The great war has been going on for four months now as December has come. And with a daring operation behind them, 14e Escadre Mixte "Liberté" has been given time to rest, and it's escadrons pilots sent to relax for a short time to recover the harsh losses endured. It has been one day since then, and you, Lieutenant-colonel Helene Valmont, have spent the last day speaking with pilots believed to be worthy of your attention. Regardless, after the long day that was yesterday, you retired to your quarters, with plans for tomorrow...========================================================This is a continuation of the last Air Wing Commander Quest Thread. I plan on continuing this until real life kills me literally or metaphorically, you get yourself killed, or the war ends. Rules are on the first page of the original thread, which is archived here. https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5285615/
You wake up in your quarters fairly peacefully. It's surprisingly calm, though that's likely because most people of importance have headed off to their homes for a short time. Still, getting out of bed you consider your priorities. Of course, you plan on going back to Palon to meet family and ideally catch that one engineer and talk to him and maybe convince him not to switch to the Navy, or at least just get to speak with him about his findings on the Bergen. Still, what do you plan after? Actually relaxing? Drumming up patriotic fervor and getting a few people to enlist? Just working on managing the logistics and resupply from home? There was plenty of things that could be done. But maybe you were stressing out over nothing. This was meant to be time on leave, time with your family perhaps...Maybe some of them will know some things you do not. Still, perhaps you can worry about all of that once you actually get home. It's roughly a day's train ride to Palon after all. And so, getting yourself in order and ensuring what you need to pack is properly stowed away in luggage, you head to the train station and are greeted with a sizable number of pilots, mechanics, some logistic officers and some other military personnel. And then, you wait...About thirty minutes later, the train arrives, and you board while your luggage is taken by the porter before you enter. The train itself is fairly comfortable, clearly recently converted into military service given how some luxury in turns of design has remained untouched. Fitting, you suppose, given your rank. Though, after a while you come to find yourself growing hungry, and unfortunately the train does not stop... After roughly twelve hours, the train stops. You have arrived at Palon. Relieved, you disembark and receive your luggage before heading home. While your family has a sizable mansion, you do have your own personal residence, even if modest and rarely used. And once at your home, you quickly find yourself collapse on the bed and fall asleep. Only to wake up very hungry...You probably should have eaten something before you left... Still, you have things you need to do...And after a quick stop at a nice restaurant that seems to be doing well despite the likely decline in customers, you are ready to actually do what you intended when you returned. (Pick one)>Find that engineer. It'll be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you can probably just ask some personnel at a nearby army base >Try to visit someone (Pick a pilot that lives in or near Palon. AKA Morelet Pasquier and Adélaïde Guilloux)>Speak with important members of family to try and get some information>Just relax (Skips all of this and gets back into the combat and management bits.)
>>5328083>>Find that engineer. It'll be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you can probably just ask some personnel at a nearby army base
>>5328083>>Find that engineer. It'll be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you can probably just ask some personnel at a nearby army baseWe got that success; better capitalize on it.The man's insight will now be used to try and fit front synchronised gun on makeshitf modification of the Dupont.
>>5328083>Find that engineer. It'll be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you can probably just ask some personnel at a nearby army base Again, sorry for the late feedback last thread.
With your brief break for breakfast out of the way, now was time for the most important thing you had to do while in Palon. Find that engineer that's transferring to the Navy. Naturally the very first place to search was the nearby army base to contact their logistics personnel. While technically on leave, your family's name alone should be able to wave any issues away. A modest carriage ride across the city later and you get there to start your little hunt. It takes...annoyingly long to actually get inside the base. Though, it is understandable. After all, the wrong people in the right place won't end well, especially in a war. Still, once actually able to speak about the transfer and the engineer with a personnel officer, he explains the engineer is actually on the base right now, and allows you to meet him, informing the barracks he should be in right now.Well...That was shockingly easy. Once the man see's you, he swiftly recognizes you and seems fairly upset to see you. "Oh, wonderful...The butcher beckons." he says in a clearly hostile tone."I merely wanted to talk about your findi-" you manage to say before being rudely interrupted. "I'm already a part of the navy now and am to head out to Vilport in a few days. You are army personnel. You are outside the chain of command I answer to. Do you understand this?" he says with cold hatred lacing his words, almost as if struggling lash out furhter."Yes. I do. Bu-" you get out before once more being interrupted."Then you recognize that I do not need to answer to you. Good day." He states before turning away."I simply want to know about your findings!" You yell, he turns back with a glare."I already sent the written report to those who need it. I want nothing to do with your corps death traps and suicide missions anymore. Being under fire is one thing. Being ordered to kill yourself in a drawn out way is not. My family has already lost one airforce engineer. It does not need to lose another...Now, be so kind as to leave. You shouldn't even be here." he spits out harshly.So much for this being easy.(Pick one)>Apologize and try and work things out. (You get the feeling your plan may have killed one of his relatives...Maybe it's best to try and use sugar rather than vinegar.)>Appeal to your authority. (Regardless of any rivalry between the army and navy, this is no way to speak to an officer. Even Catherine knew not to insult you. Remind him of your families influence, and your own.)>Appeal to any navy officers nearby to aid you. (If he's already transferred here, surely some naval officer is also here. If you could find one maybe you can use them to force him to speak to you.)>Just leave the man be. (He's likely been through a lot, and given what the engineers of Bleu were forced to do it's understandable he might be a bit shell shocked. If chosen, pick one of the previous options to do after.)(Sorry for the delay. Meant to get this out way earlier.)
>>5329782>>Apologize and try and work things out. (You get the feeling your plan may have killed one of his relatives...Maybe it's best to try and use sugar rather than vinegar.)>Add some things like "However not working on what you find with the airforce would have made your brother/cousin/relative die for nothing. I knew the risks when applying the plan, but this is a war. An heroic sacrifice like I asked in that mission can save one hundred, one thousand engineer down the road; not even talking about infantry"
What were the specific questions we wanted to ask him again? All I found when looking back to the 1st thread was "giving him feedback" which is now pointless because he is with the navy now.>>5329782>Appeal to your authority. (Regardless of any rivalry between the army and navy, this is no way to speak to an officer. Even Catherine knew not to insult you. Remind him of your families influence, and your own.)I'm not sorry and there is no point like pretending like we are, aside from that one stunt - which worked and could prove vital in evening out the technological disadvantage - we haven't been an especially radical or aggressive commander. He can show some respect and talk to us for a couple of minutes or we can show him that the good ol' boys (or girls, in this case) club still has some decades left before their influence wanes.Really though, I'm fine with any choice.
>>5329782>Appeal to your authority.Don't mention family, but remind him of who he is -- not a civilian.
>>5329862Personally I want this cunted cuck to go back doing is job. He is a military personnel that have been lucky to face fire only once in his life.
>>5329876Actually, there is the Bat d'Af.
>>5329782>>Apologize and try and work things out. (You get the feeling your plan may have killed one of his relatives...Maybe it's best to try and use sugar rather than vinegar.)
>>5329782>>Appeal to your authority. (Regardless of any rivalry between the army and navy, this is no way to speak to an officer. Even Catherine knew not to insult you. Remind him of your families influence, and your own.)Balls to that, you insolent pleb! Do you want to spend your next tour conducting underway bilge examinations on submarines? Because we can make that happen with a simple telegraph. Think of something beyond your own well fatted skin! Think of the boys and girls who died screaming in flames so you might make it home with the knowledge that would save their comrades and juniors from the fate of being torn to bits by Bosch fighters without a means to fire back. Think of them and remember your manners when you speak to your betters! Now, I ask you again: Draw me a schematic for that firing mechanism and a brief outline of its operating principles, before I change my mind and have you horsewhipped and degraded in rank for insolence.
>>5329782>>Appeal to your authority. (Regardless of any rivalry between the army and navy, this is no way to speak to an officer. Even Catherine knew not to insult you. Remind him of your families influence, and your own.)
(Do to computer issues, turn will be delayed until tomorrow. I'll try and put it out ASAP though)
While you have generally been nice to those under you, this engineer has been anything but to you. And he no longer was under your service now, was he? You weren't going to take this gently, there had to be times when you put your foot down or else someone would try and take advantage of you. Besides, the engineer saw you as some sort of heartless butcher? Fine then, why not put on a show and make him regret his choice of words. Taking a breath, you prepare to speak. And loudly."You do recognize who I am, correct? I am a Valmont, if I wanted to I could send you to a colonial position all the way in a mosquito filled island with nothing but the most basic amenities, or force you to work on examining the bilges of submarines while they are underway. And all it would take is one telegraph. So, tell me. Are you going to draw me a schematic for that firing mechanism and it's operating principles or will you make all the boys and girls who died falling out of the sky die in vain while you get horsewhipped and demoted in rank for your insolence?" You say loudly, firmly, and harshly.The man in question seems to be absolutely seething in rage at your comments, especially that of making the people who died perish in vain. In fact, you are fairly sure you see blood starting to drip from his clenched fists. Yet he remains silent as he bottles in his wrath and simply breaths. After a few minutes that felt like hours, he finally speaks in a clearly infuriated tone. "I already gave my findings to the engineering team. But if you want a fully working prototype, fine. I'll make one so long as I never have to see you again after I finish the letter explaining to my mother how her husband and two of her sons died in brave combat clinging to aircraft made for one and making said craft easy targets. I apologize for my anger to you, after all, it's not like we have any good aircraft for handling more than just the pilot, now do we?" While the last two comments were clearly passive aggressive, you clearly struck a nerve, and likely would get what you wanted. "Good. I expect a working design in two months maximum. I may check in on your progress when I get the time later." You state before leaving the man be. Despite how angry and hateful the man was you can't help but feel a twinge of guilt. But you are able to push it aside. It is war, people die. He was lucky enough to be in a support personnel position that at worst had to deal with artillery fire. Still, there isn't much else to say or get out of him, unless you wanted to force him to remain in the airforce. Though, that might not be wise. Regardless there was much remaining in the day, and much more that could be done.(Pick one)>Ensure that Engineer stays in the Army. Specifically the Air Corps.>Try to visit someone (Pick a pilot that lives in or near Palon. AKA Morelet and Adélaïde)>Speak with important members of family to try and get some information>Just Relax (Skips until something happens)
>>5331911I don't want that angry engineer anywhere near our command given how mad he is, he may turn to thoughts of sabotage or betrayal if forced to continue to work under us. As long as we get the schematics then all is well.>Send a telegram to Conley&Carson inquiring about investing in a superior purpose-built engine for our military airplanes.
>>5331911>>Speak with important members of family to try and get some information
>>5331911>>5331942Rotary engines blow.
