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!You feel a cold, slimy sensation as END tackles you and wraps her gloved hands around your throat in an attempt to choke you out. The force of the tackle sends you falling backwards onto the deck.END seems like she wants to say something, but instead coughs out this gross, sticky pink fluid all over you.It's at this point, though, that the crew and your wingmates finally intervene. Or maybe it just seemed like a long time passed when everything happened in a split second. A pair of burly Marines each grab END by the arms and yank her off of you. She didn't look to be that large or strong herself, anyways. Vicky and Misono likewise grab your shoulders and pull you away as well. "What is this stuff?" Misono frowns as she looks at her fingers, now coated in the pink fluid as well."I have a hunch but..." Vicky frowns when there's a sudden interruption. One of the flight deck elevators begins to lower, showing a freshly landed helicopter bearing the national crest of Belka. You see a knot of suited government spooks, and at their lead was.... Uncle?!"Well be taking charge of her from here." Uncle says calmly, walking towards the Marines holding down END. "Excuse me, sir?" The Marines pause. Uncle casually reaches into his coat and pulls out a piece of paper, which he shows to the Marines. (cont)
>>4160381"Per the IUN Charter, prisoners taken by IUN or IUN-affiliated personnel shall be remanded to their home country. Annelise Becker here is a Belkan citizen, and shall be treated as one accordingly. If you still have any issues, this transfer order is signed by your ship's captain himself."The Marines glance at the paper, and then nod. "All right, she's your problem, then."Uncle then nods to his attendants, who swiftly take the Marines' place in restraining END, who was still struggling while coughing up a storm. You see Uncle glance in your direction and give a slight nod before returning to the helicopter. "Come on, Milly! We need to get you to the infirmary to get checked out!" Vicky insists, helping you get up to your feet. "Yes, who know if this... substance is dangerous or not." Misono nods in agreement. "I'm sure Bandit would like to know what's going on, too.">You should listen to your wingmates.>Go confront Uncle to see what's going on!>Other
>>4160382>Go confront Uncle to see what's going on!We need to get to Erwin as soon as we can as well. Maybe we can get some info out of him. Needs to be a priority. Can't let such a chance slip.
>>4160382>>Go confront Uncle to see what's going on!
>>4160382>You should listen to your wingmates.
>>4160382>Go confront Uncle to see what's going on!
>>4160382>>You should listen to your wingmates.
>>4160382"Wait a minute!" You shake yourself free from Vicky and Misono's grip and chase after Uncle. "Hey! Wait up!"Uncle and his "attendants" pause. Uncle gives a slight nod to his men, who continue carrying END to the helicopter. Uncle then turns to face you. "Milly, it's good to see you." Uncle says, maintaining an oddly professional and businesslike manner. Probably because of all the people present. "Uncle, what the hell is this all about?" You scowl. "Where are you taking her?""To Belka. Where she belongs." Uncle says simply. "That goes for Erwin and the others. They will be properly taken care of there.""Really." You raise an eyebrow. "They'll be treated better than in any IUN or Osean prison." Uncle points out. You remember that prison facility at the 444th base. Where a lot of your... fans were at."Okay, you have a point there." You concede. "So what exactly do you want, then?" Uncle sighs. "We do not have much time here.">I just want to talk to END.>I just want to talk to Erwin.>I just want to know how you're involved in all this.>Other
>>4160484>I just want to talk to END.
>>4160484>I just want to talk to Erwin.This is what we need. Erwin knows what's going on. Uncle can't explain everything here and END would rather kill than talk to us. Let's chat up Erwin. Straight from the source.
>>4160484>>I just want to talk to END.I feel we should at least figure out how we slighted them...that or ask how they got an EDGY nickname like END.
>>4160484>>I just want to talk to Erwin.
>>4160489The main reason i don't think talking to END directly rn will achieve much us because we will probably just get autism screeching. So getting some background from someone who knows her would be nice. In addition to other important info
>>4160484>I just want to talk to Erwin.
>I just want to talk to Erwin.
>>4160484"I just want to talk to Erwin." You say. "That's not a good idea, especially right now." Uncle pauses. "Uncle, please. It's important to me." You insist."I still don't advise it. Neither of you are in the proper condition." Uncle glances at you, still dressed in your G-suit and coated in that sticky pink stuff that was filling up END's cockpit. "How about this. I can fast track a transfer back to Dinsmark. It's more secure and it gives us more time to... prepare things.">I want to talk to him now.>All right, sounds good.>Other
>>4160546>All right, sounds good.
>>4160546>>All right, sounds good.Gonna need a shower after this.
>>4160546>I want to talk to him now.100$ he escapes the minute we leave carrier airspaceHonestly fine with either. Just throwing in a vote.
>>4160546>>I want to talk to him now.
>>4160546"All right, it sounds good." You sigh. You didn't necessarily like this situation, but you trusted Uncle. He hadn't let you down yet."Good. Don't worry, I'll follow through on my end." Uncle makes a move to pat you on the head, but remembers you're still covered in the pink goo and catches himself just in time. "Yeah, yeah, I get it." You grunt."I'll be seeing you soon then, Milly!" Uncle quickly makes his escape as he boards the helicopter. The elevator then begins lifting up and out of sight back to the flight deck above.And with that little bit of theater over, the crew begins going back to their own tasks. You turn and see Mead present, now looking over the cockpit pod while what looks be a medic team from the infirmary had run all the way over with a stretcher. Milly and Vicky continued to give you concerned looks.>You better go get yourself checked out.>See what Mead thinks about the cockpit.>Other
>>4160594>You better go get yourself checked out.
>>4160594>>See what Mead thinks about the cockpit.
>>4160594>You better go get yourself checked out.I hope some of that weird stuff didn't get in our mouth when END bukkake'd all over us.
>>4160600Milly gonna be mutated into a roach woman
>>4160594>>You better go get yourself checked out.
>>4160594>>You better go get yourself checked out.>>4160600Way too lewd for Milly.
>>4160594You finally submit to being taken away by the medics, much to Vicky and Misono's relief. You're quickly carted back to the infirmary, where you're swiftly stripped out of your G-suit and given a thorough scrubbing to get all that pink goo off of you. They also very quickly take a sample to make sure the stuff wasn't toxic or poisonous. Doubtful since END was basically swimming in a tank full of the stuff. Then again, give hour time in One Belka, you could totally see someone like END not caring about negative side effects if meant giving her an edge.You were aware of that feeling all too well. "Well, the good news is, there does not appear to be any significant damage or injury." The doctor tells you. "As for the fluid that was on you, as far as we can tell, it's not immediately harmful. However, we don't know what exactly it is yet or if it has any sort of long term effects to prolonged exposure, I so suggest you get a proper shower to get it all off.""Uh huh, I get it." You sigh. "Is that all?""I'm sorry, but our lab facilities on board the ship are somewhat limited. All we can do is treat you for any conditions you're currently suffering.""Great. Always wanted to get cancer at my age." You sigh. "Everything points to you at being the pinnacle health. You shouldn't worry." The doctor assures you. "Yeah yeah, I got it." You sigh, tugging at your disconcertingly skimpy hospital gown. "Anyways, can I get my clothes back?""Your flightsuit is getting washed since it was also doused in the fluid." The doctor informs you. "We have a spare flightsuit we can loan you until the washing is finished."One of the nurse then brings in an... Osean flighsuit?! Shit, you remember that the Andersen was an Osean carrier, after all.>Guess you'll just have to deal.>You'd rather go out naked!>Other
>>4160657>You'd rather go out naked!
>>4160657>>You'd rather go out naked!
>>4160657>>You'd rather go out naked!Band aids are all we need! That or we can make a quick fix with some rolls of bandages wrapped around our bits.
>>4160657>>You'd rather go out naked!>>4160664Mummy Milly is a go.
>>4160657>>You'd rather go out naked!For Belka!
>>4160657"I'd rather go out naked!" You protest. "Well, suit yourself." The doctor shrugs as he motions for the nurse to take the flighsuit away. "However, I can't allow you to move around the halls like this, so I'll have to ask you to stay confined to the infirmary for the time being.""What?!" You exclaim."We can't have you wandering around the ship like this. It would cause too much of a disturbance." The doctor notes. "And we're already on high alert as we process the wreckage of the battle. So you stay put for now, and I'll let your friends come in to keep you company.""Fine, fine." You grumble.The doctor then nods to the nurse at the door, who opens it up and Vicky and Misono rush in."Milly!" Vicky practically tackles you back onto the bed. "You're okay, right? Nothing broken? You're not irradiated or poisoned or anything are you!?""I'm all right, Vicky." You laugh. "Just, you know, kinda exposed at the moment.""I'm sure it will take a while to wash all that weird fluid off." Misono nods. "The doctors don't know what it is?""Not a clue." You shrug. as you casually stroke Vicky's hair. "Is there anything you need?" Misono wonders. "It was a long mission.">A nap, honestly.>Some water or whatever is fine.>Where the heck is Bandit?>Other
>>4160707>>Where the heck is Bandit?
