Go check out the Wyvern.
>>4126673>Talk to Bandit about any possible intel.
>>4126673>Just hang out with the other pilots.
>>4126673You decided to go hang out with the other pilots to pass the time. It was the Oseans' turn for air patrols today so you were all off for the day, which was nice. You were still taking a little easy, so as you stroll down the airstrip, taking in the nice island sea breeze, you wonder where to go. It looks like Vicky and Misono were off at one of the hangars checking something out. Odd, since it wasn't one assigned to your squadron. Angela and Alanna, meanwhile, looked to be taking care of errands. You guess pulling favors with the ground crew and base staff, as they were lugging around lots of boxes.And Sofia? She was lounging at the beach, drawing a small crowd who were observing her from a safe distance. Somehow you weren't really surprised.>Vicky and Misono>Angela and Alanna>Sofia>Other
>>4126766>>Vicky and Misono
>>4126766>>Angela and Alanna>>4126788Do you think Milly's a Bikini sort of girl, or a one-piece type?
>>4126792One piece. It's not like we have assets to flaunt. Milly pretty flat
>>4126766You jog over to the hangar Vicky and Misono are at, wondering what has gotten their attention."T-this can't be real!" Vicky stammers."I mean, it's right there. Seems real enough to me!" Misono laughs, slapping Vicky on the back. "I didn't think they'd respond so fast! Or even at all!" Vicky gulps. "I don't even want to think about what such a quick response means!""Hey, what's going on?" You ask as you approach your wingmates."Vicky has a new plane!" Misono laughs heartily."What, really?" You blink."I-It's not as amazing as you think!" Vicky wails.You round to corner to take a look inside.And see a Gripen.>Roll 1d10 (ID test 5)
>>4126766>Vicky and Misono
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4126823
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>4126823
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4126823
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4126823>d10oh no
>>4126830>>4126840Double crit fails?
>>4126844Nah, I think I was JUST too late to count.
>>4126823"Uhhhhh, it looks like a Gripen." You frown. "It's a Gripen E!" Vicky blurts out, correcting you. "Oh. Ooooooooh." You nod. "So an upgraded version of your Gripen?""Only the best type of Gripen!" Vicky suddenly changes moods as she gains a surge of confidence. "Better engines! Better avionics! Expanded payload and improved performance! It's the pinnacle of Nordenvannic engineering!">I stand corrected.>...it still looks like a Gripen.>Other
>>4126866>Other>How did you even get this?
>>4126866>I stand corrected.
>>4126866>>I stand corrected.
>>4126866>>...it still looks like a Gripen.Eh...
>>4126866>...it still looks like a Gripen.
>>4126866"I stand corrected." You concede, and then pause. "Wait a minute, how did you even get this?""I want to know, too!" Vicky whines. "It was already waiting here when I got back! Apparently the Nordennavic air force decided to send it over to me!""Quite the upgrade, too!" Misono whistles. "Your current Gripen is a C model, right?""I just wasn't expecting this!" Vicky groans. "A-am I really that famous back home?">Looks like we got a Lady Fortune over here!>Seems a bit suspect...>Other
>>4126918>>Looks like we got a Lady Fortune over here!
>>4126918>Looks like we got a Lady Fortune over here!
>>4126918>>Looks like we got a Lady Fortune over here!As joked before, "She's the main character, and we're the side character."
>>4126918>Looks like we got a Lady Fortune over here!Isn't her dad super fucking rich? the carrier designer . He probably swung this.
>>4126918"Looks like we got a Lady Luck over here!" You laugh as you slap Vicky on the back as well. "Guess you got some nice connections up on high, right? Ain't your father a big shot military engineer?""W-well he does design carriers, but I'm not sure if that would give him any sort of pull..." Vicky mumbles. "Well, it's here, and the ground crew already cleared it for flight operations!" Misono smiles. "Perhaps we should take it out for a test flight?""S-so soon?" Vicky pales. >Sounds like a great idea!>Maybe some other time.>Other
>>4126975>Sounds like a great idea!
>>4126975>>Sounds like a great idea!
>>4126975>Maybe some other time.
>>4126975>>Maybe some other time.
>>4126975"Sounds like a great idea!" You grin. "C'mon, Vicky! You're gonna have to get used to it sooner or later!""I-I guess..." Vicky mumbles, finally giving in. "Perhaps this would also be a good opportunity to flight test your Wyvern, too." Misono points out. Hm, well, she did have a point. It was technically in a flyable state right now. However, there was a part of you that was concerned about advertising to everybody in the area that you had access to such a plane...>Bring out the Wyvern>Stick with the Su-47>Other
>>4127021>Stick with the Su-47Keep the wyvern low key
>>4127021>Stick with the Su-47Save the Wyvern for an actual deployment.
>>4127021>>Stick with the Su-47
>>4127021>Stick with the Su-47One last hurrah for it.
>>4127021>Stick with the Su-47
>>4127021>Stick with the Su-47Our time together may be drawing to a close for the moment, but we will remember it fondly. One last flight. (Maybe.)