>>5331911>Speak with important members of family to try and get some information
With the engineer in question dealt with and surely to provide something, you are content to leave the base and get another carriage ride, this time to your home. More specifically your families manor. After all, while your own residence is nice, you cannot exactly speak to your parents in politics at you personal abode. Even if you aren't a fan of the place and some of your siblings, it is still a important place if you plan on getting anything done. Well, anything in terms of getting a greater view of the political situation that is and how the family has been recently. On the carriage ride over you also consider messaging the associate of Adélaïde, or more specifically their business Conley&Carson. A simple check into business papers should probably find them, or Mister or Misses Conley's address. But such can wait for latter. Shortly after you arrive at the manner and enter the small personal gate using the old key you were given since you were a adolescent, you reach the door, and before you can unlock it yourself, someone else opens it for you as a familiar voice from long ago greets you."Ah, Miss Helene. What a pleasant surprise. Do you happen to have any luggage you need me to carry?" you hear as the door reveals an elderly man in formal clothing. Jacquot Grandjean, the main butler of the house and an ex soldier. One of the few people supportive of your endeavors to join the military when you were growing up. You can just barely remember the days when you were a child and he looked so much younger. But age really hit his appearance in the fifties."Hello, Jacquot. I'm on leave for a couple of months and I've decided I may as well stop by to visit the family for the day, and no, I do not have any luggage at the moment. How have you been though? It has been ages since I have spoken to you." You ask as you enter."Oh, busy as usual..." he is able to say before quickly turning and coughing into is fist a few times. After this, he shuts the door behind you as he adds. "Don't worry about the cough, madam. It is merely a minor cold. Other than this little cough things have gone fine as usual. I've heard recently from your father that rationing will soon be in place due to new war time bills. Not of food mind you, but of cloth, leathers, iron and the like. The usual thing. The shift to a war time economy has been gradual, if slow as I'm sure you can tell." You get the feeling he is covering up something more serious, but decide to not pressure him about it. Instead saying "I'm glad to hear things are well, and yes. I know things have been slow to get on a war footing. I've already seen the reports in the amount of supply the Pretan Expeditionary force has compared to our own. At least, in the aircraft department. Do you know when my parents or siblings will be back?"
"Your father and your brother Lorens are currently at the parliament on important business. He should be home in time for dinner however. Your mother meanwhile I do not know exactly" He pauses, as his persistent cough seems to flare up again before continuing "My apologies...Anyway, yes. I do not know what she is doing but I think it has something to do with the war effort. Your younger brother Gamelet meanwhile I believe got accepted into the Navy. I'm sure a letter from him will arrive to you sooner or later confirming such. And your oldest is currently at a business meeting. Lastly, your sister is currently trying to convince men who have yet to be drafted or enlist to join the army." He explains "Right...I suppose in that case I will relax until they arrive. I believe a proper dinner with them would be quite fine. It's been ages since I have been at the table after all." You say as you start walking over, looking for that familiar door to the game room. "In the meantime, would you like to play chess? I can hardly recall the last time we've played.""Of course, madam. Before hand I must ask, would you like some coffee or tea before we begin?" He asks just as you open the door to the game room."No thanks. I'm good" You swiftly respond before getting seated...Some time and a number of chess matches where in Jacquot beat you in later, the various members of your family return, first your mother, then your sister Clémentine, and finally just before the servants have prepared dinner, your father along with Lorens and Michault, your brothers. They are pleasantly surprised by your arrival, for the most part, and soon enough the family is able to eat dinner once more...It's never been the same for you since your Grandfather passed, and even now Gamelet wasn't here, along with more distant relatives such as your aunt and uncles. But, even so, it is still nice to see everyone again. And, the food looks delicious as ever. Of course, it is quite likely that some small talk is inevitable, but an important question needs answering. What exactly will you be asking? Once the conversation shifts into a good place for it, anyway.(Pick as many as you want. Note that not all will be able to be talked about depending on how the conversation goes.)>Ask about how the war is effecting politics.>Ask about what the politicians think of the war and how it's going.>Ask about foreign affairs. >Ask about the economy and business afairs.>Ask about stability.>Just make minor small talk and enjoy actually being with family again after years.>Ask about something else.(Terribly sorry for the delay in this post.)
>>5333068>>Ask about how the war is effecting politics.>>Ask about foreign affairs.>>Ask about the economy and business afairs.>>Just make minor small talk and enjoy actually being with family again after years.
>>5333068>Ask about what the politicians think of the war and how it's going.
>>5333068>Ask about what the politicians think of the war and how it's going.>Ask about foreign affairs.>Just make minor small talk and enjoy actually being with family again after years.
>>5333068>Ask about how the war is effecting politics.>Ask about what the politicians think of the war and how it's going.>Ask about foreign affairs. >Ask about the economy and business afairs.>Just make minor small talk and enjoy actually being with family again after years.
>>5333068>Ask about what the politicians think of the war and how it's going.>Ask about the economy and business afairs.>Ask about how the war is effecting politics.
Fully seated and with the food delivered by the servants, your father offers up a prayer, as always, before starting to eat. After this formality, you swiftly are asked something by your sister before you can ask anything of your own. "So, Helene, what is the air corps like? I already have heard quite a lot of rumor and word of many a great deed that has been done by those under your command, such as downing a Bergen going so far as to investigate the cause for it's calamitous cost of casualties upon our great fliers! It has been expressed to me like a daring move right out of a book! I also have heard many a story of how pilots are like knights of the skies with heroes and heroines of the blue white and purple banner fighting dastardly villains flying for the black cross." Clémentine was clearly excited, though given her desire to be a writer her somewhat flowery way of speaking was something you had been used to for some time."Well, I simply gave the orders for that daring plan. Mostly my work has been management of the resources for the Escadre and ordering the Escadron leaders to fight around the area's of importance. I haven't flown like the pilots have outside of a few times as a bit of morale boosting to prove I'm not some nameless source of orders to my pilots and that I'm willing to lead from the front. I'd like to try and ensure their happiness while under me. A leader you want to fight for is one you are more willing to take great acts for. And while I know all my pilots are proud and driven to fight for their country, that extra little push can make all the difference. If it wasn't for the bravery of the engineers hugging to the aircraft of Bleu we wouldn't have any information on the Bergen's technical capabilities and would have merely traded a whole lot of aircraft for one of theirs. Still, I've gotten off track from the original question. I personally have grown quite fond of those under me, and I have enjoyed my time as a commander in the air corps. Though, it is a bit somber at times when someone you know is lost behind enemy lines or goes down." You explain to her, to which she nods."I see! Have you had any sort of special relationship with any of the pilots under you? Why even Gamelet ha-" She is able to say before you swiftly cut her off."No. I haven't and I don't intend to change that...Say, Father, how has the war effected politics?" you say to swiftly try and turn the conversation away from where you know the hopeless romantic that is your little sister is already trying to turn this to.
"Oh, it's done wonders! Why, the war has the support of just about everyone! The only ones making any sort of fuss about this are the unpatriotic unionists, the same traitorous folk who took over Palon at the end of the last war with the damned Prußenmarkians. Regardless, the biggest issue is converting the industry to that of a war footing and getting enough people on the front while retaining enough back in the factories to keep things running. Of course, the same laws that allow you and some of your pilots in the military are being considered to expand so that all women can serve, but surprisingly even some of your mother's associates are against it!" he says before your mother chimes in."They are against it because of the draft extending to include women into the army in the proposal." She states with a slight stern tone."I think if they are put into service they'd only ever end up in the air corps or support companies outside of their own volition. Besides, we need someone to work the factories, and you already know that there's more Prußenmarkians than there are us." He retorts with a hint of annoyance. "Luckily we aren't the only ones they need to worry about. After all, the one thing they are right about is war being an extension of politics, and we certainly understand that more than them." After take the opportunity to ask "Speaking of our allies, how have things gone in foreign affairs? I've heard there's some trouble with Lothring, Agdemark and others who are neutral in the conflict this far."
"Oh...Them." he says with a tone of contempt. "They are actively sabotaging the war effort and may as well be tantamount to enemies. We might not be able to do anything about some of them, but all Agdemark, Lothring and Jutden have been doing is giving to those damned Prußenmarkians food imports and luxuries from the colonies in the case of Lothring and Jutden, with Agdemark handing them iron and raw materials by the literal boat load. Of course, the Pretan navy has negated Agdenmark's shipments somewhat, much to their protest, but they can still trade through their inner sea as the Varuskie Tzardom has it's navy split between three fronts and lost much in the way of funding after their disastrous showing against the Cipanto Empire...really I still cannot get over how an oriental nation like them managed such a feat. Speaking of, Pretany called them into the war, not that they'll be of much help outside of the colonies. Regardless things are going fine. Really, we are lucky that Vitulia has remained out of this conflict, though ideally they'll join our side sooner or later. They have had issues with the border with Steyerland-Magyria for some time now...The only other neutral power of note I suppose is the Confederacy of Abmeryk States, though their businesses are aiding us quite a bit, despite a significant Prußenmarkian population. Or well, more accurately they are aiding Pretany. Though they are providing some support...The only thing against us that is happening with them is some of those Prußenmarkians are heading back to their home as volunteers, though we are getting some as well from them so, such isn't that much of an issue. I presume you ask because you are curios of any potential new fronts, but don't worry, at worst we might end up at war with Lothring." he explains.After a bit, there is some small talk, and you are able to eat quite a bit of good food. Most of the conversation around you is about your time in the airforce, with your father curios as to how you are finding management and supply while your sister seems curios about l'As and Ermengardis, and found the former's addition of 'À mauvais ouvrier point de bon outil' quite humorous. Still, you enjoy your good chicken confit and cassoulet though eventually, as deserts arrive you get the chance to ask "So, Michault. You have been awfully quiet lately...How has your business been going?"
"We are doing...alright. Business is down slightly, though we are making a deal to work with a subsidiary of a larger business and it's parent company in the creation of armored cars. It is a sound investment, in my opinion. If only because normal automobiles aren't being bought much, and Varuskie seems to have grown fairly fond of them. So even if our own government see's to it to not take them, the Varuskie's likely will. The only issue there is the shipping cost. The war as you can guess is not the best for the civilian economy. Though the steel, shipbuilding and arms industries are booming, as is the new aviation industry. Personally I hope aircraft remain weapons of war and are only good for it. I have enough competition with trains as it is." He says fairly tiredly with a hint of stress. Clearly the business meeting has taken a bit of a toll, though after a pause he seems to realize something and somewhat annoyed adds "And before you ask, no. My motors aren't designed for aircraft and never will be.""I didn't intend to ask about that. I already have a potential contact for that thanks to one of my pilots." you say with a bit of satisfaction. You've always had something of a dislike for your oldest brother. Mainly because you used to disagree with everything and he used his status as older brother to dismiss anything you thought back in the day, and while he's certainly matured, he's quite blunt with you and you still don't really agree on that much."Oh really? And pray tell what is this so called company you have contact with? I highly doubt it's anything major." He says in a somewhat condescending tone all the while you smile."Oh nothing too major, just Armes légères Gracien and it's subsidiaries, along with Conley&Carson Arms and it's own branches." you say in a relaxed and very smug tone as you watch Michault freeze and stare at you with clear shock in his eyes despite the rest of his face seemingly remaining frozen as it was just moments before you spoke. It takes him a good ten seconds to compose himself. Of course, you technically were lying about the latter, as you hadn't really sent them any telegram yet, but given you probably were going to do so later, it was fair game."I...see...I wasn't expecting someone like you to be working with Gracien..." He says somewhat nervously before you put the final nail in the coffin.