>>4160707>Some water or whatever is fine.
>>4160707>Where the heck is Bandit?Obviously with Sophia
>>4160707>>Some water or whatever is fine.Gotta rinse out whatever fluid, or END's saliva got into our mouth just in case.
>>4160707>Where the heck is Bandit?Like a knight attending to their lady.
>>4160707"Where the heck is Bandit?" You wonder. "Don't tell me he's still knighting it up!""He most likely is." Misono nods. "It's would be quite the adorable sight to see!" "You'd figure that they'd be here, though?" You frown. "Considering what happened to Sofia.""Oh, you mean that Sapinese pilot that we picked up?" One of the nurses perks up. "She was already inspected and released, right before you came in!"You just look at Vicky and Misono and then back at the nurse."Where there a guy with her? Tall dark and handsome?""He practically carried her in and out!" The nurse sighs longingly. "Such a lucky woman...">That sounds cute.>DAMNIT HAND ME THAT FLIGHTSUIT!>Other
>>4160751>That sounds cute.
>>4160751>>DAMNIT HAND ME THAT FLIGHTSUIT!
>>4160751>DAMNIT HAND ME THAT FLIGHTSUIT!
>>4160751>DAMNIT HAND ME THAT FLIGHTSUIT!Just get married already
>>4160751>>That sounds cute.
>>4160751"DAMNIT HAND ME THAT FLIGHTSUIT!" You roar. And soon enough, you've swallowed your pride and are wearing an... OSEAN flightsuit as you stride down the hall with Vicky and Misono by your side. "I've confirmed with the tower that Bandit's F-15 is still on board, and it doesn't seem like he's left the ship." Vicky updates you. "But it's a BIG ship." Misono points out. "Where would to lovebird hide away at?">The flight deck for the view!>The hangar deck, near Bandit's fighter.>The lower decks, for "privacy".>Other
>>4160785>The lower decks, for "privacy".Does the flightsuit have velcro flags on it so we can rip them off and toss them in a bin, or overboard?
>>4160785>The lower decks, for "privacy".
>>4160785>>The lower decks, for "privacy".
>>4160787You know, it would be wise to keep it. If we ever need to infiltrate an Osean area having a uniform would be really useful
>>4160785>The hangar deck, near Bandit's fighter.
>>4160785"I'm almost certain that they went down to the lower decks." You say."For what reason?" Misono asks."Yeah, what?" Vicky wonders."You know... for privacy." You explain.It takes a moment for both Vicky and Misono to fully comprehend what you're suggesting, causing them both to turn beet red. "S-shameful! Scandalous!" Misono stammers."That's too soon!" Vicky gasps. "Well, only one way to find out, right?" You grin.>Roll 1d20
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>>4160811The entire ship must be shaking.
>>4160846"Vicky! Use your super carrier senses and help us out here!" You order."W-what?! Why me?" Vicky blurts."You're the one who knows the layout of a carrier the best!" You tell her. "Lead the way!""O-okay! I'll do my best!" Vicky gulps, sweating now that the pressure was on her to perform. She then leads you and MIsono on a journey deep down into the bowels of the Anderson. You snake through long, narrow hallways, through empty chambers until finally, you Vicky rounds a corner and instantly freezes."S-sir!" Vicky salutes instinctively. You immediately around the corner, where you see both Bandit and Sofia in the hallway, both still clothed, unfortunately. Sofia immediately turns away, while Bandit is still stoic as ever, giving you an even stare."Red. Seems like you're fine.">Bandit, we were looking all over for you!>We didn't interrupt anything, did we?>Oho, nice seeing the Boss being naughty for a change!>Other
>>4160857>Oho, nice seeing the Boss being naughty for a change!
>>4160857>We didn't interrupt anything, did we?
>>4160857>>Oho, nice seeing the Boss being naughty for a change!
>>4160857>>We didn't interrupt anything, did we?Advice for Bandit:Get a roomGet protection, or not, it depends.
>>4160871in our smuggest voice
>>4160857>>We didn't interrupt anything, did we?
>>4160857"Oho! Nice seeing the Boss being naughty for a change!" You chuckle."I have no idea what you're talking about." Bandit replies calmly. "W-well what else are you and Sofia doing down here?" Vicky asks. "And out of sight from everybody else?" Misono points out. "We were... just making sure there weren't any infiltrators on the ship." Bandit explains. "Isn't that right, Sofia?""Oh? That's not what you told me~."Sofia gave an amused grin. She was enjoying seeing Bandit being put on the spot just as much as you were. >This is a rare chance to bully Bandit!>You have more important things to be talking about right now.>Other
>>4160899>This is a rare chance to bully Bandit!Just be honest already Boss
>>4160899>>This is a rare chance to bully Bandit!
>>4160899>>This is a rare chance to bully Bandit!It's time!
>>4160899>This is a rare chance to bully Bandit!
>>4160899Haha! This was one of those rare times where you actually caught Bandit off guard! Like hell you were going to let the opportunity to pass by! It was time to mess with him a little!>Don't tell me you were gonna hog him all to yourself, Sofia~!>Don't worry, we can give you two some privacy if you want~!>How scandalous! I wonder what would happen if the others found out~!>Other
>>4160919>Don't worry, we can give you two some privacy if you want~!
>>4160919>>Don't worry, we can give you two some privacy if you want~!
>>4160919>>Don't worry, we can give you two some privacy if you want~!Sofia, please shine bright!
>>4160919"Don't worry, we can give you two some privacy if you want~!" You say teasingly."That's really not necessary-" Bandit is interrupted when Sofia stands between him and you. "Why thank you, Milly! How very kind of you!" Sofia smiles sweetly. "Wait, are you really gonna- ack!" Vicky yelps as Misono starts pulling her away. "As Milly has said, we should give them their privacy." Misono tuts with a knowing smile. "It was very rude of us to intrude on them during their private affairs.""I-I guess that makes sense." Vicky nods. "Ta ta!" Sofia waves as the three of you take your leave.You sort of wonder what was going to happen. Was Sofia the top or was it Bandit...?You shake the thought out of your head. That was NOT something you wanted to picture right now!>Head back to the infirmary to get some rest.>Head back to hangar to see if Mead found out anything.>Go see if your Wyvern is okay.>Other
>>4160941>>Head back to hangar to see if Mead found out anything.
>>4160941>Go see if your Wyvern is okay.
>>4160941The three of you head back to the hangar deck, where you can see Mead still inspecting END's cockpit pod. Most of that gross pink stuff had already been cleared away, allowing Mead to actually get inside the pod to inspect its contents. "Yo, Mead! You find anything important?" You ask as you walk up."Heh, of course you'd be the one asking, huh?" Mead pokes her head out. "Though I gotta say, this is some real science fiction shit right here."You take a peek inside the cockpit, and see that as you expected, it was completely enclosed with no canopy or windows. The area where the canopy would be instead was a massive, curved display screen. Down below, you could see standard flight controls and the stick."Looks like a typical COFFIN setup." You frown. "Even I've had a go at it in training. It's not THAT special.""Nonono, not that." Mead shakes her head. "What do you see is missing?""Huh?" You take a look at the flight setup again."Where's the oxygen system?" Vicky wonders."Bingo!" Mead snaps her fingers, startling Vicky. "There's no oxygen system! Which is weird since every plane needs one when you're high altitude!""You're right..." Misono frowns. "So how could END breathe?""The answer was right in front of us all along." Mead nods. "Or more accurately, all fucking over you, Milly.""Wait, you don't mean-" You blanch."Yeah, that pink shit that was all over you and END? Liquid oxygenation." Mead nods. "No need to even breathe conventionally. That stuff just directly carries oxygen into your lungs.""Why would someone even need to do that?" Vicky balks. "I get it now!" Misono gasps. "It's about G-forces, right? A liquid based environment is more resistant!""Bingo." Mead nods. "Osea experimented with that idea before with flightsuits filled with liquid instead of air. Effective, but the limiting factor was always the air in the pilot's lungs, which was still getting thrown around. But if the lungs were to be filled with a liquid with the same density as the liquid environment...">You're right, that's some real sci-fi shit.>Gotta admit, that's pretty creative.>Sounds like cheating, basically.>Other
>>4160959>>You're right, that's some real sci-fi shit.
>>4160959>You're right, that's some real sci-fi shit.Belka sure is at the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Not that Belka had anything to do with this of course.
>>4160959"You're right, that's some real sci-fi shit." You frown as you glance at the cockpit. "Neo One Belka had this sort of shit?""Not surprising given who their supposed benefactors are." Mead shakes her head. "Looks like things are going to get real messy really soon."You could only nod in agreement as you give the cockpit pod a long and hard stare. A liquid cockpit with liquid oxygenation? Just what the hell was Neo One Belka and Grunder working at? Did they have more tricks ready to pull out of their hats?You simply didn't know, and that fact concerned you greatly. >And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday so stay tuned!