>>4127021"I think I'll stick with the Su-47 for now. Don't want too many people knowing it's up and running just yet." You wink. "All right then, let us take to the skies, then!"Thankfully, give the low alert level, it didn't take much to convince the base commander to greenlight a short patrol flight. Bandit declined to participate, delegating oversight to you. Guess he was still pretty busy gathering up all the intel he could.Regardless, you, Misono, and Vicky were up in the air soon enough, floating over the tropical seas surrounding Fort Grays."So, where shall we head out to?" Misono asks.Well, you could head out east towards the open water. Nice and wide with no obstacles whatsoever. However, going west inland provided a lot of obstacles that could provide some moderate challenge to navigate around. A good and relatively safe way to put a plane through its paces.>Head for the open water.>Head inland.>Other
>>4127084>>Head for the open water.
>>4127084"C'mon, Swordfish, let's head inland!" You say happily as you bank west towards the mainland."What? R-really?" Vicky stammers."From what I remember, there's some mountainous terrain that way we can test some maneuvering." You suggest. "That sounds sooooo unsafe." Vicky gulps."Don't be silly! We fly low altitude runs all the time!" Misono adds. "And visibility is perfect today! Just keep the speed even and you should be fine!""U-um okay." Vicky sighs.>Climb test. Fly as fast and as close up the side of a mountain as possible. >Maneuver test. Weave your way between mountain peaks.>Low altitude test. Perform a canyon run at the foot of the mountains.>Other
>>4127158>>Low altitude test. Perform a canyon run at the foot of the mountains.
>>4127158>Maneuver test. Weave your way between mountain peaks.
>>4127158>>Maneuver test. Weave your way between mountain peaks.
>>4127158>>Maneuver test. Weave your way between mountain peaks.First maneuver to know it can turn properly, then go low to test ground hugging ability, then finally go from low to high at max angle.
>>4127158You decide to start things off rather smoothly and simply, with a simple maneuver test to fly between the mountain peaks. You just needed to do some simple banks to get between them...>Just do it smooth and steady.>How about a race to make things exciting?>Other
>>4127201>Just do it smooth and steady.
>>4127201>>Just do it smooth and steady.
>>4127201You decide to take it smooth and steady through the mountains, lazily weaving between the peaks. "C'mon, Swordfish! This should be simple enough to do!""Of course it is!" Vicky sighs as her new Gripen E easily keeps up with you and Misono. "Well, it's only just starting! So stay close!" Misono chuckles.>Roll 1d20
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>4127230
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4127230Watch me.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4127230
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4127230
>>4127230As you, Vicky, and Misono weave your way through the mountains, no other issue or complication raises its ugly head to put a damper on your activities. The weather remains clear and sunny and no signs of hostiles appear, leaving your little test flight rather uneventful."So, Swordfish, how's the new ride working out for you?" You ask as you level out your plane."It feels like a dream, honestly!" Vicky responds happily. "Everything just feels so responsive!">You should start heading back to base.>Race back to base!>Stay up a little longer to try flying in low light conditions.>Other
>>4127272>Race back to base!
>>4127272>>Race back to base!
Rolled 2, 3, 2 = 7 (3d10)>>4127272"Haha, you proved you can turn in that thing, but let's see just how fast it can go!" You say happily as you point your plane back towards the coast and hit your afterburner. "H-hey! No fair!" Vicky stammers, aught off guard."Better hurry or you'll be left behind!" Misono giggles as her F-15 hits afterburner as well to boost speed.>Roll 1d10 (ACM test 6)
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4127287
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>4127287Come on!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4127287
>>4127287However, during the flight back to base, you notice Vicky's Gripen E stating to gain on your Su-47 and Misono's F-15. She must be putting in some serious speed if her relatively tiny single engine fighter was catching up to your heavy, twin engine fighters. You briefly wonder how the hell Vicky was pulling so much speed out of her Gripen E and from where before remembering that you still had a race to win!>Go maximum burn. Pull out all the stops!>Concede Vicky is going to beat you there.>Other
>>4127319>Go maximum burn. Pull out all the stops!
>>4127319>>Go maximum burn. Pull out all the stops!
Rolled 9, 3, 6 = 18 (3d20)>>4127319You push your throttle as far is it could go. Even if she was your friend, maybe even your best friend, you weren't just going to hand a win over to Vicky!Your Su-47's engines roar as you dump more energy into the engines...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>4127342
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4127342
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4127342
>>4127342You put everything you have in your Su-47, and it responds, propelling forward as fast as its engines and the laws of physics allowed. Vicky's Gripen E and even Misono's F-15J are left in the dust as you blast over the strait separate Forty Grays from the rest of the continent. "Sheesh, you always have to take challenges so seriously." Vicky groans. "You really hate losing at ANYTHING, don't you?""Hah, that sounds like the talk of a sore loser!" You chuckle smugly. "Maybe you just need a faster plane.""The Gripen is already perfect!" Vicky retorts. "I can't wait to see how you perform in the next mission!" Misono says with earnest anticipation. With those words, you are left wondering just what exactly was next. Perhaps you'll finally make headway in exorcising Belka's lingering demons?Well, you certainly hope so.>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread is on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>4127358Thanks for running Merc!
>>4127358See you next week, boss.