"Oh, the story of how is quite amusing! It's owner serves under me as a pilot! I'm sure you have heard of l'As, haven't you? She even is friends with the owner of Conley&Carson, well, one of the co owners wives anyway. I must say though I am really surprised you didn't know of the owner of Gracien, though I guess you might have just not been paying attention to the conversation the rest of the family has been having. But it's understandable, I know how busy you are with all your meetings and the current war causing a few issues for your business." After saying this, Michault stays silent stewing in a bit of anger. Your last comment likely cut him a bit as he really didn't run his business so much as paid other people run it for him, he only really managed the promotional and advertising side of things and business deals, at least you thought so. Even if that wasn't the case he was home or relaxing far more often than even your father so he clearly wasn't doing much. Regardless of that, this entire situation reminds you of your childhood. The times you were able to get back at Michault were extremely satisfying...And even as adults, that hasn't really changed, even if the chances to do so without looking or acting childish were slim. Soon after this your father asks about your connections with the businesses and is somewhat surprised about the way you have them rather than just because you have them. Though dissert seems to go by quicker than normal, and despite a few little disputes the entire dinner went quite peacefully, somewhat surprising really. Though, maybe it ended up such in respect of you? It had been ages since you had eaten with the family after a... Once done, you were left with a chance to do something before night, where upon you'd likely return to your own home and relax. But the thought of just doing it now was also in mind.(Pick one)>Send a telegram to Conley>Just relax before going home>(Write in) (Sorry for the delay, hope this massive post makes up for it. I've had a fairly busy few days, but that'll stop ideally. Also noticed a error after the second post that I can't edit, so arg.)
>>5335151>Send a telegram to ConleyPosting the map from the first thread would help a fair bit during the part where foreign affairs was being discussed QM. It isn't needed, it would just be convenient.>"Really Michault, you shouldn't rely on the thin hope that planes remain weapons of war, some enterprising young individual is probably out there right now planning on how to make them a useful and profitable vehicle for use in the civilian market once the war ends. Why, I could think of all sorts of uses they could have once the technology matures, exploration, cartography, luxury, transportation, perhaps even one day there will be freight planes, I heard that even now there were experiments using them in agriculture! To some extent I'm sure they'll at least replace airships."Really rub it in while maybe giving some advice, but mostly just rub it in.
>>5335151>Send a telegram to Conley
>>5335151>>Send a telegram to Conley
With dinner wrapping up you finish you dissert and talk a bit more before everyone finishes eating. After which you excuse yourself and go to send a telegram to Conley. You write simply your interest in their new motor section as the potential engines they could provide would be quite useful, additionally the machine guns they have might also be useful, given that they are so oft used by Pretany and with quite fond reception by soldiers who use them. As such, you quickly get to writing the telegram so it may be sent by an operator and received. It takes some time, but you introduce yourself by name and rank, and express interest in their weapons and the potential use of their new motors for aviation. Needless to say, it takes some time to write everything you want to, aiming to make a professional, calm, and respectful letter to Conley. Of course, the word count was no issue for you as it was for most people, as the cost of sending a letter was hardly anything, even if you only counted your own salary and not the vast wealth your family had. If anything it was more a letter that was to be sent over telegraph so as to ensure speed rather than simply sending a letter that would take weeks to arrive. Still, once you arrived at the office you found it was closed for the night, and somewhat annoyingly you had to wait for the next day to put it in and pay for the services, after which you return home and wait, and relax. Some time later, you receive a response. Dear Lieutenant-colonel Helene Valmont -(stop)-I have heard a fair few things of your work in the news and have already been informed by Adelaide that you might send me a telegraph to inquire about my business -(stop)- Given your rank and position in the Gallonian armed forces, I believe it is best to speak in person about these things provided you have time -(stop)- I eagerly await your response and hope there is time to meet you if such can be arranged as there is much to talk about regarding the business of arms and armament -(stop)- It is also important to note that Mr Carson has retired and sold his stake to my husband leaving him the sole owner -(stop)- This simplifies things and ensures that potential future deals with the Gallonian military should be easier for us -(stop)-Best regards, Monica Conley -(stop)-With this received you potentially could meet her in person, which would make thing easier, though it also would mean that you would likely be more or less confirming to her you were interested in potentially making a deal and speaking to your superiors to buy their equipment...(Pick one)>Agree to meet up with Conley>Stick to telegraph messages and letters
>>5336747>Agree to meet up with ConleyThe interest is more than implied already given our letter. Any negotiating power lost is more than acceptable for the clarity an in-person meeting will bring.
>>5336747>>Agree to meet up with ConleyWing Commander by day, International Arms Dealer by night. And every bit of it thanks to social standing, good manners, and girl power. What's not to love?
>>5336747>>Agree to meet up with Conley
(Sorry about the lack of post yesterday, I'll have one up later today.)
Swiftly after receiving the telegram from Miss Conley, you send a response stating how you would be more than happy to meet her and discuss the business of a potential trade personally. Surprisingly, you get another telegram just before sunset from her.Dear Lieutenant-colonel Helene Valmont -(stop)-I am eager to meet and speak with you in person -(stop)- I will arrive in roughly two weeks time and will try and meet you on the 20th of December -(stop)- If you have a meting spot in mind please inform me -(stop)- Otherwise the hotel room I and my husband will be staying at or your own residence would be best -(stop)- I will also be speaking with some other associates while there -(stop)-Best regards, Monica Conley -(stop)-It's a bit unfortunate how long it will take for her to arrive, but it makes sense. A trip to the Confederate States is a fairly long boat ride, but thankfully technology has shortened the time it takes by months into only a few weeks. Regardless, there's only one thing left to do now, and that's to wait and enjoy your time off, unless of course you had something else in mind to be productive. Though, you have spent plenty of time you should have been relaxing working...And a few weeks on a proper break would be nice...It's not like you have anything important to do after all. Though, perhaps you might need to speak with superior officers to ensure you can make a deal with Monica on their behalf, or at least for your own Escadre's use. Or of course, you could visit someone... Regardless, whether you liked it or not you would be forced to actually relax sooner or later.>Try and find some of your superiors to inquire about the possibility of purchasing foreign weapons and/or engines for your Escadre.>Try to visit someone (Morelet or Adélaïde)>Just relax for once and stop being a workaholic>Write in(If I get votes fast enough I'll make another post tonight to make up the missed day. Otherwise I'll try and make it early tomorrow evening)
>>5339386>Try and find some of your superiors to inquire about the possibility of purchasing foreign weapons and/or engines for your Escadre.We'll have plenty of time to relax still.
>>5339386>Try and find some of your superiors to inquire about the possibility of purchasing foreign weapons and/or engines for your Escadre.
>>5339386>>Try and find some of your superiors to inquire about the possibility of purchasing foreign weapons and/or engines for your Escadre.
Given the meeting you have planned with Conley, you realize it is probably best that you actually ensure that a deal can go through before you actually meet her. While the entire army might not be buying their guns and motors, you can at least ensure that your first impression with her is a good one and the start of business ties between her company and the Gallonian military. To do that though, you need to clear some things up with your superiors as to if this sort of thing would be allowed. Still, while it would be nice to do such things now, you soon realize given the time, you will likely need to try and attempt some sort of meeting tomorrow rather than today. No major set back, and you have some extra time to relax, so it's a win win...The next morning after eating you head to the nearby military base, the same one which you met the angry engineer earlier, and make the inquiry if you could speak to someone of higher rank in the army, air corps or not. Unfortunately, the highest person at the base is the commander of it, who is not in fact one of your superior officers. Though, you do learn that as far as they know, none of the actual generals are in Palon at the moment. Which just throws a wrench into the plan of actually meeting them and discussing the matter in person like you wanted. Still, you at least can write a letter, and quickly start writing one asking if it was possible to purchase foreign weapons. After this, you wait...And wait...And wait...At least you get plenty of time to relax.About a week later, you get a return letter, stating that no weapons outside of those allowed by the army are to be taken by your Escadre without approval by the Army that are purchased or collected by requisitions, and that if such an action was taken, the weapons, munitions and other assorted costs would need to be undertaken by the commander and their own pay, and if not enough ammunition and replacement parts were able to be stockpiled, or the weapons of poor reliability or effectiveness this leeway would be terminated effective immediately. It also states some things about how it's unpatriotic to not use Gallonian equipment, but you hardly care about that point...It was bit unfortunate, but it at least works. It allows you to make a deal, though it will come out of your own pocket, for better or worse...Perhaps if things went well enough you would be able to actually strike a proper deal between Conley's business and the army, but perhaps just showing off what your aircraft could do with their engines or guns would be enough. Then again the details were going to be hashed out later regardless... Still, it's quite good you didn't get a flat no. That would have made things awkward...(Pick one)>Try to visit someone (Same as last time)>Just relax and wait for Conley, it should just be a bit over a week now.>Write in(Sorry again for the delay.)
>>5340654>>Just relax and wait for Conley, it should just be a bit over a week now.There should be nice beaches and resorts in Pretany, aren't there? We could always go there to relax.
>>5340654>Just relax and wait for Conley, it should just be a bit over a week now.
>>5340654>>Just relax and wait for Conley, it should just be a bit over a week now.
(Turn is partially written up, but will be finished shortly after tomorrow. Turns out I was wrong about things getting less busy. But such is life...)