>>4160967Thanks for running Merc!
>>4160967Thanks for running Merc.
>>4160967See you next time.So what do you think are the odds of us managing to get END on our side?
>>4161005we won't know until we try.
>>4161005>>4161007It's gonna be a whole lot of work, I feel. It won't be like Milly switching to Karla's side in the past, and they'll probably hate us more and more while they're locked up.
>>4161005I think we can get either END or Erwin into Milly's personal army down the line if we play our cards right. With our prisoner boys that would make a solid nucleaus actually.
>>4160967Thankfully, it looked like that Uncle had come through with his promise, and hardly a day had passed before new orders filtered down from IUN Command. Belka was officially withdrawing your squadron from the IUN and requesting your immediate transfer back to the home country. This meant that technically, Vicky and Misono were free to leave since they weren't part of the Belkan Air Force. However, both of them were adamant about sticking with the squadron, at least until this whole Neo One Belka situation was sorted out. However, Bandit had reservations about including them in this whole operations. As outsiders, he felt it wasn't right to drag them into Belka's internal affairs, especially considering how dangerous and subversive Neo One Belka could be with secret support from Grunder.Your opinion, though, was...>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!>It's probably safer for them to stay out of this.>Other
>>4162209>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!Honorary Belkans, but first they must spit seven times on an osean flag for it to be official.
>>4162209>>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!
>>4162209>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!
>>4161100>>4162206Well the last thing we need is to Mindbreak them into liking us. Just don't be surprised if they collect newspaper clippings of Milly to use as target practice.>>4162209>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!
>>4162209>They were part of the squadron regardless of what a piece of paper says!If one sword breaks, two more shall take it's place
>>4162227Well yeah I'd agree there. I don't think anyone is advocating we send them to the Ministry of Love lol
>>4162209You stressed to Bandit that Vicky and Misono were both part of Raven Squadron, regardless of whatever a damn piece of paper said!And so the four of you were in the air, flying together on the way back to Belka. At this rate, you should reach Dinsmark in about an hour. Thankfully, the trip so far had been uneventful, with nothing coming up to challenge your progress. Bandit meanwhile had been silent for nearly the entire trip. Not only was he still probably embarrassed about that whole thing with Sofia, but catching him up on what you found out about END and Uncle intervention were also troubling him. Looks like he was being kept in the dark about Belkan Intelligence's full involvement in this, too. >Tell Vicky and Misono how great Dinsmark is. >Tease Bandit about Sofia to try and loosen him up.>Talk to Bandit about this whole conspiracy thing.>Other
>>4162302>Tell Vicky and Misono how great Dinsmark is.Yo they haven't met the professor right?
>>4162302>>Tease Bandit about Sofia to try and loosen him up.
>>4162302>Tell Vicky and Misono how great Dinsmark is.>"There's the Victory Plaza, where we do military parades, and then the Belkan National War Memorial, where we do Partition Day ceremonies, and the Monument to the 12,000, where we commemorate the citizens who sacrificed their lives to stop Osean invasion.">"Uh Milly, is there anything in Dinsmark that isn't about war?">"No, why would there be? Oh look see that there, that's a public air raid shelter, there's at least one every block."
>>4162302>Tell Vicky and Misono how great Dinsmark is.
>>4162302"Oh man, you guys are gonna love Dinsmark!" You say with an almost giddy glee. "I mean, it's kinda cold since we're pretty far north, but I'm sure it shouldn't be too bad for you two!""My home's probably a lot colder." Vicky remarks."I think I'll be able to manage." Misono says with a bit of uncertainty. She was from a tropical country, after all. "And I can't wait to show you Victory Plaza, where we do all the military parades, and the Belkan War Memorial, where we hold all our ceremonies. Oh! And there's the University! You definitely should meet the Professor! Or wait! We can go to Karla's house and we can totally triple team Elisa, that little twerp!""You're certainly excited about this!" Misono laughs. "Yeah! It's not often I get friends from outside the country to visit!" You say giddily. "Lotta people are too afraid to travel to Belka, you know?""Wait a minute." Vicky speaks up. "Aren't we your ONLY foreign friends?""Semantics, Vicky." You quickly brush her off. "But yeah! Things will be great!""After we handle our business, of course." Bandit finally speaks up. >Yeah, you're right about that.>Well, it's not like the prisoners are going anywhere, right?>Other
>>4162390>Well, it's not like the prisoners are going anywhere, right?
>>4162390>Yeah, you're right about that.Obviously yes
>>4162390>Yeah, you're right about that.
>>4162390>>Yeah, you're right about that.
>>4162390>>Yeah, you're right about that.Better do those things to get out of a bad mood than to go in happy and get the mood ruined by whatever we learn.
>>4162390>>Well, it's not like the prisoners are going anywhere, right?
>>4162390"Yeah, you're right about that." You agree. "So they're being held at Dinsmark Base?""Correct. Best to keep them close to home." Bandit says. "Though we have to be careful. We still don't know the full extent to how much they've entrenched themselves in Belka." "Yeah, I get it."Finally, your squadron reaches Dinsmark proper. It's then that you realize that this would be the first time you would be flying your Wyvern over the city. Would the people below still recognize the paint job?Soon enough, your squadron lands at Dinsmark Base, where you find Uncle, Karla, and Jager already waiting for your arrival. "It's good to see you here." Uncle says. "I suppose you all have quite a few questions.">Debrief with Uncle and Karla.>You want to talk to Erwin now.>You want to talk to END now.>Other
>>4162443>Debrief with Uncle and Karla.
>>4162443>>Debrief with Uncle and Karla.
>>4162443>>You want to talk to Erwin now.
>>4162443>You want to talk to Erwin now.
>>4162443"You're damn right we do!" You huff. "The hell have you all being doing while we were working our asses off out there?""Come along, we will explain." Uncle assures you as he leads to the admin building, where a secure conference room has been reserved. You and your squadron take a seat at the meeting table. Jager takes a position at the door while Uncle and Karla sit down opposite of you. "To explain things right away, as you may have guessed, Belkan Intelligence has been keeping a close eye on Neo One Belka and the IUN's movements." Uncle starts. "The moment you neutralized their mobile submarine base, we knew that was our opportunity to sweep up their entire overseas operation in one fell swoop.""Actually worked well beyond expectations." Karla adds. "Props to you guys for acting so fast on it.""The IUN shouldn't have let you just take all the prisoners without some sort of resistance." Bandit narrows his eyes. "What did you promise them?""We simply allowed them to impound the submarine and whatever other technology Neo One Belka left behind." Uncle shrugs. "Technology can be replicated, but people and their knowledge cannot.">Yeah that makes sense.>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...>Other
>>4162523>Yeah that makes sense.
>>4162523>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...Who wouldn't want at least one small superweapon?
>>4162523>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...Great, more toys for Osea to play with
>>4162523>>Yeah that makes sense.
>>4162523>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...
>>4162523>>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...>>4162536Either them or the Yukes.
>>4162523>>Would've been nice to keep at least some of that stuff...
>>4162523"Would've been nice to keep at least some of the stuff..." You grumble."That would have drawn Osea's attention on us and that, quite frankly, is one of the last things we want at this time." Uncle says calmly. "And I believe Yuktobania has that submarine technology already, anyways." Misono points out. "Submarines are overrated anyways!" Vicky huffs. "Anyways." Karla speaks up to regain everybody's attention. "We already know the Osean Intelligence Agency is aggressively investigating Grunder and Neo One Belka after Dr. Schroeder defected and turned himself in to IUN custody. He's exposed quite a lot about Grunder's internal workings, and we expect Osean authorities to raid Grunder's headquarters within the month.""So? Let Osea and Grunder shoot each other up, then. How's that our problem." You shrug."Because once Grunder realizes they're being targeted, they may attempt to play some sort of trump card or desperation tactic." Uncle says grimly. "It would not be the first time they've done something like that.""Not to mention, if there's any remaining Neo One Belka cells still in Belka, seeing their main benefactor getting raided might stir them into a frenzy." Karla adds. "That's why rounding up as many members as we can was so important to us. We need to know if these cells exist and where.""As I understand it, you have a personal connection to at least one of them, correct?" Uncle raises an eyebrow. "Erwin, if I'm not mistaken.""Yeah, he used to be in the original One Belka with me." You nod. "I wouldn't say we were friends, but we were comrades in arms.""Perhaps we can use that to our advantage." Uncle nods. "Would you like to speak with him?">Hell yeah I do.>I'd rather not.>I want to talk to END first.>Other
>>4162573>>Hell yeah I do.
>>4162573>Hell yeah I do.
>>4162573>>I want to talk to END first.
>>4162573>>I want to talk to END first.Get more perspective and info first.