With confirmation that you could in fact make a deal, even if the likely spirit of the letter was to tell you not to, you simply relax and enjoy your time in the capitol while you wait for Conley to arrive. Naturally, this time is quite quiet for you as Conley can't exactly send messages and the only thing of importance that you pay much attention to is the news. Part of it mentions a new machine Gallonian's foes have in the air known as the Frÿg CL.II. Along with a few more pilots of Prußenmark to fear in their dreadful Bergans. But one story from Pretany repeated by Gallonian Media is of the Star Turn Pretan Pilot named Garth Mathias continuing to do well in the great fight against the Bergen Scourge, and that the Royal Flying Corps is starting to introduce the Faeco EL2. The aircraft's appearance even illustrated. Interestingly, it's a pusher craft with a single gun on the front. Noticeably, this is actually the same popular machine gun that Conley's company makes and has supplied to the Pretans. Other than this, there's news of a number of minor skirmishes and how the war has completely stagnated in the west, with most fighting down south in Pretan's colonies against the Sāriqīn Empire, or some positions in the east against the Varuskie Tzardom. In fact the stagnancy seems to be of some concern to some, even if it was winter. Surprisingly though the Illyrpsjan's are still holding decently, even if pushed back somewhat. Though, otherwise nothing much is of importance in the news, other than some mention of enemy submarine activities. Well, that and some political nonsense that doesn't really interest you in the slightest and is probably not too important. Eventually though, a day before the 20th, you receive a telegram from Conley.Dear Lieutenant-colonel Helene Valmont -(stop)-I have recently arrived in Palon at the Le cercle d'or Hotel and will be staying at room 707 -(stop)- Once more, if you have a suitable meting spot in mind such as a restaurant inform me -(stop)- If you wish to simply speak with me in my hotel room or in your own home do please inform me as soon as you can -(stop)- A time will also be quite useful though I will be able to speak with you at any time tomorrow -(stop)-Best regards, Monica Conley -(stop)-After pondering a bit, while you would like to speak at a nice café or restaurant you frequent, you realize the chance for spies getting information on such a deal's details is high. Well, not really. It's actually quite low, but it exists in a far greater capacity than is acceptable. So, instead you decide the safest move is to invite her to your residence. The second after you send a telegram back, you rush home and make sure the place is nice and tidy given this is your first impression. And, once everything is in good order, and a short telegram back acknowledging your decision, all you had to do was wait for tomorrow... It took a while for you to fall asleep though, as you felt oddly restless...
Once the morning had come, you prepared for your meeting, made yourself some food, and waited for the time to arrive...About four minutes before you were supposed to meet with Conley, the door received a knock, and once opened a tall woman, though not as tall ad l'As, with waste long brown hair and green eyes in clearly expensive clothing was there to greet you. "Ah, Miss Valmot, I presume? A pleasure to finally meet you in person. Despite only being in this fine country less than a week I already have fallen in love with it and it's food...If you are wondering, my husband while originally meaning to come here with me has had a bit too much of your countries fine wines and had a terrible hangover and headache. Admittedly, he is quite poor in handling his alcohol despite enjoying it as a treat at times, and I may have encouraged him a bit, but I'm sure that this will only make our arrangements easier, will it not?""I see...Well, come on inside. If you would like anything while you are here, please tell me." You say before stepping aside and letting Monica in and shut the door behind her. She glances around the place for a bit before taking a seat."I must admit, I expected a more extravagant residence from one such as yourself. I take it though you are fond of more modest living then? I have heard your family is apparently quite important in politics, and if true I hardly believe money is the reason...Tell me, would you much rather a small cabin in the middle of a forest, perhaps by a lake? The perfect place to hunt, fish and just be secluded away from the world, and family. A contrast to the busy city life." She says this before giving a slight smile as you are taken a bit aback given what she said is...not inaccurate."Yes, actually, I would like that." you simply say in a bit of surprise. "Then I presume you only live here because such a place of your desires is impractical for a general. And while that peace away from the rest of the world is nice, you value your country and wish to fight, to make a name for yourself and experience what war is like first hand..." She adds as she quietly takes out and checks a pocket watch."You are correct again, but...why are you asking this?" You ask somewhat concerned with how easily this woman has read you..."Simple, we still have two minutes before our meeting starts. Besides, I wished to know you personally...From your responses though, Adélaïde seems to have been right about a few things... I must say, you are an interesting woman to me. If only because you are similar to me in many ways yet different in a small few ways that makes us from an outside view appear as extremely distinct from one another...I will say though, if I was born in this country, I likely would be serving the army just like you. But, alas, different country, and different laws. And a volunteer isn't suitable with the path I have went down in my life." She says before sighing as she watches the pocket watch tick away.
"Before the time for more casual talk expires, I must ask one important question before we begin these dealings. It is a simple one, yet I feel it is something that is still very important. What do you think of the war? Do you enjoy it and view it as glorious? Merely necessary to protect your country and it's allies? Perhaps, value the revenge that can be had against those who wronged your country? Do you view it as a tragedy that should have been avoided? Or perhaps, a beacon of innovation and the simplest most primal expression of human nature? I understand this might be an unusual one, but, I wish to hear it in your own words...And please, be honest."(Pick one)>"War is a natural state for nation states and an extension of diplomacy. It's glorious and tragic, but over all a good thing.">"War is a unfortunate situation for most, but it is something that is necessary and will never go away.">"War isn't good. I merely serve for the sake of my country so it's people may be spared the horrors from it, despite naivety I held when first joining.">"The current war is a good one. It is necessary in order to avenge the humiliation we suffered and reclaim what was lost in the last one.">"War is natural for humanity and merely a further expression of survival of the fittest at a far grander scale.">"War is vital to progress and is necessary for invention as states are driven to exert every effort to get any advantage in it technologically.">Write in.(Also pick one)>What you are saying is a lie>What you are saying is what you actually believe.(Sorry for the delay in all this. Life has been kicking me of late, but I'll keep trying to do these. Worst case scenario once I stop the thread I'll take a bit of a longer break before making the next one as I refuse for better or worse to let this die because of me not updating)
>>5344615>"War is a unfortunate situation for most, but it is something that is necessary and will never go away.">What you are saying is what you actually believe.Don't worry about it qm
>>5344615>>"War is a unfortunate situation for most, but it is something that is necessary and will never go away.">"War was, is, and always will be a tragedy. It's my duty to make my people as safe as possible, at the expense of the other country's. Prußenmark won't stop until total dominion over Europe. All our countries, becoming second-zone citizen at best, colonial slaves in all but name at worst... This can't be allowed. Better dying standing than living bowing.">What you are saying is what you actually believe.
>>5344615>"War is a unfortunate situation for most, but it is something that is necessary and will never go away.">What you are saying is what you actually believe.I don't think there is any point in lying even if she may be more amenable to something else, perhaps something more warmonger-y or something to the effect of it being good for progress. As she said, however much alike we are, we are still different.
>>5344615>"War is a unfortunate situation for most, but it is something that is necessary and will never go away.">"The current war is a good one. It is necessary in order to avenge the humiliation we suffered and reclaim what was lost in the last one.">What you are saying is what you actually believe.Alsace Lorraine never forget
"I wasn't expecting a question like this, but to me, war is an unfortunate situation for most. But it is something that is necessary and will never go away...There is some truth that I believe this war is fought for a good reason. As you said, revenge is certainly a decent motivation, as is knowing how much worse everything will be if we lose. But in general, most conflicts aren't as glorious for the average soldier as one is lead to believe. Though, in the air it is somewhat different..." You explain, a number of thoughts about how you feel with regards to the war passing by as you notice Conley's smile fade slightly."I see. Though I must admit I am a bit surprised that a general like you actually isn't too fond of war. This war, obviously you are still in favor of. But most wars? Now that is something of a surprise..." She noticably glances away for a moment and you faintly hear her say "A shame too..." before her gaze returns to her pocket watch and swiftly after she shuts it and puts it away before she continues. "Well, it is now the time and date for our meeting. Firstly, I need to know if this deal is simply for you, your wing, or Escadre as you call them, or if you actually have managed to be chosen to represent the Gallonian Army. I presume it is merely one of the former two, but the latter would be quite pleasant.""I made arrangements before this meeting. They stated provided I use my own funds and munitions and replacement parts are supplied by my funds and there is no shortage in these supplies I may buy foreign equipment. The requisitions and funding given to my Escadre isn't able to be spent however. So, depending on the expense, while I likely could supply the entire Escadre with your guns, I'm unsure if I'd be able to utilize your motors. Though, I also wish to know their specifications along with how far along your motor works have gone." You state directly."Understandable. A shame I won't be providing to your light machine gun battalions like I am with the Pretans, but in time maybe your superiors will come around to my work. The cost of guns shouldn't be a problem for you. Merely eighty Galics per gun. Five for one drum of munition. I fully expect you to be able to buy forty guns and one hundred and twenty to two hundred drums of munitions. Meaning the cost of the guns would be three thousand and eight hundred to four thousand and two hundred Galics. As for the motors, we are still working on them and are trying out a few designs. So far we have had satisfactory results from one prototype for a heavy tractor engine that could be modified to be used for aircraft and has three hundred horsepower. It likely would only be usable on larger designs and I do not know if you have any aircraft that would be capable of using it at the moment, but I'm sure you could potentially arrange for a few to be used for experiments." She said firmly.
"I see, is there anything else your company can offer at this moment in time?" You ask curiously."Simple. Anti aircraft artillery. We have recently made the 3-inch M1715, a fairly mobile three inch cannon capable of firing at aircraft at altitudes of even twenty thousand feet, or a bit above six kilometers. It should provide to make any enemy attacks on your air bases more costly should they attempt to do such. Further, the machine guns offered likewise could be used for anti aircraft purposes in a pinch, provided the aircraft go low enough. But I'm sure you are already well aware of that. The 3-inch M1715 will cost one thousand five hundred Galics per gun. Though I'm sure even just two will be satisfactory for defending a single airfield, and eight will ensure you don't even need to scramble your aircraft. The other thing I can offer you is information. As it is only natural for a company such as my own to have information on potential competitors. And given our entrance into the motor business, we did some research and know something of some details on what the AvD Autobedrijf and it's owner, Andreas van Dehnert is working upon. However, information on their work won't be paid in cash, but in a favor..." she says with a certain confidence and smile returning to her. "And what would that favor be?" You swiftly ask."Simple. Find people who are interested in working on armored vehicles for the use of war. I have many contacts in Pretany who are interested in such things, yet I have none in Gallonia. And I want to be able to provide my engines for that business. I do not know if the situation is the same as it is in Pretan or if it is far different, but I do not care. All that matters is I get contact with either army, navy or industrialists who are interested in making something to surpass armored cars. If you desire, I can give you what I currently know now and then by the time you are able to point me in the direction of a number of people who may be of use to my efforts, I will inform you of everything I have further found out for you. Of course, this secondary deal wouldn't be signed in paperwork for obvious reasons. But I'm sure you are willing to provide me with the support I desire."
(Pick one)>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons and then some.">"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons.">"I'm willingto buy enough of your machine guns for half of my Escadrons.">"I'll pass on the machine guns.">"I'd like more information on the machine guns characteristics before buying them."(Also pick one)>"I'm willing to buy a few of the anti aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy a couple of anti aicraft guns.">"I'm not interested in your Anti Aircraft guns."(Another pick one)>"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I think an engine at this time is unnecessary." (Last pick one)>"I accept your side deal. I'll see if I cannot find anyone who is interested in such things.">"I apologize but I would rather all our dealings be above the table."
>>5345633>>"I'm willingto buy enough of your machine guns for half of my Escadrons.">"I'm willing to buy a few of the anti aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I accept your side deal. I'll see if I cannot find anyone who is interested in such things."
>>5345633>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons.">"I'm willing to buy a couple of anti aicraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I accept your side deal. I'll see if I cannot find anyone who is interested in such things."
>>5345633>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons.">"I'm willing to buy a few of the anti aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I accept your side deal. I'll see if I cannot find anyone who is interested in such things."Doesn't our brother run some sort of company? Trains or something? Though if I recall correctly he wasn't fond of the idea of us know Conley.
>>5345633>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons.">"I'm willing to buy a few of the anti aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I accept your side deal. I'll see if I cannot find anyone who is interested in such things."
>>5345633>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons.">"I'm willing to buy a few of the anti aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I apologize but I would rather all our dealings be above the table."Vehicles are gay. Airplanes are the future.
>>5345633>"I'm willing to buy enough of your machine guns for all my Escadrons and then some.">"I'm not interested in your Anti Aircraft guns.">"I'm willing to buy an engine for experimentation.">"I apologize but I would rather all our dealings be above the table."That last is really important .
I'll give you another 12-16 hours or so to vote, totally not an excuse because I had a fuck ton of work to do. Nope. since there's a lot of variety. Feel free to make arguments for your votes to try and convince others or something.
With the various deals and offers given, you think that the equipment that could be offered, including the side deal, would be worth any trouble or pay required to set things up. Regardless, you come to a decision fairly quickly. "In that case, I would like enough of your machine guns to supply all my Escadrons, and enough munitions so that every gun has twenty spare drums of magazines. As for your anti aircraft guns, I'm willing to buy a few of them. I think sixteen at most will be doable, and the engine is also something I would like for prototype use. Your other deal I also am willing to accept...So, what information do you have exactly?" You state the last bit quite bluntly."I'm quite glad we have come to an arrangement so quickly! I also am pleased to hear you are stocking up on munitions for the lighter guns. So, with that, you will pay Seven thousand and two hundred for the machine guns and their ammunition, and the artillery will be twenty four thousand. The singular engine is merely four hundred, giving a total of thirty one thousand and six hundred Gallics. I presume this is agreeable." She says, continuing the firm and formal tone that she had been throughout the deal. "As for the information. That Lothring motor company and it's owner, Andreas van Dehnert is working on a new engine that is, frankly speaking, absurd in regards to it's power output, if what I have written is correct. Further, it even has thermal efficiency comparable to that of a steam engine." She gives a pause realizing you probably have no clue what that means before saying "For context, it has twice the thermal efficiency as best internal combustion engines on the market. Even more important for you is the engine in question is powerful and light enough that it could be used as an aircraft engine. Of course, this could be simply lies sent out to be picked up by investors so as to gain more money, but given the technical engineering and the previous work of AvD, I believe that while potentially exaggerated, it is revolutionary. I also think it's important to inform you of it given Romke van Bergen, the man behind the aircraft sharing the last name is from Lothring, even if he moved for business reasons, and I believe AvD motors is working with a Prußenmarkian heavy industry company. And if those engines don't end up in the hand's of Bergen, they will end up in N.V. Koerkamp Vliegtuigen." This...Is really quite something. A potential revolutionary piece of technology might just fall in the hands of your enemy...A second one...To say this is a potential problem is an understatement. Though really, it's quite concerning. Though you hardly know of Koerkamp, AvD or really anything about Lothring other than some parts of it's history in the past...Even so it's something to worry about. But for now things were to wrap up, but not without a few more questions and potential negotiations.
(Pick one)>Fully accept the price. It'll be a year's worth of savings and a bit more, but it'll be worth it.>Try to haggle the price a bit.>Cut back on a few things (write in)(Optional)>Ask if Miss Conley has more information on either company.>Ask suggestions for who to look out for.>Ask about Conley's connections in Gallonia.>Write in.(Intended to get this out hours ago but so much for that...)
>>5348027>>Fully accept the price. It'll be a year's worth of savings and a bit more, but it'll be worth it.>Ask suggestions for who to look out for.
>>5348027>Try to haggle the price a bit.>Ask suggestions for who to look out for.
>>5348027>Try to haggle the price a bit>Ask if Miss Conley has more information on either company.>Ask suggestions for who to look out for.>Ask politely if she's playing for both sides
>>5348027>Fully accept the price. It'll be a year's worth of savings and a bit more, but it'll be worth it.>Ask if Miss Conley has more information on either company.>Ask suggestions for who to look out for.>Ask about Conley's connections in Gallonia.
So, uh we have a tie. If it's not broken in eight ish hours I'll roll for it.
>>5348027>>Fully accept the price. It'll be a year's worth of savings and a bit more, but it'll be worth it.
While the cost is quite an expensive total, you decide to not try and haggle the price at all given how she told you directly how much everything would cost beforehand and the time for such probably had passed. Besides, it wasn't actually that expensive, at least for enough military equipment to supply a entire Escadre. The machine guns were fairly cheep, all things considered. And if what the Pretans seemed to say about the thing was true, it was damn worth the price. Still, you state to your new business partner "This all seems good then. If you have any sort of contract I need to sign I can get a pen." You say a bit pleased. "You merely will need to sign up some minor forms for the transport and proper purchases of the equipment alongside writing a check. I'd accept payment in full with cash as well, but there's a greater chance of things going wrong that way and would prefer the former method. Most of these papers will be provided later, though I do need you to sign the initial purchase first." Conley said before providing you the initial form in question and a fountain pen which you swiftly read. It simply required you to sign the amounts of what you were purchasing and your signature. After signing and handing both the pen and paper back to her, she quickly inspected it before putting it to the side for the time being as you gave two questions to her."I'm glad that we have a solid and fair deal. That aside, who should I look out for in regards to those you want contact with, exactly? And do you have any more information on either of those two companies?" You honestly were more curios about the latter than the former, but it was best to actually have a better idea of who Conley wanted to speak with so as to actually get her the contacts she wanted and fulfil your end of the deal."Oh, as I said, those interested in working on armored vehicles for war. Specifically those on land. I suppose those desiring to make large aircraft would be good as well, but primarily I wish to have access to your more ground based market for armored vehicles. I believe there is a businessman named Michault who shares your last name. If you by chance have familiar relations with him I would appreciate you to point him in my direction so I can speak with him. Otherwise, those who simply are invested in armored car and other land vehicle's development for the use in war would be good. Even simply normal automobile manufacturers would be fine enough." She gives a slight pause, quietly gathering her thoughts before speaking once more.
"As for your second question, N.V. Koerkamp Vliegtuigen is a recent company founded about three years ago by Berend Koerkamp. The founder being an aviation enthusiast and engineer. The company is purely in the civilian market but I don't doubt that they could retrofit some of them to be of some use in war and flat out make proper war craft as well. As for AvD Autobedrijf, they are an engine company which started mainly with working on bike engines but recently has gotten into the aviation industry with the Dehnert 9 Bliksem, a fairly powerful engine capable of 160 horse power...Somewhat ironic given it's one of the best radial engines out there in terms of power at the moment. And yet the man seems to want to made something to make it and other engines obsolete... I believe the former is based out of Papegaaipunt, and the latter out of Den Lagen, but I don't know much more." She says calmly before adding "I will say though, given our deal is signed and agreed upon, we may talk about more causal things..." and once more she checks her pocket watch."I see...Actually I have to ask, what connections in Gallonia do you have? I don't want to try and introduce you to someone you already have met after all." You ask swiftly, wanting to make sure you have one last important thing about your dealings said before the conversation shifts."Oh, hardly any. Outside of you yourself and the ace, I know of none. In fact, outside of one connection in Varuskie, all of my other contacts are in the Confederacy or the United Principalities and live there. Really, you need not worry about such things. Everyone who I can potentially be made interested in cooperation with my company is an advantage. Besides, I think my friend here needs a bit more competition." She smiles a bit after saying this, the look would be seem almost mischievous if she wasn't so regal with the rest of her appearance.With this said though, the thought of asking if Conley wanted to play both sides faded from your mind. Not only would it be a bit rude to imply she was working with an enemy, but if what she was saying was truthful she has no connections to them anyway... Still, there's a few more things you could ask Conley about.>Ask Conley about how she runs the business>Ask Conley what she thinks of war>Ask Conley what she thinks of the nations involved in the war>Simply make a little courteous chit chat before bidding Conley farewell. You were here for business not conversation.>Write in
>>5350193>Ask Conley about how she runs the business>Ask Conley what she thinks of war>Ask Conley what she thinks of the nations involved in the warThough be mindful of the time, she was checking the time after all, if she seems like she has somewhere to be then start to wrap up and bid her farewell.
>>5350193>>Ask Conley about how she runs the business>>Ask Conley what she thinks of war>>Simply make a little courteous chit chat before bidding Conley farewell. You were here for business not conversation.
>>5350193>Ask Conley about how she runs the business>Ask Conley what she thinks of war>Ask Conley what she thinks of the nations involved in the war
>>5350193>>Ask Conley what she thinks of war>>Ask Conley what she thinks of the nations involved in the war>>Simply make a little courteous chit chat before bidding Conley farewell. You were here for business not conversation.
With the conversation now off of business and more casual, you take the chance to ask something you feel is important. "What do you think of war? You asked what I thought, and seemed a bit...disappointed with my answer..." You say with clear curiosity."Ah, I was thinking you might ask that. Personally, I see war as necessary. In fact, I believe it is good for humanity. Go back through human history to the ancient era of the Rumnian Empire. Were it not for might of arms and their many conquests civilization as we know it would not exist. Another example, although a bit different is the Red Death. Were it not for that dreadful plague, labor would remain extremely inexpensive and instead of reducing the serf system so as to try and draw peasants and workers from other domains, it would have lasted as long as it did historically in the east, just like in the Tsardom, across all of Europa. There would likewise be a great chance that the Industrial Revolution would not happen as again, such disrupts the power structures of old nobility by making the non nobility more prominent and increased the chance of a middle class rising. In fact, your great revolution under Leon Napolarte would likely have never happened either. Harsh times and death drive innovation. Were it not for your previous great leaders many marches canned food would have not come to be. Were it not for the confederacies war for independence from Pretany, Gallonia would remain a kingdom and the revolution that brought liberal idea's to the fore front would never have occurred...War is integral to our advancement as a species and I eagerly await to see what great innovations both directly for war and which come to the civilian market will arise from this great conflict. I can understand that this view may be seen as Social Karlist, but it is not. After all, the best of the best in war still die like the rest. In the end, tragedy is a necessity for innovation. For without war, tensions or natural disaster, the only thing governments will ever spend their money on is lining corrupt politicians pockets and wasting money on useless things like what the damned syndicalists want..." Her tone throughout most of her speech is...passionate. Honestly it's actually somewhat concerning. Though, there is at least some truth in her words."I...See...And what do you think of the current war, and the nations involved?" You quickly ask trying to not think to much about the extremely hawkish position that Conley seems to hold.