>>4162573>Hell yeah I do.It is time
>>4162573Wait, isn't this the first time Vicky and Misono heard about this part of our past? I don't know that we told them
>>4162573>Hell yeah I do.Hopefully we can learn more about our rival from him as well.Maybe she secretly admires and loves us, while hating that we're fighting for what she believes is the wrong side?
>>4162598My bet would be a fellow war orphan
>>4162573"Hell yeah I do." You nod grimly. "I want to know why the hell he's still wasting his time over all this.""Good. I'll arrange the meeting." Uncle says as he gets up from his chair. "Karla, do you have anything more to say?""No, I trust Milly to know how to handle this." Karla says as she leans back in her chair. "Thing is, Bandit, what are you gonna do? Have anything to say about this?""I think it's safe to say everything here is out of my hands." Bandit replies coolly. "So that's how involved you were..." Misono mumbles. "W-well, she's nothing like them now!" Vicky whispers back. "If you like, I could have your conversation with Erwin be private." Uncle offers. "Your friends don't have to be present to watch.">I'd rather be alone.>They can watch if they want to.'>Other
>>4162608>I'd rather be alone.
>>4162608>I'd rather be alone.One on one time would be nice.
>>4162608>I'd rather be alone.This should be between us and Erwin. Nothing holding us back.
>>4162608>>I'd rather be alone.
>>4162608>>I'd rather be alone.You know Uncle would be recording it or watching it from behind the glass.>>4162605I'm guessing that the END would be a "what if" from the original ACQ if Karla didn't bring Milly out of her radical political views. Literally a Milly Alter of something.
>>4162616>I'm guessing that the END would be a "what if" from the original ACQ if Karla didn't bring Milly out of her radical political views. Literally a Milly Alter of something.That's the actually funny thing. It's been pretty clear that Milly's extremely nationalist political views have been relatively unchanged. She simply draws the line at literal terrorism now. Which in itself is a fun part of her character augmented by the knight bit. Especially in contrast to Karla. Although what you said made me think that END may be a clone of us. Or at least used part of our dna.
>>4162624>extremely nationalist political views have been relatively unchanged. She simply draws the line at literal terrorism now.>Look I don't support terrorism anymore okay, but if someone threw a molotov through the window of an Osean federal building in South Belka I wouldn't get too upset about it.
>>4162627Hey we'd piss on the fire like a good neighbor ;)
to think I failed to notice this ace combat quest for years. just caught up. very nice.>>4162608>I'd rather be alone.
>>4162608"I'd rather be alone." You say. "Though I'm sure you'll be recording the whole thing anyways." "Of course. We can't afford to miss anything." Uncle chuckles. "All right, follow me."You follow Uncle through a maze of hallways until you reach a heavy metal door flanked by a pair of guards. They salute as you and Uncle approach. "He is currently restrained, but please keep a safe distance from him. We don't want any unfortunate accidents." Uncle warns. "If you require the guards or want to leave, there is a red button on the table you can press to summon them.""Okay, I got it." You nod. The guards then open the door and you quickly shuffle in. The interrogation room is dark and musty, with only a single light illuminating a bare, steel table. On one side was Erwin, his arms and legs handcuffed to the chair he was sitting in. He's disheveled and fatigued, but was still retaining that really annoying smug sense of superiority that he always had. "Milly." He grins weakly. "To what do I owe this honor?">I just came here to talk. >Are they treating you well?>Looks like you got yourself into some serious shit.>Other
>>4162653>>Looks like you got yourself into some serious shit.
>>4162653>Are they treating you well?
>>4162653>I just came here to talk.
>>4162653>>I just came here to talk.
>Skills:>Belkan Warrior Spirit: Once per battle, Milly may negate a natural 10 or reroll a failed skill check. Refreshes in the event of a CRITICAL SUCCESS.by the way, what happened to this skill? I recall us pushing the edge now and then but barely remember using our SUPERIOR BELKAN WILLPOWER during missions. I guess the pastebin is just not updated yet(seeing how it still lists milly piloting the F/A-18?)?
>>4162653Switching to>I just came here to talk
>>4162670Maybe Push the Limit replaced it? Also possible we just forgot about it i suppose. I think we only used the ability you mentioned like once
>>4162653>Looks like you got yourself into some serious shit.
>>4162676I guess we just really didn't have the oppertuinty to use that skill compared to Push the Limit? I have to guess since warrior spirit doesn't seem to cancel double nat. 10s it doesn't get used as much as Push the Limit. at least if I'm reading this right.
>>4162653"I just came here to talk." You say simply. "That's all.""Really now." Erwin laughs mirthfully. "Assuming I even believe you for a second, what is there to talk about?""A lot of things, really." You shrug, taking a seat in the chair across from Erwin. "I've got no interest answering questions fed to you by the cowards in the government." Erwin sneers. "What makes you think I'll answer any differently to you?""Nothing, really." You keep your gaze on Erwin. "But there's things I want to hear straight from you.""Fine. Go ahead." Erwin chuckles. "Don't expect a satisfying answer, though.">Ask him about the size of Neo One Belka's operation.>Ask him about END.>Ask him about his connections to Grunder.>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.>Other
>>4162699>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.
>>4162699>Ask him about END.
>>4162699>>Other>So, how have you been? :)
>>4162699>>Ask him about END.
>>4162699>>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.
>>4162699>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.Switching to this. I had my chuckle. In all seriousness though, what we gonna get out of him with a crit success?
>>4162699>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.>Ask him about END.I doubt he'd spill the beans about the other two options anyway.
>>4162699>Ask him what he hopes to achieve causing trouble in Usea.This is, what, the fourth time Belkans have tried to secretly start wars only to end up being caught? Don't they know the definition of insanity?
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4162699"All right then." You say as you lean forward. "What were you hoping to achieve causing trouble in Usea?">Roll 1d20
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4162745Tight lipped motherfucker
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4162745
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4162745>18fug
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>4162745Roll!
>>4162747>>4162748>>4162749Huh, what are the odds.....?
>>4162750Crit success right? High on D20 is good
>>4162756I rolled too late for that, so no.
>>4162758....so a triple tie?
>>4162765Takin Erwin's roll into account, it's a quadraple tie.
>>4162768Clearly this is destiny
>>4162745You deliberately threw a softball question to Erwin because you knew the smug bastard couldn't pass up a chance to brag about his and One Belka's ideals and motivations. It was one of his weaknesses that you knew could be exploited, so you decided to start off with that to loosen up his tongue. "Is it really that hard to guess?" Erwin chuckles. "You remember how Osea won the Belkan War, yes? Even though Belka had the superior warriors?""I have an idea, but you tell me." You reply carefully. One lesson you remembered from Uncle in situations like this was never to give away more information than you needed. Don't let the subject trick you into revealing what you yourself knew. "Their sheer logistical superiority. " Erwin nods. "Infinite manpower, resources, and materiel. A small, fractured country like Belka had no chance to fight Osea head on, and the Gray Men knew that. That's why they engineered the Circum Pacific War.""What does that have to do with now?" You narrow your eyes. "You're just talking about long past conflicts.""You see, the Circum Pacific War had some... unforeseen but interesting consequences." Erwin smiles. "Having become a resurgent military power, Osea began exporting its influence and military all over the world. All you would need is the right spark on one of their many overseas holdings, and you could spark a war in a foreign, faraway land Osea would have no choice but to involve itself in.""Erusea." You state simply. "It worked magnificently, too, if only it hadn't been cut short from our projections." Erwin scowls. "So our backup plan was to sow additional chaos in the postwar maelstrom. After all, the more resources Osea commits overseas is less resources and can use to respond to a resurgent Belka.">Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan.>Sounds like a coward's plan.>Other
>>4162779>Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan.
>>4162779>Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan. but also cowardly.
>>4162779>Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan.Might as well butter him up. Keep him talking. Keep him going. And it is a decent plan
>>4162779>>Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan.Let him go on.
>>4162779>>Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan.
I'm a bit confused though. If Belka were ready and waiting to exploit Osea being busy, that would be one thing. But the government hasn't been preparing for war as far as i can tell. In which case we can assume one of two things1. Erwin knows something nobody here does about war plans2. Next stage was gonna be pressuring the government into a warHe may actually have done us a favor guys. If Osea is busy in another continent They might be less willing to forcibly occupy South Belka when it votes for Anschluss with Belka.
>>4162800>1. Erwin knows something nobody here does about war plans>2. Next stage was gonna be pressuring the government into a warEither there are ultra-nationalist elements still present in the Belkan Self Defense Forces, or Neo One Belka has political patrons or puppets, or both.
>>4162779"Gotta admit, that's a crafty plan." You say, playing along to Erwin's ego. "But if you don't have control of the government, how are you actually going to convince them to rise up?""Who said anything about involving that cowardly puppet government?" Erwin chuckles. "I can assure you, measures are in place to carry that plan to fruition.""So you do admit you've got a presence on the continent." You frown."I won't deny that. We have people everywhere." Erwin grins. >Press him more on details about the plan.>Press him on the other OB cells.>Switch the subject to END.>Other
>>4162807>>Switch the subject to END.Did we unknowingly kill someone she cared about?