"Oh, I think it's lovely that there will finally be a good war that will drive innovation. The last one of any contribution was between the Cipanto and Varuskie...I still find it quite amusing all the propaganda made about how Cipanto would lose like every other eastern power only for the Varuskie's to be absolutely humiliated. But, that is what happens when an industrialized, modern nation goes up against a backwards empire that refuses to innovate. As for the nations involved, I honestly could care less for any of them except for Gallonia and Pretany. The latter for my existing business interests and their army being my biggest customer of late. The former for my desire to expand my company. Though more specifically the motor subsidy. I'm not going to beat that Jutden immigrant Fjord in the Confederacy after all. At least, not until after the war has given my company a reputation. I will admit though, I currently am enjoying my stay in Gallonia better than that of Pretany. Mainly due to the fine dining being far better, as well as the weather." She seems extremely casual and calm saying this. It's a bit jarring given what she said a minute ago..."Right. I am curios however, you mentioned how your husband technically is the owner of your company. How do you run the business exactly if he's the actual owner?" You ask which gets an amused scoff and mock offense from Conley. "Do you really need to ask? It's quite obvious. I simply tell him what to do and he follows my advice. Sometimes not to the letter, but usually at least in the spirit of my orders. It took some time to build up his trust to listen to every word I say, and early on it was quite difficult, but eventually I managed to make him merely a figurehead. And if he doesn't listen? I simply get my way anyway through more...subtle influences in the company. I'm sure you understand how it is, after all your suffrage movement went far greater and was far more successful than the Confederacy's own." Monica says clearly in a chipper mood. With this, you simply engage in some more minor talk before sending her on her way, something which she accepts though she clearly states she wished to speak a bit longer. With this out of the way, you are left to sit in your thoughts...Specifically about what Miss Conley said...(Pick one)>Visit a certain engineer, he should have something by now...>Visit someone else. (Pick who)>Send a message to Mr Conley, if possible. It might not be best for Miss Conley to be in full control...>Simply wait until you get a report from a certain engineer.>Simply relax until your leave is up.
>>5352604>Simply wait until you get a report from a certain engineer.
>>5352604>>Simply relax until your leave is up.I reckon some time on a beach would be relaxing
>>5352604>Simply relax until your leave is up.
>>5352604>>Simply wait until you get a report from a certain engineer.
Rolled 99 (1d100)(I'll have a turn out in anywhere between 8 to 14 hours. Sorry for the delay. Also fear the dice.)
>>5355300Not a problem at all
With the meeting over, and Conley off to go speak with someone else or just enjoy Gallonia, you are left to simply relax and enjoy your time on leave. Of course, you keep waiting for some time for updates from a certain engineer and even check up on him occasionally to insure he's actually working, however eventually you get a telegram from one of the officers at the base he was staying requesting your arrival as soon as possible. Of course, the Engineer's transfer to the navy was delayed by his new work and as such he was still stuck in that military base. But getting a telegram from an officer directly like this is...odd. Still, once you prepare yourself you get ready to go to the base and swiftly manage to actually get a motor car to take you there. Upon arrival, you swiftly are met with an officer who takes no time to notice you."Finally here I see. You were the one who ordered Bourdon to make a mechanism for an engine correct?" He swiftly asks immediately getting to the point directly."Yes, I presume he told you to message me instead of wanting to do it himself." You state expecting the man to either have desired to keep working, hating you so much as to not even want to send the telegram himself or simply because he couldn't or didn't know where you lived."No. He's dead." He flatly says much to your shock."How?! Was there an accident or foul play at hand here?" To say the fact he is dead is an extremely annoying and concerning turn of events to you is an understatement."It's believed he died from a heart attack or some similar sort of complication. At least, that's what those near him reported, and what limited autopsy he had. Surprising too, he was only in his thirties. Then again, given how he was working day in and day out and long over night on his project, I suppose the stress got to his body...Regardless copies of his current designs are being evaluated, but I think you'll be pleased to hear your desire is, for the most part at least, met. I'm not an engineer, and I've not got access to the stuff, so I cannot tell you the specifics. But I guess you can see for yourself." He says before gesturing you to follow him, swiftly leading to a small room that he unlocks and let's you enter.Inside is a number of designs, some scribbled out some with extra bits of writing, but the main one that catches your eye seems to be the final work he has. It's partially unfinished, but there's a noticeable connection between the drive shaft with the end of the engine camshaft and a mechanism that leads up to the gun's safety trigger. A part of you is somewhat thankful for being around Michault long enough to actually understand at least some of what you are looking at...Of course, you are glad copies of this are already secure and future models of aircraft will likely be able to benefit from this, but it's still strange how this all happened. And after leaving the room, and a bit of conversation you are free to do whatever you want once more.
>Simply relax until the end of your leave (You will need to do one month of requisition for your Escadre with 50 requisition, followed by another where you can actually get the newest aircraft once you return.)>Visit someone>Write in(Consider yourself lucky for the 99. Also, it's likely we'll be going back to the war soon. So that'll be fun. I'll try to work in more RP scenarios during the fighting as well. Since you aren't getting more leave for some time after this, if at all.)
>>5356054>Simply relax until the end of your leave (You will need to do one month of requisition for your Escadre with 50 requisition, followed by another where you can actually get the newest aircraft once you return.)Eh, our leave was well spent, but it is time to finally get back to the war.Feel kinda bad for the guy regardless of if we parted on bad terms, but at least he nearly completed his work. I wonder if his death was entirely our fault for pressuring him or if he was assassinated by spies trying to steal his work and slow down our development. Make sure he gets his place in the history books, he did well for his country even if we had to drag him kicking and screaming into doing his part.
>>5356054>Simply relax until the end of your leave
Given how I think just ending the time on leave is going to win...https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KT0JJxoLsbcNFC7RqtsWKke9iTnLQ8blSCf_8dZ4jWw/edit?usp=sharingYou'll have 50 requisitions. You cannot take the Dupont 6 C though for the first bit. You then will get a second requisition with also 50 requisitions. Feel free to do both now, desu.
>>5356362I forgot, is the aircraft # listed beside the squadron the number of total aircraft we have available for that squadron or the reserve aircraft for if we lose one? This affects my decision since I'd buy some if we have less aircraft than our our squadron has pilots but if we still have reserves I wouldn't buy any new ones until the Dupont 6 C is ready.>Resupply everyone, in the order of priority of: Rouge, Vert, Bleu, then finally Blanc. Requisition enough Dupont 6 C's for everyone in a scout fighter squadron once we get our second requisition batch and they are available for purchase. If the math doesn't work out to purchase enough Dupont 6 C's for everyone then only resupply those who are below 50% supply up to 50% so retain enough RP to purchase as many Dupont 6 C's as possible.
>>5356362No 6C's for the first batch, so how about this:3 RPs to resupply Blanc6 RPs to resupply the other squadrons, split evenly18 RPs for three SUDs for BlancTransfer one aircraft each from Vert and Rouge to Bleu (probably their Hangar Queens, haha)3 RPs for one more Dupont 4P for Bleu4 RPs for 16 PilotsThe last 16 RPs to be saved for the next round, which will bump it up to 58 RPs, enough for 7 Dupont 6C and two points of resupply.
>>5356665The number of aircraft listed beside the Escadron is the total number of aircraft. Every one over 10 is a reserve aircraft.>>5356763Seems good. Only thing I'd ask you add is where the Dupont's will go. Other than that I'll let people vote on what plan they like best.
>>5356811Supporting >>5356763anon lists where the new Dupont's will go, they are going to Bleu and we are saving the rest of the RP for round 2 where we will get the Dupont 6 C, unless you are asking which pilots in Bleu will be assigned aircraft? If that is the case, I'd say the ones with the highest FEXP should get the new aircraft.
>>5357017I was referring to the C, since you may as well do round 1 and 2 here for simplicities sake. Though I will say, given we are on page 8 I think that the action will have to wait until thread 3 of this quest. Also bit pre-emptive but as usual, criticism is nice.
>>5357254Ah, I'd say to go with what I mentioned earlier with prioritizing Rouge, Vert, and finally Bleu in that order. Of course, our single Ace and our pilots that have scored the most kills or have the highest FEXP will be prioritized.I'll skip giving out criticism or assigning the C's to specific pilots for today since the heat is absolutely killing me and I need to sleep.
>>5357254The first round of combat could affect our allocation preferences -- if one squadron gets chewed up and filled with noobs, they should be last in line for the new hotness.>>5357440A agree with prioritizing aces -- in fact, the squadrons could be comprised of half 4Ps and half 6Cs> Shortly after my arrival, Gabby flew the first F-86E to arrive on base in simulated combat over the field against an F-86A and whipped the other guy badly, with every Sabre jock on the base as witness. After he landed he briefed all pilots and announced that the limited number of E's would be reserved for flight leaders. I never forgot his response, when someone asked about the problem of wingmen staying with leaders. He replied "Wingmen are to absorb firepower" and I never knew him well enough to judge whether he had a dry sense of humor, but he made the right choice.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabby_Gabreski
>>5357465Actually given that WW1 fighters flew in Vics, make that 3x 6Cs until the three squadrons have their share.
>>5357626I meant an initial quota of 3x 6C's per squadron
>>5357465First round of combat for the year will be done after round 2 of allocation. Just keep that in mind.Other than that, I'll make a post later today going with the plan, unless some tie or something shows up.