>>4162807>Switch the subject to END.Keep it casual. He's acting decently pleasant. We press him too hard we'll clam him up.
>>4162807>>Switch the subject to END.
>>4162807"All right, let's change the subject, then." You continue. "What the hell is the deal with END?" "Ah, so you DID finally meet in person." Erwin laughs. "How was it?""Violent." You grunt."I suppose it's to be expected. She does have a rather strong dislike of you." Erwin nods. "I don't suppose it had anything to with anything you told her." You glower. "You're a traitor to the cause. That's all she needed to be told." Erwin grins. "Poor Annelise has had a troubled history with traitors, so it's not surprising.">What the hell have you been subjecting her to?>What's this history with traitors that she has?>Other
>>4162821>What's this history with traitors that she has?He's baiting. Let it be
>>4162821>>What's this history with traitors that she has?
>>4162821>What the hell have you been subjecting her to?
>>4162821>What's this history with traitors that she has?
>>4162821"What's this history with traitors that she has?" You ask, deciding to take Erwin's bait. The more he got himself the talking, the more chances he had of making a mistake. "Once upon a time, during the Belkan War, a small, handpicked team of Belkan patriots were given one of the utmost important missions." Erwin recounts. "To demonstrate Belka's resolve, these patriots were to drop atomic bombs on Belka's very own soil. To force our enemies to see the folly in trying to invade us.""Don't tell me...""Annelise's father was one of those handpicked few." Erwin nods. "However, he proved himself to be a traitor and craven coward. He refused to drop his bombs and turned his plane around. Not only that, but he also sabotaged the bombs so they couldn't be used. He was tried and executed as a traitor that very same day.">Guess he got what he deserved.>That seems a bit extreme.>Other
>>4162852>Guess he got what he deserved.No mom?
>>4162852>Guess he got what he deserved.If we just keep letting him talk he'll say something eventually.
>>4162852>>OtherThat can't be the only reason.
>>4162858It's possible there were other reasons. But sabotaging a nuke during an apocalypse war would get you hanged in most countries. Especially if it's vital to defense. It is interesting though. Something to go on at least. The fact that the plan worked might anyway might have bought leniency. Guess not
>>4162861Just to be clear my vote remains the same qm
>>4162852>Other"And how did she come to view her father as the enemy, as opposed to the executors"
>>4162861Belka dropped seven nuclear weapons to stall a ground invasion, so does this mean END's father was the 8th?
>>4162866perhaps she was hazed by ultranationalists?
>>4162867A secret mission? Maybe? >>4162866I mean if a pilot refused to drop Fat Boy on Nagasaki i doubt they'd be heralded as a hero back home my man.
>>4162870This is more like a Japanese pilot refusing to drop a nuke Nagasaki in order to get the Americans to piss off
>>4162866Going by age, the END's probably about the same age as Milly or younger, which means she was either a baby or toddler during the Belkan War. Depending on where she was brought up, she might be looking to redeem honor or some shit like that.Damn, the Milly Alter vibes are getting heavy.
>>4162867Nah Karla's dad was 8th, END's is 9th.
>>4162867Oh and Huckebein so that's 10 all up.
>>4162875IIRC, her Dad decided to just go "fuck this shit" and hid for 20 years.>>416287610 is a nice number, I can live with that.
>>4162872And i mean from an amoral standpoint it did sorta work. It killed 12k people but more would have died if the war entered our heartland. Probably a lot more. It's a complicated issue. Probably not gonna get anything really good until we speak with her directly.
>>4162852"That can't be the only reason." You frown. "It was all the reason that was needed." Erwin laughs bitterly. "I wonder what it was like, growing up for years being treated like dirt and told it was because your father was a traitorous coward? Annelise is simply a victim of the weakness and cowardice that plagues Belka today. Weakness and cowardice that she will remove with her own two hands.""And I'm sure you had a LOT to say about me, huh?" You scowl."What can I say? Your betrayal of us was all that was needed to convince her you were her enemy. And not only did you escape punishment, you were REWARDED for your treachery! The type of person who was going to bring Belka to ruin once again.""You seriously can't believe any of that crap." You frown with disgust."It doesn't matter what I believe. It's the truth she believes." Erwin chuckles. "You manipulated her!" You protest."I simply told her the truth." Erwin counters. "Do you you even know how few of us original members are left? Many were felled thanks to your betrayal, or at the hands of that witch who enthralled you. You may have forgotten them all, but she doesn't.">I'm very well aware of what I did. >Karla just showed me how this sideshow wasn't going to work.>You better stop talking about Karla like that.>Other
>>4162886>Other >I haven't forgotten about them Erwin. Don't you fucking dare say I did. This doesn't give me pleasure.
>>4162886>I'm very well aware of what I did.
>>4162886This >>4162890Just because we don't agree with One Belka's methods anymore doesn't mean we enjoyed what had to be done to them.
>>4162886>I'm very well aware of what I did. and what >>4162890 and >>4162893 said.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4162886"I haven't forgotten about them, Erwin." You scowl, your hands balling into fists. "Don't you fucking dare say I did. I'm very well aware of what I did and that doesn't make me happy.">Roll 1d20
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>4162907
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>4162907Come on you thick motherfucker. Milly tearing open her heart here for you
>>4162907well th->>4162909 oh shit
>>4162909Oh shit. Lads. It is time
Stop posting reactions and roll.
>>4162907>>4162908>>4162909Just a reminder, a third roll is needed to resolve this result!
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>4162907>>4162918
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4162917ok
>>4162907"Not happy? That doesn't look like it to me!" Erwin shoots back. "Look at you, traipsing around the world with another infamous Belkan traitor and a pair of foreign whores, without a care in the world! Who are you to to judge us?""I don't know what Annelise has gone through, but I for sure am not letting you assholes keep having your way with her!" You shout back. "She's just a dumb kid like me who got roped into something she didn't understand! I won't let you keep manipulating her for your harebrained schemes!""Hmph. You say that as it would affect our plans." Erwin laughs darkly. "She's already served her purpose. We already have all the flight data we need for our second generation of drones. The loss of Mihaly's data was a major setback, but Annelise's should prove to be a suitable replacement!"However, the both of you realize what had just happened. Erwin immediately shuts up, having made that critical mistake you were waiting for. "New drones, huh?" You grin. "Thanks, Erwin. That really explains a lot now.""You can't stop the plan. Events are already in motion." Erwin says simply and coldly. "We'll see, Erwin. We'll see." You reply.>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>4162932Thanks for running, Merc!
>>4162932Heh, well played. Now we get to destroy more drones.Thanks for running Merc!
>>4162932Thanks for running Merc!We'll make our Round Table yet!
by the way, did we ever encounter the butterflies after the One Belka nukegun raid? you know, those four girls flying modded CFA-44s.>>4162932thanks for the run, Merc!
>>4162944They'd probably be in their late teens now.
>>4162973Shame we couldn't meet them back then when we went to grab the X-02s, but I guess the situation wasn't right.Wait, I don't even know if they're still flying. Wonder if they are? That reminds me, I wonder if wolf is still flying as well.
Any ideas to win END over? I'm expecting, at best, that it may take a while for whatever we tell her to convince her that she was ultimately being used.
>>4162997We could play back the recording, show her that NOB was just using her and is perfectly willing to cut her loose now they don't need her.
*Cough Cough*What's happenin boys
>>4168183Stay right there, this is what V2 is for.
>>4162997>>4168176Maybe we could butter her up and compliment her skill in flying? Or perhaps try to show that we have some things in common.
>>4162932"I have to say, that was rather masterful manipulation you performed in there." Uncle nods sagely as you both view Erwin stewing in the interrogation room behind a one way mirror window. "We did suspect drones would be involved in their next plot, but this certain gives us more confidence. We'll have the authorities scour all potential launch and storage sites.""But isn't one of the advantage of drones that you can basically pack them anywhere?" You frown. "I mean, the Eruseans used to hide them in container ships and turned them into ghetto carriers.""That is a big problem yes, but there's only so much you can do to hide the presence of a drone, especially large numbers of them." Uncle replies, glaring at Erwin through the window. "I have to say, you even had me wondering whether you were being genuine or not." He continues. "Regarding your feelings about leaving One Belka.">It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind.>I was just messing with him. I don't have a lot of regrets.>Other
>>4173695>>It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind.
>>4173695>It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind.This is the in character option. It really is shitty that we have to kill not only Belkans but also former friends. Had to be done tho. And as Milly said it's not happy. Of course we have regrets
>>4173695>It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind.
>>4173695>OtherMethod acting was easy in this case.
Totally unrelated, but did we bring Swallow with us? I don't trust leaving him on an iun base.
>>4173695>>It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind.But look at how she has grown.
>>4173695"It's the truth. I had to leave a lot behind." You say somewhat solemnly. "Betrayed a lot of friends in the process.""Of course." Uncle nods in agreement. "It must have been hard.""It's not all bad though." You give a slight grin. "I gained a lot since then, too. So guess it all evens out?""That's one way to think about it." Uncle gives a grandfatherly chuckle. "You've done more than enough for us, Milly. Are you sure you want to try and confront Annelise? She's proven rather... difficult so far.">I want to talk to her.>A break sounds nice.>What do you know about her?>Other
>>4173776>What do you know about her?
>>4173776>What do you know about her?Aside from what we learned earlier.
>>4173776>>What do you know about her?
>>4173776>>I want to talk to her.
>>4173776>what do you know about herMilly gonna be mentally exhausted after all these heart to hearts
>>4173776"Well what do you know about her, anyways?" You ask Uncle. "You already seem to know a LOT about her.""It only took some simple investigation." Uncle sighs. "Unsurprisingly, her circumstances aren't all that different from yours, and falls in line with the typical traits of those likely to join ultranationalist groups. Young, orphaned, and fairly well educated.""Well, that's a match, sure." You nod. "But her troubles can't be from the Belkan War, right? She seems to be a bit younger than me.""That's correct." Uncle confirms. "Annelise's tragedy stems from the Circum-Pacific War. She and her family were in Yuktobania on vacation when the war suddenly hit. Nobody ever figured out which side was responsible, but they were caught in the crossfire and only Annelise survived."You wince. Yeah, something like that was sure to prime a young girl for recruitment into a group like OB. "She was medically evacuated back to Belka. Her family had already made arrangements for her care in the event of their deaths. She was subsequently put under the care of an aunt and returned to the University of Dinsmark to finish her education.""She must have met some interesting people there." You shake your head. "Where she then secured an internship at Grunder Industries as a 'tech support assistant'." Uncle frowns. "And that's where her official record ends.""That's only a couple of years, at most." You raise an eyebrow. "That's an extremely short time to pick up the flying skill she has now.""There's many things we still don't know." Uncle points out. "No records of any medical issues or anything, either. Whatever... aggression she displays now was either well hidden or somehow instilled into her.">Wouldn't be surprised if Erwin planted a few 'ideas' in her head.>Doesn't take much to explode when so much shit happens to you.>Other
>>4173881>Doesn't take much to explode when so much shit happens to you.All that on top of that shit with her father? No wonder she's so damn mad.
>>4173881>>Doesn't take much to explode when so much shit happens to you.
>>4173881>Wouldn't be surprised if Erwin planted a few 'ideas' in her head.
>>4173887Two wars, two parents. I wonder if her aunt was one of those ultranationalists too.
>>4173881>Doesn't take much to explode when so much shit happens to you.
>>4173881"Doesn't take much to explode when so much shit happens to you." You point out. "Believe me, I would know.""I'll take your word for it." Uncle nods. "Anyways, that is the extent of our knowledge about Annelise. Anything further, we would have to obtain from her, or extract from Grunder's records.""I'm sure you think it'll be easier just to break into Grunder." You give a slight smirk."Both you and Karla are troublesome enough already." Uncle chuckles lightly. "Still, I'm a bit hesitant letting you meet Annelise in person. As I have said, she's not particularly stable at the moment. I'm not sure if it's because of the crash of if that's how she always is. She's a potential danger to you. But if you insist on meeting her...">You still want to meet her.>Maybe give her a chance to cool off.>Other
>>4173962>You still want to meet her.
>>4173962>>You still want to meet her.
>>4173962>>You still want to meet her.She's going to be cuffed to a chair welded to the floor, I bet
>>4173962>You still want to meet her.>>4173993We're still going to make fun of her nickname while she does the same to ours, right?
>>4173962"I still want to meet her." You insist. "I'm not going to find out anything otherwise.""Understood." Uncle nods. "However, given her... higher than normal levels of aggression, I would recommend you go in with some sort of protection detail.">That doesn't sound like a bad idea.>It might just provoke her even more.>Other
>>4174023>It might just provoke her even more.Nothing like some one on one time.
>>4174023>It might just provoke her even more.One on one would work better imo. Especially since guards could come in if we needed
>>4174023>It might just provoke her even more.
>>4174023>>It might just provoke her even more.>>4173999Maybe when we're on a more familiar basis with her.We could try saying how good she was in a dogfight, or how nice her pilot suit is.
>>4174041I mean i doubt she's gonna be in a friendly mood.
>>4174023"It might just provoke her more." You shake your head. "All right, then you'll be alone in that room with her, then." Uncle cautions. "Security will by on standby outside. Just... be careful.""I always am!" You boast."I'm sure that's what you always think." Uncle sighs.He then leads you down the hall to another secure room. The two guards at the door salute and step aside to give the two of you space. "Now, I must remind you to keep your distance." Uncle cautions you again. "Annelise is much stronger and faster than she would appear. She's been restrained, but it never hurts to be careful.""I got it, Uncle." You nod. "Then good luck." Uncle says as he opens the door. You step inside, and you immediately see Annelise, or END, at the far side of the room. Unlike Erwin, she was much more heavily restrained, her arms and legs securely strapped to a chair with heavy leather straps. Her long pink hair was matted and knotted, a complete mess.You also noticed a few bandages and an IV drip in her arm. She was also connected to a portable diagnostic machine, measuring her important vitals. Guess she had suffered some injuries from the crash, after all. Her eyes then catch sight of you and seemingly flash in recognition as you prepare to speak to her. But how do you refer to her...?>Annelise>END>Other
>>4174080>>AnneliseHope for the best, and expect her to try to tear our throat out with her teeth.
>>4174080>AnneliseI guess we should introduce ourselves as Milly so we're on equal ground.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>4174080"Annelise? My name's Milly." You say as you cautiously approach her. "I'm just here to talk. Are you fine with that?">Roll 1d20
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>4174133
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>4174133
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>4174133>autistic screeching noises
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4174133Time to see if there are fireworks.
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>4174133
>>4174133"DON'T CALL ME BY THAT NAME!" Annelise practically spits at you as she struggles against her restraints. "YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO USE THAT NAME!"Crap, guess you just ended up triggering her or something. >Calm down!>I'll call you whatever I want!>Fine, is END better?>Other
>>4174149>>Fine, is END better?
>>4174149>Fine, is END better?I predicted she'd prefer the edgy nickname
>>4174149>>Fine, is END better?Let's not be unrealistic, this might take a few weeks to make real progress.
>>4174149>>Fine, is END better?Hah, I knew voting for END would be better. Why people thought they could use a name she never told us about is beyond me.
>>4174149>Fine, is END better?
>>4174149"Fine, fine, is END better?" You ask, deciding to let off a bit. "Only my friends are allowed to call me by my real name." END scowls. She's still very unhappy, but now calmer. "Okay, I get it." You grunt as you carefully keep your distance, taking a seat in the empty chair across from her. "But you can call me Milly, all right?""You won't fool me with your treachery, Red Tail." END glowers at you. Shit, this was gonna be tricky. How are you going to start off a conversation with a hostile prisoner...?>Compliment her on her flying skills. >Ask her about how she got into Neo One Belka.>Talk about your families.>Other
>>4174217>>Ask her about how she got into Neo One Belka.
>>4174217>Other>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?
>>4174217>>Compliment her on her flying skills.Which can lead to:>>4174227
>>4174217Supporting >>4174224Might also trade stories while we're trying to win her over as a SQUIRE.
>>4174217>Compliment her on her flying skills.
>>4174240>SQUIRE.I'm not sure if END would like being considered as the 'Squire'. She'd probably rather feel like the one in charge.
>>4174217>>Ask her about how she got into Neo One Belka.don't lead with the obvious flattery people. Go for the issue that END is fighting for to get that common ground in.
>>4174217Supporting >>4174224 and >>4174255
>>4174255Oh certainly. But i hardly think asking about her name is shameless flattery. Its a relevant icebreaker imo
>>4174217All right, so there seems to be a whole mix of responses so we'll have a runoff vote!>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?>Ask her about how she got into Neo One Belka.
>>4174259I meant the flying skill votes.
>>4174261>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?Let's tell the stories behind our edgy names.
>>4174261>>Ask her about how she got into Neo One Belka.
>>4174261>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?We can slowly ease into more personal questions once we lull her
>>4174261>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?
>>4174261>>Why 'END?' There a story behind your name?
>>4174261"Why 'END?'" You ask curiously. "There a story behind your name?"If you weren't mistaken, even someone as tight lipped as END was being right now wouldn't be able to resist going off on a little rant to explain all the meanings and symbolism behind whatever they were doing. It would be a good way to butter her up. "It means a lot of things." END says softly, still glowering at you. "It means I'll bring about the end of the current world order. The end of Belka's suffering and humiliation. The end of the long night of us stuck under Osea's boot. The end of betrayers and cowards like you!""Okay, so it literally means 'end'." You nod. "That's nice to know.">Did you come up with that yourself.>It's pretty corny, honestly.>Pretty intimidating.>Other
>>4174314>Did you come up with that yourself.