>>5356763Looks good. Supporting
With the engineer dead and his project to be finished up by some others, there wasn't really much else for you to do or wait on. In fact the only thing you could do now was wait and relax. A fair bit happened in this time, such as the eastern push by Prußenmark finally stopping and the front fully stabilizing with most of the western portions of Plehia under Varuskie control now under Prußenmark control. Further, the "Ostasugeschwader", the Prußenmark's navy detachment in the far east, has been confirmed to have sunk the Caerfyrddin and Gobaith Da, worse an attempt to lure this minor fleet into a trap at the Faldiroedd Islands through the use of the Prußenmark's own naval signals ended in disaster with the Battlecruisers Anorchfygol and Anhyblyg taking torpedoes with the former badly damaged and the second sunk, alongside two other light cruisers and a heavy cruiser. Further, the wireless station on the island was destroyed. The status of the Ostasugeschwader is unknown, however at least one ship that separated from it, the Esszach, has been sunk after causing a headache in the Bhavakun Ocean. Regardless, this is the first naval defeat for Pretany in over a hundred years. Somewhat related to this, two converted ocean liners, one Pretan one Prußenmarkian, both disguised as each other managed to meet each other and fight. The Pretan ship was victorious however due to the fight happening so close to the shore of a neutral South Abmerykan nation, one of the Pretan nationals there quickly got on a boat and tried to sink the Pretan ship disguised as the Prußenmarkian ship.. and succeeded in finishing her off, solidifying this battle as the most ridiculous in history. In other actually good news, most of the Prußenmark colonies in the far east have been taken by either the Cipanto Empire or Pretany and her colonies. Further Steyerland-Magyria is suffering from food shortages due to the land taken by the Varuskie Tzardom and the disruption of trade. Further, the new aircraft, while limited significantly in numbers, have slightly mitigated the Bergan Scourge somewhat. Once your time on leave ends, you swiftly are briefed on the situation and informed of a major push to retake Maasburg being planned, and the importance of recon photos of the area. This is especially important given how dug in both sides have become, and some way to break this stalemate is required as soon as possible. As while the north is dug in, the south is practically a fortress on both sides of the line...At least with the new aircraft you could potentially ensure the safety of the craft...>Give orders (Write in)>Ask Botrel for advice or information on anything. (Sorry for the delay. I underestimated the chain of events that all happened at once this turn I needed to do in the background. Plus family came up. Ideally we can end on a good point right before the main offensive.)
>>5359216It'd help if you posted a map of the current situation rather then us having to go to the archives to look up all these places.
>>5359429Sorry. Status of the front hasn't changed in the past two months.
>>5359216>Have Blanc do recon missions over Maasburg at the highest possible operational tempo they can safely manage, have them escorted by one of the escadrons each time, rotate which escadron escorts Blanc to reduce pilot fatigue. During lulls where aircraft absolutely must be taken in for maintenance (from Blanc) or pilots absolutely must rest (again, from Blanc) use the other better rested escadrons to maintain aggressive patrols near Maasburg and otherwise maintain air superiority.
>>5359606Sounds good to me.
>>5359453Move the squadron to Nordstal and begin sending Blanc and Bleu over to recon the enemy. The rest can be used to maintain air superiority.
Bit of a spoiler while you wait for the turn. Should be an hour or two at most from now. Think you'll enjoy this though if you've been paying attention to the ace tab.
>>5360568>see Ade's name>oh shit>phewWe should look into increasing the survivability of our pilots. If history is like canon unless noted, parachutes should be just starting to become viable for aviation use.....
With recon photos of defenses, concentrations of soldiers, munitions, and artillery, and the general logistics of the area vital to the future push, it was only natural Blanc would be called up to do most of the heavy lifting in this regard with their recon photos. Of course, every time they went up, they would be guarded. Blanc's aircraft were only useful if they managed to actually reach the target and returned. If driven off before they arrived at their destination or simply were downed there was nothing that would be gained from their work. And naturally, the Escadron's would switch out who was escorting them from time to time...Today, Vert was to guard them. Before briefing began, Blanche saw a crow. One that stared at her. Something that she swiftly expressed to the others as a sign of death and an ill omen. Naturally, Adélaïde brushed off this superstition, and soon after the briefing entered her new Dupont 6 C. They along with Ermengardis and Lucie were to fly above the aircraft they were escorting, while the other members of the Escadron were to fly at the same altitude as Blanc. Little did she know, this omen was, coincidence or not, something that would strike true. Roughly Twenty minutes after flying over the enemies side of the lines, a small flight of Königstein B.II's got too close and were swiftly dove upon by the new 6 C's, and Adélaïde managed to down one while Ermengardis struck another as the remaining aircraft dove for the deck to get away due to the severe numbers disadvantage. Yet, this posed a problem shortly after, with the three C's trying to climb back into position when the flight was jumped again, this time by Bergens, including the enemy Ace Hauptmann Achim von Dannenberg, a pilot and leader of a Jagdstaffeln who became prominent in the winter months, and who even picked off a pilot from Bleu about a week earlier. Needless to say, things swiftly got chaotic. The new 6 C's were going to have their first true test, as were the most skilled pilots of Vert.Initially, the Bergens had the advantage in altitude and in their initial strike, Hildegardis's aircraft would burst into flames and be sent spiraling to the ground while Blanche's own swiftly found its rudder ruined and the engine destroyed, leaving them to slowly glide down in an unstable aircraft. Further, other aircraft were damaged as well, including one of the S.U.D's of Blanc, Elyot struggling to keep up with the rest of the flight. Yet he stayed as best as he could despite the heavy damage, trying to take the pictures needed before getting out, even if there were many other aircraft that could make up for his own's absence.
Despite the good initial bounce however, the Prußenmarkian pilots would not get out of this unscathed, with one aircraft that was going after Lucie overshooting and allowing the Commandant to fire a burst that struck the pilot multiple times and caused them to slump over in their cockpit, sending their aircraft to simply fly out of control until a dive too fast broke a wing off and brought the dead pilot back to the ground. Similarly, with extreme evasive maneuvering and skill, Adélaïde forced her own attacker to overshoot just barely, and opened fire mere feet away and sending dozens of bullets into the pilot and engine, ensuring if one somehow survived the other would surely fail and bring the rest of the aircraft down with it. Yet, the rest of the Escadron wasn't doing too well, with Bergen's chasing them and the aircraft the Escadron was supposed to be escorting. However, as Liliane was struggling to survive due to a Bergen on her tail, Adélaïde swiftly came in and used the tunnel vision of the enemy pilot to her advantage and similarly was able to get a simple, effective kill, breaking the center spar of the wing causing both of the top wings to fold upward and break off, allowing the pilot Adélaïde cared for the most to survive. And, good thing too, as immediately after she saw tracers fly past, a few hitting her wing and passing through the canvas harmlessly. With this, she swiftly went for evasive maneuvers, entering a split S and, shortly after seeing the enemy pilot starting to dive and turn after her, pulling up for another half loop and then turning level, just as her enemy was diving. This gave her an advantage, and while her angle on the Hauptmann was poor, she still took a shot before turning and found difficulty maintaining her aim on the target. It was clear to her that whoever she was fighting was skilled. Yet, there was one thing that doomed Achim in this situation. Something he and the rest of Prußenmark never would have known about yet. The Dupont 6 C was faster than the Bergen D.I. Not by that much, but by enough. And slowly, the few rounds that made their mark built up, and, eventually, the enemy Überkanonen found their ailerons shot off, and with this, all Adélaïde needed was one more burst. And a good thing too as she found herself out of ammo as the last few rounds hit their mark and sealed the fate of another pilot...Four aircraft in a single sortie...Tiring work, yet there was far more to do...
The escorts did their job and then some, with none of Blanc's aircraft being shot down due to enemy aircraft. In fact the only loss in the past two weeks from the Escadron was from enemy anti aircraft guns. Despite this though, Bleu, not having access to many of the new aircraft mostly got chewed up and quite badly by Bergens. Though Vert and Rouge did quite well, as did the Commandant of Bleu. In fact, even after the major battle Vert had in their escort of the Escadron, Adélaïde later downed yet another aircraft. Needless to say, l'As is in the news again and given what was said in the past she expects to be having a fun time talking to the press next week and potentially receiving another medal, this time in a far more publicized event. Also of note, Ermengardis seems to not have taken one of the recent losses of Vert too well. It's something that's been bothering her, though overall her mood still seems high. More than can be said about Bleu which mostly is growing discontent. The last thing of important note is the guns from Conley have arrived, along with their munitions. The Anti Aircraft guns will be deployed to the airfields that are used by your Escadrons while the Conley guns will need to be equipped to any aircraft that is desired to have them. As you look over the reports and prepare to write further, Botrel knocks and you permit his entrance. Swiftly, he speaks and informs you of something arguably important."Madam, I have been given word that you are desired to attend a meeting of various generals in April. Other than this, they send congratulations toward you for your continued success and are quite pleased both with the recent victory in the air and the significant number of photo's delivered. However, they still desire more. A lot more. Some of the other Escadre's are underperforming due to losses sustained due to the Bergen Scourge." He says this with a hint of nervousness, though why you cannot place...>Give orders (Write in)>Ask Botrel why he is nervous.>Speak with Botrel about something else.Squadrons, aircraft, pilots, and other information.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KT0JJxoLsbcNFC7RqtsWKke9iTnLQ8blSCf_8dZ4jWw/edit?usp=sharing(Took twice the time expected. Still, you gave as good if not better than you got this round. Next proper fight is likely the last for this thread, so as usual, if you have criticism, around about now is the best time to let me know.)
>>5360788>Ask Botrel why he is nervous.Wow I checked back just as the last post was posted, nice.Too tired to write in a plan, will look again and consider one tomorrow.
>>5360788>>Ask Botrel why he is nervous.cmon, you can't bait us with an option like that
>>5360788>Ask Botrel why he is nervous.>Give orders (Write in)-- Transfer 2x 4P's from Rouge and 1x 4P from Vert to Bleu to make good some of the losses.-- Equip all Dupont 4P's with Conley guns.-- Allow Dupont 6P drivers to equip with Conley guns at their discretion and ask for their feedback.-- Also visit Bleu and meet with Commandant Descombes. Low morale and 100% supply -- unless they took their losses early, they are not flying enough sorties. They might need a confidence-building mission.
>>5360788>>Ask Botrel why he is nervous.