>>4174314>>It's pretty corny, honestly.>>Other"Still better than how I got 'Red Tail'."
>>4174314>>>It's pretty corny, honestly.>>>Other>"Still better than how I got 'Red Tail'."
>>4174314>>It's pretty corny, honestly.>>4174318>>4174319This. At least we know she is prone to chuuni grandstanding.
>>4174314>>It's pretty corny, honestly.>>Did you come up with that yourself.
>>4174322If this is the case than Milly's own knight shtick should synergize well if we can get a hold at some point
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>4174314"It's pretty corny, honestly." You chuckle. "Though still better than how I got called 'Red Tail.'""What are you talking about?" END blinks. "You didn't choose that name?""Of course not." You roll your eyes. "In a real squadron, it's your squadron that picks your name, not yourself. And usually they like picking something that would embarrass you. In my case? Short version, I hit a landing too hard and scraped my plane's ass on the tarmac, which basically set it on fire. And that's where the glorious callsign of 'Red Tail' came from.">Roll 1d20
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Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4174337Behold my nat 20
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>>4174337END snorts as she tries to suppress a laugh. The first sign of a chink in her edgy armor. "A 'real squadron', huh?" END shakes her head. "Why even bother with something like that? If you're better than them, they'll just drag you down.">You must be real popular among the other OB pilots.>It helps to know you've got people you can trust to watch your back. >Dunno, your strategy doesn't seem to have worked very well.>Other
>>4174347>It helps to know you've got people you can trust to watch your back.
>>4174347>You must be real popular among the other OB pilots.
>>4174347>You must be real popular among the other OB pilots.Is this why she almost always flies with drones? That explains it sorta if she doesn't like using real wingmen
>>4174347>>It helps to know you've got people you can trust to watch your back.
>>4174347>>Dunno, your strategy doesn't seem to have worked very well.
>>4174347>>It helps to know you've got people you can trust to watch your back.And they know that in turn you will watch theirs.END has always flown solo with drones.
>>4174347"It helps to know you've got people you can trust to watch your back." You explain to END."Why trust in people for that?" She asks. "Drones can do the job just fine. And they don't ask questions.""The fact that they can't think for themselves is the problem." You roll your eyes. "You seriously saying you want to put your life in the hands of a toaster?""They do what they're told. And they won't betray you." END retorts.>You got a lot of faith in drones, I'll give you that.>Did something happen to you to make you lose faith in people?>Other
>>4174371>Did something happen to you to make you lose faith in people?I mean they can be hacked...so...
>>4174371>Other"True, and if they don't or stop being useful, they can be disposed of easily......."
>>4174371>You got a lot of faith in drones, I'll give you that.
>>4174371>>You got a lot of faith in drones, I'll give you that.>>4174374Perhaps we can keep the line later when we get her to agree that drones can easily be replaced and thrown away when no longer useful. Something that she is now.
>>4174371>>You got a lot of faith in drones, I'll give you that.
>>4174371Her drones aren't that great anyway. I'd imagine having your only support be ai cannon fodder holds you back as much as any rookie pilot wingman
>>4174371"You got a lot of faith in drones, I'll give you that." You nod. "Not a lot of pilots who would even entertain that thought.""Because they don't understand." END smirks smugly. "And the drones' AI isn't based off their own piloting skill.""I never would have imagined." You feign shock. "So you're saying you're letting them copy your flying ability?""Only the best." END confirms."Well, I guess I can't blame you on that, then." You shrug. "And if the drones don't perform, the drones can be thrown away and replaced pretty easily, right?""Exactly." END nods. "Better than having to worry about actual wingmates.">Must be pretty lonely.>Ever thought about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?>Other
>>4174388>Must be pretty lonely.
>>4174388>Ever thought about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?I think we should walk out after saying this.
>>4174388>Ever thought about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?There are several directions we could take this actually
>>4174388>Ever thought about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?
>>4174388>>Ever thought about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?
>>4174388"Well, that sounds great and all." You nod. "But have you ever though about what would happen once there's nothing left to copy?""What do you mean nothing left-" END suddenly becomes quiet as the realization dawns upon her. After all this time recording her flight data, there was eventually going to be a point where they no longer needed her, as Erwin had said before. And so the chink in END's, no, Annelise's armor began to crack open...>And that's it for tonight! We'll continue things on Saturday, so stay tuned!
>>4174413Thanks for running, Merc!
>>4174413I guess this is now officially Side Character Bingo. Who can the dashing Red Tail win over for her personal retinue?Random Osean Prisoners [X]Top Nip and Best Maid [X]Bandit [X]Swallow [X]END [?]Erwin [ ]
>>4174423It would definitely be an amazing story to tell Milly's children/grandchildren if she ever finds someone to love in the future.
>>4174449That person is Vicky
>>4174507But that's forbidden?
>>4174413Yeah, you could definitely feel it. Annelise was a smart girl. She wouldn't have been able to pilot a plane like that if she wasn't. All she needed was a push in the right direction to get her to start connecting dots. Annelise still remains silent, but you could also still sense the all too familiar signs of defiance. She still wasn't fully convinced, but the seeds of doubt were there. >Now's the perfect chance to put on the pressure!>Best to leave her to stew for a bit for now.>Other
>>4175829>Best to leave her to stew for a bit for now.
>>4175829>>Best to leave her to stew for a bit for now.
>>4175829>>Best to leave her to stew for a bit for now.Maybe we should leave her the option of talking with us again if she feels the need for it? We did kind of give her a more real side of "The Red Tail".
>>4175829>Best to leave her to stew for a bit for now.If she wants to join up with us, we can probably lend her our Su-47.
>>4175873If that's happening, she's gonna need to change the paint job. I don't think she'd like having to fly our colours.
>>4175829"You know what? How about we take a break." You say simply as you stand up. "If you want to talk again, just give a holler, okay?"Anne remains silent as you head for the door and rap on it to signal the guards to open it up. Anne's eyes continue to track you as the door closes behind you. And outside, you're met by both Uncle and Bandit, who look to have been waiting for you. "Excellent work there, Milly. Forming a rapport with the prisoner. Almost textbook." Uncle nods proudly. "She's grown quite a lot, hasn't she?""Extremely quickly." Bandit nods in agreement. "Though I have to say, it did look like you were trying to be friends with her.">Well, we're kinda alike, right?>We need the info, after all.>Other
>>4175973>Well, we're kinda alike, right?
>>4175973>>Well, we're kinda alike, right?
>>4175973>Well, we're kinda alike, right?Her anger shall be ours to command
>>4175973>We need the info, after all.
>>4175973"Well, we're kinda like, right?" You point out. "How can we NOT connect on some level.""Still trying to one up Karla." Uncle chuckles. "Anyways, we still learned much valuable information. It certainly does confirm that Annelise here was the basis for their drone program.""Even if she couldn't match Mihaly face to face with just raw skill, being able to pull extreme G maneuvers with a liquid cockpit setup will allow the drones to better exploit their inherent advantages." Bandit nods grimly. "From our past missions, it looks like they haven't rolled out any drones based on her flying data so far.""Not yet, now." Uncle shakes his head. "Which is why this next plot Erwin alluded to is so concerning. Perhaps this will be the debut of those enhanced drones.">We can try beating it outta Erwin!>I might be able to sweet talk more info out of Annelise.>Sounds like time for some good old fashioned detective work!>Other
>>4176041>>Sounds like time for some good old fashioned detective work!
>>4176041>Sounds like time for some good old fashioned detective work!I don't think it's time to meet Anna this soon, and Erwin knows what we're trying to do.
>>4176041>Sounds like time for some good old fashioned detective work!
>>4176041>>I might be able to sweet talk more info out of Annelise.
>>4176041"Sounds like it's time for some detective work!" You say confidently."I suppose there are some... applications for your skills and social status." Uncle nods. "Perhaps Karla would be a better judge in that regard.">It would be cool to work with Karla again!>You can totally do this without her!>Other
>>4176041>>Sounds like time for some good old fashioned detective work!Toss a coin to you, Red Tail.
>>4176139>It would be cool to work with Karla again!A helping hand would be nice
>>4176139>>It would be cool to work with Karla again!
>>4176139>It would be cool to work with Karla again!
>>4176139"It would be cool to work with Karla again!" You grin. "Hmmm, perhaps her wingmates could also provide assistance?" Uncle looks to Bandit. "Unless you need them for other purposes?""Well..." Bandit frowns. "We're still an operational squadron, so I'd like to have us maintain some sort of readiness.">I can do this alone.>I'd like Vicky and Misono with me.>I'd like Vicky with me.>I'd like Misono with me.>Other
>>4176295>>I'd like Vicky with me.Show her our Squire/Partner.>inb4 Vicky is almost as small as Ellisa.
>>4176295>>I'd like Vicky with me.
>>4176295>I'd like Misono with me.
>>4176295>I'd like Vicky and Misono with me.fucc it lets bring all of them
>>4176295>I'd like Vicky with me.
>>4176295>>I'd like Vicky and Misono with me.
>>4176295"Fine, I'll just bring Vicky along!" You say proudly. "You shouldn't have a problem with that, right?""Well, at least I'll be able to have a wing pair." Bandit nods and turns to Uncle. "I hope you can keep them safe.""No promises. You know how Milly can be." Uncle laughs. Uncle stays behind to keep an eye on the prisoners while Bandit leads you back to the briefing room, where Vicky and Misono are waiting. You can see the relief on their faces as you enter unscathed."W-we were totally worried!" Vicky whines. "You shouldn't have gone in alone like that!""I'm sure Milly would have been fine." Misono grins as she pats Vicky on the shoulder. "See? She's completely unhurt.""Not like they were gonna do anything to me anyways!" You boast. "Anyways, Vicky." Bandit turns to her. "You'll be on special assignment with Milly for the foreseeable future.""S-special assignment?!" Vicky pauses. "What does that even mean?">We gonna be detectives!>Think of it as a little vacation!>It's totally a date!>Other
>>4176399>We gonna be detectives!
>>4176399>We gonna be detectives!sure is tempting to go with the third option...
>>4176399>>We gonna be detectives!Milly herself doesnt know its gonna be a date
>>4176399>>We gonna be detectives!Let's put on our best suits!
>>4176399>>We gonna be detectives!
>>4176399>>It's totally a date!
>>4176399"We're gonna be detectives!" You grain, hooking an arm around Vicky. "We gonna be going on INVESTIGATIONS to track down the bad guys' evil plot!""W-what?!" Vicky pales. "But we're pilots! Not detectives! How is that supposed to even work!""We'll figure it out, as always!" You assure her. "As energetic as ever." Misono chuckles. "Too energetic, I fear." Bandit sighs. "W-well, what do we do to even start?" Vicky stammers.>Let's go meet Karla!>Let's go meet the Professor!>We need to do some shopping so we can be incognito!>Other
>>4176504>We need to do some shopping so we can be incognito!
>>4176504>>We need to do some shopping so we can be incognito!Slick suits here we go.
>>4176504>Let's go meet Karla!
>>4176504>>We need to do some shopping so we can be incognito!
>>4176504"We need to do some shopping so we can be icognito!" You say excitedly to Vicky."This isn't just some excuse to get me to dress in something embarrassing, is it?" Vicky asks suspiciously. "Now why would you go around thinking that?" You gasp. "For shame, Vicky! Making assumptions about your friends like that!""Well, I'll leave that part up to you." Bandit sighs as he turns around. "Come on, Misono. We have some air defense plans to go over.""On it!" Misono says as she loyally follows Bandit. She pauses and gives a wink to you and Vicky. "Play nicely with each other, you two!""I feel like I"m being left for the wolves." Vicky whimpers."Don't worry, Vicky! You can trust me!" You assure her. She doesn't seem convinced at all. >Let's go get some casual clothes to better blend in.>Gotta get something cute for Vicky!>Other
>>4176567>Let's go get some casual clothes to better blend in.
>>4176567>OtherBothCasual cute clothes
>>4176567>>Let's go get some casual clothes to better blend in.We'll get some cute crepes to eat or something afterward.
>>4176567>>Let's go get some casual clothes to better blend in.>>Gotta get something cute for Vicky!>>OtherWe're dressing up as schoolgirls!
>>4176567>>Gotta get something cute for Vicky!
>>4176567"Come on, we're just gonna grab some simple stuff! Not like you were carrying a big wardrobe in that Gripen of yours, right?""F-fine!" Vicky sighs. "Then where do we go?""Don't worry, I got you covered!" You nod. One quick cab ride later, and you're at Dinsmark's main shopping district, just a few block away from Memorial Square. They certainly knew how to pick a good location. "There's so many people here..." Vicky marvels. "Well of course! It's only one of the biggest reasons to come to Dinsmark." You grin as you lead Vicky through the crowd. "Now we just gotta find a good store...">Roll 1d20
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>4176608Time for Shopping!
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Rolled 8 (1d20)>>4176608What would living in Dinsmark be like? Would it be similar to 1980s West Berlin?
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Rolled 2 (1d20)>>4176608No suspicious Belkans over here, nope.
>>4176618It's as if the DDR reunited Germany instead of the BRD. And then lost a war, and had half your country stolen.
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>>4176608Well, it wasn't too difficult to find a store that didn't have too much traffic going through it. It wasn't exactly one of those big global brand storefronts, but the clothes selection from the display windows seemed to fulfill everything you needed. However, Vicky still seems troubled, even as the both of you step into the store."Vicky, is something wrong?" You ask. "No... I think I'm just overthinking things." Vicky shakes her head. "Are you sure it's okay going around in public like this? Don't you have a lot of enemies now?">Pretty sure most of them got rounded up already.>I'm not afraid of them at all.>It's something you learn to deal with.>Other
>>4176644>I'm not afraid of them at all.>Plus I'm an on-duty BAF pilot, so I get to carry my pistol around as much as I want.
>>4176644>>It's something you learn to deal with.Maybe Misono can still get us a sword while we're doing this?
>>4176644>>I'm not afraid of them at all.
>>4176644>I'm not afraid of them at all.
>>4176644>>It's something you learn to deal with.And a concealed handgun helps too.>>4176640So Trabants and Ladas with Blaupunkt stereos?
>>4176644>>It's something you learn to deal with.
>>4176644"I'm not afraid of them at all!" You boast. "Plus, I'm a pilot in the Belkan Air Force, which means I'm legally allowed to carry a sidearm, even off duty!""I-I see." Vicky nods. "So that just means sticking with you, right?" "Definitely!" You nod.>Roll 1d20
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Rolled 8 (1d20)>>4176681Stick with ~~Trigger~~ Milly and you'll make it.
Guess I don't know how to do any formatting right. God dammit.
>>4175873Building on from this, perhaps she could change her nickname from END to Janus, the God of Beginnings and Endings?
>>4176695Oh wait, I forgot only OPs can format text on qst. It's almost 4 am here, my bad.
>>4176681Fortunately, you and Vicky are able to freely browse the store without being bothered or interrupted. The two of you were being low key enough that you apparently weren't attracting any attention all, whether it be from OB remnants or the general public. Seems like nobody really recognized you, the Red Tail!>You kind of prefer being anonymous.>Not getting the attention you deserve really sucks.>Other
>>4176709>Not getting the attention you deserve really sucks.
>>4176709>>You kind of prefer being anonymous.
>>4176709>>Not getting the attention you deserve really sucks.
>>4176709>Not getting the attention you deserve really sucks.heh
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>4176709Looks like we got a tie so we'll have to roll it off!1. Anonymous2. Sucks
>>4176731Looks like PRIDE option wins
>>4176731Honestly, you sort of prefer having some measure of anonymity. You couldn't imagine what it would be like being constantly hounded by fans and the media 24/7. Sounded like a real stressful way to live."So we got everything, right?" Vicky asks, clutching quite a number of bags filled with new clothing. "If that's the case, I'll return to base to sort all this new stuff out...">Let Vicky return to base.>Invite her to crash with you at your place.>Other
>>4176743>>Invite her to crash with you at your place.I hope nobody wrecked up the place while we were gone.
>>4176743>>Invite her to crash with you at your place.
>>4176743>Invite her to crash with you at your place.
>>4176743>Invite her to crash with you at your placeWeird way of saying not being recognised sucks.
>>4176743>Invite her to crash with you at your place.haha time for sleepover shenanigans
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>>4176773"Hey Vicky, you're always free to come over and crash at my place." You offer."G-go to your place?" Vicky's face start turning pink. "W-what for?""You now, just to hang out. And so you don't have to make the trip all the way back to base." You explain simply. "Is there something wrong with that?""No, n-not really." Vicky shakes her head quickly. "It just feels like it was so sudden...""Huh?" You frown, wondering what the heck she was getting all high strung about."It's nothing!" Vicky insists, her face getting redder and redder. "It's just an innocent sleepover and nothing else! Surely!""Um, yeah." You confirm. "What else could it be?""It's amazing how Milly can be so forward about these things...." Vicky mumbles to herself."Huh?" You blink, a bit confused now. Sheesh, VIcky sure could be weird, sometimes.>And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be on Friday, so don't miss it!
>>4176796Thanks for the thread, boss.Maybe we can also get a cool red scarf to increase our marketability to the kids, and to also have a 'red tail' even when not in a plane?
>>4176796thanks for the thread mercwonder if we're missing some kind of cultural cue and causing vicky to be bewildered due to that?
>>4176796Thanks for running Merc!