With the hint of nervousness in Botrel's voice you grow a bit curios, and before you dismiss him, you ask "Why do you seem nervous? Is something wrong?"Botrel is a bit taken aback by this, but swiftly says "Nothing much, just something bothering me given the rhetoric of some I have overheard...Specifically from prominent politicians. I'm a bit concerned that our leaders outside of the army might do something...brash. Especially considering I am a logistics officer I can notice...trends in where things go...I'm a bit concerned that our nation might try and emulate something Prußenmark did. And, I don't think our allies would appreciate it much. Over extension is something I'm worried about if what I think will happen will, well, happen..." He sighs after this, before adding "I think you can guess what it is I am worried about exactly. And while we have Pretany helping us, what if they don't cover the new front? I know they won't just fully pull out. They can't, not without losing their foot on the mainland, but still... It doesn't help that politicians are involved in this, and with a few exceptions who actually were in the military, I doubt many of them can tell the difference between a machine gun and a field gun. I think you can understand where I'm coming from...""I see...I presume you think this will be brought up at the meeting in April?" You are fairly sure you know what Botrel will say but better to make sure than assume."Yes, I do...I'm not sure how many generals think such a thing is a wise idea. If whatever spring offensive happens goes well, I'd not be surprised if it only emboldens them to take action..." He states with an almost defeated tone. "It's a lose lose situation I feel. Either we fail, and lose plenty of good men and equipment or we succeed and blunder our way into giving the enemy even more resources to try and defeat us with...Regardless I get the feeling things will be more difficult for us in the coming months..."With this you nod, before saying "I'll take your concerns into consideration...You are dismissed..."(Also reminder that if you wish to send Adélaïde behind lines for propaganda, you have to include it in your orders. I'll wait a bit more for further posts though before processing the turn proper. Ideally it'll be out sometime tomorrow.)
>>5361491Sending Adelaide to the rear might be a good idea, because we need those extra RPs for new Dupont 6P's.
>>5361491I'll support >>5360889 and >>5361741
If nothing changes I'll have the update done tomorrow.
So I realize the current orders are just dealing with equipment, and not actually what the Escadrons are doing. So...Yeah. I presume you plan on doing the same as last time but I want to be sure.
All air combat done. Just gotta do the background events and the last turn for this thread will start being worked upon. I'd say expect it in two hours or so, but the last time I said that it took twice that. Also, some very close calls happened. I'll leave what to your imagination.
>>5363517Some Bleu aircrews tried to frag us, I wonder.
Once more, the aircraft of Bleu, Rogue and Vert guard Blanc in it's vital mission of recon. Everything from troop build ups to proper mapping of the enemies trench lines, their artillery positions, command area's. Everything important is captured on film and returned, especially given every single Mission Blanc had was more or less successful. While plenty of times Blanc was attacked, the other Escadrons did their job in defending them fantastically and not even enemy Anti Air guns downed a single Blanc Aircraft. Needless to say, the pilots of Blanc are quite happy with this turn of things, especially compared to earlier times.However, an important flight was when 3 aircraft from Rogue were defending Blanc on the 22nd. Naturally, the two flights converged in the air and flew over enemy lines. They only got intercepted on the return trip where a new enemy of importance struck. A flight of three Bergens intercepted from only slightly higher altitude and a young pilot who managed to get a victory earlier in the month and two more in January, all from Pretan aircraft, Unteroffizier Konrad Wanners was in this battle. The pilot in question instantly went for a head on with Matildis, and after scoring a few good hits into the engine pulled to dive under the craft, allowing a burst from Matildis to harmlessly fly over before looping around and dealing with them. Their next target? The one fancy Dupont 6 C with a streamer indicating the flight lead. Aude. However, the Gallonian was well aware of their enemy and, as the other two aircraft were distracted with Catherine, Aude aimed for their enemy that struck down a very favored member of the Escadron. They maneuvered for a time, neither getting a good shot on the other, yet after a lucky shot and some damage to Aude's elevator, the Bergen pilot managed to slowly whittle away further and further at the 6 C until Aude's aircraft burst into flames...Aude was left with two choices. Burn to death, or fall to death.She chose neither.By immediately shutting the engine off and diving, she was able to put off the fire, though, when pulling out of the dive, one of her elevators snapped off, and her aircraft was forced to slowly glide down to the ground, landing in no mans land near her own trenches where very swiftly she was able to be rescued by soldiers on the ground and sent to a medical tent for her burns. Meanwhile, Catherine was abandoned...Again. At least, in her eyes anyway. Still, with skilled maneuvering, she was able to snap a wing off one of the Bergens which crashed right in no mans land before swiftly diving away as the pilots of Blanc were quite pleased that their escort distracted their assailants. And Konrad was quite pleased to have his fifth victory added to his tally.
Of similar importance, another ace from Prußenmark caused problems to our pilots, when Andreas dealt with the Vert Commandant through a single and swift execution of her engine after a strike from the sun. Yet, miraculously, she crash landed practically unharmed outside a few bruises and a minor sprain over our territory, the propeller, one of the lower wings, and landing wheels were broken off in this landing, and the engine was ruined, so the aircraft was written off. In the same escort mission, Liliane managed to gain her first victory, a Königstein B.II. Something she is quite proud of and excited to tell Adélaïde...Another up and coming pilot is Amelie, who managed to down two aircraft, both Königstein's, and both while they were distracted attacking Blanc aircraft, causing the two pilots she saved to nick name her "L'ange gardien".Meanwhile, in Palon, Adélaïde has had quite the time with the press, every single newspaper reporting her story of her victories including her striking down of a feared enemy pilot. Some of her statements have been a bit controversial among other aviators and Escadrons, specifically those stating that the Bergen while a solid aircraft, is no better than the Dupont 6 C, along with her stating the same thing she wrote on her Dupont 4 P months ago, "À mauvais ouvrier point de bon outil". Still, despite this the public is quite pleased with her as she looks, acts, and sounds the part of a heroine of myth made reality. And morale and idolization of the air corps has continued to grow with Major Richart Gaumont, a pilot from 15e Escandre "Marins du ciel" having gained some acclaim with five victories achieved.In other news, a major offensive into the Sāriqīn empire is underway, with the Varuskie empire pushing into their side of the mountainous terrain in the north east while a large naval force of both our own and Pretan forces, bring a majority Pretan landing force, to Chersonipoli in the hopes to knock out the Sāriqīn Empire swiftly and decisively. Further the 1st Vesperia Division has landed in Gallonia just in time to join up with the Pretan Expeditionary Force and the planned major push on Maasburg. And with all the Recon Photos delivered by Blanc, and the boost to Propaganda, our superiors are more than just pleased. We, for the moment, have requisitions comparable to the average Royal Flying Corps Wing. The last noteworthy bit of news is quite minor in the grand scheme of things, but important. In a Daloyaume village near an airfield and a sizable military build up, a man and women, the former a Pretan officer and the latter believed to be a Daloyaume prostitute, were found dead together, clearly murdered. Most disturbing is that their eyes were gouged out and buttons sowed in their place. The odd killing is...concerning to say the least, and rearguard and support military forces behind the main trenchlines are on heightened alert, just in case.
All of that aside, in the last week of the month you get the chance to speak with Commandant Descombes about their losses. Immediately upon the statement of them not flying enough sorties unless tehy took their losses early, the man becomes fairly Dour in mood as he explains, in his own words. "Whatever luck this Escadron had in the early stages of the war it has been completely used up by now, if you believe in that sort of thing. We took losses in the first three sorties we had until everyone was downed. And it happened again. Ever since the daring raid to get a Bergen, we have lost countless aircraft and aircrew. Unless you find a way for humans to fly, we won't be able to fly without more aircraft. And given the harsh losses, a good deal of the pilots look on at Blanc with envy and curse Adélaïde. I don't care if you blame our training or our aircraft but we need things to change and we need it to change fast. Otherwise, there won't be a Escadron Bleu. Hell, technically, all it is now is just a bunch of people who know how to fix or fly a aircraft given last weeks losses." Needless to say, you got the answer to that question...With all of this though, a very important and crucial moment in the war is soon to come, and your Escadrons will be a part of it. Ideally to make a major difference in favor of Gallonia...Despite some setbacks on other fronts though, the war is going fairly well. Hopefully, it stays that way...Squadrons, aircraft, pilots, and other information.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KT0JJxoLsbcNFC7RqtsWKke9iTnLQ8blSCf_8dZ4jWw/edit?usp=sharing(Sorry about the delay again. Hope you enjoyed thread no. 2. Next one will be as usual up once the thread falls off. Once again, criticism is welcome. Hope I stopped being a member of the Redundancy Department of Redundancy among other things.)
>>5363726Thanks for running QM. I guess my only critique is that we could use more pictures of airplanes, guns, characters, or whatever that could be used for mood building.
>>5363737Airplanes and guns? Sure, I can probably do some pixel art to make pic's of aircraft. Hell, first thread I did one of a Dupont 4 P. Characters though is...not so much. I've tried doing characters before and while I can do...okay I think with the face and eyes, hair really screws me up and I can never get it to look nice. So, unless you want me to open up google images, danbooru, throw twenty five dollars at an artist I know once per character who can die at any time due to a bad roll or something else I'm probably not gonna get char pics. For that I apologize.
>>5364074Random art is fine. I don't expect a 100% match to everything that has been described. Just to stimulate the brain stem.
>>5363726Is too early to vote for asset allocation? If not,> 64 RPs for 8x Dupont 6C's> 1 RP to resupply VertAirplane assignments are:> Bleu 2x 4P, 3x 6C> Rouge 1x 4P, 5x 6C> Vert 1x 4P, 4x 6CAnd quietly make enquiries at HQ about finding a replacement for Descombes. Not his fault, but his fatigue and pessimism is probably contagious. Do we have a job on the Wing Staff for him? During WW2, it was common to have a spare Colonel on US Army Division staffs in case one of the three Regimental Combat Team commanders died or funked out.>>5364074Eh reposting random WW1 air combat images is fine. That said, $25 might be a fair price for an eye-catching OP image to attract new players. Then again, I will probably miss thread #3 if the OP image changes from B&W. . .And maybe put some numbers at the bottom of each update, like total planes lost vs. kills scored, and a +/- meter on the campaign situation and favor from HQ? Dunno, might be too much to ask. . .
Actually, I have an evil idea -- once Adelaide completes her PR tour and a turn training replacements, we can move Decombes to Wing Staff, promote Adelaide to Capitaine and make her the new CO of Bleu. She seems like the type to really clean house there.
>>5364958Adding a total loss and victories to the bottom I can do. I won't be giving a +/- on the campaign situation though, that I'd rather keep as is so you'll have to gather from context. Same with HQ Favor. As for the 25$ art, they just do full body characters with no backgrounds. So, not exactly the best for an OP image. I'll probably stick with BnW pictures of aircraft for that.>>5364974Fun idea, though she'd be a female pilot and being put in charge of a Escadron of all male pilots. Plus she needs to be a Commandant to become a Escadron leader.
>>5365312>she'd be a female pilot and being put in charge of a Escadron of all male pilotsI'd like to see one of them just *try* and pull that card. Probably wouldn't turn out well for him.
>>5365369It's more so the fact that with only a few exceptions, in most air bases they'd be sharing bunks, changing rooms, showers, ect. It's why Rouge and Vert have no male pilots and Blanc and Bleu have no Female ones.
>>5365312> Commandant to become a Escadron leader.In wartime, that can probably be relaxed so long as no one outranks her.